April birthstone: diamond

Diamonds epitomise luxury and elegance. One of nature’s hardest known substances, diamond symbolises health, long life and eternal love. No wonder it is the stone of choice for most engagement rings.

The diamond is the traditional birthstone for April. It holds special significance for those born in that month, thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and increased inner strength. Count yourself very lucky indeed if this precious gem is your birthstone.

A girl’s best friend

A romantic proposal is likely to involve a diamond. These glittering gemstones are often set in engagement and eternity rings. Increasingly popular in men’s watches and jewellery, a diamond can transform a simple piece into an eye-catching luxury item.

Choosing a high quality diamond ring, necklace or pair of earrings means investing in a piece of timeless beauty. Whether you own an antique or contemporary piece, you can achieve a look that will never go out of style.

Diamonds are also synonymous with Hollywood glamour. Audrey Hepburn created an iconic image when she stepped out onto Fifth Avenue in that little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And of course Marilyn Monroe’s seductive performance of Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend become one of her most captivating screen moments.

Eternal fascination

Diamonds have long been the stuff of myths and legends, captivating civilisations across the globe for millennia. To the ancient Greeks, they were the tears of the Gods. In the Middle Ages they were believed to have healing qualities. And in ancient India, it was said diamonds were formed by bolts of lightning striking rocks.

The April birthstone still has a special meaning for some. Wearing diamonds is associated with balance, clarity and abundance. Anyone who has received a piece of diamond jewellery from someone special will know that these dazzling gems represent ever-lasting love.

Diamonds are forever

Composed of pure carbon, diamonds are formed over billions of years, deep within the Earth’s crust. Extreme heat and pressure makes these gems incredibly strong. It is the cutting process that gives the stones their trademark sparkle. This ancient craft transforms a rough diamond into a multi-faceted gem that many believe captures the light like no other gemstone.

Diamonds are measured by weight, in carats. The number of carats will influence its value. However, this is not the only factor. Diamonds are also valued on the quality of their cut, which creates their trademark sparkle. And while most of us are familiar with white diamonds, these gems come in a rainbow of colours, including yellow, pink and blue.

If you are fortunate enough to own a piece of diamond jewellery, you can rest assured that your stone is made to last. Of course, you will want to protect such a special piece. Our jewellery and watch insurance will provide you with peace of mind and protection for your precious item.

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