April’s birthstone is one of the most classic gemstones in the world—the diamond. Diamonds are completely unique, from being the only gemstone with the highest rating on the Mohs hardness scale to their unique ability to add sparkling accents to any piece of jewelry.
The History and Meaning of Diamonds
Diamonds can be billions of years old, and there is evidence of diamonds being traded and collected as early as the fourth century BC. Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist, was quoted talking about diamonds in the first century AD saying that they are the most valuable precious stone and substance in the world.
Throughout history, diamonds have been thought to have profound healing properties that can cure anything from fatigue to serious illness. In ancient Rome, people believed that Cupid tipped all of his arrows with diamonds. Some historians believe that this is when the association between diamonds and love first began. Other ancient cultures thought that diamonds could protect the wearer during battle, and many wealthy kings wore diamonds as part of their armor to boost their courage.
Diamonds are the gift for 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. Beyond those milestones, diamonds are also the gemstone of choice for most engagement rings and wedding rings. They are synonymous with romantic affection and lasting bonds. Today, diamonds are mined all around the globe. South Africa, Botswana, Russia, Australia and Canada all mine diamonds today.
Taking Care of Your Diamond Jewelry
Diamonds are very durable, and they often do well in ultrasonic cleaners. It’s important to keep in mind that cleaning them this way can loosen the setting over time, which increases the chance of losing the diamond. However, if your diamond has numerous inclusions or was treated, a lint-free cloth, soap and warm water will do the trick. You can also have diamond birthstone jewelry professionally cleaned and the setting examined to ensure that it is in good condition. Diamonds are prone to picking up smears and grease from daily wear, and a short soak in mild dish soap and warm water on a regular basis can remove anything dulling their shine.
How Much Are Your Diamond Jewelry Pieces Worth?
Whether you have a diamond ring that you cherish or are looking to see the value of another birthstone jewelry piece in your collection, SAZ Gem & Jewelry Appraisal is here to help. For more information, give us a call at 425-785-1871.