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    May 03

    black_diamondIt seems as if humankind has always attempted to define and illustrate the beauty of a natural diamond in so many words. Attempts have been noble, if not entirely successful. Because the truth is, one can never hope to truly capture all the luster of a diamond in just a few sentences. Movies have been made, novels have been written and songs have been shared, and even in these instances, justice cannot be done. That said, there still have been some very moving quotes about diamonds and each of these famous quotes does manage to capture some of a diamond’s most appealing attributes.

    1. “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.”
    -Chinese Proverb

    Eastern civilization appreciates diamonds just as much as the West–possibly more so considering they were the ones to first discover the existence and great potential of the natural diamond. Indeed, it is better to find a diamond with a flaw than just a perfect pebble. Even slightly flawed diamonds can sell for thousands of dollars. In fact, it’s become increasingly rare to find a “perfect” FL (flawless) diamond in this day and age, but the enjoyment that diamonds provide has not diminished at all.

    2. “The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.”
    -Daniel Defoe

    Indeed, the rough diamond must be polished if the true luster of this stone is ever to appear. It is a fitting symbol for the soul of a man, which must experience hardship before a resurgence of faith moves him to start living for a greater good. A diamond is often used in symbolism to represent a flawless record, and a shining example of spiritual purity.

    3. “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”
    -Mae West

    Mae West certainly had a way with words and who can deny that ever since the Golden Age of Hollywood, and even till today, diamonds are the best way to say “I love you” onscreen and even when the camera stops rolling? Hollywood stars today still showcase their favorite designer diamond rings, earrings and bracelets with 39 carat caliber stones. Carrots may be healthier for you today, but high carat diamonds last forever, right?

    4. “A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.”
    -Henry Kissinger

    Kissinger had a unique brand of wisdom and this quote is a shining example. Just as lowly coal can become a lovely diamond, everyone has the potential to become something great. Diamonds do start out as something far less beautiful than the sparkling stone we see today. They are formed when extreme heat (found 200 miles into the earth’s ground) and extreme pressure cause carbon atoms to crystallize, which creates diamond. From there, diamond is mined by human beings and turned into a nearly perfect stone or used as industrial bort.

    5. “Kissing your hand may make you feel very good, but a diamond lasts forever.”
    -Anita Loos, author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    This book was the basis of the well known musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes in which a character declares in so many words that love is fickle, uncertain, disappointing and temporary. A diamond on the other hand lasts forever! Is this true? Diamonds certainly are great survivors-the newest diamonds discovered by scientists are thought to be 100 million years old. The oldest diamonds are billions of years old. A diamond may not be indestructible, but short of deliberate destruction, it will outlast your entire generation and an entire civilization of human technology. Now that’s a great way to say “I will love you forever!”

    Diamond6. “Wit must be foiled by wit, cut a diamond with a diamond.”
    -William Congreve

    Indeed, diamonds are the hardest naturally produced substance on earth. That means that it would be impossible to destroy a diamond with anything except another diamond or a substance that is comparably hard and tough, such as aggregated diamond nanorods, which are humanmade rods said to be 11% harder than a typical diamond.

    7. “A Diamond is Forever”
    -NW Ayer Agency

    One particular diamond producer got all the credit for this sentence that forever changed an industry, but the actual statement was delivered by an advertising agency. Before this impressive marketing campaign, diamonds were not necessary identified with romance, marriage or engagement. They were considered decorative jewelry and used for a variety of purposes. In fact, before this campaign launched, there was a big question as to whether a diamond market in America truly existed. Then came the brilliant strategy of linking diamonds to the most sacred and beloved of American institutions: the wedding ceremony. However, one’s can’t truly say that prior to the 20th century, no lover had ever thought of diamonds as a romantic gift–in fact, one of the most famous diamond gifts in history was a diamond necklace given by Napoleon Bonaparte to Marie Louise.

    5 Responses to “The 7 Best Diamond Quotes”

    1. BMO Says:

      Love isnt perfect. Even diamonds start as coal.

      (Brandon Boyd), lead singer of Incubus.

    2. LBK Says:

      Pondering #1-#7 Diamond Quotes was invigorating! Where can I find #8-#10?

    3. Diamonds forever Says:

      Diamonds can be true baby but love is to thay bouth last forever

    4. Anne Linington Says:

      Diamond Poem:

      Diamond in the dark

      Formed by fire

      Come to light

      Cut and polished

      Sparkling brightly


      Viewed against the darkness which gave it birth

      Radiates the light supplying worth

      And shines for all to see

      Shines for all eternity

      Anne Linington©

    5. Edgar Diogo Carvalho Says:

      “In time, the Kimberley Process became too limited and its precarious mandate proved to be so ineffective that a diamond producing country could lawfully consent to or engage in appalling diamond mining operations that were attributable to forced labor and human suffering without ever suffering any detrimental consequence. Even I am guilty of failing to identify that we produced such a rickety definition at the outset that would come back to haunt us all.”

      - André A. Jackson, Chairman
      African Diamond Council (ADC) & African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA)

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