By Debbie Hall
Who doesn’t love a diamond, whether worn as a ring, earrings or pendant? Darlene and Cliff Miller, owners of MJ Christensen Diamonds, are proud to continue honesty, integrity, craftsmanship, customer service and relationship building with a jewelry business that was opened in 1939. Both are certified gemological appraisers by American Gem Society and, when asked, provided fun facts about diamonds.
- How long have diamonds been worn as jewelry?
While the earliest findings of jewelry are dated over 25,000 years ago; diamonds were first discovered about 3,000 years ago and used in talismans to ward off evil.
- Where do diamonds come from?
Billions of years ago, extreme heat and pressure turned pure carbon into colorless diamond crystals hundreds of miles below the Earth’s surface. Volcanic activity brought diamonds to the Earth’s surface through volcanic pipes knows as kimberlite pipes. They can also be found in gravel beds and ocean floors.
- What are the different colors of diamonds?
Colorless, pink, yellow, red, purple, orange, green, blue, black and brown.
- Are diamonds really the hardest natural mineral? What is the only thing that can scratch a diamond?
Absolutely, diamonds are the hardest natural mineral. Diamonds can scratch diamonds and other gems or jewelry, especially soft items like pearls. Even though diamonds are hard, they can become brittle and do break.
- What is the world’s most famous diamond?
Probably the Blue Hope for its history of being cursed, as many owners experienced tragedy while in possession of the diamond. Ironically it was named Hope for its original purchaser, Henry Thomas Hope. It weighs 45.52 carats.
- What are the most popular diamond shapes?
The round brilliant cut is the most popular by far and second most popular is princess.
- How big is the world’s largest diamond ever found?
The largest rough diamond ever found was the Sergio weighing 3,167 carats, mined in Brazil in 1895. The Cullinan I or Star of Africa diamond came from rough weighing 3,107 carats when it was mined, but it is the largest cut diamond in the world weighing 530.20 carats.
- The word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means?