Many of us were sold a dream when we were young that, one day we’d get married to Prince Charming and be presented at the altar with a breathtaking diamond ring. The truth is that life isn’t always so straightforward, but there’s nothing stopping you from finding the man of your dreams and sticking a diamond ring on your wishlist. Alternatively, you could treat yourself to your own ring – who needs men, anyway!? Below, we’ve put together some interesting facts and information about diamond rings – some of these might surprise you and change the way you think about them forever.
Diamonds will last forever
We all know the famous song – diamonds are forever. But did you know that it’s true? Diamonds were formed billions of years ago and they still look stunning today. The only way you can damage a diamond is to chip it or break it, and then then, it’ll continue to perform as a diamond. Other than that, they’ll still be here millions of years after we humans have departed from the Earth. Crazy really.
Diamonds are indeed rare, beautiful things, but they’re actually carbon. It’s both strong and weak. If you think about carbon, the diamond on your ring is almost the same as the lead in your pencil at school. Pencils are one on Moh’s Scale of Hardness, whilst diamonds are ten. Shine bright, hunny.
Diamonds are usually yellow
It’s easy to assume that diamonds are translucent, but the truth is that most are yellow. Diamonds labelled as D-E and F are pure white, but more often than not, you’ll find that your diamond is yellow. We’ll get onto colour options and combinations later in this post, but if you’re looking to buy the most natural diamond then we recommend choosing one that’s yellow; they’re usually cheaper.
Other gemstones are more expensive
We often think that diamonds are one of the most expensive things in the world, and although the most expensive diamond in the world, The Koh-I-Noor, is estimated to be worth €140 to €400 million, you’ll find rubies, emeralds, sapphires and alexandrites more expensive. The Koh-I-Noor is a 109 carat diamond with a weight of 21.6 grams, and it’s the main diamond of the British Crown Jewels, known from the crown. Comparatively, the Jubilee Ruby sold for $14.2 million, which equates to $885,000 per carat, and you’ll find dozens of other interesting tidbits on this website.
Diamonds come in many colours
Did you know that diamonds can be found in virtually every colour of the rainbow? From blue and orange to red (which is the rarest colour) to pink, purple, brown, and black, there are so many colours to collect. In general, the highest quality diamonds are totally colourless.
Want to know more about your diamond rings?
The team at Valentina engagement rings has put together a handy infographic, rounding up everything you need to know. Check it out below and visit their website for a more in-depth look at diamonds, why they’re so popular, and how to find an ethical ring.