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Why Diamond Cut Matters Most

Choose the right diamond cut, and the rest will take care of itself.

3 different diamond cuts

The 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat. 

Out of the 4, CUT MATTERS MOST!

Why? The right diamond cut plays up your diamond’s better qualities while hiding its not-as-perfect aspects. By choosing the right diamond cut you’re giving yourself the freedom to compromise on some of the other 3 C’s. Meaning, you don’t have to get all the 4 C’s totally perfect. 

A good diamond cut will make it look as if you broke the bank on an all-around stunner – but only YOU will know you stayed well within budget!

Let’s go through the most popular diamond cuts to see which of the other 3 C’s (carat, clarity, color) you should spend money to flaunt, and which you can save your money on.

ROUND CUT

Spend On: Carat

  • As the most popular diamond cut, everyone is familiar with a round-cut diamond’s carat weight. Bigger = more impressive.

Save On: Color

  • Pair a warmer-colored diamond with a setting in similarly warm metal (like yellow or rose gold) to hide your stone’s tone.

Etched Rope Round Cut

14K Yellow Gold Etched Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

PRINCESS CUT

Spend on: Carat

  • The princess cut loses less mass than other shapes during its rough cutting. This means that carat for carat, it’s a better value for money. Going for a bit higher carat weight can make that already impressive stone look even BIGGER.

Save on: Clarity

  • A princess cut’s 58 facets hide inclusions really, really well.

Channel-Set Princess Cut

14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

EMERALD CUT

Spend on: Clarity

  • The relatively few facets in an emerald cut easily reveal inclusions. Don’t skimp on clarity!

Save on: Carat

  • The elongated shape of an emerald cut makes it look large for its carat weight. Choose a slightly smaller carat weight and no one will be able to tell the difference.

Triple Emerald-Cut

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

CUSHION CUT

Spend on: Color

  • The pillow shape tends to reveal color, so make sure to go with a more colorless diamond if you’re set on white metals.

Save on: Clarity

  • The crushed-ice appearance of a cushion cut hides inclusions quite well.

Split-Shank Cushion Cut

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

PEAR CUT

Spend on: Color

  • The pointed end of the pear shape doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as the round part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale.

Save on: Carat

  • The length of a pear cut tricks the eye and seems larger than it actually is.

Laurel Cluster Pear Cut

Laurel Cluster Pear Cut ring

RADIANT CUT

Spend on: Carat

  • A higher carat weight shows. Going for a larger stone is worth the cost.

Save on: Clarity

  • Lots of facets = lots of places for inclusions to “disappear” into.

Marquise and Radiant Cut

14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

Our advice:

Pick which C is most important to you and spend your money on the diamond cut that highlights it. If you pick the right cut, your diamond ring will look absolutely brilliant.

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Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Into the Groove

Sleek, modern, and practical, bezel-set engagement rings surround your diamond with the strength of your love.

Classic engagement ring

It’s official: bezel-set engagement rings have come full circle. This beloved blast from the past has been reimagined as a contemporary ring setting.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings:
The Bezel’s in the Detail

Simple and durable, a bezel setting encircles your diamond in a fine metal frame. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but it also holds your stone firmly in place.

Princess-Cut Bezel-Set

14K White Gold Bezel Set Princess Shaped Diamond Solitaire Ring

“Absolutely gorgeous…
my engagement ring is dainty, delicate, and beautiful.
-Kelsey F.

If you lead an active lifestyle or work with your hands, bezel-set engagement rings are a smart choice. The bezel itself shields your diamond from getting chipped, scratched, or, worse still, coming loose and falling out.

Beaded Bezel-Set

14K White Gold Beaded Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

The setting is a versatile one; it can accommodate most diamond cuts including round, princess, and cushion. The bezel conforms to the shape of the diamond, providing a snug fit every time.

If you’d rather keep your options (and diamond) somewhat open, you can go for a ring with a semi-bezel, half-bezel, or open bezel. Obviously, these offer varying degrees of protection, depending on the completeness of the bezel. 

Folded Half-Bezel

14K White Gold Half Bezel Diamond Engagement Ring

“The bezel is sleek and gorgeous, totally unique compared to other rings I see out in the world.”
-Karoline

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Famous Frames

Diamonds, like their celebrity owners, spend much of their lives trying to get in the frame. But which famous stones have actually made it inside the burnished borders of a bezel-set engagement ring?

Carrie Underwood: from Idol to “I do

14K White Gold Trellis Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Trellis Bezel-Set Halo

Carrie Underwood went from Idol to “I do” after receiving a gorgeous canary diamond engagement ring from her fiancé. The striking yellow center stone is accentuated by a halo of white diamonds, and the shanks are lined with pavé diamonds.

Want to snag her sparkly look? This trellis engagement ring, with its clean lines and bright cut pavé halo, puts a vintage twist on a modern design. Venus, take the wheel!

Julia Stiles: “O” Wow

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

There are ten things we love about Julia Stiles’ engagement ring, and her bezel setting is one of them. A classic round-cut solitaire on a yellow gold band gives the ring an understated elegance reminiscent of the actress herself. Stiles by name, styles by nature. (Sorry, we had to!)

Save the last dance for James Allen’s lookalike ring, which has a sleek, tailored design and timeless appeal.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Speaking of the Bezel…

Sold your soul to the bezel? Revel in these bezel-set beauties in 360° HD.

More Unique Rings!

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Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.

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10 Ways To Lose Your Ring: Why You Need Jewelry Insurance

Sometimes life just…happens. That’s why there’s jewelry insurance.

rose gold solitaire engagement ring and a rose gold wedding ring.

These customer experiences are proof that jewelry insurance is a must. No one is safe from life’s great ring hazards, like fishing expeditions or golden retrievers. These 10 fiasco-filled customer stories prove it!

Jewelry mishaps are way too common. Luckily, James Allen has partnered with Jewelers Mutual to provide both warranties against damage AND comprehensive jewelry insurance – so you can be protected against wear-and-tear, loss, theft, or extensive damage. 

You know, just in case (HEAVEN FORBID) what happened to these customers, happens to you. 

So, when does jewelry insurance come in handy?

1. WHEN YOU’VE GOT THE WORST LUCK

Get. Jewelry insurance. At. Checkout. Do we have to spell it out for you?

“I was going to propose the following day. I thought of getting insurance, but I planned to do it after dinner with my family. 2 hours after coming back home, my house was broken into and the ring was gone.
– Danial K.

2. WHEN YOU JUST LOSE STUFF

If you can’t keep track of your stuff, we’ve got your – hey, where are my keys?

“My husband lost his wedding band, again. This site made it so easy to reorder. I will use James Allen again when he loses it next time.
– Genevieve F.



3. WHEN YOUR HINDSIGHT’S 20-20

Protect your sparkle & sip your beachy margaritas worry-free.

“Unfortunately, I lost my original ring on vacation (get that insurance!). But…my new ring is AMAZING!!!!!”
– Alison R.

4. WHEN YOU CATCH…AND RELEASE

Active lifestyles = more lost rings. 

“I bought the same ring twice when my husband lost the first one on a fishing trip. He loved it so much he wanted the exact same one the second time.”
– Shellie M.

5. WHEN YOUR PETS GET INVOLVED

Got pets? Get insurance.

“My original engagement ring was eaten by my dog.
– Consuela V.

6. WHEN YOU’RE A BIT ABSENT-MINDED

Let us worry about your ring, so you can keep your mind on the proposal.

“The ring was in my briefcase, which was stolen by a taxi driver in the ride from the Rome airport so I didn’t get to propose at the Trevi Fountain as I had planned.”
– George D.

7. WHEN THE PRODIGAL RING RETURNS

From normal wear-and-tear to some more…um…serious damage, jewelry insurance makes sure your sparkle is recoverable.

“I lost my engagement ring a few weeks ago in Dublin (Ireland), but luckily enough I found it again. Unfortunately, my ring did sustain quite a bit of damage. I sent the ring back to James Allen for repairs – it came back like brand new and as sparkly as ever!”
– Katie M.

8. WHEN YOU TRY TO BE RESPONSIBLE BUT…

Sometimes it slips your mind.

“My husband was trying to get my ring resized for me and forgot to bring it into the house overnight and his car was broken into and the thieves got away with my ring. I was devastated!”
– Jane B.

9. WHEN REDECORATING BECOMES AN EXTREME SPORT

Daily life isn’t risk-free!

“My wedding ring turned out perfectly. When it was damaged (moving furniture) we were able to send it back to James Allen to be repaired for free.”
– Jared F.

10. WHEN THE STAR OF THE SHOW GOES MISSING

Center stone issues? We’ve got insurance for that.

“My wife lost the center stone on her engagement ring. She was very sentimental about replacing it. When I found a new stone, I felt like I was proposing to my wife all over again!!”
– Bill T.

Searching for your forever ring? You’ll love these popular ring styles:

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Rachel is an unabashed linguistics fanatic who can identify the ancient Greek root of any word. She promises not to spray you with Windex.

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2019 Holiday Jewelry Gift Trends

It’s the holidays, you’re gift-shopping, and we’re your sparkling fairy gift-mother.

2019 Holiday Jewelry Gift Trends

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most nerve-wracking when you don’t know what to buy as a gift.

Luckily, this past year saw the rise of jewelry trends that are not only totes gorg, but also totes giftable. So this year, avoid boxing up a snoozer – take a peek below at our 2019 trending gift guide!

HALOS

Angels deserve halos. And an added bonus? Halos make their center stone appear bigger and even more stunning. Celeb collections like Rihanna’s The Cameo just show how exquisite a halo can be.

Opal & Diamond Pendant

Sapphire & Diamond Earrings

14K White Gold Blue Sapphire And Diamond Falling Edge Pave Halo Earrings

DIAMOND STUDS

An utter classic, diamond studs are always at the top of the holiday best-sellers list. They go with everything, they class up an outfit, and damn do they sparkle.

Three-Prong Martini Studs

Princess-Cut Diamond Studs

18K White Gold Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

STACKABLE RINGS

Wear one, wear six. Mix and match, keep it minimal. Stackable rings perfectly suit any giftee’s personal style! Affordable, versatile, and diverse, it’s obvious why celebs are piling them on.

Beaded Bezel Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Beaded Bezel Diamond Ring

Leaf Motif
Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Leaf Motif Diamond Ring

GEMSTONES

We love diamonds (hey, it’s what we do!) but we also have a soft spot for gemstones. These delightful pops of color make us go all fluttery. It’s no wonder why influencers are rocking gems this year and exploding with likes.

Multi-Stone Climber Earrings

Pink & White Sapphire Pendant

14K Rose Gold Pink And White Sapphire Flower Cluster Pendant

ROSE GOLD

Rose gold is a gold/copper alloy that’s gaining popularity thanks to its durability and romantic pink hue. This non-traditional metal is, cost-wise, on par with yellow or white gold, and has a unique zhuzh of extra.

Single Clover Diamond Ring

Diamond & Ruby Heart Pendant

If you’re searching for holiday sparkle, we’ve got suggestions!

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Rachel is an unabashed linguistics fanatic who can identify the ancient Greek root of any word. She promises not to spray you with Windex.

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