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Radiant Ruby: The July 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 ruby.

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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’s Meaning

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.

Ruby’s Durability

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. 

Petite Ruby
Birthstone Ring

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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.

Diamond Bar and
Ruby Ring

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This asymmetrical diamond and ruby open ring throws tradition for a loop. This is a ruby birthstone gift for the July birthday who’s always got a one-up on the up-and-coming. Trendy? Check.

The ideal ruby gift for: a July baby who never stops looking for the next unique jewelry piece to add to their crazy stylish jewelry ward.

Diamond Halo
Ruby Ring

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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! 

Diamond and Ruby
Split-Shank Ring

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This unique oval ruby is set horizontally in the less common “East-West” style and zhuzhed up with two petite round accent diamonds nestled in a yellow gold split shank solitaire setting.

The ideal ruby gift for: marking big occasions, like a graduation, a promotion, or a marriage.

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? 

Imperial Diamond and
Ruby Necklace

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A truly magnificent, 7-ruby clustered pendant, accented with over 25 petite round diamonds. This is a necklace to wear to your most special events.

The ideal ruby gift for: A particularly memorable wedding anniversary with the July love of your life.

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Necklace

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Sweet, petite, and what a treat!  

The ideal ruby gift for: A beloved July birthday who needs a bit more shine in their life.

The July Birthstone: Ruby Bracelets

Diamond and Ruby
Tennis Bracelet

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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.

Diamond and Ruby
Bangle Bracelet

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Slip on this ruby bangle and start celebrating. This half-scalloped diamond and ruby bangle has party vibes – but in an elegant way.

The ideal ruby gift for: The July birthday who’s a regular at invitation-only rooftop parties.

The July Birthstone: Ruby Earrings

Inside-Out Diamond and
Ruby Hoop Earrings

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These studded diamond and ruby earrings are cute additions to your gemstone wardrobe. Popping on these sparkling huggie hoops is the simple formula for an instant good day.

The ideal ruby gift for: the July baby who owns a closet full of sundresses and matching kitten heels. 

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Earrings

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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 Up On Birthstones Year-Round

  1. January Garnet
  2. February Amethyst
  3. March Aquamarine
  4. April Diamonds
  5. May Emerald
  6. June Pearls
  7. July Ruby
  8. September Sapphire
  9. November Citrine
  10. December Topaz

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Gemstone Jewelry

Gemstone Jewelry Standouts of 2021

Read on to find out why gemstone jewelry has been on the up-and-up in 2021 – and discover customers’ favorite pieces!

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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 Gemstone Jewelry

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.

DYK? May’s birthstone is emerald!

Diamond and Emerald Tennis Bracelet

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Wow! This bracelet is amazing.
– Reemy J.

Petite Diamond and Emerald Earrings

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Great craftsmanship. These are petite earrings but they can be worn anytime.
– Jessica N. 

Aquamarine Gemstone Jewelry

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.

DYK? March’s birthstone is aquamarine!

Aquamarine Stud Earrings

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Outstanding quality and craftsmanship.
– Edward S.

Diamond and Aquamarine Earrings

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These aquamarine earrings are absolutely gorgeous! The pair is simple yet elegant!
– Asma A.

Sapphire Gemstone Jewelry

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!

DYK? September’s birthstone is sapphire!

Diamond and Blue Sapphire Lily Necklace

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Even more beautiful than advertised. Absolutely stunning. Perfect experience!
– Stephen M.

Diamond and Pink Sapphire Earrings

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The sapphire and diamond earrings are absolutely beautiful. Again, James Allen provided high quality, beautiful jewelry.
– Joseph P.

Topaz Gemstone Jewelry

Topaz is beloved for its crystal-clear beauty across the entire blue spectrum. It can appear in an aquamarine-like light blue, or in a hue as rich as the deep sea. Each gemstone’s color is unique.

Topaz is the ideal choice for budget-conscious fans of azure gemstones since it can mirror the hue of a light sapphire. You can score a large topaz with incredible clarity for a reasonable price. 

DYK? December’s birthstone is topaz!

Blue Topaz and Diamond Necklace

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The blue topaz necklace is beautiful. It takes my outfit to the next level!
– Rebecca V.

Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

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Simple but elegant. Simply beautiful!
– Kaleem A.

Pearl Gemstone Jewelry

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.

DYK? June’s birthstone is pearl!

Tahitian Cultured Pearl Earrings

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My wife loves them! She wears them daily to her office, but they look just as good in a formal setting.
– Brad M.

Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet

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I received this bracelet today and just fell in love with it. The gold beads have extra sparkle, the pearls are flawless.
– Colleen M.

Ruby Gemstone Jewelry

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.

DYK? July’s birthstone is ruby!

Inside Out Diamond and Ruby Earrings

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Bought these for my wife after she gave birth to our second daughter, who was born in July (Ruby). The earnings glisten from nearly every angle!
– William P.

Petite Ruby Birthstone Ring

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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!

  1. Gemstone Engagement Rings
  2. Jewelry For Your Zodiac Sign
  3. Holiday Jewelry Trends
  4. Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry

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June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

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!

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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. 

Harvesting

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:

Pearl Earrings

Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings

18K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Link Drop Earring

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.

Pink Pearl Trefoil Earrings

14K Rose Gold Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Trio Leaf Drop Earrings

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.

Seed Pearl Circle Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Earrings

Sometimes less is more. A handful of delicate seed pearls decorate these round stud earrings. This hollow-centered earring design masters negative space – and it’s stunningly minimalist. 

The perfect pearl gift for: jewelry lovers with a particular talent for rocking unique, intriguing fashion: think floral combat boots, vintage jackets, and boutique gems.

Simple Akoya Pearl Studs

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings

If you don’t yet have pearl studs, this is your wakeup call; they’re a jewelry box staple and you need them! With these classy earrings, you can easily upgrade absolutely any outfit.

The perfect pearl gift for: a new grad, a young professional who’s starting a new job, or a June bride.

Pearl Rings

Twisted Diamond & Pearl Ring

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Vine Ring

This standout ring showcases a classic pearl held by a (literal) contemporary metal twist. This pearl ring makes for a perfect present or a fresh, non-traditional engagement ring.

The perfect pearl gift for: anyone who’s a bit funky and a lot glitzy.

Nested Pearl Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Textured Basket Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

Slip on this golden pearl ring and become a proud momma bird! The wrapped layers of yellow gold emulate the structure of a twiggy nest, elegantly nestling a large pearly “egg.”

The perfect pearl gift for: June birthdays who are the life of every cocktail party and the center of conversation at every function they attend

Pearl & Sapphire Ring

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl And Bezel Set Sapphire Ring

All sophistication, all the time. The modern bezel setting of this ring’s sapphires fits perfectly with its gleaming white gold metal and standout pearl.

The perfect pearl gift for: a June baby who’s into glam and leads an active lifestyle. The bezel setting will hold their gemstones tight and keep them pretty!

Seed Pearl & Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Crown Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Ring

We’ll bet you haven’t seen a ring like this before. Packed with tiny diamonds and delicate seed pearls, this lovely ring is reminiscent of a princess-worthy tiara. Go for it, get your royal on!

The perfect pearl gift for: the princess in your life who deserves a crown befitting their royal stature.

Pearl Necklaces

Tahitian Pearl & Halo Necklace

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Halo Necklace

One incredible pearl is all you need! In this bop of a necklace, a large black Tahitian pearl takes center stage and its beauty is enhanced by a delicate halo of delicate diamonds.

The perfect pearl gift for: a loved one who’s into classic Hollywood glamour and has a closet full of vintage clothes.

Diamond Trio & Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Trio Diamond Necklace

Pearl? Check. Diamonds? Check. This pendant necklace glitters all around. Its curved back means that this pendant will always be slightly on the move, meaning that it will always catch the light.

The perfect pearl gift for: the June birthday who’s hung onto their middle school bedazzler. 

Diamond Pearl Bar Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Bar Necklace

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. 

Strand Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Fish Clasp 18" Necklace

Pearls’ soft multi-colored shine makes them paragons of glamor and elegance. This classic pearl necklace reminds us of Audrey Hepburn and countless other cultural icons.

The perfect pearl gift for: the jewelry lover who has a DVD shelf full of classic black-and-white movies.

Pearl Bracelets

Double Strand Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Double Strand Bracelet

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.

Akoya Pearl & Sapphire Bracelet

14K White Gold Cultured Akoya Pearl And Sapphire Bracelet

You really can’t go wrong with bangles. Or white gold. Or sapphires. Or pearls. Lucky for you, this bracelet has it all. Slip it on and go conquer your day.

The perfect pearl gift for: strong-willed Junies who know what they love and enjoy a proper high tea.

Diamond Triad & Pearl Bracelet

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

A rose gold open band is bookended by one large South Sea pearl and three graduated diamonds. 

The perfect pearl gift for: someone who’s elegantly stylish, and always looking for innovative wardrobe pieces.

Curved Diamond & Pearl Bracelet

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

This funky curved bangle is studded with diamonds and set off with two incredible, look-at-me South Sea pearls. This is a bracelet that refuses to hide. Wear it when you want to be seen!

The perfect gift for: boho chic June babies who love sparkle.

In Summary

For June birthdays and June weddings alike, pearls are a can’t-fail gift. 

Why wearers love them: they’re elegant, complementary, and versatile.

Why gift-givers love them: they’re affordable, sustainable, and beautiful in any setting.

With pearls, June is your oyster!

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Simple Engagement Rings And Their Matching Wedding Rings

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.

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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. 

Stick with the classics. Be happy. Sparkle hard.

Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
100% timeless. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Knife Edge Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
The edged band adds a unique taper to this classic solitaire engagement ring.

Interesting Diamond Shapes

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.

 

Two-Toned Princess-Cut Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Modern Twisted Solitaire Engagement Ring
The clever combination of rose gold and white gold lends this classic ring a bit of intrigue.

Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring
Two captivating elements set this ring apart: one of the more uncommon diamond shapes, a beautiful emerald-cut diamond, mounted in an uncommon position: horizontally! 

Three Stone Engagement Rings

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.

Three Stone Round Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring

How does this three stone engagement ring avoid overwhelming the eye? By sticking with a simple round diamond cut. Symmetrical, straightforward, stunning.

Embedded Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cross Prong Diamond Accent Solitaire Ring

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.

Sapphire Side Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Diamonds or gemstones? With this gemstone side-stone engagement ring, it can be both. Flank your big, brilliant diamond, with two deep blue sapphires.

Emerald Split Prong Engagement Ring

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. 

Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

All bezel, all the time. This simple engagement ring is the best sidekick and will accompany you throughout all your adventures.

Pavè Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Crown Bezel Engagement Ring

Say hello to the bezel setting with a touch of flair! The subtle pavè on this ring is visible only from the side, so it still qualifies as “simple.” Simply brilliant.

Split Band Engagement Rings

A split band, or split shank, gives a slight flair to an otherwise classic solitaire band. 

Delicate Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

This almost-classic engagement ring shows off a subtle fork as the band meets the basket. So elegant!

Clawed Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Split Shank Double Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring

Now, this engagement ring goes for a deeper split shank. The delicate tapering of the split shanks makes the center diamond appear larger!

Swirling Band Engagement Rings

Get. It. Twisted. The bands on these rings aren’t packed with diamonds, but they are packed with plenty of personalities! Jewelry metal stands on its own in a variety of gorgeous designs.

Bypass Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Bypass Engagement Ring

A modern, asymmetrical engagement ring that is striking in its minimalism.

Rope Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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.

Slightly Domed Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 3mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

The timeless choice. Enough said.

Two-Toned Wedding Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Wedding Band

This white gold and rose gold band pairs beautifully with white gold or rose gold engagement rings.

Half-Pavè Wedding Ring

14K White Gold U Pave Rounded Wedding Ring

This low-key, delicate pavè band adds a bit of sparkle, but not too much. 

Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Ladies 0.50ctw* Angled Common Prong Diamond Eternity 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! 

Double Row Pavè Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Double Row Pave Ring

Many, many tiny accent diamonds mean hundreds of facets that catch the light.

Seven-Stone Wedding Ring

14K Rose Gold Prong Set Matching Wedding Ring

Go big or go home! Seven beautiful round diamonds give 1 carat’s worth of glitter to this wedding ring.

Diamond Cluster Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Marquise And Round Array Diamond Ring

A cluster of marquise and round diamonds give this wedding ring a glittery vintage vibe.

Petite Waves Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Petite Infinity Diamond Ring

Go with the flow with this thin, diamond-encrusted infinity ring.

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The One With The Friends Reunion Jewelry

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*

Monica Geller, Rachel Green, and Phoebe Buffay sitting on the couch in wedding dresses drinking beer and eating popcorn.

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!

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Phoebe Buffay

The Bohemian Look + Vine Motif Diamond Ring

Phoebe Buffay - Vine Motif Diamond Ring

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. 

The Orange Coat + Emerald-Cut Citrine Necklace

The Orange Coat - Phoebe with Emerald-Cut Citrine Necklace

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? 

It’s not Pottery Barn, it’s James Allen. *hair flip*

The Lavender Wedding Dress + Amethyst and Diamond Ring

The Lavender Wedding Dress - Phoebe Buffay with Amethyst and Diamond Ring

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:

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Ross Geller

The Leather Pants + Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

The Leather Pants - Ross Geller with Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

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.

That Sweater + Pink Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

That Sweater - Ross Geller with Pink Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

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*

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Rachel Green

The Strapless Yellow Dress + Citrine Drop Earrings

The Yellow Dress - Rachel Green with Citrine Drop Earrings

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.

The Football Outfit + Platinum Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

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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.

Rachel’s Plaid Skirt + Ruby Sugarloaf Necklace

The Plaid Skirt - Rachel Green with Ruby Sugarloaf Necklace

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. 

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Joey Tribbiani 

All The Clothes + All The Sapphires Necklace

All The Clothes - Joey Tribbiani with Multi Sapphire 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?

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Monica Geller 

The Red Tank Top + Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Red Tank - Monica Geller with Ruby and Diamond Earrings

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?

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Chandler Bing 

The Bowling Shirt + Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

Bowling Shirt - Chandler Bing with Tantalum Channel-Set Men’s Wedding Ring

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.

More Bright and Beloved Jewelry

  1. Celeb Jewelry Lookalikes of the 2021 Oscars
  2. Jewelry of the 2020 Oscars
  3. The 2019 Met Gala Jewelry Lookalikes
  4. Celeb Engagement Ring Inspiration

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Celeb Jewelry Lookalikes of the 2021 Oscars

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.

Celeb Jewelry Lookalikes of the 2021 Oscars - Zendaya and Ariana Debose

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.


The Lookalikes:

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.

Amanda Seyfried wearing ruby earrings
18K White Gold Petite Drop Oval Halo Ruby And Diamond Earrings

2. Mariqueen Maandig Reznor

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!


The Lookalikes:

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.

Mariqueen Maandig Reznor wearing a black dress
14K Rose Gold Bezel Set Chain Drop Diamond Earrings

3. Andra Day

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.


The Lookalike:

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.

Andra Day wearing a ruby ring
14K Yellow Gold Round Halo Ruby And Diamond Ring

4. Regina King

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!


The Lookalike:

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.

Regina King in a butterfly dress
14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

5. Margot Robbie

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.


The Lookalike:

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.

Margot Robbie wearing a sheath dress
14K White Gold Criss-Cross Baguette And Pavé Diamond Ring

6. Zendaya

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. 

The Lookalike:

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.

Zendaya wearing Fancy Yellow Diamond Cluster Oval Necklace
 18K White And Yellow Gold Fancy Yellow Diamond Cluster Oval Necklace

7. Youn Yuh-Jung

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.


The Lookalikes:

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.

Youn Yuh-Jung at the Oscars
14K White Gold Star Diamond Earrings

8. Ariana Debose

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.


The Lookalikes:

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!

Ariana Debose wearing Rose Gold Bubble Pink Sapphire And Diamond Earrings
14K Rose Gold Bubble Pink Sapphire And Diamond Earrings

9. Maria Bakalova

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!


The Lookalikes:

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.

Maria Bakalova wearing Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop Earrings
14K White Gold Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop Earrings

10. Daniel Kaluuya

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.


The Lookalike:

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. 

Daniel Kaluuya
Black Titanium 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished High Polished Center Cut Carved Design Ring

11. Sacha Baron Cohen

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.

The Lookalike:

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.

Sacha Baron Cohen
Cobalt Chrome™ 8MM Wood Grain Comfort Fit Ring

12. Riz Ahmed

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!


The Lookalike:

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.

Riz Ahmed
Cobalt Chrome™ 7mm Polished Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

13. Charles D. King

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.


The Lookalike:

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.

Charles D. King
14K Yellow Gold And Tantalum 7mm Asymmetrical Bark Pattern Ring

14. Angela Bassett

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!


The Lookalikes:

Dangling Ombre Ruby To Pink Sapphire Drop Earrings

Two rows graduating Ombre pink sapphires and rubies make these dangling earrings the epitome of sophistication.

Angela Bassett
14K White Gold Dangling Ombre Ruby To Pink Sapphire Drop Earrings

15. Laura Dern

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!


The Lookalikes:

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.

Laura Dern
14K White Gold Elongated Pear White Topaz And Diamond Drop Earrings

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Lab-Created Diamonds vs. Simulant Diamonds: Everything You Need To Know

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.

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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. 

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Earth-created diamonds

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.

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Lab-created diamonds

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.

Cubic Zirconia

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.

Moissanite

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

Durability

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. 

Moissanite:

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:

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

14K White Gold Laurel Leaves 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.

Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

I am absolutely in love with my ring! It is so beautiful. The diamond is sparkly and the setting is also very beautiful. Dainty and feminine.
– Christine L.

Lifespan

Lab-created diamonds and earth-created diamonds

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. 

Moissanite:

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:

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

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

“These diamond studs far exceeded any expectations. They truly glisten. Quality is outstanding. So happy with them!”
– Anita P.

Halo Diamond Stud Earrings

14K White Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Beautiful earrings for a great price! I ordered the VS1 1CT lab-created diamond halo earrings. They are stunning and my wife loves them. Great quality and the pricing is competitive.
-Shivam J.

Color

Lab-created diamonds and earth-created diamonds

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:

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:

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

14K Yellow Gold Kite Set Solitaire Lab Created Diamond Pendant

‘My wife loves her new solitaire necklace. The chain is dainty, perfect length and great quality.”
– Kylie O.

Four-Prong Solitaire Diamond Pendant Necklace

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Lab Created Diamond Pendant

More incredible than I could have hoped! I have to say, I am so impressed! This design is just perfect and really lets the diamond shine.
– Maggie L.

Sparkle

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:

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.

Cubic zirconia:

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

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created 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.

Bezel-Set Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Bezel Diamond Tennis Bracelet

This bracelet just exceeds my expectations! The diamonds sparkle, the bracelet is smooth, and overall the design is very nice! I just love my bracelet and NEVER take it off!
– Beth L.

Ideal Size

Lab-created diamonds and earth-created diamonds

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:

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:

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

14K Rose Gold Seven Stone Low Dome Basket Diamond Ring

“This was an anniversary gift. It’s a beautiful ring. I loved it!”
– Pankaj S.

Five-Stone Shared Prong Diamond Anniversary Ring

14K Yellow Gold Five Stone Shared Prong Contour Diamond Ring

I received this ring in honor of our 35th wedding anniversary and it didn’t disappoint. The size and clarity of the diamonds are perfect!
– Annette S.

Cost

Earth-created diamonds: 

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.

Lab-created diamonds:

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.

Moissanite:

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:

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

14K White Gold Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire

“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.

Bezel-Set Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement Ring

I love my ring. I love that it is a secure setting so that I don’t need to worry about prongs being damaged, and my diamond is insane – so sparkly!
– Anne B.

The Low-Down

Choose a classic earth-created diamond if:

  1. You love diamond’s sparkle
  2. You’ll wear your diamond jewelry often
  3. You admire the billions of years of history contained in each stone

Choose a modern lab-created diamond if:

  1. You love diamond’s sparkle
  2. You’ll wear your diamond jewelry often
  3. You want a large diamond at a lower price

Choose moissanite if:

  1. You’re on a budget
  2. You like small-carat stones
  3. You’ll wear your jewelry intensively

Choose cubic zirconia if:

  1. You’re on a budget
  2. You’ll wear your jewelry carefully and not every day
  3. 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.

Keep up on your diamond reading:

  1. Diamonds: The April Birthstone
  2. How To Take Care Of Your Diamond Jewelry
  3. Earth-Created Vs. Lab-Created Diamonds
  4. True Hearts™ Lab Created Diamonds
  5. Lab-Created Diamonds vs. Moissanite

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

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

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

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

What’s Rose Gold?

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

Why is Rose Gold Trending?

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

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

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

What Does Rose Gold Go With?

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

  • Warm-toned gems: The pink undertones of gemstones like pink sapphire,