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 Diamond Hammer (A).Diamond Necklace (The) (1785). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Diamond Jousts (The).
Jousts instituted by King Arthur, “who by that name had named them, since a diamond was the prize.” Ere he was king, he came by accident to a glen in Lyonnesse, where two brothers had met in combat. Each was slain; but one had worn a crown of diamonds, which Arthur picked up, and when he became king offered the nine diamonds as the prize of nine several jousts, “one every year, a joust for one.” Lancelot had won eight, and intended to present them all to the queen “when all were won.” When the knight laid them before the queen, Guinevere, in a fit of jealousy, flung them out of the palace window into the river which ran below. (Idylls of the King; Elaine.)   1

 Diamond Hammer (A).Diamond Necklace (The) (1785). 


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