Wedding season is upon us and in celebration of those loving couples who are about to tie the knot, Bellevue Rare Coins has decided to explore why diamonds are used for the purpose of engagement and wedding rings.
The diamond's moniker is derived from the Greek word adamas, a word meaning Dzunconquerable"; befitting for a stone that holds the highest position for hardness on the Mohs scale and one in which can stand the test of time to symbolize love.
The first ever-recorded account of a diamond used for matrimonial purposes was in 1477, when Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented a diamond engagement ring to his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This act of love, elaborate and avant-garde for its time, sparked a new trend for the aristocrats and nobles throughout Europe.
During the Victorian era, other precious gemstones would be added to the designs along with diamonds, a practice that would continue well into the Edwardian era.
When De Beers opened their diamond mine in South Africa during the 1930's, diamonds became so accessible; the American market no longer viewed the stone with such high regard. The accessibility and the decline of America's economic state during The Great Depression, diamond sales plummeted, and De Beers was forced to launch a savvy marketing campaign.
Upon conclusion of The Great Depression, the economy began to stabilize, and the people were able to spend lavishly once more. It was at this time in 1947, De Beers released the greatest campaign the diamond would ever know, DzA Diamond Is Foreverdz. The campaign reconfirmed the diamonds place in the tradition of holy matrimony and helped diamonds, once again, become synonymous with everlasting love.
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