April Birthstone: Color and Meaning

By by Martie Majoros
March 26, 2019
Diamond

The April birthstone is the diamond. This gem is a symbol of everlasting love. Learn more about the hardest gemstone on Earth.

    April Birthstone Color

    Although often colorless, diamonds also may appear in yellow, brown, red, pink, orange, blue, or green, from pale to intense; the more saturated the hue, the more valuable the stone.

    The blue Hope Diamond, once owned by the kings of France and now displayed in the Smithsonian, is a famous example.

    Diamond Fun Facts

    The diamond, composed solely of carbon, is the hardest gemstone and can be cut only by another diamond. Diamonds form about 90 miles deep in Earth, at tremendous pressure.

    It is believed that the first engagement ring that contained a diamond was given in 1477 by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to his fiancee, Mary of Burgundy. Today, diamonds are the most popular choice of stone for an engagement ring.

    In Sanskrit, the diamond is called “vajra,” which also means lightning; in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, the king of gods. 

    The largest known diamond is 2,500 miles wide and weighs approximately 10 billion trillion trillion carats.

    A crystallized white dwarf star, it is located in the constellation Centaurus, about 50 light-years from Earth. It is nicknamed “Lucy,” after the Beatles song, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”

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    Diamond Symbolism

    Diamond symbolizes everlasting love. It was also once thought to protect against poison.

    It’s said that wearing a diamond will protect you from negative energies and bring you peace.

    If you dream of wearing diamond earrings, you will receive good financial advice.

    Source: 

    The Old Farmer's Almanac

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