April Birthdays Bring Diamond Birthstones
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 diamonds!” Yes, that’s right – April’s birthstone is the gorgeous, ever-famous, always popular diamond.
A Popular Choice In April – And Anytime!
There are so many things we could say about the diamond gemstone. Diamonds are by far the most popular gemstone and are used to celebrate 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 anything diamond will be loved, cherished and appreciated.
Diamonds Can Be Anyone’s Best Friend
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but have you ever thought about where that saying came from? Marilyn Monroe is credited with this famous line, as she was an avid diamond lover and fashion influencer. We happen to agree with her, but diamonds aren’t just for women. From diamond earrings to diamond cross necklaces and more, diamonds are an excellent 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.
This gemstone is everywhere. From the red carpet to social media, fashion influencers, magazines, television, movies and more, diamonds are worn all over the place. You can never go wrong with this favored stone. The diamond gemstone is a staple, and is THE classic accessory that matches seamlessly with any look
As Strong As It Is Beautiful
There’s more to a diamond than meets the eye. Did you know that the diamond birthstone is the hardest known substance, ever? Yup! A diamond is so hard in fact, that the only thing that can scratch it are other diamonds. It also has the highest melting point of any substance, meaning a diamond would have to be in a temperature of 7,362 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4,090 degrees Celsius, in order for it to melt. That’s a lot hotter than your oven gets to bake your favorite cookies.
April’s birthstone is the only gemstone composed of a single element, and in the case of diamonds, they’re made of carbon. To characterize a diamond and determine its value, jewelers all over the world use the universal language of the diamond 4Cs: color, cut, clarity and carat. A diamond’s color can range from clear to yellow to brown and is graded as such. The 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. The less inclusions or blemishes a diamond contains, the higher its value will be. A diamond’s cut is a measure of how its facets interact with light and includes the actual shape of the finished diamond such as princess-cut, cushion-cut and round-cut. Lastly, a diamond’s carat size is its weight, and the bigger the diamond, the higher it’s price.
The Youngest Diamond Is Still A Billion Years Old
Originally, it is said that diamonds were discovered in India sometime before 400 BC. Scientists figure that most diamonds formed more than a billion years ago, deep into the earth’s mantle. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny 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 talking about. Since those in India used diamonds to trade, diamonds were decorating the accessories of Europe’s elite by the 1400s.
Historically, diamonds have been referred to as 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, and as such, is the staple piece of engagement rings, wedding bands and other wedding jewelry.
Zales Is Your Diamond Store
Lucky April – your birthstone is the fabulous diamond! A stone unlike any other, this gem is perfect for celebrating this significant annual event – or one of many other significant events. When it comes to celebrating, a diamond is always appropriate.
Zales has been known as The Diamond Store for a very long time – and you can count on us for the latest and greatest diamond styles, including rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. Find your favorite April-born person a coveted diamond look at your local Zales retail store or view an expanded diamond assortment online at Zales.com.