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Diamonds Are Forever the April Birthstone

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

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

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

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In Rare Form: The April Birthstone

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

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

Tough Love: The April Birthstone

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

Flexible Floral Motif Diamond Bracelet

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

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Three Prong Martini Round Brilliant Diamond Earrings

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

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Grande Floral Halo Diamond Necklace

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

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Beauty Bound: The April Birthstone

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

Modern Tulip Diamond Engagement Ring

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

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Floral Halo Engagement Ring

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

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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

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An April Birthstone to Call Your Own

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

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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.

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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”

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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

The epilogue: Engagement Rings Inspired by Most-Loved Books

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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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Engagement Ring Inspiration from Celeb Proposals

Now trending: the most obsession-worthy celebrity rings of 2019 so far! Get your engagement ring inspiration from these rocks with superstar quality.

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It’s been a year of gorgeous celeb love already, and we’re only three months in! Can you say engagement ring inspiration?? From colorful center stones to elongated diamond shapes (spoilers: there are a lot of those), these celebrities have sparked the hottest engagement ring trends of 2019.

THE KATY PERRY ENGAGEMENT RING

Baby, this is a firework! A true lord of the rings, actor Orlando Bloom proposed to pop superstar Katy Perry with a floral diamond halo surrounding a pink center stone. The perfect choice for a colorful and playful artist.

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Personalize this floral halo ring by setting it with a pink diamond or pink sapphire.

THE JENNIFER LAWRENCE ENGAGEMENT RING

Surprise: this Silver Linings Playbook actress got engaged with a gleaming silvery metal band. J. Law’s fiancé Cooke Maroney proposed with a simple solitaire that pulls all the attention to its modern emerald cut diamond.

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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Take our über-popular comfort fit solitaire engagement ring and set it with an emerald cut diamond.

THE JASMINE CEPHAS JONES ENGAGEMENT RING

Tell me how to say yes to this! Cephas Jones’ Hamilton co-star Anthony Ramos blew us all away with this three-stone stunner. The ring maximizes the trend factor by incorporating not un, not deux, but trois emerald cut stones.

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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Rock this three-stone ring with an emerald cut center stone flanked by smaller emerald cut side stones and a pavé.

THE MELISSA BENOIST ENGAGEMENT RING

Melissa Benoist’s glee was overwhelming when her “Supergirl” co-star Chris Wood proposed with an oval cut diamond surrounded by a pavé halo. The engagement ring halo is our kryptonite – it makes an elongated diamond sparkle even more brilliantly.

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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For one of the our most-loved setting styles, take this pavé halo ring that is designed especially for oval cut diamonds.

THE KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER ENGAGEMENT RING

Guardian of the galaxy Chris Pratt proposed to his author girlfriend with a jaw-dropping cushion cut ring. Although many cushion cut diamonds are more symmetrical, Schwarzenegger rocks a colossal elongated cut. And when you add the micro-pavé band? Everything is awesome.

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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Set an elongated cushion cut diamond in this french cut pavé engagement ring.

THE DEBBY RYAN ENGAGEMENT RING

Twenty-One Pilots drummer Josh Dun proposed to actress Debby Ryan in a New Zealand treehouse (!) with a three-stone beauty that makes our hearts skip a beat. Her angular side stones add a modern edge to an already trendy emerald cut center.

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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Mix the softness of a round cut center diamond with this fresh geometric trapezoid side stone engagement ring setting.

THE MIYA X ENGAGEMENT RING

Way to go, Roger! Sister, Sister actor and musician Marques Houston posted dreamy shots of his proposal to girlfriend Miya X. Her ring features a cushion cut center stone set in a pavé style. In addition to the diamond-encrusted band, her diamond is held by a glittering basket.

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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Customize this pavé crown engagement ring (for the full effect, view it in 360°!) with a cushion cut diamond.

THE JOSEPHINE SKRIVER ENGAGEMENT RING

We’re split between what we love more about this Victoria’s Secret model’s engagement: musician Alexander DeLeon’s (a.k.a. Bohnes) angelic proposal under the northern lights, or her emerald cut diamond split-shank ring. We’re open to both!

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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Go for drama with this split-shank ribbon engagement ring set with an emerald cut center stone.

THE BRITTANY SNOW ENGAGEMENT RING

With this much frost, we say let it snow! Brittany Snow’s fiancé Tyler Stanaland proposed with a modern classic – a pavé engagement ring with diamonds along the band. The diamond detailing complements a brilliant round cut center.

Engagement Ring Inspiration:

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Get this pitch-perfect look with our can’t-go-wrong pavé engagement ring bestseller set with a round cut diamond.

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Diamond Pendants: The Essential Guide

Designed to be worn close to your heart, diamond pendants are among the most romantic gifts you can give or receive.

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Diamond Pendants: Necks Appeal

Few accessories have the ability to light up an outfit quite like diamond pendants. They’re perfectly positioned for maximum impact and come in a range of eye-catching styles.

Whether you’re after a piece that complements your everyday jewelry collection or a glamorous gift for special occasions, our guide has got you covered. So pop on some peppy music and get your jewelry browse on.

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Diamond Pendants: Dangling Designs

Looking to treat your SO to a diamond pendant? Consider which style will best suit her personality. For the classic woman, a solitaire pendant adds a touch of refinement to any outfit.

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Diamond Scroll Key

If it’s a statement piece you’re after, key pendants are a popular choice, along with nature-inspired motifs such as hearts, flowers, and butterflies.

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Pavé Diamond Butterfly

If, on the other hand, she’s the artistic/creative type, a more whimsical or abstract design might be preferable.

Traditional

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Wire Diamond

Solitaire diamond pendants are the ideal way to showcase a single stone. Opt for a prong mount if you wish to highlight the stone while concealing the metal behind it.

Pro tip: Less is more when it comes to choosing a diamond solitaire pendant. Go for a simple setting and pair it with a good quality diamond, focusing on clarity and cut for extra shine.

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Round Halo Cluster

For a more contemporary look, choose a bezel-set diamond pendant that surrounds the centerpiece with a thin band of metal.

Pavé-Set Frame

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Princess Cut Pavé-Set Frame

Pavé-set frame draws more attention to the setting itself. It’s often accented with ornate filigree borders.

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Round Cut Pavé-Set Frame

Pavé Bail

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Pavé Bail Diamond

Pavé bail features diamond detail on the metal loop that connects the pendant to the chain.

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Diamond Pendants: Don’t Leave Us Hanging!

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Twisted Engagement Rings: That Spiral Style

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

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Abbraccio Swirl Engagement Ring by Danhov

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

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Twisted Engagement Rings: It’s All in the Twist

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

The Bold & The Beautiful 💍

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Contoured Twist Tension Set Engagement Ring

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

The Tulip from Amster-dayum! 🌷

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Milgrain Twist Tulip Basket Engagement Ring

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

The Pretzeled Pavé 🥨

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Pavé Twist Diamond Engagement Ring

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

The Simply Di-vine 🍃

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Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

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

The Spiraling Solitaire 🌀

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Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

The Coiled Crossover 🔀

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Pavé Halo and Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

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

Twisted Engagement Rings: Give Us a Twirl

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

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

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

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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

There, we’ve said it.

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

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

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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

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

What’s the Buzz?

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

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

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

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

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Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring

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Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

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

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Glow-Key Glam

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Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

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

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

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Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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

Walk a Mile in Her Style

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

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

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How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring

We asked one of our brilliant customer service representatives how much to spend on an engagement ring. Their answer was perfect…

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How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring?

“There’s a ring and a person for everyone, and that’s also true for the price you have in mind,” says our customer service expert. There’s no set formula for how much you have to spend on an engagement ring.” Follow her tips to buy the dream ring for your budget!

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Save on Your Engagement Ring with a Solitaire Setting

“To really put all the focus on the center stone, you can make an absolutely gorgeous solitaire engagement ring for under $1,000,” says our expert.

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“Solitaires are also great because you can personalize them and dress them up with a wedding band.”

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When choosing how much to spend on an engagement ring, remember that you have the rest of your lives together! “As time goes on and finances change, you can always remount the center stone and add different diamond bands to create that stackable effect.”

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Elongated Shapes are the Best Diamonds on a Budget

“If you want to really maximize the visual size of the diamond or finger coverage, then go with an elongated shape like an oval, a marquise, or a pear,” our expert suggests.

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“Any of these shapes with a halo setting will give you the biggest wow factor and not break the bank at the same time.”

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Give Your Engagement Ring Diamond Some Context

“The image that you’re seeing on the screen is not the same thing that you’re going to see in person and in the ring,” says our expert. To better understand which diamond inclusions will be visible when it’s set in a ring, you can chat with us through our Diamond Consultation Service.

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Our non-commissioned gemologists will take you through the specs of the diamond in 360° HD so that you confidently get the best diamond for your money.

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When choosing how much to spend, make sure to understand how the diamond will look in the ring setting! Diamond color is a great example to consider. Our expert explains: “For those who are more comfortable with having a bit of warmth to their center stone, it ends up working really well with a yellow gold or rose gold setting.”

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“This kind of rich appearance can help you to get a larger carat weight within the same price range.”

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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 collaborating on the ring!

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Pear Shaped Diamonds with Fruitful Flare

Pear shaped diamonds the only part of your engagement you’ll want to go pear shaped!

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Pavé Halo Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Imagine if Eve had picked a pear in the Garden of Eden instead of that darn apple. She would’ve stood out from all the other women (had there been any other women) and been hailed a trendsetter. Still, it’s never too late to make amends and pear shaped diamonds are the perfect sparkle offering.

Love is in the pear!

Pear Shaped Diamonds: Ripe for the Picking

So, what makes a pear a pear? The unique shape is achieved by combining two other diamond cuts: round brilliant and marquise. At one end, you have the gentle curves of a round cut; at the other, the pointed charm of a marquise. Best of all, it retains much of the sparkle of a round cut, despite not conforming exactly to that shape.

Grab yourself a piece of this low-hanging fruit!

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0.72 Carat K SI1 Diamond

A Diamond Beyond Compear

If further pearsuasion is needed, choosing a non-traditional diamond shape like pear can actually save you money! That’s right; because the demand for pear is lower than for round brilliant, it tends to offer better value. A pear shaped diamond could save you as much as 25% compared to a round cut of the same size and quality. How sweet is that?!

Hot take: Pair your pear with a solitaire for a classic setting that’s both affordable and offers maximum light return through the top of the stone.

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Classic Knife-Edge Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

Pear to Spare

Thanks to their elongated lines, pear shape diamonds tend to look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight. On the other hand, they gently accentuate slender fingers and make shorter fingers appear longer and slimmer.

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Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Pear Shaped Diamonds?

2018 is shaping up to be the year of the pear! Paris Hilton (or should that be Pearis Hilton?) got the party started back in January when she said yes to a juicy 20-carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring. Of course, she’s not alone in her penchant for pear. Other personalities include Ariana Grande, Kaley Cuoco, Cardi B, Sophie Turner, Victoria Beckham, Zoe Saldana, Katherine Heigl, and Margot Robbie.

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Pavé Halo Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

See which other non-traditional diamond shapes are in with celebs right now.

What to Know About Pear Shaped Diamonds

When purchasing a pear shaped diamond, it helps to know which attributes to look out for. That way, you can avoid pulling an Eve and picking the wrong piece!

Cut To minimize the undesirable ‘bow tie’ effect commonly found in pear shaped diamonds, ensure the diamond cut is as symmetrical as possible. It’s more aesthetic plus it returns more light and sparkle back to your eyes.

Color The pointed end of the diamond doesn’t reflect light nearly as well as the round part, so it’s more likely to reveal the stone’s true color. To avoid those ‘warmer’ yellow tones, opt for a high grade on the color scale (no lower than G).

Clarity As with color, any inclusions are more visible if they occur at the pointed end of the diamond, where there are less sparkle and scintillation. You’re better off going for an ‘eye clean’ diamond with a clarity grade of VS2 or above.

Carat The carat weight you choose will largely depend on your budget, but this is not the be-all and end-all. An increase in carat size will often appear negligible, yet raise the price significantly. Far more important are cut, color, and clarity in determining a diamond’s overall beauty.

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Pavé Twisted Rope Engagement Ring

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Pavé Split-Shank Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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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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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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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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Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire

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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Pavé Halo Split Shank

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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French Cut Petite Pavé

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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Twisted Cable Solitaire

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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French Cut Petite Pavé Flush Fit

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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Shape Series: Radiant Cut Diamonds

We reveal why radiant cut diamonds are the something squarish you’ll want to cherish.

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Pavé-Set Engagement Ring

If the adage “opposites attract” could be summed up in one diamond cut, it would have to be radiant. This sparkling cut marries an angular shape with brilliant cut facets, creating a look that’s at once classic and complex.

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Why Radiant Cut Diamonds?

Radiant cut diamonds are the sparkly love child of round brilliant and emerald cut diamonds. They are faceted like the former and shaped like the latter, giving you the best of both worlds.

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Twisted Pavé Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

Disclaimer: No corners were cut in the polishing of this stylish solitaire (at least not in the figurative sense!).

Made up of a staggering 70 facets on their pavilion and crown, radiant cut diamonds can disperse a good deal more light than other square and rectangular-shaped stones. As such, they provide way more brilliance and fire than you’d find in traditional step-cut diamonds.

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Octagon Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

What of color and clarity?

The radiant cut is something of a chameleon when it comes to color. It has that rare ability to alter a diamond’s hue, making it appear lighter or darker when viewed from above. In terms of clarity, radiant cut has a higher tolerance for inclusions than, say, emerald cut, which demands a much higher level of clarity.

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Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Who Rocks Radiant Cut Diamonds?

Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Baez recently proposed to his girlfriend Irmaire Marquez with this stunning James Allen ring, complete with a 3-carat radiant cut diamond:

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But he wasn’t the only Cubs player to go down the radiant route. First baseman Anthony Rizzo gifted his girlfriend Emily Vakos with a radiant cut diamond engagement ring, much like this one:

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Let’s Get Salient About Radiant

If you’ve read this far, it’s probably safe to assume that radiant cut diamonds are squarely on your radar. Here are some important things to consider when picking out a stone.

    • A well-proportioned radiant cut diamond with centered culet and even sides will appear larger than it really is.
    • Radiant cut is more durable than other diamond cuts as there are no brittle corners left exposed — perfect if you lead an active lifestyle.
  • Thanks to their incredible depth and evenness of color, radiant cut diamonds are often graded as fancy color diamonds, which only adds to their appeal.

Don’t forget — you can view all of the radiant cut diamonds on JamesAllen.com in glorious 360° HD at up to 40x SuperZoom.

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Once you’ve raided our radiant range, let us know your favorite four-sider in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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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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Trio Micro Pavé Ruby Engagement Ring

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

Scar-let us know which ruby rings have got you burning with desire in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

To learn more about birthstones, check out our previous guides to January garnets, February amethysts, March aquamarines, April diamonds, and May emeralds.

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Shape Series: Princess Cut Diamonds

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

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

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Why Princess Cut Diamonds?

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

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

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

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Who Rocks Princess Cut Diamonds?

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

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

What to Know About Princess Cut Diamonds

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

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

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

If symmetry is important to you – and it should be – check out our premier collection of ideal cut diamonds, True Hearts by James Allen™. Available in princess, round, and cushion cut, these perfectly proportioned stones simply ooze quality.

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Princess Cut Diamonds: The Cornerstone of Sparkle

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

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

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Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.

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