Diamonds are the most mythical of all precious gemstones. The discoverers of the earliest deposits thought of diamonds as fragments of eternity. The Hindus attributed much power to these precious stones and placed diamonds in the eyes of their most important statues. The Romans thought diamonds were splinters from falling stars, while the Greeks regarded the sparkling gems as tears of the gods. Diamonds were also thought to bring good luck and success as well as counter the effects of astrological events. Many people also wore diamonds as charms believing in their ability to heighten sexual prowess and attract others.
Today, diamonds are mined in many countries around the world. Australia alone produces almost 30 percent of the world’s diamonds, mostly from the Argyle Mine in Western Australia.
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