The history of diamonds

THE sparkling diamond engagement ring on your finger has been drawing admiring glances ever since your proposal but, have you ever given a thought to the history and origins of those gorgeous stones that have come to symbolise love and commitment?

From myths about valleys of diamonds protected by snakes, to the production of millions of carats in rough diamonds each year, the history of diamonds is one of mystical power, beauty and commercial expertise. The first recorded history of the diamond dates back some 3,000 years to India, where It is likely that diamonds were first valued for their ability to refract light In those days, the diamond was used in two ways -for decorative purposes, and as a talisman to ward off evil or provide protection in battle.

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