April’s Birthstone – The Diamond
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend; especially to those lucky enough to be born in the month of April, being its official birthstone.
A birthstone is a gemstone that symbolises a month of birth and is often used in personal jewellery such as rings or pendants – making it a wonderful and personal birthday gift for someone special.
The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. The current list dates back to 1912.
There are numerous legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their influence. According to these legends, wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. It was believed that for the full effect, individuals needed to own all twelve birthstones and alternate them monthly.
April’s gemstone, the diamond is steeped in romance and is thought to provide the wearer with great inner strength and endurance, for they were born deep within the Earth’s crust over three billion years ago. So brilliant, they were once thought to be fallen stars.
Here are 10 fun facts about April’s birthstone, the diamond:
Why not make use of the abundance of public holidays in April and learn more about these extraordinarily rare treasures with a visit to the Cape Town Diamond Museum? We’re open seven days a week, 9am-9pm even on public holidays.