Blesq Diamonds
30 September 2019

History of Diamonds

We’d like to share our passion and expertise for diamonds with you, which is why we’ve created the Blesq diamonds blog – read on for gripping tales and exciting news about the most precious gemstone on Earth.

The history of diamonds date back to the 4th Century BCE. At that time, diamonds in India, unlike today, were worn exclusively by men, preferably as talisman. The stone was said to possess magical powers, strength and invincibility among the sorts. He was worn as a rough diamond, since it was assumed that he would lose his magical powers in the process of cutting. During 600 AD, another diamond find in Indonesia, Borneo was reported. Since a diamond is limited in its occurrence, the Indian and Indonesian deposits were already exhausted by the 18th century.

A few decades later, the first diamond found in Brazil was reported. Thus, continents outside of Asia were also considered for occurrences, and in many places gave rise to hope for sudden wealth. In the 19th century, a rock was found in South Africa, near Kimberley, which also contained diamonds, called kimberlite. It is now considered the mother rock for diamonds. Despite low diamond content in the rock, about 1Ct / 250 t, the production is worthwhile, as can be seen in the example of South Africa, where the largest share of natural diamonds for the world market is promoted.

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