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April Birthstone: Diamond

Did you know?

  • Diamond is the hardest substance found in nature, everyone knows that.
  • Diamond is 4 times harder than the next hardest natural mineral, corundum more specifically sapphire and ruby.
  • If a diamond receives a sharp blow in one of it’s forth cleavage directions it will split. A skilled diamond setter should prevent exposing a diamond in any of these directions when mounted in a jewelry piece.

  • Diamond comes in a broad color range, high refraction, high dispersion (also known as fire), very low reactivity to chemicals and rarity.
  • Diamonds are in almost every color of the rainbow plus browns, grays, and white. Shades of yellow are most common, followed by colorless. Blue, black, reddish, and greenish are usually more valuable.
  • Diamonds are found in a type of rock called “Kimberlite”, which comprises the core of certain volcanoes over especially thick portions of the earth’s crust.

  • Diamonds are found in many areas including South Africa, Russia, and even in Arkansas in the USA.
  • Many diamonds are mined in the alluvial deposits across river beds in areas such as along the coast of South Africa.
  • The ancient Hindus called the Diamond “Vajra,” meaning lightening, mainly because of the sparks of light  as well as its invincible strength.
  • The ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were splinters of stars fallen to earth.
  • Diamond is the symbol of everlasting love.  There is nothing more convincing than a promise of an enduring relationship with the brilliant gemstone .

  • The traditional metaphysical properties for the April birthstone are  balance, clarity and abundance.
  • The healing properties of the April birthstone are known to be effective for health problems relating to brain diseases, pituitary glands. The Diamond is also used to draw out toxins thus being used as a remedy for poison.
  • The word Diamond is derived from the Greek word “adamas” meaning “hardest metal”, clearly reflect the property of the stone.
  • In the past Diamonds were reserved for royalty, the only people “entitled” to their symbolism of strength, courage and invincibility.

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