The Complete Guide to Buying Diamond Stud Earrings

When you’re ready to purchase a new pair of diamond stud earrings for yourself or a loved one, you may think it’s as simple as running down to your local jeweler and selecting whichever pair stands out. But it may be a bit more involved than that, seeing as how you’re likely to love several different pairs with varying styles, designs, and price points. 

It’s important to consider the significance of diamond studs, regardless of who you’re buying for. These earrings will likely adorn the wearer’s ears during events big and small. From birthday parties and weddings to business events and more, diamond stud earrings are suitable for any and every occasion, meaning they will be well-loved and adored by many. This makes it even more essential that you explore your options and make the best selection possible.

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If you’re starting the process of shopping for and buying diamond stud earrings, it’s best to do a little research beforehand and be prepared before visiting a jewelry store. Here at Roman Malakov, we love to educate our patrons on various aspects of the design and jewelry buying process, so we’ve created this guide on how to buy diamond stud earrings just for you. 

How to Buy Diamond Stud Earrings

Having a plan in place is the best way to have an enjoyable experience buying diamond stud earrings. Knowing what styles you like and don’t like, how you plan to wear the earrings, and what amount of money you’re looking to spend should all be considered early on. With that in mind, here are the top four things to consider and explore as you search for the perfect pair of diamond stud earrings. 

Set Your Budget

When buying diamond stud earrings, it’s essential to set a budget that you’re comfortable with, but it’s also important to recognize the significance of purchasing a pair of diamond stud earrings. Some people tend to set their budget in the thousands rather than the hundreds to ensure they are getting a high-quality pair that will be loved and last a lifetime.

Shape, Size, and Quality

This is perhaps the most difficult part of the planning and buying process. You may have an idea of what you want the overall look of the earrings to be, but translating that to specific details in the shape, size, and quality of the stones can be a bit overwhelming, but we’re here to help make sense of it all for you. 

The shape of the stone is purely up to you. You may be drawn more to a specific shape or open to exploring a variety of shapes. Generally speaking, the more common and traditional shape is round, but princess cut diamonds are also popular, and both of these shapes tend to have the most amazing sparkle and brilliance. Meanwhile, oval diamonds and cushion-cut diamonds have also been growing in popularity in recent years and are considered feminine with an antique flair. Emerald cut diamonds and Asscher cut diamonds are quite geometric in their design, and they also boast a vintage look that is extremely popular right now. However, if you’re looking for something more unique and special, consider heart, marquise, or pear

The size of the diamond stud earrings will be based on your preferences and possibly even how you plan to wear them. Smaller studs will appear more delicate, dainty, and subtle, while larger ones will be more like statement pieces with a bolder and more sparkly look. While carat is actually more about weight than size, it does impact the overall size of the stone. It’s also important to note that different shapes will impact the size of the stones, too. For example, a 1-carat princess-cut diamond will look quite different in size than a 1-carat pear-cut diamond, so it’s crucial to see the actual stones and their relative sizes before making a final decision.

Finally, quality is another essential aspect to consider when buying diamond stud earrings. The  4Cs of diamonds include cut, color, clarity, and carat, and these all impact the overall price and final appearance of the stone. 

  • Cut is about the depth of the stone, which determines how much light it reflects and how much it sparkles. 
  • Color refers to how white or colorless a diamond is compared to those with yellow or brown tints.
  • Clarity is about how eye-clean a diamond is and how many inclusions it does or doesn’t have, which impact the sparkle and look of the diamond.
  • Carat refers to the weight of the stone, which affects the overall size. 

If you’re uncertain about how to measure the quality of a stone or need to know where to buy diamond stud earrings, talk to the professionals at Roman Malakov for insight and expert advice.

Style the Setting

Once you’ve made the main decisions about the diamonds themselves, you’ll want to explore the settings and metal options. While diamond studs are relatively simple, you can make them truly your own by opting for specific settings, metals, and more. 

Prong-set is the most common way to set diamonds in stud earrings, you may opt for three for four prongs. However, if you want an even more unique look, you may prefer a bezel, halo, or pave setting. 

Beyond how the diamonds are secured, you need to select your metal. Variations of gold, such as white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, are the most commonly selected. Beyond that, platinum is another popular option. Keep in mind, you may want to match the metal on your favorite pieces of jewelry or branch out to make this specific pair of diamond studs stand out against your other pieces. 

Back It Up

The final step in selecting the perfect pair of diamond stud earrings is picking out the backs. The most common backs are push-backs, friction backs, and butterfly backs. These slide on easily and are typically very secure. If you want additional security to keep your earrings in place, you may opt for threaded backs or screw backs. These quite literally screw on for optimal security, but they can be difficult to use and are sometimes not as comfortable as traditional backs. 

Where to Buy Diamond Stud Earrings

Now that you have all the know-how on shopping for new stud earrings, it’s time to shop! The best place to buy diamond stud earrings is at Roman Malakov in New York City. Our store is located in the iconic Diamond District and is home to jewelry professionals who love helping patrons find amazing new pieces to add to their personal jewelry collections. You can schedule a consultation now, either in-store or online, and you can shop online for diamond studs and more at any time.