Why the Diamond?
First and foremost, at Diamond Shapers International we believe each and every person is a precious gem that holds the highest value in the eyes of God and we want to facilitate the development of human “diamonds”.
Second, we love the story of the diamond.
The Greek word for diamond is αδάμας – adámas, which means “unbreakable”, which is fitting, because the diamond is the hardest known natural mineral.
Diamonds are actually a form of carbon. It is hard to believe that the key element in a diamond is a substance that starts out as a lump of coal. Carbon can take many forms called “allotropes” – when a chemical element can exist in two or more forms. Some allotropes of carbon, each with different physical properties, include diamond, graphite and amorphous carbon also known as coal. Coal is considered an impure form of carbon. We can look at it this way – a diamond is simply a purified lump of coal. While coal is black and opaque, a diamond is clear and highly transparent allowing light to pass through.
So how does carbon make its grand transformation into a beautiful diamond with such great value? The catalyst to its transformation is the extreme heat and pressure deep within the earth. Diamonds are then brought to the surface of the earth by violent volcanic eruptions. Without the pressure, without the heat, you can’t have a diamond. The carbon is purified by the extreme heat and extreme pressure to which it is subjected.
Guess what? You are a diamond! You may not feel like a diamond, and more like a lump of coal, but there is a diamond on the inside of you that must come to the surface. The world needs that diamond! God created each and every one of us to shine. As a child of God, you possess all of the characteristics of a diamond. Are diamonds perfect? No. In fact, flawless diamonds are extremely rare. What is interesting is that as beautiful as a diamond is, all diamonds have flaws which give it its unique character and beauty. Small natural flaws do not affect the value of the diamond. It’s still a diamond, but most importantly it is no longer recognizable as coal!
So what differentiates a diamond from coal? The carbon from which both are created, submitted itself to the process of becoming a diamond. It created the correct bonds. Are you willing to do the same? Are you willing to endure the pressure and form the right bonds? Remember, carbon can take many forms and may not always form a diamond. How we choose to respond to the pressures of life and who we surround ourselves with determines whether we get coal or a diamond.
Like carbon, we must undergo a transformation process and it’s not always pleasant. In fact, most of the time it isn’t. The life cycle of a diamond isn’t that much different from our lives. We may start out in darkness filled with impurities, but when through pressure and instability we choose to become transparent, we gain the ability for His light to shine through us to the world around us.
Are you ready for more in your life? Are you ready to shine forth brightly as the diamond that God created you to be? It is our desire to walk through your process along side of you.
Third, who doesn’t love diamonds?