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Jewelry From His Dorm Room to Barneys

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 19:00
Jameel Mohammed is the founder of Khiry, a jewelry collection inspired by the African diaspora.
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Celebrity Engagement Ring Trends

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 02:45

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This year has been an exceptionally exciting year for celebrity engagements – and they have the show-stopping bling to show for it!

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up this year’s hottest celebrity engagement rings 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 took 2018 by storm with a preference for pear, oval and cushion cuts. Celebs like Cardi B, Paris Hilton and Sophie Turner can be spotted with pear-shaped diamonds adorning their left hands, while Priyanka Chopra, Lea Michele and Karlie Kloss opted for cushion cuts. Hailey Baldwin’s oval-shaped stunner also made headlines, not only for its shape and size, but also for its beautifully delicate band.

Viviana Diamond Ring

Waverly Diamond Ring

Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit Ring

A Pop of Color

 

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Colored gemstones in lieu of a center diamond as the focal point for engagement rings are continuing to increase in popularity. We’ve seen this most recently with Lady Gaga’s feminine ring (either a pink diamond or pink sapphire) and Princess Eugenie of York’s engagement ring (Padparadscha sapphire). Gwyneth Paltrow’s eye-catching vivid blue sapphire also made its debut this year on the red carpet, confirming rumors of her engagement.

Morganite Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

Sapphire Willow Ring with Sapphire Accents

Yellow Gold Comeback

 

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Move over Millennial Pink! Gen Z Yellow was this year’s hottest trend to watch in fashion, also holding true as an increasingly popular choice for engagement ring metals – in fact sales of yellow gold grew over 3 times faster compared to white gold in the first half of 2018. Actress-turned-Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is known for her dazzling yellow gold engagement ring, and model Emily Ratajkowski’s asymmetrical engagement ring and thick gold wedding band had social media buzzing following the announcement of her wedding.

Elodie Ring

Sunburst Diamond Ring

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

Three Diamonds are Better than One

 

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So long solitaire, hello three stone rings! Meghan Markle’s ring also follows the three stone trend in addition to yellow gold, as does Bachelorette Becca Kufrin’s three stone yellow gold oval engagement ring. Three stone engagement rings grew almost 3 times as fast as other ring styles in 2018!

Aria Diamond Ring

Selene 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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6 New York Jewelers to Know

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 21:28
Think delicate diamond rings, chunky glass necklaces, whimsical painted brooches.
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The True Meaning of November’s Beautiful Birthstones

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 09:30

This month’s birthday girls luck out, because the November birthstones—citrine and topaz—come in a dazzling array of colors and are relatively affordable.  So you can go ahead and drop hints about a big piece of birthstone jewelry in the color of your choice, without feeling too greedy.

Shopping for a November birthday girl?  You’ve got lots of options she’ll love.  For the low-down on these richly-colored November birthstone gems, read on.

 

Citrine: Health & Wealth in Rich Colors

Citrine is a quartz gemstone found in golden shades ranging from pale yellow to deep brownish orange. As one of the more affordable gems, citrine makes for a good choice if you want an eye-catching ring or pendant with a larger gemstone. Citrine appears frequently in Edwardian and Art Deco engagement rings.

Art Deco engagement rings.

This gem is also known as “healing quartz,” because legend has it that citrine promotes vitality and energy in whomever wears it. And according to the Chinese feng shui philosophy, citrine creates wealth and abundance. While we can’t guarantee health and wealth will be gifts with purchase, we do think Fire Citrine Stud Earrings make an excellent birthday present for November-born women.

 

Topaz: Symbol of Love in Favorite Hues

Topaz is a hard silicate mineral which gets its color from impurities or defects in its crystal structures, which turn it gorgeous shades of yellow, blue, red, green, brown, violet and pink. Topaz can also be colorless, and colorless topaz is often heated to create blue gems (most blue topaz isn’t natural—the color is created through treatment). The most valuable and expensive shades of topaz are deep orange with pink undertones called Imperial topaz, named after the Russian czars of the 19th century, and yellowish brown hue called sherry topaz.

The topaz birthstone symbolizes love and affection, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and a gift of blue topaz is said to be a promise of love and fidelity.

Topaz and Citrine’s Famous Fan

Both of the November birthstones have a royal advocate in the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (who was born in January, but maybe garnet isn’t her color?).  If you glimpsed her engagement photos with Prince William you may have assumed that her glittery pavé drop earrings were diamond, but they were actually made of white topaz (the “Hope Egg” design by Links of London). The Duchess also has a favorite pair of cushion-cut citrine drop earrings by Kiki McDonough, a popular British (but of course) jewelry designer, and has appeared in white topaz and blue topaz earrings by McDonough.  We think topaz and citrine are a perfect fit with the Duchess’s down-to-earth elegance, because they’re nearly as dazzling as precious gems but without the precious price tag.

Sources: Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Society

 

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7 Rings Inspired by Lady Gaga’s Pink Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 23:57
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A star is engaged—and she’s giving us about a million reasons to love pink engagement rings!

Lady Gaga’s stunning engagement ring from her fiancé, Christian Carino, truly reflects this pop icon’s eclectic style and charisma. Gaga’s ring features a large pink oval center stone framed by a floral diamond halo in a mixed metal setting—specifically, a white gold halo with a yellow gold band. We estimated to Page Six that “the center stone in Gaga’s ring weighs in at between 11 and 13 carats.” Although the star has not yet confirmed the specifics of the ring’s center gemstone, our jewelry specialists speculate it is likely a pink sapphire or a rare pink diamond.

Lady Gaga’s ring could be compared to a pink version of Kate Middleton’s blue oval sapphire halo ring, which once belonged to Princess Diana. With prominent trendsetters like these, sapphire engagement rings are becoming increasingly sought after! Pink sapphires, like Gaga’s, make for a stunning statement, offering an element of distinction and femininity to classic engagement ring settings. If you love the look of pink engagement rings, there are many ways to work pink elements into your ring! Consider styles like rose gold, morganite, and pink diamond engagement rings for additional Gaga-inspired alternatives!

If you love pink engagement rings like Lady Gaga’s as much as we do, discover some similar designs below!

Lotus Flower Diamond Ring

A subtle floral diamond halo blooms around the center gem in this exquisite ring (shown with 8x6mm pink oval sapphire).

Sunburst Diamond Ring

An array of glittering diamonds set in three-prong settings surround the center sapphire in this magnificent ring (shown with 8x6mm pink oval sapphire).

Cirrus Diamond Ring

Evoking the subtle billowing of clouds, this ring’s scalloped halo encircles the center gem, creating a lovely silhouette (shown with 8x6mm pink oval sapphire).

French Halo Diamond Ring

A captivating halo of French pavé-set diamonds surround the center sapphire in this timeless halo ring (shown with 8x6mm pink oval sapphire).

Ballerina Diamond Ring

A scintillating halo of baguette and round brilliant diamonds surrounds a vibrant center sapphire in this spectacularly graceful engagement ring (shown with 8x6mm pink oval sapphire).

Rosa Diamond Ring

This glamorous setting features a blooming double halo of shimmering diamonds. Additional pavé diamonds along the cathedral-style shoulders rise to highlight the chic, structural gallery (shown with 8x6mm pink oval sapphire).

Dahlia Diamond Ring

A floral-inspired halo of shimmering diamonds floats on compass points surrounding the center gemstone in this elegant design. Delicate beading lines the bridge and inner band to complete this feminine look, created in collaboration with iconic bridal designer, Lela Rose (shown with 8x6mm pink oval sapphire).

Final Thoughts

What are your thoughts on Lady Gaga’s engagement ring? Do you love the look of pink engagement rings? Let us know in the comments below or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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To Angola: Expelling 300,000 Migrants is Not Reform

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 22:09

The diamond industry needs to deliver a strong message to Angola: violently expelling more than 300,000 people from their homes is not the best way to create a transparent diamond trade.

Since the beginning of October, Angolan security forces in northeastern Angola have been brutally cracking down on migrants from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Many of the migrants are artisanal diamond miners, people who dig for diamonds using simple tools and methods. Homes have been looted and burned and Congolese migrants have been beaten and killed, according to witnesses. The violence has forced an estimated 380,000 migrants to flee across the border into the DRC, creating a refugee crisis.

The Angolan government calls its efforts “Operation Transparency.” It dismisses the allegations of abuse as “completely false” and claims it is engaging in a legitimate campaign to reform its diamond sector. Angola points out that most of the Congolese migrants are in the country illegally and do not have mining licenses. Angola wants to expel the migrants so that mining companies can mine the land, generating profits for the companies and revenue for the Angolan treasury.

Angola’s government is using the language of transparency in what can only be seen as a transparent ploy to avoid accountability. The international community and the diamond industry shouldn’t fall for it. Yes, it is true that diamond mining should be done in a legal way. When miners have licenses, they sell their diamonds through legitimate channels and do not resort to diamond smuggling. Miners gain stability and increase their earnings. Governments are able to collect tax revenues and make strategic investments to reduce poverty.

But the most responsible way to reduce illegal diamond mining is to make the mining legal—to grant mining licenses to the miners. Governments and NGOs should also reward miners who choose to be licensed by helping them to become more productive and to get a fair price for their gems. The way to reduce illegal mining is not to do what Angola is doing: trying to stamp out the miners themselves.

Information about what is happening in Angola is still coming to light. Press accounts, however, suggest that Angola is committing some of the worst human rights abuses linked to diamond mining in many years.  Witnesses, for example, told Reuters that Angolan security forces stormed a Congolese neighborhood in the mining town of Lucapa. In the resulting violence, security forces and a mob killed more than a dozen people, according to witnesses.

Across the border in the DRC, refugees are living without shelter, food, or sanitation. More people may ultimately die from hunger or disease than from violence. There is also a risk that the refugees will destabilize the Kasai region of the DRC, where armed groups already pose a threat. (The Kasai province is area that, at Brilliant Earth, we have come to know through our support for a primary school.)

Although these expulsions are shocking, they are not inconsistent with Angola’s past practice. For years, Angolan security forces and private security firms for Angolan mining companies have killed, beaten, and tortured unlicensed miners.

Mass expulsions from Angola are not new either. According to a 2012 Human Rights Watch report, Angola expelled Congolese migrants almost every year between 2003 and 2012. An estimated 100,000 people were expelled in 2011 alone. During these expulsions, Angolan security forces held Congolese migrants in detention facilities where women became victims of sexual violence. There has been less press coverage of expulsions in recent years, but the expulsions may have continued. In 2017, Angola admitted to rounding up and expelling 2,884 migrants and claimed that another 10,128 Congolese nationals had “voluntarily” left.

For too long, the international community and the diamond industry have given Angola a free pass on abuses in its diamond sector. In 2015, Angola was even elected to lead the Kimberley Process (KP), the international certification scheme whose mission is to stop blood diamonds. In July of this year, the World Diamond Council, a diamond industry trade group, visited Angola. Whatever was discussed, it is not clear that Angola’s government received the message that Angola should not try to end unlicensed diamond mining by violently expelling the miners.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned Angola’s government for “serious human rights violations” and called on Angola to halt the deportations.  It is now time for the leadership of the diamond industry, which has economic leverage in Angola, to condemn the expulsions as well. The KP, for its part, should conduct a review mission and consider suspending Angola’s KP membership. Angola must understand that violence is not a path to diamond profits, but rather the surest way to taint its own diamonds.

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How to Drop a Hint

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 22:04

 

While we believe an engagement ring’s appeal should come from the meaning behind it, we know how important it is to wear something that’s true to your style.

An engagement ring can be a big investment, and if your partner is making this purchase they will want to pop the question with a ring you’ll love for years to come! So why not give them a gentle push in the right direction? Dropping hints the right way can help make sure you and your partner are aligned when it comes to engagement ring styles.

Below are 3 great ways to drop hints:

1. Pin it

Brilliant Earth’s Pinterest page is an excellent place for major engagement ring inspiration. Once you have a clear idea on the engagement ring style you’d like, save these pins to a board and share it with your S.O. This can either be done by sharing a public board’s link or inviting them to be a collaborator on a private board.

Tip: It’s important that this board is separate from any other engagement ring inspiration boards you may have, as throwing other styles into the mix could get confusing. If there are particular characteristics you’re set on, i.e. rose gold with a round diamond, make sure these two features are consistent throughout all of your pins. This will help to eliminate any confusion!

2. Send a DM

While there are many ways to drop hints, Instagram makes the process more straightforward than ever. Rather than tagging your S.O. in an Instagram post, send it to them via direct message so they can reference it later.

Tip: If you’re still narrowing down engagement ring design styles, we suggest taking advantage of Instagram’s saving feature. While virtual window shopping through Brilliant Earth’s Instagram feed, save your favorites to an “Engagement Ring Inspiration” collection. Only direct message your final picks to your S.O.

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3. Click “Drop a Hint”

After you’ve created your ideal engagement ring, easily share the final product with your significant other in an email using our “Drop a Hint” feature.

Tip: Use the message field to give your hint some cute context, i.e. “Look at the beautiful ring I created. Should I be a jewelry designer? I’m in love with it!”

Final Thoughts

Have you used any of these methods to drop hints? Share with us in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Three Stone Rings like Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 10/27/2018 - 23:55

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Finally! One of the most highly anticipated engagements of 2017 has been confirmed. We are so excited for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Palace officials confirmed the news of the engagement early this morning, and apart from looking forward to the royal wedding, we couldn’t wait to see the ring!

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is a timeless three stone engagement ring, boasting a center cushion diamond and accented by two diamonds, one on each side, perfectly fit for a princess. We love the meaning behind three stone engagement rings, as they symbolize a couple’s past, present, and future. In this case, the design fits the meaning perfectly. Markle’s ring is a beautiful combination of past and present, with the two heirloom diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, and a center cushion diamond from Botswana that represents the new connection between Prince Harry and Meghan and their future together.

Choosing a diamond from Botswana also reflects Prince Harry and Meghan’s shared commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Botswana diamond mining has contributed to transforming Botswana into one of Africa’s most prosperous countries, and Botswana diamond mines are dedicated to minimizing their environmental footprint. We are proud to offer Botswana Sort diamonds as part of our selection of Beyond Conflict Free DiamondsTM.

Below are some of our favorite three stone engagement ring designs inspired by Meghan Markle’s engagement ring:

Petite Three Stone Trellis Diamond Ring

This classic three stone engagement ring setting features interwoven prongs sweeping upward to embrace two brilliant round diamond side stones, very similar to Markle’s engagement ring.

Aria Diamond Ring

A contemporary take on the future royal’s engagement ring, the Aria Diamond Ring features a thin precious metal band that gently tapers towards a pear-shaped diamond accent on each side of the center diamond.

Antique Scroll Three Stone Trellis Diamond Ring

A vintage spin on Meghan’s ring, this exquisite antique style three stone trellis setting features two brilliant round diamond side stones and a beautiful scroll pattern on the top and sides of the band, with each side accented by a single dazzling diamond.

Radiance Diamond Ring

A glamorous take on Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, the Radiance Diamond Ring features scalloped pavé diamond accents along the band and claw prongs embracing the center gemstone.

Selene Diamond Ring

Classic simplicity defines this delicate version of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring setting, which features a thin yellow gold band that gently tapers towards a diamond accent on each side of the center cushion diamond.

Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

A nature-inspired twist on the royal couple’s classic three stone ring, this design features entwined vines shimmering with pavé diamonds.

Final Thoughts

Do you love Prince Harry’s choice for Meghan Markle’s engagement ring? Which three stone engagement ring style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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The Auction Season’s Real Gems

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 09:00
Colored diamonds and more contemporary designs are among the trends as Christie’s prepares for Magnificent Jewels, a much-anticipated sale.
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On Bali, a Retail Scene That’s Equal Parts Varied and Vibrant

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 09:00
The Asian vacation favorite is actually a something-for-everyone shopping haven.
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10 Marquise Diamond Rings We Love

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 21:22

 

The elongated silhouettes and graceful curves of marquise cut diamonds make them an eye-catching choice for the centerpiece of an engagement ring.

If you are attracted to the elongated shape of an oval cut, but desire something more distinctive, a marquise cut diamond engagement ring might be right for you! Marquise cut diamonds are faceted, allowing them to give off the dazzling sparkle and brilliance offered by an oval diamond, with a striking vintage flair. Their long, narrow shape is not only flattering and elegant, but also a great option for the budget-conscious, as marquise diamonds tend to appear larger than other diamond shapes of the same carat weight. This is because the marquise diamond’s extended shape maximizes its surface area, resulting in a larger appearance. While this feminine shape looks striking in nearly any setting, these 10 marquise cut engagement rings are our current favorites:

Sunburst Diamond Ring

An array of glittering diamonds set in three-prong settings surround the center diamond in this magnificent ring.

Nouveau Diamond Ring

This exquisite ring features shimmering pavé diamonds that form a chevron-shaped band above the center diamond. Claw prongs gracefully support the center diamond beneath the band, creating an artistic look reminiscent of the Art Nouveau era.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

This beautiful ring features a shimmering strand of pavé diamonds entwined with a lustrous ribbon of precious metal.

Zinnia Diamond Ring

This feminine, nature-inspired ring showcases a dazzling center diamond blooming from within a gallery of shimmering diamond petals.
Additional diamonds sparkle along the band, which delicately tapers for a beautiful and unique look.

Aria Diamond Ring

Classic simplicity defines this delicate setting, which features a thin precious metal band that gently tapers towards a pear-shaped diamond accent on each side of the center marquise diamond.

Hudson Ring

Intricate hand-engraving and subtle borders of milgrain adorn this sensational vintage-inspired ring. The elegant band gently broadens toward the brilliant center diamond, producing a stunning effect.

Selene Diamond Ring

Classic simplicity defines this delicate setting, which features a thin precious metal band that gently tapers towards a diamond accent on each side of the center diamond.

Willow Diamond Ring

Wispy vines of precious metal entwine toward lustrous marquise diamond buds in this nature-inspired trellis ring.

Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring

This dainty ring features sheer sparkle that extends halfway around the ring. The center diamond appears to float above the delicate band.

Primrose Diamond Ring

Designed as part of an exclusive collaboration with bridal designer, Lela Rose, this feminine design features floral clusters that embrace the glistening center diamond. Beaded detailing adds an air of timeless elegance to the band as it dazzles with French pavé diamond accents.

Did You Know?

The origin of the marquise cut dates back to the 18th Century, when King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweler to design a diamond shape that resembled the graceful curves of his mistress’s lips.

Final Thoughts

Which marquise cut engagement ring do you like best? What diamond shape is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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What Jewelry to Wear According to Your Zodiac Sign

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:29

 

Horoscopes can provide insight into everything from who you’re compatible with to where you should vacation.

Your zodiac sign can also reveal your taste in style! So when it comes to jewelry, let the stars guide you toward the perfect pieces to add to your or your loved one’s jewelry wardrobe. Turn to your astrological sign to learn what type of jewelry is just right for you!

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorns love wearing luxurious and sophisticated jewelry. Whether attending a gala or just heading to work, they’re always dressed to their best. A glamorous tennis bracelet or sculptural twist pendant would certainly be met with Capricorn’s approval!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Not one to follow trends, Aquarius loves an alternative accessory. Aquarius tends to wear jewelry featuring colors that highlight their vibrant personalities or interesting pieces that tell a story. The Oceana Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant and Ivy Scroll Diamond Ring both feature interesting design elements sure to fit into the Aquarius’s distinctive wardrobe!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

When it comes to accessorizing, Pisces tend to express their free-spirited nature. Known as having a more bohemian style, they love nature inspired pieces that reflect their friendly disposition and laid-back lifestyle, like the Moon Stud Earrings or Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Energetic Aries tend to gravitate toward luxurious yet understated accessories to pair with their fashion-forward wardrobe choices. The Flair Diamond Ring and Baguette Diamond Earrings both provide Aries with just the right amount of distinctive sparkle without making too bold of a statement.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

With their fingers perpetually on the pulse of the fashion industry, those born under the Taurus sign often choose accessories that look both beautiful and expensive. They are also great at selecting items that will stand the test of time. Although the Taurus woman values comfort, she rarely sacrifices  style, making the fuss-free Diamond Twist Pendant and Ball Stud Earrings perfect for her.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Versatile Geminis don’t like to be known as having one “signature style”, and frequently switch up their look depending on their mood. They are risk-takers and enjoying wearing accessories that turn heads, like the Jardinière Diamond Ring or the Luxe Shared Prong Diamond Hoop Earrings.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Elegant and refined Cancers are all about the classics, but there’s nothing stale about the pieces they choose. Cancers tend to gravitate toward feminine styles and love a subtle color palette of blues and whites. Sapphire Diamond Halo Earrings and a sleek bar pendant make great go-to items for Cancers.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Passionate Leos are known to choose eye-catching pieces. Lovers of vibrant and bold hues, Leos are never one to back away from the center of attention, making the luxe Estrella Diamond Ring and colorful Silver Bouquet Pendant perfect additions to their jewelry collection.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

A Virgo’s jewelry box is filled with classic pieces that fit right in with their practical wardrobe. They gravitate towards ladylike yet functional jewelry, and are rarely over-the-top. Virgos like pieces they can wear over and over again, go-to pieces that go with everything.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Libras seek out classic pieces with distinctive elements that are still versatile enough to be styled with the items in their brimming closets. Libras aren’t afraid to rock alternative gemstones and diamond shapes. The Opal Halo Diamond Pendant and Brynn Diamond Ring both offer the perfect balance of trendy and traditional.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Subtle yet dramatic Scorpios love to let their inner light shine by wearing pieces that make them feel powerful and intriguing. Gravitating toward graceful jewelry items with a little bit of an edge, Scorpios would love to wear the Barre Diamond Ring or the deep red Silver Garnet Earrings.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Adventurous Sagittarius loves whimsical styles and pieces that have character. Although they love to take chances when it comes to their accessories, they tend to opt for items that remind them of a journey they’ve had or recent travels. A Sagittarius would love the charming Juniper Earrings and Savannah Diamond Ring.

Final Thoughts

Would you wear your sign’s suggested jewelry items? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

 

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Marie Antoinette’s Jewels Are Here. Now’s Your Chance to Try Them On.

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 20:37
Before she was beheaded, the queen’s diamonds and pearls were sent to Austria. Now they are on public display — for just a few days — at Sotheby’s.
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Most Popular Engagement Rings According to Instagram

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 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 our Instagram feeds.

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. Oval Waverly Diamond Ring

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Oval diamonds are becoming increasingly sought after, and the shape looks great set in the classic Waverly Diamond Ring design. A pavé diamond halo adds an irresistible sparkling touch! View our collection of oval engagement rings.

9. Cadenza Diamond Ring and Morganite Cadenza Halo Ring

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There’s something about morganite we can’t stop liking! Set in beautiful rose gold and surrounded by an intricate halo, the Morganite Cadenza Halo Ring could make anyone blush.

8. Pear Waverly Diamond Ring

8.2k likes

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The Waverly Diamond Ring features a sparkling halo surrounding a pear shaped diamond in this beautiful photo. We think it’s pear-fection!

7. Elodie Ring and Luxe Shared Prong Eternity Diamond Ring

8.6k likes

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Made for each other! Set in beautiful rose gold and complemented by a diamond accented band, the Elodie Ring is the epitome of classic elegance.

6. Sunburst Diamond Ring

8.9k likes

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A dazzling diamond halo and a light-catching marquise diamond make this rose gold ring unforgettable… but you’d better double tap the Sunburst Ring just in case!

5. Petite Quattro Ring

9k likes

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It’s hard to not zero-in on the stunning Petite Quattro Ring. Talk about engagement envy! Can anyone say “yes!”?

4. Nouveau Diamond Ring

9.1k likes

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What’s not to like about this ring? Featuring sparkling pavé diamonds, the Nouveau Diamond Ring creates an enchanting chevron of sheer shimmer.

3. Fancy Halo Diamond Ring and Wren Diamond Ring

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It’s clear that the pear obsession is real! The pear Fancy Halo Diamond Ring is perfectly complemented by the Wren Diamond Ring in glistening rose gold, making it hard to take your eyes off of this set!

2. Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

10.1k likes

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This nature-inspired ring takes a glamorous twist in the Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring. The two accent diamonds perfectly frame the center emerald diamond making for additional interest.

1. Six-Prong Classic Ring 

15.7k likes

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Who doesn’t love a classic solitaire diamond ring (especially when positioned atop 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’d like to think both!

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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Top Engagement Trends for 2018

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 16:00

 

At Brilliant Earth we spend our days helping couples select the rings that symbolize their love and commitment, and designing rings that capture their individual styles and personalities.

We are among the very first to see engagement ring and wedding ring trends as they emerge. Here are a few things we’ve noticed about the popular engagement rings we are loving now, and trends that we expect to stay strong through 2018.

POPULAR ENGAGEMENT RING STYLES

 

Asymmetrical Designs

While today’s brides-to-be love the tradition of engagement rings, they don’t always want the rings to look traditional. Many women are opting to make a statement, to express their unique personalities or aesthetics. These couples usually seek custom designs or non-traditional rings involving distinctive elements like black rhodium, unique silhouettes (as seen in the Nouveau Diamond Ring, above), and less traditional colored gemstones such as aquamarines and morganite.

Oval Engagement Rings

Oval diamonds are more popular than ever! Their elegant elongated shape offers a distinctive spin to the classic round diamond. While oval diamonds look striking as the centerpiece of a solitaire engagement ring, we also love the look of ovals in three stone engagement ring settings, trendy east-west settings, and sparkling halo settings.

Chevron Shapes

Many brides are drawn to distinctive v-shaped chevron wedding bands. These bands look great on their own, stacked alongside another chevron ring, or with your engagement ring. The popular three stone Esprit Diamond Ring features geometric trillion side sides for a distinctive look.

Accented Galleries

Flashy rings may be less popular than in years past, but couples crave beautiful little touches that set a ring apart. Think accented baskets with diamond galleries, as seen in the Viviana Ring, above, or in the popular Valencia Diamond Ring.

East-West Styles

East-west engagement rings are the perfect way to put a distinctive spin (literally) on a traditional engagement ring setting. As opposed to a classic vertically placed center stone, east-west styles place the stone horizontally on the band. This style can be set with any elongated fancy diamond shape, think oval, emerald, marquise, or pear. While we offer a few standard east-west styles, many of our setting can be modified to feature a horizontally set gemstone—just ask!

Intricate Diamond Halos

Halo designs featuring traditional round and cushion shaped diamonds have been very sought after for the past few years, perhaps because of their romantic vintage-inspired look, or because of the way a halo of accent diamonds makes a center diamond appear larger. Now we see couples craving more distinctive halo designs, such as the curvy and ornate halo of the Reina Diamond Ring, above, or the multi-dimensional halos of the Cordoba Diamond Ring and the Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring, both of which feature stunning side views.

Understated Engagement Rings

Brides who prefer more understated styles may gravitate towards wedding band for daily wear rather than a classic center stone engagement ring. We love how the single prongs on the Versailles Diamond Ring make the band’s round and marquise diamond shapes stand out, resulting in an organic and unique silhouette.

The New Three-Stone Styles

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement, three stone engagement rings have been gaining a lot of attention! A three-gemstone engagement ring is a timeless look, and a symbolic one too—the three gemstones are said to represent a couple’s past, present and future. Couples who crave an elegant and understated three-stone design might love the Selene Ring, above, which features a delicate, gently tapered band and chic claw prongs securing the center gemstone.

Sleek Stacking Rings

When it comes to rings, we are all for stacking on the sparkle! Brides have increasingly been seen adding multiple wedding bands to their ring finger, creating a trendy stack with their engagement ring. We love mixing and matching various band types for a look that’s truly unique to the wearer.

Delicate Silhouettes

We’ve seen a return to classic elegance as couples opt for thin, petite bands, both in engagement and wedding rings. Often these rings feature accent diamonds that add subtle shimmer and make the center gemstone really pop, as seen in the Lissome Diamond Ring, which features scalloped pavé diamond accents on a thin band that rises to a cathedral setting.

Black Rhodium

When thinking of engagement ring metal types, our minds typically go to platinum or gold variations, but what about a darker colored metal? Non-traditional black rhodium is a great way to create a chic statement with your engagement ring and its dark coloring makes both diamonds and colored gemstones pop!

Rose-on-Rose Rings

Rose gold has been beloved by brides-to-be in recent years, and now those who adore this warm and romantic look are taking it a step further and combining gorgeous morganite gemstones with rose gold settings. Morganite is a semiprecious gemstone with a warm pink hue and sparkling clarity, and when set in rose gold it creates a breathtaking effect that reflects your rosy outlook on your future together. Rose gold halo engagement ring settings, such as the Morganite Waverly Ring in rose gold, above, add dazzling diamonds to create a bit of contrast, while solitaire styles, such as the Morganite Hudson Ring in rose gold have a gorgeous all-rose look that draws attention to the detailed setting.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of these engagement trends?  Have you recently become engaged?  Share your story with us in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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6 Unique October Birthstone Gifts

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 00:22

 

When preparing for the holiday season or a loved one’s birthday, choosing just the right gift can at times prove difficult. If you’re shopping for someone born in October, a piece of jewelry featuring the month’s birthstone makes for a timeless treasure.

October has two birthstones, opal and tourmaline. Opals are popularly known for their milky, rainbow-colored glow and fire. With hues ranging across the whole color spectrum, opals fit many different tastes. In the past, opals were believed to symbolize purity and hope. Like opal, tourmaline is also admired for its wide variety of colors. According to ancient legend, the stone traveled along a rainbow collecting all of the rainbow’s colors, which is why tourmaline is found in such a multitude of hues. It has also been believed to strengthen mind, body, and spirit.

Both of these gemstones have inspired jewelry makers for many years, resulting in beautiful vintage pieces that span the decades. These one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry are perfect for the one-of-a-kind October birthday celebrator in your life.

 

Opal Diamond Pendant

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

 

Opal Cherish Ring

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

 

Opal Halo Diamond Earrings

Striking opals are enshrined in a glittering halo of diamonds in these exquisite earrings.

 

The Aspenridge Ring

This timeless Retro-era ring features a glimmering oval-shaped tourmaline embraced on either side by two pear-shaped diamond accents.

 

Tourmaline Leaf Pendant

This beautifully sculpted leaf-shaped pendant sparkles with a green tourmaline and is gracefully suspended from a delicate sterling silver cable chain.

 

The Nagoya Ring

This Victorian-style ring is an absolute showstopper, boasting an iridescent round opal set within a pierced halo of twelve natural opal cabochons.

 

What do you think?
Which piece of October birthstone jewelry is your favorite? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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Jewels Maketh the Shoes

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 08:49
Roger Vivier’s new creative director, Gherardo Felloni, on how a lifetime obsession informs his approach to a heel.
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5 Pear Diamond Engagement Rings like Margot Robbie’s

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 18:29

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM @margotrobbie

 

Some celebrities choose to announce a wedding via publicist, or cash in by selling their wedding photos to a tabloid, but not Margot Robbie.

The Aussie beauty, also known as antihero Harley Quinn in the recent hit movie Suicide Squad, chose to cheekily tell the world about her marriage to actor Tom Ackerley via Instagram. In the joyful, uncontrived post she flips her ring finger at the camera to reveal a sparkling pear-shaped diamond, while she and her new husband kiss in the background.

And what about that diamond? Robbie’s stunning ring is both classically beautiful and distinctive, like the woman who wears it. It showcases a sparkling pear-shaped diamond, set on a delicate band embellished with glittering pavé diamonds.

A Primer on Pear Diamond Rings

Also called a “teardrop” shape, a pear diamond is a modified take on a round brilliant diamond, which means that it possesses 58 facets and the same breathtaking sparkle. Although you can wear a pear diamond ring however you want, the traditional way is to slip it on so that the pointy tip of the diamond is directed toward your finger nail rather than your hand. Pear diamond engagement rings are very flattering, as the shape elongates the look of your finger.

If you adore pear diamond rings like Margot Robbie’s, discover some similar designs. All are made of ethically sourced diamonds and feature eco-friendly recycled precious metals.

The Pear Petite Shared Prong

As with Margot’s ring, the Petite Shared Prong Ring design showcases a dazzling pear-shaped diamond, accented with the incandescent shimmer of pavé set accent diamonds. The center diamond appears to float just above the delicate band.

 

The Pear Waverly Ring

In a slightly more glamorous take on Robbie’s beautiful design, the Waverly Ring embraces the center diamond in a halo of scalloped pavé diamond accents. A chic claw-prong setting adds a subtle designer detail.

 

The Pear Luna Ring

If you’d like to pair the eye-catching curves of a pear-shaped diamond with a more minimalist setting, consider the Luna Ring. This solitaire design features a contemporary bezel setting, slightly elevated so that light reaches the diamond from all angles.

The Pear Willow Ring

The nature-inspired Willow Ring combines the curves of a pear diamond with a curving setting that evokes vines and branches. Marquise diamond buds twinkle alongside the center gemstone.

The Pear Hudson Ring

A pear diamond looks regal set in the vintage-inspired Hudson Ring, which is embellished with intricate hand-engraved scrollwork along the band and delicate milgrain detailing at the edges.

FINAL THOUGHTS

What do you think of Margot Robbie’s pear-shaped engagement ring? Let us know in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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Vicenza, Italy’s Capital of Gold

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 05:05
More than 10 percent of the residents in this small city work in the jewelry industry. So did their ancestors.
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7 Golden Things

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 05:00
And one undeniable fact: The glitter of the precious metal has lured men and women throughout the ages.
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