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Jewelry Picks Inspired by our Favorite 2018 Grammys Looks

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.

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

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.

Ne-Yo Yellow Gold Etched Comfort Fit Wedding Band 2018 grammys looks

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.

Lady Gaga Vintage Filigree Engagement Ring with Round Cut Diamond 2018 Grammys Looks

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.

Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina Morganite and Diamond Halo Earrings 2018 Grammys Looks

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.

14K White Gold East-West Oval White Opal And Diamond Halo Necklace

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.

Janelle Monae's 14K Rose Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond 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.

Camila Cabello's 14K White Gold Alternating Ruby And Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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Celebrity Engagement Rings Written in the Stars

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

14K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond 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

14K White Gold Double Shank Pear Halo Engagement Ring

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Kaley Cuoco + Karl Cook

The only tear on Kaley Cuoco’s pillow is the pear-shaped ‘teardrop’ solitaire engagement ring given to her by fiancé Karl Cook.

Snag the Big Bang Theory actress’ ring style with this French-cut pavé engagement ring, designed to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides.

White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Meghan Trainor + Daryl Sabara

Singer Meghan Trainor received this twinkling cushion cut diamond engagement ring from her dear future husband, actor Daryl Sabara.

You, too, can be all about that bling with this matching cushion cut sparkler, which features pavé-set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank.

Of course, she isn’t the only famous Meghan to have said “YES!” in 2017. Read this article to get inspired by Meghan Markle’s much-hyped engagement ring.

White Gold Pavé Halo and Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Round Center)

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Kirsten Dunst + Jesse Plemons

Perhaps you prefer the old Hollywood glamor of Kirsten Dunst’s vintage oval-cut diamond set in a yellow-gold band with baguette accents.

This drop-dead gorgeous lookalike features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the oval-cut center diamond. Bring it on, we say!

Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
(Oval Center)

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Camilla Luddington + Matthew Alan

Actor Matthew Alan brought the drama when he proposed to Grey’s Anatomy star Camilla Luddington. He opted for a more traditional round-cut diamond set on a dainty gold band.

Recreate the showbiz look with this exquisite knife-edge diamond solitaire, which offers classic appeal at an affordable price.

Rose Gold Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)

Celebrity Engagement Rings: Reach for the Stars

You don’t have to have your name in lights to design your own engagement ring. Check out these star-studded sparklers in 360° HD.

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Style Series: Modern Tension Engagement Rings

Tension engagement rings are what the kids these days might call “tight.”

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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.

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Sense a spectacular tension ring:

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring

A classic contemporary and amazing tension engagement ring, the lustrous metal helps this center stone float.

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

Two-Tone Tension Engagement Ring

This tension setting cradles an über-trendy pear cut diamond with two different shades of gold.

14K Two-Tone White And Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Swirl Tension Setting

Contoured Tension Engagement Ring

Make a bold statement with a geometric princess cut center diamond held by a sophisticated twist tension.

14K White Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

Hand Engraved Tension Engagement Ring

Confession: this one is a faux-tension ring. Still, like anyone with a faux leather jacket knows, a stylin’ version can be just as charming as a real tension set ring.

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Etched and Pointed Tension Engagement Ring

Pointed settings allow for marquise diamonds, which are a breathtaking connector between the ends of the tension twist.

Two-Tone Pavé Tension Engagement Ring

For the modern glam romantic, these pavé lines, etches, and mixed metals surround a gorgeous center stone.

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Style Series: Sleek Channel-Set Engagement Rings

Stay tuned to channel-set engagement rings…

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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.

Design Your Own Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Get in the groove with these shimmering channel-set engagement ring picks:

Bow Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Look your finest in this black tie-style ring. Even more chic: the diamond-lined tapered design draws the eye to a sparkling center stone.

Princess Channel-Set Engagement Ring

This delicate stripe of princess cut diamonds is a classic channel-set choice and allows flexibility for center stone choices.

Baguette Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Baguette cut diamonds are completely flush with this yellow gold band, creating a geometric and glam design.

Graduated Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Capture the crispness and shine of winter with this reverse taper channel-set diamond ring. Hot cocoa not included.

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Engraved Carre Channel-Set Engagement Ring

The magical engraving detail, rose gold metal, and channel-set band fit together as seamlessly as this ring’s carre diamonds.

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Cathedral Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Eight diamonds on each side of this center stone creates the sweetest sixteen. Bonus: round channel-set diamonds lend twinkling texture.

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Style Series: Inspired Vintage Engagement Rings

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.

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Find your unique vintage style:

Frame Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

Frame your memories together with this rose gold stunner. The solitaire band lets its center stone and unique halo shine.

14K Rose Gold Vintage Inspired Antique Frame Halo Engagement Ring

Filigree Vintage Engagement Ring

Intricate swirl outlines with diamond detailing? As you wish. This is the perfect ring for fairytale romances.

14K White Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

Enchanted Sapphire Vintage Engagement Ring

A bold blue sapphire halo creates a whirlwind that draws you in to the spectacular center stone.

14K White Gold Enchanted Swirl Engagement Ring

Engraved Basket Vintage Engagement Ring

Milgrain, notched engraving, side stones, and a pavé cathedral add delicate details to this sparkly, petite ring.

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Infinity Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

An infinity halo represents your infinite love — isn’t it great to know that your future together is golden?

Engraved Swirl Vintage Engagement Ring

This ring looks like a wreath wrapped around the center stone, holding and protecting over its fire.

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Open Floral Vintage Engagement Ring

This statement ring feels completely regal, with a soft, swirling floral pavé design and an open split pavé shank.

14K White Gold Soft Floral Diamond Engagement Ring

Milgrain Bezel Vintage Engagement Ring

A princess cut center stone and milgrain halo recalls the highly decorative mirrors of the past. See yourself shining in this clean, elegant ring.

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Decorative Bridge Vintage Engagement Ring

Why live in a castle when you can wear one on your finger? The craft of this ring is highlighted by its pavé diamond-accented shank.

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Give Shanks with a Split Shank Engagement Ring

Join some of our favorite celebs in “putting on the splits” with a super-trendy split shank engagement ring.

14K White Gold Split Shank Ribbon 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.

  1. Pavé-set diamonds along the shanks reflect onto the center stone, making it appear significantly bigger, not to mention more beautiful.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Check out Hayden Panettiere's 14K Yellow Gold Emerald Shape Split Shank Engagement Ring

Beyoncé YES!

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.

Check out Beyoncé's 14K White Gold Twisted Pave Shank Contemporary Diamond Engagement Ring

Split Heirs

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.

For more practical (and affordable) lookalikes, read our Paris Hilton-inspired blog post.

Check out Paris Hilton's 14K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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Style Series: Side-Stone & Three-Stone Engagement Rings

Do you have best friends who make you shine even brighter? Side-stone and three-stone engagement rings can relate.

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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.

Design Your Own Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Which side stones will you choose?

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Scroll Undergallery Cushion Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

This trending ring is a spot-on replica of Meghan Markle’s royal engagement ring. The metal swirl detailing underneath the center diamond adds a bonus fairytale factor.

14K Yellow Gold Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring With Scroll Undergallery

Pear and Pavé Round Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

The super-popular pear shape makes for a sweet, surprising side stone. A pavé-accented band brings even more shine to highlight the center diamond.

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear And Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Tapered Baguette Round Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Part of the band itself looks like it’s made of diamond thanks to the baguette cut side stones. This clean geometric design contrasts nicely with warm, rose gold metal.

14K Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Channel Set Emerald Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Emerald cut diamonds have icy, glacier-like lines. Choose a center stone to be framed by these symbols of stability and natural beauty.

14K White Gold Three Stone Emerald And Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Twisted Vine Round Cut Side-Stone Engagement Ring

These marquise-shaped, pavé-set side stones are the leaves of the center stone’s flower. Every rose has its thorn — luckily, this ring has none.

14K White Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

Hand-Engraved Princess Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Feel like a storybook hero every day with these princess cut center and side stones, milgrain detailing, and floral engraving.

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Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Rings

Vintage Milgrain Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Patterned with marquise-cut sapphires, this ring has a delicate and artistic color pop. The flower wire basket and milgrain framing add an extra creative touch.

14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

Round Cut Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

This crisp design lets its center diamond and sapphire side stones take their own spotlight even as they complement each other.

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Pavé Floral Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Blue sapphire gemstones bookmark a breathtaking amount of sparkle. Plus, this band’s milgrain detailing gives this center flower an equally beautiful stem.

14K White Gold Floral Engagement Ring

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Round Cut Trillion Ruby Three-Stone Engagement Ring

We love the way this ring evokes the power, Lasso of Truth, and natural beauty of Wonder Woman. The open wire basket is a modern flair for a classic design.

18K Yellow Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Emerald Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Haven’t you heard? Green means glow. The tones of these emerald side stones give you a constant connection to nature, representing rebirth and love.

14K White Gold Three Stone Step-Cut Emerald Engagement Ring

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How to Nail the Wedding Day Schedule

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.

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Wedding Day Schedule: Before the Ceremony

Give Your Diamonds a Shine

Make time in your wedding day schedule to clean your bridal jewelry

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.

Ladies First

Give your bridesmaids priority primping in your wedding day schedule

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

Allow for the early arrival of the groom and groomsmen in your wedding day schedule

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

Allow for a quiet moment with the groom in your wedding day schedule

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 schedule for the first look; 40 if you factor in bride and groom photos.

Put Your Loved Ones in the Picture

Add helping the photographer identify guests to your wedding day schedule

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

Make time in your wedding day schedule to have fun!

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

Make room in your wedding day schedule for safely storing your diamond jewelry

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.

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Wedding Day Schedule: Sounds Like a Plan

For more information on keeping your precious pieces in pristine condition, read this article on caring for your diamond jewelry. If you have yet to purchase your wedding ring, this blog post explains How to Match Your Wedding Ring and Engagement Ring.

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10 Essential Proposal Tips

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.

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Proposal Tip 2: Nail the ring.

From all the stories we’ve heard, a dreamy ring is always the cherry on top of a dreamy proposal. Make sure to design a jaw-dropping engagement ring, with attention to setting style, metal, size, and diamond quality. Read our engagement ring buying guide and take a cue on ring design collaboration from Adam and Telisa’s New Year’s proposal.

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Proposal Tip 3: Think about your invites.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Proposal Tip 7: Speak from the heart.

Your connection can only be expressed in your own words. We love how spontaneously and genuinely Parker proposed to Lauren on a sidewalk – trust that your SO will be charmed by your honesty.

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Proposal Tip 8: Involve a decoy.

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.

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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.

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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!

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Get Paris Hilton’s Engagement Ring for (Much) Less

Congrats! Heiress and Simple Life star Paris Hilton got engaged to Chris Zylka on Tuesday with a sparkler as huge as their smiles.

To be clear: that is super, super large. Paris Hilton’s engagement ring center stone is a 20 carat diamond, and in case you haven’t read up on the 4 Cs, that is one very heavy rock.

Paris’s pear-shaped center stone was inspired by her mother’s ring and is framed by a diamond halo and a split-shank platinum pavé band. In the historic words of Paris Hilton herself, “That’s hot.” Pear cut diamonds are one of 2018’s top engagement ring trends, while halos add fire to an already gorgeous center stone.

For those who want to spend less than $2M on a slightly more practical lookalike of Paris’s bling, we’ve got you covered.

Selects Inspired by Paris Hilton’s Engagement Ring

Split-Shank Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Instead of opting for a colossal diamond, make your center stone look larger with this wide halo and split-shank pavé style

Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

A diamond halo and a single pavé band highlight the center pear-cut diamond in this classic ring.

Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

Clean cut and glam, this ring’s band’s angles complement the unique shape of its geometric center stone.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

French Cut Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Emulate Paris (or her name, at least) by opting for a French cut pavé, which maximizes the amount of light that hits the diamonds.

Twisted Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

This style weaves the glitz of a pavé band with the understated elegance of lustrous bare metal.  

Design Your Own Engagement Ring

What do you think of Paris Hilton’s engagement ring? Are you in love with one of these lookalikes? Sound off in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Style Series: Heavenly Halo Engagement Rings

Halo: brightness, our old friend. Halo, we love you, won’t you tell us your name?

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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.

Design Your Own Halo Engagement Ring

Ready for these angelic halo engagement ring picks?

1. Round Cut Cushion Halo Engagement Ring

With its classy cushion outline and its fiery round center stone, this halo ring combines the best of two shapes.

2. Princess Cut Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Go for the yellow gold with this trademark halo ring that’s fit and cut for a princess.

18K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Princess Center)

3. Pear Cut Solitaire Halo Engagement Ring

The solitaire band of this ring lets its center diamond and halo pop, spotlighting the distinctive pear shape.

14K White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

4. Round Cut Vintage Halo Engagement Ring

This marquise, round cut, and flower outline basket combo give the air of a rosy golden relic.

14K Rose Gold Marquise And Round Brilliant Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Round Cut Star Halo Engagement Ring

This burst halo has us totally starstruck, and the clean channel band adds extra design sophistication.

14K White Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

6. Round Cut Side-Stone Halo Engagement Ring

Side diamonds give the halo a special shape. Plus, we love the surprise diamond-shaped stone behind the center diamond!

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7. Princess Cut Magnolia Halo Engagement Ring

This rose gold ring has all the charm of the magnolia, a treasured flower that blooms brilliantly once a year.

14K Rose Gold Magnolia Engagement Ring

8. Round Cut Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

Sapphires frame the center stone with a pop of color, a beautiful way to check off your “something blue.”

14K White Gold French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

9. Radiant Cut Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

Between the octagon halo and the radiant diamond, this geometric vintage-style ring hits all the right angles.

18K White Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

10. Round Cut Split Band Halo Engagement Ring

Echo the cut-out clothing trend and optimize sparkle with this pavé split band-halo combo.

14K White Gold Grande Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

Ready to design your own engagement ring? Get started.

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Can’t wait for more expert ring info? The next installment of our Engagement Ring Style Series is coming up next week!

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