Cottage Hill Diamonds is a business with a purpose that extends beyond matching each person with a perfect diamond. We take to heart the importance of understanding our customers and supporting the love that is shared between them within our community. Whether between two men, two women, a man and a woman, or anyone in between- we are here to support love, and here’s why:
1.“Love Looks not with the eyes, but with the mind” –Shakespeare
Love is not about a gender loving a gender; it is about a soul loving a soul. Who you are is not determined by what you are. You do not love your wife because she is a woman. You do not love your husband because he is a man. The saying “there are a billion fish in the sea” speaks volumes to this point. There are billions of men and women in this world. You will encounter tens of thousands of them in your lifetime. The one person that you want to shape and spend your life with did not become that person to you because they were a man or a woman. They became the person you loved and always will because they enjoy the same things you do, teach you new things about the world and yourself, and understand and love you in both big and small ways that no one else can. It is because your hearts are made for each other, not your “parts”.
2. “A Life without love is no life at all.” Leonardo da Vinci
Imagine not being able to make medical decisions for emergency treatments for the love of your life if they were in the hospital. Imagine not being able to adopt a child in need of a family, and experience the growth and joy that comes with parenthood. If the LGBTQ community continues to be unsupported and denied rights that many of us take for granted, these are the realities they face as a loving couple navigating life together. To live a life without these rights is to live one deprived of both the most important responsibilities and adventures to be had.
3."I am who I am because of the people who influenced me growing up, and many of them were gay. No one has any right to tell anyone what makes a family." – Drew Barrymore
Take it from Drew- there is no reason that anyone with a “different” role model would be held back in life. If a child with gay parents struggles through school because they are bullied, the problem is that children are taught that being gay is wrong instead of being taught that bullying is wrong. In fact, especially in this unfortunate scenario, the LGBTQ community has often taken the opportunity to shine as role models. Despite the hate and disapproving judgement they may have experienced, many have displayed remarkable self-confidence, hope and forgiveness. These qualities are surely ones we want to see in our children.
4."If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form." – Will Smith
Acceptance makes us all better role models. Especially in situations where bullying is involved, our display of acceptance of others’ differences means everything. We should be teaching our children to value people based on the way they treat others and themselves. We should not be teaching them to dismiss or cling to a person based on sexuality, race, weight, etc. None of those “identifiers” will tell you which people will encourage, motivate and inspire you in the best ways. Their behavior will.
5.“Love is a human experience, not a political statement.” Anne Hathaway
The gay couple eating lunch next to you is not there to measure your level of comfort or acceptance. You didn’t kiss your girlfriend while out to dinner to measure the same either. The point is that who we love and how we love should have no bearing on the lives of others. The couples who are living their lives around you are doing it the same way that you are yours- as Anne put it, they’re having a human experience, not making a political statement.
To summarize, we support love. Whoever you are, whatever your relationship is, Cottage Hill Diamonds is here to help you proclaim your love profoundly. We want to see it last for your lifetime, and shine as bright as the diamonds we pride ourselves on. Everyone deserves love, and to celebrate every milestone on its journey.