There’s no denying those born in April have one of the best birthstones: diamond. But diamonds aren’t considered that solely for their beauty (although let’s face it, they are beautiful); they carry a deep symbolic and spiritual significance, too.
Derived from the Greek word adamas, meaning “invincible,” and considered one of the hardest substances on earth, diamonds are regarded as symbols of strength, longevity, and prosperity—which is why they’re used so often in jewelry.
As April approaches, we’re taking the opportunity to honor the incredible stone through some truly exceptional designs. Below, we’ve rounded up pieces from different eras (natural diamonds date back billions of years, after all), including Victorian, art deco, as recently as the ’90s, and more.
The designs also vary in their aesthetic, showing the versatility of diamonds, from crescent moon brooches-turned-pendants on 19th-century watch chains, to over 9 cts. t.w. across a smooth, flush timepiece band, to a deco cocktail bombé ring (by Juliette Moutard for René Boivin, nonetheless). So whether you’re shopping for a big birthday come April, in the market for a special occasion, or just window shopping, look no further for guidance and inspiration.
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