What is the lore or mystique of diamonds?
Diamonds have been loved, treasured and feared for many centuries in various different cultures, because of their extraordinary and invincible physical properties. The name itself derives from the ancient Greek « adamas » which means invincible. Diamonds were often considered gifts from the gods.
Probably the earliest symbolic use that has been found for diamonds is their use as eyes of devotional statues in Hinduism. In Hinduism, you can actually count numerous uses for diamonds, they even have different names.
Diamonds are said to bring good luck or bad luck and wealth or misfortune to their wearer.
Furthermore, when speaking about luck, some diamonds are believed to being cursed. That is probably due to tragic things that have happened to some of the wearers of these particular « cursed » stones.
A very famous stone that springs to mind is the astonishingly blue Hope diamond. It is believed to being cursed since its was stolen from an Idol statue in India. Several kings and queens have worn it and died of tragic accidents, Louis XIV, Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette for instance. Is it related to this particular blue diamond? Maybe it is or it isn’t, but one thing is for sure, practically all the bearers of this particular diamond have had some bizarre accidents and deaths.
The diamond ring - the ultimate symbol of love
One thing is certain, amidst all of these beliefs and lores, diamonds have always been a symbol of wealth, purity and perfection. That is why diamonds have so easily been associated to love, the fire symbolising the passion between a couple and its hardness the strength of a relationship and marriage.
That is also when, diamond rings became the very symbol of the engagement between two people. Diamond rings can be found in an amazing array of styles and designs. At BAUNAT we offer a beautiful selection of classical diamond rings as well as designs that have been designed by talented local designers. And should you still not find your dream diamond ring, you can have it tailor made by our dynamic team in Antwerp.