Monthly Archives: June 2013

HOW TO VALUE A CARAT

how to value a caratA carat is the unit of measurement used to specifically describe the weight of diamonds. A carat diamond is a diamond whose weight is approximately 200 milligrams. The carat weight is divided into points, so one carat is 100 points (or 1.00). Just because a diamond is larger does not mean that it has a higher carat weight. Some diamonds are cut in a way that may hide the true weight of the diamond.

The carat is one of the 4 Cs, a global diamond language created by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), used for grading diamonds. The other Cs are cut, clarity and color. The value of a diamond is determined by the combination of these four characteristics, not solely on the carat weight alone. It is difficult to assign a value to a single carat based on weight, as the estimation could be significantly higher or lower than the actual value once all four elements are explored, but according to the GIA, larger diamonds of the same quality are worth more per carat.

Cut refers to the polish, proportions and symmetry of a diamond. Popular cuts include Round Brilliant, Oval, Marquise, Princess, Emerald, Pear Shaped, Heart Shaped, Trilliant, Radiant and Cushion. Based on cut alone, Round Brilliant cut diamonds are generally more expensive than other cuts.

Color refers to the tint that may be present in a diamond. While most diamonds have some coloring, less visible color generally means that the diamond is more valuable. Upon inspection, experts can assign a color grade to the diamond as follows: Colorless diamonds are assigned a D, E or F grade. Near colorless diamonds receive a grade of G, H, I or J. Faint yellow diamonds are assigned K, L or M.  Grading of N-Z  are very light yellow. Yellow diamonds are graded as Fancy. For diamond engagement rings, the less color the better, but in other cases, colored diamonds are quite valuable. Rarer colors are worth more, with red being the rarest and most valuable.

Clarity refers to the presence or visibility of inclusions, or flaws, in a diamond. Generally speaking, less inclusions in a diamond translates into a more valuable diamond. However, most diamonds have natural internal inclusions. Flawless diamonds are considered rare, and so their value is significantly higher. The grading for clarity is as follows: Flawless/IF, Very, Very Slightly Included (VVSI1 and VVSI2), Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2), Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2), and Included (I1, I2 and I3). Diamonds with an SI, VSI and VVSI grading may contain internal flaws, but they are not visible to the naked eye. Diamonds with an I grading may have visible inclusions.

At Dara’s Diamonds we offer a huge selection of diamond rings with high quality natural diamonds that are inspected thoroughly by experts. We guarantee that you’ll love our diamonds! Log on today to view our fantastic selection of gorgeous, elegant diamond rings and find the perfect fit for the one you adore.

HOW TO DRESS UP CHEAP DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS

diamond stud earringsNo jewelry collection is complete without at least one pair of cheap diamond stud earrings. They are so versatile that they can be worn with virtually any article of clothing. You can be dressed up or dressed down, casual or formal, simple or fancy – these sparkling beauties will make a statement whatever the occasion.

The secret of cheap diamond stud earrings is in the simplicity. The simplicity of this jewelry is what makes them as versatile they are.  Diamond stud earrings draw just the right amount of attention to the ear, while complimenting anything you decide to put on. They are simple enough to be understatement, yet elegant enough to do the dressing up.

Try a pair on with that little black dress for a night out on the town or get dressed for a more formal event in a long evening gown, bracelet, and matching pendant. Smaller studs go great with a breezy summer dress and a pair of strappy sandals. Larger cheap diamond stud earrings are appropriate for a more elaborate ensemble.

There are many styles of diamond stud earrings to choose from. Round studs are the most basic while teardrop-shaped diamond earrings add a bit of glamour and nostalgia to your outfit. The asscher cut is shaped much like the emerald cut diamond –both are stepped squares. The asscher cut rose to popularity just recently, as stars like Kate Hudson began wearing this type of jewelry. Many like it because of its bright, clean lines and straightforward style.

One of the older, more antique styles of cheap diamond stud earrings is the cushion-cut diamond. Reminiscent of the 19th and 20th centuries, the cushion was also referred to as the candlelight cut. These earrings earned their name because of the sparkle they exude, even with in the absence of electricity. Try a more vintage look and mix it up with more contemporary clothing for a nice synthesis of old and new.

One of the best things about owning a pair of cheap diamond stud earrings is that they actually leave room for you to decide upon the look you want to achieve. Matched with the right outfit, a set of cheap diamond stud earrings can undoubtedly offer show-stopping looks and a twinge of glamour and elegance all at a price that you can afford.

About Dara’s Diamond’s

Dara’s Diamonds was founded in 1994 on the premise that a commitment to design speaks for itself. Our dedication to our clientele has not changed over the years; in fact, it has grown in ways that are matched only by the unparalleled brilliance of our collection.

HOW TO ACCESSORIZE DIAMOND HOOP EARRINGS

how to accessorize diamond hoopDiamond hoop earrings fit perfectly into any ensemble from blue jeans to black tie. Because diamond hoop earrings come in so many different shapes and styles, the best way to accessorize is to start with the earrings and build the rest of the outfit around them.

Petite hoops with small diamonds can be paired with anything. Business attire, cocktail dresses and jeans will all look stylish and elegant with simple, classic diamond hoops and can be paired with low-profile necklaces or bracelets. Larger, more dramatic hoops are your statement pieces. Dress up dark jeans and a blouse for an evening on the town or pair them with modern prints for a fun and flashy look.

Hoops with colored diamonds can be paired with outfits of all styles; just be sure that the colors in the diamonds match or complement the colors in the outfit. Pair your favorite diamond hoops with chunky sweaters or sporty tank tops to add a touch of elegance and sophistication. You can even transform your look from daytime business casualwear to a sexy evening-out ensemble by wearing a camisole under a blazer with classic petite hoops by day, then slip out of the blazer at night and swap your simple pair of hoops for a more dramatic, modern pair of color-coordinated diamond hoops.

Consider the setting of your diamond hoops when accessorizing as well. Settings made of yellow gold and rose gold pair well with fall colors like browns, deep greens and orange. Silver, platinum and white gold settings are more suitable for blues, grays, black and pink.

Diamond hoop earrings are a great gift for any woman for any special occasion because, well, who doesn’t love diamonds? They are also timeless pieces that can be part of a jewelry collection for years to come that will dress up any outfit. Even jeans and a t-shirt look fresh and elegant when paired with a beautiful, sparkling pair of diamond hoop earrings.

Dara’s Diamonds offers a wide selection of diamonds to add to your jewelry collection. Our affordable prices are well below regular retail prices and we regularly offer additional discounts and rebates. In addition to low prices, we offer excellent customer service and reliable return and exchange policies. All of our fine jewelry can be returned in its original condition within 30 days; some restocking fees may apply.  And our lifetime exchange policy allows you to upgrade your diamonds at any time in the future with proof of purchase. All of our high-quality natural diamonds are checked for authenticity by experts using cutting edge technology. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Call Dara’s Diamonds at 1-888-764-DARA (3272).

Log on to Dara’s Diamonds today to find fabulous diamonds to coordinate with your favorite outfits.

HISTORY’S MOST COVETED DIAMOND EARRINGS FOR WOMEN

blue diamond stud earringsFancy vivid blue diamonds are some of the rarest and most coveted diamonds in the world. One stone in about ten million has the color that rates this particular designation, and it is remarkably unique unto itself. Because these stones are so hard to find, it only makes sense that blue diamonds comprise history’s most coveted diamond earrings for women.

Although the growth of blue diamonds has increased greatly over the past several years, they remain a vey highly prized stone.  Many pay top dollar for such diamonds, as prices for this precious stone easily reach the millions. The blue diamond is often sold at about ten times the amount of a white diamond. On the market, these rare gems are worth their weight in gold, as many investors and celebrities are willing to invest exorbitant amounts of money to obtain blue diamond earrings for women.

One of the most unique and popular fancy blue diamonds is the Hope Diamond. This steel blue beauty is an amazing 45.52 carats, originally cut from a 112-carat rough diamond in India; it is currently being displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.

In their purest form, diamonds are colorless, but when impurities are present, the diamond takes on a different hue. In blue diamonds, the absence of boron in the structure of the gem causes an otherwise colorless stone to appear blue.

There are various shades of blue diamonds, and the amount of boron present in each dictates the darkness or lightness of the color. The more boron present, the darker the color of the gem. As a result, blue diamonds are found in tones that range from very light blue to the darkest shade of blue found in a stone.

Generally speaking, the purity of a stone determines its value and price. The purer the diamond, the more expensive it is. However, in blue diamonds, its impurity imparts a bluish tone. Because blue diamonds are rarer than white diamonds, the price of the diamond increases greatly.

Because of their scarcity, jewelers have created a permanent process to enhance the hue of the blue diamond. Natural mined diamonds are irradiated to increase their fancy blue color. Usually detected as a surface enhancement, blue diamonds sold to the public appear differently under a spectroscope than their very rare counterparts. Their brilliance and sparkle unlike any other. Enhanced blue diamonds earrings for women shimmer and memorize. They make the perfect gift for the woman who has everything.

About Dara’s Diamonds

Dara’s Diamonds is diamond ring and fine jeweler manufacturer. Successfully servicing clients since 1994, Dara’s Diamonds has remained committed to designing and creating the finest luxury jewelry on the market today. Whether you seek a stone for an anniversary, engagement of any other special event, you’ll discover the unmistakable excellence and authenticity that sets Dara’s Diamonds apart from the rest.

DIFFERENT STYLES OF PLATINUM DIAMOND STUD PRINCESS CUT EARRINGS

different styles of platinum diamond studsAt Dara’s Diamonds you’ll find a wide selection of elegant and timeless platinum diamond stud princess cut earrings. Princess cut diamonds are cut similarly to the round brilliant diamonds, to bring out the beauty and maximum sparkle but in a classic yet dramatic square cut. Princess cut diamond studs are the perfect gift for a birthday or anniversary.

At Dara’s Diamonds, we offer platinum diamond stud princess cut earrings from .25 carat all the way to 2.75 carats. Our diamond stud earrings can find a way to fit into any budget with this range of sizes, combined with a variety of color and clarity combinations. We set our studs in four pronged settings to protect the vulnerable corners from chipping, while allowing the beauty of the gem to speak for itself in this minimalist setting.

If you are looking to purchase a pair of diamond stud princess cut earrings of the highest quality, we suggest looking for a pair with a cut rated Very Good, a G color rating and VS2 clarity. You can still get a brilliant sparkle and overall beautiful gem with a Good cut, I color rating and SI2 clarity. Remember that no two diamonds are alike and the reflective properties will vary from stone to stone. Many gems with lower ratings are still fiery and eye catching. Compare a few stones from different classes and, to the untrained eye, there will be very little noticeable difference.

Some retailers offer princess cut diamond stud earrings in white gold, yellow gold and rose gold settings in addition to platinum. We believe that the platinum setting is by far the best, as the brilliance, clarity and depth of the gem really stand out in platinum. Other colored settings can hide the true beauty of the gem and make it appear tinted or yellow.

Ask to see a few different carat sizes of diamond studs earrings when you are shopping. Consider the ears that will display the studs and the frequency in which the studs will be worn. If you would like to purchase a pair for daily wear, .50 to 1 carat are generally good choices. For less frequent wear, you can compare gems up to 2.75 carats at Dara’s Diamonds. But remember, diamonds are a girl’s best friend and bigger is always better!

At Dara’s Diamonds you can find platinum diamond stud princess cut earrings in almost any weight, clarity and color combination. Visit Dara’s Diamonds online to see out selection of stud earrings and find exactly what you are searching for. You’ll also see that we offer the same quality earrings for over 60% less than standard retail prices. Not only do we offer the best, but we offer the best prices as well. We also offer free repairs for the lifetime of the earrings and free annual maintenance and cleaning.

Shop Dara’s Diamonds today to find the perfect platinum diamond stud princess cut earrings for the most beautiful woman in your life.

CHEAP 3 CARAT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS THAT LOOK PRICELESS

3 carat diamond engagement ringWhen looking for cheap 3-carat diamond engagement rings, you’ll be quite surprised to know that you can find the perfect ring that will not only express your love and commitment to that special someone, but also provide the brilliance and excellence you expect from a diamond ring.

It’s hard to imagine a 3-carat diamond engagement ring being anything less than expensive. Surprisingly, you can find some of the best deals on diamond engagement rings with a little research and a keen eye.

A direct jewelry manufacturer that offers manufacturer prices can save you money because their merchandise is sold in large quantities. The jeweler is able to offer discounted prices on some of the more sophisticated merchandise because of lower internal costs.

You can find a large collection of rings in different sizes, and stones of all shapes and styles. From emerald to round and from square cut to pear-shaped, the possibilities of finding the ring that speaks most to your love interest are endless.

When you find jewelry that makes cheap 3-carat diamond engagement rings look priceless, you’ll also find the latest styles. Older ring styles are phased out in order to make way for new merchandise. Best of all, you no longer have to wonder if the ring you choose is less than perfect, because a wide selection rings is available and sold at special discounted prices.

With the popularity of round diamonds comes premium pricing. You can find a cheap 3-carat diamond engagement ring by opting for a less popular shape, like an oval, heart or marquise. Fancy shapes often look larger than round diamonds of the same weight because they have a greater surface area.

Under certain lights, fluorescent stones may appear to have a milky-bluish hue, which detracts from its clarity. This slight imperfection can actually lower the price of your diamond engagement ring, while offering the same elegance as a ring with greater clarity.

Trademark cuts are made to diamond engagement rings by brands like Tiffany & Co. or “Leo” in order to maximize the fire and brilliance of a stone. You may pay extra for the name but the quality of the ring can be just as desirable.

With careful planning and a little footwork, you can find a cheap 3-carat diamond engagement ring that looks priceless, while expressing sentiments of romance and adulation at the same time.

About Dara’s Diamonds:

Our diamonds are fashioned and handcrafted exclusively by our highly skilled designers, and we place special emphasis on each of our pieces. What’s more, our dedication to customer service is evident by the satisfaction of our clientele. When choosing Dara’s Diamonds, you get exactly what you need to make an impression that lasts.

THE SIMPLICITY OF SOLITAIRE RINGS

The simplicityThere’s a sort of philosophy that applies to life, as well as design, that says that sometimes the simplest way is the best way. Yes, some complicated designs can be incredibly beautiful, but a design that expresses elegance in the simplest way is one that will truly capture the heart and imagination.

There’s a wide range of beautiful jewelry appropriate for engagements, birthday gifts, or simply as a way of saying “I love you,” – yet the elegant simplicity of solitaire rings has a truly timeless appeal.

What is a Solitaire Ring? 

The classic solitaire ring features a sleek, simple band of gold, highlighting a large gem set in four prongs. This classic style beautifully shows off a gem with all its brilliance and sparkle. The solitaire style is striking in its simplicity and in the way it absorbs light to show off the fire in a finely cut diamond. Stunning, yes, yet it’s also a fine example of the unique power of simplicity in design. Now, let’s take a look at the many variations on this simple design that make for truly beautiful jewelry.

Simple yet Versatile 

Within the basic idea of solitaire rings there are many possible design varieties. The possibilities are enormous, which is one reason why these rings have a unique place as a much-favored choice of engagement ring. The pure elegance of the solitaire style has huge appeal on its own, but the variations on this design theme are huge.

Gems can be featured in the solitaire style ring in a range of cuts including the Princess, Pear and Marquise. The cut chosen will depend on personal taste. There are also huge variations in carats, gem color and whether the settings are in yellow or white gold, or gleaming platinum. Dara’s Diamonds offers a huge range of choices in these beautiful rings, with over 900 styles to choose from. Obviously, even the most selective fiancée will be able to find the just right engagement ring with choices like these.

Variations on a Beautiful Theme  

Let’s take a look at some of the most elegant yet simple styles in solitaire rings. A round cut diamond set in a solitaire ring is the essence of simplicity. Smooth yet incredibly elegant, this style draws focus right to the diamond’s fire, for an image that’s utterly beautiful while also incredibly understated.

The Pear Cut diamond has a regal appeal that offers a different kind of beauty. This cut, when set in a solitaire design, has an impact that goes far beyond the simplicity of its setting. The Marquise Cut is another beautiful variation that has an exquisite feel that’s also rather regal. This style is gorgeous on its own or when shown off in a stack of rings. Finally, the Princess Cut is another lovely variation that shows off the diamond’s fire. This diamond cut has a wonderful symmetry when seen in a four prong setting, and shows off the loveliness of a woman’s hand beautifully.

Solitaire rings have a timeless appeal that accounts for their ongoing popularity. Whether the ring of choice is in a Round, Princess, Marquise or Pear cut, the simple beauty of this ring style makes it an always perfect choice.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of choosing a glittering solitaire ring for a very special person, check out the incredible variety of styles today at www.Darasdiamonds.com.

THE PERFECT OCCASIONS FOR GOLD DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS

the perfect occasion forThere are some simple statements in jewelry that speak volumes. Diamond stud earrings are one example of a simple piece of jewelry that can transform an everyday look into something quite elegant, or a dressy look into something really extraordinary. Gold diamond stud earrings are an always-classic choice in jewelry because the very simplicity of the design lends itself to a look that is as understated as it is elegant—and that’s a look that just can’t miss. From major occasions like weddings or anniversaries, to more everyday events like a lunch with friends or a movie out, the simple beauty of diamond stud earrings is always appropriate and always in style. The versatility of these earrings gives them a quality that’s worth more than their weight in gold—and diamonds!

Variety and Simplicity 

Some of the most fashionable women in the world favor the simple elegance of gold diamond stud earrings. Why? These earrings combine the complex brilliance of diamonds with the timeless shimmer of gold, for a look that’s gorgeous as can be. Yet the compact design of the stud style brings all this beauty into a piece that’s never overdone and never overstated. The effect is simply elegant.

Celebrities like Kate Middleton favor this earring style, in looks similar to the Princess Cut diamond stud earrings carried by Dara’s Diamonds. The royal Duchess is obviously someone who knows how to dress well for a variety of special occasions, from state dinners to charity events to garden parties. Her impeccable taste in jewelry is unquestionable, and her affection for earrings in styles that run from simple to simply elegant underlines her classic taste even more.

Everyday Diamonds 

Though diamonds don’t really seem like everyday fashion, there’s something very glamorous about the notion of wearing “everyday diamonds.” Though diamond jewelry is often saved for special events that call for an extra level of formal wear, like a regal dinner or an anniversary party, the truth is that simple and understated pieces like gold diamond stud earrings are really appropriate for everything from a formalwear event to an afternoon party with good friends. Yes, this very wearable style can add extra shimmer to an evening gown worn with a diamond pendant and bracelets, or it can be the extra sparkle on an everyday outfit of a classic white linen shirt, jeans and pumps.

However they’re worn, these earrings add an extra touch of elegance that’s always simply dazzling. For a woman who really values adding a touch of sparkle and glamour to even an ‘everyday’ outfit, beautiful diamond stud earrings, in timeless classic gold or white gold, are an always appropriate and dazzling addition. Dress them up or dress them down, these earrings are the always right choice for a woman of true taste and style.

If you love the dazzling appeal of sparkling gold diamond stud earrings, check out the selection of beautiful pieces in a variety of styles today, only at Dara’s Diamonds.

SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RINGS: ROUND CUT VS. PRINCESS CUT

SolitaireRingsWhile there are several different styles of solitaire engagement rings—including marquise, cushion, and pear—there are two types that tend to capture the eyes and hearts of lovers everywhere: the round cut and the princess cut. These two diamond cuts are among our best sellers, yet they are unique from another and appeal to different personalities. Consider the following information to help you decide on a solitaire engagement ring, when you’re wrestling with the classic dilemma of round cut vs. princess cut.

Round Cut

Nearly one hundred years ago, a Russian mathematician and diamond heir Marcel Tolkowsky set out to calculate the exact number of cuts to create the perfect diamond.  His findings led to the conception of the round cut diamond. The round cut—sometimes referred to as a brilliant cut—is the most popular type of diamond cut available. The round cut diamond is designed in a shape similar to that of a cone, which allows for maximum light to enter through the bottom and be reflected through the top. This gives the diamond that beautiful flash and sparkle as it’s worn on the bride-to-be’s finger.

Here at Dara’s Diamonds, we offer a large selection of round cut solitaire engagement rings. You may be interested in this 1.50 ct. D-I1 round cut solitaire engagement ring.  This elegantly designed ring showcases the beautiful round cut diamond in a prong set.  You can choose between a 14k white gold, 14k yellow gold, or platinum band, all of which are sure to leave a lasting impression on whoever is lucky enough to have it placed on their finger.

Princess Cut

Often regarded as the second-most popular type of diamond cut after the round cut, the princess cut is relatively new in the grand scheme of diamond engagement rings.  Created during the 1960s, this style of diamond has gained recognition for being an alternative to the round cut.  It is similarly shaped like a cone, but instead of a round top, it has a unique square look.  The cone shape allows for a stunning and striking sparkle that is perfectly suited for any bride who deserves to be called princess.

If you’re looking to purchase a princess cut engagement ring, then Dara’s Diamonds is the right place for you.  For instance, you should check out this expertly crafted 1.75 ct. D-I2 princess cut diamond engagement ring.  Set in prongs and available in our white gold, yellow gold, and platinum band, this ring is the perfect way to show your dedication to your spouse-to-be.

In the discussion between round cut vs. diamond cut solitaire engagement rings, you should know that you can’t go wrong with either choice. Both diamonds are beautiful and will sparkle on any finger they are placed upon. And when you order from Dara’s Diamonds, you know that your diamond will be of the highest quality and is backed up by a lifetime warranty.  Browse our wide selection of solitaire engagement rings and find the perfect one for you today!

RISKS OF RESETTING PRINCESS CUT DIAMOND RINGS

RiskResetYou’ve had your princess cut diamond ring for some time now, and as much as you love it, you’ve decided that it is time to upgrade the setting. While this is a perfectly normal and common decision, you need to be aware that there are some risks associated with this process. Fully understanding the risks of resetting princess cut diamond rings is the first step to preventing any issues, so here are a few points to help you be completely informed if you decide to reset your diamond.

Damaged Diamond

While diamonds are one of the strongest natural substances that we know of, it is possible for them to become damaged in a variety of ways. If your original princess cut diamond ring came preset with a diamond, upon resetting you may notice inclusions or blemishes—such as clouds, knots, chips, or scratches. Sometimes a jeweler will take a damaged diamond and carefully craft the setting to hide the flaws, thus when the diamond is removed, these imperfections are all too clear. If your diamond has a priceless emotional value attached to it, you may want to find a new setting that can mask these inclusions in similar fashion to your original setting.

New Technologies

Diamond rings have been a popular symbol of love and marriage for many centuries. But as our world has advanced from a technological standpoint, naturally so have the processes and applications for the cutting, shaping, and setting of diamonds. Be sure to inform your jeweler if your princess-cut diamond is from a past generation, so he or she can prepare for any special treatments that may be necessary. Also, the jeweler may be able to explain any other inherent risks that come from resetting an older diamond.

Diamond Theft

If you’re using a reputable jeweler that you trust, then this is probably something you don’t have to worry about, but it’s still important to mention. When you turn your diamond over to another person to perform a resetting, they have the ability to switch the diamond for one of less value, or worse, a fake. Again, this event is rare, but just be sure to use a highly regarded jeweler—one that you’ve worked with before, if at all possible—and you should be safe.

Ultimately, the key to minimizing the risks of resetting princess cut diamond rings is to communicate with a trusted jeweler. Resetting is a common practice, and a jeweler should be well-versed in what options are available to you and what the inherent risks may be. Know that there is no fail-proof method for resetting a diamond, but if you are patient and open to different ideas, you’ll be able to create the perfect setting for your new, upgraded ring.

If you have any questions about resetting, don’t hesitate to ask us. Be sure to browse our wide selection of princess-cut diamond ring settings and find the one for you!