The name of this hardest and most cherished of gemstones is derived from an ancient Greek word adamas, meaning unbreakable. Historians tell us that diamonds have been prized for their unique and enduring beauty for the past 6,000 years. Throughout most of that time, the major source for diamonds was India. Then, in 1725, diamonds were discovered in Brazil and in 1867, in Kimberley, South Africa.
According to a famous song, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. That has not always been true! In 13th century France, under the reign of King Louis IX, it was illegal for any woman to wear a diamond.
It wasn’t until the mid 15th century that diamond rings came to symbolize engagement. It took another five centuries for diamond rings to become the hallmark of commitment—the popular expression of love as beautiful and enduring as a diamond.
The 20th century not only cemented the idea of diamonds as love’s symbol, it also brought enhanced cutting techniques that allow gifted gem cutters to release more of a diamond’s exquisite fire.
21st Century technology has brought another plus to acquiring diamond jewelry. With the guidance of our staff of gemological experts and the enhanced Gem Lab in our newly renovated store, you can actually see the inner wonder of our diamonds. We are dedicated to helping you understand the unique qualities of the diamonds and other gemstones we offer.
We are committed to making shopping at Martin Jewelers a beautiful experience.
In addition to our in-depth selection of already mounted jewelry, we offer the option of one-of-a-kind, individually designed pieces. Our huge array of loose diamonds plus emeralds, sapphires and other gemstones are all IGI, GIA and AGS certified. Coupled with our Custom Design Service and on-premises Master Bench Jeweler, Martin Jewelers is always ready to turn your dreams into reality.