August 30, 2019

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas: Grateful Sentiments

It’s a tradition to give your bridesmaids gifts to show them how much you appreciate their support throughout the wedding planning process. But what should you gift your bridesmaids? We always recommend gifting something that’s both personal and precious. You want to give your bridesmaids something that’s tailored to them, but also something that they’ll be able to wear for years to come.

Luckily for those searching for the perfect bridesmaid gifts, there are so many pieces of jewelry that are gorgeous, sentimental, and customizable— yet still affordable! Below, check out some of our favorite bridesmaid gift ideas that your bridesmaids will adore.

Initial Necklaces

Initial necklaces are a classic bridesmaid gift for good reason. They’re chic, wearable, and so easy to personalize. You can personalize the letter you use for each bridesmaid and you can also personalize your choice of precious metal. When you gift your bridesmaids monogram necklaces, each bridesmaid will have something beautiful and timeless, yet perfectly “them.”

Colorful Gemstone Studs

Gemstone stud earrings are, of course, gorgeous. But they’re also incredibly easy to personalize! You can personalize gemstone studs in one of two ways: by gifting each bridesmaid with earrings customized represent your wedding or by gifting each bridesmaid gemstone earrings personalized to them.

If you want to give each bridesmaid the same set of gemstone earrings, we love the idea of gifting gemstones that feature one of your wedding colors. Or, play off a wedding classic and give them a little “something blue” to wear by gifting blue sapphire studs. If you want to gift your bridesmaids personalized studs, you can choose gemstones in their favorite color or go with each bridesmaid’s birthstone.

Diamond Studs

Last up, we have a gift idea that every bridesmaid, maid of honor, or mother of the bride would adore: diamond studs. Diamond studs are a true jewelry classic. They go with anything, from jeans and a t-shirt to a ball gown— or a bridesmaid’s dress!

Diamond studs are also extraordinarily easy to customize. Browse our preset diamond earrings page and you’ll see that you can find the diamond studs of your dreams (or your bridesmaids’ dreams!) with just a few clicks. You can sort by diamond shape, setting style, and precious metal to find exactly the studs you’re looking for. On our diamond earrings page, you’ll also see that you can find every style of earring in a wide range of prices. You can go big and bold if your budget allows it or gift each bridesmaid a more delicate pair of diamond studs to fit a smaller budget.

No matter what style of diamond stud you choose, you can be sure of one thing: diamond studs are a gift your bridesmaids will treasure for a lifetime.

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August 30, 2019

Top Anniversary Gift Ideas — Fall in Love Again

Anniversaries are something to truly treasure. They’re a celebration of your successful partnership as a married couple, a time to cherish the years you’ve spent helping each other through all of life’s ups and downs. They’re also a time to remember your everlasting love and devotion for one another, and fall in love all over again.

Anniversary gifts are meant to express your gratitude and love for your partner, which is why jewelry is always a top choice. Jewelry is inherently romantic. When you gift jewelry, you’re giving a gift that says, “I love you.” And while jewelry is a sentimental gift, it’s also practical. Jewelry is something that can be worn and treasured for years to come.

There are many different types of jewelry that will “wow” your partner on your wedding anniversary. In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorites. Here are our top anniversary gift ideas that will have you both falling in love all over again.

An Initial Pendant

The pave diamond set initial pendant pictured above is one of our favorite gift ideas for anniversaries. Initial pendants are classic, chic, and highly wearable. They’re also very easy to customize, which makes them a sweet, sentimental gift.

When you customize your initial pendant, you can choose the letter of your spouse’s name, the letter of your name, or get a bit creative. We love initial pendants that send a message, like the sweet “xo” message pictured above.

An Anniversary Band

Anniversary bands are a top gift choice for big milestone anniversaries, like the 5th anniversary or the 10th anniversary. But, really, an anniversary band is a beautiful gift that she’ll adore no matter which anniversary it’s tied to.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of an anniversary band, it’s a new wedding band you gift your partner on your anniversary. This wedding band can replace your original wedding band or simply be worn alongside it. When you shop for an anniversary band, think about how this new band will work with her engagement ring and existing wedding band. While some people decide to only wear their new anniversary band, others may want the option to stack all their rings. Choose an anniversary band that would pair well with her other bridal jewelry so she can choose how she wants to wear it.

A Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Diamond tennis bracelets are an anniversary gift that will set her heart on fire. Tennis bracelets are timeless and extraordinarily beautiful. A tennis bracelet is an anniversary gift she will truly never forget.

When it comes to tennis bracelets, you have many options to choose from. You can go with a classic tennis bracelet that features an infinite ring of diamonds. Or, go with something a bit more sentimental, like a tennis bracelet that features interlocking hearts. Browse our diamond tennis bracelet collection to see just how many different styles you have to choose from, then choose the style that would be perfect for her.

Diamond Stud Earrings

Is there any piece of jewelry more classic than a pair of diamond studs? Diamond studs are stunningly beautiful and so incredibly easy to wear. They’re something that every woman wants to have in their jewelry collection. If your spouse doesn’t own a pair of diamond studs, she’ll be thrilled to receive them on your wedding anniversary. Even if she does already own a pair of diamond studs, you can gift her an upgraded pair (or a pair in a different style) to help her seriously elevate her jewelry box.

As a side note, while diamond stud earrings are an excellent gift for any woman, they’re a particularly appropriate gift idea for new moms. Diamond studs are something than can add beauty to her everyday life— and also something a little one won’t be able to tug at, like they could with a necklace or a bracelet.

Looking for even more gift ideas for your wedding anniversary? View our Gift Guide and browse by price or occasion.

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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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March 19, 2019

Jewelry for Mom: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is the day to show your mother just how much you love and appreciate her. And what better way to do that than with a beautiful new piece of jewelry? Jewelry is something your mother can enjoy for a lifetime. Every time she wears her gift, she’ll think of you and remember how much you love her. Not sure what kind of jewelry you should give to your mother this year? Our Mother’s Day Gift Guide has tons of ideas she’ll love. With a range of elegant, wearable jewelry for mom, this guide has something for every mother.

Pendant Necklaces

A pendant necklace is the perfect gift for her this Mother’s Day. Pendant necklaces are gorgeous, yet incredibly easy to wear. Pendant necklaces can be worn to elevate a casual outfit or complement black tie attire.

For a classic pendant necklace option, consider a diamond pendant necklace, like this chic round brilliant diamond and yellow gold pendant.

If you think your mom would appreciate something a bit more colorful, consider a sapphire pendant. Sapphires are sophisticated, regal, and simply lovely.

Our gemstone and diamond pendant necklaces can all be customized, allowing you to create personalized necklaces for mom. You can customize a gemstone or diamond charm necklace for mom, choosing your own shape, stone, and setting to create something as unique as her.

Custom Earrings

Tell your mom “I love you” with a pair of luxurious custom earrings. Our diamond stud earrings and diamond dangle earrings can be completely customized. You can choose your diamond shape, diamond size, diamond quality, and earring setting to create personalized jewelry for mom this mother’s day.

Our gemstone earrings can also be customized. You can choose from blue sapphires, pink sapphires, emeralds, or rubies and pair your chosen gemstones with the setting you think she’d love most, creating custom gemstone earrings for mom.

Colorful Jewelry

Does your mother have a more vibrant sense of style? Consider adding a dash of luxe color to her jewelry collection with a colorful gemstone piece.

Sapphire rings are a top choice this mother’s day. Sapphires are elegant and timeless, and they look stunning in so many different styles. You might consider choosing a more minimalistic sapphire ring for her this Mother’s Day or go with a fun, glam cocktail option like the Charleston Ring pictured above.

We have so many colorful jewelry options, many of which are customizable. You can create a personalized ring for mom and select from an array of colored diamonds and vibrant gemstones for her center stone. Our custom jewelry for mom allows you to create a ring, a necklace, or pair of earrings that are perfectly suited to her.

Tennis Bracelets

Tennis bracelets are luxurious, classic, and simply stunning. If you want to wow her this Mother’s Day, a tennis bracelet is the perfect choice.

For a classic tennis bracelet, consider choosing one with round diamonds set in yellow gold, like the beautiful diamond tennis link bracelet pictured above.

Want to see even more jewelry for mom? Check out our Mother’s Day Deals Gift Guide page to see our best deals on our finely crafted luxury jewelry for Mother’s Day.

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March 19, 2019

Tips for Buying an Emerald Cut Diamond

Emerald cut diamonds have a timeless elegance. Their sophisticated shape and unique, flashing facets give them a chic, unforgettable beauty. But when shopping for an emerald cut diamond, there are some special considerations to keep in mind. In this post, we’ll discuss all our top tips for buying an emerald cut diamond to help you pick the emerald cut diamond that’s right for you. We’ll cover what defines the emerald cut, what to look for when considering emerald cut diamond qualities, emerald cut diamond prices, and which setting styles are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds.

Know the Cut: What is An Emerald Cut Diamond?

Emerald cut diamonds are shaped like rectangles with cut corners. Like many other diamond shapes, emerald cut diamonds have 57 or 58 facets. But unlike most other diamond shapes, the facets on an emerald cut diamond are step cut, rather than brilliant cut. Step cut facets are larger, more linear facets that are arranged symmetrically. The step cuts of an emerald cut diamond are what give it its signature flashing, “hall of mirrors” effect.

Emerald cut diamonds are often confused for asscher cut diamonds and radiant cut diamonds. The asscher cut diamond is also rectangular and step cut, but you can tell it apart from an emerald cut diamond by noting the asscher cut’s X-shaped facet pattern that runs across its table. Radiant diamonds share the same shape as emerald cut diamonds (rectangular with cut corners) but are brilliant cut, so they don’t feature the same symmetrical, linear facets of emerald cut diamonds.

The 4Cs of Emerald Cut Diamonds

Understanding the 4Cs (clarity, cut, color, and carat) of diamonds is important before buying any diamond. But with emerald cut diamonds, there are some special considerations you should keep in mind. In this next section, we’ll cover the 4Cs of emerald cut diamonds and tell you everything you need to know about emerald cut diamond qualities so you can make an informed choice when buying.

Clarity is Key for Emerald Cut Diamonds

While most experts agree that cut is the most important diamond quality across all diamond shapes, clarity is also very important in emerald cut diamonds. The step cuts of the emerald diamond allow you to see more clearly into the center of the diamond. This gives emerald cut diamonds a unique beauty, but can also make internal flaws much easier to see. So, when buying an emerald cut diamond, you should consider selecting one with a higher clarity grade.

Cut and Emerald Cut Diamonds

Cut is important for every diamond shape and emerald cut diamonds are no exception. Cut is a grading of how well a diamond is cut. If a diamond is cut poorly, it won’t reflect and refract light well, making it look dull and lifeless. So, just like with every other diamond shape, don’t sacrifice on cut when selecting an emerald cut diamond.

Carat Weight and Emerald Cut Diamonds

While many people think that carat is a measurement of a diamond’s size, diamond carat is actually a weight measurement. However, diamond carat can give you an idea of the size of a diamond, as the heavier it is, the more mass it will have.

One advantage of emerald cut diamonds is that they look larger per carat than many other diamond shapes, due to having more of their surface area on their table (the top of the diamond). So, a 1 carat emerald diamond will usually look larger than a 1 carat round diamond.

Color and Emerald Cut Diamonds

For emerald cut diamonds, you should think about color in the same way you would with any other diamond shape. As with other diamond shapes, there’s really no “right” color to choose when selecting an emerald cut diamond. D, E, and F color emerald diamonds will be the most colorless— but also the most expensive. Because of this, many people are happy with G or H color emerald cut diamonds, which have a slightly warmer color but are still near colorless and are much less expensive.

Emerald Cut Diamond Special Consideration: Length, Width, and Depth Ratios

The length to width ratio of an emerald cut diamond can make it look either longer or more square. Generally, ratios of 1.45 to 1.55 are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds. But if you prefer a longer or more square emerald cut diamond, you can certainly get one. The length to width ratio of an emerald diamond doesn’t effect its beauty, only its shape. So, do some browsing and see which length to width ratio you love the most.

However, something that does have an effect on an emerald cut diamond’s beauty is its depth ratio. For the most brilliant emerald cut diamond, look for a depth percentage of 60% to 70% of the diamond’s width.

Emerald Cut Diamond Pricing

Emerald cut diamonds are one of the rarer diamond shapes, which can make them more expensive. However, their larger table surface area means they look larger per carat than many other diamond shapes. So, you can often go with a slightly lower carat to help an emerald cut diamond fit into your budget, while not necessarily sacrificing on its visual impact.

To give you a general idea of what an emerald cut diamond costs, know that a 1 carat emerald cut diamond will usually cost somewhere between $1,400 to $6,000. The cost of an emerald cut diamond, like any diamond shape, will vary greatly depending on its quality. The better the quality, the higher the price.

Emerald Cut Diamond Settings: Which Setting Style Looks the Best With Emerald Cut Diamonds?

Choosing a setting for your emerald cut diamond is really a matter of personal preference. There’s no “best” setting for an emerald cut diamond. You should simply choose the ring setting you think would pair best with your diamond.

But with that said, there are two types of settings that are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds: solitaire and halo settings. Solitaire settings let the pure beauty of an emerald cut diamond take full focus, while halo settings amp up their glamour. Of course, you don’t have to choose one of these settings if you’d prefer another style, like a three stone emerald cut engagement ring or a unique, modern style. When choosing a ring setting for an emerald cut diamond, just take some time to think about your own personal style and consider which type of setting you’d love the most.

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