Monday, April 11, 2011

Birthstones for April Birthday's

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, especially if born in the month of April. Yep you guessed it the birthstone on almost every list I have ever seen lists diamonds as the designated birthstone for the month of April.


There are different lists roaming around and we are going to explore some of the differences and of course talk about the stones themselves.



Birthstone lists that I have seen over the years run like this for April.

Modern: Diamond

Ayurvedic : Diamond

Mystical: Opal

Traditional: Diamond



Historical birthstones tend to run by region, listed below are a few that have stuck with me over the years.

Hindu: Diamond

Roman: Sapphire

Italian: Sapphire

Polish: Diamond



As you can see, while neither list is all inclusive, there is a heavy leaning towards diamonds for those born in the month of April. While there is nothing wrong with diamonds, they are bright and shiny after all, in recent years they have become known as blood diamonds. This is due to the practices behind the mining of the gemstones and the deaths that occur. While I have no intention of going into the political or spiritual aspect of wearing diamonds, now that this information is public, it is something that you should keep in mind. Especially if you are purchasing a gift for someone else, who may or may not be sensitive to the situation.



So let’s talk about my favorite part the stones and the folklore, legend and myth that surround them and what makes them special for people born in the month of April. Then armed with this new found knowledge, you can go forth in search of the perfect birthday gift for yourself or someone else. He he, I always prefer shopping for myself, the whole instant gratification aspect.



Diamonds:

Most diamonds come out of Africa and are mostly used in jewelry. The clear diamonds are the most popular; however they do come in green and blue colors. Today diamonds are used for engagement rings and this is thought to be because they symbolize innocence and constancy. Historically they have also been and are still used as Crown jewels.

Folklore does not associate and specific healing properties to the diamond. However, diamonds are thought to amplify the energies associated with other gemstones. It is also believed as well that they have the ability to block energies, if the wearer is generating negativity, especially feelings of themselves and others. Trapping that negativity within the wearer’s person, so they are unable to process and release it.



Opals:

Opals come in many hues and colors depending on where it is mined. While I have found no hard proof that the birthstone charts that list opal meant white opal. Through research I am going with the white opal as the stone they mean.

White opals are believed to have angelic connections, allowing them to mean innocence in nature. They are utilized to balance ones chakra’s and heal emotions to allow the wearer to return to a more balanced state. The white opal is also said to be a powerful stone for healing and achieving great things.

History shows that the ancient Romans believed the opal would bring good luck and hope to the wearer.





Sapphires:

Did you know that sapphire means blue in the Greek language? Which I find appropriate, as the sapphire can range in color from pale almost clear blue to a blue so dark it can be mistaken for black. There are other colors that can be found that are sapphires, however they are always referred to with their color in front of them. The blue sapphire is the only one referred to as simply sapphire gemstone. Today 98% of the world’s sapphire is mined out of Australia.

Legend has it that sapphires are the stone of destiny. It is believed to be able to provide both perception and mental clarity while at the same time promoting personal financial prosperity for the wearer.

Today Sapphire’s are listed on the modern birthstone chart as the birthstone for September. Yet as you can see from the list above that hasn’t always been the case. I have yet to locate a reason for this change.



Remember that I view the lists as a guideline only.  Nothing is set in stone and we all have are personal preferences, yet it does give you a place to start for that hard to shop for person.  Believe me I have a few of them on my list and know what its like to try and shop for them.

Of the three which is your favorite? Or is there another stone that calls to you?





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