Hardness (Mohs scale): 10||
Crystal System: Isometric||
Cleavage/Fracture: Perfect - four directions at 90°.
Color: All colors from colorless to black, commonly found as colorless with a tinge of yellow.||
Habit: Almost always found as individual crystals, the basic shape never really changes, but the variations are abundant. It can be found as a perfect octahedron, an icositetrahedron, a hexoctahedron, a rhombic dodecahedron or tetrahexahedron with rounded faces.
Environment of Origin: Diamonds are formed in peridotite or lamporite deposits of plutonic rocks. When this rock is intruded up to the surface the primary deposit is termed a pipe.
The finest diamonds were believed capable of reproducing themselves. It was thought that these special stones, when moistened with morning dew and left in the dark, would multiply. Other uses for diamonds were to ensure strong bones, to stop lecherous behavior, and to protect both the mother and baby during childbirth. Hindu believed this gem owed its origin to bolts of lightning striking rocks. Diamond is said to be the most potent when set in steel and an effective talisman if the gem was given as a pledge of love or friendship.
Associated Metals: Platinum, Silver, Steel ||
Powers: Spirituality, Sexual Dysfunction, Protection, Courage, Peace, Reconciliation, Healing, Strength
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