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Our Favorite Lab Diamond Jewelry

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 15:22

Lab created diamond jewelry is an increasingly popular choice for those who want to sparkle while adhering to responsible diamond sourcing practices!

Lab grown diamonds are real diamonds and have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. The naked eye will not be able to distinguish between a naturally mined or lab created diamond, and lab diamonds offer the same fire and brilliance people expect from their diamond jewelry.

Because lab diamonds require no new mining, more and more people are opting for these dazzling gemstones over traditionally mined diamonds. Lab created diamonds also offer excellent value, and are slightly more affordable than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. Not only for engagement rings, but for fine jewelry as well!

See some of our favorite lab created diamond jewelry pieces below!

Three-Prong Martini Round Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

This beautifully matched pair of lab created round brilliant diamonds are secured in classic 14k white gold martini settings with push back posts for pierced ears.

Monaco Lab Diamond Ring

Floating shared prong lab created diamonds shimmer from the top half of this delicate and dazzling band for a spectacular look. It’s beautiful as a wedding band, anniversary ring, or as a just because ring!

Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

This eye-catching tennis bracelet embellishes the wrist with 3 carats of shimmering lab created diamonds individually set in lustrous white gold links.

Bliss Lab Created Diamond Hoop Earrings

These glamorous hoop earrings feature dazzling lab created diamonds from the inside and outside for maximum sparkle.

Certified Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

As classic as they come! A gorgeous pair of lab created round brilliant diamonds are secured in classic basket settings for these sleek diamond studs. An IGI lab grading report accompanies each pair of earrings.

French Pavé Eternity Lab Diamond Ring

This luminous eternity ring is adorned with a circle of glittering French pavé lab created diamonds, making it the perfect wedding or anniversary band.

Final Thoughts

Let us know which style is your favorite! Tell us in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebookTwitter.

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The World in a Jewelry Box

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:00
In a time when we are all stuck at home day dreaming of far-flung adventures, one writer finds solace in the accessories she collected as travel souvenirs.
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8 Stunning Emerald Diamond Rings

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 23:20

Cut to showcase diamonds’ spectacular clarity, the emerald cut is the most sought after step-cut gemstone shape.

The rectangular facets of emerald shaped gemstones create a chic and elegant look, which is perfectly matched in sleek ring setting styles. Solitaires emphasize the clean lines of the emerald cut, while pairing with baguette diamonds or other side stones maximizes sparkle.

To celebrate this fancy diamond shape, known for its spectacular clarity and elegance, see some of our favorite settings for emerald diamonds below!

Polaris Diamond Ring

This sleek, timeless ring delicately cradles a glistening center gemstone within four compass-point claw prongs. Diamond accents flow three-fourths of the way down the band, encompassing the finger in a ray of light.

Piper Diamond Ring

Captivating baguette diamonds are prong-set and vertically aligned in this elegant ring, brilliantly framing the center gem. With a delicate band, this ring evokes classic beauty.

Luxe Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring

This dainty ring features sheer sparkle that extends three fourths of the way around the ring. The center gem appears to float above the delicate band.

Elodie and Elle Rings

The petite bands and elegant claw prongs of these settings add to the sleek, classic look of these rings. Set within a solitaire, an emerald diamond truly shines.

Viviana Diamond Ring

This classic engagement ring features shimmering scalloped pavé diamonds that extend half of the way around the ring. A diamond adorned gallery and graceful claw prongs embrace the center gem.

Horizontal Petite Comfort Fit Ring

Petite and delicate, this classic four-prong setting features a horizontally set emerald diamond for a unique and contemporary look.

Lumiere Diamond Ring

This delightful engagement ring features a glittering diamond gallery that wraps around the center gem. The petite band complements the gallery for an elegant, chic look.

Tapered Baguette Diamond Ring

Captivating tapered baguette diamonds are bar-set in this elegant ring, brilliantly framing the center gem. With a delicate band, this ring evokes classic beauty.

Final Thoughts

Which emerald diamond ring is your favorite? Let us know on our InstagramFacebookTwitter, or in the comments below.

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7 Swoon-Worthy Vintage Inspired Rings

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:27

Inspired by the charm of the past, these romantic engagement rings are heirlooms in the making.

From delicate, Victorian-inspired filigree designs, to the bold individuality of Art Deco styles, or the larger-than-life dazzle popular in the Retro era, each vintage inspired ring setting offers a unique style all your own.

Read on to see some of our favorites below!

Nouveau Diamond Ring

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

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

Glittering diamonds and light-catching milgrain form an ornate halo around the center gem in this breathtaking vintage inspired ring. Pairs of pavé diamonds nestled in marquise-shaped frames gracefully flow down the band for additional sparkle.

Reina Diamond Ring

This fan favorite design features a regal halo of diamond accents surrounds a shimmering center gem for a distinctive and elegant look

Aberdeen Diamond Ring

Celtic knots embrace diamond accents on the shoulders of this romantic ring, while elegant scrollwork adorns the top and sides of the band.

Luxe Hudson Diamond Ring

Intricate hand engraving and subtle borders of milgrain adorn this sensational vintage inspired ring. Surprise diamonds embellish each side of the gallery, and the band is further accented with shimmering diamonds along the gently broadening shoulders.

Imogen Diamond Ring

This stellar ring features a center bezel set gem, slightly lofted within an intricate milgrained halo for a brilliant sparkle. The distinctive and beautifully detailed gallery lends subtle but eye-catching appeal.

Rosa Diamond Ring

This glamorous setting encircles the center gem within a blooming double halo of shimmering diamonds. Additional pavé diamonds along the cathedral-style shoulders rise up to highlight the chic, structural gallery.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of these antique inspired diamond rings? Let us know on our InstagramFacebookTwitter, or in the comments below.

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It’s Gemini Season! Discover Jewelry Perfect Pairings

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 05/21/2020 - 17:39

Geminis are symbolized by twins from Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux, which represent the dual nature of this star sign.

Although Geminis are symbolized by twins, people with this zodiac sign are also known for their individuality and need for self-expression. Are you a Gemini or know a Gemini with a birthday coming up? We think talkative, curious, and witty Geminis will love these jewelry perfect pairings.

Polaris Diamond Ring and North Star Diamond Jewelry

Named after the brightest star in the Ursa Minor constellation, the Polaris Diamond Ring complements bright and expressive Geminis. The four compass point prongs of this dazzling ring pair perfectly with other celestial inspired jewelry including the North Star Diamond Pendant and North Star Diamond Earrings.

Versailles Diamond Ring and Ivy Diamond Earrings

The alternating marquise and round diamond accents of these sparkling styles beautifully represent the yin and yang natures of this zodiac sign.

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring and Cadenza Diamond Earrings

Geminis are known for their individuality and liking to make a statement, making intricate and unique diamond halo styles perfect for their strong sense of self.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring and Oceana Earrings

What could be a better representation of the duality of the Gemini twins than twisting vines of lustrous precious metal and pavé diamonds? The beautiful flow of these luxe diamond styles represents the mercurial nature of this air sign.

Whisper Diamond Ring with Whisper Diamond Earrings and Bracelet

Gemini are known as “jack of all trades” who don’t like being tied down to one thing at a time. Dainty diamond accent jewelry that they can stack with other styles are perfect for this sign that doesn’t like to settle for just one look.

Sol Diamond Ring and Morganite Sol Earrings

Youthful and vibrant, this sign is known for its joie de vivre and love of celebration. The sparkling rays of diamond accents create a balanced halo around these shimmering styles.

Final Thoughts

What’s your favorite pairing for Geminis? Let us know your sign in the comments below or on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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10 Romantic Cushion Engagement Ring Styles

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 17:06

Cushion diamonds and gemstones are a timeless, romantic choice for engagement ring center stones.

Refined over centuries and based on the “old mine” style of cutting gemstones, cushion diamonds are designed for exceptional sparkle and brilliance. Soft, rounded edges differentiate cushion gems from more angular princess cuts and give this fancy shape their pillow-like appearance.

This unique fancy diamond and gemstone shape is complemented by delicate diamond halos and other vintage inspired ring settings. Read on to discover some of our favorite settings for cushion center stones, and see why we’re drawn to the classic romance they evoke.

Secret Halo Diamond Ring

This elegant engagement ring features a glittering hidden halo of diamonds that wraps around the center gem. The subtle diamond accents add to the sparkle of your center stone, while the graceful claw prongs and petite band draw all attention to the stunning cushion cut diamond.

Fortuna Diamond Ring

The subtle curves of a cushion cut diamond are beautifully framed in a halo of diamonds in this exceptional setting. Two rows of pavé diamonds sparkle on the contemporary split shank band, while a surprise row of diamond accents on the bridge completes this glamorous look.

Opera Diamond Ring

A three stone setting combined with a stunning cushion cut diamond is a match made in heaven! These rings represent a couple’s journey together. Framed by two pear-shaped diamonds, the center gem makes a romantic statement, reminiscent of your unique love story.

Anthology Diamond Ring

Glamorous French pavé diamonds adorn the band of this ring, allowing light to reach each diamond from multiple angles and enhancing their sparkle.

Lotus Flower Diamond Ring with Side Stones

Emeralds are a beautiful and timeless choice for an engagement ring center gemstone. The rich color of this cushion cut gemstone is striking when paired with a blooming halo of diamonds.

Sunburst Diamond Ring

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

Provence Diamond Ring

A petite band sweeps up to embrace the center gem in delicate claw prongs, accentuating the soft look of a cushion shaped gem.

Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring

This luxe setting features diamond accents adorning the band and gallery, as well as a stunning halo surrounding the center gem in a ring of brilliant light. Morganite’s captivating blush tone enhances the romance and glamour of this style.

Marseille Halo Diamond Ring

Floating shared prong diamonds give this setting a light and dazzling feel, elevating the center gem for a stunning look.

Odessa Diamond Ring

This ring is designed to accentuate and amplify the brilliance of your center gemstone. A delicate halo of pavé diamonds embraces and accentuates the center gem, and French pavé diamond accents on the band add a truly dazzling effect.

Final Thoughts

Do you love the look of cushion diamonds and gemstones? Tell us your favorite ring styles in the comments below, or on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

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Quiz: Which Unique Engagement Ring Are You?

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 00:21

From rose gold designs and delicate details, to bold contemporary styles, unique engagement rings come in a variety of non-traditional styles.

Meant to commemorate one of the most special moments in your life, your engagement ring should be an extension of who you are. Discover which unique engagement ring style best fits your individual personality by taking our quiz below!


Which unique engagement ring are you?

 

Discover which engagement ring style fits your unique personality

Aria Diamond Ring

 

With a style that is at once unique and understated, the Aria Diamond Ring reflects your love of things simple and yet distinctly you.

The Aria Diamond exudes classic simplicity, with two pear-shaped diamond accents gently framing each side of the center gem. A thin precious metal band gently tapers in the center, adding to the elegance of this look.

Nouveau Diamond Ring

 

Artistic and unique, the Nouveau Diamond Ring perfectly represents your creative spirit.

The Nouveau features an eye-catching chevron-shaped band adorned with shimmering pavé diamonds. The silhouette and sparkle of the ring are reminiscent of the Art Nouveau era, while adding a contemporary twist.

Chamise Diamond Ring

 

Sleek and modern, the Chamise Diamond Ring embodies your chic, contemporary character.

A fresh take on the classic solitaire, the Chamise Diamond Ring showcases a unique silhouette as ribbons of precious metal gently divide on either side of the center gemstone.

Willow Diamond Ring

 

Exquisite and nature-inspired, the Willow Diamond Ring embodies your love of nature.

Combining natural elegance and breathtaking sparkle the Willow Diamond Ring features wispy vines of precious metal that blossom into beautiful marquise diamond buds around the center gem.

Reina Diamond Ring

 

Regal and distinct, the uniquely-shaped Reina Diamond Ring is the perfect embodiment of your love for the finer things in life.

The Reina diamond ring features diamond accents that surround an intricate halo. Pavé diamonds run halfway across the rose gold band, adding a touch of sparkle to this look.

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Final Thoughts

Which unique engagement ring is meant for you?  Share your results with us on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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10 Rose Gold Engagement Rings to Add to Your Pinterest Boards

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 21:44

Rose gold engagement rings make a distinctive, beautiful choice and complement a variety of skin tones and setting styles.

Rose gold has its roots with the earliest jewelry artisans and has become even more sought-after in recent years, making it stunning choice for both modern and vintage-inspired rings.

Their timeless beauty is reflected in their popularity on Pinterest engagement inspiration boards – from nature inspired, to simple and chic, there is a rose gold ring for everyone. Read on to discover engagement ring styles featuring this blush-colored precious metal, and pin your favorites!

Fiorella Diamond Ring

Rose gold adds to the feminine style of floral-inspired engagement rings. In this chic and memorable ring design, a beautiful center gem blooms from within shimmering leaves of rose gold and diamond accents.

Demi Diamond Ring

This elegant engagement ring features a glittering hidden halo of diamonds that wraps around the center gem. A petite band complements the gallery for an elegant, chic look. The combination of a secret halo with lustrous rose gold is becoming a popular trend!

Reina Diamond Ring

A vintage inspired setting in rose gold is truly romantic. The blush beauty of morganite complements the rosy hued metal and antique flair of this setting.

Luxe Sienna Diamond Ring

In this luxe look, the center gemstone seemingly floats above the band in elegant claw prongs, and French pavé diamonds adorn the band. This setting style allows light to reach the diamonds from multiple angles and enhances their sparkle.

Valencia Diamond Ring

Micro-pavé diamonds shimmer from every angle of this petite domed ring, making the style photo-ready and perfect for your engagement inspiration board. The unique diamond adorned gallery adds even more sparkle, as graceful claw prongs reach up to embrace the center gem.

Rose Gold Mixed Metal Waverly Diamond Ring

Mixed metal styles are a popular way to incorporate two precious metal looks. This sparkling halo setting features beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds that glimmer along a white gold halo and gallery, complemented by a diamond-encrusted rose gold band for a glamorous, unique style.

Twilight Diamond Ring

A dazzling halo of diamonds evokes the soft glowing light of the setting sun in this spectacular engagement ring. The romantic and picturesque play of light associated with this enchanting time of day is captured by the organic clusters of shimmering diamonds surrounded by lustrous rose gold.

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

Rose gold decorated with light-catching milgrain forms an ornate halo around the center diamond in this breathtaking vintage-inspired ring. Marquise-shaped frames on the band surround pairs of pavé diamonds for additional sparkle.

Azalea Diamond Ring

Sleek ribbons of rose gold and pavé diamonds twist around the band and center gem in this floral-inspired halo ring. Paired with a peach sapphire, this ring is sparkles with natural beauty.

Luna Ring

This ring’s bezel-set center gem and sleek band truly highlight the beauty of rose gold, while maximizing light play in the center diamond. Contemporary and minimalistic style define this chic ring.

Final Thoughts

Do you love the romantic look of rose gold rings? Let us know your favorite rose gold engagement ring style in the comments below, or on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook.

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10 Beautiful Flower Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 00:22

May flowers are in full bloom in these engagement ring styles!

With their blooming petal motifs, delicate leaves and gently curving lines, these flower inspired ring settings capture the beauty of fresh spring blossoms.  Discover the joy of spring with some of our favorite floral engagement ring styles!

Fiorella Diamond Ring

A fan favorite, the center gem blooms from within shimmering diamond leaves in this chic and memorable setting.

Blooming Rose Diamond Ring

A style from our exclusive Nature X design collection, this ring setting is bursting with beauty. A blooming halo of layered pear-shaped diamonds elevates the center gem in this extraordinary ring. Diamond leaves and dazzling accents complete this magnificent, nature inspired look.

Lotus Flower Diamond Ring

Like sparkling petals, a subtle floral diamond halo blooms around the center gem in this exquisite ring.

Ava Diamond Ring

This spectacular ring is lavishly layered with pear, marquise, and round diamonds for a unique floral design adorning the shoulders and band.

Verbena Diamond Ring

This feminine, nature-inspired ring features four dazzling marquise-shaped diamonds elegantly accenting a center gem in a claw prong basket setting. Bezel-set accent diamonds adorn the shoulders, adding even more sparkle.

Rosa Diamond Ring

This glamorous setting encircles the center gem within a blooming double halo of shimmering diamonds. Additional pavé diamonds along the cathedral-style shoulders rise up to highlight the chic, structural gallery.

Dahlia Diamond Ring

A floral-inspired halo of round and pear-shaped diamonds floats on compass points around the sparkling center gem. Delicate beading lines the bridge and inner band, showcasing the enchanting refinement of this elegant design.

Primrose Diamond Ring

This feminine design features floral clusters that embrace the glistening center gemstone. Beaded detailing adds an air of timeless elegance to the band as it dazzles with French pavé diamond accents.

Secret Garden Diamond Ring

Glistening marquise-shaped diamond buds rest on whimsical vines of precious metal winding towards the center gem in a look of natural elegance.

Summer Blossom Diamond Ring

Diamond clusters blossom along stems of lustrous precious metal for a perfect balance of charm and glamour. These magnificent blooms reach for the center gem resting in an open gallery for undeniable sparkle.

Final Thoughts

Which of these floral engagement ring style is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below, or on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

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Omega Adds Full Gold Models To The Speedmaster 38 MM Collection

JustLuxe - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 08:26

Blending classic Moonwatch design with refined feminine style, the Speedmaster 38 mm has become a popular choice with women across the world. Now, OMEGA is heightening the levels of luxury yet again by introducing new models in full 18K gold.

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How to Shop for Jewelry Like an Influencer

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 22:19

A few months ago, we had several Instagram influencers visit our showrooms to learn about diamonds and gemstones and to shop for their favorite fine jewelry styles.

Our jewelry specialists spoke with them in private consultations about diamond education, including how to approach the 4 C’s of diamonds, and showed them the styles they were most interested in. You can get a free private jewelry consultation too! Book a virtual visit on our website with one of our non-commissioned jewelry experts.

Read on for the styles these influencers were loving the most:

Instagram @natalie.belmont

 

Natalie was loving the nature inspired looks of our Sunburst Diamond Ring and Magnolia Branch Diamond Pendant. “Sunburst halo diamond rings” were a trending search on Pinterest at the beginning of the year, and we anticipate this sunny style will stay a fan favorite for the way the “rays” of diamond accents highlight and add brilliance to the center diamond or gemstone. The Magnolia Branch Diamond pendant is a lovely choice for everyday wear with shimmering accent diamonds resting within beautifully sculpted lustrous silver magnolia blossoms.

Instagram @trentkgarrett

Trent Garrett came to our showroom excited to learn about diamonds! On his Instagram he wrote, “I have found a diamond in the rough at @brilliantearth. Not only did their ‘appointment only’ approach help me feel comfortable and at ease while searching for the perfect stone but EVERYTHING is ethically sourced! Their diamonds and precious stones originate from vetted mine operations and they use recycled precious metals for ALL of their rings. They really know how to leave a light carbon foot print in style!” He favored classic pavé diamond engagement ring styles, including our Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring and Viviana Diamond Ring.

Instagram @jasminewiin

Jasmine loved the look of our Demi Diamond Ring, which features a hidden halo of diamond accents below the center gem. Secret halos and other surprise diamond accents are one of the biggest trends we’re seeing in 2020 so far, and we anticipate this look will continue to stay a popular choice for those who are looking for subtle details that add special interest and unique character to their diamond engagement ring.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of these influencers’ top picks? Let us know your favorite style in the comments below or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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How to Take the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 22:57

What’s the first thing most people today do when they try on their engagement ring for the first time? Share pictures of it with their friends and family in texts and on social media!

We know your friends and family will be excited about your engagement and proposal pictures no matter what, but we’ve seen a trend in engagement poses that get the most likes overall. Looking at our Instagram posts that receive the most likes and engagement, we’ve determined some top tips for making your engagement announcement the most ‘grammable it can be. Read on for how to get #RingSelfie ready!

Tip #1: Feature Furry Friends

 

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This is a two-for-one special of Instagram-able pictures: sparkling rings and adorable pets! If you have a sweet dog or cat who loves to be in the spotlight, consider including them in your special moment as a cute way to announce your engagement.

Tip #2: Take a Video

 

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A short video is a great way to show off your engagement ring’s beautiful sparkle and capture its unique details from all angles.

Tip # 3: Use an Eye-Catching Backdrop

 

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This couple proposed in Japan’s famous Fushimi Inari Shrine, and the bright orange gates created a gorgeous backdrop for her stunning oval diamond engagement ring. Although not everyone can travel to famous landmarks to take proposal pictures, a funky mural, natural vistas, or even just a colorful wall where you live can make your pictures pop!

Tip #4: Have a Fresh Mani

 

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Of course, if your proposal is a surprise you may not be prepared with a salon-fresh manicure for your proposal pictures, but if you have a feeling a proposal might be coming, well manicured hands and nails will really set off your ring to its full advantage. Even if you are not a nail polish person, we highly recommended making sure your hands are moisturized and your nails are clean and trimmed before snapping your pics!

Tip #5: Tell Your Unique and Authentic Story

 

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In the example above, the newly engaged Libby Vilner wrote, “a fiancé that has 2 brothers means new lifelong bonds with their beautiful wives.” Our audience really resonated with her authentic friendship for her new future sisters-in-law and the bond they share as family. Celebrate what makes your history and future as a couple special and important to you; people will love to see your unique love story in your engagement announcement caption!

Tip # 6: Optimize for Sparkle

 

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With natural sunlight, no filters are needed! Allowing sunlight or other focused light to filter and refract into your center diamond or gemstone will show off its clarity and brilliance.

Tip # 7: Play With Focus

 

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Finally, this particular pose is by far the most popular with our Instagram audience. The majority of our most engaged-with customer pictures feature some variation of this format. The secret ingredients for this popular look seem to be: having the ring hand held by the person’s partner who is off-camera, and having the arm extended with the ring in focus in the foreground and the wearer slightly out of focus in the background. We’re not sure if it’s the way this pose highlights the beauty of the ring, draws attention to the fact that you are newly engaged(!), or something else, but something about this format makes it a fan favorite!

Final Thoughts

Do you have a favorite picture from your engagement? Share yours with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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Our Most Popular Lab Created Diamond Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 05/06/2020 - 15:40

Lab created diamonds are becoming an increasingly popular choice when it comes to engagement rings. Not only are they sought after for their beauty, but they also make for a responsible choice given that no mining is required. They’re often more affordable than natural mined diamonds of comparable size.

Lab diamonds are man-made diamonds that consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. We often get asked, “do lab diamonds look different than natural diamonds?” To answer that question, lab grown diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. This means that lab diamond engagement rings will look visually identical to rings set with mined diamonds — even experts will not be able to distinguish between a lab diamond ring and natural diamond ring using only the naked eye.

Below are our most popular ring settings for lab created diamond engagement rings:

Luxe Ballad Lab Diamond Ring

Instagram @vicchangg and @kevphinnn

This classic lab created diamond engagement ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend three-fourths of the way around the ring. The center lab grown diamond appears to float above the delicate band.

Waverly Lab Diamond Ring

Instagram @mayr0614 and @jstgermain34

This dazzling seamless halo lab diamond ring features lab diamond accents encircling the center gem, adorning the band, and sparkling on the gallery. At Brilliant Earth, our lab created diamond rings can also be set with lab diamond accents.

Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit Lab Diamond Ring

Instagram @kaydoughty and @willmill12

Petite and delicate, this classic four-prong solitaire lab created diamond ring setting has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Elodie Lab Diamond Ring

Instagram photos by @csongveera, @jesicasathy and @eugenempark

You can’t go wrong with a classic! Choose a round lab grown diamond and 18K yellow gold for a time-honored style.

Aria Lab Diamond Ring

Instagram @kcey_m and @nardo_s197

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

Petite Shared Prong Lab Diamond Ring

Instagram @laurenrubybenedet and @craig_maile

The basket of this delicate setting elevates the center lab created diamond, allowing maximum light-play and sparkle.

Demi Lab Diamond Ring

Instagram @bundle.of.britney and @randy.yaple

This elegant lab diamond engagement ring features a glittering hidden halo of diamonds that wraps around the center gem. A petite band complements the gallery for an elegant, chic look.

Final Thoughts

Would you choose a lab created diamond engagement ring? Which lab diamond ring is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

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How to Celebrate Mother’s Day During Social Distancing

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 18:58

More than ever, we are finding ways to celebrate our loved ones and recognizing how much they mean to us, even though we may not be able to see one another in person.

This year show your mom, grandma, step-mom, or any mother figure in your life extra appreciation for having been there for you through thick and thin, in the past and the present. Show her you care and appreciate all that she does with these creative ideas for celebrating from a distance, and make this a Mother’s Day she’ll remember!

Go Site-Seeing Together – Virtually!

Many museums, historical sites, and gardens are offering virtual tours. Go on a virtual excursion to her favorite city by exploring the top tourist destinations virtually!

Take an Online Class

From cooking, to crafting, to a wine and paint night, the options are endless. Think about her favorite hobbies, or one she has always wanted to pick up, and sign yourselves up to take a virtual lesson together.

Host a Mom & Me Movie Night

Pick out her favorite rom-com or mother-child duo movie (like Freaky Friday or The Blind Side), and queue it up on Netflix using the Netflix Party feature! This will sync up and allow you to chat throughout the film, no matter how far apart you are.

Say Thanks a ‘Brunch’!

If your mom loves to brunch, set up a time to meet virtually, sip mimosas, and munch on your breakfast favorites. Even better if you can use a delivery service to send her something from one of her favorite local restaurants.

Start a Book Club

Sign yourself and her up for a book of the month club – they’ll send you a curated pick based on your interests each month. Calendar a standing video chat to discuss each months’ pick. Plus, having a new book each month is also a great way to stay busy and entertained during social distancing.

Focus on D.I.Y

Many of us have picked up new hobbies while staying at home, and it is the perfect time to share your newfound talent with Mom! Send her a sweet treat you baked, a homemade card, or fun decorations for her to feel the love from afar. If you’re more tech-savvy, spend some time digitizing the old home movies and photos she holds dear, and share them with the family via the cloud.

Spa Day

Send all of the supplies for a luxurious day of relaxation at home from soothing face masks to her go-to nail polish color. Bonus points for setting her up with a tranquil playlist and sending over a bottle of bubbly!

Final Thoughts

We’re still shipping for Mother’s Day! Browse our updated Mother’s Day Gift Guide for inspiration and to find that perfectly unique piece. Share your Mother’s Day plans and gifts with us in the comments below, or on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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All About Emeralds, the May Birthstone

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 18:48

Photo by @aleegleibermanphoto, featuring @racheltkang and @rhuebs

May is when it finally feels like spring, and bright green leaves blanket landscapes, even in colder climates. So it’s fitting that vibrant green emerald is the May birthstone!

Emerald Gemstone History

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

Emerald Gem Lore

Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil.

Emeralds 101

Emerald is part of the mineral family beryl, which also includes aquamarine. Emeralds are deep green or greenish blue and range in saturation from nearly opaque to very clear. When a green stone in this mineral family is too pale to qualify as an emerald it is called a “green beryl.”

Unlike diamonds, whose apparent clarity is evaluated using 10x magnification, emerald clarity is graded with the naked eye. These gems contain internal fractures called inclusions, but (unlike with diamonds) these inclusions don’t necessarily decrease an emerald’s value. In fact, if the internal fractures create an appealing pattern it can raise an emerald’s value. The term for an emerald’s internal pattern is jardin (garden in French) and, much like human fingerprints, every emerald’s jardin is unique.

Because of these internal inclusions, emeralds are not as durable as some other gemstones. They rank 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, behind sapphires (at 9) and diamonds (at 10, the highest number), making emeralds a bit more fragile than these other gemstones. That’s not to say that you can’t have a gorgeous green emerald engagement ring if that’s your heart’s desire, just that you should take a little extra care with it.

Emeralds’ Famous Fans

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

Today, Angelina Jolie may be emeralds’ most famous advocate. She frequently wears these gorgeous green gems on the red carpet, and made them a focal point of a jewelry collection she designed (the proceeds of which benefit children who had been victims of conflict).  And some very stylish Hollywood stars, including Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde wear gorgeous emerald engagement rings.

Caring for Emeralds

Only use mild soap and warm water to clean emeralds, and not techniques involving steam, chemicals or high heat, because they can cause the gem to fracture. Emeralds are often treated with cedar oil to minimize the appearance of their inclusions. When done right, this does not affect the way light interacts with the gem or change its color in any way.  Unless otherwise specified, all of Brilliant Earth’s emeralds are oil-treated, as is accepted industry practice. (Note: Some jewelers treat emeralds with resins, glass, and plastic polymers to make them more durable, and sometimes even use green polymers to affect a gem’s color. This is not standard industry practice, and Brilliant Earth does not carry emeralds that have been treated with colored oils or synthetic fillers.)

Ethical Emeralds

Photo by @meg.romanelli and @onthewingsofmaybe

Brilliant Earth’s mined emeralds come from Zambia, in southern Africa, and from the Andes Mountains of Colombia. The emeralds from these regions benefit from unique conditions that create intensely green emeralds with ideal tone and saturation, and no smoky overtones. We guarantee that our emeralds are ethically sourced, with respect for both miners and the environment. Low-impact mining practices are used, without harsh chemicals. Our Zambian emeralds are sourced from a remote region of farms, forests, and grasslands. These emeralds are exceptionally beautiful because of the even distribution of their color and their relative lack of flaws, or inclusions, compared with most emeralds. The mine that produces our emeralds is a leader in socially responsible gemstone mining because it provides good, safe jobs to about 500 people, gives back to the community, and employs ethical mining techniques.

Our Colombian emeralds are imported by a gemologist who has developed lasting relationships with mines in the Muzo region, and strives to ensure that the mine workers are employed under fair labor practices. Each employee gets room and board, as well as a share of 10 percent of the profits from production. He has also funded a number of nonprofit organizations operating in Colombia and the United States that help at-risk youth.

In addition to these responsibly mined emeralds, we offer lab created emeralds as well that require no mining at all.  We also offer lab emerald accents as an option on our sought after Willow Engagement Ring. These marquise-shaped emeralds add vibrant color to the nature inspired design, and are a very responsible option since they require no new mining.

Final Thoughts on May Birthstones

If you are a May birthday girl, shopping for one, or you just love emeralds, check out the selection of loose emeralds on our website that can be set into any of our ring settings. They can be set into one of our many ring settings, or can be the focal point of a custom design.  We also carry stunning antique emerald rings and jewelry.

Do you own a favorite piece of emerald jewelry?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section.

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Gorgeous Gifts for New Grads

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 16:55

Graduation season is here!

Although in-person celebrations and ceremonies have been postponed, that’s no reason new graduates shouldn’t celebrate all their hard work and accomplishments this year. To celebrate wrapping up their final courses and their bright futures ahead, we’ve gathered the best fine jewelry gifts for graduates.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Pendant

Pearls embody grace and beauty. They are a traditional graduation gift and essential item for every jewelry collection! Featuring a beautiful premium Akoya cultured pearl, this pendant is truly elegant and classic.

Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

This eye-catching tennis bracelet embellishes the wrist with 3 carats of shimmering lab created diamonds individually set in lustrous white gold links. Your grad will treasure this bracelet for a lifetime.

Juniper Earrings

Delicate branches curve up the ear for a look of natural beauty. Glittering diamonds rest in lustrous metal in these stunning diamond earrings, perfect for a nature-loving and eco-conscious student.

Floating Solitaire Pendant

This dainty diamond pendant necklace is a classic look that will work for every job interview and office environment. You choose your own diamond for this beautiful necklace, so select a diamond in the unique shape or carat weight of your choice!

Trio Diamond Pendant

This petite and elegant pendant features a trio of shimmering round brilliant diamonds prong set for a chic and dazzling look.

Diamond Link Bracelet

Lustrous links of precious metal wrap around the wrist with three diamond adorned links to complete this eye-catching piece.

Flair Diamond Ring

Shimmering scalloped pavé diamonds flow halfway down this band, creating a subtly curved chevron shape. This stylish ring is a perfect statement on its own, or as a part of her ring stack.

Round Diamond Stud Earrings

Featuring a matched pair of round brilliant diamonds secured in classic basket settings, round diamond stud earrings are a timeless gift. Offering everlasting and effortless style, your new grad can don this pair for an interview, first day of work, and beyond!

Final Thoughts

What will you gift your graduate? Share with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

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7 Dazzling Seamless Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 04/28/2020 - 23:07

Who doesn’t love a ring with full-coverage sparkle?

Named for their look of continuous brilliance created by a halo of diamond accents and a glittering diamond pavé band, seamless halo engagement rings are an increasingly popular style choice. Like an optical illusion, a tight halo of diamonds is a great way to make your center diamond appear larger and amplify the sparkle. These dazzling diamond accents around the center gem and along the band create an incredibly eye-catching and luxe look.

Read on to see some of our favorite seamless halo diamond ring settings!

Luxe Sienna Diamond Ring

Elegant French pavé-set diamonds form a stunning halo, surrounding the center gem in a ring of brilliant light. Dazzling diamond accents adorn the band and gallery for a truly glamorous effect. The double sets of claw prongs holding the center gem of this ring are an elegant and unique touch.

Waverly Diamond Ring

One of our most popular ring settings, this ring truly sparkles from every angle. Not only do shimmering scalloped pavé diamonds encircle the band and center gem of this ring, but even the gallery holding up the center is encrusted with diamonds.

Fortuna Diamond Ring

This exceptional diamond ring setting features a halo of diamond accents that curve gently around the center gem. Two rows of pavé diamonds sparkle on the contemporary split shank band, while a surprise row of diamond accents on the bridge completes this glamorous ring.

Fancy Halo Diamond Ring with Side Stones

This setting is only set with fancy shaped diamonds or gemstones as the center, meaning gems in any shape other than classic round. This low setting is a great choice for those looking for a ring that won’t catch or snag.

Odessa Diamond Ring

French pavé diamond accents on the band add a truly dazzling effect to this ring. The rounded square shape of this ring setting’s halo makes it a perfect fit for square shaped fancy diamonds like cushion, princess, and radiant.

Linnia Halo Diamond Ring

Double the bands means double the sparkle in this stunning ring design! Drawing parallels to harmonious partnership, this ring features two delicate bands that glimmer with scalloped pavé-set diamond accents.

Soleil Diamond Ring

Why stop at one sparkling diamond halo when you can have two? In addition to two glimmering halos of diamonds around the center gem and pavé diamond accents along the band, a diamond-encrusted gallery makes this ring truly spectacular.

Final Thoughts

Try on any of these styles with our Virtual Try-On feature! Share you favorite seamless halo looks with us in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter.

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8 Gift Ideas to Give Back and Show You Care

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 04/24/2020 - 15:34

Now more than ever, we want to show those we love that we are thinking of them.

To say thank you to those working on the front lines, to celebrate a birthday or other event, or just to remind your loved one that you are there for them, sending a heartfelt gift is a great way to spread joy.

We’ve gathered a list of gifts that not only brighten up your loved ones’ day, but also give back to the community during this time. At Brilliant Earth, all of our gifts give back, as 5% of our net profits are donated to benefit mining communities in the areas where we operate.

Bring the Outdoors, In

Lula’s Garden donates part of their profits to provide clean water around the world. Their clear care instructions make it easy for anyone to develop a green thumb and will help to brighten your loved ones’ at-home workstations!

Get Cooking

Many of us missing the dining out experience while following stay-at-home guidelines, so it is the perfect time to try out new recipes that have been waiting on your Pinterest board. For those that need an equipment upgrade, proceeds from Made In Cookware’s Southern Smoke Collection provide emergency relief to food and beverage industry workers.

Pop the Bubbly

Whether it be for a special occasion, like a virtual engagement party or bridal shower, or just because, sending a bottle of champagne is a fun and thoughtful gift. One Hope Wine always gives back with each bottle purchase and has added donation opportunities to help in the current climate, such as the addition of WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and opportunities to host a Virtual Tasting and donate the proceeds.

Kick Up the Caffeine

We are so grateful for all of the front-line heroes keeping us safe, including firefighters and paramedics. Fire Department Coffee gives back 10% of proceeds to support ill or injured first responders. We’re all surely going through more coffee while brewing at home rather than the office, so now is a great time to send a unique bag of beans to a coworker. They even have whiskey and bourbon infused coffee beans – sign us up!

Do Something for the Kids

Social isolation can be especially tough on kids who are used to seeing their friends every day at school or day-care. Sending a snuggly friend from Cuddle & Kind to the kiddos in your life also donates 10 meals to feed children worldwide.

Treat Yourself to Some Self-Care

Encourage more hand washing, and get something nice for yourself!

Originally designed for recently-tattooed skin that is especially sensitive, 100% of net profits of Dr.Woo’s Daily Gentle Soap are donated to Baby2Baby, an organization working tirelessly to ensure working families across America have what’s needed during these trying times. Their soaps are offered at a variety of prices, so that shoppers can choose how much they are able to give. Even with extra hand washing, this bar should keep hands feeling soft and moisturized.

Complete a self-care kit to yourself or a friend with a spring-scented candle from Otherland, which will give back an additional 10% to food banks in NYC, or a gift set from The Body Shop – they’ve committed to donating 30,000 units of cleaning materials to shelters and senior communities low on these essential supplies.

Think Locally

Many of us are looking for ways to support our local small businesses that are currently closed. Check out Keep Your City Smiling to purchase a box in support of small and medium-sized businesses such as coffee roasters, bakers, creatives, and artisans from your city. If your city isn’t included, consider buying you and your loved one gift cards to a favorite restaurant, which you can save for when you are able to dine together, or send over a box of treats from your favorite bakery.

Give A Gift that Sparkles

Keep your loved one close to your heart with matching Silver Heart Diamond Pendants. We are donating 100% of sales from this pendant to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. A true gift from the heart, this delicate sterling silver pendant sparkles with a stunning diamond.

Final Thoughts

How are you showing loved ones you care? Share your ideas with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

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Focusing on Some Good News During COVID-19

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 04/22/2020 - 16:49

Photo by @chaysecarmichaelcreates, couple @elyse.rhoades @chad.carmichael

There is good news around the world – It’s you!

While we all focus on supporting those on the front lines by staying home and staying informed of the latest guidelines, we’re also inspired by the love and unity being shared around the world. We hope you find joy in these silver linings.

A Healing Earth

Photo by @jelinemercado and @tp0710

While stay-at-home orders have become commonplace throughout the world, there has been a huge drop in air pollution in several countries and cities. Scientists are optimistic that the drop in pollution is a preview to what low carbon-emission lifestyles will lead to. Take advantage of clearer skies by a enjoying backyard dinner with a sunset view or a moonlit cocktail hour!

Animals Enjoying Humans at Home

Photo by @jessie_mcburney and @irishpdpirate

From our own pets to endangered species, animals seem to be loving this lockdown. As many of us are spending much more time at home, adoption kennels are finding themselves completely empty with an influx of people able to foster and adopt animals.

It’s not just domesticated animals that are thriving during this time. Sea turtles are currently in their egg laying season, which is typically a very vulnerable time while sharing beaches with humans. While we stay at home and away from the sandy shore, the sea turtle eggs’ journey to the ocean is a little easier in Brazil and in Florida, helping this endangered species to thrive. In Thailand, the largest number of leatherbacks in two decades was just recorded!

Time for Learning

Photo by @minimal.mouse

A National Emergency Library has been created by the Internet Archive, which contains 1.4 million books that anyone in the world can access for free. If you’re looking for more structured learning, many universities are offering some courses online for free, including Yale’s popular ‘Happiness’ course.

Love Endures

Photo by @erinwos

Our hearts go out to all of our customers whose weddings or proposal plans have been changed or put on hold during this time. We’ve been so inspired by the stories of couples who are using this time to make a positive impact. Read about a couple who donated their 400 wedding meals to hospital workers, and about two epidemiologists who tied the knot at their hospital!

Love isn’t put on hold during lockdown. We’ve loved hearing our customers’ quarantine proposal stories –  read them here.

Final Thoughts

Around the world, people are coming together to spread joy and love to their neighbors. The positive impacts of joining together to fight this pandemic are all around us. Amidst uncertain times, what are your silver linings? Share with us in the comments below, or on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

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Enchanting Purple Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 04/21/2020 - 15:29

Often associated with royalty, purple is not only a beautiful color once treasured by the elite but also rich with symbolism.

For centuries, purple was regarded as a status symbol worn only by the rich and noble due to the extensive process and high costs it took to dye fabric purple. Queen Elizabeth I helped to encourage the association when she banned anyone other than select members of the royal family from wearing the color.

Purple has been known to symbolize wisdom, imagination, peace, pride, mystery and independence. No matter what the color means to you, we think this endearing shade looks remarkable when featured in engagement rings! See the color shine in amethyst engagement rings and engagement rings set with purple sapphires.

Amethyst Engagement Rings

Due to its grape coloring, ancient Greeks associated amethyst with the wine god Bacchus and believed the gem to prevent drunkenness. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts. Symbolism aside, amethysts have captivated people for centuries, making the semi-precious gemstone a stunning engagement ring centerpiece.

Amethyst Fortuna Ring

 

This exceptional setting features a halo of diamond accents that curve gently around a stunning cushion-shaped amethyst for a distinctive look. Two rows of pavé diamonds sparkle on the contemporary split shank band, while a surprise row of diamond accents on the bridge completes this glamorous look.

Amethyst 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 amethyst.

Amethyst Willow Diamond Ring

 

This nature-inspired ring features a stunning round amethyst entwined by wispy vines of precious metal and lustrous marquise diamond buds.

Purple Sapphire Engagement Rings

Although many people associate sapphires with blue, they come in a variety of colors, one of the most beautiful shades being purple! Sapphires, like the color purple, have also been frequently associated with royalty—making purple sapphires the ultimate crown jewel!

Luxe Viviana Diamond Ring

This classic engagement ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend three-fourths of the way around the ring. A diamond adorned gallery and graceful claw prongs embrace the center violet sapphire.

Reina Diamond Ring

A regal halo of diamond accents surrounds a shimmering center purple sapphire in this dazzling ring for a distinctive and elegant look

Opera Diamond Ring

Captivating pear-shaped diamonds brilliantly frame the center purple sapphire in this classic three stone ring. The petite band gently tapers and secures the gems in basket settings.

Vintage Purple Engagement Rings

Purple gems like amethyst, sapphire, tanzanite, alexandrite, and even purple diamonds are oftentimes featured in vintage jewelry. These gems look excellent set in looks from the Victorian period to the Retro-era to now!

The Wendeline Ring

A gorgeous rectangular amethyst is secured in four compass set prongs while elegant floral details decorate a 14K yellow gold band in this lovely Victorian-era design.

The Nomi Ring

This classically styled modern estate ring boasts a sophisticated round natural amethyst accented on each side by a round brilliant cut diamond in 14K white gold.

The Feliza Ring

Three richly hued oval-shaped amethysts elegantly rest in 14K yellow gold in this classic Retro-era ring. Six brilliant cut diamond accents are channel set between the stones for added contrast and sparkle.

Final Thoughts

Would you want a purple engagement ring? What is your favorite purple gemstone? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

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