Decadent Diamonds

Those lucky enough to be born with a birthday in April have the luxurious birthstone of diamond. 



Diamonds were formed on Earth over 4 billion years ago deep within the Earth’s crust. At this point in time, there was no life on Earth and under intense heat and pressure, diamonds were growing underneath the surface of the planet. When ancient volcanoes erupted, any diamonds in their path were trapped by the magma and brought to the surface.   



Compared to their creation billions of years ago, the discovery of diamonds seems fairly recent. They were first discovered by humans around 4,000 years ago in caves in India. Most natural diamonds can be found within the dormant pipes of these volcanoes however some have naturally come to Earth on their own journey due to erosion. 



Diamonds unwillingness to be cut and shaped easily led people to think that they were gifts from the Gods and therefore became reserved for Kings and Queens. For over a thousand years, India was the sole source of natural diamonds. Today, we know that diamonds are mined in Africa, Russia and other small deposits have been found in other countries. 


The Spring Jewellery auction features diamond jewellery in the form of earrings, bracelets, pendants, brooches and one lot even features a colour treated diamond to give it a beautiful yellow hue. 

Nestled in amongst the beautiful diamond lots, other precious gemstones such as ruby, emerald and sapphire can be found providing the perfect pop of colour for the changing season. 



McTear’s sells more jewellery than any other traditional auction house in the dedicated jewellery auctions that take place twice monthly, run concurrently live online on a platform that attracts six million visitors annually from over 120 countries worldwide.  For a complimentary, no-obligation valuation, contact a specialist on 0141 810 2880 or



Amy Cameron

Amy Cameron


Specialist, Jewellery, Watches & Coins 


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