A Brief History of the Diamond
Diamonds have had a variety of uses since their discovery in India in 800 B.C. The word diamond came from the Greek word adamas, which means invincible. They were first admired for their ability to reflect light and their strength to engrave metal. Some ancient Greeks believed diamonds were pieces of stars that had fallen to the earth. Others believed they were the tears of the gods. More recently, the strength and brilliance of diamonds has been used to signify the love and commitment of two individuals soon to be married.
Before the 19th century diamonds were cut and polished by hand. This hand cutting process resulted in more irregular and unique diamonds. As diamond cutting shifted from hand-cut to machine-cut, the diamond cuts became more consistent and less varied. Diamond engagement rings date back to 1477, when Mary of Burgundy received a diamond ring as a promise of marriage from the Archduke Maximilian of Austria. The pattern has continued to this day, where approximately 180,000 diamond rings are bought and gifted each year.
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A Diamond's Personality
A diamond’s shape affects its cut, play of light, setting and brilliance. Think of it as a diamond’s personality. Each diamond has its own qualities that make it desirable and set it apart from the others. The following categories will highlight the different diamond shapes used for engagement rings. They will give a brief history and description of the shape, as well as, provide a picture. Like any other decision in life, it is best to take into consideration all the available options. These pages will help you become more familiar with each diamond cut and give you a few things to think about before you make your final decision. Take some time to look around and find the cut that’s best for you!