April Birthstones

Diamond History

Diamonds have been admired for centuries. Some historians estimate they were traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons diamonds are so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond gemstone forms deep beneath the Earth’s crust and is then forced upward until it is uncovered.

But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lightning made real on Earth. Perhaps this is the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers. Old legends stated the diamond could cure brain disease, alleviate pituitary gland disorders, and draw toxins out from the blood.

Historically, the diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers. Today, the diamond gemstone is most widely known as the gem to feature in an engagement ring.

Throughout history, the diamond has nearly always symbolized eternal and lasting love. So, whether you’re getting engaged, or simply want to give yourself a truly meaningful gift of jewelry, the diamond has both beauty and enduring symbolism.

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