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Shine Bright like a Diamond

Shine Bright like a Diamond

Being the hardest and probably the most precious gemstone, diamonds have been a well-loved jewelry component since the olden days. Its name is from a Greek word which literally translates to “proper”, “unalterable”, “unbreakable” and “untamed”. They are typically yellow, brown, gray, or colorless. They also come in blue, black, green, translucent white, pink, violet, orange, purple, and red. There are four C’s to consider a diamond’s true value: carat, cut, color, and clarity.

Because of its beauty and value since time immemorial, many adored diamonds and have been popular gifts for women especially for expression of true and everlasting love. Many diamonds that are large or extraordinary have become famous all over the world. Some of them became popular for having shown the natural and extreme beauty of diamonds while some gained fame because of popular personalities who wore, bought or sold these jewels.

The worldwide and timeless appreciation for diamonds went so far that it was used as reference for many works of art like literature, film and music. Here are some of the songs about diamonds:

  • Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Marilyn Monroe

It was from the 1953 motion picture Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Marilyn enthusiastically supports and promotes using men as instruments to achieve lavish wealth and material goods. She tells of how precious and beautiful diamonds are, and how much she wants them. She says that diamonds are timeless and would never lose their beauty while women grow old and lose all the charm.

  • Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles

John Lennon said that this song was inspired by the painting his son Julian made which shows his classmate Lucy O’ Donnell up in the sky with the stars, from which “Lucy in the sky with diamonds” came from. But many thought that this was a metaphor about drug use especially since Lennon who was known to be using LSDs wrote this song. Incidentally, LSD is also the initials of this song.

  • Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez

This is a poignant and painful music about the memories Joan shared and made with Bob Dylan. This song is about the good and bad things that come along with a relationship. Diamonds speak of the good things while rust of the not so beautiful ones.

  • Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey

This was the theme song for the first ever James Bond film. This gave rise to the metaphorical association of everlasting love with the beauty and timeless qualities of a diamond.

  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd

This was written and dedicated to Syd Barrett who was their former lead guitarist until he became mentally ill because of drug addiction.

  • Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon

It tells of a story about a girl so rich who wears diamonds on the soles of her shoes with whom an extremely poor boy fell in love. But if we dig deeper, this could be a reference to the South African situation where miners are submerged in poverty while mine owners are ironically living in affluence.

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