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.

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.

Different Ring Size Conversions

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. 

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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.

The average ring size for women

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

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

  1. How will I know if I have the right size?

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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

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

We’re Here To Help

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

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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!

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!

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?

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, JamesAllen.com has the perfect promise ring for you!

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Your Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide

Want to find out everything you need to know about tennis bracelets? Read on to learn all about these beauties that will remain eye-catching for years to come.

Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide 

Tennis bracelets have been a go-to staple for decades- and rightfully so! Diamond tennis bracelets are comfortable, sophisticated, and make the perfect accessory for virtually any occasion. But with so many varieties and price points, shopping for the right one can quickly get overwhelming. Our guide has everything you need to know about this iconic piece of jewelry and how to find the right one for you!

What Is A Tennis Bracelet?

Why are tennis bracelets called tennis bracelets? While the name ‘tennis bracelet’ can be traced back to the 1970s, and the style has been around since the 1920s, the term only gained popularity in the 1980s. The story goes that during the 1987 US Open, Tennis champion Chris Evert was playing on the court when her diamond bracelet broke and flew off her wrist. Since then, the name has stuck. 

Some say that the game actually took place in 1978. Some say that Evert’s bracelet never even broke. Whatever the story is, it resulted in a long trend of wearing sparkles on the court.

Today, tennis bracelets are worn both on and off the court- they can be seen on red carpets, magazine covers, and on everyday wrists for everyday wear!

How Much Do Tennis Bracelets Cost?

The price of a tennis bracelet is determined by several factors: the type of metal, the number of diamonds, the carats of the diamonds, and whether the diamonds are lab created or natural. 

The most popular metals are yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. The rarer the metal is, the higher the price will be. For example, a platinum tennis bracelet can cost about $8,500, whereas the same bracelet in rose gold can cost around $7,500.

One of the most compelling advantages of lab-grown diamond tennis bracelets is that they’re entirely indistinguishable from a bracelet with natural diamonds! Opting for a tennis bracelet with lab-grown diamonds will be kinder on your wallet without any noticeable difference.

Given all these variables, a tennis bracelet can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000!

As with any piece of jewelry, it all comes down to personal preference and what you feel comfortable spending!

Tennis Bracelet Styles And Settings

You can choose three different types of settings: prong, channel, and bezel. Each type holds the diamonds in place slightly differently.

Three different types of diamond tennis bracelets

Prong Setting

The prong setting consists of two, three, or four-prong baskets for each of the diamonds in a tennis bracelet. A four-prong setting is ideal, as it will keep your diamonds firmly in place without compromising on the bracelet’s elegance.

Typically, larger carat diamonds require at least for prongs, while smaller carat diamonds can be held by two or three prong settings.

Channel Setting

A channel setting is a popular tennis bracelet setting that features a seamless row of tension-set diamonds. Opting for a channel setting means that the diamonds on your bracelet are all the same size and lined up perfectly, creating a sleek and modern look.

Bezel/Half Bezel Setting

A bezel setting features circle mounts or small bars that hold the diamonds in place. Unlike other popular settings, a bezel-set tennis bracelet can hold various diamonds of different sizes and carats. All or only some parts of the diamonds are encircled with a metal strap, providing a robust and secure mount. 

On the other hand, the half-bezel setting holds the diamonds in place with half circles. This brings a truly unique and easily distinguishable look to your bracelet. 

If you lead an active lifestyle (maybe you play tennis!) a bezel or half-bezel setting would make a great option: you’ll always know your diamonds are safe and secure.

How To Determine The Sizing Of a Tennis Bracelet

  1. Wrap a measuring tape tightly around your wrist to determine your wrist size. Make sure you place the tape right below your wrist bone. 
  2. If you don’t have a measuring tape, simply get a strip of paper or ribbon, wrap that around your wrist, mark where one end of the paper meets the other, and then use a ruler to measure the strip. 
  3. If you are purchasing this bracelet as a surprise gift, keep in mind that tennis bracelets for women tend to be around 7-7.5 inches. You can use that as a guide.
  4. Remember, a comfort fit will typically be three quarters of an inch larger than your actual wrist measurement!

After following these steps you can get the perfect bracelet with the perfect fit!

How and When To Wear a Tennis Bracelet

Given that most people are right-handed, it’s very common for tennis bracelets to be worn on the left hand. Doing so will ensure that your dominant hand is free to do tasks without the bracelet getting in the way. You can even wear your tennis bracelet with your favorite watch or other pieces of jewelry. Make the look your own!

While many people opt to wear their tennis bracelets to important celebrations or events, it is totally safe to have your bracelet on all the time! As long as you take care of it, there is no issue taking your bracelet with you wherever you go!

Remember, there is no right or wrong way, place, or time to wear your bracelet! Do whatever makes you feel best!

How to Take Care of Your Tennis Bracelet

After continuous daily wear, it’s very common to find your tennis bracelet lacking in luster. But don’t worry, taking care of your tennis bracelet can be done in 6 simple steps. 

Step 1: Fill a small bowl with warm, soapy water. Feel free to use dish soap or a gentle degreasing solution. You’ll need just enough water to cover the bracelet completely. 

Step 2: Submerge your bracelet in the water and move it around gently with your finger. This will help loosen up some of the surface dirt that has accumulated on the diamonds. 

Step 3: Leave the bracelet in the cleaning solution for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Remove your tennis bracelet from the bowl, and with a toothbrush (or jewelry cleaning brush), gently brush the diamonds slowly.

Step 5: Once you’re satisfied with how clean your bracelet is, pat it dry with a microfibre cloth. 

Step 6: Before getting rid of the cleaning mixture, double-check that any diamonds didn’t come loose and fall inside the liquid. 

And that’s that! Your tennis bracelet will look good as new! You can repeat the process whenever your bracelet needs a little more shine. 

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Affordable Alternatives to a Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelets

If you’re looking to purchase a diamond tennis bracelet but want a more sustainable and affordable option- look no further! Lab created diamond tennis bracelets are both eco-friendly and budget-friendly. Lab grown diamonds offer the same eye-catching sparkle at a lower cost. Today, endless tennis bracelets for women can be found with lab created diamonds!

Gemstone/Birthstone Tennis Bracelets

Despite popular belief, a tennis bracelet doesn’t need to feature only diamonds. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a diamond tennis bracelet, you can look for a gemstone or birthstone bracelet instead!

Opting for gemstones can bring a colorful and eye-catching element to your bracelet. With an array of semi-precious or precious gemstones to choose from, your bracelet can sparkle with emeralds, rubies, amethysts, and more!

And surprising a loved one with a birthstone tennis bracelet can add a personalized touch to your birthday gift. For example, any May baby would be absolutely delighted to don a bracelet covered in emeralds!

By choosing a tennis bracelet with gemstones or birthstones instead of diamonds, you can cut on cost without cutting on the glam!

Moissanite Tennis Bracelets

Moissanite is the second hardest stone and makes the perfect alternative to diamonds! From one to ten, diamonds are ranked at a 10, while moissanite is ranked at 9.25-9.5. Moissanite is a very durable option for your tennis bracelet as they don’t scratch easily but still shines just as bright!

While a trained eye will be able to tell the difference between a moissanite and a diamond, at first glance they are hard to tell apart. A moissanite tennis bracelet will help you get the look without breaking the bank.

When To Buy A Tennis Bracelet

Tennis bracelets make a great gift for any occasion! You can buy a tennis bracelet as a gift for a loved one (or even for yourself!) on any of these special days:

  • Wedding anniversary (i.e. 5th, 10th, 15th, 25th)
  • Wedding day gift (for spouse, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother)
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Birthday
  • Graduation (high school, college, graduate school, medical school)
  • Birth of a child
  • Job promotion
  • Achievement of an exciting milestone
  • Retirement
  • Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other holidays

FAQs

How Many Carats is a Tennis Bracelet?

Typically, a diamond tennis bracelet will be between 3 and 4 carats. Keep in mind that the number of carats will vary between different styles and types of bracelets. Some bracelets can reach a total weight of 10 carats or more- it all depends on the individual piece of jewelry. 

How Loose Should a Tennis Bracelet Be?

Typically, a tennis bracelet should be loose enough that it isn’t causing discomfort or irritation for your wrist, but tight enough that it doesn’t easily slip off or get caught on your clothing.

Which Wrist Should You Wear a Tennis Bracelet On?

Since most people are right-handed, it’s common for tennis bracelets to be worn on the left hand. Feel free to wear it on your non-dominant hand or not! You can switch it up, or keep it traditional, whatever feels most comfortable. 

Can You Wear a Tennis Bracelet Every Day?

Yes! A tennis bracelet can liven up any outfit, no matter the occasion- even a trip to the grocery store. As long as you take care of your bracelet, there is no harm in wearing it every day of the week. 

Can You Shower With a Tennis Bracelet?

Showering with your tennis bracelet can result in residual soaps and products dimming the shine of your diamonds. It is best to get into the habit of removing your bracelet before stepping into the shower. That way, it’ll stay shining for longer!

14K White Gold Bezel Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Parting Thoughts

Whether you’re buying a diamond tennis bracelet for yourself or someone else, there are plenty of options out there to make this gift a special one! 

If you have any questions or concerns surrounding your future tennis bracelet, visit our website www.jamesallen.com or get in contact with one of our 24/7 customer service agents who are always ready to help.

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What Is The Best Diamond Color For Yellow Gold Rings? 

Obsessed with yellow gold rings? So are we! Just remember, the diamond color you pick matters if you want your center stone to sparkle just right. Join us as we explore the best diamond color options for your dream yellow gold engagement ring.

Three yellow gold diamond engagement rings with different diamond center stone shapes

What Is Yellow Gold?

Yellow gold, or simply gold, is a precious metal that occurs naturally and is best used as jewelry and other decorative objects. This soft metal, in its purest form, can bend easily and therefore be manipulated into our favorite accessories, from gold earrings to yellow gold wedding bands, when combined with harder metal alloys.

Fun fact: the first-ever engagement ring was made from yellow gold with a simple bezel set diamond center stone.

What Does A Diamond Color Grade Mean?

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) sets the benchmark for the diamond industry. The world’s oldest, largest, and most reputable institute of gemological research and learning is responsible for analyzing and certifying the color, cut, clarity, and carat weight (the 4Cs) of all diamonds. Learn more about the 4Cs here.

The GIA color scale goes from D to Z, categorized into five groups: colorless, near colorless, faint, very light, and light. As the letter or category goes, the yellow tint increases as well. The tint is basically indistinguishable to the untrained eye, especially in lower grades. However, these same differences greatly affect how a diamond’s quality is assessed and, of course, its price.

Generally, the tint becomes more noticeable as the color grading system gets lower.

A chart illustrating the 4Cs of diamond grading

Colorless Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

Color grades D-F are absolutely colorless, setting the colorless standard. When you hear diamonds being described as ice, it is likely a D, E, or F color diamond. They are simply spectacular, and they look stunning with any metal color ring setting.

Remember that the higher the color grade, the more expensive the diamond. That being said, if you have the budget for a colorless diamond, know that it will look perfect and shine with brilliance when set in your preferred yellow gold engagement ring.

Near Colorless Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

G, H, I, and J color diamonds make up the near-colorless range. Generally, one cannot tell these diamonds have this subtle warmth unless they are placed side by side with another diamond that is truly colorless.

When viewed and graded by an expert gemologist, a near colorless diamond might appear to have a very faint yellow tint. 

Although these diamonds have a slight hint of color, they’re almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. Generally, near colorless diamonds are recommended to be set in lighter metals to avoid the color reflection from yellow or rose gold ring settings. However, we know plenty of ways around this!

If you’re leaning towards a diamond in the near-colorless range, fancy shapes such as emerald, marquise, Asscher, radiant, and cushion-shaped diamonds aren’t ideal for concealing color and usually tend to have a darker appeal. For this reason, it’s best to opt for a round or oval cut diamond to set with your yellow gold engagement ring.

Related post: Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

Faint Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

It’s worth noting that color is not the only thing to consider when purchasing a diamond. The other 3Cs can also play a huge role in the way your chosen color grade presents on an engagement ring or piece of fine jewelry. 

Nevertheless, diamonds in the faint color grade, K, L, and M, are considered to have a faint tint. So, in short, they do show a slight tint of color. But does that mean they aren’t suitable as the center or accent stones for your yellow gold engagement ring? Not at all.

If you have your heart set on a faint diamond, it’s best to choose a diamond shape that is able to conceal or even disguise the color. Luckily you have many options to choose from, from classics like the round brilliant or princess cut, to edgier shapes like emerald and Asscher.

Try to avoid shapes like cushion cuts or radiant cuts as the color will be more noticeable, especially in a yellow or rose gold ring setting.

A finger with three different yellow gold diamond engagement rings on it

Ring Settings and Diamond Color

Whether you’re customizing your dream engagement ring online or buying it in a store, there are plenty of different ring settings to choose from. But when it comes to yellow gold rings and diamond colors, not all gold settings are going to do your chosen diamond color justice.

The Best Ring Settings For A Colorless Diamond

For colorless diamonds, your choice of ring setting is virtually unrestricted. Whether you want your diamond to stand alone in a solitaire engagement ring or you want it surrounded by diamond accents in a pave setting, your center stone will steal the show every time!

The Best Ring Settings For A Near Colorless Diamond

Near colorless diamonds are a little trickier because of their almost light yellow tint. If you’d prefer settings with side stones or a pave setting, it’s best you don’t go below H color, with an exception for round, princess cut, emerald, or Asscher, in which case you can go as low as an I color diamond.

Halo settings are even more restrictive for near colorless diamonds in yellow gold, so don’t go below H color no matter the cut.

The Best Ring Setting For A Faint Color Diamond

The best settings for faint-colored diamonds are solitaire and bezel settings, where ideally, the center stone is the only diamond. In this sense, diamond side accents will have no effect on how the center stone is presented. Often side diamonds can make the yellow tint more obvious, but when the diamond stands alone, it’s harder to identify the color. 

Related post: Solitaire Engagement Rings: Your Complete Guide

Diamond Prices for Different Color Grades

Buying a diamond is no easy decision. You have to consider your budget, your partner’s expectations and preferences, and where the best place to buy it is.

See the chart below for some price comparisons of loose earth-created diamonds at JamesAllen. It’s important to remember that the diamonds of similar color grade, cut, and carat weight will be more than 3 times more affordable when choosing the lab created counterparts.

We’ll compare diamonds of the highest color grade to the most popular near-colorless and faint-colored diamonds.

Price comparison chart of D color diamond to other grades

Prong Metal Color

When you’re choosing a setting, make sure you take note of the prongs that will hold your diamond center stone in place. It’s not always a given that your yellow gold ring settings will also have yellow gold prongs, some may have white gold prongs. If that is the case with your chosen ring, the white metal will make diamonds with low color grades look a little off.

Pro tip: For white gold prongs, it’s best to stick to an H or I color diamond. Your jeweler may be able to switch the prongs to yellow gold instead. If you’re customizing your ring online, you’ll have a wider variety of similar settings to choose from with yellow gold prong options.

FAQs

  1. Does yellow gold affect diamond color?

Yes, dark-colored metals like rose and yellow gold have the biggest effect on diamonds because the diamonds will reflect some of the metal’s color.

  1. What gems go with yellow gold? 

Of course! Apart from colorless diamonds, gems that are blue, red, purple, pink, orange, and green pair surprisingly well with yellow gold. The more vivid the gem, the better it looks set in yellow gold jewelry. 

  1. Do diamonds look better in rose or yellow gold? 

Not all diamonds look better in warmer golds. K to Z color grade diamonds will be noticeably yellow and so expert gemologists and jewelers often recommend going with a yellow gold engagement ring setting to give your diamond ring a more vintage look.

  1. Is yellow gold outdated? 

Yellow gold continues to be a fashion mainstay year after year. Yellow gold jewelry is essentially a timeless staple anyone should add to their jewelry box.

Parting Thoughts

We hope this helped you, and if you’re still left unsure about which diamond color is the best choice for your yellow gold engagement ring, our 24/7 diamond and jewelry experts are at your service!

Visit JamesAllen.com today to find the perfect diamond for you, all viewable in 360°HD, with a real-time diamond inspection consultant. Book your free consultation today!

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A Guide To Simple Wedding Rings For Men & Women

Now that you’ve found the perfect partner, it’s time to start the hunt for the perfect wedding rings!

Simple Wedding Rings for Men & Women

When it comes to wedding rings, sometimes simple is better. If you’re not used to wearing showy or ornate jewelry, there are plenty of options that are both subtle and stylish. Whether you’re looking for something dainty, thin, or classic, there is a simple wedding band out there that you’ll never want to take off!

Remember, paring down on opulence doesn’t mean paring down on beauty! A minimalist wedding band is often more practical for everyday wear while remaining sophisticated and striking. 

We’re here to guide you through the process and help you find the perfect simple wedding bands for you and your partner! Go out and find your favorite forever rings!

What Is A Wedding Ring?

Your wedding rings are going to be the most important pieces of jewelry you and your partner own: you’ll likely wear them every single day! The two rings will be presented at the wedding ceremony to symbolize the lifelong union between you and your partner. 

Whether you opt for matching wedding bands, alternative metals, or carved patterns, make sure they mean something special to both of you! Whenever you look down at that special ring, you’ll be reminded of your loved one and the bond you share!

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring

We all know that the engagement ring is a vital part of any proposal- but people often mistake it for the wedding band. There are actually several key differences between the two rings and what they symbolize!

An engagement ring is received at the time of the marriage proposal. In traditional proposals, women receive the ring and wear it until the time of the wedding. While engagement rings can vary in style and extravagance, they typically feature a center diamond and can be embellished with extra diamonds and intricate details. The engagement ring is worn on what is known as “the ring finger”, or the third finger on the left hand. 

Unlike engagement rings, wedding bands are exchanged at the wedding ceremony and worn by both partners. Due to their traditionally simple design and lack of gemstones, they typically cost less than engagement rings.

Many brides wear their engagement rings on their right hand during the ceremony and then move them back to their left hand so they can stack both rings. 

Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to symbolize your marriage! Two rings, one ring, or no ring- opt for whatever feels right to you.

Simple Wedding Rings For Women

Classic Wedding Bands

Classic wedding bands for women are traditionally on the thinner side and typically 14K yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum.

Classic wedding bands are ideal if you plan on stacking your two rings- a thin gold metal band will compliment your engagement ring beautifully!

Stackable Wedding Rings

Stackable wedding rings are a trendy way to showcase your personal style wherever you go. They give you the option to show off or stay low-key for everyday wear or formal events.

Stackable rings can be anything from diamond rings to plain metal rings, to gemstone rings – the choice is yours! A ring stack can commemorate your engagement, your wedding, and your anniversary- all in one!

14K Yellow Gold Petite Solitaire Oval Cut Diamond Ring

Dainty Wedding Rings

Not every bride wants a huge rock sitting on her finger- and that’s totally OK! There are plenty of smaller, simpler, and dantier rings that are just as special. A ring is usually considered dainty when it has a thin band and a smaller stone- if any stone at all. 

Donning a simple wedding ring doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. Dainty wedding rings are classic, easy to clean, and great for those who prefer a more understated look.

  • 14K White Gold Alternating Bead And Bezel Set Marquise Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold North South Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring
  • 14K White Gold Single Row Ever After Diamond Ring

Simple Wedding Bands For Men

Classic wedding bands

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic wedding band. Simple, sleek, and certainly timeless, classic bands are ideal for most lifestyles and preferences. The yellow gold classic men’s wedding band is a popular option that has truly stood the test of time. 

Men’s classic wedding bands tend to be on the thicker side but come in a variety of comfort-fit settings that can be domed, curved, or flat. 

18K Yellow Gold 5mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Thin wedding bands

You may feel that the tradition of wearing a thick wedding band is not for you. But don’t worry, you can always opt for a ring on the thinner side. There are plenty of men who rock bands that are under 7mm!

If your ring size is smaller than 9, consider a thinner style, like a 4mm men’s gold wedding band, so the ring doesn’t power over your fingers. 

A thin wedding ring in 14K white or yellow gold offers low-profile style with plenty of appeals.

Alternative metal wedding bands

If your lifestyle requires you to use your hands a lot, you may want to look into alternative metal wedding bands. If you lift weights or come into close contact with strong machinery often, look for a durable metal like tantalum. Tantalum rings won’t scratch or damage easily, so you can use your hands with ease. 


A gray or black wedding ring is a great way to mix things up a bit and show off your personal style. Alternative metal wedding rings always make a bold statement and always turn heads. Men’s titanium wedding bands, for example, are edgy and sophisticated. Titanium is a great option for those looking to cut down on the budget. If taking the road less traveled sounds appealing to you, check out our extensive list of black wedding rings.

Black Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bright Step Band By TRITON

What Is The Average Cost Of Wedding Rings?

Generally, the average wedding ring costs less than an engagement ring. Most couples spend around $1,000 on the bride’s wedding band and $500 on the groom’s. But remember: it doesn’t matter if you spend $200 or $2,000- it’s what the ring symbolizes that counts!

Who Is Supposed To Buy The Wedding Rings?

In a traditional wedding, each partner will pay for the other’s ring. But don’t feel compelled to follow suit! If tradition is not for you, one partner can pay for both- or the other can. You can even shop for them together! Make sure to do whatever feels right for you and your loved one.

Simple Engagement And Wedding Ring Combinations

The sky’s the limit with engagement and wedding ring combinations- even if you want to keep things simple! 

While it may be trendy to mismatch the metal types of your two rings, you can opt for keeping them the same for a more simple and streamlined look. A simple gold or platinum band will compliment a solitaire engagement ring beautifully, for example. 

Choosing a simple, thin band will add to your engagement ring without drawing focus away from its center stone.

FAQs About Simple Wedding Rings

  1. What’s the difference between wedding rings vs. wedding bands? 

There is no difference! The terms wedding ring and wedding band are used interchangeably. 

  1. Do you need to have a wedding ring? 

Nope! There is no right or wrong way to symbolize the union between you and your partner. Some people wear one ring, some wear two or more, some don’t wear anything at all! Whether it’s a matter of preference, cost, or lifestyle, decide on whatever makes you feel good. 

  1. Which hand do you wear my wedding ring on? 

Traditionally, both men and women wear their wedding rings on their fourth finger on their left hand. In some cultures, women wear their rings on their right hand. 

  1. Do you wear your wedding ring and engagement ring together?

You totally can if you want to! Those that do, typically wear their wedding ring first and their engagement ring on top. But, you can feel free to wear one ring on your right hand and the other on your left. Personal preference is always key!

Parting Thoughts

Finding the perfect wedding ring is an exciting challenge! From cost to style to metal, it can certainly feel overwhelming. But remember: you can choose to match, to mismatch, to go down the traditional route, to be bold and alternative, to pay for them alone or together- it’s all up to you!

There are no rules on how to wear a simple wedding ring. Make sure you’re doing only what feels right, comfortable, and exactly to your taste!

We’re certain the ring of your dreams is out there! You can start your search at Jamesallen.com

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Solitaire Engagement Rings: Your Complete Guide

Solitaire Engagement Rings: Your Complete Guide

Time-honored and elegant, solitaire engagement rings are easily one of the most popular ring settings available. While simple, these rings are always on trend, affordable, and look great on every finger.

3 Solitaire Engagement Rings

Loved for their crisp design, engagement rings with solitaire settings feature a single stone placed on the metal band. These rings highlight the diamond like no other, no matter its shape.

As the most iconic and popular ring style, the minimal design of solitaire rings has come to symbolize life’s most precious moments, and for good reasons. From proposals to special anniversaries, the sophistication of its sleek band, whether traditional or contemporary, it’s no wonder these have remained a firm favorite over the years.  

We’ve rounded up some of our most popular solitaire engagement rings to celebrate these classic beauties, as well as help you learn all there is to know about the forever timeless solitaire setting.

What Is A Solitaire Engagement Ring?

The word “solitaire” comes from the Latin word “Solus,” which means alone or sole. 

Therefore, solitaire engagement rings feature a single diamond in the center. The classic engagement ring has been around for decades and often makes for a true statement piece. 

Typically, there are no other diamonds or gemstones on the ring, and the band is plain without pavé diamonds. But, do not let the simplicity of this style fool you. In fact, there is plenty of room to customize it to create the ring of your dreams.

18K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Why Choose A Solitaire Engagement Ring?

For those with a simple yet refined sense of style, a solitaire setting is a perfect choice. With its polished design and uncomplicated beauty, it is the ideal complement to any outfit and occasion.

As there are no additional stones or elaborate details to distract from the center stone. Meaning, that there’s more diamond to see and more light to pass through, adding to the diamond’s brilliance. In other words, the design allows the diamond to take center stage! 

Solitaire engagement rings are also extremely versatile, which allows the wearer to pair them beautifully with a variety of other pieces such as gemstone jewelry or wedding rings. 

Other elements such as metal color can give a solitaire ring a distinct look, tailor-made to the preference of each wearer. For example, rose gold solitaire engagement rings give off a blended vintage and modern appearance. While the rosey, warm hue looks striking against many skin tones. 
These are just a handful of the many reasons why you should choose a solitaire engagement ring. Despite changing fashion trends, you can be sure that your ring will remain stylish and sophisticated.

Solitaire Engagement Rings For Every Diamond Shape

Solitaire settings are designed to fit a selection of diamonds in various shapes and sizes. This is because of their classic design and perfect prongs. Regardless of the diamond’s shape or size, it will remain well secured so you won’t have to worry about it falling out.

The timeless elegance of solitaire rings also means they can accommodate various diamond shapes and sizes. Round diamonds are the traditional choice for solitaire engagement rings, but fancy shaped diamonds such as oval, pear, cushion, marquise, and emerald cut are some of the most popular options. 

So, which one do you think you’ll pick?

What To Look For In A Solitaire Engagement Ring

Finding the perfect solitaire engagement ring isn’t just about finding something you love to stare at. But what exactly is the most important part of a solitaire engagement ring?

Here are a number of things to consider before making a big purchase. 

As we mentioned before, the design is basic and all eyes are on the diamond, it is best to try to focus on making sure that the diamond is not only magnificent but is also of great quality. Experts highly recommend that the diamond you choose is certified and details the nitty-gritty of your diamond. 

Another question on many customers’ minds is, “what is the best stone cut for this type of ring?”Due to the beauty of a solitaire ring, there is actually no optimal diamond cut, as its simplicity makes it suitable for practically any diamond shape.

Additionally, it’s good to note that solitaire rings can be customized with a variety of prong settings and designs. The most common include comfort fit, knife edge, classic split shank, bezel set, cathedral, and four and six-prong solitaire settings.

Pros and Cons of a Solitaire Setting

There are plenty of good things to say about solitaire engagement rings, which is one this ring setting is so popular. It will never feel trendy or out of style, and it’s easy to pass down. However, there are also just a few disadvantages to selecting a solitaire engagement ring.

Pros and Cons of a Solitaire Setting

Lab Created Diamond Solitaire Ring Price

If your goal is to shop for an affordable engagement ring, then a solitaire is definitely your best option. 

But, if you’re looking for guaranteed affordability, you should definitely consider a lab created diamond. Lab created diamonds are 100% real diamonds, and just like earth created diamonds, they come with their own GIA certificate. 

Lab grown diamonds have the exact same optical, physical, and chemical properties as their mined counterparts. The only significant difference is their origin. One comes from a natural and uncontrolled environment, while the other is physically created in a controlled laboratory. In fact, if you examined both types of diamonds under a professional jeweler’s loupe or on a molecular level, you would not see any differences.

There is a fast-growing trend in the diamond industry for buyers to purchase these diamonds. Why you may ask? Well, there are several reasons why lab created diamonds are so beneficial:

  • Environmentally friendly & ethically sourced 
  • At 30% less than an earth created diamond of similar size, color, and clarity, there is greater affordability
  • Available in various diamond shapes and sizes
  • Known origin of every diamond 
  • Greater purity and improved quality

This ring style offers several creative opportunities, which is perfect for those also looking to design their dream engagement ring. In fact, at JamesAllen.com, we allow you to jump into the designer’s seat and fully customize a truly unique engagement ring with The Ring Studio. You can choose from hundreds of different designs and a selection of beautiful lab created diamonds. By creating your own ring within your budget, you can create exactly what you want.

Price estimation for solitaire engagement rings

Solitaire Engagement Rings With A Wedding Band

The truth is that solitaire engagement rings can look great with just about any wedding ring. 

In general, it’s best to choose a wedding band that matches the metal and style of your fiancé-to-be’s engagement ring. However, there are no set rules to follow. If you also feel the urge to spice things up from time to time with your solitaire ring, one of the things to do is add stackable rings. Stacking multiple bands on both the top and the bottom of your engagement ring is a stunning way to add the perfect amount of sparkle and dimension you may be looking for. 
Our guide on How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set can also give you the answers you need as it goes into more detail on what you should look for when choosing a wedding band to match a solitaire engagement ring.

FAQs

  1. What is the difference between a solitaire and a diamond?

Solitaire and diamond are often used interchangeably by jewelers. However, the two actually have different meanings. Solitaire refers to the gemstone setting, e.g., a single stone mounted on a piece of jewelry, while a diamond is a type of gemstone.

  1. Does an engagement ring have to be a solitaire? 

No. There are a variety of engagement ring styles to choose from. Although a solitaire engagement ring is the most popular.

  1. Why are solitaire rings the best?

Solitaires are unrivaled when it comes to practical versatility; They pair up stunningly with most wedding bands. Since the engagement ring didn’t set a very defined style, you’re free to play with classic, vintage and bolder band combinations. They all look great!

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring can come with stress and a lot of questions.  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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A Guide To Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Emerald cut engagement rings are elegant, popular, and timeless. It is no wonder this distinctively glamorous shape has long been a favorite of royals, celebs, and of course, brides everywhere.

Emerald cut engagement ring with red background

Emerald cut engagement rings favor an art deco style. Hugely popular in the 1920s, they are once again seeing a resurgence. Their long, clean lines, geometric shape, and brilliant reflections make them a fantastic choice. 

Named after the technique used to cut the center stone, emerald cut diamond engagement rings have an enduring style. Their many facts and straight lines also make them appear bigger and brighter than their carat size.

So whether you go for a classic halo setting or a modern east-west setting, your emerald cut engagement ring is sure to always be in fashion.

What Is An Emerald Cut Diamond?

So what exactly is an emerald cut diamond? Is it an emerald? Is it a diamond? Don’t worry, we’ll explain. We understand the name seems a bit confusing. Emerald cut diamonds derive their name from the technique used to cut the diamonds, which was originally used to cut emerald gemstones.

They feature long lines and a rectangular shape with cropped corners, which helps them be as durable as they are brilliant. Another reason they are so popular is that you can choose a larger size without a larger price tag. This is because of their lines, which show ample reflections and allow them to shine bright, showcasing their size better than their counterparts.

Glitz, glamor, and timeless elegance, an emerald cut engagement ring will never steer you wrong.

The History Of The Emerald Cut

Dating back to the 1500s, emerald cut diamonds are one of the oldest diamond shapes around. The technique for crafting emerald cut diamonds was originally used on emerald gemstones, to give more durability to the stone, long considered to be softer and more brittle.

The success of this technique caught the attention of jewelers and was quickly put into use for cutting diamonds. Eventually, the style of this cut created the name of the diamond we know today, emerald cut diamonds.

The cut then gained popularity in the art deco movement of the 1920s and has remained popular since then. From royals to your favorite celebrities, emerald cut diamond engagement rings are a style staple sure to impress.

Lab Created Emerald Cut Diamonds

Emerald cut diamonds are already more affordable thanks to the lower demand and losing the least amount of carat weight in the cutting process. Another way to save is to choose a lab created diamond.

Lab grown diamonds are popular for many reasons, including being a more affordable option than their earth created counterparts. Emerald cut diamonds, like all diamonds, whether they come from a lab or deep in the earth, have the same properties and visual appearance.

Another perk, lab created diamonds, including emerald cut diamonds, are far less environmentally problematic. Saving money, helping mother earth, and shining just as bright? Sign us up! Click here to check out our supply of lab created emerald diamonds!

Choosing An Emerald Cut Diamond: Pros & Cons

Pros Of Emerald Cut Diamonds:

  • More bling for your buck
  • Durable
  • Slimming to your finger

Cons Of Emerald Cut Diamonds:

  • More easily shows inclusions
  • Better clarity requires a higher color grade
  • Supply is not as plentiful as other cuts

Buying An Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

So you’ve chosen an emerald cut diamond, now for the ring. Where to begin? You’ve already completed a big hurdle by choosing your center stone. Now it’s time to choose the ring setting. Metal, side stones, styles, the choices can seem endless and overwhelming, but we are here to help.

While there’s really no setting emerald cut diamonds look bad in, below you can read about the settings that will best highlight your emerald cut diamond. Need some inspo? See examples in each section. From pavé to vintage, we’ve got you covered.

Pavé Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

A pavé engagement ring is a great choice as it will always up the sparkle. Keep the focus on your center stone while still having that extra wow factor. After all, bling begets bling, right? This elegant setting works in yellow or white gold, as well as rose and platinum. Amplify your emerald cut diamond while adding to its shine with a perfect pavé setting.

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Solitaire Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

The solitaire setting is a fabulous choice as it keeps the focus on your emerald cut diamond. Simple and sophisticated, this setting works in yellow, white, and even rose gold, as well as platinum. A setting that is anything but basic, a solitaire engagement ring will always be in style.

Bonus, solitaires are a great setting for the budget-conscious as well.

14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Three Stone Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

If you love the bling of a pavé ring but want a bit more oomph, a three stone setting is for you. Go for a cohesive look by choosing emerald cut side stones or mix it up and contrast the emerald cut with shapes such as pear or Asscher cut.

14K Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Three Stone Emerald And Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Vintage Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

If your love of emerald cut diamonds comes from its art deco origins, a vintage style setting is for you. Pay home to a by-gone era with an emerald cut engagement ring that captures that vintage feel with a modern flair. Make a statement with one of these sophisticated settings.

14K white gold emerald cut engagement ring
14K Yellow Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

Emerald Cut Engagement Rings On A Hand

You love the shape of the stone but will it work on your hand?

Emerald cut diamonds have an elongating effect, making them incredibly flattering. If there is a concern or a desire for elongating the finger, then emerald cut diamond engagement rings are a great choice.

Because of their large table surface, they also appear larger than the actual carat size, so if you feel bigger is better, an emerald cut engagement ring will look fab on your hand.

Check out this inspo below and get your own!

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)
14K White Gold Diamond Chevron Knife Edge Engagement Ring

FAQs About Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

  1. Is emerald cut OK for engagement rings? 

The emerald cut is a great choice for engagement rings. Whether choosing a diamond or a gemstone, the emerald cut is elegant, timeless, and looks good alone or with additional sparkle.

  1. Why are emerald cut diamonds cheaper? 

While historically popular and rising, emerald cut diamonds are not as in demand as more traditional round cut diamonds, for example. Therefore, the lower demand allows their price to be lower.

Another fun factor is that the technique used to create emerald cut diamonds loses minimal carat weight, so this low price comes with maximum shine.

  1. Do emerald cut diamonds look better in white or yellow gold?

Emerald cut diamonds look great in both white and yellow gold so the real answer is, it is up to you! Yellow gold will bring out the color of a diamond more, while white gold will give your emerald cut diamond a cooler tone.

Many prefer white gold with diamonds because it will hide any possible inclusions the best. This is especially true for emerald cut diamonds with their large facets.

  1. Is emerald cut classy?

The emerald cut is the epitome of class. Reminiscent of the many historical and current fashion icons who sport them, emerald cut diamonds and gemstones are as classy as they are iconic.

Final Thoughts

Emerald cut engagement rings offer timeless, elegant, and luxurious style. Bigger brilliance without the price to match, emerald cut engagement rings are perfect if you are looking for a center stone with a more durable cut, a diamond that shines above its carat weight, and a look that is classic yet modern.

Celebrate your love in style with an emerald cut engagement ring from James Allen.

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6 Ways To Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger 

Some people want a subtle engagement ring, while others want their engagement ring to look as glamorous and sizable as possible. If you fall into the latter category, we’re here to help with some handy tips on how you can make your engagement ring look bigger— without spending more for an enormous center stone. 

Looking for ways to get the most sparkle out of your diamond center stone? You’ll find all our helpful tips and tricks for maximizing the appearance and enhancing the shine of your diamond.

6 Ways To Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger 

The larger the size, the more expensive the diamond, and it’s common for even just a tenth of the carat to increase the price of the stone by hundreds if not thousands of dollars. But the good news is that there are ways to make your engagement ring look bigger than it is…. all without spending more.

It’s no surprise that diamonds have remained the most popular choice for engagement ring center stones as they always bring their fire and brilliance. Diamond sparkle is something unique that you may not find in every gem, and that’s why they’re so sought after.

But not all diamonds sparkle equally. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that bigger diamonds are the only ones that can bring the shine. It’s important to get the correct information on what makes a diamond sparkle well. Tricks of the trade can help you find the size and shape that works for your budget and make your ring finger glitter. 

If you want to know how to maximize your diamond sparkle, take a walk with us as we break down six basic rules to get more sparkle out of your engagement ring.

Get The Best Cut You Can

Even though nearly every engagement ring shopper is focused on the carat weight of a diamond, it’s actually recommended that the stone’s cut is never overlooked as it is considered to be the most important of the 4C’s

So how exactly does the cut of a diamond change how big it looks? The cut of a diamond determines how well it will reflect light based on the way its angles and facets were cut. In addition, it affects the overall sparkle of the diamond. A diamond’s cut is graded by the Gemological Institute of America as excellent, very good, good, and fair.

Diamonds with excellent brilliance (sparkle) appear larger to the eye. And for a diamond to have maximum brilliance, it has to have a great cut. To ensure your diamond has excellent brilliance, it is recommended to select a diamond with a cut grade of Very Good or Excellent.

Related Post: What Is a VVS Diamond?

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Cushion Emerald, Radiant)
18K White Gold Trio Micropavé Engagement Ring

Pick Your Diamond Shape Wisely

Another factor that can affect how large a diamond looks is its shape. While diamonds can be cut into numerous shapes, there are ten popular shapes. These include round, cushion, emerald, heart, marquise, oval, pear, Asscher, princess, and radiant. Even though round-cut diamonds are the most popular, elongated shapes create the illusion of a bigger stone

Naturally, each diamond shape comes with many advantages and disadvantages. Wondering which diamond shapes help make your stone look the largest? We’re here to tell you. 

Diamond Shapes

Making Your Ring Look Bigger With Round Diamonds

Here’s a little insider’s tip for you, if you want a diamond to look a lot bigger and more expensive. When compared to other diamond cuts, a round cut diamond looks larger because of its shape. It has more surface area for light to reflect off, and therefore, it shines brighter and looks bigger. Also, it has no pointed or sharp edges. This too creates the effect of a larger diamond.

Making Your Ring Look Bigger With Elongated Diamonds

While bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, there are specific diamond cuts that can give you more diamond glow and extra finger coverage.

Popular elongated fancy-shaped diamonds like oval, pear, marquise, and emerald cuts are perfect if your goal is to enhance the size of your center stone. All four of these cuts look bigger than their actual carat weight. However, oval-shaped diamonds are the top choice for those wanting a classic engagement ring, yet still want to maximize the size of their center diamond

These diamond shapes are a popular alternative to the classic round brilliant and can make light dance and add a unique feature to your engagement ring. 

The oval shape also tends to appear larger since they’re elongated and take up a lot of real estate on your ring finger. Similarly, the oblong shape of a marquise shape or an emerald shape also makes for a larger-looking stone. All three of these cuts look bigger than their actual carat weight.

Diamond Shapes To Avoid

While some diamond shapes appear larger per carat, others look smaller per carat. You may want to avoid Asscher, cushion cut, and princess diamonds. 

Since they hide much of the weight below the diamond’s table, these specific shapes don’t appear as large as other shaped diamonds. In contrast to elongated shapes, where the weight is spread across a larger surface area, it has a concave shape.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pick A White Metal To Make Your Diamond Look Bigger

Choosing a pure white metal such as platinum or white gold will make the diamond stand out. This is because the color of the metal acts as a mirror and reflects the diamond’s colorlessness, giving the impression of a larger diamond.

Additionally, platinum prongs may give a diamond the illusion of being larger because platinum blends in with the diamond’s color. But for those who are still determined to get a rose or yellow gold ring, no worries! You can pick whatever metal color your heart desires and still choose white gold or platinum prongs. This will allow the white gold to shine through the diamond, making the rock appear larger.

What Settings Make The Diamond Look Bigger?

You can also enhance the appearance of your center diamond by picking a setting that is very thin and delicate. Experts recommend that you select a setting with a slim band and slim prongs. 

One of the most popular choices is pavé engagement rings, as this ring setting is specifically designed to highlight the center stone. Why? Because the setting consists of several small diamonds or gemstones that accentuate the main diamond. Diamonds are usually placed so close to each other that the metal underneath them cannot be seen. With different styles of pavé settings, you’re guaranteed to get more sparkle for less.

Halo Ring Settings

Much like the pavé setting, a halo setting is an excellent option if you want your engagement ring to look as glamorous and sizable as possible. This is also one of the best ways to add drama as the center stone is surrounded by shimmering, smaller accent diamonds.

Opting for a heavenly halo setting, you can increase your ring’s carat size without increasing the price tag. This is one of the many reasons why this ring setting is so popular.  Not only does it add to the overall sparkle of the engagement ring, but a halo also works with just about any fancy-shaped diamond. 

Did you know that halo engagement rings are not just versatile and easy to customize, but this ring setting can actually make a diamond appear as much as half a carat larger than it actually is? Amazing, right? 

Three Stone Ring Setting

Another stunning option is the three stone ring settings. As a rule of thumb, if you choose this option, it’s best to keep the side stones on the smaller side so they won’t compete for attention with the main diamond.

Still wondering why a three stone engagement ring seems larger than it actually is? Well, if smaller side diamonds or gemstones are added on either side of the center diamond, it will help accentuate it. Think of the side stones as the performers who open the show! Their purpose is to create a grand, glowing effect for the main act – the center diamond.

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Half Moon Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Consider A Lab Created Diamond

Always dreamt of a diamond with 2 carats or more? Then it’s time to consider a lab created diamond. Not only are lab created diamonds physically, chemically, and optically identical to earth created ones, but they also come with a cheaper price tag. To the naked eye, there is hardly any difference. 

Here are just a few reasons to choose a lab created diamond:

  1. Superior quality & purity
  2. Environmentally friendly and sustainable
  3. Known origin of every diamond
  4. It will cost 30-40% less than a natural diamond of similar size, color, and clarity

To help maximize your budget without having to compromise on quality, JamesAllen.com also stocks True Hearts™  lab created diamonds. This premier collection of Ideal diamonds are perfectly proportioned to refract light, producing only the best diamond sparkle. 

Related Post: Your Complete Guide To Lab Created Diamonds

Have Your Diamond Ring Cleaned Regularly

Last but not least, here is one of the simplest tips you can follow. If you want your engagement ring to look as large as possible, always keep it clean. As we mentioned throughout this article, the more sparkly your engagement ring is, the larger it will look. Over time, diamonds and precious metals accumulate oil and dirt, which dulls their sparkle. So to keep your engagement ring shining, clean it regularly. 

It is generally recommended to get your ring professionally cleaned every six months. Then, in between professional cleanings, you can clean your ring from the comfort of your home. We’re all about DIY diamond cleaning, so we’ll let you on one of the best diamond cleaning tips.

All you’ll need is:

  • A toothbrush 
  • Mild dish soap or ammonia 
  • Polishing cloth/ microfiber cloth
  • Two bowls

Steps to clean your diamond:

  1. Add lukewarm water to the two bowls and a few drops of dish soap/ammonia to one of them.
  2. Using the toothbrush, gently use the soapy solution to clean your diamond (circular brush strokes are always better.) 
  3. Once you’re satisfied, rinse any excess oil or soap from your ring and dry it using a cloth.
18K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Round Center)
14K Rose Gold Trio Micropavé Engagement Ring

FAQs About How To Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger

  1. Which diamond shape sparkles the most?

 A round brilliant cut diamond has the brightest sparkle. Round brilliant diamonds are cut to have 58 facets (including the culet), allowing light to enter the diamond and reflect off of every facet to create a beautiful shimmer.   

  1. How to make your engagement ring look bigger with a wedding band? 

You can make your engagement ring look bigger by pairing it with a flush pavé wedding band to maximize your engagement ring’s brilliance. 

  1. How to make your engagement ring look more expensive? 

The more carat, meaning, the larger the diamond, the whiter the color, the higher the clarity and the better the cut and proportions, the more expensive the engagement ring in which this diamond is set will look.

Final Thoughts

There are so many fun and calculated ways to maximize the appearance and sparkle of your ring. One of the best ways to ensure you have the biggest diamond ring possible is to work with diamond and jewelry experts, such as the ones at JamesAllen.com.

Or, visit our education center to find out everything you need to know about engagement rings, loose diamonds, and fine jewelry. 

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Vintage Engagement Rings: Eras & Styles Explained

Our brides and grooms-to-be are choosing vintage engagement rings as their “something old.” 

Vintage Engagement Rings

As the saying goes, you can’t look to the future without embracing the past. Vintage engagement rings perfectly encapsulate the glitz and glamor of the time, transporting the wearer to a place of romance. Thanks to modern setting techniques and materials, the durability of these rings has greatly improved, allowing for more intricate craftsmanship.

Who doesn’t love a sparkly throwback? Our customers certainly do, which is why they’ve lavished the most praise on these vintage engagement rings. Let’s bring on the nostalgia and see why these antique beauties are making their way as the newest craze. 

Do Vintage Engagement Rings Have A Meaning?

True vintage engagement rings are usually recycled and passed down from generation to generation. That in itself holds significant meaning and symbolism for families and those who receive these stunning heirlooms.

You’re probably wondering if that means any ring can be a vintage ring if it’s 50 years or older. While any ring can be a family heirloom, vintage engagement rings are inspired by different eras from the past, and so the vintage title goes exclusively to these styles.

We’ll explain which era’s inspired your favorite vintage ring styles and how the designs have changed over time.

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Eras And Inspiration For Vintage Engagement Rings

Aside from age, there’s not much to dictate style for vintage engagement rings. Even relatively modern rings from the 1990s can be considered “vintage.” But if you’re looking for a specific era’s inspirations, here are the four ages that modern vintage styles frequently emulate. See what catches your eye.

Victorian Era (1835-1900) 

In the Victorian Era, engagement rings vary widely in design and materials. Most Victorian rings were generally yellow or rose gold and often included diamonds. Rows, halos, and clusters of diamonds became popular during this era. So, in some ways, a yellow gold double-halo ring could be an example of a Victorian-inspired vintage engagement ring.

Edwardian Era (1900-1920)

If you’re into intricate, lacy designs, you’ll love jewelry from the Edwardian Era.

Rings from this period were generally platinum and included intricate metalwork called filigree in designs featuring scrolling, ribbons, and vines. Floral motifs were also popular. Although diamonds and pearls continued to be popular, colored gemstones appeared in jewelry more frequently. Old mine cuts, old European cuts, and rose cuts were the most common cuts for diamonds in this period.

Art Deco Era (1920-1940)

In contrast to the lacy lightness of Edwardian styles, Art Deco was all about bold geometry and repeating patterns. Instead of curvy, flowing filigree, Art Deco rings often included metalwork with repeating, sharp angles and tiny beads called milgrain. This style has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. 

Step-cut diamonds like emerald and Asscher cuts became fashionable, and colored gemstones, especially rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, were especially popular.

Related post: Obsession-Worthy Art Deco Engagement Rings

Retro Era (1940-1960)

Prior to World War II, few engagement rings featured a center diamond. However, after the highly successful De Beers diamond marketing campaign (to spend a month’s salary on the diamond center stone), which began in the 1940s, engagement rings almost exclusively featured diamonds. Unlike earlier rings, engagement rings from this “Retro Era” featured simpler designs. 

Solitaire rings and baguette side stones were quite popular, and the typical size of the center stone grew larger once the Depression ended.

Are Vintage Engagement Rings Expensive?

Authentic vintage or antique engagement rings can be seen as highly valuable, given some may be rare in design. However, they might still be considered second-hand and therefore not as desirable as a new engagement ring.

So how much will you spend on a vintage engagement ring? You’re looking at anything between $2,000 – $20,000. It all comes down to the 4C’s of your center stone and, of course, the ring setting itself (metal, added diamond accents, etc.)

If an authentic vintage engagement ring is too much maintenance or doesn’t fit your budget, we suggest buying new. There are plenty of stunning vintage-style rings available that will give you the aesthetic you want and can be customized to fit your exact preference. Buying your ring online can really get you the best ring for your buck with more options than in-store jewelers.

Vintage Is The New Modern

Vintage rings are appealing to many modern-day customers because they offer a wider range of styles. From Art Deco to Edwardian engagement rings, a vintage design on your finger will leave you feeling like you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind jewel. These 20th-century-inspired rings are a classic expression of the Victorian romantic era with their floral designs and lacey frames.

Alternative engagement rings are in fashion now more than ever. Why, you may ask? It might be the growing need for a sparkling ring that speaks to the wearer’s individuality, or perhaps because antique and vintage engagement rings are more sustainable overall. Both of these are true, but our favorite reason is that these period pieces are simply irresistible. 

Related post: Style Series: Inspired Vintage Engagement Rings

A Unique Aesthetic

Rare and timeless are just a few words to express just how unique your vintage engagement ring will appear, no matter the timeline. Whether your style changes in the future, the diversity of your ring’s personality and character will evolve with you. 

We all have our own tastes, and that is why you deserve to wear an engagement ring that embodies your unique traits through its detailed designs. 

More Than A Diamond

We know we’ve gone on and on about how unique vintage engagement rings are. However, when you take into account what your engagement ring means to you and your partner, there really isn’t a better way to express just how special and rare your love is than the very thing you’ll be wearing to show off that promise of forever. 

That being said, if you love the idea of a truly antique engagement ring, play around with different eras and do your research before you make the big decision. While a dazzling diamond sparkler might seem like the perfect choice, know that vintage engagement rings are also the ideal designs for gemstones too. 

Glamorous Beauty

Vintage jewelry tells a story and can be presented as a small piece of art on your finger. There’s something intimately appealing to the fact that your vintage engagement ring was created not only with the elements of the romantic era it is influenced by but the imagination behind its craftsmanship. 

Vintage-inspired jewelry certainly takes us back to a more glamorous time. We just need to watch films like ‘The Great Gatsby’ to be reminded of just how well a vintage engagement ring encompasses the very essence of what it means to be glamorous and in love. 

Your Style Statement

In a world where trendy engagement rings like sparkle-filled halos are becoming the norm, it’s breathtaking to stand out amongst the crowd with an embellished antique. 

Stars like Katie Holmes and Miley Cyrus have all worn stunning vintage engagement rings, with excerpt scrollwork, intricate detailing around the band, and center stones that would make anyone jealous.

Pros and Cons of a Vintage Setting

A vintage-style ring provides immense beauty and unique details. However, it’s always a good idea to weigh the pros and cons to see if it’s the right style for you.

Pros:

  • Provides remarkable beauty and character
  • Enhances the prominence of the center stone when well-designed
  • Matches a time period or personal style preference
  • Unique and intricately built

Cons: 

  • Can require more cleaning and maintenance due to design details and crevices. 
  • The setting can distract from the beauty and sparkle of the stone (if poorly designed.) 
  • With an actual vintage setting (different from a new vintage style ring), additional time and expertise are necessary to ensure it’s well-maintained and securely holds the diamond.
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FAQs About Vintage Engagement Rings 

  1. What is considered a vintage engagement ring? 

A vintage engagement ring is a ring with an antique style, such as one that’s designed with inspiration from the Victorian, Edwardian, or Art Deco time periods.

  1. Are vintage-style engagement rings popular?

Because of their timeless beauty, vintage engagement rings have always been popular.

  1. What makes a ring vintage style?

Put simply, vintage rings are rings that have lasted through the years due to their beauty, craftsmanship, and distinct originality. While “antique” rings are generally defined as over 50 years old, the term vintage is thought to have a looser definition and can include rings from eras made after that threshold.

Closing Thoughts  

Inspired? We hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane and have come to love and appreciate the real vintage-inspired classics as much as we do. We’d love to let you in on a secret:

At James Allen, you can design your very own vintage engagement ring using our Ring Studio. Visit us here and have the time of your life customizing your unique sparkler. 

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The Top Engagement Ring Trends Of 2022

Keeping up with trends can be difficult. If you’re planning for 2022 to be the year of your proposal, start off on the right foot by taking a look at what’s trending in the world of engagement rings

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As we make our way through 2022, we see what engagement rings are already trending. Whether you are shopping together or planning a surprise proposal, you want a ring you’ll both love forever.

After the upheaval of the past few years, it’s becoming clear that ring-shoppers are finally feeling more stable and certain regarding the future – and they’re no longer holding back on the sparkle. 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the bling. Get ready for large diamonds and lots of them!

Pavé Engagement Rings

Pavé is popular, has always been popular, and will likely always be popular. It is no wonder why pavé engagement rings are dominating in 2022. They’re beloved due to their impact: size ratio.

Pavé diamonds are tiny – so they’re affordable, and pavé rings normally contain dozens of them – so you get ALL the facets. Pavé-set diamonds give rings a uniquely glittery quality, thanks to the hundreds of delicate facets that refract light in different directions with even the slightest shift of the finger. 

Why aren’t pavé rings more expensive if they’re set with so many stones? Well, it’s because diamonds increase in value as their carat weight goes up, but the price increase is somewhat exponential.

In other words, a ring with a handful of tiny diamonds with a total weight of 1 carat will almost always cost less than a single, 1 carat diamond engagement ring. You get more diamonds, and you pay less.

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

Vintage Engagement Rings

We have all seen how thrifting and second-hand shops are all the rage in fashion, and engagement rings are no exception. Vintage engagement rings give that one-of-a-kind, antique feel. You get the style of today, inspired by the best styles from the past.

Cathedral settings are part of this popular trend thanks to their style, which mimics the arches of old church cathedrals. Whether you are choosing a classic diamond or a colorful gemstone, this eye-catching design will highlight your choice beautifully. 


Cushion cut engagement rings are also part of this trend. With their timeless style and vintage appeal, cushion cut diamond engagement rings are a classic choice that will always be on the cutting edge of fashion.

14K White Gold Beaded Filigree Cathedral Kite-Set Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

Contoured Ring Sets

Everyone loves a matching set, right? Well, that’s why this style is at the top of 2022’s trends. These sets, which include a curved wedding ring to match your gorgeous engagement ring, were made to go together…just like you and your beloved!

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

Advantages of matching wedding sets:

  1. No need to search for a wedding band
  2. It’s guaranteed that your wedding set will sit perfectly flush to your engagement ring
  3. More of a good thing: if you love your engagement ring, you’ll get more of what you love in your wedding ring
  4. All-in-one purchase: you can purchase both your rings at once, which can save you money.

Check out this inspo and get your own matching set!

Rose Gold Engagement Rings 

Rose gold just oozes romance. Its vintage appeal with modern flair makes it doubly trendy and its warm color makes it irresistible. Rose gold engagement rings are a great choice in addition to the more traditional yellow or white gold options and are ideal for the lover who wants a ring that is timeless, elegant, and effortlessly stylish.

This gorgeous metal looks great with both classic colorless diamonds and gemstones that share the metals warm hue. A favorite of many celebs, rose gold engagement rings are no longer just the choice of those seeking an “alternative,” rose gold is now a mainstream trend that looks like it is here to stay.

14K Rose Gold "Danhov" Spring Blossom Six Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring By Danhov
14K Rose Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Hidden Diamond Details

They say the devil is in the details, but in this case, the dazzle is in the details. Hidden diamond details are all the rage for 2022 and why not? Who doesn’t want to sparkle more?

Hidden diamond details are simply, small diamonds hidden in details on your engagement ring. More sparkle where you’d least expect it. Nothing wrong with that!

At James Allen, we believe sparkle is life, the more the better! That’s why our Ring Studio has this feature.

Ring studio

But wait, what’s the Ring Studio? Our Ring Studio allows you to design your engagement ring with the metal, stone, and setting of your choice. Numerous personalization options will have you feeling like a jeweler yourself!

One of these many options is the “Surprise Diamond.” This diamond is neatly placed at the base of the prong setting on your engagement ring. Adding just a bit more bling for the love that makes you shine.

Gemstone Engagement Rings

A pop of color doesn’t just complete a room, it can also complete your dream engagement ring. While diamond engagement rings often get all the glory, gemstone engagement rings have been popular since time immemorial and have fast become a top trend of 2022.

Gemstone engagement rings don’t just add color, allow you to express your personal style, or look gloriously glamorous; gemstone engagement rings add that something special you just can’t put your finger on (pun intended!).

Check out this inspo and create your own colorful masterpiece!

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Black Diamond Engagement Rings

A black diamond to match your black heart? Try a fancy black diamond to match your incredible style and stay with 2022’s top trends. Nothing goes against the grain of traditional colorless diamonds while staying chic AF, as a fancy black diamond engagement ring.

Rock that Main Character Energy when you sport one of these black beauties; whose popularity has only grown since being spotlighted by the one and only Carrie Bradshaw in the hotly anticipated Sex and the City reboot

14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Oval Diamonds

Oval diamond rings have always been popular and continue to find their spotlight in 2022. The way the oval elongates and flatters just about any finger makes this stone a modern classic. The soft edges allow the diamond to look stunning on its own or shine extra bright when highlighted by a pavé or halo setting.

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

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Lab Created Diamond Engagement Rings

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: lab created diamonds are the stones of the future. Though lab diamonds were popular before 2022, the COVID pandemic and supply chain disruptions made them an even more attractive choice for ring shoppers.

Their alluring pricing and superb quality earned them first place on diamond enthusiasts’ wishlists, particularly those who are budget-conscious; for the same price as an earth-created diamond, consumers can get a lab grown diamond that’s 30% larger!

We don’t see this trend waning; on the contrary, sales of lab created diamonds have continued to increase year after year. Despite their different origins, earth created and lab grown diamonds are 100% chemically and structurally identical.

The difference in price comes from the fact that it’s much easier, and quicker, to grow a diamond in a lab than it is to locate and wrest it from deep within the earth. Creation process aside, once they arrive at your door they are completely identical in terms of quality, durability, and sparkle. That’s why we consider lab created diamonds to be the ultimate life hack.

Final Thoughts

If you’re shopping for rings in 2022, keep an eye out for pavé, vintage-inspired, lab created diamonds, and more! Creativity is king in 2022, and you are the designer. 

Go for a classic oval diamond or a bold fancy black diamond, be perfectly seamless with a contoured set and grab a rock bigger than you imagined with a lab created option, either way, these 2022 trends will be in style long after we ring in the new year.

But most importantly, choose what you and your partner will love. Still unsure? Check out our Virtual Engagement Ring Try On so you can try it before you buy from the comfort of literally anywhere! Learn more about our virtual try on here.

Got more questions? Just Ask! At JamesAllen.com we’re at your service 24/7.

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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

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

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

How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Wedding Ring Styles

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

Classic Wedding Rings

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

Curved Wedding Rings

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

Eternity Rings

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

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

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

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

On The Right Hand

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

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

On The Left Hand

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

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

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

On Different Hands

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

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

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

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

Match By Metals

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

Match By Stones

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

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

Match By Ring Setting Style

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

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

Platinum Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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

Remember that tradition is purely just a suggestion.

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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10 Best Simple Engagement Rings for 2022 

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

What makes an engagement ring “simple”? For the most part, it means that it’s free of the more glitzy ring features such as pavè, engraved designs, halos, and multiple accent stones. Simple engagement rings are all about clean lines while also incorporating a limited amount of diamonds and gemstones. The most popular simple engagement rings are often solitaire rings, meaning that the band is completely stone-free except for one striking center stone. However, this is not always the case. 

This is the fun part: there are SO MANY types of simple engagement rings! Check them out below, and don’t forget to add your favorite to your wishlist on JamesAllen.com

Back To Basics:

The Benefits of Minimalist Engagement Rings

  1. Maintaining fewer diamonds is easier.

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

  1. All eyes on your diamond!

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

  1. Your wedding ring has more pairing options

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

  1. Easier on the wallet

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

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

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Everyone loves the classics. And with good reason! Solitaire engagement rings are said to be the most simple engagement rings yet they remain perfectly elegant and timeless. The rings highlight the single-center diamond or gemstone like no other.

14K Rose Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Unique Diamond Shapes

Diamonds come in a variety of stunning shapes, so if you’re thinking of adding some kind of wow factor to your simple engagement ring – this may be the way to go!  While round and princess-cut diamonds are usually the most popular shapes for engagement rings, this may not appeal to every person.  

A simple band or ring setting will easily compliment any diamond shape. Whether it be cushion, emerald, oval, Asscher, marquise, or pear, pick the one your heart desires. 

Platinum 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Solitaire Heart Shape Diamond Ring

Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Now you may be thinking, how does this three stone engagement ring avoid overwhelming the eye? Well by sticking with a simple round cut diamond, you get a symmetrical, straightforward, and stunning ring.

18K White Gold Classic Round Shape Three Stone Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings

Did you know that bezel-set engagement rings are the second most popular ring setting? Why, you ask? Well, this is mainly because of its simplicity and modern look. It is also known to be the perfect ring for people who lead an active lifestyle. Rather than the diamond being held in place with prongs, the bezel setting features a center stone that is tightly held in place by a metal rim that completely envelopes the edges of the stone.

This type of setting provides excellent security and protection for the center stone, all while making the ring appear super trendy and stylish. What’s more, the bezel setting is so versatile that it perfectly accommodates every diamond shape. Did we mention bezel set engagement rings will never snag on fabric?

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

18K Yellow Gold East-West Knife Edge Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Comfort Fit Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement Ring

Gemstones

These simple engagement rings are rich in gorgeous hues. For anyone who thinks “simple” is a synonym for “plain,” our gemstone engagement rings will prove otherwise.

Gemstone engagement rings aren’t a new trend. In fact, for centuries we’ve seen the most glamorous royals and celebrities styled in all kinds of gemstone jewelry. Unlike diamonds, unique gemstones come in a variety of colors, so regardless of the setting or style, gemstones make stunning center stones. Ever considered a sapphire engagement ring?

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

Split Shank Engagement Rings

Looking for a simple, yet unique engagement ring? You’ve come to the right place! There are various types of split shank engagement rings, but the most common is where the shank (band) splits into two. This creates two separate metal pieces that stem from the center diamond. This type of simple engagement ring has a distinctive style that allows people to choose just how “simple” they want their dream ring to be. With this type of ring, you can design something minimalistic or something incredibly elaborate.

Its sophisticated look has won over many A-list brides including Beyoncé, Megan Fox, and Blake Lively. 

18K Yellow Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
18K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Swirl And Twisted Bands

A simplistic design but not too basic. These bands aren’t packed with diamonds, but they are packed with plenty of personality! Swirl and twisted bands typically features a prong setting where the metal band is crafted in a way that gives off a half-circular “swirl” effect around the center stone.

The result is a modern and unique look that boasts a highly secure setting.  Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring that is striking and minimalistic or a ring that features a thin dual band that is elegantly twisted together to achieve a natural “woven” look, the options are endless.

14K Yellow Gold Bypass Engagement Ring
18K Yellow Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

FAQs About Simple Engagement Rings

  1. What is the most important factor to consider when selecting a simple engagement ring?

When shopping for a simple engagement ring, the 4Cs should be prioritized by the color of the diamond.

  1. Can I add stones to my simple engagement ring later on?

Yes. The classic solitaire setting is the perfect fit for a simple engagement band, especially if you intend to set diamonds later on. Experts suggest that if this is something you are considering, make sure the band is thick enough to accommodate diamonds later.

  1. Can an engagement ring be a plain band?

Yes.  Engagement rings can be any type of ring type or setting. It is most important to choose a style that you or your partner will enjoy wearing.

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Is A Fancy Color Diamond Engagement Ring Right For You?

Fancy color diamond engagement rings are rare and unique, not usually part of the traditional engagement ring styles category. If you have your heart set on a fancy color diamond and want to know more about your chosen color’s symbolism, perfect shape, and metal setting, keep reading to find out!

Fancy color diamond engagement ring

What Are Fancy Color Diamonds

Fancy color diamonds are rare precious gems that come in an array of different colors. There are only 12 different fancy colored diamonds. However, each color has nine levels of intensity and 90 secondary hues. This means you can purchase a colored diamond from a faint color grade to an intense and vivid color grade.

Diamond buying tip: The value of colored diamonds increases exponentially with the saturation of the color. The higher the color grade of the diamond, the rarer and more expensive it becomes.

Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings

Yellow diamonds have a higher market demand than other fancy color diamonds, making them slightly more common. Depending on their color grade, they may be less expensive than their colorless counterparts. To get the best value and look for your yellow diamond engagement ring, you need to have the perfect diamond cut and metal color.

Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

If you’re considering a stunning yellow diamond engagement ring, here’s what your ring will symbolize. Yellow diamonds represent love, happiness, and optimism, while yellow diamond engagement rings mean the beginning or the continuation of a long and happy relationship.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Yellow Diamonds

Fancy yellow diamonds shine their brightest when cut into the cushion and radiant shapes. These particular diamond cuts maximize the saturation of the color while still maintaining a fiery brilliance.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Yellow Diamonds?

Fancy yellow diamonds can look incredible set in yellow gold or lighter metals like white gold and platinum. For darker metals, it’s better to use a faint to intense yellow diamond, whereas lighter metals look exceptional with vivid to darker yellow diamonds.

14K White Gold Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

Unlink other fancy color diamonds; gemologists still aren’t sure what makes pink diamonds pink. Pink diamonds are one of the rarest colored diamonds that exist, rarer than every type of colored diamond, apart from red diamonds. Their rarity means pink diamonds are exceedingly valuable. But what makes them perfect as center stones for engagement rings?

Pink Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

A pink diamond engagement ring speaks volumes about the beauty and rarity of the love you share with your partner. Pink diamonds exhibit the qualities of love, creativity, and romance. There’s also a level of mystery and intrigue about these colored diamond engagement rings because the exact reason for the pink color is not completely known.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Pink Diamonds

In order to enhance the color of a rare fancy pink diamond, these diamonds will often be found in fancy shapes like emerald, cushion, radiant, oval, and pear shapes. Some of the most sophisticated pink diamond engagement rings are set with emerald cut pale pink diamonds.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Pink Diamonds?

Choosing the metal for your pink diamond engagement ring depends on the color grade of your pink diamond. However, one quick trick of the trade is knowing that any light metal, like platinum or white gold, will make a paler pink diamond look more intense. Deep-colored pink diamonds can be set with darker metals for a bold look.

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Fancy Blue Diamond Engagement Rings

Natural blue diamonds are far rarer than one might imagine. A fine blue diamond of any carat size can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a blue diamond is the dream center stone for your engagement ring, remember, you can always invest in a lab created blue diamond. Lab grown fancy color diamonds are just as real as mined diamonds but will likely always be the more budget-friendly option.

Blue Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Blue diamond engagement rings are said to represent faith and trust, two very important elements in any relationship. Blue diamonds are believed to help protect against misunderstandings and unnecessary fights- also a huge plus for a newly married couple.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Blue Diamonds

Blue diamonds, like most fancy color diamonds, are cut to achieve the best color possible. But that doesn’t always mean diamond buyers want the most intense or dark blue tones for their diamond engagement ring. For a softer hue, go for a round cut blue diamond. If you want a more vivid blue, definitely aim for fancier shapes like pear, radiant, and cushion cuts.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Blue Diamonds?

The most popular metal color for blue diamonds is white metals like white gold and platinum. As we mentioned before, these lighter metals will always help to highlight the color of the diamond and make it appear more intense.

Given that blue is a dynamic color, darker blue diamonds can be set in yellow gold without the metal diluting the color of the diamond.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)

Fancy Orange Diamond Engagement Rings

Pure fancy orange diamonds, which are extremely rare, are also referred to as “pumpkin diamonds” because these diamonds occur in the same tone and intensity as the color of a pumpkin. If you love fall colors, an orange diamond engagement ring may be just up your alley.

Orange diamonds have less than a 25% saturation of the color orange, which makes the orange a secondary hue. The primary color for these diamonds is often yellow, brown, pink, or, more uncommonly, the much sought-after red.

Orange Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Having an orange diamond engagement ring means you’ll own a diamond that represents courage, good energy, and enthusiasm.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Orange Diamonds

Like most fancy color diamonds, having them cut into fancy shapes is the best way to enhance the stone’s color. If you want a show-stopping orange diamond engagement ring, try to set your ring with a pear, radiant, cushion, or marquise cut orange diamond. If you’d prefer a softer orange tone, go for the ever-popular round cut shape.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Blue Diamonds?

Pairing white gold with an orange diamond creates a unique effect. The diamond and metal create a stunning contrast which makes the diamond stand out.

Orange diamonds are flexible and can be paired with yellow gold, too. The diamond and darker metal blend easily, with the transition from metal to diamond occurring smoothly.

14K White Gold Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Fancy Purple Diamond Engagement Rings

Natural fancy purple diamonds can vary across the color spectrum from a very light shade of lavender diamonds to much deeper shades of purple, including violet diamonds. The deeper the shade, the more valuable the loose diamond or center stone is likely to be.

Purple has been associated with nobility, wisdom, and power for centuries. Purple diamond engagement rings are one of the more popular choices for the upper echelons of society.

Purple Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Purple is a color that symbolizes passion, mystery, magic, and royalty, making it the perfect addition to any engagement or promise ring. It is also said that purple jewelry can bring a feeling of calm and help bring balance to your life or relationship.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Purple Diamonds

Purple diamonds are often light and pastel in tone, even with intense and vivid grades. A fancy shape cut is encouraged to keep your diamond’s value as high as possible. Like pink diamonds, purple diamond engagement rings look exceptionally chic set with an emerald cut center stone.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Purple Diamonds?

Purple diamonds can honestly look incredible in light and dark metal ring settings. But we believe a truly royal-looking purple diamond engagement ring deserves a bold yellow gold band with added diamond accents.

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Green Diamond Engagement Rings

Green diamonds rank among the rarest and most valuable of diamonds. Green diamonds get their color from additional exposure to atomic radiation during their formation, which only occurs in a tiny portion of natural diamonds.

A green diamond engagement ring may seem an odd choice, but these diamonds are as rare and magnificent as your love.

Green Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Green diamonds are symbolic of the natural world and harmony. There are many variations of green diamonds, as some have blue or purple undertones. Green diamonds also symbolize abundance, long life, prosperity, and strength. To wear a green diamond engagement ring is a sure way to bring this beautiful and positive symbolism into your relationship.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Green Diamonds

The most popular shapes for green diamonds include princess, emerald, Asscher, pear, radiant, round, oval, marquise, heart, and cushion. If you’re looking for the most recommended shapes, try radiant and cushion, as they complement the diamond’s color for your engagement ring.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Green Diamonds?

Fortunately, green diamonds are highly versatile and go well with any metal color. Green diamonds can have a contemporary look when styled with lighter metals and a more vintage feel when paired with rose or yellow gold.

14K White Gold Diamond Chevron Knife Edge Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Red Diamond Engagement Rings

The rarest of all the rare fancy color diamonds are red diamonds. These diamonds are highly sought-after and often only found a handful of times a year. Given that they are so incredibly rare and expensive, many diamond buyers will opt for a lab grown red diamond to set with their favorite piece of jewelry or their dream engagement ring.

Red Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Red diamonds are a symbol of intense passion, power, creativity., and eternal love. They also represent repetition and ritual, a lovely nod towards commitment and perseverance in a relationship. A red diamond engagement ring would be a perfect match for someone who wants to live life boldly and to its fullest.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Red Diamonds

As a rule of thumb, choose a cut that would maximize the light that passes through your red diamond to reflect its fiery color better. Shapes like Asscher, emerald, radiant and oval cuts will emphasize the red color best.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Red Diamonds?

You can finish the warm color of a red diamond with almost any metal color. Try a yellow gold setting to give your red diamond a timelessly elegant look. White gold and platinum are also great options if you want your red diamond to have a more modern feel.

14K Yellow Gold Perfect Pavé Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Black Diamond Engagement Rings

Black diamonds have a bold, captivating look. Their rich, captivatingly deep color lends an air of mystery and passion to every piece of black diamond jewelry. Black diamonds have paved the way as a non-traditional engagement ring trend, offering their wearers an alternative or edgy look. These diamonds are unique, with the same hardness and shine as colorless diamonds.

Black Diamond Engagement Ring Symbolism

Black diamonds have all the same meanings as white (colorless) diamonds, like love, strength, and faithfulness. However, their color gives them additional meaning. Black diamonds also symbolize certainty, passion, and longevity, all unique and powerful characteristics in an engagement ring.

What Is The Best Diamond Cut For Black Diamonds

The most popular choices for black diamond shapes are round, oval, and princess. A round cut black diamond engagement ring is perfect for someone looking for a timeless look. Whereas princess or oval cut is ideal for those looking to emphasize the unique beauty of this dark gem.

What Is The Best Metal Color For Black Diamonds?

There are really no rules for which metal will look best for your black diamond engagement ring. White metals, like white gold and platinum, compliment the diamond and give it a cool look while enhancing its boldness. Warmer metals, like yellow and rose gold, will contrast the diamond’s color and really enhance the depth of the diamond.

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

Can You Get A Lab Grown Fancy Color Diamond? 

Yes! Lab grown fancy color diamonds are available in every color and are usually the more effective alternative to natural fancy color diamonds. We’ve mentioned before how some of the rarest fancy colored diamonds are too exclusive, rare, and expensive to get without a massive bank account and the right connections.

So, if you’re set on a specific diamond color, and you want to choose your favorite cut, size, and metal setting, all while staying within your engagement ring budget, give a lab created diamond a try! 

Engagement ring customization tip: Try out our very own Ring Studio, a one-of-a-kind engagement ring customization tool that lets you create your ring from scratch while seeing the changes happen in real-time.

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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How Much Should You 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!

Engagement Rings

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.

14K White Gold Radiant Cut Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

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.

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.

14K Rose Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

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.

A diagram of the diamond color grading chart

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

Cut

The cut of the diamond is the first, arguably most important, C. Here you can decide between several fancy shapes like pear, oval, marquise, and cushion-cut, to name a few. If your partner wants their diamond to really sparkle and shine, spend some extra time choosing which cut might match their preference best.

Color

The color grade of your diamond can range from D-K. Most diamonds have a visible trace of yellow in their body color, whereas white diamonds are colorless.

Clarity 

The clarity of your diamond may differ depending on whether it has any natural external blemishes or internal inclusions. Here, you may be looking for a diamond with zero imperfections or maybe one with a bit of character to it. The clarity of a diamond is directly impacted by its cut, something for you to keep in mind. 

Carat Weight 

The final C is carat, referring to the standard weight of your diamond or gem. One carat is 0.20g, and most couples are comfortable choosing an engagement ring with a center stone from 0.50 to 1.5 carats.

So, 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.
An infographic explaining the 4Cs with visual aid

Opt For Lab Created 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 created 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.

14K White Gold Asscher Cut Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

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.

14K Yellow Gold Beaded Filigree Cathedral Kite-Set Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Pavé Trio Engagement Ring

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 created 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. 

A person customizing their engagement ring online at JamesAllen.com

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 purchase.

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! 

Subscribe to our email list for access to secret sales, practical ring-buying tips, and $100 off your first purchase!

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How To Choose The Best Earrings For Your Face Shape

Earrings are a perfect accessory to wear every day, bringing any look from blah to beautiful. That is why you want to make sure you are wearing the most flattering pair. Read on to learn how to choose the best earrings for your face shape.

Earrings for face shape

You are uniquely beautiful: your taste, your style, your face. This is why it is important to choose earrings that flatter and highlight your unique beauty. Often when choosing jewelry we take into account many things, does it go with our outfit, is it right for the occasion, can we afford it?

But face shape, which is key for something like earrings, is often left to the side. In this piece, we will explain how to choose the right earrings for your face shape, so that you shine as bright as the pieces you love.

How To Find Your Face Shape

While we are all different, there are five main face shapes: round, heart, square, diamond, and oval. Determining your face shape will allow you the freedom to play and choose the most flattering earrings that also match your personality, lifestyle, and taste in fashion.

How Do I Determine My Face Shape?

Unsure what your face shape is? You are not alone! But never fear because we are here to help you figure out your face shape in just a few easy steps!

  1. Measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the other FOREHEAD
  2. Measure from the point of your upper cheekbone to the other CHEEKBONES
  3. Measure your jaw across at its widest point (approximately an inch below your ears) JAWLINE
  4. Measure from the center of your hairline to the bottom of your chin FACE

If the numbers for 2 and 4 are similar and are higher than 1 and 3, you have a round shaped face. If 1 is higher than 3, and 2 is about the same as 1, with a narrow jawline, you have a heart shaped face.

If all your measurements are similar, you have a square shaped face. If 4 is the highest number, followed by 2 then 1, with 3 being the smallest, you have a diamond shaped face. If 4 is higher than 2, and 1 is higher than 3, you have an oval shaped face.

Face shape chart

Round Face

Round-shaped faces are greatly flattered by long, dangling or drop earrings, which have a lengthening effect. Long, slim earrings will compliment the roundness of your face’s shape. Tassels are another great, stylistic way to add a lengthening effect using earrings.

Most experts recommend avoiding rounder, wide, and chunky earrings, as these shapes can enhance the roundness of your face.

Check out these options from James Allen and check out our entire earring collection for more!

14K Yellow Gold Chained Pierced Diamond Front And Back Earrings By Brevani
14K Yellow Gold Petite Lined Bar Diamond Earrings

Heart Face

Heart-shaped faces are most flattered by earrings with a wide bottom, creating a proportional balance. Your face’s shape screams love, grab earrings that do the same by choosing earrings that start slim at the top and get wide at the bottom.

Check out these options from James Allen and keep in mind that earrings that stick close to the face like studs and clusters flatter equally as well.

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Drop Earrings (8.0-8.5mm)
14K Yellow Gold Link Pavé Diamond Drop Earrings

Square Face

Square-shaped faces look great with earrings that Softline your beautifully strong jawline. Go for earrings that are round or have flowing styles with fewer angles. It is best to choose earrings that balance the strength of your face’s angles; hoop earrings are a great option here.

14K Yellow Gold Inside Out Round Hoops, 1 Inch Diameter (0.50 Ctw.)
14K Yellow Gold Inside Out Round Hoops, 3/4 Inch Diameter (0.25 Ctw.)

Classic yellow gold hoops or sparkling gemstone hoops, the shape of this timeless style will enhance any look while flattering your face.

Diamond Face

The highlight of diamond-shaped faces is usually the eyes at the widest part of the face. Enhance this gorgeous feature with earrings such as studs that stay close to the ear to create balance.

14K Yellow Gold Scallop Basket Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings (1.00 CTW - F-G / VS2-SI1)
14K White Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings (1.00 CTW - F-G / VS2-SI1)

The key with a diamond-shaped face is to balance out the widths and angles. Sticking to simple, classic styles, that are also versatile, will best achieve this. 

PRO TIP: GO FOR A CLASSIC PAIR OF DIAMOND STUDS & CUSTOMIZE THEM BY CHOOSING YOUR METAL, STYLE, DIAMOND SHAPE, AND DIAMOND SIZE!

Oval Face

Oval-shaped faces are flattered by the largest variety of shapes, both a blessing and a curse. You can wear almost anything, but the options are enormous! Studs, hoops, small drops, huggies and more all highlight your face’s shape.

Try these fabulous styles from James Allen:

14K White Gold Diamond Huggie Hoop Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings (0.75 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

But be careful, earrings that dangle too much or have a large drop, as this can elongate the face more than is desired.

The Best Earrings For Your Face Shape

RoundLong, dangling
HeartClose to the face, thin at top and widens at the bottom
SquareMedium to long rounded edges
DiamondClose to the ear or wider at the bottom
OvalPretty much anything!

FAQs About Earrings For Your Face Shape

Got some more questions? You’re not alone! See below for some more info on finding the perfect earrings for your face shape!

What earrings look good on any face shape?

Hoop earrings are a universal classic. Coming in a variety of sizes and shapes! Go for large, small, long, or round, classic metals or dazzling diamonds, you are sure to find the perfect pair to flatter your face!

Simple studs are also a fantastic choice as they look good on everyone! A cute pair of gold clusters, a great pair of gemstone studs to mark your birthday or a perfect pair of diamond studs to match your tennis bracelet.

What about bone structure?

Your face’s bone structure, while a clear part of your face shape, has additional considerations. A general rule of thumb is that the finer your bone structure, the finer your earrings need to be.

If you have a thinner bone structure, go for earrings that are more delicate, gentle, and thin. Faces with more medium bone structure should be like goldilocks, go for earrings that are not too thin but not too thick. If you are rocking a large bone structure, then go for those chunky earrings you’ve been dreaming of, your bones will support them!

What earrings make your face look slimmer?

No one style slims every face shape, however, a good rule to follow is to avoid round, particularly large round earrings. This shape will give the appearance of widening your face and make it look fuller.

How do I know which earrings look best on me?

The earrings that will best on your face are the ones that make you smile the brightest! Choosing an earring recommended for your face shape is a great way to start, take into account your personal style, the event, and your outfit, and will sparkle as bright as a diamond!

What other factors should I consider?

Lifestyle, environment, personality, and skintone are all factors to keep in mind when shopping for earrings or any fine jewelry.

Your office may have a more conservative vibe, in this case, stick to classic styles in gold and save the more artsy, dangly pieces for after work. If you are more active or physically busy throughout the day, small studs and other earrings close to the face will be best to avoid getting in the way while still shining bright.

Earrings are a great way to express your personality as well. If you are more artsy, you may prefer something more dangly with more intricate detail. If you live for the drama, go for bold colors and shapes. Are you a classic? Go for those classic shapes and styles.

And of course, skin tone. Different metals suit different skin tones better. Cooler skin tones look best with white gold or platinum, warmer skin tones look best with yellow gold, and neutral skin tone looks great with both. Want to know more, including figuring out your skin tone?

Check out our blog HERE to learn how to choose the right jewelry for your skin tone.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to fashion, the rule is there are no rules. As we have seen, different shapes flatter the uniqueness of different facial shapes.

The thing to keep in mind while shopping is to look at earrings whose features are the opposite of your face. This way, no matter what your face shape, the earrings will balance out proportions and highlight your best facial features.

But no matter what your face shape is, the most flattering earrings are the ones you love! Whether long and dangly, spectacular studs, classic hoops, dazzling diamonds, precious pearls, or gorgeous gemstones, James Allen has the earrings for you.

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Sarah Chin

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

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Conflict Free Diamonds: Your Guide To Ethical Sourcing

Choosing the perfect diamond is already hard enough (no pun intended!), but as a global community, we have become more aware of where what we buy comes from. Read on to learn how to be sure you are buying a conflict free, ethically sourced diamond. 

Conflict Free Diamonds

Diamonds are the gift that keeps on dazzling. Your diamond should represent love and other momentous occasions, unfortunately, diamonds that come from conflict zones or unsafe conditions take away that dazzle.

Read on to find out about conflict free and ethically sourced diamonds. So your only issue as a conscious consumer is which diamond to buy.

What IS A Conflict Free Diamond?

A conflict free diamond is a diamond that has not financed a civil war. This term is in response to the infamous blood diamonds. Made famous by the movie of the same name, blood diamonds are diamonds that are mined in war zones and used to finance civil wars.

Conflict free diamond

What Is A Blood Diamond?

Blood diamonds come from areas controlled by rebel and terror groups, blood diamonds are problematic to both human rights and the environment.

The conditions and treatment of workers in these war zones are horrific. Workers are underpaid and subjected to intimidation tactics and threats. Miners of blood diamonds frequently utilize child labor as well.

In addition to the horrendous human rights violations, blood diamonds wreak havoc on the environment. Regulations to protect the earth and air, particularly for surrounding areas, are wholly ignored.

The only concern when it comes to blood diamonds is their value and using this value to finance violence. Blood diamonds have understandably become a pariah of the diamond industry. Neither customers nor reputable retailers want blood diamonds. 

Are Conflict Free Diamonds Real Diamonds?

Conflict free diamonds are absolutely real diamonds. They are simply diamonds that have not been used to finance a civil war. Conflict free diamonds are available in both earth-created and lab created diamonds.

Where Do Conflict Free Diamonds Come From?

Diamonds either come from the earth or a lab. Earth-created diamonds are formed far below the Earth’s surface. They are compressed over millions of years and ultimately form the diamonds we know today.

Conflict free diamonds are diamonds that have been mined responsibly. Coming from countries that are certified by what is known as The Kimberley Process (see below for more), conflict free diamonds cannot finance civil conflicts.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) offers origin reports on some of their certified diamonds. These reports help to identify the country a diamond was mined in, as an additional step to ensure a diamond’s ethical origin. All diamonds sold by James Allen are certified by either the GIA, the American Gem Society (AGS), or the International Gemological Institute (IGI).

Conflict Free VS Ethically Sourced Diamonds: What’s The Difference?

Conflict free diamonds do not finance civil conflicts. Ethically sourced diamonds go further.

Not financing a civil war is hugely important, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Ethically sourced diamonds go further to ensure that diamond miners do not utilize harmful practices.

Miners of diamonds considered to be ethically sourced must abide by regulations to protect human rights, civil rights, and the environment.

Are Lab Grown Diamonds Ethically Sourced?

Yes! Lab grown diamonds are conflict free and ethically sourced. So unless Susan puts her fish in the microwave again, everything about lab created diamonds is conflict free and ethically sourced. 

Because as the name suggests, these diamonds are created artificially in a lab, there are far fewer people involved than a traditional mine, no back breaking labor, and minimal environmental impact.

Advanced technologies are utilized in a highly controlled laboratory environment, which is able to replicate the process and conditions that bring earth created diamonds.

Lab grown diamonds are just as real as mined diamonds, with the same characteristics, brilliance, and sparkle, but at a much lower price point. It is no wonder their popularity continues to increase. 

FAQs About Ethically Sourced Diamonds

At James Allen we share your commitment. This is why we only offer conflict free, ethically sourced, top-quality diamonds.

What Is The Kimberley Process?

The Kimberley Process was created to increase transparency and oversight in the diamond industry. It is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that was created to end the trade of conflict diamonds sold by rebel groups or similar, which fund civil war and similar conflicts.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme or KPCS, outlines the rules and minimum requirements that govern the trade of rough diamonds.

How Can I Be Sure I Am Buying A Conflict Free Diamond?

Research, research, research. In order to ensure you are buying a conflict free diamond, you need to look at the jeweler, vendor, or retailer.

Many retailers claim they sell conflict free and ethically sourced diamonds. But you need to make sure to ask questions. Do they provide information on where their diamonds are sourced?  Have their diamonds been KPCS certified? Do they go above and beyond KPCS certification?

KPCS is a great place to start. But it is not a full-proof system and has many loopholes that can be exploited. This is why James Allen goes above and beyond the KPCS.

Are James Allen Engagement Rings Conflict Free?

James Allen surpasses accepted industry standards so that we can offer diamonds, including our engagement rings, that have been carefully selected for their ethical and environmentally responsible origins.

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

James Allen only works with vendors that sign and comply with our proprietary Diamond Responsible Sourcing Protocol (DRSP), which ensures that they are in compliance with the Kimberley Process and are also committed to social and labor ethics.

In addition, James Allen is a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), the world’s leading standard setting organization for the jewelry and watch industry.  

At James Allen, we have over 500,000 diamonds, all of which are certified conflict free and we are proud to go above and beyond many of the current industry requirements and standards to ensure we are offering you the best quality diamonds from the most responsible sources.

Visit our Education Center to read everything you need to know about selecting the best center diamond for you. You can also learn all about loose diamonds, engagement rings, diamond jewelry, gemstone jewelry, insurance, and more! And take advantage of our expert diamond consultants when choosing your conflict free James Allen diamond.

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Sarah Chin

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

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How to Take a Picture Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

How to Take a Picture Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Just got engaged and want to share the exciting news with all your friends and family? We all know the feeling of wanting to show off your brand new, sparkling engagement ring. Check out our guide on how to take a picture-perfect ring selfie. 

Time to find the best angle, breathtaking background, and strike the perfect pose. And what better way to celebrate National Selfie Day than snapping a stunning engagement ring selfie. We do know this technique comes with its own challenges as we all want the picture to be flawless, especially for social media. Luckily we’re here to give you all the best tips and tricks to help you capture that perfect ring selfie.  Keep reading to see how to get #RingSelfie ready!

Natural Lighting Is Everything 

Good lighting is the most important factor, especially if you want your ring to radiate. And, the best place to capture the perfect engagement ring selfie is outdoors in natural light. As no filters are needed here, nothing will show off your engagement ring’s cut, brilliance, and sparkle quite like sunlight

However, if you’re in a rush and not outdoors, make sure to set up your shot near a well-lit window for some natural light. Artificial lighting such as a dim or yellow-toned lit room can lead to blurry photos. Also, many people tend to forget that what may look good in person does not always translate well in photos. 

Pro tip: Whether you’re inside or out, watch out for tricky shadows.

Find The Perfect Background

If you’re snapping the shot right after the proposal, we suggest finding that Instagram-worthy skyline or backdrop. After all, your engagement ring is the centerpiece of your ring selfie, but there is no reason you can’t enhance it with a gorgeous backdrop. 

If you do not have the ultimate background, you could always go with the lovely idea of using a prop. In fact, this is a great hack when you want your pose to look more relaxed and super natural. Some of our favorite props are coffee mugs, a bridal magazine, a glass of bubbly (you’re celebrating, after all!), or even putting your hand around your fiancé’s arm. The best is to try a few different backgrounds or props so you have plenty of options to choose from when you post it.

Pro-tip: To make your engagement ring selfie POP, why not try using bold, eye-catching colors as your backdrop? This is specifically for people who did not opt for a fancy color diamond engagement ring or gemstone ring which already features beautiful hues.

Pay Attention To The Focus

Another important factor in this process is to pay attention to the focus of the image. To get the photo perfectly focused, it’s recommended not to rely on the auto-exposure feature on your phone. Instead, want the focus and attention to be on your engagement ring. Simply, touch where you want the camera to focus and hold down for a second or two to get the focus and exposure to lock in place. If you have your fiance’ in the background, this trick will blur them and show off your dazzling new rock.

14K White Gold Cathedral Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Experiment With Angles

Angles are everything! Don’t be shy to play around with different perspectives and angles to make sure you capture all the details and personality of your ring. Additionally, depending on the cut of your diamond, different angles will catch different light and create more sparkle. 

Pro tips:

  1.  To show off the ring’s setting opt for a side shot, whilst a shot taken from above will highlight the diamond’s shape
  2. To make your engagement ring look appear bigger, experts recommend removing all other jewelry so that the focus is entirely on the ring.
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Nail The Manicure 

Of course, if your proposal is a surprise you may not be prepared with a beautiful, fresh manicure. But, if you do have some kind of idea that the big question may be coming soon, we highly recommend that your nails look fabulous! 

Nothing shows off your engagement ring bling like a rockin’ manicure. And, if you ask us, this is for sure a top priority for that polished engagement ring selfie.  

Pro tip: Choose a color that compliments your skin tone, or some trendy nail art. Just make sure all the attention is not averted from the bling.

Include Your Fiancé

While the engagement ring selfie is all about the ring, it’s important not to forget that this special moment is really about both of you. Make sure to feature them in your post, whether it’s mentioning them in the caption or including them in your actual photo. Some of our favorite customer ring selfies feature the newly engaged couple, and we love to see their bliss and excitement shining through. 

Feature Furry Friends

Who doesn’t love sparkling diamonds and adorable pets? And what better way than combining the two to create your greatest engagement ring selfie post? 

This is a two-for-one special of Instagram-able pictures: sparkling rings and adorable pets! If you have a sweet dog or cat who loves to be in the spotlight, consider including them in your special moment as a cute way to announce your engagement. 

Caption Is Key

Now that you have the beautiful photo ready to post on social media, it’s time to caption it. The caption to your engagement ring selfie should convey both this once-in-a-lifetime moment and something special that captures the love of you and your fiance. 

It can be sentimental or personal, humorous, fun, or even romantic – after all, this is your moment! Feel free to use emojis too.

Here are some of our favorite captions from our customers: 

  • “Mom and Dad may be engaged, but I still get all the treats!🤪” 
  • “He asked. I said Yes!💍💙”
  • “Cheers to our next chapter 🥂💍”
  • “Something magical happened yesterday…💍 ✨”
  • “Does this ring make me look engaged?💍💎❤”

Additional Pro Engagement Ring Selfie Tips 

Now that you know how to take the magnificent engagement ring selfie using our tips above, keep these engagement ring selfie etiquette rules in mind.

  • DO NOT zoom in – your picture will almost always come out blurry, out of focus, or pixelated. 
  • Don’t be shy to edit the photo before posting it. There are many great apps and filters to help elevate the quality of your picture and make your ring truly pop. A little editing can go a long way!  
  • Don’t forget to relax your hand. Trust us, we know the excitement but the ring selfie pose is supposed to be as natural as possible.  
  • Avoid unsolicited bragging. By all means, show off that stunning sparkler but do so without going overboard. For example, don’t mention how many carats your diamond has or how much it costs. Of course, discuss this with close friends and family but preferably not on social media. 

Ring Selfie Ideas And Inspiration 

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring
Platinum Embellished Gallery Pavé Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Three Stone Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Show us your ring selfies! We love seeing your gorgeous JamesAllen.com engagement ring shots! Keep sharing them with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Tarryn Snoyman

Tarryn is a content writer by day and a criminology enthusiast by night.

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The Best Locations & Rings For A Summer Proposal

Summer is here, love is in the air, and wedding season has arrived. You found the one, you’ve decided to ask, and now you have to decide where to ask, how to ask, and most importantly, to pick out the ring.

The Best Locations & Rings For A Summer Proposal

Getting engaged is a moment you’ll never forget. Everything has to be perfect, from the setting to the story, and of course the ring. This is a story you, your family, and your friends will be telling until your wedding day and beyond. 

Whether you jet off to Paris, do it at dinner, or make it a family affair, we are here to help you pick the perfect place and the perfect engagement ring for your dream summer proposal. 

Destination Proposal Tips

They say go big or go home, and you’ve decided to go big.  You’ve got a special trip planned, so let’s make it the vacation of a lifetime. Let’s start with a few tips to ensure it is the most epic yes!

Propose early. Don’t spend the entire trip being a nervous nelly, instead, start your vacation off with a bang.

Practice, practice, practice. Prepare what you are going to say ahead of time. You WILL be nervous, so rehearsing what you say will ease some of the stress.

Do your homework. No matter if you are going for romance, quirk, or privacy, make sure you have researched your location. Proposing will be difficult if you are amidst a sea of tourists if there’s another event taking place, or gasp, your location is closed! Take out the guesswork and take out the stress.

Trick them into it. Everyone should be dressed for the occasion. Nails did, hair did, everything did…right? So a little white lie here is OK. Plan a fake outing with a dress code similar to what you would like the big question to be. Going for glam? Fake an opera night. You get the idea.

Pics or it didn’t happen. You’ve gone through all this trouble. Make sure it is documented. Hire a photographer to document the moment. Remember, the more isolated and private, the harder incorporating a photog will be. Hire a pro and you’re sure to come up with a master plan no matter the scenario.

Celebrate. You’ve asked, and they said yes! (Congrats by the way!) Have something on hand to celebrate. A bottle of champagne, their favorite cookies, or reservations at their favorite restaurant.

Check out these halo engagement rings that will stop them in their tracks!

14K Rose Gold Compass Point Diamond Accents Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Sunburst Diamond Tiara Engagement Ring

Private Locations For A Private Moment

This is a huge moment between two people. If you want your proposal to be something for JUST the two of you, then pick a private location. Does that mean no one else can be around? Of course not. It just requires some research. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. New York, New York. We know what you’re thinking, New York?! Privacy?! Actually yes! This iconic city is so sizable, so large, that you are sure to find a private spot. A romantic picnic, a private stroll, or grabbing a view of the unforgettable New York City skyline, are just a few ideas.
  1. Pagosa Springs, Colorado. These hot springs ooze romance. With multiple secluded spots and a gorgeous natural background of mountains and forest, give your partner a piece of ice hotter than any spring in the state.
  1. Isle of Skye, Scotland. You’ll feel as if you are in a fairy tale at this gorgeous location that feels straight out of your fantasies. As beautiful as it is private, jump into the pools of the cascading river to celebrate….if you dare!
  1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia. You don’t get much more private…or romantic than the bungalows of Bora Bora. Take an intoxicating vacation to the next level by popping the ultimate question.

These engagement rings sparkle so bright they will light up the night sky!

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Budget Conscientious Proposals

Your proposal is a special moment, that does not mean it has to be an expensive one. Sometimes simple is best. Or maybe, you want the ring to have all the budget! Either way, check out some of these ideas for a great summer proposal that will be easy on your wallet.

Summer Proposal At The Beach

Most public beaches are free, and if you manage to find free parking even better! Go for sunset (or if you’re an early bird, sunrise). The sand, the water, the view, and you! Write it in the sand or celebrate by frolicking in waves, you just can’t ask for a better spot!

Propose At Your Local Park

Being out in nature and enjoying the summer breeze is about as cute as it gets. Being somewhere familiar will make it feel like home. So pack a picnic and make a day of it (make sure to pack it yourself so you can hide the ring!). Find a secluded spot, snuggle under your favorite tree, or have fun on the swings. Your local park is the perfect spot to create a million-dollar summer proposal for mere pennies on the dollar.

Have Your Proposal At A National Park

National parks are not only beautiful, but they are also affordable too. Choose one with free entry for the utmost frugality. But don’t worry, if your chosen national park has an entry fee, it will be minimal and only exists to help support the park. Feel the romance of nature when you pop the question. The beautiful, awe-inspiring geological features of national parks make them a perfect, economically conscientious scene to ask the most beautiful of questions.

Picture Your Summer Proposal On A Scenic Drive

Fancy a drive? Beauty is literally all around you. For this summer proposal, all you need is a bit of gas in your tank and the open road. We recommend getting your car cleaned first (fast food wrappers have a tendency to take away the romance) and pulling over (no distracted driving here!). This proposal is low cost, high intimacy, and all romance. Pick your spot and head out on the open road.

Check out these solitaire engagement rings that are so beautiful you’ll forget they don’t break the bank.

14K White Gold Ten Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Woven Solitaire Engagement Ring

Make It A Family Affair

If you and your partner are very family-oriented or maybe mom is their best friend, perhaps they have a gaggle of cousins who are just always around? More and more people are making their proposals a family affair. After all, they say you don’t just marry the person, you marry the whole family.

Having the family involved can be VERY helpful. They can help with everything from the ring all the way through to the big moment. Mom can find out the ring size, dad can insist they come to your desired location, big sis can find out what styles they love….and hate! And baby brother can record it all on his new phone.

Not only will having the family involved let them know you have their family’s blessing, but your partner will also appreciate having the people who love them most around for their biggest moment.

Whether it’s a family dinner, a family vacation, or maybe the family pops up out of nowhere, having family around for such an important moment can make it that much more meaningful.

Here are some pavé engagement rings the family is sure to approve of and will make amazing selfies with your family furbaby!

14K White Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Proposals Fit For Royalty

They are royalty to you so make them feel like a monarch for a day. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Roses Are Red. For a romantic summer proposal, we suggest you fill the room with their favorite flower. Whether it’s roses or lilies, fill the room from top to bottom with their favorite petals. The scent will be gorgeous, the scene unforgettable, it will be a moment fit for royalty.
  1. I’m On A Boat. Summer proposals and boats? we think yes! Something about being ferried on a boat feels simply regal. Oh captain! Take us towards the sunset! Go for the wine and cheese package (if offered – if not BYOW&C) and amidst the luxury of the moment, present them with a diamond engagement ring just as elegant.
  1. Viva Italia! From the balconies of Verona to the canals of Venice, Italy is filled with regalia. Luxuriate with wine for the ages and the best pasta of your life. Enjoy views straight from a postcard and create a straight up Cinderella moment as they stare nonstop at their new icy finger.
  1. Literally A Castle. Europe’s royal families left castles all over the continent, many are open to visitors, and some even allow you to stay overnight. Visit one for the big moment and have a location as fabulous as the ring you are presenting. It does not get more regal than being in an actual castle.

Want a ring fit for a coronation? Here are some of our favorite summer-inspired engagement rings they are sure to love….almost as much as they love you!

14K White Gold Scalloped Cathedral Halo Diamond Engagement Ring