Here are some myths you should not believe in:
- Biting is a suitable method to test out the authenticity of gold – No, there are other soft materials that can be coated with gold;
- Gold comes in different colours – No, real gold is yellow. Gold is alloyed with other metals to change its colour and strength;
- Diamonds are Indestructible – No, a diamond can be scratched and damaged by another tougher one;
- Diamond is the rarest gemstone in the World – No, high-quality emeralds, rubies, and sapphires as well as tanzanies and black opals (among others) are rarer in nature than diamonds;
- Sapphires are always blue - No, sapphires come in a wide range of colors.
Some interesting facts:
- The most common form of silver is sterling silver. This is actually only 92.5% pure silver, with the other 7.5% made up of copper;
- Silver is now rarer than gold;
- Silver is the most reflective element, reflecting 95% of the visible light spectrum;
- In ancient Egypt, silver was more valued than gold;
- Gold is the only metal that is yellow. Other yellow metals are alloys;
- All the gold ever mined would fit into a cube of 68ft;
- An Estimated 99% of Pearls on the Market Today are Cultured;
- It takes at least six months to produce a pearl.