Quality not Quantity in the New Year with JamesAllen.com Diamonds

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a denim shirt sitting in front of a bookcase holding record albums. She is wearing James Allen diamond stud earrings, tennis bracelet, and pendant necklace

If there’s anything I learned from last year, it is that it truly makes sense to focus on quality, not quantity. From our closets to our closest friends, in a time like this, it makes sense to pare down to just the quality in our lives and cultivate it. This is why I am partnering with JamesAllen.com to start the new year. This diamond review is sponsored by JamesAllen.com.

This past year, I have even found myself paring down with my jewelry collection, gravitating towards the quality pieces that have sentimental or personal value, wearing them again and again. While big statement costume jewelry has been a staple of my wardrobe for years, in the past two, I have been drawn to smaller, timeless pieces. I re-wear the same earrings, the same delicate necklace, the same bracelets, and even find I don’t regularly remove them. They have become a part of my signature and myself.

Diamond Review: Why You Should Choose JamesAllen.com

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen in a denim shirt looking at the camera and smirking. She is wearing James Allen diamond studs in her ears and a delicate silver chain with a diamond pendant on it.

JamesAllen.com is the fastest-growing online retailer for engagement rings and diamond jewelry. The JamesAllen.com website offers the ability for you to easily design and order quality jewelry completely online. With advanced technology such as an augmented reality Ring Try-on app (super cool) and proprietary 360° Diamond Display Technology that shows what each actual diamond looks like from every angle in HD, JamesAllen.com is a cut above all the rest. Not only that, but the company has also earned industry-leading customer satisfaction scores!

Customizing Diamond Jewelry Online with JamesAllen.com

The JamesAllen.com website allows you to customize the perfect piece of jewelry for you or a loved one depending on your preferences and your budget.

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A screenshot of the JamesAllen.com Ring Studio

You need to check out the Ring Studio (which is super cool). You can choose the diamond’s origin (whether it is earth- or lab-created), the diamond’s quality (cut and clarity), carat size, metal type, and prong style. As you make your choices you see your ring created before your very eyes!

Ensuring Quality Diamond Jewelry for a Lifetime

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a denim shirt and is holding up the collar near her chin. She is looking at the camera, showcasing a pair of James Allen diamond stud earrings.

JamesAllen.com offers complimentary lifetime services. All jewelry purchased from James Allen is eligible for a free cleaning every six months. You may also return your jewelry to their offices for free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating, and cleaning. Every finished engagement ring or piece of fine jewelry valued at $1,000 or higher will be accompanied by a full insurance evaluation.

James Allen will resize your ring once for free within the first year of your purchase, including free return shipping within the U.S. and Canada for the first resize. Their prices for international shipping and additional sizing beyond the first year are extremely reasonable; I had my engagement ring resized at a local shop and JamesAllen.com is cheaper.

A pair of James Allen diamond stud earrings in one of the company's signature red lacquer boxes
My JamesAllen.com diamond studs when they arrived in the company's signature red lacquer boxes

If you desire more protection, JamesAllen.com offers two more coverage plans, and the company partnered with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company to provide you with the option of insuring your jewelry with its personal jewelry insurance.

“Use the Good China”: Styling Diamonds for Every Occasion

Alison Gary wearing a berry colored cashmere sweater and is looking at the camera with a slight smile. Her left arm is across her body with her hand on her right shoulder.

Sure, JamesAllen.com is a must-visit destination for engagement rings, but I chose to partner with the company because they offer timeless pieces for your jewelry box and your everyday jewelry like diamond tennis bracelets, diamond studs, diamond pendants, and anniversary rings.

Let’s stop saving the “good stuff” for special occasions. We’ve been through a lot these past two years, and we deserve quality every day. There is something so chic about having everyday diamonds you wear with everything from jeans and t-shirts to business suits to cocktail dresses. Call it grown-ass woman accessorizing!

From birthstone jewelry to anniversary rings, pearl bracelets to on-trend necklaces with diamonds and other gems, JamesAllen.com has a fantastic variety for most any personal style aesthetic.

The Classic Diamond Pieces from JamesAllen.com I Recommend

A closeup of Alison holding her hands near her face, showcasing James Allen diamond studs, tennis bracelet, and diamond pendant necklace.

After assessing what jewelry I wore the most often last year and my style goals for the new year, I settled on three diamond jewelry pieces from JamesAllen.com that I knew would get a lot of wear this year and beyond:

  • Diamond Tennis Bracelet: I have a costume jewelry tennis bracelet older than my daughter. For years I never wore it but in the past two years I've worn it so many times. There's something about this classic piece that adds subtle elegance to every single look. It glams up a smartwatch or fitness tracker, looks great solo, or when stacked with other bracelets. The bit of glint peeking out of a cuff or adorning a bare arm is casual sophistication and you don't need to work to dress up a look for an evening occasion.
  • Diamond Studs: As I mentioned above, I've gone from wearing big bold earrings on the daily, to enjoying an ear full of small beautiful pieces. Over the past couple of years I began wearing earrings in my second hole I got in high school and last year I reopened my third hole in my lobe. And just last weekend I went to get my conch pierced. I love the idea of traditional diamond studs in my main holes and tiny little bits of bling in all the other spots. I'm not the only one, considering these articles from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times!
  • Diamond Pendant: With a delicate barely-there chain, a diamond pendant necklace goes with everything in your closet. Stack it with other chain necklaces or wear it solo. Like a tennis bracelet, a diamond pendant is an everyday jewelry that offers understated luxury and sophistication. In college, I had a cubic zirconia pendant necklace that turned the back of my neck green but I wore it anyway because it elevated every ensemble. Now that I am a grown-ass woman, I deserve grown-ass jewelry with a real diamond pendant. And honestly, I think small diamonds are sophisticated like “on this thing?” rather than trying to impress. I love how JamesAllen.com lets you customize the diamond pendant perfect for you.
Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a berry cashmere v-neck sweater from Universal Standard with James Allen diamond stud earrings and diamond pendant necklace

Choosing Conflict-Free Diamonds

Every diamond sold by JamesAllen.com is certified conflict-free in compliance with the Patriot Act, the Kimberley Process, and United Nations resolutions. Conflict-free diamonds are gems that were not obtained due to human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation. The internal guidelines at JamesAllen.com exceed government requirements: the company has binding contracts with suppliers that guarantee that their diamonds comply with all applicable laws and are certified conflict-free and are from sources that are members of the professional diamond trade.

Consider Lab Created Diamonds

Lab-created diamonds and Earth-created diamonds offer identical optical and chemical compositions. The sparkle is the same – the core difference is their origin. Lab-grown diamonds start with a small sliver of chemicals in a lab called a diamond seed. The diamond seed is exposed to high temperatures and a carbon coating is added to help the lab-created diamond crystallize as it grows.

Synthetic diamonds like cubic zirconia are made of different materials than Earth‑created and lab-created diamonds and are easily distinguishable from both of them. Lab-created diamonds cannot be distinguished from Earth‑created diamonds even with a professional loupe.

Lab-created diamonds allow you to maximize your budget, offering around 30% more size for the same price, while Earth-created diamonds are incredible works of nature and the traditional choice. You can learn more about lab-created diamonds offered by JamesAllen.com at this link.

JamesAllen.com Sale

To get you into the new year and Valentine's Day spirit, JamesAllen.com is offering 25% off sitewide through February 14th! Please note this sale does not include loose diamonds, gemstones, designer collections, and pre-set earth-created diamond studs and pendants. Promotional discounts applied to an order are only valid for the item purchased and will not be applied to future purchases or exchanges after the sale ends. Cannot be combined with additional offers other than on-site discounted diamonds. 

Thank you JamesAllen.com for partnering with me and educating me on how to achieve great style with Earth-created and lab-created diamonds! To learn more about James Allen, please visit JamesAllen.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.

20 Comments

  1. January 17, 2022 / 10:20 pm

    Timeless! I agree that diamonds are a great casual jewel in addition to being used for dress up bling.

  2. Lee
    January 13, 2022 / 8:12 pm

    All the pieces you chose are gorgeous & timeless. I’ve wanted a small diamond pendant & studs for years, so I’m anxious to look into these further. You look especially lovely in these pics too!

  3. Carolyn
    January 13, 2022 / 5:20 pm

    All 3 pieces are such classic staples! My jonesing for a pair of diamond studs is so bad! Now I am on the James Allen website looking at the various settings- so many choices!
    James Allen has a great reputation, I have read so many good reviews on their rings on a diamond specific website.

  4. MP3
    January 13, 2022 / 4:25 pm

    Love diamond studs and pearl studs! You look lovely in the diamond jewelery. What lip product are you wearing? Stunning.

  5. Briana
    January 13, 2022 / 10:46 am

    Thanks for this post. I bought diamond studs for my wedding an am thinking more and more about a tennis bracelet or a pendant. Can you share the size/weight of the ones you have to help with proportion when placing an order on the James Allen site? Thanks so much!

    • January 13, 2022 / 2:34 pm

      Yes, the tennis bracelet is 5ct TW the pendant is 1ct, and the studs are 2ct TW/1ct each post. They are lab created.

  6. Bubu
    January 13, 2022 / 10:45 am

    Can you tell us what size diamond studs you are wearing? I followed the link and was kind of confused at all the size options, the size you have looks nice – big enough to show, but not over the top for everyday. thanks!

    • Bubu
      January 13, 2022 / 10:47 am

      PS Also, did you get the earth-created or the lab-created?

    • January 13, 2022 / 2:34 pm

      They are lab created 2ct TW which is 1ct each earring.

  7. Carly
    January 13, 2022 / 9:40 am

    Oh I love that Diamond pendant! I hadn’t considered one but do think I’d get so much wear! I currently have small diamonds I wear in my first two holes- I think the trick to not losing them is snug, secure backs. (One pair is 10 years old, the other is 20…gotta love a classic!) Great review!

    • January 13, 2022 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks Carly! And yes, the backs make all the difference!

  8. Krista
    January 13, 2022 / 8:44 am

    I don’t know that I’m brave enough to do real diamond studs since I lose them all the time in my hair. But I’ve been eyeing a diamond pendant for ages. My biggest hang up is metal color. Yellow Gold or White Gold? Been struggling with this one since I let my gray come in.

    • January 13, 2022 / 9:53 am

      I think what’s great is there are so many new types of backs for earrings. Screw styles stay put even with hair, and have worked for me even when swimming, etc. As for color I agree it’s tough! I liked the white gold because it’s sort of like no metal, just the diamond shows. But gold is classic!

  9. Kathy
    January 13, 2022 / 8:35 am

    Thank you for sharing information about James Allen jewelry. The photos of you in this post are beautiful and your makeup is perfect! Just had to mention it! Enjoy your day!

  10. Kate
    January 13, 2022 / 8:26 am

    Ruth, I was thinking the same thing!

  11. Ruth Slavid
    January 13, 2022 / 6:16 am

    Goodness you are brave. I applaud you wanting pieces you will keep, but tiny stud earrings with real diamonds? I have lost so many earrings, that I really wouldn’t dare.

    • January 13, 2022 / 9:54 am

      Check out the new backs they have for diamond earrings. The pair James Allen sent me have a classic back but a divot in the post where it wasn’t easy to get the back off. Also they have screw-on backs and permabacks where the earrings stay put without some manual labor!

      • Meredith
        January 13, 2022 / 11:37 pm

        Those diamonds really do look good with denim or cashmere. Be sure and frame those photos, you look wonderful! I did not know there was jewelry insurance either.

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