The 2017 Oscars Fashion Recap

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Photo Credit: Pop Sugar

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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Photo Credit: Celebmafia

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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Photo Credit: Tom and Lorenzo

Photo Credit: Wenner Media

Photo Credit: Wenner Media

Photo Credit: Wenner Media

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.

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How Everyone Fell In Love with the “Halo”

diamondstuds10-6Ah, the Halo-style ring- you can see it gracing the hands of so many of today’s soon to be brides. Today, the ‘Halo’ style is perhaps the most popular engagement ring style.

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The Halo is actually a type of jewelry setting and can be found in any type of jewelry. For those who are unsure what a “Halo” setting is, exactly: a Halo setting is a style in which the center stone of the piece is surrounded by a circle (or a “Halo”) of precious stones (almost always diamonds). Depending on the shape of the center stone, the “Halo” around it can be a circle, a square, pear-shaped, or really any shape that fits to the shape of the center stone.

So, what is the reason for this style’s ever-growing popularity? There are three main reasons. First, the Halo setting actually acts as an optical illusion. The halo of diamonds around the center stone creates the illusion that the center stone is much larger than it actually is, enhancing the glamour of the piece. Secondly, the iridescence from the many diamonds in the Halo setting dramatically increases the overall “sparkle” of the piece, increasing it’s beauty. Finally, the Halo trend is appealing today because it actually isn’t a new trend. Historically, Halo rings could be seen as early as the Georgian era and were massively popular in the 1920’s. So, this style, while feeling very “new” due to its trendiness today, is also a classic look. This creates a highly sought-after style that feels timeless.

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Diamond Studs is all about timeless styles. This is why we’ve created our new Halo Collection; which is coming soon. You can choose from our huge selection of gorgeous Halo earrings, pendants, and rings to add the beauty and glamour of the Halo look to your collection.

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The Halo Collection, like the rest of our selection, can be customized to fit everybody’s style. As we go into Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds we get, will go to the National Breast Cancer Awareness foundation. Join us at DiamondStuds in the fight against breast cancer by increasing awareness with your hint of shine!

Colored Diamonds & Gemstones

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Colored center stones are what many of today’s brides are looking for when searching for a  unique look for their engagement rings. This isn’t the first time brides have gravitated towards colored gems for their rings. Jacqueline Kennedy’s diamond and emerald ring created huge demand for emerald and diamond combo rings, and Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring gave the blue gem’s sales a major boost! In the past, specific gemstones like sapphires and emeralds have had their individual trend moments but, now, it seems that every shade of the rainbow is in demand with today’s brides who want something more unique than a classic white diamond.

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When you’re looking for a colored center stone for an engagement ring, there are two major categories to choose from: colored diamonds and gemstones. There are many different kinds of precious gemstones in a huge array of colors. From peridot’s olive green tint, to topaz’s fiery shine, or ruby’s deep red to sapphire’s rich blue, you can find a gemstone any color of the rainbow. Colored diamonds can also come in a variety of shades, though somewhat fewer shades than among gemstones. Still, you can find a brilliant array of colored diamonds in steel gray, white, blue, yellow, orange, red, green, pink to purple, brown, and black.

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So, what are the differences between gemstones and colored diamonds? It essentially boils down to three things: hardness, sentimental value, and specific look.

You simply can’t beat the hardness and durability of a diamond. Gems are measured on a scale of hardness from 1 to 10, with diamonds being the hardest at a 10. This scale is called the Mohs scale and it measures hardness based on what would scratch the stone. Generally, for jewelry that will be worn often, you would want gems that are a seven or above, as some particles in dust or dirt can be a seven and simply washing your hands could rub these particles on the stone and scratch it. Many precious gems are at a seven or above but some that are increasing in popularity are not. One prominent example would be the opal. Opals are currently experiencing a wave of popularity as engagement ring stones but they range from 5.5-6.5 on the Mohs scale and are therefore much more easily scratched than other precious stones. Whatever look you desire for your ring, it’s important to realize that some stones may damage more easily than others and require more care to keep in good condition. Always do your research before purchasing an expensive piece.

Sentimental value is always important for an engagement ring. For those who want a diamond because it is a symbol of “forever,” but also want a colorful look, colored diamonds could be for you. Gemstones carry a variety of meanings. If you have a specific wish for what your stone should stand for, you have many sentiments to choose from. For example, emeralds are said to be the stone of the goddess Venus and are meant to preserve love. You should research the history and lore of the stone you’re considering if meaning is important to you.

Finally, if you have a specific look in mind, that may help you decide whether you would get a colored diamond or a gem. Colored diamonds are found at the rate of about 1 in every 10,000 diamonds and are therefore extremely rare. Because of this, they are not widely available in all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you are looking for something particular, like a pink diamond of a specific shade, size, and shape it may be impossible to find simply because of how rare that particular diamond might be. Choosing a gemstone instead could help you achieve a specific look simply because of the wider variety of gemstones available.

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Whether you’re thinking of getting a colored diamond or a gemstone on your engagement ring, there are an incredible amount of beautiful designs and colors to choose from. Here at Diamond Studs, let us help you to research what you’re thinking of adding to your collection so you find that piece that’s right for you.