People who were born in the month of April are lucky to have the gorgeous, exquisitely brilliant diamond as their birthstone. Diamonds are perhaps the most desired of all the precious gems, thanks to their beauty, durability, versatility, and lovely meaning. Since diamonds are so highly desired, diamond jewelry makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. But diamond jewelry is a particularly thoughtful gift for someone with an April birthday, as it’s both beautiful and personalized.
Thinking of picking up a diamond piece for a loved one with an April birthday? Or do you want to get yourself something special for your April birthday? Read on to learn more about the history and meaning of April’s birthstone, the diamond, and to see some of our top recommendations for April birthstone jewelry gifts!
The History Of April’s Birthstone
It takes between one and three billion years for a diamond to form within the earth, so every natural diamond in existence is at least one billion years old. This ancient gemstone has been loved and desired by humans throughout the ages, since at least as far back as the fourth century BC. Some of the earliest records of humans trading diamonds come from the fourth century BC in ancient India, where diamonds were sometimes found in India’s rivers and streams. These diamonds were very limited in quantity so, initially, they were sold only to the wealthiest classes in India. This changed over time, however, as world trade expanded. In the Middle Ages, Indian traders traveled with caravans to markets in Venice, where they sold their diamonds to wealthy Europeans. By the 1400s, diamonds had become incredibly fashionable among European nobles.
India was the world’s first source of diamonds, and they remained the primary source for hundreds of years. In the early 1700s, however, India’s diamond supplies began to dwindle, while other countries were discovering their own supplies. In the 1700s, Brazil became the world’s dominant source of diamonds, followed by South Africa in the 1800s. Today, diamonds are mined in many parts of the world, including Canada, Botswana, Russia, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, and Angola.
The Meaning of April’s Birthstone
Diamonds have been associated with love since the time of Ancient Rome, when Ancient Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds. Ancient people also strongly associated diamonds with strength, as diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth. The ancient Greek word for diamond was “adamas,” which means “invincible.” Ancient Greek warriors often wore diamonds into battle, as they believed they would strengthen their muscles and make their wearer invincible in battle.
Today, diamonds are still associated with love for oneself and others, and inner strength. Then, in the modern era, diamonds are also associated with purity, innocence, and eternity. The beautiful meaning of the diamond has made it the most popular gemstone for engagement rings.
April Birthstone Jewelry Gifts
With their extraordinarily high brilliance, diamonds look absolutely gorgeous in every type of fine jewelry. Then, the immense strength and hardness of diamonds also means that they’re quite a practical choice for any type of jewelry, and they’re every jeweler’s top recommendation for everyday rings. Diamond birthstone jewelry is simply a can’t-go-wrong gift option, no matter which type or style you choose. However, to help give you some inspiration, here are some of our current favorite diamond jewelry pieces!
Alena Diamond Ring With Diamond Band
A classic diamond ring with a pave diamond band is a timeless gift your loved one will treasure forever. Pictured above is the Alena Ring, a lovely, timeless engagement ring option. But if you’re looking for another style, we do have a custom diamond ring designer tool, which allows you to easily create the diamond engagement ring or fashion diamond ring of your dreams.
Solitaire Diamond Pendant Necklace
A solitaire diamond pendant necklace is beautiful, classic, and quite versatile. A diamond pendant necklace looks as at-home with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with a black tie ensemble. A diamond pendant necklace is a can’t-fail gift option that they’ll be able to enjoy wearing for decades to come.
Elise Twisted Band Solitaire Diamond Ring
The Elise Diamond Ring is one of our current favorite solitaire styles. This utterly elegant ring setting features a slim, twisted band and a chic, timeless four prong solitaire setting. The Elise Ring is a lovely style that works beautifully as a classic engagement ring or as a beautiful promise ring.
Skylar Halo Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Going for glamour? The Skylar Halo Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring is the ideal choice. This gorgeous engagement ring, which could also double as a show-stopping cocktail ring, features an emerald cut halo setting adorned with shimmering pave diamonds. Additional diamonds accent this ring’s slim band, ensuring it will dazzle from every angle.
Shopping for a traditional birthstone birthday gift for a different month of the year? View our Gemstone Jewelry Collection, which features amethyst jewelry, aquamarine jewelry, topaz jewelry, citrine jewelry, and much more.