The diamond is a treasured gemstone prized for its rarity and brilliance. It has adorned royalty for centuries and has long been viewed and gifted as a symbol of love. Those lucky enough to be born in April also get to claim this adored gemstone as their birthstone. The popularity of diamonds makes them a versatile gemstone available in many different types of jewelry.
The Eternal Stone
Just as every gemstone holds special meaning, diamonds were historically believed to promote healing and ward off evil spirits. They were first mined in India and have been worn by Indian royalty since the fourth century BC.
Diamond's Birthstone History
Diamond jewelry became fashionable among wealthy Europeans during the 15th century, but it wasn't until the 16th century that people began wearing it as their birthstone. Traditionally, both diamonds and sapphires were used as April birthstones. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers created the official list of birthstones and chose diamond as the sole gem for April.
An Emblem of Love and Commitment
Birthstone meaning is often tied to a gemstone's physical properties. As the hardest substance found on earth, diamonds are fittingly associated with strength and longevity. The word "diamond" actually comes from the Greek word "adamas" for "unbreakable." Their everlasting nature is also used to symbolize undying love and passion. In addition to their durability, diamonds are known for their incredible transparency, which evokes a sense of clarity, purity and commitment. They are also worn to boost confidence and courage.
Gifting Inspiration for the April Birthstone
Diamonds make beautiful and thoughtful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and religious occasions. They are popularly used in engagement and wedding rings to symbolize eternal love. Diamond necklaces, bracelets and earrings make cherished gifts as well.
An Exquisite Engagement Ring
The very first diamond engagement ring was given in 1477 from Archduke Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy. Keep the tradition alive with a diamond ring in either a classic or modern style—whichever suits your significant other best. Choose a platinum, yellow gold, white gold or rose gold setting to display the diamond's timeless sparkle.
A Meaningful Birthday Gift
Diamond necklaces come in a selection of styles to suit any personality. A solitaire pendant offers effortless elegance, while an eternity necklace provides a bold and breathtaking showcase for the April birthstone. A diamond heart or cross necklace may be just right for the occasion as well.
Gifts for Mom
Diamond earrings are always a gift that mom is sure to love, encouraging her to add some sparkle to her day. A variety of different designs, from refined round studs to glistening statement earrings, make it easy to find the perfect present for her birthday or Mother's Day.
Commemorating a Special Occasion
From graduations to wedding anniversaries, diamond bracelets are a wonderful way to mark a milestone. Select from classic, modern and tennis bracelets with a line of shimmering diamonds set in platinum or gold.
Keep Your Diamond Jewelry Looking Beautiful for a Lifetime
- The unsurpassed hardness and durability of diamonds make them suitable for everyday wear, whether as a ring or bracelet.
- When you’re not wearing it, keep your diamond jewelry in a felt-lined jewelry box.
- Diamond birthstone jewelry should be regularly cleaned with warm water, mild soap and a soft brush to help retain its glamorous glitter.
- We also offer free cleaning and repair services to keep your beloved pieces in excellent shape over time.
Learn More About Gemstones
The everlasting diamond will always be a favorite choice for fine jewelry. If you are also interested in jewelry options with colored gemstones, then you can learn about other gemstones in our comprehensive guide.
Explore Education by Category
- Amethyst Engagement RingsAquamarine Engagement RingsEmerald Engagement RingsMoonstone Engagement RingsMorganite Engagement RingsOpal Engagement RingsPink Sapphire Engagement RingsRuby Engagement RingsSapphire Engagement RingsTanzanite Engagement RingsTopaz Engagement RingsAll Gemstone Engagement Ring Guides
Only at Blue Nile
When it comes to celebrations we strive to make your experience as brilliant as our jewelry with the perfect pieces for every occasion.
Visit a Showroom
Meet our personal jewelers, explore bestselling styles, pick up an online order, arrange to preview something from our online collection and so much more.
Schedule an Appointment
Book a fun and interactive appointment with a diamond expert and get up-close views of diamond and jewelry options from the comfort of your own home.
The highest-quality design at a great price.
Peace of Mind
30-day returns, diamond price-match guarantee and more.
The original online jeweler since 1999.
The perfect pieces for every occasion.