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Picture It: Inspired Looks From the Golden Girls

The Golden Girls were ahead of their time in every way! From the subject matter to the guest stars to the fashion, Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, & Sophia were the hippest grandmas on the block!

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There are so many reasons why the Golden Girls was both a critical and commercial success. The surprisingly progressive show, which earned 11 Emmys (out of almost 70 nominations), resonated with viewers because it always felt real and relatable.

Whether it was Sophia’s stories that reminded you of your grandmother, Dorothy’s exasperation at always being the responsible one, Blanche’s outlandish outfits and sexual escapades, or Rose’s Midwestern innocence; the Golden Girls were the grandmother, mother, sister, and friend everyone wanted.

Thank You For Being A Friend

The Golden Girls laughed together, cried together, annoyed each other, and most importantly, ate pound after pound of cheesecake. Everyone remembers the ladies gathered around that infamous table in the kitchen, eating late into the night, helping each other through their problems and learning lessons, with the help of each other and, of course, a nice rich cheesecake.

No matter how big the fights, no matter how serious the problem, there was always a cheesecake, and a story, there to guide the women to the right solution. What started as roommates, became deep friendships, and were ultimately, a family.

The golden girls around the table

Jewelry as timeless as Sophia’s stories, as individual as the characters, and that shines as bright as the actors:

“Let me tell you a story. Picture it, Sicily…” — Sophia

14K Rose Gold Cushion Halo Morganite And Diamond Necklace (6x6mm)

“We have Maalox and estrogen. How many junkies have gas and hot flashes?” — Dorothy

18K White Gold Diamond And Cultured South Sea Pearl Art Deco Drop Earrings (11-12 Mm)

“It’s like we say in St. Olaf: hergenbargenflergenflurfennerfen.” — Rose

14K White Gold Beaded Amethyst Necklace

“Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.” — Blanche

Emmy Worthy

The show won 11 Emmys in its lifetime, in no small part to its progressive subject matter. The show tackled everything from ageism, medical gaslighting, addiction, LGBTQIA issues, and much much more! The show was not afraid to go there, which is why it still resonates with us today.

The actors and the show, rightly earned each Emmy and nomination. Almost 30 years since it went off the air, the Golden Girls continue to make us laugh, make us cry, and show us that no matter what life throws at you, you can get up and thrive.

Sophia showed us coming back stronger and more sarcastic than ever after her stroke, Dorothy finally found happiness after suffering a cheating husband for years, Blanche learned that she is more than just her sexiness, and Rose learned that she is not just a naive Midwestern mouse.

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Shine as bright as Rue, Bea, Betty, and Estelle…and their Emmys, with these fabulous gold necklaces:

14K Yellow Gold Mini Elephant Necklace

“My mother used to say: the older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.” — Rose

14K Yellow Gold Bead Dangle Necklace

“People waste their time pondering whether a glass is half empty or half full. Me, I just drink whatever’s in the glass.” — Sophia

14K Yellow Gold Triple Strand Puffed Heart Necklace

“Nobody ever believes me when I’m telling the truth. I guess it’s the curse of being a devastatingly beautiful woman” — Blanche

14K Yellow Gold Interlocking Rings Necklace

“[To Sophia] You’re a furry little gnome and we feed you too much.” — Dorothy

Who WERE The Golden Girls?

Each of the women was famous in their own right before coming to the groundbreaking program. Betty White, better known as the “First Lady of Television,” had her own show on NBC, appeared on numerous game shows, starred in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. An avid animal lover, White was married to longtime love Allen Ludden, for almost 20 years before his untimely death.

Bea Arthur won a Tony for her role in the Broadway musical Mame, had her own TV series: Maude, and made multiple appearances in TV shows, movies, roasts, and plays. Arthur embraced her role as an LGBTQIA icon and was long considered an LGBTQIA rights activist.

Rue McClanahan worked with Arthur on Maude; she also appeared on Mama’s Family, alongside White. Prior to her roles on television, McClanahan was a stage actress. McClanahan was also socially conscious and was an activist promoting animal rights and vegetarianism.

Estelle Getty was a stage actress for many years, gaining experience in the Yiddish theater and attempting standup in what was then-known as the borscht belt, before finally achieving success at age 62. Showing younger actors that success is always possible, and to never give up, Getty was a fighter both on and off the stage, working as an activist for LGBTQIA issues, AIDS causes, and senior issues.

Who were the golden girls?

In the picture above, each actor and character’s individual personality shine through.

Sophia’s trademark pearl earrings are a staple at any age:

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings (6.5-7.0mm)

“If this sauce was a person, I’d get naked and make love to it.” — Sophia

Dorothy’s emerald ring is strong and classic, just like her:

1.85 Carat Oval Natural Green Emerald Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring

“It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” — Dorothy

Blanche’s Fuschia top with green jacket shows that having a sense of style is ageless:

14K Rose Gold Double Row Pavé Pink Sapphire Ring
14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Emerald Ring

“Isn’t it amazing how I can feel so bad, and still look so good?” — Blanche

Rose’s gold hoop earrings show that her Midwest innocence never got in the way of having Miami style:

14K Yellow Gold Entwined Hoop Earrings

“I hate to admit it, but he melts my Haagen-Dazs.” — Rose

Timeless Life Lessons from the Golden Girls

The Golden Girls were a group of women whose circumstances led them to be roommates, unlikely friends, and closer than family. They showed us there is nothing that a good cheesecake can’t fix.

The many lessons of the show continue through today; whether it’s Blanche’s confidence, Sophia’s honesty, Rose’s kindness, or Dorothy’s selflessness, the show, like the actors themselves, was ahead of its time. And of course, the women taught us that as you age, you only shine brighter.

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year and is often synonymous with hearts, flowers, and of course, chocolate. This year, why not get creative and gift that special someone in your life with a beautiful piece of fine jewelry? Whether it’s your mom, partner, spouse, or even your best friend, James Allen has the perfect gift that they will cherish forever. 

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Gifts under $200

Mini Initial ‘S’ Bracelet -$112

Personalized jewelry is truly one of the most meaningful gift ideas. And this is why we LOVE this adorable, mini initial bracelet. Make it as personal as you like, whether you choose the letter of their first name, your last name, or the initials of your children. This is a timeless and perfect staple piece of jewelry. Check out our matching mini initial necklaces.

Heart Stud Earrings -$165

Valentine’s Day gifting doesn’t always have to be excessive. Opt for a simple yet stunning pair of heart stud earrings that are special enough for February 14th but also cute and to wear the other 364 days of the year. 

P.S these are cupid approved!

14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial S Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Heart Stud Earrings

Gifts under $250

Beaded Amethyst Necklace -$202

Birthstone jewelry is a stunning gift idea for Valentine’s Day as it’s both beautiful and meaningful. Selecting a piece of jewelry that features your special someone’s birthstone will add that personalized yet sentimental touch you’ve been looking for. And, of course, each birthstone has its own lovely meaning. For example, February’s birthstone, the amethyst, is rich with symbolism and often associated with protection, inner strength, and courage.

Cushion Garnet Hook Earrings -$225

Let your darling stand out this Valentine’s Day with a pair of exquisite gemstone earrings. When it comes to gemstones, there is often a wide variety, from red rubies to pink sapphire and glamorous garnets. Be sure to choose a color that matches their eyes or compliments their skin tone. As gemstone earrings commonly feature small stones, they’re quite affordable and make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

14K White Gold Beaded Amethyst Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Cushion Garnet Hook Earrings

Gifts Under $350

Duo Love And Heart Necklace -$315

Surprise your Valentine by expressing your love with this playful 14K yellow gold layered necklace. Just like you and your significant other, this necklace features a “love” and open heart joint pendant that beautifully complement each other.

Interlocked Rings Bolo Bracelet -$315

Minimalists will appreciate the subtle message that comes with this interlocked rings bracelet that symbolizes an everlasting connection and unity. What makes this yellow gold bracelet so perfect is that it’s adjustable, super stylish, and nothing like a traditional V-day gift!

14K Yellow Gold Duo Love And Heart Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Interlocked Rings Bolo Bracelet

Gifts under $450

Lily Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings -$412

Gifting your sweetheart with a classic pair of pearl earrings comes highly recommended. Pearls are not only chic and timeless but can be worn for any occasion -day or night. These delicate pearl drop earrings are the epitome of sophistication and make the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates anything feminine and pink. 

Diamond Heart Bracelet -$450

This gorgeous White Gold diamond heart bracelet is simple yet oh-so-romantic. Meaningful and super versatile, this beautiful gift is sure to capture your loved one’s heart. 

14K Rose Gold Lily Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings
14K White Gold Diamond Heart Bracelet

Gifts Under $600

Boy-Girl Diamond Necklace -$517

We love this one and there is no doubt your Valentine will too. This exquisite necklace features a diamond-studded girl and boy holding hands. This makes the perfect gift for anyone from best friends, bride-to-be, or expecting parents. You can also customize the number of charms.

Key To Your Love’s Heart Diamond Necklace -$570

Capture the key to your love’s heart with this sparkling statement. Available in white gold and rose gold, this stunning diamond necklace will make your Valentine’s jewelry collection complete.

14K Rose Gold Boy-Girl Diamond Necklace
14K Rose Gold Key To Your Love's Heart Diamond Necklace

Splurge – Gifts under $1000

Cushion Halo Cluster Stud Earrings -$735

These dainty yet elegant stud earrings not only make a stunning Valentine’s Day gift are also perfect for everyday wear. These studs are easily one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry that anyone can own and wear. From brunch with your gals to date night with your love, it’s no wonder these are so popular.

Petite Arrow Diamond Bracelet – $940

Sleek and modern, this stunning diamond bracelet features a delicate arrow with a single row of diamonds extending from a circle of 14K yellow gold. The open triangle head of the arrow acts as a clasp for easy wear and comfort. This simple design is not only perfect for every day but is also lovely for those special occasions.

14K Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Cluster Stud Earrings

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Gorgeous Garnets: The January Birthstone

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

Gorgeous Garnets: The January Birthstone

Start the new year off by shining in garnet red. Garnets get their name due to their resemblance to pomegranate seeds, the name derives from the Latin granatum, meaning seed. While garnet comes in multiple hues, red is the most popular color, and perfect for a January birthday…or any birthday!

What is Garnet?

Garnets can be found in mines and streams, where the water has worn away the rock and exposed the gem. Garnets can be found in green, yellow, and even colorless, but its vibrant and deep red is the 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.

The sparkle from garnets is so extraordinary it is often described by gemmologists 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 should be handled with care. Rating between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, out of a maximum of 10, garnets are still quite strong.

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 day!

Kate Middleton isn’t the only celebrity sporting garnet, check out some other famous faces wearing this gorgeous gem! Kristen Bell and Sofía Vergara have both rocked luxurious garnet earrings.

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 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 them a popular choice. This gem, which can symbolize both love and friendship, makes a considerable and personal gift to a romantic partner, good friend, or family member.

Check out our other birthstone guides

December Blue TopazNovember CitrinesSeptember SapphiresFebruary AmethystsMarch AquamarinesApril DiamondsMay EmeraldsJuly Rubies.

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Cool Blue Topaz: The December Birthstone

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

Celebrate the month of December with its icy blue birthstone. Though topaz comes in a range of colors, the blue variety is the wintry birthstone. From pale blue to a deep, sapphire-like azure, topaz’s tones are perfect for any December birthday or simply any cool-hued adorer.

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What is Topaz?

Topaz is a silicate mineral that in its purest state is totally colorless. It’s the trace minerals that give it such a vibrant range of colors, from deep blue to pink, orange, and even purple. 

The index of refraction for topaz is somewhat low (around 1.62), meaning that their many facets sparkle less than gemstones with a higher rating. Topaz tends to look best in oblong cuts that complement its naturally-occurring columnar shape. For that reason, topaz often appears in jewelry in baguette-, pear-, and oval shapes. 

Topaz is an ideal jewelry stone thanks to its high rating on the Mohs Hardness Scale. It scores an 8, which is near the maximum solidity of 10 (a grade claimed by the rock-hard diamond). Practically, this means that topaz is quite impervious to daily wear in all situations. There’s no need to fret about scratching or chipping topaz; it will accompany you throughout your day, no worries.

One of the cooler characteristics of Topaz is its pleochroism: depending on the angle that light hits topaz’s facets, the gemstone may appear to vary in color. This gives blue topaz an incredible variety of aquatic shades.

The History of Topaz

In the past, the most famous variety of topaz was actually yellow. The Bible mentions topaz; although it probably referred to a different yellow stone, the name topaz went on to refer, generally, to any yellow semi-precious stone. Eventually, in the mid-1700’s, topaz started referring to the mineral we now know and love. 

The most popular type of topaz nowadays is the blue variety. Though blue topaz occurs naturally, the popularity of blue skyrocketed in the 1970’s when gem treatments were developed. Gemologists discovered that they could take colorless topaz, expose it to certain types of radiation, and then heat it up. The result was a gorgeous blue gemstone whose popularity immediately shot through the roof. 

Famous Topaz

By far the most famous topaz in existence is the Marbella Topaz, a whopping 8,225 carat faceted blue topaz currently owned by the Spanish government. Yep, that’s a comma – not a full stop. How big is 8,225 carats, you ask? Well, it’s akin to wearing a grapefruit on your finger. A bit heavy, but oh-so breathtaking.

Cate Blanchett has been known to sport blue topaz on the red carpet – a gemstone that perfectly highlights her icy blue eyes. By wearing her topaz jewelry as close to her eyes as possible in the form of earrings, she maximizes the blue-on-blue effect.

Kate Blanchett wearing blue topaz earrings
Kate Middleton wearing blue topaz hoop earrings

And onto another (C)Kate! Kate Middleton’s circular topaz and diamond earrings have made multiple high-profile appearances, and seem to be one of her favorite pieces. The cool tone highlights her green eyes, and the bright white jewelry metal pops against her paler skin.

How to wear topaz

Blue is a beautiful catch-all. If you love blue, topaz is for you, since it comes in every shade – from pale aquamarine to a dark sapphire, topaz has it all. 

Pale complexions: if you have a pale complexion, dark blue topaz will look stunning on you. Especially topaz set in white jewelry metal like white gold or platinum.

Dark complexions: complement your dark complexion by choosing an eye-popping pale topaz set in warm gold.

Blue & green eyes: Choose topaz in the same shade as your irises to make your baby blues (or green) really pop.

Outfit coordination: topaz looks lovely when paired with its complementary color, orange. Practically, this means you can increase topaz’s visual impact by wearing golden or amber-color fabrics alongside your gemstone.

December Birthstone Gifts:
Blue Topaz Rings

Blue topaz jewelry is perfect for December birthday gifts, 4th, and 19th wedding anniversary presents. Not only is it more affordable than other blue gemstones like sapphire, but it also features a unique variety of hues. And why blue topaz rings? They’re easy to wear, will stand up to anything you put them through, and will always be close at hand for you to admire.

December Birthstone Gifts:
Blue Topaz Earrings

Topaz has a history of mind-strengthening powers. Well, at least according to a host of old European folklore. An English superstition states that topaz can cure insanity, while in the Middle Ages it was worn to protect against the evil eye and mind-weakening curses. If you agree with our predecessors, wearing blue topaz earrings close to your noggin will keep you up to speed.

December Birthstone Gifts:
Blue Topaz Necklaces

Statement pieces? Oh yes. Topaz’s relative affordability means that you can go big on the carat weight without going over budget. Plus, a blue topaz pendant completes any outfit with a vivid burst of color. Whether you give it as a present, or you adorn and adore yourself, topaz is a winning December purchase.

Check out our other birthstone guides

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

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Radiant Ruby: The July Birthstone

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

Radiant Ruby: The July Birthstone

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

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

Ruby’s Meaning

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

The Ruby Anniversary

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

Ruby’s Durability

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Rings

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

Petite Ruby
Birthstone Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.8mm Petite Single Ruby Birthstone Ring

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

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

Diamond Bar and
Ruby Ring

14K White Gold Ruby And Diamond Asymmetrical Bar Ring

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

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

Diamond Halo
Ruby Ring

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

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

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

Diamond and Ruby
Split-Shank Ring

14K Yellow Gold Oval Ruby And Diamond Accent Birthstone Ring

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Necklaces

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

Imperial Diamond and
Ruby Necklace

14K Rose Gold Imperial Ruby And Diamond Necklace

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

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

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Necklace

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

Sweet, petite, and what a treat!  

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Bracelets

Diamond and Ruby
Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Ruby Tennis Bracelet

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

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

Diamond and Ruby
Bangle Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Ruby And Diamond Outline Bangle Bracelet

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

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

The July Birthstone: Ruby Earrings

Inside-Out Diamond and
Ruby Hoop Earrings

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

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

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

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Earrings

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

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

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

To Sum It Up

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

Read Up On Birthstones Year-Round

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

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June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

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

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

Pearl June Birthstone Jewelry

Why Pearl Rules 

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

How Oysters Produce Pearls

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

How Pearl Farmers Do It

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

Harvesting

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

June Birthdays and June Weddings

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

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

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

Pearl Earrings

Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings

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

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

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

Pink Pearl Trefoil Earrings

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

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

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

Seed Pearl Circle Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Earrings

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

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

Simple Akoya Pearl Studs

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings

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

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

Pearl Rings

Twisted Diamond & Pearl Ring

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Vine Ring

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

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

Nested Pearl Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Textured Basket Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

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

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

Pearl & Sapphire Ring

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

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

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

Seed Pearl & Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Crown Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Ring

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

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

Pearl Necklaces

Tahitian Pearl & Halo Necklace

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Halo Necklace

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

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

Diamond Trio & Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Trio Diamond Necklace

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

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

Diamond Pearl Bar Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Bar Necklace

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

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

Strand Pearl Necklace

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

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

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

Pearl Bracelets

Double Strand Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Double Strand Bracelet

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

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

Akoya Pearl & Sapphire Bracelet

14K White Gold Cultured Akoya Pearl And Sapphire Bracelet

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

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

Diamond Triad & Pearl Bracelet

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

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

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

Curved Diamond & Pearl Bracelet

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

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

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

In Summary

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

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

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

With pearls, June is your oyster!

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Look Like a 2021 Golden Globe Winner: Jewelry Lookalikes

This year’s Golden Globes looked a lot different than previous years – but one thing stayed the same: our love for celebrity jewelry!

The 2021 Golden Globes was mostly virtual (with the exception of some exceptional first responder attendees) but filled with festivities nonetheless. Even though the nominees stayed at home for the awards ceremony, they definitely didn’t skimp on the glam. We’re loving their looks, and their jewelry is no exception. Read on to find out our favorites of the night and how you can get the lookalikes for less!

1. Anya Taylor-Joy

All eyes were on the first-time Golden Globes attendee, who snagged the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series for “The Queen’s Gambit”. The star looked tres chique in an emerald halter dress with a diamond necklace fit for a queen. Give yourself the royal treatment with our showstopping diamond bar necklace. Checkmate!

The Lookalike:

Vertical Bar Drop Diamond Necklace

A diamond at the center of this vertical bar drop necklace adds extra sparkle to a timeless look. This piece also features an adjustable custom chain which makes it the perfect piece for layering with other necklaces in your collection!

Anya Taylor-Joy and the Vertical Bar Drop Diamond Necklace
14K White Gold Vertical Bar Drop Diamond Necklace

2. Gal Gadot

Wonder Woman was truly a wonder in a white dress paired with a long, gold pendant  featuring a large, dark center stone. The stark color contrast makes a beautiful, bold statement. While we may not have this never-seen-before pendant, make your own sparkling statement when you accessorize with our unique, exquisite Onyx Cabochon necklace. P.S. Congrats on your pregnancy, Gal!


The Lookalike:

Oval Onyx Cabochon And Diamond Necklace

This striking onyx cabochon surrounded by diamonds in 18K yellow gold is a serious statement piece. This exquisite necklace is a timeless piece that will have a special place in your jewelry box for years to come.

Gal Gadot and the Oval onyx cabochon diamond necklace
18K Yellow Gold Oval Onyx Cabochon And Diamond Necklace

3. Emma Corrin

Emma’s well deserved win at the 2021 Golden Globes for “The Crown” was accompanied by a most stunning pair of emerald and diamond earrings. The perfect occasion earrings, our version will make everyone green with envy!


The Lookalikes:

Halo Emerald & Diamond Drop Earrings

Celebrate a classic look with these petite drop earrings featuring oval emeralds surrounded by a halos of glistening diamonds. This chic pair of earrings will instantly upgrade any look.

Emma Corrin with Halo emerald diamond drop earrings
18K White Gold Petite Drop Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings

4. Regina King

Regina King was blinged out to the max in loads of gorgeous diamond jewelry (almost as gorgeous as the actress and director herself!). We love that her diamond pieces were staples with a statement, like this Butterfly Criss-Cross diamond ring. Our second favorite accessory? Regina’s show-stealing pup, Cornbread.


The Lookalike:

Butterfly Criss-Cross Ring

A fun, delicate criss-cross ring featuring two beautiful crafted butterflies pavé set with round diamonds. The butterflies face each other and are separated by a single row of diamonds. Great for everyday wear.

5. Viola Davis

The “How To Get Away With Murder” star looked drop-dead gorgeous in a mermaid gown paired with a thick, gold chain necklace. If you’re in the mood to go big and bold, look no further than this paperclip chain necklace, guaranteed to take your neck game up a notch.  


The Lookalike:

Alternating Paperclip Chain Necklace

This beautiful 14K yellow gold paperclip design features a polished hollow paper clip chain with a pear-shaped lobster lock.

Viola David with alternating paperclip chain necklace
14K Yellow Gold 5.1mm Alternating Paper Clip Chain Necklace

6. Andra Day

Andra’s well deserved win for her titular portrayal of Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” was one of the highlights of the evening. Another highlight? Her gorgeous diamond jewelry, reminiscent of our Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop earrings. Grab a lookalike pair for yourself.


The Lookalikes:

Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop Earrings

These graceful drop earrings feature stunning leaves of diamonds that cascade along a fine gold chain, allowing for elegant movement and sparkle in a delicate design.

Andra Day with leaves cascade diamond drop earrings
14K White Gold Leaves Cascade Diamond Drop Earrings

7. Amanda Seyfried

The “Mean Girls” star looked like a classic beauty, adorned with classic diamond jewelry. We’re huge fans of her necklace, similar to our timeless Curving Diamond Bar necklace. Feeling inspired? Shop this dazzling alternative.

The Lookalike:

Curving Diamond Bar Necklace

This delicate necklace featuring a subtly curved bar of round-cut pavé diamonds set in 14K white gold is beautifully understated to compliment any look. Gift this timeless piece to the special someone in your life.

Amanda Seyfried with curving diamond bar necklace
14K White Gold Curving Diamond Bar Necklace

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Our Most Popular and Most-Reviewed Jewelry

Sure, the jewelry looks fantastic online…but what do customers really think? Read on to find out! We’ve arranged a lineup of the year’s most-reviewed items: engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry. 

Most-reviewed wedding rings and engagement rings

The reviews are in! Which items are James Allen customers totally in love with? The trends are clear: rose gold, pavé, and classic settings are in.

Rose gold jewelry

Rose gold jewelry got the lion’s share of rave reviews! Our lineup below includes rose gold engagement ringsrose gold wedding rings, and a rose gold necklace.

Pavé jewelry

This glittery lineup of popular jewelry is studded with pavé settings. Not only does pavé add sparkle, but when designed in a halo it makes its center stone appear larger!

Classic jewelry

Simple, unadorned jewelry makes a strong showing alongside its sparkling peers. Solitaire engagement rings, minimalist stud earrings, and gold-forward pendant necklaces are clearly popular.

Read on for a snapshot of our most-reviewed items…

Engagement Rings

Rose Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

The Petite Pavé is one of our most popular engagement ring styles, and it’s clear that rose gold is rising in popularity. This delicate, feminine ring has just the right amount of sparkle…and it had our customers raving!

“The ring was perfect and my fiancé loved it and hasn’t stopped looking at it since.”
-Aaron B.

most popular engagement rings: rose gold pave engagement ring
14K Rose Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

White Gold Knife Edge Engagement Ring

A simple solitaire engagement ring – with an edge. The strong lines of this unique solitaire engagement ring draw all eyes to the featured center stone. Affordable, minimalist, and stylish, this engagement ring drew a storm of chatter.

“My fiancée loves it! The simplicity of the ring is amazing and more! It shines so big!”
– Jahaira C.

most popular engagement rings:  white gold solitaire engagement ring
14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
with Oval Diamond

This yellow gold engagement ring is an utter classic. It’s designed for comfort – not only is it beautiful, but you can wear it all day. And customers loved it! This setting is suitable for mounting with any cut of a diamond – and customers took advantage of this, choosing (for instance) the oval diamond featured below. 

“Bought this beautiful piece for my wife and she was super happy! The quality of the style and cut is amazing!”
– Alessandro B.

most popular engagement rings:  yellow gold solitaire oval engagement ring
14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

This white gold engagement ring really puts a twist on pavé. It’s composed of two thin bands – one pavé and one classic – twirled together for just the right amount of subtle shimmer. 

“Loved the ring! Shines a ton. She loved it.”
– Chris F.

most popular engagement rings: white gold twisted pave engagement ring
14K White Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Cathedral Halo Engagement Ring

With an arching, many-armed backet, this rose gold engagement ring is pure royalty. Its unique halo is slightly almond-shaped, tapering gracefully into the curved pavé-set band. This is a super-sparkler! And thanks to the surrounding small stones, the center stone actually appears larger than it is. 

“My now fiancée absolutely loves the ring and loves adoring the size of the diamond.” 
– Jonathan V. 

most popular engagement rings: rose gold pave halo engagement ring
14K Rose Gold Cathedral Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Wedding Rings

Platinum Flush Fit Pavé Wedding Ring

This is a timeless wedding band that adds a good amount of sparkle. The pavé-set diamonds are set perfectly to allow the maximum amount of light to hit their facets. And if that’s not enough, it’s also effortlessly comfortable to wear. 

“Absolutely love my wedding band and engagement ring. My diamond is stunning and customer service was exceptional.”
– James S.

most popular wedding rings: platinum pave wedding ring
Platinum Flush Fit Pave Wedding Ring

Thin Pavé Wedding Ring

For those who love a solid stack of sparkle, this delicate pavé wedding ring is a perfect choice. Slim enough to accommodate both an engagement ring and an anniversary ring, this adds a graceful line of complementary glitter to any ring compilation.

“She said yes! The ring is absolutely remarkable and super elegant!”
– Andrew H.

most popular wedding rings: white gold pave wedding ring
14K White Gold Thin Pave Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Platinum Prong-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

This platinum wedding ring is set with 10 sparkling diamonds that cover half the band’s length. This wedding ring is gracefully bold. Its stones are larger than that of a pavé and, as such, they capture a good amount of light.

“Beautiful! Looks great with my engagement ring (which is also from James Allen).”
– Anne W.

most popular wedding rings: white gold prong-set wedding ring
Platinum Prong Set Diamond Wedding Rin

Rose Gold Vintage Marquise Wedding Ring

A wedding ring with all the romance of vintage jewels, but made to modern quality standards. The entire length of the rose gold band is set with alternating round and marquise diamonds that give off an uncommonly romantic whimsy.

“Exactly what I envisioned for my wedding band. Amazing quality too.”
– Justin L.

most popular wedding rings: rose gold vintage marquise and round diamond wedding ring
14K Rose Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring

Fine Jewelry 

Yellow Gold Four-Prong Diamond Earrings

These diamond studs became many of our customers’ go-to earrings this year! With their sturdy yet vanishing prongs, these yellow gold earrings upgrade your wardrobe for any occasion. You really can’t go wrong with diamond studs, especially these. 

“The 4 prong looks great!! Happy to have them!”
– Maria J.

14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Stud Earrings (Mounting)

White Gold Four-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Diamond tennis bracelet: the ultimate in shine! This bracelet is straight-up, elegant, in-your-face sparkle. A continuous line of diamonds makes this bracelet shimmer from every angle on your wrist. Sturdy four-prong settings hold 53 brilliant-cut diamonds in a single, beautifully-crafted row. 

“The diamonds are bright and sparkly!”
-Yenny C.

14K White Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Rose Gold Curved Bar Diamond Necklace

A minimalist piece with personality! This diamond necklace features a curved row of round-cut diamonds gracefully suspended by a rose gold chain. The delicate line of glitter brightens up the wearer without being too in-your-face, and the rose gold lends this necklace a feminine touch.

This item is unique and beautiful. What a wonderful gift.”
– Shirley P.

rose gold curved bar diamond necklace

Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

A minimalist diamond pendant necklace with an understood, practical grace. This diamond pendant necklace takes your everyday wear to the next level. The thin bezel setting makes it a fantastic option for active lifestyles, thanks to its strong, no-snag mounting and comfortable flattened back. 

“This necklace is perfect for my everyday life, a very classic and timeless piece.”
– Isa L.

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

Platinum Milgrain Bezel Diamond Pendant Necklace

This milgrain setting keeps your diamond secure and stylish. Its beading is the perfect mix of modern and vintage jewelry design. The smooth, curved back adds a gorgeous element of movement, ensuring that your pendant will always move slightly to catch the light and your diamond’s facets will sparkle.

“Awesome quality!  Very happy with my purchase.”
– James W.

Platinum Milgrain Bezel Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

Customer-favorite jewelry styles:

  1. 2021 Engagement Ring Trends
  2. Trending Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
  3. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas
  4. Engagement Ring Advice From Real Couples

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Winter Jewelry Guide: Tips To Stay Warm & Sparkle

Read our winter jewelry guide for cool tips in time for the holiday season. 

Winter Jewelry Guide: Tips To Stay Warm & Sparkle

As the weather takes a cold turn and we start to cover up with gloves, scarves and sweaters, it’s the perfect time to lighten the mood by accessorizing with your favorite statement jewelry. Brrrace yourself, we’ve compiled a list of styling tips to make sure that you stay warm (and sparkle!) this winter. 

Go Long

Keeping warm in icy temperatures requires a bit of extra wardrobe work. With additional layers of clothing, it’s best to keep your jewelry simple. Stop your chains and necklaces from getting tangled with a single, elongated pendant. They’re long enough to fit over thicker clothing and offer a sparkly, solid glow.

Four Prong Basket Solitaire Pendant

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Lab Created Diamond Pendant

Emerald Cut Solitaire Pendant

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant

Pear-Shape Solitaire Pendant 

14K White Gold Pear Shape Diamond Solitaire Pendant

Glisten Up

Look extra cute when it’s extra cold with a pair of delicate studs. You’ll instantly brighten up any outfit and avoid dangly earrings getting caught in your scarf or turtlenecks. And small hoops? They’re perfect, not to mention chic.

Halo Diamond Earrings

14K White Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Wire Basket Stud Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Six Prong Wire Basket Diamond Stud Earrings

Huggie Hoop Earrings

White Gold Huggie Hoop Earrings - Winter Jewelry Guide

Pretty Pearls

Pearls have always been a firm favorite for any season, and winter is no exception. They’re smooth, which means you won’t damage your winter clothing and are easy to accessorize. Plus, they seamlessly complement winter hues like black, navy and charcoal.

Cultured Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Bracelet

Pearl Bangle

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

Keep It Basic

Ever snagged your favorite sweater while showing off your sparkler? Here’s an easy fix – flat rings. Not only are these safer for those delicate items of clothing, you’ll look equally dazzling. The cold weather is also the perfect opportunity to flaunt a ring with December’s wintery birthstone – blue topaz.

Pavė Rainbow Ring By Brevani

14K Yellow Gold Pave Rainbow Row Ring By Brevani

Infinity Blue Topaz Birthstone Ring

14K White Gold Infinity Blue Topaz Birthstone Ring

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Minimalist Jewelry: Back To Basics

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

Woman wearing a minimalist necklace

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

Subtle, Yet Sparkly

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


White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring


Yellow Gold North-South Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold North South Diamond Ring

Timeless Appeal

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

White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Necklace

Yellow Gold Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace By Brevani

Rose Gold Infinity Pavé Necklace

Minimal, Yet Sentimental

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

White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

14K White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

Yellow Gold Open Luxe Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Rose Gold Petite Arrow Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Petite Arrow Diamond Bracelet

The Perfect Match, Everytime.

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

White Gold Four Prong Round Studs

14K White Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

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The Ultimate Guide for Choosing a Foolproof Jewelry Gift

Choosing a jewelry gift for your partner, made simple.

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Buying a jewelry gift for your SO can be a stressful and slightly daunting task. We get it. After all, it’s a reminder of the love and commitment you have to each other, and you want to mark the occasion with something special. With so many options out there, you may not know where to begin. Not to worry, follow this guide and you’ll find a foolproof gift in no time.

1. Know Your Partner’s Preferences

First thing’s first. When it comes to a jewelry gift, you should always pay attention to your partner’s particular taste and style. Take notice of what she wears daily. Does she like to glam it up for special occasions? Or does she prefer to keep it straight up classic? These elegant diamond earring options can help you decide.

White Gold Four Prong Diamond Earrings

18K White Gold Four Prong Stud Earrings

White Gold Four Prong Diamond Stud Earrings

2. Decide on a Category

There are many categories of jewelry to choose from. Some good options include earrings, bracelets and necklaces. If your partner’s ears are pierced, go for earrings. If not, then opt for a timeless bracelet or necklace instead. Sometimes it’s good to keep it simple with an all-occasion tennis bracelet or a pair of white gold earrings.

White Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

White Gold Inside Out Petite Diamond Hoops

14K White Gold Inside Out Petite Diamond Hoops

3. Choose a Trusted Brand

In general, purchasing your jewelry gift from a reliable brand whose quality you can vouch for is always better, even if it means spending a few bucks more. Remember, good quality doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be spending more! At James Allen, every piece has been carefully inspected by our team of expert gemologists and comes with a lifetime guarantee. So why not get your hands on a pair of beautiful earrings that we cover for life?

Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Drop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Diamond Drop Earrings

Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Bellflower Cultured Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings

4. Match the Jewelry Gift to the Occasion

A special occasion calls for a special jewelry gift, agreed? It helps engrain those treasured moments in your memory forever. Whether it’s an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, there’s something for every occasion. Surprise your partner on your next anniversary with an anniversary ring to celebrate another year of love and joy.

White Gold Five Stone Shared Prong Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Five Stone Shared Prong Contour Diamond Ring

White Gold Marquise Ruby & Diamond Pendant

When Valentine’s Day comes around, nail your gift with this necklace, sporting a stunning ruby red gemstone, perfect for romantic occasions.

14K White Gold Marquise Ruby And Diamond Pendant

5. Finally, Make It Personal

Sometimes, you may find that the perfect jewelry gift lies in the little details. Think about engraving a note or your partner’s initials on a beautiful pavé ring. Not only will it make your gift that much more sentimental, but it will also show that you chose the piece especially for her.

White Gold Pavé Knife-Edge Lotus Band

14K White Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus Band

White Gold Pavé Crossover Wedding Band

14K White Gold Pave Crossover Wedding Band

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2020 Oscars Jewelry: Red Carpet Lookalikes

Celeb red carpet styles that you can grab for yourself!

The 2020 Oscars red carpet was sparkling with incredible jewelry worn by the hottest stars

The 2020 Oscars red carpet was sparkling with incredible jewelry worn by the hottest stars. This year’s celeb styles were so on point, we IMMEDIATELY knew we needed them for ourselves.

So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2020 Oscars Jewelry Lookalike Lineup.

Zazie Beetz 

Zazie’s starring role in the Joker definitely left us shook. Now she’s stunned us with an Oscars jewelry ensemble that’s a vision of emerald and diamond. Eyeing her emerald earrings? Grab a twin pair for yourself.

Zazie Beetz:
Bulgari

Zazie Beetz: Bulgari

The Lookalikes:
Emerald Cross Earrings

Sandra Oh

We’re addicted to Sandra’s role in the cat-and-mouse game of “Killing Eve”, and now we’re jonesing after the diamond-studded Oscars jewelry she flaunted on the red carpet. Her hoop earrings are to die for! Grab a look-alike pair of Sandra’s inside-out diamond hoops.

Sandra Oh:
Pomellato

Sandra Oh: Pomellato

The Lookalikes:
Diamond Hoops

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

Laura Dern

No doubt the best piece of shine in Laura Dern’s red carpet outfit was the little golden statue she took home for her supporting role in “Marriage Story.” We can’t accessorize you with an Oscar, but we CAN point you toward a gorgeous pair of cascading diamond earrings that look just like Laura’s.

Laura Dern:
Renka

Laura Dern: Renka

The Lookalikes:
Diamond Earrings

14K White Gold Graduated Pierced Diamond Dangling Earrings By Brevani

Mindy Kaling

Mindy’s luminous outfit most definitely cheered up the red carpet! We loved how she incorporated her sunny theme into her 2020 Oscars jewelry: Mindy paired her buttery yellow gown with a sunburst-shaped Chopard ring! If you want your own diamond-haloed ring, this pear-shaped ray of sunshine is your perfect match.

Mindy Kaling:
Chopard

Mindy Kaling: Chopard

The Lookalike:
Diamond Halo Ring

14K White Gold Fancy Pear Shape Whirling Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman was a vision in gold and black – and the names custom-embroidered on her black cape made sure that this year’s unnominated female directors were still honored on the red carpet. Love her rose gold Cartier earrings? Grab a piece of Natalie’s Oscar jewelry style with these milgrain diamond huggies.

Natalie Portman:
Cartier

Natalie Portman: Cartier

The Lookalikes:
Rose Gold Huggies

14K Rose Gold Diamond Huggie Hoop Earrings

Regina King

The star of “If Beale Street Could Talk” glided onto the red carpet in swirls of sparkle and heaps of glitter. And damn, her Oscars jewelry is proof that she knows how to accessorize like a pro. If you’re into her shining stackable rings too, this bubbly diamond beauty will do the trick!

Regina King:
Harry Winston

Regina King: Harry Winston

The Lookalike:
Diamond Bubble Ring