Diamonds are forever and relatively speaking, they have been around forever! The diamonds that are set into your beautiful diamond ring are in fact the oldest thing that you will ever own. The “youngest” of these precious stones that you could be displaying on your finger would be approximately 50 million years old. This age range for diamonds could be as old as 2.5 billion years, now that’s an antique!
Diamonds through out their lifetime have carried several different and ornate histories. They also carry numerous myths and legends that are associated with history. Some outlandish myths about diamonds range from the stone having the ability to perform magic, have healing powers, grant protection for the bearer of the stone and in some instances induce poisoning. Outlandish and remarkable become an understatement for the myths that surround this stone. Diamond, the name itself comes from 12th Century Greek meaning invincible or unconquerable for its hardness qualities.
The myths and legendary tales of diamonds began as far back as Roman times. Those stories were recorded in Roman literature. Stories suggest that Romans believed that diamonds were in fact tears from the gods and splinters of falling stars. Myths of this beautiful stone do not end there in Roman literature. The Romans believed that Cupid’s faithful arrows were in fact tipped in diamonds and thus possessed the ability to have magical powers. Diamonds also captured the attention of famous philosopher Plato. He wrote of these gems as living organisms, which possessed celestial beings. Romans loved to possess diamonds due to the fact that they believed the gem had broad magical powers. Diamonds, amongst other powers were believed to cure life’s troubles and bring about power, strength, invincibility, bravery and courage to those lucky enough to behold the beautiful gem.
In mid-evil times, kings lead their men into battle donning a breast plate that was to be covered in diamonds along with other gems stones which each had a unique magical power. Diamonds were important to this plate because they believed diamonds gave magical powers far beyond meaning and power of man. Therefore, it was essential for kings above anyone else to be donned in diamonds.
Diamonds were held in particular high esteem from 1214 to 1270 in France, when they were especially designated for use by the king only. King Louis IX of France established a law that would grant the use of diamonds for the king. This fact just indicates the rarity of diamonds of the time, and their overall worth through out time. During this time, diamonds were used for representing honor, strength, invincibility and courage of the leader.
During the 14th century, a small number of diamonds began to be seen in European regalia and jewelry designs. Diamonds, at this time, were seen as a sign of love and devotion. Many of the designs used pearls as an accent gem along with the diamond. Although the popularity of diamonds was becoming more mainstream, noble and large diamonds were still privileged to Royals and houses of the affluent.
Since the beginning of diamond’s popularity, they were said to contain numerous characteristics and were able to grant the beholder numerous qualities that they may not have possessed without the stone. Some virtues that were instilled within the stone were that diamonds are supposed to impart virtue upon its holder, and bring a generous heart to the owner. Diamonds were also said to bring their owners luck and success. Diamonds through out their history were talisman, to ward off the potential of poisoning, and overall protection for the traveler.
Overall the gem of diamond has a full and illustrious history of myths and legendary tales from its inception and its use in cultures. There is an immense amount of knowledge and characteristics that surround this beautiful stone. When purchasing diamonds be sure to keep in mind all the myths, legends, and folklore that surrounds this bright, shiny, beautiful gem!