Guidelines for Choosing Quality Diamond Studs

Diamond studs are an incredibly versatile jewelry staple. They pair perfectly with almost every outfit— plus, their design can be customized to suit your exact tastes. You can choose your ideal metal, setting, diamond shape, and diamond quality for your studs. But when there are so many variables when shopping for diamond studs, how can you be sure you’re buying the pair that’s right for you? Read on to see our guidelines for selecting quality diamond studs! 

1. Mind the 4Cs

The four Cs are important to consider when buying any diamond, and the diamonds in your diamond studs are no exception. If you don’t already know, the four Cs are four different qualities that define a diamond: diamond carat, diamond cut, diamond clarity, and diamond color.

Carat, perhaps the most well known of the four Cs, is a measurement of how much a diamond weighs (and is also a reasonably good indicator of size). Cut is a measurement of how well a diamond was cut, clarity is how clear (meaning free of inclusions and blemishes) a diamond is, and color defines how white a diamond is.

When considering how well diamonds in a pair of diamond studs stack up according to the four Cs, it’s important to know how important each quality is to you. Do you want the whitest diamond you can get? Or do you want the largest diamond you can get? You can choose which aspects of your diamonds are the most important to you, then shop with that in mind.

2.  Only Buy Certified Diamonds

This step is extremely important when shopping for diamond studs: you should only buy diamonds that are GIA or AGSL certified. If the diamonds you buy aren’t certified, there’s no way of ensuring you know the quality you’re buying. To avoid overpaying for subpar diamonds, it’s best to never buy uncertified diamonds.

3.  Consider A Pop of Color

While white diamonds are certainly the most classic choice for a pair of diamond studs, diamonds come in many different color options. If you are shopping for someone who loves to wear color (or if you’re shopping for yourself and you love color), consider choosing blue or yellow diamonds for your studs. You can also choose different neutral colors for your diamonds; brown and black diamonds are sophisticated alternatives to white diamonds.

4.  Choose Your Metal

Selecting the right metal for your diamond studs is important both stylistically and practically. On the practical side of things, you should remember that gold is softer than platinum, and is more likely to get scuffed. And the higher the karat of gold, the softer it is. So if you’re shopping for someone who’s very active (or maybe someone who just doesn’t want to be super careful with their jewelry), platinum or a lower karat gold might be a better choice for them.

Style-wise, certain people simply prefer certain metal colors over others. If you’re shopping for yourself, you likely know which metal colors appeal to you most. But if you’re shopping for someone else, make sure to consider which color of jewelry they might like best.

5.  Pick A Setting You’ll Love

Diamond studs can be set in a few different ways. They can be prong set, which allows the side of the diamond to be seen. Or they can be bezel set, which shows very little of a diamond’s sides but has the advantage of being exceptionally secure. You can also choose to get a halo setting, which adds major sparkle to a pair of studs. Think about which setting appeals to you most (or would appeal to whoever you’re shopping for) before you buy.

6.  Keep It Secure

The last step to choosing your perfect diamond studs? Make sure you pick the right backing style for you. Earring backings are what keep diamond studs securely in place on your ear, and there are a few different kinds. Push backs are the standard earring backing, screw backs are a more secure backing that screws into place, and secure lock backs are the most secure backing that locks into place. Consider which backing would best suit you (or the lucky person you’re shopping for), then choose the backing that you think would work best.

Those are our six guidelines for buying quality diamond studs! Ready to buy your perfect pair? Check out our diamond stud builder to design your ideal diamond studs.

Staple Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Should Have

There are some jewelry staples that every woman should have in her collection. While trendy pieces are a fun way to mix up your style for each season, classic-style pieces can be worn year after year. Pieces like classic diamond studs and pendant necklaces have been popular for centuries and never go out of style. Wondering if you have all of the important jewelry staples? We’ve highlighted the four staple jewelry pieces every woman should have below!

Classic Diamond Studs

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Certified Platinum 4-Prong Basket Round Diamond Stud Earrings

Perhaps the most classic jewelry essential of all is a simple pair of diamond studs. Diamond studs are elegant, beautiful, and timeless. They can be worn with anything, from a simple t-shirt and jeans to a gorgeous gown. They’re also as durable as they are beautiful— diamonds are the strongest gemstone on earth, making them ideal for everyday wear.

If you only have one pair of studs in your collection, these round diamond studs in a platinum setting are a perfect choice. Round diamonds are the most popular shape for a diamond and platinum is the most durable precious metal. These studs will last a lifetime.

Hoop Earrings

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14k White Gold 4-Prong Setting Round Diamond Hoop Earrings

The other kind of classic earring you should have in your collection is a pair of hoop earrings. Hoop earrings frame and draw attention to the face, and have been a style staple for decades. Like studs, hoop earrings can be worn with a variety of different ensembles and can elevate any outfit. These 14k white gold prong set diamond hoops are a beautiful choice for a pair of hoop earrings, with diamonds shimmering on every bit of the hoop.

Solitaire Ring

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Certified 14k White Gold Bezel Round Diamond Solitaire Ring

Solitaire rings are a great choice if you’re looking for a classic engagement ring design. But they are also a great choice for a right-hand ring that can add some sparkle and glamour to your outfit. You can choose a white diamond as the ring’s centerpiece, as pictured above with a bezel setting encapsulating the stunning diamond, or go with a colored diamond to add a pop of color to your collection.

Solitaire Pendant

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Certified 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Solitaire Pendant

The last item on our list of jewelry staples is the solitaire pendant. Diamond pendant necklaces are beautiful and versatile and can be worn on their own or layered with other necklaces. The simplicity of a solitaire pendant is what makes it a true classic. A simple setting, like this elegant 14k yellow gold setting, lets the beauty of the diamond take focus. It’s elegant and simply timeless.

Graduation Jewelry Gift Ideas for Her

It’s almost summer and, for many students, that means it’s time for graduation! A loved one’s graduation is a great time to give them a gift that shows them that you’re proud of their accomplishments and that you wish them good luck in the future. Jewelry is a thoughtful and beautiful graduation gift that will make your loved one feel special and last a lifetime. For those celebrating a graduation this year, we’ve put together a list of great graduation jewelry gifts for her!

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Blue Sapphire Halo Set Studs in 14k White Gold

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Pink Sapphire Studs in 14k White Gold

These pink and blue sapphire studs are not only beautiful, they’re also said to attract abundance. This is because sapphires are a gemstone that are said to draw wealth and success to the wearer. A perfect gift for a new graduate who is setting off into the world!

A Tennis Bracelet

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S-Link Style Diamond Tennis Bracelet in 14k White Gold

A tennis bracelet is an elegant and versatile piece that every woman should have in her collection. This is a special and beautiful piece that will always be in style, ensuring that your graduate can enjoy it for a lifetime.

A Diamond Pendant

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Round Diamond Bezel Set Pendant Necklace in 14k White Gold

A diamond pendant adds a delicate touch of shimmer to any look. They are beautifully worn on their own, and also great to layer with other pieces. A diamond pendant is a great gift that works with any style.

Diamond Studs

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Round Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold

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Emerald Shaped Diamonds in 18k Yellow Gold

Diamond Studs are the ultimate classic accessory— sophisticated, beautiful, and timeless. They’re also versatile: they can be worn with any outfit, from a ball gown to a swimsuit. And these diamond studs are also customizable. You can change the shape of the diamond, the setting style, and choose from different precious metals. Think about the kind of jewelry the person you’re shopping for: do they usually wear silver or gold? Do they like subtle or flashy pieces? These studs are a perfect gift because you can customize them to exactly fit the style of the recipient.

The Importance of Rose Gold

Rose gold is a metal notable throughout the history of different fashion eras. Rose gold, known historically as “Russian gold,” was first introduced as a fashion jewel during the 19th century. The warm-toned, precious metal then dominated the Victorian era, along with yellow gold, and later became incredibly popular with jewelry lovers in the 1920’s. This style is now considered “retro,” because of its distinguished bold and three-dimensional finish it gives to jewelry. There are many reasons why this blushing alloy keeps weaving in and out of fashion trends, but rose gold has definitely made its way back as the aesthetic choice for jewelry today.

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There are many factors that contribute to the desire for rose gold. Rose gold includes hues of red and pink gold tones that correlate to the feelings and emotions of people. The blush hint of gold expresses an appeal of compassion, composure, and warmth. The subtle touch of red and pink is a perfect representation of romance, and has an elegant calming nature. This explains why rose gold is leading gold setting in fashion jewelry. Rose gold is the metal of choice among brides because of its vintage appeal complimented by its romantic connotation.

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Rose gold is not only a highly desired jewelry item, but it’s also a highly desired color for electronic goods. Thanks to big companies like Samsung and Apple, rose gold is seen on popular items such as BEATS headphones, apple products, and Samsung phones. Rose gold is now seen everywhere, penetrating markets daily, and produces a trickling effect for the need of rose gold tones.

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Rose gold is produced by mixing gold with copper alloy. By increasing the concentration of copper, the redder it becomes. Since 24k pure gold is too soft, metal alloys are added to gold creating yellow, white, and rose gold. In comparison to yellow and white gold, rose gold is more durable and surprisingly more affordable. Another advantage that rose gold has over yellow and white gold is that it doesn’t require rhodium plating. Rhodium plating is a type of metal plating, which prevents an object from being damaged and improves color quality. Although rhodium plating sounds like a great way of protecting and enhancing your gold, rhodium plated gold cannot be resized or fixed. However, rose gold is very special since rose gold color intensifies with age; therefore improving the color quality with time, rhodium plating is not required.

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The red and pink tones of rose gold appeal to all genders and compliment all skin tones. The rose gold trend is perfectly suited all year round and brings a vintage vibe when accessorizing and coordinating with outfits. Rose gold is the addition every woman needs in her wardrobe. Rose gold attire is ideal for that elegant and feminine woman. From Skirts, heels, cardigans, and some rose gold accessories- there is no going wrong. The next time she looks at her engagement ring she will sure to fall in love all over again. Save up to 10% off site wide with our collection of rose gold jewelry.