If you’re one of the lucky ones to have been born in April, you might be pleased to know that your birthstone is one of the best-known and most sought-after gemstones – the diamond. Adored, desired and coveted for centuries, diamonds have long been thought of as the most precious gift, the ultimate accessory and the greatest symbol of love.
What Is the History Behind Diamonds and Why Are They so Special?
Not only do diamonds symbolise love and wealth, not to mention being exceptionally aesthetically pleasing, they are also a symbol of great strength. The word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas”, which means “invincible” or “unbreakable”, and diamonds are the hardest mineral in the world! Diamonds have a timeless charm and a history that has fascinated diamond lovers for centuries. Formed deep under the Earth’s crust billions of years ago, the first reported finding of diamond was in India back in 4th century BC and from there they were transported along the network of trade routes that connected India and China, commonly known as the Silk Road. The lucky recipients of these special findings were in awe of the diamond’s strength and brilliance, and for their ability to refract light and engrave metal. Many people at the time also believed that diamonds had special healing powers so they swiftly became highly sought after. It is even thought that people used to ingest diamonds to help to clear them of their ailments!
For a long time it was thought that India was the only place where diamonds could be found, but as news spread of their supreme qualities and the Indian diamond mine’s supplies started to deplete, countries across the world began mining in hope of “striking diamond”. When a huge 83.50-carat deposit was unearthed in what is now known as the Kimberley Mine in South Africa, the world’s diamond supply increased dramatically and people from every part of the world found themselves with access to this impressive gem that they had heard about from afar.
Why Are Diamonds Used in Engagement Rings?
We all know that if we want to impress our future spouse then a diamond engagement ring is a pretty good start! But did you know that the tradition of presenting a diamond engagement ring as a token of commitment before marriage dates back to the year 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed marriage to Mary of Burgundy. Back then diamonds were a rarity and the ultimate show of love, as well as wealth, and little has changed.
Whether you have an April birthday and fancy treating yourself to a stunning diamond piece or you want to really treat someone you love, you can find a wide range of delightful diamond jewellery on the diamonds section of our website.