Diamond - April's Birthstone

The diamond is the traditional birthstone of April and holds significant meaning for those born in that month, thought to provide the wearer with better relationships and an increase in inner strength. Wearing diamonds is purported to bring other benefits such as balance, clarity and abundance.  It's also symbolic of eternal love, and those fortunate to call April the month of their birth will enjoy the following history behind this rare gem.

Described  in ancient Sanskrit writings dating from the fourth century B.C., recorded in the bible and in early Greek literature, diamonds have held the power of symbolism for thousands of years. Worn in the breast plates of the Egyptian pharaohs and later on by the high priest of the Hebrews, attached (and hidden inside ) the turbans of the Maharajas and boldly shining in the crowns of Kings and Queens– diamonds have been worn to symbolize marriages and success.

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People have lost and made fortunes with diamonds, fashion has been dictated by new discoveries of diamonds and political movements have resulted because of diamonds.

Why can a small rock from the earth cause so much excitement, pain, grief, joy, love, greed and exuberance?

Greek literature referd to the diamond as ‘adamas’ which morphed into ‘diamond’ and had the same meaning as the Hebrew word for diamond, ‘yahalom’ , meaning invincible.

Until the eighteenth century, diamonds were exclusively from India. Originally diamonds were not cut and polished to give the beautiful, incredible sparkle and rainbow prisms as we have today.  Rough diamonds are like dull chalky rocks—why were they worn without the  sparkle?

In the fourth century in India the Artha-Sastra refers to the ancient text known as “The Estimation and Valuation of Precious Stones” in which the diamond is referred to as being very valuable because of its mythical qualities and rarity. It was written that the stone  “would illuminate space with all the fire of the rainbow” is an octahedron, with six sharp points, eight very flat, twelve straight and sharp edges with optical qualities of clarity, transparency, color, fire and iridescence.  This old text sounds similar to the modern slogans of De Beer's four C’s indicating color, clarity, cut and carat weight...

Indian merchants were able to sell the diamonds easily with the population having such strong beliefs about the diamonds protection and importance.

Not only is a diamond the hardest stone known to man, it also came with the powers of magical protection– which may explain the mysterious link between man and diamonds from the very beginning.

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The Real Deal

Jewelry is one of the most highly charged of human possessions, gathering layers of sentiment, meaning and memories as it passed down through generations. Some time ago I made a pair of Imperial Jade and diamonds earrings and pendant for a client who was celebrating a wedding anniversary. She loved it so much that she said to me: "It's so beautiful, I am going to pass it to my grand daughter" I got a teary eye, that was one  the best compliment on my work I ever got....

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Sapphire - September Birthstone

For centuries, sapphire has been associated with royalty and romance. The association was reinforced in 1981, when Britain’s Prince Charles gave a blue sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer. Until her death in 1997, Princess Di, as she was known, charmed and captivated the world. Her sapphire ring helped link modern events with history and fairy tales. Kate Middleton, new Duchess of Cambridge, continued this tradition by accepting and wearing Lady Diana's sapphire ring as an engagement ring from prince William.

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Ruby - July Birthstone

  This stunning ring I have made for very dear person and client. She had an old fashion ring with the beautiful Oval Ruby that she got from her mother. The setting was rather dull and plain …This beautiful Ruby, that carries a very strong sentimental value, called for something special and exciting, but elegant and timeless at the same time.

New Platinum Setting is crafted by hand with a beautiful lacy gallery underneath the stone. Ruby surrounded by 12 Brilliant cut diamonds weighting in total almost a carat. Monogram “M” stands for Mom, as well for first initial of the first names, both  mother and daughter, Margarita & Marina, creating that connection between old stone and a new ring, between previous and present ring owner…. 

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