There is a diamond mine open to the public in Arkansas, it is the only diamond mine open to the public. So far 31000 gems have been found since it became a state park in 1972, the visitors keep what they found.
In 2004 a flawless diamond worth $300,000 was attached to the nose cone of each Jaguar Formula One car in order to promote the film Ocean’s 12. On the first lap of the Monaco Grand Prix, one of the drivers crashed into a barrier, and the diamond was lost.
Ashes (cremated remains) can be compressed into a diamond. Several, actually. They’ve created up to 9 diamonds from a single person’s remains.
When famed jeweler Harry Winston donated the 45 carat Hope Diamond, valued at $200 to $250 million USD, to the Smithsonian, he simply shipped it via the US Postal Service in a box wrapped in brown paper.
Russia has a vast diamond field containing “trillions of carats”, enough to supply global markets for another 3000 years. The field was discovered in the 1970s underneath 35 million year-old asteroid crater in Siberia.
Scientists in Mexico turned tequila into diamonds by heating a cheap shot to 800 degrees Celsius. At that temp, it vaporized and broke down into its atomic constituents, producing a fine layer of carbon crystal structures identical to diamonds on nearby metal trays.
There’s a company in Switzerland called Algordanza that will turn your ashes into a diamond for your family. The color of the diamond is determined by all kinds of factors, however diamonds made from people that had gone through Chemo are usually distinctively a lighter color than the rest.
Naturally occurring diamonds are not exceptionally rare. The reason they are so valuable is because one company has controlled about 80% of the diamond trade for the last 140 years and tightly regulates the amount of diamonds on the market, allowing them to grossly inflate the price of the gems due the to perception that they are hard to find.
Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.
Queen Elizabeth still keeps a diamond stolen from India in her crown and it’s one of the largest diamonds in the world.