Whisper it quietly, but men are apparently falling short when it comes to buying engagement rings for their other half.
More specifically, the average male spends £1,471.01 on an engagement ring for their partner, with this number having increased incrementally over the course of the last few years. However, this is £383 lower than the amount that women would like their partners to spend on an engagement, which currently stands at a healthy £1,854.
At the heart of every engagement ring is a diamond, which remains one of the most sought after products in the world. Here are five fascinating facts about diamonds that you never knew:
1. A Candle Flame Contains Millions of Small Diamonds
If you’re a fan of poetry, you’ll know that many a bard has compared the flickering flame of a candle to a stunning diamond.
While this may seem fanciful, there’s more than a germ of truth in the assertion. In fact, profession Wuzong Zhou of the University of St. Andrews claims that approximately 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles in a candle flame, replicating the effect of both single and duel diamond rings.
This is also explains why proposing over a candlelit dinner is so meaningful, with this tradition having been established generations ago.
2. You Can Turn the Remains of a Loved One into a Diamond
Not all diamond rings have been created equal, with scientific advancement having triggered numerous innovations in the market in recent times.
The most incredible of these is the introduction of diamond rings made from the remains of a lost loved one, with the manufacturing process compressing the ashes of the deceased into a hand-crafted diamond.
Similarly, couples who are about to wed can invest in so-called ‘bio jewellery’, where a special bioactive ceramic mimics the structure of bone material. This is then used to create bespoke and entirely one-of-a-kind rings made from your partners bone marrow.
3. Diamonds Weren’t Always Mined Underground
In the modern age, the vast majority of marketed diamonds are mined underground using heavy-duty equipment and advanced equipment.
This has not always been the case, however, as before diamonds were mined beneath the earth’s surface they were found by miners at the bottom of rivers or along their adjacent banks.
This type of activity is known as alluvial mining, although it’s far less prevalent now that it has been historically.
4. The Eureka Diamond was Discovered by a 15-year old
The so-called Eureka diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, and it was first discovered in South Africa back in 1867.
While this fact is well-known, however, what many people don’t realise is that this discovery was made by a 15-year old boy named Erasmus Stephanus. It’s incredible to think that such a young child found this stunning 21.25 carat rough diamond, which lay near Hopetown on the Orange River.
Today, this polished diamond weights 10.73 carats, while it remains one of the most valuable jewels in the world.