“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow; this stone,
Emblem of innocence, is known.”
– Gregorian Birthstone Poem
April girls may consider themselves lucky to be born with such a prestigious gemstone. If you have been following our blog for the last three months, you have probably learned a lot about the history of gemstones. Knowledge on diamonds is a little more widespread than some of the other stones, as it is a popular stone in many pieces of jewelry. Many people know that diamonds are a symbol of eternal love, and are frequently used in engagement rings and wedding and anniversary bands. Many people also know that diamonds are one of the hardest substances known to man. Lesser known facts about the diamond include its history, the circumstances around its formation, and some of the mythology around the stone.
The greek word “adamas,” which the word “diamond” is derivative of, means “invincible.” In Sanskrit, the diamond is called “vajra,” meaning “lightning.” Ancient legends of diamonds tell that they were created by lighting, or that they are the tears of Gods. Diamonds are actually chemically identical to carbon, and the stones themselves are created from carbon under extreme pressure and at very high temperatures for anywhere from 1-3 billion years. Diamonds can also form at impact sites where asteroids strike the Earth. The heat and pressure from this event can cause diamonds to form if the asteroid hits carbon-containing stones in the earth. Once the gems are gathered, they are polished and cut. Each diamond has at least 58 facets, which helps catch and refract light. This gives diamonds their signature “sparkle.”
Here are some great diamond gift ideas for your April girl. Diamonds are also a traditional 60th wedding anniversary gift. And pearls are always appropriate!
Are diamonds a little out of your price range, or are you thinking of trying something a little less traditional? Try a bloodstone for your aries girl or a sapphire if her birthday falls under the taurus sign. We also offer a selection of synthetics (cubic zirconia and swarovski crystals) that shine just like a diamond!
http://geology.com/articles/diamonds-from-coal/, www.gemselect.com, www.americangemsociety.org, www.almanac.com