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Diamond Tattoos: Ideas, Meanings, and Designs

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Diamond Tattoos

Diamond tattoos are quite popular. They're considered to be a mainstream tattoo design and are worn by both men and women. You'll find a diamond tattoo alone or matched with other tattoo symbols. Diamond tattoo designs are one of the most sought out in the world.

A diamond might be a stand-alone tattoo or incorporated into a variety of different symbols and elements. Its shape looks great for both large and small-scale tattoos.

In this article, we will review diamond tattoo designs (with many photos) and discuss their possible meanings. We hope that you are able to find many ideas and inspiration for your next project.

A diamond, incarcerated in its subterraneous prison, rough and unpolished, differs not from a common stone.

— Charles Caleb Colton

A diamond on a dunghill is a precious diamond still.

— Proverb

The Diamond: History and Associations

The diamond tattoo may serve different purposes: some have symbolic meanings and some are meant for pure decoration.

Most of us have owned or seen diamonds at some point. When we think about them, we often think about wealth, luxury and fashion, even the higher quality of one's life. Some people wear diamonds on their ring fingers while others wear them in their skin, having a microdermally implanted diamond. Diamonds have decorated all types of ancient and royal crowns and are called a "girl's best friend."

  • History: The word "diamond" is Greek in origin (ἀδάμας–adámas or "unbreakable") and means strength and invincibility. They are made of a nearly indestructible mineral, created deep in the earth by massive pressure weighing down on carbon deposits and then brought up to the earth's surface via volcanic eruptions. One of the earliest recorded accounts of diamonds was from India around 400 BC. Today, most come from Africa.
  • Beauty: You'll find diamonds in fashion magazines and on any red carpet or runway. There are sayings that equate these gems with inner beauty (like a "diamond in the rough") which is apt, since they appear rough on the outside when first mined, but once they are polished, their beauty is revealed. To the tattoo wearer, the diamond may represent inner beauty, as in the saying, "true beauty is found on the inside."
  • Power: We often associate diamonds with wealth and the power that money can bring. The gem is very expensive and multiple diamonds may represent great wealth and value. They are extremely coveted items and some people will do anything to get their hands on them.
  • Blood Diamonds: Many poor miners are killed in diamond mines, and this is where we get the term "blood diamond." If caught stealing, low-paid or slave miners are often killed. The movie Blood Diamond exposes this negative side of the industry. The term "blood diamonds" also refers to those mined in war zones that are sold to finance insurgencies. In most cases, the war is fought because of the diamonds.
  • Words about Diamonds: As I stated earlier, some tattoos incorporate famous quotes or personal words to underline and accentuate the meaning of the tattoo. These quotes may be placed on ribbons or banners or inked inside or outside the diamond design. Another popular thing that people do is have the first letter of their own name or the name of a loved one inked inside the diamond.
  • Diamond as a Birthstone: People born in April claim the diamond as their birthstone. A tattoo may be used to represent the month a person was born. Since diamonds are associated with the month of April, the gem might be used as a symbolic representation of anything or anyone that began that month.
  • Diamonds as a Symbol of Everlasting Love: Because so many people choose this stone for engagement rings, the gem has become synonymous with love. The De Beers company's ad campaigns have done a great job: In 1939, only 10% of engagement rings had diamonds, but by 1990, 80% did. The diamond and flower tattoo (often a rose) is an extremely popular design. It varies from person to person, but sometimes both the rose and the diamond symbolize everlasting, never-fading love.

Of course, you can pair the diamond with anything, such as skulls, faces, rings, crowns, crosses, or hearts. Some people use shine marks to represent the glimmer or bling the gem often gives off when it is shining.

Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.

— Malcolm S. Forbes

She's got diamonds on the soles of her shoes.

— Paul Simon

Big girls need big diamonds.

— Elizabeth Taylor

Shine on you crazy diamond.

— Pink Floyd

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

— Daniel Defoe

Words That Describe Diamonds

impenetrable

pure

ice/icy

indestructible

slicing

genuine

unbreakable

razor-edged

spotless

impervious

sparkling

clear/clarity

shatterproof

flawless

affluence

persevere

forever

treasure

endurance/endurable

infinite

sharp

everlasting

endless

sparkle, glistening

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.

— Thomas Browne

What Do Diamond Tattoos Represent?

There are quite a few meanings for this popular tattoo. This is one of those tattoos that is symbolic of your own beliefs and represents what you want it to. Here are some possible meanings:

  • Invincibility, Strength, Power, and Durability
  • Purity and Integrity
  • Love
  • Faithfulness
  • Infinity and Forever
  • Beauty and Glamour
  • Luxury and Wealth

Some people choose the diamond tattoo simply for the beauty of its design. Some use it as a fashion accessory, believing it adds beauty to their body.

Remember, the diamond tattoo represents what you want it to. With all its different variations and meanings, this design gives you many options. Whether you choose the diamond tattoo for its symbolic meaning or just for its beauty, your tattoo will be both those things: beautiful and meaningful.

Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.

— John Webster

No pressure, no diamonds.

— Thomas Carlyle

© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale

Comments

Zangwill.Linda on April 16, 2020:

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Sherry Stahl on October 18, 2018:

Awesome Post! Thanks for all this info.

~Sherry Stahl

diamond on August 12, 2015:

I loves these tattoos

matt on April 21, 2015:

thank you for your info on the diamond tattoos my 21 year old son kameron wore diamond brand clothing and enjoyed the better tthings in life. I am having a diamond tattooed on my arm as it does represent ever lasting love also Angel wings and a hallow to honor my son Kam. this special tattoo will go on me with love pride and honor and also a broken heart forever. we lost Kameron ten months ago today to a fatal car accident at only 21 years young. I want to thank you your info and design's were a great help

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on June 10, 2013:

Thanks for your visit!

dyingoverhere on June 10, 2013:

lol diamond is the hardest metal. good times.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on January 31, 2012:

Genna, thank you for taking the time to come over and check this article out. I appreciate your time:)

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on January 31, 2012:

Prasetio, thanks for coming by. It is always appreciated, as well as your time, comment, and vote. Glad you enjoyed it.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on January 29, 2012:

Writer20, thanks for stopping by and checking this article out. It really is not that bad. I always say, if you are afraid of the pain, go for a small design. They can be done in a few minutes and don't hurt that bad.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on January 29, 2012:

Gypsy, thanks for coming by again. I really do appreciate all your support. Take care.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on January 29, 2012:

Frank, thanks for taking the time to drop by. Yeah, I would have to agree. Diamonds can be my best friend also.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 28, 2012:

I've never been one for tatoos, but some of these are quite beautiful. Interesting hub!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 28, 2012:

Diamond has the same value with this hub. I love all pictures here. Rated up!

Prasetio

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on January 27, 2012:

Diamonds now that's better. My husband keeps chiding me about getting a tattoo.No thank you I'm in enough pain thank you.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 27, 2012:

Love those diamonds! Voted up!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 27, 2012:

another great share thelyricwriter.. I think in this case the smaller diamonds are much better looking on skin.. but you're right Diamonds are precious stones.. and life too is precious love this my friend :)