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Malaysia Seizes Najib’s ‘Rather Big’ Trove of Jewels and Handbags

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 03:59
Raids on the former prime minister’s residences netted 72 suitcases of cash, jewels and other valuables, as well as 284 boxes of handbags, the police said.
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Unique Bridesmaid Gifts under $250

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 23:15

 

Your bridesmaids have been an integral part of your life leading up to the big day and beyond. From handling wedding emergencies to planning your bridal shower and bachelorette party, they’ve been done a lot for you. Why do they do all of this? Because they love you!

In addition to thanking them profusely for everything they’ve done, give them a bridesmaid’s gift that they will love. We’ve rounded up our favorites below:

Aquamarine Twist Pendant

 

This exquisite pendant is crafted in recycled sterling silver and features a serene blue aquamarine centered in a wonderfully sculptural twist.

Juniper Diamond Earrings

 

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

North Star Diamond Pendant

 

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

Silver Diamond Bezel Bracelet

 

Both elegant and timeless, this bracelet features a scintillating bezel-set diamond on a delicate cable chain.

Silver Bar Pendant

 

This contemporary design features an elegant silver bar gracefully suspended from a classic cable chain.

Morganite Twist

 

This lovely pendant is crafted in recycled sterling silver and features a stunning morganite centered in a wonderfully sculptural twist.

Star Stud Earrings

 

These charming high polished rose gold star earrings are a stylish design that will take your bridesmaids from day to night.

Final Thoughts

 

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

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Gaia Repossi’s Japanese Bud Vases, Illustrated

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 15:12
The jewelry designer first went to Japan as a teenager and became enamored; now, Eastern design has suffused her home in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.
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Jewelry That Boogies When You Do

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 05:02
Movement, once common in design, has returned in collections by Fernando Jorge, Solange Azagury-Partridge and others.
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Rihanna and Kanye Are Fans. Now Yoon Ahn Will Make Jewelry for Dior Homme.

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 05:01
The Korean-American designer on gender, the effects of living in Tokyo and the fact that love hurts.
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In Antwerp, ‘Glitter and Glamour’

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 05:00
The diamond hub opens a new museum called Diva, part of its effort to polish its reputation in the industry and build tourism.
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Tanzanite, 50 Years Later

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 04:54
Jewelry designers are still inspired by the semiprecious blue gems, first presented by Tiffany in 1968.
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Alhambra Design by Van Cleef & Arpels Turns 50

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 04:53
Four limited-edition styles created to celebrate the anniversary of the popular clover-like pattern.
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Baby Onions. Chiles. It’s All Jewelry Fodder for Keef Palas.

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 04:37
The brand’s founders celebrate nature by creating pieces meant to decay.
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Recalling Art Nouveau: ‘It’s About Design’

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 04:20
The enduring popularity of pieces by designers like René Lalique and Philippe Wolfers reflects artistic achievement rather than just the value of gems.
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‘The Worlds of Chaumet,’ Coming to Tokyo

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 04:11
The 238-year-old jewelry house is staging an exhibition in June at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum.
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From Ethiopia, Emeralds

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 04:09
An international gem dealer on the two-year-old mine, the strength of the Colombian market and the color green.
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James Avery, Creator of a Southern Jewelry Empire, Dies at 96

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:24
His company grew from a one-man operation in Texas to 80 stores across the South, gaining particular renown for its religiously inspired creations.
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Romancing the Stone

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 14:37
Grandmother’s ring is perfectly imperfect and it will most certainly be my daughter’s. But first, a small betrayal.
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All About Emeralds, the May Birthstone

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 23:48

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

Emerald 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 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 (lover Richard Burton bought it for her at Bulgari). Around the same time, glamorous first lady Jackie Kennedy wore an emerald and diamond engagement ring. And an emerald engagement ring was at the center of the twentieth century’s most legendary love story, when in 1936 King Edward VIII of England proposed to his divorced American love Wallis Simpson with a nineteen carat emerald ring engraved with the message “We are ours now.” The ensuing scandal caused him to abdicate the 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 generally treated with cedar oil to minimize the appearance of their inclusions. When done right, this does not affect the way light interacts with the gem or change its color in any way.  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

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 eco-friendly 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 ethically mined emeralds, we offer lab-created 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 ethical option since they require no new mining.

Final Thoughts on May Birthstones

If you are a May birthday girl, are shopping for one, or just love emeralds, check out the ever-changing selection of loose emeralds in our Unique Colored Gemstone gallery. They can be set into one of our many ring settings, or can be the focal point of a custom design. Looking for something pre-set?  The Emerald Halo Diamond Earrings make a perfect gift for any occasion, and we 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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5 Rings Inspired by Lea Michele’s 4 Carat Engagement Ring!

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:41

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM @leamichele

 

Congratulations! Our favorite former Glee star said “yes” this weekend to now fiancé Zandy Reich, president of women’s clothing brand AYR. We are so excited for the happy couple!

Lea announced her engagement to the world on Saturday, April 28th, sharing a candid photo on Instagram presumably snapped post-proposal.  The photo showcases her gorgeous halo engagement ring, which features a center 4 carat elongated radiant cut diamond. A radiant cut diamond engagement ring is an wonderful choice if you love the elegant shape of an emerald cut, but want the dazzling sparkle offered by the round brilliant cut diamond. Radiant cut diamonds are faceted, allowing them to give off maximum brilliance and fire. While the sophisticated square or rectangular shape looks amazing in many settings, we love how Lea’s looks in her halo setting.

Below are some of our favorite radiant cut halo engagement rings!

Waverly Diamond Ring

 

This sparkling halo setting features beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds that encircle the center radiant diamond and adorn the band. A diamond-encrusted gallery makes this ring truly spectacular.

Odessa Diamond Ring

 

An intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds embraces and accentuates the center diamond of this brilliant ring. French pavé diamond accents on the band add a truly dazzling effect.

Joy Diamond Ring

 

A glittering softened halo of diamonds surrounds the center radiant cut diamond in this elegant setting. A scalloped pavé split-shank band adds a stylish, dazzling effect

Fortuna Diamond Ring

 

This exceptional setting features a halo of diamond accents that curve gently around the center diamond 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

Vienna Diamond Ring

 

This beautiful setting features scalloped pavé diamonds that rise up the gallery and encircle the center diamond in a halo of luminous sparkle.

Final Thoughts

Which Lea Michele lookalike ring is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:25

 

Mother’s Day is on May 14th, the time when we get to thank our moms for everything they do! For many mothers the best gift is the sound of your voice over the phone or your presence at dinner. But we can’t forget that moms love receiving gifts, too!

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

Silver Eucalyptus Diamond Pendant

 

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

North Star Pendant

 

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

Juniper Earrings

 

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

Akoya Pearl Earrings

 

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

Bouquet Pendant

 

 

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

Opal Halo Diamond Pendant

 

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

Sapphire Pavé Twist Pendant

 

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

Halo Diamond Earrings

 

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

Final Thoughts

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

 

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Men’s Engagement Rings: How to Choose

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:56

 

When thinking of engagement rings, images of sparkling bands with glistening center diamonds typically come to mind.

While this idea of an engagement ring still serves as a beautiful choice, there are no set in stone rules… especially when it comes to who is receiving the ring! Engagement rings for men have been increasingly sought after, and we are loving this trend.

Men’s rings offer great variety and distinction, and can be just unique as engagement rings for women!

How to Choose Men’s Engagement Rings Decide on a Budget

While we believe an engagement ring’s worth comes from the meaning behind it, money does play a role in determining which ring to propose with. Setting a budget early can make your search for his engagement ring easier, and our team at Brilliant Earth is more than happy to assist you in selecting the best options within your set price range. You can also consider a variety of flexible payment options.

Choose a Style

Before purchasing a ring for the groom-to-be, consider things like his wardrobe, daily routine, and overall personal taste. A man’s engagement ring should reflect his personality while balancing his lifestyle. Make sure you know your partner’s ring size.

Popular Engagement Rings for Men

Ember Ring

This mixed-metal band features an 18K white gold matte finish and a high polish interior in your choice of 18K yellow or 14K rose gold for a subtly contemporary look. The interior has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Canyon Ring

A matte hammered finish brings visual texture to this masculine band. Ideal for the active wearer, it features smooth edges and a comfortable fit.

5mm Matte Comfort Fit Ring

This classic 5mm domed wedding band features a matte finish and has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

5.5mm Beveled Edge Matte Ring

A handsome 5.5mm band with contemporary detail, this distinctive ring features a soft matte finish balanced with two polished beveled edges. The interior has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Horizon Sapphire Ring

Featured in Brides, this modern band features a thin vertical row of blue sapphires against a matte brushed finish for a stylish look. The softened inside edge provides increased comfort.

Avalon Eternity Diamond Ring

Diamonds wrap around either side of this classic ring with a high polish finish. The interior has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Final Thoughts

Are you popping the question soon? Which men’s engagement ring is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Rudolf Heltzel’s Pendants Are Decades in the Making

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 04:07
The Irish jewelry designer says he sometimes keeps stones for 20 years, or even 30, before he has the right combination for a design.
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15 Amazing Facts about Diamonds

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 18:30

 

 

Diamonds are the birthstone for the month of April, meaning that April-born ladies have an extra reason to ask for gifts of sparkling diamond jewelry (or buy diamonds for themselves).

To celebrate these dazzling gemstones, we’ve rounded up fifteen interesting facts and bits of lore about diamonds’ origins and history:

1

The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars, and Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love).

2

Diamonds are billions of years old—in some cases more than three billion years old.

3

Diamonds form about 100 miles below ground and have been carried to the earth’s surface by deep volcanic eruptions.

4

Diamonds are made of a single element—they’re nearly 100% carbon. Under the immense heat and pressure far below the earth’s surface, the carbon atoms bond in a unique way that results in diamonds’ beautiful and rare crystalline structure.

5

The word diamond derives from the Greek word “adamas,” which means invincible or indestructible.

6

Diamonds are the very hardest natural substance. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.

7

Diamonds have been valued and coveted for thousands of years. There is evidence that diamonds were being collected and traded in India as early as the fourth century BC. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny is quoted as having said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

8

Ancient Hindus used diamonds in the eyes of devotional statues, and believed that a diamond could protect its wearer from danger.

9

Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armor as they rode into battle.

10

During the Middle Ages diamonds were thought to have healing properties able to cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness.

11

The countries that are the main sources of diamonds have changed over time. India was the world’s original source of diamonds, beginning in the 1400s when Indian diamonds began to be sold in Venice and other European trade centers. Then in the 1700s India’s diamond supplies declined and Brazil became the world’s major source of diamonds, until the late 1800s when a huge diamond reserve was discovered in South Africa.  Today, diamonds are mined in many parts of the world. All of Brilliant Earth’s diamonds originate from mines in Canada, Botswana, Namibia, and Russia.

12

The largest diamond ever discovered was called the Cullinan diamond, and weighed in at an amazing 3106 carats, or 1.33 pounds. Discovered in 1905 in South Africa, the mine’s owner and the South African leaders gave the diamond to King Edward. The Cullinan was eventually cut into nine large diamonds and 100 smaller ones, and the three largest of these are on display in the Tower of London as part of the crown jewels.

13

The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477, when Archduke Maxmillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds.

14

Lab created diamonds display the same chemical structure and physical properties as diamonds mined from the earth. Even professional gemologists can’t tell the difference between lab created and mined diamonds without extensive testing using specialized equipment. Brilliant Earth carries a wide selection of lab created diamonds.

15

The most mind-blowing diamond facts of all: Scientists have discovered a planet that they believe is composed mostly of carbon, and is one-third pure diamond!  Discovered in 2004, the planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way, and is named “55 Cancri e” (which, in our opinion, is not a sufficiently glamorous name for such an extraordinary planet). Perhaps even more amazing, scientists have discovered a star that is essentially a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats.  They named the star Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” (We approve.)

While diamonds have clearly created a lot of joy for people throughout history, they have too often resulted in suffering in the communities where they’re mined. At Brilliant Earth we believe diamonds shine brighter when they’re sourced in an ethical, environmentally friendly way. Learn more about the issues surrounding diamond mining, and what we’re doing to bring about change.

Final Thoughts

Did you already know these facts about diamonds or were they news to you?  Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

 

Sources:  Smithsonan.com, The Gemological Institute of America
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