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Diamond: The History and Meaning of April’s Birthstone

April babies get one of the most popular and most precious gemstones as their birthstone: the diamond.

Diamond jewelry is an ideal gift for a loved one born in April. As the gemstone with the highest rating on Mohs Hardness Scale, with a score of 10, diamonds have the unique ability to be cut and polished with the utmost brilliance. Their incredible shine and luster have captivated wearers for centuries. Diamonds add light and beauty to any occasion—especially birthdays!

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History and Meaning of April’s Birthstone

Diamonds are billions of years old—in some cases more than three billion years old. There is evidence that diamonds were being collected and traded in India as early as the fourth century BC. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny is quoted as having said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” During the Middle Ages diamonds were thought to have healing properties able to cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness.

Diamonds are the traditional birthstones for those born in April. However, it’s no surprise that diamonds are known as the “love” stone. The ancient Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love). It is believed by some that diamonds enhance the longevity and honesty of relationships. Since they are the strongest of the precious gems, they are also thought to increase the wearer’s strength. Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armor as they rode into battle.

The countries that are the main sources of diamonds have changed over time. India was the world’s original source of diamonds, beginning in the 1400s when Indian diamonds began to be sold in Venice and other European trade centers. Then in the 1700s India’s diamond supplies declined, and Brazil became the world’s major source of diamonds, until the late 1800s when a huge diamond reserve was discovered in South Africa. Today, diamonds are mined in many parts of the world. Brilliant Earth diamonds originate from mines in Canada, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Russia.

Learn more amazing facts about diamonds here.

Diamond Jewelry Birthstone Gifts

You can’t go wrong with a timeless gift of diamond jewelry. Whether a ring, necklace, or earrings, there truly is something for every April baby’s taste. Here are some of our favorite diamond jewelry gifts:

Wren Diamond Ring

Utilizing negative space allows the diamonds to take center stage in this minimalist design. A perfect compliment to most engagement ring styles, this ring also looks trendy on its own, or as part of a stack.

Heart Pavé Diamond Pendant

This heart-shaped pendant showcases sparkling pavé diamonds for a delicate and charming look.

Zuri Diamond Huggie Earrings

A sparkling row of diamonds adorn each split hoop of precious metal. Stunningly beautiful and effortless, these huggies are perfect for everyday wear.

Whisper Diamond Bangle Bracelet

This modern update on the diamond bangle embellishes the wrist with glimmering diamonds for an elegant and versatile look.

Ivy Diamond Earrings

Round and marquise diamonds rest in a curved row in these dazzling crawler earrings.

Sweeping Ivy Diamond Ring

Inspired by the splendor of nature, a glistening vine of diamonds sweeps around the finger in this extraordinary open design.

Whisper Diamond Hoop Earrings

These glamorous hoop earrings feature dazzling diamonds with simple latch backs to keep these elegant earrings in place.

Isla Diamond Pendant

A dazzling marquise-shaped diamond glides elegantly along a cable chain in this eye-catching everyday necklace.

Bezel Diamond Strand Necklace

Bezel-set diamonds are evenly spaced along a delicate chain in this classic and elegant necklace.

Final Thoughts

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Comments (5)

Lisa Says:
May 28th, 2019 at 10:35 pm

Love yellow diamond

Bridgette Rene”e Kelly Says:
April 5th, 2019 at 2:13 pm

My birthday is April 1 1963. I never had my birthstone ring before . It would be nice to have one. I guess one day if I wish hard enough it’ll probably come thru. Thankyou and God bless you and your family.

YingLin Weng Says:
April 4th, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Diamond ring always very nice.

Karol Says:
March 23rd, 2019 at 7:07 am

My birthstone is the Diamond ???

johan Says:
February 7th, 2018 at 5:38 pm

My Birthstone

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