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Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

At JamesAllen, engagement ring engravings are free at checkout! Looking for the right words? Get inspired by dozens of our favorite engagement ring inscriptions so you can create your moment in your own words.

Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

Every couple has their own special way of communicating with each other, filled with tokens of love and had-to-be-there private jokes. We’re all about those love languages! Whatever proposal you plan will be a personalized tribute to your shared language – so why not personalize your engagement ring too? With a special inscription, you don’t have to go all-out on custom engagement rings to get personalized bands. 

Personalization + no extra cost – why wouldn’t you engrave your ring for free as an extra meaningful touch?

How to add a complimentary engraving to your engagement ring at JamesAllen.com at checkout:

  1. Choose your font: either block text or cursive script
  2. Type a phrase up to 20 characters in length

At a loss for words? We’ve got inspiration for your perfect engagement ring inscription. They are chock-full of awe-inspiring personalized messages for you to take your pick of.

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

INSCRIBE YOUR PROPOSAL DATE

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

INSCRIBE A ROMANTIC PHRASE

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

More inscription ideas

  • WRITTEN IN THE STARS
  • JUST THE BEGINNING
  • UNDER YOUR SPELL
  • JUST GETTING STARTED
  • KEEPS GETTING BETTER

Song Verses

Nothing beats the classics! Some timeless melodies just get better with age. Take a page out of a songwriter’s book and borrow a romantic lyric for yourself.

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14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

I love you so (Laura Nyro – Wedding Bell Blues)

Escalating Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Escalating Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

how wonderful life is (Elton John, ‘Your Song’)

More inscription ideas

  • time after time (Cyndi Lauper, ‘Time After Time’)
  • my love has come along (Etta James, ‘At Last’)
  • How sweet it is (James Taylor, ‘How Sweet It Is’)
  • all of me (John Legend, ‘All of Me’)

INSCRIBE A BIBLE VERSE

Half Moon Three Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Half Moon Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

1 Corinthians 16:14: “Do everything in love.”

Bezel Set Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement Ring

Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.”

More inscription ideas

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:13: “Three things will last forever — faith, hope and love — and the greatest of these is love.”

INSCRIBE YOUR INITIALS

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

Inscribe a Goofy phrase

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

  • …AAAND SCENE.
  • Do Not Remove
  • MY LOVE BUN
  • I LOVE MY POOKY
  • SHMOOPIE BUTT
  • You + Me = Duh

Matching Phrases

You two already finish each other’s sentences, so why not finish each other’s wedding rings? Get all matchy-matchy with complementary engravings. This is particularly good for couples who have distinct styles of wedding rings, but still want to match each other. 

  • To Infinity…
  • …And beyond!
  • + 1

Engagement Ring Engraving: Get the Message

Make your engagement ring just that much more special with a custom engraving, in a custom font, for absolutely free! Just add your text at checkout, and your personalized ring will arrive, word-worthy and ready-to-wear.

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

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West Side Story Lookalike Engagement Rings

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake is coming out in December 2021 and we are snapping with excitement! Although the 1961 original was historic, it’s undoubtedly time for an update. With critics raving about this sublime version, it’s time to weigh in with matching sparkle.

Marie from Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story

Classics persist through the ages and are reborn through the ages. West Side Story most definitely proves this rule, with the Broadway run re-envisioned in the 1961 movie, and now the 2021 cinematic remake. West Side Story itself is a modern reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 

In West Side Story, love, tragedy, anger, class tension, and disenfranchised rage are put on display in a rumbling, technicolor flurry. A powerful production deserves worthy statement pieces. At James Allen, we were inspired by the gorgeous costumes, iconic soundtrack, and ageless story to hand-pick the perfect engagement rings for Broadway fans.

Read on for West Side Story-inspired lookalike engagement rings!

Maria’s Dress | Ruby and Diamond Sunburst Halo Engagement Ring

Perhaps the most iconic costume in West Side Story is the dress Maria wears to the neighborhood dance: a simple white dress accented with a bold red ribbon. We’ve got the perfect complement to her outfit: this white gold diamond engagement with a ruby center stone. An engagement ring is the perfect accessory for this outfit because 1) it’s at the dance that Tony and Maria have their first encounter, and 2) Maria’s outfit is made by Anita, her best friend, a talented wedding dress seamstress.

Maria wearing a white dress and red belt
18K White Gold Oval Halo Ruby And Diamond Ring (7.0x5.0mm)

2021 Anita | Bird of Paradise Engagement Ring

In Spielberg’s version, Anita struts through the neighborhood dance in a gorgeous bright yellow dress with a red ruffled petticoat. There’s no better ring to match her twirling antics than this yellow gold bird of paradise engagement ring set with a beautiful ruby center stone. Round and marquise-shaped diamonds dot its unique asymmetrical halo.

Anita dancing in a bright yellow and red dress
14K Yellow Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

1961 Anita | Amethyst and Diamond Engagement Ring

In the 1961 movie, Anita, played by Rita Moreno, is instantly recognizable in her purple mermaid dress. She leads the pack in every dance, swirling her skirts in an unforgettable purple vision. This 1.8-carat emerald-cut amethyst will, like Anita, mesmerize a crowd. 

Anita in the 1961 movie, dances in her purple mermaid dress
18K Yellow Gold Amethyst Diamond Halo Ring

Tony & Maria meeting | Intertwined Bypass Engagement Ring

Tony and Maria’s first meeting at the neighborhood dance is magical. Almost instantly, they lock eyes and are besotted with one another.

Maria and Tony under the bleachers dancing together
14K White Gold Intertwined Bypass Tension Setting Engagement Ring

The Challenge Dance | Double Halo and Shank Pavè Engagement Ring

The Challenge Dance in the gym starts out as a get-together dance. Glad Hand sets the kids up in two circles: “Boys go on the outside, girls on the inside…when the music stops, each boy dances with whichever girl is opposite.” What better to wear to a Challenge Dance than a blingy double-halo engagement ring that resembles the dual-circled dance floor? 

A group of dancers in a hall
14K Rose Gold Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

Puerto Rico in America | Red, White, and Blue Engagement Ring

Here you are free and you have pride! This patriotic ring’s red, white, and blue colors represent the national flags of both Puerto Rico and the United States. This white gold setting, rubies, and a stunning sapphire make this ring one that you’ll feel proud to wear throughout the country.

A wall covered in the American flag with graffiti reading, "this is our place", and "Puerto Rico"
14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Rita Moreno’s Valentina | Vintage Navette Engagement Ring

In Spielberg’s remake, Doc no longer runs the local drugstore; rather, his place has been taken by his widow, Valentina. And Valentina is played by Rita Morena, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for playing Anita in the original 1961 film! We’ve chosen an intricate vintage ring to honor this timeless Hollywood legend. A beaded navette pattern gives off an effortlessly French air, and a pavè halo adds even more sparkle.

Valentina from Spielberg's version sitting at a table
14K Rose Gold Milgrain Navette Halo Engagement Ring

Maria and Tony’s Balcony Scene | Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

Oh, the world is wild and bright with this dual-leveled bypass ring. The center diamond’s offset mounting resembles the couple’s late-night meeting on the balcony: with Tony professing his newfound love from the alleyway to Maria, who lovingly looks down upon him from her second-floor apartment and responds in kind. 

Maria and Tony staring at each other on a balcony
14K White Gold Ribbon Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

Sharks vs Jets | Half Bezel-Set Pavè Engagement Ring

This symmetrical half bezel-set ring brings to mind the confrontation between the Sharks and the Jets. The half-bezel setting is designed almost as if the side stones are pushing the pavè half-halo up and over the center diamond like a cresting wave.

West Side Story is all about simmering class tensions that can’t help but boil over when confronted with the love of a young couple, and this seemingly overflowing diamond engagement ring captures the story’s teeming emotions.

The Sharks vs. the Jets in a dance hall
14K White Gold Half Bezel Set Flowering Diamond Engagement Ring

Something’s Coming, Something Good | Petite Pavè Engagement Ring

Like Tony, we can’t help but burst with optimism at this petite pavè ring. It’s one of our most popular styles, with over 1000 five-star reviews! Its band twinkles thanks to its French Cut pavè settings, which feature tiny v-shaped slots along its edges that expose each diamond to even more light. And more light = more sparkle. 

A group of men dancing in formation in the streets
14K Rose Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Anybodys | Two-Tone Solitaire Engagement Ring

A tomboyish outsider for most of the play, Anybodys tags along with the Jets until she’s officially welcomed into the gang after a post-rumble act of bravery. Anybodys is tough, persistent, and plucky, deserving of a unique engagement ring that can withstand Jet-worthy hijinks. 

This two-tone ring, with white gold on the outside and yellow gold within, suits the code-switching Anybody’s comfort across the neighborhood’s borders. Sure, she says “I ain’t never gonna get married. Too noisy.” But everyone deserves some sparkle, and diamond rings aren’t only for engagements.

Anybodys and a member of the Jets walking together
14K Gold Two-Tone 2.2mm Comfort-Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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10 Timeless Vintage Engagement Rings

Our brides and grooms-to-be are choosing vintage engagement rings as their “something old.” 

A woman adjusts her hair while displaying her vintage diamond engagement ring.

As the saying goes, you can’t look to the future without embracing the past. Vintage engagement rings perfectly encapsulate the glitz and glamour of the time, transporting the wearer to a place of romance. Thanks to modern setting techniques and materials, the durability of these rings has greatly improved, allowing for more intricate craftsmanship.

Who doesn’t love a sparkly throwback? Our customers certainly do, which is why they’ve lavished the most praise on these vintage engagement rings. Let’s bring on the nostalgia and see why these antique beauties are making their way as the newest craze. 

Vintage Is The New Modern 

Vintage rings are appealing to many modern-day customers because they offer a wider range of styles. From Art Deco to Edwardian engagement rings, a vintage design on your finger will leave you feeling like you’re wearing a one-of-a-kind jewel. These 20th-century inspired rings are a classic expression of the Victorian romantic era with their floral designs and lacey frames.

Alternative engagement rings are in fashion now more than ever. Why, you may ask? It might be the growing need for a sparkling ring that speaks to the wearer’s individuality, or perhaps because antique and vintage engagement rings are more sustainable overall. Both of these are true, but our favorite reason is that these period pieces are simply irresistible. 

Petite Filigree Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

“This ring offered the unique, one-of-a-kind design that I was looking for, as well as the vintage, elaborate style that my girlfriend likes.” – Michael R.

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

“I could not believe the quality! Even down to the fine details that one normally wouldn’t see unless you study it closely.” – Wehry J.

A Unique Aesthetic

Rare and timeless are just a few words to express just how unique your vintage engagement ring will appear, no matter the timeline. Whether your style changes in the future, the diversity of your ring’s personality and character will evolve with you. 

We all have our own tastes, and that is why you deserve to wear an engagement ring that embodies your unique traits through its detailed designs. 

Antique Bezel & Pavé Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

“The quality of the stones and the detailing of the metal is stunning.” – Tara.

Beaded Open Span Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Beaded Open Span Diamond Engagement Ring

“A ring made for a princess! Beautiful design, very sparkling and eye-catching.” – Beata A.

More Than A Diamond 

We know we’ve gone on and on about how unique vintage engagement rings are. However, when you take into account what your engagement ring means to you and your partner, there really isn’t a better way to express just how special and rare your love is than the very thing you’ll be wearing to show off that promise of forever. 

That being said, if you love the idea of a truly antique engagement ring, play around with different eras and do your research before you make the big decision. While a dazzling diamond sparkler might seem like the perfect choice, know that vintage engagement rings are also the ideal designs for gemstones too. 

Bird Of Paradise Vintage Engagement Ring 

14K White Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

“The setting is unique and definitely not something you see often.” – Robin S.

Soft Floral Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring

1.78 Carat Round Natural Green Emerald Soft Floral Diamond Engagement Ring

“It’s timeless, vintage, beautiful. It looks great on her petite fingers.” – Phi V.

Glamorous Beauty 

Vintage jewelry tells a story and can be presented as a small piece of art on your finger. There’s something intimately appealing to the fact that your vintage engagement ring was created not only with the elements of the romantic era it is influenced by but the imagination behind its craftsmanship. 

Vintage-inspired jewelry certainly takes us back to a more glamorous time. We just need to watch films like ‘The Great Gatsby’ to be reminded just how well a vintage engagement ring encompasses the very essence of what it means to be glamorous and in love. 

Pavé Embossed Vintage Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Embossed Diamond Engagement Ring

“A ring made for a princess! Beautiful design, very sparkling and eye-catching.” – Beata A.

Pavé Knife Edge Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Knife Edge Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring

“The ring truly is a result of excellent craftsmanship!” – Jack S.

Your Style Statement 

In a world where trendy engagement rings like sparkle-filled halos are becoming the norm, it’s breathtaking to stand out amongst the crowd with an embellished antique. 

Stars like Katie Holmes and Miley Cyrus have all worn stunning vintage engagement rings, with excerpt scrollwork, intricate detailing around the band, and center stones that would make anyone jealous. 

Floral Bouquet Vintage Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

“The vintage side details and floral elements are so elegant and delicate without being overstated.” – Jordan W.

Nature Inspired Pavé Bypass Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Nature Inspired Pavé Diamond Bypass Engagement Ring

“The setting is unique and definitely not something you see often.” – Robin S.

Closing Thoughts

Inspired? We hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane and have come to love and appreciate the real vintage-inspired classics as much as we do. We’d love to let you in on a secret: At James Allen, you can design your very own vintage engagement ring using The Ring Studio. Visit us here and have the time of your life customizing your unique sparkler. 

Still curious about vintage treasures? Read more below! 

  1. Style Series: Inspired Vintage Engagement Rings
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  3. Obsession-Worthy Art Deco Engagement Rings

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What Is a VVS Diamond?

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.

VVS Diamond

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 a 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 diamond 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. 

Looking for the perfect diamond? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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9 Fall Proposal Ideas For The COVID Era

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

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

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

Fall proposal ideas
you’ll fall in love with

Take a day trip to the beach

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

Jeremiah + Marina’s
Fall Proposal Idea

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

Sapphire and Diamond
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

Embrace the rain

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

Alexander + Kalpani’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Alexander and Kalpani's Fall Proposal Idea

Tapered Pavé
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tapered Pave Engagement Ring

Carve your initials into a tree

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

Robyn + Katie’s
Fall Proposal Idea

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

Petite Pavé
Engagement Ring

Throw a surprise “photoshoot”

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

Christopher + Latrece’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Christopher and Latrece's Fall Proposal Idea

Channel-Set
Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Channel Set Princess Shaped Engagement Ring

Take a hike

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

Josh + Rachel’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Fall Proposal Ideas: a newly-engaged couple smiles against a background of autumn foliage.

Beaded Halo
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Bead Accent Pave Trio Diamond Engagement Ring

Embrace the bluster!

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

Tu + Ana’s
Fall Proposal Idea

Fall Proposal Ideas: a man proposing on one knee on a windy coastal cliff.

Diamond Halo
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

Stage “holiday family photos”

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

Bhavin + Lonna’s
Fall Proposal Idea

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

Pear Pavé Halo
Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Visit the Botanical Gardens

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

Antonio + Miriam’s
Fall Proposal Idea

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

Contoured Marquise
Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

Stage a backyard proposal

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

Frank + April’s
Fall Proposal Idea

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

Oval Halo
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

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Earth Created vs. Lab Grown Diamonds: A Guide

Lab grown diamond – or earth-created diamond? Here’s all the data you need to live your best sparkling life.

lab grown diamonds vs. earth-created diamonds set side-by-side on blue and pink backgrounds

Lab grown diamonds are pretty much the new kids on the jewelry block. So let’s clarify a few points, so you can decide with 100% confidence which sort of sparkle sets a twinkle in your eye: classic earth-created diamonds, or cutting-edge lab-grown diamonds

ORIGIN

The only difference between the two is their origin.

Earth-created diamonds: sourced from below the earth’s surface.
Lab-created diamonds: created in simulated “below-ground” conditions in a lab.

What’s a diamond? It’s just carbon atoms. But arrange them in a very particular structure, and you get the incredibly hard and beautiful stone we know and love. Producing this special carbon arrangement in nature demands conditions that are…intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Needless to say, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds. 

But technology has advanced to the point that we don’t always have to go digging for our precious stones; we can actually simulate the necessary extreme conditions in specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed.

Lab created diamonds even develop their own unique characteristics (inclusions, clarity, etc) along the way, and once they’re fully grown they’re cut into the shape that suits their qualities best.

White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
with Cushion-Cut Diamond

14K White Gold Pave Halo Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Pave Halo Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Vintage Engagement Ring
with Princess-Cut Diamond

14K Rose Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
14K Rose Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

COST

Lab-grown diamonds are generally about 30% more affordable than earth-created diamonds.

Why?

The diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond-shoppers. That means that for the same cost, you can purchase a lab created diamond that’s 30% larger than an earth-created one.

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14K Rose Gold Bezel Set Pave Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Rose Gold Bezel Set Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

Two-Tone Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

14K Gold Two-Tone 1.8mm Comfort-Fit Modern Twisted Solitaire Engagement Ring

VALUE

Earth-created diamonds are the classic choice. Lab-created diamonds are the fresh choice. 

There is no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. They are one of nature’s most incredible products. Drawn from deep within the earth, these sparkling treasures have been proudly flaunted by generations upon generations – paving the way for you to carry on the tradition.

Lab created diamonds, on the other hand, are the next step in diamond history. Technically speaking, they’re brand new. But traditionally speaking, diamonds are diamonds forever. Lab-created diamonds give their wearer a unique chance to create new memories. 

Both earth-created diamonds AND lab-created diamonds hold their sparkle forever, so they’ll be just as beautiful when you’ll pass them on as heirlooms as they are when you wear them on a night out.

Rose Gold Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Modern Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring
14K Rose Gold Modern Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

White Gold Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Tapered Pavé Adorned Crown Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Petite Tapered Pavé Adorned Crown Engagement Ring

CUTS & COLORS

Both earth-created and lab-created diamonds are available in nearly every shape and color – even fancy colors!

Colorful diamonds, like canary yellow ones, are quite rare. Their shocking hues are caused by trace amounts of non-carbon elements, like nitrogen. By adding these elements to a growing diamond in its pressure chamber, lab grown diamonds take on the same fancy colors as earth-created diamonds.
Good news: any diamond can be cut into any shape. When it comes to diamond cuts, you truly are spoiled for choice!

White Gold Milgrain Engagement Ring
with Princess-Cut Fancy Yellow Diamond

14K White Gold Tapered Milgrain Scroll Surprise Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Laurel Engagement Ring
with Cushion-Cut Diamond

14K White Gold Laurel Leaves Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Laurel Leaves Diamond Engagement Ring

JEWELRY

Diamonds aren’t only for rings. Have a look at the pendants and earrings that can be set with either earth-created or lab-grown diamonds:

White Gold Bezel-Set Diamond Pendant

14K White Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant
14K White Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

Yellow Gold Scroll Diamond Pendant

White Gold Princess-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

18K White Gold Princess Cut Stud Earrings (Mounting)

Yellow Gold Martini Diamond Stud Earrings

18K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Style Stud Earrings
18K Yellow Gold Three Prong Martini Style Stud Earrings

Searching for more diamond reading? Read on below!

  1. Lab-created Diamonds vs. Moissanite
  2. Princess Cut vs. Cushion Cut 
  3. Why Diamond Cut Matters Most
  4. How To Care For Your Diamonds
  5. Our Diamond Price Match Guarantee

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Celebrity Engagement Rings: Our New Favorites

A whole heap of our favorite celebs has shown up lately sporting some sick new sparkle. Brace yourself, you’re about to get obsessed with these celebrity engagement rings!

Celebrity engagement rings: Jourdan Dunn, Emma Stone, and Lindsey Vonn

What? Did someone say celebrity engagements? Mmmmmm, yes we did. Because if there’s one thing we love about our famous counterparts, it’s that they’ve got enviable style.

We’re so starry-eyed over their fashion sense that we’ve put together a lineup of celebrity engagement ring lookalikes. Read on to slice off a piece of their celeb shine!

Emma Stone + Dave McCary

Emma Stone and Dave McCary got engaged this past December with one of the most unique engagement rings we’ve seen in years: a pearl and diamond beauty! The two had been dating for nearly two years. Dave McCary, a writer for SNL, popped the question and the Oscar-nominated actress said yes, announcing their engagement in an adorable Instagram post. 

These two were made for each other, just like this gorgeous pearl ring was made for you!

Emma Stone’s
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Emma Stone and Dave McCary showing off her pearl engagement ring.

Pearl & Morganite
Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Morganite Ring

Adam DeVine + Chloe Bridges

Our favorite melodic “Pitch Perfect” star proposed to his now-fiancée, Chloe Bridges, with an emerald-cut diamond in an elegant solitaire setting. Adam announced their engagement in a sweet Instagram post: “You are my best friend and I’m thrilled you want to get old and wrinkly with me!” Can we all agree that they’re the sweetest?! 

Get your version of Chloe Bridges’ beautiful solitaire with this stunning ring that’ll make you positively hum with lustre.

Chloe Bridges’
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Adam DeVine and Chloe Bridges smooching as Chloe shows off her engagement ring.

Comfort Fit Solitaire
Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Lindsey Vonn + Pk Subban

Super athletes skier Lindsey Vonn and football player PK Subban are such a perfect couple that they got engaged TWICE! This past summer, PK proposed to Lindsey. Two months later, Lindsey proposed to PK! She posted on Instagram: “We talk about equality but actions speak louder than words. Men should get engagement rings too and this is what PK deserves.” Their couple dynamic is serious #goals. 

Plus, we are not disappointed to get DOUBLE the celebrity engagement rings! 

Lindsey Vonn’s
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Lindsey Vonn and PK Subban on the red carpet. Lindsey's emerald engagement ring in the foreground.

Emerald Three-Stone
Engagement Ring

14K Emerald Three Stone Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

PK Subban’s
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Lindsey Vonn and PK Subban wearing pajamas in front of their Christmas Tree as PK displays his gold engagement ring.

Flat Comfort Fit
Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 8mm Flat Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Freida Pinto + Cory Tran

“Slumdog Millionaire” actress Freida Pinto and photographer Cory Tran announced their engagement with some of the most beautifully-shot engagement photos – EVER. But those pics can’t compare to the stunning engagement ring that took center stage to these two beautiful people.

One reason we love celebrity engagements? We get seriously inspired. So inspire yourself with this vintage engagement ring!

Freida Pinto’s
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Frienda Pinto displaying her vintage engagement ring as she embraces fiancé Cory Tran.

Vintage Halo
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

Alex Honnold + Sanni McCandless

Legendary rock climber and famed subject of the Oscar-winning film “Free Solo” Alex Honnold pulled off the cutest Christmas proposal to his girlfriend Sanni McCandless. According to Sanni, it was characteristically chill: “He said, do you wanna keep doing what we’re doing? And I said, yes 🙂

Her engagement ring is similarly sweet and simple! Grab your own celeb ring lookalike: a yellow gold setting with subtle diamond accents.

Sanni McCandless’
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Sanni McCandless wearing her engagement ring as she kisses Alex Honnold on the cheek.

Diamond Accent
Engagement Ring

Jourdan Dunn + Dion Hamilton

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn said yes to rapper beau Dion Hamilton and YES to a stunning diamond halo and pavé engagement ring. Her oval diamond is impressive (to say the least), clocking in at nearly 2.5 carats and surrounded by a halo of lovely accent diamonds.

Talk about celebrity inspo – ready to design your own dream version of Jordan’s incredible ring?

Jourdan Dunn’s
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Jourdan Dunn wearing her diamond halo engagement ring.

Pavé Halo
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Martha Hunt + Jason McDonald

Oh, Martha – how DO you do it? The Victoria’s Secret model and photographer Jason McDonald sealed the deal with one of our favorite celebrity engagement rings. Her sparkler stars a nearly 3.5 carat cushion-cut diamond accented with tapered baguette diamonds. “I have a secret…” she captioned an Instagram post of her shushing the camera with her bedazzled left hand.

Your own tapered baguette ring is just waiting for you to say yes!

Martha Hunt’s
Engagement Ring

Celebrity engagement rings: Martha Hunt showing off her engagement ring by "shushing" the camera.

Baguette Diamond
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

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Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Into the Groove

Sleek, modern, and practical, bezel-set engagement rings surround your diamond with the strength of your love.

Classic engagement ring

It’s official: bezel-set engagement rings have come full circle. This beloved blast from the past has been reimagined as a contemporary ring setting.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings:
The Bezel’s in the Detail

Simple and durable, a bezel setting encircles your diamond in a fine metal frame. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but it also holds your stone firmly in place.

Princess-Cut Bezel-Set

14K White Gold Bezel Set Princess Shaped Diamond Solitaire Ring

“Absolutely gorgeous…
my engagement ring is dainty, delicate, and beautiful.
-Kelsey F.

If you lead an active lifestyle or work with your hands, bezel-set engagement rings are a smart choice. The bezel itself shields your diamond from getting chipped, scratched, or, worse still, coming loose and falling out.

Beaded Bezel-Set

14K White Gold Beaded Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

The setting is a versatile one; it can accommodate most diamond cuts including round, princess, and cushion. The bezel conforms to the shape of the diamond, providing a snug fit every time.

If you’d rather keep your options (and diamond) somewhat open, you can go for a ring with a semi-bezel, half-bezel, or open bezel. Obviously, these offer varying degrees of protection, depending on the completeness of the bezel. 

Folded Half-Bezel

14K White Gold Half Bezel Diamond Engagement Ring

“The bezel is sleek and gorgeous, totally unique compared to other rings I see out in the world.”
-Karoline

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Famous Frames

Diamonds, like their celebrity owners, spend much of their lives trying to get in the frame. But which famous stones have actually made it inside the burnished borders of a bezel-set engagement ring?

Carrie Underwood: from Idol to “I do

14K White Gold Trellis Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Trellis Bezel-Set Halo

Carrie Underwood went from Idol to “I do” after receiving a gorgeous canary diamond engagement ring from her fiancé. The striking yellow center stone is accentuated by a halo of white diamonds, and the shanks are lined with pavé diamonds.

Want to snag her sparkly look? This trellis engagement ring, with its clean lines and bright cut pavé halo, puts a vintage twist on a modern design. Venus, take the wheel!

Julia Stiles: “O” Wow

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

There are ten things we love about Julia Stiles’ engagement ring, and her bezel setting is one of them. A classic round-cut solitaire on a yellow gold band gives the ring an understated elegance reminiscent of the actress herself. Stiles by name, styles by nature. (Sorry, we had to!)

Save the last dance for James Allen’s lookalike ring, which has a sleek, tailored design and timeless appeal.

Bezel-Set Engagement Rings: Speaking of the Bezel…

Sold your soul to the bezel? Revel in these bezel-set beauties in 360° HD.

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Princess Cut Vs Cushion Cut Engagement Rings: Which One’s More Your Style?

These sparkling squares have earned themselves die-hard popularity among the engagement ring crowd. They’re beloved by everyone from divas to dreamers – so which are you?

Princess Cut Vs Cushion Cut

There’s a reason (well, quite a few!) why princess-cut diamonds and cushion-cut diamonds are two of the most beloved cuts. In fact, after the round brilliant, they’re the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings.

Princess-cut:

  • The princess-cut diamond is bold and square/rectangular, with beveled edges that resemble a pyramid turned on its peak. 
  • The princess cut’s square shape takes up room, looking larger for its carat weight than other cuts.
  • The modern princess cut skyrocketed to popularity in the 1980s
  • Princess-cut and round diamonds begin as the same brilliant shape. To create a princess cut, cutters create sharp corners rather than smoothing out a diamond’s edges as they would for a round cut.
  • The number of facets can vary between individual princess cut diamonds, making each diamond undeniably unique. 

Cushion-cut:

  • The cushion-cut diamond is, as the name implies, pillow-shaped
  • Its squarish shape, rounded corners, and large facets combine to give off an air of soft elegance
  • The many facets of a cushion-cut engagement ring hide inclusions without sacrificing brilliance. In fact, word has it that the cushion cut’s large facets came from its predecessor, the Old Mine Cut, so that it could shine even in the low candlelight of the mines in which it was developed.
  • This classic goes way back – nearly 200 years!

So- bold and brilliant, or soft and romantic? Have a look at the five trending settings below and see whether princess-cut or cushion-cut best suits your personal style.

SPLIT-SHANK SOLITAIRE

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

14K Rose Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

CATHEDRAL PAVÉ

Princess-Cut

Cushion-Cut

EMBOSSED BEZEL

Princess-Cut

14K Yellow Gold Embossed Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion-Cut

14K Yellow Gold Arched Scroll Diamond Engagement Ring

CHANNEL-SET

Princess-Cut

14K White Gold Channel Set Round Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion-Cut

14K White Gold Channel Set Princess Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

OCTAGON HALO

Princess-Cut

14K White Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion-Cut

14K White Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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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.
14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring
18K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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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.
14K White Gold Petite Pave Crown Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “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.
18K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
  • “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.
Platinum Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring
  • “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.