The rough diamond bead. A diamond in its natural form, before it is cut.

I like to think of it as being in its essence... like when we are born, before we alter ourselves, and take on the facade of who we think we need to be. It is authentic and pure. 

When we love someone truly and deeply, it is the authentic part of each other that we love, that opens our hearts. True love sees and embraces our authentic selves, our pure hearts, our essence.

So when I include the rough diamond bead in a piece, this is what I am conveying.

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