April Gemstone: Diamond

Diamond deposits were discovered in South Africa in 1886 and very quickly scores of mines shot up everywhere. So many diamonds were unearthed they flooded the market. No longer considered “rare”, their value was on the brink of plummeting. To prevent this, the top men in the diamond business got together and formed a cartel. They named it “De Beers” and bought up all the mines so they could control the flow of diamonds, thereby monopolizing the industry. Their stranglehold continued until the beginning of the 21st century when competition finally loosened their grip. They still sell 35% percent of all the worlds diamonds… which are still way overpriced.

Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material known to man. Perhaps because of this, diamonds are noted for imparting fearlessness on the wearer. They are a highly vibrational stone and work on the crown chakra, helping to pull in protective “white light” energy. They are also energy amplifiers, be it positive or negative, so when you’re feeling angry or sad, you might want to remove your diamond jewelry. Many people may scoff at this, but consider that diamonds are now being researched to be used as transistors. Yasuo Koide, a professor and senior scientist at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science says, “Not only are diamonds physically hard materials, but they also conduct heat well which means that they can cope with high levels of power and operate in hotter temperatures. In addition, they can endure larger voltages than existing semiconductor materials before breaking down.” Considering that light, sound and odors are transformed by our sensory organs into a code made of series of electrical impulses that travel along neurons from the body to the brain, it’s not a huge stretch to see how diamonds affect our human energy.


Black diamond or “Carbonado” as it is formally known, is the hardest of all the diamonds. It is found in Central Africa rather than South Africa where all the white diamonds are found. It is also found in Brazil. The origins of black diamonds are still a bit of a mystery because of the inclusions of other minerals that are not found in the earth’s crust. There are many theories about why this is, but my favorite is—

“Supporters of an extraterrestrial origin of carbonados propose that their material source was a supernova which occurred at least 3.8 billion years ago.[6][7] After coalescing and drifting through outer space for about one and a half billion years, a large mass fell to earth as a meteorite approximately 2.3 billion years ago. It possibly fragmented during entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and impacted in a region which would much later split into Brazil and the Central African Republic, the only two known locations of carbonado deposits.” (From Wikipedia)

Black diamonds are said to enhance personal power, influence, and originality. Maybe that’s why at the end of Sex and the City 2, Big gifts Carrie with a 5-carat black diamond ring and tells her, “Because you are not like anyone else.” After what she put him through in that movie I thought he was going to say, “Because it’s black, like your heart.” I mean, whining about them losing their spark and almost getting down with Aiden in Morocco? Bad Carrie! But apparently, she was so bad she was good, because black, white, blue or pink, a diamond is a gift we’d all like to receive.