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One color in particular that simply cannot go unnoticed this Spring 2021 is green. This color is synonymous with new life, nature and good luck. With shades of luxurious green making waves in the fashion world, one green gemstone growing rapidly in popularity is the emerald. Most specifically, emerald necklaces.
The emerald is the gem of Springtime, the birthstone for May and the gem to mark the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. This vibrant green stone ranks 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs hardness scale giving it a durable property which makes it ideal for everyday wear on anything from an emerald ring to an emerald necklace. While there are other green
Emerald rings allow the wearer to take full advantage of the stone’s rarity and at the same time add the splash of color which falls directly in line with modern taste. One category of ring design which cannot be ignored is the vintage emerald engagement ring style. With the emerald being a softer gemstone, falling in at a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, surrounding it with a halo of diamonds is a purposeful design concept which has been utilized for hundreds of years.
From the Georgian era to the Victorian era, this diamond halo ring approach originally created to mimic flowers, resurged in the deco era of the 1920’s, and now in modern times as emerald rings are at the top of the list for many brides-to-be.
This created emerald ring to the left features a genuine cushion-cut 5mm created emerald center surrounded by a halo of diamonds, all set in sterling silver.
Emerald engagement rings certainly make up the top-tier when it comes to ring categories, but under this umbrella of emerald rings, emerald gemstone bands are highly sought after as well. Being the official stone of Spring, and also the birthstone for May, it is the perfect time to bring this symbol of rebirth into your collection. Whether paired with a white gold band that subdues the color of the emerald or the classic yellow gold pairing which offers the full flash the green stone is capable of, there is a triple meaning of life, royalty, and power which is contained in these emerald rings, and unleashed when worn.
This princess-cut band to the right features both emerald gemstones and diamonds all set in 10 karat white gold.
What makes an emerald? Emerald rings are something truly special to behold. The deep green gemstone is said to be rarer, and at times, more expensive than diamonds. The emerald holds properties in its geological makeup putting the stone in a category all on its own! Beryl, the mineral variety to which the emerald belongs, is generally found pure, in a colorless state.
When trace amounts of chromium or vanadium are present the familiar emerald color is developed. To even be considered an emerald, it is the color which makes that determination. The stone must fall in the range of bluish green to slight yellowish green. Any stone with a weak saturation or too light a hue is simply green beryl, if the stone is too greenish blue it becomes aquamarine, and if it is too greenish yellow it becomes a heliodor.
The moonstone has been used in jewelry since the time of ancient civilizations. This translucent kaleidoscope-like stone, with otherworldly rainbow flashes of light from different angles has long held observers in awe. The Romans believed it was an actual solidified ray of light from the moon. The Greeks attached the stone to their lunar gods and goddesses as well.
More recently artisans of the art nouveau period, at the turn of the 20th century, created large quantities of jewelry with the moonstone. Found mostly in deposits in Europe, the moonstone can also be sourced in Mexico and the United States. The enchanting moonstone finds itself the official gemstone of the state of Florida due to the Kennedy Space Center, although no moonstone naturally occurs there.
The ring to the left features a 5x7mm oval moonstone and 2 round diamonds all set in 10 karat yellow gold.
According to charmsoflight.com, “Moonstone is a stone of inner growth and strength. It soothes emotional instability and stress, and stabilizes the emotions, providing calmness. Moonstone enhances intuition, promotes inspiration, success and good fortune in love and business matters.”
The pendant to the right features a 5mm moonstone surrounded by 12 round diamonds on an 18-inch whisper chain all set in sterling silver.
While a creamy rainbow, almost alien, refraction of light is common in the moonstone, the most sought after examples will be glassy with an electric blue shimmer. The moonstone is not the strongest stone, rating between 6 and 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, so care must be taken with all jewelry applications. Common designs will set the stone lower in a setting surrounded by harder stones to protect the moonstone from knocks.
The ring to the left can be worn in so many ways! Wear it as a stackable or let it shine on its own, it is very versatile! This fashion ring is created in 10k rose gold with a blue moonstone center set in a vintage-inspired setting.
With moonstone having an affordability and availability not shared by other stones of such extraterrestrial qualities, the moonstone jewelry sits at
Mom-in-law can be hard to impress. No matter how close you guys might be, you’ll always want her to see you in the best light. When it comes to picking out a gift for her, though, she might just be the hardest person on your list to shop for! That’s where we come in. If you’ve ever wondered how you can thank your mother-in-law, or what special gift you should get her for Christmas, Mother’s Day, her birthday, you name it… we’ve got you covered.
The gift of jewelry is a timeless and thoughtful gift that truly comes from the heart. Your bonus mom is sure to love a piece that you’ve picked out to show her how much she means to you. Keep reading for a list of easy jewelry picks that will not only knock her socks off, but will be a gift she’ll treasure for years to come. Plus, if you’re on a budget, we have plenty of different price ranges to help you find a beautiful piece of jewelry that will impress her
Songs are written about them, wars have been fought over them, the iconic diamond is a luxury that truly lures in passion, love and respect. While every stone captivates with its beauty and meaning, there’s something about the diamond that makes it a girls’ best friend. For those born in the month of April, you’re in luck! Your birthstone, the diamond, is one of the most precious stones in the world. From the stone’s sparkle, durability and rich history, it’s a valuable stone that suits any piece of jewelry or precio
It is no surprise that in virtually all eras from the Georgian to the modern, the ring design that continues to remain popular for couples all over the world is the floral engagement ring. Floral-inspired diamond engagement rings are typically found in many different diamond shapes and sizes so there are plenty of options if a floral engagement ring is on your mind!
Pre-engagement rings are seeing a rise in popularity, with the non-traditional matrimonial norms over taking the traditional.
The concept of pre-engagement rings is nothing new in our society, and this idea has been traced all the way back to 15th century England. In that era these posy rings, as they were called, were engraved with romantic poetry, and adorned with gemstones.
See this beautiful Diamond Cluster Heart Shape Pre-Engagement Ring to the right in 10K Rose Gold >
As the "posy ring" faded in popularity, the acrostic ring (a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words) was the pre-engagement ring of desire for the Georgian and Victorian era. These rings would feature an array of gemstones that would spell out a “secret” message between the giver and recipient. For example, “Adore” would be spelled with the stones Amethyst - Diamond - Opal - Ruby - Emerald. Now, that’s a trend worth making a comeback. The white & rose gold diamond pre-engagement ring shown here features 1/4 carat total weight brilliant-cut white diamonds.
The promise ring would appear in the more recent past, the 1970s. High school boys gave a ring as a sign of “going steady.” While the names and historic significance are different, the meaning is the same. Pre-engagement rings are just what they are, a promise to marry, eventually. Whether due to financial circumstances, or merely one’s desire to take things slow in the relationship, the pre-engagement ring is a gesture of commitment.
Pre-engagement rings and promise rings are similar in the sense of the representation of commitment, but they differ in how they are worn. Since pre-engagement rings are a placeholder for the soon-to-follow engagement ring, they can be worn on the recipient’s left ring finger. Promise rings are generally worn on any of the other fingers, but that one. Typically, to avoid confusion, the promise ring is worn on the right ring finger.
Is a pre-engagement ring or promise ring right for you? That is the underlying question. Marriage is not for every
Sapphire gemstones are available in virtually every color of the rainbow, including white. While diamond engagement rings are steeped in the tradition of western marriages, the white sapphire engagement ring is rising quickly in popularity. With the clear stone’s visual clarity mimicking the diamond, it exists in a middle ground between traditional and nontraditional engagement ring center stone options.
The main factor which makes white sapphire not only a diamond alternative, but an excellent choice for every day wear is it’s durability. The MOHs scale of hardness is the method for measuring the hardness and durability of stones, and diamonds sit right at the top, at a 10. Sapphires, made up of the element corundum, are right below at a 9. This makes white sapphire engagement rings perfect for daily use, and means they are only slightly less scratch resistant than diamonds.
When buying white sapphire jewelry or rings, the burden is really placed on the consumer to judge the appearance in person. The GIA, who is responsible for the grading scale of diamonds, does not have an equivalent scale for white sapphires. However, they do publish reports on sapphires focused on weight, measurements, shape, cut, transparency, color and whether the white sapphire has been heat-treated. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Visually ins
Though we all have our own unique and personal sense of style, it’s hard not to take some style tips and cues from our favorite celebrities. And, even though most of us girls have a specific style of an engagement ring that we dream about, whenever someone famous gets engaged it’s so exciting to see what kind of ring they’ll be rocking - because that means that engagement ring style will most likely be super trendy! This blog dives into the top celebrity look-alike engagement rings - everything from unique, ruby, and custom engagement rings to consider.
It has never been easier to get these a-list looks for less. Keep reading for a guide to the top celebrity engagement rings and our dupes. If you want the same style of engagement ring that you see your favorite celebrities wearing, we have the inspired styles for a more affordable price!
One diamond cut that has seen a resurgence in popularity in 2021, specifically in wedding rings, is the radiant-cut diamond. The radiant-cut combines the round-cut facets with the general shape of the emerald-cut. The radiant-cut is known for its brilliance and also happens to be one of the more affordable options for larger diamonds. This is mainly due to the fact that the cutting saves most of the raw diamond it is cut from.
One example of this beautiful cut is the Rayne, a radiant-cut Diamond halo engagement ring set in 14kt white gold with 1ctw of Diamonds.