Traditionally, a special stone, a birthstone, has been selected to celebrate each month of the calendar year.  Please click on the months below to view information on each of the months' birthstones.  The birthstones described here are for the stones most commonly accepted in the United States as the birthstone of the month.

If you are interested in purchasing a gem, feel free to e-mail us or call us on our toll free number, 800-659-4367.  We will gladly describe and quote price on a specific gemstone.  Our sales staff and goldsmiths can assist you in designing and constructing a custom piece, and turn your gem into a treasured family heirloom.

April Birthstone
April Birthstone

D I A M O N D |::| Mohs' Hardness -- 10

The name diamond comes from the ancient Greek word, Adamas, or unconquerable.  It is the hardest of all gems, ranking 10 on the Mohs' Hardness Scale (a listing of comparative gemstone hardness).  A diamond's brilliance, hardness and durability, along with good marketing and promotion, have made diamonds the most sought after gemstone in the world today.

There are significant diamond deposits in South Africa and Siberia, and a recent find in Australia.  Diamonds have been discovered and commercially mined on a small scale in Canada, and the state of Colorado.  It has been reported that a diamond miner must dig approximately one ton of rock for every half carat of diamond found.  Color grading of diamonds starts with the letter 'D' as the finest grade of white, and progresses through the alphabet as tint levels increase.  Clarity, signifying the level of inclusions in the gem, begins as Flawless, and moves through VVS, to VS, to SI to I or included grades.