Want to impress her this holiday season? Diamond stud earrings are a guaranteed winner when it comes to gifts for women. Not only are they an elegant classic that fit into every women’s wardrobe, they can be surprisingly affordable too. Check out our recommendations for buying these gorgeous pieces of jewelry.
Why Diamond Stud Earrings?
- Although they are a simple piece of jewelry, their allure lies in the way the light captures the stone near the woman’s face.
- The sparkle adds to all types of outfits and they can be a relatively easy and cost effective way to make her feel special. It is the ultimate romantic gift.
- There are no dangling, complicated parts–they are simply diamond solitaires for a woman’s ears.
- Because they are not under as much scrutiny as a diamond engagement ring, there is a little more flexibility in the clarity and color grade. This can help keep the price down if needed.
Quality of Stones for Diamond Stud Earrings
The size (carat weight) of the studs depends not only on budget, but also her personality and style. Some women love the flashy look of 2 carat studs on each ear, but others may want a more classic, understated look and opt for a .50 to 1.0 carat weight. Any smaller may make the earrings not noticeable enough, particularly if she has longer hair which she likes to wear down often. Above anything else, carat weight dramatically affects the price of the earrings.
Metal for Diamond Stud Earrings
- 14k white or yellow gold are the most popular choices. White gold falls in the cool color category, while yellow has a little more warmth. Note that if the diamond color grade leans closer to the J range, you may want to opt for white gold to better highlight the white of the diamond instead of the yellow.
- Some stores may offer 10k gold and although not as high of quality, they still can be a good alternative to sterling silver.
- 18k white gold is another popular option, but be sure to check out the price differences. If it is substantial, opt for 14k gold instead.
- Platinum is a high end, expensive option that one may not be able to appreciate with earrings. We recommend you save the money and get a larger carat weight instead of paying a premium for platinum.
- Sterling silver is an affordable alternative to gold but care must be taken to ensure that it is of high quality. However, generally speaking sterling silver is used with cubic zirconia in diamond earrings and if on a budget, one may as well purchase a high quality cz set of studs instead.
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