“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.” -Daniel Defoe
The legendary beauty of April’s birthstone has long been celebrated in art, film, television, and song. Perhaps no other gemstone has captured the cultural imagination quite like the diamond. Much of this reputation can be attributed to the unique natural qualities this mineral possesses. The diamond is one of the hardest known natural substances, which makes it a very appealing for industrial usage. It is the exceptional sparkle of cut and polished diamonds though that adds to the popular use of diamonds in jewellery. Diamond rings signify engagement for marriage and they are also the traditional anniversary gifts for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries. The name “diamond” comes the Greek word “adamas” which means “unconquerable.” The strong and enduring nature of this stone makes it very appealing to those who want their union to reflect the same qualities.