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Timepieces

As the purest, brightest and most enduring gemstone, a diamond is the ultimate symbol of eternal love. Throughout history, no other stone has created more passion, fueled more romances and ignited more fires than the diamond; its fiery complexity and mystique are as indefinable as love itself.

A diamond is the hardest transparent natural substance known, and the purest of all gemstones as it is uniquely composed of a single element, carbon. With an incredible power to transmit and reflect light when properly cut, a diamond possesses an incomparable beauty and radiance.

Charged with symbolic meaning, all gemstones possess a definitive magic and mystique.

Often used as birthstones, each month is associated with different types of gemstones, such as iridescent opals, deep purple amethysts, fiery red rubies, and sultry sapphires to commemorate the celebration of life.

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History

The earliest timepieces date back to 3500 BC. The "shadow clock" or "gnomon" consisted of an obelisk or vertical stick that cast moving shadows. The ancient Egyptians were the first to divide a day into segments by the light of these markers. In the 14th century, large, mechanical clocks driven by heavy weights began to appear in bell towers. As these clocks featured only one hand, they were not very accurate.

The invention of the mainspring enabled the birth of the portable timepiece. In 1510, Peter Henlein designed a large, cylindrical pocket watch, which changed the face and size of tracking time. With the discovery of the pendulum in 1656 by Christian Huygens and later of the balance wheel, timekeeping became increasingly accurate. Since then, timepiece technology has greatly advanced from the primitive pendulum to the most accurate cesium clock.

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