Legend has it that Europeans first discovered African diamonds in a
Shamans leather pouch. The African Shaman used his diamonds as Shamans of the
world use quartz crystals. Anciently, diamonds were worn as unpolished stones.
They were treasured for their beauty and powers.
Diamond is an ancient symbol of the perfected man whose divine spirit shines
forth. As the rough diamond is dull and lifeless when first removed from the
earth, so the spiritual nature in its earthly state reveals little of its
inherent luminosity. In the hands of the skillful lapidary, the diamond is
transformed into a sparkling gem from whose facets pour streams of rainbow
colored fire, so upon the lathe of the Divine Lapidary, the spirit of man is
ground and polished until it reflects the glory of its Creator from every atom.
He lives by spirit.
The Philosophers Stone represents the realization and accomplishment
of the ideal. In philosophy, the diamond of the Wise Man is supreme and
unalterable Reason. To find the Absolute in the Infinite, in the Indefinite, and
in the Finite, this is the Great Work of the Sages. He who possesses the
Philosophers Stone possesses Truth, the greatest of all treasures. He is
immortal because Reason takes no account of death. He is healed of Ignorance-the
most loathsome of all diseases. To the mystic, the Philosopher's Stone is
perfect love, which transmutes all that is base and raises all that is dead.
Diamonds are the most magical of all gems.
Kings, in old days, led the battles on the battle fields. They wore
heavy leather breast plates studded with diamonds and other precious
Because it was believed that diamonds were fragments of stars and the
tear drops of the Gods, the diamonds possessed magical qualities of the Gods and
had powers far beyond the understanding of common man. The warriors stayed clear
of the Kings and those who were fortunate enough have the magical diamonds in
their breast plates. So, they survived the wars by the magic of the diamonds and
were blessed by the Gods and had lives of good fortune. Much of this lore still
lives today in a simple saying, diamonds are a girls best friend. In ancient
Greece and Summaria, diamonds were the status symbols of Kings and the very
The Greek word adamas, meaning unconquerable and indestructible, is
the root word of the word diamond. Diamonds were worn because they were thought
to give a person strength, invincibility, courage, and magical powers over the
dark side of life. Rainbows of color gave the stones magical powers over the
evil eye of the sorceress and magicians of the day.