Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Cape May Diamond: An Old Fashioned Tradition

For the 4th of July Weekend, Michael and I joined some of his family and friends at Cape May, New Jersey.

We relaxed on the beach, played in the water, and grilled out back at the beach house.  So relaxing!

As dusk approached, Michael took me to Sunset Beach, where you can watch the sun set beautifully over the water.  (If you recall, this is the beach I took Macy to last summer and blogged about here!)

Off the coast of Sunset Beach is a sunken concrete ship named the Atlantus, which was an experimental design during World War II.  Fortunately, no people were killed when it sank in 1926.  But, when it found its final resting place, its massive presence in the water changed the direction of the tide flow along the coast, and--as a result--all these new, mysterious stones started washing up onto the shore.  

The stones come from way up North along the coast and take thousands of years to travel, apparently.  When cleaned, cut, and polished, these stones look like diamonds!  

When our grandparents were young, a man giving a "Cape May Diamond" to a girl was the ultimate romantic gesture in the Summertime.  :)

Today, unfortunately, the tradition is fading away, probably because most people only want real diamonds.  Also, technology is so advanced today that faux diamonds can be made easily, inexpensively, and put into elaborate settings. 

But I don't care about all that!  I love the old-fashioned tradition of the Cape May Diamond.  :)

So, Michael bought me a beautiful Cape May diamond necklace!  The stone I picked is about a half-carat, and it's set in 14K yellow gold.

After observing a patriotic flag ceremony, watching the sun set, and adopting another hermit crab (horray!!), Michael suggested that we go to the Cape May Lighthouse!  So, we drove a bit until we found it and then snapped this picture! 

I hope all of you had a wonderful 4th of July Holiday!!