Diamond: Let There Be Light

Posted by on Apr 2, 2010 in Gems | 2 Comments

Some people are just born lucky. They can eat cheesecake and stay slender. Or effortlessly carry a tune. April babies have the good fortune to have dazzling diamond as their birthstone.

It’s easy to see why diamond is the world’s most popular gem: it combines dazzling brilliance with prismatic fire. Earth’s hardest substance, diamond embodies “forever.” Most couples around the world choose a diamond engagement ring.

The ancient Greeks called diamond “adamas,” meaning invincible, theorizing that something so beautiful must be the crystallized teardrops of the gods. The Romans thought diamonds must be fallen stars. Wearing diamond is said to attract good fortune too.

Those who are fortunate enough to wear diamonds know how versatile they are: so perfect an accent with every outfit that many never take them off.

As anyone who’s shopped for diamonds knows, their value varies dramatically with quality. White gems with the least amount of color and the fewest imperfections are the most rare and valuable. The bigger the diamond, the higher its carat weight and the more it costs per carat. Cut is arguably the most important value factor because the quality of a diamond’s cut gives it its life and sparkle. Higher quality diamonds tend to hold value better than inexpensive gems, so most experts advise buying a better, smaller stone rather than a larger lower quality version.

In addition to being the birthstone for April and the gem of the 10th and 60th anniversary, diamonds today are a wardrobe essential.  Diamond stud earrings are a wear-everywhere basic that can take you from the grocery store to Oscar’s red carpet.  Diamond drop earrings make every day an occasion. And most women today, married or single, wear a fashionable diamond ring on their right hand, as essential to being well-dressed as the right handbag or shoes.

With the great selection of fashionable diamond jewelry today, you don’t have to be born in April to make a little luck of your own.

  • http://green-amethyst.blogspot.com/ Olga

    I didn’t know that the Greek expression for diamond was related to “invincibility”, but it makes perfect sense given its outstanding hardness and metaphysical characteristics. One certainly can feel invincible when wearing one of those incredible objects of crystallized light.

  • http://uniquenecklaces.biz/ Unique Necklaces

    Cheryl,
    that was one well written article. Man you had me drooling on both side of my mouth, wanting that diamond ring for my sweetie.