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Can You Guess Which Engagement Ring is the Most Expensive?

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 22:36

 

Buzzfeed enlisted six people in a challenge to arrange four different engagement rings from least to most expensive.

Two of the four rings were sought after Brilliant Earth styles: the Reverie Ring and the Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring. Split into teams of two, all teams were able to correctly identify the Brilliant Earth rings versus the two diamond ring dupes they were paired against. What stood out to them most was the design and craftsmanship of the rings, one person guessed, “handmade maybe?” when inspecting our Reverie Diamond Ring. When it came time to try on our Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring—affectionately named “princess sparkles”—everyone was falling in love.

Of course, when it comes to engagement rings, we are firm believers that the value of the ring doesn’t come from its price tag, but the meaning behind it. But we still loved the thrill of the guess! After learning the rings’ different price points, and being told that the two from Brilliant Earth were made from ethically sourced materials, one participant said “if you’re going to spend this much money on a ring, I think it’s just a part of your duty to make sure that it comes from a good place”. We couldn’t agree more!

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Along with creating our engagement rings from ethically sourced materials, our designers and master jewelers employ both traditional artistry and the latest production techniques to create pieces worthy of your once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.

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.

Reverie Ring

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

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.

Aria Diamond Ring

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

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.

Final Thoughts

Did you guess which rings were the most expensive? Could you tell which were made by us at Brilliant Earth? We want to know! Share with us on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below

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Pippa Middleton’s Deco-Inspired Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 19:28

 

The most buzzed about bachelorette in Britain, if not the world, is no longer eligible.

After enduring years of gossip magazines breathlessly speculating about whom she would marry, royal sister Pippa Middleton is officially engaged. Those same magazines are reporting that her fiancé, aristocratic hedge fund manager James Matthews, proposed in a traditional manner (asking her parents for permission first) and that Duchess Catherine is thrilled for her little sister.

Of course, the aspect of this story we’re interested in is the engagement ring! Although Pippa hasn’t discussed her new ring in the press, she hasn’t been shy about wearing it around London. Photos reveal her engagement ring to be a vintage-inspired halo design with a distinct Art Deco-era feel. It appears to be an asscher cut diamond in a bezel setting, surrounded by an octagonal halo of sparkling round diamonds. The jewelry experts who have weighed in on the issue say that it looks to be about 3.5 carats in size.

If you love Art Deco-style engagement rings, asscher-cut diamonds, or halo engagement rings like Pippa’s, we think you’ll adore one of these similar designs:

The Circa Ring

With a glittering diamond halo set in an octagonal frame around an asscher cut center diamond, the many diamond accents on the Circa Ring create a glamorously eye-catching look fit for a royal sister.

The Vienna Diamond Ring

Less ornate and overtly Deco-influenced than Pippa’s ring, the Vienna Diamond Ring is a sleek and more contemporary take on her vintage-inspired design.

 

The Waverly Diamond Ring

Beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds grace the halo and shank of the Waverly Diamond Ring, creating a lavishly spectacular feel that, when paired with an asscher cut center diamond, is distinctly similar to Pippa’s Deco-inspired sparkler.

 

The Enchant Halo

The Enchant Halo Ring combines unabashed glamour with lots of vintage detailing. Pavé set diamond accents sparkle from three sides of the band, the pierced filigree gallery reveals surprise diamonds, and a double claw-prong setting adds a designer touch.

Malia Diamond Ring

An intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds embraces and accentuates the center bezel-set diamond of this gorgeous ring. Diamond accents along the band and a chic open gallery add a truly dazzling effect.

Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring

In the glamorous Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring ring, French pavé set diamonds in the halo and along the band show minimal metal and maximum sparkle.

Final Thoughts

What’s your favorite thing about Pippa Middleton’s engagement ring? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments!

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3 Reasons to Choose a Lab Diamond

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 19:55

 

Lab diamonds are becoming increasingly popular for their eco-friendly characteristics and stunning sparkle.

Lab diamonds are man-made diamonds that consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Lab created diamonds are made using advanced technological processes that replicate the conditions in which diamonds develop in nature, and exhibit the same optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds. Since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they exhibit the same brilliance and sparkle.

Below are our top reasons to select a lab created diamond:

1. Ethical Sourcing

Lab created diamonds are a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. They are ethically grown with minimal environmental impact and require no mining. Although Brilliant Earth’s natural diamonds are mined according to our Beyond Conflict Free Diamond standard, lab diamonds are an especially eco-friendly choice!

2. Value

Lab diamonds usually cost about 30% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. In addition to lab diamond engagement rings, jewelry set with lab created diamonds offers great value and makes for an excellent gift!

3. Beauty

Since lab diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds, they offer the same brilliance and beauty as mined diamonds. Lab diamonds are created in high-temperature, high-pressure chambers that reproduce the conditions in the earth’s crust. The result is carbon atoms arranged in the structure of a diamond crystal and diamonds that are every bit as magical as the ones created naturally millions of years ago and mined today. In addition to sparkling white diamonds, you’ll find lab created diamonds in fancy colors that are very rare in nature.

Lab Created Diamond Jewelry

Lab created diamonds are not only sought after for engagement rings, but they are also beautiful when used in fine jewelry!

Here are some of our favorite classic lab diamond jewelry styles:

Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

 

This classic tennis bracelet features shimmering lab created diamonds individually set in lustrous white gold links, and is available in a range of sizes, from 1 to 4 carats.

Lab Created Diamond Twist Pendant

This spectacular twist pendant is crafted in luxurious gold, and features a lab created round brilliant diamond. Since no mining is necessary to produce this pendant’s center gemstones, it makes for an especially environmentally friendly choice.

Certified Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

 

A wardrobe staple, these beautifully matched pair of lab created round brilliant diamond earrings dazzle in classic white gold basket settings.

Final Thoughts

Would you choose a lab diamond? Which piece of lab diamond jewelry is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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The 8 Most Beautiful Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 23:32

 

Radiant cut diamonds’ square silhouettes and gently trimmed corners make them an exceptional choice for the centerpiece of an engagement ring.

If you are attracted to the elegant shape of an emerald cut, but want the dazzling sparkle offered by the round brilliant cut diamond, a radiant cut diamond engagement ring might be the way to go! Radiant cut diamonds are faceted, allowing them to give off maximum brilliance and fire. While the chic square shape looks amazing in nearly any setting, we think that these radiant cut engagement rings are arguably the most beautiful.

Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

The center radiant cut diamond appears to float above the Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring’s delicate band. Scalloped pavé diamonds add an additional element of sparkle to this classic engagement ring.

Leona Diamond Ring

This vintage-inspired engagement ring features a harmonious balance of shimmering diamond baguettes alternating with round diamonds for an eye catching look. The delicate high polish band adds distinctive appeal.

Valencia Diamond Ring

The glamorous Valencia Diamond Ring secures its center radiant cut diamond with elegant claw prongs. Featuring micro-pavé diamond accents and a diamond adorned gallery, this setting sparkles from every angle.

 

 

Grace Ring

This artfully sculpted ring features ribbons of precious metal delicately entwining around the center gem for a graceful and elegant look.

Circa Diamond Ring with Sapphire Accents

This glamorous halo setting features a row of vibrant blue sapphires set around the exterior edge of the halo. Additional diamonds on the gallery and on the split-shank band create an effect of magical shimmer.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

Twisting strands of diamonds entwine with lustrous precious metal in this nature inspired ring. A radiant cut diamond makes for a beautiful centerpiece.

 

Tapered Baguette Diamond Ring

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

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 radiant cut diamond.

Final Thoughts

Which radiant cut engagement ring do you like best? What diamond shape is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Hello, Halo! 6 Stunning Halo Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 22:21

 

Halo engagement rings are some of the most popular engagement ring designs, and for good reason! Not only do halo settings have the ability to make a center diamond appear larger, but they are also versatile. From streamlined and modern to ornate and vintage, the options are endless.

Traditional halo designs featuring  round and cushion shaped diamonds have been sought after for many years, but more recently we are seeing new trends emerge like half halos.

See some of our current favorites below!

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.

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.

Lotus Flower Diamond Ring

 

A subtle floral diamond halo blooms around the center gem in this exquisite ring.

Odessa Diamond Ring

 

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

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.

Crescent Diamond Bridal Set

 

Sparkling pear and round brilliant cut diamonds adorn this modern crescent-shaped bridal set for an utterly spectacular look.

Final Thoughts

 

Do you love halo engagement rings? Which design is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Irish Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:00

 

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.

Don’t wear it the wrong way!

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 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.

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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Art Deco Rings Like Cara Delevingne’s (Rumored) Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 00:29

Celebrity websites are buzzing about Cara Delevingne’s ring finger. The model-actress and girlfriend Annie Clark (the musician also known as St. Vincent) were seen wearing what appeared to be matching rings on their left hands.

Photo: Instagram @caradelevingne

 

We certainly can’t speculate over whether Cara is engaged, but we can say with certainty that her ring is a stunner. It appears to be a vintage or vintage-inspired design, featuring three or so diamonds in platinum or white gold. The vertical, geometric look of the ring was characteristic of the Art Deco era, and Cara’s ring bears a resemblance to Scarlett Johannson’s Art Deco engagement ring. If you’re drawn to Cara’s ring check out these vintage engagement rings that exude a similar style or view our extensive collection of Art Deco engagement rings:

The Tarah Ring

The Tarah Ring showcases a scintillating round brilliant diamond in a marquise-shaped setting. Diamonds accent the uniquely geometric design of the top for a mesmerizing look

The Amel Ring

An Art Deco masterpiece, the Amel Ring features an old European cut diamond surrounded by glittering single cut accent diamonds for a perfect vintage look

The Mackenzie Ring

The beautiful Art Deco-era Mackenzie Ring holds twenty-two single cut diamond accents in an intricate 14K white gold setting for a dazzling effect. The simple, yet elegant, 14K yellow gold band perfectly accentuates the round brilliant center diamond

The Thiago Ring

 

Brilliant cut diamonds set in cascading rectangular shapes perfectly showcase the style and geometry of the Art Deco era. Milgrain detailing further accentuates the shining cream pearl in the center of this stunning piece.

 

The Welbeck Ring

Memorable and eye-catching, the Kaplan Ring features a round brilliant diamond accented by a halo of glittering single cut diamonds with a delicately sculpted shank

The Benassay Ring

Alluring Art Deco-era details make this 18K white gold and old European cut Benassay Ring a rare vintage treasure

Final Thoughts

Do you love Cara’s ring and these similar styles? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or in the comments section

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9 Stunning Engagement Rings with Surprise Details

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 18:41

 

What is a “surprise” detail on an engagement ring? It’s a special element that you can’t see from the top view of the ring, or that you don’t notice unless you’re looking very closely.

If you wear an engagement ring with surprise details many people will never notice them, but you will know they’re there and can take pleasure in looking at the intricate, thoughtful little touches woven into your ring’s design. Surprise details also often catch the eye when you gesture in a particular way or when you look down at your hand. Browse nine engagement ring designs featuring beautiful surprise details:

 

The Zinnia Diamond Ring

 

When viewed from the side, the Zinnia Ring showcases its intricate design and full sparkle. The center diamond blooms from a gallery of diamond petals, which is complimented by additional accent diamonds on the band.

 

The Waverly Diamond Ring

An already stunning ring at the surface, the hidden diamond–encrusted gallery takes the Waverly Diamond Ring to new heights of spectacular.

 

The Fortuna Diamond Ring

Distinctive little design details characterize the Fortuna Ring, which is part of our Monaco Collection. The halo of diamond accents curves gently around the center diamond, while a surprise row of diamond accents on the bridge catches the eye when you gesture with your hand.

 

The Sonata Diamond Ring

 

From the top the Sonata Ring appears to be a perfect execution of a timeless solitaire design, but the side view reveals a lovely surprise— the intricate detailing on the classic band gives the ring an extra element of elegance.

The Caliana Ring

 

A delicate solitaire from the top, turning the Caliana Ring to the side reveals an open basket with six elegant leaves that perfectly cradle the center stone.

 

The Floriana Diamond Ring

In the beautifully designed Floriana Diamond Ring, pierced fan detailing in the gallery combine with milgrain bordered diamond leaves for a modern look with antique touches.

 

The Valencia Diamond Ring

This micro-pavé diamond adorned gallery leaves the Valencia Diamond Ring shimmering from every angle.

 

The Aquamarine Serafina Ring

Splendid arched details fill the Aquamarine Serafina Ring’s gallery with pure Art Deco glamour, while delicate claw prongs gracefully embrace the center gem.

 

The Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring

Diamond accents adorn the band and gallery of the Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring for a truly dazzling effect.

 

Final Thoughts

Which of these rings is your favorite?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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Stacked in Your Favor: Tips to Create the Perfect Ring Stack!

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 21:20

 

Stacking rings is one trend we hope never fades!

Whether you’re accessorizing your right hand, or adding on rings to your bridal set, a well-curated stack has the ability to make a stunning statement.

Below we’ve rounded up some Pinterest-worthy ring stack inspiration, complete with tips on how to recreate the look! You’ll be stacking like a pro before you know it.

Nest to Impress

Adding a mix of contoured bands around your engagement ring creates a unique and versatile “nested” look. Choose bands that mimic the shape of your engagement ring for a streamlined appearance. Selecting rings with diamond or gemstone accents is a great way to add sparkle to a solitaire!

 

     

 

Mix Your Metals

When it comes to creating an eye-catching ring stack, don’t be afraid to mix your metal types! Look to rings that share another common design element, such as milgrain detailing or diamond accents.

        

Pair Perfectly

If you are new to ring stacking or would rather go for a more understated look, select rings that are already perfect matches! Stack two of the same rings on top of one another, wear the same ring in two or three different metal types, or pair a solitaire band with an accented band of the same design.

    

    

Final Thoughts

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

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Aquamarines: The History and Meaning of March’s Birthstone

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 20:16

 

March babies get a beautiful blue gem as their birthstone: aquamarine. Named for the ocean’s purest shades of blue, the birthstone for March brings to mind visions of calm waters and tropical lagoons.

The alluring aquamarine gemstone makes a gorgeous centerpiece for both engagement ring settings and fine jewelry. Here’s what March birthday girls (and those who shop for them) should know about their aquamarine birthstone.

History and Origin

Aquamarine means “water of the sea,” a name which originated in the early 1700s, around the start of the Georgian era. These gorgeous gems are part of the beryl family of minerals, which also includes emeralds. Aquamarines come in colors ranging from the palest blue to dark blue-greens. They usually have excellent clarity and can be found in quite large sizes.

While we think this March birthstone is gorgeous in any size or shade, we especially love to see it paired with rose gold! The color combination of aquamarine and rose gold engagement rings is alluringly distinctive, and we think that this trend will definitely stand the test of time.

Aquamarine is mined in Brazil, throughout Africa and Asia, and in Colorado, where it is the state gemstone. Although aquamarine and blue topaz can be mistaken for each other, aquamarine is more valuable due to its rarity and natural coloring, while blue topaz is produced by treating colorless topaz with radiation.

Meaning

Legend has it that aquamarine provides mental clarity and good health, and that it protects the wearer against foes in battle or litigation. Aquamarine was once referred to as the “Sailor’s Stone,” because ancient sailors believed that the stone would protect them from disasters at sea. During World War II the US Navy commissioned a coastal patrol yacht called the USS Aquamarine, named in honor of the gemstone and its connection to the ocean.

Royal and A-list Fans

Some of the most famous aquamarine gemstones belong to Queen Elizabeth II. The President of Brazil presented her with a stunning  aquamarine necklace and earrings at her coronation in 1953. Apparently, the Queen adored aquamarines so much that she went on to add an aquamarine bracelet, brooch, and even an aquamarine tiara to her collection of royal jewels.

Because Jessica Biel has a March birthday, thoughtful husband Justin Timberlake included two aquamarine accents in the engagement ring he designed for her (with, no surprise, an eye-popping diamond in between them).

How to Wear Them

The light, bright blue of aquamarine looks especially chic paired with neutrals, like black and white, navy blue and camel. Wear your aquamarine jewelry with a crisp white blouse and black pencil skirt, with a little black dress and nude-hued heels, or to dress up dark jeans, tall boots and a neutral-hued cashmere sweater. But since the color aquamarine is practically a neutral itself, it looks great with just about any outfit you own.

Caring for Aquamarines

Aquamarines possess a score of 7.5-8 on the hardness scale, which means that they’re durable enough to be worn as jewelry but that you should avoid any rough wear that might scratch them. They can withstand light exposure but don’t subject them to extreme heat. Clean aquamarines with gentle soap and warm water.

If you are looking for a gift for a loved one with a March birthday, or if you simply crave a stunning piece of pale blue jewelry, you can’t go wrong with aquamarine. Brilliant Earth offers stunning aquamarine engagement rings, as well as one-of-a-kind aquamarine vintage rings, which can make beautiful engagement rings or just an excellent gift for any special occasion. You can also Create Your Own Aquamarine Ring by selecting your ideal aquamarine gemstone and setting it in one of our most sought after settings!

Final Thoughts

Do you love aquamarine jewelry?  Let us know what you think of March’s birthstone on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or in the comments section!

 

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This Just In! Our Newest Engagement Ring Designs

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:35

 

At our San Francisco design studio, our designers continually strive to create new and distinctive jewelry designs worthy of your once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.

Drawing inspiration from the world around them, our designers put pencil to paper and sketch designs so their vision can be translated for the real world. At Brilliant Earth we not only look at jewelry design as a form of artistry, but also as architecture and engineering played out on a minute scale.

Below are some of our customers’ most loved new designs!

Aria Diamond Ring

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

Viviana Diamond Ring

Sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds extend three-fourths of the way around this classically beautiful ring. A diamond adorned gallery and graceful claw prongs embrace the center gem for an even more breathtaking look.

Horizontal Petite Comfort Fit Ring

 

Petite and delicate, this classic four-prong setting features a horizontally set gemstone and has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Crescent Diamond Ring

 

Sparkling pear and round brilliant cut diamonds adorn this modern crescent-shaped engagement ring for an utterly spectacular look.

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.

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.

 

Final Thoughts

Which new design is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or share with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Sotheby’s Enlists New Power for Its Watches and Jewelry Division

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:19
Laurence Nicolas, formerly at Dior, will be developing the house’s online auctions and consumer education efforts.
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Quiz: What Should Your Signature Wedding Cocktail Be?

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 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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7 Engagement Rings that are Works of Art

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:23

 

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

Brilliant Earth’s exclusive 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. These works of art reflect the spirit of their eras as well as the vision of the artisans who designed them. The resulting rings are eye-catching masterpieces.

Our Extraordinary Fine Jewelry collection features exclusive designs, as well as expertly curated pieces of vintage jewelry. These 7 one-of-a-kind engagement rings from the collection are true works of art definitely worthy of your once-in-a-lifetime celebration!

Alvadora Diamond Ring

This truly exceptional vintage-inspired ring features a bezel-set center gem surrounded by lavishly detailed latticework and a halo of shimmering diamonds.

The Bel Air Ring

 

Featuring a dazzling cushion cut center diamond , this three-stone engagement ring is truly one-of-a-kind. With its bullet shaped accents that embellish the shoulders, the Bel Air ring is a luxuriously beautiful work of art.

The Mireille Ring

 

Shimmering with diamond accents and vibrant sapphires, this Art Deco-era ring is not only beautiful, but also fascinating. An old European cut diamond shines at the center surrounded by deep blue sapphires, giving this ring an added element of intricacy. The artistry of this ring’s design makes for a truly stunning and one-of-a-kind look.

Comet Diamond Ring

 

A masterfully sculpted array of diamonds captures the spirit of a comet in a starry galaxy in The Brilliant Sky Collection’s Comet Wedding Ring. Wondrous light ripples through each diamond to bring the comet’s dazzling journey to life.

Ava Ring

 

The Ava Engagement Ring from the Brilliant Sky Collection was inspired by the delicate beauty of feathers. Featuring a rare and deep blue 9 carat sapphire at the center of lavishly layered marquise and pear diamonds, this ring is a true masterpiece.

The Mandana Ring

 

This platinum Art Deco reproduction features an old European cut diamond accented by French cut emeralds for a truly chic vintage look.

The Polina Ring

 

Shimmering at every angle, this platinum Edwardian reproduction ring features a round brilliant diamond accented by thirty four accent diamonds.

Final Thoughts

Which one-of-a-kind 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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Brand to Know: An Innovative Jewelry Line Inspired by Flowers

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:49
Stephanie D’heygere, Maison Martin Margiela’s former head of jewelry, launches her own accessories collection.
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A Cultural Compendium of What’s New

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 19:18
Statement pendants, Gucci’s new restaurant — and more.
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Brilliant Earth Funds Vocational Training in Sierra Leone

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 22:20

Brilliant Earth has partnered with the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) to provide vocational training to residents of diamond mining communities in Sierra Leone.

Nine individuals were selected to receive scholarships to attend the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology, a vocational training school. Earlier this year, the scholarship recipients began a six-month program to receive education in trades such as carpentry, metalworking, hairdressing, and tailoring. After the training, DDI will help the individuals to launch their own small businesses.

 

About the Program

Our partner in this project, DDI, is an organization committed to economic development in rural diamond mining communities. DDI selected the scholarship recipients in coordination with local chiefs and mine operators. The scholarship recipients are men and women from mining villages in Sierra Leone’s Kono district. Their scholarships cover tuition, meal expenses, and transportation costs. The Institute is located in Koidu, the capital city of Kono.

Students will attend classes two days a week for a period of six months. After the training, the Institute will certify the students in their professions. The scholarship recipients are committed to starting new businesses and practicing their trades. To help them launch their businesses, DDI will provide them with small grants to cover start-up costs and pay for tools and machinery.

 

How It Helps

Although diamond mining is an important income source for the rural poor in Sierra Leone, miners and their communities usually depend on other economic activities to supplement their incomes. A lack of vocational training, however, limits the ability of residents to earn income from other sources. Training in skills such as carpentry, metalworking, hairdressing, and tailoring is often not accessible to individuals living in impoverished communities.

By funding these scholarships, we are expanding economic opportunities for men and women who otherwise would not have access to vocational training. The scholarship recipients will be able to use their new skills to support their families and strengthen their communities. Local residents will gain access to new services, improving standards of living. The businesses that these entrepreneurs form will also create jobs and spread technical skills. Local economies that are dependent on diamond mining will become more diverse and resilient.

 

Graduation 2017

Congratulations to our vocational training graduates! The completion of the six-month vocational training course was marked in a graduation ceremony on December 9th. Nine Sierra Leoneans from the Kono District were honored in an event attended by college officials, government officials, media, friends, and relatives of the trainees. Through theoretical and practical teachings, the trainees have acquired the skills necessary to operate their own businesses. 

 

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The Diamond Has a New Rival: One Made in a Lab

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:06
The quality of synthetic diamonds has increased to the point where they have made their way into jewelry stores as gems set in rings, necklaces and earrings.
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In the Super Bowl City, Building the Rings

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:00
Jostens makes 600,000 rings a year, and usually that includes the baubles for the Super Bowl champs — as well as the game’s loser.
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Amethyst: The History and Meaning of February’s Birth Stone

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 19:34

 

If you’re a February birthday girl, or are shopping for one, you should know that this month’s birthstone is rich in history and meaning.

You also might like to know that amethyst jewelry makes an excellent gift for women born any time of the year. The stunning February birthstone is frequently featured in many gorgeous jewelry designs. For all the details on these gorgeous and symbolic gemstones, read on.

Amethyst Birthstone History and Meaning

Gorgeous purple amethysts have been prized since the time of  the ancient Greeks. Because of their grape-like color, the Greeks associated these gems with the wine god, Bacchus. They believed that wearing an amethyst could protect you from drunkenness—in fact the word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. According to gemstone lore, amethyst jewelry keeps its wearer clear-headed and clever. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts.

Purple has long been considered a regal color, so amethysts frequently appear in royal and religious jewelry. Buddhists have believed that amethyst enhances meditation, and the gem is often used for Tibetan prayer beads. Various cultures have associated amethyst with peace, balance and courage, and ascribed to it the ability to cure insomnia and relieve pain.

Until the 19th century amethysts were as valuable and expensive as emeralds, sapphires and rubies, but then a large deposit of amethysts was discovered in Brazil. Although this lowered the gems’ financial value, the trove of Brazilian gems allowed large amethysts to be used more frequently in jewelry. They are often found in eye-catching cocktail rings from the Art Deco and Retro eras.

Colors and Characteristics

Amethysts come in colors ranging from deep purple to the palest shades of pastel lavender and even pink. The most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade, but we love every shade of amethyst. Lavender hues look particularly stunning in amethyst engagement rings when complemented by diamond accents. Most amethysts have excellent clarity, with no inclusions visible to the naked eye, and are available in a variety of cuts and carat weights.

A type of quartz, amethyst crystals can be huge, weighing more than 100 pounds, and sometimes form in hollow geodes big enough to stand in.

Buying and Caring for Amethysts

 

If you’re shopping for a February birthday girl, amethyst jewelry is a can’t-miss choice. Consider elegant amethyst stud earrings, a gorgeous amethyst ring, or an amethyst pendant. Big, beautiful amethysts frequently appear in antique cocktail rings—a gift any woman would love—browse our selection of antique amethyst rings for some ideas!

With a score of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale (10 being most durable), amethyst is strong enough for rings and daily wear, but some care should be taken to protect it from scratching by rough materials. These gems can also be damaged by some acids and alkaline solutions (so don’t wear an amethyst ring while using household cleaners). Clean your amethyst jewelry with mild soap and warm water. Ultrasonic cleaners are safe unless an amethyst has had fractures filled (which is rare), but steam cleaning is not recommended. . For more information on buying and caring for your amethyst jewelry, please contact our jewelry specialists.

Final Thoughts

Do you love amethyst jewelry? Whether or not you’re a February birthday girl, make sure to browse our most sought after amethyst rings to find your favorite, and let us know on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, or in the comments below!

Sources: Gemological Institute of America, American Gemological Society

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