Our love affair with diamonds dates back to India in the 4th century BC. They were first kept as loose and unpolished stones, carried as talisman and were considered sacred, possessing magical powers. The first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy in 1477 by Archduke Maximilian of Austria. The ring was set with a point cut diamond (imagine a pyramid) and thin flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an "M". India remained the major source of diamonds for another three centuries. With the discovery of vast African mines in the late 19th century, diamonds became more plentiful. During the Georgian period, diamonds continued to be prized for their rarity and brilliance by both aristocracy and royalty. Kozminsky's love affair with old brilliant cut diamonds reflects our passion for this iconic gem, an enduring symbol of love, power and human endeavour.