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Carbonfree® Commitment

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:29

 

As part of our continued commitment to sustainability, we are proud to announce that Brilliant Earth is a Certified Carbonfree® company.

After calculating our carbon footprint, we partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset our carbon emissions by contributing to Tropical Rainforest Conservation in Brazil.

Why?

We are passionate about cultivating a more transparent, sustainable, and compassionate jewelry industry. To live by our mission, we are committed to responsible sourcing, giving back and sustainable practices.  Climate change poses an immediate threat to us all, and we encourage individuals and businesses alike to take action to reduce their impact on the environment.

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The first step toward becoming carbon neutral was calculating our carbon footprint. To calculate our footprint, we assessed the direct emissions associated with our annual operations including energy use, packaging, shipping, employee travel and employee commuting. We used publicly available tools to complete the calculation including the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator and Carbonfund.org’s carbon footprint calculator.

 

 

Our Carbonfree® Commitment

The Tropical Rainforest Conservation project focuses on protecting 750,000 acres of tropical rainforest in Brazil, helping to reduce global carbon emissions, conserve the habitat for many threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, and improve the local water quality. We plan to continue our journey and identify ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint in the future.

 

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Do You Know the Meaning Behind May’s Beautiful Birthstone?

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:49

 

May is when spring has finally sprung, and bright green blankets the outdoors. So, it’s only fitting the vibrant green emerald is May’s birthstone.

May birthstone history

Emeralds have been prized for their beauty since antiquity—emerald mines existed in Egypt as early as 300 BC, and these gorgeous green gems were worn as jewelry in ancient Greece and Rome. Europeans were introduced to the beauty of emeralds in the 1500s when the Spanish invaded South America, where the Incas had prized emeralds for hundreds of years. During that same period, emeralds were cherished by the Mogul emperors of India, who believed that the gems were talismans that offered the protection of the gods.

EMERALD meaning

Like many gemstones, emeralds have a multitude of meanings stemming from different cultures and beliefs. In mythology, emerald is the stone of the goddess Venus, resulting in the association of emeralds with romance. Emeralds are said to bring passion, bliss, and unconditional love! Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil.

EMERALDS’ FAMOUS FANS

Cleopatra had a passion for emerald jewelry, as did Elizabeth Taylor, who acquired some legendary emeralds while filming Cleopatra in Rome (lover Richard Burton bought it for her at Bulgari). Around the same time, glamorous first lady Jackie Kennedy wore an emerald and diamond engagement ring. And an emerald engagement ring was at the center of the twentieth century’s most legendary love story, when in 1936 King Edward VIII of England proposed to his divorced American love Wallis Simpson with a nineteen carat emerald ring engraved with the message “We are ours now.” The ensuing scandal caused him to abdicate the throne, making the couple the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Today, Angelina Jolie may be emeralds’ most famous advocate. She frequently wears these gorgeous green gems on the red carpet. Other very stylish Hollywood stars, including Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde wear gorgeous emerald engagement rings.

CARING FOR EMERALDS

Only use mild soap and warm water to clean emeralds, and not techniques involving steam, chemicals or high heat, because they can cause the gem to fracture. Emeralds are generally treated with cedar oil to minimize the appearance of their inclusions. When done right, this does not affect the way light interacts with the gem or change its color in any way.

If you are a May birthday girl, are shopping for one, or just love emeralds, you can Create Your Own Emerald Ring by selecting one of our vibrant ethical origin emeralds and pairing it with your favorite ring setting. We also carry stunning vintage emerald rings and jewelry.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON MAY BIRTHSTONES

Are you a May birthday girl? Do you own a favorite piece of emerald jewelry?  Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!

 

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Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 01:25

 

Mother’s Day is on May 12th, the time when we get to thank our moms for everything they do! For many mothers the best gift is the sound of your voice over the phone or your presence at dinner. But we can’t forget that moms love receiving gifts, too!

If you are in search of a gift that reflects your or your mom’s eco-friendly values, take a look at our top suggestions for eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts.

Silver Eucalyptus Diamond Pendant

 

Both nature-inspired and contemporary in feel, this chic pendant features a beautiful bezel set diamond atop a delicately sculpted leaf design, and is made from recycled silver.

North Star Pendant

 

Shining with the constant brightness of the North Star, this lovely pendant features a star-set diamond within a lustrous disc of silver.

Juniper Earrings

 

Delicate branches curve up the ear for a look of natural beauty. Glittering diamonds rest in lustrous metal in these stunning diamond earrings.

Akoya Pearl Earrings

 

A beautifully matched pair of premium Akoya cultured pearls are mounted on classic silver push back posts. These elegant, organic gemstones feature brilliant luster and shine with traditional grace and beauty. For more options, consider a pair of white gold earrings or platinum earrings.

Bouquet Pendant

 

 

A dazzling gemstone cluster of pink and yellow sapphires, a morganite, and a glittering diamond catch the eye in this playful and chic pendant.

Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Elegant and timeless, these chic earrings feature a matched pair of lab created round diamonds secured in classic basket settings.

Opal Halo Diamond Pendant

 

The enchanting beauty of an opal cabochon is perfectly complemented with warm rose gold and shimmering diamonds in this alluring halo pendant.

Sapphire Pavé Twist Pendant

 

Shimmering pavé diamonds in lustrous white gold form a sculptural twist around a serene blue sapphire in this glamorous pendant.

Halo Diamond Earrings

 

These exquisite earrings feature your selected center diamond surrounded by a halo of pavé-set diamond accents, giving the appearance of a larger center diamond. Comfortable push-back posts for pierced ears secure the earrings in place.

Final Thoughts

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. We’d love to know! For more inspiration visit our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

 

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Cool Jewelry Inspired by Frida Kahlo

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:27
The artist was debilitated throughout her life by a spinal injury, and heaping on trinkets was a way of arming herself against pain.
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Winter is Here: Jewelry Inspired by Your Favorite Great House

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 23:08

 

While the winter season may be behind us, in Westeros winter is here. The fight for the Iron Throne is heating up (Dracarys!). Fans everywhere are clamoring for details on what’s next for Jon Snow, Daenerys and the rest of the Seven Kingdoms as they prepare to fight their biggest battle yet: The Night King and the White Walkers.

In celebration of the final season, we’ve curated pieces from our collection that reflect style inspiration from some the Great Houses.

House Stark of Winterfell

Channel your inner direwolf with pieces reminiscent of ice and snow that also show off your long line of Westerosi nobility and your allegiance to the Great White North.

North Star Diamond Pendant

 

Blooming Willow Diamond Ring

Pointe Diamond Pendant

 

House Lannister of Casterly Rock

Rule like one of the richest and most powerful dynasties with opulent, golden pieces that embody the Lannister motto “Hear Me Roar!”

The Avondale Ring

Garnet Halo Diamond Earrings

Art Deco-Inspired Hexagonal Halo Pearl Matched Set

House Targaryen

Find your inner Khaleesi with a fiery opal pendant and vibrant earrings that exemplify House Targaryen’s words of promise, “fire and blood.”

Opal Diamond Halo Pendant

 

Fire Citrine Stud Earrings

Citrine Stud Earrings

House Tyrell of Highgarden

Resurrect House Tyrell, honor the Knight of Flowers and show your style is “growing strong” with symbols of the golden rose.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

Magnolia Branch Diamond Pendant

 

Lotus Flower Diamond Ring

House Greyjoy of Pyke

Call on your aquatic roots with no nonsense pieces fit for those that sit upon the Salt Throne.

Wave Wedding Ring

Diamond Wave Pendant

 

The Marina Necklace

 

Final Thoughts

Which of these houses is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Popular Lab Diamond Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 00:26

 

Exhibiting stunning sparkle and exceptional quality, lab created diamonds are becoming an increasingly popular choice for engagement rings.

Lab created diamond engagement rings have risen in popularity over the years, offering excellent value with exceptional beauty. Sharing the same physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds, lab grown diamonds exhibit the same fire and sparkle as mined diamonds while typically costing less. Giving that no mining is required to produce these diamonds, lab created diamonds are a responsible choice. Discover our most popular lab diamond engagement rings below!

Demi Diamond Ring

Chic and sophisticated, the Demi Diamond Ring conceals a glittering halo of diamonds beneath its center gem for a sparkling surprise (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Four Prong Petite Comfort Fit Ring

The petite and delicate Four Prong Petite Comfort Fit Ring is a timeless and classic choice, promising to never go out of style (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

At once graceful and unique, the Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring features a lustrous ribbon of precious metal that intertwines with a shimmering strand of pavé diamonds for a nature-inspired look (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Poppy Diamond Ring

The six-pronged Poppy Diamond Ring features exquisite diamond accents that extend halfway across the band. An open gallery accentuates all facets of the center gem, adding to the elegance and sparkle of the ring (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Willow Diamond Ring

Exquisite and nature-inspired, the Willow Diamond Ring features wispy vines of precious metal that blossom into beautiful marquise diamond buds around the center gem (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Viviana Diamond Ring

The Viviana Diamond Ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend three-fourths of the way around the ring. A diamond adorned gallery and graceful claw prongs embrace the center gem for a chic look (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Elodie Ring

Understated and elegant, the Elodie Ring features delicate claw prongs and an open basket that showcases the center gem (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Waverly Diamond Ring

Featuring a sparkling halo of diamonds, the Waverly Diamond Ring is at once unique and eye-catching. Scalloped pavé diamonds and a diamond encrusted gallery add to the brilliance of this ring (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Aria Diamond Ring

Delicate and petite, the Aria Diamond Ring features a thin, tapered band that ends in pear-shaped diamond accents on either side of the center gem (shown with 1 ½ ct. Lab diamond).

Final Thoughts

Which of these lab diamond engagement ring styles is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Investigators Recover Jewels Taken From Rome’s Etruscan Museum

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 20:28
Italy’s police art theft squad has recovered two dozen precious jewels. But investigators still wonder who was behind the audacious theft.
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Quiz: What Should Your Signature Wedding Cocktail Be?

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 23:49

After the bliss of getting engaged, planning the big day can seem like an insurmountable feat! Between venues, invites, food, and more — there are so many factors to consider. But ultimately, the wedding day is all about celebrating you and your spouse-to-be! With this in mind, we decided to help you plan your perfect celebration with a signature wedding cocktail generator.

Proceed through the 10 questions above to get your personalized result!

Don’t forget to share your signature cocktail with friends on Facebook or Twitter using the buttons on the results page! Even those who are not-yet-engaged or already married may want to find their own perfect couple’s drink.

How will you incorporate your signature cocktail into your wedding day? Let us know in the comments below, or share your opinion with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Adorning the Stars of La Scala

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sat, 03/30/2019 - 05:00
“Corbella Milano,” a new book, describes the armor, jewelry and accessories that a family company made for the opera over almost a century.
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Adorable Puppy Proposals

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 21:00

Image Credit: Instagram @emilyjeanimages @physiciankitchen

This National Puppy Day, we’re celebrating the two things we love most- Puppies and Proposals!

Happy National Puppy Day! On the day where we celebrate our beloved furry friends, get inspired by these adorable puppy proposal ideas (we challenge you to think of something cuter)!

1. For an extra surprise, follow your proposal with the gift of a puppy.

 

Image Credit: Instagram @puppyquest
2. If your special someone already has a puppy, tie a “Will you marry me?” sign on their dog’s collar. When they play with their furry friend, they’ll see the note for the ultimate surprise!

 

Image Credit: Instagram @lacihavens @akola77 @glamrosh

 

3. Train your furry friend to play fetch and have them present the ring box to your partner for an unexpected retrieval.

 

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4. Attach the ring to your dog’s collar just before your partner arrives, and have the pup greet them with a surprise proposal!

 

Image Credit: Instagram @mav_and_moose Final Thoughts

Which is your favorite puppy proposal? Share your puppy proposal ideas with us in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Queen Victoria’s Small Coronet Has a Big Story

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:08
When the Victoria & Albert Museum’s jewelry gallery reopens next month, the royal treasure will become its centerpiece.
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Marijuana Motifs Go From Hippie to High (Jewelry, That Is)

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:08
As pot is legalized, designers create collections in gold, diamonds and more.
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Taking Stock at Cartier

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:07
A new jewelry collection scheduled for April is just the most recent focus for the house’s chief executive.
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Hoop Earrings Are Having a Moment

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:06
“Hoops feel, in a way, like denim,” one designer said — “something you can’t have too many of.”
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Imagination and Innovation in High Jewelry

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:05
The spring collections included a new material at Cartier, a new setting from Chopard and an edgy golden coil at Boucheron.
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Judith Leiber Adds 700 Pieces of Jewelry to Its Handbag Universe

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:05
Known for quirky evening bags, the accessories company plans to introduce affordable jewelry in May.
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China Starts Growing Its Own High Jewelry Designers

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:04
Feng Ji already is looking for ways to expand her business as the country’s luxury market develops.
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Tiaras, for a Ball or Business Meeting

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:03
The French house Chaumet had a customer order a jeweled headpiece to wear at sales meetings, “like an empress,” its chief executive said.
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Butterflies, Long Symbols of Hope, Flutter Jewelry Collections

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:02
Experiments with shapes and colors could be an antidote to political and economic concerns, some observers say.
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From Architecture to Jewelry Design

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 05:01
The California architect Rosa Van Parys was looking for a way to relieve stress when she began working with gems and gold.
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