The Diamond is the April birthstone. It is a beautiful and highly durable gemstone that is often used to celebrate engagement and lifetime achievements. Find out more about the Diamond below!
The Diamond has a rich history filled with priceless moments and luxury. Nearly all cultures have myths and lore about them. They all share the same two major themes of strength and health.
A diamond was always thought to be a symbol of innocence and purity, strength and perseverance. Ancient Greeks thought that diamonds represented the tears of weeping gods and the Romans thought diamonds were considered to be parts of the outer rings of stars, which had fallen to the earth. The diamond was always considered a stone of winners in history as it was the most popular stones of Julius Caesar, Louis IV, and Napoleon.
Diamonds were added to the official Birthstone list by Jewelry of America in 1917, but they became most popular in 1948 when the De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd created the advertisement “A Diamond is Forever.” This advertisement started nearly a century of engagement rings and promises revolving around a diamond.
Known as the hardest and most durable gemstone, a diamond is highly regarded for its beauty and ability to reflect light in an extremely wonderful way. Diamonds display a large amount of brilliance when cut into facets as they often are shown today.
They rate a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. A popular test for a natural diamond is seeing if it can be scratched on a hard surface. If it isn't scratched, it is real.
Diamonds are not difficult to keep looking like new. The stone keeps a natural polish and chemicals cannot affect it, because they are durable and inert material.
In their most natural form, diamonds are clear, but because of impurities of light and the natural forming process, they can be found in all colors. The brilliance of diamonds comes from a combination of reflection, dispersion, and refraction. A ray of light first passes through a diamond and is then bent, or refracted. Then, this bent ray is reflected through a facet at the bottom of the stone and through the top of the stone.
The most popular cut of diamond is called a brilliant cut, a cut where numerous facets are placed so the most rays of light will reflect through them. A brilliant cut does not refer to the shape of the actual stone, but the proportion and symmetry of the diamond.
Diamonds have many positive mystical attributes and healing properties. It is associated with activating the seventh chakra, uniting the mind and the body. While a diamond is regarded as the strongest precious stone, it is also regarded with excellent power as it can open many spiritual doors. This is perhaps why diamonds represent truth and purity.
Diamonds have been thought to improve the wearer's life in many ways, specifically by bringing clarity into the mind and into life. This clarity presents clear, positive resolutions to many problems. A diamond is believed to bring great calm and inner peace, bringing forth an overall positive attitude.
The Diamond is an incredibly beautiful gemstone and it is at its highest peak of power during the month of April. Its value carries great weight in ethical mining and uniqueness as well!
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