When I think of casino, the first thing that comes to my mind is sparkle. Lights, diamonds and ka-ching. And Bond and beautiful ladies, of course. But we will get to that subject in the future. Today we will focus on one of the most expensive stones in the world and the reasons we love it.
For centuries, diamonds have been symbolizing strength, devotion, love, invincibility. These shining little treasures form in the darkest places imaginable. The things we regard as the most valuable, the stones that disperse light in the most unimaginable ways and thus shed new light to our world both physically and metaphorically, actually form themselves some 100 miles beneath the surface of the earth.
Interesting facts about diamonds
- Today New York City is the largest diamond market in the world. The rocks sold in NY usually come from Antwerp, Belgium, where most of the world’s natural diamonds are processed.
- Arkansas is the home to the only field in the world where you can dig for diamonds yourself and keep what you find. Ever heard of Murfreesboro and Crater of Diamonds State Park? If you have ever been there, we would like to hear your thoughts.
- The four Cs (cut, colour, clarity, and carat) are the most talked about features. However, these physical features of diamonds are just tip of the iceberg. Diamonds are so much more interesting.
- Natural diamonds are made of 100% carbon. I read it somewhere that our pencils and diamonds are made of the same material, only with atoms differently arranged. It is a strange thing when you come to think of it. The same material with different appearance and meaning depending on the way it “grew”.
- Some people believe that diamonds come from outer space. There are, actually, some scientific thesis to support this. Those kinds of diamonds are found in South America and Africa and contain higher levels of graphite, believed to originate from an asteroid which hit the earth some 3 billion years ago.
- Diamond is the strongest mineral we know of. It has been estimated that diamonds are 58 times harder than any other material found in nature. As strong as they are, they can also be fractured easily, but only if positioned with perfect precision.
- Colourless diamonds are considered extremely pure. Apart from the pure ones, in nature we can find the entire colour spectra of diamonds, depending on the presence of certain elements.
- The most expensive diamond is priceless. It has 105 carats, and it is in the possession of the British royal family. Originally from Persia, it is called Koh-I-Noor (Mountain of Light). The name is quite self-explanatory. The way this 21.6 grams of rock shine its light is completely dazzling.
- Another priceless diamond is the Sancy Diamond, which is being looked after at the Louvre museum. It is pale yellow and comes from India. The distinction is credited to the fact that it has no pavilion, just a pair of crowns.
- Less expensive diamonds are also extremely rare, such as blue diamonds, and can be bought at roughly $400 million (Cullinan diamond a.k.a The Star of Africa) or $350 million (The Hope Diamond) – which is being kept at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
Whether you believe in their protective power or not, diamonds are the most valuable stones today. Both jewelers and metaphysicists regard them as stones of utmost value and meaning. Apart from opening “spiritual doors”, they bring clear thoughts, and a lot of money if you decide to play with them. It is a win-win situation.
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