Diamond Stud Earrings: The “Must Have” for Every Woman’s Jewelry Collection! How to Choose the Perfect Pair for You!
Women have worn diamond stud earrings for decades. They have become increasingly popular over the last few years with men too. They are one of the basics which never go out of style, and you can dress them up or down. For those of you who wear multiple earrings on your earlobes, they go with just about any earring style making them highly versatile.
The 4 Cs and Buying Diamond Stud Earrings
You’ve all heard of the 4 Cs of diamonds: cut, color, clarity, and carat. While these specs are important to consider when investing in a diamond solitaire for an engagement ring, they’re not quite as important when purchasing diamond stud earrings. Here’s why.
People will look at your diamond stud earrings from a distance. Unlike when you’re wearing an engagement ring, you’ll extend your hand, or people will usually grab your hand and pull it closer to get a better look.
So this means—if you choose—you can get a bigger diamond with lower quality that fits your budget.
Clarity is the measurement of inclusions and blemishes in a diamond. Fewer inclusions and blemishes mean higher quality with a higher price point, whereas more inclusions and blemishes mean lower quality with a lower price point. Clarity is one area where you can go a bit lower on quality with diamond stud earrings, and no one will be the wiser.
Color is another quality where you can go a bit lower for diamond stud earrings. Diamonds tend to pick up surrounding colors, which means that diamond earrings will pick up skin color. People have found that lower-quality diamond earrings look just as beautiful as colorless diamonds.
Cut is one area you should not skimp on. A good cut is what makes a diamond sparkle, and you definitely want sparkly diamonds. Especially for earrings, as people will be looking at them from a distance. Go with a grade cut from very good to excellent.
Carat size—weight measurement, is stated as total carat weight—is up to you and what you feel comfortable with and what looks good on your earlobe. One thing to remember when buying diamond stud earrings is that carat weight is measured and listed for the combined weight of both earrings. For example, when you see a pair of diamond stud earrings listed as 1.00 ct. t.w., it means that each earring is .50 ct.
Diamond Stud Earring Styles
Shape, setting style, and precious metal create the look and feel of your diamond earrings. So, where do you start? Do you stick with the classic round cut? Think outside the box?
First, think about your own style in the way that you dress and decorate your home. Do you lean more toward a clean, modern look? A classic, timeless look? Do you shop vintage? Once you have that answer, match the cut with your personal style.
- Round cut diamonds are classic and traditional.
- Princess cut diamonds are clean and modern.
- Cushion cut diamonds are romantic and vintage.
- Emerald cut diamonds are elegant and versatile.
- Asscher cut diamonds produce a brilliance like no other diamond due to their high crown.
- Marquise cut diamonds are elegant and create an illusion of looking larger than they are.
- Oval cut diamonds are sophisticated, classic, and distinctive.
- Pear cut diamonds are graceful and unlike any other shape, making them unique.
The most popular settings for diamond earrings are prong, bezel, and halo.
Prong settings use finger-like wires that bend around the gemstone, minimizing the amount of metal showing. This is by far the most popular!
Bezel settings have a collar surrounding the entire diamond giving a simple, sleek, and unique look.
Halo settings feature a center stone surrounded by a loop of smaller diamonds and enhance the size of the center diamond.
No one setting is better than the other. It all comes down to personal preference.
Precious metal color—platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold—also comes down to personal style. Platinum and white gold are chic and elegant. Yellow gold is classic and traditional. Rose gold is romantic and vintage. As a hint, white gold or platinum gives more emphasis on the diamonds themselves as the metal seems to disappear, and you only see the diamonds, which makes them look larger.
You may already have a color you gravitate toward, but if you don’t, consider choosing a color that works best with your skin’s undertone. Platinum and white gold have a cool tone and look good with cool skin tones; yellow gold has a warm tone that looks good with warm skin tones, while rose gold has a neutral tone that looks good with neutral skin tones.
Not sure about your skin tone? Click HERE for an interesting Cosmopolitan article, Skin Undertones: How to Determine if You’re Cool, Warm, or Neutral.
I’d love to get a pair of diamond studs on your ears. Whether it is your first pair or you’re upgrading to a larger size, I can help you choose the perfect pair…all while getting an exceptional experience for a smarter spend. I invite you to Please book an appointment with me or Contact me today to find out more!