Diamonds are by far the most popular gemstones used in modern jewelry, but do you know where they came from?
Diamonds have been considered to be beautiful and very valuable for a long time. In the 1st century AD, a roman naturalist said that the “diamond is the most valuable, not only of the precious stones, but of all things in the world.”
The international love of diamonds started in India. They were trading diamonds as early as the 4th century BC. Eventually, they started trading to the Europeans, and became very popular among them by the 1400s.
In the 1700s, Brazil became a diamond-mining powerhouse.
The int 1800s, after the French Revolution, western Europe and the US became more wealthy and the demand for diamonds exploded.
By the 1900s, South Africa mined 90% of the world’s diamonds.
Recently, diamonds have been found in Australia and Canada.
Diamonds have truly withstood the test of time and will always be in fashion.