You probably already knew that diamonds and romance come hand in hand. But did you you know their history together reaches back as far as Ancient Rome? Diamonds were believed to be tears of the gods, and Cupid used them to tip his arrows. And here’s some more things we didn’t know last week about diamonds.

Wedding Rings

Diamonds Are Forever

That glittery little thing in your engagement ring is probably one of the oldest things on the planet. The youngest partially occurring diamonds are about 1.2 billion years old, but most of the worlds diamonds were formed 3.3 billion years ago. To put that in perspective, that’s three quarters of the age of the earth!

Stardust

Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were fragments of stars and they just might have been onto something. Scientists at The Harvard-Smithsonian Centre have discovered a white dwarf that has crystallised into a giant diamond, almost 400km across.

Be Careful What You Wish For

The Hope Diamond

I could write a whole blog on The Hope Diamond because it’s just fascinating! The beautiful, violet blue diamond is believed to have been discovered in India in the 17th Century and has been owned by Louis XIV, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. But that’s not why it’s famous. The Curse of The Hope Diamond has driven countless owners to destitution, insanity and even death. Whilst The Hope Diamond is the ‘jewel in the crown’ (sorry) of cursed gems, also watch out for the Koh-I-Noor, now part of Elizabeth II’s Crown Jewels, and the very ominously named Black Orlov.

A Rough Diamond

80% of the diamonds discovered in the world are wholly unsuitable for jewellery. We’d heard of diamonds being used to tip industrial saws and drills but we had no idea they were used in speakers! Thin domes made of diamonds are durable enough to vibrate at frequencies that would distort most materials, and create crystal clear sounds.

There’s nothing Ellie & the girls like more than admiring your brand new diamonds. Make sure you come in and see us if you’re lucky enough to get one this Valentine’s Day!

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