Birthstones for the month of April are diamond, opal, and sapphire.
For all you lucky people born in April the diamond is your stunning birthstone. Diamond, from the ancient Greek Adamas, translates to unbreakable. Diamonds are renowned for their unmatched physical qualities. As the hardest known natural material, these gems have been treasured since their use as religious icons in ancient India.
The popularity has grown since the 19th century because of increased supply, improved cutting and polishing techniques and creative ad campaigns. As a result diamonds became a symbol of love and are now are practically THE standard when it comes to wedding rings from women and men.
You probably already know of the diamond’s toughness. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. They are 58x harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond. Hence the reputation for lasting – lasting relationships being a key draw.
Diamonds sparkle and have more luster than of other gemstone when cut and polished well. That makes diamonds look gorgeous on your finger!
In fact, diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Experts in gemology have developed methods of grading diamonds based on its key characteristics known as the 4Cs. The basic descriptors of diamonds are carat, cut, color and clarity.
April Birthstone Color
Pure diamonds should transmit visible light and appear as clear as colorless crystals.
However, color in diamonds is possible with irradiation or plastic deformation. Irradiation creates blue and green stones and plastic deformation creates brown, pink and red stones. These diamonds come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green, and range in intensity from faint to vivid. These are correctly called color-treated diamonds.
Of all colored diamonds, red diamonds are the rarest.
Generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value.
April Birthstone Rings
Engagement rings are traditionally given when a woman accepts a marriage proposal. It has historical precedence too. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility.
Today, diamonds are still popular for rings to celebrate a union. There are many cuts and styles of diamond rings. An ad for diamonds that ran in 1947, is now classic. De Beers commercial said, “A Diamond is Forever.” This made sales jump and forever etched the idea that a diamond and marriages are forever.
The size, purity and sparkle of a diamond means something. A diamond’s purity and sparkle have now become symbols of the depth of a man’s commitment to the woman he loves in practically all corners of the world.
In the 2013 hit movie, The Wolf of Wall Street there’s a scene in which Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) proposes to his girlfriend, Naomi (played by Australian actress Margot Robbie). He gives her a massive canary yellow diamond engagement ring.
Leibish & Co. created this close approximation of the ring:
4.67 Carat, Fancy Intense Yellow Three Stone Ring with Trapezoid Diamonds, GIA
April Birthstone Necklaces
Combining diamond birthstones with other stones in an elegant necklace elevates the look overall. A diamond necklace is often given as a gifts as a sign of love and to show commitment between wealthy lovers or families. There are a variety of diamond necklaces including
- diamond eternity necklace
- diamond ‘V’ necklace
- diamond ‘Y’ necklace (lariat)
- diamonds by the yard necklace
Diamond necklaces are often featured in movies too. In The Wolf of Wall Street Jordan buys his now wife a diamond necklace whilst a song called Surrey With the Fringe On Top by Ahmad Jamal Trio plays in the background.
April Birthstone Earrings
Earrings are one way to get the properties and look of your birthstone in a more subtle but stunning way. There’s nothing like diamond studs for any outfit and diamond earrings of any type add glam like nothing else can.