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• Gold is eternal, it was floating around in space before our planet was created even before our solar system came into existence

• Over 100 tons of the earth's crust is mined to get one Diamond large enough to cut a fine one carat gem.

• Then, over one million Diamonds are mined to get that one gemstone.

• Hindus believed that a fine Ruby could boil water.

• Fine Emeralds were believed to be good for the eyes, engravers used to use them to stare into when their eyes grew fatigued

• Emerald and Aquamarine are different colors of the same stone: Beryl.

• A one carat red Diamond (about as big around as a pencil eraser) sold at auction for One Million Dollars.

• Diamond "chips" are actually cut just like big Diamonds. Diamond cutting is a grinding process and all that is left is the finished Diamond and dust.

• Points are a measure of weight. There are one hundred points in a carat just like cents in a dollar, and there are five carats in a gram.

• Karat refers to purity of Gold. Pure Gold is 24 karat and 14 karat gold (14k) is 14 parts gold out of 24

• A Ruby is a red Sapphire

• The engagement ring was first introduced by the Venetians, it was a ring with the diamond in the middle of it, it was highly valued because the Venetians had just discovered the rare item that is the Diamond stone. It’s rareness was discovered in the 16th century.

• Marriage related gifts didn’t include rings until 800 BC, when Pope Nicholas 1 stated that the ring must only been given from a man to woman when marriage was the intent.

• Diamond engagement ring tradition started in 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented a gold ring set with a diamond as a token of his eternal love to his future wife Mary of Burgundy. For many years only nobles would propose their future brides to be with diamond engagement rings.

• Why diamond is the perfect choice for diamond engagement rings? Well, even the ancient Greeks believed that fire in diamond will keep flame of love for eternity, and ancient Egyptians believed that the vein of love ran from the forth finger directly to the heart so diamonds really have long tradition to build on.

• The most popular engagement ring cut is the round brilliant diamond

• December is the most popular month for buying engagement rings and getting engaged

• June is a very popular month for weddings. Therefore, it would stand to reason that engagement rings are popular December holiday presents.

• 74% of all brides receive a diamond engagement ring. 60% of women are involved in picking out their engagement ring, while 3% actually pick it themselves.

• Man first discovered diamonds 4,000 years ago in the riverbeds of the Golconda region of India.

• Until the 18th century, diamond mines were only found in India.

• Just as India’s production was dwindling, diamonds were discovered in Brazil in 1725

• Diamond deposits were discovered in North America in the 1840s, and soon afterwards, the Great Diamond Rush was sparked by the discovery of diamonds in South Africa.

• Most diamonds found in nature are one million to three million years old.

• The name diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas”, which means unconquerable.

• 80 percent of the world’s diamonds are not suitable for jewelry.

• A farmer visiting a neighbor noticed the neighbor's son playing with a beautiful pebble. He admired it and it was given to him by the boy's mother, who stated that there were plenty more around the farm. Later, the pebble was identified as a 21 carat diamond, which was named the Eureka Diamond. This find sparke



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