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7 Valentine’s Day Proposal Ideas You’ll Love

Thinking about popping the question on Valentine’s Day? Keep reading to find out what V-Day proposal trends will sweep your significant other off their feet. 

A man proposing to a woman while holding a red James Allen ring box

Love is in the air, and it’s time to take advantage of cupid’s magic. At James Allen, we know every day is a special day with your someone special, but there’s only one day dedicated to pure romance and sweetness.

If you’re set on proposing on Valentine’s Day, we’re here to offer you some adorable proposal ideas and give you a look at some of our customers’ yes moments! Let their bright smiles and glowing rings inspire you to plan an unforgettable moment for you and your love. 

Wine ‘Em And Dine ‘Em

This may be a tad simple, but for many people, being present with your partner with some added yummies is all you need. 

Think before you pop the question: is your partner the type of person who would love being proposed to in a crowded restaurant, or is an intimate picnic/ candlelit homemade dinner the better way to go? If you’re both foodies, we suggest either booking a spot at their dream restaurant or cooking their fave dish at home.

Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

A happy couple embracing in the snow while she shows off her diamond engagement ring
14K White Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

It’s All About The View 

We call this the double jaw-dropper: a proposal plus a breathtaking view. A Valentine’s Day proposal may call for some extra effort. Let’s start with the most extreme to a simple yet sentimental backdrop.

If you and your partner are fond of traveling, met abroad, or have a favorite destination, we suggest you start making your travel plans now and get that perfect spot for your V-Day proposal. 

You could also keep it a little more low-key. Take your someone special to your favorite local hangout, the place you first met, or skip back in time to a key moment in your relationship, like your first kiss. 

No matter where you propose on Valentine’s Day, we’re almost certain that no view will be as stunning as the twinkle in your partner’s eye when they say yes. Your chosen picturesque setting will be a bonus for your Insta-worthy engagement shots. 

Cathedral Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Cathedral Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

The Cliché That Works

There’s no Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolates, and we don’t think there’s anything wrong with embracing a few of cupid’s tasty clichés. Assuming your partner has a sweet tooth, a hidden engagement ring inside a heart-shaped box of chocolates could be your ticket to a cute chocolate-stained tooth YES! 

If you want to make it more personal, you could pick out their favorite types of chocolates and create a customized chocolate box. 

Now, there are a few ways you could go about the actual proposal. Firstly, you could gift them the box, and as they open it, you’ll have time to drop down to one knee. Alternatively, keep the ring at your side and have them open the box with the words “will you marry me?” written on the inside of the top lid. 

It’s sweet, it’s simple, and you’ll have a delicious snack to celebrate in between happy dances, fiancé selfies, and joyful phone calls to friends and family. 

 Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring

A Surprise Party

Good at keeping secrets? If yes, maybe a surprise party is the perfect way to propose on Valentine’s Day. 

It’s also the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone- a proposal party morphing into an engagement party. You’re also able to celebrate with all your loved ones and what could be more special than that? 

Take your time to plan it perfectly, the food, music, location, and how you’re going to propose. You could get someone to create a video of you and your partner as a pre-proposal intro. If you’re not shy, you could even serenade them or get your family and friends involved in a game that will lead to the big question. 

 Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

Couple facing away from the camera, her hands are wrapped around his head, her engagement ring on full display
14K White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

A Scavenger Hunt 

Set yourself up for the perfect proposal with a meaningful scavenger hunt. This way, you can hit all those special places that mean a lot to you and your love. It’s also super fun!

You will need to set this up perfectly, so make sure you plan your scavenger hunt well, including who you need to be involved in it. 

We suggest you keep your partner on their toes without making the hunt impossible to figure out. Each clue should lead them to a different location (part of your house), and you could be waiting at another place (or room) ready to pop the question. 

Want to keep it interesting? Have your partner do it with some friends or family members if you want the proposal to be a complete surprise. 

Pavé Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

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18K White Gold Pave Knife Edge Lotus Basket Engagement Ring

Show Your Love Story 

We’ve seen this done in the sweetest ways in our favorite family sitcoms and films, and this method is foolproof. Take your partner down storybook lane and show them all the places, moments, and memories that have meant the most to you throughout your relationship. 

This can be something that you do as a Valentine’s Day getaway, a small road trip around your town, or even in the comfort of your own home. Each particular spot can add to the buildup of your big questions and will only make that final moment all the more precious. 

Your proposal doesn’t have to be laced with sentimental Easter eggs, but we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t setting you up for the epitome of romantic proposals. You could even end the entire story off with all your family members and close friends. 

Need inspo- grab your tissues and check out episode 19, season 7 of The Office (US), where Michael Scott proposes to his girlfriend Holly using the storybook lane method.

Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

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18K White Gold Shared Prong Marquise Side Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

With A Book Or Homemade Movie 

Are you and your partner creatives at heart? You could propose using that creativity in the cutest way.

Google is filled with customizable love books, and any simple editing app can help you design a homemade love story using your best moments as a couple. You could even rewrite their favorite love story using the two of you as main characters. 

Nothing says I love you more than your words and reminiscing over your memories together. So take the time to create your happily ever after chapter one, and leave your big question at the end of your story to start your chapter two with a bang and some new sparkle. 

Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

A couple embracing after their proposal in a sunny garden
14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Need more Valentine’s Day inspiration?

Check out these Valentine’s Day-inspired posts and get in touch with our 24/7 customer service if you have any questions about your perfect sparkler! Looking for inspo? Follow us on Instagram at @JamesAllenRings and see how other happy customers have got their proposals right!

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Keeping The Ring a Secret

Now that you’ve successfully chosen the perfect sparkler, the next challenge is to keep the ring a secret so you can successfully pull off your surprise proposal.

Clever ways to keep the engagement ring a secret

Buying the engagement ring was way easier than you thought! Maybe you even designed it yourself! But the hard work isn’t over! Now you have to keep it a secret from your SO. You’re up against an opponent whose curiosity knows no bounds. To pull this off, you’re going to need an airtight game plan and nerves of steel!

How To Shop For Your Engagement Ring In Secret

We’ve already discussed the benefits of shopping for a surprise ring versus collaborating with your SO. If you’re going the route of keeping the ring a secret, you’ll want to ensure you don’t leave a footprint – digital or otherwise – that could blow your cover.

Shopping For The Ring Offline

First, never use a joint bank account! One option is to set up a new account specifically for buying the ring (you can close it once they say Yes!). Or you can pay with an old credit card that only you know about. Oh, and don’t withdraw a large sum of money from the ATM; that’s a dead giveaway.

Shopping For The Ring Online

When ring shopping online, if you share computers/devices with your SO, make sure you sign out of all their accounts before starting to plan your surprise proposal. If you absolutely must print something out, don’t leave that smoking gun sitting in your printer tray.

The Best Places To Hide Your Engagement Ring

Normally there’s no safer place to store your ring than the ring box it came in. However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s still a box that will draw curiosity, and unless your partner is already aware of the ring, you might want to consider switching the box for something less obvious.

The best places to hide your engagement ring

With Trusted Family/Friends

Storing the ring with a trusted friend or family member until you’re ready to pop the question is great because it literally keeps the ring off your property. They can’t find something that isn’t there! Just be careful not to choose anyone who would be tempted to “spill the beans.”

Hard-To-Reach Places

Every home has a nook and cranny your partner just can’t reach, or a dark closet they never go in. These can be great options! Just make sure there is NOTHING in there they will need to go searching for! Pick the deepest, darkest, least convenient place and you will be good to go.

In An Old Pair Of Shoes

Finally, those old shoes you never wear have a purpose! Make sure it’s a pear your partner never touches, would not clean, and would not throw out! (Can you imagine?!) Throw in some potpourri, so the shoe stink doesn’t transfer, put them in a secure place, and wait for that big moment!

At Work

If your office is secure or there is a secure option, your work can be a great place to store the ring! After all, even if your partner is visiting, they are not rifling through your office! And if they are, try a co-worker’s office, a safe, or similarly secure place at work.

In A Gym Bag

Whether you’re a gym junkie, a little league coach, or have a leftover gym bag from your high school glory days, this is another great option. Just make sure it’s not in a pocket where your partner might need something, say your water bottle or to get your gym towel for the laundry.

Hiding your engagement ring in a gym bag

In A Book

Make sure you are choosing a book that 1) your partner does not use (like a cookbook) or 2) was intending to read. 3) Make sure it is not a book they would recommend to a friend, and 4) choose a book you don’t mind cutting a ring-box size hole in!

How To Hide A Ring While Traveling

Whether going by car, train, plane, or even by foot, if you are planning to pop the question while traveling, you’ll want to review our tips below to ensure your partner gets the surprise of a lifetime!

How to hide an engagement ring while traveling

Pack the Ring in a Carry-On Bag

Pack the ring in your carry-on, never a checked bag. Unfortunately, bags get lost all the time. Don’t chance it. Make sure the ring is always with you!

Follow Airport Security Rules

Don’t let a TSA agent blow your surprise proposal! Make sure you know airport security rules and make sure it’s very secure. And, of course, follow all airline security rules to avoid being stopped and searched.

So pack it discreetly! Your bag may be searched and you don’t want your cover blown!  Consider using non-traditional packing in case this happens.

Look Into Engagement Ring Travel Insurance

Safety first! Another option is travel insurance for your engagement ring. James Allen has partnered with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company to help you protect your ring with comprehensive coverage. 

Anything can happen at any time, and this can be especially useful if you or your beloved are frequent travelers. Be sure to check if coverage is domestic, international, or both.

Find a Discreet Safe

Once you arrive at your destination, you need to keep the ring both hidden and secure. If you are staying at a hotel, find out in advance if there is a hotel safe you may store the ring in.

Another option is to keep the ring in an indiscreet spot in your suitcase. Once you have unpacked, slip the ring into a location your SO won’t be checking, and keep the suitcase tucked away until it’s time!

Keeping The Ring A Secret: Unboxing Your Engagement Ring

Unboxing your engagement ring

The Hidden Presentation Box

Only once you peel back the outer carton does it start to get more interesting.

The first thing you’ll notice is an elegant presentation box embossed with the James Allen logo. This doubles as a jewelry box and even has a drawer for keeping your diamond certificates, cleaning cloth, and whatnot. Nestled on top is a small red box that houses the main attraction: the engagement ring.

Keeping the Ring A Secret: Customer Service

If the logistics of keeping the ring a secret seem like Mission Impossible, our Customer Service reps are on hand to help. These masters of misdirection can be reached 24/7 via live chat, phone, and email. They know every trick in the book and can even suggest ways to distract your unsuspecting SO.

Keeping The Ring A Secret FAQs:

What if my partner receives the package?

It’s worth noting that our packages require a signature upon delivery. If you’re uncomfortable receiving yours at home or are worried that your partner or someone else might intercept it, we can help you find the best place to ship to.

What about the safe in the hotel room?

Don’t leave it in your hotel room safe if your SO is likely to use it; instead, ask the concierge if you can leave it in the safe at the front desk.

Is it safe to leave the ring unattended?

If you need to leave the ring unattended, just make sure it is safe. Invest in a VERY good lock, ensure it is a secure location, or leave it where someone is around 24/7 to guard it.

Final Thoughts

Perfect partner? Check! Fabulous ring, stashed safely? Double check! Now just wait for that big moment. They’ll say yes, start showing off the ring, and you can sit back and revel in a job well done! Let us know where you stashed your sparkler on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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Romantic & Creative Proposal Ideas: Our Top Picks

Stumped on how to pop the question? Read our most romantic and creative proposal ideas!

If you’re planning to propose soon, you’re probably wondering: How am I going to pull it off? That’s where we come in. We’ve put together a list of fun, romantic and creative proposal ideas to guide you in the right direction.

1. Take It Outside

If you’re the adventurous type – this one’s for you. The great outdoors offers breathtaking views and natural beauty that will take your proposal to the next level. Bold views deserve big sparkle. The ring of choice? A halo.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Outdoors engagement offering

City Hotspots: Take advantage of the beauty of your hometown. Every city is filled with unique landmarks, parks or buildings with an observation deck that’ll add a sentimental touch to your big moment.

Beach Stroll: Writing a message in the sand is simple, but as heartfelt as proposals get. And topped off with the perfect sunset? Most romantic proposal ever.

Take a Hike: Take your relationship to new heights. What better way to start your new journey together than to propose at the end of the trail? 

2. Get Creative

This one’s for all the out-the-box thinkers who want to add a creative twist to their proposals. If your partner is the artsy type we recommend going for a tension ring

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Creative Engagement

Photo Album: Gather all those special moments you’ve shared together, then leave a blank space with a title – ‘Our Engagement’ will do the trick. Don’t forget to have your camera on standby to capture the special moment!  

Bring Flowers: Seriously, flowers make everything better. Sprinkle your chosen spot with petals or declare your love with a flower-shaped heart – you do you. 

3. Unique Proposals

Unique proposals call for unique engagement rings – vintage. If you’re the creative type who pays attention to your partner’s passions, a fun-filled proposal might be your calling:

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Unique Proposals

Cook Up: If you’re in agreement that food = love, then we’ve got the perfect ingredients for a successful proposal. Bring the restaurant home by preparing something delicious. Prefer something a little more intimate? Be sure to check out these home-proposal ideas for inspo. 

Between The Lines: If a book is your partner’s second best thing to snuggle up with, we’ve got the perfect solution. Tie the ring to a ribbon, slip it in between the pages and let the magic unfold.

Cut Your Trailer: In a world of ever-changing technology, video creation has never been easier. Grab your smartphone and gather all your key-moments to show your partner right before getting down on one knee.

4. Recruit Some Help

Proposal planning can be stressful, so it’s the perfect time to let those closest to you extend a helping hand. Keep this one simple, but make it sparkly with a solitaire ring.

Its slender body often helps to make the hand and fingers appear slimmer, a tidbit we surely can’t ignore, right, ladies? Finally, the diamond has no sharp corners, making it a better investment if you’re afraid of chipping. 

Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way to involve your loved ones. Help each other plant clues at your favorite spots that’ll lead your partner to the final clue – a ring.

They Said Woof: Add a little awww factor to the proposal with the help of your loyal companion. Tie the ring to your dog’s collar and send them in your partner’s direction. 

Friends Or Family: Pick a location and keep it simple – being surrounded by the people you love most is enough to make it unforgettable.

Proposal plans in order? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time for an outdoor (and COVID-friendly) proposal!

8 COVID-Friendly Spring Proposal Ideas

If you’re looking for spring proposal ideas during the COVID era, we’ve got tips on planning the perfect one below. From beaches to camping, to drive-ins and hikes, there is a myriad of options to make your engagement unforgettable. As an added bonus, outdoor springtime proposals are usually also pet friendly – and who doesn’t want their unofficial, furry family members included on such a special day? Finally, if you’re in the market for an engagement ring, we’ve got good news for you: James Allen is always COVID-friendly. 

While planning a proposal can be a lot of work, just remember – within every spring lies the word ring. Coincidence? We think not. 

1. Hike Proposal with a View

If your partner loves exercise and nature, why not combine the two with a hike proposal? To get started, pick a trail filled with local flora and fauna. Revel at nature’s beauty as you make your way up to a scenic viewpoint – don’t worry, your hard work will pay off once you get to the top! Find a secluded spot with a great view and pop the question. 

Planning Tip: Spring proposal ideas can be sometimes thwarted by weather, so make sure to take into consideration the forecast (you don’t want rain or even a very cloudy day to dampen the mood), your partner’s level of fitness (most hikes are categorized into easy, medium and hard) and fill a backpack with water and snacks – just make sure not to forget the engagement ring!

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that speaks to your partner’s appreciation of the outdoors like our Entangled Vines Ring.

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

2. Sunset Proposal at the Beach

There’s a reason why the beach is a classic spring proposal idea: the sea is as beautiful as it is romantic. If your significant other loves spending time on the coast, a beach proposal might be the way to go. Enjoy the gorgeous sky as the sun descends over a vast, blue ocean. Breathe in the gentle breeze before getting down on one knee and asking the question of a lifetime.  

Planning Tip: The coast is generally cooler than the inland, especially as the sun goes down, so make sure to bring jackets or blankets to account for the change in temperature. To make sure the timing is just right, be sure to check sunset times in advance and give yourself a buffer for any possible delays, like traffic jams and bathroom breaks. Romantic touches like candles and rose petals in the sand are best left for other settings – the wind will likely blow them away.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that evokes the serenity of the ocean and the beauty of the sunset, like our Rope Solitaire Ring. 

Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

3. Lake Proposal

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu advised: “Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” If you don’t live near the coast and your partner loves water, a lake offers an incredible backdrop for a proposal. Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and head out to the lake of your choice. Take in the beauty of nature reflected back at you through a still body of water, as you and your partner contemplate your future, together as one.

Planning Tip: Lakes are often surrounded by rocks, which can be uncomfortable to sit on. You might want to bring foldable chairs or a bench, in addition to a few blankets.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring with sapphire accents, to give a pop of blue color, like this gorgeous French-Cut Pavé Ring. Or think about using sapphire as your center stone. 

French Cut Pavé Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold French Cut Pave Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

4. Field of Flowers

Springtime makes everything bloom, so what better place to celebrate your love than in a field filled with flowers? Whether lavender, daisies or tulips, flowers provide not only a gorgeous backdrop but also a sweet smelling setting. Be sure to check for superblooms in your area – rare opportunities in which an unusually high number of wildflowers bloom at the same time. Flowers are a staple of every relationship – why not use them to signal the start of your engagement?

Planning Tip: To really nail your spring proposal idea, make sure to take into consideration the color palate. For example, if you’ll be proposing in a field of yellow daisies, you might want to think about choosing a contrasting wardrobe to make your pictures pop. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring inspired by your surroundings, like the gorgeous flower design below. Or choose a fancy color lab diamond for a center stone that really pops.

Open Lace Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Open Lace Pave Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

5. Drive-In Movie Theater Proposal

If your significant other is a cinephile, a drive-in movie pays homage to their personal preferences while also being COVID-friendly. Pack your car with popcorn and your favorite candy. Think about which parking spot makes the most sense for a proposal – do you prefer to be towards the back, for more privacy? Would you propose before, after or during the movie? Drive in and get ready for the most memorable movie experience of your lives!

Planning Tip: Many drive-ins have limited movie selections, so be sure to research different options to understand in advance which movie your partner prefers. If you’re unsure, consider a classic romantic comedy, which is a propos for day’s events. 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that screams classic Hollywood, like this Art Deco Inspired design.

Art Deco Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Art Deco Inspired Octagonal Halo Engagement Ring

6. Camping Proposal

This spring proposal idea is for the adventure seekers: if you and your significant other are the outdoors-y types, how romantic is a proposal under the stars? Escape the city and take advantage of all Mother Nature has to offer – hikes with spectacular views, crisp river water and cuddling over a campfire at night (don’t forget the s’mores!). You might even cross paths with wildlife like deer, elk or bears. Springtime offers the perfect weather for camping and lush greenery – and proposals! 

Planning Tip: Make sure to reserve your campsite well in advance and check the weather before heading out. If you don’t want to invest in a ton of camping gear, ask friends if they’d be willing to let you borrow their gear.

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that gives a nod to the beauty of nature, like our Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring. 

Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Organic Bamboo Engagement Ring


7. Bring Spring Indoors

If your significant other isn’t the outdoors type, you can still hit your spring proposal idea out of the park by bringing spring to you! Start by finding out your partner’s favorite flowers and filling your home with them. Sprinkle petals and light candles around the house for added effect. If you’re not the decorating kind, take to Pinterest for inspiration or enlist the help of a visually savvy friend. To make this sweet day even sweeter, top it off with your partner’s favorite dessert – what could be better than Calla Lilies and cupcakes or freesia and fondue? 

Planning Tip: Some flowers are harder to find than others, so make sure to take this into consideration when figuring out your timeline. Some people prefer potted plants because they last longer – it never hurts to do a little detective work to find out your partner’s preferences! 

Ring Tip: Consider an engagement ring that combines delicate beauty with strength and elegance. Our recommendation? A dazzling Petite Pavé design. 

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Petite Pave Engagement Ring

8. Back-Up Plan

Life throws curveballs, so consider having a contingency plan. If all else fails, hit up your local outdoor farmers market (don’t forget your masks!), choose fresh ingredients and whip up a delicious dinner for two. You can also order a meal prep kit, which delivers all of the ingredients to your house, ready for you and your significant other to cook in unison. If you’re not the cooking kind, opt for a meal delivery service (also a great way to support your favorite restaurants!) paired with a beautifully set table and candles.

Ring Tip: Bring out the classics for this one! You’ll never go wrong with any of our best-selling solitaire, halo or three-stone designs.

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pavé Halo & Shank Engagement Ring

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14K Yellow Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquise Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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14K Rose Gold Marquise Shape Three Stone Ring

Proposal plans sorted? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Home Proposal Ideas From TV & Film

Plans may be changing, but we’ve got plenty of ideas for at-home proposals. The most iconic on-screen scenes are filled with quarantine-friendly engagements – and here are our favorites!

At-Home Proposal Ideas From TV & Film

In the age of social distancing, what’s a starry-eyed couple to do? We’re here with good news: coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to cancel your proposal. But, yeah, the original plan is probably off. 

Luckily, inspiration abounds for at-home proposals that knock it out of the park. Just grab your remote. Countless couples from TV and film have gotten engaged in the cozy homes they built together.

The most iconic at-home proposals of TV and film:

Chandler + Monica in “Friends”

When one of TV’s favorite couples finally got engaged, it was Chandler who was surprised by Monica in her candlelit apartment. As Chandler said in the iconic scene, “I thought that it mattered what I said, or where I said it, then I realized that the only thing that matters is that you make me happier than I ever thought I could be.”

Flaunt the ring that’ll make you scream to the neighbors  “I’m engaged!”

Monica’s Diamond & Sapphire Engagement Ring

Monica from "Friends" and her Sapphire engagement ring
14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

Luke + Isabel in “Stepmom”

In the movie “Stepmom,” Luke wakes Isabel with a ring box containing a spool of thread. As he ties the thread around her finger, he says, “Even when things are hard and you feel like giving up you have to hang on to that decision, that choice to love each other. Even if it’s only by a thread…Will you marry me?” He then proposes by sliding an engagement ring down the thread and onto her finger.  Now that’s charming.

Twist this around your finger:

Isabel’s Entwined Solitaire Engagement Ring

Isabel's Entwined Solitaire Engagement ring
14K White Gold Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

Ian + Toula in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”

This couple knows how to hold each other close. In an intimate at-home proposal, Ian spontaneously pops the question to Toula while in bed. They share a rare, quiet moment together before revealing their engagement to her boisterous family. 

A simple ring that strives for the sweetest moments:

Toula’s Tapered Scroll Engagement Ring

Mr. Darcy + Elizabeth in “Pride and Prejudice”

You can both self-isolate while still taking in the great outdoors. In the 2005 remake of “Pride and Prejudice,” Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth that she has “bewitched [him], body and soul.” Foggy, early-morning walks are socially distant and perfect for romantic declarations!

A vintage, nature-inspired style perfect for lovers of the classics:

Elizabeth’s Vintage Vine Engagement Ring

 Elizabeth's Vintage Vine Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Twisted Pave Leaf Engagement Ring

Sheldon + Amy AND Leonard + Penny in “The Big Bang Theory”

On the “Big Bang Theory,” at-home proposals are the norm! Both Sheldon + Amy as well as Leonard + Penny get engaged in their apartments. Each couple gets engaged in their own characteristically quirky fashion, showing that the perfect proposal is the one that gets you engaged! Sheldon even makes a few socially distanced phone calls to Amy’s dad and Stephen Hawking for permission.

Amy would go all fluttery for this classically-inspired rose gold ring:

Amy’s Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

Sheldon and Amy from "Big Bang Theory" engagement proposal
14K Rose Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

The trending fashionista of the group, Penny would be all over this:

Penny’s Pear-Cut Halo Engagement Ring

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14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Mr. Big + Carrie in “Sex and the City” 

For Carrie Bradshaw, the ideal engagement spot was her dream closet in her new home with Mr. Big. After the “will they”s and “won’t they”s – they did! Make this proposal a reality by choosing your favorite spot in the house, whether or not it’s full of Manolo Blahniks.

That famed black diamond engagement ring:

Carrie’s Black Diamond Pavé Engagement Ring

Black Diamond Pavé Engagement Ring

Luke + Lorelai in “Gilmore Girls”

In his empty diner beneath his apartment, Luke gets interrupted when Lorelai spontaneously proposes to him. But Luke’s answer was at the ready:  “Yes.” Not even equipped with a ring, Luke and Lorelai dive straight into celebration mode anyway – proof that the perfect proposal can come before the perfect ring. Cheers to that! 

Lorelai’s Twisted Halo Engagement Ring

Lorelai's Twisted Halo Engagement Ring
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BONUS Romantic gesture ideas!

Quarantining together can make it a bit tricky to stay sentimental. So, presto! Three romantic movie moves that you can pull off, even while social distancing.

Lloyd + Diane in “Say Anything”

Even if you haven’t seen it, you know it: Lloyd holding up a boombox playing “In Your Eyes” was the original socially-distanced romantic gesture. It may be one of the most parodied acts, but we’ll let you in on a secret: deep down, everyone wishes they were a Lloyd or a Diane.

Diane-Inspired Diamond Stud Earrings

Diane Inspired Diamond Stud Earrings
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Jerry + Dorothy in “Jerry Maguire”

When Jerry Maguire knocks on Dorothy’s door and gives his famous “you complete me” speech in front of her entire family, she simply responds with “you had me at hello.” Make the family dinner virtual, and you’ve got yourselves a setting ready for a heart-melting romantic outburst.

Dorothy-Inspired Tennis Bracelet

Dorothy from "Jerry maguire" Inspired Tennis Bracelet
14K White Gold Two Prong Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Joe + Kathleen in “You’ve Got Mail”

The email courtship between Joe and Kathleen in “You’ve Got Mail” is perfect for these times. When they finally meet in-person for a walk in the park, she simply replies “I wanted it to be you.” The 2020 version: send your sweetie love-filled texts (rather than emails) from the next room.

Kathleen-Inspired Diamond Pendant

Kathleen Inspired Diamond Pendant
14K White Gold Double Prong Diamond Pendant

Creative, COVID-ready ring ideas:

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Tips to Nail an At-Home Proposal

With National Proposal Day approaching, scroll down for some intimate home proposal ideas!

Tips to Nail an At-Home Proposal

National Proposal Day is almost here and the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 may have people uncertain about their proposal plans. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for some intimate home proposal ideas to sweep your fiancée-to-be off her feet while staying safe!

1. Travel Memories

If you had plans to travel and propose, why not put together a collection of slides highlighting some treasured travel moments you’ve shared in your journey together? These sparklers look good in any location:

White Gold Comfort Fit Solitaire Ring

14K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Ring

14K Yellow Gold Navette Leaf Halo Engagement Ring

2. Take a Walk

Take the road less traveled with an intimate stroll together. This great proposal option allows you to be alone while avoiding mass transportation during times of social distancing. So find the perfect view, get down on one knee and pop the question with one of these white or yellow gold options:

White Gold Pavé Split Shank Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pave Split Shank Contour Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Art Deco Geometric Diamond Engagement Ring

3. At-Home Fine Dining

Unlike the classic restaurant proposal, no need for you to make a reservation or talk to the manager to plan your perfect moment. Wine and dine your partner with a restaurant meal. Not only is it delicious, but they’ll love the extra effort!

White Gold Perfect Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Perfect Pave Engagement Ring

Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Virtual Concert

Hire a local band to serenade your partner on Skype or FaceTime. Then, invite your friends and loved ones for a virtual cocktail reception to celebrate! Don’t forget to show off one of these sparklers while you’re online:

Yellow Gold Channel Set Cathedral Ring

14K Yellow Gold Bead Set Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring

White Gold Three-Stone Round Ruby Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

5. Hire a Celeb

Get in touch with your favorite celebrity to share a Cameo shout out and give yourselves not one, but two lifelong memories that will be spoken of for years to come. Heads up – Mandy Moore and Busy Philipps have joined Cameo and are donating all proceeds to support nonprofits such as ‘No Kid Hungry’.

Rose Gold Three Stone Diamond Infinity Ring

14K Rose Gold Three Stone Diamond Infinity Engagement Ring

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Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

Engagement ring advice from our customers, including how to nail the ring and why the proposal matters!

Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

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Our customers are basically pros by the time they propose. In fact, we’d say their engagement ring advice is 10x more valuable than those random articles you find online. Here are the dos and don’ts from James Allen customers who got it so, so right:

Engagement Ring Advice: Do Your Research

  • “I went with a diamond ring, so I made sure to read up on the 4 C’s, what clarity/color goes with each shape/setting color.”- Nikolaos C.
  • Ask what style ring she likes! Research the diamond certification! Ask for ideas on proposals but make it special to the two of you!”- Chad M.
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Engagement Ring Advice: Ask the Experts

  • “Get in touch with the gemologists and customer service. They’re outstanding.”- Cesar U.
  • “Definitely talk about your expectations for everything! Use a website like JamesAllen.com that will guarantee a PERFECT ring or your money back. Their customer service was top-notch and we were thrilled with both the process of finding the ring and the end result.”- Josh E.
  • “Take your time! Don’t rush it. Ask questions if you have any and have fun!”- Ana-Alicia S.
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  • “The chat feature is so helpful! Sharing a screen with the consultant helped me find the best diamond within my budget by pointing out differences between the stones that I wouldn’t have noticed on my own.”- Abigail A.

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Engagement Ring Advice: Narrow it Down

  • Pick out some rings that you wouldn’t normally and compare and contrast them for a while. I started with 6ish all different styles and I would look at them for a few days and then slowly take one away until I had the one.”- William B.
  • “First, set a budget aside. With the budget, you can start looking for what kind of diamond you want based on the 4Cs. When you have selected the diamond you want, then look for the design.”- Cynthia L.
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  • “Take your ego out of the equation. Size is not the most important aspect when buying a diamond so don’t go for the biggest carat.”- Steven J.

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Engagement Ring Advice: Design It Together

  • “Teamwork! Pop the question then include them in the purchase. It’s too important a financial move to make on your own. It’s the first step towards union.”- Benjamin S.
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  • “Let her decide the style if possible, as she is the one that will wear it. Listen carefully to her likes and dislikes.”- Steven J.
  • “The whole process for us of ‘building’ my ring was so easy. And doing it together was fun and romantic! When we looked into each other’s eyes and my fiance told me to ‘click on it!’, it was just AWESOME!”- Debra F.
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Should You Collaborate on the Ring or Make it a Surprise?

Engagement Ring Advice: Rock the Proposal

  • “Keep her in the loop when it comes to the ring and diamond, then surprise her with when and where you propose! Her favorite flower is tulips…so I decided that we would go to the Netherlands and attend the tulip festival in April!”- Rob B.
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  • “Don’t focus on the ring and miss everything else! Make it a memorable experience, something that is you. A ton of people will be asking you afterwards on how it went down, so a nice story goes a long way.”- Nikolaos C.
  • “Make sure you remember to inform all her family members, especially parents, before proposing.”- Sherman L.

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Engagement Ring Advice: You Do You!

When it comes down to it, you two are the only ones who know what you want.

  • “You should know her better than anyone. Think of something and make it your own.”- Fernando M.
  • Follow your heart, always.”- Jordan R.
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Engagement Ring Etiquette: 5 Big Questions

The results are in! We surveyed 2,800 women about engagement ring etiquette – what are the rules for getting engaged, and which of those rules are meant to be broken?

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: “The 2 Months’ Salary Rule”

There’s an age-old myth that you’re supposed to decide how much to spend on the engagement ring based on how much you’d earn in two months. However, when we actually asked, 69% of women disagreed. The engagement ring etiquette consensus: a ring should cost whatever you can afford – the relationship is the most important thing.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Forgo the Flash Mob

It might be best to stay away from dramatic and/or jumbo-tron proposals; 56% of women surveyed said they prefer an intimate proposal with just the two of you, while 28% said they want something small with close friends and family. Only 4% told us they’d rather go big than go home.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Who Proposes?

So when it comes to heterosexual partnerships, are guys always supposed to be the ones to pop the question? In this modern age, survey says… mostly yes. 79% of women said the guy should propose. On the other hand, 12% said they have no problem with a woman proposing to the man, while 9% said they’d only propose if their guys waited around for too long.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Have Your Sparkly Say

Collaboration is key! 84% of women surveyed said they’d be happy to drop hints, provide pictures, or tell friends/family about the engagement ring they prefer. Might as well make it a date night activity; 15% of women surveyed said they want to look at rings with their partners. Meanwhile, only 3% of women said they’d keep it straightforward and tell their partner their exact ring choice.

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Engagement Ring Etiquette: Splitting the Cost

The answers to this one were surprisingly split – 58% said they think their partner should save up and pay for the engagement ring alone, while 42% are open to sharing the check (with 26% adding the caveat that he can’t afford it on his own). Looking for the absolute best engagement ring option for your budget? We’re here for you, 24/7 – chat with customer service now.

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10 Winter Proposal Ideas from James Allen Customers

Brave the cold with these BRRRilliant winter proposal ideas, brought to you by our very own snowmen and women!

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Some of us are waiting impatiently for winter to be over, as we shiver and curse the cold air. Then there are those of us who cherish every moment that winter brings, enjoying each cozy second under our fuzzy blankets, warming up with our significant other by the light of Netflix, the falling snowflakes twinkling outside our window. There is only one thing that would bring extra sparkle to the already shimmering winter scene – a diamond ring and a ‘Yes.’

Winter Proposal Ideas and the Engagement Rings Behind Them

From surprise Christmas tree decorations to a glacial getaway, these customers have embraced the winter season, demonstrating some truly festive proposals.

Winter Proposal Ideas: Evergreen Engagements

Platinum Three Stone Trillion And Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

The Couple: Tom & Marie | Parlin, New Jersey

The Story: Tom marked a Christmas tree ornament with the date of his winter proposal, and the two celebrated their engagement at a Christmas party. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Three-Stone Trillion and Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

“I asked Marie if she noticed the date on the ornament… It didn’t dawn on her that I was proposing at that moment.” – Tom

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

The Couple: Lorelei & Kevin | Mount Olive, New Jersey

The Story: Kevin appointed Santa Claus himself to deliver the sparkling engagement ringREAD THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: French-Cut Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

“Kevin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in front of our daughter that magical Christmas night.” – Lorelei

18K Yellow Gold 1.5mm Comfort Fit Engagement Ring
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The Couple: Ashley & Craig | Michigan City, Indiana

The Story: While shopping with his family for a Christmas tree, Craig asked Ashley to be his forever. Now there’s a fun winter proposal idea! READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Four-Prong Comfort Fit Engagement Ring

“I’m still on cloud 9! We found the perfect tree, my boyfriend found the perfect ring, and I found the perfect man for me!” – Ashley

Winter Proposal Ideas: Feel Trips

14K White Gold 0.42ct Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

The Couple: Alyssa & Joey | Providence, Rhode Island

The Story: After four years of dating, Joey proposed to Alyssa on a Valentine’s Day getaway, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire… wait for it… In. An. ICE CASTLE! How much more Frozen-esque can you get? READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

“I opened the little red box and instantly came to tears. I fell into his arms with happiness and joy.” – Alyssa

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The Couple: Chelsea & Patrick | Norfolk, England

The Story: Chelsea surprised Patrick with a trip to NYC, but little did she know that Patrick was planning his own surprise – a winter proposal on top of the Empire State Building! READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

“He started to play one of my favorite songs, ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri, and then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!” – Chelsea

14K White Gold Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pave Engagement Ring

The Couple: Jennifer & Hector | Denver, Colorado

The Story: Hector got down on one knee on a magical glacier lagoon in Iceland, with seals as his witness. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

“The sky was covered in stunning pink light… Hector dropped to one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked me to be his wife.” – Jennifer

14K White Gold Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (Princess Center)

The Couple: Daynia & Colin | San Diego, California

The Story: On a family trip to a cozy cabin in Utah, Colin and Daynia took a break from their snowmobile ride, for the perfect winter proposal moment. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Princess Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“It was one of the most beautiful places in the world; so quiet, intimate, and peaceful.” – Daynia

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The Couple: Courtney & Ian | Portland, Oregon

The Story: Courtney’s high school sweetheart used snowy mountains as the backdrop for his winter proposal. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Cushion Cut Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

“It was a winter wonderland – the most gorgeous place I have ever been! #LuckiestGirlAlive” – Courtney

Winter Proposal Ideas: Sentimental Snowbacks

18K White Gold 2mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

The Couple: Meghan and Ian | Newmarket, New Hampshire

The Story: While sledding in the backyard of Meghan’s childhood home, Ian stopped to present Meghan with a shiny ring. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Six-Prong Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

“Ian and I love winter and snow. I couldn’t have imagined a more magical or more ‘us’ proposal.” – Meghan

14K Yellow Gold Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire

The Couple: Marcus & Grace | Chicago, Illinois

The Story: Marcus chose the restaurant where he first met Grace as the spot to pop the question. We love how sentimental this winter proposal idea is. READ THE FULL STORY.

The Ring: Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

“When Grace turned around, Marcus was on one knee. The details from there are blurry, but one thing we know is she said ‘of course!’” – Marcus & Grace

Ho-ho-hoping to pop the question this festive season? Fill your stocking with these Christmas proposal ideas.

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published November 2017. It was updated November 2018.

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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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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

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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

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Rebarkable Dog Proposal Ideas

Fall in wuff with these dog proposal ideas…

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Our customers’ pet proposals are doggone adorable. If your partner is a dog lover and especially if you have a dog in the family, prep an emotional pup proposal!

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Inspiration for Dog Proposals

1. Take the Dog for a Rock

To make sure the whole family is there when you pop the question, propose while taking your dog for a walk! Our customers have found romantic spots for dog proposals in parks, on doggy beaches, at scenic lakes, and on spontaneous sidewalks.

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2. Teach a New Dog Gold Tricks

Why not let your dog be your wingman? This one works with a dog you already love or a brand new dog that’ll come with the ring. Write a proposal message on a little t-shirt or personalized dog tag, tie the ring around the leash, or teach the dog to fetch a toy that says “Will you marry me?” Once your partner sees the dog, get down on one knee and clarify that the question is from you 😉

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3. Snap a Fluffy Photoshoot

You know what they say: a dog is a plan’s best friend. Either stage a family photoshoot for your dog proposal, or save the pics for after you pop the question. We love how cute those puppy dog eyes are – almost as bright as their owners’ engagement rings!

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4. “Answers to the Name of…”

For a sweet tribute to your pet, plan a wordplay proposal inspired by your doggo’s breed or name. Have a poodle? Take your partner to Paris! If you happen to have a Jack Russell Terrier named after a champion racehorse like our customers Kara and Nick, be sure to propose at the horse’s beautiful farm!

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5. Bonus: Post a Bow-WOW Ring Selfie

A happy engagement announcement and a lil’ puppy nose?? Social media never looked better. Tell the world you said yes with an all-hands-in pic, a high five with your pup, or (*for those who can stay still*) balancing the ring on your pet’s noggin. Check out our Instagram and Pinterest for more ring selfie inspiration!

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You’re almost ready for your adorable dog proposal… Now fetch the perfect engagement ring!

Have dog proposal stories or pics to share? Let us know in the comments below, or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For even more helpful proposal guides, check out the rest of our proposal series.

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Our Top 6 Summer Proposal Tips

If you’re planning on proposing during the sunny season, check out our ultimate summer proposal tips!

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Ah, summer. The season of picnics, performances, frozen drinks, and some of the most romantic proposals we’ve seen. Before you pop the question, read through our tried-and-true guide to summer proposals!

Summer Proposal Tip 1: Get Outta Here

Summer gives some of the best weather for a proposal in the great outdoors! Connect to nature through a hike, a walk on the beach, or a park picnic proposal to make it as timeless as possible. Consider even tying in one of these nature-inspired floral engagement rings.

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Summer Proposal Tip 2: Don’t Sweat It!

The flipside of proposing outdoors: sometimes nature presents, shall we say, unphotogenic moments. Think about plans that avoid sweat, bugs, and dehydration – both of you should feel as wonderful as possible (and as clean as a solitaire engagement ring) when you ask that question.

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Summer Proposal Tip 3: Celebrate with Sunset

Summer has some of the most vivid sunsets of the year, making it the perfect opportunity for an unforgettable, fiery sunset proposal! To maximize all the nice photo hours, propose during what photographers call the golden hour (the hour right before sunrise or sunset) then celebrate while watching the sun go down. For an extra burst of color, opt for a gemstone engagement ring.

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Summer Proposal Tip 4: Weather or Not…

This season brings rainstorms out of nowhere; so unless you’re going for an Allie and Noah moment, have a backup plan indoors in case it pours! If you are going for a rainy romance a la The Notebook (or Sweet Home Alabama or Spider-Man or The Office… the list goes on), consider a water drop (pear shaped) diamond ring and prep to keep all electronics and leather apparel dry.

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Summer Proposal Tip 5: Suddenly I See

An underratedly practical one here: if you’re proposing somewhere sunny, make sure you SO can keep her eyes open! All the tears should be out of emotion and not from squinting – consider taking her to a shaded area.

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If it’s gotta be bright and sunny, have sunglasses at the ready!

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Summer Proposal Tip 6: Come Fly Away

If your job gives bonus vacation time in the summer, take advantage! Go on a fantastical and gorgeous vacation and pop the question there. There’s lots of planning involved in a destination proposal, but have no fear – our guide to travel proposals can take you through every step.

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Back to the basics: Buying an Engagement Ring 101 * How to Propose

Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, collaborating on the ring, and more.

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Destination Proposal Ideas & Tips

Here’s what you need to know to plan your show-stopping destination proposal!

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Destination Proposal Ideas & Tips

Want an unforgettable way to start a lifetime of adventures together (with amazing photo ops)? Think big with a travel proposal! To make sure all your surprises are planned, follow these destination proposal pro-tips:

Travel Proposal Ideas: the Plan

Consider kicking off your trip with the proposal

One out-there option: propose at the airport! James Allen customers Cristian and Shanna got to enjoy a stress-free trip to Costa Rica to celebrate their engagement moment in LAX.

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Coordinate with your museum/hotel/resort

The staff of your proposal location might be able to help you get your moment! Take a cue from James Allen customer Austin – when he proposed to his girlfriend Annie at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, the guard held the ring and made sure they had the tower alone for peak romance.

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If you’re staying at a resort, play it like our customer Sean; he kept his engagement ring in the hotel safe before proposing and coordinated his Shangri-La beach proposal to Amy with the resort events management team!

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Have a destination proposal back-up plan

Prep a proposal plan B so that you can keep it cool if something goes awry. For those super-planners, set up a back-up-to-the-back-up – this totally saved the day when our customer Tyler proposed to his girlfriend Kristyn during a trip to Seattle!

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Travel Proposal Ideas: the Ring

With destination proposals, timing is everything

Found the perfect ring? Make sure you receive it on time! The design process takes about 2-3 weeks on average, so we’d suggest ordering your ring a month in advance of your trip. If you have any questions about shipping or tracking your order, our customer service team is here for you 24/7.

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Be prepared for whatever comes your way

Make sure that you have diamond jewelry insurance while you’re abroad, just in case! Also take a copy of your receipt or insurance policy to prove ownership in case you’re stopped at customs (no need to ruin the surprise with awkward attention!).

Travel Destination Ideas: the Pics

Travel photo shoots are awesome destination decoys

The best way to get amazing proposal shots and have your SO not suspect a thing? Propose while taking pictures together at a gorgeous locale. Get your inspiration from Briana and Maria’s picturesque Venetian proposal!

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Bonus: plan the proposal somewhere your SO has always wanted to go for an extra personal touch, like Lucas’s NYC proposal to Stephanie.

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Do some research into the view and surroundings

Search images of the perfect spot, or if you’re able, scout out the spot yourself in advance. Think about how easy it is to get to, the lighting, and the magic of the surroundings. Need some inspiration? Check out Jennifer and Hector’s gorgeous Iceland glacier proposal.

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Including a historic monument in your destination proposal? Back up!

Famous tourist spots can make for epic proposals, but they tend to be, well, monumental. Think like James Allen customer Ryan’s proposal to Jessica in front of the Eiffel tower and propose far enough away to get famous spots in the shot.

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Beach Proposal Stories: Sandals & Sparkle

Take a look at customers who went coastal with their beach proposal.

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For many, beach season means hitting the gym and going on crash diets to get the beach bods they’ve always wanted. Here at James Allen, we like to ring in the summer by sifting through customer beach proposals while filling our faces with soft serve ice cream. Hey, different strokes!

Beach Proposal: Islands of Inspiration

It’s not the size of the stone, it’s the emotion by the ocean!

We’re always in awe of how creative our customers are with their proposals. Some of the most romantic proposals we’ve seen have taken place along the Earth’s sandy shores. I mean, where else can you bare your heart and soul to your SO while simultaneously topping up your tan?

Amy & Sean

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Take Sean from Hong Kong, China, for example. He chose to propose to his workplace sweetheart, Amy, while they were vacationing in the Maldives. Their fairytale moment took place inside a huge heart in the sand strewn with flower petals. As the newly engaged couple watched the sunset, the heart lit up with fairy lights in a beautiful display of romance. Disney execs, take note! Read more

Orlagh & Mike

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Combining business and pleasure, Mike from Manchester, England decided to pop the question while on a work trip to Hawaii. He sent girlfriend Orlagh onto their hotel balcony to admire the Honolulu sunset while he set the stage for the proposal. And what a proposal it was! A timeline of their 9-year relationship surrounded by rose petals and a video of all their friends singing their favorite Jason Mraz song. Needless to say, she was quick to utter the words, “I’m Yours.” Read more

Nathan & Nayia

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When embarking on a beach proposal, the sky’s the limit for our adventure-loving customers. This was certainly true for pilot Nathan from British Columbia, Canada. He hired a private plane and flew his girlfriend, Nayia, over Copalis Beach off the coast of Washington, where the words “Marry Me Nayia?” were emblazoned across the sand in 10ft letters. After revealing the oversized message to her, he landed on the beach and proceeded to get down on one knee. Read more and watch the video

Char & Rob

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Char and Rob from Parker, Colorado were visiting their family’s beach house in New Jersey when it happened. Walking along the beach, Char discovered a glass bottle in the sand that Rob had carefully planted there (good thing she wasn’t barefoot!). Inside the bottle was a rolled up note with the message: “To my angel…” The next thing she knew, Rob was down on one knee, offering her the perfect ring. Read more

Fiona & Jake

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It was a dog day afternoon for Fiona and Jake from Melbourne, Australia, who got engaged at their local dog beach. Accompanied by their best friends, canines Archie and Louie, they found a quiet spot with an amazing view of the skyline. But it was the cable solitaire engagement ring Jake presented her with that took Fiona’s breath away. Who knew that taking the dogs for a walk could be such a life-changing experience? Read more

Beach Proposal: Sand and Deliver

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Of course, some customers need a little help when it comes to the logistics of their beach proposal — specifically, receiving the ring without their SO finding out. Having a mysterious box show up at your door is likely to arouse suspicion, no matter how discreetly packaged it is. Luckily, our Customer Service reps can help you create a cunning diversion while you slip away to bag your bling.

Beach Proposal: In Summery

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How to Propose with Flying Colors

Before you get down on one knee, check out our pro tips on how to propose like a boss.

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Our previous article in this series, Buying an Engagement Ring 101, took you back to the basics of ring shopping. With your yes-worthy sparkler in the bag, you’re ready to move on to the proposal. But how does one pop that most nerve-wracking of questions? We’ve put together this foolproof guide to help you nail the proposal.

How to Propose: Know Your Audience

The proposal is your chance to show your SO just how well you know them. Are they the type to go for grand gestures that leave smoke trails in the sky? If so, consider hiring a skywriter, putting on a fireworks display, or having a drone deliver the ring for maximum impact.

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If, on the other hand, your SO is the shy type, they’ll probably appreciate a proposal that doesn’t draw the attention of everyone within a five-mile radius. Pick a low-key activity you both enjoy and try to weave in your magic moment. There are plenty of fun ways to propose that don’t involve having your face plastered all over Times Square!

How to Propose: Call in the Big Guns

If you’re unsure when, where, or how to propose, why not enlist the help of your SO’s sister, mom, or best friend?

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By teaming up with their inner circle, you can get valuable intel, create convincing decoys, and plan a more elaborate proposal. Sure, you may not like the idea of sneaking around, but it’s all for a good cause: your SO’s ultimate happiness.

How to Propose: Give a Helping Hand

It’s a given that the moment you slip that ring on her finger, she’ll be in full-on selfie mode. But no amount of sparkle can disguise chipped nails or dry, chapped skin. Be sure she gets the ultimate ring selfie with a well-timed trip to the manicurist.

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This will ensure her hands are at their fleekest and you’ll come away looking like a hero. If you’re subtle about it, she won’t suspect your fiendish ulterior motive…

How to Propose: Schedule Your Jewel

Whatever you’re planning, it’s preferable to have the ring in hand before you finalize any reservations that require upfront payment. Design-your-own engagement rings can take a few weeks to arrive as they are custom made.

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It’s recommended that you place your order ahead of time, just to be on the safe side. This is especially important if you’re planning a romantic getaway and extra time is needed for your order to reach you.

Apropos of the Proposal…

We’ve got more tips and tricks coming your way! Stay tuned to this proposal series for expert advice about proposing on a budget, proposing on vacation, collaborating on the ring, and more.

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

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Plan Your Super Bowl Proposal

Super Bowl rings take on a whole new meaning with Super Bowl Sunday proposals!

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Super Bowl VIII has arrived. If you and your SO bond over football, it’s an amazing proposal opportunity.

Choose the perfect Super Bowl-inspired engagement ring and plan your proposal with inspiration from our customers’ Super Bowl proposal story.

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Opt for a marquise cut ring to celebrate your love for football and love for each other. Bonus: this diamond shape has an elegant, elongating effect.

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Inspiration: Super Bowl Proposal Story

Ashleigh and Justin’s first date started with a fumble: Ashleigh waited with butterflies in her stomach for Justin to arrive, then realized he had pulled up to her neighbor’s house by accident.

Luckily, their relationship led up to a win for them and their favorite football team.

Last year, Justin and Ashleigh hosted a Super Bowl party in their new home. As the New England Patriots clinched their surprise whirlwind victory, everyone in the living room jumped up and cheered. Justin, meanwhile, muted the TV and knelt down on one knee.  

“He said: ‘Now that Brady is receiving his fifth ring, I think it’s time Ashleigh gets her first.’ and he opened a red box with a beautiful diamond ring inside.”

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Ashleigh started to cry and embraced Justin in her Patriots gear, surrounded by her closest friends. “The moment was just perfect,” Ashleigh explained. “After celebrating our mutual love for Patriots football, Justin and I were also able to celebrate our undying love for each other.”

Engagement Rings in Your Team’s Colors

Whether you’re rooting for the Eagles or the Patriots, celebrate your Super Bowl proposal with your favorite team. Find your colors or create a custom ring with our design team.

2018 Super Bowl Teams

Patriots – Rose Gold Vintage Sapphire Engagement Ring

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

Eagles – White Gold Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Emerald Engagement Ring

2018 Playoff Teams

Vikings – Yellow Gold Amethyst Pavé Engagement Ring

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Falcons – Ruby and Black Diamond Swirl Halo Engagement Ring

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Jaguars – Yellow Gold Topaz Halo Engagement Ring

18K Yellow Gold East-West Emerald Shaped Blue Topaz And Pavé Diamond Halo Split Shank Ring

Saints – Yellow Gold Black Diamond Bombay Engagement Ring

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Titans – Rose Gold Three-Stone Sapphire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Three Stone Princess Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Steelers – Yellow Gold Black Diamond Art Deco Engagement Ring

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Good luck and congratulations!

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10 Essential Proposal Tips

Planning a proposal? We’re here to give you the answers before you pop the question! Check out these proposal tips inspired by our Customer’s Engagement Moments:

Proposal Tip 1: Plan ahead to capture the moment.

This moment will be one of your happiest and most authentic. Consider hiring a photographer, or ask a talented friend with a high-quality camera. Proposing alone? Learn from Gregory and Shauntay’s incredible West Virginia beach proposal and ask your SO for an auto-timer picture with your phone right before you propose.

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Proposal Tip 2: Nail the ring.

From all the stories we’ve heard, a dreamy ring is always the cherry on top of a dreamy proposal. Make sure to design a jaw-dropping engagement ring, with attention to setting style, metal, size, and diamond quality. Read our engagement ring buying guide and take a cue on ring design collaboration from Adam and Telisa’s New Year’s proposal.

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Proposal Tip 3: Think about your invites.

Some want family and friends there, like Lauren and Thomas’s special holiday party proposal. Others might want it to be just you two in an intimate setting, like Heather and Tara’s beautifully simple picnic proposal. Think about how you and your SO would want to celebrate after saying yes.

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Proposal Tip 4: Add personal references to your history together.

Start your future together by reminding your SO about your unbelievable past and present. Think like Michael, who proposed to Kasey after they ran one of their most challenging races together, or like Dayron, who proposed to Melissa on one of their cherished boating outings.

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Proposal Tip 5: Take advantage of epic events.

If you propose to your SO at a once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll always associate that legendary day with your love story. Get ideas from Brad and Ashley’s solar eclipse proposal or from Ashleigh and Justin’s Super Bowl win.

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Proposal Tip 6: Involve holidays to double the celebration.

‘Tis the season! Proposing during the holidays comes with double the celebration and magically lit settings. Think about proposing in a gorgeously decked-out space like Devin and Megan’s sparkling Union Station proposal.

Proposal Tip 7: Speak from the heart.

Your connection can only be expressed in your own words. We love how spontaneously and genuinely Parker proposed to Lauren on a sidewalk – trust that your SO will be charmed by your honesty.

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Proposal Tip 8: Involve a decoy.

To get your SO where she needs to go without arousing suspicion, team up with a friend or family member. Make sure they’re good enough actors so the secret doesn’t get out! Think like Tony, who worked with Lindsey’s best friend to surprise her.

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Proposal Tip 9: Pair it with a bucket list adventure.

Take your SO on an adventure she’s always wanted to go on as a nod to all your future adventures together. It’ll be a great reminder of how you help each other grow. Get inspired by Lucas and Stephanie’s New Year’s NYC proposal and Glenn and Stacey’s Australian skydive story.

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Proposal Tip 10: Breathe.

You’ve got this! However you propose, your SO will love it because you love each other. We’ve seen our fair share of incredible proposal stories at JamesAllen.com and we can’t wait to add yours to the mix. Good luck and congratulations!

Read more stories and see the rings behind the moments on our customer proposal gallery.

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From High School Sweethearts to Engaged – Ashley & Noah’s Proposal Story

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Each of us experiences a different path to love. But when it’s right, it’s right. And how awesome is it that sometimes it’s right the first time around?! Although everyone grows together in their own relationships, there’s something really special about the classic “high-school sweethearts” who grow up together into adulthood, knowing that what they have is special and worth holding onto.

Here at James Allen, we can’t even count how many proposal stories our customers send us about high-school sweethearts who got engaged.

Ashley and Noah are a perfect example of one such couple who have been together since high school and have never let go.

ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Ashley & Noah from Richmond, Kentucky

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“We fell so in love with the island that we decided to visit it again the next summer (this past summer) as well. Little did I know at the time that this would be no ordinary family vacation.” – Ashley

Ashley and Noah, high-school sweethearts, began dating when Ashley was a sophomore and Noah was a senior. As they both shared a love of traveling, Ashley often went on cruises with Noah and his family. Last year they traveled to their favorite destination, St. Martin, and they couldn’t wait to come back the following year (this past summer).

Ashley had no idea what Noah had in store for her this time, or how much this family vacation would stand out from the rest.

When they reached their hotel, all Ashley could dream of was a nice, deep sleep, after a tough day of traveling. Noah, however, insisted that she wake up early, much to her chagrin, to get ready for an early breakfast with the family. A tired Ashley begrudgingly headed out to what she thought would be an ordinary breakfast, when Noah’s parents told her they wanted to stop and take some pictures on the beach, while Noah kept walking ahead.

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“We cannot wait to return to our favorite island next summer for the destination wedding that we have dreamed about since it all began back in high school.” – Ashley

After taking a look at the pictures to see how they came out, Ashley turned around and saw Noah, who handed her a present. Inside the box was a mug that said “Does this ring make me look engaged?” Ashley instantaneously knew what Noah was up to, and her face lit up with a huge smile and happy tears. Noah asked her to marry him, and Ashley immediately said “Yes!” He then slid a stunning pavé engagement ring onto her finger, and they celebrated by finally having that breakfast she craved.

Read the full story in Ashley’s words

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Summer Proposal: Message in a Bottle

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Summer proposal

This summer proposal is for beach lovers or just all around romantics.

There are so many different ways to propose – each proposal story is unique, from the reaction of the person being proposed to, to the look on the face of the person proposing.

What’s important is that the one asking the ‘Will you?’ finds unique ways to personalize their proposal for the girl (or guy) they want the ‘YES!’ from. (Read this for more proposal tips.)

That’s exactly what Rob did, for Char.

SUMMER PROPOSAL ON THE BEACH – June Engagement Moment of the Month

Char & Rob from Parker, Colorado

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“I have a deep love for the ocean and wanted to spend as much time there as possible.” – Char

Leading up to the summer proposal

Char and Rob had been together ever since they met in 2007 in Hawaii on a public bus (see, you really can meet your soulmate anywhere!).

Fast-forward years later, they travelled to New Jersey from their home in Colorado, for Rob’s cousin’s wedding. They drove to Rob’s family’s shore house the day before the wedding. Being the beach lover she is, Char of course decided to take a walk down to the beach.

Proposal story

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“He pointed down to a beautiful glass bottle with a note rolled up inside.” – Char

Char was merrily walking along the beach with Rob and taking photos, when all the sudden something in the sand caught her eye. It was a bottle with a rolled-up note! She excitedly scooped up the bottle and began photographing it. Rob told her to open the bottle.

She opened the bottle and untied the ancient looking, worn note. On it was written, “To my Angel…” And that was it. She looked up and saw Rob on his knee. Rob began telling Char what for sure were beautiful words, but her state of shock prevented her from actually hearing them!

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summer proposal story

“I also remember feeling the sun on my back while he was proposing, thinking the clouds had parted for our special moment!” – Char

Rob then pulled out a shiny red James Allen ring box with a stunning yellow gold solitaire twisted yellow gold ring. A simple engagement ring that didn’t need anything more than a gentle twist to add to its brilliance. Char began to cry and jumped up onto Rob with her legs wrapped around him. He placed the beautiful engagement ring on Char’s finger, and continued their day as an engaged couple, with the ring glistening up at Char and the sun shining down on them.

What makes this proposal story extra special is that Rob tailored it to Char; he knew of her love for the ocean, so he made sure to incorporate that into his proposal.

Read the full proposal story in Char’s words

The Engagement Ring

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“He had an idea of what I wanted, but designed the ring himself. Dainty, elegant, gold cable cord, and the perfect diamond!” – Char

YELLOW GOLD CABLE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

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CHANNEL SET DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

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ROSE GOLD BLOSSOMING VINE ENGAGEMENT RING

14K Rose Gold Blossoming Vine Engagement Ring
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CROSS-PRONG DIAMOND ACCENT SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

14K White Gold Cross Prong Diamond Accent Solitaire Ring
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YELLOW GOLD PAVÉ CROWN BEZEL ENGAGEMENT RING

14K Yellow Gold Pavé Crown Bezel Engagement Ring
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THREE-STONE TRELLIS DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING (TRAPEZOID)

14K White Gold Three Stone Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring (Trapezoid)
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ROSE GOLD COMPASS POINT SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

14K Rose Gold Compass Point Solitaire Engagement Ring
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Which simple engagement ring is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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Surprise Proposal Story – What Ends in Olitaire?

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Have you ever been surprised by someone, and thought afterward, “how in the world did I not see it coming?!” Despite all of the pretty obvious clues, the surprise was somehow not ruined for you. When we really want something, we can trick our mind into ignoring things it doesn’t want to see, and to only focus on what really works for us.

This phenomenal mind control was exercised perfectly by Gabrielle – nothing could stop her from being surprised by her boyfriend, Tyler.

Read on for the full surprise proposal story.

A SURPRISE PROPOSAL – ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Gabrielle & Tyler from St. Petersburg, Florida

“He asked me to marry him, and though I did nearly pass out from sensory overload – I said yes!”

surprise proposal - Gabrielle & Tyler from St. Petersburg, Florida

It was an ordinary workday for Gabrielle. Her boyfriend Tyler, whom she had been with for six years, sent her a text message, like any other day. The text included a photo with a receipt titled “OLITAIRE.” Gabrielle, who, like most girls in long-term relationships, was no stranger to engagement ring setting types, gasped. After all, what could end in “olitaire” other than the most popular engagement ring choice – the solitaire ring?

Gabrielle asked Tyler what the picture was all about. Tyler explained that he had invested in a company ending in “olitaire,” and he had accidentally sent her the receipt. Gabrielle so didn’t want any potential surprise to be ruined, that she believed him! I’m sure Tyler let out a sigh of relief when he saw that Gabrielle hadn’t caught on to the sparkling surprise that he had surely been planning for months.

A few weeks went by, with no mention of anything solitaire, or even olitaire. Gabrielle and Tyler arrived at the Don Cesar hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a weekend away with close friends. Gabrielle had some slight suspicions, but she wasn’t sure if this would be the weekend.

When they checked in, the high school sweethearts Gabrielle and Tyler mysteriously received a room upgrade to an amazing suite with a magical view of the beautiful beach and the hotel grounds, complete with enchanting buildings reminiscent of pink castles.

While getting ready for dinner, Gabrielle hoped that maybe Tyler would propose that evening – after all, what could be a more romantic setting? However, when Tyler received a call from their friends telling them to come to meet for drinks at a rooftop bar before dinner, Gabrielle disappointedly assumed that there would be no proposal for her that night; she thought that Tyler would never have changed their dinner reservations last minute if he was planning on proposing, and she knew that a ring box could never fit in the pocket of his tight pants. Sadly, Gabrielle told herself to just enjoy the night, “another evening as an un-engaged human,” as she put it.

On their way to the hotel rooftop, Gabrielle noticed some of the staff staring at her, and began to get nervous. When they reached the rooftop, she was blown away by the sight of hundreds of red rose petals forming an aisle to a romantic table with champagne, a massive bouquet of flowers and what could be none other than a shiny red engagement ring box. A dazed Gabrielle listened to Tyler explaining that the glittering water behind them was the very water that they grew up on, and the city in front of them was where they would come to call home. He then asked her to marry him, and of course, she said yes!

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The newly engaged couple then went down to the beach, where there were 200 more red roses in the sand, framing a blanket that was set out for them. On the blanket were candles surrounding a scrapbook Tyler made for this moment, with pictures of their relationship, from their high school years until the present.

The bride and groom-to-be danced in the white sand to the song they had danced to for the first time in high school. Gabrielle then saw their friends and both of their families coming towards them, with tears in their eyes.

Read the full surprise proposal story in Gabrielle’s words

The Ring

WHITE GOLD 2MM KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING
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Watch the video of their surprise proposal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zXuesAc-yQ&feature=youtu.be

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Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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A Winter Proposal – Meghan and Ian’s Proposal Story

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The Perfect Winter Proposal

There’s just something about the snow that brings out the inner romantic in us. Who can resist gazing out the window at the ground blanketed with dazzling white snow, or at an individual spectacular snowflake as it falls gracefully into your palm? A snowy day seems to go hand-in-hand with cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa next to the fireplace.

Meghan and Ian are one couple who has been taking full advantage of the snowy New England weather.

Read on for their winter proposal story.

ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Meghan & Ian from Newmarket, New Hampshire

“I could not have imagined a more magical and more ‘us’ proposal.” – Meghan

 

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Meghan and Ian’s love story began back when they were in high school. The high-school sweethearts, although for sure having caught one another’s eye previously, got together not long before their senior prom.

They had been dating for five and a half years and living together, when one day, they went to enjoy a snow-filled weekend at Meghan’s parents’ house. Meghan, perfectly cozy and content watching movies in her sweats, could not be easily persuaded by Ian (who had a secret plan in mind) to go for a walk outside in the bitter cold. Finally, they reached a compromise: they would go sledding in the backyard, one of Meghan’s favorite pastimes growing up.

After paving a path together in the thick, powdery snow, and sledding down the hill a few times, Ian told Meghan that he’d give her a prize if she beat her own distance. Meghan, happy with her two prizes (a kiss and a hug), wanted to sled down the hill once more before heading back inside – it ended up being the day’s best run. She turned around to go back inside, when Ian called after her, telling her she forgot her prize.

When she turned to him, she saw him down on one knee in the snow, holding a shiny red James Allen box. Inside it was a perfect, sparkling solitaire ring. A teared up Meghan then put her brand new ring on and went to tell her mother her exciting news. Turns out, her mother already knew – she’d been watching from the window the entire time.

Read the full story in Meghan’s words

The ring

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white gold 2mm comfort fit solitaire engagement ring (six prong)

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What do you think of this winter proposal? Congratulate the couple in the comments below!

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A Grand Canyon Proposal – James and Verity’s Proposal Story

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A Grand Canyon Proposal

A proposal at the Grand Canyon is great. A proposal at the Grand Canyon including a video of the couple’s love story, with a song written and performed by the proposer, is omigod-am-I-living-in-a-fairy-tale fantastic.

Read on for an incredible love story culminating in a dream proposal, and find out what the couple has been up to since!

Engagement Moment of the Month

James & Verity from Neath, Wales

James and Verity’s story began on holiday in Spain (did anyone else just get the Counting Crows’ song “Holiday in Spain” stuck in their heads?), in 2009. Although they are both from Neath, a small town in Wales, it took travelling to another country with their separate groups of friends for them to meet.

“As soon as I saw her at the airport on that trip, I knew I was going to marry her.” – James

 

Having been together for six years, James waited for just the right moment to propose, after months of planning. After extensive research on diamonds and help from the James Allen team, he was ready. He would do it on their trip to America’s Wild West. For the proposal he had planned, it was a must that he receive the ring at their Las Vegas hotel on an exact day – you can imagine how nervous he was that something would go wrong. However, his nerves relaxed when he saw the ring.

“I need not have worried. Once I hid myself away in the bathroom of the hotel and unwrapped the box to get my first glimpse of the ring, I was blown away. It was everything I had wanted and more.” – James

 

Now let’s get to the proposal.

After a long drive to the Grand Canyon, they stopped to take in the breathtaking view and take photos. While Verity was busy admiring the canyon, James called her over to look at something, and took out his headphones. She didn’t understand what could be so important to show her right then.

James plugged both of their headphones into the phone. With the beautiful canyon in front of them, they sat and watched a video. Verity noticed a shot of their house in the beginning of the video – it was then that she realized that something big was happening. The video continued on to show their lovable dog Wilson and a song began playing – James was singing! The song told the story of a boy who felt alone until he met a girl on a trip. Overcome with emotion and tears, Verity saw the video end with James holding a sign, instructing her to look at him. She turned around, and there was James, offering her a beautiful James Allen ring in a shiny red box. Of course, she said yes!

Read the full story in their words

The ring

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platinum french cut pave diamond engagement ring

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“In the sunlight, it sparkled like nothing I’ve ever seen, and the simplicity of it makes it even more beautiful. I admire it every day, and each time I find it catching the light in a new and gorgeous way.” – Verity

Watch the proposal video:

Life since the proposal

When couples head off into the sunset, we don’t usually get to hear about what happens after the proposal – what we sometimes forget is that life goes on after the proposal! Let’s hear from James a bit about their lives now.

“Life since our engagement has brought so many wonderful moments, the most special of which being the birth of our first baby! We welcomed our little boy, Ari into the world on the 3rd November this year, and we are so in love with him!

We have also started planning another trip to America, which will incorporate a visit to Yosemite (where we would love to get married!). We are so excited by everything that has happened in the last year and are even more excited for all the adventures that lie ahead for us as a family.”

Welcome to the world, Ari Fox Blake!

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What do you think of this grandiose Grand Canyon proposal? Share your thoughts and congratulate the couple in the comments!

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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From Textbook to Storybook – Customer Proposal Story

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How often do we miss out on opportunities that are right under our noses? Sometimes the one thing we’ve been looking for all this time has been right in front of us, or in Benjamin and Candice’s case, in the same classroom. While our heads are stuck in our smartphones (or textbooks!), there’s a whole world happening around us that we may be missing.

Read on for a proposal story that will make you want to pay closer attention to your surroundings.

ENGAGEMENT MOMENT OF THE MONTH

Benjamin and Candice from Manila, Philippines

Benjamin and Candice were law school classmates who had barely exchanged two syllables with each other – Candice at the front of the class, Benjamin at the back – until one day, not long before their graduation; thanks to Walgreens, Facebook and a brother, the two would finally speak. Candice’s younger brother needed a mysterious object that only Walgreens carried. While helping her brother search for ways to bring the product (I’m as curious as you are what that special product was!) to the Philippines, a post of Benjamin in Chicago popped up on Candice’s Facebook newsfeed. She then wrote to Benjamin asking him to bring it back with him, and, as Candice fondly remembers, “the rest, as they say, is history!” It didn’t take long for their law school acquaintance to turn into storybook love.

Upon graduation, the two love-struck lawyers-to-be struggled with the question of whether they should continue dating while the upcoming Bar, which required their sole focus, was looming. Candice then did something straight out of a romantic movie; she gave Benjamin a copy of her graduation picture, with a bible verse written on the back: “God has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).”

The proposal:

Fast-forward years later, Benjamin lead his girlfriend, Candice one Saturday night into a beautiful cabana and handed her that very same graduation picture (now crumpled with time). He looked into her eyes and asked her to be his wife. “It’s time,” he said. The sparkling James Allen pavé halo engagement ring he proposed with was inscribed with ECC 311.

“The person I have learned to so passionately love and care for held my hand and led me inside a beautiful cabana, and with just the two of us there, he looked straight into my eyes, […]and asked me to be his wife, because ‘it’s time.’” – Candice

Candice said yes, with tears streaming down her face, while the photographers Benjamin had hired were surreptitiously sneaking shots of the proposal.

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After their private engagement moment, Candice was further surprised by all of their friends and family, who joined them to celebrate.

Read the full proposal story in Candice’s words

The ring

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring

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Watch the proposal video

What do you think of this cabana proposal story? Let us know and congratulate the couple in the comments below!

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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6 Wedding Proposal Ideas That Will Wow Your Partner

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Guys – you’ve decided she’s the one and are ready to put a ring on it. That’s all fine and dandy, but how in the world are you supposed to ask her? There are about a gazillion different proposal ideas floating around there on the internet, and you’re also getting confused by having each friend you’ve consulted with telling you conflicting advice…

Well, here’s a new piece of advice – CALM DOWN! It’s her we’re talking about… and she adores you. The most important thing is that you be yourself. The rest is just logistics. Then again, a little advice never hurt anyone. If you’d like to hear from proposal experts, you’ve come to the right place. At James Allen, we know everything proposal. Just take a deep breath, follow these steps, and you’ll be fine.

And ladies, help your man out and send him these proposal ideas – he’ll thank you for it!

Proposal Tips

Proposal Tip #1: Don’t Wing It

Proposal Ideas: Don't Wing It

She may know you love her, but she still needs you to show her every so often. To most women, there’s nothing we appreciate more than when you make an effort. And that could mean anything from picking up your dirty socks from the floor, to take us on a fun date night, to planning the proposal of our dreams. So go ahead, put your thinking cap on and get to work!

Proposal Tip #2: Have Fun With It

Proposal Ideas: Have Fun With It

Just because you’re about to ask her to make an enormous decision which will change your lives as you know it (no pressure or anything), that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little bit of fun with the proposal. After all, one of the things she loves about your relationship is that you know how to make life fun, in your own, unique way.

Proposal Tip #3: Make it Memorable

Proposal Ideas: Make it Memorable
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Nobody forgets their own proposal. That would be weird. But still, make it something that will bring a dreamy look to her eyes whenever she looks back on it. Make it something that she’ll be proud to tell her friends and grandchildren about – something that’s worthy of writing a story about for James Allen’s Engagement Moments. How do you do this? Sorry, you’re on your own for this one. That’s where Step No. 1 (put effort into it) comes in handy. As long as you do that, it’s going to be memorable.

Proposal Tip #4: Value Tradition

Proposal Ideas: Value Tradition

Some of us make a big thing about not conforming to society and paving our own way. However, when it comes down to it, show me one girl in love who wouldn’t like her boyfriend (or girlfriend) to get on one knee and ask her to marry him. It shows respect, and that you’re taking this commitment seriously. We are all connected to the past, to the people who came before us, to the men who knelt down before their brides-to-be and asked the anticipated question, to the women who were taken aback when hearing that question (even if they knew it was coming) and said yes. The very idea of proposing itself is a tradition, as is the engagement ring.

Proposal Tip #5: Enchant Her

Proposal Ideas: Enchant Her
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Keep in mind that this is the moment she has been waiting for since, well, pretty much ever. She acted out proposal scenes with her Barbie and Ken dolls, she imagined finding her own Prince Charming when watching Cinderella walk to the carriage in her wedding gown (why do you think Disney Proposals are such a popular choice?)… and now she finally found the one who could give her her very own fairy tale. So it’s your job to give her that magical feeling she deserves – embrace the romantic inside you and sweep her off her feet!

Proposal Tip #6: Be Yourself

Proposal Ideas: Be Yourself

You’re the one she’s going to say yes to – not the proposal. Do something that feels like you, and you’ll both be more comfortable. Don’t try to compare your proposal idea to other people’s proposals – while you should take a look at other proposal stories for inspiration, at the end of the day, it’s you who she fell in love with, and she’ll adore whichever direction you choose to go in.

Now that you’re ready to plan the proposal, it’s time to choose the ring!

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Melissa Schreiber

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