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Updated by Marc Rothenberg on Jan 30, 2018
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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Diamonds

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous diamond ring? They sparkle and instantly capture the attention of anyone in the room. They are symbols of indestructible love and have great sentimental worth as well as monetary value. You can get a diamond in different colors, shapes, sizes, and designs. They also easily complement any outfit. It’s evident that diamonds are special. But what else do you know about them? Let’s dig a little deeper to discover some interesting things you probably didn’t know about diamonds.


Diamond Engagement Rings are Fairly New

While engagement rings have been around for centuries, diamond engagement rings are fairly new. Many today think of a diamond engagement ring as a time-honored tradition, but it wasn’t until the 1940s that diamond engagement rings actually become a trend and they quickly grew in popularity.


Wearing an Engagement Ring on the Fourth Finger of the Left Hand is Romantic, but Untrue

Many believed that a diamond ring was to be worn on the fourth finger of the right hand because a “vein of love” ran directly from the finger to the heart. This led to the tradition of wearing the engagement ring and wedding band on that particular finger. While this sounds very romantic, there is no single direct vein from your ring finger to your heart.


Size Really Does Matter

In the world of diamonds, size certainly matters. Carat is the term used to describe the weight of the diamond. As the carat increases, so does the price of the diamond.


Only a Diamond can Cut another Diamond

Diamonds can be cut into different shapes, such as round, square, rectangular, heart-shaped, pear-shaped, oval, or marquise. They can even be cut into stars and horse-heads. But only a diamond is capable of cutting another diamond. Diamonds are cut using tools that have diamond-coated surfaces.


Diamonds are Easy to Clean and Care For

It’s important to take proper care of your diamond so it maintains its sparkle and value. The good news is that cleaning your diamond is fairly easy. You can clean it yourself at home with warm water and dishwashing soap. Soak your ring in the water for about twenty minutes, gently brush the stone using a soft toothbrush and then rinse it under water. You can also take your ring to a jewelry store and they can clean it for you. When you’re not wearing your diamond ring, keep it in an anti-tarnish cloth to protect it from corrosion and tarnish.