It used to be that men were overlooked when it came to Valentine’s Day…but no more! We know the man (or men) in your life need love, and more importantly, gifts on this Day of Love. But instead of the uninspiring gifts you see year after year on some top 10 list, get him something that is sure to WOW! Read on to find the perfect gift he never knew he wanted (or was too shy to ask).
What Is Valentine’s Day?
The romantic origins date back to ancient times, when Saint Valentine defied Roman Emperor Claudius II by performing marriages despite the Emperor’s ban. Claudius believed men made better soldiers than husbands and fathers. Valentine’s Day honors the Saint, who was eventually caught and executed.
Luckily, Valentine’s Day is now about celebrating love. It is a day of hearts, candy, flowers, teddy bears, and presents. Read on for stylish suggestions for your man, and then get him one more. After all, James Allen is giving 25% off site-wide for the occasion.
Why Do We Give Gifts On Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day presents have evolved over the years, from sending love letters to treating the one you love to meaningful (and might we add, fabulous) gifts.
So why do we give a gift anyways? Well, giving presents is a sure-fire love language, helping many people express feelings of love by giving or receiving beautiful gifts. And as we all know, the best gifts are those that sparkle and shine!
But giving your man, or men, the perfect gift isn’t always easy. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Luckily, you can’t go wrong with jewelry! An engagement for your soon-to-be fiancé? Diamond stud earrings? A classic gold necklace? We got you covered.
Check out our list of stunning Valentine’s Day gifts for him below!
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Husband
He’s your soulmate, your better half, the love of your life. He deserves a present that will dazzle him as much as he does. Whether he prefers devastatingly gorgeous diamonds or goes for gloriously bold gold jewelry, we have a gift to fit every budget.
Gifts Under $500
Gifts Under $1000
Gifts Under $2000
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Boyfriend
You love him, you love him, you love him! You want to get him the perfect gift, not too small, not too big, and that sends the right message. That’s a toughie! Check out some options below because no matter your budget, we have a gift he’s sure to love for the day of love…and everyday after that!
Men’s Engagement Rings
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Son
He may not be a baby anymore but he’ll always be your baby boy! He is the star of your world, so this Valentine’s Day, give him a gift that shines as bright as he does. Go for a classic necklace or a trendy dog tag. Whatever you choose, he won’t just love it because it came from you, he will love it cuz it’s awesome!
Be His Valentine
This Valentine’s Day, give the man you love a gift they’ll never forget. From delicious diamonds to bold gold looks, we have the pieces every man in your life is dying to get. Visit James Allen for even more bling, and make sure to check out our socials for all the inspo: Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Twitter!
Whether you are planning a grand destination wedding or turning your backyard into a DIY wedding venue, you need an engagement that will make your spine tingle. Read on to find the ring for your perfect wedding location, because no matter where you get married, that IS the destination.
Are you looking for some ring inspo? Need a unique way to drop a hint? How about a movie night featuring your favorite faces, filled with laughs and action? Shotgun Wedding, streaming now on Prime Video, is the perfect blend of the rom-coms you love, the action movies he loves, and the comedies you both enjoy.
Oh, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show him this beautiful James Allen engagement ring that’s featured in the film that can go straight from the main character’s hand to yours.
Call Shotgun And Get A Front Row Seat
Weddings are a magical time, but they are also filled with family, stress, endless checklists, and sometimes cold feet. Your wedding party may not get taken hostage, unlike our favorite bride and groom-to-be in Shotgun Wedding, but when push comes to shove, that love will get you down the aisle.
And when you do walk down the aisle, why not sport this ring worn by Jennifer Lopez’s character Darcy in her latest blockbuster? Oh, and you can complete the look with the matching wedding ring!
So grab some snacks, get cozy, and when you’re done watching the movie, check out JamesAllen.com for even more engagement ring inspo!
Creating Your Own Three Stone Engagement Ring
Much like Tom and Darcy, the film’s two main characters, you and your partner will need to work together to make sure the big day is a successful one. That’s marriage, right? Start that teamwork with the engagement ring. Take that movie inspo and design your very own three stone engagement ring.
Pick a setting, choose your metal color, and even add a personal engraving (for free!). Go for a traditional colorless diamond, or choose a colorful gemstone or fancy colored diamond for the center stone. Another option, select colorful gemstones for the side stones!
There are a plethora of styles to choose! From pavé to halo, three stone engagement rings come in every style, every color, and every sparkle, the choices are endless!
Shotgun Wedding Three Stone Engagement Ring Lookalikes You’ll Love
Did you love the movie AND the featured James Allen ring, but you need options? We got you covered. These three stone engagement rings aren’t just great because they look like the one featured in the movie!
They are stylish, unique, have incredible sparkle, and of course, a special meaning. It is said that three stone engagement rings represent a couple’s past, present, and future…what could be more beautiful! It is no wonder this style, nicknamed the Holy Trinity, is one of the most popular styles of engagement rings.
Top Shopping Tips For Three Stone Engagement Rings
Lifestyle: Keep in mind your bride-to-be’s habits. Generally, a more active lifestyle tends to give more opportunities for the ring to get snagged or damaged. This also applies to people with physically active jobs or hobbies.
Color Grade: It is recommended to choose all three stones or diamonds from the same color grade to ensure fluidity with the stones’ shine.
Budget: A lab created diamond is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for more value for your money.
Check it Out: Inspect each diamond carefully with our remarkable Diamond Display Technology and get help from one of our diamond experts. We offer a free, interactive Real-Time Diamond Inspection service. With the use of Super Zoom magnification, our experts will walk you through the specifications of your diamonds.
Shine Like A Star
Hopefully your wedding day is a little less eventful than Darcy and Tom, but either way, we are here to make sure your ring shines just as bright. Whether you choose Darcy’s exact ring, a lookalike, or a whole other style, we have the ring for you. Now don’t forget to stream Shotgun Wedding on Prime Video out now and be wowed by the movie, her ring, and your future ring too!
Ring shopping can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Utilize our experts, review our guides and get top tips at our blog, and we’ll make sure you have the perfect ring and a stress-free shopping experience.
Good communication is a key tenet of any relationship. This means being open and honest about everything and anything. So why wouldn’t you work together on your engagement ring, one of the most significant pieces of jewelry you’ll ever wear?
Gone are the days when partners are expected to be mind readers. Thankfully, the days of open and honest communication are here. Don’t wait in silence for what you want, work together to ensure your engagement ring is one you both love.
Should You Pick An Engagement Ring Together?
More and more couples are choosing to experience picking out an engagement ring together. By working together, you can ensure it is a ring you will love, that it is your size, and that it contains any and all meaningful touches. This is one of, if not the most important ring you’ll ever wear, so why not make sure it’s perfect?
Working together is an added benefit when designing the ring. Instead of guessing based on the jewelry you own, you can ensure it is the exact metal, diamond, or gemstone cut, carat, clarity, and of course, style.
Is It OK To Shop For Engagement Rings Together?
Of course! The tradition of surprise, while a lovely one, is something more and more couples are saving for popping the big question itself. After all, a surprise proposal is that much less stressful when you know you are asking with a ring your partner absolutely loves!
What Are The Benefits Of Ring Shopping Together?
The better question is, what aren’t the benefits? Shopping for an engagement ring together has so many benefits! From ensuring it is the right size and style, you can rest easy knowing you won’t need to make a return or exchange. Shopping together reduces stress and ensures a successful purchase.
Less Engagement Ring Stress
Most people have an idea of what they want their engagement ring to look like. They have a vision, if not of one design they love, then of a few. But those visions are in their head, and unless you are a mind reader, shopping together takes away the stress of “What if they don’t like it?”
By shopping together, you remove the stress of sizing, and instead of hoping it fits, you will KNOW it does. After all, this is a ring they will wear for the rest of their life, you want it to be perfect.
Openly Discuss Budget
This is a great perk of shopping together for a ring. Instead of overspending or accumulating debt, by working together, you can ensure to buy a ring your partner loves on a budget you can afford and are both comfortable with.
You can also discuss how to get the perfect ring within your budget. For example, choosing a lab grown diamond engagement ring will allow you to get a diamond she loves for a price that you love.
Shopping together ensures your partner will say yes. No sweaty palms, no wondering what the answer is. You KNOW they will say yes, so you can save all your stress for planning the perfect proposal.
What Are The Benefits Of Designing Your Engagement Ring Together?
Just like shopping for a ring together, designing your engagement ring together has many benefits. Ensuring it is the right size, it incorporates both of your styles, that it is a ring you love, and of course, making the experience that much more special.
Style Preferences Are Guaranteed
While you can get hints when perusing (see spying) your partner’s jewelry box, they may have a totally different vision for their engagement ring. Someone with funky taste may opt for something more traditional for this momentous piece of jewelry.
Not only can you ensure they love every detail, from the metal color and style, to the diamond or gemstone, but you can choose together a beautiful sentiment to have engraved.
Being sure the ring fits from day one is a huge benefit to shopping together. While James Allen offers free resizing (get more details here), some styles are harder to resize, some styles simply cannot be resized, and of course, resizing takes time. Getting engaged is so exciting! Having to wait to wear your ring because it is getting resized can really take the wind out of your sails.
Shopping together guarantees that from the moment you hear “yes,” your partner can wear their ring comfortably. And comfort is important because they will wear this ring everyday forever.
No Subtle Hints Needed
Who knows what women are thinking? Who knows what anyone is thinking?! Shopping and designing your ring together removes the guesswork. No worrying your hints are too subtle, no being frustrated when they miss your hints altogether.
Instead, complete security in knowing you will get the exact ring you want. How refreshing!
Avoid Redesigning & Resizing
Shopping for a ring together means you won’t hear that dreaded “I love it, but I just need to change a few things.” No worrying about the size or style, instead, you’ll have the full confidence that it fits because your partner was there with you to give their ring size. No fretting if they will like it because your partner was there to tell you what style they wanted. Instead of getting the ring almost perfect but they wanted a different metal color, you will simply get the ring perfect the first time.
Getting engaged is a special time. You are starting your journey to forever, committing to each other in a very meaningful way. Taking the time to design your engagement ring together gives this important piece of jewelry that much more meaning. From start to finish, getting married is a special experience, so make the most of it and start earlier by designing your ring together.
Engagement Ring Designing Tips For Couples
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing to design your own engagement ring. Read below for some tips and tricks, and of course, our experts at James Allen are always here to help.
Learn The 4Cs
Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight: these are the 4Cs, i.e., the 4 things you want to keep in mind when shopping for an engagement ring. In addition to applying to a center stone, many styles have accessorizing diamonds and side stones where this information is also useful.
Cut refers to the facets, angles, and proportions of a diamond or gemstone, color refers to the clarity or colorlessness of a diamond, clarity refers to how free of inclusions your stone is, and carat weight refers to the weight or size of your diamonds and stones.
There are many benefits to designing your ring online, and most of all convenience. You can start this process anytime, whatever your schedule. No more running to the mall before the store closes or skipping brunch to spend the morning in some office.
Another perk is options! Options online are endless, you can choose from lab grown and earth created diamond options, as well as diamond alternatives like moissanite. You can look together at the different shades of gemstones that are available, see how different sizes will look, try your dream center stone in different settings, and so on and so forth.
Designing a ring online ensures you will get a ring you and your partner love, the only limit is your and your partner’s imagination!
Consult An Expert
There is a LOT to know about diamonds and fine jewelry, and at James Allen, our experts are here to help. Our Real-Time Diamond Inspection allows you to browse our loose diamonds while simultaneously speaking to one of our diamond experts. You can ask about everything from the specs of a diamond to reviewing a grading certificate.
When making an investment purchase like an engagement ring, speaking to an expert is just as important as doing your research, so make sure you get all the advice. Speaking to experts and consulting with couples who have already gone through the process will help ensure that together, you pick out the perfect engagement ring.
Is it rude to change your engagement ring?
We don’t think so! Your engagement ring is for life, you and your partner need to absolutely LOVE it! Just make sure to check the return policy of wherever you shop.
Should your rings match?
This is entirely up to you. Some couples choose to get matching engagement rings, some choose to get matching wedding rings, while some brides choose to match their engagement ring to their wedding ring. While you are shopping, discuss with your partner the various options as you may want to purchase your engagement and wedding rings together.
What is the rule for engagement rings?
The rule is…there are no rules! How much you spend, what style you choose, going for a diamond or gemstone as your center stone, these are all decisions that are personal. You will wear this ring for the rest of your life, so whether you go for a blinged out diamond engagement ring or prefer a simply sophisticated solitaire style, your engagement ring needs to be your way.
It is not an easy mission to find the ring of your dreams. Even if you have a style in mind, the shopping process can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, including choosing a retailer, deciding on your budget, and picking a style.
When embarking on such an important mission, why not have your partner by your side? After all, they will present the ring when popping the big question; let’s make sure it’s one you both love!
How do we love white gold wedding rings? Let us count the ways! Available in multiple styles, a timeless yet trendy option pairs seamlessly with your engagement ring yet looks perfect standing alone. White gold wedding rings are an increasingly popular choice. Read on to find out why!
White gold looks amazing, but is it the right metal for your wedding ring? Let’s find out! White gold wedding rings are popular thanks to their icy color and how they enhance the shine of diamonds within the ring and adjacent rings. But beauty isn’t the only allure of white gold wedding rings. Their durability, as well as being lightweight, makes them the top choice of many with an active lifestyle.
Whether you want a white gold wedding ring to create a seamless look with your white gold engagement ring, you want to mix and match your metals, love the look of platinum but prefer a lower price point, or you simply love the look, we’ve got you covered!
What Is White Gold?
White gold happens naturally but is not a pure white metal, unlike platinum. (Want to know more about the differences? Check it out HERE). White gold is created when you mix yellow gold with nickel or zinc and is completed with rhodium plating. Essentially, white gold is a beautiful combination of alloys.
White Gold Wedding Rings Pros & Cons
White gold wedding rings are indeed fabulous! But like everything in life, they have pros and cons. Let\s dig in so you can make the most informed decision. After all, this is your wedding ring we’re talking about. It has to be PERFECT!
Great For Everyday Wear
Not A Pure Metal/Hypoallergenic
Will Need Replating
Color Can Yellow Over Time
Classic White Gold Wedding Rings
There’s nothing like a classic! Classic white gold wedding rings are a simply sophisticated choice, perfect if you prefer a more minimalistic look. It is also a good choice if you want the focus to be on your fabulous engagement ring. Got small hands? This clean style will work well for you.
Diamond White Gold Wedding Rings
Looking to take the dazzle of your diamond engagement ring up a notch? You can’t go wrong with a diamond white gold wedding ring. The perfect way to up the dazzle and shine on that all important finger.
Did you forgo an engagement ring and you need your wedding ring to do the work of two? No problem! Diamond white gold wedding rings can do just that while highlighting your personal style.
Showcase your eternal love for your partner…and for sparkle with an eternity ring. Your go-to choice if you love endless sparkle, eternity rings feature diamonds that go all the way around the band offering, wait for it, eternal shine. If you need your rings to dazzle from every angle, you need an eternity ring.
Curved Wedding Rings
Curves. Are. In. Known as “V” or “Chevron rings,” these rings are designed with a curve to snuggly fit your diamond engagement ring (or any ring featuring a center stone). Available in multiple styles, these rings have one thing in common, they are fabulous!
Curved wedding rings look great alone or paired with a perfect diamond ring, shine bright, and show off your unique style.
Love this look? Shop these styles below and find more at JamesAllen.com.
Vintage White Gold Wedding Rings
Are you an old soul? Do you have a penchant for that old world charm? Do you want your something old to also be your something new? Enter vintage white gold wedding rings. While even rings as recent as the 1990s can be vintage, there are four popular eras of vintage rings: Victorian (1835-1900), Edwardian (1900-1920), Art Deco (1920-1940), and Retro (1940-1960).
Not to be confused with heirloom wedding rings, vintage indicates a nod to a certain era of time, while heirloom rings indicate they have been passed down through the generations. (We know what you are thinking, can a wedding ring be vintage and heirloom? Yep!)
So get your vintage white gold wedding ring today because, as the saying goes, vintage is the new modern.
White Gold Wedding Ring Sets
Are you and your partner truly two peas in a pod? Have you become one of those couples that dress alike? Then you need to check out our matching wedding ring sets! Now when we say matching, we don’t mean the exact same ring (although you can do that too!), we are referring to rings that go together…kinda like you and your partner;-).
For the dazzling duo
The yin to their yang
The classic pair…with a twist
No matter your style or vibe as a couple, we have the white gold wedding rings to ensure you both shine bright.
How Much Do White Gold Wedding Rings Cost?
This is a great question but not an easy one to answer. The cost of a ring is personal and depends on the metal, in this case, 14K white gold vs 18K white gold, the style, and the number of diamonds or gemstones.
Classic wedding rings will be on the more budget-friendly side, starting at just over $200, while dazzling eternity rings will cost more thanks to the unending row of diamonds, and starting from around $2,000.
Another way to maximize your budget is to choose lab created diamonds, which will lower the price, as will choosing a design with fewer diamonds, for example, a half eternity ring that features diamonds on only the top half of the band.
Where Should You Buy A White Gold Wedding Ring?
Online shopping is not just convenient, it is often the most affordable option, particularly if you want to buy your engagement ring together with your wedding ring. This way, you can save money while being sure that your rings go together.
Shopping online also gives you access to an abundance of styles, customization options, and experts to answer your questions, often 24/7. Shopping online can be done alone, as a surprise, or done together as a couple.
Love the idea of online but aren’t sure it’s for you? Check out an in-person showroom of online retailers (such as our Washington, D.C. location), or if online isn’t for you, then head on over to your nearest jewelry retailer.
Wherever you choose to shop, make sure you get that perfect shine for that perfect partner.
Of course it is! A white gold wedding ring will give a glowing, seamless look when paired with a white gold engagement ring. Or pair it with a yellow or rose gold ring to mix up your metals. And, of course, a white gold wedding ring can hold its own.
Do white gold wedding rings scratch easily?
White gold wedding rings are popular thanks to their durability, making them great for everyday wear. However, they are still susceptible to scratching. White gold is less prone to scratching than yellow gold, yet more than platinum. The bottom line, wear your ring everyday, but wear it with care.
What do white gold wedding rings symbolize?
White gold symbolizes friendship, making it perfect for your wedding ring because, after all, you are marrying your best friend.
White Hot Thoughts
Beautiful, durable, and lightweight, white gold wedding rings are a great choice to seal forever with your love. Match it to your white gold engagement ring, pair it with a yellow or rose gold ring, or let it shine on its own.
If you want a white gold wedding ring because it is a cost efficient alternative to platinum or you just love the way it shines, we have the style for you. So start shopping and find your perfect white gold wedding ring.
You have found your forever, you’ve said yes, and now you need a ring to represent it all: a fancy shaped diamond eternity ring. Also referred to as infinity rings, an eternity rings band of nonstop sparkle is the perfect ring to represent your unending love. Read on to find your perfect fancy shaped diamond eternity ring.
Eternity rings get their name from the eternal or unending ring of diamonds around the band. Fancy shaped diamond eternity rings feature diamonds that are any shape other than round diamonds, but still in an unending ring of sparkle. Give your dazzling engagement ring a buddy and shine so bright you won’t need a flashlight!
What Is An Eternity Ring?
So, what exactly is an eternity ring? Is it a wedding ring? Is it a fashion ring? We’ll explain. Eternity rings come in two types, full and half (see more on that below), but both involve a row of shining diamonds. The unending sparkle of the diamonds represents your eternal love.
The nonstop shine of an eternity ring is also eternally in style, I mean, are diamonds ever out of style? Eternity rings are available in a variety of diamond shapes and sizes, as well as different metal types, ensuring there is sure to be an eternity ring for you!
What Occasions Are Eternity Rings For?
Eternity rings have traditionally been given on special occasions such as significant wedding anniversaries; think five and ten years. Many people also choose an eternity ring as a wedding ring. After all, is there a more special occasion than when you say I Do?
But eternity rings are perfect for commemorating ALL special occasions. Many people show themselves or loved ones eternal affection for birthdays, graduations, getting THE job, and so much more. Any occasion can be made special by gifting yourself or someone you love a fabulous eternity ring.
Full vs Half Eternity Rings
Let’s get into the details, full vs half eternity rings. What is the difference, and which is better? Full eternity rings have diamonds that go ALL the way around the entire band, while half eternity rings have diamonds that go across the top half of the ring, in either five, seven, or nine stone options. Which is better? That’s up to you!
Many factors come into play, including a budget, lifestyle, and design preferences. Check out the chart below to see which ring is best for you:
Full Eternity Rings
Half Eternity Rings
Diamonds All Around The Band
Diamonds On The Top Half Of The Band
VERY Difficult To Resize
Great For Any Special Occasion
Great For Any Special Occasion
Symbolize Unending Love
Larger Carat Options Are More Comfortable
What Diamonds Are Best For An Eternity Ring?
The diamonds for eternity rings come in many shapes, but the best shapes are square and round diamonds, which include radiant, cushion, princess, oval, Asscher, and emerald; with round shapes being the most popular choice. Square shapes can be set more closely together, creating a seamless dazzle of diamonds, while round shapes are a classic choice that yet maximum light.
These shapes are also the best shapes for stacking, allowing for the most comfortable mixing and matching of various rings, including engagement rings, wedding rings, and anniversary rings. Because after all, diamond rings are like chips, you can’t have just one!
How To Wear An Eternity Ring
Eternity rings are great because there is no hard and fast rule for how to wear them. If you are using it as a wedding ring, you may choose to wear it on the ring finger on your left hand, with your engagement ring. If you received an eternity ring as an anniversary ring, you might choose to stack it on your left hand’s ring finger, along with your engagement and wedding rings.
Check out the inspo below and get the look!
If you received an eternity ring for another special occasion, you may choose to wear it on your right hand. Which finger is up to you. Put it on the ring finger of your right hand, go with the index finger, or even jazz up that finger in the middle.
The bottom line is you can wear your eternity ring any way you want. Stack it with other rings or let it shine on its own, whichever style you choose, get ready for the light.
What Setting Is Best For An Eternity Ring?
The best setting for an eternity ring is the one you love the most! Don’t know where to start? Love ‘em all? Us too! We’ll help you narrow it down. Bezel and prong are very popular settings. A bezel setting is considered to be a very secure setting, protecting your diamonds from chips, snags, and anything else daily wear might incur.
Prong settings are great because the way the stones are held in the ring allows for maximum light reflection. They are also considered more budget-friendly and come in a variety of styles. Whichever setting you choose, wear your ring with care.
How Much Should You Spend On An Eternity Ring?
There is no “should” when it comes to buying a symbol of love. That being said, eternity rings are certainly not something that will be considered “cheap.” There are eternity rings, such as prong settings, that are considered more affordable. And of course, half eternity rings will generally cost less than full eternity rings.
However, since eternity rings, both half and full, get their names from the dazzling row of diamonds, the price is certainly something to consider. Price is also affected by diamond size.
An eternity ring with a half carat weight will cost considerably less than an eternity ring with a six carat weight. Additionally, lab created eternity rings will be priced lower than earth created diamond eternity rings.
For example, with lab created full eternity rings, you are looking at prices from ~$2K-$5K, while with earth created full eternity rings you are looking at ~$3-$17. Prices are affected by cut and carat, and with earth created diamonds, the color grade has a significant effect on price.
Eternity rings are an investment piece. It is highly recommended to do your research and save for that perfect piece, because after all, it will be in style for….eternity.
What comes after an eternity ring?
If we are talking about ring order on your finger…anything! When stacking, many women choose to wear their engagement ring, followed by the eternity ring, followed by the wedding ring (if your eternity ring is different from your wedding ring).
If we are talking about what ring to buy next, well the sky’s the limit! If you got a half eternity ring, go for a full one! If you got a full emerald, go for a full Asscher cut. Or get a half eternity ring to pair with your full eternity ring. OR choose from our huge selection of fine jewelry rings and add a whole other style to your ring collection.
When should a woman get an eternity ring?
Whenever she wants! Traditionally eternity rings are given as wedding rings at the marriage ceremony or landmark wedding anniversaries. However, many women get them for other reasons including just because, significant life milestones like college graduation, or as a push present. Any reason is a good reason to give an elegant eternity ring.
What ring goes with an eternity ring?
A popular way of wearing an eternity ring is stacked with an engagement and wedding ring. However, if using your eternity ring as your wedding ring, you can pair it simply with your engagement ring for a traditional look.
Eternity rings also stack well with fine jewelry fashion rings in general and can be worn on either hand, or on the finger of your choice. Wear it alone or stack it with others, an eternity ring will always look great.
Fancy shaped diamond eternity rings will be your new favorites. Available in different diamond shapes and settings, half or full styles, it is easy to find the right ring for you.
Pair it with an engagement ring, wear it alone, or give it for a landmark occasion, eternity rings are always in style, always shine bright, and are worth the investment. Search our collection at James Allen and find your new favorite.
Winter is coming. Snow, sleet, and dropping temperatures. But while you fight the winter chill and navigate those icy roads, the most important ice in your life needs protection.
Your engagement ring, whether you are newly engaged or are a veteran at marriage, requires special protection during this snowy season, and we’re here to help.
Your engagement ring always needs protection and care. But the cold winter months require some extra considerations. You’re wearing gloves or mittens, maybe you go skiing, and your fingers shrink due to the cold. Read on to make sure you keep your ring shining bright through all season long…and beyond.
Why Does Your Engagement Ring Become Loose During Winter?
As it gets colder, your ring may feel a little looser. And unless your fingers are on a diet, it’s probably due to your body reacting to the dropping temperatures. As it gets cold outside, your body responds with something called vasoconstriction. This is the process of your blood vessels contracting in order to essentially keep your body warm.
This is similar to when your fingers get all pruney and shrink after swimming or soaking in a long (and hopefully relaxing!) bath. It is this contracting of the blood vessels that causes your fingers to shrink.
If your ring was sized during the warmer months of summer or spring, or even during fall, then your ring is likely to loosen during the winter. Just how loose can vary from person to person.
Whether your fingers shrink just a tad or your blood vessels are super contractors, your engagement ring will need protecting.
5 Tips On How To Protect Your Engagement Ring During Winter
So now you know why your finger shrinks, but what can you do? Check out our five top tips below on protecting your engagement ring this winter…and all year round.
Buy A Ring Guard
First of all, what’s a ring guard? Unfortunately, it’s not a security guard for your ring. A ring guard is a piece, usually some kind of bendable plastic, that subtly goes on the band of your ring in order to make it fit more snuggly.
Ring guards, also known as ring adjusters, usually come in clear plastic that is easily hidden and comfortable to wear. Whether your ring is just a bit too big and you prefer not to resize it, or you need to make sure your ring fits well during the cold winter months, a ring guard is a great way to go to ensure your engagement ring, or any ring, stays put on your finger where it’s supposed to be.
Be Mindful Of Your Glove Choice
Baby, it’s cold outside! When outfitting yourself this winter, keep in mind your hand accessories. How you keep your hands warm can affect your ring…yes really! A pair of mittens knitted by hand might be super cozy, but save them for your ring-free days. Rings can easily get caught on knits and similar materials.
The basket and other details of your engagement ring can easily snag the material and ruin your favorite wool gloves or even slip off in the process. This risk is true for all knits, gloves, mittens, and even your favorite holiday sweater.
Does that mean your hands will just be cold? Of course not! But you do want to proceed with caution when wearing such pieces and materials.
Keep Your Diamond Ring Off During Outdoor Activities
Remember when we taught you How To Protect Your Engagement Ring At The Gym: And Other Times To Remove Your Ring? Well, this is one of those other times. Let’s start with winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowshoeing, all these sports require you to keep warm, which means gloves or mittens. In addition to the risks we discussed above, these sports, let’s face it, no matter how good you are, involve falling down.
Every time you fall, your hands can bang against the ground, your equipment, or someone else, and this can cause damage. Every time you take off your gloves, whether to adjust your equipment, grab a cup of hot chocolate, or scan your ski pass, you risk losing or damaging your ring. It’s simply not worth risking damaging or even losing the ring you love for a sport you love. Leave the bling at home.
Are you escaping the blistering cold for fun in the sun? You’re not off the hook. Just because you are not dealing with shrinking fingers doesn’t mean you are out of the woods. From corrosive saltwater and sand to abrasive pool chemicals and the slipperiness of that suntan lotion, your ring could get damaged or lost.
Hiking, swimming, the beach, and other summer-style escapes all pose risks to your engagement ring, and are all activities where it is best to leave your ring at home where it’s safe.
Avoid Taking Your Ring From One Extreme Temperature To The Next
Do you preheat your car? Do you go straight from a freezing cold ice bath to a hot sauna? Proceed with caution. A little known fact, when a diamond goes from one extreme temperature to another can affect your diamond and not for the better.
While not a common occurrence, it is certainly something to be aware of. Extreme change in temperature can highlight or exacerbate inclusions in your diamond.
Why risk it? Experts recommend keeping your diamond and jewelry covered when braving the cold temps when going between your cozy house and warm car, warm car and heated office, and any situation that would expose your engagement ring to an extreme temperature change.
But don’t forget to be careful with those mittens as we explained above!
Keep It Clean
This one really applies all year but is especially important during the winter. Over time your precious diamond engagement ring can collect dust, dirt, and other gunk (this applies to a gemstone and any other engagement ring, by the way). Keeping your ring clean will ensure it always sparkles bright.
Essentially, yes. Cold weather causes your fingers to shrink, which in turn, makes your ring feel loose.
How do I keep my ring from tarnishing?
Most importantly, keep it clean and dry. Moisture is the culprit that can cause your ring to tarnish. So make sure to remove your ring when showering, swimming, applying lotion, and any other activity that could cause moisture to come in contact with your ring.
Where do you keep the engagement ring when not wearing it?
A safe and secure place! Where that is depends on the situation. Are you on vacation? Utilize the room safe, or better yet, ask the front desk about a hotel safe.
At the gym? Invest in a solid gym lock, or put it in a locked bag and ask that bag to be kept at the front desk. And, of course, your jewelry box at home is always a safe bet.
Don’t Get Those Winter Blues
Winter is a magical time. The falling snow, cozying up by the fireplace, and of course, romance. We want to ensure that your engagement ring, and all your diamond jewelry, shine bright all season long. Watch out for snags, keep it clean, and remove it when necessary. Make sure your engagement ring keeps its shimmer and shine all winter long.
Are you a procrastinator? Have you delayed your shopping but don’t want gifts that reflect it? Then you’re at the right place! We have a fabulous selection of gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. Gifts that sparkle so bright, at such great prices, they’ll have no idea you waited to shop!
We understand holiday shopping can be overwhelming, and maybe, you put it off and now that has added to the stress. Well, relax, we are here to put the joy back into gift giving! Whether you’re shopping for family, friends, or a significant other, they’ll have no idea you procrastinated at all!
So save 25% on an incredible number of options and go to JamesAllen.com, where we will show you exactly when your gift will arrive based on what day you order. We have a myriad of options that sparkle bright, are on sale, and will comfortably be under the tree on Christmas morning.
How Will You Know Which Items Arrive In Time For Christmas?
Not sure how to tell which items will arrive in time? Sort items by “Fastest Shipping and starting December 1, 2022, look for the Santa hat.
Make sure to place your order by 2:00PM EST in order to receive your item(s) on the listed date.* Check out below for more details and of course, Happy Shopping!
*Please note that this only applies to orders in the continental United States.
How To Order An Engagement Ring That Will Arrive In Time For Christmas
Are you looking to make this the best, most memorable Christmas ever? Have you decided to make the Holiday season an engaging one? Then you really want to make sure your ring arrives on time!
Keep in mind that when ordering an engagement ring both the setting and the diamond need to be available to arrive by the big day. That means that you’ll want to:
Select “Fast Shipping” when looking at the settings
Select “Fast Shipping” again when looking at diamonds
Ensure that the setting AND the diamond of your choice ship by the same date
After all, this is not a situation where you want to say here is part 1, you want to present the grand finale!
Best-Selling Gifts That Will Arrive In Time For Christmas
Just because you’re not an early shopper doesn’t mean you can’t get the most dazzling gifts…at least not at James Allen! Christmas is a magical time of year, and you need presents to match.
Whether you’re proposing to the love of your life or are looking to cement your place as the family favorite, read on to get the best gifts at the best prices, comfortably under the Christmas tree.
We said it before, Christmas is a magical time. Snow, the tree, family and friends, mistletoe, and of course, presents! Now there are presents, and there are PRESENTS. And some presents, like an engagement ring, will outshine all other presents.
This is a gift that will last a lifetime. It is a gift they will wear every day and show everyone. You may not have shopped ahead, but that doesn’t mean you will be stuck with the leftovers either.
Check out some options below and go to JamesAllen.com for more! But don’t dawdle too long! We can ship things fast, but unfortunately, we don’t have magical reindeer.
Jewelry is the gift that keeps on giving, or in this case, shining. Whether it is a piece they can wear every day or you are gifting something to be saved for special occasions, fine jewelry is sure to bring a smile to the face of whoever receives it. And remember, from earrings to bracelets, necklaces, and rings, SHINE. IS. IN. for everyone.
Let’s hear it for the boys! Give all the men in your life a little bit of fabulous and help them proclaim their personal style.
Nothing can dim the light of a strong woman, but you can certainly add to it. Why not enhance her natural light with some sparkle and shine? Check out these pieces below. Love what you see?
It’s happening! The big day is approaching! Whether you are doing a Christmas-themed wedding or are just feeling inspired by the holiday season, now is the perfect time to grab the wedding ring of your dreams. From classic to trendy, uniquely modern to elegant and dazzling, we have the wedding for you…and in time for Christmas of course!
Your man will love these!
Seal forever with one of these beauties:
How long does it take to get a ring from James Allen?
When ordering a ring from us, it is important to keep in mind that the setting AND the diamond or gemstone need to have that fast shipping tag. The date listed for arrival applies to orders placed by 2:00PM EST and only to orders within the continental U.S.
Important to note: the last day to ship for Christmas is December 22, 2022 by 2:00PM EST and applies ONLY to items that qualify for same day shipping.
Where does James Allen’s jewelry ship from?
The majority of our products are shipped from our headquarters in New York City.
Does James Allen ship on Saturday?
Yes! We do ship on Saturdays.
Faster Than Rudolph
Like it or not, the holidays are HERE! It seems every year they just sneak up on us. But don’t let the present pressure stress you out. JamesAllen.com has numerous products to choose from that will arrive in time for Christmas.
So, whether you are shopping for a ring to pop the big question, need the perfect ring to start forever, or just want to win gift-giving with your friends and loved ones, we are here to make sure you get the perfect gift in time.
Put on your yarmulke, here comes Hanukkah. We all know that famous Adam Sandler song, but do we all know just what Hanukkah is? And more importantly, what do you give on Hanukkah? (Or is it spelled Chanukkah? Or Channukah?) However you spell it, many have the tradition to give gifts.
Some give a gift for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, while others prefer to give one great gift for the whole holiday. Whatever your tradition, we’re here to help make sure you give a gift that lights up their entire holiday season!
Hanukkah is known as the Jewish “festival of lights,” this is because every night of the eight night festival, people gather around what is known as a Menorah and light a candle. Each additional night, another candle is added.
Celebrating a rededication to Judaism’s Holy Temple, lighting the Menorah is a reminder that after the Greek destruction, a single drop of oil was found and used to light the Menorah, which lasted for eight nights.
This oil is also a reason Hanukkah is so delicious! Think latkes (fried potato patties) and sufganiyot (hello doughnuts!), and really any food fried in oil, and of course…presents!
Do You Give Gifts on Hanukkah?
In a word, yes. Originally, the tradition was to give the gift of money, or gelt, in order to teach children, in particular, to give to charity. This custom has grown, and today, many people still give gelt (real money and the delicious chocolate kind).
And while not part of the original celebration, giving and exchanging gifts on Hanukkah…some every night, is very much a part of the holiday! Not only does this gift giving allow those who celebrate to feel a part of the general holiday season, but gift giving is prominent throughout Jewish tradition.
How Many Gifts Do You Give for Hanukkah?
The short answer: as many as you want! Some people have the tradition to give a gift every night of Hanukkah. In this case, many choose for more budget-friendly options as there are eight crazy nights. While others choose to give one great gift for the entire festival, giving it either on the first or last night to start or close off the holiday.
Still, others have a tradition to give presents every other night. This allows continuous gift giving without feeling excessive. If you are participating in a holiday gift exchange and are purchasing for someone who celebrates Hanukkah, or want to impress someone who celebrates Hanukkah, or are just feeling super festive, any gift, small or big, one or eight in number, is sure to spread the holiday cheer.
Best Hanukkah Gift Ideas for 2022
Do you need some ideas? We thought you might! Whether you want something more holiday-themed, budget-friendly, or you wanna give the gift to be known as “the big shebang,” we got you covered. See below for some fabulous options and go to JamesAllen.com for more!
Evil Eye Jewelry
The Evil Eye, or Ayin Hara in Hebrew, represents negative energy. From jealousy to the concept not to covet, the evil eye is the negative feeling that comes from envy or ill will. You might be thinking, if the Evil Eye is so bad, why would you want to wear it?
The Evil Eye is a concept, not an actual, physical eye. In fact, dating back to various ancient cultures, wearing a symbolic evil eye charm has come to be thought to offer protection against the negative energy associated with the concept. And can’t we all use a little extra protection these days?
Check out some options below, whatever your budget, we’ll make sure you’re protected in style.
These beautiful earrings offer style and sparkle while giving you protection. The perfect gift for anyone on your list, these minimalistic earrings can be worn every single day.
Do you need a bracelet to match those earrings? Or do you prefer some golden wrist action? Check out this gloriously golden Evil Eye bracelet and carry your protection daily. And if you love how it’s styled below, then get on the layer train and add a classic diamond tennis bracelet.
This sweet bracelet and elegant necklace make quite the pair! Wear them together or separately, the yellow gold with the dazzling diamond detail is the height of simple sophistication.
Do you prefer your protection to come with a pop of color? Then look no further! The light blue enamel on this evil eye necklace will certainly protect you from the evils of looking boring! Grab it today and enjoy stylish protection year round.
Are you in the market for a gift with a bit more glitz? Something dazzling yet understated, can be worn everyday, and will literally go with everything in any closet? This Evil Eye diamond ring is for you. Gorgeous, available in white or yellow gold, and of course, covered in diamonds, this is the kind of protection we could all use.
The Hamsa symbols can be seen in many cultures and is symbolized by a hand with an eye in the middle. Some say it symbolizes the Hand of God. Similar to Evil Eye jewelry, the Hamsa symbol is thought to ward off evil and offer protection against general bad energy.
Many people hang Hamsas in their homes, use the symbol as a keychain, and even wear the symbol on their clothing. It is also used in jewelry, and why not? It is also thought to bring good luck and happiness to those who wear it. No bad vibes and some good luck to boot? Sign us up!
These gold Hamsa earrings have a diamond for a touch of glitz. Perfect for the holidays and everyday, bring on the good luck and good fashion with this well priced pair at under $200.
Good luck and protection against evil meet romance and sparkle with this incredible necklace. Rose gold with a ruby and diamonds brings the perfect pops of color to this understated piece.
Star Of David Necklace
The Star of David is arguably the most visible symbol of Judaism. Also known as the Magen David, or Shield of David, it is made of two overlaid triangles, one pointing up, one pointing down.
While little is known of its true origin, it is thought that God gave King David a shield with a star on it to protect him from his enemies. The symbol is said by some to remind those who wear it of God’s presence.
A necklace is a very popular way to wear the Star of David. Many who have such a necklace wear it daily. Check out our fabulous option below!
Thoughtful Gifts For All Eight Nights
Many people have the tradition of giving a small present each night, but that can get expensive fast! After all, there are eight nights! Luckily, James Allen has some fantastic new pieces for $200 or less. Allowing you to make each night shine as bright as the flames of the Menorah.
Night 1: These ball stud earrings are the perfect gift! For less than $100 (yes that’s right!) you can start the holiday with a perfectly pretty pair of earrings.
Night 2: This sterling silver chain will show off the fashion forwardness of whoever wears it (& reveal the trendiness of whoever gave it). Add some bling to your wrist on night two!
Night 3: Keep the shine going on night three with this simply sophisticated gold plate ring. Perfect for everyday and every occasion, this ring is just the right price at $150.
Night 4: You’re at the halfway point and now it’s time to up the shine. This gold beaded row ring gives just enough style to this minimalistic masterpiece.
Night 5: These earrings will take you from the Menorah lighting straight to the Hanukkah party. A gold bar accompanied by a drape chain shows everyone you’re receiving gifts that will last far beyond the latkes.
Night 6: Looking for a present to accompany that Evil Eye necklace? These earrings match PERFECTLY! And at less than $200, you cannot go wrong!
Night 7: You’ve made it to a full calendar week of lighting candles and eating fried foods. Add to the revelry with these entwined hoop earrings. Classic, stylish, and trending for countless generations, you’ll want to gift this to everyone on your list.
Night 8: Finish out the holiday with a gorgeous pair of amethyst earrings. February’s birthstone looks great no matter when you were born!
Big Gift Options
Perhaps a bunch of small gifts is not your style. You’re looking to make a big, one-time gift splash. You’re a showman, you want to go all out. We can help! Check out the sets below. Pick one piece or choose both, either way, you are sure to leave only “ooohs” and “aaahs.”
White gold, emeralds, diamonds: elegant, elegant, and elegant. Bling up your casual wear and pair them with your black tie attire, alone or together these pieces shine brighter than the stars.
Maybe you want something that just screams romance. Perfect for the modern-day princess in your life (or you!). These rose gold diamond hoop earrings literally shine inside and out. Pair them with a blossom diamond tennis necklace, also in rose gold. So beautiful whoever gets one or both will be left speechless.
Or perhaps you are looking for some whimsical diamond fine jewelry. The kind that leaves the wearer feeling like they are an ice princess in a winter wonderland. Check out these stylish pieces below. Worn together or on their own, these pieces will give that regal feeling.
Is it OK to wear evil eye jewelry?
Not only is it OK, it is even a good thing! Many say wearing the evil eye can help to protect you from bad juju.
What happens if you wear the evil eye?
It is said you will be protected from evil energies, we say you will be protected while looking stylish!
Is the evil eye good or bad?
The evil eye itself is a symbol to ward off bad energies. The term Evil Eye does not refer to a physical eye. One could argue that since it is a form of protection, it is good.
Can you wear the Hamsa hand and evil eye together?
Yes. In fact, many Hamsa designs incorporate the Evil Eye.
Make The Light Last
Hanukkah is a wonderful time of year. Family, friends, fried foods, and lights, and of course…presents! Whether you go for a gift with Jewish symbolism in honor of the holiday, you prefer to go for straight glitz and glam, or are shopping for multiple budget-friendly options so you can share the light of the holiday season far and wide, we have the options for you!
They are women, hear them roar, but this holiday season, you want gifts so fabulous you leave the women of your life speechless. Finding gifts for these bad bitches on your list can be tough! Luckily, James Allen is here to help.
From glorious diamonds and gemstones to fashion forward fine jewelry and everything in between, we’ve got gifts to please everyone and anyone. Whether you are shopping for family, friends, coworkers, or romantic partners, we have the gift that will inspire the “Wooooow!”
James Allen Holiday Sale
Buying lots of gifts doesn’t have to require lots of shopping. Check off everyone on your list thanks to James Allen’s site-wide sale. With 25% off across the board, you can save on every gift you need…and a few you don’t;-)
Jewelry Gifts For The Women In Your Life
So you want to get the woman, or women, in your life the perfect gift? You can’t go wrong with jewelry! An engagement for your soon-to-be fiancée? We got it! Gemstone earrings for your mom? We got it!
Whether you’re shopping for your mom, daughter, aunt, girlfriend, wife, mentor, or sister, we have the right gift, on the right budget. From easy-on-the-wallet options all the way to how long did you save for that?! Whatever your budget, whichever wonder woman you are shopping for, read on to find the perfect gift.
She’s your better half, the apple of your eye…she completes you. So clearly, she deserves the ultimate, sparkling, I can’t believe you did this!, holiday present. No matter if her style is minimalist, classic, trendy, or ultimate glam, these dazzling diamond pieces will fit perfectly in her jewelry collection.
Ready to pop the big question? Go for a fabulous engagement ring. Want a present that’s befitting the wife of the year? You can’t go wrong with an elegant eternity ring. Have you already adorned your partner’s fingers with all the diamonds she could ask for? We got you covered.
A classic diamond tennis bracelet or necklace is not only a gift she can wear everyday, but one that will remind her how much you love her every time she puts it on. Looking for something a bit more trendy? Does your girlfriend set the fashion standard? Go for these diamond hoop earrings or grab a piece from our constellation collection. After all, your love takes you to the stars.
Mom, your first friend, lifetime cheerleader, the woman who made you who are your. She deserves the best! Because she is Mom, she will love anything you give her, but make sure it’s something that will impress everyone she shows it to, because you know she’ll show it to everyone!
Give her something personal. Did you sign “I:white_heart:U” on every picture you drew her as a kid? Then this yellow gold diamond necklace version is perfect. Nostalgic, stylish, and simply…perfect.
Were you and your sibling best friends? Did you hold hands when you crossed the street together (looking both ways first OF COURSE!)? Are your children the (new) apples in your mom’s eye? Then you can’t go wrong with the adorable Boy-Girl Diamond necklace. Combine style with nostalgia and she’ll wipe away happy tears every time she puts it on.
Does your mom prefer the minimalist look? Is she a woman of simple sophistication? Try a gold necklace from our initials collection. Go with “M” for mom, or choose the letter of her first name. These necklaces are so affordable you could get the first initial for everyone in the family and give your mom the layered look!
Did you drive your siblings crazy as kids? Do you regret switching the sugar for salt and ruining their cereal? We’re here to help you say I’m sorry with some shiny jewelry. Or maybe you were BFF’s, peas in a pod who have had a lifelong bond, and you want to give your sibling a gift as golden as your relationship.
No matter if you constantly fought in the back seat or always shared your toys, these pieces are the perfect way to say Happy Holidays to your favorite, and even your not-so-favorite siblings.
Did you forget their birthday? Or gasp! Do you always forget their birthday? Go for a piece of birthstone jewelry to remind them that yes, you DO know their birthday.
Are you making up for last year’s holiday season? Go for a beautifully simple set like the one below and be back in everyone’s good graces for this holiday season and beyond!
Do you have the best Mother-in-Law in the world? Do you consider her your second mom? Get her a present that shows her how happy you are to be part of the family. Or maybe your mother-in-law is one tough cookie and you need the perfect gift to break the ice? Either way, we got you covered.
Go for these simply sophisticated pearl earrings. Perfect to take her from day to night, the office to dinner, and durable enough to wear around any grandkids. If you weren’t best friends before, you might be after you give her these.
Does your mother-in-law have a flair for fashion? Does she always choose classic shine? Check out the pieces below and give her the perfect additions for her accessories collection.
They say friends are the family you choose. They’ve seen you through thick and thin; whether you’ve been friends since childhood or they are your new bestie, we’re here to make sure you get them the perfect gift. Because nothing is better than a friend, unless it’s a friend with presents.
Looking for something for the friend that is the trend-setter of the group? Look no further! Paperclip necklaces are the trend that is here to stay. Grab this version with a golden push lock because your friendship is locked for life.
Do you need a gift for everyone in the friend group? These Zodiac signet rings with a vintage feel are perfect!
Get one for everyone in their sign because THIS will be the ring to unite you all.
No matter who you are shopping for this holiday season, jewelry is always a winner. Whether you go for gold, shower them in diamonds, or go for the classics, all the women in your life deserve to shine. Because, after all, there’s nothing like a woman who loves you, so treat her well and shower her with all the goodies.
Start off the new year by shining in garnet’s fierce red. Garnets get their name thanks to their resemblance to pomegranate seeds. In face, the name derives from the Latin granatum, meaning seed. While garnet comes in multiple hues, red is the most popular color, and perfect for someone born in January…or anytime!
What Is The January Birthstone?
January’s birthstone is garnet, which can be found in mines and streams, where the water has worn away the rock and exposed the gem. They naturally occur in green, yellow, and even colorless, but the vibrant and deep red option is its most popular color.
While the garnet we are most familiar with is the gemstone found in fine jewelry, it can also be mined for its industrial abrasive version, which is used to polish glass and metal.
At James Allen, our collection of garnet fine jewelry is strictly for looking fabulous. In this case, garnets are for fashion…not function.
Garnet Birthstone Facts
The sparkle from garnets is so extraordinary it is often described by gemologists as fire. The best sparkle can be seen in soft, romantic lighting, such as candles.
The hardness of garnets is not as impressive as their sparkle and they should be handled with care. However, rating between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, out of a maximum of 10, garnets are still quite strong.
Garnet Birthstone Symbolism
Garnets are thought to bring blessings, love, wellness, friendship, and devotion to those lucky enough to be born in January. It certainly worked for Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.
Prior to marrying her now-husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Kate was gifted a gorgeous ring with her garnet birthstone, as well as pearls, her now-husband’s birthstone. The ring was a sign of the Prince’s commitment to his now-wife.
Garnets are always a great choice because, as the epitome of affordable luxury, they make for a great birthday gift….or anniversary, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or just a day ending in a day!
Kate Middleton isn’t the only celebrity sporting garnet, some other famous faces such as Kristen Bell and Sofía Vergara have rocked this gorgeous gem. Check out James Allen’s collection of luxurious garnet earrings and receive all the good energy garnet has to offer.
Garnet Birthstone History
Once believed to offer protection from poison and even nightmares, garnets have a long and storied history.
Garnets have been found in the tombs of pharaohs in Egypt and in ancient Persia, where only kings were allowed to own or wear the gem.
In ancient Rome, garnets were typically worn by noble patriarchs, in the form of carved signet rings. They also believed the gem provided protection to travelers and that sparkles were a sign of impending danger.
Children in ancient Greece thought they were protected from drowning by the gem and in ancient China, it was believed that the gems were the incarnation of a tiger’s soul. The Navajo use the gem to bring luck and protection. Navajos also believe, similar to ancient Romans, that garnets bring protection to travelers.
Numerous famous historical figures are thought to have been adorned by this famous gem, including Plato and the King of Saxony, who is said to have had a garnet of over 465 carats!
How to Wear Your Garnet
The deep red brilliance of garnets makes it a beautiful choice to wear as earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets. They can glamorize an easy-going day look, accessorize a night on the town, or compliment a black-tie outfit.
The hues of garnet are complementary to all skin tones, allowing everyone to achieve that royal look.
Garnets look exceptionally spectacular when paired with black or white outfits, however, they also go great with more neutral tones like deep greens and browns.
January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Rings
Garnets are the perfect January birthstone. As the gem of love, they are an ideal romantic prelude to Valentine’s Day. Garnets are often given as signs of intimacy and romance, and their rich color makes them a meaningful and gorgeous gift to receive.
January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Earrings
Garnets are said to have healing properties, in addition to their protective ones. Many people believe that the gems bring peace, passion, and can help cleanse and balance energy. These are just some of the many reasons that garnets have retained their popularity, from ancient times to today.
January Birthstone Gifts: Garnet Necklaces
Garnets affordable luxury and fiery red color make garnet necklaces a popular gift choice for any occasion.
Dress up any outfit, add a pop of color to your outfit, or become known as “the gift whisperer,” a garnet necklace will get you where you need to go and is a must-have for any accessory collection.
Rock That Red
Garnets, which can symbolize both love and friendship, makes a considerable and personal gift to a romantic partner, good friend, family member, or yourself!
So find that perfect piece (or let’s be real, pieces!) of gorgeous red garnet and release that royal shine.
Does your significant other love their birthday as much as their wedding day? Is their Zodiac sign a part of who they are? Or are you simply looking for a colorful twist to your engagement ring?
Then consider birthstone engagement rings! The perfect way to add a personal touch, unique meaning, and a pop of color. Love the red of January’s garnet but were born in March? Go for it! We won’t tell!
What Is a Birthstone?
First of all, what IS a birthstone? We’ll explain. A birthstone is a gemstone that represents the month a person was born. Each month has its own unique gemstone. From religious foundations in the Book of Exodus, to celestial forces, astrology, and beyond, different cultures associate different meanings to the various birthstones including good luck and good health.
Why Choose A Birthstone Engagement Ring?
Technically, everyone who wears a diamond engagement ring is wearing a birthstone engagement ring as diamonds are the birthstone for April. While choosing the birthstone of your partner is a great way to add personalization to the engagement ring, you can also choose a birthstone based on its meaning.
You can even choose a birthstone based on its color! Whatever your reason, choosing a birthstone engagement ring is a wonderful way to start forever with a pop of color.
Birthstone Engagement Rings: Month to Month
Birthstone engagement rings offer incredible variety! From the reds and purples of January’s garnet, February’s amethyst, July’s ruby, to the blues of September’s sapphire, December’s topaz, and March’s aquamarine, birthstone engagement rings allow your partner to express their personal style.
Channel that lucky feeling in the greens of May’s emerald and August’s peridot, or feel the warmth of fall every day with November’s citrine. Prefer a classic? Can’t go wrong with April’s diamond, June’s pearl, or October’s opal.
Wherever your partner was born, whichever symbolism fits them best, James Allen has the right gemstone engagement ring to get that yes.
January Birthstone: Garnet
Symbolizing love and passion, January’s birthstone garnet is a great choice for a birthstone engagement ring. Popularly known for their fiery red color, garnets in fact come in multiple colors. Make garnet shine by setting it in white gold or platinum, or go for a regal look by setting your gemstone in yellow gold
Go for side stones or a pavé style for some diamond decoration and get a perfect glamorous look.
February Birthstone: Amethyst
February’s birthstone, the amethyst, is found in the month of love, where we find Valentine’s Day. This violet quartz is fabulous for a number of reasons. Rating 7 on the Moh hardness scale, it is pretty resistant to scratches and perfect for the love with an active lifestyle.
Ancient Greeks believed this amazing gemstone could protect you from drunkenness, in which case, bring on the champagne! No matter how many cocktails you indulge in, amethyst’s purple looks stunning in white gold but positively reigns when set in yellow or rose gold.
This affordable option will make any bride-to-be happy no matter when they were born!
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Literally meaning “water of the sea,” March’s birthstone gives you that peaceful feeling you get every time you look at a clear blue ocean. It is fitting that this stone which symbolizes serenity is the birthstone for the first month of spring.
While it symbolizes tranquility, aquamarine exudes strength, ranking a 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, making it a perfect choice for a ring that is worn every day. Bring out its icy shine in white gold or platinum or go for a bold, colorful look and set your stone in yellow or rose gold.
No matter if your betrothed-to-be was born in March or not, they are sure to love this peaceful piece of perfection.
April Birthstone: Diamond
Diamonds are everyone’s best friend, but if you were born in April, they are also your birthstone. This traditional engagement ring is fabulous for many reasons: looks good in every metal, is fabulous alone or with side stones, and of course, is a beloved classic.
Whether you prefer a modern tension set or find yourself wanting a classic solitaire engagement ring, diamonds give an endless, timeless dazzle. Want an engagement ring that will leave them shook? Check out this Halo pavé combo:
May Birthstone: Emerald
Feel like you’re in Emerald City whenever you rock a gorgeous emerald engagement ring. Symbolizing romance and rebirth and giving the feeling that spring has sprung, this gemstone has long been the favorite of royalty.
Looking fabulous in both yellow and white gold, as well as platinum, this rare gemstone is a good choice for those interested in a large size. Emeralds have a less dense composition than their traditional diamond counterpart, making them larger in size.
With another bit of luck, imperfections can actually improve the value of an emerald! It is no wonder May’s birthstone has everyone feeling green.
June Birthstone: Pearl
The world’s oldest gem is also one of the most beautiful. This classic gemstone, yes the pearl is a gemstone, is incredibly versatile! From the classic pearl necklace to a gorgeous pair of earrings, the pearl seamlessly fits into classic and modern styles.
Wearing pearls on your wedding day is rumored to bring good luck for your upcoming marriage, making June’s birthstone a perfect choice for a unique engagement ring. After all, why not get that good marriage mojo from the moment you say Yes!
July Birthstone: Ruby
There’s a reason Dorothy rocked this gemstone on her infamous shoes. Symbolizing passion, wisdom, and power, this ravishing red gemstone comes in varying shades of darkness, but whatever its shade, it looks stunning in both yellow and white gold settings.
Whether or not your love was born in July, they are sure to love an engagement ring featuring July’s birthstone, the ruby, that leaves them feeling like royalty.
August Birthstone: Peridot
The saying “it ain’t easy being green” sure doesn’t apply to August’s birthstone! Featuring a more yellowish tint compared to its emerald counterpart, peridot shines as bright as a summer day.
Peridot is a particularly perfect choice for those who prefer a vintage vibe. Pair it with yellow or white gold and add some extra diamonds for the ultimate dazzle. Symbolizing strength, what better symbol to use when choosing the ring that will change your life?
September Birthstone: Sapphire
From royalty like Princess Diana to the Titanic’s Heart of the Ocean, sapphires are a long beloved gemstone. Their deep blue hues are highlighted best in white gold and platinum, surround your sapphire with diamonds for that extra dazzle.
Symbolizing wisdom and faithfulness, September’s birthstone is also renowned for its durability. Love the gemstone but wish it came in another color? Wish no more! Sapphires come in pink and yellow as well!
Need another reason? This regal, elegant gemstone will have your beloved feeling like royalty every day.
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal, also sometimes known as the stone of clarity, is beloved for many reasons. Thought to symbolize truth, this gemstone offers a kaleidoscope of colors as seen in the different splashes of this milky-looking masterpiece.
When wearing October’s birthstone, take special care. Opals contain more water than other gemstones, making them more sensitive and thus, prone to damage. Wear your opal engagement ring with pride, but also with care.
November Birthstone: Citrine
Citrine, which gets its name from the French word for lemon, is a beautiful yellow-toned gemstone. While yellow gold best highlights the similar hues of this gemstone, citrine also looks breathtakingly beautiful when set in rose gold, white gold, or platinum.
Symbolizing success, November’s birthstone is as trendy as it is affordable. Choose your colorful citrine engagement ring and shine bright like the sun even on the coolest fall day.
December Birthstone: Blue Topaz
December’s birthstone is said to increase the strength and intellect of anyone who wears it, making this gemstone an ideal choice for an engagement ring. This exquisite stone embodies the iciness of the season while somehow still reminding you of a blue ocean on a clear summer’s day.
Pair your blue topaz with a white gold or platinum setting, to enhance the gemstone’s cool tones, or pair your gemstone with yellow gold to enhance its bold color.
Can a birthstone be an engagement ring?
Of course! An engagement ring can be anything you want it to be and a birthstone engagement ring is a wonderful way to add color, a personal touch, and fashionable flair to one of your most important pieces of jewelry.
Can I wear my birthstone everyday?
Yes, and yes! Engagement rings, including birthstone engagement rings, are meant to be worn every day. So go for that glitz daily, and feel free to rock that matching birthstone jewelry every day to have a seamless, colorful look!
What is a good gemstone for an engagement ring?
Any gemstone you want! Whether you prefer your birthstone, the birthstone of your love, or a birthstone from an unaffiliated month simply because you love the color, the best gemstone is the one you love.
How much should a birthstone engagement ring cost?
There is no one rule for how much any engagement ring should cost, let alone a birthstone engagement ring. Gemstones do generally cost less than traditional colorless diamonds, making them a wallet-friendly way to go. So how much you should spend depends on your income, budget, and preferences.
What month is best to buy an engagement ring?
The best time to shop for an engagement ring is about three months before you plan on popping the question.
September and October are considered the best months to buy an engagement ring as the jewelry industry experiences a period of quiet, and many vendors offer sales to encourage shopping before the holiday season starts.
However, at James Allen, we offer competitive sales and prices all year round, making the best time to buy an engagement ring whenever you are ready!
What is the most common engagement ring stone?
Diamonds, April’s birthstone, is the classic and most common engagement ring stone, specifically white, colorless diamonds. Sapphire, topaz, and emerald closely follow in popularity.
Why are birthstone engagement rings popular?
Birthstone engagement rings are popular because they add a personal touch and a pop of color and allow the wearer to express personal style. They can also be paired with diamonds to combine uniquely with the traditional.
Your perfect person deserves the perfect ring. Birthstone engagement rings are great alternatives to traditional diamond engagement rings. They add color, symbolism, and personalization in a unique, modern way.
If your significant other was born in April and their birthstone is a diamond, you can choose another month whose birthstone meaning best fits and accentuate it with diamonds. Birthstone engagement rings have endless possibilities, combinations, and customizations. Head to JamesAllen.com and get started!
While popping the question, and the engagement ring that goes with it, can get the bulk of the attention, the wedding ring is just as important. A crucial part of the wedding ceremony and a symbol of your everlasting love and commitment, you want to make sure the wedding ring you choose is perfect.
From different delicious metals, sparkling diamonds and gemstones, and numerous styles, choosing the right wedding ring can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in! Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting the perfect wedding ring.
What Is A Wedding Ring?
So what IS a wedding ring? While the engagement ring is what you wear when you are intended to be married, the wedding ring is what you exchange during the ceremony and what you wear once you are officially married.
What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize?
A wedding ring marks the love between you and your partner and is a symbol to the world of your commitment to each other that you wear and see everyday.
Your wedding ring is emblematic of your wedding vows, a beautiful reminder of the meaningful words you said to your partner on that special day.
The Difference Between A Wedding Ring And a Wedding Band
This one is easy, there isn’t one! Wedding rings and wedding bands are the same things. The terms are used interchangeably and both refer to the ring you exchange during your wedding ceremony to symbolize your commitment to your partner.
Wedding Rings For Women
Simple wedding rings
Many people prefer a simple wedding ring for women, such as a plain gold band style or a dainty wedding ring. This can be due to religious customs, personal style, or simply to match their engagement ring. This classic, clean style is also great if you have smaller hands.
Diamond Wedding Rings
A diamond wedding ring is the perfect way to increase the sparkle of your engagement ring and show off your personal style. Eternity rings are a great way to go if you love endless sparkle!
Just as the name says, eternity rings offer eternal shine through diamonds that go all the way around the band, giving you the ultimate bling from every angle.
If you opted out of an engagement ring or opted for a simpler engagement ring, then a diamond wedding ring is the perfect opportunity to add bling to your symbol of love.
Gemstone Wedding Rings
Gemstones are a great way to add sparkle and shine to your wedding ring while also getting a burst of color. Choose your favorite color, your birthstone, or maybe the stone of the month you got married in; whichever gemstones you choose, these are a great way to showcase your personal style.
Simple Engagement And Wedding Ring Combinations
Simply sparkling, if you sport a channel set or pavé engagement ring, a diamond wedding ring will seamlessly and flawlessly add the perfect amount of dazzle. Check out this dazzling duo and go to JamesAllen.com for more perfect pairs!
Prefer a more traditional look? Pair a wonderfully minimalist solitaire with a clean, cool wedding ring like these two, which were simply made for each other…just like you and your love.
Do you want to make a statement? Are you looking for that perfect combo of dazzling diamonds and a simple wedding ring for women? Get a load of this dazzling combo!
Love the look! Check them out below!
No matter which style you prefer, James Allen has the matching set for you. Let us take the guesswork out of it!
Popular Metals Used In Wedding Rings
The choices when it comes to wedding rings for women are available in platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and of course, rose gold.
Platinum is a popular choice because it is strong, pure, and rare. It is also hypoallergenic so it is a great choice for anyone with allergies or skin sensitivities. And while platinum carries a higher price point, it wears well over time, so it is a good investment.
If you love the look of platinum but prefer a lower price point, or simply prefer to be adorned in gold, then white gold is the metal for you. Love gold but want some color in your band? Go for classic yellow gold! Want color but prefer something with a bit more romance? Rose gold is the perfect choice. Not sure if platinum or white gold is for you? Find out here!
Just like engagement rings, metals for wedding rings vary in popularity and there are many factors to consider. Make sure to take the following into consideration when choosing the metal for your wedding ring:
Matching to your engagement ring
Matching to your partner’s ring
How to Wear Your Wedding Ring
Many cultures see women wearing their wedding ring on the ring finger, on the left hand. This originated in ancient Greece with the belief that a vein there that leads to the heart is the vein of love. However, in other cultures, women wear the wedding ring on the ring finger on the right hand.
Still, others wear it on either hand, but not on any particular finger. Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules for this. Where you wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you.
Should You Get Matching Wedding Rings?
Once again, this is entirely personal to you and your partner. You may opt for a more simple, classic wedding ring while your partner may prefer something more alternative and modern. Or perhaps you want a ring that perfectly matches your engagement ring, while your partner wants a style all their own.
Many couples now also shop for both engagement and wedding rings together. This can allow you to match your wedding rings to your engagement ring and each other. Matching wedding rings can be a beautiful way to symbolize your commitment, but don’t forget this is a ring you will wear everyday.
So whether you match it to your partner’s ring, your engagement ring, or showcase your individual style, make sure it is a ring you love.
How To Find Your Wedding Ring Size
Don’t worry, this isn’t as hard as you may think! There are a few options to find your ring size at home, read ALL about How To Measure Your Ring SizeHERE! The best way is to get a free ring sizer from James Allen.
Simply click here to order your free James Allen ring sizer directly to your home. And hey, don’t worry! Even if you still get it wrong, James Allen will resize your ring once for free within one year of your purchase.
How Much Should Your Wedding Ring Cost?
Just like how much you should spend on an engagement ring, the amount you spend on your wedding ring is very personal. If you prefer a classic, plain metal band, then your costs will be lower. However, if your style is a blinged out eternity ring, then you will need to budget a bit more for all those dazzling diamonds.
Whether you choose to start with a classic and move to sparkle for an anniversary, there is no should here. The amount you spend will be related to your budget and style.
Who buys the man’s wedding ring?
Traditionally, the bride buys her groom’s wedding ring, and he buys his bride’s wedding ring. However, more and more couples are splitting these costs and avoiding the whole you buy him and he buys yours. Other couples make this a family affair. Maybe your family will buy your future husband his ring. Like so many things, who pays for the ring is a personal decision.
Can a woman just wear a wedding ring?
Of course! You can wear whatever you want! And in fact, many women are hopping on this trend. Go for a glorious anniversary or eternity ring to get a wedding ring with all the bling.
Which hand do you wear my wedding ring on?
Traditionally, many wear their wedding ring on the ring finger on their left hand, the same as their engagement ring. However, some cultures wear the wedding ring on the right hand, separate from the engagement ring. Where you choose to wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you. Just think about it before, so you are sure to get the right size.
Do you still wear your engagement ring after you get married?
Traditionally, many wear their engagement ring together with their wedding ring. This is why so many women match their wedding ring to their engagement ring, even picking them out at the same time to ensure continuity in style. However, this is totally your decision. If you want to save your engagement ring for only special occasions, then you do you boo!
Buying a wedding ring can be a daunting process. Luckily James Allen is here to take the guesswork out of it. Whatever your style and budget, we have the ring for you! Choose your metal, choose your look, check your size, and rock a ring that shines as bright as you!
The exact meaning and symbolism of a promise ring is fluid. For some, it is a pre-engagement ring, or it’s a symbol of friendship, and for others, it represents a romantic commitment without titles. We will explain everything you need to know about what a promise ring is, how you wear it, why you give it, and who you give it to.
Love, whether it is friendship, romantic, or platonic, is a beautiful thing. Many choose to mark this love with a promise ring. That promise can represent a monogamous commitment, mark a special occasion, represent a significant period of time, or simply be an expression of your heart. Promise rings are a beautiful way to celebrate your love, commitment, and unique story.
What Is A Promise Ring?
A promise ring is simply a ring. It can be pure gold, decorated with diamonds, be inscribed with a personal message (all options at James Allen, of course!), feature a birthstone, or be imbued with gemstones of your choice. It can have a simple solitaire style, featuring one key diamond, or have that perfect pavé sparkle.
The physical promise ring can be any ring you want, as long as it is special to you and your partner, then it is perfect!
Promise Ring Meaning & Symbolism
Traditionally, a promise ring is given after a period of dating, the “next step.” You are more than “in a relationship” but not yet ready for the next Facebook definitive term for your relationship.
A promise ring is also a great way for people to mark their commitment to each other outside the traditional bounds of marriage. For couples who are bucking the ideas of traditional marriage but still want to symbolize their commitment to each other, a promise ring is a great alternative. After all, you don’t need to want the paper or the ceremony to want the bling!
Due to youth, status, or simply a bucking of tradition, a promise ring is used to symbolize love, and, more importantly, the commitment between two people.
Promise Rings vs. Engagement Rings
You might be thinking if you are making a commitment anyway, why not just get an engagement ring? Because they are different. A promise ring is a precursor or instead of an engagement ring.
An engagement ring symbolizes an impending wedding, while a promise ring symbolizes your commitment to each other, without the need to hire a planner and start planning a wedding. There are a lot of reasons couples choose to go the promise ring route.
Maybe you are too young to think about planning a wedding, maybe one of you is overseas, and it doesn’t make sense to get engaged just yet, or maybe you prefer a more non-traditional commitment.
Promise rings can also have non-romantic meanings. If you are marking a unique friendship, for example, you probably do not want to propose marriage! Whether it’s a placeholder or instead of, a promise ring can look similar to an engagement ring but certainly isn’t one.
How Do You Wear A Promise Ring?
Ok, so we know what a promise ring is, we know why it isn’t an engagement ring, now let’s cover how to wear it.
Which Hand Does A Promise Ring Go On?
This is an easy one, whichever hand you want! If you are wearing it as a pre-engagement ring or a symbol of romantic commitment, many choose to wear it on the left hand.
Which Finger Does A Promise Ring Go On?
This is another easy one! You can wear your promise ring on any finger. However, if your promise ring is a step on the road to marriage or symbolizes a monogamous, romantic commitment, it is traditionally worn on the ring finger on your left hand.
Can A Promise Ring Be A Wedding Ring?
A promise ring can be anything you want! It can be a replacement for a traditional wedding ring or as a step on the road to the wedding. While many couples choose to purchase a separate wedding ring, many also use the promise ring as a wedding ring once they have reached that step.
Promise Rings For Her
Promise rings come in all shapes and styles, a small solitaire, a classic band, a brilliant birthstone, or a dazzling ring filled with diamonds and gemstones. Check out these below and go to our website for more!
Promise Rings For Him
Promise rings aren’t just for the ladies! Love and commitment can be shown to anyone and everyone. Check out these promise rings your man is sure to love!
How Long Should You Be Together Before Giving A Promise Ring
While there is no official timeline for giving a promise ring, as it symbolizes a commitment, you want to have dated long enough to make a loving commitment to that person. For some, that could be as little as three months or as much as three years. Many choose to make such a commitment after six to twelve months.
When To Give A Promise Ring
A promise ring is not something that should be given lightly, it should be given when you are ready to show your commitment to someone you love. You give a promise ring when you are ready to show your partner that you are committed to them, and solely to them.
Whether given as a precursor to an engagement or as a stand-alone commitment, a promise ring should be given with serious intentions and a full heart.
How To Give A Promise Ring
Ok, so HOW do you give a promise ring?! Don’t worry, we’ll explain this too! When giving a promise ring, one must be careful that it is momentous, but not so much so that it will be confused for a marriage proposal.
Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and the holidays are great times to give a promise ring. A special occasion to give the moment extra meaning without conveying the wrong message.
But like so many things, giving a promise ring is personal, and how you do so will likely be personal to you and your partner. There is no right or wrong way or time to give a ring that shows your love and commitment.
How Much Should A Promise Ring Cost?
You might think we are repeating ourselves….and we are! Like many things about promise rings, there are no rules. If your promise ring is a step on the road to marriage, you may want to spend less and save up for bling-tastic engagement and wedding rings.
If price is not a concern, then the only limit is your imagination. But for most of us, price is indeed a consideration. Like anything else, you need to consider your budget, your partner’s taste, and of course, the occasion (is this a stand-alone symbol of your love or the first ring you will buy to cement your relationship.
FAQs About Promise Rings
What is the point of a promise ring?
A promise shows that you are taking a relationship seriously and that you are committed to the person you are giving it to. Whether out of friendship, romance, or another unique reason, promise rings are given out of love.
What do you say when giving a girl a promise ring?
This is something very personal and often unique to every couple. What you say also depends on the exact reason you are giving the ring. You can pledge to be faithful, promise your commitment, or express your friendship. You can be traditional or creative, the sky’s the limit!
Can you buy two promise rings?
Of course! If, as a couple, you are making a commitment to each other, just like engagement rings or wedding rings, you can surprise your partner, or you can buy them together. You also have the option of buying for your partner and yourself, offering both rings as part of your promise.
Are promise rings still a thing?
Absolutely! People will always love and want to express that love, and one of those ways is through promise rings. Rest assured, promise rings are a classic that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
A promise ring is how many couples express their love and commitment. Whether it’s teenagers who are deeply in love but too young to take those next steps, partners who are too far apart, a couple who want to make a more non-traditional commitment, or two people expressing a committed relationship all their own, promise rings are a great way to express these special and loving sentiments.
No matter your style, no matter your reason, JamesAllen.com has the perfect promise ring for you!
When shopping for that perfect piece, you want everything to be just right. From the design to the diamond to the metal. You’ve decided to go for a white metal look, but now there’s one more step. White gold or platinum? Read on to find out the differences, so you choose the best metal for you!
White gold vs. platinum, what is the difference? They look the same, right? While they have similarities, they are certainly not the same. From price to durability, look (yes look!), and so much more! We know it’s a lot but don’t worry, we are here to break down the differences and help make sure you pick the perfect metal for that perfect piece.
What Is White Gold?
First off, what is white gold? Let’s answer that here! White gold is a type of gold (duh!), but not a pure white metal. It does not happen naturally but is instead a combination of alloys and is created when you mix yellow gold with nickel or zinc, and finish off with rhodium plating.
What Is Platinum?
Now, what is platinum? Platinum is a rare, pure metal that gets its color naturally. It is 95% platinum with 5% mixed alloys. Its name originates from the Spanish Platina, a diminutive of Plata, or silver. While it may have a similar appearance thanks to its color, platinum is very much its own metal.
What Is The Difference Between White Gold And Platinum?
White gold and platinum are great choices if you prefer the look of a white metal.
So which is better? What’s the difference? While visually similar, this is really where their similarities end.
White gold has a very different chemical makeup from platinum, making one metal better for some designs and uses and the other metal better for other designs and uses.
Each metal has both advantages and disadvantages, so let’s dive in so you can pick the right metal for your fabulous engagement ring, wedding ring, and fine jewelry.
Platinum vs. White Gold
Platinum and white gold can seem so similar that it is hard to know which one is best. But seem is the key word here! From price point, to durability, to purity, platinum and white gold are very different.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of White Gold vs. Platinum
Platinum is not necessarily better than white gold and vice versa. Each metal has its advantages, making them better suited for your needs. Many people prefer white gold for certain pieces and platinum for others. It all depends on the item, your lifestyle, and your budget, among others. Read on for the deets and see which metal is right for you.
White gold is quite durable, this goes for 14K white gold and 18K white gold. Yellow or rose gold has a bigger difference in durability (read more HERE). However, because white gold is plated in rhodium, 14K and 18K white gold has similar durability and is favored for everyday use.
This plating, however, also makes white gold more vulnerable to wearing away, or thinning over time, which can require white gold pieces to be replated. (Replating is not standard or automatically required but subject to use and wear and tear.)
Platinum is also fairly durable and heavier since it is a purer metal. However, it is more malleable, or bendable, than white gold. Additionally, it is more susceptible to scratches and small dents, thanks to this bendability.
Price & Affordability
Budget is always something to consider when investing in a piece of fine jewelry, an engagement ring, or a wedding ring. White gold is generally more affordable than platinum, because platinum is a more pure metal, it is typically also more expensive.
Prices, however, fluctuate as the price of gold and the metals that make up white gold can increase for various reasons. So while white gold is generally less expensive than platinum, this is not always true depending on market considerations.
Finally, the cost of replating white gold is something to consider. While the initial out-of-pocket costs of white gold may be cheaper, if you need to replate your piece, then this is a future cost to keep in mind.
Both metals are completely safe to wear, but if you have sensitive skin, you know just how important it is to be extra careful.
As we spoke about earlier, white gold is plated in rhodium, when this wears off and the white gold metal mix is exposed, which can irritate sensitive skin, and possibly cause an allergic reaction.
Platinum is a more pure metal and the most hypoallergenic metal used in fine jewelry. Generally speaking, if you have very sensitive skin, have allergies, sensitives, or are worried about such issues, platinum is the expert recommended choice.
While to the untrained eye, white gold and platinum may look the same, they are quite different. Yes, both are members of the “silver” family, however, if you look closely, they are quite unique in their appearance.
Platinum is a naturally white metal, while white gold is more off-white, having a grayish tint due to being made with yellow gold, which is then plated with rhodium to give it its white color. As the rhodium plating fades, white gold’s bright color will fade.
Alternatively, because platinum is naturally bright white and a pure metal, its color will not fade.
Normally, you NEVER ask someone their weight. But in this case, we’ll allow it, and even recommend it! Platinum is denser and thus heavier than white gold. White gold may be more comfortable for earrings while the weight of a platinum ring may be more bearable.
If you are going for a larger piece, white gold may be the more comfortable way to go.
This is a tough one, because white gold and platinum are both incredibly popular. Many people choose both metals for different reasons. In fact, white gold engagement rings are increasingly popular.
14K white gold engagement rings in particular are very popular because of their durability, making them great for a piece that you wear every day.
However, platinum JUST edges out white gold on the popularity scale thanks to its rareness. There is also an association of elegance and luxury with platinum that for many, make it the popular choice.
Why Choose A White Gold Engagement Ring?
There are a number of reasons to choose a white gold engagement ring: cost, durability, and lifestyle. If you are going for a larger ring, or just prefer a lightweight band, then white gold is the choice for you.
Another reason we have not discussed is pairing, if you are planning to get a white gold wedding ring, then experts advise you to go with a white gold engagement ring. This ensures a seamless, coordinated look. Need some ideas? Check out the options below or go to JamesAllen.com for more!
Why Choose A Platinum Engagement Ring?
If you prefer a brighter color, without replacing any coating, then a platinum engagement ring is the choice for you. Similarly, if you have sensitive skin, or allergies are an issue, then stick to platinum for its hypoallergenic properties.
Platinum is also a great choice if you are going for a more detailed engagement ring, as the metal is the expert choice to highlight intricacies such as milgrain and filigree. Check out these choices for some inspo!
FAQs About White Gold vs. Platinum
Can you tell the difference between white gold and platinum?
Yes, but it’s not so easy. White gold has a slightly more grayish color than platinum and is a bit lighter in weight. So can you tell the difference, it really depends on you. How closely are you analyzing the pieces of jewelry, how much of an expert are you, and what are you looking for.
Does platinum lose its shine?
Yes, but not as quickly as white gold and it will not require replating. Platinum will lose its shine over time due to natural wear and tear, however, you can easily regain this shine with a simple cleaning to restore its luster.
Is platinum shinier than white gold?
While white gold and platinum are both shiny and beautiful, white gold is the shinier metal while platinum is the brighter metal due to its purity. Both metals require maintenance to keep their shine.
Is white gold out of style?
White gold is always in style. While it may not always be trendy, this traditional metal for engagement rings makes it a timeless style.
Does white gold fade over time?
In a word, yes. White gold fades over time due to its rhodium plating wearing away. This is easily fixed with replating every few years (replating timeline depends on usage and other elements).
There are no rules here, white gold or platinum, you can’t go wrong. You have to consider multiple factors and decide on the best metal for you. Are you going to wear the piece every day?
Don’t forget about matching, for example, your engagement ring to your wedding ring. And a budget, platinum is more expensive initially while the upkeep of white gold can cost more.
Do you mind if your piece is heavy, do you have sensitive skin? Once you answer these questions, you will know the best silvery choice for you; white gold or platinum, you are sure to shine bright!
Emerald cut engagement rings are elegant, popular, and timeless. It is no wonder this distinctively glamorous shape has long been a favorite of royals, celebs, and of course, brides everywhere.
Emerald cut engagement rings favor an art deco style. Hugely popular in the 1920s, they are once again seeing a resurgence. Their long, clean lines, geometric shape, and brilliant reflections make them a fantastic choice.
Named after the technique used to cut the center stone, emerald cut diamond engagement rings have an enduring style. Their many facts and straight lines also make them appear bigger and brighter than their carat size.
So whether you go for a classic halo setting or a modern east-west setting, your emerald cut engagement ring is sure to always be in fashion.
What Is An Emerald Cut Diamond?
So what exactly is an emerald cut diamond? Is it an emerald? Is it a diamond? Don’t worry, we’ll explain. We understand the name seems a bit confusing. Emerald cut diamonds derive their name from the technique used to cut the diamonds, which was originally used to cut emerald gemstones.
They feature long lines and a rectangular shape with cropped corners, which helps them be as durable as they are brilliant. Another reason they are so popular is that you can choose a larger size without a larger price tag. This is because of their lines, which show ample reflections and allow them to shine bright, showcasing their size better than their counterparts.
Glitz, glamor, and timeless elegance, an emerald cut engagement ring will never steer you wrong.
The History Of The Emerald Cut
Dating back to the 1500s, emerald cut diamonds are one of the oldest diamond shapes around. The technique for crafting emerald cut diamonds was originally used on emerald gemstones, to give more durability to the stone, long considered to be softer and more brittle.
The success of this technique caught the attention of jewelers and was quickly put into use for cutting diamonds. Eventually, the style of this cut created the name of the diamond we know today, emerald cut diamonds.
The cut then gained popularity in the art deco movement of the 1920s and has remained popular since then. From royals to your favorite celebrities, emerald cut diamond engagement rings are a style staple sure to impress.
Lab Created Emerald Cut Diamonds
Emerald cut diamonds are already more affordable thanks to the lower demand and losing the least amount of carat weight in the cutting process. Another way to save is to choose a lab created diamond.
Lab grown diamonds are popular for many reasons, including being a more affordable option than their earth created counterparts. Emerald cut diamonds, like all diamonds, whether they come from a lab or deep in the earth, have the same properties and visual appearance.
Another perk, lab created diamonds, including emerald cut diamonds, are far less environmentally problematic. Saving money, helping mother earth, and shining just as bright? Sign us up! Click here to check out our supply of lab created emerald diamonds!
So you’ve chosen an emerald cut diamond, now for the ring. Where to begin? You’ve already completed a big hurdle by choosing your center stone. Now it’s time to choose the ring setting. Metal, side stones, styles, the choices can seem endless and overwhelming, but we are here to help.
While there’s really no setting emerald cut diamonds look bad in, below you can read about the settings that will best highlight your emerald cut diamond. Need some inspo? See examples in each section. From pavé to vintage, we’ve got you covered.
Pavé Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
A pavé engagement ring is a great choice as it will always up the sparkle. Keep the focus on your center stone while still having that extra wow factor. After all, bling begets bling, right? This elegant setting works in yellow or white gold, as well as rose and platinum. Amplify your emerald cut diamond while adding to its shine with a perfect pavé setting.
Solitaire Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
The solitaire setting is a fabulous choice as it keeps the focus on your emerald cut diamond. Simple and sophisticated, this setting works in yellow, white, and even rose gold, as well as platinum. A setting that is anything but basic, a solitaire engagement ring will always be in style.
Bonus, solitaires are a great setting for the budget-conscious as well.
Three Stone Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
If you love the bling of a pavé ring but want a bit more oomph, a three stone setting is for you. Go for a cohesive look by choosing emerald cut side stones or mix it up and contrast the emerald cut with shapes such as pear or Asscher cut.
Vintage Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
If your love of emerald cut diamonds comes from its art deco origins, a vintage style setting is for you. Pay home to a by-gone era with an emerald cut engagement ring that captures that vintage feel with a modern flair. Make a statement with one of these sophisticated settings.
Emerald Cut Engagement Rings On A Hand
You love the shape of the stone but will it work on your hand?
Emerald cut diamonds have an elongating effect, making them incredibly flattering. If there is a concern or a desire for elongating the finger, then emerald cut diamond engagement rings are a great choice.
Because of their large table surface, they also appear larger than the actual carat size, so if you feel bigger is better, an emerald cut engagement ring will look fab on your hand.
Check out this inspo below and get your own!
FAQs About Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
Is emerald cut OK for engagement rings?
The emerald cut is a great choice for engagement rings. Whether choosing a diamond or a gemstone, the emerald cut is elegant, timeless, and looks good alone or with additional sparkle.
Why are emerald cut diamonds cheaper?
While historically popular and rising, emerald cut diamonds are not as in demand as more traditional round cut diamonds, for example. Therefore, the lower demand allows their price to be lower.
Another fun factor is that the technique used to create emerald cut diamonds loses minimal carat weight, so this low price comes with maximum shine.
Do emerald cut diamonds look better in white or yellow gold?
Emerald cut diamonds look great in both white and yellow gold so the real answer is, it is up to you! Yellow gold will bring out the color of a diamond more, while white gold will give your emerald cut diamond a cooler tone.
Many prefer white gold with diamonds because it will hide any possible inclusions the best. This is especially true for emerald cut diamonds with their large facets.
Is emerald cut classy?
The emerald cut is the epitome of class. Reminiscent of the many historical and current fashion icons who sport them, emerald cut diamonds and gemstones are as classy as they are iconic.
Emerald cut engagement rings offer timeless, elegant, and luxurious style. Bigger brilliance without the price to match, emerald cut engagement rings are perfect if you are looking for a center stone with a more durable cut, a diamond that shines above its carat weight, and a look that is classic yet modern.
Celebrate your love in style with an emerald cut engagement ring from James Allen.
Keeping up with trends can be difficult. If you’re planning for 2022 to be the year of your proposal, start off on the right foot by taking a look at what’s trending in the world of engagement rings.
As we make our way through 2022, we see what engagement rings are already trending. Whether you are shopping together or planning a surprise proposal, you want a ring you’ll both love forever.
After the upheaval of the past few years, it’s becoming clear that ring-shoppers are finally feeling more stable and certain regarding the future – and they’re no longer holding back on the sparkle. 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the bling. Get ready for large diamonds and lots of them!
Pavé is popular, has always been popular, and will likely always be popular. It is no wonder why pavé engagement rings are dominating in 2022. They’re beloved due to their impact: size ratio.
Pavé diamonds are tiny – so they’re affordable, and pavé rings normally contain dozens of them – so you get ALL the facets. Pavé-set diamonds give rings a uniquely glittery quality, thanks to the hundreds of delicate facets that refract light in different directions with even the slightest shift of the finger.
Why aren’t pavé rings more expensive if they’re set with so many stones? Well, it’s because diamonds increase in value as their carat weight goes up, but the price increase is somewhat exponential.
In other words, a ring with a handful of tiny diamonds with a total weight of 1 carat will almost always cost less than a single, 1 carat diamond engagement ring. You get more diamonds, and you pay less.
Vintage Engagement Rings
We have all seen how thrifting and second-hand shops are all the rage in fashion, and engagement rings are no exception. Vintage engagement rings give that one-of-a-kind, antique feel. You get the style of today, inspired by the best styles from the past.
Cathedral settings are part of this popular trend thanks to their style, which mimics the arches of old church cathedrals. Whether you are choosing a classic diamond or a colorful gemstone, this eye-catching design will highlight your choice beautifully.
Cushion cut engagement rings are also part of this trend. With their timeless style and vintage appeal, cushion cut diamond engagement rings are a classic choice that will always be on the cutting edge of fashion.
Contoured Ring Sets
Everyone loves a matching set, right? Well, that’s why this style is at the top of 2022’s trends. These sets, which include a curved wedding ring to match your gorgeous engagement ring, were made to go together…just like you and your beloved!
There’s something particularly satisfying about a wedding ring that’s literally made for your engagement ring. Your center diamond is lovely on its own, wait until you see how it looks with your custom-made wedding band!
Advantages of matching wedding sets:
No need to search for a wedding band
It’s guaranteed that your wedding set will sit perfectly flush to your engagement ring
More of a good thing: if you love your engagement ring, you’ll get more of what you love in your wedding ring
All-in-one purchase: you can purchase both your rings at once, which can save you money.
Check out this inspo and get your own matching set!
Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Rose gold just oozes romance. Its vintage appeal with modern flair makes it doubly trendy and its warm color makes it irresistible. Rose gold engagement rings are a great choice in addition to the more traditional yellow or white gold options and are ideal for the lover who wants a ring that is timeless, elegant, and effortlessly stylish.
This gorgeous metal looks great with both classic colorless diamonds and gemstones that share the metals warm hue. A favorite of many celebs, rose gold engagement rings are no longer just the choice of those seeking an “alternative,” rose gold is now a mainstream trend that looks like it is here to stay.
Hidden Diamond Details
They say the devil is in the details, but in this case, the dazzle is in the details. Hidden diamond details are all the rage for 2022 and why not? Who doesn’t want to sparkle more?
Hidden diamond details are simply, small diamonds hidden in details on your engagement ring. More sparkle where you’d least expect it. Nothing wrong with that!
At James Allen, we believe sparkle is life, the more the better! That’s why our Ring Studio has this feature.
But wait, what’s the Ring Studio? Our Ring Studio allows you to design your engagement ring with the metal, stone, and setting of your choice. Numerous personalization options will have you feeling like a jeweler yourself!
One of these many options is the “Surprise Diamond.” This diamond is neatly placed at the base of the prong setting on your engagement ring. Adding just a bit more bling for the love that makes you shine.
Gemstone Engagement Rings
A pop of color doesn’t just complete a room, it can also complete your dream engagement ring. While diamond engagement rings often get all the glory, gemstone engagement rings have been popular since time immemorial and have fast become a top trend of 2022.
Gemstone engagement rings don’t just add color, allow you to express your personal style, or look gloriously glamorous; gemstone engagement rings add that something special you just can’t put your finger on (pun intended!).
Check out this inspo and create your own colorful masterpiece!
Fancy Black Diamond Engagement Rings
A black diamond to match your black heart? Try a fancy black diamond to match your incredible style and stay with 2022’s top trends. Nothing goes against the grain of traditional colorless diamonds while staying chic AF, as a fancy black diamond engagement ring.
Rock that Main Character Energy when you sport one of these black beauties; whose popularity has only grown since being spotlighted by the one and only Carrie Bradshaw in the hotly anticipated Sex and the City reboot.
Oval diamond rings have always been popular and continue to find their spotlight in 2022. The way the oval elongates and flatters just about any finger makes this stone a modern classic. The soft edges allow the diamond to look stunning on its own or shine extra bright when highlighted by a pavé or halo setting.
Seen on the hands of royals for centuries and consistently worn by a bevy of celebrities, oval diamond engagement rings are a trend that will forever be in style.
Lab Created Diamond Engagement Rings
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: lab created diamonds are the stones of the future. Though lab diamonds were popular before 2022, the COVID pandemic and supply chain disruptions made them an even more attractive choice for ring shoppers.
Their alluring pricing and superb quality earned them first place on diamond enthusiasts’ wishlists, particularly those who are budget-conscious; for the same price as an earth-created diamond, consumers can get a lab grown diamond that’s 30% larger!
We don’t see this trend waning; on the contrary, sales of lab created diamonds have continued to increase year after year. Despite their different origins, earth created and lab grown diamonds are 100% chemically and structurally identical.
The difference in price comes from the fact that it’s much easier, and quicker, to grow a diamond in a lab than it is to locate and wrest it from deep within the earth. Creation process aside, once they arrive at your door they are completely identical in terms of quality, durability, and sparkle. That’s why we consider lab created diamonds to be the ultimate life hack.
If you’re shopping for rings in 2022, keep an eye out for pavé, vintage-inspired, lab created diamonds, and more! Creativity is king in 2022, and you are the designer.
Go for a classic oval diamond or a bold fancy black diamond, be perfectly seamless with a contoured set and grab a rock bigger than you imagined with a lab created option, either way, these 2022 trends will be in style long after we ring in the new year.
But most importantly, choose what you and your partner will love. Still unsure? Check out our Virtual Engagement Ring Try On so you can try it before you buy from the comfort of literally anywhere! Learn more about our virtual try on here.
Got more questions? Just Ask! At JamesAllen.com we’re at your service 24/7.
Earrings are a perfect accessory to wear every day, bringing any look from blah to beautiful. That is why you want to make sure you are wearing the most flattering pair. Read on to learn how to choose the best earrings for your face shape.
You are uniquely beautiful: your taste, your style, your face. This is why it is important to choose earrings that flatter and highlight your unique beauty. Often when choosing jewelry we take into account many things, does it go with our outfit, is it right for the occasion, can we afford it?
But face shape, which is key for something like earrings, is often left to the side. In this piece, we will explain how to choose the right earrings for your face shape, so that you shine as bright as the pieces you love.
How To Find Your Face Shape
While we are all different, there are five main face shapes: round, heart, square, diamond, and oval. Determining your face shape will allow you the freedom to play and choose the most flattering earrings that also match your personality, lifestyle, and taste in fashion.
How Do I Determine My Face Shape?
Unsure what your face shape is? You are not alone! But never fear because we are here to help you figure out your face shape in just a few easy steps!
Measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the other FOREHEAD
Measure from the point of your upper cheekbone to the other CHEEKBONES
Measure your jaw across at its widest point (approximately an inch below your ears) JAWLINE
Measure from the center of your hairline to the bottom of your chin FACE
If the numbers for 2 and 4 are similar and are higher than 1 and 3, you have a round shaped face. If 1 is higher than 3, and 2 is about the same as 1, with a narrow jawline, you have a heart shaped face.
If all your measurements are similar, you have a square shaped face. If 4 is the highest number, followed by 2 then 1, with 3 being the smallest, you have a diamond shaped face. If 4 is higher than 2, and 1 is higher than 3, you have an oval shaped face.
Round-shaped faces are greatly flattered by long, dangling or drop earrings, which have a lengthening effect. Long, slim earrings will compliment the roundness of your face’s shape. Tassels are another great, stylistic way to add a lengthening effect using earrings.
Most experts recommend avoiding rounder, wide, and chunky earrings, as these shapes can enhance the roundness of your face.
Heart-shaped faces are most flattered by earrings with a wide bottom, creating a proportional balance. Your face’s shape screams love, grab earrings that do the same by choosing earrings that start slim at the top and get wide at the bottom.
Check out these options from James Allen and keep in mind that earrings that stick close to the face like studs and clusters flatter equally as well.
Square-shaped faces look great with earrings that Softline your beautifully strong jawline. Go for earrings that are round or have flowing styles with fewer angles. It is best to choose earrings that balance the strength of your face’s angles; hoop earrings are a great option here.
Classic yellow gold hoops or sparkling gemstone hoops, the shape of this timeless style will enhance any look while flattering your face.
The highlight of diamond-shaped faces is usually the eyes at the widest part of the face. Enhance this gorgeous feature with earrings such as studs that stay close to the ear to create balance.
The key with a diamond-shaped face is to balance out the widths and angles. Sticking to simple, classic styles, that are also versatile, will best achieve this.
PRO TIP: GO FOR A CLASSIC PAIR OF DIAMOND STUDS & CUSTOMIZE THEM BY CHOOSING YOUR METAL, STYLE, DIAMOND SHAPE, AND DIAMOND SIZE!
Oval-shaped faces are flattered by the largest variety of shapes, both a blessing and a curse. You can wear almost anything, but the options are enormous! Studs, hoops, small drops, huggies and more all highlight your face’s shape.
Try these fabulous styles from James Allen:
But be careful, earrings that dangle too much or have a large drop, as this can elongate the face more than is desired.
The Best Earrings For Your Face Shape
Close to the face, thin at top and widens at the bottom
Medium to long rounded edges
Close to the ear or wider at the bottom
Pretty much anything!
FAQs About Earrings For Your Face Shape
Got some more questions? You’re not alone! See below for some more info on finding the perfect earrings for your face shape!
What earrings look good on any face shape?
Hoop earrings are a universal classic. Coming in a variety of sizes and shapes! Go for large, small, long, or round, classic metals or dazzling diamonds, you are sure to find the perfect pair to flatter your face!
Simple studs are also a fantastic choice as they look good on everyone! A cute pair of gold clusters, a great pair of gemstone studs to mark your birthday or a perfect pair of diamond studs to match your tennis bracelet.
What about bone structure?
Your face’s bone structure, while a clear part of your face shape, has additional considerations. A general rule of thumb is that the finer your bone structure, the finer your earrings need to be.
If you have a thinner bone structure, go for earrings that are more delicate, gentle, and thin. Faces with more medium bone structure should be like goldilocks, go for earrings that are not too thin but not too thick. If you are rocking a large bone structure, then go for those chunky earrings you’ve been dreaming of, your bones will support them!
What earrings make your face look slimmer?
No one style slims every face shape, however, a good rule to follow is to avoid round, particularly large round earrings. This shape will give the appearance of widening your face and make it look fuller.
How do I know which earrings look best on me?
The earrings that will best on your face are the ones that make you smile the brightest! Choosing an earring recommended for your face shape is a great way to start, take into account your personal style, the event, and your outfit, and will sparkle as bright as a diamond!
What other factors should I consider?
Lifestyle, environment, personality, and skintone are all factors to keep in mind when shopping for earrings or any fine jewelry.
Your office may have a more conservative vibe, in this case, stick to classic styles in gold and save the more artsy, dangly pieces for after work. If you are more active or physically busy throughout the day, small studs and other earrings close to the face will be best to avoid getting in the way while still shining bright.
Earrings are a great way to express your personality as well. If you are more artsy, you may prefer something more dangly with more intricate detail. If you live for the drama, go for bold colors and shapes. Are you a classic? Go for those classic shapes and styles.
And of course, skin tone. Different metals suit different skin tones better. Cooler skin tones look best with white gold or platinum, warmer skin tones look best with yellow gold, and neutral skin tone looks great with both. Want to know more, including figuring out your skin tone?
Check out our blog HERE to learn how to choose the right jewelry for your skin tone.
When it comes to fashion, the rule is there are no rules. As we have seen, different shapes flatter the uniqueness of different facial shapes.
The thing to keep in mind while shopping is to look at earrings whose features are the opposite of your face. This way, no matter what your face shape, the earrings will balance out proportions and highlight your best facial features.
But no matter what your face shape is, the most flattering earrings are the ones you love! Whether long and dangly, spectacular studs, classic hoops, dazzling diamonds, precious pearls, or gorgeous gemstones, James Allen has the earrings for you.
Choosing the perfect diamond is already hard enough (no pun intended!), but as a global community, we have become more aware of where what we buy comes from. Read on to learn how to be sure you are buying a conflict free, ethically sourced diamond.
Diamonds are the gift that keeps on dazzling. Your diamond should represent love and other momentous occasions, unfortunately, diamonds that come from conflict zones or unsafe conditions take away that dazzle.
Read on to find out about conflict free and ethically sourced diamonds. So your only issue as a conscious consumer is which diamond to buy.
What IS A Conflict Free Diamond?
A conflict free diamond is a diamond that has not financed a civil war. This term is in response to the infamous blood diamonds. Made famous by the movie of the same name, blood diamonds are diamonds that are mined in war zones and used to finance civil wars.
What Is A Blood Diamond?
Blood diamonds come from areas controlled by rebel and terror groups, blood diamonds are problematic to both human rights and the environment.
The conditions and treatment of workers in these war zones are horrific. Workers are underpaid and subjected to intimidation tactics and threats. Miners of blood diamonds frequently utilize child labor as well.
In addition to the horrendous human rights violations, blood diamonds wreak havoc on the environment. Regulations to protect the earth and air, particularly for surrounding areas, are wholly ignored.
The only concern when it comes to blood diamonds is their value and using this value to finance violence. Blood diamonds have understandably become a pariah of the diamond industry. Neither customers nor reputable retailers want blood diamonds.
Are Conflict Free Diamonds Real Diamonds?
Conflict free diamonds are absolutely real diamonds. They are simply diamonds that have not been used to finance a civil war. Conflict free diamonds are available in both earth-created and lab created diamonds.
Where Do Conflict Free Diamonds Come From?
Diamonds either come from the earth or a lab. Earth-created diamonds are formed far below the Earth’s surface. They are compressed over millions of years and ultimately form the diamonds we know today.
Conflict free diamonds are diamonds that have been mined responsibly. Coming from countries that are certified by what is known as The Kimberley Process (see below for more), conflict free diamonds cannot finance civil conflicts.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) offers origin reports on some of their certified diamonds. These reports help to identify the country a diamond was mined in, as an additional step to ensure a diamond’s ethical origin. All diamonds sold by James Allen are certified by either the GIA, the American Gem Society (AGS), or the International Gemological Institute (IGI).
Conflict Free VS Ethically Sourced Diamonds: What’s The Difference?
Conflict free diamonds do not finance civil conflicts. Ethically sourced diamonds go further.
Not financing a civil war is hugely important, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Ethically sourced diamonds go further to ensure that diamond miners do not utilize harmful practices.
Miners of diamonds considered to be ethically sourced must abide by regulations to protect human rights, civil rights, and the environment.
Are Lab Grown Diamonds Ethically Sourced?
Yes! Lab grown diamonds are conflict free and ethically sourced. So unless Susan puts her fish in the microwave again, everything about lab created diamonds is conflict free and ethically sourced.
Because as the name suggests, these diamonds are created artificially in a lab, there are far fewer people involved than a traditional mine, no back breaking labor, and minimal environmental impact.
Advanced technologies are utilized in a highly controlled laboratory environment, which is able to replicate the process and conditions that bring earth created diamonds.
Lab grown diamonds are just as real as mined diamonds, with the same characteristics, brilliance, and sparkle, but at a much lower price point. It is no wonder their popularity continues to increase.
FAQs About Ethically Sourced Diamonds
At James Allen we share your commitment. This is why we only offer conflict free, ethically sourced, top-quality diamonds.
What Is The Kimberley Process?
The Kimberley Process was created to increase transparency and oversight in the diamond industry. It is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that was created to end the trade of conflict diamonds sold by rebel groups or similar, which fund civil war and similar conflicts.
The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme or KPCS, outlines the rules and minimum requirements that govern the trade of rough diamonds.
How Can I Be Sure I Am Buying A Conflict Free Diamond?
Research, research, research. In order to ensure you are buying a conflict free diamond, you need to look at the jeweler, vendor, or retailer.
Many retailers claim they sell conflict free and ethically sourced diamonds. But you need to make sure to ask questions. Do they provide information on where their diamonds are sourced? Have their diamonds been KPCS certified? Do they go above and beyond KPCS certification?
KPCS is a great place to start. But it is not a full-proof system and has many loopholes that can be exploited. This is why James Allen goes above and beyond the KPCS.
Are James Allen Engagement Rings Conflict Free?
James Allen surpasses accepted industry standards so that we can offer diamonds, including our engagement rings, that have been carefully selected for their ethical and environmentally responsible origins.
James Allen only works with vendors that sign and comply with our proprietary Diamond Responsible Sourcing Protocol (DRSP), which ensures that they are in compliance with the Kimberley Process and are also committed to social and labor ethics.
In addition, James Allen is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the world’s leading standard setting organization for the jewelry and watch industry.
At James Allen, we have over 500,000 diamonds, all of which are certified conflict free and we are proud to go above and beyond many of the current industry requirements and standards to ensure we are offering you the best quality diamonds from the most responsible sources.
Visit our Education Center to read everything you need to know about selecting the best center diamond for you. You can also learn all about loose diamonds, engagement rings, diamond jewelry, gemstone jewelry, insurance, and more! And take advantage of our expert diamond consultants when choosing your conflict free James Allen diamond.
Summer is here, love is in the air, and wedding season has arrived. You found the one, you’ve decided to ask, and now you have to decide where to ask, how to ask, and most importantly, to pick out the ring.
Getting engaged is a moment you’ll never forget. Everything has to be perfect, from the setting to the story, and of course the ring. This is a story you, your family, and your friends will be telling until your wedding day and beyond.
Whether you jet off to Paris, do it at dinner, or make it a family affair, we are here to help you pick the perfect place and the perfect engagement ring for your dream summer proposal.
Destination Proposal Tips
They say go big or go home, and you’ve decided to go big. You’ve got a special trip planned, so let’s make it the vacation of a lifetime. Let’s start with a few tips to ensure it is the most epic yes!
Propose early. Don’t spend the entire trip being a nervous nelly, instead, start your vacation off with a bang.
Practice, practice, practice. Prepare what you are going to say ahead of time. You WILL be nervous, so rehearsing what you say will ease some of the stress.
Do your homework. No matter if you are going for romance, quirk, or privacy, make sure you have researched your location. Proposing will be difficult if you are amidst a sea of tourists if there’s another event taking place, or gasp, your location is closed! Take out the guesswork and take out the stress.
Trick them into it. Everyone should be dressed for the occasion. Nails did, hair did, everything did…right? So a little white lie here is OK. Plan a fake outing with a dress code similar to what you would like the big question to be. Going for glam? Fake an opera night. You get the idea.
Pics or it didn’t happen. You’ve gone through all this trouble. Make sure it is documented. Hire a photographer to document the moment. Remember, the more isolated and private, the harder incorporating a photog will be. Hire a pro and you’re sure to come up with a master plan no matter the scenario.
Celebrate. You’ve asked, and they said yes! (Congrats by the way!) Have something on hand to celebrate. A bottle of champagne, their favorite cookies, or reservations at their favorite restaurant.
This is a huge moment between two people. If you want your proposal to be something for JUST the two of you, then pick a private location. Does that mean no one else can be around? Of course not. It just requires some research. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
New York, New York. We know what you’re thinking, New York?! Privacy?! Actually yes! This iconic city is so sizable, so large, that you are sure to find a private spot. A romantic picnic, a private stroll, or grabbing a view of the unforgettable New York City skyline, are just a few ideas.
Pagosa Springs, Colorado. These hot springs ooze romance. With multiple secluded spots and a gorgeous natural background of mountains and forest, give your partner a piece of ice hotter than any spring in the state.
Isle of Skye, Scotland. You’ll feel as if you are in a fairy tale at this gorgeous location that feels straight out of your fantasies. As beautiful as it is private, jump into the pools of the cascading river to celebrate….if you dare!
Bora Bora, French Polynesia. You don’t get much more private…or romantic than the bungalows of Bora Bora. Take an intoxicating vacation to the next level by popping the ultimate question.
These engagement rings sparkle so bright they will light up the night sky!