The Evolution of Diamonds

Diamonds were treasured as talismans as early as 800 B.C. The Krishna River delta in Southern India was the world leader in diamond mining from the 9th century BC to the mid-18th century AD. During the First Century A.D., it was the height of stature for prominent Romans to wear uncut diamonds, mounted in gold rings. These diamond talisman were awarded to a fortunate few by the emperor. 
 In the 13th century, Louis IX of France, proclaimed an order forbidding all women, including queens, to wear diamonds! He insisted that diamonds were only for Kings. This law was challenged 200 years later by the mistress of Charles VII, who is considered responsible for making diamonds popular to all members of the French court. The 14th century was the start of diamond cutting, however this was mostly superficial polishing. Then came the point cut, which followed the natural shape of the diamond.
Not until the late 1400’s did we see a diamond used in an engagement ring. In 1477 Mary of Burgundy became the first to receive a diamond engagement ring which was gifted to her by Archduke Maximilian of Austria. The ring was said to be set with a point cut diamond and thin flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M”.

Posted on April 6, 2017 .