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April's Birthstone... The Diamond, Tears of the Gods

The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars, and Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love).  The word diamond derives from the Greek word “adamas,” which means invincible or indestructible.

Diamonds are billions of years old—in some cases more than three billion years old. Diamonds form about 100 miles below ground and have been carried to the earth’s surface by deep volcanic eruptions. Diamonds are made of a single element—they’re nearly 100% carbon. Under the immense heat and pressure far below the earth’s surface, the carbon atoms bond in a unique way that results in diamonds’ beautiful and rare crystalline structure. Diamonds are the very hardest natural substance. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.

Diamonds have been valued and coveted for thousands of years. There is evidence that diamonds were being collected and traded in India as early as the fourth century BC. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny is quoted as having said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

Ancient Hindus used diamonds in the eyes of devotional statues, and believed that a diamond could protect its wearer from danger. Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armor as they rode into battle. During the Middle Ages diamonds were thought to have healing properties able to cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness. The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds.

Lab-created diamonds possess the identical chemical structure and physical properties as diamonds mined from the earth. Even professional gemologists can’t tell the difference between lab-created and mined diamonds without extensive testing using specialized equipment.

The White Topaz is also the birthstone for the Month of April (see our stone of the month special below).

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Our Stone of the Month Special... a pair of genuine Concepts White Topaz Earrings for only $19.99 with web coupon.

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Our professionally trained graduates of Bishop State College can repair or restore all name brand watches, including Rolex!  Don't forget that we can repair your broken jewelry and watches, create custom jewelry from your stones or ours, size your rings and appraise your precious jewelry!

For that gift for the "picky person" you know, don't forget that Hayes has gift cards, so they can be as picky as they like!   

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