Everyone knows April showers bring May flowers! The month of April is named for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of LOVE. It is also the month most associated with Spring because it is April when most trees and flowers begin to BLOOM. What else blooms?? How about LOVE?! That is why it is PERFECT that the birthstone for April is DIAMOND. What symbolizes love more than a diamond? How about a diamond from ADELE DIAMOND!
If you are born in APRIL, then you know that you are absolutely blessed to have the MOST DESIRED of all gemstones for your birthstone, the DIAMOND. Let’s look at the facts and folklore (meaning, not all are true of course) about the Diamond:
♦ Diamond is the hardest gemstone AND can only be cut with another diamond.
♦ Ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were LIGHTENING made real on earth.
♦ Diamonds come in many colors; white, blue, green, purple, yellow, orange, pink, red, grey, and brown.
♦ Today, brown diamonds are known as Chocolate Diamonds and grey diamonds are known as Salt & Pepper
♦ The word diamond comes from the Greek word “Adamas” meaning INVINCIBLE.
♦ The tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring started in the 1930’s by De Beers.
♦ The engagement ring BUYING RULE of thumb is that a man should spend at least one month’s salary in the
purchase of a diamond ring.
♦ Have you heard of the AGE RULE? The size of the diamond should be equivalent to the AGE of the woman. For example, is a man proposes to a 25-year-old woman, he should buy a 2.5 carat diamond engagement ring. Interesting, huh?!
♦ The largest diamond ever discovered weighed 3,106 CARATS!! It is known as the Cullinan Diamond, and the stones cut from the original diamond are part of today’s British Crown Jewels.
♦ Ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears of the gods.
♦ In the first century AD, diamonds were thought to be splinters of the STARS that had fallen to earth to be used in the tip of CUPID’s ARROW.
♦ The MOST FAMOUS Diamond is The Hope Diamond, also known as the “French Blue” due to its mesmerizing blue color. Although this diamond changed hands many times, it currently rests in the Smithsonian Institution, donated in 1958 by Harry Winston. It is said to weigh 45.52 carats!
♦ TODAY, the diamond is most widely known as the PREFERRED STONE to give in an engagement ring, symbolizing eternal and lasting LOVE.
♦ Diamond is also the GIFT for the 60th and 75th Wedding Anniversaries!