Top Christmas Gift Ideas for 2018

There’s nothing better than finding a gorgeous piece of jewelry wrapped up under the Christmas tree. Luxury jewelry is a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Plus, it’s something that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Are you thinking of making someone’s day with a gorgeous new piece of jewelry this Christmas? Check out our top fine jewelry gift ideas for 2018.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #1: Round Diamond Pendant 

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A round diamond pendant is a great gift choice, as this classic design has an understated elegance that works with any style. For 2018, rose gold round diamond pendants are trending and classic white gold round diamond pendants are as popular as ever.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #2: Marquise Diamond Studs

If you’re choosing a gift for someone with distinctive taste, these marquise diamond studs are a gorgeous option. Marquise diamonds have an elegant and unique look, a look that stands out from the crowd. This unique look has led to marquise diamonds becoming a hot trend in 2018, making them a great choice for your fashion-forward loved one.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #3: Round Diamond Studs

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If you want a surefire hit this Christmas, go with a pair of round diamond studs. Diamond studs are classic, durable, and endlessly wearable— they’re something everyone should have in their collection.

Diamond studs come in many different varieties. The most traditional option is a set of round white diamonds in a white gold setting.

Yellow gold and rose gold are also beautiful options for round diamond studs.  If you aren’t sure which precious metal to choose, you can take a tip from the jewelry the recipient usually wears, as many women have a precious metal preference that’s easily to spot. Or, if she doesn’t seem to have a metal preference, you can choose your metal based on what you think would look best with her coloring (meaning her skin, eyes, and hair).

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #4: Emerald Diamond Engagement Set

What’s better than getting an engagement ring for Christmas? Getting an engagement ring with a matching set of diamond jewelry. For a chic set option, we love this emerald diamond engagement ring paired with emerald diamond studs and an emerald diamond pendant.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #5: Diamond Hoop Earrings 

These ornately detailed diamond hood earrings are the perfect choice for the glamour-lover in your life. This gorgeous pair of earrings elevates the classic hoop earring design with shimmering pave diamonds and beautiful yellow gold detailing along the sides.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #6: Vintage-Inspired Trendy Marquise Cut Solitaire Ring

The marquise cut diamond ring is the perfect choice for a 2018 Christmas gift. This ring features a stunning marquise cut diamond set in a trendy yellow gold band. The design of this beautiful piece is vintage, fun, and trendy, making it the perfect gift for the fashionista in your family.

Want to see even more Christmas gift ideas? Check out our full selection of gifts for the holidays.

Diamond Spotlight: The Emerald Diamond

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Emerald cut diamonds are endlessly elegant. They’ve been a top choice among style setters for decades— for example, they’ve been featured on the engagement rings of Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Taylor. While the emerald cut diamond has been enduringly popular over the years, this sophisticated diamond cut has been experiencing a spike in popularity recently, as many modern women have been drawn to the cut’s clean lines and vintage look. To celebrate the burgeoning popularity of this chic shape, let’s take a closer look at the emerald diamond.

The History of the Emerald Diamond

The emerald cut is one of the world’s oldest diamond shapes. This diamond cut features step cuts, or table cuts, which create large flashes of light. When table cuts were first invented in the 16th century, they were used on emeralds. This style of cutting a gemstone was perfect for the somewhat fragile emerald, as it put less pressure on the gemstone than other cuts.

While this cut was first used on emeralds, gem cutters quickly began using it on other stones, including diamonds. Though this cut has been around for hundreds of years, the moniker “emerald cut” wasn’t used until the 1920s, when the cut experienced an increase in popularity during the art deco era.

The angular, geometric shape of the emerald cut helped it become one of the top diamond shapes of the art deco period and it remains a top diamond shape to this day.

Emerald Cut Diamond Description

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The emerald cut diamond looks like a rectangle with cut corners. This sophisticated cut features 58 step cut facets and can vary in proportion, sometimes looking longer and sometimes looking more square.

The facet cuts used in the emerald cut diamond are designed to create a different light pattern than brilliant cuts. While brilliant cut diamonds (such as the round brilliant) are designed to maximize shimmer, the facets of the emerald cut are designed to display larger flashes of light, which creates its famous “hall of mirrors” effect. The emerald cut also shows off a diamond’s clarity, as it’s easier to see the interior of an emerald cut diamond.

In terms of style, the emerald cut diamond has a chic look. The large facets of the emerald diamond create clean, simple lines that gives the diamond an elegant appearance.

Emerald Diamond vs. Round Diamond Affordability

Because emerald diamonds are not as popular as round brilliant diamonds (the current reigning diamond cut), they’re often priced lower than comparable round diamonds, making them a good value. On top of that, emerald cut diamonds will actually look larger per carat than a round diamond. This is due to the fact that emerald cut diamonds have a larger table (that’s the technical term for the top of a diamond). So, while a 1 carat emerald cut diamond and a 1 carat round diamond may have the same mass, more of the emerald’s size is on the diamond’s top, making it look larger.

Buying An Emerald Diamond: Special Clarity Consideration

One thing to keep in mind when purchasing an emerald diamond is that this is one diamond cut where clarity is more important. Because the step cuts of an emerald diamond make it easy to see inside the diamond, you may want to avoid buying an emerald diamond with a very low clarity grading.

Luckily, since emerald diamonds are a better value than other shapes (and they look larger per carat than round diamonds), springing for a slightly higher clarity grading is easier to do than it would be with pricier shapes.

Experience the elegance of the emerald cut diamond: browse our emerald diamond studs or emerald diamond engagement rings.

Easy DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

The Queen of Hearts is one of the most memorable characters from Alice in Wonderland, a story full of unique characters. Because Lewis Carrol’s book (originally called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) has been adapted so many times, there are many different versions of the famously irrational queen. There’s the color blocked animated version, the quirky Helena  Bonham Carter version, the playing-card-like version from the original book’s illustrations, and many more.

Because there are so many different versions of the Queen of Hearts, when putting together a Queen of Hearts costume, you really just have to make sure you incorporate a few key elements. Which are: red and black coloring, a crown, and lots of red hearts. This fabulous (and easy!) DIY version from Make It Yourself Girl does all that and more. Let’s take a look at how you can make your own easy DIY Queen of Hearts Costume.

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume Step 1: Playing Card Crown

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This playing card crown is as adorable as it is easy to make. To make this, you’ll need:

  • A deck of cards (including the Queen of Hearts card)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • A red head band
  • Heart stickers or heart-shaped gems
  • Red and silver pipe cleaners

First, make the base and the rounded top. For the base, just place some cards down randomly and glue together using your glue gun. For the top, you’ll need to fan some cards in a circle and glue them together. After you have these two pieces made, glue them together, let them dry, then glue the base to your red headband. To cover the glue lines, wrap some red and silver pipe cleaners around the top of the crown.

Finally, glue the Queen of Hearts card to the front of your crown and decorate with as many heart-shaped stickers as you like.

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume Step 2: Card Neck Ruff

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Nothing says “queen” quite like a neck ruff. And what better neck ruff for the Queen of Hearts than one made from playing cards? To make this playing card neck ruff, you’ll need:

  • A deck of cards
  • A large sheet of red or black craft foam
  • A large bowl
  • A pencil
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • A stapler
  • A red ribbon
  • A hole puncher
  • Scissors

To make this playing card neck ruff, you’ll first need to make something to attach your playing cards to. Trace the shape of the top two thirds of your bowl onto your large piece of craft foam, then cut out the shape. Next, round off the top edges of the foam piece with your scissors.

Now, it’s time to attach your playing cards. You’ll be doing two rows of cards. Using your hot glue gun, first do the outside layer, slightly overlapping the cards as you go. Next, do the inner layer the same way. If after your glue dries, you notice that your cards won’t stay put due to their weight, you can use staples along the bottom edge for reinforcement.

Finally, use a hole punch to make holes at both the inner sides of the front. Then, lace a ribbon through the holes and use the ribbon as a tie when you wear your card neck ruff.

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume Step 3: Heart Tutu

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For this part of your costume, you can go one of two ways: you can make your own custom tutu with many colors or you can get a store bought tutu and add heart embellishments. To go with the easier version, you’ll need:

  • A tutu in red, white, or black
  • Red felt (or red, white, and black felt if you want more colors)
  • Scissors
  • A small piece of cardboard
  • Hot glue gun and glue

To embellish your tutu, first make your hearts. Cut your piece of cardboard into a heart shape, then use it to trace out hearts on your felt. Cut out the hearts, then simply hot glue them all across your tutu!

DIY Queen of Hearts Costume Step 4: Accessories and Makeup

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For your Queen of Hearts costume, go with a heart-shaped accessory fit for a queen, like this shimmering heart-shaped necklace.

Make sure to also incorporate your heart motif into your makeup. An easy way to do this is to use red lipstick to make a heart-shaped pout (a la Helena Bonham Carter’s Queen of Hearts).  You could also try drawing a heart on your cheek or drawing a large heart around one of your eyes.

Diamond Buying Tips

Shopping for a diamond can be a bit confusing, especially if its your first time. But buying a diamond doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you get educated about the elements that make up a diamond. In this post, we’ve rounded up all the important diamond aspects you need to understand before buying a diamond. Read on to see our diamond buying tips and learn how you can easily understand the six major diamond qualities to help your purchase an informed one.

Diamond Buying Tips: Shape

A diamond’s shape is a simple aspect to understand: it’s the shape the diamond has been cut into. The most popular diamond shape today is round, closely followed by princess, though there are many other diamond shapes, including cushion, asscher, emerald, oval, pear, marquise, and heart.

A diamond’s shape has perhaps the biggest impact on its style. So, when selecting your diamond shape, consider which shape is most visually appealing to you.

Diamond Buying Tips: Carat

The 4Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat) are four measurements that can help you understand a diamond’s quality. Perhaps the most well known of the 4Cs is carat. However, many people mistakenly think that carat is a size measurement, when in fact it’s a weight measurement. It’s important to understand that carat is not necessarily a reflection of visual size. For example, some diamond shapes have more surface area on the table (the top) of the diamond and will look larger per carat. Additionally, a poor diamond cut can lead to much of the diamond’s size being hidden in the base of the diamond, which would usually be covered by a ring’s setting.

So, while a diamond’s carat can give you a general idea of its size, it’s important to also consider its cut, shape, and table measurement when considering size.

Diamond Buying Tips: Cut

A diamond’s cut is not a reflection of its shape, which is a different diamond quality. It’s actually a grading of how well a diamond was cut. The best diamond cut is excellent, followed in order by very good, good, fair, and poor.

When a diamond has an ideal cut, all the light that enters it is maximized, reflecting and refracting, creating beautiful sparkle. When it has a poor cut, most of the light that enters the diamond is lost through its sides or bottom, causing it to appear dull. Cut can have a major impact on the beauty of a diamond, so it’s important to keep that in mind when shopping.

Diamond Buying Tips: Color

A diamond’s color is a measurement of how white a white diamond is. While diamonds do come in many bright colors such as pink, yellow, and blue, the white diamond color grading isn’t used for these. Instead, colored diamonds (also called fancy colored diamonds) are graded on how vivid they are and are ranked on a scale of fancy light to fancy vivid.

The white diamond color scale ranges from D to Z, with D colored diamonds being the purest white color (meaning they have no yellow tint at all). Generally, the diamonds used for jewelry are a K color at the lowest, as L through Z diamonds have an obvious yellow tint.

When shopping for a diamond, consider how important color is to you. D color diamonds are extremely rare, and therefore extremely expensive. So, you might want consider selecting a slightly less white diamond that will still be beautiful but will be far less costly.

Diamond Buying Tips: Clarity

A diamond’s clarity is a grading of how flawless it is. There are two kinds of flaws that can exist in a diamond: inclusions (internal flaws) and blemishes (external flaws). Here are the different clarity gradings:

FL: Flawless
IF: Internally Flawless
VVS1 and VVS2: Very, very slightly included
VS1 and VS2: Very slightly included
SI1 and SI2: Slightly included
I1, I2, and I3: Included

Flawless through VS2 diamonds are generally what is called “eye clean,” meaning the diamond’s flaws can’t be seen by the naked eye. As with all other diamond gradings, the higher the grading, the more expensive the diamond. Yet, many diamond flaws are microscopic, so choosing a diamond with some flaws can help you save money while still getting you a beautiful diamond. So, consider how important flawlessness is to you when shopping online.

Diamond Buying Tips: Fluorescence

Fluorescence is a marker of how a diamond reacts to UV light. If a diamond glows under UV light, it’s considered fluorescent and if it doesn’t, it’s not fluorescent. This is ranked on a scale of no fluorescence to very strong fluorescence.

Fluorescence can have an impact on a diamond’s appearance even when it is not under UV light. In sunlight, blue fluorescence can have a positive effect on a diamond’s color, helping yellow tinted diamonds appear more white, while a yellow fluorescence can make a diamond look more yellow.

Diamond fluorescence is somewhat of a hotly debated topic amongst jewelers. In the past, fluorescence was always considered a negative quality. However, today jewelers are split on the topic, as fluorescence doesn’t necessarily negatively impact the beauty of a diamond and can even sometimes enhance it. Whether you prefer diamonds with or without fluorescence is simply a matter of personal preference. If you’re unsure about how you feel about diamond fluorescence, you can always compare diamonds with and without fluorescence to see which you find more visually appealing.

Khloe Kardashian Shows True’s Baby Diamond Studs

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Khloe Kardashian’s daughter True Thompson may only be 3 months old, but she’s already accessorizing like a fashionista. A recent video Khloe posted to her Snapchat showed True’s pierced ears, which featured some gorgeous baby diamond studs.

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The sweet video showed True looking into the camera before yawning, while also wearing a Snapchat filter flower crown with her baby diamond studs. The latter part of the clip also features new mother Khloe saying to her baby in a sing-song voice, “the song is over, new song!”

Khloe’s decision to pierce True’s ears keeps in step with the rest of her family, many of whom  also pierced their children’s ears at a young age. Khloe’s sister Kim pierced her daughter North’s ears around her first birthday, while Khloe’s sister Kylie had pierced her daughter Stormi’s ears by age 5 months.

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When Khloe revealed her baby’s pierced ears on her Snapchat, it sparked some debate on social media, just as her nieces’ pierced ears did. The topic of when to pierce a child’s ears can sometimes be controversial, as perceptions around piercing a baby’s ears are often very different across cultures. However, Khloe has been quick to fight back against her critics.

Khloe said in a recent blog post on her app that new moms such as herself get a lot of unwelcome feedback. The always outspoken Keeping Up With The Kardashians star wrote a post called “10 Things To Never Say To A New Mom,” which included the advice that people should should never ask a new mom what kind of birth they had or whether they are breastfeeding their baby.

Khloe wrote on the subject, “This is such a personal issue. You never know the private struggles someone could be going through and how terrible it may be making them feel.” She also opened up about dealing with criticism, saying, “Mommy shaming is real!”

True is Khloe’s first child, but she may not be her last. Having three children seems to be the standard among her sisters, as both Kim and Kourtney have three children. Khloe commented on an Instagram posted by her sister Kim, writing, “So I don’t get what’s happening here— after three kids is there a secret rule that moms get hotter? You and Kourt are really making me think about the three kid rule.”

However many children Khloe ends up having, we can only hope they’ll all be as stylish as little True.

10 Amazing Facts About Diamonds

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Diamonds are deeply ingrained in our culture; we see them everywhere. Yet, diamonds are such a part of our everyday life that most people rarely stop to think much about them. Want to learn a bit more about what make the diamond so unique and special? Here are 10 amazing facts about diamonds.

Diamonds Are the Hardest Substance On Earth

Did you know that diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth? They’re not just the hardest gemstone, but also the hardest material across every category. Diamonds are so hard that only another diamond can scratch one!

“Diamond” Means “Invincible”

The word “diamond” is derived from the Greek word “adamas,” which means invincible or unconquerable, a very fitting name for this incredibly strong gemstone.

Many Diamonds Are Billions of Years Old

Many diamonds are more than a billion years old (yes, that’s billion with a “b”), with the oldest diamonds on record coming in at 3 billion years old. Most diamonds are this old because the majority of diamond formation took place billions of years ago. However, there are some diamonds that are newer, with the youngest being hundreds of millions of years old.

Diamonds Are Made of Pure Carbon

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The diamond is made of only one element: carbon. Pure carbon can take many forms, including coal, graphite, and, of course, diamonds. So, how can pure carbon be so many different things? Carbon can change form depending on what it’s been exposed to. For example, carbon turns into diamonds when it is exposed to immense heat and pressure in the Earth’s mantle.

We Can Reach Diamonds Because of Volcanic Eruptions

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Diamonds are formed in deep in the Earth’s mantle. But the Earth’s mantle is far too hot for excavation, so how do we reach diamonds? The answer might surprise you: it’s believed that the eruption of underground volcanos is what moves most diamonds higher into the Earth’s continental plate (where we can excavate).

Diamonds Can Form Due to Asteroid Impact

While most diamonds form over a long period in Earth’s crust, some form instantly. How? Through asteroid impact. When a large enough asteroid hits the Earth, it creates enough heat and pressure to form diamonds at the impact site.

Diamonds Were Once Thought to Be the “Tears of the Gods”

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In ancient Rome and Greece, diamonds were highly regarded. Both of these cultures believed that diamonds were either tears cried by the gods or splinters of falling stars.

Cupid’s Arrows Were Tipped With Diamonds

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One of the oldest records the association of love with diamonds is found in Roman mythology. According to ancient Roman texts, Cupid, the god of love, carried arrows that were tipped with diamonds.

The Largest Diamond Ever Found Was 3,106 Carats

Have you ever wondered how big the largest diamond is? The largest diamond ever found was called the Cullinan diamond, which weighed in at an astounding 3,106 carats. This raw diamond was eventually cut into nine large diamonds and a hundred smaller diamonds.

There Is a Planet Made of Diamonds (And a Star!)

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The biggest diamond lovers might dream of visiting 55 Cancri e, a planet made of carbon that is one-third diamond. Or perhaps they might dream of visiting the star named Lucy (also known as V886 Centauri and BPM 37093), which is a white dwarf star that is essentially an enormous, 10 billion trillion trillion carat diamond.

There you have it. 10 absolutely amazing facts about diamonds and 10 reasons why we find them so important. Browse stunning diamond jewelry at diamondstuds.com.

How to Spot a Fake Diamond

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When purchasing a diamond, make sure you’re buying from a reputable source. Some diamonds come with a GIA or EGL USA certification, which ensure they are real, but most don’t. If you’re worried that a diamond you purchased may be fake, there are many ways you can check its authenticity. Let’s take a look at some of the options for spotting a fake diamond.

Look for Flaws Under a Magnifying Glass

One way to spot a fake diamond at home is to look at it under a magnifying glass. Get a magnifying glass (of ten times magnification or higher) and compare your suspected fake to a diamond you know is real. In this test, finding flaws (internal and external) is actually a good sign that your diamond is likely to be real.

Real diamonds are formed over many years in the earth’s crust. This natural formation leads to some flaws on the diamond, flaws that will look like tiny scratches under magnification. Many fakes, on the other hand, have no flaws at all, as they were made in a lab.

One thing to note about this, however, is that some real diamonds may have no flaws if they are internally and externally flawless. This type of natural diamond is incredibly rare (and tends to be incredibly expensive) but it is possible that your diamond may be flawless rather than fake. If you’re unsure after doing the magnification test, you can always take your diamond into a jeweler for a second opinion.

Test the Density of a Fake Diamond

Here’s a simple way to spot a fake diamond: place the loose stone in a glass of water and watch how it sinks. Real diamonds are very dense and will sink to the bottom of the glass. Many fakes will not and will either fall slowly or float. This test works best on smaller stones, as larger fakes may have enough weight to sink quickly, even though they may not be as dense as a real diamond.

See if You Can Read Through Your Diamond

For this test, get a newspaper, book, or magazine and put your gemstone up to the words. If your diamond is real, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to see through it, as a diamond with even a decent cut will scramble up the text through light reflection and refraction. Some fakes, on the other hand, will allow you to see through to the page. This is particularly true for fakes made from glass and cubic zirconium.

Note: this test works best on round or other brilliant cut gemstones. It may not be the best test for step cut stones, which reflect light in a different way and are easier to see through, whether they are diamonds or not.

Check for Fogginess

A simple way to check a diamond for authenticity is to is head to a cool or cold location and breathe on the gemstone. Because of their chemical composition, real diamonds don’t hold heat well, which means they won’t fog up from your breath. However, other stones, including moissanite, will fog up quite easily.

Debunking an Old Wives’ Tale: The Glass Scratch Test

For our last tip, we wanted to point out a commonly recommended test that doesn’t work. You may see some people talking about doing a “glass test” to determine a diamond’s authenticity. This test involves running your suspected fake against a piece of glass and seeing whether or not it scratches the glass. While a real diamond will certainly be able to scratch glass, so will many other types of gemstones, including cubic zirconia, quartz, moissanite, and lab made diamonds. So, this test is not one we’d recommend, as many commonly used fake diamond materials will also pass.

Delicate Rose Gold Jewelry for Her

Rose gold has a uniquely romantic look. Its blushing pink color is beautiful on all skin tones, with its warm yet neutral glow. This gorgeous precious metal pairs particularly well with delicate jewelry designs, adding a distinctively feminine touch. Since delicate rose gold jewelry is a currently trending style, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorite delicate rose gold jewelry pieces that showcase the best of this trend. 

Delicate Rose Gold Jewelry Guide

Rose Gold Diamond Pendant with Six Prong Setting

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This rose gold and diamond pendant is as sweet as can be. Here, a shimmering white diamond dangles elegantly in a delicate 14k rose gold setting. The unique six prong design of this pendant setting adds beautiful detail to this piece, giving this classic design an extra special touch.

Rose Gold Bezel Set Diamond Studs

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The bezel settings used in these elegant diamond earrings give them a chic, contemporary look. These 14k rose gold bezel settings give these earrings a soft radiance, while also offering great protection to their featured diamonds, as they surround them on all sides.

Cushion Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

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In this design, a fiery cushion cut diamond sits delicately in a simple four prong rose gold setting. The rose gold used here perfectly compliments the vintage style of the distinctive yet classic cushion cut, which was the most popular diamond shape of the vintage era. This ring works beautifully as an everyday ring, adding chic shimmer to your daily style.

Rose Gold Dangle Diamond Earrings

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These dangle earrings are delicate, elegant, and incredibly sparkly. Here, two white diamonds are set in our signature dangle stud setting. Along the rose gold lever back closures of these earrings lies a row of shimmering accent diamonds, which add further sparkle to the design. The larger white diamonds that dangle from the settings sway gently as the wearer moves, catching maximum light and creating a beautiful, shimmering effect.

Pink Sapphire Studs

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Why not add a pop of color to her jewelry collection with these gorgeous pink sapphire studs? The romantic color of the pink sapphire pairs beautifully with the classic rose gold four prong settings used in this design, creating a playful and ultra feminine style.

Want to see even more radiant rose gold jewelry? View our full rose gold collection.

Design Your Own Fine Jewelry Gifts

Fine jewelry is a lovely, thoughtful choice for a gift. It’s timeless, beautiful, and something that will last for a lifetime. While all fine jewelry makes an excellent choice for a gift, custom made jewelry offers extra meaning that can make fine jewelry even more special. When you create custom jewelry for a loved one, you’re showing them that you took extra time considering what they would like. You’re creating something totally their own and gifting them something as unique and wonderful as they are.

At Diamond Studs, we have several simple-to-use jewelry builders that you can use to design your own custom fine jewelry gifts, including diamond studs, solitaire rings, and diamond and gemstone pendants.

Design Your Own Diamond Studs

Our custom diamond stud designer couldn’t be more simple. First, you choose your desired diamond shape from a variety of different options, like classic round diamonds and unique fancy diamond shapes. Then, choose your desired setting style, selecting from our classic 3 or 4 prong settings, our modern bezel setting, our glamorous halo setting, or our elegant dangle setting. Next, you select your ideal precious metal, choosing from a variety of different gold options (14k or 18k white, yellow, or rose gold) or platinum. Finally, you can choose your exact diamond size and quality to finish your custom diamond stud earrings.

After you’ve created your diamond stud earrings, you can also choose from a number of different earring back options, which allows you to select the exact level of security you desire.

Design Your Own Solitaire Ring

Whether you are looking for a unique engagement ring or a dazzling fashion ring, using our solitaire ring builder allows you to craft something totally unique. We offer a number of different options for your center stone, including white diamonds, colored diamonds, and gemstones. Once you’ve decided which center stone you’ll choose, creating a custom ring is simple. Just choose your desired gemstone or diamond shape, then decide on your ideal setting style and precious metal. Lastly, finalize your custom solitaire ring by selecting your desired quality and size for your center stone.

Design Your Own Pendant

Our custom diamond pendant designer lets you create the exact pendant you desire. You can choose from a variety of different diamond shapes, setting options, and precious metals to create your ideal look. Then, you can select your preferred diamond quality and size to finish your custom pendant.

If you’re looking for a pop of color, we also have custom colored diamond and gemstone pendant designers to help you create the colorful pendant you’ve been dreaming of.

4 Pairs of Diamond Studs That Will Make You Swoon

There’s no more essential piece of jewelry than a pair of diamond studs. While the most popular shape for diamond studs is the classic round brilliant, diamond studs come in many different shapes, which allows you to choose a shape that perfectly fits your style. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite diamond stud shapes and talk a bit about what makes them special. Whether you’re looking to get your first pair of diamond studs or shopping for a new shape to spice up your collection, these diamond studs will make you swoon.

Cushion Cut

2 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold Settings

Cushion cut diamond studs offer excellent fire (the rainbow-colored light that shimmers from a diamond) and have unique shape that gives them a vintage look. The cushion cut diamond, which was once called the old mine cut, is shaped like a square or rectangle with rounded corners. For many years, the cushion cut diamond was the most popular diamond shape, thanks to its fiery sparkle.

The cushion cut diamond looks beautiful in every metal, whether you want the icy look of white gold or platinum, or the warmer look of yellow or rose gold. The beautiful pair of cushion cut diamond earrings featured above showcases two dazzling 2 carat cushion cut diamonds set in white gold. The simple beauty of the white gold settings used here excellently compliments the cushion cut’s halo of rainbow light.

Round Cut

2 Carat Round Cut Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold Settings

Round cut diamonds are the most popular diamond shape today, thanks to their incredible sparkle and classic look. The round cut diamond is cut in what’s called a “brilliant” style, which is a way of cutting a diamond for maximum brilliance (the white-colored light that shimmers from a diamond). The round brilliant cut is unmatched in its ability to reflect and refract light.

The second most popular diamond shape, the princess cut diamond, is also a brilliant cut. However, when comparing a round vs. princess cut diamond, the round comes out above the princess in brilliance. The main reason that people choose a princess cut diamond rather than a round diamond usually comes down to style. The round diamond has a more classic look, while the princess diamond is a bit more modern.

The dazzling pair of round cut diamond earrings seen above features two 1 carat round cut diamonds set in white gold. These earrings are classic, gorgeous, and a true must-have for any diamond lover.

Pear Cut Diamonds

2 Carat Pear Cut Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold Settings

Pear cut diamonds, also called teardrop diamonds, are as unique as they are beautiful. The pear cut diamond is a less common diamond shape that has been coming back into style among those who want a less traditional diamond shape. The pear cut offers all the sparkle of any other white diamond, but has a more distinctive, eye-catching look.

Featured above is a dazzling set of pear cut diamond studs that will have heads turning from across the room. Here, two one carat pear shaped diamonds are set in elegant white gold v-end prong settings. This specialized earring setting cradles the delicate point of the pear shaped diamond, while still allowing the sides of this beautiful shape to be seen.

Asscher Cut Diamonds

2 Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold Settings

The asscher cut diamond is an art deco dream. This unique diamond cut, which has a square shape with cut corners and step cut facets, gets its name from the Asscher Brothers, who created the cut in 1902. The distinctive asscher diamond reached peak popularity in the 1920s during the art deco period of the 1920s, when bold geometric shapes (like those of the asscher cut) were all the rage.

Today, the asscher cut diamond is highly desired among many people, especially those who love its vintage look. Featured above is a pair of asscher cut earrings that perfectly showcases the asscher diamond’s distinct beauty. Here, two asscher cut diamonds are set in white gold, creating an icy, geometric style that’s to die for.

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