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Lets Do it the Hard Way
  Let's Do it the Hard Way   best quiz  
Photo Match
 10 Qns
Match each diamond photo, the hardest substance known to man, to its proper cut.
Tough, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 29 23
Joepetz gold member
Dec 29 23
206 plays
Diamonds are Forever
  Diamonds are Forever   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Diamonds, among the hardest and most precious things on Earth, are formed using two things - time and pressure. I hope you're not bothered by either of those as you take this quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Aug 03 21
LeoDaVinci editor
Aug 03 21
196 plays
  The Hot Rock   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Diamonds. People lust after them, die for them, steal them. Women (and some men) love to wear them. Here are some famous ones.
Average, 10 Qns, Christinap, May 31 23
May 31 23
3229 plays
  The Hardest Thing in the World   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Diamonds are known as the hardest naturally occurring substance on the earth. The term GIA that may be found in some questions refers to the Gemological Institute of America, which is considered to be the world's foremost authority on the grading of gems
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Jan 24 20
Jan 24 20
2213 plays
  Carbon Glitter   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This carbon stone sparkles and glitters, here is my quiz on diamonds.
Average, 10 Qns, red_stone, Feb 18 20
Feb 18 20
2990 plays
  The Hope Diamond   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Don't forget your jeweler's loupe for examining the history of the world's most famous diamond.
Average, 10 Qns, DR.NO, Jan 24 20
Jan 24 20
1933 plays
  Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's your chance to sparkle and shine. Diamonds symbolize love and go with everything! Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, suzbird, Sep 10 21
Sep 10 21
2435 plays
  My Last Name is Diamond    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
South African diamonds have their own stories to tell. The question is: can you connect their first names with the descriptions? (All carats are metric and rounded to the nearest number.)
Difficult, 10 Qns, sterretjie101, Jan 24 20
Jan 24 20
806 plays
  Adamantine Fire: the Diamond    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The greatest diamonds are given proper names and gather a history and legends all their own. Meet some of the most celebrated diamonds ever described!
Difficult, 10 Qns, ragiel, Aug 10 20
Aug 10 20
764 plays
  A Flash from the Dawn of Time: Diamonds III    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Much more than a mystical symbol or ultimate jewel, the history of diamonds extends backward to the birth of the universe.
Difficult, 10 Qns, ragiel, Jan 24 20
Jan 24 20
604 plays
trivia question Quick Question
This company has sold several pieces of diamond jewelry using the tag-line, "A Diamond is Forever." What is the name of the company?

From Quiz "Carbon Glitter"

  Cold as Ice: Diamonds II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A glance at my bookshelf shows that diamonds have at least as fascinating a place in history as they do in lore and legend. Here's just the facts...
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, ragiel, Jan 24 20
Very Difficult
Jan 24 20
926 plays

Diamonds Trivia Questions

1. The Eureka diamond is not the most beautiful, neither is it the largest. It has another claim to fame. What is that claim?

From Quiz
The Hot Rock

Answer: The first diamond found in South Africa

The Eureka was the first diamond to be found in South Africa. In 1866 it was literally picked up from the ground by a 15 year old boy when he saw something shining in the sun. It was put on display at the 1867 Paris Exhibition, after which it returned to South Africa where the Governor of Cape Colony bought it for £500. He took it with him to America, where it stayed for the next 100 years. It was cut and polished from the rough size of 21 carats to 10.73 carats at some time during this period. 100 years after it was discovered De Beers purchased it and donated it to the South African people. It can be seen in the Kimberley Mine Museum.

2. What is the proper term for any flawless diamond over 99 carats?

From Quiz The Hardest Thing in the World

Answer: Paragon

A flawless diamond of any color that is free from all inclusions and over 99 carats is referred to as paragon. There are very few of these gemstones in the world, as most large diamonds are not flawless. The largest flawless diamond in the world in 2011 bore the name The Paragon Diamond and weighed in at 137.82 carats. It was the 10th largest white diamond in the world in 2011 and was cut in an unusual seven sided shield cut.

3. During a 17th century buying trip a French gem dealer, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, acquired a 112 3/16-carat "beau violet" diamond that would eventually yield the Hope Diamond. What country was the only known source of diamonds at this point in time?

From Quiz The Hope Diamond

Answer: India

Tavernier made six voyages between 1631 and 1668 to India for the purpose of buying diamonds. He became a very successful gem dealer and well known celebrity. In fact, Louis XIV not only invited Tavernier to sell him gems, but to write an account of his travels.

4. A diamond is the hardest substance on earth. What is the second hardest substance?

From Quiz Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Answer: Sapphire

Diamonds are 90 times harder than the second hardest substance, which is the sapphire or ruby. The extreme hardness of diamonds is due to their amazingly tight crystalline structure. A diamond's atoms are more densely packed than any other substance. They have one "weakness" that allows them to be cut into gemstones. They can be cleaved in four directions. It takes a cutter of great skill to cut a diamond.

5. Diamond is my husband's birthstone; what month would his birthday be in?

From Quiz Carbon Glitter

Answer: April

The birthstone for January is garnet, March has aquamarine, and November is a topaz. The birthstone for April is diamond and the two zodiacs are Aries (March 21 to April 19) and Taurus (April 20 to May 20).

6. The Hope diamond is famous mainly because it is believed to be cursed. What colour is it?

From Quiz The Hot Rock

Answer: Blue

The Hope diamond may, at one time, have been part of the Blue Tavernier Diamond owned by King Louis XIV of France. This was stolen during the French revolution and many believe the Hope was cut from it, but this has never been proved. It was purchased in 1830 by Mr Hope, an English banker. Bad luck and tragedy has followed the owners ever since. His son lost his fortune shortly after inheriting the diamond. It was then bought by a widow, Mrs McLean. Her only son was killed in an accident, she lost her money and committed suicide. The diamond then came into the hands of a New York diamond dealer, but legends about it were circulating and his clients refused to have anything to do with it. It is now in the Smithsonian Institute.

7. Which ruler purchased the "beau violet" diamond, which was then given a more brilliant cut to 67 1/8 carats and named the "French Bleu"?

From Quiz The Hope Diamond

Answer: Louis XIV

In selling the "beau violet" to Louis XIV Tavernier received $1.8 million dollars (2006 USD equivalent) and the title of Baron.

8. What designation are diamonds known for?

From Quiz Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Answer: Hardest naturally-occurring substance

Diamonds are the hardest substance on earth that is naturally-occurring, but they can be cut by other man-made objects.

9. With which type of event is lonsdaleite associated?

From Quiz A Flash from the Dawn of Time: Diamonds III

Answer: Meteor strikes

Lonsdaleite is less stable than diamond, and appears to be the configuration of carbon atoms most readily formed during catastrophic changes in heat and kinetic energy.

10. Type IIb diamonds have an unusual property. This is:

From Quiz Cold as Ice: Diamonds II

Answer: They are semiconductors.

Type IIb diamonds tend to be blue in color. Yes, the Hope diamond is one of them.

11. Major diamond-producing areas which became commercially important in the late 20th century include all but...

From Quiz Adamantine Fire: the Diamond

Answer: USA

Many geologists believe that Alaska may contain commercially important deposits, but none are being developed as of 2003.

12. Who is the Hortensia diamond named after?

From Quiz The Hot Rock

Answer: Napoleon's step daughter

This 20 carat peach coloured stone is named after the Queen of Holland, who was Napoleon Bonaparte's step daughter, the daughter of Empress Josephine. Although not named until Napoleonic times the stone had been part of the French crown jewels since at least 1691. It is shown in an inventory of that year. In 1792 it was stolen, but was recovered a year later. Many of the French crown jewels were sold in 1887 but the Hortensia was one that was retained, and it can be seen in the Louvre.

13. The hardest natural known object in the world is a diamond. On the Mohs scale how much does it measure?

From Quiz Carbon Glitter

Answer: 10

The diamond is a perfect ten, the highest score available on the Mohs scale. This type of measurement for hardness in a gemstone was introduced by Frederich Mohs in 1812.

14. The large octagonal diamond in the ring worn constantly by Elizabeth Taylor is named:

From Quiz Cold as Ice: Diamonds II

Answer: the Krupp

The Taylor-Burton is a 69+ carat pear shape, which Taylor had mounted in a pendant. It was briefly named the Cartier before Burton purchased it. In 1979, she sold it to finance a hospital in Africa. The Taylor Heart is also called the Taj Mahal or the Queen Mumtaz; it is a heart-shaped Indian stone engraved with the name of its previous royal owner.

15. The largest pink diamond known to antiquity still resides in the state treasury of Iran. What is its name?

From Quiz Adamantine Fire: the Diamond

Answer: Darya-i-Noor

All of these diamonds are believed to be among those sketched and described by Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, a traveler and diamond broker who brought back many famous diamonds. His clients included members of the French royal house.

16. Where in Britain could you find the Cullinan diamond?

From Quiz The Hot Rock

Answer: The Tower of London

The Cullinan I, or Star of Africa, is set in the sceptre, which is part of the British crown jewels. These are kept in the Tower of London and can be viewed when the tower is open. This diamond was cut from the 3,106 carat Cullinan, which was discovered in South Africa. When cut this massive stone yielded ten major and ninety six smaller stones. There were signs the the Cullinan might have been part of an even larger diamond, but despite vigorous searching no sign of the other part of it has been discovered.

17. According to the GIA, how did the Ocean Dream Diamond get its color?

From Quiz The Hardest Thing in the World

Answer: Millions of years of exposure to natural radiation

This beautiful five carat diamond has a very unusual and brilliant color. It is not its size nor clarity but rather the color that makes this diamond famous. The GIA believes it got its color after billions of years of natural radiation. This diamond was included in the Smithsonian's "Splendor of Diamonds" exhibit along with other priceless diamonds of the world.

18. Which European ruler is believed to have purchased the blue diamond after his wife sold it for financial reasons arising from his less than generous treatment of her?

From Quiz The Hope Diamond

Answer: George IV

George IV married the Duke of Brunswick's daughter, Caroline. Married by proxy their first meeting was less than auspicious. George IV left the meeting room as soon as possible and stated, "I am not well: pray get me a glass of brandy". Caroline was older than the typical bride of the time (29 years old), lax about hygiene, coarse in manner and words, and sexually promiscuous. She was not only denied access to the King's coronation, but the right to be crowned Queen of England. The situation continued to deteriorate over time with Caroline living a rootless existence while wandering across Europe with a variety of lovers. To fund her lifestyle Caroline sold personal jewelry including the blue diamond. Although there is no record of whether George IV knew it had previously belonged to his wife it is unlikely he did not know due to the rarity of blue diamonds.

19. This company has sold several pieces of diamond jewelry using the tag-line, "A Diamond is Forever." What is the name of the company?

From Quiz Carbon Glitter

Answer: DeBeers

DeBeers began their involvement with diamonds in South Africa in 1869. The tag-line was first used in 1947 and was written by Frances Gerety. Another interesting fact about the company - in the James Bond Movie, "Diamonds are Forever" DeBeers was listed in the credits.

20. How is the age of diamonds determined?

From Quiz A Flash from the Dawn of Time: Diamonds III

Answer: Mass-spectrometry analysis of minute inclusions that crystallized within the diamond

Since the inclusions crystallized at the same time as the diamond, their chemical makeup is representative of the time of formation. Radioactive atoms decay at a known rate into more stable elements. By measuring the proportions of uranium to lead, for example, it is possible to calculate how long the process has been occurring, and thus the date of formation.

21. The Sancy diamond has had a colourful history since it first appeared in 1570. Who was the first British monarch to own it?

From Quiz The Hot Rock

Answer: James I

The Sancy probably originated in India, but it's validated history begins in 1570 when it was purchased by Nicholas de Sancy. He loaned it to Henry III of France and Henry IV of France before selling it to James I of England. After that it was briefly owned by Charles I of England. After he was deposed his son, James, fled to France with the diamond, which he was forced to sell. It became part of the French crown jewels, but disappeared during the French revolution. It surfaced again in 1828 when it was offered for sale at an auction, was displayed at the 1867 Paris Exposition and then disappeared again, this time for forty years. In 1906 it was bought by William Astor and the Astor family held it for the next 72 years, before selling it to the Louvre museum, where it still resides.

22. The Moussaieff Red Diamond is believed the be the largest red diamond in the world; in which country was it found?

From Quiz The Hardest Thing in the World

Answer: Brazil

Discovered in the mid 1990s, the Moussaieff Red is said to have been found in an unknown or unnamed stream, by an unknown farmer in the country of Brazil. Cut in a trillion style, it triangular shape lead to it being called "The Red Shield" until it was bought by the Moussaieff Jewelers in 2002. It is a little over five carats and is listed by the GIA as "the largest Fancy Red, natural color diamond that we have ever graded as of the date the report was issued" (2011). Red diamonds are the rarest and most valuable of the colored diamonds.

23. The George IV blue diamond was sold to cover a portion of the massive debts inherited from George's reign by William IV. What is the enduring legacy of the new owner, Henry Philip Hope, in regard to the blue diamond?

From Quiz The Hope Diamond

Answer: The blue diamond became known as the "Hope Diamond".

Being a friend of both King William IV and Hope and executor of George IV's will, the Duke of Wellington acted as an intermediary in arranging the sale of the blue diamond. Hope was a member of a wealthy merchant banking family that collected gems. His primary interest in the blue diamond was as a specimen notable only for its intrinsic properties, not historical associations and/or uses. Known for its beauty and rarity the Hope Diamond joined a collection worth $15 million dollars (2006 USD equivalent). Hope catalogued the Hope Diamond as "No. 1" and weighing 44 1/4 carats, which was then stored in Drawer #16 of his home gem cabinet.

24. What is the very bottom of a diamond called?

From Quiz Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

Answer: Culet

The culet is a facet cut across the tip of the diamond. Not all stones have a visible culet.

25. Diamonds are pure carbon and were formed millions of years ago. What forced the diamonds to the earth's surface layer where we can mine them?

From Quiz Carbon Glitter

Answer: Volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.

The pressure of the earth and the heat combined formed diamonds. Volcanic eruptions deposited the diamonds where they would wait millions of years to be mined. It is estimated that to get one carat of rough diamond you must sift through 40-250 tons of sand and gravel.

26. The Coromandel diamonds were named for:

From Quiz Cold as Ice: Diamonds II

Answer: Their origin in Brazil

The Coromandel mines are located in Minas Gerais province in Brazil.

27. The Koh-i-Noor forms part of the British state crown. What does Koh-i-Noor mean?

From Quiz The Hot Rock

Answer: Mountain of Light

The Koh-i-Noor has the longest known history of any of the great diamonds of the world. The history starts in 1304 when it was the property of the Persian Emperors. It may even have been set in the fabled Peacock Throne. After the Persian empire crumbled the diamond came into Indian ownership. It was appropriated by the East India Company who presented it to Queen Victoria. She first wore it as a brooch but later had it mounted in the state crown. When first presented to Victoria it weighed 198 carats but re-cutting to set it in the crown reduced this to 108 carats.

28. What unusual color is the Spirit of de Grisogono diamond, which has usually been listed as the fifth largest diamond in the world?

From Quiz The Hardest Thing in the World

Answer: Black

Found in the Central African Republic, the Spirit of de Grisogono diamond is a magnificent black diamond that weighed 587 carats when found, and after cutting weighed in at 312 carats. This stone is set in a white gold ring that has over 700 white diamonds. Flamboyant to say the least.

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