Diamond studs are a staple for any fine jewelry collection and easily the most essential piece of fine jewelry you can own. Diamond stud earrings are said to have come into vogue toward the end of the 19th century, when the high-lace collars of the Victorian era came into fashion; drop earrings created an issue with snagging. Fast forward to the 21st century and diamond studs can now be dressed up or down, and are worn by both men and women. Searching for your perfect pair of diamond studs? There are a few things to consider.
- What is your budget? Remember that purchasing a pair of diamond earrings with a total carat weight of 1ctw means that you are getting 0.50ct in each ear. Also keep in mind that diamond quality is tied to price, so that's why you'll see variation in prices between gems of the same carat weight.
- What diamond shape do you want? Round brilliant is most common for stud earring purchases because they're classic and offer optimal shine. But do you prefer square (Princess-cut or Emerald-cut)? Pear shaped? Something else? There are studs in just about any shape you can imagine.
- What setting style do you prefer? A prong setting is the timeless go-to. A bezel setting will give a more modern look that showcases more of the fine metal than a prong setting does.
- Which fine metal do you want? Classic yellow gold or clean white gold? How about warming things up with rose gold? If you’re allergic to gold alloys, including copper and nickel, you might consider investing in Platinum which is hypoallergenic.
It could help to consider the other pieces of jewelry you wear every day, like your engagement ring or your grandma’s gold necklace- whatever it may be. Consider whether you want the gem shape of your earrings to match the shape of the center gemstone in your engagement ring, or if you want the fine metal of your setting to match that necklace you never take off.
Of course, the diamonds are the star of the show when it comes to diamond stud earrings. Jewelers typically hand select “matching” gems while taking into account the 4Cs. The 4Cs are best defined by the GIA: “The 4Cs- color, clarity, cut, and carat weight- are the universal standard for evaluating diamond quality.” Lab and natural diamonds are measured by the same standards as natural diamonds. And remember: quality is tied to price. For pointers on how to look at each of the 4Cs relative to making this particular purchase, visit gia.edu
The Dana Walden Approach to Diamond Earrings
Our brand-new Amara Ethical Lab Diamond Earrings are the epitome of a classic stud, with a timeless three-prong design. Offered in a range of sizes, starting with 0.50ctw, all of the gems featured in handmade Amara Studs are handpicked by Dana and Rad personally to ensure they pair well and are the absolute best quality. Those round lab diamonds marry the most essential classic shape with all of the modern ethics of lab-grown gems. Optically and physically identical to natural stones, these diamonds are grown in a lab and have no mining impact.
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Offered in sustainable fine metals, 14k white gold, 14k yellow gold and 14k rose gold, none of our Dana Walden settings have new mining impact, either, so you can feel great about wearing our Amara Studs every single day.
With sizes ranging from 0.50ctw to 2.00ctw and three different fine metal options, you can customize the perfect pair of ethical studs for you, while knowing that your shimmering diamonds will be hand selected for every made-to-order pair by Dana and Rad themselves.
Amara Ethical Lab Diamond Studs are perfect for you if you’d like your classic fine jewelry investment to be as ethical as possible, in addition to being locally handmade and timeless.