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Jewellery fans tend to look at anyone with the good fortune to be born in April with extreme jealousy. Yes, there’s nothing wrong with July’s rubies, and September’s sapphires are certainly pretty, but one can only pity the semi-precious stoned afforded to January (garnet) and August (peridot) babies when April’s children are blessed with diamonds.
After all, not only are they said to symbolise purity, innocence, eternity and courage, diamonds are also the most popular precious stones among jewellers – meaning there’s a vast array of choice when it comes to gifting April birthstone jewellery. From show-stopping high jewellery to diamonds designed for every day, here’s our pick of the best diamond birthstone jewellery for April.
Let’s start with a real heavy hitter. This year Chanel celebrates the 100th anniversary of its signature No. 5 scent and how better to mark the occasion that than with an incredible high jewellery collection? The star of the show is the 55.55 necklace: so named for the astounding 55.55 carat custom-cut diamond at its centre. Surrounded by 104 round diamonds and 42 baguette diamonds, the D Flawless quality stone is exceptional not only for its size and clarity but also for its shape: the same as the iconic perfume bottle.
55.55 diamond necklace, POA, chanel.com
De Beers’ Talisman collection celebrates the elegance and purity of raw and rough diamonds and is a brilliant wearable reminder of the beauty of the imperfect. This delicate 18 carat gold charm bracelet features three brown rough diamond and two brilliant round polished diamonds and was created using textured serti poinçon, a unique setting technique created by De Beers to highlight the unique qualities of rough natural diamonds.
These are not your mum’s diamond earrings. This unusual design by Piaget sees a solitaire diamond attached to a ray of stones set in 18 karat white gold that sit below the earlobe as if floating. Not quite cutting edge enough for your tastes? These innovative earrings can also be transformed, with the sunburst part detachable to leave you with a discreet pair of diamond studs ideal for every day wear.
Contrary to what you might believe, not all diamonds come from below the earth and the industry for lab-grown diamonds has boomed over the past decade. Widely considered to be a more ethical and sustainable alternative to mined diamonds, they are chemically identical to their natural counterparts but, for those on a budget, typically ring in at a fraction of the cost. A leader in the field is Dutch brand Kimai; a favourite of Meghan Markle, we think she’d approve of its recycled gold and diamond Lady stacking ring.
Not sure which cut is her favourite? Harry Winston has covered all the bases by combining a cacophony of marquise, pear-shaped and round brilliant diamonds in one pair of stunning earrings. Part of the brand’s Forget-Me-Not collection, inspired by the eponymous flower and an extension of Harry Winston’s longstanding fascination with the natural world, they weigh in at 4.38 carats and are set in platinum, making for a truly unforgettable gift.
Designed to wrap around the three central fingers and set with a cascade of pear-shaped diamonds in the shape of wings, Messika’s Angel ring is the perfect example of founder Valérie Messika’s mission to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with diamonds. An heirloom piece if ever we saw one.
Diamonds needn’t cost the earth, as Parisian jewellery designer Pascale Monvoisin is on a mission to prove. Combining dainty round diamonds set in nine carat gold with a shell pendant fashioned from durable and less precious porcelain, this contemporary single earring is a case in point.
What's better than a diamond necklace? A necklace with a lot of diamonds, of course. Jacquie Aiche’s classic and surprisingly minimalist design features no fewer than 31 bezel-set white diamonds, each dangling elegantly from a fine-link 14 carat gold chain. Like all of the brand’s pieces, it is handmade in the USA; we recommend layering with your favourite gold necklaces to really up the glamour factor.