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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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.

Want to see even more beautiful black diamond engagement rings? Browse our full black diamond engagement ring collection.

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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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July 25, 2019

Engagement Ring Styles Through the Years

Engagement rings have been used to express eternal devotion since ancient times. In this post, we’re taking a closer look at how engagement rings were born, their evolution throughout time, and how that led us to the engagement rings of today. Join us as we explore the history of engagement ring styles throughout the ages.

Ancient Engagement Rings

The earliest historical evidence of engagement rings comes from ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptians believed that the third finger of the left hand (known as the ring finger today) had a vein that led directly to the heart. Egyptians wore “rings of love” on this finger made of twisted metal, woven reeds, or leather.

Wedding rings also existed in ancient Rome. Many of these rings were an evolution of the signet ring design and often featured a carved design of two hands clasped in love. These rings were made of solid gold or gold and stone. Stones commonly used in carved marriage rings include cornelian, aquamarine, garnet, and onyx.

Another record of ancient Roman engagement rings comes from Pliny the Elder. This scholar wrote that grooms gave brides gold rings to wear at the betrothal ceremony and at special events. Then, they presented their brides with a second ring made of iron to be worn at home.

Engagement Rings in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, we saw the first ever use of diamond engagement rings. There is some debate about which diamond engagement ring was the first. However, most scholars cite Mary of Burgundy’s diamond engagement ring as the first diamond ring on record. In 1477, Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a ring set with diamonds in the shape of an “M.” This ring started a trend among royals and nobles. After Archduke Maximillian gave his love a diamond ring, those in the upper classes began gifting their betrothed rings set with gemstones and diamonds.

Late Middle Ages (Early Modern Period)

From around 1500 BC to 1700 BC, engagement rings remained popular. In this era in Europe, posey rings were quite popular. Posey rings were metal bands that were engraved with romantic phrases or poems. These rings could be crafted from gold or silver. Commonly, people gifted their betrothed with two rings. One would given for the engagement and would be made of silver, while the other would serve as the wedding band and be made of gold.

Some records of this era’s engagement rings and wedding bands are included in the works of William Shakespeare. Engagement rings appear numerous times in the Bard’s plays.

The Victorian Era (1800s)

Pictured above is the Athena vintage style diamond engagement ring

The Victorian Era is the time period of the reign of the  United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria. The Victorian era is considered a romantic era, which is reflected in the art and jewelry of the time period. Many art historians speculate that Queen Victoria’s love life set the romantic tone of this era. While most royals married only for diplomatic or economic reasons, Queen Victoria happened to be very much in love with her husband.

You can see many romantic motifs in Victorian Era engagement rings and wedding bands. These rings often featured high levels of detailing and symbols of love. Common motifs seen in Victorian engagement jewelry include hearts, bows, and flowers. You’ll also find that many Victorian engagement rings and wedding bands feature images of snakes. While snakes are not associated with love today, they were once a common symbol of eternity.

In the Victorian Era, the use of gemstones in engagement rings was very popular. Additionally, the use of diamonds saw a major boom in this era. Diamonds became much more available in the 1880s when large diamond deposits were discovered in South Africa.

The Tiffany Setting was also born in the Victorian Era. In 1886, Tiffany & Co. debuted the first setting to ever lift a diamond off the ring’s band. This ring style would become incredibly popular and became used by jewelers around the world. Today, this raised solitaire setting is still one of the most popular engagement ring styles.

The Edwardian Era (Early 1900s)

In the Edwardian Era, giving engagement rings finally became a social custom practiced by nearly everyone in western society. During this era, the Industrial Revolution brought an economic boom that allowed the middle class to afford engagement rings.

During the Edwardian Era, engagement rings were commonly airy, feminine, and ornate. During this era, platinum was very popular for engagement rings. Pearls, diamonds, and colorful gemstones were commonly used in engagement rings.

The Art Deco Era (1920 to 1935)

The Charleston diamond engagement ring with a ballerina halo

The Art Deco Era has a very distinctive style. In this era, geometric shapes were commonly used in architecture, art, and jewelry design. The engagement rings of this era often used numerous colors and shapes of gemstones in their intricate designs. White precious metals, like white gold and platinum, were the most popular choice during this era.

The Retro Era (1935 to 1950)

The Retro Era saw a rise in bold glamour. During this period, yellow gold engagement rings became incredibly popular. Retro Era engagement rings rarely used diamond as center stones. Instead, they often used large, brightly colored semi-precious stones sometimes accented with small diamonds.

1950s

Many of the Retro Era’s trends continued into the 1950s. However, diamond rings and more simple rings became more popular in the 1950s. A very common engagement ring style during the 1950s was the three stone diamond engagement ring. Engagement rings with engravings and braided detailing were also popular in the 1950s.

1960s

The glamour of Hollywood starlets, such as Elizabeth Taylor, had a major impact on the engagement rings of the 1960s. Large, oversized diamond engagement rings were highly desired in the 1960s. Rings that mixed diamonds and gemstones were also popular during this decade, likely due to the First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s emerald and diamond engagement ring. In the 1960s, white precious metals continued to reign, while yellow gold and rose gold were not particularly popular.

1970s

The 1970s saw the invention of princess cut and radiant cut diamonds. Both of these modern diamond shapes were incredibly popular during this time period. Coordinating engagement sets also became a popular trend during the 1970s.

1980s

The 1980s were a lively, over-the-top decade for fashion, hair, and jewelry. Brides shied away from simple, streamlined styles during this decade and instead chose more bold styles. Lesser used fancy shaped diamonds were very popular in the 1980s. Pear shaped diamond engagement rings were particularly popular. Yellow gold also saw a major rise in popularity during the 1980s. Sapphire engagement rings also saw a boom during this time period, thanks to Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire engagement ring.

1990s to Today

Today, engagement rings are much more varied than ever before. In past decades, couples were more limited in their engagement ring options. They would likely just choose something that they found at a local jeweler. Or, perhaps mail order something they saw in a magazine or a newspaper.

But, today, we have the internet, which has opened up a whole new world of engagement rings, accessible to everyone. With the internet, couples can see that there are thousands of different engagement ring styles to choose from. Online, you can find solitaire rings, three stone rings, gemstone rings, one-of-a-kind designs, rings inspired by vintage eras, and so much more.

There are some styles that are more popular today than others. For example, solitaire rings are an enduring classic and halo set rings have become incredibly popular. Then, every year there are some more dominant trends. Right now in 2019, for example, gemstone engagement rings are having a major moment. However, access to different styles of engagement rings has increased so much that no one trend completely dominates the modern era.

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