April is a month abloom with budding and re-birth. The weather is quick to change from brooding cloud filled skies to sun-kissed sky blue days. On such days we find ourselves invigorated by the sound of a chirping of a robin, full of energy as she flits back and forth to nourish her hatchlings. We feel the shift of seasons internally causing us to reflect on our expectation for ourselves and the demanding lifestyles we lead. We’ve needed winter’s rest to appreciate our own rebirth. So with the Spring thaw the world feels alive again, bringing hope, a quickening, and renewed energy. It is easy now to imagine our sparkle returning. We have proven most durable throughout the winter and the time has come to once again value and release our inner brilliance. Like the diamond that represents April’s birthstone we can also be described as having “contrast brilliance”. This term refers to the variation of light and dark areas across the diamond, the greater the contrast, the brighter the diamond appears to the human eye. And we are scintillating indeed! Vivacious and brilliantly alive, diamonds all of us.
- Diamond History
The name “diamond” is derived from ancient Greek and mean “unbreakable, “proper, or “unalterable”. Diamonds have been known to mankind as valuable since ancient times. The hardness of diamond and its high dispersion of light give it the characteristic “fire” and it is useful for industrial applications and desirable as jewelry. Diamonds are prized as highly traded commodity and are graded and certified based on their color cut, clarity and carat. The modern popularity of diamonds used in engagement rings was largely manufactured by De Beers Consolidated Mines, which established the first large scale diamonds mines in South Africa. Through an advertising campaign beginning in the 1930’s and continuing into the mid-20th century, De Beers made diamonds into a key part of the betrothal process and a coveted symbol of status. The diamond’s high value has been the driving force behind dictators and revolutionary entities, especially in Africa, using slave and child labor to mine diamonds in order to fund conflicts. Though popularly believed to derive its value from its rarity, gem-quality diamonds are quite common and annual global rough diamond production is estimated to be about 130 million carats (26 tonnes). The value of diamonds is attributed largely to the industry’s tight control over this supply.
- In our lives
The popularity of the diamond ring as an engagement ring for a much wider audience can be traced directly to the marketing campaigns of De Beers, starting in 1938. Such a campaign had become necessary to sell the large quantity of diamonds suddenly available because of the large diamond finds particularly in South Africa. In the early 20th century, a chairman of DeBeers optimistically predicted that the diamond trade would prosper “so long as men are foolish and women are vain.” The Romans valued the diamond entirely on account of the supernatural powers they ascribed to it. The medieval Italians copied these beliefs and added some to it: they called it the “Pietra della Reconciliazione” (stone of reconciliation) because it maintained concord between husband and wife. On this account it was recommended as the stone to be set in wedding (or espousal) rings—not on account of its beauty. In more recent times a Parisian Oracle of mystic subjects, the Baron d’Orchamps, announced the diamond, if worn on the left (hand) warded off evil influences and attracted good fortune and since he had fashionable clients the word spread and the wearing of the diamond on the left hand became in itself a fashion.
Cut. Color. Clarity. Carat Weight, a beautiful diamonds can fit almost any budget. Scintillation is sparkle. Scintillation is the play of white and colored flashes of light seen when the diamond is viewed in motion. Viewable with the naked eye, scintillation is the life of the diamond. The two dynamic aspects of sparkle are called flash scintillation and fire scintillation. Trust your own eye and your instincts so that whether it is a diamond or a decision you will always be making the right choice for you.
- The month of
Those born in April are blessed with the fire of a diamond. Whether you choose a traditional colorless or “white diamond” or champagne, chocolate, blue, pink, red, green, orange or even black your stone is sure to be as unique as your own spirit. Benjamin Franklin said, There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Sincerest wished that April thoughts provide you hope and inspiration on your quest to know yourself.