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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.

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!

THE HISTORY OF THE ROUND CUT ENGAGEMENT RING

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.

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE 2 CT DIAMOND RING

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.

HOW TO CLEAN DIAMOND EARRINGS?

scrubbing-the-jewelry_1281.fb897Diamond earrings add sparkle on a special night out or even a little luster to a mundane day at work. However, the more you wear them, the more they pick up oil from skin and hair, causing the metal to wear down and the stone to lose its luster. While many people appreciate the look and feel of a freshly cleaned diamond, few truly know how to clean diamond earrings properly.
While one can always take her diamond earrings in to a professional for cleaning, those who know how to clean diamond earrings themselves can save money by completing the task using common household items. If earrings are only plagued by a little oil or grime, a small amount of dish soap and warm water is all that is necessary. Diamond earrings should be soaked in the solution for up to 30 minutes. If any grim or oil remains, a toothbrush, soft cloth or cotton swab can be dipped into the soapy water, then used to gently scrub the stone and metal backing. Earrings should then be rinsed under warm water and dried with a lint free cloth.

Those wondering how to clean diamond earrings with a silver or gold backing can try baking soda, an excellent agent for cleaning built-up tarnish on precious metals. A quarter cup of baking soda combined with 2 tablespoons of water will create a potent but not overly harsh cleaning agent. For silver backing, dipping a damp sponge into the mixture, then carefully rubbing the baking soda mixture on the backing of each earring will effectively remove build up without damaging the silver. For earrings with gold backings, a light coating of baking soda is all that is necessary. A small amount of vinegar can then be poured over the backing, before your rinse, dry and polish the earrings with a  lint free cloth.

While simple baking soda and soap can be very effective in cleaning diamond earrings, some people are not content with clean diamonds, but instead insist on knowing how to clean diamond earrings until they sparkle like new! To restore the full shine to diamond earrings, an ammonia solution can do the trick. Start by combining one part ammonia with three parts warm water in a small bowl. Remember, ammonia is a strong chemical, so be sure to open a window and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Place the earrings in the ammonia solution while wearing the gloves and swirl them around the solution for no longer than 10 minutes. Remove the earrings and if necessary, gently scrub dirt off the backing with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Diamond jewelry is often cherished by its owner and in many cases passed down to future generations, and knowing how to clean diamond earrings properly can be a very valuable skill. Remember, diamonds are strong gemstones, but they can still chip if not cared for, and earring backings are not always as strong, so exercise caution. Scrub gently and do not soak earrings longer than the recommended timeframe. By providing proper care for your diamonds, you can ensure they remain valuable and eye-catching for years to come!

IS I3 DIAMOND CLARITY BAD FOR DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS?

PrincessStudWhite_DarasUnless you are a jeweler, a highly trained gemologist or professional diamond merchant, chances are you probably don’t know what to look for when pricing diamond stud earrings. For example, is I3 diamond clarity bad for diamond stud earrings? What size diamonds are the best? What’s the difference between a princess, round brilliant and emerald cut? How does one determine the quality of a diamond in diamond stud earrings? These are just a few of the questions to which you may want answers; however, like the vast majority of consumer items, it will all depend on what you decide are the qualities most important to you.

The basic process for accurately determining the relative value of diamond stud earrings begins and ends with the diamonds. In order to do that, you have to first learn about and fully understand the four “Cs” of diamond grading: Cut, Carat, Color, and Clarity.

If you get these four “Cs” down before you start shopping around and comparing prices, you will be able to confidently answer for yourself questions like, is I3 diamond clarity bad for diamond stud earrings? So, let’s examine each “C” in a little more detail.

Cut - The cut of a diamond determines the way in which the gemstone manipulates ambient light, and therefore contributes more to its beauty, brilliance and luminosity than any other feature. Most of the diamonds you’ll encounter will have a round cut with 58 facets.

Carat - A diamond’s mass is measured in carats, one unit of which is equal to 200 mg. Although it figures prominently in judging a diamond’s value, it can be a misleading number. Diamonds that share an identical carat weight might not carry the same value or even be the same size. It all  depends on the cut used, along with other factors.

Color - Perfect, flawless diamonds are colorless and extremely rare; however, the variations in intensity and hue from one diamond to another are so subtle that you most likely won’t be able to tell them apart. The color grading scale flows from colorless (indicated by the letter D) to increasingly visible shades of yellow (indicated by the letters E through Z).

Clarity - A diamond’s clarity is graded primarily on its flaws – the amount and severity of external or internal inclusions. Most inclusions are invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen under 10x magnification; however, they often play an important role in determining a diamond’s beauty and value. The commonly accepted clarity range for diamonds begins with FL, for flawless, and ends with I3, for obvious inclusions under 10x magnification, impacting its transparency and brilliance.

So, is I3 diamond clarity bad for diamond stud earrings? There is no one correct answer, of course. What’s considered bad for one person might be just the quality that attracts another. Only you can answer that question for yourself, but at least now you have the four “Cs” to consult.

Find your perfect diamond today at Dara’s Diamonds, and get superior quality at an unbeatable price. Whether you need an engagement ring, a pair of studded earrings or another piece of elegant fine jewelry, Dara’s Diamonds is here to give you the best. Shop today.

HOW MUCH DOES A 2 CARAT DIAMOND SIZE COST?

TwoCarat_DarasYou Can’t Judge a Diamond Merely by Its Carat Size

If you are trying to answer the question, “How much does a 2 carat diamond size cost?” you’ll also have to consider what the jewel will be adorning. For instance, will that 2-carat gem be enhancing a ring, bracelet, pair of earrings, or a necklace? Plus, how will the diamond be cut? A well-cut diamond sparkles more and looks bigger to the naked eye.

Diamonds can be featured in a variety of shapes and sizes and still be the same carat weight. Therefore, before you answer the question, How much does a 2 carat diamond size cost? you’ll need to look at the cut of the diamond and determine how it will be used. That way, you’ll have a better idea about what you’ll be getting for your money.

Kinds of Diamond Cuts

Examples of diamond cuts include the following:

  • A princess cut is designed to be used on engagement rings and features a square shape. It is second in popularity to the round brilliant cut.
  • The most popular cut diamond, the round brilliant, is also used on engagement rings as well as for pendants for necklaces.
  • Rectangular in appearance, an emerald cut diamond is usually seen on rings and necklaces.
  • A pearl diamond cut conveys a teardrop shape and is typically used for drop earrings or pendants.
  • Heart-shaped diamonds are often used for necklaces.
  • Oval-shaped diamonds are frequently seen on engagement rings.
  • The marquise cut diamond, shaped like an eye, is often used on rings.
  • A radiant diamond cut is similar in shape to an emerald cut and, like an emerald cut diamond, is frequently seen on necklaces and rings.

Carat Size Refers to a Diamond’s Weight

Therefore, the carat size does not actually represent the size of a ring but denotes its weight. So, a 2-carat gem can be cut in a variety of dimensions although all the cuts weigh the same. Also, before you can answer that all-important question, “How much does a 2 carat diamond size cost? “you also have to keep in mind that besides carat weight and cut, the stone is priced according to its color and clarity too. Just because a diamond is bigger then does not necessarily mean that it’s more valuable.

Make Sure You Buy a Diamond that Has Been Graded Before You Make a Purchase Decision

As a result, the price you pay should be gauged on the four Cs of grading diamonds, or color, clarity, cut and carat weight. Therefore, you need to make sure that the diamond comes with a certificate that is endorsed by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or AGS (American Gem Society). These organizations grade and certify diamonds.

Round Cuts Generally Cost More than Emerald Cuts

So, “how much does a 2 carat diamond size cost?” What is a good estimate? Typically, if you can’t spend more than $750, you won’t be able to buy a 2 carat diamond that holds any reasonable amount of value.  If you are on a budget then, choose an emerald cut diamond as it is generally less expensive than a round brilliant of the same grade and size.

How Much Does a 2 Carat Diamond Size Cost? That All Depends on Your Budget

Therefore, if you are still wanting an answer to the question, “how much does a 2 carat diamond size cost?” and you want a valuable piece of diamond jewelry, you’ll need to look at the stones that begin at $750 to around $10,000 in price. That means you’ll really need to fork out some money if you want to get a diamond that is of the highest quality. So, expect to pay about $10,000 to $15,000 if you want to pay the lowest price for a premium quality, 2-carat stone.

Find your perfect diamond today at Dara’s Diamonds, and get the most elegant beauty at an unbeatable price.

TOP FIVE RAREST TYPES OF DIAMONDS

92198467Although it may be hard to believe, some jewelers never see the top five rarest types of diamonds. Reason being, some of these diamonds are so few and far between that it would be nearly impossible for most jewelers to catch a glimpse of them. While almost everyone has seen a white diamond (one of the most common), you’d be surprised to read how many of the rarer types of diamonds there are in the world.

For suspense’s sake, let’s start with the least rare of the top five rarest types of diamonds:

The Purple Diamond

A peculiar change in the diamond’s crystal structure results in the purple hue that makes this diamond one of the five rarest types. There are two world-famous cuts of the purple diamond: The Royal Purple Heart Diamond and the Supreme Purple Heart. The first is the largest Fancy Vivid Purple diamond and weighs 7.34 carats. The diamond, which is believed to have originated in Russia, was cut into a perfect heart shape by the Julius Klein Diamond Corporation.

The second diamond, Supreme Purple Heart, is actually a rounded cut and not the shape of a heart. Much less is known of this diamond, though many believe it was mined from the Amazon basin. The most remarkable characteristic of this diamond however, is that the color changes. From one angle, a deep purple, while from another, an almost crimson red.

The Orange Diamond

For years, many people did not know of the orange diamond. Not until 2002 — when Halle Berry wore the “Pumpkin Diamond” to the Academy Awards — did anyone give much thought to the orange diamond. Now that many eyes have peered on its autumn-like brilliance, it is highly sought-after. Although few of these exist, many of the largest diamonds in the world are. This does not slow the demand for diamond, which mainly originates from the Argyle mine in Australia and South Africa. If you’re looking to get your hands on one of these, expect to shell out a pretty penny.

The Pink Diamond

For every million carats of colorless diamond mined, 1 carat of fancy pink diamond will be found. That is why pink diamonds are so exceedingly rare. A typical estimate for 1 carat of pink diamond typically comes to about $1 million. Not a cheap price for a wedding ring (or any ring for that matter). Mainly mined from Australia, the supply of pink diamonds is dropping quickly. If you have an extra million to spend, you might just want to invest in one of these.

The Green Diamond

While many colored diamonds are formed by a change in the crystal’s structure, the green diamond is most commonly formed by the effects of atomic radiation — however in some cases, overexposure to hydrogen can be the culprit. The most famous green diamond is the Dresden Green Diamond, which weighs 41 carats. Most of these attractive gems are found in India (where the Dresden Green Diamond was found) and typically have the hue of a green apple, light with darker green around the edges.

The Red Diamond

Of all the rare diamonds in the world, The Red Diamond trumps them all. Less than 20 red diamonds exist today. The Moussaief Red is the rarest diamond ever discovered, weighing in at 5.11 carats. This rare diamond was discovered in Brazil by a farmer at the Abaetezinho River in 1990, an area known for its colored diamonds. If you’re looking to purchase one of these beauties, make sure to have a hefty chunk of cash waiting, because red diamonds do not come cheap. One million dollars per carat is just the starting price for the rarest type of diamond.

If you’d like to find a gorgeous diamond for someone you love, but without spending your life savings of mining for gems in Brazil, check out our full selection of breathtaking diamond rings and jewelry at Dara’s Diamonds.

TEN FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RING CUTS BEFORE YOU BUY

engagement_ringsAre you thinking about buying an engagement ring or other important piece? Here are ten facts you need to know about ring cuts before you buy your special ring. Once you understand these basic ideas, you will be ready to make an informed purchase that will set the stage for the rest of your life.

1) Cut crucially affects stone presentation. Small differences in the number of facets can make a big difference in how the stone looks. Some of this difference is personal preference, but some is essential.

2) The most popular shapes for  ring cuts are round, pear, oval, marquis, heart, emerald, and princess. Many gemstones are available in these cuts.

3) Cut does not refer only to shape. For example, there are a wide variety of round cuts, including round brilliant cut gems, Swiss cuts, Old European cuts, and 144-facet cuts, among others.

4) Know which cuts best enhance the qualities of the stone you want. For example, the dozens of facets in a round cut exhibit a diamond’s brilliance in an incredible way, while emerald cut is named such because of how perfectly it enhances the emerald’s beauty.

5) Consider your style. It is very important to find a ring that suits your tastes. Gems come in a variety of cuts to suit every personality. Consider a wide variety, and choose the one that speaks to you.

6) Cuts are graded Ideal, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. The Ideal cut is rare and painstakingly created to maximize an individual stone. Fair and Poor tend to happen when the cut is done for carat size alone.

7) Carat affects cut. Smaller stones often look better in different cuts than do larger stones. Look at a variety of cuts in the carat size you want.

8) Proportion matters. Facets that are cut too deep or too shallow affect the sparkle of the stone. Look for how the light plays through the facets.

9) Cut is the most important aspect of a stone. If a flawless gem is not cut well, it will not look as good as a stone that is of lesser quality.

10) Your jeweler is your biggest asset. An experienced jeweler can help you to find exactly what you need, based on any criteria you provide. Be ready to ask questions, and know what you’re looking for.

If you’re ready to find your perfect diamond engagement ring today, shop Dara’s Diamonds. We offer superior prices on all of the best diamond and fine jewelry. Shop today!