The absolute love of jewelry, and more specifically diamonds, throughout ancient and modern times is no secret. This is especially true for India. In fact, one of the oldest diamond mines - Golconda mines, was discovered in this ancient land centuries ago. Adorned by Maharajas (Kings) and Maharanis (Queens) throughout the ages, wealthy aristocrats and traders, a tremendous demand for high-quality, finely-cut diamonds amongst royal and aristocratic circles has always been prevalent.
This demand has inspired the beginning and growth of the diamond cutting industry in India hundreds of years ago. What first began as a profession amongst a few families, has grown to be one of the major employment generating professions in the nation. With the trade of craftsmanship of fine jewelry being handed down from father to son, today India makes some of the finest jewelry in the world.
Modern-age Indians' desire for precious metals and stones has never been more apparent. In fact, today India is the largest diamond cutting centers in the world with 9 out of 10 diamonds in the world having been cut and polished here. Cities such as Surat and Navsari in the state of Gujarat are renowned diamond cutting hubs, whilst Mumbai has gained a reputation as the diamond trading capital of India; the thriving metro being a large-scale exporter of cut and polished diamonds to the world (in the range of 0.001 cts. to 1.5 cts. diamonds).
All in all, high quality craftsmanship and low cost of labour give India a unique advantage – a balance of quality and affordability. The nation's ability to create exquisite jewelry at extremely affordable prices has indeed made it a lucrative destination for procuring or sourcing excellent quality jewelry. When you think of buying a diamond next, you might want to turn your eyes East to the land of milk and honey.