Our Diamond Diva travels to Antwerp annually to source the perfect diamond for you, acquiring the best currently available for your budget and design.  Sometimes this special purchase is due to a significant anniversary and sometimes it is just because.  One of the most common reasons for that purchase is the diamond engagement ring.  When we cannot travel overseas, those same diamond sources have offices here in the USA.

 

 

 

 

The diamond is also the traditional birthstone for the month of April.  January is garnet, February is amethyst, March is aquamarine (Latin for seawater), and April is the diamond.  It is always sweet when Dad wants to be the first to buy his princess a diamond.  It can be a set of tiny stud earrings or a small diamond pendant.  Occasionally, it’s in the form a chastity ring.  For most, it is the traditional birthstone ring.  Only you, the parent, can gauge when your child is ready for such a gift–something that can be cherished throughout her years.  I’m not sure why birthstone jewelry is targeted just to girls, but there is no reason not to buy a birthstone for the boy in your life.

 


 

Diamond is the hardest mineral know to man but it is not indestructible.  Diamond has grain, just like wood, and when you hit it with the grain it will break.  On the Mohs scale, diamond has a hardness of 10.  Corundum (sapphire and ruby) is next with a hardness of 9 which is why these gemstones are excellent for all types of jewelry.  To put this in perspective, a masonry drill bit has a hardness of 8.5.  Diamond scratches corundum, corundum scratches topaz (8), topaz scratches quartz (7) and quartz scratches glass.  That 7 is an important number on the Mohs scale – get lower than a 7 and your gemstones are much more easily scratched even by dust particles on a cloth.

For birthstones mentioned above, Garnet has a hardness of 6.5-7.5, Amethyst is quartz with a hardness of 7, and Aquamarine is beryl with a hardness of 7.5-8, making them all suitable for your jewelry.  And if you like a rainbow of colors, garnet and sapphire can fill your needs.