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Radiant Ruby: The July Birthstone

Tap your heels together three times and repeat after us: there’s no birthstone like ruby, there’s no birthstone like ruby, there’s no birthstone like ruby.

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Ruby, the July birthstone, is simply luxurious. Its blood-red color has been prized for millennia. Rubies are mentioned multiple times in the bible, were described by Pliny in the first century AD, and are named “the king of gems” – ratnaraj – in Sanskrit. Traditionally mined in South Asia, and in particular Thailand and Myanmar, they made their way via the silk road to all corners of the ancient world. 

Though rubies likely rose to royal status first in ancient India, they were quickly adopted into noble families wherever they went. Jaw-dropping ruby jewelry sets are currently worn by the royal families of England, Denmark, and Portugal. And a bit further back, Marco Polo wrote that the Chinese emperor Kublai Khan, upon visiting the ruby mines of Sri Lanka, was so taken by the gems’ beauty that he offered to trade a whole city for one particularly massive scarlet stone. 

Ruby’s Meaning

Ruby birthdays enjoy a wealth of special ruby meanings, among them passion, love, wisdom, wealth, and power. Nice. The ruby’s depth of history and meaning certainly makes them one of the more impressive birthstones; July babies are lucky enough to have an excuse to wear these charmed gems year-round.

The Ruby Anniversary

If you’re celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary, there can be no gift other than rubies. 40 years of marriage calls for the Ruby Anniversary, and there are plenty of ruby jewelry gifts to celebrate with.

Ruby’s Durability

It’s almost as if ruby were made to be worn. At a 9 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, rubies are quite close to diamonds in terms of toughness. They’re incredibly durable and resistant to scratching. No matter how or when you wear them, they’ll come out the other side looking as good as can be. 

Fun fact: The ruby is very closely related to the sapphire; both precious stones are a variety of the mineral corundum. However, ruby exists at the redder end of the spectrum.

The July Birthstone: Ruby Rings

A ruby ring is the perfect birthstone gift. Special, singular, and super scarlet – gifting a beautiful ruby in a meaningful setting will melt the heart of any July birthday. The ultimate advantage of a ruby ring? The wearer can always see it. They’ll hold it up to the light, wiggle their fingers, and let your ruby birthstone ring shine. 

Petite Ruby
Birthstone Ring

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A dainty, minimalist yellow gold ruby ring for the ages. This is a beautiful ring that is perfect for daily wear. While it’s classically gorgeous on its own, it won’t steal the spotlight of other rings – say, an engagement ring. 

The ideal ruby gift for: giving as a special, but not over-the-top, July birthday present to a loved one.

Diamond Bar and
Ruby Ring

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This asymmetrical diamond and ruby open ring throws tradition for a loop. This is a ruby birthstone gift for the July birthday who’s always got a one-up on the up-and-coming. Trendy? Check.

The ideal ruby gift for: a July baby who never stops looking for the next unique jewelry piece to add to their crazy stylish jewelry ward.

Diamond Halo
Ruby Ring

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Engagement rings don’t always have to feature center diamonds. If you’re thinking of proposing to a July baby, consider featuring a stunning crimson ruby. If you don’t want to forgo the “forever” stone completely, accent diamonds are ruby’s classic partner in crime. 

The ideal ruby gift for: proposing to your July-born beloved! 

Diamond and Ruby
Split-Shank Ring

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This unique oval ruby is set horizontally in the less common “East-West” style and zhuzhed up with two petite round accent diamonds nestled in a yellow gold split shank solitaire setting.

The ideal ruby gift for: marking big occasions, like a graduation, a promotion, or a marriage.

The July Birthstone: Ruby Necklaces

A ruby necklace is the birthstone gift for the extroverted July birthday. It makes its wearer an instant subject of attention. What’s better than a stunning ruby pendant to punctuate a grand entrance? 

Imperial Diamond and
Ruby Necklace

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A truly magnificent, 7-ruby clustered pendant, accented with over 25 petite round diamonds. This is a necklace to wear to your most special events.

The ideal ruby gift for: A particularly memorable wedding anniversary with the July love of your life.

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Necklace

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Sweet, petite, and what a treat!  

The ideal ruby gift for: A beloved July birthday who needs a bit more shine in their life.

The July Birthstone: Ruby Bracelets

Diamond and Ruby
Tennis Bracelet

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Make your very special July baby feel even more glorious with a diamond tennis bracelet customized to them. This 3-prong tennis bracelet is studded with fine rubies, making a beloved classic even better.

The ideal ruby gift for: A recently-promoted special someone who deserves to celebrate their professional achievements.

Diamond and Ruby
Bangle Bracelet

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Slip on this ruby bangle and start celebrating. This half-scalloped diamond and ruby bangle has party vibes – but in an elegant way.

The ideal ruby gift for: The July birthday who’s a regular at invitation-only rooftop parties.

The July Birthstone: Ruby Earrings

Inside-Out Diamond and
Ruby Hoop Earrings

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These studded diamond and ruby earrings are cute additions to your gemstone wardrobe. Popping on these sparkling huggie hoops is the simple formula for an instant good day.

The ideal ruby gift for: the July baby who owns a closet full of sundresses and matching kitten heels. 

Diamond Halo and
Ruby Earrings

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These are ruby stud earrings, with extra! Floating diamond halos pump up these studs with glitter. 

The ideal ruby gift for: the jewelry wearer who won’t settle for anything less than maximum sparkle.

To Sum It Up

Rubies are a bold gemstone with a deep-rooted royal history. Anyone with a July birthday has lucked out, since the ruby is a birthstone with gusto. Extremely durable, this scarlet stone can be worn all the way to your next July birthday with minimal upkeep needed. Gifting ruby jewelry is a surefire way to memorably mark your next July milestone.

Read Up On Birthstones Year-Round

  1. January Garnet
  2. February Amethyst
  3. March Aquamarine
  4. April Diamonds
  5. May Emerald
  6. June Pearls
  7. July Ruby
  8. September Sapphire
  9. November Citrine
  10. December Topaz

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Summer Proposal Spots And Sparklers To Match

Planning on proposing this summer? We’ve covered your proposal spot AND an engagement ring to match! 

Summer Proposal Ocean-Island Spot And Diamond Engagement Ring

If popping the question to your SO is on the to-do list this summer, you’ve come to the right place. We’re turning up the heat with proposal spot ideas so you can start the season off with a bang. From intimate beaches to exquisite European settings, read on for our top summer proposal locations with the perfect rings to match the occasion.

Hit The Beach: Twisted Pavé

Summer’s in the air and it’s the perfect time to hit the beach with your special someone. But there’s a twist – we’re talking about these stunning white and yellow gold pavé engagement rings of course! If your favorite dates include fun in the sun, the beach is your go-to proposal spot this summer. 

Planning Tip: If you’re set on a beach proposal, make sure you know which setting your partner will enjoy more. Find a quiet spot closer to sunset if your SO is the shy type.

Next, keep the ring in its ring box. We can’t stress this enough. If that beauty falls into the sand or heaven fordid, the water, we’ll start crying for you. Get one of your friends or another beachgoer to capture your “yes” moment on camera, and don’t forget your sunblock!

Summer Proposal On The Beach Front

European Style: Vintage

Now’s the perfect time to surprise your SO, together with a gorgeous European backdrop. From the cliché’ Paris proposal to the French Riviera or a Tuscan getaway, there are plenty of options and sparkle to choose from. With this type of proposal spot comes a more traditional approach and we’ve got the perfect choice – vintage engagement rings.

Planning Tip: A European-inspired proposal may take a little more effort when planning. Keep in mind you aren’t a local, so it’s important that you scout the location, know its peak hours, and double-check the weather report beforehand. The more sure you are of the tiny details, the less stressed you’ll be to pop the big question.

Summer Proposal And Diamond Engagement Ring In Front Of The Eiffel Tower

Get Lost In Nature: Side-Stone

If you’re the outdoorsy type, this may just be your dream proposal spot this summer. Feel the thrill of the wild on a safari, take a hike or find the perfect sunset to set the tone. Talk about a cliffhanger? Keep it simple with a side stone engagement ring and let nature do the rest.

Planning Tip: Safety first is our main tip here. Being in nature can be both beautiful but also unpredictable. If you’re planning a summer proposal that involves mountains and wild animals, make sure you have a first aid kit for minor bumps and scrapes, lots of snacks (so no one gets Hangry), and let your safari guide know in advance about your plan- chances are they’ll help you make it extra special.

Summer Proposal At The Top Of A Mountain Range

Greek Getaway: Solitaire

We reckon an island vibe is an almost sure-fire way to get that ‘YES!’. Seriously, is there a dreamier place for your summer proposal than Santorini? Pair a gorgeous white gold engagement ring with the ethereal beauty that is Greece and you’ll think you’ve landed in heaven.

Planning Tip: Okay, so this proposal spot makes us all kinds of jealous. Make it truly exotic by finding the perfect setting. Here you have anything from white sandy beaches to Ancient Greek monuments to choose from. Go the extra mile and do it somewhere “wow.” Find a local photographer beforehand, so there’s someone there to capture your special engagement moment.

Summer Proposal In Greece At The Ocean Side

 Desert Adventure: Halo

This one is for the adventure seekers and risk-takers! If your partner fits the description then a desert backdrop may just be your calling. The ring of choice? Be bold with yellow gold engagement rings and choose a halo setting. Once her eyes lock on one of these dazzlers, you’ll never be ‘deserted’ again 😉

Planning Tip: We know this one isn’t for everybody, but a desert proposal can be EPIC. It can be done in broad daylight after a day of excitement. Try planning activities like dune bashing, sandboarding, hiking, or quad biking.

If you’re feeling a little romantic, find a glamping spot and propose to your love under the sparkling desert night sky. Research which clothing will be best for the desert’s unique weather conditions. 

Summer Proposal In The Desert With A Diamond Engagement Ring

 Proposal plans sorted? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

  1. At-Home Proposal Ideas From TV And Film
  2. Engagement Ring Care: Have Bling, Will Travel
  3. Urban Glamming: Unique Places To Propose

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Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

Are you gearing up for that special proposal or perhaps ready to invest in new sparkle? Take a peek at our fancy shaped diamonds, and see our top picks! 

Fancy diamond engagement ring

A fancy shaped diamond is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to dazzle with a trendy yet timeless diamond. If you’re not sure what these diamonds look like, don’t panic. We’ve taken the time to explain why we love our favorite diamond cuts and why you’ll fall head over heels for them, too. 

We’ve covered just about any style, from elongated shapes like marquise and oval to square favorites like cushion and asscher. Each diamond cut comes with its own pros and cons, but we’ll let you be the judge of what shape intrigues you most. 

Over time, popularity shifts between which diamond shapes are going to offer the most finger space coverage and sparkle. No matter your preference, there’s a unique diamond for everyone and yearly engagement ring trends to help sway you. Keep reading to learn more about our top picks.

Oval Cut Diamonds

The oval cut is considered to be the second most popular fancy shaped diamond, after the classic round cut. This cut proves to be elegant in every way that matters and can often appear larger than it is because of its elongated shape. 

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

How to promise forever? With a sleek and timeless infinity solitaire engagement ring, of course.

Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

It’s the ribbon of pavé circling the center diamond for us.  

Emerald Cut Diamonds

Emerald cut diamonds are a stunning choice for those who want clean-cut lines and symmetry. Stonecutters created this fancy shaped diamond by using the same cut as emeralds. This diamond, as a result, has a large surface area with pristine clarity, a feature that will make anyone wearing it the emerald green-envy of their friends. 

One of the most famous emerald cuts sits on the hand of Queen B herself, and who doesn’t want to feel like they’re mirroring Beyonce’s style? 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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

This French cut pavé diamond engagement ring will make you shine bright from every angle with sparkling confidence. 

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

This engagement ring screams vintage romance. 

Asscher Cut Diamonds

The Asscher cut is similar to an emerald cut, except it’s in square form with cropped corners. It pairs beautifully with smaller diamonds to create a three stone design with the asscher diamond at the center. 

These stunning diamonds are clear and bright, often sparkling the way they do because of their centralized facets. 

They won’t give the same finger coverage as a pear or oval shape, but their unique pattern is enchanting for anyone looking to wear vintage glamor. 

Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Simple yet so expressive. This asscher-shaped center diamond, along with the pavé octagon halo, is the perfect blend of sparkle and sophistication. 

Bezel & Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

Looking for something with vintage boldness? This engagement piece is a knockout with its cleverly designed pavé and bezel accents.

Pear Shaped Diamonds

A shimmering delight is what you’ll get when wearing this pear shaped diamond. It shares a common structure with the marquise cut; the only difference is a pointed tip with a rounded edge on top. A pear cut is effortlessly graceful and never fails to get that ‘wow” reaction.

These diamonds come with a bow tie as a result of the stretching facets. As a fancy shaped diamond, this dark spot could be a stunning character feature of the piece or one that you choose to minimize by finding a longer and narrow pear shape.

Prong-Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

There’s no escaping the appeal of this dynamic prong set which exposes the center and side diamonds to the most light possible to create a magical glimmer.

Laurel Leaves Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Laurel Leaves Diamond Engagement Ring

A unique and earthy beauty. This piece is the perfect blend of elegance and nature and shines bright with four marquise diamonds surrounding the dazzling pear-cut diamond.    

Marquise Cut Diamonds

We consider this boat-shaped diamond  to be the most “fancy” as its historical heritage goes back centuries and was modeled by royalty. Known as the “navette” diamond, French for “little ship,” the marquise cut captures the eye with its point to point symmetry and Elvin sophistication. 

This cut is not only perfect for diamond engagement rings but compliments other gems like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

Looking for a classic with a twist? This petite and elegant piece has spirit with a neat marquise cut diamond at center stage with a comfy yellow gold band. 

Pavè Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Who doesn’t love a diamond-encrusted setting contouring a breathtaking marquise cut? We know we do.

Cushion Cut Diamonds

Cushion cut diamonds have a lot going for them. You’ll find these gorgeous beauties on the hands of celebrities from the likes of Gabrielle Union, to Sofia Vegara. Not only do they have a classic appeal with a rich history, but they’re overwhelmingly wholesome given their complexities. 

Their soft pillow-like appearance is a pleasant contrast from our other favorite fancy shaped diamonds, which sport sharper edges. We highly recommend this shape if you’re looking for a delicate temperament diamond.

Two-Tone Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 2.0mm Comfort-Fit Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring

A two-toned ring band is a simple and fun way to wear a chic classic with a modern touch.

Three Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring

This engagement ring looks as durable as it does stylish. Each diamond is held in place with seamless weaving that only adds to the ring’s strapping features.  

Final Thoughts

When it comes to picking the right fancy shaped diamond for you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to browse and design your own engagement ring online. Visit our education center for  all you need to know about diamond shapes to fine jewelry, and more! 

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Simple Engagement Rings And Their Matching Wedding Rings

Ah, the beauty of a simple, shining engagement ring! If you do it right, you don’t have to go over the top. After all, diamonds aren’t the only way to achieve incredible sparkle. Simple engagement rings come in a huge range of designs. You can be assured that less is more.

Simple engagement ring with his matching wedding ring

What makes an engagement ring “simple”? Most broadly, it means that it’s free of the more glitzy ring features: pavè, engraved designs, halos, and multiple accent stones. Simple engagement rings are all about clean lines and the restrained use of diamonds and gemstones. They’re often solitaire rings, meaning that the band is completely stone-free except for one striking center stone. But – this isn’t always the case. 

This is the fun part: there are SO MANY types of simple engagement rings!

The Benefits of Minimalist Engagement Rings:

1. Fewer Diamonds = Easier Upkeep. 

More diamonds means more sparkle, but it also means more maintenance: accent stones trap dirt and require regular cleaning, and the multiple prongs require tightening by a jeweler twice a year. The bottom line is: simple engagement rings are perfect for the no-fuss wearer.

2. All Eyes on Your Diamond!

Go all in on an eye-popping center stone. It will take center stage! There’s little to distract from your sparkling stone. Plus, with the money you save on accent stones, you can invest to the fullest in your dream diamond.

3. Gives You a Lot More Pairing Options For Your Wedding Ring

A simple engagement ring complements absolutely any style of a wedding ring. Your wedding set will look fabulous no matter which wedding ring to choose. Keep it simple? Glitz it up? Add gemstones? Play with diamond shapes? Yes yes yes yes. Flex your creativity!

4. Easier On the Wallet

Less overall glitz means that there’s less upfront cost. There’s no need to spend a large part of your ring budget on a diamond-studded band. This frees you up to invest the lion’s share of your money in an incredible center diamond or gemstone! Pro tip: go for a lab created diamond to get a 30% larger diamond while staying on budget!

We’ve put together a walk-through of our best and most creative simple engagement ring styles.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Everyone loves the classics. And with good reason! There’s a reason why everyone in the car can’t help but belt it out when Johnny Cash comes on the radio. There’s a reason why, over the course of 60 years, “Pride and Prejudice” has inspired 5 different TV adaptations and 3 movies. And there’s a reason why everyone loves solitaire engagement rings!

It’s because they can’t be improved upon. They are exemplary to their core. 

Stick with the classics. Be happy. Sparkle hard.

Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
100% timeless. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Knife Edge Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
The edged band adds a unique taper to this classic solitaire engagement ring.

Interesting Diamond Shapes

Your favorite non-standard diamond shape will always look incredible in a simple engagement ring. A simple band design will complement any stone shape. Pear, emerald-cut, oval, asscher, princess-cut…choose whichever shape you have your heart set on.

 

Two-Toned Princess-Cut Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Modern Twisted Solitaire Engagement Ring
The clever combination of rose gold and white gold lends this classic ring a bit of intrigue.

Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring
Two captivating elements set this ring apart: one of the more uncommon diamond shapes, a beautiful emerald-cut diamond, mounted in an uncommon position: horizontally! 

Three Stone Engagement Rings

Three stone engagement rings: the perfect way to keep it simple while still getting your diamond fix. The elegant combination of a large center stone and two smaller, identical side stones is undeniably minimalist. And yet, all those facets sparkle bright! This engagement ring style is proof that simple doesn’t need to mean sparse.

Three Stone Round Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring

How does this three stone engagement ring avoid overwhelming the eye? By sticking with a simple round diamond cut. Symmetrical, straightforward, stunning.

Embedded Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cross Prong Diamond Accent Solitaire Ring

This embedded diamond engagement ring, although it features three stones, is undeniably minimalist. Two petite diamonds sit flush in the gold band, giving the center diamond space to shine.

Gemstone Engagement Rings

These simple engagement rings are rich in gorgeous hues. For anyone who thinks “simple” is a synonym to “plain,” these gemstone engagement rings are proof that’s simply not so. These singular rings are packed with personality. 

Which gemstone should you feature in your engagement ring? If you’d like to honor special dates in your lives, you can choose according to birthstones. A few customer favorites that often play starring roles in engagement rings: Emerald, the May birthstone; ruby, the July birthstone; and sapphire, the September birthstone.

Sapphire Side Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Diamonds or gemstones? With this gemstone side-stone engagement ring, it can be both. Flank your big, brilliant diamond, with two deep blue sapphires.

Emerald Split Prong Engagement Ring

Make your favorite gemstone the star of the show. This gemstone engagement ring features a beautiful verdant emerald on a simple, slightly curved band.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings

A bezel-set engagement ring is a sweet and simple way to mount your stone. Plus, it’s a super secure setting. If you lead an active lifestyle, or if you work with your hands often, then a bezel setting will be your new best friend. Of all the ring settings, it protects your center stone best AND it will never snag on fabric. 

Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

All bezel, all the time. This simple engagement ring is the best sidekick and will accompany you throughout all your adventures.

Pavè Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Crown Bezel Engagement Ring

Say hello to the bezel setting with a touch of flair! The subtle pavè on this ring is visible only from the side, so it still qualifies as “simple.” Simply brilliant.

Split Band Engagement Rings

A split band, or split shank, gives a slight flair to an otherwise classic solitaire band. 

Delicate Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

This almost-classic engagement ring shows off a subtle fork as the band meets the basket. So elegant!

Clawed Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Split Shank Double Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring

Now, this engagement ring goes for a deeper split shank. The delicate tapering of the split shanks makes the center diamond appear larger!

Swirling Band Engagement Rings

Get. It. Twisted. The bands on these rings aren’t packed with diamonds, but they are packed with plenty of personalities! Jewelry metal stands on its own in a variety of gorgeous designs.

Bypass Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Bypass Engagement Ring

A modern, asymmetrical engagement ring that is striking in its minimalism.

Rope Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

A thin dual band, elegantly twisted together to achieve a natural “woven” look. 

Wedding Rings To Pair With Simple Engagement Rings

Simple Wedding Rings

Keep it simple! A simple engagement ring loves a simple wedding band. It’s a no-fuss, elegant combination that’s affordable to boot! Any of these simple wedding rings will pair perfectly with any simple engagement ring.

Slightly Domed Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 3mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

The timeless choice. Enough said.

Two-Toned Wedding Ring

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

This white gold and rose gold band pairs beautifully with white gold or rose gold engagement rings.

Half-Pavè Wedding Ring

14K White Gold U Pave Rounded Wedding Ring

This low-key, delicate pavè band adds a bit of sparkle, but not too much. 

Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Ladies 0.50ctw* Angled Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

A gently sparkling eternity band studded with petite diamonds that won’t overpower your simple engagement ring.

Glitzy Wedding Rings

On the other hand, simple engagement rings are the perfect pairing for diamond wedding rings. The heavy sparkle of these blingy wedding rings isn’t overpowered by their accompanying engagement rings. Go for it! 

Double Row Pavè Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Double Row Pave Ring

Many, many tiny accent diamonds mean hundreds of facets that catch the light.

Seven-Stone Wedding Ring

14K Rose Gold Prong Set Matching Wedding Ring

Go big or go home! Seven beautiful round diamonds give 1 carat’s worth of glitter to this wedding ring.

Diamond Cluster Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Marquise And Round Array Diamond Ring

A cluster of marquise and round diamonds give this wedding ring a glittery vintage vibe.

Petite Waves Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Petite Infinity Diamond Ring

Go with the flow with this thin, diamond-encrusted infinity ring.

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The One With The Friends Reunion Jewelry

The Friends reunion is upon us and we’re jumping up and down with glee! (Sorry, Mr. Heckles) To celebrate, we’ve put together Central Perk-worthy jewelry to match the most iconic Friends outfits. *clapclapclapclap*

Monica Geller, Rachel Green, and Phoebe Buffay sitting on the couch in wedding dresses drinking beer and eating popcorn.

Whether or not these Friends have been on a break is simply a moo point. They’re back, it’s happening, OH. MY. GOD.

The fashion of the Six is, in many ways, as legendary as they are – and good news, it’s still in style! With just a bit of accessorizing, you’ll be ready to star in your own 2021 remake of the series. 

So read on for hand-picked pieces, perfectly suited for the Friends reunion. You know we know you know you’ll love it!

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Phoebe Buffay

The Bohemian Look + Vine Motif Diamond Ring

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Phoebe is the only one of the Friends who truly aced Bohemian style. Especially in the early seasons, Phoebe’s earthy outfits flowed as fluidly as her free spirit. If you’re a fan of her Friends outfits, you can perfectly set them off with a touch of nature-inspired shine. 

The Orange Coat + Emerald-Cut Citrine Necklace

The Orange Coat - Phoebe with Emerald-Cut Citrine Necklace

Phoebe is the queen of quirky Friends outfits. Her style is bold, colorful, and oh-so-memorable – and it’s as snatch-uppable as her and Rachel’s apothecary table from yore. It’s the “as seen on the street” style that we aspire to. So what’s more worthy of Phoebe Buffay’s muppet-orange (and still on-trend) coat than an eye-popping, honey-gold, go-big-or-go-home citrine statement piece? 

It’s not Pottery Barn, it’s James Allen. *hair flip*

The Lavender Wedding Dress + Amethyst and Diamond Ring

The Lavender Wedding Dress - Phoebe Buffay with Amethyst and Diamond Ring

Phoebe has a lesson for all brides: Do your day in your own way! On her wedding day to her lobster, Mike, she passed on the traditional white dress for something a bit more…Phoebe: a lavender silk beauty. We’re sure she would go for a unique wedding ring as well, like this dainty amethyst design:

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Ross Geller

The Leather Pants + Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

The Leather Pants - Ross Geller with Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

We’re not even going to ask if you remember these pants, because we know they’re burned into your brain. You couldn’t forget Ross’s leather pants if you scrubbed your memory squeaky-clean, Monica-style. They were tight. And they deserve a similarly sleek, uber-sexy ring.

That Sweater + Pink Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

That Sweater - Ross Geller with Pink Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Oh, Ross. Who could forget that sweater. An unfortunate mix-up meant that he and his date showed up wearing the exact same swirling pink top. If any lemonade can be made out of these lemons, it’s with the help of these inspired diamond and pink sapphire earrings. Perfect for wearing on your next date. *wink*

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Rachel Green

The Strapless Yellow Dress + Citrine Drop Earrings

The Yellow Dress - Rachel Green with Citrine Drop Earrings

Rachel’s strapless yellow dress is one of the Friends outfits we would totally rock today. Slim, detailed, and butter-yellow, it’s a look that’s held up incredibly well throughout the years. If you love this figure-hugging dress, you’ll love the slim profile of these citrine and diamond earrings. Trust us, they’re about to be your favorite sparklers.

The Football Outfit + Platinum Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

Football - Citrine Drop Rachel Green with Platinum Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

As we watched the Friends head out for the Geller Cup, all we could think about was which ring would hold up against all that tackling. So for all you athletes and movers and shakers, here’s a professional tip: a platinum bezel-set ring will hold up best against the daily wear you put it through. The next time you’re fighting for a troll doll nailed to a two-by-four, think bezel.

Rachel’s Plaid Skirt + Ruby Sugarloaf Necklace

The Plaid Skirt - Rachel Green with Ruby Sugarloaf Necklace

You think of Rachel Green, and this is the outfit that pops into your mind. If you needed a reason why 90’s fashion is coming back around, Rachel’s skirt/sweater combo is it. And one piece that’s a perfect complement to Rachel’s plaid skirt is – clearly – a criss-crossed ruby necklace. 

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Joey Tribbiani 

All The Clothes + All The Sapphires Necklace

All The Clothes - Joey Tribbiani with Multi Sapphire Necklace

Joey does have his moments of genius. Remember the time when Chandler stole the chair cushions, so Joey exacted his revenge by wearing ALL of Chandler’s clothes at once? Touché. 

This colorful outfit mash-up deserves nothing less than a sparkling necklace featuring every type of colorful sapphire you can find. Sapphires don’t only come in blue; this gemstone necklace features pink, yellow, and white sapphires! It’s the ideal piece for when you can’t decide which stone is your favorite. Could this necklace BE rocking any more sapphires?

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Monica Geller 

The Red Tank Top + Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Red Tank - Monica Geller with Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Monica’s outfits tend to be two things: high-waisted and simple. And for anyone who’s listening, that formula works. One of her classic styles is also the easiest to recreate nowadays: a ruby-red tank top and old school blue jeans. For a modern add-on, may we suggest some minimalist, yet sparkling, ruby and diamond earrings?

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Chandler Bing 

The Bowling Shirt + Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

Bowling Shirt - Chandler Bing with Tantalum Channel-Set Men’s Wedding Ring

Chandler’s style has always been…Chandler. But this particular black-and-white number is sweet for the double-take, and couldn’t be any more perfectly suited for this channel-set honey. This is a men’s wedding ring that’s anything but boring.

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  4. Celeb Engagement Ring Inspiration

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Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Buying an engagement ring and wondering where to begin? Scroll down for expert advice!

Happy couple smiling with an engagement ring after proposing

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 good choice for those who prefer something more trendy.

 Three Stone Engagement Ring

This stunning engagement ring features two beautifully matched round shaped rubies as an accent to the exquisite center diamond of your choice. All three stones are set in a wire basket with a slightly rounded, airline shank.

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

Split Shank Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Featuring a pear-shaped center diamond, this solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design that will not go unnoticed!

14K Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

This dashing engagement ring features a graduated diamond halo for a romantic yet dramatic look.

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 to give yourself enough time for that sparkler to arrive! Whatever you choose, allow yourself a few weeks before getting your hands on these stunners:

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

This French Cut pavé diamond engagement ring is created to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, set with a small V-shape under the diamond, increasing their individual sparkle. The custom tailored prongs are set into the shank of the ring, allowing a variety of bands to sit flush with the engagement ring.

Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

Marquise shape sapphires add a touch of something unexpected and dynamic to this unique, gorgeous ring.

Two-Tone Swirl Tension Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

For a uniquely modern take on the engagement ring, this style features the ability to add a pear-cut diamond of your choice to a two-tone tension ring. Distinctive and statuesque, it is the ultimate way to showcase the perfect diamond.

14K Two-Tone White And Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Swirl Tension Setting

3. Let’s Talk Budget

You may have heard about the ‘three month salary rule’, but we think you should establish what you’re comfortable spending overall. How much you should dish out isn’t an exact science! ‘Once we know what style the customer wants, the best-sellers are a good reference’ adds Sarah. These are stunning options that won’t necessarily break the bank:

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

This solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design to keep it simple, but sparkly!

 Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds designed to draw the eye to the center diamond of your choice.

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 SO hints for something other than a classic solitaire, try something different, like these vintage rings.

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

This eternity-style ring is crafted in a curving white gold band and features beading and milgrain detailing for infinite style and sparkle.

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

If you are looking for a romantic yet bold design, this engagement ring will match your highest expectations without any compromise. The cathedral shank with pavé stones meets an elegant diamond frame to set the stage for the center stone of your choice.

Looking for real-life proposal inspiration? Or just want to read some feel-good engagement stories? See how our customers have popped the question in our “Engagement Moments” section.

Ready to purchase your engagement ring? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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14K Gold vs. 18K Gold: Which Is Right For You?

Looking to decide between 14K and 18K gold? This handy guide will help simplify the process!

Looking to decide between 14K and 18K gold

Anyone who has uttered the old adage, “all that glitters is not gold” didn’t have a sparkly diamond attached to it! As beautiful as gold is, it comes in so many different options that sometimes it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you.

1. 14K Gold vs. 18K Gold

Most jewelers offer two different karats (not to be confused with “carats” – those are for diamonds) options for gold jewelry: 14K and 18K. Unlike pure gold, which is made of 24K, 14K and 18K are actually pure gold combined with other metals like silver, nickel and copper. You might be asking yourself, “why can’t 24K gold be used for jewelry?” Simply put, pure gold is not durable enough for everyday use, as it easily dents and scratches. In order to make it more durable, it is mixed with other metals. As a rule of thumb, the higher the karat number (aka the number before the letter “K”), the more gold it has in it. For example, 18K is more purer than 14K, which is more purer than 10K. Finally, there will be subtle differences in color depending on which karat grade you choose.

Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. Reasons To Choose 14K:

There are a few different factors that will help determine if 14K gold is right for you. First, if your significant other works with their hands, 14K might be the way to go, as it’s more durable than 18K. Additionally, some styles can only be made in 14K gold because they need the added durability that 14K offers. This brings us to the second reason to choose 14K – since it has less gold in it, it’s more affordable, which makes it a great option if you’re looking to maximize your budget. Finally, if your significant other prefers a softer yellow gold color, 14K yellow gold engagement rings are the way to go.

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Ring

This spiral tension set engagement ring is one part jewelry, one part work of art. This specific tension setting can only be made in 14K gold, as it requires more durability to keep the diamond locked safely in place.

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Ring

14K Rose Gold Pointed and Etched Tension Set Ring

If you want to have a ring unlike anyone else’s, consider this tension setting, which is also made in 14K gold.

14K Rose Gold Pointed and Etched Tension Set Ring

14K Yellow Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

This contoured twist tension setting is perfect for anyone who likes modern, statement pieces.

14K Yellow Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

3. Reasons To Choose 18K:

To help decide whether 18K gold is the choice for you, consider the following factors: Since it’s purer and has less alloys in it, 18K is preferable if your significant other has a metal allergy. 18K yellow gold also has a brighter look to it than 14K, which may be preferable to 14K’s more subtle tone. If your significant other has a job that doesn’t involve a lot of hand work, then 18K’s durability should fare fine.

18K Yellow Gold Sleek Diamond Engagement Ring

This stunning piece of gold jewelry exemplifies the beautiful simplicity of 18K gold.

18K Yellow Gold Sleek Diamond Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

An 18K gold ring set with pavé diamonds is another great choice; the pavé diamonds can prevent potential scratches.

18K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring [Flush Fit]

18K White Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

This prong-set diamond engagement ring can give added protection when set in 18K gold.

18K White Gold Prong Set Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Yellow Gold vs White Gold vs Rose Gold:

While choosing 14K or 18K gold might come down to practical factors like budget or durability, choosing a gold color is totally based on personal preferences. If you or your significant other has a metal color preference, awesome – you’re done! If you’re unsure, however, you may want to take into consideration a few different factors. 

As a general rule of thumb, diamonds of “I” color or higher will face up white in white metals, like white gold or platinum. If you’re setting a diamond in yellow or rose gold, you can often drop down in color to a “J” color (or sometimes even a “K” color) and the diamond will still face up white. The reason for this is that yellow and rose gold create optical illusions that make diamonds look whiter comparatively. 

Pro tip: if a diamond has yellow undertones, it will pair better with yellow gold, whereas if a diamond has brown undertones, it will pair better with rose gold. 

18K Yellow Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

This 18K yellow gold engagement ring is a great option in which to set a lower graded color diamond. Click on the various carat size photos to see the ring set with different color diamonds. The first diamond (at 1.01 carats) is set with a “J” color – notice how it still looks colorless?

18K Yellow Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

Now let’s take the same engagement ring but in 14K rose gold. Check out the ring set with a 1.5 “I” color diamond and with a 0.8 “K” color – notice how they both still face up white?

14K Rose Gold Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

5. Wrapping Up:

While there are many factors to take into consideration when deciding between 14k vs. 18k gold, remember these tips to make the decision-making process easier: budget, metal sensitivity, color preference and durability. Finally (and most importantly), this is a major milestone in life – don’t forget to enjoy it!

Ready to purchase your dream engagement ring? Head over to JamesAllen.com and explore a sparkling selection of designs, available in 14K or 18K gold and platinum!

Looking for the perfect ring? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Romantic & Creative Proposal Ideas: Our Top Picks

Stumped on how to pop the question? Read our most romantic and creative proposal ideas!

If you’re planning to propose soon, you’re probably wondering: How am I going to pull it off? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of fun, romantic and creative proposal ideas to guide you in the right direction.

1. Take It Outside

If you’re the adventurous type – this one’s for you. The great outdoors offers breathtaking views and natural beauty that will take your proposal to the next level. Bold views deserve big sparkle. The ring of choice? A halo.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

City Hotspots: Take advantage of the beauty of your hometown. Every city is filled with unique landmarks, parks or buildings with an observation deck that’ll add a sentimental touch to your big moment.

Beach Stroll: Writing a message in the sand is simple, but as heartfelt as proposals get. And topped off with the perfect sunset? Most romantic proposal ever.

Take a Hike: Take your relationship to new heights. What better way to start your new journey together than to propose at the end of the trail? 

2. Get Creative

This one’s for all the out-the-box thinkers who want to add a creative twist to their proposals. If your partner is the artsy type we recommend going for a tension ring

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Photo Album: Gather all those special moments you’ve shared together, then leave a blank space with a title – ‘Our Engagement’ will do the trick. Don’t forget to have your camera on standby to capture the special moment!  

Bring Flowers: Seriously, flowers make everything better. Sprinkle your chosen spot with petals or declare your love with a flower-shaped heart – you do you. 

3. Unique Proposals

Unique proposals call for unique engagement rings – vintage. If you’re the creative type who pays attention to your partners passions, a fun-filled proposal might be your calling:

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Cook Up: If you’re in agreement that food = love, then we’ve got the perfect ingredients for a successful proposal. Bring the restaurant home by preparing something delicious. Prefer something a little more intimate? Be sure to check out these home-proposal ideas for inspo. 

Between The Lines: If a book is your partner’s second best thing to snuggle up with, we’ve got the perfect solution. Tie the ring to a ribbon, slip it in between the pages and let the magic unfold.

Cut Your Trailer: In a world of ever-changing technology, video creation has never been easier. Grab your smartphone and gather all your key-moments to show your partner right before getting down on one knee.

4. Recruit Some Help

Proposal planning can be stressful, so it’s the perfect time to let those closest to you extend a helping hand. Keep this one simple, but make it sparkly with a solitaire ring.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way to involve your loved ones. Help each other plant clues at your favorite spots that’ll lead your partner to the final clue – a ring.

They Said Woof: Add a little awww factor to the proposal with the help of your loyal companion. Tie the ring to your dog’s collar and send them in your partner’s direction. 

Friends Or Family: Pick a location and keep it simple – being surrounded by the people you love most is enough to make it unforgettable.

Proposal plans in order? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for an outdoor (and COVID-friendly) proposal!

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If you’re looking for spring proposal ideas during the COVID era, we’ve got tips on planning the perfect one below. From beaches to camping, to drive-ins and hikes, there are a myriad of options to make your engagement unforgettable. As an added bonus, outdoor springtime proposals are usually also pet friendly – and who doesn’t want their unofficial, furry family members included on such a special day? Finally, if you’re in the market for an engagement ring, we’ve got good news for you: James Allen is always COVID-friendly. 

While planning a proposal can be a lot of work, just remember – within every spring lies the word ring. Coincidence? We think not. 

1. Hike Proposal with a View

If your partner loves exercise and nature, why not combine the two with a hike proposal? To get started, pick a trail filled with local flora and fauna. Revel at nature’s beauty as you make your way up to a scenic viewpoint – don’t worry, your hard work will pay off once you get to the top! Find a secluded spot with a great view and pop the question. 

Planning Tip: Spring proposal ideas can be sometimes thwarted by weather, so make sure to take into consideration the forecast (you don’t want rain or even a very cloudy day to dampen the mood), your partner’s level of fitness (most hikes are categorized into easy, medium and hard) and fill a backpack with water and snacks – just make sure not to forget the engagement ring!

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that speaks to your partner’s appreciation of the outdoors like our Entangled Vines Ring.

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

2. Sunset Proposal at the Beach

There’s a reason why the beach is a classic spring proposal idea: the sea is as beautiful as it is romantic. If your significant other loves spending time on the coast, a beach proposal might be the way to go. Enjoy the gorgeous sky as the sun descends over a vast, blue ocean. Breathe in the gentle breeze before getting down on one knee and asking the question of a lifetime.  

Planning Tip: The coast is generally cooler than the inland, especially as the sun goes down, so make sure to bring jackets or blankets to account for the change in temperature. To make sure the timing is just right, be sure to check sunset times in advance and give yourself a buffer for any possible delays, like traffic jams and bathroom breaks. Romantic touches like candles and rose petals in the sand are best left for other settings – the wind will likely blow them away.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that evokes the serenity of the ocean and the beauty of the sunset, like our Rope Solitaire Ring. 

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Lake Proposal

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu advised: “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” If you don’t live near the coast and your partner loves water, a lake offers an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and head out to the lake of your choice. Take in the beauty of nature reflected back at you through a still body of water, as you and your partner contemplate your future, together as one.

Planning Tip: Lakes are often surrounded by rocks, which can be uncomfortable to sit on. You might want to bring foldable chairs or a bench, in addition to a few blankets.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring with sapphire accents, to give a pop of blue color, like this gorgeous French-Cut Pavé Ring. Or think about using a sapphire as your center stone. 

French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold French Cut Pave Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

4. Field of Flowers

Springtime makes everything bloom, so what better place to celebrate your love than in a field filled with flowers? Whether lavender, daisies or tulips, flowers provide not only a gorgeous backdrop but also a sweet smelling setting. Be sure to check for superblooms in your area – rare opportunities in which an unusually high number of wildflowers bloom at the same time. Flowers are a staple of every relationship – why not use them to signal the start of your engagement?

Planning Tip: To really nail your spring proposal idea, make sure to take into consideration the color palate. For example, if you’ll be proposing in a field of yellow daisies, you might want to think about choosing a contrasting wardrobe to make your pictures pop. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring inspired by your surroundings, like the gorgeous flower design below. Or choose a fancy color lab diamond for a center stone that really pops.

Open Lace Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Open Lace Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Drive-In Movie Theater Proposal

If your significant other is a cinephile, a drive-in movie pays homage to their personal preferences while also being COVID-friendly. Pack your car with popcorn and your favorite candy. Think about which parking spot makes the most sense for a proposal – do you prefer to be towards the back, for more privacy? Would you propose before, after or during the movie? Drive in and get ready for the most memorable movie experience of your lives!

Planning Tip: Many drive-ins have limited movie selections, so be sure to research different options to understand in advance which movie your partner prefers. If you’re unsure, consider a classic romantic comedy, which is a propos for day’s events. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that screams classic Hollywood, like this Art Deco Inspired design.

Art Deco Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

6. Camping Proposal

This spring proposal idea is for the adventure seekers: if you and your significant other are the outdoors-y types, how romantic is a proposal under the stars? Escape the city and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer – hikes with spectacular views, crisp river water and cuddling over a campfire at night (don’t forget the s’mores!). You might even cross paths with wildlife like deer, elk or bears. Springtime offers the perfect weather for camping and lush greenery – and proposals! 

Planning Tip: Make sure to reserve your campsite well in advance and check the weather before heading out. If you don’t want to invest in a ton of camping gear, ask friends if they’d be willing to let you borrow their gear.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that gives a nod to the beauty of nature, like our Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring. 

Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring


7. Bring Spring Indoors

If your significant other isn’t the outdoors type, you can still hit your spring proposal idea out of the park by bringing spring to you! Start by finding out your partner’s favorite flower and fill your home with them. Sprinkle petals and light candles around the house for added effect. If you’re not the decorating kind, take to Pinterest for inspiration or enlist the help of a visually savvy friend. To make this sweet day even sweeter, top it off with your partner’s favorite dessert – what could be better than Calla Lilies and cupcakes or freesia and fondue? 

Planning Tip: Some flowers are harder to find than others, so make sure to take this into consideration when figuring out your timeline. Some people prefer potted plants because they last longer – it never hurts to do a little detective work to find out your partner’s preferences! 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that combines delicate beauty with strength and elegance. Our recommendation? A dazzling Petite Pavé design. 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

8. Back-Up Plan

Life throws curveballs, so consider having a contingency plan. If all else fails, hit up your local outdoor farmers market (don’t forget your masks!), choose fresh ingredients and whip up a delicious dinner for two. You can also order a meal prep kit, which delivers all of the ingredients to your house, ready for you and your significant other to cook in unison. If you’re not the cooking kind, opt for a meal delivery service (also a great way to support your favorite restaurants!) paired with a beautifully set table and candles.

Ring Tip: Bring out the classics for this one! You’ll never go wrong with any of our best-selling solitaire, halo or three-stone designs.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquise Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

Proposal plans sorted? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Our Most Popular and Most-Reviewed Jewelry

Sure, the jewelry looks fantastic online…but what do customers really think? Read on to find out! We’ve arranged a lineup of the year’s most-reviewed items: engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry. 

Most-reviewed wedding rings and engagement rings

The reviews are in! Which items are James Allen customers totally in love with? The trends are clear: rose gold, pavé, and classic settings are in.

Rose gold jewelry

Rose gold jewelry got the lion’s share of rave reviews! Our lineup below includes rose gold engagement ringsrose gold wedding rings, and a rose gold necklace.

Pavé jewelry

This glittery lineup of popular jewelry is studded with pavé settings. Not only does pavé add sparkle, but when designed in a halo it makes its center stone appear larger!

Classic jewelry

Simple, unadorned jewelry makes a strong showing alongside its sparkling peers. Solitaire engagement rings, minimalist stud earrings, and gold-forward pendant necklaces are clearly popular.

Read on for a snapshot of our most-reviewed items…

Engagement Rings

Rose Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

The Petite Pavé is one of our most popular engagement ring styles, and it’s clear that rose gold is rising in popularity. This delicate, feminine ring has just the right amount of sparkle…and it had our customers raving!

“The ring was perfect and my fiancé loved it and hasn’t stopped looking at it since.”
-Aaron B.

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14K Rose Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

White Gold Knife Edge Engagement Ring

A simple solitaire engagement ring – with an edge. The strong lines of this unique solitaire engagement ring draw all eyes to the featured center stone. Affordable, minimalist, and stylish, this engagement ring drew a storm of chatter.

“My fiancée loves it! The simplicity of the ring is amazing and more! It shines so big!”
– Jahaira C.

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14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
with Oval Diamond

This yellow gold engagement ring is an utter classic. It’s designed for comfort – not only is it beautiful, but you can wear it all day. And customers loved it! This setting is suitable for mounting with any cut of a diamond – and customers took advantage of this, choosing (for instance) the oval diamond featured below. 

“Bought this beautiful piece for my wife and she was super happy! The quality of the style and cut is amazing!”
– Alessandro B.

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14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

This white gold engagement ring really puts a twist on pavé. It’s composed of two thin bands – one pavé and one classic – twirled together for just the right amount of subtle shimmer. 

“Loved the ring! Shines a ton. She loved it.”
– Chris F.

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14K White Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Cathedral Halo Engagement Ring

With an arching, many-armed backet, this rose gold engagement ring is pure royalty. Its unique halo is slightly almond-shaped, tapering gracefully into the curved pavé-set band. This is a super-sparkler! And thanks to the surrounding small stones, the center stone actually appears larger than it is. 

“My now fiancée absolutely loves the ring and loves adoring the size of the diamond.” 
– Jonathan V. 

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14K Rose Gold Cathedral Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Wedding Rings

Platinum Flush Fit Pavé Wedding Ring

This is a timeless wedding band that adds a good amount of sparkle. The pavé-set diamonds are set perfectly to allow the maximum amount of light to hit their facets. And if that’s not enough, it’s also effortlessly comfortable to wear. 

“Absolutely love my wedding band and engagement ring. My diamond is stunning and customer service was exceptional.”
– James S.

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Platinum Flush Fit Pave Wedding Ring

Thin Pavé Wedding Ring

For those who love a solid stack of sparkle, this delicate pavé wedding ring is the perfect choice. Slim enough to accommodate both an engagement ring and an anniversary ring, this adds a graceful line of complementary glitter to any ring compilation.

“She said yes! The ring is absolutely remarkable and super elegant!”
– Andrew H.

most popular wedding rings: white gold pave wedding ring
14K White Gold Thin Pave Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Platinum Prong-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

This platinum wedding ring is set with 10 sparkling diamonds that cover half the band’s length. This wedding ring is gracefully bold. Its stones are larger than that of a pavé and, as such, they capture a good amount of light.

“Beautiful! Looks great with my engagement ring (which is also from James Allen).”
– Anne W.

most popular wedding rings: white gold prong-set wedding ring
Platinum Prong Set Diamond Wedding Rin

Rose Gold Vintage Marquise Wedding Ring

A wedding ring with all the romance of vintage jewels, but made to modern quality standards. The entire length of the rose gold band is set with alternating round and marquise diamonds that give off an uncommonly romantic whimsy.

“Exactly what I envisioned for my wedding band. Amazing quality too.”
– Justin L.

most popular wedding rings: rose gold vintage marquise and round diamond wedding ring
14K Rose Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring

Fine Jewelry 

Yellow Gold Four-Prong Diamond Earrings

These diamond studs became many of our customers’ go-to earrings this year! With their sturdy yet vanishing prongs, these yellow gold earrings upgrade your wardrobe for any occasion. You really can’t go wrong with diamond studs, especially these. 

“The 4 prong looks great!! Happy to have them!”
– Maria J.

14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Stud Earrings (Mounting)