Shining beauty

Lacey Spaenhower, Staff Writer

People have said for years that a diamond is a girl’s best friend, but not many people know the history behind this very beautiful rock.

The diamond was given its name by the Greeks; it comes from the Greek word “adamastos” meaning invincible. Its name is fitting because this stone is one of the hardest materials in the world.

Every culture varies in its meaning of the diamond, but the one thing that they all agree on is that the diamond is a symbol of innocence. The most common example of this is in Judaic lore.

It was said that the brightness of the stone was tied to the guilt and innocence of whomever wore the stone. If you told a lie then the brightness would diminish, and you would be guilty; only if you were truthful could you have a beautiful diamond.

Aside from its beautiful appearance, many people thought that this stone was the cure for many illnesses throughout the Middle Ages.  It was believed that you could filter impurities through the stone and make a person well again.

The people of India believed that the diamond was created by lightning and that the diamonds were sent to Earth. Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were pieces of broken stars.

There have also been very famous diamonds throughout history,   such as the “Hope Diamond” and one of the biggest diamonds ever found, the Cullinan diamond also called the “Great Star of Africa.”

Since the diamond has also been a symbol of hope it gives great reverence to the month of April because everyone is hoping for winter to be over and for it to finally be spring.  So anyone born in April should be proud of your gem;   you can shine bright just like a diamond.

She who from April dates her years,

Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears

For vain repentance flow.”