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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her 2023

Love is in the air, and it’s time to take advantage of cupid’s magic. At James Allen, we know every day is a special day with your someone special, but there’s only one day dedicated to pure romance and sweetness.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Her 2023

It’s here! The most romantic day of the year has finally arrived! This day which is all about love and affection is an incredibly popular time to propose (hint hint!) 

Our list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for women includes picks for your Mrs, girlfriend, mom, sister, bestie, basically, any gal that means the most to you.

Jewelry is a timeless classic, but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to gift something with extra sparkle. Our list of gorgeous jewelry gifts is budget-friendly, with affordable accessories she’ll love to higher-priced items that will have her sending cupid a thank you note. 

Valentine's Day Shopping Tip:
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What Is Valentine’s Day?

But first, what is Valentine’s Day, and who was St Valentine? 

To get it somewhat right, we’ll work with the facts we know. A saint named Valentine performed heroic acts that led to his martyrdom. It was said that he and another saint, also named Valentine, would perform illegal marriages for young couples or, some say, young soldiers who were forbidden to marry. And for that, they were both beheaded by the Romans. 

The significant date we all know, February 14, comes from a Roman holiday held every year to honor Juno, the goddess of marriage. It evolved in superstition as a day where, if you dreamed of a person, they could be your true love. 

During the 1600-1800s, Valentine’s Day was seen as a day to send a romantic letter or message to one’s beloved, and by the late 1800s, the holiday became widely commercialized. In our modern time, it’s a day to gift and spoil loved ones with candy, flowers, romantic getaways, and of course, it’s the most romantic day of the year to pop the question! 

For this special day of love, James Allen’s site-wide sale of 25% off is here to make sure your picture-perfect V-day doesn’t break the bank — or any hearts!

Why Do We Give Gifts On Valentine’s Day?

We’ve spoken about how Valentine’s Day evolved from sending love letters to treating loved ones to thoughtful gifts. 

So why give a gift to the special lady in your life? Well, giving presents is known to be a sure love language, helping many people express their feelings by treating others, or feeling loved by being on the receiving end of those gifts. And some of the best gifts are those that glow! 

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? Guess who have you covered? 

Check out our list of stunning valentine’s day gifts for her below!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Wife

Picking jewelry for someone can be hit or miss, but when it comes to spoiling your wife, we’ll help you get it right. 

You can’t go wrong with diamonds, especially on Valentine’s Day. After all, diamonds are the most romantic gem and last forever! Diamond jewelry is a natural go-to gift option for the most special woman in your life that symbolizes eternal love, commitment, and faithfulness between romantic partners. 

You can get diamonds on every budget, so take a look at some of our current obsessions she’s sure to love.

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For even more options, check out our lab created diamond fine jewelry for personalized diamond jewelry that is better than bouquets and chocolates.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Girlfriend

Show her she has your heart with a beautiful heart-shaped piece of fine jewelry. From open hearts to closed hearts, heart jewelry is simple and classic and can be worn daily as a reminder of your love and affection. Opt for a heart necklace in classic gold or dress it up with diamond accents; the choice is yours.

Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

Ready to pop the question this Valentine’s Day? Not only does shopping for your engagement ring online offer you more customization options, with hundreds of ring styles and designs to choose from, but it gives you the best opportunity to save! From thousands of certified earth and lab grown diamond options to gemstone favorites, online ring shopping can guarantee you get the best ring for your buck. 

Check out our most popular engagement rings, and don’t forget that if you hurry, you can have her dream ring shipped in time for your Valentine’s Day proposal!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Daughter

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for wives and girlfriends, but a day to share the love with all the special people in your life, including your daughters. 

A knot creates an inseparable and unbreakable connection between two objects. For this reason, the love knot, or lover’s knot, has a long history of being a symbol of love. It is meant to represent the unbreakable bond and lasting connection between two people – a meaningful piece of jewelry for your daughter. 

Commemorate the unbreakable bond you share with your child with a piece of love knot jewelry P.S. Love knot earrings are a trendy choice!

Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Besties

We love a good Galentine’s Day, and we know just how to show your bestie how much you love and appreciate them with a stylish piece of jewelry.

Treat them to a personalized signet ring from our zodiac collection or our variety of birthstone jewelry pieces for a more personal and meaningful touch. 

Each star sign and birthstone symbolize something unique, so no matter your bestie’s personal style, they will definitely love the thoughtful intent behind a gift bought with them in mind.

14K Yellow Gold Capricorn Zodiac Signet Ring

From Your Valentine

Which of these Valentine’s Day jewels would you give 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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The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Jewelry: How to Pick the Best Accessories

 The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Jewelry: How to Pick the Best Accessories

One of the biggest rising trends in the jewelry world is the growing popularity of mainstream accessories and men’s jewelry.

 The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Jewelry: How to Pick the Best Accessories

Intro

Aside from watches, men’s jewelry is frequently neglected. However, with an ever-expanding arena of celebrities and athletes wearing jewelry, such as Maluma, Harry Styles, and Neymar, this truly shows that more men are experimenting with jewelry than ever before. And, contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of options! But you might be wondering how to wear men’s jewelry. Ready to learn more? Let’s jump in! 

What Jewelry Is Best For Men?

The most popular choices for men include necklaces, bracelets, gold chains, and rings. These are classic styles that never go out of fashion, meaning they can be worn for years when you purchase quality pieces. 

Though, as men’s jewelry rises in popularity, we’re seeing more interesting pieces pop up that would make the perfect addition to any man’s wardrobe. Ultimately, there are no rules as to what jewelry a man should wear!

Can Men Wear Jewelry?

The short answer is yes! Throughout history and across cultures, there have been differences in what accessories men can and cannot wear. However, men wearing jewelry is something completely normal and even more trendy in modern fashion. 

Different Types Of Jewelry For Him

It would seem that the most obvious piece of jewelry for a man to wear is a watch or ring. Apart from the obvious wedding ring, signet rings are gaining popularity along with simple chains and bracelets amongst the most sought-after men’s jewelry. 

When searching for a gift for a special man in your life, we recommend starting with the basics.

Silver Jewelry For Men

Not only is silver a great choice and alternative to white gold or platinum, but it’s significantly more affordable. Silver can be worn every day as it’s safe for wear and hypoallergenic. If you’re looking to invest in silver jewelry, know this metal is quite easy to maintain and lasts a lifetime. 

As a gift, silver jewelry for men is typically a good place to start.

Men’s Jewelry Sets

All good things come in pairs and trios. Handsome hardware is no exception. Men’s jewelry sets are a great gift for the guy who enjoys wearing more than one accessory. 

For daily wear or a fun night out, a matching chain and bracelet are sure to give him that added layer of confidence. 

Necklaces For Men

A well-crafted chain necklace is among the most quintessential accessories. A classic chain fashioned in gold or silver adds a thoughtful touch to even the simplest of outfits. From small, subtle links to more bold and substantial chains, there’s an option that’s right for every man.

Providing that you choose the right chain style, a necklace can be one of the best masculine accessories. Getting started with jewelry or looking to buy your first necklace can be daunting, but a chain necklace will ease you in. Plus, a minimal style will go with anything! If you’re looking to buy your first necklace, we suggest going for something minimal. 

If you’d like to build a collection of necklaces, choose a few chains of different lengths. 

Related post: Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace For You

Dog Tags For Men

Not only are clothes from the ’90s re-emerging, but jewelry is too. Dog tags, also known as I.D tags, were a practical military accessory that fashion later adopted as a form of identity and self-expression. Dog tags are great for pairing with other chains or worn alone.

Dog tags are the perfect piece for any man who wants to add a statement to his look or perhaps a bolder piece he can layer with his other favorite chains. So if you’re looking to gift something more personalized to someone special, you now have the perfect idea! 

Men’s Diamond Jewelry

Think diamonds are only a girl’s best friend? Think again! 

There are plenty of men’s diamond jewelry options, from men’s earrings to rings and everything in between. Plus, the modern man doesn’t need any special occasion or anniversary milestone to rock diamond jewelry. 

14K White Gold Diamond K Initial Signet Ring
14K White Gold Hexagon Frame Solitaire Diamond Stud Earrings

Where Should You Buy Men’s Jewelry?

Online shopping is not just convenient, it is often the most affordable option. However, jewelry Jewelry for men is not always available at every jeweler. There are only a few well-known brands that carry and a handsome collection of men’s fine jewelry. But fortunately, at JamesAllen.com we stock a great amount of men’s jewelry. This includes a great selection of men’s engagement and wedding rings.

Love the idea of online but aren’t sure it’s for you? Check out an in-person showroom in Washington, D.C.

FAQs

What jewelry do men wear most?

It’s safe to say that the most common piece of jewelry that men wear is a watch. However, rings generally come in second place. 

What kinds of necklaces should guys wear?

As most guys have thicker hair (and they shave) on their necks, finding a chain that won’t pinch and pull hair isn’t a big deal. But if this is something you’re worried about it, opt for ball chains, box chains, curb chains, or a Figaro chains just to be extra safe. Additionally, the thickness of a chain truly depends on its purpose, but the most practical and versatile necklaces for men are those that are 4–5 mm thick.

Which ring should guys wear?

Although there are no set rules, when it comes to an engagement or wedding ring, nearly all men opt for a simple yellow or white gold band. In terms of metals for men, rose gold is one of the less popular choices. There are a number of different styles and designs of rings available for men nowadays. These include diamond rings, signet rings, alternative rings and black wedding bands for men.

Final Thoughts

We hope that covers the basics of how to wear men’s jewelry and which men’s jewelry you should be wearing. With jewelry basics for your everyday outfits and a couple of bolder styles for those special occasions, we think there’s plenty there to get you started wearing men’s jewelry. If you need any help styling your next outfit or want to know what jewelry to buy, we’re always here to offer you our expert opinion.

You can also contact us if you need help finding the perfect piece of jewelry. Our jewelry experts at JamesAllen.com are always available to answer any questions you may have.


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Tarryn is a content writer by day and a criminology enthusiast by night.

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Lab Grown diamond rings

Lab Grown Diamond Rings: Everything You Need To Know

When shopping for the perfect diamond engagement ring, you have most likely come across all types of diamonds. You may have also come across lab-grown diamonds and wondered what they were. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here is everything you need to know about lab-grown diamonds to help you decide which sparkler puts that twinkle in your eye.

Lab Grown diamond rings

What Are Lab Grown Diamonds?

Lab grown diamonds are optically and chemically identical to earth created diamonds. The only difference is their origin. A diamond seed is placed in conditions identical to those in underground mines. Then, a carbon coating is added to help the diamond crystallize as it grows.

The crystalline form of carbon we call “diamond” can be attained only through intense heat, constant pressure, and a good amount of time. Nowadays, lab grown diamonds can be fully formed in a few weeks rather than millions of years. The result is a lab grown diamond that differs from a mined diamond in name only.

If you were to look at both types of diamonds through a professional jeweler’s loupe, or if you were to inspect both diamonds on a molecular level, you would see no difference. The same result was achieved through very different processes.

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How Is A Lab Grown Diamond Made?

A lab grown diamond is produced by replicating the natural process that diamonds are subjected to when their earth created counterparts are grown. Carbon is exposed to high temperatures and high pressure in a controlled environment (laboratory) thus creating a diamond. 

Lab created diamonds can be made using two different methods. The first is known as the HPHT method, where a small diamond seed is placed into a piece of carbon. The carbon is pressurized and exposed to high temperatures. Finally, the pressure and heat then melt the carbon allowing a diamond to form around the initial seed. 

The second is the CVD method, which also requires a diamond seed. The seed is placed into a sealed chamber that is heated and filled with carbon-rich gasses. These gasses are ionized into plasma using advanced technology that breaks down the gasses’ molecules and allows pure carbon to stick to the seed, forming a new diamond. 

Fun fact: It typically takes a lab created diamond less than a month to grow. A 1-carat white diamond takes around two weeks to form, whereas fancy color diamonds like yellow and blue diamonds take between 5-10 days to form.

Pros and Cons of Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Rings

Lab created diamonds are graded and certified using the same process as mined diamonds. So what are their pros and cons when it comes to lab grown diamond engagement rings? Let’s find out.

What to Look for in a Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring

Price

Modern-day consumers will be happy to hear that lab grown diamonds are generally more affordable than earth created diamonds. Meaning,  lab grown diamonds often cost 40 to 65% less. Experts suggest that as new technologies develop, these prices will drop even further. Want to know why? Well, the diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond shoppers.

Color & Quality

The color of a lab grown diamond is everlasting. The lab created diamond you buy today will look exactly the same when your grandchildren inherit it from you. Additionally, lab grown diamonds are assessed and graded according to the 4Cs: color, cut, clarity, and carat (just like mined diamonds).

Did you know you can also shop lab grown diamonds by color? Choose your perfect diamond and view it in 40x superzoom & 360° HD to start designing your dream engagement ring today. Fancy color lab grown diamonds are available in yellow, blue, pink, purple, green, red and orange.

Sustainability

As lab grown diamonds are not mined, their popularity is growing. Not to mention this diamond choice is guaranteed to come conflict-free. It is also easy to track the origin of lab grown diamonds.

How to Care for Your Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring

Your lab grown diamond ring needs to be frequently cleaned, just like a traditional diamond ring. Depending on your ring style, definitely consider regular maintenance of your ring to check for loose stones and wear-and-tear of prongs. But on a regular basis, simply follow our step-by-step infographic to maintain your lab grown diamond engagement ring’s radiance.

How to Care for Your Diamond Ring

Where Should You Buy A Lab Grown Diamond Ring?

Lab grown diamonds are not available at every jeweler. But fortunately, at JamesAllen.come, we stock a tremendous inventory of lab grown diamonds along with premier engagement and wedding rings. Explore your desired diamond in 360° HD views and up to 40x magnification so you can truly design your dream engagement ring.

All loose diamonds, engagement rings, and fine jewelry come with a lifetime warranty, financing options, and of course, a grading certificate.

FAQs

Are lab grown diamonds less expensive than natural diamonds?

Typically lab grown diamonds can cost roughly 40 to 65% less than a natural, mined diamond. This means customers can easily get a high-quality diamond or a larger stone with a significantly less expensive price tag. Want to know why? The difference is due to supply. Natural diamond supply is sparse, due to the hundreds of years it takes for nature to create a diamond. Yet with man-made diamonds, there is no cap on the supply, which drives the price lower and lower as supply goes up.

Are lab grown diamonds actual diamonds?

Yes, yes, and yes! Lab grown diamonds are just as real as diamonds mined from the earth. There are no optical or chemical differences between the two diamonds, plus they have the same shape, size, color and clarity grades. In fact, the only real difference is in their formation.

Are lab grown diamonds considered a good investment?

It is very common for people to mistakenly assume that lab grown diamonds are not worth anything or a good investment. However, they are diamonds and possess value, even though they are manufactured.

Can you insure lab created diamonds?

Yes! Just like mined diamonds, lab grown diamonds can be insured.

Do lab diamonds pass the diamond tester?

The answer is yes! Lab diamonds have the same carbon composition as natural diamonds. Therefore, they have the same thermal conductivity. The test results are positive when exposed to the diamond tester, since the diamonds have the same physical and chemical properties as natural mined diamonds.

Final Thoughts

So is a lab grown diamond for you? Ultimately, only you can decide the answer to this question. But if you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality, then a lab grown diamond engagement ring may be calling your name.

Still searching for the perfect engagement ring? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at JamesAllen.com. Our customer service team is here to assist 24/7. 

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Pear Shaped Engagement Rings: How To Pick The Perfect Teardrop

Choosing who you want to spend the rest of your life with may be a no-brainer, but choosing the engagement ring that you or your future spouse will wear may not be an easy task.

Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

Today on the blog, we’re focusing on the pear shaped diamond. There’s no denying that pear shaped engagement rings are experiencing a major comeback, and it’s easy to see why.

These stunning teardrop-shaped pieces are not only timeless and eye-catching but they can also be easily customized because they have so many distinguishing characteristics.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this unique yet gorgeous diamond shape.

What Is a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring?

Pear shaped diamonds have graceful curves and a flattering, elongated teardrop shape. Essentially, this diamond shape is a combination of a marquise and a round diamond.  Also sometimes called “teardrop engagement rings,” pear engagement rings have one rounded end and one pointed. 

The teardrop diamond first originated in Belgium during the early 1400s. Created by Lodewyk, van Berquem was also responsible for the placement of facets in modern diamond cuts and for the use of symmetry in diamond cutting. Unfortunately, at the time, the pear shaped diamond was not so popular. 

However, today, there are pear shaped engagement rings for every aesthetic, from minimalistic solitaires to vintage-inspired styles with captivating colorful gemstones. Even famous celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Taylor, Emily Ratajkowski and Cardi B rock out-of-this-world pear-shaped engagement rings. 

14K Rose Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)
18K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Pros and Cons of a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

As with all diamond cuts, the pear cut has both advantages and disadvantages.

Pear shape diamonds: Pro and Cons infographic

What to Look for in a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

When searching for your perfect pear shaped diamond, there are a few important characteristics to keep in mind! Remember to look for…

  • Even Shoulders & Perfect Symmetry

Diamonds with pear shapes should have even rounded edges when viewed from above. In an instance where one edge is slanted more than the other, the value of the diamond decreases. Additionally, the point of the teardrop should lie directly between the two rounded edges. In other words, if you fold the diamond in half lengthwise, the point of the diamond should be right on the folding line

Teardrop diamond
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
  • Proper Sparkle

As these types of diamonds are modified round brilliants, they should retain all of the sparkle and magnificence of the round brilliant diamond. Diamonds occasionally display a dark “bow-tie” shape within the diamond’s facets (center) that can be seen at a certain angle. It’s important to make sure that your pear-shaped diamond does not have this imperfection!

  • Good Length To Width Ratio 

The length-to-width ratio of your pear-cut diamond will impact how wide or narrow the diamond will look. This ration also refers to how long a diamond is in comparison to how wide it is. If the width of the pear shaped diamond is 1, it is generally agreed upon that the ideal length is about 1.5 to 1.7 times that. Using this ratio, you’ll be able to create the perfect ring shape for your engagement ring.

  • A Setting to Protect the Pear Shape

We have five different yet ideal types of settings that will perfectly protect your pear-shaped engagement ring from damage. 

  1. Prong setting – this refers to the metal claws that hold a diamond in place. Not only does this allow for maximum light reflection and a beautiful display of the diamond, but a prong setting offers a large amount of protection for the diamond. This is ideal for smaller pear diamonds and offers excellent protection for the point. 
  2. Halo setting – glamorous and stylish, the halo setting offers protection all around the diamond. Edges are kept secure while adding an extra sparkle to the stone. 
  3. Bezel setting – offering the best possible protection for any diamond cut. The entire diamond is beautifully wrapped in metal and kept in place. Contemporary, trendy with a minimalistic look, are also perfect for fancy-color pear diamonds.

Pear Shaped Diamond Anatomy

Understanding the parts and characteristics of a diamond, as well as its terminology can help you shop wisely for your desired stone.

Pear shaped diamond anatomy

How To Wear A Teardrop Engagement Ring

There are no rules when it comes to the ‘right’ way to wear a pear shaped engagement ring. But the most common way to wear a pear shape is to have the tip pointing upwards to your fingertips, with the round bottom towards the hand. This gives it the upright figure of a falling teardrop or pear standing up.

What Wedding Rings Go With Pear Shaped Engagement Rings

Choosing a stand-out engagement ring style can make it a little trickier to pair it with a wedding band, so we’ve put together some of our favorite ideas to help you style your dream ring. 

While the simplest way to pair your fancy-shaped engagement ring might be with a straight wedding band, you can also jazz it up with an unusual wedding ring style. For example, a curved or contoured wedding ring will beautifully follow the curve of your pear shaped ring and accentuate its size.
One of the most beautiful ways to ensure your engagement and wedding rings perfectly match is to opt for a bridal set. In a bridal set, both rings are designed to fit seamlessly together. As teardrop engagement rings are often a unique style, you’re guaranteed that your rings will complement one another perfectly. 

FAQs

  1. What does a pear shaped ring symbolize? A pear-shaped ring often represents the strong will, empowerment, independence, and unique style of its wearer. It is believed that these stones also symbolize tears of joy or wedding tears, both appropriate choices for an engagement ring.
  2. Are pear shaped diamonds more expensive? Generally, pear-shaped diamonds are less expensive than round diamonds of the same carat and quality. Since pear-shaped diamonds produce less waste when cut from raw diamonds, they are usually less expensive to cut. Additionally, pear-shaped diamonds will look larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight.
  3. Are pear shaped rings pretty? If you’re looking for an elegant, unique shape that’s different from the rest, a pear-shaped engagement ring is perfect for you! Pears give great sparkle, look larger than rounds of the same size, and are rarer than many other shapes. They’re a beautiful engagement ring choice!
  4. Do pear shaped diamonds sparkle? Yes! Pear-shaped diamonds are “brilliant” cut diamonds which are faceted in triangular and kite shapes. In other words, they sparkle like crazy!

We’re Here To Help

Looking for pear-fection? Why not put one of these gorgeous pear-shaped stunners in your cart? 

Plus, don’t forget, you can view all of these pear-shaped diamonds’ cut, color, clarity, and sparkle on JamesAllen.com in 360° HD views and up to 40x magnification so you can truly understand your diamond’s features.

Then, once you’ve picked the pear you wish to wear, feel free to share it with us on one of our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Twitter.

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2022 Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide For Him

2022 Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide For Him

2022 Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide For Him

Holiday shopping is not always easy but buying the perfect gift for the man in your life, whether it’s your dad, husband, brother, friend, or any other loved one, can be surprisingly challenging. Thanks to JamesAllen.com, checking off your gift list has never been easier. Keep scrolling to find the perfect piece that matches his taste and the demands of his day-to-day life.

James Allen Holiday Sale

Get excited – it’s that time of year again, and the annual James Allen Holiday Sale is here! Take advantage of our gift to you with 25% off SITEWIDE for the upcoming magical holiday season. 

Don’t be a procrastinator this year! To help avoid the holiday rush, sleigh your gift list, wrap up some super savings and get all your shopping done early.

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Black Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bright Step Band By TRITON

Jewelry Gifts For The Men In Your Life

The big question that always comes to mind is, “how much should I spend”? A year-end gift does not necessarily have to be over the top but simply to say “Happy Holidays” or a small token of appreciation for being in your life. As with any gift, it really depends on your budget.

To help you find the perfect gift, we’ve included a variety of price ranges. We have everything you need to fill your stockings. Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly items or more extravagant pieces, our gift guide for him will have you sorted in no time.

Boyfriend/Husband

Your boyfriend, husband, or partner will love whatever you get him, but let’s be honest, he definitely deserves a gift that’ll have people wanting one for themselves too.

Contrary to popular belief, there are many men who love to shine too! These timeless men’s jewelry pieces are a beautiful way to show your love for your significant other this festive season. In addition to many of the trendy fine jewelry available, we have no shortage of men’s fashion ring options to choose from, regardless of his fashion sense or lifestyle.

Father

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so, why not show Dad just how much you appreciate all that he does for you by gifting him with a truly thoughtful gift that he’ll love to wear for years to come? Men’s fashion rings and personalized fine jewelry are our top picks right now. For a little touch of both, which makes his gift extra special and personal, why not engrave a meaningful message for your dad? You can add an engraving to a large selection of our available men’s rings.

Sibling

Whether he’s your stepbrother, half-brother, brother-in-law, biological brother, or your true nemesis, he must be special to you in some way, right? We’re also here to help you put an end to the “who’s the better sibling” debate once and for all *wink wink*. 

Ready to splurge or prefer something more inexpensive? From chains and bracelets to signet rings and so much more, these jewelry pieces will definitely help you rack up some brownie points. Before you know it, he might even start calling you his favorite sibling!

Father-in-Law

It can sometimes seem impossible to impress your in-laws, but don’t give up this holiday. Whether you’ve recently walked down the aisle or he’s played an influential role in your life for years, your father-in-law deserves something great too. Check out some of our favorite jewelry pieces that are guaranteed to be a huge hit.

Friend

From childhood bestie to work spouse or colleague roomie you can’t live without, these are the people that have been there for you through it all. You’ve celebrated each other’s accomplishments, experienced life-changing adventures together, and of course, they’ve given you some great advice during those tough moments. So, what do these lifelong friends deserve? We think a stylish present that’ll end the holiday season on the brightest note is exactly what they need. 

Gifts that speak volumes about how much you appreciate them definitely won’t go unnoticed (no matter the price tag). Whether you need a unique gift because your best friend has a distinct personality or you’re looking for something more classic than a 90s friendship bracelet – we have everything you need.

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Prefer something a lot more personalized? Check out our birthstone jewelry, available in an assortment of pieces such as earrings, rings, and necklaces. We stock all 12 birthstones, and each one has its own lovely meaning and symbolism. Just another personal and budget-friendly gift idea that we absolutely love!

Wrapping Things Up

At JamesAllen.com, we’re all about sharing products we love with our customers, no matter the occasion. So, whether he’s your best friend, your dad, or your fiancé, let him know how much he means to you with a special gift for the holidays. 

If, after all of this, you’re still unsure, contact our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts today. They are always available to help and answer any queries you may have. Happy holidays! 
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Holiday Gift Guide For Every Budget

The colder months are fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing: it’s almost the holiday season! As the season of giving approaches, you may find it hard to decide what gifts to buy for your friends and family.

Holiday Gift Guide For Every Budget

‘Tis the season for sweaters, sparkles, good cheer, and, of course, gift-giving! Should this year’s list of people to shop for be a long one, JamesAllen.com is here (as always) to help with the best gifts for 2022. 

Make this year’s unwrapping experience unforgettable with our gift guide of guaranteed-to-please pieces for that special someone – yourself included. From casual looks to bold investment styles, we’ve rounded just a few of our favorite pieces to suit all kinds of personalities and budgets. Happy shopping, and sparkly season greetings! 

Gifts under $300

Suitable for daily wear, these petite fine jewelry pieces make stylish stocking fillers. Their minimalistic designs can easily be paired with any outfit, day or night. 

Customize your gift by selecting something that features their zodiac sign, or the initial of their name.  Personalized jewelry is truly one of the most meaningful gift ideas. We’ve added some of our favorite staple pieces of jewelry that are sure to be a hit for all. 

14K Yellow Gold Mini Initial G Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Faceted Hoop Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Enamel Evil Eye Station Bracelet

Gifts Under $550

The delight of unwrapping a stunning pop of color just in time for the holiday season is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. We stock a variety of gemstone jewelry that features all 12 of the birthstones, just another sentimental, budget-friendly gift idea. And, to add to that, each birthstone has its own lovely meaning. December’s birthstone, topaz, is rich with symbolism and often associated with longevity, wisdom, and strength – perfect for those celebrating a birthday during the holidays.

Oval Blue Topaz Birthstone Earrings
14K White Gold Lab-Created Diamond Cross Pendant
14K Yellow Gold Infinity Citrine Birthstone Ring
14K Yellow Gold Cable Links Bracelet

Splurge – Gifts Under $1000

Not looking to spend more than $1,000 on a gift? No problem! You can easily find a beautiful mix of jewelry pieces that include necklaces, diamond bracelets, earrings, and rings. Not sure if they prefer white or yellow gold? Whether it’s platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold, you won’t be disappointed with what we have on offer this holiday season. 

14K Rose Gold Petite Milgrain Huggie Diamond Earrings
14K Rose Gold Curving Diamond Bar Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet
14K Yellow Gold Bypass Duo Garnet And Diamond Ring By Brevani

Investment Pieces – Gifts Under $5000

Want to wow your loved ones? Then a classic piece of diamond jewelry is the way to go. 

Experts suggest that jewelry truly is an investment, specifically diamonds, followed by emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. There is intrinsic and sentimental value in diamond jewelry, as it lasts forever, can be dressed up or down, and creates adoring memories.

Two perfect examples of investment pieces are diamond tennis bracelets and eternity rings

Timelessly beautiful, perfect for everyone, and they will never go out of style. 

14K White Gold Two Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet
14K White Gold Diamond Cleopatra Necklace By Brevani
14K White Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Ring
18K White Gold Double Halo Pear Shape Diamond Earrings

Shop from the comfort of your home. All of these gorgeous products and so much more are available online at JamesAllen.com
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Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Is it time to start ring shopping? Congratulations! Buying an engagement ring and gearing up for the proposal is truly an exciting time. Don’t know where to start? Scroll down for expert advice!

Top Engagement Ring Tips

We sat down with Sarah, one of James Allen’s senior customer service reps, to talk about some common questions she encounters on a daily basis from customers. Whether it’s about buying an engagement ring or making proposal plans, read on for her top engagement ring tips and more!

1. Shape Your Thoughts

When you’re just getting started, we recommend thinking about shape preference. ‘A round center stone is never going to go out of style, and it is by far the most popular shape,’ explains Sarah. If you don’t know where to begin, play it safe and go for a round center stone. Oval cut and pear-shaped diamonds are a great choice if you prefer something a bit more trendy.

18K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)
14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

2. Timing Is Everything

When you’re thinking about the proposal, consider timelines and how long it takes to make your ring. ‘I always remind our customers to allow themselves enough time because all our rings are made to order,’ adds Sarah. So, remember, whatever you choose, give yourself a few weeks before getting your hands on these gorgeous pieces.

18K Yellow Gold Flat Edged Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
18K Yellow Gold Bypass Engagement Ring

3. Let’s Talk Budget

You may have heard about the ‘three-month salary rule’, but we believe you should determine how much you can comfortably spend overall. There are no set rules when it comes to how much money you should spend on an engagement ring. Keep in mind that the price tags of an engagement ring can vary significantly, so it’s important to choose one that fits your budget.

‘Once we know what style the customer wants, the best-sellers are a good reference,’ adds Sarah. We have a wide selection of stunning options for every kind of budget and won’t break the bank.

18K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Looking to sparkle and save? We teamed up with proposal expert Stacy Stahl to cover all your ring budget questions, including:

  1. How much should you spend on a ring?  
  2. Does bigger mean better? 
  3. How can you save money? 
  4. What’s the average amount spent?

Listen to her tips in the video below to find the best bling for your buck:

4. A Two-Way Street

Engagement ring shopping is usually a two-way street. ‘You should always keep your partner in the loop and follow their lead’ advises Sarah. Your partner is going to be wearing the ring every day, so make sure they love it! If your significant other hints at something other than a classic solitaire, try something different like these vintage-inspired engagement rings.

14K White Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Floral Halo Engagement Ring

FAQs

What is most important when picking an engagement ring?

The most important characteristics you should pay attention to when buying an engagement ring are the diamond’s cut, color, weight, and clarity. A diamond’s price and appearance depend on these characteristics.

How can I make my engagement ring special?

There are many different and beautiful ways to make an engagement ring special. At JamesAllen.com we offer you the opportunity to design your dream ring using our Ring Studio.  And for an extra personal touch, you can also engrave a meaningful message (for free) on the inside of your engagement ring. 

How do you properly wear an engagement ring?

Despite there being no right or wrong way to wear an engagement ring, engagement rings are usually worn on the left ring finger. This is the most common choice, and in many western cultures, the wedding ring finger is traditionally said to be the fourth finger on the left hand. However, the “ring finger” is not the same in all cultures and countries. 

What should you not do when buying an engagement ring?

When it comes to engagement ring shopping, many people often make the same mistakes. To make sure both the engagement ring and the proposal moment are close to being perfect, it’s so important to keep these in mind:

  • Set a budget 
  • Do your homework and get all the information you can 
  • Check your partner’s ring size partner
  • Consider your partner’s personal style. 
  • Plan the proposal  

Looking for real-life proposal inspiration? Take a look at our customers’ engagement moments from all over the world.

You can also contact us if you need help finding your dream engagement ring. Our diamond and jewelry experts at JamesAllen.com are always available to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to assisting you!

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How To Choose A 3 Stone Engagement Ring

Engagement rings can be more than just beautiful; they can tell a story as well. Three stone engagement rings offer both personality and additional sparkle. Wondering if the style is right for you? 

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this unique yet stunning ring setting.

Three stone engagement ring

Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of three stone engagement rings, also called “trinity rings,” “trilogy rings,” and “trio” rings. In addition to their beauty, versatility, and symbolic meaning, they give you a little extra bling! Three stone engagement rings are among the best options for those seeking a ring with deeper meaning.

What Is A Three Stone Setting?

A three stone engagement ring commonly features three diamonds. In addition to its beauty and versatility, this engagement ring setting is rich with symbolism and personal significance. Traditionally, each of the three stones represents the past, present, and future of a relationship.

There are no strict rules when it comes to picking your dream engagement ring. It can be molded to fit your own meaning and significance. You may also find inspiration in these beautiful meanings: 

  • The holy trinity –  According to religious believers, the three stones could represent the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, to guide and mentor the couple through life. 
  • Friendship, Love, and Fidelity – Another interpretation holds that these three important qualities are essential for a successful relationship. 
  • Family – Some couples view three stone engagement rings as a representation of their family. The three stones can portray family in many beautiful ways. For example, the center stone can represent the parents, while the side stones symbolize two children. Or, the side stones can represent both parents, while the center stone signifies children.  

Although each stone may vary in size, the center stone is usually larger than the two side stones. With this design, you can incorporate gemstones or opt for diamonds in classic or nontraditional shapes. The sky truly is the limit here.

Pros & Cons Of A Three Stone Setting

A three stone engagement ring truly is a beautiful choice. Just like with every ring setting and style, there are, of course, advantages and disadvantages. 

Pros:

  • Symbolic meaning 
  • They’re versatile with endless design options
  • Maximum sparkle 

Cons: 

  • Requires more cleaning and maintenance than a single stone design
  • Side stone diamonds can steal the center stone’s brilliance if they are poorly selected

What Are The Most Popular Diamond Shapes For 3 Stone Engagement Rings?

It’s so important to choose the diamond shapes carefully, especially if you’re going for different types of stones. Although three different shapes will give you a very unique and contemporary look, make sure that the side stones complement the middle stone shape.

Cushion Cut Three Stone Engagement Rings

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

Round Three Stone Engagement Rings

Three round diamonds are the most traditional three stone engagement ring design. Some three stone round diamond engagement rings spotlight a large center diamond with more petite side diamonds. While other rings feature a round center diamond and smaller side diamonds that complement the main stone, providing a balanced look that many people love. 

Three Stone Engagement Rings On Hands

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

How to Care For Your Three Stone Engagement Ring

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

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

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

Tips On Shopping For Three Stone Engagement Rings

  • One of the most important things to keep in mind when buying a three stone engagement ring is the type of lifestyle you or your bride-to-be has. 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. 
  • Choose all three stones or diamonds from the same color grade unless you’re looking for a contrast in the stones.
  • A lab created diamond is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for more value for your money.
  • 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. 

FAQs

What does a three stone engagement ring symbolize?

Traditionally, the three stones in a three stone ring tell the story of a couple’s past, present, and future together. It is believed that the center stone of the ring symbolizes the couple’s present and its side stones represent the couple’s past and future. 

When did three stone rings become popular?

Three stone engagement rings originated during the Georgian era, but their popularity surged during the Victorian and Art Deco eras, continuing into the Mid Century. Different three stone styles have evolved as well, making it a very popular choice today.

Are 3 stone engagement rings more expensive? 

Three Stone engagement rings can be more expensive compared to other ring settings. This is because there is more than one stone. 

Let’s Wrap Things Up

Three stone engagement rings are very meaningful and there are amazing designs that fit different budgets. Whether you’re interested in a unique three stone engagement ring or a more classic design, this engagement ring style is always a lovely choice thanks to its deep meaning. 

And really, there are no fixed rules! 

Still searching for the perfect engagement ring? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at JamesAllen.com. Our customer service team is here to assist 24/7. 

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How To Measure Your Ring Size

How To Measure Your Ring Size

Whether you’re searching for the perfect fit for your dream engagement ring or surprising your fiance’ to be, our ring size guide will point you in the right direction. Let’s see how you measure up.

How To Measure Your Ring Size

Wedding and engagement rings have long been a symbol of love and devotion. The circular ring has neither a start nor a finish, which is emblematic of an everlasting union. With such rich meaning and symbolism, designed to last a lifetime—so it makes sense that the ring size needs to be spot on.

If you’re not sure how to measure ring size, you’re in the right place.

How To Measure Ring Size At Home?

You may be asking yourself, how is this even possible? It’s true, James Allen can help you figure out your ring size all 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.

Different Ring Size Conversions

While you may wear one size in the U.K., your sizing in the states may be completely different. Thankfully, though, conversion charts are available to ensure you order the right size regardless of which country the ring was sized in, which ensures complete accuracy.

Ring sizes in the United States and Canada range from 3 to 13, which includes half and quarter sizes. A ring’s size is determined by its diameter or circumference and is measured in inches or millimeters. The diameter measures the inside length of the ring, whereas the circumference measures the length of the entire band. 

International ring sizing involves the same measurement process, but the numbered sizes run on different scales, which vary by country. Australia and the United Kingdom actually use an alphabetical letter sizing system.

ring size chart

How To Measure Ring Size With A Tape Measure

Using a measuring tape is considered to be the best and most accurate method to determine your ring size. Give yourself enough space to accommodate your knuckles for the best results. Also, you should measure the finger where you plan to wear the ring, since the finger size on your left and right hands may differ.

STEP 1: 

Place the measuring tape over your finger and pull it around into a circle. 

STEP 2: 

You should adjust the size of the circle, move it over your knuckles, and make sure it fits comfortably.

STEP 3: 

Take note of the measurements in millimeters and use the comparison chart if needed. 

How To Measure Ring Size With A String

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.

Once the piece of string is around your 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. 

Still unsure? Find out more by watching this video.

More Ring Sizing Tips

  1. Measure your finger in the evening – For best results, measure your finger at the end of the day. In the morning, your fingers are colder and therefore smaller than usual.
  2. Measure a few times – Be sure to measure your finger size a few times to make sure your calculations are accurate.
  3. Use non-stretchable material – If you’re measuring your finger on your own, you want an accurate measurement! Good materials: ribbon, twine, even paper.
  4. Measure your finger close to your knuckle – This is where the ring will usually sit, so you want it to be comfortable.
  5. Measure your finger in the middle of the day – Our fingers tend to swell overnight, so it is recommended not to take your measurement in the morning as you wake up. 
  6. It’s also recommended to not measure your finger, When the weather is either too hot or cold, after an intense workout or if you are sick.

Tips for Buying a Ring as a Surprise:

  1. Ask people If you don’t know your partner’s ring size, ask their close friends or family members to assist. Tell them to keep it hush-hush so that they don’t accidentally ruin the surprise!
  2. Borrow a ring that fits Borrow their ring (from the correct finger!) and use James Allen’s virtual ring sizer to determine the ring’s size.
  3. Shop for the ring on a private device And log out of all your shared accounts! You don’t want your partner running across your cookie trail.

Other Ways To Find The Ring Size

Taking an existing ring to a jeweler

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. In addition to their nifty gadget, consider trying on a few of their engagement or wedding rings to ensure comfort and a perfect fit. 

Find your ring size

What Is The Average Ring Size For Men?

The average size of a men’s wedding band is 9. 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 your personal style and how much of a statement you want to make.

What Is The Average Ring Size For Women?

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the average ring size for a woman is a size 6. However, they also add that depending on their lifestyle, on average most women tend to fluctuate in weight, so adding a quarter size to the ring is often recommended. Fingers also tend to swell during seasons such as summer, so keep that in mind as well when measuring your ring size.

The average ring size for women

James Allen Ring Sizer Tools

You don’t have to worry about sizing a ring. James Allen’s Virtual Ring Sizer can help you determine your ring size online for free. There are two options available, you can either measure your finger, or you can measure a ring you already own to discover your ring size. Both are accurate and will give you your exact ring size.

What Happens When My Ring Is Resized?

During the resize process, small amounts of metal will be added or removed to increase or decrease the size as needed. As a result, your ring may be slightly thicker or thinner when completed. This is a minor difference and is often invisible to the naked eye.

Your resized ring will be inspected by quality assurance to ensure that our high standards are met and that your ring has been fitted to the size that you need.

What If I Order The Wrong Ring Size?

It’s worth noting that approximately 40% of rings end up being resized. But don’t worry, as we know that this is something that can happen when you’re buying a ring online, we offer free ring sizing for up to 1 year after purchase

Rings That Can’t Be Resized

Unfortunately, some rings are not able to be resized. This may be because of the specific design or material that has been used. Rings made from unconventional materials such as resin, ceramic, jade, or wood cannot be resized because there’s no way to cut and bend the ring- its composition isn’t amenable to the process,

These include:

FAQs

How will I know if I have the right size?

A good ring size should fit snug around the base of your finger without bulging or leaving any indentations. However, the ring should also be loose enough to slide over your knuckle. Check if your ring fits right by pushing it up from underneath and making sure there is a small space between it and your finger. This means there is enough room.

Does band thickness affect size?

Yes, band thickness can affect your ring size. The more a ring covers your finger, the tighter it will fit. In addition, stacking many types of bands, such as a wedding ring set, will increase your ring size. We recommend measuring your ring size with a sizer that’s close to the thickness of the ring that you’ll be wearing.

How to secretly find someone’s ring size?

Planning a surprise romantic and creative proposal? You can easily find out your partner’s ring size without them knowing. One of the easiest options is to simply ask their family or friends. Another way to measure your partner’s ring size secretly is by measuring a ring they already wear.

Are men’s and women’s rings measured using the same scale?

Yes, women’s and men’s ring sizes are measured on the same scale. The average size of men’s hands tends to be larger than that of women’s, so they will fall into the larger category.

We’re Here To Help

Concerned about how to measure your ring size? At JamesAllen.com, our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts are always available to help and answer any queries you may have. We look forward to assisting you! Contact us here.

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Solitaire Engagement Rings: Your Complete Guide

Solitaire Engagement Rings: Your Complete Guide

Time-honored and elegant, solitaire engagement rings are easily one of the most popular ring settings available. While simple, these rings are always on trend, affordable, and look great on every finger.

3 Solitaire Engagement Rings

Loved for their crisp design, engagement rings with solitaire settings feature a single stone placed on the metal band. These rings highlight the diamond like no other, no matter its shape.

As the most iconic and popular ring style, the minimal design of solitaire rings has come to symbolize life’s most precious moments, and for good reasons. From proposals to special anniversaries, the sophistication of its sleek band, whether traditional or contemporary, it’s no wonder these have remained a firm favorite over the years.  

We’ve rounded up some of our most popular solitaire engagement rings to celebrate these classic beauties, as well as help you learn all there is to know about the forever timeless solitaire setting.

What Is A Solitaire Engagement Ring?

The word “solitaire” comes from the Latin word “Solus,” which means alone or sole. 

Therefore, solitaire engagement rings feature a single diamond in the center. The classic engagement ring has been around for decades and often makes for a true statement piece. 

Typically, there are no other diamonds or gemstones on the ring, and the band is plain without pavé diamonds. But, do not let the simplicity of this style fool you. In fact, there is plenty of room to customize it to create the ring of your dreams.

18K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Why Choose A Solitaire Engagement Ring?

For those with a simple yet refined sense of style, a solitaire setting is a perfect choice. With its polished design and uncomplicated beauty, it is the ideal complement to any outfit and occasion.

As there are no additional stones or elaborate details to distract from the center stone. Meaning, that there’s more diamond to see and more light to pass through, adding to the diamond’s brilliance. In other words, the design allows the diamond to take center stage! 

Solitaire engagement rings are also extremely versatile, which allows the wearer to pair them beautifully with a variety of other pieces such as gemstone jewelry or wedding rings. 

Other elements such as metal color can give a solitaire ring a distinct look, tailor-made to the preference of each wearer. For example, rose gold solitaire engagement rings give off a blended vintage and modern appearance. While the rosey, warm hue looks striking against many skin tones. 
These are just a handful of the many reasons why you should choose a solitaire engagement ring. Despite changing fashion trends, you can be sure that your ring will remain stylish and sophisticated.

Solitaire Engagement Rings For Every Diamond Shape

Solitaire settings are designed to fit a selection of diamonds in various shapes and sizes. This is because of their classic design and perfect prongs. Regardless of the diamond’s shape or size, it will remain well secured so you won’t have to worry about it falling out.

The timeless elegance of solitaire rings also means they can accommodate various diamond shapes and sizes. Round diamonds are the traditional choice for solitaire engagement rings, but fancy shaped diamonds such as oval, pear, cushion, marquise, and emerald cut are some of the most popular options. 

So, which one do you think you’ll pick?

What To Look For In A Solitaire Engagement Ring

Finding the perfect solitaire engagement ring isn’t just about finding something you love to stare at. But what exactly is the most important part of a solitaire engagement ring?

Here are a number of things to consider before making a big purchase. 

As we mentioned before, the design is basic and all eyes are on the diamond, it is best to try to focus on making sure that the diamond is not only magnificent but is also of great quality. Experts highly recommend that the diamond you choose is certified and details the nitty-gritty of your diamond. 

Another question on many customers’ minds is, “what is the best stone cut for this type of ring?”Due to the beauty of a solitaire ring, there is actually no optimal diamond cut, as its simplicity makes it suitable for practically any diamond shape.

Additionally, it’s good to note that solitaire rings can be customized with a variety of prong settings and designs. The most common include comfort fit, knife edge, classic split shank, bezel set, cathedral, and four and six-prong solitaire settings.

Pros and Cons of a Solitaire Setting

There are plenty of good things to say about solitaire engagement rings, which is one this ring setting is so popular. It will never feel trendy or out of style, and it’s easy to pass down. However, there are also just a few disadvantages to selecting a solitaire engagement ring.

Pros and Cons of a Solitaire engagement rings

Lab Created Diamond Solitaire Ring Price

If your goal is to shop for an affordable engagement ring, then solitaire is definitely your best option. 

But, if you’re looking for guaranteed affordability, you should definitely consider a lab created diamond. Lab created diamonds are 100% real diamonds, and just like earth created diamonds, they come with their own GIA certificate. 

Lab grown diamonds have the exact same optical, physical, and chemical properties as their mined counterparts. The only significant difference is their origin. One comes from a natural and uncontrolled environment, while the other is physically created in a controlled laboratory. In fact, if you examined both types of diamonds under a professional jeweler’s loupe or on a molecular level, you would not see any differences.

There is a fast-growing trend in the diamond industry for buyers to purchase these diamonds. Why you may ask? Well, there are several reasons why lab created diamonds are so beneficial:

  • Environmentally friendly & ethically sourced 
  • At 30% less than an earth created diamond of similar size, color, and clarity, there is greater affordability
  • Available in various diamond shapes and sizes
  • Known origin of every diamond 
  • Greater purity and improved quality

This ring style offers several creative opportunities, which is perfect for those also looking to design their dream engagement ring. In fact, at JamesAllen.com, we allow you to jump into the designer’s seat and fully customize a truly unique engagement ring with The Ring Studio. You can choose from hundreds of different designs and a selection of beautiful lab created diamonds. By creating your own ring within your budget, you can create exactly what you want.

Price estimation for solitaire engagement rings

Solitaire Engagement Rings With A Wedding Band

The truth is that solitaire engagement rings can look great with just about any wedding ring. 

In general, it’s best to choose a wedding band that matches the metal and style of your fiancé-to-be’s engagement ring. However, there are no set rules to follow. If you also feel the urge to spice things up from time to time with your solitaire ring, one of the things to do is add stackable rings. Stacking multiple bands on both the top and the bottom of your engagement ring is a stunning way to add the perfect amount of sparkle and dimension you may be looking for. 
Our guide on How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set can also give you the answers you need as it goes into more detail on what you should look for when choosing a wedding band to match a solitaire engagement ring.

FAQs

  1. What is the difference between a solitaire and a diamond?

Solitaire and diamond are often used interchangeably by jewelers. However, the two actually have different meanings. Solitaire refers to the gemstone setting, e.g., a single stone mounted on a piece of jewelry, while a diamond is a type of gemstone.

  1. Does an engagement ring have to be a solitaire? 

No. There are a variety of engagement ring styles to choose from. Although a solitaire engagement ring is the most popular.

  1. Why are solitaire rings the best?

Solitaires are unrivaled when it comes to practical versatility; They pair up stunningly with most wedding bands. Since the engagement ring didn’t set a very defined style, you’re free to play with classic, vintage and bolder band combinations. They all look great!

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring can come with stress and a lot of questions.  At JamesAllen.com, our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts are always available to help and answer any queries you may have. We look forward to assisting you! Contact us here.

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The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire

The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire 

Who can escape the fascinating appeal of Sapphires? With its perfect balance of classical beauty and contemporary expression, it’s no wonder this gemstone is so prevalent amongst many royal families.

The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire

September brings seasonal changes and ushers in the start of the beautiful fall season. The month of September is not only one of the most popular months for weddings around the world, but it also possesses a largely favored gemstone too. 

Although the color that comes to mind for most people when they think of sapphire is deep royal blue, in reality, no two sapphires are alike because of the many variations of colors and shades. This guarantees a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry with a beautiful and symbolic meaning. 

Keep reading to learn more about one of our favorite birthstones.

What Are The Three Birthstones For September?

As a matter of fact, there are several gemstones that represent September besides sapphires. The month of September actually boasts three unique and magnificent gemstones as its birthstone. They include Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, and Carnelian. 

Even though sapphires are the most common gemstone choice for September, zircons come in second place. But don’t let that stop you from adding any of the less popular gemstones to your jewelry collection.

18K White Gold Oval Halo Sapphire And Diamond Ring
14K White Gold Alternating Sapphire And Diamond Ring

What Is The September Birthstone Color?

The beautiful rich blue of Sapphire makes it one of the most desirable birthstones. But did you know that Sapphires come in a kaleidoscope of colors too? While the most popular hue is royal blue, the gemstone’s colors can vary from pink, green, orange, purple, and yellow. From our point of view, no matter what you choose as your favorite shade, it still counts as a September birthstone. 

September Birthstone History & Symbolism

The word ‘sapphire’ comes from the Latin word ‘saphirus’ and the Greek word ‘sapheiros, both meaning blue. Did you know that the unique meaning behind every gemstone is informed by its history and tradition? The historic and much-desired gemstone is customarily connected with royalty, nobility, and spirituality.
To date, royals believe that the September birthstone brings protection, good fortune, healing, and wisdom. But many also believe that sapphires represent virtue, good fortune, and sincerity, which are all important qualities in a marriage. Sapphire engagement rings have long been a symbol of devotion and sincerity, making them a perfect choice for brides.

18K White Gold East-West Set Oval Halo Sapphire And Diamond Necklace
14K White Gold Sapphire Birthstone Necklace

Where Is The September Birthstone Found?

Sapphire is found in only a handful of locations around the world. The three most well-known and important sources for the September birthstone are Kashmir, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, in particular, boasts the world’s most sought-after sapphires because of their rich, shimmering blue hues. However, sapphires from Sri Lanka are among the most expensive. 

More recently, mines and significant quantities of the September birthstone have also been found in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, India, and the United States (Montana), among other countries in Asia and Africa. In fact, Madagascar is fast becoming one of the world’s leading countries of stunning sapphires.

September Birthstone Jewelry Gifts

From elegant necklaces to bold sapphire earrings, the JamesAllen.com September birthstone jewelry collection is complete with various styles, designs, and colors. Making it perfect for those looking to make the ultimate style statement. September birthstone jewelry makes an excellent gift for a number of reasons:

  • Celebrating a special occasion? Sapphire jewelry is a traditional symbol for the 5th and 45th year’s anniversary.
  • That special someone in your life who is born in September 
  • Looking for a stunning piece of “something blue” jewelry? 
  • Is Blue your favorite color? Go on and treat yourself to a piece of beautiful fine jewelry you’ll cherish forever. 

Now, when it comes to celebrities, blue sapphire engagement rings in particular are very popular and have also been associated with the royal family for centuries.

This trend began during the early 80s when Prince Charles gave Lady Diana Spencer a magnificent Sapphire engagement ring which, of course, came with a hefty price tag. The non-traditional and very unique engagement ring caused major controversy, as not everyone in the British royal family approved of the bold gemstone.  

Princess Diana’s sapphire blue engagement ring may be one of the most recognizable pieces of jewelry in history and it seems many other stars like Victoria Beckham, Penelope Cruz, and of course, Kate Middleton have followed suit.

14K White Gold Sapphire Trellis Inside Out Oval Hoops, 0.8 Inch
18K White Gold Round Halo Sapphire And Diamond Earrings

Sapphire Birthstone Care & Cleaning

Jewelers use a tool called the Mohs Hardness Scale to rate a gemstone’s general resistance to scratching. Gemstones are ranked from 1 to 10 on the scale, diamonds are the hardest at 10, while pearls are the softest at an average of 3. It’s important to note that higher gemstones are more durable while lower gemstones need a little more protection and care.

Sapphires are ranked 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, meaning the gemstone is highly durable and is not prone to cracking, chipping, or breaking. Furthermore, you do not need to be overly careful when cleaning them. 

But, this does not mean you can get away from caring for and cleaning your sapphire jewelry. Keep in mind that at least twice a year, you should check your sapphires to ensure the gemstone is not loose in its setting. Additionally, experts recommend storing your sapphire jewelry separately in its own container or in a soft bag to avoid being scratched.

The Mohs Scale of Hardness

Sapphires can also easily be cleaned at home. Even though you can use ultrasonic cleaners and steam with no problem, soap and water will do the trick. 

All you’ll need is:

  • A small bowl 
  • Soft-bristled bristled toothbrush
  • Warm water 
  • Mild soap 

Steps to clean your diamond:

  1. Add warm water into a small bowl with some mild soap.
  2. Soak your sapphire jewelry for ± 20 minutes. If your jewelry seems extra dirty, let it soak longer.
  3. Next, brush the gemstone with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse the jewelry with clean water.  
  4. It’s very important to dry the gemstone with a soft towel thoroughly.
  5. DO NOT allow the water to stay sitting on the gemstone.

Fun Facts About Sapphires

  • Princess Diana’s engagement ring featured a whopping 12ct oval cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
  • The Star of Adam is an oval-shaped blue star sapphire, currently the largest star sapphire in the world. Discovered in Sri Lanka in August 2015, it weighs 1,404.49 carats. 
  • Sapphires are often considered one of the Big 3 gemstones, accompanied by Emerald and Ruby.
  • Color changing sapphires exist. Yes, we are just as intrigued as you are. These types of sapphires exhibit different colors in different lighting, shifting from blue in the daylight to a bluish purple in the nighttime under incandescent light.
  • Sapphires and the Ruby gemstone have a lot in common, and many refer to them as ‘relatives’. Both rubies and sapphires form the same mineral corundum, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide. Red corundum is called ruby, while all other gem-quality forms of corundum are called sapphires.

FAQs About The September Birthstone

  1. What stone is suitable for Virgo?

The zodiac sign’s birthstone belongs to those born between August 23rd and September 22nd. Although various gemstones are associated with Virgos, the main and most suitable stone is blue Sapphire. 

  1. Is Sapphire expensive? 

Sapphires are regarded as one of the most valuable gemstones. However, they do range in price depending on many different factors. Sapphires range from $25 per carat to more than $11,000 per carat, and the most expensive one ever sold came in at $135,000 per carat. 

  1. Do all months have two birthstones? 

Traditionally each month is associated with one birthstone, but you will find some months have multiple birthstones. This fact does create some confusion, but the multiple options for some months were created in order to allow more affordable options in addition to the traditional, more expensive stones.

Final Thoughts

Are you a September baby?  Which color sapphire is your favorite? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Twitter.

You can also read more about a particular birthstone in our related blog posts.

January Garnets * February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * June Pearls * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * October Opal * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz

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6 Ways To Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger 

Some people want a subtle engagement ring, while others want their engagement ring to look as glamorous and sizable as possible. If you fall into the latter category, we’re here to help with some handy tips on how you can make your engagement ring look bigger— without spending more for an enormous center stone. 

Looking for ways to get the most sparkle out of your diamond center stone? You’ll find all our helpful tips and tricks for maximizing the appearance and enhancing the shine of your diamond.

6 Ways To Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger 

The larger the size, the more expensive the diamond, and it’s common for even just a tenth of the carat to increase the price of the stone by hundreds if not thousands of dollars. But the good news is that there are ways to make your engagement ring look bigger than it is…. all without spending more.

It’s no surprise that diamonds have remained the most popular choice for engagement ring center stones as they always bring their fire and brilliance. Diamond sparkle is something unique that you may not find in every gem, and that’s why they’re so sought after.

But not all diamonds sparkle equally. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that bigger diamonds are the only ones that can bring the shine. It’s important to get the correct information on what makes a diamond sparkle well. Tricks of the trade can help you find the size and shape that works for your budget and make your ring finger glitter. 

If you want to know how to maximize your diamond sparkle, take a walk with us as we break down six basic rules to get more sparkle out of your engagement ring.

Get The Best Cut You Can

Even though nearly every engagement ring shopper is focused on the carat weight of a diamond, it’s actually recommended that the stone’s cut is never overlooked as it is considered to be the most important of the 4C’s

So how exactly does the cut of a diamond change how big it looks? The cut of a diamond determines how well it will reflect light based on the way its angles and facets were cut. In addition, it affects the overall sparkle of the diamond. A diamond’s cut is graded by the Gemological Institute of America as excellent, very good, good, and fair.

Diamonds with excellent brilliance (sparkle) appear larger to the eye. And for a diamond to have maximum brilliance, it has to have a great cut. To ensure your diamond has excellent brilliance, it is recommended to select a diamond with a cut grade of Very Good or Excellent.

Related Post: What Is a VVS Diamond?

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Pick Your Diamond Shape Wisely

Another factor that can affect how large a diamond looks is its shape. While diamonds can be cut into numerous shapes, there are ten popular shapes. These include round, cushion, emerald, heart, marquise, oval, pear, Asscher, princess, and radiant. Even though round-cut diamonds are the most popular, elongated shapes create the illusion of a bigger stone

Naturally, each diamond shape comes with many advantages and disadvantages. Wondering which diamond shapes help make your stone look the largest? We’re here to tell you. 

Diamond Shapes

Making Your Ring Look Bigger With Round Diamonds

Here’s a little insider’s tip for you, if you want a diamond to look a lot bigger and more expensive. When compared to other diamond cuts, a round cut diamond looks larger because of its shape. It has more surface area for light to reflect off, and therefore, it shines brighter and looks bigger. Also, it has no pointed or sharp edges. This too creates the effect of a larger diamond.

Making Your Ring Look Bigger With Elongated Diamonds

While bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, there are specific diamond cuts that can give you more diamond glow and extra finger coverage.

Popular elongated fancy-shaped diamonds like oval, pear, marquise, and emerald cuts are perfect if your goal is to enhance the size of your center stone. All four of these cuts look bigger than their actual carat weight. However, oval-shaped diamonds are the top choice for those wanting a classic engagement ring, yet still want to maximize the size of their center diamond

These diamond shapes are a popular alternative to the classic round brilliant and can make light dance and add a unique feature to your engagement ring. 

The oval shape also tends to appear larger since they’re elongated and take up a lot of real estate on your ring finger. Similarly, the oblong shape of a marquise shape or an emerald shape also makes for a larger-looking stone. All three of these cuts look bigger than their actual carat weight.

Diamond Shapes To Avoid

While some diamond shapes appear larger per carat, others look smaller per carat. You may want to avoid Asscher, cushion cut, and princess diamonds. 

Since they hide much of the weight below the diamond’s table, these specific shapes don’t appear as large as other shaped diamonds. In contrast to elongated shapes, where the weight is spread across a larger surface area, it has a concave shape.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pick A White Metal To Make Your Diamond Look Bigger

Choosing a pure white metal such as platinum or white gold will make the diamond stand out. This is because the color of the metal acts as a mirror and reflects the diamond’s colorlessness, giving the impression of a larger diamond.

Additionally, platinum prongs may give a diamond the illusion of being larger because platinum blends in with the diamond’s color. But for those who are still determined to get a rose or yellow gold ring, no worries! You can pick whatever metal color your heart desires and still choose white gold or platinum prongs. This will allow the white gold to shine through the diamond, making the rock appear larger.

What Settings Make The Diamond Look Bigger?

You can also enhance the appearance of your center diamond by picking a setting that is very thin and delicate. Experts recommend that you select a setting with a slim band and slim prongs. 

One of the most popular choices is pavé engagement rings, as this ring setting is specifically designed to highlight the center stone. Why? Because the setting consists of several small diamonds or gemstones that accentuate the main diamond. Diamonds are usually placed so close to each other that the metal underneath them cannot be seen. With different styles of pavé settings, you’re guaranteed to get more sparkle for less.

Halo Ring Settings

Much like the pavé setting, a halo setting is an excellent option if you want your engagement ring to look as glamorous and sizable as possible. This is also one of the best ways to add drama as the center stone is surrounded by shimmering, smaller accent diamonds.

Opting for a heavenly halo setting, you can increase your ring’s carat size without increasing the price tag. This is one of the many reasons why this ring setting is so popular.  Not only does it add to the overall sparkle of the engagement ring, but a halo also works with just about any fancy-shaped diamond. 

Did you know that halo engagement rings are not just versatile and easy to customize, but this ring setting can actually make a diamond appear as much as half a carat larger than it actually is? Amazing, right? 

Three Stone Ring Setting

Another stunning option is the three stone ring settings. As a rule of thumb, if you choose this option, it’s best to keep the side stones on the smaller side so they won’t compete for attention with the main diamond.

Still wondering why a three stone engagement ring seems larger than it actually is? Well, if smaller side diamonds or gemstones are added on either side of the center diamond, it will help accentuate it. Think of the side stones as the performers who open the show! Their purpose is to create a grand, glowing effect for the main act – the center diamond.

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Half Moon Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Consider A Lab Created Diamond

Always dreamt of a diamond with 2 carats or more? Then it’s time to consider a lab created diamond. Not only are lab created diamonds physically, chemically, and optically identical to earth created ones, but they also come with a cheaper price tag. To the naked eye, there is hardly any difference. 

Here are just a few reasons to choose a lab created diamond:

  1. Superior quality & purity
  2. Environmentally friendly and sustainable
  3. Known origin of every diamond
  4. It will cost 30-40% less than a natural diamond of similar size, color, and clarity

To help maximize your budget without having to compromise on quality, JamesAllen.com also stocks True Hearts™  lab created diamonds. This premier collection of Ideal diamonds are perfectly proportioned to refract light, producing only the best diamond sparkle. 

Related Post: Your Complete Guide To Lab Created Diamonds

Have Your Diamond Ring Cleaned Regularly

Last but not least, here is one of the simplest tips you can follow. If you want your engagement ring to look as large as possible, always keep it clean. As we mentioned throughout this article, the more sparkly your engagement ring is, the larger it will look. Over time, diamonds and precious metals accumulate oil and dirt, which dulls their sparkle. So to keep your engagement ring shining, clean it regularly. 

It is generally recommended to get your ring professionally cleaned every six months. Then, in between professional cleanings, you can clean your ring from the comfort of your home. We’re all about DIY diamond cleaning, so we’ll let you on one of the best diamond cleaning tips.

All you’ll need is:

  • A toothbrush 
  • Mild dish soap or ammonia 
  • Polishing cloth/ microfiber cloth
  • Two bowls

Steps to clean your diamond:

  1. Add lukewarm water to the two bowls and a few drops of dish soap/ammonia to one of them.
  2. Using the toothbrush, gently use the soapy solution to clean your diamond (circular brush strokes are always better.) 
  3. Once you’re satisfied, rinse any excess oil or soap from your ring and dry it using a cloth.
18K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Round Center)
14K Rose Gold Trio Micropavé Engagement Ring

FAQs About How To Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger

  1. Which diamond shape sparkles the most?

 A round brilliant cut diamond has the brightest sparkle. Round brilliant diamonds are cut to have 58 facets (including the culet), allowing light to enter the diamond and reflect off of every facet to create a beautiful shimmer.   

  1. How to make your engagement ring look bigger with a wedding band? 

You can make your engagement ring look bigger by pairing it with a flush pavé wedding band to maximize your engagement ring’s brilliance. 

  1. How to make your engagement ring look more expensive? 

The more carat, meaning, the larger the diamond, the whiter the color, the higher the clarity and the better the cut and proportions, the more expensive the engagement ring in which this diamond is set will look.

Final Thoughts

There are so many fun and calculated ways to maximize the appearance and sparkle of your ring. One of the best ways to ensure you have the biggest diamond ring possible is to work with diamond and jewelry experts, such as the ones at JamesAllen.com.

Or, visit our education center to find out everything you need to know about engagement rings, loose diamonds, and fine jewelry. 

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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.

Pear shaped engagement ring

Now that you’ve started thinking about the perfect way to stack on your bands, you might be wondering how exactly to wear engagement and wedding rings together. It’s easy to feel confused about wedding rings or bridal sets, but the truth is there are no rules that you need to follow. There is no right or wrong way, it’s all completely up to you!

It is impossible to define a ‘traditional’ manner of wearing a wedding ring set, but there are a variety of popular ways of wearing them. And yes some do follow various traditions. Still unsure? We’re here to help. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to know about how to wear a wedding ring set.

What’s The Right Way To Wear A Wedding Ring?

When it comes to the “right way” to wear a wedding ring, there are in fact a few options. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it generally comes down to comfort and your personal style.

Although, in many western cultures, the wedding ring finger is traditionally said to be the fourth finger on the left hand. But, the “ring finger” is not the same in all cultures and countries. It also may depend on local tradition, religion, and personal preference.

What’s The Difference Between A Wedding Ring And An Engagement Ring?

First, let’s talk about the rings. Though there are a few key differences between a wedding ring and an engagement ring, one of the main features that sets these two rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal, while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. 

And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, a wedding ring does not have a particular focal point. They sometimes feature either rows of smaller stones or simply a clean solitaire band.

18K White Gold Vintage Glamour Halo Diamond Engagements Ring
Platinum Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

The Best Wedding Ring Styles

Experts recommend that you don’t just buy a wedding ring simply because it’s currently trendy. These are rings you’ll be wearing every day for the rest of your life, so it’s important that the design and style reflect your personality.
Say ‘I do’ and begin yours forever with a distinctively beautiful James Allen wedding ring. Choose from our large selection of gorgeous ring styles, including classic wedding rings, diamond wedding rings, and eternity rings. 

Classic Wedding Rings

Classic wedding rings complement 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 simply want to highlight your engagement ring, then a classic wedding ring could be the perfect style for you.

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, a curved wedding ring’s complimentary shape reduces friction on your skin by preventing unnecessary slippage.

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. Even though traditionally, eternity rings are gifted to mark a special milestone within a relationship, nowadays, they are often worn as wedding rings as they pair so beautifully with many different engagement ring designs.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Two Row U Pavé Engagement Ring

Which Hand Should You Wear Your Engagement & Wedding Ring On?

Your wedding ring set can be worn on either hand, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. It differs worldwide and is often not the same in all countries and cultures. But, there are at least 3 common ways to wear a wedding set.

On The Right Hand

How a person wears their engagement and wedding band may determine the area you are living in or the cultural traditions you are accustomed to. 

In certain Northern and Eastern European countries, it is customary to wear these rings on the right hand. This tradition actually comes from an ancient Roman belief that the left hand was untrustworthy. As a matter of fact, the Latin word for “left hand” shares the same root as the modern-day word “sinister.”

On The Left Hand

The most common choice for most people is to wear their engagement and wedding rings on their left hand. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring, specifically on the fourth finger originated from the belief that this finger has a vein running directly to the heart. As this idea has been passed down for many generations, people still enjoy the symbolism of wearing their wedding ring closest to their hearts, showing how important marriage is. 

In addition, many people prefer to wear both the engagement ring and wedding ring together on the same finger (on the left hand). Generally, the wedding ring is placed on the finger first so that it is positioned with the engagement ring following on the outside. For this reason, there are numerous, gorgeous wedding rings and bridal sets that are specifically designed to match each other. And, many couples choose this option when they plan 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.

On Different Hands

The engagement ring and wedding ring don’t necessarily have to be worn on the same hand. Some women opt to wear their wedding ring on the left ring finger and their engagement ring on the right ring finger. Whether you choose to uphold a time-old tradition or create your very own is entirely up to you.

18K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Rose Gold Round And Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

How Do I Match A Wedding Ring To An Engagement Ring?

The answer: however you’d like. As the bride-to-be, you can choose to express yourself in whatever way you wish. There are few, if any, customs regarding how you pair your wedding ring with your engagement ring. So what does this mean for you? Ultimately, you have three main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style.

Match By Metals

As we’ve mentioned before, there are truly no wrong answers when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands. While you may prefer to have a perfectly matching set of rings, others might prefer a mix of metals. All ring metals look great together, as long you love what you’re wearing! At JamesAllen.com, we provide you with four beautiful metal options, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum.

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. 
The beauty of gemstone wedding rings is that there is a huge selection!

From sapphires and rubies to opals and emeralds…these can make the most perfect, personalized piece. Whether you choose a particular stone for its beauty, or you want to embrace a certain stone’s meaning, the options are endless! For instance, you may wish to have a unique wedding ring set that features a respective birthstone.

Match By Ring Setting Style

Finding the perfect wedding ring set can be tricky as there is a diverse range of styles to choose from. 

Of course, style often comes down to personal taste and preference. But luckily at James Allen, you can perfectly match your wedding ring to your engagement ring or go with something completely unique. The beautiful settings options are truly plentiful, and range in style and design, from stunning pavé wedding rings to rose gold stackable rings – you’re guaranteed to find the one.

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What Should You Do If You Can’t Wear Your 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 are unable to 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.

What matters most is that it’s your wedding, your marriage, and your ring. Regardless of how you choose to wear it, it’s completely up to you!

Final Thoughts

Your wedding ring set is more than a beautiful set of jewelry. It’s also a symbol of your love, devotion, and bond as a couple. And just as your love is unique, the way you want to wear your wedding ring set is just as special as well. We’ve given some guidance on different ways to wear a wedding ring set, but feel free to wear them how you wish.
Still searching for the perfect ring to add to your wedding ring set? At JamesAllen.com, our diamond and jewelry experts are always available to help you find your perfect ring and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to assisting you! Contact us here

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10 Best Simple Engagement Rings for 2022 

Ah, the beauty of a simple engagement ring! If you do it right, you don’t have to go over the top. After all, diamonds are the only way to achieve incredible sparkle. Simple engagement rings come in a huge range of designs. You can be assured that less is more.

What makes an engagement ring “simple”? For the most part, it means that it’s free of the more glitzy ring features such as pavè, engraved designs, halos, and multiple accent stones. Simple engagement rings are all about clean lines while also incorporating a limited amount of diamonds and gemstones. The most popular simple engagement rings are often solitaire rings, meaning that the band is completely stone-free except for one striking center stone. However, this is not always the case. 

This is the fun part: there are SO MANY types of simple engagement rings! Check them out below, and don’t forget to add your favorite to your wishlist on JamesAllen.com

Back To Basics:

The Benefits of Minimalist Engagement Rings

  1. Maintaining fewer diamonds is easier.

More diamonds mean more sparkle, but it also means more maintenance: accent stones trap dirt and require regular cleaning, and the multiple prongs require tightening by a jeweler twice a year. The bottom line is: simple engagement rings are perfect for the no-fuss wearer.

  1. All eyes on your diamond!

Go all in on an eye-popping center stone. It will take center stage! There’s little to distract from your sparkling stone. Plus, with the money you save on accent stones, you can invest to the fullest in your dream diamond.

  1. Your wedding ring has more pairing options

A simple engagement ring complements absolutely any style of a wedding ring. Your wedding set will look fabulous no matter which wedding ring to choose. Keep it simple? Glitz it up? Add gemstones? Play with diamond shapes? Yes yes yes yes. Flex your creativity!

  1. Easier on the wallet

Less overall glitz means that there’s less upfront cost. There’s no need to spend a large part of your ring budget on a diamond-studded band. This frees you up to invest the lion’s share of your money in an incredible center diamond or gemstone! Pro tip: go for a lab created diamond to get a 30% larger diamond while staying in-budget!

We’ve put together a walk-through of our best and most creative simple engagement ring styles.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Everyone loves the classics. And with good reason! Solitaire engagement rings are said to be the most simple engagement rings yet they remain perfectly elegant and timeless. The rings highlight the single-center diamond or gemstone like no other.

14K Rose Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Unique Diamond Shapes

Diamonds come in a variety of stunning shapes, so if you’re thinking of adding some kind of wow factor to your simple engagement ring – this may be the way to go!  While round and princess-cut diamonds are usually the most popular shapes for engagement rings, this may not appeal to every person.  

A simple band or ring setting will easily compliment any diamond shape. Whether it be cushion, emerald, oval, Asscher, marquise, or pear, pick the one your heart desires. 

Platinum 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Solitaire Heart Shape Diamond Ring

Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Three stone engagement rings are the perfect way to keep it simple while still getting your diamond fix. The elegant combination of a large center stone and two smaller, identical side stones is undeniably minimalist. And yet, all those facets sparkle bright! This engagement ring style is proof that simple doesn’t need to be boring.

Now you may be thinking, how does this three stone engagement ring avoid overwhelming the eye? Well by sticking with a simple round cut diamond, you get a symmetrical, straightforward, and stunning ring.

18K White Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings

Did you know that bezel-set engagement rings are the second most popular ring setting? Why, you ask? Well, this is mainly because of its simplicity and modern look. It is also known to be the perfect ring for people who lead an active lifestyle. Rather than the diamond being held in place with prongs, the bezel setting features a center stone that is tightly held in place by a metal rim that completely envelopes the edges of the stone.

This type of setting provides excellent security and protection for the center stone, all while making the ring appear super trendy and stylish. What’s more, the bezel setting is so versatile that it perfectly accommodates every diamond shape. Did we mention bezel set engagement rings will never snag on fabric?

All bezel, all the time. This simple engagement ring is the best sidekick and will accompany you throughout all your adventures.

18K Yellow Gold East-West Knife Edge Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Comfort Fit Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement Ring

Gemstones

These simple engagement rings are rich in gorgeous hues. For anyone who thinks “simple” is a synonym for “plain,” our gemstone engagement rings will prove otherwise.

Gemstone engagement rings aren’t a new trend. In fact, for centuries we’ve seen the most glamorous royals and celebrities styled in all kinds of gemstone jewelry. Unlike diamonds, unique gemstones come in a variety of colors, so regardless of the setting or style, gemstones make stunning center stones. Ever considered a sapphire engagement ring?

Platinum Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Split Shank Engagement Rings

Looking for a simple, yet unique engagement ring? You’ve come to the right place! There are various types of split shank engagement rings, but the most common is where the shank (band) splits into two. This creates two separate metal pieces that stem from the center diamond. This type of simple engagement ring has a distinctive style that allows people to choose just how “simple” they want their dream ring to be. With this type of ring, you can design something minimalistic or something incredibly elaborate.

Its sophisticated look has won over many A-list brides including Beyoncé, Megan Fox, and Blake Lively. 

18K Yellow Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
18K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Swirl And Twisted Bands

A simplistic design but not too basic. These bands aren’t packed with diamonds, but they are packed with plenty of personality! Swirl and twisted bands typically features a prong setting where the metal band is crafted in a way that gives off a half-circular “swirl” effect around the center stone.

The result is a modern and unique look that boasts a highly secure setting.  Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring that is striking and minimalistic or a ring that features a thin dual band that is elegantly twisted together to achieve a natural “woven” look, the options are endless.

14K Yellow Gold Bypass Engagement Ring
18K Yellow Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

FAQs About Simple Engagement Rings

  1. What is the most important factor to consider when selecting a simple engagement ring?

When shopping for a simple engagement ring, the 4Cs should be prioritized by the color of the diamond.

  1. Can I add stones to my simple engagement ring later on?

Yes. The classic solitaire setting is the perfect fit for a simple engagement band, especially if you intend to set diamonds later on. Experts suggest that if this is something you are considering, make sure the band is thick enough to accommodate diamonds later.

  1. Can an engagement ring be a plain band?

Yes.  Engagement rings can be any type of ring type or setting. It is most important to choose a style that you or your partner will enjoy wearing.

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The Top Gold Jewelry Trends for 2022 

After many months of waiting, the time has finally come to bid farewell to your winter wardrobe and welcome the new season with your favorite warm-weather pieces.  We’ve rounded up the hottest summer styles so that you can rock all the gold jewelry trends of summer 2022. 

In our humble opinion, the jewelry pieces emerging this season are the most trendy we’ve seen in a long time. That’s right, from the runway to the ‘gram, gorgeous gold jewelry is by far one of the most dynamic trends for summer right now. So much so that it’s making us excited just thinking about what’s coming up next. 

We’ve narrowed down the top trends that really stand out and we know you’ll love them just as much as we do. So, keep scrolling to shop this season’s best gold accessories!

Why Yellow Gold Jewelry? 

There is no doubt that yellow gold is making a comeback, and is here to stay! Although many people may associate gold with an outdated metal or jewelry that once belonged to their grandmother, love it or loathe it, yellow gold is now incredibly chic and on-trend. From gold rings for women and men to simple and showstopping gold earrings, there’s no shortage of staple pieces to keep everyone glowing this season.

In addition to its rich and warm appeal, the latest styles and designs available in yellow gold are incredibly beautiful. Back with a versatile vengeance and dominating the jewelry scene, gold jewelry is by far one of the top favorites for summer this year.  

Everyday Gold Jewelry Pieces

There is a saying that goes, you should never leave the house without your shoes. When shoes and shirts are optional during summer, everyday gold jewelry takes its place as a wardrobe essential.

Now, the term “everyday jewelry pieces” may differ from person to person. The trick to this trend is opting for pieces in different sizes, textures, and designs.

Whether you’re grabbing brunch with friends or going out on a spontaneous date, the right assortment can take your look to the next level. When it comes to figuring out the best everyday jewelry, luckily, gold jewelry complements just about any item in your summer wardrobe and looks good with every skin tone!

14K Yellow Gold Sunburst Diamond Ring
14K Yellow Gold Bold 0.6 Inch Tube Hoop Earrings

Yellow Gold Statement Pieces  

A beautiful and bold addition to the lineup for the best jewelry to have this summer is statement pieces. In fact, statement necklaces are one of the hottest ways to spice up any basic summer outfit.

So what exactly is statement jewelry? Statement jewelry is typically pieces that are big, bold, and over the top. And, yes, you guessed it, they make quite the fashion statement.

Now, when you think of statement jewelry pieces, perhaps you imagine something large and intimidating. Fashion is all about trying new things. However, it’s important to remember that if you’re going to splurge on a statement piece, make sure that it’s still your style and that you can wear it confidently. 

Finding your statement piece should start with the type of jewelry you like best. Pick your poison, from rings, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings. Once you know which jewelry you like best and will wear more often, then you can start choosing the gold jewelry pieces to bring out when you’re ready to have all eyes on you!

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Accent Pad Lock Push Lock Rolo Split Chain Necklace
14K Yellow Gold 5mm Miami Cuban Bracelet

Yellow Gold Medallion Necklaces

Traditionally, gold medallion necklaces were worn as a status symbol and very often signified protection, luck, and guidance. And over the last few years, medallion necklaces have become increasingly popular and a much-loved accessory for both men and women. 

One of the main reasons why these necklaces have become so fashionable is due to their endless designs, allowing the wearer to show off their own personality through their jewelry.

Whether you choose to wear a medallion necklace on its own or prefer to layer them with gold chains for a more decorated look, this versatile and effortless accessory will definitely be one of your go-to’s this summer. 

14K Yellow Gold Dark Blue Enamel Nautical Diamond Medallion Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Beaded Disk Medallion Necklace

Yellow Gold Pearl Jewelry

One of the hottest trends right now is pearls. In fact, the world’s oldest gemstone has become less about status and more about a lovely, everyday addition to any jewelry collection. 

Featuring understated elegance and beauty as well as an affordable price tag, pearl pieces will play the perfect complement to your summer vibe. 

While classic pearls are forever timeless and always in style, this season’s essential is all about a combination of yellow gold and pearls. No matter if you choose a simple pearl bracelet or an elegant fashion ring, pearls will go with any outfit – from bikinis to business attire. 

JamesAllen.com offers a gorgeous selection of pearl jewelry, featuring Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and Freshwater pearls. 

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Bracelet (7.5-8.0mm)
14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Hoop Earrings (3.0mm)

A Touch of Color 

There aren’t any fashion rules when it comes to wearing color during summer. But as the warmer weather finally starts to take over 2022, the array of stunning color trends that flourished on the runways are now adored by people all over the world. 

This is the perfect opportunity to experiment with fresh and playful jewelry designs. Playful pops of color are so trendy this year. In particular, we are loving all the dazzling colored gemstone jewelry. Gone are the days when these jewelry pieces were saved for those special occasions. These stunning accessories will complement any outfit, whether you’re at the beach or at an elegant cocktail event.

18K Yellow Gold Frame Sky Blue Topaz Leverback Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Amethyst Hexagon Ring

Super Chic Signet Rings

Signet rings are a style that we just can’t stop loving, and that’s because there are so many different, gorgeous takes on these classic gold rings. A favorite for both men and women, signet rings typically feature a range of carved designs or diamonds. Originally, men used to wear these rings on the pinky finger, particularly gentlemen involved with business or politics. 

But today, and especially this summer, you will see many people wearing gold signet rings as a chic accessory. Even celebs like Meghan Markle, Cara Delevingne, Jay Zee, and Gwyneth Paltrow have also been spotted wearing these fashionable rings. Which one is your favorite?  

14K Yellow Gold Leo Zodiac Signet Ring

FAQs About Gold Jewelry

  1. Can you wear gold jewelry in the pool?

Unfortunately, it’s best to take off your gold jewelry if you’re in the pool. Chlorine can damage and discolor metals like gold, ultimately running your jewelry.

  1. Can you wear gold jewelry in the ocean?

The salt in the ocean’s water can corrode metals and leave them weakened and tarnished. Not only do you risk loosening your gemstones or diamonds but there’s also the risk of losing your jewelry in the sea.

  1. Why is your gold turning black?

By itself, gold shouldn’t tarnish. However, there are three main factors that could cause your gold to turn black. Harsh chemical detergents, your body’s chemistry (sweat and hormones), and warm weather can cause moisture to get trapped under your jewelry that mixes with your body chemistry.

  1. Is gold jewelry hypoallergenic?

Yes, and no. If you are partial to yellow gold and don’t have an extreme metal allergy, the higher Karats of gold may work for you.

Final Thoughts

We at JamesAllen hope you enjoyed this blog post just as much as we loved writing it. Our archives are packed with fun and helpful tips and education about engagement rings, fine jewelry, and gemstones.

For more about gold, check out these gold jewelry-related posts. 

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How to Take a Picture Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

How to Take a Picture Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Just got engaged and want to share the exciting news with all your friends and family? We all know the feeling of wanting to show off your brand new, sparkling engagement ring. Check out our guide on how to take a picture-perfect ring selfie. 

Time to find the best angle, breathtaking background, and strike the perfect pose. And what better way to celebrate National Selfie Day than snapping a stunning engagement ring selfie. We do know this technique comes with its own challenges as we all want the picture to be flawless, especially for social media. Luckily we’re here to give you all the best tips and tricks to help you capture that perfect ring selfie.  Keep reading to see how to get #RingSelfie ready!

Natural Lighting Is Everything 

Good lighting is the most important factor, especially if you want your ring to radiate. And, the best place to capture the perfect engagement ring selfie is outdoors in natural light. As no filters are needed here, nothing will show off your engagement ring’s cut, brilliance, and sparkle quite like sunlight

However, if you’re in a rush and not outdoors, make sure to set up your shot near a well-lit window for some natural light. Artificial lighting such as a dim or yellow-toned lit room can lead to blurry photos. Also, many people tend to forget that what may look good in person does not always translate well in photos. 

Pro tip: Whether you’re inside or out, watch out for tricky shadows.

Find The Perfect Background

If you’re snapping the shot right after the proposal, we suggest finding that Instagram-worthy skyline or backdrop. After all, your engagement ring is the centerpiece of your ring selfie, but there is no reason you can’t enhance it with a gorgeous backdrop. 

If you do not have the ultimate background, you could always go with the lovely idea of using a prop. In fact, this is a great hack when you want your pose to look more relaxed and super natural. Some of our favorite props are coffee mugs, a bridal magazine, a glass of bubbly (you’re celebrating, after all!), or even putting your hand around your fiancé’s arm. The best is to try a few different backgrounds or props so you have plenty of options to choose from when you post it.

Pro-tip: To make your engagement ring selfie POP, why not try using bold, eye-catching colors as your backdrop? This is specifically for people who did not opt for a fancy color diamond engagement ring or gemstone ring which already features beautiful hues.

Pay Attention To The Focus

Another important factor in this process is to pay attention to the focus of the image. To get the photo perfectly focused, it’s recommended not to rely on the auto-exposure feature on your phone. Instead, want the focus and attention to be on your engagement ring. Simply, touch where you want the camera to focus and hold down for a second or two to get the focus and exposure to lock in place. If you have your fiance’ in the background, this trick will blur them and show off your dazzling new rock.

14K White Gold Cathedral Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Experiment With Angles

Angles are everything! Don’t be shy to play around with different perspectives and angles to make sure you capture all the details and personality of your ring. Additionally, depending on the cut of your diamond, different angles will catch different light and create more sparkle. 

Pro tips:

  1.  To show off the ring’s setting opt for a side shot, whilst a shot taken from above will highlight the diamond’s shape
  2. To make your engagement ring look appear bigger, experts recommend removing all other jewelry so that the focus is entirely on the ring.
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Nail The Manicure 

Of course, if your proposal is a surprise you may not be prepared with a beautiful, fresh manicure. But, if you do have some kind of idea that the big question may be coming soon, we highly recommend that your nails look fabulous! 

Nothing shows off your engagement ring bling like a rockin’ manicure. And, if you ask us, this is for sure a top priority for that polished engagement ring selfie.  

Pro tip: Choose a color that compliments your skin tone, or some trendy nail art. Just make sure all the attention is not averted from the bling.

Include Your Fiancé

While the engagement ring selfie is all about the ring, it’s important not to forget that this special moment is really about both of you. Make sure to feature them in your post, whether it’s mentioning them in the caption or including them in your actual photo. Some of our favorite customer ring selfies feature the newly engaged couple, and we love to see their bliss and excitement shining through. 

Feature Furry Friends

Who doesn’t love sparkling diamonds and adorable pets? And what better way than combining the two to create your greatest engagement ring selfie post? 

This is a two-for-one special of Instagram-able pictures: sparkling rings and adorable pets! If you have a sweet dog or cat who loves to be in the spotlight, consider including them in your special moment as a cute way to announce your engagement. 

Caption Is Key

Now that you have the beautiful photo ready to post on social media, it’s time to caption it. The caption to your engagement ring selfie should convey both this once-in-a-lifetime moment and something special that captures the love of you and your fiance. 

It can be sentimental or personal, humorous, fun, or even romantic – after all, this is your moment! Feel free to use emojis too.

Here are some of our favorite captions from our customers: 

  • “Mom and Dad may be engaged, but I still get all the treats!🤪” 
  • “He asked. I said Yes!💍💙”
  • “Cheers to our next chapter 🥂💍”
  • “Something magical happened yesterday…💍 ✨”
  • “Does this ring make me look engaged?💍💎❤”

Additional Pro Engagement Ring Selfie Tips 

Now that you know how to take the magnificent engagement ring selfie using our tips above, keep these engagement ring selfie etiquette rules in mind.

  • DO NOT zoom in – your picture will almost always come out blurry, out of focus, or pixelated. 
  • Don’t be shy to edit the photo before posting it. There are many great apps and filters to help elevate the quality of your picture and make your ring truly pop. A little editing can go a long way!  
  • Don’t forget to relax your hand. Trust us, we know the excitement but the ring selfie pose is supposed to be as natural as possible.  
  • Avoid unsolicited bragging. By all means, show off that stunning sparkler but do so without going overboard. For example, don’t mention how many carats your diamond has or how much it costs. Of course, discuss this with close friends and family but preferably not on social media. 

Ring Selfie Ideas And Inspiration 

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring
Platinum Embellished Gallery Pavé Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Three Stone Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring

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The 2022 Guide To Wedding Bands And Fashion Rings For Men

The 2022 Guide To Wedding Bands And Fashion Rings For Men

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Between the fun and excitement of the engagement ring and the ongoing wedding planning, you may have neglected one detail—your own wedding ring!

While shopping for men’s wedding bands is an essential step in the wedding planning process, sadly it is very often outshined by everything else going on. But the truth is, men deserve to find a significant and special ring, too! 

If you or your significant other are like most traditional men who have never worn a piece of jewelry except for maybe a watch, then a wedding ring might be the first meaningful piece of jewelry they own. Luckily, there is no shortage of ring options to choose from, regardless of the groom’s budget, unique personality, or lifestyle.

Still, looking for more information and ring inspo? We’re here to help! Keep reading our handy guide to find out all there is to know about men’s wedding and fashion rings. Just remember, there are no rules! Pick the one that you are most confident wearing and know you’ll honor forever! 

Cobalt Chrome? 6mm Comfort-Fit High Polished Design Ring

A Brief History

While wedding rings, in general, have been around for many decades, it is believed that the earliest men’s wedding ring was called “Gimmel Rings.” Additionally, engagement and wedding rings symbolized everlasting love and devotion during Ancient Egyptian times. 

During World War II, many men who fought on the front line began wearing wedding rings as a keepsake or memory of their wives and families back home. The same custom was carried through WWII, which is why it is presumed that during the 20th century, men started wearing wedding rings as a symbol of their marital status. In recent years, we have seen a spike in popularity and focus on the groom. And today, we could not imagine a wedding ceremony without the classic ring exchange, right?  

Men’s wedding rings are a tradition that is here to stay and is a beautiful token of the love and commitment that two people share. 

14K White Gold 6mm Wire Finish Comfort Fit Wedding Band
White Tungsten Carbide Domed 6MM Comfort Fit Band By TRITON

Select A Metal Type

When deciding on a metal for your wedding ring, there is indeed a range of options. You may want to ask yourself a few questions before the big purchase as well. For instance, are you allergic to any materials? Do you and your partner want matching rings? What kind of lifestyle do you lead? What best suits your complexion? When making such an important purchase, you do not want to make a hasty decision.

Although yellow gold wedding rings are the most popular choice for men, there are other gold hues that are available too. Generally, men who are the conventional type tend to opt for the traditional gold ring. This classic metal gives off a warm, subtle glow, and is best suited for people with warm skin tones. Another great advantage of opting for yellow gold is that it does not tarnish easily. We stock both 14K and 18K yellow gold rings.


Another very popular metal is white gold. Rings made of white gold have a silvery radiance that makes their appearance classic and contemporary. This option is not only an affordable one but is lightweight and is also an easy-to-wear metal. These rings are also ideal for those who want to add delicate detailing or engraving to create the perfect unique men’s wedding band.

14K Yellow And White Gold Satin Center Comfort-Fit Band
14K White Gold 7MM Centric Two Tone Brushed Band

One of the less common choices amongst the metals is rose gold. However, this is a beautiful hue that is rising in popularity and becoming very trendy for both men and women. Rose gold wedding rings are the perfect choice for grooms wanting a more daring and distinctive look. 


If these metals have not yet grabbed your attention and you much prefer a ring that is completely conventional. Then perhaps a platinum wedding ring is what you need. Now, you may be thinking that platinum is the same as white gold, but actually, this is not correct! Although the two are very similar, they have some differences too. Including the cost, appearance, and structure. Platinum is ideal for those who frequently work with their hands or are exposed to activities that result in friction against the ring surface. Considered to be the most durable metal, platinum is also one of the many hypoallergenic metals.

18K Yellow Gold 6mm Arrow Design Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Choose A Style

Another benefit that comes with selecting a wedding ring is the variety of styles and designs that are available. We definitely understand that with all the choices available, the overall process of searching for the perfect “one” can become overwhelming. Here is a list of some of our most popular styles along with some details of each to make things a little more simple.

Classic

Classic wedding rings commonly feature an all-metal band that is either smooth or has a slight texture. Timeless and traditional rings are one of the most popular choices amongst customers. Our classic wedding rings are available in platinum, yellow, white, and rose gold.

Carved 

Carved men’s rings are a trendy and popular choice for those looking for a twist on the classic wedding ring. With the evolution of men’s fashion and jewelry, our unique collection of men’s carved rings is not just the perfect accessory but these affordable options complement every masculine style. All our men’s carved wedding rings are available in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum.

14K White And Yellow Gold 6MM Band Grooved Band
14K Yellow Gold Cable Insert Satin Finish Comfort Fit Band

Diamond

Gone are the days when the groom had to settle for a plain yellow or white gold wedding ring, while the bride got all the glitz and glam. Thankfully JamesAllen.com stocks a wide selection of male wedding bands featuring diamond accents that are a great way to add that extra bit of personality to your ring.

Rose Tungsten Carbide 8MM Black Diamond Band By TRITON

Alternative 

As we mentioned previously, most of the time when we think of men’s wedding rings, we tend to only think of metals such as yellow or white gold. However, by no means are these the only materials that can be used for wedding rings. In fact, more men are now stepping out and embracing elaborate and very swank looks. 

Black wedding rings for men are all the rage right now and becoming increasingly popular due to their striking, masculine look. Of course, this is an excellent way to show your personality and break tradition.  Not only are they sleek and modern, but they also serve as a versatile piece of jewelry that can be worn for any occasion as a fashion ring – #ootd.

At JamesAllem.com we have a gorgeous collection of men’s alternative wedding rings created with metals that include, cobalt chrome™, titanium, black titanium, and ceramic. These rings are designed with every kind of man in mind, especially those who love some modern luxe. 

Pros of alternative metal rings 

  • Budget-friendly 
  • Many of these metals are hypoallergenic
  • So trendy right now 
  • Most are scratch-resistant
  • Durable yet lightweight 
  • Great for men who work with their hands
Grey Tantalum With 14K Yellow Gold Inside 6.5 Ring

Decide On A Band Shape

Now let’s take a look at the advantages of the different kinds of ring shapes available at JamesAllen.com

Domed (Or D-shaped)Comfort Fit
Soft, rounded appearanceExtremely comfortable
Perfect for long wearMore popular for the younger generation
ClassicModern look and feel
18K White Gold 7mm Low Dome Wedding Ring
Platinum 4mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring
ChannelBeveled
Securely holds and protects the diamondsRounded edge for increased comfort
Unlikely to snag on clothingSophisticated and stylish appearance
14K Yellow Gold 6mm Etched Channel Set Diamond Wedding Ring
Yellow Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bevel Edge Band By TRITON

Ring Finishes

A ring’s finish describes the surface texture of the metal. A large part of the appeal of wedding rings for men lies with the texture, or finish, of the metal. We believe that most wedding rings owe their handsome appearance in large part to the texture, or finish, of the metal. This is why our wedding rings are available in a variety of different finishes, including polished, satin, brushed, matte, and hammered. Take a look at the different finishes to see what you prefer.

Polished – this classic finish is considered a traditional choice and the most common, specifically for wedding rings. This describes a band that features a smooth, reflective finish. 

Satin –  although a satin finish is also known to have a smooth surface, it is not reflective like a polished finish. A satin finish is generally more appealing to men who prefer a contemporary design. 

14K Rose Gold 6mm Flat Satin Finish Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Hammered – this style gets its name from the tiny “dents” that are featured around the band that is created using a specialized jewelry hammer.

Brushed – similar to a satin finish, a brushed texture on a band resembles slight brush strokes. It has a similar soft shine to a matte finish. For men who lead active lifestyles,  a brushed finish is the best choice as it is able to hide scratches better than other finishes.

14K Rose Gold 6mm Hammered Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Keep Your Lifestyle In Mind

Once you’ve gone through all the different things you need to look at before purchasing a wedding ring, it’s also important to take into account the type of lifestyle you have. 

As you or your partner will be wearing the ring every day, or at least we hope so, the ring you choose needs to perfectly match your Keep in mind how much time you spend with your hands throughout the day. You don’t need to be hesitant about wearing a wedding ring while working but. If for example, you are a construction worker, athlete, or even a nurse, 

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, a ring that is durable, scratch resistant, and has maximum comfort is crucial.

On the other hand, if his (or your) day-to-day life is less demanding on his hands, something more detailed and stylish is a perfect choice. But, always remember to also keep his personal style in mind.

White Tungsten Carbide 9MM Bright Step Band By TRITON
14K Yellow Gold With White Gold And Black Titanium Sawtooth Center 9mm Ring

FAQs

  1. How much should a man’s wedding ring cost? 

Wedding rings for men can cost anywhere from $100 to $2,000 on average. However, people generally spend around $600 on their wedding bands. The price will largely depend on the materials and chosen style. 

  1. Who typically buys the man’s wedding ring?

A bride traditionally shops and purchases the man’s wedding bands. In today’s world, tradition is becoming a thing of the past, and every couple has their own preferences. It’s possible that one couple’s approach may not work well for others. 

  1. Which is the ring finger for men?

In Western traditions, wedding rings go on the left ring finger (second from the left). However, this does not apply to all cultures and countries around the world. There is no set rule, so you can wear your ring on any finger you prefer.

Final Thoughts

More than just a “must-have”, a wedding band represents a new beginning. It can be challenging to choose the right ring, especially when it comes to men’s wedding bands. However, with numerous options available, choosing the perfect style that reflects you or your man’s personality has never been easier.  

Once you have chosen your dream wedding ring, why not make your mark with a meaningful inscription? James Allen offers free engraving on most of its wedding bands.

Still got questions? Our high-rated 24/7 customer service team will gladly assist you. 
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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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Tarryn is a content writer by day and a criminology enthusiast by night.

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Your Guide To Pearls: How To Wear Pearl Jewelry 

Pearl jewelry pieces are classic accessories overloaded with undeniable sophistication. With its understated elegance and beauty, not to mention, a price tag perfect for all types of budgets,  it’s no wonder so many have gravitated towards this precious gemstone. Ready to find your perfect pearl accessory? Let’s dive in and get to know about the lustrous luminous of the sea – pearls.

Your Guide To Pearls: How To Wear Pearl Jewelry 

When it comes to the world of fashion, not only is the iconic Audrey Hepburn the definition of feminine elegance but she is often praised for revolutionizing the way we look at pearl jewelry today. However, she is not the only celebrity who has created many unforgettable moments flaunting a variety of pearl jewelry. Other stars include Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel, Michelle Obama, Rihanna and even Harry Styles. 

From glamorous red-carpet events to casual dinner dates, finding the perfect statement pearl piece to help elevate any look has never been easier. 

Harry Styles wearing a pearl necklace
Rihanna wearing multiple pearl necklaces

The History Of Pearl Jewelry

For thousands of years, people throughout the world have treasured pearls. Despite the long history of the gemstone, Pearls were discovered before written history began, so it is hard to attribute their discovery to one particular time or place. What we do know is that pearls have been worn as a form of jewelry as early as 2300 BC when presented as gifts to Chinese royalty. 

While in ancient Rome, pearl jewelry was considered the ultimate status symbol. Did you know that the sixteenth century in England was known as the Pearl Age, reflecting the prestige carried by pearls at that time? 

The Symbolism Of Pearls

Officially known as the world’s oldest gem, pearls have often symbolized the moon because of their innate luster and its underwater mystique. They were also believed to be filled with magical properties. Perhaps, this is why so many cultures around the world associate pearls with modesty and innocence.  

Additionally, pearls are the traditional June birthstone. Loved by women of all ages, this timeless wardrobe staple has long been associated with purity, humility and innocence. For this reason, it is believed that the June birthstone’s meaning is “sweet simplicity.” 

Similar to the traditional meaning of a white dress, cultures throughout the ages have believed pearls symbolize purity.

Pearls & Your Wedding Day  

In many cultures, pearls have been a popular wedding custom and bridal jewelry staple for many generations. 

Whether you think of yourself as a modern, glam, or vintage-inspired bride-to-be, pearls are a beautiful way to add a chic finishing touch to your big day. And, they can also make for a great “something old” if they are vintage.

Here are just a few gorgeous and graceful ways to incorporate pearls on your wedding day.

Bridal Jewelry 

Pearls have been among the most popular gemstones for bridal jewelry and for good reason. A beautiful choice for bridal jewelry, pearls are simple yet oh-so-perfect. They can also be worn long after your wedding since they’re a fine jewelry wardrobe staple. From pearl engagement rings to earrings and even delicate bracelets, the truth is, you can never go wrong with pearl jewelry. 

Another more practical reason is that pearls perfectly complement the traditional white wedding dress. So, if you’re not so keen on pearl jewelry you could also incorporate pearls as accessories or embellishments on your wedding dress. 

Did you know that legend has it that wearing pearls on your wedding day will bring a happy marriage? While others believe that a  pearl is a representation of a tear and by wearing pearls, you ensure a lifetime of joy with your future spouse. This superstition is practiced by many brides who hope not to shed any tears in matrimony.

Customary Wedding Gift

Some customs have a common tradition where the groom gives his bride a piece of pearl jewelry on their wedding day. Depending on her style, the gift can be anything from elegant pearl earrings to a classic strand of pearls. However, in some families, it is also tradition for the future mother-in-law of the bride to pass down pearls that belong to her, or even gift her daughter-in-law with a new set of gorgeous pearls. 

Trending Pearl Jewelry

Today, pearl jewelry is very much trending and considered to be real chic and fashionable, both for men and women. Contrary to popular belief, pearls should not be reserved for very special occasions or in your grandmother’s jewelry box. In fact, pearl jewelry is making a huge comeback in 2022 as we see many new and exciting ways to wear pearls. 

So, why buy pearl jewelry? Well, wearers love them because they’re elegant, complementary, and versatile. And, gift-givers love them because they’re affordable, sustainable, and beautiful in any setting.

JamesAllen.com offers a gorgeous selection of pearl jewelry, featuring Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and Freshwater pearls. 

Pearl Earrings 

“You can’t ever go wrong with pearls. Perhaps pearls are a girl’s best friend after all.” – Ki Hackney

Pearl Bracelets 

“Life is made up of a few moments all strung together like pearls. Each moment is a pearl, and it is up to us to pick the ones with the highest luster.” – Joyce Hilfer 

How To Care For Your Pearl Jewelry 

Pearls are prized for their delicacy which is why they generally require a great deal of care. Follow these guidelines to help your pearls stay gorgeous for decades and achieve heirloom status.

  • Wear them as much as possible: the natural oils from your skin actually enhance the radiance of your pearls! Just like applying moisturizer to your skin to prevent dryness, pearls also appreciate a little help to stay hydrated and dewy.
  • Avoid contact with perfume or other harmful chemicals.
  • It’s best to use a dry, soft cloth to remove any dirt or foreign material from your pearl if it appears dull or dirty.
  • Do not clean cultured pearls with any chemicals, abrasives or solvents. These substances can damage your pearls.
  • Never hang up your pearl necklaces or bracelets: always lay cultured pearl strands flat to dry. Hanging a strand may stretch the threads.
  • Store pearls separately: due to their delicacy, pearls can easily be scratched by when stored alongside other jewelry pieces.
  • Pearl jewelry should not be thrown into a purse, bag, or jewelry box carelessly.

Pearl Necklaces

 “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.” – Coco Chanel

Pearl Rings 

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.” – Grace Kelly

FAQs About Pearl Jewelry

  1. Can you wear pearl jewelry every day?

The answer is YES! Casual or formal, night or day, no matter the occasion pearls can be worn whenever and however you like. So, if your pearl jewelry is currently tucked away at the back of a drawer, we suggest you dig them out and show them off.

  1. What is the price of pure pearls?

A traditional strand of white pearls can range from $100 (Freshwater pearl necklace) to $10,000 (Akoya pearl necklace). A strand of large, flawless South Sea pearls could even be valued as high as $100,000+ .

  1. How can you tell if a pearl is real?

The luster, color and size of each pearl are dependent on the natural processes that occur inside a living oyster. Fake pearls, on the other hand, are typically made of glass or plastic, giving them a smoother and more uniform appearance. Buying from a trusted retailer, such as JamesAllen.com will ensure that your pearl jewelry is beautiful and authentic.

  1. What does it mean when a woman wears a pearl necklace?

Pearls have always been a symbol of elegance and exquisite taste. They are also an expression of who you are as a woman and a sign of maturity. Commonly, these timeless jewels fittingly redefine the modern woman, who is all about strength, beauty, and refinement, just like these gemstones.

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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.