Where Do Diamonds Come From? | BNT Diamonds

History of diamonds: Where do diamonds come from?

The origins of the diamond and its many connotations lie in India, where it was first mined. The words most generally used for diamond in Sanskrit are transliterated as vajra, meaning "thunderbolt", and indrayudha or "Indra's weapon". As Indra is the warrior god of Vedic scriptures (the foundation of Hinduism), the symbol of the thunderbolt captures how India perceives diamonds. The flash of lightning is reminiscent of the light reflected by a fine diamond octahedron and a diamond's powerful strength.