Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas for Her

It’s almost summer and, for many students, that means it’s time for graduation! A loved one’s graduation is a great time to give them a gift that shows them that you’re proud of their accomplishments and that you wish them good luck in the future. Jewelry is a thoughtful and beautiful graduation gift that will make your loved one feel special and last a lifetime. For those celebrating a graduation this year, we’ve put together a list of great graduation jewelry gifts for her!

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Blue Sapphire Halo Set Studs in 14k White Gold

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Pink Sapphire Studs in 14k White Gold

These pink and blue sapphire studs are not only beautiful, they’re also said to attract abundance. This is because sapphires are a gemstone that are said to draw wealth and success to the wearer. A perfect gift for a new graduate who is setting off into the world!

A Tennis Bracelet

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S-Link Style Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 14k White Gold

A tennis bracelet is an elegant and versatile piece that every woman should have in her collection. This is a special and beautiful piece that will always be in style, ensuring that your graduate can enjoy it for a lifetime.

A Diamond Pendant

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Round Diamond Bezel Set Pendant Necklace in 14k White Gold

A diamond pendant adds a delicate touch of shimmer to any look. They are beautifully worn on their own, and also great to layer with other pieces. A diamond pendant is a great gift that works with any style.

Diamond Studs

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Round Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold

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Emerald Shaped Diamonds in 18k Yellow Gold

Diamond Studs are the ultimate classic accessory— sophisticated, beautiful, and timeless. They’re also versatile: they can be worn with any outfit, from a ball gown to a swimsuit. And these diamond studs are also customizable. You can change the shape of the diamond, the setting style, and choose from different precious metals. Think about the kind of jewelry the person you’re shopping for: do they usually wear silver or gold? Do they like subtle or flashy pieces? These studs are a perfect gift because you can customize them to exactly fit the style of the recipient.

Father’s Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

pexels-photo-360624Father’s Day lands on Sunday, June 18th this year— just a few days away! Father’s Day is a great time to give the father in your life the gift of glitz in the form of fine jewelry. We’ve put together a list of some great diamond and gemstone pieces to help you up the style game of the father in your life!

Classic Diamond Studs

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Square Cut Diamond Studs In Platinum

There’s nothing like a true classic. Diamond studs are sophisticated, strong, and stylish. They’re also versatile, looking as good with a laid back bomber jacket as they do with a sharp suit. You just can’t go wrong with a gift of white diamond studs.

Yellow Diamond Studs

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Yellow Diamond Studs in 14k Gold Martini Setting

Yellow diamonds are among the rare “fancy” diamonds. This family of diamonds is made up of naturally colored diamonds that are many times rarer than white diamonds— they are some of the rarest gemstones on earth. These are a great fit for a man with rare taste, one who likes to be bold and stand out from the crowd.

Single Diamond Stud

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Round Diamond in 14k Rose Gold Martini Setting

Classic diamond studs are great as a pair, but also impressive on their own. Instead of getting the man in your life a pair of studs, consider getting him a single stud. Many men prefer to either wear just one diamond stud or, if they’re following today’s trends, to mix and match their pieces to create a unique style.

Black Diamond Studs

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Black Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold

Black diamonds are mysterious and make a strong statement. The edgy Dad might appreciate black diamond studs more than the standard white diamond since they are more unique. Black diamond studs are a great gift for the man who has an edgy style and likes to set himself apart from the crowd.

Blue Diamond Studs

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Blue Diamond Studs in Platinum

Blue diamond studs are strongly associated with royalty. This deeply colored stone has graced the fingers of many of history’s most powerful kings. Perhaps Royals throughout the years have been drawn to their rich color, or perhaps they wanted to acquire them because they are even rarer than yellow diamonds. But, for whatever the reason may have been, blue diamonds are now forever associated with the royals. Because of this, blue diamond studs are an incredibly special gift to give the man in your life.

May Birthstone: The Benefits of EMERALDS

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14k White Gold 4-Prong Basket Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

Emeralds: these sparkling green gems have been highly prized for thousands of years. They’re a part of the “big four” of precious stones, along with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. While other gemstones come in multiple shades, emeralds are always green. This signature green color is why emeralds ended up becoming the May birthstone. The deep, rich green color of the emerald has always been closely associated with Spring, making it a perfect match for May’s new blooms. Because it’s the month of the emerald, we decided to take a closer look at the many benefits of this month’s birthstone!

What makes emeralds so special?

They’re Durable

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18k White Gold Bezel Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

Let’s start with a practical reason why emeralds are so beneficial: they’re incredibly durable. Emeralds are extremely hard. This means that they’re not easily scratched and can stand the test of time, making them great for everyday wear. But it is important to clean them gently (using no harsh chemicals) as emeralds are often treated to reduce the appearance of their natural inclusions.

They’re Associated With Royalty

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14k Yellow Gold Halo Round Green Emerald Gemstone Earrings

Emeralds have been worn by royals throughout the ages and were, in particular, a favorite of Cleopatra. Prized for their deep green color, they’ve been featured in many crown jewels, like King Henry II’s famous emerald ring and Queen Elizabeth’s emerald diadem. This association with royalty has created an added air of luxury around emeralds.

They Represent Growth

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Because of their deep green color, emeralds have long been associated with growth. The stone is said to help promote inner growth in the wearer, helping them improve spiritually. Because of their association with positive growth, emeralds are also said to be the best stone to promote fertility.

They Activate The Heart Chakra

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14k Rose Gold Halo Round Green Emerald Gemstone Earrings

Among those who practice spiritual healing, emeralds are said to open the heart chakra. Doing this causes more unity, compassion, and unconditional love to be brought into your life. Their close association with the heart chakra means that emeralds are the best stone for improving relationships and creating contentment in your life.

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14k White Gold 3-Prong Martini Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

So, there you have it: some of the many benefits of emeralds. Whether you want to bring more growth into your life, gift a May baby their birthstone, or simply add more beauty to your life, DiamondStuds.com has the perfect emerald earrings for you. You can choose from different precious metals and setting styles to create your perfect pair. And, because Diamond Studs is currently celebrating the May birthstone, you can get a pair of emerald stud earrings worth $250 FREE with any Diamond Stud Earrings order of $999 or more. Just enter promo code EMERALD to take advantage of this limited time offer!

Perfect Gift for Mom (2017 edition)

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and that means it’s time for our annual roundup of our top gifts your mother will love. We’ve picked this year’s most loved pieces that will put a sparkle in your mother’s eye. Check out our four perfect gift ideas for mom below!

Diamond Stud Earrings

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Is there anything more classic or elegant than a pair of diamond studs? They are one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry you can have in your collection. Diamond studs are a stunning way to add sparkle to any look. And, even better: all of our diamond studs are completely customizable. You can choose your setting, precious metal, diamond shape, diamond size, and diamond quality. With these customizable options, you can create exactly the pair of diamond studs your mother will love.

Diamond Pendant

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Diamond pendants are another incredibly versatile piece. This versatility, coupled with the elegance of this look, has made diamond pendants a classic that your mother will be able to wear for a lifetime. All of the diamond pendants at DiamondStuds.com are also customizable. This means that you can choose from any precious metal, setting, and diamond to create the necklace your mother has always dreamed of.

Colored Diamond Ring

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Colored diamonds are an exotic and beautiful choice for fine jewelry. Gift your mother a colored diamond ring, like this four prong set blue diamond ring or this bezel set yellow diamond stunner. This is a great gift for a mother who loves glamour and having fun with fashion.

Round Dangle Stud Earrings

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Round dangle earrings, also known as drop earrings, are a pretty addition to any jewelry collection. Drop earrings have a certain delicacy that adds elegance to any look. These earrings are a beautiful gift for the mother who has a chic, understated style.

If you’re looking to surprise your mother with jewelry this year, you’re in luck: right now, you can use the code LOVEMOMfor huge site wide savings at Diamond Studs. You can save $50 off $499, $100 off $999, $500 off $4,999, and 1,000 off of 9,999! Choose from our diamond studs, diamond pendants, solitaire diamond rings, and more. And if you place your online order now, it’s guaranteed to get to your house by Mother’s Day (May 14th) or earlier! Wow! your mom with jewelry and create a Mother’s Day moment she’ll never forget.

The Benefits of DIAMONDS (Diamond Jewelry)

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Those who have their birthday in April are lucky: their birthstone is the coveted diamond. Diamonds are one of the most sought after precious stones in the world. But why exactly are diamonds deemed so desirable?

  1. They’re Strong

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One huge benefit of diamonds is their incredible durability. It is the hardest naturally occurring material on Earth, which means that it’s unlikely to get scratched or damaged by basically anything. Diamonds are so hard that they are often used in machine production to cut or grind industrial materials. Diamonds also have an incredibly high melting point— they can even survive being engulfed in flames!

  1. They’re Beautiful

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All gemstones are beautiful, of course, but diamonds have a specific brilliance that outshines the rest. This is because they have the most clarity of any gemstone, meaning that they can shine the most light. And most diamonds are cut specifically to increase their light reflection and refraction so that they shine even more and truly steal the spotlight.

  1. They’ve Got Variety

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White diamonds are some of the most versatile gemstones. Their clear color goes with anything. But diamonds can actually form in a huge array of colors like blue, green, yellow, or pink. Today, you can even color treat white diamonds, making them any color you like. This makes diamonds as versatile as a rainbow!

  1. They’re An Investment

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Diamonds are one of the most precious and therefore expensive stones. Diamonds sell for a high price so, when you buy one, you’re buying an investment piece that carries a great value.

  1. They’re Meaningful

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Perhaps the most compelling benefit of wearing diamonds is the loving meaning behind the gemstone. Diamonds represent the idea of “forever.” Giving a diamond is a loving gesture. It is a gift that symbolizes the eternity of a bond of love, whether it be a marital bond, a familial bond, or a bond of friendship.

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Diamonds are a great gift anytime but are an especially good gift for April birthdays. If you’re in the market for diamonds this April, you’re in luck: we’re having a spring sale! SAVE 10% SITEWIDE with promo code APRIL. You can save 10% on our amazing selection of diamond studs, rings, and necklaces, as well as on all our other precious gemstone jewelry. Happy shopping!

When to Exchange Gifts on your Wedding Day

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Diamond studs are a popular wedding day gift.

One of the sweetest wedding day traditions is the gift exchange between the bride and groom. It’s an opportunity to put a smile your soon to be wife or husband’s face, and make them feel even more special. Love letters, flowers, and jewelry are the most common gifts for a couple to exchange on their wedding day. You should think about the kinds of gifts your partner enjoys and give them something that will make them feel appreciated and valued.

Once you know what you’ll be gifting your partner with, the only thing left to decide is when and how you’ll give it to them. If you’re more traditional, you might want to make sure that you don’t see your fiancé before your wedding ceremony. So, how can you give them your gift?

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One common way to exchange gifts on your wedding day is by having it delivered. You can have a member of the bridal party (most often the maid of honor or best man) deliver it to your fiancé while they are getting ready. If you want to have this moment photographed or filmed, you will want to make sure the wedding photographer knows when the delivery will be made. You’ll also likely want to schedule this toward the end of the “getting ready” period to make sure your soon to be bride or groom feels camera ready.

Another way you can give your fiancé their gift without seeing them is to work it into the pre-wedding photo sessions. After you’re dressed and ready for pictures, have your photographer set up a shot where each of you is on opposite sides of a wall. Then, you can open your gifts simultaneously and have this heartfelt moment captured on film. This way, you won’t see your partner but you can still share the moment with them. And you’ll be able to see their reaction to your gift in your wedding photos!

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If you’re less traditional and plan on having a first look moment before the ceremony, that’s a fantastic time to exchange gifts. After you soak in the moment of seeing your fiancé for the first time in their wedding attire, you can enjoy watching them open their gift. And, since it’s common today to have first looks photographed, you can easily photograph the gift exchange too and remember the moment forever.

These are some of the most common ways that couples exchange gifts on their wedding day. But, feel free to think outside the box and exchange gifts whenever feels right for you. What matters most is making your partner feel special and having the day move as smoothly as possible. Then, after you’ve exchanged your wedding day gifts, you can give your partner the best gift of all: your hand in marriage.

Don’t Forget Your Green This St. Patrick’s Day

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14k Yellow Gold 4-Prong Basket Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

Today, the color green is the first thing that many people think of when they think about St. Patrick’s Day. This is because wearing green is the most popular way for people to publicly commemorate the day. While St. Patrick’s Day is primarily now a day to celebrate Irish culture, this day actually began as a Catholic Holy Day commemorating Saint Patrick.

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St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. The day marks the date of his death, March 17th, and commemorates the universal baptism of Ireland. St. Patrick was born in 4th century Britain but spent his life preaching and converting the Irish to Christianity.

St. Patrick was actually originally associated with the color blue. So, why do we associate green with his holiday? Green became associated with St. Patrick’s day once the holiday shifted from being a Holy Day to a day of public festivities celebrating Irish heritage. Ireland has been strongly associated with the color green due to the country’s lush green landscape and its national symbol – the shamrock four-leafed clover.

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One of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day traditions is pinning a shamrock to your lapel for good luck. This fits with modern traditions too, as shamrocks and the color green are widely associated with luck. Green also symbolizes prosperity, money, good fortune, balance, new growth, and vitality.

The most common St. Patrick’s Day tradition today has certainly become wearing the lucky color green. There are other traditions, like drinking Irish beers, eating Irish foods, and holding parades, but at any of those activities, you’ll always find seas of people wearing green. Here in the United States, it’s even a tradition for those who aren’t wearing green to be affectionately pinched.

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18k White Gold Bezel Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

Green is everywhere on St. Patrick’s Day. So draw in some luck, celebrate the festivities, or just avoid getting pinched by making sure you are sporting green on March 17th. Emerald earrings are a perfect way to add a pop of green to your outfit or to complement the green you’re already wearing. In addition to being associated with luck and nature, emeralds are also associated with love, prosperity, compassion, and enjoying life to the fullest. Many spiritual healers say that emeralds are a great way to revive passionate energy in your life, whether it be in love, at work, or just in general.

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Platinum 3-Prong Martini Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

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Wearing green is a great way to express St. Patrick’s Day spirit or just bring a pop of lucky green into your everyday life. And, if you’re interested in getting a pair of emerald studs to brighten up your jewelry collection, you’re in luck: DiamondStuds.com currently has a limited time sale on all of our emerald studs! Use the promo code LUCKY to get $50 off on $499, $500 off on $4,999, $100 off on $999, or $1,000 of on $9,999. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from DiamondStuds.com!

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Diamond Stud Earrings

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Diamond studs are, without a doubt, one of the most universally desired accessories. Their combination of classic stud settings with timeless diamonds has made them a true classic. This has made diamond studs a must have for many people. However, due to the higher cost of diamond jewelry, they are also often viewed as an investment and luxury item. When it comes to buying a piece of jewelry that you will want to wear long term, it’s important to educate yourself about what you’re buying so you’ll feel confident in your choice.

What should you consider when shopping for diamond studs? Well, it’s important to note that they are a versatile and customizable piece. In their most basic form, they consist of a diamond placed into a metal stud setting. However, there many different variations and elements that go into crafting a pair of diamond stud earrings. You can customize each of them to get exactly what you want. This endless customization may sound daunting to some but, never fear— we’ve put together a guide to help you know exactly what you’re buying so you can choose what’s right for you

Your Diamonds

The 4C’s

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What should you consider when choosing the diamonds for your diamond studs? There are four major criteria to know about any diamond you buy. These are commonly referred to as The Four C’s and consist of the diamond carat, cut, color, and clarity.

First, let’s talk about diamond carat. Carat is simple to understand— it is the weight of the diamond, which tells you the size of the diamond. You’ll want to consider the carat weight and size of your diamond studs when thinking about what would look best to frame the face.

Next, is the diamond cut. The cut of a diamond is a description of how well it has been shaped. Diamonds are cut in different ways to improve their brilliance and beauty. There are different styles of cuts, like round brilliant and fancy, that reflect the light that enters a diamond in different ways. But these are merely styles and not a reflection of quality.

Ultimately, how well a diamond was cut is what is important and it is what is measured when you see a cut’s “grade.” The official GIA grades for cuts are Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Having a well-cut diamond is extremely important as a better cut can improve a diamond’s sparkle and a bad one will cause the diamond to be less radiant.

Diamond color is different from colored diamonds. Colored diamonds are diamonds that have a variety of naturally occurring hues, like yellow, pink, or blue. But the color of a diamond is a way of grade the whiteness of a white diamond. They are graded on a scale from D to Z, with D being the most colorless and Z being the most “yellow” grade of white diamond. When considering diamond color, you’ll want to think about how important it is to you that a diamond be colorless.

The final of The Four Cs is clarity. Clarity measures the amount of inclusions (imperfections inside the diamond) and blemishes (imperfections outside the diamond) of a diamond. Inclusions and blemishes can make a diamond seem cloudy, make it sparkle less, or cause it to just generally look less beautiful. Clarity is measured using magnifications and diamonds are given one of the following grades: FL (Flawless), IF (Internally Flawless), VVs1 or VVs2 (Very, Very Slightly Included), VS1 or VS2 (Very Slightly Included), SI1 or SI2 (Slightly Included), I1 or I2 or I3 (Included).

So, every diamond you can buy will have a description for each of these things. To summarize: the diamond cut measures the cut quality, carat describes the diamond size and weight, and color and clarity describe the brilliance of the diamond. Think about what’s important to you when weighing which diamonds will work best for you.

Diamond Shape

First, let’s look at what the shape of a diamond is. The shape of a diamond is exactly what it sounds like: it is the shape a rough diamond has been cut into. The shape of your diamond makes a huge difference in the style of your earring, and it also changes how it will sparkle. If you’re not sure what style is right for you, you can consider that shapes often fall into one of three styles: classic and most used (round, hearts and arrows, princess), cuts with a vintage feel (cushion, asscher, emerald), and more unique cuts (marquise, oval, pear).

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Among the most classic and popular shapes are round, hearts and arrows, and princess. Round diamonds are the most popular of all diamond shapes. Round shapes are exceptionally brilliant, allowing for the maximum amount of light to enter the diamond. This cut is what comes to mind for many people when they think of diamond studs.

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The hearts and arrows style is similar to the round shape upon first glance, as it has an overall round shape. However, the specific way a diamond and arrow shape is cut creates a distinct magnificence, due to its incredible polish and symmetry. This cut subtly creates heart and arrow shapes in the diamond, creating an incredible shimmer.

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The princess style rounds out the most popular shapes. It has distinct look, with its square face. The princess diamond cut is relatively new. It was created in the 1960s and quickly gained popularity due to its brilliance and slightly lower price per carat that round diamonds. Princess shaped diamonds are a great way to get more glamour out of each carat.

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The next three shapes we’ll discuss are still classic shapes but have a slightly more vintage feel. The cushion cut diamond (also known the old mine cut) was the most popular cut for many years, until it was edged out by the round cut. The top of this shape of diamond looks a bit like a square with rounded corners. This cut doesn’t return quite as much light as a round diamond but it is more likely to have more fire and many people today are drawn to its vintage look.

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The Asscher cut was incredibly popular in the 1920s and has resurged in popularity today among those who love its 1920s feel. This diamond style is easily recognized by its distinct square shape with edged corners. The last “vintage style” shape is the emerald cut.

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The emerald cut looks a bit like an elongated asscher but it has a distinctly unique cut. It is step cut rather than brilliant cut like most diamonds. This mean that it doesn’t have quite the sparkle of brilliant diamonds but it looks bigger and can create larger flashes of light.

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The last three shapes we’ll talk about are the “unique” looking shapes. These veer away from traditional round or rectangular shapes to create a distinct look. First, we have the marquise cut. This cut has a kind of football shape from above and is created with a brilliant cut for sparkle. It’s a good choice for making a diamond seem larger, due to it having so much of its surface area on its top, and for creating a unique look. The marquise shape also has a rich history— this shape was originally created in the court of King Louis XIV of France and was designed to resemble his mistress’ beautiful and sparkling smile.

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The oval shape is another popular one for creating a unique look. It’s a modern, elongated version of the round shape. It feels both classic and a bit off the beaten path. There are many different widths of oval shapes to give you exactly the look you want.

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Lastly, we have the pear shape. This shape, also known as a teardrop shape, is elegant and bold. It has become increasingly popular with today’s shopper, as more and more people look for jewelry that sets them apart from the crowd.

Your Setting

Once you’ve decided on your diamonds, you will then pick your setting. There are two major things to consider when choosing a setting: you must choose the design of your setting and your choice of backing. There are two setting designs to choose from: prong and bezel.

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Each of these settings have their own advantages. The bezel setting circles the diamond almost completely, generally showing only the top of the diamond. This provides the diamond with greater protection from any wear and tear, as well as greater security from being dislodged. Some people also prefer the modern look of a bezel setting.  On the other hand, a prong setting exposes more of the diamond, allowing more of the stone to be seen. This may allow more light into the diamond, allowing it to sparkle more, and it also makes it appear a bit larger. Prongs are a beautiful setting but they do require a bit more upkeep. You’ll want to occasionally get the setting checked to make sure the prongs do not slip out of place, resulting in the potential loss of your stone.

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Your Metal

After you’ve chosen the style of setting you want, it’s time to choose your metal. Basically, you’ll want to choose which precious metal you’d like your setting to be made of. The most common fine materials for diamond studs are platinum and various types of gold.

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Platinum has the advantage of being extremely durable. It is an incredibly hard metal and is far less likely to scratch or bend than other metals. It looks similar to white gold but is more durable. Now, gold is more versatile than platinum. It comes in yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. The shade of gold you pick depends on your personal style. When buying gold, you’ll also see a number next to it, most commonly “14k” or “18k.” This is the karat of the metal. Gold karat is a label that tells you what percentage of pure gold is in your metal. Pure gold is too soft for everyday wear so gold is usually mixed with other metals to make it more durable. The higher the karat, the higher the percentage of gold in the metal. 24k would be 100% gold, 18k is 75% gold, and 14k gold is 53.8% gold. So, when choosing your karat, know that a higher karat means that there is more gold in the metal but also know that that means that it would be more easily scratched.

The Perfect Diamond Stud Earring

Now you know what you need to know, in regards to your diamond stud options. All that’s left to do is decide which to choose. Ultimately, you should pick whatever you think you (or whoever you are shopping for) will enjoy the most. Diamond studs are about enhancing your own style and adding more sparkle to your life. Pick studs that speak to you and you will love them for a lifetime.

It’s also important to make sure you purchase your studs from an authorized and reputable retailer, especially if you’re buying your diamonds online. Here at DiamondStuds.com, we sell diamonds that come with a certificate of authenticity, and are also conflict-free. We never compromise on quality and customer satisfaction. Check out our huge array of customizable diamond studs and find the pair you’ll love today. With our custom diamond studs, you can choose your ideal shape, place it into the setting you’d like, choose your precious metal, and then choose your diamond size and quality. We strive to make getting certified, customizable diamond studs as transparent and fun as possible. We hope that this comprehensive guide has made it even easier for you to select your perfect pair of diamond stud earrings.

The 2017 Oscars Fashion Recap

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The 2017 Oscars were an exciting year for the award show— and not just because of the historic blunder made by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (they received the wrong card and announced that La La Land had won Best Picture rather than Moonlight, the actual winner). This year’s show was also an exceptionally good one for fashion.

The Oscars are always one of the most exciting days of the year for fashion lovers. The dazzling array of designer gowns and jewels that walk down the Oscars red carpet don’t just create a beautiful show— these looks also set the tone for fashion for the upcoming year. Elegance abounded at the Oscars this year, with many stars choosing looks with a refined glamour.

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Photo Credit: Wenner Media

Neutral tones ruled the carpet this year, with neutral toned metallics leading the pack and black and white having major moments as well. Hidden Figures’ Janelle Monae had a standout look— she made almost every best-dressed list with her stunning Elie Saab black, white, and metallic dress. The night’s best actress winner Emma Stone also had a winning fashion moment. Her pale gold metallic Givenchy dress and elegant Tiffany & Co. drop earrings had critics saying she looked like the award she received.

Overall, bold, yet elegant jewelry was the major accessory trend this year. Bolder statement pieces like drop earrings, oversized chokers, and cuff-style earrings could be found on many stars.

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Photo Credit: Coveteur

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Drop earrings were everywhere on this year’s red carpet. Charlize Theron had some of the boldest earrings of the night with her Chopard stunners, and Emma Roberts showed off the subtle side of this look with her slimmer danglers.

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Get the look: Check out our collection of elegant, customizable dangle diamond earrings and our stunning fashion collection to get this look for less.

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Photo Credit: Tom and Lorenzo

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Photo Credit: Wenner Media

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Photo Credit: Wenner Media

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Photo Credit: Teen Vogue

Intricate stud earrings were also popular at the awards show, being worn by Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae, and simpler studs being worn by Michelle Williams or Hailee Steinfeld. Studs are always a red carpet go to but they were particularly prominent this year because they pair so well with the oversized choker trend.

Get the look: Get their look with our customizable diamond studs or our selection of diamond cluster earrings

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve listed the perfect DIY ideas for that special someone you have in your heart and mind. While some suggestions may be easier said than done, there are a few gift ideas out there for every person looking to surprise someone this Valentine’s. Let’s roll up those sleeves and pick out the ideal present for those who deserve a little something on the 14th.

Heart-Shaped Bath Bombs

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Not only is this gesture super cute and fun, it is also a very thoughtful gift because bath bombs are useful and versatile, everyone takes baths! Give your loved one some well-deserved “me time” with this decorative soap. These luxurious bath bombs can be made at home with simple ingredients such as baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, jojoba oil, food coloring, and any essential oil to the scent of your choosing. A mixing tool will also be needed to blend the ingredients, but overall, it is a rather simple process. Your beau will be in awe by your creativity and thoughtfulness.

Tree of Hearts

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This festive ode of love would definitely be the perfect table topper for the dining room table or kitchen. The process is fairly straight forward and requires the purchasing of a few faux branches, colored construction paper, twine, and of course a vase. The idea is to hang paper made hearts along the twigs in a decorative way. A 3-D heart can be made by cutting two hearts in half and tying them together with a piece of yarn or twine. Clip on birds can also be a great addition for aesthetic purposes. This is a much longer lasting and more effort-filled approach than flowers.

Initial Carving

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Bring out the inner young love with this Valentine’s Day idea. Find a relatively small piece of firewood or chopped bark and carve away at it. Carving a “you + me” heart with your initials, or a cute message are examples of what to showcase. Tools needed to create the engraved log can vary depending on your personal preference. A knife, woodburning tool, or stencil can all be used. This is really a romantic gesture that requires some handy work, which will have your partner all the more appreciative. It is also a gift that can have a long-term use, even after the special Holiday.

Heart-Shaped Jewelry Dish

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Let’s face it, the best gifts are the useful ones. Help clear the clutter for your girlfriend with a cute little catchall for her accessories. Of course, this can be found at selected jewelry stores, but they can also be handmade at a ceramics studio, such as Color Me Mine or at any arts & crafts store. Your loved one will be reminded of you with the everyday use of this gift.

Jewelry

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And of course, this is a “go-to” for anyone in a serious relationship or looking to surprise her with the more “finer things in life.” There’s always room in a girl’s closet for accessories and you can’t go wrong with diamonds. Diamond Studs is now offering a free diamond pendant (worth $150) with your purchase, along with other deals when you enter promo code “LOVE” at the end of your purchase. You can customize your own diamond pendant, diamond studs, or diamond ring to your liking. Show your partner your commitment with a gift that will last a lifetime.