10 Gemstone Fun Facts!

Gemstones are fascinating creations.  They are (usually) naturally occurring and are beautiful works of art in nature.  Here are 10 gemstone fun facts:

  • Garnet was named after the seeds of a pomegranate.
  • Amber is the softest gemstone; diamond is the hardest.
  • The largest diamond found in the United States, to date, is known as the Uncle Sam Diamond.
  • It takes anywhere from one to three years to grow a cultured pearl.
  • The Queen of England’s jewelry collection is worth an estimated $57 million dollars.
  • In the Middle Ages, women would wear Opals to protect the color of their blonde hair.
  • Peridot was Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.
  • After millions upon millions of years, it is assumed that the Sun will sapphirebecome one large diamond-star!
  • The Heart of the Ocean, from James Cameron’s “Titanic” was not completely fictitious – it is believed that a rather large sapphire went down with Titanic on that fateful night.”
  • One of the largest sapphires is known as the Star of Asia, which is currently housed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Excerpt:  Day’s Jewellers