April has arrived and spring is in the air! Many of us have friends and family with April birthdays, and we can't forget about all the moms who are expecting little ones this month! It's time to start thinking about what to get for these new mommies to help celebrate the birth of the new additions to the family. For those that want a more meaningful gift, the purchase of a personalized piece of jewelry might be more simple and heartfelt. For the moms' with April babies, a genuine piece of mothers' jewelry with the April birthstone incorporated will help commemorate the birth of their little one by giving a memento that is a constant reminder of their love for their children.
The modern birthstone for April is the diamond. The word diamond is derived from the Greek word "Adamas" which means "hardest metal". The ancient Hindus called the Diamond "Vajra", meaning lightening, both because of the sparks of light thrown off by this gem as well as its invincible strength. A diamond is said to bring the wearer good luck and protection. The traditional properties of the diamond are precision and balance. It is symbolic of everlasting love. There is no greater promise of a lasting relationship than the gemstone that has carried on in people's hearts throughout the ages.
The gemstone has been valued throughout history, used to embellish crowns, swords, emblems and jewelry. Diamonds are predominately found in Russia and Brazil; however they can also be found in Australia, Zaire and the United States. With the price of diamonds increasing rapidly, cubic zirconia has been a popular substitute for those of us with April birthdays who would like a piece of jewelry with the diamond birthstone incorporated.
"She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow."
A piece of jewelry with a birthstone is a symbolic piece representing themselves or someone they love. Stamping a loved one's name on the piece gives an even more personable feel. I have found many different designs that can be customized and hand stamped with the names of loved ones. While the possibilities for gifts to give are endless, I feel personalized jewelry makes a great gift for Mother's day because the perfect gift always comes from the heart. A lasting piece of jewelry is something that will be treasured and remembered for a lifetime.