MAE WEST was born in August but she associated herself with April's birthstone: the diamond. Her mother seems to have been fascinated by the same stone; Matilda West bought her daughter her first diamond. Of course, in her most successful stage play "Diamond Lil," the actress sparkled plenty.
• • Diamonds, a wonder of nature, have a sparkling fire that has held humans spell-bound for centuries, inspiring myths of romance, intrigue, power, greed, and magic.
• • Ancient Hindus, finding diamonds washed out of the ground after thunderstorms, believed the gems were created by bolts of lightning.
• • In America, the diamond is marketed as a symbol of enduring love. Typically, they appear on engagement rings.
• • There are many kinds of diamonds: transparent, translucent or opaque; ranging from colorless to sooty black, with many colors in between. For the most part transparent, diamonds [colorless or tinted] are used as jewelry. They are also used for industrial purposes.
• • The color of a diamond depends on the kind of impurities embedded inside it. Yellow diamonds, for example, betray minute quantities of nitrogen, while boron imparts a bluish hue.
• • Diamonds are the rich cousins of graphite; both are crystalline forms of pure carbon.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • "Diamond Lil" • • 1928