The first diamonds worn as jewelry date back to Ancient India. The unique way diamonds sparkled and refracted light was captured into jewelry pieces. Ancient Indians also believed diamonds had special healing powers.
Alexander the Great was rumored to have brought back diamonds to Europe from India around 330 BC. It took over a thousand more years for diamond jewelry to enter into European society. Royal crowns dating back to the 12th century have been found adorned with diamonds. However, cutting diamonds down smaller and wearing as diamond earrings didn't happen until hundreds of years later.
Earrings have a history believed to go back at least 5,000 years, and over time earrings have evolved. The first earrings are thought to be of the "hoop" style, and in the 21st century diamond earrings have become one of the most popular styles, often given as a present on Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
In modern times, earrings started to become quite fashionable in the 1920s, and diamond earrings were only worn by wealthiest of women. Diamond earrings became more mainstream by the 1950's although still only worn by those who could afford them. It was not common for men to pierce their ears and wear diamond earrings until the 1980s.
Lab created diamonds started to emerge in the 21st century. Lab created diamond earrings have made owning diamond earrings more affordable, although there is not much resale value with lab created diamonds. The jury is still out whether lab created diamond earrings will become as popular as natural diamond earrings.
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