One of the hardest natural substances and oldest minerals in the world, this month’s birthstone, diamond, is made from pure carbon at a depth of 90 to 120 miles beneath the earth’s surface, at temperatures above 1200 degrees Celsius.

Once believed to be splinters of stars or tears of gods fallen from heaven, the gem’s symbolic connection to romance and legend has prevailed throughout history.

Adopted from the Greek word ‘adamas’, meaning ‘invincible’, diamonds also became an emblem of fearlessness and were thought to bless their wearer with inner strength.

Love, strength, eternity, fearlessness or just good old glamour – there are few things in life that say it quite like a diamond.