The Gift Of A Diamond
Who is lucky enough to be born in April? If it is you, your birthstone is the diamond. For the rest, we are still lucky enough to enjoy diamonds, the most celebrated of all gemstones. Why? Diamonds symbolize so much: beauty, strength, resilience, purity, and a whole lot of sparkle. Diamonds are iconic. They are a symbol of so many things! They are inspirations for movies, songs, stories and dreams. Young children learn very early on that diamonds are magical, that they are precious and priceless. Diamonds were discovered thousands of years ago in India where they were used as decorations and as talismans to keep away evil spirits and diseases. Four hundred years later, in 1477, The first man to propose with a diamond ring--Archduke Maximillian of Austria who asked Mary of Burgundy to be his wife. That's a long tradition. Today, in the USA, the diamond remains the iconic symbol of an engagement and a lifelong commitment to love. But there are other thins that Diamonds symbolize. And it's what makes them the most luxurious, sentimental and meaningful gift. A Symbol Of Innocence…Though diamonds are revered among minerals for their superior strength and durability, they also are associated with innocence. The diamond’s super-hard structure makes it virtually incorruptible. Its dual strength and purity make it the perfect adornment when worn as jewelry. Because diamonds are cut into so many different shapes, it's easy to find the one that speaks to you. Options for finding diamonds are abundant. But to see the diamond in person is really the best way to discover what makes it unique. More Than Wedding Jewelry…In the United States, the diamond is typically associated with the engagement ring. It symbolizes the commitment of matrimony. But the diamond is also a key player in the most stunning jewelry in the world. Its unique structure paired with skilled cutting techniques allow it to refract light in a way that is truly mesmerizing. England's crown jewels truly need to be seen in person--you'll be awestruck. But diamond jewelry found in jewelers cases are stunning for us non-royals, too. Religious Significance. The use of diamonds in jewelry and engagement rings is relatively recent compared to its use in religious rituals and customs. In India, diamonds have been regarded as religious icons for over 3,000 years. In the Bible the diamond represented one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, and according to the book of Exodus, was used to adorn the garments of the priests serving in the temple. In the book of Jeremiah the diamond was used as a tool and as an instrument of judgment. The World of Colored Diamonds. And remember, not all diamonds are white! While diamond hues are often paler than a colored gemstone, their rarity gives them a sought-after status among jewelry buyers. But, there are black diamonds, chocolate diamonds and the coveted yellow, blue or pink and red diamonds, most precious of all. See more diamonds than just about anywhere at our upcoming Million Dollar Diamond Ring Event.