The Precious Diamond

Did you know that among more than 100 elements in the Periodic Table, Carbon is the only element that when subjected to a very high pressure and temperature, it will be transformed to a diamond? Well, that one is proven true.

Before we go into the characteristics of a diamond, let us have a closer look on the raw material of diamond – Carbon.

It is dark, rough, and stone-like charcoal. Uling or charcoal is one of the common examples of carbon.

Dark as it is, who would imagine that it could be transformed into a brilliant, elegant stone diamond? According to Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the largest, most respected non- profit source of gemological knowledge in the world, a diamond has 4Cs – Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight.

Diamond is the strongest stone that could cut any other stones. Its’ perfect cut, clarity, absence of color, and high carat made it very expensive.  But the real beauty and worth of a diamond lie on the process it went through. The series of heating, pruning, cutting and applying very high pressure made it very precious.

All the people start as dirty charcoal. All of them also underwent pressure of different intensities. For some, they already gave up with small pressures like break- up with boyfriend or girlfriend, lack of money for tuition fee, argument with a friend, being confronted or corrected, conflict with teacher or boss. But for some, they were able to overcome other forms of pressure like divorce or broken families, tragedy, death of loved one, name it.

In Romans 5:3-4, it says, “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope.” In that manner, as we rejoice in our sufferings or pressures in life, we know that we will be able to persevere on overcoming them thus creates endurance, character and hope. The mentioned characteristics are definitely needed during the process.

Everyone is destined to be a diamond. There is no diamond inside a man but the man is the diamond itself. Being strong is needed amidst very high pressure. Without pressure, the characteristics of a diamond cannot be achieved.