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by Ruby Lane

April’s diamond birthstone shines as brightly as the brilliant spring sun. As birthstones, diamonds symbolize the natural and exotic.  The very concept of birthstones is ancient. An ancient 1st-century historian Josephus is credited with first identifying birthstones.  He found a link between them and the twelve gemstones on the Biblical Aaron’s breastplate.

Antique Diamonds & The April Birthstone‌ Ruby Lane Blog

Diamonds, as many of us may know, are formed form carbon, deep in the core of the earth.  Though diamond deposits were probably formed over 900 million years ago, they were not discovered until the 4th century B.C. in India.  Since then, they have been used for jewelry, especially engagement rings, tools, and medical instruments.  The ancient Romans were among the first to use diamonds in engagement rings.  During the Dark Ages, especially, diamonds were thought to have healing properties, and could even be taken as medicine internally.

Antique diamonds in old settings are magical gifts, whether made for engagement rings or as April birthday gifts. They come in all kinds of wonderful shapes and sizes!

One of the best way to serve up antique diamonds is embedded in an Art Deco watch like the kind offered by Ruby Lane’s Historic Shop.

One of the best way to serve up antique diamonds is embedded in an Art Deco watch like the kind offered by Ruby Lane’s Historic Shop.

Diamond rings, alone, are worthy of their own volume, and a stunning example is offered by Time in a Bottle.  The ring is entwined gold bands with a row of diamonds in the middle by Stephen Dweck.

Diamond rings, alone, are worthy of their own volume, and a stunning example is offered by Time in a Bottle. The ring is entwined gold bands with a row of diamonds in the middle by Stephen Dweck.

Collectors 1946 is showing a terrific 1920s diamond engagement ring of platinum. They also feature a wonderful 3.2 ctw oval, pear-shaped diamond ring.  Other beautiful rings on Ruby Lane are Victorian or Edwardian, some paired with opals or pearls, others dazzling with sapphires and rubies as their partners.  Gold Victorian bangle bracelets also come studded with diamonds.

Edwardian Antique Ring Ruby Lane

Diamond brooches are an institution among jewelry lovers, even The Queen of England wears hers proudly. Alice Antique Jewelry has a beautiful antique bar pin with a small sapphire surrounded by rose-cut diamonds.

Antique Brooches on Ruby Lane

Diamond earrings, pendants, and crosses are also wonderful additions to a collection of diamond jewelry.   Vignette of Ruby Lane has a beautiful gold Victorian locket studded with rubies and diamonds. Samantha Cham NYC has a very unusual pair of natural watermelon tourmaline and diamond earrings. 

Antique Diamond Earrings Ruby Lane

Heritagem shows a wonderful pair of gold Victorian cherub cufflinks set with diamonds; at least the gentlemen won’t feel left out, though diamond tie tacs and other cufflinks are standards for the well- dressed man, who also wears rings set with diamonds and cravats set with diamond stick pins.

Carrington Onyx and Diamond Cufflinks set in 14 Karat Gold and Platinum
Antique Sparkling Diamond Horseshoe Stick Pin in Platinum over 18 Ct Gold

With over 35,000 diamond baubles and jewelry on Ruby Lane, it’s no wonder that diamonds are a girl’s, and a guy’s, best friend!

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