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accessorize boldlyThere are times in life when it pays to be bold, and when it comes to accessorizing, boldness is a virtue. Yes, creating a bold image can pay off beautifully, yet there’s an art to creating a presence that’s all about combining the right accessories for an elegant fashion statement. Accessorizing with beautiful jewelry, like 2 carat diamond stud earrings, for example, is the key to putting together a look that’s bold and jazzy, yet also coordinated with a certain air of elegance. Let’s talk about some ideas for getting there, and creating an image that has real impact.

Simply Elegant Accessorizing

There’s an old story about Marilyn Monroe that illuminates her unique understanding of beauty and using accessories for real impact. Marilyn told a friend that when she was dressing for a major evening out, she’d put on her evening gown and jewels and then stand in front of a full length mirror, and then turn around quickly and take a look at what first caught her eye. Any extraneous jewelry that caught her attention had to go—she only kept on the key pieces that really drew attention to her, highlighting her face and figure.

Certainly, this story shows the essence of using jewelry as an accessory. The important thing is to choose beautiful pieces that are simple and elegant, and those which draw attention to the person wearing them. That’s why beautifully designed 2-carat diamond stud earrings are such a great way to accessorize. The simplicity of these earrings adds glitter and dazzle to the woman—or man—who wears them, while also playing up the elegance of their hairstyle and whatever outfit they’re wearing.


Keeping it Simple

2 carat diamond stud earrings should be in every stylish woman’s jewelry box. The simple elegance of these earrings can dress up a simple ensemble, making even a linen suit or simple sheath dress a vision of understated glamour. Simply add some gorgeous pumps, a glittering bracelet and a coordinated handbag to complete the picture.

For a dressier occasion, like a formal dinner or an event that calls for “pull out all the stops” glamour, why not accessorize with 2-carat diamond stud earrings? Women going for a dressy evening look can go for an image of sheer elegance by wearing an evening gown with simple, yet simply beautiful choices in jewelry. You can choose diamond stud earrings and a diamond pendant necklace and a sleek chain bracelet for a glittering and glamorous feel. For a bolder look, you can choose a necklace with larger gems in a chunkier style. For even more impact, wear evening gloves with a sparkling diamond or cubic zirconium bracelet worn over the gloves. This is a classic Hollywood style that still carries a lot of impact, so why not be bold and boldly beautiful?

Men are making bold choices in jewelry these days too, by wearing earrings that add a touch of exotic glamour to dressy or casual ensembles. Two-carat diamond earrings are a great choice for a man who likes to play up his masculinity with a touch of bold elegance that’s strong while also understated.

If you’re interested in exploring bold choices in accessories, take a look at the incredible jewelry offered now at


historyofroundengagementringstolkoswkiThe engagement ring is a jewelry piece of tremendous cultural importance. The idea of rings as a symbol of betrothal goes back centuries, though most spousal bands were plain or contained other gemstones. The first recorded account of a diamond engagement ring comes from 1477 when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria became engaged to Mary of Burgundy. As better techniques for cutting diamonds and more diamond sources were discovered, the tradition gradually grew in popularity.

By the end of the 19th century, engagement rings were very typical although many still contained gemstones other than diamond. The diamond ring became the standard for engagements in the mid-20th century when De Beers Jewelry ran the now famous ad campaign with the tagline, “Diamonds are forever.” This campaign coincided with an increased supply in the diamond market, which was quickly matched by an increase in demand as the majority of couples began to use diamond rings in their engagements.

The round cut engagement ring emerged as the most popular style of diamond ring in no small part due to the work of a man named Marcel Tolkowsky. Tolkowsky was a member of a family of diamond cutters, and in his engineering PhD thesis from 1919, he published a set of mathematical guidelines for cutting diamonds to maximize their brilliance. The round cut that results from these guidelines is variously known as the ideal cut, the Tolkowsky cut, and the round brilliant cut. Whatever you call it, however, its popularity is unmatched when it comes to engagement rings.

The round brilliant cut uses 58 facets to bring out the inner fire of the diamond by reflecting the maximum amount of light possible. After Tolkowsky’s thesis was published, his cut quickly became the benchmark for how diamonds should be cut. The round cut engagement ring has been the single most popular style of engagement ring ever since. Celebrities who have chosen a round cut engagement ring include Natalie Portman, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Adams, and Gisele.

If you are hunting for a round cut engagement ring, Dara’s Diamond’s offers a number of options at unbelievable prices. This stunning and simple solitaire 0.25 carat round cut engagement ring is just $184.99, while a larger 2.0 carat round cut solitaire is $2019.99. You can also get a round cut engagement ring with multiple stones, like this 1.0 carat classic round cut basket for $644.99.

Each ring can be ordered prong set in your choice of band, whether you prefer white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. Every Dara’s Diamond purchase comes with a third party appraisal of the piece’s retail value, a beautiful jewelry gift box, a lifetime exchange and warranty policy, and a generous return period. Dara’s works directly with suppliers to save money and passes the savings onto you. All of our diamonds are natural, unenhanced, and conflict-free. Shop the full Dara’s collection for engagement rings, diamond earrings, pendants, and more.


fake2ctdiamondIn the world of budget engagement ring shopping, you have to be vigilant. It’s completely possible to score a stunning ring at an affordable price, but you may have wade through a few fakes and phonies to get there. Consequently, the most important part of budget diamond ring shopping is educating yourself about diamonds before you start. If you do your homework, you’ll be able tell the difference between a real diamond and an imposter like cubic zirconia. Here are some tips for spotting a fake 2 ct diamond ring:

Do the Breath Test

If you suspect a 2 ct. diamond ring of being a fake, the breath test is one of the easiest ways to start figuring out the truth. To do the breath test, breathe hot air all over the 2 ct diamond until it becomes completely foggy. If the fog clears up right away, it’s a true diamond. A fake will stay cloudy for about 10 seconds.

Check for Transparency

Hold the diamond against a newspaper so that the flat side is facing. If you can read the print through the diamond, it’s a fake. A real diamond refracts light, which would obscure the text. This test is easier to do if your 2 ct diamond isn’t in a ring setting yet.

Carefully Look Inside the Stone

Looking deep into a 2 ct. diamond is a good way to gather some information that will help you determine if it is real or fake. The first thing you should look for is whether the diamond seems perfectly formed. No natural diamond is completely free of flaws, so if your 2 ct diamond ring seems totally perfect, the diamond was probably grown in a lab. Other things to look for inside the stone are the powerful interior “fire” of refracted light and grey colors in the refracted light when you hold it up to a light source. These are both signs of a genuine diamond.

Do the Scratch Test

If you’ve been to elementary school, you probably know that diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth. This means that it can scratch anything. If your 2 ct diamond ring can’t scratch glass, that’s a good sign that it’s a fake.

The most accurate way to have a diamond’s authenticity proven is to have it appraised. You can also avoid problems by dealing only with highly trusted diamond retailers. At Dara’s Diamonds, every diamond comes with an appraisal from a third party jeweler and a generous return policy to give you peace of mind about your diamond purchase. We also work to make sure that our diamond sources follow United Nations regulations and are conflict-free.

Dara’s Diamonds eliminates the middleman to bring you the best possible prices on diamond jewelry. If you can find a better price, we will match it. Shop Dara’s Diamonds for affordable diamonds that don’t compromise quality.


diamond 2 ct 2012To an extent, there are no true trends when it comes to diamond rings. While new designs pop up, the classics simply never go out of style. And in 2012, the new engagement ring trends definitely headed in the direction of classic and vintage looks, reflecting the timelessness of this treasured piece of jewelry. Ornate settings recalling Art Deco design or Victorian embellishment, the antique-looking halo design, and the emerald cut style all surged in popularity. Here’s an overview of the most popular diamond 2 carat rings of 2012.

The classic prong set solitaire with a big rock is a popular style every year, but was particularly on trend in 2012. These traditional engagement rings usually feature a princess or round cut diamond set into a simple and elegant band by four or six prongs. The solitaire setting is notable because it allows the most light possible into the diamond for maximum sparkle. This diamond 2 carat princess solitaire engagement ring has four prongs on a band that is your choice of 14k white gold, 14k yellow gold, or platinum. Twists on the solitaire were also popular in 2012, with many couples opting for a solitaire style on a band featuring path diamonds.

In fact, creative band design was all the rage in 2012, with many of the most popular rings using band embellishments instead of extra diamonds for unique design. Twisted bands with intricate settings were very popular. Split shanks, which highlight the diamond with a band that is split into two pieces at the side of the stone, were another popular band trend. Art Deco and Victorian style engravings were other popular ways to add detail to a diamond 2-carat ring.

Also taking a cue from Art Deco style, the popularity of the halo engagement ring design was probably 2012s biggest diamond ring trend. In a halo ring, the central diamond is surrounded by a ring of tiny diamonds, creating the halo effect of the design’s name. Double halo rings feature two rows around the focal diamond. Many of the most popular halo diamonds featured path diamonds on the band as well.

Not every trend in popular diamond rings was a style choice, however. In 2012, conflict-free diamonds truly became a priority for engagement ring shoppers, no matter what style they were working with. Dara’s Diamonds carefully works to ensure that our suppliers are following United Nations regulations for legitimate diamond sourcing.

Each of these styles becomes more beautiful and glamorous with more diamonds. A diamond 2-carat ring is the best way to realize the beauty of a diamond ring, but this weight is too pricey for some people. At Dara’s Diamonds, we’re proud to bring you the best prices on diamond 2-carat rings and beyond. Because we work directly with conflict-free diamond mines, cutters and suppliers overseas, we are able to avoid the costs of importers and distributors and pass the savings on to you. Shop our full selection to find diamond 2-carat rings at almost 70 percent off.


cheap gold ringsTraditionally, they say you should spend three months’ salary when purchasing an engagement ring. Practically speaking, however, very few people actually have that much discretionary income to spend on a ring, and it’s not very romantic to finance a diamond ring purchase, join finances, and expect your wife-to-be to help pay it off. The truth most people don’t seem particularly inclined to talk about, however, is that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a stunning engagement ring. And you don’t need to settle for cubic zirconia either. These five cheap gold rings are elegant, classy, and completely wallet-friendly.

There is no engagement ring more classic and traditional than a gold band with a princess cut diamond. This 0.1 Ct. K-13 Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring brings that tradition to life at a price you won’t believe. It’s just $154.99, a price that just about anyone can manage. The sparkling diamond is prong set on a delicate band. This cheap gold ring is available in your choice of 14k white or yellow gold.

A round cut solitaire is another popular and elegant style to consider when shopping for cheap gold rings. Purchasing 0.10 Ct. F-I1 Round Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring for $179.99 is a very wallet-friendly way to propose with a classic. Your round cut diamond can be set on a 14k white or yellow gold band.

If you want a diamond with a more unique cut, consider this 0.10 Ct. F-I3 Pear Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, which is just $174.99. The teardrop shape really brings out the sparkle in the diamond and can provide an elegant slimming effect for the fingers. The pear shaped diamond is prong set in the band of your choice. If you want a gold ring in this style, you are able to choose between 14k white gold and 14k yellow gold.

If you’re on a budget it’s even possible to find cheap gold rings with multi-stone settings. Go for three times the sparkle with this exquisite 0.50 Ct. K-I3 Round Cut Classic Basket 3-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring. A trio of round cut diamonds are prong set in your choice of 14 white gold or 14k yellow gold. At $264.99, this ring packs a real style punch without taking out your bank account.

You can even get a multi-stone setting featuring the popular two-side diamond look. The 0.55 Ct. K-I3 Princess Cut 3-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with 2 Side Diamonds is a shocking $259.99. Three princess cut diamonds are prong set in the 14k white or yellow gold band with diamond accents on the side.

If you’re thinking on a budget, but cheap gold rings just aren’t your style, each of these ring designs is also available on a platinum band. Shop at Dara’s Diamonds for incredible rings and other jewelry at prices you won’t believe.


cheap diamond earringsIt’s cliché but it’s true–there’s nobody in the world more important to your life than your mom. And every year on Mother’s Day, you get the chance to let her know. If you’re on a budget, it’s often tough to find the perfect gift to show Mom just how much she means to you. However, if you are a savvy shopper, you can come with some truly incredible gifts that have much more value than the price you paid for them. For instance, diamond earrings might sound like they are out of your price range, but if you know where to look you can find cheap diamond earrings that are perfect for your mom or the mother of your children.

These 0.25 Ct. K-I3 Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings are just $119.99, a far cry from the typical price for diamond earrings. The princess-cut diamonds are prong set to catch the maximum amount of light in Mom’s ears. You can choose between three different metals for the setting–14k white gold, 14k yellow gold, and platinum. These 0.25 Ct. F-I3 Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings offer the same style with a completely colorless diamond for just a little bit more. They are priced at $144.99.

If you don’t want a princess cut look, Mom is sure to love a classic round cut, like these 0.25 Ct. G-I3 Round Cut Diamond Stud Earrings. At $134.99, these cheap diamond earrings offer a lot of elegant style at a low price. As with the princess cut studs, you can choose between a 14k white gold prong setting, a 14 yellow gold prong setting, and a platinum prong setting. For a round cut with greater clarity, try these 0.25 Ct. F-SI3 Round Cut Diamond Stud Earrings for $179.00.

Each of these pairs of diamond earrings is vastly cheaper than the four-to-five-hundred dollars you could expect to pay retail for a similar pair. Visit Dara’s Diamonds to find many other affordable diamond earrings just in time for Mother’s Day. If you need any help understanding the clarity, color, cut and carat ratings of our diamonds, visit our Diamond Guide for a quick primer. With any pair of beautiful cheap diamond earrings from Dara’s Diamonds, your mom will look like a million bucks, but you won’t have to spend that much to get her there.

In addition to high quality diamond earrings, Dara’s also sells stunning diamond rings and diamond pendants, all at reduced prices you won’t believe. At Dara’s Diamonds we cut out the middlemen, working directly with our suppliers to provide natural, non-enhanced, conflict free diamonds. We pass the savings along to our customers. Every purchase made at Dara’s Diamonds includes a third-party appraisal, an elegant jewelry gift box, a lifetime warranty, and a generous return policy. Shop our full selection to find exquisite gifts for Mom or any other special lady in your life.