The word "diamond" conjures up images of wealth and magical fire. As the hardest of natural substances, diamonds symbolize strength, so in ancient times warriors wore them to strengthen their muscles and bring them invincibility. The famous Persian poet Hafiz remarked that "the rainbow is confined in a diamond forever". In antiquity, a diamond was thought to be a symbol of innocence and purity. Ancient Greeks thought that diamonds represented the tears of weeping gods. Ancient Romans thought diamonds were stars which had fallen to the earth.
In modern times, diamonds have come to symbolize love and fidelity through their association with wedding and engagement rings. The Renaissance Period was the first time when diamonds were used as engagement rings in Europe among the very wealthy. It began in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond engagement ring. Giving a diamond as an engagement ring did not become a standard until a De Beers marketing campaign was begun in the 20th century.
Associations for Diamond
- Color – clear, various
- Chakra - crown
- Numerology - vibrates to the number 33
- Planets – Sun
- Zodiac – Aries, Dog, Libra, Taurus
- Bagua – Tai Qi (Health), Wealth
- Elements: Metal
- Birthstone - April
- Wedding Anniversary – 60th (modern) or 75th (traditional)
Diamond has long been a symbol of purity and of wealth. In general:
- Diamond is a stone of manifestation, attracting abundance.
- Diamond amplifies energy of anything it comes into contact with (so it’s good to use it with conscious intention)
- Diamond enhances truthfulness, fearlessness and fortitude, clearing mental and emotional pain
- Diamond provides higher vibrational clarity.
- Diamond cleanses anything obscuring inner light.
Melody (2007)* calls diamond the “king of the crystals,” especially associated with the Sun. Wearing diamonds was thought to bring strength and endurance, as well as confidence and courage. Diamond’s high vibration enhances spiritual awareness. In healings it works both to clear blockages and shadow, and to refill the resulting void with light.
Feng shui is the art of placement of objects in home and outdoor spaces. For a good general review of the use of diamond in feng shui, click HERE.
Like quartz, diamond energizes and amplifies energy. Diamonds are also associated with manifestation of wealth. The energizing and clarifying energy of diamond, when placed with conscious intention, are particularly useful in two areas of homes and rooms:
- The Wealth area, associated material and other types of abundance, located in the far left corner of your space when standing in the front entrance of home (or room).
- The Tai Qi area, associated with overall well-being, located in the center of your home or room. Placed in this area with conscious intent, the energies of all areas benefit.
Diamond is usually placed on or close to the body as jewelry. Of course, if you happen to have a stray natural diamond (industrial or synthetic can work as well as gemmy ones) you can carry it in your pocket to enhance clarity and abundance. All relate to the crown chakra, thus elevating your vibrational energy.
Diamond crowns and tiaras - the image above is the Imperial Russian crown, bursting with diamond energy that should have resulted in great clarity and spiritual enlightenment for Russian kings and queens. The same is true for the crown jewelry of many monarchs, and tiaras in general.
Diamond earrings – close to the head, diamond in earrings assists mental/emotional clarity and focus
Diamond necklaces and pendants – when these are short and fit close to the throat, they aid clarity in communication. When worn longer, closer to the heart, they assist with clearing and activating heart energy.
Diamond Rings – diamond can help to activate the energy centers of the hands (the same ones activated in reiki), and overall enhance sensitivity of the hands and fingers.
Diamond for Grids and Rituals
Diamonds, or diamond jewelry, can be used in crystal grids, altars, and for rituals. Generally speaking, you can substitute diamond for quartz in any of these. Heirloom diamond jewelry inherited or gifted from a beloved family member works well as the focus for a grid or ritual on ancestral energy.
A wonderful book on crystal grids is Crystal Gridwork by Kiera Fogg.
A book bursting with ideas on working with crystals in ritual is Crystal Muse.
*Melody 2007 Love is in the earth: the crystal and mineral encyclopedia. Earth-Love Publishing House, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, 965 pp.