Start spreading the news with an adorable personalized proposal video!
After you purchase your ring, we’ll email you a link to create a bespoke proposal video celebrating your engagement. Complete with pictures and videos of your relationship and proposal, plus a 360° HD view of your shining ring, the finished product is an easy and cute way to share your great news!
For an alternative to traditional brilliant cut diamonds, head straight for the linear luster of emerald cut diamonds.
Emerald cut, not to be confused with the vivid green gemstone of the same name, is a diamond cut known for its beauty and precision. An increasingly popular shape for engagement rings, emerald cut has charmed its way onto our fingers and into our hearts.
It’s not hard to see the appeal of emerald cut diamonds. Elegant long lines give them a look of subtle sophistication, while beveled corners add a touch of timeless glamour.
Elongated facets intersect the lower portion, or pavilion, of the diamond, creating a mirrored effect that results in dramatic flashes of light.
Step Up Your Game
The emerald cut diamond is so named because this style of cut was originally reserved for — you guessed it — emeralds. It’s created using a step cut, which is most commonly associated with square or rectangular diamonds. Unlike brilliant cut diamonds, which are distinguished by triangular and kite-shaped facets, step-cut diamonds have rows of long, narrow facets that resemble a staircase.
Thanks to their unique formation, emerald cut diamonds possess a glacier-like clarity, the likes of which you wouldn’t find in a brilliant cut stone.
Who Rocks Emerald Cut Diamonds?
Celebrity engagement ring trends show that emerald cut has overtaken oval as the fashionable go-to among celebs. Those flashing the cut include Liv Tyler, Kristen Bell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Hayden Panettiere, and Amal Clooney.
But perhaps the most eminent emerald cut belongs to Beyoncé. Hubby Jay Z lavished the pop diva with an eye-watering 18-carat flawless diamond. Nothing but the best for Queen Bey!
What to Know About Emerald Cut Diamonds
If you’re in the market for an emerald cut diamond, you should take the following points into consideration:
Flaws, or inclusions, are more noticeable in step-cut diamonds, so it’s well worth investing in a high clarity grade.
Pay attention to diamond color, which tends to be more prominent in less sparkly stones.
Emerald cut diamonds can be set vertically or, for a more original look, turned ninety degrees on their side (this is known as the “east-west” setting).
Step-cut diamonds will usually cost less than their brilliant-cut cousins.
Get your Gatsby glam and sparkly headbands ready: it’s time to try a baguette diamond ring.
Baguette diamond rings are elegant and edgy at once, a perfect encapsulation of the 1920’s Art Deco period during which they became popular. The baguette cut diamonds they feature are step-cut and often rectangular — similar to emerald cut diamonds, but with square corners.
Now, to address the obvious: how are these diamonds connected to the French loaf of bread? As it turns out, the gem may have come first; “baguette” comes from the 17th century French word “bague,” which meant “jewel” and today means “ring.” Alternatively, the diamond cut’s name may have been inspired by the long lines of the French bread. Food for thought.
We reveal why radiant cut diamonds are something squarish you’ll want to cherish.
If the adage “opposites attract” could be summed up in one diamond cut, it would have to be radiant. This sparkling cut marries an angular shape with brilliant cut facets, creating a look that’s at once classic and complex.
Radiant cut diamonds are the sparkly love child of round brilliant and emerald cut diamonds. They are faceted like the former and shaped like the latter, giving you the best of both worlds.
Disclaimer: No corners were cut in the polishing of this stylish solitaire (at least not in the figurative sense!).
Made up of a staggering 70 facets on their pavilion and crown, radiant cut diamonds can disperse a good deal more light than other square and rectangular-shaped stones. As such, they provide way more brilliance and fire than you’d find in traditional step-cut diamonds.
What of color and clarity?
The radiant cut is something of a chameleon when it comes to color. It has that rare ability to alter a diamond’s hue, making it appear lighter or darker when viewed from above. In terms of clarity, radiant cut has a higher tolerance for inclusions than, say, emerald cut, which demands a much higher level of clarity.
Who Rocks Radiant Cut Diamonds?
Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Baez recently proposed to his girlfriend Irmaire Marquez with this stunning James Allen ring, complete with a 3-carat radiant cut diamond:
But he wasn’t the only Cubs player to go down the radiant route. First baseman Anthony Rizzo gifted his girlfriend Emily Vakos with a radiant cut diamond engagement ring, much like this one:
Let’s Get Salient About Radiant
If you’ve read this far, it’s probably safe to assume that radiant cut diamonds are squarely on your radar. Here are some important things to consider when picking out a stone.
A well-proportioned radiant cut diamond with centered culet and even sides will appear larger than it really is.
Radiant cut is more durable than other diamond cuts as there are no brittle corners left exposed — perfect if you lead an active lifestyle.
Thanks to their incredible depth and evenness of color, radiant cut diamonds are often graded as fancy color diamonds, which only adds to their appeal.
Don’t forget — you can view all of the radiant cut diamonds on JamesAllen.com in glorious 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.
With the royal wedding almost upon us, we’ve taken the liberty of picking out matching wedding rings for Markle’s sparkle.
The big news out of Kensington Palace last year was Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle. Oh, and thatring. You probably don’t need reminding that he popped the question with a classic three-stone sparkler, complete with a cushion cut center diamond. Or that the two round cut side stones came from Princess Di’s personal collection. But just in case you do, here’s a more affordable James Allen lookalike ring to jog your memory:
In honor of the upcoming royal nuptials, we’ve rounded up some Insta-worthy wedding rings that would look perfect alongside Ms. Markle’s stunner. Think of them as the stylish yin to her sparkling yang.
The future royal has described her style as “classic with a modern twist”. This is evident in Harry’s choice of engagement ring, which features an intricate floral-like motif. She would do well to pair it with an understated wedding ring that doesn’t draw attention away from that magnificent diamond trio.
This eternity ring has that classic style, but the surrounding diamonds give it an added je ne sais quoi.
Classic meets contemporary in this sleek and sophisticated design.
The Royal Wedding: Your Other Other Half
One of the nice things about three stone engagement rings is how truly versatile they are. They can be paired with most wedding ring styles and metal types, so you’re bound to find something that suits your taste and “royal” wedding budget!
Double or Nothing
Pavé bands are the obvious choice if you want to accentuate your diamonds, as they essentially double the amount of sparkle.
A Shine of the Times
Ever feel like you were born into the wrong era? Then you’ll dig the vintage stylings of this art deco charmer. Seriously, rings this regal should be illegal!
If you have a penchant for a more modern aesthetic, you may appreciate the smooth contours of this rope-style wedding ring. Its pavé diamonds are interwoven with blue sapphires, delivering a refreshing pop of color.
Mix or Match
Matching metals bring harmony to the wearer’s hand, while mixed metals lend a decidedly eclectic look. Demand for these sexy stackables is piling up!
Before you get down on one knee, check out our pro tips on how to propose like a boss.
Our previous article in this series, Buying an Engagement Ring 101, took you back to the basics of ring shopping. With your yes-worthy sparkler in the bag, you’re ready to move on to the proposal. But how does one pop that most nerve-wracking of questions? We’ve put together this foolproof guide to help you nail the proposal.
How to Propose: Know Your Audience
The proposal is your chance to show your SO just how well you know them. Are they the type to go for grand gestures that leave smoke trails in the sky? If so, consider hiring a skywriter, putting on a fireworks display, or having a drone deliver the ring for maximum impact.
If, on the other hand, your SO is the shy type, they’ll probably appreciate a proposal that doesn’t draw the attention of everyone within a five-mile radius. Pick a low-key activity you both enjoy and try to weave in your magic moment. There are plenty of fun ways to propose that don’t involve having your face plastered all over Times Square!
How to Propose: Call in the Big Guns
If you’re unsure when, where, or how to propose, why not enlist the help of your SO’s sister, mom, or best friend?
By teaming up with their inner circle, you can get valuable intel, create convincing decoys, and plan a more elaborate proposal. Sure, you may not like the idea of sneaking around, but it’s all for a good cause: your SO’s ultimate happiness.
How to Propose: Give a Helping Hand
It’s a given that the moment you slip that ring on her finger, she’ll be in full-on selfie mode. But no amount of sparkle can disguise chipped nails or dry, chapped skin. Be sure she gets the ultimate ring selfie with a well-timed trip to the manicurist.
This will ensure her hands are at their fleekest and you’ll come away looking like a hero. If you’re subtle about it, she won’t suspect your fiendish ulterior motive…
How to Propose: Schedule Your Jewel
Whatever you’re planning, it’s preferable to have the ring in hand beforeyou finalize any reservations that require upfront payment. Design-your-own engagement rings can take a few weeks to arrive as they are custom made.
It’s recommended that you place your order ahead of time, just to be on the safe side. This is especially important if you’re planning a romantic getaway and extra time is needed for your order to reach you.
Apropos of the Proposal…
We’ve got more tips and tricks coming your way! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more. For now, check out the 10 Essential Proposal Tips we mined from our customers’ experiences.
All set to pop the question? Let us know how you intend to do it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.
Round cut diamonds are brilliant by all meanings: in the British sense, they’re awesome; in the American sense, they’re a smart choice; and in the diamond cutting sense, they’re cut in the brilliant style. Brilliant round cut diamonds contain kite-shaped facets that reflect light off of each other.
Halo and Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring
Cut is the most important of the 4 Cs to consider when selecting a quality round diamond. A cut with symmetry is crucial.
Put simply, you can’t go wrong with this classic and dazzling diamond shape.
What to Know About Round Cut Diamonds
When you’re using JamesAllen.com’s 360° HD SuperZoom display to view your round cut diamond, here’s what to look out for:
As you move the round cut diamond around, watch the spots that sparkle and the symmetry of the diamond from each angle.
Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring
Look at how the light is refracted into color (referred to as the diamond’s fire). There should be flashes of red, blue, yellow, or orange inside the round cut diamond as it tilts.
Engraved Channel-Set Engagement Ring
When looking at the round cut diamond from the top (table), you want to be able to see a distinct pattern of bright and dark areas. At the same time, be on the lookout for distracting dark areas inside the diamond (called inclusions).
A popular alternative to the classic round cut, princess cut diamond provide maximum brilliance in a striking square form.
Looking for a diamond shape that’s a bit different, but that doesn’t stray too far from the traditional? With its clean, modern lines and intense sparkle, the four-sided princess cut is right on point.
Why Princess Cut Diamonds?
Before we begin, let’s address the square elephant in the room; princess cut diamonds do not resemble an actual princess. The proportions are way off! But semantics aside, princess cut diamondsare considered royalty among diamond cuts thanks to their exquisite beauty.
Princess cut diamonds, like round cuts, are typically comprised of 58 facets that increase light dispersion for maximum fire and brilliance. In other words, they pack a tremendous amount of sparkle into a neat little square.
Princess cut diamonds can be worn and enjoyed by all, owing to their neutral shape. However, they look particularly fetching on slender fingers, as their vertical lines delicately accentuate finger length.
Who Rocks Princess Cut Diamonds?
Celebs such asSolange Knowles, Kate Bosworth, Hilary Duff, Snooki, Aly Michalka, and Samira Wiley have been flashing all the right angles. Don’t be fooled by the shape of their stones, though – these women are anything but square!
The somewhat unconventional form of the princess cut diamond allows the wearer to express their bohemian, free-spirited side. And like the wearer, these diamonds sparkle well beyond their borders.
What to Know About Princess Cut Diamonds
When a diamond cutter transforms a rough diamond into a round cut, a good deal of the stone is lost. This isn’t the case with princess cut diamonds, which retain approximately 30% more of the rough stone. Carat for carat, you’re getting more diamond surface – and, therefore, sparkle – making it better value for money.
Princess cut diamonds benefit from settings that protect their corners from daily wear and tear. You’ll often find them mounted as solitaires in four-prong settings, but bezel settings provide just as much protection. Whichever setting you choose, ensure that the prongs cover the diamond’s corners completely to avoid accidental chipping.
To really make your princess cut pop, try pairing it with complimentary side stones such as baguettes or tapered baguettes. Not only does this increase the amount of sparkle, it also draws the eye toward the center stone.
If symmetry is important to you – and it should be – check out our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds, True Hearts by James Allen™. Available in princess, round, and cushion cut, these perfectly proportioned stones simply ooze quality.