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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

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

James Allen's April Birthstone Jewelry

Diamond, the April birthstone, needs little introduction. It is, after all, the single most coveted precious stone in the world – not to mention, the object of many an engagement fantasy. But what exactly 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.

Read on for the most sparkling diamond jewelry gifts for an April birthday!

Color: The April Birthstone

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Diamonds’ coloring runs the gamut from totally colorless to quite colorful. The vast majority of diamonds exist on a spectrum of yellowish to colorless. Some people like the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond, especially when complemented with a warm jewelry metal, like a yellow or rose gold setting. However, most prefer the glacial quality of a colorless diamond, which is far rarer.

April birthstone fancy color diamonds

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.

Toughness: 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.

Sparkle: The April Birthstone

Diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42, as well as a faceting pattern that efficiently returns light. The sparkle that we see with our own eyes is a result of 3 main factors: brilliance (reflected white light), fire (refracted color), and scintillation (surface sparkle).

Additionally, a diamond’s cut contributes to its impressive sparkle. A well-proportioned and symmetrical stone will display maximal fire and brilliance. Why? It ensures that light hits that particular stone in all the right places.

Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

The diamonds in these martini-style studs sit perfectly flush in their settings, making them appear to float on the ear. These diamond-forward earrings are heavy on the sparkle, yet minimal enough to be worn in absolutely any occasion.

Quote: ‘Very satisfied with the quality of the settings and diamonds. The three-prong martini setting is a very delicate setting but feels sturdy and it sits well on the earlobe. Highly recommend!’ -Joana C.

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

The ultimate in classy sparkle. Slip this yellow gold diamond tennis bracelet onto your wrist and get ready to turn heads. This diamond-studded bracelet is stunning enough to be the centerpiece of your jewelry collection, yet simple enough to stack alongside a variety of diamond bracelet styles.

14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Quote: ‘The bracelet was full of sparkly and clear diamonds that looked huge. I misjudged how eye-catching this piece would be. If you want bling, this bracelet definitely delivers. Very pleased with my first experience with James Allen.’ – Nancy P.

Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

This stylish bracelet features a unique open design studded with 6 baguette-shaped diamonds and 16 round-cut diamonds! The perfect diamond jewelry piece for when you want to make a statement on the down-low. 

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Quote: ‘The bracelet is very pretty and my wife loved it!’ – Ron P.

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. This solitaire ring features a basket decorated with open leaf-inspired patterns that allow light to shine through. The rounded band is super comfortable. The more you wear it, the less you’ll want to take it off!

Quote: ‘The ring is absolutely beautiful, and exceeded my expectations. My fiancée loves it, and is so proud to show it to everybody. She comments everyday about how beautiful it is.’ – TIm L.

14K White Gold Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

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.

14K White Gold Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Have a gander at one of our most popular ring styles! This petite pavé engagement ring is a natural wonder in its own right. The ring’s pavé band is studded with petite, semi-exposed diamonds, maximizing the amount of light that hits their many, many facets and  increasing this ring’s overall sparkle.

Quote: ‘The petite pavé engagement ring I purchased for my fiancée couldn’t have made her any happier! The detail and overall quality of this ring blew both of us away.’ – Alex L.


14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

The Fishtail Diamond Ring

A simple diamond ring is the perfect way to celebrate any significant life milestone: a birthday, graduation, promotion, or anything you deem diamond-worthy. This thin-banded stunner is blooming with 8 round brilliant diamonds, mounted smoothly in scalloped chevron prongs for a sturdy setting that’s ideal for daily wear.  This is a piece of durable diamond jewelry that will stand up to anything you throw at it throughout your hectic day.

14K White Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

Quote: ‘I ordered this band to go with my solitaire engagement ring and I love it! This band is very thin. I love the look of it.’ – Emily M.

Diamond Cluster Butterfly Ring

A customer-favorite diamond ring with a unique 1:2 diamond pattern reminiscent of whimsical butterflies. More diamonds = more facets = more sparkle. And that’s something we can all get behind! No wonder this diamond ring is one of our more popular designs. Plus, this diamond-heavy ring is actually extremely wearable. It lies flat against the wearer’s skin for a super-comfortable fit.

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Butterfly Ring

Quote: ‘This ring is packed with glitter! It’s a great flashy look for a reasonable price and gives the illusion of bigger diamonds from a distance.’ – Lorraine B.

Bezel-Set Diamond Pendant Necklace

This pendant necklace features a minimalist bezel setting that securely holds your chosen diamond, so your necklace will withstand thorough daily wear. However, this classic mounting is anything but traditional. It features an important twist: open sides to allow light to hit your chosen diamond’s side facets and bring out its glitter. This necklace is ideal for yellow gold lovers.

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

Quote: ‘I am very picky and this is my perfect solitaire necklace! The back on the mounting is designed to help a diamond lay flat and to keep the culet from poking you. The chain is very fine and the diamond in my setting is dazzling to wear due to the superb cut.’ – Rachael T.

Four Prong Diamond Pendant Necklace

A simple, yet gorgeous, diamond pendant that will quickly become a diamond jewelry wardrobe staple. This white gold necklace complements most necklines, and can easily be layered with other necklace styles. The four-prong setting exposes the sides of the center diamond, allowing light to hit from every angle and increasing your pendant’s shine.

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Quote: ‘More incredible than I could have hoped! I have to say, I am so impressed! This design is just perfect and really lets the diamond “shine”, literally and figuratively.’ – Maggie L.

An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

Discover our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds, True Hearts™ by James Allen.

While you’re at it, check out our other birthstone guides:
January GarnetFebruary AmethystMarch AquamarineMay EmeraldJuly RubySeptember SapphireNovember CitrineDecember Topaz

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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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14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring
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.

Read more about designing the perfect engagement ring

Glow-Key Glam

14K White Gold Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
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.

Read more about choosing an engagement ring she’ll love

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)
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.

Pin the style on your fiancée!

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Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.

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Double Halo Engagement Rings: Twice the Ice

Why settle for a single halo when double halo engagement rings offer twice the sparkle?

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When it comes to matters of sparkle, more is definitely more. More light play, more fireworks, more… POW! Double halos allow you to supersize your sparkle by creating the illusion of a larger stone. They use a pretty nifty trick of the light that could end up saving you $$$!

Highs & Halos: Double Halo Engagement Rings

If you’re unfamiliar, traditional halo engagement rings surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. Light from these peripheral stones reflects off the center stone, creating a wonderful larger-than-life aura.

14K White Gold Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Double halo engagement rings, as the name suggests, are framed by not one but two outer rings of sparkle. This gives them twice the visual impact, much like the jaw-dropping beauty of a double rainbow.

Thanks to their seemingly larger appearance, double halos are a popular choice for the budget-conscious shopper who wants to wow without the ‘ow!’

Celebrity Doubles

Most celebs are used to seeing sparkle wherever they go. They see it in the camera lenses of overzealous paparazzi and they see it in the jewels they wear. Double halo engagement rings sparkle twice as hard as classic solitaires; enough to satisfy even the most fabulous of appetites.

Community star Alison Brie must’ve been seeing double when her then-boyfriend, Dave Franco, presented her with a dazzling double halo. The vintage-inspired sparkler, with its round center diamond, is one ring we hope the GLOW actress won’t be wrestling in!

Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s sparkler is as dramatic as her acclaimed turn in Black Swan. The antique round (old mine) cut diamond ring and a surrounding pavé-set double halo are ethically sourced and the platinum band is recycled metal, in line with Ms. Portman’s eco-friendly ideals. Get Closer to her style with an exquisite James Allen lookalike set with a certified conflict-free center diamond.

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

High School Musical alumna Ashley Tisdale graduated with double honors; a cushion-cut center stone framed by a double halo of micropavé diamonds. This showstopper of a ring features smaller diamonds along with the band, significantly upping the sparkle factor. Get twice the shine with the above James Allen lookalike.

Halo & Behold: Double Halo Engagement Rings

Platinum Princess Shape Double Halo Engagement Ring By Martin Flyer
Princess Cut Double Halo Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

A truly versatile ring style, the double halo works with all manner of stone shapes, brilliantly accentuating their unique geometry. The double halo pear shaped engagement ring and double halo cushion cut engagement ring are just two examples of these mega sparklers.

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Ruby and Diamond Double Halo Ring

You can choose to surround your center stone with two diamond halos or opt for contrasting colored gemstones. Finally, select a setting that matches the wearer’s personal style: solitaire bands offer a sleek, modern aesthetic, whereas decorated bands possess more of an old-world charm. If it’s the maximum shimmer you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a pavé band.

Make Mine a Double!

Delve into these heavenly halos. Go on, we double dare you!

Remember you can view all of the double halo engagement rings on JamesAllen.com in glorious 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

Handpicked a handsome halo? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Learn more about halo engagement rings and discover additional ring types in our style series.

Double dip this halo inspo (pin this!)

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Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.

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