I was given my mother's diamond from her engagement ring decades ago although I never fashioned it into jewelry. I found it while searching through a jewelry box the other day. Since I have been studying the properties and energy of gemstones, I decided to learn about the magic of diamonds.
We’ve all heard that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and diamonds are forever. Is there any truth to these statements? The answer is a resounding YES. Here’s why.
A diamond is stardust! Think about that! Indeed, virtually all carbon on Earth comes from stars. Diamonds are pure carbon - the same element as graphite (think #2 lead pencil) - but created in a very different environment.
Most diamonds begin as carbon crystals deep in the Earth formed by intense heat and pressure. Eruptions of magma transport the carbon crystals to the surface to cool via “volcanic pipes” of igneous rocks. Diamonds were first recognized and mined in India thousands of years ago. Subsequently, a primary source of diamonds was discovered in Brazil and then South Africa.
Two distinctive properties of diamonds that make them attractive are their hardness – they are the hardest natural material - and their ability to conduct heat. But the most visually fascinating property is a diamond's ability to refract light. Diamonds break up white light into all of the colors of the rainbow – emanating a dazzling brilliance.
Due to its hardness and scratch-resistance, diamonds are a perfect gemstone choice for wedding and engagement rings, since they are typically worn on a daily basis. But the choice of a diamond is likely less about practicality and much more about the brilliance and essence or meaning behind the stone.
The ritual of the diamond ring signifies that the relationship is solid and cannot be broken. Wearing a diamond confers permanence. Be aware though that the absolute hardness can also manifest in rigidity.
Another interesting fact: because diamonds contain atoms of densely-packed electrons, they put the brakes on the speed of light. (Experiments conducted in a vacuum reveal that diamonds reduce the speed of light by about 60%). This phenomenon is purported to benefit the wearer, perhaps because it is able to capture pure light or spirit, strengthening the 8th chakra, above the crown. Imagine a crown made of diamonds - perhaps there is more to this symbol of power than just beauty.
Lastly, the energy of diamonds is associated with promoting universal love. If you find yourself the beneficiary of diamond jewelry, hold the intention of universal love when wearing it. It will benefit you and those around you. Knowing this, perhaps I will decide to have my mother's diamond set into a pendant to wear.