The diamond is pure carbon, having the most compact arrangement of carbon atoms found in nature. The diamond is the gemstone of the planet Venus and helps to overcome problems related to this planet.
Most attractive to the eyes, the diamond is famous for its play of colors. It emits a very delicate bluish, reddish, or a mixture of blue and red radiance of glittering luster when exposed to light.
A fine diamond is radiant, and delightful. It is as soothing to the eyes as the Moon; is magnificent and has the self-luminous quality of a clear crystal.
Ancient Hindu scriptures mention eight types of diamonds
1. Hanspati: transparent white color like a conch,
2. Kamlapati: transparent pinkish white, like lotus petal.
3. Vajraneel: transparent blue-white, like the color of the neck of a blue jay,
4. Vanaspati: transparent green-white, like fresh blade of grass,
5. Shyamvajra: transparent smoky-grey color
6. Telia: oily,and dark color.
7. Sanloyi: yellow-green or pale green color,
Some Qualities of a Good Diamond
5. pleasant appearance
Some Flaws in a Diamond
2. "Feathers of a crow"
3. Red spots
4. Black spots
6. Pale or brown in color
7. Ridges on the surface
Some tests for Identification of a Real Diamond
1. A real diamond when placed in warm milk cools the milk.
2. A real diamond when placed in liquid butter or ghee (clarified butter) at room temperature solidifies the butter or ghee.
Some aspects of the Rituals for Wearing a Diamond
A diamond should be bought on a Friday when Venus is in Taurus, Libra, or Pisces. Should be bought in the morning between sunrise and 11:00 A.M. A diamond should be at least 1 rattika (.59 metric carat) in weight. The setting should be silver, white gold, or platinum, and the gem should be flawless. The gemstone should be given to the jeweler on the same day, and the ring should be made and the gemstone set on a Friday under the lunar mansions.
A ring worn in this manner removes the evil effects of an ill-aspected Venus, brings wealth, health, prosperity, removes fear of evil spirits, cures diseases, makes one invincible, removes enmity, and saves one from electric shocks, poisonous insects and animals, and accidental death.
Some aspects of the Medicinal Utility of the Diamond
Diamond is the hardest of all gemstones, and it should never be used orally in the form of a pishthi (paste). Only its bhasma (oxide) is used in Ayurveda. If a diamond particle gets into the stomach it can be fatal. Therefore it is purified very carefully when its oxide is prepared.
Diamond oxide provides prana (life force). It is useful for epilepsy, paralysis, insanity, hernia, premature old age, weakness of mind, among others. It makes the body strong and provides longevity.
Chief Sources of Diamonds
India, Brazil, Africa, U.S.S.R.