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The 8 Most Beautiful Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 23:32

 

Radiant cut diamonds’ square silhouettes and gently trimmed corners make them an exceptional choice for the centerpiece of an engagement ring.

If you are attracted to the elegant shape of an emerald cut, but want the dazzling sparkle offered by the round brilliant cut diamond, a radiant cut diamond engagement ring might be the way to go! Radiant cut diamonds are faceted, allowing them to give off maximum brilliance and fire. While the chic square shape looks amazing in nearly any setting, we think that these radiant cut engagement rings are arguably the most beautiful.

Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring

The center radiant cut diamond appears to float above the Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring’s delicate band. Scalloped pavé diamonds add an additional element of sparkle to this classic engagement ring.

Leona Diamond Ring

This vintage-inspired engagement ring features a harmonious balance of shimmering diamond baguettes alternating with round diamonds for an eye catching look. The delicate high polish band adds distinctive appeal.

Valencia Diamond Ring

The glamorous Valencia Diamond Ring secures its center radiant cut diamond with elegant claw prongs. Featuring micro-pavé diamond accents and a diamond adorned gallery, this setting sparkles from every angle.

Grace Ring

This artfully sculpted ring features ribbons of precious metal delicately entwining around the center gem for a graceful and elegant look.

Circa Diamond Ring with Sapphire Accents

This glamorous halo setting features a row of vibrant blue sapphires set around the exterior edge of the halo. Additional diamonds on the gallery and on the split-shank band create an effect of magical shimmer.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

Twisting strands of diamonds entwine with lustrous precious metal in this nature inspired ring. A radiant cut diamond makes for a beautiful centerpiece.

Tapered Baguette Diamond Ring

Captivating tapered baguette diamonds are bar-set in this elegant ring, brilliantly framing the center diamond. With a delicate band, this ring evokes classic beauty.

Fortuna Diamond Ring

This exceptional setting features a halo of diamond accents that curve gently around the center radiant diamond 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

Final Thoughts

Which radiant cut engagement ring do you like best? What diamond shape is your favorite? Share with us in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Stacked in Your Favor: Tips to Create the Perfect Ring Stack!

Sat, 08/25/2018 - 21:20

 

Stacking rings is one trend we hope never fades!

Whether you’re accessorizing your right hand, or adding on rings to your bridal set, a well-curated stack has the ability to make a stunning statement.

Below we’ve rounded up some Pinterest-worthy ring stack inspiration, complete with tips on how to recreate the look! You’ll be stacking like a pro before you know it.

Nest to Impress

Adding a mix of contoured bands around your engagement ring creates a unique and versatile “nested” look. Choose bands that mimic the shape of your engagement ring for a streamlined appearance. Selecting rings with diamond or gemstone accents is a great way to add sparkle to a solitaire!

 

     

 

Mix Your Metals

When it comes to creating an eye-catching ring stack, don’t be afraid to mix your metal types! Look to rings that share another common design element, such as milgrain detailing or diamond accents.

        

Pair Perfectly

If you are new to ring stacking or would rather go for a more understated look, select rings that are already perfect matches! Stack two of the same rings on top of one another, wear the same ring in two or three different metal types, or pair a solitaire band with an accented band of the same design.

    

    

Final Thoughts

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

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7 Rings Inspired by Ariana Grande’s Engagement Ring

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 16:04

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM @people

 

We can’t get enough of Ariana Grande’s gorgeous engagement ring from fiancé Pete Davidson!

Pear shaped diamonds, or “teardrop diamonds”, are named for their unique shape, one that features both a rounded and pointed end. This distinctive combination of the classic round cut with the stylish marquise diamond shape gives it an elegant and elongated appearance that is sure to stand out—making a pear engagement ring perfect for the celebrity bride-to-be. Ariana is joining the likes of other noteworthy celebrities with pear engagement rings, like Margot Robbie, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton, Cardi B, and Sophie Turner.

Ariana’s ring features a fancy cut pear-shaped diamond of just over 3 carats, surrounded by a delicate diamond halo and set on a band accented with pavé diamonds.  While the engagement may have been quick, this is a ring that will stand the test of time.

“Pear sparklers are turning into a true star this summer,” we told The Knot, “We’ve found that in the last year, pear-shaped diamonds have grown almost three times faster than traditional round diamonds.”

If you love pear diamond rings like Ariana Grande’s as much as we do, discover some similar designs below!

Waverly Diamond Ring

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

Odessa Diamond Ring

An intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds embraces and accentuates the center gem of this brilliant ring. French pavé diamond accents on the band add a truly dazzling effect.

Joy Diamond Ring

A glittering softened halo of diamonds surrounds the center gem in this elegant setting. A scalloped pavé split-shank band adds a stylish, dazzling effect.

Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring

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

Lotus Flower Diamond Ring with Side Stones

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.

Vienna Diamond Ring

This beautiful setting features scalloped pavé diamonds that rise up the gallery and encircle the center gem in a halo of luminous sparkle.

Final Thoughts

Do you like the look of pear shaped diamonds? Do you love Ariana’s Ring? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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6 Rings like Karlie Kloss’s Engagement Ring

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:12

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM @people

 

Model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss is sporting a new accessory!

Last week, Karlie announced her engagement via Instagram to her boyfriend Josh Kushner. Since her announcement, Karlie’s shared photos showcasing her gorgeous engagement ring—and we were excited to share our thoughts on all the details!

Town & Country sought out Brilliant Earth for our expert opinion, and we shared that the ring’s “center diamond appears to be a cushion cut that weighs between seven and eight carats” and estimated that “the ring costs between $200,000 and $500,000, depending on the quality and characteristics of the center stone.”
Kloss’s engagement ring is classically beautiful and sophisticated. It showcases a sparkling diamond set on a delicate band embellished with glittering pavé diamonds. Cushion cut diamonds have been sought after for centuries due to their enduring elegance. Especially popular in classic, halo, and antique style settings, a cushion cut center diamond is an elegant choice.

We told TIME, “Kloss’s ring falls in line with a consistent trend of particularly fancy cut diamonds set on delicate diamond bands. We’ve seen this trend in model Hailey Baldwin’s engagement ring from Justin Bieber and singer Ariana Grande’s from comedian Pete Davidson.”

Want to get Karlie’s engagement ring look? Discover our favorite lookalike rings below!

Viviana


This classic engagement ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend three-fourths of the way around the ring. A diamond adorned gallery and graceful claw prongs embrace the center cushion cut diamond.

Luxe Ballad

This classic engagement ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend three-fourths of the way around the ring. The center gem appears to float above the delicate band.

Valencia


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

Lissome


Scalloped pavé diamonds embellish the top of the band and gallery in this classically beautiful engagement ring. The shoulders rise to a cathedral setting and showcase a center gemstone secured by chic claw prongs.

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.

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.

Final Thoughts

Do you love the look of cushion cut diamonds? Which celebrity engagement ring is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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The History and Meaning of August’s Birthstone

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 18:56

 

Vibrant yellow-green peridot is the birthstone for those born in the month of August. Known as a symbol of opportunity and prosperity, peridot is beloved by many. Read on to discover what makes peridots so enchanting.

PERIDOT GEMOLOGY

Peridot is a rare gemstone that only occurs naturally in one color. It is a form of Olivine (think olive green), a mineral composed of magnesium and iron.  With the inclusion of outside elements, certain gemstones can occur in every color of the rainbow. The August birthstone, however, only comes in subtle shades of green. It will never be blue, red, purple, orange, or anything else! It is unique in its specificity.

All peridots came to exist on Earth in one of two ways: they either formed deep underground at high temperatures or caught a ride on flaming meteorites (called pallasite meteorites). Peridot from asteroids is extremely rare and valuable, but lucky for us, the United States has a steady supply of peridots made underground. Brilliant Earth sources our stunning peridots from the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona, where Native American community members revere the land and use low-impact mining techniques. These gemstones provide Native Americans with safe, secure livelihoods in an otherwise isolated area.

PERIDOT BIRTHSTONE HISTORY AND MEANING

Peridots have been steeped in myth for thousands of years. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD), an ancient naturalist, first recorded the existence of peridot on a small island off the coast of Egypt. He originally called the stone “topazios” and described it as a gem that was commonly green but also occurred with yellowish tones. He named that island Topazios, after the gem, but it was later renamed St. John’s Island or Zabargad. This island was closely guarded by the ancient Egyptians because it was thought to be the site of priceless treasures. It is widely believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots!

The Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” and some thought that it protected against nightmares. It was also believed to bring the wearer confidence, power, and general good luck and health. Peridots are also closely connected to the Hawaiian culture—they are thought to be the tears of the volcano goddess Pele. The sand on the Big Island’s Papakolea Beach is a rare and beautiful green hue due to a high content of crushed olivine.

AUGUST BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY

Peridot ranges in color from yellowish lime green to deep, earthy olive tones, making them a very sought after jewelry choice. These gemstones are a wonderful option for those who love green gemstones but are looking for an option at a lower price point than emeralds. Certain shades of peridot can easily be confused with emeralds! When set against lustrous sterling silver, peridots can show off their fresh, vibrant sparkle.

If you are looking for a piece of unique jewelry for someone born in August (even if that’s you!) consider our Silver Peridot Twist Pendant or our Silver Peridot Stud Earrings.  One famous fan of peridot earrings is the Duchess of Cambridge, or Princess Kate, who has frequently been seen in a pair of peridot, blue topaz, and diamond earrings.

VINTAGE PERIDOT JEWELRY

Vintage peridot jewelry is frequently found from the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau eras. King Edward VII (for whom the Edwardian era is named) declared it his favorite gemstone, which made it a popular choice for his subjects. Art Nouveau era jewelers favored colorful, semi-precious stones such as peridot.

CARING FOR PERIDOT

Peridot is durable enough for everyday wear in jewelry, but should be treated with care to avoid scratching. Clean your peridot with mild soap and warm water.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Happy birthday August babies! Embrace your green, ancient, cosmic, birthstone!

What do you love about peridots? Tell us on InstagramFacebookTwitter, or in the comments!

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Beautiful Bezel Set Diamond Rings

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 23:06

 

Bezel set rings are beloved for their sleek design and modern curves. This distinctive diamond setting is stunning when featured at the center of an engagement ring, but also looks utterly unique when used in accent stones and wedding bands.

What is a bezel setting?

A bezel setting surrounds the gem’s girdle (its widest point) with a thin band of precious metal to create a perfectly smooth edge and keep the gem secure.

 

Bezel Setting Vs. Prong Setting

Rather than surrounding the gemstone in precious metal, prong settings hold the diamond in place with either bead, peg, or claw prongs. The prong is notched at the gem’s girdle to secure it in place. Since prong set styles use less precious metal to hold the gemstone in place, more light filters through the diamond. This causes prong set diamonds to appear more brilliant than bezel set diamonds. Solitaire prong settings tend to be less expensive than solitaire bezel settings since less metal is used.

Prong settings leave the diamond more exposed, so if you live an active lifestyle your diamond might be at a higher risk of getting damaged.

Bezel settings leave the diamond completely wrapped in metal, keeping it very secure. Although less light reaches the diamond in a bezel setting, a band of lustrous precious metal may make your gemstone appear larger.

Advantages of bezel settings

If you live a highly active lifestyle, or work in an environment where your ring is likely to get bumped often, bezel settings are a great choice! A stone held in a bezel setting is less likely to get loose and fall out, making this setting an excellent choice for active people.

Bezel setting can also be great at hiding a gemstone’s visible defects, such as chips or inclusions. If you are opting for a softer gemstone, such as an opal or emerald, a bezel setting will protect them from scratches and chips better than a prong setting would.

These settings also offer versatility in style. They’re especially great if you love modern engagement rings, but you want a ring with a bit of vintage flair. Choosing a bezel setting with light-reflecting milgrain detailing can add a touch of old world charm. If you want something a bit more glamorous, you could choose a bezel setting with diamond accents. Semi-bezel rings—featuring a bezel that does not surround the entire circumference of the gemstone— are also secure and create gorgeous, flowing styles.

 

Bezel Set Engagement Rings

Luna Ring

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

Alvadora Diamond Ring

This truly exceptional vintage-inspired ring features a bezel set center gem surrounded by lavishly detailed latticework and a halo of shimmering diamonds.

Imogen Diamond 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.

Bella Diamond Ring

This feminine ring features a bezel-set gem floating above a halo of shimmering diamond accents. Delicate milgrain detail surrounding the gems creates an aura of vintage romance.

Malia Diamond Ring

An intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds embraces and accentuates the center bezel set fancy shaped gem of this brilliant modern style ring. Diamond accents on the band and a chic open gallery add a truly dazzling effect.

Sierra Ring

Slightly lofted within an intricate milgrained halo for a brilliant sparkle, this striking ring features a gorgeous bezel set center gem. The distinctive and beautifully detailed gallery lends exceptional appeal.

Cherie Diamond Ring

Five dazzling round bezel-set diamonds are embellished by subtle milgrain, adding to the modern yet timelessly romantic look of this diamond ring.

 

Bezel Set Wedding and Anniversary Rings

Luxe Solstice Eternity Diamond Ring

Round bezel set diamonds encircle the finger in this glamorous band. Milgrain detailing adds another dimension of interest, making for a timeless look.

Petite Ivy Scroll Diamond Ring

Swirling vines of precious metal and bezel set diamonds wrap around the finger in this delicate wedding band.

Bezel Diamond Ring Stack

This beautiful modern ring features a princess cut diamond set at compass points in a contemporary bezel setting. The sleek and delicate band looks wonderful alone or worn in a stack.

Quintessa Diamond Ring

Five bezel set round brilliant diamonds are encircled by glittering pavé diamond accents in this striking ring.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re attracted to bezel settings for their sleek and modern appearance, or you prefer them for practical reasons, there’s no doubt that these rings are striking! Let us know what style is your favorite on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.

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What Jewelry to Wear According to Your Zodiac Sign

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 21:29

 

Horoscopes can provide insight into everything from who you’re compatible with to where you should vacation.

Your zodiac sign can also reveal your taste in style! So when it comes to jewelry, let the stars guide you toward the perfect pieces to add to your or your loved one’s jewelry wardrobe. Turn to your astrological sign to learn what type of jewelry is just right for you!

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorns love wearing luxurious and sophisticated jewelry. Whether attending a gala or just heading to work, they’re always dressed to their best. A glamorous tennis bracelet or sculptural twist pendant would certainly be met with Capricorn’s approval!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Not one to follow trends, Aquarius loves an alternative accessory. Aquarius tends wear jewelry featuring colors that highlight their vibrant personalities or interesting pieces that tell a story. The Oceana Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant and Ivy Scroll Diamond Ring both feature interesting design elements sure to fit into the Aquarius’s distinctive wardrobe!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

When it comes to accessorizing, Pisces tend to express their free-spirited nature. Known as having a more bohemian style, they love nature inspired pieces that reflect their friendly disposition and laid-back lifestyle, like the Moon Stud Earrings or Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Energetic Aries tend to gravitate toward luxurious yet understated accessories to pair with their fashion-forward wardrobe choices. The Flair Diamond Ring and Baguette Diamond Earrings both provide Aries with just the right amount of distinctive sparkle without making too bold of a statement.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

With their fingers perpetually on the pulse of the fashion industry, those born under the Taurus sign often choose accessories that look both beautiful and expensive. They are also great at selecting items that will stand the test of time. Although the Taurus woman values comfort, she rarely sacrifices  style, making the fuss-free Diamond Twist Pendant and Ball Stud Earrings perfect for her.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Versatile Geminis don’t like to be known as having one “signature style”, and frequently switch up their look depending on their mood. They are risk-takers and enjoying wearing accessories that turn heads, like the Jardinière Diamond Ring or the Luxe Shared Prong Diamond Hoop Earrings.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Elegant and refined Cancers are all about the classics, but there’s nothing stale about the pieces they choose. Cancers tend to gravitate toward feminine styles and love a subtle color palette of blues and whites. Sapphire Diamond Halo Earrings and a sleek bar pendant make great go-to items for Cancers.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Passionate Leos are known to choose eye-catching pieces. Lovers of vibrant and bold hues, Leos are never one to back away from the center of attention, making the luxe Estrella Diamond Ring and colorful Silver Bouquet Pendant perfect additions to their jewelry collection.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

A Virgo’s jewelry box is filled with classic pieces that fit right in with their practical wardrobe. They gravitate towards ladylike yet functional jewelry, and are rarely over-the-top. Virgos like pieces they can wear over and over again, go-to pieces that go with everything.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Libras seek out classic pieces with distinctive elements that are still versatile enough to be styled with the items in their brimming closets. Libras aren’t afraid to rock alternative gemstones and diamond shapes. The Opal Halo Diamond Pendant and Brynn Diamond Ring both offer the perfect balance of trendy and traditional.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Subtle yet dramatic Scorpios love to let their inner light shine by wearing pieces that make them feel powerful and intriguing. Gravitating toward graceful jewelry items with a little bit of an edge, Scorpios would love to wear the Barre Diamond Ring or the deep red Silver Garnet Earrings.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Adventurous Sagittarius loves whimsical styles and pieces that have character. Although they love to take chances when it comes to their accessories, they tend to opt for items that remind them of a journey they’ve had or recent travels. A Sagittarius would love the charming Juniper Earrings and Savannah Diamond Ring.

Final Thoughts

Would you wear your sign’s suggested jewelry items? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

 

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10 Unique Oval Engagement Rings

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 21:49

 

Oval shaped diamonds are an ideal choice for those who love the dazzling brilliance of a round cut, but desire something more unique!

Oval engagement rings are more popular than ever, and for a good reason! With celebrities like Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate Middleton all wearing rings with oval shaped center gems, oval diamonds are becoming increasingly sought-after. Their shape is not only elegant and beautiful, but they are also a great option for the budget-conscious as they often appear bigger than other diamond shapes of equal carat weight. This is because the oval diamond’s elongated shape maximizes its surface area, resulting in a larger appearance.

Popular Oval Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

Oval diamonds offer a distinctive spin to the classic round diamond, and look dazzling in nearly any engagement ring setting. We love the look of ovals in three stone engagement ring settings as well as in trendy east-west settings.

Prelude Diamond Ring

Fancy Halo Diamond Ring

Aria Diamond Ring

Odelia Diamond Ring

Simone Diamond Ring

Elodie Ring

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

Ellipse Diamond Ring

Selene Diamond Ring

Luxe Willow Halo Diamond Ring

Final Thoughts

Would you wear an oval diamond engagement ring? What setting is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Most Popular Engagement Rings According to Instagram

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 00:23

 

Whether you’re single, in the market for an engagement ring, or already have one of your own, we know how hard it is to resist gazing at (and liking!) a gorgeous glittering ring when it pops into our Instagram feeds.

With this in mind, we scrolled through our own Instagram to see if we could uncover which of our engagement ring styles was your favorite.

Your double taps have spoken! Here are the 10 favorite Brilliant Earth engagement rings according to Instagram:

10. Oval Waverly Diamond Ring

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Oval diamonds are becoming increasingly sought after, and the shape looks great set in the classic Waverly Diamond Ring design. A pavé diamond halo adds an irresistible sparkling touch! View our collection of oval engagement rings.

9. Cadenza Diamond Ring and Morganite Cadenza Halo Ring

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There’s something about morganite we can’t stop liking! Set in beautiful rose gold and surrounded by an intricate halo, the Morganite Cadenza Halo Ring could make anyone blush.

8. Pear Waverly Diamond Ring

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The Waverly Diamond Ring features a sparkling halo surrounding a pear shaped diamond in this beautiful photo. We think it’s pear-fection!

7. Elodie Ring and Luxe Shared Prong Eternity Diamond Ring

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Made for each other! Set in beautiful rose gold and complemented by a diamond accented band, the Elodie Ring is the epitome of classic elegance.

6. Sunburst Diamond Ring

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A dazzling diamond halo and a light-catching marquise diamond make this rose gold ring unforgettable… but you’d better double tap the Sunburst Ring just in case!

5. Petite Quattro Ring

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It’s hard to not zero-in on the stunning Petite Quattro Ring. Talk about engagement envy! Can anyone say “yes!”?

4. Nouveau Diamond Ring

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What’s not to like about this ring? Featuring sparkling pavé diamonds, the Nouveau Diamond Ring creates an enchanting chevron of sheer shimmer.

3. Fancy Halo Diamond Ring and Wren Diamond Ring

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It’s clear that the pear obsession is real! The pear Fancy Halo Diamond Ring is perfectly complemented by the Wren Diamond Ring in glistening rose gold, making it hard to take your eyes off of this set!

2. Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

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This nature-inspired ring takes a glamorous twist in the Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring. The two accent diamonds perfectly frame the center emerald diamond making for additional interest.

1. Six-Prong Classic Ring 

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Who doesn’t love a classic solitaire diamond ring (especially when positioned atop a cute dog nose!)? It’s hard to tell whether it was the dog or the Six-Prong Classic Ring that everyone loved, but we’d like to think both!

Final Thoughts

Do you agree with our followers? If not, which Brilliant Earth engagement ring is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

 

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Enchanting Purple Engagement Rings

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 23:29

 

Often associated with royalty, purple is not only a beautiful color once treasured by the elite but also rich with symbolism.

For centuries, purple was regarded as a status symbol worn only by the rich and noble due to the extensive process and high costs it took to dye fabric purple. Queen Elizabeth I helped to encourage the association when she banned anyone other than select members of the royal family from wearing the color.

Purple has been known to symbolize wisdom, imagination, peace, pride, mystery and independence. No matter what the color means to you, we think this endearing shade looks remarkable when featured in engagement rings! See the color shine in amethyst engagement rings and engagement rings set with purple sapphires.

Amethyst Engagement Rings

Due to its grape coloring, ancient Greeks associated amethyst with the wine god Bacchus and believed the gem to prevent drunkenness. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts. Symbolism aside, amethysts have captivated people for centuries, making the semi-precious gemstone a stunning engagement ring centerpiece.

Amethyst Odessa Ring

 

An intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds accentuates a vibrant round amethyst in this dazzling ring.

Amethyst Chamise Ring

 

Ribbons of precious metal entwine to showcase a brilliant amethyst in this timeless ring.

Amethyst Willow Ring

 

This nature-inspired ring features a stunning round amethyst entwined by wispy vines of precious metal and lustrous marquise diamond buds.

Purple Sapphire Engagement Rings

Although many people associate sapphires with blue, they come in a variety of colors, one of the most beautiful shades being purple! Sapphires, like the color purple, have also been frequently associated with royalty—making purple sapphires the ultimate crown jewel!

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

 

This beautiful ring features a captivating purple oval sapphire framed by a strand of diamonds entwined with a high polished ribbon of precious metal.

Reverie Ring

 

This contemporary ring divides into ribbons of precious metal that intertwine to embrace the center purple radiant sapphire, securing it with graceful claw prongs.

Waverly Diamond Ring

 

This sparkling halo setting features beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds that encircle the center purple round sapphire and adorn the band.

Vintage Purple Engagement Rings

Purple gems like amethyst, sapphire, tanzanite, and even purple diamonds are oftentimes featured in vintage jewelry. These gems look excellent set in looks from the Victorian period to the Retro-era to now!

The Helsinki Ring

This glamorous Retro-era ring features a diamond embellished band that parts at the shoulder to frame a glistening center amethyst.

The Lorretta Ring

 

Victorian-era treasure, this stunning ring features a mesmerizing opal cabochon accented by cushion shaped natural purple sapphires and four rose cut diamonds.

The Kyung Ring

 

This Edwardian beauty features a stunning emerald-shaped amethyst and an intricately detailed gallery for a truly unique look.

Final Thoughts

Would you want a purple engagement ring? What is your favorite purple gemstone? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

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Amazing Antique Ruby Engagement Rings

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 20:39

 

Rubies have been one of the most valued gemstones for thousands of years, both in Eastern and Western cultures. Rubies were valued for their beauty and for the belief that they offered the wearer health, wealth, wisdom, romantic success, and the ability to live in peace with his or her enemies. Because red has long been associated with love and passion, a ruby makes a fitting focal point for an engagement ring.

We do not carry rubies that come from mines in Burma, a country with a serious history of abuses in gemstone mining. Though the US government lifted the official ban on Burmese rubies in October, we believe substantive reform still remains until the country’s mines are safe for workers and the environment, and until their profits no longer line the pockets of military cronies.

At Brilliant Earth, we carry antique and vintage ruby engagement rings from as long ago as the Victorian era, as well as from recent decades. In our gallery of unique colored gemstones, we also offer lab created and ethically sourced rubies that can be set in your favorite Brilliant Earth ring setting.

If you are drawn to rubies, we bet you’ll fall for at least one of these breathtaking ruby engagement rings:

 

The Mea Ring

An Edwardian treasure, this ruby ring captures the imagination with a magnificent cushion-shaped ruby surrounded by a halo of single cut diamond accents. The pierced gallery and sculpted shoulders are brought to life with diamond accents and delicate milgrain.

The Camela Ring

A vivid ruby rests at the center of a shimmering double halo of diamonds in this platinum Art Deco piece from the 1930’s.

The Lori Ring

An oval-shaped ruby is surrounded by a halo of diamonds and is set in 18K white gold and platinum in this dazzling ring.

The Belen Ring 

Belen is a dazzling Edwardian-era ring from the 1920’s. Uniquely crafted, this ring features a glittering radiant-cut ruby that glistens from the center and is securely set in platinum. Fourteen single-cut diamonds encircle the center stone. A delicate 10K yellow gold band embraces the platinum head and tapers towards the top for a truly feminine look.

 

The Ailey Ring

This stunning Retro-era engagement ring boasts a vivid round ruby set in an ornate white gold setting.

The Bybrook Ring

A beautiful cushion-shaped natural ruby rests within a floral halo of eight diamond accents while a pierced 18K yellow gold gallery adds intricacy to this feminine Victorian-era ring.

 

The Avondale Ring

This eye-catching Retro-era ring features a beautiful oval-shaped ruby placed within a pierced halo while diamond accents adorn either side of the gracefully curved yellow gold setting.

Final Thoughts

Do you love ruby engagement rings?  Which of these antique and vintage beauties is your favorite?  Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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Beautiful Baguette Diamond Ring Designs

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 18:16

 

Harkening back to the Art Deco era, baguette diamonds make for a sleek and sophisticated look when set in wedding bands or engagement rings. As their name alludes to, baguette diamonds are named for their long and slender shape.

The use of clean lines and futuristic geometric forms were signature characteristics in Art Deco rings, reflecting the bold spirit of the roaring 20s. The streamlined geometric shape of baguette cut diamonds fits effortlessly into this motif. Today’s re-imaged baguette diamond ring designs have a vintage appeal that’s perfect for the modern bride.

What is a baguette cut diamond?

A baguette cut diamond is a step cut diamond. They are long and rectangular in shape and offer exceptional clarity.

Baguette Cut Diamond vs. Emerald Cut Diamond

Baguette and emerald cut diamonds are known as step cut diamonds. This cut offers a different type of beauty from a classic round cut diamond, offering exceptional clarity and a distinctive look when set in fine jewelry. Step cut diamonds are either found in square or rectangular shapes, and their facets are rectilinear (made up of straight lines). This cut’s long, narrow facets produce a prismatic reflection as opposed to brilliance, evoking a house of mirrors or a staircase look—hence their name!

Emerald cut diamonds typically have 50-58 facets while baguette diamonds have 14. Emerald cut diamonds are often featured as the main stone in engagement rings and other fine jewelry. Baguette cut diamonds are commonly used as side stones to accentuate the beauty of a different shaped center gem.

Straight Baguette vs. Tapered Baguette

Straight baguette diamonds are perfectly rectangular with opposing sides being perpendicular to each other. Tapered baguette diamonds are narrower on one of their two ends, creating a trapezoidal shape. Either type of baguette diamond looks exceptional when framing a center diamond, but we especially love the look of tapered baguettes in three stone rings!

Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring Designs

Tapered Baguette Diamond Ring

Captivating tapered baguette diamonds are bar channel-set in this elegant ring, brilliantly framing the center gem.
Vintage Diamond Baguette Ring

Evocative of days gone by, this vintage inspired engagement ring features sparkling diamond baguettes alternating with round diamonds and surrounded by delicate milgrain. The band is hand-engraved in a fanciful floral pattern, adding distinctive appeal.
Harlow Diamond Ring

Alluring baguette cut diamonds sit on either side of the center stone in this chic and glamorous piece.

Regency Diamond Ring

Bar-set diamond baguettes and round diamond accents frame the sparkling center gem in this chic ring.

Regalia Diamond Ring

Two baguette diamond accents grace the shoulders of this vintage-inspired ring.

Ostara Diamond Ring

Bezel-set baguette accents create a look of shimmering beauty in this vintage inspired engagement ring.

Baguette Diamond Wedding Band Designs

Darby Diamond Ring

Both chic and sophisticated, this band features a baguette diamond set within bars of lustrous precious metal for a refined geometric design.

Channel Set Baguette Diamond Ring

This stunning band features a row of baguette cut diamonds secured in a channel extending halfway down the shank for eye-catching sparkle.

Barre Diamond Ring

Irresistible baguette cut diamonds are bar-set across the top third of the shank in this sleek and modern wedding band.

Vintage Diamond Baguette Ring

Sparkling diamond baguettes alternate with round diamonds in this vintage inspired band. A hand-engraved fanciful floral pattern on both the top and sides adds additional appeal.

Final Thoughts

Do you like the look of baguette diamonds? Which style is your favorite? Let us know on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!

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Non-Traditional Engagement Rings under $2000

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:42

 

At Brilliant Earth, we believe there are no rules when it comes to engagement rings. The only thing that matters is that you love it!

While we love a diamond engagement ring, not all brides dream of the classic solitaire! With our wide selection of alternative engagement ring designs, brides-to-be can find an ideal option to fit their unique personal style. Forgo the traditional center diamond for a beautifully detailed or minimalist wedding band, or choose a semiprecious gemstone as the centerpiece of your engagement ring.

Below are our favorite non-traditional engagement rings—all under $2,000!

Jardinière Diamond Ring $1,650

This nature-inspired ring features two glistening rows of alternating marquise and round diamond accents. A subtle curved split in the band enhances the ring’s delicate feel.

Morganite Selene Diamond Ring $1,840

This delicate setting features a stunning morganite with a glistening diamond accent on each side. A gently tapering thin precious metal band creates a classic and elegant look.

Aquamarine Petite Twisted Vine $1990

This beautiful ring features a shimmering strand of pavé diamonds entwined with a lustrous ribbon of precious metal.

Darby Diamond Ring $850

Both chic and sophisticated, this ring features a baguette diamond set within bars of lustrous precious metal for a refined geometric design.

Ivy Scroll Diamond Ring $1390

Swirling ribbons of precious metal and bezel-set round diamonds encircle the finger in this mesmerizing ring. Delicate milgrain accentuates leaf-shaped settings for a nature-inspired effect.

Amethyst Willow Diamond Ring $1600

This nature-inspired ring features a stunning round amethyst entwined by wispy vines of precious metal and lustrous marquise diamond buds.

Crown Diamond Ring $990

Glittering diamonds shimmer within delicate milgrain details in this stylized and regal diamond ring.

Savannah Diamond Ring $990

In this delicate and unique ring, three prong-set diamonds are surrounded by scalloped pavé diamonds that extend halfway around the band for a shimmering look.

London Blue Topaz Reverie Ring $1340

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

Brynn Diamond Ring $1190

This chic ring features a baguette diamond set within bars of lustrous precious metal and scalloped pavé diamond accents that elegantly flow half way down the band.

Final Thoughts

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

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Engagement Ring Trends in Denver

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:36

Denver boasts an enchanting mix of natural beauty, urban culture and a forward-thinking attitude. Its residents love living outdoors, both on skis and snowboards on the snowy peaks that surround the city, or in hiking boots and on bicycle seats during the summer months.

Perhaps thanks to their enviable location where the Rocky Mountains meet the Midwestern plains, residents of the mile-high city tend to favor engagement ring styles that combine classic elegance with distinctive details that set them apart. To celebrate the opening of the Brilliant Denver showroom, we are sharing our expert observations about engagement rings in Denver:

Modern Solitaires

 

Solitaire engagement rings are especially sought after in Denver, where couples favor modern updates on this classic style. The Twisted Vine Ring, a Denver favorite, is a nature-inspired take on the timeless solitaire,  while another beloved style in Denver, the Six Prong Classic Ring, is understated with a classic look. The Luna Ring, another area favorite, showcases the center gemstone in a bezel setting, for a very clean and contemporary look.

Nature Inspiration

 

No surprise, many of the engagement ring designs most popular in the Denver area are influenced by the great outdoors. For example, the Chamise Diamond Ring, above, which features delicately wrought ribbons of precious metal that evoke vines or branches, is beloved by Rocky Mountain couples.

Delicate Vintage Designs

 

Other couples choose the classic, subtly ornate beauty of designs with vintage inspired detailing. The Hudson Ring is a sought after style featuring old world engraving and delicate milgrain detailing, while the Delicate Antique Scroll Diamond Ring

Enchanted by Sapphires

 

Vibrant colored sapphire engagement rings are more popular in Denver when compared to other regions of the country. Deep blue, alluring teal, and pretty peach are Denver couples’ top colors for sapphires, and we especially see more peach sapphire rings in Denver relative to other regions. The vintage-inspired halo Sapphire Circa Diamond Ring, above, is a highly sought after design in Denver, and looks stunning with a vibrant sapphire as the center gemstone.

Fancy Diamond Shapes

 

Although they tend to favor classic styles, Denver couples do veer away from the ever-popular round center diamond. In comparison to other regions, Denver couples are more likely to select a fancy shaped center diamond. Romantic cushion cut, elegant emerald cut, and crisp radiant cut diamonds are all especially sought after in Denver. The Delicate Antique Scroll Ring, above, is an incredibly elegant setting for an emerald cut diamond.

Final Thoughts

 

What do you think of these Denver engagement ring trends? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments section!

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How to Announce Your Engagement on Social Media

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 16:46

 

From birthdays to weddings, major life events are no strangers to our Instagram and Facebook newsfeeds.

While there are no rules on how to make these announcements, many of us find ourselves compelled to share news within our social networks. Especially an engagement! After taking your sweet time to let the moment soak in and bask in your love, the next step is sharing your happy news. Make sure to let all of your loved ones know the old fashioned way first. Then, once you and your future spouse have discussed when you want to let your digital circle in on your news, the last thing left to do is decide how.

 

Together

Caption: Convey your joint excitement for the beginning of this new chapter.
Photo: You and your fiancé celebrating in an embrace, while subtly displaying your left ring finger’s new accessory.

 

Ring Selfie
Caption: This option offers you the flexibility to be short and sweet with your words, since all of Facebook will certainly know what the ring on your left hand symbolizes.
Photo: Your left hand stretched out in front of a scenic background.

 

The Moment

Caption: The proposal story.

Photo: If you were lucky enough to have your proposal caught on camera, photos of the moment make for great complements to your proposal story. These photos are especially great for conveying your joy and emotion, and your friends can feel as though they shared in the experience with you.

 

Let the Picture Do the Talking

Caption: No caption needed!

Photo: Leave the work to your right brain! Come up with a creative way to announce your engagement through photos.

Share with us!

Do you have any great ideas for an engagement announcement? Let us know on our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter!

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The 8 Most Beautiful Pear Diamond Engagement Rings

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:55

 

When it comes to selecting a diamond shape for your engagement ring, pear shaped diamonds make for a distinctive yet timeless choice.

Pear shaped diamonds, sometimes referred to as “teardrop diamonds”, are named for their unique shape, one that features both a rounded and pointed end. The pear diamond’s combination of the classic round cut with the stylish marquise diamond shape gives it an elegant and elongated appearance that is sure to stand out. Some noteworthy celebrities with pear engagement rings include Elizabeth Taylor, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton, Cardi B, and Sophie Turner.

Popular Pear Shaped Diamond Rings

We are often drawn to pear shaped diamonds for both their eye-catching appearance and their versatility. Whether featured in a simple solitaire setting or surrounded by a halo of diamonds, pears offer just the right balance of style and grace.

Nouveau Diamond Ring

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

Lotus Flower Diamond Ring

Luxe Willow Halo Diamond Ring

Felicity Diamond Ring

Vienna Diamond Ring

Circa Diamond Ring

Final Thoughts

Do you love the look of pear diamonds? What is your favorite diamond shape? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Top Engagement Trends for 2018

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 16:00

 

At Brilliant Earth we spend our days helping couples select the rings that symbolize their love and commitment, and designing rings that capture their individual styles and personalities.

POPULAR ENGAGEMENT RING STYLES

We are among the very first to see engagement ring and wedding ring trends as they emerge. Here are a few things we’ve noticed about the popular engagement rings we are loving now, and trends that we expect to stay strong through 2018.

 

Asymmetrical Designs

While today’s brides-to-be love the tradition of engagement rings, they don’t always want the rings to look traditional. Many women are opting to make a statement, to express their unique personalities or aesthetics. These couples usually seek custom designs or non-traditional rings involving distinctive elements like black rhodium, unique silhouettes (as seen in the Nouveau Diamond Ring, above), and less traditional colored gemstones such as aquamarines and morganite.

Oval Engagement Rings

Oval diamonds are more popular than ever! Their elegant elongated shape offers a distinctive spin to the classic round diamond. While oval diamonds look striking as the centerpiece of a solitaire engagement ring, we also love the look of ovals in three stone engagement ring settings, trendy east-west settings, and sparkling halo settings.

Chevron Shapes

Many brides are drawn to distinctive v-shaped chevron wedding bands. These bands look great on their own, stacked alongside another chevron ring, or with your engagement ring. The popular three stone Esprit Diamond Ring features geometric trillion side sides for a distinctive look.

Accented Galleries

Flashy rings may be less popular than in years past, but couples crave beautiful little touches that set a ring apart. Think accented baskets with diamond galleries, as seen in the Viviana Ring, above, or in the popular Valencia Diamond Ring.

East-West Styles

East-west engagement rings are the perfect way to put a distinctive spin (literally) on a traditional engagement ring setting. As opposed to a classic vertically placed center stone, east-west styles place the stone horizontally on the band. This style can be set with any elongated fancy diamond shape, think oval, emerald, marquise, or pear. While we offer a few standard east-west styles, many of our setting can be modified to feature a horizontally set gemstone—just ask!

Intricate Diamond Halos

Halo designs featuring traditional round and cushion shaped diamonds have been very sought after for the past few years, perhaps because of their romantic vintage-inspired look, or because of the way a halo of accent diamonds makes a center diamond appear larger. Now we see couples craving more distinctive halo designs, such as the curvy and ornate halo of the Reina Diamond Ring, above, or the multi-dimensional halos of the Cordoba Diamond Ring and the Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring, both of which feature stunning side views.

Understated Engagement Rings

Brides who prefer more understated styles may gravitate towards wedding band for daily wear rather than a classic center stone engagement ring. We love how the single prongs on the Versailles Diamond Ring make the band’s round and marquise diamond shapes stand out, resulting in an organic and unique silhouette.

The New Three-Stone Styles

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement, three stone engagement rings have been gaining a lot of attention! A three-gemstone engagement ring is a timeless look, and a symbolic one too—the three gemstones are said to represent a couple’s past, present and future. Couples who crave an elegant and understated three-stone design might love the Selene Ring, above, which features a delicate, gently tapered band and chic claw prongs securing the center gemstone.

Sleek Stacking Rings

When it comes to rings, we are all for stacking on the sparkle! Brides have increasingly been seen adding multiple wedding bands to their ring finger, creating a trendy stack with their engagement ring. We love mixing and matching various band types for a look that’s truly unique to the wearer.

Delicate Silhouettes

We’ve seen a return to classic elegance as couples opt for thin, petite bands, both in engagement and wedding rings. Often these rings feature accent diamonds that add subtle shimmer and make the center gemstone really pop, as seen in the Lissome Diamond Ring, which features scalloped pavé diamond accents on a thin band that rises to a cathedral setting.

Black Rhodium

When thinking of engagement ring metal types, our minds typically go to platinum or gold variations, but what about a darker colored metal? Non-traditional black rhodium is a great way to create a chic statement with your engagement ring and its dark coloring makes both diamonds and colored gemstones pop!

Rose-on-Rose Rings

Rose gold has been beloved by brides-to-be in recent years, and now those who adore this warm and romantic look are taking it a step further and combining gorgeous morganite gemstones with rose gold settings. Morganite is a semiprecious gemstone with a warm pink hue and sparkling clarity, and when set in rose gold it creates a breathtaking effect that reflects your rosy outlook on your future together. Rose gold halo engagement ring settings, such as the Morganite Waverly Ring in rose gold, above, add dazzling diamonds to create a bit of contrast, while solitaire styles, such as the Morganite Hudson Ring in rose gold have a gorgeous all-rose look that draws attention to the detailed setting.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of these engagement trends?  Have you recently become engaged?  Share your story with us on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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5 Pear Diamond Engagement Rings like Margot Robbie’s

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 18:29

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM @margotrobbie

 

Some celebrities choose to announce a wedding via publicist, or cash in by selling their wedding photos to a tabloid, but not Margot Robbie.

The Aussie beauty, also known as antihero Harley Quinn in last year’s hit Suicide Squad, chose to cheekily tell the world about her marriage to actor Tom Ackerley via Instagram. In the joyful, uncontrived post she flips her ring finger at the camera to reveal a sparkling pear-shaped diamond, while she and her new husband kiss in the background.

And what about that diamond? Robbie’s stunning ring is both classically beautiful and distinctive, like the woman who wears it. It showcases a sparkling pear-shaped diamond, set on a delicate band embellished with glittering pavé diamonds.

A Primer on Pear Diamond Rings

Also called a “teardrop” shape, a pear diamond is a modified take on a round brilliant diamond, which means that it possesses 58 facets and the same breathtaking sparkle. Although you can wear a pear diamond ring however you want, the traditional way is to slip it on so that the pointy tip of the diamond is directed toward your finger nail rather than your hand. Pear diamond engagement rings are very flattering, as the shape elongates the look of your finger.

If you adore pear diamond rings like Margot Robbie’s, discover some similar designs. All are made of ethically sourced diamonds and feature eco-friendly recycled precious metals.

The Pear Petite Shared Prong

As with Margot’s ring, the Petite Shared Prong Ring design showcases a dazzling pear-shaped diamond, accented with the incandescent shimmer of pavé set accent diamonds. The center diamond appears to float just above the delicate band.

 

The Pear Waverly Ring

In a slightly more glamorous take on Robbie’s beautiful design, the Waverly Ring embraces the center diamond in a halo of scalloped pavé diamond accents. A chic claw-prong setting adds a subtle designer detail.

 

The Pear Luna Ring

If you’d like to pair the eye-catching curves of a pear-shaped diamond with a more minimalist setting, consider the Luna Ring. This solitaire design features a contemporary bezel setting, slightly elevated so that light reaches the diamond from all angles.

The Pear Willow Ring

The nature-inspired Willow Ring combines the curves of a pear diamond with a curving setting that evokes vines and branches. Marquise diamond buds twinkle alongside the center gemstone.

The Pear Hudson Ring

A pear diamond looks regal set in the vintage-inspired Hudson Ring, which is embellished with intricate hand-engraved scrollwork along the band and delicate milgrain detailing at the edges.

FINAL THOUGHTS

What do you think of Margot Robbie’s pear-shaped engagement ring? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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Gemstone Meanings: The Surprising Symbolism of Your Jewels

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 20:46

We’ve all heard that diamonds symbolize true love, but what are the symbolic meanings of other popular gemstones? From ancient times to today, gems of every hue have been imbued with significance and special powers by cultures around the world. Here are the legends associated with some of the world’s most treasured jewels:

Sapphire

Blue has long been considered the color of fidelity, and sapphires were once the preferred gem for engagement rings (before diamonds claimed that honor in the early 20th century).

Emerald

Legends have said that placing an emerald under your tongue gives you the ability to foresee the future (but we do not recommend that!), and that emerald protects against evil spells and can cure disease.

Ruby

Ancient Hindus believed that those who offered rubies to the god Krishna would be emperors in a future life. People in India and Burma have also believed that rubies offered safety and peace, and medieval Europeans thought that these gems guaranteed health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love.

Amethyst

Because of its color the ancient Greeks associated amethyst with the wine god Bacchus, and believed that the gem could prevent drunkenness. Amethyst has also been thought to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

Peridot

The Egyptians thought that peridot protected against nightmares and brought the wearer confidence, good luck and health. In fact, it’s believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots.

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is believed to provide courage, mental clarity and good health. Because of its association with water, aquamarine has been said to keep sailors safe at sea.

Pearl

In ancient China, pearls were believed to protect against fire, and in Europe they were associated with chastity and purity. Pearls retain that association with innocence today.

Garnet

Garnet has long been associated with clergy and nobility. In ancient Egypt the pharaohs wore red garnet necklaces, and in ancient Rome rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax on important documents.

Citrine

This gem is also known as “healing quartz,” because legend has it that citrine promotes vitality and energy in whomever wears it. And according to the Chinese feng shui philosophy, citrine creates wealth and abundance.

Opal

Because opals can exhibit so many different colors within a single stone, it has long been thought to possess supernatural powers. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.  Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair.

Zircon

Folk wisdom says that zircon has the power to relieve pain, protect travelers and prevent nightmares. In the Middle Ages, this gem was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits, and promote riches, honor, and wisdom.

Topaz

Topaz symbolizes love and fidelity, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Turquoise

From ancient times to today people have ascribed special powers to turquoise. Native American tribes of the Southwest wore turquoise as an amulet thought to offer protection, and in ancient Persia (and modern day Iran) some believe that wearing turquoise can ward off the “evil eye” (other people’s ill will).

Final Thoughts

Do you buy into the idea that gemstones have special meanings or powers? Do you wear a gem as a good luck charm? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook , Twitter, or in the comments section!

Sources: Gemological Institute of America, American Gemological Society
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7 Stunning Diamond Alternatives

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 23:49

 

While diamonds are still the most popular gemstone used in engagement rings, other gemstones and diamond alternatives are becoming increasingly sought after!

In brilliant colors and stunning cuts, colored gemstones offer an element of distinction to classic engagement ring settings. Gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies have been prized since antiquity and can make for a stunning statement. However, if you love the look of a diamond but are deterred by factors such as price point, gemstones like moissanite and white sapphire are excellent alternatives that feature their own unique properties.

There are no rules when it comes to selecting a gemstone for your engagement ring. What matters is that you and your partner love it! Learn about some of our favorite diamond alternatives below.

Moissanite

 

Moissanite was first discovered in 1893 by a French scientist named Henri Moissan, who later won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Initially, moissanites were thought to be diamonds, but it was later determined that the crystals were composed of silicon carbide. At 9.5 on the Mohs scale, moissanites are the second hardest mineral in the world behind diamonds. Moissanite rings look stunning on their own in solitaire designs or alongside diamond accents. Learn more about moissanites vs. diamonds.

Sapphire

 

Until the twentieth century, sapphires were more popular than diamonds as a featured gem in engagement rings. Typically thought of as royal blue, sapphires also appear in other hues such as peach, pink, teal, yellow and white. Aside from their beauty, a sapphire is a great choice for an engagement ring because they’re among the world’s must durable naturally occurring elements, coming in at 9 on the Mohs scale. The strength helps them stand up to the everyday wear required of an engagement ring. Their dazzling colors and lustrous beauty make sapphires an excellent diamond alternative for an engagement ring.

Aquamarine

 

Aquamarine, meaning “water of the sea”, is a beautiful pale blue semi-precious gemstone. These gorgeous gems are part of the beryl family of minerals, which also includes emeralds. Aquamarines are beloved for combining a beautiful shade of blue with exceptional clarity, and look gorgeous in many engagement ring settings!

Morganite

 

Blush-hued morganite looks beautiful as the centerpiece of an engagement ring. Morganite is a pink to peach variety of beryl. Apart from their beautiful color, they are also treasured for their sparkling clarity and high degree of brilliance. Morganite looks lovely when paired with rose gold as the two naturally complement each other’s warm undertones.

Emerald

 

Valued throughout history, emeralds are one of the rarest gemstones and make a beautiful choice for an engagement ring center gemstone. Emeralds are the gems of royalty, and are the most well known and highly prized of green gemstones. Unlike diamonds, whose clarity must be evaluated using a 10x magnification, emerald clarity is graded with the naked eye. Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil!

Ruby

 

Rubies have been valued for their rare beauty for thousands of years. Because red has long been associated with love and passion, a ruby makes a fitting focal point for an engagement ring. A ruby’s crimson red color looks excellent in vintage rings  as well as modern styles featuring lustrous precious metals.

Amethyst

 

Vibrant amethysts come in colors ranging from deep purple to the palest shades of pastel lavender and even pink. The most valuable hue is a strong reddish purple shade, but we love every shade of amethyst! Lavender hues look particularly stunning in amethyst engagement rings when complemented by diamond accents. Most amethysts have excellent clarity, with no inclusions visible to the naked eye, and are available in a variety of cuts and carat weights.

Final Thoughts

Which diamond alternative is your favorite? Do you love the look of colored gemstone engagement rings? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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