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EMERALD CUT ENGAGEMENT RINGS | HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION

emeraldcutengagementringsWhile they aren’t quite as popular as round brilliant or princess cut engagement rings, emerald cut engagement rings are one of the most eye-catching styles around. As the name suggests, the emerald cut was originally created for the green gemstone, which often has internal flaws that make it tough to cut. Because of its rectangular shape and stepped design, the emerald cut compensated for these issues while still producing a brilliant gem. After its initial applications on emeralds, the emerald cut eventually began to be used on other stones, including diamonds.

The History of Emerald Cut Rings

It is believed that the first engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by the Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477. When the emerald cut entered the arena of engagement rings, it became a choice known for its straightforward elegance. Since that time, emerald cut engagement rings have remained popular with the elite while never becoming fully embraced by the general population. Some of the most famous emerald cut engagement rings of the last century have been worn by Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, and Beyonce.

Because the emerald cut is a less popular/classic choice, emerald cut engagement rings are thought to express a strong personality that is both unconventional and timeless. It is a strong style that has long been embraced by many powerful women who were not afraid to buck the trends of their time.

An Elegant Cut

Emerald cut engagement rings have a highly elegant and sophisticated look that differentiates them from other popular styles of diamond rings. While brilliant cut diamond engagement rings have a greater internal fire than emerald cut engagement rings, the emerald cut compensates with a greater level of drama from larger and more intense flashes of light. The open cut is quite unforgiving to flaws, however, so anyone searching for emerald cut engagement rings should be very aware of the quality stone they choose. However, because emerald cut engagement rings are not as popular as round or princess cuts, they are often cheaper, making it easier for people to afford the higher quality required by an open cut. Because they don’t need much depth for powerful light reflection, emerald cut diamonds often appear larger than other cuts of similar weight.

If you are searching for the right engagement ring to express your personality, browse through the selection of diamond rings at Dara’s Diamonds. We have thousands of different engagement rings in solitaire and three stone styles featuring a variety of cuts, sizes, and diamond qualities that make an elegant ring possible on any budget. Our rings are classic styles that will last a lifetime, and each one comes with the lifetime warranty, lifetime maintenance policy, and lifetime upgrade policy you need to make it last a lifetime. If you need any help selecting the perfect diamond, our gemologists are happy to help. As you prepare for the commitment of a lifetime, shop Dara’s Diamonds to find the perfect token to help you seal the deal.

DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY RINGS FOR YOUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

diamondanniversaryringsMost people associate diamond rings with engagements, but the truth is, a diamond ring remains a significant symbol of love and commitment long after you’ve actually tied the knot. Many couples choose to honor the ten year anniversary of their marriage and reaffirm their relationship with diamond anniversary rings.

Options for Your 10 Year Anniversary Diamond

Like other jewelry, diamond anniversary rings come in a variety of designs to suit each individual’s personal style and taste. When you are selecting diamond anniversary rings for your ten year anniversary, the most important thing to consider is whether you want to wear the new ring alongside your existing wedding and engagement bands or use it to replace them entirely. The style of ring you select will greatly vary depending on which of these options you choose.

Adding Diamonds to Your Existing Bands

If you decide to add a diamond to your existing bands, you generally want to look for one that is smaller and thinner than the rings you already have, so it doesn’t overpower your finger. You should look for a ring that matches the style of the ones you already wear in terms of color and cut.

Wearing the Anniversary Ring on Its Own

You also definitely want to choose a smaller stone if you plan to wear the anniversary ring on its own. Eternity diamond anniversary rings, which feature small diamonds around the entire circumference of the ring, are a popular style for this purpose. A small classic three stone ring, like this .5 carat classic basket three stone ring, is also ideal alongside your other rings. The three stone setting is a popular choice for diamond anniversary rings because the three stones symbolize a couple’s past, present, and future.

Replacing Your Existing Bands

On the other hand, many couples find they are better able to afford the ring of their dreams on their ten year anniversary than they were when they first got married and choose an anniversary ring to replace their existing bands. In this case, you probably want a larger diamond than you chose for your initial engagement and wedding rings. Dara’s Diamonds offers solitaire rings up to 2.5 carats and three stone rings in a variety of styles up to 2.75 carats that make perfect diamond anniversary rings. If you’re shopping for an engagement ring now but know you may want to trade up for a larger, higher-quality stone at an anniversary down the line, Dara’s Diamonds offers a lifetime upgrade policy on our rings that will allow you to put the amount you pay for this ring toward one of our bigger diamond anniversary rings in the future.

If your ten year anniversary is coming up, make the moment truly special with diamond anniversary rings from Dara’s Diamonds. Whether you want to wear the new rings alongside your existing bands or upgrade to the big rock you couldn’t afford when you were younger, our diamond anniversary rings bring affordable quality that’s backed by a lifetime guarantee. Shop our full selection of diamond anniversary rings today to find the one that’s worthy of commemorating a decade of successful love.

CUSHION CUT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS | EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

cushioncutdiamondringsCushion cut diamond engagement rings have long been a favorite of celebrities who are planning a trip down the aisle followed by a messy public divorce. Not to mention, the famously “cursed” Hope Diamond features a cushion cut. But don’t let its questionable history scare you away from one of the most beautiful engagement ring styles on the market.

The Shape

Cushion cut diamond engagement rings feature a stone cut with large facets and rounded corners that evoke a vintage look. In fact, this style was very popular over a century ago before fading into the background during the twentieth century. The twenty-first century, however, has seen this antique look vault upwards in popularity, becoming one of the trendiest engagement ring designs, especially as brides seek a more romantic look. Today, this cut has reached an all time high in its popularity and has even crept up on the once unassailable princess and round brilliant cut diamonds that have dominated the engagement ring market.

A Subtle Glow

Cushion cut diamond engagement rings are generally not quite as firey as other, more modern cuts, because they originate from a time when diamond brilliance was measured by less powerful candlelight. However, the one-of-a-kind glow created by the cushion cut even allows these diamonds to sparkle at night. Because of the large facets, it’s essential that you choose the highest clarity and color rated diamond you can afford, because flaws are easy to detect in a cushion cut. While they can be set in a variety of styles, Cushion cut diamonds are most often surrounded by a halo of smaller brilliant cut diamonds that maximizes the gorgeous vintage style.

Technical Variations

There are a number of technical variations on the cushion cut that can make a significant difference in the way cushion cut diamond engagement rings appear. The two primary types of cushion cuts are the standard cushion cut and the modern modified cushion cut. While the distinctions between the two are quite technical, one thing that an untrained eye can identify fairly easily is the difference between a “chunky” cushion cut and a “crushed-ice” cushion cut. With a chunky cushion cut, the large facets are quite visible when looking directly at the top surface of the diamond. On the other hand, it is difficult to discern the facets of a crushed ice cushion cut, which resembles broken glass or the crushed ice for which it is named when you look directly at it. Both the standard and modified cushion cuts can be done in such a way as to produce either effect, so deciding between the chunky and crushed ice looks is an essential step when searching for cushion cut diamond engagement rings.

If you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring at an affordable price, your search stops at Dara’s Diamonds. We have a wide variety of diamond ring styles perfect for every aesthetic desire and budget. Make your proposal one to remember by purchasing a gorgeous ring from Dara’s Diamonds.

POPULAR STYLES FOR ANNIVERSARY RINGS

anniversaryrings2As your marriage ages, it’s wonderful to commemorate the love and commitment of your relationship with a beautiful anniversary ring. Today, anniversary rings are a more popular gift than ever to celebrate your successful years of marriage. There are two main ways of wearing anniversary rings: alongside your old wedding and/or engagement rings or instead of the old rings. The style you choose is highly dependent on which way you plan to wear your new ring. Whether you want an upgraded ring or a companion ring, these are some of the most popular styles for anniversary rings.

Micropaved Diamond Band

If you’re looking to wear your anniversary ring at the same time as your original engagement and/or wedding bands, you should look at thin micropaved anniversary rings. These subtly elegant rings feature a thin metal band encrusted with small but glittering diamonds. Eternity rings have diamonds all the way around the entire circumference of the ring. Other diamond bands may have a semicircle of diamonds or are periodically studded with a smaller number of diamonds.

Three Stone with Side Diamonds

One of the most symbolic styles for anniversary rings is a three stone design with a large center diamond and two smaller accent diamonds on the side. This design represents the timelessness and longevity of your relationship, because the center diamond stands for the present of your relationship, while the diamonds on either side represent the past and the future. Dara’s Diamonds has a wide selection of this style of three stone rings, such as this stunning one carat ring featuring three round cut diamonds. Depending on the size of the diamonds chosen, a three stone ring can be worn with your old rings or replace them. For a companion ring, choose very small diamonds on a thin band. For a replacement ring, don’t be afraid to go big. For a variation on this style, consider a classic basket three stone ring with a trio of equally sized diamonds.

Classic Solitaire

If you dreamed of a large classic round brilliant or princess solitaire engagement ring but simply weren’t in a financial position to make it happen when you got married, anniversary rings are the perfect chance to upgrade to the ring you wanted all along. Check out this 2.5 carat round cut solitaire set in your choice of 14k white or yellow gold, 18k white or yellow gold, or platinum. If you purchased your original engagement ring at Dara’s Diamonds, you can even take advantage of our lifetime upgrade policy, which allows you to put the cost of your original ring, less a small restocking fee, towards a new, larger stone.

No matter how many years you’ve been married, anniversary rings are the ideal way to reaffirm your love and commitment to one another. If you’re looking for an anniversary ring, Dara’s Diamonds is your ideal source for high quality diamonds at affordable prices. Shop our full selection of diamond rings to find the anniversary ring that’s perfect for commemorating the success of your relationship.

THE 5 CARAT DIAMOND RING | THE CHOICE AMONG CELEBRITIES

5caratdiamondringWhile most jewelry enthusiasts can only salivate at the prospect of an expensive 5 carat diamond ring, celebrities have the good fortune of not looking back due to a hefty price tag. A number of popular celebrities have chosen to celebrate their engagement with the kind of 5 carat diamond ring that becomes envied and admired by fans around the world. And while the celebrity marriages and engagements often don’t last, the rings are forever. These are some of the most beautiful five carat rings flaunted by your favorite celebrities.

Jessica Alba

Cash Warren proposed to Jessica Alba with a 5 carat diamond ring valued at $90,000. Alba’s ring features an antique Assher-cut center diamond with pave diamonds on a platinum band. Assher cut diamonds have never been a popular choice for diamond engagement rings, but Alba’s beautiful ring has inspired more couples to give this style a shot.

Katie Holmes

What would become one of the most famous celebrity marriages (and divorces) of all time began with a 5 carat diamond ring from Fred Leighton. Tom Cruise proposed to Holmes with an oval shaped 5 carat diamond that had more than six additional carats of smaller diamonds in the band to accent the center stone. The ring was valued at approximately $275,000.

Katy Perry

Russell Brand initially proposed to Katy Perry with a 5 carat diamond ring from Cartier featuring a pink diamond. Perry, however, wasn’t a fan, and swapped it out for another Cartier ring that was just three carats. If only she’d realized she’d be as unsatisfied with the husband as she was with the engagement ring…

JWoww

Jersey Shore’s Jenni Farley got engaged to her boyfriend Roger Mathews with a 5 carat diamond ring that he created with help from jewelry designer Layna Friedman and estimated to be worth around $100,000. The reality star’s stunning rock features a 5 carat cushion cut pink diamond surrounded by more than 2.5 carats of additional accent diamonds. The accent diamonds are both white and pink, featuring a brilliant cut.

Eva Longoria

When NBA star Tony Parker proposed to Eva Longoria, he chose a 5 carat diamond ring featuring emerald cut diamond from French jewelry designer Jean Doucette and included a personal interior engraving in Parker’s handwriting. The ring was set in a classic tiffany prong design for a look that proved to be far more timeless than Longoria and Parker’s marriage, as the couple divorced a few years later when Longoria found evidence that Parker was cheating.

A 5 carat diamond ring may be out of reach for the average couple, but you can still rock some serious style with a diamond engagement ring from Dara’s Diamonds. With a variety of styles and diamond sizes, ranging from .10 carats to 2.75 carats, these rings provide celebrity style at an affordable scale. Plus, it’s clear that 5 carat diamond rings don’t equal long-lasting marriages. Shop Dara’s Diamonds for the perfect fabulous engagement ring today.

THE SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THREE STONE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS

3 stone diamond engagement ringSometimes referred to as a trilogy or trinity setting, a three-stone diamond engagement ring symbolizes the essence of a relationship; the past, present and future. Trilogy exemplifies a body of three and for many the word Trinity embodies a union of three persons or the state of being three-fold.

Three stone diamond engagement rings are not a modern phenomenon. This decadent setting dates back to the 1800′s during a time of romanticism, when the Victorian Era of jewelry was in full swing. This era was named after Queen Victoria. As ruler of England she was extremely well-regarded and even considered a trendsetter of the times.

Having fallen madly in love with Prince Albert from Germany, the two were engaged and Queen Victoria was presented with a ring that consisted of her birthstone: a brilliant green emerald and two serpents intertwined. Birthstones were highly popular during the Victorian Era, while serpents were a symbol of protection and eternity. Diamond engagement rings became highly sought after upon discovery in South Africa in the late Victorian period.

The symbolic significance of three-stone diamond engagement rings has also come to represent harmony and unity as wells as the marriage of mind, body, and

spirit. Diamonds are beautiful, strong, and durable – perfectly representing the tradition of a lasting union. When encased in a gold or silver ring, it becomes a reminder that love has no beginning or ending.

A three stone diamond engagement ring holds special significance and is a popular choice because of its timelessness. This ring can be worn not only as an engagement ring, but also as a symbolic reminder of love for an anniversary or as an expression of eternal sentiments for your lover.

The three stone ring features a center diamond enhanced by two matching smaller diamonds. Some opt for a colored stone to offset the brilliance of the diamond. A deep blue sapphire or a stunning green emerald offer a twinge of hue creating a one-of- kind look that encapsulates your relationship. Other designs and settings are available include a sparking center diamond flanked on both sides by the shimmer of a diamond baguette.
Ranging from classic to contemporary, as a gesture of symbolism, the-three stone diamond engagement ring can be custom designed to include your gemstone of choice, creating pieces that are brilliantly and uniquely your own.

Whatever you choose, the three stone diamond engagement ring is the ultimate representation of your commitment to love, happiness, and longevity.

About Dara’s Diamonds:

Dara’s Diamonds has been dedicated to designing and creating the finest luxury jewelry items on the market since 1994. We offer a collection of exclusive handcrafted diamonds that are unmatched in authenticity, cut, clarity, color, and carat and timeless pieces that will exceed your needs and expectations.

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).

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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.