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Janty Yates on Dressing the ‘House of Gucci’

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - 5 hours 19 min ago
The Oscar-winning British costume designer on delving into the archives and working with Lady Gaga for the hotly anticipated biopic.
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Audemars Piguet Blends Tradition With Avant-Grande

JustLuxe - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 04:53

Drawing synergies between Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie, eclectic in colour, savoir-faire, materials and style, the Audemars Piguet 2021 summer collection finds inspiration in diverse worlds to present a kaleidoscopic view of the contemporary

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A Tiffany Necklace With Fanciful Fringe

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 09/22/2021 - 11:00
The brand’s latest version of the classic design, characterized by hand-twisted gold roping, also features white and autumnal diamonds.
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The Right Way to Wear a Wedding Ring

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 09/20/2021 - 20:23

 

Engagement ring and wedding band conventions can be confusing for the uninitiated.

When it comes to the “right way” to wear your wedding ring, there are many options, and it’s important to keep in mind what fits best with your personal style! To provide guidance to new fiancés, we’ve pulled together some popular traditions on when and how to wear wedding rings and engagement rings.

The Basics: Engagement and Wedding Rings 101 1. What is the ring finger?

A: The ring finger is the finger between your pinky and middle finger on both your left and right hand. In most western cultures, “ring finger” often refers to this finger on the left hand, specifically.

2. What is the history and meaning behind the ring finger?

A: While rings have been worn on all fingers from pinkies to thumbs since the dawn of time, the idea of a “ring finger” dates back to Ancient Rome. The Romans believed this finger had a vein that ran directly to a person’s heart called “Vena Amoris,” meaning “vein of love.” It became popular to wear a ring that signified commitment to a spouse or lover on this finger because of its romantic and passionate symbolism.

3. Can I wear rings on my ring finger if I’m not engaged or married?

A: There are no rules saying that you cannot wear a ring on your ring finger if you are not engaged or married! However, if you choose to wear a ring on this finger – especially if it is a gold band or a diamond ring – be prepared for some people to assume that you are married or partnered. There are many styles of fashion rings or stacking rings that will not be mistaken for a wedding band, especially if you wear stacks or multiple rings across your hands.

4. Which finger does a promise ring go on?

A: A promise ring is a ring purchased as a promise for a future deeper commitment such as a marriage proposal. Not every couple who gets married will give a promise ring before an engagement ring, but the trend is becoming increasingly popular. When styling a promise ring, you can choose to wear it on any finger you would like. However, the two most common choices are on the left ring finger, as a placeholder for a future engagement ring, or on the right ring finger. Many couples who give promise rings and wear them on the left ring finger will move the promise ring to their right hand when they get engaged or married.

5. Which finger does an engagement ring go on?

A: In western cultures, engagement rings are worn on the ring (or fourth) finger of the left hand. In some countries, however, including Russia, Spain, India, Greece, and Poland, the engagement ring is more frequently worn on the ring finger of the right hand. Ultimately which finger you choose to wear each ring on is up to you, but people will typically look for a ring worn on the left ring finger as a sign of engagement or marriage.

6. Which finger does a wedding ring go on?

A: A wedding ring is usually worn on the same finger that you choose to wear your engagement ring – most commonly on the left ring finger. For practical reasons, such as a job where you work regularly with your hands, people may choose to wear a simple wedding band every day and only wear their engagement ring for special occasions. This is also a common practice when traveling, or in other situations where a person might be afraid of losing or damaging a diamond ring. Ultimately, however you wear your rings is up to you!

 

7. What’s the difference between an engagement ring and a wedding ring?

A: Despite the terms being used somewhat interchangeably, each ring signifies different milestones. There are a few differences between an engagement ring and a wedding ring, including design, placement and price-point, but the main difference between the two is when each ring is given. An engagement ring is typically given at the time of a proposal and a wedding ring is commonly given when a couple exchanges marriage vows. Couples will frequently buy matching wedding ring sets so they can have similar ring styles to signify their union. However, it’s becoming more and more common for couples to buy wedding bands that reflect their own individual styles without worrying about coordinating with their spouse.

8. Do I need to wear an engagement ring or wedding ring?

A: Wedding and engagement rings are traditional symbols used to signify your lifelong commitment to your partner, but they are not required. Throughout history, some notable figures exchanged other tokens to seal engagements or marriages. For example, iconic actress Elizabeth Taylor received a diamond tennis bracelet in one famous proposal and an emerald brooch for another. Some modern couples opt for symbols like finger tattoos instead of bands. Cultural or religious garments can also be worn to indicate that you are married, such as specific head coverings.

9. Can men wear engagement rings?

A: Of course! Although men don’t traditionally receive engagement rings in western cultures, the practice is not unheard of. Ed Sheeran, for example, wore a silver band on his left ring finger while engaged to his now wife, Cherry Seaborn. When asked about it he said, “I never saw why men didn’t wear engagement rings. It’s the same commitment either way.” Other celebrities who sported men’s engagement rings including Skylar Astin, Michael Bublé, and professional wrestler David Otunga.

 

10. How should I wear my engagement ring during the wedding ceremony?

A: Many brides-to-be will switch their engagement ring to their right hand before walking down the aisle, so the wedding band can be slipped on to the left hand first. Brides will then move their engagement ring on top of the wedding band during or after the ceremony. Some people choose to get their engagement and wedding rings soldered together after the ceremony to make their bridal set one unified piece.

11. Which hand does a wedding ring go on?

A: People typically wear their wedding ring on the same hand and finger as their engagement ring. In Western cultures, this is traditionally the ring finger on the left hand for both men and women.

12. What does it mean to wear a wedding ring on your right hand?

A: In some cultures, including many Eastern European, Middle Eastern, South East Asian, and Latin American countries, it is more traditional to wear a wedding ring on your right hand. LGBTQ+ couples will also sometimes choose to wear their rings on their right hands as a way to avoid heterosexual norms. However, this is a personal choice, and there is no rule stating that same-sex couples have to wear their rings on a certain finger!

13. Which finger do men wear their wedding rings on?

A: There is no difference between the finger men and women wear wedding rings on. Most couples will typically choose to wear their rings on the same finger and hand as each other. In the United States and many other Western cultures, men’s rings will be the worn on the left ring finger.

14. What order do I wear my engagement ring and wedding ring in?

A: Conventionally, couples wear the wedding band “closest to their heart”, meaning the wedding band is stacked below the engagement ring on the left ring finger. However, some people like to wear their wedding band on top of their engagement ring as a way to secure it on the finger.

 

15. What are other ways I can wear my promise ring, engagement ring, and wedding ring?

A: It truly is your choice! When not on the left ring finger, people most commonly move their engagement rings or promise rings to their right hands. Some couples who don’t like wearing rings but still like the idea of having an engagement or wedding ring will wear their ring on a necklace chain instead of on their fingers.

16. What about anniversary rings? Which finger do I wear anniversary rings on?

Diamond eternity bands or other rings are popular gifts to mark milestone anniversaries such as 5, 10, 15, and 20 years. Anniversary rings are very versatile, and couples should feel free to try mixing metals or styles with their wedding and engagement rings for a unique look!

17. What about stacking rings? Which finger do I wear stacking rings on?

A: Stacking rings are versatile fashion rings, often featuring diamonds or gemstones, that can add extra sparkle to your bridal set or decorate your other fingers to give a more luxe look to your overall style. When designing your ring stack, take into account your existing engagement or wedding rings and look for bands that will complement or contrast the rings you already own. Curved or contoured bands are beautiful rings that nest around your engagement ring or bridal set. These rings are a great option for those who want to ensure that their wedding or stacking ring will fit flush nestled against an engagement ring with a large or elongated center gem.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, your wedding jewelry symbolizes your personal commitment to and love for your partner, and how you choose to wear it is up to you! Interested in learning more about wedding and engagement rings? Our jewelry specialists would be happy to help! You can reach them through the live chat on our site. Share your bridal sets with us on our InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

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Anniversary Ring Traditions: What to Gift Every Year 

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 18:33

After five or ten years of marriage (or even just one) many couples choose to celebrate their anniversaries with special gifts. An anniversary ring is a way to signify the love and commitment that you share. Depending on the milestone, anniversary rings are often bands embellished with diamonds or gemstones. Though there are no set rules – make sure to choose a design that fits your partner’s personal style and celebrates your unique relationship. 

What is the purpose of an anniversary ring? 

An anniversary ring symbolizes a milestone in a marriage and is typically gifted on a wedding anniversary. Anniversary rings are typically worn stacked with your wedding and engagement ring. Anniversary bands serve as an opportunity to celebrate your commitment to one another now, and your years to come!  

What kind of ring is for an anniversary?  

Anniversary rings are typically in the form of a band or eternity style ring rather than having a focal center gem like an engagement ring. Although distinctive styles of anniversary bands are traditionally associated with different anniversary milestone gifts, there are no fixed rules when it comes to the style of your ring. Anniversary bands are meant to celebrate your unique relationship and should represent your own unique style – whether that be with diamonds, colorful gemstones, or all– metal designs.  

What year do you get anniversary bands?  

Fine jewelry is typically gifted on the first, fifth, tenth, and twentieth anniversary. We say: buy an anniversary band whenever it feels right as all relationships celebrate milestones differently. With that being said, guidelines can sometimes prove helpful. Here are our suggestions: 

Anniversary by Year: Milestones, Traditional Metals, and Gemstones 

Anniversary Gifting Years at a Glance:   Year 1: Gold   Year 2: Garnet  
  • Garnet comes in an array of colors, but its most famous hue is a deep red. Our garnet pendants and earrings are beautiful choices for a second-year anniversary gift. 
Year 3: Pearl  
  • Pearl earrings and pendants are among the most classic jewelry pieces, ensuring your third anniversary gift is a piece she can wear forever. 
Year 4: Blue Topaz  
  • Blue topaz is the traditional gem of the fourth-year anniversary. This blue gemstone has high clarity and brilliance, making a stunning statement in the center of rings, necklaces, and earrings.  
Year 5: Sapphire  
  • Available in nearly any hue, from regal blues to feminine pinks, sapphires can suit many styles and personalities.  
Year 6: Amethyst  
  • Prized by royalty for thousands of years, this regal purple gemstone is the traditional gift for celebrating a sixth-year anniversary. 
Year 7: Onyx  
  • This mysterious gemstone belongs to the 7th year anniversary and is a mineral often used in men’s jewelry.  
Year 8: Tourmaline 
  • Gorgeous pink tourmaline pendants and earrings make the perfect gifts to celebrate your eighth anniversary.  
Year 9: Lapis Lazuli  
  • Lapis lazuli is a deep-blue semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color and spiritual meaning.  
Year 10: Diamond  
  • Diamond jewelry is reminiscent of the day you exchanged rings years before. We suggest gifting a diamond eternity ring for this truly milestone occasion.  
Year 11: Turquoise  
  • This vibrant teal gemstone symbolizes prosperity and health for the future, making it the perfect gift to celebrate your years to come. 
Year 12: Jade  
  • Jade is a semiprecious stone that has be prized throughout ancient history for its healing properties, smooth texture, and vibrant green color.
Year 13: Citrine  
  • Citrine, a bright orange-yellow form of quartz, is the traditional gemstone to celebrate the thirteenth-year anniversary. 
Year 14: Opal  
  • The enchanting gemstone catches the eye with its incredible range of fiery colors. Opal can come in a variety of colors, ranging from a deep orange to the white and blue fire for which it is well known. 
Year 15: Ruby  
  • Rubies are prized for their vivid red hues and incredible shine. Rubies are a variety of the mineral corundum and are known to bring good health and fortune to wearers, making them a fitting gift to celebrate this hallmark anniversary year.  
Year 20: Emerald 
  • What better way to celebrate two decades of marriage than with the lustrous green gemstone that represents positivity and renewal of life? 
Year 25: Silver Jubilee  
  • A twenty-five-year wedding anniversary is truly a milestone occasion and is celebrated with the gift of silver jewelry. This jewelry can be set with any variety of diamonds or colorful gemstones. Throughout history, jubilees were celebratory events held by royalty to honor major milestones in a marriage or a king’s reign. 
Year 30: Pearl Jubilee 
  • Also the gemstone for the third-year anniversary, our selection of stunning pear jewelry is sure to make a stunning thirtieth anniversary gift.  
Year 35: Emerald  
  • Valued throughout history for their rich color, emerald jewelry makes a beautiful and timeless gift. We recommend creating your own emerald gemstone ring using our Create Your Own feature. 
Year 40: Ruby 
  • One of the most valued gemstones throughout history, rubies make truly timeless gifts. What better way to celebrate your fortieth anniversary than with a stunning vintage ruby ring
Year 45: Sapphire 
  • Sapphires dazzle with their incredible luster and deep velvety-blue hue. We recommend gifting an iconic sapphire pendant or eternity ring.  
Year 50: Golden Jubilee  
  • Starting back where it all began, gold is also the traditional gift of the first-year anniversary. Whether white, yellow, or rose gold, our selection of lustrous gold jewelry is sure to make a stunning gift.  
Year 55: Alexandrite 
  • Considered the gemstone of good fortune, alexandrite gemstone jewelry is the perfect gift to celebrate this wonderful anniversary. 
Year 60: Diamond  
  • This ever strong and timeless gemstone marks the sixtieth year of marriage. With a love lasting this long, perhaps you can hand over the gifting reigns from your spouse to your children or grandchildren! 
A Closer Look at Anniversary Milestone Gifting Years   1st Anniversary: Gold 

The first year of marriage is filled with precious memories, and the gift of something gold is a fitting way to commemorate them. For a classic first anniversary present, choose a yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold anniversary band. While some may prefer to have their anniversary band match the metal type of their engagement or wedding ring, it is becoming increasingly popular to opt for a mixed metal look.   

5th Anniversary: Sapphire 

Sapphires, which have historically symbolized truth and loyalty, are the traditional gemstones of fifth year wedding anniversaries. While we typically think of sapphire being royal blue in color, sapphires come in virtually every color of the rainbow including pink, purple, green, and red. Sapphire anniversary bands are not only a classic gift but are a unique way to add personality and make a colorful statement with your ring stack.  

10th Anniversary: Diamonds 

A ten-year wedding anniversary is truly a milestone occasion, so it naturally follows that the traditional gemstones for the occasion are diamonds. Prized for their brilliant sparkle and superior hardness, diamonds adorn many of our most sought-after anniversary rings. A diamond ring is both sentimental and beautiful, often reminiscent of the day you exchanged rings years before. Although diamond eternity bands make a stunning statement, diamond jewelry such as classic stud earrings also make a beautiful choice for an anniversary gift. 

20th Anniversary: Ruby 

Rubies, which are the symbol of love, passion, and prosperity, are traditionally considered the gemstones or celebrating twenty-year wedding anniversaries. Twenty years wed is truly a milestone occasion to be celebrated. Vibrant red ruby gemstone anniversary bands and fine jewelry are sure to make a stunning anniversary gift.  

Anniversary Rings vs. Wedding Bands: What is the Difference? 

wedding ring stands for the official symbol of union and marriage on your wedding day while anniversary rings are a way to celebrate milestones of that same commitment you made so many years ago! The years of commitment towards nurturing your relationship with your partner is most definitely something to be celebrated. Wedding and anniversary rings also differ in how you wear them. While wedding rings are traditionally stacked with your engagement ring, anniversary rings can be stacked alongside them on the same finger, worn on a different hand, or sometimes even replace your original wedding band.  

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring 
  1. The first thing to consider is whether you want your anniversary ring to be similar in style to the wedding and engagement rings. While some opt for anniversary rings that are the same precious metal type as their engagement and wedding band, some may prefer a mixed metal look. Often when someone has a simple wedding band, the couple opts for an anniversary band with more embellishment. Eternity bands, featuring diamonds or other precious gems encircling the finger, are one popular choice, or you might choose a ring featuring the same number of diamond accents as years you have been married (a band with five diamond accents  for your fifth anniversary, for example). 
  1. It is important to consider how you are going to style the anniversary band. If it is going to be stacked with your engagement and wedding ring, it is best to opt for a complementary style for your stack. Our Ring Stacking Tool is a great place to get inspiration as it allows you to see your engagement ring stacked with up to 4 additional stacking and anniversary rings. 
  1. If your wedding ring already contains precious gems, consider an anniversary band in a similar style but with different gems—the birth stones of your children perhaps? If your rings contain different gemstones, we typically recommend wearing them on different fingers for a complementary look.  
  1. If you are choosing to use your anniversary band to replace and upgrade your current wedding ring, our Jewelry specialists are happy to assist you in finding the perfect match. Our Find My Matching Wedding Ring Tool is also a great resource to explore your styling preferences and get inspiration for your new bridal set.  
Anniversary Ring Etiquette: How to Wear an Anniversary Ring 

Which finger should wear an anniversary ring? One modern styling technique for your anniversary band is to wear it in a stacked or nested look on the same finger as your engagement and wedding rings for a full sparkling look. Stacking your anniversary provides an opportunity to repeatedly update the style of your stack for an upgraded look. We suggest starting with our Ring Stacking Tool to explore our style preferences and gather inspiration for curating your unique stack.  

It is also common to wear an anniversary ring on the right hand, or any other finger besides the same as your engagement and wedding rings. Some may choose to wear an anniversary ring on their right hand so that it does not compete with their engagement ring or for a more stylized look. 

Although it is becoming increasingly less common, some choose to wear their anniversary ring instead of their wedding ring. Couples may choose to trade in their wedding band to put the value towards a new anniversary band, while others would not consider removing the band they slipped on their fingers at their weddings. This is an approached to consider if you are looking to modernize or upgrade the overall style of your bridal look. 

Final Thoughts  

Are you shopping for an anniversary band, or hoping to receive one? What is your favorite style? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section! To explore all of Brilliant Earth’s anniversary styles, shop our Anniversary Collection and Anniversary Gift Guide

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Classic Rings Inspired by Britney Spears’ Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 09/14/2021 - 02:39

Via Instagram @samasghari

Britney Spears is getting married, baby, one more time!

The singer and her boyfriend, model and personal trainer Sam Ashgari, announced their engagement this Sunday after more than four years of dating. The couple first met in 2016 on the set of Britney’s “Slumber Party” music video. The announcement came just a few days later after Mr. Spears, Britney’s father, terminated his conservatorship of Britney – under which Britney said she was not allowed to get married or have children.

We’re so thrilled for her and wish her only the best in this next step! Her classic ring features a dazzling four carat round brilliant diamond in a platinum cathedral setting. Britney’s engagement ring includes surprise diamond accents along the bridge and on the prongs and basket. Surprise details are a modern trend we’re seeing more and more celebrities adopt, including Jessica Biel and Paris Hilton, and they are a beautiful way to add special details that can only be seen from up close. According to ET, Sam added another hidden detail to the ring by engraving the word “Lioness” inside the band, which is his nickname for the singer.

If you love the look of Britney Spears’ engagement ring, discover some of our favorite lookalike styles below!

Dawn Diamond Engagement Ring

This stunning ring features a petite band that sweeps up to embrace the gemstone in delicate claw prongs. Just like in Britney’s ring, diamond accents adorn the gallery wire and bridge adding a unique touch to a classic look.

Simply Tacori Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Elegantly sloping cathedral shoulders with milgrain detailing flow upwards towards a glistening center stone encased in lustrous prongs while Simply Tacori crescents along the side of the band add unique flair to this this exquisite ring.

Anais Diamond Engagement Ring

Shining flush-set diamonds are spaced evenly half of the way around a lustrous metal band while surprise diamond accents highlight the gallery for a sophisticated look. Double claw prongs encase the center gemstone for added flair.

Arbor Diamond Engagement Ring

Shimmering scalloped pavé diamond accents lead to cathedral shoulders that elevate the center gem. A diamond accented gallery wire and bridge add a unique flair to this elegant setting.

Sora Diamond Engagement Ring

Chic and unique, this double claw prong setting features glistening diamonds cascading up the base of each prong and a plain band of lustrous, precious metal for a sleek and sophisticated look.

Everly Diamond Engagement Ring

This elegant solitaire features an open basket with claw prongs that cradle the center gem. A diamond adorned petal shaped gallery adds to this classic, yet radiant ring.

Catalina Engagement Ring

This dazzling six-prong solitaire features clean, classic lines and delicately tapered shoulders arching towards the center gem.

Final Thoughts

Do you love the classic look of Britney Spears’ round diamond ring? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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Armed Thieves Steal Jewels From Bulgari Store in Paris

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 09/08/2021 - 18:41
A suspect is in custody after seven robbers made off with jewelry with an estimated value of millions from the luxury jewelry store in central Paris.
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The Watch Retailer Bucherer Moves Into New York

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 09/08/2021 - 09:04
With its eye on the U.S. market, the European retailer opens a Manhattan flagship site.
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8 Stunning Diamond Alternatives

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 09/07/2021 - 23:49

 

While diamonds are still the most popular gemstone used in engagement rings, in recent years, other gemstones and ethical diamond alternatives have become increasingly sought after!

In brilliant colors and stunning cuts, colored gemstones offer an element of distinction to classic engagement ring settings. Gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies have been prized since antiquity and can make for a stunning statement. However, if you love the look of a diamond but are deterred by factors such as price point, gemstones like moissanite and white sapphire are excellent alternatives that feature their own unique properties.

There are no rules when it comes to selecting a gemstone for your engagement ring. What matters is that you and your partner love it! Learn about some of our favorite diamond alternatives below.

What is a Diamond Alternative?

A diamond alternative is simply any gemstone a person might choose instead of a diamond for an engagement ring or other fine jewelry. While people may typically think of diamond simulants – stones that are meant to mimic the appearance of diamonds – like cubic zirconia when they think of alternatives to diamonds, there is a whole world of beautiful gemstones we’d recommend as alternatives to diamonds for those who are looking for something unique.

What Stones are Comparable to a Diamond?

Visually, moissanites or white sapphires are closest to a diamond. While there are visible differences, these sparkling gems will look the closest to a diamond while offering a more affordable price tag. These stones also rank highly on the Mohs scale of relative hardness, making them suitable for everyday wear.

What is the Best Alternative to a Diamond?
  • All-around best diamond alternative

If you choose to go with a non-diamond gemstone for an engagement ring, we recommend a moissanite or sapphire. These gems are still durable enough for everyday wear and offer a variety of color options, including bright white.

  • Most brilliant diamond alternative

If you want something other than a diamond but don’t want to lose out on sparkle, moissanite will be your best bet. Moissanites exhibit a different kind of brilliance than diamonds do, as their faceting pattern is different. The fiery, rainbow flashes emitted by moissanites are beloved by many, but others feel that moissanite’s heightened brilliance can create an undesirable “disco ball” effect, especially in sunlight. The bigger the moissanite, the more likely it is that the difference will be noticeable. Moissanite has a refractive index from 2.65 – 2.69, which is higher than a diamond.

  • Most inexpensive diamond alternative

The most inexpensive diamond alternatives will be softer gemstones like morganites, aquamarines, and amethysts. While these gemstones are beautiful, proceed with caution when adding them to a piece of jewelry that will experience a lot of daily wear and tear like an engagement ring or wedding band. Because these gemstones are not as hard as diamonds or some other diamond alternatives, they are slightly more prone to damage over time. Gemstones like aquamarines and morganites can also dull over time due to everyday wear, household soaps and cleaners, makeup and lotion, and exposure to other elements. However, if you are prepared for the extra care and maintenance of these gemstones, they are still gorgeous options for a ring.

Pros of Diamond Alternatives
  1. Your ring won’t be like anyone else’s! Particularly if you choose a gem with a unique or vibrant color.
  2. Diamond alternatives are typically less expensive than diamonds, making them a great choice for couples on a budget.
  3. Choosing a diamond alternative puts you in good company. Other gemstones like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds have long been chosen by celebrities and royalty for their engagement rings instead of diamonds. One of the most famous engagement rings of all time is a beautiful sapphire ring that has been worn by both Princess Diana and her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton.
Cons of Diamond Alternatives
  1. No other gem will be as hard or as durable as a diamond. While sapphires and moissanites come close, diamonds are the gemstones best equipped to last a lifetime.
  2. If you are most interested in a ring with dazzling sparkle, it’s hard to recreate a diamond’s brilliance with an alternative gemstone. While other gems do sparkle, none of them will have the shimmer and brilliance of a diamond.
  3. Diamonds are uniquely suited to show off their beautiful clarity and support a wide variety of cut styles and internal faceting. If what you are really longing for is the look of a classic diamond ring, a diamond alternative will not be able to perfectly replicate the appearance you want.
Popular Natural Diamond Alternatives 1. Lab Grown Diamonds

History: Lab diamond, or man-made diamonds, were first successfully manufactured by a General Electric chemist named Tracy Hall in the 1950s, using the small poor quality diamonds they created for industrial purposes. Since the mid-twentieth century, scientists have since made strides in lab diamonds’ quality and accessibility. In the past decade, the craftsmanship of lab grown diamonds has dramatically improved, making them not only suitable for diamond jewelry but also visually indistinguishable from their natural counterparts. They are graded on the same 4Cs scale as mined diamonds.

About: It’s a bit of a misnomer to call lab grown diamonds a “diamond alternative,” because lab created diamonds are real diamonds. Lab diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. These beautiful diamond gems are grown in highly controlled laboratory environments using advanced technological processes that duplicate the conditions under which diamonds naturally develop when they form in the mantle, beneath the Earth’s crust. To the naked eye, lab grown diamonds are absolutely identical to mined diamonds and, like mined diamonds, are available in every color grade, cut, clarity, and shape – including flawless white D colors. Lab diamonds can only be distinguished from natural diamonds using specialized equipment that can detect the minor differences in trace elements and crystal growth.

Price Range: Because these gems are lab made, they offer excellent value and are more affordable than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. If you would like a fancy colored diamond or a diamond with a large carat weight, we would highly recommend looking into a lab created diamond!

Brilliance: Lab grown diamonds exhibit the same brilliance as natural diamonds. Like a natural diamond, a lab diamond’s brilliance will be highly impacted by its cut grade. Lab grown diamonds are available in both round and fancy shapes and will showcase the same nuances in brilliance as these different shapes display. For example, a lab round diamond will have more brilliant sparkle while an emerald lab diamond will have a reflective sparkle.

2. Moissanites

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History: Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Initially, moissanites were thought to be diamonds, but it was later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide.

About: At 9.5 on the Mohs scale, moissanites are the second hardest mineral in the world behind diamonds. Moissanite rings look stunning on their own in solitaire designs or alongside diamond accents. Learn more about moissanites vs. diamonds.

Price Range: Moissanite gemstones are one of the most affordable diamond alternatives. While characteristics like color, shape, and size can largely impact the price point of moissanites, a 1 ct. or 6.5mm equivalent can range from around $400 – $1,000.

Brilliance: Moissanite brilliance is one of the largest visual differences between these gems and diamonds. Due to their unique faceting pattern, moissanites display a fiery, rainbow sparkle that can create a “disco ball” effect. This unique sparkle is why many gravitate to moissanites. On the other hand, this noticeable difference in brilliance might make them less popular among some shoppers. Moissanite has a higher refractive index than a diamond, ranging from 2.65 – 2.69.

3. Sapphires

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History: Until the twentieth century, sapphires were more popular than diamonds as a featured gem in engagement rings. Typically thought of as royal blue, sapphires also appear in other hues such as peachpinktealyellow and white.

About: Aside from their beauty, a sapphire is a great choice for an engagement ring because they’re among the world’s must durable naturally occurring elements, coming in at 9 on the Mohs scale. The strength helps them stand up to the everyday wear required of an engagement ring.

Price Range: As with all the gemstones on this list, the price of sapphires will depend on their quality, size, cut, whether you are choosing a naturally mined or lab created stone, and other unique characteristics. However, sapphires are typically significantly less expensive than comparably sized diamonds. An approximately 1 ct. sapphire will typically cost between $750 to $3,500 depending on its characteristics and color.

Brilliance: Their dazzling colors and lustrous beauty make sapphires an excellent diamond alternative for an engagement ring. A sapphire’s brilliance will be unique to each stone as every sapphire is custom cut to display the best color and brilliance for that individual gem. Typically, a lighter color sapphire will be cut deeper to add dimension and intensity to the color, while a darker color stone will be cut shallower to allow more light to reflect within the sapphire.

4. Aquamarines

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History: Meaning “water of the sea”, aquamarine’s name originated in the early 1700s, around the start of the Georgian era. Aquamarine was once referred to as the “Sailor’s Stone,” because ancient sailors believed that the stone would protect them from disasters at sea. During World War II the US Navy commissioned a coastal patrol yacht called the USS Aquamarine, named in honor of the gemstone and its connection to the ocean.

About: Aquamarine is a beautiful pale blue semi-precious gemstone. These gorgeous gems are part of the beryl family of minerals, which also includes emeralds. Aquamarine is mined in Brazil, throughout Africa and Asia, and in Colorado, where it is the state gemstone. It is also the birthstone for March. Although aquamarine and blue topaz can be mistaken for each other, aquamarine is more valuable due to its rarity and natural coloring, while blue topaz is produced by treating colorless topaz with radiation. Aquamarines have a score of 7.5-8 on the hardness scale, which means that they’re durable enough to be worn as jewelry but that you should avoid any rough wear that might scratch them.

Price Range: Aquamarines are amongst the more affordable semi-precious gemstones, with a 6.5mm, or 1 carat equivalent, aquamarine typically costing around $700. Color intensity will be the most important factor in determining price, as deep colors are considered the most valuable.

Brilliance: Aquamarines are beloved for combining a beautiful shade of blue with exceptional clarity, but these stones are not known for having high brilliance or sparkle. People who love aquamarines prize their soft blue color and organic look in ring settings over something with more brilliance.

5. Morganites

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History: Morganites were discovered in 1922 in Madagascar as a new form of pink beryl and was originally called “rose beryl”. The gemologist George Frederick Kunz renamed it to “morganite” as a way to honor his patron, American financier and philanthropist J.P. Morgan. Morgan, one of the most prominent gem collectors of the early 1900s, donated many gems to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and to the Museum of Natural History in Paris, so it’s only fitting he has a gemstone named after him!

About: Blush-hued morganite looks beautiful as the centerpiece of an engagement ring. Morganite is a pink to peach variety of beryl. Other famous varieties of beryl include emeralds and aquamarines. Like other varieties of beryl, morganite is considered a softer stone and ranks 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. While this is durable enough to be used for jewelry, it does mean this stone should be handled with care.

Price Range: Morganites are affordable gemstones, making them a popular choice for those looking for pink gems at a lower price point. An approximately 1 carat morganite gemstone will typically cost between $400 and $500.

Brilliance: Apart from their beautiful color, they are also treasured for their sparkling clarity and high degree of brilliance. Morganite looks lovely when paired with rose gold as the two naturally complement each other’s warm undertones.

6. Emeralds

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History: Valued throughout history, emeralds are one of the rarest gemstones and make a beautiful choice for an engagement ring center gemstone. Along with diamonds, rubies, pearls, and sapphires, emeralds have been one of the most prized precious gems throughout time. Emeralds are the gems of royalty and are the most well-known and highly prized of green gemstones. 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.

About: Like aquamarines and morganites, emeralds are a variety of beryl. Emeralds are formed when iron, chromium, and vanadium are present in beryl. More iron will give a slight blue tint to emeralds, while the chromium and vanadium are what give emeralds their intense green color.

Price Range: High quality naturally mined emeralds can be valued and priced similarly to diamonds with comparable specifications. However, it is not challenging to find a beautiful emerald gem within a specific price range. Choosing a lab created emerald will also offer you lower price points. An approximately 1 carat emerald will typically cost between $1,000 and $3,000.

Brilliance: Unlike diamonds, whose clarity must be evaluated using a 10x magnification, emerald clarity is graded with the naked eye because their inclusions are highly visible. Natural emeralds will have more inclusions than lab created emeralds, but that’s not a bad thing! The hazy and cloudy look of natural emeralds is prized by many for its antique and organic beauty. Lab created emeralds are typically a lot more brilliant and clearer than natural emeralds, if that is a look you prefer. Fewer inclusions also mean that lab emeralds are also slightly more durable than naturally mined emeralds.

7. Rubies

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History: Rubies have been valued for their rare beauty for thousands of years and are considered one of the four original gemstones along with diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. Because red has long been associated with love and passion, a ruby makes a fitting focal point for an engagement ring. Their association with royalty also makes ruby’s crimson red color look excellent in vintage rings  as well as modern styles featuring lustrous precious metals.

About: Rubies are a variety of corundum, just like sapphires. Trace elements of chromium in the crystal’s structure are what causes rubies’ red color that appears to almost glow from within. These beautiful gems are ranked 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which makes them a great choice for jewelry that will be worn every day.

Price Range: Because of their beauty and history, natural rubies can be one of the costliest colored gemstones. Color is the most significant factor that will affect a ruby’s price, followed by clarity, cut quality, and dimensions. An approximately 1 carat ruby will typically cost between $1,200 and $1,500.

Brilliance: Rubies are brilliant stones, but they are prized more for their color and clarity than for overall sparkle. Because of their deep color, light passing through will offer more shimmer than reflective sparkle. As with emeralds, lab created rubies will have fewer inclusions and have more reflective brilliance than natural rubies.

8. Amethyst

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History: Amethysts have been prized for centuries, and archeologists have discovered amethyst jewelry dated as early as 2000 BC. This mystical stone is also associated with many legends. For example, some historical accounts claim that St. Valentine had an amethyst jewel carved with Cupid’s image. Amethysts are one of the gemstones mentioned in several times in the Bible, including as part of the famous breastplate of the high priest Aaron. Greek and Roman mythology claim that amethysts were formed when a maiden named Amethyst was turned to white quartz by the goddess Diana when the girl was trying to escape the drunken god of wine, Dionysus. According to the legend, when Dionysus realized the consequences of his actions, he felt remorse and spilled wine over the white stone staining it purple. Because of this, ancient Greeks and Romans believed that wearing amethysts could protect against intoxication and keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Because of its rarity, the color purple has also long been associated with royalty and wealth.

About: Vibrant amethysts come in colors ranging from deep purple to the palest shades of pastel lavender and even pink. The most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade, but we love every shade of amethyst! Lavender hues look particularly stunning in amethyst engagement rings when complemented by diamond accents. Amethysts have a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, making it a lasting option for jewelry; but they are also a stone that should be handled with care in settings that will get a lot of everyday wear.

Price Range: Amethysts are one of the most affordable gemstones and offers excellent value. An approximately 1 carat amethyst will usually cost less than $500, depending on its unique qualities and characteristics.

Brilliance: Most amethysts have excellent clarity, with no inclusions visible to the naked eye, and are available in a variety of cuts and carat weights.

Final Thoughts

Which diamond alternative is your favorite? Do you love the look of colored gemstone engagement rings? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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How to Measure Ring Size for a Surprise Proposal

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 09/02/2021 - 17:00

So, you have found the one and are finally ready to pop the question! When planning the perfect surprise engagement, you are not alone in wondering how to find your partner’s engagement ring size without them knowing. Luckily, we have spoken to our jewelry experts and uncovered all the different ways to subtly measure your partner’s ring size!  

Measure Your Ring Size with Our Free Ring Sizer Tape Measure  

We will happily send you a complimentary plastic ring sizer so you can easily find your perfect ring size at home.  

How to Measure Your Ring Size with Our Free Ring Size Conversion Chart  
  1. If you would like to measure your ring size with a piece of paper at home, print out our ring size conversion chart. Before you print the guide make sure the page scaling is set to “none” on your print dialog box.  
  2. Take the ring size chart and place your ring over the circle that aligns with the inside edge of your ring. Make sure you are using a ring that fits the same finger (and hand) as the ring you want to purchase.  
How to Measure Your Ring Size with Our Free Printable Guide  
  1. Alternatively, you can print our ring size guide at home to measure your ring size. Before you print the ring size guide make sure the page scaling is set to “none” on your print dialog box.
  2. Cut out the ring sizer and then cut a slot on the dotted line. Wrap the ring sizer tightly around the widest part of the intended finger with the numbers showing toward you. Insert the arrow-end through the slot you cut. Your ring size is the number that lines up with the slot.
How to Measure Ring Size Using String, Paper, and a Ruler  
  • Step 1: Cut a piece of non-stretchy string (or a strip of paper) and wrap it around the base of your partner’s left finger.  
  • Step 2: Identify the point where the end meets the string and make a pen mark. 
  • Step 3: Lay the string flat and measure the length of the mark you made in millimeters (mm). 
  • Sept 4: Compare the measurement to our ring size chart to find the closest ring size. 
6 Ways to Measure Ring Size Without Your Partner Knowing  

  1. Be Subtle 

If you are set on a surprise proposal but want to have the correct measurement by getting the information directly from the source, you must acquire the information in a very subtle way. For example, if you are proposing to your girlfriend, you can pretend you are going to buy a ring for your mom, sister, grandma, or even yourself. Just make sure this pretend recipient is someone whose finger is similar in size to your partner’s left ring finger. Casually ask what your partner’s ring size is for reference. If you really want to step up the ruse, purchase an inexpensive ring and have your partner try it on to see if it is the perfect fit. And afterward you can give that decoy ring to your mom, sister, or grandma to appease your guilty conscience!  

  1. Ask Friends 

One of the best ways to find out your partner’s ring size is to ask one of their friends. If the friend does not know right away, he or she can be the one to ask (nonchalantly). One step better, ask the friend to take your partner engagement ring shopping “for fun.” That way your partner will get professionally sized and maybe drop a hint about what styles they like!  

  1. Borrow a Ring

Another strategy is to borrow one of your partner’s rings for a day. You do need to be careful with this tactic because it might backfire. Make sure you borrow a ring that they won’t notice is missing and that’s similar in size to your partner’s left ring finger.  

  1. Leave a Trace 

If you are terrified of losing one of your partner’s rings, try this method instead. Take one of their rings and place it on a piece of paper. Draw a circle on the inside and outside of the ring. Do this several times to make sure your ring traces look consistent and can indicate the correct ring size. A Brilliant Earth Jewelry Specialist can typically figure out the measurement of the inner diameter from your sketch! Even better, use our ring size conversion chart for additional tracing accuracy! 

  1. Enlist an Engaged Friend 

If you and your partner are spending time together with someone who is engaged, secretly ask that engaged friend to let your partner try on their engagement ring. This will put you in a ballpark size range to start out with. You can also use this as an opportunity to ask your partner what they thought of the friend’s engagement ring (in private) to try to do a little sleuthing as to what style of ring your partner would like

  1. Compare Fingers 

This method is a little less accurate, but if you are desperate, go ahead and try it out! When you are holding your partner’s hand, see if their ring finger is similar in size to one of your fingers. For example, their left ring finger might be as big as your pinky. Again, this strategy will not be as accurate, but the more measurement information a professional jeweler has about your partner’s ring size the better!  

6 Ring Size Tips and Facts 

  1. Our dominant hand tends to be slightly bigger, so make sure you are measuring your partner’s left ring finger.
  2. If you haven’t gotten your partner’s exact measurement, err on the larger size so the ring is sure to slip over the knuckle of your partner’s ring finger when you propose.  
  3. The most common women’s ring size is 6 to 6.5. 
  4. The most common men’s ring size is 10. 
  5. Wider bands have a tighter fit than thinner bands, so if you borrow a ring to measure, try to make sure that it is the same width as the ring you plan on purchasing.
  6. Finger size changes a little throughout the day because of temperature, activities, etc. When warm, fingers tend to expand slightly. When cold, fingers tend to shrink. Most people find they have puffier fingers in the morning, but that their fingers shrink to their normal size during the day.  
Ring Sizing FAQs  

Do I measure my ring in mm or cm? 

In the United Stated and Canada, ring size is most commonly measured by the inner diameter of the ring in millimeters. At Brilliant Earth, we also measure in millimeters and convert the measurement to the nearest half ring size.  

What is a comfort fit and how do I measure for it? 

The shape of the ring’s inside edge is what determines if it is a comfort fit ring or a standard fit ring. Standard fit rings have a flat inside edge that fits snuggly against your finger. Comfort fit styles, like our Petite Comfort Fit Ring, have a beveled or curved inside edge that allows the ring to more easily slide on and off your finger. Comfort fit rings are ideal for those with wide knuckles or hands that easily swell.  

What if I order the wrong size ring? 

Brilliant Earth offers complimentary ring resizing within the first 60 days for most rings. This is to ensure customers get the perfect fit. We also offer complimentary 30 day returns. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, you can return it within 30 days for an exchange or full refund. 

What happens when my ring is resized?  

When a ring is resized, the jeweler will cut through the back of the band and either remove or add metal to change the size of the ring. If your ring needs to be resized by two or more sizes the best course of action is to return the ring and repurchase the right size. An extreme resize can compromise the structure of the ring.  

Can all rings be resized?  

While most ring types can be resized, eternity ring styles cannot be resized due to their design. If resizing is a possible concern, it is best to choose an engagement ring with a metal back, like a solitaire setting. You can also consult with a Brilliant Earth Jewelry Specialist to ensure that your ring setting is eligible for resizing.  

How do I measure ring size using a ring? 

You can find the measurement of a ring you already have by taking a ruler and measuring straight across the center from edge to edge. Using the ruler, document the diameter in millimeters. Take that number times 3.14 to find the circumference of your ring. Compare the circumference to our ring sizing chart to find your size. 

Can I measure my ring size at home? 

The best way to find your ring size at home is by ordering a free Brilliant Earth plastic ring sizer. If you need to find your ring size on the spot, the next most accurate approach is using the string and ruler method listed above.  

What if I can’t figure out the size?  

If you can’t figure out your partner’s ring size or don’t want to risk being wrong, consider a temporary setting to propose with. Brilliant Earth offers an 18K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Ring as a temporary setting. With this option you have 60 days to propose, have your partner sized, and return the ring. Once you have your partner’s perfect fit, Brilliant Earth will set your diamond in your chosen setting. This method allows your partner to see the diamond you chose, but there isn’t the risk of having to resize the actual setting. This method is also a great option for those who don’t know whether to purchase an engagement ring before or after proposing. Please live chat or contact us if you are considering this option.  

Final Thoughts  

Something to keep in mind is that the most accurate way to find the perfect ring fit is to have your partner’s ring finger sized by a professional jeweler. Using one or several of the methods above will result in a close approximation, but there is always the risk that your measurement will be slightly off. For custom engagement rings we highly recommend visiting a jeweler to get an accurate size because custom pieces are final sale and may not be able to be resized in the future. 

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Weddings for Rent

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 09/01/2021 - 18:11
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The Mystery of that Basquiat Painting — and Its Tiffany Blue

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Celebrity Engagement Ring Trends

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 08/31/2021 - 15:45

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The past few years have been exceptionally exciting for celebrity engagements – and they have the show-stopping bling to show for it!

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the most popular celebrity engagement rings from the past year or so, along with insights into how they’ve influenced industry trends:

Fancy Ladies, Fancy Shapes

 

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Fancy shape (i.e. non-round) diamonds are taking celebrity engagements by storm with a preference for pear, oval, emerald and cushion cuts. Celebs like Cardi B, Scarlett Johansson, Angie Harmon, Sabrina Parr, Kelly Dodd, Sophie Turner, and Jordan Fisher’s fiancée Ellie Woods can be spotted with pear-shaped diamonds adorning their left hands, while Priyanka Chopra, Hilary Duff, Lea Michele and Karlie Kloss opted for cushion cuts. Emerald diamonds are particularly picking up steam, with celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, Lauren Bushnell, Jozy Altidore, Savannah Chrisley and Chloe Bridges rocking stunning emerald diamond rings. Oval diamond rings are also having a major moment, with Hailey Baldwin’s oval-shaped stunner making headlines, not only for its shape and size, but also for its beautifully delicate band.  Former Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher also sports a large oval diamond, keeping good company with the likes of Blake Lively, Bindi Irwin, Sarah Hyland, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Melissa Benoist, and olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen who all wear this beautiful elongated diamond shape.

Viviana Diamond Ring

Waverly Diamond Ring

Quinn Diamond Ring

A Pop of Color

 

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Colored gemstones and other precious gems in lieu of a center diamond are continuing to increase in popularity. We’ve seen this recently with lovely pink halo rings, from Lady Gaga’s feminine ring (either a pink diamond or pink sapphire) to Katy Perry’s retro stunner and Princess Eugenie of York’s engagement ring (Padparadscha sapphire) — a trend that was, perhaps, started by Blake Lively receiving a pale pink oval diamond ring from Ryan Reynolds back in 2012. Of course everyone has been enamored with Princess Kate’s stunning oval sapphire halo ring for years, but other celebs including Gwyneth Paltrow and This is Us actress Susan Kelechi have started modeling eye-catching vivid blue sapphires. Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb wears multiple trends well with a beautiful ring featuring an emerald cut center diamond surrounded by a halo of sapphires. Gorgeous green emeralds are also on the rise, with stars like Jenny Slate, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, and Marvel actress Elizabeth Olsen wearing stunning emerald engagement rings that they received in the last year. One of the newest and most surprising trends we’ve seen, Michelle Williams and Emma Stone have both been spotted wearing engagement rings that appear to feature a large pearl as the center!

Sol Diamond Ring Set With a Pink Sapphire

Reverie Ring Set With a Cushion Sapphire

Sunburst Diamond Ring Set With an Emerald 

Split Shank and Halo Ring Settings

 

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Split shank rings — rings where the band splits to create a “V” shape next to the center diamond or gemstone— along with unique halo accents, are making a splash among the A-list set. Issa Rae’s ring from fiancé Louis Diame features a cushion diamond surrounded by a diamond halo and a diamond adorned split shank band. Hilary Duff’s engagement ring from Matthew Koma also appeared to have a subtle split shank embracing a radiant or elongated cushion diamond. L.A. Lakers’ Nick Young proposed to girlfriend Keonna Green on Christmas with a stunning diamond split shank ring featuring either an emerald cut or elongated cushion center diamond. Halos were also a popular choice with Melissa Benoist, Hoda Kotb, Emma Stone, Mackenzie Porter, Stella Maeve, and Real Housewife Vicki Gunvalson all received halo rings in the last year, among many others. Keep your eyes peeled for more sunburst halo rings like Jenny Slates and Elizabeth Olsen’s, as we anticipate this style in particular to take off in the next year!

Fortuna Diamond Ring

Circa Diamond Ring with Sapphire Accents

Dahlia Diamond Ring 

Three Diamonds are Better than One

 

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So long solitaire, hello three stone rings! Meghan Markle’s ring likely set off the resurgence of this romantic style, as she wears a delicate yellow gold ring with two accent diamonds surrounding a beautiful cushion diamond and a diamond accented band. Former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin’s and German Fashion model Toni Garrn’s three stone engagement rings both mirror Meghan’s style, with large center stones and warm gold bands. Three stone engagement ring sales grew almost 3 times as fast as other ring styles in 2018, and the trend is staying strong!

Lyra Diamond Ring

Opera Diamond Ring

Final Thoughts

What do you think? Which of this year’s celebrity engagement rings are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Exhibition to Examine Islamic Art’s Influences on Cartier

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The show, to open in Paris and then Dallas, is to include historic references and more than 200 gems.
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Perfect Fine Jewelry Pieces for Virgos

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 08/25/2021 - 17:26

We’re celebrating Virgo season! 

Those born between August 23rd and September 22nd have their sun in Virgo, ruled by the planet Mercury and symbolized by a beautiful maiden. Known for being loyal, kind, hardworking, and keenly perceptive, this Earth sign makes an excellent friend. Virgos are also one of the most passionate signs, they love life and are inspired by beauty. 

 What is the Zodiac sign for Virgo?   

This practical Earth sign is represented by the symbol of the maiden, also known as Demeter the Greek Goddess, that rules the harvest and agriculture. Greek mythology considers her a mother figure, with a deep understanding of the cycle of life. Much like Demeter, Virgos have a logical, practical, and systematic approach to life. Their attention to detail and deep sense of humanity leaves nothing to chance. 

What month is a Virgo Zodiac sign? 

The Virgo zodiac is primarily held by those born in September as this sign begins August 23rd and ends September 22nd. The transition from August to September marks the shift from the chaotic and energetic fire sign of the Leo to this cool and collected Earth sign. Because Virgo is ruled by Mercury, this season you should feel more settled internally and have a heightened sense of focus on your goals. Take advantage of this extra dose of motivation and focus as you allow it to seep into different areas of your life – whether that be your career, love, or new hobby!  

What are the personality traits of a Virgo? 

Also nicknamed the Zodiac’s lead organizer, Virgo’s logical, practical, and systematic way of thinking ensures that nothing is left to chance. They live a conservative and well-organized daily life, often thinking about the big picture and making plans far in advance. Virgos are smart, sophisticated and should be your go-to friend when looking for some practical life advice.  

Virgos are in constant search of self-improvement opportunities. The same level of drive and perfectionism a Virgo expects in themselves can also be seen translated into the ones they keep close. They tend to surround themselves with others that are routine oriented, goal driven, and as equally hard working.  

Smart and intensely curious, Virgos crave a deep of understanding the “why” behind everything and pride themselves on having a deep sense of humanity. With this search for understanding often comes a strength of communication. Their well-developed speech and writing may lead them to choose career paths such as journalists, nurses, lawyers, and caregivers. 

 What are the strengths of a Virgo? 

Refined, harmonious, and consistent, Virgos are obsessed with making themselves the absolute best they can be. Their graceful yet determined nature allows them to stay on course and follow through with any task they put their mind to. Virgos always have their own backs and the backs of their friends, as you can count on them to be planned one step ahead with meticulous detail. Their need to provide consistency in their own lives often makes them the most reliable and stable friends or partners.  

What is the Zodiac stone for a Virgo? 

The birthstone that belongs to the Virgo zodiac is the sapphire – the gemstone that brings inner clarity and balance. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘wisdom stone” as it is thought to promote concentration, stimulate creativity, and enhance depth of thought. While many are familiar with sapphire being royal blue in color, this gemstone comes in virtually every color – including pink, green, purple, and orange. Beautiful sapphire birthstone jewelry makes the perfect gift for the Virgo in your life.  

Virgo Necklaces and Jewelry Gift Ideas 

 

Virgo Diamond Pendant

A woman embossed on a gold disc adorned with three starlike diamond accents empowers this medallion and its wearer with the characteristics of the Zodiac earth sign Virgo: creative, reliable, observant. An impression in the symbolic shape of the Virgo sign is carved into the textured second side while a single flush set diamond shines through from the front to the back, adding versatility to this artistic design. 

Virgo Constellation Diamond Pendant 

Full of personality and charmingly chic, this Zodiac-inspired pendant features the Virgo constellation mapped out in glistening diamonds. Perfect for you or the Virgo in your life, this necklace dazzles like a starry nighttime sky.  

Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Modern and streamlined jewelry styles will appeal to this sign’s meticulous and organized side. Virgos are known to be very practical and will appreciate staple jewelry pieces that they can wear every day and that will be appropriate for any situation. Diamond tennis bracelets are the perfect addition to any Virgo’s capsule wardrobe. 

Joelle Diamond Pendant

Eye-catching and stunning in lustrous yellow gold, this lovely pendant features three sparkling marquise-shaped diamonds united in a powerful trio.  

Siren Huggie Earrings 

These glamorous huggie hoop earrings feature a row of dazzling prong-set diamonds, freshwater cultured pearls, spinels, and aquamarines set in lustrous gold. Secured with hinged latch backs, these earrings are perfect for elevated everyday wear. 

Aliz Diamond Bracelet 

Virgos are known to be more critical of themselves than anyone else. Because they are prone to perfectionism, they will enjoy jewelry with perfect symmetry. Virgos also often consider what they wear and the way they decorate to be an extension of their personality, so styles that reflect their ambitious standards will allow them to express their highly curated and Pinterest-perfect vision for themselves. 

Baguette Diamond Drop Huggie Earrings 

These captivating huggie hoop earrings feature a dainty baguette-cut diamond hanging from lustrous precious metal. Secured with hinged latch backs, these diamond earrings are perfect for everyday wear. 

Chelsea Diamond Pendant

 Effortlessly chic, this golden pendant features a lustrous curved carabiner shape accentuated by a diamond-accented top loop and is the perfect addition to any striking necklace stack.  

Sapphire Pavé Twist Pendant 

If you are looking for a piece of unique jewelry for the Virgo in your life, (even if that’s you!), September sapphire birthstone jewelry makes the perfect gift. Shimmering pavé diamonds in lustrous gold form a sculptural twist around a serene blue sapphire in this glamorous pendant. 

Pear Diamond Stud Earrings 

You can’t go wrong with a classic! These stunning, eye-catching stud earrings feature glistening pear-shaped diamonds secured by guardian backs. 

Aspen Lab Emerald Pendant  

The perfect accessory for an Earth sign, this striking nature-inspired piece features a pear-shaped lab created emerald that is accented by an extended gold prong to form the shape of an elegant leaf. 

 Sapphire Bezel Bracelet

Although they may seem shy at first, Virgos are actually just security-driven. Someone befriending a Virgo will have to earn their trust before they open up. Once you do earn it, however, you’ll have a loyal friend for life! Security loving Virgos will appreciate bezel settings, as these are the most secure diamond settings. Rather than traditional prongs, bezel settings completely encircle the diamond or gemstone in precious metal that will never snag or loosen. 

Zia Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Diamond Earrings

Glistening freshwater cultured pearls are surrounded by a sunburst halo of diamonds in these beautiful stud earrings that are perfect for elevated everyday wear. 

Final Thoughts  

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