A Spotlight on Diamonds… April's Birthstone

April, the month of blooming flowers and gentle showers, seems fittingly intertwined with the symbolism of diamonds. Just as April breathes life into nature, natural diamonds are of this beautiful earth and symbolize endurance, purity and everlasting love.

When working with an experienced jeweler, like Octavia Elizabeth, a diamond will sparkle with an inner light that mirrors the hope and optimism that spring brings after the dormant winter.

Diamonds, the hardest known natural substance, are formed deep within the Earth under immense pressure and heat. They crystallize from carbon atoms, arranged in a unique structure that gives them their exceptional hardness and brilliance. Over millions of years, volcanic activity or geological processes bring these precious gems closer to the Earth's surface, where they are eventually discovered and mined.

The allure of a diamond lies in their exceptional optical properties. The 4Cs—cut, clarity, color, and carat weight—serve as the universal standards for assessing a diamond's quality and value.

Cut: The cut of a diamond refers to its proportions, symmetry, and polish, determining its brilliance and sparkle. A well-cut diamond reflects light with maximum efficiency, resulting in breathtaking fire and scintillation.

Clarity: Clarity measures the presence of internal flaws (inclusions) and external blemishes (blemishes) within a diamond. The fewer the imperfections, the higher the clarity grade, enhancing the diamond's transparency and beauty.

Color: While diamonds are traditionally prized for their colorlessness, fancy-colored diamonds exhibit hues ranging from subtle tints to vivid saturations. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades diamonds on a color scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown).

Carat Weight: Carat weight refers to the diamond's weight. Larger diamonds are more rare and often command higher prices, but other factors like cut, clarity, and color also influence a diamond's value.

Diamonds symbolize clarity of thought, resilience, and invincibility, serving as talismans for courage and fortitude. In ancient times, diamonds were believed to possess mystical powers, offering protection against harm and imbuing their wearers with strength and vitality.

To those born in April... You are the lucky ones!