Gemstone Feature- Diamond (April’s Birthstone)

Diamond, one of the most sought-after precious gemstones, is the birthstone for April.  Diamonds are considered a symbol of purity and thought to stimulate creativity and imagination.  In addition to their use in wedding and engagement jewelry, diamonds are also the official gemstone for 60th wedding anniversaries. Cubic Zirconia is frequently used as an alternative to diamonds.

Color:  Diamonds come in a variety of different colors. Most commonly they are brown, yellow, gray, or colorless. Less common colors would include blue, green, black, pink, violet, orange, purple, red and translucent white.


Diamonds can be found in several places globally including Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Lesotho, Russia, India, Canada, United States and Australia.

Age:  Diamonds were first discovered and mined in India. It is hard to pinpoint the exact date of discovery, but it is believed to be about 6,000 years ago. 

Family:  Carbon

Hardness:  10 on the Mohs scale

Gemstone Properties/Healing Properties:  

Diamonds are a symbol of purity. It is believed to detoxify the body, rebalance the metabolism, build stamina, enhance strength and treat dizziness and vertigo. Emotionally, diamonds are thought to help you conquer fear, rid yourself of emotional pain and gain clarity. It is also thought to stimulate creativity and imagination.

Fun Facts/Stories:  

Diamond is the birthstone for the month of April. It is also the official gemstone for 60th wedding anniversaries. 

Substitutes for Diamonds:  

Because Diamonds are so highly sought after yet also very expensive relative to other gemstones, there are many more affordable substitutes that are often used to achieve a similar look.  Cubic Zirconia is the most common higher-end substitute, but White Topaz and clear Crystal are also commonly used.

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