Re: Jewelry in India / Gems in India
- From: Peter W. Rowe <rec.crafts.jewelry@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 08:59:24 -0700
On Mon, 10 Aug 2009 08:53:59 -0700, in rec.crafts.jewelry Ganesh
On Aug 10, 1:48 pm, Peter W. Rowe <rec.crafts.jewe...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, 10 Aug 2009 01:04:51 -0700, in rec.crafts.jewelry Ganesh[[big snip]]
leaving the Cullinan which other diamonds famous diamonds do you know.
the uniqueness about Indian Diamond has been its quality that's
Ganesh, I'm going to guess, based just on your name, which sounds Indian, that
you may have a certain bias here in favor if Indian diamonds. That is also
suggested by the tone of your post, which seems to suggest that Indian diamonds
are somehow better than the rest.
That's just not true. The big thing that Indian diamonds DO have, is a long and
storied history, with India being a source for diamonds going back as long as
3000 years, at least.
It is certainly true that India plays a major part in the diamond and jewelry
industry today, and the world wide markets in both. But please, don't let that
fact blind you to the fact that the rest of the world is also rather involved as
A huge list of Indian Diamonds and their specialty is that they are
owned only my monarchs
A nice reference. But if you read the whole thing, you'll find your list also
includes many famous diamonds that are NOT from India.
As to being owned by Monarchs, for the most part, before the mid 1800s, Royalty
or at least the nobility, were the only ones with the financial means to buy
such gems. Frankly, before then, general ownership of diamonds by the public
wasn't so common in any case, other than as accent stones, simply because before
the discoveries in South Africa, there simply weren't a lot of diamonds on the
market at all. So it's not surprising that Most of the famous Indian diamonds
ended up in the hands of Royalty or the nobility. That's just logic and
economics and history, not anything somehow unique to the nature of Indian
stones. You can say much the same thing about very rare and costly gems or
other items in general. Look for the owners of historically important or famous
large natural pearls, or the largest and finest of Emeralds, Rubies, or other
stones, and you'll find that again, before the Industrial revolution at least,
most such gems and rare items were in the hands of Royalty or nobility.