The April Birthstone is Diamond
Both the modern and official birthstone for the month of April is the Diamond. The April birthstone color is clear or white and the alternative April gemstone is any clear stone such as sparkling Quartz.
Diamond is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Aries star sign (Mar 21 - Apr 20) and Rock Crystal (Quartz) is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20). Other birthday symbols include the birth flowers for April which are the Sweet Pea and Daisy.
Diamonds symbolize romance and enduring love and are traditionally set in engagement and wedding rings. They are the most most popular gemstone worldwide and valued according to carat weight, clarity, color, and cut (the 4 'C's).
Besides being a meaningful gift for a special April birthday, Diamond jewelry is the also given to celebrate 10th, 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries.
Watch the short, informative videos below highlighting the history, symbolism and properties of Diamonds and Quartz.
April Birthstone Color: Clear or White
The April birthstone color is clear or white representing the transparency of diamonds. Diamond is made up entirely of carbon and is the hardest natural material known to man. In fact the name 'diamond' comes from Greek ‘adamas’ meaning invincible, possibly indicating the superior hardness of diamonds.
Due to the many issues around diamond mining and illegal trading, consumers must ensure any diamonds they purchase are certified as 'conflict free'. Choose jewelers that track diamonds back to their source, ideally to mines that are both ethically and environmentally responsible.
In recent years there has been a strong acceptance of lab grown diamonds that are just as spectacular, are easily traceable and circumvent the many humanitarian and environmental issues around mining.
Jewelry with fancy colored diamonds or black diamonds is a modern, trendy alternative to the conventional clear diamond. Colors of fancy diamonds include yellow, blue, green, brown, pink, red, grey and black.
Discover more about the diamond gemstone and comprehensive advice about buying diamonds.
Alternative April Birthstone: Quartz
The alternative birthstones for April are any clear or white gemstones such as clear quartz, white sapphires and white topaz. April birthstone jewelry is usually set with these alternative gemstones as diamonds are traditionally reserved for engagement rings
Quartz is one of the most abundant minerals and is found on all continents ranging from large crystals formed in boulders to small sand grains and even smaller microscopic forms. The Greek name "krustallos" means "ice" as it was once thought that colorless quartz was formed by ice turning into rock. Clear quartz is also known as rock crystal or ice crystal.
Besides the clear or transparent variety, quartz occurs in many colors known by different names, such as amethyst (purple), citrine (yellow) and aventurine (green). Other colored varieties include milky quartz (cream or white), rose quartz (pink), brown quartz, smoky quartz (grey) and even black opaque quartz.
Clear quartz birthstone jewelry is a popular gift for April birthdays.
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