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April Birthstone: A Complete Guide + 4 Alternative Stones
La pietra portafortuna di aprile: una guida completa + 4 pietre alternative
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Those born in April may be luckiest of all. Why? Because the traditional April birthstone is the iconic diamond, the most well-known gemstone in the world.

The month of April is probably named from the Latin aperire, meaning “to open,” because plants like flowers began opening. Ancients associated the month with Aphrodite (or Venus), the goddess of love, fertility, and marriage.

It’s definitely fitting then for April to be represented by the precious gemstone diamond, the stone of love, strength, and eternal beauty.

Want to learn more about the April birthstone? Come along as we break down diamond history, uses, value, and jewelry. We’ll also go over some popular April birthstone alternatives!

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Historical & Cultural Significance of April Birthstone: Diamond

Diamonds are illustrious gemstones that not only commemorate April birthdays, but also the 10th, 60th, and 75th wedding anniversaries.

This April birthstone’s color varies from classic white to virtually any color. Those born under Aries (March 21 to April 19) may love a fiery red diamond, while those born under Taurus (April 20 to May 20) might enjoy a soft blue or even chocolate diamond.

But how did diamond become the legendary Queen of Gems it is today?

gold ring with 7 diamonds from early 1600s found in TasingePictured above: Gold ring with 7 cut diamonds found in Tåsinge. It weighs 7 grams and can be dated to the first half of the 17th century (translated from Danish) | Image credit: Nationalmuseet, CC-BY-SA-3.0

Ancient Diamond History & Folklore

The earliest known diamonds were mined in ancient India, the only source for centuries. Ancient wealthy Indians, lacking banks, used diamonds as investment currency to store away, like gold today.

The science of testing gem quality now called “gemology” was established in India as Ratna Pariksha or Ratnaparīkṣā, meaning “the examination of gems.”

Many ancients had myths and meanings tied to diamonds:

  • Ancient India: Hindus believed diamonds originated when lightning struck rocks and would attract lightning. The popular Hindu god Krishna was said to have given his lover Radhato a diamond (believed to be the Koh-i-Noor diamond) that reflected her beauty. Indians also believed diamonds provided their wearer invincibility.

  • Egyptians: Diamonds symbolized bravery, power, and the sun. Pharaohs put diamonds in the center of the ankh, the hieroglyph for “life.”

  • Romans: Roman legends surrounding diamond’s origin claimed they were gods’ tears or pieces of falling stars. The Roman god Cupid’s arrows supposedly ended in diamonds.

  • Greeks: One Greek myth goes that Cronos turned a man with intense strength and luck named Adamas — the same as diamond’s etymological root, adamante, meaning “invincible” — into diamond. Greek philosopher Plato described diamonds as the embodiment of celestial beings.

Many societies had similar interpretations of the April birthstone’s meaning: invincibility, love, and divine strength.

As healing stones, some ancients believed diamonds cured poisoning. Folks in Medieval times extended beliefs about diamond’s healing properties to treating everything from heart conditions to depression.

Some opposite beliefs about diamonds being poisonous or cursed spread later, like the infamous legend about the Hope Diamond causing the Titanic to sink.

yellow tiffany diamond necklace worn by audrey hepburnPictured above: The "Tiffany Diamond," once worn by Audrey Hepburn while promoting Breakfast at Tiffany's | Image credit: Adam Fagen on Flickr, CC-BY-SA-2.0

Diamonds in Modern Culture & Society

Europe entered the diamond market in the Middle Ages, but only the wealthy and noble wore the April birthstone. Brazil became the main diamond source in the 1700s, and by the 1800s, diamonds became more widely available.

The modern idea of diamonds being extremely rare and elite may partly come from royal connections like the Hope Diamond or Cullinan Diamond. But the true reason stems from an 1870 marketing campaign collaboration by the De Beers Group and N.W. Ayers.

This campaign brought the famous slogan “A Diamond is Forever,” and the idea that engagement rings must have diamonds. In the 1940s, roughly 10 percent of engagement rings had diamonds, while around 87 percent of engagement rings have this April birthstone today.

Modern media also uses diamonds, such as:

  • “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

  • “Heart of the Ocean,” the fictional blue diamond necklace in James Cameron’s Titanic

  • Diamonds are Forever, the 1956 James Bond novel and 1971 film adaptation

  • Audrey Hepburn’s Tiffany Diamond, worn during promotion for Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles

… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

References aside, what do diamond April birthstones symbolize?

April Birthstone Meaning and Symbolism

The April birthstone diamond is commonly associated with strength, love, protection and prosperity, making it a great gift for loved ones. Below, we go into the April birthstone meanings and symbolism in more detail.


April birthstones are a symbol of strength, clarity, and vigor. That’s because they are the hardest gemstone and element in nature. They are made of pure carbon, and the layers within the lattice structure make it extremely hard. Contrasting, this durability is the birthstone’s symbol of purity, faith, and everlasting love.


It’s the interplay of gentleness supported by eternal strength that makes diamonds the perfect symbol of marriage. And that’s not all, as the April birthstone, diamonds have powerful healing properties that promote happiness, longevity, and protection.


In poetic folklore, the April birthstone represents a protective amulet against evil, sickness, death, and the plague.


Diamonds aren’t only forever, they are the “stone of immortality,” and thought to amplify financial fortune and prosperity. It’s the toughness of these stones that makes them suitable for April birthstone jewelry. You can’t wear every gemstone every day, but you can certainly wear a diamond every day because they are so durable.

The diamond’s durability starts with its unique formation.

rough pale pink to purple diamond crystals parcel

Geological Marvel: The Formation of Diamonds

Diamonds form deep within the Earth, around 100 miles underground. Extremely high pressure and temperatures cause carbon atoms to bond into strong, stiff, consistent patterns over billions of years. Then, volcanic activity brings the gems to the surface.

These April birthstones are just composed of carbon, but their particular arrangement of carbon atom bonds makes them the hardest mineral at 10 on the Mohs scale.

Russia and Botswana are the top producers of gem-quality diamonds currently.

Gem-quality white diamonds range from Type Ia, containing up to 0.3 percent nitrogen, to Type IIb, containing boron and virtually no nitrogen.

These classifications are part of how the April birthstones are graded.

The 4 Cs: Understanding Diamond Quality

Diamonds are often certified by a licensed laboratory like the GIA to grade and verify their quality objectively. Having gemstones certified helps with appraisal, insurance, and confidence in a seller’s claims. You can also get your diamond certified for reselling purposes.

Grading the April birthstone involves looking at the four Cs: color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. Our article on the four Cs of diamond quality has more info, but here’s a quick breakdown:


Highest value goes to fully colorless diamonds, or D on the GIA color scale. The lowest point on the scale is Z for pale yellow or brown.

For naturally colored diamonds, value is tied to rarity. The rarest are red; the most common are yellow or brown. Argyle pink diamonds, along with purple, orange, blue, and green diamonds are also rare.


Faceted diamond cuts are important for maximizing brilliance (white light), fire (colored light), and scintillation (overall sparkle).

Certain cuts can highlight different qualities, but the cut with the most sparkle is also the most popular: the round brilliant.

Cut grades range from Excellent to Poor, with only 0.1 percent being Excellent.

white diamond earrings with round brilliant cutPictured above: Round brilliant cut white diamond earrings


Clarity, the degree of visible inclusions and external blemishes, has two grading scales. Fewer inclusions and blemishes means higher value.

The GIA scale has 11 grades, from Flawless or IF (Internally Flawless, no flaws) to I3 (Included, easily visible inclusions to the naked eye). The AGS (American Gem Society) scale is numerical from 0-10, with 0 corresponding to Internally Flawless and 10 corresponding to I3.

The most common clarity in these April birthstones are SI (Slightly Included), VS (Very Slightly Included or VVS (Very, Very Slightly Included).

Carat Weight

Diamonds are weighed in carats – 1 carat = 0.2 grams. Price-per-carat changes with both quality and size. Two diamonds of equal quality can differ in price-per-carat by over twice as much if one is 1 carat and the other is 2 carats.

In the US, most engagement rings have a 1-carat diamond.

One “grade” outside of gemology is the “industrial-grade” diamond.

Diamond coated drill bitsPictured above: Diamond coated 2mm bits, used for drilling materials such as glass | Image credit: Junkyardsparkle, Public domain

Beyond Beauty: Diamonds' Industrial and Scientific Value

Did you know most diamonds are not used for jewelry? As of 2019, roughly 80 percent (by weight) of diamonds worldwide are used in research or industrial applications.

Industrial diamonds can be synthetic or natural. Natural ones are not gem-quality, like the small, dark, and opaque bort. However, synthetic diamonds are often preferred, since they can be customized, duplicated indefinitely, and created with less environmental impact.

Industrial Applications of Diamonds

Some of diamond’s valuable industrial qualities are its hardness, high thermal conductivity, broad optical transmission, and resistance to radiation.

Primarily, industrial diamonds are used as abrasives for grinding, cutting, drilling, and polishing other materials. Diamond windows are used in lasers, spectroscopy equipment, and infrared imaging.

Diamonds are also used in medicine and various technology components. In devices like computers, diamonds help dissipate heat and serve as semiconductors.

Diamonds in Scientific Research and Exploration

The technology and engineering industries have made great strides with diamond applications.

One popular device is the diamond anvil cell (DAC), which helps scientists recreate extreme pressure conditions.

Other experimental uses for diamonds include:

  • Radiation detection

  • Acoustics (e.g. tweeter dome speakers)

  • Treating wastewater contamination

  • Studying brain chemistry (e.g. diamond-coated microelectrodes)

  • Creating quantum computer bits (qubits) in nitrogen-vacancy (NV) diamond centers

MIT researchers in 2020 even started experimenting with changing diamonds’ electrical conductivity without altering the stone’s stability or composition, opening the potential for custom-designing diamonds for different functions.

Cleaning and Caring for your April Birthstone

The best way to clean your April birthstone is to use a mild detergent, soft brush, warm water and lint-free cloths.

Apply detergent, use a soft toothbrush to gently brush your birthstone, and then rinse it under warm water. After you’re done, make sure you dry it with a soft towel. Don’t leave it out to air dry, as this will create spots, similar to water spots that you find on glass.

We also recommend that you take your diamonds to a jeweler every few months, as they will be able to ensure that your April Birthstone is in great condition.

On a more serious note, you may wonder about the conditions of diamond mining and how ethical they are.

miner searches pan for diamonds in sierra leone source of many conflict diamondsPictured above: A miner in Kono District, Sierra Leone searches his pan for diamonds | Image credit: USAID Guinea, Public domain

The Ethical Diamond Dilemma

More conscious consumers today try to avoid “conflict diamonds,” or “blood diamonds,” meaning diamonds mined and sold to finance armed conflicts against governments. Humanitarian issues like forced labor, child soldiers, and loss of life are tied to these diamonds.

Efforts to combat this include the Kimberley Process, a coalition established by the United Nations in 2003 to provide more oversight and transparency on where diamonds come from. Participants in the coalition must meet ethical sourcing criteria for their diamonds to be considered “conflict-free” with a Kimberley Process Certification.

However, even “conflict-free” diamond mining still has major negative impacts on the environment and nearby communities.

This consideration has led many to synthetic (lab-grown) diamonds.

Synthetic diamonds are manufactured but have all the chemical and physical properties of natural diamonds, minus the impurities. They’re created for both industrial and gemstone uses.

Although energy emission is still a negative impact with synthetic diamond manufacturing, these emissions are still 5.5-times lower than the emissions of the most eco-conscious diamond mines, according to a 2020 Stanford comparison.

Still, the negative feelings toward diamonds may have you wondering: is diamond the only birthstone for April? Nope!

4 Alternative April Birthstones

Like non-diamond engagement rings, April birthstone rings and jewelry can also feature other gems.

There are many diamond alternatives, from moissanite to white sapphire. But what are the other April birthstones? The alternative April birthstones are:

  • Sapphire

  • Opal

  • White Topaz

  • Quartz

Below, we’ll look at the properties and meanings of these gems, some of which were considered April birthstones long before diamonds.


blue sapphire engagement ring april birthstone alternative

Did you know diamond wasn’t the original April birthstone? The first historical birthstone lists, derived from Biblical lists of 12 stones, listed April’s birthstone as sapphire.

In fact, Ancient Romans, Italians, Russians, Hebrews and even Arabic cultures considered sapphire to be the April Birthstone, despite the idea of sapphire as a September birthstone today.

Sapphire is thought to bring inner peace and relieves mental tension for those who wear it. Additionally, it helps with depression and promotes self-expression.


white opal ring april birthstone alternative

The mystical birthstone lists, rooted in ancient Tibetan astrology, list opal as the April birthstone.

Besides Tibetans, ancient Greeks were also known to consider opal the April birthstone. Back then, opals were believed to give the power of foresight to those who bear it.

Today though, opals are thought to absorb and amplify the thoughts, feelings, and characteristics of those who bear them, and to help bring them to the surface.

White Topaz

white topaz ring april birthstone alternative

A modern alternative April birthstone often listed is white topaz, a popular diamond alternative. (You can see their comparison in our white topaz vs diamond guide.)

It is believed that those who possess white topaz will be more conscious of their own thoughts and actions. White topaz is also thought to release stagnant energy, helping the wearer move forward with their life.


clear rough quartz ring april birthstone alternative

In Britain, quartz is often referred to as the birthstone for April. The stone is thought to be a stone for clarity, and often a source of inspiration and creativity. Quartz stones can also help with improving your concentration and retaining knowledge.


pearl and iolite ring alternative april birthstone

Is pearl an April birthstone? It can be! Just as some consider pearls precious gems like diamonds, the stones are also sometimes considered equal April birthstones.

Though traditionally a June birthstone, pearls reflect the symbolism of love, integrity, and commitment associated with diamonds and April.

Personalized April Birthstone Gifts

For a loved one born in April, an April birthstone makes a thoughtful, personalized gift. Don’t forget: diamonds aren’t exclusively for women! These timeless stones have the brilliance and symbolism to suit anyone.

Some options for April birthstone gifts:

  • Colorless diamond ring

  • Diamond-studded cufflinks

  • Diamond-encrusted whiskey decanter

  • Three-stone diamond necklace pendant (representing parents and a child or three close friends)

  • Colorless loose diamonds to custom-make into a truly unique jewelry item

  • Tennis bracelet with diamond April birthstones

  • Statement colored diamond ring

  • Diamond earrings

  • Diamond-studded watch

Thought diamonds were one-note? Think again! The April birthstone offers limitless variety.

Before you gift diamond jewelry to someone special, be sure to note their favorite colors or browse their Pinterest for inspiration.

white diamond april birthstone pendant

Enjoy April Showers of Diamonds with this Timeless Birthstone!

That concludes our April birthstone article! To learn more about the traditional April birthstone, read our full guide on diamonds here.

Ready to show an April birthday how much you care? Shower them with the eternal love that shines from the heart of a beautiful diamond birthstone.

Find traditional and alternative April birthstones from our hundreds of gemstones available!

April Birthstone - I diamanti sono per sempre

Se sei nato ad aprile, sei abbastanza fortunato da avere una delle pietre portafortuna mensili più popolari associate al tuo compleanno. Dopotutto, il diamante è la pietra portafortuna di aprile ed è una delle pietre portafortuna più venerate di tutte. Non solo la pietra portafortuna di aprile è una delle pietre portafortuna mensili più preziose; secondo la scala di durezza MOHS , è anche la pietra preziosa più dura. In effetti, è così difficile che può essere tagliato solo con un altro diamante.

Quindi, che tu sia nato ad aprile o che tu stia cercando di acquistare diamanti per qualcuno che lo è, sei nel posto giusto per saperne di più sulla pietra portafortuna di aprile - entriamoci dentro.

La storia della pietra portafortuna di aprile

Nel corso dell'ultimo secolo, la pietra portafortuna di aprile (diamanti) si è trasformata da una graziosa pietra d'accento alla star dello spettacolo. Ma la storia di questa pietra risale a tempi antichissimi. I minatori li raccolsero per la prima volta lungo i corsi d'acqua e i letti dei fiumi dell'India, e furono adornati dai ricchi e dai reali fin dal 400-300 a.C. Nel corso del tempo, però, i mercanti hanno portato i diamanti nel mainstream commerciandoli in festival e mercati.

una tradizionale pietra portafortuna di aprile Tuttavia, sono rimasti un ornamento esclusivo e irraggiungibile per l'alta società e non sono diventati un prodotto domestico fino alla metà del XX secolo.

I diamanti potrebbero essere stati un accessorio sontuoso durante l'antichità, ma la loro popolarità si è attenuata (insieme a ogni gioiosa merce) nel Medioevo, noto anche come Medioevo. Rimasero dormienti per circa duecento anni. Questo non vuol dire che siano caduti completamente dalla società, ma di certo non erano sotto i riflettori.

In effetti, gioielli colorati come rubini e zaffiri hanno ricevuto maggiore notorietà. Tuttavia, c'era qualcosa di speciale nei diamanti e la campagna di marketing di De Beers ha mostrato al mondo quanto sono speciali quando hanno deciso che "un diamante è per sempre". Sappiamo che sono popolari. Sappiamo che tutti amano i diamanti per gli anelli di fidanzamento. Ma cos'altro offrono?

Significato e simbolismo della pietra portafortuna di aprile

Le pietre portafortuna di aprile sono comunemente associate a forza, amore, protezione e prosperità, il che le rende un ottimo regalo per i propri cari. Di seguito, entriamo nei significati e nel simbolismo della pietra portafortuna di aprile in modo più dettagliato.


Le pietre portafortuna di aprile sono un simbolo di forza, chiarezza e vigore. Questo perché sono la pietra preziosa e l'elemento più duro in natura. Sono fatti di puro carbonio e gli strati all'interno della struttura reticolare lo rendono estremamente duro. In contrasto, questa durabilità è il simbolo di purezza, fede e amore eterno della pietra portafortuna.


È il gioco di dolcezza sostenuto da una forza eterna che fa dei diamanti il ​​simbolo perfetto del matrimonio. E non è tutto, come la pietra portafortuna di aprile, i diamanti hanno potenti proprietà curative che promuovono la felicità, la longevità e la protezione.


Nel folklore poetico, la pietra portafortuna di aprile rappresenta un amuleto protettivo contro il male, la malattia, la morte e la peste.


I diamanti non sono solo per sempre, sono la "pietra dell'immortalità" e pensati per amplificare la fortuna e la prosperità finanziaria. È la durezza di queste pietre che le rende adatte ai gioielli Birthstone di aprile. Non puoi indossare tutte le pietre preziose ogni giorno, ma puoi sicuramente indossare un diamante ogni giorno perché sono così resistenti.

Pulizia e cura della tua pietra portafortuna di aprile

Il modo migliore per pulire la tua pietra portafortuna di aprile è usare un detersivo delicato, una spazzola morbida, acqua tiepida e panni privi di pelucchi.

Applica il detersivo, spazzola delicatamente la tua pietra portafortuna e poi risciacqua sotto l'acqua tiepida. Dopo aver finito, assicurati di asciugarlo con un asciugamano morbido. Non lasciarlo asciugare all'aria, in quanto ciò creerà delle macchie, simili alle macchie d'acqua che trovi sul vetro.

Ti consigliamo inoltre di portare i tuoi diamanti da un gioielliere ogni pochi mesi, poiché saranno in grado di garantire che la tua pietra portafortuna di aprile sia in ottime condizioni.

I migliori regali di aprile Birthstone

Conosciamo tutti qualcuno con un compleanno di aprile e i diamanti sono un regalo premuroso di birthstone! Non dimentichiamo che i diamanti non sono esclusivi delle donne. In effetti, sono adatti a chi ne fa tesoro del simbolismo e della brillantezza. Quando regali a qualcuno una pietra portafortuna di aprile, gli stai regalando qualcosa di completamente personalizzato. Ecco alcune opzioni per i gioielli Birthstone di aprile:

  • Un ciondolo con collana di diamanti a tre pietre (che rappresenta una coppia e un bambino, o tre amici intimi)

  • Orecchini di diamanti nel colore preferito della persona amata

  • Un bracciale tennis impreziosito da diamanti April birthstone

  • Un anello di dichiarazione in un colore brillante

  • Una varietà di diamante bianco

Se pensavi che i diamanti fossero singolari o con una sola nota, ora puoi vedere che la pietra portafortuna di aprile offre una varietà illimitata! Se vuoi regalare gioielli con diamanti a qualcuno di speciale, assicurati di prendere appunti: chiedi loro il loro colore preferito o sfoglia Pinterest per trovare ispirazione. E non dimenticare di acquistare la nostra collezione di diamanti sciolti in vendita!

Pronto a mostrare a un compleanno di aprile quanto ci tieni? Inondali con l'amore eterno che brilla dal cuore di una bellissima pietra portafortuna di diamanti.

4 Pietre di nascita alternative di aprile

Come promesso, discuteremo anche di 4 pietre portafortuna di aprile alternative. Sì, i diamanti sono la tradizionale pietra portafortuna di aprile. Tuttavia, culture diverse hanno associato altre pietre portafortuna al mese di aprile. Sono i seguenti:

  • Zaffiro

  • Opale

  • Topazio bianco

  • Quarzo

Di seguito, esamineremo le proprietà di ciascuna di queste pietre alternative, alcune delle quali sono state utilizzate come pietre portafortuna di aprile molto prima dei diamanti.


Antichi romani, italiani, russi, ebrei e persino culture arabe consideravano lo zaffiro la pietra portafortuna di aprile. Si pensa che lo zaffiro porti pace interiore e allevia la tensione mentale per coloro che lo indossano. Inoltre, aiuta con la depressione e promuove l'espressione di sé.

gemma di zaffiro una pietra portafortuna alternativa di aprile Opale

I tibetani erano noti per riferirsi agli opali come la pietra portafortuna di aprile, così come gli antichi greci. A quei tempi, si credeva che gli Opali dessero il potere della preveggenza a coloro che lo sopportano. Oggi, però, si pensa che gli Opali assorbano e amplifichino i pensieri, i sentimenti e le caratteristiche di coloro che li sopportano e li aiutino a portarli in superficie.​

gemma opale una pietra portafortuna alternativa di aprile Topazio bianco

Una pletora di aziende di gioielli promuove White Topaz come pietra portafortuna alternativa di aprile. Si ritiene che coloro che possiedono il topazio bianco saranno più consapevoli dei propri pensieri e delle proprie azioni. Si pensa anche che il topazio bianco rilasci energia stagnante, aiutando chi lo indossa ad andare avanti con la propria vita.

topazio bianco una pietra portafortuna alternativa di aprile Quarzo

In Gran Bretagna, il quarzo è spesso indicato come la pietra portafortuna di aprile. Si pensa che la pietra sia una pietra per chiarezza e spesso fonte di ispirazione e creatività. Le pietre di quarzo possono anche aiutare a migliorare la concentrazione e mantenere le conoscenze.

quarzo una pietra portafortuna di aprile alternativa Conclusione

Questo pone fine al nostro articolo sulla pietra portafortuna di aprile! Se stai cercando di saperne di più sulla tradizionale pietra portafortuna di aprile, puoi leggere la nostra guida completa sui diamanti qui . Se stai cercando di acquistare diamanti o una pietra portafortuna di aprile per te o per qualcuno che ami, sentiti libero di seguire uno dei link qui sotto.

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