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The Girls' Best Friend...

The magical role of the diamond is an enchanting one indeed. In early times, Romans and Greeks believed that these stones were tears from God. It was believed by many that diamonds would bring wealth, success and luck. The root of the word "diamonds" is the Greek word "Adamas," meaning unconquerable and indestructible. This gemstone has long stood for wealth, power, love, spirit and magic. It is no wonder that it has continuously been sought over.

Diamonds, worn by Kings on their breastplates in battles were believed to possess the magical qualities of God. Until the 15th Century, Kings wore diamonds as a symbol of strength, courage and invincibility. Over the years, people began to believe that cupids' arrows were tipped with diamonds that have a certain magic that nothing else can equal, and the Greeks believed that it was constant love being reflected by the fire in the diamond. This is why diamonds have now acquired its status as the ultimate gift of love.

The diamond engagement ring was born in 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy. The ring is placed on the third finger of the left hand because early Egyptians believed that the Vena Amors, vein of love, runs directly from the heart to the tip of the third finger. With all the luster and glow, it is no wonder that diamonds are a girls' best friend.




Still curious?

Check out this site for more cool information on the history of diamonds.

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/diamonds/name.html

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