Astronomers recently discovered a cosmic diamond, the compressed heart of a former sun 50 light years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus. Named “Lucy,” the diamond star of 10 billion trillion trillion carats is a crystallized white dwarf made mostly of carbon. Astronomers expect our Sun will also become a white dwarf when it dies five billion years from now. Some two billion years after that the Sun’s ember core may crystallize leaving a giant diamond in the centre of our own solar system.
The discovery gives “Diamonds are forever” a new meaning. We’re made largely of carbon, living in a carbon rich world. And now, it seems, we’re surrounded by a universe populated with immense carbon diamonds.
Diamonds are carbon in its most purified, refined state - the ultimate product of millions of years of evolution. Seeing a diamond is like looking at ourselves, our world, super enhanced. Is it any wonder we’re attracted to them? The almost mystical fascination we have with the stellar gem may be rooted in science. Diamonds are the ultimate expression of us, supercharged.
Have you ever been so mesmerized by a beautiful gem, or vista, or melody that you’re entranced, completely absorbed in it, lost? It’s pure beauty you can’t let go of and don’t want to. You marvel at the radiance. You revel in it. It nourishes you. It binds you.
The experience of beauty is based on the power of attraction. It’s the force that draws worlds together. The ancients realized this potent secret. Beauty is not really just a quality an object has. It’s a function of perception. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” We see beauty when we’re open to it. “Never did eye see sun until it had first become sunlike” the ancient philosopher Plotinus revealed. Beauty expands and transforms us. It awakens and nourishes us. It’s a powerful force.
Jewelers take note. People fall in love with jewelry. They use jewelry as an expression of their love. Love is the perception of beauty. When we experience the beauty in another, one soul enlivens another. When the perception of beauty is mutual, its power expands exponentially. The touching and enlivening of souls awakens us at our core. Beauty perceiving beauty. It’s the ultimate experience - being swept off your feet, walking on clouds.
It’s why we love being in love. In that state of heightened perception we become more alive. Everything turns on. The force of life is magnified. We experience “the force that drives the green fuse thru the flower,” in the words of Dylan Thomas, as the force that drives us too. The ancients described the process of creative inspiration, literally a “breathing in,” as just this touch of the divine spark, the ultimate connection with nature.
In a profession dedicated to beauty and love it’s not a coincidence that the symbol of eternal love is a purest gem of eternal beauty, forged and refined for millions of years. The fortunate jeweler is able to capture the beauty, capture the light and project it.
Throughout the ages the experience of beauty has been seen as the ultimate goal, because it’s actually the awakening of ourselves. In the words of Keats, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” It’s the light we’re all striving for. It’s how we touch the eternal. It’s ourselves, magnified.