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Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Into the Groove

Sleek, modern, and practical, bezel-set engagement rings surround your diamond with the strength of your love.

It’s official: bezel-set engagement rings have come full circle. This beloved blast from the past has been reimagined as a contemporary ring setting.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings:
The Bezel’s in the Detail

Simple and durable, a bezel setting encircles your diamond in a fine metal frame. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but it also holds your stone firmly in place.

Princess-Cut Bezel-Set

“Absolutely gorgeous…
my engagement ring is dainty, delicate, and beautiful.
-Kelsey F.

If you lead an active lifestyle or work with your hands, bezel-set engagement rings are a smart choice. The bezel itself shields your diamond from getting chipped, scratched, or, worse still, coming loose and falling out.

Beaded Bezel-Set

The setting is a versatile one; it can accommodate most diamond cuts including round, princess, and cushion. The bezel conforms to the shape of the diamond, providing a snug fit every time.

If you’d rather keep your options (and diamond) somewhat open, you can go for a ring with a semi-bezel, half-bezel, or open bezel. Obviously, these offer varying degrees of protection, depending on the completeness of the bezel. 

Folded Half-Bezel

“The bezel is sleek and gorgeous, totally unique compared to other rings I see out in the world.”
-Karoline

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Famous Frames

Diamonds, like their celebrity owners, spend much of their lives trying to get in the frame. But which famous stones have actually made it inside the burnished borders of a bezel-set engagement ring?

Carrie Underwood: from Idol to “I do

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Carrie Underwood went from Idol to “I do” after receiving a gorgeous canary diamond engagement ring from her fiancé. The striking yellow center stone is accentuated by a halo of white diamonds, and the shanks are lined with pavé diamonds.

Want to snag her sparkly look? This trellis engagement ring, with its clean lines and bright cut pavé halo, puts a vintage twist on a modern design. Venus, take the wheel!

Julia Stiles: “O” Wow

There are ten things we love about Julia Stiles’ engagement ring, and her bezel setting is one of them. A classic round-cut solitaire on a yellow gold band gives the ring an understated elegance reminiscent of the actress herself. Stiles by name, styles by nature. (Sorry, we had to!)

Save the last dance for James Allen’s lookalike ring, which has a sleek, tailored design and timeless appeal.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Speaking of the Bezel…

Sold your soul to the bezel? Revel in these bezel-set beauties in 360° HD.

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The 10 Hottest Halo Engagement Rings

Our customers prefer to glow big and go home with these handcrafted halo engagement rings.

All Hail Halo Engagement Rings!

If you’ve been following our blog, it should come as no surprise that halo engagement rings are our most-reviewed setting style. And for good reason.

Halo settings surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones that reflect light off the center stone, making it appear larger. This is especially useful if you’re on a tight budget and want to “supersize” the sparkle of your center stone without breaking the bank.

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Halo Engagement Rings: A Galaxy of Glam

Like the rings of Saturn, halo engagement rings shine bright and can be seen from a great distance. Check out the 10 heavenly bodies our customers have been gravitating toward:

1. Cushion Outline Pavé Halo

Can’t decide between a cushion-cut or round center stone? This halo engagement ring lets you have the best of both worlds: the nostalgic outline of a cushion-cut halo as well as the brilliance of a round center diamond.

  • “My ring is amazing. I have received tons of compliments. The sparkle catches people’s eyes from a distance.” – Brian G.
  • Beautiful is truly an understatement to how perfect this ring is.” – Anthony T.

2. Falling Edge Pavé Halo

This diamond halo ring is quite literally brimming with sparkle. The pavé cascades over the edges of the shank in an impressive display of fireworks.

  • “The diamond looks huge on her finger, which is a big plus! She’s received so many compliments on it.” – David G.
  • “Our ring exceeded all our expectations and was simply magnificent.” – Alexander T.

3. Pavé Halo Split Shank

This super-luxe pavé split shank ring exudes a sparkling majesty from its pavé undergallery and halo to the pavé-set diamonds along both shanks.

  • “I can tell how much she loves this piece of art and enjoys all the compliments she gets every day from random people.” – Nguyen T.
  • “The ring is absolutely stunning and my fiance was (and still is) stunned by it. It’s a head-turner for sure.” – John C.

4. Classic Pavé Halo

A thin halo of pavé-set diamonds surrounds the round center diamond, making it stand out from the sleek, slight cathedral-shaped shank.

  • “It brings so much more sparkle than a normal solitaire ring while still being classy.” – Phillip H.
  • “I am so mesmerized by this ring! Such a perfect blend of elegant and simple. Modern and vintage.” – Sarah S.

5. Petite Pavé Halo

The epitome of modern elegance, this single-row pavé halo setting features an open V-bar undergallery and a single-row pavé shank.

  • “This ring is an absolute beauty that simply takes your breath away.” – Darryll T.
  • “This ring is relatively thin and delicate but pops with the halo. The halo adds that much more to the rock in the center. The way everything sparkles when the light hits it is amazing.” – Samuel L.

6. Embellished Gallery Pavé Halo

This knockout pavé setting was created with maximum light and brilliance in mind. It features a custom-designed halo that perfectly conforms to the center diamond.

  • “The ring is elegant and HUGE. It looks beautiful and shines like no other ring I have ever seen.” – Katie L.
  • “Ever since she’s had the ring, all we hear is how gorgeous and BIG the diamond is, not to mention how brilliant and fiery the diamond looks.” – Chad M.

And now for a special collection…

…a quartet of exquisite halo rings! All display pavé-set diamonds along both their shanks and their halos, highlighting each of their differently-shaped center diamonds:

7. Pavé Halo (Pear Center)

  • “This is the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen! It sparkles at every angle. It is elegant and unique from most other rings you typically see!” – Christopher E.
  • “The ring is absolutely stunning! It looked beautiful in the picture on your website but seeing it and holding it in person is unreal!” – Louise E.

8. Pavé Halo (Round Center)

  • “She confirms almost hourly that the ring is amazing and well put-together.” – Chase H.
  • “I love how the halo setting makes the half-carat diamond seem much larger than it really is.” – Adrian J.

9. Pavé Halo (Oval Center)

  • “Even with a dainty setting, the pavé diamonds reflect a significant amount of light/brilliance.” – Andrew H.
  • “The band is delicate and feminine and the halo perfectly constructed. My fiancée can’t stop looking at it.” – Blake M.

10. Pavé Halo (Cushion Center)

  • “All I can say about the ring is WOOOOOW! The ring shines like nothing else and is so beautiful.” – Rei Z.
  • “The halo complements the diamond and white gold perfectly.”
    Alex M.

Halo Engagement Rings: Either/Aura

Will you be channeling Cupid with a halo? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

One halo not sparkly enough for you? Get twice the ice with a double halo engagement ring.

And if you want to put a halo on it: read more articles on unique halo rings, art deco halo designs, and even Carrie Underwood’s canary yellow diamond halo engagement ring.

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10 Timeless Vintage-Style Engagement Rings

Customers are overwhelmingly choosing vintage-style engagement rings as their “something old.”

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As the saying goes, you can’t look to the future without embracing the past. Vintage-style engagement rings perfectly encapsulate the glitz and glamour of the time, transporting the wearer to a place of romance. Thanks to modern setting techniques and materials, the durability of these rings has greatly improved, allowing for more intricate craftsmanship.

VINTAGE-STYLE ENGAGEMENT RINGS: GLOWING REVIEWS

Who doesn’t love a sparkly throwback? Our customers certainly do, which is why they’ve lavished the most praise on these vintage-style engagement rings. Bring on the nostalgia!

1.Petite Filigree Vintage Ring

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  • “It has an almost flower type feel, making the whole ring look more botanical.” – Sarah V.
  • “This ring offered the unique, one-of-a-kind design that I was looking for, as well as the vintage, elaborate style that my girlfriend likes.” – Michael R.

2. Milgrain Infinity Vintage Ring

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  • “If she wants simple, but not too simple, then it’s perfect. My fiancée loved it.” – Emmanuel G.
  • I could not believe the quality! Even down to the fine details that one normally wouldn’t see unless you study it closely.” – Wehry J.

3. Bezel and Pavé Vintage Ring

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  • “It’s timeless, vintage, beautiful. It looks great on her petite fingers.” – Phi V.
  • “The quality of the stones and the detailing of the metal is stunning.” – Tara

4. Beaded Open Span Vintage Ring

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  • “A ring made for a princess! Beautiful design, very sparkling and eye-catching.” – Beata A.
  • “The beading, shank, and open span are nice, but what is really amazing is how it sparkles in the light because of the diamonds on top of the band.” – Greg C.

5. Pavé Embossed Vintage Ring

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  • “My fiancée loves the diamonds and the intricate etching around the band!” – Daryl S.
  • “As soon as I laid eyes on this ring, I knew it was the one. Once it arrived, I was blown away by how much more beautiful it was in person.” – Ian

6. Pavé Knife Edge Vintage Ring

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  • “It’s a very classic look, but with a modern twist.” – Braulio M.
  • “The ring truly is a result of excellent craftsmanship!” – Jack S.

7. Floral Bouquet Vintage Ring

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  • “The vintage side details and floral elements are so elegant and delicate without being overstated.” – Jordan W.
  • “Beautiful, exquisite and gentle ring.” – Olga D.

8. Engraved Pavé Vintage Ring

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  • “I love the classic design. It’s beautiful and flawless.” – Vindhya P.
  • Classic yet interesting; great balance between simple and intricate.” – Matthew N.

9. Bird of Paradise Vintage Ring

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  • “The setting is unique and definitely not something you see often.” – Robin S.
  • “I get lost staring at the fine cut of the diamond and the bird of paradise design. It is unique and everything I hoped for.” – Dillon M.

10. Royal Engraved Vintage Ring

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  • “I absolutely love it. It’s decorative without being flashy and flamboyant.” – Inger D.
  • “The ring sparkles like it’s worth a million dollars. The setting has an antique look that makes the ring that much more special.” – Mandy F.

Vintage-Style Engagement Rings: Remember the Shine

How was your trip down gem-ory lane? Let us know which retro ring you’d love to revive in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

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Diamond Price Match: Our Competitive Pledge

Worried about overpaying for your diamond? Don’t be. Our Diamond Price Match guarantee has got you covered.

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After weeks or even months of painstaking research, you’ve finally found the perfect, most exquisite diamond on JamesAllen.com. Congratu…

Hold up – is that one of our competitors offering the exact same diamond at a lower price? 🧐

Well, yes and no.

There’s no such thing as ‘the exact same diamond’; each and every diamond is unique and one of a kind. It’s only on paper that two diamonds can be considered comparable if they share identical or near-identical characteristics (think cut, color, clarity, and carat).

If you’ve found a similarly spec’d diamond for less, we may be able to match the price…

Meet Your Diamond Price Match

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At James Allen, we strive to offer superior diamonds at highly competitive prices. In fact, we’re so confident that you won’t find a better deal anywhere else that we’ve introduced a Diamond Price Match Guarantee. This is to ensure you’re getting the best value for money, without sacrificing diamond quality or any other aspect of the shopping experience.

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OK, so how does it work?

For starters, we’ll need to determine whether the competitor’s diamond is eligible. It must, among other things, have the same characteristics as the James Allen diamond, be in stock and available for immediate purchase, and come with a GIA grading report. We recommend reading through our complete list of requirements before applying for a Diamond Price Match.

Same Ice, Same Price

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Requesting a Diamond Price Match is as easy as contacting us by phone, chat, or email. You’ll need to provide valid proof of the competitor’s offer such as a link to their website or some other form of advertisement. If we determine that the diamond meets our requirements, we’ll match the price – no questions asked!

Game, Set, Diamond Price Match!

Seen a comparable diamond for less? Request a price match today and enjoy sparkle that’s beyond compare.

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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

The stars must have aligned to create an April birthstone so sublime.

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Diamond, the April birthstone, needs little introduction. It is, after all, the single most coveted precious stone in the world and the object of many an engagement fantasy. But what is it about the sparkly stone that makes it such a prize?

The answer lies in the stone’s rarity, toughness, and, above all, exceptional beauty.

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In Rare Form: The April Birthstone

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In their purest form, diamonds are clear but may contain a hint of yellow. Some people like the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond, especially when complemented with a yellow or rose gold setting. However, the vast majority prefer the glacial quality of a colorless diamond, which is far rarer.

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A popular alternative to colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds come in a range of natural hues including yellow and pink. Colors at the vivid end of the spectrum are quite rare and, therefore, more valuable.

Tough Love: The April Birthstone

Diamonds are tough. Really tough. Like the-hardest-mineral-on-Earth tough. Being virtually indestructible has its advantages, of course. Diamonds do not require much maintenance to keep them looking like new. They also retain their polish for a very long time, making them equally suitable for everyday wear and special occasions. Ironically, the only thing capable of scratching a diamond is another diamond, so it’s best to store diamond jewels separately.

Flexible Floral Motif Diamond Bracelet

Every day feels like spring with this floral motif diamond bracelet, which features a flower-like cluster on either side. The flexible bangle looks super fresh when worn alone or stacked with others.

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Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

Delicate as spring’s first buds, these diamond studs glisten like the morning dew. The diamonds sit perfectly flush in their settings, making them appear to float on the ear.

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Grande Floral Halo Diamond Necklace

This floral fantasy of a pendant features a sparkling halo of pavé-set diamond petals that frames the round center diamond.

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Beauty Bound: The April Birthstone

Several factors determine a diamond’s beauty. A well-proportioned and symmetrical stone will display large amounts of fire and brilliance, otherwise known as sparkle. This, after all, is the main reason we’re here, folks. Diamond color, as we have mentioned, gives the stone its unique character and helps to determine its value.

Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

The tulip-inspired basket, with its softly draping lines and defined petals, is the crowning glory of this simple-yet-graceful engagement ring.

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Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Shaped like a flower in full bloom, this ring’s halo does a fabulous job of framing the center diamond and bringing out its brilliance.

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

All flowered out? This petite pavé is a natural wonder in its own right. The ring’s design maximizes the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, increasing their individual sparkle.

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An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

Discover our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds, True Hearts™ by James Allen.

While you’re at it, check out our other birthstone guides:
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in March 2018 and was updated in April 2019.

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7 Spotify Playlists That Sound a Lot Like Love

Come follow us on Spotify for a sparkling serenade! 🎶

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Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds. Shine on You Crazy Diamond. Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Musicians have long been fascinated by the sparkly stones and feature them prominently in their lyrics.

At James Allen, the feeling is mutual. We love a good bop, whether we’re handcrafting our rings, photographing them in 360° HD, or writing about them on our blog. It’s how we get our diamonds to dance with the light! Well, that and polishing them to a very high degree of precision.

Bop While You Shop

As purveyors of sparkle for more than 13 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about setting a romantic mood. Now, we’ve taken that knowledge and poured it into Spotify playlists that might just be the soundtrack to your love. They’re also perfect background listening for when you’re ring shopping on JamesAllen.com (hint, hint!). So, plug in your headphones, crank up the volume, and prepare to be inspired!

Capital Records

Cocktail party tunes with an edge, carefully chosen for our Washington, D.C. retail experience.

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Oldies but Goodies

Jazz numbers as timeless as your vintage engagement ring. Fly back to the 30s, 40s, and 50s for the smoothest crooner love songs in town.

Customer Picks

Our customers’ impeccable taste extends beyond sparkle! Did your favorite track make it onto our Spotify playlist? Follow us for more unskippable gems!

Let’s Make Sweet Music Together!

Never want to miss a beat? Follow our Spotify playlists for the latest mixes and our Spotify profile for more lovingly curated playlists.

While we’re spinning your favorite record, why not take your future engagement ring for a spin in 360° HD? (See what we did there?)

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published July 2018 and was updated March 2019.

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Diamond Pendants: The Essential Guide

Designed to be worn close to your heart, diamond pendants are among the most romantic gifts you can give or receive.

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Diamond Pendants: Necks Appeal

Few accessories have the ability to light up an outfit quite like diamond pendants. They’re perfectly positioned for maximum impact and come in a range of eye-catching styles.

Whether you’re after a piece that complements your everyday jewelry collection or a glamorous gift for special occasions, our guide has got you covered. So pop on some peppy music and get your jewelry browse on.

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Diamond Pendants: Dangling Designs

Looking to treat your SO to a diamond pendant? Consider which style will best suit her personality. For the classic woman, a solitaire pendant adds a touch of refinement to any outfit.

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Diamond Scroll Key

If it’s a statement piece you’re after, key pendants are a popular choice, along with nature-inspired motifs such as hearts, flowers, and butterflies.

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Pavé Diamond Butterfly

If, on the other hand, she’s the artistic/creative type, a more whimsical or abstract design might be preferable.

Traditional

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Wire Diamond

Solitaire diamond pendants are the ideal way to showcase a single stone. Opt for a prong mount if you wish to highlight the stone while concealing the metal behind it.

Pro tip: Less is more when it comes to choosing a diamond solitaire pendant. Go for a simple setting and pair it with a good quality diamond, focusing on clarity and cut for extra shine.

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Round Halo Cluster

For a more contemporary look, choose a bezel-set diamond pendant that surrounds the centerpiece with a thin band of metal.

Pavé-Set Frame

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Princess Cut Pavé-Set Frame

Pavé-set frame draws more attention to the setting itself. It’s often accented with ornate filigree borders.

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Round Cut Pavé-Set Frame

Pavé Bail

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Pavé Bail Diamond

Pavé bail features diamond detail on the metal loop that connects the pendant to the chain.

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Diamond Pendants: Don’t Leave Us Hanging!

All the women who are into pendants! Let us know which neck candy you’re sweet on in the comments below or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

Find out which pendant styles will be the necks big thing for 2019 and see why diamond cluster is setting hearts aflutter.

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Amazing Amethyst: The February Birthstone

Purple it up with an accessory made of amethyst, the February birthstone.

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If you’re considering purchasing an amethyst, now’s a perfect time. Not only is it the February birthstone, but it’s a great way to usher in a bolder, more unconventional new year.

Check out these plum-colored stunners in 360° HD.

The February Birthstone: Purple Reign

Prince was famously known as “the Purple One”, but everyone from Katy Perry to Sofia Vergara is posing in purple on the red carpet.

Whether you believe the February birthstone has the power to promote inner peace or you simply like the way it looks, you’ll find the allure of these hand-picked amethysts impossible to resist.

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Amethyst Stud Earrings

These richly hued amethyst stud earrings exude understated elegance, making them a classic choice for your special someone.

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Amethyst and Diamond Butterfly Necklace

Four gorgeous amethysts come together to create a butterfly necklace as intricate and delicate as its namesake.

The February Birthstone: A Purple Past

The February birthstone is as rich with symbolism as it is purple. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the grape-colored stone could prevent a person from getting drunk, thereby promoting clarity of mind. However, it is the legend of St. Valentine, who wore an amethyst ring while performing illicit marriages, that led to the modern-day practice of giving amethyst jewelry on Valentine’s Day.

The stone itself is a type of quartz mineral, ranging in hue from exquisite lilac to opulent plum. It pairs well with most metal types, complements every skin tone, and can elevate any outfit.

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Amethyst and Diamond Studded Halo Ring

This whimsical cocktail ring features a diamond studded halo that complements the bezel-set center gemstone, adding a stunning pop of color to your everyday look.

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East-West Emerald Cut Amethyst and Diamond Halo Bar Ring

This east-west emerald-cut bar ring straddles the wearer’s finger, creating a charming birthstone bridge. Perfect for the dressiest occasions or as an everyday statement piece.

The February Birthstone: In Pursuit of Purple

Do you see yourself rocking the purple in 2019? Vio-let us know in the comments below or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

While you’re at it, check out our other birthstone guides:
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published January 2018. It was updated February 2019.

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Diamond Inspection: The Object of Your Affection

If you thought our 360° HD Diamond Display was a game changer, wait till you try our Real-Time Diamond Inspection!

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When shopping for a diamond online, you must be able to examine the stone close up and from every angle. We take this a step further, allowing you to spin diamonds in 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom. But even with the latest technologies at your disposal, it’s not always clear what you should be looking out for. To ensure you’re getting the best deal, you may want someone there to guide you.

That’s why we’ve created the first ever Real-Time Diamond Inspection; a personalized consultation with a bona fide diamond expert. The free service is available Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 10 PM EST (subject to availability). It’s hands-down the best way to get to grips with your diamond.

Add a Human Dimension with a Diamond Inspection

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To start your Real-Time Diamond Inspection, simply click the Diamond Inspection button next to any loose diamond on our site.

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Service is available Mon – Fri, 9 AM – 10 PM EST

You’ll be instantly connected with one of our certified gemologists, who will share their screen with you. No scheduling, no additional software. Just you and your diamond consultant discussing everything you need to know. And because our experts don’t work on commission, you can be sure they’re giving you fair, impartial advice.

Draw Near to Perfection with a Diamond Inspection

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If you’ve been doing your homework, you will probably have come across the term inclusions. These are the tiny imperfections that occur naturally in diamonds and can affect their overall beauty. While some inclusions are visible to the naked eye, others require up to 40x magnification to be seen. Using SuperZoom technology, our experts are able to pinpoint any inclusions and mark them directly on the image of the diamond.

Put the ‘Spec’ in Diamond Inspection

When you purchase a diamond from JamesAllen.com, it comes with a certificate from one of the top three grading labs: GIA, AGS, or IGI. This document contains the diamond’s technical specifications as well as its grading information – all very important stuff.

Now, admittedly, all this technical jargon can seem pretty intimidating at first glance. I mean, what even are grading scales?!

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Once our experts break it down for you, you’ll see how metrics such as cut, color, clarity, and carat determine a diamond’s quality and price. Ask them nicely and they may even show you how to tell two technically identical stones apart and identify which is the superior. But why stop at two when you can compare up to four diamonds simultaneously?

Make Your Selection with a Diamond Inspection

Seen a diamond that merits closer inspection? Click the Diamond Inspection button next to any loose diamond on our site to begin your free consultation.

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Diamond Stud Earrings: The Essential Guide

Sparkle from ear to ear with a pair of handcrafted diamond stud earrings.

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Diamond Stud Earrings: Make Your Ears Pop!

Friends, romantics, customers; lend us your ears! 👂

As the first points of sparkle a person sees when they look at you, you’ll want to make sure your lobes are suitably lustrous. And there are no more elegant ear accessories than diamond studs, which make for a dazzling first impression.

Thanks to their ear-hugging design, these earrings appear to float on the earlobe as if weightless in space. Whether you opt for the classic basket or super-trendy martini style setting, you’re bound to be flushed with finesse.

Stud-y up on diamond stud earrings with our essential guide.

Diamond Stud Earrings: So Right and Yet So Prong

Diamond studs come in a choice of fab settings including pavé, martini, and basket, each offering varying degrees of comfort and style, as well as durability. To help you decide between them, let’s take a closer look at two of the more popular setting styles.

BASK IN A BASKET SETTING 🧺

Traditional four or six-prong basket settings afford a reasonably good fit. In these diamond studs, the diamond is set low in the frame, so it sits flat against the earlobe.

Four-Prong Earring Settings

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Timeless and stunning, round-cut diamond stud earrings add a classic elegance to any occasion.

Princess-Cut Stud Earrings

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Another classic pair, these stud earrings feature a princess-cut diamond set in a light four-prong wire basket.

Scallop Basket Diamond Earrings

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Designed to accent the beauty of the round brilliant diamond, these earrings feature six prongs and a scalloped basket.

Bezel-Set Diamond Stud Earrings

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Well, well, well. Bezel-set diamond studs are sleek, clean, and oh-so-sturdy. They really are the perfect choice for wearers that lead active lifestyles: the bezel setting won’t snag on any fabric, and it’s arguably the most secure setting. Plus, it’s cute AF.

Pear-Shaped Diamond Stud Earrings

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Gorgeous, elegant, and unique – pear-shaped diamonds are taking over the jewelry scene. These shining droplets stand out from the crowd of more common diamond shapes, especially when poised perfectly on your lobes.

Oval Diamond Stud Earrings

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The trendiest diamond shape of the past few years is also one of the most flattering shapes for diamond stud earrings. Its curved edges and elongated form compliment every face shape and every wardrobe.

Emerald-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

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The emerald cut is an in-your-face shape that shows off your diamond’s crystal clarity. It’s one of the earliest established diamond cuts. As such, these emerald-cut diamond studs boast an undeniable royal feel: bold, elegant, and confident.

MARTINI SETTINGS:
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED 🍸

Named for their conical shape, which resembles a martini glass, martini settings are very in right now due to their super-flush fit. Their narrow bottom means that the diamond can be set even closer to the earlobe than standard basket-style settings. Not only do you get a well-balanced and comfortable fit, but the low profile reveals less metal and more diamond.

Three-Prong Martini Style Earrings

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These martini settings are constructed to the exact size of the center diamonds, ensuring that the stones sit perfectly flush with the settings.

Double Prong Diamond Stud Earrings

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The prong setting is a total classic. And the double prongs on these slices of bling add an understated pop of flair to a traditionally beloved setting. The minimalist prongs allow light to hit your diamond’s facets from nearly every angle.

Diamond Pavé Halo Frame Settings

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Not your everyday diamond stud, this design combines the three-prong martini with a diamond pavé frame.

As a rule of thumb, the snugger the diamond is against the ear, the better. Besides looking more elegant and refined, a flush setting protects the diamond from undue wear and tear.

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Twisted Engagement Rings: That Spiral Style

Twisted engagement rings put a new spin on the classic solitaire ring setting.

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Abbraccio Swirl Engagement Ring by Danhov

Everything is more interesting with a twist: gin and tonic with a twist of lime, M. Night Shyamalan movies, those poles outside barber shops. The same goes for jewelry – namely, twisted engagement rings. Their updated design adds a whimsical and utterly unique touch to an otherwise basic band.

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Twisted Engagement Rings: It’s All in the Twist

Twisted engagement rings can be fashioned out of one solid metal band, two tightly wound bands, or an open split shank that intersects with itself. For an eye-catching enhancement, choose one that’s studded with pavé diamonds or sporting a shimmering halo.

The Bold & The Beautiful 💍

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Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

Twisted engagement rings are already a bold look, and silvery metals are in, but this modern tension-set ring brings added drama and sophistication. The wide, sleek band, with its striking contours, is one of the fiercest settings we’ve seen! Can you feel the tension?

The Tulip from Amster-dayum! 🌷

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Milgrain Twist Tulip Basket Engagement Ring

This one-of-a-kind solitaire ring has milgrain detailing along the shanks and can be set with a round or princess-cut diamond. Where’s the tulip, you ask? Ah, that’s the twist! It forms the basket for an extra-romantic surprise.

The Pretzeled Pavé 🥨

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Pavé Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

This delicious-looking setting features a liberal sprinkling of pavé diamonds along each of its interwoven bands. These serve to gently accent the center stone… like grains of salt on a pretzel!

The Simply Di-vine 🍃

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Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

There ain’t no shine like a twisted vine! This bewitching nature-inspired ring showcases two marquise-shaped pavé-set accents on either side. These leaf-like flourishes flow together seamlessly on a band of lustrous gold.

The Spiraling Solitaire 🌀

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Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

Throw your partner a rope in the form of this charming twisted cable solitaire engagement ring. Tightly interwoven gold cables are a subtle way to let the wearer know you won’t ever let them down. Pair with the matching cable wedding band when you’re ready to tie the knot.

The Coiled Crossover 🔀

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Pavé Halo and Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

Keep your fingers crossed for this gorgeous split-shank engagement ring. A pavé halo surrounds the center stone, while additional pavé diamonds line one of the shanks for maximum sparkle.

Twisted Engagement Rings: Give Us a Twirl

Is a ring with a twist top of your list? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twister.
Er… 
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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.

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Everyone has a personal style. Some are more understated than others and, therefore, harder to discern. Your job as Buyer of Rings, Proposer of Marriage, is to hone in on that style by whatever means necessary. Put on your detective hat and do some snooping around or straight up ask your partner what she’d like. Either way, finding her engagement ring style needn’t be a chore with our handy guide. Just pop on some good music and get sleuthing.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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Let’s start by clearing something up: the ring doesn’t have to be a complete surprise.

There, we’ve said it.

These days, it’s perfectly acceptable – preferable even – to bring your partner into the design process. No one knows the wearer’s style better than the wearer herself, so why not involve her in the decision making? Goodness knows, you’ll need all the help you can get when confronted with terms like pavé, halo, and tension! (That last one’s a setting style btw, not a headache.) By promoting your partner to Chief Ring Adviser, you’ll come across as the sensitive and considerate human being you are while eliminating much of the guesswork. It’s a win-win.

Now, the direct approach won’t work for everyone, mind you. Some customers – proposer and proposee alike – have their hearts set on a solo ring selection, culminating in the Big Reveal. To those irrepressible romantics, we say… read on!

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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Like all good detectives, you’ve been waiting for the right case to come along; a case worthy of your powers of deduction. Finding her engagement ring style is right up there with #WhoBitBeyoncé and that whole Yanny vs Laurel thing – except the odds of you solving this one are far higher!

Seriously though, your partner’s online and offline activity might give away key clues about her ring preferences. If she has a Pinterest account, it’s worth checking to see if she’s created any boards with sparkle-related titles or pinned any specific rings. Assuming you have access to her Facebook account, check her profile and activity log for any ring posts she’s liked or shared.

What’s the Buzz?

Even if she’s been careful not to leave a digital trail, she may have confided in her best friend or sibling. Once you’ve got a sparkly bee in your bonnet, it’s almost impossible to keep it to yourself! Listen for subtle hints that might come up when she’s chatting with her inner circle, especially if the topic of celebrity engagement rings comes up.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

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When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.

What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.

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Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

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Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

If your girl is more Devil Wears Prada than Devil Wears Nada, you might consider a more daring setting. Pay close attention to her wardrobe. If she dresses to impress and won’t touch anything unless it’s by a top designer, go for something with character, such as a vintage engagement ring or hyper-modern tension ring.

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Glow-Key Glam

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Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

If, on the other hand, her idea of glamour is a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, we’d recommend opting for something simple like a baguette side-stone engagement ring. Understated yet elegant.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

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Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

If none of the above tips speak to you, no one would fault you for playing it safe and going with a classic style such as a solitaire. This is essentially a single center diamond mounted on a plain setting. Solitaires are considered classics for a reason: they work with practically any individual style and never go out of fashion.

Once you’ve figured out your setting style, it’s time to consider the diamond shape. If you have even the slightest doubt about what shape to get, you can’t go wrong with a round cut. Round-cut diamonds are by far the most popular shape for engagement rings, owing to their perfect geometry and abundant sparkle. These timeless classics are tried and true, but if it’s a little more edge you’re after, a princess or cushion-cut diamond should suffice.

Walk a Mile in Her Style

How did you manage to pinpoint your partner’s style preference? Did you go undercover or were you upfront about it? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.

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Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: The Greatest Glow on Earth!

Love makes the world go round and we’ve got the awinspiring around-the-world marriage proposals to prove it!

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Somewhere on this big blue marble we call home, a couple is getting engaged right now. By the time you finish reading this article, several hundred thousand more will have put a ring on it. Planet Earth is quite simply the place to pop the question – at least until commercial spaceflight becomes a thing.

In honor of World Post Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite around-the-world marriage proposals submitted by our international customers. Just as their love knows no borders, James Allen offers free shipping to over 30 countries worldwide. You could say we put the glow in global!

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Honduran Homebodies

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Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Our round-the-world trip starts out in Zamorano, Honduras. Hopeful hubby Aaron left girlfriend Maria a note instructing her to meet him by a tire swing in their neighbor’s yard. As she waited obligingly by the swing, her knight in shining amour pulled up in a red vintage truck. He presented her with a bouquet of flowers and an impossible-to-resist pavé halo diamond ring, to which she couldn’t help but say yes. We love the sheer simplicity of this proposal and can practically taste the homemade baleadas wafting through the air! Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Canadian Cascade

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Single Row Pavé Infinity Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

Next, we head north to Edmonton, Canada, and the scene of Carly and Roman’s gushing proposal. Roman whisked Carly off on a helicopter ride, stopping below a glacial waterfall for a picturesque mountaintop picnic. Using the Insta-worthy moment to his advantage, Roman pretended to set up the camera’s self-timer, but secretly hit record. The teary-eyed romantic then took the plunge and presented his love with a single row pavé infinity ring by Martin Flyer. Noticing that he was holding the box upside down, Carly quickly turned it right-side up and said yes through the laughter and the tears. Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: American Dream

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

The next leg of our whistle-stop tour takes us to the City of Angels via France. Manon from France and fiancé Andrew from Texas were university sweethearts who somehow managed to make their intercontinental relationship work. While on a trip to Los Angeles to realize Manon’s lifelong dream of hiking to the Hollywood Sign, Andrew got down on one knee and proposed with a petite pavé ring. Serendipity may have brought them together, but it was their James Allen sparkler that made it official. Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Mauritian Marvel

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

All the way over on the other side of the world, a man named Arreytambe was planning an altogether more tropical proposal. He invited then-girlfriend Bessem to visit him on the idyllic island of Mauritius, where he had moved for work. After they’d spent some time enjoying all the island has to offer, Arreytambe arranged a private dinner on the beach, complete with waiter service, hidden photographer, and drone cam. Bessem could barely contain her excitement when he got down on one knee and pulled out that diamond split shank double halo pavé ring. And who could blame her? It is quite stunning! Read more

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Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Jamaican Joy Ride

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Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Our last stop takes us to Kingston, Jamaica and the aptly named Hope Gardens, where churchgoers Karamo and Renee got engaged. Karamo told a blindfolded Renee they were going out for a surprise dinner and drove around in circles to disorient her. In fact, he was planning to pop the question in a part of the sunken garden that he and his friends had decorated. Not even a few brief rain showers could dampen the mood of this joyous occasion. Needless to say, she said yes to him and her falling edge pavé diamond ring (in that order). Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Bring It Home

Where (and how) on earth did you pop the question? Map it out for us in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Recently engaged with a James Allen ring? Share your proposal story with us and we may feature it!

No matter what time of year you’re planning to pop the question, we’ve got you covered. Choose your season:
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Cup O’ Glow: The Coffee-Flavored Ring Selfie

This National Coffee Day, make sure your ring selfie is the toast of the town.

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There are exactly two things that get us out of bed in the morning: the smell of freshly ground coffee and the sparkle of an engagement ring. Put the two together, and you’ve got an Insta-worthy blend fit for your big announcement.

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The Coffee-Flavored Ring Selfie: Baristas of Bling

Our customers are no strangers to the caffeinated ring selfie. They’ve got the presentation down to a fine art, perfectly balancing beverage and bling. These pumpkin-spiced pics give new meaning to #nofilter!

The Bird’s-Eye Brew

To best showcase her cushion outline pavé engagement ring, blogger @arie_carie went for a simple overhead shot. The clever composition places the latte art front and center, but it doesn’t take long for her sparkler to steal the bean.

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The Side Sippers

This photo is an intense blend of 5% arabica coffee, 95% James Allen sparkle. @deirdreroache has opted for a classic profile shot that puts her dazzling pavé crown diamond engagement ring in full brew.

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Sticking with the side view, @Gkarlijo31 flaunts her petite pavé crown diamond engagement ring while enjoying a cup o’ joe with her SO. If that delicate sparkler on her hand is too subtle a hint, their matching Mr. and Mrs. mugs add some flavor.

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Uncomplicated as a cup of instant coffee, this ring selfie says it all with one simple-yet-powerful word. Yes, Jorden B., we do love your robust pavé halo diamond engagement ring, oval-cut center stone and all.

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The soft focus of this “gorgeous” ring selfie by Nicole W. is giving us major Snow White vibes! Her cushion outline pavé engagement ring blends perfectly into the image, creating an ethereal, dreamlike quality. Many cups come pre-printed with cute little phrases like this, but you can always buy a plain cup and have it customized, if that’s more your cup of tea.

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The Different Perk-spective

Blogger @hkcung shows off not one but four stunning pavé-set rings; two halo engagement rings with oval and pear center diamonds on one hand, and a petite pavé crown engagement ring and pavé set diamond eternity ring on the other. The photo’s angle lends an interesting perspective that draws the viewer in. The use of bold colors really makes the image pop.

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How romantic is this couple’s shot of his and hers rings? @shannondelanyron is rocking an exquisite cushion outline pavé engagement ring while her hubby is sporting a handsome squared groove comfort fit wedding band. Notice how they’ve adopted the same pose, giving the photo a real sense of visual harmony.

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The Coffee-Flavored Ring Selfie: Spill the Beans

How will you espresso your sparkle this National Coffee Day? Latte us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Feeling wired? Get inspired with our guide to the ultimate ring selfie.

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Shhh! Keeping the Ring a Secret

With your sparkler safely in the bag, the next crucial step is keeping the ring a secret so you can successfully pull off your surprise proposal.

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Buying the engagement ring is the easy part. Keeping it a secret from your SO is where the real challenge lies. You’re up against an opponent whose curiosity knows no bounds. No sock drawer is safe, no bookshelf off-limits. To pull this off, you’re going to need an airtight game plan and nerves of steel!

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Keeping the Ring a Secret: Leave No Trace

In a recent blog post, we weighed the benefits of shopping for a surprise ring versus collaborating with your SO. If you’re dead set on keeping the ring a secret, you’ll want to ensure you don’t leave a footprint – digital or otherwise – that could blow your cover.

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Online

When ring shopping online, we strongly recommend doing your homework. However, if you happen to share computers/devices with your SO, make sure you sign out of all their accounts before starting to plan your surprise proposal. Likewise, if you absolutely must print something out (though we’re not sure why you would – this is 2018, people!), don’t leave that smoking gun sitting in your printer tray.

Offline

For obvious reasons, you should never use a joint bank account to pay for the ring. Consider setting up a new account specifically for that purpose (you can close it once the deed is done). Another option is to pay with an old credit card that only you know about. This one’s kind of a no-brainer, but you shouldn’t leave bank/credit card statements lying around the house. Oh, and don’t withdraw a large sum of money from the ATM; that’s a dead giveaway.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Unboxing Your Bling

Who doesn’t love a good unboxing? Not your curious partner, that’s for sure!

At James Allen, we realize that having a mysterious package show up at your door is likely to arouse suspicion. That’s why we’ve taken care to ensure the outer packaging is as nondescript (read boring) as possible so as not to ruin your surprise proposal. It’s literally just a standard, no frills FedEx box. For all your SO knows, it could be nothing more than that drone you’ve been droning on about.

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It’s worth noting that our packages require a signature upon delivery. If you’re uncomfortable receiving yours at home or are worried that someone else might intercept it, we can help you find the best place to ship to.

Only once you peel back the outer carton does it start to get more interesting.

The first thing you’ll notice is an elegant presentation box embossed with the James Allen logo. This doubles as a jewelry box and even has a drawer for keeping your diamond certificates, cleaning cloth, and whatnot. Nestled on top is a small red box that houses the main attraction: the engagement ring.

Where to Stow Your Glow

Now, ordinarily, we’d tell you there’s no safer place to store your ring than the ring box it came in. Not only does it offer maximum protection, but it also makes for the most impressive presentation. However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s still a box and, as such, somewhat bulky. Unless your partner is already aware of the ring, you might consider switching the box for something altogether less obvious.

“Is that a ring box in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”
– Your suspicious SO

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Some suggestions: a glasses case, a wallet, a briefcase. It’s fine to get creative with the container, as long as it fits the occasion. For example, a backpack or camera bag on a hike makes sense. A cello case does not. A rolled-up blanket or empty Thermos on a picnic makes sense. A suitcase does not. You get the idea.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Conceal the Deal

OK, we’ve looked at ways to carry the ring around with you, but what about leaving it unattended? Here are some dos and don’ts for the times you’re not around to guard your precious new acquisition.

    • Keep it locked away in a safe place where your other half won’t accidentally come across it e.g., a spare bedroom, home office, or even a relative’s house. Avoid obvious places such as your bedroom, living room, or car glove compartment.
    • If traveling, pack the ring in your carry-on, never a checked bag. Don’t let a TSA agent blow your surprise proposal! Make sure it’s very secure and follow all airline security rules to avoid being stopped and searched.
    • Don’t leave it in your hotel room safe if your SO is likely to use it; instead, ask the concierge if you can leave it in the safe at the front desk.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Your Silent Partner

If the logistics of keeping the ring a secret seem like Mission Impossible, our Customer Service reps are on hand to help you plan your sneaky setup. These masters of misdirection can be reached 24/7 via live chat, phone, and email. They know every trick in the book and can even suggest ways to distract your unsuspecting SO (don’t worry, we’ve trained them to only use their powers for good).

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Hoard of the Rings

Where did you stash your sparkler pre-proposal? Whisper it to us in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

If you liked this post, check out our men’s FAQ series for more practical ring-buying tips and tricks.

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Double Halo Engagement Rings: Twice the Ice

Why settle for a single halo when double halo engagement rings offer twice the sparkle?

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When it comes to matters of sparkle, more is definitely more. More light play, more fireworks, more… POW! Double halos allow you to supersize your sparkle by creating the illusion of a larger stone. They use a pretty nifty trick of the light that could end up saving you $$$!

Highs & Halos: Double Halo Engagement Rings

If you’re unfamiliar, traditional halo engagement rings surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. Light from these peripheral stones reflects off the center stone, creating a wonderful larger-than-life aura.

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Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Double halo engagement rings, as the name suggests, are framed by not one but two outer rings of sparkle. This gives them twice the visual impact, much like the jaw-dropping beauty of a double rainbow.

Thanks to their seemingly larger appearance, double halos are a popular choice for the budget-conscious shopper who wants to wow without the ‘ow!’

Celebrity Doubles

Most celebs are used to seeing sparkle wherever they go. They see it in the camera lenses of overzealous paparazzi and they see it in the jewels they wear. Double halo engagement rings sparkle twice as hard as classic solitaires; enough to satisfy even the most fabulous of appetites.

Community star Alison Brie must’ve been seeing double when her then-boyfriend, Dave Franco, presented her with a dazzling double halo. The vintage-inspired sparkler, with its round center diamond, is one ring we hope the GLOW actress won’t be wrestling in!

Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s sparkler is as dramatic as her acclaimed turn in Black Swan. The antique round (old mine) cut diamond ring and a surrounding pavé-set double halo are ethically sourced and the platinum band is recycled metal, in line with Ms. Portman’s eco-friendly ideals. Get Closer to her style with an exquisite James Allen lookalike set with a certified conflict-free center diamond.

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

High School Musical alumna Ashley Tisdale graduated with double honors; a cushion-cut center stone framed by a double halo of micropavé diamonds. This showstopper of a ring features smaller diamonds along with the band, significantly upping the sparkle factor. Get twice the shine with the above James Allen lookalike.

Halo & Behold: Double Halo Engagement Rings

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Princess Cut Double Halo Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

A truly versatile ring style, the double halo works with all manner of stone shapes, brilliantly accentuating their unique geometry. The double halo pear shaped engagement ring and double halo cushion cut engagement ring are just two examples of these mega sparklers.

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Ruby and Diamond Double Halo Ring

You can choose to surround your center stone with two diamond halos or opt for contrasting colored gemstones. Finally, select a setting that matches the wearer’s personal style: solitaire bands offer a sleek, modern aesthetic, whereas decorated bands possess more of an old-world charm. If it’s the maximum shimmer you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a pavé band.

Make Mine a Double!

Delve into these heavenly halos. Go on, we double dare you!

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Learn more about halo engagement rings and discover additional ring types in our style series.

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Engagement Ring Shopping: Collaboration Vs. Surprise

Breaking with tradition, many couples are engagement ring shopping together, leaving the element of surprise for the proposal.

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The question of whether to surprise your SO with a ring or include them in the selection process is as old as time.

Well, that’s not strictly true.

It actually came about rather recently, with online engagement ring shopping offering a far more collaborative experience than traditional stores. But back to the question at hand: to surprise or not to surprise? That will largely depend on whether your SO is more of a romantic or a realist.

If they’re the type to swoon at the end of romantic movies, chances are they’re holding out for a sparkling surprise of their own. Then again, if your SO is the risk-averse type, they will probably prefer to be consulted on an item of such personal significance.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Surprise and Shine

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Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

If your SO leaves the engagement ring shopping entirely up to you, they’re taking the jewelry equivalent of a trust fall. That is, they’re trusting you to choose what is sure to be their most prized possession; an accessory they’ll be wearing every day of their life. This might seem daunting at first, but it’s actually quite an honor and an opportunity to demonstrate how perceptive you are. If you have a tendency to notice small details, you’ll easily pick up on the trail of sparkly clues your partner has left behind

See what happens when couples try to design their partners’ dream engagement ring (spoiler alert: hilarity ensues!).

Can You Take a Hint?

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If only there was some way to read the inner workings of your partner’s mind… to understand what they really mean when they say, “I’m marrying you, not the ring.” While that technology may still be a few years off, we do have a nifty drop-a-hint feature on JamesAllen.com. It’s a subtle way for your SO to let you know exactly what they want without the awkwardness of them having to say it.

Of course, there are other tried-and-tested ways to drop a hint that you should be on the lookout for. “Forgetting” to close the browser is a classic, but they may share their Pinterest boards with you or casually comment on a friend’s or celebrity’s engagement ring.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Band Together

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A recent study by The Knot found that roughly one third of couples collaborate on the engagement ring with their mates. People are starting to realize that the proposee is every bit as qualified to make the Big Decision as the proposer – if not more so. If your SO has expressed an interest in being involved beyond mere hint dropping, you’d be wise to take them up on the offer. After all, who better to advise you on ring style than the ring wearer herself?

Without a doubt, the best way to know your partner’s ring preferences is to have an open and honest conversation with them. If all goes well, try engagement ring shopping together and make mental notes of their ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs.’ Even if they do have a hand in selecting their ring online, they won’t know how it looks IRL until the big unveiling. With a bit of clever subterfuge, it’s still possible to throw your SO off the scent.

Help Is at Hand

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If you’d rather collaborate with someone other than your SO, our Customer Service team is there for you 24/7 by live chat, phone, and email. They’ll help you pick out the ideal ring based on your partner’s particulars (don’t worry, you already know all the answers to their questions!). You can even request a Real-Time Diamond Inspection with a certified gemologist who will be happy to walk you through the finer points of your sparkler. And if you still want some face-to-face expert advice, visit our Georgetown, DC location.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Trust Your Instincts

The bottom line is that your shopping experience should be as comfortable as the ring on your true love’s finger. Go with whichever option feels right to you as a couple and then make it as gosh darn romantic as you possibly can!

Catch up on our proposal series, which covers everything from choosing the perfect sparkler to planning the magical moment itself.

Next in the series: discover the best proposal spots in major cities.

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Choosing a Diamond: Be in the Glow

Precious advice for those who will soon be choosing a diamond for their engagement ring.

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We recognize that gleam in your eye! No, we’re not talking about the way you look at your SO (although that is adorable). If there’s one thing capable of making a person’s eyes light up like that, it’s diamonds. Those pretty little stones you know nothing about, but are determined to get a good deal on.

And where better to start than our men’s FAQ series? In this first installment, we look at choosing a diamond; from understanding the 4Cs to getting the most bling for your buck.

Choosing a Diamond: Foresee the 4Cs

It’s impossible to talk diamonds without mentioning the 4Cs: cut, color, carat, and clarity. Together, these all-important characteristics influence a diamond’s quality and value. They are your new best friends. Get to know them. Go have a beer with them. Whatever you have to do.

    • Cut – This refers to both the diamond’s shape and how effectively it returns light to the viewer’s eye.
    • Color – This is generally something you want to avoid in a diamond, unless it’s a fancy color diamond (more on that later).
    • Carat – This is the unit of measurement by which diamonds are weighed and sold.
  • Clarity – This refers to how clean a diamond is and whether it has visible imperfections.

When in doubt, start with a diamond cut. This is the one area you should never compromise on as it determines how sparkly the stone is.

“I want my ring to sparkle less.”
– No one, ever

If you have to compromise on anything, let it be diamond clarity. However, try to avoid going below a VS1 clarity grade; anything lower would be visible to the naked eye.

Choosing a Diamond: Appearances Can Be Gleaming

Let’s be real for a moment, shall we? No one buys a diamond engagement ring for their SO without wanting to impress their socks off. It’s the ultimate declaration of your love, so of course you’ll want to go all out and snag the biggest, most sparkly rock you can afford.

While celebs are known for flashing ridiculous amounts of sparkle, you don’t always need to pay top dollar to enjoy those megawatt flashes. If you’re on a budget, there are a number of ways to make even a modest diamond appear larger than it actually is. Sneaky, we know!

One way to get more bling for your buck is to opt for an undersized diamond. Now, that might sound counterintuitive – how can a smaller diamond appear the same size as a larger one to the naked eye? By choosing a diamond that’s just shy of the standard industry cutoff points, you could save yourself a pretty penny, without compromising on sparkle. Consider a 0.9 carat diamond and a 1 carat diamond with comparable specs. On the surface, both stones appear to be virtually the same size, but look closer at the price tags and you’ll see a considerable saving on the smaller stone. Similar carat weight, less cash. Booyah!

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Another way to appear more sparkly is to choose a setting style that accentuates the center diamond. Halo engagement rings, for example, surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. These peripheral stones reflect light off the center stone, giving it a greater presence on the hand. Halo engagement rings come in single and double halo varieties, depending on how far you want to glow… er… go.

For more sparkle-maximizing tips, read up on how to make your diamond engagement ring look bigger.

Choosing a Diamond: Appraise Where It’s Due

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A diamond appraisal is necessary if you want to get your ring insured – which, btw, you totally should! It differs from the GIA or AGS diamond grading certificate that comes with your ring in that it provides a dollar estimate rather than the technical info.

At JamesAllen.com, we offer a complimentary insurance evaluation on any diamond engagement ring valued at $1,000 or higher. If you prefer, you’re welcome to get the diamond independently appraised as well.

Choosing a Diamond: Color Outside the Shines

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If your head isn’t already spinning at 360° like our diamonds, we’re about to throw another curveball at you: fancy color diamonds. While colorless diamonds have traditionally been the objects of our affection, their colorful cousins are steadily gaining popularity. And because stones at the vivid ends of the color spectrum are quite rare, they’re more valuable too.

When choosing a diamond, pay close attention to your partner’s personal style. If they’re the free-spirited, artistic type, a diamond in their favorite color could make for an exceptionally meaningful gift. Read more about fancy color diamonds.

Choosing a Diamond: Own That Stone!

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Don’t miss the next installment in our men’s FAQ series: How to Keep the Ring a Secret.

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Yasss Citrine! The November Birthstone

Citrine, the November birthstone, is one of the top-selling yellow gemstones. Here’s why.

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If you’re a lover of citrus fruit and earth tones in general, you’re in for a real treat with this month’s birthstone. Introducing citrine, the vitamin C of gemstones. Citrine gets its succulent-sounding name from its lemon-yellow coloration.

Wearers of the November birthstone are said to experience enlightenment, optimism, warmth, and clarity, as well as a decrease in negative energy. It’s also thought to aid in healing the physical self.

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November Birthstone: Sweet Citrines Are Made of This

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Citrine Diamond Huggie Earrings

Like amethyst, citrine is a variety of quartz – one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth’s crust. Its yellow-to-orange hues are caused by trace amounts of iron in its crystal structure.

Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on any of this!

November Birthstone: Few and Far Citrine

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Emerald-Cut Citrine and Diamond Necklace

Given the abundance and variety of quartz, you’d be forgiven for thinking that citrine, too, is a common gemstone. However, natural yellow citrine is actually quite rare.

Nevertheless, the November birthstone is relatively affordable, so you can get a much larger, more ornate stone for your dollar. Citrine’s value is not determined by size, but rather intensity of color. The more intense the color, the more expensive the stone.

Pro tip: Citrine is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz, which has a similar appearance. Make sure you’re not overpaying for citrine mislabeled as topaz.

November Birthstone: Celebs and Citrine

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Octogan Citrine and Diamond Ring

Kate Middleton may officially go by The Duchess of Cambridge, but we know her simply as the Queen of Citrine. Her ring is estimated to be around five to seven carats, yet surprisingly light on the purse strings.

Another celeb to say Hello to the November birthstone is Adele. The Grammy Award winner swears by citrine and won’t perform without it. She goes so far as to attribute the success of her live shows to the crystal’s supposed powers.

November Birthstone: A Citrine Come True

Do you dream of citrine? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Check out our previous guides: January garnets, February amethysts, March aquamarines, April diamonds, May emeralds, July rubies.

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