Before you start strengthening your knowledge of diamond jewellery, why not get to know the history of diamonds first?
Diamond was first discovered and mined in India around 3000 years ago (800 BC). While the timeline of diamond history could go on forever, here are the important milestones:
327 BC: Alexander the Great brought the first diamonds from India to Europe. Greeks and Romans considered diamond as tears of the Gods and splinters from falling stars. Chinese used diamonds in tools for engraving and carving jade and drilling holes in beads and pearls.
1074 AD: Diamonds was used as jewellery on the Hungarian Queen’s crown. This was one of the first examples of diamond jewellery. Diamond was not only used in jewellery, but was also considered to be an amulet. It was believed to impart courage and strength to its wearers.
1375: The Point Cut was developed where diamond waste in the cutting process was reduced. This was because no one knew how to cut and shape diamonds before this.
1477: The Archduke Maximilian of Austria very first gave diamond as an engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility. In India, the Portuguese trading centre and diamond trade route was developed between Goa and Antwerp via Lisbon. This increased the supply and popularity of diamonds in Europe leading to its use in jewellery like wedding rings and so on.
1520: The Rose Cut became a more fashionable method for cutting diamonds. This cut resembled an opening rosebud.
1664: King Phillip IV of Spain gifted a Wittelsbach Diamond to his daughter for her betrothal to Emperor Leopard I of Austria. The colour was a rare dark blue.
1681: The Peruzzi Cut was created by a Venetian diamond polisher. Compared to previous popular cuts, the Peruzzi Cut nearly doubled the number of crown facets from 17 to 33, significantly increasing the diamond’s brilliance.
1726: When the Indian diamond mines were depleted, it triggered a quest for alternate sources. Huge reserves of diamond is discovered in Brazil but the supply was not enough to meet the world’s demands.
1870: Huge reserves of diamond were discovered in South Africa, putting it on the map of one of the major diamond producing countries.
1880: Englishman Cecil John Rhodes formed De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd in an effort to control the diamond supply.
1902: The Cullinan Diamond, which is the largest rough quality gemstone in the world, was discovered in a mine in South Africa.
1920: Zaire (now renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo), and the former Soviet Union entered the production scene.
1979: Richest diamond deposit in the world was discovered near Lake Argyle in Kimberley region of Western Australia. Argyle diamond mine was the world’s largest diamond mine and the top-producer of gem quality diamonds at one time.
Now: Diamond has transcended across various cultures for its gemmological and industrial uses.
Diamonds signify steadfast, enduring love because of their unmatched strength and beauty. The versatile look of diamonds enables them to be worn with any outfit, from an elegant cocktail dress to a casual blue jeans. It’s no wonder diamond engagement rings are popularly used to pop the question.
A diamond’s purity and sparkle have now become symbols of a man’s commitment to the woman he loves in practically all corners of the world. Be it a ring, bracelet or a chain.
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