Diamonds Are Forever...
Whenever you spell ‘Diamond,’ a glitter of spark runs through your eyes! Isn't it? Diamonds are women’s best friend. True. Very True! Did you know the fact, that this glittery piece that brings an instant smile on your lips was first discovered in our very own country? Check it out...
An Indian Affair
It has been said and believed that diamonds were first discovered and recognized along the banks of rivers like Godavari and Krishna, that too almost 4000 years ago. But at that time these were mere alluvial deposits.
Civilian’s used to use diamonds as religious objects way back. At that time only they learnt to treasure it. These stones were used as religious icons. In fact, the Greek and Roman people used to think that diamonds were tears of God and splinters from falling stars. People also used them to make their regular tools. Of course, they were unaware of the preciousness of uncut diamonds at that time. But diamonds were always believed to bring luck and success.
The diamond originally thought to have exceptional healing abilities. It was considered by some in past millenniums to be a “miracle stone.” A large variety of healing properties have been attributed to the diamond, including the ability to cure stomach aches, memory loss, depression, physical tiredness, infections, mental illnesses, nightmares, skin diseases, and many other head and heart ailments.
Believe it or not
In ancient India, it was believed that diamonds increased sexual prowess in a human body. Wearing a diamond increases the charm and helps to attract others. We still believe that wearing a diamond spells magic. So this belief continues forever.
The history continues...
The first instance of diamonds being used as jewellery occurred when a Hungarian Queen’s crown was decorated with it. The Point Cut was developed in the year 1375. The Point Cut follows the natural shape of a diamond, reducing the diamond waste in the cutting process. Before this development, the only diamonds used were well-formed ones; poorly formed diamonds were discarded because no one knew how to cut and shape them yet. In the Year 1477, the concept of diamond engagement ring developed. Later, new found cuts were also introduced. Presently, ‘Hearts on Fire’ is considered as the world’s most perfectly cut and shaped diamond.
Today diamonds are mined mostly in places like South Africa, Botswana, Russia, Congo, Angola, Namibia and Australia. The present day diamond market is split into two main areas, the industrial and gemstone grade. Industrial grade diamonds are not used in jewellery and instead are used in areas such as heat conduction, electricity insulation semiconductors and other similar uses. The more well-known gemstone sector includes the production of diamond jewellery, such as engagement rings, earrings, bracelets, etc.
Future is bright
In the future, diamonds may be used for surgical tools, medical devices, and prosthetic human joints. Research is being conducted into whether or not the Earth's hardest naturally occurring substance could be of any use to the medical community.