Fun Facts About Jewelry


Have you ever wondered how a pearl is made or how the tradition of giving a diamond ring for engagements originated?  Well we have answers to those questions and more.  We’ve compiled a list of fun jewelry facts for all the jewelry lovers out there.  Read on and test your knowledge of jewelry trivia.

How are Pearls formed?

Pearls are formed when a tiny bit of sand gets trapped inside an oyster. The oyster produces a “nacre” as a defense mechanism that coats the intruder, layer after layer. A pearl is formed naturally in 1 in every 10,000 oysters. The longer the pearl stays in the oyster the heavier the nacre.


How did the tradition of giving a diamond ring for engagements originate?

Initially, only one ring was used for an engagement and a wedding. Then in 1477, Maximillian of Austria gave an engagement ring to his beloved, Mary of Burgundy starting a tradition.


Why are wedding rings worn on the third finger of the left hand?

Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the third finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.


Where did the word diamond come from?

The word diamond comes from the Greek word “adamant” which means invincible or steadfast.


Do sapphires have special meaning?

In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.


How did birthstones originate?

The origin of birthstones is believed to date back thousands of years to the time of Moses.  It is believed that the Breast Plate of the High Priest was made with twelve colored gem stones representing the twelve tribes of Israel, and a corresponding gemstone was attributed to each color.  Over time, people began wearing one gemstone each month, then transitioned to wearing their own birthstone all year long.  Each birthstone is said to represent magical powers, ward off evil or help cure illness.


What is the most expensive piece of jewelry designed for a movie?

The most expensive piece of jewelry designed for a movie was the necklace worn by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge.  The 134 carat diamond necklace with 1,308 diamonds cost a cool 1 million and was created by Stefano Canturi.


What is the largest diamond in the world?

Cullinan I held the title of the largest diamond in the world until 1987. Currently the largest diamond is The Golden Jubilee Diamond at a whopping 545.67 carats!  It outweighs the Cullinan I by 15.37 carats. The yellow-brown diamond which is cut in a fire rose cushion cut was purchased from De Beers by a group led by Henry Ho of Thailand and given to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in honor of his 50th coronation anniversary. It is now located in the Royal Thai Palace as part of the crown jewels.




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