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.

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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.

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July 25, 2019

Top Gemstone Engagement Ring Trends of 2019

Gemstones are a beautiful and unique choice for your engagement ring. They can add color, distinctive style, and lovely meaning to your ring. Though diamond engagement rings are still the most popular option, gemstone engagement rings have been rapidly rising in popularity. As this trend has continued, we’ve seen many unique and exciting trends pop up within the gemstone engagement ring category. To celebrate the best of these trends (and to give you some gemstone engagement ring inspiration!), here’s our list of the top gemstone engagement ring trends of 2019.

Ruby Engagement Rings

Ruby engagement rings are one of the hottest engagement ring trends of 2019. Rubies are a gemstone classic. They’re one of the four gemstones that have have been popular since ancient times, alongside sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds. The rise in the popularity of ruby engagements is likely due to the rise in another trend: antique-style engagement rings. Rubies are the perfect choice for an antique-style engagement ring, as they were one of the most popular stones for jewelry in the antique era.

Since ancient times, rubies have been prized for their gorgeous red color and powerful meaning. Due to their deep red hue, rubies are associated with passion, love, and the heart. This deep meaning makes a ruby a lovely choice for your engagement ring’s center stone.

The ruby engagement ring set pictured above is the perfect example of an antique-inspired ruby engagement ring pairing. In the pictured engagement ring, a round ruby rests in a rose gold solitaire setting. This ring has been paired with a delicately detailed wedding band. This wedding band features vintage details like a scalloped silhouette and ornate engraving that enhance the set’s antique look.

Gemstone Engagement Rings With Unique Halos

It’s very popular to choose a diamond halo setting when selecting a setting for a gemstone engagement ring. A diamond halo always adds impact and glamour to an engagement ring. Then, they also add brilliance, which can make a gemstone engagement ring more appealing. Gemstones have beautiful color and depth. However, they’re usually lacking in brilliance when compared to diamonds. A diamond halo can amp up the sparkle of a gemstone ring. It also provides a bright white backdrop that makes a deeper gemstone “pop.”

A big trend within the halo set gemstone ring category is unique halo settings. A traditional diamond halo setting surrounds the ring’s center stone, echoing its shape. However, there are many types of halo settings that can add unique style to your engagement ring.

One of our favorite unique halo settings is the Charleston setting, pictured above with a center emerald. The Charleston setting is romantic, geometric dream. This setting features one traditional halo that is echoed by second halo comprised of diamonds in varying shapes. Larger round diamonds and tapered baguette diamonds spring from the inner halo to create an eye-catching starburst effect. Unique halo settings like the Charleston setting are perfect for those looking to add even more distinctive beauty to their gemstone engagement ring.

Crystal Vibes

In years past, those who chose gemstone engagement rings often stuck to traditional gemstones like sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Today, however, brides-to-be seem to be looking for much more variety. This has led to our next big trend: semi-precious gemstone engagement rings.

Semi-precious gemstones have been used in jewelry for thousands of years. They come in so many different colors and textures, which makes them extremely versatile. Semi-precious gemstones are also popularly used in crystal healing, which is perhaps another reason they’ve become more commonly used in engagement rings. Every crystal is associated with different properties. So, selecting a crystal gemstone for your engagement ring gives you an opportunity to add unique meaning to your engagement ring.

Beyond adding beauty and meaning to an engagement ring, semi-precious gemstones have another benefit: their price. Semi-precious gemstones tend to be much more affordable than precious gemstones, which makes them great for those shopping on a budget. Or, just for those who would prefer to spend less on their engagement ring. Semi-precious gemstones are still beautiful and durable, yet offer a big price advantage.

One of our favorite semi-precious stones for engagement rings is aquamarine. Aquamarine is a crystal-clear, light blue gemstone. This gorgeous gemstone is associated with good luck, trust, and truth. It’s also associated with the sea, so it’s a popular choice for those with a connection to the ocean.

The Skylar Aquamarine Engagement Ring, pictured above, shows how glamorous a unique semi-precious gemstone ring can be. In this design, a soft blue emerald cut aquamarine is surrounded by a glittering diamond halo. More diamonds rest along this ring’s slim yellow gold band, adding to the brilliance of the engagement ring.

Morganite and Rose Gold

Our list of the top gemstone engagement ring trends of 2019 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning morganite. This millennial pink gemstone has been incredibly popular in recent years, due to its lovely color and attractive price. Morganite is particularly popular when paired with rose gold, a blush pink precious metal that perfectly complements the color of morganite.

You can see just how beautiful morganite looks with rose gold in the ring pictured above. In the Melanie Morganite Engagement Ring, a cushion cut morganite rests in a unique halo setting. This halo setting is comprised of rose gold petals set with pave diamonds, which together create a floating diamond shape. This beautifully detailed halo rests atop a delicately detailed band. This ring’s rose gold band features engraving and is set with sparkling white diamonds that add brilliance to this enchanting ring.

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June 25, 2019

July’s Birthstone History: The Ruby

The Charleston Ring showcases a beautiful ruby in a unique, antique-style halo setting that’s fit for a queen.

If you’re a July baby, you’re lucky to have the regal ruby as your birthstone. Throughout the ages, rubies been prized for their incredible red color and their powerful meaning. In various cultures, rubies have been thought to bring their wearer passion, love, energy, health, and power. Want to know more about July’s birthstone history? In this post, we’re telling you the history of the ruby and highlighting some of our favorite ruby engagement rings along the way!

The History of The Ruby

Rubies Before Human Discovery

Rubies take between 2 and 3 million years to form in the earth’s crust, so they’ve been around since before the dawn of humanity. Rubies actually have the same development time as sapphires since, technically, they’re the made of the same mineral as sapphires. Rubies and sapphires are both made of corundum. So what’s the difference between the two? When rubies form, they’re exposed to chromium, which gives them their unique, breathtaking red color.

Ruby deposits have been found in many places in the world, including Myanmar, Thailand, Srilanka, Cambodia, Pakistan, Madagascar, Kenya, Maloui, and Tanzania.

Rubies in Ancient Times

Rubies have been loved by people since they were first discovered in ancient times. We know this because rubies were mentioned in many ancient historical texts, including in the Bible (there are actually four mentions of rubies in the Bible) and in the Roman scholar Pliny’s Natural History.

Rubies have been valued in both Eastern and Western Culture. The ancient Sanskrit word for ruby is “ratnaraj,” which means “king of precious stones.” In ancient India, it was thought that rubies allowed their wearer to live in peace with their enemies. In the western world, European royalty has always favorited rubies. Medieval Europeans believed that rubies brought their wearer wisdom, good health, money, and love.

Rubies in Antique and Vintage Eras

The Elise Ring has a retro-era vintage style, thanks to its twisted rose gold band and glamorous emerald cut center ruby.

Rubies look at-home in antique and vintage designs, as the richly red ruby was very popular throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll find that many vintage and antique era engagement rings feature gemstones such as rubies, as diamonds only became the most popular choice for engagement rings in the mid 20th century.

Rubies Today

An oval cut ruby stars in this unique engagement ring, the Skylar Ring. Here, the featured ruby rests modern-style halo setting.

Rubies are just as valuable in modern times as they have been throughout history. Today, rubies are a popular choice for luxurious fashion jewelry and unique engagement rings. The high durability of rubies makes them an excellent choice for an engagement ring. Rubies rank at a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of harness, which means that only a diamond is harder than a ruby. The lovely meaning of rubies (which are thought to bring their wearer love, passion, and protection) also makes them particularly appropriate for engagement rings.

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