A Brief History of Diamonds

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We are excited to share with you a brief history of one of the most coveted gemstones - the diamond, which also happens to be the birthstone for April.

The word "diamond" is derived from the Greek word "adamas," meaning invincible or unbreakable, and for centuries, it has been valued for its beauty, durability, and symbolism. Diamonds are formed deep within the earth's mantle under high pressure and temperature, and were first discovered in India over 2,500 years ago.

Throughout history, diamonds have been a symbol of wealth, power, and love. In ancient times, they were believed to possess healing powers and were used to ward off evil spirits. In the Middle Ages, they were worn as a symbol of courage and strength, and were even thought to have the ability to restore youth and ward off insanity.

The popularity of diamonds really began to soar in the 1800s, when diamond mines were discovered in South Africa. The De Beers company, founded in 1888, quickly became the world's largest diamond producer and used advertising campaigns to promote the idea that diamonds were a symbol of eternal love and commitment. Today, diamonds are the most popular gemstone for engagement rings and are widely used in all types of jewelry.

Beyond their beauty and symbolism, diamonds also have many practical uses. They are incredibly hard and durable, making them ideal for cutting and polishing other materials. Diamonds are also used in industrial applications, such as drill bits and saws.

In recent years, there has been growing interest in ethical and sustainable diamond sourcing, with many companies working to ensure that the diamonds they sell are free from conflict and have been responsibly mined and traded.

Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the history of the diamond.

Best regards,

Silver Tides Jewelry

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