Loading... Please wait...


  • 617.236.7660
  • My Account


The Charismatic Diamond. 15 Captivating Facts.

Diamonds are provocative, magical gems with thousands of years of history and lore. We've compiled 15 facts about diamonds, to read more about the modern, ethical diamonds visit our Diamond Education page.

1. Diamonds are all between one and three billions years old. The earth is 4.543 billion years old.

2. A diamond is an allotrope (meaning other form) of Carbon.

3. The word diamond comes from the Greek ‘adameo’, which means unbreakable or indestructible.

4. Diamond is the hardest natural material known to man, and can only be cut or polished by another diamond.

5. Most of the earth’s natural large diamond deposits are found in Africa, but diamonds are found all over the world including the United States and Canada. All of Laura Preshong’s diamonds are ethically sourced from Canada, Botswana and Namibia.

6. Diamonds were first discovered around 2500BC, and are at the mystical heart of many tales, legends and myths.

7. In the time of the Pharaohs diamonds were placed in the center of the Ankh, the Egyptian symbol meaning life, for power, courage and truth.

8. The Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were the tears of the Gods and that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds.

9. Plato wrote about diamonds as living beings that possessed celestial spirits.

10. Jewish high priests used a diamond’s brilliance to determine the innocence or guilt of a person accused of a crime.

11. The Roman poet Plautus chronicled the first known diamond engagement ring, that ring was gifted by Archduke Maxmillian of Austria to his beloved Mary of Burgundy in 1477. The ring was made of yellow gold with the letter M, created out of diamond chips.

12. The oldest diamond cut is the Table Cut, which has been seen in Islamic jewelry dating from the 13th Century AD.

13. In 1919, Marcel Tolkowsky, published a mathematical computation of angles and proportions to maximize a diamond’s brilliance and fire. This cut known as the Tolkowsky, the Modern Brilliant, or the American Ideal, became the standard for American diamond cutters.

14. The United States buys more than 40 percent of the world’s gem quality diamonds – making it the world’s largest diamond market.

15. The largest diamond in the universe is actually the core of a white dwarf star. Positioned directly above Australia, Lucy (from the Beatle’s song Lucy in the sky with Diamonds) is thought to have a diamond core weighing 10 billion trillion trillion carats. The largest diamond on earth is the Star of Africa weighed at 530 carats.

View Comments

Win a pair of our new Suki Heart Earrings!

We're so in love with our Suki Heart earrings, we are giving a pair away! Just in time for Valentine's Day. All you need is your email address - click here to win; gvwy.io/xpcf7my

Read More »

12 Tips to Keep Your Engagement Ring Safe

Wearing your engagement ring in the wrong place at the wrong time can result in loss or damage to your most prized possession. We've come up with 12 tips to keep your ring sparkling and on your finger for a life time.1Traveling: Consider leaving your engagement ring home while traveling and just wear your wedding band. [...]

Read More »

Unique Wedding Rings for Brides and Grooms via Boston Wedding Magazine

It's our Adam Branch Band! Adorned with everything from black diamonds to delicate branches, these distinctive wedding bands will bring life to your new family tree. See more on Boston Wedding Magazine

Read More »

​ 11 Cute Ways to Announce Your Engagement on Instagram

For all of you who got engaged over the Holidays here are some cute tips for posting on Instagram from Tia Albright of Martha Stewart Weddings.He put a ring on it! Now it's time to spread the news. Unlike the good old days where you'd call everyone or tell them face-to-face, now it's all about [...]

Read More »

Botswana Mines Largest Diamond In Over A Century...Go Botswana!

A 1,111-carat diamond has been discovered in a mine in southern Africa. According to the Lucara Diamond Corporation, the gem is the largest find in more than a century, and the second largest discovered in the world so far. Read more here.

Read More »

10 Tips for Keeping Your Engagement Ring and Proposal A Secret

We meet future brides in the gallery everyday, some are adamant about selecting their engagement ring setting and others while leaving bread crumbs as a trail, are still looking for the traditional surprise engagement proposal. We’ve complied a List of Ten Tips to help you pull off the perfect ring choice for your surprise proposal. Look [...]

Read More »

Selecting Your Diamond Online. Part Two - Oval Diamonds

Abigail Three Stone RingThe oval cut diamond is considered a Fancy Cut and is second only to the round diamond in brilliance. The shape was first cut in the 1960's and an oval cut diamond is a good choice if you like a sparkling diamond with a more unique shape. The oval cut has a tendency to visually [...]

Read More »

Love an Autumn photoshoot!

The Jenny Baguette Halo Ring is looking gorgeous with some fall colors as a backdrop!

Read More »