As a jeweler, I am often asked to design jewelry incorporating the birthstone of the recipient. I have also designed pieces that incorporate the birthstones of family members that are living or loved ones that have passed as a way to keep them close and present for the person wearing the piece.
I must say that some of the luckiest ladies are born in April as they have a diamond as their birthstone. To me a diamond is an amazing stone because it is truly the best and most durable stone to wear every single day, no matter what you are doing (within reason— don’t forget that prongs can loosen or break and a thin exposed girdle on a marquis or pear engagement ring should not be worn while say, demoing your bathroom). Rinsing the dishes and loading the dishwasher or planting a few spring flowers shouldn’t be problematic, making them an ideal stone for everyday rings and bracelets— something I would not suggest for a May (emerald) or October (opal) birthstone ring, as they are lower on the Mohs hardness scale.
Another reason diamonds are incredible is their glimmer even when dirty; but forget about it when they are clean. Their eye catching rainbow holograms are unrivaled. They can add a sparkly pick-me-up to a gray Pittsburgh day and remind you that you forgot your sunglasses on a sunny afternoon with their blinding twinkle.
And there is more variety in diamonds than you may think. Recently, I have begun a relationship with a colored diamond supplier and the stones he sent me are stunning. I would be happy to speak to anyone who would like to know more. Did you know diamonds come in almost every color? There are red, orange, yellow, pink, green, blue, purple, brown, and black and not all of them are reserved for multi-million dollar, bank-breaking, celebrity engagement rings. They also come in some wonderfully dainty, light reflecting, exquisite cuts.
Out of all the many wonderful things a diamond is known for— eternal love, strength, and beauty, one of the lesser known facts is that the word diamond comes from the Greek word, ‘adamas’, which translates to unconquerable. As a female business owner that works with other women of all ages, I am very aware of the strength we possess. We don’t always feel that way, with the many bumps in the road we face. Relationships have ups and downs and some have endings, we perform multiple thankless tasks each and everyday that can physically and emotionally exhaust us, we have weight fluctuations, in-laws, bills, caring for elderly parents, dreams not yet fulfilled, and moments we just want to pull the covers over our head and not leave our beds for the day, but we are resilient, we bend without breaking and pull ourselves up again. Each one of us has a fire inside, one we need to tend with self love, understanding, and patience as well as moments of self affirmation.
Sadly, many women wait for diamonds to be given as a gift. Well ladies, if we wait for diamonds the way we wait for just-because flowers, the consistently back burner home project to be completed, or our new hair cut to be noticed we might wait a really, really long time. We need to celebrate ourselves. Buy that special piece of jewelry we didn’t receive at the holidays or on our birthday.
Whether April is your birth month or not, diamonds remind us every time we look at them that something so magnificent and beautiful came into it’s own unique and incredible form from extreme pressure, just like all of us.