Diamond - April

 
Watercolour diamond gemstone

ALL ABOUT DIAMOND

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BORN IN APRIL?

You are known to be;

Brave ♦ Consoling ♦ Generous ♦ Dynamic ♦ Adventurous ♦ Hasty

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ZODIAC

April Birthstone ♦ 60th Anniversary ♦ Saturday Daystone ♦ Associated with the Zodiac signs Aries, Taurus and Leo ♦ Ruled by the planet Venus ♦ Air and Fire element.

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PROPERTIES

Can be colorless, white, yellow, brown, gray, black, more rarely blue, green, red, orange, pink, or purple ♦ Isometric crystal system ♦ 10 on the Mohs' hardness scale ♦ Transparent to opaque ♦ Adamantine Luster ♦ Optical Effects include brightness, fire and scintillation

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CHAKRA AND HEALING

Crown Chakra, though others can be attributed to coloured diamonds ♦ Brings Strength ♦ Endurance ♦ Commitment ♦ Fearlessness ♦ Purity ♦ Clarity

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The Multi-faceted Diamond  

Everyone knows of diamond, April's birthstone. It must be the most popular gemstone by far, though by no means the rarest despite its prestige and high prices. Regardless of any commercial allure, this gemstone has gathered up many different legends across the world and over time… Here are just a few that you may not have heard of. 

The Weapon

The Sanskrit word for diamond is Indrajudha and means the weapon of Indra who is the Lord of Heaven and a God of war in Hinduism. He rides a white elephant (Airavata), and wields a lightning thunderbolt (Vajra). It was believed that diamonds were formed when bolts of lightning struck rocks.

Indra atop a white elephant weilding a lightning bolt.

The Divine

Plato, the Greek philosopher, believed that diamonds that had magical or powerful spirits trapped inside them.

Spirits living in gemstones

The Protector

It is said that Medieval Kings went into battle wearing breastplates studded with diamonds as they believed that the gemstones had magical properties to protect them and enhance their skills on the battlefield.

The Healer

The healing properties attributed to diamond are many and varied. From a cure for memory loss and fatigue to stomach aches, depression and nightmares, diamonds were known as the ‘miracle stones’.

The Judge

In the breastplate of the Jewish High Priest, the diamond was reputed to indicate if a person was innocent or guilty. If held before a guilty person the gemstone would become dull, but in front of an innocent person and it would glow and sparkle.



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SOMETHING SPECIAL

There is not need for me to call out anything "special" about diamond. This is the world's most popular and exclusive gemstone.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank Elsbro for his interpretation of some of these legends. His incredible skill has really brought them to life and captured their essence.

And a huge thank you to Graphicbug for the watercolour gemstone images on each birthstone page. So talented!