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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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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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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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Promise Ring Guide for Couples

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 21:13

 

Promise rings make for a beautiful symbol of love and commitment. Many couples choose promise ring styles featuring gemstones, engravings, or diamond accents.

What a couple chooses for their promise ring or rings to represent is highly personal. Exchanging promise rings can signify a variety of things depending on what the couple chooses. Often, a promise ring symbolizes a promise to one day become engaged.

How to choose a promise ring:

Choose a Precious Metal

The most common choices for ring metals are platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Platinum and white gold look very similar and are the most popular choices. Platinum is more durable and is hypoallergenic, while white gold has a similar silvery white appearance and is more affordable. To get a sense of what type of precious metal your partner would prefer, pay attention to the jewelry they currently wear. If most of their jewelry is white gold or silver, they will likely prefer a platinum or white gold promise ring.

Select a Style

Does your partner prefer a minimalist and understated look or do they enjoy a bit of glamour and distinction? If you’re unsure, take a look at the types of clothing and accessories they tend to wear most often. This should give you some clues as to whether they’d prefer a ring that’s classic, modern, nature-inspired, glamorous, or some combination of those.

Add a Personal Touch

Adding a small personal element into your significant other’s promise ring can mean a lot. Try to incorporate aesthetic elements that are rich with sentimental significance for you as a couple but might not be obvious to anyone else. If your first date was a walk through a park or a hike, choosing a nature inspired promise ring could be a great way to add an individualized touch. Other simple ways to personalize your promise ring could include choosing your or your partner’s birthstone as the featured gemstone, or engraving a meaningful phrase or date.

Find Ring Size

Figuring out the size of the promise ring you select depends on which finger your partner will be wearing the ring on. Traditionally, promise rings are worn on the ring finger of the left hand and are eventually replaced by an engagement ring. However, many people choose to wear their promise rings on the ring figure of their right hand or on a different finger entirely. Make sure to measure ring size accordingly! Brilliant Earth is happy to assist you in determining the correct ring size. You can also learn how to find your ring size using our ring size guide.

Our Favorite Promise Rings

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

Ribbons of pavé-set diamonds and high polished precious metal appear gracefully woven together in this nature-inspired design.

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.

Morganite Selene Diamond Ring

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.

Flair Diamond Ring

Shimmering scalloped pavé diamonds flow halfway down this band, creating a subtly curved chevron shape.

Aquamarine 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.

Wren Diamond Ring

Two prong-set diamonds rest at the ends of a smooth metal band for a chic and understated look.

Versailles Diamond Ring

Alternating round and marquise diamonds create an alluring pattern across the top of this chic and distinctive ring.

Final Thoughts

Which promise ring design would you like most? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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All About June Birthstones

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 22:01

 

If you’re a June birthday girl or are shopping for one, you have lots of options when it comes to birthstone jewelry.

Pearl and moonstone are two of  June’s birthstones, and both of these gems have a rich history and unique beauty. Birthstone jewelry also makes a heartfelt gift for a new mom who has had a June baby.  Here’s the scoop on June’s extraordinary birthstones:

June Birthstone History

For centuries pearls were the most valuable gem. They were treasured in ancient cultures around the world, and the 1500s of Tudor England were known as the Pearl Age. Ancient Chinese cultures believed that wearing pearls protected you from fire and dragons, and other cultures have associated them with chastity and modesty. In Victorian England small seed pearls were often used in mourning jewelry to symbolize tears.

In the early 1900s people in Asia discovered how to create cultured pearls by carefully placing a small nucleus into a living oyster, which then forms a pearl around the nucleus. Since the invention of the culturing technique, which allows pearls to be created in oyster farms, pearls have become less expensive than they once were. However, these lustrous gems are as beautiful as ever, whether cultured or wild-harvested, saltwater or freshwater, luminous white or one of the many other colors in which pearls naturally occur. Pearls are incredibly versatile, at once a go-to accessory for First Ladies and society matrons and beloved by cutting-edge fashion lovers like Rihanna.

Moonstone exhibits an almost magical, multicolored glow called adularescence, caused by light scattering between the mineral’s internal layers. This dreamy quality made it popular with artistic Art Nouveau jewelers, and moonstone is frequently seen in jewelry from that design era. It regained popularity during the hippie era of the 1960s and 70s, because of its otherworldly appearance.

Hindu mythology has said that moonstone is made of moonbeams, and many other cultures connect moonstone with moonlight because its multi-hued glow resembles the look of moonlight on the water or seen through thin clouds. With the recent popularity of vampire stories moonstone has had some big pop culture moments: The character Bella wears a moonstone ring in the film versions of the Twilight series, and rumor has it that True Blood star Anna Paquin’s real-life engagement ring features a moonstone (though some sources say that the center gem is a rough cut diamond, and the star hasn’t spilled the details).

June Birthstone Jewelry: Pearl

Pearls are prized for their natural beauty, rarity, and unique appeal. Pearls grow naturally in mollusks. Pearls can vary in color, from a bright white, to peach and pink, and even to deep blues and greys, all with a luminous and satin sheen. They are known to evoke light, warmth, and love, and make the perfect gift for those born in June. This June birthstone looks great in modern designs, but we also love vintage pearl jewelry.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Strand Necklace

This classic necklace features a strand of the highest quality cultured Akoya pearls. These elegant, organic gemstones feature brilliant luster and shine with traditional grace and beauty. Pearls are hand-knotted with silk cord for extra security.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings

A beautifully matched pair of premium Akoya cultured pearls are mounted on classic white gold push back posts, exuding elegance and beauty.

Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Strand Bracelet

This classic bracelet features a strand of the highest quality cultured Akoya pearls. These stunning, organic gemstones feature brilliant luster and shine.

Sea of Cortez Cultured Pearl Pendant with Diamond Accent

This mesmerizing cultured pearl pendant has a milgrained diamond accent and hangs from a beautiful 18″ cable chain. The eco-friendly pearl has a rich bright luster, and shimmers with a spectrum of iridescent hues.

The Kanen Earrings

These precious modern estate earrings feature two oval-shaped cultured pearls, each hanging from a beautifully crafted 14K white gold setting.

The Lyndsey Ring

Utterly spectacular, this Victorian-style ring features a diamond shape decorated with round cultured pearl accents set in 18K yellow gold for a chic look.

June Birthstone Jewelry: Moonstone

Moonstones are recognized for their stunning earthy glow. They range from very translucent to opaque in appearance. Their beauty is often described as mysterious or otherworldly. Vintage moonstone jewelry makes for a magical June birthday gift.
The Briggs Ring

Classic and timelessly chic, this Edwardian-style ring features a lustrous moonstone set with unmistakable vintage allure.
The Kit Ring

Utterly unique, this Victorian ring from the 1880’s showcases a mesmerizing oval-shaped moonstone set in sculpted metal details.
The Kier Ring

A moonstone is surrounded by a halo of sapphire cabochons in this Retro-era ring
The Joann Ring

A stunning round cultured pearl is set in a classic 18K yellow gold Victorian-era setting.

The Mendel Ring

Dating from the 1830’s, this extremely rare and unique Georgian-era ring showcases a natural pearl placed amongst a bursting sterling silver halo of diamond accents, all resting atop a lustrous 10K rose gold band.

The Del NorteRing

This majestic Art Nouveau ring effortlessly holds three exquisite cabochon moonstones set between waves of warm 10K yellow gold.

Final Thoughts

Which June birthstone is your favorite—or is it too hard to choose just one?  Let us know on InstagramFacebookTwitter or in the comments section!

 

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Unique Bridesmaid Gifts under $250

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 23:15

 

Your bridesmaids have been an integral part of your life leading up to the big day and beyond. From handling wedding emergencies to planning your bridal shower and bachelorette party, they’ve been done a lot for you. Why do they do all of this? Because they love you!

In addition to thanking them profusely for everything they’ve done, give them a bridesmaid’s gift that they will love. We’ve rounded up our favorites below:

Aquamarine Twist Pendant

 

This exquisite pendant is crafted in recycled sterling silver and features a serene blue aquamarine centered in a wonderfully sculptural twist.

Juniper Diamond Earrings

 

Delicate branches curve up the ear for a look of natural beauty. Glittering diamonds rest in lustrous metal in these stunning diamond earrings

North Star Diamond Pendant

 

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

Silver Diamond Bezel Bracelet

 

Both elegant and timeless, this bracelet features a scintillating bezel-set diamond on a delicate cable chain.

Silver Bar Pendant

 

This contemporary design features an elegant silver bar gracefully suspended from a classic cable chain.

Morganite Twist

 

This lovely pendant is crafted in recycled sterling silver and features a stunning morganite centered in a wonderfully sculptural twist.

Star Stud Earrings

 

These charming high polished rose gold star earrings are a stylish design that will take your bridesmaids from day to night.

Final Thoughts

 

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

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9 Unique Custom Engagement Rings

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:22

The Brilliant Earth custom design team loves to help couples bring their unique vision to life. With all of their friends getting engaged at once, some people want to have a ring that nobody else has.

Others have an idea of their ideal ring design in their heads and need help creating it. Still others have seen a ring that they like sold elsewhere but want us to make a similar style using ethically sourced gemstones and recycled precious metals. Whatever the reason a couple goes custom, an absolutely breathtaking, utterly unique ring is always the outcome. Here are some gorgeous custom engagement rings we’ve created for Brilliant Earth couples:

Sweeping Three Stone Sapphire and Diamond Ring

The Sweeping Three Stone Sapphire and Diamond Engagment Ring features a brilliant center diamond accented by two deep blue sapphires. Set in a sweeping yellow tone metal, this ring is unique and elegant.

Vintage-Inspired Woven Circle Diamond Ring

The Vintage Inspired Woven Circle Diamond Ring has an intricate web of delicate filigree encircled by colored stones. A stunning bezel set center diamond completes the romantic look.

Geometric Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

In the Geometric Emerald Cut Diamond Ring, a dazzling bezel-set emerald cut diamond is set within a delicate band of diamond geometric shapes. Each shape features a pave set stone.

Aquamarine and Diamond Baguette Ring

A dazzling emerald cut aquamarine center us accented by four baguette cut diamond accents on each shoulder in the Aquamarine and Diamond Baguette Ring. The delicate tapered band adds allure to this beautiful piece.

Citrine and Pavé Diamond Ring with Garnet and Peridot Accents

The Citrine and Pavé Diamond Ring with Garnet and Peridot Accents is a one-of-a-kind engagement ring with a citrine in a compass point setting. The uniquely designed band features a row of pavé set diamonds with a single garnet at the end.

Vintage Style Cluster Halo Diamond Ring

Inspired by romantic vintage style, the Vintage Style Cluster Halo Diamond Ring is truly a statement piece. A cluster halo of brilliant accent diamonds encircles a stunning center white diamond.

Modern Diamond Three Stone Ring

The sleek and classic Modern Diamond Three Stone Ring features two blue stones and one center diamond prong set within sweeping ribbons of smooth metal.

Compass Point Princess Diamond Ring

The Compass Point Princess Diamond Ring is set in a compass point orientations, while the body of the ring features delicate channel set princess cut stones. Ribbons of metal meet at the compass points of the diamond center stone creating a balanced piece.

Double Milgrain Bezel Halo Diamond Ring

A diamond lover’s dream, the Double Milgrain Bezel Halo Diamond Ring features a double halo of bezel-set diamonds encircling a round emerald. Milgrain surrounds each gem for an exquisite vintage-inspired look.

Final Thoughts

Do you love custom rings? Which of these designs is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section! Read our Unique Engagement Ring Guide for more inspiration!

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7 Engagement Rings that are Works of Art

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 23:23

 

Creativity and artistic inspiration are necessary elements in designing breathtaking pieces of jewelry.

Brilliant Earth’s engagement ring designs are hand-drawn in our San Francisco studio before being brought to life by our master jewelers, and our vintage collection has been hand-curated for exceptional quality and originality. At Brilliant Earth, we believe that jewelry design is not just artistry, but also architecture and engineering played out on minute scale.  The resulting rings are eye-catching masterpieces.

These 7 engagement rings reflect the spirit and vision of their designers, and are true works of art worthy of your once-in-a-lifetime celebration!

Ava Diamond Ring

Inspired by the delicate plumage of feathers, this spectacular ring is lavishly layered with pear, marquise, and round diamonds.

Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

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

Reina Diamond Ring

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

Luxe Willow Diamond Ring

This beautiful ring features delicate vines adorned with sparkling round diamonds and marquise diamond buds that reach for the center gem. The perfect combination of natural elegance and breathtaking sparkle, this engagement ring will delight nature lovers everywhere.

Valencia Diamond Ring

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.

Cadenza Halo Diamond Ring

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

Fortuna Diamond Ring

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

Final Thoughts

Which stunning engagement ring is your favorite? Do you think these rings are works of art? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

 

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All About Emeralds, the May Birthstone

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 23:48

May is when spring has finally sprung and bright green leaves blanket landscapes, even in colder climates. So it’s fitting that vibrant green emerald is the May birthstone.

Emerald History

Emeralds have been prized for their beauty since antiquity—emerald mines existed in Egypt as early as 300 BC, and these gorgeous green gems were worn as jewelry in ancient Greece and Rome. Europeans were introduced to the beauty of emeralds in the 1500s when the Spanish invaded South America, where the Incas had prized emeralds for hundreds of years. During that same period, emeralds were cherished by the Mogul emperors of India, who believed that the gems were talismans that offered the protection of the gods.

Emerald Lore

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.

Emeralds 101

Emerald is part of the mineral family beryl, which also includes aquamarine. Emeralds are deep green or greenish blue and range in saturation from nearly opaque to very clear. When a green stone in this mineral family is too pale to qualify as an emerald it is called a “green beryl.”

Unlike diamonds, whose apparent clarity is evaluated using 10x magnification, emerald clarity is graded with the naked eye. These gems contain internal fractures called inclusions, but (unlike with diamonds) these inclusions don’t necessarily decrease an emerald’s value. In fact, if the internal fractures create an appealing pattern it can raise an emerald’s value. The term for an emerald’s internal pattern is jardin (garden in French) and, much like human fingerprints, every emerald’s jardin is unique.

Because of these internal inclusions, emeralds are not as durable as some other gemstones. They rank 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, behind sapphires (at 9) and diamonds (at 10, the highest number), making emeralds a bit more fragile than these other gemstones. That’s not to say that you can’t have a gorgeous green emerald engagement ring if that’s your heart’s desire, just that you should take a little extra care with it.

Emeralds’ Famous Fans

 

Cleopatra had a passion for emerald jewelry, as did Elizabeth Taylor, who acquired some legendary emeralds while filming Cleopatra in Rome (lover Richard Burton bought it for her at Bulgari). Around the same time, glamorous first lady Jackie Kennedy wore an emerald and diamond engagement ring. And an emerald engagement ring was at the center of the twentieth century’s most legendary love story, when in 1936 King Edward VIII of England proposed to his divorced American love Wallis Simpson with a nineteen carat emerald ring engraved with the message “We are ours now.” The ensuing scandal caused him to abdicate the thrown, making the couple the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Today, Angelina Jolie may be emeralds’ most famous advocate. She frequently wears these gorgeous green gems on the red carpet, and made them a focal point of a jewelry collection she designed (the proceeds of which benefit children who had been victims of conflict).  And some very stylish Hollywood stars, including Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde wear gorgeous emerald engagement rings.

Caring for Emeralds

Only use mild soap and warm water to clean emeralds, and not techniques involving steam, chemicals or high heat, because they can cause the gem to fracture. Emeralds are generally treated with cedar oil to minimize the appearance of their inclusions. When done right, this does not affect the way light interacts with the gem or change its color in any way.  Unless otherwise specified, all of Brilliant Earth’s emeralds are oil-treated, as is accepted industry practice. (Note: Some jewelers treat emeralds with resins, glass, and plastic polymers to make them more durable, and sometimes even use green polymers to affect a gem’s color. This is not standard industry practice, and Brilliant Earth does not carry emeralds that have been treated with colored oils or synthetic fillers.)

Ethical Emeralds

Brilliant Earth’s mined emeralds come from Zambia, in southern Africa, and from the Andes Mountains of Colombia. The emeralds from these regions benefit from unique conditions that create intensely green emeralds with ideal tone and saturation, and no smoky overtones. We guarantee that our emeralds are ethically sourced, with respect for both miners and the environment. Low-impact mining practices are used, without harsh chemicals. Our Zambian emeralds are sourced from a remote region of farms, forests, and grasslands. These emeralds are exceptionally beautiful because of the even distribution of their color and their relative lack of flaws, or inclusions, compared with most emeralds. The mine that produces our emeralds is a leader in socially responsible gemstone mining because it provides good, safe jobs to about 500 people, gives back to the community, and employs eco-friendly mining techniques.

Our Colombian emeralds are imported by a gemologist who has developed lasting relationships with mines in the Muzo region, and strives to ensure that the mine workers are employed under fair labor practices. Each employee gets room and board, as well as a share of 10 percent of the profits from production. He has also funded a number of nonprofit organizations operating in Colombia and the United States that help at-risk youth.

In addition to these ethically mined emeralds, we offer lab-created emerald accents as an option on our sought after Willow Engagement Ring. These marquise-shaped emeralds add vibrant color to the nature-inspired design, and are a very ethical option since they require no new mining.

Final Thoughts on May Birthstones

If you are a May birthday girl, are shopping for one, or just love emeralds, check out the ever-changing selection of loose emeralds in our Unique Colored Gemstone gallery. They can be set into one of our many ring settings, or can be the focal point of a custom design. Looking for something pre-set?  The Emerald Halo Diamond Earrings make a perfect gift for any occasion, and we carry stunning antique emerald rings and jewelry.

Do you own a favorite piece of emerald jewelry?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section.

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5 Rings Inspired by Lea Michele’s 4 Carat Engagement Ring!

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 17:41

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM @leamichele

 

Congratulations! Our favorite former Glee star said “yes” this weekend to now fiancé Zandy Reich, president of women’s clothing brand AYR. We are so excited for the happy couple!

Lea announced her engagement to the world on Saturday, April 28th, sharing a candid photo on Instagram presumably snapped post-proposal.  The photo showcases her gorgeous halo engagement ring, which features a center 4 carat elongated radiant cut diamond. A radiant cut diamond engagement ring is an wonderful choice if you love the elegant shape of an emerald cut, but want the dazzling sparkle offered by the round brilliant cut diamond. Radiant cut diamonds are faceted, allowing them to give off maximum brilliance and fire. While the sophisticated square or rectangular shape looks amazing in many settings, we love how Lea’s looks in her halo setting.

Below are some of our favorite radiant cut halo engagement rings!

Waverly Diamond Ring

 

This sparkling halo setting features beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds that encircle the center radiant diamond 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 diamond 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 radiant cut diamond in this elegant setting. A scalloped pavé split-shank band adds a stylish, dazzling effect

Fortuna Diamond Ring

 

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

Vienna Diamond Ring

 

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

Final Thoughts

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

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Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 01:25

 

Mother’s Day is on May 14th, the time when we get to thank our moms for everything they do! For many mothers the best gift is the sound of your voice over the phone or your presence at dinner. But we can’t forget that moms love receiving gifts, too!

If you are in search of a gift that reflects your or your mom’s eco-friendly values, take a look at our top suggestions for eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts.

Silver Eucalyptus Diamond Pendant

 

Both nature-inspired and contemporary in feel, this chic pendant features a beautiful bezel set diamond atop a delicately sculpted leaf design, and is made from recycled silver.

North Star Pendant

 

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

Juniper Earrings

 

Delicate branches curve up the ear for a look of natural beauty. Glittering diamonds rest in lustrous metal in these stunning diamond earrings.

Akoya Pearl Earrings

 

A beautifully matched pair of premium Akoya cultured pearls are mounted on classic silver push back posts. These elegant, organic gemstones feature brilliant luster and shine with traditional grace and beauty. For more options, consider a pair of white gold earrings or platinum earrings.

Bouquet Pendant

 

 

A dazzling gemstone cluster of pink and yellow sapphires, a morganite, and a glittering diamond catch the eye in this playful and chic pendant.

Opal Halo Diamond Pendant

 

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

Sapphire Pavé Twist Pendant

 

Shimmering pavé diamonds in lustrous white gold form a sculptural twist around a serene blue sapphire in this glamorous pendant.

Halo Diamond Earrings

 

These exquisite earrings feature your selected center diamond surrounded by a halo of pavé-set diamond accents, giving the appearance of a larger center diamond. Comfortable push-back posts for pierced ears secure the earrings in place.

Final Thoughts

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. We’d love to know! For more inspiration visit our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

 

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Men’s Engagement Rings: How to Choose

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:56

 

When thinking of engagement rings, images of sparkling bands with glistening center diamonds typically come to mind.

While this idea of an engagement ring still serves as a beautiful choice, there are no set in stone rules… especially when it comes to who is receiving the ring! Engagement rings for men have been increasingly sought after, and we are loving this trend.

Men’s rings offer great variety and distinction, and can be just unique as engagement rings for women!

How to Choose Men’s Engagement Rings Decide on a Budget

While we believe an engagement ring’s worth comes from the meaning behind it, money does play a role in determining which ring to propose with. Setting a budget early can make your search for his engagement ring easier, and our team at Brilliant Earth is more than happy to assist you in selecting the best options within your set price range. You can also consider a variety of flexible payment options.

Choose a Style

Before purchasing a ring for the groom-to-be, consider things like his wardrobe, daily routine, and overall personal taste. A man’s engagement ring should reflect his personality while balancing his lifestyle. Make sure you know your partner’s ring size.

Popular Engagement Rings for Men

Ember Ring

This mixed-metal band features an 18K white gold matte finish and a high polish interior in your choice of 18K yellow or 14K rose gold for a subtly contemporary look. The interior has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Canyon Ring

A matte hammered finish brings visual texture to this masculine band. Ideal for the active wearer, it features smooth edges and a comfortable fit.

5mm Matte Comfort Fit Ring

This classic 5mm domed wedding band features a matte finish and has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

5.5mm Beveled Edge Matte Ring

A handsome 5.5mm band with contemporary detail, this distinctive ring features a soft matte finish balanced with two polished beveled edges. The interior has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Horizon Sapphire Ring

Featured in Brides, this modern band features a thin vertical row of blue sapphires against a matte brushed finish for a stylish look. The softened inside edge provides increased comfort.

Avalon Eternity Diamond Ring

Diamonds wrap around either side of this classic ring with a high polish finish. The interior has a rounded inside edge for increased comfort.

Final Thoughts

Are you popping the question soon? Which men’s engagement ring is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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Quiz: What Should Your Signature Wedding Cocktail Be?

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 23:49

After the bliss of getting engaged, planning the big day can seem like an insurmountable feat! Between venues, invites, food, and more — there are so many factors to consider. But ultimately, the wedding day is all about celebrating you and your spouse-to-be! With this in mind, we decided to help you plan your perfect celebration with a signature wedding cocktail generator.

Proceed through the 10 questions above to get your personalized result!

Don’t forget to share your signature cocktail with friends on Facebook or Twitter using the buttons on the results page! Even those who are not-yet-engaged or already married may want to find their own perfect couple’s drink.

How will you incorporate your signature cocktail into your wedding day? Let us know in the comments below, or share your opinion with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook!

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15 Amazing Facts about Diamonds

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 18:30

 

 

Diamonds are the birthstone for the month of April, meaning that April-born ladies have an extra reason to ask for gifts of sparkling diamond jewelry (or buy diamonds for themselves).

To celebrate these dazzling gemstones, we’ve rounded up fifteen interesting facts and bits of lore about diamonds’ origins and history:

1

The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars, and Romans believed that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds (perhaps the earliest association between diamonds and romantic love).

2

Diamonds are billions of years old—in some cases more than three billion years old.

3

Diamonds form about 100 miles below ground and have been carried to the earth’s surface by deep volcanic eruptions.

4

Diamonds are made of a single element—they’re nearly 100% carbon. Under the immense heat and pressure far below the earth’s surface, the carbon atoms bond in a unique way that results in diamonds’ beautiful and rare crystalline structure.

5

The word diamond derives from the Greek word “adamas,” which means invincible or indestructible.

6

Diamonds are the very hardest natural substance. The only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.

7

Diamonds have been valued and coveted for thousands of years. There is evidence that diamonds were being collected and traded in India as early as the fourth century BC. In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny is quoted as having said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

8

Ancient Hindus used diamonds in the eyes of devotional statues, and believed that a diamond could protect its wearer from danger.

9

Many ancient cultures believed that diamonds gave the wearer strength and courage during battle, and some kings wore diamonds on their armor as they rode into battle.

10

During the Middle Ages diamonds were thought to have healing properties able to cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness.

11

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

12

The largest diamond ever discovered was called the Cullinan diamond, and weighed in at an amazing 3106 carats, or 1.33 pounds. Discovered in 1905 in South Africa, the mine’s owner and the South African leaders gave the diamond to King Edward. The Cullinan was eventually cut into nine large diamonds and 100 smaller ones, and the three largest of these are on display in the Tower of London as part of the crown jewels.

13

The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477, when Archduke Maxmillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds.

14

Lab created diamonds display the same chemical structure and physical properties as diamonds mined from the earth. Even professional gemologists can’t tell the difference between lab created and mined diamonds without extensive testing using specialized equipment. Brilliant Earth carries a wide selection of lab created diamonds.

15

The most mind-blowing diamond facts of all: Scientists have discovered a planet that they believe is composed mostly of carbon, and is one-third pure diamond!  Discovered in 2004, the planet orbits a nearby star in the Milky Way, and is named “55 Cancri e” (which, in our opinion, is not a sufficiently glamorous name for such an extraordinary planet). Perhaps even more amazing, scientists have discovered a star that is essentially a diamond of ten billion trillion trillion carats.  They named the star Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” (We approve.)

While diamonds have clearly created a lot of joy for people throughout history, they have too often resulted in suffering in the communities where they’re mined. At Brilliant Earth we believe diamonds shine brighter when they’re sourced in an ethical, environmentally friendly way. Learn more about the issues surrounding diamond mining, and what we’re doing to bring about change.

Final Thoughts

Did you already know these facts about diamonds or were they news to you?  Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

 

Sources:  Smithsonan.com, The Gemological Institute of America
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Princess Cut vs. Cushion Cut: How to Decide?

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 00:19

 

When it comes to creating your engagement ring, typically one of the first priorities is selecting a center diamond shape.

While round diamonds are always a popular choice, couples are increasingly turning to non-round or “fancy shaped” diamonds to add an element of distinction to their engagement ring. Each diamond shape has its own unique characteristics and is cut to different specifications, which impacts the overall look of the stone. Cushion diamonds and princess diamonds are two of the most well-known fancy shapes.

Cushion Cut vs. Princess Cut

Although princess cut and cushion cut diamonds both offer a square center focal point to engagement ring settings, the two are very different. Cushion cut diamonds feature soft, rounded edges which lend to a more romantic feel. In contrast to the understated romance of a cushion cut, princess cut diamonds offer a more modern and geometric look to engagement ring settings. When it comes to deciding between cushion cut vs. princess cut, it call comes down to personal preference as both diamond shapes look uniquely gorgeous in many engagement ring settings.

Cushion Diamonds

The cushion diamond is a square shape with softly rounded corners that make it subtly resemble a pillow (hence the name). This timeless gemstone shape originated in the nineteenth century and was originally referred to as the “mine cut” diamond.  The proportions of a cushion cut can vary with the individual diamond, some appearing more long and narrow, others closer to square. Cushion cut engagement rings are sought after due to their enduring sophistication. Especially popular in halo rings and vintage inspired settings, a cushion cut center diamond is an elegant choice.
Joy Diamond Ring

A glittering softened halo of diamonds surrounds the center cushion diamond in this elegant setting. A scalloped pavé split-shank band adds a stylish, dazzling effect.
Petite Twisted Vine Halo Diamond Ring

This enchanting halo ring features a strand of diamonds entwined with a high polished ribbon of precious metal for a captivating, nature-inspired look.
Circa Diamond Ring

This lavish setting is adorned with shimmering diamonds along every angle. Two rows of pavé diamonds sparkle on the contemporary split shank shoulders, while surprise diamond accents in the gallery complete the glamorous look.
Vienna Diamond Ring

This beautiful setting features scalloped pavé diamonds that rise up the gallery and encircle the center cushion cut diamond in a halo of luminous sparkle.
Lissome Diamond Ring

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 cushion diamond secured by chic claw prongs.
Ballad Diamond Ring

This classic engagement ring features sparkling scalloped pavé diamonds that extend one half of the way around the ring. The center cushion diamond appears to float above the delicate band.

Princess Diamonds

Invented by Arpad Nagy in the early 1960’s, the “princess cut” was originally called the “profile cut”. For many years princess cuts were considered the second most popular diamond shape, and have been compared to round brilliant diamonds so often that they are sometimes referred to as “square modified brilliants”. Princess cut engagement rings are sparkling, modern, and glamorous all rolled into one, making it the perfect cut for those who want it all. Possessing the sparkle of round brilliant diamonds in a chic square shape, princess cuts definitely make a statement. Whether set in a solitaire or three stone settings, these gems dazzle and bring a modern allure any engagement ring style.
Delicate Antique Scroll Solitaire Ring

This exquisite antique-style setting is adorned with an engraved scroll pattern on the top and sides, flowing around the band for a charming and romantic look.
Reverie Ring

At once feminine and contemporary, this ring divides into graceful ribbons of precious metal that intertwine and embrace the center princess cut diamond, securing it with claw prongs.
Three Stone Petite Twisted Vine Diamond Ring

A nature-inspired twist on the classic three stone ring, this design features entwined vines shimmering with pavé diamonds.
Odessa Diamond Ring

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

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 princess cut diamond.
Luxe Willow Halo Diamond Ring

This glamorous halo ring features curving bands of sparkling pavé diamonds and marquise diamond buds for a captivating, nature-inspired look.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to princess cut vs. cushion cut, which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

 

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The 8 Most Beautiful Pear Diamond Engagement Rings

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 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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10 Unique Oval Engagement Rings

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 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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Can You Guess Which Engagement Ring is the Most Expensive?

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 22:36

 

Buzzfeed enlisted six people in a challenge to arrange four different engagement rings from least to most expensive.

Two of the four rings were sought after Brilliant Earth styles: the Reverie Ring and the Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring. Split into teams of two, all teams were able to correctly identify the Brilliant Earth rings versus the two diamond ring dupes they were paired against. What stood out to them most was the design and craftsmanship of the rings, one person guessed, “handmade maybe?” when inspecting our Reverie Diamond Ring. When it came time to try on our Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring—affectionately named “princess sparkles”—everyone was falling in love.

Of course, when it comes to engagement rings, we are firm believers that the value of the ring doesn’t come from its price tag, but the meaning behind it. But we still loved the thrill of the guess! After learning the rings’ different price points, and being told that the two from Brilliant Earth were made from ethically sourced materials, one participant said “if you’re going to spend this much money on a ring, I think it’s just a part of your duty to make sure that it comes from a good place”. We couldn’t agree more!

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Along with creating our engagement rings from ethically sourced materials, our designers and master jewelers employ both traditional artistry and the latest production techniques to create pieces worthy of your once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.

Petite Shared Prong Diamond Ring

This dainty ring features sheer sparkle that extends halfway around the ring. The center gem appears to float above the delicate band.

Reverie Ring

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

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.

Aria Diamond Ring

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

Valencia Diamond Ring

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.

Final Thoughts

Did you guess which rings were the most expensive? Could you tell which were made by us at Brilliant Earth? We want to know! Share with us on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below

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Pippa Middleton’s Deco-Inspired Engagement Ring

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 19:28

 

The most buzzed about bachelorette in Britain, if not the world, is no longer eligible.

After enduring years of gossip magazines breathlessly speculating about whom she would marry, royal sister Pippa Middleton is officially engaged. Those same magazines are reporting that her fiancé, aristocratic hedge fund manager James Matthews, proposed in a traditional manner (asking her parents for permission first) and that Duchess Catherine is thrilled for her little sister.

Of course, the aspect of this story we’re interested in is the engagement ring! Although Pippa hasn’t discussed her new ring in the press, she hasn’t been shy about wearing it around London. Photos reveal her engagement ring to be a vintage-inspired halo design with a distinct Art Deco-era feel. It appears to be an asscher cut diamond in a bezel setting, surrounded by an octagonal halo of sparkling round diamonds. The jewelry experts who have weighed in on the issue say that it looks to be about 3.5 carats in size.

If you love Art Deco-style engagement rings, asscher-cut diamonds, or halo engagement rings like Pippa’s, we think you’ll adore one of these similar designs:

The Circa Ring

With a glittering diamond halo set in an octagonal frame around an asscher cut center diamond, the many diamond accents on the Circa Ring create a glamorously eye-catching look fit for a royal sister.

The Vienna Diamond Ring

Less ornate and overtly Deco-influenced than Pippa’s ring, the Vienna Diamond Ring is a sleek and more contemporary take on her vintage-inspired design.

 

The Waverly Diamond Ring

Beautiful scalloped pavé diamonds grace the halo and shank of the Waverly Diamond Ring, creating a lavishly spectacular feel that, when paired with an asscher cut center diamond, is distinctly similar to Pippa’s Deco-inspired sparkler.

 

The Enchant Halo

The Enchant Halo Ring combines unabashed glamour with lots of vintage detailing. Pavé set diamond accents sparkle from three sides of the band, the pierced filigree gallery reveals surprise diamonds, and a double claw-prong setting adds a designer touch.

Malia Diamond Ring

An intricate halo of pavé-set diamonds embraces and accentuates the center bezel-set diamond of this gorgeous ring. Diamond accents along the band and a chic open gallery add a truly dazzling effect.

Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring

In the glamorous Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring ring, French pavé set diamonds in the halo and along the band show minimal metal and maximum sparkle.

Final Thoughts

What’s your favorite thing about Pippa Middleton’s engagement ring? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments!

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3 Reasons to Choose a Lab Diamond

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 19:55

 

Lab diamonds are becoming increasingly popular for their eco-friendly characteristics and stunning sparkle.

Lab diamonds are man-made diamonds that consist of actual carbon atoms arranged in the characteristic diamond crystal structure. Lab created diamonds are made using advanced technological processes that replicate the conditions in which diamonds develop in nature, and exhibit the same optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds. Since they are made of the same material as natural diamonds, they exhibit the same brilliance and sparkle.

Below are our top reasons to select a lab created diamond:

1. Ethical Sourcing

Lab created diamonds are a sustainable and eco-friendly choice. They are ethically grown with minimal environmental impact and require no mining. Although Brilliant Earth’s natural diamonds are mined according to our Beyond Conflict Free Diamond standard, lab diamonds are an especially eco-friendly choice!

2. Value

Lab diamonds usually cost about 30% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. In addition to lab diamond engagement rings, jewelry set with lab created diamonds offers great value and makes for an excellent gift!

3. Beauty

Since lab diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as mined diamonds, they offer the same brilliance and beauty as mined diamonds. Lab diamonds are created in high-temperature, high-pressure chambers that reproduce the conditions in the earth’s crust. The result is carbon atoms arranged in the structure of a diamond crystal and diamonds that are every bit as magical as the ones created naturally millions of years ago and mined today. In addition to sparkling white diamonds, you’ll find lab created diamonds in fancy colors that are very rare in nature.

Lab Created Diamond Jewelry

Lab created diamonds are not only sought after for engagement rings, but they are also beautiful when used in fine jewelry!

Here are some of our favorite classic lab diamond jewelry styles:

Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

 

This classic tennis bracelet features shimmering lab created diamonds individually set in lustrous white gold links, and is available in a range of sizes, from 1 to 4 carats.

Lab Created Diamond Twist Pendant

This spectacular twist pendant is crafted in luxurious gold, and features a lab created round brilliant diamond. Since no mining is necessary to produce this pendant’s center gemstones, it makes for an especially environmentally friendly choice.

Certified Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

 

A wardrobe staple, these beautifully matched pair of lab created round brilliant diamond earrings dazzle in classic white gold basket settings.

Final Thoughts

Would you choose a lab diamond? Which piece of lab diamond jewelry is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below or on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

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