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April Birthstone: Diamond
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“Diamond” comes from the Greek word, adamas, meaning invincible or unbreakable. As you could guess, “adamant” also stems from this word!
In Sanskrit, the diamond is called vajra, which also means lightning; in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, the king of gods. Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist, is said to have described the gem in this way: “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”
It was once thought that a diamond could ward off the evil eye, which was said to cause sickness, poverty, and possibly death. In history, the diamond was believed to have healing powers, act as an antidote to poison, and provide protection against the plague. During the Middle Ages, diamonds were thought to cure ailments of the pituitary gland and the brain. Before the process in which diamonds are created was discovered, some ancient civilizations believed lightning formed them, while others thought they were the tears of God.
In addition to being a symbol of eternal love and marriage, some thought carrying a diamond would provide strength, beauty, and happiness. Other potential benefits included balance, clarity, and abundance. If you dream of wearing diamond earrings, you will receive good financial advice. The diamond is not only the April birthstone, but it is also the gem given to celebrate 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries.
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