We all know what a diamond is, but do we know where they come from?
Here is a short, sweet little story of how a diamond came to be and where it is going today...
HISTORY OF MINED DIAMOND
Diamonds were believed to be first discovered in India in 4th Century BC. Gathered from the countries very own rivers and streams, it didn’t take long for these diamonds to begin their trade amongst the likes of Western Europe – it was in the early 1400’s where they grew to own their rank as a valuable asset amongst Europe’s most highly recognised, elite communities.
This marked the beginning of a Diamonds undisputed beauty, forever.
As the beauty of the Diamond became more recognised, the source of the stone started to grow also:
• Early 1700’s Brazil emerged as a prominent supplier
• Late 1800’s South Africa begun its indefinite role in shaping the Diamond Industry – which grew to be the modern diamond market
• 1900’s the establishment of De Beers evolved – where they controlled 90 percent roughly, of the worlds collection of rough diamonds
The rest was history, literally.
History that follows the stories of many dark and deep holes in the earth’s crust, the roles of the men and women who worked the mines and lives of many which were lost in the process of sourcing and trading these diamonds.
‘…behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain…’ – Bob Dylan
HISTORY OF CULTURED DIAMONDS
Today the mined diamond industry’s history of both human conflict and unsustainable production methods has played a significant weight on us, as humans and our social responsibility to love our home, this planet.
This brings us to the story and unfold of Cultured Diamonds…
It was in the late 1940’s that the world was introduced to this new kind of diamond, Lab-Grown Diamonds, otherwise known as Cultured Diamonds. Scientists in the United states and other countries found a successful means to culture diamonds through Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) methods. Through CVD & HPHT a diamond was grown and finessed to be optically and chemically identical to that of a mined diamond.
Not only did these methods offer an alternative, transparent option of owning a beautiful diamond (without having to question their origin) it has also offered a more affordable option of owning a beautiful diamond, not just isolated to individuals apart of elite communities.
THE BEAUTY OF A DIAMOND
Just as the beauty and growth of the diamond industry begun to bloom and solidify its place in the world, so did the stature of the diamond amongst communities.
Where diamonds were earlier on appreciated for their undeniable elite status amongst the wealthy communities in Western Europe, the role of the diamond had also transformed into a more meaningful value.
Today the diamond is highly associated with the means of love. More than often the diamond is identified as a gesture of one’s love for another, and acts as a statement to mark the beginning of a partnership forever. Otherwise known as the traditional “Engagement Ring”.
Love is forever. So, it is our promise at SAMUEL & STONE to keep love alive.
Love for the planet, love for the people who create it, and love for the future generations who will inherit it. – SAMUEL & STONE