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The Ultimate Guide To Buying Men’s Engagement Rings 

So you’ve found “the one” and you’re ready to pop that magic question to the man of your dreams, but how will you find the perfect men’s engagement ring? Allow us to walk you through all you need to know about finding that perfect ring to seal the deal!

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Engagement rings for men are fast becoming the new normal, and we’re here for it! 

For those of you who are thinking about popping the question to the man of your dreams, we’ve put together a guide on men’s engagement rings and how to find the perfect one for your partner.

Picking an engagement ring can be so much fun, all you need is your partner’s style in mind, your budget, and maybe one or two close family or friends’ opinions and support. 

The History Of Men’s Engagement Rings

Believe it or not, there are many countries where men’s engagement rings are common and have been for some time. Despite this, for many in the United States, buying men’s engagement rings was a concept that simply couldn’t take off. 

Fast forward to ten years ago, and we finally see the trend gaining momentum.

Why?

Societal practices and viewpoints have changed drastically and what used to seem odd is now a trend of the times. We love a man who wants to wear a symbol of his commitment. Trust us when we say there are more than a few fellas who are ready to wear their heart on their ring finger for all to see. 

The history of men wearing wedding bands came about in World War II, and for no other reason than simply wanting to remember their special someone while they were away. Wedding bands became a symbol of commitment- a sentiment that’s now shared with engagement and promise rings

Celebrities like Karamo Brown and Michael Bublé have also raised awareness of the practice by proudly wearing their own engagement rings for all to see.

Celebrity Men’s Engagement Rings

Here are just a few of our favorite gents rocking their engagement rings. 

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran proposed to his lifelong friend Cherry Seaborn in 2017 and the moment wasn’t exactly as he had planned. She’d been so shocked she asked him if he was joking. No jokes, she said yes and he was spotted soon after wearing a ring of his own on the red carpet. That alone sparked rumors that the two had wed but Sheeran shared that she had made his silver clay ring as a beautiful engagement gift. 

18K Yellow Gold 6mm Wire Finish Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Johnny Depp 

Johnny Depp proposed to actress Amber Heard with a vintage-style engagement ring and was then seen wearing it himself at a press conference. He referred to it as his “management ring.” We love that he took a ring that might not have been his fiance’s personal style and it kept it for himself. Engagement ring or management ring, we can get behind a man that loves a good diamond center stone and rocks it with confidence.

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

Brooklyn Beckham

Brooklyn Beckham is another A-list up and comer who is sporting this trend. The oldest of Victoria and David Beckham’s children proposed to his stunning girlfriend, Nicola Anne Peltz before being seen sporting his very own engagement ring. It’s safe to say the two are very in love and he is happy to wear his ring as a symbol of what’s to come!

Gray Tungsten Carbide 6MM Domed Comfort Fit Band By TRITON

Does An Engagement Ring Replace A Wedding Band?

The short answer is no, they don’t replace a wedding ring.

Why?

Engagement rings have different universal symbolism compared to wedding bands. One shows the intention of committing to a lifelong relationship with a chosen partner, while the other shows the joining of the two people together.

However, it’s really up to each individual. In history, women have worn both their engagement rings and wedding rings together. It’s also possible to wear one without the other depending on your mood or the occasion. Throw caution to the wind and wear your engagement ring on a different finger, if you want to wear both at the same time. The rules aren’t set in stone, so do what feels more comfortable for you.

What Is The Difference Between Men’s Engagement Rings and Men’s Wedding Rings? 

One of the two key differences between wedding and engagement rings is their symbolism and when they’ll be worn. For wedding bands, it’s all in the name – typically wedding rings are first worn for the first time on the day of the actual wedding. These rings are usually given from partner to partner to symbolize the beginning of their married life together and recognition of a lifelong commitment.  

An engagement ring receives a lot more hype and attention and is usually worn from the time of the proposal. An engagement ring, in every way, symbolizes intent and also creates excitement for the couple and their loved ones.  

No matter where you go, engagement rings for men serve the same cultural purpose, perhaps only with a more masculine flair to their design.

Men’s Engagement Ring Styles

Men’s engagement rings are just as much an expression of personal style and unique characteristics as women’s engagement rings. To buy the right engagement ring for your partner, you need to take all of this into consideration.

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

The Traditionalist: Classic Engagement Rings

If plain and simple suits your partner best, stick with the classic mental engagement rings. Simple bands made from precious metals will always be timeless. These are also the easiest bands to get engraved if you’re looking to add a refined personal touch to a classic ring.

18K White Gold 6mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring
14K Rose Gold Swirl Finish Comfort Fit Ring

Masculine Chic: Black Wedding Bands

Black wedding rings are the new talk of the town and can easily work as an engagement ring or fashion ring. The color black is often associated with power, strength, and authority. So if these represent your man’s style or character, a black band, or a band with black accents, could be the perfect fit.

Black Titanium 8mm Comfort-Fit Carbon Fiber Inlay Design Ring
White Tungsten Carbide 8MM Black Sapphire Band By TRITON

A Little Sparkle: Men’s Diamonds Engagement Rings

Who said diamonds are only a girl’s best friend? Men’s diamond wedding bands are becoming increasingly popular. What we love about this trend is there are variations of these rings to suit each individual’s desire for a bit of sparkle. You can find a band with a single diamond or other diamond rings that have a small selection of stones on the band or circling the entire band.

14K White Gold 6mm Beveled Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring
Platinum 6mm Etched Channel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Rough Around The Edges: Carved Bands For Men

A textured ring can give a classic metal band a little edge to it by providing some dimensions to an otherwise timeless design. These rings are perfect for men who like a clean look but don’t mind adding some layers to their unique engagement ring.

14K White Gold 6MM Diagonal Stripe Satin Finish Band
14K White And Yellow Gold 6MM Band Grooved Band

Different Metal Types For Men’s Engagement Rings

If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic metal, consider these metals for your partner:

  • Tantalum and Cobalt Chrome™ (without nickel) are great for medical and chemical applications because it’s both hypoallergenic and bio-compatible.   
  • Tungsten is also hypoallergenic and a great substitute for those allergic to yellow gold wedding bands.
  • Platinum is hypoallergenic and a perfect replacement for white gold men’s wedding bands because it has no traces of nickel. 
  • Titanium is also safe to wear and anti-allergenic.
  • Platinum is 95% pure, making it the most hypoallergenic metal choice. 
  • Ceramic contains no unwanted components in its composition. 

How To Clean Your Engagement Ring

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

What Are You Waiting For?

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

Looking for more men’s rings inspo? Check out our wedding ring series here: 

  1. Men’s Wedding Bands: The Complete Guide
  2. Yellow Gold Wedding Bands: Sunshine Bling
  3. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas

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Diamond Sparkle: How To Maximize Your Glow

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

Diamond Sparkle

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

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

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

Rule No. 1: Cut Is Key 

People often mistake carat weight as the most important factor when picking a diamond. We’re here to tell you that cut influences all the major 4 C’s; cut, carat, color, and clarity, and should be your first consideration always. 

How the diamond is cut, whether too shallow or too deep, affects the overall sparkle of the diamond. Let’s breakdown how light is reflected off the diamond creating that shine we love:

The light first enters the diamond and is then reflected off its interior surfaces before exiting the stone. If the diamond is cut well, the light will reflect and refract enough to show off its fire and brilliance. 

A well-cut diamond will also appear larger than a poorly cut one of the same carat weight, with better overall color and clarity.  

Rule No. 2: Consider A Lab-Grown Diamond 

Not only are lab-created diamonds physically, chemically, and optically identical to earth-created ones, but they also come with a cheaper price tag. 

At James Allen, our premier collection of True Hearts™ diamonds are Ideal Diamonds, perfectly proportioned to refract light, producing only the best diamond sparkle. 

Rule No 3: Try On A Fancy Shaped Diamond 

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

Popular elongated fancy shaped diamonds like oval, pear, marquise, and emerald cuts are perfect if your goal is to enhance the size of your center stone. Many of these diamond shapes are a popular alternative to the classic round brilliant and can make light dance and add a unique feature to your engagement ring. 

If you’re looking for something with a little edge and a bolder outline, consider going for square-shaped diamonds like princess cut, cushion cut, or Asscher cut. These diamonds are known for their clarity and ability to make light dance.

Rule No. 4: Set Your Diamond With A Pavé Band 

Looking for more sparkle on your band as a shining complement to your center stone? We’ve got just the setting for that! 

Pavé bands are becoming a more popular choice as modern-day engagement rings settings because they add that extra sparkle. If your diamond sparkle is not the problem as you simply want your entire ring to have that sparkle factor, pavé is the way to go. 

No matter which way you twist and turn, you better believe your ring will shimmer at every angle. 

Rule No. 5: Say Halo To Your Diamond’s Best Friend

Like the pavé setting, a pavé halo encircling your diamond can elevate its sparkle while also making it appear large. A halo is a perfect accessory to a smaller center diamond that needs just a splash of glitter to bring out its ultimate glow. 

This smart optical illusion is a popular go-to for couples on a budget. Not only does it add to the overall sparkle of the engagement ring, but a halo works with just about any fancy shaped diamond. 

Rule No. 6: Keep Your Diamond Clean 

Diamond upkeep is essential to maintain that glow for many years to come, as dirty diamonds don’t sparkle. We’re all about DIY diamond cleaning, so we’ll let you in on how to treat your gem with care from the comfort of your own home.

All you’ll need is:

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

Steps to clean your diamond:

  1. Add lukewarm water to the two bowls and a few drops of dish soap/ammonia to one of them.
  2. Using the toothbrush, gently use the soapy solution to clean your diamond (circular brush strokes are always better.) 
  3. Once you’re satisfied, rinse any excess oil or soap from your ring and dry it using the cloth.

To Sum It Up

There are so many fun and calculated ways to maximize the appearance and sparkle of your ring. Share your favorite tip with your partner, or use our fun feature to drop them a hint if you’ve already designed your dream engagement ring.

Contact us at JamesAllen.com for our interactive Real-time Diamond Inspection service, where our experts will walk you through the attributes of your favorite diamonds in Super Zoom magnification.

Further Reading That’ll Put a Twinkle in your Eye:

  1. Why Diamond Cut Matters Most
  2. Essential Diamond Terminology
  3. Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

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Ring Cleaning Tips in the Age of COVID-19

With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19, keep reading for our best ring cleaning tips.

How to clean your engagement ring

The global spread of COVID-19 has a number of people making changes to their daily habits, with many increasingly using hand sanitizer to minimize the risk of exposure. While hand sanitizer may do a good job protecting you, it may be affecting something else – your engagement ring. Scroll down for our best ring cleaning tips to keep your sparkler safe and COVID-free!

1. Cleaning Agents

Excessive exposure to cleaning agents can make the finish on white gold wear a little faster. This won’t cause immediate damage. However, contact with cleaning agents like chlorine, bleach and antibacterial soap can break down the brilliance of the metals over time. So keep cleaning agents away from white gold sparklers to keep them dazzling to the max:

White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

White Gold Diamond Three-Stone Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring

2. Clean Smart, Not Hard

We’re not suggesting that you stop using hand sanitizer. Heath and hygiene come before bling! However, there are ways to stay clean and protect your precious sparkler. Avoid rubbing hand sanitizer or harsh cleaning products directly onto your ring. Instead, remove your ring, sanitize, dry your hands, then put one of these back on:

Rose Gold Pavé Adorned Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring

Yellow Gold Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

3. Bling Care

You should ideally clean your ring once a week. The best way is by soaking it in warm water and dish-washing soap. This will allow you to keep practicing good hygiene habits and avoid putting your ring in jeopardy. Soak up one of these white, rose and yellow gold options:

White Gold Sleek Accent Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Ring

14K Rose Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Gloves On

If you can’t remove your ring for any reason or don’t want to use hand sanitizer, don’t fret! We recommend that you wear a pair of gloves when doing any household cleaning.

White Gold Cable Solitaire Ring

14K White Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Pavé Split Shank Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pave Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Ready to rock a clean sparkler in 2020? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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