Why diamonds?

Are you looking to buy diamond jewellery so that you may spoil your loved one? For centuries diamonds have been recognised as the universal symbol of love. This is largely because of their extreme hardness and lustre. But, there’s much more to diamonds then you might realise.

History

  • Diamonds were first mined in India over 2800 years ago. The process of diamond cutting as an industry started as far back 1300 AD in Venice, Rome.
  • In 1447 AD the tradition of the engagement ring was born. The Archduke Maximillian of Austria bequeathed his bride to be a diamond ring when he proposed to Mary of Burgundy.
  • Erasmus Jacobs was only 15 years of age when he found the first South African diamond in 1867. This massive 21.24-carat diamond was named the Eureka diamond. Its discovery heralded the Kimberly Rush that transformed South Africa into a leading industrial nation.

Did you know? The largest ever diamond of gemstone quality weighed 3106.75 carats. It was cut into 105 diamonds including the Cullinan I and the Cullinan II (known as the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa respectively). Both gems are now part of the British Crown Jewels.

Myth and Magic

  • Marilyn Monroe immortalised diamonds as ‘a girl’s best friend’. This is a testament that investing in a diamond always holds great merit.
  • The Greek philosopher Plato saw diamonds as living beings. For Plato they were the embodiment of celestial spirits.
  • It was said that Cupid’s arrows had diamond tips. It was also thought that diamonds were the tears of the Gods or possibly even splinters of falling stars.
  • It has been widely believed that a diamond is a powerful talisman. When given as a token of friendship or love it will bestow its new owner with courage, faith and inner strength.
  • Modern pop culture icon Rhianna sang about the significance of diamonds with the lyrics ‘yellow diamonds in the light, now we’re standing side by side’ – showing just how much these stones can mean.

Did you know? At one time Jewish high priests used diamonds as divination tools to determine if someone was guilty of a crime or not. The more truthful someone was, the more the diamond placed near to him or her would sparkle. That’s basically trial by diamond!

Symbolism

  • Natural diamonds are forces of pure nature. They are worldwide symbols of beauty, power, wealth, and (of course) love. That is why they are universally desired.
  • Diamonds are transcendental. If you are looking for the perfect gift then diamonds provide the most enduring declaration of devotion. They are the best analogy for love itself.

Did you know? The word ‘diamond’ comes from the Greek word ‘Adams’ meaning unconquerable.