April brings more than showers by way of its birthstone, the sparkling diamond. Their incredible shine and luster have captivated wearers for centuries and both Aries and Taurus can find a wide selection of diamond jewelry to add to their birthday wishlist that will last for ages. To help celebrate one of our favorite birthstones, we’ve rounded up a few fun facts about April’s birthstone and some new arrivals to Borsheims.com for gifting inspiration.
- Diamonds are billions of years old—in some cases more than three billion years old.
- Most often associated with love, the ancient Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds.
- Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armor as they rode into battle.
- April’s birthstone is made of a single element — carbon. Under the immense heat and pressure below the earth’s surface, carbon atoms bond to create the diamonds’ beautiful and rare crystalline structure.
- A diamond’s structure makes it 58 times harder than any substance found in nature and the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
- April’s birthstone comes in several colors, including yellow, black, red, pink, blue and green, and range in intensity from faint to vivid.
- The largest diamond ever discovered was called the Cullinan diamond, weighing a whopping 3106 carats, or 1.33 pounds. Discovered in 1905 in South Africa, the mine’s owner and the South African leaders gave the diamond to King Edward.
- The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a golden ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds.
- Scientists have discovered a white dwarf star 50 lightyears away that is essentially a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats named Lucy (after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”) Found in 2004, Lucy used to shine bright like a diamond (and Earth’s current sun) until it used up all its nuclear fuel. Astronomers say that, similarly, our Sun will deplete its nuclear fuel and die in another five billion years, and become a white dwarf like Lucy. Then, about two billion years after that, the cinder Sun will be a similar diamond.
- Historically, the diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers. Now they are found all over the world including the Kalahari Desert region and Canada where Borsheims sources our Kalahari Dream and Signature Collection diamonds.
Learn more diamond facts here and browse below for necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets sure to put a smile on any April babies’ face.