Here's my April Birthstones Blog Post. Sorry, it's late! We've been super-busy in the store. Thanks, Easter Bunny! :D
Diamonds are most commonly considered as the birthstones for the month of April and the stone's affiliation with love makes it a great choice. Plus, they're tough as nails and they 'shine bright, like Diamonds'... So, that's all pretty great! We here, at Key West Local Luxe are not strangers to the sparklers! We've got some Winners! Of course, we really prefer natural stones. So, you're not likely to see things like Moissanites and CZs here. However, some prefer to opt for alternatives to the stone, due to the Diamonds' tarnished reputation of recent years (having to do with environmental, political and humanitarian concerns that we're not getting into in this post). For the record- we don't buy from DeBoer's. We typically source from artists and we've got some gorgeous Diamond jewelry - both, raw and SPARKLING! So, that's great but let's talk about alternatives! Regardless of the reason, some folks just like options and that's what this post is about!
There are four other stones that have historically been assigned to April babies and some new options that are gaining popularity, too. White Sapphire and Opal, were the birthstones for April long before Diamonds and in more recent years, White Topaz, Moonstone and Quartz have been stirring up sparkling stardust as alternatives due to their visual similarity to Diamond, too - how nice, without the price! Herkimer Diamonds are great alternatives, too. They're naturally terminated (pointed) on both ends, a little harder than regular Quartz and often quite clear. I'd like to add another OBVI Winner, too - Zircon Stone. It's an awesome stone - second in hardness, only to Diamonds, it's often, more sparkly and brilliant for like, a TENTH of the price... Now, THAT is really nice!
Birthstones by Zodiac: It's important to note that as we mentioned in the last post - April babies born on or before the 20th fall under the Start sign of Aries and their classic stones are Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Bloodstone and more recently, Zircon. Those born on or after April 21st will fall under the star sign of Taurus and enjoy Emerald as a birthstone, as well as those listed here. Isn't it wild, how many options there are?! Recently, even the lovely, Larimar has been added to the list! If you're not familiar with this fascinating & fabulously beautiful stone, check it out on our recent blog posts & on our recent episode of "Rock Talk" on our YouTube channel. I've talked a lot about it & will soon be doing another episode on its metaphysical properties, too!
Now, if you're reading this blog post- you probably already know that we've got an incredibly HUGE selection of jewelry that fits the bill for April birthday babes + that, our claim to fame here, is The Real Thing at The Best Price. SO, if you've got reason to please a person of the April birth month persuasion - Key West Local Luxe is here to help you do it!
Of course, the Ladies LOVE the Lovelies - regardless of birth month. Rocks & gems, in general, are fascinating & beautiful + ALL Good Girls LOVE PEARLS! (My dogs even wear them! LOL!) There's ALWAYS a reason - no matter the season, to MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY, Make Just ONE, Someone Happy! ...And then, YOU Will Be HAPPY, TOOOOOOOO!!!!!
That was me, performing a keyboard rendition of Louis Armstong's 'Make Someone Happy'. Did 'ya 'get it'? Lol!
(The ‘traditional’ styled birthstone calendar most people have become accustomed to)
The inclusion of some of these gems as April birthstones stretches back to the ancient civilizations of antiquity, far pre-dating the use of diamonds. One such example is the Ayurvedic birthstone calendar from ancient India, which dates back more than 3,500 years. Furthermore, some stones that are similar to diamonds have also been included more recently. The main common element among all birthstones lies in the belief they bring good fortune and prosperity to their owners. Many of the ancient birthstones were largely dictated by the abundance (or absence) of particular gemstones in the environment surrounding each culture and they certainly had an influence on the modern birthstone calendars. The first attempt at standardization of the birthstone calendar was made by the American National Association of Jewellers in 1912. Since this time many other gemological societies have established their own calendars, the more modern of which often refer to “alternative” or “secondary” birthstone options for certain months. Some calendars do list diamond as the only birthstone of April but this is largely a consequence of the intense marketing and popularity of this stone over the past century. Two of the four alternative April birthstones, sapphire and opal, were long-established for the month of April by many ancient cultures, long before diamond. White topaz and quartz were added more recently, largely due to their physical similarity to diamond, affording eye-clean color and scintillation (or ‘sparkle’) at a much lower cost.
My birthday is April 26th & I love my birthstone but I'd be happy that anyone thought enough to give me any gift of jewelry - it doen't HAVE to be a diamond... but it wouldn't make me mad, if it was! LOL!
Today, we are going to drop some ruby knowledge. Let's get this rock party started!
Let's take a vacation to the islands of French Polynesia to learn about the amazing Tahitian pearl!