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How to Buy Diamond Earrings: Your Guide to Purchasing Diamond Studs

by Haley Anhut
Last updated on January 15, 2022

When it comes to staple wardrobe pieces, a few items come to mind — a little black dress, a jean jacket, and a classic white tee — to name a few. But, people tend to forget about the jewelry items that can polish off an outfit and complete a look.

Diamond stud earrings have been an essential jewelry staple for decades. Their elegance and glamour decorate the face with a delicate sparkle, while their simplicity highlights the beauty of the woman wearing them. Plus, their versatile nature makes them an easy option when traveling, working or heading out on the town.

However, the options for your diamond stud earrings can seem a bit daunting. On top of the size, there’s the diamond setting, the metal color, and metal type. Wondering how to buy diamond stud earrings? Whether you’re treating yourself or purchasing for someone you love, this guide will help you be better equipped to make your stud purchase!

Diamond Stud Size

Unlike engagement rings, diamond studs do not have elaborate settings and outer accent diamonds to help make the center diamond look larger. With diamond studs, for the most part, what you see is what you get. However, if budget is part of your buying decision, you might be hesitant to go for the larger carat.

Luckily for you, lab-created diamonds tend to be anywhere from 20-30% less expensive than mined diamonds. So, what does that mean for you when you’re buying diamond earrings? It means that for the same price as you’d pay for diamond studs that were mined, you can get a pair of lab-grown diamond studs that are 20-30% larger. Not only are you able to get the carat size that you want, but you can walk away from the purchase knowing that you went with the diamond option that is environmentally friendly and ethical.

Diamond Stud Setting

As mentioned above, diamond studs are known for their simplicity and their settings are usually minimalist to show off the center diamond. The prong setting is the most common in studs. At Clean Origin, we offer three and four prong settings. The four prong is the classic stud style, while the three prong gives the diamond a somewhat triangular appearance. If you’re interested in a very polished, round look, we also offer a bezel setting that encapsulates the entire back of the diamond and displays a metal perimeter around the studs.

There are also two available options in regards to the “post type” — the backing of the earring. The most common is the “friction” post type, which have a push on and pull off design. This is the standard backing that you will see on most earrings. The “threaded” post type allows the individual to screw the backing on and off, offering a bit more protection. When buying diamond earrings, choosing a post type is very much a personal choice, but Clean Origin is happy to offer both options!

Diamond Stud Metal Color and Type

Although the metal color is more of an accent in studs, it can change the look of the earring completely. The two most common metal colors are white and yellow. White studs are the classic look that we’ve seen on celebrities from Anne Hathaway to Kate Middleton. Yellow studs add a pop of color to the diamonds, especially with an outline such as the bezel setting that shows off a good amount of the metal on the front side of the earring.

When it comes to jewelry, it’s extremely important to pay attention to the metal type. Every woman’s worst nightmare is that awful green hue that appears on the skin after wearing fake metal or silver. Make sure that your studs are available in 14kt or 18kt gold. Not only is it better jewelry quality, but it shows the quality of your jeweler.

Lab-Created Diamonds

If you’re looking to purchase a pair of stud earrings, consider the benefits of lab-created diamonds. Not only are the diamonds chemically, physically, and optically the same as those grown beneath the earth’s surface, but they do not hurt the earth. This provides the customer with a choice to purchase a sustainable and ethical diamond.

Lab-grown diamonds are also 20-30% less expensive than mined diamonds. By cutting out the need for miners, lab-created diamonds touch fewer hands, making them less expensive. And, as mentioned above, this means that you can purchase a diamond that is 20-30% larger for the exact same price!

If you have any questions in regards to diamond stud earrings or lab-created diamonds, chat with a Clean Origin diamond expert today.

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