Top Christmas Gift Ideas for 2018

There’s nothing better than finding a gorgeous piece of jewelry wrapped up under the Christmas tree. Luxury jewelry is a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Plus, it’s something that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Are you thinking of making someone’s day with a gorgeous new piece of jewelry this Christmas? Check out our top fine jewelry gift ideas for 2018.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #1: Round Diamond Pendant 

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A round diamond pendant is a great gift choice, as this classic design has an understated elegance that works with any style. For 2018, rose gold round diamond pendants are trending and classic white gold round diamond pendants are as popular as ever.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #2: Marquise Diamond Studs

If you’re choosing a gift for someone with distinctive taste, these marquise diamond studs are a gorgeous option. Marquise diamonds have an elegant and unique look, a look that stands out from the crowd. This unique look has led to marquise diamonds becoming a hot trend in 2018, making them a great choice for your fashion-forward loved one.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #3: Round Diamond Studs

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If you want a surefire hit this Christmas, go with a pair of round diamond studs. Diamond studs are classic, durable, and endlessly wearable— they’re something everyone should have in their collection.

Diamond studs come in many different varieties. The most traditional option is a set of round white diamonds in a white gold setting.

Yellow gold and rose gold are also beautiful options for round diamond studs.  If you aren’t sure which precious metal to choose, you can take a tip from the jewelry the recipient usually wears, as many women have a precious metal preference that’s easily to spot. Or, if she doesn’t seem to have a metal preference, you can choose your metal based on what you think would look best with her coloring (meaning her skin, eyes, and hair).

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #4: Emerald Diamond Engagement Set

What’s better than getting an engagement ring for Christmas? Getting an engagement ring with a matching set of diamond jewelry. For a chic set option, we love this emerald diamond engagement ring paired with emerald diamond studs and an emerald diamond pendant.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #5: Diamond Hoop Earrings 

These ornately detailed diamond hood earrings are the perfect choice for the glamour-lover in your life. This gorgeous pair of earrings elevates the classic hoop earring design with shimmering pave diamonds and beautiful yellow gold detailing along the sides.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #6: Vintage-Inspired Trendy Marquise Cut Solitaire Ring

The marquise cut diamond ring is the perfect choice for a 2018 Christmas gift. This ring features a stunning marquise cut diamond set in a trendy yellow gold band. The design of this beautiful piece is vintage, fun, and trendy, making it the perfect gift for the fashionista in your family.

Want to see even more Christmas gift ideas? Check out our full selection of gifts for the holidays.

Diamond Spotlight: The Emerald Diamond

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Emerald cut diamonds are endlessly elegant. They’ve been a top choice among style setters for decades— for example, they’ve been featured on the engagement rings of Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Taylor. While the emerald cut diamond has been enduringly popular over the years, this sophisticated diamond cut has been experiencing a spike in popularity recently, as many modern women have been drawn to the cut’s clean lines and vintage look. To celebrate the burgeoning popularity of this chic shape, let’s take a closer look at the emerald diamond.

The History of the Emerald Diamond

The emerald cut is one of the world’s oldest diamond shapes. This diamond cut features step cuts, or table cuts, which create large flashes of light. When table cuts were first invented in the 16th century, they were used on emeralds. This style of cutting a gemstone was perfect for the somewhat fragile emerald, as it put less pressure on the gemstone than other cuts.

While this cut was first used on emeralds, gem cutters quickly began using it on other stones, including diamonds. Though this cut has been around for hundreds of years, the moniker “emerald cut” wasn’t used until the 1920s, when the cut experienced an increase in popularity during the art deco era.

The angular, geometric shape of the emerald cut helped it become one of the top diamond shapes of the art deco period and it remains a top diamond shape to this day.

Emerald Cut Diamond Description

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The emerald cut diamond looks like a rectangle with cut corners. This sophisticated cut features 58 step cut facets and can vary in proportion, sometimes looking longer and sometimes looking more square.

The facet cuts used in the emerald cut diamond are designed to create a different light pattern than brilliant cuts. While brilliant cut diamonds (such as the round brilliant) are designed to maximize shimmer, the facets of the emerald cut are designed to display larger flashes of light, which creates its famous “hall of mirrors” effect. The emerald cut also shows off a diamond’s clarity, as it’s easier to see the interior of an emerald cut diamond.

In terms of style, the emerald cut diamond has a chic look. The large facets of the emerald diamond create clean, simple lines that gives the diamond an elegant appearance.

Emerald Diamond vs. Round Diamond Affordability

Because emerald diamonds are not as popular as round brilliant diamonds (the current reigning diamond cut), they’re often priced lower than comparable round diamonds, making them a good value. On top of that, emerald cut diamonds will actually look larger per carat than a round diamond. This is due to the fact that emerald cut diamonds have a larger table (that’s the technical term for the top of a diamond). So, while a 1 carat emerald cut diamond and a 1 carat round diamond may have the same mass, more of the emerald’s size is on the diamond’s top, making it look larger.

Buying An Emerald Diamond: Special Clarity Consideration

One thing to keep in mind when purchasing an emerald diamond is that this is one diamond cut where clarity is more important. Because the step cuts of an emerald diamond make it easy to see inside the diamond, you may want to avoid buying an emerald diamond with a very low clarity grading.

Luckily, since emerald diamonds are a better value than other shapes (and they look larger per carat than round diamonds), springing for a slightly higher clarity grading is easier to do than it would be with pricier shapes.

Experience the elegance of the emerald cut diamond: browse our emerald diamond studs or emerald diamond engagement rings.