Gemstone of the Month: Diamond

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Diamonds, the birthstone of April, are one of the most desired gemstones. Stunning in their beauty, they have a unique ability to reflect and refract light into rays of brilliant color. They are harder than any other substance and are extremely durable. Formed deep within the earth where there is intense heat and pressure, they are very simple in composition, having a chemical formula of “C” and are the crystalline formation of carbon.

Diamonds are usually white and colorless, but also come in a variety of colors: brown, yellow, blue, red, green, pink, orange and purple. The black diamond is the rarest; it is scarce and is formed differently than traditional diamonds. They are older and harder to cut—the best way to cut a black diamond is with another black diamond.

Today, diamonds are primarily found in Australia, the Soviet Union and Africa.

Origin:
The history of diamonds might trace back as early as 5000 years ago, although their true beauty may not have been discovered until the 16th century when gemstone cutting and polishing techniques were perfected. Before then, it was considered taboo to alter their natural state. Today, the value and appeal of a diamond largely depends on how skillfully it is cut and faceted.

The word diamond comes from old French ‘Diamant’ and Medieval Latin ‘Diamas’ which are a variation of the Latin ‘adamas’ and ‘adamant’ meaning, “hard to cut or pierce.” The ancient Hindus called it, “vajra” meaning, “lightening” because of its ability to throw off light as well as its invincible strength.

Folklore:
Diamonds are the symbol of everlasting love and represent innocence, purity, loyalty and endurance. The Romans believed them to be sparks of heavenly stars. They have been used for healing, calmness, and clearing the body of toxins.

Throughout history, diamonds have been used to embellish crowns, swords, emblems and jewelry. Queen Victoria declared the celebration of her 50th year of reign as a “Diamond Jubilee.”

They are the traditional gift for the 60th wedding anniversary. Marilyn Monroe once sang, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!”
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