|Often referred to as the King of the Gemstones, diamonds represent faithfulness, love, purity, innocence, and relationships filled with love. They are the ultimate gift for a loved one. Diamonds are said to inspire creativity, ingenuity, faith, and endurance. As the hardest mineral of all, they are especially esteemed owing to their beauty, purity, and ability to reflect light in a special manner. In their most perfect form they are colorless; however, they can be found in many colors, including pink, yellow, and blue. 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.
|The most perfect diamonds are colorless, and are graded on a scale from colorless to yellow. At the far end of the scale is the deep intense color called 'fancy' diamonds.
|Most diamonds are cut into a round brilliant shape, however there are many other shapes, from Baguettes to Marquise to Trilliant.
|India, Brazil, South. Africa, Angola, Tanzania, Russia, Australia and China.
|Although the diamond is the most durable gemstone, it still must be protected from sharp blows and household chemicals. Clean with a solution of water and ammonia.Cleanliness significantly affects a diamond's beauty. Dirt or grease on the top of a diamond reduces its luster, and on the bottom interferes with the diamond's brilliance and fire.
|About a third of all diamonds will glow under ultraviolet light, usually a blue color which may be noticeable under a black light. This is called fluorescence.