April birthstone - diamond - girls’ best friend

2015-04-30 13:59
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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

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“DIAMONDS are a girl’s best friend” so any lady lucky enough to be an April baby is in line for a diamond – the April birthstone.

The gem holds significant meaning, providing the wearer with better relationships, an increase in inner strength, balance, clarity and abundance. It’s also symbolic of eternal love.In early days theories touting the magical powers of diamonds were prevalent: some thought lightning bolts formed diamonds, while others asserted that diamonds were the tears of god.

During the Middle Ages, it was believed that diamonds held healing powers and could cure ailments stemming from the pituitary gland and brain - by heating the crystal and taking it to bed, it was thought to draw out the harmful toxins that were crippling the body. It was believed that diamonds could also have an effect on an individual’s balance and clarity and could boost their energy when combined with other crystals like amethyst.

Zodiac sign for diamonds is Aries, 21 March to 20 April. It is also the wedding anniversary gem to celebrate 60 years of marriage.

Great importance was attached in India to the original shape of a diamond. It was believed a triangular stone caused quarrels; a square diamond terrors but a six-cornered stone was thought to bring the best of good fortune and to renew strength in old age.

The diamond as found in nature (called a rough diamond) is cut, for ultra use in jewellery, into various forms with many reflecting facets, by which its brilliancy is much increased. Diamonds come in a wide range of natural colors and shades. The colourless or white diamond colors are the most common, whilst some tinted stones, colored diamonds, are extremely rare and valuable. The

Diamonds and engagement rings traditionally go together. Anthropologists believe this tradition originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husband’s ownership. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for diamond rings among European aristocracy and nobility.

The sentimental Victorians popularised ornate engagement ring designs that mixed diamonds with other gemstones, precious metals and enamels. Often these rings were crafted in the shapes of flowers and were dubbed “posey rings”.

Diamonds were too rare and expensive for those of lesser means to afford until the discovery of African diamond mines in the 1870s - De Beers Company was the sole owner and operator of these newly discovered mines in South Africa. In the 1930s, when demand for diamond rings declined in the U.S. during hard economic times, the De Beers Company began an aggressive marketing campaign using photographs of glamorous movie stars swathed in diamonds. Within three years, the sales of diamonds had increased by 50 percent.In 1947, De Beers launched its now classic slogan, “A Diamond is Forever” which spurred even more sales.

The implied durability of a diamond conveyed the meaning in the American psyche that marriage is forever. A diamond’s purity and sparkle have now become symbols of the depth of a man’s commitment to the woman he loves in practically all corners of the world

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