Diamonds and their history and effect on People
There is a major distinction between how the modern western cultures and eastern cultures value gemstones generally.
The western prize beauty and rarity whilst the eastern cultures value these basics but also a gemstone's nature better known as its aura, its meta physical and energetic properties. Each type of gem has its own unique aura or property.
So lets consider diamonds.
Under modern birthstone lure if you are born in April your birthstone is diamond. In Vedic astrology if you are born between 21 March and 20 April than you are born under the Mesha rashi (Aries) then the ratna (gemstone) of most benefit to you is in the category of red colours, so red coral, ruby or even a diamond (because a diamond shows red fire colours when it sparkles) but lets look at nature, Prakriti, what is going on here?
The season is still fresh spring but it is getting warmer, notifying all that the energy for growth is not far away, the firey red spectrum can be seen in the flower buds with reds getting ready burst open against the backdrop of all those green hues. Diamond is a perfect gem to celebrate this. A diamond's fire will give you uplift, fill you with optimism and brilliance.
New and Flawless Diamonds
Everyone is looking for the diamond that is NEW, clear, brilliant and sparkling away like a thousand suns on your finger. When it comes to any occasion be it engagement, anniversary, birth of a child that is being celebrated or marked with a diamond, the usual requirement is that it generally needs to be new!
In India a practising Joytish (astrologer) if he recommends a diamond for a person to wear, he will recommend a new diamond that has come straight from the mine, not one that has been bought and sold many times over. This is because such a diamond will loose a portion of its meta physical property upon each buy and sell transaction.
FLAWLESS is a much prized quality too. Any inclusions in the diamond makes it imperfect and the more inclusions, the less value placed on it and so the less costly.
The big question, should we not be opening our intellect and understanding when it comes to a used with flaws diamond?
No matter how small or included, should we not be looking at it with delight and admiration at its sparkle and beauty...thinking of the amazing stories it could tell of the lives it has affected if it could talk!
Lets take the story of the most famous diamond from antiquity to now, the Kohinoor, here is a summary of its back story as far as we know it.
It is suggested that the Kohinoor was mined 5000 years ago at the Kollur Mine (better known today as the Golconda Mine) in the Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh.
Early Sanskrit scriptures, Vishnu Purana, speak of such a gem called the “Syamantaka jewel”, which is believed to be the Kohinoor.
This "Syamantaka" jewel is said to be worn by Surya (Sun God) which he gifted to Satrájit, a devotee. Further that
"whichever land possessed this jewel would never encounter any calamities such as droughts, floods, earthquakes or famines, and would always be full of prosperity"
In 1339 the Kohinoor is said to have spent the next 300 years in Samarkand before returning to India.
It saw quite a bit of travel before it finally came to rest in the hands of Queen Victoria in 1850, during the height of the British Raj.
Today it sits in the Tower of London in the British Crown worn by the Queen Mother at her coronation in 1937 and many other occasions in her lifetime.
India is on a mission of having the Kohinoor returned to the land of its birth which in the eyes of many Indians was stolen by the British during the days of the Raj. So friendly conversations continue between India and the UK.
So I ask, would the Kohinoor be part of the British Crown Jewels if the key factors of "new and flawless" were the driving factors in its selection?
Would Harry Winston, the King of Diamonds, a man who has held and owned the most famous diamonds like the Cullinan, the Hope, would he refuse the Kohinoor because it is not new or flawless?
The magic of the Kohinoor is in its physical beauty no doubt about that, but its beauty lies in the thought that maybe it adorned the chest of Surya Dev, or that it is from the famed Golconda mine, or that it sat on the peacock throne in 1749...and how it makes you feel, how it touches your soul.
The same magic of the Kohinoor can be found in any natural diamond, you just have to look at properly, with your eyes and your soul.
Credit & Talent
Thank you to all the talent below which made this post so good.
Image 1& 3 - diamond images by Wix
Image 4 - Ixigo.com
Image 5 - Queen Mother's Crown