Diamonds are considered the most desired of all gemstones. They are thought to represent love, purity, strength and power. Those born during the month of April are fortunate to have this beautiful gem as their birthstone.
Diamonds have always been surrounded with legend and lore. They have been thought to improve personal clarity and vision, with the higher the clarity the more it helps to strengthen those qualities.
The Greeks and Romans believed that diamonds were splinters from falling stars.
Diamonds rate 10 on the Mohs Hardness scale which makes them a great choice for everyday wear. They can be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. It is also safe to use ultrasonic and steam cleaners.
Here are some interesting facts about the treasured and beloved gemstone, diamond:
- The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas" which means unbreakable and indestructible; unconquerable.
- Diamond is the hardest natural substance found on earth.
- Diamonds can be found in a wide range of colors such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black.
- 80% of mined diamonds are unsuitable for use as gemstones and go toward industrial use.
- To produce a single one carat diamond, approximately 250 tons of earth will be mined.
- There are white dwarf stars in space that have a diamond core.
- A law in thirteenth century France decreed that only the King could wear diamonds.
- The earliest record of a man giving a diamond to a woman was in 1477 when the Archduke of Austria gave a diamond to Mary of Burgundy.