April Birthstone: Diamond

‘The fire of a diamond reflects the flame of everlasting love.’
The modern birthstone for the month of April is the diamond, a gemstone of simple composition, identical to that of graphite, which consists of pure, crystallized carbon, yet stunning in its unique ability to reflect and refract light into vivid flashes of brilliant color…

Once an adornment possessed only by kings, the cold sparkling fire of diamonds has held us spell-bound for centuries, inspiring rich myths of romance, power, greed, and magic. It has been used to embellish crowns, swords and emblems and cherished in the art of jewelry as the elite of all precious stones. The gift of a diamond has been acclaimed as a token of affection and symbolizing the promise of an enduring relationship.

In the year 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to his fiance, Mary of Burgundy, and initiated a tradition that has survived to this day: presenting the diamond as a promise of marriage.

The word ‘diamond’ derives from the Latin word ‘adamas’, which means invincible or impenetrable. Romans believed that the diamond could transfer its virtues to the wearer and protect one from all types or danger and evil, as stated in this anonymous 14th century poem:

The evil eyes shall have no power to harm
Him that wears the diamond as a charm.
No king shall thwart his will
And even the gods shall his wishes fill.

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