Jewellery that we wear in today’s time is way too different from what people used to wear in yester years. People of Stone Age wore jewellery to keep evil spirits away. Our history clearly shows that jewellery was also used to attract opposite sex. Both male and female wore crafted jewellery, made from whatever they found. Everything like stones, tree barks, bones of dead animals all were believed to be used for making jewellery.
India is known for creating beautiful wearable jewellery. India has long and royal history when it comes to ornaments. Diamonds were mined in India and dates back to more than 6000 years. It is one of the reasons that India was once called the golden bird. Diamonds were first found along the rivers of Andhra Pradesh that is Penner, Krishna and Godavari.
India’s abundance in rich minerals attracted the Moguls and British to it. Alexander the Great also invaded India in his quest to conquer the world and took many diamonds and precious gems from India to Europe. This incident started the diamond trading industry for India.
Diamonds always had high astrological significance. Our Indian mythology states that diamond is believed to have healing abilities as well. They are so hard that they were used as engraving tools from time immemorial. Diamonds in ancient time were called Vajra, which transliterates to Thunderbolt in Sanskrit.
Diamonds have always been linked to royalty but gained commercial importance in the 19th century when the supply increased. Also with the introduction of technologies like improved cutting and polishing along with innovative and successful advertising campaigns. Today India is home to the world’s largest diamond cutting and polishing center. On a pro rata basis 11 out of every 12 processed diamonds in the jewellery around the world comes from India.
With successful advertising and easy availability, today, diamonds are the most loved and bought gems in the world.