The gleaming accent that never disappoints; the simple yet stunning beauty; the intricate play of light that you can see from across a room – it is no surprise that the diamond is the most celebrated gemstone in the modern world. Modern techniques and settings have only highlighted what has been known for centuries – diamonds are the highest standard of beauty.
Reverence for diamonds can be traced to India where the gem was originally found and used in religious rituals 3,000 years ago. For centuries, these beautiful gems have been one of the rarest materials on Earth. As trade routes connected Europe to the East, diamonds began to make their way to Europe and European royalty who were eager for the rare gems. The rarity of diamonds even led King Louis IX of France to establish a law in his country that reserved diamonds for the king alone.
The discovery of diamonds in Cape Colony, South Africa in the late 19th century greatly increased the world supply of diamonds, but most diamond mines were discovered in the 20th century when scientific understanding of the conditions for their formation was more complete. Today, diamonds are mined in 25 countries around the world and on every continent except Europe and Antarctica.
Some designers have taken their love of jewelry design to the most iconic gem, the diamond, by creating innovative cuts that give the diamond a new, original look. Michael C. Fina carries an extensive collection of these distinctive cuts that give the diamonds from these companies an even brighter, more radiant glow.