Item 04: John Duncan McRae diary, 6 May-18 September 1917 - Page 58
Extract:- "A Magic Stone" Robert Blatchford.
"I love diamonds – love them for their beauty, for their fire, their colour, their sparkle, their distinction. Rubies are splendid; opals have mystery; sapphires remind one of the sea; pearls are pretty in their purity. But diamonds for me. Diamonds are like stars and roses and peacock's tails and summer clouds: they are royal; they are alive; they have souls; they drink up sunshine like champagne, and then flash out marvellous and valiant dreams. I love 'em." etc.
There is imagination there!