The stars must have aligned to create an April birthstone so sublime.
Diamond, the April birthstone, needs little introduction. It is, after all, the single most coveted precious stone in the world and the object of many an engagement fantasy. But what is it about the sparkly stone that makes it such a prize?
The answer lies in the stone’s rarity, toughness, and, above all, exceptional beauty.
In their purest form, diamonds are clear but may contain a hint of yellow. Some people like the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond, especially when complemented with a yellow or rose gold setting. However, the vast majority prefer the glacial quality of a colorless diamond, which is far rarer.
A popular alternative to colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds come in a range of natural hues including yellow and pink. Colors at the vivid end of the spectrum are quite rare and, therefore, more valuable.
Diamonds are tough. Really tough. Like the-hardest-mineral-on-Earth tough. Being virtually indestructible has its advantages, of course. Diamonds do not require much maintenance to keep them looking like new. They also retain their polish for a very long time, making them equally suitable for everyday wear and special occasions. Ironically, the only thing capable of scratching a diamond is another diamond, so it’s best to store diamond jewels separately.
Every day feels like spring with this floral motif diamond bracelet, which features a flower-like cluster on either side. The flexible bangle looks super fresh when worn alone or stacked with others.
Delicate as spring’s first buds, these diamond studs glisten like the morning dew. The diamonds sit perfectly flush in their settings, making them appear to float on the ear.
This floral fantasy of a pendant features a sparkling halo of pavé-set diamond petals that frames the round center diamond.
Several factors determine a diamond’s beauty. A well-proportioned and symmetrical stone will display large amounts of fire and brilliance, otherwise known as sparkle. This, after all, is the main reason we’re here, folks. Diamond color, as we have mentioned, gives the stone its unique character and helps to determine its value.
The tulip-inspired basket, with its softly draping lines and defined petals, is the crowning glory of this simple-yet-graceful engagement ring.
Shaped like a flower in full bloom, this ring’s halo does a fabulous job of framing the center diamond and bringing out its brilliance.
All flowered out? This petite pavé is a natural wonder in its own right. The ring’s design maximizes the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, increasing their individual sparkle.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in March 2018 and was updated in April 2019.