We all know diamonds are a girls’ best friend. For centuries only the elite or noble were able to afford and wear this precious gemstone. Did you know in the 13th century, Louis IX of France established a law reserving them only for kings? This however, changed as we developed mining techniques making diamonds more accessible to everyone. Here are some additional fun facts about diamonds:
- The earliest written account of diamonds dates back to around 500 B.C.
- Diamonds are essentially fireproof. To actually burn a diamond, it must be heated to 1292 degrees Fahrenheit!
- In it’s pure state, a diamond is colorless.
- Regarding carat weight: the word carat comes from the Carob Mediterranean tree whose seed was used for centuries as the standard of weighing precious stones.