The History Behind Diamonds

The History Behind Diamonds

What comes to mind when you think of Fine Jewelry?

The value of diamonds left behind with enchanted tales, love stories, and proposals followed by gleaming diamonds on the way to the altar are all the ways in which we can relate to these idolized novelties. However, before pop culture there was history.

So where do diamonds come from? Would you believe it if diamonds were said to have fallen from the sky? It is believed that around three billion years ago an asteroid impacted the earth's surface and deposited a specific type of diamond known as the Carbonado, which is the first documented space diamond. However, let's not hold our breath for the next asteroid to shower us with diamonds. 

So if diamonds don't come from space, let's take a look at the diamonds that were soon to be discovered underground. Mother nature would be the controlling factor that would lead to volcanic eruptions and diamonds trailing behind once everything was settled. After diamonds were discovered in the South African region, civilians set out to search for these rarities as a new personal interest because they were believed to withhold magical powers, financial powers, and personal gain. 

Over the next thousand years in the South America region, the very first diamond rush took effect. Civilization began to change the way in which diamonds were perceived. Ancient doctors used diamonds to shield unwanted toxins, heal illnesses, and aid in mythical medicines. Then the drought came. The mines were drying out and the people became motivated to look elsewhere to keep up with demand. 

Discoveries were scarce but the next major discovery was made when a teenage boy in South Africa was playing with what he thought to be a pebble. After observation of what seemed to be an ordinary rock, it turned out to be a 21.25-carat diamond! Can you imagine? This came to be known as the Eureka Diamond and belongs to the people of Africa. It's one of the most captivating stories to reach all parts of the world. 

The beginning of an era of a new diamond rush would take place. The shift in availability would also change the idea of diamonds as a rarity. Anyone willing to travel to join the diamond rush would be another shifting player in the market. Now there was over-saturation and diamonds no longer belonged exclusively to royal kings or wealthy investors. For this reason, they looked elsewhere and limited diamonds from their wardrobe, thus decreasing their prominence. The diamond industry was forever changed, the value decreased and gems of color such as sapphires and emeralds would take the place of a new trendsetting movement. By 1919 Diamond prices took a plunge down 50%. So how did we get Diamonds back to the top of the Jewelry chain? 

The Rise of Engagements 

Engagement rings returned to the spotlight through religion and matrimony. Pope Innocent III declared engagement rings to be a symbol of commitment in the time period between the actual proposal and the day of the Wedding. These rings covered in diamonds became a game-changer and key point to the ultimate commitment. 

Now we live in a world where the diamond deposit industry has depleted and diamonds are made in a lab as opposed to being discovered naturally. For example, you may need to mine 250 tons of the core element of carbon to produce ONE CARAT! The Value of the natural element is what we are more prone to treasure. The idea of the very diamond graced upon your finger has so much history, value, and a special journey.

The very same diamonds can be found within our Selected Collection at our ALKU Boutique. Gabriel & Co, which is known for its influential cuts and designs, has rings that can visually connect with the history of diamonds–stunning and captivating like the very asteroids that deposited diamonds into the surface of our earth over three billion years ago. You may want to lay your eyes on the "Astor" engagement ring that gives off an enchanting star-like design. It is one of the many rings in the engagement collection that lead you back to think about how rare and powerful it is to own one. Forever grateful to the diamond discoveries, self-discovery, investments, and above all, lifetime commitment.