April Birthstone: Diamond

April Birthstone: Diamond

April Birthstone: Diamond

April Birthstone: Diamond


Properties
Colour Clear white, yellow, blue, brown, pink
Appearance Small and clear, transparent when cut and polished
Hardness 10
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.


History

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.


Healing

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.




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