25 Things You Didn’t Know About Jewelry

25 Things You Didn't Know About Jewelry

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Jewelry



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For most of history people have worn, traded, and given worth to rare jewels and gemstones. Even if you consider yourself an expert on the topic, however, you’ll probably still find something interesting in these 25 things you didn’t know about jewelry.

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In some cultures people would swallow pearls whole to relieve sickness
The largest pearl ever found was 14 pounds
Tiffany and Co. engagement rings had a price tag of $40 in 1896
The Queen of England’s jewelry collection is worth an estimated $57 million dollars.
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.
All diamonds turn to graphite over an extremely long period of time
While diamonds are one of the hardest substances in nature (although recent research has proved otherwise), synthetic nanomaterials have been created that are much harder.
Although diamonds are hard, they are not strong. If you hit one with a hammer it will shatter.
Engagement rings were declared necessary for marriage by Pope Nicholas I in 860 A.D.
Opals can actually be up to 30% water
Cartier introduced platinum to jewelry in 1896
Extremely high quality emeralds are more valuable than diamonds
Pure gold is always yellow and changes color when different metals are added to it
One of the largest sapphires is known as the Star of Asia, which is currently housed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
All the gold ever mined in the history of the world can be compressed into an 18-yard cube, roughly 1/10 of the Washington Monument
There are 10 billion tons of gold in all the oceans
Pearls are only formed in 1 out of every 10,000 oysters
One in a million mined diamonds become jewelry
The U.S. is the world’s largest consumer of diamonds
3 out of 4 American brides receive engagement rings with gold and diamonds
All diamonds are over 3 billion years old
The most expensive piece of jewelry created for a movie was Nicole Kidman’s necklace in Moulin Rouge. It is expected to sell for $1 million.
The twelve birthstones came from the twelve tribes of Israel
Wedding bands are worn on the “ring finger” because people used to believe that there is a vein connecting to the heart within it
After millions upon millions of years, it is assumed that the Sun will become one large diamond-star!

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Comments (28)

  • Enzo Warren Reply

    you pronounced "cartier" 100% wrong lol

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Marissa Boatwright Reply

    I don't even wear jewlery but that was cool

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • denis berg Reply

    I'm selling a lot of really high end jewelry my parents are closing the store and everything must go! so we have discounted the remained or what we have left to sell, please, come check it out! http://www.ebay.com/sch/berg.deni/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Zach Crawford Reply

    Pure gold is not always yellow it can be made into almost any colour just by changing its surface geometry at small scales. No additives needed.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Kali Erminia Reply

    This guys facts are not true, they're more like opinionated thoughts . Do your research.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • jen Reply

    actually the heart of the ocean neclace (the real one ) is now in the fox archives and is carefully preserved

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Gulam Shaikh Reply

    all wrong

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Jacobs the Jewellers Reply

    I like this video! Thank you for these trivia on jewellery.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • CookieTV! Reply

    All veins connect to the hart…

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Heavenly Star Reply

    Coprolite jewelry is made of fossilized dung.
    Silla crowns had comma shaped ornaments called gogoks on them.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Jeff Rey Reply

    Cartier is pronounced Car-tee-ay!

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Kathy Appleby Reply

    This commentary is hardly worth answering.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Chancellor Purvis Reply

    +tomatodamashi Seriously no one gives a shit so stop being so im more righteous. I buy jewelry n proud to put those things on a finger. Do i care where it comes from no not really. But your angry at capitalism where someone works for it they buy what they want.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Joris putteneers Reply

    0:48 but doesn't graphite turn into diamond? not otherwise?

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Nickey is Bored Reply

    cool.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • John Texas Reply

    "Car-teer"?  Who is this yokel?

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Casey Olejnicak Reply

    Damn, my pencils used to be valuable? >:|

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • skirts365 Reply

    BAD video.  The Queen's jewelry is worth $57 million?  Huh?  The Great Star of Africa or Cullinan I is valued at $400 million last I read.  The old bitch has tens of thousands of other diamonds.  She runs the "Pilgrims Society" that controls the world's financial system and plans all World Wars.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Toryu Naminosaki Reply

    Gold could be put to much better use than money and jewelry…why is it worth so much that our currency is based on it..?

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • M. JUSTIN BROMANN Reply

    Cartier = Car-tea-ay

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • nathan schmidt Reply

    Jewelry is over rated. If you want gems get those small rock shop samples. They only cost 2-15 dollars (US).

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • The420Earthling Reply

    really??? never heard of no1 before O.o

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Real Brilliance Jewellery Reply

    Diamonds are overrated, Diamonds are expensive because its controlled by de Beers, De Beers is a cartel of companies that dominate the diamond mining, diamond shops, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors. De Beers is active in every category of industrial diamond mining: open-pit, underground, large-scale alluvial, coastal and deep sea.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • tomatodamashi Reply

    Jewelry is stupid. Ostentatious displays of wealth are morally criminal when so much of the world lives in abject poverty. Try explaining your engagement ring to a poor starving African person.
    "Oh I have this ring to make my friends jealous. My fiance bought me something that would feed you everyday for 10 years ($1/day x $3500 ring) because otherwise people will think he is cheap and not good enough for me. I don't care that it is ridiculous marked up and that it heavily exploits poor workers in war torn countries. Well I'm off to go plan my ostentatious wedding ceremony, and buy a dress that costs thousands to wear for only one day because I want everyone to look at me and say how gorgeous and lucky I am."
    Humans are disgusting.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Ethan Earp Reply

    So ur saying i should were a emerald pimp ring, not a diamond one.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • insane247 Reply

    "it was believed there was a vein in the finger that was connected to the heart" they're sounding like they're debunking that but ALL veins are connected to the heart. derp

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Nolan Belluz Reply

    lol, did he say "people used to believe there was a vein connecting to the heart in a ring finger" all veins connect to the heart.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • A.K. Nesbitt Reply

    Pronunciation. Cartier is French!

    August 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm

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