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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.

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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

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

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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 everyday, discover your 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

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Sapphire and Zircon Gemstone Cluster Earrings

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Fine Jewelry Trends: Hoop Earrings

Retro’s been reimagined with a glimmer of 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

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Freshwater 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

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Vine Motif Diamond Cuff 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

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Diamond Scroll Key Pendant

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide

We all know that Valentine’s Day is synonymous with hearts, flowers and the colors red and pink. This year, get creative and take these ideas to the next level when choosing a gift for your one and only. Check out this Valentine’s Day gift guide and surprise your SO with a thoughtful piece of jewelry that will last forever.

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HEART SHAPED DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

Heart-shaped diamond engagement ring in rose gold

February 14th marks one of the most popular days to propose and there’s a good reason why. When it comes to designing an engagement ring, pair the setting with a heart shaped diamond to complement the theme of love. It’ll serve as a reminder of this particular Valentine’s Day as well as your future anniversary. Plus, the rose gold band adds a nice touch that is oh-so-popular right now (especially among celebs).

PINK TOPAZ AND DIAMOND NECKLACE

Pink Topaz and Diamond Pendant Necklace

In the ‘20s and ‘30s, Art Deco greatly influenced architecture, paintings and sculptures around the globe. If she’s an old soul with an affinity for all things vintage, this Art Deco-inspired necklace makes for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift.

YELLOW GOLD BEZEL SET DIAMOND BRACELET

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Show her she’s your number one with a timeless gold stunner. Lightweight and flexible, the row of diamonds on this bracelet adds just the right amount of sparkle for everyday wear. A win-win for sure.

WHITE GOLD PRINCESS CUT RUBY AND DIAMOND EARRINGS

Princess cut ruby and diamond earrings

It’s said that red symbolizes passion, desire and, yes, love. These studs feature two princess cut rubies which take center stage among luminous diamonds. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift along with a box of chocolates.

ROSE GOLD OPEN ARROW DIAMOND RING

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In Roman mythology, Cupid—portrayed as an angelic winged baby—is the God of Love. He has the power to make people fall head over heels for one another with a swift shot from his bow and arrow. This ring’s open arrow design is a fun take on the old tale and glistens with pavé set diamonds.

PAVÉ DIAMOND HEART NECKLACE

Diamond heart necklace in yellow gold

There’s no such thing as too many hearts on Valentine’s Day. This rose gold diamond pendant goes with just about any outfit and sums up all the feels.

WHITE GOLD PETITE PAVÉ ENGAGEMENT RING

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This engagement ring is the epitome of classic elegance. The facets of the French Cut pavé diamond are designed to maximize the amount of light that hits from every angle, resulting in extra sparkle.

WHITE GOLD MORGANITE AND DIAMOND HALO EARRINGS

Morganite and diamond halo earrings

Fun fact: The stone morganite is named after financier (and gem collector) J.P. Morgan who supported arts and sciences and contributed to major global institutions. There’s a certain sweetness and innocence to the light pink color of these studs, making it a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your SO.

WHITE GOLD RUBY AND DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

Ruby and diamond swirl engagement ring

Well, this is not an engagement ring you see everyday. The design of the diamond swirl pavé halo is made even more interesting with an ombré color scheme. Once you’ve picked the ring, next up is brainstorming romantic ways to propose on Valentine’s Day.

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8 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

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Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

Valentine’s Day is the most popular proposal day of the year; there’s just something extra romantic about proposing on this celebrated day of love and affection. If you’re thinking about proposing this February 14th, we’ve got sparkling Valentine’s Day engagement rings for you to hide inside a box of chocolates, or whatever scheme you have in store.

With one of these beauties, you’re sure to get a YES! Find the perfect Valentine’s Day engagement ring to propose with:

1. A unique Valentine will be yours, with this mixed metal dazzler.

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2. A playful Valentine will love this brilliant double halo.

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white gold falling edge pave diamond engagement ring

3. An old-fashioned Valentine will be pretty in pear with this pear-shaped pavé halo.

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white gold tate pear shape engagement ring by jeff cooper

4. A classic Valentine will say yes to this simply stunning solitaire.

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white gold classico single shank engagement ring by danhov

5. A confident Valentine will delight in this channel-set emerald show-stopper.

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6. A romantic Valentine will adore this oval-cut rose gold piece.

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rose gold three sided pave basket engagement ring (oval) and matching wedding ring

7. An uptown Valentine won’t be able to wait to don this three-stone eye-catcher.

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white gold three stone pear shape engagement ring by martin flyer

8. A charming Valentine will go crazy for this twisted pavé stunner.

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white gold eleganza braided engagement ring by danhov

Need some proposal ideas? Get inspired by our customers’ Valentine’s Day proposals.

A Disney proposal:

Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

Valentine's Day Proposal - Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

“He made [me] the happiest girl in the world, and in that moment [I] realized that dreams do come true. You only need faith, trust and pixie dust.” – Maria

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A mountain proposal:

Taylor & Jimmy from Peoria, Arizona

Valentine's Day proposal - Taylor & Jimmy from Peoria, Arizona

“He ran into the shot with me, got down on one knee and proposed. I cried instantly.” –Taylor

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Which Valentine’s Day engagement rings are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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