Diamonds, from the Greek “adamas” meaning invincible, are the hardest of all gemstones. April’s birthstone is formed deep within the Earth and reached the surface through violent volcanic eruptions.
While most people may think of diamond as colorless, truly colorless diamonds are extremely rare. Most diamonds are nearly colorless, with yellow or brown hints. Any color outside of those are called “fancy-colored diamonds.” Fancy-colored diamonds come in almost any color–red, green, purple, and orange are generally the most rare, followed by pink & blue.
Some diamonds are more than three billion years old, which is likely the reason that they represent strength and endurance.