I remember the first time I heard the word “diamelle”. It was in a TV commercial much like this one for the horseshoe ring.
The word struck me as fun, but I had no idea what a diamelle was, so I went to my trusty dictionary to look it up. My dictionary was from the 1960s, so it didn’t have a listing for diamelle. Wanting to know, I went to my Grandmother, who was sitting in the kitchen.
She knew exactly what a diamelle was because they had started showing up on her new favorite TV channel, the Home Shopping Network.
“It is a brand of fake diamonds, most likely cubic zirconia,” she explained.
I asked her, “What is a cubic zirconia?”
She said, “It is a fake diamond.”
“Ahhh,” I thought to myself, “now I understand.”
I imagine now, kids are just told to google stuff if their parents or grandparents don’t know the answer. Nowadays I do the same, but this is often how I found out information in the days before the internet when my books failed me.
I miss those days.