Presenting Diamond, April’s Birthstone

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While many people think Diamond is January’s birthstone, it is actually the birthstone for this month. Diamond is the hardest substance on the planet, so jewelry made from it can stand up to the daily grind while featuring a beautiful sparkle. It’s no surprise that diamonds have been called the original gemstone and that beautiful gemstone-like Aquamarine and Pearl are cut and polished from the gemstone.

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What is Diamond

Diamond is the hardest known natural substance. (It’s harder than lead, titanium, and steel, all minerals found on Earth.) Diamond has fascinated people for thousands of years, and there’s no shortage of movies, songs, and video games that reference the sparkling rock. The most expensive diamond ever sold is the Pink Star, a 20.65-ct diamond that sold for $158.3 million.

It is also a special type of crystal that is formed by carbon over millions of years, forming beautiful and unique gemstones. The actual word “diamond” is Greek in origin and comes from the ancient Greek word Adamas or “shining stone.” The modern word diamond comes from the Latin words dia– meaning “through” and obo– meaning “in” or “upon.” Diamonds are actually carbon atoms that have crystallized in an extremely tight and orderly formation. The atoms are arranged in a crystal structure that is highly symmetrical and extremely hard.

Properties of diamond

Diamonds are widely used in everything from jewelry to abrasives to cutting instruments to electronics. They are frequently found as inclusions in minerals, and their properties have been the subject of intense study for centuries. Diamond is incredibly resistant. It can withstand compression, scratching, abrasion, and thermal shock, but also acids, alkalis, solvents, and corrosion. It’s virtually indestructible and one of the most useful materials.

Diamonds have inspired artists as long as people have been creating art. Still, in the modern era, the diamond’s inherent value has increasingly captured the imagination of collectors. While diamonds have been prized for thousands of years, it is only in the last century that their value and popularity have been eclipsed by other gems, such as rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. However, despite the rapid decline in demand for gems over the last hundred years, diamonds remain a beloved, valuable commodity. In fact, diamonds continue to hold the number one spot as the most expensive gemstone in the world.

Handmade jewelry made from real diamonds is an attractive option for women who want something better than the typical mass-produced jewelry. Diamonds have always been associated with luxury, and they continue to be marketed as such. But that’s likely because they’ve been used in jewelry for longer than any other gemstone. Diamonds aren’t just a status symbol or a luxury item; they’re valuable because of the gem’s unique optical and chemical properties.

Diamonds have always been considered the ultimate symbol of love, While mainstream wedding rings are obviously the most wonderful way to express your desire, handmade rings’ authenticity makes them one of the most popular choices. And fortunately, diamond jewelry is more affordable than ever before.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a special occasion? You will have something that truly fits the person you’re buying for in this month’s birthstone.

Celebrity Engagement Ring Trends

The celebrities have definitely set an engagement ring trend for mere mortals like us to follow. When I got married, many years ago, things were very different from what they are today, especially in the engagement ring and proposal side of things.  There were usually no over the top public proposal, and proposals were fairly simple and very private. Social media was not big back then. There was no Instagram, so the pressure was non-existent unlike today.

The proposals are now over the top and the rings are getting more exotic. Who can remember Kanye West’s over the top proposal to Kim Kardashian in 2013? Kanye went all out with 50 piece orchestra and fireworks at San Francisco’s AT&T baseball park, and a 5 carat diamond ring by Lorraine Schwartz, estimated to be worth more than $1.6m. It was definitely the engagement of the year. Many of us still talk about it today.

 

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Celebrity engagements have set the bar so high for engagement rings and proposals all over the world. I recently came across 77 Diamonds Celebrity Engagement Ring Trends Report for 2017 and I found the results very interesting. The report surveys 100 of the highest-profile celebrity proposals to discover their favourite engagement rings, diamond shapes, value, location and time of year to pop the question.

I found the survey very informing. I didn’t know half of the information on there, so it was a good read. The celebrities have changed almost everything in our world today, and when it comes to popping the question, they have stepped up the game completely.

 

Engagement Ring Trends

Here are some of the most interesting facts I found from the Celebrity Engagement Ring Trends survey.

 

Ring Design

According to the survey, various ring designs have been in demand from year to year. From 2013 to 2015, platinum was the engagement ring trend among celebrities. This changed to white gold in 2016, and then to yellow gold in 2017.

My engagement ring was yellow gold, and mine was a couple of years now, so I guess we saw the future engagement ring trend. However, If I was to get a new engagement ring today, I think I would go for a sparkly white gold ring or a platinum ring. I think I have fallen in love with white gold sort of engagement rings.

Still on the ring design, the oval cut diamond was popular with the celebrities in 2013 and 2014, but emerald has always been a celeb favourite.

 

 

 

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Engagement Ring Carat and Value

The cost per carat for an engagement ring has changed a lot since 2014. The engagement ring value and carat are on an upward trend. The celebs are also spending much more on diamond quality than in previous years, which is good for all the parties involved. After all, diamonds are girl’s best friend.

 

Best Time to Pop the Question

According to the survey, most celebs got engaged in either the summer or festive season. I guess the amazing sunshine and festive cheer have a role to play in engagements.

 

What are your thoughts on these findings? Does any surprise you? Please share your views in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day.

 

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