Styles & Trends
Girls born in March get a beautiful blue gem as their birthstone: Aquamarine, the color of which brings to mind tropical lagoons. Here’s what March-born ladies (and those who shop for them) should know about aquamarines. History and Origin As you can probably tell, aquamarine means “water of the sea.” The name originated in the early 18th century, around the start of the Georgian era. These gorgeous gems are part of the beryl family of minerals, which also includes emeralds. Aquamarines come in colors ranging from the palest blue to dark blue-greens. They usually have excellent clarity and can [...]
Antique jewelry from the Retro era, which spanned the period from the mid-1930s until the 1950s, is exuberant, creative and anything but understated. During World War II and the post-war years people craved glamour, and Retro-era jewelry delivered. To get a sense of the artistry of jewelry from this period, take a look at these stunning engagement rings: The beauty of a dazzling round brilliant cut diamond is enhanced by a chic and distinctive setting in The Theria Ring. Two diamond accents are set in triangular platinum frames alongside the center gem, and the knife-edge [...]
As a culture it seems like we have a crush on the styles of a century ago. The fourth season of Downton Abbey just wrapped up with its highest ratings ever, and Edwardian-era rings and pendants are among the most sought after styles in our Antique and Vintage collection. If you love all things Edwardian, learn a little more about the jewelry of the era: What is Edwardian Jewelry? The adjective “Edwardian” refers to jewelry from the period surrounding the rein of King Edward in England. Edward was king from 1901 until his death in 1910, but [...]
While some people live their lives striving for the intricate and the elaborate, others discover profound beauty in simplicity. Just look at the spare prose of Hemingway, the large swaths of color in a Mark Rothko painting, or the graceful minimalism of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Like these works of art, a striking diamond in a simple setting or a harmonious three stone ring never goes out of style. But don’t be fooled—choosing a simple engagement ring does not mean that you are limited when it comes to design and personalization. A ring can be both elegant in its simplicity [...]
As antique, vintage, and vintage-inspired engagement rings continue to soar in popularity, there has been more interest in a special design element, filigree, which is often included in antique designs. Filigree rings offer a delicate, lacy beauty and a decidedly vintage aesthetic. Many brides and grooms love the combination of unique detail and femininity in filigree rings, and this special design element may be perfect for you. What is Filigree? The term filigree is used to describe any intricate ornamental design formed out of metal. But in the jewelry world, filigree has a very specific meaning: A [...]
For Valentine’s Day we asked some of our favorite bloggers to “create a little love” by visually and verbally expressing what love means to them. We (no surprise) loved the results! These inspired bloggers revealed their passions in ways ranging from chic pink nail art to sweet treats baked with love, to Valentine’s Day décor ideas, and more. We think you’ll adore these collages of their heartfelt images, and we want to share some of the creations that we think are the most brimming over with sweet inspiration. Canadian blogger Mandy of Nails and Threads created this sweet [...]
Celtic inspired rings are as popular today as they ever have been. Inspired by legacy and tradition, our Celtic engagement rings are infused with contemporary style and a fresh sensibility.
There’s just something about sapphires–these richly hued gemstones have been prized since antiquity, and were some of the first gems to be cut and polished. Because they have long symbolized loyalty, sapphires make perfect focal points for engagement rings, and are never more entrancing than when found in a ring from a romantic era of the past. We think you’ll love these gorgeous sapphire rings in our Antique and Vintage jewelry collection: The Retro-era Jupiter ring reminds us of the famous royal engagement ring once given to the late Princess Diana, and now worn [...]
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A diamond solitaire is the quintessential engagement ring. Although other engagement ring settings rise and fall in popularity, a solitaire ring is a classic with constant, unwavering appeal. Fans of the solitaire engagement ring love its clean lines, and the fact that the diamond or other center gemstone is the dazzling focal point, with no smaller gems to distract from it. History of Solitaire Engagement Rings Many people trace the origins of the modern engagement ring back to 1477, (when Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with diamond flecks in [...]