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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4-Prong Basket Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold

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 Set Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold

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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Halo Set Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold

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.

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.

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.

 

Earrings Style Guide

Dressing up for an event, big or small usually means accessorizing, as well. Whether it be a day or night gig, choosing the right pair of earrings to wear can be tricky. Even once you finally decide on the perfect pair to base your outfit on, it can still cause you to second-guess yourself. To help minimize any feelings of doubt or anxiety, here are some tips on how to prepare and style yourself with the earrings at Diamond Studs.

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Step 1 : Ask yourself, ‘What kind of statement are you are trying to make?’
How much of a pop does your outfit really need? Are you trying to dress it up or down? If the occasion requires more of a formal, dress code at a night event, you’d probably want to go a little more flashy, with diamond-based earrings to match the elegancy of the atmosphere.  In contrast, if it is in a more casual setting, gemstones or a simple metal-plated pair of earrings will do.

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Step 2: Style to match your outfit & hair
Assuming that you have already thought ahead on the look you’d like to achieve, pasting it all together would be the next step. For example, if you are thinking of styling your hair in an up-do with your shoulders bare, chandeliers or a nice pair hoops would be your best bet. This getup leaves room for the dangling earrings to stand out. If you’re dressing a little more reserved and subtle, studs or clusters would work exceptionally well. With the many options from your jewelry collection, it probably would be easier to narrow things down by sticking to a color or theme for your outfit. Between: white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum, white gold is usually the go-to for its classic appeal. For those who like to shake things up, popular colored diamonds and gemstones are also great earring choices for a less traditional approach.

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Step 3: Wear with care
Now that the hard part is out of the way, the next tip is to take proper precautionary steps to make your jewelry wearing experience a pleasant one. This is a great time to check if there are any components to the earring that are missing, or in need of replacement. It is also important to clean the earrings by using a disinfectant to avoid any possibilities of infections or discomforts when wearing the accessory. It is also important to make sure that the earring has not become rusty or broken, especially if it is not of the highest quality. Note that diamond-based earrings require special care, as the stone should be shined and cleaned in warm water, while gently scrubbed with mild jewelry cleaners.

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Final Step: Rock your earrings / storing how-to’s
Now you are ready to go out there and rock your outfit! After returning back home from an eventful time, we highly recommend to find a secure place to store the jewels back; where dust, light, and other factors are least likely to damage the accessory. It’s easy to forget and be indifferent about the storage of such precious items, but leaving them on the dresser or elsewhere can shorten their lifespan and affect their quality.

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When styling up for an event, jewelry plays an important key factor in completing the look. Whether you prefer simple diamond studs to more fashionable, trendy pieces, earrings have a big impact on your outfit. Here at DiamondStuds.com, we aim to help and provide high quality accessories for all of your accessory needs. We believe that shopping for earrings doesn’t have to be complicated or serious. Connect with one of our diamond and jewelry consultants for more tips!

Awesome Gift Ideas for Mom on Mother’s Day

Oh, Mother’s Day, one of the most joyful and nerve racking days of the year. It’s the one day of the year you can dedicate to those who know and love you most, your mother. It comes around every year, and it seems every year you struggle to find the perfect gift in just the right amount of time. Well, this year you won’t have to worry as we have put together the top gift ideas that any mother would adore. The first thing to remember is that this day is special, and so is your mom, therefore any gift she receives should reflect that.

The Card

Now, I know many of us have a difficulty putting into words just how much we love dear old mom. Surprisingly enough, it is agreed upon from most moms that the card is the most important part of any gift, and to many, the only gift they truly desire.  Your mom wants to be reminded just how much they mean to you and how important they are, in case you forget to tell her often (most of us do). Try writing a poem, make it rhyme and have fun with it. Not poetic? Keep it simple and I can assure you it will be the most influential accessory to your mother’s day gift. It’s the necessity, and the easiest gift to ever put together.

Mom’s Best Friend

This can be the greatest gift you can ever gift your mother with. Diamonds aren’t only a girl’s best friend, but they’re definitely a mom’s as well. Your mom has always been your rock, and now it’s time you give her her very own. Diamond stud earrings are timeless, and always appropriate. This will be the mother’s day your favorite lady will never forget. It shows you put thought, time, and a bit of pocket change into splurging on her.  Plus, by doing so, you are making sure she stays sparkling at all times.  It’s a win, win! Is your mom obsessed with colored stones? The certified 14k White Gold Blue Diamond Stud Earrings is sure to please. It cushions the stone with a 4-Prong Basket Round and sits at 1.50 carats. The studs have  a dazzling round cut, and a I1-I2 clarity. You can even have it with a push back, screw back, or lever back setting!

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If your mother has a simpler taste, try going with the gorgeous classic halo stud earring. You can choose from a round or princess cut shape.  The white gold diamond cut stud is all glamour and more.  It too, can come with a push, screw, or secure lock backing to make sure it always remains in place.  The dashing diamonds weigh in at 1.0 carrots, have an excellent cut, and a I1 clarity.

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Beauty Products She Wouldn’t Buy for Herself

It’s true our mothers aren’t getting any younger, and some refuse to believe it. Help your mom nurture her skin back to perfection by getting her a variety of products she wouldn’t go out and get for herself. This can be a variety of facial kits, youth rejuvenation serums, and anti-aging masks. Make sure to wrap it up to show how much you care about keeping her appearance and skin at its best!