While cleaning my rings recently I watched my dull, drab stones return to their shining glory and it generated some thoughts for consideration:
- These stones that become near and dear to us don’t usually start out as the bright shiny things we love to display in their exquisite settings.
- Someone other than the raw stone had a vision first, seeing the worth and beauty achievable before the process even began, knowing the outcome would be worth the painstaking effort it would take.
- Someone has to chip away at them, refine and shape them with the care and patience of a skilled craftsman.
- The stones can’t go through the process by themselves, they need the loving hands of others to help them.
- It takes time and perseverance to forge them into something worthy of human admiration (too bad sometimes that we don’t embrace the raw beauty).
- Some jewels of course are not stunning until they’ve experienced the fire of refinement.
- These raw gems, these diamonds in the rough don’t ask to be refined, it just happens to them whether they like it or not. They are chosen, they don’t choose.
When the process is complete they find themselves surrounded by precious metals, melted and moulded to show off their intricate facets, created to fit the stones perfectly, positioning them to glitter and shine.
Once these prized treasures have been worn a while they become dirty and in need of cleaning to renew their sparkle. Even if they’ve been put away and not worn for a time, they collect dust and dirt and require some TLC just the same.
Claws wear down and need to be rebuilt to ensure the safety of the stones so they remain intact. Just because the stone(s) are gorgeous and perfect in the eye of the beholder, does not mean they are without risk of loss or damage. Even though strength has been infused through the refining process, great care must be given to protect them from the elements.
The remarkable thing about precious gemstones is that they are survivors. They get chipped at, put through the fire, re-shaped, power sanded and washed…chipped at some more and at some point polished. You name it they’ve been through it. The more they’re worked over, the more beautiful they become. They don’t reach their full splendour until and unless they’ve been through what may be considered the worst of times.
When these jewels are finally deemed presentable, there is no question as to the gleam and reflection of light that comes at you from every angle, the facets clearly depicting a story of process, of time and of intricate preparation. Your eyes are riveted, you twist and turn them in the light to delight in their magnificence.
Is there a moral to the story? Nothing compares to a gemstone refined to reflect its true, inner self. It doesn’t come easy but boy is it worth it for the transformation that emerges….don’t you think?