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Radiant Ruby: The July Birthstone

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

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

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

Ruby’s Meaning

Ruby birthdays enjoy a wealth of special ruby meanings, among them passion, love, wisdom, wealth, and power. Nice. The ruby’s depth of history and meaning certainly makes them one of the more impressive birthstones; July babies are lucky enough to have an excuse to wear these charmed gems year-round.

The Ruby Anniversary

If you’re celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary, there can be no gift other than rubies. 40 years of marriage calls for the Ruby Anniversary, and there are plenty of ruby jewelry gifts to celebrate with.

Ruby’s Durability

It’s almost as if ruby were made to be worn. At a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, rubies are quite close to diamonds in terms of toughness. They’re incredibly durable and resistant to scratching. No matter how or when you wear them, they’ll come out the other side looking as good as can be. 

Fun fact: The ruby is very closely related to the sapphire; both precious stones are a variety of the mineral corundum. However, ruby exists at the redder end of the spectrum.

The July Birthstone: Ruby Rings

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

Petite Ruby
Birthstone Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.8mm Petite Single Ruby Birthstone Ring

A dainty, minimalist yellow gold ruby ring for the ages. This is a beautiful ring that is perfect for daily wear. While it’s classically gorgeous on its own, it won’t steal the spotlight of other rings – say, an engagement ring. 

The ideal ruby gift for: giving as a special, but not over-the-top, July birthday present to a loved one.

Diamond Bar and
Ruby Ring

14K White Gold Ruby And Diamond Asymmetrical Bar Ring

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

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

Diamond Halo
Ruby Ring

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

Engagement rings don’t always have to feature center diamonds. If you’re thinking of proposing to a July baby, consider featuring a stunning crimson ruby. If you don’t want to forgo the “forever” stone completely, accent diamonds are ruby’s classic partner in crime. 

The ideal ruby gift for: proposing to your July-born beloved! 

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Split-Shank Ring

14K Yellow Gold Oval Ruby And Diamond Accent Birthstone Ring

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Necklaces

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

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Ruby Necklace

14K Rose Gold Imperial Ruby And Diamond Necklace

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

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

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Round Halo Ruby And Diamond Necklace (5.0mm)

Sweet, petite, and what a treat!  

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Bracelets

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Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Ruby Tennis Bracelet

Make your very special July baby feel even more glorious with a diamond tennis bracelet customized to them. This 3-prong tennis bracelet is studded with fine rubies, making a beloved classic even better.

The ideal ruby gift for: A recently-promoted special someone who deserves to celebrate their professional achievements.

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Bangle Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Ruby And Diamond Outline Bangle Bracelet

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Earrings

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Ruby Hoop Earrings

14K White Gold Inside Out Ruby And Diamond Round Hoops, 1/2 Inch Diameter.

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

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

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Round Halo Ruby And Diamond Stud Earrings (5.0mm)

These are ruby stud earrings, with extra! Floating diamond halos pump up these studs with glitter. 

The ideal ruby gift for: the jewelry wearer who won’t settle for anything less than maximum sparkle.

To Sum It Up

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

Read Up On Birthstones Year-Round

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

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June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

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

Do you have a June birthday? Jealous! This is the month to treat yourself to pearls – or drop a hint to a loved one so they can treat you with a pearl birthday gift!

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Why Pearl Rules 

First of all, it’s the only marine gemstone. Thank you, oysters! These shore-dwelling mollusks are clever little creatures. They filter water, their oyster reefs provide homes for smaller organisms, they’re a tasty and sustainable source of food, and certain species produce our beloved pearls. 

How Oysters Produce Pearls

It all stems from a self-defense mechanism. When a bit of grit finds its way into an oyster’s belly, the creature neutralizes this annoyance by literally smoothing it over. It coats this piece of flotsam in layers and layers of naturally-secreted nacre (also known as mother of pearl), effectively quieting the original irritation. As time goes on, this nacre-coated fragment grows into a larger and larger pearl!

How Pearl Farmers Do It

Cultured pearls start off when pearl farmers “nucleate” their oysters; they insert a tiny bead into the oysters and wait for them to do their thing! This doesn’t hurt the oysters at all – in fact, they grow and get on with their normal tasks of filtering water even as the pearls grow inside them. 

Harvesting

Pearl harvesting, like pearl nucleating, doesn’t harm the oyster. When the time comes to harvest the pearls, farmers open the oysters slightly, extract the fully-”grown” pearl, and at the same time insert a new bead. They then re-submerge the oyster and the whole pearl process starts over!

June Birthdays and June Weddings

As the June birthstone, you can bet that pearl is rife with meaning. Representing wisdom and health, it’s no shock that they’re a great way to start off a new year. But they’re not only given on birthdays; most pearls display a gentle white sheen, and since white has traditionally represented humility, innocence, and new beginnings, it’s an extremely popular wedding gift.

It requires no complicated cutting or mining to extract pearls, and so their beauty is easy to appreciate. As such, it’s one of the oldest and most widely-treasured gemstones; for thousands of years they’ve been traded from China to Persia to Sri Lanka. The ancient Greeks believed they were the tears of the gods. Nowadays, the popularity of cultured pearls has made these once-rare gemstones much more affordable. So you can pick up your own heavenly pearls for a fraction of what ancient royalty once had to pay for them.

Pearl is June’s glowing birthstone, and we have a sweet collection of Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearl jewelry. Here are a few of our favorites for June birthstone gifts:

Pearl Earrings

Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings

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

Black pearls are strikingly stunning. One of the rarer hues, black pearls come from the black lip oyster, a native of Tahiti. A daring fine jewelry trend, Tahitian black pearl jewelry is edgy and beautiful at once.

The perfect pearl gift for: bold personalities who adore striking, attention-grabbing jewelry.

Pink Pearl Trefoil Earrings

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

Not all pearls are pearly white! Some pearls are naturally pink. These freshwater beauties make an especially sweet pearl birthstone gift – pair them perfectly with a bouquet of roses, the flower of June.

The perfect pearl gift for: June birthdays who adore anything feminine, pink, and natural.

Seed Pearl Circle Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Earrings

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

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

Simple Akoya Pearl Studs

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings

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

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

Pearl Rings

Twisted Diamond & Pearl Ring

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Vine Ring

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

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

Nested Pearl Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Textured Basket Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

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

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

Pearl & Sapphire Ring

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

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

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

Seed Pearl & Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Crown Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Ring

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

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

Pearl Necklaces

Tahitian Pearl & Halo Necklace

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Halo Necklace

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

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

Diamond Trio & Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Trio Diamond Necklace

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

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

Diamond Pearl Bar Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Bar Necklace

What’s better than a pearly glow? A pearly glow combined with diamond sparkle! Bonus: if a diamond is your April birthstone, diamond and pearl jewelry is a super cute June birthday gift for your partner or best friend.

The perfect pearl gift for: someone with a classic, minimal sense of style. 

Strand Pearl Necklace

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

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

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

Pearl Bracelets

Double Strand Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Double Strand Bracelet

We love yellow gold with white pearls, especially when those pearls come in double. The warm gold clasp on this bracelet offsets the pearls’ ethereal glow, putting the finishing touch on a classic design.

The perfect pearl gift for: anyone who owns at least two Kentucky Derby-worthy hats – and knows how to wear them.

Akoya Pearl & Sapphire Bracelet

14K White Gold Cultured Akoya Pearl And Sapphire Bracelet

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

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

Diamond Triad & Pearl Bracelet

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

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

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

Curved Diamond & Pearl Bracelet

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

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

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

In Summary

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

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

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

With pearls, June is your oyster!

More birthstone jewelry inspiration! 

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Met Gala Looks 2019 + Jewelry

We’re getting inspired by the dramatic “Camp: Notes on Fashion” theme of this year’s Met Gala looks!

Met Gala looks 2019 camp jewelry red carpet

Despite some initial confusion (the gala theme was “camp” as in “campy” or theatrically overdone, not as in summer camp), red carpet celebs did not disappoint. We rounded up our favorite 2019 Met Gala looks and fine jewelry so that you can be just as extra.

These looks overwhelmed us in all the best ways:

1. Jared Leto + Ruby Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

One of the most unforgettable Met Gala looks of the year, primarily because Leto, er, thought a-head. The next thing we noticed, though, was his scarlet red, embellished gown. Steal some of that drama with a red-hot ruby engagement ring!

2. Zendaya + Aquamarine Diamond Ring

zendaya met gala with 14K White Gold Aquamarine And Diamond Floating Halo Ring

As if Zendaya’s spot-on Cinderella hair and styling weren’t enough, jaws dropped as her ball gown lit up at the wave of a wand. Want to capture the magic of the actress’s blue gown? Shop this aquamarine ring lit up by a floating diamond halo.

3. Naoki Kobayashi + Men’s Carved Ring

14K White Gold 6.5mm Comfort-Fit Blackened Mokume Band

This Japanese dancer’s metallic animal-print jacket made serious moves across the red carpet! Kobayashi had one of the more reserved men’s Met Gala looks of the night, and we still loved it. Get that striking print mixed with classic form with this carved men’s wedding ring.

4. Janelle Monáe + Pink Sapphire Necklace

janelle monáe met gala with 18K White Gold East-West Set Oval Halo Pink Sapphire And Diamond Necklace

It’s almost impossible to keep Monáe off these red carpet lists because she always takes incredible risks. In this case, we’re so glad she was thinking pink. For a similar bold, graphic burst of color, get our pink sapphire halo necklace.

5. Katy Perry + Chevron Drop Earrings

Katy Perry Met Gala with 14K White Gold Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop Earrings

Perry transformed into a tres-chic chandelier that actually lit up. We can’t help but connect this to Zendaya’s light-up dress, mostly because Katy Perry totally looks like Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast. Fall under the singer’s spell with these dangling, sparkling earrings.

P.S. Get the details on Katy Perry’s engagement ring here!

6. Priyanka Chopra Jonas + Gemstone Necklace

Priyanka Chopra Jonas Met Gala with 14K Yellow Gold Yellow Orange Sapphire And Diamond Cluster Bar Necklace

We’re floored by this entire Met Gala look, from Chopra Jonas’s bold hair and makeup to those colors cascading down her dress. If only there was a way to wear that sparkle and color combo any time… Oh wait. There is. Shop this gemstone and diamond cluster necklace!

7. Saoirse Ronan + Blossoming Diamond Ring

Saoirse Ronan Met Gala with 14K Yellow Gold Blossoming Vine Diamond Engagement Ring

That silhouette, that fire, those bright, shining colors – and somehow it all goes together flawlessly! Mirror the gold swirling detail on the sides of Ronan’s look with this side-stone blossoming vine engagement ring. Then, check out of GoT blog for more dragon dazzle 😉

8. Lady Gaga + Butterfly Ring

Lady Gaga with 14K Yellow Gold Butterfly Pink Sapphire And Diamond Ring By EFFY

Extra, extra, read all about it! We had four (FOUR.) costume changes to choose from before we landed on Gaga’s original hot pink, bow-embellished beautiful monster. Fly like Gaga’s gown with this show-stopping and playful pink sapphire diamond ring.

Choose your own fashion-forward sparkle!

Met Gala Looks 2019 + More Jewels

Shop these awards show looks:

2019 Oscars-Inspired Jewelry * Red Carpet Celebrity-Inspired Jewelry * 2018 Grammys-Inspired Jewelry

Get more inspiration from famous fashion:

Celebrity Engagement Rings * Royal Engagement Rings* Engagement Ring Trends 2019 * Baseball Players’ Engagement Rings * Country Stars’ Engagement Rings * Athletes’ Engagement Rings

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Verdant Emeralds: The May Birthstone

Capture the freshness of spring with May birthstone jewelry and engagement rings!

Kate Middleton wearing Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings

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. 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 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 it’s color.

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

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 emeralds. 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!
  • 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!

Infinity Emerald Ring

Emerald Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Emerald Stud Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Oval Emerald Birthstone Earrings

Oval Halo Emerald Necklace

18K White Gold East-West Set Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Necklace

Milgrain Emerald Ring

14K Yellow Gold Milgrain Bezel Emerald Ring

Famous Emerald Jewelry

Cleopatra famously obsessed over emeralds – she laid claim over every single emerald mine in Egypt while she was queen. Though they’ve refrained from buying any mines, modern-day royalty and celebs like Kate Middleton, Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie have also rocked emeralds in their red carpet jewelry.

Kate Middleton

Round Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings

18K White Gold Round Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings

Elizabeth Taylor

Petite Drop Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings

Elizabeth Taylor wearing Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings
18K White Gold Petite Drop Oval 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.

Pavé Halo Emerald Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Ring

Pear-Shaped Emerald Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Emerald Engagement Ring

Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Ring 

18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Ring

Customized Emerald Engagement Rings

For a bit of emerald inspiration, have a look at our gallery of custom-designed emerald engagement rings, created and purchased by our real customers. Browse the gallery, find one you love, and go create it for yourself!

Twisted Pavé Emerald Engagement Ring

1.82 Carat Round Natural Green Emerald Twisted Pave Halo Engagement Ring

Pear-Shaped Emerald Engagement Ring

1.64 Carat Pear Natural Green Emerald Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Baguette Side-Stone Emerald Engagement Ring

1.78 Carat Emerald Natural Green Emerald Tapered Baguette Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Famous Emerald Engagement Rings

Bold emerald engagement rings aren’t uncommon among the celeb crowd. A few of the most gorgeous are Halle Berry’s brilliant combo of emerald and yellow gold, Olivia Wilde’s emerald halo, and Zoe Saldana’s emerald center stone. Shop below for lookalikes!


Zoe Saldana

Emerald And Diamond Cluster Ring

14K Yellow Emerald And Diamond Cluster Ring


Olivia Wilde

Marquise Emerald And Diamond Ring

Olivia Wilde wearing Emerald Ring


Halle Berry

Cross Prong Diamond Accent Solitaire Ring (Emerald Center)

Halle Berry wearing emerald engagement ring

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?

Check out our birthstone guides: January Garnets * February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz.

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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

The stars must have aligned to create an April birthstone so sublime.

James Allen's April Birthstone Jewelry

Diamond, the April birthstone, needs a little introduction. It is, after all, the single most coveted precious stone in the world – not to mention, the object of many an engagement fantasy. But what exactly is it about the sparkly stone that makes it such a prize?

The answer lies in the stone’s rarity, toughness, and, above all, exceptional beauty.

Read on for the most sparkling diamond jewelry gifts for an April birthday!

Color: The April Birthstone

April birthstone diamond color

Diamonds’ coloring runs the gamut from totally colorless to quite colorful. The vast majority of diamonds exist on a spectrum of yellowish to colorless. Some people like the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond, especially when complemented with a warm jewelry metal, like a yellow or rose gold setting. However, most prefer the glacial quality of a colorless diamond, which is far rarer.

April birthstone fancy color diamonds

A popular alternative to colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds come in a range of natural hues including yellow and pink. Colors at the vivid end of the spectrum are quite rare and, therefore, more valuable.

Toughness: The April Birthstone

Diamonds are tough. Really tough. Like the-hardest-mineral-on-Earth tough. Being virtually indestructible has its advantages, of course. Diamonds do not require much maintenance to keep them looking new. They also retain their polish for a very long time, making them equally suitable for everyday wear and special occasions. Ironically, the only thing capable of scratching a diamond is another diamond, so it’s best to store diamond jewels separately.

Sparkle: The April Birthstone

Diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42, as well as a faceting pattern that efficiently returns light. The sparkle that we see with our own eyes is a result of 3 main factors: brilliance (reflected white light), fire (refracted color), and scintillation (surface sparkle).

Additionally, a diamond’s cut contributes to its impressive sparkle. A well-proportioned and symmetrical stone will display maximal fire and brilliance. Why? It ensures that light hits that particular stone in all the right places.

Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

The diamonds in these martini-style studs sit perfectly flush in their settings, making them appear to float on the ear. These diamond-forward earrings are heavy on the sparkle, yet minimal enough to be worn in absolutely any occasion.

Quote: ‘Very satisfied with the quality of the settings and diamonds. The three-prong martini setting is a very delicate setting but feels sturdy and it sits well on the earlobe. Highly recommend!’ -Joana C.

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

Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

The ultimate in classy sparkle. Slip this yellow gold diamond tennis bracelet onto your wrist and get ready to turn heads. This diamond-studded bracelet is stunning enough to be the centerpiece of your jewelry collection, yet simple enough to stack alongside a variety of diamond bracelet styles.

14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Quote: ‘The bracelet was full of sparkly and clear diamonds that looked huge. I misjudged how eye-catching this piece would be. If you want bling, this bracelet definitely delivers. Very pleased with my first experience with James Allen.’ – Nancy P.

Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

This stylish bracelet features a unique open design studded with 6 baguette-shaped diamonds and 16 round-cut diamonds! The perfect diamond jewelry piece for when you want to make a statement on the down-low. 

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Quote: ‘The bracelet is very pretty and my wife loved it!’ – Ron P.

Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

The tulip-inspired basket, with its softly draping lines and defined petals, is the crowning glory of this simple-yet-graceful engagement ring. This solitaire ring features a basket decorated with open leaf-inspired patterns that allow light to shine through. The rounded band is super comfortable. The more you wear it, the less you’ll want to take it off!

Quote: ‘The ring is absolutely beautiful, and exceeded my expectations. My fiancée loves it, and is so proud to show it to everybody. She comments everyday about how beautiful it is.’ – TIm L.

14K White Gold Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Shaped like a flower in full bloom, this ring’s halo does a fabulous job of framing the center diamond and bringing out its brilliance.

14K White Gold Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Have a gander at one of our most popular ring styles! This petite pavé engagement ring is a natural wonder in its own right. The ring’s pavé band is studded with petite, semi-exposed diamonds, maximizing the amount of light that hits their many, many facets and increasing this ring’s overall sparkle.

Quote: ‘The petite pavé engagement ring I purchased for my fiancée couldn’t have made her any happier! The detail and overall quality of this ring blew both of us away.’ – Alex L.


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The Fishtail Diamond Ring

A simple diamond ring is a perfect way to celebrate any significant life milestone: a birthday, graduation, promotion, or anything you deem diamond-worthy. This thin-banded stunner is blooming with 8 round brilliant diamonds, mounted smoothly in scalloped chevron prongs for a sturdy setting that’s ideal for daily wear.  This is a piece of durable diamond jewelry that will stand up to anything you throw at it throughout your hectic day.

14K White Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

Quote: ‘I ordered this band to go with my solitaire engagement ring and I love it! This band is very thin. I love the look of it.’ – Emily M.

Diamond Cluster Butterfly Ring

A customer-favorite diamond ring with a unique 1:2 diamond pattern reminiscent of whimsical butterflies. More diamonds = more facets = more sparkle. And that’s something we can all get behind! No wonder this diamond ring is one of our more popular designs. Plus, this diamond-heavy ring is actually extremely wearable. It lies flat against the wearer’s skin for a super-comfortable fit.

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Butterfly Ring

Quote: ‘This ring is packed with glitter! It’s a great flashy look for a reasonable price and gives the illusion of bigger diamonds from a distance.’ – Lorraine B.

Bezel-Set Diamond Pendant Necklace

This pendant necklace features a minimalist bezel setting that securely holds your chosen diamond, so your necklace will withstand thorough daily wear. However, this classic mounting is anything but traditional. It features an important twist: open sides to allow light to hit your chosen diamond’s side facets and bring out its glitter. This necklace is ideal for yellow gold lovers.

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

Quote: ‘I am very picky and this is my perfect solitaire necklace! The back on the mounting is designed to help a diamond lay flat and to keep the culet from poking you. The chain is very fine and the diamond in my setting is dazzling to wear due to the superb cut.’ – Rachael T.

Four Prong Diamond Pendant Necklace

A simple, yet gorgeous, diamond pendant that will quickly become a diamond jewelry wardrobe staple. This white gold necklace complements most necklines, and can easily be layered with other necklace styles. The four-prong setting exposes the sides of the center diamond, allowing light to hit from every angle and increasing your pendant’s shine.

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Quote: ‘More incredible than I could have hoped! I have to say, I am so impressed! This design is just perfect and really lets the diamond “shine”, literally and figuratively.’ – Maggie L.

An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

Discover our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds, True Hearts™ by James Allen.

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January GarnetFebruary AmethystMarch AquamarineMay EmeraldJuly RubySeptember SapphireNovember CitrineDecember Topaz

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2019 Oscars-Inspired Jewelry

This year’s Academy Awards hosted some of our favorite red carpets looks ever. Read on for our Oscars-inspired jewelry picks!

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Top Looks & Oscars-Inspired Jewelry

And the nominees for Oscars-inspired jewelry are…

Michelle Yeoh

The Crazy Rich Asians actress stunned in a metallic and light pink gown with floral details – achieving a similar spectacular effect as the rose gold and diamonds in our pavé sunburst engagement ring.

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Pavé Sunburst Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Diamond Pave Sunburst Engagement Ring

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Chris Evans

Captain America had us swooning double, both when he supported winner Regina King when her dress got caught and when he debuted this teal jacket on the red carpet. Crush it like Chris with our east-west emerald cut blue topaz ring (and read on about the December birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Blue Topaz Stackable Ring

14K White Gold London Blue Topaz And Diamond Stackable Ring

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Helen Mirren

Hot dame, we loved this look! The 2007 Oscar winner rocked a tulle gown with multiple layers of pink. Achieve the color texture and diamond accents with our rose gold pink sapphire stackable diamond ring.

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Pink Sapphire Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Alternating Arrow Shape Milgrain Bezel Pink Sapphire And Diamond Ring

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Charlize Theron

The Long Shot actress shocked us all with her new dramatic brunette bob paired with a dusty blue gown. For another light blue that packs a punch, check out our aquamarine floating halo ring (bonus: learn more about the March birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Aquamarine Halo Ring

14K White Gold Aquamarine And Diamond Floating Halo Ring

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Danai Gurira

In a glowing ball gown, long braids, and a golden headpiece, this Black Panther star looked like a total goddess. Get Danai’s ethereal look with our yellow gold bezel set stackable diamond ring.

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Open Bezel Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Open Bezel Set Graduated Diamond Ring

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Tina Fey

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt show creator opted for a bold strapless dress over her Bossypants. Mirror the effect of that striking blue with our cushion cut sapphire halo tennis bracelet (or consider a sapphire and diamond engagement ring!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Sapphire Tennis Bracelet

Oscars inspired jewelry Tina Fey - 14K White Gold Sapphire Cushion Cable Halo Tennis Bracelet (3.0mm)

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Emma Stone

Why win a gold statuette when you can be one instead? We’re stuck on The Favourite star’s unique sleeves and glittering pattern. Bee is just as sweet with our citrine honeycomb stackable ring (and learn more about the November birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Citrine Honeycomb Ring

14K Yellow Gold Citrine Honeycomb Ring

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Stephan James

We’d like to thank the Academy for this season of velvet jackets! This If Beale Street Could Talk actor treated us to a custom tux in fire engine red. Go from three-piece to three-stone with our trillion ruby engagement ring (then read all about the July birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Trillion Ruby Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

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Until next year…

The Oscars-Inspired Jewelry Afterparty

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Red Carpet Celebrity-Inspired Jewelry * 2018 Grammys-Inspired Jewelry

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Engagement Ring Trends 2019 * Fine Jewelry Trends 2019 * Celebrity Engagement Rings

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The February Birthstone: Amazing Amethyst

Purple it up with an accessory made of amethyst, the February birthstone.

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If you’re considering purchasing an amethyst, now’s a perfect time. Not only is it the February birthstone, but it’s a great way to usher in a bolder, more unconventional new year.

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The February Birthstone: Purple Reign

Prince was famously known as “the Purple One”, but everyone from Katy Perry to Sofia Vergara is posing in purple on the red carpet.

Whether you believe the February birthstone has the power to promote inner peace or you simply like the way it looks, you’ll find the allure of these hand-picked amethysts impossible to resist.

14K White Gold Amethyst Birthstone Earrings
Amethyst Stud Earrings

These richly hued amethyst stud earrings exude understated elegance, making them a classic choice for your special someone.

14K Rose Gold Amethyst And Diamond Butterfly Necklace By EFFY
Amethyst and Diamond Butterfly Necklace

Four gorgeous amethysts come together to create a butterfly necklace as intricate and delicate as its namesake.

The February Birthstone: A Purple Past

The February birthstone is as rich with symbolism as it is purple. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the grape-colored stone could prevent a person from getting drunk, thereby promoting clarity of mind. However, it is the legend of St. Valentine, who wore an amethyst ring while performing illicit marriages, that led to the modern-day practice of giving amethyst jewelry on Valentine’s Day.

The stone itself is a type of quartz mineral, ranging in hue from exquisite lilac to opulent plum. It pairs well with most metal types, complements every skin tone, and can elevate any outfit.

14K Rose Gold Amethyst And Diamond Studded Beaded Halo Ring
Amethyst and Diamond Studded Halo Ring

This whimsical cocktail ring features a diamond studded halo that complements the bezel-set center gemstone, adding a stunning pop of color to your everyday look.

14K Rose Gold East-West Emerald Cut Amethyst And Diamond Halo Bar Ring
East-West Emerald Cut Amethyst and Diamond Halo Bar Ring

This east-west emerald-cut bar ring straddles the wearer’s finger, creating a charming birthstone bridge. Perfect for the dressiest occasions or as an everyday statement piece.

The February Birthstone: In Pursuit of Purple

Do you see yourself rocking the purple in 2019? Vio-let us know in the comments below or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

While you’re at it, check out our other birthstone guides:
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in January 2018. It was updated in February 2019.

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The Fine Jewelry Trends of 2019

The spring 2019 runways debuted bold, creative, and instant-classic new jewelry. More good news: we’ve rounded up the hottest styles so that you can rock the fine jewelry trends of 2019!

Love is in the air this year… and in our case, the love is for all the show-stopping fine jewelry trends. Whether for your wedding day or every day, discover something new for 2019:

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Colorful Gemstone Clusters

Cheer is here! The 2019 runway shows were filled with completely colorful eye candy – jewelry combining gemstones from the softest morganites to the deepest sapphires. Like you and your SO, it turns out gemstones are even better together.

Diamond and Sapphire Gemstone Cluster Bar Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Yellow Orange Sapphire And Diamond Cluster Bar Necklace

Sapphire and Zircon Gemstone Cluster Earrings

14K White Gold Sapphire And Blue Zircon Cluster Earrings

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Hoop Earrings

Retro’s been reimagined with a glimmer of the hoop. Studded with diamonds, gemstones, or both, this sleek silhouette compliments your face shape while elevating any outfit. Opt for a huggie earring style or go all out with oversized statement hoops.

Inside Out Diamond Hoop Earrings

14K White Gold Inside Out Round Hoops, 1.50 Inch Diameter

Freshwater Pearl Hoop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Graduated Freshwater Cultured Pearl Hoop Earrings

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Arm Cuff Bangles

Jewelry trends have something new up their sleeve! It’s all about location, location, location – as in, the upper-arm location of these elegant cuff bracelets. This edgy upgrade has been spotted across fashion weeks and on our favorite celebrities.

Pssst… Need a bracelet guide? We got you.

Criss Cross Diamond Cuff Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Criss Cross Diamond Cuff Bracelet

Vine Motif Diamond Cuff Bracelet

14K White Gold Vine Motif Diamond Hinged Bracelet

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Silvery Metals

White gold and platinum fine jewelry are having their moment. Nod to tradition with this classic metallic hue in updated designs, like bold key pendants and open silhouette rings. The best part? These metals highlight diamonds’ brilliance and make gemstones pop.

To choose between the silvery metals, read up about white gold jewelry and platinum jewelry.

Sunburst Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Sunburst Diamond Ring

Diamond Scroll Key Pendant

14K White Gold Diamond Scroll Key Necklace

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Chain Drop Earrings

Delicate, dangling chains have arrived and we’re all ears! 2019 shows featured plenty of these ethereal earrings. Wear ‘em with your hair down for an instant shining highlight or with your hair up for a flattering, elongating effect.

Multi Gemstone Drop Earrings

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Pearl and Diamond Drop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Drop Earrings

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Ready to make these fine jewelry trends your own?

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For a Breath of Fresh Flair…

Keep the inspiration going with 2019’s Engagement Ring Trends.

More fine jewelry finds: New Pearl JewelryDiamond Bracelet GuideDiamond Eternity RingsDiamond Cluster JewelryBirthstone Jewelry GiftsRed Carpet-Inspired Jewelry

Jewelry gift guides: Anniversary GiftsValentine’s Day Gifts –  Gifts for Friends

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Gorgeous Garnets: the January Birthstone

Time to be well-red! Find the perfect jewelry gift with garnet, the January birthstone.

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Though its most common shade is an intense red, garnets range from transparent to opaque and all across the color spectrum. Red garnet is striking when set in white gold and platinum and has a softer beauty when set in warmer metals. Read on for garnet symbolism and gorgeous January birthstone jewelry gifts!

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January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Rings

Garnet and Diamond Pavé Ring

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This oval cut garnet ring is flanked by studded pavé diamonds. We’d choose this one as an alternative engagement ring because of its powerful symbolism – the garnet birthstone is believed to revitalize, purify, and bring serenity to the wearer.

Garnet Beaded Halo Ring

14K Rose Gold Garnet And Diamond Studded Beaded Halo Ring

Rose gold throws it back to Late Antique Rome, when both bronze hues and garnet jewelry were extremely popular. Plenty of other civilizations did as the Romans did: the January birthstone was adorned by ancient Egyptian pharaohs and medieval nobility alike.

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Perfect Fit Garnet Wedding Ring

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“Garnet” likely comes from the same root as “pomegranate,” mirroring the small, seed-like red gems that line this ring. Bonus: whether for a stackable ring or a wedding band, the Perfect Fit grooves on the sides make sure that your January birthstones stay front and center.

Oval Garnet Art Deco Ring

Oval Garnet Art Deco Ring

This garnet dips deeper into purple with glamour worthy of the 1920s Art Deco style. It’s the perfect size for everyday wear, while the diamond-garnet combo adds some luxe to the classy January gem.

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January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Necklaces

Floating Halo Garnet Necklace

14K Rose Gold Garnet And Diamond Floating Halo Necklace

The January birthstone symbolizes loving, lasting friendship – and like all of us, this gemstone is made even brighter by those that surround it! The garnet and its wearer make a sweet tag team; tradition holds that those who wear garnet and act kindly will receive kindness in return.

Elongated Cushion Garnet Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Elongated Cushion Halo Garnet And Diamond Necklace

OMGarnet, this pendant as an anniversary gift would be a dream. If it’s your second wedding anniversary, you’re in luck – the garnet is the go-to jewelry gemstone for year two gifts, and this smoky, cushion-cut rhodolite is sure not to disappoint!

East West Garnet Halo Necklace

East West Garnet Halo Necklace

The east-west horizontal setting of this pendant is perfect for the January birthstone. In fact, the garnet’s claim to fame stretches across America from East Coast (as the state gemstone of New York and the state mineral of Connecticut) to the West Coast (as the state gemstone of Idaho).

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January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Earrings

Garnet Stud Earrings

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Basic studs get a bright, vivid upgrade with these round cut January birthstone earrings. Simplicity is key, and we especially love this garnet earring basket setting in yellow gold for all-around warmth.

Drop Garnet Cluster Earrings

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This gemstone trio lights fire with fire! Combined with round cut fire opal and citrine, these marquise cut garnet drop earrings add a flaming hot touch to any look. Though the colors are bold, these earrings’ silhouette makes them completely refined.

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Our birthstone guides: December Blue TopazNovember CitrinesSeptember SapphiresFebruary AmethystsMarch AquamarinesApril DiamondsMay EmeraldsJuly Rubies.

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Cool Blue Topaz: the December Birthstone

Shine through the winter with blue topaz, the December birthstone.

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Blue Topaz And Diamond Halo Bypass Ring

Blue topaz jewelry is perfect for December birthday gifts, 4th, and 19th wedding anniversary presents, or particular fans of the state gemstone of Texas. The gemstone’s wintry shades range from pale sky to deep London blue. Want to learn more about our favorite December birthstone? Read on and explore James Allen’s blue topaz jewelry collection!

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December Birthstone Symbolism

Blue topaz is the gift that keeps on giving – it’s said to bring creativity, focus, calmness, confidence, and sweet dreams to the wearer. The Portuguese royal family clearly took these qualities to heart: the Braganza Portuguese Crown features an uncut topaz weighing over 1,600 carats!

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December Birthstone Gifts: Blue Topaz Rings

A mark of loyalty throughout history, blue topaz engagement rings are an extra meaningful choice. Not quite ready to lay those blueprints yet, or already tied the knot? Go for a blue topaz ring as a romantic jewelry gift!

Emerald Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Blue Topaz And Diamond Ring By EFFY (7.0x5.0mm)

Perfect Fit Pavé Blue Topaz Ring

14K White Gold Perfect Fit Single Row Pave Blue Topaz Ring

Oval Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Blue Topaz And Diamond Pave Birthstone Ring (8.0x6.0mm)

Bezel Trio Topaz and Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Round Trio Bezel Set Blue Topaz And Diamond Ring

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December Birthstone Gifts: Blue Topaz Earrings

Blue topaz represents attentiveness, so earrings in the December birthstone reflect the wearer’s power of listening. Opt for bold blue topaz earrings with halos or drops, or keep it classic with blue topaz studs.

Octagon Halo Blue Topaz Earrings

18K White Gold Octogan Blue Topaz And Diamond Earrings (9.0x9.0mm)

Round Cut Blue Topaz Studs

14K White Gold Blue Topaz Birthstone Earrings

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December Birthstone Gifts: Blue Topaz Necklaces

Our #1 takeaway from Cinderella: if the blue fits, wear it! A blue topaz pendant completes any outfit with a vivid burst of color. Browse December birthstone necklaces to give as a present or to adorn and adore for yourself.

Round Cut Blue Topaz Pendant

14K White Gold Blue Topaz Birthstone Pendant (5mm)

London Blue Topaz Necklace

14K White Gold Art Nouveau Inspired Blue Topaz And Diamond Necklace

Bezel Blue Topaz Diamond Necklace

14K White Gold Blue Topaz And Diamond Bezel Necklace (8.0mm)

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To Dos: Blues

Our birthstone guides: November CitrinesSeptember SapphiresJanuary GarnetsFebruary AmethystsMarch AquamarinesApril Diamonds May Emeralds ♦ July Rubies.

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Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Rings

Read on for some sapphire and diamond engagement ring inspiration…

Trending sapphire and diamond engagement rings

Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been associated with royalty for centuries. The gemstone brings to mind Princess Diana’s famous and beautiful sapphire and diamond ring, which now adorns Kate Middleton’s graceful hand (shop a more affordable ring lookalike here!).

Though the most popular sapphire color is blue, sapphire stones also come in pink, green, yellow, and more. Sapphires have forever been a symbol of trust, loyalty and protection. When worn, the September birthstone is believed to protect loved ones and give its wearer clarity, health, modesty, intelligence, inner peace, and optimism. The stunning gemstone has long been a representation of sincerity and truth.

Design Your Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring This September

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Sapphire Symbolism

PURITY

Walk down the aisle in pure white, with something blue.

14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring
Vintage Round Diamond and Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

WISDOM

Show off your intelligence in a smart sapphire and diamond ring.

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
White Gold Three-Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

FAITHFULNESS

Your stunning sapphire ring will be a constant reminder to stay faithful to who you are.

14K White Gold Enchanted Swirl Engagement Ring
White Gold Enchanted Swirl Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

OPTIMISM

Nothing can get you down when you’re wearing this sizzling sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

14K White Gold Floral Engagement Ring
White Gold Side-Stone Floral Sapphire Engagement Ring

SENSITIVITY

Your sapphire gemstone ring will be a token of appreciation for your ability to stay in tune with others’ feelings.

14K Rose Gold Three Stone Princess Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Rose Gold Three-Stone Princess Sapphire Engagement Ring

SPIRITUALITY

When you glance down at this bird of paradise engagement ring, you’ll feel at peace with yourself as you’re reminded of your deep connection to your fiancé-to-be.

14K White Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring
White Gold Bird of Paradise Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

MODESTY

Take pride in your power to understand your shortcomings – it will help you become the best version of yourself.

2.47 Carat Round Natural Blue Sapphire 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring
White Gold Six-Prong Knife Edge Solitaire Sapphire Engagement Ring

CLARITY

This sunburst sapphire and diamond engagement ring will remind you what’s really important in life.

14K White Gold Blue Sapphire Pave Sunburst Engagement Ring
White Gold Sunburst Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

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1.94 Carat Round Natural Blue Sapphire Twisted Pave Halo Engagement Ring
Platinum Twisted Pavé Halo Engagement Ring with Round Cut Sapphire

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1.94 Carat Round Natural Blue Sapphire Three Stone Decorative Bridge Engagement Ring
Platinum Three-Stone Decorative Bridge Engagement Ring with Round Cut Sapphire

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3.19 Carat Heart Natural Blue Sapphire Bar Set And Three Sided Pave Diamond Engagement Ring
White Gold Bar-Set and Three-Sided Pavé Engagement Ring with Heart Shaped Sapphire

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Sapphire and Diamond Fine Jewelry to Swoon Over

Blue Pave Clover Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
Blue Pavé Clover Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
18K White Gold Oval Shape Blue Sapphire And Diamond Bracelet
Oval Shape Blue Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet
18K White Gold Sapphire And Diamond Halo Earrings
Halo Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
14K White Gold Blue Sapphire And Diamond Halo Necklace
Blue Sapphire and Diamond Halo Necklace

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All about November Birthstone with James Allen’s tips

Citrine, the November birthstone, is one of the top-selling yellow gemstones. Here’s why.

14K Yellow Gold Cushion Cut Madeira Citrine Checkerboard Leverback Earrings

If you’re a lover of citrus fruit and earth tones in general, you’re in for a real treat with this month’s birthstone. Introducing citrine, the vitamin C of gemstones. Citrine gets its succulent-sounding name from its lemon-yellow coloration.

Wearers of the November birthstone are said to experience enlightenment, optimism, warmth, and clarity, as well as a decrease in negative energy. It’s also thought to aid in healing the physical self.

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November Birthstone: Sweet Citrines Are Made of This

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Citrine Diamond Huggie Earrings

Like amethyst, citrine is a variety of quartz – one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth’s crust. Its yellow-to-orange hues are caused by trace amounts of iron in its crystal structure.

Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on any of this!

November Birthstone: Few and Far Citrine

18K Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Citrine And Diamond Necklace
Emerald-Cut Citrine and Diamond Necklace

Given the abundance and variety of quartz, you’d be forgiven for thinking that citrine, too, is a common gemstone. However, natural yellow citrine is actually quite rare.

Nevertheless, the November birthstone is relatively affordable, so you can get a much larger, more ornate stone for your dollar. Citrine’s value is not determined by size, but rather by the intensity of color. The more intense the color, the more expensive the stone.

Pro tip: Citrine is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz, which has a similar appearance. Make sure you’re not overpaying for citrine mislabeled as topaz.

November Birthstone: Celebs and Citrine

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Octogan Citrine and Diamond Ring

Kate Middleton may officially go by The Duchess of Cambridge, but we know her simply as the Queen of Citrine. Her ring is estimated to be around five to seven carats, yet surprisingly light on the purse strings.

Another celeb to say Hello to the November birthstone is Adele. The Grammy Award winner swears by citrine and won’t perform without it. She goes so far as to attribute the success of her live shows to the crystal’s supposed powers.

November Birthstone: A Citrine Come True

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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 the March birthstone and find the perfect aquamarine gift for a March birthday.

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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. Its color ranges across the blue spectrum, from pale to deep azure. What’s consistent, however, is this gemstone’s exceptional clarity.

The March Birthstone

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 sooth the wearer’s temper and to nurture love. 

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 strong, durable jewel that stands up well to daily wear. So whether or not you’re a March baby, the aquamarine is a stunning gemstone that deserves to be a centerpiece of any jewelry collection.

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. 

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 Jewelry Birthstone Gifts

Hello, hydration! These aquamarine gemstone gifts pack gorgeous, translucent bursts of energy. 

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. 

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 gemstone will positively glow on your finger.

14K Yellow Gold 2.3mm Aquamarine Solitaire Birthstone Ring

Dual-Blue Sapphire and Aquamarine Ring

Dual-Blue Sapphire and Aquamarine Ring

Aquamarine and sapphire; two classic and beloved azure jewels. It’s a successful mix of new and traditional jewelry styles. The modern look of the opposing shapes and shades of the two stones is offset by the vintage feel of the yellow gold solitaire band. These true blues make the perfect power couple in this double-or-nothing yellow gold ring. Both gemstones are of exceptionally clear grades, so you won’t lack sparkle.

East-West Aquamarine & Diamond Accent 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.

Trio Halo Aquamarine Earrings

Get dripping in these aquamarine earrings surrounded with diamond halos, reminiscent of springtime raindrops. Each earring is made up of three stones, surrounded by diamond halos, that gradually increase in size. These sparkling droplets are so sleek, you’ll take to them like a duck to water.

Aquamarine Birthstone Studs

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. 

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 And Diamond Floating Halo Necklace

Why be shy about it? Your aquamarine is stunning and you know it. This necklace shows off aquamarine 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.

14K White Gold Aquamarine And Diamond Floating Halo Necklace

Aquamarine And Diamond Floating Halo Ring

And let’s pair that floating halo necklace with a matching stunner – a floating halo ring worthy of a diva! This super-glam ring is a piece that owns the room. It’s an ice-breaking piece of ice that’s a definite conversation starter. But this ring doesn’t have to stand alone. Feel free to pair it with any number of smaller and simpler rings, like a yellow gold aquamarine ring or a two-toned solitaire ring.

14K White Gold Aquamarine And Diamond Floating Halo Ring

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide

We all know that Valentine’s Day is synonymous with hearts, flowers and the colors red and pink. This year, get creative and take these ideas to the next level when choosing a gift for your one and only. Check out this Valentine’s Day gift guide and surprise your significant other with a thoughtful piece of jewelry that will last forever.

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HEART SHAPED DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

February 14th marks one of the most popular days to propose and there’s a good reason why: when it comes to designing an engagement ring, pair the setting with a heart shaped diamond to complement the theme of love. It’ll serve as a reminder of this particular Valentine’s Day as well as your future anniversary. Plus, the rose gold band adds a nice touch that is oh-so-popular right now (especially among celebs).

14K Rose Gold Common Prong Round Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

ART DECO INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT RING

In the ‘20s and ‘30s, Art Deco greatly influenced architecture, paintings and sculptures around the globe. If she’s an old soul with an affinity for all things vintage, this Art Deco-inspired ring makes for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift.

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

WHITE GOLD FOUR PRONG LAB-CREATED DIAMOND TENNIS BRACELET

Show her she’s your number one with a timeless white gold stunner. Lightweight and flexible, the row of diamonds on this tennis bracelet adds just the right amount of sparkle for everyday wear. It a win-win for sure.

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

WHITE GOLD PRINCESS CUT RUBY AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

It’s said that red symbolizes passion, desire and, yes, love. These earrings feature diamonds in the center, surrounded by marquise-cut rubies. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift along with a box of chocolates.