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A Theory for Pink Diamond

Alrighty folks, as of the most recent episodes of Steven Universe we’ve gotten a conformation on Pink Diamond’s existence. As well as getting a good idea on what exactly happened to her. But for me, there’s something odd about a Diamond being shattered.

If you’re a creature that’s technically immortal, and you pop out of the ground knowing pretty much everything you need to know, how come Pink Diamond wasn’t able to keep herself safe and crush the rebellion that got out of hand? Well I have a theory on why that was a thing.

I purpose this idea: Pink Diamond was a brand new diamond, and thus younger than the current White/Yellow/Blue trio.

And if she was a new diamond, she would have no idea on how to handle any sort of rebellion, as it would be unthinkable. Before Rose Quartz, there was no thought of rebelling against the diamond authority. Gems ‘thinking for themselves’ was not a possibility to any of the gem leaders.

Okay, but what evidence backs this up, though? First of all, a lot of the language that Eyeball uses to describe what happened to Pink Diamond is interesting. She claims that what happened to Pink Diamond was ‘a tragedy’. Like someone who was cut down before their prime before they could do anything really worthwhile. There’s also this moment:

While the Crystal gems and the Ruby team go up the moon base’s stairs, Eyeball explains that the Earth was ‘Pink Diamond’s colony’. And that “Kindergartens were incubating their first soldiers.” As in, Pink Diamond didn’t have much of an army before starting up her colony.

So if the rebellion started with the shattering of Pink Diamond, she might not have had much of an army during the time she was trying to get the Crystal gems in line. Which would also explain the Beta Kindergarten:

Peridot stated that the Beta Kindergarten was a rushed job that took place during the rebellion. More quotes to support this are “It has the right growing conditions in a pinch.” and “Halfway through the rebellion, Homeworld scrambled to make extra soldiers on the ground.”

So either Pink Diamond asked for more Gem creation tools and rushed to the Beta area in hopes that she’d get her own backup, Homeworld intervened and helped Pink Diamond out with this, or the other three diamonds used Pink diamond’s kindergarten tools to make extra troops to fight off the rebels. 

Also you might want to take a look at those injector tools, notice how the gem on top of every one of them is pink in color?? So even if a gem was created by another diamond during the war as a rush job with Pink Diamond’s tools, and understanding that gems pop out of the ground knowing what they’re supposed to do… it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that Jasper was one of the ‘rushed’ quartz soldiers created by Yellow Diamond during the war. It’s why Jasper is under YD’s rule and still refers to Pink Diamond as “My Diamond”.

Last but not least, there are those Diamond murals on the moon base.

Credit for the image of all the diamond murals together goes to @leader-of-the-crystal-gems​ !!

There are a few interesting things about the murals that I’d like to point out that make PD seem like a newbie in comparison to the other diamonds. First of all, check out all the little orbs all the diamonds have around them or are holding. I firmly believe that those are all the locations of specific Diamond Authority colonies. So Each Diamond has their own places in the gempire that they specifically control. But here’s where things get interesting…

The murals can accurately show us how much power each Diamond has. White Diamond here has the most with 10 or 11 colonies under her belt. I say 10 or 11 as the orb she is holding might be symbolic of her ruling the gem race overall; but it could also be another planet?? Perhaps the Homeworld of the gems??

Yellow is them the second most powerful diamond with 8 planets under her rule. Blue Diamond has 5 or 4 under her control, and then there is Pink Diamond. As you can see, Pink Diamond only has one planet. Also note the very teeny tiny circle that is right next to that planet. That is the planet’s moon. The planet PD is holding is in fact Earth.

And this wasn’t a mistake! The concept art of the murals may have differing amounts for each diamond controlled planet(s), but one thing remains consistent: White Diamond has the most planets, Yellow Diamond has the second most amount of planets, Blue Diamond is still in third, and Pink Diamond only has Earth and its small single moon.

So all the other diamonds seem to have a lot of planets under their control, and Pink Diamond only has Earth? That’s a bit odd for a thousand year old or more Diamond to have only just ONE planet in comparison to the rest of them.

Another that I would like to bring up to support that Pink Diamond was the newbie diamond is remember in The Answer that Blue Diamond was said to have been overseeing the new Gem colony on Earth?

Why the heck would Blue Diamond be overseeing a colony on a planet that we now know through a former Pink Diamond Court Ruby explicitly stating “The Earth was Pink Diamond’s colony.” ???

If Blue Diamond was overseeing the development of Earth during the time Garnet first became a thing, it means that Pink Diamond must have already been shattered at this point. Also remember how at the time Pink Diamond’s moons base mural was made, Blue only had 4 or 5 planets under her rule? Well if the mural theory holds up, Blue Diamond was the newbie diamond before Pink Diamond was created. So when PD bit the dust, Blue Diamond figured she could add another colony under her belt.

Also note that she fled Rose Quartz during The Answer. And she specifically asked for a gem that could predict the Future to come to her Court. She also has that spider-throne cage thingy that keeps her away from danger. If Pink Diamond had been shattered by then, it might have scared the heck out of Blue Diamond! And she decided to be smart and cover her bases by playing it safe in case the Crystal gems and Rose Quartz decided to show up.

But back to Pink Diamond! Let’s look at that mural more in-depth shall we?? It has more hints to Pink being the new diamond on the block.

One of my favorite Steven Universe fandom theorists, AJ Universe made a video about the Diamonds and what they supposedly ‘controlled’ before Back To The Moon revealed that all the Diamonds have their own colonies. He brought up the point that Pink Diamond’s mural looks as if she is has “crystals growing around her feet”; which would symbolize that she is responsible for creating new gems for all of Homeworld.

But from the evidence I’ve presented about Pink Diamond being new, what if the crystals growing around her feet is actually the kindergarten Pink Diamond emerged from??

All gems start out popping from the ground, so why should the Diamonds be any different?? Also note that PD is not only just emerging from the ground, but she’s reaching towards the Earth. If this was her mural in her very own moon base, it makes sense as this is her very first colony. She’s jumping towards her predestined ‘fate’ as a Diamond ruling over other gems. Her first steps to becoming part of the Diamond Authority.

There’s also some interesting symbolism in Pink Diamond’s gem placement. Her gem is on her stomach. Now who does that remind us of??

That’s right! Rose Quartz!! And remember what Rose Quartz did? She created something new. Multiple new things, actually. She founded the Crystal Gems, started a rebellion, and most importantly… she created Steven.

Pink Diamond parallels many of Rose Quartz ‘motherhood’ and ‘creation’ themes, as well as the ‘something new’ themes that many of the show’s main characters have. Like Garnet being the first different gem fusion or Steven being the first Gem/Human hybrid. 

Pink Diamond was going to be the creator or ‘mother’ of a brand new faction of the Diamond Authority. She was going to create a brand new gem colony and brand new gems. But instead she was the start of a brand new rebellion.

The moment the Blood of Olympus comes  is the mpment of truth.

The moment where people will scream that jasico,percico, reynabeth or any other ship didn’t happen. People will cry if Reyna dies. People will go berserk that their ship go down the drain. The moment everyone will slowly leaves this fandom and leave it dried up to die alone in an everlasting blue dashboard called Tumblr….

The truth is… I’m not ready for that. I am however ready to throw the book at Uncle Rick’s face for ruining my life… *Evil laughs*