Jewelry Fun Facts
1. In some cultures people used to swallow pearls to relieve pain.
2. The largest pearl ever found weighed a whopping 14 pounds.
3. Tiffany and Company’s engagement rings had a price tag of $40 in 1896.
4. The Queen of England’s jewelry collection is estimated to be worth 57 million dollars.
5. The heart of the Ocean from James Cameron’s Titanic was not totally fictitious, it is believed that a large sapphire did go down with the ship that fateful night.
6. All diamonds will turn into graphite after an extremely long time.
7. Engagement rings were declared necessary for marriage by Pope Nicholas I in 860 A.D.
8. Opals can consist of up to 30% water.
9. Cartier introduced platinum to jewelry in 1896.
10. Extremely high quality emeralds are more valuable than diamonds.
11. Pure gold is always yellow and changes color when different metals, known as alloys are added.
12. All the gold ever mined in the history of the world can be compressed into an 18 yard cube, approximately 1/10 of the Washington Monument.
13. There are approximately 10 billion tons of gold in all the oceans.
14. Only one in every million diamonds mined, become jewelry.
15. 3 out of 4 brides in American receive and engagement ring with gold and diamonds.
16. All diamonds are over 3 billion years old.
17. The most expensive piece of jewelry created for a movie was Nicole Kidman’s necklace in Moulin Rouge. It was expected to auction for more than 1 million dollars, but when it went up for sale at Christie’s of New York the Australian designer Stefano Cantur could not bear to part with it, and decided to keep it as part of his personal collection.
18. The twelve birthstones came from the 12 tribes of Israel.
19. Wedding bands are worn on the “ring finger” because people used to believe that there is a vein connecting the heart to that finger.
20. After millions upon millions of years it is presumed that the sun will become one large diamond star.