Diamonds, the April birthstone, have always been admired and desired for their beauty. It wasn't until the 1930's that the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. Today, the 4C’s of Diamond Quality are the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world. This standard values perfection in a diamond. But for centuries before these standards were developed, diamonds have been regarded as the ultimate gift and a symbol of eternal love. Beauty was defined by the wearer.
I am not the only artist who has found beauty in the included, milky, opaqueness of what are now commonly called "raw" diamonds. These diamonds wouldn't even hit the GIA scale, but have a richness and beauty all their own. They can be yellow, brown, blue, gray, or green in color. Formed one hundred miles beneath the Earth’s surface over a billion years ago, diamonds are the hardest gem of all. Beautiful in all of their colors.
I find beauty and inspiration in every aspect of my daily living and in the materials I choose for my jewelry. Look around, see what you might find. Something new I hope!