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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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7 Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas You’ll Love

Thinking about popping the question on Valentine’s Day? Keep reading to find out what V-Day proposal trends will sweep your significant other off their feet. 

A man proposing to a woman while holding a red James Allen ring box

Love is in the air, and it’s time to take advantage of cupid’s magic. At James Allen, we know every day is a special day with your someone special, but there’s only one day dedicated to pure romance and sweetness.

If you’re set on proposing on Valentine’s Day, we’re here to offer you some adorable proposal ideas and give you a look at some of our customers’ yes moments! Let their bright smiles and glowing rings inspire you to plan an unforgettable moment for you and your love. 

Wine ‘Em And Dine ‘Em

This may be a tad simple, but for many people, being present with your partner with some added yummies is all you need. 

Think before you pop the question: is your partner the type of person who would love being proposed to in a crowded restaurant, or is an intimate picnic/ candlelit homemade dinner the better way to go? If you’re both foodies, we suggest either booking a spot at their dream restaurant or cooking their fave dish at home.

Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

A happy couple embracing in the snow while she shows off her diamond engagement ring
14K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

It’s All About The View 

We call this the double jaw-dropper: a proposal plus a breathtaking view. A Valentine’s Day proposal may call for some extra effort. Let’s start with the most extreme to a simple yet sentimental backdrop.

If you and your partner are fond of traveling, met abroad, or have a favorite destination, we suggest you start making your travel plans now and get that perfect spot for your V-Day proposal. 

You could also keep it a little more low-key. Take your someone special to your favorite local hangout, the place you first met, or skip back in time to a key moment in your relationship, like your first kiss. 

No matter where you propose on Valentine’s Day, we’re almost certain that no view will be as stunning as the twinkle in your partner’s eye when they say yes. Your chosen picturesque setting will be a bonus for your Insta-worthy engagement shots. 

Cathedral Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

A man proposing to his girlfriend near a lake, forest and mountains
14K Rose Gold Cathedral Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

The Cliché That Works

There’s no Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolates, and we don’t think there’s anything wrong with embracing a few of cupid’s tasty clichés. Assuming your partner has a sweet tooth, a hidden engagement ring inside a heart-shaped box of chocolates could be your ticket to a cute chocolate-stained tooth YES! 

If you want to make it more personal, you could pick out their favorite types of chocolates and create a customized chocolate box. 

Now, there are a few ways you could go about the actual proposal. Firstly, you could gift them the box, and as they open it, you’ll have time to drop down to one knee. Alternatively, keep the ring at your side and have them open the box with the words “will you marry me?” written on the inside of the top lid. 

It’s sweet, it’s simple, and you’ll have a delicious snack to celebrate in between happy dances, fiancé selfies, and joyful phone calls to friends and family. 

 Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

A blurred photo of a couple kissing with her hand and diamond engagement ring in focus
14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

A Surprise Party

Good at keeping secrets? If yes, maybe a surprise party is the perfect way to propose on Valentine’s Day. 

It’s also the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone- a proposal party morphing into an engagement party. You’re also able to celebrate with all your loved ones and what could be more special than that? 

Take your time to plan it perfectly, the food, music, location, and how you’re going to propose. You could get someone to create a video of you and your partner as a pre-proposal intro. If you’re not shy, you could even serenade them or get your family and friends involved in a game that will lead to the big question. 

 Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

Couple facing away from the camera, her hands are wrapped around his head, her engagement ring on full display
14K White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

A Scavenger Hunt 

Set yourself up for the perfect proposal with a meaningful scavenger hunt. This way, you can hit all those special places that mean a lot to you and your love. It’s also super fun!

You will need to set this up perfectly, so make sure you plan your scavenger hunt well, including who you need to be involved in it. 

We suggest you keep your partner on their toes without making the hunt impossible to figure out. Each clue should lead them to a different location (part of your house), and you could be waiting at another place (or room) ready to pop the question. 

Want to keep it interesting? Have your partner do it with some friends or family members if you want the proposal to be a complete surprise. 

Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

A happy couple smiling at each other while the woman displays her diamond engagement ring in front of her
18K White Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

Show Your Love Story 

We’ve seen this done in the sweetest ways in our favorite family sitcoms and films, and this method is foolproof. Take your partner down storybook lane and show them all the places, moments, and memories that have meant the most to you throughout your relationship. 

This can be something that you do as a Valentine’s Day getaway, a small road trip around your town, or even in the comfort of your own home. Each particular spot can add to the buildup of your big questions and will only make that final moment all the more precious. 

Your proposal doesn’t have to be laced with sentimental Easter eggs, but we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t setting you up for the epitome of romantic proposals. You could even end the entire story off with all your family members and close friends. 

Need inspo- grab your tissues and check out episode 19, season 7 of The Office (US), where Michael Scott proposes to his girlfriend Holly using the storybook lane method.

Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Couple with their hands touching and her diamond engagement ring on display
18K White Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

With A Book Or Homemade Movie 

Are you and your partner creatives at heart? You could propose using that creativity in the cutest way.

Google is filled with customizable love books, and any simple editing app can help you design a homemade love story using your best moments as a couple. You could even rewrite their favorite love story using the two of you as main characters. 

Nothing says I love you more than your words and reminiscing over your memories together. So take the time to create your happily ever after chapter one, and leave your big question at the end of your story to start your chapter two with a bang and some new sparkle. 

Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

A couple embracing after their proposal in a sunny garden
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Need more Valentine’s Day inspiration?

Check out these Valentine’s Day-inspired posts and get in touch with our 24/7 customer service if you have any questions about your perfect sparkler! Looking for inspo? Follow us on Instagram at @JamesAllenRings and see how other happy customers have got their proposals right!

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9 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings 

So you’ve got the romantic atmosphere, have found the love of your life, and mapped out the perfect proposal for Valentine’s Day, now you need the ring! If you are planning to pop the question, stay tuned for everything you need to know for that perfect engagement ring!

9 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings 

It’s here! The most romantic day of the year has finally arrived! This day that is all about love and affection is an incredibly popular time to propose. And it is no wonder, the pitter-patter of snowfall, snuggling in front of the fireplace, the afterglow of the holiday season, Valentine’s Day is not called the day of romance for nothing!

What exactly IS Valentine’s Day?

History tells us that Valentine’s Day’s romantic origins date back to Ancient Roman times, when Saint Valentine defied then-Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor had banned marriages for young men, believing they made better soldiers than husbands and fathers.

Saint Valentine felt so strongly that this decree was unfair, that he continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Eventually, the Saint was caught and executed, but this day of love which some say commemorates Saint Valentine’s burial, is associated with the love he died to protect.

Valentine’s Day has since moved on from secret marriages. This day of love is often used to commemorate various milestones in a relationship……or to start one! Who doesn’t remember sticking a paper lunch bag to your desk, handing out cards and candies to your classmates. Then check your bag to see if your crush gave you one and if they wrote a special message!

The thrill of someone coming up to you in the hallway, giving you a Valentine from your crush, because they were too shy to do it themselves! Then save the card and read it over and over to your friends, talking about how cute your crush is!

Or your first Valentine’s Day with your first significant other. Buying all the traditional gifts, teddy bears, candy, flowers, ahhhhhhh young love! And now here you are, ready to pop THE big question.

Maybe you are planning a big public proposal using the jumbotron at a basketball game, or you’ll attach a ring to your dog’s collar, or perhaps you’ll go more intimate, a quiet candlelight dinner, either way, you will need the perfect engagement ring….and then wedding ring!

You have the perfect day, the perfect love, the perfect proposal, make sure you have the perfect sparkles. From asking someone out for the first time “Will you be my valentine?” to proposing to your long-time love, this is truly a day of romance.

Holy Ring Choices!

Engagement rings have come a long way, from traditional diamond solitaire engagement rings, to engagement rings (& wedding rings) that utilize gemstones and diamonds together; the classic yellow gold band, to white and rose gold options, the ring you choose can be as unique as your love.

Engagement rings and wedding rings are symbols of your love and commitment, of your togetherness, your past, your present, and of course, your future together. This, for example, is often symbolized by a three-stone engagement ring.

You can design your ring to reflect not just your love’s style, but the romance of the day. If you want to design your own ring, we are here to help!

You can learn how to design an engagement ring, customize an engagement ring, or if it’s right for you and your partner, you can design the ring together.

But maybe you’ve used all your energies on planning the perfect proposal, then never fear! We have lots of gorgeous options for perfect engagement rings that are impossible not to love. See below for just a few of our favorite options.

Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

So many engagement rings, so little time! A proposal on this day of romance should be accompanied by an engagement ring that will set your partner’s heart on fire! Here are some of our most romantic engagement ring options! 

Ruby Engagement Rings

Celebrate this day of love and passion by choosing an engagement ring featuring a  gemstone that does the same. Like a red rose, a warm red ruby is an ultimate choice for a romantic, gemstone engagement ring.

Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring
18K Yellow Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Romantic Symbolism

An engagement ring, like a wedding ring, is a symbol of your commitment to your partner. It shows your love is timeless and a 3 stone engagement ring shows that your love covers the past, the present, and the future.

Custom-Designed Engagement Rings

Nothing screams romance more than a sentimental gift. There are plenty of custom design options available to you, especially when buying your engagement rings online. From choosing the exact diamond shape and size to the metal color and setting, you can personalize your dream engagement ring down to the very last detail.

Celebrity Inspired Heart-Shaped Engagement Rings

Take it from some of our favorite trendsetting celebs- a heart shaped engagement ring can make you glow and bring out all the aspects of your unique style. From Lady Gaga to Paris Hilton, heart-shaped sparklers are always an option!

Lady Gaga taking a ring selfie of her heart-shaped engagement ring
Paris Hilton and her fiancé drinking champagne while she shows off her diamond engagement ring

Check out our engagement ring and wedding ring guides:

Ultimate Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring Online * Maximize Your Diamond Sparkle * Gemstone Engagement Rings * Wedding Bands for the Modern Man * What Kind of Ring Shopper Are You? * Engraved Rings * Virtual Ring Try-On * Vintage Engagement Rings

Check out celebrity engagement rings and looks:

Sofia VergaraHailey Bieber * 2020 Oscars * Royal Engagements * Pippa Middleton * Gabrielle Union * Miranda Kerr * Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, & More!

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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.

More fine jewelry finds: New Pearl JewelryDiamond Bracelet GuideDiamond Eternity RingsDiamond Cluster JewelryBirthstone Jewelry GiftsRed Carpet-Inspired Jewelry

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

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6 Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts

Ah, Galentine’s Day. The Parks and Recreation alternative to Valentine’s Day, dedicated to appreciating phenomenal female friends over mimosas, waffles, and thoughtful presents.

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Why celebrate Galentine’s Day?

By the time of your wedding, your best friend will have seen you at your worst, your best, and your irretrievably-stressed. This Galentine’s Day is a perfect time to appreciate how brightly she shines. Tap into your Leslie Knope instincts and treat your friend to one of these meaningful and sparkly Galentine’s Day presents!

Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts

1. Three-Prong Martini Style Earrings

Martini Style: for the bestie who helps you unwind, and who keeps it impressively classy even as she chills. Actual Galentine’s martinis sold separately.

18K White Gold Three Prong Martini Style Stud Earrings (Mounting)

2. Diamond Bar Bracelet

For that queen who sets an unbelievable bar for sensitivity and patience for others (but also maybe mostly you): a diamond bar to wear on her sleeve.

14K White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet (1/6 CTW)

3. Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire Earrings

Matching studs are the new friendship bracelets. Get matching velvety blue pairs with that friend who can always finish your sentences.

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4. East-West Halo Opal Necklace

A halo for that angel friend, who you know will always be an inspiring gem no matter how far away you are from each other or how life changes.

14K White Gold East-West Oval White Opal And Diamond Halo Necklace

5. Petite Vintage Emerald Ring

After all the wedding planning your friend will experience with you, the emerald in this ring wishes her a lifetime of peace, balance, and growth.

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6. Diamond Infinity Necklace

Even before your SO, you knew about infinite love from your best friend. Gift this necklace to the bae who will always be your #1.

14K White Gold Diamond Infinity Necklace

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