Diamonds: A year exposed to extreme pressure and heat. Surviving through the support of family and friends.

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What makes a diamond so special? After a year that almost broke me and my family, we have, much like a diamond, withstood the intense pressure and come out of it with an unbreakable bond and a shine that sparkles even in the absence of light. This post is dedicated to my family.

Diamond, the king of gemstones. It is symboloized by the sun in astronomy: a testament to its powerful self sustaining energy, Diamond is a symbol of abundance and can help people to accumulate wealth. Diamond Folklore and Mythology In Ancient times, talismans were mad of diamond to ward off cowardice. It was thought to enhance invulnerability. Traditionally, it was beleived that the diamond’s powers only work when given freely from one person to another. It was thought to ensure love and harmony and dispel anger. It was one of the 12 stones used in the breast plate of the High Priest Aaron to protect him from injury. Diamond is used traditionally in modern times as the focus stone of engagement rings. Nowadays, we all know a diamond engagement ring is the most important jewelry purchase in a man’s life and the most significant to the woman who receives it. Diamond is the birthstone of people born in the month of April and is also used as the symbol of a sixty-year anniversary, such as a Diamond Jubliee. However, the symbolism of diamonds goes beyond romance. Through centuries diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purification. Diamond, because of its remarkable hardness and clarity, also still reigns supreme in its symbolism of power, strength, brilliance and unparalleled beauty. Diamonds are enchanting treasures that have fascinated mankind throughout the centuries. Many regarded them as magical. Not only were they rare and beautiful, no tool could cut them and even the fiercest fire would leave the diamonds unscathed. Diamonds have been used symbolically because of their extraordinary physical properties. It was said that the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars. In Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle), diamonds are an important symbol and the Diamond Sutra is one of the most popular texts. [ ] In ancient India, diamonds were not cut for fear that they would lose its magical properties. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that diamonds would grow darker in the face of guilt and shine brightly for the innocent. Another belief is that in the presence of poison, diamond would also change color. The rainbow colors of the prism were thought to give one magical power over Evil Eyes. According to occultist myths, it was believed that diamonds possess several supernatural powers, e.g. a diamond’s hardiness can only be broken by smearing it with fresh goat’s blood. Or a diamond gives victory to he who carries it bound on his left arm, no matter the number of enemies. It was also believed to have been used as a healing stone. Such as a way of detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting calming creatures. Today, diamonds are used to symbolize eternity and love. The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. At that time, the diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure. The octahedral or eight-sided formation, like 2 pyramid joined at the base, was mounted with the lower pyramid completely hidden in the ring setting and the upper half rising out of it. Light would be reflected from all four sides of this exposed upper point. The structure of this diamond mirrors the symbolism of the Egyptian pyramids. The union in 1477 was celebrated by the exchange of a diamond betrothal ring which would have been an early example and perhaps the first royal one.

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Diamond The only gemstone composed of one pure element, carbon, whose molecules are bonded with perfect symmetry in every direction. This perfect atomic structure is what makes it the hardest natural substance on the planet [a 10 on Moh’s scale], as well as an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. It also, as Geshe Michael Roach writes in The Diamond Cutter, “has the highest degree of refraction of any naturally occurring substance in the universe.” The diamond’s physical properties of clarity and hardness have given rise to it being a symbol of power, strength, innocence and incorruptibility, longevity, constancy, and good fortune. Of course, there are also the famously cursed diamonds, like the Hope, as well as an old Persian belief that the diamond was a source of sin and sorrow, which is not so unreasonable, considering how much blood has been shed in the mining, selling, and acquiring of the stone. When I was writing Rumor I became intrigued by a branch of diamond lore that claims the gem drives away madness and protects against ghosts, chimeras, enchantments and sorcery. And I was drawn to a photograph of the Javeri diamond pictured in Christopher Cavey’s book.

Diamond Mythology PostBy Avi Paz Group At 05.09.2010 Diamonds were first discovered in India and figure prominently in Hindu mythology, which believes that the stones were formed when lightning struck rocks. Diamond historian J. Willard Hersey notes that traditional Hindus referred to ordinary rock crystal as “unripe” diamonds, while the genuine stones were called “ripe diamonds.” Diamonds were also known in Persian culture. Hersey summarizes a Persian creation myth as follows: When God created the world, he had no need for diamonds, gold, or other precious metals and gems. But Satan noticed that Eve loved the brightly colored flowers in the Garden of Eden and created gemstones in the same seductive hues to tempt humans. Thus Persian mythology sees diamonds and gems as the source of much crime and suffering. The belief that diamonds are an antidote to poison was common in many cultures. In the Middle Ages, they were also believed to change color in the presence of a poison, while a diamond’s brilliance gave its possessor power over the evil eye. Black, or carbonero, diamonds carry their own wealth of superstitious beliefs. Ancient Indian culture perceived black diamonds as similar to the eye of a snake and associated them with Yama, the god of death. But traditional Italian society held that black diamonds have the power to reconcile fighting or estranged couples. If both partners touched a black diamond, their troubles would disappear. In Borneo, if a diamond contained a gray or black inclusion, the well in which it was found was abandoned. According to Malaysian belief, these gray or black inclusions represented the diamond’s soul, and if it were removed from the mine the mine would “die.”

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The word “Diamond” comes from the greek word “Adamas”, which means indestructible. It is the only gem known to man that is made of a single element, Carbon, besides graphite. Diamond is completely made of Carbon atoms (Chemical Composition -‘C’) crystallised in a cubic (isometric) arrangement.

http://books.google.com/books?id=_WI86J88ydAC&pg=PA34&hl=en

NOVA Online | The Diamond Deception | The Science Behind the Sparkle

The hardest substance known, diamond is prized for its exceptional luster and ability to break up white light into all colors of the rainbow (known as dispersion), which lend the gem its famous fiery brilliance.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/sparkle.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/inside.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond

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One response to “Diamonds: A year exposed to extreme pressure and heat. Surviving through the support of family and friends.

  1. Pingback: April Diamonds: The Month of Crystallized Carbon « Raymond Lee Jewelers Blog

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