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2021 Fine Jewelry Trends: What To Watch For

Burst into 2021 and leave the past year behind you. All you have to do – slip on some of the new year’s trending styles to get you in the mood to totally own the next 12 months.

2021 Fine Jewelry Trends

After the rollercoaster ride that was 2020, jewelry shopper preferences have turned to the classics: pieces that hold a timeless charm. The fine jewelry trends of 2021 are pieces that put diamonds front-and-center and are particularly popular. Why? They’re universally stylish. They won’t ever trend-out. And they make gifts that never fail to delight! 

We can say with confidence that 2021 will be the year of the lab-grown diamond. 30% more affordable than earth-created diamonds, lab-grown diamonds are chemically and optically identical to traditionally mined diamonds. The only difference is that they’ve created, as you may have guessed, in a laboratory! Yes, and they are 100% pure diamonds.

How it’s done: scientists create these cutting-edge diamonds by first placing a tiny carbon “seed” in a specialized diamond-growing chamber. These chambers simulate the intense pressure and high heat conditions that facilitate diamond growth deep underground. As the heat and pressure work their magic, carbon vapor is gradually applied, microscopic layer by layer, onto the slowly growing diamond seed. After a few months, the lab-grown diamond is ready to be cut and polished! Thus the diamond creation process, which normally occurs on a geologic time scale, is sped up to take only a few months. 

Growing a diamond in a lab uses minimal time and resources compared to mining an earth-created diamond, which is why it costs so much less to produce. Those savings are passed on to you, allowing you to nab an honest-to-goodness diamond for 30% less than you thought you could.

And now the best news of all: our diamond studs and diamond pendants can all be set with lab-grown diamonds! Stick to your budget and still score the carat size of your dreams.

1. Diamond Rings

This just in: rings featuring small, glittering diamonds are trending in 2021. Diamond rings don’t always have to come in the form of wedding or engagement rings. Diamonds’ sparkle makes them perfectly wearable additions to a normal weekday outfit. Plus, they can be worn however you’d like: the diamond rings below are subtle enough to add to a ring stack, yet strong enough to be worn alone for a more minimalist look. They also make the perfect gift if you’re looking for something special, but not too extravagant. 

Peeking Diamond Ring

The small, off-set center diamond emanates an uncommon cheekiness! Its 14K yellow gold solitaire band makes this ring perfect for mixing-and-matching in a ring stack.

14K Yellow Gold Peeking Diamond Ring

Open Luxe Diamond Ring

This is a diamond ring with a unique perspective. The striking open style teams up with graceful baguette-cut diamonds for a true head-turner of a ring.

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Ring

Bezel-Set Diamond Bubble Ring

This is a diamond ring for wearers that live on the lighter side of life. A fun whirl of bezel-set diamonds in various shapes dances across the wearer’s finger!

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Bubble Ring

Milgrain Blossom Ring

A delicate solitaire ring that blossoms into a six-petalled diamond flower. Simple, feminine, and cute as anything.

14K Rose Gold Milgrain Golden Blossoms Diamond Ring

2. Diamond Pendant Necklaces

One of the biggest  fine jewelry trends of 2021 include necklaces that showcase an eye-catching center stone. And what better than a pendant necklace to show off a singular diamond? You can even suit it to your style with a custom setting. Dainty and simple, diamond pendants look stunning around absolutely any neck. This means that they’re a gift that always succeeds. Plus, these diamond necklaces:

  • Suit most necklines – wear them with anything!
  • Are lightweight and easy to wear throughout the day
  • Make for excellent layering pieces

Emerald-Cut Diamond Necklace

Emerald-cut diamonds are a classic shape that gives off an undeniable air of royalty. We’re thinking of Grace Kelly, actress-turned-Princess of Monaco, and her astonishing emerald-cut diamond engagement ring, or Princess Diana and her penchant for emerald-cut gemstones. Go royal with this understated diamond necklace.

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Shape Diamond Solitaire Pendant

Double Prong Diamond Necklace

Double prongs add a twist to a classic four prong setting. The basket is somewhat conical, so this pendant tends to tilt slightly to catch the light even with minimal movement by the wearer.

14K Yellow Gold Double Prong Diamond Pendant

Milgrain Halo Diamond Necklace

A gracefully beaded halo adds depth and 360° coverage to the diamond of your choice. And the domed mounting allows your diamond’s facets to turn toward the light with every move.

14K White Gold Milgrain Bezel Diamond Pendant

3. Stacked Tennis Bracelets

Maybe one diamond isn’t enough. Maybe what you really dream of is a wrist full of diamonds – dozens of them! Tennis bracelets can span the bling spectrum. While they’re definitely packed with enough shine to stand alone, they’re also wearable enough to add to your daily jewelry stack – layer various styles of diamond bracelets to suit your glitter level to the occasion. Mix-and-match various styles and metals of tennis bracelets for an extremely on-trend 2021 jewelry wardrobe. Want celeb style inspo? A tennis bracelet is a constant presence on the red carpet! Stars like Meghan Markle, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicole Kidman often make it a point to accessorize their gowns with a graceful line of diamonds on their wrists.

Rose Gold Bezel-Set Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Go for a modern look with rose gold! The bezel settings on this tennis bracelet will keep all 64 diamonds snug, secure, and smooth. Wear this bracelet during any activity you want – it won’t snag on fabric or get in the way of your active lifestyle!

14K Rose Gold Bezel Diamond Tennis Bracelet

White Gold Four-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

The classic white gold tennis bracelet in a four-prong setting that holds your diamonds securely and flush to your wrist. This is a beauty that you’ll never want to take off.

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Yellow Gold Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Add a touch of whimsy to your wrist with the diamond-studded, flower-shaped clasp on this classic three-prong tennis bracelet!

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

4. Diamond Earrings

Diamond stud earrings had a meteoric rise this past year. Even as the world hunkered down to weather the COVID pandemic, diamond earrings saw a steady increase in popularity. Why? Well, we have a few theories:

  1. They’re utterly wearable. They’re so lightweight that you can put them on, forget about them, and look fabulous the entire day without even trying. Even on Zoom.
  2. They suit any budget. The larger your budget, the more you can scale up your carat size. But even if your budget is relatively small, diamond studs afford you the most sparkle per dollar of any jewelry style.
  3. They’re excellent self-gifts. Got an important milestone you want to mark? Maybe a graduation, a big promotion at work, or a personal achievement you’re proud of? Celebrate yourself with diamond earrings.
  4. Their sparkle is easy to flaunt! If you want your diamonds to stand out, then earrings make sure they’ll always be at everyone’s eye level! 

Scalloped Basket Diamond Earrings

A rounded scalloped basket holds your diamonds of choice snugly against your lobes. This 6-armed mounting allows light to enter the diamond both from the sides and the front.

14K Yellow Gold Pair Of Scallop Basket Diamond Stud Earrings

Milgrain Bezel Diamond Earrings

The milgrain bezel setting on these stunning earrings mixes modern with vintage. The rolled wire basket carries your diamond slightly off the ear without sacrificing comfort.

14K White Gold Pair Of Milgrain Bezel Diamond Stud Earrings

Four Prong Diamond Earrings

Ooooh what a classic! These four prong diamond earrings are mounted in minimalist settings, allowing your diamonds to shine as light strikes their facets from every angle.

14K White Gold Four Prong Stud Earrings

Princess Cut Diamond Earrings

Why go round? Choose any cut of diamond, including princess-cut. This large square cut takes up more surface area on your lobe than a round diamond of the same carat weight. Meaning, that’s more wow for your budget.

14K Yellow Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

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Minimalist Jewelry: Back To Basics

We’re going back to basics. Find out why minimalist jewelry is hot and here to stay.

Woman wearing a minimalist necklace

When it comes to sparkle, your first instinct would be ‘go big or go home’, right? Here’s some food for thought: Taking things down a notch can also make you look low-key gorgeous. Read why minimalist jewelry is plain and simply the best:

Subtle, Yet Sparkly

Sometimes, less is more. Minimalist jewelry helps create a simple, yet elegant look that allows your natural beauty to shine through. Want a glow that’s simple yet striking? Get creative by pairing stackable rings. Style tip: Stack a white and yellow gold ring together on one finger, or rock a single ring on your index and middle finger for side-by-side sparkle.


White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring


Yellow Gold North-South Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold North South Diamond Ring

Timeless Appeal

Minimalist jewelry offers its wearer a clean and classy look that’ll never go out of style, like these basic yet brilliant pearl and diamond necklaces. Don’t worry, our subtle statements are equally Instagram-friendly as they are gorgeous. Pro tip: Don’t forget to head over to our Instagram @jamesallenrings and hit follow!

White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Necklace

Yellow Gold Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace By Brevani

Rose Gold Infinity Pavé Necklace

Minimal, Yet Sentimental

In some cases, the simplest sparkle can carry the most meaning. Remember, minimal does not mean less sentimental! The timeless appeal of minimalist jewelry also makes it the perfect gift. Choose our diamond bar or open luxe bracelets for a delicate yet dazzling glow for you or that special someone.

White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

14K White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

Yellow Gold Open Luxe Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Rose Gold Petite Arrow Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Petite Arrow Diamond Bracelet

The Perfect Match, Everytime.

Minimalist jewelry is versatile and can easily be paired with almost any of your favorite outfits. Fashion trends come and go, but minimalistic designs are not going anywhere! Consider a pair of classic diamond stud earrings or chic huggie hoops. The result? The ultimate mix of simplicity and style.

White Gold Four Prong Round Studs

14K White Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

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The Most Memorable Graduation Gifts

With in-person graduation ceremonies canceled, an exceptional graduation gift can save your grad’s special day. Believe us, they’ll look gooooood over Zoom!

The Most Memorable Graduation Gifts

So, what are the most popular graduation gifts? Most seem to consist of classic daily wear staples like diamond earrings, bracelets, and rings. You know, pieces that graduates can wear on special occasions for the rest of their lives, starting with that first post-college interview for their dream job.

Graduation Gifts: EARRINGS

Diamond earrings are THE most popular graduation gifts. These petite sparklers pack a punch in a versatile package. They’re perfect for work, for casual weekends, and for happy hours with new friends in new cities.

Milgrain Bezel Diamond Stud Earrings

Milgrain Bezel Diamond Stud Earrings

“Bought these for our daughter, who’s graduating college. They’re beautiful – they catch the light and sparkle! Our daughter loves them.”
-Sandra C.

Bezel Diamond Stud Earrings

14K White Gold Pair Of Bezel Diamond Stud Earrings

“I ordered beautiful diamond solitaire earrings for my daughter’s graduation and they were more lovely than I expected. Bravo!”
-Shannon D.

Pavé Open Circle Diamond Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Open Circle Diamond Earrings

“The diamond quality and setting are absolutely gorgeous!! I’m so glad I ordered these for my daughter who is graduating next week!”
-Nora M.


GRADUATION GIFT-GIVING TIPS!

  • Choose a piece that complements your graduate’s style or fills in a gap in their jewelry collection.
  • Collaborate with family & friends. If aunt Judy is set on gifting earrings, move your focus over to bracelets or rings.

Graduation Gifts: BRACELETS

Bracelets are incredibly meaningful graduation gifts that give off a different class of shine. Not only are diamond bracelets classy, they’re simply the epitome of professional. When your graduate slips on one of these bracelets, they’ll feel ready to take on the world.

Two-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Two Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

“This bracelet was my high school graduation gift, and I couldn’t be happier! It is impossibly elegant yet also simple enough to wear with sweats.”
-Claire S.

Boho Diamond Bracelet

14K White Gold Bolo Diamond Bracelet

“My husband and I bought this for our daughter who graduated from law school. She was so surprised, happy, and very grateful. My daughter loved the bracelet and of course, we knew we had made the right choice.”
-Laura P.


MORE GRADUATION GIFT-GIVING TIPS!

  • Give graduation gifts before the ceremony. That way, your scholar can look stunning walking across the stage (or appearing on Zoom) to receive that diploma.
  • Ask the scholar! Is there a piece of jewelry they’ve had their eye on? Find their dream jewelry design together.

Graduation Gifts: RINGS

What? A diamond ring – for graduation? Though it may seem far-fetched, “engagement rings” are super popular graduation gifts. Why? One reason may be that they can be engraved for free. A memorable inscription will always remind your new grad of their academic achievement! That’s why diamond rings are the go-to choice for those searching for meaningful jewelry graduation gifts.

Knife-Edge Solitaire Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold 2.5mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

I bought this as a gift for myself after graduation. The stone, the quality, and the setting is amazing.”
-Yashaswini Y.

Vintage Infinity Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

“I ordered this ring for my daughter’s college graduation, and she was wearing the ring when she walked on graduation day…amazing!”
-Timothy F.

Five-Stone Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Five Stone Diamond Wedding Ring

My parents gave me this five-stone ring when I graduated college. I wear it on my right hand and the diamonds are amazing.”
-Nguyen L

More bright gifts for the brightest graduates:

  1. How to Choose A Foolproof Gift
  2. Holiday Jewelry Gift Trends
  3. Jewelry Gifts Under $1000
  4. Your Guide To Diamond Bracelets

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Your Guide to Diamond Bracelets

Dazzling diamond bracelets: shimmer at your own wrist!

Rose gold open luxe diamond bracelets

Diamond bracelets are a total wardrobe staple, a holiday gift that’s easy to love and impossible to forget. Trying to find the bracelet that matches your style and price point? We’re here to break it down for you! Presenting: your guide to diamond bracelets.

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Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Tennis Bracelets? Love. This versatile style works wonders whether paired with a ballgown or jeans and a t-shirt. While traditional tennis bracelet feature round-cut diamonds all around, fun variations include gemstones, unique diamond shapes, and decorated clasps.

Classic Diamond Tennis Bracelet

White Gold Classic Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Two-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Rose Gold Two-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

White Gold Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Ruby and Diamond Tennis Bracelet

White gold ruby gemstone tennis diamond bracelets

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Diamond Bracelets: Chains

Chain bracelets include more affordable and delicate designs. Their diamond accents add a touch of subtle sparkle – a beautiful way to wear your art on your sleeve. Many chain bracelets also have adjustable clasps, making them a good option for small wrists.

Diamond Bar Bracelet

white gold bar chain diamond bracelets

Diamond Disc Bracelet

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Diamond Bracelets: Bangles

The rigidity of diamond bangles allows for elegant and dramatic shapes, proof that a little structure can make creativity shine. Choose a simple bangle to keep it classic or try a more daring statement piece. For the best of both worlds: stack multiple diamond bangles (a look that’s totally on-trend).

Pavé Diamond Bangle

yellow gold Pavé bangle diamond bracelets

Criss Cross Diamond Bangle

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Open Vine Diamond Bangle

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Wave Baguette Diamond Bangle

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