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The Maid of Honor Speech Guide: Tips, Examples, & Templates

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 16:03

 

One of the most challenging maid of honor duties can be giving a speech at the reception or wedding ceremony.

Although the MOH is typically someone who knows the bride well as either a best friend, sister, or other family member, public speaking is one of the most common phobias, and the pressure to come up with the right words to describe the bride and groom can leave maids of honor not knowing where to begin.

To give maids and matrons of honor a good starting point for their wedding toast, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips for making your speech memorable.

How to write a maid of honor speech How long should a maid of honor speech be?

A maid of honor speech typically only needs to be a few minutes long. Aim for 2-3 minutes, and it shouldn’t be longer than five minutes maximum. Very often there will be speeches from the best man, family members, or other members of the bridal party, so the maid of honor isn’t responsible for filling up the whole time. Keep it short and sweet!

What should a maid of honor speech say?

People will be interested in hearing about your unique relationship with the bride, any personal anecdotes you can share about the bride and groom’s history, and well wishes for the couple. Your toast should be positive and sincere. As the bride’s friend or family member, begin your speech with your focus on the bride and then compliment the groom and wish them well as a couple.

How do you make your maid of honor speech funny?

A maid of honor speech does not have to be funny, so don’t worry about coming up with a standup routine if jokes aren’t naturally your thing! A sincere and straightforward speech is going to be better than awkward or forced humor. That being said, the best way to make a funny maid of honor speech is to focus on telling stories that highlight the couple’s unique history. Write down your stories about the couple and look for the naturally funny moments. For example, you might gently tease the bride in your speech with a story about how she texted you in excitement after her first date with her new spouse. Lay on the charm and keep anything crude out of your notes. A maid of honor speech is not the time for crass language, inside jokes that most of the wedding guests won’t understand, or anything else that might make the bride or her family uncomfortable.

How do you end a maid of honor speech?

A maid of honor speech should end on a sincere and happy note. Celebrate the couple and how they make each other better, share your love for the bride, offer pearls of wisdom for a happy life together, or recite a meaningful quote. At the end of your speech, wrap up by offering a toast to the couple such as “wishing you both a lifetime of happiness” and raising your glass. If you are seated near enough to the bride and groom, feel free to give them a hug before sitting back down.

10 do’s and don’ts for maid of honor speeches  

  1. Do briefly introduce yourself

As the bride’s good friend or family member, you may assume that everyone there knows who you are, but that might not be the case! Greet the room and briefly share who you are and your relationship with the bride.

  1. Do practice your speech ahead of time

You don’t need to memorize your speech word for word (in fact, doing so might make your delivery a little unnatural), but practicing your talking points and cadence ahead of time can go a long way in making you feel more confident on the big day. If you are scared of public speaking, you can write yourself note cards that have bullet points or key phrases that will help you remember the points you want to make without reading word for word. Practice speaking more slowly than you would naturally (we tend to speed up our speech when we are nervous) and pausing to take breaths between transitions. Speaking your toast out loud to yourself will also help you hear any awkward parts or tongue twisters ahead of time so you can iron them out.

  1. Do stay sober before your speech

You can let loose during the reception, but you’ll want to have a clear head when making your speech. While a little alcohol might make you feel more relaxed and confident, too much can make your words sloppy, rambling, or less coherent. A drunk speech is not something you’ll want the bride to remember about her wedding day!

  1. Do show genuine emotion

Even if you are nervous, remember to smile and make eye contact with the crowd or with the couple. People tend to be able to “hear” when you are smiling or not, and by actively smiling you will set yourself up to appear happier and more confident. Your facial expressions should mirror the speech you are giving and reflect your joy for the couple. It’s okay to let yourself get a little emotional as well. If you feel yourself starting to tear up, don’t feel like you need to force it back – it only shows your genuine love and happiness for the couple.

  1. Do celebrate them as a couple

You may know the bride much better than her partner, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t include both of them in your speech. If you know both of them well, talk about how beautiful their relationship is or tell funny stories about their history. If you don’t know the bride’s partner well, focus on how happy they have made the bride.

  1. Don’t mention any exes

While exes may seem like a comedy goldmine or an opportunity to favorably compare the groom to past partners, it’s simply inappropriate to bring them up and likely to make the bride and her new spouse uncomfortable. Leave exes in the past where they belong! Along those lines, if this isn’t the bride’s first wedding, avoid jokes about past weddings or marriages.

  1. Don’t make it about yourself

Of course, you should feel free to tell stories that include you and the bride or the couple, but the focus should always be on the people getting married. Even if the bride is your sister or best friend, don’t make the speech entirely about your relationship to the bride. Avoid inside jokes that outsiders won’t understand, and don’t go overboard with anecdotes that take too much backstory or explanation. Absolutely don’t talk about your own personal relationship stories unless it’s to briefly share a piece of wisdom. Even then, those sorts of stories are best left to the mother of the bride or other older family members. Focus instead on what you think the bride would most like to hear from you on her big day.

  1. Don’t ramble

When it comes to wedding speeches, sometimes less is more. Long unabbreviated stories will be less impactful than a few short sweet or funny anecdotes. When drafting your speech, write down the things you’d like to include and then edit out things that aren’t resonating as you practice. If you aren’t sure what to include and what to leave out, ask another friend or family member of the bride to be your sounding board while brainstorming your speech.

  1. Don’t be generic or inauthentic

The bride asked you to be her maid of honor because the two of you have a special relationship, and your knowledge of the bride should be reflected in your speech. For example, if you and the bride have a goofy relationship, feel free to play up the jokes or gently roast the couple in a rated PG way, but don’t force yourself to say something the two of you would consider “sappy” if that’s not who you are as friends.  As the bride’s friend you’ll know things about her like her passions, quirks, favorite movies, etc. Reference things that are specific to her and her partner to make it a speech that could only be about them.

  1. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

Everyone at the reception is there to have a good time and is already inclined to like you and your speech. We are often our own toughest critics, and it’s important to remember that the other guests likely won’t even notice little mistakes in your toast. The bride and guests will just be happy to hear from you and to toast the couple together.

Maid of honor speech examples

One of the best ways to start brainstorming a maid of honor speech is by using helpful writing prompts like the ones below.

  • What is your favorite memory together?
  • What was your first impression of the bride’s partner?
  • How does the bride demonstrate her best qualities? How does her partner do this?
  • Did the bride tell you when she knew she wanted to marry her partner? How did she know they were the “one”?
  • Has the couple overcome challenges together?
  • What makes their relationship unique?
  • How would you describe their relationship in three words?
  • How did the proposal happen?
  • What makes this couple’s relationship unique?
  • What hopes do they have for the future?
  • How did you get introduced to her partner?
  • How have the two impacted each other’s lives?
  • What are they both bringing to the relationship?
  • What’s the funniest story you know about their dating history?
Maid of honor speech templates For sister:

Start by greeting everyone and introducing yourself.

Ex: “Hi everyone, our family wants to thank you all for being here today to celebrate (Bride) and (Partner). As most of you know, I’m (Bride’s) sister, (Name).”

Move on to what you love about your sister, the bride.

Ex: “I feel so privileged to have had (Bride) to look up to throughout my life. She has always been an example to me of what it means to show love through actions. Growing up, I remember she would (insert relevant anecdote). It’s memories like these that make me know that (Partner) is one of the luckiest people in the world to get (Bride) as someone to go through life with.

Transition to a compliment about your sister’s partner.

Ex: “When (Bride) and (Partner) first met, our family already had an idea that (Partner) was (Bride’s) perfect match. When (Bride) first introduced him to us, I could tell that (Bride) had never felt this way about anyone before, and that this was her forever person. I couldn’t have chosen anyone better for my sister, and we are so excited to welcome you into our family. Thank you for your kindness, sense of humor, and patience – especially when (Bride) (insert funny anecdote).

Wrap up your speech by toasting the couple

Ex: “Your love and commitment to each other is so inspiring, and it’s been so special to watch your relationship unfold. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, understanding, and joy. I’d like to invite everyone to raise their glasses to the happy couple. Here’s to (Bride) and (Partner)!

For best friend:

Begin your speech by introducing yourself and sharing a brief history of your relationship to the bride.

Ex: “Hi everyone. For those of you who I haven’t had the chance to meet yet, I’m (Name). (Bride) and I have been best friends since (college/high school/diapers), when we bonded over (insert funny shared interest). It’s (number) years later, and I couldn’t be happier or more proud to celebrate my friend today.

Talk about what you love about the bride.

Ex: “There are so many reasons to love (Bride). She’s smart, kind, and generous, but I think my favorite thing about her is her sense of humor. Something she definitely needed when she and (Partner) (insert funny anecdote). (Bride), you have always had the ability to light up the room, and you are so stunning tonight.

Transition to complimenting the bride’s partner.

Ex: “Now, onto (Partner). My first impression after meeting (Partner) was that they were one of the only people I’ve ever met who could keep up with (Bride’s) wit and good humor. However, it wasn’t until (insert anecdote) that I realized that he was (Bride’s) soul mate. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you as an individual and as the perfect partner for my best friend. Thank you for loving her the way she deserves.

Finish by wishing them both well.

Ex: “It’s so easy to see that you two are crazy about each other, and I’m honored to call you both my friends. I can’t wait to see the kinds of adventures you will get up to in the years to come. I’ll leave you with a quote from (Bride’s) favorite poet to take with you after tonight: (insert relevant quote). Here’s to the happy couple!

Final Thoughts

We hope this helped get you started on your maid of honor speech writing! Are there any other tips you would have included? Let us know in the comments below or on our FacebookTwitter, or Instagram!

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12 Stacked Wedding Ring Ideas to Complete Your Bridal Look

Brilliant Earth - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 08:04

Ready, set, stack! 

One of our favorite trends is the look of sparkling stackable wedding rings. Although a traditional bridal set consists of one wedding band and engagement ring, we’re seeing more and more brides opt for a stacked or nested bridal look. By adding diamond anniversary bands for landmark anniversaries, you can also continually add to and update your sparkling diamond stack. 

Read on to discover some of our favorite stacking and nesting rings to complete any bridal look! 

Why do we stack wedding rings? 

One of the most popular modern ring-styling trends is the stacked wedding ring look. Ring stacking is a style of jewelry layering that combines multiple rings on one finger. Whether to celebrate an anniversary, milestone moment, or simply for the pleasure of owning a sparkling piece, building a ring stack is a great way to showcase your personal style and allows for endless styling combinations. Ring stacks most commonly start off with an engagement ring, a wedding band, and then finally additional anniversary or stacking rings. These stacking rings can be styled in any combination for a personalized look that is all your own.  

The idea of stacking rings dates back to Ancient Roman times. Roman lore states that the fourth finger on your left hand contains the “vein of love” that leads directly to your heart. Wearing a ring on this finger signified your commitment to love and that your marriage was the closest to your heart. Although this belief isn’t scientifically correct, the tradition of wearing rings on this ring finger continues to this day. Western culture has since adopted the idea of adding additional anniversary rings to your bridal set to hallmark milestone moments – thus the modern-day ring stack was born. Today, the stacking ring trend is a symmetry between tradition and fashion.  

What order do you stack wedding rings? 

Traditionally, the engagement ring sits on top of the wedding ring and then additional stacking rings are styled underneath. While this is the most common styling technique, stacking rings are meant to showcase your unique personality and can be styled in any number of ways. Although there are no rules when it comes to the endless styling combinations you can create, we have a few stylists’ tips on how to start building your stack.  

When it comes to choosing the bands in your stack, the shape, size, and style of your engagement ring will affect how the rings will stack. Many classic engagement ring styles are already designed to sit flush which straight bands and allow for seamless stacking. If your engagement ring features an elongated fancy shaped center stone such as an oval or a marquise, a contoured or nested stack is a great option that also allows stacking rings to sit flush with the engagement ring. If you are drawn to straight bands but they do not sit flush with your engagement ring setting, you can still stack the rings on the same ring finger but wear them with a gap.  

Options are seemingly endless when it comes to selecting what types of stacking rings to pair together. We recommend playing with texture, diamond shapes and sizes, and metal type to add personality and visual interest to your stack. The best place to start exploring your styling preferences is our Ring Stacking tool, which allows you to select your engagement ring and see it paired with up to four stacking rings. You can mix, match, and repeat until you create your dream ring stacking combination. If you have questions about which stacking rings to pair with your engagement ring, contact a Brilliant Earth Jewelry Specialist for personalized assistance. We are always excited to help you create your dream stack! 

Yellow Gold Stacking Rings 

 

Midi Half Moon Diamond Nesting Ring 

A top stacking ring trend, the contoured and nested rings from our Ensemble Collection are meant to be stacked harmoniously in a stack. A diamond-accented and sophisticated curve creates a chic look in this Midi nesting ring. 

Aimee Diamond Ring 

An ultra thin shank is adorned with shared prong-set diamonds spaced elegantly half of the way around the band for a sophisticated and alluring look. 

Rose Gold Stacking Rings  

 

Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring 

This petite diamond ring features scalloped pavé diamonds in elegantly sculpted prongs that extend three-fourths of the way around the band, leaving a small sizing bar in back. It is an effortless complement to many engagement and stacking ring styles.  

Marseille Diamond Ring 

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

Platinum Stacking Rings  

 

Wren Diamond Ring

Two prong-set diamonds rest at the ends of a smooth metal band, leaving a small opening to perfectly fit many engagement ring styles. 

Versailles Diamond Ring 

A fan favorite, alternating round and marquise diamonds create an alluring pattern across the top of this chic and distinctive ring. Stacking rings featuring fancy shaped diamond accents make a chic and distinctive addition to any ring stack.  

Diamond Stacking Rings  

 

Lunette Diamond Ring 

Contoured stacking rings embrace your engagement ring in a unique way and pair particularly well with engagement rings featuring fancy shaped diamonds. Sparkling diamonds meet at a point in this sleek crescent-shaped ring, perfectly styled to complement an engagement ring and stack with other rings. 

Valencia Diamond Ring 

This ring adds the perfect amount of sparkle to any stack. Micro-pavé diamonds sparkle from every angle of this petite and glamorous domed band, making it the perfect ring for any special occasion. 

Unique Stacking Rings 

 

Rose Cut Contoured Diamond Ring 

Rose-cut round diamonds form a unique crescent shape and flow half-way down the band in this alluring contoured ring made to fit perfectly with many engagement setting styles. 

Coastal Ombre Ring 

Why not add a pop of color? Shimmering diamonds, sapphires, aquamarines, lab alexandrites, and sunstones create an eye-catching ombre effect that wraps half of the way around this chic, whimsical ring. 

Stacking Ring Sets  

 

Arch Diamond Nesting Ring Stack 

A powerful stack, these three chic rings can be worn together, paired with an engagement ring, and easily worn by themselves. 

Sunburst Diamond Nesting Ring Stack 

A shimmering sunburst of diamonds along a curved band is paired with a plain curved band to create the perfect sophisticated stack. 

Final Thoughts  

Which styles would you add to your dream stack? Let us know on InstagramFacebookTwitter, or in the comments section below! 

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How to Find MM to Carat Weight Conversions for Diamonds and Gemstones

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 08/23/2021 - 21:29

As moissanite and other gemstone rings become popular alternatives to classic diamond engagement rings, we get many customers asking how to measure a gemstone’s size vs. a diamond’s. To help answer some of our customers’ most frequently asked questions on gemstone mm to carat conversion, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips!

How do you measure the size of a diamond?

Most people are aware that diamonds are measured using a unit called “carats,” but what many may not understand is that carats are a measurement of weight and not of dimension. While carat weight does impact the overall look and size of your diamond, carat does not equal size. In fact, two diamonds of the same carat weight can have a different appearance based on how they carry their weight. For example, elongated fancy shaped diamonds that have shallower depths and longer dimensions can appear to take up more real estate in a ring or on a finger than classic round diamonds of comparable carat weight. Poor diamond cutting can also affect the appearance of a diamond and keep extra weight “hidden” below the diamond’s girdle – the base of the diamond that is typically covered up by the ring. So, a poorly cut 1.25 ct. round diamond may appear to be the same size as a well cut 1 ct. round diamond to the naked eye.

That being said, carat weight can still give you a good idea for how large or small your diamond will appear. One carat equals 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams, and is subdivided into 100 “points.” This allows gemologists to give extremely precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. An easy way to think of carat weight is by comparing them to dollars and cents – they’re even written out the same way! $2.25 means two dollars and twenty-five cents, and 2.25 ct. means two carats and 25 points. Carat is one of the classic “4 C’s” of diamond grading invented by the GIA as a standard way of measuring a diamond’s quality, along with cut, color, and clarity.

Gemstone Weight vs. Gemstone Size

While there are jewelers who will measure gems other than diamonds in carat weight, at Brilliant Earth we choose to categorize gemstones by their millimeter dimensions instead. This is because different gemstones have different densities, meaning that certain gems will have a different appearance to diamonds of comparable carat weight.  As we mentioned above, carat is a measurement of weight and not size. Carat was also invented as a unit of measurement specifically for diamonds, so it makes sense to use a different approach for other gemstones.

Gemstones like rubies, sapphires, zircon, and garnet are all denser than diamonds. Other popular gems like moissanite, topaz, jade, peridot, emerald, tourmaline, morganite, amethyst, citrine, opal, and aquamarine are all significantly less dense than diamonds. So, a 1.5 ct. round ruby will look smaller than a 1.5 ct. round diamond because rubies are naturally denser and heavier than a diamond.

Because of their different densities, comparing gemstone mm dimensions to diamond carat weights is more of an approximation than an exact science. The charts below show the approximate diamond carat weights comparison for the most popular gemstone sizes we offer.

Round and perfectly square gems will have the same diameter from all angles and will therefore have one measurement listed, for example, “8mm.” Gemstones in other shapes will have both their length and width listed in millimeters. Looking at the length to width ratio is a helpful tool for those trying to achieve a certain look. For example, radiant cut gems can look more square or more rectangular based on their length to width ratios. A radiant cut gem with a 1:1 ratio will look square, but one with a 2:1 ratio will look much more elongated. Other fancy shapes like ovals and pears can look more rounded or slender based on their ratios.

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Round Diamonds and Gemstones

Like all circles, round brilliant diamonds will have the same diameter all the way around. This shape is by far the most classic and popular choice due to its spectacular brilliance and beauty.

Round MM Size Round Carat Weight 4mm 0.25 ct. 4.5mm 0.36 ct. 5mm 0.5 ct. 5.5mm 0.66 ct. 5.75mm 0.75 ct. 6mm 0.84 ct. 6.5mm 1 ct. 7mm 1.3 ct. 7.5mm 1.67 ct. 8mm 2 ct. 8.5mm 2.11 ct. 9mm 2.75 ct. 9.5mm 3.35 ct. 10mm 3.87 ct. 10.5mm 4.41 ct. 11mm 4.91 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Oval Diamonds and Gemstones

Brilliant and flattering, oval diamonds and gemstones are becoming an increasingly sought-after choice. They have a similar sparkle to round diamonds, but with a lengthening oblong shape.

Oval MM Size Oval Carat Weight 6x5mm 0.61 ct. 7.7×5.7mm 1 ct. 8x6mm 1.25 ct. 9x6mm 1.41 ct. 9x7mm 2 ct. 10x7mm 2.18 ct. 10x8mm 2.5 ct. 12x8mm 3 ct. 11x9mm 3.85 ct. 12x10mm 5.05 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Emerald Diamonds and Gemstones

Emerald diamonds are the most popular step cut diamond shape. Their clean lines and rectangular facets create a chic look that shows off a gemstone’s clarity and color.

Emerald MM Size Emerald Carat Weight 7x5mm 1 ct. 7.5×5.5mm 1.5 ct. 8x6mm 1.75 ct. 9x7mm 2.5 ct. 10×7.5mm 3 ct. 10x8mm 3.79 11x9mm 5.21 ct. 12x10mm 6 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Princess Diamonds and Gemstones

Princess diamonds have been by far the most favored fancy shape for decades. These stones offer the brilliance of a round diamond in a square shape, and usually for a lower price point for the same carat weight or size.

Princess MM Size Princess Carat Weight 5.5mm 1 ct. 6mm 1.25 ct. 6.5mm 1.5 ct. 7mm 2 ct. 7.5mm 2.5 ct. 8mm 3 ct. 9mm 4.12 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Pear Diamonds and Gemstones

Also known as “teardrop” diamonds, pear diamonds marry the sparkle and light-play of round diamonds with the elongated points of marquise diamonds.

Pear MM Size Pear Carat Weight 7x5mm 0.75 ct. 7.5×5.5mm 0.85 ct. 7.7×5.7mm 1 ct. 8x6mm 1.25 ct. 8.5×6.6mm 1.5 ct. 10x6mm 1.71 ct. 9x7mm 2 ct. 10x8mm 2.5 ct. 11x8mm 2.7 ct. 12x8mm 3 ct. 13x8mm 3.4 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Cushion Diamonds and Gemstones

Cushion diamonds and gemstones are a timeless choice and are particularly well-suited to halo and antique-inspired ring settings.

Cushion MM Size Cushion Carat Weight 5.5mm 1 ct. 6mm 1.25 ct. 6.5mm 1.5 ct. 7mm 2 ct. 7.5mm 2.5 ct. 8mm 3 ct. 9mm 4.12 ct. 10mm 5.62 ct. 11mm 7.44 ct. 12mm 9.52 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Marquise Diamonds and Gemstones

This shape is also referred to as the navette, or “little boat.” Because marquise diamonds and gemstones tend to have a pronounced length to width ratio, their carat weight to mm conversion will be the most unique on this list.

Marquise MM Size Marquise Carat Weight 7x3mm 0.3 ct. 8x4mm 0.5 ct. 9×4.5mm 0.75 ct. 10x5mm 1 ct. 11x6mm 1.33 ct. 12x6mm 1.5 ct. 13×6.5mm 2 ct. 14x7mm 2.5 ct. 15x7mm 3 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Asscher Diamonds and Gemstones

Asscher gems are square shapes known for their sleek step cut facets that form an X from corner to corner.

Asscher MM Size Asscher Carat Weight 5.5mm 1 ct. 6mm 1.25 ct. 6.5mm 1.5 ct. 7mm 2 ct. 7.5mm 2.5 ct. 8mm 3 ct. 8.5mm 3.5 ct. 9mm 4.12 ct. 10mm 5.62 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Radiant Diamonds and Gemstones

Dazzling radiant diamonds can be square or rectangular, but for the purposes of this chart we have focused on the dimensions for elongated radiant gems. Square radiant gems will have similar conversions to cushion or princess gems.

Radiant MM Size Radiant Carat Weight 6x4mm 0.5 ct. 7x5mm 1 ct. 7.3×5.5mm 1.25 ct. 7.5×5.8mm 1.5 ct. 8x6mm 2 ct. 9x7mm 2.5 ct. 10x7mm 3.31 ct. 10x8mm 3.5 ct. 11x9mm 5.05 ct.

 

MM to Carat Conversion Chart: Heart Diamonds and Gemstones

Distinctive and romantic, heart shaped gems are a modification of the pear shape. While they are not perfectly round or square, heart shaped gems are measured using their widest point rather than with a length to width ratio.

Heart MM Size Heart Carat Weight 5mm 0.5 ct. 5.5mm 0.61 ct. 6mm 0.75 ct. 6.5mm 1 ct. 7mm 1.25 ct. 7.5mm 1.5 ct. 8mm 2 ct. 8.5mm 2.5 ct.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about MM to Carat Conversions How many MM is 1 carat?

For diamond shapes that are equidistant from top to bottom and side to side such as round and square diamonds, one carat equals approximately 5.5-6.5mm. For more elongated fancy diamond shapes, 1 ct. can be anywhere from 7x5mm to 10x5mm.

How many MM is 2 carats?

For round diamonds and square diamonds, 2 carats will typically be between 7 and 8mm in dimension. For fancy shaped diamonds, 2 carats are between 8x6mm and 9x7mm. Marquise diamonds, which are particularly long and thin, will be closer to 13×6.5mm at 2 carats.

How many MM is 3 carats?

Round and square diamond shapes that weigh in at 3 carats will be at least 8mm, but most likely closer to 9 or 9.25mm. 3 carat fancy diamonds come in a variety of millimeter dimensions based on their shape, but most are between 10x8mm and 12x8mm.

Final Thoughts

For more help visualizing the sizes of diamonds or gemstones, our expert jewelry specialists are always happy to answer questions and provide imagery. You can visit one of our specialists in person at one of our showrooms, by booking a virtual appointment, or by chatting with them live on our site. Have more questions about diamond and gemstone sizing? Let us know in the comments below!

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The History and Meaning Behind September’s Birthstone

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 08/23/2021 - 20:42

It’s sapphire season! Sapphires are the birthstone for September, and this gorgeous gem has been one of the popular precious stones throughout time. To learn more about the history and meaning of sapphires, we’ve pulled together 15 fun facts about the September birthstone.

Discover 15 intriguing facts about September’s stunning birthstone: 1

Sapphires have been treasured as some of the most precious gemstones for thousands of years. Popular in ancient Roman, ancient Persia, and throughout the Middle Ages.

2

When you think of sapphires, you probably think of a rich blue color, but sapphires actually come in almost every color of the rainbow—including pink, peach, orange, yellow, green, teal, and purple. Red sapphires are better known as rubies (both are varieties of the mineral corundum).

3

Sapphires get their colors from trace elements in the mineral corundum. Classic blue sapphires contain iron and titanium, and trace elements of chromium can turn corundum pink, while more chromium turns it into a ruby.

4

The rarest type of sapphire is a pinkish orange variety called padparadscha, a name that comes from the Sinhalese word for lotus flower. Traditionally from Sri Lanka, these gemstones are sifted from Sri Lankan rivers.

5

The word sapphire is derived from the Latin and Greek words for “blue”: sapphirus and sappheiros, which may have originally referred to another type of blue stone called Lapis Lazuli.

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Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand scratching based on a system called the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and sapphires score a 9 out of 10. The only natural item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond, which has a 10 on the Mohs Scale. The durability of sapphires makes them an excellent choice for engagement rings and other jewelry you plan to wear every day.

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Because of its hardness, sapphire also has industrial uses. The Apple Watch Series 3 features lab-created sapphire crystal in its screen to make it more scratch resistant, as do several Swiss watch companies.

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Sapphires are found in many places throughout the world, including Australia, Tanzania, Thailand, Cambodia, Malawi, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, the United States, and more.

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What does a sapphire represent? Throughout history various cultures have attributed mystical powers to sapphires, including heavenly powers, truth, innocence, peace, and good health. In ancient times it was believed that sapphires protected their wearers from evil. Because of the blue color, which they associated with the heavens, Europeans in the Middle Ages believed that sapphires cured eye diseases and preserved chastity, along with providing other heavenly blessings.  Sapphires have also been used to symbolize nobility and faithfulness.

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Deep blue sapphires have long been associated with royalty (which likely contributed to the naming of the color “royal blue”). Royal blue sapphires were often worn by medieval kings, some of whom believed that the gemstones would protect them from their enemies.

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French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his beloved wife Josephine a two stone sapphire and diamond engagement ring in 1796. The ring, which sold at auction for close to a million dollars in 2013, features a pear-shaped sapphire next to a pear-shaped diamond facing opposite directions, on a simple gold band.

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The most famous royal sapphire today is the engagement ring given by England’s Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, and now worn by Princess Catherine. It features a 12-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

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Sapphire engagement rings certainly aren’t only for royals. Before the twentieth century, blue sapphires were the favored gemstones for engagement rings. Sapphires were quite popular in Victorian engagement rings, when they were often surrounded by smaller diamonds to create floral designs.

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Many people are surprised to find that sapphires can exhibit a phenomenon called the “star effect,” or asterism. This occurs when inclusions create a star pattern of rays on the surface of a dome-like cabochon-cut sapphire, often called a “star sapphire.”

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Perhaps the most intriguing type of sapphire is the “color change” variety. These gemstones exhibit different colors depending on the lighting, subtly shifting from blue in daylight to bluish-purple in incandescent light.

If you love the look of sapphires, explore our create your own sapphire engagement rings and our sapphire fine jewelry. Head to our  Sapphire Education page to learn more about September’s birthstone!

Final Thoughts

Are you a September baby?  Which color of sapphire is your favorite? Let us know on InstagramFacebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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A Celestial Cuff Modeled After One Made for Marlene Dietrich

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Fri, 08/20/2021 - 13:00
An update on Van Cleef & Arpels’s Jarretière design, this gem-encrusted bracelet from the brand mimics the sky at dawn and dusk.
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The Watch From Outer Space

NY Times Jewels and Jewelries - Wed, 08/18/2021 - 13:00
A face made of meteorite adds an alien element to a time-tested design.
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How To Match Your Engagement Ring With The Perfect Wedding Band

Brilliant Earth - Mon, 08/16/2021 - 19:55

While your engagement ring takes the spotlight leading up to your wedding day, finding the perfect wedding band to pair with your sparkler is just as important of a task when it comes to completing your bridal look. After all, while the engagement ring symbolized your commitment and your promise to be wed, the wedding ring is the official symbol of union and marriage.  

As if choosing an engagement ring that embodies your unique style, feels timeless, and suits your lifestyle wasn’t a challenging enough task, now it is time to find the perfect wedding band to pair with your unique engagement ring. So, where do you start? Read on to discover our stylists’ tips on how to create your dream bridal set.  

What wedding band looks best with my engagement ring? 

One of our most frequently asked questions is, “which wedding band looks best with my engagement ring?”. Like your engagement ring, a wedding band is a piece you will wear every day and should reflect your personal style. Our Find My Matching Wedding Ring tool can help with your decision by allowing you to see your engagement ring paired with any Brilliant Earth wedding ring to find your perfect match. If you are opting for a stacked or nested bridal look, our Create Your Own Ring Stack Tool allows you to see up to three wedding rings stacked with your engagement ring for endless styling options. Our Jewelry Specialists are also ready to lend their expertise in a personalized appointment to help you find your dream bridal set – both virtually or in person! 

How do you combine an engagement ring and wedding band?  

The first step to choosing a wedding band is determining whether your engagement ring can sit flush with a straight wedding ring. Many classic engagement ring styles are already designed to sit flush with straight bands. Look for an elevated head that allows the center gemstone to sit above the band, like in the Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring or the Waverly Diamond Ring

These styles and similar designs offer a straightforward option of pairing with a straight wedding band for a close fit. In addition, many Brilliant Earth engagement rings can be purchased as part of a matched set that includes a perfectly coordinated wedding band. But if your engagement ring has a fancy shape center stone or elaborate design that requires a custom fit wedding ring, just contact our custom design team—we are happy to help you explore designing a custom piece! 

Contoured wedding bands are another great option that also allow a wedding band to sit flush with the engagement ring. A contoured wedding band is designed to match the curvature of your engagement ring. Most frequently, that means a contoured band is shaped at the front to follow the contours of your engagement ring, and then straight in the back. Not only does this design technique work well with many engagement ring styles, but it also adds a modern and unique twist to your bridal set.  

While the stacked, flush-fitting engagement ring and wedding band have become something of a modern tradition, don’t forget that we are making our own traditions all the time! If a straight wedding ring does not sit flush with your engagement ring, yet you are not drawn to a contoured band, consider wearing your two rings on separate hands or adding additional stacking rings to your bridal set. Alternatively, stack the rings on the same ring finger, but wear them with a gap. All these approaches recognize that each of your rings has its own distinct features and deserves individual attention. 

Are engagement rings supposed to match wedding bands?  

There are no rules when it comes to how closely your wedding band should match your engagement ring. While some may prefer a perfectly matched set, some may want to get playful with combining contrasting metal types, diamond shapes, textures, and band widths.  

Choosing a Metal 

While is it most frequent practice to select a wedding band that is the same metal type as your engagement ring, mixed-metal bridal sets are becoming increasingly popular. Mixing white, yellow, and rose gold can create a stunning and unique combination. Our Find My Matching Wedding Ring tool is a great starting point to discover which metal combination is best suited for you. 

Styles and Types of Wedding Bands  

After considering whether you want your wedding band to sit flush and selecting a precious metal, the next step is to choose a wedding band style. The five most common categories for wedding bands are: classic, contoured, notched, and unique diamond accented.  

  • Classic wedding bands make a timeless choice for your bridal look. Whether a solid precious metal band or a classic diamond eternity ring, classic wedding bands style effortlessly with many engagement rings and are most likely to sit flush.  
  • Contoured wedding bands embrace your engagement ring in a unique way and pair particularly well with engagement rings featuring fancy shaped diamonds.  
  • Unlike a contoured wedding band, a notched wedding band is completely straight. Instead of bending around an engagement ring, the wedding band features a notch that allows the two rings to fit together like puzzle pieces. 
  • Wedding bands featuring unique diamond accents are a chic and distinctive choice. If you have selected a more classic style for your engagement ring, a unique diamond accented wedding ring may be your opportunity to add some extra personality to your bridal set.  
Best Engagement and Wedding Ring Combinations Based on Diamond Shape  

Read on to discover some styling tips for some of our most popular center stone cuts.  

Round-Cut Stone  

The most common and arguably the most versatile shape for an engagement ring center stone, round diamonds pair well with a wide variety of wedding ring styles. From classic styles to wedding rings featuring fancy shaped diamonds, round center stones play well with a diverse set of styles.  

Princess-Cut Stone   

The faceting pattern of princess cut center stones provides a unique sparkle and brilliance. This sparkle is complemented well by bands featuring round diamonds and classic design styles.  

Cushion-Cut Stone   

While princess cut diamonds pair well with contrasting shapes, cushion cuts pair well with similar shapes. We suggest a classic eternity band or all-metal style.  

Emerald-Cut Stone   

The step cut of an emerald diamond center stone gives off a more subdued sparkle than other shapes. For added brilliance, we suggest pairing your emerald engagement ring with a band featuring round or other fancy shaped diamonds such as oval or marquise.  

Marquise-Cut Stone   

The curving, oblong shape of a marquise cut diamond is flattering and distinctive. A contoured band is a great option to highlight the unique silhouette of a marquise diamond.  

Oval-Cut Stone  

Oval center stones pair effortlessly with many wedding ring styles. We suggest pairing your oval engagement ring with a wedding ring featuring fancy shaped diamond accents for a unique bridal look that highlights the brilliance of the oval shape.  

 Final Thoughts 

 If you have questions about the best wedding band to pair with your engagement ring, contact a Brilliant Earth jewelry specialist for personalized assistance. We are excited to help you create a beautiful match! 

 

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Grand Seikoâs Ode to Mountain Skies

JustLuxe - Mon, 08/16/2021 - 08:17

The watchmakers at Grand Seiko’s Micro Artists Studio once again display their technical and artistic expertise with a new platinum-cased Spring Drive masterpiece.

 

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