(Closed) Please help me choose an engagement ring, thanks!

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
3708 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I still like te James Allen better simply because the sapphire is more subtle. If your girlfriend wants a ring where the blue is front and center then go with the Blue Nile. I just prefer the style of the JA one more. 

Post # 4
402 posts
Helper bee

James Allen one is much nicer IMO! Best of luck!

Post # 5
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

 I like the blue nile one, as long as you are sure she wants blue sapphires in her ring I think its lovely. I dont like the marquise cut sapphires in the james allen one.

Post # 6
1173 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

James Allen!!  Did she explicitly ask for blue sapphires?  Going for a colored stone is a huge risk unless she deliberately wants it.  It’s beautiful! 

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee

James Allen!! It’s beautiful 

Post # 8
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: The Hayloft

I prefer the James Allen. I feel like the band is more unique and eye-catching. If she tends to prefer a simpler look go for the Blue Nile ring. 

Post # 9
495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

 Looks like I’m the only one, but I like the Blue Nile better – Mostly beacuse I am not a huge fan of the band on the James Allen (that twirly sort of look where the band dips in and out around the stones).

The Blue Nile is streamlined and absolutely gorgeous. I’m a huge sapphire fan as well, and this ring makes them a bit more prominent without totally overshadowing the main stone.

Post # 10
380 posts
Helper bee

 James Allen for sure. I think the white/blue design on the Blue Nile one is a bit expected. 

Post # 11
3150 posts
Sugar bee

James Allen!

Post # 12
1449 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Still vote for James Allen. I think you should close the other thread though so avoid confusion (don’t have to just a recommendation ). 

Post # 14
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Love the James Allen ring!

Post # 15
1656 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

 Do you already have a diamond? If so, what size and shape?

I’m going to go against the trend and say that I dislike both. Why? Sapphires have a lower refractive. When this tiny and mass-cut as these are, you only get color — not much sparkle or fire. The cut on these stones is just to native (vs. precision) to give the stone much sparkle an life.

Two ideas…

First, replaced the blue sapphires with blue diamonds. It may cost a bit more, but you’ll get more life out of the small stones. Retail, a blue diamond melee is about $15 more than colorless for each stone. Or…just go for a sapphire and diamond ring. A larger stone will have more room to shine and really “BE” sapphires, instead of little blue dots. 

Like thishttps://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/three-stone/14k-white-gold-three-stone-trillion-shaped-blue-sapphire-engagement-ring-item-22618

All else being equal, I prefer JA over BN for the quality of the setting and confidence in their selection of and setting of sapphires. You do have to keep on them about making their prongs delicate and refined. 

One last idea, if you got this setting, you could choose a round sapphire to go in the middle (or diamond). 


Ritani is a really nice quality setting and will be more substantial than either the JA or BN you choose. This is a much better quality setting than the BN by a mile.


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