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Men’s Engagement Rings

Women aren’t the only ones wearing engagement rings. 

Best mens engagement rings

It’s 2020 and men’s engagement rings are FINALLY here and getting recognized in their own right. Men are also participating in this age-old proposal tradition and honoring their newly engaged status! However, distinguishing a man’s engagement ring isn’t always clear-cut.

So – what’s the difference between a man’s engagement ring and his wedding ring?

Simply put, they can be whatever you’d like. New(ish) traditions come with a huge advantage: you can make them your own. Men’s engagement rings and wedding rings may be interchangeable, the only difference being that they’re worn at different times.

Men’s engagement rings may be worn up until the wedding ceremony, upon which they’re taken off and put on again in order to symbolically become wedding rings. Some men also choose to buy one ring for the marriage proposal and another for the wedding.

Mix, match, replace, swap – there are endless ways to design your engagement ring and/or wedding set.

CLASSIC ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Classic men’s engagement rings come in unadorned white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or platinum. They feature clean lines, simple composition, and are free of any detailing.

Slightly Flat

Slightly Domed

14K White Gold 6.5mm Slightly Flat Comfort Fit Wedding Ring
14K Yellow Gold 5mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

CARVED ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Carved men’s engagement rings feature intricate design work like hammering, special finishing (like satin), patterning and milgraining.  

Grooved

Bark Pattern

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Grooved Comfort Fit Wedding Band
14K White Gold Blackened Bark Pattern Comfort Fit Ring

DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Men’s diamond engagement rings pull off a stylish twist on a classic design. Choose your shine: these rings feature diamonds and every type of gemstone.

Channel-Set

Beveled

14K White Gold 6mm Beveled Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

ALTERNATIVE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Alternative men’s engagement rings are made of non-traditional metals like titanium, tantalum, tungsten, cobalt and even wood. In addition to being some of the most affordable setting materials, many are also hypoallergenic.

Cobalt Chrome

Carbon Fiber

Cobalt Chrome™ 9MM Stair Step Comfort Fit Ring
Black Titanium 8mm Comfort-Fit Carbon Fiber Inlay Design Ring

Get inspired! The perfect men’s engagement ring is one that’s loved by its wearer – so go with whatever design speaks to you. 

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Jackie B.

Jackie is a writer who loves a good deal, especially when it comes to jewelry!

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Diamond Terms: Your Essential Pocket Dictionary

Just starting your diamond search? This bite-sized dictionary of the most important diamond terms is a life-saver.

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Keep this list of diamond terms open on a browser tab. Diamond terminology can be a headache. But hey, you’ve got to speak the language! We’ve created a list of the diamond terminology that will be most helpful to you. As you begin to ring-shop, this is THE list.

Good luck! Let’s start it off with the MOST important diamond terms: the 4 Cs:

CUT

How well-proportioned a diamond is.

Many consider cut to be the most important C, as a well-cut diamond will give off more sparkle than a less expertly-cut diamond. A well-cut diamond also hides color and imperfections better. Cut grades range from Good to Very Good to Ideal. James Allen also carries True Hearts™, a Super Ideal cut that displays perfect internal symmetry, optimal proportions, and the highest gem grading for cut and polish. (Psssst…less than 1% of diamonds qualify for the True Hearts™ title.)

Emerald-Cut Pavé Ring

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

COLOR

A grading system based on a diamond’s lack of color.

In general, more colorless diamonds are more valuable. While most diamonds have some degree of color, in many cases it can only be seen under specific viewing circumstances. Additionally, metal color choice can often affect a diamond’s perceived color.

Yellow Gold Milgrain Ring

Yellow Gold Milgrain Ring

CLARITY

The presence or absence of imperfections (or “inclusions” in gem-speak) in a diamond.

These inclusions can be found on the surface of the diamond (like chips) or inside the diamond (like clouds or crystals). Clarity is graded on a scale from “Included” (lowest) to “Flawless” (highest). See “Eye Clean” below for additional info.

CARAT

A measurement of a diamond’s weight.

Higher carat weight often correlates with larger size, but not always. Due to certain cuts’ specific proportions, sometimes a diamond of a higher weight can actually look smaller than one of a lower weight.

Vintage Oval Ring

14K White Gold Antique Bezel And Pave Set Engagement Ring

COST (the 5th C)

Getting the most out of your ring budget!

To many people, this is actually the most important C! There are countless ways to get the most for your money, including opting for a lower clarity graded diamond, dropping color grades in a yellow or rose gold metal, opting for a lab diamond and buying just under the desired carat weight.

Extra-credit blog reading:
Tips & tricks on how to make your diamond look bigger while staying in-budget.

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SHAPE

The form in which a diamond is cut.

The most popular diamond shapes include round, princess, oval, cushion, and marquise. Don’t confuse shape (the diamond’s form) with cut (the diamond’s proportions)!

Tapered Heart-Shaped Ring

EYE-CLEAN

Whether or not a diamond’s imperfections are visible to the naked eye.

Higher clarity grades indicate that a diamond’s inclusions are visible only under professional magnification. These diamonds may offer good value; they’re less expensive while still lacking any visible flaws.

3 dimaonds

FACING UP WHITE

A diamond that may not be colorless, but which will look colorless to the naked eye in a setting.

In many cases, the color grade “I” and above will “face up white.” If you opt for a lower color-graded diamond, setting it in a warm metal will help mask its color.

Rose Gold Entwined Ring

14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

EARTH-CREATED DIAMONDS

Diamonds that have been formed in the earth’s mantle under immense heat and pressure over millions of years.

Diamond Halo Pendant

LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS

Diamonds that are created in a laboratory, but are actually chemically and optically identical to traditional diamonds.

There are two ways to make lab-created diamonds:

1) “High Pressure, High Heat” mimics the pressure and heat of the earth to create a diamond.

2) “Chemical Vapor Deposition” builds up carbon vapor into a diamond within a low-pressure vacuum chamber.  

Lab-Created Diamond Pendant

14K white gold diamond solitaire pendant (mounting)

Want to make your diamond knowledge a cut above? Check out the articles below!

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Jackie B.

Jackie is a writer who loves a good deal, especially when it comes to jewelry!

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Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas

Make your day unforgettable with a free wedding ring engraving.

pavé wedding ring engraved with the inscription "finders keepers"

Amidst the hectic, public extravaganza that is your wedding, a meaningful wedding ring engraving gives the person you love a little extra attention. And DYK? You can engrave your wedding ring for free at checkout.

WEDDING RING ENGRAVINGS: WRITTEN IN THE STARS

But out of everything you could say, what’s the right inscription for you? Take a look below at our customers’ words for some amazing wedding ring engraving ideas!

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS:
A CLASSIC PHRASE

Tradition will never get old.

“LOVE IS A VERB”

White Gold Milgrain Wedding Ring

pave wedding ring engraved with "love is a verb"

“ALWAYS & FOREVER”

White Gold Curved Wedding Ring

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS:
YOUR SPECIAL DATE

Emphasize the importance of your big day with a custom inscription.

“I FOUND LOVE 3-14-19”

Yellow Gold Pavé Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Matching Pave Wedding Band

“1.30.19 S&H”

Platinum Sapphire Arrow Wedding Ring

Platinum Blue Sapphire And Diamond Arrow Shape Wedding Ring

“-Alfonso 2019-“

Platinum Sunburst Wedding Ring

Platinum Three Stone Sunburst Wedding Ring

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS:
SHORT & SWEET

With these initial ring inscriptions, you two will know exactly what you mean.

“4EVA MY LTM”

Rose Gold Pavé Edged Wedding Ring

“ADM”

Yellow Gold Thin Channel-Set Wedding Ring

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS:
GET GOOFY

Why hide it? You’re adorable.

“MY CATLADY2”

White Gold Cushion Pavé Wedding Ring

“DO NOT REMOVE”

White Gold Round and Marquise Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Round And Marquise Diamond Wedding Ring

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS:
GET ROMANTIC

Melt each other’s hearts with a sweet ring engraving.

“I KNEW I’D MARRY YOU”

Platinum Matching Filigree Wedding Ring

Platinum Matching Wedding Band

“Forever and Ever, Amen”

White Gold Engraved Channel-Set Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Hand Engraved Channel Set Princess Shape Diamond Wedding Ring

“TO MY WIFE”

White Gold Paisley Surprise Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Paisley Surprise Matching Wedding Ring

RING ENGRAVING IDEAS:
FAVORITE LYRICS

Inscribe the lyrics of the first song you’ll dance to as a married couple!

“COME AWAY WITH ME”

Platinum Pavé Bypass Wedding Ring

Platinum Round Shaped Diamond Wedding Ring

“AMORE MIO”

Platinum Wide Channel-Set Wedding Ring

Platinum Round Shaped Diamond Wedding Ring

Searching for more wedding ring engraving ideas? Read more below!

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Rachel Hoar

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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