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Lab Grown Diamonds Vs. Earth Created Diamonds: What’s the Difference?

Think you can tell the difference between earth created diamonds and lab grown diamond engagement rings? We’ll put you to the test with some of our best diamonds!

Lab grown diamonds vs Earth created diamonds

Although lab grown diamonds are created in a lab, they are real diamonds and have the same physical, chemical, and visual properties as earth created diamonds.

This striking similarity begs the question: Is it possible to tell the two apart?

You don’t need to be an expert to try and give it a go. We’re showing off some of our customers’ favorite custom-designed engagement rings. Some have lab diamond center stones, and others are set with mined diamonds. Keep scrolling to see if you can spot which is which.

Did you know that it takes earth made diamonds billions of years to form, whereas a lab grown diamond can be created in under 10 weeks? That’s right! Scientists have managed to recreate special chambers which replicate the exact environment needed for diamonds to form.

Another fun fact about lab created diamonds is they come in every shape, size, and color as earth created diamonds. While some fancy color diamonds are extremely rare, you wouldn’t struggle to find your favorite color as a lab diamond.

Any luck differentiating between the diamonds? Don’t fret if not. Even the experts can’t tell the difference between lab created diamonds and mined diamonds with the naked eye.

Let’s tally up your scores and see if you guessed correctly. For each set, we’ll go from left to right:

  1. Lab grown | Earth
  2. Earth | Lab grown
  3. Earth | Lab grown
  4. Lab grown | Earth

So, how’d you do??

What’s The Difference Between Lab Created Diamonds And Earth Created Diamonds?

If you found it difficult to spot the difference, just know you’re not the only one! Lab created diamonds are optically and chemically identical to earth created diamonds. The only difference between the two is their origin.

  • Earth created diamonds are sourced from below the earth’s surface.
  • Lab grown diamonds are created in simulated ‘below-ground’ conditions in a lab.

Getting The Best Diamond Ring For Your Buck

Modern-day consumers will be happy to hear that lab grown diamonds are generally more affordable than earth created diamonds, giving you a 30% larger stone for the same cost!

Why?

The diamond-growing process is less resource-intensive than the diamond-mining process. It simply costs less to grow a diamond in a lab than it does to mine a diamond from the earth, and those savings are passed along to diamond shoppers. If you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality and sparkle, lab created diamonds are a great choice for you. 

Worth It? We Think So

There’s no doubt that earth created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. While these diamonds are the classic choice, lab grown diamonds are an affordable option and equally fresh. No matter what you decide, both diamonds hold their magnificent sparkle forever!

Final Thoughts

Were you able to tell our lab grown and earth created diamonds apart? Here’s the bottom line: Both are winners! Lab grown diamonds offer equal brilliance and sparkle as earth created diamonds. That being said, if you’re looking to maximize your budget without compromising on quality, a lab grown diamond may be calling your name.

Something sparkly catches your eye? At James Allen, we’ve got loads more jewelry up our sleeve. Browse our stunning assortment of wedding rings, tennis bracelets, men’s engagement rings, and more to spoil your significant other (or yourself!) today.

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Black Friday Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

Black Friday Jewelry Gift Guide 2022

If you’re looking to check off your holiday gift list and save money, then it’s your time to shine…literally! James Allen’s Black Friday deals are here! Read on to check out the best bling at the best prices. Shop early, save, and, best of all, sleep in on November 25th.

Black Friday jewelry gift guide 2022

James Allen Black Friday Deals

It’s that time of year again, the annual James Allen Black Friday sale! 25% off SITE WIDE! Save on everything! That piece you’ve been eyeing all year? Treat yo self! That engagement ring your love has been sending hint after hint for? Blow their mind with the bling!

Sparkle so bright they won’t remember you forgot their birthday? They’ll wish you would forget it every year! Shop early, save, avoid the chaos, and savor those turkey day leftovers.

Best Selling Black Friday Engagement Rings

A chill in the air and some ice on the finger. The most romantic time of year is upon us once again, the perfect time to pop the question or upgrade your current hardware. Whether you prefer a perfect pavé, a sophisticated solitaire, or a heavenly halo engagement ring, this is the ideal time to grab one of our 2022’s top trends.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Oh, how we love a solitaire engagement ring! You just can’t go wrong with this timeless, classic, and simply stunning style. Not only are solitaire settings budget-friendly and allow the focus to be solely on your center stone, but they also give an understated elegance beloved by all.

Worried a solitaire is too simple? Pshaw! Go for a thick or thin band, get modern with a knife edge or a six prong shank, or amp up the style with a rope or cable band. The options go on and on!

Choose from timeless yellow gold, romantic rose gold, brilliant white gold, or go for the strength of platinum. Whichever metal or style you choose, a solitaire engagement ring will always be in style. Check out these best-sellers for inspo, and go to JamesAllen.com for more!

Halo Engagement Rings

Stand in the light of a halo when you give your loved one of our halo engagement rings. This style, where your center stone is surrounded by a literal halo of diamonds, gives your already shining ring enhanced elegance and sparkle.

Do you subscribe to the bigger is better theory? Then halo rings are for you! The halo of diamonds around your center stone will make your ring look even bigger than it is. It’s no wonder their popularity continues to grow.

After all, is more shine ever a bad thing? Take a look at some of the halos our customers just love, and check out more here!

Pavé Engagement Rings

Love the look of being surrounded by diamonds but don’t have the budget of being surrounded by diamonds, then look to the pavé! Pavé literally means to cover, as in to pave something. Pavé engagement rings feature bands that are covered in diamonds.

What is great is that the diamonds are tiny, making them affordable and allowing you to satisfy that champagne taste! All these tiny diamonds reflect light, allowing a beautiful sparkle that can be seen from every angle.

A ring that dazzles this bright is sure to get that yes! Need some inspo? These beauties are best sellers for a reason!

Fine Jewelry Black Friday Deals

Figuring out what to get all the people on your list can be a pain in the you know what! Fine jewelry to the rescue! It always makes a great gift! Whatever their style, whomever the recipient, whichever pieces are preferred, jewelry is the gift that never fails.

Gold Jewelry

There’s a reason it’s called The Gold Standard. Gold is always great; whether you prefer yellow, white, or rose, gold is the gift that keeps on going. Get in on the minimalist trend with gold pieces that you’ll never want to take off. Sport a perfect pair of gold hoop earrings, a cute cuff, an initial necklace, and a statement ring. 

Speaking of statement rings, why go for just one when you can stack ‘em? Wear them on the same finger or get multiple for different fingers because when it comes to stackable rings, it’s like holiday guests, the more the merrier!

Wear your gold jewelry together, separately, or mix and match for a clean, elegant look.

Lab Created Diamond Jewelry

Love diamonds but want to save even more? Then our lab created diamond jewelry collection is for you! Lab created diamonds are great because they are 100% real diamonds, cost less than their counterparts found in the earth, and at James Allen, are certified conflict-free.

Lab grown diamonds are also the perfect way to build your fine jewelry basics collection. Go for a timeless tennis necklace, a perfect solitaire ring, a set of cluster earrings, and a station dash bracelet to pull the collection together.

Is your best friend such a Libra? Is your sister the ultimate Gemini? Sounds like they need a piece from our gorgeous constellation collection. No matter their sign, we got the shine to match!

Complete the set with a pair of lab grown diamond hoop earrings, go for a heavenly halo ring, or choose a perfect pendant. No matter what you choose, our lab created diamond pieces are just what every jewelry box needs.

Birthstone Jewelry

Celebrate a birthday this holiday season, no matter when you were born! Rock the wintery gem of December with beautiful topaz pieces and feel hot hot hot while sporting these icy cool blues. Choose the deep red of January’s garnet and feel regal everytime you put it on.

From the deep shades of September’s sapphires to the engaging greens in May’s emeralds, birthstone jewelry looks good every month of the year. Were you born in October but have the soul of an April baby, pair a stunning opal necklace with a diamond bolo bracelet. Throw in a ruby ring for a pop of color to honor all those July babies you know and love.

James Allen’s collection of birthstone jewelry is so gorgeous you’ll wish you had a birthday every month of the year!

Black Friday Wedding Rings For Women

The James Allen Black Friday sale is also a great time to get that dream wedding ring! Whether you’re looking for your perfect wedding ring for the big day, to add a beautiful piece to your wedding ring collection, or simply want to upgrade your current wedding ring, we have the style for you.

Want a classic ring to match your timeless love? Go for one of our simply sophisticated classic wedding rings. Available in yellow, white, rose gold, and even platinum, as well as different widths, and even styles (check out our knife edge for a classic ring with a twist); we’ve got the right ring for you!

Do you need a ring that sparkles as bright as your smile? Our collection of diamond wedding rings will leave you wanting for words.

Whether you want diamonds that go on and on, like our dazzling eternity rings, or maybe you want a pavé wedding ring to match your pavé engagement ring, our seemingly endless collection of women’s wedding rings has the perfect ring waiting for you.

Black Friday Wedding Rings For Men

Your man deserves a ring that will make everyone go wow! We know this is an important purchase, one of the most important pieces of jewelry you’ll ever buy, and you don’t want to buy just any old ring. 

Classic men’s wedding rings are simply timeless. Whether you prefer a slimmer 4mm ring, or want a slightly thicker 6mm band, these enduring rings are available in varying widths, metals, and finishes. From comfort fit to slightly flat or slightly curved, these stylish rings allow you to take a classic look to the next level.

Do you love the classic look but want to give it a twist? Go for a bold, black tantalum ring. Whether you prefer one with a pattern, a satin finish, or one mixed with gold, there are so many choices for men’s wedding rings that you are sure to find your favorite.

Final Thoughts

It’s never a bad thing to be ahead of the game, at least when it comes to holiday shopping! Get that list, check it twice, and finish shopping before everyone else has even started. As they elbow their way through the crowds and set their alarms before the sun, you’ll be fast asleep, dreaming of how you got gifts everyone will love and at a discount. So head on over to JamesAllen.com because sparkle season starts now!

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Halo Engagement Ring

The Ultimate Halo Engagement Ring Guide

The definition of classy, halo engagement rings are one of the most popular ring styles out there. Keep reading to learn more about these timeless beauties!

Finding the ideal engagement ring can be quite the task! With countless beautiful engagement ring styles to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. If you are on the hunt for a simple, sophisticated, and classy engagement ring, then the halo setting may be the perfect fit! Halo engagement rings have been in style for centuries, and are likely to continue shining for years to come! 

What Is The Halo Setting?

With all this talk of settings and styles, you may be asking one simple question: What exactly is a halo setting? The halo setting features a ring of sparkling accent stones (typically pavé diamonds) that surround or encircle a larger center stone. Halo settings can either be the same shape as the center stone or completely different. This makes the halo setting a versatile feature of any engagement ring. 

Pros & Cons Of A Halo Setting

Pros

  • More bling for your buck! This setting can create the illusion of a larger center stone 
  • The accent stones add texture and dimension to the center diamond
  • The accent diamonds can protect the center diamond from bumps and scratches
  • Halo settings come in various shapes and forms, making it a truly versatile setting

Cons

  • Due to a low-sitting halo, it can be hard to evenly wear a wedding band with your halo engagement ring
  • Halo settings are often harder to clean than other settings, such as solitaire rings
  • Smaller halo stones can sometimes dislodge and fall off if they’re hit

What Are The Most Popular Diamond Shapes For Halo Engagement Rings?

As previously mentioned, the classic halo setting offers many options for diamond shapes! From oval to emerald, there’s really something for everyone.

Oval Halo Engagement Rings

Oval halo engagement rings offer a classic look with a twist. The elongated center stone, surrounded by striking accents, results in a brilliant display of shine. Oval halo rings often make the finger look slimmer and more elegant.

Cushion Cut Halo Engagement Rings

Known for its soft shape and vintage look, the cushion cut halo engagement ring makes an alluring option. If you like both round halo rings and princess cut halo rings, the cushion cut makes the perfect middle option.

Round Halo Engagement Rings

Round halo engagement rings have been in style for ages and will probably be around for years to come! This is a timeless and classic look that will make any fiancé look glamorous.

Platinum Cathedral Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Halo Engagement Rings

The princess cut halo engagement ring has been a go-to choice for years. This style of ring is loved for its sharp and angular sides that bring out extra sparkle.

Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Rings

The emerald cut halo engagement ring offers an eye-catching balance between tradition and modernity. While this style has been around for ages, it remains a popular option for any engagement.

Hidden Halo Rings

Wearing a hidden halo ring is an elegant way to show off your diamonds. The halo is hidden because when facing it front on, you won’t see the accent diamonds. Only at an angle will they shine with all their brilliance.

How to Care for Your Halo Engagement Ring

For many women, their engagement ring is the first piece of fine jewelry that they’ll wear every day. It’s natural to look down at your ring and wonder how to keep it sparkling! Here are a few steps you can follow to keep your ring looking as eye-catching as ever:

  1. Fill a shallow bowl with warm water
  2. Mix the water with a few drops of soap or mild dishwashing detergent
  3. Gently place your ring inside and let it sit there for a few minutes
  4. With a soft-bristled toothbrush (or jewelry cleaning brush), scrub the diamond, rinse it, and pat it dry.

And then you’re done! Make sure you clean your ring at least once every few weeks to keep it bright and shiny!

Tips On Shopping For Halo Engagement Rings

Deciding on a halo engagement ring is the easy part- now you just have to purchase one! Here are some tips on shopping for a halo engagement ring.

  1. Opt for lab created diamonds

Lab grown diamonds are a cost-effective alternative to naturally created diamonds. Lab created diamonds look just the same, for a portion of the cost! 

  1. Make sure your diamonds are the same color

When you find a ring you like, make sure you pay close attention to the color of each diamond. To get that uniform and sleek look, make sure the diamonds on your ring are all the same color grade!

  1. Inspect your diamond before buying!

    Inspecting your diamond is a great way to make sure you are getting the diamond that you deserve! At James Allen, we offer real-time diamond inspections where you can have all your questions answered by an expert!

FAQs

1. Does a halo setting make the ring look bigger?

Yes! The accent diamonds optically extend the size of your center diamond, giving the illusion that it’s bigger than it really is.

2. Are halo engagement rings dated?

Not at all! Despite being around for many years, halo engagement rings remain a popular choice for many new brides.

3. How do I choose a halo ring?

Choosing one halo ring from a beautiful selection can be a hard task. Take a look at all the halo rings James Allen has to offer to get inspiration and find out what look suits you!

4. When did halo rings become popular?

Halo rings had their first spike in popularity in the late 18th century! Since then, they’ve maintained their status as a classy and eye-catching ring. Today, they are one of the top three most popular engagement ring styles!

1.86 Carat K-VS1 Emerald Cut Diamond Pavé Set Engagement Ring (Emerald Center)

To Sum It Up

As we now know, the halo engagement ring is a versatile ring that will look dazzling on any finger! Whichever setting you choose, a halo engagement ring will evoke a feeling of vintage flair while also remaining stylishly current.

The option to choose your own setting and your metal color ensure that your ring will be as unique as you are. Surrounded by an array of sparkling accent diamonds, you know your future halo ring will outshine any other!

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West Side Story Lookalike Engagement Rings

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake is coming out in December 2021 and we are snapping with excitement! Although the 1961 original was historic, it’s undoubtedly time for an update. With critics raving about this sublime version, it’s time to weigh in with matching sparkle.

Marie from Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story

Classics persist through the ages and are reborn through the ages. West Side Story most definitely proves this rule, with the Broadway run re-envisioned in the 1961 movie, and now the 2021 cinematic remake. West Side Story itself is a modern reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. 

In West Side Story, love, tragedy, anger, class tension, and disenfranchised rage are put on display in a rumbling, technicolor flurry. A powerful production deserves worthy statement pieces. At James Allen, we were inspired by the gorgeous costumes, iconic soundtrack, and ageless story to hand-pick the perfect engagement rings for Broadway fans.

Read on for West Side Story-inspired lookalike engagement rings!

Maria’s Dress | Ruby and Diamond Sunburst Halo Engagement Ring

Perhaps the most iconic costume in West Side Story is the dress Maria wears to the neighborhood dance: a simple white dress accented with a bold red ribbon. We’ve got the perfect complement to her outfit: this white gold ring with a ruby center stone. An engagement ring is a perfect accessory for this outfit because 1) it’s at the dance that Tony and Maria have their first encounter, and 2) Maria’s outfit is made by Anita, her best friend, a talented wedding dress seamstress.

Maria wearing a white dress and red belt
18K White Gold Oval Halo Ruby And Diamond Ring (7.0x5.0mm)

2021 Anita | Bird of Paradise Engagement Ring

In Spielberg’s version, Anita struts through the neighborhood dance in a gorgeous bright yellow dress with a red ruffled petticoat. There’s no better ring to match her twirling antics than this yellow gold bird of paradise engagement ring set with a beautiful ruby center stone. Round and marquise cut diamond dot its unique asymmetrical halo.

Anita dancing in a bright yellow and red dress
14K Yellow Gold Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

1961 Anita | Amethyst and Diamond Engagement Ring

In the 1961 movie, Anita, played by Rita Moreno, is instantly recognizable in her purple mermaid dress. She leads the pack in every dance, swirling her skirts in an unforgettable purple vision. This 1.8-carat emerald-cut amethyst will, like Anita, mesmerize a crowd. 

Anita in the 1961 movie, dances in her purple mermaid dress
18K Yellow Gold Amethyst Diamond Halo Ring

Tony & Maria meeting | Intertwined Bypass Engagement Ring

Tony and Maria’s first meeting at the neighborhood dance is magical. Almost instantly, they lock eyes and are besotted with one another.

Maria and Tony under the bleachers dancing together
14K White Gold Intertwined Bypass Tension Setting Engagement Ring

The Challenge Dance | Double Halo and Shank Pavè Engagement Ring

The Challenge Dance in the gym starts out as a get-together dance. Glad Hand sets the kids up in two circles: “Boys go on the outside, girls on the inside…when the music stops, each boy dances with whichever girl is opposite.” What better to wear to a Challenge Dance than a blingy double-halo engagement ring that resembles the dual-circled dance floor? 

A group of dancers in a hall
14K Rose Gold Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

Puerto Rico in America | Red, White, and Blue Engagement Ring

Here you are free and you have pride! This patriotic ring’s red, white, and blue colors represent the national flags of both Puerto Rico and the United States. This white gold setting, rubies, and a stunning sapphire make this ring one that you’ll feel proud to wear throughout the country.

A wall covered in the American flag with graffiti reading, "this is our place", and "Puerto Rico"
14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Rita Moreno’s Valentina | Vintage Navette Engagement Ring

In Spielberg’s remake, Doc no longer runs the local drugstore; rather, his place has been taken by his widow, Valentina. And Valentina is played by Rita Morena, who won the best supporting actress Oscar for playing Anita in the original 1961 film! We’ve chosen an intricate vintage ring to honor this timeless Hollywood legend. A beaded navette pattern gives off an effortlessly French air, and a pavè halo adds even more sparkle.

Valentina from Spielberg's version sitting at a table
14K Rose Gold Milgrain Navette Halo Engagement Ring

Maria and Tony’s Balcony Scene | Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

Oh, the world is wild and bright with this dual-leveled bypass ring. The center diamond’s offset mounting resembles the couple’s late-night meeting on the balcony: with Tony professing his newfound love from the alleyway to Maria, who lovingly looks down upon him from her second-floor apartment and responds in kind. 

Maria and Tony staring at each other on a balcony
14K White Gold Ribbon Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

Sharks vs Jets | Half Bezel-Set Pavè Engagement Ring

This symmetrical half bezel-set ring brings to mind the confrontation between the Sharks and the Jets. The half-bezel setting is designed almost as if the side stones are pushing the pavè half-halo up and over the center diamond like a cresting wave.

West Side Story is all about simmering class tensions that can’t help but boil over when confronted with the love of a young couple, and this seemingly overflowing diamond engagement ring captures the story’s teeming emotions.

The Sharks vs. the Jets in a dance hall
14K White Gold Half Bezel Set Flowering Diamond Engagement Ring

Something’s Coming, Something Good | Petite Pavè Engagement Ring

Like Tony, we can’t help but burst with optimism at this petite pave ring. It’s one of our most popular styles, with over 1000 five-star reviews! Its band twinkles thanks to its French Cut pavè settings, which feature tiny v-shaped slots along its edges that expose each diamond to even more light. And more light = more sparkle. 

A group of men dancing in formation in the streets
14K Rose Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

Anybodys | Two-Tone Solitaire Engagement Ring

A tomboyish outsider for most of the play, Anybodys tags along with the Jets until she’s officially welcomed into the gang after a post-rumble act of bravery. Anybodys is tough, persistent, and plucky, deserving of a unique engagement ring that can withstand Jet-worthy hijinks. 

This two-tone ring, with white gold on the outside and yellow gold within, suits the code-switching Anybody’s comfort across the neighborhood’s borders. Sure, she says “I ain’t never gonna get married. Too noisy.” But everyone deserves some sparkle, and diamond rings aren’t only for engagements.

Anybodys and a member of the Jets walking together
14K Gold Two-Tone 2.2mm Comfort-Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Sofia Vergara’s Engagement Ring: The Ultimate Guide 

Sofia Vergara smiling with her husband Joe on the red carpet.

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s relationship is a classic tale of “when you know, you know.” The two stars got engaged a mere six months after they began dating, and their love is still going strong six years later.

The pair are often heard speaking fondly (and hilariously) of one another during their talk show appearances, and they’re not shy when showing off their wholesome and beautiful relationship on Instagram. 

Joe proposed to Sofia in a stunning display of romance, promising her forever with the view of Hawaiian mountains in the background. Did we mention he did this all in her native language, Spanish? *Swoon*

Here’s all we know about Sofia’s humongous diamond sparkler and where you can find a ring just like it at JamesAllen.com.

We’re going to share the following fun facts with you: 

  1. The style of Sofia’s engagement ring 
  2. The diamond shape 
  3. The diamonds carat size 
  4. How much Sofia’s engagement ring cost 
  5. Sofia’s engagement ring lookalikes 

Sofia’s Vergara’s Engagement Ring Pictures

Sofia and Joe have had many public appearances together, but this one was by far the most jaw-dropping. The stunning couple showed up to the 2015 SAG Awards, dressed to the nines, and had all eyes on them with her showstopping diamond sparkler on full display. 

Sofia’s Vergara's Engagement Ring
Sofia eating a piece of cake while showing off her engagement ring.

What Style Setting is Sofia Vergara’s Engagement Ring?

Sofia’s Vergara’s engagement ring is a sparkling pavé halo setting with a cushion cut center stone, held firmly in place by four prong claws. The platinum band has intricate diamonds adorning it, a detail that only adds to the ring’s unique aesthetic. 

Platinum Cathedral Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

The halo setting is a highly popular trend right now for brides and grooms-to-be. This setting is ideal for anyone who wants to bring that extra sparkle to their engagement ring. A halo accent is also a sure way to make the center stone appear more striking than what it would on its own. 

A halo setting is one way to make your ring all the more spectacular, but a band studded with tiny diamonds is one embellishment that suits modern and vintage engagement rings alike. The more diamonds you have, the more you’ll glow. 

What Diamond Shape is Sofia’s Engagement Ring?

The center stone on Sofia Vergara’s engagement ring is a cushion cut diamond. 

Cushion-shaped diamonds are ranked the third most popular diamond cut after the round brilliant and princess. Like round diamonds, they are incredibly versatile and fit perfectly in just about any setting. They’re especially liked for the illusion they give off, appearing like crushed ice. 

Two different sized cushion cut diamonds sparkling on a gravel stone top.

Cushion cut diamonds tend to experience less damage because they don’t have any sharp edges. Their smooth outline makes it difficult for chipping to occur. Overall, this pillow-shaped diamond is an excellent investment and low maintenance. 

Another fantastic bonus is that these diamonds are budget-friendly. They’re less expensive than round-cut diamonds and often produce the same fire and brilliance. 

How Many Carats is Sofia Vergara’s Engagement Ring?

Sofia’s engagement ring is practically impossible to miss. Experts estimate her engagement ring to be between 5-7 carats. 

The diamond seems to be at least an F or higher on the color scale. 

How Much Did Sofia Vergara’s Ring Cost? And What’s It Really Worth?! 

Sofia’s ring has been featured on many sites as one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings. Joe is said to have paid around $500,000 for the engagement ring that could be mistaken for a miniature ice-rink. 

Looking at an ideal cushion cut diamond with excellent specifications (E Color, VVS2 Clarity) at James Allen, the estimate seems accurate.

5.02 Carat Cushion Modified Diamond

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Sofia’s Engagement Ring Lookalikes

If you’re looking for a replica of Sofia Vergara’s engagement ring but need to stay true to your budget, this platinum cathedral pavé halo diamond engagement ring has all the same features with some variations in size. At James Allen, you can even opt for a lab grown diamond and get the cushion-cut size you want at a third of the price you’d pay for an earth-created diamond

Platinum Cathedral Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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In love with the halo setting? This lookalike is our 14K white gold falling edge pavé diamond engagement ring. The halo is layered in a way that makes the cushion-cut center stone appear much bigger with a sparklier appeal. It consists of a 14K white gold band, with the center diamond held firmly in place with four prongs.

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

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Our final lookalike has all the same features – a cushion-cut center diamond set beautifully in a diamond halo band for a magnificent display of sparkle from all angles. The difference with this lookalike is the amplified sparkle in a multi-layered diamond band and four-prong design. 

Platinum Grande Falling Edge Halo Engagement Ring

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We’re Here To Help 

Buying an engagement ring comes with stress, questions, and a lot of second-guessing. At James Allen, we’re here to 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 the ring-buying process.

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Romantic & Creative Proposal Ideas: Our Top Picks

Stumped on how to pop the question? Read our most romantic and creative proposal ideas!

If you’re planning to propose soon, you’re probably wondering: How am I going to pull it off? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of fun, romantic and creative proposal ideas to guide you in the right direction.

1. Take It Outside

If you’re the adventurous type – this one’s for you. The great outdoors offers breathtaking views and natural beauty that will take your proposal to the next level. Bold views deserve big sparkle. The ring of choice? A halo.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Outdoors engagement offering

City Hotspots: Take advantage of the beauty of your hometown. Every city is filled with unique landmarks, parks or buildings with an observation deck that’ll add a sentimental touch to your big moment.

Beach Stroll: Writing a message in the sand is simple, but as heartfelt as proposals get. And topped off with the perfect sunset? Most romantic proposal ever.

Take a Hike: Take your relationship to new heights. What better way to start your new journey together than to propose at the end of the trail? 

2. Get Creative

This one’s for all the out-the-box thinkers who want to add a creative twist to their proposals. If your partner is the artsy type we recommend going for a tension ring

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Creative Engagement

Photo Album: Gather all those special moments you’ve shared together, then leave a blank space with a title – ‘Our Engagement’ will do the trick. Don’t forget to have your camera on standby to capture the special moment!  

Bring Flowers: Seriously, flowers make everything better. Sprinkle your chosen spot with petals or declare your love with a flower-shaped heart – you do you. 

3. Unique Proposals

Unique proposals call for unique engagement rings – vintage. If you’re the creative type who pays attention to your partner’s passions, a fun-filled proposal might be your calling:

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Unique Proposals

Cook Up: If you’re in agreement that food = love, then we’ve got the perfect ingredients for a successful proposal. Bring the restaurant home by preparing something delicious. Prefer something a little more intimate? Be sure to check out these home-proposal ideas for inspo. 

Between The Lines: If a book is your partner’s second best thing to snuggle up with, we’ve got the perfect solution. Tie the ring to a ribbon, slip it in between the pages and let the magic unfold.

Cut Your Trailer: In a world of ever-changing technology, video creation has never been easier. Grab your smartphone and gather all your key-moments to show your partner right before getting down on one knee.

4. Recruit Some Help

Proposal planning can be stressful, so it’s the perfect time to let those closest to you extend a helping hand. Keep this one simple, but make it sparkly with a solitaire ring.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way to involve your loved ones. Help each other plant clues at your favorite spots that’ll lead your partner to the final clue – a ring.

They Said Woof: Add a little awww factor to the proposal with the help of your loyal companion. Tie the ring to your dog’s collar and send them in your partner’s direction. 

Friends Or Family: Pick a location and keep it simple – being surrounded by the people you love most is enough to make it unforgettable.

Proposal plans in order? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for an outdoor (and COVID-friendly) proposal!

8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

If you’re looking for spring proposal ideas during the COVID era, we’ve got tips on planning the perfect one below. From beaches to camping, to drive-ins and hikes, there is a myriad of options to make your engagement unforgettable. As an added bonus, outdoor springtime proposals are usually also pet friendly – and who doesn’t want their unofficial, furry family members included on such a special day? Finally, if you’re in the market for an engagement ring, we’ve got good news for you: James Allen is always COVID-friendly. 

While planning a proposal can be a lot of work, just remember – within every spring lies the word ring. Coincidence? We think not. 

1. Hike Proposal with a View

If your partner loves exercise and nature, why not combine the two with a hike proposal? To get started, pick a trail filled with local flora and fauna. Revel at nature’s beauty as you make your way up to a scenic viewpoint – don’t worry, your hard work will pay off once you get to the top! Find a secluded spot with a great view and pop the question. 

Planning Tip: Spring proposal ideas can be sometimes thwarted by weather, so make sure to take into consideration the forecast (you don’t want rain or even a very cloudy day to dampen the mood), your partner’s level of fitness (most hikes are categorized into easy, medium and hard) and fill a backpack with water and snacks – just make sure not to forget the engagement ring!

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that speaks to your partner’s appreciation of the outdoors like our Entangled Vines Ring.

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

2. Sunset Proposal at the Beach

There’s a reason why the beach is a classic spring proposal idea: the sea is as beautiful as it is romantic. If your significant other loves spending time on the coast, a beach proposal might be the way to go. Enjoy the gorgeous sky as the sun descends over a vast, blue ocean. Breathe in the gentle breeze before getting down on one knee and asking the question of a lifetime.  

Planning Tip: The coast is generally cooler than the inland, especially as the sun goes down, so make sure to bring jackets or blankets to account for the change in temperature. To make sure the timing is just right, be sure to check sunset times in advance and give yourself a buffer for any possible delays, like traffic jams and bathroom breaks. Romantic touches like candles and rose petals in the sand are best left for other settings – the wind will likely blow them away.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that evokes the serenity of the ocean and the beauty of the sunset, like our Rope Solitaire Ring. 

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Lake Proposal

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu advised: “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” If you don’t live near the coast and your partner loves water, a lake offers an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and head out to the lake of your choice. Take in the beauty of nature reflected back at you through a still body of water, as you and your partner contemplate your future, together as one.

Planning Tip: Lakes are often surrounded by rocks, which can be uncomfortable to sit on. You might want to bring foldable chairs or a bench, in addition to a few blankets.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring with sapphire accents, to give a pop of blue color, like this gorgeous French-Cut Pavé Ring. Or think about using sapphire as your center stone. 

French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold French Cut Pave Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

4. Field of Flowers

Springtime makes everything bloom, so what better place to celebrate your love than in a field filled with flowers? Whether lavender, daisies or tulips, flowers provide not only a gorgeous backdrop but also a sweet smelling setting. Be sure to check for superblooms in your area – rare opportunities in which an unusually high number of wildflowers bloom at the same time. Flowers are a staple of every relationship – why not use them to signal the start of your engagement?

Planning Tip: To really nail your spring proposal idea, make sure to take into consideration the color palate. For example, if you’ll be proposing in a field of yellow daisies, you might want to think about choosing a contrasting wardrobe to make your pictures pop. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring inspired by your surroundings, like the gorgeous flower design below. Or choose a fancy color lab diamond for a center stone that really pops.

Open Lace Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Open Lace Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Drive-In Movie Theater Proposal

If your significant other is a cinephile, a drive-in movie pays homage to their personal preferences while also being COVID-friendly. Pack your car with popcorn and your favorite candy. Think about which parking spot makes the most sense for a proposal – do you prefer to be towards the back, for more privacy? Would you propose before, after or during the movie? Drive in and get ready for the most memorable movie experience of your lives!

Planning Tip: Many drive-ins have limited movie selections, so be sure to research different options to understand in advance which movie your partner prefers. If you’re unsure, consider a classic romantic comedy, which is a propos for day’s events. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that screams classic Hollywood, like this Art Deco Inspired design.

Art Deco Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

6. Camping Proposal

This spring proposal idea is for the adventure seekers: if you and your significant other are the outdoors-y types, how romantic is a proposal under the stars? Escape the city and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer – hikes with spectacular views, crisp river water and cuddling over a campfire at night (don’t forget the s’mores!). You might even cross paths with wildlife like deer, elk or bears. Springtime offers the perfect weather for camping and lush greenery – and proposals! 

Planning Tip: Make sure to reserve your campsite well in advance and check the weather before heading out. If you don’t want to invest in a ton of camping gear, ask friends if they’d be willing to let you borrow their gear.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that gives a nod to the beauty of nature, like our Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring. 

Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring


7. Bring Spring Indoors

If your significant other isn’t the outdoors type, you can still hit your spring proposal idea out of the park by bringing spring to you! Start by finding out your partner’s favorite flowers and filling your home with them. Sprinkle petals and light candles around the house for added effect. If you’re not the decorating kind, take to Pinterest for inspiration or enlist the help of a visually savvy friend. To make this sweet day even sweeter, top it off with your partner’s favorite dessert – what could be better than Calla Lilies and cupcakes or freesia and fondue? 

Planning Tip: Some flowers are harder to find than others, so make sure to take this into consideration when figuring out your timeline. Some people prefer potted plants because they last longer – it never hurts to do a little detective work to find out your partner’s preferences! 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that combines delicate beauty with strength and elegance. Our recommendation? A dazzling Petite Pavé design. 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

8. Back-Up Plan

Life throws curveballs, so consider having a contingency plan. If all else fails, hit up your local outdoor farmers market (don’t forget your masks!), choose fresh ingredients and whip up a delicious dinner for two. You can also order a meal prep kit, which delivers all of the ingredients to your house, ready for you and your significant other to cook in unison. If you’re not the cooking kind, opt for a meal delivery service (also a great way to support your favorite restaurants!) paired with a beautifully set table and candles.

Ring Tip: Bring out the classics for this one! You’ll never go wrong with any of our best-selling solitaire, halo or three-stone designs.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquise Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

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Our Most Popular and Most-Reviewed Jewelry

Sure, the jewelry looks fantastic online…but what do customers really think? Read on to find out! We’ve arranged a lineup of the year’s most-reviewed items: engagement rings, wedding rings, and fine jewelry. 

Most-reviewed wedding rings and engagement rings

The reviews are in! Which items are James Allen customers totally in love with? The trends are clear: rose gold, pavé, and classic settings are in.

Rose gold jewelry

Rose gold jewelry got the lion’s share of rave reviews! Our lineup below includes rose gold engagement ringsrose gold wedding rings, and a rose gold necklace.

Pavé jewelry

This glittery lineup of popular jewelry is studded with pavé settings. Not only does pavé add sparkle, but when designed in a halo it makes its center stone appear larger!

Classic jewelry

Simple, unadorned jewelry makes a strong showing alongside its sparkling peers. Solitaire engagement rings, minimalist stud earrings, and gold-forward pendant necklaces are clearly popular.

Read on for a snapshot of our most-reviewed items…

Engagement Rings

Rose Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

The Petite Pavé is one of our most popular engagement ring styles, and it’s clear that rose gold is rising in popularity. This delicate, feminine ring has just the right amount of sparkle…and it had our customers raving!

“The ring was perfect and my fiancé loved it and hasn’t stopped looking at it since.”
-Aaron B.

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14K Rose Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)

White Gold Knife Edge Engagement Ring

A simple solitaire engagement ring – with an edge. The strong lines of this unique solitaire engagement ring draw all eyes to the featured center stone. Affordable, minimalist, and stylish, this engagement ring drew a storm of chatter.

“My fiancée loves it! The simplicity of the ring is amazing and more! It shines so big!”
– Jahaira C.

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14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Solitaire Engagement Ring
with Oval Diamond

This yellow gold engagement ring is an utter classic. It’s designed for comfort – not only is it beautiful, but you can wear it all day. And customers loved it! This setting is suitable for mounting with any cut of a diamond – and customers took advantage of this, choosing (for instance) the oval diamond featured below. 

“Bought this beautiful piece for my wife and she was super happy! The quality of the style and cut is amazing!”
– Alessandro B.

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14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

This white gold engagement ring really puts a twist on pavé. It’s composed of two thin bands – one pavé and one classic – twirled together for just the right amount of subtle shimmer. 

“Loved the ring! Shines a ton. She loved it.”
– Chris F.

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14K White Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Cathedral Halo Engagement Ring

With an arching, many-armed backet, this rose gold engagement ring is pure royalty. Its unique halo is slightly almond-shaped, tapering gracefully into the curved pavé-set band. This is a super-sparkler! And thanks to the surrounding small stones, the center stone actually appears larger than it is. 

“My now fiancée absolutely loves the ring and loves adoring the size of the diamond.” 
– Jonathan V. 

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14K Rose Gold Cathedral Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Wedding Rings

Platinum Flush Fit Pavé Wedding Ring

This is a timeless wedding band that adds a good amount of sparkle. The pavé-set diamonds are set perfectly to allow the maximum amount of light to hit their facets. And if that’s not enough, it’s also effortlessly comfortable to wear. 

“Absolutely love my wedding band and engagement ring. My diamond is stunning and customer service was exceptional.”
– James S.

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Platinum Flush Fit Pave Wedding Ring

Thin Pavé Wedding Ring

For those who love a solid stack of sparkle, this delicate pavé wedding ring is a perfect choice. Slim enough to accommodate both an engagement ring and an anniversary ring, this adds a graceful line of complementary glitter to any ring compilation.

“She said yes! The ring is absolutely remarkable and super elegant!”
– Andrew H.

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14K White Gold Thin Pave Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Platinum Prong-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

This platinum wedding ring is set with 10 sparkling diamonds that cover half the band’s length. This wedding ring is gracefully bold. Its stones are larger than that of a pavé and, as such, they capture a good amount of light.

“Beautiful! Looks great with my engagement ring (which is also from James Allen).”
– Anne W.

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Platinum Prong Set Diamond Wedding Rin

Rose Gold Vintage Marquise Wedding Ring

A wedding ring with all the romance of vintage jewels, but made to modern quality standards. The entire length of the rose gold band is set with alternating round and marquise diamonds that give off an uncommonly romantic whimsy.

“Exactly what I envisioned for my wedding band. Amazing quality too.”
– Justin L.

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14K Rose Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring

Fine Jewelry 

Yellow Gold Four-Prong Diamond Earrings

These diamond studs became many of our customers’ go-to earrings this year! With their sturdy yet vanishing prongs, these yellow gold earrings upgrade your wardrobe for any occasion. You really can’t go wrong with diamond studs, especially these. 

“The 4 prong looks great!! Happy to have them!”
– Maria J.

14K Yellow Gold Four Prong Stud Earrings (Mounting)

White Gold Four-Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Diamond tennis bracelet: the ultimate in shine! This bracelet is straight-up, elegant, in-your-face sparkle. A continuous line of diamonds makes this bracelet shimmer from every angle on your wrist. Sturdy four-prong settings hold 53 brilliant-cut diamonds in a single, beautifully-crafted row. 

“The diamonds are bright and sparkly!”
-Yenny C.

14K White Gold Four Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Rose Gold Curved Bar Diamond Necklace

A minimalist piece with personality! This diamond necklace features a curved row of round-cut diamonds gracefully suspended by a rose gold chain. The delicate line of glitter brightens up the wearer without being too in-your-face, and the rose gold lends this necklace a feminine touch.

This item is unique and beautiful. What a wonderful gift.”
– Shirley P.

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Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant

A minimalist diamond pendant necklace with an understood, practical grace. This diamond pendant necklace takes your everyday wear to the next level. The thin bezel setting makes it a fantastic option for active lifestyles, thanks to its strong, no-snag mounting and comfortable flattened back. 

“This necklace is perfect for my everyday life, a very classic and timeless piece.”
– Isa L.

14K Yellow Gold Bezel Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

Platinum Milgrain Bezel Diamond Pendant Necklace

This milgrain setting keeps your diamond secure and stylish. Its beading is the perfect mix of modern and vintage jewelry design. The smooth, curved back adds a gorgeous element of movement, ensuring that your pendant will always move slightly to catch the light and your diamond’s facets will sparkle.

“Awesome quality!  Very happy with my purchase.”
– James W.

Platinum Milgrain Bezel Diamond Pendant (Mounting)

Customer-favorite jewelry styles:

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  2. Trending Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
  3. Wedding Ring Engraving Ideas
  4. Engagement Ring Advice From Real Couples

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Designing Your Ring Together: Here’s Why You Should

Good communication is a key tenet of any relationship. This means being open and honest about everything and anything. So why wouldn’t you work together on your engagement ring, one of the most significant pieces of jewelry you’ll ever wear?

Gone are the days when partners are expected to be mind readers. Thankfully, the days of open and honest communication are here. Don’t wait in silence for what you want, work together to ensure your engagement ring is one you both love.

Should You Pick An Engagement Ring Together?

More and more couples are choosing to experience picking out an engagement ring together. By working together, you can ensure it is a ring you will love, that it is your size, and that it contains any and all meaningful touches. This is one of, if not the most important ring you’ll ever wear, so why not make sure it’s perfect?

Working together is an added benefit when designing the ring. Instead of guessing based on the jewelry you own, you can ensure it is the exact metal, diamond, or gemstone cut, carat, clarity, and of course, style.

Is It OK To Shop For Engagement Rings Together?

Of course! The tradition of surprise, while a lovely one, is something more and more couples are saving for popping the big question itself. After all, a surprise proposal is that much less stressful when you know you are asking with a ring your partner absolutely loves!

What Are The Benefits Of Ring Shopping Together?

The better question is, what aren’t the benefits? Shopping for an engagement ring together has so many benefits! From ensuring it is the right size and style, you can rest easy knowing you won’t need to make a return or exchange. Shopping together reduces stress and ensures a successful purchase.

Less Engagement Ring Stress

Most people have an idea of what they want their engagement ring to look like. They have a vision, if not of one design they love, then of a few. But those visions are in their head, and unless you are a mind reader, shopping together takes away the stress of “What if they don’t like it?”

By shopping together, you remove the stress of sizing, and instead of hoping it fits, you will KNOW it does. After all, this is a ring they will wear for the rest of their life, you want it to be perfect.

Openly Discuss Budget

This is a great perk of shopping together for a ring. Instead of overspending or accumulating debt, by working together, you can ensure to buy a ring your partner loves on a budget you can afford and are both comfortable with.

You can also discuss how to get the perfect ring within your budget. For example, choosing a lab grown diamond engagement ring will allow you to get a diamond she loves for a price that you love.

Risk-Free Proposal

Shopping together ensures your partner will say yes. No sweaty palms, no wondering what the answer is. You KNOW they will say yes, so you can save all your stress for planning the perfect proposal.

What Are The Benefits Of Designing Your Engagement Ring Together?

Just like shopping for a ring together, designing your engagement ring together has many benefits. Ensuring it is the right size, it incorporates both of your styles, that it is a ring you love, and of course, making the experience that much more special.

Style Preferences Are Guaranteed

While you can get hints when perusing (see spying) your partner’s jewelry box, they may have a totally different vision for their engagement ring. Someone with funky taste may opt for something more traditional for this momentous piece of jewelry. 

Not only can you ensure they love every detail, from the metal color and style, to the diamond or gemstone, but you can choose together a beautiful sentiment to have engraved.

Related Post: Engagement Ring Engraving Ideas

Ensure It Fits Correctly

Being sure the ring fits from day one is a huge benefit to shopping together. While James Allen offers free resizing (get more details here), some styles are harder to resize, some styles simply cannot be resized, and of course, resizing takes time. Getting engaged is so exciting! Having to wait to wear your ring because it is getting resized can really take the wind out of your sails.

Shopping together guarantees that from the moment you hear “yes,” your partner can wear their ring comfortably. And comfort is important because they will wear this ring everyday forever.

No Subtle Hints Needed

Who knows what women are thinking? Who knows what anyone is thinking?! Shopping and designing your ring together removes the guesswork. No worrying your hints are too subtle, no being frustrated when they miss your hints altogether. 

Instead, complete security in knowing you will get the exact ring you want. How refreshing!

Avoid Redesigning & Resizing

Shopping for a ring together means you won’t hear that dreaded “I love it, but I just need to change a few things.” No worrying about the size or style, instead, you’ll have the full confidence that it fits because your partner was there with you to give their ring size. No fretting if they will like it because your partner was there to tell you what style they wanted. Instead of getting the ring almost perfect but they wanted a different metal color, you will simply get the ring perfect the first time.

Related Post: How To Measure Your Ring Size

Spend Quality Time Together

Getting engaged is a special time. You are starting your journey to forever, committing to each other in a very meaningful way. Taking the time to design your engagement ring together gives this important piece of jewelry that much more meaning. From start to finish, getting married is a special experience, so make the most of it and start earlier by designing your ring together.

Engagement Ring Designing Tips For Couples

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing to design your own engagement ring. Read below for some tips and tricks, and of course, our experts at James Allen are always here to help.

Learn The 4Cs

Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight: these are the 4Cs, i.e., the 4 things you want to keep in mind when shopping for an engagement ring. In addition to applying to a center stone, many styles have accessorizing diamonds and side stones where this information is also useful.

Cut refers to the facets, angles, and proportions of a diamond or gemstone, color refers to the clarity or colorlessness of a diamond, clarity refers to how free of inclusions your stone is, and carat weight refers to the weight or size of your diamonds and stones.

Related post: How To Buy An Engagement Ring Using The 4Cs

Design Your Ring Online

There are many benefits to designing your ring online, most of all convenience. You can start this process anytime, whatever your schedule. No more running to the mall before the store closes or skipping brunch to spend the morning in some office.

Another perk is options! Options online are endless, you can choose from lab grown and earth created diamond options, as well as diamond alternatives like moissanite. You can look together at the different shades of gemstones that are available, see how different sizes will look, try your dream center stone in different settings, and so on and so forth.

Designing a ring online ensures you will get a ring you and your partner love, the only limit is your and your partner’s imagination!

Consult An Expert

There is a LOT to know about diamonds and fine jewelry, and at James Allen, our experts are here to help. Our Real-Time Diamond Inspection allows you to browse our loose diamonds while simultaneously speaking to one of our diamond experts. You can ask about everything from the specs of a diamond to reviewing a grading certificate.

When making an investment purchase like an engagement ring, speaking to an expert is just as important as doing your research, so make sure you get all the advice.  Speaking to experts and consulting with couples who have already gone through the process will help ensure that together, you pick out the perfect engagement ring.

FAQs

Is it rude to change your engagement ring? 

We don’t think so! Your engagement ring is for life, you and your partner need to absolutely LOVE it! Just make sure to check the return policy of wherever you shop.

Should your rings match? 

This is entirely up to you. Some couples choose to get matching engagement rings, some choose to get matching wedding rings, while some brides choose to match their engagement ring to their wedding ring. While you are shopping, discuss with your partner the various options as you may want to purchase your engagement and wedding rings together.

What is the rule for engagement rings? 

The rule is…there are no rules! How much you spend, what style you choose, going for a diamond or gemstone as your center stone, these are all decisions that are personal. You will wear this ring for the rest of your life, so whether you go for a blinged out diamond engagement ring or prefer a simply sophisticated solitaire style, your engagement ring needs to be your way.

Better Together

It is not an easy mission to find the ring of your dreams. Even if you have a style in mind, the shopping process can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, including choosing a retailer, deciding on your budget, and picking a style.

When embarking on such an important mission, why not have your partner by your side? After all, they will present the ring when popping the big question; let’s make sure it’s one you both love!

Visit us at JamesAllen.com and start designing your dream ring today!

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Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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Affordable Engagement Rings: Our Top Picks

These affordable engagement rings are equally as beautiful as they are budget-friendly!

Affordable engagement rings: pear-cut diamond halo engagement ring

Everybody deserves their dream engagement ring. However, in some cases, high-quality glitter comes with an equally high price tag. If you’re looking for an affordable yet beautiful engagement ring, don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of our top-selling affordable engagement rings that will have your SO beaming as bright as the rings themselves.

1. Solitaire Engagement Rings

When it comes to affordable engagement rings, a solitaire ring is always a good place to start. Consisting of a single stone and a simple setting, this timeless ring allows your diamond to take center stage. Keep it simple but shiny with these classics.

White Gold Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. Elongated Stones

Although classic shapes are the most popular, you’ll find a golden opportunity with elongated fancy shapes. These stones are not only cheaper, but their shapes create the appearance of a larger surface area. Consider these stunning pear, oval and marquise diamond rings and get more bang for your buck.

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Beaded Marquise Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Beaded Marquise Shape Engagement Ring

3. Pavé The Way

Pavé rings consist of small diamonds encrusted on the band, making the band itself look like it’s made of diamond. This elaborate display of diamonds gives the ring a boost of extra sparkle at an affordable price, without needing to invest more in increasing the center stone’s carat size.

Yellow Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

4. Well, Halo There

If you’re on a budget and want an affordable yet supersized sparkle, look no further than a halo! We recommend a cushion-cut stone paired with a pavé halo band. Alternatively, choose a clean trellis setting and let the halo do the sparkling.

White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring (Cushion Center)

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Trellis Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Trellis Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

5. Colored Gemstones

Gemstones have become an increasingly popular option when shopping for affordable engagement rings. If you’d like to venture away from a traditional all-diamond engagement ring, a gorgeous side-stone ring with marquise-shaped sapphires or a ruby 3 stone ring will do the trick.

White Gold Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Ruby Three Stone Engagement Ring

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Found your dream affordable ring? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

  1. Classic Minimalist Jewelry
  2. How Much To Spend On An Engagement Ring
  3. 11 Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement Rings
  4. How To Budget For An Affordable Engagement Ring

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A Match Made In Heaven: Cushion-Cut Halo Engagement Rings

Take classic glamour to the next level with a cushion-cut halo engagement ring.

Cushion Cut Halo Engagement Rings

The cushion cut diamond has been beloved for over a century! With its rounded edges and soft square shape, the cushion-cut is experiencing a resurgence in popularity as couples throwback to the classics.

And what’s the perfect way to modernize a cushion-cut diamond? A halo! FYI: the now-obsessed-over halo engagement ring rose to popularity in the opulent Roaring Twenties as a glitzy way to show off a gorgeous center diamond.

A Cushion-Cut:

  • Shows off the clarity of your diamond
  • Radiates gentle grace and class
  • Gives engagement rings a romantic feel

A Halo:

  • Adds striking sparkle to any engagement ring
  • Draws attention to its center stone
  • Makes its center stone appear larger

Keep scrolling for our expert picks – the cushion-cut halo engagement rings at the crux of old-style charm and fresh glam:

Marquise Cluster

14K Yellow Gold Marquise Cluster Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“The ring I purchased looks one-of-a-kind.”
– Michael A.

14K White Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

“The stone looks even bigger on my hand than expected!”
– Ashley T.

Side-stone

14K Rose Gold Sidestone Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“SHE LOVES IT, I LOVE IT, WE LOVE IT!”
– Zachary K.

Tear Drops

14K Rose Gold Tear Drops Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“This setting makes a one-carat stone look like a two-carat!”
– Acon L.

Perfect Pavé

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Cushion Emerald, Radiant)

“I have never seen anything sparkle so much!”
– Mallarie P.

Regal Frame

14K White Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

“I could not be more pleased with my purchase!”
– Troy V.

Vintage Octagon

14K White Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“My fiancee loved its antique yet modern look.”
– Brian M.

Split-Shank 

14K Yellow Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

”All the diamonds are set perfectly and catch everyone’s attention.”
– Kyle K.

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The 10 Hottest Halo Engagement Rings

Our customers prefer to glow big and go home with these handcrafted halo engagement rings.

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All Hail Halo Engagement Rings!

If you’ve been following our blog, it should come as no surprise that halo engagement rings are our most-reviewed setting style. And for good reason.

Halo settings surround the center stone with an outer ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones that reflect light off the center stone, making it appear larger. This is especially useful if you’re on a tight budget and want to “supersize” the sparkle of your center stone without breaking the bank.

Halo Engagement Rings: A Galaxy of Glam

Like the rings of Saturn, halo engagement rings shine bright and can be seen from a great distance. Check out the 10 heavenly bodies our customers have been gravitating toward:

1. Cushion Outline Pavé Halo

Can’t decide between a cushion-cut or round center stone? This halo engagement ring lets you have the best of both worlds: the nostalgic outline of a cushion-cut halo as well as the brilliance of a round center diamond.

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring
  • “My ring is amazing. I have received tons of compliments. The sparkle catches people’s eyes from a distance.” – Brian G.
  • Beautiful is truly an understatement to how perfect this ring is.” – Anthony T.

2. Falling Edge Pavé Halo

This diamond halo ring is quite literally brimming with sparkle. The pavé cascades over the edges of the shank in an impressive display of fireworks.

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pave Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “The diamond looks huge on her finger, which is a big plus! She’s received so many compliments on it.” – David G.
  • “Our ring exceeded all our expectations and was simply magnificent.” – Alexander T.

3. Pavé Halo Split Shank

This super-luxe pavé split shank ring exudes a sparkling majesty from its pavé undergallery and halo to the pavé-set diamonds along both shanks.

14K White Gold Round Split Band Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
  • “I can tell how much she loves this piece of art and enjoys all the compliments she gets every day from random people.” – Nguyen T.
  • “The ring is absolutely stunning and my fiance was (and still is) stunned by it. It’s a head-turner for sure.” – John C.

4. Classic Pavé Halo

A thin halo of pavé-set diamonds surrounds the round center diamond, making it stand out from the sleek, slight cathedral-shaped shank.

14K White Gold Pave Halo Engagement Ring
  • “It brings so much more sparkle than a normal solitaire ring while still being classy.” – Phillip H.
  • “I am so mesmerized by this ring! Such a perfect blend of elegant and simple. Modern and vintage.” – Sarah S.

5. Petite Pavé Halo

The epitome of modern elegance, this single-row pavé halo setting features an open V-bar undergallery and a single-row pavé shank.

14K White Gold Petite Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
  • “This ring is an absolute beauty that simply takes your breath away.” – Darryll T.
  • “This ring is relatively thin and delicate but pops with the halo. The halo adds that much more to the rock in the center. The way everything sparkles when the light hits it is amazing.” – Samuel L.

6. Embellished Gallery Pavé Halo

This knockout pavé setting was created with maximum light and brilliance in mind. It features a custom-designed halo that perfectly conforms to the center diamond.

14K White Gold Embellished Gallery Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
  • “The ring is elegant and HUGE. It looks beautiful and shines like no other ring I have ever seen.” – Katie L.
  • “Ever since she’s had the ring, all we hear is how gorgeous and BIG the diamond is, not to mention how brilliant and fiery the diamond looks.” – Chad M.

And now for a special collection…

…a quartet of exquisite halo rings! All display pavé-set diamonds along both their shanks and their halos, highlighting each of their differently-shaped center diamonds:

7. Pavé Halo (Pear Center)

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “This is the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen! It sparkles at every angle. It is elegant and unique from most other rings you typically see!” – Christopher E.
  • “The ring is absolutely stunning! It looked beautiful in the picture on your website but seeing it and holding it in person is unreal!” – Louise E.

8. Pavé Halo (Round Center)

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “She confirms almost hourly that the ring is amazing and well put-together.” – Chase H.
  • “I love how the halo setting makes the half-carat diamond seem much larger than it really is.” – Adrian J.

9. Pavé Halo (Oval Center)

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “Even with a dainty setting, the pavé diamonds reflect a significant amount of light/brilliance.” – Andrew H.
  • “The band is delicate and feminine and the halo perfectly constructed. My fiancée can’t stop looking at it.” – Blake M.

10. Pavé Halo (Cushion Center)

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
  • “All I can say about the ring is WOOOOOW! The ring shines like nothing else and is so beautiful.” – Rei Z.
  • “The halo complements the diamond and white gold perfectly.”
    Alex M.

Halo Engagement Rings: Either/Aura

Will you be channeling Cupid with a halo? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat.

One halo not sparkly enough for you? Get twice the ice with a double halo engagement ring.

And if you want to put a halo on it: read more articles on unique halo rings, art deco halo designs, and even Carrie Underwood’s canary yellow diamond halo engagement ring.

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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 🥨

14K Rose Gold Pave Twist Diamond Engagement Ring
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 🔀

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Twisted Shank Engagement Ring
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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Er… 
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Discover the crossover appeal of split shank and infinity engagement rings.

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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

finding her engagement ring style how she rolls

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.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring
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.

Read more about designing the perfect engagement ring

Glow-Key Glam

14K White Gold Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
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.

Read more about choosing an engagement ring she’ll love

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)
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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Double Halo Engagement Rings: Twice the Ice

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

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

Highs & Halos: Double Halo Engagement Rings

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

14K White Gold Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring
Triple Row Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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

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

Celebrity Doubles

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

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

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

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Halo & Behold: Double Halo Engagement Rings

Platinum Princess Shape Double Halo Engagement Ring By Martin Flyer
Princess Cut Double Halo Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

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

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Ruby and Diamond Double Halo Ring

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

Make Mine a Double!

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

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Style Series: Heavenly Halo Engagement Rings

Halo: brightness, our old friend. Halo, we love you, won’t you tell us your name?

pear pave halo engagement ring

Along with the infinite potential for wordplay, halo engagement rings hold glorious potential to highlight your center diamond. Halo settings feature smaller diamonds or gemstones which surround the engagement ring’s center stone. The result is a dazzling frame to your already sparkling ring. If you’re on a tight center diamond budget or if you want to make a large diamond look even larger, halo engagement rings are a brilliant choice.

Halo engagement rings can go with simple solitaire bands for a more modern look or decorated bands for a vintage style. For maximum shimmer, choose a halo engagement ring with a pavé band. Halos complement your stone shape, from round cut to pear shape to whatever cut you choose.

Design Your Own Halo Engagement Ring

Ready for these angelic halo engagement ring picks?

1. Round Cut Cushion Halo Engagement Ring

With its classy cushion outline and its fiery round center stone, this halo ring combines the best of two shapes.

2. Princess Cut Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Go for the yellow gold with this trademark halo ring that’s fit and cut for a princess.

18K Yellow Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Princess Center)

3. Pear Cut Solitaire Halo Engagement Ring

The solitaire band of this ring lets its center diamond and halo pop, spotlighting the distinctive pear shape.

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

4. Round Cut Vintage Halo Engagement Ring

This marquise, round cut, and flower outline basket combo give the air of a rosy golden relic.

14K Rose Gold Marquise And Round Brilliant Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Round Cut Star Halo Engagement Ring

This burst halo has us totally starstruck, and the clean channel band adds extra design sophistication.

14K White Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

6. Round Cut Side-Stone Halo Engagement Ring

Side diamonds give the halo a special shape. Plus, we love the surprise diamond-shaped stone behind the center diamond!

side stone halo engagement ring

7. Princess Cut Magnolia Halo Engagement Ring

This rose gold ring has all the charm of the magnolia, a treasured flower that blooms brilliantly once a year.

14K Rose Gold Magnolia Engagement Ring

8. Round Cut Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

Sapphires frame the center stone with a pop of color, a beautiful way to check off your “something blue.”

14K White Gold French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

9. Radiant Cut Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

Between the octagon halo and the radiant diamond, this geometric vintage-style ring hits all the right angles.

18K White Gold Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

10. Round Cut Split Band Halo Engagement Ring

Echo the cut-out clothing trend and optimize sparkle with this pavé split band-halo combo.

14K White Gold Grande Halo Split Shank Engagement Ring

Ready to design your own engagement ring? Get started.

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