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How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4 Cs

Have you heard of the 4 Cs? Wondering what they are? Let’s break it down!

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What Are The 4 Cs?

A diamond’s quality is determined by the 4 Cs: 

Cut: The facets, angles, and proportions

Color: The colorlessness of the diamond

Clarity: How clear the diamond is, how free of inclusions it is

Carat: The weight/size of the diamond

The Characteristics of Diamonds

Diamonds come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles.

Because of their individuality, the Gemology Institution of America developed a grading system that enables the evaluation and weighing of diamond characteristics. A diamond’s scores directly alters both its cost and shine- that’s why the 4 Cs are so important! 

Let’s go more in-depth into what the 4Cs represent… 

4 sections describing the 4 cs: Cut, Clarity, Carat Weight, and Color

Cut
We often associate a diamond’s cut only with its shape, whether it be a heart, pear, or oval. But, really, a diamond’s cut is far more complicated than that. Evaluating a diamond’s Cut is all about observing how well it interacts with light.

A lapidary (a person who cuts diamonds and gems) needs to employ incredible precision and artistry to make a diamond as bright as possible. The diamond’s proportions, facets, symmetry, and polish all have a role in its return to light. 

Because of this, Cut is the hardest of the 4 Cs to evaluate.

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Color
Despite the name, when one is grading a diamond’s color, they are actually looking for the absence of color. The perfect diamond will ideally have no hue whatsoever- almost like a drop of water. The clearer the diamond, the higher the value. 

The GIA developed a color grading scale that is now widely accepted throughout the industry. The highest-value diamond will have a D, meaning colorless, and the lowest-value diamond will have a Z, meaning full of color. 

The color of a diamond is carefully measured using controlled light and comparison tools. 

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Clarity
We tend to forget that diamonds are actually the result of an intricate geological process. This process may certainly leave diamonds with inclusions and blemishes. 

A diamond’s quality is determined by noting the number, size, placement, and type of such blemishes. The fewer the blemishes, the higher the value!

A diamond’s clarity is evaluated using a specific rating system:

Carat
A diamond’s carat weight is measured by how much it weighs. 1 carat is 200 milligrams. Large diamonds are incredibly rare and highly sought after. The heavier the diamond, the higher the price.

Diamond Size Chart, from 0.5 carats to 2 carats

Keep in mind that two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values (and prices) depending on three other factors within the 4 Cs: Clarity, Color, and Cut. It’s important to remember that a diamond’s value is determined using all of the 4 Cs, not just carat weight.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4 C’s

Remember that the 4 Cs are a guideline, not a straightforward good-or-bad scale. Keep this in mind when using the 4 Cs as you shop for your engagement ring!

Once you fully understand the 4 Cs, you can figure out which aspects to prioritize so you find the perfect ring within your budget!

Cut

Cut doesn’t just mean looking at a diamond’s shape and polish. Cut is directly related to the shine of the diamond, as well. Take a look at how the diamond reflects light; in an ideal diamond, there should literally be sparkles! When you find a diamond that shines brilliantly, make sure you are also happy with its shape. In addition to its light and shine, ask if it is appealing to you.

Color

An absolutely colorless diamond is extremely rare and shouldn’t necessarily be your top priority. Remember that even G-I rated diamonds have no discernible color and have great value for their quality.

K rated diamonds are a budget-friendly option. Even though these diamonds may be faintly colored, they pair nicely with yellow gold metals. Keep in mind that there is always a way to make a less expensive diamond look gorgeous.

Clarity

No diamond is perfect. Under the naked eye, a stone may appear free of blemishes and inclusions- but upon further inspection that may not be the case. When shopping for your engagement ring it is important to have a professional evaluate it. Getting a professional opinion will ensure that you get your money’s worth!

Carat Weight

Now that we know that value is directly tied to weight, it can be easy to get caught up in the carat of your diamond. But it’s important to remember that while carat is meaningful, the value of your diamond comes from all its Cs.

Two diamonds of the same carat weight may have completely different values! When choosing a diamond for your engagement ring, look at the piece as a whole, not simply for its weight. Take all factors into consideration, and you’ll make the perfect choice!

The Fifth C Of Diamonds: Conflict Free

Conflict free or ethical diamonds are any diamonds that were produced under ethical conditions. This can mean several things: the diamonds did not finance civil wars, they were mined and shipped under safe working conditions, miners were paid fair wages, and there were no human rights abuses during the production of the diamonds.

If you want to guarantee that your diamond is 100% conflict free, purchase a lab grown diamond. Lab-grown diamonds have no discernible differences from earth-grown diamonds and are friendlier on the pocket.

FAQs

1. Which of the 4Cs is most important?

Experts say that Cut is the most important of the 4Cs. This is because when a diamond is poorly cut, no amount of clarity, color, or carat can make up for it. When well cut, it can present its other qualities in full force.

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2. What Are The Best 4 Cs For A Diamond?

Remember, the most important of the 4Cs is Cut. This is followed by Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight. Keep this order in mind when deciding on what you want to prioritize!

Need More Help on The 4 C’s?

James Allen understands that shopping for the perfect diamond can be overwhelming! If you’re still unsure about the 4Cs, take advantage of our free diamond consultation and inspection services. We’re here to help make the diamond shopping process as smooth as possible!

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What Is The Birthstone For November?

November is here and so is sunny, sparkling citrine!

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What Is November’s Birthstone?

For many parts of the world, November is a time of changing leaves, warm drinks, and the transition into winter! The cozy warmth of this month is on full display in the orange hue of a Citrine crystal.

But Citrine is not the only birthstone for November! Topaz also shares the title for this month’s sunny gem. While topaz is often golden-yellow, it can also appear pale blue, green, or totally clear.

What Is Citrine?

Citrine is a crystal variety of quartz. While Citrine is cloudy or smoky in its natural form, it is best known for its transparent fiery hue. Citrine can appear anywhere from pale yellow to radiant orange.

In many languages, the word ‘citrine’ means ‘lemon’, which perfectly fits the citrus-color of this gem.

As fashion trends began to favor earth tones, Citrine boosted in popularity. Today, it is highly sought after, not only during November, but year round.

Citrine Birthstone Origin and History

Citrine has been around for thousands of years! Citrine can be found in all corners of the globe: from Scottish highlands to Brazilian rainforests. Perhaps it is this worldly history that gives Citrine its regal and vintage quality. 

Notable Greek and Roman figures were known to wear rings adorned with Citrine crystals. But Citrine’s dazzling color didn’t stay in the past- it has remained current throughout history! 

Queen Victoria loved Citrine and adopted it into her royal accessories countless times. And later, Hollywood royalty of the likes of Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford paraded this special gem down the red carpet. 

Citrine has a rich history, adding a vintage element to a gem that is both classic and current. 

Citrine Symbolism and Meaning

There is a reason why so many notable figures of the past favored Citrine! In addition to its dazzling beauty, Citrine holds many symbolic meanings and associations. Warmth, positivity, and illumination emanate from the crystal’s golden color. This is why Citrine has become a symbol of happiness, confidence, and vitality.

With this, Citrine has the ability to bring its wearers a burst of warm energy. The gem is fiery and passionate, just like the sun. Citrine can easily warm your senses and give off a sense of calm- especially during the cold winter months. When looking for a dose of optimism, simply look for Citrine!

Citrine Birthstone Colors and Appearance

In addition to its high clarity and durability, Citrine is prized for its rich color! The paler the orange, the more common it is. The darker the orange, the more valuable it is. Stones in a uniform dark orange, for example, are fairly rare and highly sought after.

Stones that appear reddish-orange or reddish-brown are the ones that are the rarest.

Whether you are drawn towards Citrine, which is yellow or fiery red, it is sure to give you the spark of warmth that you need. 

Types of Citrine Jewelry

Today, you can find just about any piece of jewelry that features Citrine! Whether it be understated and subtle or loud and eye-catching, each piece will beautifully display this alluring stone.

Citrine Rings

Sometimes our hands need a dash of color, too! Wearing a Citrine ring is a quieter way to incorporate this gem into your look. Although they might be small, a Citrine ring will sparkle with every gesture of your hand!

Citrine Necklaces

Citrine necklaces are a great way to really show off the glow that Citrine offers. Hanging around your neck, you can give everyone you pass a dose of warmth. We’re sure they won’t be able to look away!

Citrine Earrings

When it comes to beautiful gems, we say the more the merrier! Having a Citrine stone dangling from each ear will frame your face with golden warmth. Their rich color will match darker colored eyes nicely- or accentuate lighter ones.

What Are Madeira Citrine

Madeira’ comes from the word ‘wood’ or ‘wood colored’ in Portuguese. This is why the darkest type of Citrine is called Madeira Citrine. This rare type of Citrine is found in Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia, and Madagascar.

Heating amethyst within the crystal results in the Madeira’s characteristic fiery red color. This rare stone is sure to brighten up any look- any time of year.

How Is Citrine Cut

Citrine is often available in large pieces. To emphasize color and remove any flaws, the stone is cut and shaped.

We don’t often think about it, but the cut of your gem makes a huge difference! The cut (or shape) of your Citrine can help you enhance the radiance of your jewelry immensely.

The most common cuts for Citrine are oval or round, followed by rectangular cuts. These shapes are sure to reinforce the soft luster of your gem!

What Jewelry Metals Look Good With Citrine

Citrine is an easy gem to incorporate into any wardrobe! Yellow-gold pieces will match the richness of your gem brilliantly. This classic pairing makes the perfect accessory for your favorite fall outfits.

If you want your Citrine to stand out, however, opt for pieces made with sterling silver or white gold. This gorgeous contrast will help your gems pop!

This versatility is what makes Citrine that much more lovable!

How To Care For Citrine

Always remember to take care of your gems! Thankfully, Citrine is very easy to care for.

When you want to clean your stone, you can easily do so with warm water and soap. Make sure you scrub it gently with a brush or washcloth. Pat it dry and watch its shine return!

While this may sound very simple, make sure not to leave your Citrine in water for long periods of time. Doing so may cause damage to your piece. The cleaning process should be short, simple, and easy!

To Wrap Up

November may be associated with cooler weather and the advent of winter, but that is exactly why Citrine is so fitting! 

If you’re ever lamenting the loss of sun, simply look down at the Citrine on your ring or the one hanging off your neck, and be reminded of your inner warmth. This honey-colored gem is sure to brighten up even the coldest days!

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How To Stack & Layer Your Jewelry

When it comes to beautiful jewelry, the more the merrier!

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How To Embrace More Is More

Minimalism is out and maximalism is IN! We may have adopted the phrase ‘less is more’, but layering more necklaces or stacking more rings offers a unique way to show off your style! Starting your day by throwing on several necklaces is a great way to achieve that chic but effortless look. By stacking a few stylish rings on your fingers, you can create an eye-catching ensemble in a matter of minutes. In this blog, we are going to explain why sometimes more is more!

Tips On How To Stack Your Jewelry

Try to keep your metals the same

When stacking or layering your jewelry pieces, it’s a great idea to keep the metals the same. Wearing pieces that are uniform in color will ensure that your look is cohesive and pleasing to the eye. Wearing gold rings with gold necklaces, for example, will tie your whole outfit together beautifully!

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Mix and match different shapes

When you’re stacking or layering jewelry, you have the freedom to have fun and experiment with silhouettes and shapes! Mixing different shapes within your jewelry will give off an eclectic and colorful touch to your outfit. And if that isn’t what you’re going for, you can match your jewelry shapes and keep things consistent. That will keep the lines and silhouettes of your pieces neat and tidy!

Add different lengths

When selecting which necklaces to use for layering, choose ones with varying lengths! Not only does this help with tangled chains, it gives you the chance to show off each of your pendants individually! Even wearing a chain without a pendant will help your other pieces shine! Tiering your necklaces is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your pieces- all while creating dimension.

Stacking Different Jewelry Tips & Tricks

How To Stack Bracelets

Stacking bracelets is an easy and fun way to add a dash of fun to any ensemble! To make sure things don’t appear too cluttered or disorganized, place your tighter bracelets closer to your hand and your looser or wider bracelets behind them. This works when you wear bracelets of different sizes and thicknesses. When wearing bracelets that are all thin, do as you please! And when stacking bracelets that are all thick, try not to wear more than 2 or 3 on one wrist.

How To Layer & Stack Necklaces

If you’re new to layering necklaces, start off with the following: Wear a choker at around 14 inches, a chain at 16 inches, and three pendant necklaces at 18, 20, and 22 inches- all together! This is a simple and easy-to-remember method to create an alluring tiered look. Once you discover what looks best to you, feel free to mix things up! With so many different chains, pendants, and lengths to choose from, the world is your oyster.

How To Stack Rings

Stacking rings is like an artform! Try wearing a couple of stackable rings with one prominent statement ring. Be sure not to clutter them on just one or two fingers- spread them out! To get a playful but sophisticated look, play around with different stones, shapes, and symbols. Wear standard sized rings and then smaller rings halfway down your finger to elevate your everyday look. But remember- when pairing thick rings with thin ones, always place the thicker rings closer to the base of the finger so the thinner ones don’t appear squished!

  • Stackable Rings
  • 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Starburst Ring
  • 14K White Gold Deep V Diamond Ring
  • 14K Yellow Gold Peeking Diamond Ring
  • 14K Yellow Gold Woven Ring

How To Stack Stack Earrings

Stacking earrings are all the rage- and for good reason! If you want to get the look but are in doubt, stick to the cascading rule. The rule suggests that you keep your larger and more dangly pieces at the bottom of your ear (around your earlobe, for example), and have your smaller studs and hugging earrings higher up. This ascension gives the effect of a clean and balanced order to your pieces.

Stacking & Layering Jewelry: Get These Looks

Stacking jewelry

To get this look, place a minimalist bracelet further down on your wrist. Pair that with a paperclip bracelet and a tennis bracelet, and you have a beautiful ensemble that mixes shapes, thicknesses, and materials.

Stackable Ring with Necklaces

To achieve this minimal layered look, simply follow the aforementioned necklace tiering tip. Pair an 18-inch chain like this one with a longer chain and pendant of the same metal, and you’re done! It’s a foolproof way to add dimension to any look.

FAQs

1. How do you stack rings nicely?

Go thick to thin! Wear thicker rings at the bottom of your finger and thinner ones closer to the top. Not only does this elongate your fingers, it makes sure that no ring gets overshadowed by another. And remember to add some flair to both of your hands- balance is key!

2. How many bracelets are too many?

While we believe that more is merrier, sometimes there is such a thing as too much. When wearing thinner, daintier bracelets, limit yourself to 6 or 7. When mixing thicker bracelets with thin ones, try not to wear more than 5 on one hand. Wearing too many bracelets can be uncomfortable and cumbersome. Three per wrist is generally the sweet spot!

3. Can you wear bracelets on both wrists?

Totally! Wearing several bracelets on one wrist and only one or two on the other can create a nicely balanced look. Especially when they match your outfit, bracelets on both hands create the perfect accessories.

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To Wrap Up

On the days when you want to elevate your look in a matter of minutes, layering your jewelry is your secret weapon! Sometimes, the more jewelry you wear, the more stylish you feel! And the best part? There is no right or wrong way to do it. If you want an eclectic and energetic look, layering can help you achieve that! If you want a more sleek and clean look, layering can do that for you too!
Remember, it’s all about experimenting, enjoying, and showing off your personal style. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list to keep updated on more tips and tricks and even $100 off your first order!

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Your Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide

Want to find out everything you need to know about tennis bracelets? Read on to learn all about these beauties that will remain eye-catching for years to come.

Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide 

Tennis bracelets have been a go-to staple for decades- and rightfully so! Diamond tennis bracelets are comfortable, sophisticated, and make the perfect accessory for virtually any occasion. But with so many varieties and price points, shopping for the right one can quickly get overwhelming. Our guide has everything you need to know about this iconic piece of jewelry and how to find the right one for you!

What Is A Tennis Bracelet?

Why are tennis bracelets called tennis bracelets? While the name ‘tennis bracelet’ can be traced back to the 1970s, and the style has been around since the 1920s, the term only gained popularity in the 1980s. The story goes that during the 1987 US Open, Tennis champion Chris Evert was playing on the court when her diamond bracelet broke and flew off her wrist. Since then, the name has stuck. 

Some say that the game actually took place in 1978. Some say that Evert’s bracelet never even broke. Whatever the story is, it resulted in a long trend of wearing sparkles on the court.

Today, tennis bracelets are worn both on and off the court- they can be seen on red carpets, magazine covers, and on everyday wrists for everyday wear!

How Much Do Tennis Bracelets Cost?

The price of a tennis bracelet is determined by several factors: the type of metal, the number of diamonds, the carats of the diamonds, and whether the diamonds are lab created or natural. 

The most popular metals are yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. The rarer the metal is, the higher the price will be. For example, a platinum tennis bracelet can cost about $8,500, whereas the same bracelet in rose gold can cost around $7,500.

One of the most compelling advantages of lab-grown diamond tennis bracelets is that they’re entirely indistinguishable from a bracelet with natural diamonds! Opting for a tennis bracelet with lab-grown diamonds will be kinder on your wallet without any noticeable difference.

Given all these variables, a tennis bracelet can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000!

As with any piece of jewelry, it all comes down to personal preference and what you feel comfortable spending!

Tennis Bracelet Styles And Settings

You can choose three different types of settings: prong, channel, and bezel. Each type holds the diamonds in place slightly differently.

Three different types of diamond tennis bracelets

Prong Setting

The prong setting consists of two, three, or four-prong baskets for each of the diamonds in a tennis bracelet. A four-prong setting is ideal, as it will keep your diamonds firmly in place without compromising on the bracelet’s elegance.

Typically, larger carat diamonds require at least for prongs, while smaller carat diamonds can be held by two or three prong settings.

Channel Setting

A channel setting is a popular tennis bracelet setting that features a seamless row of tension-set diamonds. Opting for a channel setting means that the diamonds on your bracelet are all the same size and lined up perfectly, creating a sleek and modern look.

Bezel/Half Bezel Setting

A bezel setting features circle mounts or small bars that hold the diamonds in place. Unlike other popular settings, a bezel-set tennis bracelet can hold various diamonds of different sizes and carats. All or only some parts of the diamonds are encircled with a metal strap, providing a robust and secure mount. 

On the other hand, the half-bezel setting holds the diamonds in place with half circles. This brings a truly unique and easily distinguishable look to your bracelet. 

If you lead an active lifestyle (maybe you play tennis!) a bezel or half-bezel setting would make a great option: you’ll always know your diamonds are safe and secure.

How To Determine The Sizing Of a Tennis Bracelet

  1. Wrap a measuring tape tightly around your wrist to determine your wrist size. Make sure you place the tape right below your wrist bone. 
  2. If you don’t have a measuring tape, simply get a strip of paper or ribbon, wrap that around your wrist, mark where one end of the paper meets the other, and then use a ruler to measure the strip. 
  3. If you are purchasing this bracelet as a surprise gift, keep in mind that tennis bracelets for women tend to be around 7-7.5 inches. You can use that as a guide.
  4. Remember, a comfort fit will typically be three quarters of an inch larger than your actual wrist measurement!

After following these steps you can get the perfect bracelet with the perfect fit!

How and When To Wear a Tennis Bracelet

Given that most people are right-handed, it’s very common for tennis bracelets to be worn on the left hand. Doing so will ensure that your dominant hand is free to do tasks without the bracelet getting in the way. You can even wear your tennis bracelet with your favorite watch or other pieces of jewelry. Make the look your own!

While many people opt to wear their tennis bracelets to important celebrations or events, it is totally safe to have your bracelet on all the time! As long as you take care of it, there is no issue taking your bracelet with you wherever you go!

Remember, there is no right or wrong way, place, or time to wear your bracelet! Do whatever makes you feel best!

How to Take Care of Your Tennis Bracelet

After continuous daily wear, it’s very common to find your tennis bracelet lacking in luster. But don’t worry, taking care of your tennis bracelet can be done in 6 simple steps. 

Step 1: Fill a small bowl with warm, soapy water. Feel free to use dish soap or a gentle degreasing solution. You’ll need just enough water to cover the bracelet completely. 

Step 2: Submerge your bracelet in the water and move it around gently with your finger. This will help loosen up some of the surface dirt that has accumulated on the diamonds. 

Step 3: Leave the bracelet in the cleaning solution for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Remove your tennis bracelet from the bowl, and with a toothbrush (or jewelry cleaning brush), gently brush the diamonds slowly.

Step 5: Once you’re satisfied with how clean your bracelet is, pat it dry with a microfibre cloth. 

Step 6: Before getting rid of the cleaning mixture, double-check that any diamonds didn’t come loose and fall inside the liquid. 

And that’s that! Your tennis bracelet will look good as new! You can repeat the process whenever your bracelet needs a little more shine. 

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Affordable Alternatives to a Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelets

If you’re looking to purchase a diamond tennis bracelet but want a more sustainable and affordable option- look no further! Lab created diamond tennis bracelets are both eco-friendly and budget-friendly. Lab grown diamonds offer the same eye-catching sparkle at a lower cost. Today, endless tennis bracelets for women can be found with lab created diamonds!

Gemstone/Birthstone Tennis Bracelets

Despite popular belief, a tennis bracelet doesn’t need to feature only diamonds. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a diamond tennis bracelet, you can look for a gemstone or birthstone bracelet instead!

Opting for gemstones can bring a colorful and eye-catching element to your bracelet. With an array of semi-precious or precious gemstones to choose from, your bracelet can sparkle with emeralds, rubies, amethysts, and more!

And surprising a loved one with a birthstone tennis bracelet can add a personalized touch to your birthday gift. For example, any May baby would be absolutely delighted to don a bracelet covered in emeralds!

By choosing a tennis bracelet with gemstones or birthstones instead of diamonds, you can cut on cost without cutting on the glam!

Moissanite Tennis Bracelets

Moissanite is the second hardest stone and makes the perfect alternative to diamonds! From one to ten, diamonds are ranked at a 10, while moissanite is ranked at 9.25-9.5. Moissanite is a very durable option for your tennis bracelet as they don’t scratch easily but still shines just as bright!

While a trained eye will be able to tell the difference between a moissanite and a diamond, at first glance they are hard to tell apart. A moissanite tennis bracelet will help you get the look without breaking the bank.

When To Buy A Tennis Bracelet

Tennis bracelets make a great gift for any occasion! You can buy a tennis bracelet as a gift for a loved one (or even for yourself!) on any of these special days:

  • Wedding anniversary (i.e. 5th, 10th, 15th, 25th)
  • Wedding day gift (for spouse, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother)
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Birthday
  • Graduation (high school, college, graduate school, medical school)
  • Birth of a child
  • Job promotion
  • Achievement of an exciting milestone
  • Retirement
  • Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other holidays

FAQs

How Many Carats is a Tennis Bracelet?

Typically, a diamond tennis bracelet will be between 3 and 4 carats. Keep in mind that the number of carats will vary between different styles and types of bracelets. Some bracelets can reach a total weight of 10 carats or more- it all depends on the individual piece of jewelry. 

How Loose Should a Tennis Bracelet Be?

Typically, a tennis bracelet should be loose enough that it isn’t causing discomfort or irritation for your wrist, but tight enough that it doesn’t easily slip off or get caught on your clothing.

Which Wrist Should You Wear a Tennis Bracelet On?

Since most people are right-handed, it’s common for tennis bracelets to be worn on the left hand. Feel free to wear it on your non-dominant hand or not! You can switch it up, or keep it traditional, whatever feels most comfortable. 

Can You Wear a Tennis Bracelet Every Day?

Yes! A tennis bracelet can liven up any outfit, no matter the occasion- even a trip to the grocery store. As long as you take care of your bracelet, there is no harm in wearing it every day of the week. 

Can You Shower With a Tennis Bracelet?

Showering with your tennis bracelet can result in residual soaps and products dimming the shine of your diamonds. It is best to get into the habit of removing your bracelet before stepping into the shower. That way, it’ll stay shining for longer!

14K White Gold Bezel Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Parting Thoughts

Whether you’re buying a diamond tennis bracelet for yourself or someone else, there are plenty of options out there to make this gift a special one! 

If you have any questions or concerns surrounding your future tennis bracelet, visit our website www.jamesallen.com or get in contact with one of our 24/7 customer service agents who are always ready to help.

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A Guide To Simple Wedding Rings For Men & Women

Now that you’ve found the perfect partner, it’s time to start the hunt for the perfect wedding rings!

Simple Wedding Rings for Men & Women

When it comes to wedding rings, sometimes simple is better. If you’re not used to wearing showy or ornate jewelry, there are plenty of options that are both subtle and stylish. Whether you’re looking for something dainty, thin, or classic, there is a simple wedding band out there that you’ll never want to take off!

Remember, paring down on opulence doesn’t mean paring down on beauty! A minimalist wedding band is often more practical for everyday wear while remaining sophisticated and striking. 

We’re here to guide you through the process and help you find the perfect simple wedding bands for you and your partner! Go out and find your favorite forever rings!

What Is A Wedding Ring?

Your wedding rings are going to be the most important pieces of jewelry you and your partner own: you’ll likely wear them every single day! The two rings will be presented at the wedding ceremony to symbolize the lifelong union between you and your partner. 

Whether you opt for matching wedding bands, alternative metals, or carved patterns, make sure they mean something special to both of you! Whenever you look down at that special ring, you’ll be reminded of your loved one and the bond you share!

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring

We all know that the engagement ring is a vital part of any proposal- but people often mistake it for the wedding band. There are actually several key differences between the two rings and what they symbolize!

An engagement ring is received at the time of the marriage proposal. In traditional proposals, women receive the ring and wear it until the time of the wedding. While engagement rings can vary in style and extravagance, they typically feature a center diamond and can be embellished with extra diamonds and intricate details. The engagement ring is worn on what is known as “the ring finger”, or the third finger on the left hand. 

Unlike engagement rings, wedding bands are exchanged at the wedding ceremony and worn by both partners. Due to their traditionally simple design and lack of gemstones, they typically cost less than engagement rings.

Many brides wear their engagement rings on their right hand during the ceremony and then move them back to their left hand so they can stack both rings. 

Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to symbolize your marriage! Two rings, one ring, or no ring- opt for whatever feels right to you.

Simple Wedding Rings For Women

Classic Wedding Bands

Classic wedding bands for women are traditionally on the thinner side and typically 14K yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum.

Classic wedding bands are ideal if you plan on stacking your two rings- a thin gold metal band will compliment your engagement ring beautifully!

Stackable Wedding Rings

Stackable wedding rings are a trendy way to showcase your personal style wherever you go. They give you the option to show off or stay low-key for everyday wear or formal events.

Stackable rings can be anything from diamond rings to plain metal rings, to gemstone rings – the choice is yours! A ring stack can commemorate your engagement, your wedding, and your anniversary- all in one!

14K Yellow Gold Petite Solitaire Oval Cut Diamond Ring

Dainty Wedding Rings

Not every bride wants a huge rock sitting on her finger- and that’s totally OK! There are plenty of smaller, simpler, and dantier rings that are just as special. A ring is usually considered dainty when it has a thin band and a smaller stone- if any stone at all. 

Donning a simple wedding ring doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. Dainty wedding rings are classic, easy to clean, and great for those who prefer a more understated look.

  • 14K White Gold Alternating Bead And Bezel Set Marquise Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold North South Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold Single Row Ever After Diamond Ring

Simple Wedding Bands For Men

Classic wedding bands

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic wedding band. Simple, sleek, and certainly timeless, classic bands are ideal for most lifestyles and preferences. The yellow gold classic men’s wedding band is a popular option that has truly stood the test of time. 

Men’s classic wedding bands tend to be on the thicker side but come in a variety of comfort-fit settings that can be domed, curved, or flat. 

18K Yellow Gold 5mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Thin wedding bands

You may feel that the tradition of wearing a thick wedding band is not for you. But don’t worry, you can always opt for a ring on the thinner side. There are plenty of men who rock bands that are under 7mm!

If your ring size is smaller than 9, consider a thinner style, like a 4mm men’s gold wedding band, so the ring doesn’t power over your fingers. 

A thin wedding ring in 14K white or yellow gold offers low-profile style with plenty of appeals.

Alternative metal wedding bands

If your lifestyle requires you to use your hands a lot, you may want to look into alternative metal wedding bands. If you lift weights or come into close contact with strong machinery often, look for a durable metal like tantalum. Tantalum rings won’t scratch or damage easily, so you can use your hands with ease. 


A gray or black wedding ring is a great way to mix things up a bit and show off your personal style. Alternative metal wedding rings always make a bold statement and always turn heads. Men’s titanium wedding bands, for example, are edgy and sophisticated. Titanium is a great option for those looking to cut down on the budget. If taking the road less traveled sounds appealing to you, check out our extensive list of black wedding rings.

Black Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bright Step Band By TRITON

What Is The Average Cost Of Wedding Rings?

Generally, the average wedding ring costs less than an engagement ring. Most couples spend around $1,000 on the bride’s wedding band and $500 on the groom’s. But remember: it doesn’t matter if you spend $200 or $2,000- it’s what the ring symbolizes that counts!

Who Is Supposed To Buy The Wedding Rings?

In a traditional wedding, each partner will pay for the other’s ring. But don’t feel compelled to follow suit! If tradition is not for you, one partner can pay for both- or the other can. You can even shop for them together! Make sure to do whatever feels right for you and your loved one.

Simple Engagement And Wedding Ring Combinations

The sky’s the limit with engagement and wedding ring combinations- even if you want to keep things simple! 

While it may be trendy to mismatch the metal types of your two rings, you can opt for keeping them the same for a more simple and streamlined look. A simple gold or platinum band will compliment a solitaire engagement ring beautifully, for example. 

Choosing a simple, thin band will add to your engagement ring without drawing focus away from its center stone.

FAQs About Simple Wedding Rings

  1. What’s the difference between wedding rings vs. wedding bands? 

There is no difference! The terms wedding ring and wedding band are used interchangeably. 

  1. Do you need to have a wedding ring? 

Nope! There is no right or wrong way to symbolize the union between you and your partner. Some people wear one ring, some wear two or more, some don’t wear anything at all! Whether it’s a matter of preference, cost, or lifestyle, decide on whatever makes you feel good. 

  1. Which hand do you wear my wedding ring on? 

Traditionally, both men and women wear their wedding rings on their fourth finger on their left hand. In some cultures, women wear their rings on their right hand. 

  1. Do you wear your wedding ring and engagement ring together?

You totally can if you want to! Those that do, typically wear their wedding ring first and their engagement ring on top. But, you can feel free to wear one ring on your right hand and the other on your left. Personal preference is always key!

Parting Thoughts

Finding the perfect wedding ring is an exciting challenge! From cost to style to metal, it can certainly feel overwhelming. But remember: you can choose to match, to mismatch, to go down the traditional route, to be bold and alternative, to pay for them alone or together- it’s all up to you!

There are no rules on how to wear a simple wedding ring. Make sure you’re doing only what feels right, comfortable, and exactly to your taste!

We’re certain the ring of your dreams is out there! You can start your search at Jamesallen.com

Rachel Glassman

Rachel is fond of the written word and the moving image- and will talk about both with anyone who will listen!

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Halo Engagement Ring

The Ultimate Halo Engagement Ring Guide

The definition of classy, halo engagement rings are one of the most popular ring styles out there. Keep reading to learn more about these timeless beauties!

Finding the ideal engagement ring can be quite the task! With countless beautiful engagement ring styles to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. If you are on the hunt for a simple, sophisticated, and classy engagement ring, then the halo setting may be the perfect fit! Halo engagement rings have been in style for centuries, and are likely to continue shining for years to come! 

What Is The Halo Setting?

With all this talk of settings and styles, you may be asking one simple question: What exactly is a halo setting? The halo setting features a ring of sparkling accent stones (typically pavé diamonds) that surround or encircle a larger center stone. Halo settings can either be the same shape as the center stone or completely different. This makes the halo setting a versatile feature of any engagement ring. 

Pros & Cons Of A Halo Setting

Pros

  • More bling for your buck! This setting can create the illusion of a larger center stone 
  • The accent stones add texture and dimension to the center diamond
  • The accent diamonds can protect the center diamond from bumps and scratches
  • Halo settings come in various shapes and forms, making it a truly versatile setting

Cons

  • Due to a low-sitting halo, it can be hard to evenly wear a wedding band with your halo engagement ring
  • Halo settings are often harder to clean than other settings, such as solitaire rings
  • Smaller halo stones can sometimes dislodge and fall off if they’re hit

What Are The Most Popular Diamond Shapes For Halo Engagement Rings?

As previously mentioned, the classic halo setting offers many options for diamond shapes! From oval to emerald, there’s really something for everyone.

Oval Halo Engagement Rings

Oval halo engagement rings offer a classic look with a twist. The elongated center stone, surrounded by striking accents, results in a brilliant display of shine. Oval halo rings often make the finger look slimmer and more elegant.

Cushion Cut Halo Engagement Rings

Known for its soft shape and vintage look, the cushion cut halo engagement ring makes an alluring option. If you like both round halo rings and princess cut halo rings, the cushion cut makes the perfect middle option.

Round Halo Engagement Rings

Round halo engagement rings have been in style for ages and will probably be around for years to come! This is a timeless and classic look that will make any fiancé look glamorous.

Platinum Cathedral Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Halo Engagement Rings

The princess cut halo engagement ring has been a go-to choice for years. This style of ring is loved for its sharp and angular sides that bring out extra sparkle.

Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Rings

The emerald cut halo engagement ring offers an eye-catching balance between tradition and modernity. While this style has been around for ages, it remains a popular option for any engagement.

Hidden Halo Rings

Wearing a hidden halo ring is an elegant way to show off your diamonds. The halo is hidden because when facing it front on, you won’t see the accent diamonds. Only at an angle will they shine with all their brilliance.

How to Care for Your Halo Engagement Ring

For many women, their engagement ring is the first piece of fine jewelry that they’ll wear every day. It’s natural to look down at your ring and wonder how to keep it sparkling! Here are a few steps you can follow to keep your ring looking as eye-catching as ever:

  1. Fill a shallow bowl with warm water
  2. Mix the water with a few drops of soap or mild dishwashing detergent
  3. Gently place your ring inside and let it sit there for a few minutes
  4. With a soft-bristled toothbrush (or jewelry cleaning brush), scrub the diamond, rinse it, and pat it dry.

And then you’re done! Make sure you clean your ring at least once every few weeks to keep it bright and shiny!

Tips On Shopping For Halo Engagement Rings

Deciding on a halo engagement ring is the easy part- now you just have to purchase one! Here are some tips on shopping for a halo engagement ring.

  1. Opt for lab created diamonds

Lab grown diamonds are a cost-effective alternative to naturally created diamonds. Lab created diamonds look just the same, for a portion of the cost! 

  1. Make sure your diamonds are the same color

When you find a ring you like, make sure you pay close attention to the color of each diamond. To get that uniform and sleek look, make sure the diamonds on your ring are all the same color grade!

  1. Inspect your diamond before buying!

    Inspecting your diamond is a great way to make sure you are getting the diamond that you deserve! At James Allen, we offer real-time diamond inspections where you can have all your questions answered by an expert!

FAQs

1. Does a halo setting make the ring look bigger?

Yes! The accent diamonds optically extend the size of your center diamond, giving the illusion that it’s bigger than it really is.

2. Are halo engagement rings dated?

Not at all! Despite being around for many years, halo engagement rings remain a popular choice for many new brides.

3. How do I choose a halo ring?

Choosing one halo ring from a beautiful selection can be a hard task. Take a look at all the halo rings James Allen has to offer to get inspiration and find out what look suits you!

4. When did halo rings become popular?

Halo rings had their first spike in popularity in the late 18th century! Since then, they’ve maintained their status as a classy and eye-catching ring. Today, they are one of the top three most popular engagement ring styles!

1.86 Carat K-VS1 Emerald Cut Diamond Pavé Set Engagement Ring (Emerald Center)

To Sum It Up

As we now know, the halo engagement ring is a versatile ring that will look dazzling on any finger! Whichever setting you choose, a halo engagement ring will evoke a feeling of vintage flair while also remaining stylishly current.

The option to choose your own setting and your metal color ensure that your ring will be as unique as you are. Surrounded by an array of sparkling accent diamonds, you know your future halo ring will outshine any other!

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Rachel Glassman

Rachel is fond of the written word and the moving image- and will talk about both with anyone who will listen!

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