IT seems but the other day I saw London in a blaze of illumination to celebrate Her Majesty's happy accession to the throne. As in a few days the whole empire will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen, who will then have reigned over her multitudinous subjects for sixty years, what more suitable topic can I bring before you than that of diamonds ! One often hears the question asked: “Why Diamond Jubilee?” I suppose it is a symbol intended to give a faint notion of the pure brilliancy and durability of the Queen's reign; and in thus associating Her Majesty with the precious diamond, to convey an idea of those noble qualities, public and private, which have earned for her the love, fealty, and reverence of her subjects.
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Diamonds1. Nature 56, 325–331 (1897). https://doi.org/10.1038/056325a0