Someone has said that we love diamonds because they remind us of pebbles on other more refined worlds. But I think it's because almost all living things are heliotropic, that is, oriented from birth to the light of the sun. In utter silence, gemstones shine forth meaning. They burn unconsumed, like Moses' bush. Born long ago, deep within the earth, these shards become vessels to hold the meaning in our lives, speaking to us of our faith in the way of things and how we belong together: a man and a woman love each other, and their souls make symbols.