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Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

Are you gearing up for that special proposal or perhaps ready to invest in new sparkle? Take a peek at our fancy shaped diamonds, and see our top picks! 

Fancy diamond engagement ring

A fancy shaped diamond is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to dazzle with a trendy yet timeless diamond. If you’re not sure what these diamonds look like, don’t panic. We’ve taken the time to explain why we love our favorite diamond cuts and why you’ll fall head over heels for them, too. 

We’ve covered just about any style, from elongated shapes like marquise and oval to square favorites like cushion and asscher. Each diamond cut comes with its own pros and cons, but we’ll let you be the judge of what shape intrigues you most. 

Over time, popularity shifts between which diamond shapes are going to offer the most finger space coverage and sparkle. No matter your preference, there’s a unique diamond for everyone and yearly engagement ring trends to help sway you. Keep reading to learn more about our top picks.

Oval Cut Diamonds

The oval cut is considered to be the second most popular fancy shaped diamond, after the classic round cut. This cut proves to be elegant in every way that matters and can often appear larger than it is because of its elongated shape. 

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

How to promise forever? With a sleek and timeless infinity solitaire engagement ring, of course.

Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

It’s the ribbon of pavé circling the center diamond for us.  

Emerald Cut Diamonds

Emerald cut diamonds are a stunning choice for those who want clean-cut lines and symmetry. Stonecutters created this fancy shaped diamond by using the same cut as emeralds. This diamond, as a result, has a large surface area with pristine clarity, a feature that will make anyone wearing it the emerald green-envy of their friends. 

One of the most famous emerald cuts sits on the hand of Queen B herself, and who doesn’t want to feel like they’re mirroring Beyonce’s style? 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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

This French cut pavé diamond engagement ring will make you shine bright from every angle with sparkling confidence. 

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

This engagement ring screams vintage romance. 

Asscher Cut Diamonds

The Asscher cut is similar to an emerald cut, except it’s in square form with cropped corners. It pairs beautifully with smaller diamonds to create a three stone design with the asscher diamond at the center. 

These stunning diamonds are clear and bright, often sparkling the way they do because of their centralized facets. 

They won’t give the same finger coverage as a pear or oval shape, but their unique pattern is enchanting for anyone looking to wear vintage glamor. 

Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Simple yet so expressive. This asscher-shaped center diamond, along with the pavé octagon halo, is the perfect blend of sparkle and sophistication. 

Bezel & Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

Looking for something with vintage boldness? This engagement piece is a knockout with its cleverly designed pavé and bezel accents.

Pear Shaped Diamonds

A shimmering delight is what you’ll get when wearing this pear shaped diamond. It shares a common structure with the marquise cut; the only difference is a pointed tip with a rounded edge on top. A pear cut is effortlessly graceful and never fails to get that ‘wow” reaction.

These diamonds come with a bow tie as a result of the stretching facets. As a fancy shaped diamond, this dark spot could be a stunning character feature of the piece or one that you choose to minimize by finding a longer and narrow pear shape.

Prong-Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

There’s no escaping the appeal of this dynamic prong set which exposes the center and side diamonds to the most light possible to create a magical glimmer.

Laurel Leaves Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Laurel Leaves Diamond Engagement Ring

A unique and earthy beauty. This piece is the perfect blend of elegance and nature and shines bright with four marquise diamonds surrounding the dazzling pear-cut diamond.    

Marquise Cut Diamonds

We consider this boat-shaped diamond  to be the most “fancy” as its historical heritage goes back centuries and was modeled by royalty. Known as the “navette” diamond, French for “little ship,” the marquise cut captures the eye with its point to point symmetry and Elvin sophistication. 

This cut is not only perfect for diamond engagement rings but compliments other gems like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

Looking for a classic with a twist? This petite and elegant piece has spirit with a neat marquise cut diamond at center stage with a comfy yellow gold band. 

Pavè Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Who doesn’t love a diamond-encrusted setting contouring a breathtaking marquise cut? We know we do.

Cushion Cut Diamonds

Cushion cut diamonds have a lot going for them. You’ll find these gorgeous beauties on the hands of celebrities from the likes of Gabrielle Union, to Sofia Vegara. Not only do they have a classic appeal with a rich history, but they’re overwhelmingly wholesome given their complexities. 

Their soft pillow-like appearance is a pleasant contrast from our other favorite fancy shaped diamonds, which sport sharper edges. We highly recommend this shape if you’re looking for a delicate temperament diamond.

Two-Tone Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 2.0mm Comfort-Fit Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring

A two-toned ring band is a simple and fun way to wear a chic classic with a modern touch.

Three Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring

This engagement ring looks as durable as it does stylish. Each diamond is held in place with seamless weaving that only adds to the ring’s strapping features.  

Final Thoughts

When it comes to picking the right fancy shaped diamond for you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to browse and design your own engagement ring online. Visit our education center for  all you need to know about diamond shapes to fine jewelry, and more! 

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June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

Happy birthday to all our pearl-loving June babies! You’ve lucked out with this luminescent June birthstone. Gorgeous and affordable, this marine beauty upgrades any personal style. Read on for our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry gifts.

Do you have a June birthday? Jealous! This is the month to treat yourself to pearls – or drop a hint to a loved one so they can treat you with a pearl birthday gift!

Pearl  June Birthstone Jewelry

Why Pearl Rules 

First of all, it’s the only marine gemstone. Thank you, oysters! These shore-dwelling mollusks are clever little creatures. They filter water, their oyster reefs provide homes for smaller organisms, they’re a tasty and sustainable source of food, and certain species produce our beloved pearls. 

How Oysters Produce Pearls

It all stems from a self-defense mechanism. When a bit of grit finds its way into an oyster’s belly, the creature neutralizes this annoyance by literally smoothing it over. It coats this piece of flotsam in layers and layers of naturally-secreted nacre (also known as mother of pearl), effectively quieting the original irritation. As time goes on, this nacre-coated fragment grows into a larger and larger pearl!

How Pearl Farmers Do It

Cultured pearls start off when pearl farmers “nucleate” their oysters; they insert a tiny bead into the oysters and wait for them to do their thing! This doesn’t hurt the oysters at all – in fact, they grow and get on with their normal tasks of filtering water even as the pearls grow inside them. 

Harvesting

Pearl harvesting, like pearl nucleating, doesn’t harm the oyster. When the time comes to harvest the pearls, farmers open the oysters slightly, extract the fully-”grown” pearl, and at the same time insert a new bead. They then re-submerge the oyster and the whole pearl process starts over!

June Birthdays and June Weddings

As the June birthstone, you can bet that pearl is rife with meaning. Representing wisdom and health, it’s no shock that they’re a great way to start off a new year. But they’re not only given on birthdays; most pearls display a gentle white sheen, and since white has traditionally represented humility, innocence, and new beginnings, it’s an extremely popular wedding gift.

It requires no complicated cutting or mining to extract pearls, and so their beauty is easy to appreciate. As such, it’s one of the oldest and most widely-treasured gemstones; for thousands of years they’ve been traded from China to Persia to Sri Lanka. The ancient Greeks believed they were the tears of the gods. Nowadays, the popularity of cultured pearls has made these once-rare gemstones much more affordable. So you can pick up your own heavenly pearls for a fraction of what ancient royalty once had to pay for them.

Pearl is June’s glowing birthstone, and we have a sweet collection of Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearl jewelry. Here are a few of our favorites for June birthstone gifts:

Pearl Earrings

Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings

18K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Link Drop Earring

Black pearls are strikingly stunning. One of the rarer hues, black pearls come from the black lip oyster, a native of Tahiti. A daring fine jewelry trend, Tahitian black pearl jewelry is edgy and beautiful at once.

The perfect pearl gift for: bold personalities who adore striking, attention-grabbing jewelry.

Pink Pearl Trefoil Earrings

14K Rose Gold Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Trio Leaf Drop Earrings

Not all pearls are pearly white! Some pearls are naturally pink. These freshwater beauties make an especially sweet pearl birthstone gift – pair them perfectly with a bouquet of roses, the flower of June.

The perfect pearl gift for: June birthdays who adore anything feminine, pink, and natural.

Seed Pearl Circle Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Earrings

Sometimes less is more. A handful of delicate seed pearls decorate these round stud earrings. This hollow-centered earring design masters negative space – and it’s stunningly minimalist. 

The perfect pearl gift for: jewelry lovers with a particular talent for rocking unique, intriguing fashion: think floral combat boots, vintage jackets, and boutique gems.

Simple Akoya Pearl Studs

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl Earrings

If you don’t yet have pearl studs, this is your wakeup call; they’re a jewelry box staple and you need them! With these classy earrings, you can easily upgrade absolutely any outfit.

The perfect pearl gift for: a new grad, a young professional who’s starting a new job, or a June bride.

Pearl Rings

Twisted Diamond & Pearl Ring

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Diamond Vine Ring

This standout ring showcases a classic pearl held by a (literal) contemporary metal twist. This pearl ring makes for a perfect present or a fresh, non-traditional engagement ring.

The perfect pearl gift for: anyone who’s a bit funky and a lot glitzy.

Nested Pearl Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Textured Basket Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

Slip on this golden pearl ring and become a proud momma bird! The wrapped layers of yellow gold emulate the structure of a twiggy nest, elegantly nestling a large pearly “egg.”

The perfect pearl gift for: June birthdays who are the life of every cocktail party and the center of conversation at every function they attend

Pearl & Sapphire Ring

14K White Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl And Bezel Set Sapphire Ring

All sophistication, all the time. The modern bezel setting of this ring’s sapphires fits perfectly with its gleaming white gold metal and standout pearl.

The perfect pearl gift for: a June baby who’s into glam and leads an active lifestyle. The bezel setting will hold their gemstones tight and keep them pretty!

Seed Pearl & Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Crown Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Ring

We’ll bet you haven’t seen a ring like this before. Packed with tiny diamonds and delicate seed pearls, this lovely ring is reminiscent of a princess-worthy tiara. Go for it, get your royal on!

The perfect pearl gift for: the princess in your life who deserves a crown befitting their royal stature.

Pearl Necklaces

Tahitian Pearl & Halo Necklace

14K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Halo Necklace

One incredible pearl is all you need! In this bop of a necklace, a large black Tahitian pearl takes center stage and its beauty is enhanced by a delicate halo of delicate diamonds.

The perfect pearl gift for: a loved one who’s into classic Hollywood glamour and has a closet full of vintage clothes.

Diamond Trio & Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Trio Diamond Necklace

Pearl? Check. Diamonds? Check. This pendant necklace glitters all around. Its curved back means that this pendant will always be slightly on the move, meaning that it will always catch the light.

The perfect pearl gift for: the June birthday who’s hung onto their middle school bedazzler. 

Diamond Pearl Bar Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Bar Necklace

What’s better than a pearly glow? A pearly glow combined with diamond sparkle! Bonus: if a diamond is your April birthstone, diamond and pearl jewelry is a super cute June birthday gift for your partner or best friend.

The perfect pearl gift for: someone with a classic, minimal sense of style. 

Strand Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Fish Clasp 18" Necklace

Pearls’ soft multi-colored shine makes them paragons of glamor and elegance. This classic pearl necklace reminds us of Audrey Hepburn and countless other cultural icons.

The perfect pearl gift for: the jewelry lover who has a DVD shelf full of classic black-and-white movies.

Pearl Bracelets

Double Strand Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Double Strand Bracelet

We love yellow gold with white pearls, especially when those pearls come in double. The warm gold clasp on this bracelet offsets the pearls’ ethereal glow, putting the finishing touch on a classic design.

The perfect pearl gift for: anyone who owns at least two Kentucky Derby-worthy hats – and knows how to wear them.

Akoya Pearl & Sapphire Bracelet

14K White Gold Cultured Akoya Pearl And Sapphire Bracelet

You really can’t go wrong with bangles. Or white gold. Or sapphires. Or pearls. Lucky for you, this bracelet has it all. Slip it on and go conquer your day.

The perfect pearl gift for: strong-willed Junies who know what they love and enjoy a proper high tea.

Diamond Triad & Pearl Bracelet

18K Rose Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Trio Bangle Bracelet

A rose gold open band is bookended by one large South Sea pearl and three graduated diamonds. 

The perfect pearl gift for: someone who’s elegantly stylish, and always looking for innovative wardrobe pieces.

Curved Diamond & Pearl Bracelet

18K White Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Diamond Curving Bangle Bracelet

This funky curved bangle is studded with diamonds and set off with two incredible, look-at-me South Sea pearls. This is a bracelet that refuses to hide. Wear it when you want to be seen!

The perfect gift for: boho chic June babies who love sparkle.

In Summary

For June birthdays and June weddings alike, pearls are a can’t-fail gift. 

Why wearers love them: they’re elegant, complementary, and versatile.

Why gift-givers love them: they’re affordable, sustainable, and beautiful in any setting.

With pearls, June is your oyster!

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Simple Engagement Rings And Their Matching Wedding Rings

Ah, the beauty of a simple, shining engagement ring! If you do it right, you don’t have to go over the top. After all, diamonds aren’t the only way to achieve incredible sparkle. Simple engagement rings come in a huge range of designs. You can be assured that less is more.

Simple engagement ring with his matching wedding ring

What makes an engagement ring “simple”? Most broadly, it means that it’s free of the more glitzy ring features: pavè, engraved designs, halos, and multiple accent stones. Simple engagement rings are all about clean lines and the restrained use of diamonds and gemstones. They’re often solitaire rings, meaning that the band is completely stone-free except for one striking center stone. But – this isn’t always the case. 

This is the fun part: there are SO MANY types of simple engagement rings!

The Benefits of Minimalist Engagement Rings:

1. Fewer Diamonds = Easier Upkeep. 

More diamonds means more sparkle, but it also means more maintenance: accent stones trap dirt and require regular cleaning, and the multiple prongs require tightening by a jeweler twice a year. The bottom line is: simple engagement rings are perfect for the no-fuss wearer.

2. All Eyes on Your Diamond!

Go all in on an eye-popping center stone. It will take center stage! There’s little to distract from your sparkling stone. Plus, with the money you save on accent stones, you can invest to the fullest in your dream diamond.

3. Gives You a Lot More Pairing Options For Your Wedding Ring

A simple engagement ring complements absolutely any style of a wedding ring. Your wedding set will look fabulous no matter which wedding ring to choose. Keep it simple? Glitz it up? Add gemstones? Play with diamond shapes? Yes yes yes yes. Flex your creativity!

4. Easier On the Wallet

Less overall glitz means that there’s less upfront cost. There’s no need to spend a large part of your ring budget on a diamond-studded band. This frees you up to invest the lion’s share of your money in an incredible center diamond or gemstone! Pro tip: go for a lab created diamond to get a 30% larger diamond while staying on budget!

We’ve put together a walk-through of our best and most creative simple engagement ring styles.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Everyone loves the classics. And with good reason! There’s a reason why everyone in the car can’t help but belt it out when Johnny Cash comes on the radio. There’s a reason why, over the course of 60 years, “Pride and Prejudice” has inspired 5 different TV adaptations and 3 movies. And there’s a reason why everyone loves solitaire engagement rings!

It’s because they can’t be improved upon. They are exemplary to their core. 

Stick with the classics. Be happy. Sparkle hard.

Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
100% timeless. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Knife Edge Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
The edged band adds a unique taper to this classic solitaire engagement ring.

Interesting Diamond Shapes

Your favorite non-standard diamond shape will always look incredible in a simple engagement ring. A simple band design will complement any stone shape. Pear, emerald-cut, oval, asscher, princess-cut…choose whichever shape you have your heart set on.

 

Two-Toned Princess-Cut Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Modern Twisted Solitaire Engagement Ring
The clever combination of rose gold and white gold lends this classic ring a bit of intrigue.

Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring
Two captivating elements set this ring apart: one of the more uncommon diamond shapes, a beautiful emerald-cut diamond, mounted in an uncommon position: horizontally! 

Three Stone Engagement Rings

Three stone engagement rings: the perfect way to keep it simple while still getting your diamond fix. The elegant combination of a large center stone and two smaller, identical side stones is undeniably minimalist. And yet, all those facets sparkle bright! This engagement ring style is proof that simple doesn’t need to mean sparse.

Three Stone Round Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring

How does this three stone engagement ring avoid overwhelming the eye? By sticking with a simple round diamond cut. Symmetrical, straightforward, stunning.

Embedded Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cross Prong Diamond Accent Solitaire Ring

This embedded diamond engagement ring, although it features three stones, is undeniably minimalist. Two petite diamonds sit flush in the gold band, giving the center diamond space to shine.

Gemstone Engagement Rings

These simple engagement rings are rich in gorgeous hues. For anyone who thinks “simple” is a synonym to “plain,” these gemstone engagement rings are proof that’s simply not so. These singular rings are packed with personality. 

Which gemstone should you feature in your engagement ring? If you’d like to honor special dates in your lives, you can choose according to birthstones. A few customer favorites that often play starring roles in engagement rings: Emerald, the May birthstone; ruby, the July birthstone; and sapphire, the September birthstone.

Sapphire Side Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Diamonds or gemstones? With this gemstone side-stone engagement ring, it can be both. Flank your big, brilliant diamond, with two deep blue sapphires.

Emerald Split Prong Engagement Ring

Make your favorite gemstone the star of the show. This gemstone engagement ring features a beautiful verdant emerald on a simple, slightly curved band.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings

A bezel-set engagement ring is a sweet and simple way to mount your stone. Plus, it’s a super secure setting. If you lead an active lifestyle, or if you work with your hands often, then a bezel setting will be your new best friend. Of all the ring settings, it protects your center stone best AND it will never snag on fabric. 

Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

All bezel, all the time. This simple engagement ring is the best sidekick and will accompany you throughout all your adventures.

Pavè Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Crown Bezel Engagement Ring

Say hello to the bezel setting with a touch of flair! The subtle pavè on this ring is visible only from the side, so it still qualifies as “simple.” Simply brilliant.

Split Band Engagement Rings

A split band, or split shank, gives a slight flair to an otherwise classic solitaire band. 

Delicate Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

This almost-classic engagement ring shows off a subtle fork as the band meets the basket. So elegant!

Clawed Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Split Shank Double Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring

Now, this engagement ring goes for a deeper split shank. The delicate tapering of the split shanks makes the center diamond appear larger!

Swirling Band Engagement Rings

Get. It. Twisted. The bands on these rings aren’t packed with diamonds, but they are packed with plenty of personalities! Jewelry metal stands on its own in a variety of gorgeous designs.

Bypass Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Bypass Engagement Ring

A modern, asymmetrical engagement ring that is striking in its minimalism.

Rope Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

A thin dual band, elegantly twisted together to achieve a natural “woven” look. 

Wedding Rings To Pair With Simple Engagement Rings

Simple Wedding Rings

Keep it simple! A simple engagement ring loves a simple wedding band. It’s a no-fuss, elegant combination that’s affordable to boot! Any of these simple wedding rings will pair perfectly with any simple engagement ring.

Slightly Domed Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 3mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

The timeless choice. Enough said.

Two-Toned Wedding Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Wedding Band

This white gold and rose gold band pairs beautifully with white gold or rose gold engagement rings.

Half-Pavè Wedding Ring

14K White Gold U Pave Rounded Wedding Ring

This low-key, delicate pavè band adds a bit of sparkle, but not too much. 

Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Ladies 0.50ctw* Angled Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

A gently sparkling eternity band studded with petite diamonds that won’t overpower your simple engagement ring.

Glitzy Wedding Rings

On the other hand, simple engagement rings are the perfect pairing for diamond wedding rings. The heavy sparkle of these blingy wedding rings isn’t overpowered by their accompanying engagement rings. Go for it! 

Double Row Pavè Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Double Row Pave Ring

Many, many tiny accent diamonds mean hundreds of facets that catch the light.

Seven-Stone Wedding Ring

14K Rose Gold Prong Set Matching Wedding Ring

Go big or go home! Seven beautiful round diamonds give 1 carat’s worth of glitter to this wedding ring.

Diamond Cluster Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Marquise And Round Array Diamond Ring

A cluster of marquise and round diamonds give this wedding ring a glittery vintage vibe.

Petite Waves Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Petite Infinity Diamond Ring

Go with the flow with this thin, diamond-encrusted infinity ring.

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