The Diamond History
Diamond history varies greatly depending on your source of documentation, as diamond history is as
rich in myths and folklore as it is in physical facts and records.
Diamond history is one filled with mythical stories, such as one where snakes guarded a land full
of diamonds, and the history has fascinated people with the romance and beauty that surrounds our most precious
Around 3,000 years ago, in the country of
India, the first ever diamond history was recorded.
If diamonds had been found prior to this
period of time, we have no written record of it. Diamonds in this day and age were used for two main purposes,
and is quite different from why we still love diamonds today. Diamonds stood as a talisman in order to fend off
evil spirits, and to provide protection during battles, and they were also valued because of their ability to
reflect the light.
Dark Ages of Diamond
It is during the dark ages that the diamond
history moved into having some sort of medical purpose. St Hildegarde was said to have written an anecdote to heal
wounds and cure illnesses that instructed the sick to hold a diamond in their hand and make the sign of the
cross. Some people in diamond history went as far as swallowing diamonds, hoping it would cure their illnesses
Middle Ages of Diamond
It was during the middle ages that
diamonds began to gain popularity. It is this point in diamond history
that many of the famous diamonds were discovered, including the Blue Hope, and the mountain of light, both found in
India. In our current times, India remains the worlds finest polishers of diamonds.
The middle ages also saw a shift in diamond history-
where previously diamonds were valued based on their mythical powers, they began to be valued more for their
As more people learned of the incredible value of diamonds,
mine owners began circulating stories that diamonds were poisonous, to prevent the workers from swallowing diamonds
as a means to smuggle them out of the mines undetected.
Also during this period of diamond history, people
wanted diamonds more than any other time period previously, mostly because they recognized their power and
India's diamond supply was dwindling and was unable to meet
demands of diamond buyers. South Africa's find of diamonds near the Orange River began the world's largest diamond
rush of diamond history, and helped satisfy the demands of those wanting diamonds for themselves.
Diamond history began to
spread into eastern Australia sometime during the middle of the nineteenth century. During the late 1970's,
Australia as a diamond producer became validated. Also in the late 1970's, 1979 to be exact, the Argyle pipe
near Lake Argyle was discovered by geologists.
Since that day, Argyle has become the absolute largest
producer of diamonds in all the world and throughout diamond history, and produces over one third of the diamond
volume each year.
Now diamonds have become a valued and highly sought after
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