April

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"She who from April dates her years,
diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow."

Ancient Hindus, finding diamonds washed out of the ground after thunderstorms, believed they were created by bolts of lightning.  They therefore called them "Vajra," meaning lightening - not only because of the sparks of light thrown off by this gem, but also because of its invincible strength. 

The diamond is harder than any other substance on earth and it has become a symbol of enduring love.

Diamonds are the rich cousins of graphite, both crystalline forms of pure carbon. There are many kinds of diamonds: transparent, translucent or opaque; ranging from colourless to sooty black, with many colours in between. The colour of a diamond depends on the kind of impurities embedded inside it: yellow diamonds, for example, contain minute quantities of nitrogen.    

Diamonds have been revered throughout history, used to embellish crowns, swords and emblems as well as jewellery.  They were also believed to have certain medicinal properties:  during the middle ages, these gemstones were thought to heal illness, but only if the ailing person took the diamond into bed to warm it up first! 

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April Birthstone Gifts