When Marilyn Monroe declared that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, she knew what she was talking about. The diamond is the birthstone for April and comes first in the traditional hierarchy of precious gemstones. First discovered in India in the 4th century, diamonds were adopted for personal adornment by the Romans who believed that they possessed metaphysical properties; restoring confidence, and imparting bravery and courage.
Historically, the diamond has long been a symbol of power and luxury, from Elizabeth I who wore dresses embroidered with diamonds to enhance her aura of sovereignty, to Elizabeth Taylor who sensationally became the owner of two of the most famous stones of modern times. It may be a myth that Marie Antoinette’s desire for a diamond necklace helped bring about the French Revolution, but her bracelets – which sold in 2021 for more than 7 million pounds – are a testimony to the mystical allure of diamonds and their miraculous endurance. If ‘a diamond is forever’ it also is infinitely adaptable, inspirational, and with a universal appeal, whether intricately set in a pair of chandelier earrings, or centre stage in a solitaire ring.
TROY MCKENZIE / Queensland Representative Specialist
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