How to Buy Diamond Stud Earrings
By Ashley Bailey , Monday, September 06, 2010
Reality TV princess Kim Kardashian showed up at 2010 Emmy Awards with a pair of studs—stud earrings, that is. Simple diamond stud earrings are reclaiming their place as the most essential pair of earrings in a woman’s arsenal, perhaps because of the increasingly trendy giant necklaces and embellished dresses. Diamond stud earrings are the perfect way to complete an outfit without pushing it over the top, although Kim Kardashian’s giant stud earrings were anything but subtle!
Although all the same factors of quality (cut, clarity, etc.) apply to diamond earrings
, the standards of acceptable quality can be somewhat relaxed when it comes to choosing diamonds for earrings. The simple reason for this is that you don’t look at earrings as closely as you look at an engagement ring. There are plenty of eye-catching, high-quality diamond studs out there that you won’t have to have your own reality TV show to be able to afford. In fact, a ring-quality diamond’s beautiful assets would go to waste used in earrings, so its important to know which qualities really matter in diamond studs.
First of all, if you are choosing two loose diamonds
for the earrings, make sure that they match and will work well together. For diamond studs, you will want to choose a color range of H-J and a clarity grade of I1 or I2. That means that there may be some flaws visible upon very close inspection, but nothing that will detract from their beauty when you wear them in your ears. Buying diamonds for studs that have very high clarity and color ratings will not significantly change the way they look when worn, so it is better to focus on carat weight (to make sure they stand out), shape and setting. Cut grade is also not a major concern; as long as there are no serious flaws, the earrings will look fantastic.
Consider the shape and setting you would like for your diamond studs. Although a round cut is most traditional, princess-cut diamond studs are gaining in popularity as well. Many setting choices are available, from classic four-prong Tiffany style settings to bezel settings in white or yellow gold. One interesting option is to set the center stone of your earrings into a diamond jacket—a pavé collar that adds sparkle and eye appeal to the diamond stud.
No matter which style or size you choose, a pair of diamond studs is the classic yet trendy way to complete any outfit.
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