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Shape Series: Radiant Cut Diamonds

We reveal why radiant cut diamonds are something squarish you’ll want to cherish.

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If the adage “opposites attract” could be summed up in one diamond cut, it would have to be radiant. This sparkling cut marries an angular shape with brilliant cut facets, creating a look that’s at once classic and complex.

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Why Radiant Cut Diamonds?

Radiant cut diamonds are the sparkly love child of round brilliant and emerald cut diamonds. They are faceted like the former and shaped like the latter, giving you the best of both worlds.

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Disclaimer: No corners were cut in the polishing of this stylish solitaire (at least not in the figurative sense!).

Made up of a staggering 70 facets on their pavilion and crown, radiant cut diamonds can disperse a good deal more light than other square and rectangular-shaped stones. As such, they provide way more brilliance and fire than you’d find in traditional step-cut diamonds.

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What of color and clarity?

The radiant cut is something of a chameleon when it comes to color. It has that rare ability to alter a diamond’s hue, making it appear lighter or darker when viewed from above. In terms of clarity, radiant cut has a higher tolerance for inclusions than, say, emerald cut, which demands a much higher level of clarity.

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Who Rocks Radiant Cut Diamonds?

Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Baez recently proposed to his girlfriend Irmaire Marquez with this stunning James Allen ring, complete with a 3-carat radiant cut diamond:

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But he wasn’t the only Cubs player to go down the radiant route. First baseman Anthony Rizzo gifted his girlfriend Emily Vakos with a radiant cut diamond engagement ring, much like this one:

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Let’s Get Salient About Radiant

If you’ve read this far, it’s probably safe to assume that radiant cut diamonds are squarely on your radar. Here are some important things to consider when picking out a stone.

  • A well-proportioned radiant cut diamond with centered culet and even sides will appear larger than it really is.
  • Radiant cut is more durable than other diamond cuts as there are no brittle corners left exposed — perfect if you lead an active lifestyle.
  • Thanks to their incredible depth and evenness of color, radiant cut diamonds are often graded as fancy color diamonds, which only adds to their appeal.

Don’t forget — you can view all of the radiant cut diamonds on JamesAllen.com in glorious 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

Raving about radiant? Find your radiant cut diamond engagement ring.

Once you’ve raided our radiant range, let us know your favorite four-sider in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Discover additional diamond shapes: Round Cut Diamonds, Princess Cut Diamonds, Oval Cut Diamondsand Emerald Cut Diamonds.

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Round Cut Diamonds with Brilliant Sparkle

The most popular diamond shape for engagement rings by far, round cut diamonds are a surefire way to shine.

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Round cut diamonds are sometimes called round brilliant diamonds because of the brilliant cut most of them feature.

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Why Round Cut Diamonds?

Round cut diamonds are brilliant by all meanings: in the British sense, they’re awesome; in the American sense, they’re a smart choice; and in the diamond cutting sense, they’re cut in the brilliant style. Brilliant round cut diamonds contain kite-shaped facets that reflect light off of each other.

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Cut is the most important of the 4 Cs to consider when selecting a quality round diamond. A cut with symmetry is crucial.

To explore round cut diamond perfection, learn more about our collection of ideal cut True Hearts™ diamonds!

Solitaire Six-Prong Engagement Ring

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Who Rocks Round Diamond Engagement Rings?

Alison Brie, Tia Mowry, Miranda Kerr, Michelle Obama, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood, Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, Jamie Chung, Kate Upton, and Mila Kunis… to name a few.

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Put simply, you can’t go wrong with this classic and dazzling diamond shape.

What to Know About Round Cut Diamonds

When you’re using JamesAllen.com’s 360° HD SuperZoom display to view your round cut diamond, here’s what to look out for:

1. Cut

As you move the round cut diamond around, watch the spots that sparkle and the symmetry of the diamond from each angle.

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2. Color

Look at how the light is refracted into color (referred to as the diamond’s fire). There should be flashes of red, blue, yellow, or orange inside the round cut diamond as it tilts.

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3. Clarity

When looking at the round cut diamond from the top (table), you want to be able to see a distinct pattern of bright and dark areas. At the same time, be on the lookout for distracting dark areas inside the diamond (called inclusions).

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Art Deco Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

Modern Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Modern Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

Blue Sapphire Sunburst Engagement Ring

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Learn more in our diamond shapes blog series: Oval Cut Diamonds

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Shape Series: Princess Cut Diamonds

A popular alternative to the classic round cut, princess cut diamonds 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.

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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.

14K White Gold Princess Cut Diamond Eternity Ring

To really make your princess cut pop, try pairing it with complementary 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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7 Things to Do After Getting Engaged

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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Hearts and Arrows Diamond Perfection

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

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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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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.

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Fancy Color Diamonds: a Game of Tones

Fancy color diamonds are vibrant and super valuable. “But wait,” you interject, “I know all about diamonds from James Allen’s diamond education page, which says that diamonds are more prized if they have no color at all!”

That is true. And this is also true. Both sides of the spectrum are rare and valued: colorless diamonds as well as diamonds outside the normal color range. As a rule, the value of fancy color diamonds increases with its color intensity. Color is also determined by the diamond’s primary and secondary hues. Although both fancy color diamonds and gemstones have distinct color, diamonds have the edge because they have fire return. In other words, only diamonds can reflect light with a special sparkle.

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Fancy colored diamonds give engagement rings and jewelry a unique, vibrant touch. Choose from thousands of fancy color loose diamonds to set in an engagement ring or fine jewelry piece on JamesAllen.com.

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Discover the colors that rock:

Yellow Fancy Color Diamonds

Yellow is the most popular shade of fancy colored diamonds, chosen by Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and tons of others as engagement ring center stones. Fancy yellow diamonds get their color from their nitrogen content. They are often called “canary yellow diamonds,” after the small yellow bird. Yellow diamonds are a beautiful choice, especially for those seeking more affordable fancy color diamonds options.

Yellow Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

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Pink Fancy Color Diamonds

Pink is also a favorite choice for fancy colored diamonds, chosen recently by Cardi B for her show-stopping engagement ring halo and by Blake Lively for her center stone. Pink diamonds are extremely rare. They are often called Argyle Diamonds, named after the Argyle diamond mine in Australia where most high-quality pink diamonds are sourced. Not all pink diamonds are Argyle diamonds — every Argyle Mine Diamond comes with an authentic grading certificate.

Pink Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

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Green Fancy Color Diamonds

Talk about improving with age — green diamonds are formed over millions of years of beta and gamma ray infusion. As you can imagine, then, they’re among the rarest colors of diamond. Green classically represents growth, nature, and comfort — green colored diamonds convey that all while reflecting light.

Green Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

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Blue Fancy Color Diamonds

Blue diamonds are extremely rare and are caused by their levels of boron. Remember that absurdly large Heart of the Ocean blue diamond from Titanic? The diamond as well as its history of being owned by Louis XVI are fictional, but they’re based in truth: blue diamonds have been sought out by royals and nobility for centuries.

Blue Fancy Color Diamond Intensities:

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For more colors and cuts: our collection of Fancy Color Diamonds.

Looking for other stones with a splash of color? Read up on Blue Sapphires and Red Garnets.

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Jewelry Picks Inspired by our Favorite 2018 Grammys Looks

The 2018 Grammys had their highs and lows, but the red carpet looks were absolute music to our eyes. Turns out Bruno Mars wasn’t the only one with 24K Magic at this year’s awards; check out the 2018 Grammys looks that rose to the occasion and our matching James Allen jewelry picks.

2018 Grammys Looks & Jewelry Picks

Ashanti + Yellow Gold Pavé Engagement Ring with Pear Shape Diamond

Much like Ashanti, this trending pear shaped engagement ring is Always on Time. Both the gown and this ring shimmer from every angle in radiant gold.

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Ne-Yo + Yellow Gold Etched Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Ne-Yo’s unique crushed yellow velvet jacket earns him the title of Mr. Independent. Echo the class and texture of Ne-Yo’s look with this etched gold wedding band.

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Lady Gaga + Vintage Filigree Engagement Ring with Round Cut Diamond

Lady Gaga turned heads with her dramatic black sheer lace Armani ensemble. We’re obsessed with the couture lace details mirrored in this vintage engagement ring.

Lady Gaga Vintage Filigree Engagement Ring with Round Cut Diamond 2018 Grammys Looks

Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina + Morganite and Diamond Halo Earrings

Sisters Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina complemented each other in show-stopping white gowns and light pink lipsticks. Find their Finesse with these gorgeous studs.

Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina Morganite and Diamond Halo Earrings 2018 Grammys Looks

Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) + Opal and Diamond Halo Necklace

Writer, actor, and musician or Donald Glover’s all-white three-piece suit: which makes a more heavenly trio? We’ll opt for white gold, opal, and diamond while we decide.

14K White Gold East-West Oval White Opal And Diamond Halo Necklace

Janelle Monae + Rose Gold Bow Tie Engagement Ring with Round Cut Diamond

Just when we thought nothing could top Janelle Monae’s signature look, she goes ahead and pulls out an embroidered masterpiece. Rock her bow-tie style with this glittering engagement ring.

Janelle Monae's 14K Rose Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Camila Cabello + Ruby and Diamond Bracelet

We’re Havana tough time getting over Camila Cabello’s bold scarlet gown. Make your own diamond and ruby red statement with this gemstone tennis bracelet.

Camila Cabello's 14K White Gold Alternating Ruby And Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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Speaking of music and love… Check out our customer’s adorable acoustic serenade proposal and our celebrity engagement ring lookalikes.

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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

14K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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

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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
(Oval Center)

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.

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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

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Everything You Need to Know About CanadaMark™ Diamonds

What sets CanadaMark™ diamonds apart, you ask?

You’ve heard of the four Cs — we now present the three Es, covering everything you need to know about CanadaMark Diamonds:

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  • Ethical sourcing.

Although all JamesAllen.com diamonds are certified conflict-free, CanadaMark™ diamonds are also carefully tracked from the moment they’re mined in Northwest Canada to the moment they’re polished. The CanadaMark™ certificate ensures that your diamond comes from the most ethical of sources. Plus, both of CanadaMark™’s  mines were founded on a partnership which invests in the well-being of local communities.

All in all, CanadaMark™ engagement rings hold incredible meaning: you’ll begin your life together with a certified commitment to honesty and care.

  • Exceptional craft.

Of course, the diamond that you buy needs to be gorgeous. CanadaMark™ delivers.

These diamonds go through a rigorous selection process, producing a diamond that meets the highest standards for symmetry, color, clarity, and finish. CanadaMark™ diamonds are extra stunning because they’re sourced from the Arctic tundra, one of the purest locations of glacial beauty in the world. These diamonds are crafted by nature itself and stay away from artificial touch-ups like laser drilling.

  • Earth-friendly mining.

The earth produces these beautiful rocks, and the mines give back.

CanadaMark™’s mines work closely with the local aboriginal peoples to protect the surrounding land, air, water, and wildlife. The mines also maintain the sustainability of the land so that they can restore it to its original condition after use.

Surpise! There’s a fourth E: Envision your own.  JamesAllen.com is a leading online retailer of CanadaMark™, which means that you get to view your diamonds in 360° HD and select from thousands of expertly designed settings.

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Perfect-for-CanadaMark™ Pieces

Spark your design imagination!

Refined Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Pavé Halo and Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Halo And Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

Double Prong Diamond Pendant

14K White Gold Double Prong Diamond Pendant

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

Ready to rock? Design your own CanadaMark™ diamond piece.

Need a bit more guidance? Check out our comprehensive guide to buying an engagement ring.

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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!

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.

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Fine Jewelry Trends 2018: From Layers to Clarity

With the new year comes new design, and we can’t wait for these fine jewelry trends to rock the scene! We’ve gathered all the best intel from designers, color forecasters, and experts to help you get ahead of the curve. Unwrap 2018’s freshest fashions:

1. NECKLACE LAYERING

The top designers at fashion week filled the runways with layers of super thin chains and delicate pendants. Have fun with it by switching up your chain lengths, pendant shapes, and metals!

Intertwined Diamond Circle Necklace

14K White Gold Intertwined Diamond Circle Necklace

Geometric Dot Necklace

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Emerald Shape Diamond Pendant

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2. ROSE GOLD

This metal has been super popular ever since Apple brought it back into the spotlight. Rose gold has been an up-and-coming choice for celebrity engagement rings, and is now making its way to fine jewelry.

Two-Prong Diamond Bracelet

14K Rose Gold Two Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Sleek Diamond Bar Necklace

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Art Deco Pink Topaz and Diamond Earrings

14K Rose Gold Art Deco Inspired Pink Topaz And Diamond Earrings

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3. PEAR SHAPE

Social media influencers are all about this glam diamond cut. Pear shaped diamonds make light “dance” and have an elongating effect.

Pear Shaped Diamond Pendant

14K White Gold Pear Shape Diamond Solitaire Pendant

Pear Shaped Diamond Earrings

14K White Gold Pear Shape Diamond Stud Earrings

Pear Shaped Pink Sapphire Halo Ring

Pink Sapphire Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Choose Your Own Pear Shape Diamond

4. INTENSE COLORS

Go ahead, paint the town red (or green, or blue, or purple… you get the point)! The color forecast for 2018 is in, and so are bright, bold hues. Choose a pre-set piece or match a gemstone to a setting.

Green Sapphire Flower Earrings

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Multi-Color Sapphire Bracelet

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East-West Rhodolite Halo Necklace

18K White Gold East-West Set Oval Halo Ruby And Diamond Necklace

Choose Your Own Gemstone

5. TOTAL CLARITY

The other side of the spectrum will also be a stunner: prep for combos of translucent rocks and metallics. Crystals and diamonds with particularly clear asscher cuts  are perfect for this trend.

Kite Set Crystal Halo Ring

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Asscher Cut Diamond Earrings

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Prasiolite and Pavé Diamond Halo Necklace

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Engagement Ring Trends 2018

Sure it’s not even Thanksgiving and far too early for it to be socially acceptable to start lighting up our cities and towns with Christmas decorations. But it is never too early to start thinking about your engagement ring for the new year.  Keep these 2018 engagement ring trends in mind and stay ahead with these shining styles coming your way!

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5 ENGAGEMENT RING TRENDS 2018

If there’s anyone who can predict engagement ring trends, it’s an engagement ring company like

! We’ve asked our diamond ring experts to look into their crystal balls and tell us what they expect to see a lot of in 2018.

1. Everything’s coming up rose gold

Stop and smell the rose gold engagement rings, which you’ll see a lot of in 2018! This romantic metal type has been a favorite among fashionistas like Lauren Conrad for several years already, and we don’t see it going out of style any time soon. The pinkish metal has a romantic, timeless feel to it and gives off elegant, vintage vibes.

KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
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2. Hello! Is it halos you’re looking for?

Why yes, it is! There is no doubt that 2018 engagement ring trends will include halo engagement rings. The immense shine they exude is irresistible to any sparkle lover (which basically means… to anyone). A diamond is great. But tons MORE diamonds surrounding that larger diamond, forming an illusion of one even LARGER diamond? Well, that’s just heavenly.

FALLING EDGE PAVÉ DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

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3. Pretty in pear

Delicious as a fruit or a diamond shape, pear is one cut that is beloved by women the world over. Maybe it’s the fact that it resembles a tear drop that draws us to it, makes us want to hug it, and dare I say caress it (though that’d be a bit weird), just as we would be drawn to a crying baby. Or maybe it’s the fact that the glamorous pear shape elongates our finger and makes us look extra refined. Whatever it is, pear shaped diamonds are here to stay in 2018! Popular social media influencers couldn’t agree with us more: YouTube star Tanya Barr upgraded her ring to a pear shaped stunner, and Instagrammer Amrezy recently got engaged with a pear shaped beauty.

THIN CHANNEL-SET PEAR SHAPED DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

Pear Shaped Diamond Perfect Pave Engagement Ring
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4. Classy cushion cut

The cushion cut was popular in old-time Hollywood, and it’s back with a dazzling vengeance. Somewhere in between a round and princess, cushion cut diamonds combine the classic simplicity of a round cut diamond and the traditional feel of a princess shaped diamond. Cushion cuts will shine on, on many a bride, in 2018.

CUSHION OUTLINE PAVÉ ENGAGEMENT RING

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring
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5. Elegant emerald cut

Last but not least, let’s look at the stars to find the latest trend. Many of our favorite or at least most infamous celebrities, from Kim Kardashian to Beyoncé don amazing emerald cut diamond engagement rings. Oval shaped diamonds had been trending in recent years, but emerald is now the most adored among the glitz and glam that is Hollywood.

TRIPLE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

14K Yellow Gold Triple Diamond Engagement Ring
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How to Buy an Engagement Ring

You’re about to embark on one of the most important journeys of your life – proposing. But before you even think about proposing you have to first find the right engagement ring. This handy  guide on how to buy an engagement ring will show you how it’s done, and our customer service team of dedicated diamond professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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 GUIDE: HOW TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING

1. Decide a budget

Love doesn’t have a price on it, but engagement rings do. You certainly don’t have to (and shouldn’t) abide by silly antiquated rules like spending 2 or 3 months’ salary on the engagement ring, but it is important that you decide on a price that you’re comfortable with. When advising customers on how to buy an engagement ring, we always tell them to know how much they wish to spend first. You can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best possible quality at James Allen for your budget, and we offer payment options to help you make the engagement ring purchase.

2. Choose a metal type

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Engagement ring metal types

The next step in our how to buy an engagement ring guide is choosing the metal type. There are four metal types to consider: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. They each have their advantages. You can learn about choosing the right metal type for your engagement ring here:

ENGAGEMENT RING METAL GUIDE

3. Select an engagement ring setting

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Engagement ring style guide

If you’d prefer, you can start with finding the diamond or gemstone instead – the choice is yours. Browsing through engagement ring setting options can seem overwhelming, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. Determining her personality type and style will help you decide what type of ring to look for (solitaire, halo, vintage, etc.). Once you have that figured out, choosing the exact ring setting that suits her best will be much easier. Learn more about engagement ring styles here:

ENGAGEMENT RING SETTING GUIDE

5 popular engagement rings:

KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

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CUSHION OUTLINE PAVÉ HALO ENGAGEMENT RING

Cushion outline pavé engagement ring

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TAPERED BAGUETTE ENGAGEMENT RING

Tapered baguette engagement ring

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DIAMOND FILIGREE ENGAGEMENT RING

Diamond filigree engagement ring

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BOW-TIE CHANNEL-SET ENGAGEMENT RING

Bow-tie channel-set engagement ring

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4. Determine her ring size

Don’t worry if you have no idea what your fiancée-to-be’s ring size is – it’s very easy to find out. We provide you with easy ways to figure out her engagement ring size, and you can even watch a tutorial. You can learn more about finding her ring size here:

RING SIZING GUIDE

5. Choose the diamond

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Various diamond cuts for the perfect engagement ring

Much like choosing an engagement ring setting, you can also decide on a diamond shape according to her personality. Once you have the shape figured out, make sure you learn a bit about the 4 C’s so that you know what you’re looking for in a loose diamond. Learn more about finding the right diamond shape here:

DIAMOND SHAPE GUIDE

6. Plan the proposal

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Congrats! You’ve made it through the engagement ring purchase process and you bought the engagement ring of her dreams. Now you get to plan the proposal. Lucky for you, our customers can help you out with that. They’ve shared their proposal stories (and you can too!) to give you proposal inspiration. Check out their stories here:

PROPOSAL PLANNING INSPIRATION

7. Propose! You’ve bought her dream engagement ring, you’ve planned the proposal, now all you have to do is get the YES! Good luck! We hope we’ve helped you learn how to buy an engagement ring! Remember, the James Allen team is at your service, 24/7!

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How to Budget for an Affordable Engagement Ring

Here are tips on how to create an affordable engagement ring within your budget.

Finding the Perfect Affordable Engagement Ring

Let us say this once and for all: there is no such thing as a “right amount” to spend on an engagement ring. Two months salary is a myth. If you’re going into debt to buy a ring – don’t. If you both would rather spend the money elsewhere – do. You should never feel pressured to spend more than what you’re comfortable with. Buy an engagement ring not because you have to, but because you want to.

Still looking for some general engagement ring budget guardrails? The average amount spent on an engagement ring last year was $6,000, according to The Knot’s 2015 Real Weddings survey. And the average diamond size was just under 1 carat: 0.9 to be precise.

Once you and your partner have decided what budget range feels right for your circumstance and priorities, here are some tips to help you get the most value for your money and score an affordable engagement ring.

AFFORDABLE ENGAGEMENT RING TIPS

ROUND AND PRINCESS-CUT DIAMONDS OFFER THE MOST VALUE

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to buy a flawless or even near-flawless diamond to get a jaw-droppingly gorgeous engagement ring. Round and princess diamonds are cut precisely to maximize brilliance and minimize the appearance of inclusions.

Round cut diamonds for an affordable engagement ring
Round cut diamonds for affordable engagement rings
Princess cut diamonds for an affordable engagement ring
Princess cut diamonds for affordable engagement rings

Let’s do a quick comparison of two round diamonds on leading online diamond bridal jewelry retailer www.jamesallen.com. Both are the same carat weight, but this one is a lower grade (H, VS2), priced just below $5,000 and this one (G, VVS2), priced over $8,000.

Keep in mind that they are both magnified 15x, so if you can’t notice much of a difference in 360° High Definition, then you definitely won’t notice it in person. Knowing that, you can then decide for yourself the diamond grades that best balance your budget and expectations and will deliver the perfect affordable engagement ring.

CHOOSE A DIAMOND JUST UNDER YOUR TARGET CARAT WEIGHT

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Diamond chart showing “under-sized” diamonds just below 1 carat can be more affordable

Another way to score an affordable engagement ring is to buy an “under-sized” diamond – one that is just shy of the standard carat weight you were aiming to purchase. For example, if you’re looking to buy a 1-carat Round diamond, consider buying one that is slightly under a full carat. The difference will be virtually imperceptible and you’ll save a nice chunk of cash.

Let’s compare two diamonds with the same specs, except for the carat weight. Both of these diamonds are H-color, VS1, excellent cut, but this one weighs 1 carat and this one weighs .91 carat.  To the naked eye, these 2 diamonds look virtually identical, but you’ll definitely notice the difference in your wallet.

CONSIDER BUYING ONLINE – YOU’LL SAVE AN AVERAGE OF 30-50% OFF RETAIL STORE PRICING

Find an affordable engagement ring online
Find an affordable engagement ring online

One of the reasons we love collaborating with couples looking for engagement rings online is because it’s a sure-fire way to find an affordable engagement ring. The simple reason is this: online jewelers have less overhead, so they can sell the same products — and usually a much bigger selection — for less than brick and mortar stores.

Regardless of where you decide to shop, be sure that the diamonds you are exploring are certified by one of the top 3 grading laboratories: GIA, AGS, IGI. Keep in mind that two diamonds can be graded exactly the same on a diamond certificate, yet be priced differently, and the certificate won’t tell you why. You need to actually see a diamond to understand the nature of its inclusions. At www.JamesAllen.com you can interact with each and every one of our diamonds in 360° and superzoomed up to 40x, which is a much higher magnification than a jeweler’s loupe. In addition you can receive a FREE real-time diamond inspection with one of our non=commissioned diamond experts, who can walk you through a diamond’s inclusions and help you compare two diamonds up close.

You also want to look for a money-back guarantee (no restocking fees), free ring resizing and 24/7 customer service. That way, you can feel secure with your purchase, knowing exactly what you’re getting before it arrives safely at your door.

And, a final bonus – four little words that go a long way: Shopping. In. Your. Underwear.

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Read on for more engagement ring wisdom! Engagement Rings Under $3,000 ♦ How Much to Spend ♦ 11 Affordable Engagement Rings ♦ How to Budget ♦ How to Make Your Ring Look Bigger

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How to Design the Perfect Engagement Ring

There is no such thing as the perfect engagement ring, but there is such a thing as the perfect engagement ring for her. All you need is to put some thought into it, and you’re sure to make the right choice. Don’t worry – you’re not alone; we’re here to help you every step of the way.

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Design Her Perfect Engagement Ring in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1. CHOOSE THE METAL TYPE

Selecting the metal for your perfect engagement ring

This is the easiest to scratch off your list and help you feel like you’ve accomplished something, so let’s start with this!

Engagement rings are typically made from one of four metals: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold.

Platinum:

Durable and great for those who work with their hands. Most expensive, since it resists tarnishing. However, it is also the most expensive to repair.

White Gold:

Easily matches most other jewelry. Has a silver-like appearance which will eventually wear off and need to be replaced. Comes in 14-karat or 18-karat gold.

Yellow Gold:

Can show scratches or other abrasions, but repairs quite easily. Comes in 14-karat or 18-karat gold.

Rose Gold:

An alternative, more delicate metal to yellow gold, with a vintage feel.

Step 2. DETERMINE HER ENGAGEMENT RING STYLE

Perfect Engagement Ring Style

Good job! You’ve chosen the metal. Now it’s time to figure out what her ring style is. In order to do this, you don’t need to be Calvin Klein. You don’t even need to know who Calvin Klein is, for that matter. All you need is to know your partner. You can choose the ring setting based on her personal style.

Let’s walk you through it:

If she’s:

Classy, modest and reserved

She’ll like:

Solitaire engagement rings

solitaire engagement ring

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If she’s:

Delicate, elegant and refined

She’ll like:

Pavé engagement rings

Pave engagement ring

Browse pavé rings

If she’s:

Stylish, practical and modern

She’ll like:

Channel-set engagement rings

Browse channel-set rings

If she’s:

Bold, daring and passionate

She’ll like:

Side-stone engagement rings

Browse side-stone rings

If she’s:

Social, established and traditional

She’ll like:

Three-stone engagement rings

Browse three-stone rings

If she’s:

Courageous, non-conformist and artsy

She’ll like:

Tension engagement rings

Browse tension rings

If she’s:

Extroverted, feminine and playful

She’ll like:

Halo engagement rings

Browse halo rings

If she’s:

Sentimental, romantic and classic

She’ll like:

Vintage engagement rings

Browse vintage rings

Well done! You’ve chosen the setting type for the engagement ring.

Step 3. FIND HER RING SIZE

ring size

Now it’s time to determine her ring size. This step is easier than you think. You can even do it online with our free online ring sizer. Alternatively, you can request a free plastic ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. No matter what, rest assured that your ring can be resized for free within 60 days of your purchase.

If buying the ring as a surprise:

A. If you don’t know your girlfriend’s ring size, ask her close friends or family members. Tell them to keep it hush-hush so that they don’t accidentally ruin the surprise!

B. Borrow her ring (from the correct ring finger!) and use James Allen’s online or plastic ring sizer to determine the ring’s size.

If finding your own ring size:

A. Measure your finger at the end of the day, as your fingers tend to be warmer and larger at the day’s end.

B. Re-measure to make sure your calculations are accurate.

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Congrats – you’ve chosen the engagement ring setting! Now let’s give that ring its sparkle – it needs a center diamond or gemstone!

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Melissa Schreiber

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Valentine's Day proposal

8 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

Valentine's Day engagement rings

Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

Valentine’s Day is the most popular proposal day of the year; there’s just something extra romantic about proposing on this celebrated day of love and affection. If you’re thinking about proposing this February 14th, we’ve got sparkling Valentine’s Day engagement rings for you to hide inside a box of chocolates, or whatever scheme you have in store.

With one of these beauties, you’re sure to get a YES! Find the perfect Valentine’s Day engagement ring to propose with:

1. A unique Valentine will be yours, with this mixed metal dazzler.

Valentine's Day engagement rings
white and rose gold venetian engagement ring by verragio

2. A playful Valentine will love this brilliant double halo.

valentine's day engagement rings
white gold falling edge pave diamond engagement ring

3. An old-fashioned Valentine will be pretty in pear with this pear-shaped pavé halo.

valentine's day engagement rings
white gold tate pear shape engagement ring by jeff cooper

4. A classic Valentine will say yes to this simply stunning solitaire.

valentine's day engagement rings
white gold classico single shank engagement ring by danhov

5. A confident Valentine will delight in this channel-set emerald show-stopper.

valentine's day engagement rings
white gold taylor engagement ring by jeff cooper

6. A romantic Valentine will adore this oval-cut rose gold piece.

valentine's day engagement rings
rose gold three sided pave basket engagement ring (oval) and matching wedding ring

7. An uptown Valentine won’t be able to wait to don this three-stone eye-catcher.

valentine's day engagement rings
white gold three stone pear shape engagement ring by martin flyer

8. A charming Valentine will go crazy for this twisted pavé stunner.

valentine's day engagement rings
white gold eleganza braided engagement ring by danhov

Need some proposal ideas? Get inspired by our customers’ Valentine’s Day proposals.

A Disney proposal:

Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

Valentine's Day Proposal - Maria & Ricardo from Guatemala City, Guatemala

“He made [me] the happiest girl in the world, and in that moment [I] realized that dreams do come true. You only need faith, trust and pixie dust.” – Maria

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A mountain proposal:

Taylor & Jimmy from Peoria, Arizona

Valentine's Day proposal - Taylor & Jimmy from Peoria, Arizona

“He ran into the shot with me, got down on one knee and proposed. I cried instantly.” –Taylor

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Which Valentine’s Day engagement rings are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Planning on a Valentine’s Day proposal? Share your James Allen proposal story with us: Media@JamesAllen.com

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Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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Diamond Carat Size

How To Make Your Diamond Engagement Ring Look Bigger

6 tips to make your diamond ring look bigger than it actually is.

Engagement rings with beautiful undercarriages that make their diamonds look bigger

Whether your fiancée-to-be has been pining after Beyoncé’s mega diamond ring, or she’s more about the proposal than the size of her rock, do yourself a favor and learn a few tricks to make your diamond ring look bigger than it is. Trust me, she’ll thank you for it!

A little more sparkle never hurt anyone, and there are so many budget-friendly ways to let your ring stand out. Here are 6 affordable ways to make your diamond ring look bigger.

1. SIZE DOESN’T MATTER

White gold pear-cut diamond halo & shank engagement ring that makes its center diamond look bigger
photo credit: @hopeisafeather

You may not have believed that statement before, but when it comes to diamonds it’s really true! Did you know that there is actually no such thing as a diamond’s “carat size?” A diamond’s carat actually refers to the weight of the diamond, rather than the size! So instead of worrying about how many carats the diamond is, you’re better off focusing on the cut of the diamond. The cut determines how the stone catches the light. When the diamond has a better quality cut, the stone is more brilliant and therefore gives the impression of being larger than it actually is.

2. SHAPE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT

Engagement rings with elongated diamond shapes that look bigger than their carat weight: pear-cut diamond, emerald-cut diamond, and marquise diamond.

The shape of the diamond has a huge influence on how big the rock looks. If you want to increase the size of the diamond, or rather the size that the diamond appears to be, consider the diamond shape. For a more noticeable stone that seems bigger than it is, go for an elongated shape like oval, emerald, marquise, or pear. If you put a 1-carat round diamond next to a 1-carat emerald-cut diamond, the emerald shape will appear larger and can cost substantially less.

3. SAY HELLO TO HALOS!

Halo engagement rings that make their center diamonds look bigger.

There’s a reason why halos are such a popular choice for brides today. Halos consist of tiny diamonds surrounding the larger, center stone, creating the illusion of one very big diamond. Plus, they’re beautiful and extra sparkly!

4. CHOOSE THE WHITE METAL

White metal engagement rings that make their center diamonds look bigger.

If your goal is to make the ring the main event, opt for a white metal. The stone will reflect off of white gold or platinum bands, creating more shine than yellow or rose gold bands. If you’re still determined to get a rose or yellow gold ring, no worries! You can get whatever metal you like on the band and still choose white gold prongs. That way, the white gold will shine through the diamond, giving the rock a bigger appearance.

5. DON’T PUT SIDE STONES ON THE SIDELINES