Symbolizes strength, courage, success, brilliance and enduring love
Botswana and Russia are the top producers. Also, Angola, Australia, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Russia and South Africa, Ghana and Brazil.
Points of Interest
The name comes from the Greek “adamas” meaning unconquerable.
For centuries, most people believed diamonds were unbreakable.
In association with astrology, diamonds were often referred to as the “Venus Stone” because they were said to be as bright as the evening star. Venus was also the name given to the Goddess of Love. From these associations, as well as many others, diamonds became part of courtship, love and romance.
The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. He married her the very next day. At that time, the diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure.
Romans believed that diamonds were created as splinters from fallen starts, and that cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds.
Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods.
During the Middle Ages, it was believed that diamonds would grow darker in the face of guilt and shine brightly for the innocent.
It was also believed to have been used as a healing stone. Such as a way of detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting in calming creatures.
Being comprised of 99.95%carbon, a diamond is one of the purest materials found in nature.
Diamond is the only gem composed of just one element