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The Complete Guide to Buying Diamond Drop Earrings

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The Complete Guide to Buying Diamond Drop Earrings

Diamond drop earrings are one of the most elegant earring styles available. Drop-style earrings make any woman look younger, while diamonds add a classy sparkle to any outfit. When buying diamond drop earrings,, one should know the basics of diamond quality. This means understanding diamond shapes, cuts, colours, clarity, carat weight, and certification. The second part of buying diamond drop earrings is choosing the metal and design of the rest of the earring. This is important because if the craftsmanship of the earring is poor, the diamond could fall out of its setting.

Choosing a shape that suits the wearer's face is also a good idea, and one needs to know what earring shapes suit different face shapes. Diamond drop earrings are found at brick-and-mortar jewellery shops, department stores, as well as online at eBay.. Knowing about diamond quality, the different types of diamond settings, the characteristics of different metals used in earrings, and how to match earring shape to face shape, can make shopping for diamond earrings an enjoyable experience.

Diamond Quality in Drop Earrings

The four C's of diamond quality are cut, colour, clarity, and carat. These are the main factors that affect a diamond's value, besides its size. One should also understand shape (which is different from the cut) and the certifications which ensure a diamond's quality. Understanding these elements before shopping for diamonds is necessary in order to avoid paying a high price for a low-quality diamond.

Diamond Cut

The cut of a diamond is generally agreed to be the most important one of the factors that affect a diamond's appearance. The cut determines the sparkle of the diamond because it affects how light that enters the diamond is reflected. A cut that is too shallow allows light to escape through the bottom. Likewise, a cut that is too deep allows light to escape through the sides. Every diamond manufacturer aims to achieve a cut that reflects the most light back through the front of the diamond, which can be seen as a special sparkle. Cut should not be confused with shape.

Diamond Shape

The shape of a diamond refers to the outline of the face of the diamond. The shape is mostly a matter of personal preference. However, different shapes accentuate different aspects of a diamond, so it is important to choose a stone with strong points that are highlighted by its shape. For example, the emerald shape highlights the clarity of a diamond, so make sure that an emerald-shaped diamond, in a pair of drop earrings, has a high clarity score. Understanding the different diamond shapes and the element that it is designed to highlight, is an important step when purchasing a quality pair of diamond drop earrings.

Diamond Shape

Highlights

Details

Round

brilliance

good balance of cut, clarity, and colour

Princess

brilliance

square shape is unique and attractive

Emerald

clarity

rectangular shape adds length

Asscher

clarity

similar to emerald shape but square

Marquise

carat weight

almond shape

Oval

brilliance

length

Radiant

brilliance

70 facets

Pear or Teardrop

brilliance of the round shape

elegance of the marquise

Heart

colour may be visible in corners

sentimental

Pillow or Cushion

clarity

large facets increase brilliance

Colour

To the untrained eye, it may seem that all diamonds are basically white. In actuality, there are no less than 23 colour grades, accompanied by a number of fancy colours. Fancy colour diamonds can be red, pink, purple, green, blue, and virtually any colour in the spectrum. These colours are caused by special elements in the diamond's makeup, and increase a diamond's value depending on the shade. However, the vast majority of diamonds fall in the 'normal colour range', which ranges from entirely colourless to yellow-brown. This range is graded by a scale running from D to Z. The grade 'D' is the highest possible grade and describes a perfectly clear diamond, which is extremely rare. The grades G, H,, I, and J are 'nearly colourless' and are considered to be a value purchase, since the slight tint in these diamonds can only be distinguished by experts.

Clarity

The clarity of a diamond is determined by the number of imperfections found in the diamond. These imperfections are often microscopic and undetectable from the naked eye, making clarity one of the less-important factors. The grading scale is made up of letters and numbers. The highest grades are F and IF, which stand for 'Flawless' and 'Internally Flawless'. The next highest grades are VVS1 and VVS2,  which stand for 'Very Very Slightly Included'. An 'inclusion' in this sense, refers to a kind of blemish that can be seen under magnification. The following grades are VS1 and VS2 (Very Slightly Included), SI1 and SI2 (Slightly Included). The lowest grades are I1, I2, and I3. These diamonds have blemishes that are visible to the unaided eye.

Carat Weight

The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. Although the carat is a measure of weight, it is often used to roughly understand the diamond's size. Carat weight is not a good indicator of size when the diamond is cut poorly. In these cases, the diamond can appear smaller than one would expect based on the carat weight because it is not very reflective. Likewise, a well-cut diamond often appears larger than it is.

Diamond Certification

There are several independent bodies which certify diamonds based on cut, colour, carat weight, and clarity. Some well-known bodies include: the International Gemological Institute (IGI), Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Hoge Raad voor Diamant (HRD), International Gemological Services (IGS), and Antwerp Gemmological Institute (AGS).

Diamond Setting Types

There are several ways to secure a diamond into the metal bedding of the earring. The different setting types fall into four main categories. Always carefully examine the workmanship of the earring to make sure the setting is secure prior to purchase.

Prong Settings

Prong settings use individual prongs to hold a diamond in place. It is the only setting that allows a view of the whole diamond. However, if a prong bends or breaks, the diamond could come loose.

Channel Settings

Used when several diamonds of the same size are places in a row, a channel setting holds the edge of the diamond within two vertical walls. Some channel settings use bars between individual diamonds, while others have no metal between the diamonds. The bar channel setting is one of the more secure diamond placement options.

Bezel Settings

A bezel is a metal rim that surrounds a diamond. The bezel setting is typically more secure than the prong setting, but only allows a top view of the diamond.

Pavé Settings

The pavé setting is used when a number of small diamonds are set together to cover a small area, creating the appearance of a large 'paved' area. The stones are held in place with tiny metal beads. It is important to keep in mind that low-quality pavé settings can become loose over time due to everyday use.

Choosing a Metal for a Diamond Drop Earring

Diamond drop earrings are made of silver, gold of varying purities, platinum,, titanium, stainless steel, and palladium, among other options. One consideration is the colour normally worn by the future owner of the diamond drop earrings. If she usually wears a silver watch, for example, a silver-toned metal might be a better choice than yellow gold.. The other consideration is the possibility of an allergic reaction to the nickel content of many alloys. Silver, 14ct., and even 18ct. gold can contain trace amounts of nickel and cobalt, which irritate the skin of some people, and may even cause irritation with extremely sensitive people. Titanium, platinum, and any surgical grade metal, are all good choices that help people to avoid any risk of allergy. 

Drop Earring Shapes and Face Shapes

Diamond drop earrings come in a variety of shapes. Not all shapes are suitable for all face shapes. For example, thin long earrings can exaggerate the length of someone who already has a long neck. Keep in mind a few suggestions for different face types.

Round Faces

Those with round faces can create an illusion of length with long, thin earrings. Avoid hoops, as these may tend to make the face look wider.

Heart Shaped Faces

Hoop earrings and chandelier-style diamond drop earrings, complement this face shape. Big and clunky drop earrings, generally look good on these faces because they balance out the width at the forehead and the chin.

Oval Faces

Oval faces are the most versatile as far as earrings go. Almost any kind of earring shape looks good on an oval face. Pay attention to the neck as well, and use shorter earrings if the neck is long.

Square Faces

Avoid angular designs like stars or straight lines. Instead, go for soft and feminine designs that soften the strong jawline. 

How to Buy Diamond Drop Earrings on eBay

Buying diamond drop earrings on eBay is simple with eBay's easy search options. It is also a secure place to shop due to eBay's innovative seller feedback system. These two aspects of eBay make it a great place to shop for diamond drop earrings so you can take advantage of the wide selection and competitive prices.

To find diamond drop earrings on eBay, enter a search term like 'diamond drop earrings&' in the search box on any eBay page. Then, refine the search using criteria such as price and condition, metal, carat weight, colour, and others. These criteria make it easy to find a pair of diamond drop earrings that fit your budget.

Once you have found a listing that interests you, be sure to check the seller's feedback score and all the pictures included in the listing. Feel free to ask the seller any questions you might have and verify the return policy. It is a good idea to buy only certified diamonds, if they are 25ct. or heavier.

Conclusion

Buying diamond drop earrings can be nerve-wracking for anyone who has never bought diamonds before. Diamonds have a complex grading system, with four main elements. These elements include: cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. The cut is the most important characteristic of a diamond since it determines the brilliance and shine of a diamond.

High-quality diamonds are often certified by independent parties. Besides the quality of the diamond, a shopper should know about the different settings, and precious metals, used in diamond jewellery. This ensures that a costly diamond is not lost because of poor workmanship in the rest of the earring. Lastly, one should keep some tips in mind in regards to choosing an earring shape that suits individual face shapes. By knowing how to find high-quality diamond drop earrings online, one can buy beautiful and elegant earrings for oneself, or as a timeless gift for a special someone.

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