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Pavé Engagement Rings

Styles & Trends | Mon, Sep 22, 2014

  Diamonds are precious for many reasons—they are rare, billions of years old, and one of the hardest materials on earth—but they are perhaps most revered for how they interact with light. Light is captivating, inspiring, and undoubtedly ...

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15 Amazing Facts About Sapphires (the September Birthstone)

Styles & Trends | Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Sapphires are the September birthstone, so it’s the perfect time to learn more about these gorgeous gemstones.  Here are 15 intriguing facts about stunning sapphires: 1   Sapphires have been treasured for thousands of years. The ancient Romans ...

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Diamonds vs. Sapphires: Which Are More Ethical?

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 16, 2014

When deciding on a center gem, it’s common for jewelry shoppers to think: “I don’t want to buy a blood diamond, so maybe I’ll get a sapphire.” At Brilliant Earth, we’re thrilled whenever people make an effort to buy jewelry responsibly. It speaks ...

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White Gold Engagement Rings

Styles & Trends | Fri, Sep 12, 2014

White gold is a sought after precious metal for engagement rings, both due to its beauty and because it is a less expensive alternative to platinum. This precious metal is beloved for its gleaming white finish that makes diamonds truly dazzle. Have ...

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My Dream of Powering Africa

Jewelry News | Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Fortune Zindi, from Zimbabwe, is a May 2014 graduate of the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a leadership training school in South Africa. He is the recipient of a scholarship from ALA funded by Brilliant Earth.    “Final exams are around the ...

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The History and Symbolism of Pearl Jewelry

Styles & Trends | Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Pearls are unique among gemstones because, of course, they don’t arise from the depths of the earth but from the sea. They require no special cutting or polishing to maximize their lustrous beauty, which has been treasured since ancient times, and ...

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Gold Mine in British Columbia Spills Toxic Sludge

Jewelry News | Fri, Sep 5, 2014

It’s being called one of the biggest environmental disasters in Canada in decades. A dam built to hold toxic waste burst last month at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in British Columbia. Thousands of Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of gray ...

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Style Expert Q&A: OneWed’s Dream Vintage Rings

Styles & Trends | Thu, Sep 4, 2014

At Brilliant Earth we love browsing OneWed, an online resource for wedding planning and inspiration. So we were thrilled to enlist the OneWed team to curate a collection of vintage rings and jewelry that is perfect for the modern bride—a woman who ...

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His and Hers Wedding Bands

Styles & Trends | Thu, Sep 4, 2014

The tradition of wearing wedding rings dates back to at least ancient Rome. The original Roman wedding rings were made of iron, but by the second century AD wedding rings were gold if the couples could afford it. Often Roman wedding rings were carved ...

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Interview with Holly Dranginis of the Enough Project

Jewelry News | Mon, Aug 25, 2014

Recently I had the privilege to speak with Holly Dranginis, a Policy Associate for the Enough Project, in her Washington, D.C. office. Holly is a leader in an innovative campaign to stop a deadly civil war in eastern Congo by cutting off the gold and ...

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