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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.

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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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Fine Jewelry Trends To Look Out For In 2022

Is 2022 the year to reinvent your personal style? We’re taking a good look at what fine jewelry our favorite stylists, celebs, and customers are rocking with confidence. Some of the new trends may surprise you, while others are a blast from the past. Let’s get inspired!

Different fine jewelry pieces laid out on a white surface

Fashion is forever changing, giving us the chance to explore different avenues of our unique style and allowing us the opportunity to leap out of our comfort zones and try something new. 

So what boundaries will you be pushing in 2022? Well, we’ve kept a close eye on what fine jewelry designs are growing in popularity and what to watch out for this year! From contemporary takes on classic styles to some beloved trends that are making a comeback, we’re going to show you what’s in and how to rock these jewels right.  

Get ready to explore all-new designs in stacking and layering necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. We’re highlighting the end of minimalist style and saying a happy hello to fine jewelry pieces that go together to create the most amazing impressions of your individual style.

Trend 01: Layering Necklaces & Pendants

In 2022, layering your favorite necklaces and pendants is more about adding different styles, metal colors, and a mix of diamonds and gemstones than it is about adding varying chain lengths.

This trend is also about making your look more personalized. Take your favorite medallion, pendant, or themed necklace, and layer it with other items like solid gold chains to complement your main piece. Take your go-to diamond shape and dare to play around with different diamond cuts this year.

Elongated diamond shapes like oval and marquise appear to be the ones to look out for in 2022, and rightly so, they simply look good on everyone. 

A variety of yellow gold lockets
A yellow gold compass medallion paired with a paperclip chain

Style tip: Pairing a diamond or gemstone pendant with a thin gold chain, along with a clustered necklace or simple medallion is one way to achieve a layered look with colorful and textured dimensions.

Sapphire, Emerald, And Ruby pendants and earrings
Three yellow gold chains paired together

Trend 02: Sleek Gold Bracelets

Whether you like yellow gold or not, this traditional metal is here and ready to make your 2022 fine jewelry experience extra golden. Sometimes life can get a little hectic, and keeping your style fresh and playful requires those easy-to-slip-on jewelry pieces. Our recommendation: more is more with a yellow gold layered wrist. 

Choose from a variety of uniquely designed cuffs, paperclips, chains, and tennis bracelets, and pile up your wrist to your heart’s content. Stacked bracelets aren’t for everyone, so take the time to work out where your limits are and which bracelets work best for your comfortability. 

Not loving yellow gold on its own? Don’t be afraid to mix and match your other metals with your chosen yellow gold pieces. Adding different metal colors is a great way to brighten up your look and showcase your unique style. 

Three different shaped yellow gold cuff bracelet
Three different gold infinity cuff bracelets

Style Tip: Combine multiple cuff bracelets with a gemstone tennis bracelet or dainty diamond bracelet on one hand. Balance out the look with a tennis bracelet or unity bracelet on the other hand.

Two loose birthstone tennis bracelets
Three different shaped yellow gold cuff bracelets

Trend 03: Hoops & Earring Stacks

This one is a definite favorite. Whether you’ve got multiple piercings on each ear or single piercings, we’ve got two fun ways to get this year’s ideal stacked ear look. 

If you’re one of the former, play around with drop earrings or some bold hoops and place them in your lowest piercing. From there, you can get creative and either move up the ear with some cute huggie hoops or studs– remember to play around with different sizes and shapes. 

For those of you with single piercings, you can start with hoops or drop earrings and then move up the ear with single cuffs and crawlers.

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Style Tip: Put pavé or plain metal hoops in your lowest piercing, followed by diamond or gemstone studs in your second piercing. Stack single or even triple cuffs higher up the ear to complete the layered look.

Trend 04: Stackable Rings 

Stacking rings is one trend we see flowing with ease from one year to the next. The exciting part is seeing all the new ring styles, of course. In 2022 we’ve seen chic signet rings grow in popularity and we can see why. These stackable rings aren’t only bold and fun but they’re made to be personal. 

From zodiac signs to customized initials and personal motifs, getting your hands on your very own signet ring is one trend you’ll want to hop on, and soon!

Eternity or infinity bands are also making the rounds this year as a fine jewelry favorite, and why not? Who doesn’t love to shine from every angle? Last but not least, don’t forget to add one or two gemstone rings to your collection for those looks that need just a pop of color. 

With stacked rings, there are two ways to go about the trend. First, you can choose to stack a single finger with different plain metal bands or other rings of your choice. This works particularly well if you want to add a little more sparkle to your engagement ring

Or, you could achieve that stacked look by taking your favorite ring styles and wearing one on every other finger. We suggest wearing your chunkier rings on one hand and having your more dainty rings on the other to create that ideal balance. 

A variety of different gold and diamond signet rings
A stacked pile of fancy-shaped diamond stackable rings

Style Tip: Start with a signet ring on one hand and balance it out with several plain metals or eternity rings on the other. For a single stacked finger, start with a birthstone ring and pair it with plain metal bands or dainty gold rings with diamond accents.

A stacked piled of different gold and diamond stackable rings
A variety of gemstone and diamond stackable rings

We hope you feel inspired and we would love to see your new fresh and fun spring fine jewelry looks. Share your style with us on Instagram by tagging us @JamesAllenRings

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The Best Holiday Jewelry to Gift Yourself

We’ve got one question for you: Why wait? You know what you want, and you know why you deserve it. So treat yourself to the perfect holiday jewelry.

The Best Holiday Jewelry to Gift Yourself

The holiday season is rife with expectations, hopes for the perfect present, the perfect moment with family, the perfect break from the year-round grind. This holiday build-up is super common, but unfortunately, it’s often followed by a subsequent holiday disappointment. Our expectations can often get the better of us. 

Which begs the question: when it comes to your dream end-of-the-year reward, why should you have to cross your fingers and hope?

Our thoughts at James Allen are- go ahead and get it for yourself! 

If you’ve had a big year, a difficult year, an achievement-filled year, or a year with a bit of extra cash waiting at the finish line – gift yourself! Buy yourself the holiday jewelry holiday you’ve been jonesing after the one on your Pinterest board, the one that keeps popping up in your Instagram ads, which one? That one. 

Would you just love a pair of diamond studs? Or a glittering tennis bracelet? Go for it. It’s yours. 

We’ve arranged a selection of our most popular pieces. They’re divided into 3 categories, depending on how much you want to spend to treat yourself: quick bite, solid purchase, and splurge. 

Holiday Jewelry: Quick Bite

These bite-sized, petite fine jewelry pieces are ideal treats that you can enjoy daily. Their minimalistic designs go with nearly anything that you can throw at them. Wear them with any color clothing, stack them, wear them to a meeting or to a bar. 

Say YES Stud Earrings

These 14k gold earrings will help you remember to say yes to yourself. Why yes, they are magnificent!

Yellow Gold Beaded Row Ring

This is the absolutely perfect, everyday stacking ring.
Elegant detail? Check. 
Simple but not-too-simple design? Check.
Petite yet stunning? Check.

Mini Infinity Necklace

This necklace will be with you forever and ever! You’ll love showing off this simple, 14k gold infinity symbol that hangs gracefully from a 16-inch chain.

Mini Initial Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial Bracelet

Whatever your name is, we’ve got initial bracelets for you! Wear one, match a few for your initials, or spell your entire name! How do you want to celebrate yourself? Wear one for a sweet piece, or stack them to create your unique set.

Holiday Jewelry: Solid Purchase

1-Inch Ruby Hoop Earrings

In these lovely bright gemstone earrings, 34 petite red rubies are set in white gold. No ruby goes to waste: these “inside-out” earrings are set with rubies such that all of them “point forward” and none of their shine goes to waste.

Ruby & Diamond Royal Bangle

This rose gold bangle is asymmetrically studded with marquise-shaped rubies and dozens of delicate accent diamonds. Wear this if you really want to up your outfit with the gemstone embodiment of a smoldering side-eye.

Sapphire Cluster Necklace

A flurry of cool-colored gemstones flocks together in a rose gold setting in this unique pendant necklace. 

Zodiac Sign Signet Ring

Treat yourself with a personalized piece of jewelry! Delight in your zodiac sign by wearing it on a gorgeous, 14k yellow gold signet ring.

Holiday Jewerly: Splurge Edition

Lab-Created Diamond
Tennis Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

CLASSIC. Just, simply, a whole lot of high-quality diamonds set in white gold. The white gold four-prong setting enhances the shine of the 49 sparkling diamonds.

Kite-Set Diamond
Pendant Necklace

A kite setting bears a striking resemblance to a navigational compass rose – and with this diamond necklace, you’ll always find your way back to yourself. Pick the diamond or gemstone, that most delights you, and have it specially mounted in the metal of your choice.

Princess-Cut Diamond
Stud Earrings

Two high-clarity princess-cut diamonds shine in these yellow gold stud earrings. The open-sided, double-leveled setting ensures that the maximum amount of light will strike the two diamonds’ many facets and produce immense sparkle.

Fishtail Diamond
Eternity Ring

14K Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Eternity Ring

This luxe rose gold eternity ring is embedded all around with diamonds weighing 0.5, 1, 1.5, or 2-carats. The crescendoing fishtail setting elegantly displays the dozens of diamonds that line this ring’s entire circumference.

Treat Yourself to A Summary

Here’s a rule for the holiday season that you can take with you into the new year: Gift Yourself! Gift-giving among friends is nice and all that, but it’s truly gratifying to dream up and buy yourself a perfectly glittering present – no wait required!

Not only do you deserve it; you also deserve to celebrate yourself. It might be your favorite new tradition: wrap up some holiday jewelry for yourself at JamesAllen.com today!

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