Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

Engagement Ring Images

Most people are very visual when they go looking for an engagement ring setting. Here is a selection of engagement ring setting images that will hopefully inspire you to find the ring setting of your (or her) dreams. Have a look through the images and if you see on you like click on it - it'll take you to an interactive ring selection tool at James Allen.

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There you can try different ring styles and variations on the ring design and even change the metal type (choosing metals such as white gold, yellow gold and platinum). The image of the ring will change when you change the color.

Note the rings below are grouped in order of ring type (solitaire, sidestone, pave, tension etc.) and metal color (white gold, platinum, yellow gold etc.).