Why Is Diamond Jewelry So Popular?  | The Diamond Reserve

Why Is Diamond Jewelry So Popular? 

Whether rings, earrings, or necklaces, it’s hard to walk through a crowd of people and not see someone wearing diamond jewelry. The stones themselves have become a status symbol, signifying luxury, but how did this come to be? Let’s talk through what makes diamonds so special, from the gemstone’s geological origins to its history of being featured in jewelry.

When Did Diamond Jewelry Become Popular?

Diamonds have been a valuable commodity since about 300 BC, and historians believe that the stones were designed into jewelry some centuries later. The fifteenth century marks one of the notable peaks in diamond jewelry as the gemstones symbolized wealth and opulence. 

More recently in the twentieth century, diamonds were highly fashionable, often alluded to in popular culture. A 1947 advertisement with the tagline “A diamond is forever” comes to mind. Just a couple of years later, Carol Channing first performed the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the Broadway musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — and Marilyn Monroe famously starred in the following film adaptation.

It’s hard to talk about diamonds, without discussing engagement rings. The first known record of a diamond engagement ring dates back to 1477 in Europe. Today, diamonds are the default gemstone for engagement rings, in all shapes and sizes.

What Is So Special About Diamonds?

Part of the reason diamonds are held in such high esteem is likely because of the gemstone’s unique origins and properties. Formed under extremely high heat and pressure, diamonds are one of the hardest materials known in the world.

Natural diamonds are also very rare, which is why they are so valuable and coveted. Because these stones are a finite resource, natural diamond alternatives, like lab-grown diamonds, have become increasingly popular. With beauty and exclusivity, it’s no wonder that diamond jewelry has remained in fashion for thousands of years.

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