The actual birthstone of April is Diamond. It is the most prized ring stone in the world. Diamond also represents the Zodiac signs Aries and Taurus. You might already know of the diamond’s toughness? In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of only one element, carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything made in nature. A diamond can only be cut by another diamond! Isn’t that interesting?
Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend
Diamonds are believed to have been around for billions of years. Because of their durability and interaction with light, Diamonds make an amazing gift. Preferably for someone you love because they are symbols of eternal love. Which is why diamond rings are exchanged by couples during engagements.
The song Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend reminds us of our love for diamonds.
“The French are glad to die for love
They delight in fighting duels
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels
A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend”
The song was made popular by Marilyn Monroe in the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. However it was first sung by Carol Channing in the original production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Broadway in 1949. The song was written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin and was based on a novel by Anita Loos.
Not only has the Diamond become a girl’s best friend, it is the most admired and desired stone worldwide.
5 Things Jewelry Lovers Want to Know About the April Birthstone
- Only gem made of a single element, carbon.
- Diamonds develop about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface.
- Diamonds are 58X harder than anything else in nature.
- In 2021 the annual production of rough diamonds exceeded 116 million carats.
- A diamond weighing one ounce contains almost 142 carats.
What is the true birthstone for April?
The true April birthstone is the Diamond. The most recognized color is clear or white. It is believed that the idea of birthstones dates back to the breastplate Israel’s high priest wore. It was adorned with twelve gemstones. It wasn’t until 500 years later history found a connection between the 12 stones of Aaron’s breastplate, the 12 zodiac signs and the 12 months of the year.
What are the two birthstones for April?
The true birthstone for April is Diamond. It is both the modern and traditional birthstone. One alternative birthstone would be any clear stone such as Rock Crystal (Quartz). In ancient times, Sapphire was the birthstone for April. The National Association of Jewelers established the list of modern birthstones in 1912.
Does April have three birthstones?
Historically, different cultures established different birthstone calendars. Although Diamond has been the preferred birthstone for April, because of the concern over “conflict” Diamonds many alternatives have come to the forefront. There are now four favorites: Diamond, Sapphire, Opal, White Topaz and Quartz.
What is the meaning of the April birthstone?
The name Diamond comes from the Greek word “agamas,” which indicates strength and indestructibility. The Diamond is the strongest material on earth. It measures 10 on the Mohs scale. It can only be scratched or cut with another Diamond. Therefore it stands for eternal love, durability and courage.
What is the traditional and the modern birthstone for April?
The traditional list of birthstones began in Poland during the 16th and 18th centuries. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers developed a list of what they considered modern birthstones. All of the birthstones were transparent gems. The traditional list of birthstones included the Diamond but also other gemstones. The modern list favored the Diamond exclusively.
What color is the birthstone for April?
The most recognized color of the Diamond is clear or white. Natural Diamonds do come in various colors including red, yellow, brown, pink, blue and green. The more intense the color, the more valuable a Fancy Diamond is. Fancy colored Diamonds have become more desirable, sometimes color is added in the laboratory.
What is the Aries birthstone?
The Zodiac sign Aries(Mar 21-Apr 20) has two birthstones, Quartz and Diamond. Quartz (Rock Crystal) is also the Zodiac birthstone for Pisces (Feb 20- Mar 20). Aries is all about spring, getting out in the sunshine and looking forward to what comes next. It is a good time to spend time with the people who “get you”.
What are typical April birthstone bracelets?
14K White Gold Bezel Set Diamond Tennis Bracelet
What are typical April birthstone necklaces?
14K White Gold Open Heart Diamond Pendant Necklace
What are typical birthstone rings?
14K White Gold Braided Diamond Stackable Ring
Interesting facts about Diamonds
Diamonds take billions of years to form. They are then thrust to the surface through a volcanic eruption. Diamonds were first found in rivers and streams in India. Later they were mined there and quickly became very expensive and rare. As the supply of Diamonds from India began to diminish, Diamonds were found in Brazil and then South Africa. Since then Diamonds have been discovered in 35 different countries.
The first noted use of the Diamond for an engagement ring was in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave a Diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy.
Diamonds are graded by what is called the 4C’s: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat weight. Some of the most popular cuts are Round, Oval, Marquise, Emerald, Princess, and Cushion.
It has been said that when you are wearing a diamond you are wearing a piece of history. Diamonds have taken their place in history as the most desired gem of all. The Diamond is always associated with eternal and enduring love.
Diamonds Come in a Variety of Colors
While white or clear diamonds are the most common and most popular, diamonds come in a variety of colors including yellow, blue, orange, pink, grey, green, and brown. These diamonds are frequently called Fancy Color diamonds and can be expensive in their own right. Fancy color diamonds are particularly valuable when their color is natural and not added in the lab.
The colors in the diamonds are caused when elements such as boron (blue) or nitrogen (yellow) are introduced during the formation of the stone.
Famous Diamonds in History
Throughout history, there have been many famous diamonds many that can still be seen in museums and are sometimes worn by royalty.
The Hope Diamond
“The Hope Diamond is a blue diamond that was originally purchased by Louis XIV of France. He had the stone cut from its original 112 carats to 65.5 carats and named it the Blue Diamond of the Crown of France. The stone disappeared during the French Revolution and didn’t reappear for 20 years after the statute of limitations for the theft had expired. It reappeared under the name The Hope Diamond.“
In the early 1900s, the stone was rumored to be cursed, and it was said its owners met with disaster. Many scholars speculate that these rumors were started in hopes of increasing the stone’s value.
The stone currently resides in The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History. It was donated by its last private owner, Harry Winston. For lovers of gemstones, The Harry Winston collection provides some of the most spectacular displays in the world.
The Cullinan Diamond
“The Cullinan diamond is considered the largest rough Diamond that was gemstone quality. The original stone was 3106.75 carats and was cut into 105 separate diamonds, including the Cullinan 1 and 2.“
The Great Star of Africa
“The Great Star of Africa is also known as The Cullinan 1. At 530.4 carats, it is the second-largest cut Diamond in the world. The stone is the top piece in the Scepter and Cross in the British Royal Crown.“
The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond
“This Diamond was purchased by Richard Burton for his wife Elizabeth Taylor in 1968. The Asshur cut diamond is 33.19 carats. It was originally named the Krupps diamond and renamed. This was not an engagement ring. Burton gave Taylor several exquisite pieces during their marriage including the Taylor Burton diamond which is a 68 carat pear-shaped white Diamond.“
Joseph’s Jewelry has a tremendous selection of Diamond Jewelry. Diamonds are not just for engagement and wedding bands and birthstone jewelry but they are traditionally given to celebrate the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries also. Come in; we are waiting to help you find the perfect piece.
No Engagement Without Diamonds
While diamonds are symbolic to engagements, they are also the perfect gemstone for people who want something for everyday wear. Diamond pieces can also be dressed up for special occasions like cocktail rings, and tennis necklaces. Diamonds are the traditional April birthstone, but it is said that wearing diamonds make people happier in their relationships, more successful at work, and help them build strength from within. Wearing diamonds is also associated with other benefits such as mental clarity, balance, and prosperity.
Here are Joseph’s Jewelry, we specialize in custom jewelry pieces with inherited diamonds. With statement ring, bracelets, and statement necklaces we are able to cater to everyone’s desired look. We carry numerous elegant pieces catering to every budget, and desired style. We are here to help residents in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie to find your perfect jewelry piece, complete a jewelry set, or make a custom jewelry design as unique as you are! We will also repair and restore your jewelry pieces and watches whether or not they were purchased through us.