Tips for Buying Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond Stud Earrings are as basic as the little black dress. When you don’t know what earrings to wear they are always a great choice, they go with everything and are perfect for every occasion.
If you’re looking for a gift for that special woman in your life be it your wife, girlfriend or mother, diamond earrings will always make her happy. Their simple style and elegance is timeless and never goes out of fashion.
What do you need to look for when picking out diamond stud earrings? Diamonds range in quality and price but happily with diamond studs you don’t have to go with as high a quality as your engagement ring. Earrings aren’t looked at from as close a range as your ring is, so although quality is always nice, it isn’t quite as important as with a diamond solitaire engagement ring.
For Diamond stud earrings the order of importance of the 4C’s (clarity, cut, color, carats) is different than for an engagement ring. You want your earrings to be seen, so size (carats) will be the most important “C”, also you want as much sparkle as possible so a good cut is important. Color will be noticed the least in a mounted earring and clarity, though important, is only third on the list.
Round and Princes cuts are the brightest and most glittery diamond styles, so they make a great choice. Round cuts are currently the most popular cut. The Princess is the fashionable square version of the round and are the second most popular cut.
When buying diamond studs buy the brightest diamonds what you can afford is a good rule of thumb. Here are some parameters to keep in mind when picking out diamond studs.
- Caret: Between .5 and 1 caret per earring allows for an earring that will be seen and not lost in your hair style. You probably won’t want to go less than .25 ct per earring.
- Cut: The better the cut the more glitter and sparkle you will get and it won’t add as much to the cost as higher Clarity or Color. Look for Excellent to good, just make sure the diamonds are not cut too deeply as you will lose too much of the width of the face of the diamond.
- Clarity: If you are on a budget, SI1 or SI2 diamonds will have slight inclusions, but they should not be visible to the naked eye. In earrings this will go a long way to keeping your costs down.
- Color: For diamonds studs between H and J will be a good rating. When mounted in an earring, diamonds between H and J will still appear colorless.
Also, with most better quality online jewelry stores, you will have the “design your own” option. For diamond stud earrings this may not be a choice you want to make unless you really want to get involved with matching your stones and paying a higher price for two GIA certifications. GIA reports are very important for your higher quality engagement ring but depending on how much you want to spend on your earrings you may want to go with the pre-matched and mounted diamond studs.
Diamond stud earrings are the most versatile piece of jewelry a woman can own. She can wear them in casual everyday settings or formal occasions and they will never be out of style. They make the perfect gift that every woman will love.