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How to Propose with Flying Colors

Before you get down on one knee, check out our pro tips on how to propose like a boss.

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Our previous article in this series, Buying an Engagement Ring 101, took you back to the basics of ring shopping. With your yes-worthy sparkler in the bag, you’re ready to move on to the proposal. But how does one pop that most nerve-wracking of questions? We’ve put together this foolproof guide to help you nail the proposal.

How to Propose: Know Your Audience

The proposal is your chance to show your SO just how well you know them. Are they the type to go for grand gestures that leave smoke trails in the sky? If so, consider hiring a skywriter, putting on a fireworks display, or having a drone deliver the ring for maximum impact.

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If, on the other hand, your SO is the shy type, they’ll probably appreciate a proposal that doesn’t draw the attention of everyone within a five-mile radius. Pick a low-key activity you both enjoy and try to weave in your magic moment. There are plenty of fun ways to propose that don’t involve having your face plastered all over Times Square!

How to Propose: Call in the Big Guns

If you’re unsure when, where, or how to propose, why not enlist the help of your SO’s sister, mom, or best friend?

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By teaming up with their inner circle, you can get valuable intel, create convincing decoys, and plan a more elaborate proposal. Sure, you may not like the idea of sneaking around, but it’s all for a good cause: your SO’s ultimate happiness.

How to Propose: Give a Helping Hand

It’s a given that the moment you slip that ring on her finger, she’ll be in full-on selfie mode. But no amount of sparkle can disguise chipped nails or dry, chapped skin. Be sure she gets the ultimate ring selfie with a well-timed trip to the manicurist.

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This will ensure her hands are at their fleekest and you’ll come away looking like a hero. If you’re subtle about it, she won’t suspect your fiendish ulterior motive…

How to Propose: Schedule Your Jewel

Whatever you’re planning, it’s preferable to have the ring in hand before you finalize any reservations that require upfront payment. Design-your-own engagement rings can take a few weeks to arrive as they are custom made.

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It’s recommended that you place your order ahead of time, just to be on the safe side. This is especially important if you’re planning a romantic getaway and extra time is needed for your order to reach you.

Apropos of the Proposal…

We’ve got more tips and tricks coming your way! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more.

For now, check out the 10 Essential Proposal Tips we mined from our customers’ experiences.

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Shape Series: Princess Cut Diamonds

A popular alternative to the classic round cut, princess cut diamond provide maximum brilliance in a striking square form.

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Looking for a diamond shape that’s a bit different, but that doesn’t stray too far from the traditional? With its clean, modern lines and intense sparkle, the four-sided princess cut is right on point.

Why Princess Cut Diamonds?

Before we begin, let’s address the square elephant in the room; princess cut diamonds do not resemble an actual princess. The proportions are way off! But semantics aside, princess cut diamonds are considered royalty among diamond cuts thanks to their exquisite beauty.

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Princess cut diamonds, like round cuts, are typically comprised of 58 facets that increase light dispersion for maximum fire and brilliance. In other words, they pack a tremendous amount of sparkle into a neat little square.

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Princess cut diamonds can be worn and enjoyed by all, owing to their neutral shape. However, they look particularly fetching on slender fingers, as their vertical lines delicately accentuate finger length.

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Who Rocks Princess Cut Diamonds?

Celebs such as Solange Knowles, Kate Bosworth, Hilary Duff, Snooki, Aly Michalka, and Samira Wiley have been flashing all the right angles. Don’t be fooled by the shape of their stones, though – these women are anything but square!

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The somewhat unconventional form of the princess cut diamond allows the wearer to express their bohemian, free-spirited side. And like the wearer, these diamonds sparkle well beyond their borders.

What to Know About Princess Cut Diamonds

When a diamond cutter transforms a rough diamond into a round cut, a good deal of the stone is lost. This isn’t the case with princess cut diamonds, which retain approximately 30% more of the rough stone. Carat for carat, you’re getting more diamond surface – and, therefore, sparkle – making it better value for money.

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Princess cut diamonds benefit from settings that protect their corners from daily wear and tear. You’ll often find them mounted as solitaires in four-prong settings, but bezel settings provide just as much protection. Whichever setting you choose, ensure that the prongs cover the diamond’s corners completely to avoid accidental chipping.

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To really make your princess cut pop, try pairing it with complimentary side stones such as baguettes or tapered baguettes. Not only does this increase the amount of sparkle, it also draws the eye toward the center stone.

If symmetry is important to you – and it should be – check out our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds, True Hearts by James Allen™. Available in princess, round, and cushion cut, these perfectly proportioned stones simply ooze quality.

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Princess Cut Diamonds: The Cornerstone of Sparkle

It isn’t just rings that are fair and square. Princess cut diamonds are also available in a range of fine jewelry that’s at once classic and dramatic.

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Enchanted by a princess? Find your princess cut diamond engagement ring.

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Just Got Engaged? The 7 Things You Need to Do First

Essential prep for the days, weeks, and months after getting engaged.

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You’re on cloud nine after getting engaged and you don’t ever want to come down. Why would you? It’s super comfy up there! But, at the same time, you’ve never been more excited to share the happy news with your loved ones back on Earth. Quite the logistical dilemma!

We’ve put together some handy tips to keep you grounded after getting engaged, because we’re nice like that.

The Day After Getting Engaged

1. Wait to Celebrate

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Things are about to get cray… and fast! But before you go announcing your big news to the world, why not have a little private celebration of your own? Take the time to really let it sink in and then, only when you’re ready, bring your closest friends and family into the loop. Book a table at your favorite restaurant or, better yet, invite them over for a barbeque. For a priceless reaction, casually mention you’re getting married as you ask one of your guests to pass the mesquite!

2. Make Beautiful Your Cuticles

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You’re jumping for joy on the inside, but your fingers tell a different story. Months of nail-biting that led up to the proposal have taken their toll. Give those sad-looking digits the pampering they deserve with a professional manicure – your cuticles will thank you! Keep it simple with a clean, shape, and polish, or go all out with some funky nail art. Either way, you’ll want to ensure your hand’s in tip-top condition and ready for the close-up.

3. Be Selfie-Centered!

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These days, it’s not official until you post an engagement ring selfie and the ‘likes’ start pouring in. How does one prep for the ultimate ring shot? Choose a background that doesn’t distract too much from the ring. You can include props from the proposal or hold hands with your fiancé. Make sure your ring and hand are in focus, use natural light rather than flash, and experiment with angles to maximize sparkle. After getting engaged with a James Allen ring, we’ll help you create a video of your proposal moment, complete with a 360° view of your ring. Perfect for sharing!

Ring Care After Getting Engaged

4. Safeguard Your Sparkle

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Although one of toughest materials on the planet, diamond still attracts dirt like any other piece of jewelry. To keep your ring at its most pristine, soak it in mild dish soap and warm water for up to 30 minutes, gently scrubbing with a soft toothbrush. It’s also advisable to store your diamond ring away from other jewelry, as it may scratch anything it comes into contact with.

5. Dish the Dazzle

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The safest place to store your ring when it’s not being worn is in its original packaging, as this offers the best protection. But who wants to carry a ring box around with them? A more convenient solution is to scatter several ring dishes around your house, so there’s always a safe place to rest your ring when you take it off.

The Calm After Getting Engaged

6. Savor the Moment

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Sounds fairly obvious, but couples often get so caught up in the excitement after getting engaged, they forget to enjoy the experience. Take some “us” time to escape the stresses of planning a wedding, even for a few hours. Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a day at the spa, you owe it to yourselves to unwind and bask in the simple pleasure of each other’s company. As for the wedding planning, go at your own pace and don’t put undue pressure on yourselves.

7. Band Together

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If you thought online engagement ring shopping was a breeze, wait till you try wedding band shopping! For one thing, you don’t have to worry about choosing the perfect diamond. Some wedding bands don’t contain stones at all and the ones that do come preset. All you need to do is decide which ring best fits your style and budget. For the ultimate sparkle combo, consider matching your wedding band with your engagement ring.

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What practical steps did you take after getting engaged? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

BTW, if you’re feeling your new sparkler, show us some Insta-love by tagging your ring selfie with #jamesallenrings.

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Yellow Gold Wedding Bands: Sunshine Bling

Yellow gold wedding bands? YOLO gold, more like!

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You’ve been walking on sunshine ever since the proposal, so why not choose a wedding band that reflects those golden rays?

Yellow gold wedding bands are as much a part of wedding tradition as the ceremony itself. Their warm, soft glow gives the wearer a feeling of comfort and reassurance that lasts well beyond the big day. While other metal types may fall in and out of fashion, yellow gold wedding bands have a timeless quality that many couples find appealing.

Yellow Gold to Have and to Hold

JamesAllen.com offers yellow gold wedding bands in a range of stunning styles, from classic to modern. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite golden nuggets for your prospecting pleasure.

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Yellow Gold Wedding Bands for Her

14K Yellow Gold Twisted Pavé Wedding Ring

Tie the knot with this sleek and stylish twisted pavé wedding ring. The melted metal look is sure to melt a few hearts!

14K Yellow Gold 3mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

Show off your curves in this traditional, slightly contoured wedding ring. The band’s minimalist design exudes pure, understated elegance.

14K Yellow Gold 2.5mm Knife Edge Women's Wedding Ring

Make the ultimate pledge with a nifty knife edge! Accented by clean, modern lines, this elegant wedding ring is a modern update of the traditional curved style.

14K Yellow Gold Tapered Pavé Band

Pinch yourself – you’re not dreaming! This exquisite tapered pavé band, which appears to be pinched in the middle, is perfect for your main squeeze!

Look at these rings,
Look how they shine for you.
Each setting’s golden hue,
Yeah, they are all yellow.

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Yellow Gold Wedding Bands for Him

Of all the gold varieties, yellow gold bears the closest resemblance to the precious metal you know and love in its most natural state. The coloring also happens to complement most skin tones, making it the gold standard for both women’s and men’s wedding bands.

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Grooved Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Get into the groove with this dapper-looking comfort-fit wedding band, which is distinguished by two parallel grooves that run the circumference of the ring.

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Etched Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Look sharp in this etched bezel-set diamond wedding band, which features a high-polished center trim between multiple round cut diamonds.

14K Yellow Gold 4mm Flat Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Make a simple yet bold statement with this traditional comfort-fit wedding ring. The flat outer surface lends a modern appearance to this timeless classic.

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Hammered Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Forge a meaningful relationship with this handsome comfort-fit wedding band, which features a hammered-finish center and high-polished edge.

Follow the Yellow Bling Road

Are you sold on yellow gold? We’ve got the rings you’ll want to treasure forever, all displayed in glorious 360° HD!

While you’re at it, take a look at the sunny side of rings in our yellow gold engagement rings blog.

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Hearts and Arrows Diamond Perfection

Discover True Hearts by James Allen™ – The Symmetry of Sparkle.

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Everyone knows relationships are all about compromise, but one thing you shouldn’t have to compromise on is the diamond. True Hearts by James Allen™ is our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds. These exquisite stones boast perfect internal symmetry and proportions, giving them an added dimension of desirability. Available in round, cushion, and princess cut, True Hearts™ diamonds are the ultimate expression of romantic love.

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Cupid’s Finest Hearts and Arrows Diamond

A True Hearts™ round cut is what’s known in the industry as a Hearts and Arrows diamond. When viewed from certain angles, the diamond appears to contain tiny hearts and arrows – the universal symbols of love. This effect is incredibly hard to achieve for even the most skilled diamond cutters as it involves polishing the stone to a very high degree of precision. All True Hearts by James Allen™ round cut diamonds come with GIA or AGS certificates attesting to their superior cut and polish.

As matchmakers of sparkle, we’ve paired these magnificent stones with their dream engagement ring settings. Get ready to fall in love all over again!

14K White Gold Common Prong Six Round Diamond Engagement Ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features a center stone flanked by four smaller diamonds. The classic prong setting leaves much of the stone exposed for maximum sparkle.

14K White Gold Petite Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

This classic cathedral engagement ring with simple prongs and pavé-accented sides allows the center diamond to shine through.

The Shape of Your Love

If your love is shaped differently, consider a True Hearts™ princess or cushion cut diamond. Although these stones don’t display the hearts and arrows pattern of a round cut, they are perfectly proportioned and symmetrical, yielding impressive sparkle. All True Hearts by James Allen™ princess and cushion cut diamonds come with an AGS certificate that confirms their ideal cut grading.

14K Rose Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

This contemporary rope-style engagement ring comprises a sleek band of lustrous metal and a band of pave diamonds in one interwoven design.

14K White Gold Three Stone Princess And Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring

This three-stone stunner features a princess cut diamond on either side of the center stone, as well as pavé-set diamonds glittering down both sides of the shank.

14K Rose Gold Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire Engagement Ring

Timeless beauty with a modern twist, this knife-edge solitaire features scalloped claw prongs perfectly tailored to the cushion cut center diamond.

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring

This vintage-inspired pavé engagement ring features a cushion cut diamond nestled inside a cushion halo, accentuating the stone’s shape and shine.

Aim for a Hearts and Arrows Diamond

Draw back your bow and let your arrow go… straight to these True Hearts™ in 360° HD!

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To Infinity Engagement Rings & Beyond!

Our infinity engagement rings will have you buzzing for light years!

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You’ve made the ultimate promise to love your SO for always and forever. But whereas spoken words disappear into the ether and love letters fade, infinity engagement rings endure through time. They are the one token of your love that’s always on display; a constant reminder of your commitment to one another. Of course, this is true of all engagement ring styles, but few make as bold a statement as infinity engagement rings.

Infinity Engagement Rings: A Twist of Sparkle

If your hearts are forever intertwined like the infinity symbol itself, then these very special engagement rings are for you.

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There’s no better way to say it’s for keeps than with this super sparkly diamond pavé infinity engagement ring.

14K Yellow Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

Not quite pavé, yet more than a solitaire, this vintage infinity engagement ring is adorned with intricate milgrain detailing.

Infinity Engagement Rings: Figure ‘8’ Out

You probably first came across it in math class, as a number that has no end, but the infinity symbol is actually rooted in Tibetan and Indian cultures. Resembling both a sideways figure eight and a snake eating its tail, the ribbon-like shape has fascinated mystics and mathematicians for centuries. Jewelers have a more romantic interpretation, viewing the symbol as a mark of everlasting love and devotion.

Platinum Solo Infinity Engagement Ring

Never be lonely with this solo infinity engagement ring, which features a strand of sparkling pavé diamonds entwined with a sleek, lustrous band.

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Two shiny metal bands intertwine to give this graceful-looking infinity solitaire engagement ring major crossover appeal.

14K White Gold Infinity Halo Engagement Ring

Alternating strands of precious metal and pavé-set diamonds frame the center stone of this infinity halo engagement ring.

Infinity Engagement Rings: To Be Continued…

Do you have an affinity for all things infinity? Take these boundless bands for a spin in 360° HD!

Let us know which infinity engagement rings you’d like to be BFFs with in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Cluster Engagement Rings: Luster for Life

Gather round! Cluster engagement rings are where the sparkle’s at.

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An alternative to the traditional solitaire style setting, cluster engagement rings take a more holistic approach to sparkle. Multiple smaller diamonds are combined to create the illusion of a much larger stone, giving you more bling for your buck.

Depending on the ring, these smaller diamonds will either surround the center stone or congregate in the center, taking its place. The individual stones have a lower carat weight than a regular-sized center stone, making cluster engagement rings less expensive overall.

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Cluster Engagement Rings: Work the Crowd

Deep down, we’re all suckers for sparkle. The more light a diamond returns to our eyes, the more tingly we feel inside. We’ve rounded up the finest clusters we could muster… so go ahead and pick your luster!

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Bejewel your partner’s hand with this Grande Floral Engagement Ring, which features shimmering petals around a central diamond bouquet. The ring is preset with a cluster of brilliant diamonds that add a touch of whimsy.

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Can’t decide between old and new? You don’t have to with a Vintage-Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring that puts a modern twist on an antique style. Inspired by falling leaves, this petite ring packs in a cluster of round brilliant diamonds surrounded by exquisite milgrain detailing.

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This breathtaking Royal Halo Bypass Swirl Engagement Ring features a bouquet of diamonds with the brilliance of a diamond twice its size! The pavé crossover split shank finishes off this superb design with a flourish.

Cluster Engagement Rings: The Halo Effect

Cluster engagement rings date as far back as the 18th century, when diamonds were typically set around a center stone in a loose, almost crowded manner. By the early 20th century, halo settings had taken on a more orderly form, with diamonds positioned more precisely around a center stone.

While halos tend to appear more linear and clusters more crowded, the difference is so subtle that the terms are generally interchangeable. Whatever you choose to call them, these super-sparkly rings are a wonderful throwback to a bygone era of romance and charm.

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Sparkle is timeless, but this Pavé Crossroad Engagement Ring bears a striking resemblance to an old-world timepiece! From its pavé-encrusted rectangular frame to the beadwork in the shank, this retro-style stunner is one to watch.

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Welcome this preset Floral Embrace Engagement Ring into your life with open arms! Delicate milgrain and a scalloped pavé halo frame the brilliant diamond cluster within. A slim-pinched shank gives the ring its classic-yet-modern appeal.

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Not one for ostentation? Try this Tapered Cathedral Engagement Ring on for size. The slightly rounded, pavé-adorned shoulders cascade gently from the center cluster of diamonds, creating a look of understated elegance.

Looking to supersize your sparkle? Delve into these classy cluster rings in 360° HD.

Let us know which diamond constellation has caught your eye in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Winter Engagement Rings: One Moment in Shine

Keep your eye on the prize with these game-changing winter engagement rings.

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Preparing to pop the question is a lot like training to be a world-class athlete; you need to be committed, focused, and ready to go the distance. Here are some Olympic medalists who have taken the plunge and won something far more precious than gold.

Winter Engagement Rings: The Sparkle of Champions

See which engagement rings these champs are sporting and how you can get the look without breaking a sweat… or the bank!

Meryl Davis and Fedor Andreev

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Ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis must’ve been jumping for joy when she received this ring from former Canadian skater Fedor Andreev. The shimmering cushion-cut yellow diamond is set in rose gold with a halo of white diamonds and little rose gold hearts on either side.

Put on your own impressive fireworks display with this falling-edge pavé diamond halo ring.

Sasha Cohen and Tom May

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Figure skating silver medalist Sasha Cohen glided into this gorgeous engagement ring from boyfriend Tom May. The oval-cut diamond is mounted on a simple, thin band, creating a look that’s as graceful as she is on the ice.

Get your skates on and snag this petite pavé diamond engagement ring, designed to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides.

Kendall Coyne and Michael Schofield

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Ice hockey silver medalist Kendall Coyne was blinded by sparkle when her longtime boyfriend, Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Michael Schofield, presented her with this three-stone stunner.

Score a hat trick with this classic three-stone diamond engagement ring, whose center and side stones resemble a floral bouquet.

Winter Engagement Rings: Freestyle Finesse

From snow-covered slopes to gold medal hopes, there’s something quite thrilling about getting engaged at this time of year. Check out these wintery proposal ideas for inspiration.

Planning to go down on one ski this winter? This fast-track route to designing your own engagement ring offers spectacular 360° views!

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Celebrity Engagement Rings Written in the Stars

Bask in the sparkle of these celebrity engagement rings.

You know that moment when your favorite power couple announces they’re getting engaged? 2017 gave us multiple moments like that. Over the past year, we’ve been treated to some stellar celebrity engagement rings and we’re definitely thanking our lucky stars!

So, what can we learn from our famous friends and their showstopping rings? Less traditional diamond shapes are in right now, with the likes of Cardi B and Kirsten Dunst rocking pear and oval shapes respectively.

These talented ladies aren’t the only ones turning heads with their unique ring styles. Find out which other celebrity engagement rings we think are destined for stardom.

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Cardi B + Offset

Rising star Cardi B was recently gifted this eight-carat stunner by fiancé Offset. The Bodak Yellow rapper’s rock is surrounded by two half-carat pear diamonds and two carats’ worth of pink and white stones.

Assuming you don’t make “money moves” quite like Cardi, here’s a more affordable split-shank halo engagement ring. The pear shape center diamond is complemented by a stunning pavé halo and pavé under gallery.

White Gold Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring

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Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Sophie Turner + Joe Jonas

Pop singer Joe Jonas popped the question to his girlfriend, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, with this pear-shaped split shank engagement ring.

But why live in a world of fantasy when you can get a near-identical ring IRL for less? This split shank engagement ring features two pavé bands and a stunning halo that accentuates the pear-shaped diamond.

White Gold Double Shank Pear Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Double Shank Pear Halo Engagement Ring

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Kaley Cuoco + Karl Cook

The only tear on Kaley Cuoco’s pillow is the pear-shaped ‘teardrop’ solitaire engagement ring given to her by fiancé Karl Cook.

Snag the Big Bang Theory actress’ ring style with this French-cut pavé engagement ring, designed to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides.

White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Meghan Trainor + Daryl Sabara

Singer Meghan Trainor received this twinkling cushion cut diamond engagement ring from her dear future husband, actor Daryl Sabara.

You, too, can be all about that bling with this matching cushion cut sparkler, which features pavé-set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank.

Of course, she isn’t the only famous Meghan to have said “YES!” in 2017. Read this article to get inspired by Meghan Markle’s much-hyped engagement ring.

White Gold Pavé Halo and Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Round Center)

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Kirsten Dunst + Jesse Plemons

Perhaps you prefer the old Hollywood glamor of Kirsten Dunst’s vintage oval-cut diamond set in a yellow-gold band with baguette accents.

This drop-dead gorgeous lookalike features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the oval-cut center diamond. Bring it on, we say!

Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
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14K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

Celebrity Engagement Rings:
Camilla Luddington + Matthew Alan

Actor Matthew Alan brought the drama when he proposed to Grey’s Anatomy star Camilla Luddington. He opted for a more traditional round-cut diamond set on a dainty gold band.

Recreate the showbiz look with this exquisite knife-edge diamond solitaire, which offers classic appeal at an affordable price.

Rose Gold Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)

Celebrity Engagement Rings: Reach for the Stars

You don’t have to have your name in lights to design your own engagement ring. Check out these star-studded sparklers in 360° HD.

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Give Shanks with a Split Shank Engagement Ring

Join some of our favorite celebs in “putting on the splits” with a super-trendy split shank engagement ring.

14K White Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

Throughout history, many things have been split: the atom, the banana, the dinner bill (if you’re the progressive type). But perhaps none so exquisitely as the split shank engagement ring – one of 2017’s hottest jewelry trends. Named for its unique open design, this ring style is distinguished by a band that splits apart as it reaches the center stone. Depending on the stone’s shape and carat size, the shank can be split into two, three, or four strands that are either spaced apart, twisted, or woven. This creates an opening that elegantly frames the center diamond or gemstone, making it really stand out. If there is a more perfect metaphor for two lovers opening their hearts to one another, we haven’t seen it!

Rings with Benefits: The Split Shank Engagement Ring

If you’re still divided over whether a split shank engagement ring is right for you, the following benefits might help you decide.

  1. Pavé-set diamonds along the shanks reflect onto the center stone, making it appear significantly bigger, not to mention more beautiful.
  1. The split shanks provide additional support to the center stone, for a more secure and comfortable setting. This is especially important when worn for extended periods.
  2. Split shank engagement rings are available in various designs, each offering a uniquely glamorous look and feel.

Celebrity Swank: The Split Shank Engagement Ring

A favorite among the glitterati, split shank engagement rings have been spotted on a number of famous fingers. A-listers Hayden Panettiere, Beyoncé, and Paris Hilton have all been seen putting on the splits.

Step into the Ring

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere is the proud owner of a split shank ring, given to her by boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. The ring sports a 6-carat emerald cut diamond that really packs a punch! Don’t have $500,000 to blow on a ring? This James Allen pavé set, diamond-encrusted split shank engagement ring bears a striking resemblance and costs significantly less. It features the perfect balance and proportions to showcase the emerald cut center stone.

Check out Hayden Panettiere's 14K Yellow Gold Emerald Shape Split Shank Engagement Ring

Beyoncé YES!

Jay-Z clearly liked it, judging by the $5 million split shank engagement ring he put on it. Beyoncé’s no stranger to the spotlight, but in 2008, it was her extravagant 18-carat emerald cut sparkler, beautifully accented with micro-pavé diamonds, that took center stage.

If you’re as Crazy in Love with her ring as we are, you’ll be obsessed with this James Allen lookalike, which features a rounded crossover band with pavé diamonds and an integrated basket designed to securely display the center stone.

Check out Beyoncé's 14K White Gold Twisted Pave Shank Contemporary Diamond Engagement Ring

Split Heirs

Socialite Paris Hilton recently got engaged to boyfriend Chris Zylka, who presented her with a split shank engagement ring complete with a massive pear-shaped diamond. Now, that’s hot! Snag the look with this James Allen split shank halo engagement ring, which features a pavé undergallery and stunning pavé halo. It’s bound to be your New BFF.

For more practical (and affordable) lookalikes, read our Paris Hilton-inspired blog post.

Check out Paris Hilton's 14K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Want to join the ranks of these celebrity split shanks? Check out our parting poppers in 360° HD

Let us know if you’re open to a split shank engagement ring in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, and TwitterShanks for reading!

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How to Nail the Wedding Day Schedule

You’ve been dreaming about your big day for as long as you can remember, right down to the last rose petal. Every time you run through it in your head, it’s absolutely perfect; from the dress to the cake to the… 100 white doves? In reality, getting hitched without a hitch requires a lot of careful planning and a wedding day schedule that leaves nothing to chance.

To ensure your special day is remembered for all the right reasons, consider these points when putting together your wedding day schedule.

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Wedding Day Schedule: Before the Ceremony

Give Your Diamonds a Shine

Make time in your wedding day schedule to clean your bridal jewelry

Before you walk down the aisle, you’ll want to make sure your bridal jewelry is every bit as radiant as you are. There are a number of things you can do to make your diamond engagement ring and wedding ring look sparkly clean. While the correct cleaning method will depend on the type of ring setting you choose, as a general rule, it’s okay to soak your rings for up to 30 minutes in mild dish soap and warm water and scrub them gently with a soft toothbrush.

Ladies First

Give your bridesmaids priority primping in your wedding day schedule

Let your bridesmaids have their hair and makeup was done before you. Not only will you stay looking fresh for the ceremony, but you’ll also be able to have your bridesmaids in the background of your getting-ready shots. Your wedding day schedule should allow for an hour and a half to two hours for the bride’s hair and makeup, and an hour to an hour and a half for each of the bridesmaids.

Make Room for the Groom

Allow for the early arrival of the groom and groomsmen in your wedding day schedule

Typically, the groom and groomsmen arrive at the venue an hour and a half prior to the ceremony. This allows them time to welcome guests and show them to their seats… and get those wedding-day jitters under control.

Preview Your Bridal Look

Allow for a quiet moment with the groom in your wedding day schedule

With your hair and makeup done and jewelry shined, it’s time to let the groom see his beautiful bride! You might want to use this quiet moment to take pre-ceremony portraits while your bridal party and families wait in the wings. You should allocate around 15 to 30 minutes of your wedding day schedule for the first look; 40 if you factor in bride and groom photos.

Put Your Loved Ones in the Picture

Add helping the photographer identify guests to your wedding day schedule

Think about how you want your family and friends grouped in photos and prepare a list for the photographer. So there’s no confusion, you can also ask someone from your bridal party to help the photographer identify all the people on the list. Your wedding day schedule should allow up to 50 minutes for photo ops.

Wedding Day Schedule: It’s Showtime!

Get This Party Started

Make time in your wedding day schedule to have fun!

Plan to start the wedding ceremony fifteen minutes after the time listed on the invitation, as there will always be latecomers.

After you’ve exchanged vows, it’s off to the reception. Yay! You know how this part goes: cocktails are drunk, dinner is served, dances are danced, toasts are made, the cake is cut, a bouquet is tossed, and you make your grand exit. Whichever moments you choose to include in your wedding day schedule, try not to get too caught up in the details; allow yourself space to enjoy what is sure to be one of the best days of your life.

Wedding Day Schedule: Winding Down

Play It Safe

Make room in your wedding day schedule for safely storing your diamond jewelry

Once you’ve kicked off your dancing shoes and picked the last bit of confetti from your hair, you’ll probably be ready to call it a night. At this point, you might be tempted to toss your shiny new engagement ring and wedding ring into a drawer or leave them lying precariously on your nightstand – but they need a bed for the night too! It’s important to store your diamond jewelry separately from other jewelry, as they can scratch pretty much any jewel they come into contact with, diamonds being the hardest mineral on Earth and all. You’re best off keeping your sparklers in their original packaging or, if you prefer, in a separate compartment in a jewelry box.

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Wedding Day Schedule: Sounds Like a Plan

For more information on keeping your precious pieces in pristine condition, read this article on caring for your diamond jewelry. If you have yet to purchase your wedding ring, this blog post explains How to Match Your Wedding Ring and Engagement Ring.

Do you have any other tips for putting together a wedding day schedule? Let us know in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Sparkle Squared: Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Sometimes, you have to search the four corners of the earth before you find that special someone with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Nothing symbolizes that lifelong search better than a princess cut engagement ring, whose center diamond brings the proverbial four corners to your true love’s hand. Read on to find out why princess cut engagement rings are gaining popularity as the ‘Square to Wear’ in 2021!

Princess Cut Engagement Rings

The Right Angle

Princess cut is a relative newcomer to the diamond scene. Created in the 1960s, this edgy cut has gained popularity due to its clean, modern lines and intense sparkle. More than 50 facets make up a princess cut diamond, and these increase light dispersion for maximum fire and brilliance. Its geometry lends a delicate accent to long, slender fingers in particular, though it can be worn and enjoyed by all.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Classic and refined, this piece offers understated elegance and unsurpassed comfort while highlighting your chosen princess cut center stone. The perfect width for pairing with any number of wedding bands, it’s versatile enough to create a wedding set that shows off the wearer’s true personality.

14K White Gold 2.5mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

The knife edge design of this ring draws attention to the center diamond, showcasing its brilliance without detracting from its beauty.

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Perfect Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Achieve a classic look without the bulk or the age-old issue of a turning ring with the Perfect Fit design. This engagement ring is ergonomically crafted for an elegant and comfortable feel so your ring will always stay in place.

14K Rose Gold Perfect Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Fair & Square

Another reason people are choosing princess cut over round is the price. Because princess cut diamonds retain the four corners that make them square, less of the rough diamond goes to waste. As a result, princess cut diamonds are slightly more affordable than round cut diamonds of the same weight. When purchasing a princess cut engagement ring, be sure to choose a setting that protects the corners of the diamond so they are not exposed to daily wear and tear.

Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring design is channel set with eight round shaped diamonds. A setting designed to draw the eye to the princess cut center stone of your choice.

14K White Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Three-Stone Princess & Pavé Engagement Ring

A classic for all of eternity, this 3 stone diamond ring features two princess shaped diamonds on each side of the center diamond of your choice. It also features pavé set diamonds that glitter down both sides of the shank.

14K Yellow Gold Three Stone Princess And Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring

East-West Marquise Engagement Ring

Submerge in the magical sparkle of this romantic yet ravishing engagement ring. Six marquise diamonds set east to west compose the shank and set the stage for the center stone of your choice.

14K White Gold East-West Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring

Stars of Bling

Princess cut is the second most popular diamond shape after round cut for good reason; it packs a lot of sparkle into a unique square form. Celebrities like Kate Bosworth, Hilary Duff, and Snooki have all been spotted rocking princess cut engagement rings, and now it’s your turn to join the Quad Squad. We’ve rounded… er, squared up some of the hottest James Allen rings for your princess-perusing pleasure!

Channel Set Princess Cut Engagement Ring

This delicate version of the classic channel-set engagement ring features 20 channel-set princess shaped diamonds mounted into the shank around your princess cut center stone of choice.

14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Thin Channel Set Princess Cut Engagement Ring

This narrower, more delicate version of the classic channel-set engagement ring features 24 channel-set princess shaped diamonds mounted into the shank around the center diamond. 

14K Yellow Gold Thin Channel Set Princess Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

Pavé Halo Princess Cut Engagement Ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting your choice of princess cut center stone.

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Embossed Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

Double bezel accents adorn this open design, featuring graduated pavé shoulders and an embossed designer shank – A stunning setting for your chosen diamond! 

14K Yellow Gold Embossed Diamond Engagement Ring

For more princess cut inspiration, check out these striking sparklers in 360° HD.

Ready to rock a princess sparkler? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

Would you be so bold as to wear a princess cut engagement ring? Let us know in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Be there and be square!

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Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.

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Get Inspired by Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring

Think you can’t afford a sparkler as magnificent as Meghan Markle’s engagement ring? Think again!

Get Inspired by Meghan Markle's 14K White Gold Princess Trio Diamond Engagement Ring

Everyone loves a fairytale wedding. If Prince Harry’s recent engagement to American actress Meghan Markle is any indication, we’re in for a royal treat come spring 2018. The prince proposed to the Suits star with a custom designed and deeply personal three stone engagement ring that has caught the world’s attention. Of course, now the question on everyone’s lips is how can they match the exquisite beauty of that engagement ring? Quite simple, actually. Read on to find out how you, too, can recreate Meghan Markle’s engagement ring.

Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring: Behind the Gleams

In coming up with a ring fit for a princess, Prince Harry knew he needed to pull out all the stops. He opted for a classic three-stone yellow gold ring with a difference; the center diamond which appears to be cushion cut is from Botswana, a country that he and Meghan visited earlier this year. Adding to the ring’s sentimental value, the two round cut side diamonds are from the personal collection of his mother, the late Princess Diana (a connection shared by Kate Middleton, who wore Diana’s actual engagement ring to her and Prince William’s wedding in 2011).

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Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with Scroll Undergallery

This intricate floral handmade head assembly puts a unique twist on the classic three-stone diamond engagement ring. You can replicate Meghan Markle’s yellow gold ring even more by pairing this setting with a cushion cut diamond of your choice.

Mirror Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring Look

For us non-royal folk, the Meghan Markle Engagement Ring look is surprisingly easy to achieve. Like Prince Harry, you can custom design an engagement ring inspired by Meghan Markle’s ring. We’ve rounded up James Allen rings that bear the closest resemblance to Meghan’s three-stone stunner so you can sparkle like aristocracy for a fraction of the price!

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Three-Stone Round and Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

This classic three-stone round-shaped ring features a little extra shimmer with pavé set diamonds in the shank.

14K Yellow Gold Three Stone Round Trellis Engagement Ring
Three-Stone Round Trellis Engagement Ring

This classic three-stone trellis setting features interwoven prongs sweeping upward to gracefully hold two half-moon shape diamond side stones.

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Three-Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Inspired by the sapphires in Kate Middleton’s ring and the three-stone look of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring? This stunner has the best of both worlds, featuring two beautifully matched round-shaped blue sapphires as an accent to the exquisite center diamond of your choice.

Loving Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring?

For more inspiration check out these three stone engagement rings in 360° HD. Let us know what you think of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring

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