The first diamonds were discovered in India and Brazil.
Diamonds were believed to be “precious tears cried by the gods” or “splinters from falling stars” by the Ancient Romans and Greeks.
Diamonds are a natural product of the earth that were formed billions of years ago under intense heat and pressure.
Diamonds got their name from the Greek word “adamas,” which means invincible or indestructible. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
They were brought to the earth’s surface hundreds of million years ago through volcanic eruptions.
Diamonds are finite and getting rarer — the last significant discovery was made nearly 20 years ago.
Every child in Botswana receives free education up to age 13 due in great part to diamond revenues.
At diamond mining sites, wildlife have the right of way.
The Cullinan Diamond from South Africa is the biggest diamond ever found. It weighed 1.22 pounds (3,106 carats).