United by a theme of clear colourless clarity, April’s main birthstone is Diamond. This is also the main birthstone for the zodiac sign Taurus, which falls in late April (19-21) and transits between May 20-21.
Diamonds are the hardest of all gemstones (10 on the MOHs scale). This incredibly hard and beautiful mineral is composed of carbon formed at very high pressure (i.e. in the earth’s crust, at the site of a meteorite site or in modern times simulated in a laboratory). Strong bonds between atoms mean very few impurities can enter.
Popularity and demand, strengthened by modern gemstone cutting methods and aggressive marketing, have ensured that the diamond remains one of the most highly-prized and sought after gemstones. Diamonds are not particularly rare but control of gem quality stones, guarantees their enduring desirability and popular appeal.
The name diamond means “proper, unbreakable, untameable” summing up both its physical properties and allure for blushing brides as a talisman for a long lasting marriage.
Regarded as the “Stone of Invincibility,” the mighty diamond is associated with victory, superior strength, fortitude, courage and fearlessness, and not surprisingly, is considered to be strongly protective. A diamond is a symbol of wealth, a manifestation of abundance, and an amplifier of energies, goals and intent.
Possibly less well known is the diamond’s association with spirituality. Because the diamond symbolises perfection, it is regarded as an aid to illumination, thus enhancing inner vision. If perfection isn’t enough, wear a diamond to stimulate creativity, imagination, and ingenuity, aid psychic development, telepathic communication and clairvoyance. A diamond is highly effective in magnifying the vibrations of other crystals for healing.
If the mighty diamond escapes your budget or fails to fuel your desire, other traditional options following the sparkling, clear & colourless theme for April birthstones, are:
- Good diamond simulants. These are indistinguishable to the human eye and will only be revealed as a simulant through carbon testing. Diamond simulants bear all of the same qualities as natural diamonds;
- Clear Sapphire – a stone to aid creative expression, inner peace and meditation, personal expression and the alleviation of pain;
- Clear Quartz – a stone of manifestation that energizes and activates the energy centres within the body. Quartz aids clear thinking, focus and clarity of dreams and desires. Assisting with spiritual development, clear Quartz assists in removing blockages in the body so that energy can flow smoothly; and
- White Opal – a stone of angelic connections. Useful for clearing emotions to create more positive vibrations and powerful healing. A stone of hope, achievement and divine blessings.