Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Diamond

Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Diamond

Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Diamond.

Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history.

Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty.

Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story.

Gemstones come in every colour of the rainbow and are gathered from all corners of the world.

With each coloured gemstone possessing a unique creation of beautiful colour.

Some gemstones have been treasure since before history began and others were discovered only recently.

At the beginning of each month comes a new stone, some months have two gemstones and lucky me, December as three!!!!!!!!

Some stones I will post about aren’t associated with any month, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating or stunning

As you will see as we progress through the year.

April – Diamond

Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Diamond

 

Since ancient times, diamonds have been admired objects of desire.

Formed one hundred miles beneath the Earth’s surface over a billion years ago.

Diamonds are the hardest gem of all and interestingly enough when a gem cutter or lapidarist works on rough diamonds, they need to use tools which incorporate diamond dust – as only diamond can cut a diamond.

Diamonds have a long history of folklore.

Some of which say diamonds were created when bolts of lightening struck rocks!!

Others said the gem possessed healing powers.

For nearly a century women have adored the gemstone and regarded it as the ultimate gift and a symbol of eternal love.

Today, diamonds are still admired all around the world.

Did you know that until the middle of the twentieth century there was no standard by which diamonds could be evaluated?

The GIA, Gemological Institute of America, created the first and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds – the four Cs

Colour

Cut

Clarity

Carat

Today, those 4Cs of diamond quality are the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world.

Thank you GIA

Lorraine

 

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