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14K Gold vs. 18K Gold: Which Is Right For You?

Looking to decide between 14K and 18K gold? This handy guide will help simplify the process!

Looking to decide between 14K and 18K gold

Anyone who has uttered the old adage, “all that glitters is not gold” didn’t have a sparkly diamond attached to it! As beautiful as gold is, it comes in so many different options that sometimes it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you.

1. 14K Gold vs. 18K Gold

Most jewelers offer two different karats (not to be confused with “carats” – those are for diamonds) options for gold jewelry: 14K and 18K. Unlike pure gold, which is made of 24K, 14K and 18K are actually pure gold combined with other metals like silver, nickel and copper. You might be asking yourself, “why can’t 24K gold be used for jewelry?” Simply put, pure gold is not durable enough for everyday use, as it easily dents and scratches. In order to make it more durable, it is mixed with other metals. As a rule of thumb, the higher the karat number (aka the number before the letter “K”), the more gold it has in it. For example, 18K is more purer than 14K, which is more purer than 10K. Finally, there will be subtle differences in color depending on which karat grade you choose.

Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. Reasons To Choose 14K:

There are a few different factors that will help determine if 14K gold is right for you. First, if your significant other works with their hands, 14K might be the way to go, as it’s more durable than 18K. Additionally, some styles can only be made in 14K gold because they need the added durability that 14K offers. This brings us to the second reason to choose 14K – since it has less gold in it, it’s more affordable, which makes it a great option if you’re looking to maximize your budget. Finally, if your significant other prefers a softer yellow gold color, 14K yellow gold engagement rings are the way to go.

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Ring

This spiral tension set engagement ring is one part jewelry, one part work of art. This specific tension setting can only be made in 14K gold, as it requires more durability to keep the diamond locked safely in place.

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Ring

14K Rose Gold Pointed and Etched Tension Set Ring

If you want to have a ring unlike anyone else’s, consider this tension setting, which is also made in 14K gold.

14K Rose Gold Pointed and Etched Tension Set Ring

14K Yellow Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

This contoured twist tension setting is perfect for anyone who likes modern, statement pieces.

14K Yellow Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

3. Reasons To Choose 18K:

To help decide whether 18K gold is the choice for you, consider the following factors: Since it’s purer and has less alloys in it, 18K is preferable if your significant other has a metal allergy. 18K yellow gold also has a brighter look to it than 14K, which may be preferable to 14K’s more subtle tone. If your significant other has a job that doesn’t involve a lot of hand work, then 18K’s durability should fare fine.

18K Yellow Gold Sleek Diamond Engagement Ring

This stunning piece of gold jewelry exemplifies the beautiful simplicity of 18K gold.

18K Yellow Gold Sleek Diamond Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

An 18K gold ring set with pavé diamonds is another great choice; the pavé diamonds can prevent potential scratches.

18K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring [Flush Fit]

18K White Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

This prong-set diamond engagement ring can give added protection when set in 18K gold.

18K White Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Yellow Gold vs White Gold vs Rose Gold:

While choosing 14K or 18K gold might come down to practical factors like budget or durability, choosing a gold color is totally based on personal preferences. If you or your significant other has a metal color preference, awesome – you’re done! If you’re unsure, however, you may want to take into consideration a few different factors. 

As a general rule of thumb, diamonds of “I” color or higher will face up white in white metals, like white gold or platinum. If you’re setting a diamond in yellow or rose gold, you can often drop down in color to a “J” color (or sometimes even a “K” color) and the diamond will still face up white. The reason for this is that yellow and rose gold create optical illusions that make diamonds look whiter comparatively. 

Pro tip: if a diamond has yellow undertones, it will pair better with yellow gold, whereas if a diamond has brown undertones, it will pair better with rose gold. 

18K Yellow Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

This 18K yellow gold engagement ring is a great option in which to set a lower graded color diamond. Click on the various carat size photos to see the ring set with different color diamonds. The first diamond (at 1.01 carats) is set with a “J” color – notice how it still looks colorless?

18K Yellow Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

Now let’s take the same engagement ring but in 14K rose gold. Check out the ring set with a 1.5 “I” color diamond and with a 0.8 “K” color – notice how they both still face up white?

14K Rose Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

5. Wrapping Up:

While there are many factors to take into consideration when deciding between 14k vs. 18k gold, remember these tips to make the decision-making process easier: budget, metal sensitivity, color preference and durability. Finally (and most importantly), this is a major milestone in life – don’t forget to enjoy it!

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Rose Gold Jewelry Pieces You’ll Never Want To Take Off

Rose gold jewelry is trending in 2021 – and we can confidently say that this is a trend that won’t pass. But which rose gold pieces are the most popular right now, and how should you wear them? Read on for the hottest pieces in this warm-toned metal.

Rose Gold Jewelry Pieces You’ll Never Want To Take Off

If you like rose gold, you love it. Rose gold jewelry has emerged as a top contender – for the past few years, these pieces have steadily increased in popularity. And of course they have! Rose gold is a gorgeous jewelry metal with legions of die-hard fans.

What’s Rose Gold?

Rose gold is a yellow gold/copper alloy. The gold gives it a malleability and sheen that’s perfect for jewelry, and the copper gives it its distinctive pink hue. Originally used in the production of Faberge eggs in the 19th century, nowadays rose gold is beloved for both its durability and romantic pink hue. 

Why is Rose Gold Trending?

Rose gold has a light pinkish hue that’s singular in fine jewelry. Its unique color imbues each rose gold jewelry piece with a feminine, vintage feel that’s uncommonly delightful. Plus, this pinkish gold is also one of the strongest! It’s more durable than both white gold and yellow gold. In fact, it’s only second in hardness to platinum! That durability is thanks to its copper content, which incidentally also makes rose gold one of the more affordable jewelry metals. Copper isn’t as expensive as gold, and the gold + copper combo makes rose gold a relatively low-maintenance metal. Rose gold jewelry is the perfect choice for anyone who likes their jewelry to keep a lasting shine with minimal effort. Not only is rose gold a metal that doesn’t require re-plating – it also doesn’t tarnish! 

The only disclaimer we have is that rose gold is not hypoallergenic. Anyone with copper allergies should avoid rose gold.

Rose gold jewelry is both glamorous and practical, making it a favorite of celebs and everyday workers alike. Celebrities like Blake Lively and Alison Brie have fanned the flames of this trend with their gorgeous rose gold engagement rings. So if you want a metal that evokes classic Hollywood – give rose gold jewelry a serious consideration.

What Does Rose Gold Go With?

Don’t be shy to pair rose gold with any gemstone that you particularly enjoy. But there are a few gems that complement rose gold particularly well. 

  • Warm-toned gems: The pink undertones of gemstones like pink sapphire, morganite, red rubies, and purple amethyst complement the pinkish color of rose gold particularly well.
  • Green gems: Green is on the opposite side of the color wheel from pink, and so green gemstones like emerald or peridot look especially striking when set in rose gold jewelry. It’s not a particularly intuitive combination, but trust us – it’s a successful one!
  • Clear & white gems: Neutral-colored gems like diamonds, white sapphires, and pearls enhance the features of any jewelry metal they’re set in. And when set in rose gold jewelry, they evoke whimsy, femininity, and classic romance.

Pearl + Rose Gold Jewelry

Let’s start off with one of our favorite jewelry pairings: rose gold and pearls. Pearls are one of the earliest-worn gemstones; even in antiquity, they were prized for their shine. In ancient Greece, they were said to be the joyous tears of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. And the Romans prized pearls more than diamonds! The Roman elite’s obsession with pearls spurred the development of a thriving pearl trade that spanned Europe and the Middle East. From the Persian Gulf to the Isle of Britain, a steady stream of pearls made its way to Rome. 

And over two thousand years later, pearls are still the gemstone of choice for modern-day royalty!


ROSE GOLD PEARL BRACELETS

Rose Gold South Sea Pearl and Diamond Bracelet

A single large pearl is complimented by three delicate, bezel-set diamonds in this open bracelet.

18K Rose Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Trio Bangle Bracelet

Rose Gold Multicolored Pearl & Pavé Diamond Bracelet

This rose gold bracelet features not one, but two stunning, differently-colored pearls! These South Sea pearls are set on a diamond-studded pavé band that swoops and dives like the sea waves under which these gemstones originate.

18K Rose Gold Multicolor South Sea Cultured Pearl And Diamond Curving Bangle Bracelet

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Rose Gold Pearl Ring with Diamond and Morganite

This 14K rose gold ring is set with three different gemstones: The center pearl is set off by a truly beautiful combination of side stones: four round diamonds and two pear-shaped morganite stones. Make your mark with statement jewelry!

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl And Diamond Trio Ring

Crescent Rose Gold Pearl Ring

This delicate, minimalist ring features a freshwater pearl embraced by a crescent of rose gold. Wear the sun and moon on your finger!

14K Rose Gold Freshwater Pearl Crescent Ring

ROSE GOLD PEARL NECKLACES

Pearl and Diamond Rose Gold Necklace

With delicate diamond-studded “leaves,” this eye-catching Windsor pearl seemingly sprouts from its rose gold mounting.

14K Rose Gold Pink Freshwater Cultured Windsor Pearl And Diamond Trio Leaf Pendant

Windsor Pearl Rose Gold Necklace

Oh, make a statement with a string of multicolored Windsor pearls! This chunky pearl necklace is totally on-trend with 2021’s love for bold necklaces. Plus, you can wear it a few ways: wrap it around your wrist a few times for a gorgeous pearl bracelet.

14K Rose Gold Multicolor Freshwater Cultured Windsor Pearl Necklace

ROSE GOLD PEARL EARRINGS

Amethyst and Pearl Rose Gold Earrings

The truly royal combo of amethyst and pearl makes any wearer of these dangling earrings an undeniable queen!

14K Rose Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Amethyst Drop Earrings

Diamond and Pearl Rose Gold Earrings

A fan favorite, these rose gold stud earrings are mounted with freshwater pearls and round accent diamonds.

14K Rose Gold Petite Freshwater Pearl And Diamond Earrings

Rose Gold Necklaces

If you’ve got rose gold, flaunt it! These head-turning rose gold necklaces put your sparkle front-and-center. Pick your flavor: pendants, pavé, gemstones, or diamonds! Every rose gold necklace in the bunch is unique yet cohesive, so you can wear it as a daily staple or a special occasion-only statement piece.

Beaded Diamond Rose Gold Necklace

Three concentric circles of rose gold beads are accented with a semicircle of tiny round diamonds. The understated glimmer and asymmetry of this rose gold necklace makes this a relatively simple piece that still turns heads.

18K Rose Gold Dots Asymmetrical Open Circle Diamond Necklace

Morganite and Diamond Halo Rose Gold Necklace

More pink, please! Dress it up, dress it down, layer it, or keep it simple. Get your fill of subtle femininity with a small, diamond-encircled morganite center stone that is ready to be worn in any situation.

4K Rose Gold Round Halo Morganite And Diamond Necklace

Open Heart Diamond Rose Gold Necklace

Talk about romantic! This asymmetric heart-shaped pavé diamond necklace is an excellent way to show someone special that you love them. And we’ve got to say, it makes a spot-on birthday or Valentine’s Day gift.

14K Rose Gold Pave Heart Shaped Necklace

Peridot and Diamond Halo Rose Gold Necklace

Green and pink are a surprisingly successful color combination! For the more adventurous of rose gold jewelry lovers, this large center peridot is perfectly elevated by a sunbeam halo of round diamonds and rosy gold.

14K Rose Gold Oval Halo Peridot And Diamond Necklace

Rose Gold Earrings

Rose gold earrings should be mandatory wearing for anyone with warm skin tones and/or green eyes. Set close to the wearer’s face, earrings are totally unmissable. And we promise, these rose gold jewelry pieces will garner more than a few, “where did you get those?!” whenever you wear them out!

Sprouting Diamond Rose Gold Earrings

These nature-inspired rose gold earrings feature marquise-shaped diamond “leaves” sprouting from their stems! Dangling elegantly from your lobes, every turn of your head will make sure every facet of these diamonds grabs the light and shines to their fullest.

18K Rose Gold Leafy Stem Threader Diamond Earrings

Amethyst Checkerboard Rose Gold Earrings

2021 is the year of the statement piece, and there’s no better statement to make than one that sparkles. These large purple amethysts radiant royalness for a price that’s within reach of the fashion-forward commoner!

14K Rose Gold Amethyst Checkerboard Leverback Earrings

Diamond Teardrop Rose Gold Earrings

Funk it up with rose gold earrings that grace both sides of your lobes! These super-sparkly pavé earrings literally crown your ears with droplets of diamond.

14K Rose Gold Graduated Tear Drops Diamond Earrings

Triple Diamond Rose Gold Earrings

These triple bezel-set diamond stud earrings are cute and perfect for active lifestyles! The trio of differently-shaped diamonds is securely set in durable, untarnishable rose gold, so you can look fantastic whether you’re sweating at the gym, busy at work, or looking fabulous on a candlelit date.

14K Rose Gold Geometric Diamond Cluster Earrings

Rose Gold Bracelets

Get your must-wear wrist accessories right here! Rose gold bracelets have arrived. Bangles and cuffs, both of which are quite strong styles, are striking in romantic rose gold. And we all know that there’s no better way to add elegance to an outfit than with a bracelet.

Rose Gold Diamond Sprinkles Bangle

This rose gold pavé bangle is literally sprinkled with trios of beautiful baguette-cut diamonds. Perfect for stacking, this is a bracelet that’s designed to be worn as much as possible!

18K Rose Gold Sprinkles Diamond Bangle Bracelet

Rose Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Minimalist and classy, this open bracelet will add an upscale punch to your daily jewelry stack. If you love art deco, then this rose gold bracelet is for you!

14K Rose Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bar Bracelet

Rose Gold Double-Row Diamond Pavé Cuff

The double pavé diamond cuff is the rose gold bracelet we never knew we needed. But it’s turned out to be a customer favorite and an excellent way to add super-wearable shimmer to your wardrobe.

14K Rose Gold Two Rows Diamond Cuff Bracelet

Rose Gold Ruby and Diamond Bracelet

Rose gold and rubies for the win! This shimmering bracelet leans heavily into warm tones: pink rose gold gets along famously with red rubies. And just for fun, a row of tiny diamonds adds extra glitter to the bunch.

14K Rose Gold Ruby And Diamond Outline Bangle Bracelet

Rose Gold Rings

Let’s be honest – you can never have enough rings, especially when they’re rose gold. Wear them solo or in the ever-popular ring stack. Go for multiple rose gold rings, or mix-and-match them with white metals and yellow gold. These glittering beauties shine with every wiggle of your fingers – has there ever been a better reason to talk with your hands?

Rose Gold Triple-Layered Marquise Diamond Ring

There’s no need to stack your rose gold rings when you’ve got one that’s triple-layered! Each row of this modern ring is set with an off-center marquise-shaped diamond.

18K Rose Gold Diamond Accent Three Row Ring

Rose Gold Open Circle Diamond Ring

Set with 360° diamond pavé, this ring inverts the traditional idea of what a “center stone” needs to be.

14K Rose Gold Open Circle Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Pink Sapphire Ring

Bezel-set pink sapphires get an extra stylish touch with delicate milgrain halos. This perfectly pink ring adds a pop of color to any ring stack!

14K Rose Gold Milgrain Bezel Pink Sapphire Ring

Rose Gold Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring

Emeralds and rose gold are fast friends; green and pink are ideal complementary colors! This cluster ring features a pear-cut emerald and two marquise-cut diamonds, creating a unique combo that’s dainty yet intriguing.

14K Rose Gold Emerald And Diamond Cluster Ring

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2021 Fine Jewelry Trends: What To Watch For

Burst into 2021 and leave the past year behind you. All you have to do – slip on some of the new year’s trending styles to get you in the mood to totally own the next 12 months.

2021 Fine Jewelry Trends

After the rollercoaster ride that was 2020, jewelry shopper preferences have turned to the classics: pieces that hold a timeless charm. The fine jewelry trends of 2021 are pieces that put diamonds front-and-center and are particularly popular. Why? They’re universally stylish. They won’t ever trend-out. And they make gifts that never fail to delight! 

We can say with confidence that 2021 will be the year of the lab-grown diamond. 30% more affordable than earth-created diamonds, lab-grown diamonds are chemically and optically identical to traditionally mined diamonds. The only difference is that they’ve created, as you may have guessed, in a laboratory! Yes, and they are 100% pure diamonds.

How it’s done: scientists create these cutting-edge diamonds by first placing a tiny carbon “seed” in a specialized diamond-growing chamber. These chambers simulate the intense pressure and high heat conditions that facilitate diamond growth deep underground. As the heat and pressure work their magic, carbon vapor is gradually applied, microscopic layer by layer, onto the slowly growing diamond seed. After a few months, the lab-grown diamond is ready to be cut and polished! Thus the diamond creation process, which normally occurs on a geologic time scale, is sped up to take only a few months. 

Growing a diamond in a lab uses minimal time and resources compared to mining an earth-created diamond, which is why it costs so much less to produce. Those savings are passed on to you, allowing you to nab an honest-to-goodness diamond for 30% less than you thought you could.

And now the best news of all: our diamond studs and diamond pendants can all be set with lab-grown diamonds! Stick to your budget and still score the carat size of your dreams.

1. Diamond Rings

This just in: rings featuring small, glittering diamonds are trending in 2021. Diamond rings don’t always have to come in the form of wedding or engagement rings. Diamonds’ sparkle makes them perfectly wearable additions to a normal weekday outfit. Plus, they can be worn however you’d like: the diamond rings below are subtle enough to add to a ring stack, yet strong enough to be worn alone for a more minimalist look. They also make the perfect gift if you’re looking for something special, but not too extravagant. 

Peeking Diamond Ring

The small, off-set center diamond emanates an uncommon cheekiness! Its 14K yellow gold solitaire band makes this ring perfect for mixing-and-matching in a ring stack.

14K Yellow Gold Peeking Diamond Ring

Open Luxe Diamond Ring

This is a diamond ring with a unique perspective. The striking open style teams up with graceful baguette-cut diamonds for a true head-turner of a ring.

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Ring

Bezel-Set Diamond Bubble Ring

This is a diamond ring for wearers that live on the lighter side of life. A fun whirl of bezel-set diamonds in various shapes dances across the wearer’s finger!

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Bubble Ring

Milgrain Blossom Ring

A delicate solitaire ring that blossoms into a six-petalled diamond flower. Simple, feminine, and cute as anything.

14K Rose Gold Milgrain Golden Blossoms Diamond Ring

2. Diamond Pendant Necklaces

One of the biggest  fine jewelry trends of 2021 include necklaces that showcase an eye-catching center stone. And what better than a pendant necklace to show off a singular diamond? You can even suit it to your style with a custom setting. Dainty and simple, diamond pendants look stunning around absolutely any neck. This means that they’re a gift that always succeeds. Plus, these diamond necklaces:

  • Suit most necklines – wear them with anything!
  • Are lightweight and easy to wear throughout the day
  • Make for excellent layering pieces

Emerald-Cut Diamond Necklace

Emerald-cut diamonds are a classic shape that gives off an undeniable air of royalty. We’re thinking of Grace Kelly, actress-turned-Princess of Monaco, and her astonishing emerald-cut diamond engagement ring, or Princess Diana and her penchant for emerald-cut gemstones. Go royal with this understated diamond necklace.

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Shape Diamond Solitaire Pendant

Double Prong Diamond Necklace

Double prongs add a twist to a classic four prong setting. The basket is somewhat conical, so this pendant tends to tilt slightly to catch the light even with minimal movement by the wearer.

14K Yellow Gold Double Prong Diamond Pendant

Milgrain Halo Diamond Necklace

A gracefully beaded halo adds depth and 360° coverage to the diamond of your choice. And the domed mounting allows your diamond’s facets to turn toward the light with every move.

14K White Gold Milgrain Bezel Diamond Pendant

3. Stacked Tennis Bracelets

Maybe one diamond isn’t enough. Maybe what you really dream of is a wrist full of diamonds – dozens of them! Tennis bracelets can span the bling spectrum. While they’re definitely packed with enough shine to stand alone, they’re also wearable enough to add to your daily jewelry stack – layer various styles of diamond bracelets to suit your glitter level to the occasion. Mix-and-match various styles and metals of tennis bracelets for an extremely on-trend 2021 jewelry wardrobe. Want celeb style inspo? A tennis bracelet is a constant presence on the red carpet! Stars like Meghan Markle, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicole Kidman often make it a point to accessorize their gowns with a graceful line of diamonds on their wrists.

Rose Gold Bezel-Set Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Go for a modern look with rose gold! The bezel settings on this tennis bracelet will keep all 64 diamonds snug, secure, and smooth. Wear this bracelet during any activity you want – it won’t snag on fabric or get in the way of your active lifestyle!

14K Rose Gold Bezel Diamond Tennis Bracelet

White Gold Four-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

The classic white gold tennis bracelet in a four-prong setting that holds your diamonds securely and flush to your wrist. This is a beauty that you’ll never want to take off.

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Yellow Gold Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Add a touch of whimsy to your wrist with the diamond-studded, flower-shaped clasp on this classic three-prong tennis bracelet!

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

4. Diamond Earrings

Diamond stud earrings had a meteoric rise this past year. Even as the world hunkered down to weather the COVID pandemic, diamond earrings saw a steady increase in popularity. Why? Well, we have a few theories:

  1. They’re utterly wearable. They’re so lightweight that you can put them on, forget about them, and look fabulous the entire day without even trying. Even on Zoom.
  2. They suit any budget. The larger your budget, the more you can scale up your carat size. But even if your budget is relatively small, diamond studs afford you the most sparkle per dollar of any jewelry style.
  3. They’re excellent self-gifts. Got an important milestone you want to mark? Maybe a graduation, a big promotion at work, or a personal achievement you’re proud of? Celebrate yourself with diamond earrings.
  4. Their sparkle is easy to flaunt! If you want your diamonds to stand out, then earrings make sure they’ll always be at everyone’s eye level! 

Scalloped Basket Diamond Earrings

A rounded scalloped basket holds your diamonds of choice snugly against your lobes. This 6-armed mounting allows light to enter the diamond both from the sides and the front.

14K Yellow Gold Pair Of Scallop Basket Diamond Stud Earrings

Milgrain Bezel Diamond Earrings

The milgrain bezel setting on these stunning earrings mixes modern with vintage. The rolled wire basket carries your diamond slightly off the ear without sacrificing comfort.

14K White Gold Pair Of Milgrain Bezel Diamond Stud Earrings

Four Prong Diamond Earrings

Ooooh what a classic! These four prong diamond earrings are mounted in minimalist settings, allowing your diamonds to shine as light strikes their facets from every angle.

14K White Gold Four Prong Stud Earrings

Princess Cut Diamond Earrings

Why go round? Choose any cut of diamond, including princess-cut. This large square cut takes up more surface area on your lobe than a round diamond of the same carat weight. Meaning, that’s more wow for your budget.

14K Yellow Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

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Romantic & Creative Proposal Ideas: Our Top Picks

Stumped on how to pop the question? Read our most romantic and creative proposal ideas!

If you’re planning to propose soon, you’re probably wondering: How am I going to pull it off? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of fun, romantic and creative proposal ideas to guide you in the right direction.

1. Take It Outside

If you’re the adventurous type – this one’s for you. The great outdoors offers breathtaking views and natural beauty that will take your proposal to the next level. Bold views deserve big sparkle. The ring of choice? A halo.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

City Hotspots: Take advantage of the beauty of your hometown. Every city is filled with unique landmarks, parks or buildings with an observation deck that’ll add a sentimental touch to your big moment.

Beach Stroll: Writing a message in the sand is simple, but as heartfelt as proposals get. And topped off with the perfect sunset? Most romantic proposal ever.

Take a Hike: Take your relationship to new heights. What better way to start your new journey together than to propose at the end of the trail? 

2. Get Creative

This one’s for all the out-the-box thinkers who want to add a creative twist to their proposals. If your partner is the artsy type we recommend going for a tension ring

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Photo Album: Gather all those special moments you’ve shared together, then leave a blank space with a title – ‘Our Engagement’ will do the trick. Don’t forget to have your camera on standby to capture the special moment!  

Bring Flowers: Seriously, flowers make everything better. Sprinkle your chosen spot with petals or declare your love with a flower-shaped heart – you do you. 

3. Unique Proposals

Unique proposals call for unique engagement rings – vintage. If you’re the creative type who pays attention to your partners passions, a fun-filled proposal might be your calling:

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Cook Up: If you’re in agreement that food = love, then we’ve got the perfect ingredients for a successful proposal. Bring the restaurant home by preparing something delicious. Prefer something a little more intimate? Be sure to check out these home-proposal ideas for inspo. 

Between The Lines: If a book is your partner’s second best thing to snuggle up with, we’ve got the perfect solution. Tie the ring to a ribbon, slip it in between the pages and let the magic unfold.

Cut Your Trailer: In a world of ever-changing technology, video creation has never been easier. Grab your smartphone and gather all your key-moments to show your partner right before getting down on one knee.

4. Recruit Some Help

Proposal planning can be stressful, so it’s the perfect time to let those closest to you extend a helping hand. Keep this one simple, but make it sparkly with a solitaire ring.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way to involve your loved ones. Help each other plant clues at your favorite spots that’ll lead your partner to the final clue – a ring.

They Said Woof: Add a little awww factor to the proposal with the help of your loyal companion. Tie the ring to your dog’s collar and send them in your partner’s direction. 

Friends Or Family: Pick a location and keep it simple – being surrounded by the people you love most is enough to make it unforgettable.

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide

We all know that Valentine’s Day is synonymous with hearts, flowers and the colors red and pink. This year, get creative and take these ideas to the next level when choosing a gift for your one and only. Check out this Valentine’s Day gift guide and surprise your significant other with a thoughtful piece of jewelry that will last forever.

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HEART SHAPED DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

February 14th marks one of the most popular days to propose and there’s a good reason why: when it comes to designing an engagement ring, pair the setting with a heart shaped diamond to complement the theme of love. It’ll serve as a reminder of this particular Valentine’s Day as well as your future anniversary. Plus, the rose gold band adds a nice touch that is oh-so-popular right now (especially among celebs).

14K Rose Gold Common Prong Round Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

ART DECO INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT RING

In the ‘20s and ‘30s, Art Deco greatly influenced architecture, paintings and sculptures around the globe. If she’s an old soul with an affinity for all things vintage, this Art Deco-inspired ring makes for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift.

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

WHITE GOLD FOUR PRONG LAB-CREATED DIAMOND TENNIS BRACELET

Show her she’s your number one with a timeless white gold stunner. Lightweight and flexible, the row of diamonds on this tennis bracelet adds just the right amount of sparkle for everyday wear. It a win-win for sure.

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

WHITE GOLD PRINCESS CUT RUBY AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

It’s said that red symbolizes passion, desire and, yes, love. These earrings feature diamonds in the center, surrounded by marquise-cut rubies. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift along with a box of chocolates.

14K White Gold Marquise Ruby And Diamond Earrings

YELLOW GOLD HEART WIRE RING

If you’re not sure what to get your significant other, you can’t go wrong with a heart ring. A perfect symbol of love, a heart ring can be dressed up or down, making it a jewelry staple that is as beautiful as it is practical. 

14K Yellow Gold Heart Wire Ring

PAVÉ DIAMOND HEART NECKLACE

There’s no such thing as too many hearts on Valentine’s Day. This rose gold diamond pendant goes with just about any outfit and sums up all the feels.

14K Rose Gold Pave Heart Shaped Necklace

WHITE GOLD PETITE PAVÉ ENGAGEMENT RING

This engagement ring is the epitome of classic elegance. The facets of the French Cut pavé diamond are designed to maximize the amount of light that hits from every angle, resulting in extra sparkle.

14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

WHITE GOLD MORGANITE AND DIAMOND HALO EARRINGS

Fun fact: The stone morganite is named after financier (and gem collector) J.P. Morgan who supported arts and sciences and contributed to major global institutions. There’s a certain sweetness and innocence to the light pink color of these studs, making it a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your SO.

14K White Gold Morganite And Diamond Halo Earrings

ROSE GOLD DOUBLE HALO RUBY AND DIAMOND RING

If you’re looking for a unique ring that works as both a gift or an engagement ring, why not consider this gorgeous double halo ring? You can’t get more festive than a ruby set in rose gold! Your next move is brainstorming romantic ways to propose on Valentine’s Day.

ROSE GOLD DOUBLE HALO RUBY AND DIAMOND RING

ROSE GOLD ASYMMETRIC REBEL HEARTS PAVE DIAMOND BAR EARRINGS

If your significant other isn’t all that into Valentine’s Day, why not surprise her with a slick pair of diamond bar earrings? The rose gold adds a subtle nod to V-Day, while the geometric shape is sophisticated enough for a night out while still being versatile enough for everyday use. 

ROSE GOLD ASYMMETRIC REBEL HEARTS PAVE DIAMOND BAR EARRINGS

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