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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.

CHEAP 3 CARAT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS THAT LOOK PRICELESS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Dara’s Diamonds:

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

THE SIMPLICITY OF SOLITAIRE RINGS

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

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

What is a Solitaire Ring? 

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

Simple yet Versatile 

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

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

Variations on a Beautiful Theme  

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

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

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

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

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!

WILL PRINCESS CUT DIAMOND EARRINGS MATCH A ROUND CUT RING? THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF COORDINATING DIAMONDS

PrincessMatchRoundSo you’ve been given a round cut diamond engagement ring, but you still love the princess cut diamond earrings that you’ve had for a couple of years. Is it okay to wear both at the same time? As with any type of jewelry or fashion accessory, there are do’s and don’ts when it comes to coordinating diamonds. But with a little bit of help, we can make sure you don’t commit any fashion faux pas as you wear your most precious jewels.

In the simplest of terms, there is nothing inherently wrong with mixing and matching various types of diamonds. Most people do not have a keen enough eye to spot the difference between cuts without a close inspection. And even if they do notice that the diamonds you are wearing are of dissimilar design, they probably won’t give it much thought. The elegance and sparkle of the diamonds is the only thing that should match.  However, some pieces of jewelry will carry more value—both sentimental and monetary—and you’ll want to accentuate those pieces above all else.

For a sample scenario, let’s say you’ve received a pair of .75 D-FL princess cut diamond stud earrings as a holiday gift. These dazzling earrings are going to draw quite a bit of attention. However, you’ve recently become engaged to the man of your dreams, and he proposed with a 1.75 ct D-I3 round cut classic basket 3-stone ring. More than likely, you’re going to want to focus all the attention of others to the ring, as it has a higher level of sentimental value and also represents a major milestone in your life. While the engagement ring will spur conversation and interest regardless of whatever other jewelry you may be wearing, it wouldn’t hurt to avoid any potential distractions that could stem from wearing a pair of princess cut diamond earrings.

With every piece of diamond jewelry you purchase from Dara’s Diamonds—whether it be a round cut diamond engagement ring or princess cut diamond earrings—you can rest easy in knowing that you are receiving the highest level of quality available. We take so much pride in our line of diamond jewelry that we warranty your purchase for the entirety of its existence. Not only that, but when you make a purchase from our catalogue, we also offer an appraisal from a 3rd party jeweler, so you will know that your new diamond earrings or engagement ring meets and exceeds all industry standards.  Please feel free to browse our wide selection of rings, earrings, and pendants to find the perfect combination for any occasion.

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.

MOST POPULAR DIAMOND 2 CARAT RINGS OF 2012

diamond 2 ct 2012To an extent, there are no true trends when it comes to diamond rings. While new designs pop up, the classics simply never go out of style. And in 2012, the new engagement ring trends definitely headed in the direction of classic and vintage looks, reflecting the timelessness of this treasured piece of jewelry. Ornate settings recalling Art Deco design or Victorian embellishment, the antique-looking halo design, and the emerald cut style all surged in popularity. Here’s an overview of the most popular diamond 2 carat rings of 2012.

The classic prong set solitaire with a big rock is a popular style every year, but was particularly on trend in 2012. These traditional engagement rings usually feature a princess or round cut diamond set into a simple and elegant band by four or six prongs. The solitaire setting is notable because it allows the most light possible into the diamond for maximum sparkle. This diamond 2 carat princess solitaire engagement ring has four prongs on a band that is your choice of 14k white gold, 14k yellow gold, or platinum. Twists on the solitaire were also popular in 2012, with many couples opting for a solitaire style on a band featuring path diamonds.

In fact, creative band design was all the rage in 2012, with many of the most popular rings using band embellishments instead of extra diamonds for unique design. Twisted bands with intricate settings were very popular. Split shanks, which highlight the diamond with a band that is split into two pieces at the side of the stone, were another popular band trend. Art Deco and Victorian style engravings were other popular ways to add detail to a diamond 2-carat ring.

Also taking a cue from Art Deco style, the popularity of the halo engagement ring design was probably 2012s biggest diamond ring trend. In a halo ring, the central diamond is surrounded by a ring of tiny diamonds, creating the halo effect of the design’s name. Double halo rings feature two rows around the focal diamond. Many of the most popular halo diamonds featured path diamonds on the band as well.

Not every trend in popular diamond rings was a style choice, however. In 2012, conflict-free diamonds truly became a priority for engagement ring shoppers, no matter what style they were working with. Dara’s Diamonds carefully works to ensure that our suppliers are following United Nations regulations for legitimate diamond sourcing.

Each of these styles becomes more beautiful and glamorous with more diamonds. A diamond 2-carat ring is the best way to realize the beauty of a diamond ring, but this weight is too pricey for some people. At Dara’s Diamonds, we’re proud to bring you the best prices on diamond 2-carat rings and beyond. Because we work directly with conflict-free diamond mines, cutters and suppliers overseas, we are able to avoid the costs of importers and distributors and pass the savings on to you. Shop our full selection to find diamond 2-carat rings at almost 70 percent off.