Have diamonds always been considered precious?
Have diamonds always been considered precious? As far as can be judged by sources, the first people who were searching for diamonds appeared in India. Diamond mining began there more than 2500 years ago! Diamonds are highly valued from the start.
Until the fifteenth century, they were still so rare that only the king’s queens could own them. It was only in 1430 that the custom of wearing diamonds as a piece of jewelry appeared.
First it was made by the court lady from France Agnes Sorel, and from there the fashion spread throughout Europe. The result was feverish diamond mining in India, which lasted more than 300 years. In the end, this source dried up, but, fortunately, diamonds were found in another part of the world - in Brazil, in 1725.
The jungle and tropical climate made work very difficult, but nevertheless for more than 160 years Brazil has been the main source of diamonds in the world.
Currently, the center of diamond mining is South Africa, where large deposits of diamonds were found by chance in 1867.A boy from a poor farming family found a beautiful pebble, which was bought by a cunning neighbor, who immediately recognized the precious diamond. When he in turn sold it, prospectors of all ages and nationalities came to this place.
During the year, three large diamond deposits were discovered here, and the city of Kimberley appeared, the center of a huge diamond empire.