The 2018 Grammys had their highs and lows, but the red carpet looks were absolute music to our eyes. Turns out Bruno Mars wasn’t the only one with 24K Magic at this year’s awards; check out the 2018 Grammys looks that rose to the occasion and our matching James Allen jewelry picks.
2018 Grammys Looks & Jewelry Picks
Ashanti + Yellow Gold Pavé Engagement Ring with Pear Shape Diamond
Much like Ashanti, this trending pear shaped engagement ring is Always on Time. Both the gown and this ring shimmer from every angle in radiant gold.
Ne-Yo + Yellow Gold Etched Comfort Fit Wedding Band
Ne-Yo’s unique crushed yellow velvet jacket earns him the title of Mr. Independent. Echo the class and texture of Ne-Yo’s look with this etched gold wedding band.
Lady Gaga + Vintage Filigree Engagement Ring with Round Cut Diamond
Lady Gaga turned heads with her dramatic black sheer lace Armani ensemble. We’re obsessed with the couture lace details mirrored in this vintage engagement ring.
Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina + Morganite and Diamond Halo Earrings
Sisters Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina complemented each other in show-stopping white gowns and light pink lipsticks. Find their Finesse with these gorgeous studs.
Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) + Opal and Diamond Halo Necklace
Writer, actor, and musician or Donald Glover’s all-white three-piece suit: which makes a more heavenly trio? We’ll opt for white gold, opal, and diamond while we decide.
Janelle Monae + Rose Gold Bow Tie Engagement Ring with Round Cut Diamond
Just when we thought nothing could top Janelle Monae’s signature look, she goes ahead and pulls out an embroidered masterpiece. Rock her bow-tie style with this glittering engagement ring.
Camila Cabello + Ruby and Diamond Bracelet
We’re Havana tough time getting over Camila Cabello’s bold scarlet gown. Make your own diamond and ruby red statement with this gemstone tennis bracelet.
Bask in the sparkle of these celebrity engagement rings.
You know that moment when your favorite power couple announces they’re getting engaged? 2017 gave us multiple moments like that. Over the past year, we’ve been treated to some stellar celebrity engagement rings and we’re definitely thanking our lucky stars!
So, what can we learn from our famous friends and their showstopping rings? Less traditional diamond shapes are in right now, with the likes of Cardi B and Kirsten Dunst rocking pear and oval shapes respectively.
These talented ladies aren’t the only ones turning heads with their unique ring styles. Find out which other celebrity engagement rings we think are destined for stardom.
Celebrity Engagement Rings: Cardi B + Offset
Rising star Cardi B was recently gifted this eight-carat stunner by fiancé Offset. The Bodak Yellow rapper’s rock is surrounded by two half-carat pear diamonds and two carats’ worth of pink and white stones.
Assuming you don’t make “money moves” quite like Cardi, here’s a more affordable split-shank halo engagement ring. The pear shape center diamond is complemented by a stunning pavé halo and pavé under gallery.
White Gold Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring
Celebrity Engagement Rings: Sophie Turner + Joe Jonas
Pop singer Joe Jonas popped the question to his girlfriend, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, with this pear-shaped split shank engagement ring.
But why live in a world of fantasy when you can get a near-identical ring IRL for less? This split shank engagement ring features two pavé bands and a stunning halo that accentuates the pear-shaped diamond.
White Gold Double Shank Pear Halo Engagement Ring
Celebrity Engagement Rings: Kaley Cuoco + Karl Cook
Tension engagement rings are what the kids these days might call “tight.”
A tension please! With hypermodern, almost futuristic style, tension rings hold their diamond in place by physical force alone. Many tension set diamonds seemingly levitate in their setting. Although prongs are not used, tension engagement rings are some of the most secure because the entire setting works to hold the diamond in place. Some tension cut engagement rings show off the whole diamond, in which case the diamond cut is even more important.
Tension engagement rings celebrate a bright and extraordinary future together.
Channel-set engagement rings, like pavé engagement rings, have diamonds lacing the bands. The difference is that channel-set rings’ diamonds are secured to the band without prongs by a thin strip of metal. Aesthetically, this makes the diamonds flush with the band, gives a glossy sheen, and allows more light to catch on the diamonds’ surfaces. Practically, this means channel-set rings are sturdier and less likely to catch on clothing.
Vintage engagement rings fit those with a flair for everlasting fashion.
Vintage and antique-style engagement rings mix the intricate craft of vintage rings with the diamond cuts and durability of modern engagement rings. These rings are inspired by various time periods, from ancient Egypt to the roaring 20s to the glamorous 60s. Each vintage diamond ring design is a throwback to an unforgettable era in fashion.
Bridge the past, present, and future with your own vintage engagement ring.
Join some of our favorite celebs in “putting on the splits” with a super-trendy split shank engagement ring.
Throughout history, many things have been split: the atom, the banana, the dinner bill (if you’re the progressive type). But perhaps none so exquisitely as the split shank engagement ring – one of 2017’s hottest jewelry trends. Named for its unique open design, this ring style is distinguished by a band that splits apart as it reaches the center stone. Depending on the stone’s shape and carat size, the shank can be split into two, three, or four strands that are either spaced apart, twisted, or woven. This creates an opening that elegantly frames the center diamond or gemstone, making it really stand out. If there is a more perfect metaphor for two lovers opening their hearts to one another, we haven’t seen it!
Rings with Benefits: The Split Shank Engagement Ring
If you’re still divided over whether a split shank engagement ring is right for you, the following benefits might help you decide.
Pavé-set diamonds along the shanks reflect onto the center stone, making it appear significantly bigger, not to mention more beautiful.
The split shanks provide additional support to the center stone, for a more secure and comfortable setting. This is especially important when worn for extended periods.
Split shank engagement rings are available in various designs, each offering a uniquely glamorous look and feel.
Celebrity Swank: The Split Shank Engagement Ring
A favorite among the glitterati, split shank engagement rings have been spotted on a number of famous fingers. A-listers Hayden Panettiere, Beyoncé, and Paris Hilton have all been seen putting on the splits.
Step into the Ring
Heroes star Hayden Panettiere is the proud owner of a split shank ring, given to her by boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. The ring sports a 6-carat emerald cut diamond that really packs a punch! Don’t have $500,000 to blow on a ring? This James Allen pavé set, diamond-encrusted split shank engagement ring bears a striking resemblance and costs significantly less. It features the perfect balance and proportions to showcase the emerald cut center stone.
Jay-Z clearly liked it, judging by the $5 million split shank engagement ring he put on it. Beyoncé’s no stranger to the spotlight, but in 2008, it was her extravagant 18-carat emerald cut sparkler, beautifully accented with micro-pavé diamonds, that took center stage.
If you’re as Crazy in Love with her ring as we are, you’ll be obsessed with this James Allen lookalike, which features a rounded crossover band with pavé diamonds and an integrated basket designed to securely display the center stone.
Socialite Paris Hilton recently got engaged to boyfriend Chris Zylka, who presented her with a split shank engagement ring complete with a massive pear-shaped diamond. Now, that’s hot! Snag the look with this James Allen split shank halo engagement ring, which features a pavé undergallery and stunning pavé halo. It’s bound to be your New BFF.
Do you have best friends who make you shine even brighter? Side-stone and three-stone engagement rings can relate.
These rings feature at least two smaller diamonds or gemstones flanking the center stone.
Side stones can be any cut or gem – some match the center stone while others are contrasting shapes. Side gemstones, like those in blue sapphire engagement rings, accentuate the center diamond with a vivid splash of color. Side-stone and three-stone engagement rings look even more radiant thanks to their complementing gems.
Thankful for your sparkling support system? Celebrate your engagement with one of our side-stone and three-stone engagement rings.
You’ve been dreaming about your big day for as long as you can remember, right down to the last rose petal. Every time you run through it in your head, it’s absolutely perfect; from the dress to the cake to the… 100 white doves? In reality, getting hitched without a hitch requires a lot of careful planning and a wedding day schedule that leaves nothing to chance.
To ensure your special day is remembered for all the right reasons, consider these points when putting together your wedding day schedule.
Wedding Day Schedule: Before the Ceremony
Give Your Diamonds a Shine
Before you walk down the aisle, you’ll want to make sure your bridal jewelry is every bit as radiant as you are. There are a number of things you can do to make your diamond engagement ring and wedding ring look sparkly clean. While the correct cleaning method will depend on the type of ring setting you choose, as a general rule, it’s okay to soak your rings for up to 30 minutes in mild dish soap and warm water, and scrub them gently with a soft toothbrush.
Let your bridesmaids have their hair and makeup done before you. Not only will you stay looking fresh for the ceremony, but you’ll also be able to have your bridesmaids in the background of your getting-ready shots. Your wedding day schedule should allow for an hour and a half to two hours for the bride’s hair and makeup, and an hour to an hour and a half for each of the bridesmaids.
Make Room for the Groom
Typically, the groom and groomsmen arrive at the venue an hour and a half prior to the ceremony. This allows them time to welcome guests and show them to their seats… and get those wedding-day jitters under control.
Preview Your Bridal Look
With your hair and makeup done and jewelry shined, it’s time to let the groom see his beautiful bride! You might want to use this quiet moment to take pre-ceremony portraits while your bridal party and families wait in the wings. You should allocate around 15 to 30 minutes of your wedding day schedulefor the first look; 40 if you factor in bride and groom photos.
Put Your Loved Ones in the Picture
Think about how you want your family and friends grouped in photos and prepare a list for the photographer. So there’s no confusion, you can also ask someone from your bridal party to help the photographer identify all the people on the list. Your wedding day schedule should allow up to 50 minutes for photo ops.
Wedding Day Schedule: It’s Showtime!
Get This Party Started
Plan to start the wedding ceremony fifteen minutes after the time listed on the invitation, as there will always be latecomers.
After you’ve exchanged vows, it’s off to the reception. Yay! You know how this part goes: cocktails are drunk, dinner is served, dances are danced, toasts are made, the cake is cut, a bouquet is tossed, and you make your grand exit. Whichever moments you choose to include in your wedding day schedule, try not to get too caught up in the details; allow yourself space to enjoy what is sure to be one of the best days of your life.
Wedding Day Schedule: Winding Down
Play It Safe
Once you’ve kicked off your dancing shoes and picked the last bit of confetti from your hair, you’ll probably be ready to call it a night. At this point, you might be tempted to toss your shiny new engagement ring and wedding ring into a drawer or leave them lying precariously on your nightstand – but they need a bed for the night too! It’s important to store your diamond jewelry separately from other jewelry, as they can scratch pretty much any jewel they come into contact with, diamonds being the hardest mineral on Earth and all. You’re best off keeping your sparklers in their original packaging or, if you prefer, in a separate compartment in a jewelry box.
Planning a proposal? We’re here to give you the answers before you pop the question! Check out these proposal tips inspired by our Customer’s Engagement Moments:
Proposal Tip 1: Plan ahead to capture the moment.
This moment will be one of your happiest and most authentic. Consider hiring a photographer, or ask a talented friend with a high-quality camera. Proposing alone? Learn from Gregory and Shauntay’s incredible West Virginia beach proposal and ask your SO for an auto-timer picture with your phone right before you propose.
Some want family and friends there, like Lauren and Thomas’s special holiday party proposal. Others might want it to be just you two in an intimate setting, like Heather and Tara’s beautifully simple picnic proposal. Think about how you and your SO would want to celebrate after saying yes.
Proposal Tip 4: Add personal references to your history together.
Start your future together by reminding your SO about your unbelievable past and present. Think like Michael, who proposed to Kasey after they ran one of their most challenging races together, or like Dayron, who proposed to Melissa on one of their cherished boating outings.
Proposal Tip 5: Take advantage of epic events.
If you propose to your SO at a once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll always associate that legendary day with your love story. Get ideas from Brad and Ashley’s solar eclipse proposal or from Ashleigh and Justin’s Super Bowl win.
Proposal Tip 6: Involve holidays to double the celebration.
‘Tis the season! Proposing during the holidays comes with double the celebration and magically lit settings. Think about proposing in a gorgeously decked-out space like Devin and Megan’s sparkling Union Station proposal.
To get your SO where she needs to go without arousing suspicion, team up with a friend or family member. Make sure they’re good enough actors so the secret doesn’t get out! Think like Tony, who worked with Lindsey’s best friend to surprise her.
Proposal Tip 9: Pair it with a bucket list adventure.
Take your SO on an adventure she’s always wanted to go on as a nod to all your future adventures together. It’ll be a great reminder of how you help each other grow. Get inspired by Lucas and Stephanie’s New Year’s NYC proposal and Glenn and Stacey’s Australian skydive story.
Proposal Tip 10: Breathe.
You’ve got this! However you propose, your SO will love it because you love each other. We’ve seen our fair share of incredible proposal stories at JamesAllen.com and we can’t wait to add yours to the mix. Good luck and congratulations!
Halo: brightness, our old friend. Halo, we love you, won’t you tell us your name?
Along with the infinite potential for wordplay, halo engagement rings hold glorious potential to highlight your center diamond. Halo settings feature smaller diamonds or gemstones which surround the engagement ring’s center stone. The result is a dazzling frame to your already sparkling ring. If you’re on a tight center diamond budget or if you want to make a large diamond look even larger, halo engagement rings are a brilliant choice.
Halo engagement rings can go with simple solitaire bands for a more modern look or decorated bands for a vintage style. For maximum shimmer, choose a halo engagement ring with a pavé band. Halos complement your stone shape, from round cut to pear shape to whatever cut you choose.