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The Use Of Diamonds In Body Piercing

Jun 20, 2008
Body piercing achieved so much popularity today as more and more individuals are getting aware of its functions on the contemporary fashion. In the past decades, piercing was limited to ear only. But as the time passed by, body piercing has been applied to various part of the body-- like nose, eyes,tongue piercing, as well as in lower part of the body. So, since many are in to this fashion trend, the question now is, what kind of jewelry that is used commonly in body piercing? The most common are silver and gold. However, some say, precious stone like diamond is also being used. Since diamond is said to be part of this piercing trends, we should have to have knowledge about it.

When did diamonds first become popular as precious stones and used for jewelry? The earliest reference to them has been found in a Sanskrit document that was dated around 300 BCE. They were anchored with the gods and were utilized to decorate religious icons and statues. In India, only kings, the highest caste or social status, were allowed to own them.

Though, diamonds were traded east and west of India, they were still prized in their natural crystal state, or polished to enhance the shine and luster of them. The first guild of diamond cutters was established in 1375, and it was then that the practice of cutting the stones and faceting them was augmented.

From the earliest years, diamonds were the province of kings and queens and other state leaders. In fact, in the 13th century, Louis IX of France decreed that only royalty could posses diamonds, a dictate which faded away about 1 century later. By the late 15th century, they were utilized as wedding rings.

The largest diamond ever found was a 3106-carat diamond discovered in 1905 in a mine owned by Thomas Cullinan, for whom the precious stone was made. It was cut into smaller stones, the biggest being made into the 530-carat Great Star of Africa diamond, cut by the Asscher Brothers, a famous diamond firm to this day. It is also called the Cullinan I diamond, and is set in the Scepter of the Cross of the Great Britain. A smaller precious stone cut from the Cullinan diamond is called the Lesser Star of Africa. It weighs 317 carats and is connected of the Imperial State Crown. Both gems can be seen as part of the British Crown Jewels which are showcased in the Tower of London. Other of the Cullinan diamond was cut into 11 smaller-weight stones and a number of fragments.

While the Cullinan diamond is the biggest diamond ever found, there is a rumor that the man who discovered the diamond actually broke off some part of the diamond before presenting it to the mine's owner. This precious stone, if the rumor is true, would have been 5,000 carats!
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