Why Diamond Stud Earrings Are the Perfect Holiday Gift
There’s a reason why diamond stud earrings make for a perfect holiday gift. They’re long-lasting, they’re durable, and they can be worn everywhere. And the beauty of diamonds is that there are different shapes, sizes, and price points to please everyone’s sense of style (and budget!). At Samuelson’s, we have diamond studs that work for every budget: from under $1000 to more than $20,000, and everything in between. Why not spoil your loved one(s) with gorgeous diamond stud earrings for the holidays?
Here are some factors to consider when picking out your diamond studs:
- The 4 C’s
When looking at diamonds, there are four qualities to consider for the diamonds themselves: cut, color, clarity, and carat.
A diamond’s proportions can determine how light reflects through the diamond. While many take cut to mean the shape of the diamond, it actually means how well the diamond interacts with light. One way of thinking about cut is how much does that diamond sparkle?
When it comes to buying a traditional diamond, the goal is to find one as close to colorless as possible. Most diamonds have tints of yellow or brown, which is why colorless diamonds command a higher price per-carat.
Few things in nature are absolutely perfect – and the same holds true of diamonds. Clarity is judged by the relative absence of inclusions and blemishes. It’s incredibly rare to find a natural diamond without inclusions or blemishes.
Not to be mistaken for karat (the weight of pure gold in an alloy), carats measure the weight of a diamond.
For a true sense of scale, consider that a small paper clip is equal to the weight of a single diamond carat. That’s why fractions of a carat can mean price differences of hundreds—even thousands—of dollars. However, a lower carat weight can still be valued at a higher price depending on the cut, color, and clarity than one with a higher carat weight with poorer cut, color, and clarity.
A big part of how diamonds are selected to be worn as studs is proportion. That’s why the most common shape for diamond stud earrings are round or square. The balance of a round circle or angular square or rectangle make for a simple, yet classic look. Diamonds truly never go out of style.
There are two common settings for diamond stud earrings: a prong and a bezel. A prong setting holds the diamonds with points that keep it in place. The fewer the prongs, the more sparkle! A bezel setting involves wrapping a band of metal around the edge of the diamond, which helps secure the diamond in place. When thinking about how your diamond studs are set, an important consideration is if you want to prioritize sparkle (prongs) or security (bezels).
- Setting shapes
There are typically two styles of diamond stud settings: basket and martini. A basket setting looks like it sounds – curved sides with a flat bottom that sits against the earlobe. A martini setting is more conical – like a martini glass – which includes a narrow bottom that sits in the earlobe.
As the saying goes, diamonds are forever. With just a few weeks left before Christmas, now is the perfect time to visit us at Samuelson’s to find the perfect holiday gift. With more than 50 pairs of diamond studs in stock, ranging from .25 ctw to 4+ ctw, we’ve got something for everyone. And if we don’t – we’d be happy to help you create the perfect diamond studs!
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