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What Is The December Birthstone: A Guide To Blue Topaz

December’s birthstone, blue topaz, is cool, chic, and a perfect way to light up the holiday season…and every day after! This gemstone is as meaningful as it is beautiful, and versatile too.

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Read on to learn everything from its symbolism to how to style it and get yours today. Because whether or not you were born in December, you’re gonna want one of these gorgeous gemstone pieces.

What Is December’s Birthstone?

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December, similar to other months of the year, actually has multiple birthstones. However, the most popular, or at least our favorite, is blue topaz. This beautiful gemstone is made up of aluminum and fluorine and known for its beautiful blue hues.

The Symbolism and Meaning of Topaz

Similar to other birthstones and gemstones, blue topaz is brimming with beautiful symbolism. Originally thought to bring protection, this gemstone is now also thought to bring love and affection and is often given as a symbol of one’s love.

Unique to blue topaz, it is also associated with the fourth wedding anniversary. But it doesn’t stop here, blue topaz is also thought to help with insomnia, indigestion, and in ancient times failing, eyesight.

Have you lost your creative edge or motivation? Well, many believe blue topaz can help with this too!

What Color is the December Birthstone?

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Blue topaz is, you guessed it, blue. This birthstone comes in shades from light blue to dark, and is commonly sold in three different shades known as London blue, Swiss blue, and sky blue, with the first two being the most popular.

This gemstone is incredibly rare and is frequently created by heating a topaz stone in its natural, colorless state, and using trace elements to give it that beautiful blue hue.

A Brief History of the December Birthstone

December’s birthstone can be found throughout history. Multiple ancient civilizations prized blue topaz for its protective properties, including the Aztecs and ancient Egyptians, who thought the gemstone could help prevent injuries and other illnesses.

14K Yellow Gold 1.8mm Petite Single Blue Topaz Birthstone Ring

Understanding Topaz’s Sensitivity and Fragility

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The December birthstone is quite durable, ranking 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This durability makes it a great choice for jewelry, particularly jewelry you wear on a frequent basis. However, blue topaz is hard yet brittle, and some color variations like London blue are more easily scratched, so you should still be careful.

Practical Tips for Cleaning and Preserving Topaz Jewelry

Blue topaz is hard yet sensitive, so it is important to care for it and clean it properly. Follow these tips below to keep your December birthstone pieces shining all year long.

  • Store it separately from other pieces in original, soft, & protective packaging
  • Store it away from strong sunlight & high temperatures
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners
  • Wash in warm, soapy water
  • Clean gentle with a soft bristle brush
  • Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth

What Are the Other December Birthstones?

December is unique when it comes to birthstones because it has so many! While blue topaz may be your favorite (it’s certainly ours!), there are others to choose from including blue zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise.

Blue Zircon

First of all, blue zircon is not cubic zirconia, despite the similarities in their names. Blue zircon is one of the oldest gemstones ever discovered. The sparkle and shine of blue zircon have been compared to that of diamonds.

This gemstone is also available in multiple colors, but it is the blue variety that is a birthstone for December. This gemstone is thought to bring good luck and positivity.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite became a birthstone for December in 2002 after being discovered decades earlier in Tanzania. This gemstone is named for the country where it was first found and is increasingly popular in jewelry today. It is associated with tranquility and compassion.

Turquoise

Deriving its name from the French word for Turkish, because French traders purchased the stone from Turkish traders, this gemstone is on the softer side, rating a 5-6 on the Mohs hardness scale. This gemstone is thought to bring good luck, friendship, and patience, and was even used in ancient healing practices.

FAQs

What is the actual birthstone for December? 

December has four birthstones. Blue topaz, blue zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise. It is one of the few months to have so many birthstones.

What is the origin of blue topaz? 

Blue topaz was discovered in the 1960s in Brazil by British explorer Max Ostro.

Why does December have four birthstones?

It is not known exactly why December has so many birthstones. It is most commonly believed that it was to add more affordable options.

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2023 Holiday Gift Guide For Every Budget

The weather outside might be getting frightful but the shopping is going to be so delightful! The holiday season is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for the James Allen Holiday Sale!

2023 Holiday Gift Guide For Every Budget

As the season of gifting approaches, you may be starting to worry about how much you’ll need to spend to find the best gifts for your friends and family. But don’t fret, our gift guide has you covered no matter what your budget is!

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It’s that time of year and once again, you’re making a list and checking it twice. Naughty or nice, JamesAllen.com has sparkles and shine for everyone on your list so you can be the gifting master of 2023.

Everyone will oooh and aaah when they unbox your gift, so let’s get shopping! Whether you need something for every day or a once-in-a-lifetime event, whether you want to spend big bucks or stick to a budget, we’re sharing our favorite pieces that are sure to suit all the personalities on your list.

Gifts Under $300

Perfect pieces for everyday wear, our fine jewelry collection is filled with sparkles to fill their stockings and so much more! From minimalistic metal magic to beautiful birthstone options, this shine is a great place to start.

Go for personalized options like those from our initial or zodiac collections, or choose something with religious significance like a lovely cross pendant. Whatever you decide, the dazzle will be real.

Gifts Under $550

The colors of the holidays shine especially bright in our gemstone jewelry, featuring all 12 birthstones, another personal, budget-friendly gift that is sure to please!

Perfect pearls and dazzling diamonds fit here too. And don’t forget the guys! Our collection of alternative metal rings looks so good they’ll think you spent a lot more. Check out our favorites below and get ready for all those thank you notes.

14K White Gold Evil Eye Diamond Ring
14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Double Strand Bracelet (6.0-7.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Necklace
Cobalt 8mm Band Diagonal Center Ring

Splurge – Gifts Under $1,000

Want to splurge but just a little bit? We got you. Our collection of glorious glitz under $1,000 is so vast we could barely choose a few favorites to share here. We’ve got sumptuous metal choices, delicious diamond shine, and so much more!

Whether you’re looking for rings, bracelets, earrings, or necklaces, whether you want to build it yourself or choose a ready-to-wear option, we’ve got you covered for the holiday season and beyond.

Investment Pieces – Gifts Under $5000

Are you looking for the ultimate WOW? Do you want a piece that will literally never go out of style? These classic diamond pieces are exactly what you’re looking for.

Many experts suggest that jewelry is a true investment, specifically, diamond jewelry, along with emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. In addition to sentimental value and timeless design, these versatile and seamless pieces can go from casual to black tie and back again. 

Looking for pieces that are sure to be beloved? Try our diamond tennis bracelets and eternity rings.

18K White Gold Double Halo Oval Diamond Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet (2 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)
14K White Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)
14K White Gold Heart Outline Diamond Necklace

FAQs

Does James Allen have free shipping for the holidays?

We sure do! James Allen offers fast and free worldwide shipping!

Can I see my diamond before I buy it for the holidays?

Absolutely! Thanks to our 360° HD diamond display technology, you can explore your diamond’s cut, color, clarity, and sparkle in up to 40x magnification.

Is financing available for the holidays?

Of course! James Allen has multiple financing options available.

What if I need help after hours when holiday shopping?

There is no such thing when it comes to our customer service team. Our experts are here to help you 24/7!

What should my budget be for a meaningful gift?

Budgets are a very personal thing and a gift’s meaning is not tied to its price tag. What makes a gift meaningful is the thought (cheesy but true!). If you keep in mind the recipient’s style and what is important to them, that is what counts. And lucky for you, we’ve got a wide variety of options in a large array of price points. 

Does James Allen have more extravagant options for higher budgets?

Yes, yes, and yes! James Allen has some fabulously luxurious, and I do mean fabulous, options for those choosing to adhere to a higher budget. Drape yourself in diamonds to die for or get that perfect piece just in case you go to the Oscars or get invited to tea with a King.

Keep It Gorgeous

Best of all, you can do all this shopping from the comfort of your home…or anywhere else. Avoid the lines, shop on your schedule, and best of all, get gorgeous gifts for everyone on your list at prices that will let you stay within your budget. Check us out at JamesAllen.com

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8 Jewelry Trends Youll See Everywhere In 2023

8 Jewelry Trends You’ll See Everywhere In 2023

New year, new you. It’s that time of year, reinvention, renewal, and of course, revamping your look…starting with your accessories collection. After all, it’s the details that make the outfit. So to make things easier, we’ve gathered the top trends for the coming year so that your style and shine stay ahead of the game.

Jewelry trends for 2023

Jewelry Trends We Expect To See In 2023

Every year different looks make their way to the forefront of fashion. It’s no different with jewelry. This year we’re seeing lots of color, shine, and personal expression. The best part is that all these trends involve timeless classics, making each one a drool-worthy purchase.

We all know it is the accessories that complete the look. So check out these unique pieces and create a look that makes a statement.

Top Trends at a Glance

  • Silver’s Back
  • Pearls & More Pearls
  • Cocktail Rings
  • Drop Down Earrings
  • Cuff Bracelets
  • Punk Pieces
  • Signet & Pinky Rings
  • Enamel Accessories

Silver’s Back

Sumptuous silver is back! (But did it ever really leave?) Not that gold is going anywhere, but 2023 is giving silver its moment in the spotlight. This budget-friendly metal looks fabulous alone or mixed with other metals for a nice, layered look. Silver chains, in particular, create a modern vibe perfect for literally anyone. Check out these options below and get your silvery shine on!

The More Pearls, The Better

Have pearls ever really been out of style? We say no! Thankfully, pearls are getting their due this year as a top trend. Pearls on pearls on pearls, wear them on your ears, your wrist, your neck, and your finger! Give your pearls some pearls! What we love most about pearls is not just how classic and timeless they are but that they are pretty versatile too!

Pearls are perfect for Sunday brunch with the in-laws, yet they can be styled up for an endless night of dancing with the girls. Whether you prefer a classic string of pearls, a modern necklace, or a pearl enhanced by dazzling diamonds, we have the perfect pearl piece for you (say that three times fast!) See some of our favs below and check out more pearl jewelry here!

Cocktail Rings

Better believe that cocktail rings are at the top of that comeback list. Known for their fabulosity, cocktail rings make a fashionable statement with minimal effort.

Cocktail rings are larger than your average ring and were originally intended for special occasions. And while they are perfect for such events, we say wear them everywhere! Amp up an everyday outfit with a colorful cocktail ring. After all, happy hour has no limits with the fabulous accessories!

Drop Down Earrings

Earrings are making a comeback, and this year the runways were filled with long, dangling earrings. Not only do they elongate the face, but drop down earrings can go from casual to dressy and are always elegant. These effortlessly luxurious accessories are easy to wear, work with your hair up or down, and are simply a must-have.

Cuff Bracelets

Who doesn’t love a cuff bracelet? One piece that just pulls a whole look together makes a statement and is endlessly stylish. Oh, and it’s trendy now too? Fab! Wear them right on your wrist or higher up on your arm. Stylization is all you! Dainty or big, dazzling or minimalistic, a cuff is the perfect way to elevate any look. Check out some inspo below.

Punk Pieces

Punk is back baby! If you loved the bold shapes and looks of the punk era, then you will love 2023. With sharp shapes and mixed metals, the counterculture is making its way right into the mainstream. Get on board with the Westwood-inspo and try on these picture-perfect punk looks for size.

Signet & Pinky Rings

Have you thought, what is a signet ring? And how do I pull off a pink ring anyways? We’re here to help! Signet rings, simply put, are rings bearing a mark or seal, and are frequently worn on the pinky finger. Signet rings are part of the perfect pinky ring category.

Pinky rings aren’t just for the Godfather anymore. Pinkies provide one more opportunity to make a stylish, sparkling statement. There’s a reason it’s called the power pinky.  Some argue pinky rings are the most feminine piece of jewelry one can wear. Dating back to the suffragette movement, back then women wore them as a symbol of self-love, and we are here for it!

Enamel Accessories

Dating back to Mycenaean goldsmiths of the 13th century, the decorative art of enameling jewelry became particularly popular during the 1920s Jazz Age, when flapper girls wore jewelry and vanity cases accented with graphic blocks of color.

Now in 2023, these vibrant enamel accessories continue to prove a popular choice among jewelry lovers. This is a trend that’s been growing over the past few years, and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon!

FAQs  

Are pearls in style in 2023? 

Yes, yes, and yes! While pearls are timeless and never really go out of style, in 2023 pearls are making a major statement as part of this year’s jewelry trends. From a classic string of pearls to big bold pearls and everything in between. Mix your pearls with diamonds and gold or let them shine on their own, pearls are back in a big way, and you won’t want to be left out of this gorgeous trend.

What jewelry will increase in value?

Jewelry made with diamond, gold, platinum, and even silver is likely to increase in value thanks to the rareness of the materials. Pieces with a more classic look will also retain their value better than pieces considered to be more trendy.

What jewelry does not depreciate? 

Generally, fine jewelry does not depreciate and, in some cases, can appreciate or increase in value. Jewelry made from gold, platinum, silver, and diamonds will usually hold or increase its value.

What should I buy instead of gold?

Try silver or platinum if you are interested in fine jewelry but prefer a metal different from gold. And, of course, don’t forget about dazzling diamonds!

Stay Trendy

The trends ahead for 2023 are some of the best yet! In fact, most of these looks are actually timeless trends just finding their way to the current spotlight.

From sumptuous silvers, precious pearls, bold, beautiful cocktail rings, dazzling drop earrings, show-stopping cuff bracelets, raging punk pieces, and perfect pinky rings. The trends this year are some of the yummiest yet. So get yours today at JamesAllen.com to set the trends others follow.

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1024 500 Yellow Gold Vs. White Gold Key Differences

Yellow Gold vs. White Gold: Key Differences

Deciding between yellow gold vs. white gold? Let us help!

Gold has long been a classic metal choice for any piece of jewelry- and for good reason! Gold is both strong and stunning. 

But when shopping for engagement rings, wedding bands, or even fine jewelry, it’s a good idea to determine the differences between yellow and white gold.
Apart from looking different from one another, each metal feels different on the skin, can have different price tags, and vary in durability.

In this blog, we’re going to break down the key differences between yellow gold and white to make your decision making process as easy as possible.

What Is White Gold?

Despite common misconceptions, white gold is always made up of pure gold and at least one other metal.

When the second metal (commonly palladium, nickel, or silver) is added to the gold base, it affects its color and strengthens it. 

On its own, pure gold is quite soft and malleable. Alloy metals strengthen the gold while keeping its quintessential shine!

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Interestingly, white gold is not completely white until it is plated with the precious rhodium. This rhodium coating adds a lustrous sheen to the jewelry and protects it from scratches. And an added benefit is that very few people are allergic to rhodium!

At the end of the process, white gold is sleek and shiny- similar to platinum or silver.

What Is Yellow Gold?

Did you know that yellow gold is not pure gold? Yellow gold is composed of pure gold and at least one other white metal. For example, 18K gold is a mixture of 75% pure gold and 25% other white metals. 

This is a breakdown of the common types of gold:

  • 24K – 100% pure gold
  • 22K – 92% gold and 8% alloyed metals
  • 18K – 75% gold and 25% alloyed metals
  • 14K – 58% gold and 42% alloyed metals

As you can see, the higher the karat number, the more pure gold there is. 

a yellow gold solitaire ring

Unfortunately, pure gold is far too soft to be worn as everyday jewelry. So white metals are added to strengthen the metal and give it that soft and creamy yellow that we all know and love. 

Yellow gold has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Due to its historical rarity, gold was seen as a symbol of wealth and status. And even today, yellow gold remains highly desirable and sophisticated!

What Is The Difference Between Yellow Gold & White Gold?

The most obvious difference between these two beautiful metals is their color. White gold has a silvery tone, while yellow gold has that classic golden hue. 

If you want to wear a metal color that looks best with your skin tone, match your metal to pre-owned jewelry, or include certain gems onto your metal, the color will make all the difference.

Since the properties are mostly the same, it all comes down to visual preference. That being said, both metals have their own pros and cons. Keep reading to find out what they are in more depth!

Yellow Gold vs. White Gold

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Yellow Gold vs. White Gold

Durability

Yellow gold is the most expensive and the least durable of the two metals. Yellow gold is more prone to scratches and dents, making it not the most durable option. This metal will also require regular polishing to keep its shine.

On the other hand, white gold has far more resistance to wear and tear. With its rhodium plating, white gold jewelry pieces have a shiny and strong finish. Unfortunately, this plating can wear off over time and may reveal the yellow-ish color underneath. While white gold is a stronger alternative to yellow gold, it still requires proper care and maintenance.

Neither metal is hassle-free, but white gold is generally the safer and stronger option.

Price & Affordability

Believe it or not, yellow gold and white gold are frequently equal in cost. This is especially true if the percentage of pure gold is the same. For example, 14K white gold will be comparable in cost to 14K yellow gold.

In some instances, white gold may be slightly more expensive due to the rhodium plating. 

At the end of the day, these two metals are rarely placed at drastically different price points.

yellow and white gold earrings

Hypoallergenic Properties

Generally, white gold is considered to be more hypoallergenic than yellow gold. This is because of the alloyed metals that are added to the base (such as nickel or palladium), which are less likely to cause allergic reactions.

That being said, it is still very possible that someone may also have a sensitivity to white gold. It’s worth noting that even though white gold is considered hypoallergenic, it is not completely free of allergens.

If you know that you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, it’s always best to consult with a dermatologist or a jeweler before buying gold jewelry of any kind. 

Especially when deciding on an everyday piece of jewelry- it’s best to make sure you’ll be comfortable!

Color

As we know, the color of these two metals is their key difference.

In general, yellow gold tends to compliment warm skin tones beautifully. Yellow gold will bring out the warmth of yellow, olive, or medium-dark skin tones, creating a radiant glow. 

White gold, on the other hand, tends to compliment cool skin tones well. White gold can give you a fresh and vibrant look if you have slightly paler skin with pink or red undertones.

That being said, it is so important to remember that personal preference plays a huge role in choosing your color of gold. Some people may prefer the classic and traditional look of yellow gold, while others may prefer the modern and sleek look of white gold, regardless of skin color.

Wear what you like and what makes you feel good!

yellow and white gold jewelry

Weight

The weight difference between yellow gold and white gold can vary depending on the specific piece of jewelry, but in general, the weight of the gold itself should be roughly the same.

The difference in weight between the two comes from the other metals used to alloy it. White gold typically requires more alloy metals than yellow gold to achieve its silvery color, which can make it slightly heavier. But this difference in weight would be minimal and barely noticeable when being worn.

Ultimately, weight should not be a significant factor when deciding on a type of gold- both are durable and long-lasting choices for your jewelry.

Popularity

The popularity of yellow gold versus white gold really depends on what type of jewelry you’re looking at. 

In a very general sense, white gold has risen in popularity, especially in engagement rings. White gold has a modern and sleek appearance that appeals to many young people moving away from the traditional look of yellow gold.

On the other hand, yellow gold remains a timeless choice that is still popular in wedding bands and many types of fine jewelry. 

Why Choose A White Gold Engagement Ring?

There are plenty of reasons why white gold will make a great metal for your engagement ring!

The color of white gold is very similar to that of platinum but is less expensive, making it a more affordable option for the same look! 

Platinum Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

White gold is also a durable metal that can withstand everyday wear and tear, making it a practical choice for your engagement ring. 

White gold is incredibly versatile; it will look good with a number of gemstones and styles! They even say that white gold tends to reflect the sparkle of any diamonds on your ring, enhancing their size and brilliance!

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

Why Choose A Yellow Gold Engagement Ring?

You simply cannot go wrong with a yellow gold engagement ring! This is a metal that has been used in jewelry for centuries!

Yellow gold has a warm, classic, and traditional appearance that many find attractive. Evoking these feelings suits engagement rings perfectly.

Yellow Gold Claw Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

Also, if your ring has diamonds or warm-toned stones such as ruby, morganite, and purple sapphire, gold will pair nicely. 

Because of yellow gold’s prevalence in jewelry, finding a wedding band or fine jewelry to match it will not be hard. Plus, they say yellow gold looks good on everyone!

14K Yellow Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

FAQs

Which is better, white or yellow gold?

This all comes down to personal preference! If you have cool toned skin, white gold may be better for you. If you like the classic look of traditional jewelry, yellow gold may be better for you. It all depends on what you are looking for in your jewelry. Wear whatever feels best to you!

Is yellow gold more expensive than white gold?

Generally, the answer is no. More often than not, yellow gold and white gold with the same amount of pure gold will cost the exact same. If they’re not, it’s actually more likely that white gold will be more expensive due to its rhodium plating.

Does white or yellow gold last longer?

With the proper care, both yellow gold and white gold can last a very long time!

Even though the rhodium plating that is often coated on top of white gold strengthens the metal, it can wear off over time and need to be reapplied.

Unlike white gold, yellow gold doesn’t require plating or re-plating.

It’s important to remember that all gold jewelry will eventually show signs of wear and tear and may need to be polished or repaired over time.

Is yellow gold out of style?

Not at all! While white gold has definitely risen in popularity recently, yellow gold is as strong as ever. Yellow gold can still be found in engagement rings, wedding bands, and all types of fine jewelry. Just like diamonds, they say yellow gold is never out of style!

Final Thoughts

With two stunning metals to choose from, it can be tricky to figure out which one is best for you. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preferences and needs. Whether you decide on donning a silvery white gold piece or a creamy yellow gold piece, you’ll know they’re both stunning.

Check out all that James Allen offers- in yellow and white gold!

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The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Jewelry: How to Pick the Best Accessories

The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Jewelry: How to Pick the Best Accessories

One of the biggest rising trends in the jewelry world is the growing popularity of mainstream accessories and men’s jewelry.

 The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Jewelry: How to Pick the Best Accessories

Intro

Aside from watches, men’s jewelry is frequently neglected. However, with an ever-expanding arena of celebrities and athletes wearing jewelry, such as Maluma, Harry Styles, and Neymar, this truly shows that more men are experimenting with jewelry than ever before. And, contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of options! But you might be wondering how to wear men’s jewelry. Ready to learn more? Let’s jump in! 

What Jewelry Is Best For Men?

The most popular choices for men include necklaces, bracelets, gold chains, and rings. These are classic styles that never go out of fashion, meaning they can be worn for years when you purchase quality pieces. 

Though, as men’s jewelry rises in popularity, we’re seeing more interesting pieces pop up that would make the perfect addition to any man’s wardrobe. Ultimately, there are no rules as to what jewelry a man should wear!

Can Men Wear Jewelry?

The short answer is yes! Throughout history and across cultures, there have been differences in what accessories men can and cannot wear. However, men wearing jewelry is something completely normal and even more trendy in modern fashion. 

Different Types Of Jewelry For Him

It would seem that the most obvious piece of jewelry for a man to wear is a watch or ring. Apart from the obvious wedding ring, signet rings are gaining popularity along with simple chains and bracelets amongst the most sought-after men’s jewelry. 

When searching for a gift for a special man in your life, we recommend starting with the basics.

Silver Jewelry For Men

Not only is silver a great choice and alternative to white gold or platinum, but it’s significantly more affordable. Silver can be worn every day as it’s safe for wear and hypoallergenic. If you’re looking to invest in silver jewelry, know this metal is quite easy to maintain and lasts a lifetime. 

As a gift, silver jewelry for men is typically a good place to start.

Men’s Jewelry Sets

All good things come in pairs and trios. Handsome hardware is no exception. Men’s jewelry sets are a great gift for the guy who enjoys wearing more than one accessory. 

For daily wear or a fun night out, a matching chain and bracelet are sure to give him that added layer of confidence. 

Necklaces For Men

A well-crafted chain necklace is among the most quintessential accessories. A classic chain fashioned in gold or silver adds a thoughtful touch to even the simplest of outfits. From small, subtle links to more bold and substantial chains, there’s an option that’s right for every man.

Providing that you choose the right chain style, a necklace can be one of the best masculine accessories. Getting started with jewelry or looking to buy your first necklace can be daunting, but a chain necklace will ease you in. Plus, a minimal style will go with anything! If you’re looking to buy your first necklace, we suggest going for something minimal. 

If you’d like to build a collection of necklaces, choose a few chains of different lengths. 

Related post: Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace For You

Dog Tags For Men

Not only are clothes from the ’90s re-emerging, but jewelry is too. Dog tags, also known as I.D tags, were a practical military accessory that fashion later adopted as a form of identity and self-expression. Dog tags are great for pairing with other chains or worn alone.

Dog tags are the perfect piece for any man who wants to add a statement to his look or perhaps a bolder piece he can layer with his other favorite chains. So if you’re looking to gift something more personalized to someone special, you now have the perfect idea! 

Men’s Diamond Jewelry

Think diamonds are only a girl’s best friend? Think again! 

There are plenty of men’s diamond jewelry options, from men’s earrings to rings and everything in between. Plus, the modern man doesn’t need any special occasion or anniversary milestone to rock diamond jewelry. 

Where Should You Buy Men’s Jewelry?

Online shopping is not just convenient, it is often the most affordable option. However, jewelry Jewelry for men is not always available at every jeweler. There are only a few well-known brands that carry and a handsome collection of men’s fine jewelry. But fortunately, at JamesAllen.com we stock a great amount of men’s jewelry. This includes a great selection of men’s engagement and wedding rings.

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FAQs

What jewelry do men wear most?

It’s safe to say that the most common piece of jewelry that men wear is a watch. However, rings generally come in second place. 

What kinds of necklaces should guys wear?

As most guys have thicker hair (and they shave) on their necks, finding a chain that won’t pinch and pull hair isn’t a big deal. But if this is something you’re worried about it, opt for ball chains, box chains, curb chains, or a Figaro chains just to be extra safe. Additionally, the thickness of a chain truly depends on its purpose, but the most practical and versatile necklaces for men are those that are 4–5 mm thick.

Which ring should guys wear?

Although there are no set rules, when it comes to an engagement or wedding ring, nearly all men opt for a simple yellow or white gold band. In terms of metals for men, rose gold is one of the less popular choices. There are a number of different styles and designs of rings available for men nowadays. These include diamond rings, signet rings, alternative rings and black wedding bands for men.

Final Thoughts

We hope that covers the basics of how to wear men’s jewelry and which men’s jewelry you should be wearing. With jewelry basics for your everyday outfits and a couple of bolder styles for those special occasions, we think there’s plenty there to get you started wearing men’s jewelry. If you need any help styling your next outfit or want to know what jewelry to buy, we’re always here to offer you our expert opinion.

You can also contact us if you need help finding the perfect piece of jewelry. Our jewelry experts at JamesAllen.com are always available to answer any questions you may have.

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Top Tips For Choosing The Perfect Wedding Jewelry

Need inspiration for picking out the best wedding jewelry for brides? We’ve got several useful tips for choosing the perfect wedding jewelry to make you glow on your special day.

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Congratulations, you’re about to walk down the aisle!!! We know it’s stressful, with all the wedding planning and last-minute hurdles, but it’s still a one-of-a-kind moment you’ll remember forever. And at this moment, it’s only fitting that you look and feel your absolute best! 

First, you say yes to the dress, and then you get to accessorize! But what wedding jewelry fits you best as a bride? We’re here to help you figure that out. 

Keep reading to learn how to choose the best wedding jewelry for your chosen bridal style. 

Wedding Jewelry Ideas & Inspiration

Picking out all the little bits and bobs for your wedding day can be tiring, especially if you have pesky opinions following your every move. But remember, this day is all about you and how you want to look and feel. Ignore the noise and follow your heart. 

Easier said than done, we know! It goes without saying that every bride and groom needs a little inspo, whether you’re adding ideas to your Pinterest board or looking online. 

So let’s start by understanding what type of look you’re going for. Our hot tip here is to keep your wedding dress style in mind. It’s the simplest way to go about choosing your wedding jewelry. 

Classic Wedding Jewelry

The classics are loved for a reason. It’s known that bridal jewelry usually sways toward the ever-popular pearl. Pearl jewelry sets are a traditional choice for brides-to-be because they add the perfect chic aesthetic. 

If your bridal look is classic chic, make a play for pearls. You can always find pearl jewelry in various colors, from white, pink, gray, and black. Shop online to find a wider variety of styles, designs, and metal choices. 

Romantic Wedding Jewelry

Romantic wedding jewelry moves more towards fairytale-inspired styles, from floral designs to jewelry set in rose gold. Here, you want to pick pieces that are a little softer on the eyes, perhaps with light colors that speak to the romantic element you’re adding to your bridal look. 

This look is especially memorable for daytime weddings that are set in gardens, vineyards, or any nature-centric venue. Captivate your groom and guests by choosing wedding jewelry that makes you look like the woodland bride you dreamed of being. 

Romantic wedding jewelry

Diamond Wedding Jewelry

This one is for the bride who wants to make a glittering statement and remain the center of attention throughout her special day. Diamond wedding jewelry and, more importantly, diamond wedding jewelry sets are perfect for the bride who wants all eyes on her. 

In this case, you should be looking out for a tennis bracelet, diamond necklace, and diamond earrings. We know the word “diamond” might shake the wedding budget. But fear not; you can always opt for lab grown diamond jewelry at a third of the price of earth created diamond jewelry. 

Let this be your “something new” gift if your family and friends are so inclined! 

Diamond wedding jewelry

Boho Wedding Jewelry

Now, this is for the bride who loves all things boho. Boho weddings have been on-trend for many years now, and their popularity isn’t slowing down anytime soon. For the bride who wants to throw tradition to the wind (or tone it down a bit), we’ve got the perfect tips for picking your wedding jewelry. 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match metals and add several mismatched designs to your wedding day look. Try jewelry designs with textures, organic gemstone colors, and don’t be afraid to try on some larger-shaped jewelry. 

Boho wedding jewelry

Our Top Tips For Picking Bridal Jewelry 

Once you’ve put your bridal style into a specific category, remember to keep these top tips in mind for choosing your wedding jewelry.

Incorporate Your Sentimental Accessories

Make your day even more meaningful by adding your family heirlooms to your bridal accessories. Whether it be an old piece of jewelry from a special woman in your life or an accessory given to you by a close family member or friend, there’s always a way to fit it into your day. 

Some brides make sure their “something borrowed” is more than an afterthought by taking it with them as they look for a dress, ensuring it’ll match. If you don’t want to center your style around one piece of jewelry, you can always alter your look for the wedding reception and have it be a significant part of that moment. 

Related post: Something Borrowed & Something Blue: Meaning And Ideas

Mismatched Pieces Can Work

Too many styles to choose from? We’ve been there! Do some research, and you’ll find that some metals definitely work to complement each other, and it can be done in a classy way. While some metal colors fight each other, it’s easy to tell which works. You only need to trust your eyes. 

Getting out of your comfort zone may be challenging, especially knowing your wedding pictures are there forever. That being said, why not look back at those photos and think, “wow, I made a statement.” 

Change Your Look

Think of weddings as a two-part series. First, you have the ceremony, your all-eyes-on-me moment, and then you have the wedding reception. Apart from speeches, this is the time of your wedding when you can let loose and have fun. 

So, why not change your look? Many brides take a moment to swap out of their first dress and put on something more moveable for the reception. This will give you the perfect excuse to throw on new wedding jewelry. And if you don’t want a second dress, an accessory switch-up will be just as noticeable and fun! 

Match Your Necklace To Your Neckline

Here’s one of our more practical tips for choosing wedding jewelry. Always match your necklace to your neckline. Why is this important? 

Well, some believe the general rule of thumb is to pick one that follows the neckline of your dress. 

If you’re wearing a V-neck, accessorize with a pendant. For off-the-shoulder gowns, a choker or a statement piece works best for strapless dresses. If you’re not into those options, simply remember the necklace should sit on your skin, never the dress. 

Generational Trends Aren’t For Everyone

We know it’s hard to say no to mom and grandma, but sometimes they don’t know best. Your wedding is a celebration of you and your soon-to-be spouse. They’re hoping to recognize the person they marry while you walk down the aisle. That’s why it’s so important that you dress and style yourself according to your preferences and personal tastes. 

When it comes to your wedding jewelry, trust your instincts and go with the pieces that make you feel like you

Your Personal Style Is More Important Than Current Trends

We all jump on trends. No one’s hating. But remember that terrible feeling you get when you look at your old photos and ask yourself, “what was I thinking?” When reminiscing about your wedding album, let’s avoid that feeling at all costs. 

Stick with what you love! Trust your preferences and your style, and don’t go too crazy with current trends. Some statements are groundbreaking, and others make us cringe, so use caution when choosing your wedding jewelry based on what’s in right now. 

FAQs

  1. What jewelry is appropriate for a wedding? 

As a wedding guest, your accessories shouldn’t be overly flashy with the chance that you might upstage the bride. However, if you’re close with the bride or groom, consult with them if you want to wear a piece of jewelry you’re unsure of. 

  1. Should you wear silver or gold jewelry for your wedding? 

The metal you choose to wear for your wedding is entirely your preference. There are no right or wrong answers. But it might help to see if the metal you want suits your dress and then decide. 

  1. What kind of earrings should a bride wear? 

A bride can wear anything from classic pearl earrings to diamond or blue gemstone studs. In reality, it’s best to choose the style of earrings based on your hairstyle for the event and the dress style you’ve chosen.

Visit us At JamesAllen.com where you will find no shortage of personalized and trendy jewelry pieces for every budget and for every bride.

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Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace Length For You

Throwing on a necklace is a simple way to elevate any look. Whether it’s a pendant necklace or a simple chain, there are so many ways to style some shine around your neck. 

But with great style comes great responsibility! First, we have to figure out what length and fit are best. Keep reading to find out how…

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So, you’re in the market for a new necklace but you want to make sure you’re getting the right one. You’ve come to the right place! 

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or getting a gift for someone else, determining your necklace size is an important step. This can be said for both women and men!

In this blog, we’re going to break down how to find the perfect size for your style, measurements, and personal taste. 

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women

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Standard Necklace Lengths For Men

Necklace Size Chart For Men

Factors To Consider When Choosing The Right Necklace For You

Everyone wants their necklace to fit as if it were tailor-made! Consider the following factors when shopping so your jewelry will feel like it was made for you:

Neck size

It might seem obvious, but yes, the width of your neck is the most important measurement to consider when necklace shopping. Same with rings and bracelets, necklaces are not always one-size-fits-all! Make sure you consider how you want your necklace to fit around your neck before you commit.

Keep reading to learn how to measure your neck size and determine your ideal necklace length. 

Height

When shopping for a necklace, you’re probably not thinking about how tall you are- but it may be a good idea to start! 

Generally speaking, the taller you are, the longer your necklace should be.

If your height is below average, longer necklaces may be less complimentary. Oftentimes, long necklaces overwhelm shorter people. 

Similarly, if you are of above-average height, short necklaces might get completely lost. 

We all want to wear a chain that both complements our looks and shows off our beautiful jewelry. 

If you are 5 feet tall or under, look for a necklace that is anywhere from 16 to 20 inches long.

If you are between 5’4 to 5’7, most necklaces of standard length will suit you wonderfully.

And if you are above average height, look for necklaces that are at least 20 inches long. 

Keep in mind that these are all guidelines. If you are 6 feet tall and want to wear a choker, please do so! If you are 5 feet tall and want to wear a necklace that falls to your waist- don’t let anyone stop you!

Wear what makes you feel best. 

Body Type

Just like clothes shopping, you’ll want to consider your body type when shopping for a new necklace.

If you want to accentuate certain features, jewelry has the magical ability to do so!

For example, if you want to accentuate your hips, a long and thin necklace may help. If you want to slim your hips, a thicker and shorter necklace may work better. 

The same can be said for men. If you have broad shoulders, opt for a shorter and thicker chain. If you have narrow shoulders, opt for a chain that is thinner and longer. 

Play around with different lengths of chains and see what works best for you!

Face Shape

Certain necklaces can make a face appear wider, rounder, shorter, or longer. Depending on your own face shape, you are likely to prefer one length to another.

For example, if you have a round face that you would like to appear longer, it’s best to choose a necklace that will emphasize the length of your face. A necklace that is 20’’ to 24’’ long will bring the eye down and effortlessly slim your face.

If you have a square or more angular face, a short necklace will soften your sharp angles while elongating your neck. 

It’s really that simple! 

The Look You Want

When shopping for a new piece of jewelry (especially one that you will want to wear for many years to come), it’s a good idea to determine what look you want to achieve. 

Ask yourself this: Do I want a minimalist, everyday look? Or do I want a necklace for special occasions? 

This will help you figure out whether you want a standard-length necklace that you can simply throw on, a necklace that you can easily layer with other pieces, or one that you’ll save for important events.

Keep your lifestyle in mind, as well! If your chain is very long, it may not be great to wear while keeping active. And if your chain is very short, it may not go with the types of tops you normally wear. 

Once you decide on the look you want (everyday, casual, special, layered, etc.), finding the optimal length will be that much easier!

How To Measure Your Desired Necklace Size

Determining your ideal necklace length is an easy process. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Wrap a flexible measuring tape around your neck. Keep your finger on the spot where the two points meet. 
  2. Unwrap the tape while keeping your finger on the mark. This is your measurement.
  3. If you want a choker, this measurement will be the perfect length for you. If not, add three inches to your neck measurement. This new measurement will be the minimum length of your desired necklace.

You can follow this method as well:

  1. Wrap the same measuring tape around your neck. This time make the two points meet where you imagine you want your necklace to land. The number you reach is your ideal necklace length!

It’s that easy!

FAQs

Is a 16 or 18 inch necklace better?

Deciding between these two lengths can be tricky. It really depends on your specific measurements and preferences. The 18’’ necklace is the standard for women and is considered a classic go-to. When in doubt, opt for the 18’’. This length is ideal for pendant necklaces as it will land right below the collar of a crew neck t-shirt, making sure it gets seen!

Is an 18 inch necklace short?

Not exactly! While the 18’’ necklace is shorter than alternatives, this length is not likely to sit close to your neck. Generally, the 18’’ necklace will sit just below your collarbone.

Is a 20 inch necklace long?

A 20’’ necklace may be too long for some but perfect for others. If you are on the shorter side, this length may be a touch too long. However, if you are taller, this necklace will be perfect!

To Wrap Up

Changing up your personal style, even slightly, can help you uncover a whole new personality! And trying out different necklace lengths is the perfect way to do so. 

Whether you have a gemstone hanging around your neck or links of gold, there is the perfect length out there for you.

Keep experimenting and playing with different styles and lengths- you’ll look great no matter what.

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James Allen Jewelry That Arrives In Time For Christmas

Are you a procrastinator? Have you delayed your shopping but don’t want gifts that reflect it? Then you’re at the right place! We have a fabulous selection of gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. Gifts that sparkle so bright, at such great prices, they’ll have no idea you waited to shop!

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We understand holiday shopping can be overwhelming, and maybe, you put it off and now that has added to the stress. Well, relax, we are here to put the joy back into gift giving! Whether you’re shopping for family, friends, or a significant other, they’ll have no idea you procrastinated at all!

So save 25% on an incredible number of options and go to JamesAllen.com, where we will show you exactly when your gift will arrive based on what day you order. We have a myriad of options that sparkle bright, are on sale, and will comfortably be under the tree on Christmas morning.

How Will You Know Which Items Arrive In Time For Christmas?

Not sure how to tell which items will arrive in time? Sort items by “Fastest Shipping and starting December 1, 2022, look for the Santa hat.

Make sure to place your order by 2:00PM EST in order to receive your item(s) on the listed date.* Check out below for more details and of course, Happy Shopping!

*Please note that this only applies to orders in the continental United States.

How To Order An Engagement Ring That Will Arrive In Time For Christmas

Are you looking to make this the best, most memorable Christmas ever? Have you decided to make the Holiday season an engaging one? Then you really want to make sure your ring arrives on time!

Keep in mind that when ordering an engagement ring both the setting and the diamond need to be available to arrive by the big day. That means that you’ll want to:

  1. Select “Fast Shipping” when looking at the settings
  2. Select “Fast Shipping” again when looking at diamonds
  3. Ensure that the setting AND the diamond of your choice ship by the same date

After all, this is not a situation where you want to say here is part 1, you want to present the grand finale!

Best-Selling Gifts That Will Arrive In Time For Christmas

Just because you’re not an early shopper doesn’t mean you can’t get the most dazzling gifts…at least not at James Allen! Christmas is a magical time of year, and you need presents to match.

Whether you’re proposing to the love of your life or are looking to cement your place as the family favorite, read on to get the best gifts at the best prices, comfortably under the Christmas tree.

Engagement Rings

We said it before, Christmas is a magical time. Snow, the tree, family and friends, mistletoe, and of course, presents! Now there are presents, and there are PRESENTS. And some presents, like an engagement ring, will outshine all other presents.

This is a gift that will last a lifetime. It is a gift they will wear every day and show everyone. You may not have shopped ahead, but that doesn’t mean you will be stuck with the leftovers either. 

Check out some options below and go to JamesAllen.com for more! But don’t dawdle too long! We can ship things fast, but unfortunately, we don’t have magical reindeer.

And don’t forget to check out our engagement rings for men, because everyone deserves to shine bright.

Fine Jewelry

Jewelry is the gift that keeps on giving, or in this case, shining. Whether it is a piece they can wear every day or you are gifting something to be saved for special occasions, fine jewelry is sure to bring a smile to the face of whoever receives it. And remember, from earrings to bracelets, necklaces, and rings, SHINE. IS. IN. for everyone. 

Let’s hear it for the boys! Give all the men in your life a little bit of fabulous and help them proclaim their personal style.

Nothing can dim the light of a strong woman, but you can certainly add to it. Why not enhance her natural light with some sparkle and shine? Check out these pieces below. Love what you see? 

Wedding Rings

It’s happening! The big day is approaching! Whether you are doing a Christmas-themed wedding or are just feeling inspired by the holiday season, now is the perfect time to grab the wedding ring of your dreams. From classic to trendy, uniquely modern to elegant and dazzling, we have the wedding for you…and in time for Christmas of course!

Your man will love these!

Seal forever with one of these beauties:

FAQs

How long does it take to get a ring from James Allen?

When ordering a ring from us, it is important to keep in mind that the setting AND the diamond or gemstone need to have that fast shipping tag. The date listed for arrival applies to orders placed by 2:00PM EST and only to orders within the continental U.S.

Important to note: the last day to ship for Christmas is December 22, 2022 by 2:00PM EST and applies ONLY to items that qualify for same day shipping.

Where does James Allen’s jewelry ship from?

The majority of our products are shipped from our headquarters in New York City.

Does James Allen ship on Saturday? 

Yes! We do ship on Saturdays.

Faster Than Rudolph

Like it or not, the holidays are HERE! It seems every year they just sneak up on us. But don’t let the present pressure stress you out. JamesAllen.com has numerous products to choose from that will arrive in time for Christmas.

So, whether you are shopping for a ring to pop the big question, need the perfect ring to start forever, or just want to win gift-giving with your friends and loved ones, we are here to make sure you get the perfect gift in time. 

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Gorgeous Garnets: The January Birthstone

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

Start off the new year by shining in garnet’s fierce red. Garnets get their name thanks to their resemblance to pomegranate seeds. In face, the name derives from the Latin granatum, meaning seed. While garnet comes in multiple hues, red is the most popular color, and perfect for someone born in January…or anytime!

What Is The January Birthstone?

January’s birthstone is garnet, which can be found in mines and streams, where the water has worn away the rock and exposed the gem. They naturally occur in green, yellow, and even colorless, but the vibrant and deep red option is its most popular color.

While the garnet we are most familiar with is the gemstone found in fine jewelry, it can also be mined for its industrial abrasive version, which is used to polish glass and metal.

At James Allen, our collection of garnet fine jewelry is strictly for looking fabulous. In this case, garnets are for fashion…not function.

Garnet Birthstone Facts

The sparkle from garnets is so extraordinary it is often described by gemologists as fire. The best sparkle can be seen in soft, romantic lighting, such as candles.

The hardness of garnets is not as impressive as their sparkle and they should be handled with care. However, rating between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, out of a maximum of 10, garnets are still quite strong.

Garnet Birthstone Symbolism

Garnets are thought to bring blessings, love, wellness, friendship, and devotion to those lucky enough to be born in January. It certainly worked for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

Prior to marrying her now-husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Kate was gifted a gorgeous ring with her garnet birthstone, as well as pearls, her now-husband’s birthstone. The ring was a sign of the Prince’s commitment to his now-wife.

Garnets are always a great choice because, as the epitome of affordable luxury, they make for a great birthday gift….or anniversary, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or just a day ending in a day!

Kate Middleton isn’t the only celebrity sporting garnet, some other famous faces such as Kristen Bell and Sofía Vergara have rocked this gorgeous gem. Check out James Allen’s collection of luxurious garnet earrings and receive all the good energy garnet has to offer.

Garnet Birthstone History

Once believed to offer protection from poison and even nightmares, garnets have a long and storied history.

Garnets have been found in the tombs of pharaohs in Egypt and in ancient Persia, where only kings were allowed to own or wear the gem.

In ancient Rome, garnets were typically worn by noble patriarchs, in the form of carved signet rings. They also believed the gem provided protection to travelers and that sparkles were a sign of impending danger.

Children in ancient Greece thought they were protected from drowning by the gem and in ancient China, it was believed that the gems were the incarnation of a tiger’s soul. The Navajo use the gem to bring luck and protection. Navajos also believe, similar to ancient Romans, that garnets bring protection to travelers.

Numerous famous historical figures are thought to have been adorned by this famous gem, including Plato and the King of Saxony, who is said to have had a garnet of over 465 carats!

How to Wear Your Garnet

The deep red brilliance of garnets makes it a beautiful choice to wear as earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. They can glamorize an easy-going day look, accessorize a night on the town, or compliment a black-tie outfit.

The hues of garnet are complementary to all skin tones, allowing everyone to achieve that royal look.

Garnets look exceptionally spectacular when paired with black or white outfits, however, they also go great with more neutral tones like deep greens and browns.

January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Rings

Garnets are the perfect January birthstone. As the gem of love, they are an ideal romantic prelude to Valentine’s Day. Garnets are often given as signs of intimacy and romance, and their rich color makes them a meaningful and gorgeous gift to receive.

January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Earrings

Garnets are said to have healing properties, in addition to their protective ones. Many people believe that the gems bring peace, passion, and can help cleanse and balance energy. These are just some of the many reasons that garnets have retained their popularity, from ancient times to today.

January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Necklaces

Garnets affordable luxury and fiery red color make garnet necklaces a popular gift choice for any occasion.

14K Rose Gold Garnet And Diamond Floating Halo Necklace (6.0x4.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Garnet Birthstone Necklace

Dress up any outfit, add a pop of color to your outfit, or become known as “the gift whisperer,” a garnet necklace will get you where you need to go and is a must-have for any accessory collection.

Rock That Red

Garnets, which can symbolize both love and friendship, makes a considerable and personal gift to a romantic partner, good friend, family member, or yourself!

So find that perfect piece (or let’s be real, pieces!) of gorgeous red garnet and release that royal shine.

Check out our other birthstone guides

December Blue TopazNovember CitrinesSeptember SapphiresFebruary AmethystsMarch AquamarinesApril DiamondsMay EmeraldsJuly Rubies.

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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Wedding Rings for Women: A Buying Guide

While popping the question, and the engagement ring that goes with it, can get the bulk of the attention, the wedding ring is just as important. A crucial part of the wedding ceremony and a symbol of your everlasting love and commitment, you want to make sure the wedding ring you choose is perfect.

From different delicious metals, sparkling diamonds and gemstones, and numerous styles, choosing the right wedding ring can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in! Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting the perfect wedding ring.

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What Is A Wedding Ring?

So what IS a wedding ring? While the engagement ring is what you wear when you are intended to be married, the wedding ring is what you exchange during the ceremony and what you wear once you are officially married.

What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize?

A wedding ring marks the love between you and your partner and is a symbol to the world of your commitment to each other that you wear and see everyday.

Your wedding ring is emblematic of your wedding vows, a beautiful reminder of the meaningful words you said to your partner on that special day.

The Difference Between A Wedding Ring And a Wedding Band

This one is easy, there isn’t one! Wedding rings and wedding bands are the same things. The terms are used interchangeably and both refer to the ring you exchange during your wedding ceremony to symbolize your commitment to your partner.

Wedding Rings For Women

Simple wedding rings

Many people prefer a simple wedding ring for women, such as a plain gold band style or a dainty wedding ring. This can be due to religious customs, personal style, or simply to match their engagement ring. This classic, clean style is also great if you have smaller hands.

Diamond Wedding Rings

A diamond wedding ring is the perfect way to increase the sparkle of your engagement ring and show off your personal style. Eternity rings are a great way to go if you love endless sparkle!

Just as the name says, eternity rings offer eternal shine through diamonds that go all the way around the band, giving you the ultimate bling from every angle.

If you opted out of an engagement ring or opted for a simpler engagement ring, then a diamond wedding ring is the perfect opportunity to add bling to your symbol of love.

Gemstone Wedding Rings

Gemstones are a great way to add sparkle and shine to your wedding ring while also getting a burst of color. Choose your favorite color, your birthstone, or maybe the stone of the month you got married in; whichever gemstones you choose, these are a great way to showcase your personal style.

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Simple Engagement And Wedding Ring Combinations

Simply sparkling, if you sport a channel set or pavé engagement ring, a diamond wedding ring will seamlessly and flawlessly add the perfect amount of dazzle.

Prefer a more traditional look? Pair a wonderfully minimalist solitaire with a clean, cool wedding ring like these two, which were simply made for each other…just like you and your love.

No matter which style you prefer, James Allen has the matching set for you. Let us take the guesswork out of it!

Popular Metals Used In Wedding Rings

The choices when it comes to wedding rings for women are available in platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and of course, rose gold.

Platinum

Platinum is popular because it is strong, pure, and rare. It is also hypoallergenic, so it is a great choice for anyone with allergies or skin sensitivities. And while platinum carries a higher price point, it wears well over time, so it is a good investment.

White Gold

If you love the look of platinum but prefer a lower price point, or simply prefer to be adorned in gold, then white gold is the metal for you.

Yellow Gold & Rose Gold

Love gold but want some color in your band? Go for classic yellow gold! Want color but prefer something with a bit more romance? Rose gold is the perfect choice. Not sure if platinum or white gold is for you? Find out here!

Just like engagement rings, metals for wedding rings vary in popularity, and many factors must be considered. Make sure to take the following into consideration when choosing the metal for your wedding ring:

  • Matching to your engagement ring
  • Matching to your partner’s ring
  • Personal style
  • Budget
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How to Wear Your Wedding Ring

Many cultures see women wearing their wedding ring on the ring finger, on the left hand. This originated in ancient Greece with the belief that a vein there that leads to the heart is the vein of love. However, in other cultures, women wear the wedding ring on the ring finger on the right hand.

Still, others wear it on either hand, but not on any particular finger. Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules for this. Where you wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you.

Should You Get Matching Wedding Rings?

Once again, this is entirely personal to you and your partner. You may opt for a more simple, classic wedding ring while your partner may prefer something more alternative and modern. Or perhaps you want a ring that perfectly matches your engagement ring, while your partner wants a style all their own. 

Many couples now also shop for both engagement and wedding rings together. This can allow you to match your wedding rings to your engagement ring and each other. Matching wedding rings can be a beautiful way to symbolize your commitment, but don’t forget this is a ring you will wear every day.

So whether you match it to your partner’s ring, your engagement ring, or showcase your individual style, make sure it is a ring you love.

How To Find Your Wedding Ring Size

Here are a few easy ways you can find your wedding ring size:

  • Professional Jeweler: Visit a reputable jeweler and have them professionally measure your ring size.
  • Ring Sizing Kit: Use a ring sizing kit, available online or in jewelry stores, which provides a range of ring sizers for accurate measurement.
  • Existing Rings: If a ring fits well, place it on a ring sizing chart to determine the size.
  • Finger Measurement: Wrap a strip of paper or string around the intended finger and mark where it overlaps, then measure the length in millimeters.
  • Online Ring Sizing Tools: Many jewelry websites offer online tools to help you measure your ring size accurately at home.
  • Ring Size Chart Conversion: Convert the measured circumference or diameter into a ring size using a ring size conversion chart.

Simply click here to order your free James Allen ring sizer directly to your home. And hey, don’t worry! Even if you still get it wrong, James Allen will resize your ring once for free within one year of your purchase.

How Much Should Your Wedding Ring Cost?

Just like how much you should spend on an engagement ring, the amount you spend on your wedding ring is very personal. If you prefer a classic, plain metal band, then your costs will be lower. However, if your style is a blinged out eternity ring, then you will need to budget a bit more for all those dazzling diamonds.

Whether you choose to start with a classic and move to sparkle for an anniversary, there is no should here. The amount you spend will be related to your budget and style.

FAQs

Who buys the man’s wedding ring? 

Traditionally, the bride buys her groom’s wedding ring, and he buys his bride’s wedding ring. However, more and more couples are splitting these costs and avoiding the whole you buy him and he buys yours. Other couples make this a family affair. Maybe your family will buy your future husband his ring. Like so many things, who pays for the ring is a personal decision.

Can a woman just wear a wedding ring? 

Of course! You can wear whatever you want! And in fact, many women are hopping on this trend. Go for a glorious anniversary or eternity ring to get a wedding ring with all the bling.

Which hand do you wear my wedding ring on? 

Traditionally, many wear their wedding ring on the ring finger on their left hand, the same as their engagement ring. However, some cultures wear the wedding ring on the right hand, separate from the engagement ring. Where you choose to wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you. Just think about it before, so you are sure to get the right size.

Do you still wear your engagement ring after you get married? 

Most people wear their engagement ring together with their wedding ring. This is why so many women match their wedding ring to their engagement ring, even picking them out at the same time to ensure continuity in style. However, this is totally your decision. If you want to save your engagement ring for only special occasions, then you do you boo!

Conclusion

Buying a wedding ring can be a daunting process. Luckily James Allen is here to take the guesswork out of it. Whatever your style and budget, we have the ring for you! Choose your metal, choose your look, check your size, and rock a ring that shines as bright as you!

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How To Clean Your Jewelry At Home & Other Useful Tips

Fine jewelry, engagement rings, and wedding rings – what does it take to properly maintain your gold and platinum jewelry? We’ll give you the complete rundown on how to clean jewelry at home.

How to clean your jewelry at home

Why Should You Clean Your Jewelry Regularly?

For sparkle: Your jewelry shines its brightest at its cleanest. Over time, thin layers of dust and oil accumulate and block light from reaching your jewelry’s surfaces. Without light, there’s no reflection, refraction, brilliance, or fire. So if you notice that your jewelry is looking a bit dull, your first thought should be to clean it.

For sanitization: jewelry is full of prongs and crevices that collect grime. This doesn’t just dull your jewelry’s shine; it also means your jewelry is constantly transferring germs between you and your surroundings. Think of regular cleaning like hand-washing for your jewelry; it keeps your jewelry sanitized and keeps you healthy. Particularly in the era of COVID-19, sanitization is critical.

For safeguarding: A dirty ring is a damaged ring. Particulate build-up can scratch and/or discolor your jewelry metal. On the other hand, cleaning your jewelry too often or too vigorously can also seriously damage your jewelry. Harsh cleaners on some metals can wear away plating, causing permanent discoloration. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Jewelry?

How often should you clean your jewelry? That depends on how thoroughly you want to clean it. Regular, gentle cleaning should be performed weekly, while more thorough cleansing should only occur occasionally so that the harsh chemicals don’t damage your jewelry.

Light Cleaning: Every Week

  • Warm water + dish soap + soft toothbrush. Make your own jewelry cleaner by filling a bowl with warm (not hot) water, and then adding a few drops of dish soap. Put your jewelry in the mixture and let it sit for 15 minutes. Afterward, take your jewelry out of the bowl and scrub it clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse, dry with a soft towel, and layout on a soft surface to dry.
  • Polishing cloth. In a pinch, a normal microfiber cloth will do. However, specialty jewelers’ cloths are the best, since they contain particular cleaning compounds formulated to both polish and remove small scratches in your jewelry. 

Occasional Cleaning: Every 1-2 Months

  • Ammonia. For a deep cleaning at home, create a strong jewelry cleaner by adding one-part ammonia to six parts water. Let your jewelry sit in this mixture for no more than 1 minute. Remove, rinse under running water, dry with a soft cloth, and place on a towel to air dry completely.

Deep Cleaning: 1-2 Times Per Year

  • Free jewelry cleaning with James Allen. Either send your jewelry to James Allen for maintenance or take your jewelry to a local James Allen partner for a complimentary professional cleaning. Minor repairs are also free!
  • Ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machine. These are similar to the machines used by professional jewelers. Ultrasound waves loosen grime from even the smallest of niches, and it only takes about 5 minutes. If you want to give your jewelry a regular deep clean, it may be worth investing in one.

Expert Tip: Ultrasound jewelry cleaning doesn’t sanitize your jewelry, so it’s worth following up an ultrasonic treatment with a simple dish soap + water cleaning. The ultrasonic waves can also damage jewelry that contains tungsten or soft, porous gemstones like pearls.

Daily Habits To Protect Your Jewelry

To prevent tarnishing and scratching, it’s worth learning a few helpful jewelry habits. These actions are most important for protecting softer metals like yellow gold and plated metals like white gold, which can be most easily scratched or discolored.

  1. Store each piece of jewelry in its own cloth bag to prevent scratching.
  2. Purchase a jewelry box that has a soft inner lining to stop pieces from scratching each other.
  3. Keep a jeweler’s polishing cloth in your bag or backpack for quick use.
  4. Take your jewelry off when you’re sleeping.
  5. Remove your jewelry during strenuous activities, like gym or construction.
  6. Don’t wear jewelry when you’re using caustic materials like household cleaners – or wear rubber gloves.
  7. Keep your jewelry off while you apply makeup or hairspray.
  8. Remove your jewelry before you swim in chlorinated pools and salt water.

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How To Clean Yellow Gold Jewelry

Most yellow gold jewelry is offered in two different karats of metals: 14k and 18k. While 24k is pure gold, lower carats are actually mixed with other metals (like nickel, copper, and silver) in order to strengthen it to the point that it’s suitable for jewelry.

If you’re wondering how to clean gold jewelry, you’re in luck: yellow gold is slow to tarnish and dull and doesn’t require maintenance as frequently as other gold jewelry metals.

  1. Use: Dish soap + water, ammonia, or a polishing cloth.
  2. Avoid: Bleach and tough scrubbing brushes

How To Clean White Gold Jewelry

White gold’s silvery luster is created by alloying yellow gold with white metals like nickel or zinc and finishing with rhodium plating. Normal wear and tear will result in the need for rhodium re-plating every 5-10 years in order to maintain white gold’s silvery appearance.

This rhodium plating can also be worn down by strong chemicals, so take off your white gold rings when cleaning.

  1. Use: dish soap + water or a polishing cloth
  2. Avoid: harsh chemicals which can strip the rhodium plating.

How To Clean Rose Gold Jewelry

Rose gold is a yellow gold/copper alloy. The gold gives it a malleability and sheen that’s perfect for jewelry, and the copper gives it its distinctive pink hue. It’s also the strongest of all the gold metals, so your rose gold jewelry can be worn more often, with less chance of scratching.

  1. Use: dish soap + water or a polishing cloth
  2. Avoid: abrasive chemicals

How To Clean Platinum Jewelry

Platinum is a rare, valuable metal with a gorgeous silvery sheen that retains its white luster with minimal maintenance. It’s also the most durable of all the ring metals! In general, you’ll have to clean platinum jewelry less regularly than gold, and it will also scratch less.

  1. Use: dish soap + water or a polishing cloth.
  2. Avoid: Ammonia

A Tidy Summary

No matter what metal your jewelry is made from, it’s important to maintain its sparkle via weekly cleanings with dish soap, warm water, and a soft-bristled toothbrush.

For a squeaky-clean professional shine, either send your James Allen jewelry to us for a quick and complimentary deep cleaning or take it to one of our brick-and-mortar partner jewelers. Or spend a bit of money to DIY and deep clean it with either an ammonia-water mixture or purchase an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. 

Treating your jewelry right will help it look continuously brilliant throughout the years.

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The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire

The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire 

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

The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire

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

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

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

What Are The Three Birthstones For September?

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

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

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

What Is The September Birthstone Color?

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

September Birthstone History & Symbolism

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

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

Where Is The September Birthstone Found?

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

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

September Birthstone Jewelry Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sapphire Birthstone Care & Cleaning

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

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

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

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

All you’ll need is:

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

Steps to clean your diamond:

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

Fun Facts About Sapphires

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

FAQs About The September Birthstone

  1. What stone is suitable for Virgo?

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

  1. Is Sapphire expensive? 

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

  1. Do all months have two birthstones? 

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

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Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings: What’s The Difference?

Jewelry that is given in the name of love always has extra sparkle. Eternity rings and anniversary rings definitely fall into this category. Symbolic of life-changing moments and epic love, these diamonds are not just your best friend but remind you of your best friend.

Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings

Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings: What’s The Difference?

While similarly popular, eternity rings and anniversary rings are different in both look and purpose. From the number of stones to the style of the band and the dates they are given, we explain the differences and clear up which ring you should buy and when.

Eternity rings are characterized by a band of endless diamonds, while anniversary rings feature a row of diamonds on the upper half of the band. Both consistently feature diamonds, which is not necessarily the case for wedding rings.

What Is An Eternity Ring?

Eternity rings are characterized by a band of uninterrupted diamonds. That means the diamonds go all the way around the band with no interruption.

They are available in a variety of diamond shapes and sizes, as well as different metal types. Eternity rings have come to be given on very special occasions, and have become a popular wedding rings trend.

When Should You Buy Or Gift An Eternity Ring?

Eternity rings are given on birthdays, landmark anniversaries (such as at the five, ten, and twenty-year marks), or even graduation!

14K White Gold Low Dome Basket Lab-Created Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW F-G / VS2-SI1)

What Do Eternity Rings Symbolize?

The seemingly never-ending diamonds symbolize your never-ending love.

These diamonds are your pledge to your partner that you will love them beyond forever! Making this piece of jewelry a truly sentimental piece to gift to your loved one or buy as a wedding ring.

How To Wear An Eternity Ring

While there are no hard and fast rules, eternity rings are often worn next to the engagement ring and wedding ring sitting on the ring finger on your left hand.

When choosing an eternity ring, you want to keep in mind the style of the engagement and wedding rings.

There are also daintier eternity rings perfect for layering with other stackable rings.

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If you like a consistent look, then you’ll want to stick to the same diamond shape. So, if your engagement ring features an Asscher cut diamond, you’ll want to stick with that and choose an Asscher cut eternity ring.

Whatever style you choose, your eternity ring will certainly enhance the radiance not just of your ring finger, but of your whole hand!

14K White Gold Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (4 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

Pro Tip: When choosing your eternity ring KNOW YOUR SIZE! Eternity rings are VERY hard to resize because the entire band is covered in diamonds. Often, it simply isn’t possible.

If the ring is a surprise, click here to get tips and tricks to get your partner’s ring size. Measure their finger in their sleep if you have to! We promise it is easier than trying to resize an eternity ring.

What Is An Anniversary Ring?

Anniversary rings are often given on your wedding anniversary and are meant to enhance your wedding ring. They feature diamonds with a variety of settings, along with half the band, which is available in multiple metals. The metal of an anniversary ring is also chosen to complement an existing wedding band.

When Should You Buy Or Gift An Anniversary Ring?

Rings are a VERY popular choice for an anniversary gift. Traditionally, gold is the gift for your first wedding anniversary, so for this event, many couples will choose a white or yellow gold band as seen below:

14K White Gold Seven Stone Emerald Cut Diamond Ring (1.00 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

14K Yellow Gold Seven Stone Cushion Shape Diamond Ring (1.50 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

Whether choosing a five, seven, or nine stone option, you can’t go wrong with an anniversary ring. Enough diamonds for those who want to look ballin’ but not so much for those who prefer a quieter glam.

What Do Anniversary Rings Symbolize?

Anniversary rings, often given to commemorate milestone years in a marriage or relationship, symbolize the enduring love, commitment, and shared experiences between partners. These rings are a meaningful reminder of a couple’s journey and their continued devotion to one another.

How To Wear An Anniversary Ring

So, if your engagement ring and wedding ring are on your ring finger on your left hand, where do you wear your anniversary ring? Literally, any finger you want! One of the beauties of an anniversary ring is that there is no “traditional” finger to wear them on, so choose any finger you like!

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Many people do choose to wear their anniversary ring on the ring finger on their right hand (the finger next to your pinky). This allows the ring to compliment your engagement, eternity, and wedding rings, but also stand out on its own.

Which Ring Is Right For You?

Eternity Rings Anniversary Rings
Diamonds All Around The BandDiamonds On Top Half Of The Band
VERY Difficult To ResizePopular For Wedding Anniversaries
Great For Any Special OccasionAvailable In Five, Seven, Or Nine Stones
Symbolize Unending LoveSymbolize Continued Commitment

FAQs

Can I customize the design of eternity and anniversary rings?

Yes, both types of rings can be customized based on metal choice, gemstone selection, and design preferences. Many jewelers and online jewelers offer customization options.

Can men wear eternity or anniversary rings?

Why not? While these rings are often associated with women, men can also wear them if it suits their personal style.

How do I choose between an eternity ring and an anniversary ring?

The best way to choose is to look at your partner’s style and also the symbolism you want to convey with your gift.

What is the main difference between eternity rings and anniversary rings? Eternity rings are adorned with a continuous band of identical gemstones, symbolizing never-ending love. Anniversary rings, on the other hand, can feature a variety of designs and gem arrangements, often marking specific years of marriage or milestones.

What is the main difference between eternity rings and anniversary rings?

Eternity rings are typically adorned with a continuous band of identical gemstones, symbolizing never-ending love. Anniversary rings, on the other hand, can feature a variety of designs and gem arrangements, often marking specific years of marriage or milestones.

Let’s Sum It Up

Eternity and anniversary rings are a gorgeous way to express your love for your partner. Something they can always wear that will always be in style. These rings tell your partner how special they are without you even having to utter the words.

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Aquamarine Jewelry feat. the March Birthstone

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

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What Is The March Birthstone?

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

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

Aquamarine Birthstone Symbolism And History

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

What Is The March Birthstone Color?

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

Celebrity Aquamarine Jewelry

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

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

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

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

Aquamarine Rings

Infinity Aquamarine
Birthstone Ring

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

East-West Aquamarine
and Diamond Ring

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

Yellow Gold Aquamarine
Birthstone Ring

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

Slender Aquamarine
Birthstone Ring

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

Aquamarine Stud Earrings

Aquamarine and
Diamond Stud Earrings

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

Aquamarine Birthstone
Stud Earrings

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

Aquamarine Necklaces

Oval-Cut Aquamarine
Birthstone Necklace

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

Aquamarine Floating
Halo Necklace

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

The March Birthstone & More

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

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The February Birthstone: Amazing Amethyst

Don royal purple with the February birthstone: amethyst! This unusually-hued gemstone will make any wearer into an instant queen.

 

February Birthstone

Amethyst jewelry is the go-to purchase for February birthdays and Valentine’s gifts. The February birthstone is stunning yet graceful, rewarding those bold enough to wear it with plenty of turned heads!

What is the Birthstone for February?

It’s amethyst! Amethyst is a violet type of quartz, the crystalline mineral silicon dioxide. This is a great jewelry gemstone, as it’s not only gorgeous, but also sufficiently resilient to withstand day-to-day wear. It rates a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, indicating that it’s pretty difficult to scratch. Amethyst is a jewel that’s ready to keep up with your active lifestyle.

The History of Amethyst

Amethyst isn’t only good in the form of birthstone jewelry. This gemstone takes its name from the ancient Greek belief that it could protect its bearer from poison and drunkenness: a- (not) + methysko (intoxicating). Not only was amethyst worn as talismanic jewelry, but it was also carved into cups to prevent over-tipsiness.

With all due respect to the ancient Greeks, we disagree. Amethyst is positively intoxicating!

Amethyst February Birthstone

How to Style Amethyst

Purple can be a tricky color to style, and a trickier one to style well. When it comes to amethyst, it looks best when paired with certain colors of clothes.

  • similar shades of purple
  • neutral shades: black, white, gray, silver or gold.

As for who can wear amethyst, everyone’s in luck. Amethystian purple hedges both cool and warm tones, and as such it complements any complexion. Jewelry-wearers of the world, rejoice! This is your sign to rock amethyst jewelry.

Who Wears Amethyst?

Perhaps because of its royal connotations, but most certainly because of its beauty, amethyst is a solid favorite among red carpet celebrities. And as you can see, stars like Diane Kruger and Zoe Saldana are also fans of pairing their jewels with purple fabrics. 

Diane Kruger- Amethyst February Birthstone
Zoe Saldana - Amethyst February Birthstone

The Value of Amethyst Birthstone

Amethyst is valued primarily by the quality of its color rather than its carat weight. Meaning that you can score a heftily-sized gemstone for a much more reasonable price than other jewels. 

Amethyst Stone Meaning

The February gemstone is also rife with meaning. In the past, Tibetan Buddhist monks considered it holy and carved prayer beads from it and English royalty reserved it for themselves due to its sacred properties. And amethyst became the February birthstone thanks to the legendary St. Valentine, who donned an amethyst ring as he performed illicit marriages; this eventually led to the modern-day practice of gifting amethyst jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Modern-day lore claims that it is a powerful protective stone with cognitive and emotional stimulating properties.

Amethyst Rings

Deck your digits with a purple ring or two (or three), so you can punctuate every gesture with lavender. Choose a small stone for everyday wearing and stacking, or pump up the purple and go crazy with an oversized amethyst cocktail ring.

Petite Amethyst
Birthstone Ring

“Perfect in every way. I chose this for my 9 year old daughter, and she was beyond bedazzled with it. The metal and the gemstone are beautiful.”
– Johanna T.

Doubled Amethyst
and Diamond Ring

“A beautifully designed ring! The few diamonds on the ring next to the amethyst are a subtle compliment overall.”
-Marcin B.

Amethyst Earrings

Frame your face with two delicate purple gemstones. Amethyst earrings look particularly lovely on wearers with blue and brown eyes. And of course, they’re absolutely plum-colored stunning on those with violet-colored irises!

Cultured Pearl
and Amethyst Earrings

“The earrings were well made and delicate. My wife loved it as a birthday gift.”
– Felipe S.

Oval-Cut Amethyst
Stud Earrings

“This was a gift for my daughter-in-law and she was very happy.”
– Josette B.

Amethyst Necklaces

A single amethyst worn around the neck is known to protect its wearer from boring jewelry choices. Flaunt your unique personal style with a unique purple gemstone, set in precious metal.

Amethyst Birthstone
Necklace

“The birthstone necklace was stunning; the perfect birthday gift for my wife; she was mesmerized by it.” – Jonathan O.

Victorian Diamond
and Amethyst Necklace

“I bought this to celebrate the birth of our daughter and my wife loves it!” -Jason K.

The February Birthstone: Purple Reign

If you’re a February baby, or you’re looking for the perfect February gift, you are in luck! Amethyst is strong, affordable, and complements every complexion. Take your pick of any of the amethyst fan favorites listed above. 

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

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