Colored Diamonds

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Fancy Color Diamonds

Fancy colored diamonds are all the rage, but what exactly are they? Are they real? Are they like regular diamonds? And how do they get their color? Read on to get all the answers!

Colored Diamonds

In 2021, a new record was set. The largest, most valuable blue diamond was discovered in South Africa. It was larger, had a deeper color than the previous record holder, and was awarded the highest color rating available by the GIA, a prize offered to less than 1% of blue diamonds.

The stone took over a year to polish and facet into the 15.10-carat step-cut diamond it is today. Now The De Beers Cullinan Blue diamond is valued at $48 million USD.

Blue Diamond

While THIS fancy colored diamond is out of reach for most of us here on the ground, getting your own fancy colored diamond is easier than ever. James Allen carries a variety of sizes and colors to choose from.

So get on board with the trend that is here to stay! From engagement rings to fine jewelry, fancy colored diamonds give that unique, personal edge to your bling. So get ready to sparkle, because embracing color has never been more in style.

What Exactly Are Fancy Colored Diamonds?

Essentially fancy colored diamonds are diamonds that feature a variety of colors. Diamonds normally come in an assortment of colorless options. Meaning that diamonds are either completely colorless all the way to a variety of light yellow.

How Do Fancy Color Diamonds Get Their Color?

While in traditional diamonds color is not desired, in fancy colored diamonds, color is EXACTLY what you want! From dark to light, color is what you are after. So how do they get their color?

These highly prized diamonds, similar to their traditional counterparts, get their color when they are formed. Intense heat and pressure during the diamond’s formation create trace elements that present themselves in a way to create either no color, or for fancy colored diamonds, brilliant color.

The strength of the color depends on the interaction of the trace elements. Whether you prefer a lighter pink or a brighter blue, it’s all about the carbon atoms.

Fancy colored diamonds

The Colors Of The Rainbow

Fancy colored diamonds are available in every color you can think of: pink, blue, purple, green, orange, brown, black, and even red or gray. While traditional diamonds lose value as they gain color, fancy colored diamonds do the opposite.

The stronger the color, the higher the value. Similar to traditional diamonds, fancy colored diamonds gain value the larger the size. The most common colors are in the yellow family, which is great because they are often the most economical choice of fancy colored diamonds.

Round colored diamond

Hue, Saturation, and Tone

Hue, saturation, and tone: what are they and what do they mean? Hue is the main or strongest color of the fancy colored diamond. Fancy colored diamonds can be one color but the hue is the strongest, followed by secondary colors and tints.

Saturation is just how strong the color, or hue, of the fancy colored diamond is. As in, how saturated is the color of the fancy colored diamond. A fancy colored diamond’s saturation can go from “light” to “intense,” all the way to “vivid.”

And finally there is tone. Tone is how light or dark the fancy colored diamond appears and is decided by the amount of brown, black, gray, or white color.

Hue, saturation, and tone all come together to determine a fancy colored diamond’s grade (light, fancy, fancy light, fancy intense, vivid, fancy dark, and fancy deep). Similar to their traditional diamond counterparts, fancy colored diamonds’ value and fit are not determined solely on their grade.

Different strokes for different folks, different grades for different fancy colored diamonds, for different engagement rings.

Engaging Color, Exclusive Style

Fancy colored diamonds are just as real as traditional diamonds and can be used in just as many ways. Fancy colored diamonds are a popular choice, especially for engagement rings and wedding rings. So how do you know which fancy colored diamond is right for you?

Fancy Pink Diamonds

Let’s start with fancy pink diamonds. Fancy pink diamonds have long been a favorite for those who love a burst of color. As part of the rarest of diamond colors, earth created pink (and red) fancy colored diamonds are an extraordinary find, with reports of only approximately 30 being in existence.

Get your very own fancy pink diamond engagement ring with James Allen!

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Pink diamond ring

Fancy Blue Diamonds

Love of color is not specific to pink. Fancy blue diamonds make a beautiful, calming choice. Another rarity, fancy blue colored diamonds are thought to represent spirituality, eternity, truth, and devotion. Getting their hue from boron, with their resemblance of a clear spring sky or a sparkling ocean, it is no wonder fancy blue diamonds are so popular.

Check out this example of a Fancy Blue Diamond Engagement Ring!

Fancy blue diamond
Blue engagement ring

Fancy Black Diamonds

Or maybe you wanna go dark like the black diamond ring? Fancy black diamonds have a strong color intensity and sparkle with a metallic shine. These exotic diamonds are a darling of the fashion world.

Found only in a few locations, fancy black diamonds are thought to symbolize love and eternity, making them a fabulously unique way to adorn your finger. Get your own version from James Allen and start showing off!

Black diamond
Black diamond ring

Fancy Green Diamonds

Representing life, renewal, and growth, green is a great color for a fancy diamond. Fancy green diamonds are extremely rare, as they are created due to exposure to radiation. The radiation can come from groundwater or radioactive rocks near the earth’s surface.

Often pricier than their counterparts due to their rarity, green diamonds are a lively colorful choice for an engagement ring. And don’t worry, while the stone may get its color from radiation, it is totally safe!

Green diamond
Green diamond ring

Looking for another color of the rainbow to make your engagement ring stand out? Check out the many colors of fancy diamonds that James Allen has to offer!

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Real Diamonds, Real Fancy

Colored diamonds are not to be confused with gemstones (which also go great with diamonds). Fancy colored diamonds are just as much diamonds as their traditional counterparts.

The advantage is that you can express your personal style in a particularly unique way using color. Check out these examples below or create your own!

And let’s not forget fancy colored brown diamonds, better known as chocolate diamonds.

In addition to their rarity and value, fancy colored diamonds are extremely popular. At once elegant and trendy, fancy colored diamonds allow you to add an extra level of personal expression. But don’t be fooled by the name, fancy colored diamonds are also good to wear every day!

Pair with white gold, yellow gold, or platinum, James Allen has a variety of fancy colored diamonds to create the perfect engagement ring. Start shopping today!

FAQs:

1. How are Colored diamonds graded?

Fancy colored diamonds are graded using the GIA’s color grading system, which assesses the diamond’s hue, tone, and saturation. The more intense the color, the higher the rating, and the higher the price.

2. Are fancy colored diamonds a good investment?

If you know what to look for and you purchase a diamond with a proper GIA rating- then, yes! Colored diamonds make a great investment. While the colored diamond market can be volatile at times, there is comfort in knowing that fancy colored diamonds are rare, coveted, and stunningly beautiful- forever!

3. How rare are fancy colored diamonds?

While the rarity of a colored diamond depends on the intensity of its color, the short answer is yes! Fancy colored diamonds are incredibly rare and highly coveted. For example, less than 0.1% of diamonds mined are fancy yellow diamonds!

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What Are The Different Diamond Shapes For Engagement Rings

So many diamond shapes and so little time! But don’t worry, we’re here to finally demystify the diamond shopping experience…

Engagement rings shapes

Picking out your engagement ring is an exciting time. Unfortunately, with so many diamond cuts and shapes to choose from, that excitement can quickly turn into confusion.

With different terminology, lingo, classifications, measurements, and styles, the process can be overwhelming and hard to navigate.

That’s why we’ve created this comprehensive guide to help you find the perfect diamond for your perfect ring. Shopping for a diamond shouldn’t at all be stressful!

In this blog, we’ll cover popular diamond shapes from the classics to the more unique- as well as answer some commonly asked questions! 

What’s the Difference Between Diamond Shapes and Diamond Cuts?

This question is asked all the time- and for good reason!

When reading about diamonds, you’ve probably come across the terms ‘diamond shape’ and ‘diamond cut’ in the same sentence. You may have even thought that the two terms are interchangeable. 

In reality, shape and cut refer to two different things.

Shape refers to a diamond’s overall form, the literal shape that it takes. Examples of this are oval, heart, round, emerald, and princess.

On the other hand, a diamond’s cut strictly refers to the diamond’s symmetry, proportions, and polish. This includes the facets and angles that the cutter produced when shaping the stone. A diamond’s cut has the biggest influence on its ability to reflect light and shine. 

While shape and cut maybe two different features, they work together to create a beautiful and sparkling stone.

What Are The Different Diamond Shapes For Engagement Rings?

Round Diamonds

The round diamond shape is a tried and true classic! Round diamonds, also known as round brilliant diamonds, are the most popular of all diamond shapes.

This particular shape and a high number of facets enables peak light reflection, creating a brilliant shine. It is also a classic and versatile shape that is easy to incorporate into just about any look and ring setting. 

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Cushion Cut Diamonds

A cushion cut diamond is a diamond that has been cut into a rectangular or square shape- but with rounded, soft corners. This pillow-like appearance is where the diamond gets its name!

This type of cut was very popular in the 19th century but has recently seen a resurgence in popularity. Due to their softer and more romantic appearance, cushion cut diamonds can often appear larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight.

The cushion cut is also known for its ability to hide inclusions and imperfections, making it the perfect choice for diamonds with lower-quality grades. 

Oval Diamonds

Oval diamonds are similar to round diamonds. The oval shape, however, appears bigger than a round diamond of the same carat weight. 

The oval shape can also do wonders in creating the illusion of longer and slimmer fingers for the wearer. 

Oval diamonds are great for those who enjoy the look of a round diamond but want something perhaps a little bit more unique. 

Princess Cut Diamonds

Princess cut diamonds are a popular choice for engagement rings due to their elegance and eye-catching allure. 

A princess cut diamond is square or rectangular with pointed corners. This cut is known for its modern look of sharp, clean lines. 

A princess cut diamond has beautiful facets and lines, creating excellent sparkle and shine. 

Emerald Cut Diamonds

An emerald cut diamond is a type of diamond cut into a rectangular shape with angled facets and a flat plane on top of the stone. 

If you’re looking for a diamond with striking clean-cut lines and symmetry, this is the shape for you!

Emerald cut diamonds are known for their elegance and sophisticated appearance. This diamond is a favorite for its unique shape and excellent clarity. While this diamond may be elegant and eye-catching, it is also slightly understated, creating a wonderfully balanced stone.

Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear shaped diamonds are cut into a pear-like shape, with one rounded end on one side and a pointed end on the other. 

As a combination of both the round cut and the marquise cut, this diamond has the best of both worlds and looks like a perfect teardrop. 

Pear shaped diamonds are ideal for those who want to elongate their fingers while maintaining that brilliant shine. 

Asscher Cut Diamonds

If you’re a fan of vintage styles, an Asscher cut diamond is the diamond shape for you. 

This diamond is cut into a square shape with cropped corners and a unique step-cut pattern on the bottom portion of the stone. Inspired by the Art-Deco movement, this shape is admired for its antique aesthetic. 

If you want a truly timeless engagement ring, check out Asscher cut diamonds. 

Marquise Cut Diamonds

A marquise cut diamond is an elongated oval shape with pointed ends. 

This unique cut is actually known for its remarkable ability to create the illusion of a larger diamond. Because of this, it is one of the most affordable shapes out there! 

Regal and unique, opting for a marquise cut diamond will surely gain you some head turns and curious glances!

Heart Shaped Diamonds

The shape of love! Of course, heart shaped diamonds are a very romantic and sentimental shape for an engagement ring. 

If you’re looking for an engagement ring full of symbolic meaning and a distinctive appearance, this may be your shape. 

With its many facets, sharp points, and quintessential symbolism, this diamond is both a bright and adorable choice. 

How Diamond Shape Affects Price

It’s quite common to equate a higher carat weight with a higher price, but shape, too, has a direct influence on your diamond’s price tag!

While every diamond is beautiful and special, there are a number of factors that may make one shape more expensive than another.

The round shaped diamond, for example, is the most popular shape for engagement rings. Not only does this shape have the highest global demand, it is the most technically difficult shape to cut from a rough diamond.

Generally speaking, the least expensive shapes are the ones that use the largest amount of the original rough diamond. Shapes like this include the: Asscher, emerald, princess, and cushion cut.

Keep this in mind when you discover that two diamonds of the same carat but different shapes have drastically different prices!

FAQs

1. What engagement ring shape is best?

The best engagement ring shape will ultimately depend on your personal preference! Look throughout this guide and read about what makes each shape unique. Once you determine your priorities, find one that checks off all your boxes. Your perfect engagement ring shape is out there!

2. What are the 4Cs of engagement rings?

The 4Cs of engagement rings are Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. If you want to learn more about the 4Cs, check out our blog on the topic.

3. How many carats should an engagement ring be?

Some people prefer larger, more impressive diamonds, while others prefer smaller, more delicate stones. It’s really up to you and what you value! It’s always important to remember that carat weight is not the only factor determining its value. 

Conclusion

As we now know, there are so many diamond shapes and cuts, and so many things to consider when shopping! 

Whether you’re looking for something classic and timeless, or something unique and bold, there is certainly a shape out there for you.

Use this guide when you need a quick reminder of what’s what- and before you know it, you’ll have a stunning rock on your finger!

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How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4Cs

Have you heard of the 4Cs? Wondering what they are? Let’s break it down!

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What Are The 4Cs?

A diamond’s quality is determined by the 4Cs: 

  • Cut: The facets, angles, and proportions
  • Color: The colorlessness of the diamond
  • Clarity: How clear the diamond is, how free of inclusions it is
  • Carat: The weight/size of the diamond

The 4Cs: Characteristics of Diamonds

Diamonds come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles.

Because of their individuality, the Gemology Institution of America developed a grading system that enables the evaluation and weighing of diamond characteristics. A diamond’s scores directly alters both its cost and shine- that’s why the 4Cs are so important! 

Let’s go more in-depth into what the 4Cs represent… 

4 sections describing the 4 cs: Cut, Clarity, Carat Weight, and Color

Cut
We often associate a diamond’s cut only with its shape, whether it be a heart, pear, or oval. But, really, a diamond’s cut is far more complicated than that. Evaluating a diamond’s Cut is all about observing how well it interacts with light.

A lapidary (a person who cuts diamonds and gems) needs to employ incredible precision and artistry to make a diamond as bright as possible. The diamond’s proportions, facets, symmetry, and polish all have a role in its return to light. 

Because of this, Cut is the hardest of the 4Cs to evaluate.

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Color
Despite the name, when one is grading a diamond’s color, they are actually looking for the absence of color. The perfect diamond will ideally have no hue whatsoever- almost like a drop of water. The clearer the diamond, the higher the value. 

The GIA developed a color grading scale that is now widely accepted throughout the industry. The highest-value diamond will have a D, meaning colorless, and the lowest-value diamond will have a Z, meaning full of color. 

The color of a diamond is carefully measured using controlled light and comparison tools. 

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Clarity
We tend to forget that diamonds are actually the result of an intricate geological process. This process may certainly leave diamonds with inclusions and blemishes. 

A diamond’s quality is determined by noting the number, size, placement, and type of such blemishes. The fewer the blemishes, the higher the value!

A diamond’s clarity is evaluated using a specific rating system:

Carat
A diamond’s carat weight is measured by how much it weighs. 1 carat is 200 milligrams. Large diamonds are incredibly rare and highly sought after. The heavier the diamond, the higher the price.

Diamond Size Chart, from 0.5 carats to 2 carats

Keep in mind that two diamonds of equal carat weight can have very different values (and prices) depending on three other factors within the 4Cs: Clarity, Color, and Cut. It’s important to remember that a diamond’s value is determined using all of the 4Cs, not just carat weight.

How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4Cs

Remember that the 4Cs are a guideline, not a straightforward good-or-bad scale. Keep this in mind when using the 4Cs as you shop for your engagement ring!

Once you fully understand the 4Cs, you can figure out which aspects to prioritize so you find the perfect ring within your budget!

Cut

Cut doesn’t just mean looking at a diamond’s shape and polish. Cut is directly related to the shine of the diamond, as well. Take a look at how the diamond reflects light; in an ideal diamond, there should literally be sparkles! When you find a diamond that shines brilliantly, make sure you are also happy with its shape. In addition to its light and shine, ask if it is appealing to you.

Color

An absolutely colorless diamond is extremely rare and shouldn’t necessarily be your top priority. Remember that even G-I rated diamonds have no discernible color and have great value for their quality.

K rated diamonds are a budget-friendly option. Even though these diamonds may be faintly colored, they pair nicely with yellow gold metals. Keep in mind that there is always a way to make a less expensive diamond look gorgeous.

Clarity

No diamond is perfect. Under the naked eye, a stone may appear free of blemishes and inclusions- but upon further inspection that may not be the case. When shopping for your engagement ring it is important to have a professional evaluate it. Getting a professional opinion will ensure that you get your money’s worth!

Carat Weight

Now that we know that value is directly tied to weight, it can be easy to get caught up in the carat of your diamond. But it’s important to remember that while carat is meaningful, the value of your diamond comes from all its Cs.

Two diamonds of the same carat weight may have completely different values! When choosing a diamond for your engagement ring, look at the piece as a whole, not simply for its weight. Take all factors into consideration, and you’ll make the perfect choice!

The Fifth C Of Diamonds: Conflict-Free

Conflict free or ethical diamonds are any diamonds that were produced under ethical conditions. This can mean several things: the diamonds did not finance civil wars, they were mined and shipped under safe working conditions, miners were paid fair wages, and there were no human rights abuses during the production of the diamonds.

If you want to guarantee that your diamond is 100% conflict free, purchase a lab grown diamond. Lab-grown diamonds have no discernible differences from earth-grown diamonds and are friendlier on the pocket.

FAQs

Which of the 4Cs is most important?

Experts say that Cut is the most important of the 4Cs. This is because when a diamond is poorly cut, no amount of clarity, color, or carat can make up for it. When well cut, it can present its other qualities in full force.

What Are The Best 4Cs For A Diamond?

Remember, the most important of the 4Cs is Cut. This is followed by Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight. Keep this order in mind when deciding on what you want to prioritize!

Need More Help on The 4Cs?

James Allen understands that shopping for the perfect diamond can be overwhelming! If you’re still unsure about the 4Cs, take advantage of our free diamond consultation and inspection services. We’re here to help make the diamond shopping process as smooth as possible!

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Wedding Rings for Women: A Buying Guide

While popping the question, and the engagement ring that goes with it, can get the bulk of the attention, the wedding ring is just as important. A crucial part of the wedding ceremony and a symbol of your everlasting love and commitment, you want to make sure the wedding ring you choose is perfect.

From different delicious metals, sparkling diamonds and gemstones, and numerous styles, choosing the right wedding ring can be overwhelming. That’s where we come in! Read on to find out everything you need to know about getting the perfect wedding ring.

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What Is A Wedding Ring?

So what IS a wedding ring? While the engagement ring is what you wear when you are intended to be married, the wedding ring is what you exchange during the ceremony and what you wear once you are officially married.

What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize?

A wedding ring marks the love between you and your partner and is a symbol to the world of your commitment to each other that you wear and see everyday.

Your wedding ring is emblematic of your wedding vows, a beautiful reminder of the meaningful words you said to your partner on that special day.

The Difference Between A Wedding Ring And a Wedding Band

This one is easy, there isn’t one! Wedding rings and wedding bands are the same things. The terms are used interchangeably and both refer to the ring you exchange during your wedding ceremony to symbolize your commitment to your partner.

Wedding Rings For Women

Simple wedding rings

Many people prefer a simple wedding ring for women, such as a plain gold band style or a dainty wedding ring. This can be due to religious customs, personal style, or simply to match their engagement ring. This classic, clean style is also great if you have smaller hands.

Diamond Wedding Rings

A diamond wedding ring is the perfect way to increase the sparkle of your engagement ring and show off your personal style. Eternity rings are a great way to go if you love endless sparkle!

Just as the name says, eternity rings offer eternal shine through diamonds that go all the way around the band, giving you the ultimate bling from every angle.

If you opted out of an engagement ring or opted for a simpler engagement ring, then a diamond wedding ring is the perfect opportunity to add bling to your symbol of love.

Gemstone Wedding Rings

Gemstones are a great way to add sparkle and shine to your wedding ring while also getting a burst of color. Choose your favorite color, your birthstone, or maybe the stone of the month you got married in; whichever gemstones you choose, these are a great way to showcase your personal style.

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Simple Engagement And Wedding Ring Combinations

Simply sparkling, if you sport a channel set or pavé engagement ring, a diamond wedding ring will seamlessly and flawlessly add the perfect amount of dazzle.

Prefer a more traditional look? Pair a wonderfully minimalist solitaire with a clean, cool wedding ring like these two, which were simply made for each other…just like you and your love.

No matter which style you prefer, James Allen has the matching set for you. Let us take the guesswork out of it!

Popular Metals Used In Wedding Rings

The choices when it comes to wedding rings for women are available in platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and of course, rose gold.

Platinum

Platinum is popular because it is strong, pure, and rare. It is also hypoallergenic, so it is a great choice for anyone with allergies or skin sensitivities. And while platinum carries a higher price point, it wears well over time, so it is a good investment.

White Gold

If you love the look of platinum but prefer a lower price point, or simply prefer to be adorned in gold, then white gold is the metal for you.

Yellow Gold & Rose Gold

Love gold but want some color in your band? Go for classic yellow gold! Want color but prefer something with a bit more romance? Rose gold is the perfect choice. Not sure if platinum or white gold is for you? Find out here!

Just like engagement rings, metals for wedding rings vary in popularity, and many factors must be considered. Make sure to take the following into consideration when choosing the metal for your wedding ring:

  • Matching to your engagement ring
  • Matching to your partner’s ring
  • Personal style
  • Budget
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How to Wear Your Wedding Ring

Many cultures see women wearing their wedding ring on the ring finger, on the left hand. This originated in ancient Greece with the belief that a vein there that leads to the heart is the vein of love. However, in other cultures, women wear the wedding ring on the ring finger on the right hand.

Still, others wear it on either hand, but not on any particular finger. Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules for this. Where you wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you.

Should You Get Matching Wedding Rings?

Once again, this is entirely personal to you and your partner. You may opt for a more simple, classic wedding ring while your partner may prefer something more alternative and modern. Or perhaps you want a ring that perfectly matches your engagement ring, while your partner wants a style all their own. 

Many couples now also shop for both engagement and wedding rings together. This can allow you to match your wedding rings to your engagement ring and each other. Matching wedding rings can be a beautiful way to symbolize your commitment, but don’t forget this is a ring you will wear every day.

So whether you match it to your partner’s ring, your engagement ring, or showcase your individual style, make sure it is a ring you love.

How To Find Your Wedding Ring Size

Here are a few easy ways you can find your wedding ring size:

  • Professional Jeweler: Visit a reputable jeweler and have them professionally measure your ring size.
  • Ring Sizing Kit: Use a ring sizing kit, available online or in jewelry stores, which provides a range of ring sizers for accurate measurement.
  • Existing Rings: If a ring fits well, place it on a ring sizing chart to determine the size.
  • Finger Measurement: Wrap a strip of paper or string around the intended finger and mark where it overlaps, then measure the length in millimeters.
  • Online Ring Sizing Tools: Many jewelry websites offer online tools to help you measure your ring size accurately at home.
  • Ring Size Chart Conversion: Convert the measured circumference or diameter into a ring size using a ring size conversion chart.

Simply click here to order your free James Allen ring sizer directly to your home. And hey, don’t worry! Even if you still get it wrong, James Allen will resize your ring once for free within one year of your purchase.

How Much Should Your Wedding Ring Cost?

Just like how much you should spend on an engagement ring, the amount you spend on your wedding ring is very personal. If you prefer a classic, plain metal band, then your costs will be lower. However, if your style is a blinged out eternity ring, then you will need to budget a bit more for all those dazzling diamonds.

Whether you choose to start with a classic and move to sparkle for an anniversary, there is no should here. The amount you spend will be related to your budget and style.

FAQs

Who buys the man’s wedding ring? 

Traditionally, the bride buys her groom’s wedding ring, and he buys his bride’s wedding ring. However, more and more couples are splitting these costs and avoiding the whole you buy him and he buys yours. Other couples make this a family affair. Maybe your family will buy your future husband his ring. Like so many things, who pays for the ring is a personal decision.

Can a woman just wear a wedding ring? 

Of course! You can wear whatever you want! And in fact, many women are hopping on this trend. Go for a glorious anniversary or eternity ring to get a wedding ring with all the bling.

Which hand do you wear my wedding ring on? 

Traditionally, many wear their wedding ring on the ring finger on their left hand, the same as their engagement ring. However, some cultures wear the wedding ring on the right hand, separate from the engagement ring. Where you choose to wear your wedding ring is entirely up to you. Just think about it before, so you are sure to get the right size.

Do you still wear your engagement ring after you get married? 

Most people wear their engagement ring together with their wedding ring. This is why so many women match their wedding ring to their engagement ring, even picking them out at the same time to ensure continuity in style. However, this is totally your decision. If you want to save your engagement ring for only special occasions, then you do you boo!

Conclusion

Buying a wedding ring can be a daunting process. Luckily James Allen is here to take the guesswork out of it. Whatever your style and budget, we have the ring for you! Choose your metal, choose your look, check your size, and rock a ring that shines as bright as you!

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Your Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide

Want to find out everything you need to know about tennis bracelets? Read on to learn all about these beauties that will remain eye-catching for years to come.

Tennis Bracelet Buying Guide 

Tennis bracelets have been a go-to staple for decades- and rightfully so! Diamond tennis bracelets are comfortable, sophisticated, and make the perfect accessory for virtually any occasion. But with so many varieties and price points, shopping for the right one can quickly get overwhelming. Our guide has everything you need to know about this iconic piece of jewelry and how to find the right one for you!

What Is A Tennis Bracelet?

Why are tennis bracelets called tennis bracelets? While the name ‘tennis bracelet’ can be traced back to the 1970s, and the style has been around since the 1920s, the term only gained popularity in the 1980s. The story goes that during the 1987 US Open, Tennis champion Chris Evert was playing on the court when her diamond bracelet broke and flew off her wrist. Since then, the name has stuck. 

Some say that the game actually took place in 1978. Some say that Evert’s bracelet never even broke. Whatever the story is, it resulted in a long trend of wearing sparkles on the court.

Today, tennis bracelets are worn both on and off the court- they can be seen on red carpets, magazine covers, and on everyday wrists for everyday wear!

How Much Do Tennis Bracelets Cost?

The price of a tennis bracelet is determined by several factors: the type of metal, the number of diamonds, the carats of the diamonds, and whether the diamonds are lab created or natural. 

The most popular metals are yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. The rarer the metal is, the higher the price will be. For example, a platinum tennis bracelet can cost about $8,500, whereas the same bracelet in rose gold can cost around $7,500.

One of the most compelling advantages of lab-grown diamond tennis bracelets is that they’re entirely indistinguishable from a bracelet with natural diamonds! Opting for a tennis bracelet with lab-grown diamonds will be kinder on your wallet without any noticeable difference.

Given all these variables, a tennis bracelet can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000!

As with any piece of jewelry, it all comes down to personal preference and what you feel comfortable spending!

Tennis Bracelet Styles And Settings

You can choose three different types of settings: prong, channel, and bezel. Each type holds the diamonds in place slightly differently.

Three different types of diamond tennis bracelets

Prong Setting

The prong setting consists of two, three, or four-prong baskets for each of the diamonds in a tennis bracelet. A four-prong setting is ideal, as it will keep your diamonds firmly in place without compromising on the bracelet’s elegance.

Typically, larger carat diamonds require at least for prongs, while smaller carat diamonds can be held by two or three prong settings.

Channel Setting

A channel setting is a popular tennis bracelet setting that features a seamless row of tension-set diamonds. Opting for a channel setting means that the diamonds on your bracelet are all the same size and lined up perfectly, creating a sleek and modern look.

Bezel/Half Bezel Setting

A bezel setting features circle mounts or small bars that hold the diamonds in place. Unlike other popular settings, a bezel-set tennis bracelet can hold various diamonds of different sizes and carats. All or only some parts of the diamonds are encircled with a metal strap, providing a robust and secure mount. 

On the other hand, the half-bezel setting holds the diamonds in place with half circles. This brings a truly unique and easily distinguishable look to your bracelet. 

If you lead an active lifestyle (maybe you play tennis!) a bezel or half-bezel setting would make a great option: you’ll always know your diamonds are safe and secure.

How To Determine The Sizing Of a Tennis Bracelet

  1. Wrap a measuring tape tightly around your wrist to determine your wrist size. Make sure you place the tape right below your wrist bone. 
  2. If you don’t have a measuring tape, simply get a strip of paper or ribbon, wrap that around your wrist, mark where one end of the paper meets the other, and then use a ruler to measure the strip. 
  3. If you are purchasing this bracelet as a surprise gift, keep in mind that tennis bracelets for women tend to be around 7-7.5 inches. You can use that as a guide.
  4. Remember, a comfort fit will typically be three quarters of an inch larger than your actual wrist measurement!

After following these steps you can get the perfect bracelet with the perfect fit!

How and When To Wear a Tennis Bracelet

Given that most people are right-handed, it’s very common for tennis bracelets to be worn on the left hand. Doing so will ensure that your dominant hand is free to do tasks without the bracelet getting in the way. You can even wear your tennis bracelet with your favorite watch or other pieces of jewelry. Make the look your own!

While many people opt to wear their tennis bracelets to important celebrations or events, it is totally safe to have your bracelet on all the time! As long as you take care of it, there is no issue taking your bracelet with you wherever you go!

Remember, there is no right or wrong way, place, or time to wear your bracelet! Do whatever makes you feel best!

How to Take Care of Your Tennis Bracelet

After continuous daily wear, it’s very common to find your tennis bracelet lacking in luster. But don’t worry, taking care of your tennis bracelet can be done in 6 simple steps. 

Step 1: Fill a small bowl with warm, soapy water. Feel free to use dish soap or a gentle degreasing solution. You’ll need just enough water to cover the bracelet completely. 

Step 2: Submerge your bracelet in the water and move it around gently with your finger. This will help loosen up some of the surface dirt that has accumulated on the diamonds. 

Step 3: Leave the bracelet in the cleaning solution for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Remove your tennis bracelet from the bowl, and with a toothbrush (or jewelry cleaning brush), gently brush the diamonds slowly.

Step 5: Once you’re satisfied with how clean your bracelet is, pat it dry with a microfibre cloth. 

Step 6: Before getting rid of the cleaning mixture, double-check that any diamonds didn’t come loose and fall inside the liquid. 

And that’s that! Your tennis bracelet will look good as new! You can repeat the process whenever your bracelet needs a little more shine. 

14K White Gold Four Prong Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Affordable Alternatives to a Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Lab Created Diamond Tennis Bracelets

If you’re looking to purchase a diamond tennis bracelet but want a more sustainable and affordable option- look no further! Lab created diamond tennis bracelets are both eco-friendly and budget-friendly. Lab grown diamonds offer the same eye-catching sparkle at a lower cost. Today, endless tennis bracelets for women can be found with lab created diamonds!

Gemstone/Birthstone Tennis Bracelets

Despite popular belief, a tennis bracelet doesn’t need to feature only diamonds. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a diamond tennis bracelet, you can look for a gemstone or birthstone bracelet instead!

Opting for gemstones can bring a colorful and eye-catching element to your bracelet. With an array of semi-precious or precious gemstones to choose from, your bracelet can sparkle with emeralds, rubies, amethysts, and more!

And surprising a loved one with a birthstone tennis bracelet can add a personalized touch to your birthday gift. For example, any May baby would be absolutely delighted to don a bracelet covered in emeralds!

By choosing a tennis bracelet with gemstones or birthstones instead of diamonds, you can cut on cost without cutting on the glam!

Moissanite Tennis Bracelets

Moissanite is the second hardest stone and makes the perfect alternative to diamonds! From one to ten, diamonds are ranked at a 10, while moissanite is ranked at 9.25-9.5. Moissanite is a very durable option for your tennis bracelet as they don’t scratch easily but still shines just as bright!

While a trained eye will be able to tell the difference between a moissanite and a diamond, at first glance they are hard to tell apart. A moissanite tennis bracelet will help you get the look without breaking the bank.

When To Buy A Tennis Bracelet

Tennis bracelets make a great gift for any occasion! You can buy a tennis bracelet as a gift for a loved one (or even for yourself!) on any of these special days:

  • Wedding anniversary (i.e. 5th, 10th, 15th, 25th)
  • Wedding day gift (for spouse, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother)
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Birthday
  • Graduation (high school, college, graduate school, medical school)
  • Birth of a child
  • Job promotion
  • Achievement of an exciting milestone
  • Retirement
  • Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other holidays

FAQs

How Many Carats is a Tennis Bracelet?

Typically, a diamond tennis bracelet will be between 3 and 4 carats. Keep in mind that the number of carats will vary between different styles and types of bracelets. Some bracelets can reach a total weight of 10 carats or more- it all depends on the individual piece of jewelry. 

How Loose Should a Tennis Bracelet Be?

Typically, a tennis bracelet should be loose enough that it isn’t causing discomfort or irritation for your wrist, but tight enough that it doesn’t easily slip off or get caught on your clothing.

Which Wrist Should You Wear a Tennis Bracelet On?

Since most people are right-handed, it’s common for tennis bracelets to be worn on the left hand. Feel free to wear it on your non-dominant hand or not! You can switch it up, or keep it traditional, whatever feels most comfortable. 

Can You Wear a Tennis Bracelet Every Day?

Yes! A tennis bracelet can liven up any outfit, no matter the occasion- even a trip to the grocery store. As long as you take care of your bracelet, there is no harm in wearing it every day of the week. 

Can You Shower With a Tennis Bracelet?

Showering with your tennis bracelet can result in residual soaps and products dimming the shine of your diamonds. It is best to get into the habit of removing your bracelet before stepping into the shower. That way, it’ll stay shining for longer!

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Parting Thoughts

Whether you’re buying a diamond tennis bracelet for yourself or someone else, there are plenty of options out there to make this gift a special one! 

If you have any questions or concerns surrounding your future tennis bracelet, visit our website www.jamesallen.com or get in contact with one of our 24/7 customer service agents who are always ready to help.

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What Is The Best Diamond Color For Yellow Gold Rings? 

Obsessed with yellow gold rings? So are we! Just remember, the diamond color you pick matters if you want your center stone to sparkle just right. Join us as we explore the best diamond color options for your dream yellow gold engagement ring.

Three yellow gold diamond engagement rings with different diamond center stone shapes

What Is Yellow Gold?

Yellow gold, or simply gold, is a precious metal that occurs naturally and is best used as jewelry and other decorative objects. This soft metal, in its purest form, can bend easily and therefore be manipulated into our favorite accessories, from gold earrings to yellow gold wedding bands, when combined with harder metal alloys.

Fun fact: the first-ever engagement ring was made from yellow gold with a simple bezel set diamond center stone.

What Does A Diamond Color Grade Mean?

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) sets the benchmark for the diamond industry. The world’s oldest, largest, and most reputable institute of gemological research and learning is responsible for analyzing and certifying the color, cut, clarity, and carat weight (the 4Cs) of all diamonds. Learn more about the 4Cs here.

The GIA color scale goes from D to Z, categorized into five groups: colorless, near colorless, faint, very light, and light. As the letter or category goes, the yellow tint increases as well. The tint is basically indistinguishable to the untrained eye, especially in lower grades. However, these same differences greatly affect how a diamond’s quality is assessed and, of course, its price.

Generally, the tint becomes more noticeable as the color grading system gets lower.

A chart illustrating the 4Cs of diamond grading

Colorless Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

Color grades D-F are absolutely colorless, setting the colorless standard. When you hear diamonds being described as ice, it is likely a D, E, or F color diamond. They are simply spectacular, and they look stunning with any metal color ring setting.

Remember that the higher the color grade, the more expensive the diamond. That being said, if you have the budget for a colorless diamond, know that it will look perfect and shine with brilliance when set in your preferred yellow gold engagement ring.

Near Colorless Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

G, H, I, and J color diamonds make up the near-colorless range. Generally, one cannot tell these diamonds have this subtle warmth unless they are placed side by side with another diamond that is truly colorless.

When viewed and graded by an expert gemologist, a near colorless diamond might appear to have a very faint yellow tint. 

Although these diamonds have a slight hint of color, they’re almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. Generally, near colorless diamonds are recommended to be set in lighter metals to avoid the color reflection from yellow or rose gold ring settings. However, we know plenty of ways around this!

If you’re leaning towards a diamond in the near-colorless range, fancy shapes such as emerald, marquise, Asscher, radiant, and cushion-shaped diamonds aren’t ideal for concealing color and usually tend to have a darker appeal. For this reason, it’s best to opt for a round or oval cut diamond to set with your yellow gold engagement ring.

Related post: Fancy Shaped Diamonds: Discover Your Unique Style

Faint Diamonds For Yellow Gold Rings

It’s worth noting that color is not the only thing to consider when purchasing a diamond. The other 3Cs can also play a huge role in the way your chosen color grade presents on an engagement ring or piece of fine jewelry. 

Nevertheless, diamonds in the faint color grade, K, L, and M, are considered to have a faint tint. So, in short, they do show a slight tint of color. But does that mean they aren’t suitable as the center or accent stones for your yellow gold engagement ring? Not at all.

If you have your heart set on a faint diamond, it’s best to choose a diamond shape that is able to conceal or even disguise the color. Luckily you have many options to choose from, from classics like the round brilliant or princess cut, to edgier shapes like emerald and Asscher.

Try to avoid shapes like cushion cuts or radiant cuts as the color will be more noticeable, especially in a yellow or rose gold ring setting.

A finger with three different yellow gold diamond engagement rings on it

Ring Settings and Diamond Color

Whether you’re customizing your dream engagement ring online or buying it in a store, there are plenty of different ring settings to choose from. But when it comes to yellow gold rings and diamond colors, not all gold settings are going to do your chosen diamond color justice.

The Best Ring Settings For A Colorless Diamond

For colorless diamonds, your choice of ring setting is virtually unrestricted. Whether you want your diamond to stand alone in a solitaire engagement ring or you want it surrounded by diamond accents in a pave setting, your center stone will steal the show every time!

The Best Ring Settings For A Near Colorless Diamond

Near colorless diamonds are a little trickier because of their almost light yellow tint. If you’d prefer settings with side stones or a pave setting, it’s best you don’t go below H color, with an exception for round, princess cut, emerald, or Asscher, in which case you can go as low as an I color diamond.

Halo settings are even more restrictive for near colorless diamonds in yellow gold, so don’t go below H color no matter the cut.

The Best Ring Setting For A Faint Color Diamond

The best settings for faint-colored diamonds are solitaire and bezel settings, where ideally, the center stone is the only diamond. In this sense, diamond side accents will have no effect on how the center stone is presented. Often side diamonds can make the yellow tint more obvious, but when the diamond stands alone, it’s harder to identify the color. 

Related post: Solitaire Engagement Rings: Your Complete Guide

Diamond Prices for Different Color Grades

Buying a diamond is no easy decision. You have to consider your budget, your partner’s expectations and preferences, and where the best place to buy it is.

See the chart below for some price comparisons of loose earth-created diamonds at JamesAllen. It’s important to remember that the diamonds of similar color grade, cut, and carat weight will be more than 3 times more affordable when choosing the lab created counterparts.

We’ll compare diamonds of the highest color grade to the most popular near-colorless and faint-colored diamonds.

Price comparison chart of D color diamond to other grades

Prong Metal Color

When you’re choosing a setting, make sure you take note of the prongs that will hold your diamond center stone in place. It’s not always a given that your yellow gold ring settings will also have yellow gold prongs, some may have white gold prongs. If that is the case with your chosen ring, the white metal will make diamonds with low color grades look a little off.

Pro tip: For white gold prongs, it’s best to stick to an H or I color diamond. Your jeweler may be able to switch the prongs to yellow gold instead. If you’re customizing your ring online, you’ll have a wider variety of similar settings to choose from with yellow gold prong options.

FAQs

  1. Does yellow gold affect diamond color?

Yes, dark-colored metals like rose and yellow gold have the biggest effect on diamonds because the diamonds will reflect some of the metal’s color.

  1. What gems go with yellow gold? 

Of course! Apart from colorless diamonds, gems that are blue, red, purple, pink, orange, and green pair surprisingly well with yellow gold. The more vivid the gem, the better it looks set in yellow gold jewelry. 

  1. Do diamonds look better in rose or yellow gold? 

Not all diamonds look better in warmer golds. K to Z color grade diamonds will be noticeably yellow and so expert gemologists and jewelers often recommend going with a yellow gold engagement ring setting to give your diamond ring a more vintage look.

  1. Is yellow gold outdated? 

Yellow gold continues to be a fashion mainstay year after year. Yellow gold jewelry is essentially a timeless staple anyone should add to their jewelry box.

Parting Thoughts

We hope this helped you, and if you’re still left unsure about which diamond color is the best choice for your yellow gold engagement ring, our 24/7 diamond and jewelry experts are at your service!

Visit JamesAllen.com today to find the perfect diamond for you, all viewable in 360°HD, with a real-time diamond inspection consultant. Book your free consultation today!

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Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings: What’s The Difference?

Jewelry that is given in the name of love always has extra sparkle. Eternity rings and anniversary rings definitely fall into this category. Symbolic of life-changing moments and epic love, these diamonds are not just your best friend but remind you of your best friend.

Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings

Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings: What’s The Difference?

While similarly popular, eternity rings and anniversary rings are different in both look and purpose. From the number of stones to the style of the band and the dates they are given, we explain the differences and clear up which ring you should buy and when.

Eternity rings are characterized by a band of endless diamonds, while anniversary rings feature a row of diamonds on the upper half of the band. Both consistently feature diamonds, which is not necessarily the case for wedding rings.

What Is An Eternity Ring?

Eternity rings are characterized by a band of uninterrupted diamonds. That means the diamonds go all the way around the band with no interruption.

They are available in a variety of diamond shapes and sizes, as well as different metal types. Eternity rings have come to be given on very special occasions, and have become a popular wedding rings trend.

When Should You Buy Or Gift An Eternity Ring?

Eternity rings are given on birthdays, landmark anniversaries (such as at the five, ten, and twenty-year marks), or even graduation!

14K White Gold Low Dome Basket Lab-Created Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW F-G / VS2-SI1)

What Do Eternity Rings Symbolize?

The seemingly never-ending diamonds symbolize your never-ending love.

These diamonds are your pledge to your partner that you will love them beyond forever! Making this piece of jewelry a truly sentimental piece to gift to your loved one or buy as a wedding ring.

How To Wear An Eternity Ring

While there are no hard and fast rules, eternity rings are often worn next to the engagement ring and wedding ring sitting on the ring finger on your left hand.

When choosing an eternity ring, you want to keep in mind the style of the engagement and wedding rings.

There are also daintier eternity rings perfect for layering with other stackable rings.

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If you like a consistent look, then you’ll want to stick to the same diamond shape. So, if your engagement ring features an Asscher cut diamond, you’ll want to stick with that and choose an Asscher cut eternity ring.

Whatever style you choose, your eternity ring will certainly enhance the radiance not just of your ring finger, but of your whole hand!

14K White Gold Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (4 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

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Pro Tip: When choosing your eternity ring KNOW YOUR SIZE! Eternity rings are VERY hard to resize because the entire band is covered in diamonds. Often, it simply isn’t possible.

If the ring is a surprise, click here to get tips and tricks to get your partner’s ring size. Measure their finger in their sleep if you have to! We promise it is easier than trying to resize an eternity ring.

What Is An Anniversary Ring?

Anniversary rings are often given on your wedding anniversary and are meant to enhance your wedding ring. They feature diamonds with a variety of settings, along with half the band, which is available in multiple metals. The metal of an anniversary ring is also chosen to complement an existing wedding band.

When Should You Buy Or Gift An Anniversary Ring?

Rings are a VERY popular choice for an anniversary gift. Traditionally, gold is the gift for your first wedding anniversary, so for this event, many couples will choose a white or yellow gold band as seen below:

14K White Gold Seven Stone Emerald Cut Diamond Ring (1.00 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

14K Yellow Gold Seven Stone Cushion Shape Diamond Ring (1.50 CTW - H-I / SI1-SI2)

Whether choosing a five, seven, or nine stone option, you can’t go wrong with an anniversary ring. Enough diamonds for those who want to look ballin’ but not so much for those who prefer a quieter glam.

What Do Anniversary Rings Symbolize?

Anniversary rings, often given to commemorate milestone years in a marriage or relationship, symbolize the enduring love, commitment, and shared experiences between partners. These rings are a meaningful reminder of a couple’s journey and their continued devotion to one another.

How To Wear An Anniversary Ring

So, if your engagement ring and wedding ring are on your ring finger on your left hand, where do you wear your anniversary ring? Literally, any finger you want! One of the beauties of an anniversary ring is that there is no “traditional” finger to wear them on, so choose any finger you like!

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Many people do choose to wear their anniversary ring on the ring finger on their right hand (the finger next to your pinky). This allows the ring to compliment your engagement, eternity, and wedding rings, but also stand out on its own.

Which Ring Is Right For You?

Eternity Rings Anniversary Rings
Diamonds All Around The BandDiamonds On Top Half Of The Band
VERY Difficult To ResizePopular For Wedding Anniversaries
Great For Any Special OccasionAvailable In Five, Seven, Or Nine Stones
Symbolize Unending LoveSymbolize Continued Commitment

FAQs

Can I customize the design of eternity and anniversary rings?

Yes, both types of rings can be customized based on metal choice, gemstone selection, and design preferences. Many jewelers and online jewelers offer customization options.

Can men wear eternity or anniversary rings?

Why not? While these rings are often associated with women, men can also wear them if it suits their personal style.

How do I choose between an eternity ring and an anniversary ring?

The best way to choose is to look at your partner’s style and also the symbolism you want to convey with your gift.

What is the main difference between eternity rings and anniversary rings? Eternity rings are adorned with a continuous band of identical gemstones, symbolizing never-ending love. Anniversary rings, on the other hand, can feature a variety of designs and gem arrangements, often marking specific years of marriage or milestones.

What is the main difference between eternity rings and anniversary rings?

Eternity rings are typically adorned with a continuous band of identical gemstones, symbolizing never-ending love. Anniversary rings, on the other hand, can feature a variety of designs and gem arrangements, often marking specific years of marriage or milestones.

Let’s Sum It Up

Eternity and anniversary rings are a gorgeous way to express your love for your partner. Something they can always wear that will always be in style. These rings tell your partner how special they are without you even having to utter the words.

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Diamond Inspection: A Free Expert Consultation

If you love inspecting diamonds in 360° HD and 40x zoom, wait until you get to do it with the guidance of a professional gemologist! Our Real-Time Diamond Inspection is a game-changer for online ring shoppers.

When shopping for a diamond online, it’s a requirement to be able to examine the stone close up and from every angle. At JamesAllen.com, we take this a step further, allowing you to spin diamonds in 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom. 

However, not every diamond shopper is a diamond expert. Even with the inspection tools at your fingertips, how do you know what you should be looking for?

That’s where our Real-Time Diamond Inspection comes in! Browse the diamonds you’re interested in alongside a professional by scheduling a free online diamond consultation with a non-commissioned certified gemologist. Ask questions, mark points of interest on the screen while chatting with your diamond expert in real-time, and review everything from the specs to the grading certificate together.

What are the benefits of the Real-Time Diamond Inspection?

Our gemologists can:

  1. Find you the best diamond for your budget
  2. Point out important diamond qualities you might miss on your own
  3. Save you money 
  4. Guide you toward the unique diamond that suits your lifestyle
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When Can I Use the Real-Time Diamond Inspection?

This feature is pretty much available around the clock. If you don’t see the blue “Real-Time Diamond Inspection” button on your diamond’s page, click the pink speech bubble icon in the bottom right corner of the page to start chatting with a representative. Then, request to use the inspection feature. In no time, you’ll be consulting with a professional about your specific diamond!

How Does the Real-Time Diamond Inspection Work?

We’ll go into more detail below, but here is the rough plan of action:

  1. Select a loose diamond from the gallery
  2. Click on “Real-Time Diamond Inspection”
  3. Inspect your diamond in extreme detail

That’s why we’ve created the first-ever Real-Time Diamond Inspection; a personalized consultation with a bona fide diamond expert. It’s hands-down the best way to get to grips with your diamond.

Step 1: Find Your Diamond

Before you embark on a diamond consultation, it’s important to narrow down your options. When you come with a few diamonds and questions prepared, you’ll get the most out of your conversation with a gemologist. 

How should you go about it? If you’ve got a good idea of what you want, search JamesAllen.com for loose diamonds that catch your eye. If you’re unsure, check out our site for comprehensive information regarding the 4 C’s: diamond cut, diamond clarity, diamond color, and diamond carat weight.

If at any step in your research process you feel like you need some help deciphering the ins and outs of the 4 C’s, chat with one of our legendary customer service representatives!

Step 2: Start Your Diamond Inspection

To start your Real-Time Diamond Inspection, simply click the Diamond Inspection button next to any loose diamond on our site. If you don’t see the blue button, you can click the speech bubble icon to start chatting.

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.

Step 3: View EVERYTHING About Your Diamond

  • View Your Diamond’s Inclusions

JamesAllen.com lets you inspect your diamond up close, but sometimes you need a bit of help interpreting what you’re seeing. To this point, our Diamond Inspection feature is particularly helpful when it comes to identifying inclusions.

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.

  • View the Grading Certificate

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?!

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. They can even show you how to tell two technically identical stones apart and identify which one is superior. In fact, the Diamond Inspection feature allows you to compare up to four diamonds simultaneously.

Step 4: Make Your Selection

Seen a diamond that merits closer inspection? Click the Diamond Inspection button next to any loose diamond on our James Allen site to begin your free consultation. Utilize More Ring-Shopping Tools!

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