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Engraved Rings: Make a Personalized Gift Special

An engraved ring with a personalized message is the ultimate way to create a unique and thoughtful sentiment. From marking your wedding ring with a message just between you and your spouse or seeing a special message on your engagement ring when you say yes, personalized rings are always in style. 

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What to Consider Before You Engrave Your Ring

Most importantly, when personalizing a ring with an engraving, you want to consider the message. Remember to keep it short, at James Allen, we have a limit of 20 characters using letters or numbers. Also, stick to a block text or cursive script so your message is easy to read.

And of course, make it meaningful, this is something the wearer will see every time they wear it, everyday if it’s an engagement or wedding ring. So make sure the message, like your love, is timeless.

Engraved Rings

Engraved rings are the easiest romantic gesture you may ever make (or receive!). Not only is it reasonably easy to customize your engagement ring or wedding ring with an engraving, but it’s affordable too. 

If shopping with us, simply choose the “+Add free inscription” option at checkout, enter the text, choose the font, preview the inscription, and voilà! And the cost? At James Allen, engraving your ring is free at checkout, while many jewelers and retailers charge a small fee for engraving.

14K Rose Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

Perhaps you and your partner have an inside joke you want to be engraved on your wedding rings. Or you’d like to add a personal touch but have no idea where to start? That’s where we come in.

We have plenty of romantic, funny, and traditional ideas to share with you, as well as some helpful facts and tips about engraved rings. Read on to learn more and get inspired. 

Engraved Engagement Rings

Planning a proposal is one thing, but gifting your love with a custom ring will take the touching moment to a whole new level. When engraving engagement rings, sentiment plays a huge role, but so does personality. The message is truly yours, so skies are the limit!

Dare to be cute, funny, and even a little cheesy! Your proposal is sure to be a happy and memorable occasion, so use this opportunity to make sure the inscription you choose adds to the laughs, smiles, and happy tears. 

14K Yellow Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

Here are some romantic and funny ideas for engagement ring engravings, and of course, these messages work on engraved wedding bands too:

Romantic Engravings For Rings:

  • I love you 
  • Yours forever 
  • My one and only
  • Keeper of my heart
  • All my love
  • Always and forever 
  • Love you more 

Funny Engravings for Rings:

  • Resistance is futile 
  • Non-refundable 
  • Dibs
  • Do not remove 
  • Finders keepers 
  • The better half 
  • Finally

Our tip: keep the engraving a secret (if your partner has helped you pick out or design the engagement ring, this will make the reveal so much sweeter).

Engraved Wedding Rings

Wedding rings, are another symbol of your love, the ring that you are your partner says “I do” too is another great opportunity for customization. Make it personal with a special message.

Once again, you have lots of options. Choose an inscription to compliment your engagement ring engraving, go for something romantic that tugs on the heartstrings, make it funny – like an inside joke or funny nickname, or add your wedding date. You’ll certainly never forget your anniversary now!

14K Yellow Gold 3mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

A few traditional options: 

  • Your wedding location 
  • Pet name or nickname
  • A line from your wedding song 
  • A line from a poem you both love 
  • A Bible verse 
  • The date of your wedding
  • The date you first met  
  • Your initials 
  • Mr & Mrs _____
  • Split message; you will be one half of a whole, after all! 

Our tip: take your time to choose the perfect engraving for your wedding ring. Whether working with your partner to do a split message, using a combination of ideas you both like, or making it a surprise, make sure it is timeless.

Engraved Anniversary Rings

Celebrate your anniversary with a stunning anniversary ring. These beautiful rings celebrating the anniversary of the day you said yes to forever, are another great opportunity to send a personal message. Add a custom message and make this milestone truly memorable.

  • The date of your honeymoon 
  • The initials of your children 
  • The dates of your child/children’s birthdays 
  • The number of years you’ve been together 
  • A special phrase that represents you two 
  • A sentimental quote such as: “still going strong” or “more beautiful today” 
14K White Gold Seven Stone Low Dome Basket Lab Grown Diamond Anniversary Ring (0.50 CTW - F-G / VS2-SI1)

Our tip: we know it’s not always easy to think of a suitable inscription, luckily it can always be added in the future. 

Traditionally, engravings are done by machines that use a diamond tip instrument and a clamping technique. The introduction of the latest technology, laser engravings, engravings on your wedding, anniversary, or engagement ring are clearer than ever. 

What Is Laser Engraving?

Laser engraving is performed using a machine equipped with a pencil-like laser that a person or artist controls. A laser beam allows the device to trace words, images, symbols, and patterns, to create the perfect custom engraved rings. Laser engraving can be done on just about any surface and works on all precious and alternative metals. 

Fun fact: laser engraving is different from machine engraving, as it allows for more accurate engravings with clear-cut and deeper lines. Plus, it’s not limited to any particular font.

Why Is Laser Engraving Easier To Read?

Laser engraving is much easier to read than machine engraving because it has a higher precision rate. It doesn’t chip away at the metal and there is no wear and tear from tool usage because it’s a laser. 

The laser burns the metal, turning the messaging or imagery darker, making it easier to read. The laser is also more detail-driven and can produce the tiniest features, making engraved rings all the more appealing. 

Will the Engraving Scratch off?

Our rings go through natural erosion the longer we wear them. Your ring may need to be polished and mended for damage or breakage. The tougher your lifestyle, the more strain your ring will take long-term. 

While most people choose to engrave the inside of the ring, if you’re planning to make a personalized engraving on the outside of your ring, you are more likely to need the engraving redone. At the end of the day, the permanence of the engraving relies heavily on the durability of the metal itself.

Opt for stronger metals like tungsten or platinum when engraving on the ring’s exterior, as softer metals, like white gold, are more vulnerable to chips and scratches. 

If you choose to engrave the inside of your band, it is likely never to wear away or become scratched, no matter the ring metal. 

What’s the Cost for Engraving?

Wedding bands are the most popular jewelry to personalize with laser engraved messages and details. Jewelers and retailers have varying fees for engraving a ring, depending on a few things, mainly the number of characters.

Here at James Allen, our customers can opt for a free engraving at checkout! We offer you the choice between block or script fonts, and a message of up to 20 characters. You choose the engraving and we’ll take care of the rest. 

Pro tip: choose the block font if your band is less than 2mm thick. 

FAQs

Can I engrave on any metal?

The ability to engrave on a specific metal depends on its hardness and the engraving method used. Common metals like gold, platinum, and silver are generally suitable for engraving, as they are relatively soft and can be engraved using various techniques, including hand engraving and laser engraving.

Can I get a ring engraved after I’ve purchased it?

Yes, you can usually get a ring engraved after purchasing it, even if it wasn’t originally engraved. Many jewelers offer engraving services and they can add the engraving to your ring.

Is there a limit to the number of characters I can engrave on a ring?

Yes, ring engravings typically have a character limit, usually ranging from 20 to 30 characters, including spaces. It’s important to check with your chosen jeweler for their specific limitations. Keep in mind that shorter engravings may be easier to read and more visually appealing on smaller ring bands.

What is the cost of engraving an engagement ring?

Engraving an engagement ring typically costs between $50 and $200, depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the design, the number of characters, and the jeweler you choose. Simple text engravings are usually less expensive, while intricate designs or custom fonts may cost more.

Keep Us In Mind

Here at James Allen, we want to do everything we can to make all your experiences special. That’s why our amazing customer service team of non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts are here to help you 24/7. From choosing the ring and diamond or gemstone, to adding a custom engraving, there’s no question to big or small. We’re here to make you sparkle, not stress.

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How To Pick The Perfect Diamond Necklace

How To Pick The Perfect Diamond Necklace

Buying your first diamond necklace is an exciting experience. Diamond necklaces are timeless, perfect for any occasion, and are a must-have accessory for your jewelry collection. As a jewelry staple, they can be styled with just about any outfit.

There are options available at James Allen for every budget, making these accessories absolutely worth investing in. Here are our tips for picking the perfect diamond necklace.

How To Pick The Perfect Diamond Necklace

Buying A Diamond Necklace Using The 4Cs 

By understanding the 4Cs-cut, color, clarity, and carat weight-you will be able to select the perfect necklace that’s just right for you. Let’s explore each of these factors in detail:

Cut

The cut of a diamond refers to how well it interacts with light, creating sparkle and brilliance. Various options exist, from classic round cuts to fancy shapes like princess or emerald. Understanding the cut grade and its impact on a diamond’s beauty will help you make an informed choice.

Color

Diamonds come in various colors, from colorless to fancy vivid yellows and pinks. The color grading scale ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown). Understanding diamond color and how it affects a diamond’s appearance and value will help you make the right decision when shopping for any piece of diamond jewelry. 

Clarity

Diamonds are formed under immense pressure and heat, resulting in unique internal and external characteristics called inclusions and blemishes. The clarity grade determines the presence and visibility of these imperfections. Understanding diamond clarity will enable you to balance beauty and value.

Carat Weight

Carat weight refers to the size of a diamond. While it’s tempting to equate carat weight with the overall value of a diamond, it’s important to consider the other 4Cs as well. Understanding carat weight and how it influences the appearance and cost of a diamond will help you make an informed decision.

4cs Infographic

Diamond Necklace Styles 

Whether you’re looking for a classic elegance necklace or a contemporary chic design, James Allen has a diamond necklace style for you. Diamond pendants, tennis necklaces, and diamond station necklaces each boast their own distinctive characteristics that contribute to their timeless appeal. Let’s check out each of these diamond necklace styles to learn more about them.

Diamond Pendants 

Whether you decide to wear a diamond pendant as a standalone statement piece or layered with other necklaces, their versatility ensures they’re the perfect accessory for every occasion. A timeless classic that adds a touch of sparkle and sophistication to any ensemble, diamond pendants are a definite must-have for any jewelry collection. 

Different Diamond Pendants

Tennis Necklaces 

Indulge in the glamour of our diamond tennis necklaces, where every sparkle tells a story of luxury and style. Whether you’re drawn to classic elegance or a bright pop of color, our collection offers something for everyone. Whether you opt for lab grown or a natural diamond tennis necklace, we guarantee you a sophisticated accessory that will never go out of style.

Different Styles Of Diamond Necklaces

Diamond Station Necklaces

Our feminine and delicate diamond station necklaces are subtle enough for everyday wear and glamorous enough for a special event. Loved for their versatility, our collection is crafted in white, yellow or rose gold in several different styles. Whether you’re drawn to minimalist chic or crave a touch of sparkle, our diamond station necklaces are designed to effortlessly elevate your look. 

Different Gold Metal Diamond Necklaces

How Much Does A Diamond Necklace Cost? 

The cost of a diamond necklace can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors such as the quality of the diamonds, the complexity of the design or the type of metal selected.  A basic  diamond necklace could cost a few hundred dollars, while a top of the line, customized creation with rare diamonds or gemstones can come with a heftier price tag, ranging from tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, the ultimate cost is primarily influenced by personal preferences and budget limitations. 

Understanding Diamond Necklace Settings 

Necklace settings are like the backstage crew of your favorite show, quietly holding all the glitz and glamor together while ensuring it stays dazzling on center stage. Let’s take a closer look at some of the bestselling settings we offer for our diamond pendants. 

Scallop Basket : Designed to cradle the diamond securely within its intricate framework, this setting features an elegant scallop shell design that enhances both style and durability.

Wire Basket: The slender wire prongs and rolled wire basket in this design enhance the beauty of the diamond or gemstone of your choice. 

Double Prong: The diamond is held in place with two sleek prongs, providing a balanced and elegant appearance.

Four Prong Basket Solitaire: This classic setting is popular for its elegant simplicity, allowing the beauty of the diamond to take center stage while providing secure and stylish support with its four prongs. 

Six Prong Wire Basket: Featuring a design with six delicate prongs cradling the diamond securely in an open wire basket, allowing maximum light exposure for enhanced brilliance.

Kite Set Solitaire: With its kite-shaped frame, this setting features a diamond or gemstone that offers a modern twist set in a classic solitaire setting. 

• Milgrain Bezel: This setting features a delicate border of tiny beads (milgrain) surrounding and securing the diamond in a smooth, elegant frame.

• Bezel: In a bezel pendant setting, the diamond is enclosed within a metal rim which offers protection and a contemporary look. 

• Halo: This setting features a ring of small accent stones, often pavé diamonds, that elegantly frame the diamond , creating a radiant and glamorous aesthetic. 

Diamond Pendant Settings

How To Choose The Right Chain Length For Your Diamond Necklace

When it comes to selecting the ideal chain length for your diamond necklace, there are a few elements that you should take into consideration. Some of these include, your neckline, personal style, your face shape and of course the look you’re going for.

Experimenting with different lengths allows you to find the perfect balance between comfort and aesthetics, this here you will be sure that diamond necklace perfectly complements your look.

Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace For You

When To Buy A Diamond Necklace 

  • Wedding Anniversary: a diamond necklace is the perfect, timeless gift to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary, such as the 10th, 25th, or 50th year.
  • Push Present: A diamond necklace is a popular gift for new mothers as a “push present” to commemorate the birth of a child. Even more perfect if the baby is born in April, as the birthstone for April is diamond.
  • Birthday: a diamond necklace is the gorgeous birthday gift, especially if it’s a milestone celebration. You may want to consider this for someone turning 21, 30, 40 or 60. 
  • Mother’s Day: what more would mom want than a sparkling diamond necklace? Let her know how much you love and appreciate her with elegant diamonds, of course! 
  • Graduation: graduation from college or university or completing is a major achievement in one’s life. A diamond necklace will certainly be the ideal token to commemorate this momentous occasion.

FAQs 

How many carats is good for a diamond necklace? 

The ideal carat weight for a diamond necklace depends on personal preference, style, and budget. While some people may prefer smaller, delicate necklaces with diamonds under 1 carat, others may choose a bolder, statement necklace featuring diamonds that range from 1 to 5 carats.

Is it OK to wear a diamond necklace every day? 

Yes, in general it is ok to wear a diamond necklace daily, but it’s important to consider the design and setting of the necklace to ensure its durability and comfort for prolonged wear. We recommend regular maintenance, such as cleaning and occasional diamond inspections by a trusted jeweler to help keep your necklace in perfect condition.

Is 14K gold better than 18K gold for necklaces? 

Choosing between 14K and 18K gold for necklaces is a personal choice and can depend on a variety of factors such as durability, style or price. While 14K gold contains a higher alloy content and is more durable, 18K gold offers a richer color and higher purity, making it more valuable. If you are unsure whether to choose 14K or 18K, we recommend that you do further research so that you fully understand the differences.

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Diamond And Gold Promise Rings

A Complete Guide to Promise Rings

The exact meaning and symbolism of a promise ring is fluid. For some, it is a pre-engagement ring, or it’s a symbol of friendship, and for others, it represents a romantic commitment without titles. We will explain everything you need to know about what a promise ring is, how you wear it, why you give it, and who you give it to.

A couple holding hands while wearing diamond and plain gold promise rings

Love, whether it is friendship, romantic, or platonic, is a beautiful thing. Many choose to mark this love with a promise ring. That promise can represent a monogamous commitment, mark a special occasion, represent a significant period of time, or simply be an expression of your heart. Promise rings are a beautiful way to celebrate your love, commitment, and unique story.

What Is A Promise Ring?

A promise ring is simply a ring. It can be pure gold, decorated with diamonds, be inscribed with a personal message (all options at James Allen, of course!), feature a birthstone, or be imbued with gemstones of your choice. It can have a simple solitaire style, featuring one key diamond, or have that perfect pavé sparkle.

The physical promise ring can be any ring you want, as long as it is special to you and your partner, then it is perfect!

Promise Ring Meaning & Symbolism

Traditionally, a promise ring is given after a period of dating, the “next step.” You are more than “in a relationship” but not yet ready for the next Facebook definitive term for your relationship.

A promise ring is also a great way for people to mark their commitment to each other outside the traditional bounds of marriage. For couples who are bucking the ideas of traditional marriage but still want to symbolize their commitment to each other, a promise ring is a great alternative. After all, you don’t need to want the paper or the ceremony to want the bling!

Due to youth, status, or simply a bucking of tradition, a promise ring is used to symbolize love, and, more importantly, the commitment between two people.

Promise Rings vs. Engagement Rings

You might be thinking if you are making a commitment anyway, why not just get an engagement ring? Because they are different. A promise ring is a precursor or instead of an engagement ring.

An engagement ring symbolizes an impending wedding, while a promise ring symbolizes your commitment to each other, without the need to hire a planner and start planning a wedding. There are a lot of reasons couples choose to go the promise ring route.

Maybe you are too young to think about planning a wedding, maybe one of you is overseas, and it doesn’t make sense to get engaged just yet, or maybe you prefer a more non-traditional commitment.

Promise rings can also have non-romantic meanings. If you are marking a unique friendship, for example, you probably do not want to propose marriage! Whether it’s a placeholder or instead of, a promise ring can look similar to an engagement ring but certainly isn’t one.

How Do You Wear A Promise Ring?

Ok, so we know what a promise ring is, we know why it isn’t an engagement ring, now let’s cover how to wear it.

Which Hand Does A Promise Ring Go On?

This is an easy one, whichever hand you want! If you are wearing it as a pre-engagement ring or a symbol of romantic commitment, many choose to wear it on the left hand.

Which Finger Does A Promise Ring Go On?

This is another easy one! You can wear your promise ring on any finger. However, if your promise ring is a step on the road to marriage or symbolizes a monogamous, romantic commitment, it is traditionally worn on the ring finger on your left hand.

Can A Promise Ring Be A Wedding Ring?

A promise ring can be anything you want! It can be a replacement for a traditional wedding ring or as a step on the road to the wedding. While many couples choose to purchase a separate wedding ring, many also use the promise ring as a wedding ring once they have reached that step.

Promise Rings For Her

Promise rings come in all shapes and styles, a small solitaire, a classic band, a brilliant birthstone, or a dazzling ring filled with diamonds and gemstones. Check out these below and go to our website for more!

Model Wearing Promise Rings
Model Wearing Multiple Jewelry Pieces

Promise Rings For Him

Promise rings aren’t just for the ladies! Love and commitment can be shown to anyone and everyone. Check out these promise rings your man is sure to love!

Man Wearing Promise Ring
Couple Wearing Rings

How Long Should You Be Together Before Giving A Promise Ring

While there is no official timeline for giving a promise ring, as it symbolizes a commitment, you want to have dated long enough to make a loving commitment to that person. For some, that could be as little as three months or as much as three years. Many choose to make such a commitment after six to twelve months.

When To Give A Promise Ring

A promise ring is not something that should be given lightly, it should be given when you are ready to show your commitment to someone you love. You give a promise ring when you are ready to show your partner that you are committed to them, and solely to them.

Whether given as a precursor to an engagement or as a stand-alone commitment, a promise ring should be given with serious intentions and a full heart.

How To Give A Promise Ring

Ok, so HOW do you give a promise ring?! Don’t worry, we’ll explain this too! When giving a promise ring, one must be careful that it is momentous, but not so much so that it will be confused for a marriage proposal.

Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and the holidays are great times to give a promise ring. A special occasion to give the moment extra meaning without conveying the wrong message.

But like so many things, giving a promise ring is personal, and how you do so will likely be personal to you and your partner. There is no right or wrong way or time to give a ring that shows your love and commitment.

How Much Should A Promise Ring Cost?

Infographic Price estimation of Average Carat Size Price

You might think we are repeating ourselves….and we are! Like many things about promise rings, there are no rules. If your promise ring is a step on the road to marriage, you may want to spend less and save up for bling-tastic engagement and wedding rings.

If price is not a concern, then the only limit is your imagination. But for most of us, price is indeed a consideration. Like anything else, you need to consider your budget, your partner’s taste, and of course, the occasion (is this a stand-alone symbol of your love or the first ring you will buy to cement your relationship.

FAQs About Promise Rings  

  1. What is the point of a promise ring?
    1. A promise shows that you are taking a relationship seriously and that you are committed to the person you are giving it to. Whether out of friendship, romance, or another unique reason, promise rings are given out of love.
  2. What do you say when giving a girl a promise ring? 
    1. This is something very personal and often unique to every couple. What you say also depends on the exact reason you are giving the ring. You can pledge to be faithful, promise your commitment, or express your friendship. You can be traditional or creative, the sky’s the limit!
  3. Can you buy two promise rings? 
    1. Of course! If, as a couple, you are making a commitment to each other, just like engagement rings or wedding rings, you can surprise your partner, or you can buy them together. You also have the option of buying for your partner and yourself, offering both rings as part of your promise.
  4. Are promise rings still a thing?
    1. Absolutely! People will always love and want to express that love, and one of those ways is through promise rings. Rest assured, promise rings are a classic that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Parting Thoughts

A promise ring is how many couples express their love and commitment. Whether it’s teenagers who are deeply in love but too young to take those next steps, partners who are too far apart, a couple who want to make a more non-traditional commitment, or two people expressing a committed relationship all their own, promise rings are a great way to express these special and loving sentiments.

No matter your style, no matter your reason, James Allen has the perfect promise ring for you!

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How Much Should Ypu Spend On An Engagement Ring

How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

Getting the ring of your dreams may sometimes seem impossible, but we’re here to answer one very important question. How much should you really spend on an engagement ring? We’ve got all the tips and tricks to ensure you get the perfect ring for your buck!

James Allen's Diamond Engagement Ring

Shopping for engagement rings can be stressful, time-consuming, and even a little confusing at times. We know the assumption is that an engagement ring will cost a pretty penny, but most people don’t know all the ways they can get their dream ring without breaking the bank.

We’ll discuss unrealistic engagement ring cost myths and share all the clever ways to avoid them and still get the best ring for your buck. From diamond hacks to where you should shop for your ring, our tips and tricks are sure to help you avoid unnecessary ring costs.

What’s the Average Cost Of An Engagement Ring?

Today, the average price of an engagement ring ranges between $2,500 to $5,000. However, plenty of people purchase rings that are both below and beyond that price.

As you plan to buy your engagement ring, it’s important to remember that there is no one size fits all way of doing things. Each person has their own income, ring budget, and, of course, ring preference.

James Allen's diamonds with two engagement rings

Engagement Ring Cost Myths

Outdated myths about engagement ring shopping and societal expectations can lead you down an expensive path. Let’s take a look at some of those assumptions and how you can avoid them.

Spending Three Month’s Worth of Your Salary

Spending three months’ worth of your salary was a campaign started by De Beers in the 1930s. It was traditional until it wasn’t. It changed to two months’ salary as time passed, and then the diamond needed to cost one month’s salary. Slowly but surely, those ideas changed with time, and now there are no ironclad rules about what to spend on an engagement ring.

As Brilliant and Colorless as Possible

Color grading for diamonds isn’t as tricky as it seems- especially when picking a center stone for your engagement ring.

As you can see on the chart below, near-colorless diamonds barely have any yellow tint and are often cheaper than colorless diamonds. The diamonds below are exactly the same except for the color grade. The slight tint of color in these diamonds is almost impossible to detect with the naked eye.

For faint yellow diamonds, if cut in a flattering diamond shape and set with the right metal color, their slight color will also be disguised. In that case, you can walk away with a stunning diamond engagement ring for a fraction of the price you would’ve paid for a colorless diamond.

Diamond Grade Price Comparison Chart

The Bigger the Better

The bigger, the better- we must politely disagree. While the idea of a big and brilliant diamond sounds incredible, there are so many other ways to maximize your diamond’s appearance without having to purchase a huge diamond.

For one, most jewelry retailers have a large selection of diamond shapes and ring settings. So how do you go bigger without breaking your budget?

Try out an elongated diamond center stone, like emerald, oval, marquise, or pear. These diamonds can give off the idea of being larger than other round or square diamonds of the same carat weight.

Or you could invest in a setting that adds more sparkle to your ring. Side stone, halo, and pavé settings can give you the extra diamond accents you want without having to invest in a bigger diamond.

How Much Is Too Much to Spend On An Engagement Ring?

There is no correct answer to this question. How much you spend on an engagement ring depends on your personal budget and your partner’s expectations. If you are looking to save costs and get the absolute best ring for your budget, then you need to shop smart and do your research.

Overspending on an engagement ring can mean anything from picking a colorless diamond instead of a near-colorless diamond that would’ve looked just perfect in your chosen ring setting. But you won’t know which mistakes to avoid if you don’t utilize all the information at your disposal. Many ring shoppers use free online jewelry consultants- like our diamond consultants at JamesAllen.com.

How To Cut Costs On An Engagement Ring 

Manipulate the 4Cs

How do you manipulate the 4Cs? Here are our top tips:

  • Find a balance between color and clarity. While that balance varies by diamond shape, you can save money without sacrificing quality by staying on the high end of the color scale but the lower end of the clarity scale, as long as there are no visible inclusions.
  • With round, emerald, and asscher cut diamonds; you can typically go as low as a J color grade without seeing any incredibly noticeable color.
  • Cuts such as oval, cushion, radiant, pear, princess, marquise, and heart require quality a bit higher on the scale (G and up) so as not to see any color.
  • Well-cut diamonds like round and princess shapes have an incredible firey brilliance, no matter the size of the diamond.
4cs Infographic

Opt For Lab Grown Diamonds Instead 

When buying an engagement ring online, you’ll find a wider variety of diamond and gemstone center stones. While some people prefer the traditional natural diamond, the perks of investing in lab grown diamonds are growing. 

Lab grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical. If you were to have both diamonds professionally inspected, you would find no differences. The only noticeable difference is the price tag. A lab created diamond is by far the more budget-friendly option.

Lab Created round cut diamond price estimation

Ditch The Diamond Altogether 

If you’re on the fence about gemstones, remember this. All gemstones are rare, like diamonds, but more affordable per carat. They certainly put an alternative twist on a classic engagement ring, and they can be a more budget-friendly option compared to diamonds.

Gemstones can be set in ring settings with diamond accents or on their own in solitaire bands and still produce that show-stopping effect you want in your engagement ring.

If you want a larger yet inexpensive center stone on your ring, try a classic gemstone from sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and even morganite.

Buy Your Engagement Ring Online 

We know shopping online comes with many what if’s, and we’re sure you’ve been left with some trust issues. However, if you find a known and trustworthy online jewelry retailer, you can end up getting the most incredible engagement ring for much less.

Pros of shopping for your ring online:

  • Special services and technology (education center, 360° HD diamond viewing)
  • Online engagement ring customization
  • Virtual engagement ring try-on
  • Online ring sizer
  • More variety for your budget
  • Lab grown diamonds in all shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Affordable gemstones alternatives
  • Great shipping and return policies
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Ethically sourced diamonds
  • Jewelry insurance assistance
  • 0% interest payment options
An engagement ring in an open red ring box next to pink roses
Two stacked red ring boxes on top of a newspaper next to a topaz pendant

Wait For Sale Periods 

The holiday season is an excellent time to shop for your engagement ring. This is a promotional time for many jewelry and diamond retailers, and you could end up saving a significant amount on your engagement ring.

Once you’ve researched and found your potential go-to retailers, subscribe to their newsletter to get regular updates on upcoming sales.

Customize Your Ring Online 

Customizing your ring online is not only an incredibly personal experience but one that can ensure you get a ring within your budget that meets all of your wants and needs.

Our Ring Studio offers online customization on a whole new level. You are the leading designer instead of telling someone in a store what you like and having them create it for you. You don’t need to settle for an engagement ring that doesn’t quite suit your or your partner’s style because you can design one that is the exact representation of what you want down to every minute detail. 

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Trends Shaping Engagement Ring Spending

Engagement ring spending has changed significantly due to how millennials and older couples who are remarrying have shifted the dynamic of buying engagement rings.

Many individuals and couples choose to marry later in life after they’ve had their personal, professional, and worldly development. As a result, these people are more sure of what they want in an engagement ring regarding style, originality, price, ethics, and how they make their purchases.

These expressions of individuality and broader consumer awareness have manifested in several trends like unusual center stones, settings, colors, shapes, and styles. More couples opt for gemstones or lab grown diamonds because they are often more socially responsible, unique, and affordable.

We’re Here To Help

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

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

Happy shopping! 

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A Guide To The May Birthstone: Emerald 

May’s birthstone proves it really is easy being green. Known for its rich green color, it is no wonder this gem representing spring has been beloved for ages. And thanks to the lore attached to it, emeralds are as stylish as they are meaningful. Read on to learn everything about this luscious gemstone and find your gorgeous green beauty.

Emerald Jewelry

What Is The May Birthstone?

Emerald Necklaces

The May birthstone is emerald. A perfect gemstone for spring thanks to its vibrant green color, emeralds look best when set in yellow or white gold (take your pick!). A highly stylish choice, it is no wonder this gemstone is a global favorite. From celebrities to royals, emeralds are a timeless choice that is all the rage.

The Symbolism And Meaning Of Emerald

Emeralds are chock full of meaning and symbolism. It is thought to be one of the four stones God gave to King Solomon, as part of the four precious stones having the power over all creation.

May’s birthstone was thought to have magical powers in the Middle Ages, able to break spells, cure illnesses, and even bring good fortune. Emeralds are also believed to bring honesty, making it so someone has to tell the truth.

And this gemstone is for lovers. Emeralds have been believed to bring passion and increase love and romantic energy.

What Color Is The May Birthstone?

Color Clarity Of Emeralds

Emeralds are known for their deep rich green color. But did you know, the famous green hue of emeralds can vary in depth and purity? In fact, all emeralds have some level of inclusions from the natural growth process.

So how do they get their color? Emeralds are made of the mineral beryl and have impurities such as chromium and vanadium. These allow May’s birthstone to come in shades ranging from light to deep forest green.

Emeralds’ color in fact is so important in its value, the purer the color, the more valuable the emerald.

A Brief History Of The May Birthstone

Emeralds get their name from the French word ‘esmeraude,” which gets its name from the ancient Greek ‘smaragdos,’ which means gem.

Emeralds are estimated to go back as far as three billion years and were recorded in 330 BC in Egypt. Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, was famous for her love of the gemstone. Egyptians as a whole loved emeralds and used them in jewelry, even burying their royalty with them for protection.

In modern times, Columbia has been the main source of emeralds for over 500 years. Emeralds can also be found in Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Zambia, and other parts of Africa.

Understanding Emerald’s Sensitivity And Fragility

Moh Scale

Emeralds rate a 7.5 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. Considered strong but not super durable, emeralds can break or chip under high pressure or heat, so it is important to take good care of your gemstone.

Practical Tips For Cleaning And Preserving Emerald Jewelry

It is important to properly care for your emerald jewelry so that it always shines bright and looks luxurious.

Follow these tips to protect your May birthstone jewelry.

  • Store your emerald jewelry separately, preferably in the original packaging such as soft jewelry bags or boxes.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures, particularly intense heat and strong light.
  • Remove your jewelry in situations such as the beach, chlorinated pools, the gym, showering, cleaning, and when dealing with lotions and makeup.

Follow these tips to clean your emerald jewelry.

  • Fill a bowl with warm water and mild soap. 
  • Allow the jewelry to soak.
  • Then use a soft-bristle brush to gently remove any dirt.
  • Wipe with a clean cloth and air dry.

What Are the Other May Birthstones?

May, like many months of the year, has more than one birthstone. In addition to the popular emerald, agates are also a birthstone for May. Agates are a chalcedony, known for their multitude of colors.

FAQs

What are the benefits of an emerald birthstone?

Emeralds have been thought to cure diseases, evoke the truth, and bring love and passion. They certainly bring beauty and style!

Are emeralds expensive?

Compared to many of their gemstone counterparts, emeralds are priced higher. This is due in large part to their rarity, as well as their color. The purer an emerald’s color, the higher the price. 

Why is emerald so special?

One of the few precious gemstones, emeralds are special due to their rarity, meaning, and beautifully intense color.

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White Gold Rings & Jewelry: Your FAQs Answered

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Considering white gold jewelry for your next purchase but not quite sure if it’s the right choice? Whether you’re eyeing an engagement ring, wedding band, or simply looking to add a new piece to your collection, understanding the intricacies of white gold is crucial. In this guide, we’re exploring everything you need to know about white gold jewelry.

Is white gold durable?

Yes, white gold is durable and suitable for everyday wear, but it may require periodic maintenance to preserve its appearance.

Can white gold jewelry tarnish?

While white gold is resistant to tarnishing, it may develop a dull patina over time. Regular cleaning and maintenance can restore its shine.

Is white gold more expensive than yellow gold?

While the price of white gold can vary depending on factors such as purity and craftsmanship, it typically falls within a similar price range to yellow gold. However, since white gold is often rhodium-plated to enhance its whiteness, the cost of maintenance may be slightly higher compared to yellow gold.

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How do I clean white gold rings at home?

To clean white gold rings at home, soak them in a solution of warm water and mild soap, then gently scrub with a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a soft cloth.

Is white gold hypoallergenic?

White gold may contain nickel, which can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Opt for nickel-free white gold or consider alternative metals if you have sensitivities.

Can white gold be resized?

Yes, white gold rings can be resized. Unlike pure gold, which is very soft and malleable, white gold is typically alloyed with other metals such as nickel, palladium, or silver to increase its strength and durability. These additional metals make white gold more resistant to bending and shaping, allowing jewelers to resize it without compromising its structural integrity.

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How does this gold compare to other types of gold metals?

White gold is a popular alternative to traditional yellow gold, offering a modern and sophisticated aesthetic. Compared to yellow gold, white gold has a cooler tone and pairs well with diamonds and other gemstones. Additionally, white gold is often alloyed with metals such as nickel, palladium, or silver to achieve its white color, making it a versatile choice for various jewelry designs.

Are white gold rings suitable for everyday wear?

White gold rings are durable and suitable for everyday wear, but proper care and maintenance are essential to preserve their appearance.

Can rings made from white metal be engraved?

Yes, white gold rings can be engraved with meaningful messages or symbols to personalize your jewelry.

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What is rhodium plating, and does it affect light metal rings?

Rhodium plating is a process used to enhance the whiteness and durability of white gold jewelry. It may wear off over time, but can be reapplied to restore the ring’s luster.

How do I know if my gold ring needs re-plating?

If your white gold ring appears dull or yellowish, it may need to be re-plated with rhodium to restore its bright white finish.

Are there any alternative metals similar to white gold?

Alternative metals such as palladium and platinum offer similar aesthetics to white gold, each with its unique properties and characteristics.

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Parting Thoughts

To sum up, white gold jewelry and rings are all about timeless charm and adaptability, adding that special touch to any look or event. Here at JamesAllen.com, we’re your partners in finding that perfect piece that truly speaks to you. Our customer service team is here for you around the clock, ready to make your shopping experience smooth and enjoyable. Let’s embark on this white gold journey together!

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What Are The Different Diamond Shapes For Engagement Rings

So many diamond shapes and so little time! But don’t worry, we’re here to finally demystify the diamond shopping experience…

8 different diamond shapes

Picking out your engagement ring is an exciting time. Unfortunately, with so many diamond cuts and shapes to choose from, that excitement can quickly turn into confusion.

With different terminology, lingo, classifications, measurements, and styles, the process can be overwhelming and hard to navigate.

That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide to help you find the perfect diamond for your perfect ring. Shopping for a diamond shouldn’t at all be stressful!

In this blog, we’ll cover popular diamond shapes from the classics to the more unique- as well as answer some commonly asked questions! 

What’s the Difference Between Diamond Shapes and Diamond Cuts?

This question is asked all the time- and for good reason!

When reading about diamonds, you’ve probably come across the terms ‘diamond shape’ and ‘diamond cut’ in the same sentence. You may have even thought that the two terms are interchangeable. 

In reality, shape and cut refer to two different things.

Shape Vs Cut

Shape refers to a diamond’s overall form, the literal shape that it takes. Examples of this are oval, heart, round, emerald, and princess.

On the other hand, a diamond’s cut strictly refers to the diamond’s symmetry, proportions, and polish. This includes the facets and angles that the cutter produced when shaping the stone. A diamond’s cut has the biggest influence on its ability to reflect light and shine. 

While shape and cut maybe two different features, they work together to create a beautiful and sparkling stone.

Diamond Shapes

What Are The Different Diamond Shapes For Engagement Rings?

Round Diamonds

The round diamond shape is a tried and true classic! Round diamonds, also known as round brilliant diamonds, are the most popular of all diamond shapes.

This particular shape and a high number of facets enable peak light reflection, creating a brilliant shine. It is also a classic and versatile shape that is easy to incorporate into just about any look and ring setting. 

Related post: The Best Engagement Ring For Each Diamond Shape

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Cushion Cut Diamonds

A cushion cut diamond is a diamond that has been cut into a rectangular or square shape- but with rounded, soft corners. This pillow-like appearance is where the diamond gets its name!

This type of cut was very popular in the 19th century but has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. Due to their softer and more romantic appearance, cushion cut diamonds can often appear larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight.

The cushion cut is also known for its ability to hide inclusions and imperfections, making it the perfect choice for diamonds with lower-quality grades. 

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Oval Diamonds

Oval diamonds are similar to round diamonds. The oval shape, however, appears bigger than a round diamond of the same carat weight. 

The oval shape can also do wonders in creating the illusion of longer and slimmer fingers for the wearer. 

Oval diamonds are great for those who enjoy the look of a round diamond but want something perhaps a little bit more unique. 

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Princess Cut Diamonds

Princess cut diamonds are a popular choice for engagement rings due to their elegance and eye-catching allure. 

A princess cut diamond is square or rectangular with pointed corners. This cut is known for its modern look of sharp, clean lines. 

A princess cut diamond has beautiful facets and lines, creating excellent sparkle and shine. 

14K White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Princess Center)

Emerald Cut Diamonds

An emerald cut diamond is a type of diamond cut into a rectangular shape with angled facets and a flat plane on top of the stone. 

If you’re looking for a diamond with striking clean-cut lines and symmetry, this is the shape for you!

Emerald cut diamonds are known for their elegance and sophisticated appearance. This diamond is a favorite for its unique shape and excellent clarity. While this diamond may be elegant and eye-catching, it is also slightly understated, creating a wonderfully balanced stone.

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Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear shaped diamonds are cut into a pear-like shape, with one rounded end on one side and a pointed end on the other. 

As a combination of both the round cut and the marquise cut, this diamond has the best of both worlds and looks like a perfect teardrop. 

Pear shaped diamonds are ideal for those who want to elongate their fingers while maintaining that brilliant shine. 

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Asscher Cut Diamonds

If you’re a fan of vintage styles, an Asscher cut diamond is the diamond shape for you. 

This diamond is cut into a square shape with cropped corners and a unique step-cut pattern on the bottom portion of the stone. Inspired by the Art-Deco movement, this shape is admired for its antique aesthetic. 

If you want a truly timeless engagement ring, check out Asscher cut diamonds. 

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Marquise Cut Diamonds

A marquise cut diamond is an elongated oval shape with pointed ends. 

This unique cut is actually known for its remarkable ability to create the illusion of a larger diamond. Because of this, it is one of the most affordable shapes out there! 

Regal and unique, opting for a marquise cut diamond will surely gain you some head turns and curious glances!

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Heart Shaped Diamonds

The shape of love! Of course, heart shaped diamonds are a very romantic and sentimental shape for an engagement ring. 

If you’re looking for an engagement ring full of symbolic meaning and a distinctive appearance, this may be your shape. 

With its many facets, sharp points, and quintessential symbolism, this diamond is both a bright and adorable choice. 

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How Diamond Shape Affects Price

It’s quite common to equate a higher carat weight with a higher price, but shape, too, has a direct influence on your diamond’s price tag!

While every diamond is beautiful and special, there are a number of factors that may make one shape more expensive than another.

The round shaped diamond, for example, is the most popular shape for engagement rings. Not only does this shape have the highest global demand, it is the most technically difficult shape to cut from a rough diamond.

Generally speaking, the least expensive shapes are the ones that use the largest amount of the original rough diamond. Shapes like this include the: Asscher, emerald, princess, and cushion cut.

Keep this in mind when you discover that two diamonds of the same carat but different shapes have drastically different prices!

FAQs

1. What engagement ring shape is best?

The best engagement ring shape will ultimately depend on your personal preference! Look throughout this guide and read about what makes each shape unique. Once you determine your priorities, find one that checks off all your boxes. Your perfect engagement ring shape is out there!

2. What are the 4Cs of engagement rings?

The 4Cs of engagement rings are Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. If you want to learn more about the 4Cs, check out our blog on the topic.

3. How many carats should an engagement ring be?

Some people prefer larger, more impressive diamonds, while others prefer smaller, more delicate stones. It’s really up to you and what you value! It’s always important to remember that carat weight is not the only factor determining its value. 

Conclusion

As we now know, there are so many diamond shapes and cuts, and so many things to consider when shopping! 

Whether you’re looking for something classic and timeless, or something unique and bold, there is certainly a shape out there for you.

Use this guide when you need a quick reminder of what’s what- and before you know it, you’ll have a stunning rock on your finger!

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Diamond Anatomy: How To Pick The Perfect Round Cut Diamond

Want to know more about the world’s most popular diamond shape? We’re exploring the diamond anatomy of a round diamond and how to pick the perfect one for your engagement ring or jewelry.

Round Diamond Anatomy

What Is A Round Cut Diamond?

A round diamond is one of the most popular and timeless choices for engagement rings and other fine jewelry. Renowned for its classic shape and brilliant sparkle, the round cut diamond is characterized by its circular outline and 58 meticulously angled facets. 

This particular cut is designed to maximize the diamond’s brilliance and fire, making it a favorite among those seeking a sophisticated and elegant look.

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A Brief History Of The Round Diamond

The round cut diamond has a rich history that dates back centuries. While diamonds have been admired and treasured for millennia, it wasn’t until the 17th century that the concept of diamond cutting began to evolve. Early diamond cuts were primarily focused on preserving the stone’s natural shape, resulting in rough and uneven facets.

It wasn’t until the 20th century that Marcel Tolkowsky, a Belgian mathematician, revolutionized diamond cutting with his groundbreaking thesis on the ideal proportions for maximizing brilliance in round cut diamonds. Tolkowsky’s research laid the foundation for modern diamond cutting techniques, shaping the way we perceive and appreciate the beauty of round diamonds today.

Diamond Anatomy

Understanding the anatomy of a diamond is essential for appreciating its beauty and evaluating its quality. A diamond consists of several key components, each playing a crucial role in its overall appearance and brilliance.

Table: The table is the flat, topmost surface of the diamond. It acts as a window through which light enters and reflects off the diamond’s facets.

Crown: The crown is the upper portion of the diamond, extending from the table to the girdle. It comprises a series of facets that help refract and disperse light, contributing to the diamond’s sparkle.

Girdle: The girdle is the widest part of the diamond, separating the crown from the pavilion. It serves as the diamond’s perimeter and provides structural support.

Pavilion: The pavilion is the lower portion of the diamond, extending from the girdle to the culet. It contains additional facets that reflect light internally and enhance the diamond’s brilliance.

Culet: The culet is the small facet at the bottom tip of the diamond. Its presence prevents chipping and adds stability to the diamond’s structure.

Facets: Facets are the flat, polished surfaces of the diamond that interact with light to create brilliance and fire. Round diamonds typically feature 58 facets arranged in a precise pattern to maximize light performance.

Symmetry: Symmetry refers to the precise alignment of a diamond’s facets and proportions. Diamonds with excellent symmetry exhibit optimal light reflection and visual appeal.

Depth: Depth refers to the distance from the table to the culet. It plays a critical role in determining the diamond’s brilliance and overall appearance.

The Characteristics Of A Diamond

Diamond Cut Vs. Diamond Shape

Diamond Cut

The cut of a diamond refers to its proportions, symmetry, and polish.

It directly influences the diamond’s brilliance, fire, and overall visual appeal.

A well-cut diamond reflects light internally and disperses it through the crown, creating a dazzling sparkle.

Diamond Shape

The shape of a diamond refers to its outline when viewed from above.

While round is the most popular shape, diamonds can also be cut into various other shapes such as princess, emerald, and oval.

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What Is A Brilliant Cut?

The term “brilliant cut” refers to a specific type of faceting pattern used in round diamonds. It is designed to maximize the diamond’s brilliance by allowing light to enter through the table and reflect off the facets, creating a stunning display of sparkle and fire. The brilliant cut typically features 58 facets arranged in a precise pattern to optimize light performance, making it the preferred choice for round diamonds.

Round Diamond Buying Tips

When purchasing a round diamond, it’s essential to consider the four Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.

Cut

Opt for a diamond with an excellent or ideal cut grade to ensure maximum brilliance and sparkle.

Avoid diamonds with poor cut grades, as they may lack fire and brilliance.

Color

Choose a diamond with a color grade of G or higher for a colorless appearance.

Consider lower color grades for budget-conscious buyers, as slight color differences may be less noticeable in smaller diamonds.

Clarity

Look for diamonds with minimal inclusions and blemishes, preferably with a clarity grade of VS2 or higher.

Consider eye-clean diamonds, where any imperfections are invisible to the naked eye.

Related Post: What Is A VVS Diamond? A Comprehensive Guide

Carat Weight

Balance carat weight with cut quality to achieve the desired size without sacrificing brilliance. Keep in mind that smaller diamonds with excellent cut grades may appear larger and more brilliant than larger diamonds with inferior cuts.

Pros & Cons Of Buying Round Cut Diamonds 

ProsCons
Timeless and classicGenerally higher price per carat
Maximum brilliance and sparkleMay appear smaller than other shapes
Versatile and easy to pairVulnerable to chipping at the girdle
Widely availableMore visible inclusions and imperfections

FAQs

Are round diamonds popular?

Yes, round diamonds are incredibly popular due to their timeless appeal and maximum brilliance.

Do round cut diamonds have the best sparkle?

Round diamonds are renowned for their exceptional sparkle and fire, making them one of the most brilliant diamond shapes.

Are round cut diamonds more expensive?

Generally, round diamonds tend to be more expensive per carat compared to other shapes due to their popularity and demand.

Where is the best place to shop for a loose diamond?

The best place to shop for a loose diamond is from reputable and established jewelers or online retailers with certifications and transparent grading policies.

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How To Measure Your Ring Size

How To Measure Your Ring Size

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

How To Measure Your Ring Size

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

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

How To Measure Ring Size At Home?

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

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

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

3 ways to measure your ring size

Different Ring Size Conversions

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

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

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

Ring Size Comparison Chart

How To Measure Ring Size With A Tape Measure

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

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

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

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

How To Measure Ring Size With A String

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

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

Still unsure? Find out more by watching this video.

More Ring Sizing Tips

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

Tips for Buying a Ring as a Surprise

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

Other Ways To Find The Ring Size

Taking An Existing Ring To A Jeweler

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

Use Another Ring From Their Jewelry Box 

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

Recruit Family/Friends To Help You Out 

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

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

What Is The Average Ring Size For Men?

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

What Is The Average Ring Size For Women?

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

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James Allen Ring Sizer Tools

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

What Happens When My Ring Is Resized?

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

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

What If I Order The Wrong Ring Size?

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

Metals That Can’t Be Resized

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

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

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

Keep this in mind when choosing your metal type!

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Rings That Can’t Be Resized

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

These include:

FAQs

How will I know if I have the right size?

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

Does band thickness affect size?

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

How to secretly find someone’s ring size?

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

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

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

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

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6 Ways To Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

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

Ways To Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

Why Upgrade Your Engagement Ring?

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

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

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

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

Change The Center Stone

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

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

Side Stone Engagement Ring

Alter The Setting

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

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

Different Diamond Shapes

Add Side Stones

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

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

Three Stone Engagement Ring

Upgrade The Metal

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

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

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

4 different metal engagement rings

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Swap For A Gemstone 

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

Pink pearl ring

Add A Matching Band 

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

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

Round diamond engagement ring

Related Post: Curved Wedding Rings: Brides Newest Obsession

FAQs

How much does it cost to upgrade an engagement ring?

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

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

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

Will upgrading my engagement ring affect its sentimental value?

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

Final Thoughts

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

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The April Birthstone: Discover Diamond

Diamonds are not only everyone’s best friend, they are also April’s birthstone. The hardest gemstone around, diamonds are a true wonder. Natural or lab grown, these beauties look good on everyone, for everything. Wear them daily, dress up those sweats or pair them perfectly for an elegant event. Whatever the occasion, whatever your style, wear diamonds and sparkle like the stars.

April Birthstone

What Is the April Birthstone?

April’s birthstone is the dazzling diamond. That’s right, diamonds are a birthstone! Diamonds are traditionally known for their colorless variety, however there are also beautiful colored diamonds.

Diamond Jewelry

The Symbolism and Meaning of Diamond

Ancient Romans believed if you were hit by Cupid’s arrow, tipped of course with the dazzling gemstone, your love would be unbreakable. While others, including sources in Hinduism, associate diamonds with beauty and happiness. It is no wonder diamonds are traditionally used for engagement rings, wedding rings, and are given on multiple anniversaries. Celebrate your love with the gemstone representing love.

Other benefits thought to be associated with April’s birthstone are good energy, good health, both mental and physical, and even ridding the body of toxins. Still others believe that diamonds’ abilities go so far as to be an antidote to poison.

What Color is the April Birthstone?

Diamonds are a true wonder as they are available in both colorless and fancy colored options. Colorless diamonds refer to a diamond’s lack of hue, meaning the more color or yellowing it has, the less desirable it is. These diamonds are measured on a scale of D to Z, D being the most colorless, and therefore the most desirable option.

Colorless Diamond Grading Scale

Whereas with fancy colored diamonds, they are available in a rainbow of colors and the stronger the hue, the more desirable it is. These diamonds are graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and these grades are based on tone, hue, and saturation.

Fancy Colored Diamond Hues

A Brief History of the April Birthstone

Beloved for generations, diamonds have an incredibly long history. In fact, it is believed some ancient civilizations thought diamonds to be lightning materialized on Earth.

It is believed that diamonds were traded as early as the 4th century BCE, as they were sought after by royalty and the elite. Dating back to the Mongols, diamonds were popular in India, where they were easily mined at the time. Continuing to the 1400s, diamonds continued to be a favorite for the upper class.

As the diamond supply in India dwindled, the gemstone was discovered in Brazil and ultimately, South Africa in the late 1860s, the start of the modern-day diamond market.

Understanding Diamond’s Sensitivity and Fragility

Moh Scale

Diamonds are the hardest gemstone around, a key part of their value. Rating at the top of the Mohs Hardness Scale, diamonds get their durability thanks to their atomic structure. Being made of pure carbon, diamonds are so strong they can only be scratched by other diamonds. It is this strength that makes them incredibly popular, particularly for engagement rings.

Practical Tips for Cleaning and Preserving Diamond Jewelry

How To Clean Diamond Jewelry

No matter when you were born, it is important to properly care for your diamond jewelry

Follow these tips to protect your April birthstone jewelry.

  • Store your diamond jewelry separately, preferably in their original packaging such as soft jewelry bags or boxes.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures, particularly intense heat and strong light.
  • Remove your jewelry in situations such as the beach, chlorinated pools, the gym, showering, cleaning, when dealing with lotions and makeup.

Follow these tips to clean your April birthstone.

  • Fill a bowl with warm water and mild soap. 
  • Allow the jewelry to soak.
  • Then use a soft-bristle brush to gently remove any dirt.
  • Rinse clean with water and air dry.

What Are the Other April Birthstones?

Just like most months of the year, April has more than one birthstone. In addition to the dazzling diamond, white topaz and clear quartz, which have visual similarities to colorless diamonds, are also birthstones for April.

FAQs

What makes diamonds special as April’s birthstone?

Diamonds are special because of their strength, their meaning, and their universal popularity. This gemstone has long been the traditional stone for engagement rings, wedding rings, tennis bracelets, and other timeless pieces of fine jewelry.

What are the characteristics of diamonds? 

Diamonds are graded by characteristics known as the 4Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Cut refers to a diamonds facets, angels, and proportions. Color refers to the lack of color, or colorlessness of a diamond. Clarity refers to a lack of inclusions, how clear is the diamond. And carat weight refers to the size of the diamond.

What are the various shapes and cuts of diamonds available?

While these terms are used interchangeably, a diamond’s shape refers to its overall form. Think oval, heart, round, or emerald. A diamond’s cut refers to its symmetry, proportions and polish.

Diamonds come in a variety of shapes and cuts. Round diamonds are incredibly popular as they are considered to be universally flattering. Other beloved options include princess, cushion, emerald, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, and Asscher. And of course, there are heart shaped diamonds.

What are conflict-free diamonds?

Conflict-free diamonds are diamonds that were not obtained due to human rights abuses, civil war, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation. At James Allen, we make sure that our customers receive conflict-free diamonds. In fact, our internal guidelines exceed government requirements. When you shop with us, you can be certain that your diamonds are coming from the most reputable providers.

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How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring for Your Hand Size

Finding the right engagement ring, there are many factors to consider. From diamond shape and size to setting and metal color. We’re here to take the process from “OMG What?!” to “That was so much easier than I imagined!”

Diamond engagement ring

Why It’s Important To Pick A Diamond Shape And Ring That Suits Your Hand 

Shape is everything! Let’s break down what a diamond shape is and why it’s important. The shape of a diamond refers to its configuration, such as oval, round, or emerald. Different diamond shapes (and sizes) can appear differently on the wearer, depending on the size of their fingers and hands. Read on to see which shapes work best for which type of fingers and hands.

How to Determine Your Hand Shape

So what is your hand shape? Factors that determine your hand shape are:

  • Overall size: is your hand generally large or small?
  • Size & shape of your palm: is your palm more of a square or rectangle shape?
  • Finger size: are your fingers longer or shorter? Slimmer or thicker?

And don’t forget:

  • Fingernails: does your partner generally keep their nails long or short?

While figuring out your hand shape isn’t measurable like finding your ring size, it’s important to have a general idea in mind when you start ring shopping.

Suitable Rings For Slim Fingers

It is best to choose a diamond and ring that won’t overwhelm a slimmer finger, this can include choosing a smaller diamond size. In terms of shape, oval or marquise diamonds, especially when placed in a solitaire setting, are widely considered the most complimentary engagement ring option for slimmer fingers. If you are looking to add width to a slimmer finger, go for a horizontal stone or an East West setting. 

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Suitable Rings For Wider Fingers

If you want to create an illusion of a slimmer finger, then a pear, oval, or marquise shaped diamond is a great choice. A three stone setting, with the popular round diamond as the largest stone in the center, similarly has a slimming effect.

14K White Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring

Another option is to take advantage of a wider finger and choose an angular-shaped engagement ring.

Best Ring Shapes For Short Fingers

Short fingers are most flattered by rings with a round, square, or Asscher diamond shape. If you want a diamond that will elongate your short finger, go for a pearl, oval, or marquise diamond.

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

A narrow band will also help elongate a shorter finger. Solitaire and pavé settings both have wonderful slim band options.

Best Ring Shapes For Long Fingers

Lucky you! Experts advise that most diamond shapes work well for long fingers. In this case, focus on size. A larger stone will look particularly elegant. If a larger stone is not in your budget, go for an elongated shape such as emerald or pear.

14K White Gold Ridged Dome Solitaire Engagement Ring

Or, if you prefer a shape that will balance out the length of your finger, go for a round, princess, or Asscher cut. A wider band will not only complement a larger diamond but will fit well on a longer finger. Another option, stack multiple slim band rings instead!

Related Post: How To Choose The Best Diamond Shape And Size For Your Finger

Engagement Rings For Large Hands

Larger hands mean more real estate for more dazzle. Go for a larger size diamond and/or larger settings such as a halo, multiple bands, or multiple stones. 

14K White Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Take advantage of the real estate larger hand provide and get more dazzle with a split shank, double halo, or pavé ring setting.

Engagement Rings Best For Small Hands

Small hands are best complimented by shapes that won’t overwhelm them, including round, Asscher, princess, and cushion. 

14K Yellow Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

Another tip, go for a smaller stone that will be proportionate with your smaller hand.

Additional Engagement Ring Buying Tips to Consider

Beyond diamond shape and ring type, there are additional factors to consider when shopping for an engagement ring. But don’t fret! We’ve got more tips below to make the process easy peasy!

Related Post: The Ultimate Guide For Buying Engagement Rings

Shop With Your Partner

This is a great option for a variety of reasons, including if you are unsure about the best shape for your partner. This is a big purchase and the most important thing is that you and your partner are comfortable. And yes, the proposal can still be a surprise even if you shop for the ring together.

Try On Before You Buy 

Seeing how different diamonds and rings look can be the best way to find the most flattering diamond shape for your hand. Thanks to our Virtual Try-On technology, you can try as many rings, diamond shapes, and different metals as you want! Even when shopping online, you can try before you buy and make the best decision for you and your love.

Consult With A Jeweler Before Buying Your Diamond 

It never hurts to ask an expert, especially before making such an important purchase. Make sure to assuage all your concerns by speaking to a fabulous member of our customer service team. James Allen has non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts available 24/7 to answer any questions.

Measure Your Ring Size Accurately

Get it right the first time by getting your partner’s correct ring size. While James Allen does offer free ring sizing within the first year of purchase, save yourself the headache by following these tips:

  • “Borrow” one of your partner’s existing rings and get it measured
  • Use the string & ruler method
  • Have a family or friend help you get your partner’s ring size
  • Use our Virtual Try-On with your smartphone
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Conclusion 

Choosing an engagement ring is no easy task. After all, this is a ring you will wear everyday, for the rest of your life. You want to make sure it fits and flatters your finger and hand. Whatever size hand, whatever your style, the most important factor about an engagement ring is that you and your partner love it!

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying Men’s Engagement Rings 

It’s no secret that men’s engagement rings have been growing in popularity in recent years. We’re here to help you find the perfect one for you or your partner.

The Ultimate Guide To Buying Men's Engagement Rings

A Short History Of Men’s Engagement Rings 

Men have been wearing rings for centuries to express their wealth and status. However, it wasn’t until more modern times that men started wearing jewelry to represent love and their relationship status. Men’s wedding rings have essentially become a staple of male fashion and accessories around the world, but it wasn’t until the 90s that engagement rings for men became popular. Even more recently, men began expressing themselves with diamond engagement rings and those made from alternative metals. 

Wedding Ring Vs. Engagement Ring

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.  

Wedding Rings Vs Engagement Rings

Buying Men’s Engagement Rings 

Just like any piece of jewelry, there are several factors to keep in mind before completing your purchase. Naturally, the buying process will be pretty different for yourself or your partner. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when buying a men’s engagement ring:

Understanding Your Partner’s Style 

They’re the ones who’re going to be wearing the ring so it’s important to know what they want. So get started by:

  • Talking to friends and family to get an idea of their dream ring
  • Find a way to slyly find out their interests – but be careful not to spoil anything!
  • Look at their other jewelry or style in general to get an idea of a ring that would fit

Set A Budget 

Men’s engagement rings come in all sizes and types, which also means they also come with a wide variety of price tags. It’s important to know your personal budget that will align with what your partner has in mind. You can find more basic engagement rings for men that will cost less than $1,000 but when adding diamonds that price will increase significantly. 

Make sure to take the gem type and amount (if opting for more than basic) as well as the metal type into account when budgeting for the ring. 

Ring Size

Getting their ring size correct and even in secret can be a little tricky. Read our guide below on how to measure your ring size at home.

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Related Post: Men’s Wedding Ring Size Guide: Measuring your Ring Size At Home

Metal Types 

There is no shortage of materials when it comes to finding the perfect men’s engagement ring. Let’s break them all down:

  • Titanium: amazingly lightweight while also being incredibly strong, you can find more traditional and unique rings with intricate designs in this metal type that is available in standard titanium or black titanium
  • Ceramic: considered cutting-edge technology for men’s rings, ceramic is durable, scratch-resistant, and lightweight
  • Cobalt Chrome: four times harder than gold and scratch resistant while coming in both white and black options makes this metal type a great choice
  • White Gold: a modern color with many traditional and modern choices to explore
  • Yellow Gold: traditional, timeless, and offered in a myriad of styles and designs, you can’t go wrong with a yellow gold men’s engagement ring
  • Rose Gold: a beautiful choice for a man looking for a modern and unique engagement ring option
  • Platinum: an excellent alternative to other metals, platinum is rarer than gold and very long-lasting
  • Tungsten Carbide: uniquely forged to be extremely strong and scratch-resistant, perfect for a man with a more active lifestyle
  • Tantalum: this strong, dark-gray metal creates a very sleek and modern engagement ring for men

Diamond Or Gemstone 

Engagement rings for men come in all shapes and sizes, and yes, they sparkle, too! But do you want a traditional diamond or a gemstone ring? We’re taking a look at the pros and cons of each.

DiamondGemstone
Pros– Classic and timeless appeal– Wide range of colors for personalization
– Durable and resistant to scratching– Unique and eye-catching appearance
– Symbolizes eternal love and commitment– Often more affordable than diamonds
– Higher resale value– Symbolic meanings attached to specific stones
Cons– Expensive initial cost– Less durable than diamonds, prone to scratching
– Limited color options– Limited resale value
– Can be seen as traditional or mainstream– May not convey traditional wedding symbolism for some

How to Wear A Men’s Engagement Ring 

We’re here to tell you that the way to wear your engagement ring is in whatever comfortable fashion you like. If you want to keep it traditional- wear your ring on your ring finger on the left hand. If you want to wear it on a different finger, be sure to measure your ring size, or your partner’s ring size, to get an accurate fit.

Man Wearing A Diamond Ring

Men’s Engagement Ring Styles

Men’s engagement rings are just as much an expression of personal style and unique characteristics as women’s engagement rings. You need to take this into consideration before you buy your partner their engagement ring.

From traditional classic bands to diamond wedding rings and even carved rings, there’s a style, metal color, and ring setting for every man and their lifestyle.

What do your partner’s personality and tastes say about their unique style?

Mens Rings Metals

How To Clean Your Engagement Ring

  1. Warm water + dish soap + soft toothbrush.
    Make your own ring cleaner by filling a bowl with warm (not hot) water, and then adding a few drops of dish soap. Put your jewelry in the mixture and let it sit for 15 minutes. Afterward, take your ring out of the bowl and scrub it clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse, dry with a soft towel, and lay out on a soft surface to dry.
  2. Polishing cloth.
    In a pinch, a normal microfiber cloth will do. However, specialty jewelers’ cloths are the best, since they contain particular cleaning compounds formulated to both polish and remove small scratches in your ring. 

FAQs

Can you customize men’s engagement rings?

When shopping for engagement rings for men online you can customize many aspects of the ring such as metal type, the design, whether to include gemstones, and the fit (such as comfort fit). Additionally, you can add an engravement to the ring to add that extra level of customization for yourself or your partner. 

Do men’s engagement rings always have diamonds, or can they have other gemstones?

You can find men’s engagement rings with or without diamonds, with diamonds of different colors such as black, or with gemstones such as sapphires. There are many different styles and variations of rings to choose from. 

How do I determine the right size for a men’s engagement ring?

There are several different ways to get the perfect ring size. You’re looking to find the circumference of the ring, generally in millimeters. The standard scale ranges from 8-15, with half sizes in between to help find the perfect fit.

You can use a measuring tape around your finger, or if this is for your partner you can measure one of their other rings. You can also request a ring sizer that we’ll send you directly by mail. 

What Are You Waiting For?

When it comes to picking the right men’s engagement band for you, James Allen has all the tools and convenience you need to find the perfect fit. Visit our site for all you need to know about the different metals, styles, designs, and more! 

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Best Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

The Best Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

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

Gemstones: Best Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

What Is A Diamond Alternative?

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

Let’s dive right in!

What Stones Are Comparable To A Diamond?

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

What Is The Substitute For A Diamond?

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

The Most Popular Diamond Substitute

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

Most Brilliant Diamond Alternative

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

Most Inexpensive Gemstone Center Stone

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

Pros And Cons Of Choosing A Diamond Alternative

Pros

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

Cons

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

Popular Natural Diamond & Gemstone Alternatives

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

Lab Grown Diamonds

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

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

Pear Shaped Lab Grown Diamond

Moissanite

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

Related Post: Moissanite 101: A Complete Guide

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Emerald

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

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

Green Emerald Engagement Ring

Sapphires

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

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

Sapphire and diamond Ring

Rubies

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

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

Ruby engagement ring

Pearls

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

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

Pearl Engagement Ring

Morganite

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

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

Morganite Ring

FAQs

Are diamond substitutes more affordable than diamonds?

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

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

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

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

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

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Engagement Ring Trends 2024: A Stylish Look Ahead

Goodbye 2023, hellooooooo 2024! A new year means new engagement ring trends and WE ARE HERE FOR IT! If you are about to be a bride-to-be this year then you are in luck because the styles trending this year are stunning. Check out all the details below and find your perfect sparkler.

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Our Top Engagement Ring Trends Of 2024 

Engagement rings are obviously always in style, but this year, a few settings really stand out.

  • Simple Solitaire: classic style featuring a plain band and a center stone
  • Vintage Revival: elegant, antique style rings for the modern age
  • Three Stone: two side diamonds or gemstones highlight the center stone
  • Abstract Designs: unique designs, unlike traditional styles
  • Mixed Metals: combine the style and color of multiple metals
  • Lab Grown Diamonds: engagement rings featuring diamonds sourced in a lab
  • East West: engagement rings featuring a center diamond set horizontally
  • Unique Gemstone Choices: engagement rings featuring a unique, colorful gemstone as the center stone

Simple Solitaire

Solitaire engagement rings may be simple, but they are also sophisticated, stylish, and downright timeless. This 2024 trend will shine the whole year and long afterwards. The classic design of a solitaire ring allows it to seamlessly match with a wide variety of wedding rings, as well as other jewelry.

This style is understandably popular. Subtle and understated yet wholly elegant, solitaire engagement rings are always a winner.

14K Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement Ring

Vintage Revival

Vintage engagement rings are all the rage and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they a great way to express personal style, but they are wearable works of art. These rings incorporate delicate and detailed designs, as well as bold geometric lines. Vintage engagement rings are perfect for those who love the art deco look.

18K White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

Three Stones

Three stone engagement rings have always been in style but are set to become a trend-to-see in 2024. The beauty of a dazzling stone on either side of the center stone highlights it in a very special way. Whether the side stones or center stone are diamonds or gemstones, three stone rings feature incredible sparkle that will never go out of style.

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Abstract Designs

Featuring distinctive designs and unbelievable details, engagement rings with abstract designs are a great choice for the bride-to-be who loves an elevated look. From unexpectedly placed diamonds to artful conceptions, these rings will always leave you going wow.

14K White Gold Ridged Dome Solitaire Engagement Ring

Mixed Metals

Are you indecisive? Do you just love multiple metals and can’t decide? Well, with mixed metal engagement rings you can have it all! Mixed metal rings feature the best of everything. Combining two or more metals, frequently yellow, white, or rose gold, these rings are loved for their fun design and unique look.

A nice benefit is that you can easily match one of these engagement rings to your wedding ring of choice.

Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab grown diamonds are incredibly popular, and with so many advantages, their popularity is only expected to grow.

Pros Of Buying A Lab Grown Diamond Ring

East West

If you are looking for tradition with a twist, east west engagement rings are for you. Featuring a center stone set horizontally, these rings truly stand out for all the best reasons. Their bold, contemporary style is why this style is on the rise.

14K Yellow Gold East West Knife Edge Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring

Unique Gemstone Choices

Gemstone engagement rings are a beautiful, unique choice for brides-to-be. More and more, couples are choosing to express their personal style through color, and this means gemstones replacing colorless diamonds as the center stone in engagement rings.

This has been done for centuries by royalty and now can be done by you! Whether choosing  a personal birthstone or a color that speaks to your partner’s personality, this trend is one you will want to join.

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

Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On

Choosing an engagement ring can be hard. There are so many beautiful options out there! Here at James Allen, we understand. Thanks to our Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On, you can “try before you buy.” All you need is a smartphone!

Virtual Engagement Ring Try On

First, tap the “Try-On” icon. Next, take a picture of your hand. Finally, see your ring on your hand! You can even share the photo to get those critical opinions.

Should You Buy Your Engagement Ring Online?

Shopping for an engagement ring can be stressful, we get it! If you are keeping the ring a secret, when will you go? How will you choose from all the styles available? What if you have a question? Or a LOT of questions? James Allen to the rescue!

There are SO MANY reasons why buying your engagement ring online is a good idea, these advantages are particularly enticing:

  • Huge selection (settings and diamonds/gemstones)
  • Free diamond consultation
  • 24/7 access to non-commissioned jewelry experts
  • Free engraving at checkout
  • Virtual Try-On technology
  • Multiple customization options
  • 360° HD diamond display technology

FAQs

Are vintage-inspired engagement rings timeless?

Absolutely. These styles were on-trend before, currently, and will continue to be.

What gemstones are considered unique for engagement rings in 2024?

Gemstone engagement rings themselves are considered a unique, colorful option. Some of the most popular options include sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

Can I customize an engagement ring on JamesAllen.com?

Yes! At James Allen we have multiple customization options. From designing the ring yourself, utilizing our Ring Studio, and adding a personalized engraving, to choosing your metal, diamond shape, and so much more. 

Are there financing options available for purchases on JamesAllen.com? 

Of course! We have multiple financing options available to help ensure you get the ring of your dreams.

Final Thoughts

Buying an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. Whether you go for a classic or a trend, what’s important is that you and your partner love it. At JamesAllen.com, we have a plethora of options to ensure that you get that all important “Yes.”

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Black Diamond Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

Black is back, baby! Black diamond engagement rings are the perfect marriage of traditional and unique. Stunning and versatile, this wow-worthy option looks beautiful with any metal, in practically any setting.

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If you are looking for something that is edgy yet sophisticated, then black diamond engagement rings are for you. Because turning to the dark side never looked so good!

What Are Black Diamond Engagement Rings?

Black diamond engagement rings are engagement rings that feature black diamonds, part of the colored diamonds family. Big was really onto something when he gifted Carrie that black diamond engagement ring in that iconic Sex and The City scene.

Both on the big screen and in real life, this trend has grown in popularity and is expected to explode this year, and it’s no wonder why. With more and more couples wanting engagement rings that express their individual style but still have that wow factor, this outside-the-box option is finding its way to the fingers of more and more brides-to-be.

Understanding Black Diamonds

Black diamonds were first discovered in 1840 in Brazil, and are almost exclusively found there, as well as in central Africa. Natural black diamonds are extremely rare, with most on the market today being lab grown or enhanced. This is when natural, white diamonds are put under heat and pressure to result in the rich, black color.

This dark diamond has a rich history. It has been associated with wealth and power, the belief that just touching it can help save one’s marriage, and that it provides protection from evil. Others believe black diamonds symbolize a link between the spiritual and physical worlds, as well as a strong emotional connection.

Some used to believe the gem was cursed because it resembles the eyes of snakes and spiders. Today, black diamonds are not feared but beloved for their incredible style.

Why Choose a Black Diamond Engagement Ring?

An engagement ring should not only reflect the personal style of the wearer, but symbolize the love story of the couple. Black diamond engagement rings are a great choice for couples who have bold style and want a ring that projects their one-of-a-kind love.

14K White Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring

Advantages of Black Diamond Rings

These rings have a number of advantage, but let’s name a few:

  • Bold style
  • Very strong
  • Rare
  • Pairs beautifully with all metal colors & gemstones
  • Less expensive than colorless diamonds & other colored diamonds

Types of Black Diamond Engagement Rings

The types of black diamond engagement rings are as numerous as engagement rings themselves. However, the most popular styles are halo, solitaire, side stone, pavé, and vintage.

Types of Black diamond engagement rings

How to Select the Perfect Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Similar to any engagement ring, you need to keep in mind your partner’s style, as well as your budget. Do they want something more minimalist like a solitaire, or do they love a vintage look? Are they inspired by a certain celebrity’s ring, or are they looking for something wholly unique?

Check out our extensive collection of engagement ring settings. We’re sure to have whatever style your partner prefers.

Related Post: The Ultimate Guide For Buying Engagement Rings

Caring for Black Diamond Engagement Rings

It is important to properly care for your ring so it always sparkles as bright as the day you say “Yes.” Make sure to remove your ring in certain situations such as the gym, the shower, chlorinated pools, the beach, when cleaning, and so on.

This may seem like a lot but you want to protect your ring from harsh chemicals, abrasions, and scrapes and dents. Black diamond engagement rings are strong, but they are not invincible.

And of course, make sure to clean your ring! Luckily, cleaning your black diamond ring is similar to cleaning any diamond ring. Simply follow the steps below and of course, you can always arrange to have your ring cleaned by a professional.

  1. Always remove your ring when applying lotions or taking a shower
  2. Fill a bowl with hot water and fill it with a few drops of dish soap
  3. Let your ring soak for 15-20 minutes
  4. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub it clean
  5. Rinse clean and allow to air dry
How To Clean Your Diamond Ring At Home

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FAQs

Are black diamonds real diamonds?

Black diamonds are absolutely real diamonds. In addition to traditional colorless diamonds, colored diamonds are available in multiple colors, including black. Because finding black diamonds naturally is so rare, the majority of black diamonds in jewelry today are treated colorless diamonds.

Do black diamonds chip or scratch easily?

In short, no. While for professional diamond cutters, black diamonds present a challenge, once they reach you, they are strong just like colorless diamonds, and will not chip or scratch easily.

Can you customize a black diamond engagement ring?

Yes, at James Allen, black diamond engagement rings can be customized. Whether you choose a personal engraving, or want to design your ring from start to finish utilizing our ring studio, you can make your black diamond ring uniquely yours.

Are black diamond engagement rings suitable for all occasions?

Absolutely! Black diamond rings are so stylish and versatile. Perfect to wear everyday, after all, what doesn’t go with black?! In addition to pairing perfectly with all metal colors and gemstones, black diamond engagement rings can be worn everywhere. From the most casual event to the fanciest ball, and everything in between.

Back In Black

Black diamond engagement rings are not new but they are making a monster comeback. Their incredible style, bold look, versatility, and of course, affordability, are making them an increasingly popular choice for couples looking for options that are equally timeless and unparalleled. Grab your one-of-a-kind engagement ring today and showcase your unique love and style.

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How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring Online

Custom Engagement Rings Online

Let’s talk about something personal – your engagement ring! Why settle for ordinary when you can have something as unique as you? A custom engagement ring ensures you get the ring you actually want and it’s the perfect way for your future spouse to show they care. 

Let’s get those creative juices flowing as we explore why a customized ring is just what you need and deserve. 

Learn How To Create A Custom Engagement Ring Online

Why Choose a Custom Engagement Ring?

Choosing your ring – or your partner’s ring – is no easy task. This is a symbol of your love and something that’ll hopefully be worn daily. Customization is the easiest way to get that forever ring looking just right.

Personalization and Uniqueness

Forget cookie-cutter rings. Picture a ring that’s made just for you and reflects your unique style. When you choose to customize, you’re essentially creating something with unique features that are specific to your style and preferences.

Individual Preferences

Your love is one-of-a-kind, and your ring should be too. A custom ring allows you to add personal touches. For example, the diamond shape of your dreams or a ring setting that mirrors your personality. No compromises, just a perfect fit- down to the metal color that suits your skin tone best.

How To Design Custom Jewelry Online

Symbolic Meaning

Beyond aesthetics, a custom ring’s potential for symbolism goes beyond the norm in the best way. It’s not just a ring; it’s a tangible representation of your commitment, love, and individuality. 

No Room For Error 

A custom engagement ring is something you and your partner can design together- a popular choice for the modern couple indeed. This leaves no room for doubt about what your preferences are and what ring you want to see on your finger! 

Getting Started with Your Custom Engagement Ring

Setting Your Budget

Having a set budget for your ring doesn’t mean compromising on beauty. You can still create something extraordinary within your financial comfort zone. It also helps avoid unrealistic expectations and encourages you to explore all your options. 

P.S. Most jewelry retailers offer payment plans. Check out JamesAllen.com financing options if you’re thinking about getting your custom engagement ring online. 

Factors Influencing the Cost

Ever wondered what goes into the cost of a custom ring? Materials, design complexity, and the choice of gemstone or diamond play a big role. Knowing these factors can help you make the best decisions. We suggest you study up on the 4Cs! 

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

Choosing the Perfect Diamond or Gemstone

We know when most people think “diamonds” they assume they’re going to need to break the bank. But did you know that lab grown diamonds are three times less expensive than natural diamonds? While gemstones are relatively less expensive than diamonds and offer an even more unique aesthetic. 

When picking your dream diamond or gemstone it’s so important that you or your partner inspect the gem beforehand and ensure it comes with the proper certification. 

Colored Diamonds

Selecting the Ring Setting

You have plenty of ring settings to choose from, especially online where jewelers offer a wide variety of options. Here are some of the ring settings you should look out for:

  • Solitaire 
  • Pavé
  • Halo
  • Chanel Set 
  • Side-Stone 
  • Three Stone
  • Vintage 
  • Tension 
  • Bezel 

Not all ring settings are created equal. Halo and pavé engagement rings are popular and known to add that extra sparkle, whereas solitaire and bezel engagement rings are simple and classic. Your engagement ring setting is likely the biggest custom feature to truly reflect your style. 

Engagement Ring Settings

Customization Options at James Allen

Here at James Allen, we love a good custom-made ring! That’s why we have hundreds of ring settings to choose from, all available in your preferred metal color. We also have one of the largest collections of loose diamonds, with over 500,000 gems to choose from in every color, cut, carat, and clarity grade. 

Basic Customization 

For our basic customization, you can simply pick your ideal ring setting from our collections, select your preferred metal type, and add your dream diamond or gemstone. Take full advantage of our virtual engagement ring try-on to test out whichever ring/diamond suits your hand best (and yes, you can spend hours doing this!) 

Virtual Try On Feature

The Ring Studio 

Want full control over your custom engagement ring? Say no more. Pop into our ring studio where you can design your sparkler online from scratch. View all changes in real-time and just have fun! 

The Ring Studio

Finalizing Your Design

Whether you create your dream ring in a jewelry store or online, remember that final touches can make it above and beyond sentimental. Some of our favorite details include hidden diamonds and personalized engravings inside the band. 

FAQs

What is the average cost of a custom engagement ring?

The cost of a custom ring varies based on design, materials, and center stones. Typically, prices range from $2000 and beyond.

How long does it take to create a custom engagement ring?

If you’re using an online jewelry store, customization could take under an hour based on the technology the store uses. In-store customization can take days, even weeks to happen.

Can I use my own diamond or gemstone in a custom ring?

Of course! Check with your chosen retailer- but it’s more than likely you’ll be able to use your own stone.

Is there a return policy for custom engagement rings?

Return policies differ so it’s essential to clarify terms before making your purchase!

Conclusion

Feel like a custom engagement ring is the right route for you or your partner? Try it out at JamesAllen.com or chat about it more with one of our expert consultants- available 24/7!

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February Birthstone: A Guide To Amethyst

February is one lucky month because it can boast amethyst as its birthstone. Once reserved for royalty, this luxurious gemstone is known for its beautiful purple color. Read on to learn all about this gemstone and get that regal feeling.

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What is the February Birthstone?

February’s birthstone is amethyst. This precious gemstone, which gets its name from the Greek word amethystos, meaning not drunk (more on this below), is as beautiful as it is meaningful. Whether you love this gemstone for its stunning purple hues, its symbolism, or you’re just ready to enter your royal-era, amethyst is a great choice.

Wear this gorgeous gemstone day or night, for casual or fancy events, because in addition to everything else, the February birthstone is versatile.

18K Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Amethyst Drop Earrings (15.0x10.0mm)

The Symbolism and Meaning of Amythest

There are many beliefs associated with this stunning gemstone. Ancient Greeks believed it could keep you sober, while others believe amethyst brings strength, clarity, and provides protection for those who wear it.

This gemstone is also associated with keeping a clear head, staying calm, and even healing wounds. Many wear amethysts as a means of stress relief and in an effort to attract positive energy. Some even believe amethysts can help strengthen your immune system.

What Color is the February Birthstone?

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Amethysts are known for their purple color. This color is derived from the presence of trace elements such as iron, as well as natural irradiation. This process occurs naturally in the earth over the course of millions of years. This color can range from light lilac to a deep, dark purple with reddish tones.

Amethysts can also be heat-treated to achieve other colors including green, blue, and yellow. However, at this point they are no longer considered to be amethysts.

A Brief History of the February Birthstone

While amethysts are stylish gemstones now, they actually have a long history. In ancient Egypt, they were used for protection, as well as in prayer. In medieval Europe, soldiers wore Amethysts to protect them in battle. This stone even appears on the Breastplate of Aaron in the Bible and St. Valentine is said to have worn an amethyst ring with a carving of cupid on it.

Amethysts were not just reserved for royalty, but they were beloved by them, including Catherine the Great of Russia who had an entire collection of amethyst rings, earrings, and more. Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor was also said to favor the gemstone, famously wearing an amethyst necklace to a gala in 1953.

Understanding Amethyst’s Sensitivity and Fragility

Moh Scale

Amethyst ranks 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. What does this mean exactly? It means that the February birthstone is durable enough for everyday wear but that you should still be careful around harder gemstones, because those can scratch and dent your amethyst.

Practical Tips for Cleaning and Preserving Amethyst Jewelry

Like all precious gemstones, it is important to properly care for your amethyst jewelry so it will stay as beautiful and bright as the day you buy it. You want to keep it clean and avoid scratches and dents as much as possible.

Follow these tips to protect your February birthstone jewelry.

  • Store your amethyst pieces separately, preferably in their original packaging such as soft jewelry bags or boxes.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures, particularly intense heat and strong light.
  • Remove your jewelry in situations such as: the beach, chlorinated pools, the gym, showering, cleaning, when dealing with lotions and makeup.

Follow these tips to clean your February birthstone.

  • Use an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Avoid steam cleaning.
  • Fill a bowl with warm water and mild soap. Allow the jewelry to soak, then use a soft-bristle brush to gently remove any dirt. Wipe with a clean cloth and air dry.

What Are the Other February Birthstones?

The main birthstone for February is amethyst, it is both the modern and traditional choice. An alternative option, Jasper is also considered a birthstone for February. 

FAQs

Can amethyst fade or change color over time?

There is a risk that if exposed to extreme heat or sunlight, the color of your amethyst can fade or change.

What is the benefit of the February birthstone? 

There are numerous benefits. In addition to the incredible style amethysts add to your look, they are associated with healing and protection.

What is the color for February? 

The color for February is purple, the color of its birthstone amethyst.

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The Ultimate Guide to Toi Et Moi Rings: Trending Two Stone Rings

Toi et Moi rings are back in the spotlight and they’re the must-have accessory for 2024. This year is all about double the dazzle and making an elegant statement with your jewelry. So, prepare your wishlist and explore our beautiful collection to find the perfect match for your style.

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What Are Toi Et Moi Rings?

A Toi Et Moi ring features two center stones on a single band. Toi Et Moi is translated from French and means “you and me.” A Toi Et Moi ring is like a love story in jewelry form. The two stone setting is believed to represent the two souls of romantic partners or two hearts coming together, which is one of the main reasons why this style is so loved for engagement rings.  

Why Choose a Two Stone Ring?

The biggest reason for choosing a Toi Et Moi ring is style opportunities. The two stone design of a Toi Et Moi ring is different from a classic ring, traditional engagement ring, or diamond ring making it an excellent alternative for those who find it hard to commit to just one style. Today, a Toi Et Moi ring can be designed and created with any diamond or gemstone shape or color, making the design process enjoyable.

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Another reason why people may choose a two stone ring is due to its symbolism and significance. Two stone rings symbolize a meaningful relationship between two people, making them ideal for anniversaries, engagements, a representation of children, or even friendships. The two stones often represent the past and the future, or two people coming together which makes it a beautiful and timeless choice for those looking to commemorate a special bond.

How Do Diamonds Affect Toi Et Moi Ring Prices?

Diamonds can significantly impact the price of Toi Et Moi rings due to various factors.

  1. Diamond Quality: The quality of the diamonds used has a major impact on its price tag. The famous “Four Cs” – Cut, Carat Weight, Color, and Clarity – determine the quality of the diamond. High quality diamonds with excellent cut and color along with minimal inclusions (clarity) can lead to a higher cost as this is what contributes to the overall appearance and value.
  2. Diamond Size: The size of the diamonds is also a key factor in determining the price of a Toi Et Moi ring. Larger diamonds, measured in carats, are rarer and, therefore, more expensive. Keep in mind that Toi Et Moi rings have two diamonds, so the overall carat weight will influence its cost.
  3. Diamond Shape: The shape of the diamonds chosen also influences the price, with some shapes being more sought after or in contrast, rare and therefore more expensive than others.
  4. Diamond Type: Traditional white diamonds are popular in Toi Et Moi rings, but many people may opt for a pop of color, especially if they prefer something more unique and rare, such as a fancy colored diamond including green, orange, black, purple, pink, blue, or yellow.
  5. Diamond Setting: The way the diamonds are set in the ring impacts the overall price too. For example, intricate settings such as halo or pavé might go more based on the complexity of the design and the craftsmanship required. In contrast, channel set, bezel, or tension settings may be less expensive.

Are Lab Grown Diamonds a More Affordable Option?

To put it simply, yes! Modern-day consumers will be happy to hear that lab grown diamonds are generally more affordable and budget-friendly compared to natural diamonds. Meaning, lab grown diamonds often cost around 30% less than their counterparts. Why you ask? Well, the diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond shoppers. 

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What’s the Average Price Range for Toi Et Moi Rings?

The average price range for Toi Et Moi rings typically range between $2,000 and $10,000. However, depending on factors such as the quality of the diamond or gemstones, metal choice, and intricacy of the design (in addition to those previously mentioned above), pricing can vary. 

How to Get the Best Value for Your Money?

To secure the best value for your money when purchasing a Toi Et Moi ring, consider the following; 

  • Set a budget before shopping to avoid overspending.
  • Research and compare various jewelers, both online and in-store, to get a good understanding of prices, designs, and reviews. 
  • Consider lab grown diamonds as they offer a cost-effective alternative to natural diamonds.
  • Keep an eye out for seasonal sales, promotions, and special events when jewelers may offer rings at a discount.
  • Explore financing options, such as payment plans to help make the purchase more manageable.
  • Consider gemstone alternatives like sapphires, morganite, or other colored stones, which can be more affordable than traditional diamonds, while offering a unique and attractive look.
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FAQs:

What Makes Toi Et Moi Rings Different from Traditional Engagement Rings?

The difference between Toi Et Moi Rings and traditional engagement rings is that Toi Et Moi rings feature a design of two gemstones (or diamonds). While the classic solitaire setting consists of only a single center stone. Additionally, Toi Et Moi rings are known for their historical significance, often symbolizing the love and union of two people while the traditional or classic engagement ring represents the idea that love is singular and without an end.

Can Toi Et Moi Rings be Customized?

Absolutely! Toi Et Moi rings offer the perfect opportunity for customization. Whether you opt for beautiful gemstones or add personalized engravings, the options are endless which truly allows you to create your one-of-a-kind engagement ring to suit your personality. At JamesAllen.com, Toi Et Moi rings are fully customizable, with settings that are specifically created to showcase your choice of two diamonds or gemstones. The pricing for the ring’s mounting will be determined once the customer has made their selection of the center stones.

Do Two Stone Rings Always Cost More than Solitaire Rings?

Two stone rings don’t always cost more than solitaire rings. The price of a two stone ring versus a solitaire ring can vary widely depending on factors such as the quality and size of the gemstones or diamonds, as well as the metal used in the setting. 

Are Toi Et Moi Rings Suitable for All Occasions?

By all means, yes! Toi Et Moi rings are versatile and are definitely a stylish and suitable choice for a variety of occasions, including engagements, anniversaries, and even as everyday jewelry. However, it’s important to match the design, diamonds, gemstones, and personal style to the event so it’s a perfect fit. 

Still Have Questions?  

At James Allen.com, our customer service agents are available to you 24/7. Feel free to contact us, and one of our non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts will help answer all your questions.

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Dog Tag Necklaces: All Your Questions Answered

Dog tag necklaces were originally part of the military chic fashion trend. Now, you can find gold dog tag necklaces everywhere. Read on to learn all about the history of this piece and where it stands today.

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Whether you enjoy the strength in the symbolism of this piece or simply love the trend, our collection is sure to have the dog tag necklace for you.

What Are Dog Tag Necklaces?

Dog tag necklaces have become a prominent fashion trend. Originally a form of identification connected to the military, these necklaces involved a stylized dog tag pendant which is then paired with a chain necklace.

What Is The Origin Of Dog Tag Necklaces?

Dog tag necklaces were long associated with militaries, as a means of identification. This dates back as far as the Roman Empire and Qing Dynasty. These pieces have evolved to also be used as a form of medical identification. While the materials have evolved, the original purposes continue.

As the military chic trend in fashion grew, dog tag necklaces were included in this aesthetic. These pendants have grown to be the fashion-forward pieces we know and love today.

Why Are Dog Tag Necklaces So Popular?

Their bold look, as well as their ability to be casual or elegant, have certainly helped their popularity. Dog tag necklaces look great alone or layered with other pieces, another reason they are so beloved. And of course, they can also be easily personalized with a meaningful engraving, making them a great gift.

14K Yellow Gold Ribbed Dog Tag Pendant
14K Yellow Gold Fancy Black Enamel Dog Tag

Are Dog Tag Necklaces For Men or Women?

While primarily thought of as a style for men, these necklaces are great for everyone! Remember, their original purpose as a means of identification was meant for all members of the military. And the dog tag necklaces in our collection are so stylish, that we’re sure everyone will want one!

Top Reasons To Wear A Dog Tag Necklace

If trendy and bold weren’t reason enough, there are even more reasons to add one of these to your collection! Check it out:

Symbolism

Many people appreciate the symbolism of the military affiliation. Whether you simply appreciate your armed forces or have a family member who served, the original use and meaning of these pieces only add to their style.

Personalization

Many people choose to engrave their dog tag necklaces. Whether you go with identifying information or a meaningful turn of phrase, this is a great way to give a bold piece a personal twist.

14K Yellow Gold Mini Dog Tag Necklace
14K Yellow Gold Ribbed Dog Tag Pendant

Versatile

The simple yet bold style of gold dog tag necklaces, like many pieces in our collection of gold jewelry, ensures they will easily go with most looks. Their ability to look good alone or layered adds to their versatility. These pieces look so good you’ll never want to take it off! 

FAQs

What are dog tag necklaces made out of?

While the materials have changed over time, at James Allen, our dog tag necklaces are made out of 14K gold.

Can anyone wear a dog tag necklace?

Absolutely! Dog tag necklaces are great for men and women, and in fact, can be a great idea for couples or pairs. Wear them as the new and improved best friend forever necklaces or as a form of commitment before going for that engagement ring.

How do I take care of my necklace?

Here are some helpful tips to keep your new dog tag necklace as shiny as the day you got it!

  • Remove it before sleeping
  • Don’t wear it around harsh materials or chemicals
  • Remove it before swimming in chlorinated pools and saltwater
  • Remove it before participating in strenuous activities such as the gym
  • Store it in its own cloth bag

Can I engrave my dog tag necklace?

Unfortunately, at James Allen, we do not provide this service.

Make A Statement

Dog tag necklaces make a stylish statement. Their military chic aesthetic combined with historic symbolism, along with their wearability and versatility, make them an ever-popular choice.

Wear it alone or layer it with other pieces, take it from work to date night, from brunch to dinner, and shine all the way.  These pieces are a great way to showcase your personal style, so get yours today!

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What Is The December Birthstone: A Guide To Blue Topaz

December’s birthstone, blue topaz, is cool, chic, and a perfect way to light up the holiday season…and every day after! This gemstone is as meaningful as it is beautiful, and versatile too.

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Read on to learn everything from its symbolism to how to style it and get yours today. Because whether or not you were born in December, you’re gonna want one of these gorgeous gemstone pieces.

What Is December’s Birthstone?

December, similar to other months of the year, actually has multiple birthstones. However, the most popular, or at least our favorite, is blue topaz. This beautiful gemstone is made up of aluminum and fluorine and known for its beautiful blue hues.

The Symbolism and Meaning of Topaz

Similar to other birthstones and gemstones, blue topaz is brimming with beautiful symbolism. Originally thought to bring protection, this gemstone is now also thought to bring love and affection and is often given as a symbol of one’s love.

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Unique to blue topaz, it is also associated with the fourth wedding anniversary. But it doesn’t stop here, blue topaz is also thought to help with insomnia, indigestion, and in ancient times failing, eyesight.

Have you lost your creative edge or motivation? Well, many believe blue topaz can help with this too!

What Color is the December Birthstone?

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Blue topaz is, you guessed it, blue. This birthstone comes in shades from light blue to dark, and is commonly sold in three different shades known as London blue, Swiss blue, and sky blue, with the first two being the most popular.

This gemstone is incredibly rare and is frequently created by heating a topaz stone in its natural, colorless state, and using trace elements to give it that beautiful blue hue.

A Brief History of the December Birthstone

December’s birthstone can be found throughout history. Multiple ancient civilizations prized blue topaz for its protective properties, including the Aztecs and ancient Egyptians, who thought the gemstone could help prevent injuries and other illnesses.

Understanding Topaz’s Sensitivity and Fragility

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The December birthstone is quite durable, ranking 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This durability makes it a great choice for jewelry, particularly jewelry you wear on a frequent basis. However, blue topaz is hard yet brittle, and some color variations like London blue are more easily scratched, so you should still be careful.

Practical Tips for Cleaning and Preserving Topaz Jewelry

Blue topaz is hard yet sensitive, so it is important to care for it and clean it properly. Follow these tips below to keep your December birthstone pieces shining all year long.

  • Store it separately from other pieces in original, soft, & protective packaging
  • Store it away from strong sunlight & high temperatures
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners
  • Wash in warm, soapy water
  • Clean gentle with a soft bristle brush
  • Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth

What Are the Other December Birthstones?

December is unique when it comes to birthstones because it has so many! While blue topaz may be your favorite (it’s certainly ours!), there are others to choose from including blue zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise.

Blue Zircon

First of all, blue zircon is not cubic zirconia, despite the similarities in their names. Blue zircon is one of the oldest gemstones ever discovered. The sparkle and shine of blue zircon have been compared to that of diamonds.

This gemstone is also available in multiple colors, but it is the blue variety that is a birthstone for December. This gemstone is thought to bring good luck and positivity.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite became a birthstone for December in 2002 after being discovered decades earlier in Tanzania. This gemstone is named for the country where it was first found and is increasingly popular in jewelry today. It is associated with tranquility and compassion.

Turquoise

Deriving its name from the French word for Turkish, because French traders purchased the stone from Turkish traders, this gemstone is on the softer side, rating a 5-6 on the Mohs hardness scale. This gemstone is thought to bring good luck, friendship, and patience, and was even used in ancient healing practices.

FAQs

What is the actual birthstone for December? 

December has four birthstones. Blue topaz, blue zircon, tanzanite, and turquoise. It is one of the few months to have so many birthstones.

What is the origin of blue topaz? 

Blue topaz was discovered in the 1960s in Brazil by British explorer Max Ostro.

Why does December have four birthstones?

It is not known exactly why December has so many birthstones. It is most commonly believed that it was to add more affordable options.

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Online Engagement Rings: Shopping With James Allen

When it comes to shopping for engagement rings and fine jewelry, 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 JamesAllen.com is part of the revolution of shopping for an engagement ring online by offering an extensive selection, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional customer service.

Online Engagement Rings: Shopping With James Allen

What Is JamesAllen.com?

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. It is this technology that allows us to photograph the majority 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 customers, 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, among others, ensuring there is a diamond for whatever your taste and budget.

An infographic of different diamond shapes offered at JamesAllen.com

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 making a purchase.

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.

What we offer:

1. Global Shipping

At JamesAllen.com, we take pride in our global reach. We offer free and secure shipping to a wide range of countries around the world:

  • Canada
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • France
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore

Note: that this is not an exhaustive list; we ship to many more countries globally. If your country is not listed here, don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer support team for more information on shipping availability to your location.

2. Flexible Financing

We understand that investing in high-quality jewelry is a significant decision. To make it more accessible, we offer flexible financing options tailored to your unique needs. Our financing plans are designed to accommodate various budgets and preferences. Whether you prefer a shorter payment term or a more extended plan with lower monthly payments, we have options that will help you bring your dream jewelry piece closer to reality.

3. 1 Year Free Resizing

Finding the ideal ring size can be a challenge, but at JamesAllen.com, we make it worry-free. We offer complimentary resizing within the first year of purchase, ensuring your ring fits perfectly and comfortably.

4. Free Real-Time Diamond Inspection Service

Transparency is key when buying diamonds online. Our real-time diamond inspection service lets you see the diamond you’re interested in right from the comfort of your home. Our experts will guide you through the process, providing you with a detailed view of your chosen diamond’s characteristics.

5. Free Engraving on Engagement or Wedding Rings

Add a personal touch to your engagement or wedding ring by taking advantage of our free engraving service at checkout!

6. Hassle-Free Returns with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We understand that sometimes things don’t go as planned. That’s why we offer hassle-free returns with a 100% money-back guarantee within 30 days of your purchase. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we stand behind the quality of our jewelry.

7. A Lifetime Warranty on All Jewelry Purchases

When you shop at JamesAllen.com, you’re investing in more than just jewelry; you’re investing in a lifetime of memories. We back our jewelry with a lifetime warranty, giving you peace of mind knowing that we’ll take care of any manufacturing defects.

8. A Lifetime Upgrade

As your love story evolves, so can your jewelry. Our lifetime upgrade policy allows you to upgrade your diamond or jewelry purchase at any time. We’re committed to helping you celebrate your milestones with elegance and style.

9. 24/7 Diamond and Jewelry Experts

Have questions or need guidance while shopping? Our team of diamond and jewelry experts is available 24/7 to assist you. Whether you’re a seasoned diamond enthusiast or a first-time buyer, we’re here to provide you with the expertise you need.

10. Conflict-free and Certified Diamonds

Ethical sourcing is at the core of our values. All of our diamonds are conflict-free and certified by one of the top grading laboratories, including GIA, AGS, or IGI. We believe in providing you with beautiful and socially responsible diamonds.

Customer Satisfaction

Customer service was amazing and very patient and helpful. Will definitely return for any future jewelry investment. Excellent experience!

Jason B

Amazing diamond and ring! I was highly impressed with the fact each diamond on the site is individually photographed. Wonderful customer service and easy-to-use website. Thumbs up to James Allen!

Raina M

Blown away by the quality of this diamond ring. Have nothing but great things to say about the entire process including customer service, shipping, price, and especially quality.

Clayton B

I have a LOT of James Allen items and they never disappoint! They sparkle beautifully, the quality is amazing and the customer service is unbelievable!! Will continue to shop here!
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What Sets Our Customer Service Apart From Competitors?

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 JamesAllen.com:

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.

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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.

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How to Shop for an Engagement Ring at James Allen

Shopping for an engagement ring on JamesAllen.com 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.

FAQs

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, JamesAllen.com 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 JamesAllen.com?

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

Does James Allen offer free shipping and easy returns?

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

How do I take advantage of the free resizing service?

To resize your ring, simply contact our customer support team within one year of your purchase, and they will guide you through the process.

Can I return a customized piece of jewelry?

Yes, you can. We offer hassle-free returns within 30 days of purchase, even for customized pieces. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

Are JamesAllen.com diamonds truly conflict-free?

Absolutely! We source our diamonds responsibly, and they are certified by leading grading laboratories, ensuring their ethical origins.

How do I reach the 24/7 diamond and jewelry experts?

You can reach our experts anytime by calling our dedicated customer support hotline, email us or by using our live chat feature on the website.

What if I want to upgrade my jewelry in the future?

We offer a lifetime upgrade policy, allowing you to upgrade your diamond or jewelry purchase whenever you’re ready for a change. Simply reach out to our team, and they’ll assist you in the process.

Closing Thoughts

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 Measure Ring Size for a Surprise Proposal

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

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

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

Understanding Ring Sizing

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

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

Measure Your Ring Size With A Ring Sizer Tape Measure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Ways to Measure Ring Size Without Your Partner Knowing

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

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

Why Finding The Perfect Size Matters

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

Creative Ways to Find Their Size

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

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

Sneaky Techniques For Keeping The Ring A Secret

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

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

How To Hide The Ring at Home and Abroad

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

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

Which Finger Should You Be Sizing?

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

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Easiest-to-Resize Metals

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

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FAQs 

How accurate are online ring measurement charts?

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

What if the ring is too big or too small?

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

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

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

Should I measure in mm or cm? 

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

What happens if I order the wrong size? 

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

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An Emerald Price Guide & Jewelry Information

We are green with emerald envy! Let’s discuss everything you need to know about this alluring gemstone and May’s main birthstone.

An Emerald Price Guide & Jewelry Information

What Is An Emerald Gemstone?

An emerald gemstone is characterized by its grass-green color and long history as a highly sought-after stone. While emeralds are known for their signature green hue, that hue can vary from stone to stone. Some stones are rich and velvety, while others may be lighter with hints of blue.

With so many subtleties between stones, you can be sure that each gem is truly one of a kind. 

Emerald is the birthstone for May, making it the ideal gift for someone celebrating a birthday in the springtime, evoking imagery of nature, renewal, and vitality.

How Expensive Is An Emerald?

As with most stones (and especially diamonds), the cost of an emerald will entirely depend on its quality. 

An emerald’s cut, clarity, and color will significantly impact its price tag. Cleaner, brighter, and greener emeralds will always be more expensive. 

That being said, the cost of an emerald can range anywhere from $200 to $900, depending on such factors.

Are Emeralds More Expensive Than Diamonds?

Because of its grading system (and emphasis on color), a highly-rated emerald is sometimes harder to find than a highly-rated diamond. Sometimes, a small but pure emerald is more expensive than a large but slightly lesser-rated diamond.

Keep this in mind when shopping for an emerald, and don’t be shocked when the price tag compares to that of a diamond! 

How Are Emeralds Graded?

Similar to diamonds, emeralds are graded by the 4 Cs:

  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Carat
  • Cut

Keep these in mind when comparing the prices of different emeralds!

How Do The 4 Cs Impact Emerald Price?

Color

When it comes to color, darker doesn’t always mean more expensive. Instead, it’s the richness of the green that influences the cost. Emeralds can come in a number of hues (some have more blue, some have more green), but the potency of that color is how the stone is graded.

Emerald Color Chart

Cut

Interestingly, emeralds (unlike diamonds) almost always have inclusions, or small marks, inside the stone. These inclusions can be incorporated into the design and shape of the stone with a delicate and high-quality cut. 

Emerald Cut Chart

Clarity

Prices will vary depending on how these inclusions are displayed within the stone, aka, their clarity. Sometimes, these marks appear as bubbles, lines, crystals, or stripes. The more visible the inclusions and the darker their color, the lower the clarity grade of the emerald will be.

Emerald Clarity Scale

Carat

Emeralds can be cut into all shapes and sizes. As far as rules go, the higher the carat weight of a stone, the more expensive it becomes.

Emerald Carat Chart

How Origin Impacts Emerald Price

Did you know that emeralds can actually be found around the globe? From North America to Australia, from Pakistan to Brazil. Despite this apparent abundance, not all of these stones are made equal. 

While most of the world’s emeralds come from Colombia, Brazil, or Zambia, Colombian emeralds come with the highest price tag.

Colombia is home to major mines, such as Muzo and Chivor, that produce almost 90% of the world’s emerald supply. It is said that the mineral deposits in these mines produce clearer and richer stones, making for a more expensive product.

How Treatment Impacts Emerald Price

Most emeralds have visible inclusions, so it’s rare to find one that hasn’t undergone some sort of artificial treatment. 

Treatment processes often include cedar oil baths that fill in gaps and cavities within the stone itself. 

Due to this common practice, an emerald without heavy inclusions that has not been treated will be listed at a higher price. 

But treatments of emeralds don’t just occur before purchasing; they can also take place afterward.

Emerald Birthstone Jewelry

When it comes to emerald birthstone jewelry, there are truly no limits! Emerald gemstones make a beautiful addition to a number of pieces, including:

Emerald studs, combined diamond bracelets, pendant necklaces, and even emerald engagement rings.

Each item beautifully features this birthstone, with either one focal stone or many.

How To Care For Your Emerald & Emerald Jewelry

Gather Supplies:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Warm water
  • A soft-bristle toothbrush or a jewelry brush
  • Soft, lint-free cloth

Prepare the Cleaning Solution:

  • Fill a bowl with warm water.
  • Mix gently with a few drops of mild dish soap in the water.

Soak the Jewelry:

  • Place the emerald jewelry in the soapy water solution.
  • Let it soak for about 10-15 minutes to loosen dirt and oils.
  • Gently Scrub
  • Use a soft-bristle toothbrush or a jewelry brush to gently scrub the emerald and its setting.
  • Pay attention to the areas around the stone and the settings where dirt might accumulate.
  • Rinse Thoroughly:
  • Rinse the jewelry under cool, running water to remove any soap residue.
  • Make sure to hold the jewelry securely to prevent accidental slipping.

Drying

  • Pat the jewelry gently with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth to remove excess water.
  • Allow the jewelry to air-dry completely before storing it.
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General Care Tips for Emeralds

These stones can be sensitive to sudden temperature changes. Avoid exposing them to extreme heat or cold. If you’re doing some house cleaning, remove your emerald jewelry so it isn’t exposed to any chemicals. Keep emerald jewelry away from harsh chemicals, such as household cleaning agents, perfumes, and hairspray, as they can damage the stone’s surface.

Storage

  • Store your emerald jewelry in a soft pouch or a jewelry box with individual compartments to prevent scratching and minimize contact with other jewelry pieces.
  • Avoid Impact:
  • Emeralds are relatively softer than other gemstones, so avoid hitting them against hard surfaces.

Regular Inspection

Periodically check your emerald jewelry for loose stones or any signs of damage to catch any issues early.

Professional Cleaning and Maintenance

Consider having your emerald jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected by a jeweler every 6-12 months to ensure its longevity and address any potential issues. Remember, emeralds are precious gemstones; proper care will help maintain their beauty and value over time. If in doubt, consult with a professional jeweler for personalized advice on caring for your specific emerald jewelry.

Emerald Price FAQs

What is beryl?

Beryl is a naturally occurring mineral consisting of silicate of beryllium and aluminum that appears pale green, blue, or yellow. Known varieties of beryl are emerald and aquamarine.

Are all green beryl emeralds?

Green beryls are not to be confused with true emeralds. While these two stones may share similarities, green beryls do not contain the trace elements that emeralds do. 

Green beryls are usually light green, while emeralds tend to be more vivid and dark.

Do emerald colors vary by origin location?

Yes! Different origin locations tend to procure different colored emeralds. For example, the Muzo mine in Colombia is known for its brilliant shades of green. Alternatively, emeralds from Brazil tend to have hints of yellow in them.

Where do most emeralds come from?

90% of the world’s emerald supply comes from several mines in Colombia!

Conclusion

When it comes to emerald shopping, it’s important to know what you’re looking for! From the 4Cs, to the origin, to treatment, we recommend keeping this information in your back pocket when you’re out browsing. 

Emeralds are a beautiful stone with a rich history and an even richer presence- we hope you will find one that is just right for you!

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2023 Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide For Him

Buying the perfect gift for the man in your life is easier than ever! Whether it’s your dad, husband, brother, friend, or any other loved one, thanks to JamesAllen.com.

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We’re here to make it easier than ever to check every man off your gift list. Keep scrolling to find the perfect piece that matches his taste and the demands of his day-to-day life.

James Allen Holiday Sale

It’s that time of year again! The annual James Allen Holiday Sale is here and it’s time to take advantage and enjoy 25% off SITEWIDE.*  

Don’t be a procrastinator this year! Avoid the holiday rush, sleigh your gift list, wrap up some super savings and get all your shopping done early. 

Get your holiday shine stress-free and enjoy a magical holiday season.

Jewelry Gifts For The Men In Your Life

Finding the perfect gift does not have to mean breaking the bank. More than ever, we’re all conscious of how much we spend. But having a budget does not mean compromising on quality or style.

We’re here to help you find the perfect gift, no matter your budget. Whether you are looking for a sparkling stocking stuffer or something on the more extravagant side, we’ve got you covered.

Whatever your budget, whatever his style, we’ll make sure you WOW him.

Boyfriend/Husband

He makes you smile so let’s make him shine. Get your boyfriend, husband, or partner a gift that at once he will love and make all his peers jealous. Because let’s be honest, men love radiating style just as much as we do!

14K White Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings (0.25 CTW - F-G / VS2-SI1)
14K Yellow Gold 7.5 Mm Satin Finish Channel Set Diamond Ring

Whether his taste is more classic or he prefers more a snazzier look with some dazzle, we’ve got gifts that will fit him perfectly.

Father

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so, get your dad the most wonderful gift. One he is sure to love for years to come.

Cobalt 8mm Band Diagonal Center Ring
Black Titanium 6mm Milgrain Celtic Love Knot Ring

Men’s fashion rings and personalized fine jewelry are always a winner. Engrave a meaningful message in a ring to create a gift that is extra special. Check out our entire selection of men’s rings

Sibling

Whether he’s your stepbrother, brother-in-law, biological brother, or your brother by another mother, he’s a special guy and deserves a special gift. We’re here to help you find the gift that puts an end to the “who’s the better sibling” debate once and for all *wink wink.* 

14K Yellow Gold Knife Edge Design Cross
14K Yellow Gold Solid 5mm Miami Cuban Bracelet - 8.5 Inches

Whether you are ready to splurge or prefer something more inexpensive, we’ve got everything from chains and bracelets to signet rings and so much more. These pieces will definitely help you earn the title of a favorite sibling!

Father-in-Law

Impressing your father-in-law can be tricky, but we are here to help you with this too! This holiday season we’ve got gifts that are sure to impress. Whether you’ve recently walked down the aisle or he’s been “Dad” for years, our collection is sure to have pieces that are guaranteed to be a huge hit.