April Birthstone: DIAMOND
WHAT IS A DIAMOND?
A diamond forms under high temperature and pressure conditions that exist about 100 miles beneath the Earth’s surface, deep in the mantle. Most diamonds are formed more than a billion years ago! It is the only gem composed of one single element: Carbon.
A diamond’s carbon atoms are bonded in essentially the same way in all directions. Another mineral, graphite, also contains only carbon, but its formation process and crystal structure are very different. Graphite is so soft that you can write with it, while a diamond is so hard that you can only scratch it with another diamond!
Diamonds are the hardest material on Earth. They are 58 times harder than anything else in nature!
PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALING PROPERTIES
Being a symbol of purity, love and commitment, diamonds are perfect for inspiring love and clarity in all of your relationships. These stones are powerful healers of all types of emotional & physical pain.
Diamonds are also excellent energy amplifiers. Using them with other crystals will enhance their healing properties dramatically. You will also never need to cleanse your healing diamonds. If you are looking to reduce some type of fear in your life or improve your imagination, wear or carry diamonds with you always.
These stones are also very handy to keep next to your computer, as they will help block some of those harmful electromagnetic emanations. Diamonds are also spiritual stones and will help enhance your spirituality.
CARING FOR YOUR DIAMOND
HANDLE YOUR DIAMOND SPARINGLY
Diamonds are natural magnets for grease, so they’re not easy to keep clean. When a diamond is handled, the oils from your fingers adhere to the diamond’s surface and affect its brilliance and fire.
CLEAN YOUR DIAMOND REGULARLY
A simple plan to keep your diamond jewelry looking beautiful is to soak it in a gentle de-greasing solution, such as water with a few drops of mild dish soap, once or twice a week. After you remove the diamond from the cleaning solution, use a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt (no toothpaste!). Use it to clean hard-to-reach places like the back of the diamond, which tends to collect the most oil and dirt.
USE A GENTLE TOUCH
Fragile settings, like older prongs in antique jewelry or a tension setting where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank, shouldn’t be vigorously scrubbed, so be gentle with the toothbrush. Then, just rinse your diamond jewelry with water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. It is not recommended to do this over a sink!
DON’T USE HARMFUL SOLUTIONS
Chlorine bleach or abrasives (such as household cleansers or toothpaste) should never be used when cleaning diamond jewelry. Chemicals like chlorine can damage some of the metals used to alloy gold for diamond settings and abrasives can scratch gold and other metals.
Stay tuned for May’s Birthstone: EMERALD!