Maybe diamonds are not the best for engagement and wedding rings!
You read that right!. Not only did slick marketing by DeBeers get us all wearing them, they may actually hurt our relationships. Many millennials are now asserting their individuality and choosing different stones.
Did you know diamonds weren’t always considered a jewel? When this carbon substance was first discovered thousands of years ago in India, it was used as decorations and as talismans to keep away evil spirits and cure diseases. (Yes, that’s right! So those of you that think we crystal lovers are sinful, you might want to check yourself and your left finger because you are wearing what is known as a crystal…oh the horror. Initially Christians considered them evil until a bishop ordained it acceptable to adopt the pagan custom).
It was only about a thousand years ago that diamonds were used as jewelry for the first time. Four hundred years later, Archduke Maximilian of Austria asked Mary of Burgundy to be his wife by proposing with a diamond. While this was the first documented case of a diamond engagement ring, it is by no means the first engagement ring. The tradition has roots that date back to ancient Egypt when reed rings were placed on one another’s ring finger to symbolize their betrothal. The ring finger was chosen because it was believed there was a vein in that finger that was connected directly to the heart, symbolizing eternal love.
The first engagement rings were far less romantic than they are today. They were less a symbol of love and more a symbol of ownership. Diamonds (carbon) were the original gemstone used in an engagements ring, and once they were discovered in abundance in South Africa, they were marketed by the diamond company DeBeers as “The” engagement stone one should have.
Here’s the rub:
Diamonds are great conductors of energy, both physically and spiritually. They are said to amplify whatever energy the wearer is experiencing. This means that anyone depressed should not wear this stone. It also means that arguments are amplified.
Hmmmmm perhaps removing your wedding ring if it’s a diamond is not such a bad idea if you are struggling to get along.