Diamond is April's birthstone and the most desired precious gemstone. It is formed from carbon atoms, bonding to form a crystalline structure under a high temperatures and pressures deep within the Earth's surface. It is well known as the 60th and 75th wedding anniversary stones, but also for its incredible hardness and sparkle. This stone is most commonly found in Russia, Botswana, DRC, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Namibia, Australia, Brazil and Canada. We are going to explore the history behind the use of diamond and how it can benefit us all (even if you are not an April baby).
The History of Diamond
The first diamond was discovered by the Ancient Indians in the Golconda River, and since then, diamond has been used as an intermediary tool between humans and the natural world.
In Ancient India, diamonds played a significant role in the Hindu culture. Legend has it that diamonds attracted lightning bolts, and were in fact formed from rocks that had been struck my lightning. They believed that diamonds represented purity, clarity, invincibility and brilliance. A common phrase was "He who wears a diamond will see danger turn away". Lord Krishna was said to have gifted Radha, his great love, with a diamond to reflect her beauty under the moonlight. This diamond is said to have been the Koh-I-Noor, translating to "mountain of light", which is one of the largest cut diamonds in the world.
The Ancient Egyptians created the concept of wearing a diamond ring on the fourth finger of the left hand as a representation of love and commitment. They believed that the diamond's magical powers would travel through the vein of the fourth finger and straight to the heart, providing eternal love. Pharaohs often placed a diamond in the middle of the Ankh, an Egyptian hieroglyph that represented life, in order to provide them power, courage and truth.
The Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were formed from God's tears and the splinters of stars that had fallen to Earth. Plato noted that diamonds were living beings that embodied the energy of celestial spirits. The Ancient Greeks named this gemstone diamond, originating from the Latin term "adamas", meaning unconquerable and invincible. Legend has is that Chronos transformed a man named Adamas into a gemstone, giving him incredible strength and good fortune. Both the Ancient Greeks and Romans used diamond as a talisman for love and even depicted the tip of Cupid's arrow as a diamond.
During the Middle Ages, diamond became known as a "miracle stone" with powerful healing properties. It was used as an oral medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments, including fatigue, depression and stomach aches. It was later discovered that using diamonds in this way was fatal.
Diamond is associated with the crown chakra and is said to amplify the energetic powers of other gemstones.
Diamond is known as a master healer, helping the mind and body to function harmoniously. It is said that diamond can strengthen the nervous system, combat ageing and restore one's energy levels. Diamonds are said to aid the functioning of waste-removing organs, helping those with intestinal conditions, bladder infections and kidney stones. Diamond is believed to work negatively on those with jealousy, paranoia and depression, and should therefore be avoided.
Diamond amplifies the emotional state, and therefore should not be worn by those who are experiencing negative thoughts or emotions. It is said to fill the energetic body with light and bring emotional issues to the surface so that they can be released, allowing one to eventually experience joy and peace.
Diamond is said to stimulate and open the crown and etheric chakras, helping to connect one to their higher self and experience a feeling of oneness. It is said to fill the aura with loving energy and light. When used on the third eye, diamond is believed to intensify one's psychic powers.
Diamond has incredible strength, beauty and versatility. They truly are one of nature's most beautiful creations.
* This is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.