From Axe-Sharpener to Symbol of Eternal Love

2 November 2015 / Blog

As you may know, the first ornamental use of diamonds occurred in ancient India, where diamonds were considered to be of great religious and spiritual value. This was not, however, the first human interaction with diamonds.  As it turns out, archeologists now believe that diamonds were used in Ancient China as far back as 2500 B.C.E. During this time, however, diamonds were not revered for the beauty–rather they were utilized as tools due to their unique and practical physical qualities.  Above all else, diamonds were used to sharpen axes.  Why?  The axes built in Ancient China were frequently made of corundum–the second hardest naturally occurring substance on earth.  Diamonds, the hardest substance, were the only material capable of performing this task!

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