Mystique Values of Diamonds Which Come Through the Ages
Hundred of years before Christ, In India, where diamonds were first discovered, the diamond was valued more for its magic than for its great beauty. It was thought that diamonds protected mankind from all combined forces of evil. In India the color of the diamond was thought to reflect the caste of the wearer which is why the pure white diamonds were very precious. Romans thought diamonds were pieces of stars falling down to earth. Greeks believed that diamonds were tears of God. Italians trusted it to protect against poisin
In 1513 the company of Goldsmiths defined diamonds as follows :
"The diamond gives strength and virtue and keeps him away from sins. It also keeps bones and body as a whole. It enriches him with value and good". For the person carrying it, it is more valuable than God of Love. It keeps seeds of a man within womb of his wife and help him born healthy
Brilliant Facts on Dazzling Diamonds
Diamonds are the hardest known substance on earth and the gemstone with the most sparkle when well-cut.
Diamonds are composed of common carbon, like graphite in a lead pencil. Billions of years ago, extreme forces of heat and pressure (conditions not in existence today) transformed the carbon into diamond deep below the surface of the earth. This volcanic mass then broke through the earth`s surface to cool in Kimberlite pipes.
Diamonds were first discovered in India more than 2,800 years ago.
Of all the diamonds mined today, only 50 percent are judged to be of jem quality.
The quality and value of a diamond is determined by four characteristics the cut, colour, clarity and carat weight.
The major diamond producing countries today include Australia, Zaire, Botswana, The USSR and South Africa.
The four most important diamond cutting centres in the world are India, Israel, Antwerp and New York.
Most diamonds are cut with 58 facets to reveal maximum sparkle, fire and brilliance.
Before a diamond is placed on a woman's hand, it will probably touch at least four continents and benefit from the skill of many international craftsmen.
The word "Diamond" comes from the ancient Greek word "adamas", meaning unconquerable.
The ancient Greeks thought diamonds were tears of the gods.
The ancient Romans thought diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth.
Diamonds have decorated kings, inspired poets, adorned celebrities and brought untimely death to both the famous and the infamous.
But most of all, over the centuries they have always been seen as the ultimate gift of love.