Fun Facts about Jewels:
– Amber is the softest gemstone; diamond is the hardest.
– The largest diamond found in the United States, is known as the Uncle Sam Diamond.
– It takes anywhere from one to three years to grow a cultured pearl.
– The Queen of England’s jewelry collection is worth an estimated $57 million dollars.
– In the Middle Ages, women would wear Opals to protect the color of their blonde hair.
– Peridot was Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.
– One of the largest sapphires is known as the Star of Asia.
– Only one in a million of mined diamonds ends up in jewelry.
– First synthetic diamonds appeared during 1950s.
– Diamonds are the hardest natural substance. The only thing that can scratch it is another diamond.
– In many cultures jewellery is supposed to ward off evil.
– Diamonds were first mined in India.
– The British crown jewels include the massive Cullinan Diamond, biggest diamond ever found.
– Engagement rings date back to 1477, first popularized by the marriage of Maximilian the 1st to Mary of Burgundy.
– Emeralds were mined by the Egyptians as early as 3500 BC.
– Jade is sometimes called ‘the stone of heaven’.
– Diamonds are made of a single element – they are nearly 100% carbon.
– Most diamonds are between one and three billion years old.