Birthstones are wonderful amulets of self-adornment, celebrating the month of one’s birth. Unlike wedding or engagement bands or even achievement jewellery, like graduation rings, this jewel can be simply a celebration of you. Whether you buy a birthstone for a special someone, or if you are self-gifting, birthstones seem to hold a special place in our collective psyche. I love the birthstone tradition. I am a June baby. June is one of the two months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice between pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. All are gorgeous but I still covet the stones of the other birth months, like March’s aquamarine and April diamonds! The diamond represents so much more than just it’s beauty. The diamond is a form of carbon with a tightly bound crystalline structure. It originates deep inside the Earth under intense pressure and high temperatures. Diamonds are brought up to the surface by very deep-seated volcanic activity. It is also the strongest of the gemstones. A diamond can only be cut with another diamond.
Colourful April Diamonds
According to the American Gem Society, the origin of birthstones date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The current list dates back to 1912 with only one addition since then – tanzanite.
There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve and alternate them monthly. That makes perfect sense to me!
Diamonds occur in a variety of colours—steel grey, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, and black. Coloured diamonds contain interstitial impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration, whilst pure diamonds are perfectly transparent and colourless.
On GIA coloured diamond reports, coloured diamonds are graded in order of increasing colour strength from Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, and Fancy to Fancy Intense, Fancy Vivid, Fancy Dark, and Fancy Deep. Fancy Vivid and Fancy Deep generally command the highest prices.