• A Diamond Is Forever, April's Birthstone

    Diamond PenGems April Birthstone

    Take it from the very dazzling and sparkling Marilyn Monroe, "Square-cut or pear-shaped, These rocks don't lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl's best friend." She knew what she was talking about. In fact she would've probably used our White Gold Autograph Crystal Pen to sign President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday card. Those born this month, consider yourself lucky and extra sparkly with Marilyn as your best friend.

    The word "diamond" was adopted from the Greek word "adamas," meaning "untamable," or "unbreakable." I would be pretty resilient too if I was made up of highly organized carbon atoms (same substance as coal!) and it took ton of pressure (~725,000 pounds per square inch) and heat (~2,000 degrees Fahrenheit) to make me! In fact I'd probably be Emma Frost from X-men, a perfect combination of Marilyn Monroe and diamonds with a kick of super powers. How awesome would that be?

    But Professor Xavier would've discovered the secret behind my dazzle and made his own a impenetrable diamond fortress. He would've also figured out that my beauty came from 3 things:

    1. Reflection - when light hits the diamond and bounces back, giving it shine
    2. Refraction - the "sparkle" effect diamond gives off when light passes through it as it scatters and fractures
    3. Dispersion - a gemstone's "fire," when white light is separated into color according to wavelength
    This gives Rihanna's "Shine Bright Like a Diamond" a whole new meaning. Rihanna, Marilyn Monroe and Emma Frost appreciated the brilliance of a diamond and so did a few other people.

    Diamonds are a symbol of purity, unbreakable quality, a union, love and commitment one person has to another. But it wasn't always known as that. The earliest diamonds were found in India in the 4th century BC and were transported through the trade routes that connected India and China (the Silk Road). Diamonds, at the time, were valued for their strength and ability to engrave metal. They were also used as talisman to ward off evil, provide protection during war, and were thought to cure illness and heal wounds when ingested (Yikes! That's one expensive medicine).

    Long are the days of ingesting diamonds (I hope) and here comes the days of dazzle on an array of jewelry; ranging from earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and of course, engagement rings. Although the diamond has been used to symbolize engagement as early as the 15th century, it was not until an advertising campaign "A Diamond is Forever," by the De Beers mine company in the 20th century did diamonds become a hot commodity as an engagement ring.

    So for those lucky few born in April, your birthstone signifies love, eternity, strength and everlasting affection. No wonder why you shine so bright no matter where you go!

    The White Diamond Signature Crystal Pen is perfect and flawless like you and your loved one.
    Author: Melissa Nguyen