How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

Getting the ring of your dreams may sometimes seem impossible, but we’re here to answer one very important question. How much should you really spend on an engagement ring? We’ve got all the tips and tricks to ensure you get the perfect ring for your buck!

Engagement Rings

Shopping for engagement rings can be stressful, time-consuming, and even a little confusing at times. We know the assumption is that an engagement ring will cost a pretty penny, but most people don’t know all the ways they can get their dream ring without breaking the bank.

We’ll discuss unrealistic engagement ring cost myths and share all the clever ways to avoid them and still get the best ring for your buck. From diamond hacks to where you should shop for your ring, our tips and tricks are sure to help you avoid unnecessary ring costs.

What’s the Average Cost Of An Engagement Ring?

Today, the average price of an engagement ring ranges between $2,500 to $5,000. However, plenty of people purchase rings that are both below and beyond that price.

As you plan to buy your engagement ring, it’s important to remember that there is no one size fits all way of doing things. Each person has their own income, ring budget, and, of course, ring preference.

14K White Gold Radiant Cut Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring Cost Myths

Outdated myths about engagement ring shopping and societal expectations can lead you down an expensive path. Let’s take a look at some of those assumptions and how you can avoid them.

Spending Three Month’s Worth of Your Salary

Spending three months’ worth of your salary was a campaign started by De Beers in the 1930s. It was traditional until it wasn’t. It changed to two months’ salary as time passed, and then the diamond needed to cost one month’s salary. Slowly but surely, those ideas changed with time, and now there are no ironclad rules about what to spend on an engagement ring.

The Bigger the Better

The bigger, the better- we must politely disagree. While the idea of a big and brilliant diamond sounds incredible, there are so many other ways to maximize your diamond’s appearance without having to purchase a huge diamond.

For one, most jewelry retailers have a large selection of diamond shapes and ring settings. So how do you go bigger without breaking your budget?

Try out an elongated diamond center stone, like emerald, oval, marquise, or pear. These diamonds can give off the idea of being larger than other round or square diamonds of the same carat weight.

Or you could invest in a setting that adds more sparkle to your ring. Side stone, halo, and pavé settings can give you the extra diamond accents you want without having to invest in a bigger diamond.

14K Rose Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

As Brilliant and Colorless as Possible

Color grading for diamonds isn’t as tricky as it seems- especially when picking a center stone for your engagement ring.

As you can see on the chart below, near-colorless diamonds barely have any yellow tint and are often cheaper than colorless diamonds. The diamonds below are exactly the same except for the color grade. The slight tint of color in these diamonds is almost impossible to detect with the naked eye.

For faint yellow diamonds, if cut in a flattering diamond shape and set with the right metal color, their slight color will also be disguised. In that case, you can walk away with a stunning diamond engagement ring for a fraction of the price you would’ve paid for a colorless diamond.

A diagram of the diamond color grading chart

How Much Is Too Much to Spend On An Engagement Ring?

There is no correct answer to this question. How much you spend on an engagement ring depends on your personal budget and your partner’s expectations. If you are looking to save costs and get the absolute best ring for your budget, then you need to shop smart and do your research.

Overspending on an engagement ring can mean anything from picking a colorless diamond instead of a near-colorless diamond that would’ve looked just perfect in your chosen ring setting. But you won’t know which mistakes to avoid if you don’t utilize all the information at your disposal. Many ring shoppers use free online jewelry consultants- like our diamond consultants at JamesAllen.com.

How To Cut Costs On An Engagement Ring 

Manipulate the 4Cs

Cut

The cut of the diamond is the first, arguably most important, C. Here you can decide between several fancy shapes like pear, oval, marquise, and cushion-cut, to name a few. If your partner wants their diamond to really sparkle and shine, spend some extra time choosing which cut might match their preference best.

Color

The color grade of your diamond can range from D-K. Most diamonds have a visible trace of yellow in their body color, whereas white diamonds are colorless.

Clarity 

The clarity of your diamond may differ depending on whether it has any natural external blemishes or internal inclusions. Here, you may be looking for a diamond with zero imperfections or maybe one with a bit of character to it. The clarity of a diamond is directly impacted by its cut, something for you to keep in mind. 

Carat Weight 

The final C is carat, referring to the standard weight of your diamond or gem. One carat is 0.20g, and most couples are comfortable choosing an engagement ring with a center stone from 0.50 to 1.5 carats.

So, how do you manipulate the 4Cs? Here are our top tips:

  • Find a balance between color and clarity. While that balance varies by diamond shape, you can save money without sacrificing quality by staying on the high end of the color scale but the lower end of the clarity scale, as long as there are no visible inclusions.
  • With round, emerald, and asscher cut diamonds; you can typically go as low as a J color grade without seeing any incredibly noticeable color.
  • Cuts such as oval, cushion, radiant, pear, princess, marquise, and heart require quality a bit higher on the scale (G and up) so as not to see any color.
  • Well-cut diamonds like round and princess shapes have an incredible firey brilliance, no matter the size of the diamond.
An infographic explaining the 4Cs with visual aid

Opt For Lab Created Diamonds Instead 

When buying an engagement ring online, you’ll find a wider variety of diamond and gemstone center stones. While some people prefer the traditional natural diamond, the perks of investing in lab created diamonds are growing. 

Lab grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical. If you were to have both diamonds professionally inspected, you would find no differences. The only noticeable difference is the price tag. A lab created diamond is by far the more budget-friendly option.

14K White Gold Asscher Cut Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Ditch The Diamond Altogether 

If you’re on the fence about gemstones, remember this. All gemstones are rare, like diamonds, but more affordable per carat. They certainly put an alternative twist on a classic engagement ring, and they can be a more budget-friendly option compared to diamonds.

Gemstones can be set in ring settings with diamond accents or on their own in solitaire bands and still produce that show-stopping effect you want in your engagement ring.

If you want a larger yet inexpensive center stone on your ring, try a classic gemstone from sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and even morganite.

14K Yellow Gold Beaded Filigree Cathedral Kite-Set Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Pavé Trio Engagement Ring

Buy Your Engagement Ring Online 

We know shopping online comes with many what if’s, and we’re sure you’ve been left with some trust issues. However, if you find a known and trustworthy online jewelry retailer, you can end up getting the most incredible engagement ring for much less.

Pros of shopping for your ring online:

  • Special services and technology (education center, 360° HD diamond viewing)
  • Online engagement ring customization
  • Virtual engagement ring try-on
  • Online ring sizer
  • More variety for your budget
  • Lab created diamonds in all shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Affordable gemstones alternatives
  • Great shipping and return policies
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Ethically sourced diamonds
  • Jewelry insurance assistance
  • 0% interest payment options
An engagement ring in an open red ring box next to pink roses
Two stacked red ring boxes on top of a newspaper next to a topaz pendant

Wait For Sale Periods 

The holiday season is an excellent time to shop for your engagement ring. This is a promotional time for many jewelry and diamond retailers, and you could end up saving a significant amount on your engagement ring.

Once you’ve researched and found your potential go-to retailers, subscribe to their newsletter to get regular updates on upcoming sales.

Customize Your Ring Online 

Customizing your ring online is not only an incredibly personal experience but one that can ensure you get a ring within your budget that meets all of your wants and needs.

Our Ring Studio offers online customization on a whole new level. You are the leading designer instead of telling someone in a store what you like and having them create it for you. You don’t need to settle for an engagement ring that doesn’t quite suit your or your partner’s style because you can design one that is the exact representation of what you want down to every minute detail. 

A person customizing their engagement ring online at JamesAllen.com

Trends Shaping Engagement Ring Spending

Engagement ring spending has changed significantly due to how millennials and older couples who are remarrying have shifted the dynamic of buying engagement rings.

Many individuals and couples choose to marry later in life after they’ve had their personal, professional, and worldly development. As a result, these people are more sure of what they want in an engagement ring regarding style, originality, price, ethics, and how they make their purchase.

These expressions of individuality and broader consumer awareness have manifested in several trends like unusual center stones, settings, colors, shapes, and styles. More couples opt for gemstones or lab grown diamonds because they are often more socially responsible, unique, and affordable.

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24/7 regarding any questions you have about buying an engagement ring online and the process around it. 

Happy shopping! 

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Game, Set, Bling: Jewelry Inspired BY The French Open

The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open held at the Roland-Garros tennis complex in Paris is known for its challenging red clay courts. The sport has long been known for its white outfits as classic as its namesake, the diamond tennis bracelet, yet just as tennis has evolved so has its looks….and its inspo.

Read on to find out how you can shine as bright as the La Coupe des Mousquetaires (The Musketeers’ Trophy).

Jewelry Inspired BY The French Open

Chris Evert & Her Flying Diamonds 

Tennis legend and winner of multiple French Opens, champion Chris Evert is credited with popularizing the modern-day tennis bracelet. The accepted story is that in 1987 at the US Open, during a long volley, her diamond bracelet broke and flew across the court. Ever since they say, it has been known as the tennis bracelet.

While a fitting anecdote, it’s not quite true. The style has been around since the 1920s and the name since the 1970s. However, Evert certainly skyrocketed its popularity and familiarity, thanks to sporting one as she rose through the ranks to become an internationally known tennis star.

Chris Evert & Her Flying Diamonds 
Chris Evert wearing a tennis bracelet while she faces service from Martina Navratilova in the 1978 Wimbledon Final
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Beyond the court, it is no wonder tennis bracelets and necklaces have fast become a staple of fashion. A simple yet elegant, and timeless design, these pieces are made up of a string of diamonds in your chosen metal (platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold).

From royals to celebs, these diamonds can be seen everywhere! Perfectly appropriate for a black tie event yet just as stylish with a pair of jeans, there’s nothing diamond tennis bracelets (or necklaces) don’t go with! In fact, many brides sport this classic look on their wedding day.

No matter what style you sport on your special day, a diamond tennis bracelet will add those perfect sparkling touches. See below and go to JamesAllen.com for more options!

More Than Just Red Dirt

There are four types of tennis courts: fresh grass, artificial grass, hard courts, and clay. A clay court has multiple layers: thick gravel, crushed gravel, coal residue, crushed white limestone, and finally, red brick dust. It is this final layer that gives the courts of Roland-Garros their famous red color.

Clay is considered the most difficult surface to play on. While grass allows for fast tennis, the dirt of red clay courts is heavier, causing a slower, more tactical game. Likened to a game of chess, every move on a clay court carries that much more importance. One shot can affect the outcome four to five moves later!

Clay is also favorable to players who have a terrific topspin, a spectacular slice, or a dazzling drop shot. Players who master such skills often get to lift the Roland-Garros trophy as champion.

Want to style the color of these hallowed courts? Go for gemstones with red rubies or get yourself gorgeous garnets. Prefer a diamond? Choose a fancy red colored diamond! The gemstones from the fancy dark group are especially perfect. See below for inspo!

Who Was Roland Garros?

Roland-Garros is not only the tennis complex where the French Open takes place, its name is synonymous with the Grand Slam itself. Named after French aviator Roland Garros, the complex was built in 1928, originally for French players to defend their titles in the Davis Cup.

You might assume Garros was a tennis champion himself, or at least a tennis aficionado, even a great fan, but in fact, he was none of these things. Garros was an athlete in just about every sport besides tennis! So who was its namesake?

Roland Garros

In 1909, Garros went to an air show and it was love at first sight. Garros went on to buy a plane, become a self-taught pilot, was the first to complete multiple daring flights, and finally, became a war hero.

Not enough to have taught himself how to fly, Garros invented the first on-board machine gun in planes. A technology the Germans were able to co-opt to their advantage when he was shot down and captured without time to destroy his invention. 

After escaping captivity, his health, including his sight, severely deteriorated, but Garros insisted on getting back in the cockpit. A decision that proved fatal as he was killed in battle in 1918. Years later, a university friend of Garros who was President of the Stade Français, successfully campaigned to have the tennis complex named after his old friend.

The complex’s logo is identifiable to even the most novice tennis fan, and its colors are not random. The green represents the lush trees and lawns around the courts, the white lettering is for the colors of the complex, and red-brown center marks the famous clay courts.

Check out these pieces that are perfect for any match.

Stars To Watch

The French Open is where the stars of tennis from all over the world come to shine. This challenging court brings out the best of the best. This year’s tournament is no exception, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Naomi Osaka who are just a few of the familiar names.

Rising stars to watch are Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and American Coco Gauff. Both are young, powerful, and considered to be dangerously talented. Alcaraz, who went pro at 18 and is the youngest player at 19 years old to reach the Madrid Open semi finals, beating fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz went on to win the entire tournament.

With his whole career ahead of him and a streak as hot as fire, you will not want to take your eye off this young champion.

Right alongside Alcaraz is Coco Gauff. The American is the youngest ranked player at just 18 years old, she is ranked #10 for singles and #15 for doubles, all before she can legally have a drink! Gauff is most famous for beating tennis great Venus Williams when she was just 15 years old!

Gauff is ready to set the tennis world on fire, inspiring young girls everywhere! Want to feel like a champion? Or looking for the perfect gift for your future champion? Check out these options below!

The French Open is the premiere tournament on clay courts. In a complex named after a war hero, riddled with current and future tennis stars, it is a Grand Slam not to be missed! Whether you want to shine as bright as these tennis stars, luxuriate in the beauty of a tennis bracelet (or necklace!), or are looking for a championship-level gift, James Allen has what you need.

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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.

March Birthstone

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. 

Lucille Bill aquamarine ring
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.

Read More About Birthstones!

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  2. Pearl Jewelry: Our New Arrivals
  3. June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

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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. 

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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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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.

December Birthstone: Blue topaz

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.

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Gorgeous Garnets: The January Birthstone

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

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 The January Birthstone?

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.

Garnet Birthstone Facts

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.

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, check out some other famous faces wearing this gorgeous gem! Kristen Bell and Sofía Vergara have both rocked luxurious garnet earrings.

Garent 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 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

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Met Gala Looks 2019 + Jewelry

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

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

These looks overwhelmed us in all the best ways:

1. Jared Leto + Ruby Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

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

2. Zendaya + Aquamarine Diamond Ring

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

3. Naoki Kobayashi + Men’s Carved Ring

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

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

4. Janelle Monáe + Pink Sapphire Necklace

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

5. Katy Perry + Chevron Drop Earrings

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

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

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

6. Priyanka Chopra Jonas + Gemstone Necklace

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

7. Saoirse Ronan + Blossoming Diamond Ring

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

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

8. Lady Gaga + Butterfly Ring

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

Choose your own fashion-forward sparkle!

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To-Die-For Game of Thrones Jewelry

Warning: these 10 Game of Thrones jewelry pieces feature dragons, kingdoms, sparklers, and occasional spoilers!

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If there’s anything GoT season 8 has taught us, it’s that epic fire is worth the wait. Check out these Game of Thrones-inspired jewelry pieces for the perfect fandom gifts and engagement rings.

Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Iron Throne

Radiant Open Diamond Necklace

Of course, we need to begin with the Throne itself. If there’s anything more coveted than ruling the Seven Kingdoms, it’s this dramatic necklace. And to be honest, we’d take these 16 round and baguette cut diamonds over 1,000 daggers – but you know, to each their own.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Red Wedding (Ring)

Vintage Ruby and Diamond Ring

“The Rains of Castamere” pulled off one of the most impressive and terrifying twists on TV with the Red Wedding. For a slightly happier ending, might we suggest this red wedding ring instead? This way, you can tie the knot with vintage glory and none of the gory.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Winter is Coming

Snowflake Burst Diamond Earrings

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Throwing it back to the very beginning of the series, these snowstorm earrings embrace the House of Stark’s strength and connection to nature. They’re a meaningful gift for someone with Winterfell-worthy loyalty.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: White Walkers

Topaz Half Moon Bypass Ring

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White Walkers’ icy blue eyes are haunting in all ways. Still, there’s undoubtedly something magical about them. This ring echos the mysterious, legendary power of the creatures from the far north without threatening the destruction of all seven kingdoms.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Crown

Crown Diamond Ring

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Joffrey may have been a poisonous sociopath, but at least he was a poisonous sociopath with style. Now that we think about it, you may be more worthy of the golden crown than Cersei’s son. Why not give it a try?

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons

Cluster Gemstone Necklace

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Sometimes the best wedding gifts are the ones you didn’t think to put on your registry, like Daenerys’ three dragon eggs. Snap up this necklace with diamonds and red, yellow, and orange gemstones for a look that’s similarly born from the fire.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Khal Drogo

Men’s Carved Pattern Wedding Ring

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This ring’s black bark detailing has us missing the legendary warrior Drogo, a feeling Daenerys knows well. Emulate the boldness of the Great Khal – both in battle and in love – with this unique wedding ring.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Faceless Men

Reversible Diamond and Sapphire Ring

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The ability to choose your face at all times: creepy or convenient? In the case of this reversible ring, we’d say more convenient. Choose whether you’re feeling diamonds or sapphires on any given day, with a Perfect Fit to hold the stones in front.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Moon of My Life

Pearl Crescent Moon Ring

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It’s been a while, but we’ll never forget the way Drogo called Daenerys “Yer Jalan Atthirari Anni” (“Moon of My Life” in Dothraki). Make a grand romantic statement by gifting this ring to someone who is your entire world.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Bow and Arrow

Arrow Diamond Bangle Bracelet

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Although arrows don’t make as dangerous a weapon as dragons, this bracelet is just as killer. In rose gold, this one’s a tribute to Ygritte and her red hair. It’s a piece that proves, once and for all: you know nothing, Jon Glow (too soon?).

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Even More Frost

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2019 Oscars-Inspired Jewelry

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

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Top Looks & Oscars-Inspired Jewelry

And the nominees for Oscars-inspired jewelry are…

Michelle Yeoh

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Pavé Sunburst Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Diamond Pave Sunburst Engagement Ring

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Chris Evans

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Blue Topaz Stackable Ring

14K White Gold London Blue Topaz And Diamond Stackable Ring

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Helen Mirren

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Pink Sapphire Diamond Ring

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

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Charlize Theron

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Aquamarine Halo Ring

14K White Gold Aquamarine And Diamond Floating Halo Ring

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Danai Gurira

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Open Bezel Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Open Bezel Set Graduated Diamond Ring

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Tina Fey

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Sapphire Tennis Bracelet

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

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Emma Stone

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Citrine Honeycomb Ring

14K Yellow Gold Citrine Honeycomb Ring

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Stephan James

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

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Trillion Ruby Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

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Until next year…

The Oscars-Inspired Jewelry Afterparty

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How to Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry

You’ve got that gorgeous rock – now how do you keep it looking incredibly bright? Follow this guide for clear and helpful ways to take care of your diamond jewelry!

Learn how to take care of your diamond ring and why you should insure your diamond jewelry

BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DIAMOND CARE

Take Care of Your Diamond Cleaning

No need to bring your diamonds in for cleaning – here are the DIY methods to keep your diamond engagement ring and diamond jewelry looking just like new:

1. Soak and Scrub

Everyone can use a good bubble bath, and your jewelry is no exception! Take care of your diamond rings and jewelry with a little TLC, making sure no gems come loose.

Soak your jewelry in a solution of mild dish soap and warm water for a few minutes. Afterward, carefully scrub the metal using a soft cloth, cotton swab, or gentle toothbrush, then rinse.

2. Get Intense Shine

For extra shine in your yellow gold, rose gold ring, or platinum jewelry, you can follow up the mild dish soap soak with window cleaner. Do not use window cleaner with white gold – the rhodium plating won’t be able to handle such harsh chemicals. Limit this soak to one minute at a time.

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After the window cleaner, dip your ring into the mild dish soap solution, rinse it with warm water, then dry it completely.

3. Shield the Shade

You can use ionic cleaners to clean most diamond jewelry, but the electrical current may mess with the hue of certain gemstones. Consider other cleaning methods for colorful gemstone engagement rings and gemstone jewelry

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Take Care of Your Diamond Insurance

1. Insure Your Diamond Jewelry

Better sparkly and safe than sorry! It might feel weird to prep for the worst when you’re still perfecting the filter on your ring selfie, but trust us – make sure to insure your jewelry right away in case it gets lost or stolen. Find out how much your homeowner’s and renter’s policies cover, then look into additional policies like Jewelers Mutual.

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2. Choose the Right Policy

Make sure you know what you’re getting into! Here are some good questions to ask while you’re researching diamond jewelry insurance policies:

  • Do they offer a deductible or discount if you have a home security system?
  • Does the policy cover you fully if the item is damaged or lost overseas?
  • Is the diamond jewelry covered at the full replacement cost, and will they give you a cash settlement or a replacement item?
  • Which appraisal reports does the insurance company accept, and how often do you need to provide them?
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There’s more to taking care of your diamond jewelry, including when to wear your diamonds and where to store them. Read on!

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Maisel-Inspired 1950s Engagement Ring Styles

If there’s anything more obsession-worthy than The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it’s the mid-century aesthetic that lights up the show. We’ve rounded up these 1950s engagement ring fashions in honor of Maisel’s season 2. *Potential spoilers ahead!*

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These 1950s engagement ring styles have us swooning around the Upper West Side, dancing along the Seine River, and dropping some Susie-inspired F bombs (… fabulous. What did you think we meant?).

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1950s Engagement Rings: Stand-Up Sparkle

We couldn’t help but notice that Midge is still wearing her glamorous 1950s engagement ring in Maisel season 2, and we totally get it. Who’d want to take that beauty off??

Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Mrs. Maisel barely gives us a glimpse of her ring because she moves as quickly as she speaks. From what we can catch, though, her engagement ring from Joel is a yellow gold stunner with side stones. Not a surprise gave the costume designers’ keen eye and 1950s engagement ring trends; side stones, especially baguette shape diamonds, were huge at the time.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Star Power

Female powerhouses in Midge’s era are legendary both for their actions and for their impact on fashion. Take Jackie Kennedy for example, who brought fresh energy to the 1950s engagement ring scene with her emerald engagement ring.

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Scalloped Halo Emerald Engagement Ring

A household name and ingénue Audrey Hepburn sparked yet another alternative engagement ring trend: stackable rings! She opted for a sleek channel-set baguette diamond eternity ring and added two more gold rings when she got married.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Think Pink

Potentially more sacred than Rose’s pink soap: Midge’s pink wardrobe! If her all-pink ensembles are any hint, we think Mrs. Maisel would plotz over a rose gold ring with a pink sapphire center. Mirror her style by setting a gemstone in one of these vintage rings.

Engraved Vintage Engagement Ring

Paradise Vintage Engagement Ring

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The Fine Jewelry Trends of 2019

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

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

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Colorful Gemstone Clusters

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

Diamond and Sapphire Gemstone Cluster Bar Necklace

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

Sapphire and Zircon Gemstone Cluster Earrings

14K White Gold Sapphire And Blue Zircon Cluster Earrings

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Hoop Earrings

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

Inside Out Diamond Hoop Earrings

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

Freshwater Pearl Hoop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Graduated Freshwater Cultured Pearl Hoop Earrings

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Arm Cuff Bangles

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

Pssst… Need a bracelet guide? We got you.

Criss Cross Diamond Cuff Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Criss Cross Diamond Cuff Bracelet

Vine Motif Diamond Cuff Bracelet

14K White Gold Vine Motif Diamond Hinged Bracelet

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Silvery Metals

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

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

Sunburst Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Sunburst Diamond Ring

Diamond Scroll Key Pendant

14K White Gold Diamond Scroll Key Necklace

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Chain Drop Earrings

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

Multi Gemstone Drop Earrings

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Pearl and Diamond Drop Earrings

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Your Guide to Diamond Bracelets

Dazzling diamond bracelets: shimmer at your own wrist!

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

Diamond Tennis Bracelets

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

Classic Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Two-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Two Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Three Prong Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Ruby and Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Alternating Ruby And Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Diamond Bracelets: Chains

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

Diamond Bar Bracelet

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Diamond Disc Bracelet

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Diamond Bracelets: Bangles

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

Pavé Diamond Bangle

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Bangle

Criss Cross Diamond Bangle

14K Rose Gold Criss Cross Diamond Cuff Bracelet

Open Vine Diamond Bangle

14K White Gold Vine Motif Diamond Hinged Bracelet

Wave Baguette Diamond Bangle

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Wedding Rings for Women: The Complete Guide

When it comes to wedding rings for women, here are a few factors to keep in mind…

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Your wedding day is almost here! We can practically hear the bells ringing, which means it’s time for you to choose the perfect band to go with your engagement ring.

Between lustrous gold and platinum, classic and diamond-studded, how can any of us be expected to choose just one wedding ring?? Well, you already chose The One and we have no doubt you’ll rock this decision too. We’re here to guide you through the options!

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Wedding Rings for Women: Choose Your Metal

When you choose your wedding band metal, consider your engagement ring look, the maintenance required, cost, and any relevant metal allergies. Want your wedding rings to reflect how well you and your partner go together? Choose matching wedding rings in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum!

Silvery Metal Wedding Rings for Women

White gold and platinum wedding rings are super popular with the brightest sheen. White gold wedding rings tend to be more affordable and lighter weight, while platinum wedding rings are longer lasting and hypoallergenic.

Knife Edge Classic Wedding Ring

14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Women's Wedding Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Women’s Wedding Ring

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Gold Metal Wedding Rings for Women

Yellow gold wedding rings give a timeless glow and never need to be replated.

Angled Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

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18K Yellow Gold Ladies 0.28CTW

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Rose gold wedding rings are trendy and durable with warm, vintage style.

Twisted Pavé Stackable Ring

14K Rose Gold Twisted Pavé Wedding Ring
14K Rose Gold Twisted Pave Wedding Ring

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Wedding Rings for Women: Choose Your Style

From brilliant sparkle to crafted carvings, women’s wedding rings come in all shapes and styles. Which is the best fit for your future together?

Classic Wedding Rings for Women

You can’t go wrong with unadorned metals! These rings are traditional, timeless, and easiest to resize if necessary. Classic wedding rings are known for their comfort, a key quality for everyday wear.

Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2.0mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

James Allen classic wedding ring styles include high and low dome, knife edge, flat, and traditional slightly curved. To keep it totally classic, pair your solitaire engagement ring with one of these bands.

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Diamond Wedding Rings for Women

If you love sparkly jewelry, you’ll love the look of a diamond wedding ring. The stones on these rings can be set in various ways: pavé, which allows for more light to reflect off the diamond; channel, which gives a sleek look and protects the diamonds; or bezel, which encases and secures the outer edge of the diamonds.

Bezel-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

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14K White Gold 4mm Bezel Set Zig-Zag Diamond Wedding Ring

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Knife Edge Diamond Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Band

For maximum sparkle, we’d suggest pairing your channel-set or pa engagement ring with a diamond wedding band.

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Want your band covered in shimmer? Eternity rings celebrate your infinite love with diamonds encrusted all around.

Pavé-Set Eternity Ring

14K Rose Gold Pavé Set Diamond Eternity Ring
14K Rose Gold Pavé Set Diamond Eternity Ring

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Stackable Wedding Rings for Women

Big on style and thin on metal, stackable rings are the gift that keeps on giving. Go ahead, start with a wedding ring – over time, you can customize and add more! James Allen stackable ring styles include gemstones, shape patterns, and twists.

Open Infinity Stackable Ring

14K White Gold Open Infinity Diamond Ring

Sapphire Gemstone Stackable Ring

18K White Gold Sapphire And Baguette Diamond Anniversary Ring
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Round and Marquise Diamond Stackable Ring

14K White Gold Round And Marquise Diamond Wedding Ring

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Wedding Rings for Women: More Brilliant Tips

    • Those with smaller hands or thinner engagement ring bands may want to opt for thinner classic wedding rings, and vice versa.
    • Get jewelry insurance! Once you’ve found your dream wedding ring, you’ve got to protect it. Because let’s face it – life happens.

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Why Choose A Sapphire Engagement Ring

Read on for some sapphire and diamond engagement ring inspiration…

Sapphire engagement rings

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

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

Design Your Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring This September

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Sapphire Symbolism

PURITY

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

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

WISDOM

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

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

FAITHFULNESS

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

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

OPTIMISM

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

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

SENSITIVITY

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

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Rose Gold Three-Stone Princess Sapphire Engagement Ring

SPIRITUALITY

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

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White Gold Bird of Paradise Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

MODESTY

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

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

CLARITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Double Halo Engagement Rings: Twice the Ice

Why settle for a single halo when double halo engagement rings offer twice the sparkle?

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When it comes to matters of sparkle, more is definitely more. More light play, more fireworks, more… POW! Double halos allow you to supersize your sparkle by creating the illusion of a larger stone. They use a pretty nifty trick of the light that could end up saving you $$$!

Highs & Halos: Double Halo Engagement Rings

If you’re unfamiliar, traditional halo engagement rings surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. Light from these peripheral stones reflects off the center stone, creating a wonderful larger-than-life aura.

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Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Double halo engagement rings, as the name suggests, are framed by not one but two outer rings of sparkle. This gives them twice the visual impact, much like the jaw-dropping beauty of a double rainbow.

Thanks to their seemingly larger appearance, double halos are a popular choice for the budget-conscious shopper who wants to wow without the ‘ow!’

Celebrity Doubles

Most celebs are used to seeing sparkle wherever they go. They see it in the camera lenses of overzealous paparazzi and they see it in the jewels they wear. Double halo engagement rings sparkle twice as hard as classic solitaires; enough to satisfy even the most fabulous of appetites.

Community star Alison Brie must’ve been seeing double when her then-boyfriend, Dave Franco, presented her with a dazzling double halo. The vintage-inspired sparkler, with its round center diamond, is one ring we hope the GLOW actress won’t be wrestling in!

Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s sparkler is as dramatic as her acclaimed turn in Black Swan. The antique round (old mine) cut diamond ring and a surrounding pavé-set double halo are ethically sourced and the platinum band is recycled metal, in line with Ms. Portman’s eco-friendly ideals. Get Closer to her style with an exquisite James Allen lookalike set with a certified conflict-free center diamond.

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

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