April’s birthstone is diamond, which gets its name from the ancient Greek adámas meaning: unbreakable. Along with their glamorous sparkle and ability to transmit light, diamonds come in a myriad of colors making them a dazzling birthstone.
Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature under immense pressure miles beneath the Earth’s surface and formed over billions of years, along side its close carbon cousin, Graphite.
Both are pure crystalline forms of carbon, but . . .which would you rather have set in your jewelry?
Diamonds are also known to be the strongest material found naturally on Earth. While science is making every effort to create materials that are harder than diamonds, nothing beats a diamond in hardness (gem-o-logically speaking.)
In fact, the Moh’s Scale of Hardness measures the hardness of various minerals by testing the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material. These are measured on an exponential scale, for example diamonds on the scale are a 10 and are 4x harder than corundum (the mineral name for ruby and sapphire) which scores a 9.
See the Moh’s Scale of Mineral Hardness charts for more information.
Do you ever consider the scientific properties of your gem when you think of diamonds? Of course not, you probably imagine how nice it will look wrapped around our finger, or how it looks in photos of Liz Taylor.
While we consider every birthstone to be lovely and sacred to its wearer, April birthdays have the happy brilliance of diamond’s sparkle to illuminate their birthstone jewelry.
For more personal insights into this wondrous gem, stop in and check out Eve’s collection of unset colored diamonds.