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Ciro Jewelry Brings Traditional Jewelry Into The Modern Vogue

JustLuxe - Fri, 11/12/2021 - 05:16

Attraction is what most people involuntarily or intentionally want to elicit from others; such is human nature. Among other things, gemstones have had the power to infuse charm within their holder that helps attract others for centuries.

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Abingdon Expands Tactical and Dive Watches

JustLuxe - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 12:20

As Abingdon celebrates fourteen years since it started offering adventure watches specifically targeted to women

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53 Holiday Gift Ideas: A Guide to Holiday Jewelry Shopping

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 11/10/2021 - 02:21

It’s that time of the year again, the holiday season is approaching!

When it comes to crowd-pleasing gifts, you can’t go wrong with sparkling fine jewelry. And what could be more festive than gifts of lustrous silver or gold? From classic diamond pieces that will never go out of style to personal gifts from the heart like personalized birthstone or engravable jewelry, explore our recommendations for the best gifts for everyone on your list.

Jewelry Gift Ideas for Her

The special someone in your life deserves a gift she’ll treasure forever. Whether you’re shopping for your best friend, sister, girlfriend or wife, these jewelry picks are standout pieces she will never forget.

Silver Sunflower London Blue Topaz Pendant

Petals of London blue topaz gemstones dazzle within a hoop of lustrous silver in this enchanting nature inspired look.

Willow Diamond Earrings

Shimmering diamonds cascade down lustrous vines of precious metal in these nature-inspired earrings.

Silver Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Cuff Bracelet

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

Her Diamond Necklace

This design was inspired by our donation to a non-profit organization that advocates for girls’ education and equality.

Jewelry Gift Ideas for Him

Men love to shine too! These timeless pieces are a beautiful way to show your love for the man in your life.

Engravable ID Bangle Bracelet

A stunning bar of precious metal creates this classic ID bracelet perfect for everyday wear and is a fabulous addition to any stack.

Vera Link Chain Necklace

Perfect on its own or paired with other necklaces in a chic stack, this trendy link chain is a fabulously unique fashion statement.

Summit Wedding Ring

A breathtaking landscape of Mount Everest adorns a brushed-matte band in this unique, nature-inspired wedding ring.

Apollo Sapphire Wedding Ring

This modern wedding band features a vertical baguette sapphire set against a matte brushed finish for a defining look. The softened inside edge provides increased comfort for daily wear.

Jewelry Gift Ideas for Mom

Your mom deserves the world, but we’re sure she’ll take diamonds as the next best thing. Classic diamond jewelry is the perfect addition to any mom’s collection.

Diamond Halo Pendant

This elegant diamond pendant features a gorgeous center diamond surrounded by pavé-set diamond accents.

Certified Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

This eye-catching tennis bracelet embellishes the wrist with 5 carats of shimmering lab created diamonds individually set in lustrous gold links. An IGI lab grading report accompanies each bracelet.

Twisted Vine Diamond Hoop Earrings

These stylish and eye-catching earrings feature dazzling round diamonds prong-set in twisting vines of lustrous, precious metal.

Magnolia Diamond Earrings

Glimmering diamonds rest at the center of each arrangement of sculpted petals in these beautiful floral earrings. For an added personal touch, choose her sparkling birthstone as the center gem!

Jewelry Gift Ideas for Dad

So much better than another necktie or coffee mug! Think outside the box this holiday season with these lustrous jewelry gifts for dad.

Val Box Chain

Perfect on its own or paired with other necklaces in a chic stack, this classic box chain is effortlessly fashionable and uniquely timeless.

Round Diamond Stud Earrings

These beautiful earrings feature a matched pair of round brilliant diamonds secured in classic basket settings.

7mm Magnus Wedding Ring

This modern take on a classic silhouette features a meteorite exterior balanced with a black tungsten interior for a unique and bold look.

Horizon Black Diamond Wedding Ring

This modern band features a thin vertical row of black diamonds against a matte brushed finish for a stylish look. The softened inside edge provides increased comfort.

Jewelry Gift Ideas for Friends

These silver jewelry pieces are a sophisticated alternative to a classic friendship bracelet or necklace!

Teardrop Citrine Pendant

A pear-shaped citrine rests within a bezel setting with an open back to allow maximum light to reach the gem. This reversible pendant can be worn on either side making it the perfect option for everyday wear.

Solidarity Diamond Pendant

Strength in unity, resiliency, and hope define this diamond pendant that hangs elegantly from a lustrous cable chain. By donating to Feeding America’s COVID Relief Fund, we support hunger relief. In charity, sickness, and in health, we are better together—even from a distance.

Petite Spinel and Diamond Huggie Earrings

Black diamonds, grey spinels, and sparkling diamonds are set in scalloped pavé as they adorn each delicate hoop in this chic earring set.

Lab Created Alexandrite Bar Bracelet

This contemporary design features an elegant bar that rests gracefully along a classic cable chain adorned with a lab created alexandrite accent.

Jewelry Gifts Under $100

Beautiful and budget-friendly, these gift ideas are perfect for those looking to start their fine jewelry collection.

Heart Diamond Pendant

A true gift from the heart, this graceful and delicate pendant features an elegantly sparkling diamond, symbolizing the uniqueness and beauty of love.

Engravable Bar Bracelet

A lustrous metal bar is attached to a cable chain in this chic yet classic and wearable everyday engravable bracelet.

Moon Stud Earrings

These beautiful crescent moon earrings are the height of elegance and simplicity. Comfortable push backs keep these studs secure.

Olive Branch Bracelet

A symbol of peace and achievement, this captivating bracelet features elegantly sculpted leaves and olives made of lustrous precious metal.

Jewelry Gifts Under $250

These holiday gifts for under $250 feature classic designs that are made to suit every style and occasion.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Pendant

This beautiful premium Akoya cultured pearl pendant hangs from a delicate cable chain. This elegant pearl features brilliant luster and shine with traditional grace and beauty.

London Blue Topaz Stud Earrings

Fashion forward with classic sophistication, these striking London Blue Topaz stones are set in comfortable basket settings.

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.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet

Both classic and elegant, this bracelet features a lustrous Akoya cultured pearl held on a delicate cable chain.

Jewelry Gifts Under $500

All is bright in these beautiful fine jewelry pieces for under $500. Warm yellow gold and colorful gemstones make these stunning gifts truly memorable.

Hydrangea Earrings

A glittering cluster comprised of a sapphire, aquamarine, London blue topaz, and a shining diamond gathers together for a truly unique look in these earrings that make the perfect playful and colorful everyday look.

Classic Hoop Earrings

These favorited hoops are secured with simple and secure latch backs for effortless, everyday, and fashionable wear.

Maris London Blue Topaz and Aquamarine Bracelet

Stunning oval-shaped London blue topaz gemstones and round aquamarines float along the wrist in this delicate and beautiful bracelet.

Marquesa Strand Diamond Necklace

Diamonds shimmer from the center of kite-shaped designs evenly spaced along a delicate chain in this chic and elegant necklace.

Jewelry Gifts Under $1,000

Discover classic diamond jewelry for under $1,000 to gift this holiday season.

Round Diamond Stud Earrings (1/2 ct. tw.)

These earrings feature a beautifully matched pair of round diamonds secured in classic basket settings with push back posts.

Diamond Huggie Earrings

These captivating huggie hoop earrings feature a row of shimmering prong-set diamonds set in lustrous white gold. Secured with hinged latch backs, these diamond earrings are perfect for everyday wear.

Mina Lab Diamond Pendant

A shimmering line of dazzling lab diamonds lays elegantly on the neck in this sophisticated yet chic necklace that’s easily dressed up or worn daily for an added touch of sparkle.

Three Diamond Bezel Bracelet

Three diamonds glimmer within delicate bezel settings as they grace the chain of this elegant, everyday bracelet.

Jewelry Gifts Over $1,000

This year, give the gift of glamour. These dazzling diamond and gemstone gifts are heirlooms in the making.

Certified Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings (1 ct. tw.)

These beautiful earrings feature a matched pair of lab created round brilliant diamonds secured in classic basket settings with guardian backings. An IGI lab grading report accompanies each pair of earrings.

Diamond Tennis Bracelet (1 ct. tw.)

This eye-catching tennis bracelet embellishes the wrist with 1 carat of shimmering diamonds individually set in lustrous white gold links.

Marquise Diamond Solitaire Pendant

This lovely diamond pendant features a marquise-shaped gem that radiates brilliant, sparkling light. Sophisticated, captivating, and set in lustrous precious metal, this design is both sleek and eye-catching.

Sapphire Pavé Twist Pendant

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

Personalized Jewelry Gifts

One way to make your gift meaningful this season is to personalize it to the recipient. Colorful birthstone jewelry and engravable pieces are beautiful ways to show you care.

Engravable Disc Diamond Pendant

This pendant features a lustrous disc of precious metal encircled by glimmering diamond accent. Personalize this gift by engraving initials or a brief note.

Floating Solitaire Aquamarine Pendant

A beautiful aquamarine is set in this elegant pendant style that glides smoothly along a lustrous cable chain. Personalize this gift by changing out the center gem for the birthstone of your recipient!

Scorpio Diamond Pendant

A scorpion embossed on a gold disc adorned with three starlike diamond accents empowers this medallion and its wearer with the characteristics of the Zodiac water sign Scorpio: magnetism, passion, mysteriousness.

An impression in the symbolic shape of the Scorpio sign is carved into the textured second side while a single flush set diamond shines through from the front to the back, adding versatility to this powerful design. Al twelve zodiac signs are available in these gorgeous gold medallions.

Oval Diamond Locket

Perfect in a chic stack or as a meaningful heirloom to last a lifetime, this unique diamond-accented locket keeps those you love close by encasing a photo or a keepsake within a lustrous golden frame.

Unique Jewelry Gifts

Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list who loves to stand out from the crowd? Discover unique gifts that are sure to please your most discerning friends and family.

Mountain Range Diamond Pendant

This magnificent pendant draws inspiration from nature’s immense beauty. A sterling silver mountain range sparkles with a diamond accent and is gracefully suspended from a delicate sterling silver cable chain.

Riata Diamond Pendant

Four bezel-set diamonds are effortlessly suspended along a lustrous chain in this sleek lariat-style necklace.

Lilac Bouquet Earrings

A glittering gemstone cluster of amethysts, pink spinels, tanzanites, and diamonds gather together for a truly unique look. These gemstone stud earrings are chic, playful, and perfect for any occasion.

Baguette and Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Glistening round and baguette-shaped diamonds create a unique and alluring twist on a classic tennis bracelet.

Trendy Jewelry Gifts

Finally, discover on trend gifts that will be on everyone’s lists this year.

Chelsea Paperclip Diamond Bracelet

Effortlessly chic, this golden bracelet features a lustrous diamond-accented carabiner clasp on the center link of the trendy paperclip chain.

Napa Hoop Earrings

Classic and sophisticated, these barrel hoops add the perfect hint of gold to any look.

Ana Diamond Necklace

Modern and edgy, this sculptural necklace features a single, sparkling diamond at the center of a lustrous v-shaped bar.

Lexi Diamond Earrings

Trendy and chic, these unique earrings add flair to any outfit with a lustrous chain that connects a bezel-set diamond to a push back post.

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Finally, did you wait till the last minute or are you looking for a gift for that person who’s impossible to shop for? A gift card or gift certificate that will allow them to buy whatever sparkling piece of jewelry they love the most will always be a hit. A Brilliant Earth gift card will let you digitally send your loved one a gift they can choose for themselves.

Final Thoughts

Which of these beautiful jewelry gifts would you add to your holiday wish list? Share your favorites with us on our InstagramFacebookTwitter, or in the comments below!

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Our Favorite Non-Diamond Engagement Rings 

Brilliant Earth - Sun, 11/07/2021 - 17:11

A center diamond is by no means a requirement for a beautiful engagement ring. 

Distinctive engagement ring styles featuring non-diamond center stones are becoming an increasingly popular engagement ring trend. Many brides are opting for a pop of color by choosing a vibrant gemstone as their center stone which makes a stunning and unique expression of their love. Gemstones such as sapphireemerald, and morganite are especially rising in popularity and beloved by celebrities and trendsetters alike. At Brilliant Earth, we are excited to offer a broad range of non-diamond engagement rings that are sure to make a stunning and colorful statement. 

Most Popular Non-Diamond Engagement Rings  

The most popular non-diamond engagement rings are those that are both beautiful and hold up very well to everyday wear. Most engagement rings are worn daily and rarely taken off, and some gemstones stand up to daily wear and tear better than others. For those that live an active lifestyle and want a lower maintenance gemstone ring, a sapphire engagement ring is an ideal choice. Sapphires score very highly (a 9 out of 10) on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, which rates minerals on their ability to withstand surface scratching. In fact, one of the only things that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond (and we cannot imagine a scenario in which that would happen in your daily life!). Learn more about the care and cleaning of all types of gemstones in our guide to caring for gemstone rings.   

The most popular sapphire color is rich royal blue, most recently made famous by the sapphire and diamond engagement ring worn by Kate Middleton, and originally worn by Prince William’s mother Princess Diana. Brilliant Earth offers an extensive collection of sapphire engagement rings. You can also create your own sapphire ring on our website by first choosing your unique sapphire, selecting a ring setting, choosing a metal type, and then seeing your ring come to life by using our Virtual Try On Feature

While we commonly think of sapphires as being blue, they come in a wide array of colors including yellow, white, pink, green, teal, peach, and red. Along with colorful gemstones, diamond simulants are also becoming an increasingly popular engagement ring trend. Although they have different chemical, optical, and performance properties than diamonds, white sapphires are a prized diamond simulant loved for their bright, white brilliance and extreme durability.  

Discover some of our favorite sapphire engagement rings below! 

Sapphire Aria Diamond Ring 

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

Sapphire Nadia Diamond Ring 

This elegant ring features a dazzling cluster of round and marquise-shaped diamonds that rest upon the shoulders of the gently tapered band. The center gem is held by four claw prongs as it sits upon a slightly open gallery. 

Sapphire Waverly Diamond Ring 

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

Sapphire Versailles Diamond Ring 

Alternating round and marquise diamonds create an alluring pattern in this chic and distinctive engagement ring. 

Sapphire Demi Diamond Ring 

This elegant white gold 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 

Antique-Style and Art Deco Non-Diamond Engagement Rings  

Inspired by the charm of the past, our selection of vintage inspired engagement ring settings are the perfect match for creating an heirloom worthy gemstone engagement ring. Whether through delicate, Victorian-inspired filigree designs or bold Art Deco styles, vintage inspired settings are made to be paired with colorful center gemstones such as rubies, emeralds, garnets, aquamarines, sapphires, topaz, and more. In the Victorian era, sapphires and other colored gemstones were frequently the focal point of engagement rings, and rings from the Art Nouveau era often feature dreamy center gems such as moonstone, amethyst, citrine, opal, and pearl. Choosing an antique style engagement ring is an excellent way to inspire the charm of the past. 

Famous Non-Diamond Engagement Rings 

Colorful gemstone rings have been beloved by celebrities and royalty for decades. Perhaps one of the most famous pieces in jewelry history, Kate Middleton’s royal sapphire engagement ring that was previously worn by Princess Diana has been making headlines for decades. Vibrant green, emerald engagement rings have also been a popular celebrity pick, some of the most notable being Zoe Saldana’s spectacular pear cut emerald engagement ring and Olivia Wilde’s Art Deco emerald stunnerJessica Simpson’s three stone ruby engagement ring was chosen for the ruby’s symbolic meaning. Red stands for love and passion while the ruby is also her birthstone. Celebrity engagement rings are a great place to start if you are looking for some gemstone engagement ring inspiration to add to your Pinterest boards.  

Diamond Bands as Engagement Rings 

If you love diamonds but simply do not want a traditional diamond ring with a prominent center gem, consider a ring that features multiple diamond accents but no large center diamond. Another popular bridal trend is diamond stacking rings. Consider opting for a diamond eternity band, which you can turn into a ring stack as you add your wedding band and commemorate future special occasions (anniversaries, babies) with diamond bands. Discover some of our favorite diamond bands below! 

Luxe Versailles Diamond Ring 

Alternating round and marquise diamonds wrap three-fourths of the way around the band creating an alluring pattern in this chic and distinctive ring. 

Sienna Diamond Ring 

This luminous ring is adorned with glittering French pavé-set diamonds that extend halfway around the finger, making it the perfect wedding or anniversary band. 

Olivetta Diamond Ring 

This beautiful ring evokes femininity and romance with scattered round and pear-shaped diamonds that shimmer along the top of the band. 

Riviera Eternity Diamond Ring 

Floating shared prong diamonds shimmer all the way around this delicate eternity style wedding band for a spectacular look. 

Gemma Diamond Ring 

Baguette diamonds in a scalloped pavé setting glimmer along the top half of this ring while the delicate, high polished band completes the look of timeless elegance. 

Non-Diamond Rings with Diamond Accents 

 If you like the idea of having some diamonds in your engagement ring but want a colored gemstone as the focal point, consider accentuating the center gemstone with diamond accents. For example, a halo style, which encircles the center gem in glittering diamonds, is a breathtaking way to highlight a sapphire or other center gem. Or you might choose to add side diamond accents or pavé diamonds in the band. Three stone settings are also a timeless way to add some extra sparkle to your engagement ring.  

Affordable Non-Diamond Engagement Rings 

Aside from being a unique engagement ring choice, non-diamond engagement rings also offer excellent value. Many couples love that they can purchase a non-diamond ring at a lower price point and get a larger gemstone and more look for less! With so many wedding expenses on the way, selecting a non-diamond engagement ring can be an especially appealing choice. 

Here are a few of our favorite non-diamond engagement rings under $2,500.  

Moissanite Petite Shared Prong Lab Diamond Ring 

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

Aquamarine 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 gem. 

Morganite 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 (1/10 total carat weight). 

Emerald Petite 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. 

Non-Diamond Engagement Ring FAQs   Can you have an engagement ring without a diamond?  

A center diamond is by no means a requirement for a beautiful engagement ring. Sapphires are the most popular gemstone chosen for a non-diamond engagement ring. Beloved by celebrities and royalty throughout history, sapphires add a stunning pop of color to any engagement ring while offering unmatched durability. 

What is a good alternative to a diamond?  

If you love the look of a diamond but are looking for a cost-friendly alternative, some of the most popular choices for diamond alternatives are simulants such as moissanite, white sapphire, and cubic zirconia. Moissanites especially are loved for their brilliant, fiery sparkle, durability, and value.   

What is a non-engagement ring called?  

promise ring is a form of non-engagement ring that is given as a gift and suggests your commitment to your partner. From your promise of a future engagement to a romantic gesture of your love and commitment, promise rings can mean any number of things.  

Final Thoughts  

Would you consider choosing a non-diamond engagement ring? Do you have a favorite center gemstone other than diamonds? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter or in the comments section below!  

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World Series Rings: Everyone Wants them, No One Wears Them

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 11/04/2021 - 12:07
World Series rings are the ultimate goal for many in baseball, but for those who win them practicality can get in the way.
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8 Most Popular Engagement Rings for Holiday Proposals

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 15:34

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What’s more romantic than a holiday proposal?

It’s no surprise that the holiday season and winter months are some of the most popular times to get engaged. From the festive spirit in the air, twinkling lights, and cozy nights by the fire, the season presents a wealth of special locations and activities perfectly fit for a proposal.

Here at Brilliant Earth, we believe in providing once in a lifetime gifts and shopping with care. For winter engagement inspiration, we’ve listed some of our most popular diamond engagement rings for holiday proposals.

Constance Hidden Halo Diamond Ring

A hidden halo of diamonds wraps the base of the gallery in shimmering light in this alluring ring while scalloped pavé diamonds extend half of the way around the glistening band.

Versailles Diamond Ring

Alternating round and marquise diamonds create an alluring pattern in this chic and distinctive engagement ring.

Waverly Diamond Ring

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

Nadia Diamond Ring

This elegant ring features a dazzling cluster of round and marquise-shaped diamonds that rest upon the shoulders of the gently tapered band. The center gem is held by four claw prongs as it sits upon a slightly open gallery.

Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

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

Elle Ring

This timeless solitaire features a petite band that tapers up to embrace the center gemstone in delicate claw prongs.

Capella Diamond Ring

Classic simplicity defines this luxe three stone setting, which features a thin precious metal band that extends towards an oval-shaped diamond accent on each side of the center gem.

Secret Garden Diamond Ring

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

Final Thoughts

Which of these styles would you love to receive? Let us know in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook or Twitter!

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At 30, Headed for the Board of a Swiss Watch Company

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 11/01/2021 - 09:05
When her father steps down next year, Shanya Amarasuriya will take his place as an Audemars Piguet director.
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The Story of Fabergé in Britain

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 10/29/2021 - 09:00
An exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum will focus on the Russian jewelry house’s years in London — with some Easter eggs, of course.
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The History and Meaning Behind December’s Birthstones

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/26/2021 - 15:00

There are several different beautiful gemstones to choose from when it comes to selecting birthstone jewelry for the December birthday in your life! From the light, bright blues of turquoise, the rich hues of blue topaz, and the many shades of zircon, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for the December birthday in your life.

What is the Birthstone for December?

Those born in December are lucky enough to have four accepted birthstones: turquoise, zircon, blue topaz, and tanzanite. All of these gems are beautiful options for fine jewelry and give December babies a wide variety of styles and price ranges to choose from.

What Birthstone Color is December?

Although zircon, turquoise, tanzanite, and topaz are gemstones that come in a variety of hues, beautiful blue shades are the popular choice for December birthstone jewelry. For our December birthstone jewelry pieces, we prefer to use London Blue topaz for its rich and unique blue color.

Why Does December Have Multiple Birthstone?

December isn’t the only month that has multiple accepted birthstones, but it does have more birthstones than any other month. Turquoise and another famous blue gemstone, lapis lazuli, were the traditional birthstones for December. Today, the more brilliant blue topaz and zircon have become the most popular modern gemstones for December birthdays.

Turquoise Birthstone History and Meaning

Ranging in color from bright robin’s egg to pastel blue and bluish green, turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones. This December birthstone has been prized for thousands of years by cultures ranging from the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians (who used it to decorate King Tut’s tomb) to the Persian empire. From ancient times to today, people have ascribed special powers to turquoise. Native American tribes of the Southwest wore turquoise as an amulet believed to offer protection, while in ancient Persia (and modern-day Iran) some believe wearing turquoise can ward off evil. Over the centuries, turquoise has acquired a reputation for protecting people from misfortune.

Although the gem itself is ancient, the name is relatively new: dating from thirteenth century France, the word “turquoise” meaning “stone from Turkey,” originated when the gems were brought from Turkey to Western Europe. Turquoise cabochons are often found in antique jewelry from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and Queen Victoria gave her bridesmaids turquoise embellished brooches as gifts.

Turquoise Jewelry Cleaning and Care Tips

As gemstones go, turquoise is a bit fragile, so we recommend taking special care when wearing turquoise fine jewelry. High heat can damage its surface or cause discoloration, and exposure to some chemicals, cosmetics and even skin oils can change its color. Clean turquoise with warm soapy water but avoid steam or ultrasonic cleaners. Our jewelry specialists would be happy to answer any questions on how to properly care for your turquoise jewelry pieces!

Zircon Birthstone History and Meaning

Zircon is another gem featured in dazzling December birthstone jewelry. Although Zircon isn’t as well-known as some other gems, this stone is a celebrity among geologists. The oldest rock ever discovered was a zircon found in Australia dating 4.4 billion years, nearly as old as the planet itself (the oldest diamonds are 3.3 billion years old). If you’re shopping for someone born in December, a piece of zircon jewelry would make for a timeless treasure!

Zircon can be found in a rainbow of colors, including blue, brown, green, orange, yellow, red and even clear. Clear zircon is one of the most brilliant non-diamond gems and was often used as a diamond alternative in the nineteenth century. According to the American Gemological Society, folk wisdom says that zircon has the power to relieve pain, protect travelers and prevent nightmares.

Zircon Jewelry Cleaning and Care Tips

Zircon is fairly durable, but it’s not as strong as sapphires and diamonds so you should avoid wearing or storing it in harsh conditions. If a zircon has been heat-treated to produce a certain color (many blue zircon stones have been), prolonged exposure to light could lead to the gem changing back to its original hue. Clean zircon with warm water and gentle soap, but don’t use steam or ultrasonic cleaners with this gem.

Topaz Birthstone History and Meaning

Topaz has been sought after for centuries, and many believe it got its name from the Island of Topazios in the Red Sea when it was discovered by ancient romans. Topaz becomes blue when it is heated, either naturally or artificially, and can vary in intensity. Throughout history, this beautiful blue stone was thought to have healing properties that brought peace and clarity and that could even dispel magic spells, sickness, and anger.

In more modern history, blue topaz has been a favorite among the European aristocracy. Kate Middleton regularly wears a pair of blue topaz and diamond earrings for social occasions, and celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez have all worn blue topaz on the red carpet. London Blue Topaz is one of the richest and beautifully unique shades of blue, and this is the shade of blue topaz Brilliant Earth uses for its fine jewelry.

Topaz Jewelry Cleaning and Care Tips

Like all crystals, topaz can be brittle and should be treated with care. However, it still ranks 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness which is right behind sapphires. When cleaning topaz, avoid ultrasonic or steam cleaning. Instead, use hand-warm water and a bit of soap, and wash your topaz very gently with a cloth or a soft toothbrush, patting it dry afterwards.

December Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstone jewelry is a beautiful and sentimental gift that your friend, partner, or family member will treasure for years to come. See some of our favorite blue topaz birthstone jewelry to gift below!

Floating Solitaire London Blue Topaz Pendant

A beautiful London blue topaz is set in this elegant pendant style that glides smoothly along a lustrous cable chain.

London Blue Topaz Stud Earrings

Fashion forward with classic sophistication, these striking London Blue Topaz stones are set in comfortable basket settings.

Maris London Blue Topaz and Aquamarine Bracelet

Stunning oval-shaped London blue topaz gemstones and round aquamarines float along the wrist in this delicate and beautiful bracelet.

Mazarine London Blue Topaz and Aquamarine Earrings

Sparkling in hues of luscious blue, these elegant earrings feature glistening cushion-cut London blue topazes atop breathtaking emerald-cut aquamarines for a chic and stylish look.

Teardrop London Blue Topaz Bracelet

A beautiful bezel-set pear-shaped London blue topaz rests on a lustrous chain in this unique bracelet. Modern and elegant, this design is perfect for effortless everyday wear and features a sizing station at 6′ for individual comfort.

Teardrop London Blue Topaz Earrings

A pear-shaped London Blue topaz rests within a bezel setting, an open back allows maximum light to reach the gem, and a classic French wire setting adds movement to these perfect everyday earrings.

Hex London Blue Topaz Stud Earrings

Gleaming London Blue Topaz gems are set in a hexagonal-shaped frame in these studs that are perfect for elevated everyday wear.

Delmar Hue Ring

This unique ring showcases a stunning line of sapphire, London blue topaz, swiss blue topaz, and white topaz that emit a radiant aura of light.

Petite Signet Cerulean Ring

Glistening sapphires, aquamarines, and London Blue topazes are channel-set in this elegant and timeless blue-hued signet ring.

Azule Earrings

A shining gemstone cluster of aquamarine, London blue topaz, and a diamond gather together for a chic statement perfect for any occasion.

Melanie Earrings

A glittering cluster comprised of a sapphire, aquamarine, and London Blue topaz, stem from a shining diamond to complete the perfect playful and everyday look.

Siren Huggie Earrings

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

Hydrangea Cuff Bracelet

A glittering cluster comprised of a sapphire, aquamarine, London blue topaz, and a shining diamond gathers together for a truly unique look in this cuff that is the perfect playful and colorful everyday piece.

Coastal Ombre Ring

Shimmering diamonds, sapphires, aquamarines, lab alexandrites, london blue topazes, and sunstones create an eye-catching ombre effect that wraps half of the way around this chic, whimsical ring.

Marina Diamond Ring

This unique ring showcases a stunning cluster of sapphire, London blue topaz, aquamarine, and diamond gemstones that emit a radiant aura of light.

Rae London Blue Topaz Ring

A single London Blue topaz rests within a band of precious metal in this sleek and elegant ring.

Joelle London Blue Topaz Ring

Floating shared prong marquise London Blue topazes shimmer from the top half of this delicate and dazzling band for a spectacular look.

Marseille London Blue Topaz Ring

Floating shared prong London Blue topazes shimmer from the top half of this delicate and luminous band for a spectacular look.

Soiree London Blue Topaz Huggie Earrings

Perfectly sophisticated yet effortlessly cool, these huggie hoop earrings feature glistening London Blue topazes pavé-set in a stunningly chic teal-blue row.

Sunflower London Blue Topaz Earrings

Petals of London blue topaz gemstones dazzle within a hoop of lustrous silver in this enchanting nature-inspired look.

Final Thoughts

If you’re a December baby, what do you think of your birthstones—do you have a favorite?  Do you own any birthstone jewelry?  Let us know your thoughts on  FacebookInstagram, or Twitter or in the comments section!

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The Best Jewelry Picks for Scorpios

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 18:45

We are celebrating Scorpio season!  

Those born between October 23rd and November 22nd belong to the passionate water sign, Scorpio. Known as natural trailblazers, independent thinkers, extremely passionate and keenly perceptive, this water sign knows what it wants – and is sure to go after it. Read on to discover the best jewelry gifts for a Scorpio and learn more about one of the most misunderstood signs in the zodiac!  

What is the Zodiac sign for Scorpio? 

This intense water sign is the eighth sign in the zodiac and is represented by the scorpion. Although they do not like to show it, Scorpios are tender-hearted and may occasionally last out to protect themselves. Much like a scorpion, this sign has a tough outer shell but once you get past, Scorpios are loyal, deeply loving, and intensely passionate.  

What stone is associated with Scorpio?  

The two birthstones that belong to Scorpio are topaz and citrine – the gemstones associated with integrity, love, passion, and purpose. Both topaz and citrine come in a wide array of colors ranging from shades of yellow, blue, red, green, brown, purple, and pink. 

What is Scorpio’s color?  

Black is the power color associated with Scorpio Zodiac. While Western culture may associate the color black with some negative or dark connotations, for much of history, black has been associated with strength, influence, sophistication, and power. Black is also a fitting color for one of the most mysterious signs in the zodiac.  

What are the personality traits of a Scorpio? 

Intensely passionate, undoubtedly forthright, and often the first to set a new trend, Scorpios are commonly mistaken for a fire sign. One of their best attributes is a Scorpio’s deep sense of self, which allows them to know exactly what they want and go after it. While other signs may spend time beating around the bush, you can always count on a Scorpio to be direct and face any conflict head on. Their intense nature may seem intimidating to some at first, but under the surface in an extremely soft heart that shows unparalleled empathy, warmth, and commitment to their friends and partners.  

Scorpios passionately pursue their goals, leading them to be some of the most loyal partners and enthusiastic of friends. They do not get intimidated easily and will always persevere any challenge that comes their way, whether in love or in life. Indicative of the scorpion, this water sign often has a hard protective shell at first, but when they decide to put their hearts on display, there is nothing that can stop them from achieving their goals!  

What type of jewelry is best for Scorpios?  

Scorpios’ sophistication often gravitates them towards classic jewelry pieces with a bit of edge. Scorpios tend to surround themselves with others that reflect their passion, sophistication, and forthright nature – which can be seen in their refined jewelry taste. We also recommend gifting a Scorpio a beautiful piece of November birthstone jewelry.  

 Scorpio Necklaces and Jewelry Gift Ideas  

Read on to discover some of our favorite jewelry gift ideas for the Scorpio Zodiac in your life!  

Scorpio Diamond Pendant  

A scorpion embossed on a gold disc adorned with three starlike diamond accents empowers this medallion and its wearer with the characteristics of the Zodiac water sign Scorpio: magnetism, passion, mysteriousness. An impression in the symbolic shape of the Scorpio sign is carved into the textured second side while a single flush set diamond shines through from the front to the back, adding versatility to this powerful design. 

Scorpio Constellation Diamond Pendant 

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

Siren Huggie Earrings 

These glamorous huggie hoop earrings feature a row of dazzling prong-set diamonds, freshwater cultured pearls, London Blue topazes, and aquamarines set in lustrous gold.  

Diamond Tennis Bracelet  

What better gift to celebrate the sophistication of a Scorpio than a diamond tennis bracelet? This eye-catching tennis bracelet embellishes the wrist with 2 carats of shimmering diamonds individually set in lustrous white gold links. 

Astra Diamond Ring 

This exquisite ring embodies the spontaneity of love with a constellation of periodically placed diamond accents on a lustrous precious metal band. Style this ring on its own or curate your own ring stack.  

Citrine Twist Pendant 

Celebrate the Scorpio in your life with the gift of November birthstone jewelry. This spectacular pendant features a lustrous citrine centered in a delightfully sculptural twist. Discover our full selection of citrine gemstone jewelry.  

Marigold Hue Ring 

This whimsical ring shimmers with citrines and sapphires in lustrous precious metal. Discover our full selection of dazzling November birthstone jewelry.  

Pear Lab Created Diamond Halo Pendant 

This classic pendant features a glistening pear-shaped lab created diamond as its center stone and a dazzling lab created diamond halo that wraps the center gem in an aura of light. 

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet 

Both classic and elegant, this bracelet features a lustrous Akoya cultured pearl held on a delicate cable chain. 

Padma Ring 

Inspired by the aesthetic and symbolic beauty of the lotus petal, this chic ring wraps the finger in lustrous light for an edgy, statement worthy look. 

Final Thoughts 

Which look is your favorite for Scorpios? Let us know your favorite styles in the comments below or on our FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

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The Best Jewelry Picks for Scorpios

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 15:33

We are celebrating Scorpio season!  

Those born between October 23rd and November 22nd belong to the passionate water sign, Scorpio. Known as natural trailblazers, independent thinkers, extremely passionate and keenly perceptive, this water sign knows what it wants – and is sure to go after it. Read on to discover the best jewelry gifts for a Scorpio and learn more about one of the most misunderstood signs in the zodiac!  

What is the Zodiac sign for Scorpio? 

This intense water sign is the eighth sign in the zodiac and is represented by the scorpion. Although they do not like to show it, Scorpios are tender-hearted and may occasionally last out to protect themselves. Much like a scorpion, this sign has a tough outer shell but once you get past, Scorpios are loyal, deeply loving, and intensely passionate.  

What stone is associated with Scorpio?  

The two birthstones that belong to Scorpio are topaz and citrine – the gemstones associated with integrity, love, passion, and purpose. Both topaz and citrine come in a wide array of colors ranging from shades of yellow, blue, red, green, brown, purple, and pink. 

What is Scorpio’s color?  

Black is the power color associated with Scorpio Zodiac. While Western culture may associate the color black with some negative or dark connotations, for much of history, black has been associated with strength, influence, sophistication, and power. Black is also a fitting color for one of the most mysterious signs in the zodiac.  

What are the personality traits of a Scorpio? 

Intensely passionate, undoubtedly forthright, and often the first to set a new trend, Scorpios are commonly mistaken for a fire sign. One of their best attributes is Scorpio’s deep sense of self, which allows them to know exactly what they want and go after it. While other signs may spend time beating around the bush, you can always count on a Scorpio to be direct and face any conflict head on. Their intense nature may seem intimidating to some at first, but under the surface in an extremely soft heart that shows unparalleled empathy, warmth, and commitment to their friends and partners.  

Scorpios passionately pursue their goals, leading them to be some of the most loyal partners and enthusiastic of friends. They do not get intimidated easily and will always persevere any challenge that comes their way, whether in love or in life. Indicative of the scorpion, this water sign often has a hard protective shell at first, but when they decide to put their hearts on display, there is nothing that can stop them from achieving their goals!  

What type of jewelry is best for Scorpios?  

Scorpios’ sophistication often gravitates them towards classic jewelry pieces with a bit of edge. Scorpios tend to surround themselves with others that reflect their passion, sophistication, and forthright nature – which can be seen in their refined jewelry taste. We also recommend gifting a Scorpio a beautiful piece of November birthstone jewelry.   

Scorpio Necklaces and Jewelry Gift Ideas  

Read on to discover some of our favorite jewelry gift ideas for the Scorpio Zodiac in your life!  

Scorpio Diamond Pendant  

A scorpion embossed on a gold disc adorned with three starlike diamond accents empowers this medallion and its wearer with the characteristics of the Zodiac water sign Scorpio: magnetism, passion, mysteriousness. An impression in the symbolic shape of the Scorpio sign is carved into the textured second side while a single flush set diamond shines through from the front to the back, adding versatility to this powerful design. 

Scorpio Constellation Diamond Pendant 

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

Siren Huggie Earrings 

These glamorous huggie hoop earrings feature a row of dazzling prong-set diamonds, freshwater cultured pearls, London Blue topazes, and aquamarines set in lustrous gold.  

Diamond Tennis Bracelet  

What better gift to celebrate the sophistication of a Scorpio than a diamond tennis bracelet? This eye-catching tennis bracelet embellishes the wrist with 2 carats of shimmering diamonds individually set in lustrous white gold links. 

Astra Diamond Ring 

This exquisite ring embodies the spontaneity of love with a constellation of periodically placed diamond accents on a lustrous precious metal band. Style this ring on its own or curate your own ring stack.  

Citrine Twist Pendant 

Celebrate the Scorpio in your life with the gift of November birthstone jewelry. This spectacular pendant features a lustrous citrine centered in a delightfully sculptural twist. Discover our full selection of citrine gemstone jewelry.  

Marigold Hue Ring 

This whimsical ring shimmers with citrines and sapphires in lustrous precious metal. Discover our full selection of dazzling November birthstone jewelry.  

Pear Lab Created Diamond Halo Pendant 

This classic pendant features a glistening pear-shaped lab created diamond as its center stone and a dazzling lab created diamond halo that wraps the center gem in an aura of light. 

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet 

Both classic and elegant, this bracelet features a lustrous Akoya cultured pearl held on a delicate cable chain. 

Padma Ring 

Inspired by the aesthetic and symbolic beauty of the lotus petal, this chic ring wraps the finger in lustrous light for an edgy, statement worthy look. 

Final Thoughts 

Which look is your favorite for Scorpios? Let us know your favorite styles in the comments below or on our FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

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White Sapphire Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 02:06

When thinking of sapphires, royal blue gemstones typically come to mind, but have you heard of white sapphires?

What Is A White Sapphire?

Mined from the earth, sapphires are a type of aluminum oxide. While the best-known color for sapphires is a rich blue, slight differences in the chemical properties of the stone’s composition cause variations in the color, resulting in the icy white color of some stones.

Are White Sapphires Good for Engagement Rings?

Yes! While not as brilliant as diamonds, white sapphires are prized for their bright, white glow and durability. Because of their beauty and strength, white sapphires are suitable for everyday wear in jewelry like engagement rings or wedding bands. Whatever the ring style, white sapphires make for a stunning choice.

Do White Sapphires Turn Cloudy?

Over time, any gemstone will collect residue from things like makeup, lotion, household cleaners, and daily exposure to the elements. Because of their colorlessness, white gems like white sapphires tend to get cloudy faster than colored gems. However, regular at-home cleaning is an easy and quick solution to combat a cloudy appearance. You can clean sapphires with warm soapy water and a soft cloth or toothbrush.

Are White Sapphires Like Diamonds?

With a similar look to that of diamonds, a white sapphire ring can offer a beautiful, more affordable alternative to the traditional engagement ring center stone. However, there are distinct differences in the durability, brilliance, and appearance of the two gems.

Will People Be Able to Tell That My Engagement Ring is a White Sapphire and Not a Diamond?

White sapphires and diamonds have slight visual differences, and people may be able to tell that your sapphire is not a diamond when looking at it. However, if you love the idea of a white sapphire, don’t let that deter you! Both gems have their own unique beauty.

White Sapphire vs. Diamond Appearance

One of the biggest differentiators between white sapphires and other white gems like diamonds and moissanites is its unique brilliance. White sapphires will have a very silvery gray glow to them, as opposed to the fierier rainbow flashes seen in diamonds and moissanites.

Durability

Both sapphires and diamonds are hard gemstones and are suitable for jewelry that will receive everyday wear, including engagement rings. Because of this, both gems will have crisp and clean faceting since the stones are hard enough to be cut precisely. Diamonds are the hardest gemstone with a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, and sapphires are right behind them with a 9 on the Mohs Scale. Both gems will be durable and resistant to chipping, cracks, and cleavage.

Brilliance

White sapphires have a more silvery/white-gray sparkle while diamonds will reflect a mix of white and rainbow brilliance. This is because white sapphires reflect less light than diamonds do, but also because their light refraction highly favors white light over colored light or “fire.” Diamonds have a high refractive index and dispersion – meaning they are optimal for refracting and reflecting light for maximum sparkle. Sapphires have a lower refractive index than diamonds, meaning that it is tougher for light to sparkle through things like dirt and residue on a sapphire.

Price

If you are looking to purchase a large center gem for a ring within a budget, a white sapphire might be the right choice for you. White sapphires are typically significantly more affordable than diamonds of comparable size and quality. If you like the silvery look of a white sapphire and want a large center gem for your ring, choosing a white sapphire vs. a diamond could potentially save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars.

Pros of White Sapphire Engagement Rings
  1. White sapphires are a great value and will allow you to get a large, show-stopping gem for a reasonable price.
  2. White sapphires are a unique choice for someone who wants a white gemstone but is interested in a non-diamond option. Sapphires are a beautiful and valuable alternative to diamonds.
  3. Sapphires are sturdy and durable gems that can last a lifetime and are heirlooms in the making.
Cons of White Sapphire Engagement Rings
  1. White sapphires are not as brilliant or sparkling as diamonds.
  2. Because of their low refractive index and colorlessness, white sapphires do require frequent cleaning and regular upkeep.
  3. If the look you are truly wanting is that of a diamond, a white sapphire will not be a perfect match or “dupe.”
Our Top 10 Favorite White Sapphire Engagement Rings 1. Waverly Diamond Ring

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

2. Demi Diamond Ring

Diamond accents, like the pavé diamond band on this dazzling modern ring, help bring the diamond sparkle and highlight a white sapphire center gem. This elegant engagement ring also features a glittering hidden halo of diamonds that wraps around the center gem.

3. Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit Ring

When highlighting a show-stopping gemstone, you can’t go wrong with a classic solitaire design. Petite and delicate, this classic four-prong setting has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

4. Selene Diamond Ring

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

5. Nadia Diamond Ring

This elegant ring features a dazzling cluster of round and marquise-shaped diamonds that rest upon the shoulders of the gently tapered band. The center white sapphire is held by four claw prongs as it sits upon a slightly open gallery.

6. Versailles Diamond Ring

Alternating round and marquise diamonds create an alluring pattern in this chic and distinctive engagement ring.

7. 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.

8. Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

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

9. Luxe Sienna Halo 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.

10. Secret Garden Diamond Ring

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

Final Thoughts

Which of these white sapphire engagement rings do you like the most? Share your favorites with us on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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The History and Traditions of Irish Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/21/2021 - 15:00

 

You don’t have to be from the Emerald Isle to love Irish engagement rings. These beautiful, detailed rings are overflowing with history and symbolism, making them highly sought after for their enchanting appeal.

Irish engagement rings encompass a wide array of designs, from the knots and braids of the ancient Celts to the more recent style of Claddagh rings. If you are looking for a ring that symbolizes enduring love, these Irish rings are the perfect choice.

There are two main styles of Irish engagement rings. The first is the ever popular Claddagh ring. This ring can be worn four different ways throughout a lifetime, and they make beautiful family heirlooms. The second style features mesmerizing Celtic knots. These knots are looping and infinite, representing an endless path or never-ending love. These styles are beloved as engagement rings because of their romantic symbolism and charming designs.

Claddagh Engagement Rings

Though rings with Claddagh-type elements have reportedly been in existence for thousands of years, the traditional Claddagh ring was rumored to be created in 1700 by a young Irish man by the name of Richard Joyce. Joyce supposedly learned his trade of crafting fine jewelry overseas, but returned home to Ireland to marry his sweetheart and set up a jewelry shop selling the first Claddagh rings.

There are quite a few legends such as this, so jewelry experts continue to disagree on the Claddagh ring’s true origin. For the foreseeable future it will remain shrouded in mystery, making Claddagh rings even more desirable.

Claddagh rings follow a simple style guide. At the top of the band, two hands clasp a heart, and on top of that heart is a crown. Once again, what these three images symbolize is not official, but this ambiguity allows you and your partner to create your own meaning.

Claddagh Ring Styles

Simple Claddagh rings are made of precious metal and commonly include milgrain detailing around the crown. Both men and women opt to wear Claddagh rings, though the style is most popular among women.  If you want a bit of sparkle added to the ring, you can incorporate diamonds and gemstones in a variety of ways. Turn your Claddagh into an elegant solitaire diamond ring by replacing the heart with a round or heart shaped diamond or colored gemstone.

How to Wear a Claddagh Ring

Those who understand how Claddagh rings work will glance at your finger and make assumptions based on how you are wearing your ring. There are four options: single, in a relationship, engaged, and married. There’s no “it’s complicated” option, so you’ll have to leave that for Facebook! As can be expected, wearing the ring on your right hand indicates that you are either single or in a relationship. If the crown is pointing toward you, it means you are single. If it is pointing away from you, it means you are in a relationship. When the ring is worn on the left hand, the crown pointing toward you means that you are engaged, and away from you means that you are married.

If you are going to give or receive a Claddagh engagement ring, make sure that you are in the know!

Celtic Knot Engagement Rings

Used primarily as decoration by the ancient Celts in Insular Art (the art produced in the British Isles in the centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire), these endless knots were typically used as adornments in Christian books and statues, such as the Book of Kells. These symbols have come to represent the nation of Ireland, and they have made their way into the hearts (and onto the rings) of millions worldwide.

Simple Celtic Knots

A beloved Celtic knot called the trinity knot is a simple looping pattern that comes to three points and forms a triangular shape in the middle. Those three points have been said to represent a variety of things, such as earth, air, and water; life, death, and rebirth; and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Like the Claddagh ring, you can allow the three points to stand for whatever forces are most meaningful to you. For your engagement, they could possibly represent the past, present, and future of your relationship.

Braided Celtic Knots

Beautiful and complex, braided knots are perfect for the shank (the band) of the ring. They take the traditional eternity ring—a ring with a design that continues around the ring’s entire circumference—and take it to the next level by making the design itself represent infinity. If you choose a strand from the braid and follow it around the ring, you will never encounter an end.

 

The History and Tradition of Celtic Knots

The Celtic knot symbolizes the union of two people in love. It’s believed that people used the knot as decoration on wedding bands in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales during the 17th century. The design became popular by Queen Victoria when she had her wedding rings engraved with intertwined knots.

Types of Celtic Knot

There are many types of Celtic knots, including single interwoven lines and three-dimensional forms. The most widely known today has no beginning or end; it’s repeated in both directions until the ends meet. A Celtic knot is known as a “love knot,” and it symbolizes eternal love — two forever intertwined together, no matter what happens in life.

Cultures that Embrace the Celtic Knot

The Celtic knot is common today in many cultures, such as India, which signifies the connection between male and female deities. In Africa, it represents unity and balance between man and woman. People also refer to Celtic Knots as trinity knots, a common symbol of Christians and pagan heritage.

Custom Irish Engagement Rings

If you have a unique vision of your perfect Irish engagement ring, you may want to work with a custom jewelry design expert to bring that vision to life! For Claddagh rings, a popular option is adding a heart shaped diamond or colored gemstone to the center. You can line the entire ring with diamonds, or put very small ones in the crown. A beautiful option would be to create a pave heart, the small diamonds creating a solid expanse of sparkle. Many pay homage to Ireland by including stunning green emeralds in the ring, representing the island’s beautiful green pastures.
If you prefer Celtic knots, try drawing your own knot that we can wrap around the band or highlight at the top. This is a great way to express your creativity! Brilliant Earth’s custom design experts will be happy to make your dreams a reality.

Alongside the shamrock and the harp, Celtic knots and Claddagh rings have become representative of Ireland. If you are looking for a way to express fidelity and eternal love, Irish engagement rings are the way to go!

Final Thoughts

Do you love Irish engagement rings? Tell us why on InstagramFacebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

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5 Sparkling Rings Like Kourtney Kardashian’s Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 23:40

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Congratulations to Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker on their engagement!

Kourtney’s stunning ring features a large oval diamond that our team estimates to be a 10 to 12-carat elongated oval diamond, and is potentially worth $1 million! Based on videos posted to her sister Kim Kardashian‘s social media, the ring setting appears to be a solitaire on a diamond accented band in white gold or platinum.

Ovals are a classic shape that offer a soft feminine look that elongates the finger and, like other fancy shapes, helps extend the diamond well beyond the band. Oval diamonds have been a growing celebrity trend that we anticipate will be popular for years to come. Just in the past few years, major stars like Ariana Grande, Jasmine Tookes, and Hailey Bieber have all received brilliant oval diamonds in their engagement rings. Because of their flattering shape and unique beauty, it’s no surprise that more and more celebs are choosing oval diamonds for their rings. 

If you love the look of Kourtney’s dazzling sparkler, see some of our favorite similar oval diamond engagement ring styles below!

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 gem.

Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring

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

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.

Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

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

Poppy Diamond Ring

This eye-catching ring features a beautiful center gem lofted above a glistening diamond band. The chic, elegant design is further enhanced by an open gallery that cradles the center gemstone within six lustrous claw prongs.

Final Thoughts

Would you choose an oval diamond ring like Kourtney Kardashian’s?  Let us know on InstagramFacebook, or Twitter, or in the comments section below!

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Reservoir Celebrates Graphic Novel Series

JustLuxe - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 02:47

Reservoir commemorates the long-running Blake & Mortimer graphic novel series, by Belgian comics artist Edgar P. Jacobs, with a jumping hour watch depicting the stars of the adventure series on the dial.

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Engagement Rings vs. Wedding Rings: What’s the Difference?

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 14:47

Wedding and engagement rings symbolize love and declaration. They mark the beginning of a new phase in the life of two people in love. The message and goals aren’t far apart, but they are entirely different when you take a deeper look. Engagement rings open a new chapter in the lives of two people in love by preparing them for marriage. Wedding rings seal the decision by lovebirds to become lifelong partners. Read on to learn more about the differences between engagement rings and wedding rings.

Engagement and Wedding Bands: The Differences and History Behind Them

Rings given during marriage proposals and the marriage ceremony are unique symbols in the life of couples. You or your partner-to-be can decide to give a marriage-proposal ring at any time. These engagement rings are an ideal symbol to prepare couples for matrimonial ceremonies. Although not mandatory, engagement rings have become a staple in modern times. Historically, bands made for marriage proposals had unique stones with multiple styles of bands. The modern engagement band comes in numerous stone-band styles and depends on the wearer’s preferences.

The engaged couple often exchanges wedding bands to seal their marriage during the wedding. The wedding bands are a physical symbol to remind the couple about the vows they made to each other. As for the pre-marriage engagement rings, traditionally the recipient of the proposal wears the engagement ring. However, it is becoming increasingly popular for both partners to wear an engagement ring if they so choose! And in the case of wedding rings, both partners wear bands.

Engagement rings tend to be more costly since they feature a center stone and are sometimes custom designed. So, unlike engagement rings, wedding bands typically have no large or intricate centerpiece gemstone. In addition, wedding bands have less overall carat weight compared to engagement rings. However, some wedding bands can be complex with intricate metal details, such as diamond sets, milgrain, and paves.

Engagement Rings: What Betrothal Rings Mean

Betrothment rings are considered one of the fundamental aspects of a proper wedding announcement. Historically, betrothal rings signified that the bride’s dowry had been paid. Today, these rings are more of a romantic symbol. Partners use engagement rings to propose and promise marriage, and by accepting the ring, the recipient promises to commit themselves to the relationship.

Traditionally, the common belief was that the ring finger connected directly to the heart. And a betrothment band’s circular shape indicated that the relationship will be bound to eternal love, infinity, and faithfulness. So as an indicator of perpetual connection and immeasurable love, the engagement band was made to connect the two and prove that they will soon be married.

Wedding Rings: Meaning of the Marriage Ring

The wedding band symbolizes and publicly professes marriage. The ring signifies love, fidelity, and that the two have devoted their lives to love each other. The vows given before partners exchange rings are virtually the same in all cultures and traditions worldwide. As the couple promises to stick by each other for the remaining part of their life, the circular shapes of the bands indicate eternal love for one another.

Is It Necessary to Have Both Rings?

No, this depends on preference. If you or your partner love simplicity, then you might find it unnecessary to buy and wear an engagement ring. You and your partner can decide to throw a ring-less engagement party or not hold an engagement party at all. You can also opt for twin rings, where one of you wears the engagement ring before the marriage while the other wears the ring once you have completed the wedding ceremony.

Should You Wear a Proposal or Marital Ring First?

When it comes to the order in which the two rings should be worn, it’s also subject to personal preference. Traditionally, it is said that the wedding band should be worn closest to the heart. So, most people put their wedding band on first and then their engagement ring. That’s the standard ring etiquette, but it’s not mandatory to stick by this well-known method of organizing your rings. There is no rule that dictates how you or your spouse should wear their rings.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, your engagement ring and wedding band boils down to you and your spouse’s happiness. How and what you choose to wear is completely up to you! Interested in learning more about our bridal sets? Our jewelry specialists would be happy to help! You can reach them through the live chat on our site. Share your engagement and wedding rings with us on our Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

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15 Fun Facts About Diamonds

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/14/2021 - 18:30

While there are a lot of things to consider when selecting the right diamond for your engagement ring such as the 4 Cs, diamond shape, and sticking to your budget, have you ever wondered about the meaning and origin behind the diamond?   

The most prized precious stone on Earth, this alluring gemstone has been coveted for centuries and steeped in myth for its breathtaking brilliance and symbolic meaning. To help you learn more about this rich history of the diamond, we have gathered up some of our favorite fascinating facts and bits of lore surrounding this truly unique gemstone.   

Where do diamonds come from?  

Diamonds are the hardest natural stone on earth that are formed naturally from extreme temperatures and pressure beneath the Earth’s crust. Rough diamonds are brought to the Earth’s surface through volcanic activity. Natural diamonds are sourced from all around the world with the majority of supply coming from South Africa, Russia, and Canada.  

Brilliant Earth goes above and beyond the current industry standards to offer Beyond Conflict Free Diamonds with a listed origin of Canada, Botswana Sort, or Russia. Our select group of diamond suppliers demonstrate a robust chain of custody protocol for their diamonds and have the ability to track and segregate diamonds by origin. We also offer lab created and recycled diamonds, both of which require no new mining. 

Learn more about Brilliant Earth’s responsible sourcing here

What is a diamond known for?  

Diamonds are known for their extreme hardness, unmatched brilliance, and rich sentimental value. They are made of nearly 100% carbon atoms and are so durable that the only other mineral that can scratch a diamond’s surface is another diamond.  

Why is a diamond so precious?  

Diamonds are nearly as old as the Earth and are increasing in rarity as they take billions of years to form. The formation starts in the depths of the Earth and very few of these carbon crystals actually make it to the Earth’s surface where they are then mined. 

 Interesting Diamond Facts  

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 nearly as old as the earth and take billions of years to form deep in the pit of the earth. Very few diamonds survive the trip from the depths of the earth to the crust where they can be mined. No two diamonds are the same and carry their own unique properties such as internal inclusions and color.  

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 are nearly 100% carbon. Under the extreme 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. Which makes sense because… 

6. Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on earth ranking a 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The only thing that can scratch a diamond’s surface is another diamond. 

7. Diamonds have been valued and coveted for thousands of years by the likes of royalty and mythical beings. 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. Brilliant Earth goes above and beyond the current industry standards to offer Beyond Conflict Free Diamonds. 

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 diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. They are sustainable diamonds that have minimal environmental impact and require no new mining. Lab diamonds are created in a lab using advanced technologies that simulate the formation of a natural diamond beneath the earth’s crust. Discover Brilliant Earth’s collection of lab 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 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 are mined. At Brilliant Earth we believe diamonds shine brighter when they are sourced in an ethical, environmentally friendly way. We go above and beyond the current industry standards to offer Beyond Conflict Free Diamonds that have been selected for their ethical and environmentally responsible origins. Learn more about the issues surrounding diamond mining, and what we are doing to bring about change. 

Final Thoughts 

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

 

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A Bulgari Necklace With a Jazz Age Flair

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 10/13/2021 - 13:00
This shape-shifting sautoir, which can also be worn as a brooch, pendant or choker, features a shimmering jewel-encrusted tassel.
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Waldan Adds Pastel Dials

JustLuxe - Wed, 10/13/2021 - 02:28

American-based Waldan has added a trio of eye-catching pastel-dialed models to its Heritage Professional series of dressy, 40mm quartz-powered steel watches.

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Jewelry that Gives Back: The Who, What, When, and Where

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/12/2021 - 02:49

We believe in creating jewelry you can feel good about wearing, without ever compromising between quality and conscience. Doing better by people and the planet is at the center of all that we do. Several of our exclusive jewelry collections and pieces provide an opportunity to gift a piece that gives back by supporting causes that contribute to efforts such as responsible sourcing, community empowerment, and environmental protection.  

Who  

Caring about the planet and its people is part of who we are. That’s why we created the Brilliant Earth Foundation, to help build a brighter future in mining communities and in the communities in which we operate. We contribute to programs that are dedicated to improving social and environmental practices, including Feeding America, the Rainforest Alliance, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. We support initiatives for education & vocational training, fair mining practices, protecting children from child labor, and restoring land that has been destroyed by unregulated mining.  

What  

Discover our favorite jewelry gifts that give back to support causes we care about. 

Gold for Good 

These pieces from our Limited Edition Fairmined Collection contribute to the socioeconomic development and environmental protection of artisanal and small-scale mining communities. 

Fairmined Tierra Diamond Pendant 

A line of diamonds flows across the surface of this lustrous pendant while an engraved Fairmined stamp on the opposite side signifies its responsible origins. 

Fairmined Tierra Diamond Hoop Earrings 

 

A line of diamonds flows across the surface of these lustrous earrings while an engraved Fairmined stamp on the opposite side signifies its responsible origins. 

Fairmined Chain 

Classic and lustrous, this chain is engraved with a Fairmined stamp, signifying the gold’s ethically sourced origin. Pair with pendants, in a stack, or on its own for a chic, sophisticated look.  

Fairmined Oro Earrings 

These chic earrings make a sophisticated statement of simplicity while an engraved Fairmined stamp on the opposite side signifies its responsible origins.  

Simone I. Smith 

By donating to the NAACP LDF, we support their mission to seek structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice through litigation, advocacy and public education. 

Simone I. Smith Honeycomb Hoop Earrings 

Chic and striking, these honeycomb-inspired earrings feature gleaming hoops of lustrous precious metal in a breathtaking design.  

Simone I. Smith Textured Hoop Earrings 

Breathtakingly textural, these earrings feature lustrous hoops of precious metal in an alternating accent design.  

Diamonds that Care 

Exclusive to Brilliant Earth, Diamonds that Care pieces support hunger relief by donating to groups like Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. 

Grace Light Brown Diamond Strand Necklace  

Bezel-set earth-tone diamonds are evenly spaced along a delicate chain in this classic and elegant necklace.  

Inner Compass Light Brown Diamond Pendant 

Follow your heart with this unique, compass-inspired pendant with earth-tone diamond accents creating sparkle from every direction.  

Audra Light Brown Diamond Earrings 

Chic paperclip-shaped designs dangle from a row of earth-tone fancy diamonds for an effortless and edgy look.  

Evening Star Light Brown Diamond Pendant 

Emanating harmony, charity, and goodness, three gleaming earth-tone diamonds represent the connection of the Sun to the planets set in a satin finish disc of rose gold.  

When  

When do these collections end? They don’t. This is an ongoing initiative of Brilliant Earth, and we will continue adding more pieces and expanding our efforts in giving back.   

Where  

Read on to learn more about our fine jewelry pieces and collections that give back to specific organizations and causes. 

Gold for Good 

With unique silhouettes, intricate diamond designs, and crafted with only ethically minded gold, each purchase from this collection helps transform mining into an active force for good. The Fairmined collection supports creating a positive environmental legacy and wellbeing in the mining community by providing safe and stable jobs for miners, guaranteeing fair wages, protection over gender equality and child labor, ensuring operations with low environmental impacts, and protecting water supplies.   

Diamonds that Care 

Exclusive to Brilliant Earth, this jewelry collection features modern and elegant designs that are mindfully and ethically sourced with brown diamonds. Each purchase from this collection supports hunger relief by donating to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund.  

Simone I. Smith 

This collection supports social change by donating to groups like the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice. 

Rainforest Necklace 

In support of raising awareness around climate change and the destruction of the rainforest, this handcrafted pendant was designed in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance and is inspired by the iconic curves of the Amazon River. A lustrous silver forest and a shimmering diamond accented river are mirrored by empty space, representing the undetermined future that we have the power to change. By donating to the Rainforest Alliance, we support their mission to create a more sustainable world in the Amazon and beyond. 

Solidarity Necklace 

Strength in unity, resiliency, and hope define the Solidarity diamond pendant that hangs elegantly from a lustrous cable chain. By donating to Feeding America’s COVID Relief Fund, we support hunger relief. In charity, sickness, and in health, we are better together—even from a distance. 

Final Thoughts  

Which gift that gives back would you choose? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!  

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