It's true what they say; diamonds really are a girl's best friend. Every woman dreams of showcasing a diamond ring on her finger, and the demand for these shiny rocks has skyrocketed since their earliest discovery in the 4th Century BC in India. Fast forward a few centuries, up until 1074, diamonds were only used as a currency and to show status and wealth. But, when the queen of Hungary requested to have her crown studded with diamonds, these precious stones were, for the first time, used for jewelry.
After this historical moment, diamonds' popularity began to boom, and royal families and wealthy leaders traded in these stones to form alliances. Within the next thousand years, the diamond industry would gain momentum exponentially and set up mines all across the globe in search of them. Today, diamonds are a symbol of love, and people everywhere pay top dollar in order to be able to gift their loved one with such a significant offering.
Diamonds are also the hardest substance known to man. In fact, the word "diamond" is derived from the Greek word "Adamas," which is quite literally meaning unconquerable and indestructible. These precious stones have also long been a source of mystery and magic, with many cultures believing the stone to hold protective and healing powers within them. That said, have a look down below at some additional information on where exactly your wedding ring's main feature comes from, along with fascinating facts regarding the diamond industry and its many sources.
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