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Date 09-12-2023

Where did diamonds originate?"

Diamond originates from the Latin word 'Adamas' and the Greek word 'Adamao,' both denoting objects of great strength. When humans discovered this incredibly resilient gem, they adopted and eventually evolved the term to 'diamond.'


The history of diamonds traces back to India. Initially, they weren't used purely as beautiful ornaments as they are today. Traditionally, people carried diamonds for protection, believing in their ability to ward off danger. This belief stemmed from the notion that each precious stone harbored unique powers. In ancient India, diamonds were revered as potent gems, fit for kings and princes like Shah Jahan, a renowned ruler who reportedly possessed a vast collection of diamonds. These precious stones were sourced from the Galconda mine in the Godavari triangle.

When did the golden age of diamonds begin?

"So, how did diamonds begin to spread worldwide? Records show their initial role with Westerners began when Indians began trading with the Greeks. Europeans first encountered these gems, known as diamonds, around 27 BC. Wealthy Romans began adorning themselves with jewelry, particularly diamond rings, which at that time featured raw, uncut diamonds. During the 12th century, diamonds gained popularity among knights, adorning their armor. The 15th and 16th centuries marked the beginning of diamond development, transitioning to square cuts on the gem's face.

When can we pinpoint the golden age of diamonds? It could be traced to when Vasco Da Gama discovered a sea route around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. This led to an unprecedented increase in trade between Indians and Europeans, signifying the true introduction of diamonds to Europe. This era became the golden age of diamonds. Subsequently, in the 17th century, the quantity of diamonds in the market surged. Since then, diamonds have been revered as the epitome of gems, establishing Europe's own diamond market. European prosperity and navigational advancements further propelled the global spread of diamonds.


Moving forward to 1948 (present day), the major diamond trading company De Beers initiated a promotional campaign titled 'A Diamond is Forever,' a slogan still widely used today. In 1953, Marilyn Monroe, a renowned Sex Symbol, popularized diamonds further with her song 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend,' solidifying diamonds as the ultimate gem. Consequently, diamonds have remained a coveted possession for girls worldwide till today."

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