Diamond studs are probably the most classic and popular choice for women around the world. We all love studs, but there are important factors we should consider when choosing the right pair. Let’s take a look and find out how to choose diamond stud earrings.
Choosing Diamond Colour for Stud Earrings
We already know that diamond colour is graded using letters, with D grade being the highest and Z being the lowest.
In case you opt for smaller studs, buying colourless diamonds (D-E-F grade) would probably be waste of your money. The stones are really small and will be viewed from such a distance that nobody would be able to see if your diamonds are colourless or near-colourless (G-H-I-J grade).
Diamonds in H-J range will serve you just as well as the stones with the higher grade – the difference would be invisible to others but you would save a good amount of money.
Choosing Diamond Clarity for Stud Earrings
Similar to colour, choosing the best clarity won’t make a visible difference. Of course, you can opt for the highest range, but it will cost you a lot of money and won’t give any noticeable benefit.
In case you want to make a wise choice, it’s best to skip diamonds with higher clarity grades and choose stones that are graded VS1, VS2 or SI1. The flaws won’t be visible when the earrings are worn.
Keep in mind, that diamonds in the same clarity range may differ in appearance. That’s why you should take a good look at the studs and choose the ones that are eye-clean.
Choosing Diamond Cut for Stud Earrings
It is recommended choosing the best-cut stones (Excellent grade), but in case you want to save some money you can think about Very Good and Good cut diamonds.
In general, Very Good and Good cuts are good enough for diamond stud earrings. The difference won’t be that noticeable.
Choosing Diamond Size for Stud Earrings
Diamond size is always a matter of taste. Just keep in mind that as the stones get bigger, their flaws and tints become more noticeable to the naked eye.
This is why you need to pay extra attention to the colour and clarity of your diamonds if they are 1-carat and larger.
Choosing Settings for Stud Earrings
The most popular options for diamond stud earrings are prong setting and bezel setting.
In general, the bezel setting is more secure, but the prong setting is still the favourite for most women around the world since it leaves more of the stone visible.
Whichever your choice, make sure that the structure of the earrings is strong enough so they are not going to fall apart easily.
Choosing Metal for Stud Earrings
Probably the main factor to consider when choosing a metal for diamond studs is durability.
In case your choice is gold, whether white, yellow or rose, it always makes sense to ask if earrings contain nickel since some people are allergic to this metal.
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