Outfit Ideas for the First Dinner Date

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. So on a first date, you want to make sure you feel confident about the impression you’ll make. Choosing an outfit that you feel comfortable and attractive in, is a great way to make you feel more at ease on a first date. When you feel relaxed, you’ll be able to have more fun, which will let your personality shine. Need some outfit inspiration to help you rock the first date? We’ve put together this list of five great outfit ideas for the first dinner date, complete with stunning jewelry pairings that will catch your new beau’s eye.

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Classic Cocktail and Diamond Hoops

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If you’re going to a more upscale restaurant, you’ll want to dress for the occasion. Try wearing a cocktail dress in a jewel-toned color to help you stand out from the sea of black you’ll find at most restaurants. Pair your cocktail dress with nude heels and some classic but sexy jewelry, like these diamond hoop earrings and this delicate round diamond pendant.

Denim, Leather, and Black Diamonds

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If you’re going to a slightly more casual spot for dinner, like a wine bar or a gastropub, try wearing dark jeans and a leather jacket. You can wear this with a cute, flowing top to make sure that this outfit still feels soft and feminine. Pair this look with cute black boots and fun jewelry. We love the cool look of these black diamond trinity earrings and black diamond pendant necklace.

Vintage-Inspired 

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If you love the vintage look, embrace your personal style and wear a vintage-inspired cocktail dress to your dinner date. Try an A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline for a fun and flattering look. Go with delicate accessories in vintage-ready rose gold to complete this look. These dangling rose gold and cushion cut diamond studs will beautifully compliment your vintage-inspired ensemble.

Black and White with colored gemstones

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Wearing a well-tailored black trouser with a flattering white top is a chic choice for a dinner date. Add a few pops of strategic color with your accessories. You can pair this outfit with halo set ruby earrings and beautifully rich burgundy shoes to add a dash of romantic red.

A Classic: The LBD and white diamonds

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The Perfect Date Guide During the Winter Season

Winter is a magical time of year; it’s perfect for romance. But the blistering weather can make it harder to have a romantic date outdoors— shivering together is no one’s idea of a perfect date. But there are tons of romantic date nights you can experience with your beau in the winter. To help you and your partner have a little more fun this winter season, we’ve put together this date guide for the winter season, with ideas of things to do out in the world and things to do together at home. Keep reading to see all our romantic ideas for the perfect winter date!

Get Out and About: See The Lights

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One of the prettiest things about winter is all the holiday lights. If you want to go on a romantic outing in December, grab a couple of hot chocolates and hit the road. You can drive to a neighborhood known for its spectacular lights and stroll around while you sip a hot beverage. If it’s too chilly to walk around, you can stay warm in your car and drive around looking at the sights with your sweetheart.

Cuddle Up Inside: Cook Together

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Cooking together is romantic and fun. You can have a great date night in by picking a recipe you both would like to cook. Pour a couple of glasses of wine (if you’re over 21, of course) and make something new! To add a fun touch to this date, put a blanket by the fireplace and enjoy your meal picnic style.

Get Out and About: Beer Tasting

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Heading to a beer tasting is a great way to go out and try something new while keeping warm. Pick a local brewery and enjoy some new local brews with a flight of craft beers.

Cuddle Up Inside: Game Night In

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Who says game nights need to be with big groups of people? Having a game night in with just you and your partner is a fun and great way to bond more. There are lots of great games for two, like Scrabble, Yahtzee, and Jenga. Have some youthful, child-like fun together with a game night in.

Get Out and About: Karaoke Night

Hit the town while staying warm by attending a local karaoke night. Karaoke is fun, silly, and liberating. You can even sing duets together! Bonus: this date can also be done indoors thanks to the magic of the internet. There are tons of karaoke videos on YouTube for you and your date to sing your hearts out to.

Cuddle Up Inside: Have A Movie Marathon

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Looking for a longer date night, or even a date day? Throw a movie marathon for just you and your beau. You can pick a trilogy or longer series— just choose something that you know would be fun for both of you. Your options are endless: try Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Scream, Lord of the Rings, Mission Impossible, and so many others. Pick some flicks,  get the popcorn, cuddle up, and have a cozy winter date night in together.

2017 Fine Jewelry Gift Guide for Her

Fine jewelry can be enjoyed for a lifetime, making it a thoughtful and special gift. This year’s fine jewelry trends offer many ultra-wearable styles perfect for gifting. 2017’s trends include modern designs with unique details and vintage-inspired looks that take inspiration from past eras. Want to see the best fine jewelry finds of the year? Read on to see our 2017 fine jewelry gift guide for her.

1. Diamond Studs

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Diamond studs are classic pieces that have remained in style for decades, so it should be no surprise that they are still extremely popular in 2017. One of the best things about diamond studs is that, because they are so popular, you can get them in a huge range of styles to help you personalize them. Consider the personality of the person you are shopping for when selecting their diamond studs. Are they more traditional? Then they might prefer classic round white diamonds in a white gold setting, like the dazzling pair pictured above. Or are they more eclectic and bold? Try selecting a less common choice, like pear-shaped diamond studs or yellow diamond studs in a complimentary gold setting.

2. Oval Diamond Pendant

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Oval shaped diamonds have been an up-and-coming trend this year. This is likely due to more and more women seeking out unique jewelry styles. Oval diamonds have this unique look while also still being similar enough to a round diamond that they are extremely wearable. A classic, delicate diamond pendant is a great way to incorporate the oval diamond trend in a beautiful and easy-to-wear piece she’ll love.

3. Colored Diamond Ring

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Vintage styles remain incredibly popular in 2017 and using colored diamonds is a great way to embrace the vintage look. Using gemstones and colored diamonds in jewelry was very popular in certain vintage eras, particularly the glamorous retro era of the 1940s and 1950s. Rose gold was also very popular at this time, with its soft pink glow being coveted by many women. This stunning blue diamond and rose gold solitaire ring is a great way to rock the vintage trend. This ring is perfect paired with cocktail attire or worn every day as a statement-making right-hand ring.

4. Diamond Chandelier Earrings

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Large statement earrings have been a big trend this year. Strikingly beautiful, larger pieces of these incredible white gold and diamond chandelier earrings add sparkle and turn heads. These beautiful earrings are a dazzling complement to any evening look and the perfect addition to any women’s jewelry collection.

5. Square Shaped Diamond Earrings

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These beautiful square shaped diamond stud earrings are a wearable way to incorporate the vintage trend into everyday looks. These intricately designed earrings actually incorporate a number of vintage trends, like mixed metals, a halo setting, and geometric shapes. These unique earrings are a great gift for the woman who both loves fine jewelry and having fun with getting dressed.

The Best Setting for Your Diamond Studs

Diamond earrings are classic, gorgeous, and endlessly customizable. One of the main things to consider when shopping for diamond earrings is your choice of setting. A diamond earring’s setting hugely impacts its overall style. Looking for something more glamorous, more modern, or more elegant? There’s a setting for you. There’s really no one best diamond stud earring setting for everyone— what’s best for you is what you love, what fits your personal style. But what are the different styles of settings? We’ve put together a list of the three best diamond stud earring settings below.

Prong: Classic and Beautiful

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Prong settings are perhaps the most popular setting for diamond stud earrings. In this setting, the prongs surround your diamond, securely cradling them in place. This is an elegant, classic style that really lets your diamonds shine. With a prong setting, you can see the sides of your diamond in addition to the top, giving you a touch of extra sparkle.

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3-Prong Martini Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold

There are two different prong options to choose from, 4-prong basket settings and 3-prong martini settings. The 4-prong basket is the most commonly used prong setting— it’s a true classic. 3-prong martini settings give a different, more streamlined silhouette, as the diamond sits more snugly in the triangular setting. 3-prong settings are a great option for those who love this sleek variation on the classic prong setting.

Bezel: Modern and Strong

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Bezel settings offer a more modern look. In a bezel setting, the edges of the top of your diamond are enclosed within the setting, creating a simple and sleek appearance. But bezel settings are not only stylish— they’re also incredibly secure. Because your diamonds are totally enclosed in the setting, they have additional protection from any bumps, drops, or scrapes.

Halo: Gorgeously Glamorous

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The halo setting is incredibly glamorous. In a halo setting, your center diamonds are surrounded by a ring, or “halo,” of smaller diamonds. This adds extra sparkle to your look, and makes your center diamonds look larger. Halo settings have been a popular style in recent years, as many are drawn their glamorous style and big impact.

Ready to choose your best diamond stud earring setting? Head over to our custom diamond stud builder to create your perfect diamond stud earrings.

Our Favorite Unique Diamond Studs

Diamond studs are one of the most timeless items of jewelry a woman can own. Their elegance, beauty, and simplicity allow them to pair perfectly with virtually any look. Diamond studs are also endlessly customizable. You can switch up your diamond shape, setting, and choice of precious metal to make them as simple or as dazzlingly unique as you want. Today we want to celebrate our favorite unique diamond studs by focusing on a particular unique diamond stud choice: hearts and arrows diamond studs.

Hearts and arrows diamonds are round diamonds that are cut to reflect the maximum possible light, creating an incredible brilliance. This cut of diamond creates a beautiful pattern of hearts and arrows among the diamond’s facets, which is where the diamond gets its name. This cut of diamond creates a uniquely excellent shimmer, making it incredibly eye-catching. Here are some of our favorite ways to wear the rare and beautiful hearts and arrows cut diamond.

The Classic Basket In Yellow Gold

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14k Yellow Gold 4-Prong Basket Hearts & Arrows Diamond Stud Earrings 

Experience classic beauty with these hearts and arrows diamonds set in radiant yellow gold. The warm glow of this gold four prong basket setting beautifully complements the radiance of these ideal cut diamonds. And, because this basket setting allows the sides of the diamonds to be seen, the sparkle of the diamond is maximized. These studs are classic and stunning.

The Classic Bezel In Platinum

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In this pair, these hearts and arrows diamonds have been set in the most secure way possible: in a platinum bezel setting. The bezel setting protects every edge of the diamond and the platinum is not only beautiful, but also extremely durable. Not only is this the most secure possible setting for any diamond, it also helps to highlight the unique beauty of the hearts and arrows shapes. Because the sides of the diamond are not visible in a bezel setting, all attention is drawn to the beautiful pattern of facets at the top of these stunning diamonds.

The Vintage-Inspired Martini in Rose Gold

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The rose gold used in these martini set diamonds gives these diamond studs a vintage and romantic feel. Rose gold has been growing in popularity with women who love the unique vintage style of the metal. It harkens back to a more romantic, historic time. The soft pink glow of rose gold pairs beautifully with the bright radiance of the paired hearts and arrows diamonds.

The Elegant Dangle Setting In White Gold

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These elegant dangle stud earrings are designed to maximize the incredible sparkle of these hearts and arrows diamonds. The dangle settings let the diamonds catch more light as they sway and the additional diamonds on the setting add even more shimmer. The bright shine of the white gold completes the effect, allowing the white sparkle of the diamonds to be further amplified.

Want to see even more hearts and arrows diamond studs? Check out our huge selection of customization options on our hearts and arrows page.

Top Anniversary Gift Ideas

Anniversaries are beautiful moments in the history of every couple. They are a time to reflect on your commitment to one another and celebrate the depth of your bond. When it comes to anniversary gifts, it’s important to choose a gift that will show your partner how special they are to you. We’ve gathered together this list of top anniversary gift ideas to help you get your partner a truly special anniversary gift.

Recreation Of Your Wedding Bouquet

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Many people choose to give flowers as a part of their anniversary gift. But a more unique, personalized way to give flowers for an anniversary is to gift a recreation of your wedding bouquet. This is a lovely way to reflect back on your special day, as well as to show your partner that you carefully thought about their gift. If your original wedding florist is not available to remake your bouquet, you can show pictures of the bouquet to a local florist for them to recreate.

A Fruit Tree

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A fruit tree is a gift that keeps on giving. Year after year, a fruit tree will bear new fruit and add beauty and happiness to your life. This is an especially thoughtful gift to give if your partner loves cooking or baking. Make sure that when you’re looking for a fruit tree, you choose a tree that will grow well in your area.

Diamonds

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Jewelry is always a great gift to give on an anniversary and there’s no better piece of jewelry to give than a pair of diamond studs. Diamond studs are perhaps the most classic piece of jewelry anyone can own. They can be worn with everything and will last a lifetime. Even if your partner already has a pair of diamond studs, you can add to their collection, as there are many different kinds of diamond studs (consider the diamond shape, the setting, the precious metal used, etc.). And if your loved one doesn’t have a pair yet, they’ll be delighted to add their first pair to their jewelry collection.  

A Heartfelt Scrapbook

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A heartfelt scrapbook is a great way to show someone how much you care. Taking the time to put together a collection of your most treasured memories together is incredibly thoughtful. A great way to make a heartfelt scrapbook even more special is by writing notes alongside the pictures. This is a lovely gift for anyone but would be especially appreciated by those who are very sentimental.

 

The Jewelry Trend That Will Be Everywhere This Fall

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It’s almost fall, and that means it’s time for a new season of fun fashion trends. This year’s fall trends include a wide array of luxe options, like winter florals, fur, embroidery, and everything red. But what’s trending on the jewelry front for fall? The jewelry trend that will be everywhere this fall is rose gold.

Rose gold has been trending for a few years now and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. Rose gold has taken its place in the jewelry world as a new neutral. The beautiful, soft pink hue sits somewhere in between the warm tone of gold and the cool tone of silver, making it endlessly wearable. The versatility, warmth, and glamour of rose gold makes it the perfect pairing for this fall’s luxe trends.

Let’s take a look at some beautiful pieces that embody fall’s rose gold trend.

Ruby and Rose

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These ruby and rose gold stunners are a perfect way to pair rose gold with fall’s biggest fashion trend: rich red tones. This pairing of wine-red rubies and warm rose gold is beautiful and simply perfect for fall’s rich tones.

Keep It Classic

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Princess-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

Rose gold is the perfect choice for classic diamond studs, shown here in the most popular diamond shapes, round and princess. These studs are classic, yet on-trend and are the perfect compliment for all of this year’s fashion trends.

Shine Bright

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14k Rose Gold Halo Round Diamond Stud Earrings

These halo set rose gold and diamond stud earrings are a stunning way to complement fall’s luxe fashions. The halo setting of these earrings gives the illusion of a larger center stone, and adds major sparkle to your look.

Embrace Fall’s Rich Tones

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These black diamond and rose gold studs add a mysterious and beautiful touch to any outfit. The dark yet warm tone of these studs perfectly compliments fall’s rich color palette and would go especially well with this season’s winter florals.

Think Pink

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Blushing pink rose gold pairs beautifully with the incredible pink shimmer of these pink sapphires. This gorgeous combination is uniquely stunning and a great way to add a subtle pop of color to your fall look.

Jewelry Trends That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Look

This fall’s jewelry trends are beautifully bold and unique, perfectly complementing the season’s bold and luxurious styles. This year’s runways were packed with luxurious basics, like soft knits and sharp plaids, and glamorous elements, like embroidery and velvet. The jewelry of the season echoes this luxe and unique style, with pieces that have uniquely glamorous touches that catch the eye. Even this season’s basics are anything but basic, with unique touches like unusual sizing and brightly colored precious gemstones.  

Because this season’s jewelry is full of show-stoppers, you can easily upgrade any look by adding one of these trending pieces. Here are some of the current jewelry trends that embrace the fun, unique attitude of the season, and some ideas on how you can wear them.

Rose Gold Halo Diamond Stud Earrings

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Rose gold elevates the still-going-strong halo setting trend and updates it for the season. The warmth of rose gold, and the fact that its still a relatively new neutral, makes it the perfect compliment for this season’s trending warm hues.

Wear It With: Pair these simple yet stunning earrings with an embroidered top for a romantic and glamorous look.

Bezel Set Rose Gold Pendant

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Rose gold is also a perfect way to make a classic diamond pendant perfectly on-trend. The bezel setting of this beautiful pendant is an added bonus, offering its diamond extra protection while letting it shine.

Wear It With: Add a touch of femininity to this season’s plaid trend with this delicate necklace, or wear this with jeans and a t-shirt for casual elegance.

Ruby Stud Earrings

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Red is a huge trend for fall, making the richly red ruby the unofficial gemstone of the season. These gorgeous ruby stud earrings set in platinum are a beautiful way to add the red trend to any outfit.

Wear It With: Add a pop of the season’s most popular color to a black evening ensemble or go all-out-red and pair these gorgeous rubies with one of the season’s boldly red looks.

Diamond Hoops

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These incredible diamond hoops will instantly glam up any outfit. Seen on many celebrities recently, this trend is taking the red carpet by storm. Having larger sized hoops with diamonds on every bit of the setting is less common than having smaller diamond-encrusted hoops, making this classic feel more like a statement piece.

Wear It With: Try wearing these 3 carat stunners with one of the fall’s neutral-toned knit sweater dresses to add some sparkle to your soft, luxe look.

The Stunning Jewelry Trend A-Listers Were Sporting at the 2017 Emmy Awards

On Sunday night, the biggest stars of television gathered at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles for the 2017 Emmy Awards. Besides tuning in to see which of the year’s many great series would take home awards, our eyes were glued to what jewelry pieces our favorite celebrities would be donning for the big night. The real winner of the Emmy Awards? Tennis bracelets. The chic and elegant bracelet with linked diamonds was the popular choice of jewelry for some of the best-dressed actresses, helping give them a truly timeless look with a lavish dash of sparkle. Here, our experts at DiamondStuds.com give you the inside scoop on the biggest jewelry trend of this year’s Emmys.

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A-listers Jessica Biel and Zoe Kravitz headlined the night’s jewelry trend, showcasing gorgeous tennis bracelets that perfectly complement each of their outfits. Jessica Biel wore a jaw-dropping silver and beige Ralph & Russo Couture gown with an alluring thigh-high split that put her on our best-dressed list as soon as she walked the red carpet. She finished off her look with a bombshell pompadour hairdo and a tennis bracelet with captivating cushion diamonds that was absolutely breathtaking!

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The red carpet was a fashion runway for style icon Zoe Kravitz, who wore a spectacular feathered gown by Dior that featured a one-of-a-kind rainbow ombre with a tasteful black top section. She put an exclamation on her glamorous outfit with the perfect combination of fine diamond jewelry that included a dazzling diamond encrusted tennis bracelet as well as a set of classic diamond studs. With Big Little Lies having won an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series, in addition to her unquestionably having one of the most talked about looks of the night, it’s safe to say it was an amazing Emmy Awards for Kravitz.

Having graced the wrists of some of the best-dressed actresses of the night, tennis bracelets were definitely the hottest jewelry trend of the night. The classic bracelet has a refined and sophisticated aesthetic that can take any ensemble to the next level, just as it did for some of the stars at this year’s Emmys.

Staple Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Should Have

There are some jewelry staples that every woman should have in her collection. While trendy pieces are a fun way to mix up your style for each season, classic-style pieces can be worn year after year. Pieces like classic diamond studs and pendant necklaces have been popular for centuries and never go out of style. Wondering if you have all of the important jewelry staples? We’ve highlighted the four staple jewelry pieces every woman should have below!

Classic Diamond Studs

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Perhaps the most classic jewelry essential of all is a simple pair of diamond studs. Diamond studs are elegant, beautiful, and timeless. They can be worn with anything, from a simple t-shirt and jeans to a gorgeous gown. They’re also as durable as they are beautiful— diamonds are the strongest gemstone on earth, making them ideal for everyday wear.

If you only have one pair of studs in your collection, these round diamond studs in a platinum setting are a perfect choice. Round diamonds are the most popular shape for a diamond and platinum is the most durable precious metal. These studs will last a lifetime.

Hoop Earrings

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The other kind of classic earring you should have in your collection is a pair of hoop earrings. Hoop earrings frame and draw attention to the face, and have been a style staple for decades. Like studs, hoop earrings can be worn with a variety of different ensembles and can elevate any outfit. These 14k white gold prong set diamond hoops are a beautiful choice for a pair of hoop earrings, with diamonds shimmering on every bit of the hoop.

Solitaire Ring

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Certified 14k White Gold Bezel Round Diamond Solitaire Ring

Solitaire rings are a great choice if you’re looking for a classic engagement ring design. But they are also a great choice for a right-hand ring that can add some sparkle and glamour to your outfit. You can choose a white diamond as the ring’s centerpiece, as pictured above with a bezel setting encapsulating the stunning diamond, or go with a colored diamond to add a pop of color to your collection.

Solitaire Pendant

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Certified 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Solitaire Pendant

The last item on our list of jewelry staples is the solitaire pendant. Diamond pendant necklaces are beautiful and versatile and can be worn on their own or layered with other necklaces. The simplicity of a solitaire pendant is what makes it a true classic. A simple setting, like this elegant 14k yellow gold setting, lets the beauty of the diamond take focus. It’s elegant and simply timeless.