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Here's Exactly What April's Birthstone Represents

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When the first blossoms unfurl and spring's renewal is in full swing, those born in April have one traditional birthstone option, as well as an alternative gem option to mark the occasion—the ever-dazzling diamond, and the deeply rich sapphire. Though distinctly different in hue, these regal gemstones share a rarity and magnificence befitting the month's spirit of rejuvenation.

Will you choose the eternal sparkle of a diamond to represent your birthday month? Or will the mystical allure of a sapphire speak to your soul? These questions have no wrong answer as both April birthstones have an undeniable appeal.

Read on to discover what makes each of these birthstones for April extraordinary—ranging from their color to their meaning and history, according to experts.

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What Is the Birthstone for April?

According to Matt Harris, graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, member of the American Gem Trade Association, and owner of Matt Harris Designs, "In the realm of traditional and modern birthstones for April, the diamond reigns supreme."

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Jacek Dylag on Unsplash

What Is the Alternative Birthstone for April?

While the diamond takes center stage as April's official birthstone, some consider the sapphire an alternative option, particularly for those born under the sign of Taurus (April 21-May 21).

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April Birthstone Color

The April birthstone is actually colorless or "near colorless." Diamonds are clear, like a droplet of water, for example. Meanwhile, the alternative April birthstone is a sapphire, which can be described as a royal or midnight blue.

Is the April Birthstone Rare?

While ubiquitous in jewelry stores, diamonds are still considered rare gems. Harris explains, "The conditions required to form a diamond are as specific as they are extreme—they're geological marvels formed deep within the Earth's mantle, under intense heat and pressure. It's nature's way of saying, 'Good things come to those who wait...a few million years.'"

Diamond Meaning and History

"Diamonds have come to represent everlasting love," says Harris. "They are strong, resilient and shiny! As a matter of fact, they are one of the hardest materials on Earth."

Brilliant marketing campaigns like "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," popularized by Marilyn Monroe, have helped keep diamonds at the top of the most well-loved jewels as well.

But diamonds also carry spiritual significance across cultures. Gemologist Sacha Jarmon, and co-founder of LOVE SARO, elaborates: "Metaphysically, diamonds are used to amplify and enhance energies of stones around them. They are effective at cleansing both the mind and body, as well as removing negative energy and obstacles to help the wearer realize their own self-worth."

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Where Are Diamonds Found?

“Diamonds are found in kimberlite pipes created as a result of volcanic and tectonic activity,” shares Olivia Landau of The Clear Cut.

But as far as actual locations, Jarmon says diamonds are primarily sourced from India, as well as Russia, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada. 

You can even try your hand at diamond mining stateside, as Harris shares: "Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas allows visitors to dig on their own for only $15 a day!"

Sapphire Meaning and History

Jarmon explains the sapphire's long history of mystical reverence: "Kings and queens in ancient Greece and Rome believed the blue sapphires would protect them from harm and offer guidance when seeking answers. Buddhists believed that it brought spiritual enlightenment, and Hindus used it in worship practices. Each color of sapphire exhibits its own unique metaphysical properties and vibrational patterns, yet all are Stones of Wisdom."

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Where Are Sapphires Found?

Sapphires derive from various locales, though some sources are particularly prized. Jarmon notes, "Our sapphires are primarily sourced from Thailand. Most sapphires are found in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Madagascar."

The rarest and most coveted sapphires hail from Kashmir, with Harris adding, "Kashmir sapphires from the Himalaya Mountains are extremely rare and valuable, many of them being displayed in museums. Right here in the U.S., gorgeous sapphires are being mined in Montana."

So for those born in April, will you opt for the brilliant resilience of a diamond or the profound wisdom of a sapphire? With two such breathtaking birthstones to choose from, you can't go wrong.

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