A Complete Guide to Pavé Engagement Rings

Pavé engagement rings are perfect for so many sparkling reasons. Available in multiple styles, there is much more to pavé engagement rings than meets the eye. Confused? Don’t worry! Read on to get all the info you need and more so that you can pick out the perfect pavé engagement ring.

If you are looking for a ring with incredible sparkle and shine, then look no further! Pavé engagement rings give your center stone that extra oomph, taking your shine to the next level.

This popular style is perfect if you love romance, glitz, and glamour. If you want an engagement ring that maximizes every spot for sparkle, then pavé engagement rings are for you.

What Is A Pavé Engagement Ring?

A pavé engagement ring is a ring where the band is literally paved with dazzling diamonds. It gets its name from the French word for paved, meaning that Pavé engagement rings include bands that are completely or partially covered with smaller diamonds, set so close together to resemble a paved road. A pavé engagement ring can include one or multiple rows of these diamond bands.

How Is A Pavé Ring Different From Other Engagement Ring Styles?

A pavé engagement ring is unique for a number of reasons. In addition to its unique style, the number of stones, as well as the density of those stones, is normally far higher for pavé rings.

While similar styles, like a side stone engagement ring, will include larger stones on the side to accentuate the center stone, pavé engagement rings have small diamonds set across half or the entirety of the band to accentuate the center diamond, as well as give the entire ring sparkle.

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

What Are The Advantages Of A Pavé Engagement Ring?

Pavé engagement rings have many advantages, but most of all, its the increased sparkle and shine from every angle. Yet this increased shine only highlights the beauty of your center stone. Does it get any better?!

14K White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

What Are The Disadvantages Of A Pavé Engagement Ring?

While we love love love pavé engagement rings, we have to recognize there are some drawbacks. Their intricate design also means they are delicate and the ring can snag. So you need to be more careful, and this may require some maintenance in the future. Resizing can also be difficult with this setting, so do everything you can to get the right size the first time around.

14K White Gold Cathedral Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

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What Should You Look For When Choosing A Pavé Ring?

When choosing your pavé engagement ring, it is important to keep in mind a few things. It’s all in the details. In addition to traditional pavé bands, there are hidden details such as pavé halos, which can add additional sparkle and support to your center stone. There are also different styles of pavé engagement rings. Keep an eye out for micropavé and petite pavé, among others.

14K White Gold Trio Micropavé Engagement Ring

Pavé Wedding Bands

Give your pavé engagement ring a sparkling partner in a pavé wedding ring! Not only do they look seamless together, but the added sparkle is simply incredible! Be prepared to shine bright with these beauties.

Pro Tip:
Pavé wedding rings also look great on their own!

Caring For Your Pavé Engagement Ring

Caring for your pavé engagement ring is important, especially because of its delicate nature. Follow the steps below to keep your perfect pavé rings sparkling.

  • Always remove your ring before possibly harmful activities
  • Keep it clean (Do it yourself or get it professionally cleaned)
  • Consider an annual check up to make sure the settings are secure
How to clean your diamond ring

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What is the difference between a pavé engagement ring and a solitaire engagement ring?

Pavé engagement rings include a partial or full band of small diamonds set in a pattern meant to resemble a paved street, in addition to the center diamond. A solitaire engagement ring focuses solely on the center diamond.

What are some popular styles of pavé engagement rings?

Popular styles of pavé engagement rings include micro pavé, French pavé, and petite pavé. Micro pavé engagement rings feature very small diamonds, often in multiple rows, to create beautiful sparkle. 

French pavé engagement rings are known for their textured style, with diamonds set in v-shaped grooves in the band of the ring. 

Petite pavé rings utilize very small prongs to keep the small diamonds in place, ensuring that each diamond, despite its small size, is distinctly highlighted.

What metals are typically used to make pavé engagement rings?

Pavé engagement rings, similar to engagement rings generally, typically come in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum.

Are pavé engagement rings more expensive than other styles of engagement rings?

Pavé engagement rings cost more than some styles and less than others. This is due to the increased number of diamonds. Therefore, a pavé engagement ring is likely to cost more than a classic solitaire setting. Also, similar to all styles of engagement rings, the cost of a pavé engagement ring heavily depends on the size, cut, and quality of the center stone.

Can you customize a pavé engagement ring?

Sure! Is every customization possible? No. But you can customize your pavé engagement ring by selecting a center stone of your choosing. Go with a colorful gemstone or a fancy colored diamond for a unique hue, or choose a fancy shaped diamond that can also create an individual look.

Where can you purchase pavé engagement rings?

Pavé engagement rings are a mainstream and very popular style and be found at just about any reputable diamond and jewelry dealer. Try shopping online for a large selection of styles!

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The Evolution of Taylor Swift’s Jewelry Style: From Sweetheart to Style Icon

Taylor Swift is a singer-songwriter who has won 12 Grammys and is beloved by the world for her music and amazing style. Let’s take a walk through the eras and see her inspired jewelry style evolution!

Taylor Swift's Jewelry Style

Taylor Swift’s jewelry choices have changed over the years, showing how she has grown as a person and as an artist. We’ll look at how Taylor Swift’s jewelry style has evolved from when she was a country sweetheart to when she became a fashion icon.

The Country Era

When Taylor Swift first got into country music, she wore young and girly jewelry. She performed wearing delicate jewelry like dainty necklaces, charm bracelets, and simple hoop earrings. She used classic designs like hearts, stars, and flowers, which fit her image of being sweet and romantic.

The Pop Reinvention

When Taylor Swift switched from country to pop music, her jewelry style changed significantly. With newfound confidence, she started wearing bold pieces and wasn’t afraid to make a statement. She became known for her chunky rings, layered necklaces, and big earrings. Swift started trying more edgy designs, adding spikes, studs, and geometric shapes to her jewelry collection.

The Glamourous Red Carpet Looks

As Taylor Swift’s career grew, so did her appearances on the red carpet. She started choosing premium jewelry to go with her fancier outfits. Swift often wore diamond necklaces that sparkled, chandelier earrings that made us go wow, and intricate cuffs with unique designs. Her jewelry choices became more sophisticated and expensive, giving her red carpet looks an elegance overload.

Taylor Swift with diamond necklace
14K White Gold Ivy Lab-Created Diamond Climber Earrings

The Edgy and Bohemian Phase

Taylor Swift’s style has become increasingly edgy and bohemian in the last few years. She mixes vintage and modern pieces with ease, giving her a unique and memorable look. Layered pendant necklaces, elongated drop earrings, and stackable rings have become her go-to jewelry pieces. Swift’s style is free-spirited and ethereal because she often uses natural stones and organic designs.

The Personal Touch

Taylor Swift is known for picking jewelry that has a personal meaning to her. She uses important items, like her initials, birthstones, song lyrics, and symbols. Whether it’s a necklace with a meaningful phrase or a ring with a picture of a loved one, Taylor Swift’s jewelry is a part of who she is and how she tells stories.

Taylor Swift with diamond stud earrings
14K White Gold Dahlia Composite Diamond Stud Earrings

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How To Create The Perfect Engagement Ring For Your Budget

You’ve finally found “the one,” now you need to find “the ring.” This process can often have you feeling like Goldilocks. Looking at ring after ring, they are beautiful, but they aren’t quite right. So, it’s time to bring out your inner-designer and we are here to help!

Engagement rings and Diamonds

We’ll walk you through the entire process (it’s WAY easier than you think!) and you’ll end up with the perfect ring. The only thing you will need to worry about, is how to pop the big question!

How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

This is a loaded question if there ever was one. Here at James Allen, we believe you should spend as much as your budget allows. It doesn’t help that there are many myths on the topic: “You need to spend three months salary” or “the ring HAS to be big.”

Fear not, we are here to help guide you in creating beautiful, budget-friendly engagement rings. Because creating and buying an engagement ring should be an easy and even, dare we say, a fun process!

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How To Create An Engagement Ring Under $1000

How To Create An Engagement Ring Under $1000

Choose A Setting

First things first, you want to choose a setting. Solitaire settings are not only a great choice when working with a budget, but they are a classic, timeless style. They will also pair beautifully with just about any wedding ring.

Second, choose a setting under $300, which will allow you maximum wiggle room when choosing a diamond for your center stone, i.e. the main event!

Third, choose your metal. We recommend going for a 14K gold setting as these are not only the most budget-friendly, but they are durable, making them perfect for everyday wear. Looking for a metal that will not need replating? Go for yellow gold! 

If you feel like splurging a bit here, you can go for platinum. But keep in mind, this metal is as rare as it is beautiful, resulting in a higher price point. Love the look of platinum but not the price? Go for white gold, just keep in mind there will be future costs for replating. 

Related Post: White Gold Vs. Platinum: What’s The Difference?

Select A Diamond

Now for the star of the show, selecting your diamond. First off, we recommend going for a lab created diamond. Not only can it save you up to 30%, but it is 100% a real diamond in every single way. And just because you are on a budget, does NOT mean you have to compromise on color or clarity.

Want your diamond to punch above its weight? Go for an elongated fancy shape diamond, such as an emerald cut, oval, or marquise. These diamond shapes have large table surfaces, allowing them to appear larger than their actual carat size.

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How To Create An Engagement Ring Under $1500

How To Create An Engagement Ring Under $1500

Choose A Setting

The first step is to choose a setting. Similar to the above, we recommend a solitaire setting of no more than $300. Not only are they beautiful and versatile, AND the most popular choice for engagement rings, they are also the most budget-friendly option around. Once you’ve chosen your solitaire style, you’ll need to pick a metal. 

Once again, we recommend going for gold here. 14K gold is popular, durable (making it an ideal choice for a ring that will be worn everyday), and available in yellow and white. If you prefer a more low-maintenance metal, go for yellow gold.

Love the look of white gold but want to spend a bit more? Or maybe you have very sensitive skin? Then go for platinum. This metal will be easier on your skin thanks to its purity, however keep in mind, this will also result in that higher price point.

Select A Diamond 

Now for the pièce de résistance! Selecting a diamond can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. We recommend choosing a round cut diamond. This diamond shape is not only incredibly popular and shines bright, but, when selecting a lab created diamond, you can choose a whole carat (or just under), and still get a high color and clarity grade.

Prefer an earth created diamond? The rules still apply, but you will need to select either a lower grade diamond or choose a carat weight under half a carat.

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How To Create An Engagement Ring Under $2000 

How To Create An Engagement Ring Under $2000 

Choose A Setting 

Designing an engagement ring with a higher budget allows for more options. In this case, you have two choices. You can go with a classic solitaire setting, choosing a budget of no more than $500 here, and use the rest of your budget to splurge on a big diamond. So if bigger is indeed better for your beloved, this might be the way to go.

Or, you can choose a setting with more sparkle, such as a pavé, halo, or side stone. These settings feature diamonds that will enhance the dazzle of your center stone. They will also come with a higher price point than the solitaire option, resulting in a smaller center stone diamond (if you plan to stay within budget of course).

In this case, you will need to choose a smaller diamond but can design a more unique looking ring. Whichever route you choose, your ring will shine bright!

Select A  Diamond

And of course, the main event! While a higher budget can mean you have more options when choosing a diamond, we still recommend going with a lab created option. Saving up to 30% will allow for a significantly bigger carat size and higher clarity grade.

If you prefer an earth created diamond, you will need to select a near-color diamond of SI1 or lower, and a carat size of 0.70 or smaller. We also recommend in this case, to stick to a solitaire setting so you are sure to stay within budget.

Factors To Keep In Mind When You Shop For An Engagement Ring Online 

There are multiple things to keep in mind when shopping for an engagement ring, especially online. Check out our tips below to ensure that buying your engagement ring is as seamless as possible…and even fun!

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Buying Online

Shopping online for an engagement ring has a number of benefits. First of all, if the proposal is a surprise, you can do your shopping whenever your partner is out. Midnight, lunchtime, while they are at work! The options are limitless.

And of course, buying an engagement ring online is great because of the seemingly endless selection of loose diamonds, settings, and ready-to-buy rings. Whatever you are searching for, shopping online will ensure a selection like no other.

Finally, shopping online allows you to take advantage of cutting-edge technology. At James Allen, you can view all our diamonds and rings in our highly magnified 360° HD Diamond Display Technology. This will allow you to look at every nook and cranny, so you can be sure you are buying your perfect diamond.

Access To 24/7 Customer Service 

Another great feature to shopping online, at least with James Allen, is access 24/7 to our excellent customer service team. Our experts are always available to answer any questions. So if you need to stealthily shop in the middle of the night, you can chat our experts with any to guide you through every step. Your secret will be safe!

More Engagement Ring & Diamond Variety 

As they say, variety is the spice of life. With online shopping, the selection of engagement rings and diamonds is seemingly infinite! Compare lab created with earth created diamonds, compare different styles of rings, and not just the ones limited to a display case. 

Thanks to online shopping, you can browse through literally hundreds upon hundreds of different styles, options, and combinations.

Added Technological Features

  • 360° HD Diamond Display Technology: This technology allows you to view and compare diamond characteristics including: cut, color, and clarity, so you can make the best-informed decision.
  • Real-Time Diamond Inspection: Browse loose diamonds with the assistance of one of our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts. Ask questions and review everything together, all for free!
  • Virtual Try-ON: Don’t miss out on trying the ring on just because you are shopping online. See how the ring you design looks on your hand so you can make the most informed decision before such a big purchase. You really can try it before you buy!
  • Free Engagement Ring Engraving: Give your engagement ring an added level of meaning with a personal engraving. Choose a special date or a private joke, and add it for free!
  • Matching Bridal Sets: If you like things to match and you want your engagement ring to match seamlessly with your wedding ring, then online shopping is the way to go. Shopping online will allow you to easily see the recommended matching wedding ring when viewing the engagement ring of your choice.


What factors do I need to consider when creating an engagement ring budget?

When creating an engagement ring it is important to remember the price of the setting is separate from the price of the diamond. A setting’s price will be affected by metal choice and style.

Styles with diamonds such as halo or side stone, will cost more than a metal-only setting such as solitaire. Additionally, a setting with more intricate details can cost me, even if no additional diamonds are involved.

When choosing a diamond, lab created options will cost less than earth created diamonds. And with diamonds, the higher the clarity grades and the heavier the carat weights, the higher the price point.

How can I save money when designing an engagement ring online?

Choose a simple yet stylish setting, such as a solitaire. This is by far the most budget-friendly setting (it is also quite popular). Then go for a lab created diamond, this will truly allow you to get more bang for your buck, saving you up to 30%.

Is it better to choose a diamond or a gemstone for my engagement ring?

This is a matter of personal taste. While diamonds are certainly the more traditional choice, more and more couples are choosing gemstones for a variety of reasons. Whether it is sentimental value, a desire to be different, or a wish to choose a birthstone, both diamonds and gemstones make great choices for engagement rings.

What do I need to keep in mind when choosing the style and setting for my engagement ring?

There are multiple factors to keep in mind when choosing a setting for your engagement ring. Cost, style preference, and of course, life style. If your intended plans to wear their ring every day and have a job that is very hands on, then they may want a sturdier setting, such as the bezel setting.

How can I be sure that I create an engagement ring my partner will love?

This can be tricky. Check out the style of rings and other jewelry your partner wears on a regular basis. Maybe get their friends and family involved. Have you had friends get engaged recently? Make sure to comment on their ring to your partner to get their reaction.

And of course, you can always design the ring together. Rather than ruining the surprise, creating a ring together can be a beautiful bonding experience.

Final Thoughts

At first glance, creating an engagement ring can seem like a daunting process. Even more so when you apply a budget to the situation. But thanks to our wide selection of settings, the options for lab created, as well as earth created diamonds, cutting edge technology, and 24/7 assistance from our team of experts, creating the engagement ring of your dreams is easier than ever. 

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Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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The Ultimate Guide To Sofia Richie’s Engagement Ring

Learn all there is to know about Sophia Richie’s stunning engagement ring, from size, diamond shape, and price, and how to recreate the perfect lookalike at an affordable price. 

Sofia Richie at her wedding celebrations showing off her engagement and wedding ring

Last April, we were blown away by Sofia’s stunning engagement ring, and in typical fashion, we need to share all there is to know about this particular style and how to get the look on a budget! 

Sofia Richie announced her engagement to music executive Elliot Grainge in early 2022 on Instagram, sharing photos of their special proposal and also giving us a good look at her breathtaking diamond ring. 

Sofia Richie’s Engagement & Wedding Ring Pics

What Style Setting is Sofia’s Engagement Ring?

Her ring is a simple solitaire setting, a classic and popular choice for brides-to-be. At a closer look, the dainty band appears to be yellow gold, the perfect match to suit her warm skin tone. 

Yellow gold is the most traditional choice, suits almost all budgets, and is easy to engrave and resize. 

What Diamond Shape is Sofia Richie’s Engagement Ring?

Sofia’s center stone is an emerald cut diamond

Like other fancy shapes, emerald cuts are excellent at consuming much of the rough diamond’s carat weight. Their shape has trimmed corners, a small feature that brings out an old-school glamour that comes with wearing any emerald cut diamond.

How Many Carats is Sofia’s Engagement Ring?

It’s estimated that Sofia’s diamond ring is 6 carats. Given that emeralds are an elongated diamond shape, they offer maximum finger coverage and often appear much larger than other diamonds of the same carat weight. 

Sofia Richie’s Engagement Ring Lookalikes

Want to recreate the perfect lookalike to Sofia’s engagement ring? Take a peek at some of our custom-designed rings.

14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

We’ve got some stunning options– whether you’re looking for an exact replica or something similar with unique features – like a hidden pavé basket. 

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

P.S. Use your smartphone to access our virtual try-on and see what these rings will look like on your hand!

14K White Gold Diamond Pavé Basket Engagement Ring

Sofia Richie’s Wedding Ring Lookalikes

Sofia’s wedding band appears to be a stunning eternity ring with either a white gold or platinum band. The diamonds appear to match her emerald cut engagement ring, too.

14K White Gold Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Eternity rings are becoming more popular as a diamond wedding ring choice, especially among younger couples.

14K Yellow Gold Princess Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

And rightly so! We love their romantic symbolism and how they suit most engagement ring types.

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

We’re Here To Help 

Buying an engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At, we’re here to offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24-7 regarding any questions you have about the ring-buying process.

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Black Jewelry

The Black Jewelry Trend Is Here To Stay In 2023

Black is back, and it’s here to stay! Whatever the outfit, whatever the style, black jewelry has the ability to take your look from simple to stunning.

Black Jewelry

The color black has long been a favorite color for all kinds of fashion items. From the iconic Little Black Dress to classic black heels, a little black goes a long way. And the same can be said for black jewelry!

Black jewelry is versatile, chic, and easy to pair with all kinds of outfits. Best of all, this trend is on the rise and here to stay!

Origin of the trend

The trend of black or dark jewelry has a long and rich history. Its popularity in contemporary fashions begins with the Goth and punk subcultures that gained traction in the 80s. The aesthetics of these groups prioritized dark and subversive looks, which included leather, metal, dark colors, and of course, black jewelry!

Think of a black chocker with metal accents or a black pentagram pendant- this all began with gothic, punk, and occult groups.

Like most niche trends, this style eventually found its way into the mainstream mindset. Today, black jewelry isn’t so quickly associated with supernatural beliefs or rebellious mindsets, but rather, is found amongst everyday fashion aesthetics.

Black jewelry is a versatile element that can be added to any look- from black metal to black diamonds. 

In recent years, black jewelry has really taken off, giving a new look to this enduring trend.

Current Black Jewelry Trends

Black Diamonds

In the iconic show Sex And The City, Mr. Big proposes to Carrie Bradshaw with a 5-carat black diamond engagement ring. She asks him, “Why black?” to which he responds, “Because you are not like anyone else.”

Black diamonds, especially black diamond engagement rings, are striking, unique, and not like any other diamond color out there.

Black diamonds are a more affordable option than traditional colorless diamonds and pair well with virtually any metal color and setting. Best of all, they work for both men’s and women’s engagement and wedding rings

If you’re an unconventional couple, looking for an unconventional engagement, black diamonds will be perfect for you!

Statement Pieces

What better way to make a statement than with a pair of black earrings or a stunning black necklace? From big hoops to a simple black ring, black accessories are the perfect way to imbue your outfit with some loud edge.

In 2023, we’re all about making a statement and standing out in the crowd. The great thing about black jewelry is that it will always add a touch of drama, glamor, and attitude to any outfit. 

You can break up a casual work outfit with a dash of black with its unconventional and offbeat shine.

Why Black Jewelry Is Here To Stay

These days, trends come and go like the weather. But, if history tells us one thing, it’s that black jewelry is an enduring fashion favorite. From celebrity engagement rings and fashion runways to everyday wearable gems, we keep finding more ways to love (and wear!) this beautiful style.

A. Versatility of black jewelry

Black truly goes with everything. Black is a neutral color, meaning depending on how you rock it, it can work for both casual and formal occasions.

Black jewelry can easily be mixed, matched, and layered with other colors and materials, making it a reliable choice when accessorizing. 

Going for a classic and minimalist look? Black has got your back! Going for a bold statement-making look? Black will be there for you, too! 

Offering endless possibilities, black jewelry can enhance and accentuate your personal style- whatever that may be!

B. Durability of black jewelry

When purchasing new jewelry, durability is an important factor to consider. Thankfully, black jewelry is known for its durability and long-lasting luster!
Black wedding rings, for example, are often made out of materials such as tungsten, titanium, tantalum, or stainless steel. These materials can withstand the wear and tear of daily life, ensuring that your ring will truly stand the test of time.

Unlike traditional wedding ring metals, black jewelry has an impressive durability that is hard to ignore.

C. Fashionability of black jewelry

Black jewelry has quickly become a staple in the fashion world due to its timeless and bold appearance. Black is a color that never goes out of style and can add a touch of glamor to any outfit.

There are so many options to choose from, making black jewelry an accessible way to elevate your style.

Its versatility, durability, and current popularity, make it a must-have in any fashion-savvy person’s jewelry collection.

D. Rise of alternative fashion

Living in 2023 means embracing one’s individuality and the little details about ourselves that make us unique. This, of course, includes dressing in a way that honors our style and helps us stand out from the crowd.

Alternative fashion has grown in recent years, giving rise to black jewelry and accessories. With the growing desire for self-expression, black jewelry delivers exactly what it did when it broke onto the scene in the 80s. 

It’s time we embrace the fact that we’re a little off-kilter, strange, and even a little weird. It’s time we leave behind conformity and expectations! And we can do so with a little black jewelry here and there. 

Versatile, stylish, classic, and oh-so-unique! What’s not to love?

Final Thoughts

In a time when we all try to focus on self-expression, individuality, and non-conformity, we should feel emboldened to try new things and go against the grain. What better way to do that than with black jewelry?

If you find yourself looking for a way to embrace your inner style or perhaps, give your style a little refresh, give this trend a shot!

As alternative fashion continues to grow, we’re sure that black jewelry won’t be going anyway for a long time!

Join in on the trend and don’t forget to subscribe to our email list for access to secret sales, practical ring-buying tips, and $100 off your first purchase!

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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.

Mixed metal jewelry

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. 

designer jewellery

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.
14K Gold Two-Tone 2.2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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.

14K Gold Two-Tone 2.2mm Comfort Fit Wedding Band

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 and choose from a wide range of affordable gifts to investment pieces you’ll love forever.

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Coachella 2023: Get The Look

Hollywood’s favorite music festival is back, and the stars came out to shine! From classic gold hoops to butterfly necklaces, we’re here to help you get the look.


For the lucky attendees, Coachella is all about the music. With headlining acts from Debbie Harrie and Blink-182, there has been no shortage of showstopping performances at this year’s festival.

But for those of us who are watching the festival from a distance, there is something else that has our attention: the looks. Coachella never fails to showcase showstopping ensembles from our favorite celebrities, influencers, and musicians. 

Any festival-goer will tell you that a concert outfit is incomplete without some stunning jewelry. So let’s take a look at some memorable pieces and help you rock them just the same!

Aimee Song (@aimeesong)

Fashion blogger Aimee Song is no stranger to iconic jewelry pieces. And for this year’s festival, she relied on a chunky gold chain to elevate her classically understated look. 

Paired with a white tank and tan shorts, the stunning necklace truly stood out. And you can always rock the same with the gold figaro chain necklace.

Camila Coelho (@camilacoelho)

Known for her flawless makeup looks, Camila Coelho brought her A-game to Coachella Day 2. Matched with gold accents throughout her outfit, her cross necklace stole the show. 

If you’re looking for similar, try out the diamond cross necklace!

Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber)

This year, it-girl Hailey Bieber also opted for a simple ensemble. With a cropped white tank and baggy jeans, her gold jewelry was the main attraction. 
Her stacked earrings included gold hoops, just like these ones!

Noah Beck (@noahbeck)

Noah Beck showed up to day 3 in a deceptively simple outfit. But given his assortment of jewelry, we can see that he put a lot of attention into his accessories! 

With layered silver chains and a matching silver ring, he looked relaxed yet put together. You can always opt for an alternative sterling silver chain and platinum and diamond ring!

Olivia Culpo (@oliviaculpo)

American model Olivia Culpo stunned in an all-white outfit featuring stand-out accessories. Her dangly earrings really topped off her cowboy aesthetic with just the right amount of shine. 
If you’re looking for similar, check out these diamond drop earrings!

Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner)

Keeping with the white trend, Kylie Jenner rocked a white leather jacket and minimal silver jewelry. Keeping it simple has never looked so good!

A pair of small white gold hoops are classic, versatile, and so stunning.

Mads Lewis (@madslewis)

Mads Lewis took her Y2K-inspired look to the next level with her eclectic accessories. 

Donning both a pearl necklace and stackable diamond rings, her jewelry added personality and fun to her already bold look.

Want to jump on the pearl trend? Try this bracelet. And you can do no wrong with one, or two, eternity rings!

Monet McMichael (@monetmcmichael)

Padlocks and thick chains are in! Monet McMichael has jumped on the trend with this bold necklace on full display.

You, too, can join the growing craze with this padlock necklace!

Negin Mirsalehi (@negin_mirsalehi)

Negin Mirsalehi made a cute and subtle nod to the early aughts with her layered butterfly and heart necklace. Playful and on-trend, butterflies are showing up everywhere, from runaways to your TikTok feed. 

Check out this sweet butterfly necklace for the same look!


Carina Zavline looked like she had the most fun at Coachella this year, and her plentiful accessories showcased that. Her layered clover pendant shined in a radiant blue, giving a boost of color to her look.

To Wrap Up

Even though we may not be at Coachella right now (one day!), we can certainly take a bit of inspo here and there. 

Whether you’re dancing in the desert or chilling in your home city, there are always opportunities to dress up and look fabulous. With these trending styles, we’re certain you’ll do so effortlessly!

Find your new festival-fave here, and don’t forget to subscribe to our email list for access to secret sales, practical ring-buying tips, and $100 off your first purchase!

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How to Take Insta-Worthy Engagement Photos

Part of the fun of getting engaged is taking gorgeous photos! Every newly engaged couple wants to capture their relationship at this special time and treasure it for years to come. But with so much pressure to take the best photos, it’s easy to feel daunted by an upcoming photoshoot. So, let’s break down how to get the best photos without stress!

How to Take Insta-Worthy Engagement Photos


Everyone loves an excuse to dress up and take pictures! With your proposal behind you, you can immortalize the moment with beautiful engagement photos. Whether you’re a professional photographer yourself or looking to hire one, taking insta-worthy engagement photos can be both fun and rewarding.

In this blog, we’ll share all the tips and tricks to get the most out of your engagement photoshoot! From posing to lighting, we got you covered. So, let’s get started!

Finding The Right Photographer

A photographer can make or break your photo shoot, so choose wisely! 

If you’re looking to hire a professional, take extra care to look at previous photoshoots they’ve shot. This will help you determine if their style and approach suit your needs.

Take plenty of time to talk with your photographer before the big day. Discuss what you’re looking for to determine if they’re easy to work with and open to suggestions. The key to looking great in photos is trusting the photographer, so ensure you feel confident in their abilities!

If you’re not looking for a professional, don’t worry! There are plenty of other options out there for you.

There are many benefits to asking a close friend or family member to take your photos! Friends and family members will know you and your taste better than any photographer- plus, they’ll know exactly how to get you to laugh.

Ask someone who you can be yourself around, and you’ll be good to go!

Choosing The Right Location & Time Of Day

We all know that location will make a massive difference in your engagement photos’ overall feel and look! Before settling on a site, consider the following:

Your Style: Choose a location that suits your personal style and interests. For example, if you and your partner love the beach, take photos by the water. If you met your significant other in the city, take your pictures in a downtown area. If you both love calm and serene settings, let this shine in your images. Make the location meaningful to you!

The Season: Consider the time of year when choosing a location. Different seasons will significantly impact how your location looks and feels. You can choose a spot with colorful leaves if you have an Autumn shoot. And, if it’s winter, you can take photos in the snow- but don’t be surprised when it’s cold! And make sure you prepare for the weather, too- if it’s sunny, double-check that there is shade and water. If it’s cold, make sure you can stay warm.

Avoid Crowded Areas: Choose a relatively quiet location, as crowds can be distracting and stressful. Instead, choose a setting that allows you to make outfit changes (if needed), take breaks, try different poses, and communicate with your partner and photographer. 

Lighting: We all want our photos to be adequately illuminated but not too bright. Don’t shoot right before sunset (unless you’re planning on catching Golden Hour), as you will be pressed for time. Discuss with your photographer the perfect time for the lighting you want. 

Remember, this is supposed to be a fun experience. Choose a location that will be beautiful and a joy to shoot at!

Posing Tips For Natural & Flattering Shots

Some people can act naturally in front of a camera, while others freeze up. If you fall into the latter category, here are some ways to loosen up:

Use Flowers: Having something in your hands is a great way to keep them from looking aimless and awkward. Flowers add a romantic element to any image! You can hold a bouquet or pose, giving one flower to your partner.  

Bring Along Your Pet: If you and your partner already have a furry little one, bring them along! Pets are a great way to lighten the mood and add a playful element. Plus, they’re part of the family too!

Show Affection! Put your arm around your partner, rest your head on their shoulder, hug, kiss, hold hands, give your partner a piggyback ride—whatever it may be, try to pose together! Before your shoot, figure out which poses you’d like to try so you’re not scrambling for ideas on the big day. Affectionate poses always show up great on camera!

Outfit Ideas For Engagement Photos

Dress for the occasion! Even if something looks beautiful, it may be tough to pose in. Your outfit should make you feel confident and be something you can move freely in. 

Remember to avoid patterns and logos, as these can be distracting in photos. Stick to solid colors or subtle patterns instead.

You can even choose outfits that match the location or theme of your photoshoot. Keep things simple; wear more formal attire if you’re taking photos in a traditional setting. Wear more relaxed clothing if you’re taking pictures in a casual setting.

Coordinate with your partner! Choose outfits and colors that complement each other. You don’t have to match exactly, but you should be wearing styles that look good together. You don’t want to show up in a ballgown while your partner is wearing a t-shirt!


How long does an engagement photo shoot typically last?

An engagement photo shoot usually lasts 1-2 hours, depending on the location and number of outfit changes. Because of this, ensure you are well fed, well rested, and free of other commitments!

Do we need to bring our own props?

It’s not necessary to bring your own props, but it can add some fun and personality to your photos if you do. If you don’t bring any, it’s expected that your photographer will be prepared with some of their own.

How many photos can we expect to receive from our photo shoot?

This will vary depending on the photographer and package you choose. Most photographers will provide a set number of edited photos, typically between 20-50.


Capturing Insta-worthy engagement photos is a fun and rewarding experience that anyone can enjoy. By following these tips and tricks, you will surely create memorable photographs you will treasure for years to come! 

Remember to have fun, be yourself, and let your love shine through your photos. Happy shooting!

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A Beginner's Guide to Art Deco Engagement Rings 

A Beginner’s Guide to Art Deco Engagement Rings 

Are you searching for an engagement ring that combines vintage charm with contemporary flair? A statement-making Art Deco engagement ring is sure to impress. This style is becoming more and more popular as modern brides choose this style for its unique flair and well-crafted design.

A Beginner's Guide to Art Deco Engagement Rings 

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “Art Deco” but are unsure what it means? Today on the blog, we’re discussing the Art Deco engagement ring that combines elegance and sophistication in the most gorgeous vintage manner. Keep reading to get all the details and get ready to say “yes” to a vintage-inspired engagement ring.

Art Deco Engagement Rings: A Brief History

The Art Deco era was a prominent jewelry style during the 1920s and continued into the 1930s. This was a great time of change and people were eager to embrace “the new”. The rapid changes and transformations influenced this style in culture, fashion, and social conditions.  

Inspired by ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome, Art Deco was characterized by bold geometric shapes, intricate details, and rich, bold colors. Art Deco jewelry became popular among the wealthy elite, who prized its sophistication and glamour.

Vintage Art Deco engagement rings are a reflection of this era’s design aesthetic, with their unique features and timeless beauty. It is also believed that this style reflected this desire for progress, with its bold, streamlined designs that celebrated the machine age.

Characteristics of Art Deco Engagement Rings

There are a number of design elements that set Art Deco rings apart from other styles. As we mentioned, the Art Deco style is characterized by bold geometry and abstract designs that paid homage to advancement, including sharp angles, straight lines, and symmetry. Chevrons, triangles, rectangles, squares, baguettes, and other sharp shapes are all showcased in Art Deco jewelry, giving Art Deco pieces distinctive flair and instantly recognizable features.

Colorful gemstones are another beautiful feature of Art Deco engagement rings from this era, often highlighting sapphires, rubies, emeralds, amethysts, and other stunning gemstones, in addition to diamonds.

Antique Cut Diamonds

Diamonds were the gemstone of choice during the Art Deco era, however, unique cut diamonds have always been majorly popular in Art Deco jewelry. The most prominent included, baguettes, trapezoids, emerald cut, kite, and Asscher cut diamonds. Although these stones often have larger faceting with a softer look, they tend to be less sparkly. It’s said that these diamonds were meant to be viewed in candlelight for romantic tones and optimal glow. 

Modern takes on Art Deco also include oval and round cut diamonds set in milgrain-style bezels alongside geometric elements.

Vibrant, Colorful, Geometric Design

Art Deco-inspired styles are characterized by bright, crisp lines and geometric shapes. Additionally, vibrant color gems were a signature style. Most Art Deco rings featured color diamonds or gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds, amethysts, and rubies.

Platinum & White Gold

From the start, vintage Art Deco engagement rings were created in platinum rather than yellow gold, due to their strength and resistance to tarnishing. White gold was born to battle the rising expenses of platinum is seen as a more accessible and affordable choice for many who were after a vintage-style engagement ring.

Related post: White Gold Vs. Platinum: What’s The Difference?

Milgrain Detail

Another beautiful style that characterizes Art Deco rings is milgrain detailing. Milgrain is a decorative technique used in the setting process where small beads of metal are used to create borders. It usually creates an ornate border that adds an antique touch to the design.

Bezel Setting

The Art Deco innovation led to new engagement ring settings that arranged stones close together to create eye-catching gem mosaics. The bezel is characterized by a ring of metal that holds the stone in place. This setting has remained very popular for years and is also known as the oldest setting of the Art Deco era. One of the advantages of a bezel setting is that it securely keeps fragile diamonds and precious stones in place.

Tips On Shopping For An Art Deco Engagement Ring

Nowadays, modern brides-to-be are shopping for timeless engagement rings. And nothing says that better than vintage, right? There is something so exquisite about Art Deco engagement rings which shows why the demand for vintage designs has taken off these past few years. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect Art Deco ring:

  1. Do your research: Before you start shopping for an Art Deco engagement ring, it’s important to educate yourself on the style. Look at examples of Art Deco jewelry and familiarize yourself with the different design elements, such as filigree work, geometric patterns, and the use of color. This will help you to recognize an authentic Art Deco ring and make an informed decision.
  2. Choose a reputable jeweler: It’s important to choose a jeweler specializing in antique and vintage jewelry, particularly Art Deco rings. Look for a jeweler with a good reputation and extensive experience in this area. They should be able to provide you with a certificate of authenticity for the ring and answer any questions you may have about the piece.
  3. Only buy a certified diamond or gemstone: At JamesAllen we offer both earth and lab created diamonds. A lab created diamond is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for more value for your money.
  4. Be mindful of style: Although Art Deco rings are known for their timeless elegance, they may not be suitable for everyone. Always consider personal style and taste before making a purchase. An Art Deco engagement ring may not be the best choice if you or your partner prefer modern, minimalist designs.

Pros And Cons Of Buying An Art Deco Engagement Ring

Art Deco engagement rings are a popular choice for those who want a vintage and unique ring. However, like any type of engagement ring, there are pros and cons to consider before purchasing. Here are some of the main pros and cons of buying an Art Deco engagement ring:

Truly classic lookCan be extra fragile 
Non-traditional designs Limited availability 
Gorgeous intricate details Setting can distract from the center stone 
Matches a time period or personal style preferenceMore upkeep and cleaning are sometimes required

Fun Facts

  • Art Deco Engagement Rings are a reflection of the design aesthetic of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Geometric shapes, intricate details, and bold colors are all hallmarks of the style.
  • Asscher and Emerald cut diamonds were most popular during this era.
  • Diamond and Sapphire are the most commonly used gemstones for Art Deco Engagement Rings.
  • Customization is possible for those who want a unique ring that reflects their personal style.
  • Celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Katy Perry, Emily Blunt and Pippa Middleton, Kate Moss all rock the bespoke nature of a one-of-a-kind vintage engagement ring


What makes an engagement ring an Art Deco style?

Art Deco style is characterized by geometric shapes, bold lines, and vibrant colors. In the context of engagement rings, Art Deco style rings often feature geometric lines, and a center diamond or a gemstone set in a symmetrical design with intricate detailing.

Are Art Deco engagement rings more expensive than other styles?

Several factors influence the price of an Art Deco engagement ring, such as the quality and size of the diamond or gemstone, the intricate design, and its rarity. Since Art Deco engagement rings tend to be rare, more expensive, and feature a high level of craftsmanship, they are generally more costly than contemporary styles.

Can I customize an Art Deco engagement ring?

Yes, you can customize an Art Deco engagement ring to suit your personal style and preferences. A skilled jeweler can modify an existing Art Deco ring or create a new one inspired by the Art Deco style. Customization options may include changing the center stone, adding or removing side stones, altering the band, or incorporating other design elements to make the ring truly unique. However, it is important to choose a jeweler with experience in Art Deco style to ensure that the integrity of the design is maintained. 

Head on over to the James Allen Ring Studio where you get to jump into the designer’s seat and fully customize a truly unique engagement ring. You can choose from hundreds of different designs and a large selection of beautiful diamonds.

Final Thoughts

If you’re in love with the design of these Art Deco engagement rings and you want to aim for a timeless, elegant, and vintage look, then there is no better place to shop than With their bold geometric shapes, intricate designs, and use of precious metals and gemstones, these rings are truly a work of art. 

Don’t forget to share and tag your dream engagement ring with us on one of our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or Twitter.

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Engagement Ring Types: A Guide for Brides-to-Be

Every bride-to-be deserves a magical engagement ring! In this blog, we’re breaking down different ring types to help you find yours!


Congratulations are in order; you’re engaged! This is a beautiful time of your life, filled with excitement and planning for the big day. One of the most personal and important decisions you will make during this process (apart from who you’re marrying, of course!) is choosing the perfect engagement ring. There are countless types of engagement rings, each with its own unique style and design.

Keep reading to explore the different styles to get one step closer to finding your forever ring!

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Classic and timeless solitaire engagement rings are the ubiquitous style we know and love! They feature a single diamond, usually mounted in a prong setting. This allows for maximum light to enter the stone a create brilliant shine!

Solitaire rings can come in several shapes, including round, princess, and emerald. Because they can be paired with just about any wedding band, they are versatile and simple- in the most beautiful way!

Halo Engagement Rings

Looking for a touch of glamor? A halo engagement ring may be the style for you! They are dazzling and eye-catching, featuring a center diamond or gemstone with a halo of smaller diamonds. This is the type of ring that will turn heads wherever you go. With options for both modern and vintage styles, halo rings make an excellent choice for those who want a unique and stunning engagement ring.

Three Stone Engagement Rings

Three stone engagement rings, or trinity rings, feature three diamonds or gemstones mounted on a single band. How gorgeous! While you can attach any significance to them, it is said that the three stones represent the past, present, and future of the couple’s relationship.

Attaching meaning and symbolism to your ring can only strengthen the bond you have with your partner. And even better- three stone engagement rings come in various shapes and designs, from simple and classic to ornate and intricate.

Pavé Engagement Rings

Pavé engagement rings are one of the most popular styles- and for good reason! In French, “pavé” means “paved,” and the intricate design of the ring mimics the appearance of a paved road with its closely set small stones. This design maximizes the brilliance of each stone, creating a stunning ring that is ideal for anyone looking for a bit of extra sparkle. Pavé rings are sleek, simple, and effortlessly versatile- what more could you ask for?

Bezel Engagement Rings

Bezel engagement rings feature a center diamond surrounded by a metal rim that holds it securely in place. This setting offers durability and protection, without compromising on style or shine! This would make a practical choice if you prefer a low-profile ring that won’t snag on clothing.

And best of all, this ring can be customized to fit your personal style; minimalist and intricate options exist!

Vintage Engagement Rings

What is more unique and timeless than a vintage-inspired engagement ring? The art deco movement or styles from the Victorian or Edwardian eras often inspire vintage engagement rings.

These rings feature intricate detailing, filigree work, and colored gemstones. Vintage rings can be found in various styles and designs, from simple and elegant to ornate and intricate.

Colored Gemstone Engagement Rings

Who says engagement rings can’t have a pop of color? This may be your ring style if you’re looking for a dash of brightness. Gemstones come in endless colors with various symbolism.

You can opt for sapphire, emerald, ruby, and more. Colored stones can also be paired with diamonds or used as the center stone in a halo or three-stone design. The possibilities are truly endless.

Alternative Engagement Rings

The modern bride-to-be always looks for new ways to stand out and honor her individuality. Alternative engagement rings are the perfect way to do that! Such rings are typically made from alternative metals or simply have unconventional designs.

Any ring can be an engagement ring if you want it to be! You’re all set as long as it reflects your personality, taste, and growing relationship!


1. What is the most popular type of engagement ring?

Solitaire engagement rings are the most popular engagement ring, followed closely by halo and three-stone rings.

2. What should I consider when choosing an engagement ring?

When choosing an engagement ring, it’s important to consider your style, your partner’s style, your budget, and the quality of the diamond or gemstone.

3. How much should I spend on an engagement ring?

There is no set amount you should spend on an engagement ring. Choosing a ring that fits your budget and that you and your partner both love is important.


Have questions about picking the right diamond engagement ring? Contact one of our experts at anytime, and we’ll be happy to offer you expert advice or a free diamond consultation. 

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Online Engagement Rings: Shopping With James Allen

When it comes to shopping for engagement rings, we understand that the process can be daunting, overwhelming, and even stressful! With so many options to choose from, how do you even know where to start? That’s where James Allen comes in! We’re here to make shopping for an engagement ring easier than ever. 

In this article, we will explore how James Allen is part of the revolution of shopping for an engagement ring online by offering an extensive selection, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional customer service.

a couple shopping for rings on

What Is

Founded in 2006, James Allen is a leading online jeweler known for its vast collection of engagement rings, wedding rings, loose diamonds and gemstones, and fine jewelry. Our mission is to provide customers with the highest quality diamonds at affordable prices, while also offering a stress-free and unique online shopping experience.

At James Allen, we proudly present all of our diamonds and customizable engagement ring settings in our highly magnified 360° HD Diamond Display Technology. This technology allows us to photograph most of the world’s diamonds and pick the best ones for you.

The Advantages of Shopping with James Allen

There are so many advantages to shopping with James Allen! From the convenience of our extensive collection at your fingertips, our cutting-edge technology, and top-notch customer service, we’re here to make sure that shopping with us is a stress-free experience.

Extensive Selection

One of the most significant advantages of shopping for an engagement ring with James Allen is our vast selection of GIA-certified diamonds and engagement ring settings. Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar jewelers, we offer the ability to customize your engagement ring from start to finish.

From selecting the diamond’s shape and size, to the type of metal used for the setting, our customers have complete control over the design of their ring. Additionally, James Allen offers a range of diamond cuts and shapes, including round, princess, emerald, and cushion, ensuring there is a diamond for your taste and budget.

An infographic of different diamond shapes offered at

Cutting-Edge Technology

Another advantage of shopping with James Allen is our use of cutting-edge technology. We are proud to show all our diamonds and rings in our highly magnified 360° HD Diamond Display Technology, allowing you to view your diamond from every angle before purchasing.

We also use advanced imaging technology, which allows our customers to see the diamond’s microscopic inclusions and flaws, providing a level of transparency and detail that is hard to find elsewhere.

Exceptional Customer Service

At James Allen, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service to our customers. This includes offering free shipping and easy returns. If needed, we also provide the option to return your purchases, if you are not 100% satisfied, within 30 days for a full refund, making it easy to shop confidently.

In addition to offering free shipping and returns on all orders and a lifetime warranty on all jewelry purchases, our team of diamond and jewelry experts are available to answer any questions you may have 24/7.

We are here to help guide you through every step of the shopping process from start to finish and ensure that you get a product you love.

Technological Features of

360° HD Diamond Display Technology:

One of the most innovative technological features at James Allen is our 360° HD diamond display technology. This technology allows customers to view and interact with high-resolution 3D images of the jewelry items they want to purchase.

This feature lets our customers view and compare diamond characteristics, such as cut, clarity, and color, using our unique interactive visual aids. 

This technology ensures that our customers are able to comfortably make a well-informed decision when making such a significant purchase and ensures that they get the best value for their money.

You can zoom in and out of the images, rotate them 360 degrees, and even see how the jewelry looks on a hand thanks to our virtual try-on technology! This feature provides customers with a more immersive and realistic shopping experience and allows them to make a more informed purchasing decision.

Related Post: Try Your Hand at Our Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On

virtual engagement ring try-on

Ring Building Technology:

At James Allen, we offer the ability to design your engagement ring yourself! You start by selecting the diamond, then choose a ring setting, and a metal of your choice. 

Then you can view a 3D image of your custom-designed ring and make any adjustments as needed. This feature allows you to create a unique and one-of-a-kind engagement ring that perfectly fits you and your beloved’s style.

Related Post: Designing Your Ring Together: Here’s Why You Should

How to Shop for an Engagement Ring at James Allen

Shopping for an engagement ring on is a straightforward process. 

You can either browse our extensive collection of ready-made engagement rings using a number of filters, including diamond shape, setting style, metal type, and more!

You can also choose to design your ring by starting with a loose diamond, gemstone, or setting. And, of course, once your design is complete, you can view the ring in 360-degree detail and make any final adjustments before placing your order.


What makes James Allen different from other online jewelers?

Our extensive collection of the highest-quality diamonds and gemstones, our top-notch customer service, and of course, our cutting-edge technology.

Is James Allen a trusted online jewelry retailer?

Yes, prides itself on being a trusted online jewelry retailer with a reputation for offering high-quality diamonds and exceptional customer service.

Can I design my own engagement ring on

Yes! At James Allen, you can design your engagement ring from start to finish.

Does James Allen offer free shipping and easy returns?

Yes! offers free shipping to customers in select countries and an easy return policy, including full refunds within 30 days of purchase.


Buying an engagement ring and other fine jewelry can be overwhelming. You want it to be perfect after all! And with so many options out there, how do you know where to start?!

As a leader in the industry, we here at James Allen understand this and are here to make this journey as stress-free as possible…even fun! Between our extensive collection of top-quality diamonds and ring settings all viewable in 360° HD, our numerous, stylish options of ready-made engagement rings, wedding rings, and other fine jewelry, and of course, our expert customer service agents, who are here to help you 24/7; we are here to ensure you have the best for all your milestone moments.

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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

In the world of how to wear wedding rings and engagement rings, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Even the most “universal” traditions, as you’ll soon see, are subject to variations. It all depends on the ring wearer’s particular culture and style.

So what should YOU do? Read on to find out.

Pear shaped engagement ring

Now that you’ve started thinking about the perfect way to stack on your bands, you might be wondering how exactly to wear engagement and wedding rings together. It’s easy to feel confused about wedding rings or bridal sets, but the truth is there are no rules that you need to follow. There is no right or wrong way, it’s all completely up to you!

It is impossible to define a ‘traditional’ manner of wearing a wedding ring set, but there are a variety of popular ways of wearing them. And yes some do follow various traditions. Still unsure? We’re here to help. Keep scrolling to learn everything you need to know about how to wear a wedding ring set.

What’s The Right Way To Wear A Wedding Ring?

When it comes to the “right way” to wear a wedding ring, there are in fact a few options. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it generally comes down to comfort and your personal style.

Although, in many western cultures, the wedding ring finger is traditionally said to be the fourth finger on the left hand. But, the “ring finger” is not the same in all cultures and countries. It also may depend on local tradition, religion, and personal preference.

What’s The Difference Between A Wedding Ring And An Engagement Ring?

First, let’s talk about the rings. Though there are a few key differences between a wedding ring and an engagement ring, one of the main features that sets these two rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal, while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. 

And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, a wedding ring does not have a particular focal point. They sometimes feature either rows of smaller stones or simply a clean solitaire band.

18K White Gold Vintage Glamour Halo Diamond Engagements Ring
Platinum Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

The Best Wedding Ring Styles

Experts recommend that you don’t just buy a wedding ring simply because it’s currently trendy. These are rings you’ll be wearing every day for the rest of your life, so it’s important that the design and style reflect your personality.
Say ‘I do’ and begin yours forever with a distinctively beautiful James Allen wedding ring. Choose from our large selection of gorgeous ring styles, including classic wedding rings, diamond wedding rings, and eternity rings. 

Classic Wedding Rings

Classic wedding rings complement any engagement ring. The simplicity of a classic metal band directs all the attention to your engagement ring. So if you’re struggling to find a matching wedding ring or simply want to highlight your engagement ring, then a classic wedding ring could be the perfect style for you.

Curved Wedding Rings

If your engagement ring has a distinct shape, your wedding ring can curve to accommodate your center stone. This gives your wedding set a unique interlocking quality. As an added bonus, a curved wedding ring’s complimentary shape reduces friction on your skin by preventing unnecessary slippage.

Eternity Rings

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, eternity rings are considered to symbolize eternal love. A meaningful expression between a couple on their journey of everlasting love – a promise of lifelong commitment. Even though traditionally, eternity rings are gifted to mark a special milestone within a relationship, nowadays, they are often worn as wedding rings as they pair so beautifully with many different engagement ring designs.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Two Row U Pavé Engagement Ring

Which Hand Should You Wear Your Engagement & Wedding Ring On?

Your wedding ring set can be worn on either hand, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. It differs worldwide and is often not the same in all countries and cultures. But, there are at least 3 common ways to wear a wedding set.

On The Right Hand

How a person wears their engagement and wedding band may determine the area you are living in or the cultural traditions you are accustomed to. 

In certain Northern and Eastern European countries, it is customary to wear these rings on the right hand. This tradition actually comes from an ancient Roman belief that the left hand was untrustworthy. As a matter of fact, the Latin word for “left hand” shares the same root as the modern-day word “sinister.”

On The Left Hand

The most common choice for most people is to wear their engagement and wedding rings on their left hand. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring, specifically on the fourth finger originated from the belief that this finger has a vein running directly to the heart. As this idea has been passed down for many generations, people still enjoy the symbolism of wearing their wedding ring closest to their hearts, showing how important marriage is. 

In addition, many people prefer to wear both the engagement ring and wedding ring together on the same finger (on the left hand). Generally, the wedding ring is placed on the finger first so that it is positioned with the engagement ring following on the outside. For this reason, there are numerous, gorgeous wedding rings and bridal sets that are specifically designed to match each other. And, many couples choose this option when they plan their engagement and wedding rings.

However, another option that some people choose is to wear their wedding ring on top of their engagement ring to keep it secure on the finger.

On Different Hands

The engagement ring and wedding ring don’t necessarily have to be worn on the same hand. Some women opt to wear their wedding ring on the left ring finger and their engagement ring on the right ring finger. Whether you choose to uphold a time-old tradition or create your very own is entirely up to you.

18K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Rose Gold Round And Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

How Do I Match A Wedding Ring To An Engagement Ring?

The answer: however you’d like. As the bride-to-be, you can choose to express yourself in whatever way you wish. There are few, if any, customs regarding how you pair your wedding ring with your engagement ring. So what does this mean for you? Ultimately, you have three main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style.

Match By Metals

As we’ve mentioned before, there are truly no wrong answers when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands. While you may prefer to have a perfectly matching set of rings, others might prefer a mix of metals. All ring metals look great together, as long you love what you’re wearing! At, we provide you with four beautiful metal options, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum.

Match By Stones

Diamonds are definitely marriage material, but so are gemstones. Gemstones are a gorgeous alternative for those who prefer a twist on the classic wedding ring. Don’t be shy to choose a wedding ring with the right stones to make you smile. 
The beauty of gemstone wedding rings is that there is a huge selection!

From sapphires and rubies to opals and emeralds…these can make the most perfect, personalized piece. Whether you choose a particular stone for its beauty, or you want to embrace a certain stone’s meaning, the options are endless! For instance, you may wish to have a unique wedding ring set that features a respective birthstone.

Match By Ring Setting Style

Finding the perfect wedding ring set can be tricky as there is a diverse range of styles to choose from. 

Of course, style often comes down to personal taste and preference. But luckily at James Allen, you can perfectly match your wedding ring to your engagement ring or go with something completely unique. The beautiful settings options are truly plentiful, and range in style and design, from stunning pavé wedding rings to rose gold stackable rings – you’re guaranteed to find the one.

Platinum Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

What Should You Do If You Can’t Wear Your Wedding Ring The Traditional Way?

Remember that tradition is purely just a suggestion.

  • If you can’t wear your wedding ring on the “right” finger, wear it on another one!
  • If you are unable to wear it on your hand, slip it onto a chain and wear it as a pendant necklace.
  • If your wedding ring doesn’t fit with your engagement ring, wear them on separate fingers.
  • If you don’t like rings, bracelets can be excellent substitutes.

What matters most is that it’s your wedding, your marriage, and your ring. Regardless of how you choose to wear it, it’s completely up to you!

Final Thoughts

Your wedding ring set is more than a beautiful set of jewelry. It’s also a symbol of your love, devotion, and bond as a couple. And just as your love is unique, the way you want to wear your wedding ring set is just as special as well. We’ve given some guidance on different ways to wear a wedding ring set, but feel free to wear them how you wish.
Still searching for the perfect ring to add to your wedding ring set? At, our diamond and jewelry experts are always available to help you find your perfect ring and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to assisting you! Contact us here

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Split Shank Engagement Rings

Spotlight On Split Shank Engagement Rings

When it comes to engagement rings, many couples search for a ring that sets them apart and showcases their classic style. That’s where the split shank engagement ring comes in!

Split Shank Engagement Rings

What Is A Split Shank Engagement Ring?

Simply put, split shank engagement rings have a band that splits into two or more strands as it reaches the center stone, creating a stunning and intricate look that is both sophisticated and glamorous.

The prominent gap between the ring and the center stone often gives the impression of a larger, more elaborate ring and stone. 

Split shank engagement rings evoke a classic style in a contemporary way. Perfect for the modern bride!

At James Allen, we offer a wide variety of split shank engagement rings designed to showcase the center stone’s beauty while adding an extra touch of undeniable sparkle. What could be better?

Split Shank Diamond Engagement Rings

Keep It Classic: Split Shank Double Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring

Looking for an understated solitaire that’s a cut above the rest? This split shank double claw engagement ring delivers on all fronts. 

This ring features a delicate, smooth band that splits into two strands as it reaches the center stone in a modern take on a classic ring. Such a look is ideal for any style or taste.

Even better, this ring is available in a range of metals, from classic platinum to warm rose gold.

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

Be Bold: Grand Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

If you have absolutely no desire to have a quiet and understated ring on your finger- we have a ring for that, too! The Grand Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring is perfect for any bride who wants to show up and show off.

This ring features endless diamonds from the band to the halo, illuminating the glorious center stone. Big, bold, and beautiful, this is a ring that simply cannot be missed.

14K White Gold Grande Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Grande Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

Sweet and Simple: Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

Right in between understated and loud, this Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring gives you the best of both worlds. 

A ribbon of diamonds around the band adorns this sophisticated Pave’ ring. Sleek, clean, and classic- but not without its eye-catching sparkle, this is a ring for the everyday classy bride. 

14K White Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

One Of A Kind: Alternating Shapes Open Split Shank

Everyone wants to feel special on their engagement day. With a ring like the Alternating Shapes Open Split Shank, you’ll feel special on the daily!

Alternating marquise and round shapes make this open split shank ring an exquisite, eye-catching masterpiece. With this ring on your finger, you’ll feel like a one-of-a-kind bride!

14K White Gold Alternating Shapes Open Split Shank
14K White Gold Alternating Shapes Open Split Shank

Loud and Proud: Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring

What’s better than one center stone? Three center stones! The Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring features one center stone with two side stones, creating a stunning display of shine.

This vintage twist on the classic three-stone style boldly showcases diamonds in beautiful symmetry. If you’re loud, proud, and eager to show off your rock, this ring is for you!

14K White Gold Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring

Turn Heads: Emerald Shape Split Shank Engagement Ring

Looking for something different? The Emerald Shape Split Shank Engagement Ring has classic motifs with a touch of the unexpected. Its sideways emerald diamond is sure to garner attention and turn heads.

From rose gold to platinum, you can choose whichever metal you prefer to make this ring your new favorite piece of jewelry!

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Shape Split Shank Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Emerald Shape Split Shank Engagement Ring

Pros And Cons Of Split Shank Rings

Pros And Cons Of Split Shank Rings


What are the benefits of a split shank engagement ring?

A split-shank engagement ring is a unique style that offers a range of benefits for the wearer. One of the main benefits is that the split shank design draws attention to the center stone, making it appear larger and more impressive. The split shank also supports the center stone, giving you peace of mind knowing that your ring is secure! Additionally, the open design of the split shank can make it easier to clean and maintain your ring over time.

Are split shank engagement rings in style?

Yes, split-shank engagement rings are definitely in style! This style has become increasingly popular, thanks to its eye-catching design. A split shank can be incorporated into many different styles of engagement rings, from classic solitaires to more elaborate halo designs. Whether you prefer a simple and understated ring or something more dramatic and show-stopping, a split shank can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your engagement ring.

Are split shank engagement rings comfortable to wear?

Comfort is always an important consideration when choosing an engagement ring, and you’ll be pleased to know that split-shank engagement rings can be very comfortable to wear! It is unlikely that any part of the ring will poke, scratch, or irritate your finger in any way. As long as you select a metal type that is safe for your skin- you’ll be good to go!

Final Thoughts

Split shank engagement rings offer an eye-catching alternative to traditional engagement ring styles. With various designs and metal options available, there is sure to be a split shank ring that perfectly matches your personal taste and style at

Whether you’re looking for a simple and elegant look or a more intricate and detailed design, a split shank engagement ring is a stunning choice to encapsulate your love.

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The Rise of Gemstone Rings & How to Style Them

The Rise of Gemstone Rings & How to Style Them

Looking for a timeless piece of jewelry that is both beautiful and meaningful? Gemstone rings are a perfect choice. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring or a simple statement piece, a gemstone ring is sure to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your jewelry collection.

The Rise of Gemstone Rings & How to Style Them

What Are Gemstones? 

Gemstones are minerals, rocks, and other organic materials cut and polished to create jewelry pieces and other attractive clothing accessories or decorative ornaments. Gems are either considered precious or semi-precious.

Some popular gemstones include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and amethysts. Each gemstone has its own unique properties and meanings, making them an exceptional and personal addition to any collection. Whether you are looking to add some sparkle to your jewelry box or incorporate some natural beauty into your home, gemstone rings are a great choice!

Gemstone Rings In 2023 

Gemstone rings have grown in popularity recently as a distinctive way to bring color and flair to any ensemble. There is a gemstone ring for every taste and occasion, whether you choose vivid hues or more subdued ones.

In 2023, you can be sure to see a rise in gemstone jewelry as everyday pieces, and gemstone engagement rings. Most gemstones are more affordable than diamonds and also offer their wearers a special piece of individuality, making them an ever more appealing accessory.

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The Appeal of Gemstone Rings

Natural beauty and allure are difficult to resist in gemstone rings. They give you a special way to express yourself and flaunt your individual flair. Gemstone rings, as opposed to classic diamond rings, come in various colors and can be made to suit your preferences and individual style. 

Many couples now opt for gemstone wedding rings, a unique twist on the traditional gold ring with lots of rich symbolism. Another fun aspect of gemstone jewelry is that everyone has their own birthstone (or two — depending on the month) making it so much easier to pick a sentimental gemstone ring for yourself or someone special.

Popular Gemstone Rings For Women 

Gemstone rings for women can be made from a wide variety of jewels, each with its own special qualities and symbolic meanings. 

Here are some of our favorites: 

  1. Amethyst rings : A purple gemstone that represents calmness and clarity.
  2. Emerald rings: A green gemstone that stands for development and success.
  3. Opal rings: A stone of many colors that represents imagination and spontaneity.
  4. Sapphire rings: A blue gemstone that stands for knowledge and accuracy.
  5. Topaz rings: A yellow or blue gemstone that represents vigor and vitality.

Style Tips for Gemstone Rings

Gemstone rings can be worn in many ways depending on the occasion and your style. Here are some foolproof styling tips for your gemstone rings: 


Stacking gemstone rings is a common and fun way to wear them. You can mix and match your favorite shades and fashion trends to create a distinctive look. Just be sure to maintain a balance between the sizes and shapes of the rings; you don’t want your look to be overkill. 

Everyday Wear

Gemstone rings can also be worn as an everyday accessory. One of the best things about these rings is the color they bring to your daily looks. They can turn an otherwise dull outfit into something interesting. 

Statement Piece

If you want to make a statement with your gemstone ring, choose a larger stone or a unique setting. You can pair this with simpler jewelry to really make your ring stand out.

Matching Set

If you have a gemstone engagement ring that you love, consider getting a matching gemstone wedding ring to match it. This styling tip applies to your other gemstone stackables, too. If you have a particular gemstone you love, like your birthstone, you can create a sentimental set you’ll love to wear forever. 

Caring for Gemstone Rings

Gemstone rings require special care to ensure that they remain in good condition. Here are some tips for caring for your gemstone ring:

  • Avoid wearing your ring while doing outdoor activities, gym, or harsh construction work. 
  • Clean your ring regularly with a soft cloth and mild dish soap. 
  • Keep your ring stored in a jewelry box or pouch to protect it from scratches and damage.
  • Don’t wear your ring while in the ocean. 

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Are gemstone rings more affordable than diamond rings?

Gemstone rings can be more affordable than diamond rings, depending on the type of gemstone and the size of the stone.

Can gemstone rings be resized?

Gemstone rings can often be resized, but it is important to work with a professional jeweler who is experienced with working with gemstones.

Can gemstone rings be worn every day?

Of course! Gemstone rings are a staple accessory that can be worn daily with your day and night looks. They’re perfect if you’re looking to add a pop of color to your outfit or a personalized touch.

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How To Shop For The Perfect Oval Diamond Engagement Ring 

How To Shop For The Perfect Oval Diamond Engagement Ring 

Shopping for an engagement ring is exciting but can be a daunting task, especially when you’re looking for something that is unique and special.

How To Shop For The Perfect Oval Diamond Engagement Ring 

One of the most popular choices right now is an oval diamond engagement ring as it is both classic and modern. It also features the perfect blend of sparkle and sophistication. Still not sure how to find the perfect oval diamond engagement ring? Keep scrolling.

What Are Oval Cut Diamonds?

An oval cut diamond is a popular choice when it comes to engagement rings. It is similar to the round brilliant cut diamond, but it has a more elongated shape that makes the stone appear larger. Diamonds with an oval cut are typically cut to maximize their carat weight and brilliance, and they have a unique sparkle that is very striking.

The oval cut diamond is also a versatile option, as it can be used in both classic and modern designs. Whether it’s an engagement ring or a piece of jewelry, oval cut diamonds can make the perfect statement.

What Does An Oval Engagement Ring Symbolize?

An oval engagement ring is a beautiful and timeless symbol of love and commitment. But did you know that the shape has a special meaning? The term oval is derived from the Latin words ov or ovum, which means egg.

Traditionally, the shape has been associated with rebirth, fertility, and immortality since ancient times. Additionally, the oval is said to represent the never-ending cycle of life, love and eternity. An oval engagement ring is a beautiful way to begin a new life together.

Pros & Cons Of Buying An Oval Engagement Ring

The oval cut engagement ring is definitely a stunning option, but, as with all settings, there are advantages and disadvantages. So what are the pros and cons of buying an oval engagement ring? Let’s find out.

Pros & Cons Of Buying An Oval Engagement Ring

Ultimately, choosing an oval engagement ring will depend on your preferences. But, it’s also a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons before making a final decision, to see if it’s the right diamond ring for you.

What Does An Oval Engagement Ring Cost

If one of your goals is to shop for an affordable engagement ring, then an oval engagement ring is a great choice, as many options fit various budgets.

It’s important to understand that several factors affect the cost of an oval engagement ring, such as the type of metal used, the complexity of the setting, and of course, the color, carat, and clarity of the diamond or gemstone.

For example, a simple oval engagement ring with a smaller size diamond and a plain metal band could cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. On the other hand, a more detailed oval engagement ring with a large diamond and intricate setting design could cost approximately $10,000 or more.

Oval Diamonds Compared To Round Diamonds

Both oval and round diamonds are popular engagement ring choices, but they differ in several ways.
The most obvious difference between oval diamonds and round diamonds is their shape. Oval diamonds are elongated and have an oval shape, while round diamonds are perfectly round. If you love both diamond shapes but can’t decide, an oval cut is the perfect twist on a round cut diamond.
Oval diamonds can create the illusion of longer, more slender fingers, while round diamonds tend to have a more classic and traditional appearance. Diamonds with oval shapes have a larger surface area than round diamonds of the same weight, which makes them look bigger as well as more sparkling.
As a result of their symmetrical shape and the way they reflect light, round cut diamonds are known for their exceptional brilliance. Diamonds with an oval cut are also quite brilliant, but their elongated shape sometimes produces a bowtie effect – a dark area at the center.
Generally, oval diamonds are less expensive than round diamonds of the same carat weight and quality. This is mainly because round diamonds are more sought after, they require more cutting and polishing to achieve their symmetrical form.

Oval Engagement Rings With Wedding Rings


Are oval engagement rings popular?

Yes! More and more couples are seeking non-traditional and unique engagement ring styles in recent years, which has led to the popularity of oval engagement rings. Its distinctive shape is not only super trendy but very versatile as well. 

Are oval diamonds cheaper than round diamonds?

The cost of a diamond is primarily determined by the 4Cs, the carat weight, cut, color, and clarity. Although oval diamonds can be less expensive than round diamonds of the same carat weight, their specific qualities determine their price. As a result of their high demand, round cut diamonds usually cost 10% to 30% more than oval diamonds. 

Is oval a good diamond shape? 

Yes, the oval is a great choice, especially if you’re looking for a diamond shape with lots of sparkles. The oval cut has a striking appearance with its distinctive elongated shape and rounded edges. The versatility of this shape allows it to be designed in various engagement ring styles, from classic to contemporary.

How do I care for an oval cut engagement ring?

To care for an oval cut engagement ring, it is important to keep it clean and protected. You can clean the ring at home using a soft toothbrush, warm water, and mild soap, or you can take it to a professional jeweler for cleaning. To protect the ring, avoid wearing it during activities that could cause damage, such as sports or heavy lifting.

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Whether you’re dreaming of a minimal and timeless design or something more unique and contemporary, an oval cut engagement ring is one of the more popular choices for a reason. With its ability to feel fresh and feminine but still very trendy, the endless options show there really is something for everyone. 

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7 Reasons To Wear Hoops Earrings

7 Reasons To Wear Hoops Earrings

Everyone has their favorite go-to earrings. A pair that can be dressed up or down and that is classic yet effortless. For many people, those earrings are often a pair of hoops!

If you’re looking for a pair of earrings that can do it all, hoop earrings might just be a perfect choice! Versatile, fashionable, and deceptively simple, there are so many reasons to love hoop earrings.

From their ability to add an extra flair to any outfit to the unique way they can be styled, here are seven amazing reasons why hoop earrings are a must-have for any jewelry enthusiast.

What Do Hoop Earrings Symbolize?

Hoop earrings are a timeless fashion staple that many different cultures have worn throughout history. From ancient Egyptians to Latino communities, hoops might just be the most ubiquitous of all earrings. Hoops have been used to denote status, wealth, and even spirituality. Today, hoop earrings can symbolize many things depending on the person wearing them. 

For some, they are simply a way to express their personal style. For others, they may signify a connection to their cultural heritage or spiritual beliefs. No matter what hoop earrings symbolize to you, one thing is certain – they are truly timeless!

What Face Shape Is Best For Hoop Earrings?

When it comes to choosing the best hoop earrings for your face shape, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Different face shapes can look great with different styles of hoop earrings.

For example, if you have an oval face shape, go for medium-sized hoops that are slightly wider than your face. This will help to frame your face and draw attention to your features. 

If you have a round face, larger hoops can help to add definition and create a more angular look. Similarly, if you have a square or triangular face shape, smaller hoops can help to soften your angles and create a more balanced look. 

But it’s important to remember that the best earrings are the ones that make you feel good! Confidence is key.

7 Reasons To Wear Hoop Earrings

They’re Versatile

One of the best things about hoop earrings is that they can be worn with just about anything. Whether you’re rocking a casual look or dressing up for a special occasion, they make the perfect finishing touch. And because they come in such a wide variety of sizes, styles, and materials, there’s sure to be a pair of hoop earrings out there that’s perfect for you and your needs.

They Make a Statement

Looking to make a fashion statement? Hoop earrings can help! Oversized hoops or hoops adorned with gems and other details are sure to get you noticed. And if you really want to stand out from the crowd, try pairing thick hoops with other statement pieces like a bold necklace or bright rings.

They’re Fashionable

Love for hoop earrings goes back for generations, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they incredibly versatile, but they also can instantly elevate any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a little black dress or a simple pair of jeans, a great pair of hoops can go a long way.

They’re Easy to Style

Another great thing about hoop earrings is that they’re effortless to style. Hair up or down, dressed for every day or a special night out, hoops are a great way to accessorize. You can wear hoops with cascading studs on your ear, a matching necklace, or no other jewelry pieces. Worn alone or not, hoops allow you the freedom to dress as you please and feel confident doing so!

They’re Comfortable

Unlike some other types of earrings, hoops are actually quite comfortable to wear. Because they sit directly on the earlobe, they don’t pull or tug like some other earrings can. And because they’re often quite lightweight, you’ll hardly even notice you’re wearing them.

They’re Timeless

Hoop earrings are the perfect choice for anyone looking for a timeless piece of jewelry. They’ve been around for centuries and show no signs of going out of style anytime soon. You can throw on a small pair before heading out to work or select a bold set before a party. No matter the occasion, hoops make a great option. 

From the 1920s to the 2020s, hoop earrings maintained their status as iconic and stylish.

They’re Affordable

Another great thing about earrings that are so common is that they can be found anywhere and at many different price points. 

Plain gold hoops can cost anywhere from $150 to $200. 

And if you want hoops adorned with gemstones, diamonds, or pearls, they can cost anywhere from $700 to $3,000 and up. 

From affordable to more expensive, there are tons of options out there that can fit your budget.


Are hoop earrings out of style?

Nope! And they probably won’t be going out of style anytime soon. From everyday street looks

to red-carpet outfits, hoops are just as popular as ever.

Why do hoop earrings make you look prettier?

Hoop earrings have a great way of adding a touch of elegance to your look. Having something shiny and bright dangling from your ears can nicely frame your face and elongate your neck. Any pair of hoops will help you look put together- even if you just got out of bed.

Can hoop earrings be classy?

Definitely- a small pair of gold hoops can do no wrong. That’s the great thing about these earrings: depending on the size and style, you can make them look casual, classy, dressy, or simple. The choice is yours.

Do hoop earrings look good on everyone?

We think they do! While hoop earrings may not necessarily be comfortable for everyone, we think they add a nice touch to any ensemble. White gold, yellow gold, big, small, bold, or minimal, there is a pair that looks great on you, too!


If you’re looking for a new staple for your jewelry collection, hoop earrings might just be a perfect choice! 

With so many styles and types, there’s no wonder they’re such enduring pieces of jewelry. From their versatility to their accessibility, there are so many reasons to love- and wear- hoop earrings. 

So if you’re looking for a quick addition to your wardrobe, give hoops a try! You won’t regret it.

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What Is The Average Carat Size For An Engagement Ring?

Shopping for an engagement ring is a wonderful yet stressful time. Once you have decided it is the right time, you need to pick out a ring. But not just a ring, you need to choose a diamond, which comes with its own set of factors. Arguably the biggest (yes, pun intended) thing to consider is the carat size of your diamond. 

What is the average size and is that the right size for you? Read on to learn what you need to know when choosing the right diamond.

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What Is the Average Carat Size for Diamond Engagement Rings?

The average carat size for a diamond engagement ring varies widely depending on a number of factors such as location, cultural norms, and personal preferences. According to recent studies, the average carat size for a diamond engagement ring in the United States is approximately 1.2 carats. 

It’s worth mentioning, though, that this figure can be affected by factors such as the age and income of the individuals involved and regional differences. Additionally, the trend towards alternative engagement rings featuring gemstones or smaller diamonds has become more popular in recent years.

Ultimately, the size of the diamond in an engagement ring is a personal decision and will depend on individual tastes, preferences, and budget.

Various Diamond Rings

How to Find the Right Carat Size for You

When it comes to finding the right carat size for an engagement ring or any other piece of diamond jewelry, there are several factors to consider. Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind:


It’s important to establish a budget early on. This will ensure you avoid overspending and focus on diamonds within your budget. The size of the diamond you can afford will depend on multiple factors, primarily the 4Cs. (More on that below).

Lab created diamond price infographic

Personal Preference

Bigger does not always mean better. Some people prefer larger diamonds, while others prefer smaller ones. The setting you choose can be an important factor. Certain settings will amplify your diamond, making it appear bigger than its actual carat weight. Make sure to choose a diamond that matches your style and personality because after all, this diamond IS forever.

Not sure about your style? Try before you buy! Testing out different styles, whether in-person or virtually, will help you get an idea of what style of engagement ring and diamond you prefer.

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Finger Size

The size of your finger also impacts how your diamond will look on your hand. A larger diamond may overwhelm a small/short finger, while a small diamond may not have as much impact on a larger/wider finger. 

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Make sure to know your ring size! Check out our Virtual Ring Sizer to be sure you get the perfect fit!

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If you lead an active lifestyle or work with your hands, a larger diamond (as well as certain diamond shapes) may not be practical or comfortable to wear daily. If you plan to wear your diamond engagement ring all day, everyday, then your day-to-day lifestyle is an important factor to keep in mind.

Quality Over Size

As we said before, bigger is not always better. A smaller diamond of higher quality can often be more impressive than a larger diamond of lower quality. Remember the 4Cs? Cut, color, and clarity are all things to consider, in addition to a carat weight, i.e. size.

Ultimately, the right carat size for you is a personal decision that should be based on a combination of these factors. Take your time, do your research, and work with a trusted jeweler who can help guide you in your selection process.

How to Change Your Diamond’s Carat Size

Changing the carat size of a diamond is not a simple process, and it may not always be possible depending on the setting and other factors. Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to change the carat size of a diamond:

  1. Resetting the diamond: if the diamond is currently set in a ring or other piece of jewelry, it may be possible to have it reset in a new setting that can accommodate a larger or smaller stone. This can be done by a professional jeweler.
  1. Upgrading or downsizing the diamond: if you’re looking to upgrade the size of your diamond, you can trade in your current diamond to purchase a larger one. If you want to downsize, you can sell your diamond and purchase a smaller one. Some jewelers offer diamond upgrade and buyback programs. 

Keep in mind, if the diamond you are looking to change is currently set in a piece of jewelry, there may be a fee to remove/reset it.

  1. Re-cutting the diamond: it may be possible to re-cut the diamond to change its carat weight, but this is a complex and expensive process that should only be done by a skilled diamond cutter.

It’s important to remember that changing the carat size of a diamond can be costly and may impact the overall value of the diamond. Before making any changes, consider consulting with a trusted jeweler to explore your options and determine the best course of action.

Which Diamond Cut Looks Biggest?

When it comes to diamond cuts, certain shapes can appear larger than other shapes with the same carat weight. This is thanks to how they are cut and how they interact with light. Here are a few diamond cuts that can look bigger than their carat weight suggests:

Oval: The elongated shape of an oval cut diamond can make it appear larger than a round shaped diamond of the same carat weight. Its elongated shape can also make the finger appear slimmer.

Oval diamond ring

Pear: The pointed end of a pear cut diamond can create the illusion of an elongated finger, while the rounded end can make the diamond appear larger.

Pear shaped diamond ring

Marquise: The elongated shape of a marquise cut diamond can make it look larger than a round cut diamond of the same carat weight. The pointed ends can also create the illusion of an elongated finger. Compare the oval and pear shapes to the marquise below:

Marquise diamond ring

Princess: The square shape of a princess cut diamond can make it appear larger than the popular round cut diamond of the same carat weight due to its square face up appearance.

Princess cut diamond ring

It’s important to keep in mind that a well cut diamond, regardless of the shape, will maximize its brilliance and fire, making it more visually stunning. Ultimately, the diamond that fits your size and sparkle needs is the best one for you. 

Related Post: 6 Ways To Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger 

How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

The amount you should spend on an engagement ring can vary widely depending on factors including your budget and personal preferences. It’s important to remember that there is no set rule for how much you should spend on an engagement ring, and ultimately, the amount you spend should be based on what you and your partner are the most comfortable with.

It has been suggested that you should spend anywhere from two to six months’ salary on an engagement ring, but this is just a guideline and should not be taken as a hard and fast rule. 

An important recommendation is to spend an amount that you can comfortably afford without going into debt or compromising your financial goals. On average, most couples budget for anything from $1000 to $6000. 

Related Post: How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

How to Get the Best Value Diamond For Your Budget

If you’re looking to get the best value diamond for your budget, here are a few tips to consider:

Prioritize the 4 Cs

The 4 Cs of diamond quality are cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. While carat weight is often the most visible factor, cut quality has a very high impact on a diamond’s sparkle and brilliance too. Don’t forget to prioritize cut, in addition to a carat weight, and aim for a diamond with a good balance of all 4 Cs.

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

Consider Shape

Different diamond shapes can be priced differently, with round cut diamonds often being the most expensive. Consider looking at other shapes, such as oval or pear, which can offer more value for your budget.

Choose a Lower Clarity Grade

While a diamond with a high clarity grade is desirable, choosing one with a lower clarity grade can offer more value for your budget. And a lower grade does not mean poor quality. In fact, multiple categories of diamonds are part of the “flawless or “near flawless” families.

Consider a diamond with a clarity grade of SI1 or SI2, part of the “slightly included” family, which can offer a good balance of quality and affordability. 

Pro Tip:
The important factor in a diamond’s clarity is what is visible to the naked eye. Unless your betrothed-to-be carries around a jeweler’s loop or a magnifying glass, you can focus on diamonds that appear flawless when viewed normally.

Shop Online

Online diamond retailers often offer better value for your money (we can’t argue there!) than traditional brick-and-mortar retailers due to their lower overhead costs. Be sure to do your research and choose a reputable online retailer that offers certified diamonds.

Ultimately, the best way to get the best value diamond for your budget is to do your research, prioritize your preferences and budget, and work with a reputable jeweler to find the best diamond that fits your needs.


Is a 2 carat diamond considered to be big? 

While big is in the eye of the beholder, a 2 carat diamond is about twice the size of the average engagement ring, which is around 1 carat.

Does carat size really matter?

Yes and no. A diamond’s carat size will be a significant factor in determining its cost. However, it is far from the only important consideration when choosing a diamond.

Is a 1.5 carat diamond too big? 

Too big is relative. While a 1.5 carat diamond is larger than the average, what is considered “too big” is personal. If you prefer a more petite diamond of around 0.5 to 1 carat, then yes, it would be too big. However, if you are looking for a larger stone of 2 carats and up, then a 1.5 carat would be too small.

How much does a 2.5 carat diamond engagement ring cost?

There are many factors to determine the cost of any diamond engagement ring. A lab created diamond will cost less than a diamond mined from the earth. A diamond with a higher cut, color, and clarity grades will be more expensive than diamonds with lower grades. On average, a 2.5 carat diamond engagement ring will start at approximately $10,000.

Don’t forget that the setting is a factor too! If you go for a sparkly setting, such as pavé or halo, cost more than a more simple setting, such as a solitaire.

Final Thoughts

Choosing an engagement ring can be a stressful process. Here at, we aim to make this as simple, easy, and fun as possible. Keep in mind your budget, your style, and the 4Cs. Do your research, work with a reputable jeweler, and remember that the right carat size is the one that works best for you and your partner.

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6 Stunning Diamond Alternatives for your Engagement Ring

Looking for a non-diamond engagement ring but not sure which alternative stones are best? We’re here to help!

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When it comes to engagement rings, diamonds are usually the go-to choice. But did you know there are a lot of other stunning alternatives out there that can be just as beautiful and meaningful as a traditional diamond? Here are six gorgeous diamond alternatives for your engagement ring.

What Are The Best Diamond Alternatives For Engagement Rings?


Moissanite is a perfect diamond alternative, known for its incredible brilliance and fire. It’s very durable and comes in various colors, making it a great choice for those seeking a unique and colorful engagement ring.


Sapphires are a classic choice for engagement rings and come in all rainbow colors. From deep blue to pink and even yellow, there are many stunning options to choose from. It’s also the birthstone for September, so if your partner happens to be a September baby, sapphire is an affordable center stone and a personalized choice for their unique engagement ring. 


Opals are one of the most breathtaking diamond alternatives out there and come in an array of milky shades. From the traditional white and black to vibrant blues and greens, there is something for everyone. It’s the birthstone for October and is said to bring luck and symbolizes hope, purity, and truth. 


Emeralds are a popular alternative to diamonds, not only in as the famous shape but because of their stunning green hues. They’re beautiful and durable, making them a great choice for those seeking a non-traditional engagement ring. The best thing about emeralds? They look amazing with most metal colors! 


The March birthstone, aquamarine, is a gorgeous and rare choice for any engagement ring. This oceanic gemstone comes in tones of blues and greens and is perfect for those seeking something a little different and nature-centric. 


Rubies, a classic and luxurious gemstone choice, also tops our list of popular diamond alternatives, and for good reason. July’s birthstone comes in various rich red shades, from deep red to pink and even purple. This timeless gemstone is guaranteed to turn heads paired with any engagement ring. 

14K White Gold Modified French Cut Six Prong Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Pavé Halo Cabled Diamond Engagement Ring

No matter what type of diamond alternative you choose for your engagement ring, it’s sure to be beautiful and an extension of your partner’s personal style. From the classic sapphire to magical opals, there are plenty of gorgeous options out there to choose from.

What to Consider Before Buying a Diamond Alternative

Before buying a diamond alternative, it is important to consider the quality of the stone. Some diamond alternatives may look similar to a diamond, but may not be as durable or valuable. 

Additionally, you should consider the cost of the gemstone. Some diamond alternatives can be much less expensive than a real diamond, so it’s essential that your purchase is one of good quality. 

Finally, it is important to consider the overall appearance of your chosen center stone before making a purchase. Most retailers, both in-store and online, will allow you to inspect your stone with a professional. 

Pros And Cons Of Using Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

Pros of Diamond Alternatives for Engagement Rings:

  • Affordability: Diamond alternatives can cost significantly less than diamonds, allowing couples to get a larger stone for the same amount as a smaller diamond of the same price range. 
  • Variety: Diamond alternatives come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, which allows couples to find engagement rings that are unique and meaningful to them.
  • Uniqueness: When you buy a gemstone, you immediately invest in a personalized and non-traditional engagement ring. 

Cons of Diamond Alternatives for Engagement Rings:

  • Durability: Diamonds are known for their strength and durability, which makes them a popular choice for engagement rings. Diamond alternatives may not be as durable, making them more prone to damage over time.
  • Quality: Diamonds are the highest quality gemstone available, and many diamond alternatives may not have the same level of quality.
  • Resale Value: Diamonds tend to retain their value over time, making them a good investment. Diamond alternatives may not have the same level of resale value.


Are gemstone engagement rings more affordable than diamond engagement rings? 

Yes, gemstone engagement rings can be more affordable than diamond engagement rings. Gemstone rings often feature colored stones like sapphires or rubies, which tend to cost less than diamonds. Additionally, gemstone rings often have smaller stones and more intricate settings, which can also help to reduce the overall cost.

What is the best alternative to a diamond? 

A moissanite is the best alternative to a diamond, as most are lab created stones with a similar look and sparkle to a diamond but are much more affordable.

What looks like a diamond but is cheaper?

 Moissanite is a gemstone that looks similar to a diamond but is much less expensive.

Is it ok to get a non-diamond engagement ring?

Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to get a non-diamond engagement ring. In fact, many couples choose to forego diamonds in favor of more unique options such as colored gemstones, moissanite, or even custom-made pieces. It is ultimately up to the couple to decide what is right for them.

Happy Ring Shopping

Overall, shopping for a diamond alternative engagement ring is a great option for couples who are looking for an affordable and stunning ring.

With a wide range of options, including our top 6 alternatives, the selection of styles and prices at makes it easy to find the perfect ring for any budget. Plus, our commitment to customer service and quality assurance ensures that you are getting the best possible ring for your special day.

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How to Find Hypoallergenic Jewelry

How To Find Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Who says those with sensitive skin can’t wear gorgeous jewelry? Let’s talk about hypoallergenic jewelry pieces that are perfect for you- and your skin!

How to Find Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Shopping for an engagement ring or new piece of jewelry is an exciting process, but things can quickly get complicated for those with sensitive skin. But don’t think you can’t wear beautiful jewelry because you have sensitive skin!

Fortunately, hypoallergenic jewelry pieces are available for those looking to find eye-catching accessories without irritating their skin. In this blog, we’ll provide helpful tips for finding hypoallergenic jewelry so you can wear the pieces you’ve always dreamt of.

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 are searching 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.

    By choosing hypoallergenic jewelry, you can be sure that your jewelry will be gentle on your skin and safe to wear.
14K Yellow Gold 2.6mm Elongated Paperclip Link Chain
14K Yellow Gold Front To Back Teardrop Earrings

Signs You Need Hypoallergenic Jewelry

If you have sensitive skin or allergies, you may want to consider investing in hypoallergenic jewelry. Here are some signs that hypoallergenic jewelry is a must for you:

  • You experience itching, redness, or swelling after wearing jewelry.
  • You have a history of skin allergies or sensitivities.
  • Your skin turns green after wearing jewelry.
  • You have an allergy to nickel or other metals commonly used in jewelry.

Is White Gold Good for Sensitive Skin?

White gold is a popular choice for jewelry and other accessories, but it is not always great for those with sensitive skin. White gold is an alloy of gold and other metals, usually palladium or nickel. 

Nickel is the more common of the two and is the one that often causes allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin. The amount of nickel present in white gold varies from piece to piece, so it is important to check the purity of the metal before buying. 

If your skin is especially sensitive, you may want to avoid white gold altogether and opt for platinum or yellow gold instead. Platinum and yellow gold are both hypoallergenic metals and are less likely to cause any irritation- while still looking gorgeous!

Platinum Flush Fit Pavé Wedding Ring
14K White Gold Halo Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring


What jewelry is eczema friendly?

Any jewelry not made of low-quality or alloy metals will be kind to your skin! So that means wearing either stainless steel or solid gold. Most other hypoallergenic metals like platinum, sterling, and gold are less likely to cause an eczema flare up.

How do you wear jewelry if you’re allergic?

There are so many jewelry options for those who have allergies. Look for hypoallergenic jewelry such as nickel-free metals, sterling silver, platinum, and gold. Try to avoid buying jewelry plating with another metal or mixed metals such as white gold. With so many options, it is entirely possible to wear beautiful jewelry while staying comfortable!


Dealing with sensitive skin can often feel like an uphill battle. It can be nerve-wracking and time consuming, being overly concerned with what materials are in your clothes and what products you put on your skin. But jewelry shouldn’t cause the same concern!

There are so many ways to keep your skin safe without compromising on looks. Hypoallergenic jewelry is both accessible and often affordable.

With this quick guide and many options on, you’ll be set in no time! If you’re still unsure which metals are right for you, we have experts available to help you along the way!

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Princess Cut Engagement Rings: The Ultimate Guide

Give her a ring she will love and make her feel like the princess you know she is with a princess cut diamond engagement ring. This ring is beloved by so many for so many reasons. Read on to find out why your fiancée needs…and will love, a princess cut diamond engagement ring.

Princess cut engagement ring

Are you thinking of getting a princess cut engagement ring for your partner? Finding the perfect engagement ring can be an intimidating process, from deciding on the metal to choosing the perfect diamond.

Below we will guide you through the various factors to consider when buying a princess cut engagement ring so you can find both the best ring for your partner and something they are sure to love forever.

What Is A Princess Cut Diamond?

First things first, what IS a princess cut diamond? The princess cut diamond is one of the most popular diamond shapes available today. It is a square cut diamond with pointed corners and has a distinctive sparkle and brilliance. The princess cut was originally developed in the 1960s and has since become a stunning fancy shape and top choice for engagement rings and other jewelry. 

The princess cut diamond is renowned for its brilliance and light reflection and is often chosen thanks to its geometric shape. It can be cut in different sizes including 0.50 carats up to 3 carats, and combines seamlessly and stylishly with other cuts including round, cushion, emerald, and marquise. 

Overall, the princess cut diamond is a timeless and stylish choice that will continue to be a favorite for many years to come. 

What Does A Princess Cut Diamond Symbolize?

A princess cut diamond is often seen as a symbol of everlasting love and commitment, making it a great choice for an engagement ring. What better cut for a ring your love will love than a diamond that symbolizes love? (Say THAT three times fast!) The cut of the diamond is square and is designed to maximize its sparkle and brilliance. 

For many people, the princess cut diamond symbolizes a relationship that is strong, powerful, and timeless. It is a reminder that love can last through any obstacles or hardships, just like how the diamond itself is able to withstand the pressures of a tough cut.

This cut is also a symbol of luxury and opulence, as princess cut diamonds are often seen as one of the most valuable and sought after diamond cuts. Whatever the reason, a princess cut diamond is widely viewed as a symbol of beauty, love, and commitment.

Factors To Consider When Buying A Princess Cut Engagement Ring

Metal Types 

When choosing your princess cut diamond engagement ring, the first thing to consider is the metal. The most popular metals for engagement rings are gold, platinum, and palladium. Each metal has its own unique benefits and drawbacks.

Gold is the most popular metal for engagement rings because it is affordable, easy to work with, and offers color options: yellow, white, or rose. Platinum carries a higher price point, but it is accompanied by its high durability, and it’s hypoallergenic. 

The 4Cs

The next thing to consider is the diamond itself. Princess cut diamonds are a popular choice for engagement rings because they are a very versatile cut. They look fabulous in a simple yet stunning solitaire ring but also look great surrounded by rows of multiple diamonds if your bride-to-be prefers a glitzier look.

When choosing a diamond, you need to consider the 4 Cs: carat, clarity, color, and cut. Let’s break those down briefly:

4Cs of diamonds

Carat is a measure of the diamond’s weight and is one of the most important factors in determining the price of the diamond. 

Clarity is a measure of inclusions in the diamond. The fewer inclusions, the more expensive the diamond will be. 

Color is a measure of the diamond’s color on a scale from D (no color detected) to Z (a yellowish color). The more colorless the diamond, the more expensive it will be. 

Cut is a measure of how well the diamond has been cut and includes height, depth, angles, and other factors. A well cut diamond will be more expensive than a poorly cut diamond.

Keep all of these factors in mind when shopping for your princess cut diamond engagement ring and you will be sure to find the perfect ring for your perfect partner.

Pros And Cons of Princess Cut Diamonds

Princess cut diamonds are one of the most popular choices for diamond engagement rings and for good reason! The princess cut is a square shaped diamond with pointed corners that gives it a modern and elegant look. Although the princess cut is beautiful, it is important to understand both the pros and cons before making a purchase.

Let’s start with the pros. The main advantage of the princess cut is that it is highly versatile and looks great in a wide variety of settings and styles. The cut also maximizes the brilliance of a diamond and gives it a unique sparkle.

On the other hand, the princess cut is more expensive than other fancy cut diamonds (but less expensive than the also very popular round diamond). They are also more prone to chipping and breakage than other diamond cuts. The pointed corners also mean that the diamond will require more frequent cleaning and maintenance.

Related Post: How To Clean Your Jewelry At Home & Other Useful Tips

Overall, the princess cut is a beautiful and timeless diamond choice that will look stunning in just about any setting. But remember, it is important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making such a substantial purchase.

Princess cut engagement ring size guide

The Best Ring Settings For Princess Cut Diamonds

Princess cut diamonds are one of the most sought after shapes for engagement rings for so many reasons, chief among them, they look great in a wide variety of settings. For those looking for a classic style, the solitaire setting is always a safe bet. This timeless design features the diamond on its own and is the perfect choice if you want to show off the diamond’s unique shape and sparkle. 

If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, the tension setting is an excellent choice. This setting creates an illusion of the diamond floating in mid-air and is sure to stand out from the crowd.

The bezel setting is a metal band that encircles the diamond and holds it securely in place, safeguarding it from chipping. This setting is ideal for those who want a more secure option that won’t snag on clothing. 

Finally, there is the halo setting, which features a ring of smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone. This style is perfect for those who want an eye-catching look that maximizes the sparkle of the diamond.

Perfectly Princess

Finding “the one” is hard enough, finding “the ring” doesn’t have to be! Whether your love prefers the elegance of a solitaire or the sparkle of a heavenly halo, has the perfect setting for your princess cut diamond to ensure you get the diamond engagement ring of your dreams, and more importantly, your partners.

Browse our selection today and get ready to hear the best three letters in the English language!

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Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

At JamesAllen, engagement ring engravings are free at checkout! Looking for the right words? Get inspired by dozens of our favorite engagement ring inscriptions so you can create your moment in your own words.

Engrave Your Engagement Ring

Every couple has their own special way of communicating with each other, filled with tokens of love and had-to-be-there private jokes. We’re all about those love languages! Whatever proposal you plan will be a personalized tribute to your shared language – so why not personalize your engagement ring too? With a special inscription, you don’t have to go all-out on custom engagement rings to get personalized bands. 

Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

At a loss for words? We’ve got the inspiration for your perfect engagement ring inscription. They are chock-full of awe-inspiring personalized messages for you to take your pick of.

Get inspired by our customers’ unique engagement rings! Consider engraving your engagement ring or wedding band with your anniversary date, the place where you fell in love, your initials, a romantic quote, or a phrase with a special meaning that only you two understand.


Sometimes the biggest emotions are best expressed in the fewest words. We love the power of these abbreviated love letters!

More inscription ideas


Song Verses

Nothing beats the classics! Some timeless melodies just get better with age. Take a page out of a songwriter’s book and borrow a romantic lyric for yourself.

More inscription ideas

  • time after time (Cyndi Lauper, ‘Time After Time’)
  • my love has come along (Etta James, ‘At Last’)
  • How sweet it is (James Taylor, ‘How Sweet It Is’)
  • all of me (John Legend, ‘All of Me’)


More inscription ideas

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13: “Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love.”


Your engagement ring engraving will always bring you back to the moment you proposed, tears, joy, and all.


As romantic as they are simple, engagement ring engravings of initials or names put your soulmate-status in writing.

Inscribe a Goofy phrase

It’s what’s on the inside that counts! Choose to inscribe your ring with a reference that holds special meaning for the two of you, whether it’s a sports term, internet speaks, or Irish Gael.

  • Do Not Remove
  • My Lobster
  • Put My Back On!
  • You + Me = Duh
  • Hot Wifey (Hubby) Award
  • Happy Now?
  • You Wore Me Down
  • Finders Keepers
  • To Love, Honor, & Irritate

Matching Phrases

You two already finish each other’s sentences, so why not finish each other’s wedding rings? Get all matchy-matchy with complementary engravings. This is particularly good for couples who have distinct styles of wedding rings, but still want to match each other. 

  • To Infinity…
  • …And beyond!
  • + 1

Free Engagement Ring Engraving

Personalization + no extra cost – why wouldn’t you engrave your ring for free as an extra meaningful touch?

How to add a complimentary engraving to your engagement ring at at checkout:

  1. Choose your font: either block text or cursive script
  2. Type a phrase up to 20 characters in length

Engagement Ring Engraving: Get the Message

Make your engagement ring just that much more special with a custom engraving, in a custom font, for absolutely free! Just add your text at the checkout, and your personalized ring will arrive, word-worthy and ready-to-wear.

Ready to get started? Write here, right now: find the perfect engagement ring for your inscription.

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Mens engagement rings for 2023

The Top Men’s Engagement Ring Styles For 2023

It’s finally here! Our top picks for men’s engagement ring styles for 2023. Plus, we’ve answered all your questions about what to look out for when shopping for your forever person!

Mens engagement rings for 2023

Trying to find the perfect men’s engagement ring for your special someone? Look no further! In this blog, we’ll be showcasing the top men’s engagement rings for 2023, so you can find the perfect symbol of love for your future spouse. Enjoy browsing this year’s top selection and have fun choosing the one that speaks to your heart, budget, style, and so much more! 

Men’s Engagement Ring Styles For 2023


If plain and simple suits your partner best, stick with the classic mental engagement rings. Simple bands made from precious metals will always be timeless. These are also the easiest bands to get engraved if you’re looking to add a refined personal touch to a classic ring.

Diamond Accented

Who said diamonds are only a girl’s best friend? Men’s diamond engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular. What we love about this trend is there are variations of these rings to suit each individual’s desire for a bit of sparkle. You can find a band with a single diamond or other diamond rings that have a small selection of stones on the band or circling the entire band.


Gemstone-accented engagement rings for men are the new talk of the town and can easily work as a fashion ring, too. The most popular gemstone is blue sapphire, as it adds a hint of masculinity to the ring.

What To Look For When Shopping For A Men’s Engagement Ring

When it comes to purchasing a men’s engagement ring, there are a few things to consider.


First, you’ll want to decide on a metal for the band. The metal should be strong and durable enough to withstand daily wear and tear. The top metal choices for men’s engagement rings are:

  • Platinum
  • Titanium
  • Tantalum
  • Cobalt chrome
  • Tungsten

black rings for men are becoming increasingly popular, so keep an eye out for bands made from tantalum and black tungsten.


 Next, you’ll want to consider the stones that will be set into the ring. Popular choices include diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. For men’s diamond rings, you can either get a single stone or opt for a half or full eternity band of diamonds. Choose between colorless diamonds or the ever-popular black diamond stones for a more masculine aesthetic.

If your partner would prefer a pop of color, stick with blue sapphires. They’re more affordable but will add that bit of shine every engagement ring needs.


Lastly, you’ll want to consider the style of the ring. Do you prefer a classic look or something more contemporary? Classic styles often include single diamond rings or even bands with 2 or more diamond accents.

For bolder looks, dare to try on darker metals with diamond accents or lighter metals with darker stones.

Once you’ve decided on these details, you’ll be ready to pick out the perfect ring for your future fiancé!


Does a men’s engagement ring replace a wedding band?

The short answer is no, they don’t replace a wedding ring. Engagement rings have different universal symbolism compared to wedding bands. One shows the intention of committing to a lifelong relationship with a chosen partner, while the other shows the joining of the two people together.

What is the difference between men’s engagement rings and men’s wedding rings?  

One of the two key differences between wedding and engagement rings is their symbolism and when they’ll be worn. For wedding bands, it’s all in the name – typically, wedding rings are first worn for the first time on the day of the actual wedding. These rings are usually given from partner to partner to symbolize the beginning of their married life together and the recognition of a lifelong commitment.  

An engagement ring receives a lot more hype and attention and is usually worn from the time of the proposal. An engagement ring, in every way, symbolizes intent and also creates excitement for the couple and their loved ones.  

How much do men’s engagement rings generally cost?  

The cost of men’s engagement rings can vary greatly depending on the type of ring, the metal used, and the quality of the stone or stones. Generally, men’s engagement rings range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. A more basic ring with a plain metal band and a single diamond will usually cost less than $1,000, while a more ornate ring with multiple stones and intricate details can cost significantly more.

Where can I shop for a men’s engagement ring?

Shopping for a men’s engagement ring can be daunting, but plenty of options are available. Most jewelry stores and online retailers offer a wide selection of men’s engagement rings, so you should have no trouble finding something that speaks to your style.

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Everything You Need To Know About Halo Engagement Rings

Looking for an engagement ring that will make a statement? Halo engagement rings are definitely worth considering. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this ring setting so special!

Halo engagement ring

What Is a Halo Engagement Ring?

A halo engagement ring is a setting with a center diamond surrounded by small accent stones, or “halos.” These halos can be made up of any type of stone, from diamonds to sapphires or rubies. The halos can be set into the ring’s band or suspended around the center stone for an extra sparkle effect. This style of setting is also known as “basket setting” because it looks like the center stone is sitting inside a basket.

Pros of Halo Engagement Rings

A halo engagement ring adds an extra layer of brilliance to any ring. The center stone is surrounded by a halo of smaller diamonds which help to reflect light off the larger diamond, making it look even brighter and more brilliant than it already would be. This creates a halo perfect for people who want their stones to sparkle as much as possible.

The halo setting also helps to make smaller stones look bigger than they actually are, meaning that you can get more carat weight without paying more. For those on a budget, opting for a halo setting can be a great way to get the most bang for your buck without compromising on quality or beauty.

Finally, halos come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s sure to be one that perfectly fits your partner’s unique style! Whether they prefer something classic or modern, there’s sure to be a design that matches their preferences.

Cons of Halo Engagement Rings

While halo settings are stunning, they do have some drawbacks. Because so many small stones surround the larger center stone, it can sometimes be difficult for jewelers to keep them all secure over time – especially if they aren’t set correctly from the start. 

Additionally, because so many smaller stones are needed for the ring to look its best, it can often take longer (and cost more) than other styles, such as solitaire engagement rings which only require one larger diamond set in place. 

Finally, due to the delicate nature of halo engagement rings, care must be taken when cleaning or wearing them so that none of the smaller diamonds become loose or damaged over time.       

The Benefits of Halo Rings

The main benefit of halo rings is that they make smaller diamonds appear bigger and more brilliant than they would otherwise look on their own. They can also add an extra layer of sparkle and light refraction to your engagement ring, making it stand out even more. If you want something classic yet eye-catching, then halo rings are definitely something you should consider!

Choosing Your Perfect Halo Engagement Ring

When choosing your perfect halo engagement ring, there are several factors to think about, such as size, shape, metal type, and setting type. You should choose a size and shape that complements your finger shape and size as well as your budget; round cut stones typically cost more than princess cut stones, for example.

As for metal type and setting type – this comes down to personal preference, but again try to choose something that complements your budget and lifestyle, as certain metals may require more maintenance than others.

How To Care For Your Diamond Engagement Ring

How To Care For Your Halo Engagement Ring

To Sum It Up

Halo engagement rings have become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to their timeless beauty and ability to make smaller diamonds appear bigger and brighter than they would on their own.

When selecting your perfect halo ring, consider factors such as metal type, diamond shape, size, budget, and lifestyle requirements before making your decision to get exactly what you want in terms of style and value! With these tips in mind, we hope you find the perfect halo ring for yourself or someone special soon!

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Engagement rings trends for 2023

Engagement Ring Trends To Look Out For In 2023

2023 is here and beautiful engagement ring styles are abundant! Whether you think your partner is going to pop the question this year or you’re just preparing in advance, there’s no harm in seeing what’s in store! 

From bespoke rings, to vintage settings, to asymmetrical pieces, uniqueness is going to be a common thread in the year to come!

Engagement rings trends for 2023

Top Trends at a Glance

  • Vintage Style Ring Settings
  • East to West Settings
  • Asymmetrical Pieces
  • Oval Cut Diamonds
  • Three Stone Engagement Rings
  • Colorful Centre Stones
  • Fancy Shapes
  • Contoured Ring Sets
  • Conscious Ring Shopping in 2023

Vintage Style Ring Settings

From the heightened popularity of vintage shopping to exciting movie reboots, we are looking back at years passed for inspiration- and this applies to engagement rings as well!

Unlike modern styles, vintage engagement rings have truly stood the test of time. Vintage style engagement rings have an effortlessly timeless quality to them that simply cannot be imitated. Both unique and classic, vintage engagement rings offer the best of both worlds.

Popular vintage styles are cathedral settings and cushion cut engagement rings. 

Cathedral settings mimic the arches of old cathedrals with soft curves and elevated center stone. Whether it be a classic diamond or a colorful gemstone, this classic design will show off your beautiful rock with full radiance. 

Cushion cut engagement rings are also a part of this trend. Effortlessly classy, cushion cut diamonds and their soft lines always seem to be in style!

East to West Settings

Of course, classics are classic for a reason, but new designs always add a fresh perspective on traditional rings. 

An east to west ring setting is one in which the diamond is oriented horizontally on the band. We’re starting to see emerald, marquise, radiant, and pear shaped diamonds being placed sideways for that subtle shift in aesthetic. 

Paired with a sleek band or sparkling side stones, an east-to-west setting will be sure to garner attention. 

This up-and-coming setting is bold- but not too unconventional that it doesn’t honor classic tradition. A perfect choice for the modern bride!

Asymmetrical Pieces

What screams modern, fresh, and 2023 more than asymmetrical pieces?

The modern woman is all about honoring individuality, differences, and imperfections. What better way to do so than with mismatched jewelry? 2023 is out with the predictable and in with the surprising. 

Asymmetrical rings break the mold and showcase gems in an eye-catching way. Being bold has never looked better.

Symmetry is overrated, anyways.

Oval Cut Diamonds

Oval diamond rings have always been popular and continue to find their spotlight in 2023. The way the oval elongates and flatters just about any finger makes this stone a modern classic. The soft edges allow the diamond to look stunning on its own or shine extra bright when highlighted by a pavé or halo setting.

Seen on the hands of royals for centuries and consistently worn by a bevy of celebrities, oval diamond engagement rings are a trend that will forever be in style.

Three Stone Engagement Rings

They say that three stone engagement rings have the most romantic meaning of all the styles! 

This style is exactly what it sounds like: a ring with a center stone in between two side stones. This particular arrangement elevates the center stone and makes it look bigger.

Apart from showcasing three beautiful diamonds (or other gems), this engagement ring can be embedded with great meaning.

Many couples choose the three stones to symbolize their past, their present, and their future. Others choose to have the stones represent values such as friendship, love, and fidelity. 

Each couple can add their own meaning to the three stones to make it truly their own! What could be better?

Colorful Center Stones

This is a trend that has popped up in recent years and is only predicted to grow in the coming year!

Whether you want color in your center stone or accent stones, this bright trend is a perfect way to infuse some vibrance into your ring. 

Engagement rings with colorful gemstones feel bright and unique, while still evoking that bridal elegance. Different colors in your ring can help bring out the shades in your eyes or add a pop of playfulness to your everyday looks.

Fancy Shapes

While round diamonds remain the most popular choice for engagement rings, fancy shapes are rising! A fancy shaped diamond is any diamond that is not round. 

While fancy shaped diamonds have been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years, in 2023 we are seeing a growing interest specifically in shapes with sharp lines

This might include emerald diamonds, princess cuts, and Asscher cuts.

At a time when making a bold statement is all the rage, it’s no surprise that diamonds with sharp lines are front and center. 

Contoured Ring Sets

Everyone loves a matching set, right? Well, that’s why this style is at the top of 2023’s trends. These sets, which include a curved wedding ring to match your gorgeous engagement ring, were made to go together…just like you and your beloved!

There’s something particularly satisfying about a wedding ring that’s literally made for your engagement ring. Your center diamond is lovely on its own; wait until you see how it looks with your custom-made wedding band!