“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world” – Dolly Parton
Like most Southern girls I love a bit of bling. Sparkly jewelry, chandeliers, a gorgeous set of china and crystal. All of those things that dress my nest and my person. They are all superficial like rhinestones and have no real value. While they enhance an otherwise bland landscape they are not the essence of who I am as a person.
My Wonderful mother worked for a prominent jeweler and eventually so did I. When you sell diamonds you must learn the 4 c’s
Color- in diamonds, the higher the quality the less color the stone has. It is colorless, opaque, clear
Cut- the shape and number of facets, those facets reflect light creating the sparkle
Clarity- the absence of flaws or inclusions
Carat- the weight of the stone
Each of these things must be at a high level in order to be a quality stone.
Mama tried her entire life to make me into a flawless diamond. She believed that people had to live by standards that made them quality people. This is how the 4 C’s apply to my life.
Color– my life needs to be opaque. Nothing hidden, clear in my standards and beliefs.
Cut– I have experienced many people, situations, up & downs that shaped me into who I am today. Each of them left a mark or etched my life, creating a multi- faceted person who can give light to those around her
Clarity– working on removing my flaws
Carat– Well I may have excess carats, (weight). I think it means my weight as applies to whether or not my word is valid, has meaning and is worth something to others. Do I contribute something to my peers, job, marriage, community.
I am far from the Diamond that my mother envisioned me to be, but her influence and that of many others has kept me from being just a rhinestone, a bit of sparkle with no true value. As I continue my journey with the hope of becoming a museum quality stone I’m glad to have guidelines to go by. It’s hard work to shine and glitter while having substance. I’m not the famous “Hope” diamond, I’m much smaller than that! I am striving to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.
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