With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, keep reading for our best ring cleaning tips.
The global spread of COVID-19 has a number of people making changes to their daily habits, with many increasingly using hand sanitizer to minimize the risk of exposure. While hand sanitizer may do a good job protecting you, it may be affecting something else – your engagement ring. Scroll down for our best ring cleaning tips to keep your sparkler safe and COVID-free!
1. Cleaning Agents
Excessive exposure to cleaning agents can make finish on white gold wear a little faster. This won’t cause immediate damage. However, contact with cleaning agents like chlorine, bleach and antibacterial soap can break down the brilliance of the metals over time. So keep cleaning agents away from white gold sparklers to keep them dazzling to the max:
We’re not suggesting that you stop using hand sanitizer. Heath and hygiene come before bling! However, there are ways to stay clean and protect your precious sparkler. Avoid rubbing hand sanitizer or harsh cleaning products directly onto your ring. Instead, remove your ring, sanitize, dry your hands, then put one of these back on:
You should ideally clean your ring once a week. The best way is by soaking it in warm water and dish-washing soap. This will allow you to keep practicing good hygiene habits and avoid putting your ring in jeopardy. Soak up one these white, rose and yellow gold options:
With National Proposal Day approaching, scroll down for some intimate home proposal ideas!
National Proposal Day is almost here and the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 may have people uncertain about their proposal plans. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for some intimate home proposal ideas to sweep your fiancée-to-be off her feet while staying safe!
1. Travel Memories
If you had plans to travel and propose, why not put together a collection of slides highlighting some treasured travel moments you’ve shared in your journey together? These sparklers look good in any location:
Take the road less traveled with an intimate stroll together. This great proposal option allows you to be alone while avoiding mass transportation during times of social distancing. So find the perfect view, get down on one knee and pop the question with one of these white or yellow gold options:
Unlike the classic restaurant proposal, no need for you to make a reservation or talk to the manager to plan your perfect moment. Wine and dine your partner with a restaurant meal. Not only is it delicious, but they’ll love the extra effort!
Hire a local band to serenade your partner on Skype or FaceTime. Then, invite your friends and loved ones for a virtual cocktail reception to celebrate! Don’t forget to show off one of these sparklers while you’re online:
Get in touch with your favorite celebrity to share a Cameo shout out and give yourselves not one, but two lifelong memories that will be spoken of for years to come. Heads up – Mandy Moore and Busy Philipps have joined Cameo and are donating all proceeds to support nonprofits such as ‘No Kid Hungry’.
Want your jewelry box to be filled with all the ‘it’ pieces in 2020? Read our trend predictions.
With a new decade upon us, you may be wondering: What’s in store for fine jewelry trends? Well, it looks like subtlety is not on the agenda this year as we take it back to oversized, but not over-the-top styles. From larger-than-life earrings and stackable rings to colorful gemstones, scroll down for our 2020 fine jewelry predictions.
1. This Fine Jewelry Stacks Up
The beginning of a ring party starts with stacked rings! They are easily combined with different elements and best worn piled high. Think about choosing a focal point to center your stack to create a planned, unified look. Create your own unique look with these rose, white and yellow gold stackable pieces:
The colored diamond comeback has been topping the popularity charts. Colored stones pair beautifully with engagement rings, anniversary rings and fine jewelry. We’re also seeing more people choosing to add a burst of color to their wedding rings. And FYI, classic blue is Pantone’s color of the year for 2020. So color yourself in these pieces:
One of the most sought after additions to the incoming fine jewelry trends, pearls have been a popular pick for several seasons. In 2020, hot off the heels of Emma Stone’s engagement to fiancé Dave McCary, people are finding new ways to add a fresh twist to this timeless piece.
White Gold Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Row Drop Earrings
2020 has us seeing more hooped earrings. Not your regular hoops, this year they come supersized. Regardless, these add simplicity and a touch of drama to any outfit whether it’s jeans, your favorite tee or a glam look for a big event. Try a pair of our hooped earrings with your wardrobe favorite.
Last on our list of fine jewelry trends for Spring 2020 are chokers. And when we say chokers, we mean hard, powerful silhouettes. Talk about making a statement! Not only do they have a lot to offer in terms of look but you can match a choker with a variety of clothing. Take it down a notch while getting noticed with our simple choker necklace.
Planning on getting engaged in 2020? Here’s what’s #trending.
As we dive into a new decade, we’ve been busy keeping a close watch on some of the hottest ring styles we’re anticipating in the coming months. From three-stone to vintage and hidden halos, scroll down for our take on 2020’s biggest engagement ring trends.
1. Rose Gold Engagement Rings
The engagement ring trend that started gaining traction in 2019 is here to stay for 2020. Not only does rose gold pair seamlessly with yellow gold, it also looks great with just about every skin tone. Join the trend with this beautiful, romantic metal.
We’re seeing an upward ring trend in settings with a vintage vibe. Whether you’re repurposing a treasured family piece or looking for a new design with a vintage twist, you can’t go wrong with a vintage engagement ring. It’s got glitz, glam and a timeless appeal. Go vintage or go home!
We expect colorful gemstones to join the list of 2020 engagement ring trends. Nowadays’s, some brides are looking for that pop of color to add to their engagement rings. Not only are birthstones unique, they reflect your personal style. What better way to do this than to incorporate your birthstone into the design?
We definitely see halos staying in the game this year, and hidden halos have boomed in popularity. This 2020 engagement ring trend is a great option if you aren’t up for a traditional halo or are looking to add some extra sparkle to your setting. Take a look at these stunning hidden halo rings by Verragio.
Remember Meghan Markle’s jaw-dropping three-stone engagement ring? Since the ‘Meghan Markle Effect’, this setting continues to pop up everywhere. Get creative by mixing up the combination of stone shapes and colors to add even more bling to your ring, so you can sparkle like Markle.
White Gold Three-Stone Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Two budget-friendly stone choices – but one clearly comes out on top.
In their search for that perfect sparkler, ring shoppers who want to maximize their budgets inevitably end up checking all the different options. Moissanite has historically been a good option for wallet-wary shoppers, but it’s also worth noting that the surge in lab-created offerings and the significant lowering of retail prices have made lab created diamonds an excellent, wallet-friendly option.
So yes – at first, lab-created diamonds and moissanite can seem quite similar… and this can be an extremely perplexing issue! But you’ll soon find that they’re not similar. At all.
To put it bluntly:
LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS = REAL DIAMONDS
MOISSANITE = NOT DIAMOND
“Ok,” you say.
“Tell me more.”
Lab-created diamonds are real diamonds! They’re chemically, structurally, and visually the same as the earth-created diamonds we all know and love. The only difference is that the high-pressure, high-temperature, diamond-creating conditions that usually take place deep underground are instead performed in a lab. Because it’s easier to create lab conditions than to mine diamonds underground, lab-created diamonds can be significantly more affordable than earth-created diamonds.
Moissanite isn’t a diamond, it’s a silicon carbide! It’s synthesized in a lab under a thermal growing process. This silicon carbide crystal is a completely different material that looks very similar to diamond but is still an imitation of the real thing. Moissanite is often marketed as a cheaper alternative to diamond, but it’s an inferior option given the pricing and availability of ‘real’ lab-created diamonds. Moissanite doesn’t have anywhere near the same brilliance or clarity as a real diamond, and it has none of the fire.
Let’s size up lab-created diamonds and moissanite over 6 traits:
1. COLOR PERMANENCE
LAB DIAMONDS A diamond’s color is everlasting. The lab-created diamond you buy today will look exactly the same when you eventually pass it down to your grandchildren.
MOISSANITE Moissanite exhibits “thermochromism,” meaning that it is sensitive to color change at temperatures above 150° F (65 C). These are usually temporary, but these heat-sensitive color changes can sometimes be permanent.
LAB DIAMONDS Colorless to extremely colorful. Diamonds can exhibit a full range of colors, from intense fancy colors (canary, purple, pink) to completely colorless.
MOISSANITE Moissanites usually display warmer tints, often exhibiting slight yellowish or greenish hues.
LAB DIAMONDS Lab-created diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42 and their faceting patternreturns light remarkably. The combination of their brilliance (reflected white light), fire (refracted color) and scintillation (surface sparkle) give diamonds their unparalleled true sparkle. Brilliant and sparkly!
MOISSANITE Moissanite actually has a higher refractive index than diamonds, at 2.65, and their faceting pattern is different, leading their brilliance to display a “rainbow effect.” The rainbow effect tends to make moissanite look fake to the well-trained eye, and is especially noticeable under natural light and in larger stones.
4. IDEAL SIZE
LAB DIAMONDS Lab-created diamonds sparkle the same at any carat weight. Go big, go small, go whatever you like.
MOISSANITE Moissanite’s exhibits a “rainbow effect” which can look fake and is especially noticeable in larger moissanite stones. Stick with smaller sizes.
LAB DIAMONDS Diamond is the hardest stone (it has the highest rating of 10 on Moh’s hardness scale). It’s not susceptible to scratching.
MOISSANITE Extremely hard (9.25 on Moh’s hardness scale), but is still more susceptible to scratching than diamonds.
LAB DIAMONDS Diamonds are usually the more expensive choice. However, lab-created diamonds are the affordable diamond option, allowing you to get a 30% larger stone for the same cost as earth-created diamonds.
MOISSANITE Moissanites are a cheaper option, though buyers must take into account the lifetime costs of maintenance like jeweler cleanings. Moissanite’s value is mostly sentimental.
We at James Allen believe the overall resiliency, beauty, and affordability of lab-created diamonds make them #1 choice for budget-friendliness. Moissanite simply doesn’t compare.
And now for our picks: pieces that show off all the sparkle of lab-created diamonds. And after you’ve chosen your lab-created diamond, ensure you’ve gotten the best deal by using our Diamond Price Match Guarantee and by chatting with our legendary customer service team.
Three-Stone Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring
“This is the most sparkly ring I’ve ever seen. I feel like a million bucks!” – Teresa T.
Choose an engagement ring engraving that’ll create your moment in your own words (on us!).
Every couple has their own special way of communicating with each other, filled with tokens of love and had-to-be-there private jokes. We’re all about those love languages! Whatever proposal you plan will be a personalized tribute to your shared language – so why not personalize your engagement ring too? Engrave your ring for free during checkout as an extra meaningful touch!
At a gloss for words? We’ve got inspiration for your perfect engagement ring inscription.
Engagement Ring Engraving: Get the Message
Get inspired by our customers’ engagement rings! Consider engraving your engagement ring or wedding band with your anniversary date, the place where you fell in love, your initials, a romantic quote, or a phrase with special meaning that only you two understand.
INSCRIBE YOUR PROPOSAL DATE
Your engagement ring engraving will always bring you back to the moment you proposed, tears, joy, and all.
Platinum Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
INSCRIBE A ROMANTIC PHRASE
Sometimes the biggest emotions are best expressed in the fewest words. We love the power of these abbreviated love letters!
“Adventures Await Us”
Rose Gold Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
“All of my love”
White GOld Split-Shank Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
“Love Beyond Eternity”
Rose Gold Sapphire and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
“You Are My Treasure”
Platinum Bow-Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring
INSCRIBE YOUR INITIALS
As romantic as they are simple, engagement ring engravings of initials or names put your soulmate-status in writing.
White Gold Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
INSCRIBE SHARED MEANING
It’s what’s on the inside that counts! Choose to inscribe your ring with a reference that holds special meaning for the two of you, whether it’s a sports term, internet speak, or Irish Gaelic.
“Mo Chroi Go Deo” (“My Heart, Forever”)
White Gold Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring
“My only Home Run”
Rose Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring
P.S. Shop baseball player engagement ring lookalikes here!
“DFTBA” (“Don’t Forget To Be Awesome”)
Rose Gold Pavé Crossover Engagement Ring
“M&C Mark 10:9” (“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”)
Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring
“Te Amo” (“I Love You”)
White Gold Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
Engagement Ring Engraving: the Write Look
When you engrave your engagement ring at JamesAllen.com, you’ll choose:
Either block text or cursive script font
Any phrase up to 20 characters in length (a.k.a. the most meaningful Tweet you’ve ever composed)
You’re about to embark on one of the most important journeys of your life – proposing. But before you even think about proposing you have to first find the right engagement ring. This handy guide on how to buy an engagement ring will show you how it’s done, and our customer service team of dedicated diamond professionals is here to help you every step of the way.
GUIDE: HOW TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING
1. Decide a budget
Love doesn’t have a price on it, but engagement rings do. You certainly don’t have to (and shouldn’t) abide by silly antiquated rules like spending 2 or 3 months’ salary on the engagement ring, but it is important that you decide on a price that you’re comfortable with. When advising customers on how to buy an engagement ring, we always tell them to know how much they wish to spend first. You can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best possible quality at James Allen for your budget, and we offer payment options to help you make the engagement ring purchase.
2. Choose a metal type
The next step in our how to buy an engagement ring guide is choosing the metal type. There are four metal types to consider: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. They each have their advantages. You can learn about choosing the right metal type for your engagement ring here:
If you’d prefer, you can start with finding the diamond or gemstone instead – the choice is yours. Browsing through engagement ring setting options can seem overwhelming, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. Determining her personality type and style will help you decide what type of ring to look for (solitaire, halo, vintage, etc.). Once you have that figured out, choosing the exact ring setting that suits her best will be much easier. Learn more about engagement ring styles here:
Don’t worry if you have no idea what your fiancée-to-be’s ring size is – it’s very easy to find out. We provide you with easy ways to figure out her engagement ring size, and you can even watch a tutorial. You can learn more about finding her ring size here:
Much like choosing an engagement ring setting, you can also decide on a diamond shape according to her personality. Once you have the shape figured out, make sure you learn a bit about the 4 C’s so that you know what you’re looking for in a loose diamond. Learn more about finding the right diamond shape here:
Congrats! You’ve made it through the engagement ring purchase process and you bought the engagement ring of her dreams. Now you get to plan the proposal. Lucky for you, our customers can help you out with that. They’ve shared their proposal stories (and you can too!) to give you proposal inspiration. Check out their stories here:
7. Propose! You’ve bought her dream engagement ring, you’ve planned the proposal, now all you have to do is get the YES! Good luck! We hope we’ve helped you learn how to buy an engagement ring! Remember, the James Allen team is at your service, 24/7!