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Stud Earrings and a New ‘Do | Jennifer Aniston’s New Look

It seems that Jennifer Aniston is on a roll in the style department lately, for better or worse.

First, the former “Friends” star sheared off her iconic locks in favor of an A-line bob cut, which she debuted last Nov. 4 with the help of longtime friend and hairstylist Chris McMillan. A day after, colorist Michael Canale put the finishing touches.

Finally, Aniston topped off her brighter and edgier look with new stud earrings, which she bought along with girlfriend and New York make-up artist Gucci Westman.

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An Impulse Cut

Aniston told Vogue that her new hairstyle was a “spur-of-the-moment” decision. “I was flipping through the television channel and I paused it to take a picture and I sent it to Chris, and he said, ‘That’s Lawren Howell from Vogue!’ And then he said, ‘I just cut that!’ So that’s it. He went way shorter than hers, but she was the inspiration.”

When asked how she felt about the new cut, Aniston replied: “I feel great. I feel lighter. It’s simple, it’s really simple, that’s for sure. But I’m always one of those girls who does a big old chop just to get it really healthy, to repair all the [damage from] hair coloring and stuff like that. I just got bored, honestly. It’s fun to change it up once in a while.”

Indeed, McMillan posted an Instagram snapshot of himself and Aniston’s bob cut on Nov. 9, with the latter high-fiving the camera. The hairstylist captioned the picture: “LOVE!! #JenniferAniston #bobhaircut #LivingProofInc #Flex #PerfectHairDay.”

As for Aniston’s stud earrings, pics were posted in Westman’s Instagram account, along with the words: “Me and #jenniferaniston got our ears pierced today! #memories @mrchrismcmillan #loveyou.”

Moving On from The Rachel

Aniston has been so identified with her “Friends” character Rachel Green, that her trademark long, honey-colored hair is actually dubbed “The Rachel”. However, she confessed to Allure that it was “the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen”, even though it was copied by young women everywhere and was McMillan’s brainchild.

She even joked in a radio interview with “The Kyle and Jackie O Show” that she’d rather shave her head than have “The Rachel” again for the rest of her life.

Meanwhile, Mirror Online commented that Aniston’s stud earrings were “the well-edgy cartilage type you got when you were about 15, had in for a month, and then realized you couldn’t even do a simple thing like put your hair behind your ear without wincing in pain.”

Shop Dara’s Diamonds

Whether you love or hate Jennifer Aniston’s new look, there’s no denying that the woman is a style icon. If you dig her stud earrings, you can purchase them online at Dara’s Diamonds. Our earrings, which are made from all-natural diamonds, come in a variety of styles and can be customized to fit your preferences. Best of all, they come in elegant jewelry boxes to cap off their show-stopping quality.

For stud earrings and other jewelry that will stand the test of time, call Dara’s Diamonds today at (888) 764-DARA (3272) or e-mail customerservice@darasdiamonds.com.

DIAMOND EARRINGS FOR MEN – MALE CELEBRITIES WHO LOVE TO SPARKLE

DiamondEarringsforMenLet’s be honest, women do the bulk of the jewelry wearing in our culture— but they certainly aren’t the only ones who do. Men love to add a little bling to their wardrobe from time to time as well, as they most certainly should! A diamond is the perfect item to cross style boundaries and add some flair to everyone’s lifestyle.

Who’s Wearing Stud Earrings

One of the first male celebrities that comes to mind when you think diamond earrings for men is soccer player extraordinaire, husband, father, and household name David Beckham. He’s often seen with a pair of diamond studs in his ears, on and off the soccer field. It works because he’s confident and not afraid of the attention. Stud diamond earrings are also quite popular in the music industry, having also been spotted on Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber.

Why It Works For Them

Male celebrities have a lot of options when it comes to choosing clothing and accessories, so they are usually wearing something that was carefully chosen, not just any old random item. Those that choose to wear diamond earrings do so because they love the look and feel of diamonds and their ability to spice up any outfit. Earrings are small enough that they are still manly but draw the attention and admiration that these men live for.

Making it Work for You

Some celebrity styles might be a little out there for the average guy’s day to day life, but they can always be used as inspiration for different diamond earrings for men. You just have to make subtle changes to make the diamonds work for you. Don’t be limited to thinking that diamond earrings for men are limited to nights out on the town either; you can incorporate some jewelry into your office wardrobe or for a weekend hike. Just because the whole world isn’t watching doesn’t mean that no one is; don’t miss out on a bit of well-deserved and fun attention for your unique style.

How to Wear Diamond Earrings for Men

Some earrings are made for either gender, while some are not… stick with a shape of a diamond that is more gender-neutral like a square to avoid crossing over into the feminine side. (Avoid anything with a more complicated shape like draping design or a teardrop— this won’t be the best look for you even if it looks great on your girl!) You can stick with something small or go quite large on diamond earrings for men, depending on how much you want to invest and your personal taste. It’s a bold and confident look either way. Pair your diamond earrings with any outfit where you’re looking to add a bit of flash and you’re good to go.

Dara’s Diamonds has an extensive selection of diamonds and high-end jewelry for both men and women. Shop our collections today.

DIAMOND HOOP EARRINGS: A FAVORITE AMONG CELEBRITIES

DiamondHoopEarringsHoop earrings have been in style since their inception. Diamond hoop earrings are a classic and sophisticatedly understated way to highlight any outfit.

A Celebrity Favorite

Proof that diamond hoop earrings are considered a staple of taste is how popular they are with celebrities. While we might watch the runways for the newest fashion trends, where we usually see them come to life in a more accessible way is through celebrity style. It makes sense that celebrity women would be drawn to these chic accessories.

Why They Are So Popular

You might wonder why diamond hoop earrings are so undeniably popular. While the diamonds evoke a level of class and social status, the hoop shape adds another dimension of style and accessibility. They are suitable for any age— you would be just as likely to see a young pop star rocking a giant set of diamond hoops as you would a polished Oscar winner during her acceptance speech. Any item that is celebrated during a trend and also surpasses the temporary fad is one that makes sense to invest in.

Different Styles of Diamond Hoop Earrings

There are different hoop styles to choose from to fit anyone’s individual look. The different sizes of hoops can definitely make different impressions; a larger hoop can make a trendier impression, while a very small one is fit both for a young girl and every age on up.

There are also differences in how the diamonds can be laid out on the earring. The earring can be a thin or thick hoop with diamonds only along the curve, they can be completely covered with diamonds, or the hoop can be a receptacle of sorts for an elaborate show of diamonds housed on the inner curve. You can even play around with hoops that make a full or half circle, depending on your tastes or mood.

How They Work For You

Some of those outrageous celebrity styles look fabulous on the pages of the fashion magazines but don’t translate outside of Hollywood no matter how many different ways you try them out. The diamond hoop earring is not one of those troublesome trends. The earrings are basic enough that they can be worn casually or dressed up for any occasion, and they are not going to go out of style. Diamond hoop earrings are, above all, versatile; for example, while draping diamond earring is generally a very formal look, the shape of the hoop can give it a whole different impression, allowing it to cross back into the casual department if you wish.

Dara’s Diamonds has a gorgeous selection of diamond hoop earrings perfect for any occasion. Shop a variety of styles at www.DarasDiamonds.com today.

DESIGNER ENGAGEMENT RINGS

JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN’T AFFORD THEM, DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T DROOL OVER THEM

Designer Engagement RingsHe won your heart the day you met him. You’ve been talking about your future together for months. He even got your parents’ blessing. But there’s still one last question to pop – will he buy you the ring of your dreams? Will it be a designer ring paved with dazzling diamonds? Will it be a rock that compares with the dazzler Richard Burton bought for Liz Taylor back in her Hollywood heyday? Or will it be something a little subtler, yet still breathtaking in its refinement, glamour and carat count?

No matter what kind of ring a woman ends up with, what matters most is that she’s with the man of her dreams. Still though….

Dazzling Designer Dream Rings

Let’s face it; the designer ring of your dreams may not be affordable at this time. That’s reality, and sometimes, reality is just something that has to be faced with as much good cheer as possible. Should you take a gander at some of the fabulous designer diamond engagement rings out there, even though some of them may be out of your price range? The answer is an unqualified, shouted out “Yes!”

There are some gorgeous diamond engagement rings out there, and while realistically, that 1.00 carat Round Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring may be out of reach right now, why not drool a bit over the fire and cut of those incredible stones just for inspiration? While you’re at it, why not peruse some of the other incredible designer pieces that will beautifully complements those gorgeous diamond engagement rings you’ve got your eye on, like those 0.75 Ct. Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings, or that .60 Ct. Round Cut Diamond Solitaire Pendant and Necklace?

Custom Rings from Dara’s Diamonds

The worst case scenario? You find the designer ring of your dreams and have a custom replica made by Dara’s Diamond’s expert staff. At Dara’s, we know a diamond is expected to last a lifetime, so we craft your jewelry with forever in mind. Simply contact our team at 1-888-764-DARA (3272) to discuss your custom order. At Dara’s, you can show us your dream ring, and we’ll put it on your finger.

Your Dream Ring on a Budget

Yes, we understand. You’re in love, and your fiancée is a hardworking guy who’s trying to win your love while staying on a budget. We get it. Still though, why not look around a bit and daydream about some of the gorgeous diamond engagement rings donned by celebrities and royalty alike.  For an affordable version of your favorite designer rings, contact Dara’s Diamonds today.

THE SOLITAIRE DIAMOND PENDANT: A TIMELESS PIECE OF JEWELRY

The solitaire diamond pendant is as classic as it is versatile. When conveyed as a simple, yet beautiful diamond, the pendant is an enduring piece of jewelry. The traditional solitaire diamond pendant typically displays a round-cut stone in a four-pronged setting on a gold, silver, or platinum chain.

Choosing a Solitaire Pendant: The Criteria

When selecting a solitaire pendant, you’ll want to ensure the following:

  • The diamond should rate well with respect to color, clarity, cut, and carat weight.
  • The diamond setting should meet with your fashion accessory needs.

Questions to Ask

  • Does the pendant feature a sliding bale for the necklace?
  • What is the design?
  • What type of precious metal is used for the setting and chain?

The Cut of the Diamond is More Important than Its Color, Clarity, or Size

When selecting a solitaire diamond pendant, the cut is the most essential consideration. That’s because the cut and shape of the diamond will determine the stone’s fire and brilliance. Therefore, make sure that the cut of the solitaire diamond pendant you choose is rated as good to excellent.

Solitaire Diamond PendantDiamond Color

Next in line in importance is the color. To make sure you’re receiving a high-rated diamond, it should be ranked at least F or G. If you want a perfect diamond, then look for a stone that is rated D or E. Precious metals, such as platinum or white gold, enhance a white diamond’s appearance while rose or yellow gold will downplay the hue.

Diamond Clarity

The clarity of a solitaire diamond pendant is less important than its cut and color. Clarity is rated on a scale that contains six categories and is specified, for grading purposes, under the following classifications:

  • Flawless (FL) – the diamond has no blemishes or inclusions, when it is viewed under 10x magnification.
  • Internally Flawless (IF) – No inclusions can be seen under 10x magnification.
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS2).
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 or VS2).
  • Slightly Inlcuded (SI1 or SI2).
  • Included (I1, I2, or I3).

Inclusions or Irregularities

The inclusions that appear in a diamond result from trapped crystals. The irregularities develop during the formation of the stone. Although two different grades of diamonds can look the same when one views them with the naked eye, their value can be quite different when they are magnified.

Diamond Size

When you’re shopping for a solitaire diamond pendant, you also have to consider its size. Naturally, a solitaire diamond pendant with a bigger diamond will be more expensive. However, that doesn’t mean that the diamond is necessarily better. Because the cut of the diamond determines the gem’s fire and brilliance, you want to concentrate on the diamond’s shape before anything else.

Take a Look at the Dara’s Diamonds Website

Make a selection for a solitaire diamond pendant here on the Dara’s Diamonds website. Now that you have a basic understanding of diamonds, you’ll be better able to make a decision with regards to your diamond choice.

CUSTOMIZING YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING SETTING

Online Jewelry2Selecting a diamond for an engagement ring setting is a very personal process. At Dara’s Diamonds, we are very specific about the standards we set for the shape, color, clarity, and carat weight of all of our diamond jewelry. Not only do we offer customers an exceptional array of traditional,  round-styled diamonds, we also feature a number of other popular styles, all which reflect premium ratings with respect to color and clarity.

Types of Diamond Cuts

Because diamond shapes vary, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of diamond cuts, so you are better informed when you select a shape for an engagement ring setting. Diamonds for engagement rings settings are typically round. However, you can also customize the look with such solitaires as:

  • The princess cut
  • The emerald
  • The Asscher design
  • The marquise
  • The oval
  • The pear
  • The cushion
  • The heart-shaped diamond

The Round Cut Diamond: A Popular Design

Again, the round-cut diamond is frequently used in an engagement ring setting as well as for pendants for necklaces. For over a span of a century, diamond cutters have worked on enhancing the brilliance and fire displayed by the round-cut diamond. Studying the characteristics of light and applying precision calculations has enabled gemologists to balance out the color, cut and clarity of the round-shaped stone.

The Princess Cut Diamond: A Frequent Selection for an Engagement Ring Setting

The princess cut diamond, which is considered to be close in popularity to the round-cut diamond, is typically used the most often in an engagement ring setting. Exhibiting pointed corners and a traditional square shape, the princess cut stone has a length-to-width ratio of 1 to 1.05. If you want your princess cut diamond to look more rectangular, then select a gem with a length-to-width ratio over 1.10 for your engagement ring setting.

Length-to-width Ratio: An Important Factor

The length-to-width ratio is an important factor to consider, whatever cut you ultimately choose for your engagement ring setting. Therefore, follow the length-to-width ratio guidelines below when selecting specific cuts:

  • Emerald cuts – 1.30 to 1.40
  • Asher cut diamonds 1.00 to 1.05
  • Marquise cut diamonds – 1.75 to 2.25
  • Oval shapes – 1.33 to 1.66
  • Radiant cuts – 1 to 1.05 for a more square shape and over 1.10 for a more rectangular shape
  • Pear shapes – 1.45 to 1.75
  • Cushion cuts – 1.05 to 1.10 for a more square cut and over 1.15 for a more rectangular look
  • Oval cuts – 1.33 to 1.66
  • Heart shapes – .90 to 1.10

Contact Us with Your Questions

If you’re currently shopping for an engagement ring setting then we, at Dara’s Diamonds, invite you to contact us with any of your questions. We can easily be reached by phone at 1-888-764-DARA (3272) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST. You can also contact us by email at customerservice@darasdiamonds.com.

LOOKING FOR DESIGNER ENGAGEMENT RINGS? HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Designer Engagement RingsChoosing a Setting

One of the most important considerations to make when looking at designer engagement rings is the type of setting. Therefore, the ideal setting can be represented in one of three ways. A prong setting, which is most frequently used, permits optimal light to enter the gem. You can choose from 3 or more prongs. Naturally, if designer engagement rings are set with more prongs, the gem will stay more secure. However, if you select a setting with fewer prongs, the diamond will receive more light.

 

Bezel and Tension Settings for Designer Engagement Rings

Some designer engagement rings feature a bezel setting. This setting, which secures the diamond well, also makes the diamond appear larger. For more modern designs, a tension setting for designer engagement rings is frequently used.

Choosing Between Platinum and Gold

When you’re selecting a metal for your designer engagement ring, you’ll appreciate the durability and shine of platinum. Gold, too, is durable and avoids damage well. Both white gold and platinum look very similar. However, platinum is used the most often for contemporary diamond rings. Many brides like pink or yellow gold for their rings as the hues are more traditional. Regardless of the metal color that is chosen though, gold is still gold. Only the alloy elements used in the metal will determine the coloring.

Matching a Ring with Your Fingers and Hand

Once you select a stone and a metal, you’ll want to see how the style matches with your fingers and hands. Designer engagement rings with pronged settings that prominently feature the diamond are good choices if the wearer has long fingers and a large hand. If your fingers are long and thin and your hand is muscular, then thicker rings with a distinctive diamond are a good jewelry choice.

Choosing a Ring for a Shorter or Broader Hand

If you have short and wide fingers, then designer engagement rings that display larger stones are excellent options, provided you choose a bezel or tension setting. Stay away from rings that exhibit pronged settings as the stone will emphasize the width of your fingers. If your fingers are thin and delicate, stick to designer engagement rings that are delicate as well. Don’t select stones that will overpower your fingers or hand.

Review the Dara’s Diamonds Website Today and Make a Selection

You can determine your ideal style by reviewing the selection of diamond jewelry on the Dara’s Diamonds website. Our array of designer engagement rings is made for a variety of preferences and tastes. Find the ring made especially for you today.

ROUND CUT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING

Round Cut diamond engagement ringYour choice of diamond engagement ring can make a bold statement, and people will definitely take notice. It’s very important to select a ring that beautifully and accurately reflects the unique personality and overall essence of the person who will proudly don the shimmering piece of jewelry. The cut is one of the most important distinctions, because the shape and contours of the ring can say more than all of the other attributes combined. For instance, a princess cut projects a sense of royalty and distinction, while a heart shape can indicate that the wearer is a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But what about a round cut diamond engagement ring?

The Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring – Style and Substance Personified

The round cut diamond engagement ring is one of the oldest and most treasured styles. With its smooth, circular shape and its flawless shimmer, it’s the perfect embodiment of classic, tasteful beauty. It projects a sense of stunning perfection, but without insisting upon itself. The symmetry is sublime, but there are no needless frills to distract from the natural luminosity of the stone. It says that you’re accustomed to the finer things, but you have nothing to prove. To you (or to the recipient of your diamond ring, as the case may be), elegance is an effortless pursuit. You gravitate toward the traditional, but without sacrificing modern class.

Is a Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Right for You?

You have a lot of choices to make when it comes to choosing an engagement ring, but finding the perfect cut is one monumental step in the right direction. If you’re considering a round cut diamond engagement ring for that special someone in your life, consider the person’s personality, tastes, and deepest desires. If she exudes natural beauty without clinging to stylistic eccentricity, the round cut may just be perfect. Just as Audrey Hepburn could radiate ethereal glamor with only a coy smile and a sleeveless evening dress, your true love turns heads with a style that remains regal and elegant through the ages.

Find a Round Cut Engagement Ring from Dara’s Diamonds

Are you ready to find a ring of your very own? At Dara’s Diamonds, we carry thousands of stunning round cut diamond engagement rings in a variety of styles and specifications. Choose your preferred metal, select your ideal carat size and find the perfect ring at a price you can truly afford. At Dara’s Diamonds, many of our rings fall between 50 and 70 percent below retail price, so you can find a truly sensational ring at an unbeatable price. We even offer a lifetime exchange policy, so you can buy with confidence. Check out our full selection, and solidify your love for a lifetime.

PRINCESS CUT THREE STONE RING

It’s time to plan your life-changing wedding proposal, and that means picking out your perfect engagement ring. How many carats do you want? Should the band consist of white gold? Yellow gold? Platinum? What about the color of the stone itself? Maybe you’ll want to select a regal princess cut, in order to show her just how precious she is to you. But here’s an idea: why select one stone when you can get three? A princess cut three-stone diamond engagement ring will give you three times the sparkle and three times the class.

Why Choose a Princess Cut Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring?

A marriage is a lifelong commitment, and if you’re preparing to take this momentous step, you’re making the decision to publicly declare your love and devotion to that special someone. A wedding ring signifies your eternal bond with its circular shape: there is no beginning and no end. In addition, a princess cut three-stone diamond engagement ring takes this notion even further, as the three diamonds represent the past, the present and the future.

princess cut three stoneThree Stones are Better Than One

We could break down the history of diamond engagement rings, and the various cultural traditions that have united lovers for centuries, but frankly, you don’t need to understand all of the symbolism behind diamond rings in order to appreciate the powerful impact they can make. A princess cut three-stone diamond engagement ring is a work of art: the symmetrical contours of each stone, the brilliant reflection of light, the rich color and the dazzling sparkle. Multiply this breathtaking spectacle by three, and you can rest assured that the love of your live will be left breathless when she sees the shimmer of three gorgeous stones staring back at her.

Find Yours Today

Maybe you’re thinking, “Three stones sounds great, but does that mean I have to pay three times the price?” The answer, thankfully, is no. At Dara’s Diamonds, we sell the majority of our stunning three-stone rings at 50 to 70 percent below retail price, so you can purchase a truly fantastic three-stone setting for less than what you would pay for a single stone at your local jewelry store. Don’t believe us? Check out the selection for yourself.

We want you to feel confident about your purchase, and that’s why all purchases include a lifetime exchange policy, lifetime warranty and lifetime maintenance. You’ll also receive an appraisal certificate and a beautiful jewelry gift box. After all, the right presentation can make a huge difference. So browse our wide array of awe-inspiring rings and find the perfect princess cut three-stone diamond engagement ring to solidify your eternal love.

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.