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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

The stars must have aligned to create an April birthstone so sublime.

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Diamond, the April birthstone, needs little introduction. It is, after all, the single most coveted precious stone in the world and the object of many an engagement fantasy. But what is it about the sparkly stone that makes it such a prize?

The answer lies in the stone’s rarity, toughness, and, above all, exceptional beauty.

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In Rare Form: The April Birthstone

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In their purest form, diamonds are clear but may contain a hint of yellow. Some people like the warmth of a slightly yellow diamond, especially when complemented with a yellow or rose gold setting. However, the vast majority prefer the glacial quality of a colorless diamond, which is far rarer.

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A popular alternative to colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds come in a range of natural hues including yellow and pink. Colors at the vivid end of the spectrum are quite rare and, therefore, more valuable.

Tough Love: The April Birthstone

Diamonds are tough. Really tough. Like the-hardest-mineral-on-Earth tough. Being virtually indestructible has its advantages, of course. Diamonds do not require much maintenance to keep them looking like new. They also retain their polish for a very long time, making them equally suitable for everyday wear and special occasions. Ironically, the only thing capable of scratching a diamond is another diamond, so it’s best to store diamond jewels separately.

Flexible Floral Motif Diamond Bracelet

Every day feels like spring with this floral motif diamond bracelet, which features a flower-like cluster on either side. The flexible bangle looks super fresh when worn alone or stacked with others.

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Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

Delicate as spring’s first buds, these diamond studs glisten like the morning dew. The diamonds sit perfectly flush in their settings, making them appear to float on the ear.

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Grande Floral Halo Diamond Necklace

This floral fantasy of a pendant features a sparkling halo of pavé-set diamond petals that frames the round center diamond.

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Beauty Bound: The April Birthstone

Several factors determine a diamond’s beauty. A well-proportioned and symmetrical stone will display large amounts of fire and brilliance, otherwise known as sparkle. This, after all, is the main reason we’re here, folks. Diamond color, as we have mentioned, gives the stone its unique character and helps to determine its value.

Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

The tulip-inspired basket, with its softly draping lines and defined petals, is the crowning glory of this simple-yet-graceful engagement ring.

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Floral Halo Engagement Ring

Shaped like a flower in full bloom, this ring’s halo does a fabulous job of framing the center diamond and bringing out its brilliance.

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

All flowered out? This petite pavé is a natural wonder in its own right. The ring’s design maximizes the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, increasing their individual sparkle.

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An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in March 2018 and was updated in April 2019.

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Our Top 10 Solitaire Engagement Rings

Classic, unique, or totally modern – solitaire rings let your diamond take center stage. And if there’s anything we love more than this can’t-go-wrong setting style, it’s your glowing reviews! To keep it real, we’ve rounded up our top 10 solitaire engagement rings according to you.

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Keep in mind – each of these top 10 solitaire engagement rings can be customized with a different diamond shape, metal, or even a vivid gemstone:

1. Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • “Selection of it, the time till delivery (during a holiday period of time), her reaction… It was all perfect!”- David W.
  • She loves the thin band and thinks that it is the most beautiful piece of jewelry ever.”- Erik D.

2. Six-Prong Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • Really over the moon. Had so many positive comments. Not least from my fiancé who LOVES it!”- Micah V.
  • “Simply stunning and very impressed with the presentation. The ring is amazing.”- Kennedy D.

3. Twisted Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • “The rope setting has an elegant yet distinctive simplicity, and it really highlights the diamond. If you’re looking for a traditional style engagement ring, but don’t want it to look like every other engagement ring, this is definitely the setting to go with.”- David B.
  • “The only thing I was not nervous about that night was about how much she would love the engagement ring. It was perfect.”- Guerrero G.

4. Modern Tulip Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • “It’s simple, elegant, and beautiful.”- Juan M.
  • “It features the diamond in a beautiful gallery from all angles. The diamond sits low on the finger yet there is an illusion of a cathedral setting with sides tapering up to the stone. The under gallery is perfectly finished and polished. Superb craftsmanship.”- Chris T.

5. Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • She said, ‘Yes!’ before I could even propose… She liked that the diamond only sat a little above the ring because she’s a hair stylist, she didn’t want her ring to be caught in peoples hair and she loved the width. It wasn’t too skinny; it wasn’t too big; it was just right.”- Clinton A.
  • “The ring was elegantly designed and reflects expertise and and hardwork from the maker. Excellent job!”- Louie I.

6. Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • “I get compliments all the time. And the diamond… OMG, is BEAUTIFUL and it sparkles for days. It’s not the normal solitaire; simple, yet different… very elegant.”- Lisa P.
  • The ring is exceptional, unique, beautiful from multiple angles, and really showcases the diamond that you choose to put in it…. My fiance and I have not yet seen a ring that even comes close.”- Ryan
  • “My fiancé loves the design, especially the intertwining prongs. Every time she shows her friends, she takes it off to show the details of the underside too. Truly an amazing ring with a great design.”- Mike

7. Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • She’s always loved antiques and vintage things, but I knew she’d want her engagement ring to be her own. This ring’s etchings gave it a special look that really fit her style, and the open setting really lets the diamond shine in even low lighting.”- Kyle
  • “My gorgeous woman said yes! And she absolutely loved the ring. The engravement is beautiful and the ring is nice and sturdy… I absolutely recommend it.”- Aldo G.

8. Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • “The ring is set with perfection and attention to detail. The bands are petite and the basket has a low profile. The claw prongs are small and symmetrical. I highly recommend.”- Gianna K.
  • “Was looking for something simple with a little uniqueness. This was an ideal choice. The design and materials are superb, and people are always asking what the style is called.”- Kiefer E.

9. Twisted Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • “It put a modern twist (pun intended) to the ring. She absolutely loved it!”- Daniel A.
  • “The cable band offers the ring a sense of daintiness to it.”- Danielle L.
  • “This band is simple, elegant, and in some way looks very traditional with a vintage style to it without doing too much to draw attention to itself (sometimes less is more).”- Stephen L.

10. Etched Profile Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

  • “Really liked the simplicity of the top and the intricacy of the etching and milgrain.”- Joshua R.
  • Lovely etched detail. I get compliments about it every time! Fits amazingly and sparkles!” Sarah T.

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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 💍

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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 🍃

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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.

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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.

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Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

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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.

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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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11 Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement Rings

Who ever said affordable engagement rings can’t be excellent quality and jaw-droppingly gorgeous? These rings prove otherwise. Sorry not sorry.

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That “Three Months’ Salary” myth about how much you need to spend on the ring? We’re here to say once and for all: set your budget within your comfort zone!

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Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement Rings

All rings are design-your-own, which means that you can choose a ring setting, metal, and diamond combo that is kind to your wallet. No matter what your style or budget, we’ve got you covered!

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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The pavé band on this ring makes it look like the band itself is made of diamond and boosts your main-event center stone.

Trellis Halo Engagement Ring

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Low-key: this ring features a nearly-identical setting style to that of country darling Carrie Underwood! Super-modern clean lines frame a sparkling halo.

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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This ring’s center diamond is wrapped with nature-inspired, vintage art. An elegant and unique engagement ring choice.

Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Back to the brilliant basics! This shining solitaire setting pulls all eyes to its center stone, be it a diamond or a gemstone.

Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

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This six-prong stunner is a fan favorite. Three side stones on either side of the center stone add a delicate touch of sparkle.

Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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Light dazzles off the diamonds in the center, the halo, and the pavé band. We love this setting with a brilliant and trendy pear shaped diamond (and so do Ariana Grande and Cardi B!).

Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

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A graceful band design with shine that seems to go on forever. The craftwork of this ring is clear in the metal’s elegant curves.

Vintage Sapphire Engagement Ring

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Gemstones or diamonds? Choose a ring with the best of both. This vintage design looks even more timeless with a cushion cut diamond.

Bow Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring

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Gold is the new black tie! Tapered channel-set diamonds draw the eye to the center stone, while echos of a bow tie make this ring an instant classic.

Etched Rope Engagement Ring

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Intentional and intricate metalwork sets this beautiful ring apart. A twist (all pun intended) on the traditional solitaire.

Adorned Cathedral Engagement Ring

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The sides of this center stone are surrounded by a subtle surprise: a strip of glittering pavé diamonds. All the shine of a solitaire with a shimmering bonus.

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Our “Younger” Engagement Ring Picks for Liza

*Younger Engagement Ring Picks and Spoilers Ahead!*

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Between Liza’s ex, Charles’ ex, Kelsey and Thad (RIP), Diana’s ex, Josh’s failed proposal to Liza (still crying), and Josh’s weird green card marriage (can someone please explain what happened there??), Younger has so many engagement rings we never got to obsess over. We the Fans deserve an amazing engagement (with an amazing sparkler)! Season 5 can’t premiere soon enough.

So whether it’s a proposal from Charles or from Josh (second time’s the charm), we decided to fantasize about which rings the Younger men would choose:

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Team Charles Engagement Rings

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Proof that maturity has its benefits: Charles is undeniably, totally classically handsome. This solitaire engagement ring with a cushion cut diamond is crisp and timeless, a perfect fit for his vibe.

Bow Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring

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Wow, can this man rock a tux. And luckily as a ritzy executive, he gets to wear one quite a lot. A bow tie ring setting would both nod to his dapper style and narrow in to spotlight a sparkling center diamond.

Bird of Paradise Engagement Ring

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Remember when Charles told Liza that Freedom by Jonathan Franzen changed his life and they bonded over complex relationships? This ring connects to the warbler on the novel’s cover and to Liza and Charles’ meaningful convos.

Embossed Vintage Engagement Ring

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Liza and Charles share a strong eye for detail and a passion for good stories, and this pavé crosshatch vintage ring feels like a story in itself. Novelized and publicized well, this story could knock Marriage Vacation off the bestsellers list.

Spiral Tension-Set Engagement Ring

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How could he not pay tribute to the years of tension between him and Liza? The force of tension works in this engagement ring to hold a precious brilliant cut diamond, seemingly in mid-air. Much better than those furtive, across-the-office glances.

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Team Josh Engagement Rings

Three-Stone Emerald Engagement Ring

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We all know Josh is a fan of green cards and the luck of the Irish… #toosoon. In any case, the emerald gemstones would represent the freshness that Josh brought into Liza’s life. He’s the one who inspired her to start over, after all.

Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The milgrain engraving on this engagement ring looks like a work of art from Josh’s Williamsburg tattoo shop. Knowing how emotionally he connects to tattoos and Liza (and, okay, video games), this rose gold ring feels like a great pick.

East-West Pavé Engagement Ring

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The horizontal emerald cut diamond on this petite pavé engagement ring is unconventional, transparent, and gorgeous, some of the best qualities that Liza loves (loved? Hm.) in Josh.

Criss-Cross Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Because all the best things split and come back together, right? This modern and unique engagement ring design fits right in to Josh and Liza’s Brooklyn world. Of course, he’d add a cushion cut center diamond for a dazzling romantic touch.

Antique Bezel Pavé Engagement Ring

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This vintage ring, like Josh, has the kind of hipster style that wouldn’t call itself hipster. The diamonds and warm yellow gold shine like Josh’s old soul, one of the reasons why he might be the best for Liza…

So, are we Team Josh or Team Charles? Honestly, we’re always Team Liza; we’ll love whatever (and whomever) her heart chooses. Here’s to season 5!

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Shape Series: Princess Cut Diamonds

A popular alternative to the classic round cut, princess cut diamonds provide maximum brilliance in a striking square form.

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Looking for a diamond shape that’s a bit different, but that doesn’t stray too far from the traditional? With its clean, modern lines and intense sparkle, the four-sided princess cut is right on point.

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Why Princess Cut Diamonds?

Before we begin, let’s address the square elephant in the room; princess cut diamonds do not resemble an actual princess. The proportions are way off! But semantics aside, princess cut diamonds are considered royalty among diamond cuts thanks to their exquisite beauty.

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Princess cut diamonds, like round cuts, are typically comprised of 58 facets that increase light dispersion for maximum fire and brilliance. In other words, they pack a tremendous amount of sparkle into a neat little square.

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Princess cut diamonds can be worn and enjoyed by all, owing to their neutral shape. However, they look particularly fetching on slender fingers, as their vertical lines delicately accentuate finger length.

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Who Rocks Princess Cut Diamonds?

Celebs such as Solange Knowles, Kate Bosworth, Hilary Duff, Snooki, Aly Michalka, and Samira Wiley have been flashing all the right angles. Don’t be fooled by the shape of their stones, though – these women are anything but square!

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The somewhat unconventional form of the princess cut diamond allows the wearer to express their bohemian, free-spirited side. And like the wearer, these diamonds sparkle well beyond their borders.

What to Know About Princess Cut Diamonds

When a diamond cutter transforms a rough diamond into a round cut, a good deal of the stone is lost. This isn’t the case with princess cut diamonds, which retain approximately 30% more of the rough stone. Carat for carat, you’re getting more diamond surface – and, therefore, sparkle – making it better value for money.

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Princess cut diamonds benefit from settings that protect their corners from daily wear and tear. You’ll often find them mounted as solitaires in four-prong settings, but bezel settings provide just as much protection. Whichever setting you choose, ensure that the prongs cover the diamond’s corners completely to avoid accidental chipping.

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To really make your princess cut pop, try pairing it with complementary side stones such as baguettes or tapered baguettes. Not only does this increase the amount of sparkle, it also draws the eye toward the center stone.

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Princess Cut Diamonds: The Cornerstone of Sparkle

It isn’t just rings that are fair and square. Princess cut diamonds are also available in a range of fine jewelry that’s at once classic and dramatic.

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Enchanted by a princess? Find your princess cut diamond engagement ring.

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Engagement Rings Inspired by Most-Loved Books

Behind every great book and every engagement moment is a unique and meaningful story.

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National Book Day is finally here! To mark the moment, we polled the team at James Allen to find our top all-time book favorites. These selects are the tales that have taken us to magical, romantic, and adventurous worlds. If one of these reads is your SO’s favorite, we have suggestions for the perfect engagement ring!

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If her favorite book is The Great Gatsby…

Intrigue, drama, and a secretly snarky narrator – what could be better? She’ll be the envy of both East and West Egg with these art deco vintage-inspired engagement rings.

Art Deco Floral Halo Engagement Ring

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Milgrain Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is War and Peace…

Good news: it’ll take you a shorter time to find the dream ring than it takes to finish Tolstoy’s epic. Take a page from 19th century Russian aristocracy with rose gold and clusters of diamonds.

Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring

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Vintage Pavé Arch Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is Harry Potter

Do we love Harry Potter? After all this time? Always. Whether she’s a cunning Slytherin, a brave Gryffindor, a witty Ravenclaw, or a kind Hufflepuff, find your SO the perfect magical engagement ring.

Twin Pavé Crossover Engagement Ring

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Vintage Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice

The best part of Jane Austen’s classic is the heightened Victorian approach to love. Be the Mr. Darcy to your brilliant Elizabeth and go for a ring with beautiful complexity.

Floral Scroll Pavé Engagement Ring

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Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is Me Before You

Anytime we think of the red dress Lou wore on the first date or the Parisian café where she read Will’s letter, we’re swept away with romance. Bring her to (good!) tears with one of these sparklers.

Three-Stone Ruby Engagement Ring

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Verragio Parisian Engagement Ring

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If you want to propose with her favorite book in mind, read up on this poetic proposal and this creative book engagement ring box.

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Buying an Engagement Ring 101

Let’s be honest: we could all use a class called Buying an Engagement Ring 101 at some point in our lives.

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Some of us have absolutely no clue where to start when buying an engagement ring. “Pavé”? How is that even pronounced? (protip: “pah-vay”). And how does one narrow down all of the sparkly choices??

Still, we know the process is worth the perfect reaction. For such a meaningful choice and such an important spend, how do you surprise your SO with exactly what they want?

Buying an Engagement Ring 101

Deep breaths! Our non-commissioned Customer Service team is here to answer your questions, 24/7. To start you out, we sat down with our Customer Service certified experts to mine their most helpful tips and tricks.

No idea what you’re doing? Start with the diamond shape.

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If you’re not sure what kind of ring to get, our experts suggest you start by choosing the diamond shape: “There’s lots of little nuances between all the different faceting styles,” explains one of our Customer Service reps. The first and most basic decision is whether your SO would want a fancier shape or a more timeless diamond.

So, what do we know about your SO’s style?

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Would she love to rock a more unique diamond? “When it comes to fancier shapes, such as a heart, a pear, an oval, marquise, etc., I always ask if she’s mentioned that she likes that specific shape,” says our rep. It’s better to know in advance if your SO would want a unique diamond shape, which tend to be more polarizing. If she is looking for trendy, “then ovals and pears are a great direction to go in. Marquises are really starting to gain strength as well!”

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Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Ring

If you’re just not sure, you might want to stick with a more classic diamond shape, like round, princess, or cushion cut diamonds.

You can’t go wrong with a round cut diamond!

“Whenever someone is very unsure or just completely clueless about what style to get their significant other, I always resort to a classic round center stone,” one of our experts says.  

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Benefits of the round cut diamond? It has amazing sparkle, it’s not going out of style anytime soon, and it’s by far the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings.

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Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

For more in-depth diamond education, check out our Diamond Shape Series!

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Next step: choose the engagement ring setting.

Now onto Buying an Engagement Ring 101, lesson 2! The setting of the engagement ring is, basically, everything but the center diamond. The type of ring, if you will. The most important consideration when choosing a setting according to our Customer Service team:

How will the ring fit with your SO’s lifestyle?

How active is she on the day-to-day? If she goes rock climbing, for example, or if she works in a medical field where gloves are necessary, you might want to go for a setting without exposed diamonds on the band, like a solitaire or channel-set ring.

The diamonds grooved into this ring’s band and the center stone’s basket minimize the risk of diamonds getting caught or falling out:

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Channel-Set Engagement Ring

This sleek and modern engagement ring’s center diamond is strongly protected by a bezel setting:

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Solitaire Bezel-Set Engagement Ring

If her day-to-day is less hands on, you can consider a wider range of settings like the super-popular pavé setting which features more exposed diamonds on the band.

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

Is your SO more trendy or low-key?

Like with diamond styles, our experts suggest you look at how trendy your SO is on the day-to-day. Some helpful guiding questions: Does she like to keep up with the latest fashions? Is she somebody who likes to read all the fashion magazines and blogs? If so, you might want to go for a more daring setting, like a romantic vintage engagement ring or a hyper-modern tension ring:

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Bird of Paradise Vintage Engagement Ring

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Spiral Tension-Set Engagement Ring

Or is is your SO a bit more low-key? If the usual wardrobe is T-shirt and jeans, and especially if she doesn’t usually wear jewelry, our experts suggest opting for a simple, more classic style, like this baguette diamond stunner:

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Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring

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The Conclusion(ish)

Still feeling lost? Our Customer Service experts suggest a foolproof combo: “You can never go wrong with a solitaire setting and a classic diamond shape, like round, princess, or cushion cut.”

Ready? Get Started on Buying Your Engagement Ring! And don’t forget to get jewelry insurance at checkout.

Don’t worry, this won’t end with Buying an Engagement Ring 101! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more!

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For now, check out the 10 Essential Proposal Tips we mined from our customers’ experiences.

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Get the Look: Country Stars’ Engagement Rings

Country stars’ engagement rings are just like their songs: filled with heart, all about love, and packed with fire.

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In honor of this year’s Country Music Awards, check out our favorite country stars’ engagement rings. These rings take celebrity engagement rings to the next level. Plus, walk the shine with a James Allen lookalike!

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Get the Look: Country Stars’ Engagement Rings

Carrie Underwood’s Engagement Ring

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All-American girl Carrie Underwood got engaged to hockey player Mike Fisher with a canary yellow diamond engagement ring that sings almost as beautifully as she does.

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Jessie James Decker’s Engagement Ring

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NFL wide receiver Eric Decker popped the question to the country and reality star with a micro-pavé engagement ring. We’re super bowled over by this sparkler.

Featured: Double Row Pavé Engagement Ring

Kellie Pickler’s Engagement Ring

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A perfect halo engagement ring for a match made in country music heaven! Pickler and fellow singer Kyle Jacobs chose beach settings for both their engagement and their wedding.

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Brittany Kerr Aldean’s Engagement Ring

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American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr decided to tie the knot with “Dirt Road Anthem” singer Jason Aldean with a split shank, princess cut diamond showstopper.

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Laura Bell Bundy’s Engagement Ring

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“Omigod, you guys!” The Kentucky native and original Elle Woods on Broadway said “yes” to TBS exec Thom Hinkle with a floral halo vintage-style engagement ring.

Featured: Floral Halo Engagement Ring 

Hillary Scott’s Engagement Ring

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If we could sing a song to the Lady Antebellum frontwoman’s engagement ring, it’d be “Need You Now.” Drummer Chris Tyrrell proposed during a 4th of July Tennessee sunset.

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Kelsea Ballerini’s Engagement Ring

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Ballerini sang “Love Me Like You Mean It,” so Morgan Evans answered: “I Do!” The cohosts of Australia’s Country Music Channel Awards got engaged with a cushion halo diamond ring.

Featured: Cushion Outline Halo Engagement Ring 

Julianne Hough’s Engagement Ring

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This country singer, dancer, choreographer, and actress has even more carats in her diamond than she has titles! Hockey player Brooks Laich proposed to Hough with a pavé oval cut diamond stunner.

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Hearts and Arrows Diamond Perfection

Discover True Hearts by James Allen™ – The Symmetry of Sparkle.

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Everyone knows relationships are all about compromise, but one thing you shouldn’t have to compromise on is the diamond. True Hearts by James Allen™ is our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds. These exquisite stones boast perfect internal symmetry and proportions, giving them an added dimension of desirability. Available in round, cushion, and princess cut, True Hearts™ diamonds are the ultimate expression of romantic love.

Find your True Hearts™

Cupid’s Finest Hearts and Arrows Diamond

A True Hearts™ round cut is what’s known in the industry as a Hearts and Arrows diamond. When viewed from certain angles, the diamond appears to contain tiny hearts and arrows – the universal symbols of love. This effect is incredibly hard to achieve for even the most skilled diamond cutters as it involves polishing the stone to a very high degree of precision. All True Hearts by James Allen™ round cut diamonds come with GIA or AGS certificates attesting to their superior cut and polish.

As matchmakers of sparkle, we’ve paired these magnificent stones with their dream engagement ring settings. Get ready to fall in love all over again!

hearts and arrows diamond prong set round cut engagement ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features a center stone flanked by four smaller diamonds. The classic prong setting leaves much of the stone exposed for maximum sparkle.

hearts and arrows diamond petite pavé cathedral engagement ring

This classic cathedral engagement ring with simple prongs and pavé-accented sides allows the center diamond to shine through.

The Shape of Your Love

If your love is shaped differently, consider a True Hearts™ princess or cushion cut diamond. Although these stones don’t display the hearts and arrows pattern of a round cut, they are perfectly proportioned and symmetrical, yielding impressive sparkle. All True Hearts by James Allen™ princess and cushion cut diamonds come with an AGS certificate that confirms their ideal cut grading.

hearts and arrows diamond pavé rope engagement ring

This contemporary rope-style engagement ring comprises a sleek band of lustrous metal and a band of pavé diamonds in one interwoven design.

hearts and arrows diamond three stone princess pavé set engagement ring

This three-stone stunner features a princess cut diamond on either side of the center stone, as well as pavé-set diamonds glittering down both sides of the shank.

hearts and arrows diamond knife-edged solitaire engagement ring

Timeless beauty with a modern twist, this knife-edge solitaire features scalloped claw prongs perfectly tailored to the cushion cut center diamond.

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This vintage-inspired pavé engagement ring features a cushion cut diamond nestled inside a cushion halo, accentuating the stone’s shape and shine.

Aim for a Hearts and Arrows Diamond

Draw back your bow and let your arrow go… straight to these True Hearts™ in 360° HD!

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Style Series: Modern Tension Engagement Rings

Tension engagement rings are what the kids these days might call “tight.”

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A tension please! With hypermodern, almost futuristic style, tension rings hold their diamond in place by physical force alone. Many tension set diamonds seemingly levitate in their setting. Although prongs are not used, tension engagement rings are some of the most secure because the entire setting works to hold the diamond in place. Some tension cut engagement rings show off the whole diamond, in which case the diamond cut is even more important.

Tension engagement rings celebrate a bright and extraordinary future together.

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Sense a spectacular tension ring:

Spiral Tension Engagement Ring

A classic contemporary and amazing tension engagement ring, the lustrous metal helps this center stone float.

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Two-Tone Tension Engagement Ring

This tension setting cradles an über-trendy pear cut diamond with two different shades of gold.

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Contoured Tension Engagement Ring

Make a bold statement with a geometric princess cut center diamond held by a sophisticated twist tension.

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Hand Engraved Tension Engagement Ring

Confession: this one is a faux-tension ring. Still, like anyone with a faux leather jacket knows, a stylin’ version can be just as charming as a real tension set ring.

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Etched and Pointed Tension Engagement Ring

Pointed settings allow for marquise diamonds, which are a breathtaking connector between the ends of the tension twist.

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Two-Tone Pavé Tension Engagement Ring

For the modern glam romantic, these pavé lines, etches, and mixed metals surround a gorgeous center stone.

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Style Series: Sleek Channel-Set Engagement Rings

Stay tuned to channel-set engagement rings…

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Channel-set engagement rings, like pavé engagement rings, have diamonds lacing the bands. The difference is that channel-set rings’ diamonds are secured to the band without prongs by a thin strip of metal. Aesthetically, this makes the diamonds flush with the band, gives a glossy sheen, and allows more light to catch on the diamonds’ surfaces. Practically, this means channel-set rings are sturdier and less likely to catch on clothing.

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Get in the groove with these shimmering channel-set engagement ring picks:

Bow Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Look your finest in this black tie-style ring. Even more chic: the diamond-lined tapered design draws the eye to a sparkling center stone.

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Princess Channel-Set Engagement Ring

This delicate stripe of princess cut diamonds is a classic channel-set choice and allows flexibility for center stone choices.

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Baguette Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Baguette cut diamonds are completely flush with this yellow gold band, creating a geometric and glam design.

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Graduated Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Capture the crispness and shine of winter with this reverse taper channel-set diamond ring. Hot cocoa not included.

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Engraved Carre Channel-Set Engagement Ring

The magical engraving detail, rose gold metal, and channel-set band fit together as seamlessly as this ring’s carre diamonds.

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Cathedral Channel-Set Engagement Ring

Eight diamonds on each side of this center stone creates the sweetest sixteen. Bonus: round channel-set diamonds lend twinkling texture.

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Style Series: Inspired Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage engagement rings fit those with a flair for everlasting fashion.

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Vintage and antique-style engagement rings mix the intricate craft of vintage rings with the diamond cuts and durability of modern engagement rings. These rings are inspired by various time periods, from ancient Egypt to the roaring 20s to the glamorous 60s. Each vintage diamond ring design is a throwback to an unforgettable era in fashion.

Bridge the past, present, and future with your own vintage engagement ring.

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Find your unique vintage style:

Frame Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

Frame your memories together with this rose gold stunner. The solitaire band lets its center stone and unique halo shine.

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Filigree Vintage Engagement Ring

Intricate swirl outlines with diamond detailing? As you wish. This is the perfect ring for fairytale romances.

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Enchanted Sapphire Vintage Engagement Ring

A bold blue sapphire halo creates a whirlwind that draws you in to the spectacular center stone.

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Engraved Basket Vintage Engagement Ring

Milgrain, notched engraving, side stones, and a pavé cathedral add delicate details to this sparkly, petite ring.

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Infinity Halo Vintage Engagement Ring

An infinity halo represents your infinite love — isn’t it great to know that your future together is golden?

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Engraved Swirl Vintage Engagement Ring

This ring looks like a wreath wrapped around the center stone, holding and protecting over its fire.

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Open Floral Vintage Engagement Ring

This statement ring feels completely regal, with a soft, swirling floral pavé design and an open split pavé shank.

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Milgrain Bezel Vintage Engagement Ring

A princess cut center stone and milgrain halo recalls the highly decorative mirrors of the past. See yourself shining in this clean, elegant ring.

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Decorative Bridge Vintage Engagement Ring

Why live in a castle when you can wear one on your finger? The craft of this ring is highlighted by its pavé diamond-accented shank.

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Style Series: Side-Stone & Three-Stone Engagement Rings

Do you have best friends who make you shine even brighter? Side-stone and three-stone engagement rings can relate.

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These rings feature at least two smaller diamonds or gemstones flanking the center stone.

Side stones can be any cut or gem – some match the center stone while others are contrasting shapes. Side gemstones, like those in blue sapphire engagement rings, accentuate the center diamond with a vivid splash of color. Side-stone and three-stone engagement rings look even more radiant thanks to their complementing gems.

Thankful for your sparkling support system? Celebrate your engagement with one of our side-stone and three-stone engagement rings.

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Which side stones will you choose?

Diamond Side-Stone Engagement Rings

Scroll Undergallery Cushion Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

This trending ring is a spot-on replica of Meghan Markle’s royal engagement ring. The metal swirl detailing underneath the center diamond adds a bonus fairytale factor.

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Pear and Pavé Round Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

The super-popular pear shape makes for a sweet, surprising side stone. A pavé-accented band brings even more shine to highlight the center diamond.

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Tapered Baguette Round Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Part of the band itself looks like it’s made of diamond thanks to the baguette cut side stones. This clean geometric design contrasts nicely with warm, rose gold metal.

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Channel Set Emerald Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Emerald cut diamonds have icy, glacier-like lines. Choose a center stone to be framed by these symbols of stability and natural beauty.

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Twisted Vine Round Cut Side-Stone Engagement Ring

These marquise-shaped, pavé-set side stones are the leaves to the center stone’s flower. Every rose has its thorn — luckily, this ring has none.

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Hand-Engraved Princess Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Feel like a storybook hero every day with these princess cut center and side stones, milgrain detailing, and floral engraving.

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Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Rings

Vintage Milgrain Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Patterned with marquise-cut sapphires, this ring has a delicate and artistic color pop. The flower wire basket and milgrain framing add an extra creative touch.

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Round Cut Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

This crisp design lets its center diamond and sapphire side stones take their own spotlight even as they compliment each other.

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Pavé Floral Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Blue sapphire gemstones bookmark a breathtaking amount of sparkle. Plus, this band’s milgrain detailing gives this center flower an equally beautiful stem.

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Gemstone Three-Stone Engagement Rings

Round Cut Trillion Ruby Three-Stone Engagement Ring

We love the way this ring evokes the power, Lasso of Truth, and natural beauty of Wonder Woman. The open wire basket is a modern flair for a classic design.

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Princess Cut Emerald Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Haven’t you heard? Green means glow. The tones of these emerald side stones give you a constant connection to nature, representing rebirth and love.

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Style Series: Heavenly Halo Engagement Rings

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

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

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

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Ready for these angelic halo engagement ring picks?

1. Round Cut Cushion Halo Engagement Ring

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

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2. Princess Cut Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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

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3. Pear Cut Solitaire Halo Engagement Ring

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

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4. Round Cut Vintage Halo Engagement Ring

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

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5. Round Cut Star Halo Engagement Ring

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

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6. Round Cut Side-Stone Halo Engagement Ring

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

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7. Princess Cut Magnolia Halo Engagement Ring

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

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8. Round Cut Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

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

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9. Radiant Cut Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

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

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10. Round Cut Split Band Halo Engagement Ring

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

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Sparkle Squared: Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Sometimes, you have to search the four corners of the earth before you find that special someone with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Nothing symbolizes that lifelong search better than a princess cut engagement ring, whose center diamond brings the proverbial four corners to your true love’s hand. Read on to find out why princess cut engagement rings are gaining popularity as the ‘Square to Wear’ in 2021!

The Right Angle

Princess cut is a relative newcomer to the diamond scene. Created in the 1960s, this edgy cut has gained popularity due to its clean, modern lines and intense sparkle. More than 50 facets make up a princess cut diamond, and these increase light dispersion for maximum fire and brilliance. Its geometry lends a delicate accent to long, slender fingers in particular, though it can be worn and enjoyed by all.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Classic and refined, this piece offers understated elegance and unsurpassed comfort while highlighting your chosen princess cut center stone. The perfect width for pairing with any number of wedding bands, it’s versatile enough to create a wedding set that shows off the wearer’s true personality.

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

The knife edge design of this ring draws attention to the center diamond, showcasing its brilliance without detracting from its beauty.

Perfect Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Achieve a classic look without the bulk or the age-old issue of a turning ring with the Perfect Fit design. This engagement ring is ergonomically crafted for an elegant and comfortable feel so your ring will always stay in place.

Fair & Square

Another reason people are choosing princess cut over round is the price. Because princess cut diamonds retain the four corners that make them square, less of the rough diamond goes to waste. As a result, princess cut diamonds are slightly more affordable than round cut diamonds of the same weight. When purchasing a princess cut engagement ring, be sure to choose a setting that protects the corners of the diamond so they are not exposed to daily wear and tear.

Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring design is channel set with eight round shaped diamonds. A setting designed to draw the eye to the princess cut center stone of your choice.

Three-Stone Princess & Pavé Engagement Ring

A classic for all of eternity, this three stone ring features two princess shaped diamonds on each side of the center diamond of your choice. It also features pavé set diamonds that glitter down both sides of the shank.

East-West Marquise Engagement Ring

Submerge in the magical sparkle of this romantic yet ravishing engagement ring. Six marquise diamonds set east to west compose the shank and set the stage for the center stone of your choice.

Stars of Bling

Princess cut is the second most popular diamond shape after round cut for good reason; it packs a lot of sparkle into a unique square form. Celebrities like Kate Bosworth, Hilary Duff, and Snooki have all been spotted rocking princess cut engagement rings, and now it’s your turn to join the Quad Squad. We’ve rounded… er, squared up some of the hottest James Allen rings for your princess-perusing pleasure!

Channel Set Princess Cut Engagement Ring

This delicate version of the classic channel-set engagement ring features 20 channel-set princess shaped diamonds mounted into the shank around your princess cut center stone of choice.

Thin Channel Set Princess Cut Engagement Ring

This narrower, more delicate version of the classic channel-set engagement ring features 24 channel-set princess shaped diamonds mounted into the shank around the center diamond. 

Pavé Halo Princess Cut Engagement Ring

This gorgeous engagement ring features pavé set diamonds on the halo and along each side of the shank, highlighting your choice of princess cut center stone.

Embossed Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

Double bezel accents adorn this open design, featuring graduated pavé shoulders and an embossed designer shank – A stunning setting for your chosen diamond! 

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How to Find the Perfect Diamond Shape

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Diamond Shapes: Which One to Choose?

Confused about choosing the right diamond shape?

Fear knot (pun intended)! We’re here to provide you with info that will make the luminous stone a mystery no more.

DIAMOND SHAPES 101

Here are some rules of thumb to help you select a diamond that speaks your name!

If you’re classy, traditional and timeless, go ROUND.

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Round diamonds are also known as “brilliant cut,” as their shape maximizes light return from the top of the diamond, bringing out that extra shine. The round shape accomplishes being modern and timeless simultaneously, and is great for those who want a classic, yet incredibly sparkling look. Round diamonds are very versatile, as most engagement rings can be set with a round diamond. Round-cut diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings: more than 60% of brides-to-be want a round center stone.

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If you’re fancy, chic and delicate, go CUSHION.

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The cushion cut is a brilliant cut with rounded corners. Antique style cushion-cut rings have a classic, romantic appeal. They bring back chivalry and fairy tale love stories from days gone by. Cushion-cut engagement rings are the way to go for vintage brides who want to be reminded of a chivalrous era when romance and elegance reigned.

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If you’re imaginative, cutting-edge and experimental, go OVAL.

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The oval-shaped diamond is a modified version of the round-cut diamond. Its shape elegantly elongates the hand, which appeals to brides with shorter fingers. Although solitaire is the most common setting choice for oval-cut diamonds, brides also often choose to place side-stones (either gemstones or smaller diamonds) on either side of the oval. Oval-shaped rings are perfect for the brave, creative future Mrs.

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If you’re stylish, playful and cheerful, go PRINCESS.

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The princess shape is ideal for future brides who want a ring that’s traditional with a modern twist. The exquisite square shape of princess-cut diamonds is exotic and designed for maximum brilliance. The princess-cut is the 2nd most popular choice for diamond rings. Just like round diamonds, princess cuts are suitable for most engagement ring settings.

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If you’re confident, elegant and adventurous, go EMERALD.

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A popular style known for its beauty and precision, the emerald-cut diamond has long lines which give the stone an elegant and sophisticated look. Emerald-shaped rings are a great choice for the bride who knows who she is and what she wants, and is ready to take on anything that comes her way. Originally, emerald-cut diamonds were only used on emerald stones.

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If you’re feminine, old-fashioned and unique, go ASSCHER.

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While Asscher-cut diamonds are in the square-shaped diamond family, they offer a more vintage appeal than the other square shapes. Choosing an Asscher-cut diamond will make your ring bright, shiny and seemingly transparent. When donning an Asscher-cut ring, you’ll be taken back to the art deco vibe of the 1920’s and ‘30s.

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If you’re lively, positive and flirty, go RADIANT.

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Radiant-cut diamonds have cropped, rounded corners. A combination of princess and cushion-cut diamond shapes, radiant-cut diamonds are non-traditional, yet still brilliant. The beautiful diamond shape is elegant and rare. The way the underside is cut maximizes the color reflected off the diamond and results in intense brilliance. If you’re a peppy optimist, this diamond is for you.

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If you’re bold, different and charming, go PEAR.

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Pear-shaped diamonds resemble a teardrop. Marquise and oval shapes are combined to form a stunning shape. As pear-cut diamonds have an asymmetrical shape, they’re usually set with a simpler engagement ring setting. More daring brides-to-be are swept away by this gorgeous shape.

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If you’re romantic, sensitive and sentimental, go HEART.

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The heart-shaped diamond is the most romantic of the diamond shapes. Brides who choose heart-shaped engagement rings view it as an everlasting symbol of their love. Exhibiting ultimate brilliance, heart diamonds must be designed by a true artist to get the cut just right. Heart-shaped diamond rings are the perfect choice for hopeless romantics.

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If you’re outgoing, dramatic, and refined, go MARQUISE.

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A classic diamond shape, the marquise cut has a long, narrow surface which creates the illusion of a larger diamond. Marquise-cut diamonds make fingers look slender and long. Brides-to-be who can handle a little drama will love a marquise-cut engagement ring. For the effect of maximum carat weight and a luxurious feel, marquise is an excellent option.

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