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Your Anniversary Jewelry Gift Guide by Year

Every wedding anniversary is a milestone that deserves celebration. The tradition of anniversary gifts has been part of history for decades. Did you know there are specific gemstones associated with each anniversary year? JamesAllen.com has the perfect guide to help you find a beautiful gift to honor your love as a couple.

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Anniversary gemstone jewelry has been adored and worn by many. For generations, gemstones have grown in popularity and are not only worn as fashion statement pieces but also valued for their significance and symbolism. 

Each wedding anniversary has a different traditional and precious gemstone gift that also has a specific meaning associated with it, this depends on how many years you as a couple are celebrating. From glamorous gold earrings to iconic pearl jewelry, each piece is made with you in mind and designed to last a lifetime – just like your marriage. 

1 Year Anniversary: Gold

The first year of marriage is most likely to be the sweetest, filled with many lovely moments. Gold is not exactly a gemstone but traditionally newly married couples exchange gold jewelry on the 1st year anniversary. This gorgeous metal is the perfect way for couples to begin the luxurious gift-giving tradition.  

For a classic first anniversary gift, choose a piece of jewelry that is simple and contemporary – for both him or her. Another darling idea is to get modest, matching gold rings. 

2 Year Anniversary: Garnet

The traditional beautiful gemstone for a second wedding anniversary is garnet. This gorgeous gemstone is said to represent love and devotion, while many also believe it is a symbol of protection. While garnet gemstones can be found in a range of many colors, such as green, purple and yellow. But the most popular hue is a vibrant, deep red, which is used in a range of jewelry pieces from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and rings. 

From modern to vintage styles and designs, gifting a piece of garnet jewelry to your partner on your second anniversary is a great way of saying ‘I love you.’ 

3 Year Anniversary: Pearls

Pearls, the traditional gems of a third-year wedding anniversary have been treasured for decades. Whether natural or cultured, pearls have always been considered beautiful and precious stone that symbolizes innocence and purity. 

Not only are pearls unique, budget-friendly, and available in numerous jewelry styles and designs but they come in a variety of colors too. These include, pink, blue, green, gold, gray and black. 

Pearls have always been a reliable classic, however, lately, they’ve been seen as the hottest new trend. In fact, men are even catching on to this chic style. No matter if you gift your partner earrings, a necklace, or a pearl ring, they are sure to love their timeless wardrobe staple. 

4 Year Anniversary: Topaz

To celebrate your fourth wedding anniversary, why not opt for the traditional and alluring topaz stone? While the rarest yet most popular Topaz hue is blue, the gemstone actually comes in a selection of other gorgeous colors as well. Topaz has relatively high clarity and brilliance, making it shine beautifully in the center of rings, necklaces, and earrings. Blue topaz has historically been associated with love and affection, making it the perfect gift for an anniversary. Whether it’s day or night, our unique gemstone rings will easily complement any outfit, day or night.

5 Year Anniversary: Sapphire 

Sapphires historically symbolize truth and loyalty and are also the traditional gemstones of fifth-year wedding anniversaries. Although blue is the most common hue of sapphire, it is also found in other colors. So if blue is not your significant other’s color, you can opt for jewelry with pink, yellow or white sapphire. 

Sapphire is one of the hardest and most durable gemstones that can withstand the test of time just like your marriage. With so many options for sapphire jewelry, this is the perfect way to celebrate your anniversary.  

10 Year Anniversary: Diamonds 

Congratulations! Ten years of marriage surely qualifies as a big milestone, so naturally, diamond jewelry is so fitting for this special occasion. Much like the bond of your love, diamonds are known to be filled with strength and prosperity. 

One of the most popular diamond jewelry gifts is anniversary rings, and one of the best ways to say, ‘I will always love you.’ However, with a wide selection of dazzling diamond gifts for both him and her, you can easily mark this anniversary with a piece of diamond jewelry they will definitely cherish forever. 

Tantalum 7.5mm Channel Set Diamond Satin Finished Comfort Fit Ring
14K White Gold Double Prong Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

15 Year Anniversary: Ruby  

A fifteenth wedding anniversary is another momentous occasion that should undoubtedly be celebrated. The traditional gemstone associated with 15 years of marriage is the ruby, which is a true epitome of love and passion. 

The ruby gemstone is cherished for its magnificent deep red hues, but rubies are also found in various shades from light pink to dark red. Not only are rubies sought after for their appearance but they also come with a wealth of symbolism. They are believed to bring harmony, wealth, prosperity, and success. 

The ruby is a perfect gift choice for couples who desire to continue their fiery romance and strong love for many more years to come. 

20 Year Anniversary: Emerald  

The symbolic gemstone of a twentieth wedding anniversary is emerald. The radiant green-colored stone has not only long been considered the gemstone of royalty but the emerald also represents pure love, vitality, and everlasting relationships. 

Perfect for any type of jewelry, perhaps you’re looking to gift your significant other a new and one-of-a-kind emerald solitaire engagement ring to celebrate this truly special occasion in your lives. 

A wonderful and happy marriage is one of the most beautiful treasures in life. As the years’ pass, you can celebrate your love and devotion with a gift that will outlast the passing of time. A stunning piece of jewelry set with the perfect wedding anniversary gemstone is an excellent choice for every one of these special occasions!

FAQs About Anniversary Gifts 

  1. What is the best gift for an anniversary?

This naturally comes down to personal preference and for many people budgets as well. Thankfully with many modern and traditional gift guides, you are sure to find the perfect gift for your partner. Regardless of whether you’re celebrating 1 year of marriage or 25 years together. 

  1. Do couples get anniversary gifts?

For the most part, the answer is yes. Statistics show that married couples are most likely going to gift an anniversary present to their spouse. In fact, nearly three-quarters of married people buy their partner anniversary gifts, and this popular custom is becoming more and more common all over the world. 

  1. What is the traditional gift for a first-year wedding anniversary?

Traditionally, the first-anniversary gift is paper, since your lives together are still a blank slate. But for gemstone jewelry it is gold. 

  1. What is the traditional gift for a five-year wedding anniversary?

The traditional gift for a 5-year anniversary is wood, which symbolizes long-lasting strength, wisdom, and forgiveness. And for gemstone jewelry gifts the custom is sapphire. 

  1. What is the traditional gift for a ten-year wedding anniversary?

The traditional gift for a ten-year wedding anniversary is aluminum or tin, which symbolizes the strength and resilience of your marriage. Although, the accustomed gemstone gift for this decade-long occasion is diamonds.

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10 Stylish Jewelry Pieces To Gift Your Bridesmaids

10 Stylish Jewelry Pieces To Gift Your Bridesmaids

Say thank you to your bridesmaid squad in style. James Allen has a stunning range of quality jewelry pieces that you can gift your bridal party, and we’re sharing the best bridesmaid jewelry gifts for 2022. 

10 Stylish Jewelry Pieces To Gift Your Bridesmaids

As a bride-to-be, you will have many different things to plan and organize for the big day. And if you’re having a bridal party, this can also add to the stress of your endless to-do list. While giving your bridesmaid’s thank-you gifts isn’t always required, it never goes unappreciated. After all, your bridesmaids are there to provide support throughout the entire wedding planning journey and, of course, stand by your side as you say ‘I do.’ 

So what better way to show how much you value their time and assistance than with a gorgeous piece of fine jewelry? This is truly one of the best ways to help accessorize your bridesmaids (the way you want) for your wedding day. 

When selecting a jewelry gift, don’t forget to choose an item that reflects their individual taste and personality. But what’s most important is that their gift is filled with lots of gratitude and sparkle. 

How Much to Spend on Bridesmaid Gifts?

The big question that always comes to mind is, “how much should I spend”? A bridesmaid gift doesn’t need to be extravagant but simply a token of appreciation. Just like with any gift, this really depends on your budget. 

Scroll through our bridesmaid gift guide to find the most special gift they are sure to cherish. And, whatever you choose, be sure to add a handwritten note for each of your bridesmaids – they will love that! 

Gifts under $200

Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Earrings – $150

Earrings are a classic choice when it comes to bridesmaid accessories, which is why we love these freshwater pearl earrings. These timeless pearl earrings are the definition of elegance that your besties will cherish on your big day and are versatile enough for everyday wear.

Did you know that in some cultures, it is customary for a bride to gift her bridesmaids’ pearls as this gift is believed to symbolize enduring friendship or sisterhood? 

Yellow Gold Mini Initial K Necklace -$200

Whether you have one bridesmaid or ten, chances are they are part of your I do crew for a very special reason. This is why we believe personalized jewelry is truly one of the most meaningful gift ideas.

This mini initial bracelet is the perfect way for you to say ‘thank you’ and show your appreciation for your besties. Check out our matching mini initial bracelets.

14K White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial K Necklace

Gifts Under $350 

Yellow Gold Square Tube Hoop Earrings -$310

No matter the theme of your bridal party, these classic gold hoop earrings are sure to make the perfect bridesmaid gift. Simple and chic, these will definitely help your gals go from a graceful everyday look to wedding-ready in no time. 

Diamond Open Heart Chain Bracelet – $350

This dainty white gold diamond bracelet features a pavé diamond heart. Meaningful and super versatile, what better way to show your besties just how much you love them?

This beautiful bracelet is available in both white and rose gold, allowing you to choose the most suitable metal for each member of your entourage.

14K Yellow Gold Square Tube Hoop Earrings
14K Rose Gold Diamond Open Heart Chain Bracelet

Gifts Under $500 

Oval Sapphire Birthstone Necklace – $370

Birthstone jewelry is a beautiful gift idea if you so happen to be looking for something that is truly meaningful and personalized. This is why we suggest that you choose a piece of jewelry that features your special bridesmaids’ birthstone.

It makes for a perfect touch that your bridesmaids will appreciate as it is unique to each individual. And, of course, each birthstone has its own lovely meaning. For example, September’s birthstone, the vibrant sapphire, is rich with symbolism.

It is often associated with royalty, wisdom, virtue, and good fortune. Remember, a versatile birthstone necklace that will last forever! 

Evil Eye Diamond Ring -$420

With a history dating back hundreds of years, in many cultures around the world evil eye jewelry is traditionally believed to be a symbol of protection against harm of the wearer. And this is just one of the many reasons that we LOVE this special gift idea for your bridesmaids.

Not only are evil eye rings so trendy right now but they are gorgeous accessories that will complement almost any outfit too. Many celebrities such as Meghan Markle, Kim Kardashian, and even Rihanna have been spotted wearing all different types of evil eye jewelry.  

14K Yellow Gold Square Tube Hoop Earring
14K Yellow Gold Evil Eye Diamond Ring

Gifts Under $800

Interlocked Disk Paper Clip Bracelet – $540

Looking for a gift that is all the rage right now? Then this paper clip bracelet is exactly what you need to wrap up for your bridal besties. This yellow gold bracelet is bold yet lightweight and features elongated links that create a chic and modern design.

This kind of bracelet is a trend that won’t be going anywhere any time soon, so you’ll be guaranteed many smiles and happy bridesmaids. 

Taurus Zodiac Signet Ring – $790

As we mentioned before, a personalized piece of jewelry is the perfect gift for each of your bridesmaids. What could be better than a unique yellow gold zodiac ring? Each star sign symbolizes something different and meaningful.

Did you know that for many generations, people from all over the world have been wearing their astrological signs as jewelry for good luck, protection, and empowerment?

No matter your bestie’s personal style, they will definitely love a ring from our Zodiac Signet Ring collection.

14K Yellow Gold Interlocked Disk Paper Clip Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Taurus Zodiac Signet Ring

Splash Out – Gifts under $1300

Yellow Gold Solid Round Box Chain Bracelet -$940

Thinking about the ultimate statement piece? Gift your ‘I do crew’ with this special 14k gold piece of jewelry that they can wear on your wedding day and then treasure forever.

Your friends are going to be with you every step of the way. So show them how much you appreciate their support with this elegant and modern take on the classic friendship bracelet.  

Cushion Halo Morganite & Diamond Stud Earrings – $1260

Perhaps you’re looking to splurge on a truly special gift for your maid of honor? If so, why not opt for these gorgeous rose gold, morganite studs?

Considered to be the gemstone of divine love, morganite also showcases a statement style. Meaning, that without a doubt, she will absolutely love this gift that she can show off anytime, anywhere! 

14K Yellow Gold Solid Round Box Chain Bracelet
14K Rose Gold Cushion Halo Morganite And Diamond Stud Earrings

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Your Guide To Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Ever wondered, “what is rose gold”? Read on for everything you need to know about rose gold engagement rings—plus, some of our favorites you can shop right now only at JamesAllen.com.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Rose gold engagement rings are a unique alternative to traditional metal ring options like classic white gold or yellow gold rings. They’re the ideal choice for brides who want a ring that is elegant yet gorgeously distinctive. 

Rose gold engagement rings and wedding bands for women have been climbing the popularity ranks for quite some time now, especially among many celebrities like Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. It’s no wonder rose gold rings are finding their way onto the wishlists of more non-traditional brides everywhere around the world. 

14K Rose Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)
14K Rose Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

What Is Rose Gold?

Let’s start with the basics. Rose gold is a blend or alloy of gold, copper, and silver. It is the copper that gives rose gold its gorgeous, characteristic pink hue. The more copper in the alloy, the pinker it looks. While there is a common misconception that rose gold is not “real gold” because it’s a mix of metals, in reality rose gold is real, but it’s just not 100% gold.

The History Of Rose Gold

It is believed that during the 19th century, rose gold was first used by czar jeweler Carl Fabergé when he was tasked with creating ornate Easter eggs as gifts for Russian tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II’s family.  At the time, rose gold was known as Russian Gold because of its historical importance. However, this unique pink-hued metal didn’t become fashionable until around 1924, when Cartier used rose gold in his iconic trinity ring. So yes, rose gold is not new to the jewelry world. 

Are Rose Gold Rings More Expensive?

One of the most common misconceptions of rose gold is that it tends to be more expensive than yellow or white gold. But the truth is, this is not the case. Just like an engagement ring, rose gold engagement rings vary in price. Essentially, it all comes down to the carat size, weight of the gold content in your ring, gemstones and diamonds and other details such as the setting or complexity of its design. Rose Gold is made with the same purity of gold as Yellow and White Gold, so the color of the metal of your ring will definitely not affect its overall price.

Besides Diamonds, What Gemstones Suit Rose Gold?

Apart from stunning, radiant diamonds there are also many colored gemstones that look amazing with rose gold engagement rings. These include, morganite and pink sapphires. 

The warm, pink hue of the precious metal complements the feminine shades of pink. And if you’re looking for something extraordinary, a gemstone and diamond combination often works very well too. 

What Type Of Bride Would Rose Gold Be Most Suitable For?

If you’re an adventurous bride-to-be looking for an engagement ring that is not just unique but also features a feminine, soft and romantic touch then opting for a rose gold metal is exactly what you need to stand out from the crowd. An engagement ring should not just be a symbol of your love but also needs to be a reflection of your personal style.

Whether you’re after something vintage or a ring more chic and contemporary, rose gold has the flair to complement any kind of setting and style. While tradition suggests that yellow gold best suits ‘cool’ skin and white jewelry suits ‘warm’ skin tones, the rosey pink hues rose gold looks equally beautiful on every skin tone.

Are Rose Gold Engagement Rings A Popular Choice?

The answer is, YES! Rose Gold has become more and more popular throughout the years. With a variety of styles and designs to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect dream ring. The blushing pink hues and the warm romantic feel has captured the hearts of many brides to be. Plus, if you’re wanting a metal that is a lot more subtle than yellow gold, rose gold is exactly what you need. 

Rose Gold Symbolism

Rose gold is delicate, whimsical, and full of deeper meaning, and its color is unlike any other jewelry metal. It is often associated with passion and is considered to be a symbol of love and romance because of its lavish pink shade. The warm and rich metal also portrays a sense of style and elegance but also shows off your sense of fashion. The pinkish tones also signify femininity, although rose gold is not only intended for women.

How Do I Clean My Rose Gold Engagement Ring? 

Caring for rose gold jewelry is very straightforward and easy to clean. Because of its copper content, rose gold doesn’t tarnish and instead develops what’s called a patina. A patina is a sheen that develops on certain metals over time due to oxidation, which gives the metal a gorgeous vintage look. Essentially, rose gold will stay beautiful with very little maintenance. 

To care for your rose gold diamond engagement ring, you can simply soak it in warm water with a mild soap for a few minutes before giving it a light scrub with a very soft toothbrush or a cloth. To avoid damaging your ring please do not use any type of vinegar solution.

Use a mixture of lukewarm water and a small amount of dish soap to soak the ring for 1-2 hours. After that, gently use a toothbrush to clean the crevices and dry with a clean towel. 

Is Rose Gold Durable?

While pure gold is soft, rose gold is slightly different when it comes to durability as it contains copper. Jewelry experts maintain that copper is one of the most durable metals, so adding it to gold makes for a sturdy alloy that can easily withstand daily wear. There is a good reason as to why it’s used in industrial construction and engineering – this is tough stuff! So, rest assured, rose gold is long-lasting and will look beautiful in years to come. 

What Diamond Shape Is Best For Rose Gold?

Just like all metals, the type of diamond you choose for your rose gold engagement ring is important. Experts believe that diamonds such as emerald and Asscher cut should generally be avoided with rose gold bands. These diamond shapes tend to draw light from the bottom of the diamond, meaning, a rose gold band could easily make a colorless diamond appear to have a rosy tint. 

Of course, there are restrictions when it comes to diamond shapes for rose gold rings but the most preferred shapes tend to be round, pear, heart and oval shaped diamonds

If rose gold sounds like the perfect fit, let us help bring your vision to life. We would also love to see which rose gold engagement ring you choose to say ‘I do’ to, so share your special moment with us on Instagram by tagging us  @JamesAllenRings.  

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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

In the world of how to wear wedding rings and engagement rings, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Even the most “universal” traditions, as you’ll soon see, are subject to variations. It all depends on the ring wearer’s particular culture and style.

So what should YOU do? Read on to find out.

How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

What’s the right way to wear my wedding ring?

With all the traditions and rituals involved in marriage, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlpool of wedding “should”s. And there are a lot of them. But as far as how to wear a wedding ring, where to wear a wedding ring, and what your wedding ring should look like – there is quite a bit of room to express yourself! On the whole, the world of wedding rings is less rigid than that of engagement rings. 

Wedding Ring Pros: you have lots of flexibility in your style choice.

Wedding Ring Cons: you still have to navigate numerous, and possibly conflicting traditions. 

That’s why we’re here to set some order to the complicated world of how to wear a wedding ring.

18K White Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring
18K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

#1: What’s the difference between a wedding ring and an engagement ring? 

Though there are a few key design differences, the main thing that sets these two types of rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal (from the proposer to the proposee), while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. 

And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, wedding rings don’t have one focal point per se. They feature either rows of smaller stones or simply a clean solitaire band. In this they’re more like the super-talented backup singer whose role is to gracefully point the attention to the star – your engagement ring.

14K White Gold Fishtail Diamond Engagement Ring

In contrast to engagement rings, there are relatively few restrictions on how wedding rings should be worn and how they should look. Even so, navigating the myriad of loose cultural traditions and style possibilities can often be overwhelming. So let’s answer all your most pressing wedding ring questions, one by one!

#2: How should my wedding ring look?

Again, the answer is: anyway you’d like! There are very few customs concerning the actual design of a wedding ring. Here is a rundown of the most popular options.

 ETERNITY RINGS

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, eternity rings are considered to symbolize eternal love. A meaningful expression between a couple on their journey of everlasting love – a promise of lifelong commitment.

14K Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Eternity Ring
14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Contour Diamond Eternity Ring

However, an eternity ring isn’t for everyone – non-circular rings are also a lovely option. This is particularly the case for anyone whose center stone is elongated – like a marquise, oval, or pear – and prevents the engagement ring from sitting flush with a round wedding ring. Two excellent alternatives are custom-curved rings or open rings.

CURVED WEDDING RINGS

If your engagement ring has a distinct shape, your wedding ring can curve to accommodate your center stone. This gives your wedding set a unique interlocking quality. As an added bonus, the curved wedding rings’ complementary shapes reduce friction on your skin by preventing unnecessary slippage.

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, the continuity of an eternity ring is considered to represent a couple’s endless love and their everlasting unity.

14K White Gold Vintage Glamour Frame Diamond Wedding Ring
14K White Gold Vintage Glamour Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Straight Baguette Row Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Open Zig-Zag Diamond Ring

OPEN WEDDING RINGS

Or, you can choose to wear an open ring. Though less common, open wedding rings are gaining popularity. These unique pieces complement many wearers’ unique styles, and they go beautifully with an elongated center stone.

14K White Gold Petite Open Bezel Set Graduated Diamond Ring
14K White Gold Open Infinity Diamond Ring

Stones or classic?

In Judaism, the wedding ring is traditionally an unadorned, simple band that’s free of engravings or precious stones. In other cultures, there are no specific customs regarding wedding ring decoration. Diamonds? Yes. Gemstones? Yes. Classic? Yes.

GEMSTONES 

The beauty of gemstone rings is the huge selection! Sapphires, rubies, pearls, emeralds…it’s a positive smorgasbord of sparkle. You can always choose a particular stone simply for its beauty, but you can also embrace certain stones’ meanings. For instance, you may inlay your wedding rings with your respective birthstones, zodiac signs, or stones that are particularly lucky for you.

14K White Gold Oval Sapphire And Diamond Ring
14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Multicolor Ring

CLASSIC 

Classic wedding rings complement absolutely any engagement ring. The simplicity of a classic metal band directs all the attention to your engagement ring. So if you’re struggling to find a matching wedding ring, or you simply want to highlight your engagement ring, then a classic wedding ring could be the style for you.

14K White Gold 3.0mm Low Dome Wedding Ring
14K Yellow Gold 2.0mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

#3: Which hand should I wear my engagement and wedding ring on? 

Which hand, and which finger, on which rings are worn changes radically around the world. Even in Europe, in which rings are almost always worn on the fourth finger – the ring finger – there are at least 3 common ways to wear a wedding set.

On The Right Hand:

Catholic and eastern European tradition dictates that the wedding and engagement ring both be worn on the right hand. The engagement ring is removed before the wedding ceremony, and after the wedding ring is slipped on during the ceremony, the engagement ring is replaced on top of it. The custom of wearing the wedding set on the right hand comes from an ancient Roman belief that the left hand was untrustworthy. In fact, the Latin word for “left hand” shares the same root as the modern-day word “sinister.”

On The Left Hand:

On the other hand – *chuckle* – the Anglican church started doing things a bit differently following their separation from the Catholic church. By wearing both rings on the left hand, they rang in a new era of reformation by eschewing old “sinister” traditions. And this custom continues in Protestant cultures today, where the wedding ring is placed on the left hand during the wedding ceremony, and then the engagement ring is slipped on after it. Many people enjoy the symbolism of wearing their wedding ring closest to their heart, since it highlights the importance of marriage. 

Since the engagement ring is worn on the left hand after the proposal, many brides make this work by temporarily changing the hand on which they wear their engagement ring; during the wedding, they slip it onto their right hand before returning it to their left, over their new wedding ring.

On Different Hands:

However, the engagement ring and wedding ring don’t have to be worn on the same hand. If it’s more your style, you can wear them on opposite hands. Spread the glitter around, as it were. In Spain, for instance, the engagement ring usually goes on the left hand, while the wedding ring usually goes on the right. 

So – there’s no dominating tradition regarding where to wear your wedding ring. It all depends on local tradition, religion, and personal style; not all of your personal traditions may line up. It’s possible that religiously, you prefer to wear your wedding ring on your right hand, but local custom dictates that you wear it on your left. 

In the end, it’s all up to you. However, you prefer to wear your wedding ring is the right way to wear it.

14K Rose Gold Round And Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

#4: How do I match my wedding ring to my engagement ring?

The answer: however you’d like. This is where you have utter freedom to express yourself – there are very few, or no, customs regarding how to match your wedding set. So what’s this mean for you? You have three main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

MATCH BY METALS

There are truly no wrong answers when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands. You might prefer to have a perfectly matching set of rings, while others might prefer a mix of metals. 

All ring metals look great together, as long you love what you’re wearing!

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Women's Wedding Ring
14K Yellow Gold 3.0mm High Dome Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

MATCH BY STONES

Diamonds are definitely marriage material, but so are gemstones. Gemstones are a gorgeous alternative for those who prefer a twist on the classic wedding ring. Don’t be shy to choose a wedding ring with the right stones to make you smile. 

14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Emerald Ring
14K White Gold Straight Baguette Row Diamond Wedding Ring

MATCH BY SETTING STYLE

There are no set rules for this one either, and it’s all about personal taste and preference. At James Allen, you can choose from many different, beautiful settings in a range of popular styles.

The options are truly plentiful, from stunning pave rings to bezel set wedding rings. 

14K White Gold Art-Nouveau Pavé Set Diamond Wedding Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Bezel Set Diamond Ring

If you’re wondering how to match you and your partner’s wedding rings, click here to get all our James Allen tips and tricks.

#5 What should I do if I can’t wear my wedding ring the “traditional” way?

Remember that tradition is purely just a suggestion.

  • If you can’t wear your wedding ring on the “right” finger, wear it on another one!
  • If you can’t wear it on your hand, slip it onto a chain and wear it as a pendant necklace.
  • If your wedding ring doesn’t fit with your engagement ring, wear them on separate fingers.
  • If you don’t like rings, bracelets can be excellent substitutes.

The bottom line is – it’s your wedding, your marriage, and your ring. You can choose to wear it in whatever way suits you!

Wedding ring styles: our team’s picks! 

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Men’s Wedding Ring Size Guide 

Men’s Wedding Ring Size Guide 

Looking to buy the perfect ring for yourself or that special man in your life, but unsure about their ring size? Men’s ring sizes can differ considerably, but don’t sweat, James Allen is here to provide you with a better understanding of all there is to know about men’s ring sizes as well as what the best wedding ring is to suit your lifestyle and personal taste. Let’s dive in and help you take the stress out of ring shopping. 

Men’s Wedding Ring Size Guide 

One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for men’s wedding rings is the ring size. For many men, a ring is sometimes the only piece of jewelry they choose to wear every day. So, ensuring the ring is correctly sized is not only essential for comfort but will also prevent you or your loved one from losing it. Did you know, a ring that fits well exudes elegance and is also said to be part of ring etiquette for men? 

Before we get started with finding the correct ring size and some of the different measuring techniques you can use, it’s good to know that figuring out a man’s ideal ring size is much easier than you may think. 

14K Rose Gold And Grey Tantalum Edges Split Wood Texture Center 8mm Ring
Tantalum Satin Finished 6mm Domed Comfort Fit Ring

What is the Most Common Men’s Ring Size?

In the U.S.A, the most common men’s ring size is 9, which converts to approximately 19.8 millimeters in diameter. But of course, as all men’s fingers are not the same, their ring size can vary from a size 6 to 20. But the big question still remains, how do you know what size ring to order? 

Did you know that men’s ring sizes and how they are measured actually differ from country to country? While a man may wear one size in the USA, his sizing may be completely different in New Zealand or the U.K. But fortunately, ring size conversion charts are available to assure that you order the correct size, regardless of where in the world you may live. 

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14K Yellow Gold 6.5mm Comfort Fit Satin Center With High Polished Drop Edge Ring

How to Determine A Man’s Ring Size?

Found the perfect ring? Now all you need to do is find the correct ring size! Luckily, it’s a lot easier than you think and there are numerous ways to help us figure out a man’s ring size before shopping for a ring at James Allen. Take a look at these amazing tricks to help you out. 

  1. Get Measured At A Jewelry Store

Even though you won’t be shopping for a ring in the store, this is still one of the most professional ways to find your ideal ring size. Head over to your local jewelry store and have the jeweler measure your ring size. Besides their nifty gadget, ask if you can also try on some of their men’s engagement rings or men’s wedding rings to ensure both comfort and the most accurate ring size.  

14K Yellow Gold 6.5mm Comfort Fit Satin Center With High Polished Drop Edge Ring

2. Grab Some String and A Ruler 

This next method is simple and works well for those who don’t have a ring nearby. All you need to do is take some string or ribbon and wrap it comfortably around your ring finger or the finger that you are going to rock the ring on. It’s important not to measure a different finger as the ring may not fit properly. 

Now, once the piece of string is around your chosen finger, carefully mark the spot where the string overlaps. For an accurate result, try to make the smallest mark possible. Then, take the string and measure it against a ruler or measuring tape. Enter your measurements here in either millimeters or inches. We’ll do the calculations for you and, voila, you now have your ring size. 

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14K White Gold 4mm Low Dome Wedding Ring

3. Do It All Online

You may be asking yourself, how is this even possible? But it’s true, when purchasing a wedding ring and figuring out your ring size, James Allen can help you with it all and from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at our free online ring sizer

Alternatively, you can simply request a free ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. 

Nervous that you’ve ordered the incorrect ring size? Don’t fret! We will resize your ring once, for free up to 1 year after the purchase. If you live in the United States, you can even get your ring resized locally at a location near you

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Factors To Consider When Choosing A Ring 

While a size 9 may be the most common ring size in the U.S., it’s vital to remember that no two hands are the same. In other words, we do not recommend taking a wild guess when it comes to the correct ring size – even if you want to surprise your loved one. With that being said, ‘size’ is just one important factor that affects the fit and appearance of a ring. You should also take into account how a ring looks on the hand and other style elements such as the shape, bandwidth, and metal type.

Metals 

It’s good to note that certain metals and their colors may look better with specific skin complexions while for other men, this detail may just be a personal preference. Warm metals such as yellow gold or rose gold may look great on men with warmer undertones, while light metals like platinum or white gold may be a better option for men with cooler complexions. 

So, keep this in mind when choosing the perfect ring for you or the man in your life. We stock men’s rings in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, Tantalum, Cobalt and Titanium. 

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Black Titanium 8mm Comfort-Fit Carbon Fiber Inlay Design Ring

Ring Shape And Style 

Men’s rings come in a variety of different shapes, from flat to domed to knife edge and even slightly curved.  Let’s face it, when it comes to wedding rings, men don’t always have an abundance of options. Even though the domed shape is the most classic shape and is often a popular choice for many men, luckily the days of boring and ‘traditional’ men’s engagement or wedding rings are over. 

We totally understand that men want to show off their style too. This is why James Allen offers men’s rings that are perfect for the modern man who is searching for something less traditional and a lot more unique. Take a look at our range of contemporary black wedding rings that are trendy and very unique. In fact, black wedding rings for men come with many advantages such as;

  • Many of them are hypoallergenic 
  • Some black metals resist scratches 
  • Black wedding bands are typically more affordable 
  • They are very fashionable at the moment 
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Width

By now we know that rings offer all sorts of various options, another important thing to think about is the width of a ring. Ask yourself, how wide do I want my ring to be? Here, experts recommend trying on a few men’s rings in a variety of different widths to help you decide what you like best. 

The average width for a men’s wedding band is 6 mm, but different widths are available to complement both small and large hands. For men with bigger hands and long fingers, a wider ring band is recommended. While men with smaller hands or shorter fingers, a wider band may not be the best choice. Then again, this also depends on personal style and how much of a statement you want to make.

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Consider Your Lifestyle

As you or your partner will be wearing the ring every day, you need to make sure that the engagement ring or wedding ring you choose should completely fit your lifestyle. One of the biggest things to consider is how much you work with your hands during the day. For example, if you play sports or have a career as a mechanic or chef, you definitely need a ring that offers maximum comfort. 

You would generally stay away from rings with diamonds or gemstones and possibly even consider a platinum ring as they tend to be more durable. In addition, the domed shape is perfect for men who work with their hands and may need to quickly remove their ring in the event of an emergency. Read more here about Men’s Wedding Rings For Different Lifestyles

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Men’s Ring Size Measuring Tips

Experts recommend that before you measure your ring size, make sure you follow these tips. This will ensure the most accurate results and maximum comfort.

We Recommend You Don’t Measure Your Ring Size:

  • In the morning – our fingers tend to swell overnight, so it is better to measure your finger in the middle of the day.
  • After an intense workout 
  • When the weather is either too hot or cold – as our hands tend to expand in the heat and shrink in the cold, it’s best to take your measurements at room temperature. Don’t start measuring straight after ice-skating or after a long day at the beach. 
  • After a large fluid intake
  • After a long flight as the body tends to swell
  • If you are sick or have a fever. 

Final Thoughts

We hope this was helpful! For more information regarding ring sizing, feel free to contact our Customer Support team. We are available and happy to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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What Is The Correct Way To Wear Wedding Rings?

When it comes to the “right way” to wear a wedding ring, there are many options. But it is important to keep in mind that it generally comes down to your personal style. We’ve put together the most frequently asked questions when it comes to both engagement and wedding rings. From age-old traditions to popular fashion statements, these answers might surprise you. 

We pretty much have diamonds and rings on the brain all day every day. But there is a lot more to it than just carat sizes and diamond shapes. Giving and receiving of engagement and wedding rings is rooted in tradition and also has a great personal meaning.

Soon, you’ll be walking down the aisle and you might be wondering, is there a right or wrong way to wear a wedding ring? Let’s get started and help you figure this one out.  

The Basics: Engagement And Wedding Rings 101

1. What Is The Ring Finger?

In many Western cultures, the ring finger is traditionally the fourth finger on the left hand. However, the “ring finger” is not the same in all countries and cultures.   

2. What Is The History And Meaning Behind The Ring Finger?

The idea and symbolism of a “ring finger” dates back to Ancient Rome. The Romans believed that this particular finger has a vein that directly runs to a person’s heart, called “Vena Amoris,” which means “vein of love.” Therefore, it is believed that a ring should be placed on this finger to signify the romance of a newly married couple as their two hearts would be connected.

Unfortunately, due to modern-day understanding of anatomy, it’s clear that all fingers have venous connections to the heart. Yet, for the most part, tradition still stands for many couples who designate the same finger to signify their commitment to each other.

3. Can I Wear A Ring On My Ring Finger If I’m Not Engaged Or Married?

There are no rules when it comes to this answer. You may have heard the old wives’ tale that says, wearing a ring on your “ring finger” when you are not married could bring you bad luck.

For women who are not superstitious, this may not bother them at all, while for others, this might be something they strongly believe in and avoid at all costs – of course until the right moment comes. The truth is, this is completely up to you!

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4. Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: What’s The Difference?

Nowadays, there is a lot of tradition mixed with modernism when it comes to engagement and wedding rings, yet each ring signifies a different milestone. An engagement ring is typically given at the time of the proposal or soon after the couple decides to get engaged.

While the wedding ring is traditionally given at the wedding ceremony. Most often a wedding band is a relatively simple design while an engagement ring tends to feature diamonds or gemstones, depending on the wearer’s individual style. 

5. What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize? 

For many, a wedding ring simply represents a start of a new chapter. However, there is a lot more significance to a wedding ring than we may know. Firstly the shape of the ring – a circle universally symbolizes infinity and eternity.

Historically, the idea behind a wedding ring is that it has no beginning and no end. This brings us to the next symbolism, eternal love, and commitment.  

6. What Is A Promise Ring And Which Finger Does It Go On?

Believe it or not, promise rings actually date back to Ancient Roman times too and are believed to be tokens of love that were exchanged between couples, and often were gifted with short love poems. Today, a promise ring is for the most part gifted in the same way, but the actual “promises” behind this ring can have different meanings for different people.

Commitment is the general idea here, but whether that commitment is to an upcoming engagement, abstinence until marriage, the idea of forever, or just the immediate future.

In terms of placement, no rules exist here but many people wear it on the left ring finger, as a placeholder for a future engagement ring, or on the right ring finger. 

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18K Yellow Gold 6mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

7. How To Wear A Wedding Ring?

Traditionally, and in most cultures, your engagement ring and wedding ring are worn together on the same finger, commonly known as the ring finger (on the left hand). Generally, the wedding ring is placed on the finger first so that it resides closest to your heart, with the engagement ring following on the outside.

As most people prefer to wear these two rings together, there are many wedding ring sets that are specifically designed to match each other. For many, this is a very popular choice when planning their engagement and wedding rings.

However, another option that some people choose is to wear their wedding ring on top of their engagement ring to keep it secure on the finger. 

8. In What Order Should I Wear My Engagement And Wedding Ring?

Conventionally, couples wear the wedding band “closest to their heart,” meaning the wedding band is stacked below the engagement ring on the left ring finger. However, some people like to wear their wedding band on top of their engagement ring as a way to secure it on the finger.

9. How Much Do Wedding Rings Cost?

While there is no one size fits all answer, experts have found the average couple spends approximately $1,100 for a female wedding ring. While the average cost of a male wedding ring is $500. Of course, this also depends on the type of metal you choose as well as any other detailing such as diamonds, gemstones or even a black wedding ring. 

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10. When Did Men Start Wearing Wedding Rings? 

Even though wedding rings have been a part of wedding traditions and etiquette, men only began to wear wedding rings during the middle of the 20th century. It is believed this was done so as it was a symbol of their marital status. Additionally, many men at the forefront of the wars chose to wear their wedding rings as a remembrance of their wives and families at home.

11. Can Men Wear Engagement Rings?

The answer is YES! Despite that in many cultures the vast majority of men do not receive or wear an engagement ring, today, there are many men who choose to do so. There have even been many popular celebs seen sporting dazzling engagement rings.

For the most part, men only choose to wear a wedding ring, however, some men want an engagement ring to show that they are in a committed relationship. And the good news is there are so many options.

In case you’re looking for some inspiration, did you know celebs like Ed Sheeran, Johnny Depp and  Michael Bublé have been seen sporting bold men’s engagement rings. 

12. Which Finger Do Men Wear Their Wedding Rings On?

To put it simply, there is no difference between the fingers that men and women wear their wedding rings on. Most couples typically choose to wear their rings on the same finger and hand as their spouse. However, in the United States, and many other Western cultures men’s wedding rings are traditionally worn on the ring finger on the left hand. 

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13. Should We (As A Couple) Have Matching Wedding Rings? 

The answer to this question completely depends on your preference (and of course your partner). For some couples, this is one of the most perfect ways to symbolize their love and show how they are coming together as one.

However, for other couples expressing individuality in a marriage is important so this might not be desirable or even practical. Your wedding ring is something that you will be wearing for the rest of your life so if you and your spouse decide to not have matching wedding rings…it’s totally OK! Don’t be afraid to be original!

14. What Is The Most Popular Metal For Wedding Rings? 

Gold has traditionally been the most popular metal for wedding rings. Even though there are several different types of gold that can be used for both wedding and engagement rings, yellow gold engagement rings have been a long time classic for many people all over the world.

Nowadays, white gold has become a very popular choice for wedding rings and of course, the very trendy rose gold too. 

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Still Have Questions? 

At James Allen.com, our customer service agents are available to you 24/7. Feel free to contact us, and one of our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts will help answer all your questions.  

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year and is often synonymous with hearts, flowers, and of course, chocolate. This year, why not get creative and gift that special someone in your life with a beautiful piece of fine jewelry? Whether it’s your mom, partner, spouse, or even your best friend, James Allen has the perfect gift that they will cherish forever. 

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Gifts under $200

Mini Initial ‘S’ Bracelet -$112

Personalized jewelry is truly one of the most meaningful gift ideas. And this is why we LOVE this adorable, mini initial bracelet. Make it as personal as you like, whether you choose the letter of their first name, your last name, or the initials of your children. This is a timeless and perfect staple piece of jewelry. Check out our matching mini initial necklaces.

Heart Stud Earrings -$165

Valentine’s Day gifting doesn’t always have to be excessive. Opt for a simple yet stunning pair of heart stud earrings that are special enough for February 14th but also cute and to wear the other 364 days of the year. 

P.S these are cupid approved!

14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial S Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Heart Stud Earrings

Gifts under $250

Beaded Amethyst Necklace -$202

Birthstone jewelry is a stunning gift idea for Valentine’s Day as it’s both beautiful and meaningful. Selecting a piece of jewelry that features your special someone’s birthstone will add that personalized yet sentimental touch you’ve been looking for. And, of course, each birthstone has its own lovely meaning. For example, February’s birthstone, the amethyst, is rich with symbolism and often associated with protection, inner strength, and courage.

Cushion Garnet Hook Earrings -$225

Let your darling stand out this Valentine’s Day with a pair of exquisite gemstone earrings. When it comes to gemstones, there is often a wide variety, from red rubies to pink sapphire and glamorous garnets. Be sure to choose a color that matches their eyes or compliments their skin tone. As gemstone earrings commonly feature small stones, they’re quite affordable and make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

14K White Gold Beaded Amethyst Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Cushion Garnet Hook Earrings

Gifts Under $350

Duo Love And Heart Necklace -$315

Surprise your Valentine by expressing your love with this playful 14K yellow gold layered necklace. Just like you and your significant other, this necklace features a “love” and open heart joint pendant that beautifully complement each other.

Interlocked Rings Bolo Bracelet -$315

Minimalists will appreciate the subtle message that comes with this interlocked rings bracelet that symbolizes an everlasting connection and unity. What makes this yellow gold bracelet so perfect is that it’s adjustable, super stylish, and nothing like a traditional V-day gift!

14K Yellow Gold Duo Love And Heart Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Interlocked Rings Bolo Bracelet

Gifts under $450

Lily Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings -$412

Gifting your sweetheart with a classic pair of pearl earrings comes highly recommended. Pearls are not only chic and timeless but can be worn for any occasion -day or night. These delicate pearl drop earrings are the epitome of sophistication and make the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates anything feminine and pink. 

Diamond Heart Bracelet -$450

This gorgeous White Gold diamond heart bracelet is simple yet oh-so-romantic. Meaningful and super versatile, this beautiful gift is sure to capture your loved one’s heart. 

14K Rose Gold Lily Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings
14K White Gold Diamond Heart Bracelet

Gifts Under $600

Boy-Girl Diamond Necklace -$517

We love this one and there is no doubt your Valentine will too. This exquisite necklace features a diamond-studded girl and boy holding hands. This makes the perfect gift for anyone from best friends, bride-to-be, or expecting parents. You can also customize the number of charms.

Key To Your Love’s Heart Diamond Necklace -$570

Capture the key to your love’s heart with this sparkling statement. Available in white gold and rose gold, this stunning diamond necklace will make your Valentine’s jewelry collection complete.

14K Rose Gold Boy-Girl Diamond Necklace
14K Rose Gold Key To Your Love's Heart Diamond Necklace

Splurge – Gifts under $1000

Cushion Halo Cluster Stud Earrings -$735

These dainty yet elegant stud earrings not only make a stunning Valentine’s Day gift are also perfect for everyday wear. These studs are easily one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry that anyone can own and wear. From brunch with your gals to date night with your love, it’s no wonder these are so popular.

Petite Arrow Diamond Bracelet – $940

Sleek and modern, this stunning diamond bracelet features a delicate arrow with a single row of diamonds extending from a circle of 14K yellow gold. The open triangle head of the arrow acts as a clasp for easy wear and comfort. This simple design is not only perfect for every day but is also lovely for those special occasions.

14K Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Cluster Stud Earrings

Which of these Valentine’s Day jewels would you gift your sweetheart? Spread the love and tell us on one of our James Allen social channels: Instagram, Facebook, TikTok or Twitter!

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A Closer Look at Kourtney Kardashian’s Engagement Ring

Want to shine like a Kardashian? Join us as we explore Kourtney Kardashian’s stunning sparkler.

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker smiling after the proposal.

Congratulations are in order for the newly engaged, pop-punk couple! Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker got down on one knee and proposed to the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, Kourtney Kardashian, in October 2021. Everything about the evening was nothing short of perfect and romantic. And we definitely can’t wait to see their wedding.

Rumors were confirmed at the beginning of 2021 after paparazzi footage of the two stars surfaced, the lovebirds were spotted enjoying each other’s company while out to dinner. However, while their relationship might seem relatively new to some, the pair have actually been longtime pals and neighbors.

Unlike her famous sisters who enjoy the spotlight, Kourt is usually pretty private about her love life. But this time around, she’s been doing things a lot different with her musician bae from many public displays of affection to new ink and more. Fans have loved watching their love blossom all over social media from the day they became ‘Instagram official’.

Kourtney Kardashian’s Engagement Ring Pictures

Naturally, everything about the proposal was absolutely breathtaking. From the heart-shaped display of red roses and candles at a beachfront hotel in California to the post-engagement dinner, where the couple was joined by their close friends and family. And of course, the spectacular ring!

After the news traveled around the world, Kourtney later confirmed the couple’s engagement on social media by posting one of their sweetest moments from the evening and captioned the post, “Forever”. Luckily for us, we got to get a closer glimpse of the romantic occasion when more stunning photos were posted, including Kourtney’s incredible rock on her left hand.

Kourtney Kardashian’s Engagement Ring Pictures

What Diamond Shape is Kourtney Kardashian’s Engagement Ring?

The center stone on Kourtney’s engagement ring is an oval-cut diamond. 

Kourtney Kardashian’s Engagement Ring

Insiders revealed that Travis Barker worked closely with a bespoke jewelry designer to create Kourtney’s gorgeous showstopper. Her ring includes an elongated oval-shaped solitaire diamond sitting upon a slim white-gold or platinum pavé band. 

While the eldest Kardashian sister has always been about “less is more”, it’s no wonder that her engagement ring is both simple and clean. 

And, since this is Kourtney’s first engagement, it goes without saying that this is a huge deal. Kardashian’s massive diamond sparkler is estimated to be between 10 and 12 carats and around $1M. But, you can now get a ring just like it (for a lot less) only at JamesAllen.com.

Oval engagement rings

Oval engagement rings are a stunning choice and appeal to a variety of brides. One of the many reasons why oval-shaped engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular is because it not only lengthens the finger but also gives the appearance of a larger diamond. 

An oval cut diamond is actually very much underestimated even though they are versatile and distinctive, compared to other diamond shapes.  

Oval-shaped diamonds pair perfectly with almost every setting and are perfect for the person who is looking for a timeless ring with a touch of individuality.

Kourtney Kardashian’s Engagement Ring Lookalike 

If you’re inspired by the future Mrs. Barker’s engagement ring and want to mimic her simplistic style, you’ve come to the right place! The ring is not a complicated one to replicate, due to its classic and sophisticated appearance. 

At James Allen, we have designed a very similar and elegant diamond ring, highlighting the oval cut diamond. However, made with a smaller carat weight allowing the price to perfectly suit your budget. 

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

This French Cut pavé diamond engagement ring has been designed to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides. The custom-tailored prongs are set into the ring’s shank, allowing a variety of bands to sit flush with the engagement ring. This ring is a very close match to what Kourtney has. However, you can also customize this ring in our ring studio with any diamond shape to suit your personal style. 

This stunning ring is also available in various metal types (White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold And Platinum), and can be fitted with a lab-created or earth-created diamond. 

Kourtney And Travis’s Engagement Pictures

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5 Reasons Why Oval Cut Diamonds Are So Timeless And Trendy

Oval diamonds are not just brilliant and dazzling, they have many other advantages too. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons this shape is so popular. 

  1. Contemporary – oval cut diamonds have indeed been around for centuries, however it wasn’t until the late 1950s that the modern oval cut became an addition to diamond engagement rings. Invented by expert diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan of Russia, this cut elongates that traditional round shape. Oval cut diamonds lack sharp angles, which makes them less vulnerable to chipping, compared to other shapes. 
  1. More Affordable – oval cut diamonds are considered to be one of the “fancy shaped diamonds”. This means that a fancy shaped diamond is any type of diamond that is not a round brilliant diamond. All fancy shaped diamonds, including oval diamonds, are more affordable than round diamonds.
  1. Another advantage of oval cut diamonds is their timeless, yet still eye-catching style. Oval diamonds are quite classic and sophisticated. Visually, they’re similar to round diamond gemstones, with their elegant, rounded shape. Yet, their elongated look is just different enough to give them a striking, unique look that makes them stand out. 
  1. Versatile one of the reasons as to why oval diamonds have spiked in popularity, is due to the fact that the shape of the diamond suits a wide variety of ring designs. Whether you’re wanting to go for the minimalist solitaire setting on a delicate band, or opt for a more romantic design that includes Pavé embellishments, the wide selection of styles truly allows for something for everyone. 
  1. Unique did you know that the oval cut diamond is not just unique in design but also in cut? This is because every oval diamond possesses its own individual length and width. The length to width ratio ultimately reveals how long and thin or wide and round your oval diamond will be. Now, this may sound very complicated but in actual fact it is only the length measurement of a diamond divided by its width. Many experts say that the ideal length-to-width ratio of an oval is 1.35-1.50. A diamond that falls within this range will not be too round, or too pointy! The perfect, elongated oval shape helps give the illusion of greater length on a finger. 

We’re Here To Help 

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

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

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