Diamond stud earrings are the ideal gift because they are timeless and can be worn with a variety of outfits. Diamond stud earrings, on the other hand, can be styled in countless ways. It can be difficult to determine which diamond shape, quality, and setting style is best for you or your loved one.
Find the perfect pair of diamond stud earrings with the help of this handy buying guide.
Diamond Stud Earrings Quality Guidelines
Diamond studs, contrary to popular belief, are not subject to the same quality standards as engagement rings. Because engagement rings are more visible than diamond studs, this is the primary reason. When the diamond is on your hand, people are more likely to ask to see it up close. It's rare for people to look at diamond stud earrings because they're often hidden by hair and most people don't want to stick their face in their ears to inspect them.
In terms of diamond stud earrings, "eye clean" has a slightly different connotation. Diamond studs aren't as concerned with the 4C grades of clarity and color as engagement rings are. For clarity, small inclusions and even tiny external flaws will be less noticeable on an earring than they would on a necklace or bracelet. A lower color grade may also be acceptable depending on one's skin tone and hair color.
With diamond studs, cutting is the only 4C grade that you don't want to cut corners on. In the end, the cut of a diamond is the most important factor in determining its sparkle and appearance.
Diamond Cuts for Studs
For diamond stud earrings, round, Asscher, and princess-cut diamonds are the most popular shapes, respectively. In general, a stud earring can be made with any diamond cut that is more evenly proportioned. Because of this, princess and asscher are so popular in their round and square forms.
Marquise and pear-shaped diamonds, on the other hand, are rarely used in stud earrings. Pear and marquise cuts with mismatched proportions are easy to spot due to their distinctive shapes. As a result, it's difficult to find two diamond stud earrings that are perfectly matched.
Because any diamond shape will look good on your ears, the shape you choose is really up to you.
Diamond Studs & Carat Weight
If you're unsure about the appropriate earring size for your diamonds, keep reading. Carat weight is largely a matter of personal preference. A smaller carat weight may be better for those with weak or drooping ears. After years of wearing heavy earrings, your earlobes may begin to sag. A higher carat weight may only exacerbate this problem.
Remember that the "total carat weight" listed for a pair of diamond studs is for the two studs combined, not each stud. There are five carats in each pair of 1ct earrings, for example. Fortunately, you can save money on other 4C grades like clarity and color, so you can afford a larger carat weight.
Certifying Diamond Stud Earrings
In what way does the diamond certification of diamond studs matter? For pre-set diamond studs, many jewelers do not provide certificates of grading. At Diamond Registry, we provide our customers with a comprehensive evaluation of the value of their diamond stud earrings..
However, if you're making your own stud earrings from scratch, you'll want to make sure the diamonds have a GIA or AGSL certification. All of Diamond Registry's loose diamonds are GIA-certified, so you can create a pair of certified diamond stud earrings.
Fancy Colored Diamond Studs
You can find fancy colored diamond studs in any shade if you look hard enough. Yellow or black diamond stud earrings are the most readily available in stores and online.
Diamonds in other hues of fancy color – such as pink or blue – can be extremely rare and expensive, so they're typically used in jewelry pieces other than earrings. Diamond cutters would rather invest in a colored diamond pendant or ring because earrings are the most frequently lost jewelry type.
Diamond Stud Earring Settings
Stud earrings' most distinguishing design features are their settings and backs, which take second place to the diamond's cut. For diamond studs, prong and basket settings are the most common.
Diamonds look their best in either of these two classic, minimalist settings. Many of our customers who purchase diamond stud earrings opt for a halo setting in order to enhance the sparkle of the diamonds. Earrings with a lower carat weight will look better with a diamond halo around them.
These two types of settings are both classic and minimalist, and they both serve to highlight the diamond. Halo diamond stud earrings are popular with many of our customers who want a little extra sparkle. Earrings with lower carat weights can benefit from a diamond halo.
The martini earring setting is another popular choice. Three prongs hold the diamond securely in place in a martini setting. Setting the diamond in a martini glass-like shape allows the diamond to be placed closer to the earlobe than other settings like prong or basket.
Earrings should also be set in precious metals if you have sensitive ears so that they can be worn and enjoyed for years to come. For those with nickel allergies or sensitive ears, platinum and 18kt yellow gold are the best options.
Stud Earring Backs
To avoid losing your diamond earrings, you'll want to find earrings with a safe and secure backing when you're shopping for diamond earrings.
Have a look at our blog post on jewelry insurance here if you have sentimental or priceless diamond stud earrings.
The push backing, also known as a butterfly backing or a friction backing, is the most common earring backing. Because they're easy to install and remove, they're a popular choice.
Screw backs are preferred by some earring enthusiasts. Stud earrings with screw backs have a larger diameter and are therefore more secure. When it comes to diamond studs, screw backs are your best bet. To put it another way, those who don't wear them very often may find screw back earrings painful and time-consuming to put in or take out. Beware of irritated earlobes!
Finally, we'd like to point out that fashion should always be about the individual wearing it. Observe your skin tone, hair color and the proportions of your face in order to determine the best carat weight, diamond shape, and setting style. With diamond stud earrings, you have a wide range of options when it comes to personalizing them, so let that be your guide.