Updated: Jul 5, 2018
Those of you who are about to choose a stone for either an engagement ring or a wedding band, may choose according to its beauty. But the symbolism behind a stone is far more precious than its value.
Diamond: /noun/: A precious stone consisting of a clear and colourless crystalline form of pure carbon - the hardest naturally occurring substance.
Why do so many people choose diamonds as their main stone in their wedding bands? Some may see its natural beauty; others may see an investment according to its value.
When I took this photograph at a recent wedding, my only thought and mission was to get that perfect shot on which the bridal couple could look back on and see the beauty of their rings, portrayed in an also pretty picture. But, as I was editing this image, a deeper pondering came to me:
Look at the photo above. The perfect shape and shimmering of these diamond rings have been captured. I had that “pretty shot”. But so what? What about it, what did it mean? And it got me wondering... why choose #diamonds?
Of course, the first reason would be because of its incomparable beauty! And another reason, maybe because it has great value, and can be seen as an investment. So what about its value? Why that specific stone?
For me, the first reason is why I chose diamonds - purely because of its incomparable beauty. But after getting lost in the meaning behind it and editing this image, it hit me, smack bam in the face: its symbolism means so much more than its beauty!
And that is where the definition comes to play. If we decode the definition, we find the deeper meaning and symbolism [according to my wild imagination]. Almost like in the discovery of the meaning behind a “cloudless rain which shall reveal an entrance”. (those who are not National Treasure fanatics won’t catch this allusion). So, let’s decipher this riddle.
1. A precious stone: /The true meaning/: If something is profoundly precious to you, you may keep it near your heart, or you would keep it safe at any cost. For many, the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. This is because the vein in this finger was believed to lead directly to the wearer's heart. Hence, it is precious, either defined by its value, or because this stone resembles your love, which then in turn is kept safe and closest to your heart, on a finger with a vein [believed] to lead straight to your heart.
2. Consisting of a clear and colourless crystalline form: /Clarity; to see clearly/ To be in a clear state of mind/: For me, this clarity refers to the conscious decision to love, with no interruption of thought, but to love without disguise. This is actually in total contrast of the old saying: Love in blind. To me, love is not blind, but it is a deliberate choice one makes - to love with an open heart, without interruptions of thought, for all the world to see. Colourless, in this sense, resembles being totally impartial. Love does not choose sides, love actually in its entirety is one whole thing on its own, therefore it is incapable of taking sides. It loves unconditionally, without being swayed, and always equitably. Love is therefore constant.
3. A form of pure carbon - the hardest naturally occurring substance: This resembles love’s #power. Like our Disney movies teach us and every little girl: True love’s kiss can conquer the world… This is the truest thing in our lately “screwed-up” world. It is the only form of hope that still survives: “The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.” ~ Moulin Rouge. This love, this genuine and authentic love, can conquer heartache, loneliness, rejection, hopelessness, and all that breaks away at our world one piece at a time.
Therefore, the entirety of the symbolism behind this mere stone, is far more precious than any investment could provide, or any beauty could display.
This is my deeper meaning of a diamond ring, and it has really opened my eyes to what this little round thing around my finger truly means.
In all its forms, the greatest meaning of this diamond, is love, and to be loved in return; always keeping it safe and close to your heart; choosing day in and day out to love my husband fully and intently, without bias; and to love with all the power I possess. That is the greatest thing.
Made With Love