By Joyce Andrus
The month of April conjures up many memorable dates and clichés’: April Fool’s Day, Tax Day and the lovely “April Showers Bring May Flowers” saying. For the lucky gents and ladies born in this month, their birthstone is the divine, rare diamond. They are beyond beautiful and thought to be the ultimate gift for a special person.
Legendary stories surround the meaning of giving a piece of jewelry containing a birthstone gem. One such story says that the receiver of this special stone will receive good luck and protection. The origin of the word diamond is from the Greek word “adamus.” The English translation is “hardest metal,” that reflects the property of the stone. It excels in its brilliancy and beautiful prism of colors when certain light or sunshine flickers off it. Another Greek myth is that they started the custom of wearing a significant ring on the fourth finger because it t
There is a myth that this birthstone is known for its enhancement of relationships and that it increases inner strength. Seems logical it is the preferred gemstone of choice for engaged couples. Ancient theories touted magical powers of diamonds. Some believers thought lightning bolts formed diamonds. The religious thought they were God’s tears. The famous slogan, “A Diamond is Forever,” was coined by copywriter Frances Gerety in 1947. It is still used in advertising campaigns. The emotion that this gift gives is that this precious gem signifies the ultimate commitment and symbol of love. Eighty percent of engaged women were wearing and comparing their “rocks” by 1965.
The song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” was most famously performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. So, here we are, 61 years later and baby boomers are loving their diamonds either new or, better yet, passed on from their mothers and grandmothers, or from their spouse’s family. Whether it is in a ring, earrings, or tie tack, the symbol of a diamond is love, which is priceless. Now you know!