Diamonds have a breathtaking quality that dazzles most everyone who encounters them. In the hectic days of constant rushing around, the little sparkle can help you pause for a second, forget about the worries of the world, and take that relaxing sigh for a split second as you behold its magic. A diamond’s sparkle can soften a heart and even if just for a short while, it can make you feel like you belong to a fairy tale world.
But have you ever thought about the origins of this magnificent marvel? To learn more about its history we have to go back as far as the 4th century BC. It is believed that man first came across diamonds in the land of India, and it has been the object of desire of many. At first, diamonds were only traded in India, but after Alexander the Great brought the first diamonds to Europe in 327 BC, the public and especially the striving world’s elite fell in love with the gem in no time.
However, before the diamond gets its dazzling quality, it goes through a grueling refinement process. The diamond’s journey starts in the deepest layers of rocks, and is forcefully ejected from its cradle, either by nature or man power. After it has been removed from its “bed” it goes through myriads of meticulous and gentler processes, like cutting and polishing before it is displayed in the jeweler’s store. Thus, after all the final touches, the once rough and jagged stone becomes a magical gem displaying brilliance and grace.
As diamonds were gaining mainstream popularity, new cuts, shapes and designs started to immerge. It was in 1375 that one of the very first designs appeared—the Point Cut. This design emulated the natural contour of the diamond. The Point Cut’s predecessors were the naturally well-shaped diamonds; however the ones that came in the rough and jagged form were not even considered attention worthy, because there were no cutting masters around who could shape it into a particular design.
Sources of its marketplace have changed throughout the years. As mentioned before; it started in India, then shifted to Europe and by the 18th century it ended up in Brazil. Thus, even though the diamond was an exclusive piece in the past, it is now equally available throughout the world. Its modern trade started in Africa, where a diamond discovery was made in 1866.
Towards the beginning of the 20th century diamonds could be found in the U.S. as well as Canada and other newly discovered places. Due to its value and high demand, mining for diamonds has also shifted from surface to underground mining.
Needless to say, it was becoming more and more popular, especially among the elite. Women and as well as men enjoy this sparkling marvel, which seems to put a smile on everyone’s face. New knowledge about its different properties and ways of handling has also sprouted during this time, which led to creating pieces of perfection.
The diamond remains the most valuable gem to this day and its splendor appears to shine through centuries.
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