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The October Birthstone: All About Opal

The October birthstone, opal, is known for the distinctive fiery flashes it emits whenever it catches the light. Read on for the opal jewelry that best showcases this gorgeous gemstone!

The October Birthstone

What Is October’s Birthstone?

Opal! This is the OG of gemstones – in fact, it takes its name from the Latin word for “precious stone.” This iridescent gemstone truly displays the full spectrum of hues, from a glimmering white to a full-on rainbow.

But did you know that October has a second birthstone? Tourmaline, a silica variant, comes in a range of hues; the most common is a clear green that’s reminiscent of the verdant emerald.

What Is Opal?

Opals fall into two categories: precious and common. The common opal displays a uniform, milky-white or blue sheen. The precious opal, however, is the most prized in jewelry; this is the opal that displays the famous rainbow flashes characteristic of the gemstone.

Opal Birthstone Origins and History

Opals are found all over the world, but most of the world’s supply comes from Australia. The Australian opal fields produce 97% of the world’s opals! Opals were first discovered in Australia in the 1800s, and since then, they have become an important part of Australian culture. 

Opal Symbolism and Meaning

Opals are said to symbolize hope, purity, and truth. They are also associated with loyalty, faithfulness, and confidence. In some cultures, opals are thought to bring good luck. 

October Birthstone Colors and Appearance

Opals come in a wide range of colors, from white to black. The most popular color is white, followed by black. Black opals are the rarest and most valuable type of opal. Opals typically have a milky base color with flashing reflections of other colors. These “flashes” are what give opals their unique sparkling appearance. 

Why Does Opal Flash?

Opal is a gemstone composed of amorphous silica and water. Its structure is a lattice of silica layers containing stacked layers. These stacked layers are of the perfect composition to catch and diffract light into the characteristic rainbow that characterizes opal.

Visible light can’t penetrate the full width of an opal’s dense structure. Along the way, it hits the various silica layers and splits into a spectrum of colors. An opal’s fire is called opalescence. … Opal’s fire is graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the brightest.

Types of Opal Jewelry

There are many different types of opal jewelry available on the market today. You can find rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more. Some pieces are simple and understated, while others are large and eye-catching. No matter what your personal style is, there’s sure to be an opal piece that’s perfect for you! 

Opal rings

Opal rings are perfectly designed to flaunt the brilliance of the October birthstone. As you go about your day-to-day, gesturing, and wiggling your fingers, your movement allows the light to hit your opals in all the right spots. Opal rings glitter like no other!

Opal Necklaces

Talk about a show-stopper. An opal necklace with a sizeable center stone is a true stunner. And since every opal has its own color dispersal pattern, absolutely no one will be able to rival your piece of opal jewelry. 

14K Yellow Gold Beaded Double Halo Opal And Diamond Necklace (12.0x10.0mm)
14K White Gold Opal Birthstone Necklace

Opal Earrings

When one opal just isn’t enough, opal earrings have got you (and your lobes) covered. They’re especially good at bringing out the color of your eyes! The October birthstone highlights every eye color with its multi-hued glitter. 

This October’s your chance to wrap yourself in a chunky scarf, pop on your new opal earrings, and light up the city with your opalescent fire!

What Are Fire Opals?

Fire opals are opaline in structure but with very different color characteristics. They aren’t milky white like their more well-known counterparts; rather, they take their name from their warm hue, which can be anywhere in the range of yellow, orange, or red. At certain angles, they may flash green.

How Is Opal Cut?

Other gemstones sparkle thanks to the angle shapes they’re cut into. Opals, however, are rounded and polished externally in order to display their impressive internal facets. Every precious stone is singular, but opal jewelry is unique on a whole different level. With every movement, opals flash different colors. It’s a truly dynamic gemstone.

As for how opals are mounted, there are three popular choices: solid opal, doublet, and triplet.

  • Solid opal: This is natural opal that’s cut and polished to reveal its natural opalescence. The highest quality opals are cut solid. All of James Allen’s opal jewelry is set with solid opals.
  • Doublet: Two layers – an upper slice of rounded opal and a black backing. The dark back serves to brighten the opal’s natural coloring
  • Triplet: Three layers – a black backing, a middle slice of flat opal, and a rounded upper layer of glass. The black backing brightens the opal’s colors, and the upper layer of glass serves to protect the opal’s soft surface.

What Jewelry Metals Look Good With Opal?

Opals are an interesting mix of colors. On the one hand, their presenting color, milky white, is quite neutral. On the other hand, opals’ fire is pure rainbow fire. This color variance means that opal jewelry looks stunning in any setting. We recommend matching your jewelry metal to your opal’s dominant color. Any color of jewelry metal can complement any opal, but here are our particular suggestions:

  • Milky white opal: yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, or platinum
  • Blue opal: white gold or platinum
  • Fire opal: yellow gold or rose gold

How To Care For Opals

All of James Allen’s jewelry is solid opal, which requires similar cleaning to gold and platinum. Opals are relatively soft gemstones, with a grade of 6.5 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale. Mix a few drops of dish soap in a cup of warm water; dip a soft-bristled toothbrush into the mixture and gently scrub your opal to clean it. It’s safe to place it in water, so you can rinse your stone under the faucet after you’re done cleaning it.

To Sum It Up

Opal is an ever-changing, gently colorful gemstone. As the October birthstone, opals are the ideal gift for an autumn birthday! Gift them a bit of color to brighten them up as the fall days get shorter and darker. Their opal will be as unique as they are!

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Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

What Is The Best Diamond Color For Yellow Gold Rings? 

Obsessed with yellow gold rings? So are we! Just remember, the diamond color you pick matters if you want your center stone to sparkle just right. Join us as we explore the best diamond color options for your dream yellow gold engagement ring.

Three yellow gold diamond engagement rings with different diamond center stone shapes

What Is Yellow Gold?

Yellow gold, or simply gold, is a precious metal that occurs naturally and is best used as jewelry and other decorative objects. This soft metal, in its purest form, can bend easily and therefore be manipulated into our favorite accessories, from gold earrings to yellow gold wedding bands, when combined with harder metal alloys.

Fun fact: the first-ever engagement ring was made from yellow gold with a simple bezel set diamond center stone.

What Does A Diamond Color Grade Mean?

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) sets the benchmark for the diamond industry. The world’s oldest, largest, and most reputable institute of gemological research and learning is responsible for analyzing and certifying the color, cut, clarity, and carat weight (the 4Cs) of all diamonds. Learn more about the 4Cs here.

The GIA color scale goes from D to Z, categorized into five groups: colorless, near colorless, faint, very light, and light. As the letter or category goes, the yellow tint increases as well. The tint is basically indistinguishable to the untrained eye, especially in lower grades. However, these same differences greatly affect how a diamond’s quality is assessed and, of course, its price.

Generally, the tint becomes more noticeable as the color grading system gets lower.

A chart illustrating the 4Cs of diamond grading

Colorless Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

Color grades D-F are absolutely colorless, setting the colorless standard. When you hear diamonds being described as ice, it is likely a D, E, or F color diamond. They are simply spectacular, and they look stunning with any metal color ring setting.

Remember that the higher the color grade, the more expensive the diamond. That being said, if you have the budget for a colorless diamond, know that it will look perfect and shine with brilliance when set in your preferred yellow gold engagement ring.

Near Colorless Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

G, H, I, and J color diamonds make up the near-colorless range. Generally, one cannot tell these diamonds have this subtle warmth unless they are placed side by side with another diamond that is truly colorless.

When viewed and graded by an expert gemologist, a near colorless diamond might appear to have a very faint yellow tint. 

Although these diamonds have a slight hint of color, they’re almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. Generally, near colorless diamonds are recommended to be set in lighter metals to avoid the color reflection from yellow or rose gold ring settings. However, we know plenty of ways around this!

If you’re leaning towards a diamond in the near-colorless range, fancy shapes such as emerald, marquise, Asscher, radiant, and cushion-shaped diamonds aren’t ideal for concealing color and usually tend to have a darker appeal. For this reason, it’s best to opt for a round or oval cut diamond to set with your yellow gold engagement ring.

Related post: Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

Faint Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

It’s worth noting that color is not the only thing to consider when purchasing a diamond. The other 3Cs can also play a huge role in the way your chosen color grade presents on an engagement ring or piece of fine jewelry. 

Nevertheless, diamonds in the faint color grade, K, L, and M, are considered to have a faint tint. So, in short, they do show a slight tint of color. But does that mean they aren’t suitable as the center or accent stones for your yellow gold engagement ring? Not at all.

If you have your heart set on a faint diamond, it’s best to choose a diamond shape that is able to conceal or even disguise the color. Luckily you have many options to choose from, from classics like the round brilliant or princess cut, to edgier shapes like emerald and Asscher.

Try to avoid shapes like cushion cuts or radiant cuts as the color will be more noticeable, especially in a yellow or rose gold ring setting.

A finger with three different yellow gold diamond engagement rings on it

Ring Settings and Diamond Color

Whether you’re customizing your dream engagement ring online or buying it in a store, there are plenty of different ring settings to choose from. But when it comes to yellow gold rings and diamond colors, not all gold settings are going to do your chosen diamond color justice.

The Best Ring Settings For A Colorless Diamond

For colorless diamonds, your choice of ring setting is virtually unrestricted. Whether you want your diamond to stand alone in a solitaire engagement ring or you want it surrounded by diamond accents in a pave setting, your center stone will steal the show every time!

The Best Ring Settings For A Near Colorless Diamond

Near colorless diamonds are a little trickier because of their almost light yellow tint. If you’d prefer settings with side stones or a pave setting, it’s best you don’t go below H color, with an exception for round, princess cut, emerald, or Asscher, in which case you can go as low as an I color diamond.

Halo settings are even more restrictive for near colorless diamonds in yellow gold, so don’t go below H color no matter the cut.

The Best Ring Setting For A Faint Color Diamond

The best settings for faint-colored diamonds are solitaire and bezel settings, where ideally, the center stone is the only diamond. In this sense, diamond side accents will have no effect on how the center stone is presented. Often side diamonds can make the yellow tint more obvious, but when the diamond stands alone, it’s harder to identify the color. 

Related post: Solitaire Engagement Rings: Your Complete Guide

Diamond Prices for Different Color Grades

Buying a diamond is no easy decision. You have to consider your budget, your partner’s expectations and preferences, and where the best place to buy it is.

See the chart below for some price comparisons of loose earth-created diamonds at JamesAllen. It’s important to remember that the diamonds of similar color grade, cut, and carat weight will be more than 3 times more affordable when choosing the lab created counterparts.

We’ll compare diamonds of the highest color grade to the most popular near-colorless and faint-colored diamonds.

Price comparison chart of D color diamond to other grades

Prong Metal Color

When you’re choosing a setting, make sure you take note of the prongs that will hold your diamond center stone in place. It’s not always a given that your yellow gold ring settings will also have yellow gold prongs, some may have white gold prongs. If that is the case with your chosen ring, the white metal will make diamonds with low color grades look a little off.

Pro tip: For white gold prongs, it’s best to stick to an H or I color diamond. Your jeweler may be able to switch the prongs to yellow gold instead. If you’re customizing your ring online, you’ll have a wider variety of similar settings to choose from with yellow gold prong options.

FAQs

  1. Does yellow gold affect diamond color?

Yes, dark-colored metals like rose and yellow gold have the biggest effect on diamonds because the diamonds will reflect some of the metal’s color.

  1. What gems go with yellow gold? 

Of course! Apart from colorless diamonds, gems that are blue, red, purple, pink, orange, and green pair surprisingly well with yellow gold. The more vivid the gem, the better it looks set in yellow gold jewelry. 

  1. Do diamonds look better in rose or yellow gold? 

Not all diamonds look better in warmer golds. K to Z color grade diamonds will be noticeably yellow and so expert gemologists and jewelers often recommend going with a yellow gold engagement ring setting to give your diamond ring a more vintage look.

  1. Is yellow gold outdated? 

Yellow gold continues to be a fashion mainstay year after year. Yellow gold jewelry is essentially a timeless staple anyone should add to their jewelry box.

Parting Thoughts

We hope this helped you, and if you’re still left unsure about which diamond color is the best choice for your yellow gold engagement ring, our 24/7 diamond and jewelry experts are at your service!

Visit JamesAllen.com today to find the perfect diamond for you, all viewable in 360°HD, with a real-time diamond inspection consultant. Book your free consultation today!

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Minimalist Jewelry: A Beginner’s Guide

Discover the jewelry minimalists are going crazy for to wear alone, stacked, or layered with other fine jewelry pieces that will remain trendy now and for years to come.

Minimalist Jewelry

Whether you like plain and simple jewelry designs or you’re wanting to add a more minimalist edge to your style, we’re here to help you on your minimalist style journey.

Minimalist jewelry is and always will be a fashionable option for just about any event or occasion. We’ve looked at common mistakes made when trying to pull off this look and how we can make it easier for you to rock minimalist jewelry and still look effortlessly stunning. 

Here are our top tips to look out for when purchasing, pairing, and wearing minimalist jewelry like a pro.

What Is Minimalist Jewelry?

Essentially, minimalist jewelry is accessories with simple and unfussy designs that work subtly into your look. Simple fashion is the name of the game for people looking to buy and wear minimalist jewelry, but that’s not to say your overall aesthetic won’t make a statement. 

Often subtle jewelry can tie a great outfit together and give it the touch of sparkle it’s missing. Or it can add a hint of your personality to whatever you wear night or day! 

Can I Wear Multiple Pieces of Minimalist Jewelry?

Minimalist jewelry doesn’t necessarily mean you only need one piece of jewelry. Definitely play around with different pieces that you can stack, layer, or wear on different parts of your body. 

Whether you like layering or stacking your jewelry, you can style your go-to minimalist designs in a way that doesn’t give off a cluttered look. 

However, don’t feel as though you need to wear multiple pieces of minimalist jewelry. A simple necklace, bracelet, and ring design can look incredible without the need to add more.

Does The Minimalist Jewelry Need To Be The Same Metal?

Playing around with different metal colors is your prerogative, and no one should say otherwise. 

You can mix and match your minimalist jewelry to your heart’s content, but do keep in mind that when you pair the pieces of the same metal color, it really does make a statement. What you want to avoid is over cluttering your look with too many different colors. So we suggest you stick with two metal colors max. 

Most people with warmer skin tones can pull off a darker metal combination of yellow and rose gold. Whereas those with cooler skin tones look great in white metals like silver, white gold, and platinum. The key is to play around and see which metals look best on you. This can also vary for your day or night looks. 

Related Post: How To Choose The Right Jewelry For Your Skin Tone

Minimalist Jewelry: The Classics

When it comes to minimalist jewelry, invest in the essentials. Add a few classic pieces to your jewelry box for a chic minimalist style that works every time. Timeless jewelry pieces will always pass the latest trends. Whether it’s a pair of gold hoops or a cuff bracelet, you can wear these items to give your everyday look a contemporary spin. 

Classic or vintage jewelry can be bought for absolutely any occasion and will stand the test of time. They also make for the best gifts and are perfect for both casual and formal environments.

Minimalist Jewelry To Make A Bold Statement

The key to a minimalist style is an outfit that has one showstopping jewelry piece. Whether it be a sleek pair of thick huggie hoops or a chunky signet ring, a single jewel can keep you looking fashion-forward. Nothing screams minimalist chic more than one impactful piece of jewelry to keep all eyes on you.   

To get that big and bold look with one piece of jewelry, you’d do best by investing in some solid gold pieces. Modern minimalist jewelry trends all point to yellow gold jewelry, a warm and versatile metal that looks good on any skin tone. 

Minimalist Jewelry: Simple, Yet Sparkling

Just because you’re going with minimalist jewelry doesn’t mean you need to lose your shine. Diamond jewelry is still the perfect choice for a polished and sparkling aesthetic, like diamond pendants or diamond tennis bracelets. Our only advice here will be to stick to one kind of metal if you wear more than one piece of diamond jewelry. 

If you’re looking for just a hint of sparkle, a modest bezel set or dome ring could be the perfect asset to your minimalist collection. 

Keep Your Jewelry Box Light

Minimalist jewelry can serve you time and time again. Stick to a few flexible pieces that you might wear for both informal and formal occasions with any type of outfit. Here, we suggest starting with precious metals. These metals often appear as clean, sleek lines with smooth satin surfaces.

This type of jewelry is a staple of simple elegance and is easy to throw on at a minute’s notice. Take a pair of simple stackable rings or a medallion necklace, for example; put them on, and you’ve gone from casual to polished in an instant. Plus, it’s a long-term investment in quality and style you’ll get to cherish and wear any time you want.

Related post: Minimalist Jewelry: Back To Basics

Spice Up Your Minimalist Jewelry With Gemstones

A pop of color may be just what the fashionistas ordered. If your outfit of choice happens to be a simple white, beige or black ensemble, gemstone jewelry will serve as your ideal accessory. 

What we love about gemstones is their ability to look fabulous in whichever fine jewelry piece you prefer. Their color will give you the extra finesse your outfit needs to make a statement; from gemstone rings to a chic gemstone necklace or bracelet, your options are endless. 

As a minimalist rule, it’s less complicated to stick to your favorite type of gemstone and avoid unnecessary mixing and matching.

Avoid Complicated Designs

Minimalist jewelry can be fun and explorative, from asymmetric lines for abstract simplicity or perfectly symmetrical pieces that give you a sleek look. Try to avoid designs that are too intricate and move towards more opulent jewelry with clean cuts and smooth surfaces.

You don’t want to take away from the curated minimalism that comes with uncomplicated jewelry designs.

Buying A Piece of Minimalist Jewelry For Someone Special

If you’re thinking about getting a piece of jewelry for someone special, but you want it to be affordable and not over the top, minimalist jewelry is the way to go! 

We all like adding accessories to our jewelry boxes that we know we can wear every day no matter the occasion, so trust us when we say your gift will be appreciated and worn often!
Go for a simple stackable birthstone ring, a plain medallion necklace, a simple pair of hoop earrings, or a cuff bracelet to let them know you care and that you have great taste in jewelry.

Closing Thoughts

We at JamesAllen.com hope you enjoyed this article as much as we loved writing it. Our archives are brimming with fun and helpful tips about fine jewelry. Learn how to match your personality and style with the jewelry of your dreams. You can find our selection of reads below. 

If you have any questions about our products or you’d like to design your own earrings or pendants, visit our website here or get in contact with one of our 24/7 customer service agents here.

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Vintage Engagement Rings: Eras & Styles Explained

Our brides and grooms-to-be are choosing vintage engagement rings as their “something old.” 

Vintage Engagement Rings

As the saying goes, you can’t look to the future without embracing the past. Vintage engagement rings perfectly encapsulate the glitz and glamor of the time, transporting the wearer to a place of romance. Thanks to modern setting techniques and materials, the durability of these rings has greatly improved, allowing for more intricate craftsmanship.

Who doesn’t love a sparkly throwback? Our customers certainly do, which is why they’ve lavished the most praise on these vintage engagement rings. Let’s bring on the nostalgia and see why these antique beauties are making their way as the newest craze. 

Do Vintage Engagement Rings Have A Meaning?

True vintage engagement rings are usually recycled and passed down from generation to generation. That in itself holds significant meaning and symbolism for families and those who receive these stunning heirlooms.

You’re probably wondering if that means any ring can be a vintage ring if it’s 50 years or older. While any ring can be a family heirloom, vintage engagement rings are inspired by different eras from the past, and so the vintage title goes exclusively to these styles.

We’ll explain which era’s inspired your favorite vintage ring styles and how the designs have changed over time.

Vintage engagement rings

Eras And Inspiration For Vintage Engagement Rings

Aside from age, there’s not much to dictate style for vintage engagement rings. Even relatively modern rings from the 1990s can be considered “vintage.” But if you’re looking for a specific era’s inspirations, here are the four ages that modern vintage styles frequently emulate. See what catches your eye.

Victorian Era (1835-1900) 

In the Victorian Era, engagement rings vary widely in design and materials. Most Victorian rings were generally yellow or rose gold and often included diamonds. Rows, halos, and clusters of diamonds became popular during this era. So, in some ways, a yellow gold double-halo ring could be an example of a Victorian-inspired vintage engagement ring.

Edwardian Era (1900-1920)

If you’re into intricate, lacy designs, you’ll love jewelry from the Edwardian Era.

Rings from this period were generally platinum and included intricate metalwork called filigree in designs featuring scrolling, ribbons, and vines. Floral motifs were also popular. Although diamonds and pearls continued to be popular, colored gemstones appeared in jewelry more frequently. Old mine cuts, old European cuts, and rose cuts were the most common cuts for diamonds in this period.

Art Deco Era (1920-1940)

In contrast to the lacy lightness of Edwardian styles, Art Deco was all about bold geometry and repeating patterns. Instead of curvy, flowing filigree, Art Deco rings often included metalwork with repeating, sharp angles and tiny beads called milgrain. This style has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. 

Step-cut diamonds like emerald and Asscher cuts became fashionable, and colored gemstones, especially rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, were especially popular.

Related post: Obsession-Worthy Art Deco Engagement Rings

Retro Era (1940-1960)

Prior to World War II, few engagement rings featured a center diamond. However, after the highly successful De Beers diamond marketing campaign (to spend a month’s salary on the diamond center stone), which began in the 1940s, engagement rings almost exclusively featured diamonds. Unlike earlier rings, engagement rings from this “Retro Era” featured simpler designs. 

Solitaire rings and baguette side stones were quite popular, and the typical size of the center stone grew larger once the Depression ended.

Are Vintage Engagement Rings Expensive?

Authentic vintage or antique engagement rings can be seen as highly valuable, given some may be rare in design. However, they might still be considered second-hand and therefore not as desirable as a new engagement ring.

So how much will you spend on a vintage engagement ring? You’re looking at anything between $2,000 – $20,000. It all comes down to the 4C’s of your center stone and, of course, the ring setting itself (metal, added diamond accents, etc.)

If an authentic vintage engagement ring is too much maintenance or doesn’t fit your budget, we suggest buying new. There are plenty of stunning vintage-style rings available that will give you the aesthetic you want and can be customized to fit your exact preference. Buying your ring online can really get you the best ring for your buck with more options than in-store jewelers.

Vintage Is The New Modern

Vintage rings are appealing to many modern-day customers because they offer a wider range of styles. From Art Deco to Edwardian engagement rings, a vintage design on your finger will leave you feeling like you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind jewel. These 20th-century-inspired rings are a classic expression of the Victorian romantic era with their floral designs and lacey frames.

Alternative engagement rings are in fashion now more than ever. Why, you may ask? It might be the growing need for a sparkling ring that speaks to the wearer’s individuality, or perhaps because antique and vintage engagement rings are more sustainable overall. Both of these are true, but our favorite reason is that these period pieces are simply irresistible. 

Related post: Style Series: Inspired Vintage Engagement Rings

A Unique Aesthetic

Rare and timeless are just a few words to express just how unique your vintage engagement ring will appear, no matter the timeline. Whether your style changes in the future, the diversity of your ring’s personality and character will evolve with you. 

We all have our own tastes, and that is why you deserve to wear an engagement ring that embodies your unique traits through its detailed designs. 

More Than A Diamond

We know we’ve gone on and on about how unique vintage engagement rings are. However, when you take into account what your engagement ring means to you and your partner, there really isn’t a better way to express just how special and rare your love is than the very thing you’ll be wearing to show off that promise of forever. 

That being said, if you love the idea of a truly antique engagement ring, play around with different eras and do your research before you make the big decision. While a dazzling diamond sparkler might seem like the perfect choice, know that vintage engagement rings are also the ideal designs for gemstones too. 

Glamorous Beauty

Vintage jewelry tells a story and can be presented as a small piece of art on your finger. There’s something intimately appealing to the fact that your vintage engagement ring was created not only with the elements of the romantic era it is influenced by but the imagination behind its craftsmanship. 

Vintage-inspired jewelry certainly takes us back to a more glamorous time. We just need to watch films like ‘The Great Gatsby’ to be reminded of just how well a vintage engagement ring encompasses the very essence of what it means to be glamorous and in love. 

Your Style Statement

In a world where trendy engagement rings like sparkle-filled halos are becoming the norm, it’s breathtaking to stand out amongst the crowd with an embellished antique. 

Stars like Katie Holmes and Miley Cyrus have all worn stunning vintage engagement rings, with excerpt scrollwork, intricate detailing around the band, and center stones that would make anyone jealous.

Pros and Cons of a Vintage Setting

A vintage-style ring provides immense beauty and unique details. However, it’s always a good idea to weigh the pros and cons to see if it’s the right style for you.

Pros:

  • Provides remarkable beauty and character
  • Enhances the prominence of the center stone when well-designed
  • Matches a time period or personal style preference
  • Unique and intricately built

Cons: 

  • Can require more cleaning and maintenance due to design details and crevices. 
  • The setting can distract from the beauty and sparkle of the stone (if poorly designed.) 
  • With an actual vintage setting (different from a new vintage style ring), additional time and expertise are necessary to ensure it’s well-maintained and securely holds the diamond.
Vintage inspired engagement ring

FAQs About Vintage Engagement Rings 

  1. What is considered a vintage engagement ring? 

A vintage engagement ring is a ring with an antique style, such as one that’s designed with inspiration from the Victorian, Edwardian, or Art Deco time periods.

  1. Are vintage-style engagement rings popular?

Because of their timeless beauty, vintage engagement rings have always been popular.

  1. What makes a ring vintage style?

Put simply, vintage rings are rings that have lasted through the years due to their beauty, craftsmanship, and distinct originality. While “antique” rings are generally defined as over 50 years old, the term vintage is thought to have a looser definition and can include rings from eras made after that threshold.

Closing Thoughts  

Inspired? We hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane and have come to love and appreciate the real vintage-inspired classics as much as we do. We’d love to let you in on a secret:

At James Allen, you can design your very own vintage engagement ring using our Ring Studio. Visit us here and have the time of your life customizing your unique sparkler. 

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What Is The August Birthstone? All About Peridot

Peridot is the perfect summery treat! Its grass-green hue pairs perfectly with those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer. Wear the August birthstone as you sip a mint mojito by the side of the pool.

August Birthstone

Looking for a gift for someone special born in August? Peridot jewelry is here to end your search! Its bright yellow-green hue complements both cool and warm skin tones – plus, it looks stunning in any design. Peridot is a cosmic gemstone, perfect for an out-of-this-world gift or a gem you could easily treat yourself to.

If you want to know more about the peridot birthstone, read on to find out about its origin, meaning, symbolism, and other fun facts!

What Is The Birthstone For August

Did you know that August has three unique birthstones? Peridot, spinel, and sardonyx. Peridot is the most famous of the three as it only exists in one color- a cosmic green.

Some cultures believed that peridot had the power to ward off evil spirits, and so they began to set the gem in gold and other precious metals to intensify its good fortune. Peridot jewelry began as goblets and decorated sword handles, all with the belief that these objects would now bring greatness, strength,  and power.  

Where Is Peridot Found?

Though not as popular as other gemstones, peridot is the only gem that comes in a single color and is formed in the earth’s mantle (the mostly-solid bulk of the earth’s interior). So, why is this cool? Well, the only other gem to be formed in the earth’s mantle is the diamond. All other gemstones (except pearls) are formed in the earth’s crust.

Peridot is mined in many parts of the world. It was first mined by Egyptians on an island (St John’s Island) located in the Dead Sea. Nowadays, it’s mined in countries like China, Brazil, Australia, Norway, and Pakistan.

Fun Fact: Peridot has also been found in meteorites! These stunning silvery meteorites are honeycombed with yellowish peridots.

August Birthstone Color

When we think of popular green gemstones, the first one that comes to mind is the emerald. After all, emeralds are the rarest and most valuable green gem we know of. However, there’s another green gemstone that deserves our attention, and it’s the August birthstone. Peridot is an exclusively green gemstone, and it’s widely used in birthstone jewelry. Its extraterrestrial color is one of the most important qualities of this special gem. 

Peridot can range from pure green to yellowish green, almost like a grass green shade. 

Peridot Birthstone Meaning & History

Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for over  4000  years and is even mentioned in the  Bible. It’s referred to in there by its original title, Chrysolite. The name Chrysolite was taken from the Ancient Greek word chrysolithos, meaning golden stone, as it often has flashes of gold seen within it. The August gemstone is the only famous member of the Olivine mineral family,  which is a species of magnesium-rich silicate minerals.

Peridots have long been associated with Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians thought peridot protected against nightmares and brought the wearer confidence, good luck, and health. It’s believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots.

Peridot Birthstone Symbolism

Need some extra luck in your life? Peridot is one of the luckiest gemstones you’ll find. Peridot is also known as the money stone and increases willpower, well-being, and vitality. 

Peridot is known as the stone of compassion, and peridot is believed to bring its wearer good health, good cheer, restful sleep, and peace in their relationships by balancing emotions and mind. This green gemstone is also said to have the ability to inspire eloquence and creativity.

Peridot Birthstone Jewelry

This sunny green gem looks incredible with warm metals. Yellow gold + peridots are an especially winning duo. And it goes without saying that anyone with green eyes would see their natural iris color boosted 10x over by a pair of peridot earrings.

14k Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Peridot And Diamond Ring (7.0x7.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Infinity Peridot Birthstone Ring

The real kicker? It looks fabulous in any cut. You can rock your favorite stone shape – oval, princess, baguette, cushion, classic round – in peridot.

14k Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Peridot And Diamond Necklace (7.0x7.0mm)

Peridot, the August birthstone, provides a welcome pop of summery green color to any sunny ensemble. The leafy hue complements most skin tones and looks especially stunning on those with green eyes. 

14K Yellow Gold Oval Peridot Birthstone Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Peridot Birthstone Earrings

Want to propose to your August-born beloved with a stone that’s uniquely suited to them? Propose with peridot!

14K Yellow Gold Lace Peridot And Diamond Ring
14K Yellow Gold Oval Halo Peridot And Diamond Ring (6.0x4.0mm)

FAQs About The August Birthstone

  1. What is peridot good for?

Peridot is good for protecting against negativity and easing anger. It’s a friendly gemstone that helps during difficult times and balances emotions. 

  1. Is Peridot a rare gem? 

Peridot is a common mineral, but gem-quality peridot is fairly rare, with some peridot gems being found in exotic places. 

  1. What zodia is peridot? 

The August birthstone belongs to the Leo star sign. 

  1. Does peridot glow in the dark?

3000 years ago, the miners on Topazios Island didn’t work in the daytime because they believed that peridot was invisible in daylight. Since it could absorb the sun’s rays, it had the ability to glow in the dark, making it easier to mine at night. 

  1. Can you wear Peridot every day?

Of course! Since peridot is a lucky stone with so much positive symbolism, it’s the perfect gem to wear every day. Make sure you have your peridot cleaned regularly to keep its color sparkling.

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Is A Fancy Color Diamond Engagement Ring Right For You?

Fancy color diamond engagement rings are rare and unique, not usually part of the traditional engagement ring styles category. If you have your heart set on a fancy color diamond and want to know more about your chosen color’s symbolism, perfect shape, and metal setting, keep reading to find out!

Fancy color diamond engagement ring

What Are Fancy Color Diamonds

Fancy color diamonds are rare precious gems that come in an array of different colors. There are only 12 different fancy colored diamonds. However, each color has nine levels of intensity and 90 secondary hues. This means you can purchase a colored diamond from a faint color grade to an intense and vivid color grade.

Diamond buying tip: The value of colored diamonds increases exponentially with the saturation of the color. The higher the color grade of the diamond, the rarer and more expensive it becomes.

Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings

Yellow diamonds have a higher market demand than other fancy color diamonds, making them slightly more common. Depending on their color grade, they may be less expensive than their colorless counterparts. To get the best value and look for your yellow diamond engagement ring, you need to have the perfect diamond cut and metal color.

Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

If you’re considering a stunning yellow diamond engagement ring, here’s what your ring will symbolize. Yellow diamonds represent love, happiness, and optimism, while yellow diamond engagement rings mean the beginning or the continuation of a long and happy relationship.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Yellow Diamonds

Fancy yellow diamonds shine their brightest when cut into the cushion and radiant shapes. These particular diamond cuts maximize the saturation of the color while still maintaining a fiery brilliance.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Yellow Diamonds?

Fancy yellow diamonds can look incredible set in yellow gold or lighter metals like white gold and platinum. For darker metals, it’s better to use a faint to intense yellow diamond, whereas lighter metals look exceptional with vivid to darker yellow diamonds.

14K White Gold Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

Unlink other fancy color diamonds; gemologists still aren’t sure what makes pink diamonds pink. Pink diamonds are one of the rarest colored diamonds that exist, rarer than every type of colored diamond, apart from red diamonds. Their rarity means pink diamonds are exceedingly valuable. But what makes them perfect as center stones for engagement rings?

Pink Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

A pink diamond engagement ring speaks volumes about the beauty and rarity of the love you share with your partner. Pink diamonds exhibit the qualities of love, creativity, and romance. There’s also a level of mystery and intrigue about these colored diamond engagement rings because the exact reason for the pink color is not completely known.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Pink Diamonds

In order to enhance the color of a rare fancy pink diamond, these diamonds will often be found in fancy shapes like emerald, cushion, radiant, oval, and pear shapes. Some of the most sophisticated pink diamond engagement rings are set with emerald cut pale pink diamonds.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Pink Diamonds?

Choosing the metal for your pink diamond engagement ring depends on the color grade of your pink diamond. However, one quick trick of the trade is knowing that any light metal, like platinum or white gold, will make a paler pink diamond look more intense. Deep-colored pink diamonds can be set with darker metals for a bold look.

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Fancy Blue Diamond Engagement Rings

Natural blue diamonds are far rarer than one might imagine. A fine blue diamond of any carat size can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a blue diamond is the dream center stone for your engagement ring, remember, you can always invest in a lab created blue diamond. Lab grown fancy color diamonds are just as real as mined diamonds but will likely always be the more budget-friendly option.

Blue Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Blue diamond engagement rings are said to represent faith and trust, two very important elements in any relationship. Blue diamonds are believed to help protect against misunderstandings and unnecessary fights- also a huge plus for a newly married couple.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Blue Diamonds

Blue diamonds, like most fancy color diamonds, are cut to achieve the best color possible. But that doesn’t always mean diamond buyers want the most intense or dark blue tones for their diamond engagement ring. For a softer hue, go for a round cut blue diamond. If you want a more vivid blue, definitely aim for fancier shapes like pear, radiant, and cushion cuts.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Blue Diamonds?

The most popular metal color for blue diamonds is white metals like white gold and platinum. As we mentioned before, these lighter metals will always help to highlight the color of the diamond and make it appear more intense.

Given that blue is a dynamic color, darker blue diamonds can be set in yellow gold without the metal diluting the color of the diamond.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)

Fancy Orange Diamond Engagement Rings

Pure fancy orange diamonds, which are extremely rare, are also referred to as “pumpkin diamonds” because these diamonds occur in the same tone and intensity as the color of a pumpkin. If you love fall colors, an orange diamond engagement ring may be just up your alley.

Orange diamonds have less than a 25% saturation of the color orange, which makes the orange a secondary hue. The primary color for these diamonds is often yellow, brown, pink, or, more uncommonly, the much sought-after red.

Orange Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Having an orange diamond engagement ring means you’ll own a diamond that represents courage, good energy, and enthusiasm.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Orange Diamonds

Like most fancy color diamonds, having them cut into fancy shapes is the best way to enhance the stone’s color. If you want a show-stopping orange diamond engagement ring, try to set your ring with a pear, radiant, cushion, or marquise cut orange diamond. If you’d prefer a softer orange tone, go for the ever-popular round cut shape.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Blue Diamonds?

Pairing white gold with an orange diamond creates a unique effect. The diamond and metal create a stunning contrast which makes the diamond stand out.

Orange diamonds are flexible and can be paired with yellow gold, too. The diamond and darker metal blend easily, with the transition from metal to diamond occurring smoothly.

14K White Gold Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Fancy Purple Diamond Engagement Rings

Natural fancy purple diamonds can vary across the color spectrum from a very light shade of lavender diamonds to much deeper shades of purple, including violet diamonds. The deeper the shade, the more valuable the loose diamond or center stone is likely to be.

Purple has been associated with nobility, wisdom, and power for centuries. Purple diamond engagement rings are one of the more popular choices for the upper echelons of society.

Purple Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Purple is a color that symbolizes passion, mystery, magic, and royalty, making it the perfect addition to any engagement or promise ring. It is also said that purple jewelry can bring a feeling of calm and help bring balance to your life or relationship.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Purple Diamonds

Purple diamonds are often light and pastel in tone, even with intense and vivid grades. A fancy shape cut is encouraged to keep your diamond’s value as high as possible. Like pink diamonds, purple diamond engagement rings look exceptionally chic set with an emerald cut center stone.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Purple Diamonds?

Purple diamonds can honestly look incredible in light and dark metal ring settings. But we believe a truly royal-looking purple diamond engagement ring deserves a bold yellow gold band with added diamond accents.

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Green Diamond Engagement Rings

Green diamonds rank among the rarest and most valuable of diamonds. Green diamonds get their color from additional exposure to atomic radiation during their formation, which only occurs in a tiny portion of natural diamonds.

A green diamond engagement ring may seem an odd choice, but these diamonds are as rare and magnificent as your love.

Green Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Green diamonds are symbolic of the natural world and harmony. There are many variations of green diamonds, as some have blue or purple undertones. Green diamonds also symbolize abundance, long life, prosperity, and strength. To wear a green diamond engagement ring is a sure way to bring this beautiful and positive symbolism into your relationship.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Green Diamonds

The most popular shapes for green diamonds include princess, emerald, Asscher, pear, radiant, round, oval, marquise, heart, and cushion. If you’re looking for the most recommended shapes, try radiant and cushion, as they complement the diamond’s color for your engagement ring.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Green Diamonds?

Fortunately, green diamonds are highly versatile and go well with any metal color. Green diamonds can have a contemporary look when styled with lighter metals and a more vintage feel when paired with rose or yellow gold.

14K White Gold Diamond Chevron Knife Edge Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Red Diamond Engagement Rings

The rarest of all the rare fancy color diamonds are red diamonds. These diamonds are highly sought-after and often only found a handful of times a year. Given that they are so incredibly rare and expensive, many diamond buyers will opt for a lab grown red diamond to set with their favorite piece of jewelry or their dream engagement ring.

Red Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Red diamonds are a symbol of intense passion, power, creativity., and eternal love. They also represent repetition and ritual, a lovely nod towards commitment and perseverance in a relationship. A red diamond engagement ring would be a perfect match for someone who wants to live life boldly and to its fullest.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Red Diamonds

As a rule of thumb, choose a cut that would maximize the light that passes through your red diamond to reflect its fiery color better. Shapes like Asscher, emerald, radiant and oval cuts will emphasize the red color best.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Red Diamonds?

You can finish the warm color of a red diamond with almost any metal color. Try a yellow gold setting to give your red diamond a timelessly elegant look. White gold and platinum are also great options if you want your red diamond to have a more modern feel.

14K Yellow Gold Perfect Pavé Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Black Diamond Engagement Rings

Black diamonds have a bold, captivating look. Their rich, captivatingly deep color lends an air of mystery and passion to every piece of black diamond jewelry. Black diamonds have paved the way as a non-traditional engagement ring trend, offering their wearers an alternative or edgy look. These diamonds are unique, with the same hardness and shine as colorless diamonds.

Black Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Black diamonds have all the same meanings as white (colorless) diamonds, like love, strength, and faithfulness. However, their color gives them additional meaning. Black diamonds also symbolize certainty, passion, and longevity, all unique and powerful characteristics in an engagement ring.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Black Diamonds

The most popular choices for black diamond shapes are round, oval, and princess. A round cut black diamond engagement ring is perfect for someone looking for a timeless look. Whereas princess or oval cut is ideal for those looking to emphasize the unique beauty of this dark gem.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Black Diamonds?

There are really no rules for which metal will look best for your black diamond engagement ring. White metals, like white gold and platinum, compliment the diamond and give it a cool look while enhancing its boldness. Warmer metals, like yellow and rose gold, will contrast the diamond’s color and really enhance the depth of the diamond.

14K White Gold Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

Can You Get A Lab Grown Fancy Color Diamond? 

Yes! Lab grown fancy color diamonds are available in every color and are usually the more effective alternative to natural fancy color diamonds. We’ve mentioned before how some of the rarest fancy colored diamonds are too exclusive, rare, and expensive to get without a massive bank account and the right connections.

So, if you’re set on a specific diamond color, and you want to choose your favorite cut, size, and metal setting, all while staying within your engagement ring budget, give a lab created diamond a try! 

Engagement ring customization tip: Try out our very own Ring Studio, a one-of-a-kind engagement ring customization tool that lets you create your ring from scratch while seeing the changes happen in real-time.

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24/7 regarding any questions you have about buying an engagement ring online and the process around it. 

Happy shopping! 

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How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

Getting the ring of your dreams may sometimes seem impossible, but we’re here to answer one very important question. How much should you really spend on an engagement ring? We’ve got all the tips and tricks to ensure you get the perfect ring for your buck!

Engagement Rings

Shopping for engagement rings can be stressful, time-consuming, and even a little confusing at times. We know the assumption is that an engagement ring will cost a pretty penny, but most people don’t know all the ways they can get their dream ring without breaking the bank.

We’ll discuss unrealistic engagement ring cost myths and share all the clever ways to avoid them and still get the best ring for your buck. From diamond hacks to where you should shop for your ring, our tips and tricks are sure to help you avoid unnecessary ring costs.

What’s the Average Cost Of An Engagement Ring?

Today, the average price of an engagement ring ranges between $2,500 to $5,000. However, plenty of people purchase rings that are both below and beyond that price.

As you plan to buy your engagement ring, it’s important to remember that there is no one size fits all way of doing things. Each person has their own income, ring budget, and, of course, ring preference.

14K White Gold Radiant Cut Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring Cost Myths

Outdated myths about engagement ring shopping and societal expectations can lead you down an expensive path. Let’s take a look at some of those assumptions and how you can avoid them.

Spending Three Month’s Worth of Your Salary

Spending three months’ worth of your salary was a campaign started by De Beers in the 1930s. It was traditional until it wasn’t. It changed to two months’ salary as time passed, and then the diamond needed to cost one month’s salary. Slowly but surely, those ideas changed with time, and now there are no ironclad rules about what to spend on an engagement ring.

The Bigger the Better

The bigger, the better- we must politely disagree. While the idea of a big and brilliant diamond sounds incredible, there are so many other ways to maximize your diamond’s appearance without having to purchase a huge diamond.

For one, most jewelry retailers have a large selection of diamond shapes and ring settings. So how do you go bigger without breaking your budget?

Try out an elongated diamond center stone, like emerald, oval, marquise, or pear. These diamonds can give off the idea of being larger than other round or square diamonds of the same carat weight.

Or you could invest in a setting that adds more sparkle to your ring. Side stone, halo, and pavé settings can give you the extra diamond accents you want without having to invest in a bigger diamond.

14K Rose Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

As Brilliant and Colorless as Possible

Color grading for diamonds isn’t as tricky as it seems- especially when picking a center stone for your engagement ring.

As you can see on the chart below, near-colorless diamonds barely have any yellow tint and are often cheaper than colorless diamonds. The diamonds below are exactly the same except for the color grade. The slight tint of color in these diamonds is almost impossible to detect with the naked eye.

For faint yellow diamonds, if cut in a flattering diamond shape and set with the right metal color, their slight color will also be disguised. In that case, you can walk away with a stunning diamond engagement ring for a fraction of the price you would’ve paid for a colorless diamond.

A diagram of the diamond color grading chart

How Much Is Too Much to Spend On An Engagement Ring?

There is no correct answer to this question. How much you spend on an engagement ring depends on your personal budget and your partner’s expectations. If you are looking to save costs and get the absolute best ring for your budget, then you need to shop smart and do your research.

Overspending on an engagement ring can mean anything from picking a colorless diamond instead of a near-colorless diamond that would’ve looked just perfect in your chosen ring setting. But you won’t know which mistakes to avoid if you don’t utilize all the information at your disposal. Many ring shoppers use free online jewelry consultants- like our diamond consultants at JamesAllen.com.

How To Cut Costs On An Engagement Ring 

Manipulate the 4Cs

Cut

The cut of the diamond is the first, arguably most important, C. Here you can decide between several fancy shapes like pear, oval, marquise, and cushion-cut, to name a few. If your partner wants their diamond to really sparkle and shine, spend some extra time choosing which cut might match their preference best.

Color

The color grade of your diamond can range from D-K. Most diamonds have a visible trace of yellow in their body color, whereas white diamonds are colorless.

Clarity 

The clarity of your diamond may differ depending on whether it has any natural external blemishes or internal inclusions. Here, you may be looking for a diamond with zero imperfections or maybe one with a bit of character to it. The clarity of a diamond is directly impacted by its cut, something for you to keep in mind. 

Carat Weight 

The final C is carat, referring to the standard weight of your diamond or gem. One carat is 0.20g, and most couples are comfortable choosing an engagement ring with a center stone from 0.50 to 1.5 carats.

So, how do you manipulate the 4Cs? Here are our top tips:

  • Find a balance between color and clarity. While that balance varies by diamond shape, you can save money without sacrificing quality by staying on the high end of the color scale but the lower end of the clarity scale, as long as there are no visible inclusions.
  • With round, emerald, and asscher cut diamonds; you can typically go as low as a J color grade without seeing any incredibly noticeable color.
  • Cuts such as oval, cushion, radiant, pear, princess, marquise, and heart require quality a bit higher on the scale (G and up) so as not to see any color.
  • Well-cut diamonds like round and princess shapes have an incredible firey brilliance, no matter the size of the diamond.
An infographic explaining the 4Cs with visual aid

Opt For Lab Created Diamonds Instead 

When buying an engagement ring online, you’ll find a wider variety of diamond and gemstone center stones. While some people prefer the traditional natural diamond, the perks of investing in lab created diamonds are growing. 

Lab grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical. If you were to have both diamonds professionally inspected, you would find no differences. The only noticeable difference is the price tag. A lab created diamond is by far the more budget-friendly option.

14K White Gold Asscher Cut Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Ditch The Diamond Altogether 

If you’re on the fence about gemstones, remember this. All gemstones are rare, like diamonds, but more affordable per carat. They certainly put an alternative twist on a classic engagement ring, and they can be a more budget-friendly option compared to diamonds.

Gemstones can be set in ring settings with diamond accents or on their own in solitaire bands and still produce that show-stopping effect you want in your engagement ring.

If you want a larger yet inexpensive center stone on your ring, try a classic gemstone from sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and even morganite.

14K Yellow Gold Beaded Filigree Cathedral Kite-Set Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Pavé Trio Engagement Ring

Buy Your Engagement Ring Online 

We know shopping online comes with many what if’s, and we’re sure you’ve been left with some trust issues. However, if you find a known and trustworthy online jewelry retailer, you can end up getting the most incredible engagement ring for much less.

Pros of shopping for your ring online:

  • Special services and technology (education center, 360° HD diamond viewing)
  • Online engagement ring customization
  • Virtual engagement ring try-on
  • Online ring sizer
  • More variety for your budget
  • Lab created diamonds in all shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Affordable gemstones alternatives
  • Great shipping and return policies
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Ethically sourced diamonds
  • Jewelry insurance assistance
  • 0% interest payment options
An engagement ring in an open red ring box next to pink roses
Two stacked red ring boxes on top of a newspaper next to a topaz pendant

Wait For Sale Periods 

The holiday season is an excellent time to shop for your engagement ring. This is a promotional time for many jewelry and diamond retailers, and you could end up saving a significant amount on your engagement ring.

Once you’ve researched and found your potential go-to retailers, subscribe to their newsletter to get regular updates on upcoming sales.

Customize Your Ring Online 

Customizing your ring online is not only an incredibly personal experience but one that can ensure you get a ring within your budget that meets all of your wants and needs.

Our Ring Studio offers online customization on a whole new level. You are the leading designer instead of telling someone in a store what you like and having them create it for you. You don’t need to settle for an engagement ring that doesn’t quite suit your or your partner’s style because you can design one that is the exact representation of what you want down to every minute detail. 

A person customizing their engagement ring online at JamesAllen.com

Trends Shaping Engagement Ring Spending

Engagement ring spending has changed significantly due to how millennials and older couples who are remarrying have shifted the dynamic of buying engagement rings.

Many individuals and couples choose to marry later in life after they’ve had their personal, professional, and worldly development. As a result, these people are more sure of what they want in an engagement ring regarding style, originality, price, ethics, and how they make their purchase.

These expressions of individuality and broader consumer awareness have manifested in several trends like unusual center stones, settings, colors, shapes, and styles. More couples opt for gemstones or lab grown diamonds because they are often more socially responsible, unique, and affordable.

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24/7 regarding any questions you have about buying an engagement ring online and the process around it. 

Happy shopping! 

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Fancy Yellow Diamonds: A Complete Guide 

Ever wondered what a fancy yellow diamond or canary diamond is? We’ve got all the answers to your yellow diamond questions, from their origins to their color grading and so much more!

Yellow Diamonds

What Is A Fancy Yellow Diamond?

Yellow diamonds, or canary diamonds, are part of the fancy color diamond group. Fancy yellow diamonds get their stunning golden glow from a small part of nitrogen that’s contained in their structure. The more nitrogen, the deeper the yellow shade. 

Regular colorless diamonds may contain a yellow tint in them depending on their grading. However, when the color reaches a certain level and becomes the dominant color it falls into the fancy color diamond category and its value rises. 

Fancy yellow diamonds come in all shades, from pale yellow to intense yellow. These diamonds may also contain shades of other colors, such as orange and brown. Diamonds with the pure intense or vivid yellow hue are known specifically as Canary Diamonds or Yellow Canary Diamonds. 

What Is The Origin Of Fancy Yellow Diamonds?

Yellow diamonds get their summery color from the presence of nitrogen in their composition. The nitrogen molecules absorb blue light, making the stone appear yellow. Depending on the amount of nitrogen, a yellow diamond could range from light to vivid yellow. 

A little nitrogen may put a colorless diamond in the H or L color grading, which, for a colorless diamond, isn’t attractive to diamond buyers. Whereas diamonds with more nitrogen become increasingly yellow, which turns them into an asset and a rare sought-after gem. 

A collection of fancy yellow diamond jewelry

What Are Canary Diamonds? 

Canary Yellow Diamonds are the most desirable and valuable type of yellow diamond. Like the canary bird, these diamonds exhibit a deep, intense yellow hue, as opposed to a dull or light yellow tinge that can be considered a negative in colorless diamonds.

Officially, canary diamonds are simply fancy yellow diamonds, graded anywhere from fancy intense to fancy vivid on the GIA color scale. Canary Yellow is a casual term used for yellow diamonds with pure yellow color. 

Canary Yellow Diamonds are rare and beautiful which ultimately means they come with a higher price tag and resell value than most other yellow diamonds.

Yellow Diamond Color Grading

White diamonds are graded on a color scale of D to Z, with D being a colorless diamond and Z having a distinct yellow or brown tint. If the scale were to continue past Z—all the way to a rich, yellow color—you’d have a Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond. In other words, yellow diamonds are fully saturated with yellow and carry no traces of whiteness whatsoever.

The GIA color grading scale for yellow diamonds is:

  1. Faint
  2. Very Light
  3. Light
  4. Fancy Light
  5. Fancy
  6. Fancy Intense
  7. Fancy Vivid, Fancy Deep, or Fancy Dark
An infographic detailing the yellow diamond color grading scale

Are Fancy Yellow Diamonds Expensive?

Fancy Yellow Diamonds can cost anywhere from around $2,500 per carat to $20,000 or more per carat, depending on a number of factors. For a decent quality 1 carat yellow diamond, you can expect the price to be at least $3,000-$3,500.

Factors that influence the price of yellow diamonds include:

  • Yellow Color Grade: “Faint” or “Very Light” yellow diamonds are much cheaper, while Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid diamonds are much more expensive.
  • Supporting Colors: the highest-priced yellow diamonds are those with a pure yellow color (like Canary Diamonds) or diamonds with an orange or green overtone. On the other end, brownish-yellow diamonds are often (though not always) cheaper.
  • Cut and Clarity: like colorless diamonds, the 4Cs play heavily into the price of yellow diamonds. 
  • Carat: yellow diamonds at high carat weights are much rarer than smaller diamonds, and thus command a higher relative price.

Are Yellow Diamonds Real Diamonds?

The short answer is yes! Yellow diamonds are 100% real and absolutely breathtaking. Not only are these diamonds real but they are extremely valuable and created in the same natural process as colorless diamonds. 

On a side note, lab grown fancy yellow diamonds are also just as real as natural mined diamonds. Lab created diamonds are synthetically, chemically, and optically identical to earth created diamonds. Despite their differences, some may argue that the process behind lab grown diamonds is more environmentally friendly, and creates stunning diamonds that are significantly cheaper. 

What Cut Is The Best For Yellow Diamonds?

While colorless diamonds tend to radiate brilliance as round cuts, a round cut might have the opposite effect on yellow diamonds. It turns out that a round cut might dilute the color of yellow diamonds, while radiant, and cushion cuts help to deepen the color of a yellow diamond. 

Radiant and cushion cut diamonds are very similar in regard to how the faceting system and shape of these stones balance the vibrant color to achieve the highest sparkle possible. The faceting of these diamonds maximizes the saturation of the color while still maintaining the highest levels of fiery brilliance. 

An image of a fancy yellow cushion cut diamond
An image of a fancy yellow radiant cut diamond.

What Metal Color Is The Best For Yellow Diamonds? 

With a yellow diamond, you can really play around with metal colors depending on the shade of your yellow diamond. Yellow diamonds have unique opportunities to either contrast or compliment when it comes to different metal colors.

Engagement ring settings usually come in a variety of metals, including platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold.

We recommend platinum or white gold for fancy deep and vivid canary yellow diamonds. The contrast these light metals will create with the intense yellow colors ensures that your engagement ring stands out. 

Likewise, combining a yellow center diamond with colorless side stones, or in a halo setting, can accentuate the main diamond and make it pop. 

Alternatively, a darker setting like yellow or rose gold can make a yellow diamond appear deeper and more intense than its color grade. This can allow you to save by purchasing a faint or light-colored diamond, which will have a darker appearance when reflecting the color of its setting.

14K White Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

What Ring Setting Is The Best For Yellow Diamonds? 

Our top three picks for yellow diamond engagement ring settings are halo and side stone settings. 

Halo settings also look stunning with radiant and cushion cut diamonds and help to maximize the diamond sparkle and will make it appear larger. 

Side stones are perfect to highlight your yellow diamond and add to the uniqueness of your ring. Side stone settings come in various chic and bold designs with many different diamond accents- also available in various diamond cuts.

14K White Gold Drifting Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Marquise Row Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Do You Get Lab Created Yellow Diamonds? 

Fancy yellow lab created diamonds do exist and are found in every yellow shade and diamond size and cut. Lab grown diamonds are particularly popular in online jewelry retail stores, and are significantly cheaper than natural diamonds, as they are easier to come by.

The downside is lab diamonds are not as rare as natural diamonds and thus carry very little resale value. However, if you simply want a beautiful diamond for the lowest price, you can consider going with a man-made diamond.

FAQs About Fancy Yellow Diamonds? 

  1. Can yellow diamonds fade?

A real yellow-colored diamond’s color will never fade and it won’t require any special treatment to maintain its natural color. Of course, it’s important to clean your diamond on a regular basis to remove dirt, creams, and other unwanted materials. 

  1. Aren’t yellow-colored diamonds a bad thing? 

Regular colorless diamonds that have a certain degree of yellow or brown tints in them are regarded negatively and are cheaper than completely colorless diamonds. However, once the color reaches a level where it is the dominant color, the diamond is then categorized as a Fancy Colored Diamond and its value begins to rise given its new title. 

  1. What is the price of a 1 carat fancy yellow diamond? 

Depending on the color grade and cut of the 1 carat fancy yellow diamond, you can expect to pay between $2,500-$20,000. That number could greatly decrease if you chose to opt for a 1 carat lab created fancy yellow diamond. 

  1. Where is the best place to buy a fancy yellow diamond? 

The best place to buy a fancy yellow diamond depends on what you’re looking for. You may get a better variety of diamond cuts and color grade options online than in-store. However, if you’re looking for a lab grown yellow diamond, online diamond retailers tend to have a larger inventory to choose from. 

  1. Are yellow diamonds rare? 

Yellow diamonds make up 60% of fancy color diamonds. While they aren’t the rarest fancy color diamond, they are rare and they can be quite expensive.

Final Thoughts

At James Allen, we have over 500,000 diamonds, all certified conflict-free. We are proud to go above and beyond many of the current industry requirements and standards to ensure we are offering you the best quality diamonds from the most responsible sources.

Visit our Education Center to read everything you need to know about selecting the best center diamond for you. View your favorite diamond choices in 360° HD with a free consultation. You can even try out our engagement ring customization tool to create the ring of your dreams with your ideal yellow diamond!

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Discover Ruby, July’s Ravishing Birthstone 

Tap your heels together three times and repeat after us: there’s no birthstone like ruby, there’s no birthstone like ruby, there’s no birthstone like a ruby.

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What Is The July Birthstone? 

Ruby, the July birthstone, is a lustrous, blood-red color stone that has been prized for millennia. Rubies are mentioned multiple times in the bible, were described by Pliny in the first century AD, and are named “the king of gems” – ratnaraj – in Sanskrit. Traditionally mined in South Asia, and in particular Thailand and Myanmar, they made their way via the silk road to all corners of the ancient world. 

Though rubies likely rose to royal status first in ancient India, they were quickly adopted into noble families wherever they went. Jaw-dropping ruby jewelry sets are currently worn by the royal families of England, Denmark, and Portugal. And a bit further back, Marco Polo wrote that the Chinese emperor Kublai Khan, upon visiting the ruby mines of Sri Lanka, was so taken by the gems’ beauty that he offered to trade a whole city for one particularly massive scarlet stone. 

Ruby Gemstone Meaning & Symbolism

Ruby gemstones enjoy a wealth of special ruby meanings, among them passion, love, wisdom, wealth, and power.

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

The ruby’s depth of history and meaning certainly makes them one of the more impressive birthstones; July babies are lucky enough to have an excuse to wear these charming gems year-round.

The Color Of Ruby 

Color is the most significant factor affecting a ruby’s value. The finest ruby has a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red color. In most markets, pure red colors command the highest prices, and ruby with overtones of orange and purple are less valued. The color must be neither too dark nor too light to be considered the finest quality. If the color is too dark, it has a negative effect on the stone’s brightness. 

At the other extreme, if the color is too light, the stone may be considered to be a pink sapphire, even if the color strength or intensity is high. That said, pink sapphires enjoy a following, at a far more competitive price than rubies. Ultimately, the most desirable color of ruby is the one you prefer the most.

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The Difference Between Pink Sapphire and Ruby

Some gem dealers debate the borderline between ruby and pink sapphire. Historically, the word ruby referred to shades of red, which technically included pink. There are also cultural differences in the interpretation of ruby versus pink sapphire. In some gem-producing nations such as Sri Lanka, pink colors were always considered ruby, while in many other countries it is classified as pink sapphire.

The GIA Laboratory uses a controlled set of comparison stones called master stones to determine if corundum is ruby. Rubies are part of the corundum family. Corundum gemstones are only classified as rubies if they’re red. The red in rubies comes from Chromium. Unfortunately, it also causes cracks and fissures, which is why it’s very rare to find rubies larger than 3 carats.

The laboratory grades its master stones on the principle that red must be the dominant hue before a stone can be called a ruby. In the gem trade, though, pinpointing the dominant hue is subject to personal perception.

7 Fun Facts About Rubies

  1. Ruby is one of the four precious gemstones. The others are emerald, sapphire, and diamond.
  2. The word ruby comes from the Latin Rubens, which means red.  Rubies are found in many shades of red, from rich darkish red to pigeon blood red and pinkish red.  The red hue comes from traces of the mineral chromium. The most precious rubies are those with a full, rich red color with just a hint of blue tones.
  3. A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires.
  4. Ruby is the birthstone for July. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating their 15th or 40th anniversary.
  5. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as resilient as sapphires and only slightly softer than diamonds.
  6. Rubies have been found all over the world, including in Myanmar (formerly Burma), Africa, Australia, and the USA.  Most of the finest rubies were mined in Myanmar, thus the finest rubies are now known as “Burmese Rubies”.
  7. Almost all rubies have flaws –  Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare.  In fact, that is one way that a ruby is authenticated – if it has no inclusions, it is likely not a genuine ruby!

The July Birthstone: Ruby Rings

A ruby ring is the perfect birthstone gift. Special, singular, and super scarlet – gifting a beautiful ruby in a meaningful setting will melt the heart of any July birthday. The ultimate advantage of a ruby ring? The wearer can always see it. They’ll hold it up to the light, wiggle their fingers, and let your ruby birthstone ring shine.

14k Yellow Gold Open Double Bar Ruby And Diamond Ring
14K Rose Gold Wavy Ruby And Diamond Ring

The July Birthstone: Ruby Engagement Rings

Rubies have a long history of symbolizing love, passion, romance, courage, and protection. This beautiful symbolism makes them a perfect center stone for your engagement ring.

Ruby engagement rings aren’t just a unique twist on the traditional diamond ring, but they offer a sense of personalized style and will certainly make you stand out from the crowd.

14K Yellow Gold Round Halo Ruby And Diamond Ring (5.5mm)
18K White Gold Oval Halo Ruby And Diamond Ring (7.0x5.0mm)

The July Birthstone: Ruby Necklaces

A ruby necklace is the birthstone gift for the extroverted July birthday. It makes its wearer an instant subject of attention. What’s better than a stunning ruby pendant to punctuate a grand entrance?

14K Yellow Gold Ruby Birthstone Necklace
18K White Gold Pear Shape Ruby Double Diamond Halo Necklace

The July Birthstone: Ruby Bracelets

Make your very special July baby feel even more glorious with a diamond and ruby bracelet customized to them. Or slip on a ruby bangle and start celebrating. 

14K White Gold Snake Motif Diamond And Ruby Bracelet
14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Ruby Tennis Bracelet

The July Birthstone: Ruby Earrings

Studded diamond and ruby earrings are cute additions to your gemstone wardrobe. Popping on these sparkling ruby hoops is the simple formula for an instant good day. Or if you’re a simple stud lover, try on a pair of halo ruby studs for maximum sparkle.

14K White Gold Double Halo Ruby And Diamond Stud Earrings
18K White Gold Round Halo Ruby And Diamond Earrings

Rubies are bold gemstones with a deep-rooted royal history. Anyone with a July birthday has lucked out since the ruby is a birthstone with gusto. Extremely durable, this scarlet stone can be worn all the way to your next July birthday with minimal upkeep needed. Gifting ruby jewelry is a surefire way to memorably mark your next July milestone.

More About Gemstones

We hope you found this helpful! If you’re looking to know more about gemstones, or you’re curious to learn more about a particular birthstone, check out our related blogs below! 

January Garnets * February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * June Pearls * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * October Opal * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz

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What Are Gemstones? A Complete Guide 

What is a gemstone? Join us as we explore fun facts about gemstones from their origins, symbolism, rarity, and which ones are used as our favorite birthstones. 

What Are Gemstones?

Gemstones have mesmerized people for centuries. Throughout history, gems had become a sign of wealth and grew even more popular when an entire belief system arose around the energy and symbolic properties of these stunning stones. Of course, we know gemstones are most popular as jewelry, but many civilizations believed they were endowed with mysterious powers.

So, where do these miraculous gems come from? What types of gemstones do we get, and what are birthstones? Join us as we explore the history, origin, colors, and other interesting fun facts about gemstones. 

What Are Gemstones?

Gemstones are minerals, rocks, and other organic materials that are cut and polished to create pieces of jewelry and other attractive accessories for clothing or decorative ornaments. Gems are either considered precious or semi-precious. 

Fun fact #1: Of the more than 2,000 identified natural minerals, fewer than 100 are used as gemstones. 

Gemstones

Types of Gemstones 

There are many different types of gemstones. We’ll look at each category based on how they’re formed. Some are created from minerals, organic materials, inorganic materials, or rocks. 

Mineral Gems

Diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and almost all birthstone gems (not opal) are formed from minerals.

Organic Gems

Next, we have organic gems. These gems contain both fossil-based gems like amber and organic-formed gems like pearls. 

Fun fact #2: Amber is the result of resin from fossilized prehistoric trees! It’s considered to be the softest and lightest gemstone on earth.

Inorganic Gems

There are only two other types of inorganic gems, opal, and obsidian. Obsidian is black volcanic glass formed as a result of volcanic eruptions. Opal is a strange material that can act as a solid crystal but sometimes behaves like a liquid. 

Rock Gems

Finally, the rock gems category consists of lapis lazuli, a blue, white, or gold stone, and unakite which is a form of granite. Unakite is a greenish-white stone with pink patches. 

Synthetic Gemstones

There is a particular class of gemstones known as synthetic gemstones. These stones are not naturally occurring, like minerals, or formed from organisms, like pearls, but instead are created through human intervention. Synthetic gems are designed to look like naturally occurring gems but without the hefty price tag caused by the rarity of natural stones. 

PS: Lab created diamonds aren’t synthetic gems, they’re 100% real diamonds. 

The Formation of Diamonds vs. Gemstones

Unlike gemstones, diamonds are the only gem formed by a single element. That element is highly pressurized carbon. Gemstones are usually made up of two or more compounds. 

Gemstone Origins

Ever wondered where gemstones come from? Well, the short answer is 3 to 25 miles beneath the Earth’s surface. That is where most gemstones are formed and are then either mined or brought to the earth’s surface during a natural process. 

Fun fact #3: There are only two gems, diamonds, and peridot, that are formed and found much deeper in the earth. 

What Is The Birthstone For Each Month?

So, what is a birthstone? A birthstone is a gemstone that represents your birth month or zodiac sign. One of the things we love most about birthstones is they make it easy to shop for friends and family birthdays. Don’t know what to gift your loved one? Birthstone jewelry is there to save the day. 

Fun fact #4: Did you know that some months have more than one birthstone? At least five months have multiple birthstones. Let’s find out which ones fall into that category: 

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  1. January’s birthstone is garnet. Garnet is commonly a stunning red gem but can come in all colors of the rainbow and sometimes change color in different lighting. 
  1. Amethyst is the February birthstone. Amethyst comes in shades of lilac to deep purple and was once reserved for royalty and believed to cure addiction. 
  1. March’s birthstone actually includes two gems, aquamarine, and bloodstone. Aquamarine stuns with its oceanic hues, and bloodstone is said to help protect its wearer. 
  1. April’s birthstone is diamond. This gem needs no introduction as it is arguably one of the world’s most popular and sought-after gems. 
  1. May’s birthstone is emerald. Emerald has been loved for millennia and is known for its captivating green colors, and is said to symbolize rebirth and renewal. 
  1. June has three birthstones, pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite. Pearl is the most popular of the three, while alexandrite is considered one of the rarest gemstones in the world. 
  1. Ruby is the July birthstone most recognized as the stone of love, passion, and wealth, given its rich red colors. 
  1. August also has three unique birthstones, peridot, spinel, and sardonyx. Peridot is the most famous of the three as it only exists in one color- a cosmic green. 
  1. September’s birthstone is sapphire. Sapphires come in many colors but are most famous for their blue variety. Pink sapphires are considered very rare. 
  1. Opal and tourmaline are the birthstones for October. Both gemstones come in a rich array of colors, but opal is more popular as a precious jewel. 
  1. November has two birthstones, citrine and yellow topaz. Both stones are golden in color and symbolize love and affection. 
  1. Turquoise, tanzanite, blue topaz, and zircon make up the birthstones for December. Turquoise is by far the oldest known of the three, while Tanzanite is the most recently discovered. 

What Is A Gemstone For Love & Romance?

There are a few stunning options if you’re looking for gemstone jewelry or a gemstone engagement ring that symbolizes love and romance. Rose quartz, pink sapphire, ruby, pink tourmaline, and amethyst. These stones are believed to encourage romantic and self-love, open one’s heart and promote acceptance and faithfulness. 

Fun fact #5: Pop royalty, Lady Gaga, and real-life royalty Princess Eugenie both received pink engagement rings. 

What Are Gemstones For Good Luck?

Need some extra luck in your life? Peridot, sapphire, and citrine are three of the luckiest gemstones you’ll find. Sapphires are said to attract riches and recover lost wealth. Peridot is also known as the money stone and increases willpower, well-being, and vitality. Finally, the golden stone, citrine, is known to keep bad things away and is a stone of prosperity and protection. 

What Are Gemstones For Healing?

Amber, the stunning organic gem, has a strong connection to nature. It can be electrically charged when rubbed against silk or wool and is said to treat headaches. Another healing stone is the oceanic aquamarine. Some people believe this gemstone brings happiness and luck to its wearers and helps them cope when grieving. 

The last one on our list of healing gemstones is garnet. Garnet is a deep red gem that energizes wearers as they deal with their health issues. This stone is believed to revitalize the body and mind by increasing wearers’ confidence. 

What Are The Gemstones By Color?

Many famous gemstones are known for a specific color, but it should be noted that most of these gemstones come in various colors and hues. For example, two of the most popular gems, diamond, and sapphire, can be found in a rainbow of colors.

White diamonds have their own color grading system, and you might be surprised to know that fancy colored diamonds also exist. At the same time, sapphires exist in every color except for red. 

Here’s a list of the most well-known gemstones by color: 

  • Black gemstones: Black sapphire, onyx, black opal, black pearl, obsidian, black pearl, black tourmaline, and fancy black diamond.
  • White gemstones: Diamond, opal, pearl, white sapphire, moonstone, white jade, and zircon.
  • Gray gemstones: Tahitian pearl, grey sapphire, grey tourmaline, and fancy grey diamond.
  • Pink gemstones: Morganite, pink sapphire, rose quartz, pink garnet, pink pearl, pink tourmaline, pink topaz, and fancy pink diamond.
  • Red gemstones: Ruby, garnet, red tourmaline, carnelian, and fancy red diamond.
  • Brown gemstones: Amber, tiger’s eye, brown tourmaline, citrine, smoky quartz, brown jade, and fancy brown diamond.
  • Orange gemstones: Amber, orange sapphire, sunstone, agate, and fancy orange diamond.
  • Peach gemstones: Morganite, peach sapphire, fancy peach diamond.
  • Yellow gemstones: Citrine, yellow sapphire, amber, yellow topaz, yellow garnet, yellow tourmaline, and fancy yellow diamond.
  • Green gemstones: Emerald, peridot, jade, green tsavorite garnets, green agate, green bloodstone, and fancy green diamond.
  • Blue gemstones: Blue sapphire, aquamarine, lapis lazuli, blue topaz, blue tourmaline, and fancy blue diamond.
  • Purple gemstones: Amethysts, purple sapphire, purple tourmaline, purple garnet, spinel, tanzanite, and fancy purple diamond. 

Fun fact #6: In ancient times, women used to wear opal beads in their hair to maintain the blonde color and keep it from fading. 

Famous Gemstones And Their Meanings

Amethyst Gemstone Meaning

Because of its color, the ancient Greeks associated amethyst with the wine god Dionysus and believed that the gem could prevent drunkenness. In fact, the word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. Amethyst has also been thought to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. 

Amethyst Gemstone

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Aquamarine Gemstone Meaning

Aquamarine is believed to give its wearer courage, mental clarity, and good health. This gem has a long association with water and so aquamarine has been said to keep sailors safe at sea. It’s also been known to purify water and work as an antidote to poison. The stone is also closely tied to mythologies of sirens and mermaids, and some legends say that aquamarines first washed up to shore out of sirens’ treasure chests.

Aquamarine Gemstone

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Citrine Gemstone Meaning

Citrine is the gem that brings happiness, health, good energy, and luck! It is widely known as “healing quartz” because legend has it that citrine promotes vitality and energy in whomever wears it. The name citrine comes from the Latin root for lemon, and it’s no surprise as the gem shines with different golden hues.

Citrine Gemstone

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Diamond Gemstone Meaning

Are diamonds tears cried by the gods or remnants from falling stars? Perhaps not, but that is what the ancient Romans and Greeks believed diamonds were. During the Middle Ages, diamonds were thought to be healing stones that could cure ailments ranging from fatigue to mental illness. Nowadays, diamonds are a symbol of strength for relationships and their individual wearers.

Diamond Gemstone

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Emerald Gemstone Meaning

In ancient Greece and Rome, emeralds represented Venus, the goddess of love and hope. Emeralds are not only a stone associated with nature, but with intuition and foresight. Legend has it that if you place an emerald under your tongue, it’ll give you the ability to see the future. Emeralds are said to protect their wearers against evil and can cure disease.

Emerald Gemstone

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Garnet Gemstone Meaning

Garnets have a mythological association with the goddess Persephone. The ancient Greeks believed these gems came from the pomegranates she ate in the underworld. In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs wore red garnet necklaces and in ancient Rome, rings with carved garnets were used to stamp the wax on important documents. Garnets are also one of the oldest stones to be used for spiritual protection throughout history.

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Morganite Gemstone Meaning

Morganite was first discovered in the early 1900s by gemologist George Kunz, who proposed that the stone should be named after American financier and gem enthusiast J.P. Morgan. This pink variety of beryl is believed to bring positive healing energy, inner peace joy, confidence, and unconditional love. It is also supposed to soothe anxiety and stress. 

Morganite Gemstone

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Opal Gemstone Meaning

Because opals can exhibit so many colors within a single stone, they have long been thought to possess supernatural powers. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them against disease. For centuries, Europeans have considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth. 

Opal Gemstone

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Pearl Gemstone Meaning

The oldest precious gem, pearls, are known for their beautiful shimmering color and delicate beauty. In ancient China, pearls were believed to protect against fire, and in Europe, they were associated with innocence and purity. Pearls maintain their association with innocence today and are popular as bridal jewelry.

Pearl Gemstone

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Peridot Gemstone Meaning

Peridots have long been associated with Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians thought peridot protected against nightmares and brought the wearer confidence, good luck, and health. It’s believed that some of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots.

Peridot Gemstone

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Ruby Gemstone Meaning

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

Ruby Gemstone

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Sapphire Gemstone Meaning

Sapphires are a very lucky stone, believed to attract an abundance of blessings upon their wearers. This gem is said to promote health and spiritual clarity and guard one’s innocence. Sapphires are closely associated with royalty and have been a popular choice as engagement ring center stones. Princess Diana’s blue sapphire engagement ring is still the most recognizable engagement ring to this day.

Sapphire Gemstone

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Topaz Gemstone Meaning

Topaz symbolizes love and fidelity and is said to give strength and increase cognitive abilities for those who wear it. While topaz comes in various colors, most popularly blue topaz, it’s orange topaz that has been associated with fire in many cultures and eras. Like citrine and yellow sapphire, topaz is thought to bring good fortune and confidence.

Topaz Gemstone

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We hope you found this helpful! If you’re looking to know more about gemstones, or you’re curious to learn more about a particular birthstone, check out our related blogs below! 

January Garnets * February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * June Pearls * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * October Opal * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz

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A Guide To Wedding Rings For Same-Sex Couples

Your wedding ring is the ultimate reflection of the lifelong commitment you’ve made to your special someone. But can it be stylish and unique to your relationship? Of course! Join us as we explore classic and contemporary designs and concepts for same-sex couple wedding bands.

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Wedding Rings for Same-Sex Couples 

So you’re finally heading down the aisle, but you need that special ring that says forever and looks great? 

Wedding ring shopping is far less stressful than picking out an engagement ring. Why? Well, this is something you and your partner can do together, there are a ton of classic and non-traditional rings to pick from, and you can make it as sentimental as you want. 

Picking a wedding ring has about as many rules for same-sex couples as it does for any other couple. The beauty of a wedding ring is that your chosen band will always remind you of your partner whenever you catch a glimpse of it. That’s why you can let your imaginations run wild and truly get a wedding ring that you love and that reflects your relationship. 

From matching wedding bands to rings with diamond accents and carved patterns, let us inspire you with our top picks for wedding rings for same-sex partners. 

To Match Or Not To Match

Matching wedding rings are a fun and sentimental choice for couples who want to be connected in a special way- like two halves of a whole. Wedding bands already carry such beautiful symbolism that getting matching bands only adds to your commitment and bond. 

But there are many ways to match that aren’t a direct copy-paste. Here are some of our favorite matching wedding rings with a twist.

Traditional same-sex couple wedding bands

If you and your fiancé prefer the more traditional route, that is, plain precious metal bands, we recommend going for the classic yellow and white gold route or even platinum. 

Classic wedding bands for men are usually a little thicker and also come in a variety of comfort-fit settings that can be domed, curved, or even flat.

14K Yellow Gold 5mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

But certainly, take your lifestyle into account. Do you or your partner work intense jobs where your hands bump into things? Do you work out often and lift weights?

If so, it might be better to invest in a set of matching rings with a stronger, more alternative metal like cobalt chrome. This is a white metal that could easily pass for gold, but it’s highly durable and scratch-resistant. 

Cobalt Chrome 6mm Comfort-Fit High Polished Design Ring

Traditional wedding rings for women are usually thinner gold metal bands that would typically look aesthetically pleasing with their engagement rings. However, in some cases with lesbian couples, both partners may have an engagement ring they’d like to match their wedding band too. 

This could make matching the rings a little problematic unless you’ve both got the same engagement ring metal color and even ring setting style. Alternatively, you could get matching wedding bands and wear them on the opposite hand as your engagement rings

If only one of you has an engagement ring, things get a little easier when it comes to picking your matching rings.

14K White Gold 2.0mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

Non-traditional same-sex couple wedding bands

Tradition is not for everyone, especially when your personal style or even beliefs don’t coincide. Now, we always believe that any piece of jewelry you own should reflect your personality or the meaning you hold to it. 

For men, carved wedding rings can add that hint of your personality with an element of modern style. These rings come in a variety of precious and alternative metals and popular two-toned options. Carved wedding rings for men aren’t just perfect for matching with your partner, but they’re also trendy and can elevate your look- from your wedding attire to your everyday outfits. 

14K White And Yellow Gold Smooth Satin Finish Comfort-Fit Band

For our non-traditional ladies, we have a few stunning options up our sleeve. Maybe the best way to match without really matching is by picking the same metal color but having different designs? 

Here, you both have some leeway to add elements of your personal style to your bands but still keep the foundation of your rings the same.

14K Rose Gold Round Diamond Station Cable Ring

Diamond & Gemstone Wedding Rings

While most wedding band styles steer away from flashy diamond or gemstone accents, there really is no rule saying you can’t have them. 

Eternity rings are another top choice as diamond wedding rings for same-sex couples. The romantic symbolism is undeniable and perfectly represents forever, with added sparkle!

14K White Gold 7.5 Mm Satin Finish Channel Set Diamond Ring
White Tungsten Carbide 8MM Black Sapphire Band By TRITON

Eternity and diamond stone rings can also be customized to fit your individual preferences. Let your partner know which diamond shape you prefer and what size suits you best. A dainty diamond band is perfect if it’ll sit alongside an engagement ring, alone, or stacked with your other favorite pieces. Thicker eternity rings are better as standalone pieces. 

If you and your fiancé chose not to get engagement rings then an eternity or diamond ring is a stunning choice as a wedding ring that can still give you dazzling diamond brilliance. 

14K White Gold Low Dome Basket Lab-Created Diamond Eternity Ring

Contemporary Wedding Rings For Same-Sex Couples

Is your or your partner’s style more out there and daring? If one or both of you want a truly unique wedding ring, opt for a patterned design. 

What we love most about rings with imagery, uniquely placed accents, and metal shaping is that they will always feel like they were made just for you. They’re so different and often theme-specific that you will have a deep connection to your ring above and beyond its ceremonial meaning.

14K Yellow Gold 0.25ctw Seven Stone Shared Prong Diamond Anniversary Ring

The best thing about contemporary wedding rings is the fact that they can mirror your interests. If you love nature or nature-inspired jewelry, there are patterned wedding bands that can reflect that.

14K White Gold And Grey Tantalum Faux Mokume Pattern Center 8mm Ring

Wedding Rings For Same-Sex Couples FAQs

  1. Do we need matching wedding rings?

The short answer is no. Matching wedding rings for same-sex partners is no more mandatory than it is for heterosexual couples. Matching rings is a personal choice you and your partner can make together.

  1. Which hand do we wear our rings on?

Same-sex couples have been known to wear their rings in a number of different ways. From the traditional way with the ring worn on the left hand, to both partners wearing their rings on their right hands. In the end, you should decide on the hand that is most comfortable for you.

  1. Should we customize our wedding rings?

Customized wedding rings can add a particularly personal touch to an already significant day. If you and your partner would like to customize your wedding bands, there are plenty of places to do so in-store and online.

  1. Should we shop together for wedding rings?

You can shop together if you’ve both planned the style of your wedding rings or you’d like to be there to choose your own. Of course, if you want it to be a surprise, you can always drop a hint to your partner and hope for the best.

  1. Do we have to buy each other wedding rings?

You and your significant other don’t have to buy wedding rings. Whether you don’t believe in the symbolism or you aren’t jewelry folks, it’s always up to you! There are no right or wrong ways to tie the knot.

  1. Should we engrave our wedding bands?

As a couple, getting your wedding bands engraved is a common and often thoughtful gesture to mark the rest of your lives together. At JamesAllen.com, you can get free engraving at checkout.

What Are You Waiting For?

When it comes to picking the dream wedding ring for you, your partner, or both of you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to find the perfect fit. Visit our site for all you need to know about the different metals, styles, designs, and more!

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Our Top Engagement Rings For Same-Sex Couples

When it comes to popping the question, anything goes. But what about the ring? Something as personal as an engagement ring needs some extra thought, and that’s where we come in. Join us as we explore the perfect engagement ring duos for same-sex couples! 

Engagement Rings For Same-Sex Couples

We’re grateful that love is anyone’s game, and each player gets their own unique story. What better way to express your personal love story and style than with your engagement ring?

But first, the usual questions. Who proposes to who? Are you both jumping on the trend of wearing engagement rings together? If yes, are you going the cute route with matching rings? 

Overwhelmed? Don’t stress. There’s really no right answer on how to propose or what engagement ring to get. All we can do is inspire you. 

Here’s a look at our top engagement rings for same-sex couples. 

Engagement Rings For Same-Sex Couples

Same-Sex Engagement Rings For Women

Now, it’s important to remember that anything goes with your unique proposal and the same should be said about your engagement ring. Here are a few categories we’ve outlined about engagement rings for same-sex partners. 

Traditional

For a classic proposal, one person would have a desire to be proposed to while the other would like to be the one who pops the question. If you and your partner fall into this category you’ll both appreciate the more traditional approach. 

Traditional rings are anything but boring. Classic solitaire engagement rings are a style that will be around forever. What we love about these rings is that you can pair this setting with just about any diamond shape and metal color. You can also opt for different prong settings to suit your individual style.

Solitaire engagement rings with different metal colors and styles

In the past, it was customary for women to wear the engagement ring as men would be the ones who typically proposed. However, for same-sex couples, there are really no hard and fast rules about this.

If you’d like to keep it within the traditional standard then your partner to whom you proposed to will be the one sporting the diamond ring you picked especially for them. Then you will get your wedding band once you’re married. 

Side stone engagement rings

Dual Proposals

In today’s society, it’s super normal to have the marriage talk as a couple and to decide together that it’s time to get engaged. That being said, it’s not completely uncommon for same-sex couples to propose to one another. In fact, it’s a growing trend that both partners will wear an engagement ring and we’re absolutely loving it! 

So what kind of engagement ring should you and your partner choose if you both plan to propose and be proposed to? 

We’ve got two answers. First, you could always do matching rings to make the moment even more memorable. Picking out matching rings is a process the two of you won’t easily forget. Also, knowing your partner has a ring exactly like yours will always remind you of them when you catch a glimpse of your sparkler. 

If you don’t want to match completely, you can always keep them similar by choosing the same type of ring setting and then adding in your preferred center stone of choice. 

Two pavé engagement rings with different styles

Second, you can both buy rings that showcase your significant other’s personal style and preferences. Going with this option means that you both have more options to choose from in terms of ring styles and also customization. Say you love halo engagement rings but you’d prefer a gemstone center stone instead of a traditional diamond- your partner can make that happen by designing your ring online. 

P.S. If you love the idea of creating a customized ring from scratch, try out our ring studio for the ultimate ring designing experience. 

Women's gemstone engagement rings

Same-Sex Engagement Rings For Men

Men’s engagement rings are a little more tricky than womens since they’re only just now becoming increasingly popular. That’s not to say they aren’t a thing yet, because they very much are on the rise. It’s more of a question of their style and what that’s supposed to look like.

Do men’s engagement rings keep up the concept that a diamond or gemstone needs to be involved in the ring’s design, or does anything go? 

We’d like to think it’s up to the individual. And for same-sex couples, the sky is the limit to the type of engagement ring style you wish to present your partner with. If you want to keep it traditional- diamonds really are for everyone! One of the most popular styles are comfort fit rings with added diamond or gemstone accents. 

Men’s Eternity Rings

Diamonds already symbolize love, commitment, and above all, strength. Now when they’re fitted in an eternity ring, your partner will know you’re in it for the long haul!

Eternity rings can be customized to suit your significant other’s personal style, from diamond cut preference to favorite metal color choice. The best part, they’ll be shining from every angle. 

An eternity ring is also the perfect style for matching same-sex couples’ engagement rings as they represent not only the time you’ve already spent together, but the long life you’ll enjoy together as a married couple. 

Men's diamond and gemstone engagement rings

Alternative Metal Men’s Engagement Rings 

Gold may be the most popular metal but alternative metals like tantalum offer a more rich and masculine color which is extraordinarily appealing.

Tantalum rings for same-sex couples offer durability, comfort, and it’s a low-maintenance metal. This metal is also a budget-friendly option as it’s cheaper than platinum and hypoallergenic. As an engagement ring option, they’re perfect for easy customization. 

Tantalum 6mm Channel Set Diamond Comfort Fit Ring
Tantalum 7.5mm Channel Set Diamond Satin Finished Comfort Fit Ring

How Do I Find Out My Partner’s Ring Size?

Getting your partner’s ring size is probably one of the most nerve-wracking exercises before your actual proposal. Lucky for you we have a few easy tips and tricks to help you get it right the first time round. 

How to measure ring size

At JamesAllen.com you can request a free ring sizer from us which we’ll have sent to you to ensure you get the perfect fit! Or you can have a go at our virtual try-on, which should come with disclosure because it’s highly addictive!

Same-Sex Engagement Ring FAQs

  1. Do we need matching engagement rings? 

The short answer is no. Matching engagement rings for same-sex partners is no more mandatory than it is for heterosexual couples. Matching rings is a personal choice you and your partner can make together. 

  1. Which hand do we wear our rings on?

Same-sex couples have been known to wear their rings in a number of different ways. From the traditional way with the ring worn on the left hand, to both partners wearing their rings on their right hands. In the end, you should decide on the hand that is most comfortable for you. 

  1. Should we shop together for engagement rings? 

You can shop together if you’ve both planned the style of your engagement rings or you’d like to be there to choose your own. Of course, if you want it to be a surprise you can always drop a hint to your partner and hope for the best. 

  1. Do we have to buy each other engagement rings?

You and your significant other don’t have to buy engagement rings. Whether you don’t believe in the symbolism or you’re not jewelry folks, it’s always up to you! There are no right or wrong ways to propose, and it can certainly be done without a ring. 

What Are You Waiting For?

When it comes to picking the right engagement ring for you, your partner, or both of you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to find the perfect fit. Visit our site for all you need to know about the different metals, styles, designs, and more!

Jessica Thomas

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Discover The June Birthstone: Pearls 

Happy birthday to all our pearl-loving June babies! You’ve lucked out with this luminescent June birthstone. Gorgeous and affordable, this marine beauty upgrades any personal style. Read on for our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry gifts.

Let’s start off with a fun fact. Only two months out of the year have three birthstones, June and December. That means that June babies, aka Geminis and Cancers, are lucky enough to have some stunning stones to choose from, none better than the classic pearl. In our humble opinion, of course. 

What Is The June Birthstone?

Aside from moonstones and alexandrite, pearls are perhaps the most popular choice as June’s birthstone. Pearls are the only gemstone created from a living animal- the mollusk! They can be found in clams, oysters, and mussels. So, the next time you’re enjoying these shellfish, remember they’re also responsible for one of the world’s oldest gems. 

The June birthstone is extra special because it doesn’t need to be mined like other gems (natural pearls). In fact, it doesn’t need any specific cutting or polishing to look incredible. It just is! 

What Are The Different Types Of Pearls?

South Sea Pearl

Originally exclusive to Australia, South Sea pearls are now cultured in Indonesia, Burma, and the Philippines. Colors range from white pink and silver pink to dark gold. Australian pearls also come in fancy colors, including red gold which is extremely rare and highly regarded. These sizable pearls work well in strands and statement pieces.

14K White Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Loop Diamond Earrings
14K White Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Diamond Necklace (9.0-10.0mm)

Tahitian Pearl 

Often called black pearls, Tahitian pearls grow in the warm, turquoise lagoons of French Polynesia and other islands in the South Seas. Colors range from gray to black, shimmering with peacock green, gray, and purple overtones. Try these dark devils for an edgier look.

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Necklace (10.0-11.0mm)
18K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Trio Bangle Bracelet (11.0-12.0mm)

Akoya Pearl 

Coming from Japan, the most valued Akoya pearl colors are white and white with pink undertones. The most common of the cultured pearls, their roundness, nacre depth, and consistent luster have positioned them as the preferred choice for a timeless statement.

14K Yellow Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl And Textured Brilliance Bead Bangle Bracelet (8.0-8.5mm)
14K Yellow Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl And Textured Brilliance Bead Drop Pendant (7.5-8.0mm)

Freshwater Pearl 

Though originally produced in Japan, 90% of the world’s freshwater pearls now come from China. Supply is abundant and each shell can produce up to 100 pearls simultaneously. While typically irregular in color and shape, freshwater pearls are the most affordable and are widely used in sterling silver jewelry because of their availability.

14K Yellow Gold Open Double Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring (5.0-8.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Bracelet (7.5-8.0mm)

How Is A Pearl Created?

There’s a big misconception that natural pearls are formed from a grain of salt when it’s actually the result of a parasite. The parasite lodges itself inside the mollusk, and as a defense, the animal emits a fluid called nacre. The fluid coats the irritant with milky layers of nacre, eventually forming a pearl. 

Given how popular pearls are, especially as bridal jewelry, pearl farmers have learned ways to recreate the natural process of pearl cultivation. These pearls are called ‘cultured pearls’ and come in a variety of hues. Along with the popular cream and white colors, farmers can create pearl jewelry in lilac, grey, and even black. 

Since natural pearls are rare and hard to find, cultured pearls are more common in the jewelry industry. Like lab created diamonds, these pearls are just as real and exhibit the same high quality as natural pearls. 

Pearl Birthstone History

The world’s oldest pearl, the “Abu Dhabi Pearl,” dated back 8,000 years to the Neolithic period and was discovered in 2017 on Marawah Island, off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The oldest known pearl necklace was discovered in the sarcophagus of a Queen who died in 520 BC. 

Pearls, which were known in ancient Greece as the tears of the gods, have been worn and used as adornments for centuries. Only the very rich could afford them as they were extremely rare. As of the early 1900s, pearls have become more accessible because of commercial culturing and are a classic and affordable gemstone for nearly any budget. 

Pearl Birthstone Symbolism

Pearls, given their long history, have racked up a pretty good symbolism portfolio at this point. For some, pearls are symbolic of wisdom- hence the term “pearls of wisdom.” Moreover, they’re said to offer protection along with good luck and wealth. 

And if that weren’t a good enough reason to invest in this little gem, they’re also supposed to be symbolic of the wearer’s purity, kind nature, and generosity.

For those on their wedding day or anniversary, pearls represent the broader idea of seeing love as a treasure. Why? Because pearls were so hard to find and so rare, they became a treasure to anyone who found them. 

Pearl Jewelry Sets For Any Occasion 

Pearl jewelry will always remain in the spotlight. Despite the idea that it’s only worn by the older generation, we’re seeing pearls trend in 2022, for men and women of all ages! 

One piece of pearl jewelry is wow, but a set is next-level elegance. Whether you’re a bride or groom-to-be looking for some milky pearls, or you like things that match your everyday outfits, we recommended our catch of the day. 

Come out of your shell with these top pearl jewelry sets and we guarantee all eyes on you no matter which way you turn. 

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Necklace (2.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Earrings (2.0mm)

“The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.” – Anonymous 

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Double Strand Bracelet (6.0-7.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Fish Clasp 18" Necklace (6.0-7.0mm)

“The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.” – Jean de la Bruyère

14K Rose Gold Freshwater Pearl Crescent Ring
18K Rose Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Trio Bangle Bracelet (11.0-12.0mm)

“Pearls are always appropriate.” – Jackie Kennedy

Why Should You  Buy A Pearl Engagement Ring?

  1. Pearl engagement rings are a unique alternative to classic engagement rings.
  2. Believe it or not, pearl engagement rings are the perfect budget-friendly option.
  3. They’re the June Birthstone, something your June-born partner may appreciate.
  4. They come in a variety of designs, from ring settings to metal, pearl sizes, and colors! 
  5. Pearls go with everything, as will your pearl engagement ring.

FAQs About Pearls & The June Birthstone

  1. What is the true birthstone for June?

People born in June are lucky enough to have three true birthstones. These include pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. June is one of three months, including August and December, that have more than one stunning birthstone. 

  1. Are there multiple birthstones for June?

Yes, June has three beautiful birthstones, pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone.

  1. Why does June have 3 birthstones?

One of the main reasons June has three birthstones is because some ancient gemstones have become too rare and therefore aren’t as easily accessible on the market. 

  1. What color is the birthstone for June?

Pearl birthstone comes in a variety of different colors, from white to black/grey, and even pink. Alexandrite can change colors depending on the light from bluish-green to purplish red. 

  1. Why is June’s birthstone the pearl?

To astrologists, the pearl represents the birthstone for June. They also say that the gem is aligned with the zodiac sign of Gemini.

  1. Is alexandrite more expensive than diamonds?

Alexandrite and diamonds have a similar value and it’s not uncommon to find alexandrite jewelry priced the same as diamonds. This is because alexandrite gemstones are becoming rarer. 

  1. What is the rarest birthstone?

Painite is the rarest gemstone. It’s not just the rarest gemstone, but also the rarest mineral on earth. 

  1. How much is alexandrite worth?

Currently, it’s said that a 1-carat alexandrite gem can go up to $15,000.

Final Thoughts

For more about pearls and other birthstone jewelry, check out our related pearl posts! We’re always happy to help you find the perfect gift whether it’s for yourself or that special person in your life. Visit us at JamesAllen.com today and find out what fine jewelry, engagement rings, and wedding rings are perfect for you!

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16 Facts About Jewelry You Probably Didn’t Know

Ever wondered why your brain remembers useless facts but not the important stuff? We don’t have an answer to that question, but we do have more fun facts about jewelry to fill your head with for your next trivia night!

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Jewelry is everywhere, but what do we really know about our favorite accessories and their history? We know that men and women have worn jewelry for centuries and we know that gems, gold, and diamonds have played a vital role in human history. 

Whether you simply love jewelry or are a trivia enthusiast, we’re counting down 16 fun facts about jewelry you probably didn’t know! 

#1 What’s In A Name? 

Starting us off is a fun fact about the word jewellery or jewelry. It started with the French word joule (toy), which is derived from the Latin word jocale, which means playing. In late Middle English, around the 17th and 18th centuries, it was spelled “juelrye,” and it later became “jewelry/jewellery,” as we know it today.

#2 The First Engagement Ring 

Maximilian, the Archduke of Austria, started the concept of the diamond engagement ring. Back in 1477, he gave Mary, Duchess of Burgundy, a diamond engagement ring for their wedding. And so the trend began and it’s believed that many other wealthy couples of the era followed suit.  

So what did this ring look like? It was painted as being a yellow gold solitaire engagement ring with a bezel setting which secured the almost pyramid-like diamond center stone.

14K Yellow Gold Petite Solitaire Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

#3 The Largest Diamond Ever Found 

Presently, the largest diamond ever found was unearthed in South Africa in 1905. The famous Cullinan Diamond was recorded at 3,106 carats and weighed 1.3 pounds! Even more interesting is that the diamond was cut into smaller parts and formed part of the British Royal family’s crown jewels. 

#4 The Oldest Jewelry 

Let’s take you back to 100,000 years ago, where archeologists working in Morocco discovered 33 shell beads. These oldest jewelry pieces known to humankind were found in the Bizmoune Caves in the western Moroccan desert. Also known as Nassarius shells, they were assumed to be used for decorative purposes. 

#5 Origins Of Lab Created Diamonds 

The first-ever proven synthetic diamond was created by Howard Tracy Hall in 1954. The project was codenamed “Project Superpressure.” This experiment paved the way for gem quality lab created diamonds and is changing the industry to this day! 

Lab created diamonds

#6 Where Is Gold Really From? 

Believe it or not, gold is extraterrestrial. Nearly all of the gold found on earth was cooked up in space and came from meteorites that crashed into earth 200 million years after the planet formed. 

#7 You’re Made Of Gold, Baby! 

We bet you didn’t know that an average person – weighing roughly 70kg’s – has about 0.22 milligrams of gold in them. Insane, right?? Some scientists have determined that the gold in our bodies does serve a small role in maintaining the health of our joints. 

#8 The Most Unique Gemstone 

Though not as popular as other gemstones, peridot is the only gem that comes in a single color and is formed in the earth’s mantle (the mostly-solid bulk of earth’s interior). So, why is this cool? Well, the only other gem to be formed in the earth’s mantle is the diamond. All other gemstones (except pearls) are formed in the earth’s crust. 

Fun fact: Peridot is the August birthstone and comes in an array of stunning fine jewelry pieces.

Peridot: August birthstone

#9 Amber Is Sap

Amber is actually the result of resin from fossilized prehistoric trees! It’s considered to be the softest and lightest gemstone on earth. This sun-kissed gemstone is so light that it will float in saltwater. 

#10 The First Diamond 

Did you know that the first diamond was discovered in India during the 4th century? Up until the 18th century, people believed that India was the only source of diamonds. That was until a 21-carat diamond was discovered in South Africa! Nowadays, seven countries across five continents dominate the world diamond industry as leading diamond producers. 

#11 Pearls 

It may surprise some of you to learn that pearls are the only gemstone that comes from a living animal- the mollusk! That’s why pearls are known as “organic” gemstones. Nowadays, almost all pearls are cultured, making them readily accessible for commercial use. 

Fun fact: Pearl is one of June’s birthstones and has continued to be a staple trendsetter throughout the centuries.

Pearls: June birthstone

#12 The World’s Most Expensive Engagement Ring 

And the honor goes to none other than Mariah Carey. This legend was given a massive 35-carat diamond ring by ex-fiancé James Packer. The ring cost an astonishing $10 million!!! The style was a bold platinum band with an emerald cut diamond and two tapered baguette diamonds.

#13 Bending 24K Gold 

While gold is a durable metal, did you know you can bend 24K gold with your bare hands? For this reason, no jewelry is made using 24K gold. Instead, jewelers will alloy this gold with other metals to make it hard enough to create jewelry. 

#14 The Most Recognizable Piece of Jewelry 

Princess Diana’s stunning sapphire halo engagement ring is often said to be the most recognizable piece of jewelry of the 20th century. The iconic blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by a halo of diamonds is now worn by The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

What did this ring look like? We’ve shared our closest and most affordable lookalike below!

14K White Gold Cathedral Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

#15 Leaving Gold To The Fishes 

Unfortunately for us, our next fun fact isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. The ocean we love is filled with close to $150 trillion of gold! And if we could find a way to cultivate it, each person on earth could have 4.5 kilograms of gold. For now, we’ll keep dreaming! 

#16 The Most Expensive & Famous Jewel In The World 

The most expensive and perhaps the most famous jewel in the world is a 45.52 carat blue stone known as the Hope Diamond. It was this diamond that also inspired the “The Heart of the Ocean” necklace featured in the blockbuster favorite, Titanic. 

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts! To learn more about fine jewelry or to see what’s trending this year, give us a visit at JamesAllen.com or check out our Insta page for everyday accessories and rings that’ll make you want to say I Do.

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The Best Place To Buy An Engagement Ring 

So you’re ready to pop the big question but you’re not quite sure where to start looking for that special sparkler…let us help you discover the best place to buy an engagement ring!

The Best Place To Buy An Engagement Ring 

We’re going to try and give you a simple answer to that special question you’ve been asking yourself lately– where is the best place to buy an engagement ring??

If you’re looking to take the next step and begin your engagement ring shopping experience, we absolutely recommend starting online! Whether you’re looking for a classic solitaire engagement ring with no extra bits or bobs, or you’re looking for the perfect halo engagement ring set in your dream fancy shape diamond, we guarantee your preference is bound to be online, and in abundance!

It’s no surprise that online shopping has become a comfortable and convenient alternative to in-person shopping over the past few years. But does it take away anything from the ring shopping experience? 

Let’s walk through the pros and cons of buying your dream ring online, and hopefully, you’ll come to agree that the best place to buy an engagement ring is from the comfort of your own home. 

Engagement Ring Shopping 

Engagement ring shopping is as exciting as it is overwhelming. Not only does it take some research but it’s a huge investment, and one you surely want to get right from the get-go.

Many online jewelry realtors understand the stress and unique needs of diamond engagement ring buyers, and so these same realtors are motivated to make sure your buying experience is incredibly easy and that you have every tool you’d need to make the perfect choice! 

So what questions should you be asking yourself? 

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Special Services & Technology 

What unique services will an online jewelry store offer you? You want to start by looking at their tech features. Are you able to do a free real-time diamond consultation and learn more about it and also have an up-close look at a particular diamond that has caught your eye? 

When searching for the center stone for your engagement ring, it’s important that you not only have access to the different types of diamonds available to you but also easy-to-understand information about important factors to consider when choosing a diamond for your unique budget and preference. 

Most online jewelry stores will have an education center filled with everything you need to know about choosing a diamond. You’ll likely also have access to expert and diamond jewelry consultants who are readily available to jump online with you to answer all your questions, help you pick out your diamond engagement ring, and allow you to view your diamond choices in 360° HD.

14K White Gold Embellished Gallery Pavé Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Online Engagement Ring Customization

Next, can you customize your engagement ring yourself? The short answer is yes! The best place to customize your engagement ring is online because you have the ability to see your creation form in real-time. You have all the tools available to mix and match different settings, metal colors, diamond shapes, etc. 

Like our very own Ring Studio, online customization is taken to the next level. You are the main designer and creator, as opposed to telling someone in a store what you like and having them create it for you. You don’t need to settle for an engagement ring that doesn’t quite suit your or your partner’s style because you can design one that is the exact representation of what you want down to every minute detail. 

14K Rose Gold Bypass Marquise Array Diamond Engagement Ring

Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On

Worried about being able to try on your ring and get that perfect ring size? To order engagement rings online is a daunting experience- but not one that isn’t without surety. Believe it or not, you’ll be able to do a virtual try-on. And when we say you’ll be trying on rings all day long, we mean it! 

You can see what ring styles look good on you, which metals match best with your skin tone, and what size diamond or shape suits your finger best. 

14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

Online Ring Sizer

Next, you can determine your ring size in so many different ways using helpful tips and tricks. There’s even an app you can use to get an exact measurement. At James Allen, we offer free resizing, done in a timely manner- in case you have a special proposal planned! 

14K Yellow Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Variety & Budget 

When buying an engagement ring online, you’ll find you have a much wider variety of diamond and gemstone center stones available to you. While some people prefer the traditional natural diamond, the perks of investing in lab created diamond alternatives are growing exponentially. 

Lab grown diamonds and earth created diamonds are optically and chemically identical. If you were to have both diamonds professionally inspected, you would find no differences. The only noticeable difference is the incredible price tag. A lab created diamond is by far the more budget-friendly option, allowing you to get the diamond you truly want, for less! 

We can’t stress this enough. In-store operations have gemstone and diamond engagement rings available for you to browse and try on, but online stores really do have so much more to offer you at a personal level. Especially if you’re looking for variety or to customize a specific ring. 

Fun fact: At JamesAllen.com we store hundreds of different ring settings and more than 300,000 natural and lab grown loose diamonds- in every fancy shape and color!

14K White Gold Woven Solitaire Engagement Ring

Shipping & Returns Policies

The best place to buy an engagement ring will certainly be one you can wholeheartedly trust to be fair and deliver on their promises. Most online jewelry stores have thorough shipping and return policies. It’s needed to ensure trust and long-lasting relationships with customers who have moved to purchase their jewelry online. 

Looking at our process and policies, every engagement ring from James Allen is hand-crafted, methodically examined, and checked by diamond and jewelry experts to ensure the quality of a piece before it’s shipped via secure delivery methods. Every order includes Free WorldWide Shipping, and Hassle-Free Returns with 100% Money Back Guarantee within 30 days. 

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

The Best Place To Buy An Engagement Ring FAQs

  1. Is it safe to buy an engagement ring online?

The answer is yes. If you’re set on buying your ring online, make sure to do the proper research: choose a trustworthy vendor, verify their certification, read the return policy, and pay attention to the shipping details. 

  1. Can I return an engagement ring that I purchased online?

Usually yes, but it’s your responsibility to read through the vendor’s return policy before making a purchase from them. 

  1. Where should you not buy an engagement ring?

Always make sure you’re working with a reputable jeweler. Don’t buy an engagement ring from any vendor that cannot prove their legitimacy or if you can tell whether their site deals and special offers are too good to be true. 

  1. Is it cheaper to buy an engagement ring online or in-store?

Engagement rings are said to be 30-40% cheaper online than they are in physical jewelry stores. Because of the way diamonds are sold and distributed, diamonds are less expensive for online vendors.

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24/7 regarding any questions you have about buying an engagement ring online and the process around it. 

Happy shopping! 

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What Is The Birthstone For May?

Capture the freshness of spring with emeralds, May’s birthstone, and our favorite vibrant gemstone!

Emerald Jewelry

What Is The May Birthstone?

Emerald, the May birthstone, is one of the rarest gemstones out there. Literally meaning “green” in Greek, emerald mining has existed, as we know it, for well over three thousand years.

Emerald is a form of the mineral beryl, which has been tinged green by trace amounts of chromium and/or vanadium. Ooooh, and how green it can be! From light to deep-colored, emerald’s verdant hues span the green spectrum. The better the emerald gemstone’s cut, the richer its color.

Fun fact: another popular version of the mineral beryl, tinged blue by trace amounts of iron, is aquamarine!

Emerald History & Origin 

Throughout the ages, cultures across the globe have delighted in this green gem: Cleopatra regularly flaunted emeralds and gave them away as diplomatic gifts, Spanish conquerors plundered emeralds from the Incas, and legend has it that an emerald was one of the 4 sacred stones given to King Solomon. Nowadays, nearly half of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia.

Emerald Symbolism & Meaning

Many ancient healers believed that wearing or being near an emerald would promote wellness of the heart. Through time, the emerald has been known as a symbol of truth and love. In ancient Greece and Rome, emerald was said to be the gemstone of the goddess Venus, purveyor of love and hope.

Emeralds, because of their green color, were said to represent vitality, and it’s the perfect gemstone to represent happy new beginnings, love, and an eternal relationship. Emerald can also represent a faithful relationship and a strong natural connection with a partner.

Buying An Emerald Stone 

The emerald cut is one with particularly few facets, and as such doesn’t give a stone’s imperfections anywhere to hide. This is why it suits stones with excellent clarity! Although any stone can be cut into an emerald cut, this particular cut originated with emerald gemstones. It suits them perfectly! 

Two features are most important in an emerald: the hue and the clarity. Emeralds can contain various imperfections, which can be hidden by other multi-faceted cuts. But if you want your emerald to shine incredibly, and its green color to somehow appear brighter, then choose a stone with a high grade of clarity.

Emeralds can be the affordable gemstone choice! A 1-carat emerald actually appears larger than a 1-carat diamond. Why? Emeralds are less dense, and thus take up more space. Plus, at the same carat weight as diamonds, emeralds have much lower price points.

How to Wear Emeralds

  • Emeralds are durable (7.5-8 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale), but they’re not nearly as hard as diamonds (a maximum 10 on the Moh’s Scale). This means that they can be chipped or damaged, particularly if you wear them often. You can prevent this by choosing a sturdy setting for your emerald that properly encases it: strong prongs or an all-around bezel setting.
  • If you’ve got red hair or freckles, emeralds will look particularly fabulous on you! Red and green are complementary colors, so pair them as much as you can. Does it matter what type of jewelry in which you choose to showcase your emerald? No! Go wild, it’ll all look incredible.
  • Blue eyes? Dark green emerald earrings are your thing. The cool hue of the emeralds will complement your icy irises!

Pro tip: Because emeralds can be quite dark in color, it’s best to opt for larger carats, which allow more light to strike the stone and reveal its features.

Emerald Jewelry: May Birthstone Gifts

Shopping for a May birthday? Go emerald. Not only are they beautiful on their own, but emeralds also represent youthful vitality, which makes them meaningful birthday presents. Gift a necklace, bracelet, ring, or earrings with May’s vivid green stone!

Looking for something earthy to add a pop of color to your stacked ring look? Try an emerald ring and you’ll turn heads with the most vibrant stone out there! Not only are gemstone rings versatile for every season, but they make the perfect gift for the special Taurus in your life.

14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Emerald Ring
14K Yellow Gold Alternating Arrow Shape Milgrain Bezel Emerald And Diamond Ring

It’s no surprise that the emerald birthstone gets a lot of attention when worn. Its green aura is so magnificent it’s impossible to miss in a crowd. If you’re looking to have all eyes on you, an emerald pendant or necklace is the right way to go!

18K White Gold Pear Shape Emerald Double Diamond Halo Necklace
18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Necklace

If you prefer to treat yourself or your loved one to something dainty that can be dressed up or down, we recommend an emerald bracelet. No matter your outfit, a diamond or gemstone bracelet can make you feel amazing at any time on all occasions!

14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Emerald Tennis Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Rainbow Bar Bracelet By Brevani

Looking for simple elegance with your favorite green shade? Why not invest in a pair of emerald birthstone earrings? Whether it be studs or the more trendy earpieces, earrings are one accessory that can be thrown on in a second and instantly transform your face and your look.

18K White Gold Petite Drop Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings (6.0x4.0mm)
18K White Gold Round Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings

Emerald Engagement Rings

Did you know that your engagement ring’s center stone doesn’t necessarily need to be a diamond? If you want to feature a stunning emerald instead, your stone of choice can be set in any of our engagement ring designs. This is even more perfect if the ring recipient was born in May.

The May birthstone is the perfect green light to “Will you marry me?” Choose a ring with emerald side stones or a vibrant center stone.

14K White Gold Imperial Emerald And Diamond Ring
14K White Gold Emerald And Diamond Ring

May Birthstone: 6 Fun Facts

  1. Emerald’s vivid green color is said to symbolize fertility and life and was once thought to represent internal youth.
  1. The Romans dedicated the May birthstone to Venus, their Goddess of love.
  1. Emeralds are very rare and are said to sometimes be harder to find than diamonds.
  1. The deeper the green on an emerald birthstone the more valuable it is.
  1. Emeralds are actually larger than diamonds since they have a less dense composition.
  1. Unlike diamonds, an emerald’s imperfections can improve the gem’s value.

FAQs about May Birthstone

  1. What are the two birthstones for May?

There is only one birthstone for May, the emerald.

  1. Which stone is best for May’s birthstone?

The best stone as a gift for someone born in May is the emerald gemstone. This stone comes in a variety of green hues.

  1. What Color Is The May Birthstone?

The May birthstone is green. Emeralds can range in color from deep greens to faint, misty green hues.

  1. What crystal goes with May?

The associated crystal with May or the Taurus zodiac is Jade.

Final Thoughts

Emeralds truly are one of the most versatile gemstones. From engagement rings to pendant necklaces, they can be worn with nearly everything for a rich pop of color. And they’ve got an undeniable glamour – celebs are positively obsessed with them. 

Emeralds are said to bring their wearers foresight and good luck. So, do you see an emerald in your future?

Read More About Trending Gemstones:

  1. Gemstone Jewelry Standouts
  2. April Birthstone: A Guide To Diamond Jewelry
  3. June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

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How To Choose The Right Jewelry For Your Skin Tone 

There’s a good reason certain metal types suit you better than others. Read on and find out how to pick the right jewelry color for your skin tone!

Jewelry

What is Skin Tone & Why Does It Matter With Jewelry?

Your skin tone is not the same as your skin color, also known as overtone. Rather, it refers to the subtle undertones of your skin that come through no matter how the environment impacts your skin. 

To get technical, the primary component in someone’s skin tone is their melanin content. We know that melanin also contributes to skin color, with more melanin resulting in darker skin color. However, in the case of skin tone, the more melanin you have the warmer your skin tone. 

So why does skin tone matter when picking your engagement ring metal or other fine jewelry? It matters because different metals either clash or complement different undertones. Since the metal encasing your gemstones or diamond often rests directly in contact with your skin, it can have a major impact on how well your jewelry looks on you.

Most people fall into one of two undertone categories – warm or cool. A few of you may even be part of the neutral skin tone group.

Skin Tone vs Undertone 

Skin Tone

  • Surface color of your natural skin
  • It can change 
  • Categorized as light, medium, dark

Undertone

  • Muted color beneath your skin 
  • Cannot change 
  • Categorized as warm, cold, neutral 

Skin Tone Categories

Light 

Light or fair skin tones tend to come from Northern European countries. People with paler skin are usually more sensitive to the sun and find they burn easily.

14K White Gold Two Hearts In One Layered Diamond Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Plate Cuff Bangle

Medium

Medium complexions are typical of those of Southern Europe and Northern Asian descent. Usually, this skin tone is neutral and can tan well in the sun. Many people under the medium category have an envy-worthy olive skin tone.

14K White Gold Inside Out Round Hoops, 3/4 Inch Diameter (0.25 Ctw.)
14K White Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Dark

Dark complexions typically originate from parts of the world that have the most exposure to ultraviolet radiation, such as the Middle East, India, and Africa.  

14K Yellow Gold 3.9mm Paper Clip Chain Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Woven Solitaire Engagement Ring

Undertone Categories

Your undertone is like the shadow of your skin that will always be there and never change. Cool, warm, and neutral are used to describe the different shades we find. 

When applying make-up, the undertone of your skin determines what shade of foundation to use on your face, and it also helps us to understand which metal color is perfect to suit your unique skin tone.

  • Cool tone: red, pink, and bluish hues underneath the skin. 
  • Warm tone: yellow and golden hues underneath the skin. 
  • Neutral tone: olive or a balanced mix of the above-mentioned shades. 

How to Determine Your Skin Tone

Here are three ways to tell which skin tone category you fall under. 

  1. Your Veins 

Look at your veins under natural light and check their appearance under your skin. Under natural light, you’ll be looking at your undertones rather than your overtones. Are your veins blue or green? Are you even able to tell? 

Well, if you can’t tell, you may be someone who falls under the neutral skin tone category. If your veins are blue or purplish, then you’re part of the cool tone group. Finally, if your veins are green, you’ll fall under the warm tone category. 

  1. The Silver/Gold Test

If you have some jewelry lying around, try on some silver and yellow gold pieces and see which metal complements your skin better. If the silver looks better, it’s likely you have cool undertones. If you have warm skin tones, yellow gold will stand out as the better option. 

Hint hint: At JamesAllen.com you can use our virtual try-on to see how well your favorite engagement ring looks on your hand AND you can try it on using different metal colors! 

  1. Your Skin’s Reaction to Sun Exposure

When you’re out in the sun, how does your skin react? Do you tan easily or rarely experience sunburn? Or do you find your skin is easily burned and turns red quickly? Those who tan easily likely have a warm skin tone. If you burn easily you’re probably part of the cool tone club. 

Buying The Right Jewelry For Your Skin Tone 

Now that you know how to determine your skin tone and which undertone category you fall under, we can start to figure out which metal type is perfect for you. 

Cool Tone

If you fall in the cool category, white metals complement your skin the best. These include platinum, white gold, and silver. If you’re worried about whether your white gold jewelry will still stand out against paler skin, fear not. White metals shine just as bright as yellow or rose gold.

14K White Gold Channel Set Diamond Wedding Ring (.63 CTW.)
18K White Gold Halo Princess Cut Diamond Necklace

Warm Tone

If your skin tone falls in the warm category, then opt for yellow gold or copper. Earth tones, such as rose gold, bronze, or black metals also look great on warm skin tones. Darker metals can really elevate your look, especially with statement pieces like diamond necklaces or tennis bracelets.

14K Yellow Gold Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Neutral Tone 

Finally, if neutral is your tone, then you can choose the metal you like best. Go with what makes you feel beautiful because every metal looks great on your skin!

P.S. Love rose gold? Rose gold is a neutral metal, so it looks great on everyone! 

14K Rose Gold Pavé Chain Diamond Ring
14K Rose Gold Claw Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Final Thoughts

Just keep in mind, these guidelines are just that – a place to get you started in experimenting with which metals look best against your beautiful skin. At James Allen, we have all the tools and support you need to find and design the engagement ring of your dreams and the wedding rings you and your partner will cherish forever. 

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Your Guide To Morganite Jewelry & Engagement Rings 

Find out everything you need to know about morganite engagement rings and fine jewelry, from the stone’s history to its romantic symbolism.

Morganite Jewelry

What Is Morganite?

Morganite is a pink semiprecious stone and belongs to the beryl family, along with emerald and aquamarine. This stone is a stunning diamond alternative and comes in hues from orange to coral to salmon to subtle pink, although you’ll notice light peachy pink is the most common. 

This stone is relatively free of inclusions, given its desirable clear appearance. Morganite is essentially colorless, but the presence of magnesium creates its pink effect while the presence of iron impurities gives a slight yellow or orange hue, combining for the iconic peachy color.

Morganite Origin & History 

Morganite was first discovered on the coast of Madagascar in the early 1900s. It is currently mined mainly in Afghanistan, Brazil, and Madagascar. It was first named pink beryl- but later renamed by a famous gemologist, George Frederick Kunz who wanted to honor his patron, John Pierpont Morgan.

Morganite Characteristics

Morganite owes its beautiful salmon pink color to the presence of manganese. Usually, Morganite is eye clean, which means that no inclusions are visible to the naked eye at a distance of about 15 cm. 

Primarily subtle and pale in color, some of the larger specimens demonstrate deeper saturation. Skilled cutters can also elicit richer colors by cutting the stones a little deeper than the norm.

When he first discovered it, George Kunz conducted several different experiments with morganite to examine all of its unique properties. One such characteristic is its intense red fluorescence upon exposure to x-rays. 

Morganite Symbolism 

With its soft pinkish hue, morganite is often associated with innocence, sweetness, romance, and love. In general, morganite is connected to the heart and is attuned to the heart chakra– talk about a perfect engagement ring center stone. Morganite is believed to bring healing, compassion, and promise to those who wear it. 

Morganite is said to open its wearers to unconditional love while dissolving the ego. Though not an actual birthstone, morganite is said to be an excellent stone for fine jewelry and non-traditional engagement rings. 

How Valuable is Morganite Jewelry?

Morganite fine jewelry is often scarce, which is why many avid collectors are on the lookout for high-quality morganite pieces.

A morganite carat can cost between $200 and $400 and remains an affordable option for couples who want this stone as the center of their dream engagement ring.

When shopping for morganite fine jewelry or your morganite engagement ring online, remember that cut, color, carat, and clarity are essential for consideration.

Morganite Necklaces 

A morganite pendant necklace will be a stunning gift for anyone who has a refined sense of style. This gemstone’s peachy radiance is even more captivating when paired with a sparkling halo setting.

Morganite Earrings

Morganite earrings are not something you hear about every day, but it has grown in popularity across the world due to their brilliance and appealing feminine colors. Their durability and affordability also make them great for daily wear. Their beautiful, demure hues offer an excellent centerpiece to anyone’s gem collection.

Morganite Fashion Rings 

Whether the occasion is a birthday or an anniversary, this piece of jewelry will never fail to gain attention or make a unique statement. When crafted in rose gold or yellow gold, a morganite’s elegance magnifies. 

With a variety of options available in shape, setting, and design, you will certainly be able to find something that complements your personality.

Should You Buy a Morganite Engagement Ring?

Morganite has become a popular choice for brides looking for an alternative to the traditional diamond. Of course, the primary allure of morganite is its pink and peachy hues. If you’re attracted to color gemstones, it comes as a refreshing alternative to a colorless diamond or a beautiful and affordable alternative to a pink diamond

Morganite stones offer intense brilliance and sparkle and are low-cost which makes them perfect as budget-friendly engagement ring options. Because the gemstone is fairly soft, it’s important to have your morganite stone set in a four or six-prong setting to avoid unwanted chipping. 

FAQs About Morganite

1) Is morganite a durable gemstone?

Morganite is a fairly durable gemstone having a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Moh’s scale.

2) Morganite vs pink tourmaline, what’s the difference?

Morganite has a peachy-pink hue, whereas pink tourmalines can range from pale pink to bright pink. Also, morganite is a member of the beryl family just like emerald and aquamarine, whereas tourmalines are made of boron silicate minerals.

3) How to clean morganite jewelry?

Like most jewelry, the best way to clean your stone at home is by using lukewarm soapy water and a soft toothbrush.

4) What are the major sources of morganites?

Morganites are mined in Afghanistan, Brazil, Namibia, China, Madagascar, and Mozambique.

5) What does morganite symbolize?

Morganite symbolizes love, passion, romance, and innocence. It is believed that morganites are connected to the heart chakra and can bring unconditional love to couples.

Final Thoughts

Morganite is a stunning vivid center stone and at James Allen, we have all the tools and convenience you need to browse and design your own engagement ring online and find the wedding ring of your dreams. Visit us for all you need to know about diamond options, ring settings, your fine jewelry favorites, and more! 

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The Best 2022 Oscars Red Carpet Jewelry Lookalikes 

With the 94th annual Academy Awards under wraps, we’re still recovering from all the dazzling diamonds and gemstone accessories that had us swooning. It’s safe to say some of Hollywood’s finest have got us emerald green with envy, and we’d wager that we’re not alone there.

That’s why we’ve got the Oscars hottest jewelry lookalikes of the night all summed up so you too can sparkle like the star you are! 

The Best 2022 Oscars Red Carpet Jewelry Lookalikes 

You don’t need to be a movie star to accessorize like one. Having a love for fine jewelry helps us express our personal style, and budget-friendly alternatives are always available. From lab created diamond tennis bracelets, studs, rings, necklaces, and affordable gemstone jewelry, you can shine just as bright as the best of them. 

So without further ado, here are the nominees for our first category.

Best Diamond Design

Ariana DeBose

A first-timer on the Oscars red carpet, we’ll confidently go ahead and say she crushed it. Dripping in diamonds, the West Side Story star stunned in a red jumpsuit. Our favorite piece of her jewelry ensemble? Her diamond bracelet by De Beers, of course! 

You can always opt for a stunning alternative with a white gold lab grown diamond tennis bracelet

Ariana DeBose posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet (2.00 CTW - F-G / VS2-SI1)

Mila Kunis 

Mila Kunis had all eyes on her with a breathtaking one-shoulder pink silk gown and some staple diamond accessories to let us all know she was there to slay. While her Messika Desert Bloom ring was impossible to miss, we’re obsessed with her glamorous diamond drop earrings. 

Want to jump on the drop earrings trend? Try on a pair of nature-inspired drop earrings and feel glamorous any way you turn. 

Mila Kunis posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K White Gold Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop Earrings

Zendaya 

Zendaya rocked flawlessly stacked arms with Serpenti Viper bracelets by Bulgari. Her two-piece outfit was completely chic and put together, with the viper bracelets adding that edge we love to see in all her red carpet looks.  

Get the look with your very own cuffed bracelet, and slip on this staple accessory for everyday wear or a fun night out. 

Zendaya posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K White Gold Snake Motif Diamond And Ruby Bracelet

Zoë Kravitz

All we see is old Hollywood glam done right when we look at The Batman actor in her Saint Laurent strapless pink gown. She kept her accessories to a minimum with diamond studs and an oval-shaped necklace from Kwiat. 

2022 is the year for oval cut diamond jewelry. A diamond tennis necklace is a great investment and will never go out of fashion. 

Zoë Kravitz posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K White Gold Three Prong Graduating Diamond Tennis Necklace (5.00 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

Lupita Nyong’o

We instantly fell in love with the magical symbolism behind the De Beers jewelry the actor wore, with each fancy colored diamond piece made to represent a stunning South African landscape.

Bring out your own natural elegance with a pair of fancy colored diamond earrings.

Lupita Nyong'o posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K White Gold Milgrain Bezel Diamond Stud Earrings (Mounting)

Best Animated Gemstone

We’re adding a little color to our luster for this next category. Warmer weather is soon approaching and what better way to get into that summer vibe than with some gemstone jewelry

Let’s take a look at who’s jumping on the gemstone trend this year.

Jessica Chastain 

Not only did she win the best actress for her role in The Eye of Tammy Faye, but we think she may have won the red carpet overall. Chastain wore a multi-colored Gucci dress and an array of jewelry, including dangling earrings, rings, and a bracelet.

You can get the same lilac look with a stunning Amethyst birthstone ring without the heavy price tag. 

Jessica Chastain posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K Rose Gold Emerald Cut Amethyst And Diamond Halo Cocktail Ring (15.0x6.0mm)

Jennifer Garner

A true lady in red in an elegant Brandon Maxwell dress, Garner kept her color scheme consistent with a pair of drop earrings and a vibrant red bracelet. 

Looking for the same effortless glam? Try on a garnet birthstone bracelet and get that instant confidence with any look. 

Jennifer Garner posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K Yellow Gold Garnet Line Bracelet

Tiffany Haddish

Haddish was nothing but a green goddess from head to toe on the red carpet. Her perfect ensemble was brought together with a La Gioia Green Tourmaline necklace by Pomellato. 

Add to your already natural beauty with a striking double halo emerald necklace. 

Tiffany Haddish posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
18K White Gold Oval Ruby Double Diamond Halo Necklace

Aunjane Ellis

The King Richard star accessorized her orange Versace gown with delicate Irene Neuwirth earrings along with several rings and a bracelet. Orange isn’t for everyone but if you know you can pull off this daring color, we’ve got the perfect ring for you. 

Slip on a citrine birthstone ring, a gem known as the Stone of the Sun for its golden glow. 

Aunjane Ellis posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K Yellow Gold Oval Citrine And Diamond Accent Birthstone Ring

Best Original Gent 

Timothée Chalamet

A shirtless Timothée Chalamet quite literally sparkled his way down the red carpet in what can only be described as rock-star glam in Louis Vuitton. The actor wore several stacked rings on both hands along with a layered necklace set from Cartier. 

Grab a piece of youth and get yourself your very own men’s diamond ring. After all, we all deserve to shine! 

Timothée Chalamet posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K White Gold 6mm Channel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Javier Bardem

The only word that comes to mind when looking at Javier Bardem’s Oscars look– debonair. The Best Actor nominee wore a textured black suit by Zegna, showing us all that adding a pattern here and there can really elevate your style. 

In love with the all-black rugged look? We’ve got just the fashion ring for you– and it’s made from a highly durable alternative metal. 

Javier Bardem posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
Ceramic Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished Round Edge Design Ring

Andrew Garfield

Are those our spidey-senses tingling or are we just about to pass out from all the swooning we’ve done over Andrew Garfield’s two-toned Saint Laurent suit? We love a pop of color and know that different tones are the perfect way to accentuate your personal style. 

Two-toned rings are becoming increasingly popular as wedding and fashion rings for men, so why not give the trend a go? 

Andrew Garfield posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
14K White Gold 7MM Centric Two Tone Brushed Band

Simu Liu

Simu Liu really brought his A-game to his first-ever Oscars. The Marvel actor wore the most daring menswear look of the night, in a red Versace suit with gold buttons and a black bow tie. He showed us all how a little gold can go a long way.

If you’re looking for your ideal gold accessory with timeless appeal, try one of our comfort fit styles with a satin finish. 

Simu Liu posing on the 2022 Oscars red carpet
18K Yellow Gold Satin Finish And Faceted Center Groove Comfort Fit Band

And The Winners Are

Honestly, we can’t pick favorites when we adore all these looks equally. We’ll leave that decision up to you. So, here’s hoping you’ve found the lookalike piece you’ll love forever. 

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Your Complete Guide To Lab Created Diamonds

Lab created diamonds are fast becoming a growing trend in the industry for diamond buyers. Here’s everything you need to know from their price, environmental footprint, unique brilliance, and more.

A collection of fancy shaped lab created diamonds

What Are Lab Created Diamonds?

Lab grown diamonds are optically and chemically identical to earth created diamonds. The only difference is their origin. A diamond seed is placed in conditions identical to those in underground mines. Then, a carbon coating is added to help the diamond crystallize as it grows.

The crystalline form of carbon we call “diamond” can be attained only through intense heat, constant pressure, and a good amount of time. Nowadays, we can achieve that in a lab in specialized machines that knock a few billion years off the cooking time. The result is a lab grown diamond that differs from a mined diamond in name only.

If you were to look at both types of diamonds through a professional jeweler’s loupe, or if you were to inspect both diamonds on a molecular level, you would see no difference. The same result was achieved through very different processes.

How Are Lab Grown Diamonds Made?

Lab grown diamonds are manufactured using conditions that mimic the natural process that earth-created diamonds are subject to. Carbon is exposed to high temperatures and high pressure in a controlled environment (laboratory) thus creating a diamond. 

Lab created diamonds can be made using two different methods. The first is known as the HPHT method, where a small diamond seed is placed into a piece of carbon. The carbon is pressurized and exposed to high temperatures. Finally, the pressure and heat then melt the carbon allowing a diamond to form around the initial seed. 

The second is the CVD method, which also requires a diamond seed. The seed is placed into a sealed chamber that is heated and filled with carbon-rich gasses. These gasses are ionized into plasma using advanced technology that breaks down the gasses’ molecules and allows pure carbon to stick to the seed, forming a new diamond. 

Fun fact: It typically takes a lab created diamond less than a month to grow. A 1-carat white diamond takes around two weeks to form, whereas fancy color diamonds like yellow and blue diamonds take between 5-10 days to form. 

Are Lab Created Diamonds Real?

Lab created diamonds are 100% real diamonds. 

If you want to get technical, here’s what you need to know. Lab grown diamonds have the exact same optical, physical, and chemical properties as their mined counterparts. The only significant difference is their origin. One comes from a natural and uncontrolled environment, while the other is physically created in a controlled laboratory. 

Even by definition, the two are indistinguishable. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines a diamond as pure crystallized carbon in the isometric cubic system. This means that crystallized carbon is a gemstone known as a diamond regardless of whether a diamond was mined from the earth or grown in a lab. 

Lab Created Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds

Lab Created Diamonds

  • Lab grown 
  • Formed in under a month 
  • Made of carbon atom structures 
  • Lower price 
  • No resale value 
  • Mass-produced 
  • Available in various diamond shapes and sizes 
  • Eco-friendly & ethically sourced 
  • Certified 

Earth-Created Diamonds

  • Earth made 
  • Formed over billions of years 
  • Made of carbon atom structures 
  • Higher price value 
  • Resale value from 25%-50% 
  • On-of-a-kind 
  • Available in various diamond shapes and sizes
  • Ecologically unfriendly
  • Certified 
A comparison of lab created diamonds on a blue surface next to earth created diamonds on a pink surface

How to Tell the Difference Between Lab Created Diamonds and Natural Diamonds

You can’t tell the difference between lab created diamonds and natural diamonds without specialized equipment, even if you’re a professional gemologist. The best way to tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds is to look at the grading report.

Suppose a professional gemologist tries to determine if a diamond is mined or lab-grown; they would use magnification to look at the nature of the inclusions. The inclusions in a natural diamond appear slightly different than in a lab created diamond. Sometimes differences appear in how the diamond reflects light compared with a synthetic diamond. 

In general, though, when looking at a lab created diamond next to a natural diamond, you can’t distinguish between the two.

A row of different shaped round cut lab created diamonds

What Are The Benefits of Lab Grown Diamonds?

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Greater brightness & higher purity
  • Easily traceable origins
  • Socially responsible (Ethically sourced)
  • Greater affordability at 30% less than mined diamonds
  • You can have a unique fancy color diamond made

Fun fact: Lab created diamonds are grown through a sustainable process. The CVD manufacturing method uses chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which makes it easier to keep up with demand without sacrificing the diamond’s quality while remaining conflict-free and ethically sourced.

Lab Created Diamond vs. Natural Diamond Price

Traditional diamonds are the most expensive choice. The process of discovering, mining, and shipping earth created diamonds is resource-intensive; the high cost of bringing them to market has helped diamonds achieve their luxe reputation.

A lab created diamond is perfect for when you want a real diamond but want to pay 30% less. Because the process of creating a diamond takes significantly less time and resources than mining a diamond from the earth, lab-made diamonds cost significantly less than earth-mined diamonds.

GIA Certified Lab Created Diamonds

Like all earth-created diamonds, lab grown diamonds also come with their very own birth certificate (GIA Certification). 

Since lab grown diamonds are optically and chemically the same as mined diamonds, they come with their own certification. Today, most lab created diamonds are certified by IGI, International Gemological Institute.

Additionally, these diamonds are being accepted and certified by the GIA, the Gemological Institute of America, which has developed sophisticated devices that are used to screen and identify the difference between natural diamonds and lab grown ones. 

A GIA grading certificate

Should You Buy a Lab Created Diamond?

When choosing a stone for your diamond engagement ring, you need to consider your lifestyle, budget, eco-footprint, and more.

You should consider a lab grown diamond if you wear your jewelry often, and it’s important for you to have durable diamonds. It’s also the better option if you’re looking to budget or want a larger diamond at a much lower price.

Lab created diamonds are growing in popularity and are largely recognized as the better option for environmentally and socially conscious consumers.

Finally, if you’re looking for a keepsake, remember, “A diamond is forever.” The oldest diamonds found have existed for nearly 4 billion years, and they’re holding strong. You can rest assured that any loose lab created diamond you buy or set inside your engagement ring or wedding ring can be comfortably passed down from generation to generation.

A selection of lab created diamond engagement rings

Choosing the stone that suits your lifestyle is an important part of designing meaningful jewelry that will last you throughout your life. And if you choose to buy either lab created diamonds or earth-created diamonds, you can choose from 1000’s of beautiful options at James Allen.

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Ring Anatomy 101: All You Need To Know

Looking to buy an engagement ring but not sure what all the different bits and bobs of a ring are? Let us walk you through the anatomy of a ring so you can find the one that fits you best!

Various loose parts of engagement rings

The beginning of your engagement ring shopping doesn’t need to feel daunting. Maybe you’ve already got a clear idea of what you want, and you’re just unsure of all the ring terminology. Or, you have no idea which ring style is best for you or your partner and you need some help from the experts. Whatever side of the equation you’re standing on, we’re here to guide you. 

There are many different ring settings to choose from, and each setting has multiple design features. The good news is that once you know what these settings are, the ring buying process will be that much easier and, dare we say, exciting. Knowing the difference between these parts can help you and your partner understand exactly what you want, not to mention, that if you’re going to custom design the ring yourself, you’ll need a little lesson in ring anatomy 101. 

Worried you might still be confused? We’ve got plenty of fun infographics to help pinpoint each area of a ring’s anatomy. Let’s get started! 

Engagement ring styles

The Different Parts Of A Ring 

Center Stone

The center stone of the ring refers to the diamond or gemstone that sits at the center of the ring setting. The center stone is usually the largest stone on the ring and traditionally features a round-cut diamond or gemstone. However, each engagement ring can be fitted with the center stone of your choice, not excluding fancy-shaped diamonds or gemstones like oval, pear, emerald, princess, and marquise cuts. 

Basket

A basket is a prong setting that has traditional prongs extending up from the base of the metal band and a horizontal band that connects the prongs to provide enough tension to hold the center stone in place. This creates a basket shape for the diamond or gemstone to sit in. 

Bridge

The bridge of a ring refers to the area underneath the head of the ring that sits on the wearer’s finger. This area typically needs to be comfortable with no sharp edges. It’s hardly seen once the ring is on, however, it can feature a small diamond or gemstone accent, or patterned engraving. 

Gallery

A functional and decorative feature, the gallery of a ring is located between the basket and bridge on the ring’s head. The traditional engagement rings often featured open galleries, allowing the bottom part of the center stone to be visible. However, on 3 stone rings the gallery might also include these added accents. 

An infographic explaining what a center stone, gallery, bridge, and basket are in a ring

Settings

The setting refers to the entire ring and the way added stones have been set on the ring. You’ll find there are various setting types to suit your unique style. But not all settings are created equal. Some settings are simple while others are more complex. Whichever setting you choose will determine how the final look of your ring, but more importantly, your chosen setting will affect the cost and maintenance of it, too. Let’s dive into the different types of settings. 

  1. Solitaire

Simple and timeless is how we’d describe a solitaire setting. It’s effortless in design, as a plain or two-toned metal band with a single center stone. Solitaire engagement rings can feature a variety of different prong settings and the band itself isn’t limited to a single design either.