Regardless of the direction of your gaze, I glitter razor sharp with an unmatched elegance meant to pierce the hearts of even the coldest. Out of the deep dark depths of the earth, I break out in all my rough edges. I am moulded and shaped into facets of unimaginable beauty. Only the most gifted of hands may touch and sculpt me into my true potential. The strength of gods – old and new – and the preciousness of a snowflake. I am a diamond. Put me on the world’s pedestal, where I belong.
Marvelled and praised for centuries, even earning the title “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. This rock is iconic worldwide as a sign of luxury, wealth and eternal commitment. Diamonds are truly valued for their rarity, beauty, and physical properties. But that hasn’t always been the case. Believe it or not, there was a point in time when diamonds had lost their value and the world favoured coloured gems.
Diamonds are billions of years old but haven’t been around for very long. India was the only country to mine and sell diamonds in 4 BC to the rest of the world.
In 1857, 15-year-old Erasmus Jacobs made an alluvial discovery along the banks of the Orange River in South Africa. An ordinary pebble he thought, but it turned out to be a 21.25-carat diamond later called the Eureka diamond. He sold it before he knew its value. This event represented a turning point for this precious stone. It meant that diamonds were now available to be sold all over the world. Even an ordinary man with a big enough of a wallet could go down on one knee presenting this stunning rock to his beloved.
Before this, diamonds were solely mined in India, with Brazil eventually catching on and mining diamonds in 1726. Diamonds were in demand but were too scarce to be widely sold. In 1888 however, Cecile John Rhodes started the De Beers mining company and monopolised the diamond industry. Diamonds took over the world after De Beer’s brilliant marketing plan and up till now, they are almost compulsory on an engagement ring.
In today’s modern world, diamonds still play a major role in society. White diamonds are thought to be the most sought after of all the gemstones and we don’t blame anyone. These stones are as alluring as they are durable.
At 14facets we honour these beauties by presenting them as close to natural as possible. Unique, and a reflection of you. If you appreciate diamonds as much as we do you can be sure you will find the piece that suits you well in our shop. To contact us please click here. To learn more about the history of diamonds click here.