Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Top Engagement Ring Tips From the Experts

Buying an engagement ring and wondering where to begin? Scroll down for expert advice!

Happy couple smiling with an engagement ring after proposing

We sat down with Sarah, one of James Allen’s senior customer service reps, to talk about some common questions she encounters on a daily basis from customers. Whether it’s about buying an engagement ring or making proposal plans, read on for her top engagement ring tips and more!

1. Shape Your Thoughts

When you’re just getting started, we recommend thinking about shape preference. ‘A round center stone is never going to go out of style, and it is by far the most popular shape’ explains Sarah. If you don’t know where to begin, play it safe and go for a round center stone. Oval cut and pear-shaped diamonds are a good choice for those who prefer something more trendy.

 Three Stone Engagement Ring

This stunning engagement ring features two beautifully matched round shaped rubies as an accent to the exquisite center diamond of your choice. All three stones are set in a wire basket with a slightly rounded, airline shank.

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Ruby Engagement Ring

Split Shank Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Featuring a pear-shaped center diamond, this solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design that will not go unnoticed!

14K Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Classic Split Shank Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Graduated Halo Engagement Ring

This dashing engagement ring features a graduated diamond halo for a romantic yet dramatic look.

2. Timing Is Everything

When you’re thinking about the proposal, consider timelines and how long it takes to make your ring. ‘I always remind our customers to allow themselves enough time because all our rings are made to order’ adds Sarah. So, remember to give yourself enough time for that sparkler to arrive! Whatever you choose, allow yourself a few weeks before getting your hands on these stunners:

Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

This French Cut pavé diamond engagement ring is created to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, set with a small V-shape under the diamond, increasing their individual sparkle. The custom tailored prongs are set into the shank of the ring, allowing a variety of bands to sit flush with the engagement ring.

Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring

Marquise shape sapphires add a touch of something unexpected and dynamic to this unique, gorgeous ring.

Two-Tone Swirl Tension Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

For a uniquely modern take on the engagement ring, this style features the ability to add a pear-cut diamond of your choice to a two-tone tension ring. Distinctive and statuesque, it is the ultimate way to showcase the perfect diamond.

14K Two-Tone White And Yellow Gold Pear Shaped Swirl Tension Setting

3. Let’s Talk Budget

You may have heard about the ‘three month salary rule’, but we think you should establish what you’re comfortable spending overall. How much you should dish out isn’t an exact science! ‘Once we know what style the customer wants, the best-sellers are a good reference’ adds Sarah. These are stunning options that won’t necessarily break the bank:

Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring

This solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design to keep it simple, but sparkly!

 Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring

This beautiful tapered engagement ring is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds designed to draw the eye to the center diamond of your choice.

Looking to sparkle and save? We teamed up with proposal expert Stacy Stahl to cover all your ring budget questions, including:

  1. How much should you spend on a ring?  
  2. Does bigger mean better? 
  3. How can you save money? 
  4. What’s the average amount spent?

Listen to her tips in the video below to find the best bling for your buck:

4. A Two-Way Street

Engagement ring shopping is usually a two-way street. ‘You should always keep your partner in the loop and follow their lead’ advises Sarah. Your partner is going to be wearing the ring every day, so make sure they love it! If your SO hints for something other than a classic solitaire, try something different, like these vintage rings.

Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring

This eternity-style ring is crafted in a curving white gold band and features beading and milgrain detailing for infinite style and sparkle.

Regal Frame Engagement Ring

If you are looking for a romantic yet bold design, this engagement ring will match your highest expectations without any compromise. The cathedral shank with pavé stones meets an elegant diamond frame to set the stage for the center stone of your choice.

Looking for real-life proposal inspiration? Or just want to read some feel-good engagement stories? See how our customers have popped the question in our “Engagement Moments” section.

Ready to purchase your engagement ring? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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

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

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

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

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Honduran Homebodies

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Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Canadian Cascade

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Single Row Pavé Infinity Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

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

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: American Dream

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Petite Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Mauritian Marvel

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Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

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

Get down and sandy with more beach proposal inspo!

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Jamaican Joy Ride

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Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

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

Around-the-World Marriage Proposals: Bring It Home

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

Recently engaged with a James Allen ring? Share your proposal story with us and we may feature it!

No matter what time of year you’re planning to pop the question, we’ve got you covered. Choose your season:
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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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Our Top 6 Summer Proposal Tips

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

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

Summer Proposal Tip 1: Get Outta Here

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

14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring

Summer Proposal Tip 2: Don’t Sweat It!

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

14K Rose Gold Cushion Halo Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Summer Proposal Tip 3: Celebrate with Sunset

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

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Round Center)

Summer Proposal Tip 4: Weather or Not…

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

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Round Center)

Summer Proposal Tip 5: Suddenly I See

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

18K White Gold 2.5mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Summer Proposal Tip 6: Come Fly Away

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

Platinum Six Prong Knife Edged Solitaire Engagement Ring

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

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

Finding this summer proposal advice helpful or have tips of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below or on our social channels: Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

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Tova Kamioner

Tova is a lover of fantastic stories, and although she is skeptical of romantic comedies, she can quote most of the classics by heart.

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