HISTORY AND LORE
Derived from the Greek word adamas meaning “invincible.”
- The power, hardness and beauty of diamond have been prized throughout history in many civilizations.
- The first recorded history of the diamond dates back 3,000 years to India.
Believed to be fragments of falling stars.
To ancient Greeks, it was thought that diamonds were formed by the tears of the gods.
If worn in battle, diamonds were supposed to bring victory to its wearer, giving strength, fortitude and courage.
A famous poet remarked, “the rainbow is confined within a diamond forever.”
For centuries, diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purity.
- In the time of the pharaohs, diamonds represented the Sun: symbol of power, courage and truth.
- Influenced by Venus, the goddess of love, bringing marriage, beauty, love and relationships.
- Believed to amplify other gemstones mystical powers and healing properties.
- Generous thoughts, removal of fearful thoughts, and having an attractive personality were believed to be the benefits of wearing diamonds.
Inspires creativity, ingenuity and inventiveness.
Diamonds have been called the king of all crystals, stones of the mind and gemstones of the masters.
- The theft of a diamond is said to bring misfortune on any who possess the stone.
- The rainbow colors of the prism were thought to give one power over the Evil Eye.
- Alexander the Great discovered the Valley of Diamonds where he had to use mirrors to scare away the snakes that guarded the valley.
- Said to ward off bad dreams, enabling its wearer to get a good night’s sleep.
- Warriors in ancient Greece wore diamonds, as the stones were thought to strengthen their muscles and bring them invincibility.
- Ancient Romans thought that diamonds were parts of the outer rings of stars which had fallen to the earth.
- Today, diamonds continue to hold a deep fascination as the world’s ultimate symbol of love.
- The diamond has always been considered a stone of winners, in fact, it was the talisman worn by Julius Caesar.
- The Renaissance period was the first point in time when diamonds were used as engagement rings, in 1477.
- Diamond is said to enhance the wearer with charm and beauty.
- Believed to possess supernatural powers, it is said that a diamonds hardiness can only be broken by smearing it with fresh goat’s blood.
- Supposedly able to signify a person’s honesty, if the person lied the diamond would grow dim.
- Ancient writings tell of Abraham who wore a diamond around his neck which cured the illness of anyone who gazed upon it.
- The diamond engagement ring remains the accepted token of promised love and loyalty.
- Physically, diamonds strengthens the kidneys and reproductive organs, and gives protection against severe disease.
- The diamond is believed to bring couples closer to one another.
- Diamonds foster unity, trust and fidelity.
- Was once used to detect and detoxify poison.
- Believed that when worn on the left side of the body, next to the skin, a diamond bestowed bravery upon the wearer.
- To dream of a diamond, it was believed to be a sure sign of coming success, wealth and happiness.
- A diamond purchased out of greed will not bring good luck to the wearer.
- Today, the primary use of diamonds is no longer for carving or protection, they are now used for adornment because of their sheer beauty.