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New Flex: True Hearts™ Lab Created Diamonds

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Are you gearing up to pop the question to your significant other and still deciding on an engagement ring? If you’re been exploring our website, you may be familiar with our exclusive collection of True Hearts™ diamonds and our budget-friendly, but sparkling lab created diamonds. Good news: for the first time ever, it’s your chance to score the best of both with our brand new collection of True Hearts™ Lab-Created diamonds. Curious? Keep reading to get the down-low. Be sure to read until the end, because we’ve got a surprise in store for you.

1. What Exactly Are True Hearts™ Diamonds?

When you’re looking for a diamond cut with the most perfect precision, look no further than a True Hearts™ diamond – the premier choice for a diamond that sparkles like nobody’s business.

Why, you ask?

The answer is simple. Since cut determines a diamond’s sparkle, the best cut diamonds will give you the best sparkle. 

How do we get the best cut? Our True Hearts™ collection is crafted by the crème de la crème of diamond cutters and features a one-of-a-kind pattern that resembles hearts and arrows. Now that’s what we call romantic! Just in case you were wondering, this exceptional cut also results in facet positioning that acts like tiny mirrors (cool!), which contributes to its off-the-charts sparkle (yay!). By the way, fewer than 1% of the world’s diamonds qualify as a True Hearts™ diamond. 

Still not quite sure of the difference between a True Hearts™ diamond and an earth-created diamond? Feast your eyes on two diamonds below so we can make things crystal clear. Both of these diamonds have VS2 clarity, the same D color and weigh 1.14 and 1.12 carats respectively. However, there is an $860 price difference between the two. Why? The diamond on the right is a premier cut True Hearts™ diamond. You can tell by observing the perfect internal reflection of arrows when viewed from above and hearts when viewed from below. The result? Perfect sparkle.

An added bonus of choosing a True Hearts™ diamond is that it can actually appear larger than other diamonds of the same size. Yep, you heard right. A superior-cut diamond will offer better angles and symmetry, which allows light to refract more effectively. Lesser cut diamonds will “swallow” their light, making them look smaller, in addition to giving off less sparkle.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Interested in purchasing a True Hearts™ round-cut diamond? Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Consistency in the hearts and arrows pattern. You should see eight hearts and eight arrows, and each should be the same size.
  • Even color saturation. Each red, black and white hearts and arrow pattern should exhibit similar color distribution.
  • Optical symmetry is key. A symmetrical hearts and arrows pattern will result in maximum light return. 

In addition to round cut, our True Hearts™ collection is also available in princess and cushion cuts. 

2. Earth-Created Vs. Lab Created Diamonds: The Low Down

You may be wondering: What is a lab created diamond and how is it different from earth-created diamonds? We’re here to clarify a few points before you decide if a True Hearts Lab-Created Diamond™ is right for you.

Lab-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical to earth-created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

  • Earth-created diamonds are sourced from below the earth’s surface.
  • Lab-grown diamonds are created in simulated ‘below-ground’ conditions in a lab.

Needless to say, producing the special carbon arrangement of earth-created diamonds is intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Plus, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds.

Thanks to technology, we no longer need to go digging for our precious stones. Scientists are now able to simulate the required extreme conditions using specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed. The result? A diamond packing the same quality and sparkle, produced a billion times quicker.

3. Enter True Hearts™ Lab Created Diamonds

Now that you’re more familiar with our dazzling collection of True Hearts™ and lab created diamonds, we have some dazzling news to share. James Allen is now offering you a chance to get your hands on the perfect sparkle of our True Hearts™ diamonds, for less. If you’re looking for the same perfect sparkle of a True Hearts™ diamond, with the affordability of a lab-created diamond, you can get both with our True Hearts™ and lab-created diamonds

Our collection of True Hearts™ lab-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical to True Hearts™ earth-created diamonds. Each True Hearts™ lab created diamond contains the same perfect internal symmetry and proportions as well as the highest gem grading for cut and polish found in True Hearts™ earth-created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

Four Prong Pendant

This light four prong wire basket is designed to showcase the unique beauty of a round brilliant diamond of your choice. Truly a classic design that is perfect for any occasion!

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Kite Set Solitaire Pendant

The finely crafted four prong wire basket pendant features a kite orientation to add a twist to the traditional solitaire necklace.

14K Yellow Gold Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Halo Diamond Pendant

This beautifully crafted pendant showcases a halo of sparkling lab created round brilliant diamonds that elegantly frame the lab created center diamond.

14K White Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Pendant

CALLING ALL DIAMOND LOVERS!

Ready for some good news? For the first time ever, JamesAllen.com is offering 10% off True Hearts™ Lab-Created diamonds. It’s like getting the best of both worlds: a super ideal cut diamond at a super accessible price point. If you’re someone who loves the highest quality diamonds and saving lots of money, this one’s for you! Now you can buy any of these gorgeous engagement rings and get bang for your buck.

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

This French Cut pavé diamond engagement ring is created to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides. Custom tailored prongs are set into the shank of the ring, allowing a variety of bands to sit flush with the engagement ring. 

14K Rose Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring Round Center

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

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

14K Rose Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond 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 White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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What Is a VVS Diamond and Is It Right For You?

Are you wondering what a VVS diamond is but not sure where to start? This handy guide will help you decide if a VVS diamond is right for you.

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You’re probably here because you’re thinking about getting engaged – yay you! An engagement is an incredibly exciting milestone, but let’s be honest: buying a diamond can feel overwhelming sometimes. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, you might be asking yourself: “what is a VVS diamond and why in the world does it matter?”

1. Let’s Talk Basics: What Is A VVS Diamond?

To get a little technical: VVS is an acronym for “Very Very Slightly” – which refers to a diamond that is very, very slightly included. An “inclusion” is the official term for a diamond’s internal characteristics and a “blemish” is the term for a diamond’s external characteristics. These can include characteristics like feathers, crystals, twinning wisps, clouds and surface graining. They will determine how much light is able to pass through a diamond, which will in turn affect the stone’s light return – arguably, the best part of buying a diamond. Who doesn’t want a diamond that sparkles

On the clarity scale, VVS diamonds are one step below “flawless” diamonds. They are always clear of any imperfections to the naked eye and usually have no visible imperfections under 10x magnification. At James Allen, we use up to 40x magnification technology, so you can be sure you’re seeing each diamond with the same detail and ease as you would in a jewelry store. 

2. VVS1 vs VVS2 Diamonds

VVS diamonds fall into two categories: Very Very Slightly Included 1(VVS1) and Very Very Slightly Included 2 (VVS2). VVS2s are slightly more included than VVS1s, and the nature of these inclusions is usually different. For example, VVS1 diamonds tend to have tiny imperfections towards the side of the diamond, as opposed to the center. Imperfections on the side are preferable to those in the center because they do not affect light performance as much. 

VVS1 diamonds are generally more expensive than VVS2 diamonds. Because VVS diamonds fall just under flawless diamonds (FL and IF), they’re a great option for people who want a practically flawless diamond without the flawless price tag. 

3. VVS vs Flawless Diamonds

One of the main reasons to choose a VVS diamond is that it often will look just like a flawless diamond but saves you a nice chunk of cash. 

Let’s compare the two diamonds below. The one on the left is 1.02 carats, H color and IF clarity. The one on the right is 1.00 carat, H color and VVS1 clarity.

Can you spot any differences between the two diamonds?

Both diamonds are roughly the same size, as the .02 difference will not be perceptible to the naked eye. Both diamonds are the same H color, which faces up white. Neither has any fluorescence. Both have excellent symmetry and polish grades. Both are certified by GIA. 

In short, the only real differences between these two diamonds are their clarity and price tags. There is roughly a $600 difference between them, which is a result of the clarity grade jump. 

If you’re looking to maximize your budget for a high-clarity diamond engagement ring, VVS diamonds are a great choice. The difference in price could get you any of the following engagement rings:

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

4. Which jewelry pieces are most suitable for a VVS diamond?

VVS diamonds are great choices for higher carat engagement rings (above 3 carats) and step cuts (emerald and Asscher, or square). They also allow you to buy a setting that really showcases the center diamond, as opposed to settings that are better at hiding inclusions (for example, this bezel setting). Settings that have fewer prongs, less metal, as well as  tension settings are ideal for showcasing VVS diamonds, like the ones below:

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Bow-Tie Channel Set  Engagement Ring

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

Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Tapered Half-Bezel Engagement Ring 

Pinched Bar Pavé Engagement Ring 

14K Rose Gold Pinched Bar Pave Engagement Ring

If you’re looking for fine jewelry that features smaller diamonds, like tennis bracelets, there’s no need to go for VVS clarity. You can stick with SIs or VSs since inclusions are harder to spot in smaller diamonds.

5. Wrapping Up

A VVS diamond is a great choice for someone who is looking for a flawless-looking diamond, without the flawless price tag. VVS diamonds are intended to be the pièce-de-resistance of any engagement ring, so you might want to show off your stone with a setting that puts the diamond front and center. 

If you need help picking out a diamond, our non-commissioned gemologists are available 24/7 via phone, chat, text and email. 

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Earth-Created Or Lab Grown Diamonds: Can You Spot The Difference?

We’ve lined up earth-created and lab grown diamonds. Think YOU can spot the difference?

Earth-Created Or Lab Grown Diamonds

Although lab grown diamonds are grown in a lab, they are real diamonds and have the same physical, chemical and visual properties as earth-created diamonds. With this striking similarity, it begs the question: Is it possible to tell the two apart? Even expert gemologists can’t differentiate between a lab-grown and earth-created diamond with the naked eye. Are you willing to take up the challenge?

As you immerse yourself with our dazzling collection of engagement rings, anniversary rings, and gorgeous fine jewelry, we’ve highlighted jewelry featuring both earth-created and lab grown diamonds. Think you know which is which? Take a moment to learn about lab grown diamonds on our website, then start scrolling.

1. Round Lab Grown Diamonds

Do you like to keep things straight-up classic? And by classic, we mean round. Our extensive collection of round lab grown diamonds comes in a range of sizes, starting from 0.5 carats. In the early days of diamond-making, labs were only able to grow small diamonds. However, as things continue to get bigger and better, so has your sparkle. In fact, we’ve got diamond sizes in excess of a whopping 5 carats!

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the round cut center diamond.

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

This brilliant knife edge diamond solitaire offers the best of both worlds with its classic appeal at a cost-effective price.

14K Yellow Gold Presentation Solitaire

2. Fancy Lab-Grown Diamonds

Do you like the fancy things in life? Lab grown diamonds aren’t just reserved for those who stick to the traditional approach. We’ve got a wide range of shapes, including oval, cushion, princess, emerald, and more! If you prefer your bling with a pop of color, our fancy color lab-grown diamonds come in a range of options like yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, red diamonds, and blue diamonds to name a few!

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

Petite Pavé Crown Engagement Ring

A vibrant pavé set diamond crown, featuring pavé accents on the prongs and gallery creates the perfect basket for the center diamond. The demure and feminine feel of this alluring ring is enhanced by the petite band.

14K White Gold Petite Pave Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

3. What’s The Actual Difference?

Have you been able to tell which diamonds are lab-grown? If not, don’t fret. They’re optically and chemically identical to earth-created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

  • Earth-created diamonds are sourced from below the earth’s surface.
  • Lab-grown diamonds are created in simulated ‘below-ground’ conditions in a lab.

Needless to say, producing the special carbon arrangement of earth-created diamonds is intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Plus, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds.

Thanks to technology, we no longer need to go digging for our precious stones. Scientists are now able to simulate the required extreme conditions using specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed. The result? A diamond packing the same quality and sparkle, produced a billion times quicker.

Octagonal Baguette Double Halo Engagement Ring

Alternating baguette and round diamonds compose the elegant and striking inner halo, surrounded by an octagonal frame of round brilliant diamonds. The shank also features pavé diamonds on each side to exalt the splendor of this magnificent ring.

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring

This dramatic, spiraling tension-set solitaire ring allows you to fully view the beautiful diamond. Sleek and secure, it’s perfect for those who like an updated style with a classic feel.

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring with a lab grown diamond

4. Bang For Your Buck

Lab-created diamonds are generally more affordable than earth-created diamonds, giving you a 30% larger stone for the same cost

Why?

The diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond-shoppers. If you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality and sparkle, lab created diamonds are a great choice for you! 

Bow Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring design is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds.

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

5. Worth It? We Think So

There’s no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. While earth-created diamonds are the classic choice, lab grown diamonds are an affordable option and equally fresh. No matter what you decide, both diamonds hold their magnificent sparkle forever!

Have we made a strong case to go for a lab-grown diamond? If you’re ready, you can pick up a 1 carat lab-created diamond starting at around $1,550. However, the price largely depends on its specifications. Remember, the 4 C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight) also need to be considered, as these all impact the overall cost of lab-grown diamonds. 

6. Lab Created Bling

Lab created diamonds aren’t only for engagement rings. You can choose from a wide selection of lab-created diamond stud earrings and pendants when you shop with us.

Three Prong Martini Diamond Stud Earrings

This three-prong martini setting is constructed to fit the exact size of the lab-created diamonds, which sit perfectly flush into the setting exactly as the Martini design was intended.

14K White Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Halo Diamond Earrings

These beautifully crafted earrings feature a halo of sparkling lab-created round brilliant diamonds that elegantly frame the lab-created center diamond.

14K Yellow Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant

This pendant is designed to showcase the beauty of a round cut lab-created diamond. The finely crafted four prong wire basket pendant features a kite orientation to add a twist to the traditional solitaire necklace.

14K White Gold Kite Set Solitaire Lab Created Diamond Pendant

Final Thoughts:

Were you able to tell our lab-grown and earth-created diamonds apart? Here’s the bottom line: Both are winners! Lab-grown diamonds offer equal brilliance and sparkle as earth-created diamonds. That being said, if you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality, a lab-grown diamond may be calling your name.


Dazzled by our sparkling collection of jewelry? Here at James Allen, we’ve got loads more sparkle up our sleeve. Browse our stunning assortment of wedding rings, tennis bracelets, men’s engagement rings and more to spoil your significant other (or yourself!) today.

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Minimalist Jewelry: Back To Basics

We’re going back to basics. Find out why minimalist jewelry is hot and here to stay.

Woman wearing a minimalist necklace

When it comes to sparkle, your first instinct would be ‘go big or go home’, right? Here’s some food for thought: Taking things down a notch can also make you look low-key gorgeous. Read why minimalist jewelry is plain and simply the best:

Subtle, Yet Sparkly

Sometimes, less is more. Minimalist jewelry helps create a simple, yet elegant look that allows your natural beauty to shine through. Want a glow that’s simple yet striking? Get creative by pairing stackable rings. Style tip: Stack a white and yellow gold ring together on one finger, or rock a single ring on your index and middle finger for side-by-side sparkle.


White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Lightning Bolt Diamond Ring


Yellow Gold North-South Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold North South Diamond Ring

Timeless Appeal

Minimalist jewelry offers its wearer a clean and classy look that’ll never go out of style, like these basic yet brilliant pearl and diamond necklaces. Don’t worry, our subtle statements are equally Instagram-friendly as they are gorgeous. Pro tip: Don’t forget to head over to our Instagram @jamesallenrings and hit follow!

White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace

14K White Gold Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Necklace

Yellow Gold Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Pierced Diamond Choker Necklace By Brevani

Rose Gold Infinity Pavé Necklace

Minimal, Yet Sentimental

In some cases, the simplest sparkle can carry the most meaning. Remember, minimal does not mean less sentimental! The timeless appeal of minimalist jewelry also makes it the perfect gift. Choose our diamond bar or open luxe bracelets for a delicate yet dazzling glow for you or that special someone.

White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

14K White Gold Diamond Bar Bracelet

Yellow Gold Open Luxe Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Rose Gold Petite Arrow Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Petite Arrow Diamond Bracelet

The Perfect Match, Everytime.

Minimalist jewelry is versatile and can easily be paired with almost any of your favorite outfits. Fashion trends come and go, but minimalistic designs are not going anywhere! Consider a pair of classic diamond stud earrings or chic huggie hoops. The result? The ultimate mix of simplicity and style.

White Gold Four Prong Round Studs

14K White Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Heart Huggie Hoops

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Trending Gold Necklace Styles of 2020

A rich gold necklace makes its wearer an instant queen. Check out our most popular yellow gold necklaces, as well as tricks for wearing them like a pro!

Trending Gold Necklace Styles of 2020: layered yellow gold necklaces

What’s so special about a gold necklace? Well, what isn’t? Yellow gold is a luxurious, warm metal that has been prized for millennia for its undeniable luxe, thanks to its elegance, maturity, and style. Gold necklaces elevate absolutely any outfit. You can wear them constantly. And there are SO many styles to choose from!

Keep scrolling to discover our most popular gold necklace styles.

The Diamonds

Diamonds + yellow gold is a classic combination. This is a style that you can wear anywhere, anytime, for an immediate boost of professionalism. With a gold necklace like these below, you’ll always be that person who knows exactly what they’re talking about.

Bezel-Set Diamond Yellow Gold Necklace

Trending Gold Necklace Styles of 2020: Bezel-Set Diamond Yellow Gold Necklace

Triple-Layer Diamond Yellow Gold Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Triple Layer Pierced Diamond Specks Necklace By Brevani

Pear Halo Yellow Gold Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Pear Halo Cluster Necklace

The Gemstones

Colorful gemstones and yellow gold make for playful pieces that are packed with personality. Choose a gold necklace with gems that complement your colors, match your eyes, or hold a special meaning. 

Ruby Sugarloaf Yellow Gold Necklace

18K Yellow Gold Ruby Pave Sugarloaf Necklace

Amethyst and Diamond Yellow Gold Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Classical Amethyst And Diamond Necklace By Brevani

Bezel-Set Sapphire Yellow Gold Necklace

Trending Gold Necklace Styles of 2020: Bezel-Set Sapphire Yellow Gold Necklace

The Divas

Oh HELLO now! Imagine walking into a room flaunting a ripper of a gold necklace like one of these show-stoppers! Wear your style and wear it LOUD.

Diamond Sunburst Yellow Gold Necklace

Trending Gold Necklace Styles of 2020: Diamond Sunburst Yellow Gold Necklace

Amethyst Cabochon Yellow Gold Necklace

18K Yellow Gold Oval Amethyst Cabochon And Diamond Necklace

Octagon Citrine and Diamond Yellow Gold Necklace

18K Yellow Gold Octagon Citrine And Diamond Necklace

The Minimalists

Shhhh now…these simple styles radiate calm. An elegant gold necklace is the perfect choice for daily wear. It’s also the most versatile! These minimalist necklaces move effortlessly from the office, to afternoon coffee, to a night out.

Infinity Pavé Yellow Gold Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Infinity Pave Necklace

Lightning Bolt Yellow Gold Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Bolt Necklace

Diamond Starburst Yellow Gold Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Starburst Necklace

Go bold, go GOLD

More gorgeous pieces for gold aficionados

  1. #Winning yellow gold engagement rings
  2. Yellow gold wedding bands for men
  3. White gold engagement rings
  4. Rose gold wedding bands

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Earth-Created vs. Lab-Grown Diamonds: A Guide

Lab grown diamond – or earth-created diamond? Here’s all the data you need to live your best sparkling life.

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Lab grown diamonds are pretty much the new kids on the jewelry block. So let’s clarify a few points, so you can decide with 100% confidence which sort of sparkle sets a twinkle in your eye: classic earth-created diamonds, or cutting-edge lab-grown diamonds

ORIGIN

The only difference between the two is their origin.

Earth-created diamonds: sourced from below the earth’s surface.
Lab-created diamonds: created in simulated “below-ground” conditions in a lab.

What’s a diamond? It’s just carbon atoms. But arrange them in a very particular structure, and you get the incredibly hard and beautiful stone we know and love. Producing this special carbon arrangement in nature demands conditions that are…intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Needless to say, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds. 

But technology has advanced to the point that we don’t always have to go digging for our precious stones; we can actually simulate the necessary extreme conditions in specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab-created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed.

Lab created diamonds even develop their own unique characteristics (inclusions, clarity, etc) along the way, and once they’re fully grown they’re cut into the shape that suits their qualities best.

White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
with Cushion-Cut Diamond

14K White Gold Pave Halo Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Vintage Engagement Ring
with Princess-Cut Diamond

14K Rose Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

COST

Lab-grown diamonds are generally about 30% more affordable than earth-created diamonds.

Why?

The diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond-shoppers. That means that for the same cost, you can purchase a lab-created diamond that’s 30% larger than an earth-created one.

Rose Gold Bezel-Set Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Bezel Set Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

Two-Tone Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Modern Twisted Solitaire Engagement Ring

VALUE

Earth-created diamonds are the classic choice. Lab-created diamonds are the fresh choice. 

There is no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. They are one of nature’s most incredible products. Drawn from deep within the earth, these sparkling treasures have been proudly flaunted by generations upon generations – paving the way for you to carry on the tradition.

Lab-created diamonds, on the other hand, are the next step in diamond history. Technically speaking, they’re brand new. But traditionally speaking, diamonds are diamonds forever. Lab-created diamonds give their wearer a unique chance to create new memories. 

Both earth-created diamonds AND lab-created diamonds hold their sparkle forever, so they’ll be just as beautiful when you’ll pass them on as heirlooms as they are when you wear them on a night out.

Rose Gold Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

rose gold bypass diamond engagement ring

White Gold Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

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CUTS & COLORS

Both earth-created and lab-created diamonds are available in nearly every shape and color – even fancy colors!

Colorful diamonds, like canary yellow ones, are quite rare. Their shocking hues are caused by trace amounts of non-carbon elements, like nitrogen. By adding these elements to a growing diamond in its pressure chamber, lab-grown diamonds take on the same fancy colors as earth-created diamonds.
Good news: any diamond can be cut into any shape. When it comes to diamond cuts, you truly are spoiled for choice!

White Gold Milgrain Engagement Ring
with Princess-Cut Fancy Yellow Diamond

White Gold Laurel Engagement Ring
with Cushion-Cut Diamond

14K White Gold Laurel Leaves Diamond Engagement Ring

JEWELRY

Diamonds aren’t only for rings. Have a look at the pendants and earrings that can be set with either earth-created or lab-grown diamonds:

White Gold Bezel-Set Diamond Pendant

14K White Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

Yellow Gold Scroll Diamond Pendant

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White Gold Princess-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

white gold princess-cut diamond stud earrings

Yellow Gold Martini Diamond Stud Earrings

18K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Style Stud Earrings

Searching for more diamond reading? Read on below!

  1. Lab-created Diamonds vs. Moissanite
  2. Princess Cut vs. Cushion Cut 
  3. Why Diamond Cut Matters Most
  4. How To Care For Your Diamonds
  5. Our Diamond Price Match Guarantee

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Cut is King: Why Carat Weight Matters Less Than You Think

Carat weight is NOT as big a deal as you think! The secret lies in the cut.

3 cut diamonds

When it comes to engagement ring shopping, it’s all about go big or go home, right? Wrong. We’re here to put some common misconceptions regarding carat weight and size to sleep, so that you can buy an engagement ring sure to sweep your future ‘Boo’ off her feet!

1. Carat Cut: Why It Matters

Carat cut affects the visual appearance of the diamond and how much it sparkles. So diamonds with a better cut will look brighter. You’ll notice little visual difference, while saving yourself some cash. Win Win. Halo rings do a good job of maximizing sparkle, by having an outer ring of smaller diamonds that reflect light off the center stone, making it appear larger:

White Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Double Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Double Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

2. Worth the Weight

As you can probably guess, the more the carat weight, the rarer and more valuable the diamond becomes. This also means your bling comes attached with bigger insurance policies, trade-in policies, and appraisals. Instead, opt for a diamond that’s just shy of the standard cutoff points (0.8 Carat), like these sparkling solitaire, pavé, and halo options. And don’t forget that you can ensure you’ve gotten the best diamond deal with our Diamond Price Match guarantee.

White Gold Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring

3. In Good Shape

Do you want a diamond that’s larger than life without breaking the bank? Choose an elongated shape such as oval, emerald or pear. These all tend to appear larger for their actual carat weight. A cushion cut style does a great job in maximizing carat weight, at the same time making the stone look larger:

Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Peridot and Diamond Ring

14k Yellow Gold Cushion Halo Peridot And Diamond Ring

White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Apart from focusing on carat weight and size, invest in a quality cut. This will maximize light reflection, meaning more sparkle and more dazzle. Remember, a small change in size can often mean a big difference in price! If you’re looking for maximum sparkle, choose a round, cushion or pear cut:

White Gold Pavé Halo & Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Cushion Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

White Gold Cushion Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

White Gold Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cross Prong Diamond Accent Solitaire Ring

5. So, Where Does That Leave You? 

Remember diamond specifications are not an exact science and you don’t have to perfect all 4 C’s! Without neglecting carat weight, color and clarity, focus on getting the perfect cut and you’re guaranteed to bag the perfect ring!

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Diamond Terms: Your Essential Pocket Dictionary

Just starting your diamond search? This bite-sized dictionary of the most important diamond terms is a life-saver.

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Keep this list of diamond terms open on a browser tab. Diamond terminology can be a headache. But hey, you’ve got to speak the language! We’ve created a list of the diamond terminology that will be most helpful to you. As you begin to ring-shop, this is THE list.

Good luck! Let’s start it off with the MOST important diamond terms: the 4 Cs:

CUT

How well-proportioned a diamond is.

Many consider cut to be the most important C, as a well-cut diamond will give off more sparkle than a less expertly-cut diamond. A well-cut diamond also hides color and imperfections better. Cut grades range from Good to Very Good to Ideal. James Allen also carries True Hearts™, a Super Ideal cut that displays perfect internal symmetry, optimal proportions, and the highest gem grading for cut and polish. (Psssst…less than 1% of diamonds qualify for the True Hearts™ title.)

Emerald-Cut Pavé Ring

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

COLOR

A grading system based on a diamond’s lack of color.

In general, more colorless diamonds are more valuable. While most diamonds have some degree of color, in many cases it can only be seen under specific viewing circumstances. Additionally, metal color choice can often affect a diamond’s perceived color.

Yellow Gold Milgrain Ring

Yellow Gold Milgrain Ring

CLARITY

The presence or absence of imperfections (or “inclusions” in gem-speak) in a diamond.

These inclusions can be found on the surface of the diamond (like chips) or inside the diamond (like clouds or crystals). Clarity is graded on a scale from “Included” (lowest) to “Flawless” (highest). See “Eye Clean” below for additional info.

CARAT

A measurement of a diamond’s weight.

Higher carat weight often correlates with larger size, but not always. Due to certain cuts’ specific proportions, sometimes a diamond of a higher weight can actually look smaller than one of a lower weight.

Vintage Oval Ring

14K White Gold Antique Bezel And Pave Set Engagement Ring

COST (the 5th C)

Getting the most out of your ring budget!

To many people, this is actually the most important C! There are countless ways to get the most for your money, including opting for a lower clarity graded diamond, dropping color grades in a yellow or rose gold metal, opting for a lab diamond and buying just under the desired carat weight.

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SHAPE

The form in which a diamond is cut.

The most popular diamond shapes include round, princess, oval, cushion, and marquise. Don’t confuse shape (the diamond’s form) with cut (the diamond’s proportions)!

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EYE-CLEAN

Whether or not a diamond’s imperfections are visible to the naked eye.

Higher clarity grades indicate that a diamond’s inclusions are visible only under professional magnification. These diamonds may offer good value; they’re less expensive while still lacking any visible flaws.

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FACING UP WHITE

A diamond that may not be colorless, but which will look colorless to the naked eye in a setting.

In many cases, the color grade “I” and above will “face up white.” If you opt for a lower color-graded diamond, setting it in a warm metal will help mask its color.

Rose Gold Entwined Ring

14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

EARTH-CREATED DIAMONDS

Diamonds that have been formed in the earth’s mantle under immense heat and pressure over millions of years.

Diamond Halo Pendant

LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS

Diamonds that are created in a laboratory, but are actually chemically and optically identical to traditional diamonds.

There are two ways to make lab-created diamonds:

1) “High Pressure, High Heat” mimics the pressure and heat of the earth to create a diamond.

2) “Chemical Vapor Deposition” builds up carbon vapor into a diamond within a low-pressure vacuum chamber.  

Lab-Created Diamond Pendant

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Why Diamond Cut Matters Most

Choose the right diamond cut, and the rest will take care of itself.

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The 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat. 

Out of the 4, CUT MATTERS MOST!

Why? The right diamond cut plays up your diamond’s better qualities while hiding its not-as-perfect aspects. By choosing the right diamond cut you’re giving yourself the freedom to compromise on some of the other 3 C’s. Meaning, you don’t have to get all the 4 C’s totally perfect. 

A good diamond cut will make it look as if you broke the bank on an all-around stunner – but only YOU will know you stayed well within budget!

Let’s go through the most popular diamond cuts to see which of the other 3 C’s (carat, clarity, color) you should spend money to flaunt, and which you can save your money on.

ROUND CUT

Spend On: Carat

  • As the most popular diamond cut, everyone is familiar with a round-cut diamond’s carat weight. Bigger = more impressive.

Save On: Color

  • Pair a warmer-colored diamond with a setting in similarly warm metal (like yellow or rose gold) to hide your stone’s tone.

Etched Rope Round Cut

14K Yellow Gold Etched Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

PRINCESS CUT

Spend on: Carat

  • The princess cut loses less mass than other shapes during its rough cutting. This means that carat for carat, it’s a better value for money. Going for a bit higher carat weight can make that already impressive stone look even BIGGER.

Save on: Clarity

  • A princess cut’s 58 facets hide inclusions really, really well.

Channel-Set Princess Cut

14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

EMERALD CUT

Spend on: Clarity

  • The relatively few facets in an emerald cut easily reveal inclusions. Don’t skimp on clarity!

Save on: Carat

  • The elongated shape of an emerald cut makes it look large for its carat weight. Choose a slightly smaller carat weight and no one will be able to tell the difference.

Triple Emerald-Cut

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

CUSHION CUT

Spend on: Color

  • The pillow shape tends to reveal color, so make sure to go with a more colorless diamond if you’re set on white metals.

Save on: Clarity

  • The crushed-ice appearance of a cushion cut hides inclusions quite well.

Split-Shank Cushion Cut

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

PEAR CUT

Spend on: Color

  • The pointed end of the pear shape doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as the round part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale.

Save on: Carat

  • The length of a pear cut tricks the eye and seems larger than it actually is.

Laurel Cluster Pear Cut

Laurel Cluster Pear Cut ring

RADIANT CUT

Spend on: Carat

  • A higher carat weight shows. Going for a larger stone is worth the cost.

Save on: Clarity

  • Lots of facets = lots of places for inclusions to “disappear” into.

Marquise and Radiant Cut

14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

Our advice:

Pick which C is most important to you and spend your money on the diamond cut that highlights it. If you pick the right cut, your diamond ring will look absolutely brilliant.

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Princess-Cut and Cushion-Cut Engagement Rings: Which One’s More Your Style?

These sparkling squares have earned themselves die-hard popularity among the engagement ring crowd. They’re beloved by everyone from divas to dreamers – so which are you?

There’s a reason (well, quite a few!) why princess-cut diamonds and cushion-cut diamonds are two of the most beloved cuts. In fact, after the round brilliant, they’re the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings.

Princess-cut:

  • The princess-cut diamond is bold and square/rectangular, with beveled edges that resemble a pyramid turned on its peak. 
  • The princess cut’s square shape takes up room, looking larger for its carat weight than other cuts.
  • The modern princess cut skyrocketed to popularity in the 1980s
  • Princess-cut and round diamonds begin as the same brilliant shape. To create a princess cut, cutters create sharp corners rather than smoothing out a diamond’s edges as they would for a round cut.
  • The number of facets can vary between individual princess cut diamonds, making each diamond undeniably unique. 

Cushion-cut:

  • The cushion-cut diamond is, as the name implies, pillow-shaped
  • Its squarish shape, rounded corners, and large facets combine to give off an air of soft elegance
  • The many facets of a cushion-cut engagement ring hide inclusions without sacrificing brilliance. In fact, word has it that the cushion cut’s large facets came from its predecessor, the Old Mine Cut, so that it could shine even in the low candlelight of the mines in which it was developed.
  • This classic goes way back – nearly 200 years!

So- bold and brilliant, or soft and romantic? Have a look at the five trending settings below and see whether princess-cut or cushion-cut best suits your personal style.

SPLIT-SHANK SOLITAIRE

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

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CATHEDRAL PAVÉ

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

EMBOSSED BEZEL

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

CHANNEL-SET

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

OCTAGON HALO

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

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A Match Made In Heaven: Cushion-Cut Halo Engagement Rings

Take classic glamour to the next level with a cushion-cut halo engagement ring.

The cushion-cut diamond has been beloved for over a century! With its rounded edges and soft square shape, the cushion-cut is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as couples throwback to the classics.

And what’s the perfect way to modernize a cushion-cut diamond? A halo! FYI: the now-obsessed-over halo engagement ring rose to popularity in the opulent Roaring Twenties as a glitzy way to show off a gorgeous center diamond.

A Cushion-Cut:

  • Shows off the clarity of your diamond
  • Radiates gentle grace and class
  • Gives engagement rings a romantic feel

A Halo:

  • Adds striking sparkle to any engagement ring
  • Draws attention to its center stone
  • Makes its center stone appear larger

Keep scrolling for our expert picks – the cushion-cut halo engagement rings at the crux of old-style charm and fresh glam:

Marquise Cluster

“The ring I purchased looks one-of-a-kind.”
– Michael A.

Navette Leaf

“The stone looks even bigger on my hand than expected!”
– Ashley T.

Side-stone

“SHE LOVES IT, I LOVE IT, WE LOVE IT!”
– Zachary K.

Tear Drops

“This setting makes a one-carat stone look like a two-carat!”
– Acon L.

Perfect Pavé

“I have never seen anything sparkle so much!”
– Mallarie P.

Regal Frame

“I could not be more pleased with my purchase!”
– Troy V.

Vintage Octagon

“My fiancee loved its antique yet modern look.”
– Brian M.

Split-Shank 

”All the diamonds are set perfectly and catch everyone’s attention.”
– Kyle K.

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Lab-Created Diamonds vs. Moissanite

Two budget-friendly stone choices – but one clearly comes out on top.

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In their search for that perfect sparkler, ring shoppers who want to maximize their budgets inevitably end up checking all the different options. Moissanite has historically been a good option for wallet-wary shoppers, but it’s also worth noting that the surge in lab-created offerings and the significant lowering of retail prices have made lab created diamonds an excellent, wallet-friendly option.

So yes – at first, lab-created diamonds and moissanite can seem quite similar… and this can be an extremely perplexing issue! But you’ll soon find that they’re not similar. At all.

To put it bluntly: 

LAB-CREATED DIAMONDS = REAL DIAMONDS

MOISSANITE = NOT DIAMOND

“Ok,” you say.

“Tell me more.”

Lab-created diamonds are real diamonds!
They’re chemically, structurally, and visually the same as the earth-created diamonds we all know and love. The only difference is that the high-pressure, high-temperature, diamond-creating conditions that usually take place deep underground are instead performed in a lab. Because it’s easier to create lab conditions than to mine diamonds underground, lab-created diamonds can be significantly more affordable than earth-created diamonds.

Moissanite isn’t a diamond, it’s a silicon carbide!
It’s synthesized in a lab under a thermal growing process. This silicon carbide crystal is a completely different material that looks very similar to diamond but is still an imitation of the real thing. Moissanite is often marketed as a cheaper alternative to diamond, but it’s an inferior option given the pricing and availability of ‘real’ lab-created diamonds. Moissanite doesn’t have anywhere near the same brilliance or clarity as a real diamond, and it has none of the fire.

Loose princess-cut lab-created diamonds and loose round lab-created diamonds on a blue background

Let’s size up lab-created diamonds and moissanite over 6 traits:

1. COLOR PERMANENCE

LAB DIAMONDS
A diamond’s color is everlasting. The lab-created diamond you buy today will look exactly the same when you eventually pass it down to your grandchildren.

MOISSANITE
Moissanite exhibits “thermochromism,” meaning that it is sensitive to color change at temperatures above 150° F (65 C). These are usually temporary, but these heat-sensitive color changes can sometimes be permanent.


2. COLOR

LAB DIAMONDS
Colorless to extremely colorful
. Diamonds can exhibit a full range of colors, from intense fancy colors (canary, purple, pink) to completely colorless.

MOISSANITE
Moissanites usually display warmer tints, often exhibiting slight yellowish or greenish hues.


3. SPARKLE

LAB DIAMONDS
Lab-created diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42 and their faceting pattern returns light remarkably. The combination of their brilliance (reflected white light), fire (refracted color) and scintillation (surface sparkle) give diamonds their unparalleled true sparkle. Brilliant and sparkly!

MOISSANITE
Moissanite actually has a higher refractive index than diamonds, at 2.65, and their faceting pattern is different, leading their brilliance to display a “rainbow effect.” The rainbow effect tends to make moissanite look fake to the well-trained eye, and is especially noticeable under natural light and in larger stones.


4. IDEAL SIZE

LAB DIAMONDS
Lab-created diamonds sparkle the same at any carat weight. Go big, go small, go whatever you like.

MOISSANITE
Moissanite’s exhibits a “rainbow effect” which can look fake and is especially noticeable in larger moissanite stones. Stick with smaller sizes.


5. WEAR-AND-TEAR

LAB DIAMONDS
Diamond is the hardest stone (it has the highest rating of 10 on Moh’s hardness scale). It’s not susceptible to scratching.

MOISSANITE
Extremely hard (9.25 on Moh’s hardness scale), but is still more susceptible to scratching than diamonds.


6. COST

LAB DIAMONDS
Diamonds are usually the more expensive choice. However, lab-created diamonds are the affordable diamond option, allowing you to get a 30% larger stone for the same cost as earth-created diamonds.

MOISSANITE
Moissanites are a cheaper option, though buyers must take into account the lifetime costs of maintenance like jeweler cleanings. Moissanite’s value is mostly sentimental.


The Conclusion:

We at James Allen believe the overall resiliency, beauty, and affordability of lab-created diamonds make them #1 choice for budget-friendliness. Moissanite simply doesn’t compare.

Big, bright, and beautiful!

And now for our picks: pieces that show off all the sparkle of lab-created diamonds. And after you’ve chosen your lab-created diamond, ensure you’ve gotten the best deal by using our Diamond Price Match Guarantee and by chatting with our legendary customer service team.

Three-Stone Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring

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

“This is the most sparkly ring I’ve ever seen. I feel like a million bucks!”
– Teresa T.

Pear-Cut Halo Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“I love my pear-shaped ring!! It is simple yet not understated at all.”
– Andy A.

Bow-Tie Princess-Cut Engagement Ring

White gold channel-set engagement ring with a princess cut lab created diamond

“A showstopper ring. It’s glam, class, and elegance all in one.”
– Swanson J.

Halo Pendant

Milgrain halo diamond pendant set with a round lab-created diamond

“The halo makes the center stone look much much bigger. It is very impressive.”
-Pi-Yu C.

Scalloped Pendant

14K White Gold Scallop Basket Diamond Pendant

“This is the best purchase I’ve ever made online!”
– Bing W.

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Lookin’ Sharp: View Diamonds in 360° HD

Get to know your diamond really up close and personal.

Shopping for a diamond is the beginning of a beauuuuuutiful relationship. In our humble opinion, the best and most comfortable way to get to know your diamond up close and personal is our 360° Diamond Display Technology. 

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It’s kind of a big deal.

While it’s pretty easy to find diamond certificates most everywhere online, relying on them alone is settling for uncertainty. Identical certificates can describe very different diamonds – each stone is unique and one will always be better. A 360° HD view of the diamond itself shows you more than a certificate ever could. You’ll be able to gain a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of your stone, so you can choose the best diamond with confidence.

So why’s our technology unique?

CLEAR AS DAY

  • “When I saw the diamond and the ring, I realized that the 360° view is a much more elaborate inspection than I ever did in any store.”
    Pranav S.

In order to make the most informed purchase possible, you as a diamond consumer deserve to be able to inspect every detail of your stone. Via our 360° HD Diamond Display, you can view everything online down to the tiniest inclusion. Every aspect of your diamond’s shape, cut, color, and clarity is on display. 

READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP

  • “Seeing real enlarged diamonds to pick from with technology to view them in vivid detail made shopping online for a diamond easy.”
    – Scott R.

We don’t just zoom. We SuperZoom! All images are displayed in the highest definition possible – up to 40x larger than life.

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GIVE IT A SPIN

  • “The HD, 360° view of the diamonds was a useful tool to really understand what I was buying.”
    – Piero Z.

This is an interactive view – not a video or a still photo. You control the spin so you can watch your diamond sparkle naturally, just as it would on your finger.

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TAKE YOUR TIME

  • “This was my first time buying a ring online. The experience was great! I could look and browse with no pressure.”
    – William M.

Busy schedule? Choose your diamond on your own time – no need to drive anywhere or set up a single in-person meeting. You don’t have to rely on memory, either; you can view your diamond online in as much detail and as often as you want.

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A PERSONAL TOUCH

  • “The service is top-notch! If you have a question you can have an answer within minutes.
    – Rich T.

As you view diamonds in 360° HD, don’t forget that our in-house experts are close by! Click the “Chat With a Diamond Expert” button to immediately get in touch online with an experienced, non-commissioned representative who will answer your questions and give all sorts of professional suggestions.

Find your diamond on your own time and on your best terms by inspecting it via our 360° Diamond Display Technology. Once you view your diamond online in interactive HD, it’ll be hard to rely on anything else (or so we’ve heard!).

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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.

14K White Gold Floral Halo Engagement Ring

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

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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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How to Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry

You’ve got that gorgeous rock – now how do you keep it looking incredibly bright? Follow this guide for clear and helpful ways to take care of your diamond jewelry!

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BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DIAMOND CARE

Take Care of Your Diamond Cleaning

No need to bring your diamonds in for cleaning – here are the DIY methods to keep your diamond engagement ring and diamond jewelry looking just like new:

1. Soak and Scrub

Everyone can use a good bubble bath, and your jewelry is no exception! Take care of your diamond rings and jewelry with a little TLC, making sure no gems come loose.

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Soak your jewelry in a solution of mild dish soap and warm water for a few minutes. Afterward, carefully scrub the metal using a soft cloth, cotton swab, or gentle toothbrush, then rinse.

2. Get Intense Shine

For extra shine in your yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum jewelry, you can follow up the mild dish soap soak with window cleaner. Do not use window cleaner with white gold – the rhodium plating won’t be able to handle such harsh chemicals. Limit this soak to one minute at a time.

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After the window cleaner, dip your ring into the mild dish soap solution, rinse it with warm water, then dry it completely.

3. Shield the Shade

You can use ionic cleaners to clean most diamond jewelry, but the electrical current may mess with the hue of certain gemstones. Consider other cleaning methods for colorful gemstone engagement rings and gemstone jewelry

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Take Care of Your Diamond Insurance

1. Insure Your Diamond Jewelry

Better sparkly and safe than sorry! It might feel weird to prep for the worst when you’re still perfecting the filter on your ring selfie, but trust us – make sure to insure your jewelry right away in case it gets lost or stolen. Find out how much your homeowner’s and renter’s policies cover, then look into additional policies like Jewelers Mutual.

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2. Choose the Right Policy

Make sure you know what you’re getting into! Here are some good questions to ask while you’re researching diamond jewelry insurance policies:

  • Do they offer a deductible or discount if you have a home security system?
  • Does the policy cover you fully if the item is damaged or lost overseas?
  • Is the diamond jewelry covered at the full replacement cost, and will they give you a cash settlement or a replacement item?
  • Which appraisal reports does the insurance company accept, and how often do you need to provide them?
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There’s more to taking care of your diamond jewelry, including when to wear your diamonds and where to store them. Read on!

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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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Cushion Cut Diamonds with a Classic Glow

Cushion cut diamonds are the chic descendant of the historic old mine cut. A square shape with rounded corners, these pillow-shaped diamonds are a total dream.

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Why Cushion Cut Diamonds?

The cushion brilliant cut features 58 facets that reflect and refract light, carrying its antique romantic charm into the 21st century.

Fleur De Lis Pavé Engagement Ring

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Originally, cushion cut diamonds were designed to catch the beauty of candlelight in the 18th century (A.K.A. when every dinner was a candlelit dinner).

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Looking for a fancy colored diamond? Look no further than the cushion cut! Cushion cut fancy colored diamonds are especially vivid.

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