The world’s favorite rock star!

The History of Diamonds

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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but did you know these sparkling treasures have a rich, complicated and fascinating history? And let’s not forget that the diamond is the birthstone of those born in the month of April. (So here’s a happy belated birthday to all you April babes out there!)

Diamonds, which have come to be known as a symbol of love, struggle, rarity and wealth, can be traced back to India around 3,000 years ago. This beautiful stone was first used as jewelry in 1074 when a Hungarian Queen requested diamonds as adornment on her crown.

Get to Know: The Diamond

Appearance: The shape of a diamond typically resembles a polished stone with smooth sides and rounded edges. Coming in many colors, from colorless to light yellow, it’s their metallic, bright luster that creates a diamond’s unique ability to “sparkle”.

Meaning behind the name: The word “diamond” means “unconquerable and indestructible”–a very fitting name for the hardest natural substance on earth.

Origin: Most diamonds are discovered in South Africa, Botswana and Russia–with Russia producing the most diamonds by volume and value in 2014. The gem can also be mined within the United States in states like Arkansas, Colorado and Wyoming. Did you know that the U.S. is the world’s largest diamond market?

Diamond Cutting 101: Ritani

Potential healing benefits:

  • During the Middle Ages, it was believed that taking a heated diamond to bed would help draw out any bodily toxins by purifying and detoxing all of the body’s systems.
  • The diamond carries a high-frequency energy that is used to reach visionary states in meditation.
  • Known as the crystal of protection, this gem is utilized to deflect evil spirits, fire, snakes, and danger!
  • A diamond will improve commitment, bond relationships and enhance love between two partners.
  • But diamonds do not always have positive effects. Feelings and emotions (including those that are negative) are exchanged through the hand of every single person that has held a diamond, affecting any person who wears it!

Famous figures with April birthdays: William Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, Halston, Billie Holiday

The Cullinan Diamond, 1905

Ready to learn more about these shiny rock stars?

Here are some of our favorite fun facts about diamonds!

  • Long before diamonds were a girl’s best friend, they were used as as cutting devices for many purposes. Now that’s one glamorous tool box addition!
  • The largest diamond ever found in the United States is called the Uncle Sam Diamond. It was discovered at Crater of Diamond’s State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas in 1924. The diamond weighed in at a whopping 40.23 carats. If you’re feeling adventurous, Crater of Diamonds State Park is open all year, and for a small fee, you can have your own diamond mining adventure!
  • The largest diamond in the world was discovered at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa in 1905. The monstrous rock weighed in at 3,106 carats and was named the Cullinan Diamond. The diamond was eventually cut down into many smaller stones.
  • Diamonds have been a popular engagement ring adornment since Roman times. The first diamond engagement rings were made of diamonds, twisted copper and braided hair–a very unique ring combination!
  • The largest diamond mine in the world is called the Jubilee Mine located in Sakha (Yakutia), Republic of Russia. This massive mine is reported to hold up to 153 million carats worth of diamonds!
  • There is a diamond star above you! Named after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, astronomers have discovered a star that they believe is just one huge diamond located within the Milky Way.

Get the look of shimmering diamonds with these Bead Fest Philadelphia workshops!

Rings of Fire Necklace | Jacqui Higgins

In this dazzling workshop, you’ll create 5 structural peyote stitched components with a variety of embellishment techniques. You’ll also explore a unique stringing technique which makes up the neck strap of the necklace.

Rhinestones & Rivolis Necklace | Mary Soucy

This bling-a-licious workshop focuses on very small jump rings that incorporate rhinestone montee beads as well as stunning rivolis. This gorgeous necklace that will sparkle, shine and add instant glamour to any look! 

Heavy Metal | Amy Katz 

Be the life of the party with a stunning bracelet that uses new 2 true beads. This piece features a sculpted look with the help of various stitching with cup chain and crystal accents. 

Pick up a few diamond pieces from our Bead Fest exhibitors!

Featured Exhibitor: Bollywood Bead Company

Arun proudly displays his pink diamond strands for sale!

Share your sparkling thoughts with us!

After learning about the history of diamonds, we think it’s safe to say that our favorite eye-catching rocks are truly nature’s most fascinating mysteries. Do you have any cool diamond stories you would like to share with us? Maybe it’s about a piece of diamond-adorned jewelry or a story about your diamond mining adventure? Tell us about your diamond tales in the comments and on our social pages!

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