(Last Updated on : 23/01/2014)
Lavishness, extravagance, beauty and indeed romance are the words to describe the brilliance of Indian diamonds. A sensation of magnificence, a feeling of sheer romance lace the very existence of Indian diamonds amidst their lustrous sheen. The Indian diamonds amidst their radiance murmurs the tale of fabulous jewels, handsome princes, beautiful women and perfumed palaces. The memories buried deep ago, the long gone days of the Kings, emperors, ottars and dynasties are best reflected amidst the sheen of the Indian diamonds.
In the pages of the ancient treatise on gemology known as Utpalaparimalä, the distinctiveness of an ideal Indian diamond is described as a stone " having purity (without stain), lightness, six-pointedness, and being a well formed octahedron with 8 facets and pronounced sharp edges". The historical records unfurl that it is during the 4th century BC, India was one of the first countries to mine the gleaming gem, diamond. Eight main "find-spots" for diamonds were also identified and scripted in this ancient text and each has been identified with a rare diamond color. While the diamonds found along the banks of the Vena (Wainganga) were considered "pure" for their colorless luster, the diamonds from the Himalayan region were marked as copper coloured. The brilliant gold shimmer of the diamonds from the Kalinga region and indeed the pink romance of the Kosala diamonds further added glamour to Indian diamonds.
Indian diamonds were esteemed for their beauty, glamour, size and polish for centuries. In the then India, the term 'Indian diamonds' was used to describe almost any stone that was reinforced in one of the numerous mines of Southeastern Asian location like, Golconda, Hindostan, and Raolconda. The most valued Indian diamonds were known as the 'Diamonds of Golconda' and the shimmering stones like the Hope Diamond, Koh-i-Noor Diamond, Darya-i-Nur, Orlov Diamond, and Sanc Diamond still stands as the logo of the richness of Golconda diamonds.
Not just the silvery patina of the Indian diamonds but also the azure romance, the yellow splendor, the royal passion, the sepia blush of the Indian diamonds that has time and time again contoured the richness of India