Behind every great book and every engagement moment is a unique and meaningful story.
National Book Day is finally here! To mark the moment, we polled the team at James Allen to find our top all-time book favorites. These selects are the tales that have taken us to magical, romantic, and adventurous worlds. If one of these reads is your SO’s favorite, we have suggestions for the perfect engagement ring!
Country stars’ engagement rings are just like their songs: filled with heart, all about love, and packed with fire.
In honor of this year’s Country Music Awards, check out our favorite country stars’ engagement rings. These rings take celebrity engagement rings to the next level. Plus, walk the shine with a James Allen lookalike!
Let’s be honest: we could all use a class called Buying an Engagement Ring 101 at some point in our lives.
Some of us have absolutely no clue where to start when buying an engagement ring. “Pavé”? How is that even pronounced? (protip: “pah-vay”). And how does one narrow down all of the sparkly choices??
Still, we know the process is worth the perfect reaction. For such a meaningful choice and such an important spend, how do you surprise your SO with exactly what they want?
Buying an Engagement Ring 101
Deep breaths! Our non-commissioned Customer Service team is here to answer your questions, 24/7. To start you out, we sat down with our Customer Service certified experts to mine their most helpful tips and tricks.
No idea what you’re doing? Start with the diamond shape.
If you’re not sure what kind of ring to get, our experts suggest you start by choosing the diamond shape:“There’s lots of little nuances between all the different faceting styles,” explains one of our Customer Service reps. The first and most basic decision is whether your SO would want a fancier shape or a more timeless diamond.
So, what do we know about your SO’s style?
Would she love to rock a more unique diamond? “When it comes to fancier shapes, such as a heart, a pear, an oval, marquise, etc., I always ask if she’s mentioned that she likes that specific shape,” says our rep. It’s better to know in advance if your SO would want a unique diamond shape, which tends to be more polarizing. If she is looking for trendy, “then ovals and pears are a great direction to go in. Marquises are really starting to gain strength as well!”
Now onto Buying an Engagement Ring 101, lesson 2! The setting of the engagement ring is, basically, everything but the center diamond. The type of ring, if you will. The most important consideration when choosing a setting according to our Customer Service team:
How will the ring fit with your SO’s lifestyle?
How active is she on the day-to-day? If she goes rock climbing, for example, or if she works in a medical field where gloves are necessary, you might want to go for a setting without exposed diamonds on the band, like a solitaire or channel-set ring.
The diamonds grooved into this ring’s band and the center stone’s basket minimize the risk of diamonds getting caught or falling out:
This sleek and modern engagement ring’s center diamond is strongly protected by a bezel setting:
If her day-to-day is less hands-on, you can consider a wider range of settings like the super-popular pavé setting which features more exposed diamonds on the band.
Petite Pavé Engagement Ring
Is your SO more trendy or low-key?
Like with diamond styles, our experts suggest you look at how trendy your SO is on the day-to-day. Some helpful guiding questions: Does she like to keep up with the latest fashions? Is she somebody who likes to read all the fashion magazines and blogs? If so, you might want to go for a more daring setting, like a romantic vintage engagement ring or a hyper-modern tension ring:
Or is your SO a bit more low-key? If the usual wardrobe is T-shirt and jeans, and especially if she doesn’t usually wear jewelry, our experts suggest opting for a simple, more classic style, like this baguette diamond stunner:
Don’t worry, this won’t end with Buying an Engagement Ring 101! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more!
Baseball player’s adorable proposals prove that sometimes there is crying in baseball!
Baseball season just began and wedding season is around the corner — what better time to spotlight baseball players with major league engagement ring style? These star players clearly connect to diamonds on and off the field.
Find and shop your favorite player’s ring styles here!
Just throwing this out there: we love the James Allen ring this Chicago Cubs infielder designed! Javier and Irmarie have been dating since they were 13 years old, just enough time to plan the absolute perfect engagement ring. Luckily, Javy got to make the dream come true with James Allen’s around-the-clock customer service team and 360° HD diamond display. At midnight on Irmarie’s birthday, Javy finally popped that magical question (a seriously tough gift to top). The bride-to-be now rocks a roughly 3 carat radiant cut diamond set in this triple-row pavé engagement ring. Shop it here!
2. Carlos Correa and Daniella Rodriguez
Talk about a doubleheader! Correa, the Houston Astros’ shortstop, proposed right after winning last year’s World Series. Shine in a more affordable lookalike of Miss Texas USA’s ring style with this split-band pavé halo engagement ring.
3. Justin Verlander and Kate Upton
The Houston Astros’ starting pitcher proposed to supermodel Upton with a custom design engagement ring estimated at $1.5 million. Get this gorgeous pavé band and diamond crown engagement ring lookalike for less!
4. Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis
Legendary New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter proposed to his swimsuit model wife with a stunning multi-row pavè engagement ring. For a guy who rarely dropped the ball, his is one jaw-dropping ring. Find yours here!
5. Bryce Harper and Kayla Varner
The Washington Nationals’ first baseman asked his girlfriend of six years to marry him with a super trendy ring. Get Kayla’s look here with an emerald cut diamond and trapezoid three-stone engagement ring!
6. Anthony Rizzo and Emily Vakos
Rizzo may be the Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, but his proposal came straight out of left field — he threw Emily off the track with a fake magazine shoot and fireworks! Mirror the glow of her radiant cut diamond and baguette three-stone engagement ring with this lookalike.
Platinum is a rare, valuable metal chosen for engagement rings by stars like Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, and Katherine Heigl. If they’re within your budget and you love their silvery hue, platinum engagement rings are a sturdy and gorgeous option.
1. Platinum’s rich, even color and sheen magnify the brilliance of diamonds, making it a popular choice for engagement ring settings.
Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring
2. With a 90-95% purity grade, platinum jewelry is an ideal hypoallergenic choice for people with metal or contact allergies.
Petite Pavé Flush Fit Engagement Ring
3. Platinum can withstand a lot of stress — more so than other precious metals. This strength also holds diamonds more securely.
Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring
4. A naturally white metal, platinum retains its white luster without major maintenance. Unlike white gold which is mixed with alloys and begins to yellow over time, platinum jewelry never needs to be re-plated.
Bow Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring
5. Platinum does not corrode, tarnish or rust, so it can be counted on to provide lasting beauty.
Pavé Set Four-Prong Engagement Ring
Enduring Platinum Engagement Rings
Danhov Abbraccio Swirl Engagement Ring
This delicate pavè swirl is backed by the strength of platinum, perfect for a woman who is both caring and strong.
Princess Channel-Set Engagement Ring
Silvery hues in this ring’s metal highlight the sleek sparkle of its channel-set princess diamonds.
As if they didn’t shine brightly enough on their own, Blake Lively, Amber Rose, Jennifer Aniston, and Serena Williams all don oval diamond engagement rings. A glam grand slam!
Split Shank Pavé Engagement Ring
Oval diamond engagement rings are an all-around great choice, perfect for those who want a combo of the round cut diamond’s sparkle and the pear cut diamond’s unique grace.
What to Know About Oval Cut Diamonds
When choosing an oval cut diamond engagement ring, know that oval cut diamonds feature the “bow tie effect”: like other fancy shape diamonds, there is a space in the center of each oval cut diamond that does not reflect light. The better cut the oval diamond, the smaller the bow tie effect.
Knife-Edge Lotus Engagement Ring
Other important considerations for oval cut diamonds: each stone has a varying length-to-width ratio, and either has round or flat shoulders (corners of the oval can be rounded or sloped).
Twin Pavé Cross Over Engagement Ring
Longer or wider oval cut diamonds? Round or flat shoulders?
Longer oval cut diamonds with flat shoulders are usually considered more elegant while more wider oval cut diamonds with rounded shoulders give less of a bow tie. Of course, personal taste always plays a part in the decision too!