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The Best Jewelry Gifts For Husband Appreciation Day

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

Best Jewelry Gifts

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

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

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

Isn’t Jewelry A Weird Gift For Husbands?

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

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

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

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

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

Alternative Metal Wedding Rings

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

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

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

Give Him The Classic Look

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

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

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

See the inspo below and check out more options HERE.

The Gift Of Creative Carvings

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

Carved rings

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

Diamonds Are ALSO Your Husband’s Best Friend

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

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

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

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

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

Because He’s Famous To You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Men’s Wedding Ring Size Guide 

Men’s Wedding Ring Size Guide 

Looking to buy the perfect ring for yourself or that special man in your life, but unsure about their ring size? Men’s ring sizes can differ considerably, but don’t sweat, James Allen is here to provide you with a better understanding of all there is to know about men’s ring sizes as well as what the best wedding ring is to suit your lifestyle and personal taste. Let’s dive in and help you take the stress out of ring shopping. 

Men’s Wedding Ring Size Guide 

One of the most important factors to consider when shopping for men’s wedding rings is the ring size. For many men, a ring is sometimes the only piece of jewelry they choose to wear every day. So, ensuring the ring is correctly sized is not only essential for comfort but will also prevent you or your loved one from losing it. Did you know, that a ring that fits well exudes elegance and is also said to be part of ring etiquette for men? 

Before we get started with finding the correct ring size and some of the different measuring techniques you can use, it’s good to know that figuring out a man’s ideal ring size is much easier than you may think. 

14K Rose Gold And Grey Tantalum Edges Split Wood Texture Center 8mm Ring
Tantalum Satin Finished 6mm Domed Comfort Fit Ring

What is the Most Common Men’s Ring Size?

In the U.S.A, the most common men’s ring size is 9, which converts to approximately 19.8 millimeters in diameter. But of course, as all men’s fingers are not the same, their ring size can vary from a size 6 to 20. But the big question still remains, how do you know what size ring to order? 

Did you know that men’s ring sizes and how they are measured actually differ from country to country? While a man may wear one size in the USA, his sizing may be completely different in New Zealand or the U.K. But fortunately, ring size conversion charts are available to assure that you order the correct size, regardless of where in the world you may live. 

14K White And Yellow Gold Satin Center Comfort-Fit Band
14K Yellow Gold 6.5mm Comfort Fit Satin Center With High Polished Drop Edge Ring

How to Determine A Man’s Ring Size?

Found the perfect ring? Now all you need to do is find the correct ring size! Luckily, it’s a lot easier than you think and there are numerous ways to help us figure out a man’s ring size before shopping for a ring at James Allen. Take a look at these amazing tricks to help you out. 

  1. Get Measured At A Jewelry Store

Even though you won’t be shopping for a ring in the store, this is still one of the most professional ways to find your ideal ring size. Head over to your local jewelry store and have the jeweler measure your ring size. Besides their nifty gadget, ask if you can also try on some of their men’s engagement rings or men’s wedding rings to ensure both comfort and the most accurate ring size.  

14K Yellow Gold 6.5mm Comfort Fit Satin Center With High Polished Drop Edge Ring

2. Grab Some String and A Ruler 

This next method is simple and works well for those who don’t have a ring nearby. All you need to do is take some string or ribbon and wrap it comfortably around your ring finger or the finger that you are going to rock the ring on. It’s important not to measure a different finger as the ring may not fit properly. 

Now, once the piece of string is around your chosen finger, carefully mark the spot where the string overlaps. For an accurate result, try to make the smallest mark possible. Then, take the string and measure it against a ruler or measuring tape. Enter your measurements here in either millimeters or inches. We’ll do the calculations for you and, voila, you now have your ring size. 

Cobalt Lava Pattern 6mm Comfort Fit Ring
14K White Gold 4mm Low Dome Wedding Ring

3. Do It All Online

You may be asking yourself, how is this even possible? But it’s true, when purchasing a wedding ring and figuring out your ring size, James Allen can help you with it all and from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at our free online ring sizer

Alternatively, you can simply request a free ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. 

Nervous that you’ve ordered the incorrect ring size? Don’t fret! We will resize your ring once, for free up to 1 year after the purchase. If you live in the United States, you can even get your ring resized locally at a location near you

James Allen Ring Sizer

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Ring 

While a size 9 may be the most common ring size in the U.S., it’s vital to remember that no two hands are the same. In other words, we do not recommend taking a wild guess when it comes to the correct ring size – even if you want to surprise your loved one. With that being said, ‘size’ is just one important factor that affects the fit and appearance of a ring. You should also take into account how a ring looks on the hand and other style elements such as the shape, bandwidth, and metal type.

Metals 

It’s good to note that certain metals and their colors may look better with specific skin complexions while for other men, this detail may just be a personal preference. Warm metals such as yellow gold or rose gold may look great on men with warmer undertones, while light metals like platinum or white gold may be a better option for men with cooler complexions. 

So, keep this in mind when choosing the perfect ring for you or the man in your life. We stock men’s rings in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, Tantalum, Cobalt and Titanium. 

Platinum And Rose Gold Vintage Script Band
Black Titanium 8mm Comfort-Fit Carbon Fiber Inlay Design Ring

Ring Shape And Style 

Men’s rings come in a variety of different shapes, from flat to domed to knife edge and even slightly curved.  Let’s face it, when it comes to wedding rings, men don’t always have an abundance of options. Even though the domed shape is the most classic shape and is often a popular choice for many men, luckily the days of boring and ‘traditional’ men’s engagement or wedding rings are over. 

We totally understand that men want to show off their style too. This is why James Allen offers men’s rings that are perfect for the modern man who is searching for something less traditional and a lot more unique. Take a look at our range of contemporary black wedding rings that are trendy and very unique. In fact, black wedding rings for men come with many advantages such as;

  • Many of them are hypoallergenic 
  • Some black metals resist scratches 
  • Black wedding bands are typically more affordable 
  • They are very fashionable at the moment 
Darkened Tantalum Satin Finished 6mm Domed Comfort Fit Ring
Black Tungsten Carbide 6MM Bright Step Band By TRITON

Width

By now we know that rings offer all sorts of various options, another important thing to think about is the width of a ring. Ask yourself, how wide do I want my ring to be? Here, experts recommend trying on a few men’s rings in a variety of different widths to help you decide what you like best. 

The average width for a men’s wedding band is 6 mm, but different widths are available to complement both small and large hands. For men with bigger hands and long fingers, a wider ring band is recommended. While men with smaller hands or shorter fingers, a wider band may not be the best choice. Then again, this also depends on personal style and how much of a statement you want to make.

14K White Gold 7.5MM Hammer And Brushed Finish Band

Consider Your Lifestyle

As you or your partner will be wearing the ring every day, you need to make sure that the engagement ring or wedding ring you choose should completely fit your lifestyle. One of the biggest things to consider is how much you work with your hands during the day. For example, if you play sports or have a career as a mechanic or chef, you definitely need a ring that offers maximum comfort. 

You would generally stay away from rings with diamonds or gemstones and possibly even consider a platinum ring as they tend to be more durable. In addition, the domed shape is perfect for men who work with their hands and may need to quickly remove their ring in the event of an emergency. Read more here about Men’s Wedding Rings For Different Lifestyles

14K White Gold 4mm Brush Finish Flat Center Comfort Fit Band
14K White Gold 8mm Satin Finish Channel Set Diamond Band

Men’s Ring Size Measuring Tips

Experts recommend that before you measure your ring size, make sure you follow these tips. This will ensure the most accurate results and maximum comfort.

We Recommend You Don’t Measure Your Ring Size:

  • In the morning – our fingers tend to swell overnight, so it is better to measure your finger in the middle of the day.
  • After an intense workout 
  • When the weather is either too hot or cold – as our hands tend to expand in the heat and shrink in the cold, it’s best to take your measurements at room temperature. Don’t start measuring straight after ice-skating or after a long day at the beach. 
  • After a large fluid intake
  • After a long flight as the body tends to swell
  • If you are sick or have a fever. 

Final Thoughts

We hope this was helpful! For more information regarding ring sizing, feel free to contact our Customer Support team. We are available and happy to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Trailblazing Women Creating Historic Style

Trailblazing Women Creating Historic Style

Timeless Influence

For a long time, women’s contributions to jewelry were overshadowed, shelved, or ignored. Yet, as in all things, women persevered and their contributions to this wearable art form have shaped and shifted the jewelry landscape.

These brave women rejected the normative ideas of beauty and style and on International Women’s Day, we take this opportunity to honor some of these great women and how they changed the face of this artform.

Bringing Elegance To Everyday Life

Renée Puissant was an heiress in the jewelry world. While her parents, Alfred Van Cleef and Esther Arpels, of the famed Cleef and Arpels, gave her a remarkable foundation, Renée forged her own path and changed the face of jewelry forever.

Acting as the artistic director of this famed house and working with key designers, Puissant wed elegance and practicality, to bring everyday life into the design of fine jewelry.

Noted for her innovation, Puissant was the first to think to have an “end-of-year” sale, offering jewelry at prices less expensive than their normal collection, making jewelry more accessible and “ready-to-wear.”

Every time a diamond necklace is paired with jeans, whenever gemstones adorn leisure wear, and wherever designs as practical as a paperclip are highlighted in fine jewelry, Puissant’s contributions can be seen. 

Get yourself some of these Puissant-inspired pieces from James Allen:

Going Global

Carolina Bucci was born and raised in Italy, educated in the United States, and has partnered with celebrities and retailers all over the world. Similar to Puissant, Bucci was born into the business. A 4th generation jeweler, Bucci brought her own style, pushing the boundaries of tradition for her collections.

Despite her heritage, Bucci bravely cut her own path, creating jewelry that has been described as having “effortless elegance” and a modern “sense of luxury.” This boldness helped get her pieces on celebs like Salma Hayek, who famously wore a Bucci piece on her UK Vogue cover in 2003.

Carolina Bucci

Bucci’s influence has helped reinvent how jewelry can be worn. Using bright colors and textures, Bucci’s mark on the jewelry world has only just begun. See below for Bucci-inspired pieces available at James Allen:

Award Winning Legend

Coreen Simpson’s long and storied career did not start in jewelry. This pioneer began as a photojournalist covering everything from politicians to musicians to athletes. As one of a few female photographers regularly covering Fashion Collections in Paris and New York, Simpson got noticed, but not JUST for her photography.

When not on assignment, Simpson designed and created jewelry pieces she could not find. She wore her original pieces featuring black cameos while covering these Fashion Collections.

It was not long before designers started requesting pieces. What followed was Simpson’s signature collection, “The Black Cameo,” an antique-inspired collection featuring black cameos.

Simpson has been honored for her various talents, including her contributions to jewelry and design by the Smithsonian Institute.

Check out these pieces inspired by the coloring and style of Simpson’s signature collection:

Reviving A Golden Artform

Bai Jingyi has been designing jewelry by hand for over 50 years. Born and raised in China, Jingyi has become a master of the ancient art form of imperial filigree inlay, reviving it to create stunning gold pieces.

Jingyi uses her understanding of the ancient masters of this art in order to create new and innovative ways to utilize the technique. Jingyi also teaches others this skill, which has a history of over 2,000 years, because she feels a responsibility to keep this ancient art form alive.

So what exactly is this style? Filigree inlay, a fine metal workman’s technique, weaves and piles gold which has been pulled into thin threads and divided into small sections. It is then organized into a design, using the various sections.

Jingyi loves working with gold because, as she has said, its color is dignified and radiant like the sun, unmatched by any other metal. Filigree inlay demands the highest quality, resulting in luxurious and elegant designs.

Want to shine like the sun? Check out these golden pieces from James Allen:

The Boss Babes Of James Allen

Puissant, Bucci, and Simpson are not alone. They are amongst a myriad of women in jewelry who have broken barriers to create the landscape we know today. From color, to design, to push the accepted boundaries of style, women have and continue to impact the world of jewelry in numerous ways.

Here at James Allen, we are inspired by the great women who lead us every day; from co-founder Michele Sigler, to CMO Shannon Delaney, Art Director Leehe Bok, and Daniela Tarantino, James Allen’s Director of Jewelry.

Along with Tali Gur, our Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting, and Emmanuelle Glazier, our Digital Product Manager; these amazing women are amongst the army of women at James Allen who inspire every day.

Their leadership and talent help to ensure James Allen fulfills its mission of offering the most prized diamonds and the best selection, using the newest technology.

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Spring-Inspired Wedding Bands For Couples

Spring is around the corner, and we’ve rounded up all of our favorite spring-inspired wedding rings for you and your partner. Keep reading to find the perfect pair! 

Spring-Inspired Wedding Bands For Couples

Walking down the aisle this spring? We’ve got the perfect selection of spring-inspired wedding rings for you and your love to make your fresh and fun day sparkle. 

Spring is the perfect time of year to say “I do.” This season represents new beginnings and what better way to start off your life together as a married couple than during a time when everything around you is blossoming? Good vibes, total check! 

If you’re not getting married this spring, but you’re in love with spring-inspired wedding rings, we’ve got you covered, too.

Let’s dive right in.

Spring Wedding Rings: Nature’s Treat 

We know you know the famous quote by Devil Wears Prada character Miranda Priestly, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” But believe us when we say there are many floral and nature-inspired wedding bands that have been more than just groundbreaking; they’ve shook us down to our sparkling core. 

Outdoor patterns can offer a unique aesthetic to an otherwise plain band. Vine and leaf-patterned rings have a unique and earthy look, and while they’re not for everyone, these bands could be the perfect extension of your personal style and tastes. 

Here are a few stunning options for the women: 

Vine Motif Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Vine Motif Diamond Ring

Add a few delicate dimensions to your wedding band with this detailed vintage vine motif. 

Barley Marquise Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Barley Marquise Diamond Ring

Want something with earthy romance that shines from every angle? Look no further. 

Fellas, we haven’t forgotten about you. Here are our top picks for nature-inspired men’s wedding bands. From bold and dark to light and modern, we’ve got a couple of stellar options for our outdoor-loving grooms-to-be. 

Blackened Forrest Pattern Comfort Fit Ring

14K White Gold Blackened Forrest Pattern Comfort Fit Ring

Try this band on for size if you want that spring feel with a bolder color. 

Platinum And Rose Gold Vintage Script Band

Platinum And Rose Gold Vintage Script Band

This carved vintage scroll is not only a keeper, and it’s a customer favorite! 

Springtime Wedding Rings For Eternity 

Springtime comes with vibrant colors aplenty and the possibility of blooming romance. Why not invest in a fresh wedding ring that will make you burst with excitement each time it catches your eye? 

Eternity-style wedding rings are the perfect choice for those who love the idea that their ring will represent their eternal love and, better yet, sparkle from every angle! 

For the ladies, we recommend going a little against the norm and trying an eternity ring with fancy-shaped diamonds. If you love spring, you’ll love the different dimensions an emerald or oval cut diamond can give your ideal diamond wedding band

Oval Cut Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Oval Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Pick an oval cut ring if you’d love more finger coverage. 

Emerald Cut Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Go with an emerald cut if you’re all about effortless glamor.

For the gents, why not adopt your own version of an eternity ring with a masculine edge? Channel set wedding bands are versatile and can be set with the diamonds or gemstones of your choice. The romantic symbolism is still there with a pop of color or sparkle, and your unique wedding ring will still be thick and durable. 

Comfort-Fit Channel Set Sapphire Ring

14K White Gold 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Channel Set Sapphire Ring

Add a little gemstone glow to your forever ring. 

Comfort-Fit Channel Set Diamond Band

Platinum 8mm Comfort-Fit Channel Set Diamond Band

Handsome is as handsome sparkles.

Wedding Rings For Spring: A Pop Of Color 

Sometimes spring wedding rings call for vibrant color without the added engravings and sparkle. Plain wedding bands made from different gold tones can give you a dazzling springtime feel without moving away from that classic look. 

Thin, rounded rings are not only elegant, but their warm shades will keep you glowing even during those colder months. They’re so versatile they fit with just about any engagement ring style, and as a bonus, they look perfect on their own, too.

These are our top picks for her: 

Rose Gold Rounded Ring

14K Rose Gold Rounded Ring

This thin band is dainty and perfect to stack with any other ring.

Yellow Gold Rounded Ring

14K Yellow Gold Rounded Ring

Get that perfect golden glow you can keep going all year round. 

Sometimes thin band rings are not the best option for men working with their hands or those who have very active lifestyles, so keeping that in mind, we’ve got some colorful yet sturdy options. One of our favorite styles is the up-and-coming two-toned rings that perfectly symbolize the joining of two partners. 

Center Groove Satin Finish Band

14K Yellow Gold Center Groove Comfort Fit Satin Finish Band

Keep the sunny vibes going with a comfortable fit. 

Centric Two-Tone Brushed Band

14K White Gold 7MM Centric Two Tone Brushed Band

You can have it ALL with a two-toned ring. 

Spring Wedding Rings On A Budget

Looking for something with mother nature’s special touch that works for your budget? Sometimes traditional wedding bands just won’t cut it, and you want your ring to make a statement without breaking the bank. Luckily for you, there are plenty of wedding band options that have that added diamond sparkle without taking away too much attention from the engagement ring or your planned budget.

Check out our beautiful James Allen rings, all under $500. 

Shared Prong Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Contour Diamond Ring (0.25 CTW)

“This band is perfect! I love the scalloped side profile, and it looks amazing with my engagement ring. Don’t hesitate to buy this ring online.” – Megan K. 

Alternating Beaded Diamond Ring

“I was hesitant in ordering online without trying it on, but I took my chances, and it turned out great!” – Jenny

Cable Accent Ring

14K Rose Gold Cable Accent Ring

“It’s perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. It’s small and dainty but has so much character.” -Mariah F.

Vintage Marquise Bezel Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring

“It’s petite size is not to be underestimated, as it has all the detail and beauty that makes it stand out remarkably.” – Bob L 

Still not sure which spring wedding rings you and your partner should go for? Get in touch with us at JamesAllen.com with any questions you have. Our diamond and jewelry experts are available to you 24/7 and are happy to help you find the ring of your dreams. 

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What Is The Correct Way To Wear Wedding Rings?

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

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

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

The Basics: Engagement And Wedding Rings 101

1. What Is The Ring Finger?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. What Does A Wedding Ring Symbolize? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How To Wear A Wedding Ring?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How Much Do Wedding Rings Cost?

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

14K White Gold Seven Stone Oval Shape Diamond Ring

10. When Did Men Start Wearing Wedding Rings? 

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

11. Can Men Wear Engagement Rings?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The One With The Friends Reunion Jewelry

The Friends reunion is upon us and we’re jumping up and down with glee! (Sorry, Mr. Heckles) To celebrate, we’ve put together Central Perk-worthy jewelry to match the most iconic Friends outfits. *clapclapclapclap*

Monica Geller, Rachel Green, and Phoebe Buffay sitting on the couch in wedding dresses drinking beer and eating popcorn.

Whether or not these Friends have been on a break is simply a moo point. They’re back, it’s happening, OH. MY. GOD.

The fashion of the Six is, in many ways, as legendary as they are – and good news, it’s still in style! With just a bit of accessorizing, you’ll be ready to star in your own 2021 remake of the series. 

So read on for hand-picked pieces, perfectly suited for the Friends reunion. You know we know you know you’ll love it!

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Phoebe Buffay

The Bohemian Look + Vine Motif Diamond Ring

Phoebe is the only one of the Friends who truly aced Bohemian style. Especially in the early seasons, Phoebe’s earthy outfits flowed as fluidly as her free spirit. If you’re a fan of her Friends outfits, you can perfectly set them off with a touch of nature-inspired shine. 

The Orange Coat + Emerald-Cut Citrine Necklace

18K Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Citrine And Diamond Necklace

Phoebe is the queen of quirky Friends outfits. Her style is bold, colorful, and oh-so-memorable – and it’s as snatch-uppable as her and Rachel’s apothecary table from yore. It’s the “as seen on the street” style that we aspire to. So what’s more worthy of Phoebe Buffay’s muppet-orange (and still on-trend) coat than an eye-popping, honey-gold, go-big-or-go-home citrine statement piece? 

It’s not Pottery Barn, it’s James Allen. *hair flip*

The Lavender Wedding Dress + Amethyst and Diamond Ring

Phoebe has a lesson for all brides: Do your day in your own way! On her wedding day to her lobster, Mike, she passed on the traditional white dress for something a bit more…Phoebe: a lavender silk beauty. We’re sure she would go for a unique wedding ring as well, like this dainty amethyst design:

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Ross Geller

The Leather Pants + Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

We’re not even going to ask if you remember these pants, because we know they’re burned into your brain. You couldn’t forget Ross’s leather pants if you scrubbed your memory squeaky-clean, Monica-style. They were tight. And they deserve a similarly sleek, uber-sexy ring.

That Sweater + Pink Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Oh, Ross. Who could forget that sweater. An unfortunate mix-up meant that he and his date showed up wearing the exact same swirling pink top. If any lemonade can be made out of these lemons, it’s with the help of these inspired diamond and pink sapphire earrings. Perfect for wearing on your next date. *wink*

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Rachel Green

The Strapless Yellow Dress + Citrine Drop Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Geometric Citrine And Diamond Drop Earrings

Rachel’s strapless yellow dress is one of the Friends outfits we would totally rock today. Slim, detailed, and butter-yellow, it’s a look that’s held up incredibly well throughout the years. If you love this figure-hugging dress, you’ll love the slim profile of these citrine and diamond earrings. Trust us, they’re about to be your favorite sparklers.

The Football Outfit + Platinum Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

As we watched the Friends head out for the Geller Cup, all we could think about was which ring would hold up against all that tackling. So for all you athletes and movers and shakers, here’s a professional tip: a platinum bezel-set ring will hold up best against the daily wear you put it through. The next time you’re fighting for a troll doll nailed to a two-by-four, think bezel.

Rachel’s Plaid Skirt + Ruby Sugarloaf Necklace

You think of Rachel Green, and this is the outfit that pops into your mind. If you needed a reason why 90’s fashion is coming back around, Rachel’s skirt/sweater combo is it. And one piece that’s a perfect complement to Rachel’s plaid skirt is – clearly – a criss-crossed ruby necklace. 

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Joey Tribbiani 

All The Clothes + All The Sapphires Necklace

Joey does have his moments of genius. Remember the time when Chandler stole the chair cushions, so Joey exacted his revenge by wearing ALL of Chandler’s clothes at once? Touché. 

This colorful outfit mash-up deserves nothing less than a sparkling necklace featuring every type of colorful sapphire you can find. Sapphires don’t only come in blue; this gemstone necklace features pink, yellow, and white sapphires! It’s the ideal piece for when you can’t decide which stone is your favorite. Could this necklace BE rocking any more sapphires?

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Monica Geller 

The Red Tank Top + Ruby and Diamond Earrings

Monica’s outfits tend to be two things: high-waisted and simple. And for anyone who’s listening, that formula works. One of her classic styles is also the easiest to recreate nowadays: a ruby-red tank top and old school blue jeans. For a modern add-on, may we suggest some minimalist, yet sparkling, ruby and diamond earrings?

Friends Reunion Jewelry: Chandler Bing 

The Bowling Shirt + Tantalum Men’s Wedding Ring

Chandler’s style has always been…Chandler. But this particular black-and-white number is sweet for the double-take, and couldn’t be any more perfectly suited for this channel-set honey. This is a men’s wedding band that’s anything but boring.

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9 Unique Wedding Rings That Make A Statement

How do you make a statement? We’ve curated a lineup of unique wedding rings so you can rock your personal style.

Unique wedding rings

Whether your engagement ring is a classic solitaire or something a bit more glitzy, picking a unique wedding ring will make your wedding set truly one-of-a-kind. Conclusion: you don’t have to settle for a less-than-perfect band.

Haven’t yet found the one? Maybe you’ll find it in one of the unique wedding rings below! 

Women’s Unique Wedding Rings


MYTH:

Women’s wedding rings must have diamonds.

TRUTH:

Gemstone wedding rings are here to stay. 


Emerald and Diamond Wedding Ring

Sapphire and Diamond Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Round Brilliant Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Wedding Ring

MYTH:

Wedding rings have to be simple.

TRUTH:

One look at the unique wedding rings below, and you’ll see that they come in all patterns and shapes.


Crown Diamond Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Crown Diamond Ring

Leaf Motif Wedding Ring

Leaf Motif Wedding Ring

Arched Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Alternating Shape Diamond Band

Men’s Unique Wedding Bands


MYTH:

Men’s wedding rings have to be gold or platinum.

TRUTH:

Nope. These unique wedding bands also come in tungsten, wood grain, titanium, and even carbon fiber.


Carbon Fiber & Titanium Wedding Ring

Men's Black Titanium 8mm Comfort-Fit Carbon Fiber Inlay Design Ring

Woodgrain & Chrome Wedding Ring

Cobalt Chrome™ 8MM Wood Grain Comfort Fit Ring

MYTH:

Men’s engagement rings have to be plain.

TRUTH:

Diamonds and gemstones add classic shine to any men’s ring.


Tungsten & Diamond Wedding Ring

White Tungsten Carbide 9MM Round Diamond Band By TRITON

Sapphire Channel-Set Wedding Ring

14K White Gold 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Channel Set Sapphire Ring

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Men’s Wedding Bands: The Complete Guide

Know what to look out for when shopping men’s wedding bands.

A guy with a bow tie and with a wedding ring for men

Men’s wedding bands often get outshined by the sparkle-fest that is the engagement ring. But these boy bands are more than mere one-hit wonders. They’re likely the single most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own. You owe it to yourself to explore all your options before settling down with your lustrous loop.

Wedding Rings for Men: Test Your Metal

First thing’s first: decide on a metal. If you’re the conventional type, you can’t go wrong with a traditional gold or platinum wedding ring. Gold rings are known for their distinct character; yellow gold’s warm glow, white gold’s snowy purity, and rose gold’s unique vintage look. Men’s platinum wedding bands, while similar in appearance to men’s white gold wedding bands, are very rare and exceptionally hardwearing.

When choosing a metal for your wedding band, there’s more to consider than cost alone. Think about how it will look next to your partner’s ring. Do you want them to match or do you prefer a contrast? How much maintenance is required? (The ring, not your partner!) Are you allergic to any of the materials? The last thing you want to do is make a rash decision about such an important purchase.

If you’re more of a trendy non-conformist, an alternative metal such as titanium or cobalt chrome might float your boat. Men’s titanium wedding bands are a popular option as they’re durable enough to withstand the rigors of daily life, yet surprisingly lightweight.

Black Titanium Comfort Fit Ring

Crafted from aircraft-grade titanium, this Black wedding band for men is sophisticated and undeniably eye-catching.

Black wedding band for men 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Satin-Finished High Polished Center Cut Carved Design Ring

Cobalt chrome is another solid choice. Literally. It’s four times harder than gold and has a non-corrosive, scratch-resistant surface. Like titanium, cobalt is a hypoallergenic metal, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin (we’re looking at you, tough guy!).

Cobalt Chrome Comfort Fit Ring

This Cobalt Chrome Comfort Fit Ring features a natural and long-lasting high luster that won’t fade or discolor over time.

Wedding Rings for Men: A Broad Band

The width of your wedding ring is entirely a matter of personal style. However, as a general rule of thumb, those with larger hands are better off going with a thicker wedding ring, and vice versa. Because wider rings require more precious metal, they tend to be more expensive. Pro tip: Offset the cost of a larger ring by choosing a more affordable metal. White gold, for instance, looks very similar to platinum but costs less.

Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

14K White Gold 5mm Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

Beveled Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Platinum 6mm Beveled Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Wedding Rings for Men: The Finishing Touch

Wedding rings for men owe their handsome appearance in large part to the texture, or finish, of the metal. James Allen wedding rings come in all different finishes including high polish, satin, and hammered. A high polish finish is considered a traditional choice whereas satin might appeal more to lovers of contemporary design. If you’re looking for something that’s off the beaten path, the hammered look is bound to get your heart pounding.

Classic Low Dome Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold 4mm Low Dome Wedding Ring

Hammered Comfort Fit Wedding Band

14K Yellow Gold 6mm Hammered Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Wedding Rings for Men: The Bevel’s in the Detailing

Wedding rings for men have come a long way in recent years, shedding their bland band reputation in favor of more daring designs. These days, it’s not uncommon to see rings sporting diamond or gemstone accents.

Beveled Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

This Beveled Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring features a satin finish and a high polished beveled edge. But the main attraction is the single round ideal cut diamond at its center.

14K White Gold 6mm Beveled Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Etched Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

This elegant Etched Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring features a high polished center trim between multiple round cut stones.

14K Rose Gold 6mm Etched Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

Wedding Rings for Men: Make Your Mark

If you want to make your wedding ring extra meaningful, why not personalize it with a loving inscription? James Allen offers free engraving on most of its wedding bands. Have your SO’s name or initials etched in the metal, a song lyric or inside joke, or the date of your wedding. Now there’s no excuse for forgetting your anniversary!

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