Nothing says I love you — or I love myself — quite like diamonds. These precious gemstones catch the light, put a sparkle in your eye, and make you feel beautiful. Of course, you can find lovely diamond bracelets, necklaces, and rings, but a lovely set of diamond stud earrings go with every outfit! Whether you pull on a black dress and heels, or a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, the right pair of diamond studs will complete your look. The only question you need to ask is, “what style should I wear?” When it comes to diamond stud earrings, you have a few things to consider; setting, style, and stone. Everyone has individual tastes, so what one person loves may not suit another quite right. Without a doubt, though, you can find the perfect pair of diamond studs for you!
You’ll find five basic settings for diamond stud earrings, and they relate closely to the cut of the stone you select.
● Three Prong: Designed to fit triangular or round stones, this setting has three prongs securing the diamond.
● Four Prong: This setting is not that different from the above; it uses four prongs to hold the diamond stud in place. You’ll see this most often used with diamond solitaires and princess cut diamonds.
● Six Prong: Again, this setting doesn’t differ that much from the other settings above, except for the number of prongs. Six-prong designs hold studs with a more symmetrical appearance. Additionally, this setting keeps the stone more securely. Six-prong options most often hold round-cut studs.
● Bezel Setting: Many people like bezel settings because they provide the most secure hold; it’s doubtful that you could inadvertently damage the bezel enough to lose the diamond! With no prongs, this setting smoothly encircles the stone, showing off more of the precious metal highlighting the diamond.
● Halo Setting: You see the halo setting used slightly less often with stud earrings, simply because the design typically holds several smaller diamonds or other gemstones surrounding a central gem.
All of these settings can make a lovely pair of diamond stud earrings, depending on the taste of the individual, the cut of the stone and the style of the stud.
Just as you’ll find diamond stud earrings in different settings, you’ll find them in different styles, or shapes. This refers to the form of the earring itself. Most jewelers sell three main styles, and each has its benefits.
Martini-Style: These settings have a conical shape, and if you look at them from the side, they resemble martini glasses, hence the name. In these earrings, the diamond sets close to your ear, which means that they won’t droop much. Also,you have minimal metal showing which highlights the diamond while still keeping it secure.
Basket-Style: This style has a flat bottom, unlike the martini-style, so this won’t dig into the ears at all. Since the diamond sits farther from the ear, they can droop a little more.
Crown-Style: Like the basket-style, crown-style earrings have a flat back so they will not dig into the ears. They have more metal than basket-style earrings, however, so less of the diamond will show and this version is most likely to droop.
There’s a lot of options when it comes to deciding on what diamonds you want in your stud earrings. As you read earlier, cut relates closely to the setting, but you have lots of varieties to consider. Round cut, solitaires, princess cut, pear shape or oval cut are just a few of the options that you have! Talk to your jeweler and look at a lot of stones to decide what cut complements your personality.
Just as important as cut, you must also consider clarity, color and carat weight.
Clarity refers to the number of internal faults, called inclusions, and external blemishes. You are able to get away with lower graded diamonds in studs because the inclusions won’t be visible with the naked eye, especially in the ear.
The color actually refers to the lack of color; traditionally, diamonds with no distinguishable hue have been the most desirable. More recently, however, diamonds with noticeable coloration have gained in popularity. Depending on your personal style, you may look for stones with a certain amount of color. Also, you can really get away with studs with color because they aren’t sitting next to another diamond for comparison.
Lastly, carat refers to the weight of the stone. Like all gemstones, diamonds are weighed in metric carats. Generally speaking, the larger the carat number, the bigger your diamond.
When it comes to selecting the right pair of diamond stud earrings, all of these characteristics carry equal importance. Often, it comes down to personal style and preference, so don’t be afraid to look at a lot of examples and try on several settings, designs, and cuts before making your decision. With so many options it can feel daunting trying to find the perfect pair. Don’t worry! You’ll know the right studs when you see them, and without a doubt, they’ll be your new favorite earrings!