January 31, 2020

Classic Blue Jewelry: 2020 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year is the beautiful Classic Blue, a deep shade of true blue. Pantone describes Classic Blue as “reminiscent of the sky at dusk.” Though, to us, it’s also reminiscent of some of our favorite gemstones! The calming, timeless color of Classic Blue is perfectly reflected in blue sapphires and London Blue topaz, two gemstones that have a timelessness of their own. These blue gemstones have long been associated with royalty, loyalty, faith, and stability. The meaning of blue sapphires and blue topaz fit perfectly with Pantone’s description of Classic Blue as a “reassuring, dependable, and stable” color.

Looking to add a bit of the Color of the Year’s calming elegance to your jewelry box? Read on to see some of our favorite ways to wear Classic Blue. 

Classic Blue Sapphire Rings

Blue sapphires perfectly echo the color of the sky at dusk, just like Classic Blue. One of our favorite ways to wear a classic blue sapphire is in an elegant sapphire ring that features diamond accents. White diamonds beautifully complement the depth of a blue sapphire. A white diamond’s bright, shimmering radiance makes a blue sapphire look even more rich and colorful.

Classic halo settings, which follow the shape of a piece’s center stone, are a lovely choice for sapphire jewelry. Then, another stunning option is a floral diamond halo, like the one pictured above. Floral halos are a romantic, timeless choice for a sapphire engagement ring or a sapphire cocktail ring. While floral halos are always a classic option, they’ve been even more popular in recent years, thanks to Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire engagement ring, which features a floral halo setting.

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Classic Blue Sapphire Stud Earrings

Solitaire stud earrings are a chic and sophisticated way to wear a classic blue sapphire. A pair of blue sapphire studs can add the perfect pop of color to any ensemble. For a more modern or streamlined look, we recommend going with a bezel setting for your blue sapphire studs, as seen above. For a more classic look, opt for a four prong basket setting. Then, if you want a more glamorous effect, we recommend forgoing a solitaire setting and selecting a halo setting that will give you added brilliance.

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Classic Blue Topaz Engagement Rings

Blue topaz ranges in color from a clear, sky blue to a deep, midnight blue. London Blue topaz, the deepest shade of blue topaz, is the color that best emulates Pantone’s Classic Blue.

London Blue topaz looks gorgeous in many types of jewelry. However, we will say that one of our current favorites types of London Blue topaz jewelry is a London Blue topaz engagement ring. Blue topaz is associated with calmness, peacefulness, and inspiration, which makes it a lovely and meaningful choice for your engagement ring.

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Classic Blue Sapphire Pendant Necklace

Last up in our list of Classic Blue jewelry, we have blue sapphire pendants. A blue sapphire pendant is incredibly elegant, classic, and beautiful. A blue sapphire necklace can be worn on its own to add a touch of timeless elegance to an outfit. Or, it can also add a gorgeous pop of color to an intricate layered look.

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January 23, 2020

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her Personality

The key to giving a great Valentine’s Day gift is to think carefully about your sweetheart’s unique personality and tastes. Fine jewelry of any kind is always appreciated, but fine jewelry that perfectly suits her style is something she’ll adore. To help you find the perfect unique Valentine’s Day gift for her personality, below we’re featuring our top unique Valentine’s Day gifts in every style category!

For the Modern Woman

If your sweetheart favors streamlined, yet bold clothes and accessories, a modern-style piece of jewelry is perfect for her. When it comes to modern jewelry, you can either go ultra minimalistic or opt for something a bit more unique. If you’re looking for a more unique and bold piece of modern jewelry, we’d recommend a blue topaz ring, like the beautiful halo set blue topaz cocktail ring pictured above.

For the Classic Woman

If you’re shopping for a woman with a classic sense of style, we have the perfect gift idea for her: a pair of round diamond studs. Round diamond studs are gorgeous, timeless, and incredibly wearable; they’re simply a can’t-go-wrong Valentine’s Day gift if your partner has a traditional sense of style.

For the Hopeless Romantic

If your Valentine is a romantic at heart, embrace the over-the-top romance of the holiday and opt for a heart-shaped ring. One of our current favorite heart-shaped rings is the Alice Ring, pictured above. This charming ring features a romantic rose gold setting, a lovely twisted band, and a glamorous heart-shaped diamond halo.

For the Trendy Woman

If your partner is always on top of the latest fashion trends, go for a trending jewelry style. Our top trending jewelry recommendation for 2020 is an initial pendant necklace. Initial pendants are one of the trendiest accessories of the year. However, they also happen to be quite classic. So, initial pendants are at once trendy and classic, making them a great gift option for someone with an eye for trends. She’ll be able to enjoy wearing her initial necklace now, while it’s a hot trending item, but will also be able to keep it in rotation for years to come.

For the Unique and Bold Woman

Does your Valentine like to stand out? Does she hate blending in with the crowd? If so, go for an ultra unique piece of jewelry, like a pair of black diamond studs. Black diamond studs are elegant and beautiful, yet they’re also inherently striking and bold. A pair of black diamond studs is mysterious, eye-catching, and utterly unique, just like the unique and bold woman.

For the Trend Setter

If your partner likes to experiment with her style, go for something a bit adventurous, like a piece from our Her Collection. Our Her Collection is filled with modern, luxurious designs in a wide array of styles. There, you’ll find gorgeous gemstone and diamond pieces that range from chic and minimalistic to highly detailed and distinctive. Our Her Collection also includes many designs that blend style elements from different categories, such as the earrings pictured above. These earrings are at once modern and romantic, giving them a uniquely beautiful look.

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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 22, 2019

The Beautiful Blue December Stone: Blue Topaz

They say that wearing your birthstone can bring good luck. And if you were born in December, your lucky birthstone is the beautiful, shimmering blue topaz! In addition to being beautiful, blue topaz is also meaningful. Today and throughout the ages, blue topaz has been a symbol of love, peace, joy, and much more. In this post, we’re celebrating the beautiful blue December stone by taking a closer look at this gem’s history and many deep meanings. Then, we’ll also close out this post with some handy tips on how you can care for your blue topaz birthstone jewelry!

The History and Make Up of Blue Topaz

The London blue topaz in a stunning white diamond halo setting.

Blue topaz is a variety of topaz, which comes in many hues. Most historians agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios, the ancient Greek name for an island in the Red Sea that is now known as Zabargad. Despite this gemstone’s namesake, Topazios Island was never actually a source of topaz. Topazios was instead a prominent producer of peridot, a gemstone that was often confused with topaz in the past.

Topaz is formed when fluorine vapors interact with igneous rocks during the crystallization process. While topaz can naturally form in many colors, including blue, evenly and vibrantly colored topaz is quite rare. So most of the topaz sold today in jewelry has been heat treated to improve or change its color.

There are two colors of blue topaz commonly found in modern jewelry: Swiss Blue topaz and London Blue topaz. Swiss Blue topaz has a lighter sky blue color, while London Blue topaz (pictured above) has a deeper tone and saturation.

The Meaning of Blue Topaz 

A stunning Swiss round blue topaz mesmerizes and captivates in a dazzling halo setting.

Blue topaz has had many meanings (and has been associated with many properties) throughout time. In ancient Greece, people believed that topaz brought strength to the wearer. Then, ancient Romans associated topaz with Ra, the Roman god of the sun who was known as the giver of life. In Europe during the Renaissance, people believed that topaz could dispel anger and that it had to the power to break magic spells. And for hundreds of years in India, people thought that when you wore a topaz above the heart, the topaz would bring beauty, intelligence, and a long life to the wearer.

Today, blue topaz is most commonly known as the December birthstone and it is also the traditional gemstone gift given on a couple’s 4th anniversary. In modern times, blue topaz is known as a stone of love, peace, and joy, and it is also strongly associated with calming the mind. Crystal healers of today say that wearing a blue topaz can improve self-confidence, help one think through complex ideas, calm the emotions, and aid in meditation.

How to Care for Blue Topaz

A radiant cut Swiss Blue topaz dazzles in this unique halo blue topaz ring.

Blue topaz is a beautiful blue gemstone that is excellent for daily wear in jewelry. Some of the most popular ways to wear blue topaz include in engagement rings, cocktail rings, pendant necklaces, and earrings. But if you have a blue topaz piece, how should you care for your blue topaz jewelry to keep it looking beautiful day after day?

Luckily, blue topaz is a fairly hardy gemstone. Gemstones are ranked on a scale called the Mohs scale of hardness. On this scale, diamonds are the hardest of all gemstones with a rating of 10. However, topaz isn’t far below the diamond with its rating of 8. Because topaz ranks high on the Mohs scale, it’s fairly resistant to scratching. However topaz can still break if it is it hit, so be wary of wearing a blue topaz piece when it could get struck (like when working out, playing sports, or using heavy tools). You should also be wary of wearing topaz in extreme temperatures, since topaz is sensitive to both very cold or very hot conditions. Extreme temperatures can cause topaz to change color, get damaged, or even break.

With all that said, topaz is generally an excellent gemstone for daily wear. However, all gemstones can get a bit dirty with regular wear. When we wear jewelry, the gemstones in our jewelry can slowly get covered in a film made up of dust, dirt, and our skin’s natural oils. Then, things like moisturizing lotions, soaps, or conditioners can also cause build up on gemstones. But if you find that your blue topaz jewelry is starting to look a bit dull or dim, you can easily remedy this with an at-home cleaning or a professional cleaning.

How to Clean Blue Topaz Jewelry At Home

To clean blue topaz jewelry at home, use the soap and water method outlined below.

  1. First, place warm (not hot) water in a bowl with a bit of gentle soap. Don’t use a moisturizing soap, as that can cause more build up and make jewelry look even dirtier. Standard dish soap is a great option for your soap and water solution.
  2. Then, place your blue topaz jewelry in the bowl and let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Next, take your jewelry out of the bowl and gently rub it with a very soft cloth or a soft toothbrush to remove dirt and grime.
  4. Then, rinse off your jewelry in clean warm water.
  5. Finally, dry off your jewelry with a soft cloth or let it air dry.
  6. If you find that your jewelry still looks a bit dim, simply repeat the steps above as needed.

Important Cleaning Note: Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or a steam cleaner to clean blue topaz jewelry, as both of these cleaning methods can damage topaz. Additionally, do not use any harsh chemicals to clean blue topaz jewelry, since this can damage both topaz and your jewelry’s precious metal.

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