The diamond, April's birthstone, is in perfect harmony with its strong-willed, stubborn, yet energetic counterpart, the zodiac sign Aries. Diamonds were believed to be the "teardrops of the gods" by ancient Greeks, who also named the earth's hardest precious stone after the word adamas, which means "indestructible." While diamonds come in a variety of colors, it is the clear, brilliant white diamond, reflecting a rainbow of colors, that is most admired.
For more than 3,000 years, the diamond has symbolized strength, power, and invincibility. Wearing this dazzling gemstone is said to bestow traits of courage, hope, generosity, and the power to fight dark forces. During the Middle Ages, diamonds were placed inside sick beds against the flesh of the ill to promote healing. Today diamonds are prized as the symbol of love and commitment and the promise of everlasting devotion—which is why it's part of most engagement and wedding rings.