Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

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

Happy couple smiling with an engagement ring after proposing

We sat down with Sarah, one of James Allen’s senior customer service reps, to talk about some common questions she encounters on a daily basis from customers. Whether it’s about buying an engagement ring or making proposal plans, read on for her top engagement ring tips and more!

1. Shape Your Thoughts

When you’re just getting started, we recommend thinking about shape preference. ‘A round center stone is never going to go out of style, and it is by far the most popular shape’ explains Sarah. If you don’t know where to begin, play it safe and go for a round center stone. Oval cut and pear-shaped diamonds are a good choice for those who prefer something more trendy.

 Three Stone Engagement Ring

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

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

Split Shank Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

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

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

Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

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

2. Timing Is Everything

When you’re thinking about the proposal, consider timelines and how long it takes to make your ring. ‘I always remind our customers to allow themselves enough time because all our rings are made to order’ adds Sarah. So, remember to give yourself enough time for that sparkler to arrive! Whatever you choose, allow yourself a few weeks before getting your hands on these stunners:

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

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

Two-Tone Swirl Tension Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

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

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

3. Let’s Talk Budget

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

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

 Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

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

Looking to sparkle and save? We teamed up with proposal expert Stacy Stahl to cover all your ring budget questions, including:

  1. How much should you spend on a ring?  
  2. Does bigger mean better? 
  3. How can you save money? 
  4. What’s the average amount spent?

Listen to her tips in the video below to find the best bling for your buck:

4. A Two-Way Street

Engagement ring shopping is usually a two-way street. ‘You should always keep your partner in the loop and follow their lead’ advises Sarah. Your partner is going to be wearing the ring every day, so make sure they love it! If your SO hints for something other than a classic solitaire, try something different, like these vintage rings.

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

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

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

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

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

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

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Creative Proposal Ideas: Our Top Picks

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

Romantic & Creative Proposal Ideas - On the beach

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

1. Take It Outside

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

Marquise Cluster Halo Engagement Ring

Marquise Cluster Halo Engagement Ring

Petite Halo Engagement Ring

Petite Halo Engagement Ring

Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

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

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

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

2. Get Creative

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

Bypass Tension Engagement Ring

Bypass Tension Engagement Ring

Intertwined Bypass Tension Engagement Ring

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

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

3. Unique Proposals

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

Pavé Antique Clover Engagement Ring

Pavé Antique Clover Engagement Ring

Filigree Engagement Ring

Filigree Engagement Ring

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

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

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

4. Recruit Some Help

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

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Perfect Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Perfect Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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

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

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

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8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

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

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

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

1. Hike Proposal with a View

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

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

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

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

2. Sunset Proposal at the Beach

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

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

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

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Lake Proposal

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

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

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

French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold French Cut Pave Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

4. Field of Flowers

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

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

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

Open Lace Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Open Lace Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Drive-In Movie Theater Proposal

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

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

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

Art Deco Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

6. Camping Proposal

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

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

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

Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring

camping proposal
14K Yellow Gold Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring


7. Bring Spring Indoors

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

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

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

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

8. Back-Up Plan

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

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

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquise Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

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

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9 Fall Proposal Ideas For The COVID Era

Use these customer-tested fall proposal ideas to plan your perfect autumn engagement! These 9 tried-and-true COVID-safe proposals work perfectly even while socially distancing.

Fall Proposal Ideas: giggling newly-engaged couple holding red umbrellas in pouring rain

Looking for fall proposal ideas that go along with your mask-wearing, hand-sanitizing 2020 lifestyle? Our customers have done it best. It’s not exactly the time for a vacation proposal, but here are 9 successful, COVID-safe ways to propose to your partner this autumn. Trust us, it’s totally possible to stay safe and fully enjoy the season!

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Take a day trip to the beach

Don’t mind the weather! It’s fall, but that doesn’t mean that the weather is bad everywhere. Search for your favorite day trip destinations and look for a window of good weather. Once you get it, don’t wait! You’ll get the perfect proposal location, and gorgeous engagement photos to boot.

Jeremiah + Marina’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Fall Proposal Ideas: man proposing to his girlfriend on a sandy beach

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Engagement Ring

Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

Embrace the rain

It’s autumn! And with autumn comes unpredictable weather. If you just can’t wait for that rare day of sunshine, then it’s time to embrace the splish-splashy beauty of the season. Even drizzle can be beautiful, as long as you’re proposing to your partner. 

Alexander + Kalpani’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Alexander and Kalpani's Fall Proposal Idea

Tapered Pavé
Engagement Ring

Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

Carve your initials into a tree

Robyn and Katie created a proposal time capsule in their favorite park. A year after carving their initials into a heart on a tree, Robyn carved “Will you marry me?” above their heart. Fall was the perfect season to enjoy the golden foliage. And now they have the most romantic spot to celebrate their love for years to come.

Robyn + Katie’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Fall Proposal Ideas: a woman proposes to her girlfriend by carving "Marry Me?" into a tree.

Petite Pavé
Engagement Ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Throw a surprise “photoshoot”

Keep it intimate and personal. Propose at home! Do as Christopher did: plan an at-home date night. While you’re waiting for the food to cook, start “goofing around” and taking pictures. You’ll capture the exact moment your partner realizes this isn’t a normal date night!

Christopher + Latrece’s
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Christopher and Latrece's Fall Proposal Idea

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Engagement Ring

Fall proposal ideas: rose gold channel-set engagement ring

Take a hike

Is there anything better than fall foliage? Go for a short hike to your favorite location. Even better – hire a hidden photographer to wait for you at your designated proposal site. Your autumn engagement will be captured beautifully!

Josh + Rachel’s
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Fall Proposal Ideas: a newly-engaged couple smiles against a background of autumn foliage.

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Fall proposal ideas: white gold beaded halo engagement ring

Embrace the bluster!

If you both love the beach, then a choppy fall ocean is a breathtaking backdrop to your engagement. Bring along your friends. As they’re distracting your partner by “taking selfies,” pull out the ring. As you catch your partner off-guard with your proposal, they’ll redirect their cameras to capture your special moment! 

Tu + Ana’s
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Fall Proposal Ideas: a man proposing on one knee on a windy coastal cliff.

Diamond Halo
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Fall proposal ideas: white gold swirl halo engagement ring

Stage “holiday family photos”

Fall is the perfect time to pull off this proposal: pretend you’re taking family holiday photos. You’ll ensure everyone looks their best and all your loved ones will be present! 

Bhavin + Lonna’s
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Fall Proposal Ideas: a man on one knee, proposing to his girlfriend with the Washington Memorial in the background.

Pear Pavé Halo
Engagement Ring

Fall proposal ideas: rose gold pear diamond halo engagement rings

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Take advantage of your beautifully maintained local destinations. Your town’s botanical gardens will make the perfect backdrop for your engagement photos. Call ahead of time to enlist their help.

Antonio + Miriam’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Fall Proposal Ideas: A newly-engaged, mask-wearing couple show off their sparkling engagement ring.

Contoured Marquise
Engagement Ring

Fall proposal ideas: rose gold solitaire engagement ring

Stage a backyard proposal

This one’s perfect for social distancing – it’s local and outdoors! Decorate your backyard into the proposal location of your dreams. You can even invite a few family members and friends over, as long as they wear masks. 

Frank + April’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Fall Proposal Ideas: a man on one knee, proposing to his girlfriend in his backyard in front of a pink balloon arch.

Oval Halo
Engagement Ring

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At-Home Proposal Ideas From TV & Film

Plans may be changing, but we’ve got plenty of ideas for at-home proposals. The most iconic on-screen scenes are filled with quarantine-friendly engagements – and here are our favorites!

At-Home Proposal Ideas From TV & Film

In the age of social distancing, what’s a starry-eyed couple to do? We’re here with good news: coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to cancel your proposal. But, yeah, the original plan is probably off. 

Luckily, inspiration abounds for at-home proposals that knock it out of the park. Just grab your remote. Countless couples from TV and film have gotten engaged in the cozy homes they built together.

The most iconic at-home proposals of TV and film:

Chandler + Monica in “Friends”

When one of TV’s favorite couples finally got engaged, it was Chandler who was surprised by Monica in her candlelit apartment. As Chandler said in the iconic scene, “I thought that it mattered what I said, or where I said it, then I realized that the only thing that matters is that you make me happier than I ever thought I could be.”

Flaunt the ring that’ll make you scream to the neighbors  “I’m engaged!”

Monica’s Diamond & Sapphire Engagement Ring

Monica from "Friends" and her Sapphire engagement ring
14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

Luke + Isabel in “Stepmom”

In the movie “Stepmom,” Luke wakes Isabel with a ring box containing a spool of thread. As he ties the thread around her finger, he says, “Even when things are hard and you feel like giving up you have to hang on to that decision, that choice to love each other. Even if it’s only by a thread…Will you marry me?” He then proposes by sliding an engagement ring down the thread and onto her finger.  Now that’s charming.

Twist this around your finger:

Isabel’s Entwined Solitaire Engagement Ring

Isabel's Entwined Solitaire Engagement ring
14K White Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Ian + Toula in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

This couple knows how to hold each other close. In an intimate at-home proposal, Ian spontaneously pops the question to Toula while in bed. They share a rare, quiet moment together before revealing their engagement to her boisterous family. 

A simple ring that strives for the sweetest moments:

Toula’s Tapered Scroll Engagement Ring

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Mr. Darcy + Elizabeth in “Pride and Prejudice”

You can both self-isolate while still taking in the great outdoors. In the 2005 remake of “Pride and Prejudice,” Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth that she has “bewitched [him], body and soul.” Foggy, early-morning walks are socially distant and perfect for romantic declarations!

A vintage, nature-inspired style perfect for lovers of the classics:

Elizabeth’s Vintage Vine Engagement Ring

 Elizabeth's Vintage Vine Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Twisted Pave Leaf Engagement Ring

Sheldon + Amy AND Leonard + Penny in “The Big Bang Theory”

On the “Big Bang Theory,” at-home proposals are the norm! Both Sheldon + Amy as well as Leonard + Penny get engaged in their apartments. Each couple gets engaged in their own characteristically quirky fashion, showing that the perfect proposal is the one that gets you engaged! Sheldon even makes a few socially distanced phone calls to Amy’s dad and Stephen Hawking for permission.

Amy would go all fluttery for this classically-inspired rose gold ring:

Amy’s Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

Sheldon and Amy from "Big Bang Theory" engagement proposal
14K Rose Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

The trending fashionista of the group, Penny would be all over this:

Penny’s Pear-Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Amy AND Leonard from "Big Band Theory" engagement proposal
14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Mr. Big + Carrie in “Sex and the City” 

For Carrie Bradshaw, the ideal engagement spot was her dream closet in her new home with Mr. Big. After the “will they”s and “won’t they”s – they did! Make this proposal a reality by choosing your favorite spot in the house, whether or not it’s full of Manolo Blahniks.

That famed black diamond engagement ring:

Carrie’s Black Diamond Pavé Engagement Ring

Black Diamond Pavé Engagement Ring

Luke + Lorelai in “Gilmore Girls”

In his empty diner beneath his apartment, Luke gets interrupted when Lorelai spontaneously proposes to him. But Luke’s answer was at the ready:  “Yes.” Not even equipped with a ring, Luke and Lorelai dive straight into celebration mode anyway – proof that the perfect proposal can come before the perfect ring. Cheers to that! 

Lorelai’s Twisted Halo Engagement Ring

Lorelai's Twisted Halo Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Pave Halo And Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

BONUS Romantic gesture ideas!

Quarantining together can make it a bit tricky to stay sentimental. So, presto! Three romantic movie moves that you can pull off, even while social distancing.

Lloyd + Diane in “Say Anything”

Even if you haven’t seen it, you know it: Lloyd holding up a boombox playing “In Your Eyes” was the original socially-distanced romantic gesture. It may be one of the most parodied acts, but we’ll let you in on a secret: deep down, everyone wishes they were a Lloyd or a Diane.

Diane-Inspired Diamond Stud Earrings

Diane Inspired Diamond Stud Earrings
14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Jerry + Dorothy in “Jerry Maguire”

When Jerry Maguire knocks on Dorothy’s door and gives his famous “you complete me” speech in front of her entire family, she simply responds with “you had me at hello.” Make the family dinner virtual, and you’ve got yourselves a setting ready for a heart-melting romantic outburst.

Dorothy-Inspired Tennis Bracelet

Dorothy from "Jerry maguire" Inspired Tennis Bracelet
14K White Gold Two Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Joe + Kathleen in “You’ve Got Mail”

The email courtship between Joe and Kathleen in “You’ve Got Mail” is perfect for these times. When they finally meet in-person for a walk in the park, she simply replies “I wanted it to be you.” The 2020 version: send your sweetie love-filled texts (rather than emails) from the next room.

Kathleen-Inspired Diamond Pendant

Kathleen Inspired Diamond Pendant
14K White Gold Double Prong Diamond Pendant

Creative, COVID-ready ring ideas:

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Tips to Nail an At-Home Proposal

With National Proposal Day approaching, scroll down for some intimate home proposal ideas!

Tips to Nail an At-Home Proposal

National Proposal Day is almost here and the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 may have people uncertain about their proposal plans. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for some intimate home proposal ideas to sweep your fiancée-to-be off her feet while staying safe!

1. Travel Memories

If you had plans to travel and propose, why not put together a collection of slides highlighting some treasured travel moments you’ve shared in your journey together? These sparklers look good in any location:

White Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Ring

14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Ring

14K Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

2. Take a Walk

Take the road less traveled with an intimate stroll together. This great proposal option allows you to be alone while avoiding mass transportation during times of social distancing. So find the perfect view, get down on one knee and pop the question with one of these white or yellow gold options:

White Gold Pavé Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Art Deco Geometric Diamond Engagement Ring

3. At-Home Fine Dining

Unlike the classic restaurant proposal, no need for you to make a reservation or talk to the manager to plan your perfect moment. Wine and dine your partner with a restaurant meal. Not only is it delicious, but they’ll love the extra effort!

White Gold Perfect Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Perfect Pave Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Engagement Ring

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4. Virtual Concert

Hire a local band to serenade your partner on Skype or FaceTime. Then, invite your friends and loved ones for a virtual cocktail reception to celebrate! Don’t forget to show off one of these sparklers while you’re online:

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5. Hire a Celeb

Get in touch with your favorite celebrity to share a Cameo shout out and give yourselves not one, but two lifelong memories that will be spoken of for years to come. Heads up – Mandy Moore and Busy Philipps have joined Cameo and are donating all proceeds to support nonprofits such as ‘No Kid Hungry’.

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Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

Engagement ring advice from our customers, including how to nail the ring and why the proposal matters!

Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

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Our customers are basically pros by the time they propose. In fact, we’d say their engagement ring advice is 10x more valuable than those random articles you find online. Here are the dos and don’ts from James Allen customers who got it so, so right:

Engagement Ring Advice: Do Your Research

  • “I went with a diamond ring, so I made sure to read up on the 4 C’s, what clarity/color goes with each shape/setting color.”- Nikolaos C.
  • Ask what style ring she likes! Research the diamond certification! Ask for ideas on proposals but make it special to the two of you!”- Chad M.
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Engagement Ring Advice: Ask the Experts

  • “Get in touch with the gemologists and customer service. They’re outstanding.”- Cesar U.
  • “Definitely talk about your expectations for everything! Use a website like JamesAllen.com that will guarantee a PERFECT ring or your money back. Their customer service was top-notch and we were thrilled with both the process of finding the ring and the end result.”- Josh E.
  • “Take your time! Don’t rush it. Ask questions if you have any and have fun!”- Ana-Alicia S.
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  • “The chat feature is so helpful! Sharing a screen with the consultant helped me find the best diamond within my budget by pointing out differences between the stones that I wouldn’t have noticed on my own.”- Abigail A.

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Engagement Ring Advice: Narrow it Down

  • Pick out some rings that you wouldn’t normally and compare and contrast them for a while. I started with 6ish all different styles and I would look at them for a few days and then slowly take one away until I had the one.”- William B.
  • “First, set a budget aside. With the budget, you can start looking for what kind of diamond you want based on the 4Cs. When you have selected the diamond you want, then look for the design.”- Cynthia L.
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  • “Take your ego out of the equation. Size is not the most important aspect when buying a diamond so don’t go for the biggest carat.”- Steven J.

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Engagement Ring Advice: Design It Together

  • “Teamwork! Pop the question then include them in the purchase. It’s too important a financial move to make on your own. It’s the first step towards union.”- Benjamin S.
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  • “Let her decide the style if possible, as she is the one that will wear it. Listen carefully to her likes and dislikes.”- Steven J.
  • “The whole process for us of ‘building’ my ring was so easy. And doing it together was fun and romantic! When we looked into each other’s eyes and my fiance told me to ‘click on it!’, it was just AWESOME!”- Debra F.
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Engagement Ring Advice: Rock the Proposal

  • “Keep her in the loop when it comes to the ring and diamond, then surprise her with when and where you propose! Her favorite flower is tulips…so I decided that we would go to the Netherlands and attend the tulip festival in April!”- Rob B.
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  • “Don’t focus on the ring and miss everything else! Make it a memorable experience, something that is you. A ton of people will be asking you afterwards on how it went down, so a nice story goes a long way.”- Nikolaos C.
  • “Make sure you remember to inform all her family members, especially parents, before proposing.”- Sherman L.

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Engagement Ring Advice: You Do You!

When it comes down to it, you two are the only ones who know what you want.

  • “You should know her better than anyone. Think of something and make it your own.”- Fernando M.
  • Follow your heart, always.”- Jordan R.
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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 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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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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Art Deco Engagement Rings: All That Jazz

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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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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.

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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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In 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.

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Minimalist

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

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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 the 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 the 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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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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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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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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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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Online

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.

Offline

For obvious reasons, you should never use a joint bank account to pay for the ring. Consider setting up a new account specifically for that purpose (you can close it once the deed is done). Another option is to pay with an old credit card that only you know about. This one’s kind of a no-brainer, but you shouldn’t leave bank/credit card statements lying around the house. Oh, and don’t withdraw a large sum of money from the ATM; that’s a dead giveaway.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Unboxing Your Bling

Who doesn’t love a good unboxing? Not your curious partner, that’s for sure!

At James Allen, we realize that having a mysterious package show up at your door is likely to arouse suspicion. That’s why we’ve taken care to ensure the outer packaging is as nondescript (read boring) as possible so as not to ruin your surprise proposal. It’s literally just a standard, no frills FedEx box. For all your SO knows, it could be nothing more than that drone you’ve been droning on about.

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It’s worth noting that our packages require a signature upon delivery. If you’re uncomfortable receiving yours at home or are worried that someone else might intercept it, we can help you find the best place to ship to.

Only once you peel back the outer carton does it start to get more interesting.

The first thing you’ll notice is an elegant presentation box embossed with the James Allen logo. This doubles as a jewelry box and even has a drawer for keeping your diamond certificates, cleaning cloth, and whatnot. Nestled on top is a small red box that houses the main attraction: the engagement ring.

Where to Stow Your Glow

Now, ordinarily, we’d tell you there’s no safer place to store your ring than the ring box it came in. Not only does it offer maximum protection, but it also makes for the most impressive presentation. However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s still a box and, as such, somewhat bulky. Unless your partner is already aware of the ring, you might consider switching the box for something altogether less obvious.

“Is that a ring box in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”
– Your suspicious SO

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Some suggestions: a glasses case, a wallet, a briefcase. It’s fine to get creative with the container, as long as it fits the occasion. For example, a backpack or camera bag on a hike makes sense. A cello case does not. A rolled-up blanket or empty Thermos on a picnic makes sense. A suitcase does not. You get the idea.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Conceal the Deal

OK, we’ve looked at ways to carry the ring around with you, but what about leaving it unattended? Here are some dos and don’ts for the times you’re not around to guard your precious new acquisition.

  • Keep it locked away in a safe place where your other half won’t accidentally come across it e.g., a spare bedroom, home office, or even a relative’s house. Avoid obvious places such as your bedroom, living room, or car glove compartment.
  • If traveling, pack the ring in your carry-on, never a checked bag. Don’t let a TSA agent blow your surprise proposal! Make sure it’s very secure and follow all airline security rules to avoid being stopped and searched.
  • Don’t leave it in your hotel room safe if your SO is likely to use it; instead, ask the concierge if you can leave it in the safe at the front desk.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Your Silent Partner

If the logistics of keeping the ring a secret seem like Mission Impossible, our Customer Service reps are on hand to help you plan your sneaky setup. These masters of misdirection can be reached 24/7 via live chat, phone, and email. They know every trick in the book and can even suggest ways to distract your unsuspecting SO (don’t worry, we’ve trained them to only use their powers for good).

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Hoard of the Rings

Where did you stash your sparkler pre-proposal? Whisper it to us in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

If you liked this post, check out our men’s FAQ series for more practical ring-buying tips and tricks.

Next up: How Do I Find Her Style Preference?

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Engagement Ring Shopping: Collaboration Vs. Surprise

Breaking with tradition, many couples are engagement ring shopping together, leaving the element of surprise for the proposal.

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The question of whether to surprise your SO with a ring or include them in the selection process is as old as time.

Well, that’s not strictly true.

It actually came about rather recently, with online engagement ring shopping offering a far more collaborative experience than traditional stores. But back to the question at hand: to surprise or not to surprise? That will largely depend on whether your SO is more of a romantic or a realist.

If they’re the type to swoon at the end of romantic movies, chances are they’re holding out for a sparkling surprise of their own. Then again, if your SO is the risk-averse type, they will probably prefer to be consulted on an item of such personal significance.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Surprise and Shine

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If your SO leaves the engagement ring shopping entirely up to you, they’re taking the jewelry equivalent of a trust fall. That is, they’re trusting you to choose what is sure to be their most prized possession; an accessory they’ll be wearing every day of their life. This might seem daunting at first, but it’s actually quite an honor and an opportunity to demonstrate how perceptive you are. If you have a tendency to notice small details, you’ll easily pick up on the trail of sparkly clues your partner has left behind

See what happens when couples try to design their partners’ dream engagement ring (spoiler alert: hilarity ensues!).

Can You Take a Hint?

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If only there was some way to read the inner workings of your partner’s mind… to understand what they really mean when they say, “I’m marrying you, not the ring.” While that technology may still be a few years off, we do have a nifty drop-a-hint feature on JamesAllen.com. It’s a subtle way for your SO to let you know exactly what they want without the awkwardness of them having to say it.

Of course, there are other tried-and-tested ways to drop a hint that you should be on the lookout for. “Forgetting” to close the browser is a classic, but they may share their Pinterest boards with you or casually comment on a friend’s or celebrity’s engagement ring.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Band Together

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A recent study by The Knot found that roughly one third of couples collaborate on the engagement ring with their mates. People are starting to realize that the proposee is every bit as qualified to make the Big Decision as the proposer – if not more so. If your SO has expressed an interest in being involved beyond mere hint dropping, you’d be wise to take them up on the offer. After all, who better to advise you on ring style than the ring wearer herself?

Without a doubt, the best way to know your partner’s ring preferences is to have an open and honest conversation with them. If all goes well, try engagement ring shopping together and make mental notes of their ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs.’ Even if they do have a hand in selecting their ring online, they won’t know how it looks IRL until the big unveiling. With a bit of clever subterfuge, it’s still possible to throw your SO off the scent.

Help Is at Hand

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If you’d rather collaborate with someone other than your SO, our Customer Service team is there for you 24/7 by live chat, phone, and email. They’ll help you pick out the ideal ring based on your partner’s particulars (don’t worry, you already know all the answers to their questions!). You can even request a Real-Time Diamond Inspection with a certified gemologist who will be happy to walk you through the finer points of your sparkler. And if you still want some face-to-face expert advice, visit our Georgetown, DC location.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Trust Your Instincts

The bottom line is that your shopping experience should be as comfortable as the ring on your true love’s finger. Go with whichever option feels right to you as a couple and then make it as gosh darn romantic as you possibly can!

Catch up on our proposal series, which covers everything from choosing the perfect sparkler to planning the magical moment itself.

Next in the series: discover the best proposal spots in major cities.

Will your ring be a total surprise or is your SO likely to advise? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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Rebarkable Dog Proposal Ideas

Fall in wuff with these dog proposal ideas…

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Our customers’ pet proposals are doggone adorable. If your partner is a dog lover and especially if you have a dog in the family, prep an emotional pup proposal!

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Inspiration for Dog Proposals

1. Take the Dog for a Rock

To make sure the whole family is there when you pop the question, propose while taking your dog for a walk! Our customers have found romantic spots for dog proposals in parks, on doggy beaches, at scenic lakes, and on spontaneous sidewalks.

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2. Teach a New Dog Gold Tricks

Why not let your dog be your wingman? This one works with a dog you already love or a brand new dog that’ll come with the ring. Write a proposal message on a little t-shirt or personalized dog tag, tie the ring around the leash, or teach the dog to fetch a toy that says “Will you marry me?” Once your partner sees the dog, get down on one knee and clarify that the question is from you 😉

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3. Snap a Fluffy Photoshoot

You know what they say: a dog is a plan’s best friend. Either stage a family photoshoot for your dog proposal, or save the pics for after you pop the question. We love how cute those puppy dog eyes are – almost as bright as their owners’ engagement rings!