The ancient folk of India and those of medieval Italy believed diamonds were thunderbolts that became lodged into the earth. Only a thunderbolt could cut into glass and other metals, thus the diamond became the Queen of the gems.
Because a diamond is so durable, it has come to symbolize everlasting love and a lifetime of commitment. The tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring is traced back to 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with a simple gold band set with a diamond representing pure, fiery beauty. He placed it on the third finger of her left hand, believing it contained a vein that coursed directly to his beloved’s heart. Over time, this royal tradition gained popularity around the world. Today, according to a recent De Beers’ survey, four out of five brides receive a diamond engagement ring.
Centuries ago, it was believed that diamonds protected an individual from harm and actually brought luck and success to the wearer, counteracting the effects of unfortunate astrological events and endowing the wearer with charm and the ability to attract others. The Greek philosopher, Plato wrote about diamonds as living beings, embodying celestial spirits.
The folklore of diamonds exists in every culture. In Hindu mythology, diamond has a great importance. It is the vajra (lightning, the weapon of Indra, main god of the Hindus), and by the 6 points of the stone symbolizes the true man who resists to attacks from the north, south, east and west, from the infernal powers and celestial powers. Therefore, a diamond bearer is protected from fire, poison, thieves, water snakes, and evil spirits.
In the 16th century, it was believed that diamond was a poison, and that diamond powder was an ingredient in the famous “succession powders” of Catherine of Medici. This legend was kept alive to discourage thieves from swallowing diamonds to hide them.
The word diamond comes from the Greek “adamas” meaning unconquerable. They have been mined for more than 4,000 years; ancient Romans to modern-day Indians have believed in their magic throughout the ages. Roman soldiers and medieval knights wore diamonds in battle for protection and to ensure victory.
People, who use diamonds for magic spells, know they can only be used for positive magic, because a diamond is believed to amplify any energy with which it meets. If your energy is positive the diamond can magnify it to manifest what you desire in a positive way. If you energy is negative watch out, that could come back as you gaze upon a diamond.
When used in healing, diamonds are known to reverse an illness by holding the gem over the charka in that coincides with the illness. A diamond ring can be used to focus energies into your hands and then send the positive energy into another person’s body.
If you suffer from a frequent headache you can try meditating with a diamond placed on your own crown Chakra, or on your forehead. Visualize the energy of the heaves as silvery light that is being drawn down through the diamond into your head purifying your aura and removing the tension and stress that can cause headaches. They are also used to produce positive dreams and for purifying as it’s known to balance energies and should be worn during meditations.
Today women are the greatest wearers of the gem. A woman who receives a diamond gift becomes a special and prized human being, a woman with enviable celebrity status. It is a man’s way of saving, “you’re quite a catch and let this diamond ring symbolize my wish that you never leave me.”
Saying that women love diamonds because of their exorbitant value is rather crude, but psychologically and honestly speaking, cost somehow is compared to the value-added component in a love affair. In a way, a diamond is the “thunderbolt” of love that binds lovers forever. There is something very romantic in that.