best diamond stud earrings design

Handmade milgrain and bezel studs in 950 Pt – Brian Gavin

For the uninitiated, choosing a diamond can be hard. Finding a pair of perfect diamond earrings can be even more difficult. You see, factors like stone sizes, diamond shapes, face contours and etc… all require the right balance and detailing to make a pair of earrings stand out.

Luckily for you, we are here to take the guess work out in today’s blog post. We’ll tell you how to find the right earrings for your face shape, the different styles available, the best places to buy diamond earrings and more below…

Tips for Selecting a Diamond Shape For Your Studs

The beauty of diamond studs is that they are suitable for most types of face shapes (which is why they are very popular). They are also great accessories to match your dress code for casual wear or fancy ballroom events.

Here are some guidelines to help you choose a diamond shape for yourself. If you have a broader face type, elongated shapes like the emerald cut, radiant cut and marquise cut will complement your face. This is because they provide an impression of length with their proportions.

If you have a thinner face type, symmetrical shapes like the round cut, princess cut and Asscher cut are options that would flatter your face shape. As a rule of the thumb, round diamonds are safe options and can work with any type of face shapes.

Incidentally, round diamonds also have better sparkle factor and brilliance compared to other shapes of diamonds.

Designs Available And The Best Place to Buy Diamond Earrings

Regardless of your personal style or fashion taste, there will always be stud designs that suit your needs. When buying a pair of diamond studs, the 2 most important criteria to look out for are: quality of the center diamond and workmanship of the setting.

Bear in mind that even the most beautiful diamond will look terrible if it were set into a poorly made setting. To find a great pair of earrings, the key lies in balance and craftsmanship.

Now, I emphasize the need to source for reliable bench jewelers because the good ones pay attention to details. They will make the difference between earrings that turn out droopy or the ones that look great.

In my opinion, the best place to buy diamond earrings is to go online. White Flash, Brian Gavin and James Allen are exemplary vendors offering HD videos for their diamond listings. This makes it really easy for you to scrutinize and select the best diamond for your needs.

Classic Basket Style Diamond Stud Earrings

Basket style diamond stud earrings were one of the original designs that lasted through generations of creativity. Today, they remain one of the most popular styles of setting designs. Feel free to click on any of the stud designs to find out more details…

4 prong basket screw cap

4 Prong Basket Screw Back – Brian Gavin

6 prong scallop basket stud setting 18k white gold

18K White Gold 6 Prong Scalloped Basket – James Allen


Prong Martini Style Diamond Stud Earrings

The 3-prong martini (or 4-prong) setting is one of my favorite designs. It is a simple yet evergreen design. More importantly, the 3 prong martini style setting provides a base with good center of gravity. This enables the stud to fit snugly against your ear lobe for a great presentation.

14k white gold best martini diamond earring studs mounting

3 Prong Martini Diamond Earrings – White Flash

14k 3 prong martini style studs

14K White Gold 3 Prong Martini – James Allen


Bezel Style Stud Earrings

Bezel set diamond studs are very hardy and designed for maximum security. They are great for people who are rough with their jewelry. Bezel settings tend to be more expensive because of the skilled labor required to set them correctly.

bezel rose gold earring design

18k Rose Gold Handmade Bezel Studs – Brian Gavin

handcrafted bezel earring stud design

18K White Gold Bezel Setting – White Flash


Halo Style Stud Earrings

Halo designs add extra bling to a piece and create an illusion of a single large looking diamond without the huge costs. This is achieved by mounting melee diamonds along the perimeter of the center stone.

halo design brian gavin earrings

Halo Earrings in 14k White Gold – Brian Gavin

halo frame setting pave earring stud design

Handmade Diamond Pave Frame Setting – James Allen


Designer And Branded Stud Earrings

If you are looking for a bolder or more unique style of design for your earrings, designer brands like Ritani are worth looking into.

ritani bella vita halo diamond earrings

Ritani Bella Vita Halo Diamond Setting – White Flash

double halo ear studs with melee diamonds

Brilliance Double Halo 18K White Gold – White Flash


Preset Diamond Stud Earrings – Are They Any Good?

You probably came across preset diamond studs if you did some shopping online or around your local stores. The meaning of preset is that the center stones have already been mounted and the piece of jewelry is ready to be purchased.

Now, preset jewelry offers a level of convenience since it completely removes the involvement of the consumer in the fabrication process. Decisions for diamond quality, carat size and price points are predetermined by the jeweler.

As a consumer, you need to understand that preset jewelry is a can of worms because it allows jewelers to abuse marketed claims and misrepresented quality. The fact is, most preset earrings do not have reliable grading reports from GIA or AGS that ensure the accuracy of the represented quality.

Very often, consumers get ripped off thinking that they had gotten a great deal (i.e. earrings advertised as F color/VS2 clarity). In reality, the real quality of the earrings could defer greatly (I color/I1 clarity).

Here’s the bottomline: if you are buying a pair of diamond studs with centerstones larger than 0.30 carats individually, you better make sure there are reliable grading certificates from GIA or AGS. If the jeweler doesn’t offer a grading report or attempts to sell you uncertified diamonds at “cheaper” prices, I can guarantee you are in for a giant rip-off.

The only exception to this guideline is when you are purchasing a pair of diamond studs made of up of melee stones smaller than 0.30 carats (see below). In such a scenario, grading reports are not necessary because the size of the diamonds are too small to make economical sense (cost of grading far outweighs the cost of a melee diamond).

melee studded earring knots

Diamond Love Knots Earrings – Blue Nile

floral diamond earring stud

Diamond Floral Stud Earrings – Blue Nile


For reliable quality in preset pieces, the best places to buy diamond earrings are Blue Nile and White Flash. These are 2 vendors I had personally vetted and can speak for their craftsmanship and quality.

How to Choose Diamonds For Earrings

Just like shopping for an engagement ring, cut quality is the most important aspect of a diamond. This is because it directly translates to the amount of sparkle and brilliance the diamond displays.

Now, there are some differences I want to highlight when you are choosing diamonds for earrings. First of all, the viewing distances for earrings are much further away compared to engagement rings. Since size is usually the first thing people notice about diamond jewelry, it makes sense for you to prioritize carat weight when shopping for a pair of studs.

Secondly, when diamonds are mounted onto a stud and worn on the ear, they are usually set lower and seen in the face up view. Combined with longer viewing distances, the color and clarity of a diamond will not be readily noticeable by the naked eye.

So, here are my personal recommendations when choosing diamonds for your earrings.

  1. Cut quality has utmost importance because it determines the beauty of the diamond.
  2. Carat size should be as big as your budget allows.
  3. Color should be kept in the G-I ranges.
  4. Clarity should be kept in the VS2-SI2 ranges. (as long as the stone is eyeclean)

The guidelines above provide the most practical approach to getting the best value for your money. At the end of the day, your personal preferences will matter the most and these are not hard & fast rules.

If you are in the market to buy a D/IF rating for symbolic reasons, who’s to say you are wrong?

Regardless of your personal preferences, there’s one thing you can never skimp on. And that is cut quality. For a step by step guide to select diamonds with confidence, I recommend you read every single word in this section.

Summary – Women’s Jewelry Guide to Diamond Stud Earrings

Hopefully, you now have a clear idea on the various types of designs available for ear studs and have learnt something useful in this week’s post. Remember, CUT is KING when it comes to buying diamonds even for earrings.

Here’s a fun reminder. Show off your earrings! Whether you are putting them on for a big night out or on a regular working day, wear them with confidence. If you utilize the diamond shopping tips on Beyond4cs.com, I can assure you that your earrings will “POP” with sparkle.

Lastly, I wish you the best of luck as you pick out your brand new diamond stud earrings. And if you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via email or leave a comment below.

If you are shopping for a pair of studs, I highly recommend James Allen, White Flash And Brian Gavin. These are reputable vendors that provide high quality diamonds and have excellent craftsmanship on their settings.

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22 Comments

  1. Lendvai Bora-
    June 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I’m live in Croatia which is part of the EU. Would you have any idea about where to buy diamond stud earrings online that does shipping to my country? I checked with BlueNile and James Allen. They both do not ship here. Alternatively, I could buy in London when I’m there for a vacation next month. Any suggestions on what to do?

  2. Paul Gian-
    June 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    The cost of diamond stud earrings and Jewelry will cost a lot more in London than in Croatia. On top of that, high quality diamond stud earrings are going to be a rarity in the UK. The cut standards are way too low compared to those offered by the US retailers. In your case, you might be far better off purchasing in a local store in Croatia or make your purchase in the States if you are planning a trip there in future.

  3. Milla Davey-
    June 9, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I’ve been shopping around and one of the local jeweller claims to offer me the best deal on diamond earrings anywhere in the country. The pair of earrings is priced at $4,000 for a 1 ctw size and comes with an IGI certificate which states that the jewellery is worth $6,500. Do you think this is a good deal or is this too good to be true?

  4. Paul Gian-
    June 9, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Any jeweller who claims to offer consumers a deal and follows it up with EGL graded diamonds are out to rip you off. It’s unethical and definitely a red flag. EGL is well known for its soft grading standards and had been involved in various lawsuits from consumers. Recently, the diamond industry in the trading community had completely banned all EGL diamonds in their networks. That’s how bad it is.

    Run! It’s only a good deal for the jeweller at your expense.

  5. Kathleen-
    June 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Great write up on this guide to women’s jewelry. Can you do another write up on pendants too? What’s the best setting for diamond earrings if I intend to wear them to sleep and not have to go through the hassle of taking them out everyday? The BlueNile studs look simple and doesn’t seem like it requires constant maintenance.

  6. Paul Gian-
    June 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    For your case, the best setting for diamond studs with minimal maintenance are those with screwbacks. The reason being that screwbacks are less likely to come off compared to normal snap-ons.

    Note: I’m not recommending that you sleep with your earrings on because it could damage the piece or cause it to warp overtime. Do this at your own risk.

  7. Socorro A. Devito-
    June 11, 2017 at 6:53 am

    What do you think of James Allen’s preset earrings? I know they are a recommended vendor on many of your webpages but you didn’t seem to mention them much in this write up. Where would you say would be the best place to buy diamond stud earrings online or in a brick and mortar store?

  8. Paul Gian-
    June 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    James Allen’s preset earrings have limited designs and typically consist of larger sized diamonds above 0.30ct which are uncertified. I don’t recommend shopping like this. If you want to shop at James Allen, it would make better sense to pick out your own diamonds (with GIA/AGS certs) and get it set in the setting you like. It isn’t that hard and gives you control over the quality of the diamonds.

  9. Hiske van de Wijdeven-
    June 12, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Can you clarify why color is less noticeable in earrings as compared to a ring? I thought both rings and earrings have diamonds that are mounted in the face up view?

  10. Paul Gian-
    June 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    You are right in saying that diamonds are mounted in a face up view (table facet). For engagement rings, a common scenario that takes place is a side by side comparison when ladies get together. : )

    When this happens, it would be possible to see color differences especially if the rings being compared are many ratings apart. Think about it – would this be practical when you try to compare earrings worn by someone else against the ones you are wearing? Is it possible to put ears side by side closely? Well, it’s possible but highly unlikely. This is why color is hardly noticeable in earrings even if you see someone wearing a H color pair of earrings beside someone wearing a D color pair of studs.

    Also, it is easier to see the diamond’s body color in its profile view. For rings, all it takes is to lift your finger and you can quickly see the side profile of the diamond. For earrings, it’s going to be extremely rude to pull someone’s ear in order to observe the stud’s profile. I hope I make sense here.

  11. Elin Paulsen-
    June 14, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Where is the best place to buy diamond stud earrings in New York City? Do you have someone you can recommend or tips to help me out? My budget is around $500.

    If I found a pair of studs I’m interested in, would you help me offer a review on the purchase?

  12. Paul Gian-
    June 15, 2017 at 8:53 am

    It depends on what you are looking for. Frankly speaking, your budget is very small. Don’t expect to get anything that’s high quality or spectacular for $500. Obviously, studs with larger center stones will be out of the question. In your case, the best place to buy diamond stud earrings in NYC would be James Allen. They have a showroom there where you can drop by as well.

  13. Lucia Nordstrom-
    June 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Have you had the chance to review a business called Lumera Diamonds? They are an online store like BlueNile and I found their prices to be very similar to what the other vendors are offering.

  14. Paul Gian-
    June 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t have any reviews on Lumera Diamonds nor do I have any experience with them. I think there are some distinct differences. With vendors like James Allen, HD videos are provided for you to review a diamond before purchase. On the other hand, most other online businesses expect you to buy blind which is a risky endeavor.

  15. Stephanie-
    June 24, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I have a couple of questions.

    First, do you have any thoughts on Maurice Jewelers ( in the Plaza, etc)?

    Or the diamond studs that are in sale at Lord and Taylor?

    And what kind of backings do you recommend?

    I had heard screw backs but just read that you don’t recommend sleeping in them and they are a lot of work.

    Also – how close to the ear should they sit? I bought a pair of diamond studs from Gilt and Maurice a few years back and lost one.

    They sold me another one from their store but had to change the setting to match. They didn’t leave careful notes and i didn’t want to leave the stud with them for days. I noticed that the newer one had a thicker setting and sits higher on my ear than the other. Still no droop though.

    They didn’t give a GIA cert for 1 carat studs and claimed it would raise the price too much to pay for that. I read this article after the fact..

    I don’t love that that settings aren’t identical but I don’t know which one is more ideal? And how to go about changing them.. and if I should be willing to leave them there for a few days etc.

    They seem nice inside and all but don’t do things they claim like call when they said they would and messed up some other communication issues.

    I got the earrings at half of what they say it’s worth because of the sale but not sure know that I read your article if I was scammed or not.

    Also – the ones at Lord and Taylor sparkles quite a bit too which was a surprise. But I have no idea if anything was done to them.

    Thanks!

  16. Paul Gian-
    June 24, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The fitting is based on personal preference and it depends on the alignment of the studs. As a guideline for studs that fit correctly, they should be sit completely flat onto the ear.

    Anyway, your jeweler don’t offer GIA reports NOT because that would raise prices but because they want to sell misrepresented diamond. If I claim to sell you a H/VS2 diamond, how would you know it isn’t a P/SI2? Most consumers fall into this trap: https://beyond4cs.com/engagement-ring/beware-of-cheap-diamond-deals/

  17. Ashley Webster-
    June 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I’m wondering what exactly is a diamond stud and how does it differ from hoops and dangles? Seems like different businesses apply a different definition about this.

  18. Paul Gian-
    June 26, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    The photographs in this write up should give you a good idea what a diamond stud is and what it isn’t. Basically, studs are the most basic forms of earrings with the centerstone mounted on a metal and the main focus lies on the centerstone instead of the metal design. Hope this makes sense!

  19. Edna Elcullada Luib-
    July 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    So true Paul Gian UK jewelries tends to be more expensive and lower quality than almost everything else even here in The Philippines.

    The only quality diamomds you can buy from London is the branded ones like Graff.

    A similar jewelry from London and The Philippines would cost much less when you buy them from Leibish & Co. for example and they have a fantastic sale for their jewelries now. If you buy 3 you get HUGE discounts for all.

  20. Margo-
    August 14, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Hi Paul I am looking at buying a dancing diamond , or rhythm diamond pendant surrounded by small diamonds. I would like centre diamond to be 75 points. Where would you recommend buying this? Thanks Margo

  21. Paul Gian-
    August 14, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Quite a number of places sell these types of designs. You may want to check out Ritani: https://beyond4cs.com/go/ritani/

  22. Fire Diamond-
    September 3, 2017 at 5:47 am

    You mentioned that HIGH quality diamonds are never on sale.

    Well I bought a HIGH quality diamond from Leibish & Co. for 35% off then further discounted coz I’m a friend of Leibish to nearly 50% off for a fancy vivid yellowish orange SI1 clarity with strong yellow fluorescence with GIA color only report.

    I don’t think HIGH quality diamonds ar never on sale. For example in 2005 it’s hard to find a $1k dollars 0.30ct D-IF diamond from Bluenile coz they usually coz more than that but today you can find a 0.30ct D-IF diamond for less than $900. In 2005 it is impossible to find a $1,500 0.50ct D-IF diamond from Bluenile now a same diamond can be bought for $1,500.

    So I guess alot of white diamonds have decreased in value or heavily discounted since 2005 what about natural color diamonds?

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