April 2014

April is the Month for Diamonds  

 
“She who from April dates her years, 
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears 
For vain repentance flow.”
 
Diamonds, the birthstone for those born in April, are the jewels of eternal love and power, representing a 60th wedding anniversary. But there is more to them than romance. Diamonds are thought to have special powers for people born this month — strengthening their body and soul, protecting their innocence, enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength.
 

No Pressure, no diamonds.

                              — Thomas Carlyle

 
 
The word Diamond is derived from the Greek word “adamas” or “hardest metal”. Legend has it that the God of Mines took one of each stone, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds and compounded them together, declaring “Let this be something that will combine the beauty of all.” And thus the Diamond was born…pure as water, invincible in hardness, and displaying all the colors of the gems from which it was made. 
 
 

“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”
                                                                        — Mae West
The diamond has been known since antiquity as a “Stone of Invincibility,” bringing victory, superior strength, and courage to its wearer. The Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars. The metaphysical properties for this April birthstone are balance, clarity and abundance, and long ago the diamond was thought to draw out toxins and was used as a remedy for poison.

 
“The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, 
are not to be seen if the eye is too near.” 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The traditional color associated with the diamond is white, or colorless, but all fancy diamonds – stones, naturally colored in yellow, pink, red, purple, blue, green, black, cognac – are extremely rare and, therefore, fabulously expensive. 

 
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