For all of you born in April your birthstone is the diamond - the most prestigious of all gemstones. It is one of natures hardest materials. The word diamond is derived from the Greek word "adamas" which means indestructible. Formed over billions of years, roughly 200 tons of rock needs to be dug in order to acquire one carat of diamond.
Most diamonds are cut in Tel Aviv, Antwerp, Amsterdam and New York. It is risky business because it is only at the cutters wheel that the diamonds true value is established.
Diamonds have been associated with love and romance for a long time. Legend has it that Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave his love a diamond ring and thus started off the tradition of proposing with a diamond ring.
People have always been fascinated with diamonds but a few stand out in history. Famous for their beauty, rarity or size but usually because of the fascinating stories surrounding them. Some of these include: The Great Star of Africa - the largest cut diamond in the world which is set in the Royal Scepter. The Hope Diamond - Thought to be cut from "The French Blue" once set in the French Crown Jewels until it was stolen during the French Revolution. It showed up in England 20 Years later and was purchased by a man named Philip Henry Hope . The Diamond is thought to have brought bad luck to it's owners, a curse born when Marie Antoinette was executed. And of course there's the KOH-I-NOOR otherwise known as the "Mountain of Light" which was mined in India. Originally it weighed 793 carats. The stone was surrendered to Queen Victoria during the British Company rule in India and now it is part of the crown jewels although it has been cut down to just over 105 carats.
Elizabeth Taylor had an adoration for diamonds and owned an impressive collection, many of which were given to her by her husband Richard Burton. The best known was aptly called the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond which was an incredible 33 carat Asscher cut colorless diamond given to her on their fourth wedding anniversary. He also bought her a 69 carat pear-shaped diamond which became known as the Taylor-Burton Diamond.
Diamonds are the ultimate luxury good. Perhaps because of marketing of "diamonds are forever", a successful slogan created by De Beers in the 50's or the fact that women truly believe that diamonds are a girls best friend but diamonds are in fact over valued. They are certainly not the rarest gemstone in the world but they most definitely have become the gift of love and devotion.
Our birthstone collection are set with lab created diamond. Our exclusive diamond Claddagh Rings are set with diamonds.