If you had one item of jewelry that you’d enjoy wearing each day without question, we bet that that best diamond stud earrings would be somewhere on that list.
Diamond stud earrings have this endearing brilliance and sparkle that promise to turn your day and outfit around in an instant, and the best part is that you can wear the diamond stud earrings with just about any outfit in your wardrobe.
But with the popularity of the diamond stud earrings comes the confusion around choosing the best stud earrings for you or the person you’d like to gift the earrings to. How do you know which diamonds are the best, and what do you need to look out for when looking for the diamond stud earrings?
To help you find the perfect pair of earrings, we’ve taken time to research stud diamond earrings. This article will answer all your burning questions around selecting the best diamond stud earrings.
Keep reading for the insider scoop. Remember that the biggest mistake you could make when shopping for a diamond stud earring is finding out that you were ripped off, and you wasted all your money. This piece will save you from all that trouble.
How to select diamond Stud Earrings
1.How to choose the right color diamonds for the earrings
By now, you know that diamonds come in different colors, and the color of the diamond piece will affect its price tag, brilliance, and the choice of metal the diamond will be set. But allow us to complicate things a little more because just seeing a diamond in a specific color is not enough.
You see, when it comes to diamonds, their colors are graded with specific letters. For example, grade D diamonds fall into the highest grade of diamonds, and this is followed by grades E and F. These grades are used to specify the colors seen in colorless diamonds. But these are not the only grades; there are lower-grades colors that fall into the G/H/I/J group.
Understanding the color grading system is important when you are buying diamond earrings because the more expensive earrings are always the diamonds in the high grade, for example. It’s also important to keep in mind that you should never assume to know the diamond’s grade by looking at it. The colorless diamonds have tinges that fall in different categories, which means that it wouldn’t be very easy for you to make out diamonds in the D/E/F grades or the ones in the lower G/H/I/J grades unless you have the right tools and if you buy the diamonds from a reputable jeweler.
If you are shopping on a budget, you need to keep in mind that the diamonds within the H-J color range will serve you just as well as stones with better color options, and the differences between the options you settle for will be negligible. As a result of the close color similarities, you don’t have to opt for the highest-grade diamonds if the color difference is minimal.
The next important consideration for you to bear in mind is the clarity of the diamond. Like the color, diamond’s clarity is graded using letters.
The reason why you need to consider the clarity of the stone is that even with the details of the color, you can only really tell more about the quality and how high on the grading system the diamond is by checking the clarity.
The clarity also determines the cost of the diamond, with diamonds boasting the highest level of clarity being the most expensive option.
The FL (Flawless) and IF (Internally Flawless) diamonds are very expensive, and you should skip over them and opt for the diamonds graded either SI1 or SI2 instead.
The latter have flaws that are not visible and work well for studded diamond earrings. Note, however, that some of the SI2 diamonds will have their flaws visible to the eye.
So, first, look at the diamonds you are planning to buy then settle on an option only when you are sure the diamonds are perfect for your earrings. A look behind the microscope and also with your naked eyes is crucial.
If you are shopping for diamond stud earrings, but they aren’t graded, we recommend choosing the cheapest option, as long as you cannot see any visible flaws.
3.The Diamond Cut
The other consideration for you to keep in mind is the diamond’s cut. For information on diamond cuts, follow the standards provided by the GIA/ Gemological Institute of America. According to the GIA, diamond cuts are Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.
For your diamond stud earrings, a Good diamond cut should be good enough, first because it costs a little less, also because there isn’t much of a difference between Good and Excellent cut diamonds.
That said, if you want round diamond studs, you need to make sure that the cut isn’t too deep because this would mean that the diamond’s surface is less visible in comparison to the better-cut diamonds.
Now, you need to keep in mind that the diamond’s cut plays a crucial role in the brilliance, sparkle, and the pop of the diamond. What this means is that more brilliant-cut facet will give the best level of sparkle – something you get from the Excellent/ Very Good, and some Good cut diamonds.
There are many types of settings available for diamond earrings, but prong and bezel settings are the most popular options on the market.
Between bezels and prongs, the bezel settings are more secure, and they will hold the diamonds tighter by keeping them encircled with the metal bands.
The bezel settings will, however, hide more of the diamond. The prong setting, on the other hand, doesn’t hold the diamond in place as securely as you’d like, it’s less safe, and it could break or bend easily, although the diamond will be more visible.
To choose between these two settings, you need to make sure that the earrings’ structure is very sturdy and that it won’t fall apart.
The other extremely important consideration for you to keep in mind is the size of the diamond.
This decision will be based on your taste, but you also need to bear in mind that bigger diamonds come with more flaws, and those flaws will become more prominent because of the bigger size.
So, if you are buying a 1-Carat diamond stud earring, you have to confirm that it has a clean look and that it is as colorless as possible.
Your budget will come into play here too. If you are shopping on a rather tight budget, try looking for a 0.50 Carat or larger.
6.Choosing the right metal
The metal used along with the diamond you choose plays an invaluable role in your search for the best diamond stud. You will find that most of the diamond stud earrings are set on white gold or yellow gold, either 14K or 18K.
To choose between these two metals, you will have to look beyond the price of the metal because there is very little difference in price between white gold and yellow gold, with the same level of gold purity.
If you settle on gold as the setting metal, first make sure that the gold is nickel-free, especially if you are allergic to nickel.
Most importantly, you need to understand how these two gold metals come into being – Yellow gold is made of pure gold and an alloy of copper, zinc, palladium, nickel, and/or silver, while white gold is made of pure gold and a mixture of metal alloys such as palladium or nickel.
The differences in the composition is the reason for the color differences, as well as the diamond that is set on either metal.
If the diamond you choose has even the slightest tinge, you will be better off using yellow gold because it can accommodate the lower color grades. White gold works with high clarity diamonds, and diamonds with even the slightest tinge will show against the white gold metal.
The other considerations to take into account include your skin tone, hair color, and clothing. In this case, yellow gold/ metals work well with darker tones, while white gold/ metals match lighter tones.
Now that you know what to look for in the best diamond stud earrings, you need to know that you are buying that diamond earring from a reputable seller.
There are many brands purporting to sell the best diamond pieces, but you need to look beyond what the company promises.
Make sure their diamonds are genuine, conflict-free, and you should try as much as possible to buy your diamonds directly from the manufacturing company rather than middlemen.
You also need to take into consideration the concerns shared by other buyers – go through reviews for deeper insights on that vendor.
What’s the company’s return policy? Will you have a hard time returning the earrings in case of fitting or setting issues.
The best companies understand that you don’t always get it right on the first try, and they will offer flexible terms of return, as long as you stick to their conditions.
The earring backing should be friction-free and able to hold the earring securely in place. Your options include guardian backs, push back, friction backs, and screw backs.
Your options are limitless, but you need to buy a diamond stud earring within your budget.
Check the clarity, the metal used, color, brilliance, cut, back, and the overall style and durability of the earrings before you complete your order.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.