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Traditionally, diamond was regarded as the only birthstone for April but there are also two other birthstones that are associated with this month : Sapphire and Opal.
Sapphire and Opal were long established for the month of April by many ancient cultures, long before diamond. Sapphire was recognised by the ancient Roman, Slavic, Hebrew and Arabic calendars as the April birthstone. Sapphire is a precious variety of the corundum family of gemstones, which includes ruby. Blue sapphire is the most popular but pink, green and yellow are increasingly in demand. Sapphire is said to conjure inner peace and serenity, whilst facilitating the release of anxiety and tension. This enigmatic stone has also been linked with relieving depression and frustration, as well as aiding spiritual enlightenment.
Opal was hailed the birthstone of April in the ancient Tibetan calendar (sometimes referred to as the “mystical birthstone calendar” in ancient writings). Opal is a beautiful stone that is renowned for its refraction of a rainbow of colour, a phenomena caused by layers of silica embedded within the physical structure of the stone. Opal is a fragile gemstone and as such must be handled with care. In chemical terms it is a “mineraloid,” an “amorphous” stone with no crystalline structure. The Romans regarded opal as a symbol of optimism and purity, while the ancient Greeks revered it as a source of wisdom. In modern times, opal is highly regarded for its aesthetic and fine reflective qualities. Some spiritualists also believe it helps people express their thoughts and feelings more effectively and openly. - 4 hours ago