Aurora Pyramid of Hope & the Diamond Geezer

This summer I went to see the Aurora Pyramid of Hope. This is a collection of 296 natural diamonds in a startling variety of hues; it is the most comprehensive collection of coloured diamonds in the world. It is displayed at London’s Natural History Museum, where the lighting is on a rotation; after regular light, one then sees them using ultra-violet, under which the stones appear to glow, but in a another colour.

Diamonds are not mentioned as frequently in the Bible as one might expect, and two of the three references are not positive. The first mention is the High Priest’s bejewelled breastplate in Exodus 28:18; a second refers to the diamond’s hardness as a means by which Judah’s sin is firmly written on their hearts (Jeremiah 17), and a third refers to the original beauty of Lucifer, the created angel whose rebellion rendered him The Satan:

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. (Ezekiel 28:13)

Notwithstanding the difficulties of interpretation, it would seem that this beautiful angel was the original ‘diamond geezer’, an expression defined by the Urban Dictionary as 

A real, top lad; a gentlemen who will go out of his way to ensure everyone and everything around him experiences the best possible life. Common in London and other heavy-cockney areas such as Essex.

Indeed. A good time he does offer to all; his sparkling appearance and dazzling ambience makes his words all the more enticing. Yet when his offers are seen in a different light- the light of One who generates brightness rather than merely reflecting it- his offers appear cheap and gaudy. 

The Aurora Pyramid of Hope in the Museum is truly beautiful; it is firmly secured behind toughened glass lest my love for its component parts tempts me to become a thief.


Lord, You are more precious than silver;

Lord, You are more costly than gold;

Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds;

And nothing I desire compares with You.


Jason Wright