April's Birthstone: Diamond

Diamond Mining in the U.S.

Unfortunately, Arizona does not have any diamond mines. In fact, the only U.S. diamond mine currently operating is located in Arkansas, where the diamond is also their official state gemstone1.  They even have a state park with the policy of “finders, keepers” for any diamonds you may find while visiting2! The majority of the diamonds sold in the U.S. come from many other countries including Brazil, Canada, Russia, and of course, Africa.

Brief Diamond Background

The name of the much loved diamond gemstone comes from the Greek words “adámas”, which means "unbreakable". Although there are man-made diamonds, natural diamonds are created under very high pressures about 100 miles under the earth’s surface3.

What to Look For When Choosing a Diamond or Diamond Jewelry

Some of the most important things to think about and consider when shopping for a diamond can be summed up by the 4C’s. Another great way to tell the quality of a diamond is by asking for the GIA Grading Report. The GIA is an organization that aims to educate and protect the public by educating them on how to evaluate gemstones. This report is the industry standard for unbiased information on the quality of a diamond.

Diamond ringColor of a Diamond: Ideally colorless (Learn about Diamond Color)
Variations on Color: Colored diamonds are increasing in popularity and can range in colors including hues of yellow, red, pink, blue, and green
Determining Quality: Diamonds follow the 4C’s: color, cut, clarity and carat weight
Birthstone Month: April
Official State Gemstone: Arkansas (since 1967)
Wedding Anniversary Year: 60th and 70th

No matter what your birthstone, diamonds are a huge favorite! If you are looking to purchase a diamond, learn more about them by reading our 4C Series. If you are looking for a diamond, please view our GIA Reported and Registered Diamonds.

1. "Arkansas State Gemstone". State Symbols USA, 2014. Web. Retrieved 27 Mar, 2014
    <http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Arkansas/gem_diamond.html>.

2. “Digging for Diamonds”. Crater of Diamonds State Park, 2014. Web. Retrieved 27 Mar, 2014. <http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/digging-for-diamonds/default.aspx>

3. “April Birthstones". American Gem Society. Web. Retrieved Mar 27, 2014. <http://www.americangemsociety.org/april-birthstone>