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Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry Pieces Under $1,000

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In the blink of an eye, the holidays are almost here again. Another year, another list of presents to give. While it may be a fun task (it is the most joyful season, after all), the process of selecting something special—especially for the love of your life and on a budget—can require a great gift guide. To save you time and stress, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite pieces to suit your love’s personality, all jewelry under $1,000. Happy shopping!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Zen Seeker

The striking violet color of this amethyst gemstone is more than just eye candy. Legend has it that this form of quartz promotes clarity of the mind, relieves stress, and connects you more closely with your mind and soul. Bonus: this ring’s darker shade is totally on-trend.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Nature Lover

Arguably the most beautiful plant in the world, the lotus flower has been prominent in Eastern cultures for centuries. The significance behind this particular flower is its ability to rise out of the water from muddy roots – it then blossoms daily into perfectly proportioned petals, without a trace of dirt. A perfect gift to highlight her natural strength and beauty.

Divine Lotus Flower Earrings

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Art Connoisseur

If she’s always visiting museums and gallery-hopping or is an artist herself, look no further than this Art Nouveau-inspired necklace. The center stone comes with a storied past: “topaz” was named after Topazius, what the ancient Greeks called the island of Zebirget in the Red Sea. Blue topaz is also the birthstone for December—perfect for those celebrating birthdays during the holidays.

London Blue Topaz and Diamond Necklace

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Minimalist

This delicate bracelet can be worn every day, dressed up or down. The pavé style lines up the diamonds to appear even more luminous. This bit of sparkle goes a long way.

Pavé Diamond Bar Bracelet

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Vintage Enthusiast

For those who spend their weekends treasure hunting at bazaars, vintage rings and collectible things will never go out of style. Ruby is the most valuable variety of the mineral corundum (a.k.a. aluminum oxide, the second-hardest mineral after diamond). Impress her with this rare find.

Bezel-Set Ruby Trio and Diamond Ring

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Modernist

This necklace is strikingly modern and vintage at once with yellow gold and diamond accents. The piece also holds beautiful significance: circles have long been known to represent eternity and wholeness.

Open Circle Marquise Diamond Necklace

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Party Hostess

In the midst of all the cocktail parties and holiday get-togethers, her emerald and gold piece will be the talk about the town. Gift her this pair of earrings with the gemstone notably worn on women such as Elizabeth Taylor and Cleopatra. Best paired with a bottle of champagne.

Emerald Four-Prong Earrings

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And Of Course… For Your Future Fiancée (!)

If you’re planning on popping the question during the holiday season, get thoughtful and customize a unique ring for your one and only. A word to the wise: make sure to check her ring size before ordering. Here’s a design for inspiration, with a timeless halo style and a round diamond that catches the light at every angle.

Trellis Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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She’ll love both the thought and the gift. Happy holidays from JamesAllen.com, and if you’re planning a winter proposal, an added congratulations!

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Jewelry Inspired by Celebrity Red Carpet Looks

Now that award season has officially wrapped up following the Oscars, let’s talk jewelry. Celebrities near and far flocked to Hollywood to celebrate wins and congratulate peers, all while dressed to the nines. From metallic dresses to silky gowns, we’ve matched top red carpet looks to James Allen pieces that will make you feel like a star.

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2018 RED CARPET LOOKS & JEWELRY PICKS

Angelina Jolie + White Gold Pavé Diamond Bangle

Red carpet jewelry to match Angeline Jolie's Critics Choice Awards outfit

How angelic is Angelina Jolie’s white feathered dress at the Critics’ Choice Awards? For your own take on the look, go for this eternity style bangle—it has the hallmarks of a halo, with diamonds all around. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be worn as red carpet jewelry or as an everyday piece.

Gal Gadot + Sapphire Accented Halo Ring

Red carpet jewelry to match Gal Gadot's Critics' Choice Awards dress

When it comes to red carpet jewelry, engagement rings can have the same effect as cocktail rings. Dazzling and dramatic, this ring is adorned with sapphires set around the outer edge of the pavé halo. It goes hand in hand with the embellished fringe of the Wonder Woman actress’ metallic dress at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Kerry Washington + Interlocking White and Black Diamond Necklace

Intertwining necklace to match Kerry Washington's red carpet outfit

It’s no secret that this red carpet season brought about a number of female-empowerment movements, from Time’s Up to #MeToo. Stars including Kerry Washington wore all black in solidarity at the Golden Globes to stand up for equality in Hollywood. Channel the Scandal actress’ style with this interlocking diamond pendant featuring the dark hue.

Reese Witherspoon + Green Emerald Vintage Ring in Rose Gold

Red carpet jewelry to match Reese Witherspoon's emerald SAG Awards dress

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Reese Witherspoon opted for an emerald green gown with old Hollywood curls. Reese’s classic look can be styled with this vintage rose gold halo ring—see it in 360° for a closer view of the gemstone’s shine. Red carpet jewelry perfection.

Nicole Kidman + Diamond and Marquise Sapphire Stackable Ring

Red carpet jewelry to go with Nicole Kidman's Oscars dress

At the Oscars, Reese’s Big Little Lies co-star Nicole Kidman dazzled in dark blue. To harmonize with the color of her sculptural gown, go for this diamond and marquise sapphire wedding ring. Yes, it’s designed to fit side by side with a matching engagement ring or a few stackable rings, but it can also be worn alone for a subtle touch of glam.

Emma Stone + Magnolia Ruby and Diamond Earrings

red carpet jewelry and earrings to match Emma Stone's Oscars outfit

Unexpected, right? Emma Stone opted for a silky pantsuit instead of a traditional gown this year at the Oscars. To match her scarlet red jacket, we’re all for these magnolia ruby and diamond earrings. The milgrain detail running along the floral-inspired outline adds a charming dash of character.

Lupita Nyong’o + Art-Deco Inspired Pavé Diamond Necklace

Yellow gold necklace to match Lupita Nyongo's red carpet Oscars dress

Lupita Nyong’o sashayed onto the Oscars’ red carpet in a head-turning gold number. For a piece of jewelry that would sum up the Black Panther actress’ ensemble, consider this Art-Deco inspired pavé diamond necklace. With clean, geometric lines, it complements rather than competes with the look.

Allison Janney + Pear-Shaped Pink Sapphire Ring

pink pear shaped engagement ring to match Allison Janney's red carpet look

Leave it up to Allison Janney to pull off a vibrant pink dress at the Independent Spirit Awards. To match the I, Tonya actress’ outfit, pick up a ring in a similar hue. Lately, we’ve noticed scores of celebrities rocking pear shaped engagement rings, a style that’s here to stay. Engaged or not, this pink sapphire gem makes a bold statement for sure.

In case you would like more celeb inspo take a look at our Grammy-inspired jewelry. You can also check out more styles or design your own here.

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New Year’s Eve Jewelry for a Night Out

City lights, cocktail parties and that infamous glittering ball. Where else would you rather be on New Year’s Eve? By now, you’re probably thinking about what outfit to wear for such an eventful night. Perhaps the harder choice is deciding which jewelry pieces to complement your outfit. With so many precious stones out there, we feel you. Read on for our roundup of favorite New Year’s Eve jewelry to ring in 2018 right.

New Year’s Eve Jewelry Picks

ICONIC UPDATE

Little black dress on left and 18k White Gold Emerald Shaped Pink Tourmaline and Half Moon Diamond Three Stone Ring

The most classic of classics is the little black dress, aka LBD, when it comes to formal attire for any social mixer. To add some interest, pair it with something unexpected, such as a one-of-a-kind cocktail ring. With an emerald-shaped pink tourmaline and half-moon shaped diamonds surrounding it, this jewel is a bold one for sure.

FLORAL AFFAIR

Floral jumpsuit on left and White Gold Diamond Flower Clasp Bracelet

When picking out your New Year’s Eve jewelry, you can’t go wrong with a tennis bracelet. Here, we have a quintessential style with a twist—there’s a flower motif on the clasp. So why not take that idea to the next level? Wear it with a floral printed outfit. The solid color of the white gold complements the busy print of the outfit.

MYSTICAL MOMENT

New Year's Eve jewelry to match your Roberto Cavalli sequined dress

It’s easy to just throw on a sparkling silver mini cocktail dress and call it a day, but for those who dream of a brighter New Year’s Eve attire, pair your sequined grown with a bright aquamarine halo necklace. As the diamonds cover all sides of the setting, it’ll catch glimpses of light from every angle.

ETERNAL BEAUTY

rose gold engagement ring to match your rose gold New Year's Eve attire

Maybe you got engaged recently and don’t have a ring yet. Hey, spontaneous proposals are sometimes the best ones. It has its perks, too. You can be a part of the ring selection process—something many only dream of. If this is the case, check out the above rose gold pavé twist diamond ring. Plus, it’ll match nicely with just about any New Year’s Eve outfit. We have a thing for rose gold – can you tell?

SCARLET RED

Red ruby and diamond earrings for your New Year's Eve jewelry look

New Year’s Eve jewelry with rubies are a surefire way to make a statement, especially with halo accents around a brilliant diamond. These white gold, ruby and diamond earrings are the perfect New Year’s Eve jewels to go with a deep red ruffled dress. Put on both and channel the Dancing Lady emoji. All eyes will be on you.

LUCK BE A LADY

New Year's Eve look: Green dress paired with emerald and diamond bracelet

Going green is always a good idea. Start off the New Year right with a positive mindset by wearing the color that has long been synonymous with luck. Play up the sparkle in this dress by adding a white gold emerald and diamond bracelet. With alternating emeralds and diamonds providing a bold burst of color, who knew perfection could be so easy?

DIVINE DECADENCE

New Year's Eve jewelry with geometric star pave diamond earrings

A New Year’s Eve jewelry guide is surely not complete without a pair of 14K white gold geometric star pavé diamond studs. Just like looking at the clouds, some may see this six-pointed shape differently, perhaps as more of a snowflake. Either way, when matched with a fancy ensemble, it’s a wondrous look indeed.

DARE TO DREAM

New Year's Eve Jewelry Open Swirl Blue Sapphire and Diamond Necklace

Going to a friend’s get-together at their home? All the more reason to look effortlessly chic in luxe loungewear. By adding a touch of New Year’s Eve jewelry, you’ll look dressed up in an instant. We say, go for this open swirl blue sapphire and diamond necklace. You don’t see these everyday. Now, get ready for the countdown—this is your year!

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