James Allen is one of the largest diamond vendors and it was therefore not surprising to find myself considering to buy a diamond engagement ring with James Allen.
I did a lot of research before and actually also considered to buy a diamond ring at Blue Nile.
What I appreciated about James Allen
The difference between James Allen and Blue Nile is mainly the fact that James Allen has a lot more functionality. Unlike Blue Nile James Allen actually enables you to view all the diamonds from all sides and all angles!
Unfortunately Blue Nile is lacking such a function so that do not know precisely what kind of diamond you are getting. Some people say that Blue Nile is cheaper than James Allen and this was also the reason why I considered Blue Nile for such a long time.
I am not quite sure whether Blue Nile is really cheaper than James Allen. It is very hard to tell.
You can read many ratings of jamesallen.com on the internet. Most of them will tell you that James Allen’s 360 degree video technology is kind of revolutionary. They might have been the first with that kind of technology. But nowadays there are also other vendors that have this type of functionality built in!
I still liked to browse through hundreds of diamonds and I am also quite sure that it helped me a lot in making the right choice!
I ended up making the purchase at James Allen because I wanted to buy a cheaper diamond. Really cheap diamonds can only be found among the SI1 and SI2 clarity grades.
As you can view all the diamonds from all sides you can sometimes really pick the SI1 and Si2 diamonds that are eye clean. This was the biggest advantage that I could find at James Allen.
So what does the engagement ring actually look like?
This is what the engagement ring of my fiancé looks like:
As you can see I chose a white gold ring setting that is very thin!
This has the advantage that the diamond appears larger than it actually is!
A disadvantage of a white gold ring setting compared to a yellow gold ring setting however is that you need to go higher in diamond color.
And obviously, the diamond color and the clarity were the two things that I wanted to save on.
When reading through this guide on diamond color I came to the conclusion that the I color grade would be the best for my preferences.
Needless to say the diamond ring looks gorgeous and my girlfriend just loves it!
I would recommend the I color grade for round diamonds to everyone. When you are browsing for information online there are many places that make it seem as though you would have to buy a colorless diamond or someting!
This however would be quite a poor choice! Just have a look at the diamonds in the following video:
There is also an I colored diamond among all the presented diamonds. It looks really good and there is no issue whatsoever with it!
James Allen’s wide variety of ring settings
One thing that I thought was really nice about James Allen was the fact that I could choose a ring engraving for free! Of course, I picked a very romantic phrase that nearly made my sweetie cry and has a lot of personal meaning to her!
I had a difficult time when I was faced with all the choices that I had for the ring setting.
I had read beforehand that a very thin ring setting has the advantage of making the diamond appear larger. Still, I thought that a ring setting that is too thin might be a potential durability risk.
I asked this question to the customer service and they told me that thin diamond ring settings have a higher risk of being damaged but that these cases are nonetheless very rare.
This honest answer convinced me and I also thought that my girlfriend would like it!
And I was right! The particular ring setting I chose stresses the center diamond in a very extreme way. It is nearly as though the entire ring consisted of only the diamond!
If your engagement ring looks like that you can be sure to have chosen the right ring.
All in all, I was very delighted that the deliver only took around 8 days after I made the order! That was really quick considering the fact that the diamond had to be set into the ring setting!
James Allen is definitely worth a try. As it offers a generous 30-day return policy you can’t go wrong with this one!
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