The stud earring, despite being trendy in jewelry, is timeless and a great gift. A pair of gold stud earrings are the best choice for a graduation, birthday, or anniversary gift. There are so many styles of gold stud earrings. How can you choose which pair? These are some factors to consider:
For Every Face, Diamond Shapes
Whom are you buying this present for? Do they have square, round, heart-shaped, or square-shaped faces? You can enhance her round- or diamond-shaped face with gold earrings with princess-cut diamonds.
A slightly rounded shape such as the cushion-cut, diamond gold stud earrings is flattering for wide faces. For narrower faces, round earrings with a halo design (pictured above), work well. Round earrings with a halo setting (pictured above) complement narrower faces.
Choose Your Diamond Shape
The shape of a diamond is its shape. It can be round, oval, princess, or rectangular. The most important thing about your diamond stud earrings is the shape of the diamond. Each shape has its own style, so your diamonds will be the focal point of your earrings. We recommend that you choose your diamond shape first, before thinking about other elements.
How do you choose the right diamond shape for you? When searching for the perfect diamond shape, there are three factors to consider: style, brilliance, and your face shape.
Diamond Shape Style
Each diamond shape is unique. Just by looking at a certain diamond shape, you may feel drawn to its style. If you aren’t sure which shape is right for you, you can check out our style notes below.
- Round is the most common diamond shape. They are known for their timeless look and high brilliance.
- Princess: Princess-cut diamonds have a square form when viewed from the top. They also feature modern lines and a sharp look.
- Cushion: Cushion-cut diamonds are a classic shape in a very romantic style.
- Asscher: Asscher-cut diamonds have a unique appearance and an Art Deco-era vintage style.
- Emerald: Emerald-cut diamonds have a retro-era style that is elegant and glamorous.
- Marquise: marquise-cut diamonds are extremely rare and stand out.
- Oval: Oval-shaped diamonds have a timeless, classic, and chic style.
- Pearl: pear-shaped diamonds are also known as teardrop or emerald diamonds. They have a unique, sophisticated design.
Diamond Shape Brilliance
The term “brilliant” refers to the way a diamond reflects light. The more light a diamond reflects, the more brilliant it is (so more sparkling diamonds are more radiant). Every cut diamond will be brilliant. Some shapes are more brilliant than others due to how they are cut.
You will need to take into consideration the brilliance and shapes of different diamonds when choosing a diamond shape. Are you curious about which diamond shapes are most stunning? Below is a list of diamond shapes sorted by brilliance.
Diamond shapes by Brilliance
- Most Amazing: Round
- Exceptionally brilliant: Ovale, Marquise, and Pear
- High-Quality: Princess and Cushion
- Brilliant, Emerald, and Asscher
Face Shape and Diamond Shape
People often choose the best diamond shape for their faces. People with larger faces may prefer diamond shapes that give them a longer look such as oval, marquise, or emerald-cut diamonds. To give you another example, people with longer faces prefer symmetrical shapes that don’t elongate their faces like round cut diamonds or Asscher cut diamonds.
Choose Your Diamond Stud Ring Setting
Once you have chosen your diamond shape, it is time to pick your setting style. There are three types of stud earring settings to choose from prong, bezel, and halo. Each setting style has its advantages which we will discuss below.
With their thin prongs, prong settings keep your diamonds in position. The most popular type of prong setting is the four-prong basket setting, but three-prong settings (also known as martini settings), are also very common.
Prong settings look elegant and classic. Solitaire prong settings are popular because they are timeless and elegant. Prong settings have the added benefit of brilliance. Prong settings expose the sides of diamonds to more light which can make them shine to their maximum potential. Prong settings are a great choice if you want your diamonds to shine at their best.
With a solid metal ring that surrounds each diamond, bezel settings keep your diamonds in their place. Bezel settings are sleek and modern, and very secure. Bezel settings are great for protecting your center diamonds from drops and bumps.
The halo setting, which is a glamorous option, features smaller diamonds around your center diamonds. The accent diamonds in halo settings give your studs a more glamorous look and make it appear that your center diamonds might be larger than they are.
Choose Your Precious Metal
Once you have chosen your style of diamond stud setting, you will need to choose your precious metal. Many people have a favorite precious metal. If you are one of these people, you can choose your preferred precious metal to be your studs. If you aren’t sure which precious metal you should choose, we have some helpful notes below.
Yellow gold, a traditional precious metal, is beloved for its timeless look. People with warm undertones tend to find yellow gold most flattering.
Rose gold, a rose-colored precious metal, is beloved for its romantic appearance. Rose gold is flattering for people with warm or neutral skin tones.
White gold is both classic and modern and is beloved for its elegant look. People with cool undertones will find white gold flattering, as this precious metal has a cool tone.
Metal Karat – 10K, 14K, 18K, or 24K gold?
When buying gold stud earrings for a gift, keep your budget in mind. You should consider your budget when purchasing gold stud earrings as a gift. The more expensive jewelry is, the higher the karat. These earrings are made from 58.3% pure metal, making them less expensive than 18K-gold earrings made of 75% pure.
The more gold used in a setting, the more delicate and vulnerable the earrings will be. This is why 14K gold is often preferred. The 18K gold stud earrings have a more distinctive look due to their higher gold content.
24K gold is considered pure gold and therefore is not recommended for jewelry use. However, 10K is less than half the pure gold and may cause metal allergies. While pure gold and 10K gold may have their appeal, they will not make good quality stud earrings.
Different Types Of Gold Stud Earrings
Your gold stud earrings’ appearance is greatly affected by the setting. A four-prong setting is the most popular and traditional. This protects most shapes of diamonds, particularly princess cuts, with their sharp corners.
However, there are many other options available, especially for the round cut. Three prong gold stud earrings let more light into the diamond, creating a more stunning appearance. Three-prong settings are also good for the heart and pear-shaped diamonds. However, three prongs offer less protection. A bezel setting that completely surrounds the diamond will provide protection. The diamond will not be exposed to as much light, but it will still be protected from any possible chips, breaks, or fractures. It is also less likely that it will snag on clothing or hair.
Gold Tone For Your Stud Settings
You have three options for gold: yellow, white, or rose. How do you decide which color will be most appropriate for the gift recipient? To find out if the recipient prefers one particular color, pay attention to what jewelry she has. Women like matching earrings with the rest of their jewelry. If she has a lot of yellow gold jewelry, keep the earrings yellow gold.
If in doubt, consider the individual’s skin tone. All shades of gold work well with darker skin tones. However, white metal is best for those with lighter skin.
Gold Stud Earrings Without Diamonds
Different occasions might require different styles. Consider a romantic pair of earrings for an anniversary gift. Women’s gemstone stud earrings are a great choice. For a 15th or 40th anniversary, rubies are a classic gift. While sapphire and pink gemstones are more associated with a 5th year anniversary, they are also a popular choice.
These polished Cross earrings are perfect for religious occasions. Simpler styles, such as these ball stud earrings, work well for graduations and birthdays.
When choosing gold stud earrings, remember to consider the individual style of the recipient. You may find that a particular pair of earrings immediately grabs your attention and reminds you of the recipient. This is a sign that you have found the perfect pair.