The Diamond Edit - April Birthstone

April’s birthstone is perhaps the most famous of them all; the diamond forms the basis for spring’s return. Last month’s birthstone was Aquamarine, the blue-green jewel that represented water. While diamonds can actually vary in colour, the clear diamonds are the most familiar and the most used in jewellery worldwide. Known for its hardness on the Mohs scale, and its propensity to reflect light beautifully, the diamond has captivated people for centuries.

The History of the Diamond

While the true history of diamonds spans back millions of years, the origins of diamonds are believed to have been discovered in India, which became a precious commodity that was traded on the Silk Road. Being raised in value through rigorous trading as a commodity, the diamond found its place with nobility, and most notably being used as a proposal ring for royalty in 1477. The diamond engagement ring became a symbol of engagement and companionship ever since, due to its deeper symbolism of clearness and strength.

The Colour of Purity

While diamonds can vary in their colour hue, the clean white diamond has often been the object of fascination. It’s interesting to note how the diamond became to be April’s birthstone, symbolising a clean state and of new beginnings in the season. While other gemstones feature very distinct colour tones, the focus with diamond is on its internal symmetry and patterns.

A grid of raw and diamond jewellery for April Birthstone

There are a variety of diamond cuts and shapes that create a different internal symmetry. The most famous is the round brilliant cut, the ideal proportions were discovered by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, which created a precise method to maximise light return. Other notable cuts are Emerald and Princess, which feature a different internal symmetry. Another reason why diamonds are also loved is due to one of their unique qualities; which gemologists refer to as “fire” which is the split second “rainbow” like effect that is produced when diamonds are turned or moved, letting light split into its constituent colours.

A Piece of History

You could think of diamond styles split into two styles (though there could be many more) with older styles that focus on plain and minimalist styles that focus on a single stone, without much further embellishment needed and letting the jewellery speak for itself.

The emerging trend is now using a pave style that allows for lots of different twists and turns within designs. Across engagement rings and jewellery categories, the smaller-set diamonds allow for a lot more experimental metalwork and are a popular feature of many modern styles where differentiation has now become key.

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