Mother Earth is such an ancient concept. It dates back to the Classical Greece – and possibly to the ancient Sumerians. These cultures understood that women created new life, so they assumed that nature was female, too. Wouldn’t Mother Earth be thrilled with lab-grown diamonds, as a way to contribute to less diamond mining?
Who is Mother Earth based on? Well, the Greeks have one of the most famous myths, concerning a goddess mother named Demeter, who was the patron of the harvest. As legend tells, Demeter enabled a lush world where crops were plentiful all through the year. Demeter had a beautiful daughter named Persephone, who aided her mother.
One day, as a result of her beauty, Persephone was abducted by Hades, the god of the dead, who took her to the Underworld. When Demeter realized that Persephone had disappeared, she was heartbroken, and wandered in despair looking for her daughter and neglecting her duties — and thus no crops would grow.
Eventually, Zeus, the king of the gods, forced Hades to send Persephone back to Earth, to save the world. Hades tricked Persephone, however, into eating pomegranate seeds from the Underworld, which obligated her to return to him for half of each year as a penalty.
Thus, if you believe the myth as the ancient Greeks did: When Persephone leaves the earth each year, Demeter mourns and allows no vegetation, causing autumn and winter. When her daughter returns in the spring, she brings new growth with her that lasts through the summer.
As we celebrate spring, it’s worth thinking about all the ways in which world cultures celebrate the return of spring, many of which involve celebrations of mothers – in homage to myths such as that of Demeter and Persephone.
How will you celebrate Mother’s Day? We hope you’ll consider a lab-grown diamond, which avoids disruption of the earth caused by mined diamonds. What a way to welcome the blossoms of spring and honor that special woman in your life.
AIDIA has a great selection of lab-grown diamond jewelry in the Signature Collection, our high-design diamond and gold jewelry range. Choose from Signature’s Flora designs, or the Monogram series, both of which pay tribute to our logo. Made of 18k recycled gold and lab-grown diamonds, this jewelry truly does celebrate Mother Earth!