April Birthstone: Diamond
|Colour||Clear white, yellow, blue, brown, pink|
|Appearance||Small and clear, transparent when cut and polished|
|Rarity||Common but expensive|
|Source||Australia, India, Africa, Brazil, United States, Russia|
The traditional birthstone for those born in April, Diamond also celebrates the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries.
Diamonds are made solely of carbon and form under extreme heat and pressure. Their structure is harder than anything found in nature, meaning they can only be cut using another diamond.
Diamonds are thought to have been traded in India as far back as 4th century BC, where they were viewed by the people as religious icons.
The name diamond comes from the Greek word "adamas", meaning invincible, indestructible, and untamed.
Diamonds have long been thought to symbolise eternal love and are most commonly associated with engagement rings. This trend began during The Renaissance Period but did not become popular until the 20th Century “A diamond is forever” marketing campaign.
Throughout history, diamonds have been thought to protect the wearer against thieves, illness, and sorcery.
A symbol of purity, they are believed to attract abundance, strength, courage and creativity, whilst bringing calm and inner peace.