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Dazzling Diamonds, April’s Birthstone

14k Solid Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud (

14k Solid Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud (

“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear,
lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.”

If you were born in April then you may be lucky enough to receive a large amount of diamond jewelry in your lifetime, as this is your birthstone.  Diamonds are formed when carbon deep in the earth is compressed under massive pressure to form a clear stone,  this diamond ore is brought closer to the surface by volcanic activity.  Diamond’s are the hardest natural mineral in the world, and this, along with their ability to reflect light makes them highly desirable in jewelry.


Roughly 130 million carats of diamonds are mined each year,  and almost 50% of these come from Africa.  Diamonds are also found in Australia, Russia and even the US.
Diamonds have always been considered attractive and valuable gemstones, and have been associated with engagement rings and weddings.  Although many men struggle to find just the right engagement ring, with the huge selection of designer diamond rings available at reputable locations, there are hundreds of beautiful rings available to suit any budget or style.

Diamonds are believed to pass their clarity and longevity to the wearer and their relationships, helping them to find balance, strength and courage.  The stone is associated with the crownchakra, meaning that when worn it is thought to be able to encourage clearer thinking and focus.

Diamond jewelry is a gift to be treasured forever, and diamonds have been included in the designs of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and broochesfrom as early as the 8th century BC, when they were only found in India.  Traditionally, alongside diamond engagement rings,  diamond tennis bracelets are one of the most popular jewelry designs to use the stone,  and these are often given as a special gift to express love.

Sapphire is sometimes considered an alternative birthstone for April, and with the popularity of colorful gemstone rings , why not treat your loved one to a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring with a dazzling pink, blue or yellow sapphire.

A Tanzanite and diamond ring is another beautiful combination,  as the vibrant purple Tanzanite is highlighted by the clear, white sparkle of diamonds.

The traditional birth flower associated with April is the daisy,  so what better gift that a piece of jewelry which incorporates both diamonds and daisies?  Flower designs in jewelry have been particularly popular over the recent months, and the trend looks set to continue.  Diamond and daisy jewelry is a wonderful birthday gift for milestone ages such as 18, 21, 30 and 40, as the diamonds add class and significance while the daisy shape creates a feeling of fun and youth.  These diamond daisy earrings are cute and fashionable.

Of course, if you like things simpler,  what woman wouldn’t be overjoyed to receive a classic pair of diamond stud earrings for her birthday?  And if she was born in April,  your gift will hold even more meaning.

Don’t be Fooled by Enhanced Diamonds

The phrase ‘too good to be true’ can be applied to everything in life, including diamond jewelry.If you find a cheap engagement ring or bridal ring, or see signs for wholesale diamond rings, be sure that the seller isn’t cutting their price by cutting quality.While there are excuengagesive retailers who can offer you genuine designer diamond rings and other natural diamond jewelry at a great price, many offer low prices because they are using enhanced diamonds.

Unlike high quality natural diamonds, enhanced diamonds are inferior stones that have been artificially treated to hide cracks, repair ugly inclusions and improve their color.These treatments are unnerving by any standard and include laser drilling and boiling in sulfuric acid to remove black or dirty inclusions, exposure to radiation to enhance or change the stone’s color, placing the diamond in extreme heat and pressure to improve clarity, using a sealant to hid cracks and pits in the diamond, and being coated with a substance to add a reflective effect.

While all of these treatments can result in a gemstone that is cheaper than a natural diamond, don’t be fooled.Enhanced diamonds cost less because they are lower quality, and therefore less valuable.In fact, there is heated debate in the jewelry industry about the use of treatments to enhance diamonds, as it can make stones difficult to grade and certify accurately.

Under US law  , all enhanced diamonds must be declared and sold as such.One of the most common practices to enhance diamonds that must be declared is laser drilling to dissolve inclusions to improve clarity.These holes are clearly visible under a jeweler’s microscope and it is debated whether or not this process damages the integrity of stone.

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is the leading organization in studying and grading diamonds and all other gemstones, and they also require that all diamonds that have been laser drilled must be disclosed as enhanced.When buying diamond jewelry make sure it comes with a clear appraisal that discloses full information about each stone.

If clear information about stone enhancements is not immediately available, or a customer service rep does not want to talk about this process openly then walk away and look elsewhere for a natural, high quality diamond.

Unfortunately, just because a diamond has not been laser drilled does not mean that it hasn’t been subjected to other enhancement treatments such as a being boiled in sulfuric acid. Most inferior stones actually have fractures that extend to the surface from inclusions deep in the stone that allow the acid to travel into the inclusion without holes being bored.

Would you consider buying a diamond ring if you knew the diamond had been immersed in sulfuric acid?Or buy a diamond bracelet that had been exposed to radiation? Would you buy any kind of gemstone jewelry that you knew had cracks that had to be filled with a sealant?

The GIA has announced that new treatments to artificially enhance diamonds are being developed all the time, making it more difficult for customers to identify and buy a genuine, natural diamond.They have reported finding diamonds being sold with “an uneven texture with abundant fractures” and “unevenness in their color”[1] although they couldn’t identify what techniques had been used to treat the stone. Another report noted that High Press/ Heat Treated (HPHT) annealing of diamonds is “one of the most serious challenges the diamond industry has ever faced”[2]

This worrying trend makes it even more important to only buy diamond jewelry from a source that you trust, and who are dedicated to only creating designer diamond jewelry using the highest quality, natural diamonds.Look for sites that advertise that they don’t use enhanced diamonds, and have clear certification for all of their diamond jewelry from

While enhancements may not be visible to the naked eye, they will certainly be visible to a trained jeweler or appraiser.While you may not be immediately concerned about the resale price of your diamond bracelet, engagement ring or gold diamond ring,any valuable piece of diamond jewelry is an investment in the future, and you will certainly want to make sure that any jewelry passed down from generation to generation is the highest value that it can be.

Perfect Diamond For the Perfect Love

Diamonds are associated with the finest things in life, and a diamond engagement ring is possibly the most significant diamond purchase that you will make during your lifetime.Browsing jewelry stores and catalogs can be overwhelming, with each one guaranteeing that they offer the best quality selection. So how can you be sure that you are getting a great diamond in that designer ring?

Finding the perfect beautiful ring for the woman that you love can be a difficult job if you don’t know what you are looking for.When you propose you want her to know that only the finest, superior quality diamond ring is good enough for her, and you should also take care to find a designer ring that suits her style and taste to make the ring more personal.

When it comes to diamonds size matters, but is only a part of what you should look for in an engagement ring.The physical size, or weight, of a diamond is measure in carats, but just because a diamond is large doesn’t mean that it is high quality, or even attractive.In fact, many of the largest stones that you see on display in jewelry counters may not even be real, or natural diamonds.To truly appreciate a diamond you need to take into consideration the other 3 cs of diamonds, namely cut, clarity and color.

The finest diamond designer rings will display exquisite cuts, a high level of clarity, and a pure color.However, if you are looking for a cheap engagement ring you can opt to choose a higher grade of one element over another to keep the price of your designer ring within your budget.For example, if you are happy with a diamond that has flaws ‘only visible under close inspection’ then you will be able to afford a larger carat.A diamond with a cut that is not quite perfect might be technically less valuable but could create an unusual fire and sparkle to enhance the clarity of the gem.

Each piece of diamond jewelry that you purchase should come with a certificate to show you exactly what the rating is for each ‘c’.The beauty of buying a diamond designer ring online is that a good site will often display that useful information right alongside each beautiful ring.Some may even let you search by settings for your engagement ring, by diamond type or by price range letting you find a precious engagement ring within your budget.

Modern designer rings now also offer choices in other gemstones for engagement rings in tantalizing color combinations such as diamond and tanzanite rings or pink saphire and diamond rings.Settings for engagement rings can also vary, ranging from modern designer styles to classic and traditional settings.

The important this is to choose a diamond ring not based on size or price alone, but to choose a designer ring that you feel she will love and treasure forever, because that is was an engagement ring symbolizes.

The Many Advantages of Buying Fine Jewelry Online

If diamonds are a girls best friend, then the internet must surely be a diamond ring buyer’s best friend. While it is true that diamonds never look better than when they are sparkling in your hand, buying online offers you a wealth of information and tools that you won’t find in the high street or mall, and also allows you to shop in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  You will find wholesale jewelry at greatly reduced prices, cheap engagement rings and unusual gemstone rings such as a diamond and tanzanite ring or a pink sapphire diamond ring.

Educate yourself in the intricacies of diamonds to give yourself the peace of mind that you are buying the best quality diamond designer ring for your money.   Learn the difference between 14k jewellery and 18k jewelry,  and the different settings for engagement rings.  While shop assistants are trained to give you a particular sales pitch, you can find a wealth of impartial information about diamond jewelry on the internet, from company websites who make it their business to educate their customers about the high quality of their diamonds to information hubs that offer key hints on how to get the best value for your money.

Buying diamond jewelry online also often works out cheaper. By cutting out overheads such as the rent, for a high street storefront, companies are able to offer the highest quality jewelry at a greatly reduced price.  Online stores are a great place to find a cheap engagement ring or diamond bridal sets.  By buying a wholesale diamond ring online you can be sure that your money is paying for the value of the jewelry rather than any expensive advertising campaign or flashy storefront.

Shopping for diamond designer rings online also means that you can shop in the comfort of your own home, browsing a huge range of designs at your own pace, with no pushy shop assistants or gimmicky sales techniques. You can take as much time as you want to view the high resolution images of each diamond designer ring without feeling rushed or pressurized into making a decision. When you are ready to make a purchase, reputable sites will offer you a seamless and secure checkout procedure, following through on your order with high levels of customer service and personal attention.

As if these reasons weren’t enough, shopping for diamond designer rings online also lets you involve other people in the decision making process without actually dragging them to a store. How many men have asked the best friends opinion when selecting a precious engagement ring? When buying diamond rings online you can share your ideas with friends and family easily by emailing links. Or create a list of your favorite designs using any social bookmarking tool to compare later.

Buying a diamond is a decision that can last a lifetime, and you deserve to choose the most beautiful ring possible in your own time, in a pleasant and relaxed environment. And if you make your decision at 3am in the morning, and simply must make your purchase instantly, you can be sure that unlike the high street, online stores are always open.

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