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.
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.
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 partners passions, a fun-filled proposal might be your calling:
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.
Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for an outdoor (and COVID-friendly) proposal!
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 are 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.
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.
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 a sapphire as your center stone.
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.
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.
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.
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 flower and fill 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those who love a solid stack of sparkle, this delicate pavé wedding ring is the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A minimalist piece with personality! This smile of a 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 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.
We’ve lined up earth-created and lab grown diamonds. Think YOU can spot the difference?
Although lab grown diamonds are grown in a lab, they are real diamonds and have the same physical, chemical and visual properties as earth-created diamonds. With this striking similarity, it begs the question: Is it possible to tell the two apart? Even expert gemologists can’t differentiate between a lab-grown and earth-created diamond with the naked eye. Are you willing to take up the challenge?
As you immerse yourself with our dazzling collection of engagement rings, anniversary rings, and gorgeous fine jewelry, we’ve highlighted jewelry featuring both earth-created and lab grown diamonds. Think you know which is which? Take a moment to learn about lab grown diamonds on our website, then start scrolling.
1. Round Lab Grown Diamonds
Do you like to keep things straight-up classic? And by classic, we mean round. Our extensive collection of round lab grown diamonds comes in a range of sizes, starting from 0.5 carats. In the early days of diamond-making, labs were only able to grow small diamonds. However, as things continue to get bigger and better, so has your sparkle. In fact, we’ve got diamond sizes in excess of a whopping 5 carats!
Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring
This gorgeous engagement ring features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting the round cut center diamond.
Do you like the fancy things in life? Lab grown diamonds aren’t just reserved for those who stick to the traditional approach. We’ve got a wide range of shapes, including oval, cushion, princess, emerald, and more! If you prefer your bling with a pop of color, our fancy color lab-grown diamonds come in a range of options like yellow diamonds, pink diamonds, red diamonds, and blue diamonds to name a few!
Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
The knife edge design of this ring draws attention to the center diamond or gemstone, showcasing its brilliance without detracting from its beauty.
A vibrant pavé set diamond crown, featuring pavé accents on the prongs and gallery creates the perfect basket for the center diamond. The demure and feminine feel of this alluring ring is enhanced by the petite band.
Have you been able to tell which diamonds are lab-grown? If not, don’t fret. They’re 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.
Needless to say, producing the special carbon arrangement of earth-created diamonds is intense. We’re talking high heat and super high pressure. Plus, very few places in the world are capable of producing earth-created diamonds.
Thanks to technology, we no longer need to go digging for our precious stones. Scientists are now able to simulate the required extreme conditions using specialized pressure chambers in a lab. Lab created diamonds are grown from tiny carbon “seeds” that develop in these chambers over months, as incredibly hot gases deposit carbon atom-by-atom onto the original seed. The result? A diamond packing the same quality and sparkle, produced a billion times quicker.
Octagonal Baguette Double Halo Engagement Ring
Alternating baguette and round diamonds compose the elegant and striking inner halo, surrounded by an octagonal frame of round brilliant diamonds. The shank also features pavé diamonds on each side to exalt the splendor of this magnificent ring.
Lab-created diamonds are generally more affordable than earth-created diamonds, giving you a 30% larger stone for the same cost.
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!
Bow Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring
This beautiful tapered engagement ring design is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds.
There’s no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. While earth-created 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!
Have we made a strong case to go for a lab-grown diamond? If you’re ready, you can pick up a 1 carat lab-created diamond starting at around $1,550. However, the price largely depends on its specifications. Remember, the 4 C’s (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight) also need to be considered, as these all impact the overall cost of lab-grown diamonds.
6. Lab Created Bling
Lab created diamonds aren’t only for engagement rings. You can choose from a wide selection of lab-created diamond stud earrings and pendants when you shop with us.
This pendant is designed to showcase the beauty of a round cut lab-created diamond. The finely crafted four prong wire basket pendant features a kite orientation to add a twist to the traditional solitaire necklace.
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.
Dazzled by our sparkling collection of jewelry? Here at James Allen, we’ve got loads more sparkle 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.
Searching for more diamond deets? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!
Are you and your SO thinking about designing a ring together? Here’s why you should.
Buying an engagement ring is no easy task. It often takes time, patience and planning to score the perfect ring that your partner will wear forever. To ease the process, can a couple design a ring together without taking the surprise or romance out of the proposal? We think so. Find out why designing a ring may just be one of the best decisions you’ll make together.
1. A Modern Love
Nowadays, choosing to design a ring together has gained more popularity and comes with many pros. Not only does it alleviate pressure from your fiancé to find a ring that suits her style and preferences, it’ll give your partner comfort knowing that they made the perfect choice. Win-Win. Not sure where to begin? Start with a simple solitaire ring and take it from there.
Traditionally, the man picks the ring, comes up with an elaborate proposal plan, pops the question, then it’s all smiles and ring selfies. Today, more women prefer to add their two cents. Designing a ring together will give you peace of mind knowing your SO is getting exactly what they want. It’s a pretty bold choice. In the spirit of bold decisions, go big and design a halo.
When you design a ring as a duo, it means you do everything together. You’ll be able to choose a ring you love and set a budget you’re both comfortable with. You’ll also know what setting and diamond to choose and get your partner’s ring size on the spot. Why not use our try-on feature together and test drive these vintage, three-stone or channel set rings?
Many of our customers have chosen to design a ring together and could not be happier. Does it ruin the proposal moment? Hardly. Some decisions can still be a secret, like where, when or how the proposal will take place. Plus, they’ll be surprised in a good way with a ring they love. Read what our customers have said after designing their rings together.
‘We took the modern approach of picking out the ring together. We are so happy with it! – Lea H.’
What’s better than crafting the ring of your dreams together? Designing a ring with a sweet beat. Follow us on Spotify for a dazzling selection of tunes that’ll up the romance when you’re ring shopping on JamesAllen.com (wink wink).
These affordable engagement rings are equally as beautiful as they are budget-friendly!
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 simple setting, this timeless ring allows your diamond to take center stage. Keep it simple but shiny with these classics.
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 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.
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)
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 three-stone ring will do the trick.
White Gold Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring
Take classic glamour to the next level with a cushion-cut halo engagement ring.
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.
Shows off the clarity of your diamond
Radiates gentle grace and class
Gives engagement rings a romantic feel
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:
“The ring I purchased looks one-of-a-kind.” – Michael A.
Our customers prefer to glow big and go home with these handcrafted halo engagement rings.
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.
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.
Twisted engagement rings put a new spin on the classic solitaire ring setting.
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.
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 💍
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! 🌷
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 basketfor an extra-romantic surprise.
The Pretzeled Pavé 🥨
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 🍃
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 🌀
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 🔀
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.
Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.
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
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
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
When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.
What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.
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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.
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 onInstagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.
For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.
Why settle for a single halo when double halo engagement rings offer twice the sparkle?
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.
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!’
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 GLOWactress 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.
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
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.
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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Halo: brightness, our old friend. Halo, we love you, won’t you tell us your name?
Along with 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.