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What Is a VVS Diamond and Is It Right For You?

Are you wondering what a VVS diamond is but not sure where to start? This handy guide will help you decide if a VVS diamond is right for you.

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You’re probably here because you’re thinking about getting engaged – yay you! An engagement is an incredibly exciting milestone, but let’s be honest: buying a diamond can feel overwhelming sometimes. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, you might be asking yourself: “what is a VVS diamond and why in the world does it matter?”

1. Let’s Talk Basics: What Is A VVS Diamond?

To get a little technical: VVS is an acronym for “Very Very Slightly” – which refers to a diamond that is very, very slightly included. An “inclusion” is the official term for a diamond’s internal characteristics and a “blemish” is the term for a diamond’s external characteristics. These can include characteristics like feathers, crystals, twinning wisps, clouds and surface graining. They will determine how much light is able to pass through a diamond, which will in turn affect the stone’s light return – arguably, the best part of buying a diamond. Who doesn’t want a diamond that sparkles

On the clarity scale, VVS diamonds are one step below “flawless” diamonds. They are always clear of any imperfections to the naked eye and usually have no visible imperfections under 10x magnification. At James Allen, we use up to 40x magnification technology, so you can be sure you’re seeing each diamond with the same detail and ease as you would in a jewelry store. 

2. VVS1 vs VVS2 Diamonds

VVS diamonds fall into two categories: Very Very Slightly Included 1(VVS1) and Very Very Slightly Included 2 (VVS2). VVS2s are slightly more included than VVS1s, and the nature of these inclusions is usually different. For example, VVS1 diamonds tend to have tiny imperfections towards the side of the diamond, as opposed to the center. Imperfections on the side are preferable to those in the center because they do not affect light performance as much. 

VVS1 diamonds are generally more expensive than VVS2 diamonds. Because VVS diamonds fall just under flawless diamonds (FL and IF), they’re a great option for people who want a practically flawless diamond without the flawless price tag. 

3. VVS vs Flawless Diamonds

One of the main reasons to choose a VVS diamond is that it often will look just like a flawless diamond but saves you a nice chunk of cash. 

Let’s compare the two diamonds below. The one on the left is 1.02 carats, H color and IF clarity. The one on the right is 1.00 carat, H color and VVS1 clarity.

Can you spot any differences between the two diamonds?

Both diamonds are roughly the same size, as the .02 difference will not be perceptible to the naked eye. Both diamonds are the same H color, which faces up white. Neither has any fluorescence. Both have excellent symmetry and polish grades. Both are certified by GIA. 

In short, the only real differences between these two diamonds are their clarity and price tags. There is roughly a $600 difference between them, which is a result of the clarity grade jump. 

If you’re looking to maximize your budget for a high-clarity diamond engagement ring, VVS diamonds are a great choice. The difference in price could get you any of the following engagement rings:

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

4. Which jewelry pieces are most suitable for a VVS diamond?

VVS diamonds are great choices for higher carat engagement rings (above 3 carats) and step cuts (emerald and Asscher, or square). They also allow you to buy a setting that really showcases the center diamond, as opposed to settings that are better at hiding inclusions (for example, this bezel setting). Settings that have fewer prongs, less metal, as well as  tension settings are ideal for showcasing VVS diamonds, like the ones below:

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Bow-Tie Channel Set  Engagement Ring

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

Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Tapered Half-Bezel Engagement Ring 

Pinched Bar Pavé Engagement Ring 

14K Rose Gold Pinched Bar Pave Engagement Ring

If you’re looking for fine jewelry that features smaller diamonds, like tennis bracelets, there’s no need to go for VVS clarity. You can stick with SIs or VSs since inclusions are harder to spot in smaller diamonds.

5. Wrapping Up

A VVS diamond is a great choice for someone who is looking for a flawless-looking diamond, without the flawless price tag. VVS diamonds are intended to be the pièce-de-resistance of any engagement ring, so you might want to show off your stone with a setting that puts the diamond front and center. 

If you need help picking out a diamond, our non-commissioned gemologists are available 24/7 via phone, chat, text and email. 

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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.

Reach Out to Our Diamond Experts

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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Should You Collaborate on the Ring or Make it a Surprise?

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.

Go Through All Our Proposal Tips

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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Diamond Price Match: Our Competitive Pledge

Worried about overpaying for your diamond? Don’t be. Our Diamond Price Match guarantee has got you covered.

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After weeks or even months of painstaking research, you’ve finally found the perfect, most exquisite diamond on JamesAllen.com. Congratu…

Hold up – is that one of our competitors offering the exact same diamond at a lower price? 🧐

Well, yes and no.

There’s no such thing as ‘the exact same diamond’; each and every diamond is unique and one of a kind. It’s only on paper that two diamonds can be considered comparable if they share identical or near-identical characteristics (think cut, color, clarity, and carat).

If you’ve found a similarly spec’d diamond for less, we may be able to match the price…

Meet Your Diamond Price Match

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At James Allen, we strive to offer superior diamonds at highly competitive prices. In fact, we’re so confident that you won’t find a better deal anywhere else that we’ve introduced a Diamond Price Match Guarantee. This is to ensure you’re getting the best value for money, without sacrificing diamond quality or any other aspect of the shopping experience.

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OK, so how does it work?

For starters, we’ll need to determine whether the competitor’s diamond is eligible. It must, among other things, have the same characteristics as the James Allen diamond, be in stock and available for immediate purchase, and come with a GIA grading report. We recommend reading through our complete list of requirements before applying for a Diamond Price Match.

Same Ice, Same Price

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Requesting a Diamond Price Match is as easy as contacting us by phone, chat, or email. You’ll need to provide valid proof of the competitor’s offer such as a link to their website or some other form of advertisement. If we determine that the diamond meets our requirements, we’ll match the price – no questions asked!

Game, Set, Diamond Price Match!

Seen a comparable diamond for less? Request a price match today and enjoy sparkle that’s beyond compare.

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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

The stars must have aligned to create an April birthstone so sublime.

James Allen's April Birthstone Jewelry

Diamond, the April birthstone, needs little introduction. It is, after all, the single most coveted precious stone in the world – not to mention, the object of many an engagement fantasy. But what exactly is it about the sparkly stone that makes it such a prize?

The answer lies in the stone’s rarity, toughness, and, above all, exceptional beauty.

Read on for the most sparkling diamond jewelry gifts for an April birthday!

Color: The April Birthstone

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Diamonds’ coloring runs the gamut from totally colorless to quite colorful. The vast majority of diamonds exist on a spectrum of yellowish to colorless. Some people like the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond, especially when complemented with a warm jewelry metal, like a yellow or rose gold setting. However, most prefer the glacial quality of a colorless diamond, which is far rarer.

April birthstone fancy color diamonds

A popular alternative to colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds come in a range of natural hues including yellow and pink. Colors at the vivid end of the spectrum are quite rare and, therefore, more valuable.

Toughness: The April Birthstone

Diamonds are tough. Really tough. Like the-hardest-mineral-on-Earth tough. Being virtually indestructible has its advantages, of course. Diamonds do not require much maintenance to keep them looking like new. They also retain their polish for a very long time, making them equally suitable for everyday wear and special occasions. Ironically, the only thing capable of scratching a diamond is another diamond, so it’s best to store diamond jewels separately.

Sparkle: The April Birthstone

Diamonds have a refractive index of 2.42, as well as a faceting pattern that efficiently returns light. The sparkle that we see with our own eyes is a result of 3 main factors: brilliance (reflected white light), fire (refracted color), and scintillation (surface sparkle).

Additionally, a diamond’s cut contributes to its impressive sparkle. A well-proportioned and symmetrical stone will display maximal fire and brilliance. Why? It ensures that light hits that particular stone in all the right places.

Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

The diamonds in these martini-style studs sit perfectly flush in their settings, making them appear to float on the ear. These diamond-forward earrings are heavy on the sparkle, yet minimal enough to be worn in absolutely any occasion.

Quote: ‘Very satisfied with the quality of the settings and diamonds. The three-prong martini setting is a very delicate setting but feels sturdy and it sits well on the earlobe. Highly recommend!’ -Joana C.

14K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Stud Earrings

Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

The ultimate in classy sparkle. Slip this yellow gold diamond tennis bracelet onto your wrist and get ready to turn heads. This diamond-studded bracelet is stunning enough to be the centerpiece of your jewelry collection, yet simple enough to stack alongside a variety of diamond bracelet styles.

14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Quote: ‘The bracelet was full of sparkly and clear diamonds that looked huge. I misjudged how eye-catching this piece would be. If you want bling, this bracelet definitely delivers. Very pleased with my first experience with James Allen.’ – Nancy P.

Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

This stylish bracelet features a unique open design studded with 6 baguette-shaped diamonds and 16 round-cut diamonds! The perfect diamond jewelry piece for when you want to make a statement on the down-low. 

14K Yellow Gold Open Luxe Diamond Bracelet

Quote: ‘The bracelet is very pretty and my wife loved it!’ – Ron P.

Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

The tulip-inspired basket, with its softly draping lines and defined petals, is the crowning glory of this simple-yet-graceful engagement ring. This solitaire ring features a basket decorated with open leaf-inspired patterns that allow light to shine through. The rounded band is super comfortable. The more you wear it, the less you’ll want to take it off!

Quote: ‘The ring is absolutely beautiful, and exceeded my expectations. My fiancée loves it, and is so proud to show it to everybody. She comments everyday about how beautiful it is.’ – TIm L.

14K White Gold Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Shaped like a flower in full bloom, this ring’s halo does a fabulous job of framing the center diamond and bringing out its brilliance.

14K White Gold Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Have a gander at one of our most popular ring styles! This petite pavé engagement ring is a natural wonder in its own right. The ring’s pavé band is studded with petite, semi-exposed diamonds, maximizing the amount of light that hits their many, many facets and  increasing this ring’s overall sparkle.

Quote: ‘The petite pavé engagement ring I purchased for my fiancée couldn’t have made her any happier! The detail and overall quality of this ring blew both of us away.’ – Alex L.


14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

The Fishtail Diamond Ring

A simple diamond ring is the perfect way to celebrate any significant life milestone: a birthday, graduation, promotion, or anything you deem diamond-worthy. This thin-banded stunner is blooming with 8 round brilliant diamonds, mounted smoothly in scalloped chevron prongs for a sturdy setting that’s ideal for daily wear.  This is a piece of durable diamond jewelry that will stand up to anything you throw at it throughout your hectic day.

14K White Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

Quote: ‘I ordered this band to go with my solitaire engagement ring and I love it! This band is very thin. I love the look of it.’ – Emily M.

Diamond Cluster Butterfly Ring

A customer-favorite diamond ring with a unique 1:2 diamond pattern reminiscent of whimsical butterflies. More diamonds = more facets = more sparkle. And that’s something we can all get behind! No wonder this diamond ring is one of our more popular designs. Plus, this diamond-heavy ring is actually extremely wearable. It lies flat against the wearer’s skin for a super-comfortable fit.

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Butterfly Ring

Quote: ‘This ring is packed with glitter! It’s a great flashy look for a reasonable price and gives the illusion of bigger diamonds from a distance.’ – Lorraine B.

Bezel-Set Diamond Pendant Necklace

This pendant necklace features a minimalist bezel setting that securely holds your chosen diamond, so your necklace will withstand thorough daily wear. However, this classic mounting is anything but traditional. It features an important twist: open sides to allow light to hit your chosen diamond’s side facets and bring out its glitter. This necklace is ideal for yellow gold lovers.

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

Quote: ‘I am very picky and this is my perfect solitaire necklace! The back on the mounting is designed to help a diamond lay flat and to keep the culet from poking you. The chain is very fine and the diamond in my setting is dazzling to wear due to the superb cut.’ – Rachael T.

Four Prong Diamond Pendant Necklace

A simple, yet gorgeous, diamond pendant that will quickly become a diamond jewelry wardrobe staple. This white gold necklace complements most necklines, and can easily be layered with other necklace styles. The four-prong setting exposes the sides of the center diamond, allowing light to hit from every angle and increasing your pendant’s shine.

14K White Gold Four Prong Basket Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Quote: ‘More incredible than I could have hoped! I have to say, I am so impressed! This design is just perfect and really lets the diamond “shine”, literally and figuratively.’ – Maggie L.

An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

Discover our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds, True Hearts™ by James Allen.

While you’re at it, check out our other birthstone guides:
January GarnetFebruary AmethystMarch AquamarineMay EmeraldJuly RubySeptember SapphireNovember CitrineDecember Topaz

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Diamond Pendants: The Essential Guide

Designed to be worn close to your heart, diamond pendants are among the most romantic gifts you can give or receive.

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Diamond Pendants: Necks Appeal

Few accessories have the ability to light up an outfit quite like diamond pendants. They’re perfectly positioned for maximum impact and come in a range of eye-catching styles.

Whether you’re after a piece that complements your everyday jewelry collection or a glamorous gift for special occasions, our guide has got you covered. So pop on some peppy music and get your jewelry browse on.

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Diamond Pendants: Dangling Designs

Looking to treat your SO to a diamond pendant? Consider which style will best suit her personality. For the classic woman, a solitaire pendant adds a touch of refinement to any outfit.

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Diamond Scroll Key

If it’s a statement piece you’re after, key pendants are a popular choice, along with nature-inspired motifs such as hearts, flowers, and butterflies.

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Pavé Diamond Butterfly

If, on the other hand, she’s the artistic/creative type, a more whimsical or abstract design might be preferable.

Traditional

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Wire Diamond

Solitaire diamond pendants are the ideal way to showcase a single stone. Opt for a prong mount if you wish to highlight the stone while concealing the metal behind it.

Pro tip: Less is more when it comes to choosing a diamond solitaire pendant. Go for a simple setting and pair it with a good quality diamond, focusing on clarity and cut for extra shine.

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Round Halo Cluster

For a more contemporary look, choose a bezel-set diamond pendant that surrounds the centerpiece with a thin band of metal.

Pavé-Set Frame

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Princess Cut Pavé-Set Frame

Pavé-set frame draws more attention to the setting itself. It’s often accented with ornate filigree borders.

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Round Cut Pavé-Set Frame

Pavé Bail

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Pavé Bail Diamond

Pavé bail features diamond detail on the metal loop that connects the pendant to the chain.

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Diamond Pendants: Don’t Leave Us Hanging!

All the women who are into pendants! Let us know which neck candy you’re sweet on in the comments below or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

Find out which pendant styles will be the necks big thing for 2019 and see why diamond cluster is setting hearts aflutter.

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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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Read on: How Much to SpendHow to BudgetHow to Make Your Ring Look Bigger

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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Read on: Winter Proposal IdeasSummer Proposal IdeasUnique Places to Propose

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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Read on: Engagement Ring Shopping: Collaboration vs. SurpriseKeeping the Ring a SecretVirtual Ring Try-On

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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Time to put your engagement ring etiquette to the test!

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How to Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry

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

Learn how to take care of your diamond ring and why you should insure your diamond jewelry

BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DIAMOND CARE

Take Care of Your Diamond Cleaning

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

1. Soak and Scrub

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

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

2. Get Intense Shine

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

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

3. Shield the Shade

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

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Take Care of Your Diamond Insurance

1. Insure Your Diamond Jewelry

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

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2. Choose the Right Policy

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

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

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The first step to take care of your diamond jewelry: pin this!

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Diamond Inspection: The Object of Your Affection

If you thought our 360° HD Diamond Display was a game changer, wait till you try our Real-Time Diamond Inspection!

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When shopping for a diamond online, you must be able to examine the stone close up and from every angle. We take this a step further, allowing you to spin diamonds in 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom. But even with the latest technologies at your disposal, it’s not always clear what you should be looking out for. To ensure you’re getting the best deal, you may want someone there to guide you.

That’s why we’ve created the first ever Real-Time Diamond Inspection; a personalized consultation with a bona fide diamond expert. The free service is available Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 10 PM EST (subject to availability). It’s hands-down the best way to get to grips with your diamond.

Add a Human Dimension with a Diamond Inspection

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To start your Real-Time Diamond Inspection, simply click the Diamond Inspection button next to any loose diamond on our site.

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Service is available Mon – Fri, 9 AM – 10 PM EST

You’ll be instantly connected with one of our certified gemologists, who will share their screen with you. No scheduling, no additional software. Just you and your diamond consultant discussing everything you need to know. And because our experts don’t work on commission, you can be sure they’re giving you fair, impartial advice.

Draw Near to Perfection with a Diamond Inspection

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If you’ve been doing your homework, you will probably have come across the term inclusions. These are the tiny imperfections that occur naturally in diamonds and can affect their overall beauty. While some inclusions are visible to the naked eye, others require up to 40x magnification to be seen. Using SuperZoom technology, our experts are able to pinpoint any inclusions and mark them directly on the image of the diamond.

Put the ‘Spec’ in Diamond Inspection

When you purchase a diamond from JamesAllen.com, it comes with a certificate from one of the top three grading labs: GIA, AGS, or IGI. This document contains the diamond’s technical specifications as well as its grading information – all very important stuff.

Now, admittedly, all this technical jargon can seem pretty intimidating at first glance. I mean, what even are grading scales?!

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Once our experts break it down for you, you’ll see how metrics such as cut, color, clarity, and carat determine a diamond’s quality and price. Ask them nicely and they may even show you how to tell two technically identical stones apart and identify which is the superior. But why stop at two when you can compare up to four diamonds simultaneously?

Make Your Selection with a Diamond Inspection

Seen a diamond that merits closer inspection? Click the Diamond Inspection button next to any loose diamond on our site to begin your free consultation.

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Double Halo Engagement Rings: Twice the Ice

Why settle for a single halo when double halo engagement rings offer twice the sparkle?

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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.

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Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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!’

Celebrity Doubles

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 GLOW actress 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.

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

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

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Princess Cut Double Halo Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

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.

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Ruby and Diamond Double Halo Ring

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.

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How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring

We asked one of our brilliant customer service representatives how much to spend on an engagement ring. Their answer was perfect…

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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!

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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.

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“Solitaires are also great because you can personalize them and dress them up with a wedding band.”

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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.”

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Elongated Shapes are the Best Diamonds on a Budget

“If you want to really maximize the visual size of the diamond or finger coverage, then go with an elongated shape like an oval, a marquise, or a pear,” our expert suggests.

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“Any of these shapes with a halo setting will give you the biggest wow factor and not break the bank at the same time.”

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Give Your Engagement Ring Diamond Some Context

“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.

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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.

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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.”

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“This kind of rich appearance can help you to get a larger carat weight within the same price range.”

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Back to the basics: Buying an Engagement Ring 101 * How to Propose

Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about collaborating on the ring!

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Choosing a Diamond: Be in the Glow

Precious advice for those who will soon be choosing a diamond for their engagement ring.

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We recognize that gleam in your eye! No, we’re not talking about the way you look at your SO (although that is adorable). 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!

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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

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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

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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.

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Don’t miss the next installment in our men’s FAQ series: How to Keep the Ring a Secret.

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Cushion Cut Diamonds with a Classic Glow

Cushion cut diamonds are the chic descendant of the historic old mine cut. A square shape with rounded corners, these pillow-shaped diamonds are a total dream.

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Why Cushion Cut Diamonds?

The cushion brilliant cut features 58 facets that reflect and refract light, carrying its antique romantic charm into the 21st century.

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14K Rose Gold Art Deco Inspired Fleur-De-Lis Pavé Engagement Ring

Originally, cushion cut diamonds were designed to catch the beauty of candlelight in the 18th century (A.K.A. when every dinner was a candlelit dinner).

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14K Yellow Gold Channel Set Princess Shaped Engagement Ring

Looking for a fancy colored diamond? Look no further than the cushion cut! Cushion cut fancy colored diamonds are especially vivid.

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14K Pink Gold 3.3mm Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Who Rocks Cushion Cut Engagement Rings?

Almost every engagement ring featured a sparkling cushion cut diamond until the early 1900s. In the century that followed, cushion cut diamonds went through a gorgeous renaissance.

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14K Rose Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Among those who have chosen cushion cut allure for their engagement rings? Celeb powerhouses including Sofia Vergara, Kelly Rowland, Jessica Biel, Kim Kardashian, and Bar Refaeli.

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Sofia Vergara's 14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

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What to Know About Cushion Cut Diamonds

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.

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14K Yellow Gold Vintage Inspired Antique Frame Halo 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.

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14K White Gold Petite Diamond Accent Engagement Ring

More Dreamy Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Baguette Three-Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Lotus Basket Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

Ready to cushion the glow? Create your Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring.

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Pear Shaped Diamonds with Fruitful Flare

Pear shaped diamonds the only part of your engagement you’ll want to go pear shaped!

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Pavé Halo Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

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.

Love is in the pear!

Pear Shaped Diamonds: Ripe for the Picking

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!

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0.72 Carat K SI1 Diamond

A Diamond Beyond Compear

If further pearsuasion is 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.

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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.

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Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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.

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See which other non-traditional diamond shapes are in with celebs right now.

What to Know About Pear Shaped Diamonds

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 the round 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.

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Looking for pear-fection? Peruse these pear shaped pretties!

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Once you’ve picked the pear you wish to wear, feel free to share it in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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Heart Shaped Diamonds with Romantic Style

The cleft at the top of this cut gives heart shaped diamonds their unique, super-lovable form.

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Why Heart Shaped Diamonds?

First, the obvious: who wouldn’t want to propose or give a gift marked with the international symbol for love? A fancy shape with a brilliant cut, heart diamonds give off a spectacular amount of sparkle.

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Who Rocks Heart Diamond Engagement Rings?

Heart shaped diamonds are a great choice for the romantics in your life who love to stand out. Case in point: both Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj have chosen heart shaped diamond engagement rings.

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Because this fancy diamond shape is so unique, it’s best to go for this shape only if your SO has hinted at it (read more about this and more in our Ring Buying 101 blog post!).

What to Know About Heart Shape Diamonds

Anyone who has cut out a paper heart knows that symmetry is essential to the heart diamond’s shape. For a diamond with a distinct heart shape, choose a gem with symmetrical halves as well as a sharp cleft in the cut.

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Heart Shaped Diamond 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Heart diamonds also tend to show their shape better in larger sizes – if you want a more pronounced heart form, consider a larger carat size for your stone.

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Like other fancy shape diamonds (ex. pear and oval cut diamonds), heart shaped diamonds feature the “bow tie effect”: there is a space in the center of each heart shape diamond that does not reflect light. The better cut the heart diamond, the smaller the bow tie effect.

Unique Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

For the extraordinary person in your life (who sometimes might like to just be extra), consider one of these intricate heart shaped diamond rings:

Criss Cross Solitaire Engagement Ring

1.03 Carat E-VVS2 Heart Shaped Diamond Criss Cross Diamond Solitaire

Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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Sapphire Floral Engagement Ring

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Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

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Ready to shop your heart out? Find your heart shaped diamond engagement ring.

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Marquise Cut Diamonds with Pointed Precision

Graceful and elegant, marquise cut diamonds are the only kind of side-eye you’ll ever want to give… or receive!

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Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

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.

Seize the marquise!

Marquise Cut Diamonds: Ahead of the Curve

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.

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Etched Rope Profile Solitaire Engagement Ring

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.

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Pavé Infinity Diamond Engagement Ring

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.

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Knife-Edge Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

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.

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Petite Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring
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Floral Milgrain Engagement Ring

Mad about marquise? Go on a spree for the perfect marquise!

Don’t forget — you can view all of the marquise cut diamonds on JamesAllen.com in glorious 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

Once you’ve found the marquise to your true love’s heart, let us know in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Learn more in our diamond shapes blog series: Asscher Cut Diamonds ♦ Emerald Cut Diamonds Heart Shape Diamonds ♦ Oval Cut Diamonds ♦ Princess Cut Diamonds ♦ Radiant Cut Diamonds  Round Cut Diamonds

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Shape Series: Emerald Cut Diamonds

For an alternative to traditional brilliant cut diamonds, head straight for the linear luster of emerald cut diamonds.

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Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Emerald cut, not to be confused with the vivid green gemstone of the same name, is a diamond cut known for its beauty and precision. An increasingly popular shape for engagement rings, emerald cut has charmed its way onto our fingers and into our hearts.

Find your emerald cut diamond.

Emerald Cut Diamonds: Why the Long Facet?

It’s not hard to see the appeal of emerald cut diamonds. Elegant long lines give them a look of subtle sophistication, while beveled corners add a touch of timeless glamour.

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Pavé Set Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Elongated facets intersect the lower portion, or pavilion, of the diamond, creating a mirrored effect that results in dramatic flashes of light.

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Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Step Up Your Game

The emerald cut diamond is so named because this style of cut was originally reserved for — you guessed it — emeralds. It’s created using a step cut, which is most commonly associated with square or rectangular diamonds. Unlike brilliant cut diamonds, which are distinguished by triangular and kite-shaped facets, step-cut diamonds have rows of long, narrow facets that resemble a staircase.

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Pavé Set Split Shank Engagement Ring

Thanks to their unique formation, emerald cut diamonds possess a glacier-like clarity, the likes of which you wouldn’t find in a brilliant cut stone.

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Three Stone Pavé Split Shank Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Emerald Cut Diamonds?

Celebrity engagement ring trends show that emerald cut has overtaken oval as the fashionable go-to among celebs. Those flashing the cut include Liv Tyler, Kristen Bell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Hayden Panettiere, and Amal Clooney.

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Three Stone Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring

But perhaps the most eminent emerald cut belongs to Beyoncé. Hubby Jay Z lavished the pop diva with an eye-watering 18-carat flawless diamond. Nothing but the best for Queen Bey!

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Twisted Pavé Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

What to Know About Emerald Cut Diamonds

If you’re in the market for an emerald cut diamond, you should take the following points into consideration:

  • Flaws, or inclusions, are more noticeable in step-cut diamonds, so it’s well worth investing in a high clarity grade.
  • Pay attention to diamond color, which tends to be more prominent in less sparkly stones.
  • Emerald cut diamonds can be set vertically or, for a more original look, turned ninety degrees on their side (this is known as the “east-west” setting).
  • Step-cut diamonds will usually cost less than their brilliant-cut cousins.

A Step in the Right Direction

Don’t forget — you can view all of the emerald cut diamonds on JamesAllen.com in 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

Ready to embrace the emerald? Find your emerald engagement ring.

Once you’ve browsed our emerald aisle, let us know your fave in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Discover additional diamond shapes: Round Cut Diamonds, Princess Cut Diamonds, Radiant Cut Diamonds, and Oval Cut Diamonds.

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Asscher Cut Diamonds with Incredible Clarity

Asscher cut diamonds are loved for their glacier-level clarity and concentric square pattern. Have you ever seen a diamond quite like this?

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Why Asscher Cut Diamonds?

Also called square emerald cut, asscher cut diamonds feature a similar clear and mathematical beauty to their emerald cut diamond cousin.

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14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Their sparkle, however,  is closer to that of a classic round brilliant cut diamond. Welcome to the best of both cuts!

Trillion Ruby Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Asscher cut diamonds’ square table and cropped corners form a shining, stand-out octagon shape.

Comfort Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

The symmetrical lines inside this step cut diamond create what is called a “hall of mirrors effect” (makes sense – we can’t help but get lost in this stunner!).

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Who Rocks Asscher Cut Engagement Rings?

Elizabeth Taylor and Pippa Middleton (a.k.a. grace and style personified) both chose asscher cut engagement ring center stones.

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1920s-Now: Timeless Art Deco Diamonds

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14K Yellow Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Named after its early-20th century creator Joseph Asscher, this diamond shape was also the go-to choice for jewelry in the art deco era.

Vintage Bezel Pavé Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

Asscher cut diamond rings are a vintage, unique, and elegant choice.

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What to Know About Asscher Cut Diamonds

The extraordinary clarity of asscher cut diamonds makes everything inside the stone easier to see, so it’s best to choose a diamond with fewer inclusions (marks inside the diamond).

Art Deco Geometric Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Art Deco Geometric Diamond Engagement Ring

Look for a clarity level as close to flawless as possible.

Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

Clearly in love with this shape? Create your Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring.

If you’re obsessed with one (or more!) of these rings, let us know in the comments below, or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Learn more in our diamond shapes blog series: Oval Cut DiamondsRound Cut DiamondsPrincess Cut DiamondsRadiant Cut DiamondsEmerald Cut DiamondsMarquise Cut Diamonds

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Baguette Diamond Rings: the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Get your Gatsby glam and sparkly headbands ready: it’s time to try a baguette diamond ring.

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Baguette diamond rings are elegant and edgy at once, a perfect encapsulation of the 1920’s Art Deco period during which they became popular. The baguette cut diamonds they feature are step-cut and often rectangular — similar to emerald cut diamonds, but with square corners.

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Grandé Illusion Halo Baguette Diamond Ring

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Now, to address the obvious: how are these diamonds connected to the French loaf of bread? As it turns out, the gem may have come first; “baguette” comes from the 17th century French word “bague,” which meant “jewel” and today means “ring.” Alternatively, the diamond cut’s name may have been inspired by the long lines of the French bread. Food for thought.

Vertical Twin Illusion Baguette Diamond Ring

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Though they make for popular side stones in engagement rings, baguette diamonds with round diamonds in the corners can also be gorgeous main events:

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Illusion Halo Baguette Diamond Ring

A clean, white gold band and diamond halo complement the sharp lines in the baguette center stone.

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Illusion Trio Baguette Diamond Ring

With this ring, third shine’s the charm — distinctive design balances three baguette cut diamonds.

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Oval Frame Baguette Diamond Ring

The baguette diamond almost floats in this pavé halo and split-shank band, giving a magical, vintage feel.

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Grandé Three-Stone Baguette Diamond Ring

Hello, statement piece! The luxury of this ring’s halo combines beautifully with the baguette diamonds’ elongating lines.

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Bonus: Baguette Diamond Bracelets

Grandé Illusion Baguette Diamond Bracelet

This simple, sparkling baguette diamond stunner is a step up from the classic bangle.

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Grandé Baguette Diamond Wave Bracelet

Go with the flow with this chic and unique pavé double-diamond baguette bracelet.

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Think you’ve got this one in the baguette? Shop more diamond rings and explore our shimmering fine jewelry collection.

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Shape Series: Radiant Cut Diamonds

We reveal why radiant cut diamonds are something squarish you’ll want to cherish.

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If the adage “opposites attract” could be summed up in one diamond cut, it would have to be radiant. This sparkling cut marries an angular shape with brilliant cut facets, creating a look that’s at once classic and complex.

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Why Radiant Cut Diamonds?

Radiant cut diamonds are the sparkly love child of round brilliant and emerald cut diamonds. They are faceted like the former and shaped like the latter, giving you the best of both worlds.

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Twisted Pavé Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Disclaimer: No corners were cut in the polishing of this stylish solitaire (at least not in the figurative sense!).

Made up of a staggering 70 facets on their pavilion and crown, radiant cut diamonds can disperse a good deal more light than other square and rectangular-shaped stones. As such, they provide way more brilliance and fire than you’d find in traditional step-cut diamonds.

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Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

What of color and clarity?

The radiant cut is something of a chameleon when it comes to color. It has that rare ability to alter a diamond’s hue, making it appear lighter or darker when viewed from above. In terms of clarity, radiant cut has a higher tolerance for inclusions than, say, emerald cut, which demands a much higher level of clarity.

14K Yellow Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring
Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Radiant Cut Diamonds?

Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Baez recently proposed to his girlfriend Irmaire Marquez with this stunning James Allen ring, complete with a 3-carat radiant cut diamond:

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But he wasn’t the only Cubs player to go down the radiant route. First baseman Anthony Rizzo gifted his girlfriend Emily Vakos with a radiant cut diamond engagement ring, much like this one: