Diamond Earrings - Solitaire And Studs
Diamond earrings are a staple jewelry accessory for so many women and men. They are versatile in that they can be worn in casual and dressy situations. Most jewelry stores eschew quality in the diamonds and earrings in favor of selling earrings that are more affordable. However, I take a different approach - sell quality earrings and maintain that same affordable price. This page describes my philosophy on earrings and gives you some insight about why I suggest what I do. It will also give you examples, so you know the exact price points.
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Size, Shape and Price Ranges of Diamond Earrings
Earring diamonds are measured in the combined carat weight for both diamonds referred to a carat total weight (or cwt). A carat is 200 milligrams. I sell diamond earrings for diamonds starting 0.20 carat total weight; these earrings consist of two diamonds that EACH weigh 0.10 carat. The largest pair of earrings I have ever sold is 8 carat total weight (or 4 carat per diamond). The most common sizes are 1 carat, 1.5 carats, and 2 carats. Below are examples
If you do not see the right pair for you, contact me. We will find a beautiful pair for you that is within your budget. These earrings listed are just to give you an idea.
Diamond Earrings Setting Styles
Diamond solitaire earrings are available in so many different setting styles. All these settings (and this list is not exhaustive) come in platinum, palladium, and in 18 karat, 14 karat, and 10 karat gold in yellow, white, or rose. I suggest 14 karat white gold unless most of your jewelry is platinum or yellow gold (in which case go with that metal to match).
Bezel set earrings are very common. They are great because the bezel adds width to the diamond making the earrings more noticeable. The earrings here are shown with friction backs though I suggest security backs.
These 3 prong earring settings have become increasingly popular in the last few years. Since earrings do not wear as quickly as a ring or bracelet, you can securely set them in 3 prongs allowing more diamond brilliance to show though. This style setting is also known as cocktail or martini settings.
Shown here in yellow gold but also available in white gold or platinum, lever back earrings are a different style setting. They do not have a post system. The earring back is a part of the setting. Though, they are still solitaire earrings because there is only 1 diamond per ear. With the lever back, the allow the diamond to float below the ear lope.
I suggest and sell the most of these 4 prong basket settings. They are secure and balanced while still allowing plenty of light into the diamond to bring out that brilliance.
These solitaire earrings are distinct from the studs. They hang down off the ear just a little bit. The post system is built in as they open. These earrings have more gold or platinum but still feature the diamond well.
Earring Backs Types
There are three different back types that are common. I almost exclusively use the security back (also know as the guardian back or the Protektor). However, the availability of different size friction backs make them a good option for people who have difficulty putting on and taking off earrings. I do not suggest or often sell screw backs though I will upon request. Lastly, each earring back has it own earring post associated with it. The post, which is the part of the earring that goes through your ear, really dictates which back you should buy.
The security back is what I recommend most frequently. Even though they are slightly more expensive, my customers like the peace of mind knowing that their earring will not fall out. These backs are easier to use and more comfortable than the screw backs while being more secure than friction backs.
When I do use friction backs, I buy high quality die struck backs that should last a lifetime. They are the least expensive back. I commonly replace them for clients though. They are the least secure option I offer. One big advantage is that they are available in multiple sizes which is especially helpful for my older clients. My mom was able to put on and take off her earrings well into her 90s because of their larger size.
I can order in these backs if a client has lost one but never suggest them. They cost about as much as the security backs but are cumbersome to get on and off. Why would someone want to take 2 minutes every day screwing on the back. The security back is just as safe without the hassle.