The months are getting cooler now, and so a diamond for the month of April is fitting. Typically a clear, sparkling rock, it symbolises promise, commitment and unity through the worldwide use as an engagement ring.
Diamonds are commonly paired with silver in a classic, timeless design that'll complement most skin tones, adding to the universal popularity. Whether you're looking for that staple piece of jewellery for yourself or as a gift for your significant other, it's sure to be an eye-catching adornment to last you many years and memories to come.
Diving into the history of diamonds
Diamonds are made under pressure – they're a product of hard work!
The Gemological Institute of America explains how a diamond is formed – natural forces of heat and pressure deep below the Earth's surface contribute to the transformation of common coal into a shining diamond.
The precious stone gets forced upwards by the extreme temperatures until it's close enough to be excavated by humans, where it is then cut, polished and made into beautiful rings and other types of jewellery you see in display cases. In 1375, the classic Point Cut shape was developed because it reduced waste when cutting.
Though diamonds were already used sporadically as glamorous jewellery, it only really took off in the 20th century when the De Beers group, a large diamond mining company, coined the advertising phrase, "A diamond is forever". The marketing strategy was so effective that this can be seen as the birth of the popularity of diamonds as engagement rings.
Myths and legends dictate that a diamond has extremely powerful healing powers, exceptional at curing many ailments all over your body. The AGS explains that this was widely believed in the Middle Ages, and also helped a person's energy and balance, such like crystals.
Diamonds can also come in a variety of different hues – the American Gem Society (AGS) states that the more intense the colour of the stone, the more it will be worth.
Diamonds of the past
Even if you live under a rock, surely you've heard of at least a few famous diamonds throughout history. There's the fictitious Pink Panther diamond, an iconic plot device featuring in several movies of the same name. Featuring a rosy pink tint, the movies revolve around the unquenchable desire for this precious stone.
Another diamond made famous through history is the Cullinan Diamond. It's the largest naturally-formed stone of its sort to have been found, and was over 3,000 carats in weight! King Edward VII of the United Kingdom received the Cullinan Diamond as a gift for his 66th birthday, but now exists as nine smaller stones. The largest piece sits at just over 500 carats – called the Star of Africa or Cullinan I – fits in the palm of a hand.
If you're looking towards a diamond of more mystery, fascination and intrigue, cast your eyes towards the Hope Diamond. Also known as the Le Bleu de France, it's a deep, tranquil blue and has also been the subject of many rumours, supposedly cursed in nature due to the many tragic deaths of its past owners, having been stolen from an Indian statue. Fun fact – it's also reportedly the inspiration behind the Heart of the Ocean diamond in the romantic blockbuster, Titanic.
Diamonds have as rich of a history just as they do in looks. If you fancy a classic piece for you or your significant other this month, then take a look at our wide range of diamond jewellery at our online gallery.
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