Cheer is here! The 2019 runway shows were filled with completely colorful eye candy – jewelry combining gemstones from the softest morganites to the deepest sapphires. Like you and your SO, it turns out gemstones are even better together.
Diamond and Sapphire Gemstone Cluster Bar Necklace
Retro’s been reimagined with a glimmer of hoop. Studded with diamonds, gemstones, or both, this sleek silhouette compliments your face shape while elevating any outfit. Opt for a huggie earring style or go all out with oversized statement hoops.
Jewelry trends have something new up their sleeve! It’s all about location, location, location – as in, the upper-arm location of these elegant cuff bracelets. This edgy upgrade has been spotted across fashion weeks and on our favorite celebrities.
White gold and platinum fine jewelry are having their moment. Nod to tradition with this classic metallic hue in updated designs, like bold key pendants and open silhouette rings. The best part? These metals highlight diamonds’ brilliance and make gemstones pop.
Delicate, dangling chains have arrived and we’re all ears! 2019 shows featured plenty of these ethereal earrings. Wear ‘em with your hair down for an instant shining highlight or with your hair up for a flattering, elongating effect.
Giving made easy (and affordable!) – check out our diamond jewelry holiday gift guide!
In the blink of an eye, the holidays are almost here again. Another year, another list of presents to give. While it may be a fun task (it is the most joyful season, after all), the process of selecting something special—especially for the love of your life and on a budget—can require a great gift guide. To save you time and stress, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite pieces to suit your love’s personality, all jewelry under $1,000. Happy shopping!
Holiday Gift Guide: For the Zen Seeker
The striking violet color of this amethyst gemstone is more than just eye candy. Legend has it that this form of quartz promotes clarity of the mind, relieves stress, and connects you more closely with your mind and soul. Bonus: this ring’s darker shade is totally on-trend.
Arguably the most beautiful plant in the world, the lotus flower has been prominent in Eastern cultures for centuries. The significance behind this particular flower is its ability to rise out of the water from muddy roots – it then blossoms daily into perfectly proportioned petals, without a trace of dirt. A perfect gift to highlight her natural strength and beauty.
If she’s always visiting museums and gallery-hopping or is an artist herself, look no further than this Art Nouveau-inspired necklace. The center stone comes with a storied past: “topaz” was named after Topazius, what the ancient Greeks called the island of Zebirget in the Red Sea. Blue topaz is also the birthstone for December—perfect for those celebrating birthdays during the holidays.
For those who spend their weekends treasure hunting at bazaars, vintage rings and collectible things will never go out of style. Ruby is the most valuable variety of the mineral corundum (a.k.a. aluminum oxide, the second-hardest mineral after diamond). Impress her with this rare find.
This necklace is strikingly modern and vintage at once with yellow gold and diamond accents. The piece also holds beautiful significance: circles have long been known to represent eternity and wholeness.
In the midst of all the cocktail parties and holiday get-togethers, her emerald and gold piece will be the talk about the town. Gift her this pair of earrings with the gemstone notably worn on women such as Elizabeth Taylor and Cleopatra. Best paired with a bottle of champagne.
If you’re planning on popping the question during the holiday season, get thoughtful and customize a unique ring for your one and only. A word to the wise: make sure to check her ring size before ordering. Here’s a design for inspiration, with a timeless halo style and a round diamond that catches the light at every angle.
Ah, Galentine’s Day. The Parks and Recreation alternative to Valentine’s Day, dedicated to appreciating phenomenal female friends over mimosas, waffles, and thoughtful presents.
Why celebrate Galentine’s Day?
By the time of your wedding, your best friend will have seen you at your worst, your best, and your irretrievably-stressed. This Galentine’s Day is a perfect time to appreciate how brightly she shines. Tap into your Leslie Knope instincts and treat your friend to one of these meaningful and sparkly Galentine’s Day presents!
Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts
1. Three-Prong Martini Style Earrings
Martini Style: for the bestie who helps you unwind, and who keeps it impressively classy even as she chills. Actual Galentine’s martinis sold separately.
2. Diamond Bar Bracelet
For that queen who sets an unbelievable bar for sensitivity and patience for others (but also maybe mostly you): a diamond bar to wear on her sleeve.
3. Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire Earrings
Matching studs are the new friendship bracelets. Get matching velvety blue pairs with that friend who can always finish your sentences.
4. East-West Halo Opal Necklace
A halo for that angel friend, who you know will always be an inspiring gem no matter how far away you are from each other or how life changes.
5. Petite Vintage Emerald Ring
After all the wedding planning your friend will experience with you, the emerald in this ring wishes her a lifetime of peace, balance, and growth.
6. Diamond Infinity Necklace
Even before your SO, you knew about infinite love from your best friend. Gift this necklace to the bae who will always be your #1.
We all know that Valentine’s Day is synonymous with hearts, flowers and the colors red and pink. This year, get creative and take these ideas to the next level when choosing a gift for your one and only. Check out this Valentine’s Day gift guide and surprise your significant other with a thoughtful piece of jewelry that will last forever.
HEART SHAPED DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING
February 14th marks one of the most popular days to propose and there’s a good reason why: when it comes to designing an engagement ring, pair the setting with a heart shaped diamond to complement the theme of love. It’ll serve as a reminder of this particular Valentine’s Day as well as your future anniversary. Plus, the rose gold band adds a nice touch that is oh-so-popular right now (especially among celebs).
In the ‘20s and ‘30s, Art Deco greatly influenced architecture, paintings and sculptures around the globe. If she’s an old soul with an affinity for all things vintage, this Art Deco-inspired ring makes for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift.
WHITE GOLD FOUR PRONG LAB-CREATED DIAMOND TENNIS BRACELET
Show her she’s your number one with a timeless white gold stunner. Lightweight and flexible, the row of diamonds on this tennis bracelet adds just the right amount of sparkle for everyday wear. It a win-win for sure.
It’s said that red symbolizes passion, desire and, yes, love. These earrings feature diamonds in the center, surrounded by marquise-cut rubies. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift along with a box of chocolates.
If you’re not sure what to get your significant other, you can’t go wrong with a heart ring. A perfect symbol of love, a heart ring can be dressed up or down, making it a jewelry staple that is as beautiful as it is practical.
Fun fact: The stone morganite is named after financier (and gem collector) J.P. Morgan who supported arts and sciences and contributed to major global institutions. There’s a certain sweetness and innocence to the light pink color of these studs, making it a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your SO.
If you’re looking for a unique ring that works as both a gift or an engagement ring, why not consider this gorgeous double halo ring? You can’t get more festive than a ruby set in rose gold! Your next move is brainstorming romantic ways to propose on Valentine’s Day.
ROSE GOLD ASYMMETRIC REBEL HEARTS PAVE DIAMOND BAR EARRINGS
If your significant other isn’t all that into Valentine’s Day, why not surprise her with a slick pair of diamond bar earrings? The rose gold adds a subtle nod to V-Day, while the geometric shape is sophisticated enough for a night out while still being versatile enough for everyday use.
Planning a proposal? We’re here to give you the answers before you pop the question! Check out these proposal tips inspired by our Customer’s Engagement Moments:
Proposal Tip 1: Plan ahead to capture the moment.
This moment will be one of your happiest and most authentic. Consider hiring a photographer, or ask a talented friend with a high-quality camera. Proposing alone? Learn from Gregory and Shauntay’s incredible West Virginia beach proposal and ask your SO for an auto-timer picture with your phone right before you propose.
Some want family and friends there, like Lauren and Thomas’s special holiday party proposal. Others might want it to be just you two in an intimate setting, like Heather and Tara’s beautifully simple picnic proposal. Think about how you and your SO would want to celebrate after saying yes.
Proposal Tip 4: Add personal references to your history together.
Start your future together by reminding your SO about your unbelievable past and present. Think like Michael, who proposed to Kasey after they ran one of their most challenging races together, or like Dayron, who proposed to Melissa on one of their cherished boating outings.
Proposal Tip 5: Take advantage of epic events.
If you propose to your SO at a once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll always associate that legendary day with your love story. Get ideas from Brad and Ashley’s solar eclipse proposal or from Ashleigh and Justin’s Super Bowl win.
Proposal Tip 6: Involve holidays to double the celebration.
‘Tis the season! Proposing during the holidays comes with double the celebration and magically lit settings. Think about proposing in a gorgeously decked-out space like Devin and Megan’s sparkling Union Station proposal.
To get your SO where she needs to go without arousing suspicion, team up with a friend or family member. Make sure they’re good enough actors so the secret doesn’t get out! Think like Tony, who worked with Lindsey’s best friend to surprise her.
Proposal Tip 9: Pair it with a bucket list adventure.
Take your SO on an adventure she’s always wanted to go on as a nod to all your future adventures together. It’ll be a great reminder of how you help each other grow. Get inspired by Lucas and Stephanie’s New Year’s NYC proposal and Glenn and Stacey’s Australian skydive story.
Proposal Tip 10: Breathe.
You’ve got this! However you propose, your SO will love it because you love each other. We’ve seen our fair share of incredible proposal stories at JamesAllen.com and we can’t wait to add yours to the mix. Good luck and congratulations!
Valentine’s Day is the most popular proposal day of the year; there’s just something extra romantic about proposing on this celebrated day of love and affection. If you’re thinking about proposing this February 14th, we’ve got sparkling Valentine’s Day engagement rings for you to hide inside a box of chocolates, or whatever scheme you have in store.
With one of these beauties, you’re sure to get a YES! Find the perfect Valentine’s Day engagement ring to propose with:
There’s just something about the snow that brings out the inner romantic in us. Who can resist gazing out the window at the ground blanketed with dazzling white snow, or at an individual spectacular snowflake as it falls gracefully into your palm? A snowy day seems to go hand-in-hand with cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa next to the fireplace.
Meghan and Ian are one couple who has been taking full advantage of the snowy New England weather.
“I could not have imagined a more magical and more ‘us’ proposal.” – Meghan
Meghan and Ian’s love story began back when they were in high school. The high-school sweethearts, although for sure having caught one another’s eye previously, got together not long before their senior prom.
They had been dating for five and a half years and living together, when one day, they went to enjoy a snow-filled weekend at Meghan’s parents’ house. Meghan, perfectly cozy and content watching movies in her sweats, could not be easily persuaded by Ian (who had a secret plan in mind) to go for a walk outside in the bitter cold. Finally, they reached a compromise: they would go sledding in the backyard, one of Meghan’s favorite pastimes growing up.
After paving a path together in the thick, powdery snow, and sledding down the hill a few times, Ian told Meghan that he’d give her a prize if she beat her own distance. Meghan, happy with her two prizes (a kiss and a hug), wanted to sled down the hill once more before heading back inside – it ended up being the day’s best run. She turned around to go back inside, when Ian called after her, telling her she forgot her prize.
When she turned to him, she saw him down on one knee in the snow, holding a shiny red James Allen box. Inside it was a perfect, sparkling solitaire ring. A teared up Meghan then put her brand new ring on and went to tell her mother her exciting news. Turns out, her mother already knew – she’d been watching from the window the entire time.
In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we decided to take the opportunity to celebrate women and their achievements. At James Allen, we’re proud of our fierce female employees.
Here are a few of the inspiring women at James Allen:
Shira Aviv, Full Stack SW Engineer Tel Aviv Office
“Use your feminine instincts in your career – they’re a huge advantage that your male colleagues don’t have.”
• Ensures that James Allen uses the most cutting edge technologies in order to give customers the best experience. • Is amazed by programming, and how much easier the internet has made our lives • Has always been attracted to the power of software • Loves having the opportunity to design and implement new products and features
Woman who inspired her: “As a developer, I must say that it’s Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, the first computer programmer.”
Career advice for young women: “Use your feminine instincts in your career – they’re a huge advantage that your male colleagues don’t have.”
Eleanor Walper, Graduate Gemologist, Head of James Allen New York Showroom New York Office
“Continue to look for new ways to learn! It is vital to keep yourself in a position of enlightenment, because you grow and remain engaged in and excited about your work.”
• Works daily with the Quality Control team to ensure stones are verified and finished pieces are created by our jewelers to meet James Allen quality standards. • Meets personally with clients in our newly established Fifth Avenue NYC Showroom to assist in diamond and setting selection or to facilitate repair and warranty services • Enjoys working with James Allen COO and Co-Founder, Dean Lederman, in our private sales division, which also entails diamond concierge and jewelry design services • Jumped at the chance to work at James Allen because e-commerce is fast becoming an emerging concept in the Jewelry world
Woman who inspired her: “As I’ve matured, I realize my mother never ceases to amaze and inspire me! She is one of the smartest women I know, always researching, attending seminars and trying new things. She received her MBA and worked for years in finance, but after raising me and my two sisters, she went back to school for her Private Investigator license and recently started her own practice. I am in awe of all of the things she’s accomplished, yet she still makes the time for herself to continue her own life and education.”
Career advice for young women: “Continue to look for new ways to learn! An education is something that no one can take away from you. It is vital to keep yourself in a position of enlightenment, because you grow and remain engaged in and excited about your work.”
Johanna Tzur, CMO Tel Aviv Office
“Be open to every opportunity; often the least intuitive career-building choices take you the furthest.”
• Responsible for all aspects of marketing at JamesAllen.com • Loves finding new ways to hit the radar of young couples who have found love and are now looking for their ideal jewelry to show it
Women who inspired her: “My mother who taught me you can have a chance to do it all, just not all at once, and my daughters who inspire me daily with their powers of negotiation.”
Career advice for young women: “Be open to every opportunity; often the least intuitive career choices take you the furthest.”
“You have gifts that may seem stereotypical but are also unique. Love who you are and use all of your gifts!”
• Responsible for creating and develop the systems, procedures and talent behind the dreams of the James Allen Customer Service operation • Watching something grow and positively impacting individuals brings a smile to her face every time she walks into the office • Followed the love of her life (President and co-founder of JamesAllen.com James Allen Schultz) in the venture of opening a diamond company
Women who inspired her: “I believe that inspiration comes from everywhere, every day, but the foundation from which I grew is the most important part of who I am. My very large family consists of all types of women, from the very simple to the highly educated. All of them, however, have the kind-heart and determination that turned difficult long days providing for a family, into days of happy childhood memories and laughter.”
Career advice for young women: “You have gifts that may seem stereotypical but are also unique; intuition and emotional awareness can be used with logic, analytics, determination, and strength to create an incredible advantage in business and personal goals. Love who you are and use all of your gifts!”
Jenny Shem-David, CPO Tel Aviv Office
“Always aspire to learn new things. Fulfill yourself as a person and don’t define yourself solely by those around you.”
• Manages the software development activities at James Allen • Loves the teamwork involved in creating something new every day • Enjoys working on a product which is based on the beauty in life • Her diamantaire family roots and desire for creativity, aesthetics and perfection brought her to this career path – was educated in law, but wanted something different
Woman who inspired her: “My grandmother – she was Superwoman to me. I was always amazed how she could do everything, in each aspect of life, whether it be home, work, friends… She was a very helpful and social person. I always thought that if she was able to do all of those things back then, I could do even more today.”
Career advice for young women: “Don’t doubt your abilities. Always aspire to learn new things, new technologies, and new environments. Despite the fact that women are the only ones who can give birth, it’s not necessarily their main goal in this world – Fulfill yourself as a person and don’t define yourself solely by those around you; independence is key.”
Tammy Steed, Sales Manager Maryland Office
“Never be afraid of obstacles that pop up along the way; these are a sure way to help you learn and grow. Work hard, don’t give up on your dreams and most of all, do what you love!”
• Works hand-in-hand with training, development and growth of the James Allen Customer Service staff • Enjoys working with each member of the Customer Service team and watching them grow individually and as a team • Before joining the James Allen team, worked in real estate to help find their dream homes; now helps people find their dream rings • Loves assisting clients during very special times in their lives – proposals, weddings and anniversaries
Women who inspired her: “Many women have inspired me over the years for many different reasons.
My Aunt Daisy has been a great inspiration to me for her sheer determination, energy and her fullness of life. She is, without a doubt, the hardest working woman whom I have ever known. Although she didn’t have a college education, she enjoyed and loved her job, even walking a couple of miles most days to get there. She was seriously injured recently when she was hit by a motorcycle while walking, however, she has not lost her determination or love for life.
My three daughters are also a great inspiration to me. I have watched my daughters grow into amazing young women, from traveling the world to giving back to their community and inspiring other young adults and children by volunteering. Witnessing these young women setting and reaching so many goals in such a short time has been a great inspiration to me to never be afraid to go after what you want.”
Career advice for young women: “Never be afraid of obstacles that pop up along the way, these are a sure way to help you learn and grow. While you may have a particular career path in mind, don’t be afraid to try new things when the opportunity presents itself; you never know where it may lead you. Work hard, don’t give up on your dreams and most of all, do what you love!”
Which women have inspired you this International Women’s Day? Tell us in the comments!
Some call it “holiday season”, but here at James Allen we call it “Proposal Season.” One of the most popular times of the year to propose is Christmas; it’s a magical day which centers around being with the ones you love and giving. What better time to start a forever with the one you love?
If you’re looking for some Christmas proposal ideas, you’re in the right place. Get inspired by a few of our favorite James Allen Christmas Proposals:
Christmas Proposal Idea #1: Let There Be Gifts!
Max & Anna from Othello, Washington
Max proposed to Anna in an insanely adorable way. Spoiler Alert: It involved gifts and several love letters! Now there’s a Christmas proposal idea!
“…here we are a month away from spending forever with my best friend!”
“A very simple, yet extremely sweet and thought-out proposal.
Max came over to my house early on Christmas Eve to exchange gifts before he headed off to his parents for Christmas. He came in with four small gift bags. He had a very particular order in which I was to open them. We took turns opening gifts – I made him go first and then I went.
My first gift had a letter inside telling me different traits and qualities I had that made him love me. Of course, I thought it was the sweetest thing and didn’t suspect anything about a proposal. It wasn’t until the next two gifts (which each had letters in them that got deeper) that I was sure the last gift was a ring! He was proposing!!
As I was opening the last gift, I had started to shake and get really nervously excited. I opened it and it was a bottle of perfume! I remember thinking to myself: can he not catch a hint?! Needless to say I was a bit disappointed, yet still excited about the gift. I remember Max getting up off the couch and going outside. He came back in with this massive box and told me to get in front of the tree. This is when he read a huge letter proposing to me, and when he got down on one knee. 🙂 Of course I said YES! Now here we are a month away from spending forever with my best friend!
Proposal fake-outs are an interesting way to go if you want a sure surprise!
“She was in such a state of shock; it literally took five minutes for her to say ‘YES.”
“It was December – Marie and I had been talking about getting engaged. She knew that I had ordered the ring. Thanks to Angie at James Allen, I knew the ring would be a home run. After consulting her friends, I was warned that a big public proposal would not be appreciated, and to propose on Christmas or New Year’s might be to cliché. I teased her several times with fake proposals so she would be off guard when the day finally came.
I happened upon a customized Christmas ornament. We had picked up a Christmas tree for her place but didn’t get a chance to decorate it. We were having a party the following weekend and we were busy preparing for it. When she came home from work, I told her I got an ornament for the tree. I walked up and hung it. Marie came closer and stared at it…..and continued to stare at it. I asked her if she noticed the date. She said ‘okay…’ I pointed out that the date on the ornament is today. Still nothing but silence… So, I got down on one knee and proposed.
She was in such a state of shock; it literally took five minutes for her to say “YES”. I asked her what she was thinking when she was staring at the ornament. She was thinking about how awkward the upcoming party would be because all her friends would see this ornament and think we were engaged, but I hadn’t proposed yet. It didn’t dawn on her that I was proposing at that moment.
The real fun part was getting to announce our engagement at the party!”
Christmas Proposal Idea #3: Get Santa Claus in on the Fun
Lorelei & Kevin from Mount Olive, New Jersey
An engagement ring from Santa himself!
“Christmas once again became a magical holiday for us.”
“Kevin and I have been together for five years. Our favorite time of year has always been the holidays – especially Christmas time. When our daughter was born in 2012, we started up our visits to Santa, and Christmas once again became a magical holiday for us.
This past Christmas, like many before, Kevin and I decided to take our daughter to visit Santa. We went to one of our favorite places, Johnson’s Farm in NJ. As we were in line to see Santa, I could see the excitement on our daughter’s face; she was two years old and truly believed in the magic of Christmas. As she sat on Santa’s lap, she smiled and looked up at him while we took pictures. Before she walked down off of the sleigh, Santa said to my daughter, ‘I have a little gift for you, since you have been such a good girl this year.’ Our daughter walked down and handed the small wrapped box to my boyfriend at the time. As he started to unwrap it, he said ‘I think it is for mommy.’
Right then and there my heart dropped and I could not think of a better moment. Kevin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him that night in front of our daughter and the magic that Christmas truly is. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with this man, and still to this day cannot thank him enough for making our engagement so unbelievably special. It truly was worth the wait.”
Christmas Proposal Idea #4: Make it Personal to the Two of You
Amanda & Brad from Murray, Kentucky
Two single parents joining families together…
“We just seemed to click. We want the same things in life.”
“After my divorce, I just started praying that God would send me my soul mate. I was a single mom and just wanted a family. I wanted a good Christian father figure for my son. So I would pray The Lord would send me someone to love my son and me.
Brad & I met four years ago, on a blind date. We had an instant connection; me a single mom & him a single dad. Our kids are one year apart in age.
We just seemed to click. We want the same things in life.
We have had good times & bad just like every couple. Argue, fight, breakup and always get back together. We talked about getting married but always wanted to wait until we could afford it…….
Every couple has ‘their restaurant.’ So do we. We would always take one night and it would be a ‘date night.’ Brad and I were going to ‘our restaurant’. Brad picked me up at my apartment. As we were pulling out of my driveway he said, ‘I forgot my money bag. I have to go back and get it.’ (Brad always carries around a bank bag with money.) I said ‘Oh, just use your credit card. Don’t drive all the way back to your house.’ He said ‘No!’ So we did. We get to his house and I said ‘I’m just going to wait here in the car.’ I didn’t want to go in since we were already running late for our dinner reservations. Brad runs into his house and comes back out a few minutes later telling me ‘Come in and help me look! I think Mariah hid my money bag from me!’ Mariah is his daughter. I laughed and said ‘Ok!’
He ran inside before me and I walked in the door through the garage, turned and there in the living room were candles lit spelled out in rose petals ‘Will you marry me?’ and Brad on one knee. I was so SHOCKED! I screamed!!
Brad could never keep a secret! He would tell me what he bought for my birthday or Valentine’s Day or if I was getting roses) and he KEPT a SECRET!!!! The best secret!!!! I walked up to him and he was holding a rose bud still on one knee. He said, ‘Mandy, we have been through some good times and bad…. And we have always worked it out. We always will. I love you. I promise to always take care of you and Jake. I promise I will never leave you. Will you marry me????’
I’m just crying and in the rose bud was my ring and I screamed ‘YESSSS!!!!!’ We kissed and hugged!!! It was so perfect! He placed my beautiful ring on my finger. I said ‘Brad, this is the best night ever! I love you so much! I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you!’ We went to dinner and we just had the best night. I kept taking pics of my ring. It just sparkled!! It is just beautiful. We plan for a beach wedding….. Thank you for designing the perfect ring! I absolutely love it!!!!!!”