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Obsession-Worthy Art Deco Engagement Rings

What makes an art deco engagement ring? Find out and find your own!

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Vintage-style art deco rings are named after the Art Deco design style of the 1920s and 30s. Not sure what we mean? Think of the geometric patterns on The Chrysler Building or the Empire State Building in N.Y.C., or on covers of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Simply put, we think art deco engagement rings are the bee’s knees. Scroll down to discover why!

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WHAT MAKES AN ART DECO ENGAGEMENT RING?

Art Deco Engagement Rings: Geometric Halos

The Art Deco era was all about geometric symmetry, and art deco halo rings are no exception! Inspired by architecture, these angular halos give their rings a glamorous edge.

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Art Deco Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Art Deco Engagement Rings: Baguette Cut

Baguette cut diamonds were super popular during the Art Deco era. These gems are step-cut like emerald cut diamonds, but with square corners. Baguettes make for great center diamonds and can also shine as engagement ring side stones (P.S. Want to learn more? We’ve got this one in the baguette.)

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Art Deco Engagement Rings: Milgrain

Another style that characterizes art deco engagement rings: milgrain detailing, i.e. those beaded dots that look like glittering stitches in the metal. Milgrain detailing lends your diamonds a level up, adding a delicate and flirty frame.

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Art Deco Engagement Rings: Diamond Shapes

Along with baguette cut diamonds, two other shapes were the talk of the town: cushion cut diamonds and asscher cut diamonds. Cushion cut diamonds are square with rounded corners and are one of the first cuts ever. Chosen by modern celebrities from Jessica Biel to Sofia Vergara, their crushed ice appearance creates a romantic glow.

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Art Deco Paisley Engagement Ring with Cushion Cut Diamond

Asscher cut diamonds were also super popular in the Gatsby era. However, this shape is still loved for its glacier-like clarity and “hall of mirrors” geometric effect. Case in point: Elizabeth Taylor and Pippa Middleton (a.k.a. grace and style personified) both chose asscher cut engagement rings.

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Engagement Ring Inspiration from Celeb Proposals

Now trending: the most obsession-worthy celebrity rings of 2019 so far! Get your engagement ring inspiration from these rocks with superstar quality.

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It’s been a year of gorgeous celeb love already, and we’re only three months in! Can you say engagement ring inspiration?? From colorful center stones to elongated diamond shapes (spoilers: there are a lot of those), these celebrities have sparked the hottest engagement ring trends of 2019.

THE KATY PERRY ENGAGEMENT RING

Baby, this is a firework! A true lord of the rings, actor Orlando Bloom proposed to pop superstar Katy Perry with a floral diamond halo surrounding a pink center stone. The perfect choice for a colorful and playful artist.

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Personalize this floral halo ring by setting it with a pink diamond or pink sapphire.

THE JENNIFER LAWRENCE ENGAGEMENT RING

Surprise: this Silver Linings Playbook actress got engaged with a gleaming silvery metal band. J. Law’s fiancé Cooke Maroney proposed with a simple solitaire that pulls all the attention to its modern emerald cut diamond.

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Take our über-popular comfort fit solitaire engagement ring and set it with an emerald cut diamond.

THE JASMINE CEPHAS JONES ENGAGEMENT RING

Tell me how to say yes to this! Cephas Jones’ Hamilton co-star Anthony Ramos blew us all away with this three-stone stunner. The ring maximizes the trend factor by incorporating not un, not deux, but trois emerald cut stones.

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Rock this three-stone ring with an emerald cut center stone flanked by smaller emerald cut side stones and a pavé.

THE MELISSA BENOIST ENGAGEMENT RING

Melissa Benoist’s glee was overwhelming when her “Supergirl” co-star Chris Wood proposed with an oval cut diamond surrounded by a pavé halo. The engagement ring halo is our kryptonite – it makes an elongated diamond sparkle even more brilliantly.

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For one of the our most-loved setting styles, take this pavé halo ring that is designed especially for oval cut diamonds.

THE KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER ENGAGEMENT RING

Guardian of the galaxy Chris Pratt proposed to his author girlfriend with a jaw-dropping cushion cut ring. Although many cushion cut diamonds are more symmetrical, Schwarzenegger rocks a colossal elongated cut. And when you add the micro-pavé band? Everything is awesome.

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Set an elongated cushion cut diamond in this french cut pavé engagement ring.

THE DEBBY RYAN ENGAGEMENT RING

Twenty-One Pilots drummer Josh Dun proposed to actress Debby Ryan in a New Zealand treehouse (!) with a three-stone beauty that makes our hearts skip a beat. Her angular side stones add a modern edge to an already trendy emerald cut center.

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Mix the softness of a round cut center diamond with this fresh geometric trapezoid side stone engagement ring setting.

THE MIYA X ENGAGEMENT RING

Way to go, Roger! Sister, Sister actor and musician Marques Houston posted dreamy shots of his proposal to girlfriend Miya X. Her ring features a cushion cut center stone set in a pavé style. In addition to the diamond-encrusted band, her diamond is held by a glittering basket.

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THE JOSEPHINE SKRIVER ENGAGEMENT RING

We’re split between what we love more about this Victoria’s Secret model’s engagement: musician Alexander DeLeon’s (a.k.a. Bohnes) angelic proposal under the northern lights, or her emerald cut diamond split-shank ring. We’re open to both!

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Go for drama with this split-shank ribbon engagement ring set with an emerald cut center stone.

THE BRITTANY SNOW ENGAGEMENT RING

With this much frost, we say let it snow! Brittany Snow’s fiancé Tyler Stanaland proposed with a modern classic – a pavé engagement ring with diamonds along the band. The diamond detailing complements a brilliant round cut center.

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2019 Oscars-Inspired Jewelry

This year’s Academy Awards hosted some of our favorite red carpet looks ever. Read on for our Oscars-inspired jewelry picks!

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Top Looks & Oscars-Inspired Jewelry

And the nominees for Oscars-inspired jewelry are…

Michelle Yeoh

The Crazy Rich Asians actress stunned in a metallic and light pink gown with floral details – achieving a similar spectacular effect as the rose gold and diamonds in our pavé sunburst engagement ring.

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Pavé Sunburst Engagement Ring

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Chris Evans

Captain America had us swooning double, both when he supported winner Regina King when her dress got caught and when he debuted this teal jacket on the red carpet. Crush it like Chris with our east-west emerald cut blue topaz ring (and read on about the December birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Blue Topaz Stackable Ring

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Helen Mirren

Hot dame, we loved this look! The 2007 Oscar winner rocked a tulle gown with multiple layers of pink. Achieve the color texture and diamond accents with our rose gold pink sapphire stackable diamond ring.

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Pink Sapphire Diamond Ring

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Charlize Theron

The Long Shot actress shocked us all with her new dramatic brunette bob paired with a dusty blue gown. For another light blue that packs a punch, check out our aquamarine floating halo ring (bonus: learn more about the March birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Aquamarine Halo Ring

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Danai Gurira

In a glowing ball gown, long braids, and a golden headpiece, this Black Panther star looked like a total goddess. Get Danai’s ethereal look with our yellow gold bezel set stackable diamond ring.

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Open Bezel Diamond Ring

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Tina Fey

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt show creator opted for a bold strapless dress over her Bossypants. Mirror the effect of that striking blue with our cushion cut sapphire halo tennis bracelet (or consider a sapphire and diamond engagement ring!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Sapphire Tennis Bracelet

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Emma Stone

Why win a gold statuette when you can be one instead? We’re stuck on The Favourite star’s unique sleeves and glittering pattern. Bee just as sweet with our citrine honeycomb stackable ring (and learn more about the November birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Citrine Honeycomb Ring

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Stephan James

We’d like to thank the Academy for this season of velvet jackets! This If Beale Street Could Talk actor treated us to a custom tux in fire engine red. Go from three-piece to three-stone with our trillion ruby engagement ring (then read all about the July birthstone!).

Oscars-Inspired Jewelry: Trillion Ruby Engagement Ring

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: 5 Big Questions

The results are in! We surveyed 2,800 women about engagement ring etiquette – what are the rules for getting engaged, and which of those rules are meant to be broken?

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: “The 2 Months’ Salary Rule”

There’s an age-old myth that you’re supposed to decide how much to spend on the engagement ring based on how much you’d earn in two months. However, when we actually asked, 69% of women disagreed. The engagement ring etiquette consensus: a ring should cost whatever you can afford – the relationship is the most important thing.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Forgo the Flash Mob

It might be best to stay away from dramatic and/or jumbo-tron proposals; 56% of women surveyed said they prefer an intimate proposal with just the two of you, while 28% said they want something small with close friends and family. Only 4% told us they’d rather go big than go home.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Who Proposes?

So when it comes to heterosexual partnerships, are guys always supposed to be the ones to pop the question? In this modern age, survey says… mostly yes. 79% of women said the guy should propose. On the other hand, 12% said they have no problem with a woman proposing to the man, while 9% said they’d only propose if their guys waited around for too long.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Have Your Sparkly Say

Collaboration is key! 84% of women surveyed said they’d be happy to drop hints, provide pictures, or tell friends/family about the engagement ring they prefer. Might as well make it a date night activity; 15% of women surveyed said they want to look at rings with their partners. Meanwhile, only 3% of women said they’d keep it straightforward and tell their partner their exact ring choice.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Splitting the Cost

The answers to this one were surprisingly split – 58% said they think their partner should save up and pay for the engagement ring alone, while 42% are open to sharing the check (with 26% adding the caveat that he can’t afford it on his own). Looking for the absolute best engagement ring option for your budget? We’re here for you, 24/7 – chat with customer service now.

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How to Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry

You’ve got that gorgeous rock – now how do you keep it looking incredibly bright? Follow this guide for clear and helpful ways to take care of your diamond jewelry!

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BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DIAMOND CARE

Take Care of Your Diamond Cleaning

No need to bring your diamonds in for cleaning – here are the DIY methods to keep your diamond engagement ring and diamond jewelry looking just like new:

1. Soak and Scrub

Everyone can use a good bubble bath, and your jewelry is no exception! Take care of your diamond rings and jewelry with a little TLC, making sure no gems come loose.

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Soak your jewelry in a solution of mild dish soap and warm water for a few minutes. Afterward, carefully scrub the metal using a soft cloth, cotton swab, or gentle toothbrush, then rinse.

2. Get Intense Shine

For extra shine in your yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum jewelry, you can follow up the mild dish soap soak with window cleaner. Do not use window cleaner with white gold – the rhodium plating won’t be able to handle such harsh chemicals. Limit this soak to one minute at a time.

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After the window cleaner, dip your ring into the mild dish soap solution, rinse it with warm water, then dry it completely.

3. Shield the Shade

You can use ionic cleaners to clean most diamond jewelry, but the electrical current may mess with the hue of certain gemstones. Consider other cleaning methods for colorful gemstone engagement rings and gemstone jewelry

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Take Care of Your Diamond Insurance

1. Insure Your Diamond Jewelry

Better sparkly and safe than sorry! It might feel weird to prep for the worst when you’re still perfecting the filter on your ring selfie, but trust us – make sure to insure your jewelry right away in case it gets lost or stolen. Find out how much your homeowner’s and renter’s policies cover, then look into additional policies like Jewelers Mutual.

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2. Choose the Right Policy

Make sure you know what you’re getting into! Here are some good questions to ask while you’re researching diamond jewelry insurance policies:

  • Do they offer a deductible or discount if you have a home security system?
  • Does the policy cover you fully if the item is damaged or lost overseas?
  • Is the diamond jewelry covered at the full replacement cost, and will they give you a cash settlement or a replacement item?
  • Which appraisal reports does the insurance company accept, and how often do you need to provide them?
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There’s more to taking care of your diamond jewelry, including when to wear your diamonds and where to store them. Read on!

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Our New Washington, D.C. Diamond Experience

We just opened our Washington, D.C. diamond experience – we can’t wait to tell you all about it, and we especially can’t wait to see you there!

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We’re the new gems of Georgetown! At our brand new location in the heart of D.C., jewelry meets tech for the epitome of modern love. Sound incredible? We know. We’re just getting started…

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The Washington, D.C. Diamond Debut

To kick things off, we hosted an opening bash worthy of D.C. Think refreshments, music, jewelry and engagement rings to try on, cutting-edge tech, complimentary manicures, and a fireside chat with our leadership. Plus, one lucky guest won a $500 diamond necklace!

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Find Your Dream Diamond Ring in D.C.

Say hello to this next-level location! Our airy and gorgeous Washington, D.C. diamond shopping experience features…

Open Product Display

Love the sparkle you see? Help yourself! There’s a 10-foot table containing our bestselling engagement rings right when you walk in – reach in and try ‘em on, no assistance needed.

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Virtual Reality

Learn all about diamonds in an immersive, 3D guide. Our virtual reality simulation takes you through the 4Cs – including what they actually stand for and helpful tips for choosing a diamond.

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Expert Consultations

We’re here for you every step of the way! Meet with a certified gemologist (a.k.a. diamond specialist) to find the perfect diamond engagement ring within your budget.

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Engagement Ring Photo Booth

Take your selfies with the perfect lighting, then add fun effects to create shareable pics, GIFs, and more.

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The Brilliance Bar

Receive personalized diamond jewelry service from our team, including repairs and cleaning.

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Coffee Bar

Relax and enjoy a cup of free freshly brewed coffee. We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve been told it’s delish. Plus, it’s a sweet opportunity for a coffee cup ring selfie!

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Prep Your Pieces

Want to see a specific engagement ring, diamond, or piece of fine jewelry in person? Let us know and it’ll be there waiting for you in our Washington, D.C. location.

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Visit the Washington, D.C. Diamond Experience

We’re located on Georgetown’s cobblestoned streets along with boutiques, galleries, and upscale dining, so you may as well make a day of it 😉

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Maisel-Inspired 1950s Engagement Ring Styles

If there’s anything more obsession-worthy than The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it’s the mid-century aesthetic that lights up the show. We’ve rounded up these 1950s engagement ring fashions in honor of Maisel’s season 2. *Potential spoilers ahead!*

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These 1950s engagement ring styles have us swooning around the Upper West Side, dancing along the Seine River, and dropping some Susie-inspired F bombs (… fabulous. What did you think we meant?).

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1950s Engagement Rings: Stand-Up Sparkle

We couldn’t help but notice that Midge is still wearing her glamorous 1950s engagement ring in Maisel season 2, and we totally get it. Who’d want to take that beauty off??

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Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Mrs. Maisel barely gives us a glimpse of her ring because she moves as quickly as she speaks. From what we can catch, though, her engagement ring from Joel is a yellow gold stunner with side stones. Not a surprise given the costume designers’ keen eye and 1950s engagement ring trends; side stones, especially baguette shape diamonds, were huge at the time.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Star Power

Female powerhouses in Midge’s era are legendary both for their actions and for their impact on fashion. Take Jackie Kennedy for example, who brought fresh energy to the 1950s engagement ring scene with her emerald engagement ring.

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Scalloped Halo Emerald Engagement Ring

Household name and ingénue Audrey Hepburn sparked yet another alternative engagement ring trend: stackable rings! She opted for a sleek channel-set baguette diamond eternity ring and added two more gold rings when she got married.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Think Pink

Potentially more sacred than Rose’s pink soap: Midge’s pink wardrobe! If her all-pink ensembles are any hint, we think Mrs. Maisel would plotz over a rose gold ring with a pink sapphire center. Mirror her style by setting a gemstone in one of these vintage rings.

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10 Winter Proposal Ideas from James Allen Customers

Brave the cold with these BRRRilliant winter proposal ideas, brought to you by our very own snowmen and women!

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Some of us are waiting impatiently for winter to be over, as we shiver and curse the cold air. Then there are those of us who cherish every moment that winter brings, enjoying each cozy second under our fuzzy blankets, warming up with our significant other by the light of Netflix, the falling snowflakes twinkling outside our window. There is only one thing that would bring extra sparkle to the already shimmering winter scene – a diamond ring and a ‘Yes.’

Winter Proposal Ideas and the Engagement Rings Behind Them

From surprise Christmas tree decorations to a glacial getaway, these customers have embraced the winter season, demonstrating some truly festive proposals.

Winter Proposal Ideas: Evergreen Engagements

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The Couple: Tom & Marie | Parlin, New Jersey

The Story: Tom marked a Christmas tree ornament with the date of his winter proposal, and the two celebrated their engagement at a Christmas party. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Three-Stone Trillion and Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

“I asked Marie if she noticed the date on the ornament… It didn’t dawn on her that I was proposing at that moment.” – Tom

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The Couple: Lorelei & Kevin | Mount Olive, New Jersey

The Story: Kevin appointed Santa Claus himself to deliver the sparkling engagement ring. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: French-Cut Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

“Kevin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of our daughter that magical Christmas night.” – Lorelei

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The Couple: Ashley & Craig | Michigan City, Indiana

The Story: While shopping with his family for a Christmas tree, Craig asked Ashley to be his forever. Now there’s a fun winter proposal idea! READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Four-Prong Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

“I’m still on cloud 9! We found the perfect tree, my boyfriend found the perfect ring, and I found the perfect man for me!” – Ashley

Winter Proposal Ideas: Feel Trips

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The Couple: Alyssa & Joey | Providence, Rhode Island

The Story: After four years of dating, Joey proposed to Alyssa on a Valentine’s Day getaway, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire… wait for it… In. An. ICE CASTLE! How much more Frozen-esque can you get? READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

“I opened the little red box and instantly came to tears. I fell into his arms with happiness and joy.” – Alyssa

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The Couple: Chelsea & Patrick | Norfolk, England

The Story: Chelsea surprised Patrick with a trip to NYC, but little did she know that Patrick was planning his own surprise – a winter proposal on top of the Empire State Building! READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

“He started to play one of my favorite songs, ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri, and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!” – Chelsea

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The Couple: Jennifer & Hector | Denver, Colorado

The Story: Hector got down on one knee on a magical glacier lagoon in Iceland, with seals as his witness. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

“The sky was covered in stunning pink light… Hector dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked me to be his wife.” – Jennifer

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The Couple: Daynia & Colin | San Diego, California

The Story: On a family trip to a cozy cabin in Utah, Colin and Daynia took a break from their snowmobile ride, for the perfect winter proposal moment. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Princess Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“It was one of the most beautiful places in the world; so quiet, intimate, and peaceful.” – Daynia

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The Couple: Courtney & Ian | Portland, Oregon

The Story: Courtney’s high school sweetheart used snowy mountains as the backdrop for his winter proposal. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Cushion Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“It was a winter wonderland – the most gorgeous place I have ever been! #LuckiestGirlAlive” – Courtney

Winter Proposal Ideas: Sentimental Snowbacks

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The Couple: Meghan and Ian | Newmarket, New Hampshire

The Story: While sledding in the backyard of Meghan’s childhood home, Ian stopped to present Meghan with a shiny ring. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Six-Prong Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

“Ian and I love winter and snow. I couldn’t have imagined a more magical or more ‘us’ proposal.” – Meghan

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The Couple: Marcus & Grace | Chicago, Illinois

The Story: Marcus chose the restaurant where he first met Grace as the spot to pop the question. We love how sentimental this winter proposal idea is. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

“When Grace turned around, Marcus was on one knee. The details from there are blurry, but one thing we know is she said ‘of course!’” – Marcus & Grace

Ho-ho-hoping to pop the question this festive season? Fill your stocking with these Christmas proposal ideas.

Are you a lucky winter proposer or proposee? If you got engaged with a James Allen ring, share your proposal story with us.

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published November 2017. It was updated November 2018.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry Pieces Under $1,000

Giving made easy (and affordable!) – check out our diamond jewelry holiday gift guide!

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With the blink of an eye, the holidays are almost here again. Another year, another list of presents to give. While it may be a fun task (it is the most joyful season, after all), the process of selecting something special—especially for the love of your life and on a budget—can require a great gift guide. To save you time and stress, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite pieces to suit your love’s personality, all jewelry under $1,000. Happy shopping!

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Zen Seeker

The striking violet color of this amethyst gemstone is more than just eye candy. Legend has it that this form of quartz promotes clarity of the mind, relieves stress, and connects you more closely with your mind and soul. Bonus: this ring’s darker shade is totally on-trend.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Nature Lover

Arguably the most beautiful plant in the world, the lotus flower has been prominent in Eastern cultures for centuries. The significance behind this particular flower is its ability to rise out of the water from muddy roots – it then blossoms daily into perfectly proportioned petals, without a trace of dirt. A perfect gift to highlight her natural strength and beauty.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Art Connoisseur

If she’s always visiting museums and gallery-hopping, or is an artist herself, look no further than this Art Nouveau-inspired necklace. The center stone comes with a storied past: “topaz” was named after Topazius, what the ancient Greeks called the island of Zebirget in the Red Sea. Blue topaz is also the birthstone for December—perfect for those celebrating birthdays during the holidays.

London Blue Topaz and Diamond Necklace

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Minimalist

This delicate bracelet can be worn everyday, dressed up or down. The pavé style lines up the diamonds to appear even more luminous. This bit of sparkle goes a long way.

Pavé Diamond Bar Bracelet

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Vintage Enthusiast

For those who spend their weekends treasure hunting at bazaars, vintage rings and collectible things will never go out of style. Ruby is the most valuable variety of the mineral corundum (a.k.a. aluminum oxide, the second-hardest mineral after diamond). Impress her with this rare find.

Bezel-Set Ruby Trio and Diamond Ring

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Modernist

This necklace is strikingly modern and vintage at once with yellow gold and diamond accents. The piece also holds beautiful significance: circles have long been known to represent eternity and wholeness.

Open Circle Marquise Diamond Necklace

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Party Hostess

In the midst of all the cocktail parties and holiday get-togethers, her emerald and gold piece will be the talk about town. Gift her this pair of earrings with the gemstone notably worn on women such as Elizabeth Taylor and Cleopatra. Best paired with a bottle of champagne.

Emerald Four-Prong Earrings

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And Of Course… For Your Future Fiancée (!)

If you’re planning on popping the question during the holiday season, get thoughtful and customize a unique ring for your one and only. A word to the wise: make sure to check her ring size before ordering. Here’s a design for inspiration, with a timeless halo style and a round diamond that catches light at every angle.

Trellis Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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She’ll love both the thought and the gift. Happy holidays from JamesAllen.com, and if you’re planning a winter proposal, an added congratulations!

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Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

Choose an engagement ring engraving that’ll create your moment in your own words (on us!).

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Every couple has their own special way of communicating with each other, filled with tokens of love and had-to-be-there private jokes. We’re all about those love languages! Whatever proposal you plan will be a personalized tribute to your shared language – so why not personalize your engagement ring too? Engrave your ring for free during checkout as an extra meaningful touch!

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At a gloss for words? We’ve got inspiration for your perfect engagement ring inscription.

Engagement Ring Engraving: Get the Message

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

INSCRIBE YOUR PROPOSAL DATE

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

“12.07.2013”

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INSCRIBE A ROMANTIC PHRASE

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

“Adventures Await Us”

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“All of my love”

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“Love Beyond Eternity”

Rose Gold Sapphire and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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“You Are My Treasure”

Platinum Bow-Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring

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INSCRIBE YOUR INITIALS

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

“S&S”

White Gold Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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INSCRIBE SHARED MEANING

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

“Mo Chroi Go Deo” (“My Heart, Forever”)

White Gold Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring

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“My only Home Run”

Rose Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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“DFTBA” (“Don’t Forget To Be Awesome”)

Rose Gold Pavé Crossover Engagement Ring

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“M&C Mark 10:9” (“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”)

Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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“Te Amo” (“I Love You”)

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Engagement Ring Engraving: the Write Look

When you engrave your engagement ring at JamesAllen.com, you’ll choose:

  • Either block text or cursive script font
  • Any phrase up to 20 characters in length (a.k.a. the most meaningful Tweet you’ve ever composed)

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

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Twisted Engagement Rings: That Spiral Style

Twisted engagement rings put a new spin on the classic solitaire ring setting.

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Abbraccio Swirl Engagement Ring by Danhov

Everything is more interesting with a twist: gin and tonic with a twist of lime, M. Night Shyamalan movies, those poles outside barber shops. The same goes for jewelry – namely, twisted engagement rings. Their updated design adds a whimsical and utterly unique touch to an otherwise basic band.

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Twisted Engagement Rings: It’s All in the Twist

Twisted engagement rings can be fashioned out of one solid metal band, two tightly wound bands, or an open split shank that intersects with itself. For an eye-catching enhancement, choose one that’s studded with pavé diamonds or sporting a shimmering halo.

The Bold & The Beautiful 💍

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Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

Twisted engagement rings are already a bold look, and silvery metals are in, but this modern tension-set ring brings added drama and sophistication. The wide, sleek band, with its striking contours, is one of the fiercest settings we’ve seen! Can you feel the tension?

The Tulip from Amster-dayum! 🌷

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Milgrain Twist Tulip Basket Engagement Ring

This one-of-a-kind solitaire ring has milgrain detailing along the shanks and can be set with a round or princess-cut diamond. Where’s the tulip, you ask? Ah, that’s the twist! It forms the basket for an extra-romantic surprise.

The Pretzeled Pavé 🥨

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Pavé Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

This delicious-looking setting features a liberal sprinkling of pavé diamonds along each of its interwoven bands. These serve to gently accent the center stone… like grains of salt on a pretzel!

The Simply Di-vine 🍃

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Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

There ain’t no shine like a twisted vine! This bewitching nature-inspired ring showcases two marquise-shaped pavé-set accents on either side. These leaf-like flourishes flow together seamlessly on a band of lustrous gold.

The Spiraling Solitaire 🌀

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Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

Throw your partner a rope in the form of this charming twisted cable solitaire engagement ring. Tightly interwoven gold cables are a subtle way to let the wearer know you won’t ever let them down. Pair with the matching cable wedding band when you’re ready to tie the knot.

The Coiled Crossover 🔀

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Pavé Halo and Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

Keep your fingers crossed for this gorgeous split-shank engagement ring. A pavé halo surrounds the center stone, while additional pavé diamonds line one of the shanks for maximum sparkle.

Twisted Engagement Rings: Give Us a Twirl

Is a ring with a twist top of your list? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twister.
Er… 
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Discover the crossover appeal of split shank and infinity engagement rings.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.

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Everyone has a personal style. Some are more understated than others and, therefore, harder to discern. Your job as Buyer of Rings, Proposer of Marriage, is to hone in on that style by whatever means necessary. Put on your detective hat and do some snooping around or straight up ask your partner what she’d like. Either way, finding her engagement ring style needn’t be a chore with our handy guide. Just pop on some good music and get sleuthing.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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Let’s start by clearing something up: the ring doesn’t have to be a complete surprise.

There, we’ve said it.

These days, it’s perfectly acceptable – preferable even – to bring your partner into the design process. No one knows the wearer’s style better than the wearer herself, so why not involve her in the decision making? Goodness knows, you’ll need all the help you can get when confronted with terms like pavé, halo, and tension! (That last one’s a setting style btw, not a headache.) By promoting your partner to Chief Ring Adviser, you’ll come across as the sensitive and considerate human being you are while eliminating much of the guesswork. It’s a win-win.

Now, the direct approach won’t work for everyone, mind you. Some customers – proposer and proposee alike – have their hearts set on a solo ring selection, culminating in the Big Reveal. To those irrepressible romantics, we say… read on!

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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Like all good detectives, you’ve been waiting for the right case to come along; a case worthy of your powers of deduction. Finding her engagement ring style is right up there with #WhoBitBeyoncé and that whole Yanny vs Laurel thing – except the odds of you solving this one are far higher!

Seriously though, your partner’s online and offline activity might give away key clues about her ring preferences. If she has a Pinterest account, it’s worth checking to see if she’s created any boards with sparkle-related titles or pinned any specific rings. Assuming you have access to her Facebook account, check her profile and activity log for any ring posts she’s liked or shared.

What’s the Buzz?

Even if she’s been careful not to leave a digital trail, she may have confided in her best friend or sibling. Once you’ve got a sparkly bee in your bonnet, it’s almost impossible to keep it to yourself! Listen for subtle hints that might come up when she’s chatting with her inner circle, especially if the topic of celebrity engagement rings comes up.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

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When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.

What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.

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Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

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Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

If your girl is more Devil Wears Prada than Devil Wears Nada, you might consider a more daring setting. Pay close attention to her wardrobe. If she dresses to impress and won’t touch anything unless it’s by a top designer, go for something with character, such as a vintage engagement ring or hyper-modern tension ring.

Read more about designing the perfect engagement ring

Glow-Key Glam

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Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

If, on the other hand, her idea of glamour is a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, we’d recommend opting for something simple like a baguette side-stone engagement ring. Understated yet elegant.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

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Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

If none of the above tips speak to you, no one would fault you for playing it safe and going with a classic style such as a solitaire. This is essentially a single center diamond mounted on a plain setting. Solitaires are considered classics for a reason: they work with practically any individual style and never go out of fashion.

Once you’ve figured out your setting style, it’s time to consider the diamond shape. If you have even the slightest doubt about what shape to get, you can’t go wrong with a round cut. Round-cut diamonds are by far the most popular shape for engagement rings, owing to their perfect geometry and abundant sparkle. These timeless classics are tried and true, but if it’s a little more edge you’re after, a princess or cushion-cut diamond should suffice.

Walk a Mile in Her Style

How did you manage to pinpoint your partner’s style preference? Did you go undercover or were you upfront about it? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.

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Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: The Greatest Glow on Earth!

Love makes the world go round and we’ve got the awinspiring around-the-world marriage proposals to prove it!

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Somewhere on this big blue marble we call home, a couple is getting engaged right now. By the time you finish reading this article, several hundred thousand more will have put a ring on it. Planet Earth is quite simply the place to pop the question – at least until commercial spaceflight becomes a thing.

In honor of World Post Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite around-the-world marriage proposals submitted by our international customers. Just as their love knows no borders, James Allen offers free shipping to over 30 countries worldwide. You could say we put the glow in global!

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Honduran Homebodies

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Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Our round-the-world trip starts out in Zamorano, Honduras. Hopeful hubby Aaron left girlfriend Maria a note instructing her to meet him by a tire swing in their neighbor’s yard. As she waited obligingly by the swing, her knight in shining amour pulled up in a red vintage truck. He presented her with a bouquet of flowers and an impossible-to-resist pavé halo diamond ring, to which she couldn’t help but say yes. We love the sheer simplicity of this proposal and can practically taste the homemade baleadas wafting through the air! Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Canadian Cascade

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Single Row Pavé Infinity Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

Next, we head north to Edmonton, Canada, and the scene of Carly and Roman’s gushing proposal. Roman whisked Carly off on a helicopter ride, stopping below a glacial waterfall for a picturesque mountaintop picnic. Using the Insta-worthy moment to his advantage, Roman pretended to set up the camera’s self-timer, but secretly hit record. The teary-eyed romantic then took the plunge and presented his love with a single row pavé infinity ring by Martin Flyer. Noticing that he was holding the box upside down, Carly quickly turned it right-side up and said yes through the laughter and the tears. Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: American Dream

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

The next leg of our whistle-stop tour takes us to the City of Angels via France. Manon from France and fiancé Andrew from Texas were university sweethearts who somehow managed to make their intercontinental relationship work. While on a trip to Los Angeles to realize Manon’s lifelong dream of hiking to the Hollywood Sign, Andrew got down on one knee and proposed with a petite pavé ring. Serendipity may have brought them together, but it was their James Allen sparkler that made it official. Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Mauritian Marvel

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

All the way over on the other side of the world, a man named Arreytambe was planning an altogether more tropical proposal. He invited then-girlfriend Bessem to visit him on the idyllic island of Mauritius, where he had moved for work. After they’d spent some time enjoying all the island has to offer, Arreytambe arranged a private dinner on the beach, complete with waiter service, hidden photographer, and drone cam. Bessem could barely contain her excitement when he got down on one knee and pulled out that diamond split shank double halo pavé ring. And who could blame her? It is quite stunning! Read more

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Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Jamaican Joy Ride

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Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Our last stop takes us to Kingston, Jamaica and the aptly named Hope Gardens, where churchgoers Karamo and Renee got engaged. Karamo told a blindfolded Renee they were going out for a surprise dinner and drove around in circles to disorient her. In fact, he was planning to pop the question in a part of the sunken garden that he and his friends had decorated. Not even a few brief rain showers could dampen the mood of this joyous occasion. Needless to say, she said yes to him and her falling edge pavé diamond ring (in that order). Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Bring It Home

Where (and how) on earth did you pop the question? Map it out for us in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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Cup O’ Glow: The Coffee-Flavored Ring Selfie

This National Coffee Day, make sure your ring selfie is the toast of the town.

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There are exactly two things that get us out of bed in the morning: the smell of freshly ground coffee and the sparkle of an engagement ring. Put the two together, and you’ve got an Insta-worthy blend fit for your big announcement.

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The Coffee-Flavored Ring Selfie: Baristas of Bling

Our customers are no strangers to the caffeinated ring selfie. They’ve got the presentation down to a fine art, perfectly balancing beverage and bling. These pumpkin-spiced pics give new meaning to #nofilter!

The Bird’s-Eye Brew

To best showcase her cushion outline pavé engagement ring, blogger @arie_carie went for a simple overhead shot. The clever composition places the latte art front and center, but it doesn’t take long for her sparkler to steal the bean.

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The Side Sippers

This photo is an intense blend of 5% arabica coffee, 95% James Allen sparkle. @deirdreroache has opted for a classic profile shot that puts her dazzling pavé crown diamond engagement ring in full brew.

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Sticking with the side view, @Gkarlijo31 flaunts her petite pavé crown diamond engagement ring while enjoying a cup o’ joe with her SO. If that delicate sparkler on her hand is too subtle a hint, their matching Mr. and Mrs. mugs add some flavor.

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Uncomplicated as a cup of instant coffee, this ring selfie says it all with one simple-yet-powerful word. Yes, Jorden B., we do love your robust pavé halo diamond engagement ring, oval-cut center stone and all.

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The soft focus of this “gorgeous” ring selfie by Nicole W. is giving us major Snow White vibes! Her cushion outline pavé engagement ring blends perfectly into the image, creating an ethereal, dreamlike quality. Many cups come pre-printed with cute little phrases like this, but you can always buy a plain cup and have it customized, if that’s more your cup of tea.

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The Different Perk-spective

Blogger @hkcung shows off not one but four stunning pavé-set rings; two halo engagement rings with oval and pear center diamonds on one hand, and a petite pavé crown engagement ring and pavé set diamond eternity ring on the other. The photo’s angle lends an interesting perspective that draws the viewer in. The use of bold colors really makes the image pop.

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How romantic is this couple’s shot of his and hers rings? @shannondelanyron is rocking an exquisite cushion outline pavé engagement ring while her hubby is sporting a handsome squared groove comfort fit wedding band. Notice how they’ve adopted the same pose, giving the photo a real sense of visual harmony.

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The Coffee-Flavored Ring Selfie: Spill the Beans

How will you espresso your sparkle this National Coffee Day? Latte us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Feeling wired? Get inspired with our guide to the ultimate ring selfie.

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Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Rings

Read on for some sapphire and diamond engagement ring inspiration…

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Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been associated with royalty for centuries. The gemstone brings to mind Princess Diana’s famous and beautiful sapphire and diamond ring, which now adorns Kate Middleton’s graceful hand (shop a more affordable ring lookalike here!).

Though the most popular sapphire color is blue, sapphire stones also come in pink, green, yellow, and more. Sapphires have forever been a symbol of trust, loyalty and protection. When worn, the September birthstone is believed to protect loved ones and give its wearer clarity, health, modesty, intelligence, inner peace, and optimism. The stunning gemstone has long been a representation of sincerity and truth.

Design Your Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring This September

Looking for ideas? Browse these customer sapphire and diamond engagement ring designs!

Sapphire Symbolism

PURITY

Walk down the aisle in pure white, with something blue.

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Vintage Round Diamond and Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

WISDOM

Show off your intelligence in a smart sapphire and diamond ring.

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White Gold Three-Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

FAITHFULNESS

Your stunning sapphire ring will be a constant reminder to stay faithful to who you are.

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White Gold Enchanted Swirl Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

OPTIMISM

Nothing can get you down when you’re wearing this sizzling sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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White Gold Side-Stone Floral Sapphire Engagement Ring

SENSITIVITY

Your sapphire gemstone ring will be a token of appreciation for your ability to stay in tune with others’ feelings.

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Rose Gold Three-Stone Princess Sapphire Engagement Ring

SPIRITUALITY

When you glance down at this bird of paradise engagement ring, you’ll feel at peace with yourself as you’re reminded of your deep connection to your fiancé-to-be.

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MODESTY

Take pride in your power to understand your shortcomings – it will help you become the best version of yourself.

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This sunburst sapphire and diamond engagement ring will remind you what’s really important in life.

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Shhh! Keeping the Ring a Secret

With your sparkler safely in the bag, the next crucial step is keeping the ring a secret so you can successfully pull off your surprise proposal.

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Buying the engagement ring is the easy part. Keeping it a secret from your SO is where the real challenge lies. You’re up against an opponent whose curiosity knows no bounds. No sock drawer is safe, no bookshelf off-limits. To pull this off, you’re going to need an airtight game plan and nerves of steel!

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Keeping the Ring a Secret: Leave No Trace

In a recent blog post, we weighed the benefits of shopping for a surprise ring versus collaborating with your SO. If you’re dead set on keeping the ring a secret, you’ll want to ensure you don’t leave a footprint – digital or otherwise – that could blow your cover.

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When ring shopping online, we strongly recommend doing your homework. However, if you happen to share computers/devices with your SO, make sure you sign out of all their accounts before starting to plan your surprise proposal. Likewise, if you absolutely must print something out (though we’re not sure why you would – this is 2018, people!), don’t leave that smoking gun sitting in your printer tray.