Birthstone: April

by Birgit E. Schürenberg

The diamond, birthstone for April, is known as the “King of Crystals”. The word diamond is derived from adamas, which means invincible in ancient Greek. The Greeks also believed that the fire in a diamond reflected the flame of love. pictureUsed in the past to cast love spells, diamonds have stood for wealth, power, love, spirit and magic. In ancient times, it was believed that the stones had magical powers and were sometimes called the teardrops of the gods. Kings and nobles wore them on their breastplates as protection.

Diamonds are the hardest known substance on earth, with a reading of ten (maximum) on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. This scale (created in 1812 by German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs) measures the scratch resistance of various minerals by the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

Diamonds are measured in carats which is the mass of each stone. One carat is exactly a fifth of a gramme (200 milligrammes). Each stone is finally graded by what’s known as the “four Cs” - colour, cut, clarity and carat weight. pictureClear diamonds are most popular in jewellery, however diamonds can also be yellow, green, blue, pink, red, grey, black or brown.
In Western culture, diamonds are the traditional emblem of fearlessness and virtue, but have also often associated with power, wealth, crime and misfortune. Today, diamonds are used to symbolise eternity and love, being often seen adorning engagement rings and at times wedding rings, too.
The diamond is known as the stone of innocence and constancy. It’s also said to bring forth purity with matters of the heart, and help you stay on truthful or straight path. It inspires creativity, imagination, ingenuity, brilliance and inventiveness. Its clarity also helps remove fog from the mind.

The diamond draws to itself abundance in the form of happiness, wealth and success, but its masculine side can bring out “warrior” tendencies, so take care to stay in balance.

The diamond can cleanse and stimulate the crown chakra, and help focus universal energy.

Diamonds do not require cleansing or energising. The properties of diamond enhances the properties of other crystals.

Place a rough diamond in water overnight. When you drink the water the next morning it may help to cope with stress, exhaustion and promote the removal of toxins in the body. To wear a diamond strengthens the organs in the body.

Some famous examples of coloured diamonds are: Hope (blue), Dresden (green), and Tiffany (yellow). pictureThe blue of the Hope Diamond is caused by the trace amounts of boron within the diamond.

Diamonds are mined in Australia, India, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zaire, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Russia and the United States. Roughly 49% of diamonds originate from central and southern Africa.

(read about the recent film “Blood Diamonds” here

(click here for Ayurveda tips on buying and wearing diamonds)

For more information about stones and crystals contact Birgit E. Schürenberg (natural therapist, crystal healer, reiki master), General Manager, Ornament Gifts, 205/1 Umm Suqeim Building, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, telephone: 04 3382433 or 050 7959916, fax 04 8846233, email:

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