How To Measure Your Ring Size

How To Measure Your Ring Size

Whether you’re searching for the perfect fit for your dream engagement ring or surprising your fiance’ to be, our ring size guide will point you in the right direction. Let’s see how you measure up.

How To Measure Your Ring Size

Wedding and engagement rings have long been a symbol of love and devotion. The circular ring has neither a start nor a finish, which is emblematic of an everlasting union. With such rich meaning and symbolism, designed to last a lifetime—so it makes sense that the ring size needs to be spot on.

If you’re not sure how to measure ring size, you’re in the right place.

How To Measure Ring Size At Home?

You may be asking yourself, how is this even possible? It’s true, James Allen can help you figure out your ring size all from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at our free online ring sizer

Alternatively, you can simply request a free ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. 

Nervous that you’ve ordered the incorrect ring size? Don’t fret! We will resize your ring once, for free up to 1 year after the purchase.

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Different Ring Size Conversions

While you may wear one size in the U.K., your sizing in the states may be completely different. Thankfully, though, conversion charts are available to ensure you order the right size regardless of which country the ring was sized in, which ensures complete accuracy.

Ring sizes in the United States and Canada range from 3 to 13, which includes half and quarter sizes. A ring’s size is determined by its diameter or circumference and is measured in inches or millimeters. The diameter measures the inside length of the ring, whereas the circumference measures the length of the entire band. 

International ring sizing involves the same measurement process, but the numbered sizes run on different scales, which vary by country. Australia and the United Kingdom actually use an alphabetical letter sizing system.

Ring Size Comparison Chart

How To Measure Ring Size With A Tape Measure

Using a measuring tape is considered to be the best and most accurate method to determine your ring size. Give yourself enough space to accommodate your knuckles for the best results. Also, you should measure the finger where you plan to wear the ring, since the finger size on your left and right hands may differ.

STEP 1: Place the measuring tape over your finger and pull it around into a circle. 

STEP 2: You should adjust the size of the circle, move it over your knuckles, and make sure it fits comfortably.

STEP 3: Take note of the measurements in millimeters and use the comparison chart if needed. 

How To Measure Ring Size With A String

This next method is simple and works well for those who don’t have a ring nearby. All you need to do is take some string or ribbon and wrap it comfortably around your ring finger.

Once the piece of string is around your finger, carefully mark the spot where the string overlaps. For an accurate result, try to make the smallest mark possible. Then, take the string and measure it against a ruler or measuring tape. Enter your measurements here in either millimeters or inches. We’ll do the calculations for you and, voila, you now have your ring size. 

Still unsure? Find out more by watching this video.

More Ring Sizing Tips

  1. Measure your finger in the evening – For best results, measure your finger at the end of the day. In the morning, your fingers are colder and therefore smaller than usual.
  2. Measure a few times – Be sure to measure your finger size a few times to make sure your calculations are accurate.
  3. Use non-stretchable material – If you’re measuring your finger on your own, you want an accurate measurement! Good materials: ribbon, twine, even paper.
  4. Measure your finger close to your knuckle – This is where the ring will usually sit, so you want it to be comfortable.
  5. Measure your finger in the middle of the day – Our fingers tend to swell overnight, so it is recommended not to take your measurement in the morning as you wake up. 
  6. It’s also recommended to not measure your finger, When the weather is either too hot or cold, after an intense workout or if you are sick.

Tips for Buying a Ring as a Surprise

  1. Ask people If you don’t know your partner’s ring size, ask their close friends or family members to assist. Tell them to keep it hush-hush so that they don’t accidentally ruin the surprise!
  2. Borrow a ring that fits Borrow their ring (from the correct finger!) and use James Allen’s virtual ring sizer to determine the ring’s size.
  3. Shop for the ring on a private device And log out of all your shared accounts! You don’t want your partner running across your cookie trail.

Other Ways To Find The Ring Size

Taking An Existing Ring To A Jeweler

Even though you won’t be shopping for a ring in the store, this is still one of the most professional ways to find your ideal ring size. Head over to your local jewelry store and have the jeweler measure your ring size. In addition to their nifty gadget, consider trying on a few of their engagement or wedding rings to ensure comfort and a perfect fit. 

Use Another Ring From Their Jewelry Box 

Probably the easiest way to get an accurate ring size is by using one that already fits! If you’re looking for a size for someone else, simply use a ring from their jewelry that you know they wear often. That will ensure you have a ring that is comfortable!

Recruit Family/Friends To Help You Out 

If you’re keeping a secret from your fiance-to-be, you can recruit the help of others! Have your partner’s best friend inquire or find a ring of theirs to keep things covert. 

Inviting others to participate in this part of the process turns the proposal into a shared experience! Plus, having an extra set of eyes and hands can help with both getting the size and finding the perfect ring!

What Is The Average Ring Size For Men?

The average size of a men’s wedding band is 9. For men with bigger hands and long fingers, a wider ring band is recommended. While men with smaller hands or shorter fingers, a wider band may not be the best choice. Then again, this also depends on your personal style and how much of a statement you want to make.

What Is The Average Ring Size For Women?

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the average ring size for a woman is a size 6. However, they also add that depending on their lifestyle, on average most women tend to fluctuate in weight, so adding a quarter size to the ring is often recommended. Fingers also tend to swell during seasons such as summer, so keep that in mind as well when measuring your ring size.

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James Allen Ring Sizer Tools

You don’t have to worry about sizing a ring. James Allen’s Virtual Ring Sizer can help you determine your ring size online for free. There are two options available, you can either measure your finger, or you can measure a ring you already own to discover your ring size. Both are accurate and will give you your exact ring size.

What Happens When My Ring Is Resized?

During the resize process, small amounts of metal will be added or removed to increase or decrease the size as needed. As a result, your ring may be slightly thicker or thinner when completed. This is a minor difference and is often invisible to the naked eye.

Your resized ring will be inspected by quality assurance to ensure that our high standards are met and that your ring has been fitted to the size that you need.

What If I Order The Wrong Ring Size?

It’s worth noting that approximately 40% of rings end up being resized. But don’t worry, as we know that this is something that can happen when you’re buying a ring online, we offer free ring sizing for up to 1 year after purchase

Metals That Can’t Be Resized

Keep in mind that not all metals are created equal. If your ring is made of tungsten or titanium, you will not be able to resize them. 

Both tungsten and titanium are hard metals. While both of these materials make for durable and scratch-resistant rings, once you size them, they cannot be changed.

Rose gold rings may also prove to be difficult to resize.

Keep this in mind when choosing your metal type!

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Rings That Can’t Be Resized

Unfortunately, some rings are not able to be resized. This may be because of the specific design or material that has been used. Rings made from unconventional materials such as resin, ceramic, jade, or wood cannot be resized because there’s no way to cut and bend the ring- its composition isn’t amenable to the process,

These include:

FAQs

How will I know if I have the right size?

A good ring size should fit snug around the base of your finger without bulging or leaving any indentations. However, the ring should also be loose enough to slide over your knuckle. Check if your ring fits right by pushing it up from underneath and making sure there is a small space between it and your finger. This means there is enough room.

Does band thickness affect size?

Yes, band thickness can affect your ring size. The more a ring covers your finger, the tighter it will fit. In addition, stacking many types of bands, such as a wedding ring set, will increase your ring size. We recommend measuring your ring size with a sizer that’s close to the thickness of the ring that you’ll be wearing.

How to secretly find someone’s ring size?

Planning a surprise romantic and creative proposal? You can easily find out your partner’s ring size without them knowing. One of the easiest options is to simply ask their family or friends. Another way to measure your partner’s ring size secretly is by measuring a ring they already wear.

Are men’s and women’s rings measured using the same scale?

Yes, women’s and men’s ring sizes are measured on the same scale. The average size of men’s hands tends to be larger than that of women’s, so they will fall into the larger category.

We’re Here To Help

Concerned about how to measure your ring size? At JamesAllen.com, our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts are always available to help and answer any queries you may have. We look forward to assisting you! Contact us here.

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Ways To Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

6 Ways To Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

Looking to upgrade your engagement ring this year? Join us as we explore the easiest and most significant ways to upgrade your ring!

Ways To Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

Why Upgrade Your Engagement Ring?

Sometimes a little change is good for the soul, and upgrading your engagement ring can feel just as good as a new haircut.

There are many reasons someone may look to upgrade their ring:

  • Symbol of an anniversary
  • The desire for a bigger diamond
  • Upgrade in quality or personal style
  • Financial improvement of the couple
  • Family heirloom/tradition
  • A personal milestone celebration
  • Renewal of vows or commitment ceremony
  • The original ring no longer fits

If one of these sounds like your reason you may also be wondering how exactly you can upgrade or change your ring. That’s why we are walking through our top 6 ways to upgrade your engagement ring based on our customers’ preferences.

Change The Center Stone

The first and most popular way to upgrade your engagement ring is by changing the center stone. Some want to switch their gem for something a little bigger or perhaps a different diamond grade altogether. Others want to change the shape of the diamond or gemstone to something more personal to their style.

There are plenty of diamond and gemstone shapes to choose from- and upgrading to a larger stone can cost a fraction of the price if you consider opting for a lab grown diamond.

Side Stone Engagement Ring

Alter The Setting

The setting of your engagement ring plays a crucial role in its overall appearance. Consider updating the setting to something more modern or intricate, such as a halo setting or a vintage-inspired design.

This change can breathe new life into your ring while maintaining its sentimental value.

Different Diamond Shapes

Add Side Stones

Enhance the beauty and brilliance of your engagement ring by adding side stones. Whether you choose diamonds, sapphires, or another gemstone, incorporating additional stones can elevate the glamour and sophistication of your ring.

Side stones are also a great way to add more sparkle to your ring and even add a second diamond shape into your design.

Three Stone Engagement Ring

Upgrade The Metal

Changing the metal of your engagement ring can make a significant impact on its appearance. If you currently have a white gold ring, consider upgrading to platinum for a more durable and lustrous option.

Alternatively, switching to yellow or rose gold can give your ring a warm and luxurious look.

If you’re considering changing the metal color of your ring, check out our related post on how to choose the best metal for your skin tone.

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Swap For A Gemstone 

Want something a little less traditional? Learn more about gemstone engagement rings, from popular picks like sapphires to the classic emerald, you’ll have plenty of colorful stones to choose from. If you’re looking for the ultimate personalized engagement ring, perhaps your birthstone is the perfect fit for your upgraded ring! 

Pink pearl ring

Add A Matching Band 

It’s trendy to add stackable rings to your engagement ring- particularly ones that fit the original style of the band. These additional bands can complement your ring’s design, add extra sparkle, and allow for more versatility in wearing your ring.

A popular option is curved wedding bands, these work best for sharper shapes like marquise and pear shaped center stones.

Round diamond engagement ring

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FAQs

How much does it cost to upgrade an engagement ring?

The cost of upgrading an engagement ring varies depending on the changes you want to make. Simple alterations like resizing or adding engraving may be relatively inexpensive, while more significant changes like upgrading the center stone or altering the setting can be more costly.

Can I use the same jeweler to upgrade my engagement ring?

Yes, many jewelers offer services for upgrading engagement rings. It’s often beneficial to work with the jeweler who originally created the ring, or find an online jewelry who specializes in customization.

Will upgrading my engagement ring affect its sentimental value?

While upgrading your engagement ring may change its physical appearance, its sentimental value remains intact. The love and commitment represented by the ring are independent of its design, and any changes made are a reflection of your evolving style and preferences.

Final Thoughts

As you can see there are so many reasons why you may want to upgrade your ring, and several fun ways to do it! If you still have questions and want to know more details about your personal preferences, you can contact our 24/7 custom service team, and they’ll be happy to help you.

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Waterproof Jewelry Guide

Your Guide To Waterproof Jewelry & Essential Care Tips

Looking to buy the perfect waterproof jewelry? Whether you’re diving into the waves, sweating it out at the gym, or caught in the rain, we believe your jewelry should be able to withstand the elements without losing its sparkle or charm.

Waterproof Jewelry Guide

That’s why we’re jumping into waterproof jewelry to provide you with a few essential tips to keep your bling shining, no matter what adventures come your way.

What Makes Jewelry Waterproof? 

When it comes to water-resistant and waterproof jewelry, the key lies in the materials. Look for pieces made from robust metals like platinum, titanium, stainless steel, or gold.

These metals not only resist corrosion but also retain their shine even when exposed to water. Additionally, opt for gemstones known for their durability, such as diamonds, sapphires, and rubies, which can withstand the rigors of daily wear, including encounters with water.

Water-Resistant Metals

Let’s take a a look at popular metals and how they measure up in water: 

  • Silver: While stunning, silver jewelry is prone to tarnishing and may not fare well with prolonged water exposure.
  • Gold-Plated: Gold-plated jewelry may offer some water resistance initially, but the plating can wear off over time, leaving the base metal vulnerable.
  • Sterling Silver: Sterling silver jewelry is more durable than pure silver but still requires careful maintenance to prevent tarnishing.
  • Gold: Solid gold jewelry, particularly higher karat weights like 14k or 18k, offers better water resistance compared to gold-plated options.
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel jewelry is highly resistant to corrosion and maintains its shine even with frequent water exposure.
  • Titanium: Titanium jewelry is incredibly durable and lightweight, making it an excellent choice for water-resistant pieces.
  • Platinum: Known for its strength and resistance to tarnish, platinum jewelry is among the most water-resistant options available.
Engagement Wedding Ring In Water

Deciphering Waterproof Ratings

Just like your favorite water-resistant watch, jewelry comes with its own set of ratings to indicate its water resilience. These ratings range from basic splash resistance to complete submersion. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure your jewelry can handle the level of water exposure you plan to subject it to.

Caring for Your Jewelry

While waterproof jewelry is designed to withstand water exposure, it’s still essential to give it some TLC to keep it looking its best.

  1. After each wear, gently clean your jewelry with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or residue.
  2. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage delicate metals and gemstones. 
  3. For added protection, consider storing your jewelry in a dry, secure place when not in use.
Cleaning Jewelry

When To Remove Your Waterproof Jewelry 

While water-resistant and waterproof jewelry can handle a variety of environments, there are still instances where it’s best to remove your precious pieces to ensure their longevity, especially if it’s you’re engagement ring.

Chemical Exposure

Avoid wearing your jewelry when using household cleaners, swimming in chlorinated pools, or engaging in activities involving harsh chemicals. Chemicals can damage metals and gemstones, even those that are water-resistant.

Gym Workouts

While the materials in water-resistant jewelry are generally durable, the gym environment can expose your jewelry to sweat, moisture, and heavy impact. To protect your pieces, it’s best to remove them before hitting the gym.

Ocean Adventures

Saltwater, sand, and waves can be harsh on jewelry, especially pieces with intricate designs or delicate gemstones. To avoid potential damage or loss, it’s recommended to remove your jewelry before diving into the ocean.

Jewelry At The Beach

Heavy Impact Activities

During activities such as sports, gardening, or moving heavy objects, it’s advisable to remove your jewelry to prevent damage from impacts or excessive friction.

Sleeping

While some may prefer to keep their jewelry on at all times, removing it before bedtime can prevent accidental damage or discomfort caused by snagging on bedding or clothing.

Spa or Hot Tub Use

High temperatures and chemicals found in hot tubs or spa treatments can affect the integrity of your jewelry over time. It’s best to remove your pieces before indulging in these activities.

Taking Your Style to New Depths

From elegant diamond earrings to sleek titanium bands, there’s no shortage of water-resistant options to suit every style and occasion. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or hitting the beach, make a splash with jewelry that’s as stylish as it is functional. Explore our collection of waterproof pieces and dive into a world of endless possibilities.

Pear Shaped Ring

FAQs

Can I wear my jewelry in salt water?

It’s not recommended to wear your jewelry in salt water. Going to the beach with you jewelry is already a risk, as it could slip off and get lost in the sand or ocean. On top of getting damaged by seawater.

How often should I clean my waterproof jewelry?

We recommend cleaning your jewelry after each wear to remove any dirt or residue. A gentle wipe with a soft cloth will keep your pieces looking their best.

Can I shower with my waterproof jewelry on?

Yes, our waterproof jewelry is designed to withstand exposure to water, including showers. Just be sure to avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage delicate metals and gemstones over time.

Will my waterproof jewelry tarnish over time?

While our waterproof jewelry is resistant to tarnishing, it’s essential to give it proper care and maintenance to ensure it stays looking its best. Follow our care instructions to keep your pieces sparkling for years to come.

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8 Ways To Tell If Pearls Are Real

8 Ways To Tell If A Pearl Is Real

Picture this, you’re just about to head out the door for a long-awaited fabulous girls’ night out. You’re wearing your favorite pearl necklace feeling like the epitome of elegance just like Audrey Hepburn. But it dawns on you, are those beautiful pearls around your neck the real deal or just a glamorous imitation?

Pearls jewelry

We’re here to dive deep and give you all the pearls of wisdom you need on how to tell a real pearl from a fake one. Shall we begin? 

What Are Real Pearls?

Let’s get into what pearls really are. Pearls, the June birthstone, are truly unique, given that they are the only gemstones formed inside living creatures, which may be why they’re often referred to as the queen of gemstones.

What Are Fake Pearls? 

Fake pearls, often referred to as faux pearls, synthetic, or imitation pearls, are man-made look-alikes of natural pearls. Unlike genuine pearls, which grow within mollusks like oysters and clams, fake pearls are made from materials such as glass, plastic, or even coated beads. 

For some, artificial pearls can still be beautiful and serve as affordable alternatives for those who want the elegance of pearl jewelry without the cost associated with genuine pearls.

Different Types Of Pearl Jewelry

Touch & Feel Temperature  

One way to test if pearls are real is to touch them and feel the temperature. Initially, real pearls are cold to touch before warming up to your skin. Fake plastic pearls are usually room temperature and you don’t feel any coolness when you touch them. 

Keep in mind that fake ones that are made of glass beads can be cool to touch to start with. But it tends to take them longer to warm up against your skin than real pearls.

Look For Small Irregularities 

When you examine real pearls closely or under magnification, you’ll notice tiny irregularities and ridges on each pearl’s surface. In a strand of cultured pearls, you can always see very tiny differences between them, even when they are top quality and well-matched. If the pearls are completely perfect and identical in terms of shape, size, color, and surface characteristics, they are probably fake.

In addition, cultured and natural pearls reflect light differently from fake ones. The luster of fake pearls has a glassy look and is unnatural.

Observe The Shape 

Did you know that the majority of pearls are rarely round? Pearls come in different shapes including, round, near-round, oval, button, drop, and baroque.  

In general, a pearl shape is one of the major value factors when it comes to evaluating and pricing pearls. Round pearls are likely to receive a higher price than pearls of other shapes. But even with a strand of real pearl necklace that is perfectly round, you can still see some slight differences in their pearl shapes.

Keep in mind that if the pearls are completely identical, it’s probably a sign that they’re machine-made.

Pearl Shapes

Surface Test 

A surface test is simply checking the surface of the pearl for imperfections, irregularities, and unique characteristics. 

Real pearls have: 

  • Slight blemishes like tiny bumps 
  • Ridges
  • Rough and grainy textures

These are natural features and are known as “pearl growth indicators.” 

On the contrary, fake pearls tend to have perfectly smooth surfaces without any natural imperfections. It is often possible to determine whether a pearl is real or fake by carefully examining the surface texture.

Tooth Test 

When it comes to detecting fake pearls, the pearl tooth test is one of the most important methods. This text determines a pearl’s softness or durability.

For this test, you’ll simply take a pearl and lightly rub it against the biting edge of your teeth. A real pearl will feel gritty or slightly rough while a fake pearl will feel slippery and smooth. Some fake pearls will not even rub because they have been created using glass or synthetic materials.

Examine Color 

Both natural and cultured pearls often have an overtone, a translucent color that appears on the outer surface of a pearl. It is especially noticeable among fine-quality pearls. You’ll see a hint of pink or green over the main pearl color. A real pearl should have natural, unaltered color with a smooth surface and luster similar to a mother pearl’s natural color and brightness

A fake pearl will most likely have a discolored surface, have one color, and usually have a clear protective coating. As a result of the synthetic material used, it will appear duller than its true reflection. fake. 

Different Colored Pearls

Drill Hole Examination

Often, jewelers must drill directly into pearls to secure them in a setting or string them onto a necklace or bracelet. Examine these holes carefully – do you see any peeling, flaking, or chipped paint? Does that opening appear to be covered in dyes or coatings? 

You likely have fake pearls if this is the case. On the other hand, real pearls will have crisp and perfectly clean drill holes. 

Feel The Weight 

Another tried and tested method is to hold the pearls in your hand to feel their weight. Fake pearls are more commonly light, so you shouldn’t feel any significant weight. Authentic pearls do, however, have weight to them, so if they feel heavier than you expected, they are most likely real.

FAQs 

Why is the drill hole examination important?

Examining the drill hole in pearls is crucial because it can reveal the internal structure and material consistency, indicating whether the pearls are genuine or fake. Real pearls typically have a smooth, consistent drill hole, whereas fake ones may exhibit irregularities or signs of artificial manufacturing.

Are there any household items that can be used for authenticity testing?

Yes, some household items can be used for authenticity testing of pearls. These may include rubbing pearls against your teeth (real pearls should feel slightly gritty), checking them under a magnifying glass for surface irregularities, or testing their weight (real pearls are typically heavier than fake ones).

Can fake pearls pass the tooth test?

Yes, fake pearls can pass the tooth test to some extent. Some high-quality imitation pearls, such as glass or plastic beads coated with a pearl-like substance, may feel smooth and slightly gritty when rubbed against the teeth, mimicking the sensation of real pearls. However, the tooth test is not foolproof and should be used in conjunction with other authenticity tests for a more accurate assessment.

Do fake pearls always look perfect?

No, fake pearls don’t always look perfect. While some high-quality imitation pearls can closely resemble real pearls in appearance, others may exhibit noticeable imperfections such as irregular shapes, uneven surfaces, or inconsistencies in color and luster. These imperfections can sometimes help distinguish fake pearls from genuine ones upon close inspection.

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Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Is it time to start ring shopping? Congratulations! Buying an engagement ring and gearing up for the proposal is truly an exciting time. Don’t know where to start? Scroll down for expert advice!

Top Engagement Ring Tips

We sat down with Sarah, one of James Allen’s senior customer service reps, to talk about some common questions she encounters on a daily basis from customers. Whether it’s about buying an engagement ring or making proposal plans, read on for her top engagement ring tips and more!

1. Shape Your Thoughts

When you’re just getting started, we recommend thinking about shape preference. ‘A round center stone is never going to go out of style, and it is by far the most popular shape,’ explains Sarah. If you don’t know where to begin, play it safe and go for a round center stone.

Oval cut and pear shaped diamonds are a great choice if you prefer something a bit more trendy.

Fancy Shaped Er

2. Timing Is Everything

When you’re thinking about the proposal, consider timelines and how long it takes to make your ring. ‘I always remind our customers to allow themselves enough time because all our rings are made to order,’ adds Sarah.

So, remember, whatever you choose, give yourself a few weeks before getting your hands on these gorgeous pieces.

3. Let’s Talk Budget

You may have heard about the ‘three-month salary rule’, but we believe you should determine how much you can comfortably spend overall. There are no set rules when it comes to how much money you should spend on an engagement ring.

Keep in mind that the price tags of an engagement ring can vary significantly, so it’s important to choose one that fits your budget.

‘Once we know what style the customer wants, the best-sellers are a good reference,’ adds Sarah. We have a wide selection of stunning options for every kind of budget and won’t break the bank.

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Looking to sparkle and save? We teamed up with proposal expert Stacy Stahl to cover all your ring budget questions, including:

  1. How much should you spend on a ring?  
  2. Does bigger mean better? 
  3. How can you save money? 
  4. What’s the average amount spent?

Listen to her tips in the video below to find the best bling for your buck:

4. A Two-Way Street

Engagement ring shopping is usually a two-way street. ‘You should always keep your partner in the loop and follow their lead’ advises Sarah. Your partner is going to be wearing the ring every day, so make sure they love it!

If your significant other hints at something other than a classic solitaire, try something different like these vintage-inspired engagement rings.

FAQs

What is most important when picking an engagement ring?

The most important characteristics you should pay attention to when buying an engagement ring are the diamond’s cut, color, weight, and clarity. A diamond’s price and appearance depend on these characteristics.

How can I make my engagement ring special?

There are many different and beautiful ways to make an engagement ring special. At JamesAllen.com we offer you the opportunity to design your dream ring using our Ring Studio.  And for an extra personal touch, you can also engrave a meaningful message (for free) on the inside of your engagement ring. 

How do you properly wear an engagement ring?

Despite there being no right or wrong way to wear an engagement ring, engagement rings are usually worn on the left ring finger. This is the most common choice, and in many western cultures, the wedding ring finger is traditionally said to be the fourth finger on the left hand. However, the “ring finger” is not the same in all cultures and countries. 

What should you not do when buying an engagement ring?

When it comes to engagement ring shopping, many people often make the same mistakes. To make sure both the engagement ring and the proposal moment are close to being perfect, it’s so important to keep these in mind:

  • Set a budget 
  • Do your homework and get all the information you can 
  • Check your partner’s ring size partner
  • Consider your partner’s personal style. 
  • Plan the proposal  

Happy Shopping

Looking for real-life proposal inspiration? Take a look at our customers’ engagement moments from all over the world.

You can also contact us if you need help finding your dream engagement ring. Our diamond and jewelry experts at JamesAllen.com are always available to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to assisting you!

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Best Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

The Best Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

Looking for an engagement ring without the traditional diamond center stone? We’re breaking down our list of stunning diamond alternatives for your dream ring!

Gemstones: Best Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

What Is A Diamond Alternative?

A substitute for diamonds refers to any gemstone chosen in place of a diamond for an engagement ring or other high-quality jewelry. While many often associate diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia, with alternatives, there is actually a diverse selection of gemstones that we suggest exploring as unique options for those seeking alternatives to traditional diamonds.

Let’s dive right in!

What Stones Are Comparable To A Diamond?

Moissanite or white sapphire is most comparable to diamonds. There are visible differences between these two gems and diamonds, but they’re the closest gems to resemble diamonds- in both look and fragility.

What Is The Substitute For A Diamond?

Whether you want a gem that looks like a diamond or something totally unique to traditional center stones, we guarantee these diamond alternatives are tough, worth the hype, and every bit as stunning as diamonds.

The Most Popular Diamond Substitute

If you choose to go with a non-diamond gemstone for an engagement ring, two of the most popular options are moissanite and sapphires. Moissanite is a top pick because it resembles diamonds in both look and hardness, but it will guarantee you save a pretty penny! Sapphires are also budget-friendly gems but offer more symbolism and you can choose between many colors.

Most Brilliant Diamond Alternative

Moissanite comes out on top for this option too. If you need to know anything about moissanite, it’s that this gemstone has incredible brilliance and a superior sparkle to diamonds. Moissanite stones come in every shape so you won’t be limited in your options for engagement ring and jewelry styles.

Most Inexpensive Gemstone Center Stone

In general, most gemstones are significantly cheaper than diamonds. The popularity of gemstones does differ, with emeralds, sapphires, and rubies being the most popular, and other gemstones gathering attention from people who associate them with their birth month.

Pros And Cons Of Choosing A Diamond Alternative

Pros

  • Your engagement ring will be totally unique
  • Diamond alternatives are typically more cost-effective
  • You have more variety to choose from

Cons

  • No gem is as durable as a diamond
  • The perceived value of a diamond is much higher than most gems
  • Most diamond alternatives lack the rarity of natural diamonds

Popular Natural Diamond & Gemstone Alternatives

Let’s take a look at our top selection of diamond alternatives for engagement rings and how they measure up to a natural diamond ring.

Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab grown diamonds aren’t exactly a typical diamond alternative since they’re real diamonds. However, they are a popular option for those who want a real diamond but simply prefer to get more diamonds for their buck.

Remember, if major sparkle and perfect durability are what you’re looking for, a lab diamond is the perfect option for you and your engagement ring budget.

Pear Shaped Lab Grown Diamond

Moissanite

We love moissanite. Why? Simply put, this gem sparkles like no other! This diamond alternative is by far the closest thing to a natural diamond, in appearance and durability. It’s a top choice for engagement ring buyers who want the look of a traditional engagement ring, but not the price tag.

Related Post: Moissanite 101: A Complete Guide

Diamond Engagement Rings

Emerald

Emerald has a vibrant green color that is sure to make any engagement ring stand out from the crowd. This May birthstone goes perfectly with dark and light metals and offers a unique aesthetic to jewelry pieces.

Notably less durable than sapphires and diamonds, this gem still makes for a fine center stone, available in all shapes and sizes.

Green Emerald Engagement Ring

Sapphires

Did you know that sapphires come in all the colors of the rainbow? This is the September birthstone and one of the most famous gemstones for engagement rings.

With its romantic symbolism, high durability, and endless variety, it really is the perfect choice for a non-traditional engagement ring center stone.

Sapphire and diamond Ring

Rubies

It’s hard to keep your eyes off of July’s birthstone, ruby, and for good reason. These precious gems showcase a rich red hue that has fascinated civilizations throughout history. Rubies aren’t only a symbol of love but also a representation of strength and courage.

This gem has become a popular choice for those who want a distinctive and meaningful gemstone for engagement rings.

Ruby engagement ring

Pearls

Pearl engagement rings are a true testament to unique brides everywhere. The June birthstone is by far the most classic gem and makes up one of the few organic gemstones.

Pearls not only come in an array of colors but they have a unique luster and complexity that is sure to make your ring feel as special as your relationship.

Pearl Engagement Ring

Morganite

October babies know this gem well. We’re talking about the gorgeous pinky peach gem called morganite. Known for its tranquil energy and symbolizing unconditional love, morganite captures the essence of romance and commitment.

With its gentle and warm tones, morganite offers a distinctive alternative to traditional center stones and looks good with all gold metals.

Morganite Ring

FAQs

Are diamond substitutes more affordable than diamonds?

Yes, in general, diamond alternatives are often more affordable than traditional diamonds.

What ethical and environmental considerations come with choosing a diamond alternative?

The easiest way to know if your chosen gem is ethically sourced is to make sure your jeweler can provide authenticate certificates for your gem before purchase.

How do diamond alternatives compare in terms of durability and sparkle?

It’s true that there is no gem more durable than diamonds, however, many do come close on the Mohs hardness scale and some gems, like moissanite, have a superior sparkle to that of diamonds.

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Diamond Price

Diamond Price: A Guide To Buying Diamonds

Understanding what factors influence diamond price is so important to know before you make an investment or purchase. We know it’s not an easy decision, and so we’ve created this guide to help you understand the key elements of buying diamonds along with helpful tips to make your journey as simple as possible.

Diamond Price

Factors Influencing Diamond Price

Not all diamonds are created equal. There are ideal features you should know to look out for and certain characteristics you want to avoid. Get your notepad ready and let’s start getting into buying diamonds 101. 

Carat Weight and Diamond Cost

Naturally, the bigger the carat the higher the cost. But it’s important to remember the following things when trying to save money on a larger diamond: 

  1. Not all diamond shapes with the same carat weight look equal in size. E.g. A one carat oval cut diamond will look larger than a one carat round cut diamond.
  2. Lab grown diamonds are three times less expensive than natural diamonds so you can afford to go bigger with a lab diamond and remain within your budget.

Diamond Cuts Impact on Price

Diamond cut is graded from poor to excellent- most folks will aim for a “very good” cut grade. The cut of the diamond impacts the price because the cut essentially influences every other aspect (the 4Cs) of a diamond’s overall grading. 

The better the cut grade the higher the price. Our experts suggest that you never compromise on cut. Even a lower color, carat, and clarity grade diamond will still sparkle with brilliance and luster if the cut grade is high. 

Different diamond shapes

Clarity and Diamond Price

A diamond’s clarity is determined by its internal and external imperfections. There are diamonds with more imperfections than others, and even some that are flawless. Larger imperfections lower the price of a diamond, whereas fewer to no imperfections cause the price and value of the diamond to rise. 

But don’t be afraid of the word imperfections or blemishes. These flaws are usually not obvious to the naked eye and can only be seen under microscopes or a jeweler’s loupe. 

Remember the clarity grades:

  • Flawless (FL)
  • Internally Flawless (IF)
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2)
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2)
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2)
  • Included (I1, I2, and I3)

Generally, diamonds in the Very Slightly Included (VS) and Slightly Included (SI) categories tend to offer good value for money. 

Color Grading and Its Effect on Diamond Cost

The color grade of a diamond significantly affects its cost. Diamond color is graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown), with D being the most valuable. 

The more colorless a diamond appears, the higher its value. Near colorless diamonds are also popular and offer a good balance between quality and cost. Lower-grade diamonds are generally more affordable, but the choice between color grades depends on personal preferences and the desired balance between diamond quality and budget constraints. 

Diamond color grade

How to Buy Diamonds at the Right Price

Now the hard part – how do you buy the diamond of your dreams (or one close to that) for the right price. First, there are some things you should decide on before you go about choosing your diamond.

  1. What diamond shape do you prefer? 
  2. Do you want a natural diamond or a lab grown diamond?
  3. Do you prefer to buy your diamond online or in-store?
  4. What setting type and metal color do you want to pair your diamond with?
  5. Your lifestyle 

It’ll be easier to know what type of diamond you want and how much you’re willing to spend once you have a better understanding of the above preferences. Our experts suggest that you mention this to a diamond consultant/jewelry before you look at diamonds. 

P.S.: Did you know that JamesAllen.com offers free real-time diamond inspections and consultations?  

Setting a Budget for Your Diamond

This next step is key. Having a budget in mind makes it that much easier to understand what diamond price you’ll be happy with. It will also help the jeweler find you the best diamond for your budget and your or your partner’s preferences. 

On average – a basic diamond engagement ring costs anywhere from $1500-$4000. Check out our TikTok page to see just how to create your ideal engagement ring on a budget! 

Diamond budget

Understanding Diamond Certification

Think of your diamond certification as its very own birth certificate. Getting the proper diamond certification is essential, not only to know that you’ve purchased a real and conflict-free diamond but also in case of resale and insurance. 

Many organizations offer different diamond certificates but some of the most recognizable and popular are GIA (Gemological Institute of America), IGI (International Gemological Institute), AGS (American Gem Society Laboratories), and European Gemological Institute.) 

Never purchase a diamond that doesn’t come with a reputable diamond certification. 

Comparing Diamond Prices

Diamond Price Per Carat Chart

Negotiating Diamond Prices

If you’re going to a jeweler and have the opportunity to buy your diamond straight from the market try these negotiating tips: 

Research Rapaport Prices: Read the weekly Rapaport Diamond Report to understand average wholesale prices for diamonds.

Compare Multiple Quotes: Get quotes from different jewelers and compare them to Rapaport values for similar diamonds and use this information as a negotiation tool.

Use the 4Cs Strategically: Leverage your knowledge of the 4Cs to negotiate your diamond price.

Ask About Diamond Characteristics: Inquire about specific diamond features and negotiate based on any imperfections or characteristics that may affect its value.

Build a Positive Relationship: Establish a good relationship with the jeweler, that way they will want to give you the best diamond price possible.

Be Prepared to Walk Away: Be willing to walk away if negotiations don’t meet your expectations.

FAQs 

What Factors Affect the Price of a 1 Carat Diamond?

The 4Cs affect the price of a diamond – carat weight, clarity, color, and cut. So make sure you research these before buying your diamond. 

What Is the Average Diamond Price Per Carat?

The average price of a diamond per carat depends on several factors. Check out our detailed diamond price comparison chart above! 

Can I Find Affordable Diamond Prices Online?

Of course! Most online diamond retailers offer lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds at affordable prices (and oftentimes these diamonds are on sale several times throughout the year.) 

How Can I Ensure I’m Getting the Best Diamond Price?

Do your research- compare diamond prices at different jewelers- online and in-store. 

Conclusion

We have this guide that has answered some of your diamond-buying questions, or at least opened your eyes to the topic of diamond price and how to buy them! If you’re still unsure and want to chat with a professional – take full advantage of our 24/7 diamond consultants at JamesAllen.com today! 

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How To Design Custom Jewelry Online

How To Design Custom Jewelry Online

How To Design Custom Jewelry Online

Creating Customized Jewelry

Designing your own custom jewelry online is an exciting process and allows individuals to create personalized accessories by selecting materials, gemstones, and styles from the comfort of their homes. Through intuitive online platforms, customers can take an idea and, by visualizing their designs in real-time and making adjustments, translate that dream into a unique, perfectly tailored piece of jewelry.

At James Allen, you can design a one-of-a-kind engagement ring that’s true to your personality by customizing it with vibrant gemstones, colored diamonds, and a variety of metal alternatives, ensuring your ring is as unique as your love story. If you wish, we can create and design a unique engagement ring to your specifications, using state-of-the-art technology that brings your vision to life.

Exploring Customization Options

Choosing Your Base Piece

Selecting the ideal base piece is the first crucial step in customizing your jewelry, setting the tone for the entire design. This important choice involves deciding the form — such as a ring, necklace, or earrings. Another key step is deciding on the material that you want, which could range from various precious metals to different settings for gemstones. It’s essential to think about the jewelry’s intended use when choosing durability and design, whether it’s for everyday wear or special occasions.

Selecting the Perfect Diamond

Explore our extensive collection of over 500,000 certified, conflict free lab or earth created diamonds in stunning 360° HD and up to 40x SuperZoom. You can also receive free, personalized diamond consultation from our certified gemologist to ensure you make the perfect choice. Our Real-Time Diamond Inspection is a game-changer for online ring shoppers, this allows you to view and inspect loose diamonds instantly.

Simply browse the diamonds you’re interested in alongside one of our professionals by scheduling a consultation. Ask questions, mark points of interest on the screen while chatting with your diamond expert in real-time, and review everything from the diamond specs to the grading certificate together, all while finding the ideal diamond tailored to your budget.

Our wide range of loose diamonds also includes a TrueHearts™ collection of cut-to-perfection lab grown diamonds.

Personalizing with Precious Metals

Choosing the right metal for your engagement ring is a crucial part of the ring design process. It’s also important to choose a metal you love, but it’s got to love you back. While it’s essential to choose a metal that resonates with your taste, it should also stand up to daily wear. Let’s explore the options available to you:

Yellow gold (14k or 18k)

White gold (14k or 18k)

Rose gold (14k)

Platinum

Yellow Gold:

Available in 14k and 18k, yellow gold is the most common metal choice. Versatile and easy to maintain, it appeals to those who adore its rich appearance and hue. Yellow gold looks great on just about every skin tone and is perfect for those who prefer a traditional and timeless look.

White Gold:

Available in 14k or 18k, white gold has the look of platinum, but at a more affordable cost! This beautiful and classic metal color makes it perfect for everyday wear.

Rose Gold:

If you’re looking for something unique yet romantic, this is the one for you. Available in 14k, Rose gold is more durable than both white gold and yellow gold, while boasting a similar price point. Its distinctive pink hue offers a fresh and contemporary alternative to other metals.

It’s important to note that rose gold gets its beautiful coloring from a blend of gold, copper, and silver.  While copper contributes to rose gold’s affordability and durability, it’s not hypoallergenic. So, anyone with copper allergies should avoid rose gold.

Platinum

A naturally white metal and a luxe choice. Platinum offers both eye-catching beauty and value. It’s also known for its durability and hypoallergenic properties. The positive qualities of platinum are reflected in its price, which makes it one of the more expensive options.

Designing Your Custom Jewelry

The Ring Studio is a new feature at JamesAllen.com that allows you nearly unlimited customization options for engagement rings. Jump into the designer’s seat and take full creative control of the entire process. Create a custom engagement ring, from scratch by hand-picking your favorite setting from a range of over 100 options. Then browse through our gorgeous array of ring styles! From timeless solitaires to vintage elegance, embrace the allure of sparkling pavés, radiant side stones, and so much more

You also get to pick the metal of the ring’s head and shank, complete with your specific center diamond or gemstone. Or, tweak a James Allen design you love to make it even better.

Remember: Some baskets, bands, and stone shapes aren’t necessarily compatible with one another. For example, only certain stone shapes will fit into certain baskets. If your heart is set on a specific combination that’s not available in the Ring Studio, contact our 24/7 customer service team to request a custom ring. You can count on them to do everything they can to meet your expectations.

Adding Unique Engravings

Did you know that we offer free engraving on most of our engagement rings and wedding bands. The option of engraving will be presented to you during checkout if it is available for your selection.

Personal ring engravings can be any alphanumeric combination up to 20 characters in length. Looking for inspiration? Consider engraving your engagement ring or wedding band with your anniversary date, an expression of your love, your initials, or a phrase with a special meaning that only you two understand! 

Three diamond engagement rings with engravings

Related blog post: Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas 

Finalizing Your Custom Creation

Virtual Try-On

You’ve designed the ring and you know it fits your heart, but what about your finger? Believe it or not, technological innovation is making that worry a thing of the past. See how your design will look in real life with our Virtual Try-On feature, straight from your smartphone.

We’re firm believers that your ring-trying experience should align with your way of life. For such a significant purchase as an engagement ring, it is vital that you try it on and get a feel for it before committing to it. So, how does this make buying an engagement ring online more convenient? Simply take a photo of your hand, and virtually slide on the ring you’re eyeing eliminating any second-guessing you might have. And really, what tops the luxury of sampling an infinite array of rings whenever, wherever you want?

Virtual Try On Feature

360° Viewing

Thanks to our Diamond Display Technology™ you can explore your diamond’s cut, color, clarity, and sparkle in 360° HD views and up to 40x magnification so you can truly understand your diamond’s features. Our Diamond Display Technology™ gives you a detailed and fully immersive experience to help you understand your diamond’s quality. Additionally, you can browse our wide range of fancy-colored diamonds and natural gemstones for an exotic alternative to colorless diamonds.

Why Should You Customize Your Jewelry Online

Customizing your jewelry online offers unparalleled convenience, allowing you to design and refine your piece from the comfort of your home. James Allen offers access to a vast array of design options, materials, and gemstones, at competitive prices. Furthermore, with the help of cutting-edge visualization tools, technology, and consultations with gemologists and diamond specialists, you’re guaranteed a distinct and superior-quality piece that reflects your individual aesthetic and aspirations.

A Happy Couple Sit Together Looking On Her Diamond Ring

What Is the Cost of Customizing Jewelry Online

As there are many factors involved when customizing jewelry online, the cost varies widely. This is often based on things such as the quality of gemstones or diamonds, type of metal, and the intricacy of the design. In order to ensure transparency and budget alignment, you should obtain a detailed estimate from one of our experts before finalizing any design.

Is It Cheaper to Customize Your Jewelry Online

Customizing your jewelry online can often be more affordable than traditional methods, mainly because of the reduced overhead costs associated with physical stores. Most online platforms have direct access to a variety of suppliers, allowing for competitive pricing of gemstones and other materials. With no middlemen involved, customers often pay a fraction of what they would at a brick-and-mortar jeweler. Additionally, you can compare prices instantly online to ensure you’re getting the best deal on your customized piece.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Customizing Your Jewelry Online

Like anything, customizing jewelry online comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Let’s uncover the various pros and cons to help you navigate the digital creation of your unique adornments.

Pros of Online Customization

  • Convenience: Online customization offers the ease of designing and ordering personalized jewelry from the comfort of one’s home, eliminating the need for physical store visits.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: With lower operational costs than physical stores, online platforms can offer more competitive pricing and easy price comparisons for custom jewelry.
  • Real-Time Visualization: Advanced technology on many online platforms enables 3D rendering and virtual try-ons, allowing customers to view and modify their designs in real time. Customers can achieve a clearer and more detailed view of the diamond online than with the naked eye. 
  • Personalized Experience: Online platforms often store previous designs and preferences, enabling a more tailored shopping experience and making it simpler to create new pieces that align with your personal style and needs. 
  • Eco-Friendly Options: Many online jewelers offer sustainable materials and ethically sourced gemstones, allowing environmentally conscious customers to create a piece of jewelry that aligns with their values.
  • Extensive Selection: We offer an unmatched array of jewelry collections. From engagement rings to men’s and women’s wedding bands, diamond masterpieces, precious metal creations, and rare loose diamonds – our expansive selection outshines what conventional jewelry stores offer!

Cons of Online Customization

  • Shipping Risks: Jewelry needs to be shipped after being ordered, which can cause delays, loss, or damage, depending on how reliable the courier service is.
  • Overwhelming Options: For some customers, online shopping can seem overwhelming with so many choices and design options to choose from.
  • Digital Misrepresentation: Sometimes, photographs and digital representations do not always capture the true color, brilliance, or subtleties of gemstones and metals. This can lead to a final product that does not meet the customer’s expectations.

FAQs

Can I see a physical sample of my custom design before purchasing?

Each ring is handcrafted at the time of purchase. When you select a center stone and setting, you will see a Computer-aided design of your design (with the general shape of your center stone) If there are any recently purchased ring videos we have to share, that will be available for you as well. Please keep in mind that the CAD shown and recently purchased videos are not representative of your exact ring and center stone details.

Can I make changes to my design after placing the order?

Yes! Our customer service team is happy to assist with exchange requests before your design has shipped if you have a change of heart. Keep in mind that any changes to the setting or even just the center stone will require the production process to start over, so be prepared to wait a little longer for your order to ship. Fully custom designs are non-refundable and once the order starts production, we are limited to what changes can be made.

Additionally, changes to engravings or ring sizes may also delay an order beyond the original projected completion date.

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring, diamond pendant or diamond studs can come with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our highly rated customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24-7 regarding any questions you have about buying an engagement ring online and the process around it.

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Moissanite 101 A Complete Guide

Moissanite 101: A Complete Guide

Interested in moissanite but not too sure about the gem? We’ve got your complete guide on this gorgeous diamond substitute.

Moissanite 101 A Complete Guide

What Is Moissanite?

Moissanite has a different chemical makeup from natural and lab grown diamonds. While a diamond is pure carbon, moissanite is both silica and carbon. As a result, Moissanite sparkles differently and is slightly less hard than diamond. In terms of appearance, it does look nearly identical to a diamond and sparkles even more. 

Natural moissanite is incredibly rare, so most moissanite available today is created in laboratories. Moissanite is often referred to as a diamond simulant and sold as a substitute, giving the illusion of similarity to diamonds.

How Is Moissanite Made?

The basic process of making moissanite involves the same pressure and heat, similar to what is needed when it’s formed in nature. Silicon carbide powder is heated enough to become a gas. Then, through a carefully monitored process, the right chemical and environmental conditions are created to allow the moissanite to grow. This process can take a few months.

Moissanite Shapes

The History & Origins Of Moissanite

Henri Moissan was the first person to identify these stones in 1893 in a crater caused by a meteorite in Canyon Diablo, Arizona. At first, he believed he’d found diamonds, it was only 11 years later that he discovered the stones had a different chemical makeup and were, in fact, natural silicon carbide.

Nowadays, since these stones are so rare, most moissanite gems are created in controlled lab environments using advanced technology. Moissanites require absolutely no mining to produce, making their origins easily traceable. 

Why Choose A Moissanite Engagement Ring?

Moissanite is appealing to modern jewelry buyers for several stellar reasons, but is it the best option for an engagement ring? Let’s count all the ways why moissanite may be the best option for your dream ring. 

Exceptional Brilliance

Moissanite exhibits remarkable sparkle and fire, often surpassing that of diamonds. Its high refractive index results in a dazzling play of light.

Affordability

Moissanite is a cost-effective alternative to diamonds, allowing you to allocate your budget wisely. You can get a larger and more eye-catching stone for your money.

Durability

Moissanite ranks high on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it suitable for everyday wear. It is resistant to scratching, chipping, and breaking.

Uniqueness

Moissanite is a distinct gem with its own characteristics, offering a unique and captivating choice. It stands as a symbol of your individuality and style.

Color Options

Moissanite comes in various colors, including colorless (D-F) and near-colorless (G-H), allowing you to select the perfect hue for your ring.

Customization

Moissanite engagement rings offer versatile design options, enabling you to create a one-of-a-kind piece that reflects your personality and love story.

Proven Quality

Moissanite has been extensively tested for its quality and performance, ensuring you receive a beautiful and enduring gem.

Conflict-Free

By choosing moissanite, you contribute to the avoidance of potential conflict associated with diamond mining.

Low Maintenance

Moissanite requires minimal care to maintain its brilliance, making it a practical choice for busy lifestyles.

Moissanite Vs Diamond comparison chart

What Are The Qualities Of Moissanite?

Moissanite vs Diamond: Color

Moissanite comes in colorless, near-colorless, and yellow/green shades. This is perfect if you’re looking for a more traditional-looking center stone. On the other hand, diamonds come in every color under the rainbow. You will have no trouble finding an affordable white or fancy color lab diamond.

Moissanite vs Diamond: Price

Moissanite certainly has an advantage over diamonds in terms of price. If you choose to go with a moissanite engagement ring, you’ll pay almost four times less than that of a lab grown diamond ring. If you’re looking to maximize your budget and the size of your center stone, a moissanite ring may be the best option.

Moissanite vs Diamonds: Durability

A gemstone’s durability is measured using the Mohs hardness scale. FYI, diamonds are the hardness substance on earth, rating a 10 on the Mohs hardness scale! 

Moissanite doesn’t do too badly either, coming in a close second at 9.25 on the scale. This means your moissanite ring will remain clear and unscratched. In fact, the only thing hard enough to scratch it would be a diamond.

Moissanite vs Diamonds

Moissanite Pros And Cons

Moissanite Pros

  • Budget-Friendly. Moissanite is cheaper than diamonds, making it an attractive option for budget shoppers. It has many similarities with diamonds, such as being high in fire and brilliance. To the untrained eye, it looks like a diamond. Some married couples have opted for moissanite wedding rings because it’s less expensive while remaining durable and beautiful.
  • Inclusions Aren’t Visible to the Naked Eye. Diamonds in which inclusions aren’t visible to the naked eye are usually more expensive than those that don’t have inclusions visible to the naked eye for obvious reasons. When you shop for moissanite, you don’t have to worry about making a choice between a gemstone with inclusions and a gemstone without inclusions. Moissanite doesn’t have inclusions visible to the naked eye. This eases the buying process and helps you save money as well.
  • Exceptional Brilliance. Part of a diamond’s appeal is how sparkly it is. Moissanite is also sparkly due to its high level of brilliance. Many people are surprised to find out that moissanite has a higher refractive index than diamonds. Thus, if sparkle is important to you in the gemstone you want to buy, moissanite is a good option. It rivals the sparkle of diamonds.

Moissanite Cons

  • It’s Not a Diamond – The biggest drawback of moissanite has nothing to do with its durability, sparkle, or clarity. It’s that moissanite isn’t a diamond. Many people view a diamond ring as a necessity in marriage. You may have to deal with some ridicule if you and your spouse opt for a moissanite ring instead of a diamond one. Even when it comes to other jewelry, others can be judgmental about someone with moissanite jewelry because they view it as an alternative to diamonds.
  • Not As Valuable as a Diamond. If owning valuable or expensive jewelry is important to you, then moissanite might not be a better option than diamonds right now. Although they are stronger than diamonds and have higher fire and brilliance, consumers don’t view them as valuable as diamonds. Due to the rules of supply and demand, diamonds are still more valuable and expensive. People are willing to pay more for a diamond despite its slightly weaker characteristics.

How To Clean Your Moissanite Ring At Home

Jewelry maintenance doesn’t need to cost you a lot but it is important if you want to maintain that shine you love. Try out our DIY cleaning tips for moissanite engagement rings and other moissanite jewelry.

How To Clean Moissanite Ring

FAQs

Is moissanite a fake diamond?

Moissanite is not a fake diamond, but rather a distinct gemstone composed of silicon carbide. While it shares some visual similarities with diamonds, it has its own unique properties and characteristics.

Is moissanite a real gemstone?

Moissanite is absolutely a real gemstone. Composed of silicon carbide, moissanite is a popular diamond alternative due to its many visual similarities.

Will moissanite pass a diamond test?

Moissanite typically won’t pass a traditional diamond test, such as a thermal conductivity test or a diamond tester, as it has different thermal and electrical conductivity properties than natural diamonds.

Is moissanite affordable?

Moissanite stones are generally more affordable than diamonds due to differences in rarity and production costs. Natural diamonds are scarce, whereas moissanite can be created in laboratories, making it more cost-effective.

Can you shower with moissanite?

Yes, you can shower with moissanite jewelry. Moissanite is a durable gemstone that can withstand exposure to water and mild detergents. However, it’s important to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners, as they can potentially damage the metal settings or diminish the gemstone’s brilliance over time.

Is moissanite ethical?

Moissanite is often considered an ethical gemstone option. This is likely because most moissanite is lab grown since naturally occurring moissanite is very rare. This controlled environment is largely considered to be conflict-free and without ethical concerns that can be associated with gemstones that are mined from the earth.

The Verdict on Moissanite

Moissanite is a remarkable gemstone that has gained popularity for its striking brilliance, durability, and affordability. While it may resemble diamonds, it possesses unique qualities that set it apart. So why not invest in your dream moissanite engagement ring or fine jewelry today? 

Still have questions about this gem? Feel free to contact our exceptional customer service team, available 24/7!

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Simulant Diamonds Vs. Lab Created Diamonds

Simulant Diamonds Vs. Lab Grown Diamonds: What’s The Difference?

Wondering which affordable stone to choose for your engagement ring or next piece of jewelry? We’ll walk you through all there is to know about simulant diamonds vs. lab grown diamonds and help you make the best choice for your budget and preferences!

Simulant Diamonds Vs. Lab Created Diamonds

What Are Diamonds?

Before we dive into the world of simulants and lab grown diamonds, let’s get to know the star of the show – diamonds themselves. Diamonds are precious gemstones formed deep within the Earth’s mantle under immense pressure and heat. They are renowned for their exceptional hardness, brilliance, and timeless beauty. 

What Are Simulated Diamonds?

Simulant diamonds, often referred to as diamond simulants, are gemstones that mimic the appearance of natural diamonds but are composed of different materials. These stones are crafted to imitate the sparkle and allure of genuine diamonds.

Loose diamonds and simulants

Simulant Diamonds vs. Lab Grown Diamonds: Factors To Consider

Appearance

Simulant diamonds closely resemble natural diamonds in terms of their appearance. They possess remarkable brilliance and clarity, making them visually indistinguishable from their natural counterparts to the naked eye.

Cost

One significant advantage of simulant diamonds is their affordability. They are generally more budget-friendly compared to natural and lab diamonds, making them an attractive option for those seeking a diamond-like aesthetic without the hefty price tag.

Ethics

From an ethical standpoint, simulants are conflict-free. Since they are not mined, they do not contribute to the ethical concerns associated with the diamond industry, such as blood diamonds.

Examples of Diamond Simulants

  1. Cubic Zirconia
  2. Moissanite
  3. White Sapphire
  4. Rutile

How Are Simulant Diamonds Created?

Stones like moissanite and cubic zirconia are created using a method called crystal synthesis. In this process, scientists replicate the conditions found deep within the Earth’s mantle, where natural gemstones are formed.

By heating and cooling specific chemical compounds, they can generate crystals with properties resembling those of diamonds or other precious stones, making them popular choices for jewelry due to their brilliance and affordability.

Pros of Diamond Simulants

  • Affordability: Simulant diamonds offer an affordable alternative to natural diamonds, allowing more people to enjoy their beauty.
  • Conflict-Free: They are ethically sound, contributing to peace of mind for conscientious buyers.
  • Appearance: Simulants like moissanite have even more sparkling brilliance than diamonds.

Cons of Diamond Simulants

  • Durability: Simulants are not as durable as natural or lab created diamonds, which means they may scratch or lose their luster over time.
  • Authenticity: While mimicking the appearance, simulants lack the intrinsic value and rarity of natural diamonds.
diamond and simulant jewelry

Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab created diamonds, also known as lab grown or synthetic diamonds, are a product of advanced scientific processes that replicate the natural diamond formation process. They are created in controlled environments, such as laboratories, rather than being extracted from the Earth’s crust.

Appearance

Lab diamonds are virtually identical to natural diamonds in terms of appearance. They possess the same brilliance, fire, and optical characteristics that make diamonds so captivating.

Cost

Compared to natural diamonds, lab grown diamonds are more affordable. While they may not be as inexpensive as simulants, they still offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional diamonds.

Ethics

One of the key ethical advantages of lab diamonds is their environmentally friendly production. They have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to mined diamonds and do not contribute to harmful mining practices.

Pros of Lab Grown Diamonds

  • Quality: They offer the same high-quality appearance and durability as natural diamonds.
  • Value: Lab grown diamonds provide excellent value for their cost, making them an attractive option for buyers.
  • Conflict-Free: They are ethically sound, contributing to peace of mind for conscientious buyers.
  • Versatility: They come in all fancy color diamond options

Cons of Lab Grown Diamonds

  • Perceived Value: Some individuals may still value natural diamonds more due to their rarity and tradition.
  • Initial Cost: While more affordable than natural diamonds, lab created diamonds may have a higher initial cost than simulants.
loose fancy shaped diamonds and a diamond engagement ring

Simulant Diamonds vs. Lab Grown Diamonds: Comparing Durability

When choosing a diamond, durability is a crucial factor to consider. Let’s take a closer look at how simulant diamonds vs. lab created diamonds compare in terms of their ability to withstand daily wear and tear.

Simulant Diamonds

When it comes to durability, simulant diamonds, while dazzling in appearance, have limitations. These stones are generally much softer than natural and lab created diamonds, which means they can be more susceptible to scratches and abrasions. However, moissanite is an exception here, with a hardness closer to diamonds at 9.5 on the Mohs scale.

Lab Grown Diamonds

On the other hand, lab diamonds share the exceptional durability of natural diamonds. Their hardness on the Mohs scale is identical to that of natural diamonds, making them highly resistant to scratching and damage.

The Mohs Scale of Hardness

The Science Behind Lab Grown Diamonds

The creation of lab grown diamonds is a marvel of modern science. To appreciate these gems fully, let’s delve into the intricate processes and advanced technologies that bring them to life.

Lab diamonds are grown through two primary methods: High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD).

High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT)

In the HPHT method, scientists recreate the extreme conditions found deep within the Earth’s mantle, where natural diamonds form. Carbon atoms are subjected to high pressure (over a million pounds per square inch) and high temperature (around 2,200 degrees Celsius).

Under these intense conditions, carbon atoms arrange themselves into the crystal structure of a diamond. Over time, a diamond crystal grows layer by layer.

Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)

The CVD process involves placing a small diamond seed in a sealed chamber filled with a carbon-rich gas, such as methane. When the gas is heated to extreme temperatures, carbon atoms are released and bond to the diamond seed, causing it to grow. This method allows more precise control over the diamond’s growth and purity.

The result of these scientific processes is a lab grown diamond that possesses the same physical, chemical, and optical properties as natural diamonds. They are indistinguishable from natural diamonds even under close inspection.

loose fancy shaped diamonds with tweezers and a loupe

Simulant Diamonds vs. Lab Grown Diamonds: Choosing Your Stone

Now that you have a clearer understanding of simulant diamonds vs. lab diamonds, we’ll break down the reasons why you should choose these stones:

Natural Diamond:

  1. You love diamond’s sparkle
  2. You’ll wear your diamond jewelry often
  3. You admire the billions of years of history contained in each stone

Lab Grown Diamond:

  1. You love diamond’s sparkle
  2. You’ll wear your diamond jewelry often
  3. You want a large diamond at a lower price

Moissanite:

  1. You’re on a budget
  2. You like small-carat stones
  3. You’ll wear your jewelry intensively

Cubic Zirconia:

  1. You’re on a budget
  2. You’ll wear your jewelry carefully and not every day
  3. You’re saving up for a more expensive stone

Choosing the stone that suits your lifestyle is an important part of designing meaningful jewelry that will last you throughout your life. And if you choose to buy either lab-created diamonds or earth-created diamonds, you can choose from 1000’s of beautiful options at James Allen.

FAQs

Are simulated diamonds worth anything?

Simulated diamonds have value primarily in their aesthetic appeal. They are not as valuable as natural or lab created diamonds from a monetary standpoint.

Is a simulated diamond good quality?

Simulated diamonds are crafted to mimic the quality of natural diamonds in terms of appearance. However, they lack the intrinsic hardness and longevity of natural or lab diamonds.

Is a simulated diamond a cubic zirconia?

No, simulated diamonds are not the same as cubic zirconia. While cubic zirconia is a popular diamond simulant, simulants can be made from various materials, including moissanite and white sapphire.

Conclusion 

As we wrap up this sparkling exploration of simulant diamonds vs. lab grown diamonds, it’s clear that both options offer unique advantages. Simulants provide an affordable and ethically sound option for those who desire the appearance of diamonds.

While lab created diamonds offer a sustainable, high-quality alternative. The choice ultimately comes down to individual preferences and priorities.

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High Karat Gold: The Complete Guide To Understanding Gold Quality

High Karat Gold: The Complete Guide To Understanding Gold Quality

Since 2006, as a leading e-commerce jewelry and loose diamond retailer, we’ve had the privilege of helping numerous customers deepen their understanding of gold jewelry.

From Karat to Carat, and the measurement of the purity of gold, it’s totally understandable they can all be confusing. Ready to learn more about high karat gold? Let’s dive right in!

Gold Jewelry

What is a Karat?

Karat is outlined as a measurement of the purity of gold. In the world of fine jewelry, understanding gold’s purity is essential. 

Think of 24 karat (24K) gold as nature’s gold, untouched and pure with no other metals. While 18 karat (18K) gold is 75% of that pristine gold, blended with 25% of other fine metals. There’s also 14 karat (14K) gold, which contains 58.3% gold and 41.7% other alloys. Lastly, 10 karat (10K) gold, is often considered to be the least pure gold on the market for ‘gold jewelry’. Gold accounts for 41.7% of its composition, while other metals make up 58.3%.

At JamesAllen.com, we believe in precision and authenticity. While these percentages do vary slightly, it’s important to remember that this may be the case as jewelers perfect their craft finding the perfectly toned metal that works best for them. However, any gold jewelry labeled with a specific karat will closely align with the standards set by the millesimal fineness chart.

What’s the Difference Between Karat and Carat?

“Karat” and “Carat” are two terms that are often confused with one another. For a better understanding, keep scrolling.

KaratCarat
PurposeMeasures the purity of goldMeasure the weight of gemstones or diamonds
UsagePrimarily in the jewelry industry to indicate the purity of goldUsed globally in the gemstone and jewelry industry to denote the size of diamonds and other gemstones.
Representation“K” as in 24K for pure gold“Ct” or “ct” to denote weight, e.g., 2 ct diamond
Fun FactThe higher the karat, the purer the goldMost diamonds lose the majority of their carats in the process of being cut.

Gold Terms to Know

Karat (K): A unit of measurement used to express the purity of gold in an alloy. Pure gold is 24 karats, while alloys are represented as fractions of 24.

Alloy: A mixture of two or more metals, often used in combination with gold to enhance its properties like strength and color.

Hallmark: A stamped mark on gold items that indicates their purity and authenticity, usually accompanied by the karatage (e.g., “18K”).

Assay: The process of analyzing the composition of a metal to determine its purity.

Fining: A process used to remove impurities from gold by melting it with substances like borax or saltpeter.

Malleability: The property of gold that allows it to be hammered, rolled, or shaped without breaking.

Gold Plating: The process of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal through electroplating.

Refining: The process of purifying raw gold through various chemical and physical processes to remove impurities.

What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of High Karat Gold?

The allure of high karat gold is undeniable, but how does it fare in practical terms? Let’s unravel some of the advantages and disadvantages. 

Advantages Disadvantages
Contains fewer alloy metalsGenerally more expensive
Has a rich and vibrant hue Prone to scratches and dents
Pure gold does not tarnish or corrodeUsually requires frequent polishing and reshaping due to its softness
Unlikely to cause allergic reactionsMore challenging to resize compared to lower carat jewelry pieces

How to Choose the Best Karat for You

When choosing your gold jewelry karat, it’s important to think about your style and the item’s function. For pieces such as engagement or wedding rings, you’ll want 18K gold at the very least due to the balance between its purity and durability. Since we use our hands on a daily basis, it’s easy for rings to be scuffed on a daily basis. 

In contrast, when it comes to jewelry items that are less susceptible to damage, such as earrings or pendants, it’s entirely reasonable to indulge in 24K designs. These pieces usually rest gently on the body, minimizing the risks of scratches or dents.

Related blog post: 14K Gold vs. 18K Gold: What’s The Difference And Which “K”  Is Right For You?

What Is Gold Purity?

Gold purity refers to the proportion of actual gold content within a given item or alloy. It is an important metric in the jewelry industry that helps to indicate the quality and value of a gold piece. 

This purity is commonly measured in two main ways: first through the karat system, which scales from 1 to 24 (with 24 karats indicating pure gold), and the millesimal fineness, which is measured in parts per thousand. For instance, in the karat system, 18K gold signifies that the alloy is made up of 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals. 

Understanding gold purity helps consumers gauge the authenticity, value, and quality of their gold possessions.

A model wearing an array of gold jewelry

What Is the Difference Between Pure and High Karat Gold?

Each piece of jewelry is characterized by its karat or the amount of pure gold used. Pure or 24-karat gold is 100% pure gold. And, high karat gold refers to any piece with more than ten karats of pure gold. Generally, high-end jewelry is made with at least 10K gold.

What Is the Highest Karat of Gold?

The highest karat of gold is 24K gold. 24-karat gold is 100% pure and does not contain any other metals. This makes it the purest gold available, meaning, it has zero impurities and is usually softer than lower karats such as 10K and 14K.

As we mentioned previously, gold comes in various karat levels, indicating its purity. The higher the karat, the less the metal is mixed with other metals during refinement. While 24K gold has the highest purity, its ability to bend restricts its use in jewelry pieces like wedding bands, especially when detailed designs or subtle curves are desired. On the other hand, 10K gold, comprising of 41.7% pure gold, is celebrated for its durability and is frequently chosen for crafting jewelry.

Does a Higher Karat Mean Higher Quality Gold?

You may have heard that 24K gold is the “highest” karat gold. But high karat doesn’t directly translate to higher quality. But let’s break it all down for you. It does mean that 24K gold has more actual gold in it compared to, say, 14K or 10K. That makes it more valuable, sure, but not always “better” for every purpose. 

Here’s why: 24K gold is super soft. Imagine trying to make a sculpture with soft clay versus firm clay. The softer it is, the trickier it gets. That’s why you don’t see a lot of jewelry made from 24K gold. On the flip side, 18K gold hits that sweet spot. It’s both gorgeous to look at and strong enough for pieces like rings, earrings, and bracelets. Think of it as the MVP in the gold world – bringing both beauty and strength to the table.

How Can You Tell if Gold Is Real?

  • The best way is to take your gold jewelry to a reputable jeweler who can test it
  • Check to see if it has been stamped (real gold should be stamped somewhere with its karat measurement (usually 10K, 14K, or 18K).  
  • Alternatively, fill a bowl or glass with water, and drop the gold into it. If it floats, it’s not real gold. It’s likely genuine if it sinks since real gold is quite heavy.

FAQs

Can I wear high-karat gold jewelry every day?

Yes, of course, you can wear high-karat gold jewelry every day! However, it’s important to note that due to its purity and softness, it is more susceptible to scratches and dents. Such jewelry should be handled with caution during activities that could damage it.

How do I determine the authenticity of karat gold jewelry?

To determine the authenticity of karat gold jewelry, firstly, you check for a hallmark or stamp indicating the gold’s purity, e.g., “14k” or “18k”. You can also make sure to buy from reputable sources or brands to ensure quality and authenticity. Otherwise, consider having your gold jewelry tested by a professional jeweler.

Does a Higher Karat Mean Higher Quality Gold?

Yes. In general, a higher karat indicates a greater percentage of gold in the alloy and, therefore, a higher degree of purity. For instance, 24-karat gold is considered pure gold, while 18-karat gold contains 75% gold. Quality is subjective; even though higher-karat gold is purer, it may be less durable in certain jewelry applications due to its softer nature.

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How to Measure Ring Size for a Surprise Proposal

Finding the perfect ring size is just as important as finding the perfect engagement ring. Read on to find out all the ways you can measure ring size for a surprise proposal!

This task may seem daunting, but don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! We’ve come up with multiple methods to measure ring size accurately and discreetly. 

Whether you opt for our free ring sizer or more straightforward at-home techniques, we’re sure you’ll get that ring size down without your partner knowing, and you’ll be well-prepared for that magical moment. Let’s dive in!

Understanding Ring Sizing

Before you embark on your mission to find the perfect ring size, it’s important to understand how ring sizing works. Ring sizes are determined based on the inner circumference of the ring, usually measured in millimeters. The standard ring size scale ranges from 3 to 13 for women and 8 to 15 for men, with half-size increments available for a more precise fit.

To measure someone’s ring size accurately, you have a few options.

Measure Your Ring Size With A Ring Sizer Tape Measure

Using a tape measure is a convenient and accurate way to determine your partner’s ring size. Here’s how:

  1. Wrap the ring sizer tape around your partner’s ring finger (left or right, depending on their preference.) 
  2. Adjust the tape until it feels comfortable, allowing for easy movement.
  3. Read the size indicated on the tape measure where it overlaps.

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How to Measure Your Ring Size Using A Ring Size Conversion Chart

A conversion chart is a super valuable tool to translate measurements into the appropriate ring size. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Measure the inner circumference of your partner’s finger using a string.
  2. Compare the measurement to the ring size conversion chart to find the corresponding size.
Ring Size Conversion Chart

How to Measure Ring Size Using String, Paper, and a Ruler

This is a classic method, and it only requires everyday items to measure ring size:

  1. Wrap a piece of string or dental floss around your partner’s finger.
  2. Mark the spot where the string overlaps and measure its length.
  3. Use a ruler to determine the measurement in millimeters.
  4. Refer to a ring size chart to find the appropriate size.

6 Ways to Measure Ring Size Without Your Partner Knowing

Maintaining the surprise is essential for your stealthy proposal, so here are six ingenious methods to measure ring size discreetly:

  1. Friend’s Insight: Enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member to ask your partner about their ring size without giving away the surprise.
  2. Trace and Sneak: Borrow one of their rings and trace its inner and outer circles onto paper to estimate the size- you can take this to a jeweler for a more accurate sizing! 
  3. Paper Slip Trick: Slip one of their rings onto your finger and mark how far it goes. A jeweler can convert this into the correct size. Make sure it’s a ring they wear on their ring finger! 
  4. String-Length Comparison: Borrow one of their rings and compare its inner circumference to a piece of string, then measure the string. Again, make sure you take the ring they wear on their ring finger! 
  5. Virtual Ring Sizer: Take one of their rings and use an online virtual ring sizer tool that allows you to match a ring against a screen to determine the size. 
  6. Disguised Discussion: If your significant other isn’t too suspicious, casually discuss jewelry preferences and sizing while watching a movie or TV show to gather information or get a friend or family member to start the discussion. 
Different sized engagement rings

Why Finding The Perfect Size Matters

Why does size matter? Well, a ring that’s too tight can be uncomfortable and difficult to remove, while a ring that’s too loose might slip off or spin around the finger. Finding the perfect fit ensures your partner can wear their engagement ring with joy and pride daily.

Creative Ways to Find Their Size

Figuring out their ring size without spoiling the surprise can be a fun challenge. Here are some creative ideas to consider:

  • Friend in Disguise: Ask a friend or family member to casually bring up the topic of rings and sizes in conversation with your partner.
  • Trace and Sneak: Borrow one of their rings and trace the inside and outside circles on a piece of paper. A jeweler can use these tracings to estimate the size.
  • Subtle Comparisons: Slip one of their rings onto your own finger and mark how far it goes. A jeweler can determine the size based on your finger.

Sneaky Techniques For Keeping The Ring A Secret

Keeping the proposal a secret can be just as exciting as planning the proposal itself. Here are some tips to help you keep the engagement ring under wraps:

  • Private Browsing: When researching rings online or checking out ring size guides, use a private or incognito browsing window to prevent any accidental discoveries.
  • Digital Distraction: Create a folder on your computer or smartphone specifically for ring-related research and label it something inconspicuous.
  • Temporary Tattoo: If you’re worried about hiding the ring at home, consider getting a temporary tattoo to keep the ring safe and concealed.
Keeping The Ring A Secret

How To Hide The Ring at Home and Abroad

Whether you’re proposing at home or on a romantic getaway, keeping the ring secure until the big moment is essential. Here’s how to do it:

  • Travel Tricks: If you’re traveling with the ring, keep it in your carry-on bag to avoid any mishaps during security checks. A travel pouch or hidden pocket can also keep the ring discreet.
  • Home Sweet Hideaway: At home, consider creative hiding spots like a well-disguised jewelry box, inside a book with a secret compartment, or tucked away in a sock drawer.

Which Finger Should You Be Sizing?

The most common finger for an engagement ring is the fourth finger of the left hand. This tradition stems from the belief that this finger contains the “vena amoris” or the “vein of love” that leads directly to the heart. However, cultural and personal preferences vary, so take note of your partner’s preferred finger for jewelry.

an engagement ring on the correct ring finger

Easiest-to-Resize Metals

When choosing a metal for the engagement ring, keep in mind that some metals are easier to resize than others. White gold, yellow gold, and platinum rings are generally more malleable and can be resized relatively easily. On the other hand, metals like titanium and stainless steel are more challenging to resize due to their durability.

Related Post: Jewelry Metal Types 101: A Buying Guide

FAQs 

How accurate are online ring measurement charts?

Online ring size charts provide a general guideline, but the most accurate measurement can be given by a professional jeweler. 

What if the ring is too big or too small?

Most jewelers offer resizing services, so if the ring doesn’t fit perfectly, it can be adjusted accordingly. Just remember that not all metals are easy or can be resized. 

Can I propose without a ring and choose one together later? 

Absolutely! Many couples choose this route to ensure the ring matches their partner’s style and preference.

Should I measure in mm or cm? 

We find it’s best to measure in millimeters (mm) for the most accurate fit. Using millimeters ensures precision and helps you find the perfect fit for your finger.

What happens if I order the wrong size? 

Don’t stress! If you happen to order the incorrect size, most reputable sellers have a return or exchange policy in place. Reach out to them as soon as possible, and they’ll guide you through the process of getting the right size so that you can enjoy your new ring with a perfect fit.

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Jewelry Metal Types 101: A Buying Guide

There is so much more than what meets the eye when it comes to jewelry metal types! Beyond color and weight, there are many factors to consider when shopping for new jewelry. Keep reading to learn all about different metal types and their characteristics.

Buying Different Metal Types

Different metals come with different colors, strengths, durabilities, benefits, and downsides. Before making a big purchase, it’s important to consider all your options to ensure you’re getting the best possible piece for you! Let’s break down the different characteristics to consider when shopping for different metal types.

Color

When looking for new jewelry, understanding the natural colors of metals and how they complement your skin can be very helpful. Certain metals also change color depending on their reaction to other materials and wear. 

Generally speaking, cooler skin tones work best with cooler metals, such as white gold and platinum. Warmer skin tones match well with hues of yellow gold. As always, the best way to determine the right color for you is to try on various pieces and see how they complement your look!

Certain metals also change color depending on their reaction to other materials and wear – so keep this in mind!

Sometimes a piece of jewelry looks great on you, regardless of these guidelines. Wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful!

Related blog post: How To Pick The Right Engagement Ring For Your Skin Tone

Weight

Naturally, different metal types have different densities, which directly influences their weights. When wearing large earrings, for example, you may want to opt for a lighter metal (such as titanium) to make sure you feel comfortable.

Denser metals are also more expensive. This is something to consider when shopping on a budget! 

Ultimately, metal weights have a lot to do with personal preference and comfort levels. The weight of jewelry will affect the way it hangs, feels on the skin, and its overall presence.

Hardness and Durability

Durability is a very important factor when purchasing jewelry that you’ll want to stand the test of time. Metals like platinum are known for their durability and resistance to tarnish and wear. Metals like gold are known for their softness and are often alloyed with metals like copper to give it extra strength (which can be found in 14K or 18K gold). 

Understanding different metals and their strengths will help you pick the right metal for your daily activities and uses. 

Keep reading for a breakdown of each metal type and its durability!

Scratch resistance

If you’re constantly on the run or are prone to bangs and scratches, pay special attention to metals that are more forgiving than others. Some metals, such as the aforementioned platinum, are far more resistant to scratches than metals such as gold. 

If you know, you’ll wear your jewelry daily, think ahead and purchase a scratch-resistant metal. It will save you anxiety in the long run and last you ages!

Hypoallergenic vs Irritant To Skin

Whether you have sensitive skin or not, it’s a good idea to consider a metal’s potential to cause allergic reactions.

Metal TypeHypoallergenicIrritant to Skin
Yellow GoldHypoallergenicPotential Irritant
White GoldNot HypoallergenicPotential Irritant
Rose GoldNot HypoallergenicPotential Irritant
SilverGenerally HypoallergenicPossible Irritant
PlatinumHypoallergenicUsually Not Irritant
TitaniumHypoallergenicUnlikely Irritant
TungstenHypoallergenicRarely Irritant
TantalumHypoallergenicRarely Irritant
Cobalt ChromeNot HypoallergenicCommon Irritant

Important Points:

  • Hypoallergenic metals like platinum, titanium, tungsten, and tantalum are generally less likely to cause skin irritation.
  • Silver is usually hypoallergenic, but it might still cause irritation in some cases.
  • Yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold are not typically hypoallergenic and could irritate skin.
  • Cobalt chrome is a more common irritant and may provoke allergic reactions.

What is Metal Carat?

Not to be confused with the carat weight of a diamond, a metal carat refers to the quantity of pure gold that is found in metal. 

  • 9ct – Is hallmarked with “375” and is made up of 37.5% pure gold. The rest of which is composed of other metal alloys. This durable metal is ideal for everyday wear. 
  • 14ct – is hallmarked with “585” and is made up of 58.5% pure gold. This is the most popular gold due to its relatively high gold content, color, and affordable price tag. 
  • 18ct – is hallmarked with “750” and contains 75% pure gold. This metal displays durability and a rich yellow hue. 18ct gold is ideal for engagement and wedding rings. 
  • 22ct – is hallmarked with “916” and contains 91.5% pure gold. This is the purest form of gold commercially available in jewelry.

Types of Jewelry Metals

Now that we have a general overview of metal characteristics, we can dive deeper into specific metal types and what they offer!

Precious Metals

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is a historically coveted precious metal known for its warm and rich luster. While its purest form, 24K, is far too malleable for everyday wear, it is commonly alloyed with other metals, such as copper and zinc, to improve its durability. 

Pros: Looks great on most skin tones, offers a timeless and traditional look that never goes out of style
Cons: Soft, not the most contemporary color

14K Yellow Gold Claw Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

White Gold

White gold is a popular alloy that combines gold with other metals such as palladium or zinc. Doing so gives the metal a luminous white sheen. White gold is often plated with rhodium to enhance its strength and color. 

Pros: Has the look of platinum at a lower cost, has a contemporary look and feel.
Cons: Over time, the rhodium may wear off, requiring maintenance.

Platinum Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Rose Gold

Rose gold imbues any look with color and warmth. Rose gold is made by mixing pure gold with copper. Similar to yellow gold, rose gold does not require plating and can easily be polished. 

Pros: Looks great on different skin tones.
Cons: Is made with copper, which may cause allergic reactions.

14K Rose Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring

Platinum

Platinum is one of the most popular jewelry metals out there! Platinum offers both eye-catching beauty and strength that can withstand everyday wear. Platinum will not tarnish from air exposure and can be polished if damaged. Platinum’s positive qualities are reflected in its price, making it one of the more expensive options on the list.

Pros: A durable metal, ideal for everyday wear.
Cons: More expensive than other metals.

Platinum Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

Silver

Silver is another metal option that is both popular, stunning, and affordable. While many different percentages of silver alloys exist, sterling silver is the most common. Due to silver’s malleability. it is not ideal for engagement or wedding rings. Instead, silver is ideal for intricate pieces. Frequent polishing will keep silver looking clean and bright. 

Pros: Affordable option without compromising on beauty.
Cons: Require maintenance due to oxidation.

What Is Hypoallergenic Jewelry?

So what exactly does ‘hypoallergenic’ even mean? Hypoallergenic jewelry is jewelry specifically designed to be less irritating to those with sensitive skin. Such pieces are made from materials known to be softer on the skin. Materials such as titanium, surgical-grade stainless steel, and niobium are all great options.

Hypoallergenic jewelry is often used for body piercings since piercings are highly likely to produce adverse reactions. But gentler metals are also favored by those with nickel allergies, as hypoallergenic jewelry does not contain nickel. In recent years, hypoallergenic jewelry has grown in popularity as more people search for jewelry that looks and feels good on the skin.

A List Of Hypoallergenic Materials

The most common hypoallergenic metals are the following:

  • Gold: Gold is a soft, non-reactive metal that is naturally hypoallergenic and corrosion-resistant.
  • Silver: Silver is a durable metal naturally resistant to corrosion and rust. Thankfully, it is also hypoallergenic.
  • Titanium: Titanium is a strong, lightweight metal highly resistant to corrosion and rust and unlikely to cause an adverse reaction on your skin.
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel is a durable, low-maintenance, hypoallergenic metal.
  • Platinum: Platinum is a rare metal that is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to corrosion and rust.

Alternative Metals

While silver and gold have long held the spotlight in the jewelry world, there are many other metals to choose from. Options such as titanium, ceramic, and stainless steel offer unique aesthetics and functionality that cater to several different needs. 

From their contemporary look to their hypoallergenic or lightweight properties, alternative metals are surely something to look into. In 2023, alternative metals are particularly popular for men’s wedding rings- offering style and comfort for all kinds of grooms.

Titanium

Titanium has recently grown in popularity due to its rich black color and lightweight feel. While titanium is quite durable, it is not heavy or cumbersome to wear. Instead, titanium is a popular metal for men’s wedding rings, offering a contemporary twist and versatility ideal for everyday usage.

Black Titanium And 14K Rose Gold Satin Center 7mm Ring

Tantalum

Similar to titanium, tantalum went from traditional uses in technology to being a niche jewelry favorite. Tantalum is incredibly resistant to wear and corrosion, rivaling most traditional metals. Its dark hue offers a contemporary, sleek aesthetic for those looking for a distinct and resilient metal.

Tantalum-6.5mm-Kaleidoscope-Ring

Tungsten

While tungsten may most commonly be associated with industrial uses, it has quickly found its place amongst popular robust jewelry metals. Tungsten offers an almost scratch-proof finish, ensuring longevity and strength.

While tungsten has a weightier feel than similar metals, this can be ideal for those looking for a metal that imbues strength, modernity, and tradition.

Black Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bright Step Band By TRITON

Colbat Chrome

Cobalt chrome is a unique blend of cobalt and chromium that has recently seen a surge in popularity. Known for its radiance that closely mirrors platinum or white gold, cobalt chrome has more than what meets the eye.

This metal stands out due to its durability, scratch resistance, and hypoallergenic properties.

Cobalt Chrome 6.5mm European Comfort Fit Ring

Ceramic

Ceramic has recently emerged as a popular choice for those looking to step a little bit outside the (jewelry) box. Not to be confused with the common ceramics used in pottery, ceramic in jewelry is a high-tech material known for its lightweight, scratch resistance, and luster.

Conclusion

In the ever-expanding and exciting world of jewelry, the number of choices available to you is always growing. From timeless classics like gold and silver to contemporary alternative metals like titanium and tungsten, each material brings forth its unique narrative, characteristics, aesthetics, and benefits. 

Choose the best metal for you and your needs, from functionality to comfort to history. After all, the metals we wear tell a story just as multifaceted and nuanced as the individuals who wear them!

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What Are The Different Colors Of Gold?

Gold will forever be a timeless favorite for jewelry wearers. However, although gold is often mistaken for only being yellow, its beautiful and diverse shades and hues can sometimes be overwhelming.

What Are The Different Colors Of Gold?

Keep reading to find out all there is to know about the different colors of gold. Plus, we’ll assist you in finding out which color of gold color for your next piece of jewelry.

What Is Gold?

Gold is a valuable element steeped in a rich history of wealth and affluence. It is a dense precious metal labeled Au on the periodic table of elements. In its purest state, it gleams with a radiant yellow color and is highly durable and malleable. Gold is often naturally found in a pure form. 

Embedded within the Earth’s crust, this precious metal is widespread within various igneous rock formations, although in relatively low concentrations.

What Is Colored Gold?

Since pure gold is highly malleable, it cannot be used for jewelry production by itself. To make practical jewelry that can withstand everyday wear, gold must be combined with other metals called alloys. Silver, copper, and palladium are the most common alloys used to solidify gold. When blended with varying proportions of gold, these alloys produce various shades and radiant hues.

Aside from its resilience, gold has many other valuable features. Here are just a few reasons why gold is the most popular choice for jewelry around the world:

  • It doesn’t tarnish
  • It’s durable enough to last a lifetime 
  • Beautifully crafted
  • It has traditionally been associated with societal status and a symbol of wealth

Most people believe gold is only available in three colors – yellow, white, and rose. Although those are the most popular, did you know gold comes in many other hues, such as black, purple, and green?

What Are Karats Of Gold?

Karats, abbreviated as ‘k,’ is a measurement unit that marks gold’s purity (content) when alloyed with other metals. When gold is at its purest, it is labeled 24k. However, you’ll unlikely see this on jewelry as it’s too soft for practical use.

Knowing what each karat type means and how it affects the price tag is so important when purchasing gold jewelry. In different parts of the world, minimum karat requirements for gold-labeled jewelry vary, although there are no maximum karat requirements. For instance, in the United States, gold jewelry must be at least 10k, whereas, in the UK and France, the minimum is 9k.

Let’s take a closer look at the standard Karat measurements.

Karat measurement chart

The Origin of Gold

Colored gold dates back centuries, including early references to rose gold being used as far back as the first millennium. As the 19th century progressed, Carl Faberge, jewelry to the czars, popularized rose gold with his decorated Faberge eggs. Then during the early 1900s, rose gold was widely used by women of high social status for fine jewelry and engagement rings.

18K Yellow Gold Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring

What Are The Different Shades of Gold?

Did you know that gold comes in various rainbow shades? While some gold colors are purer than others, the rare shades are available for your favorite jewelry pieces. Let’s take a look:

Common Gold Shades

Although each shade of gold varies in color subtly, eight main types of gold are used to make jewelry. Here is a closer look at each one.

  • Yellow gold is what most people think of when they imagine pure gold. Yellow gold comes in a variety of karats and price points. However, because pure gold is too soft to be used on its own, silver and copper are added in varying ratios to produce the yellow color seen primarily in jewelry. 
  • White gold is actually a broad term that contains many colors of gold. White gold is produced by mixing pure gold with white metals such as silver, nickel, and palladium. White gold comes in a wide range of karats and, therefore, a variety of prices due to its diverse nature.
  • Rose gold is a gold-copper alloy closely related to red and pink gold. Differences are based on the ratio of gold to copper and whether or not silver is added. Since rose gold contains copper, it is not hypo-allergenic, so be sure you or the recipient will be comfortable wearing it.

Rare Shades Of Gold

  • Purple gold is a variation that results from mixing gold and aluminum. But it is less commonly used in jewelry due to brittleness.
  • Green gold is one of the most common gold shades, containing pure gold, copper, silver, and zinc. There are different shades of green gold varying from soft to deep green. This depends on the alloy used. Historically, green gold has had some incredible uses. 
  • Blue gold is one of the less common gold shades that combines gold and indium, gallium, or iron.
  • Grey gold is a type of white gold created by combining pure gold with copper, manganese, silver, or iron.
  • Black gold is a shade created through various methods. For example, cobalt oxide involves mixing pure gold with cobalt and heating it at a specific temperature. Another way to make black gold is by electroplating, where gold jewelry is plated with a black finish – usually rhodium or ruthenium.

What’s The Best Shade of Gold?

The best shade of gold is completely subjective and depends on personal preference, which can be based on individual style and fashion sense. While some may prefer a rich hue, others lean towards a pale tone. 

While white gold engagement rings have been very popular for many years, yellow gold engagement rings will always remain a classic and timeless choice. In addition, the romantic and modern charm of rose gold ring styles is a gorgeous yet unique choice too, especially when paired with beautiful gemstones.

Ultimately, the best shade of gold is the one that complements the wearer’s skin tone, and aesthetic preferences, creating a stylish and treasured jewelry piece. 

Related blog post: How To Pick The Right Engagement Ring For Your Skin Tone

Buying Gold from A Trusted Retailer

While there are established guidelines regulating minimum gold standards that gold dealers are expected to follow, some may choose to overlook these standards and offer substandard products instead.

This is one of the many reasons why dealing with reputable dealers is so important. Buying gold from a trusted retailer has the following advantages:

Quality Gold Jewelry

Reputable retailers will always assure you of quality. For example, if a piece of jewelry is labeled 14k, it is safe to assume the gold content has not been manipulated and is worth its true value.

Ethical Practices For Buying Gold

Buying gold from a trustworthy retailer ensures the product is ethically sourced. In other words, they have taken the appropriate steps following the necessary regulations.

Trained Experts

A high-quality retailer will likely have trained staff, further adding to their credibility and your confidence in their products. This ensures that the staff understands the products and processes involved so that you can trust their expertise. 

Good Customer Service

lastly, dealing with a reputable retailer means you can trust and depend on them to be responsive during the selection, buying, and after-purchase. Having the confidence that they will promptly address your concerns and questions eases the stress of the process.

14K Rose Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

FAQs

Are there different colors of gold?

The majority of people think gold is only available in three colors – yellow, white, and rose. While those are the most popular hues, gold also comes in many more shades, such as, purple, blue, green, gray, and black. 

What gold is best in color?

It’s important to remember that all types of gold are high-quality metals for your jewelry. However, the decision boils down to individual preferences and intended use. Consider the following when trying to reach your choice. Does it complement your existing jewelry collection? Is it within your budget? Can it withstand frequent use?

What color gold is most valuable?

The most valuable color of gold is typically yellow, which is considered pure and classic in appearance. Other shades, such as white or rose gold, may be preferred for fashion or personal taste, but they are usually mixed with other metals, reducing the purity and thus the value.

Is gold hypoallergenic? 

Generally, gold is considered hypoallergenic as it really causes allergic reactions to the skin. However, in some cases, gold jewelry may contain other metals or alloys, such as nickel or copper, which can trigger allergies in certain individuals.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it. We hope we have enlightened you about all the different colors of gold. And now you can find the perfect pieces (or pieces) for your jewelry collection. If you need any assistance, our JamesAllen.com experts are always available to offer their professional opinion. Contact us here! 

And, don’t forget that if you’re looking for a gold engagement, wedding ring, or a fine jewelry gift for someone special, you can always count on us for high-quality and affordable pieces.

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How To Clean Your Engagement Ring At Home

How To Clean Your Engagement Ring At Home

Here at James Allen, we understand the significance of your engagement ring. It acts as a symbol of love, commitment, and cherished memories. It’s no wonder you want it to look its best- all the time! That’s why we have an extensive guide that will help you clean your engagement ring in the comfort of your home with easy-to-find materials.

With our tips and techniques, you can restore the sparkle and brilliance of your ring, ensuring it always looks its best.

How To Clean Your Engagement Ring At Home

Your Engagement Ring

Before diving into the cleaning process, you should get to know your engagement ring

Typically, an engagement ring consists of a center stone (usually a diamond) surrounded by smaller accent stones or a band. The metal used can vary, with popular options being platinum, gold, or silver. 

Knowing the materials and structure of your ring will help you determine the best cleaning methods.

Supplies You’ll Need To Clean Your Ring

To clean your engagement ring at home, you’ll need a few simple supplies:

  • A small bowl or container
  • Mild dish soap or specialized jewelry cleaner
  • A soft-bristled toothbrush or jewelry brush
  • Lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth
  • Distilled water

Pro Tip: Make sure your dish soap or jewelry cleaner is specifically made for delicate gems and metals. Harsh chemicals and abrasive materials can damage your ring!

Cleaning Solution

Simply fill the small bowl or container with warm distilled water. Add a few drops of mild dish soap or jewelry cleaner to create a gentle cleaning solution. Avoid using hot water, as it can loosen the settings of your ring and potentially cause damage. Swirl the solution gently to mix it.

Cleaning

Carefully place your engagement ring into the cleaning solution until fully submerged. Allow it to soak for about 20-30 minutes. This will help loosen any dirt, oils, or residue that has gathered on the ring’s surface.

After soaking, take the soft-bristled toothbrush or jewelry brush and gently scrub the band and your diamond or gemstone. Pay close attention to hard-to-reach areas and beneath-the-stone settings. Be gentle but thorough, ensuring all ring surfaces are cleaned.

How-To-Clean-Jewelry

Rinsing & Drying

Once you’ve completed the cleaning process, remove the ring from the cleaning solution and rinse it under lukewarm water (but keep it away from any drains!) Use your fingers to remove any remaining soap or residue.

To dry your engagement ring, pat it gently with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. Avoid using tissues or paper towels, which can leave behind lint or scratch the surface of your ring.

Polishing & Buffing

To bring the shine back to your ring, you can further polish it using a jewelry polishing cloth. Gently rub the cloth against the metal and stones to remove any remaining smudges or fingerprints. This step will add an extra sparkle to your ring, making it look as good as new!

Frequency of Cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the beauty and longevity of your engagement ring! We recommend cleaning your ring once every two weeks to prevent the buildup of dirt and oils. If you lead an active lifestyle or frequently expose your ring to lotions, perfumes, or harsh chemicals, you can clean it more often- whatever works for you!

Remember, even if you can’t see the buildup, it’s likely still present on the ring’s surface.

Extra Tips For Cleaning Your Engagement Ring At Home

Remember to remove your ring when participating in activities that may cause damage. This can include exercising, gardening, swimming, or cleaning. 

Store your ring in a clean, dry place, preferably in a fabric-lined jewelry box or a soft pouch to prevent scratching and tangling. And if you want to ensure your ring’s sparkle, schedule professional cleanings and inspections with a trusted jeweler at least once a year.

Before long, you will notice that a little cleaning goes a long way. You – and your ring – deserve to shine! 

FAQs

Is it safe to clean my engagement ring at home?

Yes, it is entirely safe to clean your own engagement ring- as long as you follow the steps! Cleaning your ring can (and should) be a regular occurrence that you can accomplish without leaving the comfort of your home. Just follow the tips, be careful while handling, and remember to cover any open drains!

How often should I clean my engagement ring?

While it may depend on your lifestyle, it is recommended to clean your ring at home on a semi-weekly basis. Your ring can easily pick up debris and dirt, so make sure to keep it looking shiny!

What type of cloth should I use on an engagement ring?

Avoid using paper towels, tissue paper, or any other harsh fabrics. As long as you opt for a microfiber cloth or soft fabrics made of cotton, you will be sure to have a scratch-free shiny surface!

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How To Buy Diamond Jewelry The Smart Way

When it comes to buying diamond jewelry, it’s important to make informed decisions to ensure you get the best value for your money.

How To Buy Diamond Jewelry The Smart Way

With so many options available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fear not! We’ll walk you through the smart way to buy diamond jewelry. From shopping online to understanding the 4Cs and considering lab created diamonds, these tips will help you make a confident and smart purchase.

Tip 1: Shop Online

Gone are the days of traditional jewelry stores being the only option for buying diamond jewelry. Shopping online offers several advantages. You can explore a wide range of designs and compare prices from the comfort of your own home. Online retailers often have lower overhead costs, allowing them to offer competitive prices. Just be sure to buy from reputable sellers with secure payment options and return policies.

Tip 2: Know The 4Cs

When buying a diamond or diamond jewelry, understanding the 4Cs is essential. The 4Cs refer to the diamond’s Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight. Familiarize yourself with these characteristics to evaluate a diamond’s quality and value. Educating yourself on the 4Cs will enable you to choose a diamond that suits your preferences and budget.

Related Post: How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4Cs

Tip 3: Don’t Compromise On Cut

While all the 4Cs are important, the Cut of a diamond is particularly significant. The cut determines how well the diamond reflects light, resulting in its brilliance and sparkle. Even with excellent color and clarity, a poorly cut diamond may appear dull. Prioritize a good cut grade to ensure your diamond jewelry shines brilliantly.

Tip 4: Try Lab Created Diamonds

Lab created diamonds offer a fantastic alternative to mined diamonds. These diamonds are grown in a controlled environment using advanced technology, producing high-quality stones that are chemically and optically indistinguishable from natural diamonds. Lab diamonds are often much more affordable. Consider this option to get more value for your money – especially if you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring!

Tip 5: Fancy Shaped Diamonds Tend To Be Cheaper

Consider fancy shaped diamonds if you’re looking for a unique and affordable diamond jewelry piece. Traditional round diamonds tend to be more expensive due to their popularity, while fancy shapes like princess, pear, or cushion cut can offer similar visual appeal at a lower cost. Don’t shy away from exploring different diamond shapes to find the perfect fit for your style and budget.

Related Post: How Does Diamond Shape Affect Its Price?

Tip 6: Know Your Metal Preference

When buying diamond jewelry, think about your metal preference. Common choices include gold (white, yellow, or rose), platinum, and sterling silver. Each metal has unique qualities, so choose one that aligns with your style, durability requirements, and budget. Be aware that different metals may require specific care and maintenance; some aren’t hypoallergenic.

Tip 7: Make Sure To Inspect The Diamond/Jewelry

Always inspect the diamond or jewelry piece before purchasing whether you’re buying online or in a physical store. Look for any visible flaws, irregularities, or damage. If shopping online, ensure that the product images are clear and detailed, and read customer reviews to gauge the quality and customer satisfaction.

Tip 8: Pay Attention To Certification

Before finalizing your purchase, check if the diamond has a reputable certification. Certifications from well-known organizations, such as GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or AGS (American Gem Society), ensure the diamond’s authenticity, quality, and grading. A certified diamond gives you confidence in your purchase.

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Buying diamond jewelry doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. By following these smart tips, you’ll be well-equipped to make the best decision and find the perfect diamond jewelry piece for yourself or a loved one.

Still have questions? Contact one of our experts at JamesAllen.com anytime, and we’ll be happy to offer you expert advice or a free diamond consultation. 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Fancy Color Diamonds

Fancy colored diamonds are all the rage, but what exactly are they? Are they real? Are they like regular diamonds? And how do they get their color? Read on to get all the answers!

Colored Diamonds

In 2021, a new record was set. The largest, most valuable blue diamond was discovered in South Africa. It was larger, had a deeper color than the previous record holder, and was awarded the highest color rating available by the GIA, a prize offered to less than 1% of blue diamonds.

The stone took over a year to polish and facet into the 15.10-carat step-cut diamond it is today. Now The De Beers Cullinan Blue diamond is valued at $48 million USD.

Blue Diamond

While THIS fancy colored diamond is out of reach for most of us here on the ground, getting your own fancy colored diamond is easier than ever. James Allen carries a variety of sizes and colors to choose from.

So get on board with the trend that is here to stay! From engagement rings to fine jewelry, fancy colored diamonds give that unique, personal edge to your bling. So get ready to sparkle, because embracing color has never been more in style.

What Exactly Are Fancy Colored Diamonds?

Essentially fancy colored diamonds are diamonds that feature a variety of colors. Diamonds normally come in an assortment of colorless options. Meaning that diamonds are either completely colorless all the way to a variety of light yellow.

How Do Fancy Color Diamonds Get Their Color?

While in traditional diamonds color is not desired, in fancy colored diamonds, color is EXACTLY what you want! From dark to light, color is what you are after. So how do they get their color?

These highly prized diamonds, similar to their traditional counterparts, get their color when they are formed. Intense heat and pressure during the diamond’s formation create trace elements that present themselves in a way to create either no color, or for fancy colored diamonds, brilliant color.

The strength of the color depends on the interaction of the trace elements. Whether you prefer a lighter pink or a brighter blue, it’s all about the carbon atoms.

Fancy colored diamonds

The Colors Of The Rainbow

Fancy colored diamonds are available in every color you can think of: pink, blue, purple, green, orange, brown, black, and even red or gray. While traditional diamonds lose value as they gain color, fancy colored diamonds do the opposite.

The stronger the color, the higher the value. Similar to traditional diamonds, fancy colored diamonds gain value the larger the size. The most common colors are in the yellow family, which is great because they are often the most economical choice of fancy colored diamonds.

Round colored diamond

Hue, Saturation, and Tone

Hue, saturation, and tone: what are they and what do they mean? Hue is the main or strongest color of the fancy colored diamond. Fancy colored diamonds can be one color but the hue is the strongest, followed by secondary colors and tints.

Saturation is just how strong the color, or hue, of the fancy colored diamond is. As in, how saturated is the color of the fancy colored diamond. A fancy colored diamond’s saturation can go from “light” to “intense,” all the way to “vivid.”

And finally there is tone. Tone is how light or dark the fancy colored diamond appears and is decided by the amount of brown, black, gray, or white color.

Hue, saturation, and tone all come together to determine a fancy colored diamond’s grade (light, fancy, fancy light, fancy intense, vivid, fancy dark, and fancy deep). Similar to their traditional diamond counterparts, fancy colored diamonds’ value and fit are not determined solely on their grade.

Different strokes for different folks, different grades for different fancy colored diamonds, for different engagement rings.

Engaging Color, Exclusive Style

Fancy colored diamonds are just as real as traditional diamonds and can be used in just as many ways. Fancy colored diamonds are a popular choice, especially for engagement rings and wedding rings. So how do you know which fancy colored diamond is right for you?

Fancy Pink Diamonds

Let’s start with fancy pink diamonds. Fancy pink diamonds have long been a favorite for those who love a burst of color. As part of the rarest of diamond colors, earth created pink (and red) fancy colored diamonds are an extraordinary find, with reports of only approximately 30 being in existence.

Get your very own fancy pink diamond engagement ring with James Allen!

Pink diamond
Pink diamond ring

Fancy Blue Diamonds

Love of color is not specific to pink. Fancy blue diamonds make a beautiful, calming choice. Another rarity, fancy blue colored diamonds are thought to represent spirituality, eternity, truth, and devotion. Getting their hue from boron, with their resemblance of a clear spring sky or a sparkling ocean, it is no wonder fancy blue diamonds are so popular.

Check out this example of a Fancy Blue Diamond Engagement Ring!

Fancy blue diamond
Blue engagement ring

Fancy Black Diamonds

Or maybe you wanna go dark like the black diamond ring? Fancy black diamonds have a strong color intensity and sparkle with a metallic shine. These exotic diamonds are a darling of the fashion world.

Found only in a few locations, fancy black diamonds are thought to symbolize love and eternity, making them a fabulously unique way to adorn your finger. Get your own version from James Allen and start showing off!

Black diamond
Black diamond ring

Fancy Green Diamonds

Representing life, renewal, and growth, green is a great color for a fancy diamond. Fancy green diamonds are extremely rare, as they are created due to exposure to radiation. The radiation can come from groundwater or radioactive rocks near the earth’s surface.

Often pricier than their counterparts due to their rarity, green diamonds are a lively colorful choice for an engagement ring. And don’t worry, while the stone may get its color from radiation, it is totally safe!

Green diamond
Green diamond ring

Looking for another color of the rainbow to make your engagement ring stand out? Check out the many colors of fancy diamonds that James Allen has to offer!

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Real Diamonds, Real Fancy

Colored diamonds are not to be confused with gemstones (which also go great with diamonds). Fancy colored diamonds are just as much diamonds as their traditional counterparts.

The advantage is that you can express your personal style in a particularly unique way using color. Check out these examples below or create your own!

And let’s not forget fancy colored brown diamonds, better known as chocolate diamonds.

In addition to their rarity and value, fancy colored diamonds are extremely popular. At once elegant and trendy, fancy colored diamonds allow you to add an extra level of personal expression. But don’t be fooled by the name, fancy colored diamonds are also good to wear every day!

Pair with white gold, yellow gold, or platinum, James Allen has a variety of fancy colored diamonds to create the perfect engagement ring. Start shopping today!

FAQs:

1. How are Colored diamonds graded?

Fancy colored diamonds are graded using the GIA’s color grading system, which assesses the diamond’s hue, tone, and saturation. The more intense the color, the higher the rating, and the higher the price.

2. Are fancy colored diamonds a good investment?

If you know what to look for and you purchase a diamond with a proper GIA rating- then, yes! Colored diamonds make a great investment. While the colored diamond market can be volatile at times, there is comfort in knowing that fancy colored diamonds are rare, coveted, and stunningly beautiful- forever!

3. How rare are fancy colored diamonds?

While the rarity of a colored diamond depends on the intensity of its color, the short answer is yes! Fancy colored diamonds are incredibly rare and highly coveted. For example, less than 0.1% of diamonds mined are fancy yellow diamonds!

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James Allen Presents True Hearts™ Diamonds: Get The Ultimate Sparkle

In the market for a perfectly cut diamond for less? Introducing the True Hearts™ Lab Grown Diamond collection.

Round True Hearts Diamonds

Are you gearing up to pop the question to your significant other and still deciding on an engagement ring? If you’re been exploring our website, you may be familiar with our exclusive collection of True Hearts™ diamonds and our budget-friendly but brilliant lab grown diamonds.

Good news: for the first time ever, it’s your chance to score the best of both with our brand new collection of True Hearts™ Lab Grown diamonds. Curious? Keep reading to get the down-low.

What Are True Hearts™ Diamonds?

When looking for a diamond cut with perfect precision, proportions, and symmetry, look no further than a True Hearts™ diamond.

How do we get the best cut? Our True Hearts™ collection is crafted by the crème de la crème of diamond cutters and features a one-of-a-kind pattern that resembles hearts and arrows.

Just in case you were wondering, this exceptional cut also results in facet positioning that acts like tiny mirrors, which contributes to its off-the-charts sparkle.

P.S: fewer than 1% of the world’s diamonds qualify as True Hearts™ diamonds. 

An infographic showing the shape of true hearts diamonds

Why Choose A True Hearts™ Lab Grown Diamond?

When you choose a True Hearts™ diamond, your stone can appear larger than other diamonds of the same size.

Why? A superior-cut diamond will offer better angles and symmetry, which allows light to refract more effectively.

Lesser cut diamonds will “swallow” their light, making them look smaller and giving off less sparkle and brilliance.

What To Look For In A True Hearts™ Diamond

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

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

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

Create Your Own Engagement Ring With A True Hearts™ Diamond

What’s more romantic than designing your partner’s engagement ring to their exact style AND giving them a diamond that sparkles like no other?

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Design Your Own Diamond Pendant

At James Allen, we offer a wide range of pendant styles to custom-design. Pick your preferred metal, from yellow, white, rose gold, and platinum.

14K White Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

Diamond pendants are the perfect treat yourself gift if you’re looking for a piece of classic jewelry.

14K Yellow Gold Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

Additionally, if you’re searching for a personalized gift for someone special, a custom-made pendant is a staple accessory they’re sure to love.

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

Custom-Make A Unique Pair Of Diamond Studs

Want to shine from ear to ear? Of course, you do! Enjoy our studding stud options, from the traditional four-pong setting to bolder designs like bezel and milgrain diamond studs. Each come in different metal color options and can be set with the diamond szie of your choosing.

Natural Vs. Lab Grown Diamonds

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

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

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

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

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Gemstones 101: How To Shop By Color

Calling all jewelry lovers! Want to know the foolproof way of shopping for jewelry when you’re unsure of what you want? Try shopping by color! We’ll walk you through this fun process and help you find the best new accessories for your wardrobe.

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How To Shop By Color

Step 1: Open up your closet and think about the colors you typically wear. Do your outfits consist of bold and bright colors or more neutral tones? This will help you determine which jewelry colors will complement your personal style.

Step 2: Open up your trusty friend Google and search for a “color wheel.” This visual aid will help you see that complementary colors are opposite on the wheel. Realizing opposites attract is the exact formula here to help you shop jewelry by color.

Step 3: Monochromatic looks might be your new go-to if you prefer sticking to singular colors. Pick a color you love and add shades and textures, like pearls, to your all-white outfit and white gold or silver jewelry pieces.

Blue

Blue jewelry mainly consists of some of the most breathtaking birthstones, like blue sapphire, aquamarine, and blue topaz. You’ll be sure to find a blue shade that fits you perfectly.

Blue gemstone jewelry

It’s easy to add blue jewelry accessories to look if your usual outfits include red, orange, beige, and grey clothing.

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Green

Green jewelry is a must for good energy. With the ever-vibrant birthstone emerald and a unique favorite, peridot, you’ll have plenty of green hues to choose from.

Green gemstone jewelry

Add green pieces to your outfits if you’re wearing yellow, grey, and neutral tones.

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Purple & Pink

Take it from us; every day is perfect for wearing purple and pink jewelry. From pink sapphire, morganite, and breathtaking amethyst, you’re sure to stand out with these summery gemstones.

Purple gemstone jewelry

We recommend you shop for pink and purple jewelry colors if your wardrobe consists mostly of off-white, black, and green tones.

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Yellow & Orange

There’s nothing but happy vibes when wearing orange and yellow pieces with your day and night looks. These warm citrine and yellow sapphire hues will attract compliments and bring out your inner shine.

Yellow gemstone jewelry

If your daily outfits are mainly light blue, pink, and violet, yellow and orange jewelry colors are what you should shop for.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment! Jewelry is meant to be fun and expressive, so try mixing and matching different colors and styles until you find what works for you. Who knows, you may just discover a new favorite color or style.

Happy Shopping

Get to know what jewelry is trending at JamesAllen.com! Our large collection of gemstone jewelry is fun to browse and will help you see which colors are out there for you.

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Mixed Metal Jewelry Invest In Two Tone

Mixed Metal Jewelry: Here’s Why To Invest In Two-Tone Pieces

Elevate your style with mixed metal jewelry! Discover the allure of two-tone designs and why they’re a unique style to invest in.

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Types Of Mixed Metal Jewelry

Two-Toned Jewelry

The two-tone look is considered to be classic. It blends instantly with your existing wardrobe and won’t turn over with changing color fads. The key is to mix two contrasting tones, like white gold and yellow gold. It’s eye-catching and also timeless in its appeal. Blending your metals is a fun way to spice up your look. 

Multi-Toned Jewelry

Here’s where things start getting wilder. Designers are in love with this lately, experimenting with the three standard tones (yellow, white, rose) and mixing in new shades of matt, bronze, and sterling silver. This jewelry trend is for the bold and those who love to stand out. 

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Styling Mixed Metals

Did you know you can mix and match metal colors for a stunning and unique look? This modern trend isn’t going away anytime soon, and we dare you to break the rules just to see that this isn’t your regular fashion fad.


From mixed metal fine jewelry to engagement rings, there is something out there for everyone. This trend complements any style, from a casual outfit to a fancy night out. If you prefer an understated style, choosing rings in various sizes, shapes, and colors is the perfect way to go about this fun fashion craze.

Mixed Metal Engagement Rings

A two-tone engagement ring is a ring that is usually made up of two different metals. The most common combinations are white and yellow gold. However, a mixed metal ring can feature any combination of yellow, rose, or white gold, depending on your metal preference.

14K Gold Two-Tone 2.0mm Comfort Fit Infinity Pattern Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K Gold Two Tone Ribbon Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

Mixed metal engagement rings can symbolize the coming together of two different lives, which is the perfect way to start your married life with your forever person. 

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Mixed Metal Wedding Rings For Her

If you’ve picked a single metal color for your engagement ring but want to go further for the big day, a two-tone wedding ring is the way to go. Here are some of our favorite pieces.

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Wedding Band

Picking a unique bridal stack is certainly a fun way of showing off your personal style. They’re even a cute option if you and your significant other want to get matching bands.

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Mixed Metal Wedding Rings For Him

Traditional wedding rings for men aren’t always the most fashion-forward choice, and they don’t leave much in the way of individuality. That’s why a mixed metal wedding band is perfect for that outgoing hubby-to-be.

Platinum And 18K Yellow Gold 8mm Comfort-Fit Satin Center Band

The best part is you don’t need to compromise on getting a tougher metal. Most jewelry retailers are ready with durable, yet stylish metal options for men of every lifestyle.

Black Titanium And 14K Yellow Gold Satin Center 7 Mm Ring

Start Mixing 

Investing in essential jewelry pieces can help you create a timeless wardrobe that you can rely on for years to come. Quality pieces can add an element of sophistication and elegance to any look while also being versatile enough to be dressed up or down. Investing in classic jewelry pieces can also be a great way to save money in the long run, as they are likely to last longer than trendier pieces.

Need help shopping? Visit us at JamesAllen.com and choose from a wide range of affordable gifts to investment pieces you’ll love forever.

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White Gold Vs Silver What You Need To Know

White Gold vs Silver What You Need To Know

In the world of precious metals, white gold and silver are two of the most popular choices. For people who love the look of pure silver or white gold, both these metals add a certain zest to many types of jewelry. Something that is very different from other metal hues such as rose or yellow gold.

White Gold vs Silver What You Need To Know

While both white gold and silver are beautiful and versatile metals, they do have some advantages and drawbacks that are worth considering before deciding on your next piece of fine jewelry. We have put together a detailed comparison of silver and white gold to help you decide which metal is best for you. Here is everything you need to know.

What is White Gold?

White gold is a type of gold that is mixed with other metals, such as nickel, palladium, or silver, to create a white-colored alloy. As a final step, rhodium is plated over the resulting metal to enhance its luster and durability. The purity of white gold is measured in karats, with 14K and 18K being the most common options for jewelry. A classic, timeless look makes white gold a popular choice for engagement rings, wedding bands, and other fine jewelry pieces.

Pros and Cons Of White Gold

There is no universal rule that white gold is better than silver or vice versa. Depending on your needs, each metal has its advantages. While some people prefer white gold for certain pieces, others may opt for silver. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of white gold.

PROS CONS
VersatileMay tarnish over time
Durable, strong, and perfect for everyday wearScratches easily
Good investment & maintains its value for a long timeMay contain nickel, which can cause allergic reactions in some people.

What is Silver?

Silver is a naturally occurring precious metal that has been used in jewelry for centuries. It has a soft, lustrous appearance and is loved for its affordability. While silver is beautiful on its own, it is often alloyed with other metals, such as copper, nickel or zinc, to increase its durability and strength The most common type of silver used in jewelry is sterling silver, which has a purity of 92.5%, with 7.5% made up of other metals.

Pros and Cons Of Silver

Just like with white gold, silver has both advantages and disadvantages. So what are they? Let’s find out.

PROSCONS
HypoallergenicTarnishes quicker
More affordable and budget friendlyRequires frequent cleaning and polishing
It can also be polished to maintain its shineSome think it has an “cheaper” look
Softer than white gold

How To Tell The Difference Between Silver And White Gold

Because of their similar appearances, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish white gold from silver. However, there are a few key differences that can help you tell them apart.  While at first glance silver and white gold may appear to have a similar hue, silver has a grayish-white hue, whereas white gold has a distinctly white shade.

Color:

Remember that the composition of white gold includes yellow gold and an alloy metal like nickel that gives gold its white hue. It is then plated with rhodium, which provides it with an elegant, mirrored finish.

On the contrary, silver carries a grayish-white hue with a brighter, more reflective color than white gold. Even though the difference may be subtle, it is often noticeable when the two metals are compared side by side.

Markings:

Both silver and white gold are typically stamped with tiny markings that indicate their purity, but it’s important to know that the markings will be different on each metal. Silver is usually stamped with a hallmark that indicates its percentage of purity (e.g. “925” for sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver), whereas white gold is usually stamped with its karat (e.g. “14K” for 14 karat white gold, which is 58.5% gold).

Tarnish:

Silver tarnishes over time, developing a dark patina. However, it can be polished off with a silver polish or a home remedy that will quickly restore your jewelry. White gold, on the other hand, does not tarnish, but it can become dull over time and may need to be polished by a trusted jeweler to restore its shine.

Price:

White gold is usually more expensive than silver because it contains gold and has a higher density. On the other hand, silver is among the most affordable types of metal for fine jewelry, especially for earrings and bracelets. But it’s important to note that the extra durability of white gold does increase the price tag of the metal.

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FAQs

Is white gold or silver better for engagement rings?

Both white gold and silver can make beautiful engagement rings, but white gold is generally considered to be a more durable option. However, if you are looking for a more affordable option, silver can be a great choice.

Which metal is more expensive, white gold or silver?

White gold is typically more expensive than silver because of its composition. Pure gold is a precious metal and is more expensive than silver, and the additional metals mixed with the gold in white gold also contribute to its higher cost.

Are you able to distinguish white gold from silver just by looking at them?

White gold and silver can look similar at first glance, but there are some differences that can help you distinguish between them. White gold has a brighter, shinier appearance than silver, which has a softer, more matte finish. Additionally, white gold may have a slightly yellowish or grayish tint due to the gold content, while silver is pure white.

Can I wear white gold and silver jewelry together?

Yes, of course! You can mix and match white gold and silver jewelry to create a unique, layered look. However, it’s important to be aware that sterling silver and white gold don’t necessarily look exactly the same, so you can’t always style to match perfectly. But combining the metals creates a beautiful and harmonious mix of modern jewelry styles

Final Thoughts

Picking out a metal is a very important element in any jewelry purchase. With so many different types of metals it can be challenging to find the perfect metal type for your next piece of gorgeous jewelry. Ultimately, choosing between silver and white gold comes down to a few factors: preference, budget, and of course the jewelry type you want to wear. Both metals are beautiful and popular choices, but which one is right for you? 

At JamesAllen.com, there are many beautiful options that fit any budget and personal preference to create your perfect look!

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Celebrate Your Love With Our Anniversary Jewelry Gift Guide

Find the perfect anniversary gift for your loved one with our guide to anniversary jewelry wedding gifts by year. From timeless classics to modern designs, we’ve got you covered.

Anniversary jewelry

Wedding anniversary celebrates the happiest day of a couple’s life, the start of forever together. Whether you are shopping for your own anniversary or want to celebrate a couple you love, whether you need the perfect gift for a first anniversary or a couple who’s been married so long they could (and maybe should!) write the book on marriage, we’ve got the perfect gift!

Read our guide to ensure that every anniversary shines as bright as the love that created it.

Why Anniversary Gifts Matter

A wedding anniversary is not just any day. It marks a significant, life-changing event. The day two people become one unit, a day two families are forever bonded. Such an important day deserves to be marked with a meaningful, beautiful gift. Anniversary gifts matter, because the date they celebrate matters.

Traditional vs. Modern Anniversary Gifts

So what kind of gift are you going to give? Most people go with either traditional or modern choices. But at James Allen, we prefer the not-so-secret, sparkling third category: gemstones! Not only are these gifts that will always shine, but they’ll always be in style too. Read on to see the gifts that will make everyone go WOW!

First Anniversary: Gold Jewelry

The first year of marriage is an exciting time, after all, time flies when you’re having fun! A time filled with many adventures and, of course, firsts, gold is both the metal, gemstone, and color (yellow) for these gifts

14K Yellow Gold Ball Station Bracelet

Whether you feel like you’re still recovering from the wedding or just bought them a gift, gold offers a myriad of options in various price ranges, including budget-conscious, to mark this beautiful moment.

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Second Anniversary: Garnet Jewelry

Garnets are said to symbolize perseverance and strength. What better way to mark a second wedding anniversary than with a gorgeous garnet? After all, you made it two years! That’s nothing to sneeze at;-)

14K Yellow Gold Oval Garnet Birthstone Necklace

Not only do garnets have a beautiful meaning, but they look good too! This gemstone comes in various styles and is sure to make you feel like royalty. Love the look but need a little more bling? Choose a piece with diamonds for that extra dazzle!

Related Post: The Rise of Gemstone Rings & How To Style Them

Third Anniversary: Pearl Jewelry

We’re not afraid to say it, pearls are simply perfect! And happily, they are the gift to give for a third wedding anniversary.

14K Yellow Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings

Timeless and stylish, classic yet modern, pearls look just as good dressing up a casual outfit as they do accessorizing an elegant, black tie look. Whether you wear them everyday or save them for a special occasion, like a third wedding anniversary celebration, pearls are the piece every jewelry box needs.

Related Post: Your Guide To Pearls: How To Wear Pearl Jewelry

Fourth Anniversary: Blue Topaz Jewelry

Blue topaz has long been thought to represent true love, making it an ideal gift for a fourth year wedding anniversary.

Also making this glorious gemstone a fab gift, is the fact that it is simply sumptuous! Its cool tones look good in both yellow and white gold, ensuring it will go with any look!

Related Post: The December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

Fifth Anniversary: Sapphire Jewelry

For your fifth wedding anniversary gift them the September birthstone, sapphire. Sapphires have long been beloved by royalty due to their symbolism and beauty. Thought to mean devotion and sincerity, while bringing good fortune and protection, we can’t think of a better gemstone to mark such a significant milestone.

14K White Gold Sapphire Birthstone Earrings

Most well known for their deep blue color, sapphires are actually available in a range of colors. It is no wonder monarchs throughout history have been drawn to this gemstone. So give a gift fit for a queen on such a special day.

Related Post: The September Birthstone: Discover Sapphire

Tenth Anniversary: Diamond Jewelry

Ten years together is simply incredible and certainly something to celebrate. Such a significant anniversary requires a significant gift. Diamonds are strong and beautiful, just like a union that has lasted a decade, making them the perfect gift for such a momentous occasion.

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet (4.00 CTW - F-G / VS2-SI1)

Choose a gorgeous, timeless piece such as a tennis bracelet, or take the opportunity to upgrade an engagement or wedding ring. Whatever piece you choose, you can’t go wrong with dazzling diamonds.

Related Post: Earth Created vs. Lab Created Diamonds: A Guide

Twentieth Anniversary: Emerald Jewelry

Two decades together is a true feat and calls for a massive celebration. Representing love, vitality, and an eternal relationship, what better gemstone to mark twenty years together?

Incredibly durable, just like the love of two decades ago, emeralds are versatile, beautiful, and rare (also like a marriage that’s lasted twenty years!). Perfect in yellow or white gold, emeralds are an elegant choice.

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FAQs

Is it necessary to follow the traditional gift guidelines for anniversary gifts?

Absolutely not! A gift that comes from the heart will always be appreciated. But gift-giving isn’t always so easy either. What to give, how much to spend, there are so many variables. That’s why gift guides are a great tool. Follow our guide exactly or use it as inspo and find your perfect sparkle at JamesAllen.com

What are some other popular anniversary gift ideas besides jewelry?

Anniversary gifts range from paper to flowers, appliances to pottery. From traditional to modern choices, there are many options when giving an anniversary gift. We might be a bit biased, but we think bling is always a great gift!

What kind of jewelry is typically given for each anniversary year?

Each anniversary year is associated with a metal or gemstone, not a specific jewelry piece. However, earrings are the most popular choice no matter what the year. Classic, perfect for everyday wear, and no size needed.

What is the significance of giving jewelry for each anniversary year?

Giving jewelry for an anniversary, whether it’s the first year or the tenth, shows love and affection. It is a gift that is beautiful, unique, and has a personal touch. No matter what type of jewelry or style, giving a beautiful piece of gemstone jewelry adds the perfect amount of sparkle to the celebration.

What is the tradition of giving jewelry for wedding anniversaries?

Noone knows for sure where the tradition of giving gifts, let alone jewelry gifts, for wedding anniversaries comes from. However, it is widely believed that the idea originated in the Middle Ages when husbands give their wives silver and gold wreaths or garlands to celebrate their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries.

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January Birthstone: A Guide To Garnet

What better way to start the new year than with a luxurious piece of garnet jewelry. January’s birthstone, famous for its rich color, has enough style to last the whole year! Read on to learn all about this glorious gemstone.

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What Is The January Birthstone?

Garnet is the gloriously red gemstone that makes up January’s birthstone. Made up of a group of minerals, garnets come in a variety of colors, including the famous red (see more below). While the largest source of garnets today is Africa, the gemstone can also be found in India, Russia, and Central and South America.

The name Garnet has a multi-storied origin. The name can be traced to the Latin word for pomegranate, mirroring the rich red hue of the fruit’s delicious seeds. The name we know today derives from the 14th-century middle English word meaning dark red.

The Symbolism and Meaning of Garnet

The January birthstone is thought to symbolize perseverance, strength, loyalty, and friendship. Many believe that garnets have protective and calming qualities, and can even act as a dream catcher.

But wait, there’s more! It is also thought to bring health, wealth, and even happiness. Some even call it the energizer gemstone because it is believed to balance your energy.

What Color is the January Birthstone?

The Different Shades Of Garnet

While garnets are known for their intense red color, this gemstone actually comes in a variety of shades. From warm oranges to calm blues, and even greens, this gemstone actually has an eclectic color palette. The different colors of garnets can range from intense to opaque, depending on the gemstone’s light transmission.

A Brief History of the January Birthstone

Garnet has been popular for centuries. Dating all the way back to ancient Egypt, where the pharaohs would be entombed with their valuables, including garnet jewelry. People in ancient times are also said to have believed that garnets could restore relationships. Crusaders may have believed the gemstone could help keep them safe, and even guide them to victory.

Some even believe that garnet dates back to biblical times, with the legend that Noah used a garnet lantern to illuminate his ark. Garnets also show up in Greek mythology, where the gemstone is associated with faith and light.

After garnets were discovered in larger quantities around 1500, royal houses across Europe hopped on the garnet bandwagon.

Understanding Garnet’s Sensitivity and Fragility

Moh Scale

Garnets are considered quite durable, rating between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This makes garnets a great choice for everyday wear, but take care if you are on the clumsier side, you should still avoid being rough with your gemstone.

Practical Tips for Cleaning and Preserving Garnet Jewelry

Make sure to follow the tips below to keep your January birthstone jewelry shining all year long.

  • Fill a bowl with warm water
  • Add gentle dish soap
  • Soak in water
  • Use a soft-bristled brush to remove any debris
  • Wipe off jewelry using a clean, wet cloth
  • Allow to air dry
  • Other options:
    • Use an ultrasonic cleaner as long as your garnet has no fractures
    • NEVER steam clean
  • Store your garnet pieces in soft fabric jewelry boxes or bags

What Are the Other January Birthstones?

In addition to garnet, rose quartz is a birthstone for January. Known for its cotton candy pink color, this secondary birthstone is thought to bring the wearer a sense of contentment and love.

Similar to garnet, usage of rose quartz dates back centuries. It is believed that in ancient Egypt and Rome, women used rose quartz for skin care purposes.

FAQs

Why is Garnet the birthstone for January? 

Just as January marks the beginning of a new year, pomegranate seeds represent birth and renewal. The connection garnets have to pomegranates make it the perfect stone to represent January.

Are there two birthstones for January?

Yes, in addition to garnet, rose quartz is a birthstone for January.

Is January a ruby or garnet birthstone?

The main birthstone for January is garnet. Rubies are the birthstone for July.

Who should not wear red garnet?

While we think everyone should rock this glorious gemstone, some believe that certain zodiac signs (Aries, Taurus, or Leo) should avoid wearing this birthstone.

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Questions to Ask Before Engagement Ring Shopping as a Couple

Shopping for an engagement ring is a big decision, and it’s one of the most meaningful purchases you can make as a couple. But before you jump into the process, there are some things to consider and discuss first.

What Are The Pros Of Ring Shopping Together?

The pros of shopping together for an engagement ring include enjoying the process together, determining what sort of ring fits your personality and tastes, getting information from a trusted jeweler about diamonds and other stones, and budgeting. 

You’ll also be assured that you’re choosing the perfect symbol of your commitment to each other. So, if you’re looking for something special to commemorate this important chapter in your lives, why not go ring shopping together? It could be one of your most memorable and romantic moments. Plus, it’s so much more fun than doing it alone!  So what are you waiting for? Start shopping today! 

How Should You Go About Shopping?

One option to consider is shopping together for your rings—it’s becoming a more popular choice for couples wanting to share the experience of ring shopping together. A few advantages to shopping together include getting more insight into what your partner likes and needs in an engagement ring. Plus, you can help each other decide on the right design and budget for both of you.

How Can It Be A Romantic Experience And Not Too Transactional?

Shopping for an engagement ring together can be a romantic experience if you approach it with the right mindset. Think of it as an adventure, and make sure to enjoy the process! This is also a great opportunity to bond with each other, talk about your dreams, and get excited about what’s in store for your future.

Remember that at the end of the day, this moment is all about celebrating your love – so don’t forget to take some time to savor it!

Questions To Ask Yourselves

  1. What ring design do you want? 
  2. Do you prefer something classic and timeless or modern and unique? 
  3. What stone shape do you like best? 
  4. Should you buy an engagement ring or a bridal set? 
  5. What’s your budget? 
  6. Can you pay for the engagement ring in installments if needed? 
  7. Do you need your ring insured as well?

Once you have answered these questions, it’s time to head out to start shopping! Before making any purchase, make sure to ask your jeweler some essential questions about the stone and setting. 

Questions To Ask Your Jeweler

When visiting a jeweler, there are also a few other things to consider: 

  1. Do they offer different types of metals for rings (e.g., yellow gold, rose gold, white gold)? 
  2. What are the 4Cs used to measure the quality of diamonds (cut, color, clarity, and carat)? 
  3. Does the center stone have a grading report? 
  4. Can the ring be modified or customized in any way? 
  5. Can you inspect the stone before buying it to assess its quality and beauty for yourself?

Related Post: How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4Cs

Happy Ring Shopping

Answering these questions will help make sure that your engagement is everything you dreamed it would be. Shopping for an engagement ring is a deeply personal experience and should be treated as such. By shopping together, listening to each other’s opinions, and asking lots of questions at the store, you’ll be able to find the perfect ring for your special day. 

Still need some guidance? Contact us at JamesAllen.com, and one of our experts will be happy to talk you through the ring-shopping process.

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