Diamond stud earrings became a fashion trend in the late 19th century and have never gone out of style. While we you may see hoops and drop earring styles that are must-haves too, a pair of chic solitaire diamond studs is the perfect way to complement any look. Diamond stud earrings pair well with a little black dress or can elevate a business suit for everyday wear.
Round diamonds have been the most popular diamond shape for decades. But in the last few years, the dominance of round diamonds has started to wane and more and more women are going for uniquely shaped diamonds for their studs.
Fancy shaped diamonds are dramatically rising in popularity at the moment. And there’s one fancy diamond shape that's edging out the competition for the most popular: the oval shaped diamond. Oval shaped diamonds are currently the most popular fancy diamond shape among studs, engagement rings, fashion diamond rings and diamond pendant necklaces. Other top trending fancy diamond shapes include pear shaped diamonds and cushion cut diamonds.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT DIAMOND EARRINGS FOR YOU
While you may think that choosing the perfect pair of diamond stud earrings is easy, there are many factors to consider. The size of the diamond, the diamond setting, the backing, and the type of metal all come into play when you’re shopping for a pair of diamond earrings. Whether you’re trying to select the perfect set of diamond earrings for you or for a loved one, here are some options you may want to consider before making your purchase.
WHAT DIAMOND SHAPE SUITS YOU?
The shape of the diamond you choose will affect other elements of the stud earrings you decide to purchase, right down to the setting, post, and backing, so it’s important that you choose wisely. Round, princess cut, oval, cushion cut, asscher and emerald are some of the typical cuts, but you can also select from heart-shaped, pear-shaped and marquise cut diamonds. As with any of these choices, it all comes down to personal preference.
Another important factor to consider when investing in a pair of diamond stud earrings is the quality. The universal method for determining a diamond’s quality is known as the 4Cs: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. These qualities will help you get the best value for how much you want to spend when you buy your diamond earrings.
CONSIDER THE DIAMOND STUD SETTING
The setting you choose for your diamond stud earrings will depend on your style and what shape and cut of stone you decide to choose. Here are some diamond settings to consider.
Four-Prong Setting: A four-prong diamond setting offers elegance and timeless appeal. Four prongs mean less metal encasing the diamond, allowing the stone to really pop and become the star of the show.
Three-Prong Martini Setting: As the name suggests, a martini setting resembles the shape of a martini glass and allows the diamond to rest closer to the earlobe. Three-prong settings are constructed to fit the diamond perfectly, true to its size, to create a flush setting.
Bezel Setting: The bezel setting was one of the earliest gemstone settings. Bezel settings not only securely hold the stone in place but offer an opportunity to showcase a precious metal of choice as well. This diamond earring setting creates a metal perimeter that completely encapsulates the diamond stud, giving it a more modern and uniformed look.
Halo Setting: Halo settings are popular in both ring settings and diamond stud earring settings with a "halo" or ring of smaller diamonds encircling the center gemstone. This adds more brilliance to the center diamond because it reflects off of the smaller halo stones.
Making sure your diamond earrings are secure when you’re wearing them is very important. Choosing the right backing for your diamond earrings will come down to preference and comfort.
Friction, Push-Back, or Butterfly Earring Back: Push-back earring backings are the most common of stud earring closures. Also called butterfly backs or friction backing, these are popular because they are simple to take on and off, as well as being secure.
Threaded or Screw-Back: Screw-on earring backs are the most secure of stud earring backings. While they are thicker in diameter, they do keep your stud earrings securely in place and prevent them from falling out. If you have sensitive earlobes this may not be the choice for you. Individuals who aren’t accustomed to removing screw-back stud earrings may find it more frustrating and challenging, and possibly painful, so be careful if choosing this style.
Windsor Jewelers offers a wide selection of diamond stud earrings, the perfect present for the holidays. Visit us in store today and let our experienced and friendly staff help you choose the right ones for you!