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Brilliant Earth Supports High School Students in the DRC

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 20:08

 

The students of a primary school we started with Diamond Development Initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are taking the next step: They’re going to high school.

But we’re not saying au revoir to them just yet. We’re continuing our support for these students as they begin their quest for a high school diploma.

In 2015, Brilliant Earth partnered with Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) to launch the Brilliant Mobile School in Lungudi, a diamond-mining village in the DRC. Every child has the right to an education, but in many mining communities there are no local schools.  Many of the students attending would otherwise be forced to mine for diamonds and receive no formal education.

We were able to accept about 20 children into the initial class of students, and a second cohort of 20 students in the 2016 school term. Because there was previously no primary school in the village, most of the children had little to no formal education. The curriculum was designed to help the students catch up to their peers in the public school system and eventually attend a regional secondary school.

We were thrilled with the results: the village embraced the school. The students worked hard, studying French, math, civics, and other subjects. Parents supported their children’s education and attendance was consistently high. The students began their studies in a temporary tent. But with a land donation from a local chief and Brilliant Earth funding, a more permanent structure was also built in 2016.

This past spring, after two years of study, the children sat for a national exam. Each child would need a passing score to enter high school. We were thrilled that 100% of the students passed their entrance exams to continue their education.

The students are now in the Seventh Grade, which is the first year of high school, or secondary school, in the DRC. The new goal is for these students to graduate with a high school diploma. We’ve again partnered with DDI to support the students during their high school journey.

Brilliant Earth funding will be used to pay for school fees, school supplies, and a daily meal. Students will each get a school uniform, boots, a raincoat, and other necessary clothing. They’ll also receive tutoring in academic subjects and sex education training to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancies. Local civil society groups will monitor each student’s attendance and performance. The monitors will hold monthly meetings with parents and keep in contact with teachers.

Only 54 percent of children in the DRC finish primary school. In rural areas of the DRC, graduating high school is an unusual educational achievement. But with support and perseverance, we know these students can do it. They’ve already made us proud of their achievements. We can’t wait for graduation day!

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Three Stone Rings like Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 23:55

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Finally! One of the most highly anticipated engagements of 2017 has been confirmed. We are so excited for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Palace officials confirmed the news of the engagement early this morning, and apart from looking forward to the royal wedding, we couldn’t wait to see the ring!

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is a timeless three stone engagement ring, boasting a center cushion diamond and accented by two diamonds on either side, perfectly fit for a princess. We love the meaning behind three stone engagement rings, as they symbolize a couple’s past, present, and future. In this case, the design fits the meaning perfectly. Markle’s ring is a beautiful combination of past and present, with the two heirloom diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, and a center cushion diamond from Botswana that represents the new connection between Prince Harry and Meghan and their future together.

Choosing a diamond from Botswana also reflects Prince Harry and Meghan’s shared commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Botswana diamond mining has contributed to transforming Botswana into one of Africa’s most prosperous countries, and Botswana diamond mines are dedicated to minimizing their environmental footprint. We are proud to offer Botswana Sort diamonds as part of our selection of Beyond Conflict Free DiamondsTM.

Below are some of our favorite three stone engagement ring designs inspired by Meghan Markle’s engagement ring:

Petite Three Stone Trellis Diamond Ring

This classic three stone engagement ring setting features interwoven prongs sweeping upward to embrace two brilliant round diamond side stones, very similar to Markle’s engagement ring.

Antique Scroll Three Stone Trellis Diamond Ring

A vintage spin on Meghan’s ring, this exquisite antique style three stone trellis setting features two brilliant round diamond side stones and a beautiful scroll pattern on the top and sides of the band, with each side accented by a single dazzling diamond.

Radiance Diamond Ring

A glamorous take on Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, the Radiance Diamond Ring features scalloped pavé diamond accents along the band and claw prongs embracing the center gemstone.

Selene Diamond Ring

Classic simplicity defines this delicate version of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring setting, which features a thin yellow gold band that gently tapers towards a diamond accent on each side of the center cushion diamond.

Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

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

Final Thoughts

Do you love Prince Harry’s choice for Meghan Markle’s engagement ring? Which three stone engagement ring style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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Surreal Gifts for Unreal Times

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:50
A guide of artful objects that pay homage to fleeting or quotidian forms.
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In Jewelry, Matching Just Isn’t Cool Any More

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:16
Fashion’s trend for bold mixes has moved into the world of precious metals and gemstones.
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In Cartier and Diamonds, an Unusual Kind of Conservationist

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:04
Ruth Powys, chief executive of the Elephant Family charity, still loves her jewelry.
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Generations of Jewelry in a Small Italian City

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:01
The Carli family has been making and selling its creations since 1655. But soon history could be all that remains.
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Lalaounis Continues to Create ‘Jewelry With a Soul’

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:59
The four daughters of a celebrated jeweler still draw on history and traditional skills to create collections.
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Atelier Swarovski Turns to Man-Made Gems

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:52
The line’s first high jewelry collection features diamonds and emeralds grown in laboratories.
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His, Hers and Theirs: Jewelry Crosses the Gender Barrier

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:06
As one designer said: “Women are wearing more masculine things and men are more comfortable in wearing jewelry.”
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Design, Jewelry and Cora Sheibani

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:51
Collections by the London-based designer reflect a childhood that emphasized an appreciation for shape and line.
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The Secret World of the Gem Carver

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:44
Jewelry houses won’t identify the glypticians they employ for fear of rivals. And over generations, the artisans themselves have become just as reticent.
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India’s Jewelry Tradition of Gold is Turning to ... Concrete?

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:42
Contemporary designers find that less expensive materials are attracting the country’s young women.
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When ‘Fashion Takes a Trip,’ Jewelry Comes Along

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:32
A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York focuses on the change between 1960 and 1973.
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The Beauty of Subtly Mismatched Earrings

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 15:25
Singular sets that aren’t exactly identical.
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The Jeweler vs. The Watchmaker

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:05
You want a jeweled watch. Should you first consider the watch or the embellishment? Graff and Vacheron Constantin have very different opinions.
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How to Drop a Hint

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:04

 

While we believe an engagement ring’s appeal should come from the meaning behind it, we know how important it is to wear something that’s true to your style.

An engagement ring can be a big investment, and if your partner is making this purchase they will want to pop the question with a ring you’ll love for years to come! So why not give them a gentle push in the right direction? Dropping hints the right way can help make sure you and your partner are aligned when it comes to engagement ring styles.

Below are 3 great ways to drop hints:

1. Pin it

Brilliant Earth’s Pinterest page is an excellent place for major engagement ring inspiration. Once you have a clear idea on the engagement ring style you’d like, save these pins to a board and share it with your S.O. This can either be done by sharing a public board’s link or inviting them to be a collaborator on a private board.

Tip: It’s important that this board is separate from any other engagement ring inspiration boards you may have, as throwing other styles into the mix could get confusing. If there are particular characteristics you’re set on, i.e. rose gold with a round diamond, make sure these two features are consistent throughout all of your pins. This will help to eliminate any confusion!

2. Send a DM

While there are many ways to drop hints, Instagram makes the process more straightforward than ever. Rather than tagging your S.O. in an Instagram post, send it to them via direct message so they can reference it later.

Tip: If you’re still narrowing down engagement ring design styles, we suggest taking advantage of Instagram’s saving feature. While virtual window shopping through Brilliant Earth’s Instagram feed, save your favorites to an “Engagement Ring Inspiration” collection. Only direct message your final picks to your S.O.

3. Click “Drop a Hint”

After you’ve created your ideal engagement ring, easily share the final product with your significant other in an email using our “Drop a Hint” feature.

Tip: Use the message field to give your hint some cute context, i.e. “Look at the beautiful ring I created. Should I be a jewelry designer? I’m in love with it!”

Final Thoughts

Have you used any of these methods to drop hints? Share with us in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Vintage Jewelry Holiday Gift Guide

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:33

 

With the holidays quickly approaching, we compiled our favorite  vintage jewelry pieces to get you inspired as you think about gifts for your loved ones.

With their enduring appeal and timeless beauty, these exclusive pieces make stunning gifts as you celebrate love and laughter this holiday season.

VINTAGE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Few things are more romantic than a Christmas proposal. If you’re planning to pop the question under the tree this year, consider doing so with a vintage engagement ring that is as timeless and unique as your love. Classic diamond rings such as the Lorrie ring and the Edyta Ring are great choices for such a special occasion. For an especially glamorous option, consider the Plymouth Ring.

The Lorrie Ring

The Edyta Ring

The Plymouth Ring

VINTAGE EMERALD GIFTS

With their deep green emeralds, the Oxford necklace, the Norwich earrings, and the Lexton ring remind us of mistletoe and Christmas trees. The vibrant green hues pair beautifully with glittering diamonds for a sophisticated and graceful look. Valued throughout history for their rich color, she’ll adore these gorgeous vintage emerald pieces.

The Oxford Necklace

The Norwich Earrings

The Lexton Ring

VINTAGE DIAMOND GIFTS

One of the most beautiful things during winter is the sparkle of snowflakes and icicles. With their dangling and dazzling diamonds, the Milagros earrings, the Giannis earrings, and the Carvajal earrings all resemble this natural phenomenon. Highlighting the geometric artistry of the Art Deco era, these pieces are extravagant and irresistibly beautiful options. Just as every snowflake is unique, so are these one-of-a-kind treasures she’s guaranteed to love.

The Milagros Earrings

The Giannis Earrings

The Carvajal Earrings

VINTAGE YELLOW GOLD GIFTS

Nothing embodies the season’s elegance better than the soft and warm glow of yellow gold. Reminiscent of candle and Christmas light shine, yellow gold jewelry with intricate details such as the Navya Ring, the Provincetown Earrings, or the Crespo ring makes a gift she’ll treasure for years to come.

The Navya Ring

The Provincetown Earrings

The Crespo Ring

FINAL THOUGHTS

Which fine jewelry gift would you want to receive this season? Share your favorites with us below in the comments, or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Pantone Fall Color Jewelry Trends

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:45

 

Every season, the Pantone Fashion Color Guide provides an overview of the coming season’s trendiest colors based on Fashion Week’s most prevalent shades.  

As seen on the runways of the world’s biggest fashion houses, these colors set the tone for the coming fashion season. For the first time, the Pantone Color Institute also curated a color pallete for London Fashion Week in addition to New York Fashion Week. Led by vivid and refreshing colors such as Grenadine and Royal Lilac, Pantone’s Fall/Winter color pallete leans more toward warm shades. Paired with traditional autumnal neutrals, such as Navy Peony, Otter, and Neutral Gray, this season’s color selection is elegant and versatile. These shades can be seen in the jewelry pieces below, and in our extensive collection of colored gemstones.

NAVY PEONY

The only color to be featured in both New York and London’s color pallet, Navy Peony is an anchoring neutral shade that can be paired with almost anything. This grounding yet bold hue dazzles in sapphire engagement rings.

TAWNY PORT

 

This sophisticated deep plum is a classic yet elevated autumnal shade. Tawny Port’s hues are exemplified perfectly by the pear-shaped tourmalines found in The Ashley Earrings.

SHADED SPRUCE

 

Shaded Spruce’s teal is undeniably captivating in the London Blue Topaz Hudson Ring. The stunning center semi precious gemstone perfectly embodies the Pantone color’s rich hue.

ROYAL LILAC

 

Pantone’s Royal Lilac shines in these beautiful Amethyst Drop Earrings and in amethyst rings. A captivating purple, this shade can be combined with almost all other colors featured in the Fall/Winter color selection.

OTTER

Adding an earthy touch to an otherwise bright autumn pallete, Otter is the perfect fall neutral. More original yet just as versatile as traditional neutrals, Otter’s moss brown can be seen in the Tahitian Cultured Pearl Pendant.

GRENADINE

A dynamic and bold red, Grenadine provides a striking touch when paired with warm neutral shades such as Otter. The shade’s orange undertones shine especially bright in the Citrine Fire Stud Earrings.

NATURAL GRAY

Another classic neutral, Neutral Gray shares the anchoring role with Navy Peony in this palette. This understated yet alluring shade is featured in The Annabella Earrings’ mesmerizing moonstones.

BALLET SLIPPER

A gentle and pale pink adds an unexpected but welcomed touch to the fall color palette. Pantone’s Ballet Slipper is universally flattering and perfectly embodied by the Opal Halo Diamond Pendant’s colorful flashes of fire. Discover the variety of opal shades in our vintage opal ring collection.

BLUE BELL

 

Blue Bell’s pastel blue shade shines in aquamarine rings. We especially love how it looks highlighted between two glittering diamond accents in the Aquamarine Selene Ring. Rose gold lends a warm, autumnal touch to an otherwise bright and cool shade.

FLAME SCARLETT

 

A powerful and true red, this shade is bold and eye-catching. Pantone’s Flame Scarlett will add seasonally appropriate color to your fall and winter wardrobe.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Which of the Pantone fall colors is your favorite? Will you incorporate these shades into your fall wardrobe? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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8 Ways Guys Can Save on an Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:00

 

There’s no denying that choosing an engagement ring can be intimidating. It will probably be among the biggest purchases you’ve made in your life thus far, and possibly your first time shopping for fine jewelry.

To help you select a stunning, high-quality ring for comfortably within your budget we’ve assembled some little-known facts about engagement ring value. Use one or more of these strategies to select her dream ring and still have money leftover to fund your future dreams as a couple.

1. Pick a diamond in a distinctive shape

Round diamonds make up about 75% of all diamonds sold and because they’re so popular, as well as because of the way they are cut, round diamonds cost more than other shapes. If you choose a shape other than round you can save as much as 40% on a diamond of the same quality. If you like the curved edges of round diamonds, consider an oval instead. Square diamond shapes, including princess cut (which has crisp angled corners) and cushion cut  (which has gently tapered edges) are both very popular and traditional alternatives to round.

2. Be true blue (or yellow, or pink)

Next to diamonds, sapphires are the second most popular center gem for engagement rings, and make a great choice for everyday wear. (Sapphires rank 9 on a 1-10 mineral grading scale called the Mohs scale of hardness.) Sapphires cost significantly less than diamonds, which means you can get a larger gemstone for your budget. In addition to deep blue, sapphires are available in almost every color of the rainbow, including shades of yellow and pink that resemble fancy colored diamonds. Our sapphire engagement rings are available with blue, yellow, and pink sapphires as standard options, and you can find other gorgeous hues in our collection of unique colored gemstones.

3. Learn about lab diamonds

Lab created diamonds share the same chemical and optical characteristics as natural diamonds, so much so that even expert gemologists need special equipment to be able to identify their origins. The only difference you’ll notice is price–lab diamonds cost about 30% less than naturally mined diamonds. And because they require no new mining, lab diamonds are a very eco-friendly choice.

4. Go for gold

Platinum and white gold are the most popular precious metals for engagement rings, probably because of their clean and classic appearance. But while few people can tell the difference between platinum and white gold, platinum costs about 50% more. Platinum is more durable, but white gold offers significant savings and is durable enough for everyday wear.

5. Consider rose or yellow gold

Although less common than white gold, rose and yellow gold are both very classic, beautiful choices with the added benefit of enhancing a diamond’s color to make it appear more bright white. Diamonds are given a color grade, with grades D, E, and F being the closest to the “colorless” ideal and also the most expensive. Although it depends on the individual gem, a diamond with a slightly lower color grade (say, G or H) can appear close to colorless when paired with a rose or yellow gold setting.

6. Select a halo setting

Diamond prices increase exponentially with size, so a ring setting featuring lots of glittering diamond accents can have a very luxe look for a surprisingly gentle price. For example, a halo engagement ring, which features a center gemstone encircled by diamond accents, makes the center diamond appear larger than it is. This is also true for other settings featuring many accent diamonds, and for settings with eye-catching details such as hand-engraving, filigree, or milgrain.

7. Think vintage

The antique and estate rings in our extensive collection of vintage engagement rings offer an exceptional value when compared to new rings of comparable size and quality. Hand chosen for their high quality, our vintage rings are often one-of-a-kind and make a perfect choice for a woman who loves the style, art, music, or literature of earlier eras. They are also a very ethical and eco-friendly choice, since no new mining goes into their creation.

8. Skip the large center gem

There are many dazzling rings that do not feature a prominent center gem, and therefore cost significantly less while offering the timeless beauty and symbolism of diamonds. Some stunning examples are the Quintessa Diamond Ring and the Entwined Bisou Diamond Ring.

Final Thoughts

For more extensive education about diamonds, engagement ring styles, and how to find a ring that has been ethically sourced, consult our comprehensive Engagement Ring Guide.

Regardless of your budget, when you are selecting an engagement ring choose a reputable, trustworthy jeweler to guide you. Brilliant Earth has a completely personalized approach to jewelry, and we would love to assist you in this exciting endeavor. Just contact us to discuss or to make an appointment at one of our showrooms.

 

 

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Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna Wear Her Jewelry

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:01
Martine Ali, a Brooklyn jewelry designer, got her start as an intern at DKNY, where her homemade silver pieces got noticed.
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