The history of birthstones

The tradition of assigning birthstones to specific months dates back centuries and has been influenced by various cultural, religious, and astrological beliefs. 

The tradition of birthstones as we know it today gained prominence in the Western world during the 18th and 19th centuries. One influential source for the modern list of birthstones is the biblical Book of Exodus, where the Breastplate of Aaron, worn by the high priest of the Israelites, is described as adorned with twelve gemstones, each representing one of the tribes of Israel. Over time, these gemstones became associated with the twelve months of the year.

Diamonds have long been highly valued gemstones, symbolising strength, endurance, and eternal love due to their durability and brilliance. This symbolism aligns well with the characteristics often associated with the month of April, such as the start of spring and the themes of rebirth and renewal.

In addition, some sources suggest that the tradition of assigning diamonds to April may have originated from ancient Hindu astrology, where diamonds were associated with the planet Venus, which in turn was linked to April.

Regardless of its origins, the tradition of diamonds as April's birthstone has persisted and become widely accepted, making diamonds a popular choice for April-born individuals and for special occasions celebrated during the month.

April birthstone — Diamond

Anyone born in the month of April, in our opinion, is incredibly lucky! The birthstone for April is indeed the diamond. Diamonds are highly prized gemstones known for their brilliance, clarity, and durability, making them a fitting symbol for the month associated with spring, renewal, and new beginnings. They are often used in jewellery to mark significant occasions such as birthdays, engagements, and anniversaries. 

Why are Diamonds held in high regard? 

Diamonds are considered special for several reasons

Hardness and Durability —

Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, scoring a perfect 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This means they are extremely resistant to scratching and abrasion, making them ideal for everyday wear in jewellery.

Brilliance and Sparkle —

Diamonds have a unique ability to refract and reflect light, giving them exceptional brilliance and sparkle. This property, known as "fire," enhances their beauty and allure, making them highly desirable gemstones.

Rarity —

While diamonds are found in various parts of the world, truly high-quality gem-grade diamonds are rare. Their scarcity contributes to their value and exclusivity.

Symbolism —

Diamonds have been imbued with symbolic meaning throughout history. They are often associated with enduring love, purity, and strength, making them popular choices for engagement rings and other romantic jewellery.

Versatility —

Diamonds are incredibly versatile gemstones. They come in a range of colours, with colourless diamonds being the most prized. They can be cut into various shapes and sizes to suit different jewellery designs and preferences.

Cultural Significance —

Diamonds have played significant roles in various cultures and civilisations throughout history. They have been associated with royalty, wealth, and power, adding to their mystique and allure.

Overall, the combination of their physical properties, rarity, symbolism, and cultural significance makes diamonds highly esteemed and sought after around the world.

Morgan & Co’s love of diamonds stems from a combination of their intrinsic beauty, symbolic significance, cultural influence, and enduring appeal. 

We are well known for sourcing the perfect diamonds for our clients — both lan grown or natural and of the highest quality. Get in touch with our diamond experts at our Buderim studio and book your complementary consultation so we can discuss your diamond piece. 

Thank you for reading! 

 — Love, Laura xo

March 29, 2024 — Morgan Gaskin