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Gemstone Engagement Rings: Things You Need to Know

Torn between diamond vs gemstone engagement rings? We’re breaking down our favorite reasons to take the plunge and invest in a colorful precious gemstone ring for your bride or groom-to-be. 

Gemstone engagement rings

Picking an engagement ring is not a task done lightly. We understand the time and effort that goes into choosing and even creating the perfect ring for your partner. As far as engagement rings go, diamonds are usually the first choice given their sparkle, durability, and brilliance.

On the other hand, Gemstones make for equally stunning center stones on engagement rings of all styles and settings. 

Gemstone engagement rings aren’t a new trend. We’ve seen for centuries the most glamorous royals and celebrities styled in gemstone jewelry. Unlike diamonds, unique gemstone rings come in any color across the spectrum and add something special to the ring.

Gemstone engagement rings can add sentimental value to the ring and also allow you to show your partner how well you know them. Whether it’s gifting them with a center stone gem that is their favorite color or one that holds a certain meaning to them. And trust us, gemstones of all kinds are filled with beautiful symbolism and unique characteristics, just like your future fiancé. 

Take a walk with us as we explore the endless pros of getting a gemstone engagement ring.  

Popular Gemstone Engagement Ring Types 

The four most sought-after precious gemstones are diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. We’ll be taking a deep dive into the last three and explain why each of them have unique and worthwhile features that match the value of a diamond centerpiece. 

Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings

Not sure if you’re into sapphires yet? Let’s count the many ways these precious gemstones will take your engagement ring to the next level.

Sapphires don’t just come in popular blue tones but can occur in nature from pink to violet. In fact, you can find any fancy sapphire and pick your favorite color from the rainbow. Like fancy-shaped diamonds, you’ll also find that your gemstone center stone can be cut to your desired shape. 

These gems are also incredibly tough and durable. On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, sapphires score a 9 out of 10. That means that the only material strong enough to scratch them is a diamond. When you aren’t considering how stunning they are, it’s good to know that your gemstone engagement ring also has endless durability.

Yellow Sapphire Engagement Rings

Replacing a diamond center stone for a sapphire could increase the sentimental value of the engagement ring for you and your partner. 

For example, we mentioned gemstone symbolism before, and it so happens that sapphires hold the perfect meaning for the start of a lifelong promise. Truth, peace, prosperity, and faithfulness are just some of the many special feelings this gemstone represents, making it quite fitting as an engagement ring choice. 

Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings

Let’s put a spotlight on one of our favorite romantic gemstones. Sapphires are rare but the rarest of all are pink sapphires, commonly found in Sri Lanka. These gemstones range from a pinkish-orange color to bright pink and can add the perfect touch to your engagement ring.  

Finally, if all the other impressive facts haven’t convinced you, we’ll play our final card. Did you know that sapphires are mystical gemstones that have the ability to change color throughout the day? 

Yes, you heard right. Blue sapphires can take on a more purplish hue under incandescent light at night time, making them all the more alluring and unique, like your love. 

Emerald Engagement Rings

When we think of emerald engagement rings, several A-list celebrities come to mind, from Jackie Kennedy to Halle Berry and the style icon that is Victoria Beckham. 

Their rings are among the most famous gemstone engagement rings and there are plenty of reasons why emerald center stones are unforgettable statement pieces. 

To begin with, high-quality emeralds are rarer than diamonds and have a lower density, making them appear larger than a diamond with the same carat weight. 

While emeralds are a softer gemstone, they can still be cut and polished to your preferred shape. No matter what size and shape your emerald is, you can count on it to be vibrant and eye-catching.

Ruby Engagement Rings

Ruby engagement rings come in shades of red, starting from pinkish hues to blood-red colored gemstones. They’re just as strong as sapphires, registering as 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making them a resilient choice for center stones. 

Rubies often come flawed, and those that are without imperfections are known as, “Burmese Rubies.” Even though there is no perfect ruby it’s hardly cause for concern, as they are the boldest and most breathtaking gemstones, in our humble opinion. 

These unique gemstones symbolize richness, success, and romance, the perfect representation for an engagement ring. They pair well on three stone ring settings and shine brighter when they have diamonds alongside them. 

Key Takeaways

Gemstone engagement rings are always there as an option and a colorful alternative to a diamond engagement ring. So, talk to your partner if choosing an engagement ring together is an option. 

At James Allen, we love the idea of customizing your glow, so take a peek into our ring studio or customer-inspired engagement ring designs and find out which gemstone engagement ring is the one for you. 

For any and all questions about the ring of your dreams, feel free to contact our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts who are here for you 24/7. 

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10 Unique Wedding Bands For The Modern Man

Everyone deserves to wear a piece of jewelry that is as unique as they are. For men, traditional yellow and white gold wedding bands are just the tip of the iceberg in men’s wedding jewelry trends. Join us as we explore statement styles of one-of-a-kind forever rings. 

Men's wedding bands

Believe it or not, there are more to men’s wedding bands than the simple and popular classics. There are men’s wedding rings that come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. From a touch of extravagance with diamond rings to alternative metals with patterns and textures aplenty, skies are truly the limit on choices for men’s wedding bands today. 

It’s all a matter of preference and taste. At James Allen, we value our customer’s individuality and unique styles. That’s why we’ve taken the time to highlight ten exquisite rings that are sure to stand out and show off the personality of their wearers. After all, a wedding ring is a symbol of two partners’ love and unity.  

Picking a wedding ring for your future husband should take some time and thought. It’s not always easy to get it right, but the trick is to go with something that reflects your partner’s unique style and character. Read on while we unpack our top 10 most unique men’s wedding bands. 

Textured Wedding Bands

Textured wedding rings offer dimensions to any band while gracefully hinting at the personality and interests of their wearers. These rings are perfect for men who work with their hands, enjoy outdoor activities, and like a rugged look to their most precious accessory. 

Textured rings can be rough, with indented, grooved, and carved features circling the band. Unlike smooth and polished surfaces, these rings accentuate the idea that there’s a masculine edge to them without taking away from the true meaning behind a traditional wedding band. 

These unique men’s wedding bands are on the rise and come in just about any gold and alternative metal. Their versatility makes it easy to get the metal of your choice and the style you prefer. 

Two-Toned Wedding Bands 

Men’s two-toned wedding rings come in a wide range of styles and materials. Combine two metals in a stripe or line around a thicker wedding band for a delicate touch or create more dimensions to a narrow band. 

A two-toned wedding ring will perfectly reflect your love and your partner’s unique sense of style in one polished band. It’s the ideal choice if your groom’s personality is bold and he loves to stand out. 

Diamond Wedding Bands 

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we know even the roughest and toughest gentlemen will oh and ah over the brilliance of a little sparkle. 

Diamonds are resilient and can handle the obstacles of any man’s lifestyle while being the perfect representation of strength and eternal love. This unique men’s wedding band looks excellent as a thicker ring, and the diamonds simply add a touch of glamour for the groom. 

Gemstone Wedding Bands

If diamonds aren’t your style but you’re still looking for something with a bit of sparkle, a hint of color may be just what the doctor ordered. Precious gemstones are rare and full of spirited meaning, like sapphires, for example. These stones have typically represented longevity and prosperity for centuries. 

You don’t have to believe wholeheartedly in their symbolism to know that they make for stunning unique men’s wedding bands. The darker blues and blacks give the wedding ring a handsome and bolder look while hinting at a more luxurious style. 

Alternatively, if you like the idea of darker-colored wedding bands but prefer to skip the extra shine, check out our collection of men’s black wedding rings.

Patterned Wedding Bands 

Now for the fun men’s wedding rings. Patterned wedding bands can be the perfect choice for any groom who loves the idea of wearing a piece of jewelry that has indented symbols, pictures, or artful motifs. A personalized design is our equivalent to a custom-designed ring. It shows the heart of its wearer while giving them everything they’ve ever wanted in their wedding band.

Patterned rings are just as versatile as textured wedding bands and are not limited to a specific metal. You can get a patterned ring on a budget by opting for an alternative metal if you’re looking for something less traditional and a bit more flashy.  

These unique men’s wedding bands can give that something extra while showing off the wearer’s personality through its art. We also find these rings to be a thoughtful, romantic gesture. Gifting your soon-to-be husband with a ring that speaks to his style, identity, and even his favorite interest shows just how much you care. There will be no question as to how much effort you’ve put into getting the perfect wedding band. 

Most Asked Questions About Men’s Wedding Bands 

Now that we have our unique men’s wedding bands out of the way let’s look at the semantics behind other important wedding ring questions.

Who Buys The Groom’s Wedding Band?

In today’s modern culture, it’s likely you, the groom’s partner, will buy his wedding ring. You can do this by yourself or with the help of your family. Alternatively, if you and your fiancé have a shared budget, then you can both decide how much to spend on your rings together. 

How Much Should You Spend On The Wedding Band?

It all comes down to your budget and the groom’s expectations. It’s important first to work out what style band he would prefer. The more expensive metals like platinum and diamond rings can push you just past $2000. In comparison, you can get alternative metal bands starting at $100 and classic wedding rings starting at $270. 

Do Men Also Wear Engagement Rings?

Traditionally the person who proposes to their partner would not wear an engagement ring. However, traditions are changing, and it has more to do now with what you as the couple want. 

Men’s engagement rings are increasing in popularity, and so if it works for your budget and it’s something you’d both like, hop on the new trend! 

Final Thoughts 

When it comes to picking unique men’s wedding bands for you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to find the perfect fit. Visit our wedding ring page for all you need to know about the different metals, styles, designs, and more! 

Direct any questions you have to our 24/7 customer service team, and they’ll gladly assist you. 

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How to Stack Your Jewelry Like A Pro

Stacking jewelry is a small pleasure that is both fun and fashion-forward. Keep reading on to find out all the ways you can combine your favorite pieces to perfect the art of stacking your jewelry. 

Stack Jewelry Like a Pro

We adore well-stacked and layered jewelry. It can take a bland outfit to a whole new level while appearing effortless. There’s no limit to what jewelry you can layer, from fine jewelry accessories to diamond trinkets. 

Layering your jewelry in a way that leaves your look polished and perfect can be a little tricky. There are basic rules and tips you can follow to make sure your style isn’t screaming “overkill.” We’ve come up with a few trusted tips that you can always keep in mind before you get ready for a casual night out or an important event. 

Whether you love layering necklaces or enjoy stacking rings, let us show you that more is definitely more when piling on sparkling accessories. 

The Art Of Layering And Stacking Necklaces

When layering your necklaces, it’s important to remember that it can be done no matter what time of year it is. Layering necklaces and pendants can be just as gorgeous over a turtleneck sweater as they would on a bare neck in the glowing summer.

As you layer, keep your touch as delicate as possible. You don’t want to add one chunky necklace next to another and risk looking sloppy. If you love the more heavy neck accessories, then consider layering a chunky choker with bolder chains.  

Pro tip: pearl necklaces make for a perfect classic chunky choker.

Freshwater Cultured Pearl Lariat Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Lariat Necklace (8.0-9.0mm)

Pair this timeless pearl necklace with smaller chains and be the picture of grace and sophistication. 

Triple Layer Pierced Diamond Specks Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Triple Layer Pierced Diamond Specks Necklace By Brevani

They say all good things come in threes: three layers of glittering perfection. 

For a softer look, we recommend taking a few elegant pieces, like a diamond or gemstone pendant, and pairing it with a few thinly chained necklaces of varying lengths. Allow them to rest about an inch from each other to get a decorated look.

Pro tip: Feel free to mix and match different metal types when you’re layering your necklaces. 

Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Diamond Pendant (0.25 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

What we love about a diamond pendant is that it can be paired with just about anything. 

East-West Diamond Halo Necklace

14K White Gold East-West Oval Rhodolite Garnet And Diamond Halo Necklace

Make a bold statement and keep all eyes on you with this showstopping stunner. 

Ring Stacking For Glamorous And Bold Ensembles  

We have two tips and tricks for stacking rings. One for stacking gemstone and fine jewelry rings and the other for artfully stacking your engagement ring

Stacking rings can be one way to express your unique personality. Stacked rings can give off an elegant aesthetic or more of a contemporary vibe, depending on your outfit of choice. 

Skies the limit when layering your rings, as texture and color mixing is always welcome! Play around with various shapes and lines to add horizontal and vertical dimensions to your style. 

Pro tip: make sure to leave one or two fingers ring-free when stacking and layering your rings.

Evil Eye Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Evil Eye Diamond Ring

Try this beauty on for size and add all the texture and symbolism your ensemble is missing. 

Open Infinity Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Open Infinity Diamond Ring

This piece is beautiful on its own or worn with other stackables for a trendier look. 

Stacking engagement rings with accented diamond rings is a trend we’ve seen celebrities like Hailey Bieber adopt in recent years. 

Depending on your engagement ring’s setting and center stone, there are endless ways to pair it with your wedding band and anniversary rings. You could pair a solitaire engagement band with a thin-band pavé eternity ring or stack your fancy-shaped diamond with a geometrical ring that sits well against its shape. 

Pro tip: stack your engagement ring with thin band rings, so you add to your sparkle without taking away its spotlight. 

Deep V Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Deep V Diamond Ring

The perfect partner to sit flush against your marquise or pear-shaped engagement ring.

Contour Diamond Eternity Ring

14K Rose Gold Shared Prong Contour Diamond Eternity Ring (1 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

This sparkling eternity ring will make you shine from every angle. 

Stacking Bracelets From Gemstones To Diamonds 

Layering your brackets is simply the easiest way to stack jewelry, as you’ll have a lot more wiggle room for quantity and can mix up your favorite metals. 

Try stacking smooth and clean-lined precious metal bracelets, either on both wrists or layered up one arm for a chic and polished look. This is lovely for your everyday work look or a semi-formal event.

If you’re feeling colorful and want to go wild with an array of textured and gemstone bracelets, then pick two main pieces you wish to highlight and dress them up with thick and thin bracelets and bangles. 

Pro tip: Invest in easy-to-slip-on bracelets if you’re planning on wearing them often.

Perpetual Diamond And Emerald Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Perpetual Diamond And Emerald Tennis Bracelet

Your friends will be emerald green with envy over your exquisite bracelet. 

Akoya Cultured Pearl Brilliance Bead Bangle Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Akoya Cultured Pearl And Textured Brilliance Bead Bangle Bracelet (8.0-8.5mm)

We’ve said it, and we’ll continue to say it: you can never go wrong with pearls. 

Diamond bracelets are always a swoon-worthy trinket most of us would gladly slip on without hesitation.

The best way to stack your more expensive tennis bracelets without downplaying their brilliance is to layer with petite bracelets like an open cuff bracelet with diamond accents or a minimalist bangle bracelet. 

Pro tip: layer your bracelets with classic and modern pieces to achieve contemporary chic. 

Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Two Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet (2 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

This tennis bracelet is ideal for everyday wear and designed for easygoing glamour.  

Staple Cuff Bangle

14K Yellow Gold Staple Cuff Bangle

Lightweight and perfect for a minimalist or stacked look. 

Key Takeaways

Stacking and layering your jewelry may take a while to get right, but it’s part of the fun to learn what works for you and what doesn’t.

We hope you enjoyed our helpful tips and tricks and will continue experimenting with your favorite pieces. Don’t be afraid to invest in new fine jewelry and stay on top of the latest trends (or set your own!) 

We love to talk jewelry; that’s why our customer service agents are available to you 24/7. Feel free to contact us or visit our website here.

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Hailey Bieber’s Engagement Ring: The Ultimate Guide 

Hailey Bieber’s Engagement Ring

Hailey Baldwin met Justin Bieber when the two were youngsters backstage at one of his concerts. The two became fast friends and dated on and off before Justin proposed to Baldwin in the Bahamas in July of 2018. 

After news traveled fast, Bieber posted a lengthy and heartfelt post, confirming their engagement and his clear devotion for his wife-to-be. 

The next day, Hailey was seen sporting an impressive sparkler around the island, noticeable for its resemblance to another star’s engagement ring- Blake Lively- no surprise as Hailey had once retweeted a post that read, “If my ring isn’t as big as Blake Lively’s, I don’t want to get married.“ Clearly, the Biebs got the hint because the two engagement rings could be sister twins except for some minor unique yet stunning details. 

We’re going to share the following fun facts with you: 

  1. The style of Hailey’s engagement ring 
  2. The diamond shape 
  3. The diamonds carat size 
  4. How much Hailey’s engagement ring cost 
  5. Hailey’s engagement ring lookalikes 

Hailey Bieber’s Engagement Ring Pictures

Hailey Bieber knows how to work both her engagement and wedding rings. In these pictures, we see her and her now-husband posing at their wedding while showing off her blinged-out left hand, with her world-famous engagement ring and her curved pavé wedding ring

Hailey and Bieber's Engagement Ring

What Style Setting is Hailey Bieber’s Engagement Ring?

Hailey Bieber’s engagement ring appears to be a classic 18K yellow gold solitaire band with a hidden diamond halo basket elevating the oval center stone. The ring was a custom-designed piece by Jack Solow of Solow & Co. Inc Diamond Jewelers.

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The solitaire setting is by far the most traditional style and speaks to classic elegance. With a solitaire setting, there are no added diamonds along with the band, but the band can be shaped to your taste. Styles like knife edge, comfort fit, etched rope, and cable solitaire are all trendy ways to add your personality to an engagement ring.

Yellow gold is the most common gold used for engagement rings and is considered the most traditional metal. This metal is easier to maintain than white gold, giving you that perfect vintage feel. It’s also more malleable, making it cheaper to resize. 

What Diamond Shape is Hailey’s Engagement Ring?

Hailey Bieber’s engagement ring is set with a glowing oval cut diamond. This diamond cut has been recorded since the 1300s and is usually priced lower than round brilliant cut center stones.

Three different sized oval cut diamonds

Oval cut diamonds are considered to be “fancy-shaped” diamonds, with an elongated design that makes them appear larger than diamonds of the same carat weight. 

This style is perfect for a wearer who prefers a longer-looking diamond and one that will make the fingers appear slimmer. Oval-shaped diamonds pair perfectly with almost every setting and work incredibly well with three stone and vintage styles. 

How Many Carats is Hailey Bieber’s Engagement Ring?

Hailey’s massive oval cut engagement ring is estimated to be between 6-10 carats. The center diamond is colorless. 

How Much Did Hailey Bieber’s Ring Cost? And What’s It Really Worth?! 

Justin Bieber went all out when buying Hailey’s engagement ring. Experts say the ring costs around $500,000. 

Looking at an ideal oval cut diamond with excellent specifications (F Color, VVS1 Clarity) at James Allen, the estimate seems accurate.

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Hailey Bieber Engagement Ring Lookalikes

Classic and refined, this piece offers understated elegance and unsurpassed comfort while highlighting the oval-cut center diamond. Designed with smaller carat weight diamonds in mind, it is sophisticated and petite without sacrificing stability. 

18K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

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Who says affordability and beauty don’t go hand-in-hand? This diamond edge knife solitaire offers the best of both worlds with its classic appeal at a cost-effective price. Unlink Hailey’s ring; there is no diamond basket, and it has more traditional features. 

18K Yellow Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)

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This elegant solitaire engagement ring features a delicate pinched shank with an intricate wire basket that allows you to see the oval-shaped diamond fully. This engagement ring is just as polished as Hailey’s, with the same timeless appeal. 

18K Yellow Gold 2.2mm Wire Basket Solitaire Engagement Ring

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We’re Here To Help 

Buying an engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we’re here to offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24-7 regarding any questions you have about the ring-buying process.

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Minimalist Jewelry: A Beginner’s Guide

Discover the jewelry that minimalists are going crazy for to wear alone, stacked, or layered with other fine jewelry pieces that will remain trendy now and for years to come.  

A collection of fine jewelry, from earrings and bracelets to necklaces.

Are you a beginner only just discovering the incredible power of jewelry? Or perhaps you already know what jewels you like, and you’re looking to add a more minimalist edge to your style. Whatever category you fit into, we’re here to guide you on your journey of discovery.

Minimalist jewelry is and always will be a fashionable option for just about any event or occasion. We’ve looked at common mistakes made when trying to pull off this look and how we can make it easier for you to rock minimalist jewelry and still look effortlessly stunning. 

Here are our top six tips to look out for when purchasing, pairing and wearing minimalist jewelry like a pro. 

Play It Cool With The Classics 

When it comes to minimalist jewelry, invest in the essentials. Add a few classic pieces to your jewelry box for a chic minimalist style that works every time. Timeless jewelry pieces will always pass the latest trends, whether it’s a pair of diamond stud earrings or a dainty pearl bracelet.

Classic or vintage jewelry can be bought for absolutely any occasion and will stand the test of time. They also make for the best gifts and are perfect for both casual and formal environments. 

Four Prong Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

14K White Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings (0.50 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

Keeping it classic with brilliant round diamonds. 

Pearl And Diamond Curving Bangle Bracelet

18K White Gold South Sea Cultured Pearl And Diamond Curving Bangle Bracelet (12.0-13.0mm)

A simple piece of jewelry with stunning curved features. 

Make One Bold Statement 

The key to a minimalist style is an outfit that has one showstopping jewelry piece. Whether it be a sleek pair of gemstone earrings or a sparkling diamond ring, a single jewel can keep you looking fashion-forward. Nothing screams minimalist chic more than one impactful piece of jewelry to keep all eyes on you.    

Pink Sapphire Trellis Oval Hoops

14K White Gold Pink Sapphire Trellis Inside Out Oval Hoops, 0.8 Inch (1.9 Mm)

Give this inside-out design a try and glow like never before. 

Open Waves Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Open Waves Diamond Ring

You can pair this edgy and elegant design with more stackable rings or let it shine on its own. 

Keep Your Jewelry Box Light 

Minimalist jewelry can serve you time and time again. Stick to a few versatile pieces that you might wear for both informal and formal occasions with any type of outfit. Here, we suggest starting with precious metals. These metals often appear as clean, sleek lines with smooth satin surfaces.

This type of jewelry is a staple of simple elegance and easy to throw on at a minute’s notice. Take a pair of simple gold earrings, for example, put them on and you’ve gone from casual to polished in an instant. Plus, it’s a long-term investment in quality and style you’ll get to cherish and wear any time you want. 

Interlocking Rings Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Interlocking Rings Necklace

Sentimental jewelry is the style statement you can make anytime and anywhere. 

1.5 Inch Hoop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold 1.5 Inch Hoop Earrings

Dare to be bold with these precious metal hooped earrings. 

Simple, Yet Sparkling 

Just because you’re going with minimalist jewelry doesn’t mean you need to lose your shine. Diamond jewelry is still the perfect choice for a polished and sparkling aesthetic, like diamond pendants or diamond tennis bracelets. Our only advice here will be to stick to one kind of metal if you wear more than one piece of diamond jewelry. 

Kite Set Diamond Pendant

14K White Gold Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant (0.25 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

Add a twist to the classic solitaire pendant and dazzle with a sparkling round brilliant diamond. 

Bezel Diamond Tennis Bracelet

14K White Gold Bezel Diamond Tennis Bracelet (2 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

Practical and stylish. You’ll find this diamond bracelet is fit for any occasion. 

Spice Up Your Minimalist Jewelry With Gemstones

A pop of color may be just what the fashionistas ordered. If your outfit of choice happens to be a simple white, beige or black ensemble, gemstone jewelry will serve as your ideal accessory. 

What we love about gemstones is their ability to look fabulous in whichever fine jewelry piece you prefer. Their color will give you the extra finesse your outfit needs to make a statement; from gemstone rings to a chic gemstone necklace, your options are endless. As a minimalist rule, it’s less complicated to stick to your favorite type of gemstone and avoid unnecessary mixing and matching. 

Emerald Birthstone Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Necklace

This vibrant necklace is the perfect accessory to add a pop of color to your look. 

Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

14K Yellow Gold Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

Want to upgrade your look? Trust this chic sparkler to get the job done. 

Avoid Complicated Designs 

Minimalist jewelry can be fun and explorative, from asymmetric lines for abstract simplicity or perfectly symmetrical pieces that give you a sleek look. Try to avoid designs that are too intricate and move towards more opulent jewelry with clean cuts and smooth surfaces. You don’t want to take away from the curated minimalism that comes with uncomplicated jewelry designs. 

Duo Stability Balance Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Duo Stability And Balance Necklace

This necklace has just the right amount of edge you need for a casual event or a fun night out. 

Front To Back Teardrop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Front To Back Teardrop Earrings

Portray effortless elegance with a trendy diamond cut cable chain.  

Closing Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed this article as much as we loved writing it. Our archives are brimming with fun and helpful tips about fine jewelry. Learn how to match your personality and style with the jewelry of your dreams. You can find our selection of reads below. 

If you have any questions about our products or you’d like to design your own earrings or pendants, visit our website here or get in contact with one of our 24/7 customer service agents here.

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Sofia Vergara’s Engagement Ring: The Ultimate Guide 

Sofia smiling with her husband Joe on the red carpet.

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s relationship is a classic tale of “when you know, you know.” The two stars got engaged a mere six months after they began dating, and their love is still going strong six years later.

The pair are often heard speaking fondly (and hilariously) of one another during their talk show appearances, and they’re not shy when showing off their wholesome and beautiful relationship on Instagram. 

Joe proposed to Sofia in a stunning display of romance, promising her forever with the view of Hawaiian mountains in the background. Did we mention he did this all in her native language, Spanish? *Swoon*

Here’s all we know about Sofia’s humongous diamond sparkler and where you can find a ring just like it at JamesAllen.com.

We’re going to share the following fun facts with you: 

  1. The style of Sofia’s engagement ring 
  2. The diamond shape 
  3. The diamonds carat size 
  4. How much Sofia’s engagement ring cost 
  5. Sofia’s engagement ring lookalikes 

Sofia’s Vergara’s Engagement Ring Pictures

Sofia and Joe have had many public appearances together, but this one was by far the most jaw-dropping. The stunning couple showed up to the 2015 SAG Awards, dressed to the nines, and had all eyes on them with her showstopping diamond sparkler on full display. 

Sofia looking happy with an array of different jewelry. She lifts up her hand to show off both her diamond engagement ring as well as a chunky diamond ring. She's also wearing drooping diamond earrings.
Sofia eating a piece of cake while showing off her engagement ring.

What Style Setting is Sofia Vergara’s Engagement Ring?

Sofia’s Vergara’s engagement ring is a sparkling pavé halo setting with a cushion-cut center stone, held firmly in place by four prong claws. The platinum band has intricate diamonds adorning it, a detail that only adds to the ring’s unique aesthetic. 

Platinum Cathedral Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

The halo setting is a highly popular trend right now for brides and grooms-to-be. This setting is ideal for anyone who wants to bring that extra sparkle to their engagement ring. A halo accent is also a sure way to make the center stone appear more striking than what it would on its own. 

A halo setting is one way to make your ring all the more spectacular, but a band studded with tiny diamonds is one embellishment that suits modern and vintage engagement rings alike. The more diamonds you have, the more you’ll glow. 

What Diamond Shape is Sofia’s Engagement Ring?

The center stone on Sofia Vergara’s engagement ring is a cushion cut diamond. 

Cushion-shaped diamonds are ranked the third most popular diamond cut after the round brilliant and princess. Like round diamonds, they are incredibly versatile and fit perfectly in just about any setting. They’re especially liked for the illusion they give off, appearing like crushed ice. 

two different sized cushion-cut diamonds sparkling on a gravel stone top.

Cushion cut diamonds tend to experience less damage because they don’t have any sharp edges. Their smooth outline makes it difficult for chipping to occur. Overall, this pillow-shaped diamond is an excellent investment and low maintenance. 

Another fantastic bonus is that these diamonds are budget-friendly. They’re less expensive than round-cut diamonds and often produce the same fire and brilliance. 

How Many Carats is Sofia Vergara’s Engagement Ring?

Sofia’s engagement ring is practically impossible to miss. Experts estimate her engagement ring to be between 5-7 carats. 

The diamond seems to be at least an F or higher on the color scale. 

How Much Did Sofia Vergara’s Ring Cost? And What’s It Really Worth?! 

Sofia’s ring has featured on many sites as one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings. Joe is said to have paid around $500,000 for the engagement ring that could be mistaken for a miniature ice-rink. 

Looking at an ideal cushion cut diamond with excellent specifications (E Color, VVS2 Clarity) at James Allen, the estimate seems accurate.

5.02 Carat Cushion Modified Diamond

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Sofia’s Engagement Ring Lookalikes

If you’re looking for a replica of Sofia Vergara’s engagement ring but need to stay true to your budget, this platinum cathedral pavé halo diamond engagement ring has all the same features with some variations in size. At James Allen, you can even opt for a lab grown diamond and get the cushion-cut size you want at a third of the price you’d pay for an earth-created diamond

Platinum Cathedral Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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In love with the halo setting? This lookalike is our 14K white gold falling edge pavé diamond engagement ring. The halo is layered in a way that makes the cushion-cut center stone appear much bigger with a sparklier appeal. It consists of a 14K white gold band, with the center diamond held firmly in place with four prongs.

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

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Our final lookalike has all the same features – a cushion-cut center diamond set beautifully in a diamond halo band for a magnificent display of sparkle from all angles. The difference with this lookalike is the amplified sparkle in a multi-layered diamond band and four-prong design. 

Platinum Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

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We’re Here To Help 

Buying an engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we’re here to offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24-7 regarding any questions you have about the ring-buying process.

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Engraved Rings: All You Need To Know

Getting your jewelry engraved with a personalized message is the ultimate way to create a unique and thoughtful sentiment. 

Engraved rings

Engraved rings are the romantic gesture you never knew you needed. Not only is it reasonably easy to get your wedding ring or engagement ring custom-engraved, but it’s affordable too. 

Perhaps you and your partner have an inside joke you want to be engraved on your wedding rings. Maybe, you’re planning on adding that personal touch but have no idea what to put on your engraved ring? That’s where we come in.

We have plenty of romantic, funny, and traditional ideas to share with you as well as some helpful facts and tips about engraving your rings and jewelry. Read on to learn more and get inspired. 

Engraved Engagement Rings

Planning a proposal is one thing, but gifting your love with a custom-engraved engagement ring will take the touching moment to a whole new level. When engraving engagement rings, sentiment plays a huge role, but personality is definitely more important, so skies the limit.

Dare to be cute, funny, and even a little cheesy! Your proposal is sure to be a happy and memorable occasion, so use this opportunity to make sure the inscription you choose adds to the laughs, smiles, and happy tears. 

Here are some romantic and funny ideas for engagement ring engravings:

Romantic:

  • I love you 
  • Yours forever 
  • My eternity 
  • Keeper of my heart
  • All my love
  • Yours eternally 
  • Mine forever, always yours 

Funny: 

  • Resistance is futile 
  • Non-refundable 
  • Dibs
  • Do not remove 
  • Finders keepers 
  • Why is this off? 
  • Insert finger here 

Our tip: keep this engraving a secret (if your partner has helped you pick out or design the engagement ring, this will make the reveal so much sweeter. 

Six-Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

“STRONGEST TOGETHER”

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

“As Flawless as You”

Engraved Wedding Rings

Wedding rings – the final piece of forever that seals the deal when you and your partner say, “I do.” For this magical moment in time, your engraved rings should hold the utmost sentiment.

Unlike an engagement ring, this engraving should bring a tear to the eye and tug on those heartstrings.

We recommend going traditional here: 

  • Add your wedding location 
  • A line from your wedding song 
  • A line from a poem you both love 
  • A bible verse 
  • The date of your wedding
  • The date you first met  
  • Your initials 
  • Mr & Mrs _____
  • Split message; you will be one half of a whole, after all! 

Our tip: take your time to choose the perfect engraving for your wedding ring. Either work with your partner to do a split message or use a combination of ideas you both like. 

Engraved Anniversary Rings

Celebrate your anniversary with a stunning anniversary ring or check out our range of sparkling eternity rings for alternative options. We have a couple of lovely ideas for engravings to make this milestone truly memorable.

  • The date of your honeymoon 
  • The initials of your children 
  • The dates of your child/children’s birthdays 
  • The written number of years you’ve been together 
  • An image of your choice (two hearts) or something that represents you two 
  • A sentimental quote like, “still going strong” or “as beautiful/handsome as the day we met” 

Our tip: we know it’s not always easy to think of a suitable inscription and so remember that it’s okay to wait until you know what the perfect engraving is. It can always be added in the future. 

The Most Asked Questions About Engravings

Traditionally, engravings are done by machines that use a diamond tip instrument and a clamping technique. However, with the introduction of the latest technology, laser engravings, your choice of engravings on your wedding, anniversary, or engagement ring are now boundless. 

What is Laser Engraving?

Laser engraving is performed using a machine equipped with a pencil-like laser that a person or artist controls. A laser beam allows the device to trace words, images, symbols, and patterns, to create the perfect custom engraved rings. Laser engraving can be done on just about any surface and works on all precious and alternative metals. 

Fun fact: Laser engraving is different from machine engraving, as it allows for more accurate engravings with clear-cut and deeper lines. Plus, it’s not limited to any particular font either.  

Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring 

14K White Gold Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

““Mein Schatz” (my sweetheart)”

Matching Pavé Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Matching Pavé Wedding Band

“I FOUND LOVE 3-14-19”

Why is Laser Engraving Easier to Read?

Laser engraving is much easier to read than machine engraving because it has a higher precision rate. It doesn’t chip away at the metal, and there is no wear and tear from tool usage because it’s a laser. 

The laser burns the metal, turning the messaging or imagery darker, making it easier to read. The laser is also more detail-driven and can produce the tiniest features, making unique personalized engraved rings or jewelry all the more appealing. 

Thin Channel Set Engagement Ring 

14K White Gold Thin Channel Set Round Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

“YOU HAVE MY HEART”

Matching Filigree Wedding Ring

Platinum Matching Wedding Band

“I KNEW I’D MARRY YOU”

Will the Engraving Scratch off?

Our rings go through natural erosion the longer we wear them. Men’s wedding rings, for example, often need to be polished and mended for damage or breakage. The tougher your lifestyle, the more strain your ring will take long-term. 

If you’re planning to make a personalized engraving on the outside of your ring, chances are, somewhere along the line, you may need to have the engraving redone. But, the durability of the engraving relies mainly on the durability of the metal itself.

Opt for stronger metals like tungsten or platinum when engraving on the ring’s exterior, as softer metals, like white gold, are more vulnerable to chips and scratches. 

On a more encouraging note, engravings on the inside of a ring are likely never to wear away or become scratched, no matter the ring’s metal. 

What’s the Cost for Engraving?

Laser engraved wedding bands are the most popular jewelry to receive personalized messages and details. Experts estimate that getting a ring engraved can cost between $25 for up to 30 characters, including spaces. 

Here at James Allen, our customers can opt for a free engraving at checkout, on us! We offer you the choice between block or script fonts. You choose the engraving and we’ll take care of the rest. 

Pro tip: choose the block font if your band is less than 2mm thick. 

Keep Us In Mind

Here at James Allen, we love the little extra things we can do to make your experience all the more special. If you want to learn more about engraved rings, see our featured articles below. 

Don’t forget that you get your own customer engraving for free with any ring purchased from our on-site store. Contact our 24/7 customer service agents for any questions. We’re happy to help you find the ring of your dreams or the perfect gift for your loved one. 

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10 Timeless Vintage Engagement Rings

Our brides and grooms-to-be are choosing vintage engagement rings as their “something old.” 

A woman adjusts her hair while displaying her vintage diamond engagement ring.

As the saying goes, you can’t look to the future without embracing the past. Vintage engagement rings perfectly encapsulate the glitz and glamour of the time, transporting the wearer to a place of romance. Thanks to modern setting techniques and materials, the durability of these rings has greatly improved, allowing for more intricate craftsmanship.

Who doesn’t love a sparkly throwback? Our customers certainly do, which is why they’ve lavished the most praise on these vintage engagement rings. Let’s bring on the nostalgia and see why these antique beauties are making their way as the newest craze. 

Vintage Is The New Modern 

Vintage rings are appealing to many modern-day customers because they offer a wider range of styles. From Art Deco to Edwardian engagement rings, a vintage design on your finger will leave you feeling like you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind jewel. These 20th-century inspired rings are a classic expression of the Victorian romantic era with their floral designs and lacey frames.

Alternative engagement rings are in fashion now more than ever. Why, you may ask? It might be the growing need for a sparkling ring that speaks to the wearer’s individuality, or perhaps because antique and vintage engagement rings are more sustainable overall. Both of these are true, but our favorite reason is that these period pieces are simply irresistible. 

Petite Filigree Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

“This ring offered the unique, one-of-a-kind design that I was looking for, as well as the vintage, elaborate style that my girlfriend likes.” – Michael R.

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

“I could not believe the quality! Even down to the fine details that one normally wouldn’t see unless you study it closely.” – Wehry J.

A Unique Aesthetic

Rare and timeless are just a few words to express just how unique your vintage engagement ring will appear, no matter the timeline. Whether your style changes in the future, the diversity of your ring’s personality and character will evolve with you. 

We all have our own tastes, and that is why you deserve to wear an engagement ring that embodies your unique traits through its detailed designs. 

Antique Bezel & Pavé Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

“The quality of the stones and the detailing of the metal is stunning.” – Tara.

Beaded Open Span Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Beaded Open Span Diamond Engagement Ring

“A ring made for a princess! Beautiful design, very sparkling and eye-catching.” – Beata A.

More Than A Diamond 

We know we’ve gone on and on about how unique vintage engagement rings are. However, when you take into account what your engagement ring means to you and your partner, there really isn’t a better way to express just how special and rare your love is than the very thing you’ll be wearing to show off that promise of forever. 

That being said, if you love the idea of a truly antique engagement ring, play around with different eras and do your research before you make the big decision. While a dazzling diamond sparkler might seem like the perfect choice, know that vintage engagement rings are also the ideal designs for gemstones too. 

Bird Of Paradise Vintage Engagement Ring 

14K White Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

“The setting is unique and definitely not something you see often.” – Robin S.

Soft Floral Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring

1.78 Carat Round Natural Green Emerald Soft Floral Diamond Engagement Ring

“It’s timeless, vintage, beautiful. It looks great on her petite fingers.” – Phi V.

Glamorous Beauty 

Vintage jewelry tells a story and can be presented as a small piece of art on your finger. There’s something intimately appealing to the fact that your vintage engagement ring was created not only with the elements of the romantic era it is influenced by but the imagination behind its craftsmanship. 

Vintage-inspired jewelry certainly takes us back to a more glamorous time. We just need to watch films like ‘The Great Gatsby’ to be reminded just how well a vintage engagement ring encompasses the very essence of what it means to be glamorous and in love. 

Pavé Embossed Vintage Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Embossed Diamond Engagement Ring

“A ring made for a princess! Beautiful design, very sparkling and eye-catching.” – Beata A.

Pavé Knife Edge Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Knife Edge Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring

“The ring truly is a result of excellent craftsmanship!” – Jack S.

Your Style Statement 

In a world where trendy engagement rings like sparkle-filled halos are becoming the norm, it’s breathtaking to stand out amongst the crowd with an embellished antique. 

Stars like Katie Holmes and Miley Cyrus have all worn stunning vintage engagement rings, with excerpt scrollwork, intricate detailing around the band, and center stones that would make anyone jealous. 

Floral Bouquet Vintage Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

“The vintage side details and floral elements are so elegant and delicate without being overstated.” – Jordan W.

Nature Inspired Pavé Bypass Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Nature Inspired Pavé Diamond Bypass Engagement Ring

“The setting is unique and definitely not something you see often.” – Robin S.

Closing Thoughts

Inspired? We hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane and have come to love and appreciate the real vintage-inspired classics as much as we do. We’d love to let you in on a secret: At James Allen, you can design your very own vintage engagement ring using The Ring Studio. Visit us here and have the time of your life customizing your unique sparkler. 

Still curious about vintage treasures? Read more below! 

  1. Style Series: Inspired Vintage Engagement Rings
  2. Maisel-Inspired 1950s Engagement Ring Styles
  3. Obsession-Worthy Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Beyoncé’s Engagement Ring: The Ultimate Guide 

Beyoncé brushing back her hair while showing off her sparkling diamond engagement ring.

Beyoncé is more than a show-stopping performer; she’s a style icon for this generation and those to come. Her fans love to catch glimmers into her personal life and relationships. So, in 2004, when she and Jay-Z made their red-carpet debut as a couple, not only did their union make perfect sense to the world, but it made their fans ecstatic. Two masters of the arts joining together to become one of Hollywood’s power couples.

Their relationship has spanned over two decades, and while both of them love to put on a show for fans, their private life has always been just that – private.

It came as a huge surprise to fans when they announced their marriage in April 2008. The pair had given no indication that they had been engaged prior, and boy was it impossible to miss the magnificent rock she now wears on her hand. 

Beyoncé’s engagement ring is almost as famous as she is, and we’re here to tell you all you need to know about the eye-catching diamond and where to find its lookalikes on JamesAllen.com.  

We’re going to share the following fun facts with you:

  1. The style of Beyoncé’s engagement ring 
  2. The diamond shape 
  3. The diamonds carat size 
  4. How much Beyoncé’s engagement ring cost 
  5. Beyoncé’s engagement ring lookalikes 

Beyoncé’s Engagement Ring Pictures

Beyoncé has been captured with her engagement ring on many glamorous occasions. Our first image, in particular, shows off the giant diamond sparkler perfectly in a zoomed-in shot. She can be seen brushing back her hair with her ring finger on full display. 

The second image is of her at an awards ceremony. Here she’s gracefully lifting her hands to show off her diamond ring with a smile.

Beyoncé brushing back her hair while showing off her sparkling diamond engagement ring.
Beyoncé at an awards ceremony lifting both hands to frame her face while showing off her diamond engagement ring on one hand and an chunky alternative yellow-gold ring on the other hand.

What Style Setting is Beyoncé’s Engagement Ring?

Beyoncé’s engagement ring is an emerald cut diamond, held in place with prongs that are set in a pavé split shank setting. The metal is said to be platinum, an unusual, yet fitting metal for the award-winning artist. 

14K White Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Pavé set diamonds on the band are perfect for extra sparkle and a touch of elegance. It goes beyond the classic solitaire and adds more flair to the ring. If you’re going for a larger center stone, as in Beyoncé’s case, a split shank band will provide additional support to the center diamond. This makes the setting more comfortable and secure for the wearer, particularly if you’re wearing your ring for extended periods of time. 

Not only does a split shank band add more support, but it also highlights the glamour of the diamond center with an artful design. These settings can be subtle or dramatic, depending on your individual taste.  

What Diamond Shape is Beyoncé’s Engagement Ring?

The center stone on Beyoncé’s engagement ring is an emerald-cut diamond. 

A person holding a sea shell above crystal clear water while showing off her diamond engagement ring.

The emerald cut was first worn by royalty making it the perfect fancy-shaped diamond for Queen B. The style is bold and elegant and often gives the wearer the appearance of a slimmer finger because of the elongated cut.

Like other fancy shapes, emerald cuts are excellent at consuming much of the rough diamond’s carat weight. Their shape has trimmed corners, a small feature that brings out an old-school glamour that comes with wearing any emerald-cut diamond. 

How Many Carats is Beyoncé’s Engagement Ring?

It’s no secret that Beyoncé’s diamond sparkler is far bigger than the average engagement ring. Jay-Z decided on an enormous 24-carat flawless emerald-cut diamond.

How Much Did Beyoncé’s Ring Cost? And What’s It Really Worth?! 

Beyoncé’s engagement ring was designed by Lorraine Schwartz, who is a well-known jewelry designer for celebrities. She is notorious for using only top-quality stones. So it comes as no surprise that the center stone in Beyonce’s ring is a rare flawless diamond. It has no blemishes or inclusions, and the entire engagement ring costs an estimated $5 million.

For comparison, we have this emerald-cut diamond with excellent specifications (D Color, IF Clarity) at James Allen:

Beyoncé’s Engagement Ring Lookalikes

While Beyoncé’s engagement ring is undoubtedly unique and fit for her, there are plenty of other replicas that either fit the diamond shape and setting to meet your own individual style and budget.

You can find a modest replica at James Allen with our showstopping pavé split shank contour diamond engagement ring.

14K White Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Next, we have a similar style with a slightly classic twist. Our twisted shank has the perfect blend of pavé dazzle and traditional metal to make that center stone pop.

14K White Gold Twisted Pavé Shank Contemporary Diamond Engagement Ring

Finally, we have a modern favorite in our twin pavé crossover shank. This bold and sparkling engagement ring is perfect for a wearer who enjoys multidimensional bling and wants to shine like Beyoncé.

14K White Gold Twin Pavé Cross Over Diamond Engagement Ring

We’re Here To Help

Buying an engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we’re here to offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences.

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Jennifer Lopez’s Engagement Ring: The Ultimate Guide

Jennifer Lopez’s Engagement Ring and Arod

It’s no secret Jennifer Lopez has seen her fair share of over-the-top engagement rings, and every one of them has been drool-worthy. One, in particular, has been the envy of many. J.Lo’s most recent engagement ring, courtesy of now-ex, Alex Rodriguez, became Insta famous on March 9, 2019, when the couple announced their engagement. 

The couple first began dating back in 2017 and gave us all the feels with their picture-perfect relationship. A-Rod popped the question during their vacation in the Bahamas with a classic sunset beach proposal. And to top it off, we got to see that beauty up close with a fantastic ring shot shared by them both online. 

Here’s all we know about J.Lo’s gorgeous diamond sparkler and where you can find a ring just like it at JamesAllen.com.

We’ll share: 

  1. What style J.Lo’s engagement ring is
  2. The diamond shape
  3. The diamonds carat size
  4. How much the engagement ring is worth 
  5. Where you can find the lookalike  

Jennifer Lopez’s Engagement Ring Pictures 

The two shared this shot of them holding hands as they both show off J.Lo’s engagement ring, which is glowing as bright as the bonfire behind it. The second image is taken from a distance and manages to capture the dazzling diamond rock from afar.

A-Rod holding Jennifer's hand as they both show off her emerald-cut diamond engagement ring

What Style Setting is JLO’s Engagement Ring?

J.Lo’s sparkler is a three-stone setting featuring an emerald-cut diamond. The band is either white gold or platinum.

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Three-stone engagement rings are a sure way to make sure the center stone pops and shines with an intense sparkle. The two side stones not only sit flush against the center stone but truly bring out its magnificence and size.

For this particular engagement ring, A-Rod chose a three-stone setting. Three-stone rings feature two side stones that accentuate the size and brilliance of the center stone.

What Diamond Shape is JLO’s Engagement Ring?

The center stone on J.Lo’s engagement ring is an emerald-cut diamond. 

Like other fancy shapes, emerald cuts are excellent at consuming much of the rough diamond’s carat weight. They’re cheaper than round-brilliant cut diamonds but require less manufacturing to be cut. That means they waste less raw material. 

Emerald Cut Diamond - Viewable In 360° HD

The emerald cut has been worn, first by royalty, since the 1500s. It evolved from the table-cut and has become a preferred cut as it reduces the pressure during the cutting process, and as a result, prevents unwanted chips in the diamond.  

A popular choice among celebrities, the emerald cut offers a powerful combination of understated light return and intense clarity.

This elongated shape is cut in such a way that it has a large surface area, making the wearer’s hand look elegant and slimmer, while the diamond beams from every angle. 

How Many Carats is Jennifer Lopez’s Engagement Ring?

It’s clear Alex wanted his woman to have nothing but the best, and he accomplished this by getting her a massive 15-carat emerald-cut showstopper. 

This diamond appears to be colorless and possibly to be collection grade quality, which is the highest diamond quality available. 

How Much Did J.Lo’s Ring Cost? And What’s It Really Worth?! 

While love doesn’t cost a thing in her books, J.Lo’s engagement ring certainly broke the bank. Experts estimate the diamond sparkler to have cost between $1 million to $3 million. 

Looking at an emerald-cut with excellent specifications (D Color, IF Clarity) at James Allen the estimate seems accurate. 

Jennifer Lopez Engagement Ring Lookalikes

This ring isn’t a complicated one to replicate, given its modest sophistication. Here are two budget-friendly, yet stunning lookalikes, that will have you looking and feeling like a star. 

First, we have an almost identical match with James Allen’s tapered baguette three-stone diamond engagement ring. You can find it here

The Second is another three-stone emerald cut center but with an added flair of two more fancy-shaped diamonds. If you’re looking for something similar but not identical, then this three-stone pear-shaped J.Lo engagement ring lookalike could be the one! 

We’re Here To Help

Buying an engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we’re here to offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

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Men’s Wedding Rings For Different Lifestyles

We’ve taken the time to break down all major considerations to help you find the perfect men’s wedding band to symbolize forever. 

A man with white All Stars, rolling up his pant leg while showing off his wedding band.

We know how important it is to find a wedding ring that fits your unique lifestyle. There are men’s wedding bands that cater to just about any lifestyle and hobby we can think of. From classic yellow gold to stylish black wedding rings, dynamic metal options make it easier to enjoy your favorite activities without stress.

Whether you’re the kind of man who enjoys leisure or one who spends his time doing extreme sports, there is a metal and style that is the ideal fit for you. We’ve even considered that you might be both these men in one fun package – there’s a ring for that, too. 

Take all your possible questions and worries, and allow us to confidently help you find the perfect wedding ring that will sit on your finger the day you say “I do.” Scroll down to see our six important factors to consider when buying the wedding ring your soon-to-be spouse will melt over. And if your partner is sitting right beside you now, remember they know best. 

Make Yourself Comfy 

Having a comfortable men’s wedding band is essential for any man who might be wearing this type of jewelry for the first time. A softer metal like white or yellow gold is the best option here. Men working with their hands or those in an office space will benefit most from this metal while looking great at the same time. Gold rings may need some minor buffing and polishing in the long term, but they’re a popular classic for a reason.

Both these metals are valuable and less expensive than platinum. White gold is slightly stronger with a cooler undertone, while yellow gold is more malleable and warm. One of the most comforting attributes of these metals is that they suit just about anyone and leave no room for insecurities or fuss. 

Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring 

14K White Gold 4mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

A ring to wear for unforgettable comfort with a classic touch. 

Slightly Flattened Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 5.5mm Slightly Flat Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Classy and elegant: two features that’ll never lead you wrong.

When we talk about comfortability, we’re also going beyond metal and venturing towards ring style. Familiarize yourself with the term “comfort-fit.” This term is generally used to describe a ring that has a domed interior. This style is perfect if you want to avoid irritants to your skin and uncomfortable cuts to your finger.

Titanium is also a softer metal that offers its wearer more comfort and is a lighter weight than steel. It’s perfect for family men who want a durable yet comfy metal that can survive everyday wear. 

Black Titanium Satin Finish Comfort Fit Wedding Ring  

Black Titanium Satin Finish 6.5mm Comfort Fit Ring

A contemporary satin look for the ultimate style and comfort. 

Titanium Comfort Fit Hammered-Finished Wedding Ring

Titanium 7mm Comfort-Fit Hammered-Finished Design Ring

A lighter side of strength with this rounded polished interior. 

Durable For Your Lifestyle  

Active lifestyles can mean anything from regular sports to high-intensity construction jobs. Investing in a ring with high durability is the only way to save yourself the grief and frustration of having to fix scratches or breaks on your wedding ring

Platinum is the first metal that comes to mind when we talk about durability. It’s rare and dense, making it suitable for rougher lifestyles. A bonus to look forward to when investing in this metal is the fact that it will likely last a lifetime while maintaining its beauty. Take it from us, this metal is perfect for men’s wedding bands and a smart buy as a future family heirloom. 

Next, let’s dive into cobalt chrome™. This metal will maintain its original condition even under the most intense wear and tear. It’s lighter than platinum, making it easier to wear, and it comes in various styles. 

Platinum High Polished Beveled Edge Wedding Ring

Platinum 6mm Comfort-Fit High Polished Beveled Edge Band

Polished perfect that slides and rests easily on the finger. 

Cobalt Chrome™ Stair Step Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Cobalt Chrome™ 9MM Stair Step Comfort Fit Ring

A little shatter-proof edge to your ring, sir? 

Scratch Resistant Rings

No one enjoys seeing scratches on their property. Not on our phones, cars, and certainly not on our wedding bands. The issue is, no matter what we do, scratches appear out of nowhere regardless of what protective measures we take. This is especially true if you’re a man who enjoys the outdoors or works in an industry where bumping his ring is a given. 

Fret not, we have a solution to your problem. Tungsten is, without a doubt, the most scratch-resistant metal that exists. Incredibly, the only material out there that would be able to scratch your wedding ring is a diamond. It’s a tough metal making it impossible to bend out of shape and, unfortunately, impossible to resize. 

Another favorite is the metal tantalum. It’s an excellent choice for men’s engagement rings as it’s highly durable against scratching and breakage. It’s an oddly vibrant futuristic metal and is virtually indestructible. Like tungsten, this metal is perfect for men working in harsh conditions, especially fields with chemicals and heat.

Tantalum Channel Set Black Diamond Wedding Ring 

Tantalum 7.5mm Channel Set Black Diamond Satin Finished Comfort Fit Ring

Tantalum strength and a touch of elegance with black diamonds.  

Yellow Tungsten Bevel Edge Wedding Ring By TRITON

Yellow Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bevel Edge Band By TRITON

A unique high-tech high-style creation using yellow tungsten carbide. 

Best Hypoallergenic Metals

Being active may cause your hands to sweat and develop ring rash but there are some metals that can prevent this extremely well. Keep this list of all the hypoallergenic metals in mind when you purchase your ring:

  • Tantalum and Cobalt Chrome™ (without nickel) are great for medical and chemical applications because it’s both hypoallergenic and bio-compatible.   
  • Tungsten is also hypoallergenic and a great substitute for those allergic to yellow gold wedding bands.
  • Platinum is hypoallergenic and a perfect replacement for white gold men’s wedding bands because it has no traces of nickel. 
  • Titanium is also safe to wear and anti-allergenic.
  • Platinum is 95% pure, making it the most hypoallergenic metal choice. 
  • Ceramic contains no unwanted components in its composition. 

Ceramic Satin-Finished Wedding Ring

Ceramic Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished Round Edge Design Ring

A lightweight and long-lasting ceramic masterpiece. 

Faceted Center Groove Wedding Ring

Platinum Satin Finish And Faceted Center Groove Comfort Fit Band

Shine bright with the highly polished facet and light-reflective groove. 

Aesthetically Pleasing

Beauty is in the eye of the wedding band holder, and that’s why we can’t tell you which ring is the most handsome. We can, however, let you in on which of our rings frequently make the bestsellers list and those that have a little extra pizazz. After all, there’s no shame in wanting your ring to be an extension of your unique style and personality.

If you like being outside and active, it’s likely one of these metals will have a pattern that mirrors your hobby. If you prefer office life and are more easygoing, yellow and white gold, along with platinum are softer metals that can be engraved for a more personal and intimate touch.   

Tantalum, Cobalt Chrome, Titanium, and Tungsten are high on the list of stylish wedding bands for men who want that extra appeal to their ring. While the classics are always timeless, these metals are making the rounds with their exciting designs and unique styles. 

Fractured Texture & Grey Tantalum Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Fractured Texture Center And Grey Tantalum Edges 8mm Ring

We’re here to tell you fractured wall texture and grey tantalum edges are in.

Cobalt Chrome™ Carbon Fiber Inlay Wedding Ring

Cobalt Chrome™ 8mm Comfort Fit Ring With Black Carbon Fiber Inlay

Carved design perfection featuring a hammered-finished center with a milgrain pattern.

Affordable Quality

A wedding band isn’t an easy purchase or one you should take lightly. It’s a long-term investment in a piece of jewelry that you’ll not only be wearing forever but also represents your love and commitment. In short, it’s a pretty big deal. 

Lifestyle plays a significant role in how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding band, and so let’s compare two scenarios. If you see yourself in a fast-paced, rough, and tough environment with the need for durable wear, then it’s obvious you’ll need something that is damage-resistant and low maintenance. In this case, your best option is cobalt chrome™. Its combination of affordability, durability, scratch resistance, hypoallergenic qualities, and general look makes it the best choice for very active lifestyles on a budget. 

Our other scenario is that you’re the kind of man who is relatively active – not too intense – looking for a high-quality ring with extra shine and immortality. Your ideal wedding ring would be made from Platinum, the rarest metal that needs a bit of upkeep but holds great prestige. 

Titanium Satin Finished Beveled Edge Wedding Ring

Titanium 7mm Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished Beveled Edge Design Ring

Lightweight shine with all great qualities on a budget.

Cobalt Lava Pattern Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Cobalt Lava Pattern 6mm Comfort Fit Ring

The perfect cobalt combination with everything you need for an active lifestyle.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to picking the right men’s wedding band for you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to find the perfect fit. Visit our wedding ring page for all you need to know about the different metals, styles, designs, and more! 

Looking for more wedding band inspo? Check out our wedding ring series here: 

  1. Men’s Wedding Bands: The Complete Guide
  2. Yellow Gold Wedding Bands: Sunshine Bling
  3. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas

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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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