January 17, 2020

January’s Gleaming Birthstone: Garnet Gemstone Rings

January’s birthstone is the gorgeous, gleaming garnet. January babies are lucky to have the garnet as their birthstone, since this gem is as versatile as it is beautiful. Though red is the most common (and well-known) shade of garnet, garnet can be found in an array of lovely colors, such as orange, yellow, purple, and green. Another major advantage of having garnet as your birthstone is its more affordable price. Garnets tend to be considerably more affordable than other gemstones, thanks to their abundance. So if you’re searching for birthstone jewelry and you were born in January, you can go big and bold with your birthstone– without breaking the bank.

To celebrate the vibrant and stunning January birthstone, below we’re talking a closer look at the gorgeous garnet. Read on to see some of our favorite garnet birthstone rings, to learn more about the history and meaning of garnet, and to get some practical tips on how to wear and care for garnet.

The History of the Garnet

Garnet jewelry, such as this mesmerizing Oval Garnet Ring, has been loved since the time of the Pharaohs.

Garnets are an ancient gemstone that has been worn by humans as far back as 3,000 B.C. Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were known to love red garnet necklaces and ancient Roman officials used garnet signet rings to stamp seals on important documents. In the Middle Ages, nobles and the clergy were known to love adorning themselves in garnets. Garnets have been loved throughout every era of history, including in the modern era. Some more recent examples of famous fans of garnets include Jackie Onassis, who owned an intricate garnet and diamond brooch, and Kate Middleton, who often wears a pearl and garnet ring that Prince William gifted her.

The Meaning of Garnets

The 5.20 carat garnet in this lovely Cushion Cut Garnet Ring is thought to attract health, wealth, and happiness.

Like most gemstones, garnet has had many meanings throughout the ages. The people of Ancient Greece believed that garnets could soothe angry hearts and reconcile feuding lovers. Warriors in ancient China believed that adorning a sling bow with a garnet would aid them in battle. During the Crusades, garnets were used as talismans to protect against wounds.

Today, garnets are commonly thought to be a gemstone that attracts health, wealth, and happiness to the wearer. They’re also thought to be especially lucky when worn by those born in January, since garnets are the January birthstone. In addition to being associated with January babies, garnets are associated with the second wedding anniversary, as they are the traditional second wedding anniversary gift.

How to Wear January’s Birthstone: Garnet Jewelry Options and Care Tips

Garnet looks spectacular when surrounded by white diamonds, as seen here in our Halo Garnet Diamond Ring.

There are many types of garnet jewelry for you to choose from, such as garnet rings, garnet earrings, and garnet necklaces. Garnets look lovely in a solitaire setting that lets their beauty take full focus. Then, they also look lovely when accented by other gemstones, such as diamonds. Diamonds look particularly beautiful with garnets, since their bright white shimmer makes the rich depth of a garnet truly pop.

When it comes to caring for garnet jewelry, you should generally care for it like you would other fine jewelry. Keep it stored in a safe place and, if it gets dirty, clean it gently with soap and water. However, one thing you should note about garnet is its unique hardness, which can affect how it should be stored in your jewelry box.

Garnet ranges from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This is a fairly high ranking and it means that garnet is great for everyday wear. However, garnet isn’t quite as hard as some other gemstones, like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Because diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are harder than garnets, they can scratch garnets, should these gems rub up against one another. Then, on the other side of the spectrum, garnets, with their mid-range hardness, are harder than some other gemstones. For example, a garnet could scratch an opal or a pearl. So if you have other gemstone jewelry, be mindful of where and how you store your garnet jewelry.

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December 4, 2019

The Holiday Engagement List of What to Do and Not to Do

Holiday engagements can be incredibly magical. The holidays are a beautiful time of year: lights are twinkling, snow is falling, and there’s simply a feeling of joy in the air. Then, the holidays are also a time when we tend to start thinking of the year ahead and planning for the future. These elements make the holidays a perfect time to propose, which is why so many people choose to pop the question in the winter months.

However, if you’re thinking of proposing during the holidays, there are some things you should think about to make sure your proposal goes off without a hitch. Because, though the holidays are a lovely time of year, getting down on one knee during the holidays isn’t always a foolproof plan. There are many things to take advantage of that can make your holiday proposal incredible— but also a few pitfalls to avoid. To make sure your holiday proposal is as perfect as you dream of, read on to learn the do’s and don’ts of holiday engagements!

DO: Use the Magic of the Season to Your Advantage

Proposing with an icy blue topaz engagement ring can add a magical, fairytale-feel to your holiday proposal.

The holidays are an incredibly beautiful time of year. The scenery is stunning and the holidays are full of fun and special activities. So, be sure to use the magic of the season to your advantage when you plan your proposal.

There are many ways to amp up your proposal with a bit of holiday magic. For example, you could propose in front of a gorgeous holiday display, like in front of the most festive Christmas display in your city. Or, you could incorporate the snow into your proposal by writing “will you marry me?” in a snowy bank. You could also incorporate a fun seasonal activity into your proposal by proposing while decorating your Christmas tree or while on a sleigh ride.

The key to using the magic of the season to your advantage is to get creative. Think about your sweetheart’s favorite things to do during the holidays and find a way to incorporate them into your proposal.

DON’T: Propose in Front of Family (Unless You Know She’d Love It)

Proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family can be a wonderful idea. But it can also be a terrible idea. Some people have awkward or unpleasant family dynamics. And these family dynamics can be heightened by the holidays. So if you’re thinking of proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family, we would advise you to seriously consider whether or not that’s a good idea.

If she absolutely loves being around her family during the holidays and everyone in her family always seems to get along, then proposing with her family there could be a great idea. But if there are some negative dynamics in her family (say, she has anxiety or frustration after being around her family, she has divorced parents who argue, or perhaps she has an unhappily single relative who would be overtly jealous of a proposal), you might want to reconsider proposing around them.

DO: Propose Before the End of the Holiday Season

A halo engagement ring is a glamorous and classic option that will be the center of attention at every holiday gathering.

Proposing early in the holiday season is not a requirement. However, it is a great idea, since it will make the rest of the holidays even better. If you propose before the very end of the season, you and your new fiancé will get to celebrate your engagement as you make the holiday rounds. Your friends and family will all be able to celebrate your engagement with you, which will make for many happy holiday memories.

DON’T: Make Her Wait A Long Time if She’s Expecting a Proposal

Some proposals come as a total surprise. But, sometimes, she may be expecting it. And if you think your girlfriend may be expecting a proposal during the holidays, you shouldn’t make her wait and wait. As every holiday event or activity passes by, she could get more and more frustrated if she’s expecting a proposal— but it never seems to come. So if you think, for any reason, that she could be expecting a proposal during the holidays, make sure to plan your proposal for early in the season. Use your best judgement and pick a time and date when she’ll still feel excited (rather than frustrated or annoyed) about your proposal.

Final Thoughts

A vibrant green peridot engagement ring is a unique engagement ring she’d adore receiving any time of year.

There you have it: our holiday engagement do’s and don’ts! Keep in mind that these holiday engagement tips are just guidelines. At the end of the day, you know your partner best and you should always go with your gut instinct when planning your perfect proposal.

P.S. If you’re still shopping for the perfect ring to propose with this holiday season, be sure to browse our beautiful selection of handcrafted engagement rings!

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October 31, 2019

Celebrity’s Engagement Rings: Top Push Presents

There are so many beautiful celebrity engagement rings that can offer engagement ring inspiration. But there’s another type of celeb jewelry we love to use for inspo: celebrity push presents! Many people (including celebs) present their partner with a push present, a gift given to celebrate the birth of a child. Jewelry is always a top choice for push presents, since its something that is beautiful, thoughtful, and practical. As with engagement rings, celebrities often go big with their push presents, gifting their partner with an extravagant (and gorgeous!) piece of jewelry. Wondering which celeb push presents are the most dazzling? Read on to see our list of the top celebrity push presents!

Beyonce’s Push Present: A Blue Tanzanite Ring

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After the birth of their daughter Blue Ivy, Jay-Z presented Beyonce with a truly spectacular tanzanite ring. This mesmerizing— and highly unique— ring features a blue tanzanite gemstone that is estimated to weigh between 8 and 10 carats. We love this push present because it’s stunning, but also because it’s particularly sweet. The blue color of Beyonce’s ring is a perfect tribute to her daughter Blue Ivy.

Jennifer Lopez’s Push Present: A Yellow Diamond Ring

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Jennifer Lopez is a big fan of fancy colored diamonds. She’s had two colored diamond engagement rings: a pink cushion cut diamond engagement ring, given to her by Ben Affleck, and a blue diamond engagement ring, given to her by Marc Anthony. So it was a fitting choice when Marc Anthony gifted Lopez with a custom canary yellow diamond cocktail ring after she gave birth to their twins, Max and Emme. In addition to this dazzling yellow diamond ring, Marc Anthony also gifted Lopez with a pair of diamond earrings engraved with Max and Emme’s initials.

Jessica Alba’s Push Present: A Gold and Diamond Watch

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Jessica Alba received a push present that was simply perfect for an entrepreneur like Alba: a luxury watch. After the birth of their daughter in 2011, Cash Warren gifted alba with a gold watch set with diamonds. According to In Touch magazine, Alba pick out this watch herself, then asked her husband to surprise her with a custom engraved message.

Adele’s Push Present: A Custom Golden Buddha Pendant

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Singer Adele received a unique push present from her boyfriend Simon Konecki after the birth of their son Angelo. Konecki gifted Adele with a custom designed gold necklace that features a golden Buddha charm.

Kim Kardashian’s Push Present: A Diamond Choker Necklace

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Kim Kardashian has received several push presents from her husband Kanye West. One of our favorites is the truly spectacular diamond choker necklace Kardashian received from West after the birth of their son Saint. This dazzling diamond necklace is estimated to be worth around $1 million dollars.

Kourtney Kardashian’s Push Present: A Pair of Diamond Stud Earrings

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Scott Disick presented Kourtney Kardashian with a classic push present after the birth of their second child: a glam pair of diamond stud earrings. Diamond stud earrings a classic push present for a reason. They’re gorgeous, timeless, and very wearable for new moms (unlike with a necklace, there’s no need to worry about baby tugging on your diamond studs!).

Nicole Kidman’s Push Present: A Diamond Trinity Ring

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After the birth of her first child with Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman received an elegant and classic piece of jewelry. Urban gifted his wife with a beautiful mixed metal diamond trinity ring from Cartier. This ring features three connected, overlapping bands set with dazzling pave diamonds. In addition to this chic piece, Urban gifted Kidman with a push present after the birth of their second child. For her second push present, Kidman received a cross necklace set with diamonds and emeralds.

Mariah Carey’s Push Present: A Set of White and Pink Diamond Jewelry

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In a true refection of her diva status, Mariah Carey is known to love over-the-top diamond jewelry. So it makes sense that her former husband Nick Cannon decided to deck Carey out in diamonds after she gave birth to their twins. For her push present, Cannon gifted Carey with not one, but two diamond pieces. Cannon presented Carrey with a massive pink and white diamond ring and a pink and white diamond necklace. The necklace Carey received for her push present is both glam and sweet, as it features her children’s names decked out in diamonds. Moroccan’s name is set with white diamonds, while Monroe’s name is set with fancy pink diamonds.

Rachel Zoe’s Push Present: A Cushion Cut Diamond Ring

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Stylist and fashion designer Rachel Zoe received a breathtaking gift after she gave birth to her son Skyler. As a push present, Zoe’s husband Rodger Berman presented Zoe with a halo set 10 carat cushion cut diamond ring. Zoe has gotten quite a bit of wear out of this glamorous, classic diamond ring, which she now frequently wears as her engagement ring.

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October 1, 2019

Fall Color Trends: Non-Traditional Engagement Rings

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time for fall fashion to start taking over! This year, we’ve seen a major trend in engagement rings: non-traditional engagement rings. This trend is going strong for the 2019 fall season, yet fall’s non-traditional engagement rings are showing a strong trend toward deep, rich gemstone engagement rings in autumnal colors. Wondering which colorful engagement rings are trending for fall? Read on to see our list of fall color trends for non-traditional engagement rings.

Navy

Navy has been a strong presence on fall runways across the world this year. And it seems like no coincidence that navy engagement rings are also having a major moment in the fall of 2019. While a few different gemstones can feature deep blue coloring, sapphire is by far the most popular navy-colored gemstone. Blue sapphires have a mesmerizing, deep coloring and a classic, chic style.

One of our favorite setting styles for sapphire engagement rings is the diamond halo setting. The bright white shimmer of a diamond halo perfectly complements the rich blue color of a sapphire, providing beautiful contrast that really makes a sapphire engagement ring pop.

Pinkish Red

Many shades of red are trending for fall, including numerous pink-red shades. To embrace this fall color trend, opt for a ruby engagement ring. Rubies can come in multiple stunning shades of red, including many romantic pink-red or purple-red hues. Pink-red rubies are beautifully displayed in the Art Deco-inspired Charleston Engagement Ring pictured above.

Deep Teal Blue

Navy isn’t the only blue hue that’s seen a surge in popularity for fall. Deep teal blue is also trending for fall 2019. Topaz, a stunning semi-precious gemstone, is our favorite teal gemstone. Topaz can range in color, from a bright sky blue to a deep teal blue. To get a gemstone engagement ring with fall’s popular deep teal blue color, look for a London Blue topaz, the darkest variety of this gem.

Lilac Purple

A few different shades of purple are trending for fall, including the vibrant royal lilac purple. Purple amethyst best exemplifies this magnificent shade of vibrant purple. We love diamond accents for purple amethyst engagement rings, as diamonds elevate this semi-precious gem and provide a bright white backdrop that lets amethyst’s rich color truly shine.

Scarlet

Last up in our list of fall color trends, we have scarlet, a deep and vibrant true red. To add a vibrant pop of scarlet to your engagement ring, there’s no better gemstone than a true red ruby. Our favorite engagement ring setting styles for true red rubies are antique-inspired and vintage-inspired settings. Rubies, and deep true red rubies in particular, were highly prized throughout many antique and vintage eras. So an antique or vintage-inspired setting pairs perfectly with a deep, true red ruby.

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September 24, 2019

Fall Color Trends: Non-Traditional Engagement Rings

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time for fall fashion to start taking over! This year, we’ve seen a major trend in engagement rings: non-traditional engagement rings. This trend is going strong for the 2019 fall season, yet fall’s non-traditional engagement rings are showing a strong trend toward deep, rich gemstone engagement rings in autumnal colors. Wondering which colorful engagement rings are trending for fall? Read on to see our list of fall color trends for non-traditional engagement rings.

Navy

Navy has been a strong presence on fall runways across the world this year. And it seems like no coincidence that navy engagement rings are also having a major moment in the fall of 2019. While a few different gemstones can feature deep blue coloring, sapphire is by far the most popular navy-colored gemstone. Blue sapphires have a mesmerizing, deep coloring and a classic, chic style.

One of our favorite setting styles for sapphire engagement rings is the diamond halo setting. The bright white shimmer of a diamond halo perfectly complements the rich blue color of a sapphire, providing beautiful contrast that really makes a sapphire engagement ring pop.

Ruby

Many shades of red are trending for fall, including numerous pink-red shades. To embrace this fall color trend, opt for a ruby engagement ring. Rubies can come in multiple stunning shades of red, including many romantic pink-red or purple-red hues. Pink-red rubies are beautifully displayed in the Art Deco-inspired Charleston Engagement Ring pictured above.

Deep Teal Blue

Navy isn’t the only blue hue that’s seen a surge in popularity for fall. Deep teal blue is also trending for fall 2019. Topaz, a stunning semi-precious gemstone, is our favorite teal gemstone. Topaz can range in color, from a bright sky blue to a deep teal blue. To get a gemstone engagement ring with fall’s popular deep teal blue color, look for a London Blue topaz, the darkest variety of this gem.

Lilac Purple

A few different shades of purple are trending for fall, including the vibrant royal lilac purple. Purple amethyst best exemplifies this magnificent shade of vibrant purple. We love diamond accents for purple amethyst engagement rings, as diamonds elevate this semi-precious gem and provide a bright white backdrop that lets amethyst’s rich color truly shine.

Scarlet

Last up in our list of fall color trends, we have scarlet, a deep and vibrant true red. To add a vibrant pop of scarlet to your engagement ring, there’s no better gemstone than a true red ruby. Our favorite engagement ring setting styles for true red rubies are antique-inspired and vintage-inspired settings. Rubies, and deep true red rubies in particular, were highly prized throughout many antique and vintage eras. So an antique or vintage-inspired setting pairs perfectly with a deep, true red ruby.

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