1. The oldest known piece of jewelry is a 100,000-year-old perforated shell that was discovered in the Cave of the Speleologists in eastern France. It is believed to have been used as a necklace.
2. The largest diamond ever recorded was the Cullinan diamond, which weighed in at a whopping 3,106.75 carats before it was cut into several smaller stones.
3. In ancient Egypt, the scarab beetle was a popular symbol used in jewelry and was thought to bring good luck.
4. In medieval Europe, poison rings were a popular type of jewelry. They had a secret compartment in which the wearer could hide poison for protection or to commit murder.
5. Pearls are the only gemstones that are created by a living organism and do not require any cutting or polishing.
6. The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas," which means "unbreakable."
7. Wedding rings are traditionally worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was believed that this finger had a direct connection to the heart.
8. In ancient Rome, women would wear a ring on each finger to indicate her social status and wealth.
9. In some cultures, such as Hindu and Indian culture, the nose ring is considered a symbol of married status for women.
10. Gold has been used in jewelry-making for thousands of years and is still one of the most popular precious metals used in jewelry today.
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