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Buying Diamond Stud Earrings? Here’s a Cheat Sheet

What makes diamond studs the most essential earring? Diamonds, of course! They light up your face with brilliance and sparkle.

Diamond stud earrings first became popular in the nineteenth century and are just as coveted today. With a t-shirt at the park or black-tie on the red carpet, diamond studs are always appropriate. They are really the only earrings you need.

Our customers often buy diamond stud earrings to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a promotion, an anniversary, the birth of a child, or a graduation. Studs are also the perfect gift for any woman who doesn’t own a pair yet.

Diamond earrings are a traditional gift to the bride to wear on her wedding day: unlike the dress she can continue to wear them as a continuing reminder of the happiness of the occasion. Meghan Markle wore diamond studs at her wedding and is spotted wearing them regularly ever since.

Since you’ll probably wear your diamond studs for the rest of your life, every detail should be perfect. Here is a complete guide to how to buy the best diamond stud earrings for you in five easy steps.

Consider Lab Grown

Whether you are choosing diamond stud earrings for yourself or as a gift, they are a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. So you really want to make sure they are the best! That’s why we recommend lab-grown diamond stud earrings. Because lab-grown diamonds are much more affordable (about 40-50% less than mined diamonds) you can afford to get the size and quality studs you really want. 

And no one will know the difference (unless you brag about how much you saved.) Unlike imitations like CZ and moissanite, lab grown diamonds are actual diamonds and even gemologists need advanced equipment to tell the difference.  You’ll thank us every time you put those big beautiful lab-grown diamond studs on.

Pick a Stud Size

The size of diamond studs is calculated in “total carat weight,” which is the total carats of both earrings added up. So two carat total weight studs have two one carat diamonds, one in each earring. But remember that the total carat weight includes all the diamonds in the earrings, not just the center stones, so if you are looking at halo diamond studs, you need to subtract the weight of the small diamonds to calculate the weight of the center stones

The most popular total weight is one-carat total weight diamond stud earrings, which have a half-carat diamond set in each earring. How big is that? To put it in perspective, a one-half carat diamond is 5mm in diameter and a one-carat diamond is about 6.4 mm in diameter. If you are choosing lab-grown diamonds, you can probably afford to super size your studs to one carat per ear, which is noticeably bigger and brighter.

Recently, we’ve seen an increase in the popularity of smaller diamond studs that layer beautifully with other earrings and earcuffs. These are often one-half carat total weight studs or even one-quarter carat total weight studs.

Pick a Diamond Shape

Although you may not have considered it, your diamond stud earrings don't have to be round. We also love princess cut diamond studs. You can commission studs in any shape, of course, but remember that studs can rotate as you wear them so pick a shape that you like as much sideways as straight up and down.

Style the Setting

Diamond studs are simple, yes, but the details matter. Add your own twist to the classic silhouette by choosing exactly what you want. If you want, you can echo details of your engagement ring setting in your choice of setting style.

Classic three-prong martini diamond stud earrings allow the most light to enter the gem and create sparkle. Four prong diamond studs look a bit more substantial. Six-prong diamond studs surround the diamonds with a crown of prongs. Bezel diamond stud earrings have a more sleek style. Halo diamond studs have more of a vintage feel. 

Don't forget you can also choose drop stud earrings that hang off your lobe on an ear wire or hoop. You may find them more comfortable if you generally prefer wearing drops to on-ear earrings.

There’s no wrong answer: express your style and make your studs your own!

Color Your Gold

Your choice of metal depends on a few factors. First, would you like to match the color of an engagement ring, wedding band or other piece of jewelry that you wear often? If you wear a lot of different metals, white gold is a good choice because it blends into the diamond.

Now that you’ve selected the diamond, carat weight, shape, setting style and setting metal, your studs will suit you perfectly forever.