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How To Wear A Wedding Ring Set: The Must-Read Guide

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

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

The Right Way To Wear A Wedding Ring

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

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

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

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

That’s why we’re here to answer your questions about how to wear a wedding ring.

14K White Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus wedding Band

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

Though there are a few key design differences, the main thing that sets these two types of rings apart is when they’re given. An engagement ring is typically given during the proposal (from the proposer to the proposee), while wedding rings are exchanged during the marriage ceremony between both partners. And while an engagement ring typically features a prominent center stone, wedding rings don’t have one focal point per se. They feature either rows of smaller stones or simply a clean solitaire band. In this, they’re more like the super-talented backup singer whose role is to gracefully point the attention to the star: your engagement ring.

Yellow Gold Solitaire
Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Tapered
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Tapered Pave Band

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

#2: How should my wedding ring look?

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

Eternity ring or open ring?

ETERNITY RINGS

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

Prong-Set Diamond
Wedding Ring

Channel-Set Diamond
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Ladies Channel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

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

CURVED WEDDING RINGS

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

Pear Tiara
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pear Shape Bezel Set Diamond Tiara Engagement Ring

Curved Tiara
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Diamond Tiara Matching Wedding Ring

Flower Halo
Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Fancy Pear Shape Whirling Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Curved Solitaire
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Matching Wedding Ring

OPEN WEDDING RINGS

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

Open Bezel
Wedding Ring

14K Rose Gold Petite Open Bezel Set Graduated Diamond Ring

Open Marquise
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Open Marquise Shape Band

Stones or classic?

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

GEMSTONES

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

Diamond and Sapphire
Wedding Ring

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

Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Pave Rainbow gemstone Ring By Brevani

CLASSIC

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

White Gold Solitaire
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold 4mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

Yellow Gold Solitaire
Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Slightly Rounded Wedding Ring

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

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

On The Right Hand

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

On The Left Hand

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

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

On Different Hands

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

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

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

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

The answer: however you’d like. This is where you have utter freedom to express yourself – there are very few, or no, customs regarding how to match your wedding set. So what’s this mean for you? You have 3 main elements to mix and match: metal, stones, and style

We’ve taken one of our most popular engagement rings, the Petite Pavé, to show you all the ways you can choose a matching wedding ring. 

The Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Match by Metals

All ring metals look great together! White gold + white gold = pretty. White gold + yellow gold/rose gold = pretty. It all works. You can’t go wrong.

Rose Gold Classic
Wedding Ring

14K Rose Gold 2.5mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

Yellow Gold Classic
Wedding Ring 

14K Yellow Gold 3mm Traditional Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

Match By Stones 

Diamonds are definitely marriage material, but so are gemstones. Don’t be shy to choose a wedding ring with the right stones to make you smile. 

Diamond And Sapphire Arrows
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Blue Sapphire And Diamond Arrow Shape Wedding Ring

Double-Row Pavé
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Two Row Pave Ring

Match By Setting Style 

Your pavé engagement ring will look beautiful with either a pavé wedding ring or, say, a channel-set wedding ring.

Half-Pavé Diamond
Wedding Ring

Channel-Set Diamond
Wedding Ring

14K White Gold Channel Set Diamond Wedding Band (.25 CTW.)

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

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

Remember that tradition is a suggestion.

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

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

Wedding ring styles: our team’s picks! 

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Earth-Created Or Lab Grown Diamonds: Can You Spot The Difference?

We’ve lined up earth-created and lab grown diamonds. Think YOU can spot the difference?

Earth-Created Or Lab Grown Diamonds

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, begs the question: Is it possible to tell the two apart? Ironically, expert gemologists can’t differentiate between a lab-grown and earth-created diamond with the naked eye.

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.

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.

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

This brilliant knife edge diamond solitaire offers the best of both worlds with its classic appeal at a cost-effective price.

14K Yellow Gold Presentation Solitaire

Fancy Lab Grown Diamonds

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 engagement ring 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.

Petite Pavé Crown Engagement Ring

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.

14K White Gold Petite Pave Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

What’s The Actual Difference?

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.

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring

This dramatic, spiraling tension-set solitaire ring allows you to fully view the beautiful diamond. Sleek and secure, it’s perfect for those who like an updated style with a classic feel.

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring with a lab grown diamond

Bang For Your Buck

Lab-created diamonds are generally more affordable than earth-created diamonds, giving you a 30% larger stone for the same cost

Why?

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

Bow Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring design is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds.

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

Worth It? We Think So

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. 

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.

Three Prong Martini Diamond Stud Earrings

This three-prong martini setting is constructed to fit the exact size of the lab-created diamonds, which sit perfectly flush into the setting exactly as the Martini design was intended.

14K White Gold Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Halo Diamond Earrings

These beautifully crafted earrings feature a halo of sparkling lab-created round brilliant diamonds that elegantly frame the lab-created center diamond.

14K Yellow Gold Halo Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings

Kite Set Solitaire Diamond Pendant

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.

14K White Gold Kite Set Solitaire Lab Created Diamond Pendant

Final Thoughts:

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

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

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Most Popular Rings for 2021: Our Predictions

Proposal plans in motion for 2021? You might want to take notes. 

2021 Engagement Ring Trends

With 2020 coming to a close, we’re looking forward to fresh starts and sparkling new styles in the year ahead. From the return of the classics, to pops of color and a rise in personalized rings, the new year is set to have it all. People are raising their glow game with bright, bold choices to achieve that #winning ring selfie, while staying true to what fits their unique personality. Keep scrolling for our predicted 2021 engagement ring trends.

1. Colorful Stones

We previously anticipated a rise in colorful gemstones back in 2020 and expect the trend to continue into the new year. Keep your eyes peeled for gemstones, especially sapphire and emerald. You can never go wrong by incorporating a birthstone into your chosen ring – it’s an expression of your unique style and creativity. And did we mention they’re absolutely breathtaking?   

Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

1.40 Carat Emerald Natural Green Emerald 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Three Stone Engagement Ring

rose gold three stone engagement ring with sapphire stone

2. Solitaire Engagement Rings

Following a year of challenges and uncertainty, people are all about keeping it simple (and sparkly!) in 2021. Solitaire rings not only spotlight the center diamond beautifully, but seamlessly compliment every personality and style. We also predict an upward trend of split shank engagement rings, where the band beautifully splits into two on each side before joining the center diamond.

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Split Shank Double Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Personalized Creations

Today, more people are choosing to add their two cents into the ring-making process, with some couples even designing a ring together. In 2021, we’re predicting a rise in custom-made engagement rings and non-traditional styles. Speaking of customizing, we recommend adding a free engraving to your ring at checkout for an extra special touch. Need ring-spiration? Feast your eyes on some of our customer creations, then try your hand at designing your very own.

Pavé Halo & Shank (Pear Center)

14K Rose Gold Pave Halo and Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

Tapered Baguette Emerald Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tapered Baguette Emerald Halo Engagement Ring

4. Lab Created Diamonds

There’s no doubt that earth-created diamonds contain millennia of history, tradition, and romance. But what about the new sparkle on the block? We’re referring to lab created diamonds of course – an equally dazzling and cost-effective alternative which we’re expecting to explode in 2021.

Lab created diamonds are optically and chemically identical to earth-created diamonds and are generally about 30% more affordable. Plus, they look great with every ring, no matter what you choose.

Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Cathedral Star Engagement Ring

Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring 

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

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

5. Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Yellow gold engagement rings have gained serious traction in 2020 and show no signs of slowing down in 2021. This warm, luxurious metal pairs with almost any outfit, giving its wearer an instant boost of style and undeniable elegance. Why choose a yellow gold ring? Gold is yellow by nature, so the color of the metal stays vibrant and is easy to maintain, allowing you to keep your sparkle in tip-top shape through the new year and beyond.

Milgrain Navette Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Milgrain Navette Engagement Ring

East-West Oval Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow East-West Oval Diamond Gold Diamond Engagement Ring

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Designing Your Ring Together: Here’s Why You Should

Are you and your SO thinking about designing a ring together? Here’s why you should.

Designing Your Ring Together

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, but it’ll also give your partner comfort knowing that they made a perfect choice. Win-Win. Not sure where to begin? Start with a simple solitaire ring and take it from there.

White Gold Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Tapered Milgrain Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Tapered Milgrain Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. You Glow Girl

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.

White Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring

3. In It Together

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?

Yellow Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Three Stone & Pavé Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Three Stone Trillion And Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

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

4. Tried and Tested

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.’

White Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Petite Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

‘My fiancée and I picked the ring out together and I am so happy we did’ – Roxanne E.

Yellow Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

‘We picked our ring together and found the experience to be wonderful.’ – Erik S.

Rose Gold Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Graduated Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Sounds Like Love

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). 

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Affordable Engagement Rings: Our Top Picks

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

Affordable engagement rings: pear-cut diamond halo engagement ring

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

1. Solitaire Engagement Rings

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

White Gold Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

2. Elongated Stones

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

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Beaded Marquise Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Beaded Marquise Shape Engagement Ring

3. Pavé The Way

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

Yellow Gold Petite Pavé Cathedral Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Pave Cathedral Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Pave Rope Engagement Ring

4. Well, Halo There

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

White Gold Pavé Halo Engagement Ring (Cushion Center)

14K White Gold Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Trellis Halo Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Trellis Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

5. Colored Gemstones

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

White Gold Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

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

Yellow Gold Ruby Three Stone Engagement Ring

1.89 Carat Round Natural Ruby Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring With Scroll Undergallery

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

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  3. 11 Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement Rings
  4. How To Budget For An Affordable Engagement Ring

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A Slice Of Clarity: Emerald-Cut Diamond Pavé Engagement Rings

The emerald cut isn’t reserved for only the verdant gem; this clarity-flaunting cut has been a diamond’s choice form since the 1940s. And an emerald-cut diamond’s BFF? Pavé, of course!

Emerald-Cut Diamond Pavé Engagement Rings

The popularity of emerald engagement rings is rising as style-savvy ring shoppers draw inspiration from the glamour of days past. This retro, stepped shape displays a striking “hall of mirrors” effect that gives emerald-cut diamond engagement rings a truly unique shine. 

Emerald-cut diamonds can rock any setting, and pavé is top of the list. A pavé setting’s small, round sparklers peerlessly complement an emerald-cut diamond’s rectangular shape.

Emerald Cut Diamond FYI:

  • An emerald-cut diamond’s limited facets tend to reveal inclusions, making it the perfect cut for flaunting a diamond’s clarity
  • Emerald-cut diamonds reveal color more easily than other shapes do, so choose a high color grade if you’re setting your diamond in white metal. However, setting a “warmer” diamond in yellow or rose gold will make the diamond appear more colorless.
  • An emerald-cut diamond’s length creates the optical illusion of elegantly “elongating” the wearer’s fingers.

Keep scrolling to see our customers’ picks for their favorite emerald-cut diamond pave engagement rings:

Perfect Pavé

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

“This ring is absolutely gorgeous. It is perfect and elegant for small hands.
– Kent P.

Pavé Cross-Over

14K White Gold Twin Pave Cross Over Diamond Engagement Ring

“There are pavé rings, and then there is this ring. This is a pavé with a twist!”
– Carl L.

Tapered Pavé

“My now-fiancé absolutely loved her ring, and cannot stop looking at it!!! Everyone who sees her ring says it’s stunning and that I knocked it out of the park.”
– Lance B.

Split-Shank Pavé

14K White Gold Split Shank Ribbon Engagement Ring

“The delicate, low profile setting was a perfect choice for my fiancée’s active lifestyle. The simple but sparkly band compliments the diamond, making it the star of the show.”
– Gregg J.

Twisted Pavé

14K White Gold Twisted Pave Engagement Ring

“My now-fiancée has had loads of compliments on the ring already! The setting sparkles beautifully in the light and the twisted band is beautifully intricate.
– Joe B.

Three-Sided Pavé

14K White Gold Bar Set And Three Sided Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

“This ring has this incredible vintage feel to it. It has an old kind of glamor that is exactly my taste and is still edgy in its own way.”
– Juliana J.

Pavé Halo

14K White Gold Falling Edge Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

“In person, this setting is BREATHTAKING. The falling edge is such a unique and quaint detail, and even the underneath has a little flare!”
– Matthew P.

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The 10 Hottest Halo Engagement Rings

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

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All Hail Halo Engagement Rings!

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

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

Halo Engagement Rings: A Galaxy of Glam

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

1. Cushion Outline Pavé Halo

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

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

2. Falling Edge Pavé Halo

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

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

3. Pavé Halo Split Shank

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

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

4. Classic Pavé Halo

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

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

5. Petite Pavé Halo

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

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

6. Embellished Gallery Pavé Halo

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

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

And now for a special collection…

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

7. Pavé Halo (Pear Center)

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

8. Pavé Halo (Round Center)

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

9. Pavé Halo (Oval Center)

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

10. Pavé Halo (Cushion Center)

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

Halo Engagement Rings: Either/Aura

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

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

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

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Twisted Engagement Rings: That Spiral Style

Twisted engagement rings put a new spin on the classic solitaire ring setting.

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Abbraccio Swirl Engagement Ring by Danhov

Everything is more interesting with a twist: gin and tonic with a twist of lime, M. Night Shyamalan movies, those poles outside barber shops. The same goes for jewelry – namely, twisted engagement rings. Their updated design adds a whimsical and utterly unique touch to an otherwise basic band.

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Twisted Engagement Rings: It’s All in the Twist

Twisted engagement rings can be fashioned out of one solid metal band, two tightly wound bands, or an open split shank that intersects with itself. For an eye-catching enhancement, choose one that’s studded with pavé diamonds or sporting a shimmering halo.

The Bold & The Beautiful 💍

14K White Gold Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring
Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

Twisted engagement rings are already a bold look, and silvery metals are in, but this modern tension-set ring brings added drama and sophistication. The wide, sleek band, with its striking contours, is one of the fiercest settings we’ve seen! Can you feel the tension?

The Tulip from Amster-dayum! 🌷

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Milgrain Twist Tulip Basket Engagement Ring

This one-of-a-kind solitaire ring has milgrain detailing along the shanks and can be set with a round or princess-cut diamond. Where’s the tulip, you ask? Ah, that’s the twist! It forms the basket for an extra-romantic surprise.

The Pretzeled Pavé 🥨

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Pavé Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

This delicious-looking setting features a liberal sprinkling of pavé diamonds along each of its interwoven bands. These serve to gently accent the center stone… like grains of salt on a pretzel!

The Simply Di-vine 🍃

14K Yellow Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring
Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

There ain’t no shine like a twisted vine! This bewitching nature-inspired ring showcases two marquise-shaped pavé-set accents on either side. These leaf-like flourishes flow together seamlessly on a band of lustrous gold.

The Spiraling Solitaire 🌀

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Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

Throw your partner a rope in the form of this charming twisted cable solitaire engagement ring. Tightly interwoven gold cables are a subtle way to let the wearer know you won’t ever let them down. Pair with the matching cable wedding band when you’re ready to tie the knot.

The Coiled Crossover 🔀

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Pavé Halo and Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

Keep your fingers crossed for this gorgeous split-shank engagement ring. A pavé halo surrounds the center stone, while additional pavé diamonds line one of the shanks for maximum sparkle.

Twisted Engagement Rings: Give Us a Twirl

Is a ring with a twist top of your list? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twister.
Er… 
Twitter.

Discover the crossover appeal of split shank and infinity engagement rings.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.

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Everyone has a personal style. Some are more understated than others and, therefore, harder to discern. Your job as Buyer of Rings, Proposer of Marriage, is to hone in on that style by whatever means necessary. Put on your detective hat and do some snooping around or straight up ask your partner what she’d like. Either way, finding her engagement ring style needn’t be a chore with our handy guide. Just pop on some good music and get sleuthing.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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Let’s start by clearing something up: the ring doesn’t have to be a complete surprise.

There, we’ve said it.

These days, it’s perfectly acceptable – preferable even – to bring your partner into the design process. No one knows the wearer’s style better than the wearer herself, so why not involve her in the decision making? Goodness knows, you’ll need all the help you can get when confronted with terms like pavé, halo, and tension! (That last one’s a setting style btw, not a headache.) By promoting your partner to Chief Ring Adviser, you’ll come across as the sensitive and considerate human being you are while eliminating much of the guesswork. It’s a win-win.

Now, the direct approach won’t work for everyone, mind you. Some customers – proposer and proposee alike – have their hearts set on a solo ring selection, culminating in the Big Reveal. To those irrepressible romantics, we say… read on!

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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Like all good detectives, you’ve been waiting for the right case to come along; a case worthy of your powers of deduction. Finding her engagement ring style is right up there with #WhoBitBeyoncé and that whole Yanny vs Laurel thing – except the odds of you solving this one are far higher!

Seriously though, your partner’s online and offline activity might give away key clues about her ring preferences. If she has a Pinterest account, it’s worth checking to see if she’s created any boards with sparkle-related titles or pinned any specific rings. Assuming you have access to her Facebook account, check her profile and activity log for any ring posts she’s liked or shared.

What’s the Buzz?

Even if she’s been careful not to leave a digital trail, she may have confided in her best friend or sibling. Once you’ve got a sparkly bee in your bonnet, it’s almost impossible to keep it to yourself! Listen for subtle hints that might come up when she’s chatting with her inner circle, especially if the topic of celebrity engagement rings comes up.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

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When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.

What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

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

If your girl is more Devil Wears Prada than Devil Wears Nada, you might consider a more daring setting. Pay close attention to her wardrobe. If she dresses to impress and won’t touch anything unless it’s by a top designer, go for something with character, such as a vintage engagement ring or hyper-modern tension ring.

Read more about designing the perfect engagement ring

Glow-Key Glam

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Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

If, on the other hand, her idea of glamour is a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, we’d recommend opting for something simple like a baguette side-stone engagement ring. Understated yet elegant.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

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Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

If none of the above tips speak to you, no one would fault you for playing it safe and going with a classic style such as a solitaire. This is essentially a single center diamond mounted on a plain setting. Solitaires are considered classics for a reason: they work with practically any individual style and never go out of fashion.

Once you’ve figured out your setting style, it’s time to consider the diamond shape. If you have even the slightest doubt about what shape to get, you can’t go wrong with a round cut. Round-cut diamonds are by far the most popular shape for engagement rings, owing to their perfect geometry and abundant sparkle. These timeless classics are tried and true, but if it’s a little more edge you’re after, a princess or cushion-cut diamond should suffice.

Walk a Mile in Her Style

How did you manage to pinpoint your partner’s style preference? Did you go undercover or were you upfront about it? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.

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Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: The Greatest Glow on Earth!

Love makes the world go round and we’ve got the awinspiring around-the-world marriage proposals to prove it!

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Somewhere on this big blue marble we call home, a couple is getting engaged right now. By the time you finish reading this article, several hundred thousand more will have put a ring on it. Planet Earth is quite simply the place to pop the question – at least until commercial spaceflight becomes a thing.

In honor of World Post Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite around-the-world marriage proposals submitted by our international customers. Just as their love knows no borders, James Allen offers free shipping to over 30 countries worldwide. You could say we put the glow in global!

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Honduran Homebodies

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Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Our round-the-world trip starts out in Zamorano, Honduras. Hopeful hubby Aaron left girlfriend Maria a note instructing her to meet him by a tire swing in their neighbor’s yard. As she waited obligingly by the swing, her knight in shining amour pulled up in a red vintage truck. He presented her with a bouquet of flowers and an impossible-to-resist pavé halo diamond ring, to which she couldn’t help but say yes. We love the sheer simplicity of this proposal and can practically taste the homemade baleadas wafting through the air! Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Canadian Cascade

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Single Row Pavé Infinity Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

Next, we head north to Edmonton, Canada, and the scene of Carly and Roman’s gushing proposal. Roman whisked Carly off on a helicopter ride, stopping below a glacial waterfall for a picturesque mountaintop picnic. Using the Insta-worthy moment to his advantage, Roman pretended to set up the camera’s self-timer, but secretly hit record. The teary-eyed romantic then took the plunge and presented his love with a single row pavé infinity ring by Martin Flyer. Noticing that he was holding the box upside down, Carly quickly turned it right-side up and said yes through the laughter and the tears. Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: American Dream

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

The next leg of our whistle-stop tour takes us to the City of Angels via France. Manon from France and fiancé Andrew from Texas were university sweethearts who somehow managed to make their intercontinental relationship work. While on a trip to Los Angeles to realize Manon’s lifelong dream of hiking to the Hollywood Sign, Andrew got down on one knee and proposed with a petite pavé ring. Serendipity may have brought them together, but it was their James Allen sparkler that made it official. Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Mauritian Marvel

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

All the way over on the other side of the world, a man named Arreytambe was planning an altogether more tropical proposal. He invited then-girlfriend Bessem to visit him on the idyllic island of Mauritius, where he had moved for work. After they’d spent some time enjoying all the island has to offer, Arreytambe arranged a private dinner on the beach, complete with waiter service, hidden photographer, and drone cam. Bessem could barely contain her excitement when he got down on one knee and pulled out that diamond split shank double halo pavé ring. And who could blame her? It is quite stunning! Read more

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Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Jamaican Joy Ride

14K Yellow Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring
Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Our last stop takes us to Kingston, Jamaica and the aptly named Hope Gardens, where churchgoers Karamo and Renee got engaged. Karamo told a blindfolded Renee they were going out for a surprise dinner and drove around in circles to disorient her. In fact, he was planning to pop the question in a part of the sunken garden that he and his friends had decorated. Not even a few brief rain showers could dampen the mood of this joyous occasion. Needless to say, she said yes to him and her falling edge pavé diamond ring (in that order). Read more

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Bring It Home

Where (and how) on earth did you pop the question? Map it out for us in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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