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When an oyster swallows a grain of sand it feels the discomfort, so it begins to ease the pain by applying a coat of nacre (pearl).  It is during this healing process that it creates a beautiful pearl.  It is rather ironic to think that something so beautiful can be created out of so much discomfort.  This irony is like life itself.  It is easy to love in good times, but it takes courage to love through the discomforts of our lives.  It is this understanding, this virtue, that has been my teacher, my healer, and has given me courage and a sense of hope.  “Diamond in a Pearl” is an expression of this understanding.  The diamond represents the grain of sand and the pear evokes an aura of courage, love, and healing that is embedded deep within the soul.  It is this unique transformation that has given birth to “Diamond in a Pearl” the symbol of love.