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April Birthstone Is
The April birthstone is diamond.
This month we continue our
series on birthstones that will provide
answers to questions like...
if I don't like the color of my birthstone?"
if I can't afford my birthstone?"
First, let me repeat what you already know:
Diamond is a mineral, like most other gem
Diamond is made of carbon
Diamond prices are guided
by the famous 4 C's
Click on the box...
and have Google start putting money in your bank account!
Okay, now that we've taken care of that, I'll try to tell you some
things you may not know about diamonds.
For instance, diamonds repel water,
but readily accept grease. This bit of information may not be exciting
to you, but these properties are used in diamond mining
to help separate diamonds from gravel.
Most people are aware of diamond's hardness, but may not know that
diamond is probably hundreds of times harder than other gems. It's
difficult for science to measure exactly how hard diamond is,
because there is no harder substance to measure diamond against.
Diamond, unlike other gems, can be composed of just carbon... but a few
atoms of other elements such as nitrogen and boron
can find their way into a diamond's structure. These trace elements in a diamond can cause colored
In fact, diamonds occur in many colors including shades of blue,
green, red, orange, yellow, brown, and black. So if your birthstone is
diamond and you prefer one with color, you're in luck.
most diamonds are near colorless. These diamonds
derive their beauty from their brilliance, luster, and dispersion
(breaking up light into a rainbow of colors).
one more little oddity about diamond being made of carbon... it's the
only gem I can think of that can be made of a single element.
little things inside most diamonds aren't carbon spots, They're
properly referred to as inclusions, and are usually tiny
crystals of other minerals such as other diamond crystals or garnet.
Other types of inclusions can also occur that we don't have space to
discuss here today.
Some diamonds glow in the dark when illuminated by ultraviolet light. A
few diamonds can even absorb the high-energy radiation of the
ultraviolet light, and re-emit it as visible light. These diamonds are
called fluorescent. Some can even continue glowing after the
ultraviolet source is turned off. These diamonds are known as phosphorescent.
I hope that I gave you some new and interesting information about
the April birthstone.
answer that other question... diamonds are relatively expensive. Like
other gems, the cost relates directly to quality and size (those 4
commercial grade diamonds can sell for several hundred dollars per
carat. Larger diamonds can sell for many thousands per carat. A few
large diamonds with famous former owners have sold for more than a
of all grades and sizes are readily available, from a round, single
cut, TLB, one pointer, on up to gems like the oval shaped $34,000
beauty pictured here..
let me tell you what some of the above terminology really means:
is the diamond's shape (you knew that)
cut means it has seventeen facets rather than a full cut's fifty
is a color designation, meaning Top Light Brown
pointer means a weight of 1/100 of a carat
the April birthstone is by far the most popular gem stone, and
April babies are happy with their birthstone.
A Google search for the keyword phrase diamond jewelry returns a number of listings and ads for vendors specializing
in production run jewelry pieces.
Gem Industry News...
WFDB says it
will expel members proven to be involved in fraud
The Executive Committee of the World Federation
of Diamond Bourses said its affiliated bourses will take severe and definite
disciplinary actions against any member who has been proven to be involved in
fraudulent activities or in activities that lead to loss of consumer confidence.
Their statement comes in reaction to the alleged diamond
grading fraud at the New York branch of the Gem Trade Laboratory of the
Gemological Institute of America, a case that has reverberated though the
Easter and graduations are right around the
corner... plus, anniversaries and birthdays are always coming up.
are good reasons for your customers and their friends to buy
Are you rewarding your customers with discounts or
freebies when they send you a new customer?
The price of gold shows no signs of going
back down, so if you weren't able to hedge by buying up gold mountings and
findings a couple of years ago, you probably should be buying what you