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St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Green Glitz On

St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Green Glitz On

Tradition says that we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but it does not say that green can’t sparkle and shine! You do not have to be from the Emerald Isle in order to rock these fabulous pieces. From engaging emeralds to radiant earrings, celebrate with the utmost luxury and style.

Who Was St. Patrick?

There are many legends around this 4th-century saint: that he drove snakes out of Ireland and explained religious doctrine using a shamrock. This slave turned saint was first celebrated in Ireland with religious services.

However, immigrants to the United States transformed this holiday into a largely secular celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is now famous for its fun celebrations, marked by parades and the color green, where both Irish and non-Irish participate in this sparkling shamrock fest.

The Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day
green water coming out of a fountain for St. Patrick's Day

Going Green

The entirety of March is often dedicated to going green for St. Patrick’s Day. Events can be found all over the country, marked by this signature color. 

Green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day for many reasons. Green is a color of nationalism on the Irish flag, it is the color of the shamrock, an Irish symbol, and many believed that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns.

Wearing green would protect you from these mythical creatures who would pinch anyone NOT wearing the color.

Leprechaun asking are you wearing green?
Dancers for St. Patrick's Day in Boston

Celebrants have come to pinch anyone not wearing green, to remind them of their risk of being pinched by these supernatural beings of Irish folklore.

Green is also the color of spring and the shamrock, and for the last several decades, the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day.

Learn more about May’s birthstone and see celebrity-inspired ways to wear the gem here!

The Emerald Isle

Ireland is revered for its lavish green landscapes, earning it its famous nickname. The perfect green hue of emeralds matches the rolling hills of the Irish countryside; it is also quite symbolic. 

Green emeralds symbolize spring, rebirth, renewal, wisdom, and are even thought to have healing properties for eyes, ears, and skin. The gemstone is also thought to represent love, faithfulness, and eloquence.

Emeralds are also thought to improve wealth, intelligence, and creativity. Emerald engagement rings symbolize the love that will last forever. It is no wonder this sparkling lush gemstone is the choice of many for their engagement rings.

Check out some emerald engagement rings from James Allen or go here to design your own!

Round Split Halo Engagement Ring 

18K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring, 1.06 Carat Round Green Emerald

“May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold—and at the end of your rainbows ay you find a pot of gold.”

-Old Irish Blessing

 Pavé Trio Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Trio Engagement Ring, 1.02 carat Emerald Natural Green Emerald

“Wishing you a pot o’ gold and all the joy your heart can hold.”

-Unknown

Bezel Set Engagement Ring

“We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.”

-Marianne Williamson

Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring, 1.40 carat Round Natural Green Emerald

“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”

-Jimmy Dean

Dazzle For St. Patrick’s Day

James Allen has many options to rock this glimmering green gemstone and sparkle with sophistication. Whether choosing a great pair of earrings, a beautiful bracelet, or a stunning necklace, you can avoid getting pinched with these perfectly green pieces that shine brighter than any pot of gold:

Alternating Oval Hoop Earrings

14K White Gold Alternating Oval Emerald And Round Diamond Hoop Earrings

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”

-Wilson Mizner

Emerald Birthstone Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Necklace

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

-Irish Blessing

Emerald Birthstone Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Earrings

“Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.”

-Nora Roberts

Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

14K Yellow Gold Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”

-Douglas MacArthur

May Birthstone Gifts

Emeralds might be May’s birthstone, but you’ll want to wear this charming gem no matter when you were born. Check out these pieces from James Allen and add color to your jewelry collection. Receiving pieces with this gemstone will truly have you feeling the luck of the Irish.

Oval Halo Earrings

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

“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.”

-Barbara Sher

Alternating Arrow Milgrain Bezel Ring

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

“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”

-Pope John Paul II

Marquise Emerald Pendant

14K White Gold Marquise Emerald And Diamond Pendant

“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”

-Tennessee Williams

Halo Emerald Earrings

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

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.”

-Irish Proverb

Check out our other gemstone and birthstone guides:

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

Check out celebrity engagement rings and looks:

Sofia VergaraHailey Bieber * 2020 Oscars * Royal Engagements * Pippa Middleton * Miranda Kerr * Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, & More!

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special someone? Or maybe you’re looking to reward yourself with some end-of-year sparkle? James Allen is here with the best holiday gift ideas for 2021.

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

The 2021 gift-giving season is a complicated one. Supply chain issues and shipping delays have made it even more difficult to find – and receive – great gifts in time for the holidays. But no worries! Below you can find a list of unique Christmas gifts that, yes, will ship in time for you to put them under the tree.  

For the 2021 holiday season, we’re focusing on gemstone jewelry sets. Gemstone holiday gifts are particularly popular this year, and as you read on you’ll learn why.

What Are Jewelry Sets?

What’s a jewelry set? It’s a pair, or trio, or quartet of matching or complementary jewelry pieces. Any combination of earrings + necklace + ring + bracelet counts as a jewelry set. 

Why Should I Purchase Jewelry As a Set? 

Purchasing a few pieces of jewelry at once is a greater commitment than purchasing them one at a time. So why do it? 

  1. Because wearing matching jewelry makes a much larger visual impact than wearing disparate pieces. Jewelry sets look extremely professional, put-together, and they take the stress out of coordinating your jewelry “wardrobe.” Just throw on the matching set and you’re good to go!  
  2. It’s a versatile purchase. Any jewelry set can be worn separately for any occasion. 
  3. Gifting a jewelry set is guaranteed to drop some jaws. Unwrapping multiple pieces is an experience that any gift recipient will remember for ages. 

How Should I Gift a Jewelry Set?

Holiday jewelry sets are a way to take your gift-giving to the next level. We recommend gifting them one of two ways. 

Option 1: gift the whole set together. You can wrap them in a single package or draw out the excitement by wrapping each piece individually. Now that is an unforgettable Christmas jewelry gift!

Option 2: gift the set gradually over the course of a year. For example, gift the necklace during the holidays, then give the matching earrings on Valentine’s day, and finish with a bang by wrapping up the matching ring as a birthday present. 

The Pros of Colorful Jewelry

Diamonds are a classic choice, and purchasing them as a set is a great way to ensure their wearability across a variety of wardrobes. However, don’t be afraid to go for nonstandard pieces or ones that feature a bit more color. 

While the disadvantage of colorful gemstone pieces is their suitability with only certain outfits, the main advantage is the statements that they make. As a rule, matching gemstone pieces make a greater impression than matching colorless pieces thanks to the striking effect of their unique hues.

The Affordability of Gemstone Jewelry

Another advantage of gemstone jewelry sets as Christmas gifts is their relative affordability to more expensive stones. Usually, your budget will go further when you buy gemstone jewelry as compared to diamond jewelry – meaning that for the price of one diamond piece you can often buy a couple gemstone pieces. 

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Opal Jewelry Sets

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Diamond Jewelry Sets

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Gemstone Jewelry Standouts of 2021

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

Blue topaz and a diamond ring

It’s been an all-too-crazy and, at the same time, monotonous year. So it’s no wonder that people have been gravitating toward gemstones. They’re full of mood. They’re colorful shatterers of the boring status quo. And they’re so pretty!

Emerald Gemstone Jewelry

Emerald is a beautiful green stone whose vivid hue is particularly enhanced by proper cuts. They display an astonishing spectrum of magisterial green shades. In fact, the most diva-est of divas have always had a thing for emerald jewelry. That could be for a good reason: because emeralds can be quite dark in color, it’s best to opt for larger carats, which allow more light to strike the stone and reveal its features. 

Large jewels = star power.

Cleopatra claimed every emerald mine in Egypt for her own, Elizabeth Taylor famously wore a $6.6 million emerald brooch, and Jackie O’s engagement ring featured a stunning 2.84-carat emerald. It’s undeniable: emeralds work it.

DYK? May’s birthstone is emerald!

Diamond and Emerald Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Emerald Tennis Bracelet

Wow! This bracelet is amazing.
– Reemy J.

Petite Diamond and Emerald Earrings

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

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

Aquamarine Gemstone Jewelry

Ah aquamarine, the watery-blue gemstone. These light-blue stones are remarkable reflectors of light, thanks to their naturally occurring hexagonal facets. Plus, aquamarine is a 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale, making it a strong, durable jewel that stands up well to daily wear. 

Aquamarine’s blue is exceptionally bright and pairs perfectly with another intense sparkler: diamond. Historically, it’s been used to soothe and has even been lauded by ancient sailors as a lucky talisman while at sea.

DYK? March’s birthstone is aquamarine!

Aquamarine Stud Earrings

Outstanding quality and craftsmanship.
– Edward S.

Diamond and Aquamarine Earrings

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

Sapphire Gemstone Jewelry

Sapphires are one of the most popular precious stones in gemstone jewelry. They’re also one of the most versatile: sapphires come in classic blue, as well as pink, yellow, and green!

Not only are they gorgeous, but sapphires are also incredibly durable gemstones, with a score of 9 on the Mohs hardness scale – second to only diamonds. This means that you can flaunt your blue sapphire jewelry without worrying about scratching, chipping, or any other wear-and-tear.

Blue sapphires have a distinctly royal flavor. England’s royal family is known for wearing sapphire jewelry, from Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring (currently worn by Kate Middleton) to Queen Elizabeth II’s sapphire wedding jewelry. All hail!

DYK? September’s birthstone is sapphire!

Diamond and Blue Sapphire Lily Necklace

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

Diamond and Pink Sapphire Earrings

18K White Gold Oval Halo Pink Sapphire And Diamond Earrings

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

Topaz Gemstone Jewelry

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

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

DYK? December’s birthstone is topaz!

Blue Topaz and Diamond Necklace

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

Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

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

Simple but elegant. Simply beautiful!
– Kaleem A.

Pearl Gemstone Jewelry

Pearl jewelry deserves all the hype that comes its way. After all, they’re not only gorg –  they’re also the only critter-created gemstone! Pearls’ oyster origins give them a wonderful symmetry and graceful shimmer that complements absolutely any wardrobe choice. And not all pearls are white; some varieties are pink or even silvery black.

Pearl harvesting is a largely sustainable industry that promotes the health of liminal zones. Pearl-producing oysters can create multiple batches of pearls, all the while growing and getting on with their normal tasks of filtering natural bodies of water.

DYK? June’s birthstone is pearl!

Tahitian Cultured Pearl Earrings

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl Earrings

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

Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl And Textured Brilliance Bead Bangle Bracelet

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

Ruby Gemstone Jewelry

Ruby jewelry is the choice for the boldest and most fiery of gemstone wearers! No matter how you wear it, this stone’s unsubtle red pop is an attention-grabber. Elizabeth Taylor’s Cartier diamond and ruby necklace became instantly world-famous when she initially donned it. The royal families of England, Denmark, and Portugal own absolutely stunning sets of ruby jewelry.

But for all its dramatic red flair, ruby is actually a close relative of the sapphire. Both are variants of the mineral corundum. So go for a classic red lip, don your ruby jewelry, and you’ll be ready to walk a red carpet of your own making.

DYK? July’s birthstone is ruby!

Inside Out Diamond and Ruby Earrings

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

Petite Ruby Birthstone Ring

I chose this for my 9-year-old daughter, and she was beyond bedazzled with it. The metal and the gemstone are beautiful and just the right daintiness.
– Johanna T.

TO SUM IT UP

Gemstones are a colorful, and often quite affordable, jewelry choice. Whether you’re into emeralds, aquamarines, sapphires, topaz, pearls, or rubies, an incredible variety of gemstone jewelry pieces is ripe for the picking.

Searching for more unique gemstones? Read more below!

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

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