This interactive timeline will teach you all about diamond mining

Weaning demand for diamonds in China, the second largest consumer of precious gems after the U.S., has dragged the seemingly immune-to-the-commodities-rout sector down the slippery slope.

Despite the current weak market, diamonds continue to be considered precious, and thanks to the diligent marketing efforts of producers and jewellers alike, the ultimate gift for a loved one.

According to this interactive timeline, provided by Toronto-based Design by Sevan, it all began about 900 million years ago.