In the long course of history, some considered diamonds to be the tears of the gods, having the inner power to make you invincible and immortal, while others said that they are cursed.
Today, these magical gems – the strongest stones found in nature – are a symbol of elegance and refinement, and also a reflection of certain social status.
Diamonds are considered to be the most precious stones in the world. They are colored or colorless, rare and expensive.
No other stone has fascinated jewelers more than diamonds.
Considered for a long time the toughest substances in the world, the diamonds we admire today are over 3,000 years old. India, Brazil, or South Africa are just some of the places where the most precious stones in the world are extracted.
The history of the most precious stones in the world
In ancient times, the Greeks considered diamonds to be "tears of the gods" or "broken pieces of the stars" and used them to ward off evil spirits or to cure various ailments. Their beauty and power have mesmerized many people since ancient times and made them rob, steal, or wage wars in their name.
"It was believed that the people who wore them would never get sick, and some legends said that they would never die. We know of at least one case in Antiquity when a very rich king broke a diamond and drank a little of it every day to become immortal", said a gemologist on a Digi24 TV Show.
"The largest diamonds in the world were given to kings. Kings left them from generation to generation, and the most spectacular were mounted in crowns, or even in weapons," he continued the story of diamonds.
The first mention of diamonds was made in the Bible, where it was mentioned of "yahalom" - precious stones sewn on the clothes of ancient priests. Also in ancient times, diamonds were ground with olive oil and diamond powder.
One of the most famous diamonds in the world is Koh-i-Noor. The story of the enormous precious stone begins in the 14th century and legend has it that its owner will either rule the world or be cursed. From 1850 the diamond belonged to Queens Victoria, Mary or Elizabeth, and today it is in the Tower of London, next to the jewels of the British Crown.
The Koh-i-Noor diamond had several owners who died in mysterious circumstances one by one or were lost at games or on various occasions.
Starting with the 15th century, the diamond also became a symbol of engagement. This started after the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond engagement ring to Duchess Maria of Burgundy.
The diamond – a perfect miracle of nature
Diamonds originate in volcanoes at very high temperatures, and the difference between exposure to high temperatures makes the mineral diamond acquire this fantastic property. If it stays a few seconds or milliseconds more, it will still turn to carbon, but coal.
A jeweler can analyze a diamond, but a gemologist is the only one who can really do a complete examination. It analyzes the gemstone from 30-40 points of view and can even tell the region or mountain the diamond comes from.
First and foremost, experts look at the reflection of the stone light. The most experienced can tell directly if it is a diamond or another stone. A synthetic diamond, for example, does not have the same refractive index as a natural diamond.
The diamond with a brilliant-cut is usually the most expensive and, of course, the larger the diamond, the higher the value of the jewelry.
At present, although many are scared of the value of diamonds, you can always find a piece of jewelry with a small diamond according to your budget. The only problem with which we believe that we cannot afford diamonds is that we want more than we can afford.
The larger the diamond, the higher its price. That is why diamonds are a prerogative of both perfect beauty and luxury.
More than often younger ladies prefer diamonds in modern, futuristic, exclusive jewelry pieces, while the more experienced ladies prefer vintage and antique jewelry, family jewelry. For example, Kate Middleton's engagement ring is a gold ring with a very beautiful central sapphire and diamonds all around, which is a family legacy from generation to generation.
A symbol of elegance and refinement, diamonds - the most precious stones in the world - can cost from a few hundred dollars to tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. Regardless of the price, "diamonds are forever", as the old saying goes.