It’s a question that gets asked a lot but why are diamonds used for engagement rings?? With the Christmas holiday season being the prime time to pop the question, we thought we’d answer the question for you in today’s post. Firstly the Romans were the first to give a ring as a sign of betrothal, which were first made in iron and later switched to gold. While the giving of an engagement ring has been around for centuries, involving diamonds is a fairly new addition. In the 18th century miners started to discover vast amounts of diamonds in South Africa which then started to flood into the world market of diamonds. By this point diamonds had gone from being scarce to very available. This lead to the formation of De Beers diamond mining company who took action and merged with several South African mines to create an alliance That could control the amount of diamonds supplied in the worlds market to create the hype for the gem – making them more desirable and valuable. This is the time their popularity for engagement rings hit an all time rise. Since then and through clever marketing ploys diamonds have become an integral part of the marriage process. Diamonds are also the hardest known substance on earth which makes them perfect for everyday wear and tear. This is also why they have a significant meaning when it comes to marriage as their hardness represents a long lasting commitment.