So you’ve decided to pop the question? Congrats! The hardest step in proposing is making the decision to do it. Now it’s time to start planning. It all begins with the perfect engagement ring, of course! That’s a whole journey in itself, which we’ll prepare you for in future posts. But first, let’s get started with the basics – finding her engagement ring size. Before you can design her ring, you’ve got to know which size to choose.
FINDING HER ENGAGEMENT RING SIZE
It’s actually easier than you think. You can even do it online with our free online ring sizer. Alternatively, you can request a free plastic ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. No matter what, rest assured that your engagement ring can be resized for free within 60 days of your purchase.
If you’re buying the engagement ring as a surprise, choose one of these options:
1. If you don’t know your girlfriend’s ring size, ask her close friends or family members. Tell them to keep it hush-hush so that they don’t accidentally ruin the surprise!
2. Go into her jewelry box and sneakily borrow one of her rings (make sure it’s from the correct ring finger!) and use James Allen’s online or plastic engagement ring sizer to determine the ring’s size. Try to take a ring she doesn’t wear too often so she won’t notice it’s missing.
3. Find a ring of hers (like in option 2) and place it on a sheet of paper. Trace around the inner part of the ring. Bring the paper to a local jeweler so they can determine what her size is.
4. Take a bar of soap and press the ring into it until the shape of her ring is formed in the soap. Bring the soap to a local jeweler. Make sure not to use a ring with a lot of detail, so that soap doesn’t get stuck in the crevices.
5. This one’s for heavy-sleepers only! When she’s fast asleep, take a piece of string and measure around her ring finger. Cut the string so that you can take it to a local jeweler who can help you determine her ring size. Make sure not to pull the string too tight.
Watch to see how to find her engagement ring size!
Ladies – If you’re finding your own engagement ring size:
1. Measure your finger at the end of the day, as your fingers tend to be warmer and larger at the day’s end.
2. Measure several times to make sure your calculations are accurate.
Who said surprises end with the proposal? For Ben and Danny, the proposal day was full of surprises. It wasn’t enough for Ben to just plan the proposal – he wanted to make sure the celebrations would continue.
A Surprise Proposal
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Ben & Danny from Washington, D.C.
Danny wasn’t expecting anything, since their engagement had been postponed for a while as a result of financial issues.
Unsuspectingly, Danny went to New York for some family time, while Ben was busy planning a surprise proposal. When Danny arrived back to what he thought would be an empty home, he saw that their place had been set up with romantic surprises – Roses, champagne, and a Feyoncé t-shirt to boot! Ben then came out of the bedroom with the sparkling James Allen engagement ring in hand, got down on one knee, and asked Danny to spend the rest of their lives together.
But, the surprises didn’t end there. Shortly after the proposal, the couple arrived at a Baltimore Orioles game for a friend’s birthday. Meanwhile, while the two were celebrating at the game, the rooftop of their apartment building was being prepared for a surprise engagement party!
Ben and Danny no doubt will continue to have many fabulous surprises ahead!
Fear knot (pun intended)! We’re here to provide you with info that will make the luminous stone a mystery no more.
DIAMOND SHAPES 101
Here are some rules of thumb to help you select a diamond that speaks your name!
If you’re classy, traditional and timeless, go ROUND.
Round diamonds are also known as “brilliant cut,” as their shape maximizes light return from the top of the diamond, bringing out that extra shine. The round shape accomplishes being modern and timeless simultaneously, and is great for those who want a classic, yet incredibly sparkling look. Round diamonds are very versatile, as most engagement rings can be set with a round diamond. Round-cut diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings: more than 60% of brides-to-be want a round center stone.
The cushion cut is a brilliant cut with rounded corners. Antique style cushion-cut rings have a classic, romantic appeal. They bring back chivalry and fairy tale love stories from days gone by. Cushion-cut engagement rings are the way to go for vintage brides who want to be reminded of a chivalrous era when romance and elegance reigned.
If you’re imaginative, cutting-edge and experimental, go OVAL.
The oval-shaped diamond is a modified version of the round-cut diamond. Its shape elegantly elongates the hand, which appeals to brides with shorter fingers. Although solitaire is the most common setting choice for oval-cut diamonds, brides also often choose to place side-stones (either gemstones or smaller diamonds) on either side of the oval. Oval-shaped rings are perfect for the brave, creative future Mrs.
If you’re stylish, playful and cheerful, go PRINCESS.
The princess shape is ideal for future brides who want a ring that’s traditional with a modern twist. The exquisite square shape of princess-cut diamonds is exotic and designed for maximum brilliance. The princess-cut is the 2nd most popular choice for diamond rings. Just like round diamonds, princess cuts are suitable for most engagement ring settings.
If you’re confident, elegant and adventurous, go EMERALD.
A popular style is known for its beauty and precision, the emerald-cut diamond has long lines which give the stone an elegant and sophisticated look. Emerald-shaped rings are a great choice for the bride who knows who she is and what she wants and is ready to take on anything that comes her way. Originally, emerald-cut diamonds were only used on emerald stones.
If you’re feminine, old-fashioned and unique, go ASSCHER.
While Asscher-cut diamonds are in the square-shaped diamond family, they offer a more vintage appeal than the other square shapes. Choosing an Asscher-cut diamond will make your ring bright, shiny and seemingly transparent. When donning an Asscher-cut ring, you’ll be taken back to the art deco vibe of the 1920’s and ‘30s.
If you’re lively, positive and flirty, go RADIANT.
Radiant-cut diamonds have cropped, rounded corners. A combination of princess and cushion-cut diamond shapes, radiant-cut diamonds are non-traditional, yet still brilliant. The beautiful diamond shape is elegant and rare. The way the underside is cut maximizes the color reflected off the diamond and results in intense brilliance. If you’re a peppy optimist, this diamond is for you.
Pear-shaped diamonds resemble a teardrop. Marquise and oval shapes are combined to form a stunning shape. As pear-cut diamonds have an asymmetrical shape, they’re usually set with a simpler engagement ring setting. More daring brides-to-be are swept away by this gorgeous shape.
If you’re romantic, sensitive and sentimental, go HEART.
The heart shaped diamond is the most romantic of the diamond shapes. Brides who choose heartshaped engagement rings view them as an everlasting symbol of their love. Exhibiting ultimate brilliance, heart diamonds must be designed by a true artist to get the cut just right. Heart-shaped diamond rings are the perfect choice for hopeless romantics.
If you’re outgoing, dramatic, and refined, go MARQUISE.
A classic diamond shape, the marquise cut has a long, narrow surface which creates the illusion of a larger diamond. Marquise-cut diamonds make fingers look slender and long. Brides-to-be who can handle a little drama will love a marquise-cut engagement ring. For the effect of a maximum carat weight and a luxurious feel, a marquise is an excellent option.