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10 Winter Proposal Ideas from James Allen Customers

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

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

Winter Proposal Ideas and the Engagement Rings Behind Them

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

Winter Proposal Ideas: Evergreen Engagements

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The Couple: Tom & Marie | Parlin, New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

The Ring: French-Cut Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

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

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The Couple: Ashley & Craig | Michigan City, Indiana

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

The Ring: Four-Prong Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

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

Winter Proposal Ideas: Feel Trips

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The Couple: Alyssa & Joey | Providence, Rhode Island

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

The Ring: Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

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

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The Couple: Chelsea & Patrick | Norfolk, England

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

The Ring: Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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The Couple: Jennifer & Hector | Denver, Colorado

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

The Ring: Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

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

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The Couple: Daynia & Colin | San Diego, California

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

The Ring: Princess Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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

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The Couple: Courtney & Ian | Portland, Oregon

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

The Ring: Cushion Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Winter Proposal Ideas: Sentimental Snowbacks

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The Couple: Meghan and Ian | Newmarket, New Hampshire

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

The Ring: Six-Prong Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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The Couple: Marcus & Grace | Chicago, Illinois

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

The Ring: Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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

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

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

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Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Rings

Read on for some sapphire and diamond engagement ring inspiration…

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Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been associated with royalty for centuries. The gemstone brings to mind Princess Diana’s famous and beautiful sapphire and diamond ring, which now adorns Kate Middleton’s graceful hand (shop a more affordable ring lookalike here!).

Though the most popular sapphire color is blue, sapphire stones also come in pink, green, yellow, and more. Sapphires have forever been a symbol of trust, loyalty and protection. When worn, the September birthstone is believed to protect loved ones and give its wearer clarity, health, modesty, intelligence, inner peace, and optimism. The stunning gemstone has long been a representation of sincerity and truth.

Design Your Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring This September

Looking for ideas? Browse these customer sapphire and diamond engagement ring designs!

Sapphire Symbolism

PURITY

Walk down the aisle in pure white, with something blue.

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

WISDOM

Show off your intelligence in a smart sapphire and diamond ring.

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
White Gold Three-Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

FAITHFULNESS

Your stunning sapphire ring will be a constant reminder to stay faithful to who you are.

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White Gold Enchanted Swirl Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

OPTIMISM

Nothing can get you down when you’re wearing this sizzling sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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White Gold Side-Stone Floral Sapphire Engagement Ring

SENSITIVITY

Your sapphire gemstone ring will be a token of appreciation for your ability to stay in tune with others’ feelings.

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Rose Gold Three-Stone Princess Sapphire Engagement Ring

SPIRITUALITY

When you glance down at this bird of paradise engagement ring, you’ll feel at peace with yourself as you’re reminded of your deep connection to your fiancé-to-be.

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White Gold Bird of Paradise Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

MODESTY

Take pride in your power to understand your shortcomings – it will help you become the best version of yourself.

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White Gold Six-Prong Knife Edge Solitaire Sapphire Engagement Ring

CLARITY

This sunburst sapphire and diamond engagement ring will remind you what’s really important in life.

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White Gold Sunburst Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

Sapphire Engagement Rings Designed by our Customers

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Platinum Twisted Pavé Halo Engagement Ring with Round Cut Sapphire

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Platinum Three-Stone Decorative Bridge Engagement Ring with Round Cut Sapphire

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Blue Sapphire and Diamond Halo Necklace

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Our Most-Liked Engagement Rings on Instagram

So you’re engaged. What else is new? (Just kidding – may you have the wedding of your dreams and a blissful marriage!!!). Have you posted a picture of your engagement ring on Instagram that shined so brightly it virtually blinded everyone? Did it garner so many likes it almost broke the internet?

Pics or It Didn’t Happen.

Before you spark that #ringenvy, get inspired by our most-liked engagement rings on Instagram! Our followers have spoken… or, more precisely, they’ve double tapped. And they’ve loved these 8 sparklers.

Top 8 Most-Liked Engagement Rings on Instagram

1. PER LEI SINGLE SHANK HALO

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There’s nothing quite as heavenly as halos. The lucky wearer of this Per Lei Single Shank Halo Engagement Ring is giving us serious chill vibes, with her pavé-halo-clad hand gently resting on her headphones, beneath her golden curls.

18K White Gold Per Lei Single Shank Halo Engagement Ring

2. ANTIQUE BEZEL-SET AND PAVÉ

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This pic makes me want to light some candles, put on some sexy music and that dark red lipstick, and have a night to remember with this vintage Bezel and Pavé Set Engagement Ring.

14K White Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

3. GRADUATED PAVÉ SWIRL

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If you’ve just been proposed to with this stunning rose gold Graduated Pavé Swirl Engagement Ring in Rome, the city of love, you’ve made it. You’re done. You can die now.

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4. FALLING EDGE PAVÉ

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This fab pic has us falling for its Falling Edge Engagement Ring. The rose gold halo together with those on-point rosy pink nails makes for a complete #ringgoals mirror selfie.

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5. WHITE AND ROSE GOLD COUTURE BY VERRAGIO

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Gimme s’more of that delicious dazzle! This pic combines 2 of my favorite things: chocolate and sparkle.  The contrast of rose and white gold on this Verragio Couture Engagement Ring has me melting like that perfect marshmallow.

18K White Gold And Rose Gold Couture Engagement Ring By Verragio

6. PAVÉ HALO (OVAL CENTER)

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You may have noticed that rose gold and halo rings are kind of a thing. More than just a passing trend, this vintage-inspired style never gets old. Lying elegantly there on that lovely dish, this Oval Center Pavé Halo Engagement Ring looks pretty enough to eat (sorry, I guess I’m still hungry from the previous ring pic).

14K Rose Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

7. THIN FRENCH-CUT PAVÉ

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The way that those hands are holding this luminous French-Cut Pavé Engagement Ring makes it seem as though it’s a gift to moi. And all I can say is, OUI!

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8. CUSHION OUTLINE PAVÉ

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Make way for pavé, because this Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring is here and it’s fabulous! Sometimes all a ring pic needs is the subtle beauty of a radiant ring and good lighting.

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Which of these rings would you say yes to? Tell us in the comments below or share these engagement rings on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Bonus: for more sparkling ring pics, check out our roundup of 2018’s hottest engagement ring trends.

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Engagement Ring Trends 2018

Sure it’s not even Thanksgiving and far too early for it to be socially acceptable to start lighting up our cities and towns with Christmas decorations. But it is never too early to start thinking about your engagement ring for the new year.  Keep these 2018 engagement ring trends in mind and stay ahead with these shining styles coming your way!

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5 ENGAGEMENT RING TRENDS 2018

If there’s anyone who can predict engagement ring trends, it’s an engagement ring company like

! We’ve asked our diamond ring experts to look into their crystal balls and tell us what they expect to see a lot of in 2018.

1. Everything’s coming up rose gold

Stop and smell the rose gold engagement rings, which you’ll see a lot of in 2018! This romantic metal type has been a favorite among fashionistas like Lauren Conrad for several years already, and we don’t see it going out of style any time soon. The pinkish metal has a romantic, timeless feel to it and gives off elegant, vintage vibes.

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2. Hello! Is it halos you’re looking for?

Why yes, it is! There is no doubt that 2018 engagement ring trends will include halo engagement rings. The immense shine they exude is irresistible to any sparkle lover (which basically means… to anyone). A diamond is great. But tons MORE diamonds surrounding that larger diamond, forming an illusion of one even LARGER diamond? Well, that’s just heavenly.

FALLING EDGE PAVÉ DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

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3. Pretty in pear

Delicious as a fruit or a diamond shape, pear is one cut that is beloved by women the world over. Maybe it’s the fact that it resembles a tear drop that draws us to it, makes us want to hug it, and dare I say caress it (though that’d be a bit weird), just as we would be drawn to a crying baby. Or maybe it’s the fact that the glamorous pear shape elongates our finger and makes us look extra refined. Whatever it is, pear shaped diamonds are here to stay in 2018! Popular social media influencers couldn’t agree with us more: YouTube star Tanya Barr upgraded her ring to a pear shaped stunner, and Instagrammer Amrezy recently got engaged with a pear shaped beauty.

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4. Classy cushion cut

The cushion cut was popular in old-time Hollywood, and it’s back with a dazzling vengeance. Somewhere in between a round and princess, cushion cut diamonds combine the classic simplicity of a round cut diamond and the traditional feel of a princess shaped diamond. Cushion cuts will shine on, on many a bride, in 2018.

CUSHION OUTLINE PAVÉ ENGAGEMENT RING

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring
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5. Elegant emerald cut

Last but not least, let’s look at the stars to find the latest trend. Many of our favorite or at least most infamous celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Beyoncé don amazing emerald cut diamond engagement rings. Oval shaped diamonds had been trending in recent years, but emerald is now the most adored among the glitz and glam that is Hollywood.

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How to Buy an Engagement Ring

You’re about to embark on one of the most important journeys of your life – proposing. But before you even think about proposing you have to first find the right engagement ring. This handy  guide on how to buy an engagement ring will show you how it’s done, and our customer service team of dedicated diamond professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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 GUIDE: HOW TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING

1. Decide a budget

Love doesn’t have a price on it, but engagement rings do. You certainly don’t have to (and shouldn’t) abide by silly antiquated rules like spending 2 or 3 months’ salary on the engagement ring, but it is important that you decide on a price that you’re comfortable with. When advising customers on how to buy an engagement ring, we always tell them to know how much they wish to spend first. You can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best possible quality at James Allen for your budget, and we offer payment options to help you make the engagement ring purchase.

2. Choose a metal type

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Engagement ring metal types

The next step in our how to buy an engagement ring guide is choosing the metal type. There are four metal types to consider: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. They each have their advantages. You can learn about choosing the right metal type for your engagement ring here:

ENGAGEMENT RING METAL GUIDE

3. Select an engagement ring setting

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Engagement ring style guide

If you’d prefer, you can start with finding the diamond or gemstone instead – the choice is yours. Browsing through engagement ring setting options can seem overwhelming, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. Determining her personality type and style will help you decide what type of ring to look for (solitaire, halo, vintage, etc.). Once you have that figured out, choosing the exact ring setting that suits her best will be much easier. Learn more about engagement ring styles here:

ENGAGEMENT RING SETTING GUIDE

5 popular engagement rings:

KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

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CUSHION OUTLINE PAVÉ HALO ENGAGEMENT RING

Cushion outline pavé engagement ring

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TAPERED BAGUETTE ENGAGEMENT RING

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DIAMOND FILIGREE ENGAGEMENT RING

Diamond filigree engagement ring

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BOW-TIE CHANNEL-SET ENGAGEMENT RING

Bow-tie channel-set engagement ring

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4. Determine her ring size

Don’t worry if you have no idea what your fiancée-to-be’s ring size is – it’s very easy to find out. We provide you with easy ways to figure out her engagement ring size, and you can even watch a tutorial. You can learn more about finding her ring size here:

RING SIZING GUIDE

5. Choose the diamond

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Various diamond cuts for the perfect engagement ring

Much like choosing an engagement ring setting, you can also decide on a diamond shape according to her personality. Once you have the shape figured out, make sure you learn a bit about the 4 C’s so that you know what you’re looking for in a loose diamond. Learn more about finding the right diamond shape here:

DIAMOND SHAPE GUIDE

6. Plan the proposal

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Congrats! You’ve made it through the engagement ring purchase process and you bought the engagement ring of her dreams. Now you get to plan the proposal. Lucky for you, our customers can help you out with that. They’ve shared their proposal stories (and you can too!) to give you proposal inspiration. Check out their stories here:

PROPOSAL PLANNING INSPIRATION

7. Propose! You’ve bought her dream engagement ring, you’ve planned the proposal, now all you have to do is get the YES! Good luck! We hope we’ve helped you learn how to buy an engagement ring! Remember, the James Allen team is at your service, 24/7!

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Wonder Woman Inspired Engagement Rings

Wonder Woman-Inspired Engagement Rings

As Wonder Woman 1984 is – finally – taking over the big screen, we can’t help but think of how well she’d wield a somewhat more delicate Lasso of Truth: namely, an engagement ring. Sure, Wonder Woman shines bright enough on her own. But even the baddest of asses deserves to accessorize.

Which styles could keep up with her Cheetah-battling, Nazi-defeating lifestyle? We’ve put together a lineup of bold, distinctive, pack-a-punch engagement rings worthy of Princess Diana of Themyscira.

8 Engagement Rings Wonder Woman Would Rock

1. Yellow Gold Tension-Set Engagement Ring

Like twirling yellow gold lasso…

Wonder Woman would destroy with this contemporary, badass engagement ring.

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2. Yellow Gold Ruby Engagement Ring

Red rubies for power

Being the Godkiller that she is, Wonder Woman would kill it with this stunner. Not to mention the extra fiery vibes the ring would give off when she swings the Lasso of Truth.

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What she said: “And now I know… that only love can truly save the world.”

What she meant: “And now I know… that only love and sparkle can truly save the world.”

3. Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

SO goddess-worthy

Seriously, how great would this engagement ring look with Wonder Woman’s crown?! The geometric shapes would also complement her Bracelets of Submission.

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4. Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

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A firecracker of an engagement ring

Gal Gadot would slay in this gemstone baby. No one would stand in the way of her righteous cause. The Amazons would be like “Ares who?”

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5. Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

Talk about queenly!

With layers on layers of elegance, Wonder Woman would smash the patriarchy with this out-of-this-world sparkler.

Just ask Linda Carter.

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6. Split-Shank Pavé Engagement Ring

The pavé engagement ring that’s ready for battle

Gal Gadot would totally look at this gorgeous two-row pavé engagement ring the same way she does at Chris Pine – adorably. Can you say “perfect partnership”?

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What she said: “It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.”

What she meant: “It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love and diamonds.”

7. White Gold Ruby Engagement Ring

Rubies tactically flank your center diamond

No one would even try to boss Wonder Woman around when she’s donning this flaming diamond and ruby engagement ring. Her dominant vibes would put anyone in their place.

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What she said: “What I do is not up to you.”

What she meant: What engagement ring I rock is not up to you.”

8. White Gold Tension-Set Engagement Ring

A gravity-defying modern engagement ring

Gal Gadot would do a little dance if she would get to try on this gorgeous engagement ring.

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Trending Engagement Rings for Women

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Are you on the lookout for the perfect engagement ring for women, but you’ve reached a standstill and have gotten lost in diamond land? We get it – you’re starting to feel like “seen one engagement ring, seen ‘em all.” But trust us: that is definitely not how your bride-to-be sees it. She’s been dreaming of her proposal day since the day she could say “pear-cut,” which means chances are she’s been imagining her perfect engagement ring since then too.

Oops… didn’t mean to freak you out there. No pressure or anything. She’ll obviously love whatever engagement ring you choose, since it’s the meaning behind it that matters. But it wouldn’t hurt if the ring you choose also happens to be THE ONE.

So, just as you’re thinking “engagement rings are for women – how am I supposed to know what she’ll like?!”, we’ve got you covered. We’ve sorted through our hundreds of engagement ring settings (so you don’t have to!) and have come up with a list of the most popular engagement rings for women so far in 2017.

Now all you have to do is ask her best friend or sister which setting type she has her eye on, and you can choose one of the rings from this list of trending engagement rings for women in 2017. We’ve selected the top choice for each engagement ring setting type; if women the world over are drawn to these, she’s bound to as well. Then you can focus your research on diamonds that fit the setting you selected. When you’re ready, take a look at this article about choosing the right diamond shape.

Trending engagement rings for women

KNIFE-EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

This classy SOLITAIRE engagement ring is a favorite for women who want a timeless ring.

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THIN FRENCH-CUT PAVÉ-SET ENGAGEMENT RING

This charming PAVÉ beauty is perfect for women whose style is elegant.

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BOW-TIE CHANNEL-SET ENGAGEMENT RING

This adorable CHANNEL-SET engagement ring is popular for whimsical women.

TAPERED BAGUETTE ENGAGEMENT RING

This chic SIDE-STONE dazzler is number one for trendy women.

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THREE-STONE ENGAGEMENT RING WITH SCROLL UNDERGALLERY

This traditional THREE-STONE engagement ring is the top choice for traditional women.

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SPIRAL TENSION-SET ENGAGEMENT RING

This bold TENSION-SET engagement ring is adored by avant-garde women.

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FALLING EDGE PAVÉ ENGAGEMENT RING

This sparkling HALO ring is trending for extroverted women.

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DIAMOND FILIGREE ENGAGEMENT RING

This unique VINTAGE engagement ring stops romantic women in their tracks.

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From High School Sweethearts to Engaged – Ashley & Noah’s Proposal Story

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Surprise proposal story

Each of us experiences a different path to love. But when it’s right, it’s right. And how awesome is it that sometimes it’s right the first time around?! Although everyone grows together in their own relationships, there’s something really special about the classic “high-school sweethearts” who grow up together into adulthood, knowing that what they have is special and worth holding onto.

Here at James Allen, we can’t even count how many proposal stories our customers send us about high-school sweethearts who got engaged.

Ashley and Noah are a perfect example of one such couple who have been together since high school and have never let go.

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Ashley & Noah from Richmond, Kentucky

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“We fell so in love with the island that we decided to visit it again the next summer (this past summer) as well. Little did I know at the time that this would be no ordinary family vacation.” – Ashley

Ashley and Noah, high-school sweethearts, began dating when Ashley was a sophomore and Noah was a senior. As they both shared a love of traveling, Ashley often went on cruises with Noah and his family. Last year they traveled to their favorite destination, St. Martin, and they couldn’t wait to come back the following year (this past summer).

Ashley had no idea what Noah had in store for her this time, or how much this family vacation would stand out from the rest.

When they reached their hotel, all Ashley could dream of was a nice, deep sleep, after a tough day of traveling. Noah, however, insisted that she wake up early, much to her chagrin, to get ready for an early breakfast with the family. A tired Ashley begrudgingly headed out to what she thought would be an ordinary breakfast, when Noah’s parents told her they wanted to stop and take some pictures on the beach, while Noah kept walking ahead.

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proposal story

“We cannot wait to return to our favorite island next summer for the destination wedding that we have dreamed about since it all began back in high school.” – Ashley

After taking a look at the pictures to see how they came out, Ashley turned around and saw Noah, who handed her a present. Inside the box was a mug that said “Does this ring make me look engaged?” Ashley instantaneously knew what Noah was up to, and her face lit up with a huge smile and happy tears. Noah asked her to marry him, and Ashley immediately said “Yes!” He then slid a stunning pavé engagement ring onto her finger, and they celebrated by finally having that breakfast she craved.

Read the full story in Ashley’s words

The Ring:

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Summer Proposal: Message in a Bottle

Summer proposal
Summer proposal

This summer proposal is for beach lovers or just all around romantics.

There are so many different ways to propose – each proposal story is unique, from the reaction of the person being proposed to, to the look on the face of the person proposing.

What’s important is that the one asking the ‘Will you?’ finds unique ways to personalize their proposal for the girl (or guy) they want the ‘YES!’ from. (Read this for more proposal tips.)

That’s exactly what Rob did, for Char.

SUMMER PROPOSAL ON THE BEACH – June Engagement Moment of the Month

Char & Rob from Parker, Colorado

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summer proposal

“I have a deep love for the ocean and wanted to spend as much time there as possible.” – Char

Leading up to the summer proposal

Char and Rob had been together ever since they met in 2007 in Hawaii on a public bus (see, you really can meet your soulmate anywhere!).

Fast-forward years later, they travelled to New Jersey from their home in Colorado, for Rob’s cousin’s wedding. They drove to Rob’s family’s shore house the day before the wedding. Being the beach lover she is, Char of course decided to take a walk down to the beach.

Proposal story

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proposal story

“He pointed down to a beautiful glass bottle with a note rolled up inside.” – Char

Char was merrily walking along the beach with Rob and taking photos, when all the sudden something in the sand caught her eye. It was a bottle with a rolled-up note! She excitedly scooped up the bottle and began photographing it. Rob told her to open the bottle.

She opened the bottle and untied the ancient looking, worn note. On it was written, “To my Angel…” And that was it. She looked up and saw Rob on his knee. Rob began telling Char what for sure were beautiful words, but her state of shock prevented her from actually hearing them!

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summer proposal story

“I also remember feeling the sun on my back while he was proposing, thinking the clouds had parted for our special moment!” – Char

Rob then pulled out a shiny red James Allen ring box with a stunning yellow gold solitaire twisted yellow gold ring. A simple engagement ring that didn’t need anything more than a gentle twist to add to its brilliance. Char began to cry and jumped up onto Rob with her legs wrapped around him. He placed the beautiful engagement ring on Char’s finger, and continued their day as an engaged couple, with the ring glistening up at Char and the sun shining down on them.

What makes this proposal story extra special is that Rob tailored it to Char; he knew of her love for the ocean, so he made sure to incorporate that into his proposal.

Read the full proposal story in Char’s words

The Engagement Ring

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simple engagement ring

“He had an idea of what I wanted, but designed the ring himself. Dainty, elegant, gold cable cord, and the perfect diamond!” – Char

YELLOW GOLD CABLE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

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yellow gold engagement ring

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Love Char’s ring? Here are more simple engagement rings you’ll love!

CHANNEL SET DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

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channel-set engagement ring

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ROSE GOLD BLOSSOMING VINE ENGAGEMENT RING

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rose gold engagement ring

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CROSS-PRONG DIAMOND ACCENT SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

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simple engagement ring

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YELLOW GOLD PAVÉ CROWN BEZEL ENGAGEMENT RING

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yellow gold engagement ring

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THREE-STONE TRELLIS DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING (TRAPEZOID)

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three-stone engagement ring

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ROSE GOLD COMPASS POINT SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

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Which simple engagement ring is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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Will You Accept this Rose? The Bachelor Proposal

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How excited are you for the upcoming season finale of The Bachelor? The show’s drama is definitely addictive and has had me on the edge of my seat these last few episodes. I think I like it a bit too much when I see another one bite the dust. I just like a one-woman man, and am waiting for Nick to finally choose… dum dum dum…. Vanessa! No, that’s not a spoiler; we don’t get advanced screenings of The Bachelor episodes at James Allen (how awesome would that be?) – I’m just hardcore #TeamVanessa. She better win. Nick, if you’re reading this, I mean it. You need a woman like Vanessa – she’s elegant and graceful, and if your head gets bigger than it already is, she’ll be able to put you right back in your place. Thank god you got rid of “I’m not here to make friends” Corinne. Sayonara, sucker! And although Rachel’s one classy girl, with her gone too, there’s more Nick to go around for the final contestants.

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So now it’s down to two ladies – Raven *horror music plays* and Vanessa *angels sing*. Who do you think will win the final rose and Nick’s heart?

But enough about this reality-show love sandwich (what a weird image that just entered my mind, of a jelly-covered Nick struggling to breathe, caught between a loaf-shaped Raven and Vanessa) – let’s focus on actual reality and swoon in the enchantment that is Kara and Patrick’s real-life proposal story. Unlike Nick, Patrick has always known who deserves his rose.

Read how Patrick swept Kara off her feet, with his The Bachelor-themed proposal:

ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Kara and Patrick from Gardendale, Alabama

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“He is my very best friend and always will be – I wouldn’t trade my relationship or friendship with him for anything in this world.” – Kara

Kara and Patrick are high-school sweethearts, but their friendship goes even further back to a time when cooties abounded – middle school. As they grew closer and the cooties flew off, they developed a crush on each other their junior year and became “Facebook official” after Patrick finally asked Kara out.

The two have essentially grown up together and can’t even imagine their life apart. Since Patrick knows Kara like the back of his hand, he knew exactly what type of proposal she would like. Nothing could be better than a Bachelor-themed proposal for Kara, the truest of Bachelor fans.

The Bachelor proposal

Patrick planned the surprise perfectly, without Kara suspecting a thing. Ready for a night out together, Kara waited for Patrick to pick her up for what she thought was a charity event. When he texted her that he was outside, she opened the door to see a giant limo instead! Her heart skipped a beat, as she instantly understood what was to come.

“There was Patrick with rose petals surrounding him and one single rose in his hand.” – Kara

The limo began driving to an unknown destination, and eventually pulled up to a beautiful gated mansion, identical to the Bachelor mansion. When she got out of the car, she stepped onto a red carpet, leading to the final destination – Patrick, the love of her life, standing in the foyer, surrounded by rose petals, a single red rose in his hand. He asked her if she would accept this final rose, and of course, she said ‘yes.’

Bride-to-be Kara and no-longer-a-bachelor Patrick continued their magical evening at a fancy restaurant, and then went home, where an engagement party with their friends and family awaited them.

Read the full story in Kara’s words

The Ring:

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How to Design the Perfect Engagement Ring

There is no such thing as the perfect engagement ring, but there is such a thing as the perfect engagement ring for her. All you need is to put some thought into it, and you’re sure to make the right choice. Don’t worry – you’re not alone; we’re here to help you every step of the way.

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Design Her Perfect Engagement Ring in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1. CHOOSE THE METAL TYPE

Selecting the metal for your perfect engagement ring

This is the easiest to scratch off your list and help you feel like you’ve accomplished something, so let’s start with this!

Engagement rings are typically made from one of four metals: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold.

Platinum:

Durable and great for those who work with their hands. Most expensive, since it resists tarnishing. However, it is also the most expensive to repair.

White Gold:

Easily matches most other jewelry. Has a silver-like appearance which will eventually wear off and need to be replaced. Comes in 14-karat or 18-karat gold.

Yellow Gold:

Can show scratches or other abrasions, but repairs quite easily. Comes in 14-karat or 18-karat gold.

Rose Gold:

An alternative, more delicate metal to yellow gold, with a vintage feel.

Step 2. DETERMINE HER ENGAGEMENT RING STYLE

Perfect Engagement Ring Style

Good job! You’ve chosen the metal. Now it’s time to figure out what her ring style is. In order to do this, you don’t need to be Calvin Klein. You don’t even need to know who Calvin Klein is, for that matter. All you need is to know your partner. You can choose the ring setting based on her personal style.

Let’s walk you through it:

If she’s:

Classy, modest and reserved

She’ll like:

Solitaire engagement rings

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If she’s:

Delicate, elegant and refined

She’ll like:

Pavé engagement rings

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If she’s:

Stylish, practical and modern

She’ll like:

Channel-set engagement rings

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If she’s:

Bold, daring and passionate

She’ll like:

Side-stone engagement rings

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If she’s:

Social, established and traditional

She’ll like:

Three-stone engagement rings

Browse three-stone rings

If she’s:

Courageous, non-conformist and artsy

She’ll like:

Tension engagement rings

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If she’s:

Extroverted, feminine and playful

She’ll like:

Halo engagement rings

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If she’s:

Sentimental, romantic and classic

She’ll like:

Vintage engagement rings

Browse vintage rings

Well done! You’ve chosen the setting type for the engagement ring.

Step 3. FIND HER RING SIZE

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Now it’s time to determine her ring size. This step is easier than you think. You can even do it online with our free online ring sizer. Alternatively, you can request a free plastic ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. No matter what, rest assured that your ring can be resized for free within 60 days of your purchase.

If buying the ring as a surprise:

A. If you don’t know your girlfriend’s ring size, ask her close friends or family members. Tell them to keep it hush-hush so that they don’t accidentally ruin the surprise!

B. Borrow her ring (from the correct ring finger!) and use James Allen’s online or plastic ring sizer to determine the ring’s size.

If finding your own ring size:

A. Measure your finger at the end of the day, as your fingers tend to be warmer and larger at the day’s end.

B. Re-measure to make sure your calculations are accurate.

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Congrats – you’ve chosen the engagement ring setting! Now let’s give that ring its sparkle – it needs a center diamond or gemstone!

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Surprise Proposal Story – What Ends in Olitaire?

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Have you ever been surprised by someone, and thought afterward, “how in the world did I not see it coming?!” Despite all of the pretty obvious clues, the surprise was somehow not ruined for you. When we really want something, we can trick our mind into ignoring things it doesn’t want to see, and to only focus on what really works for us.

This phenomenal mind control was exercised perfectly by Gabrielle – nothing could stop her from being surprised by her boyfriend, Tyler.

Read on for the full surprise proposal story.

A SURPRISE PROPOSAL – ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Gabrielle & Tyler from St. Petersburg, Florida

“He asked me to marry him, and though I did nearly pass out from sensory overload – I said yes!”

surprise proposal - Gabrielle & Tyler from St. Petersburg, Florida

It was an ordinary workday for Gabrielle. Her boyfriend Tyler, whom she had been with for six years, sent her a text message, like any other day. The text included a photo with a receipt titled “OLITAIRE.” Gabrielle, who, like most girls in long-term relationships, was no stranger to engagement ring setting types, gasped. After all, what could end in “olitaire” other than the most popular engagement ring choice – the solitaire ring?

Gabrielle asked Tyler what the picture was all about. Tyler explained that he had invested in a company ending in “olitaire,” and he had accidentally sent her the receipt. Gabrielle so didn’t want any potential surprise to be ruined, that she believed him! I’m sure Tyler let out a sigh of relief when he saw that Gabrielle hadn’t caught on to the sparkling surprise that he had surely been planning for months.

A few weeks went by, with no mention of anything solitaire, or even olitaire. Gabrielle and Tyler arrived at the Don Cesar hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a weekend away with close friends. Gabrielle had some slight suspicions, but she wasn’t sure if this would be the weekend.

When they checked in, the high school sweethearts Gabrielle and Tyler mysteriously received a room upgrade to an amazing suite with a magical view of the beautiful beach and the hotel grounds, complete with enchanting buildings reminiscent of pink castles.

While getting ready for dinner, Gabrielle hoped that maybe Tyler would propose that evening – after all, what could be a more romantic setting? However, when Tyler received a call from their friends telling them to come to meet for drinks at a rooftop bar before dinner, Gabrielle disappointedly assumed that there would be no proposal for her that night; she thought that Tyler would never have changed their dinner reservations last minute if he was planning on proposing, and she knew that a ring box could never fit in the pocket of his tight pants. Sadly, Gabrielle told herself to just enjoy the night, “another evening as an un-engaged human,” as she put it.

On their way to the hotel rooftop, Gabrielle noticed some of the staff staring at her, and began to get nervous. When they reached the rooftop, she was blown away by the sight of hundreds of red rose petals forming an aisle to a romantic table with champagne, a massive bouquet of flowers and what could be none other than a shiny red engagement ring box. A dazed Gabrielle listened to Tyler explaining that the glittering water behind them was the very water that they grew up on, and the city in front of them was where they would come to call home. He then asked her to marry him, and of course, she said yes!

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The newly engaged couple then went down to the beach, where there were 200 more red roses in the sand, framing a blanket that was set out for them. On the blanket were candles surrounding a scrapbook Tyler made for this moment, with pictures of their relationship, from their high school years until the present.

The bride and groom-to-be danced in the white sand to the song they had danced to for the first time in high school. Gabrielle then saw their friends and both of their families coming towards them, with tears in their eyes.

Read the full surprise proposal story in Gabrielle’s words

The Ring

WHITE GOLD 2MM KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING
white gold 2mm knife edge solitaire engagement ring

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Another look at the stunning engagement ring:

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white gold 2mm knife edge solitaire engagement ring

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8 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

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Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

Valentine’s Day is the most popular proposal day of the year; there’s just something extra romantic about proposing on this celebrated day of love and affection. If you’re thinking about proposing this February 14th, we’ve got sparkling Valentine’s Day engagement rings for you to hide inside a box of chocolates, or whatever scheme you have in store.

With one of these beauties, you’re sure to get a YES! Find the perfect Valentine’s Day engagement ring to propose with:

1. A unique Valentine will be yours, with this mixed metal dazzler.

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white and rose gold venetian engagement ring by verragio

2. A playful Valentine will love this brilliant double halo.

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white gold falling edge pave diamond engagement ring

3. An old-fashioned Valentine will be pretty in pear with this pear-shaped pavé halo.

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white gold tate pear shape engagement ring by jeff cooper

4. A classic Valentine will say yes to this simply stunning solitaire.

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white gold classico single shank engagement ring by danhov

5. A confident Valentine will delight in this channel-set emerald show-stopper.

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white gold taylor engagement ring by jeff cooper

6. A romantic Valentine will adore this oval-cut rose gold piece.

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rose gold three sided pave basket engagement ring (oval) and matching wedding ring

7. An uptown Valentine won’t be able to wait to don this three-stone eye-catcher.

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white gold three stone pear shape engagement ring by martin flyer

8. A charming Valentine will go crazy for this twisted pavé stunner.

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white gold eleganza braided engagement ring by danhov

Need some proposal ideas? Get inspired by our customers’ Valentine’s Day proposals.

A Disney proposal:

Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

Valentine's Day Proposal - Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

“He made [me] the happiest girl in the world, and in that moment [I] realized that dreams do come true. You only need faith, trust and pixie dust.” – Maria

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A mountain proposal:

Taylor & Jimmy from Peoria, Arizona

Valentine's Day proposal - Taylor & Jimmy from Peoria, Arizona

“He ran into the shot with me, got down on one knee and proposed. I cried instantly.” –Taylor

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Which Valentine’s Day engagement rings are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Winter Proposal – Meghan and Ian’s Proposal Story

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The Perfect Winter Proposal

There’s just something about the snow that brings out the inner romantic in us. Who can resist gazing out the window at the ground blanketed with dazzling white snow, or at an individual spectacular snowflake as it falls gracefully into your palm? A snowy day seems to go hand-in-hand with cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa next to the fireplace.

Meghan and Ian are one couple who has been taking full advantage of the snowy New England weather.

Read on for their winter proposal story.

ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Meghan & Ian from Newmarket, New Hampshire

“I could not have imagined a more magical and more ‘us’ proposal.” – Meghan

 

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Meghan and Ian’s love story began back when they were in high school. The high-school sweethearts, although for sure having caught one another’s eye previously, got together not long before their senior prom.

They had been dating for five and a half years and living together, when one day, they went to enjoy a snow-filled weekend at Meghan’s parents’ house. Meghan, perfectly cozy and content watching movies in her sweats, could not be easily persuaded by Ian (who had a secret plan in mind) to go for a walk outside in the bitter cold. Finally, they reached a compromise: they would go sledding in the backyard, one of Meghan’s favorite pastimes growing up.

After paving a path together in the thick, powdery snow, and sledding down the hill a few times, Ian told Meghan that he’d give her a prize if she beat her own distance. Meghan, happy with her two prizes (a kiss and a hug), wanted to sled down the hill once more before heading back inside – it ended up being the day’s best run. She turned around to go back inside, when Ian called after her, telling her she forgot her prize.

When she turned to him, she saw him down on one knee in the snow, holding a shiny red James Allen box. Inside it was a perfect, sparkling solitaire ring. A teared up Meghan then put her brand new ring on and went to tell her mother her exciting news. Turns out, her mother already knew – she’d been watching from the window the entire time.

Read the full story in Meghan’s words

The ring

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white gold 2mm comfort fit solitaire engagement ring (six prong)

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From Textbook to Storybook – Customer Proposal Story

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How often do we miss out on opportunities that are right under our noses? Sometimes the one thing we’ve been looking for all this time has been right in front of us, or in Benjamin and Candice’s case, in the same classroom. While our heads are stuck in our smartphones (or textbooks!), there’s a whole world happening around us that we may be missing.

Read on for a proposal story that will make you want to pay closer attention to your surroundings.

ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Benjamin and Candice from Manila, Philippines

Benjamin and Candice were law school classmates who had barely exchanged two syllables with each other – Candice at the front of the class, Benjamin at the back – until one day, not long before their graduation; thanks to Walgreens, Facebook and a brother, the two would finally speak. Candice’s younger brother needed a mysterious object that only Walgreens carried. While helping her brother search for ways to bring the product (I’m as curious as you are what that special product was!) to the Philippines, a post of Benjamin in Chicago popped up on Candice’s Facebook newsfeed. She then wrote to Benjamin asking him to bring it back with him, and, as Candice fondly remembers, “the rest, as they say, is history!” It didn’t take long for their law school acquaintance to turn into storybook love.

Upon graduation, the two love-struck lawyers-to-be struggled with the question of whether they should continue dating while the upcoming Bar, which required their sole focus, was looming. Candice then did something straight out of a romantic movie; she gave Benjamin a copy of her graduation picture, with a bible verse written on the back: “God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).”

The proposal:

Fast-forward years later, Benjamin lead his girlfriend, Candice one Saturday night into a beautiful cabana and handed her that very same graduation picture (now crumpled with time). He looked into her eyes and asked her to be his wife. “It’s time,” he said. The sparkling James Allen pavé halo engagement ring he proposed with was inscribed with ECC 311.

“The person I have learned to so passionately love and care for held my hand and led me inside a beautiful cabana, and with just the two of us there, he looked straight into my eyes, […]and asked me to be his wife, because ‘it’s time.’” – Candice

Candice said yes, with tears streaming down her face, while the photographers Benjamin had hired were surreptitiously sneaking shots of the proposal.

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After their private engagement moment, Candice was further surprised by all of their friends and family, who joined them to celebrate.

Read the full proposal story in Candice’s words

The ring

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring

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A Grand Canyon Proposal – James and Verity’s Proposal Story

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A Grand Canyon Proposal

A proposal at the Grand Canyon is great. A proposal at the Grand Canyon including a video of the couple’s love story, with a song written and performed by the proposer, is omigod-am-I-living-in-a-fairy-tale fantastic.

Read on for an incredible love story culminating in a dream proposal, and find out what the couple has been up to since!

Engagement Moment of the Month

James & Verity from Neath, Wales

James and Verity’s story began on holiday in Spain (did anyone else just get the Counting Crows’ song “Holiday in Spain” stuck in their heads?), in 2009. Although they are both from Neath, a small town in Wales, it took travelling to another country with their separate groups of friends for them to meet.

“As soon as I saw her at the airport on that trip, I knew I was going to marry her.” – James

 

Having been together for six years, James waited for just the right moment to propose, after months of planning. After extensive research on diamonds and help from the James Allen team, he was ready. He would do it on their trip to America’s Wild West. For the proposal he had planned, it was a must that he receive the ring at their Las Vegas hotel on an exact day – you can imagine how nervous he was that something would go wrong. However, his nerves relaxed when he saw the ring.

“I need not have worried. Once I hid myself away in the bathroom of the hotel and unwrapped the box to get my first glimpse of the ring, I was blown away. It was everything I had wanted and more.” – James

 

Now let’s get to the proposal.

After a long drive to the Grand Canyon, they stopped to take in the breathtaking view and take photos. While Verity was busy admiring the canyon, James called her over to look at something, and took out his headphones. She didn’t understand what could be so important to show her right then.

James plugged both of their headphones into the phone. With the beautiful canyon in front of them, they sat and watched a video. Verity noticed a shot of their house in the beginning of the video – it was then that she realized that something big was happening. The video continued on to show their lovable dog Wilson and a song began playing – James was singing! The song told the story of a boy who felt alone until he met a girl on a trip. Overcome with emotion and tears, Verity saw the video end with James holding a sign, instructing her to look at him. She turned around, and there was James, offering her a beautiful James Allen ring in a shiny red box. Of course, she said yes!

Read the full story in their words

The ring

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platinum french cut pave diamond engagement ring

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“In the sunlight, it sparkled like nothing I’ve ever seen, and the simplicity of it makes it even more beautiful. I admire it every day, and each time I find it catching the light in a new and gorgeous way.” – Verity

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Life since the proposal

When couples head off into the sunset, we don’t usually get to hear about what happens after the proposal – what we sometimes forget is that life goes on after the proposal! Let’s hear from James a bit about their lives now.

“Life since our engagement has brought so many wonderful moments, the most special of which being the birth of our first baby! We welcomed our little boy, Ari into the world on the 3rd November this year, and we are so in love with him!

We have also started planning another trip to America, which will incorporate a visit to Yosemite (where we would love to get married!). We are so excited by everything that has happened in the last year and are even more excited for all the adventures that lie ahead for us as a family.”

Welcome to the world, Ari Fox Blake!

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6 Perfect Proposal Ideas

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Guys – you’ve decided she’s the one and are ready to put a ring on it. That’s all fine and dandy, but how in the world are you supposed to ask her? There are about a gazillion different proposal ideas floating around there on the internet, and you’re also getting confused by having each friend you’ve consulted with telling you conflicting advice…

Well, here’s a new piece of advice – CALM DOWN! It’s her we’re talking about… and she adores you. The most important thing is that you be yourself. The rest is just logistics. Then again, a little advice never hurt anyone. If you’d like to hear from proposal experts, you’ve come to the right place. At James Allen, we know everything proposal. Just take a deep breath, follow these steps, and you’ll be fine.

And ladies, help your man out and send him these proposal ideas – he’ll thank you for it!

Proposal Tips

Proposal Tip #1: Don’t Wing It

Proposal Ideas: Don't Wing It

She may know you love her, but she still needs you to show her every so often. To most women, there’s nothing we appreciate more than when you make an effort. And that could mean anything from picking up your dirty socks from the floor, to take us on a fun date night, to planning the proposal of our dreams. So go ahead, put your thinking cap on and get to work!

Proposal Tip #2: Have Fun With It

Proposal Ideas: Have Fun With It

Just because you’re about to ask her to make an enormous decision which will change your lives as you know it (no pressure or anything), that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little bit of fun with the proposal. After all, one of the things she loves about your relationship is that you know how to make life fun, in your own, unique way.

Proposal Tip #3: Make it Memorable

Proposal Ideas: Make it Memorable
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Nobody forgets their own proposal. That would be weird. But still, make it something that will bring a dreamy look to her eyes whenever she looks back on it. Make it something that she’ll be proud to tell her friends and grandchildren about – something that’s worthy of writing a story about for James Allen’s Engagement Moments. How do you do this? Sorry, you’re on your own for this one. That’s where Step No. 1 (put effort into it) comes in handy. As long as you do that, it’s going to be memorable.

Proposal Tip #4: Value Tradition

Proposal Ideas: Value Tradition

Some of us make a big thing about not conforming to society and paving our own way. However, when it comes down to it, show me one girl in love who wouldn’t like her boyfriend (or girlfriend) to get on one knee and ask her to marry him. It shows respect, and that you’re taking this commitment seriously. We are all connected to the past, to the people who came before us, to the men who knelt down before their brides-to-be and asked the anticipated question, to the women who were taken aback when hearing that question (even if they knew it was coming) and said yes. The very idea of proposing itself is a tradition, as is the engagement ring.

Proposal Tip #5: Enchant Her

Proposal Ideas: Enchant Her
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Keep in mind that this is the moment she has been waiting for since, well, pretty much ever. She acted out proposal scenes with her Barbie and Ken dolls, she imagined finding her own Prince Charming when watching Cinderella walk to the carriage in her wedding gown (why do you think Disney Proposals are such a popular choice?)… and now she finally found the one who could give her her very own fairy tale. So it’s your job to give her that magical feeling she deserves – embrace the romantic inside you and sweep her off her feet!

Proposal Tip #6: Be Yourself

Proposal Ideas: Be Yourself

You’re the one she’s going to say yes to – not the proposal. Do something that feels like you, and you’ll both be more comfortable. Don’t try to compare your proposal idea to other people’s proposals – while you should take a look at other proposal stories for inspiration, at the end of the day, it’s you who she fell in love with, and she’ll adore whichever direction you choose to go in.

Now that you’re ready to plan the proposal, it’s time to choose the ring!

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Proposal Story

She Said “Yes, Sir” – Damaris & Sean’s Proposal Story

Proposal Story

Damaris & Sean’s Proposal Story

People often warn against long distance relationships, claiming that they never work out. Damaris and Sean, however, prove that distance really does make the heart grow fonder. It’s people like them who teach us that love can conquer all.

Read on to get inspired by this exceptional military proposal story.

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Damaris & Sean from Rockland County, New York

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Damaris and Sean were college sweethearts. They met in their teens while working at a retail store, and ended up going to the same college as well. They dated for a couple of years, but bad timing and life kept them apart after that.

During their time apart, Sean joined the Marines and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan – a whopping 8,000 miles away from Damaris. The two did not keep in touch… until Sean decided to follow Damaris on Instagram. They began exchanging messages and fell in love again – neither had ever gotten over the other, and distance and destiny (and social media!) ended up bringing them closer together.

“The universe somehow seemed to put us on the same path again, and in a cheesy way we knew it was destiny!” – Damaris

 

One day, Damaris travelled to Okinawa to visit Sean. Under the guise of an award ceremony, she was escorted to meet Sean in front of his platoon, all in formation. Sean had cleverly told Damaris that she would be pinning him with a new medal. Instead of a medal, however, Sean’s commanding officer gave him a shiny red box. Sean got down on one knee, beside a shocked Damaris, opened the box to reveal a stunning James Allen ring, and asked her to be his wife.

Damaris said yes, of course, and Sean carried her off into the sunset.

Read the story in Damaris’s words

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Magical Disney Proposal Ideas

Disney Proposal Ideas
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Our marriage proposals are meant to be one of the most magical moments of our lives. It’s no wonder why so many lucky ladies these days are asked those 4 magnificent words (“Will you marry me?”) in front of the castle which epitomizes all of the fairy tale enchantment we’ve dreamt of ever since we heard Cinderella sing “so this is love” at the ball, ever since we began imagining meeting our true love, once upon a dream.

For most of us ladies, the fascination with princesses, chivalrous romance and kingdoms never really dies with our advancing age – the wonder that Disney movies ingrained in our little hearts at a young age stays with us forever; there is no erasing the spell that Walt Disney, through his beautiful princesses and handsome princes, cast upon us.

When we are finally blessed with our own Prince (or Princess) Charming, we can’t help but acknowledge that fairy tales do indeed come true (though in a more realistic, often wonderfully messy way). Getting engaged at the place where the powerful allure of fairy dust all began, at the place which makes you feel like magic is alive and anything is possible – at Disney World – is the happily ever after that so many of us wish for.

Read on for some Disney proposal ideas from James Allen customers.

5 JA DISNEY PROPOSAL IDEAS

1. Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

disney proposal ideas - Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

“He made [me] the happiest girl in the world, and in that moment [I] realized that dreams do come true. You only need faith, trust and pixie dust.” – Maria

Maria and Ricardo both had big dreams for themselves; Maria moved from Guatemala to Florida to study computer animation; Ricardo moved from Mexico to Los Angeles to work at a movie studio. They met during a marketing production of Metanoia’s film ‘Little Boy,’ and fell in love. They had a long distance relationship for a year, with not one month going by without a visit. When Valentine’s Day came around, Ricardo took Maria to her favorite place on Earth – Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World – and asked her to marry him in front of the castle.

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Maria’s Ring:

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2. Chelsea & Ryan from Falmouth, Massachusetts

Disney proposal ideas - Chelsea & Ryan from Falmouth, Massachusetts

“ […] in front of Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom, my very own American Prince Charming got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And I said YES!!!” – Chelsea

Chelsea was in the US for business when she met Ryan, a handsome American man, at his family’s hotel in Cape Cod. She knew right away that he was someone special. When her business trip came to an end and it was time for her to head back to the UK, they exchanged numbers and Facebook details, and vowed to keep in touch. Ryan flew to England to take Chelsea on a date a few weeks later, and the 2 continued to see each other for at least a week every month, not letting distance get in the way… and one magical day, Chelsea’s “American Prince Charming” knelt in front of the Magic Kingdom and proposed.

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Chelsea’s Ring:

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3. Sergio & Jeannine from Whittier, California

disney proposal ideas - Sergio & Jeannine from Whittier, California

“After what seemed like eternity, I got an awestruck affirmation. Best day ever! I have yet to wipe the smile off her face.” – Sergio

Sergio and Jeannine met at Disneyland and had a long-standing tradition of going back to their magical meeting place on their anniversary each year. For the past couple of years, however, they weren’t able to keep up with the tradition. On their 6th anniversary, Sergio had a surprise planned for Jeannine. He had created a scavenger hunt for her, filled with bouquets and even a message in a bottle – a poem! When she reached the final clue, Jeannine’s friend picked her up and took her to get her nails done. Sergio then headed to Disneyland to get ready for his meticulously planned Disney proposal. When Jeanine was brought to Disneyland by her friend, she thought that must be the end of her wonderful anniversary surprises. However, there was much more to come! They watched a beautiful water show called Fantasmic, and then, just as the fireworks began, Sergio knelt on one knee, showed her a sparkling, customized James Allen ring, and asked Jeannine to spend the rest of her life with him.

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Jeannine’s Ring:

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4. Stephanie & Moises from Los Angeles, California

Disney proposal ideas - Stephanie & Moises from Los Angeles, California

“I was extremely in shock and I didn’t know what to make of everything. So I just hugged him very tight and kissed him.” – Stephanie

Moises took Stephanie to Disneyland for what she thought was his birthday celebration. Little did she know what else was in store for her. Moises casually suggested that they get a caricature portrait of themselves drawn. As the artist drew, a crowd started gathering around them – Stephanie wasn’t sure what was happening. When the artist finished the drawing, Stephanie went to look at it and saw a beautiful drawing of themselves with a thought bubble that said “Will you marry me?” Dumbfounded, she then turned around and saw Moises on one knee, asking her to be his wife.

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Stephanie’s Ring:

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5. Lee Ann & Samantha Nicole from Williamsburg, Virginia

Disney proposal ideas - Lee Ann & Samantha Nicole from Williamsburg, Virginia

“We lived in the same residence hall […] and fell in love over the course of the year.” – Samantha Nicole

Lee Anne and Samantha Nicole got engaged at the Magic Kingdom, a day before the four year anniversary of the day they met. The two princesses got married this past summer on their college campus.

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Lee Anne’s Ring:

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Have any other Disney proposal ideas that you love? Are you as enchanted as we are? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Couples Take the BuzzFeed Engagement Ring Challenge

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The Engagement Ring – to Surprise or Not to Surprise

Proposals are still, much more often than not, a surprise. The engagement ring, however, does not need to be. Today, many couples are opting to choose the engagement ring together, and they venture into the ring buying process as a team. Perhaps it’s because women are stronger and fiercer than ever today, and they want to speak their minds and say what exactly they want. Or maybe too many women had been disappointed in the past, receiving a ring that needed to be exchanged for another ring more to their liking and society learned its lesson that the ring could be chosen together by both partners. Of course, there is a certain timeless romance in having no idea what’s to come and being completely surprised by both the ring and the proposal. Usually any ring that’s received is adored, as it’s a symbol much more than a material thing. It’s really up to the couple and their particular personalities.

There are several factors to consider:

If you’re the one proposing:

How well do you know your girlfriend’s ring style? Do you think she would be happy with a complete surprise, or has she hinted at her ring preferences? Maybe ask her best friend what they think.

If you’re the one being proposed to:

Do you have a particular setting in mind, or are you open to whatever your fiancé-to-be chooses for you? Do you want the ring to be a surprise, or does the idea of not loving it worry you? If the thought concerns you and you’d like to go ring shopping together, just tell your significant other straight out. You’ll still be surprised by the proposal!

Take a look at this BuzzFeed video of couples who try to design their partners’ dream rings, and decide for yourself if you’d like the ring to be a total surprise or if you’d prefer for it to be a joint effort.

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What are your thoughts on choosing the ring together? Tell us in the comments!