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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

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

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021

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

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

What Are Jewelry Sets?

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

Why Should I Purchase Jewelry As a Set? 

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

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

How Should I Gift a Jewelry Set?

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

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

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

The Pros of Colorful Jewelry

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

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

The Affordability of Gemstone Jewelry

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

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Gemstone Jewelry Standouts of 2021

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

Blue topaz and a diamond ring

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

Emerald Gemstone Jewelry

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

Large jewels = star power.

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

DYK? May’s birthstone is emerald!

Diamond and Emerald Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Emerald Tennis Bracelet

Wow! This bracelet is amazing.
– Reemy J.

Petite Diamond and Emerald Earrings

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

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

Aquamarine Gemstone Jewelry

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

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

DYK? March’s birthstone is aquamarine!

Aquamarine Stud Earrings

Outstanding quality and craftsmanship.
– Edward S.

Diamond and Aquamarine Earrings

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

Sapphire Gemstone Jewelry

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

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

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

DYK? September’s birthstone is sapphire!

Diamond and Blue Sapphire Lily Necklace

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

Diamond and Pink Sapphire Earrings

18K White Gold Oval Halo Pink Sapphire And Diamond Earrings

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

Topaz Gemstone Jewelry

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

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

DYK? December’s birthstone is topaz!

Blue Topaz and Diamond Necklace

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

Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

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

Simple but elegant. Simply beautiful!
– Kaleem A.

Pearl Gemstone Jewelry

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

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

DYK? June’s birthstone is pearl!

Tahitian Cultured Pearl Earrings

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl Earrings

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

Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet

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

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

Ruby Gemstone Jewelry

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

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

DYK? July’s birthstone is ruby!

Inside Out Diamond and Ruby Earrings

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

Petite Ruby Birthstone Ring

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

TO SUM IT UP

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

Searching for more unique gemstones? Read more below!

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

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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

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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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Pearl Jewelry: The Glowing New Arrivals

The world is your super-sophisticated oyster with our new pearl jewelry arrivals!

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This just in: our brand new collection of pearl fine jewelry! Get ready for must-have luster. The new June birthstone jewelry pieces feature freshwater, Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea cultured pearls. Read on to browse the new designs and head to our site to give the pearls a twirl in 360° HD!

New Pearl Jewelry Earrings

Pearl earrings pair with any personal style, whether you rock blown-out waves or the Markle signature messy bun. Explore pearl, diamond studs, drops, and hoop earrings.

Diamond and Tahitian Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings

14K Black tathitain South Sea Cultured Pearl And Diamond Drop Earrings

These “Girl with a Pearl Earring” lookalikes are a work of art! A combo of unique black pearls and diamonds creates an almost magical air.

Diamond and Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings

14K Rose Gold Crown Freshwater Pearl And Diamond Earrings

An absolute pearl jewelry staple, accented by edgy and glamorous melee diamonds. These take basic pearl studs to the next level.

Freshwater Seed Pearl Hoop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Hoop Earrings

Small freshwater pearls line the inside and the outside of these hoops, creating a soft shine from every angle. P.S. Hoops are one of 2019’s hottest fine jewelry trends.

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New Pearl Jewelry Necklaces

Pearl necklaces lend a chic touch to any jewelry set. Explore single pearl pendants, pearl chain necklaces, strand pearls, and more.

Seed Pearl Open Circle Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Necklace

Smaller seed pearls fit this halo perfectly, combining the timeless style of pearl jewelry with a modern open circle design.

Pink Pearl Station Necklace

pink pearl jewelry station necklace

Though we love how this pearl necklace goes with a v-neckline, it’s honestly gorgeous with anything. Varying shades of pink pearls are attached along a graceful 18-inch gold chain.

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New Pearl Jewelry Rings

Pearl rings make for elegant gifts, beautiful non-traditional engagement rings, and unique wedding rings. Mix pearls with other stackable rings for a complete look.

Twist Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Twist Ring

This seemingly simple pearl ring brings a major dramatic twist. Make sure to view this one at 360° to take in the full effect!

Crescent Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

14K Rose Gold Freshwater Pearl Crescent Ring

We’re over the moon for this modern pearl ring design. The gold and pearl connect like a moon and sun in eclipse – that’s one small step for glam…

Open Freshwater Pearl and Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Open Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Ring

Achieve all-around perfection with this pearl and bezel-set round diamond duo. Although the diamond and pearl elements are classic, the negative space sets this ring apart.

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New Pearl Jewelry Bracelets

Pearl bracelets are sweet and chic for every season. Explore pearl chain bracelets, pearl bangle bracelets, strand pearls, and more (and check out our bracelet guide for a more general FYI!).

Station Pink Pearl Chain Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Station Chain Bracelet (6.0-6.5mm)

Choose pretty in pink with this rose gold and freshwater pearl bracelet. The chain clasp bracelet is a particularly good gift for those with small wrists.

Brilliance Akoya Cultured Pearl Bangle

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

Perfectly spherical Akoya pearls meet their match in this bangle’s textured gold, which sparkles as you move. Polished and innovative all at once.

Textured Beads Akoya Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Bracelet

Say hello to this update to your grandmother’s pearls! This bracelet features playful gold beads between its glossy pearls, which are sourced from Japan and China.

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Time to take on a world of pearls!

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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

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Drop Earrings

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Ready to make these fine jewelry trends your own?

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For a Breath of Fresh Flair…

Keep the inspiration going with 2019’s Engagement Ring Trends.

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Jewelry gift guides: Anniversary GiftsValentine’s Day Gifts –  Gifts for Friends

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