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.
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.
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.
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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