APRIL BIRTHSTONE: DIAMONDS

diamond_headerDiscovered in India around 500 B.C., diamonds have been the number one treasured stone ever since. The ancients believed that diamonds were hardened dew-drops, crystallized lightning or splinters from the stars.

They have been admired by royalty and worn as symbol of strength, courage and invincibility. Over the centuries, it acquired unique status as the ultimate symbol of love, the best example being the engagement ring.

diamond_sideWhen looking for a diamond, always consider the 4 Cs:

Carat is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams.

Clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of internal characteristics called ‘inclusions’ and external characteristics called ‘blemishes,’ as well as how these characteristics affect the overall appearance of the stone.

Cut is not only a diamond’s shape — round, emerald, pear — but is more of a diamond’s cut grade. It is really about how well a diamond’s facets interact with light and the ability to sparkle so intensely.

Color is the evaluation on diamonds based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value.

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