Diamonds possess a value, both visually and economically that has endured with the passing of time. The first diamonds discovered were found in a riverbed in India around 800 BC as a result of a volcanic source that has never been found. Royalty were recorded wearing diamonds as early as 1300 AD. The first engagement ring is said to be have been given by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 starting the tradition of diamond engagement rings.
In 1867, a 21 carat stone discovered on the banks of the Orange River, South Africa, started a great diamond rush. Between 1870 and 1891, no less than six kimberlite pipes were discovered in Kimberley.
Diamonds have long been the symbol of love and romance. The word "diamond" is derived from the ancient Greek word adamas, which means "unconquerable". Strength and durability have made diamonds an enduring symbol of matrimony and everlasting commitment.