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The Diamond Tattoo Meaning and 80 Dazzling Designs!

by Sherri Owens

The diamond tattoo meaning can range from power and invincibility, all the way to love.

Diamond tattoos are some of my favorite to design. This is such a classic idea - still with so many designs to choose from, I wanted to make sure that my clients knew the exact meaning behind their ink.

Here is what I discovered on my journey to learn more about diamonds and tattoos based on them.

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What Does a Diamond Tattoo Mean?

Diamonds have been around for quite some time. So, if you are searching for diamond tattoo meaning, then you first need a history lesson.

Let's first begin with Ancient Egypt. The pharaohs believed them to be symbols of power and truth. They also considered diamonds as the symbol for the sun and the origin of life.

The Ancient Greek and Roman societies had an interesting attitude towards diamonds. Rather than seeing them as precious stones, they were said to be the tears of Gods or shards of stars fallen from the sky.

Some of the myths even state that Cupid's arrow was tipped with a diamond. It could be one of the origins for why diamonds are associated with everlasting love.

As such, they were given the symbolic meaning of the Gods' work on earth. The diamonds were highly valued but not in an economic sense. They were considered holy objects and traditionally only used in temples.

Only the extremely rich could afford to wear or use them outside of this setting. So, the diamonds were associated with wealth too. There was also some belief that diamonds held magical powers and could make warriors strong and invincible in battle. For centuries, diamonds were associated with this, well into the Middle Ages.

In fact, the word diamond comes from the Greek word "adamas" which means unbreakable.

Diamonds in India were also revered. In ancient times, it was believed that they could repel evil forces and curses. The sparkle from the stone would simply reflect any evil that came your way.

A diamond tattoo has more modern meanings than you may have initially realized too.

Natural diamonds are incredibly rare and it can take a lot of effort to find them. If you see yourself as being unique or having rare characteristics, then you may find that you share certain elements with diamonds.

In general, though, if you find that you're different to others - in the way that you look, behave, or work, you may think of yourself as a diamond in the rough. As you can imagine, a diamond tattoo would be the perfect analogy for you.

One of the diamond tattoo meanings has to do with the beauty associated with diamonds. Their color, cut, and clarity make these one of the most sought-after objects on earth.

Therefore, having a diamond tattooed on your person could mean that you identify with such beauty. However, this doesn't just have to do with external looks, though. The diamond tattoo meaning could have to do with your inner beauty as well.

Diamonds are also one of the strongest substances in the natural world. It is certainly the toughest of all the precious stones. Did you know that they use them on the ends of drills when carving into rock?

If you see this kind of strength in yourself, then the diamond tattoo meaning for you is clear!

Another diamond tattoo meaning could be regarding how diamonds are formed. They are actually comprised of carbon deposits, the same thing that coal is made of. It is only billions of years of pressure in the Earth's mantle that result in this precious stone.

Therefore, the diamond tattoo meaning for you could be how you were once made of rough raw materials. However, with time and the many barriers and challenges that you faced, you turned into a diamond. So, this can be a symbol of your inner strength.

Of course, if you are like a lot of people, you probably associate diamonds with engagement rings and love. Why is this? Well, it actually has to do with clever advertising! The DeBeers company who owned mines in South Africa started a campaign about how diamonds are forever.

After all, if you want something to last for eternity, diamonds will certainly do the trick. This quickly caught on as people wanted a symbol for a forever love and the diamond seemed a perfect way to do so.

What Does a Diamond Tattoo Mean for Men?

You can find diamond tattoos on both men and women. So, what does a diamond tattoo mean on a man?

For the most part, the meaning is the same. The diamond tattoos represent ancient wisdom, strength, purity, toughness, and beauty.

In case you are wondering: What does diamond tattoo under eye mean?

This is difficult to know for certain. A diamond eye tattoo meaning depends on the person. In some cases, it can be a prison tattoo, indicating time served. In other instances, it could simply be for decorative purposes.

Understanding the Negative Side of Diamonds

Before you get your diamond tattoo, I want you to know that not all associations with diamonds and diamond tattoos are positive.

The reality is that many of the diamonds mined in Africa are conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds. They have been mined in war zones and are often used to pay for civil wars.

To add to this, the poor miners working the diamond mines do so under terrible conditions. There are many mine collapses and lives lost, all going unreported due to how frequent this is.

Diamond Tattoo Designs

Here are the different meanings of diamond tattoos, along with some great tattoo designs.

Simple Diamond Tattoos

Not a fan of complex diamond tattoo designs? Well, this isn't a problem. Thanks to the unique diamond shape, even the most minimalistic tattoo can be identified as a diamond.

Of course, if you want to include other symbols or other elements to the tattoo to add meaning, you are free to do so.

Simple Tiny Diamond Wrist Tattoo

Image by @2twotattoo via Instagram

Tiny Diamond with Spark Chest Tattoo

Image by @namastetattoo_ via Instagram

Small Diamond Tattoo on the Hip

Image by @olgacaca via Instagram

Black Lines Diamond Tattoo with Plant

Image by @_inkvicious via Instagram

Shining Diamond Tattoo on the Shoulder

Image by @arielgltattoos via Instagram

Small Diamond Tattoo

Image by @vivotattoo via Instagram

Simple Diamond Tattoo on the Leg

Image by @hybridink.helsinki via Instagram

Galaxy Diamond Tattoo

Image by @snailnest via Instagram

Lil diamond tattoo behind the ears

Image by @818artist via Instagram

Bold Lines Black Diamond Tattoo

Image by @tattoo_losangeles via Instagram

Twinkle Twinkle Diamond Tattoo

Image by @tattoo_dagi via Instagram

Dark Shaded Diamond Tattoo

Image by @harleytattoos via Instagram

Bold Line Diamond Tattoo with Spark

Image by @tronggoz_art via Instagram

Black Diamond Ring Tattoo

Image by @artistvatsal via Instagram

3D Diamond Tattoo

Image by @darksidetattooolsztyn via Instagram

Sparkling Diamond Ear Tattoo

Image by @97pearls via Instagram

White Diamond Tattoos

This simply refers to a traditional diamond - of course, the diamond is clear rather than white but if you want your diamond tattoo to look realistic, then you have to add some color to it.

The thing about the white diamond tattoo is that you can't actually draw it as an all white piece of body art. This is because the tattoo will end up looking rather flat. To add a shine and a more three dimensional element to it, some blue or black must be added.

Here are the diamond tattoo designs that will show you how to accomplish this:

Black and White Diamond Hand Tattoo

Image by @wonder_tattooathens via Instagram

Diamond Heart Tattoo

Image by @woozoo_tattooer via Instagram

Twin Flowers and Diamond Tattoo

Image by @tattoolenny via Instagram

Diamond Tattoo on the Back

Image by @ilias_lab via Instagram

Black and Grey Diamond Tattoo on the Tummy

Image by @yeontaan via Instagram

Black and Grey Diamond Tattoo Piece

Image by @amilcar_eikenaar via Instagram

Greyscale Diamond Tattoo

Image by @tattooer_hai via Instagram

Dark Green and Blue with White Mix Diamond Tattoo

Image by @87_tat via Instagram

Black and White Mix Diamond Tattoo

Image by @brads.tattoo via Instagram

Heart Shaped Colorless Diamond Tattoo

Image by @tattooer_hai via Instagram

Colorless Diamond Tattoo on Multicolored Background

Image by @rastababasta via Instagram

Blue and White Diamond Tattoo with Blood

Image by @tattoosnob via Instagram

White Diamond Finger Tattoo

Image by @gunsandinkstattoos via Instagram

Patterned White Diamond Tattoo

Image by @forza.tattoo via Instagram

Blue Mixed Whitish Diamond Tattoo

Image by @gilatattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Pattern Diamond Tattoo

Image by @bertramtattoo via Instagram

Sparkling Diamond Tattoo with Text

Image by @afterlifetattoostudio via Instagram

Black and Grey Diamond Forearm Tattoo

Image by @tattoosbyguero via Instagram

Pretty little diamond Tattoo above the ankle

Image by @beautifulbodyart_tattoos via Instagram

Blue Diamond Tattoos

If you imagine that diamonds are rare, then blue diamonds are one of the rarest of these gemstones. In fact, it is a fluke of nature. So, the only way that you can come across this kind of diamond is entirely by accident!

As you can imagine, this ensures that there is quite a bit of meaning to this stone. It can indicate another level of rarity. It can also be a symbol of how the best and most precious sometimes happen without any planning at all!

Now, the thing to keep in mind about the blue diamond tattoo is that it has to be shaded in a very particular way. The tattoo design must be a very light blue - remember that too much blue will make your diamond tattoo look like a sapphire. So, color choice and shading is key here.

Here are some of the diamond tattoo designs that you can draw inspiration from:

Bow Style Blue Diamond Tattoo

Image by @greta_latattooeria via Instagram

Realistic Blue Diamond Tattoo

Image by @pascal_carstensen_tattoo via Instagram

Diamond Thighpiece Jewelry Tattoo

Image by @jennitattoosampo via Instagram

Blue Diamond 3D Tattoo

Image by @vilson_tattooartist via Instagram

Blue Diamond with Plant Forearm Tattoo

Image by @mertalpertattoo via Instagram

Traditional Blue Diamond Tattoo

Image by @lucenzo.ink and bras_sv via Instagram

Blue Diamond with Black Lines Tattoo

Image by @whichbetty via Instagram

Gold Bow with Blue Diamond Arrow Tattoo

Image by @tattooist_coldy via Instagram

Diamond Bow Wrist Tattoo

Image by @abbiemcnifftattoo via Instagram

Blue Diamond Jewel Tattoo on the Wrist

Image by @_rony_tattoo via Instagram

Blue Sapphire Pendant Tattoo

Image by @ludakmagije via Instagram

Red Diamond Tattoos

When it comes to the rarest of diamonds, the red diamond just may take this title. Miners can go years without ever coming across this kind of gemstone.

The color red is usually associated with passion and love. Due to this, your red diamond tattoo can signify a true and everlasting love. Or, if you have experienced unimaginable heartbreak, it can even indicate a lost love.

Once again, be mindful of how these tattoos are drawn. You don't want to include too much red. Instead, opt for a more transparent red for this kind of ink.

Here are the diamond tattoo designs that show you how to do this:

Red Diamond Heart Tattoo

Image by @tattoo_by_elie_saliba via Instagram

Red Diamond Forearm Tattoo

Image by @jejetattoo via Instagram

Black and Red Diamond Arm Tattoo

Image by @z0gotti via Instagram

Diamond with Crown Tattoo

Image by @shrunkenheadtattoosuk via Instagram

Purple and Red Diamonds Tattoos

Image by @jurcis_tattoo_too via Instagram

Red Diamond with Crown Tattoo

Image by @ari_tattooer via Instagram

Dreamcatcher with Heart Shaped Mandala Diamond Tattoo

Image by @mohawktattoo via Instagram

Heart Shaped Red Diamond Jewel Tattoo

Image by @rillexi via Instagram

3D Red Diamond Tattoo

Image by @tatt00.haneul via Instagram

Diamond Tattoo on the Back

Image by @ganeshrow72 via Instagram

Pink Diamond Tattoos

Pink diamonds are pretty rare but not as rare as some of the other colors. However, this doesn't make this diamond tattoo have any less meaning.

In fact, this diamond is associated with tenderness, innocence, and a gentle love. And, as for women and jewelry, these tattoos can also be an excellent link to femininity.

Check out these diamond tattoo designs for some ideas:

Heart Shaped Pink Diamond Tattoo

Image by @sou_tattooer via Instagram

Pink Gem Stone Tattoo

Image by @mrs.goof via Instagram

Pink Heart Shaped Diamond Tattoo

Image by @finetattoomadrid via Instagram

Pink Diamond and Bay leaf Tattoo Piece

Image by @akitattoo via Instagram

Mandala and Pink Diamond Arm Band Tattoo

Image by @svettattooandart via Instagram

Pink Diamond and Name Tattoo Piece

Image by @romanordtattoo via Instagram

Pink Diamond Jewelry Tattoo

Image by @kariokitattoo via Instagram

3D Pink Diamond Tattoo Piece

Image by @gabi.ink via Instagram

Pink and Purple Mix Diamond Tattoo

Image by @aisana_pmu via Instagram

Sakura Flower and Pink Diamond Tattoo

Image by @cctattoocha via Instagram

Diamond and Lace Forearm Tattoo

Image by @greeneyestattoostudio via Instagram

Pink Diamond Tattoo

Image by @inkii_xd via Instagram

Green Diamond Tattoos

What is fascinating about green diamonds is that they are a result of radiation! As such, they can have an incredibly beautiful meaning. It can be a reminder that sometimes the most beautiful things come from surviving harsh conditions.

Here are the green diamond tattoo designs you should consider:

Green Diamond Forearm Tattoo

Image by @meganevansartist via Instagram

Heart Shaped Green Diamond with Date

Image by @tattooism.ca via Instagram

Lace Back Piece with a Green Diamond Tattoo

Image by @lartejosi via Instagram

Green Diamond Anklet Tattoo

Image by @carlitosjuniorink via Instagram

Green Diamond Ornamental Tattoo

Image by @anna.velvet.tattoo via Instagram

Green Drop Jewel Tattoo

Image by @agnytattoo via Instagram

Under Boobs Green Diamond with Wings Tattoo

Image by @dragonaxul.tattoo via Instagram

Black Diamond Tattoos

If you are someone who likes standing out in a crowd when it comes to tattoos and society, then a black diamond tattoo may be the way to go!

These diamonds - and the diamond tattoos - are dark and edgy. They are also incredibly beautiful.

Here are the diamond tattoo designs you should definitely see!

Black Diamond Brooch Tattoo Piece

Image by @tattooist_coldy via Instagram

Black Diamond Ornamental Tattoo

Image by @m_i_s_s_t_a_k_e_ttt via Instagram

Black Diamond Tattoo

Image by @rizky_bintang13 via Instagram

Sparkling Black Diamond with Plant Tattoo

Image by @alex.luzarius via Instagram

Bold Ink Black Diamond Chest Tattoo

Image by @hend_tatts via Instagram

Well, here is all the meaning that is associated with diamond tattoos. You can now go ahead and get this inked on your body, having peace of mind that you know precisely what you are putting on your body!

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