We're in the thick of April and talking about ice. No, not the bad weather that seems to be permanently sticking around through spring! We mean diamonds.
The gorgeous mineral happens to be the birthstone for April, so if you have a birthday coming up, it's the perfect time to celebrate with a new diamond investment!
The word diamond is derived from the ancient Greek word Greek αδάμας (adámas), and means "indestructible" or "invincible." According to The Book of Diamonds by W. Hershey, diamonds were first mined in India 3,000 to possibly 6,000 years ago, where heavy alluvial deposits along the Penner, Krishna and Godavari rivers were found. Since their use as religious icons in India, diamonds have grown vastly in popularity although they are extremely rare and not evenly distributed throughout the Earth's mantle.
Diamonds are most popular in their brilliant-cut form today (created in 1919 by Marvel Tolkowsky), but pre-17th century, the gemstone was worn in it's raw and rough form. We are reminded of Nicole Kidman in multiple red carpet moments sporting beautiful examples of raw diamonds.
Here we see the star in a $4 million dollar Bulgari necklace with gorgeous raw diamonds.
And here she wears a mix of 7,645 raw, polished and faceted diamonds in a stunning sautouir designed by L'Wren Scott and produced by Uni-Design Ltd. in Paris.
Kidman was also lucky enough to wear another beautiful diamond necklace in her film Moulin Rouge. The "Satine" necklace was the most expensive piece of jewelry ever created for a film.
Featuring 1,308 diamonds and with a total karat weight of 304, the necklace took months to create. The piece was designed by Stefano Centuri and was destined to go up for auction with estimates nearing one million dollars. But Centuri later withheld the piece.
Are you an April baby with a love for diamonds? Tell us about your favorite diamond piece below and stay tuned for our Top Diamond Picks for Friday!