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Guide to Diamond History

History of diamond with the source of information, as diamond history is mixed in rich myths and folklore as it is in physical facts and records. While looking through the history of many cultures around the world, one stone that has fascinated people with the romance and beauty is the diamonds.

Early History of Diamond

The first ever piece of recorded diamond history is around 3,000 years ago, in the country of India. We have no written record of diamonds been found prior to this period of time in any civilizations. Diamonds in this day and age were used for two main purposes, and are quite different from why we still love diamonds today. Diamonds then and today stood as a symbol of love and commitment and this might be the reason that in the early records of many cultures we have diamonds used for special occasions and purposes.

Diamond in Dark Ages of History

In the dark ages the diamond history shows us the use of diamonds for medical purpose as in the recorded case of St.Hildegarde. Diamond was said to have a power to cure illnesses and heal wounds. It is recorded that St Hildegarde instructed the sick to hold a diamond in their hand and make the sign of the cross. The diamond's spectacular sparkle and life, sort of have bought hope to the sick.

Diamond in middle Ages of History

In the middle ages diamonds began to gain popularity and at this point in diamond history many of the famous diamonds were discovered, like the Kohinoor which means "mountain of light" and Blue Hope, both from India. India remains the world's finest polishers of diamonds and is the world's largest consumer of precious metals and precious stones.

From being based on their mythical powers, diamonds began to be valued more for their overall worth in the Middle Ages and it was the start of diamond being valued as a precious item. Because of the incredible value of diamonds, it is said that owners of the mines circulated stories of diamonds being poisonous, this was meant to prevent the workers from swallowing or smuggling out diamonds undetected.

Since Diamond was considered as a status symbol and valued highly in the society, people wanted diamonds ever more than any other time period recorded previously. Diamond supply from India was unable to meet demands of diamond buyers. Then came the finding of diamonds near the Orange River in South Africa and with it began the world's largest diamond rush in recorded history much like the gold rush, and this helped satisfy the demands of consumers around the world.


Australia started producing diamonds in the late 1970's. Also in 1979, the Argyle pipe near Lake Argyle was discovered by geologists. The Argyle mine is the largest diamond producer in the world by volume, but not the leader by value due to the low proportion of gem-quality diamonds. Argyle mine is the only known source of pink diamonds, producing 90 to 95% of the world's diamonds supply.