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The Best Engagement Rings for Active Women

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:35

 

So you’ve picked out your diamond or colored gemstone, and you’re absolutely in love with it. You adore each and every facet, and you can probably sit there for hours watching the light filter through, creating a rainbow of brilliance and fire.

You can’t wait for it to rest on your left ring finger, and you can just imagine catching a glimpse of sparkle out of the corner of your eye. There’s only one problem: you’re terrified of losing or damaging it.

Most women are incredibly active in their daily lives. We use our hands all day, every day, from household chores to hands-on careers to working out. (When do we find the time?) Activity levels come in varying degrees, and women who participate in activities such as rock climbing, biking to work, dancing, yard work, etc., will want to take careful consideration when choosing an engagement ring setting. Constantly removing your ring to protect it actually skyrockets the likelihood that you will misplace it!

Below we suggest the best engagement rings for active women so that you can own and cherish your diamond for decades to come.

Repeat after me: Bezel-Set Rings!

Bezel-set rings are an active woman’s best friend. Many love this style for its modern curves and distinctive style, but others seek it out because the bezel setting protects the diamond and keeps it firmly secured. A bezel setting encircles the gem’s girdle (the widest point of the diamond) with a thin band of precious metal.

This uninterrupted setting gives this ring its modern appeal and gem security.

There are no prongs, so you don’t have to worry about your ring catching in your hair as you speed down a mountain on your bike. (Or in a ball of yarn for those who love to knit or crochet!) A bezel setting also allows you to wear gloves without the prongs getting in the way.

Bezel settings work with many diamond shapes, from a classic round to a unique pear. You can also find bezel-set rings that feature milgrained details around the bezel, giving the ring some light-catching vintage flair. Semi-bezel rings—featuring a bezel that does not completely surround the circumference of the gemstone— are also secure and create gorgeous, flowing styles.

If, as you get older and your activities become more moderate, you want to purchase a ring with a different setting, bezel-set rings look stunning as right-hand rings as well!

Bezel and Flush Settings Are Great If You:
  • Participate in extreme or contact sports (such as soccer, snowboarding, or roller derby).
  • Love hobbies that require constant stress on your hands (such as pottery, woodworking, glass blowing, or knitting).
  • Have a job where you constantly use your hands (such as hair stylists, doctors, or police officers).
  • If you are very clumsy (you always seem to be hitting tables, walls, etc. with your hands).

One thing to consider with a bezel-set ring is that you are not able to see as much of the diamond as you can in a prong- or basket-set design. These styles use less precious metal to hold the gemstone in place, meaning that more light filters through the diamond. Prong-set diamonds are brilliant, but they are also more suitable for women who only uses their hands for activities such as typing on the computer, hailing a cab, or reading a book. Those with calmer lifestyles are less likely to damage or lose their diamond, so wearing a non-bezel style is less of a risk.

Platinum is Best

Platinum is the strongest and most durable type of precious metal, so we often recommend this precious metal for those with active lifestyles, particularly if you choose a setting with less metal holding the diamond in place. Platinum is truly irresistible!

Bezel Set Earrings and Pendants

 

Interested in keeping more than just your engagement ring diamonds exactly where they are? We also offer bezel settings for the rest of your precious diamond jewelry. When you create your own pendant or stud earrings, you can choose a bezel setting in white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. This modern setting is the best for active women—it will keep your diamonds in place while you’re on the move!

 

Final Thoughts

What setting is right for you? Let us know on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, or in the comments.

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A Paris Boudoir Where Everything’s Meant to Be Touched

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:53
The jewelry designer Betony Vernon helps clients find erotic awareness through a combination of talk therapy, movement and occasional treatments.
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Trending: Aquamarine and Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 21:59

 

When Pantone named Serenity (a crystalline blue) and Rose Quartz the colors of 2016 we weren’t surprised, since we’ve noticed that both aquamarines and rose gold settings have become increasingly sought after by jewelry lovers.

But we’ve been happily surprised to see a growing number of couples choose to pair these two colors in engagement rings! The color combination of aquamarine and rose gold engagement rings is alluringly distinctive, and we think that this trend will definitely stand the test of time.

Aquamarines are beloved for combining a beautiful shade of blue with exceptional clarity. Their name means “water of the sea” and aquamarines are part of the beryl family of minerals, which makes them cousins of emeralds.

Other couples who love light blue hues are choosing sapphire engagement rings in shades of light teal and placing them in rose gold settings. Rose gold has a feminine warmth that provides a lovely counterpoint to a blue gemstone.

Intrigued by this whimsical color combination? Discover some of our most popular aquamarine and rose gold engagement rings below.

The Aquamarine Willow Ring

Our always sought after, nature-inspired Willow gets a fresh and feminine look in the Aquamarine Willow Ring. Wispy vines of rose gold rise to showcase a shimmering aquamarine and the bright sparkle of diamond “bud” accents highlight the gentle colors of rose and pale blue.

 

The Aquamarine Waverly Ring

A classic and glamorous take on the aquamarine and rose gold trend, in the Aquamarine Waverly Ring the center aquamarine is encircled with a halo of micro-pavé diamonds, which also embellish the band and gallery of the ring. Rose gold claw prongs create an alluring contrast with the lovely blue gemstone they secure.

The Aquamarine Aberdeen Diamond Ring

A romantic, vintage-inspire design, our Aquamarine Aberdeen Diamond Ring features a center aquamarine accented by delicate filigree designs along the shoulder and the gallery.

The Aquamarine Serafina Ring

The Art Deco-inspired Aquamarine Serafina Ring embellishes a cushion-cut aquamarine with sparkling diamonds along the shoulders and the gallery. Milgrain-embellished geometric frames add to the ring’s glamorous retro look, and appear especially eye-catching in warm rose gold.

 

What Do You Think?

Do you like rose gold and aquamarine engagement rings? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section, then discover more stunning aquamarine and rose gold engagement rings.

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Trending: Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:20

 

The rose gold trend has been on the rise in engagement rings all year, and there’s no sign of it fading in sight.

There are many reasons to be drawn to the blush-hued metal. Its pinkish undertones flatter almost any shade of skin, and it mixes flawlessly with other metal types. We love rose gold engagement rings set with diamonds equally as much as rose gold rings set with colored gemstones, like aquamarine, morganite, or sapphire. This versatile lustrous metal looks gorgeous in vintage, classic, or modern settings.

ROSE GOLD DIAMOND RINGS

We’re attracted to rose gold’s unique ability to be at once modern and vintage in feel. The lustrous alloy of gold and copper makes for a distinctive choice when it comes to diamond engagement ring settings. Whether in classic solitaire designs, vintage-inspired rings, or glamorous halo settings, rose gold diamond rings stand out from the rest.

Duchess Diamond Ring

Sparkling French pavé set diamonds sparkle along this ring’s gleaming rose gold band. The six-prong setting showcases the brilliance of this ring’s center gem.

Caliana Diamond Ring

The Caliana Diamond Ring gives a spin on the classic solitaire, featuring an open basket with six elegant leaves that cradle the center stone. This graceful rose gold band’s design gently tapers at the top of the shoulders, making for an even more elegant look.

Willow Diamond Ring

This nature-inspired trellis ring is the epitome of elegance. Wispy vines of 14k rose gold entwine towards lustrous marquise diamond buds, creating a unique yet timeless look.

Floriana Diamond Ring

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

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

The beautiful Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring features strands of diamonds entwined with a high polished ribbon of rose gold, putting a literal “twist” on the classic solitaire band.

Valencia Diamond Ring

Micro-pavé diamonds shimmer from every angle of this rose gold engagement ring, which also features a diamond adorned gallery and graceful claw-prongs that embrace the center gem.

ROSE GOLD HALO RINGS

Another rose gold diamond ring trend we love is rose gold halo rings. The dazzling look of a center gemstone completely encircled by smaller diamonds is given a vintage-inspired warmth when set in rose gold.

Waverly Diamond Ring

This captivating rose gold setting features claw prongs and scalloped pavé diamonds that encircle the center gem and adorn the band. A diamond-encrusted gallery adds an additional element of interest.

Stella Diamond Ring

French pavé set diamonds form a stunning halo in this glamorous rose gold ring. Even more dazzling diamond accents adorn the band, adding to its luxe look.

 

ROSE GOLD MORGANITE RINGS

Morganites are treasured for their alluring clarity and high degree of brilliance, as well as their beautiful warm coloring. Exquisite shades of pink and blush found in morganites are made even more striking when paired with a delicate rose gold setting. The two naturally complement each other, with their captivating blush tones and enchanting shine, making rose gold morganite engagement rings an understandably popular choice.

Morganite Serafina Ring

Embellished with milgrain detailing and dazzling accent diamonds, the Morganite Serafina Diamond Ring is a truly special find. The arched details in the gallery add complementary and unique touches.

Morganite Lotus Flower Ring

The Lotus Flower Diamond Ring’s subtle flower halo design lends itself well to the warm glow given from the both the rose gold setting and its center morganite gem. This exquisite ring offers classic charm while simultaneously being truly unique.

Final Thoughts

Do you like the rose gold trend as much as we do? Which ring is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! For more blush-hued inspiration, discover all of our pink engagement rings.

 

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How to find out her ring size without her knowing

Brilliant Earth - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 17:00

 

Brilliant Earth jewelry expert Jessica Anand is frequently asked by our customers about how they can find out their girlfriend’s ring size without her knowing. Here we’ve shared some of Jessica’s best tips and tricks!

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Be Subtle

If you are absolutely set on a surprise proposal but you still want to find out her ring size directly from the source, ask your girlfriend in a very subtle, smooth way. You can pretend, for example, that you are going to buy a ring for your mom/sister/aunt/niece etc. Make sure that this pretend recipient is someone whose hands are similar in size to your girlfriend. Casually ask what her ring size is for reference. If you really want to beef up the ruse, purchase an inexpensive ring and show it to her. Have her try it on and everything! Maybe afterward you can actually give that ring to your mom/sister/aunt/niece to appease your guilty conscience!

 

Ask Her Friends

A great way to find out her ring size is to ask one of her friends. Friends occasionally have this insight! And, if the friend doesn’t know right away, she can be the one to ask (nonchalantly). Even better, ask the friend to take your girlfriend engagement ring shopping “for fun.” Have her get professionally sized and ask her friend to report back to you. It’s best to choose a friend who might have once had acting aspirations!

 

Borrow One of her Rings

Another method is to snag one of her old rings for a day. You need to be careful with this method because it might backfire on you! Make sure that you grab a ring that she wears on a similarly sized finger, the ring finger of her right hand being the optimal choice (unless, of course, she wears a ring on her left ring finger, which is less likely). Even if you bring in a thumb ring we can usually come up with a close approximation of what size her ring finger will be. If you choose this option, make sure that you choose a ring that isn’t overly important to her and wouldn’t cause any emotional distress if she notices it missing!

 

Leave a Trace

If you are terrified of losing one of her rings try this method instead. Take one of her rings and place it on a piece of paper. Draw a circle on the inside and outside of the ring. Do this several times to make sure that your ring traces look consistent. We can usually figure out the diameter of her ring from your sketch!

 

Enlist a Friend

If one of your partner’s friends is engaged, ask her friend to let your girlfriend try on the ring. This will put you in a ballpark size range to start out with. You can also use this as an opportunity to ask what she thought of her friend’s ring (in private) and try to do a little sleuthing as to what style of ring she would like for herself.

 

Compare Fingers

This method is a little more difficult, but if you are desperate, go ahead and try it out! When you are holding her hand,see if one of her fingers is similar in size to a finger of yours. For example, her ring finger might be as big as your pinky. This method isn’t amazingly accurate, but the more information we have on her ring size the closer we can get!

 

Ask Your Partner!

There are some people in this world who like to do things the hard way, and then there are those who are very straightforward. If you and your partner have been discussing marriage for quite some time, ask her outright what her ring size is! Don’t worry though— you can still have the element of surprise. After all, she doesn’t know when you’re going to ask her, or how! If she doesn’t know her ring size, she can find it using our printable ring sizing guide.

 

Keep in Mind:

The two most accurate ways to confirm ring size are to come in and have your partner sized by us in person or have them visit a local jeweler. Using one or several of the methods above will result in a very good approximation, but there is always the risk that it will be slightly off.

Please note that for custom designed rings, we highly recommend visiting a local jeweler or coming in and having her finger sized with us, as custom pieces are final sale and may not be able to be resized in the future. Err on a larger size so that it will be guaranteed to slip over her finger when you propose.

Interesting Ring Size Facts:
  • Our dominant hands tend to be slightly bigger (so make sure you are measuring for her left!)
  • The most common women’s ring size is 6 to 6.5.
  • Wider rings have a tighter fit than thinner bands, so if you borrow a ring for us to measure, try to make sure that it is the same width as the ring you plan on purchasing.
  • Brilliant Earth is happy to ship you a free ring sizer, so that you can measure your ring size in the comfort of your home!

 

 

What if I just can’t figure out the size?

If you simply can’t figure out the size or you don’t want to risk it, consider choosing a temporary setting to propose with. Our temporary setting is our 18K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Ring. You have sixty days to propose, have her properly sized, and send the ring back. Once you have her perfect size, we can set your diamond in your ideal setting.  This way she gets to see the diamond you chose, but there isn’t the risk of having to resize the actual setting. Please contact us about this option, so we can explain the exact process to you! This is also a great option for those who don’t know whether to purchase an engagement ring before or after proposing.

Good luck!

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Five Mistakes Men Make When Buying an Engagement Ring

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:49

We have to start by saying that the woman you adore is going to be ecstatic when you propose!

The engagement ring will be a beautiful bonus. But there are a few things you can do to ensure that you select a ring she’ll be crazy for both now and for decades to come. Here are a few engagement ring buying mistakes that men often make so you can avoid them:

They don’t research her tastes
Surprising her with an engagement ring can be a very romantic move, but if you select a ring without doing your research you risk buying one that’s far from her ideal. Start by asking her close friends what type of ring she might like—if you trust those friends to be discreet. Pay close attention to the type of jewelry she wears (Does she prefer white gold or yellow gold?  Feminine and ornate designs or clean-lined modern ones?). Finally, if she uses social media like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, snoop around to see if she follows any fine jewelry brands, and take note of the ring designs they feature.

They don’t cover their tracks
If you research rings online the websites you are looking at are likely to target you with online advertisements later. If you ever share a computer with your girlfriend, you better believe she’ll notice those engagement ring ads!  So do your browsing on a private computer or mobile device, or use your browser’s “block cookies” feature so you can online shop anonymously.

They guesstimate her ring size
Most engagement rings can be resized but when you propose you want the ring to be as close as possible to a perfect fit. You might ask your girlfriend’s friends if they know her ring size, or sneakily borrow one of her rings and compare it to our Ring Sizing Guide. It is also helpful to know that the most common ring size for women is 6-6.5, so a ring that size is a fairly safe bet—if she has large or small hands then go a size up or a size down from that.

They spend more than they can afford
Don’t listen to any “rules” about how much you should spend on an engagement ring, other than that you should spend an amount that feels comfortable to you. Check out our recent post 8 Ways Guys Can Save on an Engagement Ring and contact us if you would like advice on discovering the perfect ring within your budget.

They don’t require a return or exchange policy
Only work with jewelers who will offer you a free return or exchange if she doesn’t like the ring—it will remove anxiety from the process if you know that nothing is set in stone. Brilliant Earth offers free returns and resizes for 30 days.

Final Thoughts

What do you think are the big engagement ring mistakes to avoid?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

 

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The Meaning of Past, Present, Future Rings

Brilliant Earth - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 01:00

 

Past, Present, and Future rings, also known as three stone rings are an ever popular choice when it comes to engagement ring styles. Apart from their aesthetic appeal, three stone engagement rings are rich with symbolism.

As the name implies, three stone rings boast a center gem accented by two diamonds or colorful gemstones on either side. From modern to antique-inspired, Brilliant Earth’s collection of three stone engagement rings includes something for any taste.

Past, Present, Future: The Symbolism of Three Stone Engagement Rings

 

Three stone engagement rings’ meaning tells a story. The three main stones featured on these engagement rings symbolize a couple’s past, present, and future. While every engagement ring is imbued with its own special meaning, this beautiful representation makes three stone engagement rings an especially romantic choice. When proposing with a three stone engagement ring, one can reflect with their partner on the love they have shared, the love they share now, and the unique love they will always have for each other.

Three Stone Diamond Rings

 

Past, Present, Future diamond engagement rings often feature round brilliant diamonds, princess cut diamonds, or a mixture of a variety of fancy shaped diamonds. Styles range from simple to intricate, and can include halos or pavé diamond accents and engravings around the band.

A nature-inspired twist on the classic Past, Present, Future ring, the Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring features entwined vines shimmering with pavé diamonds.

 

Captivating tapered baguette diamonds are bar channel-set in this elegant ring, brilliantly framing the center emerald cut gem.

This exquisite antique style three stone trellis setting features interwoven prongs sweeping upward to embrace two brilliant round diamond side stones. The band is adorned with an engraved scroll pattern on the top and sides, with each side accented by a single dazzling diamond.

Three Stone Colorful Gemstone Rings

 

As with diamond three stone rings, three stone engagement rings featuring colorful gemstones can also be found in a variety of styles and shapes. Including sapphires, aquamarines, or morganites in your engagement ring offers a gorgeous pop of color, for a look that’s unique to yours! .You may choose to have your three stone engagement ring feature one colored gemstone exclusively, or you might want to mix and match. Accenting a center diamond with two colored gemstones makes for a beautiful look, and vice versa!

Fiery trillion shaped diamonds brilliantly frame a center teal sapphire, putting a unique twist on in this classic ring.

 

This setting features a stunning center oval morganite with a glistening diamond accent on each side.

Three Stone Custom Engagement Rings

 

If you have a specific look in mind, opting for a custom designed three stone ring might be the way to go. Share your unique vision with our designers and they will bring your one-of-a-kind ring to life.

A bezel-set rose cut diamond adorns this ring with rose quartz stones on either side. The rose gold band has a brushed matte finish which perfectly complements the lovely stones.

Three oval-shaped sapphires are surrounded by a halo of round brilliant diamond accents in this incredible ring.

This stunning three stone engagement ring features a round brilliant diamond flanked by two pear-shaped diamond accents. Serene hand engravings down the tapered band adds to the elegantly classic look of this piece.

Three Stone Vintage Engagement Rings

 

Another option when shopping for the perfect three stone engagement ring is to look through our selection of vintage engagement rings. Originating from romantic eras of the past, these rings are embedded with a history of their own, making the symbolic meaning of three stone rings all the richer. The distinctive beauty of vintage rings adds to their appeal.

Two bullet-shaped diamond accents embellish the shoulders of this exquisite three stone cushion cut diamond engagement ring for a truly stunning look.

A classic three stone ring, this Retro era engagement ring features three brilliant cut diamonds on a white gold band.

A true vintage treasure, this uniquely sculpted Victorian-era ring features a stunning oval-shaped diamond accented by two synthetic rubies.

Final Thoughts

Do you love the meaning behind three stone rings? What style is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below, or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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LGBTQ+ Proposals: Who Buys the Ring?

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:44

 

When it comes to LGBTQ+ proposals, the first question on many people’s minds is, “Who’s going to propose?”

This question is often followed by, “Who pays for the ring?” (or whatever symbol you choose to exchange when you propose). While these answers vary depending on all couples, not just same-sex, we’ve noted a few common themes that may help you find what’s right for your LGBTQ+ proposal!

To answer these questions, first talk with your partner about where you stand when it comes to proposals. Are you both interested in getting down on one knee, has only one of you dreamed of being swept off your feet with a romantic gesture, or is a proposal not in the cards and a conversation about being ready for marriage is all you need? If your partner proposes, that does not mean that you cannot propose later. “Many LGBTQ+ couples propose to one another, often on different days—even different months or years,” writes Kirsten Palladino, co-founder of Equally Wed, in her book, Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding.

Your proposal plans may impact how you choose to pay for the ring or other engagement symbol. Consider your options and do what’s best for you and your partner as you celebrate planning the next step in the rest of your life.

 

Pay for your partner’s

If your proposal is completely a surprise and you want a ring at the time of your proposal, you will be paying for the ring. This tends to be the proposal tradition, one partner paying for the other partner’s ring. Totally at a loss for what your partner might like? Propose with a decoy ring or memento, and have your partner pick out the ring they want.

 

Share the cost

Some couples choose to share the cost of the engagement ring. An engagement ring is a symbol of love. While it tends to be a gift from one partner to another, an engagement is between both partners, meaning the ring represents a shared commitment. Sharing the cost of the engagement ring can represent the sharing of two lives, coming together as one.

 

Pay for each other’s

For some couples, the opportunity to propose is something both partners want. This can happen at the same time, perhaps if you are going on a special vacation together. A dual proposal might also take place days or months apart. Just because one partner has proposed and you are both ready to get married, does not mean that the other partner misses out on that memorable opportunity to proclaim their love. Whether you propose to each other, or only one partner proposes but you both want to wear rings, consider paying for each other’s ring as a gift.

No matter how you plan to propose, or however you choose to pay, be sure your proposal is unique to your relationship, special and filled with love.

 

Final Thoughts

We want to hear from you! Share your thoughts with us in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

 

Photo Credit: Omnia Photography via “Central Park proposal turns into party with friends” on Equally Wed Oriel Pe’er via “January proposal in Central Park” on Equally Wed Adhikari Photography via “Surprise Viral Video Proposal” on Equally Wed

 

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Trending: Rose Gold Gifts

Brilliant Earth - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 02:21

 

From jewelry to home accessories and even mobile phones, rose gold is everywhere. The blush-hued metallic has been trending for the past few years, and there’s no sign of it slowing down.

There are plenty of reasons to love rose gold. The warm mixture of gold and copper makes for a soft and feminine finish for rose gold jewelry. It also has the unique ability to look flattering on almost any skin tone, and looks great alongside a multitude of colors. So when it comes to gift-giving, rose gold purchases are safe bets.

Rose gold gifts:

 

Talk about fancy feet! These classic sneakers are taken up a notch when finished in a metallic rose gold.

 

When it comes to rose gold accessories, these headphones take the cake. We’re certain your tunes will sound even sweeter through these Solo3 headphones.

Complement your already gorgeous rose gold iPhone with this case from Moshi.

Rose gold bridesmaid gifts:

The Sonora Ring’s glittering row of French pavé diamond accents looks dazzling on a rose gold band. This ring serves as the perfect complement to many rose gold engagement rings or for stacking up on your right hand!

The enchanting beauty of an opal cabochon is perfectly complemented with warm rose gold and shimmering diamonds in this alluring halo pendant. For more options, shop all of our rose gold necklaces.

We are particularly partial to rose gold jewelry. These beautiful crescent moon earrings in 14k rose gold are the height of elegance and simplicity.

Rose gold anniversary gifts:

The warm combination of rose gold and morganite is absolutely stunning in this elegant three stone engagement ring.

For a truly spectacular gift, look no further than this Diamond Halo Necklace. Its dazzling diamond halo pendant looks all the more captivating hanging from a delicate rose gold cable chain.

These delightful drop earrings feature peach morganites held in graceful open gallery rose gold settings.

We love how the vintage beauty of rose gold wedding bands feels modern for today. This delicate ring achieves a perfectly romantic look from its alternating round and marquise-shaped designs detailed with antique-inspired milgrain.

Rose gold home accessories:

Bring the sleek elegance of rose gold into your home with this scented candle by Jonathan Adler.

Throw the chicest dinner party with this flatware from West Elm.

 

Final Thoughts

Do you love rose gold? Which gift is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Can You Tell Which Diamonds are Lab Grown?

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:44

 

Although grown by scientists instead of created in the earth’s crust, lab diamonds are absolutely real diamonds—they display the same chemical and optical properties as natural diamonds.

Even expert gemologists can’t tell the difference, but just for fun we’re offering you the chance to guess. Each of the sets of engagement rings on this page includes one ring featuring a lab diamond and one with a naturally mined diamond. See if your instincts can determine which is which, and get the low-down on this engagement ring option.

Classic Round Lab Diamonds

If you’re looking for a lab grown diamond in a classic round brilliant cut, you’re in luck, because we have an expansive selection of round lab diamonds. When the process of growing a diamond was first invented labs were only capable of creating small diamonds, but today you can purchase lab diamonds up to three carats. (The lab diamond is the one on the right.)

Lab Diamonds in Fancy Shapes & Colors

Lab diamonds are also available in fancy shapes including emerald, oval, cushion, radiant, princess and asscher. If you love colored gemstones, consider a lab created colored diamond in a fancy shade of yellow or pink. (The lab diamond is the one on the left.)

 

Lab Diamonds with Natural Accents

If you’d like your ring to feature both a lab diamond and naturally mined diamonds, you can have a lab diamond set in a ring featuring natural accent diamonds. (The lab diamond is the one on the right.)

 

Impossible to Distinguish

If you couldn’t tell the lab diamonds from the natural ones, we’re not surprised—and if you could you’re just a lucky guesser! Lab diamonds are created in high-temperature, high-pressure chambers that reproduce the conditions in the earth’s crust. The result is carbon atoms arranged in the structure of a diamond crystal and diamonds that are every bit as magical as the ones created naturally millions of years ago and mined today.

 

Attractive Prices

Lab diamonds usually cost about 30% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. But these diamonds are every bit as luxurious as their natural counterparts, since their dazzling beauty and durability are the same. It is important to know that there’s a big difference between lab created diamonds and diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite. These simulants are not made of the carbon crystals, and do not possess the same brilliance as diamonds. For that reason, simulants sell at much lower prices than lab created diamonds.

 

Final Thoughts

Browse our collection of lab created diamonds, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for do not hesitate to contact us and we can help you source your ideal diamond.

Do you wear a lab diamond engagement ring, or would you? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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Celebrity Engagement Rings

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 04:52

Virtually unlimited budgets, constant pressure to look flawless, and unbridled access to all that the beauty and fashion industries can offer: the life of a celebrity requires being on top of all the latest trends, so it stands to reason that the rest of us look to celebs for everything from hairstyles to make up to clothing.

Likewise, when considering what type of engagement ring to buy, it can be helpful to take a peek at the fingers of celebrities for inspiration. Take a look at some of our favorite celebrity inspired Brilliant Earth engagement rings.

 

The “Eco-friendly” Engagement Ring

“Going green” is an oft-heard phrase these days, and while it may not conjure an image of a flashy celebrity engagement ring, eco-friendly rings are becoming quite popular with both celebrities and women in the know. As we become increasingly aware of the impact our choices and activities have on the environment, the options we have for living a “greener” life have expanded. It is now possible to proudly wear your commitment to both the love of your life and the preservation of the environment with a green engagement ring.

 

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Actress, activist, and vegan, Natalie Portman, does just that with her recycled platinum engagement ring. Her extraordinary ring features a 4-carat antique round center stone surrounded by a double halo of pavé diamonds.

 

Celebrity Trend: Antique Engagement Rings

Antique engagement rings are an up-and-coming trend and celebrities are naturally at the forefront. Antique rings offer one-of-a-kind beauty – each antique ring is unique and evokes the romance of a bygone era.

A decade after Michael Douglas gave Catherine Zeta-Jones her astonishing 1920s marquise diamond ring, it remains one of the most recognizable celebrity engagement rings. It features a 10-carat center diamond encircled by 28 smaller diamonds.

 

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Model and actress, Milla Jovivich’s, antique engagement ring is a true original. The 19th century ring combines yellow, pink, and white diamonds set in yellow gold for a vibrant, avant-garde display of color.

 

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Impressed by the unique yet timeless quality of antique engagement rings? Bookmark our one-of-a-kind antique ring collection to see the latest antique rings as they arrive.

 

Halo Engagement Rings

It comes as no surprise that halo rings are incredibly popular among celebrities. Their glamorous design – a center gemstone surrounded by a “halo” of smaller accent diamonds – packs an impressive visual impact.

Halo engagement rings can feature both diamonds and sapphires; in fact, the most widely recognizable halo ring has an elegant sapphire as its centerpiece. Have you guessed whose it is? Here’s a hint: it used to belong to Princess Diana. The halo ring that now graces Kate Middleton’s royal finger is a round 18-carat oval sapphire set in white gold.

 

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Jessica Biel’s engagement ring, a gorgeous emerald-cut diamond encircled with a halo of pavé diamonds, was carefully selected by her superstar husband, Justin Timberlake. It has both antique and modern elements, and even includes subtle touches of aquamarine, Jessica’s birthstone.

 

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For those inclined toward the elegant brilliance of a halo engagement ring, we recommend the dazzling styles in our Halo Collection.

 

Colored Diamond Engagement Rings

Celebrities like to stand out from the crowd, and a vibrantly colored diamond engagement ring is a popular choice for those who want to express their individual style.

Not one, but two American Idol alums have massive yellow canary diamond engagement rings, both custom designed by Johnathon Arndt. Kelly Clarkson’s yellow diamond is square and Carrie Underwood’s is round, but both are surrounded by a halo of diamonds, and set on a band with – you guessed it – more diamonds.

 

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Colored Gemstone Engagement Rings

Did you know that having a diamond as the center gemstone in an engagement ring is a relatively recent tradition? Throughout history, different types of gemstones were commonly selected to be the centerpiece of engagement rings.

 

Both Jessica Simpson and Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan-Zuckerberg, were presented with beautiful ruby engagement rings. Jessica’s ring features a 4-carat, oval-shaped ruby flanked by two diamonds, and is a nod to her July birthstone. Priscilla’s custom designed three stone engagement ring features two diamonds on either side of a vibrant center ruby.

 

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Sapphire engagement rings are a popular and distinctive alternative to traditional diamond engagement rings, and actor Javier Bardem is wise to the trend. He presented Penelope Cruz with an alluring vintage ring featuring a 3-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

 

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We take many style cues from celebrities, and you may not need to look any further than Hollywood for your perfect engagement ring inspiration. At Brilliant Earth, we offer a wide variety of beloved styles that achieve a timeless take on sought after celebrity engagement rings.

Final Thoughts

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

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