Guide to Buying Diamond Stud Earrings
Because they are both classic and versatile, Diamond Studs make the perfect gift – even if they are a present to yourself. However, with such versatility, the style options for Diamond Stud Earrings are practically endless. It can be hard to know exactly which diamond shape, what level of diamond quality, and which setting style will suit you or your loved one best.
The 4Cs – color, clarity, cut and carat weight – are the universal standard for evaluating diamond quality. Quality is tied to price, so consider the 4Cs your best friend in helping you find diamond Stud Earrings that are not only beautiful, but also the best value.
When picking a diamond, you want to get the best quality for the price your budget allows. And when you’re buying diamond stud earrings, multiply that times two. The good news is that, unlike a diamond solitaire engagement ring, where the tiniest detail matters, you have a little more leeway in selecting diamonds for stud earrings.
Steps To Choosing The Perfect Diamond Stud Earrings
Step 1: Determine Your Budget
Your budget will dictate a lot of the factors we consider hereafter and is an important place to start for most buyers. If you have a different budget than we at Gemsring outline below you can shoot us a message in the chat bubble at the bottom right of this screen to receive personalized advice.
To help you nail down your budget and carat weight, let’s look at the average price for different sizes and types of classic Diamond Stud Earrings. The first thing to understand when evaluating price is that Diamond Stud Earrings are described in terms of carat total weight, more commonly expressed as “ctw”.
Step 2: Choose Your Stud Earring Style, Diamond Shape, and Metal
You’ll find diamond stud earrings in a variety of shapes and cuts. Each has its own unique charms and appeal. Because of this, there is no objective best shape or cut. That said, here are two popular cuts for diamond studs.
- Round brilliant cut. The round brilliant cut is the most popular for diamond engagement rings. It also has maximum brightness, fire and sparkle in a colorless diamond. This makes it a popular choice for diamond studs.
- Princess cut: The square shape of most Princess cut diamonds can make them look a trendy when used as diamond studs. Since the Princess cut has a modified brilliant facet arrangement, these diamonds typically have exceptional sparkle and scintillation.
Picking the best metal to pair with diamond stud earrings
There are three things to consider when picking a metal to pair with diamond studs: color, weight and wearer allergies. Here’s a closer look at these three factors.
The essential concept: because Birthstone diamonds are highly reflective gems, the color of the metal surrounding them will influence their apparent color. You can use this to your advantage to create contrast or harmony in your stud earring style.
Want a bright white look? A white metal (white gold or platinum) is an excellent choice for diamonds. A white metal will enhance the fact that these diamonds are colorless or have only a hint of yellow.
Want a softer look? Diamonds which have a noticeable yellowish tint, go well with yellow gold and rose gold by harmonizing with the color of the metal. You can also create contrast by pairing these diamonds with a white metal.
For diamonds, you can use either yellow gold or a white metal, depending on the effect you want for your stud earring setting.
Step 3: Choose The Diamond Color Grade
As you may have heard, the quality guidelines for diamond studs are not quite as strict as those for engagement rings. The reason is simple: engagement rings are more out in the open than diamond studs. People are more likely to ask to look at the diamond close up when it’s located on your hand for everyone to see. On the other hand, diamond stud earrings are often hidden by hair, and most people aren’t going to stick their face in your ear to inspect your earrings.
So, “eye clean” means something different when it comes to diamond stud earrings. In terms of the 4C grades, clarity and color are not as important to diamond studs as they are to engagement rings. This is especially true for clarity; small inclusions and even some tiny external flaws will not be as visible on an earring. You can also get away with a lower color grade, depending on one’s tone of skin and hair color.
The one 4C grade that you don’t want to skimp on with diamond studs is cut. Ultimately, a diamond’s cut has the most significant impact on its appearance and sparkle.