Forget the myth about having to spend three months’ salary on a ring. JamesAllen.com offers a wide range of affordable engagement rings to suit every taste and budget. Read the blog for tips and tricks to get the most bling for your buck.
These affordable engagement rings are equally as beautiful as they are budget-friendly!
Everybody deserves their dream engagement ring. However, in some cases, high-quality glitter comes with an equally high price tag. If you’re looking for an affordable yet beautiful engagement ring, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of our top-selling affordable engagement rings that will have your SO beaming as bright as the rings themselves.
1. Solitaire Engagement Rings
When it comes to affordable engagement rings, a solitaire ring is always a good place to start. Consisting of a single stone and a simple setting, this timeless ring allows your diamond to take center stage. Keep it simple but shiny with these classics.
Although classic shapes are the most popular, you’ll find a golden opportunity with elongated fancy shapes. These stones are not only cheaper, but their shapes create the appearance of a larger surface area. Consider these stunning pear, oval and marquise diamond rings and get more bang for your buck.
Pavé rings consist of small diamonds encrusted on the band, making the band itself look like it’s made of diamond. This elaborate display of diamonds gives the ring a boost of extra sparkle at an affordable price, without needing to invest more in increasing the center stone’s carat size.
If you’re on a budget and want an affordable yet supersized sparkle, look no further than a halo! We recommend a cushion-cut stone paired with a pavé halo band. Alternatively, choose a clean trellis setting and let the halo do the sparkling.
White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring (Cushion Center)
Gemstones have become an increasingly popular option when shopping for affordable engagement rings. If you’d like to venture away from a traditional all-diamond engagement ring, a gorgeous side-stone ring with marquise-shaped sapphires or a ruby 3 stone ring will do the trick.
White Gold Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring
Small engagement rings won’t cost you a small fortune… and that’s a huge plus!
We often talk about ways to make your diamond engagement ring look bigger, bolder, more badass. Rarely do we ever consider the flipside of that coin; the woman who values simplicity and restraint over megawatt bling (yes, such people do exist).
For the record, we’re defining small engagement rings as those with diamonds weighing under 0.4 carats. Because they’re just shy of the half-carat mark, these modest marvels come with relatively modest price tags. What’s more, small engagement rings are a style choice, so they don’t ever feel like you’re compromising on quality.
Etched Solitaire Engagement Ring
This dainty solitaire features an etched-rope design on the profile, enhanced by milgrain edges. Breathtaking simplicity with elegant design details.
Lately, we’ve been seeing a shift toward more streamlined and mindful ways of living. From tiny houses to The KonMari Method, people are finding a new appreciation for the little things. Now, it might be that the thought of living in a glorified shed doesn’t “spark joy” for you and that’s fine. You can easily achieve your minimalist goals with one of these small engagement rings, which can accommodate all your sparkle needs.
What are you waiting for? Hop on the tiny bandwagon!
Intricate Basket Engagement Ring
This super-cute solitaire features an intricate head with open undergallery and a flat, simple shank that perfectly showcases your center stone.
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.
“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.
“Pick out some ringsthat 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.
“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 ringwas 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.
“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.
“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.
“The rope setting has an elegant yet distinctive simplicity, and it really highlights the diamond. If you’re looking for a traditional style engagement ring, but don’t want it to look like every other engagement ring, this is definitely the setting to go with.”- David B.
“The only thing I was not nervous about that night was about how much she would love the engagement ring. It was perfect.”- Guerrero G.
“It features the diamond in a beautiful gallery from all angles. The diamond sits low on the finger yet there is an illusion of a cathedral setting with sides tapering up to the stone. The under gallery is perfectly finished and polished. Superb craftsmanship.”- Chris T.
“She said, ‘Yes!’ before I could even propose… She liked that the diamond only sat a little above the ring because she’s a hair stylist, she didn’t want her ring to be caught in peoples hair and she loved the width. It wasn’t too skinny; it wasn’t too big; it was just right.”- Clinton A.
“The ring was elegantly designed and reflects expertise and and hardwork from the maker. Excellent job!”- Louie I.
“I get compliments all the time. And the diamond… OMG, is BEAUTIFUL and it sparkles for days. It’s not the normal solitaire; simple, yet different… very elegant.”- Lisa P.
“The ring is exceptional, unique, beautiful from multiple angles, and really showcases the diamond that you choose to put in it…. My fiance and I have not yet seen a ring that even comes close.”- Ryan
“My fiancé loves the design, especially the intertwining prongs. Every time she shows her friends, she takes it off to show the details of the underside too. Truly an amazing ring with a great design.”- Mike
“She’s always loved antiques and vintage things, but I knew she’d want her engagement ring to be her own. This ring’s etchings gave it a special look that really fit her style, and the open setting really lets the diamond shine in even low lighting.”- Kyle
“My gorgeous woman said yes! And she absolutely loved the ring. The engravement is beautiful and the ring is nice and sturdy… I absolutely recommend it.”- Aldo G.
Now trending: the most obsession-worthy celebrity rings of 2019 so far! Get your engagement ring inspiration from these rocks with superstar quality.
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.
Surprise: this Silver Linings Playbook actress got engaged with a gleaming silvery metal band. J. Law’s fiancé Cooke Maroney proposed a simple solitaire that pulls all the attention to its modern emerald cut diamond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 with the band. The diamond detailing complements a brilliant round cut center.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unique engagement rings are the perfect statement pieces for couples who want to stand out from the crowd.
2018 is all about celebrating diversity; the things that allow you to shine as an individual. And what better way of expressing your individual style than with a non-traditional engagement ring?
Unique Engagement Rings: Vive la Différence!
While traditional diamond engagement rings are certainly beautiful in their own way, the world would be a boring place if everyone rocked the same rings. That’s why many couples are drawn to alternative engagement rings. They’re every bit as sparkly and romantic, and they are often better valued too.
Unique Engagement Rings: In Love with the Shape of You
Pinned your hopes on a diamond solitaire but not feeling the traditional round cut? You’re not alone. Many couples today are opting for alternative diamond cuts such as cushion, princess, radiant, and pear.
Unique Engagement Rings: Alternative Rock
Diamonds and engagement rings may go together like a horse and carriage, but there are plenty of non-diamond options that will take you on an equally romantic ride. Besides being a bold look, gemstones tend to be easier on the wallet, so you can afford a larger stone.
Hue and Eye
Show your attention to detail by matching a gemstone to your partner’s eye color. Sapphires, for example, are known to bring out the blue in the wearer’s eyes, whereas emeralds perfectly accentuate green eyes. For the rest of us beautiful brown-eyed folk, it’s a bit more subjective, but amethyst and garnet are both solid choices.
Born to Shine
If your SO is into astrology, choosing the birthstone that’s associated with their birth month can make your gift even more meaningful. Ever since biblical times, birthstones have been renowned for their therapeutic and healing properties. Kings and queens throughout the ages have adorned themselves with these majestic stones, believing them to bring great wealth and power. Legen… wait for it… dary!
Unique Engagement Rings: Hello, Sparkle, My Old Friend
Vintage style engagement rings boast some of the most unique design elements we’ve seen. Intricate detailing and romantic flourishes that harken back to the glitz and glamour of eras past. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind sparkler that transcends time, these vintage style engagement rings are where it’s at.
Unique Engagement Rings: A Lustrous Lineup
Engagement rings typically feature a large center stone that serves as the focal point. But what if you were to forgo the main attraction and instead opt for a ring that features several smaller stones? Radical, I know! Anniversary rings and stackable rings make for unique engagement rings as the stones are often displayed in creative and eye-catching ways.
Creating a custom engagement ring is way easier than it sounds! JamesAllen.com makes it simple to design the most spectacular and affordable ring. Choose from 500+ ring settings and over 200,000 diamonds and gemstones (all displayed in 360° HD!), then choose a free engraving and every detail fit for your SO and your budget. If you have any questions, our customer service team is here for you every step of the way!
We love these royal engagement rings. And how’s our royal wave? Well, we’re workin’ on it.
In honor of Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding, we’ve rounded up royal engagement rings favorites and our affordable lookalikes (with price tags way shorter than these royals’ titles). JamesAllen.com is the expert destination for deals on engagement rings and fine jewelry – so whether you want to sparkle like Meghan Markle or glow like Grace Kelly, we’ve got you covered!
Jack Brooksbank proposed without a ring, then Princess Eugenie and he designed a rare pink sapphire showstopper together (hot tip: we’ve found that 60% of women take part in their engagement ring buying process). Their ring is a serious spokesperson (spokes…ring?) for teamwork.
The Lookalike: Pavé Halo Pink Sapphire Engagement Ring
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (a.k.a. Meghan Markle)
If there’s anything we love more than her love story with Prince Harry, it’s Meghan Markle’s engagement ring! Though we can’t promise side stones that belonged to Princess Diana, our lookalike features a surprise metal swirl detail behind the three diamonds.
The Lookalike: Three-Stone Scroll Engagement Ring
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Kate Middleton)
Prince William famously proposed to Kate with Princess Diana’s sapphire ring so that his mother could be a part of their wedding, making us cry all the sad and happy tears. Mirror Diana and Kate’s style with this gemstone pop of color.
The Lookalike: Pavé Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Elizabeth II, Her Majesty the Queen of England and the Commonwealth
Queen Elizabeth’s engagement ring may not have been featured on The Crown, but its diamonds were taken from a tiara. As a tribute to his mother (we sense a pattern here…), Prince Phillip proposed with diamonds taken from his royal mum’s headpiece. Copy the Queen Mum’s style with this royal stunner!
The Lookalike: Tapered Side-Stone Engagement Ring
Sarah, Duchess of York (a.k.a. Fergie)
Sure, the relationship between Fergie and Prince Andrew didn’t work out. But can you blame us for obsessing over her fiery ruby engagement ring? A diamond star halo around this gemstone creates a spectacular burst of scarlet.
The Lookalike: Cathedral Star Halo Ruby Engagement Ring
Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
As a pre-Markle American actress marrying into a royal family, Grace Kelly set the standard for a real-life fairy tale. The Prince of Monaco proposed with a 10.47 carat (!!) emerald cut diamond flanked by baguettes. Oo. La. Love.
The Lookalike: Baguette Three-Stone Engagement Ring
Want to design your own take on these royal engagement rings? Shop now!
Why settle for a single halo when double halo engagement rings offer twice the sparkle?
When it comes to matters of sparkle, more is definitely more. More light play, more fireworks, more… POW! Double halos allow you to supersize your sparkle by creating the illusion of a larger stone. They use a pretty nifty trick of the light that could end up saving you $$$!
Highs & Halos: Double Halo Engagement Rings
If you’re unfamiliar, traditional halo engagement rings surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. Light from these peripheral stones reflects off the center stone, creating a wonderful larger-than-life aura.
Double halo engagement rings, as the name suggests, are framed by not one but two outer rings of sparkle. This gives them twice the visual impact, much like the jaw-dropping beauty of a double rainbow.
Thanks to their seemingly larger appearance, double halos are a popular choice for the budget-conscious shopper who wants to wow without the ‘ow!’
Most celebs are used to seeing sparkle wherever they go. They see it in the camera lenses of overzealous paparazzi and they see it in the jewels they wear. Double halo engagement rings sparkle twice as hard as classic solitaires; enough to satisfy even the most fabulous of appetites.
Community star Alison Brie must’ve been seeing double when her then-boyfriend, Dave Franco, presented her with a dazzling double halo. The vintage-inspired sparkler, with its round center diamond, is one ring we hope the GLOWactress won’t be wrestling in!
Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s sparkler is as dramatic as her acclaimed turn in Black Swan. The antique round (old mine) cut diamond ring and a surrounding pavé-set double halo are ethically sourced and the platinum band is recycled metal, in line with Ms. Portman’s eco-friendly ideals. Get Closer to her style with an exquisite James Allen lookalike set with a certified conflict-free center diamond.
High School Musical alumna Ashley Tisdale graduated with double honors; a cushion-cut center stone framed by a double halo of micropavé diamonds. This showstopper of a ring features smaller diamonds along with the band, significantly upping the sparkle factor. Get twice the shine with the above James Allen lookalike.
Halo & Behold: Double Halo Engagement Rings
A truly versatile ring style, the double halo works with all manner of stone shapes, brilliantly accentuating their unique geometry. The double halo pear shaped engagement ring and double halo cushion cut engagement ring are just two examples of these mega sparklers.
You can choose to surround your center stone with two diamond halos or opt for contrasting colored gemstones. Finally, select a setting that matches the wearer’s personal style: solitaire bands offer a sleek, modern aesthetic, whereas decorated bands possess more of an old-world charm. If it’s the maximum shimmer you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a pavé band.
Make Mine a Double!
Delve into these heavenly halos. Go on, we double dare you!
Remember – you can view all of the double halo engagement rings on JamesAllen.com in glorious 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.
We asked one of our brilliant customer service representatives how much to spend on an engagement ring. Their answer was perfect…
How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring?
“There’s a ring and a person for everyone, and that’s also true for the price you have in mind,” says our customer service expert. “There’s no set formula for how much you have to spend on an engagement ring.” Follow her tips to buy the dream ring for your budget!
Save on Your Engagement Ring with a Solitaire Setting
“To really put all the focus on the center stone, you can make an absolutely gorgeous solitaire engagement ring for under $1,000,” says our expert.
“Solitaires are also great because you can personalize them and dress them up with a wedding band.”
When choosing how much to spend on an engagement ring, remember that you have the rest of your lives together! “As time goes on and finances change, you can always remount the center stone and add different diamond bands to create that stackable effect.”
“The image that you’re seeing on the screen is not the same thing that you’re going to see in person and in the ring,” says our expert. To better understand which diamond inclusions will be visible when it’s set in a ring, you can chat with us through our Diamond Consultation Service.
Our non-commissioned gemologists will take you through the specs of the diamond in 360° HD so that you confidently get the best diamond for your money.
When choosing how much to spend, make sure to understand how the diamond will look in the ring setting! Diamond color is a great example to consider. Our expert explains: “For those who are more comfortable with having a bit of warmth to their center stone, it ends up working really well with a yellow gold or rose gold setting.”
“This kind of rich appearance can help you to get a larger carat weight within the same price range.”
Precious advice for those who will soon be choosing a diamond for their engagement ring.
We recognize that gleam in your eye! No, we’re not talking about the way you look at your SO (although that isadorable). If there’s one thing capable of making a person’s eyes light up like that, it’s diamonds. Those pretty little stones you know nothing about, but are determined to get a good deal on.
And where better to start than our men’s FAQ series? In this first installment, we look at choosing a diamond; from understanding the 4Cs to getting the most bling for your buck.
Choosing a Diamond: Foresee the 4Cs
It’s impossible to talk diamonds without mentioning the 4Cs: cut, color, carat, and clarity. Together, these all-important characteristics influence a diamond’s quality and value. They are your new best friends. Get to know them. Go have a beer with them. Whatever you have to do.
Cut – This refers to both the diamond’s shape and how effectively it returns light to the viewer’s eye.
Color – This is generally something you want to avoid in a diamond, unless it’s a fancy color diamond (more on that later).
Carat – This is the unit of measurement by which diamonds are weighed and sold.
Clarity – This refers to how clean a diamond is and whether it has visible imperfections.
When in doubt, start with a diamond cut. This is the one area you should never compromise on as it determines how sparkly the stone is.
“I want my ring to sparkle less.” – No one, ever
If you have to compromise on anything, let it be diamond clarity. However, try to avoid going below a VS1 clarity grade; anything lower would be visible to the naked eye.
Choosing a Diamond: Appearances Can Be Gleaming
Let’s be real for a moment, shall we? No one buys a diamond engagement ring for their SO without wanting to impress their socks off. It’s the ultimate declaration of your love, so of course you’ll want to go all out and snag the biggest, most sparkly rock you can afford.
While celebs are known for flashing ridiculous amounts of sparkle, you don’t always need to pay top dollar to enjoy those megawatt flashes. If you’re on a budget, there are a number of ways to make even a modest diamond appear larger than it actually is. Sneaky, we know!
One way to get more bling for your buck is to opt for an undersized diamond. Now, that might sound counterintuitive – how can a smaller diamond appear the same size as a larger one to the naked eye? By choosing a diamond that’s just shy of the standard industry cutoff points, you could save yourself a pretty penny, without compromising on sparkle. Consider a 0.9 carat diamond and a 1 carat diamond with comparable specs. On the surface, both stones appear to be virtually the same size, but look closer at the price tags and you’ll see a considerable saving on the smaller stone. Similar carat weight, less cash. Booyah!
Another way to appear more sparkly is to choose a setting style that accentuates the center diamond. Halo engagement rings, for example, surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. These peripheral stones reflect light off the center stone, giving it a greater presence on the hand. Halo engagement rings come in single and double halo varieties, depending on how far you want to glow… er… go.
For more sparkle-maximizing tips, read up on how to make your diamond engagement ring look bigger.
Choosing a Diamond: Appraise Where It’s Due
A diamond appraisal is necessary if you want to get your ring insured – which, btw, you totally should! It differs from the GIA or AGS diamond grading certificate that comes with your ring in that it provides a dollar estimate rather than the technical info.
At JamesAllen.com, we offer a complimentary insurance evaluation on any diamond engagement ring valued at $1,000 or higher. If you prefer, you’re welcome to get the diamond independently appraised as well.
Choosing a Diamond: Color Outside the Shines
If your head isn’t already spinning at 360° like our diamonds, we’re about to throw another curveball at you: fancy color diamonds. While colorless diamonds have traditionally been the objects of our affection, their colorful cousins are steadily gaining popularity. And because stones at the vivid ends of the color spectrum are quite rare, they’re more valuable too.
When choosing a diamond, pay close attention to your partner’s personal style. If they’re the free-spirited, artistic type, a diamond in their favorite color could make for an exceptionally meaningful gift. Read more about fancy color diamonds.
Choosing a Diamond: Own That Stone!
Remember – you can view all 200,000+ diamonds on JamesAllen.com in 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.
Make sure the corners and sides of the diamond are symmetrical to achieve ideal sparkle! For surefire harmony, choose a True Hearts cushion cut from our premier collection of perfectly symmetrical diamonds.
Frame Halo Vintage Engagement Ring
Standard or Modified Cushion Cut Diamonds?
Modified cushion cuts have an extra row of facets on their pavilion, which gives them a kind of “crushed ice” look. To the untrained eye, standard and modified cushion cut diamonds look mostly identical.
Pear shaped diamonds– the only part of your engagement you’ll wantto go pear shaped!
Imagine if Eve had picked a pear in the Garden of Eden instead of that darn apple. She would’ve stood out from all the other women (had there been any other women) and been hailed a trendsetter. Still, it’s never too late to make amends and pear shaped diamonds are the perfect sparkle offering.
So, what makes a pear a pear? The unique shape is achieved by combining two other diamond cuts: round brilliant and marquise. At one end, you have the gentle curves of a round cut; at the other, the pointed charm of a marquise. Best of all, it retains much of the sparkle of a round cut, despite not conforming exactly to that shape.
Grab yourself a piece of this low-hanging fruit!
A Diamond Beyond Compear
If further pearsuasionis needed, choosing a non-traditional diamond shape like pear can actually save you money! That’s right; because the demand for pear is lower than for round brilliant, it tends to offer better value. A pear shaped diamond could save you as much as 25% compared to a round cut of the same size and quality. How sweet is that?!
Hot take: Pair your pear with a solitaire for a classic setting that’s both affordable and offers maximum light return through the top of the stone.
Pear to Spare
Thanks to their elongated lines, pear shape diamonds tend to look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight. On the other hand, they gently accentuate slender fingers and make shorter fingers appear longer and slimmer.
Who Rocks Pear Shaped Diamonds?
2018 is shaping up to be the year of the pear! Paris Hilton (or should that be Pearis Hilton?) got the party started back in January when she said yes to a juicy 20-carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring. Of course, she’s not alone in her penchant for pear. Other personalities include Ariana Grande, Kaley Cuoco, Cardi B, Sophie Turner, Victoria Beckham, Zoe Saldana, Katherine Heigl, and Margot Robbie.
When purchasing a pear shaped diamond, it helps to know which attributes to look out for. That way, you can avoid pulling an Eve and picking the wrong piece!
Cut– To minimize the undesirable ‘bow tie’ effect commonly found in pear shaped diamonds, ensure the diamond cut is as symmetrical as possible. It’s more aesthetic plus it returns more light and sparkle back to your eyes.
Color– The pointed end of the diamond doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as theround part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale (no lower than G).
Clarity– As with color, any inclusions are more visible if they occur at the pointed end of the diamond, where there are less sparkle and scintillation. You’re better off going for an ‘eye clean’ diamond with a clarity grade of VS2 or above.
Carat– The carat weight you choose will largely depend on your budget, but this is not the be-all and end-all. An increase in carat size will often appear negligible, yet raise the price significantly. Far more important are cut, color, and clarity in determining a diamond’s overall beauty.
Who ever said affordable engagement rings can’t be excellent quality and jaw-droppingly gorgeous? These rings prove otherwise. Sorry not sorry.
That “Three Months’ Salary” myth about how much you need to spend on the ring? We’re here to say once and for all: set your budget within your comfort zone!
You can get the most bang for your buck by buying your engagement ring online. JamesAllen.com presents quality craft, 360° tech to examine and understand your own diamond (all conflict-free!), rockstar Customer Service, and over 500 ring styles to find your dream affordable engagement ring.
Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement Rings
All rings are design-your-own, which means that you can choose a ring setting, metal, and diamond combo that is kind to your wallet. No matter what your style or budget, we’ve got you covered!
Petite Pavé Engagement Ring
The pavé band on this ring makes it look like the band itself is made of diamond and boosts your main-event center stone.
Trellis Halo Engagement Ring
Low-key: this ring features a nearly-identical setting style to that of country darling Carrie Underwood! Super-modern clean lines frame a sparkling halo.
Graceful and elegant, marquise cut diamonds are the only kind of side-eye you’ll ever want to give… or receive!
If eyes are the window to the soul, then marquise cut diamonds are the sparkly window dressing. These eye-shaped beauties, with their curved sides and pointed ends, give the appearance of a watchful guardian protecting the wearer from a life less lustrous.
Like the gentle outline of oval cut diamonds, but want to score some extra brownie points with your SO? Point your attention to marquise cut diamonds, which are blessed with not one but two points — one at either end.
Typically set in a ‘north/south’ orientation, the marquise cut makes fingers seem longer and more slender. Its elongated shape also creates the illusion of a larger stone, carat for carat, especially when set with round or pear-shaped side stones.
Marquise cut diamonds are not lacking in the sparkle department either. Boasting approximately 58 facets, these “fancy shape” stones are more than capable of lighting up a room.
Who Rocks Marquise Cut Diamonds?
Wondering how marquise cut diamonds look IRL? Take your cue from these celebrities and their elegant eye-catchers:
Victoria Beckham, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jerry Hall, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Katie Cassidy, Holly Marie Combs, Portia de Rossi, and Ashlee Simpson.
We don’t mean to tease with celebrity marquise; here’s a more affordable lookalike to put your mind at ease.
What to Know About Marquise Cut Diamonds?
Okay. So, you’ve set your heart on a magnificent marquise for your main squeeze. Now what? To ensure you’re getting the most attractive stone for your money, consider the following:
Go Deep as Your Love – Choose a diamond that hasn’t been cut too shallow, otherwise light could leak through the stone diminishing its fire and brilliance.
Get Symmetrical – Both endpoints of a marquise cut diamond should be perfectly aligned; otherwise, they can throw the stone off balance once it’s mounted in the setting.
Beware the Bow Tie – Marquise cuts tend to produce a darkened area at the center of the gem that resembles a bow tie. A well-polished brilliant cut diamond should hide this undesirable effect.
Block Off the Old Chip – Like any diamond cut with exposed corners, the ends of a marquise cut need securing. V-tip prongs are widely considered to offer the best protection from chipping.
Round cut diamonds are brilliant by all meanings: in the British sense, they’re awesome; in the American sense, they’re a smart choice; and in the diamond cutting sense, they’re cut in the brilliant style. Brilliant round cut diamonds contain kite-shaped facets that reflect light off of each other.
Halo and Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring
Cut is the most important of the 4 Cs to consider when selecting a quality round diamond. A cut with symmetry is crucial.
Put simply, you can’t go wrong with this classic and dazzling diamond shape.
What to Know About Round Cut Diamonds
When you’re using JamesAllen.com’s 360° HD SuperZoom display to view your round cut diamond, here’s what to look out for:
As you move the round cut diamond around, watch the spots that sparkle and the symmetry of the diamond from each angle.
Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring
Look at how the light is refracted into color (referred to as the diamond’s fire). There should be flashes of red, blue, yellow, or orange inside the round cut diamond as it tilts.
Engraved Channel-Set Engagement Ring
When looking at the round cut diamond from the top (table), you want to be able to see a distinct pattern of bright and dark areas. At the same time, be on the lookout for distracting dark areas inside the diamond (called inclusions).
Yellow gold lends engagement rings a luxurious, classic quality.
Yellow gold engagement rings have been in vogue for as long as the engagement ring itself, which gives the rings a beautifully timeless quality. The engagement ring metal is just as popular today, chosen by celebrities like Mary-Kate Olsen, Jessica Simpson, and Kirsten Dunst.
Whether or not we root for who gets the final rose, we can’t help but love The Bachelor engagement rings!
This season of The Bachelor ended with a proposal twist bigger than the diamond the bachelor used to propose. Even though Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin didn’t quite work out (understatement of the century) we’re obsessed with the pavé halo oval diamond engagement ring Arie chose for Becca. They had to give it back, but that doesn’t stop you from shopping this dazzling and more affordable Bachelor engagement ring lookalike!
How could we not mention the first Bachelorette and the first successful Bachelorcouple? After Trista became the runner up on the first season of The Bachelor, she had her own season and found love with this Trapezoid Side-Stone Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring — and with Ryan, of course.
This season 12 Bachelorette is a real estate developer, which explains the serious real estate on her 3.5 carat Oval Cut Diamond Pavé Engagement Ring. That ring has sparkle as endless as the seasons of The Bachelor! Jordan popped the question to JoJo in a gorgeous beach proposal with adorable pics.
Kaitlyn Bristowe & Shawn Booth
Kaitlyn was let down by Chris on season 19 of The Bachelor, but luckily had a soft landing on this Cushion Halo Pavé Infinity Engagement Ring from Shawn on her Bachelorette season 11 . The adorable Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried of Bachelorette season 9 had the same bright idea — they chose this ring with a cushion cut diamond.
When Derek proposed to his season 4 Bachelor in Paradise love Taylor, he spoke about the literal fire he built for her when they met and the figurative one she sparked in his heart. Makes sense, then, that he went for a Baguette Side-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with incredible diamond fire!
White gold is yellow gold alloyed with other elements, which gives it a silvery color similar to platinum. 14k white gold is a great choice for engagement rings; it’s more durable than 18k gold and is less likely to show some of its natural yellow colors over time.
Ready to savor the sparkle and stick to your budget?
Bask in the sparkle of these celebrity engagement rings.
You know that moment when your favorite power couple announces they’re getting engaged? 2017 gave us multiple moments like that. Over the past year, we’ve been treated to some stellar celebrity engagement rings and we’re definitely thanking our lucky stars!
So, what can we learn from our famous friends and their showstopping rings? Less traditional diamond shapes are in right now, with the likes of Cardi B and Kirsten Dunst rocking pear and oval shapes respectively.
These talented ladies aren’t the only ones turning heads with their unique ring styles. Find out which other celebrity engagement rings we think are destined for stardom.
Celebrity Engagement Rings: Cardi B + Offset
Rising star Cardi B was recently gifted this eight-carat stunner by fiancé Offset. The Bodak Yellow rapper’s rock is surrounded by two half-carat pear diamonds and two carats’ worth of pink and white stones.
Assuming you don’t make “money moves” quite like Cardi, here’s a more affordable split-shank halo engagement ring. The pear shape center diamond is complemented by a stunning pavé halo and pavé under gallery.
White Gold Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring
Celebrity Engagement Rings: Sophie Turner + Joe Jonas
Pop singer Joe Jonas popped the question to his girlfriend, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, with this pear-shaped split shank engagement ring.
But why live in a world of fantasy when you can get a near-identical ring IRL for less? This split shank engagement ring features two pavé bands and a stunning halo that accentuates the pear-shaped diamond.
White Gold Double Shank Pear Halo Engagement Ring
Celebrity Engagement Rings: Kaley Cuoco + Karl Cook
Think you can’t afford a sparkler as magnificent as Meghan Markle’s engagement ring? Think again!
Everyone loves a fairytale wedding. If Prince Harry’s recent engagement to American actress Meghan Markle is any indication, we’re in for a royal treat come spring 2018. The prince proposed to the Suits star with a custom designed and deeply personal three stone engagement ring that has caught the world’s attention. Of course, now the question on everyone’s lips is how can they match the exquisite beauty of that engagement ring? Quite simple, actually. Read on to find out how you, too, can recreate Meghan Markle’s engagement ring.
Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring: Behind the Gleams
In coming up with a ring fit for a princess, Prince Harry knew he needed to pull out all the stops. He opted for a classic three-stone yellow gold ring with a difference; the center diamond which appears to be cushion cut is from Botswana, a country that he and Meghan visited earlier this year. Adding to the ring’s sentimental value, the two round cut side diamonds are from the personal collection of his mother, the late Princess Diana (a connection shared by Kate Middleton, who wore Diana’s actual engagement ring to her and Prince William’s wedding in 2011).
This intricate floral handmade head assembly puts a unique twist on the classic three-stone diamond engagement ring. You can replicate Meghan Markle’s yellow gold ring even more by pairing this setting with a cushion cut diamond of your choice.
Mirror Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring Look
For us non-royal folk, the Meghan Markle Engagement Ring look is surprisingly easy to achieve. Like Prince Harry, you can custom design an engagement ring inspired by Meghan Markle’s ring. We’ve rounded up James Allen rings that bear the closest resemblance to Meghan’s three-stone stunner so you can sparkle like aristocracy for a fraction of the price!
This classic three-stone round-shaped ring features a little extra shimmer with pavé set diamonds in the shank.
This classic three-stone trellis setting features interwoven prongs sweeping upward to gracefully hold two half-moon shape diamond side stones.
Inspired by the sapphires in Kate Middleton’s ring and the three-stone look of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring? This stunner has the best of both worlds, featuring two beautifully matched round-shaped blue sapphires as an accent to the exquisite center diamond of your choice.