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History of a Diamond

History of a DIAMOND 800 BC 327 BC DIAMONDS DISCOVERED IN INDIA The first diamond were found 3,000 years ago in India, where it is probable that diamonds were first valued for their ability to refract light. It was either used for decorative purposes or as a talisman. ALEXANDER THE GREAT brings the first diamonds to Europe. Diamonds were also known in ancient Greece and the Roman Empire where it was believed diamonds could have been splinters from falling stars. 500 - 1500 MIDDLE AGE DIAMONDS During the Midle Ages diamonds are 1000 more known for its worth and due to the raised public awareness, mine owners started myths that diamonds were poisonous in order to keep workers out stealing them by swallowing. DARK AGES DIAMONDS In the Dark KOH-I-NOOR and THE BLUE HOPE are the two most well known middle ages diamonds Ages, the diamand often used as a medical aid. Diamonds were ingested with the hopes that the afflicted would be cured of their ailment. Pope Clement tried this method but it was unsuccessful. -------- 1074 1150s THE BRIOLETTE OF INDIA is a legendary diamond of 90.38 carats, DIAMONDS USED AS which was believed to have JEWELRY One of the first examples of diamond jewelry was when a Hungarian queen's crown been brought to England by Eleanor of Aquitaine. is created. - - -- - -- - - - 1382 1375 THE POINT CUT was developed QUEEN ANNE OF BOHEMIA which follows the natural shape of a raw diamond, reducing waste in the diamond purchased a circlet crown that was being set with a large sapphire, a balas, and four large pearls with a diamond in the center. cutting process. 1423 SIR WILLIAM HANKFORD, the Chief Justice of England, gave his great granddaughter a baptismal gift of a gilt cup and a diamond ring 1477 MARY OF BURGUNDY became the first known recipient of a diamond engagement ring given to her by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria. The history and tradition of the engagement ring begins here. 1650s THE BRILLIANT CUT Cardinal Jules Mazarin collected diamonds from Catherine the Great and is credited with the first 'Brilliant cut' diamonds, which were called Mazarins Double-Cut 1664 Brilliants. JLICE LINE DO … ..... THE WITTELSBACH DIAMOND was used as a gift from King Philip IV of Spain to his daughter, to celebrate her betrothal to the Emperor Leopold I of Austria in 1664. The color NE DO NOT CROS was a rare dark blue. INE DO NOT CROSS POLICE L' 1792 OLIC THE FRENCH BLUE DIAMOND or later to become the Hope Diamond, 1837 was stolen from the French Crown Jewels during the French Revolution. THE TIFFANY TIFFANY & Co. DIAMOND COMPANY was founded by Charles 1850s Lewis Tiffany and operated as Tiffany, Young and Ellis. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Co. in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control, and the firm's emphasis on jewelry was established. THE BIGGEST DIAMOND RUSH The discovery of diamonds near the Orange River in South Africa sparked the world's biggest diamond rush, and helped to satisfy the world's increasing demand for diamonds. 1851 THE KOH-I-NOOR DIAMOND was re-cut to 105 carats for Queen Victoria by a stone cutter from Amsterdam. This well known diamond is 1900s part of the British Crown jewels. ARKANGAS THE WORLD'S LARGEST CUT 1836 BLACK DIAMOND The Spirit of de Grisogono at 312.24 carats was also found in the early 1900's and is the world's largest cut black diamond. 2003 PLURIBUS UNUM 1968 1924 UNCLE SAM is the nickname for the largest diamond discovered in the United States which was discovered by W. 0. Bassum at Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas. SOTHEBY'S THE ASSCHER KRUPP DIAMOND which was originally named after Vera Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, was sold at Sotheby's to Elizabeth Taylor. 1970s MINING AUSTRALIA After seven years of searching, Australia's alleged potential as a diamond producer was realized. 1979 ARGYLE MINE was found near Lake Argyle. Since then, it has become the world's largest volume producer of diamonds, and producing over a third of the world's diamonds every year. 2002 THE BELUGA DIAMOND is a 41-carat stone from the Golconda area of India. The Ashoka cut of this diamond was created by the William Goldberg firm. It is a cut with a rectangular girdle outline, rounded corners that capture and disperse light to create a strong brilliance. Prsented Bp : BRilliaNCE - Presented By : ----..... ----- - - - - - -- ........... -----. --......

History of a Diamond

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This infographic by shows historic points of from the discovery of the diamond right down from 800 BC in India to its relevance today.


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