All right… so, can you tell me about the diamonds? What should I look for in diamonds that will be set into diamond earrings for women?
The four things you should look into diamonds are best expressed like this: clarity, carat weight, cut and color.
The clarity of a diamond generally refers to the number of external and internal flaws or inclusions that a diamond may harbor. Of course, completely flawless diamond studs are considered very rare and naturally command much higher prices.
For most people, the clarity doesn’t matter that much, as the diamond will be set into an earring. And, since diamond stud earrings sit relatively far away from people, there’s really no need to get something so high quality—unless you need that type of earring set.
Since diamond studded earrings are pretty simple in nature, the cuts in the diamonds used in them are kept just as simple. You’ll typically find princess-cut, round and, sometimes, heart-shaped diamonds with brilliant-cut facets.
These diamond cuts usually glimmer the most, since the cut itself features about 58 different facets that help produce that incredible glimmer. You can also find pear, oval and emerald shaped diamond earrings, though the most popular happen to be the diamond stud type.
Carats And Diamond Earrings Studs
As for the carats… that ‘parameter’ is actually referring to the weight of the diamond itself. Most diamond stud earrings have diamonds with a carat of 0.50 ct tw (carat total weight). Stud earrings with diamonds with up to 1.00 ct tw are suitable for casual wear, too. Formal wear diamond stud earrings typically have a 2.00 ct tw. Anything larger or heavier is usually featured in other types of diamond earrings that can bear the weight.
Now, the color. Many diamonds that you will see in diamond stud earings will be nearly colorless, since color is often more visible to the ‘naked eye’ in much larger stones. Usually, diamonds used in diamond stud earrings have a bit of a tint to them, which isn’t noticeable at the distance where they’re typically viewed by others.
Great to hear! What about the diamond studded earrings settings and backs? What should I keep an eye out for… and which precious metal works best for settings and backs?
Well, most diamond stud earrings typically have white and yellow gold metal settings and backs. Platinum also has quite a bit of popularity, though it’s considered heavier than the aforementioned and might not be many people’s first choice.
Many people do, however, opt to have their diamond stud earrings have platinum prongs, since platinum’s strength is well suited for holding stones in place. Many stud earrings have about three to six prongs, usually enough to hold the stone in place… according to its size. So, smaller stones usually have fewer prongs, while larger stones have more. The cut of a stone also affects the prongs, too.
Backings For Diamond Studs Earrings
The backs in diamond earrings studs are usually either butterfly backs and friction backs for post earrings, though they’re not the most secure backs out there. Notched earring posts allow the backs to click into place, allowing a more secure grip.
Screw backs are the most secure backs used in diamond stud earrings, though are considered difficult to put on and take off. Locking backs also serve as secure backs used in several types of diamond studs earrings, since the unique shape of the back helps hold the earring posts in place.