April Birthstone Spotlight: Diamond

Apr 01, 2011

The Greeks believed that diamonds were tears of the Gods. The Hindu name for the diamond means “lightening.” Without a doubt, there are few gemstones that have the kind of illustrious history that April’s birthstone possesses.

The diamond is the hardest material known to man and its name appropriately comes from the Greek word “adamastos,” which means “invincible.” Because of this, diamonds have been used for carving, cutting other gemstones, and engraving. During the Middle Ages, diamonds were frequently used for medicinal purposes including consuming diamond powder, to holding a diamond and making the sign of the cross over one’s self. Royalty from around the world have worn them as imperial gems since the 13th century, but it wasn’t until the 16th century that the techniques involved with cutting diamonds improved enough to reveal the diamond’s full glittering potential. Diamonds also increased in popularity in the 19th century due to larger availability to the public.

Some famous musical April birthdays include:

Emmylou Harris
Loretta Lynn
Henry Mancini
Billie Holiday
Patrick Carney (The Black Keys)
Ella Fitzgerald
Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts)
Willie Nelson

If you want to show your April birthday pride, don’t feel bound by traditional diamonds! Most people envision a colorless gemstone when they think of diamonds, but diamonds come in a whole rainbow of colors. Yellow diamonds, the color caused by nitrogen impurities, is the most common colored diamond. Unrefined colored diamond “slices” have become popular in jewelry design for their raw look.

Established in 1912, King Jewelers has proudly styled jewelry and timepiece aficionados from around the world. A pioneer among independent couture jewelers, King Jewelers has built an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value and first-class customer service. King Jewelers offers bridal consultations for brides and grooms with the expert advice of its in-house bridal stylists and diamond specialists. King Jewelers offers brides and grooms a first-class experience, conveniently offering wholesale diamonds, custom designs for engagement rings and wedding bands, luxury designer bridal jewelry, watches for him, bridal party gifts, and gift registration, as well as engravings, appraisals, and expert jewelry cleaning. With two store locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN, King Jewelers has won numerous awards as the Southeast’s top jewelry store and diamond wholesaler. King Jewelers is the luxury destination in Miami and Nashville for fine jewelry, diamonds, and Swiss timepieces. King Jewelers is Nashville diamonds and engagement rings wholesale store which specializes in bridal custom designs. King Jewelers is a member of the Jewelers of America, American Watch Guild, and the American Society of Appraisers. King Jewelers has GIA Certified Gemologists and offers expert jewelry and watch repairs. For additional information, please visit www.kings1912.com.

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