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Couture and JCK Las Vegas 2016 Jewelry Trends

If you haven’t been following this year’s Couture and JCK Las Vegas shows, don’t worry, that is exactly what we’re here for! From statement necklaces to mismatched earrings, we’ve got the scoop on all the latest jewelry trends. Check them out below.

Statement Necklaces – Statement necklaces were in full swing at this year’s Couture and JCK Las Vegas shows. It’s clear the 90s are making a comeback with chokers and detailed collar necklaces. Shop for your own statement necklaces at Jewelry.com.

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Alternative Engagement Rings – It’s no secret that the modern bride is forgoing traditional engagement rings, for more modern, unique styles. Rose gold is now a hot bridal trend, as well as colored gemstones. Shop for alternative engagement rings at Jewelry.com.

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Art Deco – Art deco is back! It’s time to pay homage to the roaring 20s, with bold, geometric jewelry. Shop Jewelry.com’s Van Kempen collection for your own art deco jewelry.

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Coin Jewelry – Coin and medallion jewelry was one of the latest jewelry trends spotted at the Couture and JCK Las Vegas shows. This is a great way to wear a classic piece with a twist. Shop for coin-inspired jewelry at Jewelry.com.

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Mismatched Earrings – Mismatched earrings are hot, hot, hot! This is a fun new trend for the daring fashionista who wants to add a little zest to her look. Shop for trendy earrings at Jewelry.com.

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Engagement Ring Buying Guide: Diamonds & Alternative Styles

Engagement rings under $1,000? Yes they do exist, and in different styles, shapes, sizes, and cuts! Trust us and take a look at some of our favorite diamond and alternative engagement rings on Jewelry.com.

Diamonds – You can never go wrong with diamonds (but you already know that don’t you?). What you might not know, is that you can find gorgeous diamond rings for under $1K, like a 1 ct diamond bridal set. 

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Click on the image to view this bridal set.

Unique Shapes – What better way to ask her for her hand in marriage, than with a heart shaped diamond ring. It’s simple, sweet, and super affordable.

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Click on the image to view this heart ring.

Gemstones – If you’re looking for something different for the leading lady in your life, try a gemstone engagement ring (they’re very trendy!). For some style inspiration, take a look at Kate Middleton’s stunning sapphire engagement ring. 

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Click on the image to view this sapphire ring.

Cubic Zirconia Cubic zirconia is a great engagement ring option if you’re on a budget, and it’s just as sparkly as a diamond. See for yourself!

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Click on the image to view this cz ring.

Happy shopping!

‘Sister Wives’ Creates Claddagh Ring Craze

Rings and romance. For centuries we lowly humans have been using metal bands around our fingers to say “Go ahead.” or “Beat it!”  And while the mainstream tradition in this country is to don a diamond ring and a wedding band, the Claddagh ring is a favorite of the Irish.

And polygamists, apparently.

The latest reality phenom, Sister Wives, tells the tale of a Utah man, his 4 ‘brides’ and their day-to-day shenanigans. Hollywood Life reports the Fab 5 shut down a Utah jewelry store recently to get a Claddagh ring for the newest member of their clan.

Curious about the Claddagh? Here’s the lowdown, according to Wikipedia:

The Claddagh’s design features two hands clasping a heart, usually topped with a crown. There are four ways to wear the Claddagh: on the right hand with the heart oriented away to show you’re single; on the right hand with the heart turned in to show you’re in a relationship; on the left hand turned out to show you’re engaged; on the left hand turned in to show you’re married.

Confused? Think of how Brigham Young must have felt.

I think the Claddagh is a lovely way to rings thing up if you’re looking for something different. And there are both men’s and women’s styles available – like these affordable looks on Jewelry.com:

For the curious, Sister Wives airs on TLC on Sundays at 10pm. And Oprah is grilling the group on today’s show!

Affordable Engagement Rings


Buying a diamond engagement ring can be the most important (and stressful) jewelry purchase you can make. While the standard protocol requires fellas to shell out two months’ salary, for many folks that’s about as realistic as finding true love on “The Bachelorette”.

So what do you do when you want to tie the knot without breaking the bank? Some thoughts:

1. Vintage Value

Diamond divas never utter the word ‘used’. It’s vintage, dahling – and there are many deals to be had in this diamond engagement ring category. Plus you can satisfy the ‘eco-friendly’ urge since you’re buying a rock that’s already in the coffers. But be careful to have it appraised before you pull the trigger.

2. Color Your World

This is my favorite emerging engagement ring trend – wearing a gemstone instead of a diamond. Prince Charles gave a stunning sapphire to Diana back in the day and now millions of women are wearing their favorite colored stone instead of the traditional white ice.

I found this stunning sapphire ring on sample sale site, JewelClub – originally $859 now (gulp) only $231.48 with their crazy discount (use the code: INSIDER to become a free ‘friends and family’ member).

3. Shop Clearance

With a little time and a creative eye, anyone can find a deal so great they’ll be telling that story to friends and fam instead of how Jimmy popped the question. While there are a host of credible outlets for discount diamonds, check out JewelClub first. This classic pear-shaped ring is $462.74 down from $2129. Yowza.

4. Palladium: “The Other White Metal”

No longer the forgotten step-child of the precious metal world, palladium is emerging from the shadows as a (MUCH) more affordable option than gold. It looks like platinum or white gold – but it costs much less per ounce. And it’s just as durable.

This 1/2carat palladium solitaire on JewelClub is only $572 down from $2649.

So what have we learned? Clearly some engagement rings traditions are meant to be broken – especially in this economy. You really can find a ring you love that doesn’t cost the equivalent of a small sedan.

Here’s to true love, diamond deals…and more room in the budget for an island honeymoon with fruity cocktails! Happy Friday the 13th, jewelry hounds!

The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

Alternative engagements rings are taking the jewelry world by storm. Diamonds may still be the big ‘woman’ on campus, but colored gemstones and alternative jewelry choices are making a strong showing on ring fingers everywhere.

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the most important and emotional jewelry purchase you’ll ever make is that of an engagement ring. For many couples – an engagement ring means one thing – a diamond – for others – it’s finding a personalized engagement that reflects their style, their birthstone or simply their favorite color.

Considered alternative engagement rings or non-traditional engagement rings, colored gemstone engagements rings are becoming more and more popular – just ask Britain’s Royal family. Prince Charles gave a ‘non-traditional’ engagement ring (i.e. a colored gem) to both his brides, Princess Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles. So did his younger brother when he proposed to Sarah Ferguson with a colored gemstone engagement ring. Another favorite alternative engagement ring is that of a colored diamond. Pinks, blues, yellows and oranges are just some of the colors of a diamond. But beware; they’re not for those that have to stick to a budget.

Another way to break with tradition is to choose an engagement ring made from an alternative metal such as palladium, titanium or even tungsten carbide.

So next time you’re looking at solitaire diamond ring or browsing diamond engagement rings wondering what else is available – just remember – tradition is yours to make – so why not make with a colorful engagement ring.

Diamond Engagement Ring Education Articles

Alternative Engagement Rings

If you’re looking for an engagement ring that’s not quite the ‘norm’, there are some great ring finger alternatives to choose from.

Women Put A Ring On It – Engagement Bling for Men

Engagement rings aren’t just for women anymore. More and more ladies are popping the question and putting a ring on their guys for good measure!

Engagement Rings: The Latest Trends

A single diamond solitaire maybe the classic diamond engagement ring style – but today there’s more than just a ‘solitary’ style when it comes to bridal rings. Find out the trends, the styles and the settings that are topping the engagement ring trends for modern brides worldwide.

The History (As We Tell It) Of Engagement Rings

What’s the story behind engagment rings? From caveman and rope to aristocracy and diamonds – it’s an engaging tale.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring

Jewelry.com reveals the codes, the secrets and some insider tips and trends on how to buy an engagement ring. From finding the perfect diamond to getting true value for money – its the 101 of Engagement Ring shopping.

Insuring And Appraising An Engagement Ring

Should you insure your diamond engagement ring? Is it worth it? How do you do it? What should be aware of? Jewelry.com explains all and more, along with insider tips and advice about insuring and appraising all of your valued jewelry.

Engagement Ring Trends – Avoid The Bachelor Bungle

A jewelry primer of important engagement ring tips every nervous bachelor needs to know.

Celebrity Diamond Engagement Rings and Trends

Celebrities’ Engagement Rings

What are the engagment rings of choice for the rich and the famous? Jewelry.com’s guide to celebrity engagement rings is a journey into some blinding bling.

Ellen’s Engagement Ring To Portia

When Ellen De Generes comes bearing jewelry gifts you know it’s going to be something special. For partner Portia De Rossi this meant a diamond engagement ring that was colorful and classy.

Rock of Ages!

Beyonce’s blinding with her newest bling – a stunning diamond 18 carat engagement ring from famed jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz.

Uma’s Engagement Ring Rock

Izzie Says ‘I Do’

The jewelry, the diamonds, the dress and the stars that shone at Katherine Heigl’s Utah wedding.

Diamonds for Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce Knowles are two Dreamgirls that aren’t dreaming of a diamond anymore. The superstars recently revealed their stunning diamond engagement rings that sure sparkle in tune.

Celebrity Rings

Mariah Carey’s diamond engagement ring shone in the spotlight as the super-star showed off her multi-million dollar jewel.

Today Show’s Bridal Bling

The Today Show proved that when it comes to the bride – it’s all about the bling. Wedding jewelry, diamond rings and million dollar jewels were the name of the game at the Today Show wedding of the year.

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Jewelry Fit for Kings and Queens


Jewelry hounds, you may be the only folks who really understand this next sentiment. You know that moment when the jewelry stars align, and you see a piece of jewelry so perfectly designed – so beautifully crafted – so YOU – that you know it will be forever ingrained on the fashion-obsessed part of your cerebral cortex?

I just had that moment when reviewing the new Dior Joaillerie line – their royal ‘Kings & Queens’ collection by Victoire de Castellane. The jewels feature one of my favorite trends – skulls – in an adorable brooch and ring pair. Yes, you’re meant to buy them as a royal couple! Adorable!


Just look at these little beauties. Can you imagine the gasps as you wear the skull ring to your next big event? Or better yet? Imagine the skulls’ shine as you reach for that orange chicken Lean Cuisine during your next trip down the frozen food aisle. Glamour, people. Glamour.

The collection is made out of diamonds, opal, jade, quartz and obsidian, which along with the skulls symbolizes “eternity”, according to Dior. I’ve not been able to track down price points – which I’m thinking is just as well.

The King and Queen pieces even have cute little names: Queen of Jadélénie and King Opal to name a few.

Sigh.

So have you ever had a jewelry epiphany that rivals my new Dior skull obsession? If so, share the wealth! And what do you think about the royals? You die? Or not your style?

The Jewelry Insider

July 13, 2009

Wedding jewelry for most of us consists of a diamond ring and matching band and perhaps some pearls here and there. But if you’re a celeb, the high-end jewelers come out in droves to make sure you’re dripping in their diamonds – and American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi is no exception.

The superstar songwriter and Bikini Girl wanna-be walked down the aisle on July 5th in Prospect, Maine wearing a Vera Wang gown and almost 100 carats of diamonds from jeweler to the stars, Neil Lane.

She sparkled in a 30-carat diamond-and-platinum bracelet and chandelier earrings with 20 carats of diamonds. The total value? $250,000.

“She wanted something glamorous,” jeweler Neil Lane told People about DioGuardi’s wedding bling.

I guess 250 large qualifies.


Kara got engaged to Mike McCuddy, a general contractor, on December 8th after a year and a half of dating. The engagement took place while they were on vacation in Mexico and the alternative engagement ring was another Neil Lane creation featuring a smokey topaz center stone instead of the more traditional diamond fare.

In fact, many women today are going for colored stones instead of diamonds for their bridal bling – including the Today Show bride, who is sporting an emerald solitaire on her ring finger for her big day.

What do you guys think? Would you wear a colored stone engagement ring or are you afraid to buck with diamond tradition? Weigh in! And in the meantime, take a gander at Jewelry.com’s education section about the many ways to skin the engagement ring cat.

Ok. Bad metaphor. But you get the idea…