April’s birthstone is the ever-glamorous diamond! Commonly known as a symbol of everlasting love (hence its use in engagement rings), it’s also thought to symbolise courage.
The science bit...
This beautiful stone has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any natural material. Diamond also has a high the ability to disperse light of different colours, giving it that special sparkle!
Diamonds form deep within the Earth’s mantle, where extreme heat and pressure form diamonds from carbon. They are then delivered to the surface via volcanic pipes. It’s amazing to think of the incredible journey diamonds have been on before they end up on your jewellery.
Diamonds in pop culture
Over the years, diamonds have been celebrated in pop culture and advertising.
Mary Frances Gerety coined the iconic slogan “A Diamond Is Forever” for De Beers Advertising Agency in 1948, which led the idea of a diamond engagement ring to enter the mainstream.
Countless ads, songs and movies have celebrated the diamond over the last century…
Top diamond moments include:
THAT scene from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, where Audrey Hepburn gazes longingly in at the window of the world’s most famous diamond store, dressed in her iconic black dress and pearls.
Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (later reprised by Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge).
Scarlett O’Hara’s demand in ‘Gone With the Wind’: “Oh, a diamond ring. And do buy a great big one, Rhett.”
Audrey Hepburn & Nicole Kidman. Thomas Sabo Diamond Jewellery
We’ll leave you with this parting thought…