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

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

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

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

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

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

2. VVS1 vs VVS2 Diamonds

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

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

3. VVS vs Flawless Diamonds

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

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

Can you spot any differences between the two diamonds?

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

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

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

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

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Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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Bow-Tie Channel Set  Engagement Ring

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Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

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Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Tapered Half-Bezel Engagement Ring 

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Pinched Bar Pavé Engagement Ring 

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

5. Wrapping Up

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

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

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June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

Happy birthday to all the Gemini gems! Learn more and shop pearl birthstone jewelry gifts.

P.S. If it’s your June birthday, read ahead to drop a hint on your favorite piece!

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Pearl is June’s glowing birthstone, and we have a sweet collection of Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearl jewelry. Here are 10 of our favorites for June birthday gifts:

1. Seed Pearl Circle Earrings

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Circle around the globe and you’ll find all different kinds of pearls, from China to Australia to Tahiti. Each sea offers a distinct pearl look, which means… the world is your oyster (we had to).

2. Strand Pearl Necklace

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The soft, almost multi-colored shine makes pearls both glamorous and elegant. This classic pearl necklace reminds us of Audrey Hepburn and countless other cultural icons.

3. Pink Pearl Stud Earrings

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Some pearls feature natural colors like this precious pink pair. These are an especially sweet pearl birthstone gift to go with rose, the flower of June.

4. Freshwater Double Pearl Studs

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Like these earrings, pearls are unique from top to bottom – they’re the only gemstones created by living creatures. Note to self: the mollusk family includes some seriously glam clams.

5. Modern Twist Pearl Ring

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This standout ring showcases a classic pearl held by a (literal) contemporary metal twist. We like this as a present, and, if you’re looking, as a non-traditional engagement ring.

6. Diamond Pearl Bar Necklace

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What’s better than a pearly glow? A pearly glow combined with diamond sparkle! Bonus: if diamond is your April birthstone, diamond and pearl jewelry is a super cute June birthday gift for your partner or best friend.

7.  Chain Drop Pearl Earrings

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Connect to 2019’s chain earring fine jewelry trend with this pair! The pearl birthstone on these earrings adorns a hair-down style or elongates the neck with an updo.

8. Textured Bead Pearl Bracelet

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We love yellow gold with white pearls, especially when that gold is carved to shimmer. The warm gold on this bracelet offsets the pearls’ ethereal glow and helps each pearl stand out.

9. Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings

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Turns out black pearls are not just a Pirates of the Caribbean thing. A daring fine jewelry trend, Tahitian black pearl jewelry is edgy and beautiful at once.

10. Pearl and Diamond Ring

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All sophistication, all the time. The modern bezel setting of this ring’s diamond fits perfectly with its gleaming yellow gold metal and standout pearl.

Let’s find that perfect June pearl birthstone gift!

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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!

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Our customers are basically pros by the time they propose. In fact, we’d say their engagement ring advice is 10x more valuable than those random articles you find online. Here are the dos and don’ts from James Allen customers who got it so, so right:

Engagement Ring Advice: Do Your Research

  • “I went with a diamond ring, so I made sure to read up on the 4 C’s, what clarity/color goes with each shape/setting color.”- Nikolaos C.
  • Ask what style ring she likes! Research the diamond certification! Ask for ideas on proposals but make it special to the two of you!”- Chad M.
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Engagement Ring Advice: Ask the Experts

  • “Get in touch with the gemologists and customer service. They’re outstanding.”- Cesar U.
  • “Definitely talk about your expectations for everything! Use a website like JamesAllen.com that will guarantee a PERFECT ring or your money back. Their customer service was top-notch and we were thrilled with both the process of finding the ring and the end result.”- Josh E.
  • “Take your time! Don’t rush it. Ask questions if you have any and have fun!”- Ana-Alicia S.
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  • “The chat feature is so helpful! Sharing a screen with the consultant helped me find the best diamond within my budget by pointing out differences between the stones that I wouldn’t have noticed on my own.”- Abigail A.

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Engagement Ring Advice: Narrow it Down

  • Pick out some rings that you wouldn’t normally and compare and contrast them for a while. I started with 6ish all different styles and I would look at them for a few days and then slowly take one away until I had the one.”- William B.
  • “First, set a budget aside. With the budget, you can start looking for what kind of diamond you want based on the 4Cs. When you have selected the diamond you want, then look for the design.”- Cynthia L.
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  • “Take your ego out of the equation. Size is not the most important aspect when buying a diamond so don’t go for the biggest carat.”- Steven J.

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Engagement Ring Advice: Design It Together

  • “Teamwork! Pop the question then include them in the purchase. It’s too important a financial move to make on your own. It’s the first step towards union.”- Benjamin S.
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  • “Let her decide the style if possible, as she is the one that will wear it. Listen carefully to her likes and dislikes.”- Steven J.
  • “The whole process for us of ‘building’ my ring was so easy. And doing it together was fun and romantic! When we looked into each other’s eyes and my fiance told me to ‘click on it!’, it was just AWESOME!”- Debra F.
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Should You Collaborate on the Ring or Make it a Surprise?

Engagement Ring Advice: Rock the Proposal

  • “Keep her in the loop when it comes to the ring and diamond, then surprise her with when and where you propose! Her favorite flower is tulips…so I decided that we would go to the Netherlands and attend the tulip festival in April!”- Rob B.
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  • “Don’t focus on the ring and miss everything else! Make it a memorable experience, something that is you. A ton of people will be asking you afterwards on how it went down, so a nice story goes a long way.”- Nikolaos C.
  • “Make sure you remember to inform all her family members, especially parents, before proposing.”- Sherman L.

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Engagement Ring Advice: You Do You!

When it comes down to it, you two are the only ones who know what you want.

  • “You should know her better than anyone. Think of something and make it your own.”- Fernando M.
  • Follow your heart, always.”- Jordan R.
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Diamond Price Match: Our Competitive Pledge

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

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

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

Well, yes and no.

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

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

Meet Your Diamond Price Match

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

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OK, so how does it work?

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

Same Ice, Same Price

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

Game, Set, Diamond Price Match!

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

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Diamond Pendants: The Essential Guide

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

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Diamond Pendants: Necks Appeal

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

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

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Diamond Pendants: Dangling Designs

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

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Diamond Scroll Key

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

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Pavé Diamond Butterfly

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

Traditional

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Wire Diamond

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

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

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Round Halo Cluster

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

Pavé-Set Frame

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Princess Cut Pavé-Set Frame

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

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Round Cut Pavé-Set Frame

Pavé Bail

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Pavé Bail Diamond

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

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Diamond Pendants: Don’t Leave Us Hanging!

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

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

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: 5 Big Questions

The results are in! We surveyed 2,800 women about engagement ring etiquette – what are the rules for getting engaged, and which of those rules are meant to be broken?

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: “The 2 Months’ Salary Rule”

There’s an age-old myth that you’re supposed to decide how much to spend on the engagement ring based on how much you’d earn in two months. However, when we actually asked, 69% of women disagreed. The engagement ring etiquette consensus: a ring should cost whatever you can afford – the relationship is the most important thing.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Forgo the Flash Mob

It might be best to stay away from dramatic and/or jumbo-tron proposals; 56% of women surveyed said they prefer an intimate proposal with just the two of you, while 28% said they want something small with close friends and family. Only 4% told us they’d rather go big than go home.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Who Proposes?

So when it comes to heterosexual partnerships, are guys always supposed to be the ones to pop the question? In this modern age, survey says… mostly yes. 79% of women said the guy should propose. On the other hand, 12% said they have no problem with a woman proposing to the man, while 9% said they’d only propose if their guys waited around for too long.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Have Your Sparkly Say

Collaboration is key! 84% of women surveyed said they’d be happy to drop hints, provide pictures, or tell friends/family about the engagement ring they prefer. Might as well make it a date night activity; 15% of women surveyed said they want to look at rings with their partners. Meanwhile, only 3% of women said they’d keep it straightforward and tell their partner their exact ring choice.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Splitting the Cost

The answers to this one were surprisingly split – 58% said they think their partner should save up and pay for the engagement ring alone, while 42% are open to sharing the check (with 26% adding the caveat that he can’t afford it on his own). Looking for the absolute best engagement ring option for your budget? We’re here for you, 24/7 – chat with customer service now.

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How to Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry

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

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BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DIAMOND CARE

Take Care of Your Diamond Cleaning

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

1. Soak and Scrub

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

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

2. Get Intense Shine

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

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

3. Shield the Shade

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

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Take Care of Your Diamond Insurance

1. Insure Your Diamond Jewelry

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

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2. Choose the Right Policy

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

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

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Maisel-Inspired 1950s Engagement Ring Styles

If there’s anything more obsession-worthy than The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it’s the mid-century aesthetic that lights up the show. We’ve rounded up these 1950s engagement ring fashions in honor of Maisel’s season 2. *Potential spoilers ahead!*

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These 1950s engagement ring styles have us swooning around the Upper West Side, dancing along the Seine River, and dropping some Susie-inspired F bombs (… fabulous. What did you think we meant?).

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1950s Engagement Rings: Stand-Up Sparkle

We couldn’t help but notice that Midge is still wearing her glamorous 1950s engagement ring in Maisel season 2, and we totally get it. Who’d want to take that beauty off??

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Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Mrs. Maisel barely gives us a glimpse of her ring because she moves as quickly as she speaks. From what we can catch, though, her engagement ring from Joel is a yellow gold stunner with side stones. Not a surprise given the costume designers’ keen eye and 1950s engagement ring trends; side stones, especially baguette shape diamonds, were huge at the time.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Star Power

Female powerhouses in Midge’s era are legendary both for their actions and for their impact on fashion. Take Jackie Kennedy for example, who brought fresh energy to the 1950s engagement ring scene with her emerald engagement ring.

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Scalloped Halo Emerald Engagement Ring

Household name and ingénue Audrey Hepburn sparked yet another alternative engagement ring trend: stackable rings! She opted for a sleek channel-set baguette diamond eternity ring and added two more gold rings when she got married.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Think Pink

Potentially more sacred than Rose’s pink soap: Midge’s pink wardrobe! If her all-pink ensembles are any hint, we think Mrs. Maisel would plotz over a rose gold ring with a pink sapphire center. Mirror her style by setting a gemstone in one of these vintage rings.

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Engraved Vintage Engagement Ring

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Diamond Stud Earrings: The Essential Guide

Sparkle from ear to ear with a pair of handcrafted diamond stud earrings.

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Diamond Stud Earrings: Make Your Ears Pop!

Friends, romantics, customers; lend us your ears! 👂

As the first points of sparkle a person sees when they look at you, you’ll want to make sure your lobes are suitably lustrous. And there are no more elegant ear accessories than diamond studs, which make for a dazzling first impression.

Thanks to their ear-hugging design, these earrings appear to float on the earlobe as if weightless in space. Whether you opt for the classic basket or super-trendy martini style setting, you’re bound to be flushed with finesse.

Stud-y up on diamond stud earrings with our essential guide.

Diamond Stud Earrings: So Right and Yet So Prong

Diamond studs come in a choice of fab settings including pavé, martini, and basket, each offering varying degrees of comfort and style, as well as durability. To help you decide between them, let’s take a closer look at two of the more popular setting styles.

BASK IN A BASKET SETTING 🧺

Traditional four or six-prong basket settings afford a reasonably good fit. In these diamond studs, the diamond is set low in the frame, so it sits flat against the earlobe.

Four-Prong Earring Settings

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Timeless and stunning, round-cut diamond stud earrings add a classic elegance to any occasion.

Princess-Cut Stud Earrings

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Another classic pair, these stud earrings feature a princess-cut diamond set in a light four-prong wire basket.

Scallop Basket Diamond Earrings

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Designed to accent the beauty of the round brilliant diamond, these earrings feature six prongs and a scalloped basket.

Bezel-Set Diamond Stud Earrings

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Well, well, well. Bezel-set diamond studs are sleek, clean, and oh-so-sturdy. They really are the perfect choice for wearers that lead active lifestyles: the bezel setting won’t snag on any fabric, and it’s arguably the most secure setting. Plus, it’s cute AF.

Pear-Shaped Diamond Stud Earrings

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Gorgeous, elegant, and unique – pear-shaped diamonds are taking over the jewelry scene. These shining droplets stand out from the crowd of more common diamond shapes, especially when poised perfectly on your lobes.

Oval Diamond Stud Earrings

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The trendiest diamond shape of the past few years is also one of the most flattering shapes for diamond stud earrings. Its curved edges and elongated form compliment every face shape and every wardrobe.

Emerald-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

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The emerald cut is an in-your-face shape that shows off your diamond’s crystal clarity. It’s one of the earliest established diamond cuts. As such, these emerald-cut diamond studs boast an undeniable royal feel: bold, elegant, and confident.

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Named for their conical shape, which resembles a martini glass, martini settings are very in right now due to their super-flush fit. Their narrow bottom means that the diamond can be set even closer to the earlobe than standard basket-style settings. Not only do you get a well-balanced and comfortable fit, but the low profile reveals less metal and more diamond.

Three-Prong Martini Style Earrings

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These martini settings are constructed to the exact size of the center diamonds, ensuring that the stones sit perfectly flush with the settings.

Double Prong Diamond Stud Earrings

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The prong setting is a total classic. And the double prongs on these slices of bling add an understated pop of flair to a traditionally beloved setting. The minimalist prongs allow light to hit your diamond’s facets from nearly every angle.

Diamond Pavé Halo Frame Settings

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Not your everyday diamond stud, this design combines the three-prong martini with a diamond pavé frame.

As a rule of thumb, the snugger the diamond is against the ear, the better. Besides looking more elegant and refined, a flush setting protects the diamond from undue wear and tear.

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Your Guide to Diamond Bracelets

Dazzling diamond bracelets: shimmer at your own wrist!

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Diamond bracelets are a total wardrobe staple, a holiday gift that’s easy to love and impossible to forget. Trying to find the bracelet that matches your style and price point? We’re here to break it down for you! Presenting: your guide to diamond bracelets.

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Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Tennis Bracelets? Love. This versatile style works wonders whether paired with a ballgown or jeans and a t-shirt. While traditional tennis bracelets feature round-cut diamonds all around, fun variations include gemstones, unique diamond shapes, and decorated clasps.

Classic Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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Two-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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Flower Clasp Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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Ruby and Diamond Tennis Bracelet

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Diamond Bracelets: Chains

Chain bracelets include more affordable and delicate designs. Their diamond accents add a touch of subtle sparkle – a beautiful way to wear your art on your sleeve. Many chain bracelets also have adjustable clasps, making them a good option for small wrists.

Diamond Bar Bracelet

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Diamond Disc Bracelet

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Diamond Bracelets: Bangles

The rigidity of diamond bangles allows for elegant and dramatic shapes, proof that a little structure can make creativity shine. Choose a simple bangle to keep it classic or try a more daring statement piece. For the best of both worlds: stack multiple diamond bangles (a look that’s totally on-trend).

Pavé Diamond Bangle

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Criss Cross Diamond Bangle

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Open Vine Diamond Bangle

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Wave Baguette Diamond Bangle

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Cool Blue Topaz: the December Birthstone

Shine through the winter with blue topaz, the December birthstone.

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Blue topaz jewelry is perfect for December birthday gifts, 4th and 19th wedding anniversary presents, or particular fans of the state gemstone of Texas. The gemstone’s wintry shades range from pale sky to deep London blue. Want to learn more about our favorite December birthstone? Read on and explore James Allen’s blue topaz jewelry collection!

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December Birthstone Symbolism

Blue topaz is the gift that keeps on giving – it’s said to bring creativity, focus, calmness, confidence, and sweet dreams to the wearer. The Portuguese royal family clearly took these qualities to heart: the Braganza Portuguese Crown features an uncut topaz weighing over 1,600 carats!

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December Birthstone Gifts: Blue Topaz Rings

A mark of loyalty throughout history, blue topaz engagement rings are an extra meaningful choice. Not quite ready to lay those blueprints yet, or already tied the knot? Go for a blue topaz ring as a romantic jewelry gift!

Emerald Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

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Perfect Fit Pavé Blue Topaz Ring

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Oval Cut Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

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Bezel Trio Topaz and Diamond Ring

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December Birthstone Gifts: Blue Topaz Earrings

Blue topaz represents attentiveness, so earrings in the December birthstone reflect the wearer’s power of listening. Opt for bold blue topaz earrings with halos or drops, or keep it classic with blue topaz studs.

Octagon Halo Blue Topaz Earrings

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Round Cut Blue Topaz Studs

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December Birthstone Gifts: Blue Topaz Necklaces

Our #1 takeaway from Cinderella: if the blue fits, wear it! A blue topaz pendant completes any outfit with a vivid burst of color. Browse December birthstone necklaces to give as a present or to adorn and adore for yourself.

Round Cut Blue Topaz Pendant

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London Blue Topaz Necklace

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Bezel Blue Topaz Diamond Necklace

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Our birthstone guides: November CitrinesSeptember SapphiresJanuary GarnetsFebruary AmethystsMarch AquamarinesApril Diamonds May Emeralds ♦ July Rubies.

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Wedding Rings for Women: The Complete Guide

When it comes to wedding rings for women, here are a few factors to keep in mind…

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Your wedding day is almost here! We can practically hear the bells ringing, which means it’s time for you to choose your perfect band to go with your engagement ring.

Between lustrous gold and platinum, classic and diamond-studded, how can any of us be expected to choose just one wedding ring?? Well, you already chose The One and we have no doubt you’ll rock this decision too. We’re here to guide you through the options!

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Wedding Rings for Women: Choose Your Metal

When you choose your wedding band metal, consider your engagement ring look, the maintenance required, cost, and any relevant metal allergies. Want your wedding rings to reflect how well you and your partner go together? Choose matching wedding rings in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum!

Silvery Metal Wedding Rings for Women

White gold and platinum wedding rings are super popular with the brightest sheen. White gold wedding rings tend to be more affordable and lighter weight, while platinum wedding rings are longer lasting and hypoallergenic.

Knife Edge Classic Wedding Ring

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Gold Metal Wedding Rings for Women

Yellow gold wedding rings give a timeless glow and never need to be replated.

Angled Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

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Rose gold wedding rings are trendy and durable with warm, vintage style.

Twisted Pavé Stackable Ring

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Wedding Rings for Women: Choose Your Style

From brilliant sparkle to crafted carvings, women’s wedding rings come in all shapes and styles. Which is the best fit for your future together?

Classic Wedding Rings for Women

You can’t go wrong with unadorned metals! These rings are traditional, timeless, and easiest to resize if necessary. Classic wedding rings are known for their comfort, a key quality for everyday wear.

Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

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James Allen classic wedding ring styles include high and low dome, knife edge, flat, and traditional slightly curved. To keep it totally classic, pair your solitaire engagement ring with one of these bands.

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Diamond Wedding Rings for Women

If you love sparkly jewelry, you’ll love the look of a diamond wedding ring. The stones on these rings can be set in various ways: pavé, which allows for more light to reflect off the diamond; channel, which gives a sleek look and protects the diamonds; or bezel, which encases and secures the outer edge of the diamonds.

Bezel-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

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Knife Edge Diamond Wedding Ring

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For maximum sparkle, we’d suggest pairing your channel-set or pavé engagement ring with a diamond wedding band.

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Want your band covered in shimmer? Eternity rings celebrate your infinite love with diamonds encrusted all around.

Pavé-Set Eternity Ring

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Stackable Wedding Rings for Women

Big on style and thin on metal, stackable rings are the gift that keeps on giving. Go ahead, start with a wedding ring – over time, you can customize and add more! James Allen stackable ring styles include gemstones, shape patterns, and twists.

Open Infinity Stackable Ring

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Sapphire Gemstone Stackable Ring

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Round and Marquise Diamond Stackable Ring

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Wedding Rings for Women: More Brilliant Tips

    • Those with smaller hands or thinner engagement ring bands may want to opt for thinner classic wedding rings, and vice versa.
    • Get jewelry insurance! Once you’ve found your dream wedding ring, you’ve got to protect it. Because let’s face it – life happens.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.

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Everyone has a personal style. Some are more understated than others and, therefore, harder to discern. Your job as Buyer of Rings, Proposer of Marriage, is to hone in on that style by whatever means necessary. Put on your detective hat and do some snooping around or straight up ask your partner what she’d like. Either way, finding her engagement ring style needn’t be a chore with our handy guide. Just pop on some good music and get sleuthing.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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Let’s start by clearing something up: the ring doesn’t have to be a complete surprise.

There, we’ve said it.

These days, it’s perfectly acceptable – preferable even – to bring your partner into the design process. No one knows the wearer’s style better than the wearer herself, so why not involve her in the decision making? Goodness knows, you’ll need all the help you can get when confronted with terms like pavé, halo, and tension! (That last one’s a setting style btw, not a headache.) By promoting your partner to Chief Ring Adviser, you’ll come across as the sensitive and considerate human being you are while eliminating much of the guesswork. It’s a win-win.

Now, the direct approach won’t work for everyone, mind you. Some customers – proposer and proposee alike – have their hearts set on a solo ring selection, culminating in the Big Reveal. To those irrepressible romantics, we say… read on!

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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Like all good detectives, you’ve been waiting for the right case to come along; a case worthy of your powers of deduction. Finding her engagement ring style is right up there with #WhoBitBeyoncé and that whole Yanny vs Laurel thing – except the odds of you solving this one are far higher!

Seriously though, your partner’s online and offline activity might give away key clues about her ring preferences. If she has a Pinterest account, it’s worth checking to see if she’s created any boards with sparkle-related titles or pinned any specific rings. Assuming you have access to her Facebook account, check her profile and activity log for any ring posts she’s liked or shared.

What’s the Buzz?

Even if she’s been careful not to leave a digital trail, she may have confided in her best friend or sibling. Once you’ve got a sparkly bee in your bonnet, it’s almost impossible to keep it to yourself! Listen for subtle hints that might come up when she’s chatting with her inner circle, especially if the topic of celebrity engagement rings comes up.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

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When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.

What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.

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Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

If your girl is more Devil Wears Prada than Devil Wears Nada, you might consider a more daring setting. Pay close attention to her wardrobe. If she dresses to impress and won’t touch anything unless it’s by a top designer, go for something with character, such as a vintage engagement ring or hyper-modern tension ring.

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Glow-Key Glam

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If, on the other hand, her idea of glamour is a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, we’d recommend opting for something simple like a baguette side-stone engagement ring. Understated yet elegant.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

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Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

If none of the above tips speak to you, no one would fault you for playing it safe and going with a classic style such as a solitaire. This is essentially a single center diamond mounted on a plain setting. Solitaires are considered classics for a reason: they work with practically any individual style and never go out of fashion.

Once you’ve figured out your setting style, it’s time to consider the diamond shape. If you have even the slightest doubt about what shape to get, you can’t go wrong with a round cut. Round-cut diamonds are by far the most popular shape for engagement rings, owing to their perfect geometry and abundant sparkle. These timeless classics are tried and true, but if it’s a little more edge you’re after, a princess or cushion-cut diamond should suffice.

Walk a Mile in Her Style

How did you manage to pinpoint your partner’s style preference? Did you go undercover or were you upfront about it? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Rings

Read on for some sapphire and diamond engagement ring inspiration…

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Sapphire, the September birthstone, has been associated with royalty for centuries. The gemstone brings to mind Princess Diana’s famous and beautiful sapphire and diamond ring, which now adorns Kate Middleton’s graceful hand (shop a more affordable ring lookalike here!).

Though the most popular sapphire color is blue, sapphire stones also come in pink, green, yellow, and more. Sapphires have forever been a symbol of trust, loyalty and protection. When worn, the September birthstone is believed to protect loved ones and give its wearer clarity, health, modesty, intelligence, inner peace, and optimism. The stunning gemstone has long been a representation of sincerity and truth.

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Sapphire Symbolism

PURITY

Walk down the aisle in pure white, with something blue.

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Vintage Round Diamond and Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

WISDOM

Show off your intelligence in a smart sapphire and diamond ring.

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FAITHFULNESS

Your stunning sapphire ring will be a constant reminder to stay faithful to who you are.

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OPTIMISM

Nothing can get you down when you’re wearing this sizzling sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

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SENSITIVITY

Your sapphire gemstone ring will be a token of appreciation for your ability to stay in tune with others’ feelings.

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Rose Gold Three-Stone Princess Sapphire Engagement Ring

SPIRITUALITY

When you glance down at this bird of paradise engagement ring, you’ll feel at peace with yourself as you’re reminded of your deep connection to your fiancé-to-be.

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White Gold Bird of Paradise Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

MODESTY

Take pride in your power to understand your shortcomings – it will help you become the best version of yourself.

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CLARITY

This sunburst sapphire and diamond engagement ring will remind you what’s really important in life.

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White Gold Sunburst Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

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Platinum Twisted Pavé Halo Engagement Ring with Round Cut Sapphire

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Platinum Three-Stone Decorative Bridge Engagement Ring with Round Cut Sapphire

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Oval Shape Blue Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet

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Double Halo Engagement Rings: Twice the Ice

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

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When it comes to matters of sparkle, more is definitely more. More light play, more fireworks, more… POW! Double halos allow you to supersize your sparkle by creating the illusion of a larger stone. They use a pretty nifty trick of the light that could end up saving you $$$!

Highs & Halos: Double Halo Engagement Rings

If you’re unfamiliar, traditional halo engagement rings surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. Light from these peripheral stones reflects off the center stone, creating a wonderful larger-than-life aura.

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Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Double halo engagement rings, as the name suggests, are framed by not one but two outer rings of sparkle. This gives them twice the visual impact, much like the jaw-dropping beauty of a double rainbow.

Thanks to their seemingly larger appearance, double halos are a popular choice for the budget-conscious shopper who wants to wow without the ‘ow!’

Celebrity Doubles

Most celebs are used to seeing sparkle wherever they go. They see it in the camera lenses of overzealous paparazzi and they see it in the jewels they wear. Double halo engagement rings sparkle twice as hard as classic solitaires; enough to satisfy even the most fabulous of appetites.

Community star Alison Brie must’ve been seeing double when her then-boyfriend, Dave Franco, presented her with a dazzling double halo. The vintage-inspired sparkler, with its round center diamond, is one ring we hope the GLOW actress won’t be wrestling in!

Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s sparkler is as dramatic as her acclaimed turn in Black Swan. The antique round (old mine) cut diamond ring and a surrounding pavé-set double halo are ethically sourced and the platinum band is recycled metal, in line with Ms. Portman’s eco-friendly ideals. Get Closer to her style with an exquisite James Allen lookalike set with a certified conflict-free center diamond.

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

High School Musical alumna Ashley Tisdale graduated with double honors; a cushion-cut center stone framed by a double halo of micropavé diamonds. This showstopper of a ring features smaller diamonds along with the band, significantly upping the sparkle factor. Get twice the shine with the above James Allen lookalike.

Halo & Behold: Double Halo Engagement Rings

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Princess Cut Double Halo Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

A truly versatile ring style, the double halo works with all manner of stone shapes, brilliantly accentuating their unique geometry. The double halo pear shaped engagement ring and double halo cushion cut engagement ring are just two examples of these mega sparklers.

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Ruby and Diamond Double Halo Ring

You can choose to surround your center stone with two diamond halos or opt for contrasting colored gemstones. Finally, select a setting that matches the wearer’s personal style: solitaire bands offer a sleek, modern aesthetic, whereas decorated bands possess more of an old-world charm. If it’s the maximum shimmer you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a pavé band.

Make Mine a Double!

Delve into these heavenly halos. Go on, we double dare you!

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Engagement Ring Shopping: Collaboration Vs. Surprise

Breaking with tradition, many couples are engagement ring shopping together, leaving the element of surprise for the proposal.

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The question of whether to surprise your SO with a ring or include them in the selection process is as old as time.

Well, that’s not strictly true.

It actually came about rather recently, with online engagement ring shopping offering a far more collaborative experience than traditional stores. But back to the question at hand: to surprise or not to surprise? That will largely depend on whether your SO is more of a romantic or a realist.

If they’re the type to swoon at the end of romantic movies, chances are they’re holding out for a sparkling surprise of their own. Then again, if your SO is the risk-averse type, they will probably prefer to be consulted on an item of such personal significance.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Surprise and Shine

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Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

If your SO leaves the engagement ring shopping entirely up to you, they’re taking the jewelry equivalent of a trust fall. That is, they’re trusting you to choose what is sure to be their most prized possession; an accessory they’ll be wearing every day of their life. This might seem daunting at first, but it’s actually quite an honor and an opportunity to demonstrate how perceptive you are. If you have a tendency to notice small details, you’ll easily pick up on the trail of sparkly clues your partner has left behind

See what happens when couples try to design their partners’ dream engagement ring (spoiler alert: hilarity ensues!).

Can You Take a Hint?

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If only there was some way to read the inner workings of your partner’s mind… to understand what they really mean when they say, “I’m marrying you, not the ring.” While that technology may still be a few years off, we do have a nifty drop-a-hint feature on JamesAllen.com. It’s a subtle way for your SO to let you know exactly what they want without the awkwardness of them having to say it.

Of course, there are other tried-and-tested ways to drop a hint that you should be on the lookout for. “Forgetting” to close the browser is a classic, but they may share their Pinterest boards with you or casually comment on a friend’s or celebrity’s engagement ring.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Band Together

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A recent study by The Knot found that roughly one third of couples collaborate on the engagement ring with their mates. People are starting to realize that the proposee is every bit as qualified to make the Big Decision as the proposer – if not more so. If your SO has expressed an interest in being involved beyond mere hint dropping, you’d be wise to take them up on the offer. After all, who better to advise you on ring style than the ring wearer herself?

Without a doubt, the best way to know your partner’s ring preferences is to have an open and honest conversation with them. If all goes well, try engagement ring shopping together and make mental notes of their ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs.’ Even if they do have a hand in selecting their ring online, they won’t know how it looks IRL until the big unveiling. With a bit of clever subterfuge, it’s still possible to throw your SO off the scent.

Help Is at Hand

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If you’d rather collaborate with someone other than your SO, our Customer Service team is there for you 24/7 by live chat, phone, and email. They’ll help you pick out the ideal ring based on your partner’s particulars (don’t worry, you already know all the answers to their questions!). You can even request a Real-Time Diamond Inspection with a certified gemologist who will be happy to walk you through the finer points of your sparkler. And if you still want some face-to-face expert advice, visit our Georgetown, DC location.

Engagement Ring Shopping: Trust Your Instincts

The bottom line is that your shopping experience should be as comfortable as the ring on your true love’s finger. Go with whichever option feels right to you as a couple and then make it as gosh darn romantic as you possibly can!

Catch up on our proposal series, which covers everything from choosing the perfect sparkler to planning the magical moment itself.

Next in the series: discover the best proposal spots in major cities.

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Choosing a Diamond: Be in the Glow

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

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We recognize that gleam in your eye! No, we’re not talking about the way you look at your SO (although that is adorable). If there’s one thing capable of making a person’s eyes light up like that, it’s diamonds. Those pretty little stones you know nothing about, but are determined to get a good deal on.

And where better to start than our men’s FAQ series? In this first installment, we look at choosing a diamond; from understanding the 4Cs to getting the most bling for your buck.

Choosing a Diamond: Foresee the 4Cs

It’s impossible to talk diamonds without mentioning the 4Cs: cut, color, carat, and clarity. Together, these all-important characteristics influence a diamond’s quality and value. They are your new best friends. Get to know them. Go have a beer with them. Whatever you have to do.

    • Cut – This refers to both the diamond’s shape and how effectively it returns light to the viewer’s eye.
    • Color – This is generally something you want to avoid in a diamond, unless it’s a fancy color diamond (more on that later).
    • Carat – This is the unit of measurement by which diamonds are weighed and sold.
  • Clarity – This refers to how clean a diamond is and whether it has visible imperfections.

When in doubt, start with a diamond cut. This is the one area you should never compromise on as it determines how sparkly the stone is.

“I want my ring to sparkle less.”
– No one, ever

If you have to compromise on anything, let it be diamond clarity. However, try to avoid going below a VS1 clarity grade; anything lower would be visible to the naked eye.

Choosing a Diamond: Appearances Can Be Gleaming

Let’s be real for a moment, shall we? No one buys a diamond engagement ring for their SO without wanting to impress their socks off. It’s the ultimate declaration of your love, so of course you’ll want to go all out and snag the biggest, most sparkly rock you can afford.

While celebs are known for flashing ridiculous amounts of sparkle, you don’t always need to pay top dollar to enjoy those megawatt flashes. If you’re on a budget, there are a number of ways to make even a modest diamond appear larger than it actually is. Sneaky, we know!

One way to get more bling for your buck is to opt for an undersized diamond. Now, that might sound counterintuitive – how can a smaller diamond appear the same size as a larger one to the naked eye? By choosing a diamond that’s just shy of the standard industry cutoff points, you could save yourself a pretty penny, without compromising on sparkle. Consider a 0.9 carat diamond and a 1 carat diamond with comparable specs. On the surface, both stones appear to be virtually the same size, but look closer at the price tags and you’ll see a considerable saving on the smaller stone. Similar carat weight, less cash. Booyah!

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Another way to appear more sparkly is to choose a setting style that accentuates the center diamond. Halo engagement rings, for example, surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones. These peripheral stones reflect light off the center stone, giving it a greater presence on the hand. Halo engagement rings come in single and double halo varieties, depending on how far you want to glow… er… go.

For more sparkle-maximizing tips, read up on how to make your diamond engagement ring look bigger.

Choosing a Diamond: Appraise Where It’s Due

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A diamond appraisal is necessary if you want to get your ring insured – which, btw, you totally should! It differs from the GIA or AGS diamond grading certificate that comes with your ring in that it provides a dollar estimate rather than the technical info.

At JamesAllen.com, we offer a complimentary insurance evaluation on any diamond engagement ring valued at $1,000 or higher. If you prefer, you’re welcome to get the diamond independently appraised as well.

Choosing a Diamond: Color Outside the Shines

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If your head isn’t already spinning at 360° like our diamonds, we’re about to throw another curveball at you: fancy color diamonds. While colorless diamonds have traditionally been the objects of our affection, their colorful cousins are steadily gaining popularity. And because stones at the vivid ends of the color spectrum are quite rare, they’re more valuable too.

When choosing a diamond, pay close attention to your partner’s personal style. If they’re the free-spirited, artistic type, a diamond in their favorite color could make for an exceptionally meaningful gift. Read more about fancy color diamonds.

Choosing a Diamond: Own That Stone!

Remember you can view all 200,000+ diamonds on JamesAllen.com in 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

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

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Cushion Cut Diamonds with a Classic Glow

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

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Why Cushion Cut Diamonds?

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

Fleur De Lis Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Princess Channel-Set Engagement Ring

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

Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Who Rocks Cushion Cut Engagement Rings?

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

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

Cushion Outline Halo Engagement Ring

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What to Know About Cushion Cut Diamonds

Make sure the corners and sides of the diamond are symmetrical to achieve ideal sparkle! For surefire harmony, choose a True Hearts cushion cut from our premier collection of perfectly symmetrical diamonds.

Frame Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

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Standard or Modified Cushion Cut Diamonds?

Modified cushion cuts have an extra row of facets on their pavilion, which gives them a kind of “crushed ice” look. To the untrained eye, standard and modified cushion cut diamonds look mostly identical.

Petite Diamond Accent Engagement Ring

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More Dreamy Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Baguette Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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Lotus Basket Pavé Engagement Ring

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Yasss Citrine! The November Birthstone

Citrine, the November birthstone, is one of the top-selling yellow gemstones. Here’s why.

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If you’re a lover of citrus fruit and earth tones in general, you’re in for a real treat with this month’s birthstone. Introducing citrine, the vitamin C of gemstones. Citrine gets its succulent-sounding name from its lemon-yellow coloration.

Wearers of the November birthstone are said to experience enlightenment, optimism, warmth, and clarity, as well as a decrease in negative energy. It’s also thought to aid in healing the physical self.

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November Birthstone: Sweet Citrines Are Made of This

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Citrine Diamond Huggie Earrings

Like amethyst, citrine is a variety of quartz – one of the most abundant minerals in the Earth’s crust. Its yellow-to-orange hues are caused by trace amounts of iron in its crystal structure.

Don’t worry, you won’t be tested on any of this!

November Birthstone: Few and Far Citrine

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Emerald-Cut Citrine and Diamond Necklace

Given the abundance and variety of quartz, you’d be forgiven for thinking that citrine, too, is a common gemstone. However, natural yellow citrine is actually quite rare.

Nevertheless, the November birthstone is relatively affordable, so you can get a much larger, more ornate stone for your dollar. Citrine’s value is not determined by size, but rather intensity of color. The more intense the color, the more expensive the stone.

Pro tip: Citrine is often mistaken for the more valuable gemstone topaz, which has a similar appearance. Make sure you’re not overpaying for citrine mislabeled as topaz.

November Birthstone: Celebs and Citrine

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Octogan Citrine and Diamond Ring

Kate Middleton may officially go by The Duchess of Cambridge, but we know her simply as the Queen of Citrine. Her ring is estimated to be around five to seven carats, yet surprisingly light on the purse strings.

Another celeb to say Hello to the November birthstone is Adele. The Grammy Award winner swears by citrine and won’t perform without it. She goes so far as to attribute the success of her live shows to the crystal’s supposed powers.

November Birthstone: A Citrine Come True

Do you dream of citrine? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

Check out our previous guides: January garnets, February amethysts, March aquamarines, April diamonds, May emeralds, July rubies.

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Pear Shaped Diamonds with Fruitful Flare

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

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Pavé Halo Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Imagine if Eve had picked a pear in the Garden of Eden instead of that darn apple. She would’ve stood out from all the other women (had there been any other women) and been hailed a trendsetter. Still, it’s never too late to make amends and pear shaped diamonds are the perfect sparkle offering.

Love is in the pear!

Pear Shaped Diamonds: Ripe for the Picking

So, what makes a pear a pear? The unique shape is achieved by combining two other diamond cuts: round brilliant and marquise. At one end, you have the gentle curves of a round cut; at the other, the pointed charm of a marquise. Best of all, it retains much of the sparkle of a round cut, despite not conforming exactly to that shape.

Grab yourself a piece of this low-hanging fruit!

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0.72 Carat K SI1 Diamond

A Diamond Beyond Compear

If further pearsuasion is needed, choosing a non-traditional diamond shape like pear can actually save you money! That’s right; because the demand for pear is lower than for round brilliant, it tends to offer better value. A pear shaped diamond could save you as much as 25% compared to a round cut of the same size and quality. How sweet is that?!

Hot take: Pair your pear with a solitaire for a classic setting that’s both affordable and offers maximum light return through the top of the stone.

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Classic Knife-Edge Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pear to Spare

Thanks to their elongated lines, pear shape diamonds tend to look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight. On the other hand, they gently accentuate slender fingers and make shorter fingers appear longer and slimmer.

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Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Pear Shaped Diamonds?

2018 is shaping up to be the year of the pear! Paris Hilton (or should that be Pearis Hilton?) got the party started back in January when she said yes to a juicy 20-carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring. Of course, she’s not alone in her penchant for pear. Other personalities include Ariana Grande, Kaley Cuoco, Cardi B, Sophie Turner, Victoria Beckham, Zoe Saldana, Katherine Heigl, and Margot Robbie.

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Pavé Halo Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

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

What to Know About Pear Shaped Diamonds

When purchasing a pear shaped diamond, it helps to know which attributes to look out for. That way, you can avoid pulling an Eve and picking the wrong piece!

Cut To minimize the undesirable ‘bow tie’ effect commonly found in pear shaped diamonds, ensure the diamond cut is as symmetrical as possible. It’s more aesthetic plus it returns more light and sparkle back to your eyes.

Color The pointed end of the diamond doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as the round part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale (no lower than G).

Clarity As with color, any inclusions are more visible if they occur at the pointed end of the diamond, where there are less sparkle and scintillation. You’re better off going for an ‘eye clean’ diamond with a clarity grade of VS2 or above.

Carat The carat weight you choose will largely depend on your budget, but this is not the be-all and end-all. An increase in carat size will often appear negligible, yet raise the price significantly. Far more important are cut, color, and clarity in determining a diamond’s overall beauty.

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Pavé Twisted Rope Engagement Ring

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Pavé Split-Shank Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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

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

Discover additional diamond cuts in our diamond shape blog series.

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Heart Shaped Diamonds with Romantic Style

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

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Why Heart Shaped Diamonds?

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

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Who Rocks Heart Diamond Engagement Rings?

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

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

What to Know About Heart Shape Diamonds

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

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

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

Unique Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

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

Criss Cross Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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Sapphire Floral Engagement Ring

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Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

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

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