The Myth, the Magic and Mystique of Diamonds
Working as a Sydney jeweller Who is Mick the Jeweller?has given me years of first-hand experience with the beauty of diamonds. Of course, creating unique rings for my clients allows me to highlight that beauty in different settings, but, as well, I have discovered some incredible things about these precious stones.
Long before the modern world made diamonds the symbol of two people’s commitment to one another, the ancients had discovered the allure of these precious stones.
The early Roman empire thought purple was the colour of power, but they reserved a special place for diamonds. They believed diamonds to have fallen from the sky as splinters from the falling stars that from time to time crossed the night sky.
Even earlier, the Greeks had an even more poetic explanation. They thought the tiny stones that they so rarely found were the tears of their Gods, fallen to Earth when they had experienced great pain or great joy.
They thought the stones were unconquerable, as no tool or metal that they had could cut or make a dent in them. The word for ‘unconquerable’ in ancient Greek is Adamas. It was this word that formed the basis of what we call these “tears of heaven” today – diamonds.
Diamonds and Love
Diamonds only came to be the symbol of love and commitment much later, when the period of enlightenment across Europe meant that merchants and kings gained wealth and knowledge by exploring distant lands.
The European royals were the first to give rings, placing these custom-made engagement rings on the hands of their future wives on the fourth finger of the left hand. This is said to be because they believed that finger to contain the vein of love which was connected directly to the heart.
The tradition eventually spread beyond the royal court to other nobles and lovers, and five centuries later, that connection remains.
A Few Tiny Drops in the Ocean
For all of the rich human history that surrounds our fascination with diamonds, the fact is, we are only a drop in the ocean of their history. Most diamonds began life in the depths of the Earth, under intense pressure and in conditions that cannot be replicated.
It is only thorough volcanic eruptions that these stones come to be carried close enough to the surface to be found by us.
But here is the real source of wonder. Most diamonds that are spread throughout the world are more than 100 million years old. And for all of our centuries of fascination with them, the total amount of diamonds mined across all of human history still weigh less than a single commercial airliner.
Diamonds possess many qualities that cannot be found in any other material on the planet. The fascination with the way they look has been because of the inner clarity and fire within each cut and polished stone. This allows light to pass through effortlessly, and illuminate the inner beauty of the gem.
As the Greeks knew, diamonds are forever, and are the hardest stone known to man. Many are passed from generation to generation because of this, and represent the lives and loves of many families.
So there you have it, a brief history and explanation of why we have come to treasure these amazing stones today and use them to represent the greatest love that we find.
My job as your Sydney jeweller is to craft a custom engagement ring Engagement rings – Mick the Jeweller that will represent your future life with your partner using this most incredible of gems, or using other precious stones.
To start the conversation about your engagement ring, or other piece of jewellery, why not call me or send an email. I would love to meet you and find out how we can begin putting together an incredible custom made ring.
Diamonds are forever.