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6 Oval Engagement Rings Inspired by Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams

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

Sarah Hyland’s Engagement Ring via Instagram @sarahhyland

 

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

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

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

Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

Demi Diamond Ring

Viviana Diamond Ring

Elodie Ring

Lumiere Diamond Ring

Valencia Diamond Ring

Final Thoughts

Do you love the look of Sarah’s oval engagement ring? Which lookalike is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!

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The Best Engagement Rings for Active Women

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Repeat after me: Bezel-Set Rings!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Platinum is Best

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

Opt For Beautiful Details Over A Large Center Stone

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Bezel Set Earrings and Pendants

 


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

 

Final Thoughts

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

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Most Popular Engagement Rings According to Instagram

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

 

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

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

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

10. Valencia Diamond Ring

10.2k likes

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

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

9. Yellow Gold Solitaire

11.5k likes

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

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

8. Sol Diamond Ring

11.3k likes

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

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

7. Reina Diamond Ring 

11.6k likes

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

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

6. Demi Diamond Ring

11.9k likes

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

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

5. Peach Morganite

15.3k likes

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

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

4. Six-Prong Classic Ring 

16k likes

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

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

3. Pear Shaped Diamonds 

16.5k likes

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

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

2. Fiorella Diamond Ring 

17.1k likes

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

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

1. Ballad Diamond Ring

21k likes

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

 

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Gucci Goes for Gold (and Diamonds, Too)

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sat, 07/06/2019 - 05:00
The Italian fashion house shows its first high jewelry collection during the couture in Paris.
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Most Popular Halo Engagement Rings  

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 21:15

 

From classic to vintage-inspired, halos have to ability to add a distinctive element to any engagement ring design.

A modern classic, halo engagement rings have remained a popular choice over the years for their timelessness and radiant beauty. Halo engagement rings feature a ring of smaller diamond accents that frames the center diamond, adding brilliance while creating the illusion of a larger diamond. In recent years, halo engagement rings have become even more versatile, with rings featuring floral-inspired designs and unique silhouettes such as double halos. Celebrities have also been catching on to the trend, with Issa Rae and Katy Perry opting for halo engagement rings in the past year. Whether classic, contemporary or vintage-inspired, halo engagement rings make an eye-catching statement. Discover our most popular halo engagement rings below!

Waverly Diamond Ring

Classic and timeless, the Waverly Diamond Ring features scalloped pavé diamonds that form a sparkling halo around the center diamond. Diamond accents that adorn the band and gallery make this ring all the more stunning.

Odessa Diamond Ring

The glittering Odessa Diamond Ring features an intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds that embraces and accentuates its center diamond.  French pavé diamond accents on the band add sparkle to this look.

Vienna Diamond Ring

Elegant and chic, the Vienna Diamond Ring features scalloped pavé diamonds that rise up the gallery and encircle the center diamond in a halo of luminous sparkle.

Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring

The Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring features elegant French pavé-set diamonds that surround the center diamond in a ring of light. Dazzling diamond accents that adorn the band and gallery make this ring a head-turner.

Reina Diamond Ring

In the Reina Diamond Ring, an intricate halo of diamonds surrounds the center diamond to form a one-of-a-kind silhouette. The scalloped-frame of diamond accents placed against a rose gold setting creates a look that is at once vintage and contemporary.

Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Ring

A thin strand of diamonds intertwines with a ribbon of precious metal in the nature-inspired Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Ring for a captivating look.

Joy Diamond Ring

In the stylish Joy Diamond Ring, delicate scalloped pavé diamond accents run along the length of the band and across a split-shank, culminating in a glittering halo of diamonds.

Estelle Diamond Ring

Featuring a cushion-shaped halo, the Estelle Diamond Ring is a chic and contemporary take on the classic halo engagement ring. Dazzling diamond accents adorn the band for a stunning statement look.

Final Thoughts

Which of these halo engagement rings is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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How Lab Created Diamonds are Made

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 19:12

Lab created diamonds display the same physical, chemical, and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, along with the same fire, scintillation, and sparkle. Since no mining is necessary to produce these gemstones, they are an especially environmentally friendly choice.

Not surprisingly, most people are still unaware of the process behind creating these sparklers in a lab. There are two common methods for lab diamond creation, High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition). For high quality, wearable gems, CVD is the preferred process.

For a behind the scenes look at how lab created diamonds are made, we’ve created a series of GIFS illustrating the steps involved in the CVD process.

Start with methane gas (CH4), and form a plasma with hydrogen (H).

 

Add a disc made up of 15-30 diamond seeds (small pieces of natural diamond) and place into the microwave reactor.

 

For an exceptional gemstone, adjust the temperature in the chamber to between 900 and 1200°C.

 

The activated carbon-hydrogen species attaches itself to the seed atom. This process repeats itself endlessly for 21-28 days to replicate the crystal structure of the diamond seed crystal in three dimensions.

 

iPad alerts notify technicians that the grown diamonds are ready for removal. The 15-30 rectangular shaped gems are removed from the reactor and sent to a gemologist for cutting.

 

A gemologist cuts the stone to perfection and the diamond is added to a ring setting.

Final Thoughts

A few decades ago it would be unimaginable to create diamonds in a lab that had the same properties as mined diamonds, much less have them completed in a few weeks. Now, technological advances have made lab created gems more beautiful and sought after than ever. For couples who are looking for an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional mined diamond, lab created gems are a great option.

Would you consider selecting a lab-grown diamond the next time you are in the market for a dazzling new stone? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Beautiful Baguette Diamond Ring Designs

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:16

 

Harkening back to the Art Deco era, baguette diamonds make for a sleek and sophisticated look when set in wedding bands or engagement rings. As their name alludes to, baguette diamonds are named for their long and slender shape.

The use of clean lines and futuristic geometric forms were signature characteristics in Art Deco rings, reflecting the bold spirit of the roaring 20s. The streamlined geometric shape of baguette cut diamonds fits effortlessly into this motif. Today’s re-imaged baguette diamond ring designs have a vintage appeal that’s perfect for the modern bride.

What is a baguette cut diamond?

A baguette cut diamond is a step cut diamond. They are long and rectangular in shape and offer exceptional clarity.

Baguette Cut Diamond vs. Emerald Cut Diamond

Baguette and emerald cut diamonds are known as step cut diamonds. This cut offers a different type of beauty from a classic round cut diamond, offering exceptional clarity and a distinctive look when set in fine jewelry. Step cut diamonds are either found in square or rectangular shapes, and their facets are rectilinear (made up of straight lines). This cut’s long, narrow facets produce a prismatic reflection as opposed to brilliance, evoking a house of mirrors or a staircase look—hence their name!

Emerald cut diamonds typically have 50-58 facets while baguette diamonds have 14. Emerald cut diamonds are often featured as the main stone in engagement rings and other fine jewelry. Baguette cut diamonds are commonly used as side stones to accentuate the beauty of a different shaped center gem.

Straight Baguette vs. Tapered Baguette

Straight baguette diamonds are perfectly rectangular with opposing sides being perpendicular to each other. Tapered baguette diamonds are narrower on one of their two ends, creating a trapezoidal shape. Either type of baguette diamond looks exceptional when framing a center diamond, but we especially love the look of tapered baguettes in three stone rings!

Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring Designs

Tapered Baguette Diamond Ring

Captivating tapered baguette diamonds are bar channel-set in this elegant ring, brilliantly framing the center gem.

Piper Diamond Ring

Simple and clean, the twin baguette accents flanking the center gemstone of the Piper Diamond Ring elegantly highlight the center gem in this charming modern engagement ring.

Harlow Diamond Ring

Alluring baguette cut diamonds sit on either side of the center stone in a split shank band style for this chic and glamorous piece.

Regency Diamond Ring

Bar-set diamond baguettes and round diamond accents frame the sparkling center gem in this chic ring.

Ballerina Diamond Ring

Baguette diamond accents radiate out from the center diamond in a burst that brings extra drama, sparkle, and attention to the ring.

Ostara Diamond Ring

Bezel-set baguette accents cradled in intricate milgrain details and flanking a bezel set diamond create a look of shimmering beauty in this vintage inspired engagement ring.

Baguette Diamond Wedding Band Designs

Darby Diamond Ring

Both chic and sophisticated, this band features a baguette diamond set within bars of lustrous precious metal for a refined geometric design.

Channel Set Baguette Diamond Ring

This stunning band features a row of baguette cut diamonds secured in a channel extending halfway down the shank for eye-catching sparkle.

Barre Diamond Ring

Irresistible baguette cut diamonds are bar-set across the top third of the shank in this sleek and modern wedding band.

Vintage Diamond Baguette Ring

Sparkling diamond baguettes alternate with round diamonds in this vintage inspired band. A hand-engraved fanciful floral pattern on both the top and sides adds additional appeal.

Final Thoughts

Do you like the look of baguette diamonds? Which style is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Which Jonas Sister Are You?

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 19:02

With the Jonas Brothers’ explosive comeback, their wives have unexpectedly stolen the show!

With their close-knit relationship and well-documented mutual affection for one another, it is no wonder that Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, and Danielle Jonas (aka the ‘Jonas Sisters’) have captured the imaginations of thousands of fans around the world. Take our quiz to find out which Sister is your celebrity style twin, and find an engagement ring similar to theirs!

 


Which Jonas Sister Are You?

 

Discover whether your style more closely matches Sophie’s, Priyanka’s or Danielle’s, and find an engagement ring similar to theirs!

Danielle Jonas | Odessa Diamond Ring

 

Like Danielle Jonas, your style is elegant and classic!

Similar to Danielle’s halo cushion cut engagement ring, the Odessa Diamond Ring features an intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds that embraces and accentuates the center gem. French pavé diamond accents on the band add to the brilliance of this ring.

Sophie Turner | Linnia Diamond Ring

 

Like Sophie Turner, your style is minimalist and yet unique!

Like Sophie’s sparkling pear shaped engagement ring, the Linnia Diamond Ring features features two delicate bands that glimmer with scalloped pavé-set diamond accents. A dazzling hidden halo wraps around the gallery for an elegant, chic look.

Priyanka Chopra | Flair Diamond Ring

 

Like Priyanka Chopra, your style is eye-catching and artistic.

Like Priyanka’s dazzling cushion cut engagement ring, the Flair Diamond Ring features glittering scalloped pavé diamonds that run across a split shank, creating a breathtaking effect.

First off, what is your favorite Jonas Brothers song?

Choose an accessory

Pick a late night show to appear on!

Where is your dream home located?

You’re throwing a themed party! Which theme would you pick?

Pick a sweet treat

Which of these TV shows would you watch?

It’s a long weekend! You would… Which quality do you value most in a partner?

Finally, what would your dream wedding be like?

 

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

Which Jonas Sister are you? Share your results with us on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Most Popular Solitaire Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 18:25

 

Classic, elegant, timeless – it’s no wonder that solitaire engagement rings have remained one of the most popular ring styles for over a century.

What is a Solitaire Engagement Ring?

Solitaire settings feature a single diamond, which allows your diamond’s brilliance to be the focal point of your ring. The enduring simplicity of solitaire rings also means they can accommodate a wide variety of diamond shapes and sizes. Round diamonds are the classic choice for solitaire engagement rings, but fancy shaped diamonds like cushion, oval, pear, radiant, and emerald cut are popular options as well.

Although solitaire rings may seem simple in design, they are anything but boring! Elements like metal color and intricate details can give a solitaire ring a distinct look, unique to the wearer’s personal style. Rose gold solitaire engagement rings make for a look that’s at once vintage and modern in feel, and the warm metal color looks striking against many skin tones. From finishing details like elaborate filigree, hand-engraving, and milgrain to modern split shank, cathedral, and nature-inspired settings, a solitaire ring can be whatever you want it to be. The style, color, details, and diamond shape are up to you!.

To celebrate these classic beauties, we’ve rounded up some of our most popular solitaire engagement ring settings.

Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit

Classic and sleek, this solitaire ring features a band with rounded edges for optimal comfort – making it an ideal ring for everyday wear. The subtle prongs of the Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit ring also create a blank canvas to show off your diamond to its full advantage.

Elodie

The elegant claw prongs of the Elodie Ring securely cradle your diamond or gemstone in an open basket for a chic variation on a time-honored style.

Reverie

A contemporary take on a classic hit! The Reverie Ring’s ribbons of precious metal divide into a split shank to elegantly embrace the center stone.

Esme

The Esme Ring features six claw prongs, providing even more security for the center solitaire diamond. The delicate band serves to make the diamond appear even larger.

Entwined Celtic Love Knot

Just because solitaires feature a single stone, that doesn’t mean they can’t be unique and highly detailed! The Entwined Celtic Love Knot Ring features delicate loops that have no start or finish, symbolizing eternal loyalty, friendship and love.

Luna

Bezel settings like the Luna Ring feature a thin band of precious metal encircling the center diamond, creating a perfectly smooth edge and keeping the gem secure. The slight elevation of the bezel in the Luna Ring allows for even more light to pass through the diamond, allowing for maximum sparkle.

Twisted Vine

Shining twists of high-polished precious metal accentuate the brilliance of the center stone in the nature-inspired Twisted Vine Ring.

Caliana

Beauty blossoms in the nature-inspired Caliana Ring. The gentle taper of the band further accentuates the center diamond, giving it the appearance of a delicate bloom.

North Star

The North Star is the brightest star in the Ursa Minor constellation and has famously guided explorers and sailors for centuries as it stays fixed in place, pointing north. The compass-point claw prongs of the North Star Ring allow your diamond to be the star of the show by navigating the eye straight to its sparkling center.

Final Thoughts

Which of these solitaire rings is your favorite? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or leave us a comment below!

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Solitaire Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 16:22

 

A diamond solitaire is the quintessential engagement ring. Although other engagement ring settings rise and fall in popularity, a solitaire ring is a classic with constant, unwavering appeal. Fans of the solitaire engagement ring love its clean lines, and the fact that the diamond or other center gemstone is the dazzling focal point, with no smaller gems to distract from it.

History of Solitaire Engagement Rings

Many people trace the origins of the modern engagement ring back to 1477, (when Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with diamond flecks in the form of an M). Others contend that the tradition goes back much further—to cavemen weaving rings out of grass to claim their mates and Egyptians buried with rings made of silver or gold wire wrapping the third finger on their left hand, which connects to the heart via the vena amoris (the love vein). But with the arrival of the Tiffany-style diamond solitaire ring in 1886, diamond engagement rings changed proposals and engagements—and how we think about both—forever. The first diamond solitaire ring broke with the past by lofting a single beautiful diamond above a delicate precious metal band. This design featured the center gemstone prominently and allowed for maximum light play and sparkle. Until then ring designs had emphasized intricate settings, so it was a shift to place the attention on a single glittering gemstone.

Reasons to Love Solitaires

A solitaire engagement ring is the definition of classic, and offers elegant beauty that never succumbs to trends. They highlight the magnificence of your diamond or gemstone, and look great with both modest sized diamonds and the most sizable gems.

Choosing a Diamond for a Solitaire Ring

A solitaire engagement ring places the center diamond—or other gemstone—squarely in the spotlight. For that reason, it’s extra-important that you choose a gem that balances size and quality within your budget, and a shape will that help you achieve the perfect balance. Although round brilliant shaped diamonds are the most popular choice for solitaire rings, due to their classic look and fiery brilliance, keep in mind that other shapes make beautiful solitaires and usually offer more value. Square princess cut diamonds have a brilliance similar to that of round cuts, and are the second most popular shape. We adore marquise, oval, and pear shaped diamonds because they sparkle like rounds, but their distinctive oblong shapes elongate fingers, creating a graceful look that can make your overall carat weight appear higher. If you prefer straight, clean lines you might prefer a solitaire featuring a princess, asscher, or emerald cut diamond. Emerald and asscher cuts are less sparkly, but they highlight a diamond’s clarity, and because of the way they are cut they often give the appearance of having higher carat weight than they do. For help selecting your perfect gem and solitaire setting, contact one of our jewelry experts at any time for assistance.

Different Solitaire Settings and Styles

There are many style and setting options within the realm of solitaire engagement rings. The most popular choice is still the Tiffany-style setting, with a carefully selected single diamond set with four or six prongs atop a delicate precious metal band. These settings maximize the amount of light that hits your center gem, showing off its brilliance. However, some women prefer a ring with a lower profile, like a bezel-set solitaire. Both types of settings are beautiful in their own way. Yes, solitaire rings are elegantly simple in design, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. These rings can be classic, modern or utterly unique. These are the six basic categories of solitaire ring styles:

Classic Solitaire Rings

The most popular choice is still the Tiffany-style setting, with a dazzling single diamond—most often a round brilliant diamond or a princess cut diamond—set with four or six prongs atop a delicate precious metal band. True traditionalists swoon for our 18K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Ring.

Classics with a Twist

If you crave a classic solitaire that’s ever so slightly unique, consider changing the diamond shape—you might consider an emerald cut diamond, a pear shaped diamond, or a cushion cut diamond. Another option is to select a sapphire or a colored diamond for the center gem, or you might choose rose gold instead of the more expected white and yellow golds.

Contemporary Solitaires

If you want a more contemporary look, opt for a sleek bezel setting, like our Luna Ring. Or choose a solitaire engagement ring style with a wider band, such as our sleek and chic Marina Ring.

Unique Solitaire Designs

For a solitaire ring that puts a truly contemporary spin on this classic style, consider a ring with a curving band, such as our Grace Ring. Those looking to honor their Irish heritage may choose a solitaire in a Celtic Love Knot design.

Nature-Inspired Designs

Often couples who love the outdoors are attracted to solitaire engagement rings with nature-inspired designs, such as our Budding Willow and Elodie rings.

Antique Styles

Our vintage-style solitaires feature antique details like hand engraving and delicate milgrain detail on the bands, creating a stunning backdrop for a center diamond. The Hudson ring is one of our most sought after antique-inspired styles. However, if you are interested in a true antique ring, consider choosing a one-of-a-kind solitaire from a past decade. Many of these solitaires feature lacy filigree, and incredibly unique features that you won’t find anywhere else. These details enhance the beauty of the center diamond.

Pairing a Wedding Ring with a Solitaire Engagement Ring

Because of their clean lines, solitaire rings marry well with almost any wedding band. If you receive a solitaire as an engagement ring and decide you want a little extra sparkle, pair it with a wedding band featuring diamond accents or other precious gems. You may even choose to add more glittering rings to that third finger, by celebrating a special anniversary with an anniversary ring, or marking the birth of a child with a diamond band.

Final Thoughts

You can’t go wrong with a proposal that includes a stunning diamond solitaire engagement ring. With a rich history and an everlasting style and meaning, solitaire engagement rings are the purest representation of your love, intentions, and eternal commitment.

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5 Emerald Cut Rings Inspired by Lauren Bushnell’s Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 19:56

Lauren Bushnell’s Engagement Ring via Instagram @laurenbushnell

 

Time to make some Big, Big Plans! Congratulations to Lauren Bushnell and Chris Lane.

Bushnell’s ring from Chris Lane features a center 3.5 carat emerald cut diamond set on a delicate, diamond accented band. The elegant simplicity of the ring’s design allows the gorgeous center diamond to be the focal point, and the minimalist design is reflective of Bushnell’s down-to-earth personality.

Lauren’s ring is on trend, as emerald cut engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular. Many celebrities including J.Lo and Jennifer Lawrence have recently opted for this particular diamond shape. Elongated diamonds—including emeralds, elongated cushions and ovals—create a flattering look as their shape lengthens the wearer’s finger. Additionally, Chris knew he had picked the right ring for his fiancé-to-be as the couple had gone ring shopping together “just for fun,” five months prior to the proposal, another trend we’ve seen in the engagement ring shopping process. In a recent survey, we found that 77 percent of respondents said they would prefer to go engagement ring shopping together.

Lauren’s previous engagement ring, from Bachelor star Ben Higgins, was an Art Deco style ring featuring a 4.25 carat radiant cut diamond surrounded by over 240 round and baguette cut diamonds.

For fans hoping to emulate Lauren’s engagement ring style, we’ve rounded up our favorite lookalike rings below!

Viviana Diamond Ring

Luxe Elodie Diamond Ring

Valencia Diamond Ring

Elodie Ring

Lissome Diamond Ring

Final Thoughts

Do you love the look of Lauren’s new ring? Which lookalike is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!

 

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Discover Virtual Try-On!

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 01:57

 

Our new Virtual Try-On feature allows you to see your favorite Brilliant Earth setting on you!

Take a photo with your phone to see your favorite engagement ring setting (or a few) on your hand. You can also see what different combinations of diamond shapes, carat weights, and metal types look best on you.

Try It Yourself 1. Select “Virtual Try-On” on your favorite ring setting page. 2. Snap a shot of your hand or upload a picture from your phone. 3. Customize with your favorite diamond shape, carat size, and precious metal. 4. Save your image or share it with a friend!

Final Thoughts

Which engagement ring is your favorite? Share your Virtual Try-On photo with us on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter by using #BrilliantEarth!

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Decoding Secret Florence

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 15:28
Brick-and-mortar retail is alive and well in the Renaissance city, a true wonderland for shoppers. But to find the best addresses, you need insider tips.
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Can These Significant Others Guess Which Ring Their Partner Designed?

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 23:33

 

Buzzfeed enlisted three couples in a challenge to design their significant other’s dream engagement ring.

In this challenge, half of the participants were tasked to create a one-of-a-kind engagement ring from the Brilliant Earth website that they thought best matched the hints their significant others had dropped, as well as their unique style and taste. After the rings were created, their S.O.’s were challenged to guess which ring was designed for them from a selection of five Brilliant Earth engagement rings; the Reverie Ring, Ballad Diamond Ring, Elodie Ring, Waverly Diamond Ring and Selene Diamond Ring.

 

What stood out most to the couples was the unique design elements of the rings, with one person noting the “delicate, rose gold” setting of the Selene Diamond Ring and that the ring “feels really personalized.” Other couples commented on the intricacy of the diamond detailing in the gallery of the Waverly Diamond Ring.

After being told that the rings were made from ethically sourced materials, one participant said, “Every time you look at it you can feel comfortable about it and feel good about the decision.” We couldn’t agree more!

Shop the looks Reverie Ring

 

At once feminine and contemporary, this ring divides into graceful ribbons of precious metal that intertwine and embrace the center gemstone, securing it with claw prongs.

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 gem.

Waverly Diamond Ring

 

Featuring a sparkling halo of diamonds, this ring is at once unique and eye-catching. Scalloped pavé diamonds and a diamond encrusted gallery add to the brilliance of this ring.

Ballad Diamond Ring

 

This classic engagement ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend one half of the way around the ring. The center gem appears to float above the delicate band.

Elodie Ring

 

This elegant solitaire features an open basket with claw prongs that cradle the center gem. The petite band adds to the sleek, classic look of this ring.

Final Thoughts

Do you drop hints to your S.O.? Share with us on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below

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All About June Birthstones

Brilliant Earth - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 22:01

 

If you’re a June birthday baby or are shopping for one, you have lots of options when it comes to birthstone jewelry.

Pearl and moonstone are two of  June’s birthstones, and both of these gems have a rich history and unique beauty. Birthstone jewelry also makes a heartfelt gift for a new mom who has had a June baby.  Here’s the scoop on June’s extraordinary birthstones:

June Birthstone History

For centuries pearls were the most valuable gem. They were treasured in ancient cultures around the world, and the 1500s of Tudor England were known as the Pearl Age. Ancient Chinese cultures believed that wearing pearls protected you from fire and dragons, and other cultures have associated them with chastity and modesty. In Victorian England small seed pearls were often used in mourning jewelry to symbolize tears.

In the early 1900s people in Asia discovered how to create cultured pearls by carefully placing a small nucleus into a living oyster, which then forms a pearl around the nucleus. Since the invention of the culturing technique, which allows pearls to be created in oyster farms, pearls have become less expensive than they once were. However, these lustrous gems are as beautiful as ever, whether cultured or wild-harvested, saltwater or freshwater, luminous white or one of the many other colors in which pearls naturally occur. Pearls are incredibly versatile, at once a go-to accessory for First Ladies and society matrons and beloved by cutting-edge fashion lovers like Rihanna.

Moonstone exhibits an almost magical, multicolored glow called adularescence, caused by light scattering between the mineral’s internal layers. This dreamy quality made it popular with artistic Art Nouveau jewelers, and moonstone is frequently seen in jewelry from that design era. It regained popularity during the hippie era of the 1960s and 70s, because of its otherworldly appearance.

Hindu mythology has said that moonstone is made of moonbeams, and many other cultures connect moonstone with moonlight because its multi-hued glow resembles the look of moonlight on the water or seen through thin clouds. With the recent popularity of vampire stories moonstone has had some big pop culture moments: The character Bella wears a moonstone ring in the film versions of the Twilight series, and rumor has it that True Blood star Anna Paquin’s real-life engagement ring features a moonstone (though some sources say that the center gem is a rough cut diamond, and the star hasn’t spilled the details).

June Birthstone Jewelry: Pearl

Pearls are prized for their natural beauty, rarity, and unique appeal. Pearls grow naturally in mollusks. Pearls can vary in color, from a bright white, to peach and pink, and even to deep blues and greys, all with a luminous and satin sheen. They are known to evoke light, warmth, and love, and make the perfect gift for those born in June. This June birthstone looks great in modern designs, but we also love vintage pearl jewelry.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings

A beautifully matched pair of premium Akoya cultured pearls are mounted on classic white gold push back posts, exuding elegance and beauty.

Sea of Cortez Cultured Pearl Pendant with Diamond Accent

This mesmerizing cultured pearl pendant has a milgrained diamond accent and hangs from a beautiful 18″ cable chain. The eco-friendly pearl has a rich bright luster, and shimmers with a spectrum of iridescent hues.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Twist Pendant

This spectacular pendant is crafted in recycled sterling silver and features a lustrous premium round Akoya cultured pearl centered in a delightfully sculptural twist.

June Birthstone Jewelry: Moonstone

Moonstones are recognized for their stunning earthy glow. They range from very translucent to opaque in appearance. Their beauty is often described as mysterious or otherworldly. Vintage moonstone jewelry makes for a magical June birthday gift.

The Briggs Ring

Classic and timelessly chic, this Edwardian-style ring features a lustrous moonstone set with unmistakable vintage allure.

The Kaladar Ring

Utterly unique, this Retro-era moonstone ring features decorative prongs and two baguette-cut diamond accents.

Pearl Halo Diamond Earrings

A moonstone is surrounded by a halo of sapphire cabochons in this Retro-era ring.

The Cinta Ring

A luminous rose colored cultured pearl rests at the center of a diamond halo in this unique Edwardian-era 10K yellow gold and sterling silver ring.

The Ivett Ring

Dating from the 1830’s, this extremely rare and unique Georgian-era ring showcases a natural pearl placed amongst a bursting sterling silver halo of diamond accents, all resting atop a lustrous 10K rose gold band.

The Badden Ring

This majestic Victorian-era ring effortlessly holds a center round moonstone cabochon in a warm 10K yellow gold setting.

Final Thoughts

Which June birthstone is your favorite—or is it too hard to choose just one?  Let us know on InstagramFacebookTwitter or in the comments section!

 

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Gemstone Meanings: The Surprising Symbolism of Your Jewels

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 20:46

We’ve all heard that diamonds symbolize true love, but what are the symbolic meanings of other popular gemstones? From ancient times to today, gems of every hue have been imbued with significance and special powers by cultures around the world. Here are the legends associated with some of the world’s most treasured jewels:

Sapphire

Blue has long been considered the color of fidelity, and sapphires were once the preferred gem for engagement rings (before diamonds claimed that honor in the early 20th century).

Emerald

Legends have said that placing an emerald under your tongue gives you the ability to foresee the future (but we do not recommend that!), and that emerald protects against evil spells and can cure disease.

Ruby

Ancient Hindus believed that those who offered rubies to the god Krishna would be emperors in a future life. People in India and Burma have also believed that rubies offered safety and peace, and medieval Europeans thought that these gems guaranteed health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.

Amethyst

Because of its color the ancient Greeks associated amethyst with the wine god Bacchus, and believed that the gem could prevent drunkenness. Amethyst has also been thought to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Peridot

The Egyptians thought that peridot protected against nightmares and brought the wearer confidence, good luck and health. In fact, it’s believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is believed to provide courage, mental clarity and good health. Because of its association with water, aquamarine has been said to keep sailors safe at sea.

Pearl

In ancient China, pearls were believed to protect against fire, and in Europe they were associated with chastity and purity. Pearls retain that association with innocence today.

Garnet

Garnet has long been associated with clergy and nobility. In ancient Egypt the pharaohs wore red garnet necklaces, and in ancient Rome rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax on important documents.

Citrine

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.

Opal

Because opals can exhibit so many different colors within a single stone, it has long been thought to possess supernatural powers. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.  Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair.

Zircon

Folk wisdom says that zircon has the power to relieve pain, protect travelers and prevent nightmares. In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honor, and wisdom.

Topaz

Topaz symbolizes love and fidelity, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Turquoise

From ancient times to today people have ascribed special powers to turquoise. Native American tribes of the Southwest wore turquoise as an amulet thought to offer protection, and in ancient Persia (and modern day Iran) some believe that wearing turquoise can ward off the “evil eye” (other people’s ill will).

Final Thoughts

Do you buy into the idea that gemstones have special meanings or powers? Do you wear a gem as a good luck charm? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook , Twitter, or in the comments section!

Sources: Gemological Institute of America, American Gemological Society
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A Guy’s (Unbiased) Engagement Ring Buying Guide

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 17:49

So you are in the market for an engagement ring, or think you might be—congratulations!  Although we don’t know your girlfriend, we’re pretty certain she’ll be overjoyed when you ask her to marry you.

Ideally, she’ll also be giddy with excitement over the ring you’ve chosen, and that’s where we can help. Yes, Brilliant Earth sells engagement rings but we are setting aside our interests to give you an unbiased “just the facts” guide to choosing an engagement ring that your future fiancé will love, and that will get you the most value for your money.  Here are the decisions ahead of you, and our tips on how to make them:

Decide on a Budget

While we firmly believe an engagement ring’s worth comes from the meaning behind it, money does play a major role in determining which ring to propose with. Deciding on a budget early can allow you to fully explore all your options when it comes to center gem characteristics and ring designs. There is no hard and fast rule about how much you “should” spend on an engagement ring, other than that you should spend what feels comfortable for you. We can assist you in finding a diamond or other gemstone that balances size with quality at a price that works within your budget, and can tell you about lab-created diamonds or diamond substitutes like moissanites, which can be a budget-friendly options. You can also consider a variety of flexible payment options, including bank wire, layaway, and financing.

Choose a Ring Style

Selecting an engagement ring style may be the hardest part of buying an engagement ring. For guidance, think about the types of clothing and accessories your significant other gravitates towards—this should give you some clues as to whether they’d prefer a ring that’s classic, modern, nature-inspired, glamorous, or some combination of those. Make sure to stay alert to any hints your partner might be dropping! If you two have discussed an engagement, there’s a good chance their preferences are saved to a Pinterest board. To make the decision less stressful, we offer 30 day free returns and exchanges.

Popular Engagement Ring Settings

Waverly Diamond Ring

This halo setting features scalloped pavé diamonds that encircle the center gem and adorn the band. A diamond-encrusted gallery makes this ring truly spectacular and adds extra sparkle to your center diamond.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

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

Ballad Diamond Ring

A perfectly classic engagement ring, the Ballad Diamond Ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend one half of the way around its delicate band.

Choose a Gemstone

You know that the most classic engagement ring style features a center diamond, but you may not know whether your girlfriend craves that style or wants something more unique. We can tell you this: close to 90% of engagement rings feature a diamond, and sapphires are the second most common engagement ring gemstone. If your girlfriend’s taste runs to the unconventional, then she may prefer something other than a diamond or sapphire engagement ring—but based on the numbers, a diamond or sapphire is a very safe bet.

Diamonds and sapphires are also the hardest gemstones (Diamonds rank 10 and sapphires rank 9 on a 1-10 mineral grading scale called the Mohs scale of hardness) meaning that they’ll hold up well to the everyday wear required of engagement rings. Sapphires cost less than diamonds, so choosing a center sapphire allows you to get a bigger gem for your budget. Although you probably think of sapphires as being a deep blue, they also come in yellow, pink, white, and a variety of other colors.

Learn about the 4 Cs

If you and your partner are set on a diamond engagement ring, it is important to know how diamonds are classified. Diamonds are graded according the four Cs: carat, cut, clarity, and color. Striking a balance between these characteristics can help ensure you get the best diamond for your engagement ring.

Cut

A diamond’s cut is directly related to the its overall beauty. When a diamond has been correctly cut, the diamond’s ability to reflect and refract light is greatly enhanced. By understanding the way that light moves through diamond crystals, modern diamond cutters have established a specific set of proportions and angles that are known to harness the diamond’s internal brilliance and to show it in its best light. Learn more about diamond cuts.

Color

A diamond’s color is caused by natural trace elements of nitrogen that were present when the diamond formed under the Earth’s crust. A diamond with less color will exhibit greater brilliance and fire, be considered rarer, and therefore be of more value. Learn more about diamond color.

Clarity

With most diamonds, there is more than meets the eye! The presence of natural inclusions and blemishes on and within a diamond impacts its appearance and value. Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign material or structural imperfections such as tiny cracks, known as feathers, which can appear whitish or cloudy. Often times the inclusions are microscopic diamonds that were absorbed by the larger crystal before the diamond was carried to the surface of the Earth. The quantity, size, color, location, orientation, and visibility of inclusions all affect the final clarity grade of a diamond. Diamonds with no or few inclusions are considered particularly rare and highly valued.

Carat

Carat is the most visually apparent factor when comparing diamonds since it it a way of measuring the overall weight of the diamond. Learn how carat weight is used to measure gemstones.

Select a Gemstone Shape

Diamonds are cut into ten standard shapes, and round is by far the most common choice, making up 75% of all diamond purchases. In part because they’re so popular, round diamonds cost more than other shapes. In fact, you can save up to 40% by choosing a non-round diamond. Some non-round shapes that are also very popular, but less pricey, are the princess cut (which is square) and the cushion cut (somewhere in between a round and a square, featuring softly tapered edges). Oval cut, pear cut, emerald cut, and radiant cut diamonds are also very popular shapes.

Choose a Precious Metal

The main choices for engagement ring metals are platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Platinum and white gold are the most popular choices, but rose gold is continuing to rise in popularity. Platinum and white gold look very similar, but platinum is more durable and costs about 50% more. To get a sense of what type of precious metal your girlfriend would prefer, pay attention to the jewelry she currently wears.

Consider Buying an Antique

If your girlfriend loves vintage jewelry, clothing, and décor, or if she’s a history buff or a lover of movies and books set in decades or centuries past, then she’d likely adore a vintage or antique engagement ring. Rings from earlier eras are often one-of-a-kind, and come with a sense of romantic history that many women love. As an added bonus, they generally cost less than a new ring of similar quality.

Consider Whether to Go Custom

If you’re an artistic type or if it’s important to you to propose with a ring that’s completely unique, consider collaborating with a jewelry designer to create a custom engagement ring.

Figure Out Her Ring Size

 

Determining her ring size without asking is tricky, but not impossible. The most common women’s ring size is 6-6.5, and you want to err on the large side. You could sneak a ring from her jewelry box and take it to a jeweler to have it sized, or trace one of her rings on a piece of paper. For more strategies, check out How to Find Out Her Ring Size Without Her Knowing. Most rings can be resized, so check your jeweler’s resize policy.

Consider a Semi-Surprise

If you know you want to surprise your girlfriend with a ring when you propose, but are daunted by having to determine the right ring style and size, consider purchasing a diamond or other gemstone and having it set in a temporary ring setting. You can then have the gemstone re-set into a setting of her choice once you’re engaged. We let people have a gemstone set into our classic 18k Gold 2mm Comfort Fit ring, then return it within 60 days to have the gem re-set into a ring that’s the perfect style and size.

For more extensive education about how to buy an engagement ring, including what “the 4 Cs” of diamonds are all about, and how to find a ring that has been ethically sourced, consult our comprehensive Engagement Ring Guide.

Protect Your Investment

It’s important to protect your jewelry from the unexpected with jewelry insurance. Jewelry insurance protects your Brilliant Earth jewelry from circumstances that most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies don’t cover. We include a complimentary insurance appraisal with engagement and wedding rings that have not been modified.

Contact Us

Do you still have questions about purchasing an engagement ring?  Just contact us via phone, email, or live chat, and we’d be happy to answer them.

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These Are the Best Rolex Watches for Every Special Occasion

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How to Find Out Her Ring Size Without Her Knowing

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:00

 

Brilliant Earth jewelry expert Jessica Anand is frequently asked by our customers about how they can find out their girlfriend’s ring size without her knowing. Here we’ve shared some of Jessica’s best tips and tricks!

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1. Be Subtle

If you are absolutely set on a surprise proposal but you still want to find out her ring size directly from the source, ask your girlfriend in a very subtle, smooth way. You can pretend, for example, that you are going to buy a ring for your mom/sister/aunt/niece etc. Make sure that this pretend recipient is someone whose hands are similar in size to your girlfriend. Casually ask what her ring size is for reference. If you really want to beef up the ruse, purchase an inexpensive ring and show it to her. Have her try it on and everything! Maybe afterward you can actually give that ring to your mom/sister/aunt/niece to appease your guilty conscience!

 

2. Ask Her Friends

A great way to find out her ring size is to ask one of her friends. Friends occasionally have this insight! And, if the friend doesn’t know right away, she can be the one to ask (nonchalantly). Even better, ask the friend to take your girlfriend engagement ring shopping “for fun.” Have her get professionally sized and ask her friend to report back to you. It’s best to choose a friend who might have once had acting aspirations!

 

3. Borrow One of her Rings

Another method is to snag one of her old rings for a day. You need to be careful with this method because it might backfire on you! Make sure that you grab a ring that she wears on a similarly sized finger, the ring finger of her right hand being the optimal choice (unless, of course, she wears a ring on her left ring finger, which is less likely). Even if you bring in a thumb ring we can usually come up with a close approximation of what size her ring finger will be. If you choose this option, make sure that you choose a ring that isn’t overly important to her and wouldn’t cause any emotional distress if she notices it missing!

 

4. Leave a Trace

If you are terrified of losing one of her rings try this method instead. Take one of her rings and place it on a piece of paper. Draw a circle on the inside and outside of the ring. Do this several times to make sure that your ring traces look consistent. We can usually figure out the diameter of her ring from your sketch!

 

5. Enlist a Friend

If one of your partner’s friends is engaged, ask her friend to let your girlfriend try on the ring. This will put you in a ballpark size range to start out with. You can also use this as an opportunity to ask what she thought of her friend’s ring (in private) and try to do a little sleuthing as to what style of ring she would like for herself.

 

6. Compare Fingers

This method is a little more difficult, but if you are desperate, go ahead and try it out! When you are holding her hand,see if one of her fingers is similar in size to a finger of yours. For example, her ring finger might be as big as your pinky. This method isn’t amazingly accurate, but the more information we have on her ring size the closer we can get!

 

7. Ask Your Partner!

There are some people in this world who like to do things the hard way, and then there are those who are very straightforward. If you and your partner have been discussing marriage for quite some time, ask her outright what her ring size is! Don’t worry though— you can still have the element of surprise. After all, she doesn’t know when you’re going to ask her, or how! If she doesn’t know her ring size, she can find it using our printable ring sizing guide.

 

Keep in Mind:

The two most accurate ways to confirm ring size are to come in and have your partner sized by us in person or have them visit a local jeweler. Using one or several of the methods above will result in a very good approximation, but there is always the risk that it will be slightly off.

Please note that for custom designed rings, we highly recommend visiting a local jeweler or coming in and having her finger sized with us, as custom pieces are final sale and may not be able to be resized in the future. Err on a larger size so that it will be guaranteed to slip over her finger when you propose.

Interesting Ring Size Facts:
  • Our dominant hands tend to be slightly bigger (so make sure you are measuring for her left!)
  • The most common women’s ring size is 6 to 6.5.
  • Wider rings have a tighter fit than thinner bands, so if you borrow a ring for us to measure, try to make sure that it is the same width as the ring you plan on purchasing.
  • Brilliant Earth is happy to ship you a free ring sizer, so that you can measure your ring size in the comfort of your home!

 

 

What if I just can’t figure out the size?

If you simply can’t figure out the size or you don’t want to risk it, consider choosing a temporary setting to propose with. Our temporary setting is our 18K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Ring. You have sixty days to propose, have her properly sized, and send the ring back. Once you have her perfect size, we can set your diamond in your ideal setting.  This way she gets to see the diamond you chose, but there isn’t the risk of having to resize the actual setting. Please contact us about this option, so we can explain the exact process to you! This is also a great option for those who don’t know whether to purchase an engagement ring before or after proposing.

Good luck!

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7 Snapchats Every Bride-to-Be Should Follow

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 18:42

 

Pinterest account with boards for flowers, food, table décor and more? Check. Instagram profile following celebrity event planners? Obviously!

These reliable sources of wedding-related visuals are musts for the modern bride-to-be, and now there’s yet another type of social media feed you can mine for inspo: Snapchat.

Snapchat isn’t just good for sending goofy gifs to your friends and keeping up with Kardashians—it can be an essential engagement and wedding planning resource. By following wedding-related brands and style influencers you get a real-time window on everything that’s happening in the world of engagements, bridal fashion and event planning.

These are seven Snapchats that we think every engaged (or soon to be) couple should tune in to:

BrilliantEarth: Follow us on Snapchat to be among the first to know about new ring designs, get an insider glimpse of our showrooms, see news from our jewelry designers, and enter Snapchat-exclusive jewelry giveaways. To start following us just take a photo of our Snapcode (above) using Snapchat, or search for our Snapchat handle, brilliantearth, in the app!

SMPweddings: Style Me Pretty’s feed offers a visual feast of wedding planning beauty via showroom visits and chic registry launches, chats with floral designers about creating tablescapes, as well as practical tips on topics like bridal party games.

TheKnot: Fun first looks at décor ideas, bridal beauty treatments, calligraphy classes and more, through the lens of The Knot’s wedding experts.

WeddingWire: This online guide to wedding vendors walks you through places like the accessories department at Kleinfeld’s and letterpress studios, with an uncontrived tone that lets you feel like you are tagging along in real time.

Bridesmag: From bachelorette parties in the Hamptons to wedding planning in Santa Barbara, the Brides Magazine Snapchat is a travelogue of dreamy destinations.

Bridalguide: Go behind the scenes at photo shoots to be the very first to know what’s next in bridal fashion and wedding style.

KleinfeldBridal: If you can’t make it to New York to shop this legendary bridal emporium and setting for Say Yes to the Dress you can feel like you’re there by following the store’s Snapchat.

Final Thoughts

Do you have a favorite wedding-related Snapchat? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

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