A lovely and brilliant light source in my life said to me that I was a “diamond” in the way of a sweet compliment. At first, I blushed and immediately shook my head in disagreement recalling all of the ways in which I was NOT a diamond by my own erroneous perception. (Yeah, I still do that from time to time.) Then, I decided to look up flawless diamond to see if there was even one and if “diamond” was a compliment that I could actually accept. Crazy, huh? I’m peculiar. I know.
I settled on an article published via Wikipedia. The first line or two of the article read:
“Diamond flaws are common. Few diamonds are perfect; most of them have inclusions or imperfections. These inclusions are also known as flaws and exist in various forms, such as exterior and interior. Inclusions are also classified in the manner in which they were formed.”
My conclusion: She’s right. I am a diamond. So are all of you.
Before a diamond is placed into a beautiful piece of jewelry, it must be retrieved from its natural setting, carefully cut and treated. The entire process can increase a diamond’s value or even decrease its perceived value.
Most people think of a diamond as a beautiful and flawless gem, but, in actuality, there are very few diamonds that are perfect or meet the classification of flawlessness. Most have external AND internal imperfections.
For example, some diamonds have external flaws like scratches that can be present naturally or occur when a diamond is cut. Some scratches can be removed by polishing, but other deeper scratches cannot be treated. Blemishes can occur naturally or when a diamond is being cut or polished. Some diamonds have breakages known as fractures. Fingerprints, pits and chips are some other external flaws that may be present on a diamond. My favorite flaw (I’m not crazy), is called Naturals.
“[Naturals] refers to the original surface of the diamond, which has been left alone and unpolished. Naturals are usually left on or near the girdle of the diamond. While these are considered as blemishes, the presence of naturals is a sign of good cutting practice, where the cutter has managed to retain as much of the original weight as possible.”
It’s my favorite for two reasons. It is a part of a diamond that’s been left alone. Secondly, the cutter decided not to reduce the weight of the diamond by removing the natural. When a cutter looks at a rough piece of diamond, his or her goal is to cut it in such a way as to maximize the value of the resulting polished stone (or stones). In essence, the cutter determined that the value of the diamond is higher with that particular flaw.
Sigh… now that’s just beautiful.
As pretty as a diamond may be on the outside or to the naked eye, a diamond can have a number of internal flaws and impurities including needles, clouds, knots, graining and feathers to name a few.
Isn’t that just like all of us? We all have a treasure of imperfections and “inclusions” as it is called when referring to a diamond that occurred naturally or developed over time with each experience.
An uncut diamond is still a diamond. Some of the most beautiful gems have their share of imperfections. Once treated, to the naked eye… most flaws can’t even be determined.
We’re all flawed beautiful creatures. All brilliant diamonds.
Shine bright. Imperfections and all.
Love and magnificent light.