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 ruby.
Ruby, the July birthstone, is simply luxurious. Its blood-red color 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 birthdays enjoy a wealth of special ruby meanings, among them passion, love, wisdom, wealth, and power. Nice. 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 charmed gems year-round.
The Ruby Anniversary
If you’re celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary, there can be no gift other than rubies. 40 years of marriage calls for the Ruby Anniversary, and there are plenty of ruby jewelry gifts to celebrate with.
It’s almost as if ruby were made to be worn. At a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, rubies are quite close to diamonds in terms of toughness. They’re incredibly durable and resistant to scratching. No matter how or when you wear them, they’ll come out the other side looking as good as can be.
Fun fact: The ruby is very closely related to the sapphire; both precious stones are a variety of the mineral corundum. However, ruby exists at the redder end of the spectrum.
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.
A dainty, minimalist yellow gold ruby ring for the ages. This is a beautiful ring that is perfect for daily wear. While it’s classically gorgeous on its own, it won’t steal the spotlight of other rings – say, an engagement ring.
The ideal ruby gift for: giving as a special, but not over-the-top, July birthday present to a loved one.
Engagement rings don’t always have to feature center diamonds. If you’re thinking of proposing to a July baby, consider featuring a stunning crimson ruby. If you don’t want to forgo the “forever” stone completely, accent diamonds are ruby’s classic partner in crime.
The ideal ruby gift for: proposing to your July-born beloved!
Make your very special July baby feel even more glorious with a diamond tennis bracelet customized to them. This 3-prong tennis bracelet is studded with fine rubies, making a beloved classic even better.
The ideal ruby gift for: A recently-promoted special someone who deserves to celebrate their professional achievements.
These are ruby stud earrings, with extra! Floating diamond halos pump up these studs with glitter.
The ideal ruby gift for: the jewelry wearer who won’t settle for anything less than maximum sparkle.
To Sum It Up
Rubies are a bold gemstone 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.
Read on to find out why gemstone jewelry has been on the up-and-up in 2021 – and discover customers’ favorite pieces!
It’s been an all-too-crazy and, at the same time, monotonous year. So it’s no wonder that people have been gravitating toward gemstones. They’re full of mood. They’re colorful shatterers of the boring status quo. And they’re so pretty!
Emerald is a beautiful green stone whose vivid hue is particularly enhanced by proper cuts. They display an astonishing spectrum of magisterial green shades. In fact, the most diva-est of divas have always had a thing for emerald jewelry. That could be for a good reason: 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.
Large jewels = star power.
Cleopatra claimed every emerald mine in Egypt for her own, Elizabeth Taylor famously wore a $6.6 million emerald brooch, and Jackie O’s engagement ring featured a stunning 2.84-carat emerald. It’s undeniable: emeralds work it.
Ah aquamarine, the watery-blue gemstone. These light-blue stones are remarkable reflectors of light, thanks to their naturally occurring hexagonal facets. Plus, aquamarine is a 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale, making it a strong, durable jewel that stands up well to daily wear.
Aquamarine’s blue is exceptionally bright and pairs perfectly with another intense sparkler: diamond. Historically, it’s been used to soothe and has even been lauded by ancient sailors as a lucky talisman while at sea.
Sapphires are one of the most popular precious stones in gemstone jewelry. They’re also one of the most versatile: sapphires come in classic blue, as well as pink, yellow, and green!
Not only are they gorgeous, but sapphires are also incredibly durable gemstones, with a score of 9 on the Mohs hardness scale – second to only diamonds. This means that you can flaunt your blue sapphire jewelry without worrying about scratching, chipping, or any other wear-and-tear.
Blue sapphires have a distinctly royal flavor. England’s royal family is known for wearing sapphire jewelry, from Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring (currently worn by Kate Middleton) to Queen Elizabeth II’s sapphire wedding jewelry. All hail!
Pearl jewelry deserves all the hype that comes its way. After all, they’re not only gorg – they’re also the only critter-created gemstone! Pearls’ oyster origins give them a wonderful symmetry and graceful shimmer that complements absolutely any wardrobe choice. And not all pearls are white; some varieties are pink or even silvery black.
Pearl harvesting is a largely sustainable industry that promotes the health of liminal zones. Pearl-producing oysters can create multiple batches of pearls, all the while growing and getting on with their normal tasks of filtering natural bodies of water.
Ruby jewelry is the choice for the boldest and most fiery of gemstone wearers! No matter how you wear it, this stone’s unsubtle red pop is an attention-grabber. Elizabeth Taylor’s Cartier diamond and ruby necklace became instantly world-famous when she initially donned it. The royal families of England, Denmark, and Portugal own absolutely stunning sets of ruby jewelry.
But for all its dramatic red flair, ruby is actually a close relative of the sapphire. Both are variants of the mineral corundum. So go for a classic red lip, don your ruby jewelry, and you’ll be ready to walk a red carpet of your own making.
“I chose this for my 9-year-old daughter, and she was beyond bedazzled with it. The metal and the gemstone are beautiful and just the right daintiness.” – Johanna T.
TO SUM IT UP
Gemstones are a colorful, and often quite affordable, jewelry choice. Whether you’re into emeralds, aquamarines, sapphires, topaz, pearls, or rubies, an incredible variety of gemstone jewelry pieces is ripe for the picking.
Searching for more unique gemstones? Read more below!
Finally! Full creative control over the entire ring design process! Create a custom engagement ring, from scratch by hand-picking the style and metal of a ring’s head and shank, complete with your specific center stone. Or, tweak a James Allen design you love to make it even better.
At James Allen, you can choose from over 500 unique engagement ring designs. Every single design allows a degree of customization: you choose your ring metal and your specific center stone. However, sometimes that’s just not enough! If you haven’t yet found your ideal ring, we’re giving you the chance to fulfil your ring dreams. That’s why we’ve developed The Ring Studio.
The Ring Studio is an area of JamesAllen.com that allows you nearly unlimited customization options. You’ve got two ways to customize via The Ring Studio: Start with a setting or create a custom engagement ring from scratch. This means using a ring design that’s 90% of the way there, and then perfecting the remaining 10%. Or build it from the ground up! Choose your head, your shank, your metal, your diamond shape, and even your diamond carat.
For the first time, customize your dream engagement ring, even further.
The Ring Studio: Start With a Setting
Every ring setting you see with a rainbow icon can be further customized in The Ring Studio. Click on the icon, where you’ll be taken to The Ring Studio. One-by-one, you’ll be able to adjust every aspect of your design.
Choose from up to 14 styles of baskets, 12 styles of ring bands, and every metal and stone shape we offer.
As you make your changes, your ring will be updated in real-time. You’ll be able to view it from every angle, spin it in 360 degrees, and zoom in to view the finer details. Take a good look. Be 100% sure that your ring is 100% what you want!
Remember: Some baskets, bands, and stone shapes aren’t necessarily compatible with one another. For example, only certain stone shapes will fit into certain baskets. If your heart is set on a specific combination that’s not available in the Ring Studio, contact our 24/7 customer service teamto request a custom ring. They’ll do everything they can to achieve your specifications.
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty! How precisely does The Ring Studio work?
Step 1: Select A Head
The head holds your diamond firmly in place. Start by selecting your preferred metal and style.
Step 2: Select A Shank
Choose a shank metal and style and combine it with the head of your choice!
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Complete your ring by previewing your preferred diamond shape and size.
Once you’re satisfied with everything about your ring, scroll down and choose “Select This Setting.”
Now it’s time to choose a center stone. Choose a diamond, gemstone, or go with a recommended diamond for the custom engagement ring you’ve designed.
Solitaire Engagement Ring Embellished With a Falling Edge Pavé Halo Head
Petite U Shaped Pavé Engagement Ring Embellished With a Scalloped Six Prong Head
The Ring Studio: Create A Custom Engagement Ring From Scratch
This is the time to build your ring up from scratch! You get full creative control of your ring by choosing the style and metal of its head and shank – in addition to your chosen center stone. Start wherever you’d like, either with a head, shank or diamond. And go from there!
We recommend beginning with the aspects you love the most, and then adding ring elements that complement them.
Choose the head that you’ve had your heart set on, and select your preferred metal and style. then play around with your shank.
If a certain shank strikes your eye, try out every one of our 14 available baskets until you find the one!
Love the knife-edge pavé band? And a pavé basket? Now’s the time to play around with the diamond shape and carat that will look best with your lovely pavé-covered ring.
Knife Edge Pavé Engagement Ring Embellished With a Vintage Basket Head
Round Diamond & Sapphire Marquise Shape Engagement Ring Embellished With a Single Row Sapphire Pavé Halo Head
James Allen’s Classic Customization FTW
Like what you see? Skip the Ring Studio and go with James Allens’ always-popular ring design process. There’s a reason we’re an industry leader. What we do – what we’ve done for years – works.
Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring Embellished With a Classic Pavé Basket Head
Round & Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring Embellished With a Four Prong Signature Head With Diamond Bridge Accent
Choose a Setting
Browse over 500 ring designs. Take your pick from a huge range of solitaire, pavé, channel set, side stone, three stone, tension, halo, and vintage styles.
Choose a Diamond
Pick your diamond by its shape, color, clarity, cut, carat, and desired price range.
Get excited by our collection of earth-created and lab-grown diamonds in 10 fancy colors.
Lab-grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical, the only difference being their relative origins. And this difference in origin leads lab grown diamonds to flaunt a much lower price point: they’re nearly 30% more affordable!
Choose a Ring Metal
Yellow gold (14k or 18k)
White gold (14k or 18k)
Rose gold (14k)
Choose the ring metal that best suits your lifestyle. It’s important to choose a metal you love, but it’s got to love you back.
Why it’s awesome:
Its warm tone masks the slight yellowish hues of non-colorless diamonds. Meaning, you can save a buck on your diamond by choosing yellow gold.
What to watch out for:
Yellow gold is a relatively soft metal, so the more you wear your yellow gold engagement ring, the more tiny scratches it will accumulate over the years. You can remove these via regular buffing with a jewelry polishing cloth. Your local jeweler can quickly take care of any more serious scratches.
This is the affordable white ring metal! It displays a similar sheen to platinum, without emptying your wallet.
It’s extremely malleable, making it the perfect vehicle for engravings and filigrees.
What to watch out for:
White gold receives its silvery lustre via rhodium plating. Over time, this plating wears down in spots to reveal the yellow gold alloy underneath. To preserve the color of your white gold, you’ll need to take it to a jeweler every 5 years or so for replating.
It’s more durable than both white gold and yellow gold, while boasting a similar price point.
Like yellow gold, its warmth hides the yellowness of less expensive diamonds; you can spend less on a diamond and none will be the wiser!
What to watch out for:
Rose gold receives its unique coloring due to its copper content. While copper contributes to rose gold’s affordability and durability, it’s not hypoallergenic. Anyone with copper allergies should avoid rose gold.
Why it’s awesome:
The most durable metal, platinum will stand up to most anything you throw at it. Plus, it won’t ever tarnish!
What to watch out for:
Platinum’s uncontested strength and sheen means it’s also the most expensive ring metal.
Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Embellished With a Four Prong Signature Head With Sapphire Bridge Accent
Sleek Accent Diamond Engagement Ring Embellished With a Single Row Pavé Halo Head
An engagement ring is a piece of jewelry you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life – so make it exactly what you want to wear 24/7. Create a custom engagement ring of your very own, one that you’ll be delighted to wear day in and day out. Design your ring the classic James Allen way or use The Ring Studio to take your ring customization to the next level.
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.
Do you have a June birthday? Jealous! This is the month to treat yourself to pearls – or drop a hint to a loved one so they can treat you with a pearl birthday gift!
Why Pearl Rules
First of all, it’s the only marine gemstone. Thank you, oysters! These shore-dwelling mollusks are clever little creatures. They filter water, their oyster reefs provide homes for smaller organisms, they’re a tasty and sustainable source of food, and certain species produce our beloved pearls.
How Oysters Produce Pearls
It all stems from a self-defense mechanism. When a bit of grit finds its way into an oyster’s belly, the creature neutralizes this annoyance by literally smoothing it over. It coats this piece of flotsam in layers and layers of naturally-secreted nacre (also known as mother of pearl), effectively quieting the original irritation. As time goes on, this nacre-coated fragment grows into a larger and larger pearl!
How Pearl Farmers Do It
Cultured pearls start off when pearl farmers “nucleate” their oysters; they insert a tiny bead into the oysters and wait for them to do their thing! This doesn’t hurt the oysters at all – in fact, they grow and get on with their normal tasks of filtering water even as the pearls grow inside them.
Pearl harvesting, like pearl nucleating, doesn’t harm the oyster. When the time comes to harvest the pearls, farmers open the oysters slightly, extract the fully-”grown” pearl, and at the same time insert a new bead. They then re-submerge the oyster and the whole pearl process starts over!
June Birthdays and June Weddings
As the June birthstone, you can bet that pearl is rife with meaning. Representing wisdom and health, it’s no shock that they’re a great way to start off a new year. But they’re not only given on birthdays; most pearls display a gentle white sheen, and since white has traditionally represented humility, innocence, and new beginnings, it’s an extremely popular wedding gift.
It requires no complicated cutting or mining to extract pearls, and so their beauty is easy to appreciate. As such, it’s one of the oldest and most widely-treasured gemstones; for thousands of years they’ve been traded from China to Persia to Sri Lanka. The ancient Greeks believed they were the tears of the gods. Nowadays, the popularity of cultured pearls has made these once-rare gemstones much more affordable. So you can pick up your own heavenly pearls for a fraction of what ancient royalty once had to pay for them.
Pearl is June’s glowing birthstone, and we have a sweet collection of Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearl jewelry. Here are a few of our favorites for June birthstone gifts:
Black pearls are strikingly stunning. One of the rarer hues, black pearls come from the black lip oyster, a native of Tahiti. A daring fine jewelry trend, Tahitian black pearl jewelry is edgy and beautiful at once.
The perfect pearl gift for: bold personalities who adore striking, attention-grabbing jewelry.
Not all pearls are pearly white! Some pearls are naturally pink. These freshwater beauties make an especially sweet pearl birthstone gift – pair them perfectly with a bouquet of roses, the flower of June.
The perfect pearl gift for: June birthdays who adore anything feminine, pink, and natural.
What’s better than a pearly glow? A pearly glow combined with diamond sparkle! Bonus: if a diamond is your April birthstone, diamond and pearl jewelry is a super cute June birthday gift for your partner or best friend.
The perfect pearl gift for: someone with a classic, minimal sense of style.
We love yellow gold with white pearls, especially when those pearls come in double. The warm gold clasp on this bracelet offsets the pearls’ ethereal glow, putting the finishing touch on a classic design.
The perfect pearl gift for: anyone who owns at least two Kentucky Derby-worthy hats – and knows how to wear them.
Ah, the beauty of a simple, shining engagement ring! If you do it right, you don’t have to go over the top. After all, diamonds aren’t the only way to achieve incredible sparkle. Simple engagement rings come in a huge range of designs. You can be assured that less is more.
What makes an engagement ring “simple”? Most broadly, it means that it’s free of the more glitzy ring features: pavè, engraved designs, halos, and multiple accent stones. Simple engagement rings are all about clean lines and the restrained use of diamonds and gemstones. They’re often solitaire rings, meaning that the band is completely stone-free except for one striking center stone. But – this isn’t always the case.
This is the fun part: there are SO MANY types of simple engagement rings!
The Benefits of Minimalist Engagement Rings:
1. Fewer Diamonds = Easier Upkeep.
More diamonds means more sparkle, but it also means more maintenance: accent stones trap dirt and require regular cleaning, and the multiple prongs require tightening by a jeweler twice a year. The bottom line is: simple engagement rings are perfect for the no-fuss wearer.
2. All Eyes on Your Diamond!
Go all in on an eye-popping center stone. It will take center stage! There’s little to distract from your sparkling stone. Plus, with the money you save on accent stones, you can invest to the fullest in your dream diamond.
3. Gives You a Lot More Pairing Options For Your Wedding Ring
A simple engagement ring complements absolutely any style of a wedding ring. Your wedding set will look fabulous no matter which wedding ring to choose. Keep it simple? Glitz it up? Add gemstones? Play with diamond shapes? Yes yes yes yes. Flex your creativity!
4. Easier On the Wallet
Less overall glitz means that there’s less upfront cost. There’s no need to spend a large part of your ring budget on a diamond-studded band. This frees you up to invest the lion’s share of your money in an incredible center diamond or gemstone! Pro tip: go for a lab created diamond to get a 30% larger diamond while staying on budget!
We’ve put together a walk-through of our best and most creative simple engagement ring styles.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
Everyone loves the classics. And with good reason! There’s a reason why everyone in the car can’t help but belt it out when Johnny Cash comes on the radio. There’s a reason why, over the course of 60 years, “Pride and Prejudice” has inspired 5 different TV adaptations and 3 movies. And there’s a reason why everyone loves solitaire engagement rings!
It’s because they can’t be improved upon. They are exemplary to their core.
Your favorite non-standard diamond shape will always look incredible in a simple engagement ring. A simple band design will complement any stone shape. Pear, emerald-cut, oval, asscher, princess-cut…choose whichever shape you have your heart set on.
Three stone engagement rings: the perfect way to keep it simple while still getting your diamond fix. The elegant combination of a large center stone and two smaller, identical side stones is undeniably minimalist. And yet, all those facets sparkle bright! This engagement ring style is proof that simple doesn’t need to mean sparse.
This embedded diamond engagement ring, although it features three stones, is undeniably minimalist. Two petite diamonds sit flush in the gold band, giving the center diamond space to shine.
Gemstone Engagement Rings
These simple engagement rings are rich in gorgeous hues. For anyone who thinks “simple” is a synonym to “plain,” these gemstone engagement rings are proof that’s simply not so. These singular rings are packed with personality.
Which gemstone should you feature in your engagement ring? If you’d like to honor special dates in your lives, you can choose according to birthstones. A few customer favorites that often play starring roles in engagement rings: Emerald, the May birthstone; ruby, the July birthstone; and sapphire, the September birthstone.
Make your favorite gemstone the star of the show. This gemstone engagement ring features a beautiful verdant emerald on a simple, slightly curved band.
Bezel-Set Engagement Rings
A bezel-set engagement ring is a sweet and simple way to mount your stone. Plus, it’s a super secure setting. If you lead an active lifestyle, or if you work with your hands often, then a bezel setting will be your new best friend. Of all the ring settings, it protects your center stone best AND it will never snag on fabric.
A thin dual band, elegantly twisted together to achieve a natural “woven” look.
Wedding Rings To Pair With Simple Engagement Rings
Simple Wedding Rings
Keep it simple! A simple engagement ring loves a simple wedding band. It’s a no-fuss, elegant combination that’s affordable to boot! Any of these simple wedding rings will pair perfectly with any simple engagement ring.
A gently sparkling eternity band studded with petite diamonds that won’t overpower your simple engagement ring.
Glitzy Wedding Rings
On the other hand, simple engagement rings are the perfect pairing for diamond wedding rings. The heavy sparkle of these blingy wedding rings isn’t overpowered by their accompanying engagement rings. Go for it!
The Friends reunion is upon us and we’re jumping up and down with glee! (Sorry, Mr. Heckles) To celebrate, we’ve put together Central Perk-worthy jewelry to match the most iconic Friends outfits. *clapclapclapclap*
Whether or not these Friends have been on a break is simply a moo point. They’re back, it’s happening, OH. MY. GOD.
The fashion of the Six is, in many ways, as legendary as they are – and good news, it’s still in style! With just a bit of accessorizing, you’ll be ready to star in your own 2021 remake of the series.
So read on for hand-picked pieces, perfectly suited for the Friends reunion. You know we know you know you’ll love it!
Phoebe is the only one of the Friends who truly aced Bohemian style. Especially in the early seasons, Phoebe’s earthy outfits flowed as fluidly as her free spirit. If you’re a fan of her Friends outfits, you can perfectly set them off with a touch of nature-inspired shine.
Phoebe is the queen of quirky Friends outfits. Her style is bold, colorful, and oh-so-memorable – and it’s as snatch-uppable as her and Rachel’s apothecary table from yore. It’s the “as seen on the street” style that we aspire to. So what’s more worthy of Phoebe Buffay’s muppet-orange (and still on-trend) coat than an eye-popping, honey-gold, go-big-or-go-home citrine statement piece?
Phoebe has a lesson for all brides: Do your day in your own way! On her wedding day to her lobster, Mike, she passed on the traditional white dress for something a bit more…Phoebe: a lavender silk beauty. We’re sure she would go for a unique wedding ring as well, like this dainty amethyst design:
We’re not even going to ask if you remember these pants, because we know they’re burned into your brain. You couldn’t forget Ross’s leather pants if you scrubbed your memory squeaky-clean, Monica-style. They were tight. And they deserve a similarly sleek, uber-sexy ring.
Oh, Ross. Who could forget that sweater. An unfortunate mix-up meant that he and his date showed up wearing the exact same swirling pink top. If any lemonade can be made out of these lemons, it’s with the help of these inspired diamond and pink sapphire earrings. Perfect for wearing on your next date. *wink*
Rachel’s strapless yellow dress is one of the Friends outfits we would totally rock today. Slim, detailed, and butter-yellow, it’s a look that’s held up incredibly well throughout the years. If you love this figure-hugging dress, you’ll love the slim profile of these citrine and diamond earrings. Trust us, they’re about to be your favorite sparklers.
As we watched the Friends head out for the Geller Cup, all we could think about was which ring would hold up against all that tackling. So for all you athletes and movers and shakers, here’s a professional tip: a platinum bezel-set ring will hold up best against the daily wear you put it through. The next time you’re fighting for a troll doll nailed to a two-by-four, think bezel.
You think of Rachel Green, and this is the outfit that pops into your mind. If you needed a reason why 90’s fashion is coming back around, Rachel’s skirt/sweater combo is it. And one piece that’s a perfect complement to Rachel’s plaid skirt is – clearly – a criss-crossed ruby necklace.
Joey does have his moments of genius. Remember the time when Chandler stole the chair cushions, so Joey exacted his revenge by wearing ALL of Chandler’s clothes at once? Touché.
This colorful outfit mash-up deserves nothing less than a sparkling necklace featuring every type of colorful sapphire you can find. Sapphires don’t only come in blue; this gemstone necklace features pink, yellow, and white sapphires! It’s the ideal piece for when you can’t decide which stone is your favorite. Could this necklace BE rocking any more sapphires?
Monica’s outfits tend to be two things: high-waisted and simple. And for anyone who’s listening, that formula works. One of her classic styles is also the easiest to recreate nowadays: a ruby-red tank top and old school blue jeans. For a modern add-on, may we suggest some minimalist, yet sparkling, ruby and diamond earrings?
Chandler’s style has always been…Chandler. But this particular black-and-white number is sweet for the double-take, and couldn’t be any more perfectly suited for this channel-set honey. This is a men’s wedding ring that’s anything but boring.
Get your partner and your loved ones in on the act with our Drop A Hint feature. Because friends don’t let friends lack luster!
Okay, so you’ve found your dream engagement ring on JamesAllen.com. You’ve spun it around 360° until you were dizzy with sparkle. Perhaps you’ve even tried it on for size using our Virtual Ring Try-On. So now you know what you want, what do you do?
DROP A HINT!
Drop a Hint to Your Significant Other
The world of engagement rings is diverse and complex; it’s easy for proposers to get lost in the details. Avoid confusion and get your dream ring by sending the exact ring directly to your partner. But why limit yourself to only one ring? Send a handful of possible rings to your partner so you’ll be sure to be surprised and delighted when they propose with one you love!
Drop a Hint to your Friends
If you don’t want to tell your partner directly, get a loved one on your side! Who’s got your back? A friend? A sibling? A coworker? Send them the ring(s) you have your eye on so they can pass the info on to your partner. Either tell your SO to contact your loved one, or vice versa.
Dropping a hint to your friends is also a perfect way to get second opinions. Can’t decide between two rings? Send them to your posse for a vote. Not sure what the difference is between a comfort fit and a knife-edge band? Your cousin who worked in a jewelry store in college would know. Channel-set or side stones? See what your mom thinks. Who better than your partners in shine to give your SO a nudge and a wink to ensure you’re both in perfect sync?
To drop a hint via James Allen‘s website, simply find a ring you like and click the “Drop a Hint” link above the photo of the ring. Click on it, and you’ll be prompted to choose a platform over which to send your hint: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Gmail. Or, you can simply copy the link and send it however you’d like. Click on any of the icons and you’ll be taken to that site.
Of course, with hundreds of exquisite rings to choose from, sometimes it’s hard to pick just one. If you find yourself torn between a number of sparklers, add them all to your wish list and share that with your SO.
First, either create an account or log in. Click the heart icon next to each ring to add to your wish list. Once you’re logged in, your preferred rings will be saved and you’ll be able to view them whenever you want.
Split Band Diamond Engagement Ring
“The ring was 100x what I expected. All the diamonds are set perfectly and catch everyone’s attention. My fiancée is constantly stopped by random people who are absolutely captivated by how stunning the ring is.” -Kyle K.
“A very delicate setting that’s not gaudy with diamonds, but still sparkles. The micro-pave diamonds are slanted on the sides of the band so the main diamond has all the attention, but the pavè gives it a slight sparkle to enhance it.” -Carol L.
There are other ways to signal your ring preference off JamesAllen.com. If you want to distract your partner with something shiny, here are some other surefire ways to drop a hint.
Drop a Hint on Instagram!
There are a couple of ways to share your sparkly find via Instagram. Browse our feed for inspo and save your favorites to a dedicated engagement ring collection. Review the collection at your leisure, and when you’ve decided on a particularly lovely ring (or rings), DM them to your SO! Alternatively, send them to your best friends so they can tell you what great taste you have in jewelry. Follow us to get a sparkling feed, educational info, and insider sale info!
Alternatively, if you’re the type to yell your love from the rooftops, tag your SO on Instagram using the hashtag #jamesallenrings. If they’re on IG frequently, tag them in your stories. It will disappear after 24 hours, but you can publish as much and as frequently as you want! Create an IG post and your partner will be able to review the featured rings (up to 10) as often as they’d like. However you post, don’t forget to include the ring’s style number so they can easily identify it.
Pinterest is a great platform for collecting engagement ring inspiration. Both you and your partner can benefit hugely from utilizing Pinterest boards properly. When you’re in the early stages of getting ring-spired, collect any and all eye-catching rings to one board. As you refine your ring tastes, separate your pins into more specific boards, like “Princess Cuts” or “Pavé,” or simply start deleting rings that are no longer in the running. Once you’ve figured out your unique ring style, it’s time to drop a hint.
Pin a ring (or two) to your board or repin one of our expertly curated pins. When you’re done, make your board public and share it with your SO, or keep it private and invite them to be a collaborator. Learn how to use Pinterest to find your dream ring and you’ll be sure to get the one you love.
Pinned all your hopes on a James Allen ring? Check out our most popular pins – you’ll want to pin them to your board!
This year, it’s the return of the red carpet. We quickly got to work and rounded up our favorite looks (and sparkle!) of the evening.
The glamorous 2021 Oscars red carpet was a welcome relief to almost-normalcy after a long, long year devoid of celebration. The pure talent of the celebs present would knock us over, if their elegant outfits hadn’t already.
1. Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfriend wrapped herself up like a birthday present in a sweeping red Armani gown with a plunging neckline. And what better to pair with a dramatic dress, than dramatic rubies? Sometimes, glam doesn’t need to be taken down a notch.
Her earrings featured center rubies haloed with many, many accent diamonds. Grab your own lookalike pair – which sit fabulously on your lobes even when you’re wearing a relatively normal-sized dress.
Petite Drop Oval Halo Ruby And Diamond Earrings
Celebrate a classic look with these petite drop earrings featuring oval rubies surrounded by a halos of glistening diamonds. This chic pair of earrings will instantly upgrade any look.
Mariqueen Maandig Reznor, the lead vocalist for How to Destroy Angels, looked glam as anything on the 2021 Oscars red carpet. She looked stunning arm-in-arm with her husband, Trent Reznor, who along with his Nine Inch Nails bandmate Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste took home the award for Best Original Score.
Mariqueen paired her form-hugging, black sequined dress with drop bezel-set gemstone earrings. Grab your own pair of rose gold diamond earrings to wear on your next night out!
Bezel Set Chain Drop Diamond Earrings
Make your sparkle move with these gold bezel set chain earrings. For someone who is looking for earrings that can go with the flow, this pair is the perfect way to bring diamonds into the light.
Andra Day, singer-songwriter and captivating star of 2021’s “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” mirrored the gold statue she strove to take home. Nominated for Best Actress, she glimmered in an arrangement of diamonds – but what really caught our eye was her ruby ring, haloed in tiny sparkling diamonds.
Get your own red carpet glam with this yellow gold ruby halo ring.
Round Halo Ruby And Diamond Ring
Emphasize the ultimate luxury of a ruby with the natural beauty of diamonds. This halo ring is a classic look that features the most sought-after materials.
Regina King opened the 2021 Oscars with a poignant speech that refused to gloss over the hardships of the past year. Standing up in front of the assembled celebs, she filled the room – from the unfurled wings of her Louis VItton butterfly dress, to her powerful words, to her spots of diamond sparkle.
If you’re eager to emulate Regina King’s elegant outfit, start with the diamond tennis bracelet that graced her wrist. This lookalike four-pronged diamond bracelet comes in the carats; and you can choose to set your custom piece with either earth-created or lab-created diamonds!
Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet
This classic tennis bracelet features a single row of scintillating brilliant cut lab created diamonds set in finely crafted four prong baskets.
Margot Robbie chose to embody two of our favorite adjectives: smooth and effortless. A few stacking rings in white metal accented her sparkling Chanel sheath dress and brand-new bangs. Though she wore multiple jewelry pieces, the fact that she kept all of them in a unified metal maintained her outfit’s simplicity.
Pro tip: Grab this lookalike criss-cross white gold diamond ring to add some personality to your jewelry wardrobe while still keeping it pairable. The white metal and diamond complement anything you want to wear, without being boring.
Criss-Cross Baguette And Pavé Diamond Ring
This 14K white gold ring features baguette diamonds asymmetrically arranged and a criss-cross shank with pave diamonds. This ring is design for the strong willed and the unconventional.
Zendaya can seemingly do no wrong. She gracefully hops from action, to comedy, to drama – and seriously rocks a red carpet. This year, she wowed in a popping yellow Valentino dress with multiple layers of Bulgari diamond. The real stunner was her halo necklace, featuring an incredible canary yellow diamond.
You can grab your own yellow diamond pendant, encircled in a halo of accent diamonds, for a tiny fraction of the $6 million-worth of jewels that Zendaya wore.
Fancy Yellow Diamond Cluster Oval Necklace
Stunning and rare, the yellow diamond is classic luxury that is truly timeless. This exquisite pendant in two-toned 18K yellow and white gold features a vivid cluster of fancy yellow diamonds surrounded by a diamond halo, crowned by an additional bezel set diamond.
Youn Yuh-Jung is officially Oscars royalty! Not only did she win Best Supporting Actress for her gripping role in “Minari”, but she became the first Korean woman to do so. Well, it’s about time. We’re a little bit obsessed with the stylish and witty actress, who wore a timeless getup: a structured, floor-length dress and understated Chopard diamond earrings in the forms of tiny stars.
Grab your own star power with our star-shaped diamond stud earrings. Wear them to your next gala event, or pop them on before you head out to do errands. Either way, you’re sure to elevate your outfit.
Star Diamond Earrings
These petite diamond star studs crafted in 14K yellow gold are a whimsical way to add some sparkle to your every day look.
Ariana Debose, the Hamilton star, is not only a triple threat on stage – she’s also a knockout trendsetter on the red carpet. Let’s be honest: not everyone can don a tangerine-colored cutout Versace gown and make it look easy. And even fewer can rock the bubbly clustered diamond earrings as accessories.
Grab Ariana’s bold style for yourself: lookalike bezel-set bubble earrings featuring bright pink sapphires and brilliant diamonds.
Rose Gold Bubble Pink Sapphire And Diamond Earrings
These effervescent earrings display sparkly diamond and pink sapphire bubbles that will never be burst. Chic and trendy to fit your fizzy personality!
Glam glam glam! Maria Bakalova, the hilarious co-star of 2020’s “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm”, is a master at taking us unawares. First, in her role alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, and now as a vision on the red carpet. She complemented her white princess ball gown with large-carat Moussaeif diamond jewelry.
Channel your own red carpet princes with a pair of cascading, nature-inspired diamond earrings in white gold!
Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop Earrings
These graceful drop earrings feature stunning leaves of diamonds that cascade along a fine gold chain, allowing for elegant movement and sparkle in a delicate design.
Move over, a new Best Supporting Actor is in town! Daniel Kaluuya is an actor with an amount of on-screen talent that is only seen once in a generation. We loved him in “Get Out”, we were captivated by his role in “Judas and the Black Messiah”, and we’re crazy for his most recent red carpet get-up. Cartier diamonds, paired with Bottega Venetta; no one could pull it off better.
And you know what would complement his super-sharp outfit? One of our more popular men’s pieces: a black titanium carved ring. If you’re looking for men’s wedding bands and want to channel your inner Academy Award-winner, this design is for you.
Satin-Finished Center-Cut Carved Wedding Ring
Crafted from aircraft grade titanium, the black titanium ring is permeated with color creating a lasting finish. Couple these outstanding qualities with a rounded polished interior that allows the ring to slide easily and rest comfortably on the finger.
It’s the understatement of 2021 to say that Sacha Baron Cohen is off-center. His newest Borat film crosses all personal boundaries, but does so with such aplomb that you can’t help but applaud. And his Oscars red carpet outfit is just as casually offbeat as his comedy.
The ideal accessory to his Ralph Lauren getup would be our wood grain comfort fit men’s wedding ring: an alternative ring that embraces classic style.
Cobalt Chrome™ Wood Grain Comfort Fit Wedding Ring
This awesome 8mm high-polished comfort-fit Cobalt band features a wood grain inlay and beveled edges.
Riz Ahmed, who was nominated for Best Actor for his role in “Sound of Metal” looked sleek AF dressed from head to toe in Prada. This has been a momentous year for him, both professionally and personally. It was his Fatima Farheen Mirza’s red carpet debut as a married couple!
And the perfect addition to this newly-married actor’s all-black ensemble? A polished cobalt chrome men’s wedding ring!
Cobalt Chrome™ Polished Comfort Fit Wedding Ring
This unique Cobalt 7mm comfort-fit black band features a high polished round edge that exemplifies subtle, yet impeccable style.
Charles D. King, the producer of “Judas and the Black Messiah” sported Frère, successfully mix-and-matching brown and black in his elegant getup. The clean lines of his suit match exquisitely with James Allen’s gold and tantalum bark pattern ring. Just like his outfit, this ring pairs unexpected patterns with not-often-seen-together colors: yellow gold and black tantalum.
Yellow Gold And Tantalum Asymmetrical Bark Pattern Ring
This contemporary 7mm ring is features a thin bark pattern in 14K yellow gold with an asymmetrical stripe of blackened tantalum to convey a modern and sleek look.
Is anyone more of a queen than Angela Bassett? She stood tall in a regal scarlet Alberta Ferretti dress with voluminous winged sleeves. Her gown was beautifully accented with cascading ruby earrings – ones that you can make your own!
These dangling Ombre ruby earrings are dramatic pieces that add incredible movement to any outfit. As you move, they’ll move, and they’ll sparkle like nothing else!
Dangling Ombre Ruby To Pink Sapphire Drop Earrings
Two rows graduating Ombre pink sapphires and rubies make these dangling earrings the epitome of sophistication.
Laura Dern makes us love her over and over again every time she appears on the red carpet. This time, she delighted us in a black-and-white, over-the-top feathered Oscar De La Renta number. She cleverly paired her fluffy dress with the straight lines of a pair of elegant droplet earrings.
Take home these lookalike elongated topaz and diamond drop earrings for yourself!
Elongated Pear And Diamond Drop Earrings
Simple and elegant, these earrings featuring elongated pear shaped white topaz drops and delicate diamond halos make for the picture of understated glamour.
If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a traditional diamond, you’ve come to the right place. We’re explaining the pros and cons of real diamonds and diamond simulants, so you can choose the right stone for you.
Note: At James Allen, we sell only U.S. Federal Trade Commission-certified true diamonds, which includes both lab-created diamonds and earth-created diamonds.
What’s A “Real Diamond”?
The term “diamond” refers to a very specific stone: the crystalline form of carbon. While other forms of carbon exist, what makes diamond special is its particular atomic configuration. A carbon atom can bond with a maximum of 4 other atoms – and in diamond, all the available spots are taken by…other carbon atoms! That’s right, it’s carbon all the way. And this results in an extremely stable, super hard, super sparkling stone.
The Lab Created Diamond
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-made diamond that differs from an earth-created 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 achieved through very different processes. Lab-grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical, the only difference being their relative origins. And this difference in origin leads lab grown diamonds to flaunt a much lower price point.
Simulants, however, are not diamonds. They’re different minerals that bear a resemblance to diamonds. We’ll dig into two of the most popular diamond simulants: cubic zirconia and moissanite.
Diamond Simulants: Cubic Zirconia and Moissanite
Diamond simulants are various types of man-made stones that are synthesized for the purpose of being diamond lookalikes. These clear, sparkling stones mimic the beauty of a diamond, but at a much lower cost. However, they do display marked differences to both lab-created and earth-mined diamonds in non-visual traits. Why does this matter? It’s important to remember that clarity is only one characteristic of jewelry stones. Color, resilience, and sparkle vary between these different stones; stones’ specific characteristics can greatly affect how you wear them in jewelry, and their lifetime cost to you.
What is cubic zirconia?
Cubic zirconia is arguably the most popular diamond simulant. It’s a man-made, crystalline form of zirconium dioxide.
How is cubic zirconia made?
In a laboratory, zirconium oxide powder is melted into various stabilizing agents at a super-high temperature of nearly 5,000 degrees F. When left to cool, this mineral mixture forms crystals, which can then be cut and polished into jewelry-grade stones.
What is moissanite?
Moissanite is a form of silicon carbide crystal that’s synthesized in a lab. The result is a clear stone that, on the surface, bears a striking resemblance to real diamonds.
How is moissanite made?
Moissanite occurs naturally, but it’s incredibly rare. Thus, all the affordable moissanite on the market today is created in a lab.
Distinguishing Between Diamonds and Diamond Simulants
The standard measurement to determine a stone’s strength is the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. It describes a mineral’s resistance to being scratched, and is measured from 0 (maximum softness) to 10 (maximum hardness).
Lab-created diamonds and earth-created diamonds:
Diamonds are the toughest stones out there. They score a maximum 10 on the Mohs scale, meaning they can withstand absolutely anything you throw at them in your daily life. This durability is one of the reasons diamonds are the go-to stone for engagement rings, which are worn daily for decades at a time. Because diamonds’ structure never changes, they can be passed on as family heirlooms. Both lab-grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds will last for, well, forever.
While moissanite isn’t the hardest mineral out there, it’s close. It scores a 9.25 on the Mohs scale. It’s more susceptible to scratching than diamonds are, but it still holds up extremely well to daily wear-and-tear.
Cubic zirconia is moderately hard. At an 8 on the Mohs scale, its resilience is comparable to that of other jewelry stones like emerald, beryl, and amethyst. Because it’s scratch-resistant, but not scratch-proof, cubic zirconia (particularly much-worn stones like those in engagement rings) often acquires many tiny scratches that cloud its appearance. When this occurs, a professional jeweler can recut the stone to restore its clarity.
Laurel Side-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
“Love it! I got an oval diamond for my girlfriend and she loves it, so many compliments about the vintage style to the setting. It looks amazing.” – Brian L.
How long do diamonds last? Well, you’ll never have to throw one out due to deterioration. As the famous De Beer’s slogan correctly claims, “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 diamond you buy, whether earth-mined or lab-created, can be comfortably passed down through the generations.
Though not as long-lasting as diamonds, moissanite will comfortably last for decades without any significant degradation in quality. However, since it’s a relatively newly-recognized mineral, its exact lifespan is unknown. Although discovered over a century ago, jewelry-grade moissanite crystals only began to be synthesized in the 1970’s and only became widely available in the 1980’s. Meaning, many couples getting engaged today with moissanite engagement rings were born before moissanite engagement rings became a thing.
Cubic zirconia are made for short-term wear. With daily wear, you can expect them to last less than 5 years. This means cubic zirconia is a great “for the time being” stone; you can wear it as a placeholder until you replace it with your dream diamond. Be advised that contact with common chemicals will cause cubic zirconia to lose its shine, making it wearable for shorter periods of time. So make sure to remove cubic zirconia jewelry before doing daily tasks like putting on lotion, using cleaning supplies, or using hairspray.
Martini Diamond Stud Earrings
“These diamond studs far exceeded any expectations. They truly glisten. Quality is outstanding. So happy with them!” – Anita P.
Colorless isn’t the only option! Due to trace elements in their composition, diamonds can display a range of colors. Plus, diamonds’ color is permanent. It won’t change at high temperatures or fade over time.
Moissanite exhibits “thermochromism,” meaning that it is sensitive to color change at temperatures above 150° F (65 C). These are usually temporary, but these heat-sensitive color changes can sometimes be permanent.
Cubic zirconia doesn’t change color when exposed to heat, but under UV radiation it can turn color, albeit temporarily. Most commonly, it turns yellowish, light green, or white. Indoors your stone will remain clear, but if you go outside on a sunny day it may change hue.
Kite-Set Diamond Pendant Necklace
‘My wife loves her new solitaire necklace. The chain is dainty, perfect length and great quality.” – Kylie O.
A diamond’s sparkle is largely thanks to two qualities: brilliance and fire.
“Brilliance” is a specific term describing a gemstone’s ability to return white light. It’s measured by the refractive index; a higher refractive index indicates a greater amount of white light reflected. The more white light reflected, the brighter the gemstone appears to the human eye.
“Fire” refers to a gemstone’s ability to return colored light, and is measured by the dispersion score. The higher a gemstone’s dispersion, the more it will display a rainbow of colors.
Lab-created diamonds and earth-created diamonds:
Diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42 and their faceting pattern returns light remarkably. They’re strikingly bright, but not too much so. Its dispersion is relatively low, at 0.044, so diamonds remain quite bright, with only minimal colorful sparkle. The combination of this brilliance (reflected white light) and fire (refracted color) give diamonds a truly balanced and unparalleled sparkle.
Moissanite actually has a higher refractive index than diamonds, at 2.65, and thus appears incredibly bright under natural light. However, moissanite has crazy high dispersion: 0.104. This is why it reflects back a ton of colored light, leading to a “rainbow effect” that tends to overshadow its brilliance. The rainbow effect tends to make moissanite look fake to the well-trained eye, and is especially noticeable under natural light and in larger stones. In short, moissanite can often appear “too sparkly” under certain lights.
With a refractive index of 2.15, cubic zirconia is the least brilliant of the bunch. Its lower score means that it reflects less light back to the eye, appearing duller than both diamond and moissanite under identical light. It has a slightly higher dispersion than diamond, around 0.058, but isn’t very noticeable. Under natural light it will appear quite white, but it will definitely lack the sparkle of either diamond or moissanite.
Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet
“My girlfriend absolutely loved this bracelet. It looks amazing. Her eyes shined as bright as the diamonds on this piece when she opened the box. Definitely worth it.” – Isidro O.
Diamonds come in every carat. At James Allen, we sell loose diamonds in a huge range of carat sizes: from petite diamonds in 0.20 carats, all the way to large diamonds that are upwards of a whopping 20 carats. Diamonds’ stunning bright white brilliance and minimal color dispersal looks amazing in any carat weight.
Moissanite’s intense rainbow effect increases as the stone gets larger. For this reason, it’s best to avoid large moissanite stones in jewelry. Stick with the smaller sizes; under 1 carat is best. Think: diamond for center stones, and moissanite for accent stones.
Cubic zirconia comes in as wide a range of carat sizes as diamonds do. While you can find cubic zirconia in as large a carat as you’d like, it’s best to choose an average-sized carat (around 1 carat) both to maximize the amount of light that hits the stone, and to avoid the relatively dull shine that becomes obvious in larger stones.
Seven-Stone Domed Diamond Anniversary Ring
“This was an anniversary gift. It’s a beautiful ring. I loved it!” – Pankaj S.
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.
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 does, lab-made diamonds cost significantly less than earth-mined diamonds.
This is quite affordable compared to diamond, but it’s the more expensive of the diamond simulants. Moissanite costs about half of what a traditional diamond under 1 carat costs. As a traditional diamond increases in carat weight, comparable moissanites become relatively more affordable.
Cubic zirconia is the most budget-friendly choice. It costs next to nothing compared to a traditional diamond. While a colorless, eye-clean 1 carat diamond could cost thousands of dollars, a comparable cubic zirconia will cost only a few dozen dollars.
Twisted Shank Diamond Engagement Ring
“Stunning diamond & band! Perfect engagement ring, my fiancèe was floored at how beautiful the ring was. It was exactly what she wanted and she cannot stop raving about it. I’m extremely happy with this purchase.” – Christopher R.
You admire the billions of years of history contained in each stone
Choose a modern lab-created diamond if:
You love diamond’s sparkle
You’ll wear your diamond jewelry often
You want a large diamond at a lower price
Choose moissanite if:
You’re on a budget
You like small-carat stones
You’ll wear your jewelry intensively
Choose cubic zirconia if:
You’re on a budget
You’ll wear your jewelry carefully and not every day
You’re saving up for a more expensive stone
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.
Pearls have always been a reliable classic, and lately they’ve been undergoing a serious refresh as the hottest new engagement ring trend. You definitely need to take a deeper look at these underwater beauties – and here’s why!
Pearl engagement rings are riding in on a sparkling new wave that’s all their own. Forget clutching your pearls! These statement pieces are far from those dull, staid stereotypes.
How Pearls Are Made – And Harvested
Wehave the friendly oyster to thank for these luminescent beauties. Oysters are critical parts of the marine ecosystem; in nature, they inhabit the tidal zones of either freshwater or saltwater bodies and perform numerous functions. They clean water through filtration, they form oyster reefs that provide homes for smaller organisms, they’re a sustainable food source, and of course: with the right stimulation, certain oyster species produce pearls.
Oysters are living organisms that thrive under specific conditions. And they need to thrive in order to produce pearls. Pearl farmers place them in natural environments – either on oyster frames, or artificial oyster reefs.
After growing for a number of months, pearl farmers “nucleate” the oysters; they insert a tiny bead along with a small portion of tissue from another oyster. This gently irritates the oyster, which secretes a smooth substance called nacre, or mother of pearl, around the bead in order to protect itself from further irritation. Over the course of months or years, the layers of nacre accumulate and, eventually becoming a recognizable pearl.
Why Pearl Harvesting Is So Sustainable
At this point, the small pearl is often carefully extracted, and replaced by another bead. This bead often becomes a much larger pearl in the now-mature oyster. This oyster may continue to produce more pearls, or it may be either released or “retired.” If, in fact, the oyster is retired – a.k.a. used up – then no part of the oyster goes to waste: the pearl is harvested, the meat is eaten, and oyster shells (which are rich in calcium carbonate) are often ground up to be used as a nutrient-rich addition to animal feed or other on-land farming processes.
Here are 5 reasons why pearl engagement rings are the perfect match for the next generation of ring shoppers:
Reason #1:They’re Unique
Pearls are the only creature-made gemstones – which is cool. They’re sustainable, which is even cooler. And just like diamonds, no two pearls are quite the same. Why? The conditions in which pearls are created vary, just like those needed to form diamonds. But rather than underground heat, pressure, and minerals, pearls’ unique qualities are determined by their specific oyster’s anatomy and chemistry. Meaning, each oyster leaves its mark on the pearls it creates, imbuing all pearl engagement rings with incredible stories.
Split-Shank Pearl Engagement Ring
This double-banded pearl engagement ring will criss-cross your ring finger forever. A delicate basket in the shape of four leaves cups the pearl as it “blooms” upon its yellow gold band.
It’s never a bad idea to consider your wallet, and pearls are a fraction of the cost of diamonds. That’s because the cost of harvesting jewelry-grade pearls is much, much less than that of mining gemstones or growing them in a lab. All in all, pearl engagement rings are one of the best options for the conscientious ring shopper who doesn’t want to compromise on luxury.
Side Trio Pearl Engagement Ring
Center diamond? No thank you. A center pearl is on the menu today, with a smattering of delicate diamond side-stones. This classic engagement ring style, which usually features an eye-catching diamond, instead shows the power of an equally gorgeous freshwater gemstone.
For the jewelry lover who also adores flowers, this ring is a find. A basket of diamond-dotted leaves and buds cups a large freshwater pearl, allowing it to perch daintily on your finger like a delicate blossom.
If your partner is a June baby, then you should take a deeper look at pearl engagement rings. To add an extra summery touch, set off your eye-popping pearl in yellow gold. And if you’re looking to celebrate special occasions throughout the year, check out our full range of birthstone jewelry.
Mable Pearl Ring
Minimalist, bold, and encircled in yellow gold – this Mabe pearl sits flat on your finger, ready and waiting for admiration. Which it will get because, hey, look how pretty it is!
This swirling Escher-like infinity band puts a new twist on an eternity ring. This yellow gold ring swoops and dives around the star of the show: a 10mm freshwater pearl. One gold band + one pearl = one helluva pearlescent engagement ring.
With new ring trends comes new freedom to explore designs! Artistic license is the name of the game. If you’re a fan of haute-couture, pearl engagement rings are treasure troves of shapes, patterns, and charm.
Nested Pearl Engagement Ring
Get ready for an engagement ring like no other: a cream-colored freshwater pearl resting in textured layers of gold brings to mind a proud egg nested safely in a bird’s nest.
Maybe one large center pearl isn’t for you. Maybe what you love are delicate seed pearls, arranged perfectly in an open ring. The negative space of this ring shows off the individual beauty of each tiny, perfect pearl.
That pearly sheen is more than a simple blank slate – it also enhances its surroundings. Pearls are perfect companions to other precious stones like morganite and sapphire. You can always give a nod to tradition by adding accent diamonds; they complement pearls beautifully!
Sapphire, Diamond, and Pearl Engagement Ring
Push your center pearl to the forefront with a duo of dark blue, pear-cut sapphires. An Akoya pearl, a particularly bright white type of pearl, is additionally flanked by two subtle bands of small, shining, pavé-set diamonds.
Rose gold jewelry is trending in 2021 – and we can confidently say that this is a trend that won’t pass. But which rose gold pieces are the most popular right now, and how should you wear them? Read on for the hottest pieces in this warm-toned metal.
If you like rose gold, you love it. Rose gold jewelry has emerged as a top contender – for the past few years, these pieces have steadily increased in popularity. And of course they have! Rose gold is a gorgeous jewelry metal with legions of die-hard fans.
What’s Rose Gold?
Rose gold is ayellow gold/copper alloy. The gold gives it a malleability and sheen that’s perfect for jewelry, and the copper gives it its distinctive pink hue. Originally used in the production of Faberge eggs in the 19th century, nowadays rose gold is beloved for both its durability and romantic pink hue.
Why is Rose Gold Trending?
Rose gold has a light pinkish hue that’s singular in fine jewelry. Its unique color imbues each rose gold jewelry piece with a feminine, vintage feel that’s uncommonly delightful. Plus, this pinkish gold is also one of the strongest! It’s more durable than both white gold and yellow gold. In fact, it’s only second in hardness to platinum! That durability is thanks to its copper content, which incidentally also makes rose gold one of the more affordable jewelry metals. Copper isn’t as expensive as gold, and the gold + copper combo makes rose gold a relatively low-maintenance metal. Rose gold jewelry is the perfect choice for anyone who likes their jewelry to keep a lasting shine with minimal effort. Not only is rose gold a metal that doesn’t require re-plating – it also doesn’t tarnish!
The only disclaimer we have is that rose gold is not hypoallergenic. Anyone with copper allergies should avoid rose gold.
Rose gold jewelry is both glamorous and practical, making it a favorite of celebs and everyday workers alike. Celebrities like Blake Lively and Alison Brie have fanned the flames of this trend with their gorgeous rose gold engagement rings. So if you want a metal that evokes classic Hollywood – give rose gold jewelry a serious consideration.
What Does Rose Gold Go With?
Don’t be shy to pair rose gold with any gemstone that you particularly enjoy. But there are a few gems that complement rose gold particularly well.
Warm-toned gems: The pink undertones of gemstones like pink sapphire,