Months in the Calendar - April, Birthstone Diamond
The piece below was designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of
Queen Victoria and is from an 1881
Today you can copy this idea using well crafted
calligraphy skills or simply use a decorative font from the computer.
Add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other
April is associated with the goddess
Aphrodite. In latin, Aprilis is a shortened form of Aphrodite. Another derivation for April is from the latin verb aperire, which means to open, fitting for a month where so
many buds burst forth.
Aries - March 22–April 20 Taurus April 21–May 21
April Birthstone - The Diamond
Linked to eternity, love and wealth, the diamond is a
sparkling stone from transparent to opaque from colourless to black.
Remember the 4 Cs - Colour, Cut, Carat and Clarity. When choosing a
diamond for an engagement the cost should be at least one months salary
if not two. This is a sound investment for an item worn daily.
The diamond birthstone is frequently used as the jewellery choice
for an engagement ring. This is because the diamond gem is the
hardest of gem stones. Not only is it beautiful, but it can also
withstand harsher everyday treatment than many other stones found in
Diamonds can be yellow, pink, blue and even red. Exceptionally large
diamonds have often carried curses as they were often the basis for
theft and murder in the process.
Birthstones of the Calendar
The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations. Birthstones were
initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.
jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them
with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem. This idea has been
revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz
crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi,
balance, and healing. In addition the stones are often very pretty! Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.
feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones. Many
people develop collections based around a fondness for their own
Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.
New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular. Cultures
have merged and mixed so much in the
past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one
country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in
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