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Men's Diamond Rings

Set in a variety of precious metals, diamond rings are an eye-grabbing accouterment to add to a gentleman’s dapper dress. While men’s diamond rings connote an air of elegance, they also hearken back to the fascinating history of the coveted gemstone.

Arguably the most breathtaking manifestation of the element carbon, diamonds are the product of billions of years of pressure under the earth’s surface. Originating many miles beneath ground level, diamonds move slowly towards the surface with the disruption of volcanic activity, making them accessible via mines.

Upon discovery in India thousands of years ago, diamonds catapulted into popularity, in part thanks to their believed protective powers. Ancient Hindu culture believed that diamonds bore talismanic powers, a connotation that spread to Western Europe and persisted until the Middle Ages. Of course, diamonds were also prized for their unrivaled beauty, an appeal that still contributes to their desirability today.

Quick Facts

  • The celebrity of diamonds in the ancient world led to fantastical tales of the gemstone’s origin. The ancient Greeks, for example, thought diamonds were tears from their pantheon of gods
  • Ancient Roman folklore promoted the idea that Cupid, the God of Love, would tip his arrows with diamonds to ensure he “struck” his targets
  • The tradition of diamonds incorporated into an engagement ring began in the 15th century. In preparation for his impending nuptials to Mary of Burgundy, Archduke Maximilian of Austria commissioned a gold ring with the letter “M” appearing in inset diamonds

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