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Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

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

Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

Engrave Your Engagement Ring

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

Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

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

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

INSCRIBE YOUR PROPOSAL DATE

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

INSCRIBE A ROMANTIC PHRASE

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

More inscription ideas

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

Song Verses

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

Channel Set Princess Cut Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Escalating Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Escalating Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

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

More inscription ideas

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

INSCRIBE A BIBLE VERSE

Half Moon Three Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Half Moon Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Bezel Set Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Comfort Fit Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

More inscription ideas

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

INSCRIBE YOUR INITIALS

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

Inscribe a Goofy phrase

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

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

Matching Phrases

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

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

Free Engagement Ring Engraving

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

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

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

Engagement Ring Engraving: Get the Message

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

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

More Engagement Ring Design Tips

  1. Virtual Ring Try-On
  2. Buying an Engagement Ring 101 
  3. What You Need To Know About Gemstone Engagement Rings
  4. The Ultimate Guide To Ring Engravings

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7 Ways to Drop A Hint – And Get Your Perfect Engagement Ring

How do you tell your partner exactly what engagement ring you want without sacrificing the element of surprise? We’ve got the pro tips you’re looking to drop a hint.

7 Ways to Drop A Hint and Get Your Perfect Engagement Ring

So your engagement is in the air! Maybe you’ve talked about it at length, maybe you just know that the time is nigh, but however you know – you need a ring to get it done

Many people, although they know exactly which ring they want, aren’t sure how to get the message across to their partner without spoiling the surprise. That “OMG!” face just can’t be faked, after all! 

It’s a tricky tightrope to walk between planned and unplanned. On the one hand, it’s crucial that both partners are on the same page regarding wanting to get married. On the other hand, popping the question – as the phrase implies – is an exciting, explosive event. To many, it’s just as crucial to creating the toe-tingling, je-ne-se-quois atmosphere of an unexpected proposal. 

Most of the below tips can be dropped subtly or obviously, and we’ll tell you how.

Use James Allen’s Drop-A-Hint Feature

Good for when: 

  • You know exactly what you want

JamesAllen.com comes with a ready-made suggestion feature. Above each ring on the site is a small heart-shaped icon.  Simply click on this “Drop a Hint” icon and you’ll be prompted to choose a platform over which to send your hint: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Gmail. Or, you can simply copy the link and send it however you’d like.

14K Gold Two Tone Ribbon Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

“Everyone was impressed with the ring. It was simple but elegant. The tension band highlighted the diamond.” -Karine I.

Try James Allen’s Wishlist Feature

Good for when:

  • You and your partner are looking for a ring together
  • You love more than one ring
14K Rose Gold Pavé Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

“Photos don’t ever do rings justice, but let me say this ring sparkles even in the darkest of nights. You will have heads turning.” -Monica L.

Sometimes it’s hard just to pick one ring! If you’re in love with more than one exquisite sparkler, here’s what you should do:

  1. Create a JamesAllen.com account
  2. Browse ring candidates
  3. Click on the heart icon beside the “select this setting” button on any ring page to add that particular model to your wishlist
  4. Give your partner your JamesAllen.com password 
  5. They see your wishlist and surprise you with one of your dream rings!

Pro tip: This is a way to get the best of both worlds: you get a ring you love + you don’t know which one you’ll get! Surprise ensured.

Use Pinterest To Drop A Hint

Good for when: 

  • You’re an avid, organized researcher

Pinterest is an incredible tool for dropping a hint! There are two ways to use Pinterest to drop a hint:

  1. Save specific rings to your “Engagement Ring” Pinterest board, just as you would on your James Allen wishlist.
  2. Save engagement ring characteristics on different boards, and then let your partner choose the ring themselves. 

Let’s focus on option #2. For each characteristic, make a titled board. For example, you may want a yellow gold solitaire engagement ring with a high, diamond-encrusted basket. In this case, you’ll make 4 boards: “Yellow Gold Rings,” “Solitaire Engagement Rings,” “Rings with High Baskets,” and “Rings with Diamond Baskets.” 

Diamond Pave Basket Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Pave Basket Engagement Ring

“Beautiful, blindingly shiny! The pave on the basket is so unique, we love how it lets the solitaire diamond take center stage when viewing the ring from the top, but adds extra sparkle from the side.” – Joshua L.

Pave Adorned Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Adorned Cathedral Engagement Ring

“As it glistens on her hand, she smiles. This ring was everything she wanted, and it makes me happy to see her happy. Looks great, fits great, and putting it on for the first time is unforgettable.” -Marcus S.

Don’t forget to get your partner to follow you on Pinterest! Either tell them up-front what your profile name is, or get a good friend to tip them off.

Pro tip: For specifics on how to use Pinterest to the fullest, read up on Using Pinterest To Find Your Partner’s Dream Ring.

Drop A Hint On Instagram

Good for when: 

  • You’ve got a good community on social media.

Are you and your partner both on Instagram? Or do you have a good friend who can pass along your messages? Whenever you see a choice engagement ring on IG, tag your special someone. 

Pro tip: Here’s a good start: follow @jamesallenrings on Instagram. Every James Allen post includes the specific model name and number so your follower(s) know exactly what to look for. 

Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Triple Diamond Engagement Ring

“These diamonds dance with the light with the slightest movement of my finger! The triple white diamonds on each side are the perfect compliment to the yellow diamond. The package box my beautiful ring came in is like none I have ever seen!” -Debra H.

Graduated Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Graduated Pavé Engagement Ring

“My ring is even more stunning in person compared to the photos online. I whole-heartedly recommend this style for someone who loves antique/traditional styles but still wants something different.” – Anne S.

The Double Date

Good for when: 

  • Your partner’s perceptive 
  • You’ve got mutual friends with good taste.

Go out on a double date with engaged/married friends, preferably ones who are in on your drop-a-hint plan. Now it’s go time: strike up a conversation about engagement rings! Compliment the ring they chose, ask them what they like about it, and most importantly: talk about the specific elements of their ring that you love. Your partner will definitely get the hint. 

Feel free to punctuate this conversation with heavy winks and emphatic throat-clearing.

Pro tip: this doesn’t necessarily have to be a date with an engaged friend. It also works with a mutual friend, so long as you talk about engagement rings in general.

Channel Set Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Channel Set Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

“The diamonds in the channel are the perfect petite size but still dazzle. Paired with the main stone it turned out better than I had hoped. She fell in love with the ring. Couldn’t be happier.” – Edgar L.

Accents Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Marquise Diamond Accents Pave Basket Engagement Ring

“This ring is gorgeous! The diamond sits up much higher than I thought it would. It looks fantastic though. The way the ring is put together, with the diamond sitting so high, really makes the diamond stand out.” – Amber L.

Tell a friend

Good for when:

  • Your partner is well-meaning, but not so perceptive.

Enlist a good friend’s help to drop a hint! Tell them exactly what you want. Include links, photos, and celebrity engagement ring examples, as well as a sub-list of ring elements that you definitely don’t want in your ring.

Cathedral Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Cathedral Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“Absolutely stunning ring. Everyone who sees it is complementary and thinks it is much larger than it is!” -Meagan L.

Magnolia Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Magnolia Engagement Ring

“I love how the princess cut diamond is put cocked, it makes it look so different than other rings I’ve looked at!” – Kay M.

Write a list

Good for when: 

  • Your partner really doesn’t want to make a mistake!

Ok, so your partner needs a little help. Writing a list is a good way to drop a hint and let your partner know the nuances of your ring preferences. This is more than a simple collection of rings; writing a detailed list lets them know where they have a bit of wiggle room to be creative.

Elements of a good engagement ring list:

  1. Specific ring models. You can rank your list of preferences or let your partner know that you love them all equally. Either way, be sure to specify your level of desire for each ring.
  2. A list of must-have ring elements
  3. A list of must-NOT-have ring elements

Pro tip: Accompany your list with a little love note and get creative with how you deliver it; text, email, or a hand-written letter!  No miscommunications, no way.

Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Channel Set Round Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

“Spoiler Alert! This ring is bold and makes quite the statement. IF you like flashy rings, this is perfect for you. I am very happy with it, just know it’s a lot of bling!” – Maxine L.

Three Stone Scroll Undergallery Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring With Scroll Undergallery

“I really love this ring, simple but stunning. I just can’t stop looking at it, especially those 4 perfect heart prongs around the middle diamond.” -Jane O.

Ring In The New

Choosing a ring while keeping the mystery alive is no easy feat. But there are ways to do it – and well. Use some of JamesAllen.com’s built-in features to virtually wink-wink at your partner, use social media, recruit friends, or write an old-fashioned list!

And if you’re really in a pickle, don’t hesitate to reach out to our legendary customer service team. They’re available 24-7 and have a trove of ring ideas.

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9 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings 

So you’ve got the romantic atmosphere, have found the love of your life, and mapped out the perfect proposal for Valentine’s Day, now you need the ring! If you are planning to pop the question, stay tuned for everything you need to know for that perfect engagement ring!

9 Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings 

It’s here! The most romantic day of the year has finally arrived! This day that is all about love and affection is an incredibly popular time to propose. And it is no wonder, the pitter-patter of snowfall, snuggling in front of the fireplace, the afterglow of the holiday season, Valentine’s Day is not called the day of romance for nothing!

What exactly IS Valentine’s Day?

History tells us that Valentine’s Day’s romantic origins date back to Ancient Roman times, when Saint Valentine defied then-Emperor Claudius II. The Emperor had banned marriages for young men, believing they made better soldiers than husbands and fathers.

Saint Valentine felt so strongly that this decree was unfair, that he continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. Eventually, the Saint was caught and executed, but this day of love which some say commemorates Saint Valentine’s burial, is associated with the love he died to protect.

Valentine’s Day has since moved on from secret marriages. This day of love is often used to commemorate various milestones in a relationship……or to start one! Who doesn’t remember sticking a paper lunch bag to your desk, handing out cards and candies to your classmates. Then check your bag to see if your crush gave you one and if they wrote a special message!

The thrill of someone coming up to you in the hallway, giving you a Valentine from your crush, because they were too shy to do it themselves! Then save the card and read it over and over to your friends, talking about how cute your crush is!

Or your first Valentine’s Day with your first significant other. Buying all the traditional gifts, teddy bears, candy, flowers, ahhhhhhh young love! And now here you are, ready to pop THE big question.

Maybe you are planning a big public proposal using the jumbotron at a basketball game, or you’ll attach a ring to your dog’s collar, or perhaps you’ll go more intimate, a quiet candlelight dinner, either way, you will need the perfect engagement ring….and then wedding ring!

You have the perfect day, the perfect love, the perfect proposal, make sure you have the perfect sparkles. From asking someone out for the first time “Will you be my valentine?” to proposing to your long-time love, this is truly a day of romance.

Holy Ring Choices!

Engagement rings have come a long way, from traditional diamond solitaire engagement rings, to engagement rings (& wedding rings) that utilize gemstones and diamonds together; the classic yellow gold band, to white and rose gold options, the ring you choose can be as unique as your love.

Engagement rings and wedding rings are symbols of your love and commitment, of your togetherness, your past, your present, and of course, your future together. This, for example, is often symbolized by a three-stone engagement ring.

You can design your ring to reflect not just your love’s style, but the romance of the day. If you want to design your own ring, we are here to help!

You can learn how to design an engagement ring, customize an engagement ring, or if it’s right for you and your partner, you can design the ring together.

But maybe you’ve used all your energies on planning the perfect proposal, then never fear! We have lots of gorgeous options for perfect engagement rings that are impossible not to love. See below for just a few of our favorite options.

Valentine’s Day Engagement Rings

So many engagement rings, so little time! A proposal on this day of romance should be accompanied by an engagement ring that will set your partner’s heart on fire! Here are some of our most romantic engagement ring options! 

Ruby Engagement Rings

Celebrate this day of love and passion by choosing an engagement ring featuring a  gemstone that does the same. Like a red rose, a warm red ruby is an ultimate choice for a romantic, gemstone engagement ring.

Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring
18K Yellow Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Romantic Symbolism

An engagement ring, like a wedding ring, is a symbol of your commitment to your partner. It shows your love is timeless and a three-stone engagement ring shows that your love covers the past, the present, and the future.

Custom-Designed Engagement Rings

Nothing screams romance more than a sentimental gift. There are plenty of custom design options available to you, especially when buying your engagement rings online. From choosing the exact diamond shape and size to the metal color and setting, you can personalize your dream engagement ring down to the very last detail.

Celebrity Inspired Heart-Shaped Engagement Rings

Take it from some of our favorite trendsetting celebs- a heart-shaped engagement ring can make you glow and bring out all the aspects of your unique style. From Lady Gaga to Paris Hilton, heart-shaped sparklers are always an option!

Lady Gaga taking a ring selfie of her heart-shaped engagement ring
Paris Hilton and her fiancé drinking champagne while she shows off her diamond engagement ring

Check out our engagement ring and wedding ring guides:

Ultimate Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring Online * Maximize Your Diamond Sparkle * Gemstone Engagement Rings * Wedding Bands for the Modern Man * What Kind of Ring Shopper Are You? * Engraved Rings * Virtual Ring Try-On * Vintage Engagement Rings

Check out celebrity engagement rings and looks:

Sofia VergaraHailey Bieber * 2020 Oscars * Royal Engagements * Pippa Middleton * Gabrielle Union * Miranda Kerr * Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato, & More!

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10 Timeless Vintage Engagement Rings

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

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

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

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

Vintage Is The New Modern 

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

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

Petite Filigree Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

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

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

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

A Unique Aesthetic

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

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

Antique Bezel & Pavé Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Antique Bezel And Pavé Set Engagement Ring

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

Beaded Open Span Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Beaded Open Span Diamond Engagement Ring

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

More Than A Diamond 

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

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

Bird Of Paradise Vintage Engagement Ring 

14K White Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

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

Soft Floral Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring

1.78 Carat Round Natural Green Emerald Soft Floral Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Glamorous Beauty 

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

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

Pavé Embossed Vintage Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Embossed Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Pavé Knife Edge Vintage Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Knife Edge Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Your Style Statement 

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

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

Floral Bouquet Vintage Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

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

Nature Inspired Pavé Bypass Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Nature Inspired Pavé Diamond Bypass Engagement Ring

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

Closing Thoughts

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

Still curious about vintage treasures? Read more below! 

  1. Style Series: Inspired Vintage Engagement Rings
  2. Maisel-Inspired 1950s Engagement Ring Styles
  3. Obsession-Worthy Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

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

Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

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

Engagement Ring Advice: Do Your Research

  • “I went with a diamond ring, so I made sure to read up on the 4 C’s, what clarity/color goes with each shape/setting color.”- Nikolaos C.
  • Ask what style ring she likes! Research the diamond certification! Ask for ideas on proposals but make it special to the two of you!”- Chad M.
14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring
18K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Start with Engagement Ring 101

Engagement Ring Advice: Ask the Experts

  • “Get in touch with the gemologists and customer service. They’re outstanding.”- Cesar U.
  • “Definitely talk about your expectations for everything! Use a website like JamesAllen.com that will guarantee a PERFECT ring or your money back. Their customer service was top-notch and we were thrilled with both the process of finding the ring and the end result.”- Josh E.
  • “Take your time! Don’t rush it. Ask questions if you have any and have fun!”- Ana-Alicia S.
14K White Gold Petite Pave Crown Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “The chat feature is so helpful! Sharing a screen with the consultant helped me find the best diamond within my budget by pointing out differences between the stones that I wouldn’t have noticed on my own.”- Abigail A.

Reach Out to Our Diamond Experts

Engagement Ring Advice: Narrow it Down

  • Pick out some rings that you wouldn’t normally and compare and contrast them for a while. I started with 6ish all different styles and I would look at them for a few days and then slowly take one away until I had the one.”- William B.
  • “First, set a budget aside. With the budget, you can start looking for what kind of diamond you want based on the 4Cs. When you have selected the diamond you want, then look for the design.”- Cynthia L.
18K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
  • “Take your ego out of the equation. Size is not the most important aspect when buying a diamond so don’t go for the biggest carat.”- Steven J.

Find Your Partner’s Engagement Ring Style

Engagement Ring Advice: Design It Together

  • “Teamwork! Pop the question then include them in the purchase. It’s too important a financial move to make on your own. It’s the first step towards union.”- Benjamin S.
Platinum Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring
  • “Let her decide the style if possible, as she is the one that will wear it. Listen carefully to her likes and dislikes.”- Steven J.
  • “The whole process for us of ‘building’ my ring was so easy. And doing it together was fun and romantic! When we looked into each other’s eyes and my fiance told me to ‘click on it!’, it was just AWESOME!”- Debra F.
14K White Gold Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

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.
Platinum French Cut Pave Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “Don’t focus on the ring and miss everything else! Make it a memorable experience, something that is you. A ton of people will be asking you afterwards on how it went down, so a nice story goes a long way.”- Nikolaos C.
  • “Make sure you remember to inform all her family members, especially parents, before proposing.”- Sherman L.

Go Through All Our Proposal Tips

Engagement Ring Advice: You Do You!

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

  • “You should know her better than anyone. Think of something and make it your own.”- Fernando M.
  • Follow your heart, always.”- Jordan R.
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Ready to design the perfect proposal? Let’s do this!

More Key Engagement Ring Advice

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?

Have more engagement ring tips or questions? Reach out to us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat!

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The Top 10 Solitaire Engagement Rings

Classic, unique, or totally modern – solitaire rings let your diamond take center stage. And if there’s anything we love more than this can’t-go-wrong setting style, it’s your glowing reviews! To keep it real, we’ve rounded up our top 10 solitaire engagement rings according to you.

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Keep in mind – each of these top 10 solitaire engagement rings can be customized with a different diamond shape, metal, or even a vivid gemstone:

1. Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • “Selection of it, the time till delivery (during a holiday period of time), her reaction… It was all perfect!”- David W.
  • She loves the thin band and thinks that it is the most beautiful piece of jewelry ever.”- Erik D.

2. Six-Prong Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Presentation Solitaire

The buzz about this ring:

  • Really over the moon. Had so many positive comments. Not least from my fiancé who LOVES it!”- Micah V.
  • “Simply stunning and very impressed with the presentation. The ring is amazing.”- Kennedy D.

3. Twisted Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • “The rope setting has an elegant yet distinctive simplicity, and it really highlights the diamond. If you’re looking for a traditional style engagement ring, but don’t want it to look like every other engagement ring, this is definitely the setting to go with.”- David B.
  • “The only thing I was not nervous about that night was about how much she would love the engagement ring. It was perfect.”- Guerrero G.

4. Modern Tulip Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • “It’s simple, elegant, and beautiful.”- Juan M.
  • “It features the diamond in a beautiful gallery from all angles. The diamond sits low on the finger yet there is an illusion of a cathedral setting with sides tapering up to the stone. The under gallery is perfectly finished and polished. Superb craftsmanship.”- Chris T.

5. Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold 3.3mm Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • She said, ‘Yes!’ before I could even propose… She liked that the diamond only sat a little above the ring because she’s a hair stylist, she didn’t want her ring to be caught in peoples hair and she loved the width. It wasn’t too skinny; it wasn’t too big; it was just right.”- Clinton A.
  • “The ring was elegantly designed and reflects expertise and and hardwork from the maker. Excellent job!”- Louie I.

6. Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

Platinum Bypass Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • “I get compliments all the time. And the diamond… OMG, is BEAUTIFUL and it sparkles for days. It’s not the normal solitaire; simple, yet different… very elegant.”- Lisa P.
  • The ring is exceptional, unique, beautiful from multiple angles, and really showcases the diamond that you choose to put in it…. My fiance and I have not yet seen a ring that even comes close.”- Ryan
  • “My fiancé loves the design, especially the intertwining prongs. Every time she shows her friends, she takes it off to show the details of the underside too. Truly an amazing ring with a great design.”- Mike

7. Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • She’s always loved antiques and vintage things, but I knew she’d want her engagement ring to be her own. This ring’s etchings gave it a special look that really fit her style, and the open setting really lets the diamond shine in even low lighting.”- Kyle
  • “My gorgeous woman said yes! And she absolutely loved the ring. The engravement is beautiful and the ring is nice and sturdy… I absolutely recommend it.”- Aldo G.

8. Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire

The buzz about this ring:

  • “The ring is set with perfection and attention to detail. The bands are petite and the basket has a low profile. The claw prongs are small and symmetrical. I highly recommend.”- Gianna K.
  • “Was looking for something simple with a little uniqueness. This was an ideal choice. The design and materials are superb, and people are always asking what the style is called.”- Kiefer E.

9. Twisted Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • “It put a modern twist (pun intended) to the ring. She absolutely loved it!”- Daniel A.
  • “The cable band offers the ring a sense of daintiness to it.”- Danielle L.
  • “This band is simple, elegant, and in some way looks very traditional with a vintage style to it without doing too much to draw attention to itself (sometimes less is more).”- Stephen L.

10. Etched Profile Solitaire Engagement Ring

Platinum Etched Profile Solitaire Engagement Ring

The buzz about this ring:

  • “Really liked the simplicity of the top and the intricacy of the etching and milgrain.”- Joshua R.
  • Lovely etched detail. I get compliments about it every time! Fits amazingly and sparkles!” Sarah T.

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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!

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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Twisted Engagement Rings: That Spiral Style

Twisted engagement rings put a new spin on the classic solitaire ring setting.

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Abbraccio Swirl Engagement Ring by Danhov

Everything is more interesting with a twist: gin and tonic with a twist of lime, M. Night Shyamalan movies, those poles outside barber shops. The same goes for jewelry – namely, twisted engagement rings. Their updated design adds a whimsical and utterly unique touch to an otherwise basic band.

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Twisted Engagement Rings: It’s All in the Twist

Twisted engagement rings can be fashioned out of one solid metal band, two tightly wound bands, or an open split shank that intersects with itself. For an eye-catching enhancement, choose one that’s studded with pavé diamonds or sporting a shimmering halo.

The Bold & The Beautiful 💍

14K White Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring
Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

Twisted engagement rings are already a bold look, and silvery metals are in, but this modern tension-set ring brings added drama and sophistication. The wide, sleek band, with its striking contours, is one of the fiercest settings we’ve seen! Can you feel the tension?

The Tulip from Amster-dayum! 🌷

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Milgrain Twist Tulip Basket Engagement Ring

This one-of-a-kind solitaire ring has milgrain detailing along the shanks and can be set with a round or princess-cut diamond. Where’s the tulip, you ask? Ah, that’s the twist! It forms the basket for an extra-romantic surprise.

The Pretzeled Pavé 🥨

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Pavé Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

This delicious-looking setting features a liberal sprinkling of pavé diamonds along each of its interwoven bands. These serve to gently accent the center stone… like grains of salt on a pretzel!

The Simply Di-vine 🍃

14K Yellow Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring
Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

There ain’t no shine like a twisted vine! This bewitching nature-inspired ring showcases two marquise-shaped pavé-set accents on either side. These leaf-like flourishes flow together seamlessly on a band of lustrous gold.

The Spiraling Solitaire 🌀

14K White Gold Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring
Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

Throw your partner a rope in the form of this charming twisted cable solitaire engagement ring. Tightly interwoven gold cables are a subtle way to let the wearer know you won’t ever let them down. Pair with the matching cable wedding band when you’re ready to tie the knot.

The Coiled Crossover 🔀

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Pavé Halo and Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

Keep your fingers crossed for this gorgeous split-shank engagement ring. A pavé halo surrounds the center stone, while additional pavé diamonds line one of the shanks for maximum sparkle.

Twisted Engagement Rings: Give Us a Twirl

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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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14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
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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Glow-Key Glam

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Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

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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Shhh! Keeping the Ring a Secret

With your sparkler safely in the bag, the next crucial step is keeping the ring a secret so you can successfully pull off your surprise proposal.

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Buying the engagement ring is the easy part. Keeping it a secret from your SO is where the real challenge lies. You’re up against an opponent whose curiosity knows no bounds. No sock drawer is safe, no bookshelf off-limits. To pull this off, you’re going to need an airtight game plan and nerves of steel!

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Keeping the Ring a Secret: Leave No Trace

In a recent blog post, we weighed the benefits of shopping for a surprise ring versus collaborating with your SO. If you’re dead set on keeping the ring a secret, you’ll want to ensure you don’t leave a footprint – digital or otherwise – that could blow your cover.

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Online

When ring shopping online, we strongly recommend doing your homework. However, if you happen to share computers/devices with your SO, make sure you sign out of all their accounts before starting to plan your surprise proposal. Likewise, if you absolutely must print something out (though we’re not sure why you would – this is 2018, people!), don’t leave that smoking gun sitting in your printer tray.

Offline

For obvious reasons, you should never use a joint bank account to pay for the ring. Consider setting up a new account specifically for that purpose (you can close it once the deed is done). Another option is to pay with an old credit card that only you know about. This one’s kind of a no-brainer, but you shouldn’t leave bank/credit card statements lying around the house. Oh, and don’t withdraw a large sum of money from the ATM; that’s a dead giveaway.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Unboxing Your Bling

Who doesn’t love a good unboxing? Not your curious partner, that’s for sure!

At James Allen, we realize that having a mysterious package show up at your door is likely to arouse suspicion. That’s why we’ve taken care to ensure the outer packaging is as nondescript (read boring) as possible so as not to ruin your surprise proposal. It’s literally just a standard, no frills FedEx box. For all your SO knows, it could be nothing more than that drone you’ve been droning on about.

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It’s worth noting that our packages require a signature upon delivery. If you’re uncomfortable receiving yours at home or are worried that someone else might intercept it, we can help you find the best place to ship to.

Only once you peel back the outer carton does it start to get more interesting.

The first thing you’ll notice is an elegant presentation box embossed with the James Allen logo. This doubles as a jewelry box and even has a drawer for keeping your diamond certificates, cleaning cloth, and whatnot. Nestled on top is a small red box that houses the main attraction: the engagement ring.

Where to Stow Your Glow

Now, ordinarily, we’d tell you there’s no safer place to store your ring than the ring box it came in. Not only does it offer maximum protection, but it also makes for the most impressive presentation. However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s still a box and, as such, somewhat bulky. Unless your partner is already aware of the ring, you might consider switching the box for something altogether less obvious.

“Is that a ring box in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”
– Your suspicious SO

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Some suggestions: a glasses case, a wallet, a briefcase. It’s fine to get creative with the container, as long as it fits the occasion. For example, a backpack or camera bag on a hike makes sense. A cello case does not. A rolled-up blanket or empty Thermos on a picnic makes sense. A suitcase does not. You get the idea.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Conceal the Deal

OK, we’ve looked at ways to carry the ring around with you, but what about leaving it unattended? Here are some dos and don’ts for the times you’re not around to guard your precious new acquisition.

  • Keep it locked away in a safe place where your other half won’t accidentally come across it e.g., a spare bedroom, home office, or even a relative’s house. Avoid obvious places such as your bedroom, living room, or car glove compartment.
  • If traveling, pack the ring in your carry-on, never a checked bag. Don’t let a TSA agent blow your surprise proposal! Make sure it’s very secure and follow all airline security rules to avoid being stopped and searched.
  • Don’t leave it in your hotel room safe if your SO is likely to use it; instead, ask the concierge if you can leave it in the safe at the front desk.

Keeping the Ring a Secret: Your Silent Partner

If the logistics of keeping the ring a secret seem like Mission Impossible, our Customer Service reps are on hand to help you plan your sneaky setup. These masters of misdirection can be reached 24/7 via live chat, phone, and email. They know every trick in the book and can even suggest ways to distract your unsuspecting SO (don’t worry, we’ve trained them to only use their powers for good).

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Hoard of the Rings

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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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How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring

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

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How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring?

“There’s a ring and a person for everyone, and that’s also true for the price you have in mind,” says our customer service expert. There’s no set formula for how much you have to spend on an engagement ring.” Follow her tips to buy the dream ring for your budget!

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Save on Your Engagement Ring with a Solitaire Setting

“To really put all the focus on the center stone, you can make an absolutely gorgeous solitaire engagement ring for under $1,000,” says our expert.

14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)

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

14K White Gold Ladies 0.50CTW.* Contoured Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

When choosing how much to spend on an engagement ring, remember that you have the rest of your lives together! “As time goes on and finances change, you can always remount the center stone and add different diamond bands to create that stackable effect.”

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Elongated Shapes are the Best Diamonds on a Budget

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

14K White Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

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

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

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Give Your Engagement Ring Diamond Some Context

“The image that you’re seeing on the screen is not the same thing that you’re going to see in person and in the ring,” says our expert. To better understand which diamond inclusions will be visible when it’s set in a ring, you can chat with us through our Diamond Consultation Service.

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Our non-commissioned gemologists will take you through the specs of the diamond in 360° HD so that you confidently get the best diamond for your money.

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When choosing how much to spend, make sure to understand how the diamond will look in the ring setting! Diamond color is a great example to consider. Our expert explains: “For those who are more comfortable with having a bit of warmth to their center stone, it ends up working really well with a yellow gold or rose gold setting.”

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

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

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More affordable engagement rings await… Shop here!

(Pssst… there’s more than one way to finance your ring. Learn more about James Allen’s special financing options.)

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

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

Read on: 11 Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement RingsHow to Make Your Diamond Engagement Ring Look Bigger

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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.

How to choose a diamond

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!

14K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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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Destination Proposal Ideas & Tips

Here’s what you need to know to plan your show-stopping destination proposal!

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Destination Proposal Ideas & Tips

Want an unforgettable way to start a lifetime of adventures together (with amazing photo ops)? Think big with a travel proposal! To make sure all your surprises are planned, follow these destination proposal pro-tips:

Travel Proposal Ideas: the Plan

Consider kicking off your trip with the proposal

One out-there option: propose at the airport! James Allen customers Cristian and Shanna got to enjoy a stress-free trip to Costa Rica to celebrate their engagement moment in LAX.

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Coordinate with your museum/hotel/resort

The staff of your proposal location might be able to help you get your moment! Take a cue from James Allen customer Austin – when he proposed to his girlfriend Annie at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, the guard held the ring and made sure they had the tower alone for peak romance.

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If you’re staying at a resort, play it like our customer Sean; he kept his engagement ring in the hotel safe before proposing and coordinated his Shangri-La beach proposal to Amy with the resort events management team!

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Have a destination proposal back-up plan

Prep a proposal plan B so that you can keep it cool if something goes awry. For those super-planners, set up a back-up-to-the-back-up – this totally saved the day when our customer Tyler proposed to his girlfriend Kristyn during a trip to Seattle!

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Travel Proposal Ideas: the Ring

With destination proposals, timing is everything

Found the perfect ring? Make sure you receive it on time! The design process takes about 2-3 weeks on average, so we’d suggest ordering your ring a month in advance of your trip. If you have any questions about shipping or tracking your order, our customer service team is here for you 24/7.

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Be prepared for whatever comes your way

Make sure that you have diamond jewelry insurance while you’re abroad, just in case! Also take a copy of your receipt or insurance policy to prove ownership in case you’re stopped at customs (no need to ruin the surprise with awkward attention!).

Travel Destination Ideas: the Pics

Travel photo shoots are awesome destination decoys

The best way to get amazing proposal shots and have your SO not suspect a thing? Propose while taking pictures together at a gorgeous locale. Get your inspiration from Briana and Maria’s picturesque Venetian proposal!

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Bonus: plan the proposal somewhere your SO has always wanted to go for an extra personal touch, like Lucas’s NYC proposal to Stephanie.

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Do some research into the view and surroundings

Search images of the perfect spot, or if you’re able, scout out the spot yourself in advance. Think about how easy it is to get to, the lighting, and the magic of the surroundings. Need some inspiration? Check out Jennifer and Hector’s gorgeous Iceland glacier proposal.

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Including a historic monument in your destination proposal? Back up!

Famous tourist spots can make for epic proposals, but they tend to be, well, monumental. Think like James Allen customer Ryan’s proposal to Jessica in front of the Eiffel tower and propose far enough away to get famous spots in the shot.

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

Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, collaborating on the ring, and more.

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