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The Best Place To Buy An Engagement Ring 

So you’re ready to pop the big question but you’re not quite sure where to start looking for that special sparkler…let us help you discover the best place to buy an engagement ring!

The Best Place To Buy An Engagement Ring 

We’re going to try and give you a simple answer to that special question you’ve been asking yourself lately– where is the best place to buy an engagement ring??

If you’re looking to take the next step and begin your engagement ring shopping experience, we absolutely recommend starting online! Whether you’re looking for a classic solitaire engagement ring with no extra bits or bobs, or you’re looking for the perfect halo engagement ring set in your dream fancy shape diamond, we guarantee your preference is bound to be online, and in abundance!

It’s no surprise that online shopping has become a comfortable and convenient alternative to in-person shopping over the past few years. But does it take away anything from the ring shopping experience? 

Let’s walk through the pros and cons of buying your dream ring online, and hopefully, you’ll come to agree that the best place to buy an engagement ring is from the comfort of your own home. 

Engagement Ring Shopping 

Engagement ring shopping is as exciting as it is overwhelming. Not only does it take some research but it’s a huge investment, and one you surely want to get right from the get-go.

Many online jewelry realtors understand the stress and unique needs of diamond engagement ring buyers, and so these same realtors are motivated to make sure your buying experience is incredibly easy and that you have every tool you’d need to make the perfect choice! 

So what questions should you be asking yourself? 

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

Special Services & Technology 

What unique services will an online jewelry store offer you? You want to start by looking at their tech features. Are you able to do a free real-time diamond consultation and learn more about it and also have an up-close look at a particular diamond that has caught your eye? 

When searching for the center stone for your engagement ring, it’s important that you not only have access to the different types of diamonds available to you but also easy-to-understand information about important factors to consider when choosing a diamond for your unique budget and preference. 

Most online jewelry stores will have an education center filled with everything you need to know about choosing a diamond. You’ll likely also have access to expert and diamond jewelry consultants who are readily available to jump online with you to answer all your questions, help you pick out your diamond engagement ring, and allow you to view your diamond choices in 360° HD.

14K White Gold Embellished Gallery Pavé Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Online Engagement Ring Customization

Next, can you customize your engagement ring yourself? The short answer is yes! The best place to customize your engagement ring is online because you have the ability to see your creation form in real-time. You have all the tools available to mix and match different settings, metal colors, diamond shapes, etc. 

Like our very own Ring Studio, online customization is taken to the next level. You are the main designer and creator, as opposed to telling someone in a store what you like and having them create it for you. You don’t need to settle for an engagement ring that doesn’t quite suit your or your partner’s style because you can design one that is the exact representation of what you want down to every minute detail. 

14K Rose Gold Bypass Marquise Array Diamond Engagement Ring

Virtual Engagement Ring Try-On

Worried about being able to try on your ring and get that perfect ring size? To order engagement rings online is a daunting experience- but not one that isn’t without surety. Believe it or not, you’ll be able to do a virtual try-on. And when we say you’ll be trying on rings all day long, we mean it! 

You can see what ring styles look good on you, which metals match best with your skin tone, and what size diamond or shape suits your finger best. 

14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

Online Ring Sizer

Next, you can determine your ring size in so many different ways using helpful tips and tricks. There’s even an app you can use to get an exact measurement. At James Allen, we offer free resizing, done in a timely manner- in case you have a special proposal planned! 

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

Variety & Budget 

When buying an engagement ring online, you’ll find you have a much wider variety of diamond and gemstone center stones available to you. While some people prefer the traditional natural diamond, the perks of investing in lab created diamond alternatives are growing exponentially. 

Lab grown diamonds and earth created diamonds are optically and chemically identical. If you were to have both diamonds professionally inspected, you would find no differences. The only noticeable difference is the incredible price tag. A lab created diamond is by far the more budget-friendly option, allowing you to get the diamond you truly want, for less! 

We can’t stress this enough. In-store operations have gemstone and diamond engagement rings available for you to browse and try on, but online stores really do have so much more to offer you at a personal level. Especially if you’re looking for variety or to customize a specific ring. 

Fun fact: At JamesAllen.com we store hundreds of different ring settings and more than 300,000 natural and lab grown loose diamonds- in every fancy shape and color!

14K White Gold Woven Solitaire Engagement Ring

Shipping & Returns Policies

The best place to buy an engagement ring will certainly be one you can wholeheartedly trust to be fair and deliver on their promises. Most online jewelry stores have thorough shipping and return policies. It’s needed to ensure trust and long-lasting relationships with customers who have moved to purchase their jewelry online. 

Looking at our process and policies, every engagement ring from James Allen is hand-crafted, methodically examined, and checked by diamond and jewelry experts to ensure the quality of a piece before it’s shipped via secure delivery methods. Every order includes Free WorldWide Shipping, and Hassle-Free Returns with 100% Money Back Guarantee within 30 days. 

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

The Best Place To Buy An Engagement Ring FAQs

  1. Is it safe to buy an engagement ring online?

The answer is yes. If you’re set on buying your ring online, make sure to do the proper research: choose a trustworthy vendor, verify their certification, read the return policy, and pay attention to the shipping details. 

  1. Can I return an engagement ring that I purchased online?

Usually yes, but it’s your responsibility to read through the vendor’s return policy before making a purchase from them. 

  1. Where should you not buy an engagement ring?

Always make sure you’re working with a reputable jeweler. Don’t buy an engagement ring from any vendor that cannot prove their legitimacy or if you can tell whether their site deals and special offers are too good to be true. 

  1. Is it cheaper to buy an engagement ring online or in-store?

Engagement rings are said to be 30-40% cheaper online than they are in physical jewelry stores. Because of the way diamonds are sold and distributed, diamonds are less expensive for online vendors.

We’re Here To Help

Finding the perfect engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we offer you 100% free advice and will assist you in understanding the best diamond quality for your budget and unique preferences. 

Contact our customer service team and chat with non-commissioned diamond and jewelry experts 24/7 regarding any questions you have about buying an engagement ring online and the process around it. 

Happy shopping! 

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Inspired By Nature: Celebrate Earth Day In Style

Earth Day is more important with each passing year. A time to stop and appreciate our planet and all its beauty. All the colors of the rainbow, all shades and textures can be found in every corner of the planet. Want to don jewels of all the hues of mother earth? Read on to see how!

Diamond engagement ring

Earthly Greens

The color green symbolizes nature and serenity. It is also said to bring good luck! Coming in a variety of shades, green can be as rich as freshly cut grass, as subtle as green tea, and as dark as a mighty evergreen tree.

You have multiple options if you want to dazzle in green. First gemstones, look no further than May’s birthstone, the Emerald. Harnessing more than just the luck of the Irish, sporting emeralds will give you a downright royal look!

However, May’s birthstone is not alone in rocking the lucky green! Fancy colored diamonds also come in this luscious color. Fancy green colored diamonds, which are thought to represent prosperity and abundance, are not only another great way to sport this look, but fancy green colored diamonds make beautiful, stylish, and unique engagement rings.

See options for emeralds and fancy green diamonds below!

Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

Bringing to mind images of grassy knolls, tall trees, and commanding plants, green is a color that reminds us of the serenity and power of the earth. Such a dynamic color, you can also adorn yourself in green by wearing the gemstone peridot.

Practically screaming the freshness of a summer’s day, peridot gemstone jewelry is the perfect birthstone for August. Grab some peridot pieces today and always have that summer feeling.

Ocean Blues

Producing images of the sky above and the sea below, blue represents loyalty, wisdom, and sincerity. The color also brings to mind ideas such as freedom and intuition. Like water, which covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface, with ocean’s holding almost 100% of the Earth’s water, blue has a myriad of shades.

Some of blue’s many shades can be found in fancy blue colored diamonds, as well as the gemstones aquamarine, blue sapphires, blue topaz, and tanzanite. Its many shades allow it to create varied looks; from incredibly luxurious to sparkling fun, and everything in between.

The flexibility of blue’s multiple shades also allows it to pair well with yellow, white, and rose gold. Whatever shade, whatever metal, whatever stone, James Allen has a blue approved by mother earth, ready to add to your collection.

Sun Rays

When you think yellow you think sunshine, happiness, and warmth. Symbolizing youth, energy, and optimism, yellow can be found in the gemstone citrine, a fancy yellow colored diamond, and of course, yellow gold. 

The sun provides solar energy and the light and heat that makes life possible. Showcasing the brightness of the sun, the yellow of a sunflower, these citrine and yellow sapphire gemstone pieces, yellow pearls, and yellow gold fine jewelry are giving us life!

Fancy yellow colored diamonds are all the rage. It is no wonder more and more celebrities are being spotted sporting fancy yellow colored diamonds. With their timeless, gorgeous, and unique style, fancy yellow colored diamonds are a perfect choice to create a jaw dropping engagement ring.

Whichever your shade of yellow, James Allen has the piece for you to start shining like the sun!

Textures Of Nature

Planet earth is an amazing marvel, featuring every texture you could ever imagine. Tree bark, mud, mountains, and stone; the earth’s textures are something to be celebrated everyday. See how bamboo brings the feeling of tranquility and nature to these engagement and wedding rings.

Playing with texture is a great way to bring depth to your look, but textures are not limited to textiles! Inspired by the different textures of nature, James Allen has a plethora of choices for rich textures when it comes to rings, especially engagement and wedding rings.

The style of these rings allows them to work fabulously as fashion rings too!

And since more and more men are complimenting their looks with jewelry, options are more important here than ever! Through alternative metals and styled carvings, these rings bring the feeling of nature simply by slipping them on your finger.

In particular, alternative and carved rings for men showcase textures and patterns found throughout nature. Checkout some options below! Unsure if a textured look is right for you? See our pros and cons chart below to help you decide!

Textured & Alternative Rings

Pros

  • Unique, Non-Traditional Look
  • More Affordable
  • More Scratch-Resistant
  • Hypoallergenic

Cons

  • Problematic To Resize
  • Heavier Than Traditional Gold Rings
  • Can Be Problematic Around Water
  • More Susceptible To Cracking

Pollinated Perfection

One of the most beautiful and fascinating things in nature is pollination. This essential part of plant reproduction sees bees and other insects fertilizing flowers. This captivating process is crucial as it leads to the creation of fruit and other foods humans and animals eat, as well as numerous products we use.

In short, the earth would not survive without pollination. It also allows very cute insects to create very beautiful flowers 🌺 and gorgeous fine jewelry. These pieces will remind you of insects, flowers, and other critters, but without the allergies!

Not into the insect look? Check out these adorable pieces that will give you a constant reminder about your furry best friend and other adorable animals.

Earthly Style

Our planet is filled with natural inspiration and Earth Day is a good reminder that it is our job to protect it. The textures, colors, and creatures are fascinating works of mother nature and beautiful influences on style.

The calming colors and rich compositions, combined with the meaningful symbolism makes all the workings of earth the ultimate style guide. 

So rock those nature-inspired styles and tag @JamesAllenRings to show off your earthly inspo!

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The Best Jewelry Gifts For Husband Appreciation Day

Show your husband that everyday is Husband Appreciation Day with a gift that celebrates his unique style. James Allen has a brilliant array of accessories, ensuring you will find the perfect gift for your perfect husband.

Best Jewelry Gifts

At first this might sound like one of those random “holidays,” but Husband Appreciation Day is actually a great opportunity to spoil your spouse, and give the gift of sparkle to the man who makes you shine everyday.

Didn’t know this was a holiday? No need for panic-Googling, let James Allen ease your anxiety! Read on to find the gift your husband didn’t even know he wanted! We have options for every husband, in every budget.

Whether you want your husband dripping in diamonds, or you’re looking for a more classic look, we are here to help. Whatever his taste and lifestyle, we’ve got the perfect gift.

Isn’t Jewelry A Weird Gift For Husbands?

While funny beer mugs, monogrammed boxers, or survivalist knives might be more “traditional” gifts, more and more partners are choosing to get something sophisticated that reflects their husband’s unique style.

Get them the gift that not only expresses their personal taste, but that they can sport everyday. Allowing them to feel the spirit of Husband Appreciation Day everyday.

The best gift is the one they love but would never buy themselves, the one they moon over but never buy because they don’t need it. Below we showcase a variety of pieces from traditional to luxurious, from understated elegance to show stopping sparkle.

When selecting your gift, keep in mind that many of our options, particularly rings, can be engraved with a personal message. Show your love for your pookie bear (or insert your own nickname) with a personal inscription.

No matter what you choose, any gift filled with love, to show your appreciation, will make their heart shine.

Alternative Metal Wedding Rings

Whether you want to upgrade your husband’s wedding ring, buy an additional wedding ring, or gift him a unique fashion ring, we have what you need. After all, your husband should have a ring as amazing as he is.

Alternative metal rings for men are increasing in popularity for a reason. Allowing them to express their personal style and showcase their unique taste, non-traditional rings for men for engagements, weddings, and of course for fun, come in a variety of gorgeous patterns and materials.

This is the ring your husband wears everyday to show the world his love and commitment to you. Give him a ring as beautiful as your partnership. Love the rings above but need to see more? Check out more non-traditional wedding rings for men HERE.

Give Him The Classic Look

Perhaps your husband has a more traditional style. The classic partner sporting a classic look. If alternative rings aren’t his thing, we have a variety of traditional rings he will love.

Perfect for the man who prefers a simple, unadorned look. Classic wedding rings are the perfect way for your husband to be reminded of how much you love and appreciate him, every single day.

And don’t forget you can update your classic gift with a meaningful, personalized inscription on the inside of the ring, which James Allen will add for free! Whatever you decide, adding a personal sentiment to such a special gift allows you to take your appreciation of your husband to the next level.

See the inspo below and check out more options HERE.

The Gift Of Creative Carvings

Looking for something in between alternative and classic? Carved rings are your jam! Combining classic metal with alternative design, carved rings allow your husband to showcase his unique style.

Carved rings

Does he already have a wedding ring? No problem! Carved rings work great as fashion rings. Available in different colors and materials, carved rings make a stunning gift. Show him you appreciate his style as much as you appreciate him.

Diamonds Are ALSO Your Husband’s Best Friend

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but husband’s are also getting in the game. From sporting stud earrings to blinged out rings, diamonds are a great way to show your husband he is more than just the apple of your eye, he is your diamond in the rough.

Give your husband a pair of classic diamond studs so he can shine bright:

Or give your hubs a blinged out ring to add to his sparkle:

Diamonds are always in style. Whether dressing up a suit or accessorizing a more casual look, diamond jewelry can make a bold and classic statement all at once.

Diamond jewelry is no longer just for rockstars and rappers, more and more men are hoping for this dazzling trend. Explore our collections of diamond jewelry and help your husband take on the look of icons.

Because He’s Famous To You

Male celebrities have been spotted more and more wearing unique wedding and fashion rings. While your husband may not be a celebrity, show him he is famous in your eyes with a gift of superstar style.

Give your husband the style of a black ring that will have him fighting off his own paparazzi.

Love the look? Grab a similar ring or two to mix and match!

Is your husband the rock star of your life? Is he cutting edge and not afraid to break fashion barriers? Then bold rings like these are the perfect choice!

Is your husband as famous for his forward fashion choices as much as for being an incredible partner? Does your husband bend the rules of style? Then these rings for him!

Which of these amazing pieces will you give to celebrate Husband Appreciation Day? Love what you see and want to see more? Go to JamesAllen.com and start shopping today!

And check out these articles for even more inspo and tips!

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The Best Engagement Ring For Each Diamond Shape

Have your eye set on a particular diamond shape and you are looking for the best mounting to make it shine? Read on for the best engagement ring setting for any diamond shape.

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Over time, popularity shifts between which diamond shapes are going to offer the most finger space coverage and sparkle. No matter your preference, there’s a unique diamond for everyone and yearly engagement ring trends to help sway you.

You can choose one of two ways to design your custom engagement ring at James Allen: 1) you can start with a setting and then choose a diamond to match, or 2) you can start with a diamond and then choose a complementary setting. 

If you’re the latter, this is your how-to guide. Each diamond shape has its own unique qualities and it’s crucial to know how to best show them off. 

Deciding Your Diamond Shape

If you’re looking for an elongated shaped diamond for your favorite engagement ring setting, it’s sure to provide two elegant optical illusions.

Because these shapes look larger than they really are, they are quite easy on your wallet. You can definitely spend less and still get a sizable diamond to flaunt. In fact, a 1-carat oval diamond has 10% more facets than a 1-carat round brilliant diamond. And the more facets your diamond boasts, the more it glitters.

  1. These diamonds look larger than their carat weight.
  2. They seem to lengthen the wearer’s finger.

How should you complement the length of a marquise, pear, or oval shape in your ring setting? Tapering.

Ring shanks that widen and taper into the diamond, whether via split bands or side stones, provide an elegant transition that also emphasizes the stone’s breadth. 

Marquise Cut

The pointiest diamond shape of them all isn’t for the faint-hearted. This boat-shaped diamond is bold and growing in popularity as a must-have for 2022. Marquise cut diamonds are known for their historical heritage and go back centuries — once being modeled by royalty.

This cut is not only perfect for most diamond engagement rings but compliments other gems like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

Our recommendation: Marquise cut diamonds shine their brightest when centered in a bypass shank pavé setting.

Bypass Pavé Kite-Set Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Bypass Pavé Kite-Set Engagement Ring

“if the value of the ring was measured in beauty alone it was worth every penny” -Adam S.

Pear Cut

Go asymmetrical! This shape combines the best of two worlds: round brilliant and marquise. The curve of a round diamond gradually leads into the pointed elegance of a marquise. A pear cut diamond can offer more finger coverage and give the added illusion of a larger diamond than a round cut diamond with the same carat weight.

Our recommendation: Pear cut diamonds are best set in a north-south orientation and receive that “wow” factor when complemented by side-stone ring settings.

Laurel Leaves Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Laurel Leaves Diamond Engagement Ring

“I am really happy with how my ring turned out. This band is dainty and classic looking. It pairs perfectly with my pear diamond.” -Elvia D.

Oval Cut

Oval cut diamonds are a popular shape with many advantages. 

  1. They have no sharp corners, meaning they’re less prone to catching on clothes. 
  2. They have all the beauty of the classic round diamond with the perks of a lengthened shape.
  3. Each diamond has a unique length-to-width ratio, meaning you can find a unique shape that suits your style.

Ovals that are longer are considered more elegant, while wider shapes display less of a bow-tie effect. Generally, the appearance of a bow-tie shadow in an elongated shape is considered less desirable, but it’s really up to the personal taste of the wearer. Finally, this diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping.

Our recommendation: 2022 has deemed oval cut diamond solitaire engagement rings a fan favorite. Hop on this growing trend and slip on a classic in yellow or rose gold.

Classic Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

“This ring is comfortable, the band is thin and petite just how I wanted it. The diamond is SOOOOO SHINEY!!!! Of course the pictures cannot do it justice. Pure perfection here.” – Kylee B.

Square Shaped Diamonds For Engagement Rings

Squarish shapes are some of the oldest diamond shapes, and they still hold that classic charm. The following four shapes benefit from angular settings that mirror their straight edges.

Lines, squarish side stones, and edged bands all enhance their angular facets.

Princess Cut

Princess cut diamonds, like round cuts, typically contain 58 facets that function to maximize light dispersion for optimal fire and brilliance. All of these facets pack a massive amount of light into a neat little square.

Our recommendation: Princess cut diamonds are for the bold and royalty needs a strong entourage— so the only setting worthy of this firey brilliance is a side-stone setting with stunning diamond accents.

Blossom Tree Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Blossom Tree Diamond Engagement Ring

“The rose gold blossom band is wonderful and with the diamond they all glitter and sparkle together so much, that it can’t help but draw everyone’s attention!” -Stephen L.

Emerald Cut

An emerald cut diamond’s limited facets tend to reveal inclusions, making it the perfect cut for flaunting a diamond’s clarity. Aim for an emerald cut stone with minimal inclusions. Emerald cut diamonds also reveal color more easily than other shapes do, so choose a high color grade if you’re setting your diamond in white metal.

However, setting a “warmer” diamond in yellow or rose gold will make the diamond appear more colorless; you can opt for a lower color grade and invest your money in clarity.

Even though an emerald cut diamond is squared, it’s also elongated. This means that its length creates the optical illusion of elegantly “lengthening” the wearer’s fingers.

Our recommendation: Emerald cut diamonds make a statement on their own and so we say keep it simple with a small twist. Set your emerald diamond at an east-west orientation in a timeless solitaire setting.

East-West Knife Edge Engagement Ring  

14K Yellow Gold East-West Knife Edge Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring

“Would highly recommend this unique east-west setting. I love it!” -Julia W.

Radiant Cut

Made up of a staggering 70 facets on their pavilion and crown, radiant cut diamonds can disperse more light than other square and rectangular-shaped stones. Practically, this translates into way more brilliance and fire than is found in traditional step cut diamonds.

Radiant diamonds tolerate a good amount of inclusions; in fact, when it comes to clarity they’re pretty much the opposite of emerald cut diamonds. If you’re thinking about purchasing a radiant diamond, save money on clarity and invest in the most colorless diamond you can.

Our recommendation: Radiant cut diamonds have a softer side than most square-shaped diamonds. You can make sure your diamond is the center of attention by having it set in an unforgettable channel setting.

Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

“It was one thing to be impressed enough on the online shop with how the ring would look, but when it arrived and I saw it with my own eyes I was lost for words!” -Baxter W.

Asscher Cut

The Asscher cut is the even-sided cousin of the emerald cut. It’s all the beauty of an oblong emerald cut, concentrated into a squared shape. The many, close-set concentric facets give off a “hall of mirrors” effect which is undeniably eye-catching.

These stunning diamonds are clear and bright, often sparkling the way they do because of their centralized facets. 

They won’t give the same finger coverage as a pear or oval shape, but their unique pattern is enchanting for anyone looking to wear vintage glamor. 

Our recommendation: Asscher cut diamonds are the embodiment of art deco making their ideal ring setting a vintage design or a channel setting for the minimalist wearer.

Thin Channel Set Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Thin Channel Set Round Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

“I don’t know what I can say. The product in my hand is way better-looking than the model picture.” -Mattias R.

Round Shaped Diamonds For Engagement Rings

Rounded diamonds are some of the most agreeable shapes in that they suit nearly every setting. Their soft edges work well in a range of styles, but they’re the best set off in settings that hug their curves. Go for halos and other settings that surround your main diamond with accent stones.

Cushion Cut

A squarish shape with rounded corners, the cushion cut diamond has been beloved for over a century! It’s a descendent of one of the first widely popular cuts from the 18th century, the old mine cut.

However, cushion cut diamonds contain more delicate facets and a lower crown. This shape is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as couples throwback to the classics.

Their soft pillow-like appearance is a pleasant contrast from our other favorite fancy shaped diamonds, which sport sharper edges. We highly recommend this shape if you’re looking for a delicate temperament diamond.

Our recommendation: Cushion cut diamonds look exceptional in halo settings which will, without doubt, create an enchanting display of glittering brilliance.

Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

18K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

“The cushion frame, the diamonds on the top and around its edge, really gives it originality and intriguing appeal. It showcased my diamond’s brilliance while adding a lot of pop to my fiancé’s finger.” -Ryan L.

Heart Cut

This romantic shape isn’t for the faint of heart. Heart shaped diamonds put a modern twist on the classic round brilliant cut. With a round diamond’s beloved facet pattern, and a cheeky heart shape, these stones are made for ring shoppers who have no problem progressing tradition.

Our recommendation: There’s no denying that a heart cut diamond makes a statement no matter the chosen ring setting. However, a halo setting is the only way to truly amplify this unique diamond shape.

Shared Prong Marquise Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Shared Prong Marquise Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“Amazing shopping experience and a beautiful selection. My fiancé loves her ring!” – Joseph L.

Round Cut

Boasting 58 glittering facets and in a perfectly symmetrical cut, the round brilliant diamond is, by far, the best-selling diamond shape on the market. After all, how do you improve on perfection? Its peerless charm suits every ring setting.

There’s a reason it’s the most popular center stone for engagement ring buyers. You will never go wrong with a timeless round cut diamond in any ring setting you choose because it shines just as bright in a simple solitaire setting as it would be surrounded by side stones or adorned in a pavé halo.

Our recommendation: If you choose to go with a round center stone, you’ll give yourself the best opportunity to pick any ring setting that truly speaks to your unique persoanlity and style.

Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

“Simple elegance. My now fiancée wanted something that was not just a ring, but that would not overtake her finger!” -Adolfo L.

Need a hand to find the perfect diamond shape to go with your ideal ring setting? Inspect the diamond of your choice in 360° HD and 40x zoom with the guidance of a professional gemologist!

Our Real-Time Diamond Inspection is a game-changer for online ring shoppers.

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  4. Why Carat Weight Matters Less Than You Think

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St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Green Glitz On

St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Green Glitz On

Tradition says that we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but it does not say that green can’t sparkle and shine! You do not have to be from the Emerald Isle in order to rock these fabulous pieces. From engaging emeralds to radiant earrings, celebrate with the utmost luxury and style.

Who Was St. Patrick?

There are many legends around this 4th-century saint: that he drove snakes out of Ireland and explained religious doctrine using a shamrock. This slave turned saint was first celebrated in Ireland with religious services.

However, immigrants to the United States transformed this holiday into a largely secular celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is now famous for its fun celebrations, marked by parades and the color green, where both Irish and non-Irish participate in this sparkling shamrock fest.

The Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day
green water coming out of a fountain for St. Patrick's Day

Going Green

The entirety of March is often dedicated to going green for St. Patrick’s Day. Events can be found all over the country, marked by this signature color. 

Green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day for many reasons. Green is a color of nationalism on the Irish flag, it is the color of the shamrock, an Irish symbol, and many believed that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns.

Wearing green would protect you from these mythical creatures who would pinch anyone NOT wearing the color.

Leprechaun asking are you wearing green?
Dancers for St. Patrick's Day in Boston

Celebrants have come to pinch anyone not wearing green, to remind them of their risk of being pinched by these supernatural beings of Irish folklore.

Green is also the color of spring and the shamrock, and for the last several decades, the Chicago River on St. Patrick’s Day.

Learn more about May’s birthstone and see celebrity-inspired ways to wear the gem here!

The Emerald Isle

Ireland is revered for its lavish green landscapes, earning it its famous nickname. The perfect green hue of emeralds matches the rolling hills of the Irish countryside; it is also quite symbolic. 

Green emeralds symbolize spring, rebirth, renewal, wisdom, and are even thought to have healing properties for eyes, ears, and skin. The gemstone is also thought to represent love, faithfulness, and eloquence.

Emeralds are also thought to improve wealth, intelligence, and creativity. Emerald engagement rings symbolize the love that will last forever. It is no wonder this sparkling lush gemstone is the choice of many for their engagement rings.

Check out some emerald engagement rings from James Allen or go here to design your own!

Round Split Halo Engagement Ring 

18K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring, 1.06 Carat Round Green Emerald

“May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold—and at the end of your rainbows ay you find a pot of gold.”

-Old Irish Blessing

 Pavé Trio Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Trio Engagement Ring, 1.02 carat Emerald Natural Green Emerald

“Wishing you a pot o’ gold and all the joy your heart can hold.”

-Unknown

Bezel Set Engagement Ring

“We may have bad weather in Ireland, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm.”

-Marianne Williamson

Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring, 1.40 carat Round Natural Green Emerald

“You gotta try your luck at least once a day, because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.”

-Jimmy Dean

Dazzle For St. Patrick’s Day

James Allen has many options to rock this glimmering green gemstone and sparkle with sophistication. Whether choosing a great pair of earrings, a beautiful bracelet, or a stunning necklace, you can avoid getting pinched with these perfectly green pieces that shine brighter than any pot of gold:

Alternating Oval Hoop Earrings

14K White Gold Alternating Oval Emerald And Round Diamond Hoop Earrings

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.”

-Wilson Mizner

Emerald Birthstone Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Necklace

“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

-Irish Blessing

Emerald Birthstone Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Emerald Birthstone Earrings

“Ireland is a land of poets and legends, of dreamers and rebels.”

-Nora Roberts

Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

14K Yellow Gold Infinity Emerald Birthstone Ring

“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”

-Douglas MacArthur

May Birthstone Gifts

Emeralds might be May’s birthstone, but you’ll want to wear this charming gem no matter when you were born. Check out these pieces from James Allen and add color to your jewelry collection. Receiving pieces with this gemstone will truly have you feeling the luck of the Irish.

Oval Halo Earrings

18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings (6.0x4.0mm)

“The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.”

-Barbara Sher

Alternating Arrow Milgrain Bezel Ring

14K Yellow Gold Alternating Arrow Shape Milgrain Bezel Emerald And Diamond Ring

“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”

-Pope John Paul II

Marquise Emerald Pendant

14K White Gold Marquise Emerald And Diamond Pendant

“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”

-Tennessee Williams

Halo Emerald Earrings

18K White Gold Oval Halo Emerald And Diamond Earrings (6.0x4.0mm)

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.”

-Irish Proverb

Check out our other gemstone and birthstone guides:

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

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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

In the world of how to wear wedding rings and engagement rings, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Even the most “universal” traditions, as you’ll soon see, are subject to variations. It all depends on the ring wearer’s particular culture and style.

So what should YOU do? Read on to find out.

How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set

What’s the right way to wear my wedding ring?

With all the traditions and rituals involved in marriage, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlpool of wedding “should”s. And there are a lot of them. But as far as how to wear a wedding ring, where to wear a wedding ring, and what your wedding ring should look like – there is quite a bit of room to express yourself! On the whole, the world of wedding rings is less rigid than that of engagement rings. 

Wedding Ring Pros: you have lots of flexibility in your style choice.

Wedding Ring Cons: you still have to navigate numerous, and possibly conflicting traditions. 

That’s why we’re here to set some order to the complicated world of how to wear a wedding ring.

18K White Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring
18K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Oval Center)

#1: What’s the difference between a wedding ring and an engagement ring? 

Though there are a few key design differences, the main thing that sets these two types of rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal (from the proposer to the proposee), while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. 

And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, wedding rings don’t have one focal point per se. They feature either rows of smaller stones or simply a clean solitaire band. In this they’re more like the super-talented backup singer whose role is to gracefully point the attention to the star – your engagement ring.

14K White Gold Fishtail Diamond Engagement Ring

In contrast to engagement rings, there are relatively few restrictions on how wedding rings should be worn and how they should look. Even so, navigating the myriad of loose cultural traditions and style possibilities can often be overwhelming. So let’s answer all your most pressing wedding ring questions, one by one!

#2: How should my wedding ring look?

Again, the answer is: anyway you’d like! There are very few customs concerning the actual design of a wedding ring. Here is a rundown of the most popular options.

 ETERNITY RINGS

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, eternity rings are considered to symbolize eternal love. A meaningful expression between a couple on their journey of everlasting love – a promise of lifelong commitment.

14K Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Eternity Ring
14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Contour Diamond Eternity Ring

However, an eternity ring isn’t for everyone – non-circular rings are also a lovely option. This is particularly the case for anyone whose center stone is elongated – like a marquise, oval, or pear – and prevents the engagement ring from sitting flush with a round wedding ring. Two excellent alternatives are custom-curved rings or open rings.

CURVED WEDDING RINGS

If your engagement ring has a distinct shape, your wedding ring can curve to accommodate your center stone. This gives your wedding set a unique interlocking quality. As an added bonus, the curved wedding rings’ complementary shapes reduce friction on your skin by preventing unnecessary slippage.

In some cultures, it’s a custom to wear circular eternity rings. In this case, the continuity of an eternity ring is considered to represent a couple’s endless love and their everlasting unity.

14K White Gold Vintage Glamour Frame Diamond Wedding Ring
14K White Gold Vintage Glamour Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Straight Baguette Row Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Open Zig-Zag Diamond Ring

OPEN WEDDING RINGS

Or, you can choose to wear an open ring. Though less common, open wedding rings are gaining popularity. These unique pieces complement many wearers’ unique styles, and they go beautifully with an elongated center stone.

14K White Gold Petite Open Bezel Set Graduated Diamond Ring
14K White Gold Open Infinity Diamond Ring

Stones or classic?

In Judaism, the wedding ring is traditionally an unadorned, simple band that’s free of engravings or precious stones. In other cultures, there are no specific customs regarding wedding ring decoration. Diamonds? Yes. Gemstones? Yes. Classic? Yes.

GEMSTONES 

The beauty of gemstone rings is the huge selection! Sapphires, rubies, pearls, emeralds…it’s a positive smorgasbord of sparkle. You can always choose a particular stone simply for its beauty, but you can also embrace certain stones’ meanings. For instance, you may inlay your wedding rings with your respective birthstones, zodiac signs, or stones that are particularly lucky for you.

14K White Gold Oval Sapphire And Diamond Ring
14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Multicolor Ring

CLASSIC 

Classic wedding rings complement absolutely any engagement ring. The simplicity of a classic metal band directs all the attention to your engagement ring. So if you’re struggling to find a matching wedding ring, or you simply want to highlight your engagement ring, then a classic wedding ring could be the style for you.

14K White Gold 3.0mm Low Dome Wedding Ring
14K Yellow Gold 2.0mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

#3: Which hand should I wear my engagement and wedding ring on? 

Which hand, and which finger, on which rings are worn changes radically around the world. Even in Europe, in which rings are almost always worn on the fourth finger – the ring finger – there are at least 3 common ways to wear a wedding set.

On The Right Hand:

Catholic and eastern European tradition dictates that the wedding and engagement ring both be worn on the right hand. The engagement ring is removed before the wedding ceremony, and after the wedding ring is slipped on during the ceremony, the engagement ring is replaced on top of it. The custom of wearing the wedding set on the right hand comes from an ancient Roman belief that the left hand was untrustworthy. In fact, the Latin word for “left hand” shares the same root as the modern-day word “sinister.”

On The Left Hand:

On the other hand – *chuckle* – the Anglican church started doing things a bit differently following their separation from the Catholic church. By wearing both rings on the left hand, they rang in a new era of reformation by eschewing old “sinister” traditions. And this custom continues in Protestant cultures today, where the wedding ring is placed on the left hand during the wedding ceremony, and then the engagement ring is slipped on after it. Many people enjoy the symbolism of wearing their wedding ring closest to their heart, since it highlights the importance of marriage. 

Since the engagement ring is worn on the left hand after the proposal, many brides make this work by temporarily changing the hand on which they wear their engagement ring; during the wedding, they slip it onto their right hand before returning it to their left, over their new wedding ring.

On Different Hands:

However, the engagement ring and wedding ring don’t have to be worn on the same hand. If it’s more your style, you can wear them on opposite hands. Spread the glitter around, as it were. In Spain, for instance, the engagement ring usually goes on the left hand, while the wedding ring usually goes on the right. 

So – there’s no dominating tradition regarding where to wear your wedding ring. It all depends on local tradition, religion, and personal style; not all of your personal traditions may line up. It’s possible that religiously, you prefer to wear your wedding ring on your right hand, but local custom dictates that you wear it on your left. 

In the end, it’s all up to you. However, you prefer to wear your wedding ring is the right way to wear it.

14K Rose Gold Round And Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

#4: How do I match my wedding ring to my engagement ring?

The answer: however you’d like. This is where you have utter freedom to express yourself – there are very few, or no, customs regarding how to match your wedding set. So what’s this mean for you? You have three main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)
14K White Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

MATCH BY METALS

There are truly no wrong answers when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands. You might prefer to have a perfectly matching set of rings, while others might prefer a mix of metals. 

All ring metals look great together, as long you love what you’re wearing!

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Women's Wedding Ring
14K Yellow Gold 3.0mm High Dome Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

MATCH BY STONES

Diamonds are definitely marriage material, but so are gemstones. Gemstones are a gorgeous alternative for those who prefer a twist on the classic wedding ring. Don’t be shy to choose a wedding ring with the right stones to make you smile. 

14K Yellow Gold Double Row Pavé Emerald Ring
14K White Gold Straight Baguette Row Diamond Wedding Ring

MATCH BY SETTING STYLE

There are no set rules for this one either, and it’s all about personal taste and preference. At James Allen, you can choose from many different, beautiful settings in a range of popular styles.

The options are truly plentiful, from stunning pave rings to bezel set wedding rings. 

14K White Gold Art-Nouveau Pavé Set Diamond Wedding Ring
14K White Gold 2mm Bezel Set Diamond Ring

If you’re wondering how to match you and your partner’s wedding rings, click here to get all our James Allen tips and tricks.

#5 What should I do if I can’t wear my wedding ring the “traditional” way?

Remember that tradition is purely just a suggestion.

  • If you can’t wear your wedding ring on the “right” finger, wear it on another one!
  • If you can’t wear it on your hand, slip it onto a chain and wear it as a pendant necklace.
  • If your wedding ring doesn’t fit with your engagement ring, wear them on separate fingers.
  • If you don’t like rings, bracelets can be excellent substitutes.

The bottom line is – it’s your wedding, your marriage, and your ring. You can choose to wear it in whatever way suits you!

Wedding ring styles: our team’s picks! 

  1. 9 Unique Wedding Rings
  2. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas
  3. Wedding Rings For Women: The Complete Guide
  4. Wedding Rings For Men: The Complete Guide

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What Is The Correct Way To Wear Wedding Rings?

When it comes to the “right way” to wear a wedding ring, there are many options. But it is important to keep in mind that it generally comes down to your personal style. We’ve put together the most frequently asked questions when it comes to both engagement and wedding rings. From age-old traditions to popular fashion statements, these answers might surprise you. 

We pretty much have diamonds and rings on the brain all day every day. But there is a lot more to it than just carat sizes and diamond shapes. Giving and receiving of engagement and wedding rings is rooted in tradition and also has a great personal meaning.

Soon, you’ll be walking down the aisle and you might be wondering, is there a right or wrong way to wear a wedding ring? Let’s get started and help you figure this one out.  

The Basics: Engagement And Wedding Rings 101

1. What Is The Ring Finger?

In many Western cultures, the ring finger is traditionally the fourth finger on the left hand. However, the “ring finger” is not the same in all countries and cultures.   

2. What Is The History And Meaning Behind The Ring Finger?

The idea and symbolism of a “ring finger” dates back to Ancient Rome. The Romans believed that this particular finger has a vein that directly runs to a person’s heart, called “Vena Amoris,” which means “vein of love.” Therefore, it is believed that a ring should be placed on this finger to signify the romance of a newly married couple as their two hearts would be connected.

Unfortunately, due to modern-day understanding of anatomy, it’s clear that all fingers have venous connections to the heart. Yet, for the most part, tradition still stands for many couples who designate the same finger to signify their commitment to each other.

3. Can I Wear A Ring On My Ring Finger If I’m Not Engaged Or Married?

There are no rules when it comes to this answer. You may have heard the old wives’ tale that says, wearing a ring on your “ring finger” when you are not married could bring you bad luck.

For women who are not superstitious, this may not bother them at all, while for others, this might be something they strongly believe in and avoid at all costs – of course until the right moment comes. The truth is, this is completely up to you!

14K White Gold Milgrain Alternating Bezel Ring
14K White Gold Dash Diamond Ring

4. Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: What’s The Difference?

Nowadays, there is a lot of tradition mixed with modernism when it comes to engagement and wedding rings, yet each ring signifies a different milestone. An engagement ring is typically given at the time of the proposal or soon after the couple decides to get engaged.

While the wedding ring is traditionally given at the wedding ceremony. Most often a wedding band is a relatively simple design while an engagement ring tends to feature diamonds or gemstones, depending on the wearer’s individual style. 

5. What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize? 

For many, a wedding ring simply represents a start of a new chapter. However, there is a lot more significance to a wedding ring than we may know. Firstly the shape of the ring – a circle universally symbolizes infinity and eternity.

Historically, the idea behind a wedding ring is that it has no beginning and no end. This brings us to the next symbolism, eternal love, and commitment.  

6. What Is A Promise Ring And Which Finger Does It Go On?

Believe it or not, promise rings actually date back to Ancient Roman times too and are believed to be tokens of love that were exchanged between couples, and often were gifted with short love poems. Today, a promise ring is for the most part gifted in the same way, but the actual “promises” behind this ring can have different meanings for different people.

Commitment is the general idea here, but whether that commitment is to an upcoming engagement, abstinence until marriage, the idea of forever, or just the immediate future.

In terms of placement, no rules exist here but many people wear it on the left ring finger, as a placeholder for a future engagement ring, or on the right ring finger. 

14K White Gold Diamond Wedding Ring
18K Yellow Gold 6mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

7. How To Wear A Wedding Ring?

Traditionally, and in most cultures, your engagement ring and wedding ring are worn together on the same finger, commonly known as the ring finger (on the left hand). Generally, the wedding ring is placed on the finger first so that it resides closest to your heart, with the engagement ring following on the outside.

As most people prefer to wear these two rings together, there are many wedding ring sets that are specifically designed to match each other. For many, this is a very popular choice when planning their engagement and wedding rings.

However, another option that some people choose is to wear their wedding ring on top of their engagement ring to keep it secure on the finger. 

8. In What Order Should I Wear My Engagement And Wedding Ring?

Conventionally, couples wear the wedding band “closest to their heart,” meaning the wedding band is stacked below the engagement ring on the left ring finger. However, some people like to wear their wedding band on top of their engagement ring as a way to secure it on the finger.

9. How Much Do Wedding Rings Cost?

While there is no one size fits all answer, experts have found the average couple spends approximately $1,100 for a female wedding ring. While the average cost of a male wedding ring is $500. Of course, this also depends on the type of metal you choose as well as any other detailing such as diamonds, gemstones or even a black wedding ring. 

14K White Gold Seven Stone Oval Shape Diamond Ring

10. When Did Men Start Wearing Wedding Rings? 

Even though wedding rings have been a part of wedding traditions and etiquette, men only began to wear wedding rings during the middle of the 20th century. It is believed this was done so as it was a symbol of their marital status. Additionally, many men at the forefront of the wars chose to wear their wedding rings as a remembrance of their wives and families at home.

11. Can Men Wear Engagement Rings?

The answer is YES! Despite that in many cultures the vast majority of men do not receive or wear an engagement ring, today, there are many men who choose to do so. There have even been many popular celebs seen sporting dazzling engagement rings.

For the most part, men only choose to wear a wedding ring, however, some men want an engagement ring to show that they are in a committed relationship. And the good news is there are so many options.

In case you’re looking for some inspiration, did you know celebs like Ed Sheeran, Johnny Depp and  Michael Bublé have been seen sporting bold men’s engagement rings. 

12. Which Finger Do Men Wear Their Wedding Rings On?

To put it simply, there is no difference between the fingers that men and women wear their wedding rings on. Most couples typically choose to wear their rings on the same finger and hand as their spouse. However, in the United States, and many other Western cultures men’s wedding rings are traditionally worn on the ring finger on the left hand. 

Black Titanium 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished High Polished Center Cut Carved Design Ring

13. Should We (As A Couple) Have Matching Wedding Rings? 

The answer to this question completely depends on your preference (and of course your partner). For some couples, this is one of the most perfect ways to symbolize their love and show how they are coming together as one.

However, for other couples expressing individuality in a marriage is important so this might not be desirable or even practical. Your wedding ring is something that you will be wearing for the rest of your life so if you and your spouse decide to not have matching wedding rings…it’s totally OK! Don’t be afraid to be original!

14. What Is The Most Popular Metal For Wedding Rings? 

Gold has traditionally been the most popular metal for wedding rings. Even though there are several different types of gold that can be used for both wedding and engagement rings, yellow gold engagement rings have been a long time classic for many people all over the world.

Nowadays, white gold has become a very popular choice for wedding rings and of course, the very trendy rose gold too. 

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Still Have Questions? 

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The Super Sparkles Of LVI

Super Bowl rings are known for their opulent use of diamonds and gemstones. The rings feature the winning team’s name, the year, and the Super Bowl number. This year’s game featured the Cincinnati Bengals meeting the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals have not won a Super Bowl in years and the Rams have never won one in their new hometown (they won once in 2000 when they were the St. Louis Rams)….both teams were looking to make history and rock that championship bling.

The Super Sparkles Of LVI 

All That Glitters…

Upsetting a division champion, breaking a multi-game losing streak, the Bengals and Rams were an unlikely pairing for Super Bowl LVI. Leaving us only our imaginations to guess how much and what bling will be used for the championship ring.

The NFL contributes between $5,000 to $7,000 per ring, but the average ring costs six to ten times that amount. The winning team covers the remaining costs and it is yet unknown how much the winners will spend, and thus, how many diamonds and gemstones will be used.

All Super Bowl rings have diamonds and gems, but which gems are anyone’s guess. Some teams stick to diamonds only, while most have gemstones reflecting their team’s colors. The blue and yellow of the Rams, and the orange, black, and white of the Bengals are reflected in blue sapphires, yellow citrine, and of course diamonds.

Want to rock the colors of the Rams? Check out the pieces below:

Prefer to rock the colors of the Bengals? Go for these pieces!

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This Bling Is Brought To You By…..

The Super Bowl is a contest to see who is the best of the best! A dream of then-Green Bay Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi, the big game is a contest between the division champions of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC).

Since its inception, the majority of Super Bowl rings have been designed by Jostens, but Tiffany & Co. (who also designs the Super Bowl’s Vince Lombardi trophy), as well as Balfour have also gotten in on the game. Check out this piece inspired by the infamous Lombardi trophy:

Gold Bar Pendant Necklace

14K White Gold Bar Pendant Necklace

What this year’s Championship ring will look like is still unknown. Ring design can only start now that there is a champion. Though we know from past rings that they will certainly be blindingly bling-tastic, filled with diamonds and gemstones. See the spectacular sparkles of past rings here.

Whereas merchandise was printed for both teams, with the losing team’s merch finding itself in donation bins, the ring is a different matter. Superstition abounds and only now that there is a winner will design get input from the winning team. 

Design and production will take about three months, after which the rings are presented in a private ceremony. Platinum is sometimes used, but gold is normally the metal of choice for this championship glitz. The number of diamonds and gemstones used is determined in the design, but it is safe to say the shine is so bright, you might need shades when looking at it.

Everyone Wants To Be Champion

All the work, the training, the games, injuries, and recovery, are all part of the emotional rollercoaster that is football. The journey to finally receiving a Super Bowl ring is a long and winding road and anything less than victory, can simply feel like heartbreak.

Owning a genuine Super Bowl ring is highly sought after, and not just by the champions. For example, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gifted one of his Super Bowl rings, either accidentally or purposefully, depending on whose story you believe, to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But the ring and the game are not the only stars of the Super Bowl. The halftime show is just as much a part of the experience. This year’s show featured artists Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar.

Blige, Dre, Snoop, Eminem, and Lamar brought their powerhouse vocals, smooth rhymes, and commanding performances, marked by their unique styles.

Mary is frequently seen sporting classic gold hoops.  Get your own pair and feel as powerful as this music icon:

Intertwined Oval Hoop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Intertwined Oval Hoop Earrings

Snoop can be seen sporting all sorts of pieces, fitting his eccentric personality. Get your own version of Snoop’s ice here:

Gold Mini Elephant Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Mini Elephant Necklace

Eminem keeps his shine classic and can often be seen wearing a gold chain. Grab your own version here:

Paper Clip Chain Necklace

14K Yellow Gold 3.9mm Paper Clip Chain Necklace

Super Proposals

Receiving the ring that marks the ultimate achievement in football is a moment that cannot be matched. Yet a few athletes, and even fans, have tried. Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes, took this incredible moment of professional performance and added a moment of personal bliss. The day he got his Super Bowl ring, he also gave a precious ring. 

Following the ceremony where the Chiefs received their rings, Mahomes surprised his long-time girlfriend with a ring of her own, proposing in an opulent surprise ceremony. She of course said yes!

Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

Also entering the romantic Super Bowl proposal arena was linebacker for the New York Giants Greg Jones.  After beating the Patriots, Jones proposed to his college sweetheart, but Jones couldn’t wait for the ring ceremony.

During the joyful chaos of the on field celebrations, he got down on one knee and proposed, bringing his longtime girlfriend Many Piechowski to tears. Check out this ring that will bring your partner to (happy) tears too!

Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

While you may not be able to play in the Super Bowl, you can up the ante by popping the question with a ring worthy of a Super Bowl-size proposal. Check out these options!

While most people are not NFL Champions, you can at least sparkle like one! Whether sporting a bling-tastic ring or fine jewelry with gemstones dedicated to your favorite team, James Allen is here to help give you that Super Bowl sparkle.

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7 Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas You’ll Love

Thinking about popping the question on Valentine’s Day? Keep reading to find out what V-Day proposal trends will sweep your significant other off their feet. 

A man proposing to a woman while holding a red James Allen ring box

Love is in the air, and it’s time to take advantage of cupid’s magic. At James Allen, we know every day is a special day with your someone special, but there’s only one day dedicated to pure romance and sweetness.

If you’re set on proposing on Valentine’s Day, we’re here to offer you some adorable proposal ideas and give you a look at some of our customers’ yes moments! Let their bright smiles and glowing rings inspire you to plan an unforgettable moment for you and your love. 

Wine ‘Em And Dine ‘Em

This may be a tad simple, but for many people, being present with your partner with some added yummies is all you need. 

Think before you pop the question: is your partner the type of person who would love being proposed to in a crowded restaurant, or is an intimate picnic/ candlelit homemade dinner the better way to go? If you’re both foodies, we suggest either booking a spot at their dream restaurant or cooking their fave dish at home.

Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

It’s All About The View 

We call this the double jaw-dropper: a proposal plus a breathtaking view. A Valentine’s Day proposal may call for some extra effort. Let’s start with the most extreme to a simple yet sentimental backdrop.

If you and your partner are fond of traveling, met abroad, or have a favorite destination, we suggest you start making your travel plans now and get that perfect spot for your V-Day proposal. 

You could also keep it a little more low-key. Take your someone special to your favorite local hangout, the place you first met, or skip back in time to a key moment in your relationship, like your first kiss. 

No matter where you propose on Valentine’s Day, we’re almost certain that no view will be as stunning as the twinkle in your partner’s eye when they say yes. Your chosen picturesque setting will be a bonus for your Insta-worthy engagement shots. 

Cathedral Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Cathedral Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

The Cliché That Works

There’s no Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolates, and we don’t think there’s anything wrong with embracing a few of cupid’s tasty clichés. Assuming your partner has a sweet tooth, a hidden engagement ring inside a heart-shaped box of chocolates could be your ticket to a cute chocolate-stained tooth YES! 

If you want to make it more personal, you could pick out their favorite types of chocolates and create a customized chocolate box. 

Now, there are a few ways you could go about the actual proposal. Firstly, you could gift them the box, and as they open it, you’ll have time to drop down to one knee. Alternatively, keep the ring at your side and have them open the box with the words “will you marry me?” written on the inside of the top lid. 

It’s sweet, it’s simple, and you’ll have a delicious snack to celebrate in between happy dances, fiancé selfies, and joyful phone calls to friends and family. 

 Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

A Surprise Party

Good at keeping secrets? If yes, maybe a surprise party is the perfect way to propose on Valentine’s Day. 

It’s also the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone- a proposal party morphing into an engagement party. You’re also able to celebrate with all your loved ones and what could be more special than that? 

Take your time to plan it perfectly, the food, music, location, and how you’re going to propose. You could get someone to create a video of you and your partner as a pre-proposal intro. If you’re not shy, you could even serenade them or get your family and friends involved in a game that will lead to the big question. 

 Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

A Scavenger Hunt 

Set yourself up for the perfect proposal with a meaningful scavenger hunt. This way, you can hit all those special places that mean a lot to you and your love. It’s also super fun!

You will need to set this up perfectly, so make sure you plan your scavenger hunt well, including who you need to be involved in it. 

We suggest you keep your partner on their toes without making the hunt impossible to figure out. Each clue should lead them to a different location (part of your house), and you could be waiting at another place (or room) ready to pop the question. 

Want to keep it interesting? Have your partner do it with some friends or family members if you want the proposal to be a complete surprise. 

Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

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18K White Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

Show Your Love Story 

We’ve seen this done in the sweetest ways in our favorite family sitcoms and films, and this method is foolproof. Take your partner down storybook lane and show them all the places, moments, and memories that have meant the most to you throughout your relationship. 

This can be something that you do as a Valentine’s Day getaway, a small road trip around your town, or even in the comfort of your own home. Each particular spot can add to the buildup of your big questions and will only make that final moment all the more precious. 

Your proposal doesn’t have to be laced with sentimental Easter eggs, but we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t setting you up for the epitome of romantic proposals. You could even end the entire story off with all your family members and close friends. 

Need inspo- grab your tissues and check out episode 19, season 7 of The Office (US), where Michael Scott proposes to his girlfriend Holly using the storybook lane method.

Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

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18K White Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

With A Book Or Homemade Movie 

Are you and your partner creatives at heart? You could propose using that creativity in the cutest way.

Google is filled with customizable love books, and any simple editing app can help you design a homemade love story using your best moments as a couple. You could even rewrite their favorite love story using the two of you as main characters. 

Nothing says I love you more than your words and reminiscing over your memories together. So take the time to create your happily ever after chapter one, and leave your big question at the end of your story to start your chapter two with a bang and some new sparkle. 

Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

A couple embracing after their proposal in a sunny garden
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Need more Valentine’s Day inspiration?

Check out these Valentine’s Day-inspired posts and get in touch with our 24/7 customer service if you have any questions about your perfect sparkler! Looking for inspo? Follow us on Instagram at @JamesAllenRings and see how other happy customers have got their proposals right!

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Simulant Diamonds vs. Lab Created Diamonds: Everything You Need To Know

If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to a traditional diamond, you’ve come to the right place. We’re explaining the pros and cons of real diamonds and diamond simulants, so you can choose the right stone for you.

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Note: At James Allen, we sell only U.S. Federal Trade Commission-certified true diamonds, which include both lab created diamonds and earth-created diamonds.

What’s A “Real Diamond”?

The term “diamond” refers to a very specific stone: the crystalline form of carbon. While other forms of carbon exist, what makes a diamond special is its particular atomic configuration.

A carbon atom can bond with a maximum of 4 other atoms – and in diamond, all the available spots are taken by…other carbon atoms! That’s right, it’s carbon all the way. And this results in an extremely stable, super hard, super sparkling stone. 

Real Diamonds

Lab Created Diamonds

The crystalline form of carbon we call “diamond” can be attained only through intense heat, constant pressure, and a good amount of time. Nowadays, we can achieve that in a lab in specialized machines that knock a few billion years off the cooking time. The result is a lab-made diamond that differs from an earth-created diamond in name only.

If you were to look at both types of diamonds through a professional jeweler’s loupe, or if you were to inspect both diamonds on a molecular level, you would see no difference. The same result was achieved through very different processes.

Lab-grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds are optically and chemically identical, the only difference being their relative origins. And this difference in origin leads lab grown diamonds to flaunt a much lower price point.

Lab Created Diamonds

Simulants, however, are not diamonds. They’re different minerals that bear a resemblance to diamonds. We’ll dig into two of the most popular diamond simulants: cubic zirconia and moissanite.

Diamond Simulants: Cubic Zirconia and Moissanite

Diamond simulants are various types of man-made stones that are synthesized for the purpose of being diamond lookalikes. These clear, sparkling stones mimic the beauty of a diamond, but at a much lower cost. However, they do display marked differences to both lab-created and earth-mined diamonds in non-visual traits.

Why does this matter? It’s important to remember that clarity is only one characteristic of jewelry stones. Color, resilience, and sparkle vary between these different stones; stones’ specific characteristics can greatly affect how you wear them in jewelry, and their lifetime cost to you.

Cubic Zirconia

What is cubic zirconia?

Cubic zirconia is arguably the most popular diamond simulant. It’s a man-made, crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. 

How is cubic zirconia made?

In a laboratory, zirconium oxide powder is melted into various stabilizing agents at a super-high temperature of nearly 5,000 degrees F. When left to cool, this mineral mixture forms crystals, which can then be cut and polished into jewelry-grade stones.

Moissanite

What is moissanite?

Moissanite is a form of silicon carbide crystal that’s synthesized in a lab. The result is a clear stone that, on the surface, bears a striking resemblance to real diamonds

How is moissanite made?

Moissanite occurs naturally, but it’s incredibly rare. Thus, all the affordable moissanite on the market today is created in a lab. 

How to distinguish between a real diamond and a simulant diamond:

Durability

The standard measurement to determine a stone’s strength is the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. It describes a mineral’s resistance to being scratched and is measured from 0 (maximum softness) to 10 (maximum hardness).

Lab created diamonds and earth created diamonds:

Diamonds are the toughest stones out there. They score a maximum of 10 on the Mohs scale, meaning they can withstand absolutely anything you throw at them in your daily life. This durability is one of the reasons diamonds are the go-to stone for engagement rings, which are worn daily for decades at a time.

Because diamonds’ structure never changes, they can be passed on as family heirlooms. Both lab-grown diamonds and earth-created diamonds will last for, well, forever. 

Moissanite

While moissanite isn’t the hardest mineral out there, it’s close. It scores a 9.25 on the Mohs scale. It’s more susceptible to scratching than diamonds are, but it still holds up extremely well to daily wear-and-tear.

Cubic zirconia

Cubic zirconia is moderately hard. At an 8 on the Mohs scale, its resilience is comparable to that of other jewelry stones like emerald, beryl, and amethyst. Because it’s scratch-resistant, but not scratch-proof, cubic zirconia (particularly much-worn stones like those in engagement rings) often acquires many tiny scratches that cloud its appearance. When this occurs, a professional jeweler can recut the stone to restore its clarity.

Lifespan

Lab created diamonds and earth-created diamonds

How long do diamonds last? Well, you’ll never have to throw one out due to deterioration. As the famous De Beer’s slogan correctly claims, “A diamond is forever.” The oldest diamonds found have existed for nearly 4 billion years, and they’re holding strong.

You can rest assured that any diamond you buy, whether earth-mined or lab-created, can be comfortably passed down through the generations. 

Moissanite

Though not as long-lasting as diamonds, moissanite will comfortably last for decades without any significant degradation in quality. However, since it’s a relatively newly recognized mineral, its exact lifespan is unknown.

Although discovered over a century ago, jewelry-grade moissanite crystals only began to be synthesized in the 1970’s and only became widely available in the 1980’s. Meaning, many couples getting engaged today with moissanite engagement rings were born before moissanite engagement rings became a thing. 

Cubic Zirconia

Cubic zirconia is made for short-term wear. With daily wear, you can expect them to last less than 5 years. This means cubic zirconia is a great “for the time being” stone; you can wear it as a placeholder until you replace it with your dream diamond.

Be advised that contact with common chemicals will cause cubic zirconia to lose its shine, making it wearable for shorter periods of time. So make sure to remove cubic zirconia jewelry before doing daily tasks like putting on lotion, using cleaning supplies, or using hairspray.

Color

Lab created diamonds and earth-created diamonds

Colorless isn’t the only option! Due to trace elements in their composition, diamonds can display a range of colors. Plus, diamonds’ color is permanent. It won’t change at high temperatures or fade over time. 

Moissanite

Moissanite exhibits “thermochromism,” meaning that it is sensitive to a color change at temperatures above 150° F (65 C). These are usually temporary, but these heat-sensitive color changes can sometimes be permanent.

Cubic zirconia

Cubic zirconia doesn’t change color when exposed to heat, but under UV radiation it can turn color, albeit temporarily. Most commonly, it turns yellowish, light green, or white. Indoors your stone will remain clear, but if you go outside on a sunny day it may change hue.