The Beautiful and Bold Black Diamond

Black diamonds captivate in these glamorous, eye-catching halo diamond studs.

Black diamonds have a bold, captivating look. Their rich, beautifully deep color lends an air of mystery and passion to every piece of black diamond jewelry.

While black diamond jewelry has been rising in popularity in recent years, many people don’t know much about the rare, unique black diamond. In this post, we’re answering all the most commonly asked questions about black diamonds. We’ll cover what gives black diamonds their color, the cost of black diamonds, the meaning of black diamonds, and more. Let’s take a closer look at the beautiful and bold black diamond.

 

What is a Black Diamond?

This bezel set solitaire ring features a beautifully bold black diamond at its center.

Black diamonds are a kind of colored diamond. Colored diamonds get their color from interacting with different minerals while forming over millions of years in the earth’s crust. In the case of black diamonds, the get deep their color from absorbing many tiny particles of black minerals (commonly, graphite, pyrite, and/or hematite).

Because black diamonds get their color from these many tiny black particles, most black diamonds used in jewelry have been heat treated, which evens out and enriches their coloring.

 

Are Black Diamonds Expensive?

These round black diamond studs, crafted from rare black diamonds and 14k yellow gold, have a surprisingly affordable price tag.

While black diamonds are very rare, they’re still one of the most affordable of all diamond colors. Wondering why? The reason is simply that, historically, black diamonds haven’t been as highly desired as other diamonds. But if you love the rich, bold look of black diamonds, this is great news for you, as you’ll find that they’re much more affordable than other diamonds. A black diamond usually costs less than half of what a similar quality white diamond would.

 

The Meaning of Black Diamonds

A round black diamond dangles from a 14k white gold chain in this luxe pendant necklace.

Black diamonds carry all the same meanings as white diamonds (such as love and faithfulness) but their color gives them additional meaning. Black diamonds also symbolize certainty, power, passion, and longevity.

 

Can You Use a Black Diamond in an Engagement Ring?

This black diamond engagement ring features a round black diamond set in luxe yellow gold

Yes! There are really no rules for what makes up your engagement ring. So, if you think a black diamond would be perfect for you or your partner, you should feel free to get a black diamond engagement ring.

And black diamond engagement rings, while historically uncommon, have recently become much more popular. Black diamond engagement rings have been worn by celebs like Carmen Electra and Kat Von D. And of course, famously, Carrie received a massive (and stunning) 5-carat black engagement ring from Mr. Big at the end of the film Sex in the City 2.

 

Black Diamonds: Style and Use in Jewelry

Two princess cut black diamonds are enclosed in yellow gold settings, which add a beautiful contrast to these bold black diamond studs.

One of the best things about black diamonds is their unique, stand-out look. Black diamonds add an eye-catching, mysterious edge to every piece they’re used in. Black diamonds also look beautiful with every precious metal. White metals, like white gold and platinum, compliment the cool look of black diamonds, enhancing their boldness. And warm-toned metals, like yellow and rose gold, provide a beautiful contrast that enhances the depth of black diamonds.

Want to see more of the beautiful and bold black diamond? Browse our full selection of black diamond jewelry.

2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Everyone wants to give their mom the perfect gift on Mother’s Day. But all mothers are different; there’s no one gift that will suit every mother’s taste. That’s why, this year, we’ve put together a Mother’s Day gift guide to help you choose the perfect gift to suit your mother’s unique style and personality. From the classic and classy mom to the fun-loving and free-spirited mom, this gift guide has something for every mother.

For the Chic Mom

Asscher-Cut Diamond and Rose Gold Pendant, 1/2 ctw, $1,169 with 10% Savings

This distinctively elegant necklace is the perfect choice for the mother with a chic sense of style. The unique, vintage asscher cut of this pendant’s diamond is perfectly paired with a simple rose gold pronged setting. This diamond pendant is classic, yet manages to elegantly incorporate some modern trends, making it an ideal fit for the chic mother’s fashionable sensibilities.

For the Classic Mom

Round White Diamond Studs in White Gold, 3/4 ctw, $899 with 10% Savings

Some women love classic, traditional styles; styles that are timeless. If your mother has a more traditional sense of style, there’s no better gift than these classic white diamond studs. Diamond studs are perhaps the most classic jewelry item and these particular studs use only time-tested, classic design elements. These radiant studs are made in versatile white gold and set with two round brilliant diamonds, making them the ultimate classic pair of studs (that any mother with a classic style would adore).

For the Silly Mom

Round Blue Diamond Earrings in Rose Gold, 1/2 ctw, $629 with 10% Savings

Is your mother a free spirit? Does she always find a way to make life as fun as possible? Then these incredibly unique and bright blue diamond studs are the perfect choice for her. These studs, made of rose gold and set with two blue diamonds, are both beautiful and fun; they’ll add a cheerful pop of color to your fun-loving mother’s wardrobe.

For the Elegant Mom

Cushion Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring in Rose Gold, 1/2 ctw, $1,214 with 10% Savings

This rose gold and cushion cut solitaire ring is a sophisticated choice, one that’s perfect for the mother with an elegant sense of style. This simple yet stunning ring features a half carat cushion-cut white diamond prong set in rose gold. This ring is chic yet subtle, beautiful yet understated— it’s the perfect choice for the mother who always looks elegantly put together.

For the Trendy Mom

Pear Shaped White Diamond Studs in White Gold, 1 ctw, $2,429 with 10% Savings

If your mom loves staying up on all the latest fashion trends, she’ll love these pear-shaped diamond studs. Uniquely shaped diamonds are a big trend at the moment, with more and more fashionistas staying away from traditional round diamonds and opting for more distinctive shapes. These pear-shaped diamond studs incorporate this burgeoning trend, while still being simple enough to wear every day. These dazzling, unique studs are sure to wow trendy moms.

For the Sporty Mom

Blue Sapphire Studs in Rose Gold, 2/3 ctw, $404 with 10% Savings

These brightly colored studs are a great choice for an athletic mom— they’re fun, simple, and unfussy. These studs, made with brightly beautiful blue sapphires, will add beauty and color to your mom’s life, without getting in the way of her active lifestyle.

For the Bold Mom

Round Black Diamond Earrings in White Gold, 1 ctw, $499 with 10% Savings

If your mom has a bold fashion sense, black diamonds are a great choice for her. Black diamonds are richly beautiful and much more of a fashion statement than traditional white diamonds. These round black diamond earrings are distinctively stylish— just like your boldly stylish mother.

For the Cool Mom

Brown Diamond Pendant in Rose Gold, 1/2 ctw $944 with 10% Savings

If your mom has a cool, edgy sense of style, she won’t want a classic or traditional piece of jewelry. Instead, she’ll want something more unique, more on the cutting-edge, like this gorgeous brown diamond pendant. In this pendant, a half carat brown diamond is complemented by a gorgeous rose gold setting, creating a warmly beautiful look that any cool mom will love.

Make Her Mother’s Day Special

While the perfect piece of jewelry will definitely make your mother smile, try making your gift even more special by surprising her with her gift. Try taking your mother out to a lovely Mother’s Day brunch at one of her favorite restaurants (or that new restaurant she’s been dying to try). She’s likely to think that the brunch is her gift; then, when you give her gorgeous new jewelry, she’ll be surprised and thrilled. Taking a little extra time to plan how you’ll give your mother her gift will help make her Mother’s Day even more special. You’ll be creating a memory she’ll treasure just as much as her new jewelry.

Guidelines for Choosing Quality Diamond Studs

Diamond studs are an incredibly versatile jewelry staple. They pair perfectly with almost every outfit— plus, their design can be customized to suit your exact tastes. You can choose your ideal metal, setting, diamond shape, and diamond quality for your studs. But when there are so many variables when shopping for diamond studs, how can you be sure you’re buying the pair that’s right for you? Read on to see our guidelines for selecting quality diamond studs! 

1. Mind the 4Cs

The four Cs are important to consider when buying any diamond, and the diamonds in your diamond studs are no exception. If you don’t already know, the four Cs are four different qualities that define a diamond: diamond carat, diamond cut, diamond clarity, and diamond color.

Carat, perhaps the most well known of the four Cs, is a measurement of how much a diamond weighs (and is also a reasonably good indicator of size). Cut is a measurement of how well a diamond was cut, clarity is how clear (meaning free of inclusions and blemishes) a diamond is, and color defines how white a diamond is.

When considering how well diamonds in a pair of diamond studs stack up according to the four Cs, it’s important to know how important each quality is to you. Do you want the whitest diamond you can get? Or do you want the largest diamond you can get? You can choose which aspects of your diamonds are the most important to you, then shop with that in mind.

2.  Only Buy Certified Diamonds

This step is extremely important when shopping for diamond studs: you should only buy diamonds that are GIA or AGSL certified. If the diamonds you buy aren’t certified, there’s no way of ensuring you know the quality you’re buying. To avoid overpaying for subpar diamonds, it’s best to never buy uncertified diamonds.

3.  Consider A Pop of Color

While white diamonds are certainly the most classic choice for a pair of diamond studs, diamonds come in many different color options. If you are shopping for someone who loves to wear color (or if you’re shopping for yourself and you love color), consider choosing blue or yellow diamonds for your studs. You can also choose different neutral colors for your diamonds; brown and black diamonds are sophisticated alternatives to white diamonds.

4.  Choose Your Metal

Selecting the right metal for your diamond studs is important both stylistically and practically. On the practical side of things, you should remember that gold is softer than platinum, and is more likely to get scuffed. And the higher the karat of gold, the softer it is. So if you’re shopping for someone who’s very active (or maybe someone who just doesn’t want to be super careful with their jewelry), platinum or a lower karat gold might be a better choice for them.

Style-wise, certain people simply prefer certain metal colors over others. If you’re shopping for yourself, you likely know which metal colors appeal to you most. But if you’re shopping for someone else, make sure to consider which color of jewelry they might like best.

5.  Pick A Setting You’ll Love

Diamond studs can be set in a few different ways. They can be prong set, which allows the side of the diamond to be seen. Or they can be bezel set, which shows very little of a diamond’s sides but has the advantage of being exceptionally secure. You can also choose to get a halo setting, which adds major sparkle to a pair of studs. Think about which setting appeals to you most (or would appeal to whoever you’re shopping for) before you buy.

6.  Keep It Secure

The last step to choosing your perfect diamond studs? Make sure you pick the right backing style for you. Earring backings are what keep diamond studs securely in place on your ear, and there are a few different kinds. Push backs are the standard earring backing, screw backs are a more secure backing that screws into place, and secure lock backs are the most secure backing that locks into place. Consider which backing would best suit you (or the lucky person you’re shopping for), then choose the backing that you think would work best.

Those are our six guidelines for buying quality diamond studs! Ready to buy your perfect pair? Check out our diamond stud builder to design your ideal diamond studs.

Why Diamond Jewelry is a Good Investment

Diamond jewelry is beautiful, special, and something that will last a lifetime— but it’s also a good investment. Diamond jewelry, like many other physical commodities, tends to increase in price over time, regardless the state of the economy. That’s because, while the diamonds themselves are valuable, so are the precious metals used in fine jewelry. And if a piece of diamond jewelry is especially well-crafted or exceptionally beautifully designed, that can also increase the value of the piece over time.

Are you thinking of investing in diamond jewelry? Or wondering if some diamond jewelry is a better investment than the rest? Let’s take a look at the best diamond jewelry to invest in.

The Best Diamond Jewelry To Invest In

When it comes to investing in diamond jewelry, it’s important to consider what holds value best in the market, as well as what will be the easiest to sell.

So, first let’s consider what kind of jewelry holds its value exceptionally well. When it comes to the value of diamond jewelry, the value of the jewelry is all about the market perception. And what’s the one thing the jewelry market cares most about? Rarity.

More rare diamonds are considered more desirable, across the board. And the type of diamonds that are the rarest? Colored diamonds and exceptionally high-quality white diamonds. Naturally colored diamonds are incredibly rare, with red and blue diamonds being the rarest. But pink, orange, green, and yellow diamonds are also quite rare and are, therefore, highly desired.

When you’re considering the investment quality of diamond jewelry, you should also consider the metal it’s set in. Gold (white or yellow) and platinum are both excellent investments that tend to hold value well. So, as long as your diamond jewelry is made with these precious metals, this will add to the overall value of your jewelry.

Now we move onto the next part of the investment equation: how easy your jewelry will be to sell. We’ve already covered that rare diamonds hold their value well, but it’s important to also consider what the market wants. Consider buying rare diamonds with highly desired cuts, like round or cushion cut diamonds, rather than unusual, less popular cuts like the marquise. Make sure to get a good feel for what the market consistently likes when considering whether or not a piece of jewelry is the best investment.

One last note on buying jewelry: always, always make sure the jewelry you buy is certified. Don’t take a seller’s word for it that a diamond has a certain carat or color— only buy diamond jewelry that comes with GIA certification so you know the exact value of what you’re buying.

Diamond Jewelry Investment and Diversifying

As with any kind of investment, it’s important to diversify your diamond jewelry investments. Consider collecting different kinds of diamond jewelry (like both blue diamond jewelry and yellow diamond jewelry, for example) to protect yourself from market fluctuations.

Investing in diamond jewelry itself is also a good way to diversify your overall investment portfolio. Acquiring physical investments like diamonds and precious metals is a good way to protect yourself from the fluctuations in other investments you may have, like stocks. When your investment portfolio is diverse, you can hedge your bets against the unstable market and set yourself up for a higher rate of success.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18k White Gold Bezel Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

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

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Platinum 3-Prong Martini Round Green Emerald Gemstone Stud Earrings

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14k White Gold Halo Round Green Emerald Gemstone Earrings

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

Valentine’s Day Jewelry For Her

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with hearts, flowers, and love. The perfect gift for this occasion is jewelry. A man can never go wrong with the gift of jewelry, as it symbolizes commitment. We’ve listed the best gift ideas for this holiday season and feature our Hearts and Arrows Diamonds, which are a rarity in the jewelry world. Show your loved one just how in love you are with these impressive gift options.

Earrings

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Presenting your significant other with a perfectly wrapped little box during a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner is a sure way to make her smile. Gifting her pair of diamond stud earrings are a timeless fashion piece that will never go out of style. Their versatility in matching with almost every outfit will surely thrill your special someone. Their everyday use will also serve as a constant reminder that they are loved by you.

Pendants

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Maybe skip the roses this year and go with a bolder approach, such as with this dazzling rose gold colored diamond necklace. A new pendant is always a safe bet for Valentine’s Day for that special someone. The warm, pinkish tone has really become a hot trend with accessories and it will sure compliment any skin tone. The diamond solitaire will hang pleasantly on your lover’s neck, making a graceful statement. The pendant is also featured in white and yellow gold, for a more classic and traditional look.

Rings

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Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend! This is no ordinary diamond ring. This exquisite piece will surely make any heart flutter if presented at the right time. Make this day truly special for your loved one with this one-of-a-kind, uniquely designed ring that serves such grace on one’s hand. The beauty of this diamond band is undeniable and one that your one and only will adore. Take your relationship to the next level, with the sophisticated cut of the Hearts and Arrows Diamond.

2016 Winter Jewelry Trends

As the weather cools down even more and we approach the many end-of-the-year holidays, our jewelry choices evolves and change. It’s time to leave the summer and early fall styles behind and transition to this season’s hottest trends. Read more to find out what our experts at Diamond Studs recommend for remaining in style.

Trend #1: Gemstones

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Gemstones remain a fashion trend year after year for their sultry appeal and hint of color. This fashion trend can be incorporated with these 14K Rose Gold Bezel Earrings with Pink Sapphires. Pair it off with your neutral winter attire to achieve the perfect blend of chic and sophistication.

Trend #2: Black Accessories

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This 4-Prong Black Diamond Solitaire Ring adds the perfect amount of edge without causing a dispute with your classic style. Black and darker accessories pair beautifully with whites for an unconventional take on sophistication. The faint touch of black in your accessories and jewelry can turn up the excitement for any occasion.

Trend 3: Nature-Inspired

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For the year of 2016, we have been delighted to sport floral-inspired looks for the spring, and leaf-inspired adornments for the fall. This nature-influenced trend has made its way throughout the industry in both bridal and fashion jewelry, so why not pair your attire this winter, with these 10K White Gold Snowflakes Round-Cut Diamond Earrings to achieve a more ethereal look.

Trend 4: Be Bold with Blue

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Blue is strong and provides a nice, clean statement. Combining the winter’s “white atmosphere” with your blue jewelry, like this 14K Blue Diamond Solitaire Pendant, can easily create a crisp and elegant feel. Blue and white is simply a classic and chic combination that will remain a go-to look for many seasons to come.

Trend 5: Rose Gold

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Rose Gold is becoming the go-to metal this season. With its warm, blush tone, it can be easily paired off with the deeper tones of winter clothing. Take this 14K Rose Gold Halo Princess-Cut Diamond Stud Earrings, the subtle rosey-pink with a touch of shine will brighten up your winter attire easily. Discover great deals with our Rose Gold Collection to get up to 10% off site wide!