The lotus is a strong symbol and associated with purity and emotions. Every leaf hides another aspect of the flower. Diamond grading is like unfolding the blossom, studying its elements before letting it shine in its duet with the sun.
The lotus flower has its roots deep in the soil under water. The long, cylindrical stalk passes through the water and rises to the surface where it opens its bud to the sun. This symbolic growth from earth to spiritual being inspired many cultures to treasure the lotus.
The Ancient Egyptians treasured the Lotus flower as a symbol of creation borne from the sun and also as the ultimate symbol of life and resurrection. The habit of the flower to close at night and sink underwater only to re-emerge in the morning and bloom again was, and is, an iconic representation of the power of the sun to create new life. Another symbol underscoring the connection between the Lotus flower and life can be found in the Ancient Egyptian symbol for "plant" meaning "Tree of Life", which is three sacred lotus lilies. They have tree stems curving to the left as though blown into life. On top of each stem is the Lotus flower.
The Lotus flower is also the national flower of India – its petals representing the flourishing of surrounding cultures, religions and countries. According to Hinduism, within each being inhabiting the earth, is the spirit of sacred lotus. For Buddhists, lotus symbolizes the most exalted state of man his head held high, pure and undefiled in the sun, his feet rooted in the world of experience. Few flowers have found such prominence in legends and symbolism as the lotus.
Diamonds were believed to be fragments of stars or teardrops of the Gods. They were considered to hold mysterious powers and protect the wearer from harm. A diamond’s incomparable brilliance resulting from its facets’ play with light made it the ultimate symbol of light.
Diamond grading is unfolding the characteristics of the stone. At each step, its real identity becomes clearer. Just like the gradual opening of every leaf of the lotus until the blossom unveils the full splendor of the flower. Together, diamond and lotus represent the ideals of International Diamond Laboratories: ensuring that natures’ gems bloom under the rays of light that form their journey within the diamondlab.