Diamond: A symbol of everlasting love and used to celebrate 60th wedding anniversaries
Diamonds are the most sought after gem in the world. Marilyn Monroe famously sang in the film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”; and Shirley Bassey confirmed that, “Diamonds Are Forever” as part of the theme tune for the 007 film of the same name.
Interestingly, diamonds, though seen as very precious and delicate, in their natural form are the hardest natural substance on the planet. Though cherished for their colourless, clear sparkle, diamonds can be found less commonly in tints of yellow, brown and other hues. Although, be warned, any bride-to-be is unlikely to be content with a brown diamond – only twinkling beauty will do!
Diamonds, now synonymous with eternal love, have not always been prevalent in the minds of young lovers. Though widely accepted among historians that in 1477 Archduke Maximilian of Austria bestowed the first diamond engagement ring upon his future wife, Mary of Burgundy, it was not until the end of the Victorian era when diamonds truly began their meteoric rise in popularity.
The way in which a diamond disperses light has long transfixed the jewellery world and it doesn’t look like its popularity will fade in the near future. Buying a diamond for a loved one is a beautiful way to show the never-ending love you hold for them, and at Goldsmiths we know just how important a choice it is when it comes to searching out your unique piece of jewellery.