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Gaia Repossi’s Japanese Bud Vases, Illustrated

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 15:12
The jewelry designer first went to Japan as a teenager and became enamored; now, Eastern design has suffused her home in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris.
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9 Unique Custom Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:22

The Brilliant Earth custom design team loves to help couples bring their unique vision to life. With all of their friends getting engaged at once, some people want to have a ring that nobody else has.

Others have an idea of their ideal ring design in their heads and need help creating it. Still others have seen a ring that they like sold elsewhere but want us to make a similar style using ethically sourced gemstones and recycled precious metals. Whatever the reason a couple goes custom, an absolutely breathtaking, utterly unique ring is always the outcome. Here are some gorgeous custom engagement rings we’ve created for Brilliant Earth couples:

Sweeping Three Stone Sapphire and Diamond Ring

The Sweeping Three Stone Sapphire and Diamond Engagment Ring features a brilliant center diamond accented by two deep blue sapphires. Set in a sweeping yellow tone metal, this ring is unique and elegant.

Vintage-Inspired Woven Circle Diamond Ring

The Vintage Inspired Woven Circle Diamond Ring has an intricate web of delicate filigree encircled by colored stones. A stunning bezel set center diamond completes the romantic look.

Geometric Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

In the Geometric Emerald Cut Diamond Ring, a dazzling bezel-set emerald cut diamond is set within a delicate band of diamond geometric shapes. Each shape features a pave set stone.

Aquamarine and Diamond Baguette Ring

A dazzling emerald cut aquamarine center us accented by four baguette cut diamond accents on each shoulder in the Aquamarine and Diamond Baguette Ring. The delicate tapered band adds allure to this beautiful piece.

Citrine and Pavé Diamond Ring with Garnet and Peridot Accents

The Citrine and Pavé Diamond Ring with Garnet and Peridot Accents is a one-of-a-kind engagement ring with a citrine in a compass point setting. The uniquely designed band features a row of pavé set diamonds with a single garnet at the end.

Vintage Style Cluster Halo Diamond Ring

Inspired by romantic vintage style, the Vintage Style Cluster Halo Diamond Ring is truly a statement piece. A cluster halo of brilliant accent diamonds encircles a stunning center white diamond.

Modern Diamond Three Stone Ring

The sleek and classic Modern Diamond Three Stone Ring features two blue stones and one center diamond prong set within sweeping ribbons of smooth metal.

Compass Point Princess Diamond Ring

The Compass Point Princess Diamond Ring is set in a compass point orientations, while the body of the ring features delicate channel set princess cut stones. Ribbons of metal meet at the compass points of the diamond center stone creating a balanced piece.

Double Milgrain Bezel Halo Diamond Ring

A diamond lover’s dream, the Double Milgrain Bezel Halo Diamond Ring features a double halo of bezel-set diamonds encircling a round emerald. Milgrain surrounds each gem for an exquisite vintage-inspired look.

Final Thoughts

Do you love custom rings? Which of these designs is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section! Read our Unique Engagement Ring Guide for more inspiration!

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Jewelry That Boogies When You Do

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 04:09
An international gem dealer on the two-year-old mine, the strength of the Colombian market and the color green.
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7 Engagement Rings that are Works of Art

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 23:23

 

Creativity and artistic inspiration are necessary elements in designing breathtaking pieces of jewelry.

Brilliant Earth’s engagement ring designs are hand-drawn in our San Francisco studio before being brought to life by our master jewelers, and our vintage collection has been hand-curated for exceptional quality and originality. At Brilliant Earth, we believe that jewelry design is not just artistry, but also architecture and engineering played out on minute scale.  The resulting rings are eye-catching masterpieces.

These 7 engagement rings reflect the spirit and vision of their designers, and are true works of art worthy of your once-in-a-lifetime celebration!

Ava Diamond Ring

Inspired by the delicate plumage of feathers, this spectacular ring is lavishly layered with pear, marquise, and round diamonds.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

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

Reina Diamond Ring

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

Luxe Willow Diamond Ring

This beautiful ring features delicate vines adorned with sparkling round diamonds and marquise diamond buds that reach for the center gem. The perfect combination of natural elegance and breathtaking sparkle, this engagement ring will delight nature lovers everywhere.

Valencia Diamond Ring

Micro-pavé diamonds shimmer from every angle of this petite domed engagement ring, which features a diamond adorned gallery and graceful claw prongs that embrace the center gem.

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

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

Fortuna Diamond Ring

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

Final Thoughts

Which stunning engagement ring is your favorite? Do you think these rings are works of art? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

 

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James Avery, Creator of a Southern Jewelry Empire, Dies at 96

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

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

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

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

Emerald History

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

Emerald Lore

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

Emeralds 101

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

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

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

Emeralds’ Famous Fans

 

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

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

Caring for Emeralds

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

Ethical Emeralds

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

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

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

Final Thoughts on May Birthstones

If you are a May birthday girl, are shopping for one, or just love emeralds, check out the ever-changing selection of loose emeralds in our Unique Colored Gemstone gallery. They can be set into one of our many ring settings, or can be the focal point of a custom design. Looking for something pre-set?  The Emerald Halo Diamond Earrings make a perfect gift for any occasion, and we carry stunning antique emerald rings and jewelry.

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

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5 Rings Inspired by Lea Michele’s 4 Carat Engagement Ring!

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

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM @leamichele

 

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

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

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

Waverly Diamond Ring

 

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

Odessa Diamond Ring

 

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

Joy Diamond Ring

 

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

Fortuna Diamond Ring

 

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

Vienna Diamond Ring

 

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

Final Thoughts

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

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Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

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

 

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

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

Silver Eucalyptus Diamond Pendant

 

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

North Star Pendant

 

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

Juniper Earrings

 

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

Akoya Pearl Earrings

 

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

Bouquet Pendant

 

 

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

Opal Halo Diamond Pendant

 

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

Sapphire Pavé Twist Pendant

 

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

Halo Diamond Earrings

 

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

Final Thoughts

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

 

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Men’s Engagement Rings: How to Choose

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Choose a Style

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

Popular Engagement Rings for Men

Ember Ring

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

Canyon Ring

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

5mm Matte Comfort Fit Ring

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

5.5mm Beveled Edge Matte Ring

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

Horizon Sapphire Ring

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

Avalon Eternity Diamond Ring

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

Final Thoughts

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

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Rudolf Heltzel’s Pendants Are Decades in the Making

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 04:07
The Irish jewelry designer says he sometimes keeps stones for 20 years, or even 30, before he has the right combination for a design.
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Quiz: What Should Your Signature Wedding Cocktail Be?

Brilliant Earth - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 23:49

After the bliss of getting engaged, planning the big day can seem like an insurmountable feat! Between venues, invites, food, and more — there are so many factors to consider. But ultimately, the wedding day is all about celebrating you and your spouse-to-be! With this in mind, we decided to help you plan your perfect celebration with a signature wedding cocktail generator.

Proceed through the 10 questions above to get your personalized result!

Don’t forget to share your signature cocktail with friends on Facebook or Twitter using the buttons on the results page! Even those who are not-yet-engaged or already married may want to find their own perfect couple’s drink.

How will you incorporate your signature cocktail into your wedding day? Let us know in the comments below, or share your opinion with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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