Engagement rings shapes

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

Intro

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. 

Related post: The Best Engagement Ring For Each Diamond Shape

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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Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace For You

Necklace Size Chart: How To Find The Best Necklace For You

Throwing on a necklace is a simple way to elevate any look. Whether it’s a pendant necklace or a simple chain, there are so many ways to style some shine around your neck. 

But with great style comes great responsibility! First, we have to figure out what length and fit are best. Keep reading to find out how…

Heart necklace

Intro

So, you’re in the market for a new necklace but you want to make sure you’re getting the right one. You’ve come to the right place! 

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or getting a gift for someone else, determining your necklace size is an important step. This can be said for both women and men!

In this blog, we’re going to break down how to find the perfect size for your style, measurements, and personal taste. 

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women

Necklace lengths

Standard Necklace Lengths For Men

Necklace Size Chart For Men

Factors To Consider When Choosing The Right Necklace For You

Everyone wants their necklace to fit as if it were tailor-made! Consider the following factors when shopping so your jewelry will feel like it was made for you:

Neck size

It might seem obvious, but yes, the width of your neck is the most important measurement to consider when necklace shopping. Same with rings and bracelets, necklaces are not always one-size-fits-all! Make sure you consider how you want your necklace to fit around your neck before you commit.

Keep reading to learn how to measure your neck size and determine your ideal necklace length. 

Height

When shopping for a necklace, you’re probably not thinking about how tall you are- but it may be a good idea to start! 

Generally speaking, the taller you are, the longer your necklace should be.

If your height is below average, longer necklaces may be less complimentary. Oftentimes, long necklaces overwhelm shorter people. 

Similarly, if you are of above-average height, short necklaces might get completely lost. 

We all want to wear a chain that both complements our looks and shows off our beautiful jewelry. 

If you are 5 feet tall or under, look for a necklace that is anywhere from 16 to 20 inches long.

If you are between 5’4 to 5’7, most necklaces of standard length will suit you wonderfully.

And if you are above average height, look for necklaces that are at least 20 inches long. 

Keep in mind that these are all guidelines. If you are 6 feet tall and want to wear a choker, please do so! If you are 5 feet tall and want to wear a necklace that falls to your waist- don’t let anyone stop you!

Wear what makes you feel best. 

Body Type

Just like clothes shopping, you’ll want to consider your body type when shopping for a new necklace.

If you want to accentuate certain features, jewelry has the magical ability to do so!

For example, if you want to accentuate your hips, a long and thin necklace may help. If you want to slim your hips, a thicker and shorter necklace may work better. 

The same can be said for men. If you have broad shoulders, opt for a shorter and thicker chain. If you have narrow shoulders, opt for a chain that is thinner and longer. 

Play around with different lengths of chains and see what works best for you!

Face Shape

Certain necklaces can make a face appear wider, rounder, shorter, or longer. Depending on your own face shape, you are likely to prefer one length to another.

For example, if you have a round face that you would like to appear longer, it’s best to choose a necklace that will emphasize the length of your face. A necklace that is 20’’ to 24’’ long will bring the eye down and effortlessly slim your face.

If you have a square or more angular face, a short necklace will soften your sharp angles while elongating your neck. 

It’s really that simple! 

The Look You Want

When shopping for a new piece of jewelry (especially one that you will want to wear for many years to come), it’s a good idea to determine what look you want to achieve. 

Ask yourself this: Do I want a minimalist, everyday look? Or do I want a necklace for special occasions? 

This will help you figure out whether you want a standard-length necklace that you can simply throw on, a necklace that you can easily layer with other pieces, or one that you’ll save for important events.

Keep your lifestyle in mind, as well! If your chain is very long, it may not be great to wear while keeping active. And if your chain is very short, it may not go with the types of tops you normally wear. 

Once you decide on the look you want (everyday, casual, special, layered, etc.), finding the optimal length will be that much easier!

How To Measure Your Desired Necklace Length

Determining your ideal necklace length is an easy process. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Wrap a flexible measuring tape around your neck. Keep your finger on the spot where the two points meet. 
  2. Unwrap the tape while keeping your finger on the mark. This is your measurement.
  3. If you want a choker, this measurement will be the perfect length for you. If not, add three inches to your neck measurement. This new measurement will be the minimum length of your desired necklace.

You can follow this method as well:

  1. Wrap the same measuring tape around your neck. This time make the two points meet where you imagine you want your necklace to land. The number you reach is your ideal necklace length!

It’s that easy!

FAQs

Is a 16 or 18 inch necklace better?

Deciding between these two lengths can be tricky. It really depends on your specific measurements and preferences. The 18’’ necklace is the standard for women and is considered a classic go-to. When in doubt, opt for the 18’’. This length is ideal for pendant necklaces as it will land right below the collar of a crew neck t-shirt, making sure it gets seen!

Is an 18 inch necklace short?

Not exactly! While the 18’’ necklace is shorter than alternatives, this length is not likely to sit close to your neck. Generally, the 18’’ necklace will sit just below your collarbone.

Is a 20 inch necklace long?

A 20’’ necklace may be too long for some but perfect for others. If you are on the shorter side, this length may be a touch too long. However, if you are taller, this necklace will be perfect!

To Wrap Up

Changing up your personal style, even slightly, can help you uncover a whole new personality! And trying out different necklace lengths is the perfect way to do so. 

Whether you have a gemstone hanging around your neck or links of gold, there is the perfect length out there for you.

Keep experimenting and playing with different styles and lengths- you’ll look great no matter what.

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The December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

December is here and so are all its wintry hues! If you’re looking for a gem that will match this icy season, look no further. Blue topaz is one of December’s birthstones and for good reason.

Blue topaz comes in a range of azure tones, from sky to royal blue- so there’s something for everyone.

Keep reading to learn more about this striking stone.

What Is December’s Birthstone?

Depending on the source, December has 3 to 4 official birthstones. They are: tanzanite, zircon, turquoise, and blue topaz. Despite being very different in composition and properties, all four of these gems are known for their piercing blue color. 

In this blog we’re going to be focusing on the ever-clear blue topaz!

What Is Blue Topaz?

Topaz is a silicate mineral, which in its purest state, is entirely colorless. Topaz can be many different colors, including yellow, gray, and red, though it is most often associated with the rare color blue. 

Here are some fun facts about topaz:

1. On the Mohs scale of hardness, topaz registers at an 8 out of 10. This means it is harder than tanzanite and almost as tough as sapphire! Topaz is one of earth’s hardest naturally occurring gemstones, making it ideal for everyday wear- no matter how you choose to rock it.

2. Did you know that topaz has pleochroism? This means that depending on the angle of light, topaz can vary in color. Every which way you move, your topaz will appear in different aquatic hues.

3. And finally: topaz is also the gemstone for the 4th, 19th, and 23rd wedding anniversaries. Gifting your loved one a topaz piece for your December anniversary will make the occasion all the more meaningful.

Blue Topaz Birthstone Origin and History

In the Hindu religion, topaz means heat. In Sanskrit, the word ‘topazion’ means fire. This is likely because when it was first discovered, topaz was only known for its yellow-orange variety. In the 1700s, the name topaz came to refer to the gem we are now familiar with. 

In the 1970s, gemologists discovered how to take colorless topaz, expose it to heat, and produce that iconic vibrant blue. Since then, the popularity of blue topaz has been on a steady incline. 

Today, blue topaz can be found all over the globe, from Southeast Asia to Central Europe, to Southern Africa. 

Blue Topaz Symbolism and Meaning

Blue topaz is not only cool in color. Topaz has a rich history of being associated with having a cool mind as well.  

Even in the Middle Ages, people believed topaz could break curses and dispel fits of anger. In India, topaz has long been purported to assure a long life, beauty, and intelligence.

Today, blue topaz more commonly represents true love. A love that is clear-sighted, honest, and communicative. 

Let the crystal clear transparency of the blue topaz inspire such qualities within your own relationships! 

December Birthstone Colors and Appearance

Topaz naturally occurs in a columnar shape. For this reason, it tends to look its best in oblong cuts such as baguette, oval, and pear shapes. For the best clarity and color, go for an open facet cut. 

In addition to shape and cut, topaz also varies in color. Blue topaz comes in three different hues: sky blue, London blue, and swiss blue. 

Sky blue is pale with a light tone and saturation, London blue is deep with a moderate tone and saturation, and swiss blue is highly vibrant and rich in tone and saturation. Swiss blue does not occur naturally in nature but is highly sought after due to its electric shade. 

Whether it’s pale, deep, or bright, any topaz is sure to turn heads and stun while doing so. 

Types of Blue Topaz Jewelry

Blue topaz makes a beautiful addition to any piece of jewelry. Whether it’s a gift for someone else or a treat for yourself, topaz is the perfect December present!

Here are just a few ways you can show off this stunning birthstone.

Blue Topaz Rings

If you’re looking for a quieter way to don this regal gem, keep your eyes out for a blue topaz ring. Small but mighty, a topaz ring will add just a dash of striking blue to your ensemble. What’s not to love?

Blue Topaz Necklaces

Are you into statement pieces? A blue topaz necklace is the perfect way to draw attention to this birthstone. Front and center, a necklace will present this dazzling blue to everyone you encounter- loud and clear!

Blue Topaz Earrings

A pair of earrings means double the dazzle! Throwing on a pair of blue topaz earrings will instantly elevate your look while helping to keep your wits about you. 

Blue Topaz Bracelets

Who doesn’t love a little shine around the wrist? A blue topaz bracelet will showcase this beautiful gem in a neat row of dazzling blue. Paired with another piece of topaz jewelry, and voila! Your look is complete. 

What Jewelry Metals Look Good With Blue Topaz

Platinum silver is by the far the most popular metal type to pair with blue topaz. Silver and white gold accentuate the blue topaz’s clean and sleek energy beautifully. 

Rose gold is another popular option. The contrast between the blue and rose tones creates a compelling pair. 

But don’t feel the need to only stick to these suggestions! Think about your skin tone, eye color, and personal taste. Given the varying hues of blue topaz, you can pair it with just about any metal type!

How To Care For Blue Topaz Jewelry

Just like any other crystal, dirt and grime can easily accumulate on the surface of your topaz. Thankfully, this gem is very easy to maintain.

When you want to clean your stone, you can easily do so with warm water and soap. Make sure you scrub it gently with a brush or washcloth. Pat it dry and watch its shine return!

While this may sound very simple, make sure not to leave your topaz in water for too long. Doing so may cause damage to your piece. The cleaning process should be short, simple, and easy!

Just remember to handle your gem with care, and you’re all set. 

To Wrap Up

If you ever feel like you need some clarity of mind, simply look to blue topaz to change that! You may be surprised at the results. 

This December, you can pay homage to the chill of the season with equally chilly jewelry. We’re sure you’ll be cool as ice! 

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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.

Whit Gold Wedding Rings For Women

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.

14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Women's Wedding Ring

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.

14K Yellow Gold Trellis Lab-Created Diamond Eternity Ring (5 CTW F-G / VS2-SI1)

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.

14K Rose Gold Oval Ruby And Diamond Ring

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. Check out this dazzling duo and go to JamesAllen.com for more perfect pairs!

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)
14K White Gold Flush Fit Pavé Wedding Ring

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.

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Do you want to make a statement? Are you looking for that perfect combo of dazzling diamonds and a simple wedding ring for women? Get a load of this dazzling combo!

A simple wedding ring for women

Love the look! Check them out below!

18K White Gold Chevron Diamond Station Engagement Ring
18K White Gold Chevron Diamond Station Wedding Ring

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 is a popular choice 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.

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. 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 there are many factors to consider. 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

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 everyday.

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

Don’t worry, this isn’t as hard as you may think! There are a few options to find your ring size at home, read ALL about How To Measure Your Ring Size HERE! The best way is to get a free ring sizer from James Allen.

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? 
    • Traditionally, many 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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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 uninterrupted 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.

Whether you prefer sparkles so bright you need sunglasses, or something more muted, James Allen has the right ring for you.

What IS An Eternity Ring?

Eternity rings are available in a variety of diamond shapes and sizes, as well as different metal types, ensuring there is sure to be an eternity ring for you!

You might be wondering, can’t I just use an eternity ring for my anniversary or wedding ring? The answer is yes and no. Eternity rings have come to be given on very special occasions, and certainly, a wedding and an anniversary ARE special occasions!

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

Eternity rings shine bright with diamonds along with the entire band. The seemingly never-ending diamonds symbolize your never-ending love. And since your love is eternal, an eternity ring does not need an occasion! So feel free to profess your eternal love any day with an eternity ring! 

These diamonds are your pledge to your partner. And since diamonds are ALWAYS in style, so will be your eternity ring. This piece of jewelry is not just a momentary trend, you can safely wear your eternity ring for well…eternity! And you will always be en vogue!

Eternity Rings: How To Wear Them

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. If your engagement ring and wedding ring are more subtle, then you may want to go for ALL the flash of an eternity ring.

And if your engagement and wedding rings are already blinged out, you may want to match that bling with styles such as a pavé or fishtail style, as seen below.

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!

If your engagement ring features a gemstone, then you will want to keep that color in mind when choosing the metal for your eternity ring. Not sure which metal goes best with which gemstone? Click here to learn about gemstone engagement rings!

Most importantly! When choosing your eternity ring KNOW YOUR SIZE! Eternity rings are VERY hard to resize due to the entire band being 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 the anniversary of your wedding 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 compliment an existing wedding band.

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:

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.

Anniversary rings are the goldilocks of iced out rings. However many diamonds, whichever metal, James Allen has a ring your partner is sure to love.

How To Wear Your 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!

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 both compliment your engagement, eternity, and wedding rings, but stand out on its own as well.

You can also wear your anniversary ring on your left hand on a different finger, allowing your left hand to be dripping in diamonds. Or you can stack your anniversary ring with your engagement ring, wedding ring, and eternity ring, giving your left hand’s ring finger the appearance of a diamond-encrusted wand!

Wherever you decide to wear it, you are sure to enjoy the sparkle that came from a place of love.

Which Ring Is Right For You?

Top Things To Remember

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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

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.

Whether expressing your love with an anniversary ring or celebrating your love with an eternity ring (or both!), you are sure to be nominated for the partner hall of fame after gifting one of these beauties!

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Cool Blue Topaz: The December Birthstone

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

Celebrate the month of December with its icy blue birthstone. Though topaz comes in a range of colors, the blue variety is the wintry birthstone. From pale blue to a deep, sapphire-like azure, topaz’s tones are perfect for any December birthday or simply any cool-hued adorer.

December Birthstone: Blue topaz

What is Topaz?

Topaz is a silicate mineral that in its purest state is totally colorless. It’s the trace minerals that give it such a vibrant range of colors, from deep blue to pink, orange, and even purple. 

The index of refraction for topaz is somewhat low (around 1.62), meaning that their many facets sparkle less than gemstones with a higher rating. Topaz tends to look best in oblong cuts that complement its naturally-occurring columnar shape. For that reason, topaz often appears in jewelry in baguette-, pear-, and oval shapes. 

Topaz is an ideal jewelry stone thanks to its high rating on the Mohs Hardness Scale. It scores an 8, which is near the maximum solidity of 10 (a grade claimed by the rock-hard diamond). Practically, this means that topaz is quite impervious to daily wear in all situations. There’s no need to fret about scratching or chipping topaz; it will accompany you throughout your day, no worries.

One of the cooler characteristics of Topaz is its pleochroism: depending on the angle that light hits topaz’s facets, the gemstone may appear to vary in color. This gives blue topaz an incredible variety of aquatic shades.

The History of Topaz

In the past, the most famous variety of topaz was actually yellow. The Bible mentions topaz; although it probably referred to a different yellow stone, the name topaz went on to refer, generally, to any yellow semi-precious stone. Eventually, in the mid-1700’s, topaz started referring to the mineral we now know and love. 

The most popular type of topaz nowadays is the blue variety. Though blue topaz occurs naturally, the popularity of blue skyrocketed in the 1970’s when gem treatments were developed. Gemologists discovered that they could take colorless topaz, expose it to certain types of radiation, and then heat it up. The result was a gorgeous blue gemstone whose popularity immediately shot through the roof. 

Famous Topaz

By far the most famous topaz in existence is the Marbella Topaz, a whopping 8,225 carat faceted blue topaz currently owned by the Spanish government. Yep, that’s a comma – not a full stop. How big is 8,225 carats, you ask? Well, it’s akin to wearing a grapefruit on your finger. A bit heavy, but oh-so breathtaking.

Cate Blanchett has been known to sport blue topaz on the red carpet – a gemstone that perfectly highlights her icy blue eyes. By wearing her topaz jewelry as close to her eyes as possible in the form of earrings, she maximizes the blue-on-blue effect.

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Kate Middleton wearing blue topaz hoop earrings

And onto another (C)Kate! Kate Middleton’s circular topaz and diamond earrings have made multiple high-profile appearances, and seem to be one of her favorite pieces. The cool tone highlights her green eyes, and the bright white jewelry metal pops against her paler skin.

How to wear topaz

Blue is a beautiful catch-all. If you love blue, topaz is for you, since it comes in every shade – from pale aquamarine to a dark sapphire, topaz has it all. 

Pale complexions: if you have a pale complexion, dark blue topaz will look stunning on you. Especially topaz set in white jewelry metal like white gold or platinum.

Dark complexions: complement your dark complexion by choosing an eye-popping pale topaz set in warm gold.

Blue & green eyes: Choose topaz in the same shade as your irises to make your baby blues (or green) really pop.

Outfit coordination: topaz looks lovely when paired with its complementary color, orange. Practically, this means you can increase topaz’s visual impact by wearing golden or amber-color fabrics alongside your gemstone.

December Birthstone Gifts:
Blue Topaz Rings

Blue topaz jewelry is perfect for December birthday gifts, 4th, and 19th wedding anniversary presents. Not only is it more affordable than other blue gemstones like sapphire, but it also features a unique variety of hues. And why blue topaz rings? They’re easy to wear, will stand up to anything you put them through, and will always be close at hand for you to admire.

December Birthstone Gifts:
Blue Topaz Earrings

Topaz has a history of mind-strengthening powers. Well, at least according to a host of old European folklore. An English superstition states that topaz can cure insanity, while in the Middle Ages it was worn to protect against the evil eye and mind-weakening curses. If you agree with our predecessors, wearing blue topaz earrings close to your noggin will keep you up to speed.

December Birthstone Gifts:
Blue Topaz Necklaces

Statement pieces? Oh yes. Topaz’s relative affordability means that you can go big on the carat weight without going over budget. Plus, a blue topaz pendant completes any outfit with a vivid burst of color. Whether you give it as a present, or you adorn and adore yourself, topaz is a winning December purchase.

Check out our other birthstone guides

January Garnets * February Amethysts * March Aquamarines * April Diamonds * May Emeralds * June Pearls * July Rubies * August Peridots * September Sapphires * November Citrines * December Blue Topaz.

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What Is a VVS Diamond?

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

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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 a flawless price tag. 

3. VVS vs Flawless Diamonds

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

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

Can you spot any differences between the two diamonds?

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

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

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

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Bow-Tie Channel Set  Engagement Ring

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

Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Tapered Half-Bezel Engagement Ring 

Pinched Bar Pavé Engagement Ring 

14K Rose Gold Pinched Bar Pave Engagement Ring

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

5. Wrapping Up

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

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

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Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

Engagement ring advice from our customers, including how to nail the ring and why the proposal matters!

Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

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

Engagement Ring Advice: Do Your Research

  • “I went with a diamond ring, so I made sure to read up on the 4 C’s, what clarity/color goes with each shape/setting color.”- Nikolaos C.
  • Ask what style ring she likes! Research the diamond certification! Ask for ideas on proposals but make it special to the two of you!”- Chad M.
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18K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Engagement Ring Advice: Ask the Experts

  • “Get in touch with the gemologists and customer service. They’re outstanding.”- Cesar U.
  • “Definitely talk about your expectations for everything! Use a website like JamesAllen.com that will guarantee a PERFECT ring or your money back. Their customer service was top-notch and we were thrilled with both the process of finding the ring and the end result.”- Josh E.
  • “Take your time! Don’t rush it. Ask questions if you have any and have fun!”- Ana-Alicia S.
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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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Helpful tools to find the ring:

Virtual Try-On * Interactive Diamond Inspection * Drop a Hint

Fact or rumor? Which of these Engagement Ring Rules prove true?

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

Engagement Ring Etiquette: Splitting the Cost

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

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Time to put your engagement ring etiquette to the test!

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How to Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry

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

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

BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DIAMOND CARE

Take Care of Your Diamond Cleaning

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

1. Soak and Scrub

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

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 ring, 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??

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 gave the costume designers’ keen eye and 1950s engagement ring trends; side stones, especially baguette shape diamonds, were huge at the time.

Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

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

A 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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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.

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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.

MARTINI SETTINGS:
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED 🍸

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.

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 bracelet 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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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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Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
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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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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.

For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.

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Why Choose A Sapphire Engagement Ring

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Sapphire engagement rings

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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White Gold Three-Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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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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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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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