Image via Telegraph - The largest rough diamond ever found, over
3000 carats. Cullinan, South Africa, 1905.
Diamond’s Bright History Hailed from India
Although the word diamond is derived from the ancient Greek for “unbreakable”, “untamed” and “unalterable” (adámas), April’s beautiful birthstone actually hails from India, where it has been mined and adored for at least the last 5,000 – 6,000 years. Found in deposits along the rivers Krishna, Godavari and Penner, diamonds were often used in uncut and natural form, called “Polki”, to create the iconic and majestic jewelry of the 16th century Mughal era. This period was noted for its splendor under Akbar the Great and its iconic Kundan jewelry. Elaborate settings were crafted from pure gold worked into a delicate foil base, showcasing a treasure trove of Polki glitter.
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Multiple Facets ranging from Healing to Immortality
Diamonds have long added glitz to life. Jewish high priests of old were thought to have held a diamond before a person accused of a crime and if the stone dimmed, it indicated guilt, while glowing more brightly meant a verdict of innocent. Healing is another property attributed to diamonds, everything from stomach ache to fatigue, mental health, infection, heart conditions and even forgetfulness. The ancient Romans inherited the belief from their Greek predecessors that diamonds were the result of the gods crying, perhaps even stars that had splintered, while Hindus associated diamonds with lightning, incorporating them into the eyes of statues. Cupid tipped his arrows of love with them and according to Plato, diamonds were alive and filled with heavenly spirits. Ancient kings often studded their leather breastplates with diamonds, believing the stones would protect them in battle and imbue them with Godlike powers.
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