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April Birthstone: Diamond

April Birthstone: Diamond

April Birthstone: Diamond

Happy birthday month, April babies!

Out of all of the beautiful birthstones we get to celebrate throughout
the year, your birthstone is the most prized, coveted gem: diamond.
Marilyn Monroe didn't sing “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” for nothing!


estate 1.75ctw diamond pendant

  Diamond Formation
          Diamonds are made of carbon, which is compressed under immense pressure and heat about 100 - 150 miles below the earth’s surface. The heat and pressure causes the carbon atoms to become organized into a "diamond lattice", eventually forming a stone. It is estimated that diamonds mined today were formed 1 - 3 BILLION years ago!

Due to their creation under such harsh conditions, diamonds are ultimately the hardest gemstone. They set the bar for Mohs Hardness Scale, rating 10/10. Sapphires and rubies are the next hardest gemstones after diamonds, rating 9/10.

The only thing that can cut a diamond is...another diamond?!
          Diamonds are so hard that they can only be cut with another diamond. Specialized diamond cutters use a scaife plate made of cast iron, and a mixture of diamond dust mixed with an oil to create a paste. The paste is spread on the plate and the diamond is skillfully cut, or filed down, so to speak. 

diamond cutting - photo by GIA.
Photo by GIA, the Gemological Institute of America.

Diamonds are Forever
          Diamonds have long been a symbol of lasting love due to their durability, beauty, and rare nature, which is why a diamond ring is commonly given to mark a couple’s engagement. Similarly, diamond jewelry is a popular gift for many occasions like anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day because of their romantic symbolism. Diamonds are often given as a 10th anniversary gift to mark the milestone!

2.02ct 2.85ctw diamond engagement ring

 “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but
when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”
-Elizabeth Taylor


          Diamonds never go out of style and they last, which is why treating yourself to diamond jewelry will give you great value throughout your life! Pass down your pieces to your children/grandchildren as heirlooms and your legacy will live on. Jewelry has a wonderful way of holding memories, and is often some of the most valued family treasures for this reason.


diamond stud size chart     diamond bracelets

- Diamond studs size chart: 0.12ct, 0.25ct, 0.50ct, 0.75ct
- 7-carat diamond tennis bracelet / Flexible diamond cuff bracelet by Gabriel & Co.

 Diamond Color & Clarity
          White diamonds range from the color D (Colorless) all the way to Z (Light Yellow). Their clarity can range from Flawless (most expensive and rare) to Included. Inclusions are a diamond's light or dark "birthmarks", which affect their sparkle and thus, price. Fancy color diamonds are extremely rare—fancy diamonds come in yellow, pink, blue, purple, green, and red. Red is the rarest of all!

diamond color examples Learn all about color and clarity here!

 

Visit us or shop online to find the perfect sparkling diamond gift for an April birthday, or yourself!
Every style, every budget - we've got you covered. Be sure to check out our new collection of fun diamond
fashion jewelr
y by Shy Creation, and as always, our estate collections are always being added to!

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