Jewelry Statistics

Last Updated on: January 6th, 2024

jewelry statisticsHere is a collection of some of the most interesting jewelry statistics and fun facts I have stumbled across in my internet travels. These posts cover both the jewelry industry and individual companies.

Jewelry Fun Facts

  1. The oldest piece of jewelry ever discovered is a set of 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells, found in Israel in 2006.
  2. The world’s most expensive piece of jewelry is the Pink Star diamond, which sold for $71.2 million in 2017.
  3. The most popular gemstone in the world is the diamond, followed by sapphire and ruby.
  4. The world’s largest pearl, called the Pearl of Lao Tzu, weighs 14.1 pounds and is valued at over $40 million.
  5. The tradition of giving an engagement ring dates back to ancient Rome, where a ring was given as a symbol of ownership over a woman.
  6. The Hope Diamond, one of the world’s most famous diamonds, is believed to be cursed and has a long history of bringing bad luck to its owners.
  7. The world’s largest gold nugget, called the Welcome Stranger, was found in Australia in 1869 and weighed over 200 pounds.
  8. The oldest known gold jewelry dates back to around 4,000 BCE and was discovered in Bulgaria.
  9. The term “carat” comes from the Greek word “keration,” which means “fruit of the carob tree,” as carob seeds were once used as a standard of weight for small items such as jewelry.
  10. In ancient Egypt, jewelry was often used as a form of currency and was used to pay taxes and buy goods.

Specific Jewelry Company Statistics Pages

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