Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pear Diamond Ring, Why We Love it

The allure and fascination surrounding diamonds is almost universally felt; yet, there’s something particularly irresistible about pear cut diamonds, especially when they’re worn in a pear diamond ring. There’s an opulence to this kind of diamond ring that somehow transcends most other styles. Is it any wonder that some of the world’s most glamorous women like to play up their beauty and show off their taste with pear cut diamond accessories?

Jewelry gems on black background. Pear.A Dash of Hollywood Glitter and Glamour

There’s no question that a pear diamond ring is something to be treasured. This style of ring has been consistently commercially popular over the decades, regardless of changing styles and trends. The beauty of pear cut diamonds has been celebrated in some of the most glamorous films in Hollywood history.

As Marilyn Monroe sang so memorably in her legendary appearance in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the cut of a diamond adds a great deal to its luster and glamour. After all, “square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks won’t lose their shape…”  Dripping in glittering pear cut diamond necklaces, bracelets and rings, Marilyn Monroe’s classic song forever tied her iconic fame to the ideals of eternity and beauty associated with diamonds.

The Taylor Burton Pear Diamond Ring

Hollywood had another legendary pear diamond ring: the 69-carat diamond ring Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor. Burton purchased the ring from Cartier the day after the jewelers acquired it at an auction for the princely sum of $1,050,000.  Liz wore the stunning ring at major Hollywood events and later donated it to help support a hospital in Botswana.

Let’s take a look at some current styles in pear cut diamonds, to see how these glittering gems can add extra glamour to your life.

Solitaire Pear Diamond Rings at Dara’s Diamonds

Dara’s Diamonds offers a line of beautiful pear cut jewelry, including the pear diamond ring featuring a .10-carat diamond in a Solitaire setting. This breathtaking ring comes in white or yellow 14k gold or platinum, making for an incredibly elegant engagement ring.

There’s no question this pear diamond ring is a stunner. It will look beautiful worn with the.10 carat Pear Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant and Necklace from Dara’s Diamonds. This necklace is available in 14 or 18k white or yellow gold and platinum, and comes in chain lengths ranging from 16 to 20 inches.

There’s not deny that this is a stunning piece; so why not do like Marilyn did, and adorn yourself with a gorgeous pear diamond ring? After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And when they’re pear cut diamonds, they’re friends for life.

How to Identify an Overpriced Cheap Three Stone Ring

diamond ringA Special Keepsake Piece of Jewelry

Because of its versatility, the three stone ring is a popular piece of jewelry. The ring is often given as a promise ring or presented as a gift for an anniversary. It is also a favorite selection for an engagement ring. So, regardless of your reason for wearing the ring, it will prove to be a special keepsake piece of jewelry.

At Dara’s Diamonds, we pride ourselves on offering rings that are both affordable and are extremely high quality. While all of our three stone rings feature high-grade diamonds and stones, there are plenty of overpriced cheap three stone rings on the market today. Therefore, you need to be on the lookout for these kinds of rings at other jewelry retailers.

Look at the Cut

So, how do you know if a three stone ring is a high-quality piece of jewelry or merely an overpriced cheap three stone ring? First, you have to look at the cut of the diamonds or gems in the jewelry. Make sure that the diamonds in the setting are rated from good to excellent. Beware of those retailers who can’t provide you with this information.

Check Out Each Diamond’s Color and Clarity

Another component to consider with respect to value is the color of the diamonds in the setting. A cheap three stone ring will often be denoted by diamonds with more yellowish hues. In addition, it may feature a number of irregularities. These irregularities, while not seen by the naked eye, can affect the rating for a diamond’s clarity. Therefore, many cheap three stone ring selections feature gems that rank low in this respect. This lower rating also affects the overall value of the ring.

Again, the deciding factor in choosing a ring are the cuts of the stones. Therefore, to avoid purchasing a cheap three stone ring, you need to carefully assess the cut and shape of the gems in the setting. The length-to-width ratios of the stones factor heavily into this equation. That’s because diamond makers work diligently to ensure that the diamonds they shape are symmetrically balanced. As a result, the light that is received and reflected by a diamond is an essential consideration. Because particular attention is paid to how a diamond reflects and deflects light, a cheap three stone ring will obviously lack the fire and brilliance of those rings whose value is higher.

Before you make any big diamond purchase, a good way to ensure the quality of the piece is that it has been rated by the Gemological Institute of America, or the GIA.

We Can Help You in Your Diamond Purchase

Fortunately, we at Dara’s Diamonds can authenticate your ring selection and provide you with the documentation that will support your ring’s ratings with respect to cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. You can buy a high-quality diamond at an affordable and reasonable price—visit www.DarasDiamonds.com today to shop our collections!

Choosing A Diamond Pendant

Gioiello in oro bianco con diamantiA well-chosen diamond pendant is an incredible asset to a woman’s overall look and style. Not only is it a glamorous addition to her wardrobe, a diamond pendant is also classic and versatile. Whether it’s an elegant evening gown or a crisp white blouse worn with jeans and high heeled sandals, this elegant piece is always the right choice.

Let’s take a look at what goes into choosing the right style of diamond pendant, and how it can be worn to best show off its luster.

Choices, Choices

Choosing the right diamond pendant involves considerations of personal taste and lifestyle. The right pendant should coordinate well with your wardrobe and be appropriate for the activities and occasions you often attend.

Color is also a consideration, as most pendants come in a choice of white or yellow gold or platinum. Though all these metals are beautiful, there may be times when a certain metal tone is more appropriate.

Take a look at your wardrobe and what’s in your jewelry box. Do pieces in yellow gold predominate, or are there more pieces in white gold, platinum and silver? Gold jewelry wears beautifully with warmer, darker skin tones, while white gold and platinum are gorgeous with cooler skin tones or fair skin. Still, it’s okay to play with different color choices depending on your mood, as well as the ensemble the pendant is being worn with. Ultimately, if the piece dazzles and plays off the cut and color of an outfit, it’s absolutely the right choice.

Choosing the Right Cut and Style

Dara’s Diamonds has an incredible selection of diamond pendants and necklaces in a variety of cuts and styles. These necklaces all feature shimmering diamonds that are expertly cut to show off their fire and clarity to maximum effect.

The .10 Carat Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant and Necklace is a gorgeous piece of jewelry that features a dazzling Princess cut diamond in a prong set in a choice of 14k white or yellow gold or platinum. The regal cut and setting make it a perfect choice for a scoop neckline dress or a silk blouse with a high collar. This necklace can be beautifully matched with a princess cut diamond ring for a look that will certainly turn heads.

The .10 Carat Round Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant and Necklace is a delicate piece ideal for a more feminine ensemble, perhaps in pink and lace. Even adorning a simple silk tee shirt, this necklace dazzles with sheer elegance. Add an extra bit of dazzle by accessorizing with stacked diamond and white gold rings or diamond bracelets to heighten this glamorous look.

Shop the Collections at Dara’s Diamonds

When it’s time to choose a necklace that shows you off at your finest, choose one of the diamond pendants from Dara’s Diamonds. These pendants are beautifully crafted in shimmering white or yellow gold, and set with delicately cut diamonds that shine with incredible clarity. Whether you choose a marquise-cut, round-cut, Princess or pear cut diamonds, we offer only the most high-end diamonds and jewelry in our collections.

Accessorizing With a Diamond Pendant Necklace

Silver heart pendant necklace, Isolated on whiteWhen we talk about accessories, we’re talking in rather general terms about adding something to increase the value or beauty of our overall look. An accessory might be a new silk designer handbag, pink leather gloves, a faux lizard skin hot pink clutch, or perhaps a dazzling diamond pendant necklace.

For the most part, accessories come and go with the tides of trend; however, a really gorgeous, beautifully cut and crafted diamond pendant necklace is the kind of piece that maintains enduring value. Beautiful diamond jewelry always makes for a gorgeous accent piece to whatever clothing or hairstyle a woman is wearing.

How should a woman accessorize with a diamond pendant necklace? There are a few factors to consider when accessorizing with a pendant, such as the diamond’s cut and the length and type of gold in the chain. Let’s explore a few ideas for wearing a diamond pendant necklace to optimal effect.

The Pendant as Plunging Neckline Accessory

Necklaces like the .10 Carat Pear Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant and Necklace is a piece that’s made to be worn with a plunging neckline. The shape of the pear cut diamond lends itself to this kind of neckline, making for a slightly risqué yet classy look. These necklaces come in lengths of 16, 18 or 20 inches. We recommend going with a longer length to highlight that “plunging” look.

Highlighting the Neck and Collarbone

A shorter style diamond pendant necklace is a beautiful accessory for showing off the area at the base of the neck, at the collarbone. This is a lovely way to accessorize with a pendant necklace, especially a Round Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant and Necklace. A round cut diamond is ideally worn in a shorter length, and it’s a style that will draw attention to a woman’s neck and face. This style is perfect for an evening out—it’s a truly elegant piece of jewelry.

Choosing the Right Colors

The other consideration when accessorizing with a diamond pendant necklace, beyond the type of diamond and its cut, is the type of metal setting. Many of the pendants at Dara’s Diamonds are crafted in yellow or white gold. Both colors are beautiful, but the choice of what color of metal to choose really comes down to skin color and the outfit you’re matching. Experiment with a few color combinations with white or yellow gold before deciding on a pendant to ensure you have the most flattering, dazzling look possible.

Shop Dara’s Diamonds

When it’s time to choose the right accessory, what’s important is to choose a piece that really adds to a woman’s overall style and beauty. Dara’s Diamonds has an extensive selection of high-end diamonds and jewelry to suit every woman.

Making Sure Your Round Diamond Pendant Shines

jewelry setA Versatile Piece of Jewelry

When you’re selecting a round diamond pendant, you have to consider the clarity, color, and carat size of the gem. A pendant of this style is probably one of the most versatile types of jewelry, as it can be paired with casual clothes as well as more formal fashions.

Pendants featured today come in traditional colorless styles as well as in such hues as pink, yellow, blue, and purple. You can even find some round diamond pendant offerings featured in black or red. The scarlet diamond can be quite valuable due to its rarirty.

The Color Rating System

When a solitaire or round diamond is graded for color, it’s measured on a rating scale that ranges from D to Z. Colorless diamonds are rated D to F, while diamonds with a tinge of a yellow hue are ranked from S to Z. Diamonds that are almost colorless are rated G to J.

A perfect round diamond pendant then is considered colorless. Because impurities in a diamond will shade the stone, only colorless diamonds, or those rated from D to F, are thought to be completely unblemished and therefore perfect. However, that doesn’t mean that a diamond tinged in yellow, blue, purple, or black is not valuable. Those imperfections can boost the worth of a diamond, especially if the color is not considered one that is worn that frequently.

The Carat Weight of the Stone

The carat weight for a round diamond or another type of cut stone also denotes the stone’s value too. The heavier the carat weight, the more expensive the gem. In addition, the carats of a diamond are denoted by points. For example, if a round diamond pendant is 200 points, it has a carat weight of 2 carats. Or, if its points are equal to 100, then the pendant’s weight is one carat. The more a diamond weighs, the better its brilliance and detailing. Therefore, a larger round diamond pendant will convey more shine than a lighter-weight diamond piece of jewelry.

Grading a Diamond: Why Cut is Important

A diamond that is precision-cut will display more luminosity or brilliance. The grader of a diamond then will look at the stone’s symmetry and sizing when rating the gem for its quality. When the facets of a diamond are in proportion, the diamond notably glistens and sparkles more. So, even if a round diamond ranks high with respect to its color, carat weight and clarity, it still won’t shine like it should if the cut is poor.

The round cut diamond pendant is a most popular style and complements round cut diamond engagement rings. Therefore, when you’re making your selection of a diamond jewelry, make sure the gemstone is precision-cut. That’s the most important factor in making sure your gem sparkles and stands out.

Contact Us with Your Questions

Look at all our diamond selections here on the Dara’s Jewelry platform and contact us with any questions you may have about. Our extensive selection features a huge variety of high-end diamonds and jewelry. Visit www.DarasDiamonds.com today!

Mens Rings | The Symbolic Meaning of Each Finger

It’s common knowledge that wearing a ring on the ring finger indicates that one is married or about to be married. That, in all likelihood, explains why the ring finger is called such, and why we don’t give much thought to the meaning behind wearing rings—especially mens rings—on other fingers.

If you’re a cerebral, sophisticated type of male, however, you may be interested in the ring-and-finger symbolism. Whether you’re aware of it or not, where you place your mens rings says something about your personality.

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Little Finger

Of all your fingers, the little finger is the most low-profile, and not just because of its size. It’s the finger that’s least likely to interfere with your hand movements, and it also has the least amount of superstitions attached to it.

That’s not to say that wearing mens rings on your little finger says little about you as well. According to palmistry experts, who take influence from the likes of Greek mythology and Chinese philosophy, this finger is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, intelligence, intuition and persuasion. If you have a flashy ring with a moonstone, citrine or amber, wear it on your little finger.

Middle Finger

If you say that you’re “giving someone the finger”, everyone knows which finger you’re talking about.

The middle finger isn’t completely deserving of its negative reputation, though. Many first-time ring wearers place their rings on this finger because it feels comfortable, balanced, and—dare we say it—manly. In fact, the middle finger is associated with Saturn, the planet of balance, justice and introspection.

Index Finger

Next to the thumb, the index finger is the most-used finger, and it’s therefore understandable why most people would rather not wear a ring here. Still, if you wish to display your class ring, fraternal ring, or any other ring of great significance to you, this finger is an appropriate place. Also, a ring worn on the index finger reinforces the planet Jupiter’s qualities of ambition, confidence, leadership and spirituality.

Thumb

Outside America, wearing a ring on the thumb is surprisingly common. If you wear mens rings on this finger, it’s a sign that you’re a man of great wealth and influence. Thus, thumb rings tend to have bold—but not loud—designs and thick bands to fit an equally thick finger.

The thumb is the only finger without a god/planet associated with it. However, in ancient times, it was used as a gauge of someone’s character. Straight thumbs indicated a strong personality, while crooked thumbs indicated an equally crooked person.

Ring Finger

According to ancient tradition, the left hand ring finger has a vein called the “Vena Amoris” (Vein of Love) directly connected to the heart, which is why married couples wear their wedding bands on this finger. Also, Apollo—the representation of creativity and beauty—is said to rule the ring finger. Though scientists have long disproven the existence of the Vein of Love, modern-day couples still believe in the power of wearing a wedding band on this finger.

Do you share these beliefs on mens rings? Whether your answer is a “Yes” or “No”, you can head over to Dara’s Diamonds for rings and other jewelry that match your needs. Just call us at 888-764-3272 or e-mail customerservice@darasdiamonds.com for more details!

Black Diamond Earrings for Men | Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Contrary to popular belief, earrings for men aren’t a recent invention. Archaeological evidence in the ancient city of Persepolis indicates that Persian soldiers wore earrings, as depicted in carved images on the city walls. Men’s earrings were also the rage among gentlemen and courtiers who lived during the English Renaissance, and, to this day, cultures around the world think nothing of a man with ear piercings.

In Western society, earrings are seen as more of a fashion statement than an indicator of social status. Black diamond earrings for men, in particular, exude edginess, mystery and sex appeal thanks to trendsetting luminaries like Usher and Johnny Depp. If you’re planning to buy one of these as a gift for the special man in your life, here’s what you need to know.

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Consider his Personality

Not every man can pull off earrings as part of his look. Black diamond earrings for men may look cool on a James Bond or rocker type, but they may also look out of place on someone with a more laidback persona. Remember: Donning outfits and jewelry that don’t match who you are is a fashion no-no!

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. If he’s been raving about changing or improving his image, then black diamond earrings can be a unique yet masculine gift. Just remind him (gently) that the rest of his look and personality has to follow.

Subtle is Sexy

Choose black diamond earrings for men in a stud style. Not only do stud earrings go well with most outfits, but they are also easy to wear and maintain. Talk about a no-fuss way to spice up his appearance!

Also, look for earrings with smaller stones. Bear in mind that this piece of jewelry is supposed to enhance his look, not detract from it by drawing too much attention to his earlobes.

Pick the Right Shape

Just like haircuts, earrings should jive with your special man’s face shape. If he has a round face, for instance, he can add some edge to his profile with square earrings. Likewise, a man with a narrow or square face can benefit from round earrings to balance his features.

Choose Your Metal

Aside from the stone, the metal that holds the earring in place should be the right type. Make sure the metal’s color complements his skin tone. A man with a fair complexion can wear just about anything, but a man with a darker skin tone might want to stay away from lighter-colored metals. Metals for earrings come in different karats, so make sure to ask your jeweler for more details before buying anything.

With Dara Diamonds, you can’t go wrong in your search for black diamond earrings for men. Just give us a call at 888-764-3272, or send us a message at customerservice@darasdiamonds.com, and let us know how we can help you find the perfect gift for the special man in your life.