Diamonds are Forever - The History of April's Birthstone
If you were born in April, then you know that diamond is your birthstone. But do you know why? What is it about diamonds that make them so special and why have they been associated with the month of April for so many years? Let's take a look at the history of April's birthstone and find out.
Diamonds have been used to symbolize love, commitment, and everlasting beauty since ancient times.
In the first century AD, Roman scholar Pliny wrote about diamond’s connection to romance and its ability to ward off evil. Ancient Greeks believed that diamonds were tears from the gods or splinters of stars fallen from the sky.
The modern tradition of associating diamonds with April dates back to 15th-century Germany when it was said that wearing a diamond on one’s left hand would bring good luck and fortune.
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The First Documentation Of Diamond As April Birthstone
The first documentation disclosing that diamonds were connected to April dates back to 17th century Italy, when it was believed that wearing a diamond could bring luck and protection against evil spirits.
The belief in the power of diamonds likely arose from their rarity and beauty; they are the hardest stones known to man, and have been prized since ancient times.
Diamonds are one of the oldest known materials on Earth—they were formed over 3 billion years ago! In ancient times, people believed that diamonds had healing and protective powers, which is why they were thought to be an ideal gift for an April baby. Some say that giving a diamond to a new baby was thought to bring luck and protection throughout their life.
In 15th century France, diamonds became even more popular when Charles the Bold declared them to be his favorite gemstone.
He presented many gifts including diamond jewelry to his loved ones and he even put them in his own crown! This made them very popular with other royals as well as wealthy individuals who could pay for these expensive gems.
Fast forward to modern day and you will find that diamonds remain the most sought-after gemstones in the world! They are often given to mark special occasions such as weddings or anniversaries, but they are also used to celebrate births and other important milestones too.
As April's birthstone, they signify beauty, strength, courage, and resilience — traits we wish all babies born in April will carry throughout their lives!
By 1912, all major gem trade organizations had adopted diamond as April’s birthstone due to its popularity and enduring symbolism.
This decision was made because diamond is the hardest material on earth, making it extremely durable—a fitting metaphor for an everlasting bond between mother and child (which is what celebrating someone's birthday typically symbolizes).
Today, diamonds whether natural or lab-created are more popular than ever in jewelry thanks to their timeless beauty, symbolism and strength.
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Diamonds come in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and clarity grades, which gives consumers a large selection to choose from when selecting a piece of jewelry for themselves or a loved one.
Today, diamonds are still highly sought after for their beauty and symbolic meaning. The modern diamond industry is centered around De Beers—the world's largest producer and distributor of diamonds—and they are estimated to control more than 60% of global rough diamond production each year! In addition, many countries have adopted strict regulations governing how diamonds can be ethically sourced and mined, making sure all purchases are conflict-free.
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Throughout time, diamonds have been associated with love and protection — making them perfect for marking special occasions like a new baby’s arrival into the world!
If you know someone born in April, consider showing your love by gifting them with a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry – just like kings and queens did hundreds of years ago!
It may not bring luck or protection but it will definitely bring lots of sparkle and joy!
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With so many options available today there truly is something out there for everyone! So if you're in need of some extra sparkle this spring season, don't forget about diamonds!
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No matter what your reason may be for purchasing a diamond (or any other gemstones), make sure you do your research to ensure it is ethically sourced before you make your purchase - for both moral reasons as well as quality assurance reasons! From ancient Greece all the way up to today's modern day industry regulations - there is no denying the timeless appeal of gemstones like diamonds!
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Francesca de Granville, G.G., F.G.A.
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