Diamonds are forever, a girl’s best friend, and the birthstone for anyone lucky enough to be born in the month of April. This sparkling precious gemstone is the epitome of luxury. They are most commonly found on engagement rings, but diamonds have been a sought-after commodity since ancient times.
The first references of diamonds can be traced all the way back to 30,000 BC. Texts mentioning diamonds have been found in India, China, ancient Rome and ancient Greece. Before the 1700s most of the world’s diamonds were traded from India. After that, they were discovered in Brazil and South Africa.
Though the world’s main sources of diamonds have changed over the years, their status symbol has not. Since the beginning of time the diamond has been a revered stone in every culture. The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that diamonds were tears from the gods; the Romans also believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps why diamonds became the most popular engagement ring stone). Ancient Hindus believed diamonds protected them from danger. Europeans in the Middle Ages believed that diamonds gave strength and healing powers, which is why they became popular among royalty for decoration and during battle.
Today diamonds are known as the stone of purity, love, and clarity. Its healing properties include purifying the body, balancing metabolism, and building strength. Diamonds specifically help to treat allergies, chronic conditions, glaucoma, dizziness, and vertigo. It’s no wonder diamonds have been irresistible since their discovery!
Since diamonds are expensive, many people prefer to wear jewelry with a cubic zirconia or clear crystal.