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JEWELRY ESSENTIALS

Clear Stud Earrings 

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These are some of the most versatile jewelry items ever conceived.  Always classy, they work in basically every situation you can dream up, from an upscale, uptown gala to impromptu cocktails with the girls.  Perfectly suited for a wide range of individuals, from those who summer in Monaco to those who are on a budget.  Actual diamonds clearly look great, as well as Cubic Zirconia, which from across the room rival diamonds in terms of sparkle-ability.  The standard size most people go with is 0.25 carat (each).  This gives you just enough of an eye-catching glimmer while still remaining subtle.  Obviously, you are free to run wild here, and can get whatever size stones you like (just remember, it doesn’t look nice if your earlobes are sagging…)

Clear Jewel Pendant Necklace

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Much like clear stud earrings, this necklace adds a touch of elegance and opulence to your overall style.  Unless you want everyone in the room gawking, it’s best advised to keep the stone size conservative (roughly a half carat), as this allows you to wear it both day and night.  The simple crystal pendant is the perfect compliment to a uniform color dress (a darker hue showcases the sparkle, a lighter shade diminishes the apparent shine).

Pearl Stud Earrings

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All the world’s your oyster when…well, you get it.  Pearls will forever remain chic, while not being too showy.  There’s just something undeniably sophisticated yet also mystical about pearls; they way they are formed, at sea, gives them an almost ethereal quality.  As pearls come in a variety of shades, choose the hue that compliments your skin tone.

Learn how to match colors to your skin tone here.

String of Pearls necklace

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As we just went over, Girls just look good in pearls.  The iconic pearl necklace has remained a consistent fashion staple for a reason: it’s both chic and timeless.  When picking out one for yourself (or as a present for another), make sure you select the perfect length; too long and it doesn’t look neat, too short and you’ll look like a naughty puppy in a collar.

Hoop Earrings

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Hoop there it is.  These earrings work on virtually every woman, regardless of age or personal style.  The key to the perfect pair?  Lies in your facial structure.  If you have teensy eensy features (ie- a button nose), it’s best to pick more slender and diminutive hoops.  Conversely, if you have more striking or prominent features, a larger hoop size is the way to go.  Another benefit, these are a great accessory if you like to wear your hair up.

Chandelier Earrings

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Here is your chance to be bold!  …Well, not too bold, but definitely fancy.  Just as the name suggests, these bountiful adornments can be the centerpiece of an outfit, catching light and reflecting it into the night.  Best with a clear stone (diamonds for the extravagant, crystal or CZ for the budget conscious) set in simple silver, gold or platinum.  Here you let the shape of the earrings do all the talking.

Statement Earrings

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The grandest part of statement earrings?  You get to make whichever statement you choose.  These are the one piece in your jewelry collection where you get to just let loose and have fun.  Whatever size or shape you choose here, you may want to try to keep the colors neutral enough to match well with a wide assortment of outfits (then again, you may not!)  Remember: make a statement, make an impression.

Chain Bracelet

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Worn alone or with a whole bunch of other bracelets, the chain has remained in vogue for decades for a reason.  Its sleek design, that melds an industrial look with the glamorous tone of precious metals, has given it staying power.  Avoid too much detailing on your chain bracelet, or additional baubles, if you want it to work for many occasions; a nice simple and smooth metal look goes with just about anything.

Statement Necklace 

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Ok, every woman should have a necklace that unabashedly touts who they are – or ten of them!  The statement necklace lets you express yourself with gems, chains, beads, feathers, charms, geometric shapes, figurines…you get the picture.  These pieces can transform any outfit from blah to oo-la-la.  Ideally, the backdrop top it’s set against should be plain or simple enough that the necklace can really stand out in all its inherent resplendency.

Cocktail Ring

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The cocktail ring makes you feels simultaneously regal and fun, like you’re at a grand Gatsby soiree.  This piece works remarkably well as a complement to other jewelry or as a stand alone dazzler.  A brilliant stone set in a neutral metal of your choosing is the way to go.  Depending on your personal fashion sense, you can choose a bright and colorful center stone for your ring, or a slightly muted one, such as pearl or even onyx.

Wrist Watch

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Granted, this item may not be a favorite of every gal, but an elegant watch can help bolster many a drab outfit to sophisticated and classic heights.  Very important here is sizing; you should make sure your watch fits snug enough on your wrist without being restrictive.  Again, a uniform precious metal will give you the desired look of grandeur and style.

The above jewelry go-to’s are of course just suggestions.  Feel free to mix and match styles, according to your own unique flair.  At the end of the day, there is only one person who knows what looks best on you: you!

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-Joe Leone 

Let’s Clear up Clarity

Diamond Clarity Made Simple  

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How clear is your diamond?  If the only answer you have for this is “um…very,” then you need a quick lesson in clarity.

Here is a handy mnemonic guide to help you understand what the diamond clarity grades truly mean, and how you can use them with panache.

This list is in descending order, from BEST (yay!) …to worst (oh dear).
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10 Celebrity Diamond Engagement Rings – Worth Over A Million Dollars

Greed is Good. 

Michael Douglas knew he’d better come correct when he proposed to Catherine Zeta Jones.  A ten carat, marquise shaped diamond, set (*get this*) horizontally, certainly did the trick.  The Art Deco, Gatsby inspired design is a throwback to simpler times (like Michael’s childhood days of bootlegging).

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12 More Songs Featuring Diamonds!

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You loved our 11 songs about diamonds so much that we are treating you with another diamondy dozen!

1 – BeyonceFlawless – 2013

This musically modest journey into Beyonce’s psyche reveals just how she feels about herself: she wakes up each day and is already perfect.   Essentially, she is likening herself to an internally and externally flawless diamond (“D” color, ideal cut, “FL” clarity).  It’s nice when people have self confidence…overwhelming self confidence.

best diamond line:  “this diamond: flawless – my diamond: flawless – this rock: flawless”

2 – Paul SimonDiamonds on the Soles of her Shoes – 1986

A Carribean island inspired, feel good song about a poor suitor and a wealthy girl (she’s got diamonds literally on the bottom of her feet).  Critics have said this actually represents the diamond trade of South Africa, and the contentious relationship between the companies and workers (and the impact of apartheid).  Yet with Paul’s pleasantly melodious voice, everything seems happy here.

best diamond line:  “she’s got diamonds on the soles of her shoes, that’s one way to lose these walking blues.”

3 – Joan BaezDiamonds and Rust – 1975

The famed folk singer produced a very lovely ballad about her brief but passionate affair with then lover Bob Dylan.   The title refers to the dichotomy of their ephemeral relationship.  Kind of odd that this song would later be covered by the heavy metal band Judas Priest…

best diamond line:  “I’ll be damned; here comes your ghost again – it’s not unusual, just that the moon is full…”

4 – FabolousDiamonds ft. Young Jeezy – 2007

Little Wayne was originally supposed to appear on this track, but opted out because he vehemently protests the diamond trade industry…or maybe because Def Jam just wanted to have another of their artists on this diamond jam.  This song shows a direct correlation between wearing diamond encrusted chains and the ability to procure female companionship.

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TIE:  “She saw my chain and she started relaxin’, now that’s what I call a dang* chain reaction.”

and  “lotta carats – not the ones Bugs Bunny snackin’ on.”

5 – Seals and CroftsDiamond Girl – 1973

Never heard of these two?  Neither had we, but this diamond ditty is fairly catchy and easy to listen to.   Compares a love interest to a shiny diamond (having external and internal beauty …these guys were known for their unparalleled originality…).  This soft rock duo broke up, got back together, disbanded again, and then..who really cares?

best diamond line:  “diamond girl; such a rare thing, radiant child “

6 – Kiss – Black Diamond  – 1975

Are you ready to rock?  Kiss proves to be ahead of their time yet again, as black diamonds have recently been crowed the “coolest.” LINK TO BLOG.  These guys may wear mime make-up, but they sure know how to croon in a rockin’ manner.  This song seems to be about some sort of lovely vagabond who dwells on the street, hence the ‘black diamond’ description.

best diamond line:  “Darkness will fall on the city, It seems to follow you too…”

7 – David BowieDiamond Dogs – 1974

DB is without a doubt a music/style innovator.  This album/title track is about a protagonist, Halloween Jack (possibly a pre-cursor to the Nightmare Before Christmas guy?) and his travels in a post apocalyptic Manhattan – where “Diamond Dogs” (greedy capitalists?) attempt to destroy him.  Among other things.  Definitely a cool term to use for any glittering, yet avaricious types.

best diamond line:  “The Diamond Dogs are poachers and they hide behind trees”

8 – Kylie MinogueWhite Diamond – 2010

This touching song chronicles some of the poignant experiences Kylie went though during her battle with cancer.  A white diamond perfectly symbolizes the strength and brilliance she exhibited during her fight.

best diamond line:  “I got the light that’s gonna treat you right and luminate what’s already there.”

9 – The Bird and the BeeDiamond Dave – 2009

This hipster indie duo released this track about the lady (Inara George) singer’s girlhood crush on David Lee Roth, formerly of the band Van Halen.  “Diamond Dave” was his nickname then, and the song fully explains how he truly was like a diamond: invaluable and completely unique.  The video features geek icons Eric Wareheim and one of the nerds from The Big Bang Theory unsuccessfully doing Diamond Dave impressions.

best diamond line:   “Pretty Dave, I still carry such a flame.”

10 – Ricki Lee – Raining Diamonds – 2011

This super um..upbeat, synth heavy tune by Aussie songstress Ricki Lee Coulter details her philosophy on love: regular affection is not good enough, it better be so intense that priceless gemstones fall from the sky.  Snarkiness aside…it’s pretty catchy.

“best” diamond line:  “Whoa Whoa Whoa – I know that love is more than just surviving; I need it raining diamonds.”

11 – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)Four Little Diamonds – 1983

This song is the most direct, metaphor-free track on the list.  It’s about a girl who scammed him (the lead singer) into buying her a ring that had 4 little diamonds in it, then cheated on him and ran out like a scoundrel.  …Maybe if he had just gotten her one decent sized diamond…

best diamond line:  “I keep wonderin’ about her, day and night – She probably thinks I was a fool; she’s right.”

12 – Earl J. (Kit) CarsonBig Blue Diamonds – 1950

This oldie is about what most songs from this era are: heartbreak.  It’s simple and really aurally pleasing.  Kit basically wants to get his lady fair a diamond, a gigantic, azure one, to be precise.  Sadly though, he couldn’t afford her expensive tastes and she peaced out.  Aww (but you’re better without her, Kit.)  Many have covered this song over the years, but the original is still the best.

best diamond line:  “Big diamonds, big blue diamonds tell the story of the love that no one man could hold”

Enjoy this sparking batch – more to come!

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-Joe Leone

Diamond Celebrity Personalities

Every diamond is unique, just like people (or as they like to think).  As there are certain diamond types and classifications, there are obviously distinct types of people too.  In an effort to educate what diamond styles, shapes and grades represent, we have compiled a collection of diamond varieties and their corresponding humans.

Any Diamond with an Excessively Large Carat Weight…and many Inclusions (internal flaws)

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This diamond type is exactly what it sounds like: all show with little substance.  Also fits into the “Good from a far, far from a good” philosophy.  A large carat diamond will wow people (especially those with under-developed tastes) at first, but a closer inspection reveals cracks beneath the surface and an overall dullness.
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