The first real documented information on natural colour diamonds came from Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689), a French precious stones merchant who travelled several times to India in search of special stones. During his travels, Tavernier visited only three of the numerous Indian mines: Raolconda, Gani Colour and Soulempou, and he documented his adventures in "The Six Voyages of John Baptiste Tavernier." The Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) and the infamous Hope Diamond are two of the gems Taverier returned with from India.
In 1725, diamonds were found in what is now the Minas Gerais province of Brazil. Several notable diamonds have come from this region, most notably the Moussaeff red, a 5.11ct triangular shaped red diamond.
The Premier Mine based in South Africa was originally named the Cullinan Mine and began operating in 1902. This mine has has produced some of the most notable blue diamonds in the world. Please refer to our Famous diamonds mined in South Africa.
In the 1980s, the Argyle Mine in western Australia was and quickly became the world’s only consistent supply of pink diamonds. The pink diamonds originating from this mine were darker than most other pink diamonds found previously.