Trending Earring Styles

When it comes to accessorizing, earrings are a must! Since your ears are adjacent to your head, dressing them up with diamonds and gems draws attention towards the most important part of you—your face. As 2016 goes into full swing, let’s look at some of the best earring trends of the year.

Hoops
Hoops have been a classic trend over the years. In fact, I’m sure most of us could peek into our jewelry collection and spot a pair of hoops right now. Hoops are back this year, but this time around it’s all about keeping them thin. Choose a pair adorned in diamonds to really make this slender style sparkle.

 

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Yellow Gold
This sunny hue of the most universally favored metal, gold, is continuing to shine bright this year in earring trends. The extra dash of color creates a more eye-catching look and creates a vibrant contrast when paired with gemstones.

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A Brush Of The Shoulder
Drop down earrings that are shoulder length are currently trending! This versatile style features a multitude of styles. Drop down earrings elongate the face and neck, adding to the elegant and feminine look this dazzling style provides.

 

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Endearing Estate

Estate earrings hold classic beauty and Old-World elegance. The aesthetically pleasing designs incorporate the best styles from the decades before us, to create new pieces with classic appeal.

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Cluster Earrings
Clustered diamonds are making a huge entrance in 2016—mostly because this new style adds even more glam for a fraction of the cost! Who wouldn’t want that? Jewelers have incorporated this style into earrings by grouping multiple little diamonds together to create the illusion of one large diamond, like this design by Diamond Studs.

 

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Awesome Gift Ideas for Your Best Friend

We know that a lot of thought and times goes into buying a gift for your best friend.  After all, they’ve been there by your side through thick and thin, whenever you needed a sounding board, and when you just needed someone to laugh with.  Your best friend is the one who knows everything about you and is probably the person you spend the most time with. When giving your best friend a gift, you want to make sure it is something they will like or something that is sentimental. Whether it’s a birthday gift, holiday gift, or a gift to show your appreciation, the list below could be a huge help!

1. Spa Day

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Does your bestie have a hectic schedule that just makes it impossible for him or her to take some time off and relax? A spa day makes the perfect gift for someone who needs time to rejuvenate and spend some time on themselves for once. There are many packages at various spas that will be perfect for your best friend. Check them out online to get a better idea of what they have to offer.

2. Something Special 

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You know your best friend and if she likes jewelry, you know exactly what style.  For the girl who loves dainty and classic pieces, you can gift your bestie a bezel solitaire pendant and maybe even buy one for yourself thus making it a friendship necklace.

3. Fitness Pass

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Does she always mention that she wants to get into shape? Or is she already a fitness guru? Get your bestie a fitness pass to a class you know she would enjoy. Whether it’s kickboxing, cycling, or yoga, there are several studios that offer great packages and prices for a bundle of classes.

4. An Outfit 

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Shopping together is most probably an activity you and your best friend commonly partake in.  After all, who else would tell you the truth about matching that belt with that dress.  If you and your best friend often shop and she considers herself to be a fashionista, set up and gift her an outfit that you’ll know she’ll love!

5. Sparkling Studs

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Many women have their favorite pair of earrings.  Studs are the usual favorite because they go with everything.  If you’ve noticed your best friend always has the same pair of studs on, maybe it’s time she gets a new pair.  The princess-cut diamond earrings featured above add a modern twist to the classic diamond studs.

6. Concert Tickets 

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Chances are you and your bestie share similar interests, including the same music taste. If you and your best friend are currently obsessing over the same artist or band, look to see if you can purchase concert tickets for the two of you. This will blow her away!

7.  Night Out

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Sometimes, all a friend needs is a nice night out. Nothing too wild or crazy, just a sit-down dinner with her best friend at her favorite restaurant! Take your bestie out for the night and give her some time to unwind and relax.

8. Classic Diamond Ring 

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Give your best friend a ring that she will always cherish. It’s a simple buy (if you know the ring size) and easy to wear. Rings come in many shapes and colors. Purchasing one that is of better quality and slightly pricier is a better idea because the color won’t fade, it’s an everyday piece, and it’ll last a lifetime.  The diamond solitaire ring featured above is made with solid 14k white gold.

Top Proposal Stories of 2015

Most men struggle to try to find the best way to propose. Some of them will even spend sleepless nights trying to figure out the most romantic way of doing so. Well, 2015 has been a year full of love. Check out the top proposal stories of 2015 below. You may just find a way to propose this year!

365 Proposal Videos

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Dean and Jenifer met on an online dating social platform.   After only 8 months of dating, Dean felt that Jenifer was the one.  Although he knew she was the one, he felt that it was too early to propose to her. He started prepping for her proposal on her 25th birthday and decided to create a video dedicated to her every day until her 26th birthday. Dean’s family helped him present the videos to Jenifer once her birthday came around. As Jenifer went through the videos she saw Dean on the background holding a banner reading “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”  If a video every day doesn’t show dedication and love, what does?

Proposal on a Baseball Pitch

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Megan is a victim of domestic violence. On January 2012, Megan was stabbed repeatedly by her ex-boyfriend. Luckily, a guy by the name of Cameron came to her rescue and helped fly her to the hospital for an emergency treatment. Once Megan had fully recovered, the two exchanged e-mails which then led to two and half years of dating.  One day, as they were playing baseball, Megan noticed something written on the ball. As the ball sprawled towards her, she noticed it was engraved with “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” and right below her was Cameron on one knee holding a ring.

Album Proposal

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Nick met Whitney in college and thus, began their 5-year relationship.  Whitney had made an observation that although they had dated for so long they barely had any pictures together. Nick decided to take matters into his own hands and build an album filled with pictures that they took from then on out to use when he was going to make his proposal to Whitney. On their fifth anniversary, Nick pulled out this album in a gift box with a ring next to it.  So completely sentimental that we even got emotional!

Christmas Tree Proposal

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David and Melisa met back at Liberty University during their first year of school.  They reconnected in Houston working as camp counselors. Three years later, David saw it best to propose to Melisa.  During the holidays, he requested Melisa to accompany her to the Christmas tree farm but little did she know what was waiting for her. One of the Christmas trees had a letter, strategically placed by David.  He lit up the tree and pulled it down to read it to her.  He got out the ring he had made specifically for her, with a note saying, “will you marry me?”

An Emotional Proposal

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That night Jake decided it was time to propose to Christine. As they hung out on one of their favorite beaches in LA, Jake pulled a letter from his coat and started reading it to her. Christine could not hold back her tears as the letter was addressed to Christine’s mother requesting her to allow him to marry Christine. When Jake was done reading the letter, he went down on his knee presenting Christine with a ring in one hand and a puppy in the other.  What better way could a guy propose to his girlfriend then an adorable puppy and ring? You can take a wild guess on how Christine reacted to this.

Proposal on a Mountain Top

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We’ve saved the best for last.  The most captivating proposal of 2015 was this mountain top escapade. Harley (pictured left) requested Houston to accompany him on a hike and participate in an interview titled “Loving from the Mountaintop.” They were also accompanied by friends that recorded the two during this interview. At some point, Harley pulled out a piece of paper and began reading a poem he had written the previous evening. He then bent down on one knee and presented a ring to Houston. Little did she know that her friends were hidden amongst the bushes and were watching this magical moment take place.  They came out clapping and cheering once the question was popped. We’re sure the view made for a breathtaking proposal as well!

Eva Longoria Is Engaged

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Desperate housewives actress Eva Longoria and businessman Jose Antonio Baston are now engaged!  Longoria announced the exciting news on a Sunday when she shared a photo of her and her new fiancé kissing in Dubai.

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The photo was posted on Instagram where she captioned it “Ummmm so this happened….#Engaged #Dubai #Happiness.” In the photo, the actress is seen wearing a stunning ruby and diamond ring and we are completely crushing over it! The gorgeous couple starting dating in 2013.

Longoria, 40, has been married twice before, but we have a feeling this one will last! Congrats to the two of them!

Diamond Promise Rings and Finding the Right One

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Chances are you have heard about someone receiving a promise ring or you have gotten one yourself. Promise rings are popular with couples who want to declare their commitment towards each other without the pressure of planning a wedding in the near future.  Although purchasing a promise ring is not as serious as purchasing an actual wedding ring that will forever symbolize your love and commitment, finding the perfect promise ring could be a little bit overwhelming because it is still an act of love. The good news is, with a little bit of research and information, you will find the perfect ring in no time!

What Does it mean? 

Over the years, promise rings have become widely popular, especially with the millennials. Promise rings can represent a variety of commitments and could mean something different to everyone. Many people use this ring as a pledge to remain true to the one they love. Since people are getting married later than sooner nowadays, a promise ring is a great way to show your love and commitment before marriage.

What Finger Does it Belong On?

Receiving a promise ring is quite exciting! However, you may be wondering what finger it should go on. A promise ring is special because of the meaning behind it, so don’t worry too much about what finger it does go on. This is completely up to you and how you decide to wear it.  Here’s a nice spin on it, put it around a chain and wear it as a necklace, so it’s close to your heart.

Choosing The Right Ring

Just like other symbolic jewelry pieces, the ring you decide to purchase depends on your style, budget, and the type of commitment you’re making. There are many rings on the market which can make it difficult but you should pick with your heart, after all, it does mean something very special.

Many times people chose a small diamond or a diamond embellished ring, like the one featured below, that can be worn every day. Other people prefer a simple band or even engrave it to make it more personal.

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Keep Your Focus

A lot of the time people forget the purpose of purchasing a promise ring, or even a wedding ring. Don’t be overwhelmed about finding the perfect ring and remember that regardless of how it looks, it’s the meaning behind it that matters. Your partner will appreciate it regardless. If this worries you too much, pay attention to the jewelry your partner wears or note down times she speaks about jewelry and take it with you when you’re ready to make the purchase.

2016 Diamond Trends

 

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Diamonds are popular year round, whether it symbolizes commitment or it’s given as a special gift. We see trends, styles, and prices change every year and are expecting the same for 2016. With wedding season on its way, many people will be looking for the perfect diamond without knowing much about what’s going on in the market. We’re here to help.  We have listed predictions for 2016 for the new diamond trends. Check them out to make sure you have all the information you need before purchasing something as valuable.

1. Lower Prices 

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While shopping around, there is no doubt that the price of diamonds has shocked you a little bit, but we have seen a significant decrease in 2015. China, which is the second-biggest market for the precious stones is dealing with an economic slowdown that has dropped diamond prices and caused the low demand. Some of the world’s largest diamond producers and distributors are cutting diamond prices by as much as 9 percent. Be ready to witness a lot more jewelry and diamond commercials!

2. Fancier Cuts 

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The most traditional cut for a diamond is round brilliant. However, recently the demand for different cuts and shapes is on the rise. We see many celebrity couples rock their exquisite shapes and styles, one of them being the oval or pear shape. These different shapes still have a long way to go to catch up to the traditional and most popular shape, but by the looks of it, this year will be a good year for fancier cuts.

3. Less is More

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Fancier cuts don’t mean the actual rings have to be over the top. Many couples are settling for simple diamonds or even just a wedding band rather than pricey and over the top diamond rings. This makes it an easier everyday ring and could be saving you loads of cash.  This elegant and simple solitaire ring shown above is the perfect ring for that special someone in your life.

4. Colored Diamonds

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Colored stones are on the rise to popularity.  One of the most popular being the pink diamond. The rarity and higher price point of pink diamonds have kept them from being widely distributed and off the fingers of non-celebrities.  If it’s in your price range however, we say get the ring!

Awesome Winter Proposal Ideas for True Romantics

 

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It’s no surprise that December is the most popular month to get engaged. With the New Year close by, couples are taking their relationships to the next step. It’s the season for love, laughter, presents, and family. What better month is there to get engaged than December? Check out the list of the best proposal ideas below if you’re thinking about taking the next step.

1) Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…or puppies.

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Who doesn’t love puppies? Whether you have one or are thinking about getting one, a puppy is the best way to propose. Surprise your partner with a puppy that has a nametag asking, “Will you marry me?” for Christmas. Casually tell her to check his collar because you came up with the best name. You can tie the ring to a bow around his neck or have it ready close by to get down on one knee. You can do the same with the dog that you already have. Either way, it will leave her in tears!

 

2) Decorating the Tree

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Decorating the tree is a fun activity we do with friends, family, and loved ones. Have the tree up ready to go with the ring tied to a bow on one of the branches, or purchase a clear ornament and drop the ring in it. While decorating, hand her that specific ornament and wait for her reaction. She will never forget this Christmas!

3) With Friends & Family

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 12.43.59 PMIf you guys love being around people, propose in front of the ones who are the closest to your hearts. During holiday dinner, make a toast and dedicate a part of it to your sweetie. Make sure the others know so they are ready to record and snap some pictures of this memorable moment. Get down on one knee and ask her the question she has been waiting for!

4) While Opening Gifts On Christmas Morning

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We all look forward to Christmas morning, no matter how old we are. Along with the other presents under the tree, put the ring in a big box, wrap it, and place it under the tree. While opening gifts, tell her to open the biggest one last. When she does, she will be in tears from happiness!

5) Ask Santa For Help

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Tell your sweetie that you have planned for the two of you to take a picture with Santa this year because you want to send out the picture to family and friends for the holidays. Have Santa ask her what she wants for Christmas and when she does, tell him to ask, “You know what is even better than that?” That’s when you pop in and propose.

6) While Picking a Tree

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Go to the tree lot where you will be picking your tree to decorate it before you take your sweetie there. With small ornaments, you can spell out “Will you marry me?” on the tree. When you arrive there, tell her you just spotted the tree and take her to see it. Once she’s in shock, get down on one knee.

How to Spot Fake Diamonds

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Many people always question whether the diamond they just purchased is real or not. After spending so much money, it’s almost impossible to not be a little apprehensive about how authentic the diamond is. Whether the diamond comes with a GIA certificate or not, there are several ways to test the diamond to see if it is authentic.

Use a Loupe Magnifying Glass

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A loupe is a 10x magnifying glass that jeweler’s use to see inclusions in gemstones. All diamonds have inclusions and internal quirks. One determining factor between a fake diamond and an authentic diamond is that most fake diamonds are created to look flawless.  Use a loupe to check for inclusions.

Take a Fog Test 

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This test does not refer to taking your diamond out on a foggy day, but rather creating a “fog” around the stone by blowing on it. Real diamonds do not retain heat well, but fake diamonds will get foggy just like a phone screen.

UV Light Test   

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The majority of  real diamonds will emit a blue glow under ultraviolet lights such as black light. Fake diamonds, on the other hand, will glow other colors or not at all. It’s worth a try!

Drop it in Water 

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Loose diamonds are dense so they should sink to the bottom when dropped in a glass of water. False diamonds will float or not sink as quickly because they are less dense.

The Weight Test 

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CZ’s are much heavier than diamonds. This gets difficult to measure when the stone is in a ring setting, of course, but experts can identify weight discrepancies. Take your diamond to an expert if you’re not sure how to weigh it.