Diamonds are the hardest known substance found on the planet earth. Almost 100 times more resistant to scratching than the next hardest substance. Diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means invincible or indestructible. Diamonds are extracted from the depths of the earth where extreme heat and pressure can also be found. It takes about 250 tons of mined earth to produce 1 carat of diamond.
“A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds”
I can understand why this verse is so true and why Henry Kissinger said “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”
Diamonds range from colorless, to faint yellow or even brown, to rare pinks, blues, and greens and other colors known as “fancies”.
Photo Credit: http://www.leibish.com/color-article-389
Diamonds are also referred to as “the king of gems” and “a girl’s best friend”.
Although diamonds are the birthstone of April, they are also used to symbolize enduring love and traditionally given for engagement rings. 75% of all new brides in the USA will wear a diamond ring. History tells of The Archduke of Austria giving a diamond to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. This is the first known incidence of a man giving a woman a diamond.
The anatomy of a diamond has a lot to do with the “sparkle” that most of us long for in this precious gem. Here is an excellent chart for mapping out the perfect proportions of a diamond to have it shine its best.
Chart Credit: http://www.doitjewelry.com/08/17/breathtaking-diamond-photos-to-to-add-to-your-collection-visit-svpicks-com-4/
If you are looking at purchasing a diamond for your birthday or for a loved one and need help gauging the size. Here is an excellent photo showing what the difference between 0.50cts and 2.5cts looks like on the hand.
Photo Credit: https://erstwhilejewelry.com/blogs/stories/actual-diamond-carat-size-on-a-hand
April Fun Facts:
~ Due to extreme pressure and temperature on Neptune, it apparently rains diamonds (not sure if this is true but I saw it on facebook so it must be right?)
~ The April birth flower is the Daisy and the Sweet Pea
~ April Holidays include: April Fool’s Day, Autism Awareness Day, Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day, National Poetry Month, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Jazz Appreciation Month
~ In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere
~ The Golf Masters are on this Sunday also known to me as the perfect napping event of the year
~ George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the US on April 30, 1789
~ April begins on the same day of the week as July every single year (even leap year, weird but true)
~ Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452
~ The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912
~ April birthday folks are said to be active, dynamic, strong minded, friendly, loving, giving, brave and outgoing. (I think I want to know more April babies!)
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