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What Is a VVS Diamond and Is It Right For You?

Are you wondering what a VVS diamond is but not sure where to start? This handy guide will help you decide if a VVS diamond is right for you.

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You’re probably here because you’re thinking about getting engaged – yay you! An engagement is an incredibly exciting milestone, but let’s be honest: buying a diamond can feel overwhelming sometimes. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, you might be asking yourself: “what is a VVS diamond and why in the world does it matter?”

1. Let’s Talk Basics: What Is A VVS Diamond?

To get a little technical: VVS is an acronym for “Very Very Slightly” – which refers to a diamond that is very, very slightly included. An “inclusion” is the official term for a diamond’s internal characteristics and a “blemish” is the term for a diamond’s external characteristics. These can include characteristics like feathers, crystals, twinning wisps, clouds and surface graining. They will determine how much light is able to pass through a diamond, which will in turn affect the stone’s light return – arguably, the best part of buying a diamond. Who doesn’t want a diamond that sparkles

On the clarity scale, VVS diamonds are one step below “flawless” diamonds. They are always clear of any imperfections to the naked eye and usually have no visible imperfections under 10x magnification. At James Allen, we use up to 40x magnification technology, so you can be sure you’re seeing each diamond with the same detail and ease as you would in a jewelry store. 

2. VVS1 vs VVS2 Diamonds

VVS diamonds fall into two categories: Very Very Slightly Included 1(VVS1) and Very Very Slightly Included 2 (VVS2). VVS2s are slightly more included than VVS1s, and the nature of these inclusions is usually different. For example, VVS1 diamonds tend to have tiny imperfections towards the side of the diamond, as opposed to the center. Imperfections on the side are preferable to those in the center because they do not affect light performance as much. 

VVS1 diamonds are generally more expensive than VVS2 diamonds. Because VVS diamonds fall just under flawless diamonds (FL and IF), they’re a great option for people who want a practically flawless diamond without the flawless price tag. 

3. VVS vs Flawless Diamonds

One of the main reasons to choose a VVS diamond is that it often will look just like a flawless diamond but saves you a nice chunk of cash. 

Let’s compare the two diamonds below. The one on the left is 1.02 carats, H color and IF clarity. The one on the right is 1.00 carat, H color and VVS1 clarity.

Can you spot any differences between the two diamonds?

Both diamonds are roughly the same size, as the .02 difference will not be perceptible to the naked eye. Both diamonds are the same H color, which faces up white. Neither has any fluorescence. Both have excellent symmetry and polish grades. Both are certified by GIA. 

In short, the only real differences between these two diamonds are their clarity and price tags. There is roughly a $600 difference between them, which is a result of the clarity grade jump. 

If you’re looking to maximize your budget for a high-clarity diamond engagement ring, VVS diamonds are a great choice. The difference in price could get you any of the following engagement rings:

Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring (Six Prong)

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Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

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4. Which jewelry pieces are most suitable for a VVS diamond?

VVS diamonds are great choices for higher carat engagement rings (above 3 carats) and step cuts (emerald and Asscher, or square). They also allow you to buy a setting that really showcases the center diamond, as opposed to settings that are better at hiding inclusions (for example, this bezel setting). Settings that have fewer prongs, less metal, as well as  tension settings are ideal for showcasing VVS diamonds, like the ones below:

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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Bow-Tie Channel Set  Engagement Ring

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Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

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Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Tapered Half-Bezel Engagement Ring 

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Pinched Bar Pavé Engagement Ring 

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If you’re looking for fine jewelry that features smaller diamonds, like tennis bracelets, there’s no need to go for VVS clarity. You can stick with SIs or VSs since inclusions are harder to spot in smaller diamonds.

5. Wrapping Up

A VVS diamond is a great choice for someone who is looking for a flawless-looking diamond, without the flawless price tag. VVS diamonds are intended to be the pièce-de-resistance of any engagement ring, so you might want to show off your stone with a setting that puts the diamond front and center. 

If you need help picking out a diamond, our non-commissioned gemologists are available 24/7 via phone, chat, text and email. 

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Bridal Jewelry Sets: Find Your Look

These 6 bridal jewelry sets are fit for any aisle, whether you’re writing your fairytale or breaking all the rules.

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Every bride deserves sparkling wedding day jewelry specific to her wedding style. We’re with you: find your bridal style below and we’ll match it with a complete set of gems!

Add these bridal jewelry sets to your dream wedding outfit:

Bold Glamour Bridal Jewelry Set

This bride rocks a red lip and a wedding dress with stunning details. This look is the cherry on top of an unforgettable day.

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Low-Key Vintage Bridal Jewelry Set

This bride nod to nature and vintage fashions with unique boho vibes. Best accompanied by a crafted flower crown.

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Creative Whimsy Bridal Jewelry Set

This bride has had her DIY mason jar cocktails planned since day one. Her jewelry set adds a crafted touch to a thoughtful wedding plan.

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Modern Simplicity Bridal Jewelry Set

This bride goes for a gown with clean lines and understated drama. With this minimalist set, less is more in all the best ways.

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Fairytale Romance Bridal Jewelry Set

This bride is living her happily ever after with princess details and grand romance. Bring on the dreamy tulle gown!

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Independent Chic Bridal Jewelry Set

This bride loves to break convention. Calling all rule-breakers: pair these pieces with a non-white dress or jumpsuit and a creative ceremony.

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To-Die-For Game of Thrones Jewelry

Warning: these 10 Game of Thrones jewelry pieces feature dragons, kingdoms, sparklers, and occasional spoilers!

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If there’s anything GoT season 8 has taught us, it’s that epic fire is worth the wait. Check out these Game of Thrones-inspired jewelry pieces for the perfect fandom gifts and engagement rings.

Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Iron Throne

Radiant Open Diamond Necklace

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Of course, we need to begin with the Throne itself. If there’s anything more coveted than ruling the Seven Kingdoms, it’s this dramatic necklace. And to be honest, we’d take these 16 round and baguette cut diamonds over 1,000 daggers – but you know, to each their own.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Red Wedding (Ring)

Vintage Ruby and Diamond Ring

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“The Rains of Castamere” pulled off one of the most impressive and terrifying twists on TV with the Red Wedding. For a slightly happier ending, might we suggest this red wedding ring instead? This way, you can tie the knot with vintage glory and none of the gory.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Winter is Coming

Snowflake Burst Diamond Earrings

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Throwing it back to the very beginning of the series, these snowstorm earrings embrace the House of Stark’s strength and connection to nature. They’re a meaningful gift for someone with Winterfell-worthy loyalty.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: White Walkers

Topaz Half Moon Bypass Ring

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White Walkers’ icy blue eyes are haunting in all the ways. Still, there’s undoubtedly something magical about them. This ring echos the mysterious, legendary power of the creatures from the far north without threatening the destruction of all seven kingdoms.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Crown

Crown Diamond Ring

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Joffrey may have been a poisonous sociopath, but at least he was a poisonous sociopath with style. Now that we think about it, you may be more worthy of the golden crown than Cersei’s son. Why not give it a try?

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons

Cluster Gemstone Necklace

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Sometimes the best wedding gifts are the ones you didn’t think to put on your registry, like Daenerys’ three dragon eggs. Snap up this necklace with diamonds and red, yellow, and orange gemstones for a look that’s similarly born from the fire.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Khal Drogo

Men’s Carved Pattern Wedding Ring

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This ring’s black bark detailing has us missing the legendary warrior Drogo, a feeling Daenerys knows well. Emulate the boldness of the Great Khal – both in battle and in love – with this unique wedding ring.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: The Faceless Men

Reversible Diamond and Sapphire Ring

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The ability to choose your face at all times: creepy or convenient? In the case of this reversible ring, we’d say more convenient. Choose whether you’re feeling diamonds or sapphires on any given day, with a Perfect Fit to hold the stones in front.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Moon of My Life

Pearl Crescent Moon Ring

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It’s been a while, but we’ll never forget the way Drogo called Daenerys “Yer Jalan Atthirari Anni” (“Moon of My Life” in Dothraki). Make a grand romantic statement by gifting this ring to someone who is your entire world.

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Game of Thrones Jewelry: Bow and Arrow

Arrow Diamond Bangle Bracelet

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Although arrows don’t make as dangerous a weapon as dragons, this bracelet is just as killer. In rose gold, this one’s a tribute to Ygritte and her red hair. It’s a piece that proves, once and for all: you know nothing, Jon Glow (too soon?).

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Jane-Inspired Rings (Just Like a Telanovela!)

The season five premiere of Jane the Virgin is finally here! We’ve rounded up some Jane-inspired rings in honor of the final season (potential spoilers ahead!).

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After the cliffhanger following season four’s almost-proposal, we thought we’d have some fun… Presenting: engagement rings and wedding rings for our favorite Jane the Virgin characters!

Jane-Inspired Ring: Jane

Just for Jane, we’ll write and publish a super-organized list obsessing over this pavé engagement ring: a. Eighteen side-stones add romantic sparkle; b. the platinum band is hypoallergenic and durable; and c. Perfect Fit sides keep the diamonds front and center.

Perfect Fit Pavé Engagement Ring

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P.S. We don’t need to imagine the ring of the actress who plays Jane! Get the look of Gina Rodriguez’s art deco halo ring.

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Jane-Inspired Ring: Xiomara

This fairytale engagement ring fits right in with Xo and Ro’s wedding. Check out that vintage detailing – it’s as beautifully complex as Xiomara and makes us want to dance all night (and knowing Xo, those would be some awesome moves).

Filigree Vintage Engagement Ring

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Jane-Inspired Rings: Petra

Anything we choose for Petra needs to exude power, and this side-stone ring does not disappoint. Three emerald cut diamonds give strong lines and sparkle. What’s more – all together, the diamonds look like one brilliantly managed Marbella Hotel.

Emerald Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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Jane-Inspired Rings: Rafael

Everything Rafael has gone through has made him tougher. Meanwhile, aside from his Zen phase (#tbt), he’s always remained polished. Combine that with a yellow gold comfort fit to represent his soft side, and this ring is totally Raf.

Etched Comfort Wedding Ring

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Jane-Inspired Ring: Alba

Abuela keeps it classic, always keeping her family members on track. We’d like to think she’d love this solitaire engagement ring for its timelessness. Besides, we all know how much Alba treasures flowers!

Petite Flower Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Jane-Inspired Rings: Rogelio

@RogeliodelaVega: “Sparkle, glamour, masculine and beautiful with a flair for the dramatic #brogelios #blessed #GoRo”

@RogeliodelaVega: “Works in any metal aside from rose gold (Rogelio does NOT pop in peach) #blessed #vivadelaVega”

Etched Channel-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

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Jane-Inspired Rings: Michael

Michael’s dependability is what we love most about him and what makes him a great detective. Sure, other rings have flash, but this go-to comfort fit wedding ring is a bestseller for a reason. Bonus: just like Michael (somehow??), the platinum’s shine will always be by your side.

Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

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Jane-Inspired Rings: Luisa

We know Luisa will never really move past the fireworks of her first kiss with Rose. It hasn’t exactly made her the best doctor (or family member)… but ya gotta love that Lu is always as passionate as this romantic halo engagement ring.

Baguette Sunburst Halo Engagement Ring

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Jane-Inspired Rings: The Narrator

With interwoven pavé and solitaire bands, we never could have seen this gorgeous twist coming. Just like a telenovela, right?

Rope Pavé Engagement Ring

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Jane-Inspired Rings: Read On

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Our Top 10 Solitaire Engagement Rings

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

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

1. Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

2. Six-Prong Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

3. Twisted Rope Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

4. Modern Tulip Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

5. Cross Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

6. Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

7. Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

8. Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

9. Twisted Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

10. Etched Profile Solitaire Engagement Ring

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The buzz about this solitaire engagement ring:

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

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Top 10 Solitaire Rings: Read On

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Pearl Jewelry: The Glowing New Arrivals

The world is your super-sophisticated oyster with our new pearl jewelry arrivals!

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This just in: our brand new collection of pearl fine jewelry! Get ready for must-have luster. The new June birthstone jewelry pieces feature freshwater, Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea cultured pearls. Read on to browse the new designs and head to our site to give the pearls a twirl in 360° HD!

New Pearl Jewelry Earrings

Pearl earrings pair with any personal style, whether you rock blown-out waves or the Markle signature messy bun. Explore pearl and diamond studs, drops, and hoop earrings.

Diamond and Tahitian Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings

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These “Girl with a Pearl Earring” lookalikes are a work of art! A combo of unique black pearls and diamonds creates an almost magical air.

Diamond and Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings

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An absolute pearl jewelry staple, accented by edgy and glamorous melee diamonds. These take basic pearl studs to the next level.

Freshwater Seed Pearl Hoop Earrings

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Small freshwater pearls line the inside and the outside of these hoops, creating a soft shine from every angle. P.S. Hoops are one of 2019’s hottest fine jewelry trends.

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New Pearl Jewelry Necklaces

Pearl necklaces lend a chic touch to any jewelry set. Explore single pearl pendants, pearl chain necklaces, strand pearls, and more.

Seed Pearl Open Circle Necklace

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Smaller seed pearls fit this halo perfectly, combining the timeless style of pearl jewelry with a modern open circle design.

Pink Pearl Station Necklace

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Though we love how this pearl necklace goes with a v-neckline, it’s honestly gorgeous with anything. Varying shades of pink pearls are attached along a graceful 18-inch gold chain.

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New Pearl Jewelry Rings

Pearl rings make for elegant gifts, beautiful non-traditional engagement rings, and unique wedding rings. Mix pearls with other stackable rings for the complete look.

Twist Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

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This seemingly simple pearl ring brings a major dramatic twist. Make sure to view this one in 360° to take in the full effect!

Crescent Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring

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We’re over-the-moon for this modern pearl ring design. The gold and pearl connect like a moon and sun in eclipse – that’s one small step for glam…

Open Freshwater Pearl and Diamond Ring

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Achieve all-around perfection with this pearl and bezel-set round diamond duo. Although the diamond and pearl elements are classic, the negative space sets this ring apart.

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New Pearl Jewelry Bracelets

Pearl bracelets are sweet and chic for every season. Explore pearl chain bracelets, pearl bangle bracelets, strand pearls, and more (and check out our bracelet guide for a more general FYI!).

Station Pink Pearl Chain Bracelet

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Choose pretty in pink with this rose gold and freshwater pearl bracelet. The chain clasp bracelet is a particularly good gift for those with small wrists.

Brilliance Akoya Cultured Pearl Bangle

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Perfectly spherical Akoya pearls meet their match in this bangle’s textured gold, which sparkles as you move. Polished and innovative all at once.

Textured Beads Akoya Pearl Bracelet

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Say hello to this update to your grandmother’s pearls! This bracelet features playful gold beads between its glossy pearls, which are sourced from Japan and China.

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How to Take Care of Your Diamond Jewelry

You’ve got that gorgeous rock – now how do you keep it looking incredibly bright? Follow this guide for clear and helpful ways to take care of your diamond jewelry!

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BRILLIANT TIPS FOR DIAMOND CARE

Take Care of Your Diamond Cleaning

No need to bring your diamonds in for cleaning – here are the DIY methods to keep your diamond engagement ring and diamond jewelry looking just like new:

1. Soak and Scrub

Everyone can use a good bubble bath, and your jewelry is no exception! Take care of your diamond rings and jewelry with a little TLC, making sure no gems come loose.

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Soak your jewelry in a solution of mild dish soap and warm water for a few minutes. Afterward, carefully scrub the metal using a soft cloth, cotton swab, or gentle toothbrush, then rinse.

2. Get Intense Shine

For extra shine in your yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum jewelry, you can follow up the mild dish soap soak with window cleaner. Do not use window cleaner with white gold – the rhodium plating won’t be able to handle such harsh chemicals. Limit this soak to one minute at a time.

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After the window cleaner, dip your ring into the mild dish soap solution, rinse it with warm water, then dry it completely.

3. Shield the Shade

You can use ionic cleaners to clean most diamond jewelry, but the electrical current may mess with the hue of certain gemstones. Consider other cleaning methods for colorful gemstone engagement rings and gemstone jewelry

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Take Care of Your Diamond Insurance

1. Insure Your Diamond Jewelry

Better sparkly and safe than sorry! It might feel weird to prep for the worst when you’re still perfecting the filter on your ring selfie, but trust us – make sure to insure your jewelry right away in case it gets lost or stolen. Find out how much your homeowner’s and renter’s policies cover, then look into additional policies like Jewelers Mutual.

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2. Choose the Right Policy

Make sure you know what you’re getting into! Here are some good questions to ask while you’re researching diamond jewelry insurance policies:

  • Do they offer a deductible or discount if you have a home security system?
  • Does the policy cover you fully if the item is damaged or lost overseas?
  • Is the diamond jewelry covered at the full replacement cost, and will they give you a cash settlement or a replacement item?
  • Which appraisal reports does the insurance company accept, and how often do you need to provide them?
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There’s more to taking care of your diamond jewelry, including when to wear your diamonds and where to store them. Read on!

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Maisel-Inspired 1950s Engagement Ring Styles

If there’s anything more obsession-worthy than The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, it’s the mid-century aesthetic that lights up the show. We’ve rounded up these 1950s engagement ring fashions in honor of Maisel’s season 2. *Potential spoilers ahead!*

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These 1950s engagement ring styles have us swooning around the Upper West Side, dancing along the Seine River, and dropping some Susie-inspired F bombs (… fabulous. What did you think we meant?).

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1950s Engagement Rings: Stand-Up Sparkle

We couldn’t help but notice that Midge is still wearing her glamorous 1950s engagement ring in Maisel season 2, and we totally get it. Who’d want to take that beauty off??

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Baguette Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Mrs. Maisel barely gives us a glimpse of her ring because she moves as quickly as she speaks. From what we can catch, though, her engagement ring from Joel is a yellow gold stunner with side stones. Not a surprise given the costume designers’ keen eye and 1950s engagement ring trends; side stones, especially baguette shape diamonds, were huge at the time.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Star Power

Female powerhouses in Midge’s era are legendary both for their actions and for their impact on fashion. Take Jackie Kennedy for example, who brought fresh energy to the 1950s engagement ring scene with her emerald engagement ring.

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Scalloped Halo Emerald Engagement Ring

Household name and ingénue Audrey Hepburn sparked yet another alternative engagement ring trend: stackable rings! She opted for a sleek channel-set baguette diamond eternity ring and added two more gold rings when she got married.

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1950s Engagement Rings: Think Pink

Potentially more sacred than Rose’s pink soap: Midge’s pink wardrobe! If her all-pink ensembles are any hint, we think Mrs. Maisel would plotz over a rose gold ring with a pink sapphire center. Mirror her style by setting a gemstone in one of these vintage rings.

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Engraved Vintage Engagement Ring

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Wedding Rings for Women: The Complete Guide

When it comes to wedding rings for women, here are a few factors to keep in mind…

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Your wedding day is almost here! We can practically hear the bells ringing, which means it’s time for you to choose your perfect band to go with your engagement ring.

Between lustrous gold and platinum, classic and diamond-studded, how can any of us be expected to choose just one wedding ring?? Well, you already chose The One and we have no doubt you’ll rock this decision too. We’re here to guide you through the options!

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Wedding Rings for Women: Choose Your Metal

When you choose your wedding band metal, consider your engagement ring look, the maintenance required, cost, and any relevant metal allergies. Want your wedding rings to reflect how well you and your partner go together? Choose matching wedding rings in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum!

Silvery Metal Wedding Rings for Women

White gold and platinum wedding rings are super popular with the brightest sheen. White gold wedding rings tend to be more affordable and lighter weight, while platinum wedding rings are longer lasting and hypoallergenic.

Knife Edge Classic Wedding Ring

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Gold Metal Wedding Rings for Women

Yellow gold wedding rings give a timeless glow and never need to be replated.

Angled Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

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Rose gold wedding rings are trendy and durable with warm, vintage style.

Twisted Pavé Stackable Ring

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Wedding Rings for Women: Choose Your Style

From brilliant sparkle to crafted carvings, women’s wedding rings come in all shapes and styles. Which is the best fit for your future together?

Classic Wedding Rings for Women

You can’t go wrong with unadorned metals! These rings are traditional, timeless, and easiest to resize if necessary. Classic wedding rings are known for their comfort, a key quality for everyday wear.

Slightly Curved Wedding Ring

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James Allen classic wedding ring styles include high and low dome, knife edge, flat, and traditional slightly curved. To keep it totally classic, pair your solitaire engagement ring with one of these bands.

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Diamond Wedding Rings for Women

If you love sparkly jewelry, you’ll love the look of a diamond wedding ring. The stones on these rings can be set in various ways: pavé, which allows for more light to reflect off the diamond; channel, which gives a sleek look and protects the diamonds; or bezel, which encases and secures the outer edge of the diamonds.

Bezel-Set Diamond Wedding Ring

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Knife Edge Diamond Wedding Ring

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For maximum sparkle, we’d suggest pairing your channel-set or pavé engagement ring with a diamond wedding band.

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Want your band covered in shimmer? Eternity rings celebrate your infinite love with diamonds encrusted all around.

Pavé-Set Eternity Ring

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Stackable Wedding Rings for Women

Big on style and thin on metal, stackable rings are the gift that keeps on giving. Go ahead, start with a wedding ring – over time, you can customize and add more! James Allen stackable ring styles include gemstones, shape patterns, and twists.

Open Infinity Stackable Ring

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Sapphire Gemstone Stackable Ring

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Round and Marquise Diamond Stackable Ring

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Wedding Rings for Women: More Brilliant Tips

    • Those with smaller hands or thinner engagement ring bands may want to opt for thinner classic wedding rings, and vice versa.
    • Get jewelry insurance! Once you’ve found your dream wedding ring, you’ve got to protect it. Because let’s face it – life happens.

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11 Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement Rings

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

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

You can get the most bang for your buck by buying your engagement ring online. JamesAllen.com presents quality craft, 360° tech to examine and understand your own diamond (all conflict-free!), rockstar Customer Service, and over 500 ring styles to find your dream affordable engagement ring.

Gorgeous & Affordable Engagement Rings

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

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Trellis Halo Engagement Ring

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

Entangled Vines Engagement Ring

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

Knife-Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

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

Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

Vintage Sapphire Engagement Ring

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

Bow Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring

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

Etched Rope Engagement Ring

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

Adorned Cathedral Engagement Ring

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

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Men’s Wedding Bands: The Complete Guide

Know what to look out for when shopping mens wedding bands.

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

Wedding Rings for Men: Test Your Metal

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

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

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

Black Titanium Comfort Fit Ring

Crafted from aircraft-grade titanium, this Black Titanium Comfort Fit Ring is sophisticated and undeniably eye-catching.

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

Cobalt Chrome Comfort Fit Ring

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

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Wedding Rings for Men: A Broad Band

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

Slightly Domed Comfort Fit Wedding Ring

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Beveled Comfort Fit Wedding Band

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Wedding Rings for Men: The Finishing Touch

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

Classic Low Dome Wedding Ring

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Hammered Comfort Fit Wedding Band

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

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

Beveled Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

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

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Etched Bezel Set Diamond Wedding Ring

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

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Wedding Rings for Men: Make Your Mark

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

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Our “Younger” Engagement Ring Picks for Liza

*Younger Engagement Ring Picks and Spoilers Ahead!*

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

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

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Team Charles Engagement Rings

Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

Bow Tie Channel-Set Engagement Ring

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

Bird of Paradise Engagement Ring

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

Embossed Vintage Engagement Ring

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

Spiral Tension-Set Engagement Ring

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

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Team Josh Engagement Rings

Three-Stone Emerald Engagement Ring

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

Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

East-West Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Criss-Cross Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

Antique Bezel Pavé Engagement Ring

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

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

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Diamond Eternity Rings for Love That Lasts

Eternity rings rock all around, literally: these bands are surrounded by glittering diamonds or gemstones.

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Whether as wedding bands, anniversary rings, or gifts for special occasions, eternity rings are a great way to celebrate infinite love. These rings give a boost of shine to complement engagement and wedding rings. For maximum sparkle, stack your eternity ring with a pavé engagement ring and a diamond wedding band.

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Find Your Eternity Ring Style

Common Prong Eternity Ring

This delicate common prong setting allows for a spectacular amount of light to reflect through its brilliant cut diamonds.

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Emerald Diamond Eternity Ring

Trend alert! This emerald shaped diamond ring is one of the hottest jewelry styles of the moment.

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Pavé Eternity Ring

A reminder that the classic can be a showstopper, too! This pavé ring’s diamonds are held closely with metal prongs all around.

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Bezel Eternity Ring

Bezel settings show only the face of the shimmering diamond, creating a clean and modern look. The milgrain detail adds a vintage twist, making it a totally timeless piece.

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Gemstone Eternity Ring

Why not go for a splash of color to complement your other rings? Emerald, the May birthstone, gives this diamond ring a simultaneously earthy and glamorous feel.

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Trellis Eternity Ring

The intricate trellis setting makes this ring a work of art from every angle. Plus, the diamonds’ exposure allows for optimal light reflection.

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Channel-Set Eternity Ring

Sleek and smart, the channel setting makes diamonds extra secure and protects them from catching on clothing.

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Shared Prong Eternity Ring

The single pieces of metal between the diamonds allows each stone to stand out on its own while contributing to a gleaming pattern.

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Radiant Ruby: The July Birthstone

Tap your heels together three times and think to yourself, ruby is the July birthstone, ruby is the July birthstone

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The July Birthstone: A Royal Flush

Adorned by royalty for centuries, the ruby has been crowned the ‘King of Gems’ for its unmistakably luxurious appearance. The July birthstone symbolizes passion and love, the perfect choice for brides who long for a fiery romance. The stone is second only to diamonds in terms of physical strength and durability, making it ideal for everyday wear and special occasions alike.

Fun fact: The ruby is very closely related to the sapphire. Both precious stones are a variety of the mineral corundum, however, ruby exists at the redder end of the spectrum.

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PASSION

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Ruby Diamond Swirl Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Be the intensely passionate bride that you are, with this swirl of fiery red rubies and diamonds surrounding a brilliant round center stone.

STRENGTH

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Three-Stone Pear Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Be a boss bride and show how fierce you are in this rose gold diamond ring featuring two enchanting pear-shaped red ruby side-stones.

VITALITY

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Pavé Knife-Edge Cathedral Ruby Engagement Ring

Choose the red rock that will inspire you to live vivaciously. You won’t be able to keep your eyes off this vibrant oval ruby ring with pavé diamonds lining the sleek knife-edge band.

COURAGE

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Pavé Set Crown Solitaire Ruby Engagement Ring

Take the courageous leap forward into this exciting new chapter with a simple yellow gold solitaire ring which lets the ruby stand out for its ravishing self.

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BONUS: LOVE

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Art Deco Inspired Ruby Pavé Diamond Ring

An enduring testament to your love, this dazzling ruby and diamond anniversary ring will keep the fire alive long into your marriage.

A July Birthstone of Your Own

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Engagement Rings Inspired by Most-Loved Books

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

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

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Engagement Rings Inspired by Most-Loved Books

If her favorite book is The Great Gatsby…

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

Art Deco Floral Halo Engagement Ring

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Milgrain Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is War and Peace…

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

Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring

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Vintage Pavé Arch Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is Harry Potter

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

Twin Pavé Crossover Engagement Ring

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Vintage Milgrain Halo Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice

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

Floral Scroll Pavé Engagement Ring

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Engraved Solitaire Engagement Ring

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If her favorite book is Me Before You

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

Three-Stone Ruby Engagement Ring

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Verragio Parisian Engagement Ring

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

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Crafted with Care: Why to Buy Jeff Cooper Engagement Rings

Jeff Cooper engagement rings have a sweet slogan that rings true: “Crafted by Our Hands for Yours.” Before each of the handmade designs leaves the shop, Jeff himself inspects it to make sure it’s top quality and reflects the bride’s light.

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With all this personal craft comes a serious expertise: Jeff Cooper began his career at a bench in the NYC diamond district 45 years ago. After travelling and working with customers around the U.S., he became committed to only creating pieces that he himself can stand behind. Awarded the 2001 Platinum Guild International “Designer of the Year,” Jeff Cooper is committed to clean, refined ring settings that highlight his high-quality metals and craftsmanship.

“I’m very lucky. I love to do what I do, and I plan to do it for a long time.”- Jeff Cooper

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Luna Swirl Pavé Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

A trademark of the Lumiere Collection, the swirling halo and pavé put beautiful twists on the twist.

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Eden Lattice Design Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

The diamonds on this band look like windows into an ice castle, giving a fantastical effect.

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Every design is given a name as an homage to his family, history, or culture. Jeff wants each piece to have a distinct personality.

Camila Pavé Halo Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

Rose gold shines and brings out the color in this ring’s center diamond, halo, and pavé band.

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Tess Solitaire Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

A graceful, simple setting best highlights the uniqueness of this marquise shape center diamond.

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Jeff carefully ensures that each of his rings are flawless from every angle, creating a beautiful three-dimensional experience.

Lola Nature-Inspired Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

The creative detail on this band forms a shimmering forest around the center diamond.

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Hudson Milgrain Wave Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

With milgrain beading, wave designs, and accent diamonds, this ring’s delicate details set it apart.

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Jeff draws inspiration from civilizations and designers throughout history, like ancient Rome and 15th century India.

Livia Marquise Pavé Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

The band’s marquise outlines give an antique feel, and its diamond-encrusted bridge adds bonus sparkle.

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Ava Halo Woven Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

Breathtakingly romantic, this braided pavé and milgrain ring complements an eye-catching center stone.

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Jeff is a self-dubbed fashionista — he picked out his own clothes since he was ten — and says that his craft reflects his personal style.

Honey Emerald Cut Pavé Jeff Cooper Engagement Ring

A sweet case of opposites attract: the detailed pavé band together with the clean clarity of the emerald cut diamond.

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With our referral program, it pays to have brilliant friends.

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Winter Engagement Rings: One Moment in Shine

Keep your eye on the prize with these game-changing winter engagement rings.

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Preparing to pop the question is a lot like training to be a world-class athlete; you need to be committed, focused, and ready to go the distance. Here are some Olympic medalists who have taken the plunge and won something far more precious than gold.

Winter Engagement Rings: The Sparkle of Champions

See which engagement rings these champs are sporting and how you can get the look without breaking a sweat… or the bank!

Meryl Davis and Fedor Andreev

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Ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis must’ve been jumping for joy when she received this ring from former Canadian skater Fedor Andreev. The shimmering cushion-cut yellow diamond is set in rose gold with a halo of white diamonds and little rose gold hearts on either side.

Put on your own impressive fireworks display with this falling-edge pavé diamond halo ring.

Sasha Cohen and Tom May

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Figure skating silver medalist Sasha Cohen glided into this gorgeous engagement ring from boyfriend Tom May. The oval-cut diamond is mounted on a simple, thin band, creating a look that’s as graceful as she is on the ice.

Get your skates on and snag this petite pavé diamond engagement ring, designed to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides.

Kendall Coyne and Michael Schofield

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Ice hockey silver medalist Kendall Coyne was blinded by sparkle when her longtime boyfriend, Los Angeles Chargers offensive lineman Michael Schofield, presented her with this three-stone stunner.

Score a hat trick with this classic three-stone diamond engagement ring, whose center and side stones resemble a floral bouquet.

Winter Engagement Rings: Freestyle Finesse

From snow-covered slopes to gold medal hopes, there’s something quite thrilling about getting engaged at this time of year. Check out these wintery proposal ideas for inspiration.

Planning to go down on one ski this winter? This fast-track route to designing your own engagement ring offers spectacular 360° views!

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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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Football Shape (Marquise Cut) Engagement Rings

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.

Solitaire Six-Prong Engagement Ring

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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.”