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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

The stars must have aligned to create an April birthstone so sublime.

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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.

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In Rare Form: The April Birthstone

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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.

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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.

Tough Love: The April Birthstone

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.

Flexible Floral Motif Diamond Bracelet

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.

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Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

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.

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Grande Floral Halo Diamond Necklace

This floral fantasy of a pendant features a sparkling halo of pavé-set diamond petals that frames the round center diamond.

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Beauty Bound: The April Birthstone

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.

Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

The tulip-inspired basket, with its softly draping lines and defined petals, is the crowning glory of this simple-yet-graceful engagement ring.

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Floral Halo 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.

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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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An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in March 2018 and was updated in April 2019.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.

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Everyone has a personal style. Some are more understated than others and, therefore, harder to discern. Your job as Buyer of Rings, Proposer of Marriage, is to hone in on that style by whatever means necessary. Put on your detective hat and do some snooping around or straight up ask your partner what she’d like. Either way, finding her engagement ring style needn’t be a chore with our handy guide. Just pop on some good music and get sleuthing.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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Let’s start by clearing something up: the ring doesn’t have to be a complete surprise.

There, we’ve said it.

These days, it’s perfectly acceptable – preferable even – to bring your partner into the design process. No one knows the wearer’s style better than the wearer herself, so why not involve her in the decision making? Goodness knows, you’ll need all the help you can get when confronted with terms like pavé, halo, and tension! (That last one’s a setting style btw, not a headache.) By promoting your partner to Chief Ring Adviser, you’ll come across as the sensitive and considerate human being you are while eliminating much of the guesswork. It’s a win-win.

Now, the direct approach won’t work for everyone, mind you. Some customers – proposer and proposee alike – have their hearts set on a solo ring selection, culminating in the Big Reveal. To those irrepressible romantics, we say… read on!

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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Like all good detectives, you’ve been waiting for the right case to come along; a case worthy of your powers of deduction. Finding her engagement ring style is right up there with #WhoBitBeyoncé and that whole Yanny vs Laurel thing – except the odds of you solving this one are far higher!

Seriously though, your partner’s online and offline activity might give away key clues about her ring preferences. If she has a Pinterest account, it’s worth checking to see if she’s created any boards with sparkle-related titles or pinned any specific rings. Assuming you have access to her Facebook account, check her profile and activity log for any ring posts she’s liked or shared.

What’s the Buzz?

Even if she’s been careful not to leave a digital trail, she may have confided in her best friend or sibling. Once you’ve got a sparkly bee in your bonnet, it’s almost impossible to keep it to yourself! Listen for subtle hints that might come up when she’s chatting with her inner circle, especially if the topic of celebrity engagement rings comes up.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

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When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.

What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.

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Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

If your girl is more Devil Wears Prada than Devil Wears Nada, you might consider a more daring setting. Pay close attention to her wardrobe. If she dresses to impress and won’t touch anything unless it’s by a top designer, go for something with character, such as a vintage engagement ring or hyper-modern tension ring.

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Glow-Key Glam

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Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

If, on the other hand, her idea of glamour is a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, we’d recommend opting for something simple like a baguette side-stone engagement ring. Understated yet elegant.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

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Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

If none of the above tips speak to you, no one would fault you for playing it safe and going with a classic style such as a solitaire. This is essentially a single center diamond mounted on a plain setting. Solitaires are considered classics for a reason: they work with practically any individual style and never go out of fashion.

Once you’ve figured out your setting style, it’s time to consider the diamond shape. If you have even the slightest doubt about what shape to get, you can’t go wrong with a round cut. Round-cut diamonds are by far the most popular shape for engagement rings, owing to their perfect geometry and abundant sparkle. These timeless classics are tried and true, but if it’s a little more edge you’re after, a princess or cushion-cut diamond should suffice.

Walk a Mile in Her Style

How did you manage to pinpoint your partner’s style preference? Did you go undercover or were you upfront about it? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.

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Beach Proposal Stories: Sandals & Sparkle

Take a look at customers who went coastal with their beach proposal.

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For many, beach season means hitting the gym and going on crash diets to get the beach bods they’ve always wanted. Here at James Allen, we like to ring in the summer by sifting through customer beach proposals while filling our faces with soft serve ice cream. Hey, different strokes!

Beach Proposal: Islands of Inspiration

It’s not the size of the stone, it’s the emotion by the ocean!

We’re always in awe of how creative our customers are with their proposals. Some of the most romantic proposals we’ve seen have taken place along the Earth’s sandy shores. I mean, where else can you bare your heart and soul to your SO while simultaneously topping up your tan?

Amy & Sean

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Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire

Take Sean from Hong Kong, China, for example. He chose to propose to his workplace sweetheart, Amy, while they were vacationing in the Maldives. Their fairytale moment took place inside a huge heart in the sand strewn with flower petals. As the newly engaged couple watched the sunset, the heart lit up with fairy lights in a beautiful display of romance. Disney execs, take note! Read more

Orlagh & Mike

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Pavé Halo Split Shank

Combining business and pleasure, Mike from Manchester, England decided to pop the question while on a work trip to Hawaii. He sent girlfriend Orlagh onto their hotel balcony to admire the Honolulu sunset while he set the stage for the proposal. And what a proposal it was! A timeline of their 9-year relationship surrounded by rose petals and a video of all their friends singing their favorite Jason Mraz song. Needless to say, she was quick to utter the words, “I’m Yours.” Read more

Nathan & Nayia

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French Cut Petite Pavé

When embarking on a beach proposal, the sky’s the limit for our adventure-loving customers. This was certainly true for pilot Nathan from British Columbia, Canada. He hired a private plane and flew his girlfriend, Nayia, over Copalis Beach off the coast of Washington, where the words “Marry Me Nayia?” were emblazoned across the sand in 10ft letters. After revealing the oversized message to her, he landed on the beach and proceeded to get down on one knee. Read more and watch the video

Char & Rob

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Twisted Cable Solitaire

Char and Rob from Parker, Colorado were visiting their family’s beach house in New Jersey when it happened. Walking along the beach, Char discovered a glass bottle in the sand that Rob had carefully planted there (good thing she wasn’t barefoot!). Inside the bottle was a rolled up note with the message: “To my angel…” The next thing she knew, Rob was down on one knee, offering her the perfect ring. Read more

Fiona & Jake

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French Cut Petite Pavé Flush Fit

It was a dog day afternoon for Fiona and Jake from Melbourne, Australia, who got engaged at their local dog beach. Accompanied by their best friends, canines Archie and Louie, they found a quiet spot with an amazing view of the skyline. But it was the cable solitaire engagement ring Jake presented her with that took Fiona’s breath away. Who knew that taking the dogs for a walk could be such a life-changing experience? Read more

Beach Proposal: Sand and Deliver

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Of course, some customers need a little help when it comes to the logistics of their beach proposal — specifically, receiving the ring without their SO finding out. Having a mysterious box show up at your door is likely to arouse suspicion, no matter how discreetly packaged it is. Luckily, our Customer Service reps can help you create a cunning diversion while you slip away to bag your bling.

Beach Proposal: In Summery

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Round Cut Diamonds with Brilliant Sparkle

The most popular diamond shape for engagement rings by far, round cut diamonds are a surefire way to shine.

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Round cut diamonds are sometimes called round brilliant diamonds because of the brilliant cut most of them feature.

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Why Round Cut Diamonds?

Round cut diamonds are brilliant by all meanings: in the British sense, they’re awesome; in the American sense, they’re a smart choice; and in the diamond cutting sense, they’re cut in the brilliant style. Brilliant round cut diamonds contain kite-shaped facets that reflect light off of each other.

Halo and Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring

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Cut is the most important of the 4 Cs to consider when selecting a quality round diamond. A cut with symmetry is crucial.

To explore round cut diamond perfection, learn more about our collection of ideal cut True Hearts™ diamonds!

Solitaire Six-Prong Engagement Ring

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Who Rocks Round Diamond Engagement Rings?

Alison Brie, Tia Mowry, Miranda Kerr, Michelle Obama, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood, Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, Jamie Chung, Kate Upton, and Mila Kunis… to name a few.

Three-Stone Ruby Engagement Ring

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Put simply, you can’t go wrong with this classic and dazzling diamond shape.

What to Know About Round Cut Diamonds

When you’re using JamesAllen.com’s 360° HD SuperZoom display to view your round cut diamond, here’s what to look out for:

1. Cut

As you move the round cut diamond around, watch the spots that sparkle and the symmetry of the diamond from each angle.

Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

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2. Color

Look at how the light is refracted into color (referred to as the diamond’s fire). There should be flashes of red, blue, yellow, or orange inside the round cut diamond as it tilts.

Engraved Channel-Set Engagement Ring

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3. Clarity

When looking at the round cut diamond from the top (table), you want to be able to see a distinct pattern of bright and dark areas. At the same time, be on the lookout for distracting dark areas inside the diamond (called inclusions).

Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Circle “Yes” on Round Diamond Engagement Rings

Art Deco Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

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Modern Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

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Blue Sapphire Sunburst Engagement Ring

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Ready for round? Find your round cut diamond engagement ring.

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Learn more in our diamond shapes blog series: Oval Cut Diamonds

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Hearts and Arrows Diamond Perfection

Discover True Hearts by James Allen™ – The Symmetry of Sparkle.

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Everyone knows relationships are all about compromise, but one thing you shouldn’t have to compromise on is the diamond. True Hearts by James Allen™ is our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds. These exquisite stones boast perfect internal symmetry and proportions, giving them an added dimension of desirability. Available in round, cushion, and princess cut, True Hearts™ diamonds are the ultimate expression of romantic love.

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Cupid’s Finest Hearts and Arrows Diamond

A True Hearts™ round cut is what’s known in the industry as a Hearts and Arrows diamond. When viewed from certain angles, the diamond appears to contain tiny hearts and arrows – the universal symbols of love. This effect is incredibly hard to achieve for even the most skilled diamond cutters as it involves polishing the stone to a very high degree of precision. All True Hearts by James Allen™ round cut diamonds come with GIA or AGS certificates attesting to their superior cut and polish.

As matchmakers of sparkle, we’ve paired these magnificent stones with their dream engagement ring settings. Get ready to fall in love all over again!

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This gorgeous engagement ring features a center stone flanked by four smaller diamonds. The classic prong setting leaves much of the stone exposed for maximum sparkle.

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This classic cathedral engagement ring with simple prongs and pavé-accented sides allows the center diamond to shine through.

The Shape of Your Love

If your love is shaped differently, consider a True Hearts™ princess or cushion cut diamond. Although these stones don’t display the hearts and arrows pattern of a round cut, they are perfectly proportioned and symmetrical, yielding impressive sparkle. All True Hearts by James Allen™ princess and cushion cut diamonds come with an AGS certificate that confirms their ideal cut grading.

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This contemporary rope-style engagement ring comprises a sleek band of lustrous metal and a band of pavé diamonds in one interwoven design.

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This three-stone stunner features a princess cut diamond on either side of the center stone, as well as pavé-set diamonds glittering down both sides of the shank.

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Timeless beauty with a modern twist, this knife-edge solitaire features scalloped claw prongs perfectly tailored to the cushion cut center diamond.

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This vintage-inspired pavé engagement ring features a cushion cut diamond nestled inside a cushion halo, accentuating the stone’s shape and shine.

Aim for a Hearts and Arrows Diamond

Draw back your bow and let your arrow go… straight to these True Hearts™ in 360° HD!

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Celebrity Engagement Rings Written in the Stars

Bask in the sparkle of these celebrity engagement rings.

You know that moment when your favorite power couple announces they’re getting engaged? 2017 gave us multiple moments like that. Over the past year, we’ve been treated to some stellar celebrity engagement rings and we’re definitely thanking our lucky stars!

So, what can we learn from our famous friends and their showstopping rings? Less traditional diamond shapes are in right now, with the likes of Cardi B and Kirsten Dunst rocking pear and oval shapes respectively.

These talented ladies aren’t the only ones turning heads with their unique ring styles. Find out which other celebrity engagement rings we think are destined for stardom.

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Cardi B + Offset

Rising star Cardi B was recently gifted this eight-carat stunner by fiancé Offset. The Bodak Yellow rapper’s rock is surrounded by two half-carat pear diamonds and two carats’ worth of pink and white stones.

Assuming you don’t make “money moves” quite like Cardi, here’s a more affordable split-shank halo engagement ring. The pear shape center diamond is complemented by a stunning pavé halo and pavé under gallery.

White Gold Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring

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Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Sophie Turner + Joe Jonas

Pop singer Joe Jonas popped the question to his girlfriend, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, with this pear-shaped split shank engagement ring.

But why live in a world of fantasy when you can get a near-identical ring IRL for less? This split shank engagement ring features two pavé bands and a stunning halo that accentuates the pear-shaped diamond.

White Gold Double Shank Pear Halo Engagement Ring

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Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Kaley Cuoco + Karl Cook

The only tear on Kaley Cuoco’s pillow is the pear-shaped ‘teardrop’ solitaire engagement ring given to her by fiancé Karl Cook.

Snag the Big Bang Theory actress’ ring style with this French-cut pavé engagement ring, designed to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides.

White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Meghan Trainor + Daryl Sabara

Singer Meghan Trainor received this twinkling cushion cut diamond engagement ring from her dear future husband, actor Daryl Sabara.

You, too, can be all about that bling with this matching cushion cut sparkler, which features pavé-set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank.

Of course, she isn’t the only famous Meghan to have said “YES!” in 2017. Read this article to get inspired by Meghan Markle’s much-hyped engagement ring.

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Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Kirsten Dunst + Jesse Plemons

Perhaps you prefer the old Hollywood glamor of Kirsten Dunst’s vintage oval-cut diamond set in a yellow-gold band with baguette accents.

This drop-dead gorgeous lookalike features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the oval-cut center diamond. Bring it on, we say!

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Camilla Luddington + Matthew Alan

Actor Matthew Alan brought the drama when he proposed to Grey’s Anatomy star Camilla Luddington. He opted for a more traditional round-cut diamond set on a dainty gold band.

Recreate the showbiz look with this exquisite knife-edge diamond solitaire, which offers classic appeal at an affordable price.

Rose Gold Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Celebrity Engagement Rings: Reach for the Stars

You don’t have to have your name in lights to design your own engagement ring. Check out these star-studded sparklers in 360° HD.

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