April is honored with Diamond as its one and only birthstone. Not only do they get to celebrate their birth in a month that allows for such beautiful weather, they also get to have their month represented by the most sought after, precious gem known to man, the diamond.
Where is the name from?
The name comes from the Greek word adámas, which means “unbreakable” or “invincible”. This is because diamonds have a unique molecular structure which makes them incredibly hard. Scientists give diamond the highest rating, 10 out of 10, on the Mohs Scale of mineral hardness. They are formed deep within the Earth and reach the surface through violent volcanic eruptions. And it is only diamonds that can shape other diamonds. Hardly surprising it got this name!
Diamond birthstone beliefs
Diamonds are the traditional birthstone for April and also for the star sign of Aries. According to astrology and healing lore, wearing diamonds could have a positive effect on your life and health.
What’s more, these positive effects are thought to multiply when the diamond is your birthstone, or if the diamond aligns with your zodiac sign. The lore says that wearing a diamond can give you strength of character, balance and clarity of mind. It can also benefit your marriage, making it last longer.
During the Middle Ages, people believed in the healing power of diamonds, in particular the pituitary gland and the brain. They were also thought to boost their wearer’s energy when combined with the amethyst.
Some diamonds seem to have lived lives of their own. One legendary stone in the diamond hall of fame is the Koh-i-noor (“Mountain of Light”). The Koh-i-noor diamond’s early history is shrouded in time. It is believed to be 5,000 years old, and was featured in the great Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata. Originally owned by the Rajah of Malwa in India, the Koh-i-noor has since been a player in victories and defeats spanning India, Persia, and Afghanistan. It was in the possession of the great Mogul dynasty from 1526 to 1739. Its owners included Shah Jehan, who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his queen Mumtaz. The Persian invader Nadir Shah briefly possessed it until his assassination in 1747. The jewel then fell into the hands of Afghan rulers who eventually surrendered it to the Rajah of Punjab, Ranjit Singh.
Two years after Ranjit Singh’s death in 1839, Punjab became part of India under British rule. The stone was presented to Queen Victoria, who had it cut from its original 187 carats to 108 carats in an attempt to further enhance its beauty. After her death, the diamond became part of the British crown jewels. Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) wore it in her crown at her 1937 coronation.
Round cut diamonds are the most sought after gift
Although diamonds come in many shapes, stones with a “round brilliant cut” are the most popular in engagement rings and solitaire gift jewellery. More than three quarters of diamonds sold are round. Why? Because a round diamond has the most facets (sides that reflect light) and therefore give off more sparkle than any other diamond shape.
When you slip on a beautiful diamond ring, it’s hard to imagine the time, expense and sheer work that has gone into producing it. Tons of earth and rock must be shifted, before miners find one diamond.
Often a diamond will have spent several years travelling between continents – being sorted, cut, polished, graded and set into jewellery – before you get to wear it.
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“You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off you.
You’d be like heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.”
Aquamarine, the birthstone for the month of March, is a stone you simply cannot take your eyes off. The seawater color of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater.
“The February born shall find sincerity and peace of mind, Freedom from passion and from care, If they, the amethyst will wear.”
The legend of St. Valentine and the Amethyst
According to old Roman lore, St. Valentine was a priest who travelled around performing marriages. He was known for wearing an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid.
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Happy birthday New Year babies! The fiery red garnet is your stone, boasting a rich and storied history. It has been known to symbolize many virtuous qualities, including a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections.
Here we have 10 facts about this gem:
♥ They Aren’t All Red
In fact, garnets exist in many colors, including black, green, or even colorless. While the garnet is actually found in so many colors, most people associate the birthstone with its deep, firey red hue. For this reason, most birthstone jewelry designed for those with a January birthday use this color stone.
♥ They Were Once Thought to Hold Medicinal Powers
If your loved one with a January birthday is interested in holistic healing they will be happy to hear about garnet’s past as a medicinal stone. In Medieval times, they were thought to protect its wearer against poisons, wounds and bad dreams, as well as cure depression.
♥ Its a gem for Kings & Queens!
Ancient Chinese lore says that these fiery red precious stones are tiger souls transformed into gems. This sentiment of power, royalty and grace, which the tiger represents, are evident in all of the garnet’s history. In the past, it’s high value and symbolism meant it could only be worn by emperors and queens.
♥ It protects you?
Even the Romans used it for protection! During the time of the Roman Empire, many believed garnet stones could protect travelers. If it glinted and sparkled, it was as a warning of approaching danger. Why not wear it as an amulet next time you go on a trip?
♥ What did the astrologers say?
Astrologers promise that garnets bring you love, especially if you were born in January or under the sign of Capricorn as it is January’s birthstone. It’s power lies in the blazing red colour and sparkle, a gemstone that evokes passionate feelings. Many people claim it can attract romance into your life.
♥ Where is the name from?
It’s crystals look similar to the glossy red seeds of a pomegranate. The gem’s name comes from the Latin word granatus, meaning “seeds”.
♥ Positive mind, positive attitude!
The garnet is believed to remove negativity and bring about positive changes in the person who wears it.
♥ We’re all about natural stones…
Garnet colours are always natural and they are not treated or enhanced in any way.
♥ It’s a celebratory stone!
This gem is perfect for marking life’s important occasions. From big celebrations to personal milestones. It’s also the official gem for 2nd and 18th wedding anniversaries. And it’s a particularly meaningful birthday gift for people born in January.
♥ Celebrate the January baby
People whose birthstone is garnet, have strong spirit and amiable nature, do you know a January baby who deserves a garnet for their birthday?
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