April Birthstone- Diamond
With Diamonds, you immediately tend to picture a sparkling translucent stone. This is generally the case, though Diamonds can come in a variety of natural ‘fancy’ colours, such as pink, blue, yellow, green, brown and orange, but these are extremely rare.
Treated Diamonds, which exhibit similar colours to the rare natural ‘fancies’, are also available. However, it is worth noting that there have been problems with color stability.
Measuring 10 on the Mohs scale, Diamond is not only the hardest gemstone it is also one of the hardest substances known to man. In fact, Diamonds are so hard that when they are cut as gemstones, other Diamonds have to be used to grind the facets!
Diamonds have been coveted and revered throughout human history. The ancient Greeks believed that Diamonds were splinters from fallen stars; other ancient cultures saw Diamonds as being the tears of God. In medieval times Diamonds were only worn by Kings; they wore them as a symbol of their strength courage and invincibility. It was also thought that if a Diamond were strapped to your left arm, you would defeat your enemy no matter how large their number. Today Diamonds are used to symbolise eternity and love hence their use in many engagement rings.