Ok, diamonds are beautiful (yes, particularly when they’re Ethical Diamonds, and you can have a little browse through our collection too) – but this isn’t an article about those diamonds. Rather, we wanted to pay tribute to some people named Diamond, especially some you may not have heard of.
Dion Tyrone Diamond is our first Famous Diamond. A remarkable man, he was a civil rights activist in 1950s and 60s America. He was a non-violent protester, famed for organising and participating in “sit-ins” to protest racial segregation. He would sit at counters in segregated diners and drugstores and demand to be served; often the proprietors would call the police and Diamond would bid a hasty retreat just in time. Often he was not so lucky and reportedly got arrested on more than 30 occasions – a price he was evidently willing to pay to fight for the cause of equality. With university friends, he formed the Nonviolent Action Group to organise protests in the state of Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana. This amazing man went on to earn a postgraduate degree from Harvard. A real diamond, in our view.
We’re delighted to see that the new £50 note will honour Sir Alan Turing – mathematicians don’t get much of a shout-out very often! But Fred Diamond is one that seems pretty outstanding. Ok, we can’t claim to understand what it means that he helped prove the modularity theorem for elliptic curves… But anyone with degrees from Michigan and Princeton, as well as holding professorships at Brandeis, Rutgers and London’s King’s College, is definitely worthy of mention in the Diamond hall of fame!
British readers will probably know and love Anne Diamond, a journalist and broadcaster most famous for daytime television shows such as Good Morning Britain, Good Morning with Anne and Nick, and more recently Loose Women. Apart from her rich television and radio career, Anne has also done wonderful work for raising awareness of cot death following the tragic loss of her son Sebastian in 1991.
You may not know Arthur James Diamond, but he was a politician, originally from Ireland, who migrated to Australia in the 1860s. Although primarily remembered for being part of the legislative assembly of Western Australia, he was a man of diverse interests, particularly football – but also the manufacture of jewellery, for which he has earned a place in our hearts!
Finally, we were intrigued by Sara Diamond, an American-Canadian artist and president of the Ontario College of Art and Design University. This is a true all-rounder, combining the arts and sciences: she has degrees in Communication, Digital Media Theory, and Computing, IT and Engineering! All this while also exhibiting her artworks at prestigious galleries and institutions in Canada. Amazing, and we’re pleased to pay tribute to her here.
There are, we’re sure, lots of other Diamonds worthy of mention here. Why not comment below and tell us your favourite Diamond? 😊