A Brief History of Diamonds
What is the history of Diamonds?
Each and every diamond has a long and complex history, no matter the size, clarity, and color. That’s because it takes years and years, an incredible amount of pressure, and one long journey to the surface of the earth. And that’s before they are even examined, cut, and placed into a piece of jewelry. Keep reading to find out who first discovered diamonds, when diamonds became valuable, and why they are so valuable.
What’s the history of Diamonds in India?
The Gemology Institute of America or GIA is a nonprofit institute that was established in 1931 and remains the world's foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. According to GIA, “The world’s love of diamonds had its start in India, where diamonds were gathered from the country’s rivers and streams. Some historians estimate that India was trading in diamonds as early as the fourth century BC.”
What’s the History of Diamonds in South America?
It wasn’t until the 1700s when India’s supply of diamonds began to run low and that is when Brazil made their move.
According to GIA, diamonds in Brazil were discovered in the early 1700s by miners looking for gold along the banks of the Jequitinhonha River in the state of Minas Gerais. For years and years following, Minas Gerais was a major supplier in the world of gem diamonds.
When did Diamonds become Valuable?
Diamonds have been cherished as rare and valuable for centuries. But it was De Beers — now an international corporation focusing on diamonds — that made the diamond industry explode. In 1947, the ad campaign and classic slogan, "A Diamond is Forever" boosted the sale of diamonds astronomically. The idea was that a marriage should last forever and so would a diamond.
The History of Diamond as Rings
Not surprisingly, diamonds grew in popularity among royals and the wealthy. Diamonds would eventually become a symbol of a couple’s engagement and marriage that was a tradition adopted by many, even those without unlimited funds and status.
“In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility,” according to the American Gem Society.