April’s Birthstone – Diamond

The birthstone for April is the diamond, quite easily the most memorable and precious of all the gemstones and if you’re lucky enough to share you birthday with this gemstone, then you have bragging rights to something rare and steeped in tradition and romance.

Alongside ‘Birthstone’ status, the diamond is also chosen for not one but two different wedding anniversary milestones, 60 and 75 years, iconic!

Fun fact: Did you know that the original diamond wedding anniversary is 75 years, however, during Queen Victoria’s incredibly long reign, they decided to adopt diamond as the 60th year also as she was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee in her 60th year of accession to the thronw in 1897.

History & Tradition

Diamonds have been a part of our world since before the first known record of dinosaurs, some even older than the stars in our sky and are believed to be between 3 billion and 9 hundred million years old. By these time frames, diamonds are relatively new to humans and were first discovered around 2,500 years ago in India. Many ancient civilizations even created legend around them; in Roman Mythology it was believed that diamonds were a charm of protection and would keep the wearer safe from harm.

Diamonds have been worn for thousands of years, typically reserved for the rich but in recent history did the demand for diamonds as engagement rings soar for the average working man and woman, due to the genius marketing campaign launched by DeBeers in 1947 “A Diamond is Forever” signifying the immortal of a diamond and in turn a love being forever and as they say… the rest is history.

The Sparkle

Through mathematical and scientific genius, diamonds are manufactured in a way to produce brilliance, fire and sparkle! So many factors are at play to give the wearer a high quality gemstone to love; commonly known as the 4C’s (Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat Weight) and choosing the right one for you is a very special experience.

Diamonds are made of carbon which is the hardest known mineral, so you can rest easy knowing your diamond is going to sparkle for as long as you do.

Style in Jewellery

Among many things that change in our world, trends and styles have a hard time sitting still and there are always new ideas with how diamonds are used and worn.

What started as a traditional single diamond solitaire has transformed into ideas like a Toi Et Moi ring meaning ‘You and Me’ containing two gemstones and another is the Trilogy which are three diamonds held side by side to signify your past, present and future so whatever design you may desire, the sky is the limit.

If you’re looking to find the diamond of your dreams or for a loved one, then come down to your friendly independent jewellers, Stephen Hughes Fine Diamonds to make that dream a reality.

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