July 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

diamond-stud-earringsDiamond stud earrings are a true jewelry classic. They are an item that every woman should have in her collection. The purpose of this post is to give you some pointers about what to look for in diamond studs.

As a general rule, most people do not buy as high quality gems for diamond stud earrings as they would for an engagement ring. Many people are primarily concerned with brilliance, sparkle, or flash when it comes to studs. I have mixed feelings about this sentiment. On one hand I concur that diamond studs do not have to be of the finest quality, but on the other hand I do not like to sell junk. It is my belief that many jewelers have gone too far south in the quality of diamonds that they are using for studs. While I understand that using inferior diamonds may keep the price of the earrings down, I personally believe there are some minimum  standards that must be kept. There are too many diamond stud earrings on the market where the diamonds are severely off color of yellow, where the diamonds are loaded with flaws, and where the diamonds are poorly cut. In my store I try to sell diamonds that are near colorless, J color or better, slightly included clarity, SI2 or better, and very well cut.

A factor that is sometimes overlooked in stud earrings is how well matched are the diamonds. Too often the diamonds are mismatched. A common occurrence is when the diamonds are not the same size. I regularly see a set of earrings where one diamond is noticeably larger than the other. You will also find sets of earrings where one diamond is near colorless or white, and the other diamond is slightly yellow. A final matching flaw I have observed is where one diamond is well cut, brilliant, and lively, and the second diamond is poorly cut and lifeless. I am not a fan of mismatched diamond stud earrings. If you come to Spiegel and Son you will not be shown anything like this.

You can never go wrong with diamond stud earrings as a gift for a loved one, or as a well deserved self purchase. Studs are one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry a woman can own. They will dress up or down, with jeans or with formal attire. They truly are a classic, traditional piece of jewelry that will never go out of style.