Marilyn Monroe said it best, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend." And oh, how we love diamond jewelry. It is believed that the first diamonds were discovered 3,000 years ago in India. Diamonds are one of most popular of all the gems. Diamonds have been mined in India, Africa, Brazil, Russia, Australia, and Canada. Not only have diamonds been used in diamond jewelry, but also diamonds are the hardest minerals known to man. Tools have been constructed out of diamonds, and are infamous for their ability to cut objects that ordinary tools are ineffective to cut. Diamond jewelry has been a symbol of wealth, beauty, and stature for over five hundred years.
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During the Middle Ages diamonds gained in popularity with people other
than royalty. Today, diamond jewelry is a symbol of love and diamonds
are the traditional gemstone used in engagement, wedding, and anniversary
There have been many famous diamonds over the years. Some of these include The Star of Africa. This diamond is 530.20 carats. It is set in the Britain's Royal Scepter, and is kept in the Tower of London. This diamond is the largest cut diamond known to man.
The Allnatt Diamond weighs 101.20 carats. It was discovered in South Africa during the early fifties and is valued at 3,000,000. Not all diamonds are clear colored. There have been diamonds ranging in color from green, blue, yellow, black, and pink.
Diamonds have been a standard of success, wealth, love, and have been
used in magical and mystical ceremonies. Diamond jewelry continues to
be a popular choice with consumers and some stores cater in selling
diamond jewelry only.
Diamonds are cut and faceted into various shapes. These shapes include round brilliant, baguette, princess, pear, oval, heart, marquise, and briolette.