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Top Fine Jewelry Picks for Lovely Libras

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 23:39

It’s Libra season!

Those born between September 23 and October 22 have their sun in Libra, the balanced and harmonious sign represented by scales. Like other air signs, Libras are intellectual and inquisitive. Their love for art and beauty also makes them natural stylists and designers – Libras’ eye and taste are unmatched by any other sign in the zodiac.

How do you find the perfect gift for a natural tastemaker? Read on to discover some of our favorite fine jewelry picks for this glamorous sign!

Balance through Symmetry

With balanced scales representing this sign, it’s no wonder that Libras are fascinated by balance and harmony. Those born under this sign will always be seeking equilibrium in their life. Sleek and symmetrical jewelry pieces will be a perfect fit for this fair-minded air sign.

Beauty and Brains

Glamorous and intellectual Libras are the aesthetes of the zodiac, and they gravitate toward high art, beauty, culture, and intellectualism. Luxe diamond encrusted styles beautifully represent Libras’ sparkling wit and intellect. The highly detailed look of antique inspired jewelry is also a beautiful choice for Libras with a luxe fashion sense.

Joyfully Colorful

Joyful and colorful gemstone jewelry is sure to be a hit with the Libra in your life! Libras are peacemakers and value keeping everyone in their friend group happy and engaged. This social sign is well-known for their optimistic outlook that brings people together. Beautiful colored gemstone jewelry will reflect the happiness Libras bring.

Perfect Pairs

Creative and imaginative, Libras will be drawn to unique styles that reflect the core of their personality. Unique shapes, colors, or setting styles will help a Libra express their individual style. Libras are also more “we” than “me” oriented and seek balance through partnership or companionship. Pairs of earrings mirror the matched compatibility Libras seek in their personal relationships.

Final Thoughts

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

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Jewelry Ad Featuring Interfaith Couple Sparks Outrage in India

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 16:57
The jeweler withdrew its forty-three second advertisement after Hindu nationalists accused the company of promoting “love jihad” on social media.
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Quiz: What’s the Best Gift for Yourself?

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/13/2020 - 05:06

You deserve a little luxury.

We believe that anytime is the perfect time to treat yourself to something special! While fine jewelry is always a great gift for others, it’s also super fun to gift to yourself. It doesn’t need to be your birthday or a major holiday to treat yourself to  a little sparkle.

Take our quiz to discover which fine jewelry piece to gift yourself!

Final Thoughts

Which piece of fine jewelry will be your next gift to yourself? Share your quiz results with us on our InstagramFacebookTwitter, or in the comments!

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Looking for All the Angles

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 09:03
Art Deco influence is credited in the sudden popularity of geometrically cut accents on wristwatches.
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The Best Entry-Level Luxury Watches for Starting a Collection

JustLuxe - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 01:29

If you are just at the start of your watch collecting journey, it is perfectly understandable to be a little anxious about some of the price tags you will have seen. Sophisticated 

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A Tiffany Necklace That Transcends Time

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 10/02/2020 - 15:00
The diamonds perched atop Elsa Peretti’s fluid gold mesh collar, which the house recently reimagined, resemble droplets of dew.
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8 Unique October Birthstone Gifts

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/01/2020 - 15:22

 

If you’re holiday or birthday shopping for someone born in October, a piece of jewelry featuring October’s birthstone makes for a timeless treasure.

October has two birthstones, opal and tourmaline. Opals are popularly known for their milky, rainbow-colored glow and fire. With hues ranging across the whole color spectrum, opals fit well with many different tastes. In the past, opals were believed to symbolize purity and hope. Because of their unique smooth but fiery look, opals are most often polished in the cabochon style — a style where a gem is shaped and polished instead of faceted.

Like opal, tourmaline is also admired for its wide variety of colors. According to ancient legend, the stone traveled along a rainbow collecting all of the rainbow’s colors, which is why tourmaline is found in such a multitude of hues. It has also been believed to strengthen mind, body, and spirit. Although this beautiful gem comes in a variety of tones, pink tourmalines are the most popular option for October birthstone birthday gifts.

Both of these gemstones have inspired jewelry makers for many years, resulting in beautiful vintage pieces that span the decades. These unique pieces are perfect for the October-born friends and family members in your life. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite opal and tourmaline gifts below as inspiration!

Opal Diamond Pendant

The enchanting beauty of an opal cabochon is perfectly complemented with warm 14K rose gold and shimmering diamonds in this alluring halo pendant.

Opal Stud Earrings

Sophisticated and modern, these opal studs are the perfect way to dress up and everyday casual look. These striking opal studs a great versatile gift that will go well with most styles.

Opal Halo Diamond Earrings

Luminous opals are encircled in a glittering halo of diamonds in these exquisite earrings.

Mirage Opal Earrings

Lustrous leaves of precious metal encircle these striking opals for a mesmerizing and captivating look.

Teardrop Pink Tourmaline Pendant

A pear-shaped pink tourmaline rests within a bezel setting with an open back to allow maximum light to reach the gem. This reversible pendant can be worn on either side making it the perfect option for everyday wear.

Magnolia Pink Tourmaline Earrings

Glimmering pink tourmaline rests at the center of each arrangement of sculpted petals in these beautiful floral earrings.

Unity Pink Tourmaline Pendant

This chic pendant features glistening pink tourmaline within a lustrous hoop of precious metal.

North Star Pink Tourmaline Pendant

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

Unity Pink Tourmaline Earrings

These chic earrings feature glistening pink tourmaline within each shining hoop of precious metal.

Final Thoughts

Which piece of October birthstone jewelry is your favorite? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

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From Hermès, Jewelry That Listens to the Body

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 21:51
For his latest high jewelry collection for the storied French house, creative director Pierre Hardy looked inward.
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Your Questions About Lab Diamonds Answered

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 20:27

Lab diamonds continue to rise in popularity, and this growing interest brings with it an increased amount of questions!

To dispel misunderstandings and debunk some lab diamond myths, we’ve pulled together our customers’ most common questions about lab diamonds.

Question 1: Are lab diamonds real or are lab created diamonds fake? Are lab created diamonds the same as cubic zirconia?

Answer: Lab created diamonds are real diamonds! Lab diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds, and are not diamond simulants like moissanite or cubic zirconia. Diamond simulants look similar to diamonds, but are not true carbon crystals, and most people will be able to tell the difference between diamonds and cubic zirconia or moissanite with the naked eye. The human eye cannot distinguish between a lab diamond and a naturally mined diamond, however, since they are visually and physically identical. Lab grown diamonds can be distinguished from natural diamonds only when specialized equipment is used by professional gemologists to test them.

Question 2: What are lab grown diamonds? How are lab diamonds made?

Answer: Lab created diamonds are grown from the tiny carbon seeds of pre-existing diamonds. Advanced technology – either extreme pressure and heat or a special deposition process known as CVD – mimics the natural method of diamond formation within the earth’s mantle. These man made diamonds consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they offer the same brilliance and hardness of natural diamonds.

Question 3: Are lab diamonds good quality?

Answer: Like naturally mined diamonds, lab diamonds cover the entire spectrum of diamond quality. You can find lab created diamonds of every cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, including flawless white diamonds with no inclusions. Since they are chemically the same as natural diamonds, they do not have lower durability and will not get cloudy over time.

Question 4: How much are lab diamonds? Are lab diamonds cheaper than natural diamonds?

Answer: Lab created diamonds offer excellent value and are slightly more affordable than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. Because of this, lab diamonds can be a great option for engagement ring shoppers looking to get a larger center diamond within their budget. Additionally, fancy colored lab diamonds sell at comparatively reasonable prices compared to their natural colored diamond counterparts, making it more affordable to opt for something like a pink, blue, or yellow diamond.

Question 5: Are lab diamonds GIA certified? Can you appraise lab grown diamonds?

Answer: Lab created diamonds are certified by a number of the world’s leading gem grading labs including GIA, IGI, HRD, and GCAL. Lab created diamonds available for purchase should always come with a gem certification identifying them as laboratory grown. Lab grown diamonds can also easily be appraised and insured, just like naturally mined diamonds.

Question 6: How are lab diamonds different? Why would I choose a lab grown diamond?

Answer: There are many factors that make lab diamonds an attractive choice for diamond shoppers. As previously mentioned, lab diamonds are usually more affordable than comparable natural diamonds. For couples looking to optimize on the size of the center diamond for their engagement ring, this can mean that a lab diamond is the best choice for them. Others are drawn to lab grown diamonds because they are a responsible choice given that no new mining is required. If a mined diamond is the right choice for you, however, our natural diamonds are Beyond Conflict Free and sourced from specific mines that have demonstrated their commitment to following internationally recognized labor, trade, & environmental standards.

Final Thoughts

Have more questions about lab diamonds? Let us know in the comments below, or reach out to us on our TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

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7 Rings Inspired by Lily Collins’ Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 00:10

Lily Collins’ Engagement Ring Via Instagram @lilyjcollins

The perfect ring for an English rose.

Congratulations to actor Lily Collins and writer-director Charlie McDowell on their engagement! Lily and Charlie announced their engagement on Instagram last week after a proposal that took place on a mountain hike in New Mexico. The naturally beautiful setting was an ideal backdrop for Lily’s completely unique engagement ring.

Lily’s ring hosts a one-of-a-kind cushion shaped rose cut diamond bezel set in a textured gold ring featuring tapered shoulders that mimic a classic split shank ring setting. Rose cut diamonds and gemstones are a somewhat antique style with old world charm. Gemstones cut in this style have distinctive faceting that appeals to many, but they are also cut in a way that prioritizes clarity over sparkle or brilliance – leading to a slightly glassy or crystalline look.

Bezel settings like Lily’s are an increasingly popular choice because it is the most secure way to set a diamond or gemstone. Unlike traditional rings where the center gem is held in by prongs, bezel settings wrap precious metal completely around the center gem to hold it securely in place.

If you love the look of Lily’s unique ring as much as we do, explore similar styles below!

Imogen Diamond Engagement Ring

This stellar ring features a center gem bezel-set and slightly lofted within an intricate milgrained halo for a brilliant sparkle. The distinctive and beautifully detailed gallery lends subtle but eye-catching appeal.

Margot Engagement Ring

This beautiful, contemporary ring features a bezel-set center gem with milgrain accents for a unique look. The elevated bezel allows for maximum light play and accommodates a variety of wedding band styles to tuck underneath.

Luna Engagement Ring

This beautiful, modern ring features a bezel-set center gem with a sleek band for a contemporary look.

Reverie Engagement Ring

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

Lena Diamond Engagement Ring

Two glittering accent diamonds are nestled between strands of metal in this sophisticated and sparkling split shank look.

Cava Engagement Ring

At once classic and delicate, this ring divides into whimsical ribbons from pinched shoulders that intertwine to embrace the center gemstone in a beautifully beaded gallery.

Cuvee Diamond Engagement Ring This stunning ring features detailed beadwork supporting effervescent round diamonds that flow up to the center gem. Sculpted beading continues along the gallery wire to accentuate this whimsical look. Final Thoughts Congratulations again to Lily and Charlie! Which of these lookalike styles is your favorite? Let us know in the comments or on our TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

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9 Oval Engagement Rings Inspired Jasmine Tookes’ Ring

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 00:02

Jasmine Tookes’ Engagement Ring Via Instagram @jastookes

Congratulations to supermodel Jasmine Tookes and her fiancé Juan David Borrero! Jasmine’s stunning solitaire engagement ring features a yellow gold band and an approximately 7 carat(!) oval diamond.

Elongated diamond shapes – like ovals – are becoming increasingly popular. We’ve seen sales for oval diamonds in particular grow more than four times faster than other diamond shapes in the last six months. Similarly, yellow gold has seen a resurgence – growing over three times faster in popularity than other metals in the same time frame. We’ve also seen yellow gold rings favored by celebs such as JoJo Fletcher, Meghan Markle, and Jenna Dewan.

Jasmine’s show-stopping ring embodies both trends and is definitely a style you’ll want to keep on your radar. Discover some of our favorite lookalike oval solitaire diamond rings below!

Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

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

Elodie Engagement Ring

This elegant solitaire features an open basket with claw prongs that cradle the center gem. The petite band adds to the sleek, classic look of this ring.

Elle Engagement Ring

This timeless solitaire features a petite band that tapers up to embrace the center gemstone in delicate claw prongs.

2mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

With a 2mm band, this solitaire ring is the most classic ring style on the list. This four-prong setting has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Secret Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

For those interested in a solitaire setting that still features something unique and special, solitaire rings with surprise details are the way to go! This elegant engagement ring features a glittering hidden halo of diamonds that wraps around the center gem while a petite band complements the gallery for a chic look.

Lumiere Diamond Engagement Ring

Another style with surprise diamond accents, this delightful engagement ring features a glittering diamond gallery that wraps around the center gem.

Everly Diamond Engagement Ring

The beautiful petal-shaped gallery of this ring setting is adorned with shimmering diamond accents, offering a fresh take on a classic solitaire style.

Dawn Diamond Engagement Ring

This stunning ring features a petite band that sweeps up to embrace the gemstone in delicate claw prongs. Diamond accents adorn the gallery wire and bridge adding a unique touch to a classic look.

Hazel Engagement Ring

This elegant solitaire features an open basket with sleek claw prongs that cradle the center gemstone. The petite knife edge band adds a contemporary feel to this classic ring.

Final Thoughts

Do you love the look of oval diamonds and yellow gold? Which of these solitaire rings is your favorite? Let us know in the comments or on our TwitterFacebook, and Instagram!

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9 Stunning Cushion Diamond Engagement Rings That Will Make You Want to Say “Yes”

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 21:59

Cushion diamonds, as well as other fancy shaped diamonds like oval diamonds, pear diamonds, and emerald diamonds, are rising in popularity among our customers and celebrities alike!

Timeless cushion cut diamonds and gemstones feature large facets that maximize brilliance, and rounded corners that create a soft and romantic feel. Cushion diamonds are a classic choice since they are a diamond shape that has been sought after for centuries. This makes them particularly well-suited for romantic and vintage-inspired styles like halo engagement rings or classic three stone ring settings.

Although cushion diamonds have been popular for many years, we’re seeing contemporary ring settings bring fresh life to this gorgeous and classic diamond shape. Read on to discover some of our favorite cushion engagement ring settings!

Waverly Diamond Ring

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

Secret Halo Diamond Ring

This elegant engagement ring features a glittering hidden halo of diamonds that wraps around the center gem while a petite band complements the gallery for a chic look.

Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit Ring

Petite and delicate, a simple solitaire band like this one allows your center diamond to be the star of the show. This classic four-prong setting has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Radiance Diamond Ring

This chic new take on a classic three stone design features scalloped pavé diamond accents along the band and claw prongs embracing the center gemstone.

Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring

This dainty ring features sheer sparkle that extends halfway around the ring. The peg head basket makes the center cushion diamond appear to float above the delicate band.

Fortuna Diamond Ring

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

Soleil Diamond Ring

Cushion diamonds are particularly suited to being paired with diamond halos, and this sparkling setting features two! A double halo of beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds that encircle the center gem and adorn the band.

Opera Diamond Ring

Captivating pear-shaped diamonds brilliantly frame the center gem in this classic three stone ring. The petite band gently tapers and secures the gems in a basket setting.

Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring

Elegant French pavé-set diamonds form a stunning halo, surrounding the center cushion diamond in a ring of brilliant light. Dazzling diamond accents adorn the band and gallery for a truly glamorous effect.

Final Thoughts

Which of these cushion engagement ring styles is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on our FacebookTwitter, or Instagram!

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14 Peach Engagement Rings to Add to Your Pinterest Boards

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 23:22

Soft and sweet, peach hued gemstones are a gorgeous choice for engagement rings or for “just because” rings.

We’re seeing morganites, peach sapphires, and peach colored diamonds become some of our customers’ favorites! When we post these romantic and feminine rings on our social channels, the feedback is unanimous: peach gemstones are having a moment.

If you love the look of these rosy hued gems too, we’ve collected some of our favorite peach gemstone rings to add to your own Pinterest boards below!

Waverly Diamond Ring

This sparkling halo setting features beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds that encircle the center gem and adorn the band. Shimmering diamond halos like this one are a gorgeous way to add both sparkle and distinction to a center peach gemstone. A diamond-encrusted gallery makes this ring truly spectacular.

Lotus Flower Diamond Engagement Ring with Side Stones

These feminine and unique gems look especially beautiful when paired with the warm tones of our rose gold diamond engagement ring settings. A subtle floral diamond halo blooms around the center gem in this exquisite ring. Dazzling diamond accents adorn the band for a truly glamorous effect.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

A center morganite stands out against the shimmering strand of pavé diamonds entwined with a lustrous ribbon of precious metal in this nature inspired setting.

Aria Diamond Ring

Three stone engagement rings, like the Aria Diamond Ring, are a beautiful choice for colored gemstones. Two sparkling accent diamonds and a delicately tapered band highlight and accentuate the center peach sapphire.

Selene Diamond Ring

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

Valencia Halo Diamond Ring

Micro-pavé diamonds shimmer from every angle of this petite domed engagement ring, which features a double row halo of diamonds surrounding the center gem.

Reina Diamond Ring

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

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

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

Demi Diamond Ring

This elegant engagement ring features a glittering hidden halo of diamonds that wraps around the center gem. A petite band complements the gallery for an elegant, chic look.

Elodie Ring

A classic solitaire like the Elodie Ring makes your center gemstone the focal point. This elegant solitaire features an open basket with claw prongs that cradle the center gem.

Secret Garden Diamond Ring

Glistening marquise-shaped diamond buds rest on whimsical vines of precious metal winding towards the center gem for a look of natural elegance.

Mirabelle Diamond Ring

A cluster of diamonds adorn the highest point of the chevron-shaped band in this exquisite ring. Claw prongs delicately hold the center gem, which rests beneath the band for an artistic look reminiscent of the Art Nouveau era.

Sienna Diamond Ring

This glamorous ring secures the center gem with elegant claw prongs and features French pavé diamonds, a setting style that allows light to reach the diamonds from multiple angles and enhances their sparkle.

Melody Diamond Ring

This chic ring features a dazzling cluster of three diamonds framing each side of the center gem. The gently tapering band and open gallery creates a light and lustrous look.

Final Thoughts

Which of these peach gemstone rings is your favorite? Let us know on our InstagramFacebookTwitter or in the comments below!

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Irene Neuwirth, Jewelry Designer — and Champion Equestrian

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:00
More than two decades since she last set foot in a stable, Neuwirth is finally back in the saddle.
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Jack (‘Murph the Surf’) Murphy, Heist Mastermind, Dies at 83

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 21:52
He stole the Star of India and other gems from the Museum of Natural History. Two days later he was under arrest.
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Ask an Expert: Jewelry Styling Tips With Kelly

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 09/11/2020 - 22:19

When it comes to choosing jewelry that you plan to wear for a lifetime like engagement rings, wedding rings, and anniversary rings, it’s important to be informed about the best options for your personal style.

To help answer some of the most common questions we receive from customers on how to choose and style their jewelry, we reached out to Brilliant Earth style expert Kelly Shapiro. Kelly helps people every day with diamond and gemstone education and style tips. Read on for her valuable insights below!

Question 1: How can I mix metals and make it look good?

My favorite way to mix metals is by optimizing on each metal’s own unique beauty. Warm metals like yellow and rose gold make such a statement on their own, so I tend to choose gold for my simpler rings. For example, our Petite Comfort Fit Ring or the Elodie Ring in gold will add a warm glow and are simple enough to combine with virtually any other style. I’ll pair those simple gold bands with more luxe white gold diamond bands. From afar, the cool white gold metal visually blends with the diamonds to create a seamlessly shimmering diamond look.

Question 2: What should I do to create the perfect ring stack?

The perfect ring stack is all about picking styles that complement each other but still have some form of contrast. One easy trick is to pair one diamond band and one plain metal band. This is what you’ll see a lot of English royalty rocking on the day to day. If you want to pair two similar ring styles, just vary the band width to create that subtle contrast. Stack a delicate 1.5mm band next to something closer to 2.5mm and you get a very effortlessly glam look. I also love mixing it up with different shapes! You could do something a little unique, like our Versailles Diamond Ring with marquise and round diamonds, and then add a classic pavé diamond band like our Sienna Eternity Diamond Ring. You can watch a full tutorial I did on creating the perfect ring stack on the Brilliant Earth YouTube channel!

Question 3: How do I pick the best style of ring to flatter my hand type?

I love this question because I personally have really short fingers! I find that a daintier band will make my fingers look longer. A lot of my colleagues with longer fingers like to stack bands to get more coverage on their hand. The center diamond or gemstone shape can be just as important as the band when it comes to flattering your specific hand type. I love a good elongated shape, like an emerald or oval, because they lengthen the fingers and appear to take up more real estate on your hand. It’s all about proportions really!

Question 4: How can I find the best wedding ring to match my engagement ring?

Use your wedding band to compliment your engagement ring and your personal style! I really like a super clean and simple engagement ring, but I think pairing a wedding band with a little bit more flair like the Nouveau Diamond Ring or Winslet Diamond Ring really compliments the side of me that’s fun and funky. I also like the flexibility of having a wedding band that stands well with the engagement ring but can shine bright on its own. Using our Virtual Try-On tool on our website, you can test what different wedding bands look like stacked with your engagement ring.

Question 5: What are your favorite Brilliant Earth rings or jewelry pieces?

My current favorite Brilliant Earth rings are the Esprit, Polaris and the Luna! I love that they are all unique twists on classic styles. I am also currently obsessed with our Diamonds that Care collection that benefits Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The rose gold plus the champagne diamonds are a match made in heaven.

Final Thoughts

What are some other questions you would like our jewelry specialists to answer? Let us know in the comments below or on our FacebookTwitter, or Instagram! You can also reach out to our jewelry specialists like Kelly with your questions directly by connecting with us at at 1.800.691.0952, info@brilliantearth.com, through the live chat on our site, or by scheduling a virtual appointment.

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Perfect Fine Jewelry Pieces for Virgos

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 17:26

We’re celebrating Virgo season!

Those born between August 23 and September 22 have their sun in Virgo, ruled by the planet Mercury and symbolized by a beautiful maiden. Known for being loyal, kind, hardworking, and keenly perceptive, this Earth sign makes excellent friends! Virgos are also one of the most passionate signs who love and are inspired by beauty. If you are a Virgo or have a Virgo BFF, we believe these jewelry pieces will be the perfect gift for this particular zodiac sign.

Unique Details

If you know anything about Virgos, it’s probably that they are extremely detail-oriented people. Part cautious and part curious, Virgos are hyper aware of their surroundings. This makes them very observant and caring friends and appreciative of the amount of work put into something. Their appreciation for fine details also gives them excellent taste! Diamond jewelry with unique details like surprise diamond accents, milgrain, or interesting shapes are sure to be appreciated by Virgos.

Sophisticated and Sleek

Modern and streamlined jewelry styles will appeal to this sign’s meticulous and organized side. Virgos are known to be very practical and will appreciate staple jewelry pieces that they can wear every day and that will be appropriate for any situation. Dainty studs, small diamond hoops, delicate diamond bracelets, and simple diamond pendants are the perfect addition to any Virgo’s capsule wardrobe.

Perfect Symmetry

Virgos are known to be critical, of themselves more than anyone else. Because they are prone to perfectionism, they will enjoy jewelry with perfect symmetry. Virgos also often consider what they wear and the way they decorate to be an extension of their personality, so styles that reflect their high standards will allow them to express their highly curated and Pinterest-perfect vision for themselves.

Bezel Settings

Although they may seem shy at first, Virgos are actually just security-driven and someone befriending a Virgo will have to earn their trust before they open up. Once you do earn it, however, you’ll have a loyal friend for life! Security loving Virgos will appreciate bezel settings, as these are the most secure diamond settings. Rather than traditional prongs, bezel settings completely encircle the diamond or gemstone in precious metal that will never snag or loosen.

Final Thoughts

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

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Tiffany’s $16 Billion Sale Falls Apart in Face of Pandemic and Tariffs

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 18:25
The luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton backed out of its deal to buy the jeweler.
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Our Hands On Carat Comparison

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 18:34

 

When it comes to choosing a diamond for an engagement ring, the process can be a bit overwhelming. A ring is an important investment, and one you plan on having for the rest of your life!

Because of this, we encourage diamond shoppers to thoughtfully consider what their biggest priorities are when it comes to the diamond of their dreams. Factors to consider include budget, style preference, and the Four C’s: cut, clarity, color, and carat.

The size of the diamond, measured in carats, is only one of the elements to consider, but for some it’s the most confusing. Different diamonds at the same carat weight can appear to be larger or smaller than others, since factors like shape and cut determine how a diamond’s weight is distributed.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ve created some helpful images comparing diamond sizes in three popular diamond shapes: round, emerald, and oval.

Round Diamonds

Round diamonds are the most classic and popular shape for diamond engagement rings because of their brilliant sparkle and fire. Their glittering brilliance makes them gorgeous centerpieces for solitaire engagement rings. However, they are often the most expensive diamonds, as their shape requires a large amount of the rough stone to be cut away.

Opting for a glittering halo of accent diamonds or a pavé diamond band will make your round diamond appear larger. Other setting styles featuring nature-inspired motifs, asymmetric designs, or hand engravings complement a round center diamond and add to the unique beauty of a ring.

Emerald Diamonds

Emerald cut diamonds are very popular among celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Beyoncé, Amal Clooney, and more. This striking and sophisticated shape works well with the geometric Art Deco styles featuring split shank bands or baguette diamond accents. The distinct shape works particularly well in vintage-inspired engagement rings. It’s also a popular shape choice for engagement rings set with colored gemstones like morganite, aquamarine, sapphires, and, of course, emeralds! Known as “step cuts”, emerald diamonds possess a different type of beauty from its fancy cut counterparts like radiant diamonds, offering exceptional clarity and a distinctive look when set in engagement rings.

Oval Diamonds

Oval diamond engagement rings are an extremely popular option. For many people, ovals represent the best of both worlds, since they have the sparkle of a round brilliant cut diamond with the elongated surface area of other fancy shaped diamonds. Looking through the most loved ring images on our Instagram feed, a majority of them feature oval diamonds – and we don’t anticipate this trend slowing down anytime soon! When selecting an oval diamond, look at the stone’s length to width ratio as well as the carat size.

Final Thoughts

Although it’s easy to be blinded by the biggest diamond in the room, when it comes to choosing your diamond it’s important to take stock of more than just the size.

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10 Most Popular Engagement Rings for Fall Proposals

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 09/07/2020 - 17:53

 

It’s October, which means engagement season is just around the corner!

While many people choose to get married in the spring or summer, cozy fall and winter months are the most popular times of year for couples to get engaged. “Engagement season” typically coincides with the holiday season in the United States. If you are wondering when to propose, autumn is one of the most romantic seasons, with the crisp weather and changing leaves making people want to cozy up together. Apple orchards, pumpkin patches, secluded beach bonfires or strolls beneath the red and gold leaves are all dreamy fall settings ripe for romance.
To help anyone looking to propose this autumn, we’ve pulled together our top 10 most popular engagement rings for fall proposals:

1. Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

This simple but elegant ring features a shimmering strand of pavé diamonds intertwined with a lustrous ribbon of precious metal.

2. Waverly Diamond Ring

This glamorous ring glitters from every angle with scalloped pavé diamonds encircling the center diamond in a halo, adorning the band, and even encrusting the gallery beneath the center diamond. Setting this ring with a pear cut diamond makes this setting even more on trend.

3. Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit Ring

You can’t go wrong with a classic solitaire setting like the Four-Prong Petite Comfort Fit Ring! The rounded inside edge of the ring’s delicate band make it more comfortable for everyday wear.

4. Aria Diamond Ring

Three stone rings romantically symbolize a couple’s past, present, and future together, making them perfect engagement ring settings. Warm rose gold is also a rising trend.

5. Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring

Shared-prong diamond accents extend halfway around the band of this delicate ring, adding extra sparkle to the ring’s center diamond.

6. Elodie Ring

The graceful claw prongs add a touch of elegance to this classic solitaire ring. Oval diamonds are a very popular choice this year and look beautiful as standalone centerpieces in solitaire rings.

7. Willow Diamond Ring

The captivating marquise diamond buds and twisting vines of the Willow Diamond Ring make this the perfect setting for anyone hoping for a ring inspired by nature.

8. Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

This delicate band features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds three-fourths of the way around ring, adding to the overall brilliance of the diamond ring.

9. Demi Diamond Ring

With a hidden halo of diamonds subtly twinkling out from beneath the center diamond, the Demi Diamond Ring is a modern take on a classic diamond ring.

10. Valencia Diamond Ring

Studded with micro-pavé diamonds around the upper band and gallery, the Valencia Diamond Ring truly shimmers and catches the light from all sides.

Final Thoughts

Do you have a favorite from the rings listed above? Let us know in the comments or on our  InstagramFacebook, or Twitter!

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