Unbound the culture of diamonds history
Diamonds have a long and rich history of 3000 years and are linked with objects of desire as it the most valuable thing in this world. Before coming to the jewelry case, diamonds have to entail through a hardcore process of mining. Formed deeply in the earth under extreme pressure and heat, it is carefully cleaved cut and finely polished till it gives out the natural shine. Today, 10 million people across the whole world owe their livelihood to the rich diamond industry.
Regarding the history about diamonds, Brazil emerged to be one of the important sources of diamonds in 1700s. For more than 150 years, Brazil dominated the diamond market with pomp. However, nothing lasts forever. In the 1800, affluences ushered to Western Europe and the US. Just as the diamond demand broadened, explorers unearthed the first South African diamond deposits. THE MODERN DIAMOND MARKET BEGAN WITH THE DISCOVERY OF DIAMONDS IN KIMBERLY, SOUTH AFRICA IN 1866. By the end of 1990s, diamonds surpassed 100 million carats per year. The Democratic Republic of Congo produced a huge amount of rough diamonds in the end of 1970s. Botswana became a new name in the diamond market in 1982. The world diamond mining got expanded dramatically with the discovery of new deposits in northern Canada in 2000.
Diamond Classifications- Know Thy Diamonds
Depending on the basis of origin, diamonds are classified into three types of diamonds including natural, synthetic and thin film diamonds. White diamond as the most common one, diamonds come in various shapes and sizes. Coloured diamonds are also available of which pink diamond is the rarest among all. You can check the diamond quality by considering the 4Cs that stands for cut, colour, carat and clarity. With its exclusive sparkle and glitter, diamonds continue to enthral people across cultures.
Other interesting facts about diamonds
The history of the diamond does not end with its production, but also with the history of diamond mining and the history of diamond cutting.
History of diamond mining includes lot of perseverance and diamond mining varies from country to country. The main and only source of diamonds was rivers. Diamonds pipes were discovered in South Africa and mined from kimberlite and lamproite volcanic pipes. The magma present in the pipes pulled the diamond crystals, formed by temperature and high pressure, to the surface from deep in the earth.
Diamond cutting has a unique style that has experienced the most intensive history of development that began as long as the 1stC B.C. It was in 20thC the style of cut mature in the form of a round brilliant cut. Different cut emerged into different period like the diamond ‘point cut’ in 14thC, ‘briolette cut’ in the 15thC, the rose cut for the maximum brilliance diamonds in 16thC, the ‘brilliant cut’ or Mazarin or Peruzzi cut or the in 17thC, the cushion cut in 18thC, the Kohinoor cut in 19thC and the 58 faceted ‘round brilliant cut’.
The history of blood diamond includes the blood diamond that is mined in the war zone to finance an insurgency or warlord’s activity. Such diamonds were traded in Angola, Sierra Leone, The Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire and many others.
Diamonds have a never-ending history and lores and the sparkle and beauty will always be associated with marriage.