Diamonds (the most traditional and popular birthstone choice for April)
Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds!
Beautiful, sparkly, classic and rare. It may seem unfair for any month to lay claim to this stone as it's own. Not everyone loves Diamonds
, though. I've heard so many people call them "boring" and say they'd rather have a colorful stone. Lucky for them there are plenty to choose from and no one is going to make you wear a Diamond
. (They do come in several colors, though... blue, pink, yellow, grey, black, brown...)
is the hardest gemstone, meaning only another Diamond
can scratch it. They are very tough and will stand the test of time better than any other gemstone, a GREAT reason to have one in your engagement ring! They can be quite expensive. Yes, they are rare, but certainly not the rarest gemstone. (For example, gem quality Rubies are far rarer than Diamonds
.) Given the demand for Diamonds
and their popularity and extensive use in bridal jewelry, Diamonds
are often more expensive... natural Diamonds
If you want a quality, sparkly Diamond
but can't stomach the cost, lab grown Diamonds
are an excellent option! Not only are they stunning and beautiful, but they can be around 40-50% less expensive than a natural Diamond
. If you're interested in having a Mettle by Abby piece made with a lab grown diamond
, contact me
and we can start making the perfect piece!
Above: 3 different natural colors of Diamonds in rose, white, and yellow gold.
There are also different colors of Diamonds
, from red and blue to yellow and grey! Recently, different qualities of Diamond
have been used in jewelry, making them more accessible and in a range of funky fresh designs!
Sapphires (a rainbow of choices!)
are next in line when it comes to durability as well as popularity and you can get them in any color of the rainbow you want! There's even bi-colored Sapphires
and Star Sapphires
There are so many gorgeous colors of Sapphires that many people don't even know about. Some of these have wisps of other colors in them, giving them a wildly one of a kind flare!
Above: Green Sapphire Ring
Sometimes people want to substitute a White Sapphire
for a Diamond
, but I advise against this simply because a Sapphire's
beauty comes from it's beautiful color. A "white" Sapphire
is simply a clear one and it doesn't sparkle like a Diamond
, so it will look dull being that it lacks the light refracting a Diamond
White Topaz & Quartz (economical option with flare)
For the most accessible option, White Topaz
are a great option for April
Birthstones! They fit the bill as far as being the same color as a tradtitional Diamond
and they are beautiful stones available in a variety of cuts and sizes!
Above: Quartz on left, Topaz on Right
White Topaz is quite similar to Quartz,
but the Topaz
is typically a little more expensive as well as harder. A Topaz
is hard enough to scratch a Quartz
and will hold up better in a ring, although both are great!
If you want a little color or flare, there's no end in sight with either of these stones! Both are available in a variety of colors and the cuts and shapes are wildly creative!
Diamonds are the traditional April birthstone.
Sapphire is an alternative with many color options.
Quartz and White Topaz are economical alternatives.
- Lab grown Diamonds are a better choice than White Sapphire for sparkle factor.
- If you're looking for an April birthstone gift for yourself or someone else, don't be afraid to have fun with it!