Saturday, June 8, 2019

Ancient beliefs about diamond

The word “diamond” comes from the Greek “adamao,” or “I subdue,” referring not to a chauvinist attitude towards marriage (we hope), but to the diamond’s hardness and its ability to scratch any surface without being scratched.

Diamonds are magic. They have become such powerful symbols of romance and prestige that no other gemstone sends quite the same message. Some ancient Greeks called diamonds splinters of stars; others referred to them as the tears of the Gods. Diamonds have been used to drive away evil spirits, to induce sexual prowess, and, of course, to declare undying devotion between lovers.

The ancient Indians revered diamonds as a gift and tool of the gods. Carrying a diamond was seen as a good luck charm and a protection from threats like poisonous snakes, fire, thieves, or evil spirits.

In the Indian ancient scriptures, diamonds were divided into the same four caste groups, according to the colour: “the diamond has four colours, according to its caste. The diamond that has the velvety lustre of the mother-of-pearl, the rock crystal, the moonstone is a Brahmin. The one that is slightly red, monkey brown, beautiful and pure is called Kshatriya. The Vaishya is a lustrous, pale yellow. The Shudra shines like a polished sword: the experts have classified it into the fourth caste on account of its shine.”
Ancient beliefs about diamond

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