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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

White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Pendant - Winter Jewelry Guide

Emerald Cut Solitaire Pendant

Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Solitaire Pendant - Winter Jewelry Guide

Pear-Shape Solitaire Pendant 

White Gold Pear-Shape Solitaire Pendant - Winter Jewelry Guide

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

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Wire Basket Stud Earrings

Yellow Gold Wire Basket Stud Earrings - Winter Jewelry Guide

Huggie Hoop Earrings

White Gold Huggie Hoop Earrings - Winter Jewelry Guide

Pretty Pearls

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

Cultured Pearl Bracelet

Yellow Gold Cultured Pearl Bracelet - Winter Jewelry Guide

Pearl Bangle

Yellow Gold Pearl Bangle - Winter Jewelry Guide

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

Pavė Rainbow Ring - Winter Jewelry Guide

Infinity Blue Topaz Birthstone Ring

White Gold Infinity Blue Topaz Birthstone Ring - Winter Jewelry Guide

Ready for a sparkling winter? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Minimalist Jewelry: Back To Basics

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

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

Subtle, Yet Sparkly

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


White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring

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Yellow Gold North-South Diamond Ring

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Timeless Appeal

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

White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace

White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace - Minimalist Jewelry

Yellow Gold Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace

Yellow Gold Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace - Minimalist Jewelry

Rose Gold Infinity Pavé Necklace

Rose Gold Infinity Pavé Necklace - Minimalist Jewelry

Minimal, Yet Sentimental

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

White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet - Minimalist Jewelry

Yellow Gold Open Luxe Bracelet

Yellow Gold Open Luxe Bracelet - Minimalist Jewelry

Rose Gold Petite Arrow Bracelet

Rose Gold Petite Arrow Bracelet - Minimalist Jewelry

The Perfect Match, Everytime.

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

White Gold Four Prong Round Studs

White Gold Four Prong Round Studs

Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops - Minimalist Jewelry

Minimalist jewelry on your mind? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Amazing Amethyst: The February Birthstone

Purple it up with an accessory made of amethyst, the February birthstone.

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If you’re considering purchasing an amethyst, now’s a perfect time. Not only is it the February birthstone, but it’s a great way to usher in a bolder, more unconventional new year.

Check out these plum-colored stunners in 360° HD.

The February Birthstone: Purple Reign

Prince was famously known as “the Purple One”, but everyone from Katy Perry to Sofia Vergara is posing in purple on the red carpet.

Whether you believe the February birthstone has the power to promote inner peace or you simply like the way it looks, you’ll find the allure of these hand-picked amethysts impossible to resist.

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Amethyst Stud Earrings

These richly hued amethyst stud earrings exude understated elegance, making them a classic choice for your special someone.

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Amethyst and Diamond Butterfly Necklace

Four gorgeous amethysts come together to create a butterfly necklace as intricate and delicate as its namesake.

The February Birthstone: A Purple Past

The February birthstone is as rich with symbolism as it is purple. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the grape-colored stone could prevent a person from getting drunk, thereby promoting clarity of mind. However, it is the legend of St. Valentine, who wore an amethyst ring while performing illicit marriages, that led to the modern-day practice of giving amethyst jewelry on Valentine’s Day.

The stone itself is a type of quartz mineral, ranging in hue from exquisite lilac to opulent plum. It pairs well with most metal types, complements every skin tone, and can elevate any outfit.

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Amethyst and Diamond Studded Halo Ring

This whimsical cocktail ring features a diamond studded halo that complements the bezel-set center gemstone, adding a stunning pop of color to your everyday look.

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East-West Emerald Cut Amethyst and Diamond Halo Bar Ring

This east-west emerald-cut bar ring straddles the wearer’s finger, creating a charming birthstone bridge. Perfect for the dressiest occasions or as an everyday statement piece.

The February Birthstone: In Pursuit of Purple

Do you see yourself rocking the purple in 2019? Vio-let us know in the comments below or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

While you’re at it, check out our other birthstone guides:
January GarnetMarch AquamarineApril DiamondMay EmeraldJuly RubySeptember SapphireNovember CitrineDecember Topaz

Keep amethyst at the top of your list (Pin it!)

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published January 2018. It was updated February 2019.

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Diamond Stud Earrings: The Essential Guide

Sparkle from ear to ear with a pair of handcrafted diamond stud earrings.

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Diamond Stud Earrings: Make Your Ears Pop!

Friends, romantics, customers; lend us your ears! 👂

As the first points of sparkle a person sees when they look at you, you’ll want to make sure your lobes are suitably lustrous. And there are no more elegant ear accessories than diamond studs, which make for a dazzling first impression.

Thanks to their ear-hugging design, these earrings appear to float on the earlobe as if weightless in space. Whether you opt for the classic basket or super-trendy martini style setting, you’re bound to be flushed with finesse.

Stud-y up on diamond stud earrings with our essential guide.

Diamond Stud Earrings: So Right and Yet So Prong

Diamond studs come in a choice of fab settings including pavé, martini, and basket, each offering varying degrees of comfort and style, as well as durability. To help you decide between them, let’s take a closer look at two of the more popular setting styles.

BASK IN A BASKET SETTING 🧺

Traditional four or six-prong basket settings afford a reasonably good fit. In these diamond studs, the diamond is set low in the frame, so it sits flat against the earlobe.

Four-Prong Earring Settings

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Timeless and stunning, round-cut diamond stud earrings add a classic elegance to any occasion.

Princess-Cut Stud Earrings

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Another classic pair, these stud earrings feature a princess-cut diamond set in a light four-prong wire basket.

Scallop Basket Diamond Earrings

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Designed to accent the beauty of the round brilliant diamond, these earrings feature six prongs and a scalloped basket.

Bezel-Set Diamond Stud Earrings

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Well, well, well. Bezel-set diamond studs are sleek, clean, and oh-so-sturdy. They really are the perfect choice for wearers that lead active lifestyles: the bezel setting won’t snag on any fabric, and it’s arguably the most secure setting. Plus, it’s cute AF.

Pear-Shaped Diamond Stud Earrings

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Gorgeous, elegant, and unique – pear-shaped diamonds are taking over the jewelry scene. These shining droplets stand out from the crowd of more common diamond shapes, especially when poised perfectly on your lobes.

Oval Diamond Stud Earrings

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The trendiest diamond shape of the past few years is also one of the most flattering shapes for diamond stud earrings. Its curved edges and elongated form compliment every face shape and every wardrobe.

Emerald-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

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The emerald cut is an in-your-face shape that shows off your diamond’s crystal clarity. It’s one of the earliest established diamond cuts. As such, these emerald-cut diamond studs boast an undeniable royal feel: bold, elegant, and confident.

MARTINI SETTINGS:
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED 🍸

Named for their conical shape, which resembles a martini glass, martini settings are very in right now due to their super-flush fit. Their narrow bottom means that the diamond can be set even closer to the earlobe than standard basket-style settings. Not only do you get a well-balanced and comfortable fit, but the low profile reveals less metal and more diamond.

Three-Prong Martini Style Earrings

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These martini settings are constructed to the exact size of the center diamonds, ensuring that the stones sit perfectly flush with the settings.

Double Prong Diamond Stud Earrings

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The prong setting is a total classic. And the double prongs on these slices of bling add an understated pop of flair to a traditionally beloved setting. The minimalist prongs allow light to hit your diamond’s facets from nearly every angle.

Diamond Pavé Halo Frame Settings

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Not your everyday diamond stud, this design combines the three-prong martini with a diamond pavé frame.

As a rule of thumb, the snugger the diamond is against the ear, the better. Besides looking more elegant and refined, a flush setting protects the diamond from undue wear and tear.

Diamond Stud Earrings:
A Word in Your Ear

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