Brilliant Earth’s mission is to create beautiful, sustainable, and ethical jewelry. As their website says, “Brilliant Earth believes that high quality, fine jewelry need not come at a great human or environmental cost.”
They have free shipping, free return shipping, a 30-day refund policy, numerous payment plans, and offer a lifetime warranty. They also make some very pretty things, and have an informative, straightforward guide to diamond ring buying. And:
They let you make your own! You choose your diamond, and then you choose a setting (or vice versa). They have diamonds of various cut, size, and quality – they show you an image of the actual diamond you’re looking at and then shows you what it would look like in the different settings. Many of the settings are customizable as well. It is dangerously fun. Do not look at this feature of the website if there is anything else in life that you need to accomplish.
Here’s a pretty, twisty one in white gold with an Asscher-cut stone:
That’s the main image, in which Brilliant Earth puts the diamond you’ve chosen. You also get a video, a side view, two images of the ring on a hand, and photos and sometimes even videos of recent rings that have been ordered in the setting. This setting has tons of recent ring photos, so you get to see it with all kinds of diamonds and in several types of metal. Check it out in rose gold with a cushion-cut diamond:
Brilliant Earth also has a small vintage selection and other kinds of fine jewelry as well, much of it customizable. That’s not what we’re here to talk about today.
Ready for all the pictures? Let’s go.
Doesn’t this 18K White Gold Delicate Antique Scroll setting look lovely with an emerald-cut center stone? I really like this setting, especially with an emerald, Asscher, or cushion-cut diamond. I like the contrast of a squarish diamond with the fluidity of the scrolling pattern on the setting. It also has 3 accent diamonds on either side of the center stone.
This is the 18K White Gold Seacrest Ring with Diamond Accents – a fun, modern ring. Not my personal style, but I do admire it in an objective way. The asymmetrical band adds visual interest without distracting from the beauty of the stones or feeling overworked.
I have halo fatigue – they’re everywhere. That doesn’t make them not pretty, but they’re rather ubiquitous at the moment as a design detail. This one though…so sparkly and such a great shape. It doesn’t hurt that I stuck a giant 2.5 ct ($30,000) Asscher in this 18K White Gold Fancy Diamond Halo Ring for demonstration purposes.