Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Birthstone Unicorns - Diamond

Hope you all had a pleasant Easter weekend. We did, although still hoping the weather is going to decide it is actually spring now and get a little warmer! I will be appreciating the lighter evenings though since we moved the clocks forward. This certainly makes me more inclined to get out and go for a walk or potter around in the garden in the evening after work.

For those of you celebrating your birthday this month your birthstone is the ever beautiful, diamond. Traditionally a girl's best friend! I have three members of my close family celebrating this month but sorry guys there will be no diamonds but sit back and enjoy a extract from Diamond The Birthstone Unicorn. Click HERE or the tab at the top of the page.

Diamonds have always been associated with love and romance. In sixteenth century England, uncut diamond crystals were set into 'scribbling rings.' and the exposed points were used by lovers to etch romantic vows into window panes.

The ancient Greeks believed diamonds held magical powers. Some thought they may be splinters of fallen stars, tears of the gods or even crystallised lightning.

Kings wore the jewels into battle as they were seen as a symbol of strength and courage. Indeed they are the hardest substance known to man.

Flowers for this month are the fragrant sweet pea or the pretty little daisy.

I will post for IWSG tomorrow and then I am intending taking a short blog break for a few days. We have a little surprise trip planned for one of our daughters! I will tell you about it next week!

In the meantime hope all you A-Zers have tonnes of fun. See you soon.

22 comments:

  1. Who-hoo my birth stone - the most beautiful and simple stone of them all. Enjoy your trip!

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  2. The three diamonds in my engagement ring are to represent the three sisters constellation.

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  3. I used to be envious of my cousin because the Diamond is her birthstone. But now, mine is Tanzanite, so I'm quite happy. ;-)

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    1. Annalisa - Happy April birthstone!

      Patsy - Sounds beautiful, a true love gem.

      Misha - I kinda love Tanzanite too. But then I love them all for different reasons!

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  4. Diamonds are indeed magical. Thanks for the history. Enjoy your break.

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  5. Who doesn't love a beautiful diamond? I just love to see them dazzle in the expensive jewellery shops (from the window of course). It's hard to imagine people scribbling with them over the past years too or kings participating in battle with them on, it's good to have knowledge so thanks for the info.
    Anyway, have a wonderful few days and I'll be back to read all about it.

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    1. Denise - I find it fascinating to hear about the traditions associated with gems. Glad you enjoyed my post today :)

      Rum-Punch - I know, they are the height of luxury aren't they? And so sparkly! I'll catch you next week :)

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  6. Scribbling rings, what a lovely idea. Never heard of that.

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  7. Hi Susanne .. love the Diamond stories and as Nick says "Scribbling Rings" - fun thought ..

    Enjoy that trip with your daughters ... happy weekend and break .. cheers Hilary

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  8. Diamonds sure ring true, in April I know a few.

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    1. Nick - No I hadn't until I did some research!

      Hilary - Thanks I'm looking forward to it :)

      Pat - Thanks for stopping by Patt.

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  9. I've always wondered why gems were so valued. You shed a bit of light on that, thank you!

    Have fun on your trip and I'm looking forward to see how it goes :)

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  10. April people must feel special!
    See you tomorrow.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this lovely blog with us. My parents had a jewelry store, but I didn't know those interesting facts about diamonds! Also, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. Much appreciated.
    Have fun on your trip. We'll look forward to your next blog posting.

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed my post today :)

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  12. Hi Suzanne,
    Good to be here
    I am here via a to z pages
    I love the background of this page lovely birds around, hi hi ha ha
    Keep inform
    Ann Ariel

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  13. See you tomorrow. And have a great blogging break-- hope whatever surprise you have planned with your daughter meets and exceeds all your expectations!

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    1. Ann - Hi Ann, thanks for dropping by my blog today :)

      Julie - Thanks, Julie. I'll let you know how it all went next week :)

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  14. That's an impressive gem! Interesting post.

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  15. Hi Suzanne, Enjoy your break and have fun with your family.
    I'll stop by tomorrow:)

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  16. Have a wonderful break and enjoy yourself and your family, Suzanne! :D

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