Everyone loves diamonds; they are shiny, beautiful and elegant. But diamonds are more than just pleasing to the eye, they have a unique and captivating history that will give you a whole new appreciation for these beautiful jewels!
Here are some interesting facts on how diamonds were discovered.
Diamonds – The History
The word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means indestructible and unconquerable.
History states that the first diamonds were discovered in India in the 4th century BC. Most of these stones were carried across trade routes that connected China and India. You will often hear this journey referred to as the ‘Silk Road.’ When diamonds were first found, they were admired because they were capable of retracting light and engraving metal.
Prior to diamonds becoming a symbol of wealth available for purchase, they were surrounded by divine belief, mystique, magic, spirituality, and superstition. According to Plato, diamonds were living beings, they were worn to protect against evil spirits, used as cutting tools, as adornments and to protect soldiers when they went to battle. It was also believed that when diamonds were ingested, they could heal wounds and cure illness.
When Diamonds Became Jewelry
For many years, diamonds were seen as a symbol of status and power. However, in 1074, the queen of Hungary had her crown adorned with diamonds, and it was around this time that they became a form of jewelry.
It was over the next thousand years that diamonds became a talking point in history. Powerful leaders and royal families used them as deals to seal alliances and show the other party that they intended on remaining a loyal ally.
The diamond industry started to flourish, and mines were discovered in new countries and continents. It wasn’t until years later that they became a symbol of commitment and love.
Diamonds in Different Countries
South Africa: Diamonds were also found in South Africa in 1867, they were discovered by a 15-year-old boy named Eramus Jacobs on his father’s farm. Within a few years, there were more diamonds yielded in South Africa than there had been in India in more than 2,000 years.
Brazil: Brazil discovered their first diamond mines in 1725. Within one hundred years, the country had mined over seventeen million carrots worth of diamonds.
Russia: The first diamond mines were found in the Ural mountains of Russia in 1829.
Australia: The first diamond mines were found in Australia in 1851 in the New South Wales area.
The Largest Diamond
The largest diamond in history was discovered in space in 2004, it was named after the Beatles song Lucy. According to experts, it is bigger than the moon and weighs 10 billion trillion trillion carats.
Today, diamonds are known as a symbol of love and commitment. However, as you have read, diamonds have a vast and interesting history that goes back thousands of years. The information you have just read is the tip of the iceberg, why not spend some time doing your own research and discover some more interesting facts about diamonds.