Read our winter jewelry guide for cool tips in time for the holiday season.
As the weather takes a cold turn and we start to cover up with gloves, scarves and sweaters, it’s the perfect time to lighten the mood by accessorizing with your favorite statement jewelry. Brrrace yourself, we’ve compiled a list of styling tips to make sure that you stay warm (and sparkle!) this winter.
Keeping warm in icy temperatures requires a bit of extra wardrobe work. With additional layers of clothing, it’s best to keep your jewelry simple. Stop your chains and necklaces from getting tangled with a single, elongated pendant. They’re long enough to fit over thicker clothing and offer a sparkly, solid glow.
Look extra cute when it’s extra cold with a pair of delicate studs. You’ll instantly brighten up any outfit and avoid dangly earrings getting caught in your scarf or turtlenecks. And small hoops? They’re perfect, not to mention chic.
Pearls have always been a firm favorite for any season, and winter is no exception. They’re smooth, which means you won’t damage your winter clothing and are easy to accessorize. Plus, they seamlessly complement winter hues like black, navy and charcoal.
Ever snagged your favorite sweater while showing off your sparkler? Here’s an easy fix – flat rings. Not only are these safer for those delicate items of clothing, you’ll look equally dazzling. The cold weather is also the perfect opportunity to flaunt a ring with December’s wintery birthstone – blue topaz.
We’ve compiled a dazzling assortment of stackable rings. P.S. You’ll want to start stacking these beauties ASAP.
Stacking rings is more than wearing a variety of sparkle, it’s a symbol of your individuality. Whether you stack multiple rings on many fingers or pile sparkle on one finger, both make a shining statement. Stackable rings are also a foolproof gift to spoil a loved one to mark a special occasion. Read our top ring stacking tips, then stack the perfect combo!
Love At First Stack
When it comes to stackable rings, the creative floodgates are open! Start with a statement ring on your ring finger and build around it. Alternatively, choose small rings with subtle bits of sparkle and work your way up. There’s no right or wrong answer – you are the leader of your stack! We think white, rose and yellow gold rings make the dream stack.
Learning how to build a mixed metal ring stack requires a combination of practice and personal preference. If you’re feeling adventurous, use two contrasting metals to mix and match your statement ring. Pick a primary color, then add 2-3 secondary pieces to the top and bottom of the center ring for a stunning alternating combo.
In the pursuit of the perfect stack, sometimes things can go from #onpoint to slightly over the top. To avoid this, slim it down using a thin ring and use stackable rings of the same width. This sleek look is dazzling AND gives you more finger freedom – double win, triple shine 😉
Create a stackable look that demands attention. To avoid your stackable rings feeling too matchy matchy, experiment with different weights and shapes. This adds personality and variation to your stack. A bold piece, like this eternity ring, stacked with a simple pave՛ makes the perfect pair.
We’ve got the scoop on why you absolutely need to add a blue sapphire ring to your jewelry box. Read on to find out!
You may be wondering: With so many ring styles and stunning gemstone options to choose from, what sets blue sapphires apart? Featuring a mesmerizing blue gemstone, sapphire jewelry makes the perfect gift for that special occasion. And trust us, you’re going to want a blue sapphire ring. Brace yourself for a whole lot of BLUE.
1. They’re Unique
There’s no denying that diamonds are the de facto choice when choosing your sparkler. But we think a blue sapphire comes a close second, and we’re not alone! Blue sapphire is one of the rarest gemstones to grace an engagement ring. Choose blue sapphire and set yourself apart from the crowd with these statement pieces.
Blue sapphire rings are popular amongst celebrities and have been associated with the royal family for centuries. Notably, the September gemstone brings to mind the world’s most famous (and gorgeous) blue sapphire ring once belonging to Princess Diana and currently worn by Kate Middleton. It broke trends back then and is still making its mark today.
Blue sapphire is an inherently strong and durable gemstone, with a score of 9 on the Mohs scale – second to only diamonds. This means that you can flaunt your blue sapphire ring without worrying about chipping, scratching or cracking from everyday wear. Choose a traditional shape and get creative with a sparkling white gold ring.
The tradition, uniqueness and lasting beauty associated with sapphires also comes with dazzling affordability. Sapphires typically cost less per carat than diamonds, giving you more design flexibility and bang for your buck. Whatever style you choose, one thing is certain – you’ll shine down the aisle in a ring with a splash of blue 😉
When you choose a blue sapphire ring, it will be a perfect accessory for almost any outfit, whether you’re casual in blue jeans or glamming it up in a cocktail dress. No matter the occasion, you’ll always have an excuse to put yourself in our blues.
Trying to figure out your partner’s taste in engagement rings while hiding the fact that you’re ring shopping? If they use Pinterest (and they probably do), here’s how to make it your secret weapon in the search for that dream ring.
Pinterest is a brainstormer’s utopia, which is why it’s used by TONS of ring enthusiasts to virtually window shop. When your partner uses Pinterest (if they don’t, give them a nudge!), you have front-row access to exactly the rings they love. And remember, you can contact our customer service team at any time for hands-on help.
DISCOVER THEIR STYLE
Quickly identify your partner’s ring style by identifyingtrends on their Pinterest boards. As you browse their ring pins, ask yourself which ring characteristics show up most often:
Type of setting (pavé, solitaire, halo…)
Ring metal (rose/white/yellow gold…)
Diamond cut (round, emerald, oval…)
Head to James Allen’s Engagement Ring board and easily search rings by your partner’s fav categories. Once you’ve collected your ring inspo, save the pins to a secret board (more on that below). Share them with our customer service team and within minutes they’ll help you pin-point THE ring!
Next up: how to get Pin-spired without raising any ring-shopping suspicions.
“When the time was right I scoured her Pinterest page looking at photos she had collected over the years. Through these pictures I had an idea of what she liked.”
– Zachary T.
SAVE THEIR RINGS
Once you’re following your partner, it’s super convenient to save all their relevant pins in one location. You can do this by saving their pins to your own secret board, or you can download their pins and save them on your computer – or both!
How to save rings to a SECRET board
To ensure everything stays private, all you have to do is make your board secret. Just click on the pencil icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the board tile. A pop-up will appear. Scroll down and activate the option “keep this board secret.”
If your partner visits your profile, they won’t be able to see any of your saved pins on this secret board. Your secret will be safe.
“I immediately was drawn to one ring that I had seen on my girlfriend’s Pinterest page once… I knew it was perfect for her and she absolutely loves it!”
– Zahnlecker M.
COLLABORATE WITH FRIENDS/FAMILY
How can you use Pinterest to collaborate with your partner’s friends and family? Invite them to pin to your ring board and comment on the rings you’ve found!
To get input from the people who know your partner’s tastes best, first search for your ring helpers via username or email – but don’t follow them. (If you do follow them, anyone can see you’re connected.) Then, invite them to collaborate on your secret board.
Once they accept, your partners-in-crime can help by adding ring pins and commenting directly on specific rings.
“My fiancée had a specific ring in mind (Which she made very well known via Pinterest) and James Allen was one of only a handful of online retailers to carry this specific design.”
– Curtis M.
FIND SIMILAR RINGS
Found a James Allen ring on Pinterest that looks almost perfect, but not quite? Open the pin and enlarge the ring to see similar-looking rings.
Our legendary customer service teamis also an incredible resource. They’re available 24/7 – and super responsive! Reach out and you’ll be chatting with them within minutes. They’re fantastic at helping to narrow down ring options once you’ve got an idea of your partner’s style.
“I was on my fiancée’s Pinterest and saw a ring from James Allen…Now everyone she comes into contact with always asks about her ring and the compliments never stop!”
DO YOUR RESEARCH
So now you’re an expert, buff up your ring expertise by following James Allen Rings on Pinterest. Get the most info for your follow by starting with these James Allen Pinterest boards that are chock-full of educational advice:
Lab-grown diamond – or earth-created diamond? Here’s all the data you need to live your best sparkling life.
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.
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
Lab-grown diamonds are generally about 30% more affordable than earth-created diamonds.
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.
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.
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
Are you and your SO thinking about designing a ring together? Here’s why you should.
Buying an engagement ring is no easy task. It often takes time, patience and planning to score the perfect ring that your partner will wear forever. To ease the process, can a couple design a ring together without taking the surprise or romance out of the proposal? We think so. Find out why designing a ring may just be one of the best decisions you’ll make together.
1. A Modern Love
Nowadays, choosing to design a ring together has gained more popularity and comes with many pros. Not only does it alleviate pressure from your fiancé to find a ring that suits her style and preferences, it’ll give your partner comfort knowing that they made the perfect choice. Win-Win. Not sure where to begin? Start with a simple solitaire ring and take it from there.
Traditionally, the man picks the ring, comes up with an elaborate proposal plan, pops the question, then it’s all smiles and ring selfies. Today, more women prefer to add their two cents. Designing a ring together will give you peace of mind knowing your SO is getting exactly what they want. It’s a pretty bold choice. In the spirit of bold decisions, go big and design a halo.
When you design a ring as a duo, it means you do everything together. You’ll be able to choose a ring you love and set a budget you’re both comfortable with. You’ll also know what setting and diamond to choose and get your partner’s ring size on the spot. Why not use our try-on feature together and test drive these vintage, three-stone or channel set rings?
Many of our customers have chosen to design a ring together and could not be happier. Does it ruin the proposal moment? Hardly. Some decisions can still be a secret, like where, when or how the proposal will take place. Plus, they’ll be surprised in a good way with a ring they love. Read what our customers have said after designing their rings together.
‘We took the modern approach of picking out the ring together. We are so happy with it! – Lea H.’
What’s better than crafting the ring of your dreams together? Designing a ring with a sweet beat. Follow us on Spotify for a dazzling selection of tunes that’ll up the romance when you’re ring shopping on JamesAllen.com (wink wink).
These affordable engagement rings are equally as beautiful as they are budget-friendly!
Everybody deserves their dream engagement ring. However, in some cases, high-quality glitter comes with an equally high price tag. If you’re looking for an affordable yet beautiful engagement ring, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of our top-selling affordable engagement rings that will have your SO beaming as bright as the rings themselves.
1. Solitaire Engagement Rings
When it comes to affordable engagement rings, a solitaire ring is always a good place to start. Consisting of a single stone and simple setting, this timeless ring allows your diamond to take center stage. Keep it simple but shiny with these classics.
Although classic shapes are the most popular, you’ll find a golden opportunity with elongated fancy shapes. These stones are not only cheaper, but their shapes create the appearance of a larger surface area. Consider these stunning pear, oval and marquise rings and get more bang for your buck.
Pavé rings consist of small diamonds encrusted on the band, making the band itself look like it’s made of diamond. This elaborate display of diamonds gives the ring a boost of extra sparkle at an affordable price, without needing to invest more in increasing the center stone’s carat size.
If you’re on a budget and want an affordable yet supersized sparkle, look no further than a halo! We recommend a cushion-cut stone paired with a pavé halo band. Alternatively, choose a clean trellis setting and let the halo do the sparkling.
White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring (Cushion Center)
Gemstones have become an increasingly popular option when shopping for affordable engagement rings. If you’d like to venture away from a traditional all-diamond engagement ring, a gorgeous side-stone ring with marquise-shaped sapphires or a ruby three-stone ring will do the trick.
White Gold Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring
Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are forever. Want something a bit extra? Look no further than gemstone engagement rings.
There are oh so many reasons to choose a gemstone engagement ring. Go gemstone in order to feature your favorite color, wear your birthstone, or honor a special memory. Or, you know, because gemstones are pretty.
The classics aren’t always in black and white. Before diamonds rose to the peak of their popularity, history was full of glowing gemstones in full color that radiated personality. In fact, Queen Victoria’s engagement ring featured a center emerald, rubies, and diamonds in the shape of a serpent. Now that is style.
With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, keep reading for our best ring cleaning tips.
The global spread of COVID-19 has a number of people making changes to their daily habits, with many increasingly using hand sanitizer to minimize the risk of exposure. While hand sanitizer may do a good job protecting you, it may be affecting something else – your engagement ring. Scroll down for our best ring cleaning tips to keep your sparkler safe and COVID-free!
1. Cleaning Agents
Excessive exposure to cleaning agents can make finish on white gold wear a little faster. This won’t cause immediate damage. However, contact with cleaning agents like chlorine, bleach and antibacterial soap can break down the brilliance of the metals over time. So keep cleaning agents away from white gold sparklers to keep them dazzling to the max:
We’re not suggesting that you stop using hand sanitizer. Heath and hygiene come before bling! However, there are ways to stay clean and protect your precious sparkler. Avoid rubbing hand sanitizer or harsh cleaning products directly onto your ring. Instead, remove your ring, sanitize, dry your hands, then put one of these back on:
You should ideally clean your ring once a week. The best way is by soaking it in warm water and dish-washing soap. This will allow you to keep practicing good hygiene habits and avoid putting your ring in jeopardy. Soak up one these white, rose and yellow gold options:
With National Proposal Day approaching, scroll down for some intimate home proposal ideas!
National Proposal Day is almost here and the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 may have people uncertain about their proposal plans. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for some intimate home proposal ideas to sweep your fiancée-to-be off her feet while staying safe!
1. Travel Memories
If you had plans to travel and propose, why not put together a collection of slides highlighting some treasured travel moments you’ve shared in your journey together? These sparklers look good in any location:
Take the road less traveled with an intimate stroll together. This great proposal option allows you to be alone while avoiding mass transportation during times of social distancing. So find the perfect view, get down on one knee and pop the question with one of these white or yellow gold options:
Unlike the classic restaurant proposal, no need for you to make a reservation or talk to the manager to plan your perfect moment. Wine and dine your partner with a restaurant meal. Not only is it delicious, but they’ll love the extra effort!
Hire a local band to serenade your partner on Skype or FaceTime. Then, invite your friends and loved ones for a virtual cocktail reception to celebrate! Don’t forget to show off one of these sparklers while you’re online:
Get in touch with your favorite celebrity to share a Cameo shout out and give yourselves not one, but two lifelong memories that will be spoken of for years to come. Heads up – Mandy Moore and Busy Philipps have joined Cameo and are donating all proceeds to support nonprofits such as ‘No Kid Hungry’.
Choosing a jewelry gift for your partner, made simple.
Buying a jewelry gift for your SO can be a stressful and slightly daunting task. We get it. After all, it’s a reminder of the love and commitment you have to each other, and you want to mark the occasion with something special. With so many options out there, you may not know where to begin. Not to worry, follow this guide and you’ll find a foolproof gift in no time.
1. Know Your Partner’s Preferences
First thing’s first. When it comes to a jewelry gift, you should always pay attention to your partner’s particular taste and style. Take notice of what she wears daily. Does she like to glam it up for special occasions? Or does she prefer to keep it straight up classic? These elegant diamond earring options can help you decide.
There are many categories of jewelry to choose from. Some good options include earrings, bracelets and necklaces. If your partner’s ears are pierced, go for earrings. If not, then opt for a timeless bracelet or necklace instead. Sometimes it’s good to keep it simple with an all-occasion tennis bracelet or a pair of white gold earrings.
In general, purchasing your jewelry gift from a reliable brand whose quality you can vouch for is always better, even if it means spending a few bucks more. Remember, good quality doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be spending more! At James Allen, every piece has been carefully inspected by our team of expert gemologists and comes with a lifetime guarantee. So why not get your hands on a pair of beautiful earrings that we cover for life?
White Gold Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Drop Earrings
A special occasion calls for a special jewelry gift, agreed? It helps engrain those treasured moments in your memory forever. Whether it’s an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, there’s something for every occasion. Surprise your partner on your next anniversary with an anniversary ring to celebrate another year of love and joy.
Sometimes, you may find that the perfect jewelry gift lies in the little details. Think about engraving a note or your partner’s initials on a beautiful pavé ring. Not only will it make your gift that much more sentimental, but it will also show that you chose the piece especially for her.
Carat weight is NOT as big a deal as you think! The secret lies in the cut.
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:
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.
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:
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
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!
Starting your ring search? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!
Just starting your diamond search? This bite-sized dictionary of the most important diamond terms is a life-saver.
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:
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extra-credit blog reading: Tips & tricks on how to make your diamond look bigger while staying in-budget.
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.
Make your day unforgettable with a free wedding ring engraving.
Amidst the hectic, public extravaganza that is your wedding, a meaningful wedding ring engraving gives the person you love a little extra attention. And DYK? You can engrave your wedding ring for freeat checkout.
WEDDING RING ENGRAVINGS: WRITTEN IN THE STARS
But out of everything you could say, what’s the right inscription for you? Take a look below at our customers’ words for some amazing wedding ring engraving ideas!
Sometimes life just…happens. That’s why there’s jewelry insurance.
These customer experiences are proof that jewelry insurance is a must. No one is safe from life’s great ring hazards, like fishing expeditions or golden retrievers. These 10 fiasco-filled customer stories prove it!
Jewelry mishaps are way too common. Luckily, James Allen has partnered with Jewelers Mutual to provide both warranties against damage AND comprehensive jewelry insurance – so you can be protected against wear-and-tear, loss, theft, or extensive damage.
You know, just in case (HEAVEN FORBID) what happened to these customers, happens to you.
Get. Jewelry insurance. At. Checkout. Do we have to spell it out for you?
“I was going to propose the following day. I thought of getting insurance, but I planned to do it after dinner with my family. 2 hours after coming back home, my house was broken into and the ring was gone.“ – Danial K.
From normal wear-and-tear to some more…um…serious damage, jewelry insurance makes sure your sparkle is recoverable.
“I lost my engagement ring a few weeks ago in Dublin (Ireland), but luckily enough I found it again. Unfortunately, my ring did sustain quite a bit of damage. I sent the ring back to James Allen for repairs – it came back like brand new and as sparkly as ever!” – Katie M.
Two budget-friendly stone choices – but one clearly comes out on top.
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.
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.
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.
LAB DIAMONDS Lab-created diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42 and their faceting patternreturns 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“This is the most sparkly ring I’ve ever seen. I feel like a million bucks!” – Teresa T.
White gold? Platinum? Learn which one of these two very different ring metals best suits you.
White gold and platinum are two gleaming white metals that play up the brilliance of their set diamonds. They’re both beautiful and sturdy: neither ring metal tarnishes, corrodes, or rusts. You can’t go wrong with either classic, but which ring metal best fits your lifestyle?
White gold and platinum look so similar – so what’s the difference?
Strike White Gold
White gold’s silvery luster is created by alloying yellow gold with white metals like nickel or zinc, and finishing with rhodium plating. Its white appearance can be maintained over time through simple re-platings.
White gold is a lightweight, easy-to-wear-all-day ring metal.
It’s malleable and so withstands delicate detailing and engraving.
White gold is an affordable option for those who love white ring metals.
Get to know your diamond reallyup 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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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!).
Worried about overpaying for your diamond? Don’t be. Our Diamond Price Match guarantee has got you covered.
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
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.
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
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!
Designed to be worn close to your heart, diamond pendants are among the most romantic gifts you can give or receive.
Diamond Pendants: Necks Appeal
Few accessories have the ability to light up an outfit quite like diamond pendants. They’re perfectly positioned for maximum impact and come in a range of eye-catching styles.
Whether you’re after a piece that complements your everyday jewelry collection or a glamorous gift for special occasions, our guide has got you covered. So pop on some peppy music and get your jewelry browse on.
Four gorgeous amethysts come together to create a butterfly necklace as intricate and delicate as its namesake.
The February Birthstone: A Purple Past
The February birthstone is as rich with symbolism as it is purple. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the grape-colored stone could prevent a person from getting drunk, thereby promoting clarity of mind. However, it is the legend of St. Valentine, who wore an amethyst ring while performing illicit marriages, that led to the modern-day practice of giving amethyst jewelry on Valentine’s Day.
The stone itself is a type of quartz mineral, ranging in hue from exquisite lilac to opulent plum. It pairs well with most metal types, complements every skin tone, and can elevate any outfit.
The results are in! We surveyed 2,800 women about engagement ring etiquette – what are the rules for getting engaged, and which of those rules are meant to be broken?
Engagement Ring Etiquette: “The 2 Months’ Salary Rule”
There’s an age-old myth that you’re supposed to decide how much to spend on the engagement ring based on how much you’d earn in two months. However, when we actually asked, 69% of women disagreed. The engagement ring etiquette consensus: a ring should cost whatever you can afford – the relationship is the most important thing.
It might be best to stay away from dramatic and/or jumbo-tron proposals; 56% of women surveyed said they prefer an intimate proposal with just the two of you, while 28% said they want something small with close friends and family. Only 4% told us they’d rather go big than go home.
So when it comes to heterosexual partnerships, are guys always supposed to be the ones to pop the question? In this modern age, survey says… mostly yes. 79% of women said the guy should propose. On the other hand, 12% said they have no problem with a woman proposing to the man, while 9% said they’d only propose if their guys waited around for too long.
Collaboration is key! 84% of women surveyed said they’d be happy to drop hints, provide pictures, or tell friends/family about the engagement ring they prefer. Might as well make it a date night activity; 15% of women surveyed said they want to look at rings