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The Best Place To Sell Your Luxury Watches And Jewelry: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, and More!

JustLuxe - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:41

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10 Stunning Vintage Inspired Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 00:50

 

When it comes to engagement ring designs, we’re often inspired by the charm of eras past!

Whether it’s Victorian inspired filigree, bold geometric Art Deco styles, or the dazzling glamour of the Retro era, we love vintage-inspired engagement ring details. Our vintage style engagement rings marry the elegant traditions of antique engagement rings with modern touches for a truly unique and beautiful look.

Interested in discovering your new favorite vintage look? Find some of our favorite vintage-inspired ring settings below!

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

Glittering diamonds and light-catching milgrain form an ornate halo around the center gem in this breathtaking vintage-inspired ring.

Reina Diamond Ring

This ring’s regal halo ring shimmers with beading and accent diamonds. Its center diamond floats elegantly within the halo, held in place by graceful claw prongs.

Hudson Ring

Intricate hand engraving and subtle borders of milgrain make the band of this shimmering ring utterly unique.

Tiara Diamond Ring

This romantic setting features a pattern of marquise and round frames complemented by milgrain detailing and round diamond accents.

Elsie Ring

This delicate ring’s hand engraved details create a beautiful light-catching effect. A gentle tapering band draws the eye to the sparkling center diamond.

Primrose Diamond Ring

The feminine Primrose Diamond Ring features floral clusters of diamonds, French pavé diamond accents, and beautiful beading along the interior of the band.

Alvadora Diamond Ring

An intricate halo studded with shimmering round diamonds surrounds the bezel-set center diamond in the Alvadora Diamond Ring. The detailed latticework of the halo creates a truly stunning effect!

Adorned Trio Diamond Ring

A glittering trio of diamonds frame each side of the center diamond in this intricate ring. Sophisticated scrolling details adorn the band for a romantic, vintage-inspired look.

Valentina Diamond Ring

Embellished with hand engraving and diamond accents on its gently sloping shoulders, this unique ring is beautiful from every angle.

Aberdeen Diamond Ring

Celtic love knots and elegant scrollwork make up the beautifully detailed band of the Aberdeen Diamond Ring. The design’s Celtic knots represent eternal loyalty, faith, friendship, and love.

Final Thoughts

Which of these vintage-inspired rings is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook or Twitter!

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Our Hands On Carat Comparison

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:34

 

When it comes to choosing a diamond for an engagement ring, the process can be a bit overwhelming. An ring is an important investment, and one you plan on having for the rest of your life!

Because of this, we encourage diamond shoppers to thoughtfully consider what their biggest priorities are when it comes to the diamond of their dreams. Factors to consider include budget, style preference, and the Four C’s: cut, clarity, color, and carat.

The size of the diamond, measured in carats, is only one of the elements to consider, but for some it’s the most confusing. Different diamonds at the same carat weight can appear to be larger or smaller than others, since factors like shape and cut determine how a diamond’s weight is distributed.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ve created some helpful images comparing diamond sizes in three popular diamond shapes: round, emerald, and oval.

Round Diamonds

Round diamonds are the most classic and popular shape for diamond engagement rings because of their brilliant sparkle and fire. Their glittering brilliance makes them gorgeous centerpieces for solitaire engagement rings. However, they are often the most expensive diamonds, as their shape requires a large amount of the rough stone to be cut away.

Opting for a glittering halo of accent diamonds or a pavé diamond band will make your round diamond appear larger. Other setting styles featuring nature-inspired motifs, asymmetric designs, or hand engravings complement a round center diamond and add to the unique beauty of a ring.

Emerald Diamonds

Emerald cut diamonds are very popular among celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé, Amal Clooney, and more. This striking and sophisticated shape works well with the geometric Art Deco styles featuring split shank bands or baguette diamond accents. The distinct shape works particularly well in vintage-inspired engagement rings. It’s also a popular shape choice for engagement rings set with colored gemstones like morganite, aquamarine, sapphires, and, of course, emeralds! Known as “step cuts”, emerald diamonds possess a different type of beauty from its fancy cut counterparts like radiant diamonds, offering exceptional clarity and a distinctive look when set in engagement rings.

Oval Diamonds

Oval diamond engagement rings are an extremely popular option. For many people, ovals represent the best of both worlds, since they have the sparkle of a round brilliant cut diamond with the elongated surface area of other fancy shaped diamonds. Looking through the most loved ring images on our Instagram feed, a majority of them feature oval diamonds – and we don’t anticipate this trend slowing down anytime soon! When selecting an oval diamond, look at the stone’s length to width ratio as well as the carat size.

Final Thoughts

Although it’s easy to be blinded by the biggest diamond in the room, when it comes to choosing your diamond it’s important to take stock of more than just the size.

Which diamond shape is your favorite? Let us know on our InstagramFacebookTwitter or in the comments below!

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The World Has a Diamond Glut. Why Is That a Problem?

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:51
Mines are closing, and middlemen are being squeezed. But don’t expect bargains at the jewelry counter.
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6 Gorgeous Rings with Hidden Halos

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:10

 

Hidden details make these shimmering rings uniquely beautiful.

Who doesn’t love a surprise? Hidden diamond halos beneath the center diamonds of these engagement rings add an extra element of sparkle to their profile view. Pair a secret halo with a diamond accented band for an utterly dazzling look.

Find our favorite hidden halo diamond rings below!

Demi Diamond Ring

With its petite diamond band, glittering hidden halo and elevated center diamond, the Demi Diamond Ring sparkles from every angle.

Secret Halo Diamond Ring

The secret halo of this ring adds an understated dazzle to the otherwise sleek and classic setting.

Viviana Diamond Ring

Featuring a halo of scalloped pavé diamond accents adorning its gallery, the Viviana Diamond Ring is uncommonly elegant.

Linnia Diamond Ring

Double the bands, double the fun! The parallel bands of the Linnia Diamond Ring, shimmering with scalloped pavé diamond accents, symbolize harmony and partnership, unified by its dazzling hidden halo under the center diamond.

Valencia Diamond Ring

Micro-pavé diamonds adorn every facet of this delicate engagement ring. The scintillating fire of the band and gallery make it one of our most popular settings.

Clara Diamond Ring

The surprise pavé diamond accents of the Clara Diamond Ring add serious sparkle and brilliance to this classic band.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of hidden halos? Would you choose an engagement ring with one? Let us know on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter, or leave us a comment below!

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Can’t Find the Perfect Ring? Designing One Might Be an Easy, Affordable Option

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:04
A ring no one else has, specifically created to tell your love story.
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Most Popular Wedding Bands for Halo Rings

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 17:00

The jury is out! According to social media, sparkling diamond halos remain a top engagement ring trend for 2019.

Halo diamond engagement rings feature diamond accents that encircle a center diamond or gemstone, giving extra sparkle and dimension to a ring. Due to their glittering circumference, they can make a center diamond appear larger, making it an extremely popular choice for diamond engagement rings. However, many celebrities like Kate Middleton, Katy Perry, and Elizabeth Olsen have opted for colored gemstone halo engagement rings. Whatever center gem you choose, halo rings are a gorgeous trend we don’t anticipate slowing down any time soon!

Considering the popularity of halo engagement rings, the natural next step is finding the perfect wedding band to pair it with! To make the choice easier, we’ve called out some of our  most popular halo engagement ring and wedding band pairings below.

Waverly Diamond Ring & Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

The Waverly Diamond Ring has a sparkling halo of scalloped pavé diamonds that extend onto the band, making it shimmer from all angles. The petite scalloped pavé diamonds of the Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring make it a perfect match.

Fancy Halo Diamond Ring with Side Stones & Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring

The Fancy Halo Diamond Ring with Side Stones features an alluring halo that can be set exclusively with fancy shaped diamonds or gemstones, such as pear, oval, marquise, emerald, or cushion. The Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring’s round brilliant diamonds match those of the Fancy Halo Diamond Ring, fitting seamlessly alongside the engagement ring.

Odessa Diamond Ring & Sonora Diamond Ring

With matching French pavé accents on their bands, the Odessa Diamond Ring and Sonora Diamond Ring are a perfect pair! The combined diamond accents create a truly dazzling effect in this bridal set.

Sol Diamond Ring & Petite Comfort Fit

A sleek band with rounded edges for optimal comfort makes the Petite Comfort Fit Wedding Ring a great choice to pair with any engagement ring. Matched here with the Sol Diamond Ring, the simple band allows the engagement ring’s sunny halo to be the star of the show.

Reina Diamond Ring & Versailles Diamond Ring

These two regal rings, although both unique and distinctive, are a match made in heaven! The Reina Diamond Ring boasts an intricately detailed halo with beading, milgrain, and diamond details for a look that is inspired by royal motifs. Like the Reina, The Versailles Diamond Ring is from our Regalia Collection and was inspired by crown jewels and classical palace architecture.

Crescent Diamond Ring & Wren Diamond Ring

This contemporary set is a true showstopper. Sparkling pear and round brilliant cut diamonds create a half halo on the Crescent Diamond Ring. Nestled underneath the engagement ring, the two diamond accents of the Wren Diamond Ring cradle the center diamond, adding subtle extra sparkle.

Final Thoughts

Do you love halo engagement rings? Would you choose any of the bridal sets called out above? Let us know your favorites in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook or Twitter!

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Bob's Watches Collaborates with Sotheby's to Offer 18 Rare Driving Watches in an Online-Only Auction

JustLuxe - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 18:10

Bob’s Watches has curated a group of eighteen rare vintage and modern driving wristwatches in an online-only auction this month in partnership with Sotheby’s.

Inspired by an exceptional group of classic cars highlighting RM Sotheb...

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7 Rings Inspired by Bindi Irwin’s Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 21:59

Bindi Irwin’s Engagement Ring via Instagram @bindisueirwin

 

Bindi’s nature-inspired engagement ring is the perfect nod to her commitment to wildlife and conservation!

Her romantic ring features a 2.01 carat oval diamond set in a delicate diamond adorned rose gold band featuring twisted vine details. In a comment on her Instagram engagement announcement, Bindi wrote, “For those wondering about my ring, I’m so happy to share. My ring features a lab grown diamond and is made with rose gold recycled metal. Chandler was incredibly thoughtful when he chose it, the ring captures the essence of who I am (with its vintage flare) and our life together, with the twisted band and scattered diamonds.”

We love that she and Chandler chose responsibly sourced materials for her ring! Brilliant Earth is proud that the jewelry we create is made with primarily recycled and re-refined precious metals. We also offer a wide selection of lab created diamonds, which display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, but require no mining.

For fans of Bindi’s beautiful nature-inspired ring, we’ve rounded up our favorite lookalike styles below!

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

This beautiful ring features a gently twisting rose gold band entwined with a ribbon of glittering pavé diamonds.

Petite Luxe Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

The Petite Luxe Twisted Vine Diamond Ring adds shimmering pavé diamonds to both twisting strands of precious metal for an sparkling look.

Tressa Diamond Ring

With wider bands of shimmering rose gold and glittering diamond twists, the Tressa Diamond Ring is a beautifully unique setting.

Meadow Diamond Ring

Along the gently twisting strands of pavé-set diamonds and rose gold, the Meadow Diamond Ring features slightly larger, round brilliant cut diamond accents at the twisted points of the band for added dimension and fire.

Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Ring

This enchanting halo ring features a strand of diamonds entwined with a high polished ribbon of precious metal for a captivating, nature-inspired look.

Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

Those who love the symbolism behind Bindi’s ring may love the symbolic three stone ring, which signifies a couple’s past, present, and future together.

Twisted Vine Ring

For fans of solitaire rings, the Twisted Vine Ring is a wonderful choice. The high-polish 14K rose gold of this rings gleams and shimmers along the twists of this band and highlights the sparkle of the center diamond.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations again, Bindi and Chandler! Would you choose a lab created diamond like Bindi and Chandler? Let us know in the comments or on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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The Designer Bringing Whimsy, and Magic Mushrooms, to Fine Jewelry

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:30
Combining psychedelic motifs with precious stones, Brent Neale Winston is redefining the limits of her craft.
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Marvelous Morganite: The Trending Stone of the Summer!

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 21:35

 

Morganite engagement rings and jewelry are trending this summer!

With their blushing petal pink and peach hues, morganites make for stunning center gemstones in warm rose gold engagement rings and yellow gold engagement ring settings.

What is morganite? Like aquamarine and emerald, morganite is a variety of beryl – which means morganite is sometimes informally known as “pink beryl”, “rose beryl” or “pink emerald.” After its discovery in California and Madagascar around 1910, gemologist George F. Kunz named the pink stone “morganite” after his patron, the famous banker and gem enthusiast J.P. Morgan.

According to our sales team, morganite’s popularity has grown five times faster than other gemstones in the past 6 months, and they don’t see the trend slowing down! Take a look at some of our most popular morganite engagement rings and jewelry.

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

With glittering diamonds and milgrain detailing, this vintage-inspired ring is rich with intricate details. Set in 14K rose gold, the warm hues of the precious metal bring out the peach tone of the center gemstone.

Waverly Diamond Ring

Sparkling from every angle with beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds, the Waverly Diamond Ring is one of our most popular settings. Shown here in 18K yellow gold with a 9.0 x 7.0 mm Pink Oval Morganite.

Reina Diamond Ring

Cushion cut morganites perfectly complement the square shaped halo of this regal ring. The vintage inspired ring shimmers with ornate milgrain and diamond detailing.

Selene Diamond Ring

Three stone engagement rings are popular for their symbolism of a couple’s past, present, and future. The graceful symmetry of this three stone ring is highlighted by the gentle taper of the band as it meets the center diamonds and morganite gemstone.

Silver Morganite Twist Pendant

Lustrous silver gracefully curves around a sparkling center morganite in this classic pendant. The elegant simplicity of this necklace makes it a perfect piece for both special occasions and everyday wear.

14K Rose Gold Morganite Halo Diamond Earrings

These delicate studs are sure to mesmerize with their glittering pavé-set diamond halo and soft pink morganite gemstones.

14K Rose Gold Morganite Halo Diamond Pendant

This pendant’s sparkling halo and warm rose gold chain flatter its center millennial pink morganite.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of morganite? Would you opt for a morganite engagement ring? Let us know what you think below in the comments or on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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The History and Meaning of August’s Birthstone

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 19:50

 

Celebrate the August birthday in your life with the gift of peridot birthstone jewelry!

Known as a symbol of opportunity and prosperity, this vibrant yellow-green gemstone is beloved by many. Read on to learn more about what makes peridots so enchanting!

PERIDOT GEMOLOGY

Peridot is a rare gemstone that only occurs naturally in one color. It is a form of Olivine (think olive green), a mineral composed of magnesium and iron.  With the inclusion of outside elements, certain gemstones can occur in every color of the rainbow. The August birthstone, however, only comes in subtle shades of green. It will never be blue, red, purple, orange, or anything else! It is unique in its specificity.

All peridots came to exist on Earth in one of two ways: they either formed deep underground at high temperatures or caught a ride on flaming meteorites (called pallasite meteorites). Peridot from asteroids is extremely rare and valuable, but lucky for us, the United States has a steady supply of peridots made underground. Brilliant Earth sources our stunning peridots from the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona, where Native American community members revere the land and use low-impact mining techniques. These gemstones provide Native Americans with safe, secure livelihoods in an otherwise isolated area.

PERIDOT BIRTHSTONE HISTORY AND MEANING

Peridots have been steeped in myth for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD), an ancient naturalist, first recorded the existence of peridot on a small island off the coast of Egypt. He originally called the stone “topazios” and described it as a gem that was commonly green but also occurred with yellowish tones. He named that island Topazios, after the gem, but it was later renamed St. John’s Island or Zabargad. This island was closely guarded by the ancient Egyptians because it was thought to be the site of priceless treasures. It is widely believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots!

The Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” and some thought that it protected against nightmares. It was also believed to bring the wearer confidence, power, and general good luck and health. Peridots are also closely connected to the Hawaiian culture—they are thought to be the tears of the volcano goddess Pele. The sand on the Big Island’s Papakolea Beach is a rare and beautiful green hue due to a high content of crushed olivine.

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY

Peridot ranges in color from yellowish lime green to deep, earthy olive tones, making them a very sought after jewelry choice. These gemstones are a wonderful option for those who love green gemstones but are looking for an option at a lower price point than emeralds. Certain shades of peridot can easily be confused with emeralds! When set against lustrous sterling silver, peridots can show off their fresh, vibrant sparkle.

If you are looking for a piece of unique jewelry for someone born in August (even if that’s you!) consider our Silver Peridot Twist Pendant or our Silver Peridot Stud Earrings.  One famous fan of peridot earrings is the Duchess of Cambridge, or Princess Kate, who has frequently been seen in a pair of peridot, blue topaz, and diamond earrings.

VINTAGE PERIDOT JEWELRY

Vintage peridot jewelry is frequently found from the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau eras. King Edward VII (for whom the Edwardian era is named) declared it his favorite gemstone, which made it a popular choice for his subjects. Art Nouveau era jewelers favored colorful, semi-precious stones like peridot.

CARING FOR PERIDOT

Peridot is durable enough for everyday wear in jewelry, but should be treated with care to avoid scratching. Clean your peridot with mild soap and warm water.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Happy birthday August babies! Cheers to you and your green, ancient, cosmic, birthstone!

Tell us what you love about peridots on InstagramFacebookTwitter, or in the comments below!

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Summer Jewelry Care

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 07/29/2019 - 02:32

 

Learn how to protect your jewelry while doing the things you love this summer!

Whether exploring a new trail or taking a dip in the sea, discover the best ways to care for your jewelry this summer.

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Impact against hard surfaces when hiking or biking can damage your jewelry. Be sure to remove any rings before embarking on your next adventure!

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With the warm weather, take time to gently wipe down your precious metal jewelry after every wear to keep sweat from dulling its lustrous sheen.

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When dressing for a day at the beach, keep in mind that some types of jewelry hold up better than others. Harder gemstones like diamonds and rubies can better withstand impact with sand, while softer gemstones like amethysts and opal might not fare as well.

 

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Cold sea water can cause your hands to shrink. Remove your rings before going in the water to avoid losing them!

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If your diamond or precious metal jewelry has had prolonged exposure to chemicals like chlorine, gently clean it with a mild solution of six parts water to one part ammonia.  Wash it off with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth!

After the summer, consider a professional cleaning to keep your jewelry in the best shape for years to come!

Final Thoughts

Do you have summer jewelry care tips of your own? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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Finding Clarity in Their Partnerships

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 07/26/2019 - 10:00
Olivia Landau and Kyle Simon operate the Clear Cut, an online jeweler. Both studied at the Gemological Institute of America.
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The 2019 Summer Bucket List

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 21:44

Image Credit: Instagram @amychinny

 

With warm weather and the best music festivals, summer is one of our favorite times of year.

This year, we’ve rounded up all of our favorite activities to create an ultimate summer bucket list. Make this the best summer yet by checking some of these activities off your list!

1. Explore Nature

 

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Take advantage of the warm weather and visit at least one new state park!

2. Create a reading list

 

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Get started on (and actually complete!) a summer reading list.

3. Hone your barista skills

 

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Learn how to make a signature summer cocktail (or mocktail!)

4.Hunt for vinyls

 

Image Credit: Instagram @kelseybryanna & @vjessss

Go vinyl hunting to start a record collection or add to an existing one!

5. Have a picnic in the park

 

Image Credit: Instagram @smains

Find your own corner of nature for a summery picnic with loved ones.

6. Get Away 

 

Image Credit: Instagram @kitschh

Plan a getaway and get lost in the streets, sights and sounds of a new city.

7. Find your city’s best ice cream

 

Image Credit: Instagram @beccarisa

Make it your mission to find the best ice cream your city has to offer.

8. Take a Road Trip!

 

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Pack your bags for a spontaneous cross-country road trip!

Final Thoughts

What else is on your summer bucket list? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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10 Gifts Any Bridesmaid Would Love

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 07/23/2019 - 23:45

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Helping with pre-wedding tasks, writing toasts, buying gifts and dresses, and generally being your emotional rock: being a bridesmaid can come with a lot of work and expense!

Despite all the effort it takes to be a bridesmaid, your wedding party is made up of your closest friends and family who would do anything to make your special day everything you dreamed it would be. Return the love by getting your bridesmaids a small gift or memento as a token of appreciation for everything they do!

This wedding season, we’ve pulled together a list of thoughtful gifts to share with your bridesmaids to show them how thankful you are for their love and support.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

Weddings can be seriously exhausting affairs for the wedding party, who are often on their feet for the ceremony and then dancing the night away at the reception. This, plus other factors like the high temps of outdoor summer weddings can lead to thirsty and tired bridesmaids. The Teeny Bridesmaids Kiss Kit Set from bkr is a great solution to keep your bridesmaids hydrated and happy. Each water bottle comes with Paris Water Balm lip balm that snaps directly onto the cap, for an easy, beautiful, and moisturizing pick-me-up.

A Bridesmaid Book Club

A beautifully bound book with significant meaning between you and your bridesmaid, or that focuses on friendship and sisterhood in general, is a lovely and unique gift your bridesmaid will appreciate for years to come. Write a personal note thanking her for her part in your wedding inside the cover for an extra special touch.

Beautiful Blooms

This lustrous silver necklace features delicately sculpted magnolia blossoms with glittering accent diamonds. The simple beauty of this necklace makes it something your bridesmaids can wear dressed up for your wedding or as an everyday piece.

Cute and Cozy

After hours of dancing (often in high heels!), your bridesmaids will appreciate something soft to kick back in like these plush terry spa slippers from Parachute.

Manis for Your ‘Maids

Nail polish is a fun and affordable gift to share with your bridesmaids before the wedding. If you’d like everyone to have the same color polish for the wedding, buy them a bottle of the color you choose and get manicures together as a fun pre-wedding activity!

Classic Yet Contemporary

Nothing says “wedding jewelry” quite like the classic elegance of pearls. This simple yet contemporary bracelet has an adjustable chain to suit individual preferences and sizes, making it a great gift for a wide range of personalities and tastes.

Catching Bouquets and Z’s

A good night’s sleep is, perhaps, one of the most restorative things and the world, which makes it one of the best gifts you can give your bridesmaids! Slip sleep masks are made using their trademarked Slipsilk material, which they’ve developed and refined for over ten years to provide the ultimate combination of shine, thickness, softness, and durability. These masks come in a variety of patterns and colors, including masks for all the signs of the zodiac – a great way to personalize your gifts!

Worth A Thousand Words

Not only are Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 cameras darling with their pops of bright color, they are also a great way for you and your bridesmaids to capture memories that you can save for a lifetime. Bring them to the wedding so bridesmaids and guests can capture candid moments that you can string up at the venue or save in a book.

Tell Me About It, Stud

These polished spheres of gleaming 14K rose gold will stay an essential piece of your bridesmaids’ wardrobes long after the wedding. Our Ball Stud Earrings also come in 18K white gold and yellow gold, offering options for different color preferences.

Sparkle With a Twist

With its sparkling pink center gemstone and lustrous curving silver pendant, our Morganite Twist Pendant is a stunning accessory for any bridal party look. The pendant can also be set with aquamarine, amethyst, peridot, ruby, or topaz, if you are interested in selecting gemstones that complement your wedding colors.

Final Thoughts

We hope this list helps you come up with ideas for gifts your bridesmaids will love! Which gift would you love to receive? Let us know on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Amazing Antique Ruby Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:39

 

Rubies have been one of the most valued gemstones for thousands of years, both in Eastern and Western cultures. Rubies were valued for their beauty and for the belief that they offered the wearer health, wealth, wisdom, romantic success, and the ability to live in peace with his or her enemies. Because red has long been associated with love and passion, a ruby makes a fitting focal point for an engagement ring. Rubies are also the birthstone for those born in July, making it a great purchase for any July babies in your life!

We do not carry rubies that come from mines in Burma, a country with a serious history of abuses in gemstone mining. Though the US government lifted the official ban on Burmese rubies in 2016, we believe substantive reform still remains until the country’s mines are safe for workers and the environment, and until their profits no longer fund violence.

At Brilliant Earth, we carry antique and vintage ruby engagement rings from as long ago as the Victorian era up to recent decades. In our gallery of unique colored gemstones, we also offer lab created and ethically sourced rubies that can be set in your favorite Brilliant Earth ring setting.

If you are drawn to rubies, we bet you’ll fall for at least one of these breathtaking ruby engagement rings:

 

The Zamie Ring

This stunning Modern estate piece features a halo of 16 brilliant cut diamonds that shimmer around a richly colored oval ruby. The lustrous 14K white gold of the band compliments the diamond halo and allows the center ruby to be the focal point of this ring.

The Zedd Ring

This Victorian ring boasts intricate details from its unique concave halo to its split shank band crafted in 10K rose gold. Delicate seed pearls frame the approximately 1 ct. natural ruby set in the center.

The Kevina Ring

A modern classic, this Modern estate ring offers an oval ruby flanked by brilliant cut diamonds set in a slender 14K gold band. Three stone rings are a popular choice, especially since Prince Harry gave one to Meghan Markle as her engagement ring, for their sentimental symbolism of a couple’s past, present, and future.

The Sherah Ring 

This regal ring is loaded with showstopping details. A richly colored pear shaped ruby at the center is surrounded by brilliant cut diamonds and ribbons of 14K yellow gold.

 

The Nesta Ring

This gorgeous Retro-era engagement ring from the 1940’s flaunts repeating vertical rows of brilliant cut diamonds and rubies set between 18K yellow gold bars.

The Verile Ring

This eye-catching Retro-era ring features an oval ruby set in a shimmering platinum band. Details like decorative call prongs, milgrain, and single cut diamond accents make this ring truly unique.

 

The Shaw Ring

This Art Deco era ring from the 1930’s is a simple beauty with a pinky oval ruby at the center of two angled baguette diamond accents. The Art Deco era was stylized by geometric shapes and white gold bands.

Final Thoughts

Do you love ruby engagement rings?  Which of these antique and vintage beauties is your favorite?  Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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6 Oval Engagement Rings Inspired by Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 21:55

Sarah Hyland’s Engagement Ring via Instagram @sarahhyland

 

A match made in paradise! Congratulations to Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams on their engagement.

Sarah’s elegant and timelessly classic ring appears to feature an estimated 5 carat oval diamond in a delicate diamond accented setting.  We’re seeing fancy shaped (non-round) diamonds and gemstones continuing to increase in popularity, and many celebrities including Katherine Schwarzenegger, Karlie Kloss and Blake Lively have opted for this particular trend. Diamond shapes like ovals and elongated cushion cuts create a flattering look as they appear to lengthen the wearer’s finger.

Love Sarah’s ring as much as we do? We’ve rounded up our favorite lookalike rings below!

Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

Demi Diamond Ring

Viviana Diamond Ring

Elodie Ring

Lumiere Diamond Ring

Valencia Diamond Ring

Final Thoughts

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The Best Engagement Rings for Active Women

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 22:35

 

 

So you’ve picked out your diamond or colored gemstone, and you’re absolutely in love with it. You adore each and every facet, and you can probably sit there for hours watching the light filter through, creating a rainbow of brilliance and fire.

You can’t wait for it to rest on your left ring finger, and you can just imagine catching a glimpse of sparkle out of the corner of your eye. There’s only one problem: you’re terrified of losing or damaging it.

Most women are incredibly active in their daily lives. We use our hands all day, every day, from household chores to hands-on careers to working out. (When do we find the time?) Activity levels come in varying degrees, and women who participate in activities such as rock climbing, biking to work, dancing, yard work, etc., will want to take careful consideration when choosing an engagement ring setting. Constantly removing your ring to protect it actually skyrockets the likelihood that you will misplace it!

Below we suggest the best engagement rings for active women so that you can own and cherish your ring for decades to come.

Repeat after me: Bezel-Set Rings!

Bezel-set rings are an active woman’s best friend. Many love this style for its modern curves and distinctive style, but others seek it out because the bezel setting protects the diamond or gemstone and keeps it firmly secured. A bezel setting encircles the gem’s girdle (the widest point of the diamond) with a thin band of precious metal.

This uninterrupted setting gives this ring its modern appeal and gem security.

There are no prongs, so you don’t have to worry about your ring catching in your hair, fabric, or other material as you live your daily life. A bezel setting also allows you to wear gloves without the prongs getting in the way, which makes it a great setting for those who live in cold climates.

Bezel settings work with many diamond shapes, from a classic round to a unique pear. You can also find bezel-set rings that feature milgrained details around the bezel, giving the ring some light-catching vintage flair.

If, as you get older and your activities become more moderate, you want to purchase a ring with a different setting, bezel-set rings look stunning as right-hand rings as well!

Bezel and Flush Settings Are Great If You:
  • Participate in extreme or contact sports (such as soccer, snowboarding, or roller derby).
  • Love hobbies that require constant stress on your hands (such as pottery, woodworking, glass blowing, or knitting).
  • Have a job where you constantly use your hands (such as hair stylists, doctors, or police officers).
  • If you have a tendency to be hard on your jewelry (you always seem to be hitting tables, walls, etc. with your hands).

One thing to consider with a bezel-set ring is that you are not able to see as much of the diamond as you can in a prong- or basket-set design, which can affect overall light play. Non-bezel styles use less precious metal to hold the gemstone in place, meaning that more light filters through the diamond. Prong-set diamonds are brilliant, but they are also more suitable for women who only uses their hands for activities such as typing on the computer, hailing a cab, or reading a book. Those with less active lifestyles are less likely to damage or lose their diamond, so wearing a raised or pronged style is less risky.

Platinum is Best

Platinum is the strongest and most durable type of precious metal, so we often recommend this precious metal for those with active lifestyles, particularly if you choose a setting with less metal holding the diamond in place. Platinum is truly irresistible!

Opt For Beautiful Details Over A Large Center Stone

For those concerned that a raised center stone will snag on things and disrupt their daily activities, even with the no-prong option of a bezel set ring, there are still plenty of options! Rings like our Brynn Diamond Ring still offer plenty of sparkle with a pavé band of small glittering diamonds on either side of a low-set baguette diamond, held by bars of precious metal. Rings like this are a great compromise for those who crave the look of a sparkly engagement ring, but also love having a ring that won’t interrupt their active lifestyle.

The Darby Diamond Ring also has a baguette diamond held in place by lustrous precious metal. The chic geometric design of this ring is perfect for anyone looking for a modern and sleek ring that they can wear while doing virtually any activity.

Introducing texture, like the swirling ribbons of lustrous precious metal of the Cosima Diamond Ring, is a great way to add unique artistry to an engagement ring without relying on a large raised center diamond or gemstone. The alternating ribbons of diamond accents give this ring plenty of shimmer and sparkle from any angle.

The constellated diamonds of the Astra Diamond Ring are reminiscent of a beautiful starry sky in this simple but dazzling ring. The slender band also works well as a stacking ring if you’d like to experiment with offering more than one band as an engagement ring, or eventually switch to a more traditional style with a center stone.

Not interested in diamonds or gemstones? Opt for a hand-engraved ring for beautiful eye-catching details. The metal of the Hand-Engraved Laurel Ring is exceptionally lustrous and brilliant, highlighting the depth of the details of this gorgeous ring. Because it will sit flush to your finger and not snag and catch on things, you won’t be sacrificing having a statement piece you can wear every day.

 


 

Bezel Set Earrings and Pendants

 


Interested in keeping more than just your engagement ring diamonds exactly where they are? We also offer bezel settings for the rest of your precious diamond jewelry. When you create your own pendant or stud earrings, you can choose a bezel setting in white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. This modern setting is the best for active women—it will keep your diamonds in place while you’re on the move!

 

Final Thoughts

Which setting is right for you? Let us know on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, or in the comments.

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Most Popular Engagement Rings According to Instagram

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 00:23

 

Whether you’re single, in the market for an engagement ring, or already have one of your own, we know how hard it is to resist gazing at (and liking!) a gorgeous glittering ring when it pops up on your Instagram feed.

With this in mind, we scrolled through our own Instagram feed to see if we could uncover which of our engagement ring styles were your favorites.

Your double taps have spoken! Here are the top 10 Brilliant Earth engagement rings according to Instagram:

10. Valencia Diamond Ring

10.2k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Nov 21, 2017 at 9:56am PST

Three words: rose gold ovals. We’ve asked and you’ve double-tapped! Rose gold oval engagement rings like our Valencia Diamond Ring are one of the most sought-after engagement trend we’re seeing on Instagram—and we don’t foresee this fading anytime soon!

9. Yellow Gold Solitaire

11.5k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Jan 5, 2018 at 4:23pm PST

It looks like this yellow lab knows yellow gold is his color! Classic and eternally popular, solitaire engagement rings like the Elodie Diamond Ring put the focus on a single dazzling center gem.

8. Sol Diamond Ring

11.3k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on May 17, 2018 at 12:07pm PDT

Warmed by a rose gold band, the radiant Sol Diamond Ring features trio clusters of sparkling diamond accents at the cardinal points of the center diamond. Rings like this with sparkling halos or accents can make a center diamond or gemstone appear even larger and more radiant than the stone would on its own!

7. Reina Diamond Ring 

11.6k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Aug 20, 2017 at 8:59am PDT

This regal ring embodies several major trends we’re seeing: intricate halo accents, rose gold bands, and fancy cut center stones. It’s no wonder it’s been liked so many times! The unique accents like pavé diamonds around the band, oval center diamond, and long elegant claw prongs, make this ring a true showstopper.

6. Demi Diamond Ring

11.9k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Mar 7, 2018 at 3:19pm PST

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The cheeky wink of the hidden diamond accents of the Demi Diamond Ring are a fan favorite. Browse other popular engagement rings with surprise accents here!

5. Peach Morganite

15.3k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Jun 8, 2018 at 5:08pm PDT

The soft peaches and pinks of morganite gemstones are a beautiful way to make an engagement ring look modern and unique, like this Aria Diamond Ring set with a peach emerald morganite. Browse our selection of colored gemstones here.

4. Six-Prong Classic Ring 

16k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on May 30, 2018 at 10:52am PDT

Who doesn’t love a classic solitaire diamond ring (especially when positioned next to a cute dog nose!)? It’s hard to tell whether it was the dog or the Six-Prong Classic Ring that everyone loved, but we like to think it was both!

3. Pear Shaped Diamonds 

16.5k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Feb 7, 2018 at 10:44am PST

Pear cut diamonds, also known as “teardrop” diamonds, add glamour and drama to any ring. The shape has long been favored by style icons, including Victoria Beckham, Katherine Heigl, and Elizabeth Taylor — who famously received a 69.42 carat(!) pear shaped diamond from her then-husband Richard Burton. The diamond halo and band of the Waverly Diamond Ring in this Instagram pack a punch and highlight the center pear cut stone.

2. Fiorella Diamond Ring 

17.1k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Nov 13, 2017 at 12:49pm PST

This nature-inspired engagement ring features floral booms and delicate petals. Set in beautiful rose gold and surrounded by shimmering diamond details, the Fiorella Diamond Ring is hard to resist!

1. Ballad Diamond Ring

21k likes

A post shared by Brilliant Earth (@brilliantearth) on Mar 23, 2018 at 12:02pm PDT

Even in the dim glow of twilight, the fire and brilliance of the oval cut center diamond of this Ballad Diamond Ring can’t be hidden! Oval cut diamonds are extremely popular, and we anticipate this trend will stay strong for years to come. Oval cut diamonds cover more surface area, which can make your center diamond appear larger than a round cut diamond of similar carat weight. You can browse our current selection of oval cut diamonds here!

Final Thoughts

Do you agree with our followers? If not, which Brilliant Earth engagement ring is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

 

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