April’s Birthstone is traditionally a Diamonds. A Diamond is the most precious and sought after of all gemstones. Due to their rarity diamonds were originally only worn by royalty or the very wealthy in society.
She who from April dates her years
Diamonds should wear lest bitter tears
for vain repentance; flow this stone
an emblem of innocence is known
Diamonds have long been sought after by different civilizations. In many cultures diamonds are believed to encourage bonding and strong relationships, promote love and protect innocence. The Greeks believed diamonds were the splinters of the stars. Some people believed that cupid’s arrows had diamond tips.Diamonds are April Birthstone and traditional gifts for the tenth, thirtieth and sixtieth wedding anniversary.
The diamond has been part of romantic traditions since 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy. This act is the origin of the engagement ring. The origin of the word diamond comes from the Greek word adamo, which mean tame or subdue, as a diamond is the hardest substance known to man.
The most sought after diamonds are clear in color with no inclusions. In rare cases diamonds come in colors such as pink, yellow or blue. Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man and have a 10 on the mohs scale of hardness.