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Latest Jewelry News

Aluminum’s Allure Draws New Attention

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 03/29/2023 - 09:02
Jewelers and artisans have been experimenting with the metal, attracted by its unusual appearance and sustainability.
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Exhibition in London Links Rihanna and 18th Century Style

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 03/29/2023 - 09:00
A new exhibition in London draws parallels between contemporary celebrities’ styles and the Georgian era.
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Emily Fisher Landau, Patron of Contemporary Art, Dies at 102

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 03/28/2023 - 22:06
A jewelry heist in her Manhattan home spurred her to start one of America’s premier collections, shown in a private Queens museum and much of it donated to the Whitney.
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Most Popular Wedding Bands for Halo Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 03/28/2023 - 15:00

Halo ring settings were inspired by flowers, with a feminine “halo” of smaller gems that encircle your center stone. The frame is not only radiant and delicate — it also makes your main gem appear a whole half carat larger. We’re talking hundreds of dollars of difference, all for choosing a smart setting. That star power is why halo rings are massively popular for engagement rings. Their glittering circumference can be paired with any cut and color, so as you choose a wedding ring to harmonize with your gorgeous halo engagement ring, here’s what you need to know to accent the size and sparkle.

What kind of wedding bands go with halo engagement rings?

A halo engagement ring’s surrounding stones create the shimmering illusion that your head stone has more dimension. A clever way to spend less. But should your wedding band do the same? Here are a few pairing ideas.

1. Matching

The easiest way to simplify your selection is by shopping for a matching wedding ring set and engagement rings at the same time. Their “one-ness” can symbolize your eternal love and cut back the length of your search. Plus, consistency always tends to look a bit more elevated and intentional. And there’s an adorable bond and sweeping romantic gesture in doing everything together.

To “match,” you can mimic a halo engagement ring’s gem-heavy look with an eternity band, which also speaks to your everlasting commitment and lifelong loyalty. For example, the most sought-after shape for proposal pieces is the round halo engagement ring. It features a round center stone with a beautiful wrap of round mini gems. An eternity band is perfect for completing an all a-”round” imaginative and refreshing design.

2. Mismatched

Mismatched wedding rings might have several elements in common and vary in one substantial or subtle way, much like couples themselves. You might contrast your wedding band’s round shape with an angular halo: the antiquity of the rectangular emerald cut engagement rings echoes the vintage nature of the halo’s Victorian origins, while in cushion cut halo engagement rings, your center stone is square with rounded, pillow-like edges.

Mismatched rings are sort of like saying you bring out the best in each other, or that even though you’re different, you’re united. Even if you’re mismatching your own engagement ring, in which case, you could represent your diverse interests or the layers of your personality.

3. Individual

It’s your jewelry and you’ll be the one wearing it every day, so you might prioritize separate styles, rather than trying to find a mutual wedding band that happens to work with your halo engagement ring. Your own wedding band can celebrate your individualism.

Another way you can honor both independence and connection? Even if you opt for the same wedding rings, each of you can wear them in your own unique way. For instance, you might prefer either your engagement ring or wedding band, or wear both of them sitting flush on the same finger, or as complementary pieces with one ring on each hand.

Two Types of Halo Engagement Rings
  • Suspended Halo Engagement Rings: With no metal beneath your gem, the sides of a suspended halo raise your ring, creating air space that makes a good fit for sliding straight wedding bands right on underneath. With that degree of separation, they won’t rock against one another. If you prize simplicity and separation in your jewelry, this is for you.
  • Supported Halo Engagement Rings: Elevated in position and style, a supported halo setting gives your center diamond a pedestal, with metal down below to prop it up. This handiwork is invisible from the top, but ultra shiny from the sides.
Most Popular Wedding Band Options for Halo Rings

If your engagement and wedding rings sit together, you’ll want to make sure the materials are strong enough so that they won’t wear down, and that the shapes won’t rub each other the wrong way. Repairs can restore the glamour, but friction isn’t good for any couple, even rings. That being said, here are several ways to ensure that your engagement and wedding rings mesh well.

1. Curved

Curved wedding bands sit tight with a halo engagement ring, so they rest upon each other gracefully in a forever hug. The dip or arch creates a contour, the perfect match for a supported design because it can wrap around the halo’s sides.

2. Notched

Some wedding bands come with a notch or nook, inviting a halo to nestle easily in its embrace. The rest of the band is straight, so the opening is a compromise, like a slot or puzzle piece allowing the wedding band to sit flush against the halo’s supports.

3. Straight

Straight bands are the even circles you typically envision for a wedding ring. Think “straight”-forward. It fits under the simple lift of a suspended halo, but will be agitated by a supported halo’s prongs (there’s a little too much going on mechanics-wise for these rings to sit parallel together).

4. Jacket

Ring jackets are designed to enclose another ring, so it’s literally made for your engagement ring and not meant to be worn alone. Also called an enhancer, it wraps around your ring, with a gap where your center stone will shine. It’s like an additional halo, framing your angelic star.


When you design your own ring stack, you can always ensure your custom rings wrap around each other or that one slips beneath the other. You can also have a guard made to protect your engagement ring on either side.

What to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Band for Your Halo Ring
  • Band Thickness: For a seamless look, match the width of your rings. They’ll look like they belong to each other, the same way you and your partner do. Thicker wedding bands are also common, since they don’t usually have the adornment of an engagement ring’s center gem to impress. The added width gives them a bit more heft and substance beside a gleaming halo.
  • Style: If you’re all about cohesion and flow, find a wedding band that’s an exact match or complement for your halo engagement ring. You might mimic the stone, color, or metal. Remembering that a halo ring makes your center stone flashy, you can go glitzy in your engagement ring and understated in your wedding band, or bold and bright in both. For example, the second-most popular princess cut halo engagement rings offer a striking, many-sided square stone with beveled facets. This cut is all about shine, so your wedding band can play up its brilliance or take a grounded approach to give it a bit more gravitas.
  • Metal: White gold and platinum wedding bands are timeless, elegant options when you don’t want to overthink your pairing. But if you’re looking to add some excitement to your jewelry palette, warm up your classic band with a sweet and playful rose gold halo engagement ring. Rose gold, aka pink gold, is a trendy mix of gold and copper, making it extra durable, which is ideal when you want to wear both rings. Rose gold also pairs well with all skin tones.
  • Gemstones: Pearls, sapphires, rubies — a halo rings draw attention to the center stone, whatever it may be. A pave wedding band can complement the sparkling gems that make the center stone of your halo engagement ring look bigger and brighter. Pave is French for paving, so-called because it’s a pretty lining of small stones that sit snugly together. They look like they’re bound to each other rather than a piece of metal, so in a wedding band, pave seems like a walkway paved with pure stones hiding the shank. More stones, more extravagance. You might even reverse the gem or color used in your engagement ring’s center stone and halo for your wedding band.
  • Center Stone Height: While a flush halo sits level with the surface of your head stone (better protecting it), a floating halo is separated by prongs (adding more shine). Suspension allows for both straight or curved wedding bands. A curved band is better if you prefer no gap because a low halo and a straight, standard wedding ring will bump heads.
  • Soldering: Soldering, or joining, your wedding and engagement rings prevents the wear and tear of movement. Even a guard that’s not melded to your jewelry will cause spinning and rubbing over time. That being said, skipping soldering to keep your pieces separate means you have the easy option to wear one ring without its mate.
  • Your Lifestyle: The smaller gems in your ring’s halo can fall out easily, so if you or your partner are active, look for a low setting to better preserve your halo engagement ring. As for a wedding band, use the above section to make sure they fit together so the friction doesn’t loosen the halo’s stones (curved, notched, and jackets are safe).

Most Popular Wedding Bands for Halo Rings

Considering the popularity of halo engagement rings, the natural next step is finding the perfect wedding band to pair it with! To make the choice easier, we’ve called out some of our  most popular halo engagement ring and wedding band pairings below.

  • Waverly Diamond Ring & Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring: The Waverly Diamond Ring has a sparkling halo of scalloped pavé diamonds that extend onto the band, making it shimmer from all angles. The petite scalloped pavé diamonds of the Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring make it a perfect match.
  • Halo Diamond Engagement Ring with Side Stones & Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring: The Halo Diamond Engagement Ring with Side Stones features an alluring halo that can be set with fancy shaped diamonds or gemstones, such as pear, oval, marquise, emerald, or cushion. The Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring’s round brilliant diamonds match those of the Halo Diamond Engagement Ring with Side Stones, fitting seamlessly alongside the engagement ring.
  • Odessa Diamond Ring & Sonora Diamond Ring: With matching French pavé accents on their bands, the Odessa Diamond Ring and Sonora Diamond Ring are a perfect pair! The combined diamond accents create a truly dazzling effect in this bridal set.
  • Sol Diamond Ring & Petite Comfort Fit: A sleek band with rounded edges for optimal comfort makes the Petite Comfort Fit Wedding Ring a great choice to pair with any engagement ring. Matched here with the Sol Diamond Ring, the simple band allows the engagement ring’s sunny halo to be the star of the show.
  • Reina Diamond Ring & Versailles Diamond Ring: These two regal rings, although both unique and distinctive, are a match made in heaven! The Reina Diamond Ring boasts an intricately detailed halo with beading, milgrain, and diamond details for a look that is inspired by royal motifs. Like the Reina, The Versailles Diamond Ring is from our Regalia Collection and was inspired by crown jewels and classical palace architecture.
  • Gala Diamond Engagement Ring & Wren Diamond Ring: This contemporary set is a true showstopper. The Gala Diamond Engagement Ring features two glittering hidden halos that wrap around the center gem. Nestled underneath the engagement ring, the two diamond accents of the Wren Diamond Ring cradle the center diamond, adding subtle extra sparkle.

FAQs Are halo engagement rings outdated?

No! Halo rings are second only to the solitaire setting in popularity. Even though halo engagement rings are a relic from the luxury, grace, and petticoats of the Georgian era (1700-1800s), they received an even wider welcome in the romantic Victorian times. And there’s no chance of halo settings slowing down after centuries of celebration. After all, they’ve made it this far.

Are halo rings tacky?

No! Here’s where some people might disagree: Halo rings are mega bright. The “halo” of smaller diamonds surrounding the center makes any ring with this setting super, ultra sparkly. And while that’s not everyone’s thing (some prefer subtlety over shimmer), shine is the darling of the jewelry industry. It’s what makes stones more valuable. As a centuries-old setting, some would also say the halo ring’s traditionalism makes it sophisticated, far from tacky.

Final Thoughts

When you’ve found your halo engagement ring a match as worthy as your own love, shop Brilliant Earth’s wedding ring sets for ethically sourced jewelry. Still not sure? Get more advice and explore more styles in our wedding ring guide.

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Amethyst Gemstone Guide

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 03/27/2023 - 15:00

A dreamy, semiprecious stone, amethyst combines the passion of red and the serenity of blue. Said to reduce anxiety, and even pain, this peaceful purple gemstone can invite emotional stability when worn as jewelry. Here’s all you need to know to choose a calming quartz for you or your loved one’s beautiful necklaces, rings, and bracelets.

What is amethyst?

Amethyst is formed in basalt rock, aka volcanic lava, creating the ultimate origin story for this protection stone. The pyrogenic basalt acts like a cauldron for minerals and water that come together over millions of years, shaping amethyst crystals as a lining around the fiery rocks. This gem is extremely common (and therefore inexpensive), and the most favored color of quartz.

Once mined, jewelry experts use heat treatments to replace the gemstone’s silicone with iron. It evokes a wider range of purples, from soothing lilac to vibrant violet. The end result? Jewelry that’s happy and glam — and what better combo for accessories? Feeling and looking good is what style’s all about.

The History of the Amethyst Gemstone

The history of amethyst dates back as early as 2000 BC, and throughout the centuries, it brought a mystery and magic to many cultures. From the dignified to the drunks, here’s the lore carried with the gemstone and part of why amethyst has endured.

  • Ancient Egyptians carved animals out of amethyst. Because its gentle palette is so relaxing, and the stone is so durable, it’s believed that these purple little talismans were worn as protection.
  • The name amethyst actually comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning ‘not drunken.” Why? Ancient Greeks and Romans believed amethyst had the power to prevent you from getting too intoxicated, keeping hangovers at bay. They created amethyst jewelry and figures (even wine glasses) to avoid intoxication. A noble cause.
  • Speaking of nobility, English royals in the Middle Ages deemed amethyst to be imperial. Once produced with a rare dye, the color purple became a symbol of wealth, worn only by the elite. With amethyst’s ancient origins, this purple gemstone was worn as jewelry by high society to imply status. Even Queen Elizabeth ll accessorized with amethyst.

The 4 Cs of Amethyst Amethyst Gemstone Color

Pure quartz crystals are colorless, but the draw of an amethyst is its purple hues. Iron and aluminum inspire everything from lighter lilacs to deep violets. But a reddish-purple amethyst is actually preferred by gemologists and regarded as a finer and more expensive crystal (it’s bright enough not to disappear or dull in darker environments).

Color zoning is common in more transparent amethyst gemstones, and while solid stones are extremely prized, some say a lack of color zoning is how you spot a fake amethyst. Color zoning basically means a little white here, a little blue there, and/or a few additional shades of purple. The stone’s colors are sectioned, rather than presenting as one consistent tone.

Amethyst Gemstone Cut

A gem’s cut determines how many sides it has to reflect light and create shine. Ovular cuts, such as the pear or teardrop, can create a captivating sparkle in an amethyst ring. These cuts are all about bling, but they’re an affordable alternative to pricey round cuts. Pears and teardrops have the added benefit of unique shapes, and their elongation actually makes your amethyst gem look bigger. If you’re shooting to embrace your gemstone’s purple shade, consider a barion cut to bring out the brilliance in large, light-purple stones.

Amethyst Gemstone Clarity

As a Type 2 gemstone, amethyst often has few “inclusions,” or internal flaws. An “eye-clean” amethyst is more valuable because it means these flaws are discreet or they’re undetectable by a jeweler under a microscope (the only way most inclusions are visible). The color and transparency of your purple gemstone can affect how the flaws appear, if at all — for example, an intense purple may help mask imperfections. Bubbles, discoloration, and cracks that sacrifice clarity also drive down the “worth” of an amethyst gemstone. In fact, bubbles may indicate a fake.

Amethyst Gemstone Carat

Carat is your amethyst gemstone’s measurement of weight. The more carats, the higher the price. But because amethyst is so widely available and it’s not hard to come by big rocks, prices for quality stones are still super reasonable. They’re often just $20-$50 per carat. While size matters, the gem’s color, cut, clarity will also “weigh” in on its worth.

Amethyst Gemstone Value

With huge deposits all over the world, amethyst doesn’t cost a lot by most shopper’s standards. Known for being a purple gem, it’s hardly surprising that since this stone is not rare, its color is largely responsible for its price. Paler shades are considered weaker and therefore cheaper ($20-$30 per carat), while deep, even purples are more sought-after and “expensive” (for an amethyst, this is $40-$50 per carat).

As you’re evaluating your amethyst gemstone, beware of bubbles, which don’t exist in real stones. Impurities will instead look like “threads.” And don’t shy away from the word “impure” — internal flaws are common for every gem of every size.

Amethyst Gemstone Treatments

Heat is used to cool off or amp up the intensity of amethyst coloring. In fact, most amethyst has been treated for fade-proof synthetic hues. Even natural amethyst. Heat treatments can alter the prototypical purple, from a lavender “Rose de France” to a rich “Siberian.” But combined with irradiation, heat turns amethyst brown, orange, or yellow. In this process, beams of radiation scorch these beauties with light, and a cozy 400-500º C ignites those warmer tones.

Amethyst Gemstone Care

Amethyst is low-maintenance. It’s tough, with a fairly high hardness rating of 7, making it pretty resistant to scratching and practical for daily wear. A prong or a bezel setting can offer additional protection. Heat treatments essentially “dye” an amethyst its color and keep it from fading, but avoid repeated or lengthy exposure to bright light all the same (it might cause yellowing).

With all of your traditional care concerns are out of the way, warm water and a soft cloth are all you need to suds up your amethyst gemstone. But when we say warm, we don’t mean hot. Avoid excessive heat.

Amethyst Gemstone Facts

Hard Facts:

  • Family: Quartz
  • Color: Purple
  • Luster: Vitreous
  • Category: Silicate mineral
  • Hardness: 7 on Mohs scale

Fun Facts:

  • Amethyst is the February birthstone for all you Aquarians.
  • While it’s now known to be widespread (and therefore, easily attainable), amethyst was thought to be a rare, precious stone all the way up until the 18th-19th century. The discovery of massive amounts of amethyst in Brazil caused prices to plunge. It’s since continued to be found the world over, including a literal ton of amethyst crystals that was recently recovered from a United States cave.
  • Amethyst is rumored to welcome romance into the lives of those who wear it. Adding to this matchmaker myth, amethyst was worn by Saint Valentine, the patron saint of love, in a ring that featured a carving of Cupid. The gemstone’s associations with love make it popular for engagement rings.

Amethyst Gemstone FAQs What is the amethyst stone good for?

In the crystal community, amethyst’s reassuring purple shade is said to ease any ailment, emotional or physical.

Is amethyst stone expensive?

Amethyst is abundant. Once held in the same esteem as rubies and sapphires, an amethyst ring now typically goes for $20-50 per carat. Even the really big, beautiful cuts.

Is amethyst considered a lucky stone?

Purple amethyst has a tranquil color that promotes clarity and productivity, so fans of the metaphysical tend to believe that this leads to more positivity and intelligence. The darker the shade, the better the luck. You know, allegedly.

What’s the difference between amethyst and ametrine?

It’s all quartz, but amethyst is a torch away from becoming ametrine. Basically, the latter is a blend of purple amethyst and yellow citrine (so major color zoning happening here). It’s a natural mix of quartz colors, frequently found in Bolivia.

Where is amethyst most commonly found?

Amethyst is found inside geodes and surrounding volcanic rocks, with Brazil and Zambia leading the production of the most gemstones (Brazil for size and Zambia for deep color). But amethyst occurs all over the world, and not in short supply. Amethyst has also been mined in Uruguay, Bolivia, South Korea, Russia, United States, and South India.

Final Thoughts

Blissful amethyst gemstones are said to make their wearer wiser. And what a coincidence because we’ve got a recommendation for smart shopping. If purple is your idea of perfect jewelry, shop all gemstones at Brilliant Earth to ensure it’s ethically sourced.

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How to Stack Bracelets

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 03/27/2023 - 15:00

Stacking bracelets is like hanging out with a friend; one-on-one time lets you appreciate them individually, but a party brings out new sides of them. They’ll be able to play off the energy of others and shine (sometimes literally) in a new context.

It’s the same with accessorizing. When you stack bracelets, you get to see more of your favorite pieces at once and enjoy their interactions with other colors, textures, and materials. But just like not everybody gets along, you want to plan your wrist’s guest list accordingly for the most fun (style). Here’s how to stack bracelets for the best results.

Why We Love Stacking Bracelets Elevate Casual Attire

Like all jewelry, bracelets make your outfits more decorative, but layers add complexity (and flair) beyond the wrist. Yes, you can dress up an otherwise ordinary watch by flanking it, but you can also make a jogger ensemble or a t-shirt and jeans suddenly seem bold and confident. A finishing touch always feels like you believe in an outfit, so imagine what three or more bracelets can do.

Each Arrangement is Unique

Side-by-side bracelets inspire different vibes. Leather, studs, and metal is a grouping easily recognized as edgy, while bright colors and thinner bands read more feminine, especially when paired with beads or gemstones. Even though the slender, sparkly, curvy nature of these features is “pretty,” jewelry is genderless. It’s all about personality. Which is why you can forgo style to make your stack meaningful, like matching a simple engraved bracelet with a significant charm bracelet.

Give Pieces New Purpose

While one bracelet may feel over- or underdressed, you can change the attitude by adding texture and color. For example, a pared-back bracelet feels more sophisticated as a stack. And if you’re a believer in the power of gemstones, layered bracelets allow you to invite more good luck. The (metaphysical) power of fashion.

How to Stack Bracelets 1. Choose an Anchor

To start “small,” you’ll actually want to build out from a heavy, standalone piece. Watches, cuffs, and beads all make a strong focal point to bookend with thinner bracelets. Charms can also act as a centerpiece, as long as they only have one or two center charms to prevent the stack from looking busy.

2. Focus on Size and Style

As you layer around your stack’s anchor, decide whether the juxtaposition will complement or contrast. Do that through size and style. Similar is sleek, while opposites are striking (which is not the same as clashing). For example, if you have a package set of bracelets, try layering in sparkle between matte pieces, or a dynamic shape between solids.

3. Pick at Least Three

Stacks look best in odds of three, five, or seven, especially with a big piece. It looks less matchy and more intentional, because it provides an even balance alongside a natural center. Three is the simplest arrangement, allowing breathing room between the pieces, but also offering enough visual variety. Small bracelets? More bracelets.

What order should you stack bracelets in?

If you want your bracelets to (mostly) stay put, rest your tight piece near the base of your wrist, then pile them on to keep them all close at hand. If you don’t mind movement and want your stack to stand out, go wide.

Tips for Stacking Bracelets
  • Organize to Visualize: Group your jewelry box by style, such as woven bands and earth tones for boho vibes, or by occasion, such as glittering tennis bracelets for classy affairs. Maybe you want your dominant pieces together to plan ahead. Sorting bracelets can help save time and express who you are (or want to be).
  • Consider Your Outfit: Pattern, texture, and color will draw the eye, so factor in the weight you’re adding to your arms. If your bracelets are all chunky, stick to three to avoid looking overcrowded and clunky. That being said, you can decide based on what you’re wearing and how heavy the stack feels.
  • Mind the Gap (Your Shirt Length): You generally want bracelets within one third of your forearm, unless you’re aiming for a Jack Sparrow/Keith Richards aesthetic, which is iconic and valid. But for everyday wear, fall short of your shirt or jacket. While stacks “work” well with any attire (including work), you can make the most of layered bracelets in warmer weather, the season of shorter sleeves.
  • Play with Proportions: Within your three to five bracelets, play with size and weight, within reason. Multiple charms can look bulky within a stack. One way to cheat and add extra elements without extra bracelets is a station bracelet. It’s a chain that comes with shapes, such as gems or beads, and each embellishment is “stationed” evenly around it.
  • Don’t Be Afraid of Color: Contrast your outfit to draw attention to your bracelet stack, or complement the colors for a more monochromatic look. Gems and metallics such as rose gold are a quick color fix. Find a theme to unify your bracelet palette. For example, explore a range of shades in a single color, or combine nature-inspired colors, etc.
  • Mix (Durable) Metals: It’s super trendy to shuffle metals, even metals with distinct finishes. Keep in mind that mixing silver bracelets with gold can alter the color over time. Gold is a soft metal, so pair it with compatible gems and metals so it doesn’t tarnish (Ditto protecting any sensitive gemstones, such as turquoise.). White, yellow, and vermeil gold bracelets are more durable options. If you’re allergic to metals, stack platinum bracelets.
  • Switch up Texture: You don’t always need volume if you have texture. And it can simplify your color and material choice if you’re only varying one bracelet element. For example, metal can be smooth and sleek or hammered, and gemstones range from a tough diamond (or lab diamond) to a smooth pearl. Diversifying the texture is an easy way to enrich your aesthetic so you can avoid an armful of bracelets (unless that’s what you want).
  • Consider Movement: Relaxed or rigid? Flexible or firm? Think about noise and sliding as you stack bracelets, and whether either would inconvenience an occasion, such as work. Then you’ll want to keep it tidy and stationary (go small to stay snug). Alternatively, allowing wide bracelets to hang looks and feels more flowy.
  • Do You: What looks the “best” is also what feels the best, so experiment. Style is a matter of preference. The fact that Jake from State Farm can rock khakis is proof that style rules don’t apply to everyone.

Can you stack bracelets on both wrists?

Yes! Keep the mix of size, thickness, and texture on each wrist cohesive. A stack is also a statement, so when you layer bracelets, especially on both wrists, try to skip eye-catching necklaces over simple chains, or flashy earrings vs. studs. And limit any bulky rings, unless you’re stacking one (opposite) arm. When your clothing is informal, adding too much glitz can look mismatched. But everyone decides what feels too plain or gaudy for themselves.

What types of bracelets are good for stacking?
  • Bangle Bracelets: Bangles are loose-fitting anchors; a thick, (usually) solid round bracelet that slides on easily.
  • Tennis Bracelets: Studded with wraparound gems, nothing says fancy like a delicate tennis bracelet. Thin and elegant, it’s perfect for refining your stack.
  • Chain Bracelets: The easiest, most understated addition to break up other bracelets, but coming in any shape and size, you can make your entire stack out of chain bracelets.
  • Beaded Bracelets: When you like to move it, move it, beads bring a bit of rotation in any material or color.
  • Cuff Bracelets: The cuff bracelet is almost a bangle, but with an open (or closed) clasp.
Do I have to worry about my bracelet stack getting tangled?

Tangled bracelets aren’t a concern if you layer thick between thin. Consider larger links with twisted cables. As long as your size and textures vary with each spacing, your bracelets shouldn’t intertwine.

Bracelet Stacking FAQs What are stacking bracelets?

It simply means multiple bracelets worn on one arm. But whether it’s an extravagant tennis bracelet or plain metal, it’s worthy of layering. It just depends on its partners.

What makes a good stackable bracelet?

Beads and solid chains offer textural interludes, while leather cuffs are popular for casual looks. Generally, limit bulk and build around it. If you want a signature piece you always build around, make sure it’s sturdy, especially if you pair metals that could corrode each other.

Is stacking bracelets still in style?

Yes, layering bracelets is a huge jewelry trend. As art deco rages, excess is in and celebrates the “more is more” look of layering.

How many bracelets should you wear at once?

Odds look even. And no more than seven is a loose rule to keep you practical and comfortable in any occasion.

How many bracelets make a stack?

Some styles warrant more, and some sizes require less. A safe place is between three or five bracelets, especially with a chunky member. Not unlike plates, you’ll know when a stack is sensible.

How do I layer bracelets?

Creativity comes from the unexpected, so vary the size, texture, and material. It’s best to find accents for one statement piece, and to only stack within one third of your forearm. But jewelry is about storytelling, so do what feels right.

How do you stack bracelets with an Apple watch?

Feminine, dainty bracelets can play down the functionality of a watch so it’s more artsy and playful. Your watch or a tight-fitting bracelet should be the base to prevent sliding.

Should stacked bracelets be the same size?

Typically and most fashionably, no. Dimension adds interest and makes the difference between bracelets settling or sliding on your wrists.

Final Thoughts

Not exactly Tetris, but bracelet stacking is an art form. Shop all bracelets at Brilliant Earth to ensure that the perfect pairs for your layers are earth conscious.

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Armin Strom Blues its Mirrored Force Resonance

JustLuxe - Tue, 03/21/2023 - 22:50

A year after pioneering independent watchmaker Armin Strom launched a redesigned, sleeker Mirrored Force Resonance, the Swiss-based manufacturer launches a new version 


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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Her Gifts Drove Me Crazy’

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 03/21/2023 - 21:00
Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.
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What are Brilliant Earth Diamonds: Your FAQs Answered

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 03/21/2023 - 15:00

As you begin the jewelry buying process, you may have a question (or many questions) about diamonds; how to know which diamond is best, where they come from, and what the difference is between natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds. And at Brilliant Earth, our diamonds are especially unique: each stone we offer is Beyond Conflict Free, meaning that its origins go beyond industry standards to become truly ethical and sustainable. While we recommend perusing our Diamond Buying Guide for in-depth answers to all your diamond questions, read on here to understand the ins-and-outs of the Brilliant Earth difference.

What is the Purpose of Brilliant Earth?

At Brilliant Earth, our mission is to cultivate a more transparent, sustainable, compassionate, and inclusive jewelry industry. Our purpose is to create jewelry you can feel good about wearing, without ever compromising between quality and conscience.

What Are Brilliant Earth Diamonds?

We offer several different types of diamonds – lab grown, naturally mined, and recycled diamonds – all of which are certified as Beyond Conflict Free. Beyond Conflict Free Diamonds go beyond the jewelry industry’s ethical standards to offer stones that are carefully selected for their ethical and environmentally responsible origins.

Does Brilliant Earth Sell Lab Diamonds or Natural Diamonds?

We sell both lab diamonds and natural diamonds. Our lab diamond assortment is one of the largest selections available industry-wide, allowing customers to select a stone that matches their preferences in terms of shape, fluorescence, as well as the 4 C’s: cut, color, carat, and clarity. Our natural diamond assortment is also extensive, catering to customers seeking ethically sourced stones mined from the Earth. Many of our natural diamonds are also recycled, meaning they were previously set and then unset to become a new design – allowing for a truly low-carbon, ethical origin.

Are Brilliant Earth Diamonds Real?

Absolutely. Our diamonds, whether they’re naturally mined, or lab grown, are real diamonds. Lab diamonds are just as real as natural diamonds – in fact, they’re made from the exact same carbon particles as their natural counterparts. As lab and natural diamonds share the same composition, their final cuts also look exactly the same (unlike diamond stimulants, such as moissanites, which feature a distinctly rainbow-colored shine, or cubic zirconia, which is much more dull). The only difference is how they got there – deep in the earth or grown to perfection in a lab. Otherwise, you won’t be able to tell if a diamond is ‘real’ or tell if its lab grown based on looks alone.

Where Does Brilliant Earth Get Their Diamonds?

We offer diamonds created in labs, recycled diamonds that had a previous life as another jewelry design, and natural diamonds from mines in Canada and parts of Africa. Each of our suppliers demonstrates a robust chain of custody protocol for their diamonds so we have the ability to track and segregate diamonds based on origin. Our suppliers are required to source diamonds that originate from specific mine operators who follow internationally recognized labor, trade, and environmental standards.

Does Brilliant Earth Have Natural Diamonds?

Yes, we do! We offer an extensive selection of natural diamonds ranging in unique combinations of cut, color, clarity, and carat so that our customers can find exactly what they’re looking for. All of our natural diamonds are certified as Beyond Conflict Free, exemplifying our commitment to protecting against human rights abuses, minimizing environmental degradation, maintaining safe and responsible labor practices, supporting community development, and not financing rebel movements.

Does Brilliant Earth Have GIA Certified Diamonds?

Yes! Many of our diamonds are certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Our other diamonds are certified by the International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the Gem Certification & Assurance Lab (GCAL). Each of these institutions holds authority over diamond grading and are sources of knowledge, standards, and education in both gemstones and jewelry.

Are Brilliant Earth Diamonds Cheaper?

Our diamonds are priced fairly and at market rates for each stone’s individual carat weight and ratings in cut, color, and clarity. While lab diamonds are physically identical to natural diamonds, they are generally more cost-effective, making them a better choice for anyone looking for a larger stone on a smaller budget.

Additional FAQs Is Brilliant Earth Ethical?

Yes. Our ethical practices go beyond industry standards to provide our customers with top-quality designs that do not compromise their ethical and sustainable values.

Does Brilliant Earth Sell Quality Diamonds?

Yes. We only sell top-quality diamonds that are rated as J color and higher, SI2 and higher, Fair cut and higher, meaning that any stone you see on our site is an excellent choice to set in your engagement ring or piece of fine jewelry.

Are Brilliant Earth Diamonds Fake?

No, our diamonds are 100% real. Both natural and lab grown diamonds are ‘real’ as they are both created from the same carbon particles.

Does Brilliant Earth Make Real Diamonds?

Yes, all of our diamonds are real. While we are not responsible for ‘making’ them ourselves, each of the diamonds that we source are 100% real and derive from extremely ethical mines and laboratories.

Where Do Brilliant Earth Lab Diamonds Come From?

Our lab diamonds come from vetted, highly controlled laboratories that go through an extensive screening process.

Do Brilliant Earth Diamonds Have Resale Value?

Our diamonds have the same resale values that a similar diamond from another company would have. Generally, natural diamonds have better resale value than lab diamonds, though this will vary greatly depending on the quality of the diamond itself.

Are Natural Diamonds Better Than Lab Created Diamonds?

Neither is better than the other: it’s a very personal preference. Some customers prefer natural diamonds as they are sourced from the Earth and are considered incredibly rare. Others prefer lab as they retain the same physical appearance as natural diamonds but can be purchased at a much better price point.

Do You Need an Appointment to Go to Brilliant Earth?

Nope! Come in and see us. While appointments are recommended for anyone hoping to view a specific product or diamond, we’re also open to walk ins and happy to help with whatever you need.

Final Thoughts

The most important part of the diamond buying process is verifying that your new sparkle isn’t harming someone else or another thing – like the Earth we inhabit. Here at Brilliant Earth, you can feel confident that any diamond you choose, be it lab or natural, is vetted and completely ethically and sustainably sourced. Still curious about more diamond info? Check out these diamond facts or read our 2022 Mission Report to learn more about Brilliant Earth.

Wishing you a wonderful diamond buying journey!

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Dirty Gold: What It Is & How to Help

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 03/20/2023 - 15:00

Dirty gold is illegally mined gold, bad for the planet and bad for the soul. Gold is available (for now), but getting ahold of it is increasingly difficult, especially by modest means. That price tag comes with social and environmental costs, and with no visible difference between recycled gold, ethical alternatives are the way to go. Knowing the source of your jewelry can help you shop responsibly. Here’s what’s at stake with mining dirty gold and how to seek out clean gold for a clean conscience.

What is dirty gold?

Unlawfully obtained gold. The gold mining process scorches everything in its wake, which is why there’s strict protocol for extracting the precious metal from its dwindling reserves. Dirty gold sacrifices the integrity of pristine environments and public health, jeopardizing the surrounding people, water, air, and soil.

But the good news is you can shop for gold jewelry that respects local communities and supports sustainable operations. Brilliant Earth offers 97% recycled gold as well as Fair-mined jewelry so you can sort your accessories by eco-conscious efforts.

What are the problems with gold mining?

Metal mining is far from an innocent industry, and dirty gold profits off the exploitation and contamination of local communities. It ignores the standards of safe extraction in favor of pollution. Between mercury and cyanide release, dirty gold endangers entire ecosystems, and often displaces the people that once lived there to build mines. But you can trace the origins of your gold to help prevent immoral mining. When you shop for gold jewelry online, it’s easier than ever to ensure that your pieces have been audited by experts for social and environmental safety (see our own 2022 Mission Report for examples).

Here’s how gold mining impacts the environment:

1. Pollution

The high temperatures required to extract gold from ore create tons of toxic waste. It gets dumped into major waterways directly by mining companies or pollutes them by breaking through failing dams built for mine waste. Either way, gold mining pollutes rivers and oceans with hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury, petroleum, acids, and cyanide.

2. Environmental Destruction

Dirty gold dishonors the earth. All that shifted rock from digging means biodiversity is disrupted, with oxygen inspiring the rock to react with sulfuric acid. Any runoff into water streams then harms the health people that rely on them, causing skin cancer, tumors, and learning disabilities. It also impacts tourism by making the water turn orange and reek of rotten eggs. Open pit mining and heap leaching also create a toxic gray sludge that destroys life wherever it’s dumped, and once the damage is done, it takes generations to reverse, if it’s at all possible. Conservation is thrown out the window with dirty gold mining because most of the ore extracted will be laid to waste (the amount of metal recovered by comparison is miniscule).

3. Poor Safety

Dirty gold comes from corrupt, negligent mining companies that pay low wages and enforce dangerous working conditions, including exposure to illness-inducing toxins. Vision, muscles, and nerves are all at risk for miners due to poisoning from mercury, arsenic, and more.

4. Rights Violations

Mining should consider and cooperate with the people in the area. That’s rarely the case. Many countries evict indigenous landowners to create gold mines, sacrificing their spiritual and cultural connections to a “mining” area for their own business development.

Why it’s Getting Harder to Mine Gold

Covid-19 wrecked supply chains and the strength of currencies. While gold has always been valued for its scarcity and the fact that it plays hard to get (as far as mining goes), environmental regulations are making it more difficult than ever to extract. Ergo dirty gold. Any gold that was easily accessible is already being worn. There’s a finite amount of gold left, and many barriers to getting the rest remain, which is why recycling jewelry is going to be the future of buying gold jewelry.

How to Combat Dirty Gold: Recycled Gold Jewelry

Dirty gold is criminal. If it’s untraceable, it’s unethical. A lack of a paper trail means that the gold may have incited violent conflict, whether a corporation clashed with a community over its land, or it encouraged armed forces to run mines that value human life less than precious metal. The gold is then most likely sold into the supply chain of smugglers. It’s extraction by extortion. From start to finish, dirty gold ravages landscapes and the lives of locals.

But there’s been progress. Organizations such as the Responsible Jewellery Council, Responsible Minerals Initiative, and London Bullion Market Association are discrediting illegal mining and putting a stop to the destruction of dirty gold.

And recycling gold has reduced the need for mining. Rather than being discarded into a landfill, recycled gold retains the quality of a piece. You hand your tarnished jewelry to the pros and they melt it down for reuse.

Which is why you should buy from Brilliant Earth. Our partnership for positive social impact ensures that our gold jewelry is recovered at the end of its life. Once gold has made it into the industry, we make sure it stays there.

What is recycled gold jewelry?

Recycled gold is giving the jewelry industry an ethical upgrade. This type of gold is just as valuable, and it isn’t diminished in any noticeable way. In terms of quality, there’s no loss, only a moral gain. Recycling gold is a simple process, melting down unused scraps and discarded pieces, potentially remixing them with new materials. Refining and recasting the precious metal gives gold a chance to continue its story.

7 Reasons to Choose Recycled Gold Jewelry

For starters, recycled gold isn’t degraded because gold doesn’t oxidize or corrode. It has lifelong purity from the moment it’s mined, and recycled gold has the same look. Here’s the big reasons why you should go green:

  1. Dirty gold mining ruins a landscape. “Open pit” mining often uses dynamite to blow existing ecosystems to bits, replacing as much as 20 tons of rock and soil with an empty crater. And all that decimation, from soil erosion to diverted (or obstructed) waterways, usually results in one gold ring.
  2. Gold mining produces toxic waste. In a process called “heap leaching,” cyanide (yes, that cyanide) is intentionally spilled over massive mounds of ore. It encourages gold to latch onto the poison and come out of its recesses. Even more toxins are then required to get the gold on its own. Recycling gold means fewer chemicals.
  3. Gold mining creates mercury pollution. In fact, it’s the leading contributor. Mercury is used to pry gold free from ore piles, but as a poison, it obviously must then be dissolved. Unfortunately, that leaves behind mercury vapor (about 400 metric tons every year), which becomes part of the air and causes neurological damage in the miners and surrounding locals who are forced to breathe it in.
  4. Dirty gold mining contaminates water. About 180 million tons of annual toxic waste is either directly dumped into waterways after jewelry is discovered, or is placed in a dam, where it can still seep into soil and occasionally break free altogether. Gallons of poison infiltrate the environment, wreaking havoc for generations.
  5. Mining destruction is ongoing. Whether it’s airborne or flowing through streams, the generational damage of toxic waste stretches beyond the closure of a mine.
  6. Gold mining destroys habitats, from complete removal to the decades of aftereffects. Animal and plant diversity is endangered by the deforestation and pollution that result from introducing a mine to an ecosystem.
  7. Gold mining is often the product of child labor. All over the world, children are exchanging education for exposure to dangerous, life-altering chemicals and hazardous working conditions, including deep diving into underwater mines.
FAQs What is dirty gold mining?

Dirty gold mining references mining that ignores social and environmental safety. It leads to the unregulated release of cyanide, mercury, and other toxic substances.

Is recycled gold real gold?

Yes! Recycled gold is melted down from a former piece of gold jewelry. It’s refined and recast for a fresh start, ready to be worn again.

Does recycled gold have value?

Yes! As many times as you melt down your metal, gold will never sacrifice its value. Recycling does not affect purity.

Is recycled gold better?

Recycled gold wins out over regular gold as far as standards for ethics and sustainability. Same quality, easier on the soul. No need for new alloys when recycled gold has limitless redos.

What is certified recycled gold?

The real deal. A third party, SCS Global, has verified that your gold is clean and conflict-free. Real gold, remade.

Is recycled gold lower quality?

No! Recycling doesn’t degrade your gold. It’s just a sustainable solution to encourage less mining.

How Brilliant Earth is Driving Industry Change

Brilliant Earth recycles precious metals, including gold. We’re committed to curbing the demand for new minerals. Dirty gold has no place in our business as we work to fight abuses of environmental and human rights. Instead, we source our recycled metal from existing jewelry, electronics components, product manufacturing, and investment gold products, such as gold bars.

We also endorse programs that are holding mining companies accountable for responsible extraction. Our own suppliers must meet the strict sourcing guidelines of our Recycled Precious Metals Policy, which includes a tight list of approved small-scale mines, reviewed on an ongoing basis. We want to ensure the lowest environmental impact possible, using little to no chemicals. Our offering of Fairmined gold helps empower miners with a sustainable mining framework to prioritize the health of their environmental and social community, as well as an economic incentive for adhering to those standards. We respect workers’ rights during the mining and the land restoration afterward.

And to reduce the need for mining, we focus on more than materials. Our quality craftsmanship means longer-lasting pieces. All of our jewelry is durable and comes with a free lifetime warranty.

Our initiatives for responsible recovery can help limit the destruction of dirty gold. When you shop with Brilliant Earth, you endorse our mission of a safer supply chain. See our 2022 Mission Report for the full recap of how far we’ve come and how far we aim to go.

Title photo courtesy of Mark Z. Saludes for Human Rights Watch.

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Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond Rings

Brilliant Earth - Sun, 03/19/2023 - 15:00

This is your go-to ring when you want the graceful emerald-shaped outline that says “classic,” and the modern brilliance of a round diamond on a budget. With an elongated radiant cut diamond, you get the durability of a radiant cut’s beveled corners, without sacrificing any impressive shine. Here’s why you should consider an even slimmer silhouette for your radiant cut.

What is an elongated radiant cut?

The elongated radiant diamond has the slender shape of an emerald cut diamond, but the facets of a round cut diamond. It’s the ultimate combination: an extended body that’s universally flattering on all who wear it, and jewelry that sparkles more than your average gem. All the va-va-voom without the cha-ching.

Are elongated radiant cuts more expensive?

Generally, no, because a radiant cut preserves more of a diamond’s natural, pre-polished state (less intensive whittling required). The extra length also isn’t as important to cost as the 4 Cs of diamonds: cut, color, clarity, and carat. For example, radiant cuts are what you call “fancy shapes,” so they tend to flaunt a bit more color than a pure glittering white gemstone, especially when compared to round brilliant diamonds. These compromises drive down their price. That being said, prongs can usually disguise most of a radiant cut’s imperfections. With the right ring setting, a stone won’t reveal its worth.

What is the L/W ratio for an elongated radiant cut diamond?

The fun and intrigue of an elongated radiant cut is its rectangular body, which has a ratio of about 1.15 to 1.35. You can still achieve the shape with a diamond that has a ratio of 1.2 and higher — the most popular is 1.25. It’s all preference. All you need to know is that when there’s a bigger difference between your numbers, there’s a more elongated shape in your diamond.

Pros of Elongated Radiant Cut Engagement Rings
  • “Cutting” Edge: This elongated diamond cut was only invented as recently as the late ‘70s, meaning it’s the new and improved design. In other words, you’re one of the first to mix the best of every cut and more likely to have a unique ring.
  • More Sparkle, for Less: An elongated radiant cut is a less common alternative for less cost. As far as radiance, an elongated diamond has (almost) the same small facets and (just about) the same shimmer as a brilliant cut, but all at a better price.
  • Super Sturdy: With its step-cut shape, you even get more protection from chipping and snagging. An elongated radiant cut allows you to cherish a longer-lasting diamond.
  • Draws the Eye: When you want to add more length to your ring stack for visual interest, or simply more length to your fingers for perception of elegance, an elongated radiant cut offers the most shine possible for this sophisticated diamond shape.
  • Enlarged Appearance: An added benefit of any elongated cut is that it looks bigger than it is, especially face-up — perfect when you’re looking for an impressive (yet affordable) engagement ring.
Cons of Elongated Radiant Cut Engagement Rings
  • Angular Aesthetic: Radiant cuts create a sharper, truncated gem compared to the soft, curved cushion cut. But the slanted corners of elongated diamonds do help hide internal and external flaws, and they can be styled as crisp or edgy. And since they’re not as pointy as a square cut, they won’t catch on clothing. The clean lines of an elongated cut’s straight sides are also the ideal fit for a three-stone ring setting. We get more into why in our guide to the anatomy of a ring.
  • Fewer Setting Options: The downside of an up-and-comer means less availability. But nothing says commitment like hunting for a hard(er)-to-find radiant cut engagement ring, or stand-out style if it’s for your own finger. You’ll want to go for an elongated cushion cut instead if you desire width. But if you feel like a cushion cut is too “square” (see what we did there?), the elongated engagement ring trend is more one-of-a-kind.
  • Color Depth: Because radiant diamonds are cut deep to maximize their eye-catching sparkle, that means their color is more visible in the body rather than as rainbow flashes across their surface. However, a yellow or rose gold setting can help hide any unwanted gem color. Our diamond buying guide provides more tips for enhancing or reducing any desired diamond effects, including their impact on the stone’s value.

How do you choose an elongated radiant cut engagement ring? 1. Budget

Just because an elongated diamond has more body, doesn’t mean it’ll demand more spend. In fact, a lot of the appeal of the elongated diamond’s measurement is looking larger than its actual weight, and often larger than a round cut with the same weight. The longer shape means the gem cutter is able to make the most of the diamond’s original form, a less time-consuming process that ends up being cheaper for both of you.

2. Gemstone

When you’re truly trying to “cut” back on what a diamond is worth (financially), look to moissanite vs. diamonds for your elongated radiant cut. These gems are man-made rather than harvested, so they’re more sustainable for the earth and your budget. Because of an elongated cut’s color depth and how it uses so much of the original stone, radiant gemstones often come in “fancy” colors. But even if you prefer white diamonds to vibrant hues, you can get the look for less due to the elongated diamond cut’s fire.

3. Length to Width Ratio

The size of your radiant cut diamond is all about personal style (and comfort), but a length-to-width ratio of 1.15 to 1.35 is the go-to refinement for elongated shapes. If you’re shopping under 1.05, you’re in the square radiant range.

4. Remaining 4 Cs

An elongated radiant cut implies the overall shape you can expect, but what about the rest of your ring? Quality depends on the carat, clarity, and color. A radiant cut means you get more for your carat, because by weight, elongated gems look even more glitz and glam (huge and sparkly). And because of the angular faceting, you can save on clarity when shopping for an elongated radiant diamond. Why? Between its edges and bright sparkle, this type of cut will mask most inclusions (tiny imperfections). So you don’t have to splurge more on eye-clean gems, because even I1 diamonds will appear flawless with an elongated cut’s longer shape and many facets. For the same reason (brilliance), you can also shop for a lower diamond color Even an H or I color radiant can present as a white gem because an elongated shape reflects so much light. If you want to avoid as much tint in your diamond as possible, appointments with our jewelry experts (virtual or in-person) can ease the anxiety of buying your engagement ring online. We’ll ensure you find the most striking and affordable combination of 4 Cs.

5. Setting

Because of their semi-rarity, elongated radiant rings aren’t as widely available in as many settings. But halo rings intensify the captivating, glimmering quality of this diamond cut. Halo settings are made to bring out or amplify the brightness in a sparkly diamond, with a circle of small accent stones surrounding the band of a larger center stone. So this setting is the perfect match for the effervescence of the elongated radiant cut.

Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond Ring FAQs Is a princess cut or radiant cut diamond more elongated?

Radiant cut diamonds are more well-known for being elongated, because princess cuts are square. The biggest difference between these diamond cuts tends to be the cropped corners of the radiant cut vs. the sharp edges of the princess cut diamond.

Does an elongated radiant cut diamond have a bowtie effect?

It’s possible. Elongated radiant cut diamonds occasionally come with a dark faceting “bowtie” pattern across their center, compromising their purity. An adorable name, an unfortunate illusion. Poor craftsmanship means a darker or larger shadow. And the bigger the bowtie, the dimmer the shine. Not unlike the milky dulling effect of diamond fluorescence, a bowtie can lead to a less exciting (shiny) gem. It’s important to invest in the quality of the cut for the best sparkle, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Final Thoughts

The luxe appearance of an elongated radiant cut is a pretty shine without the cost of a pretty penny. Shop Brilliant Earth’s lab grown diamonds for the most cost-effective elongated radiant cut. And when you begin your radiant lab grown diamond search with us, you can guarantee your gems are environmentally conscious.

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How to Layer Necklaces

Brilliant Earth - Sat, 03/18/2023 - 15:00

Layering takes one necklace from simple to ensemble. It’s basically a declaration of being a bold, stylish person. One, it implies you have the expert eye to know what works together, and two, you have the sense of occasion to take things up a notch. But an effortless layered look depends on your necklace types and placement. Make the most of your jewelry with our necklace layering tips.

Why We Love Layered Necklaces Elevate Every Outfit

A necklace stack makes your outfit seem more put-together and intentional by multiplying the zhush effect of jewelry. Because even if your pieces aren’t flashy, the fact of wearing them means you took your appearance into account. So add the cohesive vision it takes to layer multiple necklaces? Suddenly your airport outfit or gas station attire becomes thoughtful and balanced.

Flaunt Your Personality

Layering jewelry instantly adds vibes because the pieces speak to each other. You’re also able to showcase more pieces more often and flaunt your full range of taste. Layering allows you to flex your creativity with endless combinations, which is why stacking necklaces is a major jewelry trend.


Multiple necklaces are immediately more dynamic. Layering can make simple pieces more lively and attractive. It can also bring out the best of a statement necklace, with the other layers creating a frame, essentially Voguing your centerpiece.

How to Layer Necklaces 1. Stick to Two Strands

All you need to layer is a friend for your foundational necklace. Think in opposite lengths, like a chunky choker and a pendant chain, and unify them with the same style, color, or metal. The shorter of the two goes first.

2. Showcase a Treasured Pendant

A focal point punctuates a layered look. It’s as easy as pairing a medallion necklace with a shorter chain. But your pendant could be personal, such as an engraved necklace or birthstone, making the layers more of a conversation starter.

3. Layer With Length in Mind

Necklace length is your key coordinator tying the layers together (and what prevents them from literally tying together). Typically, 2” is a safe, stylish distance between each necklace. For reference, picture a 14″ resting on the neck, while 33″ will fall below the chest. Technically there’s a standard men’s chain length necklace for comfort, but length is a matter of style preference.

4. Balance Necklace Style & Thickness

Necklace styles won’t stick together through thick and thin, and that’s the point. Layering your delicate pieces with hefty ones is actually one of the best ways to avoid tangling. And there’s no shortage of chains to choose from: cables, braids, beads, mesh. So even if “chunky” doesn’t sound like your style, it can have a “broad” definition. You can vary shapes and sizes within any range.

How do you stack necklaces without tangling?

Switching up the weight, texture, and material of your layered necklaces can help avoid entanglements. For example, a band necklace won’t dance with a chain necklace, and dainty pieces will stay put under heavier ones. Basically, necklaces of a feather tangle together (nothing against feather necklaces).

But you don’t have to overthink your jewelry. If you’re someone discouraged from layering pieces because you’re haunted by hours of undoing knots, invest in a necklace detangler. It’s a clasp made for separating multiple necklaces.

What to Do if your Necklaces Get Tangled

It takes two to tangle, after all. Hopefully, it will be as quick and convenient as unclasping your necklaces and dangling them to de-twist. But it depends how your necklaces lay together. Read on for layering tips.

Necklace Layering Tips
  • Match Your Aesthetic: Texture, thickness, and length aren’t just about preventing knots. It’s also about fashion do-not’s. You can use necklaces to tone down or play up an outfit, but the size, amount, color, and material of necklaces shouldn’t over- or underwhelm your clothing.
  • Align to Your Neckline: Scoop, V, and crew neck shirts add to the drama of long necklaces, such as lariats. However, high necks will draw attention away from your artful ensemble. So reserve chokers and short chains for high necks to avoid an awkward appearance.
  • Do More With Less: Avoid a busy ensemble of too many shapes and textures, especially in casual settings or with thin fabrics. Match the moment. Daring necklace arrangements are fit for formalwear, while subdued pieces, such as a tennis necklace, can still add a chic statement to athleisure days.
  • Accentuate Color: To punch up a neutral number, layer in a single vibrant strand. You’ll usually want it to be your shortest chain to complement your makeup vs. pull away or otherwise distract from your face. You can also bring in color, texture, and shine with a gemstone necklace. In this scenario, make the stone your star by pairing it with more subtle layers.
  • Experiment With Shapes: While layered shapes can quickly overpower a look, play with scale. Doubling or tripling smaller shapes can look more intricate, such as multiple medallion necklaces in increasing sizes. Or pairing a locket necklace with a meaningful charm, for example, can create cute, playful visual interest.
  • Mix Metals: This can apply to the metals of the necklaces you layer, or how your necklaces do or don’t match your rings and earrings. Rose gold stacks well with both silver and white gold, for example. And mixed metals feel more unexpected. But skin tone can also play a role in whether you lean into gold or silver. One might flatter you more (gold for warm, silver for cool).
  • Add Length With a Necklace Extender: When you have two necklaces that dangle around the same length, an extender is your answer. Removable extenders are a quick fix to make one necklace longer than the other. It can also be used to make a necklace longer if it’d look better hanging at a different layer.
  • Separate Layers With a Necklace Clasp: A necklace clasp prevents layers from joining together. Quick solution for a common problem, and perfect for people on the go, or those who aren’t fans of fussy jewelry.
  • Make Your Own Rules: Style is a matter of preference, so you don’t have to follow the rule of three (or any other rules). In fact, if you feel more comfortable choosing expertly layered pieces, you can even buy a layering necklace — multiple chains made for each other, already perfectly paired. Boom. Elegance made easy, and shopping made simple.

Layered Necklace FAQs How do you make layered necklaces look good?

The easiest way to layer is to match metals and stick to one statement piece as your lowest or center layer. For example, a diamond or pearl necklace shouldn’t compete with other layers for attention (unless you want them to).

How do you layer necklaces together?

Start with your shortest necklace, then build. Keep the focus on the top or bottom necklace.

How do you wear two necklaces at once?

Use neckline to determine your necklace type and use necklace length to determine your drape and shape.

How do you choose necklaces?

If your goal is understated, opt for subtle accent necklaces, like paperclips and bars. For that dazzling cascade, shoot for dimension; a long, tasseled lariat always draws the eye.

How many necklaces should you layer?

About 2-4 at a time is standard — avoid the look of Joey wearing Chandler’s clothes. For example, some necklaces, such as a festoon, already have a tiered appearance, so all it needs is a shorter chain for its mate.

Final Thoughts

Investing in a wide assortment of necklaces with varied lengths, colors, and types can ensure you have plenty of options to mix and match. It gives you the flexibility (and flair) to keep your looks fresh, experiment with styles, and find pairings unique to you. You’ll have layers suitable for every outfit, mood, and occasion. Shop all necklaces at Brilliant Earth so that every necklace in your stack is guaranteed to be ethically sourced.

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How to Stack Earrings for Multiple Piercings

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 15:00

Stacking earrings can be a lot more intricate than sliding on rings, bracelets, or necklaces. You still need an eye for balance, but it can also require piercing. In other words, a little more money, maintenance, and pain — though we have tips around that.

Here’s a few suggestions for where to best place earrings and how to draw attention to them, but have fun. These layering “rules” are literally not going to fit every ear.

How do you wear earrings with multiple piercings?

As you move up the ear, stack earrings from biggest to smallest, or from statement pieces to simpler ones. Because you don’t have a ton of room to work with, avoid too many sizable pieces (an inch is enough) or showy details, like tassels.

That being said, the shape of your ear and the space available will determine which piercing placements are best for you; we’ll get into all of them later. But great news — retractable clasps and illusion earrings make it totally possible to create the impression of separate piercings without having them. So you can always experiment.

Branching outside of a singular style and/or texture is what’s going to get your earring stack noticed, if that’s what you want. You might pair plain earrings with pave, or danglers with huggies. It’s all about personality.

How to Stack Earrings for Multiple Piercings 1. Start With a Centerpiece

Typically, your biggest earring will be the bottom hole. The easiest way to visualize this is starting with hoops, then stacking studs and huggies. But your centerpiece could also be an ear crawler, which, as the name implies, would take up the side of your ear (it’s another sneaky way to get the look of multiple piercings while skipping the puncture). Your focal point could also be a personality piece, such as a name or star sign. When stacking earrings, you’re building out from your favorite.

When you have a showstopping earring, you’ll either want to avoid too many necklaces, bracelets, and rings, or match their aesthetic. That way, you’re either highlighting your earring or using it to create a cohesive look.

2. Cascading Rule

Drama should decrease the higher you ascend, but don’t limit your creativity. Basically, suspenders down low and snug up top for an effortless waterfall effect. A pairing that can best illustrate this is drop earrings and halo earrings, their names giving clues for which is top and bottom. You want your bolder, elongated pieces pulling the weight, while upper lobes and helix are safe bets for smaller players.

3. Abide by the 40/60 Rule

An earring stack is not just about the height and weight of your jewelry, it’s also about the balance of style. Because your ears are a smaller, more concentrated space, keep earrings 40% bold and 60% dainty. As with all of our advice, this is a suggestion, not a hard rule. But keep in mind that weight also impacts comfort.

Tips for Earring Stacks
  • Simplify With Cuffs: Cuffs are usually commitment free. You don’t need piercings to slide them on, so they’re the perfect, painless addition to an earring stack to break up other pieces. These press-ons are a natural fit for the rim, especially your fake helix (aka the outside) or conch (aka your inner cup).
  • Flatter Your Outfit’s Aesthetic: Match your earrings to your outfit’s style. If it’s elaborate, go intricate. If it’s casual, go charming. But it depends how much attention you want to draw to your jewelry. High necklines, such as turtlenecks, will enhance your earring stack because they pull attention to your face. This is still true of crew or boat necks, but these necklines put a bit more emphasis on your collarbone.
  • Increase Visibility With Your Hairstyle: Pulling your hair back into a ponytail or bun will make your earring stack stand out. But you can also clip or bobby pin loose strands as necessary, so your jewelry style doesn’t go unnoticed.
  • Say More With Minimalism: Sparkle looks and feels luxe, so a little goes a long way. Pair glittery pieces with matte ones, or use spacing to relax your look. Consider platinum earrings with rose gold, for example. Studs and hoops are lowkey anywhere on the ear, so they can also help enhance your centerpiece. How many earrings you wear and how often will also impact the upkeep.
  • Emphasize Color: Because earrings are so close to the face, color offers plenty of opportunity for creativity. Pair vibrant earrings to complement or contrast your eye shadow and lipstick, or stack bright gemstones to bring out your eyes.
  • Juxtapose Shapes: From stars to hearts to florals, mix and match shapes to add dimension to your earring stack. If you’re going to include earrings with dramatic shapes in your arrangement, such as drops or dangles, those longer lengths make the most visual sense in the first lobe. Consider pairing earrings that flatter the width and curvature of your face. For example, angular earrings to balance a soft, round face or chandelier earrings to elongate it.
  • Contrast Sizes: You don’t have to go big to go bold. Switching up weight and density (as in whether your earrings are heavy or slim) also creates a fast focal point. But your earring constellation will depend on the size of your lobes and cartilage. With smaller ears, you’ll want to space out your stack so it doesn’t look busy.
  • Vary Texture: Embellishments are the difference between quaint and considered. If you stack similar earrings, such as hoops, sculptural details can differentiate them so it feels less uniform. Consider adding bulky or braided or ridged details in between the classics. From polished or hammered metal, and smooth pearl earrings to tough diamonds, blending texture is a shortcut to stack style.
  • Do What Feels Right: Don’t stress, there’s no right or wrong way to layer earrings, or any jewelry. Non-traditional can be another way of saying trendsetting. If you have the confidence to add a chain to your barbell earrings, or the coordination to mismatch each ear, feel free. Experiment with geometry and asymmetry.

Why We Love Earring Stacks Kick Casual Up a Notch

Curating says “Yes, I take myself seriously and definitely meant to wear this,” or “Oh? Do these go together? I can pull anything off.” Either way, it reads confident, which is why stacking is a trend for every type of jewelry.

Showcase Your Style

Stacking is basically your earlobe’s wardrobe. The amount, placement, and types of earrings can be daring, flirty, elegant, quirky — because there’s more jewelry, there’s more opportunity to express who you are. The individual elements of each earring, combining with another, is all your own vs. a matching set. Upper or lower lobe, inner or outer ear, it’s a reflection of your unique design. You can even design your own diamond earrings (or lab diamond earrings) to make your stack truly one-of-a-kind.

Get More Out of Your Jewelry Box

The same earrings can be worn in different placements on different days with different companions. Hoops and studs, for example, can go back and forth between lobes and helix. So stacking earrings lets you play with your jewelry in new ways, making it multipurpose. You can customize, rather than choose between matching sets for an outfit.

Does the earring order matter in an earring stack?

Start with the first hole of your lower lobe. Then adorn upward, with either smaller or same-size pieces. Your first earring is usually your biggest and anchors the style.

Earring Types Perfect for Stacking
  • Stud Earrings: Small with a single post backing, stud earrings are ideal when your stack is short on space. Usually a gemstone or metal ball, they’re not suitable for cartilage due to swelling.
  • Cluster Earrings: A grouping of gems, cluster earrings are perfect for layering in texture and shine.
  • Ear Climbers: These earrings have a long, hooked appearance, as if crawling up or down your ear. It gives your stack some sweeping movement.
  • Jacket Earrings: A stud with a hidden backing, extra flair dangles behind or wraps around your lobe. A jacket earring is a strong first pick if you want a bold stack.
  • Hoop Earrings: Hoop earrings are a classic, alone or together. Layering hoops in increasing sizes is a simple go-to stack.
  • Huggie Earrings: Clipping on to “hug” your ear, these hoops are a small, simple addition to any stack on any part of the lobe.
  • Single Earrings: Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or some subtlety for balance, single earrings offer total flexibility. They’re a fun way to mix and match new friends in your stacks.
  • Bajoran Earrings: Trekkies will know. A Bajoran earring is a long chain linking multiple cuff earrings along the rim of your ear, and worn on one side (the right). In the show, it was a cultural symbol of faith. On your own ear, it’s an elaborate addition to your stack.
  • Barbell Earrings: A dynamic bar worn across the ear, it has a bead at either end, so it can be angled any which way you have a piercing to bring some depth to your stack.

Common Ear-Piercing Placements 1. Helix

The thin edge of your upper ear closest to your head. Low-pain and perfect for studs or hoops.

2. Conch

Also called the cup or the dome, the conch is the cartilage along the inner curve of your ear. More pain, but more gain (aka surface area for jewelry, especially rings or barbells).

3. Tragus

The oval in front of your ear canal. Pretty painful, we won’t lie. But a bold place for studs or hoops (and barbells if you get an anti-tragus piercing on the outside).

4. Lobe

Old reliable. The lower lobe is usually everyone’s first and least painful home base. Anything goes — dangles, drops, etc. The upper lobe is the thinner part up top for earrings on the edge.

What ear piercings look good together?

While you can mix metals for an off the “cuff” look, match your earrings to your skin tone. Sterling silver earrings pair perfectly with cooler tones (blue veins). Gold earrings, especially yellow and rose gold, hang well with warmer tones (green veins). Vermeil earrings bind silver and gold together.

As you stack, you can complement the metal within its range of hues. Layer cool metals with gemstones in blue, green, and purple; warmer tones with pink and red gems.

You should also style earrings that share an aesthetic. Thinner, daintier pieces feel more chic, while cuffs, chains, and barbells have an edgy rocker vibe. An everyday stack is usually 3-5 earrings, with 5 being the most dramatic.

Earring Stack FAQs What is a stacked ear piercing?

You have multiple piercings along your cartilage and your lobes, allowing for more jewelry to be worn.

How many ear piercings can I get at once?

Avoid more than 2-3 in one session, and keep spacing and position in mind for later additions. The thicker the cartilage, the more flexibility for styling.

How do you layer multiple earrings?

Your largest earrings go in the first hole of your lobe. Keep earrings consistent and vary one of the following elements: metal, gemstone, size, shape, type, texture, color.

Final Thoughts

Ready to start stacking? Shop all earrings at Brilliant Earth for jewelry with a conscience, including lab diamond earrings. You don’t have to sacrifice your values for value. Need guidance in finding your perfect earrings pairs? Talk to our experts to build gorgeous layers.

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Top Fine Jewelry Picks For The Aries In Your Life

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We’re celebrating Aries season! Discover a new fun and bold jewelry gift that is sure to please the Aries in your life.

What is an Aries?

Those born between March 20th and April 21st have their sun in Aries, the bold and playful sign represented by the ram. The first astrological sign in the zodiac, Aries are true pioneers – known for their courageous and optimistic nature.

Aries Personality Traits

As the first sign in the zodiac, Aries are natural trailblazers. Like other fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius, Aries are passionate and determined. Boldness, spontaneity, confidence, and high energy are common attributes of Aries, making them instinctive leaders and trendsetters.

What Kind of Jewelry Gifts do Aries Like?

Big personalities are born under this sign, naturally leading them to loving bold and on-trend styles.

Confident And Bold

Diamonds are the April birthstone, making them an especially meaningful gift for Aries born in that month. These contemporary diamond jewelry picks will appeal to an Aries’ bold and confident disposition. Dazzling diamonds make an eye-catching addition to any outfit.

Cinema Diamond Door Knocker Earrings

A tapering diamond-accented hoop adds a touch of glamour to these perfectly elevated earrings.

Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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

Hexagon Lab Diamond Stud Earrings

Lab hexagon diamonds are set in a modern six prong setting in these classic-with-a-twist stud earrings.

Passionate and Fiery

As a fire sign, Aries are deeply passionate. What could be more natural for a spirited fire sign than blazing red and gold gemstone jewelry? These vibrant and fiery-hued gemstone jewelry picks featuring rubies, garnets, citrines, or other warm hues are ideal gifts for Aries.

Natalia Bloom Bracelet

Dazzling sapphires, rubies, and diamonds in various bezel-set shapes create an alluring, whimsical look in this colorful bracelet.

Bloom Huggie Earrings

These captivating huggie hoop earrings feature a row of diamonds, rubies, tourmalines, and citrines set in lustrous gold. Secured with hinged latch backs, these colorful earrings are perfect for everyday wear.

Beatrice Lab Created Ruby and Diamond Ring

An emerald-cut lab ruby glistens in the center of this diamond encrusted band.

Optimistic And Playful

These playfully colored gemstone jewelry picks are sure to be a hit with the Aries in your life! This energetic sign is known for its optimistic and fun-loving spirit. Aries always bring with them a joyful and energetic atmosphere.

Monaco Aquamarine Ring

Alluring aquamarine gemstones float along half of this delicate band for a spectacular look.

Sunflower Citrine Pendant

Petals of glistening citrine gemstones dazzle within a hoop of lustrous silver in this enchanting nature-inspired look.

Mosaic Ring

Chic yet timeless, this trendy ring features multi-hued sapphires, peridots, aquamarines, and London Blue topazes for a whimsical, eye-catching look.

Courageous And Daring

Strong, brave, and headstrong, it’s fitting that Aries’ sign is the ram! Aries dive headfirst into unfamiliar situations and never shy away from a challenge or a new trend. These bold and daring styles will speak to an Aries’s desire to set themselves apart.

Anya Diamond Chain Hoop Earrings

Alternating plain metal and diamond-accented links create a trendy, unique look in these chain hoop earrings.

Lia London Blue Topaz Chain Bracelet

An east-west emerald-cut London Blue topaz takes centerstage in this edgy, trendy chain link bracelet.

Palisade Diamond Signet Ring

A princess-cut diamond is surrounded by round diamonds forming a unique, aesthetic pattern on the face of this classic round signet.

Final Thoughts

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

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Brilliance in the Sonoran Desert

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