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DIAMONDS A TO Z - History of Diamonds
History Of DiamondsIt was over 4,000 years ago that the first diamonds were mined in India, in alluvial deposits of the stone along the rivers Krishna, Penner and Godavari.
Diamonds were known in ancient Greece and the Roman empire. Consider the ancient Greeks and Romans who believed diamonds were tears of the Gods and splinters from falling stars.
The Hindus attributed so much power to them that they even placed them in the eyes of the statues of deities.
Not only was it believed that diamonds could bring luck and success, but also that they could counter the effects of astrological events. There were many that wore diamonds as charms believing in their ability to heighten sexual prowess and attract others. Plato even wrote about diamonds as living beings, embodying celestial spirits.
Their rarity, durability and beauty made them popular among midieval royalty.
Today, diamonds continue to hold a deep fascination as the world's ultimate symbol of wealth.
Modern diamond mining as we know it today began in South Africa in the late 19th century.
The top seven diamond-producing countries, accounting for 80 percent of the world's rough diamond supply, are Botswana, Russia, South Africa, Angola, Namibia, Australia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is a diamond
Natural history - How diamond is formed
History of diamonds
The diamond industry