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Diamonds are prized for their purity and brilliance as much as for their hardness and durability.


Diamond is the birthstone for April.

Lore and Romance

Diamonds have been celebrated since ancient times. Historians believe that India was trading in diamonds as early as the 4th century B.C., and nearly every civilization has some kind of lore surrounding the stone. The ancient Greeks considered the gems to be the tears of weeping gods and felt they were ideal for warriors, bringing them invincibility and strengthening their muscles. The Romans believed that these precious stones were parts of stars’ outer rings, having fallen to earth from the heavens.


The diamond is the only gem made of one single element: carbon. Certain trace elements can influence the stone’s color and crystal shape. They form under extremely high temperatures and pressure conditions that exist only about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface. Their crystal structure is isometric, meaning that the carbon atoms bond in the same way in all directions. The result is that diamonds are so hard that they can only be scratched by other diamonds.

Wear and Care

With a rating of 10 on the Mohs scale, diamonds are the hardest gemstone known to man. This, along with their exquisite beauty, makes them excellent choices for both engagement rings as well as everyday rings. They can be cleaned safely with warm water and soap, ultrasonics and steam cleaners.

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