Diamonds - A Brief History

Everybody knows how magical and special diamonds are - so much so that they are the proposal ring of choice. But what is the history of diamonds? In this blog post, we will look at the history of diamonds, from ancient times to modern-day! If you're planning on proposing soon, you can wow your future fiancee even more with this diamond knowledge.

Diamonds in ancient times

Let's go back to India in 4 BC. This is where diamonds were first gathered. Firstly, they were traded amongst the wealthiest people in India, but eventually, they were traded with people from other countries. They made their way all over the world, including to western Europe. They were popular in Europe's upper classes from about 1400.

Diamonds in Brazil and South Africa

The abundance of diamonds gradually started to decline in India, but in the 18th century, a small number of diamonds was found in Brazil. In 1866, more were found in South Africa, and subsequently the world's first diamond mines were set up!

Kimberlite Diamond Mine

Diamond rings

Rings have been a symbol of promise and commitment from Ancient times. We may be able to trace it to the Roman betrothal rings, which were made from cheap materials of the time (sometimes just hair!) and worn around the finger of their betrothed.

Gradually, rings were used globally as a symbol of engagement. For the wealthy, diamond rings showed their prestige. However, for most of our history, diamonds have been inaccessible for the majority of the population.

Modern-day diamonds

This all changed in 1947, when the advertising slogan "A Diamond is Forever" was created. The idea was that diamonds, with their longevity, should represent devoted and committed relationships.

This tied with the fact that diamonds got a little bit cheaper and people generally got wealthier, meaning that more of the population were able to afford diamond rings. They are still, of course, a luxury item, but are affordable for a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.

Now you know a bit more about the history of diamonds and diamond rings, you might understand why they are the most popular way to propose to your beloved! If you are planning a proposal, check out our range of diamond rings!