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New Flex: True Hearts™ Lab Created Diamonds

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Lab created diamonds

Are you gearing up to pop the question to your significant other and still deciding on an engagement ring? If you’re been exploring our website, you may be familiar with our exclusive collection of True Hearts™ diamonds and our budget-friendly, but sparkling lab created diamonds. Good news: for the first time ever, it’s your chance to score the best of both with our brand new collection of True Hearts™ Lab-Created diamonds. Curious? Keep reading to get the down-low. Be sure to read until the end, because we’ve got a surprise in store for you.

1. What Exactly Are True Hearts™ Diamonds?

When you’re looking for a diamond cut with the most perfect precision, look no further than a True Hearts™ diamond – the premier choice for a diamond that sparkles like nobody’s business.

Why, you ask?

The answer is simple. Since cut determines a diamond’s sparkle, the best cut diamonds will give you the best sparkle. 

How do we get the best cut? Our True Hearts™ collection is crafted by the crème de la crème of diamond cutters and features a one-of-a-kind pattern that resembles hearts and arrows. Now that’s what we call romantic! Just in case you were wondering, this exceptional cut also results in facet positioning that acts like tiny mirrors (cool!), which contributes to its off-the-charts sparkle (yay!). By the way, fewer than 1% of the world’s diamonds qualify as a True Hearts™ diamond. 

Still not quite sure of the difference between a True Hearts™ diamond and an earth-created diamond? Feast your eyes on two diamonds below so we can make things crystal clear. Both of these diamonds have VS2 clarity, the same D color and weigh 1.14 and 1.12 carats respectively. However, there is an $860 price difference between the two. Why? The diamond on the right is a premier cut True Hearts™ diamond. You can tell by observing the perfect internal reflection of arrows when viewed from above and hearts when viewed from below. The result? Perfect sparkle.

An added bonus of choosing a True Hearts™ diamond is that it can actually appear larger than other diamonds of the same size. Yep, you heard right. A superior-cut diamond will offer better angles and symmetry, which allows light to refract more effectively. Lesser cut diamonds will “swallow” their light, making them look smaller, in addition to giving off less sparkle.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Interested in purchasing a True Hearts™ round-cut diamond? Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Consistency in the hearts and arrows pattern. You should see eight hearts and eight arrows, and each should be the same size.
  • Even color saturation. Each red, black and white hearts and arrow pattern should exhibit similar color distribution.
  • Optical symmetry is key. A symmetrical hearts and arrows pattern will result in maximum light return. 

In addition to round cut, our True Hearts™ collection is also available in princess and cushion cuts. 

2. Earth-Created Vs. Lab Created Diamonds: The Low Down

You may be wondering: What is a lab created diamond and how is it different from earth-created diamonds? We’re here to clarify a few points before you decide if a True Hearts Lab-Created Diamond™ is right for you.

Lab created diamonds are optically and chemically identical to earth-created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

  • Earth-created diamonds are sourced from below the earth’s surface.
  • Lab grown diamonds are created in simulated ‘below-ground’ conditions in a lab.

Needless to say, producing the special carbon arrangement of earth-created diamonds is intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Plus, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds.

Thanks to technology, we no longer need to go digging for our precious stones. Scientists are now able to simulate the required extreme conditions using specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed. The result? A diamond packing the same quality and sparkle, produced a billion times quicker.

3. Enter True Hearts™ Lab Created Diamonds

Now that you’re more familiar with our dazzling collection of True Hearts™ and lab created diamonds, we have some dazzling news to share. James Allen is now offering you a chance to get your hands on the perfect sparkle of our True Hearts™ diamonds, for less. If you’re looking for the same perfect sparkle of a True Hearts™ diamond, with the affordability of a lab-created diamond, you can get both with our True Hearts™ and lab-created diamonds

Our collection of True Hearts™ lab-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical to True Hearts™ earth-created diamonds. Each True Hearts™ lab created diamond contains the same perfect internal symmetry and proportions as well as the highest gem grading for cut and polish found in True Hearts™ earth-created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

Four Prong Pendant

This light four prong wire basket is designed to showcase the unique beauty of a round brilliant diamond of your choice. Truly a classic design that is perfect for any occasion!

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Kite Set Solitaire Pendant

The finely crafted four prong wire basket pendant features a kite orientation to add a twist to the traditional solitaire necklace.

14K Yellow Gold Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Halo Diamond Pendant

This beautifully crafted pendant showcases a halo of sparkling lab created round brilliant diamonds that elegantly frame the lab created center diamond.

14K White Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Pendant

CALLING ALL DIAMOND LOVERS!

Ready for some good news? For the first time ever, JamesAllen.com is offering 10% off True Hearts™ Lab Created diamonds. It’s like getting the best of both worlds: a super ideal cut diamond at a super accessible price point. If you’re someone who loves the highest quality diamonds and saving lots of money, this one’s for you! Now you can buy any of these gorgeous engagement rings and get bang for your buck.

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

This French Cut pavé diamond engagement ring is created to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides. Custom tailored prongs are set into the shank of the ring, allowing a variety of bands to sit flush with the engagement ring. 

14K Rose Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring Round Center

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the round cut center diamond or gemstone of your choice.

14K Rose Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

The knife edge design of this ring draws attention to the center diamond showcasing its brilliance without detracting from its beauty.

14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Ready to shop True Hearts™ Lab Created diamonds? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Romantic & Creative Proposal Ideas: Our Top Picks

Stumped on how to pop the question? Read our most romantic and creative proposal ideas!

If you’re planning to propose soon, you’re probably wondering: How am I going to pull it off? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of fun, romantic and creative proposal ideas to guide you in the right direction.

1. Take It Outside

If you’re the adventurous type – this one’s for you. The great outdoors offers breathtaking views and natural beauty that will take your proposal to the next level. Bold views deserve big sparkle. The ring of choice? A halo.

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. 

Outdoors engagement offering

City Hotspots: Take advantage of the beauty of your hometown. Every city is filled with unique landmarks, parks or buildings with an observation deck that’ll add a sentimental touch to your big moment.

Beach Stroll: Writing a message in the sand is simple, but as heartfelt as proposals get. And topped off with the perfect sunset? Most romantic proposal ever.

Take a Hike: Take your relationship to new heights. What better way to start your new journey together than to propose at the end of the trail? 

2. Get Creative

This one’s for all the out-the-box thinkers who want to add a creative twist to their proposals. If your partner is the artsy type we recommend going for a tension ring

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. 

Creative Engagement

Photo Album: Gather all those special moments you’ve shared together, then leave a blank space with a title – ‘Our Engagement’ will do the trick. Don’t forget to have your camera on standby to capture the special moment!  

Bring Flowers: Seriously, flowers make everything better. Sprinkle your chosen spot with petals or declare your love with a flower-shaped heart – you do you. 

3. Unique Proposals

Unique proposals call for unique engagement rings – vintage. If you’re the creative type who pays attention to your partner’s passions, a fun-filled proposal might be your calling:

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. 

Unique Proposals

Cook Up: If you’re in agreement that food = love, then we’ve got the perfect ingredients for a successful proposal. Bring the restaurant home by preparing something delicious. Prefer something a little more intimate? Be sure to check out these home-proposal ideas for inspo. 

Between The Lines: If a book is your partner’s second best thing to snuggle up with, we’ve got the perfect solution. Tie the ring to a ribbon, slip it in between the pages and let the magic unfold.

Cut Your Trailer: In a world of ever-changing technology, video creation has never been easier. Grab your smartphone and gather all your key-moments to show your partner right before getting down on one knee.

4. Recruit Some Help

Proposal planning can be stressful, so it’s the perfect time to let those closest to you extend a helping hand. Keep this one simple, but make it sparkly with a solitaire ring.

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. 

Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way to involve your loved ones. Help each other plant clues at your favorite spots that’ll lead your partner to the final clue – a ring.

They Said Woof: Add a little awww factor to the proposal with the help of your loyal companion. Tie the ring to your dog’s collar and send them in your partner’s direction. 

Friends Or Family: Pick a location and keep it simple – being surrounded by the people you love most is enough to make it unforgettable.

Proposal plans in order? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Earth-Created Or Lab Grown Diamonds: Can You Spot The Difference?

We’ve lined up earth-created and lab grown diamonds. Think YOU can spot the difference?

Earth Created Or Lab Grown Diamonds

Although lab grown diamonds are grown in a lab, they are real diamonds and have the same physical, chemical and visual properties as earth-created diamonds. With this striking similarity, begs the question: Is it possible to tell the two apart? Ironically, expert gemologists can’t differentiate between a lab-grown and earth-created diamond with the naked eye.

As you immerse yourself with our dazzling collection of engagement rings, anniversary rings, and gorgeous fine jewelry, we’ve highlighted jewelry featuring both earth-created and lab-grown diamonds. Think you know which is which? Take a moment to learn about lab grown diamonds on our website, then start scrolling.

Round Lab Grown Diamonds

Do you like to keep things straight-up classic? And by classic, we mean round. Our extensive collection of round lab grown diamonds comes in a range of sizes, starting from 0.5 carats. In the early days of diamond-making, labs were only able to grow small diamonds. However, as things continue to get bigger and better, so has your sparkle. In fact, we’ve got diamond sizes in excess of a whopping 5 carats!

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the round cut center diamond.

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

This brilliant knife edge diamond solitaire offers the best of both worlds with its classic appeal at a cost-effective price.

14K Yellow Gold Presentation Solitaire

Fancy Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab grown diamonds aren’t just reserved for those who stick to the traditional approach. We’ve got a wide range of shapes, including oval, cushion, princess, emerald, and more! If you prefer your engagement ring with a pop of color, our fancy color lab-grown diamonds come in a range of options like yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, red diamonds, and blue diamonds to name a few.

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

The knife edge design of this ring draws attention to the center diamond or gemstone, showcasing its brilliance without detracting from its beauty.

Petite Pavé Crown Engagement Ring

A vibrant pavé set diamond crown, featuring pavé accents on the prongs and gallery creates the perfect basket for the center diamond. The demure and feminine feel of this alluring ring is enhanced by the petite band.

14K White Gold Petite Pave Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

What’s The Actual Difference?

Have you been able to tell which diamonds are lab-grown? If not, don’t fret. They’re optically and chemically identical to earth-created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

  • Earth-created diamonds are sourced from below the earth’s surface.
  • Lab-grown diamonds are created in simulated ‘below-ground’ conditions in a lab.

Needless to say, producing the special carbon arrangement of earth-created diamonds is intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Plus, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds.

Thanks to technology, we no longer need to go digging for our precious stones. Scientists are now able to simulate the required extreme conditions using specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed. The result? A diamond packing the same quality and sparkle, produced a billion times quicker.

Octagonal Baguette Double Halo Engagement Ring

Alternating baguette and round diamonds compose the elegant and striking inner halo, surrounded by an octagonal frame of round brilliant diamonds. The shank also features pavé diamonds on each side to exalt the splendor of this magnificent ring.

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring

This dramatic, spiraling tension-set solitaire ring allows you to fully view the beautiful diamond. Sleek and secure, it’s perfect for those who like an updated style with a classic feel.

Bang For Your Buck

Lab-created diamonds are generally more affordable than earth-created diamonds, giving you a 30% larger stone for the same cost

Why?

The diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond shoppers. If you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality and sparkle, lab created diamonds are a great choice for you. 

Bow Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring design is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds.

14K Rose Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Worth It? We Think So

There’s no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. While earth-created diamonds are the classic choice, lab grown diamonds are an affordable option and equally fresh. No matter what you decide, both diamonds hold their magnificent sparkle forever!

Have we made a strong case to go for a lab-grown diamond? If you’re ready, you can pick up a 1 carat lab created diamond starting at around $1,550. However, the price largely depends on its specifications. Remember, the 4 C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight) also need to be considered, as these all impact the overall cost of lab-grown diamonds. 

Lab Created Bling

Lab created diamonds aren’t only for engagement rings. You can choose from a wide selection of lab-created diamond stud earrings and pendants when you shop with us.

Three Prong Martini Diamond Stud Earrings

This three-prong martini setting is constructed to fit the exact size of the lab-created diamonds, which sit perfectly flush into the setting exactly as the Martini design was intended.

14K White Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Halo Diamond Earrings

These beautifully crafted earrings feature a halo of sparkling lab-created round brilliant diamonds that elegantly frame the lab-created center diamond.

14K Yellow Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant

This pendant is designed to showcase the beauty of a round cut lab-created diamond. The finely crafted four prong wire basket pendant features a kite orientation to add a twist to the traditional solitaire necklace.

14K White Gold Kite Set Solitaire Lab Created Diamond Pendant

Final Thoughts:

Were you able to tell our lab-grown and earth-created diamonds apart? Here’s the bottom line: Both are winners! Lab-grown diamonds offer equal brilliance and sparkle as earth-created diamonds. That being said, if you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality, a lab-grown diamond may be calling your name.

Something sparkly catches your eye? At James Allen, we’ve got loads more jewelry up our sleeve. Browse our stunning assortment of wedding rings, tennis bracelets, men’s engagement rings and more to spoil your significant other (or yourself!) today.

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Most Popular Rings for 2021: Our Predictions

Proposal plans in motion for 2021? You might want to take notes. 

Most Popular Rings for 2021

With 2020 coming to a close, we’re looking forward to fresh starts and sparkling new styles in the year ahead. From the return of the classics to pops of color and a rise in personalized rings, the new year is set to have it all. People are raising their glow game with bright, bold choices to achieve that #winning ring selfie while staying true to what fits their unique personality. Keep scrolling for our predicted 2021 engagement ring trends.

1. Colorful Stones

We previously anticipated a rise in colorful gemstones back in 2020 and expect the trend to continue into the new year. Keep your eyes peeled for gemstones, especially sapphire and emerald. You can never go wrong by incorporating a birthstone into your chosen ring – it’s an expression of your unique style and creativity. And did we mention they’re absolutely breathtaking?   

Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

1.40 Carat Emerald Natural Green Emerald 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Three Stone Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with Sapphire stone With Scroll Undergallery

2. Solitaire Engagement Rings

Following a year of challenges and uncertainty, people are all about keeping it simple (and sparkly!) in 2021. Solitaire rings not only spotlight the center diamond beautifully but seamlessly compliment every personality and style. We also predict an upward trend of split shank engagement rings, where the band beautifully splits into two on each side before joining the center diamond.

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Split Shank Double Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Personalized Creations

Today, more people are choosing to add their two cents into the ring-making process, with some couples even designing a ring together. In 2021, we’re predicting a rise in custom-made engagement rings and non-traditional styles. Speaking of customizing, we recommend adding a free engraving to your ring at checkout for an extra special touch. Need ring-spiration? Feast your eyes on some of our customer creations, then try your hand at designing your very own.

Pavé Halo & Shank (Pear Center)

14K Rose Gold Pave Halo and Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Tapered Baguette Emerald Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Emerald Halo Engagement Ring

4. Lab Created Diamonds

There’s no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. But what about the new sparkle on the block? We’re referring to lab created diamonds of course – an equally dazzling and cost-effective alternative which we’re expecting to explode in 2021.

Lab created diamonds are optically and chemically identical to earth-created diamonds and are generally about 30% more affordable. Plus, they look great with every ring, no matter what you choose.

Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring 

14K Yellow Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

5. Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Yellow gold engagement rings have gained serious traction in 2020 and show no signs of slowing down in 2021. This warm, luxurious metal pairs with almost any outfit, giving its wearer an instant boost of style and undeniable elegance. Why choose a yellow gold ring? Gold is yellow by nature, so the color of the metal stays vibrant and is easy to maintain, allowing you to keep your sparkle in tip-top shape through the new year and beyond.

Milgrain Navette Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Milgrain Navette Engagement Ring

East-West Oval Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow East-West Oval Diamond Gold Diamond Engagement Ring

Inspired by what’s to come in 2021? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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2020 Celebrity Engagements: Our Top Picks

2020 Celebrity Engagements moments


Earlier this year, we covered all of our favorite celebrity engagements and their A-list engagement rings. Now, we’re back for another round of star-studded sparkle. Scroll to find out which celebrities took the next big leap in their relationships – then shop their lookalike engagement rings.

Gwen Stefani + Blake Shelton

Fans were over the moon after the Hollaback Girl singer and Shelton took to Instagram to announce their engagement. Stefani said yes to a gorgeous round-cut diamond, beautifully finished on a white gold solitaire setting. Like her engagement ring? We have no doubt (get it?) you’ll want to check out the lookalike:


The Lookalike:

Six Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

Stefani said yes to a gorgeous round-cut diamond ring
14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Derek Peth + Saffron Vadher

The Bachelor in Paradise star took to Twitter to announce his engagement to model Saffron Vadher, tweeting ‘She said yes!!!’. Vadher was beaming as the star posted a clip of himself alongside his new fiancée, who flaunted a dazzling, custom-made emerald cut engagement ring. Feeling the FOMO? Go ahead and shop our emerald solitaire ring below: 

The Lookalike:

Emerald-Cut Solitaire Engagement Ring

Derek Peth and Saffron Vadher with the new engagement ring
14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Bobby Bones + Caitlin Parker

The host of The Bobby Bones Show announced his engagement to his girlfriend Caitlin Parker. Bones pulled out all the stops with a romantic backyard proposal, like something straight out of a fairytale! It’s safe to say that Parker’s stunning oval cut solitaire ended the night on a sparkling good note. Want to try something different? Go long with this oval ring.


The Lookalike:

Oval-Cut Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Parker’s stunning oval cut solitaire ended the night on a sparkling good note
14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Elle King + Dan Tooker

The Ex’s and Oh’s singer’s engagement to her boyfriend Dan Tooker may be the cutest of all the 2020 celebrity engagements to happen (so far!). Turns out, King had proposal plans of her own after getting down on one knee at the same time as her partner after they went horse riding together. If that isn’t couple #goals, we don’t know what is. Feeling inspired by her floral-style engagement ring? Shop this dazzling alternative.  

The Lookalike:

Floral Engagement Ring

Elle King amd Dan Tooker and the new engagement ring
14K White Gold Floral Engagement Ring

James Lafferty + Alexandra Park

The former One Tree Hill star certainly cooked up a storm after popping the question to actress Alexandra Park in the comfort of their kitchen. Lafferty broke the news on Instagram with a selfie and a simple caption: ‘She said yeah’. While proposing does tend to leave some people at a loss for words, we sure can talk about Park’s stunning solitaire ring all day long. Get your version of this simple, yet stunning ring that’ll make you glow. 

The Lookalike:

Claw Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

Park's stunning solitaire ring
14K Yellow Gold Claw Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

Demi Lovato + Max Ehrich

Five months of dating was all it took for the Young and the Restless star Max Ehrich to realize that Demi Lovato was the one. In true beach fashion, Ehrich proposed to the Heart Attack singer in gorgeous Malibu with an equally stunning emerald three-stone ring, featuring a whopping seven carats! Pick up your own piece of heaven with our Lovato ring lookalike:

The Lookalike:

White Gold Tapered Baguette

Demi Lovato with the new engagement ring
14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Feeling starstruck by celebrity engagement rings? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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2020 Emmy Awards: Our Top Picks & Their Lookalikes

No red carpet? No problem! See the hottest sparkle from the 2020 Emmy Awards – and shop the lookalikes!


The 2020 Emmy Awards may have gone virtual in the midst of a global pandemic, but that didn’t stop our favorite stars from turning up full red-carpet style. We immediately got to work and rounded up our top styles of the evening. Awards aside, all of these looks are winners!  

Yvonne Orji

We’ve fallen in love with the beautifully-complicated life of Molly, portrayed by actress and comedian Yvonne Orji in the hit HBO series Insecure. Orji accessorized with a striking selection of jewelry, flaunting a stunning diamond bangle. Want to glam up like her? Up your wrist game with the lookalike.


The Lookalike:

Pavé Diamond Bangle

Yvonne Orji wearing bangle
14K White Gold Pave Diamond Bangle

Reese Witherspoon

Nobody brings sparkle to the yard quite like Reese Witherspoon, who enjoyed the virtual festivities live from her backyard. We’re still drooling over her dreamy gemstone earrings. If you’re itching to sparkle like Witherspoon, we recommend starting with a lookalike pair of our tanzanite earrings.


The Lookalikes:

Round Halo Tanzanite & Diamond Earrings

Reese Witherspoon wearing gemstone earrings
14K White Gold Round Halo Tanzanite And Diamond Earrings

Annie Murphy 

Schitt’s Creek absolutely dominated the 2020 Emmys Awards, and first-time Emmy winner Annie Murphy looked stunning for the occasion, dressed in black and a sprinkle of gold. Did her earrings catch your eye? Add instant star-status to any outfit, anytime with a pair of our lined bar lookalike earrings. 


The Lookalikes:

Single Lined Bar Diamond Earrings

Annie Murphy lined bar earrings
14K Yellow Gold Single Lined Bar Diamond Earrings

Zendaya 

Arguably one of the biggest highlights of the 2020 Emmys was Euphoria star Zendaya, who accepted her Emmy for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress’ rocking a dramatic gemstone choker necklace. We can’t accessorize you with an Emmy but we CAN point you towards a show-stopping amethyst necklace.


The Lookalike:

Amethyst Floating Halo Necklace

Zendaya wearing choker necklace
14K Rose Gold Amethyst And Diamond Floating Halo Necklace

Julia Garner

The star of Ozark sure knows how to make a statement. Julia Garner turned up looking extra fresh in a layered pearl necklace. Love the pearly look? Add class to any outfit by splashing out on our cultured pearl necklace.


The Lookalike:

Cultured Pearl & Textured Bead Necklace

Julia Garner wearing pearl necklace
14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Necklace

Kerry Washington

As we previously anticipated, gemstones have burst back onto the scene in 2020 and are here to stay. Need more convincing? Look no further than Scandal star Kerry Washington’s hypnotizing emerald ring. Feeling the FOMO? You’ll be gorgeous in green when you choose our halo emerald lookalike ring.

The Lookalike:

Oval Halo Emerald & Diamond Ring

Kerry Washington wearing emerald ring
18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Ring

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Stackable Rings: The Essential Guide

We’ve compiled a dazzling assortment of stackable rings. P.S. You’ll want to start stacking these beauties ASAP.

Stackable Rings: Top Ring Stacking Tips

What is a Stackable Ring?

A stackable ring is more than wearing a variety of sparkle, it’s a symbol of your individuality. Whether you stack multiple rings on many fingers or pile sparkle on one finger, both make a shining statement. Stackable rings are also a foolproof gift to spoil a loved one to mark a special occasion. Read our top ring stacking tips, then stack the perfect combo! 

Love At First Stack

When it comes to stackable rings, the creative floodgates are open! Start with a statement ring on your ring finger and build around it. Alternatively, choose small rings with subtle bits of sparkle and work your way up. There’s no right or wrong answer – you are the leader of your stack! We think white, rose and yellow gold rings make the dream stack.

White Gold North South Diamond Ring

14K White Gold North South Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

Mix & Match

Learning how to build a mixed metal ring stack requires a combination of practice and personal preference. If you’re feeling adventurous, use two contrasting metals to mix and match your statement ring. Pick a primary color, then add 2-3 secondary pieces to the top and bottom of the center ring for a stunning alternating combo.

Yellow Gold Petite Station Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Station Diamond Ring - Stackable Rings

White Gold Twisted Pavé Wedding Ring

Yellow Gold Baguette & Round Alternating Ring

14K Yellow Gold Baguette And Round Alternating Diamond Ring

Simple Stacking

In the pursuit of the perfect stack, sometimes things can go from #onpoint to slightly over the top. To avoid this, slim it down using a thin ring and use stackable rings of the same width. This sleek look is dazzling AND gives you more finger freedom – double win, triple shine 😉

White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Single Row Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Single Row Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Thin French Cut Pavé Eternity Ring

14K Rose Gold Thin French-Cut Pave Set Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring

Weighing Your Options

Create a stackable look that demands attention. To avoid your stackable rings feeling too matchy matchy, experiment with different weights and shapes. This adds personality and variation to your stack. A bold piece, like this eternity ring, stacked with a simple pave՛ makes the perfect pair.

White Gold Half Bezel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Half Bezel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

White Gold U Pavé Rounded Wedding Ring

14K White Gold U Pave Rounded Wedding Ring

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Sapphire Rings: Something New, Something Blue

We’ve got the scoop on why you absolutely need to add a blue sapphire ring to your jewelry box. Read on to find out!

Sapphire Rings: Something New, Something Blue

You may be wondering: With so many ring styles and stunning gemstone options to choose from, what sets blue sapphires apart? Featuring a mesmerizing blue gemstone, sapphire jewelry makes the perfect gift for that special occasion. And trust us, you’re going to want a blue sapphire ring. Brace yourself for a whole lot of BLUE. 

1. They’re Unique

There’s no denying that diamonds are the de facto choice when choosing your sparkler. But we think a blue sapphire comes a close second, and we’re not alone! Blue sapphire is one of the rarest gemstones to grace an engagement ring. Choose blue sapphire and set yourself apart from the crowd with these statement pieces.

White Gold Vintage Bowtie Sapphire & Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Bowtie Shaped Stations Alternating Sapphire And Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Round Brilliant Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Wedding Ring

2. A History Of Glam

Blue sapphire rings are popular amongst celebrities and have been associated with the royal family for centuries. Notably, the September birthstone brings to mind the world’s most famous (and gorgeous) blue sapphire ring once belonging to Princess Diana and currently worn by Kate Middleton. It broke trends back then and is still making its mark today.

White Gold Oval Halo Sapphire and Diamond Ring

18K White Gold Oval Halo Sapphire And Diamond Ring

White Gold Milgrain Bezel Sapphire Ring

14K White Gold Milgrain Bezel Sapphire Ring

3. They’re Tough

Blue sapphire is an inherently strong and durable gemstone, with a score of 9 on the Mohs scale – second to only diamonds. This means that you can flaunt your blue sapphire ring without worrying about chipping, scratching or cracking from everyday wear. Choose a traditional shape and get creative with a sparkling white gold ring.

White Gold Sapphire Pavé Sugarloaf Ring

18K White Gold Sapphire Pave Sugarloaf Ring

White Gold Sapphire Pavé East-West Oval Ring

18K White Gold Sapphire Pave East-West Oval Ring

4. They’re More Affordable

The tradition, uniqueness and lasting beauty associated with sapphires also come with dazzling affordability. Sapphires typically cost less per carat than diamonds, giving you more design flexibility and bang for your buck. Whatever style you choose, one thing is certain – you’ll shine down the aisle in a ring with a splash of blue 😉 

Three Stone Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

5. They’re Perfect For Everyday

When you choose a blue sapphire ring, it will be a perfect accessory for almost any outfit, whether you’re casual in blue jeans or glamming it up in a cocktail dress. No matter the occasion, you’ll always have an excuse to put yourself in our blues.

Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire & Aquamarine Ring

14K Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire And Aquamarine Asymmetrical Ring

Rose Gold Diamond & Sapphire Baguette Milgrain Ring

14K Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire And Aquamarine Asymmetrical Ring

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Winter Jewelry Guide: Tips To Stay Warm & Sparkle

Read our winter jewelry guide for cool tips in time for the holiday season. 

Winter Jewelry Guide: Tips To Stay Warm & Sparkle

As the weather takes a cold turn and we start to cover up with gloves, scarves and sweaters, it’s the perfect time to lighten the mood by accessorizing with your favorite statement jewelry. Brrrace yourself, we’ve compiled a list of styling tips to make sure that you stay warm (and sparkle!) this winter. 

Go Long

Keeping warm in icy temperatures requires a bit of extra wardrobe work. With additional layers of clothing, it’s best to keep your jewelry simple. Stop your chains and necklaces from getting tangled with a single, elongated pendant. They’re long enough to fit over thicker clothing and offer a sparkly, solid glow.

Four Prong Basket Solitaire Pendant

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Lab Created Diamond Pendant

Emerald Cut Solitaire Pendant

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant

Pear-Shape Solitaire Pendant 

14K White Gold Pear Shape Diamond Solitaire Pendant

Glisten Up

Look extra cute when it’s extra cold with a pair of delicate studs. You’ll instantly brighten up any outfit and avoid dangly earrings getting caught in your scarf or turtlenecks. And small hoops? They’re perfect, not to mention chic.

Halo Diamond Earrings

14K White Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Wire Basket Stud Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Six Prong Wire Basket Diamond Stud Earrings

Huggie Hoop Earrings

White Gold Huggie Hoop Earrings - Winter Jewelry Guide

Pretty Pearls

Pearls have always been a firm favorite for any season, and winter is no exception. They’re smooth, which means you won’t damage your winter clothing and are easy to accessorize. Plus, they seamlessly complement winter hues like black, navy and charcoal.

Cultured Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Bracelet

Pearl Bangle

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

Keep It Basic

Ever snagged your favorite sweater while showing off your sparkler? Here’s an easy fix – flat rings. Not only are these safer for those delicate items of clothing, you’ll look equally dazzling. The cold weather is also the perfect opportunity to flaunt a ring with December’s wintery birthstone – blue topaz.

Pavė Rainbow Ring By Brevani

14K Yellow Gold Pave Rainbow Row Ring By Brevani

Infinity Blue Topaz Birthstone Ring

14K White Gold Infinity Blue Topaz Birthstone Ring

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Designing Your Ring Together: Here’s Why You Should

Are you and your SO thinking about designing a ring together? Here’s why you should.

Designing Your Ring Together

Buying an engagement ring is no easy task. It often takes time, patience and planning to score the perfect ring that your partner will wear forever. To ease the process, can a couple design a ring together without taking the surprise or romance out of the proposal? We think so. Find out why designing a ring may just be one of the best decisions you’ll make together.

1. A Modern Love

Nowadays, choosing to design a ring together has gained more popularity and comes with many pros. Not only does it alleviate pressure from your fiancé to find a ring that suits her style and preferences, but it’ll also give your partner comfort knowing that they made a perfect choice. Win-Win. Not sure where to begin? Start with a simple solitaire ring and take it from there.

White Gold Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Tapered Milgrain Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Tapered Milgrain Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. You Glow Girl

Traditionally, the man picks the ring, comes up with an elaborate proposal plan, pops the question, then it’s all smiles and ring selfies. Today, more women prefer to add their two cents. Designing a ring together will give you peace of mind knowing your SO is getting exactly what they want. It’s a pretty bold choice. In the spirit of bold decisions, go big and design a halo.

White Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring

3. In It Together

When you design a ring as a duo, it means you do everything together. You’ll be able to choose a ring you love and set a budget you’re both comfortable with. You’ll also know what setting and diamond to choose and get your partner’s ring size on the spot. Why not use our try-on feature together and test drive these vintage, three-stone or channel set rings?

Yellow Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Three Stone & Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Three Stone Trillion And Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Tried and Tested

Many of our customers have chosen to design a ring together and could not be happier. Does it ruin the proposal moment? Hardly. Some decisions can still be a secret, like where, when or how the proposal will take place. Plus, they’ll be surprised in a good way with a ring they love. Read what our customers have said after designing their rings together.

We took the modern approach of picking out the ring together. We are so happy with it! – Lea H.’

White Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

‘My fiancée and I picked the ring out together and I am so happy we did’ – Roxanne E.

Yellow Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

‘We picked our ring together and found the experience to be wonderful.’ – Erik S.

Rose Gold Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Sounds Like Love

What’s better than crafting the ring of your dreams together? Designing a ring with a sweet beat. Follow us on Spotify for a dazzling selection of tunes that’ll up the romance when you’re ring shopping on JamesAllen.com (wink wink). 

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Affordable Engagement Rings: Our Top Picks

These affordable engagement rings are equally as beautiful as they are budget-friendly!

Affordable engagement rings: pear-cut diamond halo engagement ring

Everybody deserves their dream engagement ring. However, in some cases, high-quality glitter comes with an equally high price tag. If you’re looking for an affordable yet beautiful engagement ring, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of our top-selling affordable engagement rings that will have your SO beaming as bright as the rings themselves.

1. Solitaire Engagement Rings

When it comes to affordable engagement rings, a solitaire ring is always a good place to start. Consisting of a single stone and a simple setting, this timeless ring allows your diamond to take center stage. Keep it simple but shiny with these classics.

White Gold Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. Elongated Stones

Although classic shapes are the most popular, you’ll find a golden opportunity with elongated fancy shapes. These stones are not only cheaper, but their shapes create the appearance of a larger surface area. Consider these stunning pear, oval and marquise diamond rings and get more bang for your buck.

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Beaded Marquise Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Beaded Marquise Shape Engagement Ring

3. Pavé The Way

Pavé rings consist of small diamonds encrusted on the band, making the band itself look like it’s made of diamond. This elaborate display of diamonds gives the ring a boost of extra sparkle at an affordable price, without needing to invest more in increasing the center stone’s carat size.

Yellow Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

4. Well, Halo There

If you’re on a budget and want an affordable yet supersized sparkle, look no further than a halo! We recommend a cushion-cut stone paired with a pavé halo band. Alternatively, choose a clean trellis setting and let the halo do the sparkling.

White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring (Cushion Center)

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Trellis Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Trellis Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

5. Colored Gemstones

Gemstones have become an increasingly popular option when shopping for affordable engagement rings. If you’d like to venture away from a traditional all-diamond engagement ring, a gorgeous side-stone ring with marquise-shaped sapphires or a ruby 3 stone ring will do the trick.

White Gold Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Ruby Three Stone Engagement Ring

1.89 Carat Round Natural Ruby Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring With Scroll Undergallery

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Ring Cleaning Tips in the Age of COVID-19

With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, keep reading for our best ring cleaning tips.

How to clean your engagement ring

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 the 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:

White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

White Gold Diamond Three-Stone Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring

2. Clean Smart, Not Hard

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:

Rose Gold Pavé Adorned Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring

Yellow Gold Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

3. Bling Care

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 of these white, rose and yellow gold options:

White Gold Sleek Accent Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Ring

14K Rose Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Gloves On

If you can’t remove your ring for any reason or don’t want to use hand sanitizer, don’t fret! We recommend that you wear a pair of gloves when doing any household cleaning.

White Gold Cable Solitaire Ring

14K White Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pave Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

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Tips to Nail an At-Home Proposal

With National Proposal Day approaching, scroll down for some intimate home proposal ideas!

Tips to Nail an At-Home Proposal

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:

White Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Ring

14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Ring

14K Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

2. Take a Walk

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:

White Gold Pavé Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Art Deco Geometric Diamond Engagement Ring

3. At-Home Fine Dining

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!

White Gold Perfect Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Perfect Pave Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Virtual Concert

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:

Yellow Gold Channel Set Cathedral Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bead Set Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Three-Stone Round Ruby Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

5. Hire a Celeb

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’.

Rose Gold Three Stone Diamond Infinity Ring

14K Rose Gold Three Stone Diamond Infinity Engagement Ring

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Fine Jewelry Trends 2020: Our Predictions

Want your jewelry box to be filled with all the ‘it’ pieces in 2020? Read our trend predictions.

Fine Jewelry Trends 2020: Our 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:

Rose Gold Waving Milgrain Bezel Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Waving Milgrain Bezel Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Lighthing Bolt Diamond Ring

White Gold Bezel Set Bolt Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Bezel Set Bolt Diamond Ring

2. A Splash Of Color

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:

White Gold Graduated Bezel Aquamarine Ring

14K White Gold Graduated Bezel Aquamarine And Diamond Ring By EFFY (12.0x8.0mm)

White Gold Double Halo Diamond Necklace

White Gold Double Halo Diamond Necklace - fine jewelry trends

3. Pearl Everything

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

White Gold Freshwater Pearl Earrings - fine jewelry trends

Yellow Gold Sea Pearl Art Deco Drop Earrings

18K Yellow Gold Diamond And Cultured Golden South Sea Pearl Art Deco Drop Earrings

4. Oversized Hoops

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.

White Gold Tsavorite Trellis Oval Hoops 

14K White Gold Tsavorite Trellis Inside Out Oval Hoops

White Gold Inside Out Petite Diamond Hoops

14K White Gold Inside Out Petite Diamond Hoops

5. Choking Up

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.

Yellow Gold Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace By Brevani

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Minimalist Jewelry: Back To Basics

We’re going back to basics. Find out why minimalist jewelry is hot and here to stay.

Woman wearing a minimalist necklace

When it comes to sparkle, your first instinct would be ‘go big or go home’, right? Here’s some food for thought: Taking things down a notch can also make you look low-key gorgeous. Read why minimalist jewelry is plain and simply the best:

Subtle, Yet Sparkly

Sometimes, less is more. Minimalist jewelry helps create a simple, yet elegant look that allows your natural beauty to shine through. Want a glow that’s simple yet striking? Get creative by pairing stackable rings. Style tip: Stack a white and yellow gold ring together on one finger, or rock a single ring on your index and middle finger for side-by-side sparkle.


White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring


Yellow Gold North-South Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold North South Diamond Ring

Timeless Appeal

Minimalist jewelry offers its wearer a clean and classy look that’ll never go out of style, like these basic yet brilliant pearl and diamond necklaces. Don’t worry, our subtle statements are equally Instagram-friendly as they are gorgeous. Pro tip: Don’t forget to head over to our Instagram @jamesallenrings and hit follow!

White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Necklace

Yellow Gold Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace By Brevani

Rose Gold Infinity Pavé Necklace

Minimal, Yet Sentimental

In some cases, the simplest sparkle can carry the most meaning. Remember, minimal does not mean less sentimental! The timeless appeal of minimalist jewelry also makes it the perfect gift. Choose our diamond bar or open luxe bracelets for a delicate yet dazzling glow for you or that special someone.

White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

14K White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

Yellow Gold Open Luxe Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Rose Gold Petite Arrow Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Petite Arrow Diamond Bracelet

The Perfect Match, Everytime.

Minimalist jewelry is versatile and can easily be paired with almost any of your favorite outfits. Fashion trends come and go, but minimalistic designs are not going anywhere! Consider a pair of classic diamond stud earrings or chic huggie hoops. The result? The ultimate mix of simplicity and style.

White Gold Four Prong Round Studs

14K White Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

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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?

Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Drop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Diamond Drop Earrings

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 romantic occasions.

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

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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.

3 cut diamonds

When it comes to engagement ring shopping, it’s all about going big or going 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!

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Jarred Maram

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Fine Jewelry Trends 2020

Engagement Ring Trends 2020: Our Predictions

Planning on getting engaged in 2020? Here’s what’s #trending. 

2020 engagement ring trends yellow gold three-stone round ruby

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.

Cushion Basket Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Cushion Basket Diamond Engagement Ring

Pavé Split Shank Contour Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

2. Vintage Inspired Engagement Rings

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!

Yellow Gold Floral Halo Engagement Ring 

14K Yellow Gold Art Deco Inspired Floral Halo Engagement Ring

White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

3. Colorful Stones & Birthstones

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, but they also reflect your personal style. What better way to do this than to incorporate your birthstone into the design?

Cushion Cut Halo Engagement Ring

1.39 Carat Fancy Yellow-SI2 Cushion Cut Diamond Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring


Blue Sapphire Cushion Cut Solitaire Engagement Ring

1.78 Carat Cushion Natural Blue Sapphire 2.5mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

4. Hidden Halos

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.

White Gold Hidden Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tradition Hidden Halo Engagement Ring By Verragio

White Gold Tradition Oval Hidden Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tradition Oval Hidden Halo Solitaire Engagement Ring By Verragio

5. Three-Stone & Fancy Shaped Side Stone Accents

Remember Meghan Markle’s jaw-dropping 3 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

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

Yellow Gold Three-Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

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Anniversary Gift Ideas Eternity Ring

Anniversary Gifts For Her: A Foolproof Guide

You may have forgotten that your anniversary is coming up, but trust us – she hasn’t.

Anniversary Rings and Gifts For Her: A Foolproof Guide

Whether you’ve been planning the perfect anniversary celebration for months, or it slipped your mind and you’re scrambling for last-minute ideas, you’re at the right place. Why not celebrate another year with a stunning anniversary ring that’ll sweep your SO off her feet?

1st Anniversary: A Gold Ring

Celebrate one year and the rest of your lives together with a gorgeous eternity ring. Consider white, yellow or rose gold for a classic look that’ll never go out of style.

White Gold Channel-Set Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Ladies 1.00ctw* Channel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

Yellow Gold Pavé-Set Eternity Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pave Set Diamond Eternity Ring

Rose Gold North South Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold North South Diamond Ring

3rd Anniversary: Exquisite Earrings

Choose a chic pair of earrings for your third anniversary. Make her shine from ear-to-ear with sparkling leverback earrings or classic studs. If she’s more adventurous, add a colorful twist and enchant her with these vintage-style earrings to celebrate this milestone.

White Gold Halo Cushion Diamond Leverback Earrings

18K White Gold Halo Cushion Diamond Leverback Earrings

Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Stud Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Rose Gold Art Deco Inspired Pink Topaz & Diamond Earrings

14K Rose Gold Art Deco Inspired Pink Topaz And Diamond Earrings

5th Anniversary: Beautiful Bracelets

Dress her wrist in diamonds. Choose a white gold tennis bracelet or a beautiful yellow gold bangle bracelet, making your fifth anniversary gift a piece she’ll wear forever.

Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Bangle 

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Diamond Bangle

White Gold Four Prong Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

10th Anniversary: Pretty Pendants

Leave her blushing and feeling like a princess with this blushing gorgeous morganite necklace. Alternatively, choose an elegant topaz necklace to celebrate 10 whole years together, side-by-side.

White Gold Morganite & Diamond Halo Necklace

14K White Gold Morganite And Diamond Halo Necklace

Emerald-Shaped Blue Topaz & Pavė Diamond Necklace

18K Yellow Gold Emerald Shaped Blue Topaz And Pave Diamond Necklace

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