If you were born in April, you have the tremendous honor of having the diamond as your birthstone. Diamonds are known to be the perfect gift to give a loved one, especially if you’re looking to propose, but did you know that they have more significance than eternal love?
According to the American Gem Society, April’s birthstone is “thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength.” Legend has it that “the God of Mines called his courtiers to bring together all the world’s known gems: Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, etc. etc., and he found them to be of all tints and colors and varying hardnesses. He took one of each and crushed them; he compounded them together, and declared, “Let this be something that will combine the beauty of all.” He spoke, and lo, the Diamond was born…pure as a dewdrop and invincible in hardness. Yet when its ray is resolved in the spectrum, it displays all the colors of the gems from which it was made.”
While the actual make-up of a diamond isn’t as spectacular as the legend, there is one unique component about the birthstone that exclusively its own. It’s the only gemstone to be made out of a single mineral: carbon.
The diamond’s composition makes it the most durable gemstone found naturally. For this reason, April’s birthstone is the best stone to be used as an engagement ring. However, it wasn’t always used as such. The first recorded diamond engagement ring was commissioned by an Archduke in Austria in 1477. This lead to the gemstone’s popularity as an engagement ring among European nobility.
In 1947, a mining company in Africa coined the slogan “A Diamond is Forever” sparking a marketing frenzy that surged diamond sales. This slogan also tugged on the heart strings of many Americans who wanted to hold on to the belief that marriages were meant to last forever.
Today, a diamond still signifies a promise that the love between two people is meant to last forever, but diamond jewelry can also be used as a symbol of love without the eternal promise. For instance, fathers gift their daughters diamond necklaces and bracelets. Boyfriends gift their girlfriends diamond earrings. These presents are always cherished by the recipient because of the meaning behind the diamonds that adorn the jewelry.
If you were born in April, diamond jewelry is the perfect gift to get to celebrate your birth. After all, it is your month.