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Black Diamonds: The Gems of Magic

Sunday, 23 August 2009

black diamondsDiamond is the King among all precious gems from the time immemorial. Its exceptional hardness, wonderful riot of colors and brilliant glittering prove the regal features of the diamond. Thereare so many legends around diamonds. In the past people would believe that diamonds are mined by enormous eagles. Among all other stones the diamond has its exceptional and unique niche.

The name of the stone is believed to mean ‘adamos' from the Greek word ‘insuperable' that was transformed into ‘adamant', later ‘demant' and ‘diamant'. The mixture of the Arab language with the Greek brought the new sound to the name changing ‘adamos' for ‘almas'.

Diamonds are available in nature in various colors from transparent to white-blue, pink, yellow, brown and even black. Such colorful diamonds are called fancy diamonds.

All diamonds irrespective of the color are believed to bring luck to bearers. Lapidario (science on stones) of XVI century states that ‘A human should wear the diamond on the left side of the body when the gem acts favorably. The diamond brings hardness and courage to the bearer and secures human parts of body'. The diamond allows the person win the enemies when and if the bearer is right. The diamond gives and retains hearing acuity, prevents from revelry, sorrow and magic, fancy and evils. Should any magician feels like enchanting the diamond bearer, then all grief and failure will come back to the magician. No wild animal dares to attack the diamond bearer. The diamond makes the person more serious and heals from somnambulism. The diamond is more powerful when it is owned voluntarily, without violations and coercion. Though it often occurs that the diamond loses its power due to sinfulness and intemperance of the bearer.

It can be the reason why lots of diamonds would bring failure and often death to their owners due to sins and lack of self-restraint. Thus, the legendary diamond Sancy or Regent owned by Maria-Antoinette brought only failure and death to her.

The most amazing among the diamond is the black diamond. It is widely believed that black diamonds come from outer civilizations, yet, they are created from meteorites and particles of interplanetary space that fell on the Earth billion years ago.

The black shade of these diamonds is extraordinary. The shade is the mix of cold brilliance of white diamonds with the deep night darkness. The black color comes from plumbago insertions. Moreover, it is said that such stones are diamonds in the most active phase of formation after which they become white.

The most reputed black diamond is the 88-carat black Korloff Noir diamond shrouded in mystery, but according to legend seems to have originated in Russia, and owned by several generations of the Karloff-Sapozhnikov family, from whom the diamond gets its name. It seemed that the stone brought luck to the owners and the Korloffs left Russia after the Revolution in 1917. Theymanaged to save all their treasures including the black diamond. In 1920 the diamond was sold in Antwerp and within the whole ХХ century it changed the owners until in 1978 it was bought by the French jeweler Daniel Pailasser. That was the break for the diamond. Pailasser founded his own Jewelry House called Korloff and the gem became the symbol of the House.

Korloff Noir is the only black diamond that has been cut. The original rough diamond is said to have weighed 421 carats, but the final product was only 88 carats in weight, resulting in an enormous loss of 333 carats. Such enormous losses are quite common in black diamonds as one usually comes across porous material that is fragile and difficult to work with. Moreover, it has 57 facets while the Korloff Jewelry House has a patent to such faceting.

Two unique diamonds appeared a few years ago in Byelorussia. The diamonds were of 18 and 72 carats of weight. The facet was styled under XVII century, as classic ‘Antwerp rose'. The smaller size diamond was of deep black color while the bigger one has more mace shade.  The stones were confiscated within the procedures done by the law machinery and in spite of the Swiss certificate and examination by the Byelorussian jewelers; the stones were announced as fake. The jewelers were not so confident that the diamonds were false, though. In official documents the diamonds were presented as mussanit, an artificially grown stone. The withdrawal of stones flashed in mass media and disappeared. And the amazing black diamond did the same.

The black diamond has a drawback though. It is thought that this stone diffuses annihilation radiation and requires some magic activity from the owner. The consequences may be unpredictable if the owner fails to obey the fluids of diamonds.

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