Happy birthday April babies! were born during the month of diamonds! Diamonds have long since been a favourite gemstone in weddings, anniversaries, and milestones.
Most sources on the history of birthstones believe that the origins of this tradition dates back to the Breastplate of Aaron from the Old Testament. The breastplate was adorned with 12 precious stones, one of which was a diamond. And considering that diamonds are the purest form of carbon—the element upon which every living thing on the planet is based—it is no wonder that this precious stone regales the month of new beginnings and new life.
What is a Diamond?
What makes diamonds more valuable than rubies, sapphires, emeralds or citrine isn’t their rarity but and impressive properties. Diamonds are allotropes of carbon and are formed over billions of years under intense heat and pressure. They are found 160 km under the earth and are the hardest substance on the planet. Unless you are an expert, you wouldn’t recognize a raw diamond in the ground, as they require buffing, shaping and cutting to look like what you’d see sitting on top of an engagement ring. Find out more about diamonds here
Because of their unique characteristics, such as their durability, high conductivity and heat resistance, diamonds are not only used as beautiful adornments, but have been incredibly useful in microchip technology, machinery and drill bits.
It surprises many people that diamonds are not only white. Although April’s diamond is represented by the traditional white colour, there are many coveted colours this precious stone comes in, the purer the diamond, the clearer the colour. Interestingly, colour is indicative of a technical impurity in the stone, admirers of these beautiful gems rarely consider them impurities.
One of the most famous coloured diamonds in the world is the Hope Diamond, a large sapphire-like stone that now rests at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and is worth $350 million dollars.
Alternatives to Diamonds
Presenting your would-be spouse with a diamond engagement ring is not a very old tradition. Prior to diamonds, precious stones like sapphires, emeralds, rubies and even pearls were used to profess our love and devotion. oday diamonds are automatic signifiers of a woman’s status, but all are designed and chosen with the wearer’s personality and character in mind.
To celebrate the April birthday of that special someone, diamonds are an appropriatebut expensivechoice. Depending on the age of the birthday girl, a diamond may not be the best choice as a birthday present. However, in keeping with the birthstone tradition, there are many ways to gift the April baby with an imitation diamond or similar-coloured crystal. Affordable alternatives to diamonds are cubic zirconias, crystals and white sapphires.
If your spouse or sweetie is having a milestone birthday, they deserve something extra special this year! Take a look at our impressive catalogue of styles. Marlow Diamond & Design offers a unique solution to creating and designing the perfect birthday gift—from tennis bracelets to diamond stud earrings. Say Happy Birthday with the gemstone she was born to wear.