The King of All Birthstones
April’s birthstone is the diamond – the most prized gemstone of them all.
If you or someone you love celebrates a birthday in April, there is no better gift than a diamond. The diamond had long been the precious gemstone assigned to April, but in 1912 the list of monthly birthstones was standardized, naming it the official gemstone.
Natural diamonds are the ultimate gift for a loved one. For centuries, they have symbolized lasting relationships, inner strength, clarity and abundance. From healing powers and mystical qualities, diamonds have been worshipped and revered for their special characteristics.
The diamond has everything going for it – unsurpassed brilliance when properly cut and polished, unbeatable toughness, a long association with enduring love, and a fascinating history dating back to the 4th century BC.
How Are Diamonds Formed?
Diamonds consist of only one element: carbon. They form deep underground from carbon deposits that are subjected to intense temperatures and pressure, forcing them upwards through the earth’s crust. They can take millions of years to develop into raw diamonds, which are then cut and polished. Diamonds are found in about 35 countries, but the largest mines are in South Africa, Russia and Botswana.
Diamonds are the hardest gemstones on earth, rating a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. They can only be cut with another diamond. This means diamonds can withstand everyday wear and are perfect for engagement or other jewelry worn on a daily basis.
It is the absence of color that distinguishes the purest of white diamonds. In a white diamond, the presence of a color tint such as yellow or brown greatly lowers its value. The GIA has an international industry standard for diamond color which goes from D, the highest quality and virtually colorless, to Z, which has brown tones.
This is not to be confused with “fancy” colored diamonds which can come in a variety of shades such as pink, green, chocolate, yellow and even red and blue; these are considered different and are graded on a separate scale. Out of 100,000 natural diamonds, only a handful will have a rare color. The deeper the natural color, the more expensive the stone will be.
Natural, fancy red diamonds are the rarest, followed by blue and pink. No doubt you have heard of The Hope Diamond which is on permanent display at the Smithsonian. It is a natural, fancy blue 45.52 carat diamond worth between $200 – $350 million.
Fancy-colored diamonds are often artificially color-enhanced, due to their rarity in nature, so it is worth asking about this before purchase. If a piece is described as “natural,” it has not been color enhanced.
Here are some of Dover’s magnificent fancy colored diamond pieces:
- This is an unusual pink, yellow and white diamond bracelet consisting of 335 genuine round-faceted diamonds romantically depicted in heart motifs.
- These exquisite pendant earrings also feature fancy pink, yellow and white diamonds.
- Here are a pair of estate multi-color diamond dangle earrings set in 14k gold – for more of a retro look.
- For something completely different, here is a natural fancy light pink diamond cocktail ring.
Versatile, Durable & Dazzling
- Diamonds can be cut into endless shapes for rings, pendants, earrings, brooches and more. However, it is their durability and classic appeal that make them a great choice for all types of engagement rings.
- Looking for something out of the ordinary? This is a natural, fancy green diamond halo engagement ring set in 18k gold.
- How about an April birthday gift for a special friend? These diamond drop earrings are a perfect choice.
Chopard’s Happy Diamond I Love You pendant says it all. What better way to tell her how you feel?
Diamonds are the gemstone for sixtieth and seventy-fifth wedding anniversaries.
We carry a large collection of stunning diamond anniversary and eternity rings to celebrate any and every important marriage milestone. At Dover Jewelry & Diamonds, we specialize in antique, vintage and estate diamond pieces of all types and at a variety of price points. Our expertise lies in finding some of the finest examples of their period.
- This highly collectible vintage Patek Philippe diamond and platinum watch was made exclusively for Tiffany & Co.
- One of our most beautiful antique pieces is this 1930s diamond and platinum Art Deco era link bracelet.
Diamonds have always been the ultimate gift. We invite you to explore their brilliance and beauty in our exclusive pieces. We are sure you will find the perfect gift for yourself or for someone you love.