The Japanese in fact carry this same philosophy over to material objects. When a piece of pottery is damaged, it is not deemed worthless and discarded, but it is seen as reparable and even more valuable once repaired.
The art of Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery") / Kintsukuroi (金繕い, "golden repair") involves mending the areas of breakage with a lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold (even silver or platinum) instead of concealing the damage discreetly. The golden wound becomes a signifier of the object's history - impossible to replicate as nothing shatters the same way twice.
Diamond, much like pottery, is even more unique when flawed. A perfect diamond is not discernible from another perfect diamond, but inclusions and flaws cannot be replicated. Here at Black Betty we are big believers in our flaws being our strength - that is why all of our diamonds are kept as close to their natural state as possible. They are still professionally cut and polished, but inclusions that do not affect structural integrity are welcomed with open arms!
Our Polki Diamond collections use diamonds that are cut with fewer facets than the modern diamond’s cut - enhancing the natural elements and colour of the stone. Raw and virtually uncut, the Polki diamonds have been used for centuries in India and retain their market value internationally making them phenomenal investments.
 Parker J. Palmer (2009). “A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life”, p.5, John Wiley & Sons
Gemstones – we love them in our jewels and to wear them close. But natural gems are not just treasured for their beauty and are revered by many across the world for their healing abilities, too.
If you are a lover of gems, I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘birthstone’ – which refers to a specific gem or crystal that is assigned to you according to which month you were born in. Being born at a certain time of the year affects our personalities - or character traits - due to planetary alignments. These traits are then assigned a particular gemstone in order to balance your sign’s characteristics in areas where your sign needs help, and also aids in highlighting those good traits. In this way, our assigned gemstones help bring out the best in us, whilst encouraging us to break away from the less-positive traits assigned to us by the planetary alignments.