DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS
What to look for when buying a pair of diamond stud earrings
The Diamond Setting
Diamond Studs – Select a Metal Quality
Diamond Studs - Select a Metal Colour
Diamond Studs – Select a Setting Style
Diamond Studs – Select a Backing
The Quality Of Diamonds To Be Used
Diamond Studs – Diamond Quality
With stud earrings, the diamonds themselves are much more important than in other diamond earring styles as the entire ‘look’ depends on how well they return light to the viewers’ eye.
Diamond Studs – Select A Diamond Colour
Colour is an important factor, and if budget allows, try to stay within the ‘near colourless’ or ‘colourless’ range.
Larger diamonds tend to show more colour than smaller ones, so you may be able to sacrifice a bit of colour in the lower carat weights.
Diamond Studs – Select A Diamond Carat Weight
When speaking about the diamond carat weight for studs, it refers to the total carat weight (both diamonds together), so a 1ct pair of earrings really means a pair containing 2x0.50cts or 1/2ct in each ear.
The carat weight you settle on for your studs will ultimately be determined by your budget, keeping in mind that you can always tweak any of the other 3Cs in order to adjust as needed.
Diamond Studs – Select Diamonds With The Correct Millimetre Diameter
It is very important that your diamonds have been matched for millimetre (mm) dimension. Diameter needs to be close enough that you won’t notice any size difference.
At Australian Diamond Network, we select our stones and match them from a large assortment of diamonds to ensure the mm size is within an acceptable range.
Diamond Studs – Select A Diamond Clarity Range
With diamond stud earrings, many people decide that clarity is not as important as size and colour. As long as they are relatively eye clean, you can sacrifice a clarity grade or two to make an improvement in colour or carat weight.
It is acceptable for diamond studs to have a clarity range as opposed to an exact grading. Because diamonds are regularly pre-paired from parcels of stones that are all very similar in their characteristics, you will often be given a range of colour and clarity. For example, 2=0.50cts with F/G colour and SI1-SI2 clarity.
Diamond Studs – Select Diamonds With A Cut Grade Of Very Good Or Better
If selecting individually certified diamonds to match as a pair, pay attention to the Cut grade. Cut is involved in determining how light functions when it enters the diamonds crown, refracts around the diamond internally, and then leaves the diamond and returns to your eye in the form of brilliance, fire and scintillation.
If choosing pre-set uncertified goods, an important feature is that they have been matched against each other for ‘make’.
Diamond Studs – How Much Should I Spend?
Simply, spend what you can afford. Set your budget and stick to it.
Diamond Studs – Select A Pair That Is Right For The Occasion
Always in style, often given as gifts by family members or dear friends, and appropriate for any occasion, diamond stud earrings typically symbolise that the woman who wears them is loved and special to someone. So, even if you don’t have a specific reason to give a pair of diamond stud earrings, the simple reason of ‘just because’ is always appropriate as well.