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Cut & Polish Has Moved!

Head over to the blog’s new location for all the education, tips, trends, and real life love stories you’ve come to enjoy from the team at Blue Nile.

November 28th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Ask An Expert: Engraving Tips

Among our busy team of experts, our engravers see a lot of action. After all, we engrave 450 rings, lockets, bar necklaces, and bracelets in a week—that’s a lot of “I love you,” and “Forever.” Read on for some expert engraving tips for maximum memorability.

October 10th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

9 Things to Know About Gemstones

The world of gemstones is a fascinating one. For example, did you know that sapphire and ruby are the same mineral, just different colors, or that peridot is formed during volcanic eruptions?

October 6th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

October Birthstone: Opal

Dramatic and fiery, opals contain sparks of color from the entire spectrum of gemstones hues.

September 29th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Introducing Astor by Blue Nile™

We’ve got something exciting to share: Astor by Blue Nile™ diamonds, a brand-new level of brilliance.

September 19th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

10 Quick Diamond Buying Tips

You’re on a need-to-know basis with diamond education. That means we’re here to tell you exactly everything you need to know about buying the right diamond for you.

September 12th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

11 Essential Jewelry Buying Tips

Hey, we can’t know it all. Everyone needs a cheat sheet sometimes, especially when it comes to making a significant purchase such as an engagement ring or a piece of fine jewelry.

September 5th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Six Top Styles: A Guide to Ring Settings

Choosing an engagement ring or wedding band can be overwhelming, but understanding the jewelry industry lingo can go a long way towards simplifying your decision. Read on to learn the difference between setting styles and take a step forward towards finding your perfect ring.

September 1st, 2017
Sarah Murphy

September Birthstone: Sapphire

Intensely blue, velvety smooth, and pairs perfectly with diamonds.

August 29th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Jewelry Repair: A Labor of Love

Nothing is worse than finding your favorite jewelry in disrepair, but the pieces we wear most often—especially our diamond engagement and wedding rings—require regular care to keep them looking shiny and new.

August 22nd, 2017
Stephanie Dore

The History of Engagement and Wedding Rings

Why do we wear a diamond ring to signify that we are engaged? Why do wedding bands tend to be more simple in design?

August 4th, 2017
Sylvia Pritchard

Take It Outside: 4 Rugged Men’s Wedding Bands

Just because a guy likes to get his hands dirty doesn’t mean he can’t wear a wedding band while doing so. In fact, men’s wedding bands are now more rugged than ever, made with contemporary metals ideal for standing up to active lifestyles.

August 4th, 2017
Stephanie Dore

Romancing the Ruby

From Dorothy’s magical slippers—created with 4,600 authentic gems—to the British crown jewels, rubies are made for storytelling.

July 27th, 2017
Stephanie Dore

Eternity Rings: Find The Right Carat Total Weight For You

Most women know what size ring they think looks good on their fingers. There are no hard and fast rules here—it’s all a matter of personal preference—but when shopping for an eternity ring, it’s important to be able to equate total carat weight with size for the right look.

July 25th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

What is a Drop Halo?

Brides UK is reporting the drop halo style as one of 2017’s top engagement ring styles. But what is it? Allow us to explain.

July 14th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

5 Essential Pieces of Silver Jewelry

Silver is plentiful and affordable, but its accessibility certainly doesn’t diminish its beauty. Here’s our pick of five silver pieces that make a great foundation to a jewelry wardrobe.

July 13th, 2017
Sylvia Pritchard

Hanging Tough: New Tungsten Wedding Bands

Just when you think you’ve seen every possible innovation in the wedding band game, here comes tungsten, turning heads.

June 23rd, 2017
Stephanie Dore

Pearls. What’s Your Type?

June’s classic and lustrous birthstone has been a cherished jewelry box staple for years.

June 22nd, 2017
Sylvia Pritchard

Big News: Monique Lhuillier Launches Men’s Collection

The elements of luxury and sophistication found in fashion designer Monique Lhuillier’s exclusive women’s fine jewelry collection for Blue Nile holds strong with her new line of men’s wedding bands.

June 20th, 2017
Stephanie Dore

How the Round Diamond Got Its Shape

Stunning, dazzling, breathtaking. Many words have been used to describe the round brilliant-cut diamond, but how exactly did it become such an icon of beauty and desire?

June 9th, 2017
Stephanie Dore

You Say It’s Your Birthstone: Emerald

A perfect symbol of spring, the lush green color of emerald is thought to evoke prosperity and wealth, so it should be no surprise that at one time only the nobility was allowed to wear this verdant stone.

May 8th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Your Guide To: Bracelets

There are many guests at this arm party, from the iconic tennis bracelet to the basic bangle.

April 25th, 2017
Katie Stam

Our 5 Best Selling Diamond Jewelry Styles

April is Diamond Month at Blue Nile. Well, every month is about diamonds around here, but since diamond is April’s birthstone, we decided to run with it and make it an event.

April 18th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

How to Thoroughly Enjoy April’s Birthstone

April is Diamond Month at Blue Nile and we’re celebrating all 30 days by highlighting basically everything we can think of about our most favorite gemstone.

April 4th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

What’s the Difference Between…?

Sushi and sashimi? Is the symbol for inch, ‘ or “? Some things that look or sound the same take a little more time to understand. Recently, we stumbled across some jewelry terms that we think might be a source of some confusion. So, let us clear a few things up for you—maybe even some things you didn’t know you were confused about in the first place. You don’t always know what you don’t know.

March 31st, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

How to Buy an Engagement Ring

Talk to any of our jewelers and they’ll say that they give their all to make every engagement ring that comes across their bench absolutely perfect—no matter the carat weight.

March 28th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

What are Stud Earrings? Hint: They’re Solitaires

A stud earring is a solitaire. What? The word solitaire refers to any jewelry set with a single diamond. This can include rings (you’re probably most familiar with this version), necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Solitaires are classics and have an understated elegance that places all the focus on the sparkling diamond, which suits us, just fine.

March 15th, 2017
Katie Stam

Metal Recycling: Another Way We’re Green

We believe that any successful company must pay close attention to their environmental footprint. In addition to requiring that our partners observe the highest ethical standards, we also employ metal recycling methods that recover gold, platinum, silver, and other fine metals from our manufacturing facility.

March 3rd, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

You Say It’s Your Birthstone: Aquamarine

You don’t have to be an expert to understand why March’s birthstone is named aquamarine. Its brilliant blue evokes the beauty of tropical oceans and the icy deep.

February 28th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Your Guide To: Clasps

Ok, ok, we get it: jewelry clasps might not be the most fascinating of all topics, but understanding what they are and how they work is a crucial step in getting the most out of your jewelry purchase. Just think of whom you might impress when you bust out with your newly gained knowledge.

February 24th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

13 Jewelry Vocabulary Words Worth Knowing

Carat vs. karat? Where’s the girdle on a diamond? What on earth is a marquise-cut? Welcome to the world of diamonds and fine jewelry. Don’t let a few $5 vocabulary words slow you down, arm yourself with knowledge—it’s the key to getting the best quality and most gorgeous pieces you can afford.

February 23rd, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

5 Things You Need to Know About Square-Shaped Diamonds

The search for an engagement ring often begins with selecting the highlight of the ring: a gorgeous center diamond. A round one is always beautiful, but a square-shaped stone is an unexpectedly sophisticated and refined option.

February 21st, 2017
Katie Stam

Your Guide To: Necklaces and Chains

Choosing the right necklace style can be a daunting task, especially if you’re giving a gift. Confession: you’re not the only one who doesn’t know the difference between a box and a wheat chain. We’ll help you master everything from on-trend statement necklaces to classic pearl strands with a simple breakdown of the most popular necklace terms so you can spend more time gifting and less pondering the benefits of a station versus a solitaire.

February 15th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

What Does a Carat Really Look Like?

A carat is a measure of weight, much like an ounce or a pound. The word is derived from carob seeds, which are relatively standard in size and weight and were used by gem traders as counterweights on their scale.

February 10th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

10 Surefire Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Whatever your relationship status or price point, we’ve presented you with a selection of our best-selling and most popular jewelry gifts—always a great way score some major points with your sweetheart.

February 7th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

How to Re-Sell Your Diamond For a Fair Price

There are many reasons why people resell a diamond. Regardless of yours, you’re going to want a fair price. That’s why we’ve formed an innovative partnership with Mondiamo to help you resell your diamond for the highest possible return.

February 1st, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

February Birthstone: Amethyst

This purple gemstone ranges in hue from violet to lavender, wine to raspberry, and has been worn as adornment by royalty and religious leaders for thousands of years.

January 31st, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Your Guide To: Earrings

Over the centuries, both men and women have pierced and adorned their ears. In the ancient world, earrings signified social status—both high and low.

January 27th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Modern Alternatives to Classic Engagement Ring Styles

Small tweaks provide a fresh take on traditional engagement ring styles.

January 24th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Demystifying Diamonds One Carat At A Time: Part 2

Part two in our series that takes a deeper dive into the 4Cs of diamond buying; answering your important questions that go beyond Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat.

January 20th, 2017
Stephanie Dore

Demystifying Diamonds One Carat At A Time: Part 1

There is so much information (and a lot of misinformation) around buying a diamond that it can be hard to know what’s true. We’re here to demystify some of the most commonly asked questions, with advice straight from our experts.

January 18th, 2017
Stephanie Dore

Don’t Know Which Engagement Ring to Choose? Do This.

Employ the “KISS” strategy: Keep It Simple, Solitaire.

January 17th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Gift Guide: Birthstone Jewelry

Birthstones have been steeped in magic and legend since biblical times. The traits, trivia, and metaphysical properties of each stone enhance its beauty and uniqueness. Birthstone jewelry is an excellent and personal gift—all you need to know is the recipient’s birth month.

January 13th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

Ask An Expert: What Does a Gemologist Do?

Behind every exceptional piece of jewelry are extraordinary gem and jewelry experts known as “gemologists.” From our buyers to our quality assurance team, to our Diamond and Jewelry Consultants, Blue Nile proudly employs nearly two-dozen Graduate Gemologists. These experts are invaluable when it comes to sourcing, evaluating, and inspecting our fine jewelry products.

January 11th, 2017
Katie Stam

January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet is a plentiful stone, most commonly found in a deep crimson and prized over the centuries as a symbol of affection.

January 3rd, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

10 Impressive Last Minute Gifts

Some of us stress-shop our way through the holidays, making lists and checking them innumerable times to make sure we’ve crossed everyone off. Others of us take a more laid back approach and wait until the last minute to choose gifts for our loved ones. Given the ease of online shopping and the speediness of delivery services these days, there is absolutely no shame in that game.

December 20th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Good Luck Charm: The Best of Blue Gemstones

Blue gemstones are incredibly popular, especially among nearly-weds who wear something blue as a good luck charm on the way down the aisle. While the renowned sapphire may be the go-to gem for many, there are a number of other blue-hued stones that we love at Blue Nile and make a great something blue option.

December 16th, 2016
Katie Stam

New Designer: Bella Vaughan for Blue Nile

Intricate detail. Wearable sophistication. Timeless beauty. All the hallmarks of Bella Vaughan for Blue Nile.

December 13th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Spring Engagement Ring Trends: Mixed Metals

This spring our engagement ring buyers are all about metal options. Whether you’re into on-trend rose gold; warm and glowing yellow gold; or sleek white gold or platinum, you have all of those options at your fingertips!

December 2nd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

Topaz comes in an exceptional variety of colors, from translucent to dark red, but it’s the icy blue variety that is the birthstone for December—perfect for the month’s wintery chill.

December 1st, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Spotlight On: Cyber Monday Specials

This year’s Cyber Monday sale is filled with colorful gemstone pieces and glittering diamond jewelry at prices you’re not likely to see again until next year.

November 28th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Editor’s Picks: Black Friday Deals

Each year in anticipation of the traditional early holiday sales, namely Black Friday and Cyber Monday, our diamond and fine jewelry teams work diligently to secure the best deals possible for our customers.

November 24th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

A 3-Step Engagement Ring Buying Checklist

Understanding diamond basics, such as the 4Cs, is a given. But then what? Here’s primer on the first steps to take on your engagement ring buying journey.

November 22nd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

8 Budget-Friendly Diamond Buying Tips

We absolutely believe you can spend less for a better diamond. Set a budget that works for you. Do your homework. And keep the following important diamond buying tips in mind.

November 4th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

November Birthstone: Citrine

This bright, effervescent gemstone gets its name from the French word for lemon and has been regarded as a symbol for happiness, health, and vitality for centuries.

November 1st, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Diamond Visualization: Worth the Wait

Some things are just too good not to share, and our new 360° Diamond View happens to be one of them.

October 21st, 2016
Stephanie Dore

How to Decipher a GIA Report

It’s a point of pride and one of our founding principles: When researching which round brilliant diamond to purchase at Blue Nile, you’ll find one of two reports from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA): a Diamond Grading Report (DGR), generally for diamonds weighing 1 carat and above, and a Diamond Dossier for diamonds less than 1 carat. That way you know exactly what you’re buying.

October 18th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Ask an Expert: What to Look for in an Engagement Ring

We asked one of our experts, Quality Assurance Inspector Ruthann Grazier, what the hallmarks of a high quality engagement ring are and what customers should keep in mind while shopping for one. A quick takeaway: Quality. Value. Lifestyle.

October 6th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Beyond the Birthstone: Tourmaline

Opal, October’s go-to birthstone shares the spotlight with tourmaline—a popular gemstone known for its unrivaled parade of shades and colors.

October 4th, 2016
Katie Stam

Translating Jewelry Speak – Part Two

For some people, jewelry lingo can prove almost as challenging as deciphering the 4Cs. Those in the know tend to throw around words such as “bezel” or “halo” with the assumption that everyone inherently knows what those terms mean. We know that’s not the case, so we’re here to clear a few things up.

September 23rd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

10 Tips for a Successful Proposal

It’s official: you’ve decided to pop the question. This is a big step! Your mind might be racing with questions and your heart racing with anticipation and while there’s no doubt you’ll be nervous up until she says, “yes,” consider these tips—they may help you focus and calmly plan this momentous occasion.

September 20th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Translating Jewelry Speak – Part One

Whenever you spend a lot of time in a particular industry, the lingo becomes second nature and it’s easy to forget that not everyone speaks that same language. The jewelry business is no different. Those in the know tend to throw around terms such as “stud,” or “pavé,” with the assumption that everyone knows what those terms mean. That’s not always the case, so we’re here to help clear up a few things.

September 7th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Beyond the Birthstone: Sapphire

Perhaps because blue is the color of the sky and the sea, or because the color is associated with good luck for new brides as they walk down the aisle, blue gemstones are perennial favorites and outstanding bestsellers. The most popular of which is the exceptional sapphire.

September 2nd, 2016
Katie Stam

Need to Know: The Hardness of Fine Metal

There are certain tidbits of advice dispensed by our Diamond and Jewelry Consultants that we consider essential to save you future jewelry heartache. You’ve spent a lot of money on your diamond engagement or wedding ring and we consider it our duty to educate you on how to maintain it properly for a lifetime of wear. This time, we’re discussing fine metals, such as platinum and gold, and how to keep them in tiptop condition.

August 31st, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

5 Ways to Pick the Right Ring For You

In the spirit of education we put together an easy-to-decipher breakdown of all the engagement ring shopping options you have here at Blue Nile. From setting styles to diamond shapes, Build Your Own Rings® to preset, this is the starting point of one of the biggest, most impactful shopping journeys of your life.

August 24th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Rhodium: It’s Got You Covered

While the majority of the world’s rhodium production is used mainly for catalytic converters, its mighty durability makes it a fantastic plating aid that helps fine metals achieve a white and highly reflective finish.

August 12th, 2016
Jillian Murphy

A Little Lesson: The Difference Between Anniversary and Eternity Rings

It’s an important occasion and you’d like to give your lady a gift—a new ring to add to her wedding jewelry, perhaps? The difference between an anniversary and eternity ring is a small, but important, thing to understand when deciding which piece to purchase.

August 10th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Talking Tantalum: New Men’s Bands

Tantalum, atomic number 73, is the most recent contemporary metal addition to our collection of men’s bands. Its name derives from a king in Greek mythology, whose fate was to gaze at a puddle under a fruit tree for eternity, always coveting the tempting fruit and quenching water, but never enjoying them. His name, Tantalus, gave rise to the word, “tantalizing.”

August 5th, 2016
Victoria Buritsch-Tompkins

August Birthstone: Peridot

Head’s up August-born! Your birthstone is the peridot, a vivid green gemstone thought to ward off evil, and bring good fortune to its wearer. Plus, it’s the perfect accent color for late summer.

August 1st, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

How to Shop for an Engagement Ring Online

The Internet is not some new-fangled, untested concept, nor is it going away any time soon. Chances are you’ll make at least one major online purchase in your lifetime. If it’s going to be an engagement ring, you should know the right way to go about doing it.

July 22nd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Beyond the Birthstone: Ruby

Ruby, the most celebrated red gemstone, commands the highest prices of any colored stone—rivaling diamonds.

July 20th, 2016
Katie Stam

How to Determine the Perfect Ring Size

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: figuring out someone’s ring size is tricky, especially if you’re trying to keep the reason why you’re seeking it on the down low.

July 13th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

9 Things to Know about Fancy Diamond Shapes

While the 4Cs involve grades, scales, and weight, choosing the shape of your diamond is purely a matter of personal taste. You’ll find nine shapes at Blue Nile (other than the traditional round brilliant cut), some of which you might recognize: emerald, oval, heart-shaped—each with its own charms.

July 8th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

3 Essential Things You Need to Know About Diamond Wedding Rings

Wedding rings come two ways: with diamonds (or gemstones) or without. If you’re going for one with a diamond, here’s what you’ll need to know. If you’re looking for information on plain bands, we’ve got you covered here. (And head here for a tutorial on how to match your wedding ring to your engagement ring.)

July 5th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

When Less is More: 4 Ways to Solve The Modern Engagement Ring Dilemma

You’re giving us the side-eye, thinking that when it comes to something as emotionally weighted and culturally significant as a sparkly diamond engagement ring, “how could less ever be more?” Well, surprise! We’re all about helping you put your hard-earned cash to work, so you can #BeEngaged with your life, and your love, instead of worrying about breaking the bank.

July 2nd, 2016
Stephanie Dore

You Say it’s Your Birthstone: Ruby

The color red incites our greatest passions and signifies our literal lifeblood. Its provocative color and rarity are two reasons that ruby has long captured the imagination of humankind.

July 1st, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Blue Nile Just Launched its Third Webroom! (What is that?)

The doors opened on our third Webroom, at Tysons Corner Center in the Washington D.C. area, which follows two others; at The Westchester in White Plains, New York, and at Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, New York. That’s right, one of the world’s largest online-only jewelers now has physical locations. We like to call it “Retail Reimagined.”

June 30th, 2016
Josh Holland

Moonstone: The Other June Birthstone

While pearl gets most of the attention as the traditional birthstone for June, we wanted to shine a little light on the modern birthstone for this summery month: moonstone.

June 24th, 2016
Victoria Buritsch-Tompkins

Ask An Expert: What’s that White Line in My Diamond?

You picked a beautiful round brilliant-cut diamond (that you’re sure was free of inclusions visible to the naked eye), had it set in the perfect setting, and now you see a flaw. Never fear! Chances are it’s a common optical phenomenon called “girdle reflection.”

June 10th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

You Say It’s Your Birthstone: Pearl

Pearl is June’s birthstone and an ancient gemstone. First noted in the annals of history during the Bronze Age in China, pearls are traditionally associated with purity, clarity, and, of course, wisdom.

June 1st, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Beyond the Birthstone: Emerald

Alongside sapphire and ruby, emerald tops the list as one of the most beloved and luxurious gemstones. This sophisticated gem is the green variety of the mineral beryl (along with morganite and aquamarine) and was appropriately chosen as May’s birthstone for its inspiring color representing life and rebirth.

May 20th, 2016
Katie Stam

Heavy Metal: All About Platinum

Platinum is the pinnacle of precious metals, the best of the best, and by far our most popular metal for engagement and wedding rings.

May 18th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Jewelry Care Guide: How to Protect Your Treasures for a Lifetime

Engagement and wedding rings are everyday jewelry, and everyday jewelry can really take a beating. So, it’s good that diamond (the stone most commonly used in wedding jewelry) is the hardest substance on earth. But that doesn’t mean diamonds, or your setting, are indestructible.

May 16th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

What You Need to Know about Wedding Bands

There’s more than meets the eye with the humble plain wedding ring. Fit, finish, and metals are all choices that help make the ring uniquely yours.

May 13th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

GCAL and Gemprint: 2 Things That Makes Signature Diamonds Even More Special

Aside from their spectacular cut, clarity, color, and brilliance, all Blue Nile Signature diamonds come with two additional features, Gemprint and a GCAL certificate, which further enhance their value.

April 15th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

The 4Cs: The Keys to Brilliance

The 4CsCut, Color, Clarity, and Carat—are the top four characteristics that determine a diamond’s quality. Knowing the basics makes finding the perfect stone for your setting a snap.

April 12th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Cut: The Most Important C in Diamond Buying

If you’re doing diamond research, you have no doubt encountered something called the “4Cs,” which is a handy-dandy abbreviation referring to Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat—the top four qualities to look for in a diamond based on a standardized industry-wide system. Of the four, Cut is the most important characteristic because it has the greatest influence over a diamond’s beauty and sparkle.

April 12th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

What Is a Carat and How Much of It Do You Need?

While perceived as a major status symbol, a diamond’s carat refers to its weight, not its size.

April 12th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Color: It’s What’s Not There That Counts

After cut, color is the second most important characteristic to consider when selecting a white diamond because it’s the next thing your eye will detect.

April 12th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

How Important is Clarity?

Most diamonds have tiny imperfections, or beauty marks, called inclusions. Fewer inclusions means a better clarity grade.

Most Blue Nile diamonds do not have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, and many are so small that they can’t be seen without magnification.

April 12th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Beyond the Birthstone: Colored Diamonds

Known for its brilliance, the diamond is among the most rare minerals found on earth, created deep beneath the Earth’s surface under extreme heat and pressure over a billion years. Sometimes, when a diamond is exposed to other minerals or heat, an even more rare thing occurs: the diamond changes from white to pink, yellow, brown, even blue to create an extremely coveted colored diamond.

April 11th, 2016
Katie Stam

3 Ways Inclusions Can Be a Good Thing in a Diamond

Self-proclaimed gem geek and Customer Service manager, Debra Dolphin, sheds some light on one of the scarier elements of diamond buying: navigating the flaws, blemishes, and beauty marks known as inclusions. Read on to learn what she has to say.

April 4th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

How to Pick Your Own Unique Engagement Ring

There are three ways to purchase an engagement ring from Blue Nile, each with their own considerations and level of decision-making. And because this is a very important purchase, it’s crucial that you get what you want, exactly the way you want it. Read on to decide which way of shopping suits your style.

March 30th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

How to Decide What Matters to You in a Diamond

It’s important to us that you have all the most pertinent diamond buying facts at your fingertips, but sometimes you just want to cut through all the lingo and get right to the point. You want what you want, be it brilliance, color, clarity, or size. Of course, all of those elements are what contributes to the overall quality of the diamond, but it’s ok to play favorites. Here’s us cutting to the chase:

March 28th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

7 Things to Think About When Buying a Diamond

You’ve decided to propose and the pressure is on to find a ring she’ll love. Since we’ve been a part of more than 500,000 proposals, we know a thing or two about engagement rings here at Blue Nile. Here are our top tips for buying the best diamond you can afford and the “you know me so well” ring style that sweeps her off her feet.

March 25th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Diamond Shapes: How to choose the right one for you

We took one ring style and set it with six different diamond shapes to give you an idea of how each one looks. We can’t pick the right shape for you, but we can sure help make the decision easier.

March 24th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Avoid Mistakes: Ask the Right Questions to Get the Right Ring

We asked our customer service team for a list of questions they ask our customers to help them find the right ring for their sweetheart. What they shared with us is nothing short of genius.

March 23rd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Beyond the Birthstone: Beryl

Aquamarine, emerald, and morganite are befittingly colorful gemstone choices, but did you know that they’re cousins, each representing a variety of the mineral beryl? While pure beryl is colorless, fortunate incidences of serendipity (also known as chemical impurities), gift beryl with an assortment of colors spanning the rainbow.

March 18th, 2016
Katie Stam

When to Get the Best Deals on Diamonds

The answer: right now.

March 14th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Spotlight: 5 Surprising Things About Designer Zac Posen

When New York-native Zac Posen burst onto the fashion scene at the age of 21 in 2001, he had already designed a dress for legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell and The New York Times was using the word “prodigy” to describe him.

March 2nd, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Do Diamonds Chip?

Diamonds are hard, but they’re not indestructible. Confused? Our expert explains.

February 24th, 2016
Debra Dolphin

Crystal Clear: All About Quartz

You might have heard of amethyst and citrine, the purple and yellow-orange gemstones that represent February and November as birthstones, but did you know that they’re both varieties of the quartz mineral?

February 17th, 2016
Katie Stam

Made in Italy: Bold Gold

The origin of a product can tell you a lot about its quality. Few places in this world signify higher artisanship than Italy—it’s a point of national pride.

February 6th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Old is New: Rose Cut Diamonds

As much as we love the modern round brilliant cut for its sparkling presence, recent trend reports are depicting some of our favorite antique jewelry styles and diamond cuts customarily found in antique jewelry.

January 18th, 2016
Katie Stam

What to Know About Gold

The best thing about gold (aside from its lustrous beauty) is the number of hues it comes in. Learn the difference between rose, white, and yellow gold, and the scoop on karats.

January 15th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

A Gemstone Primer

There are more than 200 recognized gemstones. While sapphireruby, and emerald are the most popular for fine jewelry, the galaxy of gemstones is huge and ranges the entire color spectrum.

January 13th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Ask an Expert: Garnets, Beyond the Birthstone

When most people think of garnets, they think of a dark red gemstone, often the more affordable option to the luxurious and sought-after ruby. There is much more to this popular gemstone.

January 11th, 2016
Katie Stam

Buying Guide: Signature Diamonds

All of the diamonds we sell are of the highest quality, but we reserve the name “Signature” for exclusively sourced stones cut to exacting specifications to enhance brilliance and fire.

January 6th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

Buying Guide: Solitaire Engagement Rings

It’s all about the diamond with this style—a classic ring that plays nicely with almost any wedding ring style.

January 4th, 2016
Ali Brownrigg

How to Choose a Wedding Ring

You’ve purchased the engagement ring, pulled off the proposal, and learned a ton in the process. Now it’s time to set your sights on the wedding ring. Start here.

December 29th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Great Lengths: A Necklace Buying Guide

Unlike rings, size matters less with necklaces, but there are still some rules to keep in mind. Let us break it down for you.

December 21st, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Buying Guide: Sidestone Engagement Rings

A solitaire has a sole diamond and sidestone rings have, you guessed it, stones along the band, radiating out from the main center diamond. Read on to learn exactly what that looks like.

December 18th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Meet the Designer: Monica Rich Kosann

Jeweler and fine art photographer, Monica Rich Kosann, believes that every woman has a story to tell, and her collection at Blue Nile is thoughtfully curated to help tell those stories, in a very personal way.

December 16th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Diamond Studs: A Sure Thing

As essential as a little black dress (and a great way to accessorize one), diamond stud earrings are a staple, and an excellent, heirloom-quality gift.

December 11th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Stunning Diamonds = Smart Investments

Good old supply and demand: If something is rare and coveted, the market places a higher value—and return—on it. Diamonds are no exception.

December 11th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

From the CEO: How to Save on a Diamond

How’s this for merry and bright? In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, Blue Nile CEO Harvey Kanter shared an exclusive diamond discount code for holiday shoppers and five secrets to spending less on diamond rings.

December 8th, 2015
Andy Layman

Fear Busters: Engagement Ring Fact Check

We surveyed 1,000 men between the ages of 18 and 50 to find out what they fear most about buying an engagement ring.

December 8th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

It’s Elemental: Colored Diamonds

Colored diamonds are extremely rare stones, prized by diamond collectors, coveted by savvy investors, and the focal point of many a celebrity engagement ring.

December 8th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Cyber Monday Sapphires

Gorgeous icy diamonds and velvety blue sapphires are a match made in jewelry heaven. Check out the spectacular pieces that we’ve added to our (50 percent off) holiday sale in honor of Cyber Monday.

November 30th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Back in Black (Friday)

We have thoughtfully curated a special selection of rings, bracelets, and earrings, made with very high quality diamonds and 18k gold, all at unbelievable almost too-good-to-be-true prices.

November 26th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Hot Rocks: New From Monique Lhuillier

Los Angeles-based designer Monique Lhuillier captures the essence of luxury by inspiring femininity, allure, and glamour in her bridal and ready-to-wear collections.

November 13th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Frances Gadbois Supports Alzheimer’s Research

During her decades in the jewelry industry, designer and philanthropist, Frances Gadbois, has cultivated a large and loyal international following of chic and savvy women.

November 4th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Make It Snappy

Have you ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes here at Blue Nile? Well, it’s your lucky day! We’re entering into the world of Snapchat where we will be sharing all of the good stuff you can’t see anywhere else, including (but not limited to):

October 29th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Man on the Street: What is Leakage?

Hint: it has to do with diamonds. Learn what qualities to avoid when buying a diamond.

October 20th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Man on the Street: Don’t Break the Bank

There are some antiquated ideas floating out there about how much you should plan on spending on the engagement ring. We’re here to clear that up.

October 15th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Why Buy An Engagement Ring Online?

There are many reasons to shop online for your engagement ring (besides the obvious bonus of surfing the web in your pajamas), namely: the control to shop at your own speed, unparalleled selection, the best value, and unrivaled convenience.

October 14th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

How to Avoid Overpaying for a Diamond

Since the beginning of time, you’ve been told that diamonds are unique. Well, that’s true, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be compared to find the best price – and smartphones have made this easier than ever.

October 13th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Man on the Street: Diamond Know-How

Get to know the basics of diamond anatomy so you make an informed decision when you choose to purchase.

October 13th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Man on the Street: Don’t Sweat It

If you’re like most people, your diamond knowledge needs some spiffing up. We’re here to help.

October 8th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Man on the Street: Shape Up

We quizzed the general public on their diamond knowledge and discovered the need for some serious diamond education.

October 6th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Man on the Street: Diamonds Are Hard

Test your diamond IQ and see how your knowledge compares to the public at large.

October 1st, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

How To Be Extraordinary

We count three ways: diamonds, gemstones, and pearls.

September 18th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Top 10 Diamond Buying Tips

We can’t emphasize enough how important to us it is that our customers understand how to navigate the diamond buying process.

September 16th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

How Many Ways Can YOU Shop at Blue Nile?

Desktop, smart phone, tablet, app, and if you live near Garden City, New York, in real life.

September 9th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

How to Spot the Perfect Pearl

An oyster is nature’s tiny treasure chest, one that takes years to turn a piece of sand into a shining pearl. The glacial pace pays off when that little lustrous treasure is revealed.

September 2nd, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Ask An Expert: Diamond Fluorescence

Question: What is diamond fluorescence? Answer: Nothing to be afraid of.

August 31st, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

Great Moments in Diamond History: Tennis, Anyone?

What do diamonds have to do with tennis? Turns out, a whole lot.

August 28th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

How to Buy an Engagement Ring

A lot of consideration goes into popping the question and picking the right ring is a biggie. Make sure you know your solitaire from your shank before you shop.

August 21st, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

An Introduction to the 4Cs

Some lessons in life are game changers, whereupon learning them you are transformed or evolved in some way.

August 6th, 2015
Ali Brownrigg

5 Diamond Buying Tips

Buying a diamond is a big deal—we totally get that—but there are some easy-to-understand tips to maximize your purchase while keeping your bottom line in sight.

August 3rd, 2015
Ali Brownrigg