April Birthstone Story
The April birthstone is the gorgeous, ever-famous and always popular diamond. They usually say, "April showers bring May flowers." While we know that's true, here at Zales, we think a little differently. For us, we like to say, "April birthdays get showered in diamonds!"
There are so many things we could say about the diamond birthstone. Strong and striking, diamonds are, by far, the most popular stone. Traditionally, the April birthstone also celebrates a plethora of events such as engagements, weddings, anniversaries, holidays and everything in between.
More specifically, in addition to being April's birthstone, the diamond gemstone marks the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. If you're looking for the perfect gift, you can be sure your special someone might love, cherish and appreciate anything diamond.
Why is the Diamond the April Birthstone?
The diamond holds significant meaning for those born in April. The April birthstone is a symbol of unbreakable strength and has a reputation for providing strength in relationships.
Oral histories suggest that the diamond birthstone brings benefits such as balance and clarity. Perhaps this explains the diamond birthstone's celebrated ubiquity. From the red carpet to social media, fashion influencers, magazines, television, movies and more, everyone seems to treasures the diamond birthstone. The April birthstone is a staple and is THE classic accessory that pairs seamlessly with any look.
Diamond Birthstone History
The Youngest Diamond Is Still A Billion Years Old.
Scientists estimate that most diamonds were formed more than a billion years ago deep within the earth's mantle. Hence the saying "pressure makes diamonds".
Originally, diamonds were most likely discovered in India sometime before 400 BC. But it wasn't until In the first century AD that a notable figure recognized the value of diamond birthstones. Then, the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder exclaimed, "a diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world." Clearly, he knew what he was ahead of his time.
Since Eastern merchants traded the diamond birthstone, Europe's elite began decorating their accessories with what would become the April birthstone. By the 1400s and the start of the Renaissance, most of Europe's elite were diamond-clad.
Historically, the April birthstone was a symbol of purity. They were, and continue to be, a symbol of royalty, adorning the crowns and jewels of former and current royals. Most notably, the diamond birthstone is a symbol of everlasting love. That's why the April birthstone is the feature of engagement rings, wedding bands, and other wedding jewelry.
There's More to a Diamond Birthstone Than Meets the Eye
Did you know that the diamond birthstone is the hardest known substance, ever? A diamond is so hard, in fact, that the only thing that can scratch its surface is another diamond.
The April birthstone also has the highest melting point of any substance. A diamond birthstone begins to melt only when heated to a temperature of 7,362 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4,090 degrees Celsius.
Additionally, April's birthstone is the only gemstone composed of a single element. Diamond birthstones are made entirely of carbon. For this reason, jewelers use the universal language of the diamond "4 C's" to characterize a diamond and determine its value. These "4 C's" are color, cut, clarity and carat. A diamond's color can range from clear to yellow to brown and is graded as such.
The Diamond birthstone color scale starts with a D grade as an absolutely colorless diamond and goes all the way up to Z which contains the most yellow/brown color. The higher the grade, the higher the value of the diamond.
Clarity looks at the number, size, and position of any inclusions or blemishes on the diamond birthstone. The fewer inclusions or blemishes a diamond contains, the higher its value will be.
Lastly, a diamond's carat size is its weight. Generally, the bigger the diamond birthstone, the higher its price.
They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but who coined this classic phrase?
More recently, singer Lady Gaga wore a 128-carat diamond necklace to the Oscars. Audrey Hepburn wore the same diamond necklace during a photo shoot for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.
April Birthstone Care
Diamonds do resist scratches better than other birthstones. However, we recommend following diamond care best practices in mind when cleaning these precious April birthstones.
The best way to clean your diamond birthstone is with warm water, mild grease-cutting detergent, and a soft brush. Gently and lovingly polish your diamond with a brush for a few minutes to remove any dirt or grease. Your April birthstone should shine even more brilliantly after a nice cleaning with this method.
Shop April Birthstones
Lucky April – your birthstone is the fabulous diamond! A stone unlike any other, the diamond birthstone is perfect for celebrating this significant annual event – or any other! When it comes to celebrating, a diamond is always appropriate.
And who says diamonds are just a girl's best friend? Diamonds aren't just for women. From diamond cufflinks to diamond cross necklaces and more, diamonds are an excellent April birthstone gift choice for the men in your life too.
And for an April birthday, a gift of diamonds is the perfect way to celebrate their special day.
You can count on Zales for the latest and greatest diamond styles, including diamond birthstone rings and more. Find your favorite April-born person a coveted diamond memento at your local Zales retail store or view an expanded diamond assortment online at Zales.com.