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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Jarred Maram

Jarred is a writer by day and unofficial office ping pong champion

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June Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

Happy birthday to all the Gemini gems! Learn more and shop pearl birthstone jewelry gifts.

P.S. If it’s your June birthday, read ahead to drop a hint on your favorite piece!

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Pearl is June’s glowing birthstone, and we have a sweet collection of Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, and freshwater cultured pearl jewelry. Here are 10 of our favorites for June birthday gifts:

1. Seed Pearl Circle Earrings

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Seed Pearl Open Circle Earrings

Circle around the globe and you’ll find all different kinds of pearls, from China to Australia to Tahiti. Each sea offers a distinct pearl look, which means… the world is your oyster (we had to).

2. Strand Pearl Necklace

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The soft, almost multi-colored shine makes pearls both glamorous and elegant. This classic pearl necklace reminds us of Audrey Hepburn and countless other cultural icons.

3. Pink Pearl Stud Earrings

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Some pearls feature natural colors like this precious pink pair. These are an especially sweet pearl birthstone gift to go with rose, the flower of June.

4. Freshwater Double Pearl Studs

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Like these earrings, pearls are unique from top to bottom – they’re the only gemstones created by living creatures. Note to self: the mollusk family includes some seriously glam clams.

5. Modern Twist Pearl Ring

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl Twist Ring

This standout ring showcases a classic pearl held by a (literal) contemporary metal twist. We like this as a present, and, if you’re looking, as a non-traditional engagement ring.

6. Diamond Pearl Bar Necklace

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Seed Pearl And Diamond Bar Necklace

What’s better than a pearly glow? A pearly glow combined with diamond sparkle! Bonus: if a diamond is your April birthstone, diamond and pearl jewelry is a super cute June birthday gift for your partner or best friend.

7.  Chain Drop Pearl Earrings

14K White Gold Freshwater Pearl And Bezel Set Diamond Drop Earrings

Connect to 2019’s chain earring fine jewelry trend with this pair! The pearl birthstone on these earrings adorns a hair-down style or elongates the neck with an updo.

8. Textured Bead Pearl Bracelet

14K Yellow Gold Freshwater Cultured Pearl And Textured Bead Bracelet

We love yellow gold with white pearls, especially when that gold is carved to shimmer. The warm gold on this bracelet offsets the pearls’ ethereal glow and helps each pearl stand out.

9. Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings

18K White Gold Tahitian Cultured Pearl And Diamond Link Drop Earring

Turns out black pearls are not just a Pirates of the Caribbean thing. A daring fine jewelry trend, Tahitian black pearl jewelry is edgy and beautiful at once.

10. Pearl and Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold 1.8mm Petite Single Cultured Freshwater Pearl Birthstone Ring

All sophistication, all the time. The modern bezel setting of this ring’s diamond fits perfectly with its gleaming yellow gold metal and standout pearl.

Let’s find that perfect June pearl birthstone gift!

Pearl Birthstone: More June-Inspired Gems

* Introducing: the New Pearl Jewelry Collection *

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More birthstone jewelry inspiration: January Garnet * February Amethyst * March Aquamarine * April Diamonds * May Emerald * July Ruby * September Sapphire * November Citrine * December Topaz

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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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