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The Meaning of Diamonds and Their Symbology

Diamond is the birthstone for April.  It is also used as the symbol of a sixty-year anniversary.  However, diamonds symbolize more than romance.

For centuries diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purity. Because of its unmatched hardness and clarity, it also symbolizes power, strength, brilliance and unparalleled beauty. Throughout history many regarded them as magical.

Not only were they rare and beautiful, they could not be cut and they were impervious to fire. It was said that the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars.

In Tibetan Buddhism, diamonds are an important symbol and the Diamond Sutra is one of the most popular texts.  

Diamonds were also believed to have been used as a healing stone. They were used for detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting calming creatures.  In modern times, the diamond symbolizes eternity and love.

The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477.

The diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure. The octahedral or eight-sided formation, like 2 pyramid joined at the base, was mounted with the lower pyramid completely hidden in the ring setting and the upper half rising out of it.

Light would be reflected from all four sides of this exposed upper point. The structure of this diamond mirrors the symbolism of the Egyptian pyramids.

The union in 1477 was celebrated by the exchange of a diamond betrothal ring which would have been an early example and perhaps the first royal one.

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