August 11, 2020

Non-Traditional Engagement Ring Alternatives

Today, more and more couples are looking for alternatives to traditional diamond engagement rings. Some people want a non-traditional ring because they’re looking for something unique that will stand out, while other people want an alternative engagement ring because they want something that feels more personalized and meaningful.

Whatever your reason for wanting a non-traditional engagement ring, opting for an alternative engagement ring is an excellent choice. Non-traditional engagement rings are beautiful and special– and, as an added bonus, they can also be much more affordable than traditional diamond engagement rings.

Another thing we love about non-traditional engagement rings is that there are no rules on what you can choose for your gemstone. So, which gem is right for you and your partner? Learn about your options as we go over some of our favorite diamond alternatives below!

Morganite Engagement Rings

This east-west set morganite and diamond engagement ring shows off how beautiful rose gold and morganite look together.

Morganite is a beautiful pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, putting it in the same family as emerald (green beryl) and aquamarine (blue beryl). With its blushing pink hue, morganite is an incredibly romantic alternative engagement ring option. Morganite tends to be particularly popular when paired with rose gold, since the warm pink tones of these luxe materials look simply stunning together.

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Lab-Grown Diamond Rings

This white gold diamond ring has a classic look and a non-traditional center stone: a round cut lab-grown diamond.

Over the last few years, lab-grown diamond engagement rings have skyrocketed in popularity, quickly becoming one of the most popular non-traditional engagement ring options. Lab-grown diamonds have almost all of the same advantages as natural diamonds. Since lab-grown diamonds have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as natural diamonds, they’re just as brilliant, durable, and beautiful as natural diamonds. But lab-grown diamonds are different from natural diamonds in two ways that are very important to many modern consumers: they aren’t mined and they come with a significantly more affordable price tag. So, for those who want a diamond engagement ring or wedding band but don’t want a mined diamond (or just don’t want to pay the premium for a mined diamond), a lab-created diamond ring is an ideal choice.

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Moissanite Engagement Rings

A two carat moissanite stuns in this vintage-inspired engagement ring, which features a rose gold band set with marquise cut diamonds.

Moissanites are brilliant, colorless gemstones that look remarkably like diamonds, yet cost around 90% less. This gorgeous gemstone was first discovered in 1893 by the French scientist Henri Moissan. Initially, Moissan thought that he had found diamonds in a meteor crater, but later discovered that he had found an entirely new gemstone made out of silicon carbide.

Moissanites look similar to diamonds, but these gemstones do have some differences, including in light reflection. Moissanites have a higher refractive index than diamonds, so they’re actually more brilliant and fiery than diamonds. Moissanites shine brightly on their own in solitaire settings, then also look gorgeous in bands with diamond accents, as moissanites and diamonds look stunning together.

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Black Diamond Engagement Rings

This white gold halo diamond ring features a mesmerizing pear shaped black diamond.

Black diamond engagement rings have a luxurious, dramatic beauty, making them an ideal option for the style-setter who loves to stand out from the crowd. Black diamonds are a wonderful center stone option not only because of their striking look, but also because of their meaning. Like all diamonds, black diamonds symbolize eternal love. But then, black diamonds also have a unique meaning of their own, symbolizing passion and strength.

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Sapphire Engagement Rings

This white gold, white diamond, and blue sapphire engagement ring is the picture of classic beauty.

Blue sapphire engagement rings are somewhat rare today, but they were actually the default choice for hundreds of years. Until diamond engagement rings skyrocketed in popularity in the 19th century, almost all brides wore sapphire engagement rings. Sapphires were chosen for their beauty and durability, but also for their meaning. For millennia, sapphires have been associated with fidelity, loyalty, and truth.

Blue sapphire engagement rings are an uncommon choice in the 21st century, but they’ve had a couple of notable surges in popularity within the last few decades. Most notably, in the 1980s, Princess Diana’s 12 carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring sparked a sapphire engagement ring trend. Then, when Kate Middleton started wearing the same sapphire ring in 2010, it led to another spike in sapphire engagement ring popularity.

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Still searching for your perfect non-traditional engagement ring or wedding ring? Browse our full bridal jewelry collection. Or, if you’re looking for a colored gemstone style, browse our gemstone collection, which features a wide selection of gemstone engagement rings and birthstone jewelry options, including blue topaz rings, amethyst rings, morganite rings, aquamarine rings, emerald rings, and ruby rings.

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August 11, 2020

Three Stone Rings and Their Significant Meaning

Three stone engagement rings are enduringly popular. This style of engagement ring, which features a center stone that’s accented by two prominent side stones, is loved for its aesthetic appeal and its rich meaning. While all engagement rings are meaningful, three stone rings have a beautiful symbolism that can make them particularly special and romantic.

The Meaning of Three Stone Engagement Rings

The three gems at the heart of a three stone engagement ring represent a couple’s past, present, and future. The largest stone in the ring, the center stone, represents the present, while the side stones symbolize the past and future.

The unique meaning of a three stone engagement ring allows it to tell a story, the story of your love and commitment. When proposing with a three stone ring, people often use their engagement ring’s gems to reflect on how their love blossomed in the past, how deep their love is in the present, and how they foresee their love growing in the future.

Alternate Symbolism of Three Stone Engagement Rings

While the three stones in a three stone ring are most commonly thought to be a symbol of the past, present, and future, three stone rings have been ascribed other meanings. Some people associate the three stones in a three stone ring with a friendship, love, and fidelity, the three building blocks of a lasting relationship. Devout couples also sometimes associate three stone rings with the Holy Trinity, taking the three stones of the ring to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Three Stone Engagement Ring Styles

One of the best things about three stone engagement rings is the diverse selection of styles within the category. There are classic three stone rings, vintage-inspired three stone styles, unique modern three stone designs, and much more. So, if you’re drawn to three stone rings because of their lovely meaning, you’ll have no issue also finding a three stone engagement ring with a style you love.

Three Stone Round Diamond Engagement Ring

The Emerson Three Stone Engagement Ring, pictured here in yellow gold, is as beautiful as it is classic.

The most traditional three stone engagement ring designs feature three round diamonds, which can vary in proportion. Some three stone round diamond engagement rings feature a large center diamond and more petite side diamonds, which can enhance the visual impact of the center stone. Then, other three stone round diamond designs feature side diamonds that are only slightly smaller than their paired center stone, which provides a balanced look that many people find incredibly attractive.

Colorful Three Stone Engagement Rings

This three stone yellow diamond engagement ring from our Le Desir Collection features a captivating 3 carat radiant cut yellow diamond and two exquisite trapezoid cut side diamonds.

Three stone engagement rings that feature colorful diamond or gemstones are lush and vibrant, making them an eye-catching three stone option. Colorful three stone engagement rings can feature one colored gemstone as their center stone, two colorful side stones, or three colorful gemstones.

Fancy Shaped Three Stone Diamond Engagement Rings

Fancy shaped diamond three stone rings have a distinctively captivating look that makes them feel highly personal. This style of three stone ring tends to lean one of two ways: either more classic or more modern in style.

Emerald cut diamonds stun in this chic three stone engagement ring design.

This three stone emerald cut diamond engagement ring shows off a more classic fancy shaped three stone design. This 14k white gold ring features three emerald cut diamonds and a beautifully proportioned channel set diamond band, giving it an elegant and somewhat retro look.

The Clara Halo Diamond Engagement Ring is a contemporary beauty.

This halo three stone pear shaped diamond ring provides an excellent example of how striking and gorgeous a more modern fancy shaped three stone design can be. Here, a pear shaped diamond rests in a halo setting atop a rose gold band. This glamorous centerpiece is accented by more petite round cut side diamonds, which make the center stone look even more bold and breathtaking.

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Interested in seeing even more beautiful, meaningful three stone setting styles? Browse our full collection of three stone engagement rings. Or, if you’re interested in browsing other traditional engagement ring styles, browse our complete fine jewelry collection, which includes round brilliant cut solitaire engagement rings, princess cut diamond solitaire rings, halo engagement rings, diamond band engagement rings, diamond wedding bands, classic bridal sets, and our gemstone ring collection, which features a wide selection of gemstone engagement rings and birthstone rings.

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July 3, 2020

6 Timeless Push Presents that Sparkle

A push present is a gift that’s given to a new mother to commemorate the birth of a child. Push presents, typically given by the new father, are a way to celebrate a momentous occasion and make your partner feel special and loved. A push present can be any number of gifts, but the most popular choice for push presents is fine jewelry. Fine jewelry is a beautiful and thoughtful gift that the recipient can treasure for a lifetime, so it makes sense that so many people choose to give jewelry for their love’s push gift.

If you’re considering gifting a precious new piece of jewelry, you may be wondering which type of jewelry you should select. We’re here to help! Below, we’re featuring some classic, highly desired fine jewelry pieces that any new mom would adore. Read on to see our list of six timeless push presents that sparkle.

1. Gemstone Stud Earrings

Gemstone stud earrings are classic, gorgeous, and very easy to personalize, making them a wonderful option for a push present. When gifting gemstone earrings, you can choose a gemstone that you think your significant other would love the look of. Or, you can go more sentimental and choose either your partner’s birthstone or your new baby’s birthstone.

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2. A Wedding Ring

A new wedding ring that your partner can add to their wedding stack is a gift she’ll adore wearing day after day. With this push gift idea, you can choose to gift an upgraded version of her current wedding ring or give her an entirely new style that will help her switch up her look. Whichever option you choose, note that engraving a ring that you give as a push present is always a lovely finishing touch.

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3. Diamond Stud Earrings

Diamond studs are arguably the most timeless and highly desired type of fine jewelry. So if your significant other doesn’t already own a pair of diamond stud earrings, she’ll be thrilled to receive a pair as her push present.

Diamond studs come in a wide variety of styles. If you’re unsure of which style to choose for your partner, a pair of round cut diamond studs in prong settings is generally a safe bet, since this is the most popular style for diamond studs. If your significant other has a more unique sense of style, you may also want to consider selecting fancy shaped diamonds for her studs, such as oval cut, pear shaped, emerald cut, or marquise cut diamonds.

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4. Tennis Bracelet

A diamond tennis bracelet is a push present that will take her breath away. Tennis bracelets, which feature an endless ring of shimmering diamonds, are absolutely gorgeous and enduringly classic.

When selecting a tennis bracelet to gift, you have many styles to choose from. You can opt for a highly traditional style, such as the 3 carat total weight round cut diamond tennis bracelet pictured above. Or, you can go for something more distinctive and unexpected, like a channel set style or a tennis bracelet with graphic motifs.

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5. Initial Pendant Necklace

Initial pendant necklaces are chic, wearable, and sweet. The initial style allows you to easily customize her necklace and make it a personalized and meaningful keepsake. A popular customization choice for initial pendant necklaces given as push presents is the baby’s first initial. Some other lovely options include the mother’s first initial or a series of initials (such as your initial, the mother’s initial, and the initial of your little one). You can also spell out a message or a word with an initial necklace, like “XO” or “MOM.”

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6. Black Diamond Ring

If your partner has an eye for fashion or glamour, a black diamond ring is a wonderful push present idea. Black diamonds are boldly gorgeous, making them an excellent option for a woman who loves to stand out from the crowd. Then, they’re also fitting for a push present because of their lovely meaning. Black diamonds symbolize inner strength, love, and eternal connection.

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Looking for more push present gift ideas to help you pamper the new mom in your life and thank her for all her hard work? Browse our Jewelry Gift Guide to discover more beautiful, handmade fine jewelry pieces that are perfect for gifting. Our Gift Guide is full of the best gifts to give for push gifts, for Mother’s Day, for a baby shower, or for any other special occasion. Browse our Gift Guide by occasion or price to discover dazzling diamond earrings, chic bangles, heart shaped necklaces, gemstone pieces, sterling silver jewelry, and much more.

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July 1, 2020

Our Most Pinned Rings on Pinterest

Pinterest is the go-to place for soon-to-be-engaged couples to get engagement ring inspiration. With so many engagement ring styles to peruse on Pinterest, we feel lucky that so many people have shown Diamond Wish rings love on the site! To celebrate that love, in this post we’re taking a closer look at our most pinned rings on Pinterest. Whether you’re looking for a vintage-inspired style, a unique alternative engagement ring, or an utterly glam halo design, our most pinned rings are here to inspire!

Emilia Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

 

The glamour and gorgeous detail of the Emilia Halo Diamond Engagement Ring has earned it a place on many Pinterest boards. This halo engagement ring, crafted from romantic rose gold, features an ornate vintage-inspired band adorned with milgrain and dozens of accent diamonds.

Aquamarine and Diamond Ring

A 2.75 carat aquamarine captivates at the center of our highly pinned Aquamarine and Diamond Ring. The glittering blue beauty of this ring’s featured aquamarine is complemented by a brilliant, twisted diamond band, which adds a classic touch to this unique engagement ring.

Skylar Black Diamond Engagement Ring

The Skylar Black Diamond Engagement Ring is mysterious, bold, and luxe. This engagement ring features a mesmerizing 1 carat round cut black diamond, which is enclosed within the pointed prongs of a dazzling white diamond halo setting. Perfectly matched accent diamonds shimmer on this Pinterest-worthy ring’s 14 karat white gold band, ensuring that it will draw eyes from every angle.

Taylor Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

With its uniquely glamorous look, the Taylor Halo Diamond Engagement Ring has found numerous fans on Pinterest. This yellow gold engagement ring features a breathtaking oval cut center diamond and a dazzling array of accent diamonds. Pave set diamonds create stunning scintillation on this ring’s halo setting and elegant, twisted band.

Skylar Halo Morganite Engagement Ring

Meet our most popular engagement ring on Pinterest: the Skylar Halo Morganite Engagement Ring. It’s easy to see why the Skylar ring has so many admirers. This stunning halo design features a romantic and eye-catching center stone, a 1 carat marquise cut morganite, which looks simply sublime against the ring’s 14k rose gold setting. Pave diamond accents glimmer across this ring’s halo setting and slim rose gold band, adding an enchanting shimmer that will make your heart skip a beat every time you glance down at your ring.

Unique Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This Unique Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring is an elegant and classic halo style with a distinctive touch: its center diamond. This ring’s breathtaking oval cut center stone adds an unexpected element to this dazzling design. The lovely shape of this ring’s center diamond is echoed by an oval shaped diamond halo, while perfectly matched pave diamonds rest upon the ring’s band.

Skylar Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

This Pinterest favorite has a rare, captivating beauty. The Skylar Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring is halo style that features a mesmerizing pear shaped blue sapphire at its center. Accent diamonds rest upon this ring’s glamorous halo setting and white gold band, adding a bright white brilliance that makes the design’s center gemstone look even richer and luxe.

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Looking for even more Pinterest-worthy ring inspo? Browse our full collection of handcrafted engagement rings and wedding rings. Our bridal collection features engagement rings and wedding bands in a wide range of classic styles, including classic solitaire diamond rings, romantic vintage-inspired designs, traditional three stone rings, diamond side stone styles, and rings with split shank bands. Our collection also features a range of unique engagement rings and wedding rings, such as Art Deco era inspired designs, colorful gemstone rings, and a vast array of fancy shaped diamond designs, including cushion cut, emerald cut, princess cut, and asscher cut styles.

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May 29, 2020

6 Ideas for a Staycation With Your Bae — Staying Home

Around this time of year, many of us would usually be jetting off with our partners to enjoy a relaxing vacation getaway together. But, instead, most of us are spending our time at home and practicing social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the coronavirus may have taken your vacation plans off the table for the time being, it’s still so important to prioritize carving out time in your schedule to relax and connect with your partner like you would on a vacation. When life is stressful and hectic, it’s even more important to make sure that you and your significant other de-stress, connect with one another, and practice self-care. So, to help you do that while staying home during COVID-19, we’ve put together this list of ways you can make your time spent at home feel more like a staycation. Read on to see our 6 ideas for having a staycation with your bae when you’re staying at home!

Connect Over Coffee

When you’re on vacation, you probably have your morning coffee alongside your partner as you both enjoy a leisurely start to your day. So to get a bit of that calm morning vibe when you’re at home, consider setting up some dedicated time in the morning to unwind and connect over coffee. It may not always be possible to spend a long time together in the morning if you need to get to work, but you can probably carve out some time (especially if you no longer need to dedicate time to a commute). And that will be time well-spent, since starting your day by spending a bit of quality time with your love can make you both feel happier, more relaxed, and more connected.

Have a Peaceful Picnic

Make brunch, lunch, or dinner feel more fun by having a peaceful picnic at home. If you have a backyard, take advantage of your outdoor space and enjoy a picnic out in nature. Grab some picnic fare, a blanket, and maybe a board game or two, and enjoy some unwinding out in the lovely spring break season weather. If you don’t have a yard, you can still enjoy this staycation idea by making your living room into a DIY indoor picnic space. As long as you have a blanket and some picnic-ready foods, you can have a calm, relaxing picnic wherever you are.

If you like this idea and want to take it a step further, you can also consider camping at home. If you have a tent and/or some sleeping bags, you can simulate a National Park excursion and have a mini camping getaway right in your own home.

Do Yoga Together

Want to boost your mood, improve your health, and feel amazing while connecting with your significant other? Do yoga with your partner at home. Yoga can amp up your physical fitness while also improving your mental health, since it’s an excellent way to destress and practice mindfulness. And, of course, doing yoga also releases endorphins, which makes you feel happier. To make your at-home yoga session with your partner feel a bit more like it would if you were at a fancy yoga studio, consider switching up the lighting in your practice space. Softening the light in your home by dimming your lights or closing your curtains can improve the ambiance of your space, making your at-home yoga session even better.

Cocktails and Convos

You may not be able to hit the hotel bar this spring, since most bars are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, you can still enjoy some romantic cocktails and conversation with your love at home. To make an at-home cocktail date feel elevated and special, set the scene. Light some candles, put on a great playlist, put out flowers if you have them, and get dressed up like you’re getting ready for a night on the town. Then, enjoy bonding with your partner over some homemade craft cocktails.

Read and Relax

If you and your love are bibliophiles, reading and relaxing together is a lovely day-off activity. With this idea, you can hang out together while reading your own books, so you’re spending quality time together while you each get to do something you want to do.

Travel Via Cookbooks

One way to explore world culture is to try new cuisines. So if you and your partner like to cook, you can get a taste of world travel through trying new recipes. If you already have cookbooks at home, now is a great time to start working through them. And if you don’t, you can order a few online or find some new recipes on the many excellent cooking blogs across the internet. Trying out new dishes from different cultures is a great way to explore those cultures, helping you experience more of the world while you’re stuck in lockdown. Then, it’s also a great way to make your everyday routine more fun, exciting, and novel.

If you want to make this staycation idea even more immersive, consider seeing if you can pair your cuisine with a complementary virtual tour. There are many museums, landmarks, aquariums, and zoos around the world that are currently offering virtual tours and livestreams online. For example, some popular virtual destinations are the Louvre, the Great Wall of China, and the San Diego Zoo. If you, say, pair that new French dish you’re trying with a virtual stroll around the Louvre, that can make your staycation meal all the more fun and interesting. And taking a few virtual tours may help you decide where you and your love will want to travel next once the travel restrictions are lifted it’s safe to travel again.

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