In Australia, as well as in Canada, France, Japan, U.K., and U.S.A., the birth stone for April is the diamond. This stone is one of the most fascinating substances on earth. While not as rare as rubies, diamonds have immense value not only due to a diamond’s significance as a symbol of endurance, but because it does in fact endure. A great number of diamonds formed 3 billion years ago and they are still around. Diamond is the hardest mineral on earth.
Diamond rings have been given as a promise of marriage since at least 1477 when it is recorded that Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave a diamond ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy. The ancient Greek belief that a diamond’s fire reflected the flame of love would indicate that a diamond has been a romantic symbol even earlier than the 15th century.
Whether a diamond is sought for a personal collection of magical crystals or to be set in a platinum ring it helps to know just a little about diamonds so you end up with a beautiful stone.
Some diamonds are sold cheap because they have been poorly cut which limits a stone’s sparkle. This is not because the cutter does not know what he is doing. It is generally because the diamond, when in the rough, was not an optimal shape to become an ideal cut diamond. The cutter’s only other option would have been to make the final shape of the diamond much smaller. This would have likely diminished the diamond’s value even more. As much as diamond sellers attempt to educate the public about the importance of the cut, many people will still only look for size when shopping for diamonds. The quality of the cut is actually the most important contributor to a diamond’s beauty. When a diamond is ideally cut the light will refract and disperse through it in such a way that all the colors of the rainbow are brought back to the eye of the beholder. It is extremely beautiful and quite hypnotic. I get so many reports of people who have gotten their diamond and say that they can’t stop staring at it.
Not every jeweler carries ideal cut diamonds, but when you see one you will know the difference. Particularly if the diamond has been cut with a “Signature Cut”. These are specific ways of cutting a diamond that individual diamond cutters or teams of diamond cutters have designed. They are usually patented and might cost a little more, sometimes a lot more, but many people feel it is completely worth the extra cost. Signature cut diamonds often have superior sparkle.
You can save a huge chunk of money off the cost of high quality diamonds, including signature diamonds, by buying from these trusted sites:
Head over to DiamondWave for the beautiful Crisscut signature diamonds: www.diamondwave.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Crisscut
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Browse James Allen for Signature cut TrueHearts: www.jamesallen.com/?q=signature%20cut#!/loose-diamonds/round-cut/