April Birthstone poem - the Diamond
"She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow."
April Birthstone - Properties of the Diamond
For those who were born in the month of April the Diamond is the traditional birthstone. The April birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Diamond is associated - enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the April Birthstone Diamond are balance, clarity and abundance. The healing properties of the April birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to brain diseases, pituitary glands. The Diamond is also used to draw out toxins and therefore was used as a remedy for poison.
April Birthstone Zodiac Sign
The twelve Zodiac signs are an astrological version of birthstones in addition to the twelve calendar months. The April birthstone of the Diamond is considered to be the birthstone for Aries (The sign of the Ram) and relate to those born between March 21 - April 19. The Zodiac sign of Aries also responds to Bloodstone, Topaz Sapphire, Jasper, and Aquamarine.
April Birthstone - Where are Diamonds found?
The popular April Birthstone of the Diamond is found in the following countries:
- Australia, Ghana, Zaire, Russia, USA and Brazil.
The traditional color associated with the Diamond is white, or colorless, and is strongly favored as a popular gem in jewelry. The April birthstone diamond is categorized into the following: Colorless, Nearly colorless, Faintly tinted (usually yellow), Lightly tinted (usually yellow) and Tinted (usually yellow but may progress to brownish).
Definition of the Diamond, the April Birthstone
Definition of Diamond, the April birth stone: The word Diamond is derived from the Greek word "adamas" which means "hardest metal" which reflect the property of the stone. The diamond is a precious stone or gem excelling in brilliancy and beautiful play of prismatic colors, and remarkable for its extreme hardness. This gem is a member of the Diamond (Carbon) family. It is the hardest substance known. The diamond as found in nature (called a rough diamond) is cut, for use in jewelry, into various forms with many reflecting facets, by which its brilliancy is much increased. The crystal structure of the Diamond, the April birthstone, is Isometric.
April Birth stone - the History of the Diamond
For those who were born in the month of April the Diamond is the traditional birthstone. The history, myths, legends and folklore surrounding the magical properties of different birthstones have been handed down through the ages and from different civilizations.
The 4 C's
The Colors of Diamonds
Diamonds come in a wide range of natural colors and shades. The colorless or white diamond colors are the most common, whilst some tinted stones, colored diamonds, are extremely rare and valuable. The shades of Diamond Color include yellow, blue, black, pink, red, orange, green and brown. Diamond Color is determined by the impurities or structural defects. Pure or nearly pure diamonds are transparent and colorless which are referred to as a white diamond color. Color is mainly caused by the gemstone's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color. In gemstones, the ultra colors consists of three components:
- Hue - the first impression of the color
- Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
- Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid
- Pink Diamonds - Crystal lattice defects during the formation of diamond cause the pink color.
- Blue Diamonds - Contain the element boron (B) which changes the conductivity of the diamond
- White Diamonds - A colored diamond contains impurities or structural defects that cause the coloration, whilst a pure or nearly pure white diamond is transparent and colorless
- Yellow Diamonds - The most common impurity, nitrogen, causes varying yellow coloration depending upon the type and concentration of nitrogen present
- Black Diamonds - A "Black" diamond is not truly black, but rather contains numerous dark inclusions that give the gem its dark appearance
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about the Diamond:
- The Diamond is the birthstone of the month of April
- Diamonds are also the Wedding anniversary gemstone for the 60th year of marriage
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Aries dates: March 21 - April 19
- Aries - The first Sign of the Zodiac: The sign of the Ram
- Ruling Planet of Aries: Mars
- Alternate Birthstones of Aries: Bloodstones, Topaz, Sapphires, Jasper, and Aquamarine
The properties with which the Diamond is associated are as follows:
- Enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength
- Balance, clarity and abundance
The healing properties of the Aries birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:
- Brain diseases, pituitary glands
- Used to draw out toxins and therefore was used as a remedy for poison.
Diamonds jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Diamond is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Mars with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem. All different types of jewelry containing Diamonds are available including:
- Diamond rings
- Diamond bracelets
- Diamond pendants
- Diamond earrings
- Diamond necklaces
Man-made and synthetic diamonds - Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is a synthetic gemstone as is Moissanite. The high price of gem-grade diamonds has created a large demand for affordable imitation man-made and synthetic diamonds. Man-made Diamonds and Synthetic diamonds, such as Moissanite and its predecessor Cubic Zirconia (or CV) have similar characteristics to the real stones. Moissanite is a trade name name given to silicon carbide which is used in the production of synthetic gemstones. Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is a high quality synthetic gemstone which imitates the appearance of diamonds and is usually made in a lab. Man-made and synthetic diamonds so optically close to diamond that most people cannot tell the difference without the aid of various tests.
[However we here at KC&J are thoroughly trained in testing diamonds and have all the tools necessary]