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The October Birthstone: All About Opal

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

The October Birthstone

What Is October’s Birthstone?

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

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

What Is Opal?

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

Opal Birthstone Origins and History

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

Opal Symbolism and Meaning

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

October Birthstone Colors and Appearance

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

Why Does Opal Flash?

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

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

Types of Opal Jewelry

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

Opal rings

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

Opal Necklaces

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

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

Opal Earrings

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

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

What Are Fire Opals?

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

How Is Opal Cut?

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

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

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

What Jewelry Metals Look Good With Opal?

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

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

How To Care For Opals

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

To Sum It Up

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

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The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire

The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire 

Who can escape the fascinating appeal of Sapphires? With its perfect balance of classical beauty and contemporary expression, it’s no wonder this gemstone is so prevalent amongst many royal families.

The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire

September brings seasonal changes and ushers in the start of the beautiful fall season. The month of September is not only one of the most popular months for weddings around the world, but it also possesses a largely favored gemstone too. 

Although the color that comes to mind for most people when they think of sapphire is deep royal blue, in reality, no two sapphires are alike because of the many variations of colors and shades. This guarantees a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry with a beautiful and symbolic meaning. 

Keep reading to learn more about one of our favorite birthstones.

What Are The Three Birthstones For September?

As a matter of fact, there are several gemstones that represent September besides sapphires. The month of September actually boasts three unique and magnificent gemstones as its birthstone. They include Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, and Carnelian. 

Even though sapphires are the most common gemstone choice for September, zircons come in second place. But don’t let that stop you from adding any of the less popular gemstones to your jewelry collection.

18K White Gold Oval Halo Sapphire And Diamond Ring
14K White Gold Alternating Sapphire And Diamond Ring

What Is The September Birthstone Color?

The beautiful rich blue of Sapphire makes it one of the most desirable birthstones. But did you know that Sapphires come in a kaleidoscope of colors too? While the most popular hue is royal blue, the gemstone’s colors can vary from pink, green, orange, purple, and yellow. From our point of view, no matter what you choose as your favorite shade, it still counts as a September birthstone. 

September Birthstone History & Symbolism

The word ‘sapphire’ comes from the Latin word ‘saphirus’ and the Greek word ‘sapheiros, both meaning blue. Did you know that the unique meaning behind every gemstone is informed by its history and tradition? The historic and much-desired gemstone is customarily connected with royalty, nobility, and spirituality.
To date, royals believe that the September birthstone brings protection, good fortune, healing, and wisdom. But many also believe that sapphires represent virtue, good fortune, and sincerity, which are all important qualities in a marriage. Sapphire engagement rings have long been a symbol of devotion and sincerity, making them a perfect choice for brides.

18K White Gold East-West Set Oval Halo Sapphire And Diamond Necklace
14K White Gold Sapphire Birthstone Necklace

Where Is The September Birthstone Found?

Sapphire is found in only a handful of locations around the world. The three most well-known and important sources for the September birthstone are Kashmir, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, in particular, boasts the world’s most sought-after sapphires because of their rich, shimmering blue hues. However, sapphires from Sri Lanka are among the most expensive. 

More recently, mines and significant quantities of the September birthstone have also been found in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, India, and the United States (Montana), among other countries in Asia and Africa. In fact, Madagascar is fast becoming one of the world’s leading countries of stunning sapphires.

September Birthstone Jewelry Gifts

From elegant necklaces to bold sapphire earrings, the JamesAllen.com September birthstone jewelry collection is complete with various styles, designs, and colors. Making it perfect for those looking to make the ultimate style statement. September birthstone jewelry makes an excellent gift for a number of reasons:

  • Celebrating a special occasion? Sapphire jewelry is a traditional symbol for the 5th and 45th year’s anniversary.
  • That special someone in your life who is born in September 
  • Looking for a stunning piece of “something blue” jewelry? 
  • Is Blue your favorite color? Go on and treat yourself to a piece of beautiful fine jewelry you’ll cherish forever. 

Now, when it comes to celebrities, blue sapphire engagement rings in particular are very popular and have also been associated with the royal family for centuries.

This trend began during the early 80s when Prince Charles gave Lady Diana Spencer a magnificent Sapphire engagement ring which, of course, came with a hefty price tag. The non-traditional and very unique engagement ring caused major controversy, as not everyone in the British royal family approved of the bold gemstone.  

Princess Diana’s sapphire blue engagement ring may be one of the most recognizable pieces of jewelry in history and it seems many other stars like Victoria Beckham, Penelope Cruz, and of course, Kate Middleton have followed suit.

14K White Gold Sapphire Trellis Inside Out Oval Hoops, 0.8 Inch
18K White Gold Round Halo Sapphire And Diamond Earrings

Sapphire Birthstone Care & Cleaning

Jewelers use a tool called the Mohs Hardness Scale to rate a gemstone’s general resistance to scratching. Gemstones are ranked from 1 to 10 on the scale, diamonds are the hardest at 10, while pearls are the softest at an average of 3. It’s important to note that higher gemstones are more durable while lower gemstones need a little more protection and care.

Sapphires are ranked 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, meaning the gemstone is highly durable and is not prone to cracking, chipping, or breaking. Furthermore, you do not need to be overly careful when cleaning them. 

But, this does not mean you can get away from caring for and cleaning your sapphire jewelry. Keep in mind that at least twice a year, you should check your sapphires to ensure the gemstone is not loose in its setting. Additionally, experts recommend storing your sapphire jewelry separately in its own container or in a soft bag to avoid being scratched.

The Mohs Scale of Hardness

Sapphires can also easily be cleaned at home. Even though you can use ultrasonic cleaners and steam with no problem, soap and water will do the trick. 

All you’ll need is:

  • A small bowl 
  • Soft-bristled bristled toothbrush
  • Warm water 
  • Mild soap 

Steps to clean your diamond:

  1. Add warm water into a small bowl with some mild soap.
  2. Soak your sapphire jewelry for ± 20 minutes. If your jewelry seems extra dirty, let it soak longer.
  3. Next, brush the gemstone with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse the jewelry with clean water.  
  4. It’s very important to dry the gemstone with a soft towel thoroughly.
  5. DO NOT allow the water to stay sitting on the gemstone.

Fun Facts About Sapphires

  • Princess Diana’s engagement ring featured a whopping 12ct oval cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
  • The Star of Adam is an oval-shaped blue star sapphire, currently the largest star sapphire in the world. Discovered in Sri Lanka in August 2015, it weighs 1,404.49 carats. 
  • Sapphires are often considered one of the Big 3 gemstones, accompanied by Emerald and Ruby.
  • Color changing sapphires exist. Yes, we are just as intrigued as you are. These types of sapphires exhibit different colors in different lighting, shifting from blue in the daylight to a bluish purple in the nighttime under incandescent light.
  • Sapphires and the Ruby gemstone have a lot in common, and many refer to them as ‘relatives’. Both rubies and sapphires form the same mineral corundum, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide. Red corundum is called ruby, while all other gem-quality forms of corundum are called sapphires.

FAQs About The September Birthstone

  1. What stone is suitable for Virgo?

The zodiac sign’s birthstone belongs to those born between August 23rd and September 22nd. Although various gemstones are associated with Virgos, the main and most suitable stone is blue Sapphire. 

  1. Is Sapphire expensive? 

Sapphires are regarded as one of the most valuable gemstones. However, they do range in price depending on many different factors. Sapphires range from $25 per carat to more than $11,000 per carat, and the most expensive one ever sold came in at $135,000 per carat. 

  1. Do all months have two birthstones? 

Traditionally each month is associated with one birthstone, but you will find some months have multiple birthstones. This fact does create some confusion, but the multiple options for some months were created in order to allow more affordable options in addition to the traditional, more expensive stones.

Final Thoughts

Are you a September baby?  Which color sapphire is your favorite? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Twitter.

You can also read more about a particular birthstone in our related blog posts.

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

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Minimalist Jewelry: A Beginner’s Guide

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

Minimalist Jewelry

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

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

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

What Is Minimalist Jewelry?

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

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

Can I Wear Multiple Pieces of Minimalist Jewelry?

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

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

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

Does The Minimalist Jewelry Need To Be The Same Metal?

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

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

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

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

Minimalist Jewelry: The Classics

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

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

Minimalist Jewelry To Make A Bold Statement

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

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

Minimalist Jewelry: Simple, Yet Sparkling

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

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

Keep Your Jewelry Box Light

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

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

Related post: Minimalist Jewelry: Back To Basics

Spice Up Your Minimalist Jewelry With Gemstones

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

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

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

Avoid Complicated Designs

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

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

Buying A Piece of Minimalist Jewelry For Someone Special

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

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

Closing Thoughts

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

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

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What Is The August Birthstone? All About Peridot

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

August Birthstone

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

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

What Is The Birthstone For August

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

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

Where Is Peridot Found?

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

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

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

August Birthstone Color

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

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

Peridot Birthstone Meaning & History

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

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

Peridot Birthstone Symbolism

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

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

Peridot Birthstone Jewelry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAQs About The August Birthstone

  1. What is peridot good for?

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

  1. Is Peridot a rare gem? 

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

  1. What zodia is peridot? 

The August birthstone belongs to the Leo star sign. 

  1. Does peridot glow in the dark?

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

  1. Can you wear Peridot every day?

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

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The Top Gold Jewelry Trends for 2022 

After many months of waiting, the time has finally come to bid farewell to your winter wardrobe and welcome the new season with your favorite warm-weather pieces.  We’ve rounded up the hottest summer styles so that you can rock all the gold jewelry trends of summer 2022. 

In our humble opinion, the jewelry pieces emerging this season are the most trendy we’ve seen in a long time. That’s right, from the runway to the ‘gram, gorgeous gold jewelry is by far one of the most dynamic trends for summer right now. So much so that it’s making us excited just thinking about what’s coming up next. 

We’ve narrowed down the top trends that really stand out and we know you’ll love them just as much as we do. So, keep scrolling to shop this season’s best gold accessories!

Why Yellow Gold Jewelry? 

There is no doubt that yellow gold is making a comeback, and is here to stay! Although many people may associate gold with an outdated metal or jewelry that once belonged to their grandmother, love it or loathe it, yellow gold is now incredibly chic and on-trend. From gold rings for women and men to simple and showstopping gold earrings, there’s no shortage of staple pieces to keep everyone glowing this season.

In addition to its rich and warm appeal, the latest styles and designs available in yellow gold are incredibly beautiful. Back with a versatile vengeance and dominating the jewelry scene, gold jewelry is by far one of the top favorites for summer this year.  

Everyday Gold Jewelry Pieces

There is a saying that goes, you should never leave the house without your shoes. When shoes and shirts are optional during summer, everyday gold jewelry takes its place as a wardrobe essential.

Now, the term “everyday jewelry pieces” may differ from person to person. The trick to this trend is opting for pieces in different sizes, textures, and designs.

Whether you’re grabbing brunch with friends or going out on a spontaneous date, the right assortment can take your look to the next level. When it comes to figuring out the best everyday jewelry, luckily, gold jewelry complements just about any item in your summer wardrobe and looks good with every skin tone!

14K Yellow Gold Sunburst Diamond Ring
14K Yellow Gold Bold 0.6 Inch Tube Hoop Earrings

Yellow Gold Statement Pieces  

A beautiful and bold addition to the lineup for the best jewelry to have this summer is statement pieces. In fact, statement necklaces are one of the hottest ways to spice up any basic summer outfit.

So what exactly is statement jewelry? Statement jewelry is typically pieces that are big, bold, and over the top. And, yes, you guessed it, they make quite the fashion statement.

Now, when you think of statement jewelry pieces, perhaps you imagine something large and intimidating. Fashion is all about trying new things. However, it’s important to remember that if you’re going to splurge on a statement piece, make sure that it’s still your style and that you can wear it confidently. 

Finding your statement piece should start with the type of jewelry you like best. Pick your poison, from rings, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings. Once you know which jewelry you like best and will wear more often, then you can start choosing the gold jewelry pieces to bring out when you’re ready to have all eyes on you!

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Accent Pad Lock Push Lock Rolo Split Chain Necklace
14K Yellow Gold 5mm Miami Cuban Bracelet

Yellow Gold Medallion Necklaces

Traditionally, gold medallion necklaces were worn as a status symbol and very often signified protection, luck, and guidance. And over the last few years, medallion necklaces have become increasingly popular and a much-loved accessory for both men and women. 

One of the main reasons why these necklaces have become so fashionable is due to their endless designs, allowing the wearer to show off their own personality through their jewelry.

Whether you choose to wear a medallion necklace on its own or prefer to layer them with gold chains for a more decorated look, this versatile and effortless accessory will definitely be one of your go-to’s this summer. 

14K Yellow Gold Dark Blue Enamel Nautical Diamond Medallion Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Beaded Disk Medallion Necklace

Yellow Gold Pearl Jewelry

One of the hottest trends right now is pearls. In fact, the world’s oldest gemstone has become less about status and more about a lovely, everyday addition to any jewelry collection. 

Featuring understated elegance and beauty as well as an affordable price tag, pearl pieces will play the perfect complement to your summer vibe. 

While classic pearls are forever timeless and always in style, this season’s essential is all about a combination of yellow gold and pearls. No matter if you choose a simple pearl bracelet or an elegant fashion ring, pearls will go with any outfit – from bikinis to business attire. 

JamesAllen.com offers a gorgeous selection of pearl jewelry, featuring Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and Freshwater pearls. 

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Bracelet (7.5-8.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Hoop Earrings (3.0mm)

A Touch of Color 

There aren’t any fashion rules when it comes to wearing color during summer. But as the warmer weather finally starts to take over 2022, the array of stunning color trends that flourished on the runways are now adored by people all over the world. 

This is the perfect opportunity to experiment with fresh and playful jewelry designs. Playful pops of color are so trendy this year. In particular, we are loving all the dazzling colored gemstone jewelry. Gone are the days when these jewelry pieces were saved for those special occasions. These stunning accessories will complement any outfit, whether you’re at the beach or at an elegant cocktail event.

18K Yellow Gold Frame Sky Blue Topaz Leverback Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Amethyst Hexagon Ring

Super Chic Signet Rings

Signet rings are a style that we just can’t stop loving, and that’s because there are so many different, gorgeous takes on these classic gold rings. A favorite for both men and women, signet rings typically feature a range of carved designs or diamonds. Originally, men used to wear these rings on the pinky finger, particularly gentlemen involved with business or politics. 

But today, and especially this summer, you will see many people wearing gold signet rings as a chic accessory. Even celebs like Meghan Markle, Cara Delevingne, Jay Zee, and Gwyneth Paltrow have also been spotted wearing these fashionable rings. Which one is your favorite?  

14K Yellow Gold Leo Zodiac Signet Ring

FAQs About Gold Jewelry

  1. Can you wear gold jewelry in the pool?

Unfortunately, it’s best to take off your gold jewelry if you’re in the pool. Chlorine can damage and discolor metals like gold, ultimately running your jewelry.

  1. Can you wear gold jewelry in the ocean?

The salt in the ocean’s water can corrode metals and leave them weakened and tarnished. Not only do you risk loosening your gemstones or diamonds but there’s also the risk of losing your jewelry in the sea.

  1. Why is your gold turning black?

By itself, gold shouldn’t tarnish. However, there are three main factors that could cause your gold to turn black. Harsh chemical detergents, your body’s chemistry (sweat and hormones), and warm weather can cause moisture to get trapped under your jewelry that mixes with your body chemistry.

  1. Is gold jewelry hypoallergenic?

Yes, and no. If you are partial to yellow gold and don’t have an extreme metal allergy, the higher Karats of gold may work for you.

Final Thoughts

We at JamesAllen hope you enjoyed this blog post just as much as we loved writing it. Our archives are packed with fun and helpful tips and education about engagement rings, fine jewelry, and gemstones.

For more about gold, check out these gold jewelry-related posts. 

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Discover Ruby, July’s Ravishing Birthstone 

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

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What Is The July Birthstone? 

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

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

Ruby Gemstone Meaning & Symbolism

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

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

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

The Color Of Ruby 

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

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

ruby earring and ruby rings

The Difference Between Pink Sapphire and Ruby

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

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

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

7 Fun Facts About Rubies

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Rings

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Engagement Rings

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

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Necklaces

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Bracelets

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Earrings

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

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

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

More About Gemstones

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

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

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Discover The June Birthstone: Pearls 

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

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

What Is The June Birthstone?

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

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

What Are The Different Types Of Pearls?

South Sea Pearl

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

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

Tahitian Pearl 

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

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

Akoya Pearl 

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

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

Freshwater Pearl 

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

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

How Is A Pearl Created?

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

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

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

Pearl Birthstone History

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

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

Pearl Birthstone Symbolism

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

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

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

Pearl Jewelry Sets For Any Occasion 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Pearls are always appropriate.” – Jackie Kennedy

Why Should You  Buy A Pearl Engagement Ring?

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

FAQs About Pearls & The June Birthstone

  1. What is the true birthstone for June?

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

  1. Are there multiple birthstones for June?

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

  1. Why does June have 3 birthstones?

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

  1. What color is the birthstone for June?

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

  1. Why is June’s birthstone the pearl?

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

  1. Is alexandrite more expensive than diamonds?

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

  1. What is the rarest birthstone?

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

  1. How much is alexandrite worth?

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

Final Thoughts

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

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How To Protect Your Engagement Ring At The Gym: And Other Times To Remove Your Ring

Engagement rings are often your first piece of true diamond jewelry. But this piece presents a unique problem, you are meant to wear it every single day! Often fine jewelry is kept safe in a jewelry box, brought out on special occasions and worn with care. Even pieces meant for casual wear are kept safe.

Yellow Gold Oval Diamond engagement ring

So what are you to do when you’re a newly engaged fitness fanatic? Read on to learn how to keep your ring safe from your fitness routine and other opportune moments.

Why Do I Need To Remove My Engagement Ring?

The idea of needing to remove your ring at any time is new for many people. We don’t remember seeing our parents take them off. You also likely see other people working out with their rings on and you wonder, if they can do it, why can’t I? Yet this is not a pattern you want to repeat if you intend to protect what is arguably your most prized piece of jewelry. 

Of course you want to wear it all the time; you want to show it off! And rightly so! Whether an engagement ring symbolizing your love, or a gorgeous birthstone ring and fine jewelry are investment pieces. They are bought with love and made with expertise. The best materials and the most gorgeous gemstones merit the ultimate protection. Make sure that when you do show it off, it looks its best! Buying insurance is not the only way to protect your valuables.

yellow gold emerald diamond engagement ring

Is It Safe To Wear Your Engagement Ring AND Lift Weights?

When working out, you risk chipping the band, scratching a center gemstone, or damaging the prongs, causing your diamond to fall out, and even thinning the band to the point it can break. You don’t have to be clutz or a gym novice for this to happen. So how does this happen?

It doesn’t matter if you lift heavy weights with fewer reps, or lower weights at higher reps, the pressure of the weights, no matter if it’s a bar or dumbbells, will cause your band to bend. Pavé bands are particularly at risk. When the pressure of the weights causes the band to bend, on a pavé bend, there is an increased risk of the small stones falling out.

Even if you use weight machines instead of free weights, this still applies to you. And weight machines carry an added risk…your ring can get caught in the machine. Changing the weight load, your ring can get caught between plates or even when holding on it can get caught in the crevices of the machine.

Free weights or machines, bars or dumbbells, you risk damage if you wear your ring while pumping iron.

Avoid The Avulsion

In addition to risking damaging the ring, you can damage yourself! Working on that perfect push up? Trying to get that PR on pull ups? Or working on that perfect down dog? As the ring gets pressure from the bar or the ground, you will feel your ring press against your finger, which at a minimum is very uncomfortable and at a maximum, is painful.

Along with the pain, calluses can form around your ring that can be very uncomfortable as well. Especially when they peel and harden. Even if you’re tough enough for that pain, wearing your ring can cause a ring avulsion.

What is an avulsion you ask? This is what happens when your ring finger, or another finger sporting a ring, gets caught and the ring gets yanked off so fast that you damage your finger tissues, muscles, tendons, and even bones.

Also known as “Degloving,” while ring avulsions aren’t common, they sure are painful. And working out with your rings on puts you at increased risk. Another reason to get fit with your rings safely tucked away.

What About Cardio? Is That Ring-Safe?

Cardio is not a one size fits all and can still have an impact; sticking to running or spin classes can still cause damage. Tennis players, for example, have to watch for flying tennis balls and the impact from their rackets. Using cardio equipment like spin bikes, ellipticals, stair climbers, and even when doing floor exercises, your ring will get knocked every time, which can damage your precious wedding ring.

white gold diamond tennis bracelet and pave band round diamond engagement ring

Sports like running don’t have impact concerns, but they do come with other risks. Sweat can loosen your ring and cause it to fall off; ensuring your ring is the correct size will minimize, but not eliminate, this risk. See our tips and tricks, including our online ring sizer, to ensure you get the right size.

Another risk is sweat and dirt, this can tarnish your engagement ring and other fine jewelry, and while we can advise you on how to clean your engagement and wedding rings, it is still best to keep them as clean as possible, right from the start.

Dirt and other muck will affect your ring’s appearance and take away its brilliance. The more detailed your ring, the more easily dirt will get trapped in all the nooks and crannies. And we want to make sure your ring shines bright.

Swimming is another great workout, low impact, easy on those joints, BUT pools are not ring-friendly. The chemicals used to treat pools can dull your metal, diamonds, and other precious gemstones. Another risk, is prune fingers! When your fingers shrink and get all pruney from swimming, your ring can fall off! A damaged AND lost ring? No thank you!

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What About Yoga?

You still need to be careful when participating in activities like yoga, pilates, or barre. Not only can engagement rings get damaged when knocking against the floor or the ballet bar, but they can also throw off your balance, negatively affecting your workout.

The same is true for gymnastics, stretching, and even if you’re training to be a ninja warrior. Play it safe and ensure the best workout and remove your rings during your fitness routine.

Isn’t Gold Strong?

Gold, platinum, and other alternative metals ARE strong. But so are you! And the pressure of bars, barbells, bodyweight exercises, and other gym activities will bend and scratch these metals. Even stronger metals like platinum will eventually snap under the pressure.

Other Times To Remove Your Ring

Washing your hands, especially when using hand sanitizer. Typical hand soaps and sanitizers have harsh chemicals that can damage your ring. The same is true for cleaning products, so whether wiping down the machine after using it or cleaning the house and doing laundry, those chemicals can cause damage so it’s best to put your ring in a safe place. 

When cleaning your ring yourself, you want to stick to gentle soaps. See more about how to care for your ring here.

Sleeping and showering? You betcha! Your favorite body wash, shampoo, lotions, potions, and other cosmetics can cause damage. The chemicals can tarnish your jewelry, and lotions and cosmetics can also cause build-up in the crevices of a ring. Put your ring and other fine jewelry on once you’re fully quaffed but not during the beautifying process.

Experts also recommend taking your engagement ring off before you enter dreamland, as your engagement ring can get caught on your sheets or even your hair when you sleep. This can damage the prongs, causing them to loosen and thus damage your ring. Best to take off your engagement and wedding rings while you catch those Z’s.

The beach is also a hazard for multiple reasons! The saltwater is corrosive, and the sand can make your ring and jewelry dirty and actually damage your metals. Sand can also damage the prongs and cause your stones to fall out. A lost ring is not better than a damaged ring

Top Times To Remove Your Engagement Ring

  1. Working Out
  2. Cleaning
  3. Showering
  4. Applying Lotion & Makeup
  5. The Beach
  6. Swimming (pools & natural bodies of water)
  7. Hiking
  8. Sleeping

So How Do I Protect My Engagement Ring?

There are multiple products out there that claim to protect your ring. Some women suggest tucking it into your sports bra or putting it into pockets that are meant for your keys or your phone. And while these options and products work to varying degrees, none are full proof. One product may work great if you’re going for a run but may be totally useless if taking a HIIT class.

Different forms of physical activity have different risks of damaging your diamond engagement ring and other fine jewelry. Scratches, dents, dirt, they all affect it. Some products protect you from losing your wedding ring but fail to ensure it does not get dirty, some products make sure the band is protected but leave the diamond exposed for chipping. Truly the best way is to hold onto and utilize that original packaging.

How to protect your engagement ring?

Your James Allen ring box is a sure-fire way to protect your ring. Whether leaving it at home before heading to the gym or in your gym bag before heading out for a hike, your ring box and other original packaging are the easiest way to protect your fine jewelry.

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You may worry, like so many of us, that you’re on the go and too busy to stop at home, but you don’t want to leave it in a gym locker. Investing in a good lock will protect all your valuables, your wallet, laptop, and other important things you carry with you on a daily basis.

Still worried? Take your ring box, put it in a locked bag or case, and leave it at the front desk or manager’s office.

Final Thoughts

We understand that when you get engaged, married, or treat yourself to a gorgeous piece of fine jewelry, you want to show it off. You want to wear it every day! You want to show your anniversary bling all the time to everyone….and you should! And while it might feel weird to take your rings off, you also need to protect them and protect yourself.

It is important to remember these pieces are true fine jewelry and need to be treated as such. They need to be cared for and protected just as much as they need to be shown off. Having a fabulous engagement ring, wedding band, and other fine jewelry does not need to interfere with your fitness routine or active lifestyle. 

Protect your fine jewelry while also living your best life. Whether at the pool, the beach, hitting the weights, or going for a run, safeguard your jewelry and ensure it always sparkles brightly.

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Perfectly Trendy: Get On Board With Paper Clip Jewelry

Remember when you were bored in homeroom and you strung together with paper clips from your pencil case to pass the time. Or maybe you gave them to your friends to cement your friend clique. Either way, paper clip jewelry has come a long way! They are now THE trend so get on board! Whether a single strand or layering, paper clips have reached a new level of chic.

Paper clip jewelry

National Paper Clip Day

There truly is a day for everything and paper clips are no different. Created back in the 1800s and popularized in the early 1900s to the shape we know today, the paper clip was originally created to attach tickets to the fabric. Its use to keep paper together was soon discovered and thus it got its current name.

The man who popularized the paper clip’s current shape, Johan Vaaler, was mistakenly thought to be Norwegian. This led students at Oslo University to wear the paper clip during World War II as a symbol of resistance, unity, and national pride. The non-violent symbol was chosen because it represented binding things together.

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National Paper Clip Day came into existence in 2015 and continues to be celebrated annually. Join James Allen as we celebrate National Paper Clip Day with our collection of paper clip fine jewelry.

Paper Clip Jewelry: Style Revamped

Whether this trend takes you back to homeroom or makes you nostalgic for the style of the 80’s, the paper clip necklace may be trendy but is anything but new. Created by Coco Chanel and made famous by none other than Jackie O herself, paper clip jewelry is actually a classic masquerading as a trend.

Paper clip necklaces have come a long way since you strung them together as a kid. Available in both yellow and white gold, as plain paper clip chains, and even accented with pearls, paper clip pieces need to be part of your fine jewelry collection. After all, if Jackie O and Coco Chanel approve, how can you go wrong?!

Join these style icons with a paper clip necklace from James Allen:

Why We Love The Paper Clip Jewelry

This industrial-chic style utilizes anywhere from one to multiple strands of paper clips in both slim and chunky styles. You can also jazz it up with a locket or something similar to close the piece, wear it in white or yellow gold, and pair it with both casual and fancier looks.

Traditionally, paper clip jewelry has been necklaces, but now you can find them as bracelets and earrings too! We love the versatility of this little piece of office equipment turned fine jewelry!

This fashion statement works great on its own but we love that it pairs effortlessly with diamond and gemstone jewelry. Any color, any shape, any size, it all works because the paper clip is so adaptable. Grab your own magnificently malleable paper clip pieces today!

How To Wear Paper Clip Jewelry

You already know this style is so amazing that you can wear it alone, layered, and with multiple other styles! But another reason to love this style is that it looks good in both short and long lengths. So whatever your height or body type, there is a paper clip necklace that is right for you! Are you taller? Go for a longer necklace to accentuate your height.

Are you all about that bass?  Go for a necklace that stops just below your neckline. But truly, the right length for you is the one you love best! No matter which length you choose, the paper clip is sure to flatter.

And if you’re thinking, well I can only pair this with other modern pieces, think again! The paper clip look goes great with both modern, classic, and even vintage pieces. You truly have the freedom to express your personal style with this staple.

Layered or a single strand, around your neck, around your wrist, or hanging from your ears, paper clip jewelry is a look that continues to top the trendy charts. It is no wonder that everyone, including countless celebs, are loving this look.

Gold paper clip necklace

Paper Clip Trivia

The world’s largest paper clip is currently a stainless steel creation standing approximately 30 feet high in Miass, Russia. Before this, a red paper clip memorial in Kiplin, Saskatchewan, stood as the largest paper clip in the world.

The red paper clip stood as a monument to Kyle MacDonald, who traded his way from a single red paper clip to a house. Prior to this, the world’s largest paper clip was in Sandvika, Norway, standing five meters tall as a national monument and a reminder of the paper clip’s role in the country’s history.

Paper Clip Trivia

Paper Clip FAQs

  1. Is it spelled paperclip or paper clip?

You can actually spell it both ways, but the more common way to spell it is as two words: paper clip

  1. What is the paper clip theory?

Some philosophers have hypothesized that if AI or artificial intelligence were tasked with creating paper clips, it could cause an apocalypse! This is because more and more resources would be diverted to this effort and the AI would ultimately rebuff attempts to be turned off.

Better be safe and stick to paper clip jewelry instead!

  1. What is a paper clip used for?

Paper clips were originally created to attach tickets to fabric and then became famous for what we know today, holding papers together.

Yet they do so much more! Forms of the paper clip are used to hold bags of unfinished chips together, fresher is better for that extra crunch! Or to hold fabric while a seamstress takes in that dress, or as a symbol to attach a document to an email.

The essential technology of the paper clip is unchanged. It is both as classic in its technology as it is in fashion.

Gold paper clip chain necklace
  1. What can I use instead of a paperclip?

You can use various clips, versions of the paper clip, rubber bands, or other binders. Instead of paper clip jewelry you can wear classic style chains or ball chains.

Clip That Paper

As the world moves in a more and more paperless direction, the paper clip continues to remain relevant. The paper clip emoji or symbol is used to indicate there is an attachment or as an indication that you can attach a relevant document or picture by clicking on the symbol.

White gold paperclip necklace

While paper clips have many uses, our favorite is of course fine jewelry. Holding papers together is well and good, but completing an outfit is the best! So celebrate National Paper Clip Day every day with one of our fabulous pieces and always be on trend.

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16 Facts About Jewelry You Probably Didn’t Know

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

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

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

#1 What’s In A Name? 

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

#2 The First Engagement Ring 

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

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

14K Yellow Gold Petite Solitaire Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

#3 The Largest Diamond Ever Found 

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

#4 The Oldest Jewelry 

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

#5 Origins Of Lab Created Diamonds 

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

Lab created diamonds

#6 Where Is Gold Really From? 

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

#7 You’re Made Of Gold, Baby! 

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

#8 The Most Unique Gemstone 

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

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

Peridot: August birthstone

#9 Amber Is Sap

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

#10 The First Diamond 

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

#11 Pearls 

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

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

Pearls: June birthstone

#12 The World’s Most Expensive Engagement Ring 

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

#13 Bending 24K Gold 

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

#14 The Most Recognizable Piece of Jewelry 

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

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

14K White Gold Cathedral Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

#15 Leaving Gold To The Fishes 

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

#16 The Most Expensive & Famous Jewel In The World 

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

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

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Game, Set, Bling: Jewelry Inspired BY The French Open

The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open held at the Roland-Garros tennis complex in Paris is known for its challenging red clay courts. The sport has long been known for its white outfits as classic as its namesake, the diamond tennis bracelet, yet just as tennis has evolved so has its looks….and its inspo.

Read on to find out how you can shine as bright as the La Coupe des Mousquetaires (The Musketeers’ Trophy).

Jewelry Inspired BY The French Open

Chris Evert & Her Flying Diamonds 

Tennis legend and winner of multiple French Opens, champion Chris Evert is credited with popularizing the modern-day tennis bracelet. The accepted story is that in 1987 at the US Open, during a long volley, her diamond bracelet broke and flew across the court. Ever since they say, it has been known as the tennis bracelet.

While a fitting anecdote, it’s not quite true. The style has been around since the 1920s and the name since the 1970s. However, Evert certainly skyrocketed its popularity and familiarity, thanks to sporting one as she rose through the ranks to become an internationally known tennis star.

Chris Evert & Her Flying Diamonds 
Chris Evert wearing a tennis bracelet while she faces service from Martina Navratilova in the 1978 Wimbledon Final
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Beyond the court, it is no wonder tennis bracelets and necklaces have fast become a staple of fashion. A simple yet elegant, and timeless design, these pieces are made up of a string of diamonds in your chosen metal (platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold).

From royals to celebs, these diamonds can be seen everywhere! Perfectly appropriate for a black tie event yet just as stylish with a pair of jeans, there’s nothing diamond tennis bracelets (or necklaces) don’t go with! In fact, many brides sport this classic look on their wedding day.

No matter what style you sport on your special day, a diamond tennis bracelet will add those perfect sparkling touches. See below and go to JamesAllen.com for more options!

More Than Just Red Dirt

There are four types of tennis courts: fresh grass, artificial grass, hard courts, and clay. A clay court has multiple layers: thick gravel, crushed gravel, coal residue, crushed white limestone, and finally, red brick dust. It is this final layer that gives the courts of Roland-Garros their famous red color.

Clay is considered the most difficult surface to play on. While grass allows for fast tennis, the dirt of red clay courts is heavier, causing a slower, more tactical game. Likened to a game of chess, every move on a clay court carries that much more importance. One shot can affect the outcome four to five moves later!

Clay is also favorable to players who have a terrific topspin, a spectacular slice, or a dazzling drop shot. Players who master such skills often get to lift the Roland-Garros trophy as champion.

Want to style the color of these hallowed courts? Go for gemstones with red rubies or get yourself gorgeous garnets. Prefer a diamond? Choose a fancy red colored diamond! The gemstones from the fancy dark group are especially perfect. See below for inspo!

Who Was Roland Garros?

Roland-Garros is not only the tennis complex where the French Open takes place, its name is synonymous with the Grand Slam itself. Named after French aviator Roland Garros, the complex was built in 1928, originally for French players to defend their titles in the Davis Cup.

You might assume Garros was a tennis champion himself, or at least a tennis aficionado, even a great fan, but in fact, he was none of these things. Garros was an athlete in just about every sport besides tennis! So who was its namesake?

Roland Garros

In 1909, Garros went to an air show and it was love at first sight. Garros went on to buy a plane, become a self-taught pilot, was the first to complete multiple daring flights, and finally, became a war hero.

Not enough to have taught himself how to fly, Garros invented the first on-board machine gun in planes. A technology the Germans were able to co-opt to their advantage when he was shot down and captured without time to destroy his invention. 

After escaping captivity, his health, including his sight, severely deteriorated, but Garros insisted on getting back in the cockpit. A decision that proved fatal as he was killed in battle in 1918. Years later, a university friend of Garros who was President of the Stade Français, successfully campaigned to have the tennis complex named after his old friend.

The complex’s logo is identifiable to even the most novice tennis fan, and its colors are not random. The green represents the lush trees and lawns around the courts, the white lettering is for the colors of the complex, and red-brown center marks the famous clay courts.

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Stars To Watch

The French Open is where the stars of tennis from all over the world come to shine. This challenging court brings out the best of the best. This year’s tournament is no exception, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Naomi Osaka who are just a few of the familiar names.

Rising stars to watch are Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and American Coco Gauff. Both are young, powerful, and considered to be dangerously talented. Alcaraz, who went pro at 18 and is the youngest player at 19 years old to reach the Madrid Open semi finals, beating fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz went on to win the entire tournament.

With his whole career ahead of him and a streak as hot as fire, you will not want to take your eye off this young champion.

Right alongside Alcaraz is Coco Gauff. The American is the youngest ranked player at just 18 years old, she is ranked #10 for singles and #15 for doubles, all before she can legally have a drink! Gauff is most famous for beating tennis great Venus Williams when she was just 15 years old!

Gauff is ready to set the tennis world on fire, inspiring young girls everywhere! Want to feel like a champion? Or looking for the perfect gift for your future champion? Check out these options below!

The French Open is the premiere tournament on clay courts. In a complex named after a war hero, riddled with current and future tennis stars, it is a Grand Slam not to be missed! Whether you want to shine as bright as these tennis stars, luxuriate in the beauty of a tennis bracelet (or necklace!), or are looking for a championship-level gift, James Allen has what you need.

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Your Guide To Pearls: How To Wear Pearl Jewelry 

Pearl jewelry pieces are classic accessories overloaded with undeniable sophistication. With its understated elegance and beauty, not to mention, a price tag perfect for all types of budgets,  it’s no wonder so many have gravitated towards this precious gemstone. Ready to find your perfect pearl accessory? Let’s dive in and get to know about the lustrous luminous of the sea – pearls.

Your Guide To Pearls: How To Wear Pearl Jewelry 

When it comes to the world of fashion, not only is the iconic Audrey Hepburn the definition of feminine elegance but she is often praised for revolutionizing the way we look at pearl jewelry today. However, she is not the only celebrity who has created many unforgettable moments flaunting a variety of pearl jewelry. Other stars include Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Michelle Obama, Rihanna and even Harry Styles. 

From glamorous red-carpet events to casual dinner dates, finding the perfect statement pearl piece to help elevate any look has never been easier. 

Harry Styles wearing a pearl necklace
Rihanna wearing multiple pearl necklaces

The History Of Pearl Jewelry

For thousands of years, people throughout the world have treasured pearls. Despite the long history of the gemstone, Pearls were discovered before written history began, so it is hard to attribute their discovery to one particular time or place. What we do know is that pearls have been worn as a form of jewelry as early as 2300 BC when presented as gifts to Chinese royalty. 

While in ancient Rome, pearl jewelry was considered the ultimate status symbol. Did you know that the sixteenth century in England was known as the Pearl Age, reflecting the prestige carried by pearls at that time? 

The Symbolism Of Pearls

Officially known as the world’s oldest gem, pearls have often symbolized the moon because of their innate luster and its underwater mystique. They were also believed to be filled with magical properties. Perhaps, this is why so many cultures around the world associate pearls with modesty and innocence.  

Additionally, pearls are the traditional June birthstone. Loved by women of all ages, this timeless wardrobe staple has long been associated with purity, humility and innocence. For this reason, it is believed that the June birthstone’s meaning is “sweet simplicity.” 

Similar to the traditional meaning of a white dress, cultures throughout the ages have believed pearls symbolize purity.

Pearls & Your Wedding Day  

In many cultures, pearls have been a popular wedding custom and bridal jewelry staple for many generations. 

Whether you think of yourself as a modern, glam, or vintage-inspired bride-to-be, pearls are a beautiful way to add a chic finishing touch to your big day. And, they can also make for a great “something old” if they are vintage.

Here are just a few gorgeous and graceful ways to incorporate pearls on your wedding day.

Bridal Jewelry 

Pearls have been among the most popular gemstones for bridal jewelry and for good reason. A beautiful choice for bridal jewelry, pearls are simple yet oh-so-perfect. They can also be worn long after your wedding since they’re a fine jewelry wardrobe staple. From pearl engagement rings to earrings and even delicate bracelets, the truth is, you can never go wrong with pearl jewelry. 

Another more practical reason is that pearls perfectly complement the traditional white wedding dress. So, if you’re not so keen on pearl jewelry you could also incorporate pearls as accessories or embellishments on your wedding dress. 

Did you know that legend has it that wearing pearls on your wedding day will bring a happy marriage? While others believe that a  pearl is a representation of a tear and by wearing pearls, you ensure a lifetime of joy with your future spouse. This superstition is practiced by many brides who hope not to shed any tears in matrimony.

Customary Wedding Gift

Some customs have a common tradition where the groom gives his bride a piece of pearl jewelry on their wedding day. Depending on her style, the gift can be anything from elegant pearl earrings to a classic strand of pearls. However, in some families, it is also tradition for the future mother-in-law of the bride to pass down pearls that belong to her, or even gift her daughter-in-law with a new set of gorgeous pearls. 

Trending Pearl Jewelry

Today, pearl jewelry is very much trending and considered to be real chic and fashionable, both for men and women. Contrary to popular belief, pearls should not be reserved for very special occasions or in your grandmother’s jewelry box. In fact, pearl jewelry is making a huge comeback in 2022 as we see many new and exciting ways to wear pearls. 

So, why buy pearl jewelry? Well, wearers love them because they’re elegant, complementary, and versatile. And, gift-givers love them because they’re affordable, sustainable, and beautiful in any setting.

JamesAllen.com offers a gorgeous selection of pearl jewelry, featuring Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and Freshwater pearls. 

Pearl Earrings 

“You can’t ever go wrong with pearls. Perhaps pearls are a girl’s best friend after all.” – Ki Hackney

Pearl Bracelets 

“Life is made up of a few moments all strung together like pearls. Each moment is a pearl, and it is up to us to pick the ones with the highest luster.” – Joyce Hilfer 

How To Care For Your Pearl Jewelry 

Pearls are prized for their delicacy which is why they generally require a great deal of care. Follow these guidelines to help your pearls stay gorgeous for decades and achieve heirloom status.

  • Wear them as much as possible: the natural oils from your skin actually enhance the radiance of your pearls! Just like applying moisturizer to your skin to prevent dryness, pearls also appreciate a little help to stay hydrated and dewy.
  • Avoid contact with perfume or other harmful chemicals.
  • It’s best to use a dry, soft cloth to remove any dirt or foreign material from your pearl if it appears dull or dirty.
  • Do not clean cultured pearls with any chemicals, abrasives or solvents. These substances can damage your pearls.
  • Never hang up your pearl necklaces or bracelets: always lay cultured pearl strands flat to dry. Hanging a strand may stretch the threads.
  • Store pearls separately: due to their delicacy, pearls can easily be scratched by when stored alongside other jewelry pieces.
  • Pearl jewelry should not be thrown into a purse, bag, or jewelry box carelessly.

Pearl Necklaces

 “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” – Coco Chanel

Pearl Rings 

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.” – Grace Kelly

FAQs About Pearl Jewelry

  1. Can you wear pearl jewelry every day?

The answer is YES! Casual or formal, night or day, no matter the occasion pearls can be worn whenever and however you like. So, if your pearl jewelry is currently tucked away at the back of a drawer, we suggest you dig them out and show them off.

  1. What is the price of pure pearls?

A traditional strand of white pearls can range from $100 (Freshwater pearl necklace) to $10,000 (Akoya pearl necklace). A strand of large, flawless South Sea pearls could even be valued as high as $100,000+ .

  1. How can you tell if a pearl is real?

The luster, color and size of each pearl are dependent on the natural processes that occur inside a living oyster. Fake pearls, on the other hand, are typically made of glass or plastic, giving them a smoother and more uniform appearance. Buying from a trusted retailer, such as JamesAllen.com will ensure that your pearl jewelry is beautiful and authentic.

  1. What does it mean when a woman wears a pearl necklace?

Pearls have always been a symbol of elegance and exquisite taste. They are also an expression of who you are as a woman and a sign of maturity. Commonly, these timeless jewels fittingly redefine the modern woman, who is all about strength, beauty, and refinement, just like these gemstones.

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What Is The Birthstone For May?

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

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What Is The May Birthstone?

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

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

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

Emerald History & Origin 

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

Emerald Symbolism & Meaning

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

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

Buying An Emerald Stone 

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

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

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

How to Wear Emeralds

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

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

Emerald Jewelry: May Birthstone Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emerald Engagement Rings

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

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

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

May Birthstone: 6 Fun Facts

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

FAQs about May Birthstone

  1. What are the two birthstones for May?

There is only one birthstone for May, the emerald.

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

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

  1. What Color Is The May Birthstone?

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

  1. What crystal goes with May?

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

Read More About Trending Gemstones:

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

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10 Stylish Jewelry Pieces To Gift Your Bridesmaids

10 Stylish Jewelry Pieces To Gift Your Bridesmaids

Say thank you to your bridesmaid squad in style. James Allen has a stunning range of quality jewelry pieces that you can gift your bridal party, and we’re sharing the best bridesmaid jewelry gifts for 2022. 

10 Stylish Jewelry Pieces To Gift Your Bridesmaids

As a bride-to-be, you will have many different things to plan and organize for the big day. And if you’re having a bridal party, this can also add to the stress of your endless to-do list. While giving your bridesmaid’s thank-you gifts isn’t always required, it never goes unappreciated. After all, your bridesmaids are there to provide support throughout the entire wedding planning journey and, of course, stand by your side as you say ‘I do.’ 

So what better way to show how much you value their time and assistance than with a gorgeous piece of fine jewelry? This is truly one of the best ways to help accessorize your bridesmaids (the way you want) for your wedding day. 

When selecting a jewelry gift, don’t forget to choose an item that reflects their individual taste and personality. But what’s most important is that their gift is filled with lots of gratitude and sparkle. 

How Much to Spend on Bridesmaid Gifts?

The big question that always comes to mind is, “how much should I spend”? A bridesmaid gift doesn’t need to be extravagant but simply a token of appreciation. Just like with any gift, this really depends on your budget. 

Scroll through our bridesmaid gift guide to find the most special gift they are sure to cherish. And, whatever you choose, be sure to add a handwritten note for each of your bridesmaids – they will love that! 

Gifts under $200

Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Earrings – $150

Earrings are a classic choice when it comes to bridesmaid accessories, which is why we love these freshwater pearl earrings. These timeless pearl earrings are the definition of elegance that your besties will cherish on your big day and are versatile enough for everyday wear.

Did you know that in some cultures, it is customary for a bride to gift her bridesmaids’ pearls as this gift is believed to symbolize enduring friendship or sisterhood? 

Yellow Gold Mini Initial K Necklace -$200

Whether you have one bridesmaid or ten, chances are they are part of your I do crew for a very special reason. This is why we believe personalized jewelry is truly one of the most meaningful gift ideas.

This mini initial bracelet is the perfect way for you to say ‘thank you’ and show your appreciation for your besties. Check out our matching mini initial bracelets.

14K White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial K Necklace

Gifts Under $350 

Yellow Gold Square Tube Hoop Earrings -$310

No matter the theme of your bridal party, these classic gold hoop earrings are sure to make the perfect bridesmaid gift. Simple and chic, these will definitely help your gals go from a graceful everyday look to wedding-ready in no time. 

Diamond Open Heart Chain Bracelet – $350

This dainty white gold diamond bracelet features a pavé diamond heart. Meaningful and super versatile, what better way to show your besties just how much you love them?

This beautiful bracelet is available in both white and rose gold, allowing you to choose the most suitable metal for each member of your entourage.

14K Yellow Gold Square Tube Hoop Earrings
14K Rose Gold Diamond Open Heart Chain Bracelet

Gifts Under $500 

Oval Sapphire Birthstone Necklace – $370

Birthstone jewelry is a beautiful gift idea if you so happen to be looking for something that is truly meaningful and personalized. This is why we suggest that you choose a piece of jewelry that features your special bridesmaids’ birthstone.

It makes for a perfect touch that your bridesmaids will appreciate as it is unique to each individual. And, of course, each birthstone has its own lovely meaning. For example, September’s birthstone, the vibrant sapphire, is rich with symbolism.

It is often associated with royalty, wisdom, virtue, and good fortune. Remember, a versatile birthstone necklace that will last forever! 

Evil Eye Diamond Ring -$420

With a history dating back hundreds of years, in many cultures around the world evil eye jewelry is traditionally believed to be a symbol of protection against harm of the wearer. And this is just one of the many reasons that we LOVE this special gift idea for your bridesmaids.

Not only are evil eye rings so trendy right now but they are gorgeous accessories that will complement almost any outfit too. Many celebrities such as Meghan Markle, Kim Kardashian, and even Rihanna have been spotted wearing all different types of evil eye jewelry.  

14K Yellow Gold Square Tube Hoop Earring
14K Yellow Gold Evil Eye Diamond Ring

Gifts Under $800

Interlocked Disk Paper Clip Bracelet – $540

Looking for a gift that is all the rage right now? Then this paper clip bracelet is exactly what you need to wrap up for your bridal besties. This yellow gold bracelet is bold yet lightweight and features elongated links that create a chic and modern design.

This kind of bracelet is a trend that won’t be going anywhere any time soon, so you’ll be guaranteed many smiles and happy bridesmaids. 

Taurus Zodiac Signet Ring – $790

As we mentioned before, a personalized piece of jewelry is the perfect gift for each of your bridesmaids. What could be better than a unique yellow gold zodiac ring? Each star sign symbolizes something different and meaningful.

Did you know that for many generations, people from all over the world have been wearing their astrological signs as jewelry for good luck, protection, and empowerment?

No matter your bestie’s personal style, they will definitely love a ring from our Zodiac Signet Ring collection.

14K Yellow Gold Interlocked Disk Paper Clip Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Taurus Zodiac Signet Ring

Splash Out – Gifts under $1300

Yellow Gold Solid Round Box Chain Bracelet -$940

Thinking about the ultimate statement piece? Gift your ‘I do crew’ with this special 14k gold piece of jewelry that they can wear on your wedding day and then treasure forever.

Your friends are going to be with you every step of the way. So show them how much you appreciate their support with this elegant and modern take on the classic friendship bracelet.  

Cushion Halo Morganite & Diamond Stud Earrings – $1260

Perhaps you’re looking to splurge on a truly special gift for your maid of honor? If so, why not opt for these gorgeous rose gold, morganite studs?

Considered to be the gemstone of divine love, morganite also showcases a statement style. Meaning, that without a doubt, she will absolutely love this gift that she can show off anytime, anywhere! 

14K Yellow Gold Solid Round Box Chain Bracelet
14K Rose Gold Cushion Halo Morganite And Diamond Stud Earrings

Which of these gorgeous pieces would you gift your bridesmaids’? We can’t wait for you to share with us on one of our James Allen social channels: Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Twitter!

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The Best 2022 Oscars Red Carpet Jewelry Lookalikes 

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

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

The Best 2022 Oscars Red Carpet Jewelry Lookalikes 

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

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

Best Diamond Design

Ariana DeBose

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

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

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

Mila Kunis 

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

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

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

Zendaya 

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

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

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

Zoë Kravitz

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

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

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

Lupita Nyong’o

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

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

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

Best Animated Gemstone

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

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

Jessica Chastain 

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

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

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

Jennifer Garner

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

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

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

Tiffany Haddish

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

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

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

Aunjane Ellis

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

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

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

Best Original Gent 

Timothée Chalamet

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

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

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

Javier Bardem

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

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

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

Andrew Garfield

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

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

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

Simu Liu

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

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

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

And The Winners Are

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

Want to find out more about what fine jewelry and engagement ring styles are trending this year? Head on over to our Insta page and give us a follow @JamesAllenRings. We’d also love to see you tag us in your new Oscar-worthy jewelry selfies!

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Fine Jewelry Trends To Look Out For In 2022

Is 2022 the year to reinvent your personal style? We’re taking a good look at what fine jewelry our favorite stylists, celebs, and customers are rocking with confidence. Some of the new trends may surprise you, while others are a blast from the past. Let’s get inspired!

Different fine jewelry pieces laid out on a white surface

Fashion is forever changing, giving us the chance to explore different avenues of our unique style and allowing us the opportunity to leap out of our comfort zones and try something new. 

So what boundaries will you be pushing in 2022? Well, we’ve kept a close eye on what fine jewelry designs are growing in popularity and what to watch out for this year! From contemporary takes on classic styles to some beloved trends that are making a comeback, we’re going to show you what’s in and how to rock these jewels right.  

Get ready to explore all-new designs in stacking and layering necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. We’re highlighting the end of minimalist style and saying a happy hello to fine jewelry pieces that go together to create the most amazing impressions of your individual style.

Trend 01: Layering Necklaces & Pendants

In 2022, layering your favorite necklaces and pendants is more about adding different styles, metal colors, and a mix of diamonds and gemstones than it is about adding varying chain lengths.

This trend is also about making your look more personalized. Take your favorite medallion, pendant, or themed necklace, and layer it with other items like solid gold chains to complement your main piece. Take your go-to diamond shape and dare to play around with different diamond cuts this year.

Elongated diamond shapes like oval and marquise appear to be the ones to look out for in 2022, and rightly so, they simply look good on everyone. 

A variety of yellow gold lockets
A yellow gold compass medallion paired with a paperclip chain

Style tip: Pairing a diamond or gemstone pendant with a thin gold chain, along with a clustered necklace or simple medallion is one way to achieve a layered look with colorful and textured dimensions.

Sapphire, Emerald, And Ruby pendants and earrings
Three yellow gold chains paired together

Trend 02: Sleek Gold Bracelets

Whether you like yellow gold or not, this traditional metal is here and ready to make your 2022 fine jewelry experience extra golden. Sometimes life can get a little hectic, and keeping your style fresh and playful requires those easy-to-slip-on jewelry pieces. Our recommendation: more is more with a yellow gold layered wrist. 

Choose from a variety of uniquely designed cuffs, paperclips, chains, and tennis bracelets, and pile up your wrist to your heart’s content. Stacked bracelets aren’t for everyone, so take the time to work out where your limits are and which bracelets work best for your comfortability. 

Not loving yellow gold on its own? Don’t be afraid to mix and match your other metals with your chosen yellow gold pieces. Adding different metal colors is a great way to brighten up your look and showcase your unique style. 

Three different shaped yellow gold cuff bracelet
Three different gold infinity cuff bracelets

Style Tip: Combine multiple cuff bracelets with a gemstone tennis bracelet or dainty diamond bracelet on one hand. Balance out the look with a tennis bracelet or unity bracelet on the other hand.

Two loose birthstone tennis bracelets
Three different shaped yellow gold cuff bracelets

Trend 03: Hoops & Earring Stacks

This one is a definite favorite. Whether you’ve got multiple piercings on each ear or single piercings, we’ve got two fun ways to get this year’s ideal stacked ear look. 

If you’re one of the former, play around with drop earrings or some bold hoops and place them in your lowest piercing. From there, you can get creative and either move up the ear with some cute huggie hoops or studs– remember to play around with different sizes and shapes. 

For those of you with single piercings, you can start with hoops or drop earrings and then move up the ear with single cuffs and crawlers.

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings (0.25 CTW - F-G / VS2-SI1)


Style Tip: Put pavé or plain metal hoops in your lowest piercing, followed by diamond or gemstone studs in your second piercing. Stack single or even triple cuffs higher up the ear to complete the layered look.

Trend 04: Stackable Rings 

Stacking rings is one trend we see flowing with ease from one year to the next. The exciting part is seeing all the new ring styles, of course. In 2022 we’ve seen chic signet rings grow in popularity and we can see why. These stackable rings aren’t only bold and fun but they’re made to be personal. 

From zodiac signs to customized initials and personal motifs, getting your hands on your very own signet ring is one trend you’ll want to hop on, and soon!

Eternity or infinity bands are also making the rounds this year as a fine jewelry favorite, and why not? Who doesn’t love to shine from every angle? Last but not least, don’t forget to add one or two gemstone rings to your collection for those looks that need just a pop of color. 

With stacked rings, there are two ways to go about the trend. First, you can choose to stack a single finger with different plain metal bands or other rings of your choice. This works particularly well if you want to add a little more sparkle to your engagement ring

Or, you could achieve that stacked look by taking your favorite ring styles and wearing one on every other finger. We suggest wearing your chunkier rings on one hand and having your more dainty rings on the other to create that ideal balance. 

A variety of different gold and diamond signet rings
A stacked pile of fancy-shaped diamond stackable rings

Style Tip: Start with a signet ring on one hand and balance it out with several plain metals or eternity rings on the other. For a single stacked finger, start with a birthstone ring and pair it with plain metal bands or dainty gold rings with diamond accents.

A stacked piled of different gold and diamond stackable rings
A variety of gemstone and diamond stackable rings

We hope you feel inspired and we would love to see your new fresh and fun spring fine jewelry looks. Share your style with us on Instagram by tagging us @JamesAllenRings

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Aquamarine Jewelry feat. the March Birthstone

Hey, what are you waiting for? Aquamarine jewelry, that’s what! Learn more about the meaning behind these March birthstone jewelry pieces and find the perfect aquamarine gift for a March birthday.

March Birthstone

What Is The March Birthstone?

Aquamarine, the March birthstone, evokes the clarity and serenity of ocean waters – literally. Its name comes from the Latin “aqua marinus,” which means “water of the sea.” Aquamarine is a blue variant of the beryl family, which includes other distinctly colored gemstones like pink morganite, golden heliodor, and green emerald. Why the spectrum of hues?

Each color variation is thanks to specific trace mineral and metal content; in the case of aquamarine, iron ions (Fe2+ and Fe3+, to be precise) tint the otherwise colorless beryl to a clear, watery blue. This blue gemstone ranges in color across the spectrum, from pale to deep azure. What’s consistent, however, is this gemstone’s exceptional clarity.

Aquamarine Birthstone Symbolism And History

What better way to celebrate the first month of spring than with a slice of clear blue sky? Aquamarine jewelry symbolizes tranquility, serenity, and good luck. Ancient Greek sailors used to carry aquamarine aboard their ships to ensure smooth journeys at sea – and protect them against drowning. Nowadays, it’s still a symbol of protection, with many people carrying it with them for good health. They’re perfect for those days when you need to shout, “SERENITY NOW!” That’s because the March birthstone has historically been worn in order to soothe the wearer’s temper and to nurture love. 

What Is The March Birthstone Color?

Aquamarine naturally occurs in hexagonal facets, which catch a spectacular amount of light. Its blue is exceptionally bright. Plus, it’s a 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale, making it a perfect choice for strong, durable birthstone jewelry that stands up well to daily wear. So whether or not you’re a March baby, the aquamarine is a stunning blue gemstone that deserves to be a centerpiece of any jewelry collection.

Celebrity Aquamarine Jewelry

And don’t forget about the celebrity endorsements. Celebs have been rocking aquamarine jewelry since – forever! Lucille Ball flaunted a 40-carat multi-faceted aquamarine ring from Desi Arnaz. Jessica Biel’s now-husband Justin Timberlake proposed with a whopping 6-carat center diamond accented with two aquamarine side stones. And Princess Diana was an ardent fan of the March birthstone. She had a jaw-dropping collection of aquamarine jewelry, whose standouts included pear-cut aquamarine earrings, a huge emerald-cut aquamarine ring, and a pearl and aquamarine bracelet. 

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Lucille Ball’s 40-carat aquamarine ring
Princess Diana aquamarine diamond earrings
Princess Diana’s pear-cut aquamarine earrings

Aquamarine is a beautiful accent stone, but it deserves to take center stage in its own right. At James Allen, we believe people don’t wear aquamarine enough! Its “pale blue” hue, despite its name, is anything but lackluster. It’s radiant! Aquamarine’s distinct color, combined with its characteristic light-grabbing hexagonal faces, means that this bright and vibrant jewel is perfectly suited to be worn as a center stone. 

So here are just a few of our most eye-catching, aquamarine-forward pieces. Happy March!

Aquamarine Rings

Infinity Aquamarine
Birthstone Ring

This simple aquamarine ring makes for an exceptionally sweet gift for your favorite March birthday. It leans into the marine theme with a rippling white gold band. Can you even look at this birthstone ring without dreaming of ocean surf crashing on a white sand beach? No, no you can’t. 

East-West Aquamarine
and Diamond Ring

This ring is the definition of understated glitter. An elegant oval-cut aquamarine is set in the sideways “east-west” position, which though less common than a vertical setting, is not at all less lovely. Two tiny diamonds, nestled in the crooks of the split shank, beautifully set off the brilliance of the center aquamarine.

Yellow Gold Aquamarine
Birthstone Ring

There’s a reason that the simple pleasures in life are enjoyed more often. And this simple pleasure comes in yellow gold! This is a piece that’s classic enough to match with any of your existing rings, perfect for stacking, and will handle anything your life throws at it. The double-floored basket allows light to hit this 0.25-carat round-cut aquamarine center stone from every angle: top, side, and bottom. Meaning, this delicate blue gemstone will positively glow on your finger.

Slender Aquamarine
Birthstone Ring

Place this slender, goes-with-anything 0.10-carat aquamarine birthstone ring on your finger for some extra confidence before you head out the door in the morning. Its thin band makes it ideal as a stacking ring. Mix and match it up with other metals, stones, and styles for an impressive ring stack.

Aquamarine Stud Earrings

Aquamarine and
Diamond Stud Earrings

These round 0.5 carat aquamarine studs get their extra pop of sparkle from two delicate diamond pavé halos. Their rounded-back lotus mountings are extremely comfortable, allowing you to look fabulous all day without even noticing you’re wearing them.

Aquamarine Birthstone
Stud Earrings

These earrings bring out the sparkle in any eye, especially baby blues and gorgeous greens. The gentle blue of the gemstones perfectly complements cool-toned eyes. Wear aquamarine on your lobes whenever you want to bring out the marine undertones of your irises. 

Aquamarine Necklaces

Oval-Cut Aquamarine
Birthstone Necklace

This necklace is all aquamarine. Simply set in white gold, this oval-cut gemstone is the star of the show. And simply put, aquamarine jewelry makes for an unforgettable March birthday gift. This pendant’s split bail ensures that its center stone lies flat around the wearer’s neck. Pretty and stable, this necklace is utterly wearable.

Aquamarine Floating
Halo Necklace

Why be shy about it? Your aquamarine is stunning and you know it. This necklace shows off this blue gemstone as it deserves to be seen – front-and-center and surrounded by a floating halo of diamonds! This is a pendant necklace that’s covered in sparkle. And it’s not afraid to flaunt it.

The March Birthstone & More

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

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Inspired By Nature: Celebrate Earth Day In Style

Earth Day is more important with each passing year. A time to stop and appreciate our planet and all its beauty. All the colors of the rainbow, all shades and textures can be found in every corner of the planet. Want to don jewels of all the hues of mother earth? Read on to see how!

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Earthly Greens

The color green symbolizes nature and serenity. It is also said to bring good luck! Coming in a variety of shades, green can be as rich as freshly cut grass, as subtle as green tea, and as dark as a mighty evergreen tree.

You have multiple options if you want to dazzle in green. First gemstones, look no further than May’s birthstone, the Emerald. Harnessing more than just the luck of the Irish, sporting emeralds will give you a downright royal look!

However, May’s birthstone is not alone in rocking the lucky green! Fancy colored diamonds also come in this luscious color. Fancy green colored diamonds, which are thought to represent prosperity and abundance, are not only another great way to sport this look, but fancy green colored diamonds make beautiful, stylish, and unique engagement rings.

See options for emeralds and fancy green diamonds below!

Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

Bringing to mind images of grassy knolls, tall trees, and commanding plants, green is a color that reminds us of the serenity and power of the earth. Such a dynamic color, you can also adorn yourself in green by wearing the gemstone peridot.

Practically screaming the freshness of a summer’s day, peridot gemstone jewelry is the perfect birthstone for August. Grab some peridot pieces today and always have that summer feeling.

Ocean Blues

Producing images of the sky above and the sea below, blue represents loyalty, wisdom, and sincerity. The color also brings to mind ideas such as freedom and intuition. Like water, which covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface, with ocean’s holding almost 100% of the Earth’s water, blue has a myriad of shades.

Some of blue’s many shades can be found in fancy blue colored diamonds, as well as the gemstones aquamarine, blue sapphires, blue topaz, and tanzanite. Its many shades allow it to create varied looks; from incredibly luxurious to sparkling fun, and everything in between.

The flexibility of blue’s multiple shades also allows it to pair well with yellow, white, and rose gold. Whatever shade, whatever metal, whatever stone, James Allen has a blue approved by mother earth, ready to add to your collection.