June 8th, 2011



Blemish: A clarity characteristic that occurs on the surface of a diamond. Though some blemishes are inherent to the original rough diamond, most are the result of the environment the diamond has encountered since it was unearthed.

Brilliance: The brightness that seems to come from the very heart of a diamond. It is the effect that makes diamonds unique among all other gemstones. While other gemstones also display brilliance, none have the power to equal the extent of diamond’s light-reflecting power. Brilliance is created primarily when light enters through the table, reaches the pavilion facets, and is then reflected back out through the table, where the light is most visible to your eye.

Brilliant Cut: One of three styles of faceting arrangements. In this type of arrangement, all facets appear to radiate out from the center of the diamond toward its outer edges. It is called a brilliant cut because it is designed to maximize brilliance. Round diamonds, ovals, radiants, princesses, hearts, marquises, and pears all fall within this category of cut. Carat: The unit of weight by which a diamond is measured. One carat equals 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams. The word comes from the carob bean, whose consistent weight was used in times past to measure gemstones.

Carbon Spots: An inaccurate term used by some people in the jewelry industry to describe the appearance of certain inclusions in a diamond. The term refers to included crystals that have a dark appearance, rather than a white or transparent appearance, when viewed under a microscope. In most cases, these dark inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, and do not affect the brilliance of the diamond.

Cleavage: The propensity of crystalline minerals, such as diamond, to split in one or more directions either along or parallel to certain planes, when struck by a blow. Cleavage is one of the two methods used by diamond cutters to split rough diamond crystals in preparation for the cutting process (sawing is the other method).

Clouds: A grouping of a number of extremely tiny inclusions that are too small to be distinguishable from one another, even under magnification. The result is that, under a microscope, this grouping often looks like a soft transparent cloud inside the diamond. Of course, clouds cannot be seen with the naked eye. Usually, this sort of inclusion does not significantly impact a diamond’s clarity grade.

Color Grading: A system of grading diamond colors based on their colorlessness (for white diamonds) or their spectral hue, depth of color and purity of color (for fancy color diamonds). For white diamonds, GIA and AGS use a grading system which runs from D (totally colorless) to Z (light yellow).

Crown: The upper portion of a cut gemstone, which lies above the girdle. The crown consists of a table facet surrounded by either star and bezel facets (on round diamonds and most fancy cuts) or concentric rows of facets reaching from the table to the girdle (on emerald cuts and other step cuts). Crown angle: The angle at which a diamond’s bezel facets (or, on emerald cuts, the row of concentric facets) intersect the girdle plane. This gentle slope of the facets that surround the table is what helps to create the dispersion, or fire, in a diamond. White light entering at the different angles in broken up into its spectral hues, creating a beautiful play of color inside the diamond. The crown angle also helps to enhance the brilliance of a diamond.

Culet: A tiny flat facet that diamond cutters sometimes add at the bottom of a diamond’s pavilion. Its purpose is to protect the tip of the pavilion from being chipped or damaged. Once a diamond is set in jewelry, though, the setting itself generally provides the pavilion with sufficient protection from impact or wear. Large or extremely large culets were common in diamonds cut in the early part of this century, such as the Old European or Old Mine Cut. However, such large culets are rarely seen today. Most modern shapes have either no culet at all, or a small or very small culet.

Cut: This refers both to the proportions and finish of a polished diamond. As one of “the Four Cs” of diamond value, it is the only man-made contribution to a diamond’s beauty and value.

Depth: The height of a diamond from the culet to the table. The depth is measured in millimeters.

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June 8th, 2011


Even though diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, a diamond will scratch another diamond. So it is important that jewellery not be stored together since it can be scratched or tangled. Also, diamond jewellery should never be worn while doing heavy work. Points are vulnerable to chipping and even everyday activity can loosen a setting. This is why it’s important to visit a professional jeweler every six months to have your diamond’s mountings and settings checked. So be sure your diamonds always sparkle, it is important to clean them periodically.

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June 8th, 2011


Eternity Ring

So how do you keep your jewelry clean without risking damage? It’s easier than you think. Gold, diamonds, and gemstones can be easily cleaned with items you already have in your house: no fancy stuff required. Here is our recommended cleaning method for just about everything.

Mild Liquid Detergent: Soak your jewellery in small bowl of warm, sudsy water made with any mild liquid detergent. Gently brush the diamond jewellery with a soft toothbrush while it is in the suds. Then, rinse each piece under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Make sure to always stopper your sink.

Household Ammonia: Place the jewellery in a small bowl containing a half-and-half solution of ammonia and cold water for thirty minutes. Lift out and gently tap around the front and back of the mounting with a small soft brush. Swish in the solution a second time, rinse and drain on tissue paper.

Vodka on the Rocks: No one is sure how it was actually discovered, but it is safe to say that at some point someone took the idea of a “vodka on the rocks” literally and discovered an imaginative way to clean their precious diamonds. Simply let the diamond soak in a glass of vodka. Preferably one you do not intend to drink!

Professional Cleaning: This is the best option. Ultrasonic cleaners are great for easily cleaning jewelry with lots of nooks and crannies but they can damage many gemstones and the chemicals are not recommended for pearls. Basically these machines are designed for diamonds and metal only: if you have a lot of other gems, they may not be worth the investment. It’s also important to have your jewellery checked occasionally to make sure prongs haven’t bent or weakened. You also need to be careful that you do no harm when you store your jewelry. Jewelry boxes can be a bad idea if they mean that all of the pieces are piled up in heap. Remember diamonds and rubies and sapphires can easily scratch other gems and all metals. Wrap pieces individually to keep them pristine, paying special attention to softer gems like pearls, opals, and tanzanites.

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February 4th, 2015

Given as a tangible symbol of the promise to love forever, an ‘eternity ring’ is considered by many people to be a beautiful way for a person to show how much someone else means to them.

‘Eternity rings’ are metal bands that traditionally include diamonds or other stones around the circumference of the entire ring. Typically, each stone has the same shape and setting, giving the ring a uniform appearance meant to suggest everlasting love.

The most common and popular eternity rings have stones all the way around the band. Although many different settings are available, the stones often appear as if they are floating around the finger in an unending line.

A modern take on this style is the half eternity ring, with stones only around half of the circumference.

Princess Solitaire Ring

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January 14th, 2014


Men’s Wedding Rings

There are more choices for men’s wedding rings than ever before. Many men choose a simple gold band because they are not aware of the options that are available to them now.

Choosing the right style is as important as it is for a women’s wedding ring. It is something you will wear every day, and should reflect your personality. Beyond choosing between the standard metals of yellow gold, white gold, and platinum, there are also titanium, CobaltchromeTM, and even ceramic rings.

Anniversary Ring for men

Mens Eternity Ring

Bands can have mixed metals, decorative grooving, and embedded diamonds. Width is important with men’s rings, too. A man with very large hands will need a much wider band than a man with smaller hands. With all of the new styles, there is nothing boring about men’s wedding bands anymore.

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January 13th, 2014

Are you concerned about buying ‘Eternity Rings‘ over the Internet ?

James Allen is a reputable company that has ‘risk free’ policies.

Have a look at their policies below and decide for yourself.

They also post to most areas including the United Kingdom.


We stand behind every item we sell and we want you to experience total satisfaction in your purchase. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you may return it within 60 days for a full refund or exchange – no questions asked. Many retailers charge a restocking fee for returns; we don’t charge you a cent.

Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings

60-Day Return Policy

Making a jewelry purchase is a big deal, especially when you are selecting an engagement ring. We want you to be sure that what you bought is exactly what you want. Our unbeatable 60-day return policy gives you plenty of time to gather opinions from friends and family about your purchase and make sure you’re happy. If, for any reason, you want to return your item, you can do so for a full refund or exchange, no questions asked.

Lifetime Warranty

All of our diamond jewelry is manufactured using the highest quality materials and is inspected prior to shipment. Once you receive your item you can have it professionally cleaned and inspected locally. Most jewelry stores perform these inspection services for free, including steam cleaning your ring and checking the prongs for tightness, regardless of where you made your original purchase. You can also clean jewelry yourself using jewelry cleaner or a toothbrush and warm soapy water.

We stand behind everything we sell and warrant that all items will be free from any manufacturing defects at the time of delivery. In the event that there is ever a problem with your jewelry, it can be mailed back to our offices for inspection. If the problem is deemed to be from a structural defect, we will repair or replace the item at no charge to you. If the damage is caused by normal wear-and-tear, then our offices will repair your jewelry at cost. You may also return your jewelry to our offices for free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning for the life of your fine jewelry.

Please Contact Us if you have questions or would like to return your item for any of our free warranty services.

Free Shipping

JamesAllen.com provides fast, free shipping to all our shipping destinations, regardless of order amount. In addition to free shipping, rest confident that all items are securely packaged and fully insured while in transit to your home or office.

Shipping Methods

For fastest delivery, all orders greater than $500 in value are shipped FedEx Priority Overnight. This includes any loose diamond or Design Your Own order, regardless of exact value. All other orders are shipped FedEx Two Day Saver. Order status and tracking information are available from the JamesAllen.com website by clicking here.

For your protection, JamesAllen.com always:

1.       Insures and registers all items for their full value.

2.       Uses only FedEx services for the fastest and safest delivery of high value packages.

3.       Requires that all deliveries must be made to a physical business or home address only.

4.       Disallows delivery to PO Box addresses.

5.       Requires an adult to sign for the package.

International Shipping

JamesAllen.com offers free shipping and insurance to all our shipping destinations. International customers will be responsible for any duties, VAT, taxes or surcharges levied or charged by their country, so please check with local authorities prior to placing your order to confirm taxes and duties. Military personnel located overseas may also have their packages shipped to an APO or FPO location free of charge. Please keep in mind, however, that APO/FPO shipments are done through the US Post Office and can take up to three weeks to arrive.

Free Returns

If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your order, you may return it within the first 60 days of shipment for a full refund or exchange – we even pay for the return shipping within the United States! To return an item, simply follow the Return Procedures listed below:

1.       Contact our Customer Service department at 1-877-826-9866.

2.       Advise the representative that you wish to return your order.

3.       Within one business day of your phone call we will email you a pre-paid, fully insured FedEx 2-Day label, along with instructions on how to safely and securely package your items.

4.       Take your order and the label to the nearest FedEx location and simply mail it back to us! If you need packaging materials, FedEx will assist you.

5.       Your order should arrive in our office in two business days (excludes weekends and holidays).

6.      All refunds will be processed within two weeks and done in the form of the original purchase method. Bank wires will be refunded via company check.

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