Are diamonds really a girl's best friend? History would indicate that the allure and enduring quality of diamonds have always been a symbol of love and commitment traditionally treasured by women.
Dating back to the 18th century when diamonds were first discovered in South Africa, they soon became affordable for wedding and engagement rings to be marketed worldwide. Though interestingly, the diamond engagement ring never became popular in some parts of Europe, and in France and England the diamond was thought of a jewel for the rich and not the masses. However, their appeal has never waned and the slogan ‘A diamond is forever’ launched in 1947 has caused sales to continue to soar.
This infograhic reveals more fascinating facts about the history of diamonds and the global monopoly on the diamond mining industry.