No other gem expresses human emotion more powerfully than a diamond. Rare, precious and indestructible, these essential qualities have made diamonds the perfect symbols for true love and romance.
The romantic tradition of giving a diamond ring as a token of love and commitment began in the 15th century when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring on their engagement.
In England, diamond rings were often referred to as “scribbling rings” because lovers used them to engrave romantic messages on window panes. This whimsical form of flirtation was enjoyed by many of the nobility, including Elizabeth I who allegedly exchanged cryptic words with her admirer, Sir Walter Raleigh.
Perhaps the most publicised romantic diamond gifts in modern times have been the jewels given by Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor. These include a 33 carat Krupp diamond worth over US$10 million and the pear-shaped, 69 carat Taylor-Burton diamond.
However, the potent symbolism of diamonds goes beyond romance. For centuries they have been used to celebrate other joyous occasions: the birth of a child, birthdays and the achievement of personal goals.
In the 19th century, Napoleon gave his wife Marie Louise an exquisite diamond necklace on the birth of their son. More recently, producer/director Bruce Paltrow demonstrated his pride in daughter Gwyneth when, after winning the Best Actress award at the 1999 Oscars, he bought her the stunning 40 carat diamond necklace she had borrowed to wear at the ceremony.
Diamonds are an eternal celebration of life’s perfect moments.
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