August 19, 2019

Simple Wedding Bands: Minimalist Women Top Rings

This year, we’ve been seeing an emerging trend: simple, minimalistic wedding bands. While some brides are still looking for over-the-top glamour, we’re seeing more and more brides select understated, chic wedding bands.

There’s something incredibly elegant about simple wedding bands. A minimalistic band, with smaller diamonds or sleek lines, can add just the right amount of shimmer and style, without ever being too flashy.

If you’re drawn to the minimalist look, this post is for you! In this post, we’re highlighting some of our favorite simple wedding bands that prove less can be more.

Minimalist Classics

One of our favorite simple wedding band styles is the classic diamond band. A diamond band is always beautiful and truly timeless. Diamond wedding bands can range widely in style. If you select a diamond band with large or unusually shaped diamonds, it can be quite glamorous or bold. So to keep this style minimalistic, we recommend selecting a wedding band with smaller diamonds that are either round or princess cut.

You can always select a classic, perfectly round diamond wedding band for a minimalistic look. However, we also love diamond wedding bands that have some curved modern lines, like the Kylie Diamond Wedding Band pictured above. The slight curve in this wedding band adds subtle detail and gives this ring a fresh, contemporary look.

Delicate Diamonds and Delicate Details

The Gianna Wedding Ring offers another minimalistic take on the classic diamond band. This ring features a line of delicate pave set white diamonds and also has some delicate detailing. Along one side of the line of diamonds, this ring has been outfitted with a line of milgrain beading. This line of milgrain adds beautiful, understated visual interest. The placement of the milgrain, which is only on one side of the ring, also adds visual interest to this design. More often, milgrain bead is symmetrical, so the asymmetrical placement used here gives this simple ring an unexpected touch.

Minimalist Romance

The Daisy Floral Diamond Wedding Ring shows just how romantic a minimalistic wedding band can be. This vintage-inspired wedding band features lines of yellow gold that swirl and arch along the upper shank, giving the impression of curling vines. Small, shimmering white diamonds rest along these golden vines, adding subtle brilliance. Though this ring is highly detailed, its smooth, sleek lines and delicate embellishments ensure it is still chic, understated, and sophisticated.

Want to see even more simple wedding rings that are perfect for the minimalist woman? Browse our full collection of women’s wedding bands.

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August 19, 2019

Tips to Select This Unique Gemstone: The Stunning Sapphire Ring

Sapphire engagement rings are rapidly rising in popularity. While the rich blue sapphire has always been a classic choice for an engagement ring, the unique engagement ring trend has brought sapphires back to the forefront. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that many of today’s most famous figures (like Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz, and Victoria Beckham) sport sapphire engagement rings.

There’s a lot to love about the sapphire. Sapphires have a rich, mesmerizing color and a lovely meaning. (Sapphires are thought to symbolize faithfulness, sincerity, and good fortune.) Plus, sapphires tend to be more affordable than diamonds, which can help you maximize your engagement ring budget. 

Sapphires are a lovely, eye-catching choice for your engagement ring— but how do you choose a sapphire engagement ring? In this post, we’re giving you all our top tips on how to select the ideal sapphire engagement ring for you! We’ll cover what you need to know about sapphire quality, how to pick the best sapphire shape for you, and how to pick a sapphire engagement ring setting you’ll adore.

Color is Key

Like diamonds, sapphires are graded by their 4Cs (color, cut, clarity, and carat). But color is the top priority for sapphires, since they are a colored gemstone. So when selecting a sapphire, you’ll want to pay special attention to its color.

Sapphires actually come in many different colors, like pink, yellow, orange, purple, and blue. No matter which color of sapphire you’re shopping for, you will want to make sure that its color is rich and evenly spread across the gemstone. Among blue sapphires, the most popular hue of sapphire, look for a gemstone that is medium to medium dark in color, with even color saturation.

You can see an example of a beautifully colored blue sapphire in the Charleston Engagement Ring pictured above. The round blue sapphire in this ring is medium dark, with beautifully dispersed color.

Shape Rules Style

Shape is another important thing to consider when you shop for a sapphire engagement ring. The shape of your center gemstone tends to dictate the overall style of your engagement ring, so it’s important to pick a shape with a style you love.

Like diamonds, sapphires come in many different shapes, such as round, cushion cut, and princess. Each of these shapes has its own style. For example, round is a classic shape, cushion cut is a vintage-style shape, and princess is a highly modern shape. When you shop for a sapphire, do a bit of browsing and see which shape’s style you’re drawn to.

Sapphires are beautiful in every shape, so we would say that there is no “best” shape for a sapphire. And we would recommend that you simply choose the shape you love the most.  However, if you’re wondering which shapes are most popular for sapphires, we have an answer: oval, round, cushion, and emerald. The cushion cut is particularly popular for sapphires, as this cut tends to show color very well. This can enhance the beautiful hue of a sapphire. Plus, the cushion cut has an inherently vintage style, which many people love for a sapphire engagement ring.

The Skylar Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring, pictured above, shows off just how stunning a cushion cut sapphire can look in your engagement ring. The cushion cut sapphire used in this ring gives adds a soft, romantic look to this ring’s brilliant, glamorous setting.

Sapphires and Engagement Ring Settings

Lastly, let’s talk about picking a setting for your sapphire engagement ring. Sapphires look beautiful in so many different styles of settings. Though, we will say, diamond halo settings are extremely popular for sapphire engagement rings. This is because sapphires look absolutely stunning when paired with white diamonds. The bright white brilliance of white diamonds enhances the rich depth of a sapphire, creating a contrast that is nothing short of breathtaking. A diamond halo— or a double diamond halo, as seen in the Alyssa Ring above— simply makes a sapphire “pop.”

Halo settings are an excellent choice for sapphire engagement rings. Depending on the design of the halo, this setting can provide either a soft vintage look or an ultra glamorous look. But halo settings are not the only beautiful option for sapphire engagement rings. Prong solitaire settings are also lovely, as they let the beauty of the sapphire take full focus. Then, bezel settings add a sleek, modern touch to a sapphire engagement ring. There are also many sapphire engagement rings with beautifully detailed bands, which can add a gorgeous, ornate  look to a ring.

Alongside choosing the style of your sapphire engagement ring’s setting, you’ll need to choose a precious metal. White gold and platinum are quite popular for sapphire engagement rings, especially those that feature accent diamonds. However, rose gold and yellow gold are also beautiful options. Rose gold and yellow gold can add warmth to a sapphire engagement ring, giving it a more romantic look.

 

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August 19, 2019

Celebrate August’s Birthstone – The Meaningful Peridot

Peridot, a glittering green gemstone, is August’s birthstone. While most gemstones come in many colors, peridot is comes in only one: a vibrant shade of yellow-olive green. Peridot has been loved throughout the ages for its spectacular color, as well as for its unique meaning. Today, peridots are known as a symbol of opportunity and prosperity. Throughout time, however, this gemstone has had many meanings, which we’ll share with you in this post! Read on to learn all about the many meaning’s of the August birthstone, as well as a bit about its history and formation.

Peridot Formation and Composition

The breathtaking peridot in this halo peridot diamond ring was formed by magma, deep in the earth.

Like diamonds, peridots form in the earth’s mantle, miles into the earth. Peridots form in magma, then are usually brought to the earth’s surface by volcanic eruptions. Peridots also sometimes arrive on earth via a flaming meteorite, though these celestial peridots are quite rare.

Peridots are technically a gemstone-quality variety of the mineral olivine. Like all other types of olivine, peridots get their color from their composition. The unique combination of magnesium and iron present in peridot creates its distinctive yellow green to olive green color.

The Meaning of Peridot: Throughout History

According to ancient Egyptians, the peridot in this halo peridot diamond ring will bring its wearer good luck, power, and confidence.

Peridot’s many meanings are intertwined with how it’s been loved throughout history. One of the first historical records we have of peridot comes from the writings of Pliny the Elder, an ancient natural historian. In his works, Pliny the Elder describes the color and appearance of Peridot, detailing its vibrant color and stating that it glows like a hot coal at night. He also states that, in his time (the first century), much peridot was sourced from an island called Topazios. Pliny the Elder states that this island was heavily protected by the ancient Egyptians, who believed it to be a source of priceless treasures.

We know from Pliny’s works, as well as from numerous other texts, that the ancient Egyptians adored peridots. Egyptians referred to peridots as the “gem of the sun” and believed that they had many magical properties. Egyptians believed that peridots protected the wearer from nightmares and brought the wearer good luck, power, good health, and confidence. Many ancient Egyptians also wore peridots around their left arms to ward off evil spirits. Cleopatra is thought to have worn numerous peridots. Cleopatra was famously fanatic about emeralds and many historians believe that a large portion of the “emeralds” in her collection were actually peridots.

Peridots have also been celebrated in Hawaiian culture throughout the ages. Since ancient times, Hawaiians have associated peridots with Pele, the volcano goddess. This association makes perfect sense, since peridot is formed in magma. Hawaii, which is home to numerous volcanoes, boasts a large amount of olivine, the non-gem variety of peridot. There’s even a green sand beach on the Big Island, Papakolea Beach, which is green due to large amounts of crushed olivine.

Since peridots have been associated with magical properties since ancient times, the myths about peridots have continued over the centuries. Peridots have also been associated with bringing happiness, strengthening the eyes, and aiding friendship. Due to their yellow-green color, they’ve also been associated with healing issues caused by the liver.

The Meaning of Peridot: Today

This beautiful peridot diamond ring features the August birthstone and six dazzling diamond side stones.

Peridot is still associated with many of the magical properties it has been tied to throughout the ages. However, today, it’s much more commonly known as the August birthstone. As the August birthstone, peridot is primarily associated with strength, opportunity, and prosperity.

Can’t get enough of the gorgeous, meaningful peridot? View more peridot jewelry by clicking here!

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August 1, 2019

Summer Wedding: Trending Bridal Jewelry Accessories

After you’ve found the one and said yes to your dress, it’s time to start thinking about your bridal jewelry! To help you pick the perfect accessories for your wedding day, we’re highlighting some of our favorite summer wedding bridal jewelry trends. While this year’s trends span the gamut from highly unique to ultra traditional, all the jewelry on our list has one thing in common: it can be worn for a lifetime. Without further ado, here’s our list of summer’s top trending bridal jewelry accessories!

Stacked Bands and Multiple Rings

Traditionally, your engagement ring is the star accessory on your wedding day. However, many unconventional brides have been amping up the style of their engagement ring by following this unique trend: wearing additional rings.

You can incorporate the additional ring trend into your bridal jewelry in a couple of different ways. One way is to incorporate this trend into your engagement set by selecting multiple wedding bands, then stacking them. Another way is to wear rings on many of your fingers, which will create a pretty, intricate look.

See all your bridal ring options on our wedding rings page.

Wearing Something Blue

Wearing something blue has been a bridal jewelry tradition for centuries. In recent years, many brides have been gravitating toward traditional styles for their engagement rings and bridal jewelry. This has sparked a revival in following the old tradition to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” on your wedding day.

If you love the idea of wearing blue jewelry on your wedding day, you have many beautiful options. One idea we adore is to select an engagement ring with a blue center stone, like an aquamarine engagement ring. (As an added bonus, aquamarine engagement rings also encompass several other currently trending styles: unique engagement rings, colorful engagement rings, and semi-precious engagement rings.) You could also select any number of other precious blue accessories, like blue sapphire earrings or a blue diamond pendant necklace. Whatever you decide on, blue jewelry will add a gorgeous pop of color to your bridal look.

Delicate Modern Jewelry

This next trend shows that this summer’s bridal trends tend to sit on the opposite sides of the spectrum. While some brides want highly traditional jewelry for their bridal ensemble, others are looking for highly unique pieces.

If you’re among the brides looking for more unconventional, distinctive accessories, you’ll love the modern jewelry trend. A big trend this summer is incorporating more modern fashion jewelry into your bridal look. In particular, selecting romantic, delicate studs like the ones pictured above has proved very popular. Though wearing modern jewelry is a trend in general, most brides are still keeping their modern jewelry minimal and chic, rather than bold and over-the-top. Selecting more minimalistic, yet still luxe, jewelry let’s you add some personality to your bridal ensemble while still ensuring your accessories are sophisticated.

See more luxe fashion jewelry that’s perfect for your wedding day on our HER Collection page.

Initial Pendants

Last but not least, we have the initial pendant trend. Initial jewelry is something that many think of as a modern trend, but it’s actually a jewelry tradition that’s as old as time. In ancient eras, it was very popular to wear engagement jewelry that incorporated an initial. And, in fact, the first diamond engagement ring in recorded history was an initial ring. All the way back in 1477, the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with an engagement ring set with an “M” crafted from diamonds.

While initial rings haven’t made much of a comeback, initial pendants are seeing a big revival, both in bridal jewelry and in daily wear. There are three different ways to incorporate the initial pendant trend into your bridal look. One way is to wear your own initial to add a personal touch. Another way is to wear your partner’s initial, which is highly romantic. Then, finally, there’s our favorite way to wear this trend: wearing both your initial and your betrothed’s initial.

One of the best things about the initial pendant jewelry trend is that it’s something that can be incorporated into your daily wardrobe after your wedding day. An initial pendant can add a sentimental touch to your bridal look. Then, you will be reminded of your wedding day each time you wear your pendant necklace in the years to come.

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July 29, 2019

The Bold Engagement Ring Trend You Won’t Guess: Black Diamond Rings

Unique engagement rings have been a big trend recently. And there’s one type of unique engagement ring we’re seeing everywhere right now: black diamond rings. In the past, black diamonds have been a more rare choice for engagement rings. However, we’re seeing more and more couples gravitate toward the bold beauty of black diamond engagement rings.

To celebrate this emerging trend, in this post we’re highlighting black diamond engagement rings. We’ll cover why they’ve become so popular, the advantages of black diamonds, the meaning of black diamonds, and the best settings for black diamond engagement rings. We’ll also highlight a few of our favorite styles to give you some black diamond engagement ring inspiration.

The Black Diamond’s Rise in Popularity

One reason for the rise in popularity of black diamond engagement rings is that they perfectly fit the unique engagement ring trend. Another reason may be the influence of one of TV’s biggest fashion icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

In the most recent Sex and the City film, Sex and the City 2, Mr. Big finally popped the question to Carrie. Though he initial proposed with a Manolo Blahnik pump, he eventually presented her with an incredibly unique engagement ring. This ring, crafted from white gold, featured a five carat black diamond and a white diamond halo. Explaining his ring selection, he stated, “Because you’re not like anyone else.”

Black engagement rings were trending a bit before the release of Sex and the City 2. And they have always been a top choice for those with a more bold, edgy style. But after this film’s release, we saw a major increase in interest in black diamond engagement rings. Celebrity engagement rings always have an impact on the popularity of engagement ring styles. And though Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is a fictional character, she’s still a style icon. So it stands to reason that her engagement ring would start a trend.

The Best Settings for Black Diamond Engagement Rings

Black diamonds add a rich, mysterious look to any engagement ring. While black diamonds look beautiful in any setting style, there are two that are more popular for black diamond engagement rings: solitaire settings and halo settings. Solitaire settings let the luxe beauty of black diamonds take full focus. Then, halo settings provide a gorgeous white backdrop that really makes a deep black diamond “pop.”

The Advantages of Black Diamonds

The style advantages of black diamonds are clear. They’re gorgeous, eye-catching, and incredibly unique. But black diamonds also have another big advantage: their price. Black diamonds are actually one of the most rare diamond colors. Yet, they aren’t as popular as many other types of diamonds, so they tend to be less expensive. Per carat, black diamonds can be thousands of dollars less expensive than white diamonds. This can allow you to fit a much larger center diamond into your budget. Or, just help you save quite a bit of money on the carat weight you were already thinking of choosing.

Additionally, black diamonds are real diamonds, so they come with all the same properties as white diamonds. Black diamonds rank at a 10 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, so they’re incredibly durable and excellent for everyday wear.

The Meaning of Black Diamonds

All diamonds are associated with purity, innocence, love, fidelity, and faithfulness. Then, each diamond color has its own special meanings. Black diamonds are associated with power, charisma, stability, originality, and creativity. When used in an engagement ring, black diamonds are also associated with passion.

Black Diamond Engagement Ring Inspiration

The Elise Black Diamond Engagement Ring

The Elise Black Diamond Engagement Ring shows just how much style a black diamond can add to a simple design. It also shows how affordable black diamond engagement rings can be. This stunning one carat diamond ring costs under $900!

The Elise Ring pictured above features a richly colored one carat black diamond. This diamond is set in a band crafted from warm 14k gold, which beautifully contrasts with the tone of the diamond. This ring’s band features a twisted design that adds a touch of romance to this elegant style.

The Alaina Black Diamond Halo Ring

The Alaina Ring shows a black diamond in one of the most popular styles for black diamond engagement rings, the halo setting. Here, a two carat black diamond is surrounded by a shimmering ring of white diamonds. White diamonds continue along this ring’s slim band, adding more brilliance to this luxe engagement ring.

The Adelyn Halo Round Black Diamond Engagement Ring

The Adelyn Black Diamond Engagement Ring provides another example of how exquisite black diamonds look in a halo setting. Here, a magnificent four carat round black diamond is enclosed in a white diamond halo setting. This halo further enhances the impressive size of this ring’s center stone. It also provides a beautifully white backdrop that perfectly contrasts with the black diamond’s depth. In this design, a wide split shank band perfectly balances out the impressive size of the black diamond. Along the band, dozens of white diamonds shimmer. Even more white diamonds are hidden along the sides of this ring’s beautifully detailed band. A total of 116 white accent diamonds are used here, which adds breathtaking brilliance to this engagement ring.

Want to see even more beautiful black diamond engagement rings? Browse our full black diamond engagement ring collection.

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