This month brings more than just April showers for May flowers. April also brings its gorgeous birthstone, diamond. This classic gemstone adds an elegant and sophisticated touch to everything. You want a refined look? Throw on a pair of diamond stud earrings. You want to add glamour to your ensemble? Put on a gorgeous diamond necklace or tennis bracelet. It’s easy to see why diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Rich History

Diamonds began to form in the earth 3.3 million years ago. Ranking a perfect 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, it is one of the hardest natural materials known to man. They are resistant to moDIamond Jewelryst acids and alkalis. Their strength and reflective beauty make them an ideal gem for collectors, because these unique gems were born at the beginning of time and will last an eternity.

Full of Character

You’ve probably heard someone mention the four C’s when referring to the characteristics of diamond grades. These four C’s include the cut, color, clarity and carat weight. We’ll break it down for you below:

Cut: Determines a diamond’s brilliance and sparkle. A cut that is too shallow or too deep can interfere with a diamonds ability to reflect light.

Color: Diamonds of the highest value display a complete lack of color. They are ranked alphabetically, D through Z, with D being the purest of gemstones.

Clarity: Based on the number of natural inclusions within a stone. The more inclusions or impurities a diamond has, the lower its clarity grade. No other gemstone has the clarity of a diamond, other than tanzanite, which outshines a diamond in many attributes.

Carat Weight: A measurement based on the weight, not the size of the stone.

Color Me Anything

Don’t feel limited to the classic, clear gemstone. The popularity of beautiful colored diamonds continues to grow. In the past you would only see these unique gemstones on celebs or wealthy stars, but times are changing. These vibrant stones are rapidly gaining acceptance from today’s jewelry lovers. While deep blue, rich red and splendid green are rarer and more expensive colors, the beautiful yellows and elegant browns are affordable and seen more often. Here are a few of our LC favorites:

Colored Diamonds

1. Blue Diamond Pendant 2. Red Diamond Pendant 3. Blue Diamond Ring

Ring Bling

With the growing trend of statement pieces, the cocktail ring has become a highly cherished adornment. And this big bauble looks even more brilliant when encrusted with diamonds. When searching for a cocktail ring, style for your personality, go bold and don’t be afraid to wear it on a finger that isn’t your ring finger. Here are some cocktail rings for inspiration:

Diamond Cocktail Rings

  1. 1. Black Diamond Ring 2. Blue Diamond Flower Ring 3. Diamond Ring

You don’t have to be born in April to appreciate the brilliance of a diamond. Known as the “king of crystals,” diamonds look radiant and convey sophistication. Tune into the LC this Saturday for our full 24-hour Diamond Smackdown event. Diamonds are a luxury that we make possible for you!

What is your favorite piece of diamond jewelry?