You have probably already experienced the undeniable splendour of diamonds.

But are you aware of these 8 surprising facts?

1. Diamonds evaporate when exposed to UV light.

Impossible? Think again. Research shows that intense laserlight can cause small indents in diamonds. Rest assured, you can safely leave your diamond ring full sunlight. It takes over ten billion years before any visible damage occurs.

2. Red diamonds are the most rare.

Red diamonds are the most exclusive in the world. One carat will easily cost you 1,2 million euros. They make for great investments because prices keep rising.

3. The British Crown is set with 2.868 diamonds.

If we would ever witness the complete collapse of the monetary system, the British Royal family would still be comfortable. The 2.868 diamonds on the British crown are valued at 26 million euros.

4. Diamonds and pencils have more in common than you suspect.

Diamonds exists entirely out of carbon, just like the graphite in your pencils. It’s no use stocking up on pencils though. Diamond is carbon compressed by the earth into its solid phase with forces a 1000 times greater.

5. The difference between a diamond and a brilliant?

A brilliant is a diamond with a mathematically engineered cut that maximizes the amount of light the diamond reflects. This technique is being used since the 17th century. Before that diamonds were split along their natural fracture planes.

6. 70% of all diamonds pass through Antwerp.

Almost three fourths of worldwide trade in diamonds is done in Antwerp. 25 Billion euros are traded in the city every year. Three streets around Central Station make up for 5% of Belgium’s GDP.

7. The biggest diamond in the world is 546 carat.

This giant diamond was found in 1985 in the Premier mine of South-Africa. There is even a bigger one in outer space. About the size of a half moon, this diamond, a luminary that died of a natural occurrence, would be unusable for jewelers because of oxygen and iron contamination.

8. 80% off all diamonds are used in industry.

Not all diamonds get to rejoice the hearts of people worldwide. 80% of all quarried diamond is used for industrial and technological purposes. For example in complex medical equipment or precision cutting tools.

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