Diamond stud earrings are an eye-catching piece of jewellery worn by both women and men. The use of precious gemstones means that the earrings represent a significant investment. Buyers should research each pair of diamond stud earrings to learn more about the four Cs: carat, cut, clarity and colour.
Carats in Diamond Stud Earrings
Carats represent the weight of the diamond in the stud earrings. The heavier the diamonds, the more expensive the piece of jewellery. More often than not, the carats listed refer to the weight of the diamonds on both earrings, which means that a pair of earrings listed as 1 carat has a half carat diamond in each stud. If there are smaller diamonds positioned around a larger gemstone, then these small contribute to the total number of carats. At least 1 carat is ideal for wearers that want their diamond stud earrings to draw attention.
Cut of Diamond Stud Earrings
A high quality cut gives a diamond its sparkle and brilliance. A diamond that has a perfect cut allows the light to enter it and reflect back upward, creating a dazzling, fiery look. If a diamond has a cut that is too deep, the light enters it, but does not reflect outwards, so the piece lacks sparkle. A diamond with a shallow cut cannot catch the light or reflect it properly. An ideal cut should have perfectly even facets that appear to give the diamond an internal light. Many new and vintage diamond stud earrings are available in three shapes: round, square and heart. They often have a brilliant cut, which means that there are 57 or 58 angled facets on the upper crown and lower pavilion of the diamond.
Clarity of Diamond Stud Earrings
Clarity refers to the presence or absence of small flaws or other minerals that cloud the diamond. A flawless diamond is more expensive than a gemstone with some imperfections. However, when it comes to diamond stud earrings, some flaws are usually acceptable because it is difficult to see them with the naked eye, and most people do not examine the stones in earrings as closely as those in diamond rings.
Colour of Diamond Stud Earrings
While white diamonds are the most common, they are also available in a number of colours including yellow, blue, and pink. Coloured diamonds are rarer than white gemstones, and therefore more expensive. However, coloured diamond earrings add an exceptional touch of glamour to a jewellery collection.