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How old are diamonds and where do they come from?

  1. What are diamonds made of?
  2. How old are diamonds and where do they come from?
  3. Where does the word 'diamond' originate from?
  4. What does the word 'carat' mean?
  5. What makes up the value of a diamond?
  6. What is the powerful magic and mystery of the diamond?
  7. Where does the custom of the engagement ring come from?
  8. Why are diamonds the eternal symbol of love?
  9. What does the diamond that you choose say about you?
  10. Which one is for you?

story made of

The youngest diamond is 900 million years old. The oldest known diamonds are more than 3 billion years old, which is older than many stars in the sky.

For thousands of years the only source of diamonds known to man was an area close to Hyderabad in south India. Today, the main sources are South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Russia, Canada and Australia.

Celebrations came in 1866 when, at last, a truly significant source of diamonds was discovered in South Africa. A farmer's child was playing with some brightly coloured stones beside a river, one of which was recognised as a diamond. This diamond was appropriately named 'Eureka'.

Despite modern methods, diamonds are still very difficult to find - from the frozen tundra of Siberia and Canada to the parched deserts of Africa, at least enough earth to fill a house must be carefully sifted to find a single diamond.