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The Ultimate Guide for Choosing a Foolproof Jewelry Gift

Choosing a jewelry gift for your partner, made simple.

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Buying a jewelry gift for your SO can be a stressful and slightly daunting task. We get it. After all, it’s a reminder of the love and commitment you have to each other, and you want to mark the occasion with something special. With so many options out there, you may not know where to begin. Not to worry, follow this guide and you’ll find a foolproof gift in no time.

1. Know Your Partner’s Preferences

First thing’s first. When it comes to a jewelry gift, you should always pay attention to your partner’s particular taste and style. Take notice of what she wears daily. Does she like to glam it up for special occasions? Or does she prefer to keep it straight up classic? These elegant diamond earring options can help you decide.

White Gold Four Prong Diamond Earrings

18K White Gold Four Prong Stud Earrings

White Gold Four Prong Diamond Stud Earrings

2. Decide on a Category

There are many categories of jewelry to choose from. Some good options include earrings, bracelets and necklaces. If your partner’s ears are pierced, go for earrings. If not, then opt for a timeless bracelet or necklace instead. Sometimes it’s good to keep it simple with an all-occasion tennis bracelet or a pair of white gold earrings.

White Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

White Gold Inside Out Petite Diamond Hoops

14K White Gold Inside Out Petite Diamond Hoops

3. Choose a Trusted Brand

In general, purchasing your jewelry gift from a reliable brand whose quality you can vouch for is always better, even if it means spending a few bucks more. Remember, good quality doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be spending more! At James Allen, every piece has been carefully inspected by our team of expert gemologists and comes with a lifetime guarantee. So why not get your hands on a pair of beautiful earrings that we cover for life?

White Gold Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Drop Earrings

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Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Bellflower Cultured Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings

4. Match the Jewelry Gift to the Occasion

A special occasion calls for a special jewelry gift, agreed? It helps engrain those treasured moments in your memory forever. Whether it’s an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, there’s something for every occasion. Surprise your partner on your next anniversary with an anniversary ring to celebrate another year of love and joy.

White Gold Five Stone Shared Prong Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Five Stone Shared Prong Contour Diamond Ring

White Gold Marquise Ruby & Diamond Pendant

When Valentine’s Day comes around, nail your gift with this necklace, sporting a stunning ruby red gemstone, perfect for the romantic occasion.

14K White Gold Marquise Ruby And Diamond Pendant

5. Finally, Make It Personal

Sometimes, you may find that the perfect jewelry gift lies in the little details. Think about engraving a note or your partner’s initials on a beautiful pavé ring. Not only will it make your gift that much more sentimental, but it will also show that you chose the piece especially for her.

White Gold Pavé Knife-Edge Lotus Band

14K White Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus Band

White Gold Pavé Crossover Wedding Band

14K White Gold Pave Crossover Wedding Band

Starting your gift search? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Cut is King: Why Carat Weight Matters Less Than You Think

Carat weight is NOT as big a deal as you think! The secret lies in the cut.

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When it comes to engagement ring shopping, it’s all about go big or go home, right? Wrong. We’re here to put some common misconceptions regarding carat weight and size to sleep, so that you can buy an engagement ring sure to sweep your future ‘Boo’ off her feet!

1. Carat Cut: Why It Matters

Carat cut affects the visual appearance of the diamond and how much it sparkles. So diamonds with a better cut will look brighter. You’ll notice little visual difference, while saving yourself some cash. Win Win. Halo rings do a good job of maximizing sparkle, by having an outer ring of smaller diamonds that reflect light off the center stone, making it appear larger:

White Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Double Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Double Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

2. Worth the Weight

As you can probably guess, the more the carat weight, the rarer and more valuable the diamond becomes. This also means your bling comes attached with bigger insurance policies, trade-in policies, and appraisals. Instead, opt for a diamond that’s just shy of the standard cutoff points (0.8 Carat), like these sparkling solitaire, pavé, and halo options. And don’t forget that you can ensure you’ve gotten the best diamond deal with our Diamond Price Match guarantee.

White Gold Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring

3. In Good Shape

Do you want a diamond that’s larger than life without breaking the bank? Choose an elongated shape such as oval, emerald or pear. These all tend to appear larger for their actual carat weight. A cushion cut style does a great job in maximizing carat weight, at the same time making the stone look larger:

Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Peridot and Diamond Ring

14k Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Peridot And Diamond Ring

White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Apart from focusing on carat weight and size, invest in a quality cut. This will maximize light reflection, meaning more sparkle and more dazzle. Remember, a small change in size can often mean a big difference in price! If you’re looking for maximum sparkle, choose a round, cushion or pear cut:

White Gold Pavé Halo & Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Cushion Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

White Gold Cushion Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

White Gold Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cross Prong Diamond Accent Solitaire Ring

5. So, Where Does That Leave You? 

Remember diamond specifications are not an exact science and you don’t have to perfect all 4 C’s! Without neglecting carat weight, color and clarity, focus on getting the perfect cut and you’re guaranteed to bag the perfect ring!

Starting your ring search? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Jarred Maram

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2020 Oscars Jewelry: Red Carpet Lookalikes

Celeb red carpet styles that you can grab for yourself!

The 2020 Oscars red carpet was sparkling with incredible jewelry worn by the hottest stars

The 2020 Oscars red carpet was sparkling with incredible jewelry worn by the hottest stars. This year’s celeb styles were so on point, we IMMEDIATELY knew we needed them for ourselves.

So, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2020 Oscars Jewelry Lookalike Lineup.

Zazie Beetz 

Zazie’s starring role in the Joker definitely left us shook. Now she’s stunned us with an Oscars jewelry ensemble that’s a vision of emerald and diamond. Eyeing her emerald earrings? Grab a twin pair for yourself.

Zazie Beetz:
Bulgari

Zazie Beetz: Bulgari

The Lookalikes:
Emerald Cross Earrings

 Emerald Cross Earrings

Sandra Oh

We’re addicted to Sandra’s role in the cat-and-mouse game of “Killing Eve”, and now we’re jonesing after the diamond-studded Oscars jewelry she flaunted on the red carpet. Her hoop earrings are to die for! Grab a look-alike pair of Sandra’s inside-out diamond hoops.

Sandra Oh:
Pomellato

Sandra Oh: Pomellato

The Lookalikes:
Diamond Hoops

14K White Gold Inside Out Round Hoops, 1.50 Inch Diameter

Laura Dern

No doubt the best piece of shine in Laura Dern’s red carpet outfit was the little golden statue she took home for her supporting role in “Marriage Story.” We can’t accessorize you with an Oscar, but we CAN point you toward a gorgeous pair of cascading diamond earrings that look just like Laura’s.

Laura Dern:
Renka

Laura Dern: Renka

The Lookalikes:
Diamond Earrings

14K White Gold Graduated Pierced Diamond Dangling Earrings By Brevani

Mindy Kaling

Mindy’s luminous outfit most definitely cheered up the red carpet! We loved how she incorporated her sunny theme into her 2020 Oscars jewelry: Mindy paired her buttery yellow gown with a sunburst-shaped Chopard ring! If you want your own diamond-haloed ring, this pear-shaped ray of sunshine is your perfect match.

Mindy Kaling:
Chopard

Mindy Kaling: Chopard

The Lookalike:
Diamond Halo Ring

14K White Gold Fancy Pear Shape Whirling Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman was a vision in gold and black – and the names custom-embroidered on her black cape made sure that this year’s unnominated female directors were still honored on the red carpet. Love her rose gold Cartier earrings? Grab a piece of Natalie’s Oscar jewelry style with these milgrain diamond huggies.

Natalie Portman:
Cartier

Natalie Portman: Cartier

The Lookalikes:
Rose Gold Huggies

Ro14K Rose Gold Diamond Huggie Hoop Earrings

Regina King

The star of “If Beale Street Could Talk” glided onto the red carpet in swirls of sparkle and heaps of glitter. And damn, her Oscars jewelry is proof that she knows how to accessorize like a pro. If you’re into her shining stackable rings too, this bubbly diamond beauty will do the trick!

Regina King:
Harry Winston

Regina King: Harry Winston

The Lookalike:
Diamond Bubble Ring

Hungry for more celebrity-styled designs? These lineups are for you!

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10 Winter Proposal Ideas from James Allen Customers

Brave the cold with these BRRRilliant winter proposal ideas, brought to you by our very own snowmen and women!

winter proposal ideas

Some of us are waiting impatiently for winter to be over, as we shiver and curse the cold air. Then there are those of us who cherish every moment that winter brings, enjoying each cozy second under our fuzzy blankets, warming up with our significant other by the light of Netflix, the falling snowflakes twinkling outside our window. There is only one thing that would bring extra sparkle to the already shimmering winter scene – a diamond ring and a ‘Yes.’

Winter Proposal Ideas and the Engagement Rings Behind Them

From surprise Christmas tree decorations to a glacial getaway, these customers have embraced the winter season, demonstrating some truly festive proposals.

Winter Proposal Ideas: Evergreen Engagements

Platinum Three Stone Trillion And Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

The Couple: Tom & Marie | Parlin, New Jersey

The Story: Tom marked a Christmas tree ornament with the date of his winter proposal, and the two celebrated their engagement at a Christmas party. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Three-Stone Trillion and Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

“I asked Marie if she noticed the date on the ornament… It didn’t dawn on her that I was proposing at that moment.” – Tom

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

The Couple: Lorelei & Kevin | Mount Olive, New Jersey

The Story: Kevin appointed Santa Claus himself to deliver the sparkling engagement ring. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: French-Cut Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

“Kevin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of our daughter that magical Christmas night.” – Lorelei

18K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
winter proposal ideas four prong comfort fit engagement ring

The Couple: Ashley & Craig | Michigan City, Indiana

The Story: While shopping with his family for a Christmas tree, Craig asked Ashley to be his forever. Now there’s a fun winter proposal idea! READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Four-Prong Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

“I’m still on cloud 9! We found the perfect tree, my boyfriend found the perfect ring, and I found the perfect man for me!” – Ashley

Winter Proposal Ideas: Feel Trips

14K White Gold 0.42ct Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

The Couple: Alyssa & Joey | Providence, Rhode Island

The Story: After four years of dating, Joey proposed to Alyssa on a Valentine’s Day getaway, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire… wait for it… In. An. ICE CASTLE! How much more Frozen-esque can you get? READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

“I opened the little red box and instantly came to tears. I fell into his arms with happiness and joy.” – Alyssa

winter proposal ideas knife edge solitaire engagement ring

The Couple: Chelsea & Patrick | Norfolk, England

The Story: Chelsea surprised Patrick with a trip to NYC, but little did she know that Patrick was planning his own surprise – a winter proposal on top of the Empire State Building! READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

“He started to play one of my favorite songs, ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri, and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!” – Chelsea

14K White Gold Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pave Engagement Ring

The Couple: Jennifer & Hector | Denver, Colorado

The Story: Hector got down on one knee on a magical glacier lagoon in Iceland, with seals as his witness. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

“The sky was covered in stunning pink light… Hector dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked me to be his wife.” – Jennifer

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

The Couple: Daynia & Colin | San Diego, California

The Story: On a family trip to a cozy cabin in Utah, Colin and Daynia took a break from their snowmobile ride, for the perfect winter proposal moment. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Princess Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“It was one of the most beautiful places in the world; so quiet, intimate, and peaceful.” – Daynia

14K White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Cushion , Radiant, Emerald )

The Couple: Courtney & Ian | Portland, Oregon

The Story: Courtney’s high school sweetheart used snowy mountains as the backdrop for his winter proposal. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Cushion Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“It was a winter wonderland – the most gorgeous place I have ever been! #LuckiestGirlAlive” – Courtney

Winter Proposal Ideas: Sentimental Snowbacks

18K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

The Couple: Meghan and Ian | Newmarket, New Hampshire

The Story: While sledding in the backyard of Meghan’s childhood home, Ian stopped to present Meghan with a shiny ring. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Six-Prong Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

“Ian and I love winter and snow. I couldn’t have imagined a more magical or more ‘us’ proposal.” – Meghan

14K Yellow Gold Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire

The Couple: Marcus & Grace | Chicago, Illinois

The Story: Marcus chose the restaurant where he first met Grace as the spot to pop the question. We love how sentimental this winter proposal idea is. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

“When Grace turned around, Marcus was on one knee. The details from there are blurry, but one thing we know is she said ‘of course!’” – Marcus & Grace

Ho-ho-hoping to pop the question this festive season? Fill your stocking with these Christmas proposal ideas.

Are you a lucky winter proposer or proposee? If you got engaged with a James Allen ring, share your proposal story with us.

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published November 2017. It was updated November 2018.

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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Cluster Engagement Rings: Luster for Life

Gather round! Cluster engagement rings are where the sparkle’s at.

cluster engagement rings floral embrace diamond engagement ring

An alternative to the traditional solitaire style setting, cluster engagement rings take a more holistic approach to sparkle. Multiple smaller diamonds are combined to create the illusion of a much larger stone, giving you more bling for your buck.

Depending on the ring, these smaller diamonds will either surround the center stone or congregate in the center, taking its place. The individual stones have a lower carat weight than a regular-sized center stone, making cluster engagement rings less expensive overall.

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Cluster Engagement Rings: Work the Crowd

Deep down, we’re all suckers for sparkle. The more light a diamond returns to our eyes, the more tingly we feel inside. We’ve rounded up the finest clusters we could muster… so go ahead and pick your luster!

cluster engagement rings grande floral diamond cluster engagement ring

Bejewel your partner’s hand with this Grande Floral Engagement Ring, which features shimmering petals around a central diamond bouquet. The ring is preset with a cluster of brilliant diamonds that add a touch of whimsy.

cluster engagement rings vintage inspired floral bouquet engagement ring

Can’t decide between old and new? You don’t have to with a Vintage-Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring that puts a modern twist on an antique style. Inspired by falling leaves, this petite ring packs in a cluster of round brilliant diamonds surrounded by exquisite milgrain detailing.

cluster engagement rings royal halo bypass swirl engagement ring

This breathtaking Royal Halo Bypass Swirl Engagement Ring features a bouquet of diamonds with the brilliance of a diamond twice its size! The pavé crossover split shank finishes off this superb design with a flourish.

Cluster Engagement Rings: The Halo Effect

Cluster engagement rings date as far back as the 18th century, when diamonds were typically set around a center stone in a loose, almost crowded manner. By the early 20th century, halo settings had taken on a more orderly form, with diamonds positioned more precisely around a center stone.

While halos tend to appear more linear and clusters more crowded, the difference is so subtle that the terms are generally interchangeable. Whatever you choose to call them, these super-sparkly rings are a wonderful throwback to a bygone era of romance and charm.

cluster engagement rings pavé crossroad engagement ring

Sparkle is timeless, but this Pavé Crossroad Engagement Ring bears a striking resemblance to an old-world timepiece! From its pavé-encrusted rectangular frame to the beadwork in the shank, this retro-style stunner is one to watch.

cluster engagement rings floral embrace diamond engagement ring

Welcome this preset Floral Embrace Engagement Ring into your life with open arms! Delicate milgrain and a scalloped pavé halo frame the brilliant diamond cluster within. A slim-pinched shank gives the ring its classic-yet-modern appeal.

cluster engagement rings tapered cathedral engagement ring

Not one for ostentation? Try this Tapered Cathedral Engagement Ring on for size. The slightly rounded, pavé-adorned shoulders cascade gently from the center cluster of diamonds, creating a look of understated elegance.

Looking to supersize your sparkle? Delve into these classy cluster rings in 360° HD.

Let us know which diamond constellation has caught your eye in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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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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