Diamond Stud Earrings

The purchase of a pair of diamond stud earrings is one that you can never go wrong on. Whether it be for a gift or an investment in a jewelry collection, they make a wonderful addition to any woman’s jewelry retinue. Diamonds can be worn with almost any type of clothing. Diamond studs have become a classic type of earring that has become a favorite by both young and old alike. Young girls feel like it is a right of passage to get their first pair of diamond stud earrings. They are as considered both classic and timeless and will be worn for many years to come.

Not all diamonds are equal so consumers do need to understand what they are purchasing before going out to buy their stud earrings. There are a few rules to purchasing diamonds in general. The four C’s need to be considered when looking for diamonds to purchase for jewelry. These are cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

Color is the first consideration when purchasing a diamond. The most valuable diamonds are those who are colorless. They are the most rare and also the most costly of stones. Diamonds are graded as to their color. To discern the amount of color in a diamond, they are placed against a solid white background and then graded as to any color that might be seen in the stone itself. The least amount of coloration in stones are given the highest grade. The stones with more coloration are given a lower grade and will be worth less on the open market. It is worth noting that the average consumer cannot tell the difference in the color of a lot of stones and will be unable to differentiate between grades.

Clarity is the next grade that a diamond is given. Clarity refers to the amount of blemishes or impurities that are located within the diamond itself. These affect what the stone is worth. Clarity is graded depending on five different factors. First the amount of impurities in the stone itself. Second the size of the blemish or impurity will affect the stone’s worth. Third the position or where the blemish is located on the stone will affect it. Fourth will these impurities affect the viability of the stone. Could they cause a fault in the stone? Fifth concerns the visibility of the blemish. If the blemish is dark or more visible it can affect the price of the stone more than a small light colored blemish.

Cut is another factor that can affect a stone’s worth. Stones that have been cut properly will reflect the light so that it shows off the stone’s brilliance. These stones will also look like they are larger than other stones when compared side by side due to the fact that they have been cut well. The cut of a stone is as important as any of the other factors noted above. Proper cutting of stones is considered an art by many diamond experts.

Carat weight is an important factor when considering purchasing diamonds. A diamond is valued as to its weight. The more carat weight a diamond has increases its value. Choosing the right diamond can be a very personal choice as well as choosing the right carat weight. It can fluctuate wildly from less than ¼ carat to several carats per diamond.

When purchasing diamond stud earrings, there are some things to consider concerning the settings. Most diamond studs that weigh under one carat can be placed in any setting due to their weight. However diamond studs that are heavier than one carat should be placed in one of three settings in order to place the weight evenly. The crown style of setting is perfect for this as it pushes the weight of the diamond up toward the front making it excellent for earrings. Then there is the basket setting that divides the weight of the diamond evenly through the setting. Finally there is the martini setting that sets the diamond behind the setting so it has a very clean polished look.

No matter what type of setting or stone that you choose, you cannot go wrong with diamond stud earrings. They give a look of elegance with any and all types of dress. They can make anyone feel fun or dressed up with style depending on what they are paired with. They have such versatility that they are a must for all women to have.

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