Many of us already know what our birthstone is. Pete’s is Pearl for example, but what do we really know about the history of our jewelry heritage? Birthstones started as a kind of lucky charm, dating all the way back to the 1st century AD.

The original idea was to have all 12 stones to make sure you didn’t miss out on any luck – but that was seriously expensive! Things were made more simple, and affordable, when people just started to wear their own birth-month stone in the 18th century.

The modern day list of birthstones was set in stone (pun intended) by the National Association of Jewelers in 1912. If you were lucky enough to be born this month, then April babies have the ‘King of all Birthstones’ – the diamond.

Diamonds were discovered in India in the 4th century BC but since then have been found all over the world. They have always been highly valued, and are supposed to have healing qualities as well as their exceptional sparkle. Do your diamonds bring you inner balance and clarity? And even if diamonds are not really a girl’s best friend, they really are nature’s most radiant and perfect jewel. Read more about diamonds on the American Gem Society’s website.