Awash in oriental enigma and sparkling in the hands of the world’s richest, gems and jewels never cease to fascinate us at Lapiz Lazooli. So, here are 17 jewelry facts that may get you interested in further digging up a treasure trove of information.
1. The earliest jewelries were made from shells, stones, beads and bones.
2. In prehistoric times jewelries were worn to ward off dangers.
3. There is a widespread belief in north-western Europe that precious materials such as gold or silver are accompanied by its owners into the afterlife.
4. Until the late 14th century, gems were usually polished rather than cut.
5. The largest pearl ever found weighed 14 pounds.
6. The Graff Pink 24.78-carat pink diamond ring is the most expensive piece of jewelry ever auctioned at $46.2 million.
7. Diamond turns into graphite over an extremely long period of time.
8. A recent study has revealed that a material found in Limpet’s teeth – not diamond – is the hardest natural substance.
9. Pure gold is always yellow but changes color when different metals are added to it.
10. All the gold ever mined in the history of the world can be compressed into an 18 cubic yard – roughly 1/10th of the Washington Monument.
11. The world’s oceans contain about 20 million tons of gold.
12.Pearl is formed in one out of every 10,000 oysters.
13. The United States is one of the largest consumers of diamonds.
14. The 12 birthstones came from the 12 tribes of Israel.
15. Wedding bands are worn in the ring finger because people used to believe that a vein connects it to the heart.
16. Over the past century, South Africa has been the biggest producer of gold. However, China has surpassed South Africa in recent times.
17. The malleability of gold allows it to be easily transformed into semi-transparent sheets that are used in sun-visors for spacesuits.