Place: India, Africa, Russia, Canada, Australia
Colour variations: Colourless, White, Pink, Yellow, Brown, Black, Blue
Birthstone of: Aries
Brief history and geological characteristics: Perfect in structure, Diamond is referred to as the “King of Gems” as it is a stone unique in its powers of light reflection and dispersion. Diamond is the hardest natural substance on the Earth. Composed of pure carbon, the foundational element of life, it is the one and only “10” on the hardness scale, crystallized deep in the Earth’s mantle under intense heat and pressure. Its name comes from the Greek word adamas, meaning indomitable, unbreakable or untameable, and the word diaphanous, meaning transparent. Firstly, it was found in India and later in Brazil. But the real boom in mining started when the fields in South Africa were discovered and exploited around 1870’s. Its colourless version is the most valuable, however, diamonds are very often available in colour variations and shades including the black version.
Spiritual and healing energy: Diamond, in its rarity and beauty, is the symbol of purity and innocence, of love and fidelity. It embraces strength of character, ethics and faithfulness to oneself as well as to others. Diamond have special ability to strengthen energies in its surrounding. But be aware, Diamonds increase also the negative energies and while they never need re-charging, it is a good idea to cleanse their energies from time to time. Diamonds are traditional stones for engagement rings. They are believed to have the power to bring and strengthen the love that one feels to someone else. On the physical level, Diamond is beneficial in purifying and strengthening brain function, nerves and sensory organs. It is thought to aid in balancing the brain hemispheres, and to have healing effects in case of stroke or epilepsy. It can combat aging of the cells and restore energy levels. However, Diamond should be avoided in cases of paranoid psychosis, depressive manias, and obsessive jealousy.