April's Diamond Birthstone: History, Facts, and Folklore

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Those born in April can celebrate with the most prized gemstone of all” the timeless, beautiful diamond. For April-born ladies, diamonds truly are a girl's best friend as diamond is the birthstone of the month.

Diamond History and Folklore

The diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers.

Our fascination with diamonds is nothing new. Diamonds have long been admired, with some historians estimating them being traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons it is so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond must be formed well below the earth's crust, then forced upward until it is uncovered.

But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth. This might be the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers from curing brain disease, alleviating pituitary gland disorders, and drawing toxins from the blood.

Today, the diamond is most widely known as the center stone in engagement rings, and is the stone that marks the 60th anniversary of marriage.

 

All About the Diamond Birthstone 

Diamonds are tough. In fact, it's the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond.

In fact, diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Lab-colored diamonds are also available and are called color-treated diamonds.

Its unique physical properties means it has the best possible luster of any gemstone when cut and polished well. If you are looking for a gem that sparkles, the diamond is the gemstone for you.

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