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Share Your Quarantine Engagement Stories

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 22:09

Social distancing doesn’t mean we have to put our love on hold.

We’re always inspired by your love stories, but during this time we’re especially moved by our customers’ proposals! We want to hear your #quarantineengagement stories. Send us a DM on Instagram for a chance to be featured.

Read on for some of the quarantine proposal stories we’ve heard so far!

Ammar & Nimra

 

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I had been planning to propose to Nimra somewhere around the Jersey City area since I know how much she loves the New York skyline. I wanted the New York skyline to be our background when I asked her the question, the question to spend our forever together. I had planned to get our families and friends together at a restaurant in Hoboken with the perfect skyline view. With the whole COVID-19 situation, our plans got cancelled and we couldn’t exactly get our families and friends together, but it still didn’t stop us from going over to Jersey City. We walked around until we found a spot to put our tripod and take a picture together – which was actually a video. Shortly after she thought we had taken the picture, I told her that I brought her here for another reason. I asked her to marry me…and yup, she said YES!! – Ammar Farooqi

Erin & Jim

 

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My boyfriend Jim had special plans of proposing mid April up in Connecticut and having both of our families meet for the very first time, including flying his grandparents in from South Carolina. On Friday March 20th he made the decision that because this was a tough, unknown time in the world and only seemed to be getting worse, he couldn’t wait another day! We were having an intimate conversation about our future in our cozy apartment. I walked away for a moment and when I came back he had this smile from ear to ear and said “I don’t want to wait another day” and got down on one knee and proposed (I had no idea this was happening)!!! I said YES! We are so thrilled and excited for our future. Though the world is seeing very sad and uncertain days, looking ahead and keeping positive is so important. Hoping to spread our light to everyone out there! – Erin Wosleger

Anika & Brittoni

 

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IT HAPPENED! I just wanted to send a big thanks for all your help with our engagement ring. Our trip to Mexico, where Anika planned to originally ask, got cancelled. Our house that is being built was delayed indefinitely, and we spent 24 hours wondering where we were going to move to after we cancelled our short-term Airbnb. In the end, Anika proposed, between shifts at the hospital in our new apartment. We’ve been through hell and back in our relationship, and we both couldn’t agree more that mid-pandemic was all too fitting. Thank you so much again for all your help. Please stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, all that jazz!  – @_brittoni

Final Thoughts

We’d love to hear your love stories! Share your #quarantineengagement stories with us by messaging us on Instagram, or sharing on our Facebook or Twitter.

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The New Khaki Field Titanium From Hamilton Watches

JustLuxe - Fri, 04/17/2020 - 06:09

With lightweight functionality and military-style precision Hamilton has introduced the new Khaki Field Titanium watch provider the wearer complete freedom of movement.

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The Perfect Jewelry to Complement your Work from Home Style

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 21:34

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We all love to feel comfortable, especially when we have no plans to leave the house! However, as many of us transition to both working and socializing from home, there are some days when you may want to dress up your go-to PJ set. Dazzle on your next video call with these sparkling pieces—the perfect additions to your at-home style!

Heart Diamond Pendant

This delicate silver pendant sparkles with a stunning diamond. Because the world could use a little extra love right now, we’re donating 100% of sales from our Silver Heart Diamond Pendant to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Whisper Diamond Bracelet

A thin diamond bracelet features a delicate row of sparkling pavé diamonds. Fair warning: you may find yourself distracted by this bracelet’s graceful shimmer!

Diamond Eternity Ring Stack

Eternity rings are symbolic of everlasting love. Wearing this classic ring style as a part of your stack is a subtle reminder that love endures even in difficult times.

Petite Diamond Huggie Earrings

With the comfort of a stud earring, huggie earrings are a perfect way to add flair to your jewelry look while at home. This sophisticated pair features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds.

Bezel Diamond Strand Necklace

With seven bezel-set diamonds, this necklace is sure to catch the light from the sun shining through your window, bringing that springtime feeling indoors!

Lotus Flower Diamond Earrings

This is the perfect time to try something new with your style! With a subtle floral diamond halo blooming around a stunning center diamond, these exquisite earrings bring organic beauty to a classic diamond earring look.

Monaco Lab Diamond Ring

Floating shared prong lab created diamonds shimmer from the top half of this delicate and dazzling wedding band for a spectacular look.

Final Thoughts

How are you accessorizing your at-home style? Share your looks with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

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Falling in Love with Filigree Rings

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 17:00

As antique, vintage, and vintage-inspired engagement rings continue to soar in popularity, there has been more interest in a special design element, filigree, which is often included in antique designs. Filigree rings offer a delicate, lacy beauty and a decidedly vintage aesthetic. Many brides and grooms love the combination of unique detail and femininity in filigree rings, and this special design element may be perfect for you.

What is Filigree?

The term filigree is used to describe any intricate ornamental design formed out of metal. But in the jewelry world, filigree has a very specific meaning: A delicate embellishment in which fine, pliable threads of precious metal—white, yellow, or rose gold as well as platinum — are twisted or curled into designs and then soldered onto jewelry. Often these designs are gorgeous scrollwork and other intricate motifs that create a wonderfully lacy look on engagement and wedding rings. Although the designs can be similar to those seen on hand engraved jewelry, filigree is in some ways the opposite technique to engraving. While engraving involves sculpting or carving away at a piece of jewelry for decorative effect, filigree is a process of laying metal embellishment on top of a piece.

History of Filigree

The word “filigree” is derived from the Latin words filum, which means thread or wire, and granum, which means seed.  Filigree is an ancient art form, found on jewelry left by the ancient Greeks, Etruscans and Mesopotamians, at least as far back as 3000 BC. It has adorned jewelry in cultures around the world, including India, Egypt, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Filigree became very popular in jewelry at the turn of the century, and is frequently seen in jewelry from the Edwardian era, when delicate, curving designs fit with the romantic, feminine aesthetic of the day. Filigree was created out of platinum for the first time during the Edwardian period, because advances in metalwork make it possible to sculpt platinum on a small scale. We also see it in Art Nouveau and Art Deco-era jewelry. Delicate scrollwork, floral motifs, swirls, and Celtic symbols are all frequently rendered in this precious metal adornment.

Filigree Engagement Rings

If you crave an engagement ring featuring filigree embellishment, you can choose between a new vintage-inspired ring, a one-of-a-kind antique, or a custom ring with filigree work created just for you.

Modern Filigree Rings with Vintage Style

Brilliant Earth’s Antique Inspired Collection features new engagement rings with vintage inspired details, including filigree. The Antique Scroll Three Stone Trellis Diamond Ring features filigree embellishment and can be made to showcase an exquisite, ethical diamond or sapphire of your choice. This ring is beautifully complemented by the Delicate Antique Scroll wedding ring.

One-of-a-Kind Antique Filigree Rings

The filigree found on antique rings is exquisitely beautiful. Our collection of authentic antique jewelry frequently features filigree engagement rings, hand-selected by our jewelry experts in our one-of-a-kind antique collection. The rings in this collection are unmatched in their uniqueness and offer a distinctive and romantic link to the past. Choose a filigree ring from this collection and be continuously inspired by its timeless, one-of-a-kind beauty.

Custom Design a Filigree Ring

Many customers choose to work with our custom design experts to create a completely unique custom ring design. If you are moved by the look and feel of filigree rings and other vintage-inspired elements, consider combining your vision with the expertise of our designers by designing something completely yours. Replicate an antique or marry a modern aesthetic with details from the past to create a filigree ring that you will love forever.

Filigree Jewelry

Filigree embellishment is definitely not limited to engagement rings. You’ll often find it on ornate antique pendants, and our recycled sterling silver Florentina pendant features a beautiful filigree flower and scroll design, with a glittering bezel-set diamond and the center.

Final Thoughts

Do you love the look of filigree?  What’s your favorite feature of antique, and antique-style, jewelry?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter or in the comments section!

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THE HIGHLY COVETED ROLEX STELLA DIAL

JustLuxe - Wed, 04/15/2020 - 05:21

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7 Of Our Most Popular Three Stone Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 04/14/2020 - 20:14

As we focus more than ever on maintaining important relationships, three stone diamond rings are a beautiful reminder of love’s endurance.

These classic engagement rings symbolize a couple’s past, present, and future together. In addition to this sentimental and romantic meaning, these ring styles are popular because of the subtle extra sparkle they add to a ring’s center diamond or gemstone.

Discover some of our customers’ favorite three stone ring styles below!

Aria Diamond Ring

Photo by @kcey_m and @nardo_s197

Dainty pear shaped accent diamonds embrace the center diamond or gemstone of this beautiful three stone ring setting. A delicately tapered band completes this contemporary look.

Selene Diamond Ring

Photo by @hollymarie.photo, featuring bride @paigevaughnphoto

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

Opera Diamond Ring

Photo by @normaeatsapples

Similar to the Aria Diamond Ring, this elegant ring setting also features dazzling pear shaped accent diamonds. The pear diamonds of the Opera Diamond Ring, however, weigh in at about four times the total carat weight as those on the Aria. Both rings are stunning options that add unique sparkle to the center gem.

Tapered Baguette Diamond Ring

Photo by @maryfrankee

Sleek baguette diamond accents are bar set in this classic setting, reminiscent of the stunning ring Grace Kelly wore from Prince Rainier of Monaco. The Art Deco feel of this ring setting makes emerald and other step cut diamond shapes a popular choice as center stones.

Radiance Diamond Ring

Photo by @bree.hathcox

This three stone ring is similar to another royal ring: Meghan Markle’s elegant engagement ring, which features three diamonds set in a dainty pavé diamond band. To replicate Meghan’s look, choose an elongated cushion diamond as the center gem for this setting!

Gramercy Diamond Ring

Photo by @lizrogersphoto featuring @cassiekitten1469 and @klee_yo

This seriously glamorous setting offers non-stop sparkle with French pavé-set diamonds embellishing the top three quarters of the band and prominent round diamond accents hugging the center gem.

Esprit Diamond Ring

Photo by @jessica_nicole87

The triangle shaped trillion diamond accents of this ring setting create a contemporary look that works particularly well with fancy shaped center diamonds and gemstones, like the peach oval sapphire pictured here.

Final Thoughts

Do you like the look of three stone rings? Share your favorite style with us in the comments below or on our InstagramFacebook or Twitter!

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Pretty Pastel Gemstone Jewelry to Step Into Spring

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 04/10/2020 - 20:37

While spending more time indoors, you can still celebrate the beauty of spring by adding some sparkle to your look! The luster of pastel gemstones is reminiscent of dew-covered blossoms and dazzling spring sun rays. These morganite, aquamarine and opal pieces are sure to bring beautiful warmth and brightness to your at-home spring style!

Aquamarine Dewdrop Necklace

A lustrous round aquamarine rests within a soft bezel setting as an integrated bail allows for graceful movement along the chain. The natural elegance of this delicate pendant makes it a perfect option for everyday wear.

Rose Gold Opal Halo Diamond Pendant

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

Bloom Necklace

Lustrous diamonds, morganites, and pink sapphires glimmer gracefully along the chain of this unique, asymmetrical necklace.

Bouquet Earrings

A glittering gemstone cluster of sapphires, diamonds, and morganites gather together for a truly unique look. These gemstone stud earrings are chic, playful, and perfectly matched to your Silver Bloom Necklace.

Water Lily Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings

Serene blue aquamarines hang from diamond-accented leaves in these feminine nature-inspired earrings.

Rose Gold Mirage Opal Earrings

Lustrous rose gold leaves encircle these striking opals for a mesmerizing and captivating impression.

Create Your Own Gemstone Ring

Create your own unique pastel gemstone ring by selecting the gem of your dreams, and pairing with your favorite setting. We love petal pink morganites, vivid peach sapphires, and pure blue aquamarines for spring.

Final Thoughts

Which pastel gemstone style do you love for spring? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments below!

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5 Gorgeous Single Prong Rings for Modern Brides

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 04/09/2020 - 04:53

We couldn’t help but notice you’re loving the look of single prong diamond rings on our Instagram and other social media! This bubbly style is majorly on trend this year, and we love it too.

As the name implies, single prong rings feature accent diamonds along the band held in place with one lustrous metal prong between them. This style makes for a delicate and fun look where the diamonds almost appear to be floating along the band.

Available in both engagement ring and wedding band styles, these rings are particularly popular as anniversary rings, wedding rings, and stacking rings.

Discover some of our favorite floating looks below!

Versailles Diamond Ring

One of the most loved rings on our Instagram, this style features alternating marquise and round diamond accents that shimmer and shine. Oval center diamonds are an especially popular choice for this setting when used as an engagement ring, and when used as a wedding band this look pairs beautifully with a wide variety of engagement rings.

Bordeaux Diamond Ring

Brilliant Earth’s designers were inspired by the joyful bubbles in champagne for all the rings in our exclusive Cuvée Collection, including this sparkling style. The effervescence of these designs is perfect for celebrating life’s most joyous moments.

Harper Diamond Ring

A sleek take on the single prong style, this ring features alternating round and baguette diamond accents. Perfect on its own, this style also pairs beautiful with classic and antique engagement ring styles.

Riviera Eternity Diamond Ring

Single prong ring styles are dazzling as eternity bands, with diamonds appearing to float all the way around. The brilliant diamond accents on this particular ring total 2 carats, but we also offer 1 carat and 3 carat weight options.

Isla Diamond Ring

A unique take on the single prong style, this ring alternates round brilliant diamond accents with marquise shaped lustrous metal to create an alluring pattern.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of this modern style? Do you have a favorite ring from our list above? Let us know in the comments or on our InstagramTwitter or Facebook. You can also learn more about our single prong styles by booking a virtual appointment with one of our jewelry specialists.

 

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Dainty Earrings to Make your Perfect Stack

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 23:47

As many of us transition to working or learning from home, experts have called out the importance of maintaining a routine and setting habits that will help you stay mentally and physically healthy.

Getting dressed each day sets you up to tackle any challenges, and the perfect addition to a work from home outfit is a dainty earring stack. A subdued but stylish statement, stacking your earrings allows you to combine jewelry pieces to craft a look that is completely unique to you!

Ivy Diamond Earrings

Round and marquise diamonds rest in a curved row in these dazzling crawler earrings. The gentle arched design draws your eye up to take notice of the other dazzling pieces in your stack.

Pavé Diamond Huggie Earrings

Elegant and delicate, these huggie earrings feature sparkling scalloped pave diamonds arranged in a row along the curved arch.

Mini Baguette Earrings

Sleek baguette cut diamonds reflect a contemporary elegance in this stunning pair. Perfect for wearing on lobes or further up your ear, these studs are a staple when building a stacked earring look.

Delta Diamond Earrings

These petite, geometric earrings each feature three round diamond accents placed in a lustrous triangle-shaped setting, creating a chic design that is perfect for everyday wear.

Hydrangea Earrings

A glittering gemstone cluster of diamonds, sapphires, aquamarines and London blue topaz gemstones gather together for a truly unique look. These gemstone stud earrings are chic, playful and perfect to bring together your stacked look.

Moon Stud Earrings

These crescent moon earrings are the height of elegance and simplicity, and the perfect stud for adding celestial beauty to your look.

Orchid Diamond Earrings

Lustrous white gold leaves showcase a shimmering round diamond in these charming nature-inspired earrings.

Round Diamond Stud Earrings

Featuring two beautifully matched round diamonds, this classic pair is the perfect addition to any earring stack. A range of total carat weight options and metal choices allow you to customize this pair to perfectly compliment your new look.

Final Thoughts

It is the perfect time to try something new and change up your go-to earring look. Try taking some selfies to see if the earring stack trend is something you’ll want to replicate throughout spring! If you fall in love with your new look, share it with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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Necklaces for a Lifetime

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 04:30
An unexpected discovery in India echoes Marella Agnelli’s remarkable style.
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12 Stay at Home Date Night Ideas

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 15:55

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Just because you’re practicing social distancing, doesn’t mean you can’t have an exceptionally fun date night.

We’ve gathered our team’s favorite activities for a fun night with your loved one to keep the romance alive:

1. Game Night

Have a game night! Mix in board games, video games and multi-player phone games to see who the true gaming champ is. Or, relive some of your favorite childhood games like hide-and-seek or Twister to move around and get your heart rate up. Keep it interesting by keeping score and wagering a back rub or chores for the week.

2. Romantic Dinner for Two

Romance is alive in the time of COVID-19! Even though you’re staying in, you can still dress up in your favorite date-night outfit. Start the evening by making a favorite specialty cocktail, and order in or cook a main course and dessert course. Light candles for subtle mood lighting and find a playlist – many platforms have cooking music or dinner music playlists to set the mood!

3. Dance Like No One Is Watching

There are infinite dancing tutorials on the internet – this is the perfect time to start thinking about your first dance for your wedding day or brush up on your skills for other events. Learn a romantic dance, like a Waltz, or master a trending TikTok dance!

4. Hold a Tasting Event

Try with anything from wine, chocolate, coffee or tea – or a combination! You and your significant other can write down your tasting notes and compare. This is a great way to involve some of your local craft creators – many offer delivery or contact-free pick up, and would love to provide guidance for the tasting event.

5. Learn a Duet & Record a Performance

If you’ve been learning a new instrument, or taking more time to practice an old skill, learn a duet with your significant other. Once you’ve mastered it, make a recording or go live in concert on social media!

6. Get Crafty & Creative

Find a painting tutorial online that would be a great addition to your home décor and follow the video as your own wine and paint night. Once dry, you can hang them together!

7. Spa Day

Self-care is always important, but especially as stress and anxious feelings creep up. Start the day by looking up DIY recipes to make bath bombs or salts, or a soothing face mask. Learn how to give stress-relieving back rubs, then spend some time enjoying your DIY creations!

8. Swap Favorites

Learn more about your partner through their favorites! Have a movie night switching off between your favorite films, or even the last concert from each of your favorite artists. If you’re getting sick of screens, pick out a book for each other to read and then discuss in a mini book club!

9. Double Date

Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t hang out with your go-to double date duo. Drink some brunchy cocktails and enjoy your favorite breakfast comfort foods on a lazy weekend morning while catching up over video chat!

10. Glamp!

Use your backyard for makeshift camping – set up a tent and sleeping bags in the backyard to spend a night outside of the house and under the stars. If you don’t have a backyard, move the furniture to the corners of your room, and set up a fort or tent inside! Whip up your favorite picnic and camping cuisine, and maybe even tell spooky stories to get your heart racing!

11. Support Local Organizations and Businesses Virtually

Many local organizations and companies are offering virtual experiences! Research your area and see what you can participate in for free, or to help support your local businesses. Examples we’ve found include animal shows at zoos, museum tours, and bartending classes for you and your loved one to participate in together and learn something new!

12. Take a Night to Yourself

Sometimes the best thing you can do for each other and for your relationship is give space. Being inside together all the time can be a difficult transition. While making time for romance is important, so is taking time for yourself! Be honest with your partner about what you need and don’t hesitate to make one of these date night ideas a “me” night!

Final Thoughts

What are your tips for sheltering-in-place with a significant other? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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8 Fine Jewelry Pieces to Brighten Your Spring Wardrobe

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 00:43

Spring Has Sprung!

After the past few months, we’re ready for spring blooms. And although we’re encouraged to stay indoors for the time being, there’s no reason we can’t bring the colors of spring into our homes! With these cheerful and sparkling gemstone jewelry pieces, you can create your own colorful bouquet that will always be in season.

Butterfly London Blue Topaz Earrings

Breathtaking blue marquise and pear-shaped London blue topaz gemstones form a charming design in these beautiful studs, which possess both an elegant symmetry and a feminine glamour.

Bouquet Pendant

As colorful as a bunch of posies, this playful and chic pendant features a cluster of pink and yellow sapphires, a sparkling morganite, and a glittering diamond.

Sol Morganite and Diamond Earrings

Your own little rays of sunshine! An array of glittering diamonds set in three-prong settings surround a lustrous morganite in these eye-catching earrings.

Jasmine Amethyst and Diamond Earrings

For a pop of color, try these bezel-set amethysts framed by sleek precious metal leaves and pavé set diamonds.

Mirasol Emerald and Diamond Earrings

These sparkling earrings host stunning pear-shaped diamonds reminiscent of beautiful flower petals.

Aquamarine Halo Diamond Earrings

Blue aquamarines are surrounded by a stunning halo of pavé-set diamonds in these mesmerizing studs. The martini setting allows the earring to sit flush with the ear for maximum comfort.

Heart Pink Sapphire Pendant

Give a little love! A true gift from the heart, this delicate sterling silver pendant sparkles with a stunning pink sapphire.

Sunflower London Blue Topaz Pendant

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

Final Thoughts

What’s your favorite spring style? Let us know on our InstagramFacebookTwitter or in the comments below!

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Diamond: The History and Meaning of April’s Birthstone

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 15:43

April babies get one of the most popular and most precious gemstones as their birthstone: the diamond.

Diamond jewelry is an ideal gift for a loved one born in April. As the gemstone with the highest rating on Mohs Hardness Scale, with a score of 10, diamonds have the unique ability to be cut and polished with the utmost brilliance. Their incredible shine and luster have captivated wearers for centuries. Diamonds add light and beauty to any occasion—especially birthdays!

History and Meaning of April’s Birthstone

Diamonds are billions of years old—in some cases more than three billion years old. There is evidence that diamonds were being collected and traded in India as early as the fourth century BC. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny is quoted as having said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” During the Middle Ages diamonds were thought to have healing properties able to cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness.

Diamonds are the traditional birthstones for those born in April. However, it’s no surprise that diamonds are known as the “love” stone. The ancient Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love). It is believed by some that diamonds enhance the longevity and honesty of relationships. Since they are the strongest of the precious gems, they are also thought to increase the wearer’s strength. Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armor as they rode into battle.

The countries that are the main sources of diamonds have changed over time. India was the world’s original source of diamonds, beginning in the 1400s when Indian diamonds began to be sold in Venice and other European trade centers. Then in the 1700s India’s diamond supplies declined, and Brazil became the world’s major source of diamonds, until the late 1800s when a huge diamond reserve was discovered in South Africa. Today, diamonds are mined in many parts of the world. Brilliant Earth diamonds originate from mines in Canada, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Russia.

Learn more amazing facts about diamonds here.

Diamond Jewelry Birthstone Gifts

You can’t go wrong with a timeless gift of diamond jewelry. Whether a ring, necklace, or earrings, there truly is something for every April baby’s taste. Here are some of our favorite diamond jewelry gifts:

Wren Diamond Ring

Utilizing negative space allows the diamonds to take center stage in this minimalist design. A perfect compliment to most engagement ring styles, this ring also looks trendy on its own, or as part of a stack.

Heart Pavé Diamond Pendant

This heart-shaped pendant showcases sparkling pavé diamonds for a delicate and charming look.

Zuri Diamond Huggie Earrings

A sparkling row of diamonds adorn each split hoop of precious metal. Stunningly beautiful and effortless, these huggies are perfect for everyday wear.

Whisper Diamond Bangle Bracelet

This modern update on the diamond bangle embellishes the wrist with glimmering diamonds for an elegant and versatile look.

Ivy Diamond Earrings

Round and marquise diamonds rest in a curved row in these dazzling crawler earrings.

Sweeping Ivy Diamond Ring

Inspired by the splendor of nature, a glistening vine of diamonds sweeps around the finger in this extraordinary open design.

Whisper Diamond Hoop Earrings

These glamorous hoop earrings feature dazzling diamonds with simple latch backs to keep these elegant earrings in place.

Isla Diamond Pendant

A dazzling marquise-shaped diamond glides elegantly along a cable chain in this eye-catching everyday necklace.

Bezel Diamond Strand Necklace

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

Final Thoughts

Do you love diamonds? What is your favorite April birthstone gift? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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How to Care for Your Jewelry at Home

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 01:17

While many of us are fortune to be able to stay at home during this time, having our normal routines thrown off balance can be challenging. Staying present, creating a schedule and finding new projects are great ways to take care of yourself while navigating your new normal.

At Brilliant Earth, we understand your fine jewelry pieces are special items you’ll want to treasure for years to come. As you create your new self care to-do list, we encourage you to also spend time on jewelry cleaning & care! To return the original sparkle of your favorite Brilliant Earth piece and to help maintain its strength and brilliance, we’ve pulled together some expert tips.

Take Care of Your Hands!

Always practice “last on, first off!”  This means putting on your jewelry, especially rings, last in the morning after getting ready and taking them off first thing when you are about to do an activity that heavily uses your hands. This will protect your rings from household activities such as cleaning, bathing, and sleeping. Putting a ring dish by the sink is a great reminder to take off rings before washing dishes. Increased hand washing and hand sanitizer use can also put more wear on your rings, and we recommend removing these items before regularly applying hand sanitizer.

How to Clean Your Jewelry

Air pollution, dirt, and daily wear can dull the surface of your jewelry and cloud the brilliance of a gemstone. Professional cleanings are recommended as frequently as once a year, depending on how often you wear your jewelry. While at home, we recommend using Brilliant Earth’s gem & jewelry cleaner to clean your diamond and sapphire jewelry (purchases that include diamonds and sapphires will include our cleaner upon delivery).

You can also clean your jewelry at home with gentle hand soap and a baby toothbrush, which should be all you need to keep your fine jewelry sparkly. Be gentle when cleaning, particularly around the prongs and with jewelry featuring delicate pavé diamond accents. Carefully rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft lint-free cloth, to avoid snagging any prongs. Avoid water entirely for gems secured without prongs (i.e. pearls secured with glue).  Water and temperature changes can cause the glue to break down and puts you at risk for gem loss.

Know Your Gemstone

Read up on the Mohs hardness of your gemstone. The Mohs rating is a measurement tool used by jewelers and gemologists to determine how strong a type of gemstone is. With Mohs ratings ranging from 9 to 10, sapphires, moissanites, and diamonds do well with daily wear and more thorough cleanings. These are the gemstones we most highly recommend for engagement rings and wedding bands because of their strength and durability. Softer gems such as peridots, morganites, emeralds, aquamarines, amethysts, and others, will scratch more easily and may be a better fit for special occasion rings or in pendants, earrings, and other settings away from your hands.

Different Rules for Different Metals

Different precious metals will have different care needs and will age differently over time. Platinum, for example, sustains small scratches more easily than other metals, and may start to take on a matte appearance. Many people enjoy the visual appeal of this unique luster, but you can have the platinum surface professionally re-polished to return it to a more reflective finish. As platinum is denser than gold, it can sometimes wear away at gold when worn next to one another over time. This is why we recommend, when mixing metals, to pair metals of the same karat weight and density.

Sterling silver, which many of our pendants and bracelets are made with, will tarnish or dull as a result of exposure to humidity. When possible, keep your silver in an air-tight container. To remove tarnish and keep your silver bright, gently rub the metal with a silver jewelry cleaning cloth. More extensive tarnish can be removed with liquid silver cleaner or by a jeweler. Chlorine and bleach accelerate tarnishing and should be avoided – so don’t wear your silver jewelry to the pool!

18K white gold jewelry is plated with rhodium to provide a bright white finish. With daily wear, or exposure to household chemicals, rhodium plating gradually will come off and expose the natural, yellowish-white tone of metal underneath. Many people continue to wear white gold long after the rhodium plating has worn off, but you also have the option of having your jewelry professionally re-plated to return it to its bright white color. How quickly the rhodium wears away depends on body chemistry and lifestyle: exposure to cleaning materials, chlorine, lotions, can speed up wear.

Final Thoughts

We hope these tips will help you keep your jewelry sparkling and bright! If you have other questions about how to maintain your fine jewelry, let us know in the comments below or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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10 Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy During Social Distancing

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:37

With people being confined to their homes, self-quarantines, and social distancing, it can be a stressful time for many of us.

To help you stay happy and mentally healthy while cooped up, we’ve come up with some of our team’s favorite tips for staying entertained and active from home.

Give your Pinterest boards some love

Travel the world, learn new skills, plan a party (or a future wedding), all from your phone or laptop. This is also your recipe board’s time to shine! Pinterest is a great resource for finding healthy recipes and fun activities you can pull together from home.

Cultivate a new hobby

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at painting? Writing? Knitting? In a world that is more connected than ever, there are endless resources to help you learn a new skill. Blogs, YouTube videos, and even TikTok accounts can be fun and helpful ways to learn something new!

Dance like no one is watching

Do a little boogie to beat your cabin fever blues! We highly recommend hosting a silent disco with your pets, family, or roommates. Dancing will ease stress and help you sleep better at night by expending pent-up energy.

Play with our website

Brilliant Earth’s website allows you to customize your dream ring through our Create Your Own process, plus building rings for your friends and yourself is way to pass the time. To create your own diamond ring, first select your favorite ring setting from our website. From there, you will be able to change the precious metal type, diamond shape, and carat size. For the majority of our rings, you will also be able to virtually “try-on” your favorite style from your mobile device. To create your own unique gemstone ring, choose your unique Beyond Conflict Free gemstone from our collection, and then add it to your favorite ring setting! Once you create the ring of your dreams, you can easily share it with friends and loved ones by clicking on the “Drop a Hint” icon on the ring’s product page.

Sing out loud

There are many proven health benefits to singing including a stronger immune system, lower stress levels, better posture, in addition to it being a heart-healthy breathing exercise. It doesn’t matter if you’re a little off-key, taking a deep breath and singing your favorite songs will tangibly improve your mood.

Experiment with a new recipe

Streaming all those episodes of Chopped has prepared you for this moment! With many people encouraged (and even required in some cities) to stay away from restaurants for now, it’s the perfect time to try out that recipe you’ve been wanting to make.

Get some fresh air

While we highly recommend avoiding large groups and public spaces during this time, it is important to still get fresh air and sunshine when possible. Walk around your neighborhood, play for half an hour in the yard, ride a bike outside, or even just open your windows for part of your day.

Stretch it out

Staying at home, it can be easy to spend most of your time sitting or lying down. Setting aside dedicated time to stand, stretch, and breathe will beneficial for both your physical and mental health. You can even set up alerts on your phone or calendar to remind you to stretch periodically!

Have a virtual game night

With the advent of video applications like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams and others, you can still see your friends’ and family’s faces and play games with them from separate locations. Share your screens to play the same video game, make up your own games, or play classic slumber party games like truth or dare.

Call your friends and family

In our busy lives, it can be a challenge to take the time to actually call someone rather than quickly messaging them or simply interacting with their social media posts. With people spending more time at home, now is the perfect opportunity to pick up the phone and call friends and family who live far away. People don’t need to be in the same room to have a great conversation!

Final Thoughts

What are your tips for sheltering-in-place? Let us know in the comments below, or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter.

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Try Our New Virtual Showroom Appointments!

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 15:34

Announcing virtual appointments!

Our lives have changed. Now more than ever, we want to find new and innovative ways to connect with you.

While our showrooms are temporarily closed to the public, we are now offering a new way to learn more about our products and receive valuable diamond and gemstone education in addition to our live chat and email. Our virtual appointments offer jewelry specialists available to you from the comfort of your own home.

How does it work?

To book a virtual showroom appointment, select “Book a Virtual Appointment” from our showrooms page on our website.

Once you do, you will be prompted to fill out some information about your availability and what you would like to learn and see from your jewelry specialist.

 

When your appointment is scheduled, you will be sent a Zoom meeting link that will allow you to video conference and screen share with your jewelry specialist.

In these virtual visits, we encourage you to share the specific styles, diamond shapes, and gemstone qualities that you are interested in learning more about. This will help our jewelry specialists guide you through our product catalog to find the unique Beyond Conflict Free diamond or gemstone of your dreams.

Our jewelry specialists are experts well-versed in questions about the 4 C’s that determine diamond quality, jewelry care and maintenance, the best ring settings for your lifestyle, hypoallergenic metal types, which of our wedding bands pair best with our engagement rings, engagement ring price quoting, and so much more.

Final Thoughts

To consult with one of our jewelry specialists, please book a virtual appointment from our website here:  https://www.brilliantearth.com/our-showrooms/

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Dazzling Diamond Jewelry Stacks

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 03/20/2020 - 15:51

When it comes to ethically sourced diamond jewelry, we believe in stacks on stacks.

Sometimes, more is more! Stacking dainty bracelets, shimmering earrings, and lustrous rings together is a trend we’re totally loving. Stacking fine jewelry is a gorgeous way to get a modern and delicately sparkling look, as the precious metals and gemstones from the different pieces work together. Read on for some of our favorite way to style this trend.

Necklaces

 

 

Delicate necklaces featuring diamond or gemstone accents creates a gorgeous layered look. When layering necklaces, it’s important to combine a variety of chain lengths and details for the best and most balanced effect. Although still bohemian and eclectic, you can create a cohesive style by choosing necklaces with pendants with similar shapes or metal types. Mix pendants with delicate strand necklaces for a more textured look.

Rings

Ring stacks have been popular for the past few years, and we don’t see this trend slowing down! One common way to start a diamond ring stack is to add diamond anniversary bands during special occasions like birthdays or wedding anniversaries to pair with your existing engagement or wedding ring. Additionally, more and more people are opting for diamond wedding band stacks instead of traditional engagement rings with a center diamond or gemstone. However, ring stacks aren’t just for people who are married or engaged! Anyone can rock this shimmering style as part of an everyday look or as a way to dress up an outfit for special occasions.

Earrings

One of the most wearable ways to stack jewelry, anyone with multiple ear piercings can easily pull of this look for any occasion. Try including one focal set of earrings such as glimmering diamond hoops, colorful gemstone studs, or pearls, and pair them with smaller and more geometric stud earrings for aneye-catching effect. Huggie hoop earrings are perfect for this type of earring stack, as they are delicate enough to not overwhelm the other earrings while still providing sparkle and dimension.

Bracelets

Final Thoughts

Do you have a favorite stacking combo? Let us know your dream diamond stack in the comments below or on our InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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The Inspiration Behind our Nature X Collection

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 03/19/2020 - 18:46

The newest collection from Brilliant Earth, Nature X, is a dazzling assortment of rings that express the motion, dynamism and majesty of nature.

An “extraordinary” collection, our designers allowed their imaginations to run a little more wild and free when dreaming up these designs. This type of collection is dramatic and uses extravagant diamond accents to go beyond the everyday and reveal something special. Every ring highlights the change and transformation that makes the natural world beautiful and captivating.

When dreaming up this collection, Brilliant Earth’s lead designer Omar Portigliatti kept in mind that jewelry can be an emotional purchase and a “reminder of love.” These emotions inspired him to imagine joyful and serene moments found in nature that he translated into beautiful and memorable designs. As he was designing the Nature X collection, he envisioned sensory displays of nature such as watching the sunset on a warm evening, hearing summer rain falling gently on a tin roof, or experiencing the vibrant colors that emerge in springtime. His hope is that a ring from the Nature X collection will remind the wearer of those instinctively romantic and pure moments in life.

The idea for these nature inspired rings bloomed from one particular design: the intricately beautiful Secret Garden Diamond Ring. Omar describes the Secret Garden Diamond Ring as the “genesis of the collection theme and aesthetic.” This design is inspired by winding branches covered in floral buds climbing a trellis, which gives the ring an airy and elegant quality. He shared that, “as soon as I put the Secret Garden on paper, everything else made sense.”

 

With articulated drops dangling from a distinctively shaped floral halo, the Summer Rain Diamond Ring expresses the movement of rain droplets dewing on flower petals. Ryan Atlas, Director of Product Development, especially appreciates that the design is unexpected with “surprise diamonds that dangle and catch light underneath the four points of the halo.” This ring is unique and somewhat experimental, in that it is the first ring the team has designed with movement – in this case, the dangling accents.

The Blooming Rose Diamond Ring captures the graceful motion of a rose unfolding from bud to blossom. The unique design features dual layers of pear diamonds that form a halo around the center gem. Of the two-halo design, CAD designer Lee McGirr noted that, “the staggered design gives each pear cut its own space to shine and very beautifully mimics the petals of a blooming flower.”

The Winding Ivy Diamond Ring has a similar sense of animated motion, with two vines that encircle the center stone. The Product Development team’s CAD manager, Raina Tan, loves this ring because, “it’s playful, sparkles, and is stunning!”

Clusters of diamonds represent sweet blossoms dotting a tree branch on the Summer Blossom Diamond Ring. The design was inspired by the sudden bursts of color that accompany new flowers and plants blooming in the spring and summer.

Final Thoughts

Like a blooming flower or dazzling dew drop frozen in time, these pieces capture the dynamic abundance of the natural world. Diamonds bloom on stems of lustrous precious metal to create spectacular nature inspired designs. To view all of these gorgeous settings, visit the Nature X collection on our website.

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Irish Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 19:00

 

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

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

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

Claddagh Engagement Rings

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

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

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

Claddagh Ring Styles

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

Don’t wear it the wrong way!

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

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

Celtic Knot Engagement Rings

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

Simple Celtic Knots

 

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

Braided Knots

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

Custom Irish Engagement Rings

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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An Exquisite Necklace That Recalls an Art-Deco Pioneer

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 15:00
Cartier’s new Mauna necklace channels the combination of restraint and radiant excess brought to the house by the jewelry designer Jeanne Toussaint.
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