April Birthstone Spotlight: Diamond

The April birthstone, the diamond.

April babies, you are lucky enough to call the diamond your birthstone! This brilliant stone embodies the glimmer of the fresh beginning of spring perfectly. It’s no surprise that this is our favorite birthstone — after all, we are diamond experts! While you may know quite a bit about girl’s best friend, keep reading to learn more about the diamond as April’s birthstone.

About the April Birthstone

Deemed the “King of all Birthstones,” a diamond is also the designated gift for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. While it’s unclear exactly when the diamond was designated the April birthstone, it’s one of the few months with just one birthstone. After all, what gemstone could compete with a diamond as April’s birthstone? The diamond is a 10 on the Mohs Hardness scale, making it the strongest gemstone. Diamonds are so strong, in fact, they remain the most scratch-resistant material known to humanity according to Forbes.

Experts study diamonds closely and grade them according to rigorous standards. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) remains the foremost world authority on diamonds. We always encourage customers to purchase a diamond graded by GIA. That way, you know the exact cut, color, clarity and carat weight of your stone. A diamond is a huge investment — it’s best to have as much accurate information as possible on your stone.

GIA Diamond Report Courtesy of GIA.edu
GIA Diamond Report Courtesy of gia.edu

Diamond History

Diamonds have had a profound effect on our world’s history. Records show diamonds were traded as early as fourth century BCE. Of course, diamonds have always drawn the eyes of the rich and privileged. Today, diamonds are mined around the world. Many African countries such as Botswana, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are major producers of rough diamonds. For centuries, this April birthstone was believed to have healing powers and to ward off poverty. In today’s society, diamonds are the ubiquitous symbol of love and marriage and have become more accessible across all shapes and sizes.

People are innovative, and our fascination with diamonds has been ingrained in us for centuries. That’s why humans have figured out how to create the gleaming April birthstone in science labs — no mining required. While lab-grown diamonds don’t hold their value like natural stones, they remain an interesting player in the jewelry world.