by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com
Daily Wire Jewelry Tip April 8th, 2015
April Birthstone – The Diamond
Diamonds – They might be more than just a girl’s best friend! As the April birthstone, diamonds are the ideal gift for a loved one.
Thought to be one of the hardest substances on the globe, diamonds date back billions of years. The diamond is the traditional birthstone of April and holds significant meaning for those born in that month, thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength.
Wearing diamonds is purported to bring other benefits such as balance, clarity and abundance. It’s also symbolic of eternal love, and those fortunate to call April the month of their birth will enjoy the following history behind this rare gem.
Adopted from the Greek work “adamas,” meaning invincible, diamonds come in a wide range of colors such as black, blue, green, pink, red, purple, orange and yellow.
The color is dependent upon the type of impurities that are present in the stone. Yellow stones have minuscule traces of nitrogen while blue ones contain boron.
It’s uncertain how the specific months became connected with the various stones. This started the tradition of wearing a colored stone each month as a sort of good luck charm. Initially people wore all twelve stones, rotating according to the month of the year to derive the greatest benefit of each stone.
History surrounding the Diamond:
Sansktrit texts dating back before 400 BC found that people associated significant value with crystals. The diamond trading business flourished around the 15th century with the opening of the Eastern trade routes.
Healing Powers of Diamonds:
During the middle ages, diamonds were thought to hold healing powers and to cure ailments from the brain and by heating the crystal and taking it to bed, it was thought to draw out the harmful toxins that were crippling the body.
The Love of the Diamond:
The diamond as the April gemstone has garnered the hearts of many and is the most coveted crystal to date. Deemed as the King of all birthstones, diamonds make the ideal choice for an April birthday gift.
If you’re an artist who enjoys making birthstone jewelry, then this is the item for you! Instead of picking out each individual birthstone we’ve put them all together in one convenient birthstone set. You can create mother’s and grandmother’s necklaces, bracelets, and rings which include each child’s birthstone. Or make individual pieces for each month. There are so many possibilities!
If you are working a springtime project and need findings to go along with those diamond Birthstones or Swarovski Crystals – take a look at our snapsets and settings!
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