some drought relief for Central Texas.
April also brings...DIAMONDS! Yes, those crystals of perfectly aligned and bonded carbon atoms formed deep in the earth, the hardest known natural substance, are also the birthstone for those (including me) born in April.
My personal interest is in gemstone diamonds, rather than industrial ones - and I am fortunate to have a number of wonderful pieces of diamond jewelry. I have several that have been gifts from my husband, and others that have resulted from creating new things from old stones.
Diamond cutting has always been both a skill and an art, and with increasingly sophisticated technology has come a wider range of shapes and cuts for diamonds. The contemporary round or "brilliant" cut dates to the early 1900s, and while there have been modifications in the past hundred years, the basic shape has remained the same.
The piece of jewelry most often associated with diamonds is the engagement ring. While DeBeers created the modern "a diamond is forever" campaign, the tradition of diamond engagement rings can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages.
|My grandmother's wedding band|
My engagement ring is about as simple as you can get, except that I have an emerald cut stone, which is considered to be a "fancy" cut. I also have an anniversary band - a gift from my husband to mark our first decade together. It has ten stones, and each of them are ten points - very clever on his part.
No matter what else I'm wearing, I've always got these rings on.
In addition to fancy shapes - diamonds also come in "fancy colors" - shades of yellow, pink, red and blue. One of the largest, and most famous diamonds in the world - the Hope Diamond - is blue.
|Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution|
|Photo credit: GreenGem|
Until next time.