Ultimate Guide On How To Buy Diamond Earrings
Diamond earrings are uncontested when it comes to the timeless air of luxury they offer. Regarded unanimously as one of the finest jewellery pieces one can possess, diamond earrings are quite simply the perfect accessory.
But with so many options to consider, how do you begin selecting the perfect pair of diamond earrings for you or your loved one?
In this comprehensive guide, Abelini shares its jewellery expertise to help you discover the right diamond earring pair for your needs – from style, cutting, shape and size to metal, certification, grading, aftercare and much more.
Once you’re done, take a browse through our [comprehensive range of diamond earrings] and see which examples call out to you!
Abelini’s Ultimate Guide On How To Buy Diamond Earrings
There are many specifics to consider when purchasing diamond earrings, which we shall delve into below. By addressing these elements, you can be sure to uncover the best diamond earrings for your purposes.
1. The 4 Cs Of Diamonds
The 4 Cs commonly used to gain an overall view of a diamond’s quality and value are Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat.
Cut refers to proportions, symmetry and polish – it is the most important factor in determining a diamond's overall beauty and value. Graded Excellent to Poor, a well-cut diamond reflects light strongly with a stunning sparkle while a badly-cut diamond appears dull and plain.
Clarity assesses a diamond’s inclusions (internal flaws) and blemishes (external flaws). Diamond clarity ranges from FL (flawless) to I3 (included), with FL-rated diamonds featuring perfect finishes and a greater value.
Click on clarity grades to view sample images of different diamond clarity grades.
Diamonds have numerous inclusions that can easily be seen. Diamonds of this clarity represent incredible value compared with higher clarity grades. These diamonds are perfect for people not sensitive to the presence of inclusions, but want a larger size (or weight) of diamond.
Colour is graded D (colourless) to Z (yellow or brown) – the less colour a diamond features, the higher its grade and subsequent value.
Click on clarity grades to view sample images of different diamond colour grades.
I-color diamond is scintillating and considered a white diamond that does not distract from the diamond’s sparkle. Noticeable color may be detectable to the untrained eye. It looks best in yellow gold settings.
Carat refers to a diamond’s weight and size. One carat equals 0.2 grams, with diamonds ranging from less than 0.01 carats to one or even several carats. The more carats featured, the higher the value.
2. Diamond Earring Metal
The most popular choices of setting metal for diamond earrings each feature unique advantages, as well as lend themselves well to certain diamond earring styles.
Yellow Gold is a classic choice for diamond earring metal. Durable, tarnish- and corrosion-resistant, yellow gold is most-used for traditional style diamond earrings.
White Gold is a popular base for modern diamond earring styles. By alloying yellow gold using nickel, zinc or palladium, a white colour is achieved – occasional re-plating may be needed to maintain its brilliant finish.
Rose Gold has risen in diamond earring use in recent years. Its warm, pink hue complements many skin tones and makes for romantic, trendy diamond earring styles.
Platinum is a top-quality diamond earring option for those seeking alternatives to gold. Expensive yet stunning, this durable metal is naturally white, requires no plating and is ideal for sensitive skin thanks to its hypoallergenic qualities.
3. Shapes Of Diamond
Diamond earrings feature distinct diamond shapes according to their outline or appearance when viewed from above. Diamond earring shapes each feature unique characteristics that suit certain styles of wearer. Whether you want round diamond earrings, square diamond earrings, or something more exotic and elaborate, our consultants are always on hand to talk you through your options every step of the way.
Round diamond earrings are the most popular shape, known for a brilliant sparkle and classic look. Round diamond earrings feature 58 facets designed to maximise reflection of light.
Princess diamond earrings are square-shaped with sharp corners. Contributing to modern diamond earring styles, princess diamond earrings are often more affordable than round diamond earrings.
Oval diamond earrings are similar to round diamond earrings yet feature an elongated shape. Oval diamond earrings are known for their classic style.
Pear diamond earrings feature teardrop diamonds that unite the brilliance of round diamond earrings with the unique shape of marquise diamond earrings. This versatile shape allows for creativity in horizontal or vertical diamond earring designs.
Cushion diamond earrings feature a square or rectangular diamond with rounded corners. Popular with lovers of vintage styles, the large facets of cushion diamond earrings are famous for their inviting, romantic glow.
Asscher diamond earrings are similar to emerald diamond earrings yet feature square diamonds with larger step-cut facets. Their geometric shape makes for stunning vintage and art deco diamond earring designs.
Radiant diamond earrings feature square or rectangular diamonds with trimmed corners and brilliant-cut facets. Combining round diamond earring brilliance with princess diamond earring shaping, radiant diamond earrings complement traditional and modern looks alike.
4. Diamond Cut Styles
Every diamond shape is augmented by the style of cuts featured. The most popular cut styles include:
Brilliant cut diamond earrings are the most popular style, featuring a series of facets designed to maximise sparkle and brilliance.
Step Cut diamond earrings feature long, narrow facets that combine to create a hall-of-mirrors effect. Step cut diamond earrings often feature in emerald, Asscher and oval diamond earring designs.
Mixed Cut diamond earrings consist of a combination of step and brilliant cut facets, employed by master diamond cutters to create diamond earrings of unique brilliance.
Rose Cut diamond earrings are recognised by their flat bottom and domed top covered in triangular facets, which resemble the petals of a rose.
At Abelini, we stock diamond earrings that feature a wide range of cut styles. Explore them [here] and [engage one of our advisors] to discover the perfect cut for your diamond earrings.
5. Diamond Earring Setting Style
Next, you’ll want to consider the setting style of your diamond earrings.
Prong Setting is the most common setting style for diamond earrings. Metal prongs hold the diamond securely in place while remaining small enough to allow maximum light to pass through.
Bezel Setting involves encircling the diamond with a thin strip of metal that holds it securely in place. This style is popular for modern, sleek diamond earrings.
Channel Setting sees diamonds set side-by-side in channels with metal walls – a setting style used often in clean, modern diamond earring designs.
Pavé Setting is when multiple small diamonds are set closely together to create a continuous diamond surface. It is used to create luxury diamond earrings of remarkable shimmer.
Cluster Setting involves setting multiple diamonds in a tight cluster to create the illusion of a single, larger diamond. A popular setting style for maximising the impact of more affordable diamond earrings.
6. Diamond Earring Backing Style
The choice of backing for your diamond earrings will affect their overall comfort, security and presentation – here’s an overview of the most popular options we have available at Abelini.
Push Backs are the most common diamond earring backing type. Easy to use and secure, a small metal piece is pushed onto a post to hold the earring in place.
Screw Backs are more secure than push backs but a little harder to fit and adjust. A threaded post is screwed into a small metal backing to hold the diamond earrings in place.
Lever Backs involve a hinged back that snaps into place to secure the earring. More expensive than the push backs or screw backs, lever backs can be comfier to wear as well as more secure.
Friction Backs feature a small metal piece that slides onto a post and uses friction to hold the earring in place. Easy to use and affordable yet not as secure.
Omega Backs are a popular choice for larger or heavier diamond earrings. A hinged back clips onto the earring post to provide a secure and comfortable all-day fit.
Whether you champion versatility, value or comfort, Abelini’s advisors are [ready and waiting] to help you select the perfect pair of diamond earrings today.
7. Diamond Certification & Grading
When selecting a pair of diamond earrings, it’s important to check that stones have been certified and graded by one or more of the four leading global diamond certification and grading standards.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is perhaps the world’s best-recognised certification organisations. Their detailed grading reports evaluate a diamond's 4 Cs plus additional factors like fluorescence and symmetry.
The American Gem Society (AGS) is a non-profit organisation that grades diamonds according to their unique grading system. A 0-10 grade is assigned to each of the diamond’s 4 Cs then combined with an AGS Performance Grade that factors in light performance and craftsmanship elements.
The International Gemological Institute (IGI) is an independent grading and certification organisation that produces grading reports based on the 4 Cs as well as factors like polish and symmetry. The IGI also features a convenient online service for verifying reports.
Finally, the Hoge Raad voor Diamant (HRD) is a Belgian diamond grading and certification organisation recognised worldwide. HRD grading reports detail a diamond’s 4 Cs plus considerations like fluorescence and proportions.
Purchasing diamond earrings featuring certified stones will ensure the authenticity and maximise the value of your jewellery.
At Abelini, we’re proud to present [a vast range of certified diamond earrings] that will stand the test of time as life-long investments.
8. Know Your Warranty
Diamond earrings may come with a warranty from the manufacturer or retailer, which can provide peace of mind and protection in case of any defects or damage. Here are some common types of diamond earring warranties:
Manufacturer Warranty: A manufacturer warranty is typically offered by the company that made the diamond earrings. It may cover defects in materials or workmanship, and may have a specific time frame or coverage limit. Manufacturer warranties may vary, so it's important to read the terms and conditions carefully.
Retailer Warranty: A retailer warranty is typically offered by the company that sells the diamond earrings. It may cover defects, damage, or loss of the earrings, and may have a specific time frame or coverage limit. Retailer warranties may vary, so it's important to read the terms and conditions carefully.
Extended Warranty: An extended warranty is an additional warranty that can be purchased from the manufacturer or retailer, usually for an additional fee. It may extend the coverage of the manufacturer or retailer warranty, or provide additional coverage for things like accidental damage or loss.
When purchasing diamond earrings, it's important to ask about the warranty options and read the terms and conditions carefully. Be sure to understand what is covered and for how long, as well as any exclusions or limitations. Additionally, it's a good idea to keep your receipt and
9. Further Factors to Consider
In addition to the above technical factors, here are four further considerations to guide your diamond earring shopping.
Personal Style & Preference
Style and preference of the intended wearer will play a key role in your diamond earring shopping. A particular diamond earring style, shape or setting will accentuate certain fashion senses, favourite clothing colours and paired jewellery pieces, yet detract from others. Traditional to modern, understated to loud – take the time to select a diamond earring pair that will suit the wearer best.
Diamond earrings don’t have to cost the Earth – though you can certainly spend a lot. By assessing your max budget, you can explore diamond quality, shape, size and setting confidently within your price range. You may be surprised at what’s possible for your price target! Any reputable diamond dealer will have a quality certification, and at Abelini we’re no different. Always ask to see the relevant credentials to know you’re looking at premium quality, not just a price tag.
Face Shape & Skin Tone
Visage shape and colour will influence your shopping choices. Generally, those with a rounder face may opt for oval, pear or other elongated diamond earring designs – whereas those with thin, longer faces can explore larger, rounder examples. A warm skin tone may call for yellow gold setting, while cooler tones may pair best with white gold or platinum setting.
Occasions & Versatility
Where will the diamond earrings you purchase be worn – special events or daily outings? If everyday wear is likely, a more understated diamond earring may be best; if you’re looking to stun the world on the red carpet, perhaps a more dramatic example is in order. Consider the versatility offered by backing types, too.
Diamond Earring Styles
With the above specifics factored in, it’s time to consider the style of your new diamond earrings themselves. Here, we cover some of the most popular styles – though at Abelini we proudly feature a range of more unique diamond earring styles ready to delight you and your loved ones.
Stud Diamond Earrings
Solitaire diamond stud earrings ring true with a classic style featuring a single diamond in each earring. Free from embellishment, solitaire studs are elegant and timeless – perfect for everyday and formal wear alike.
Halo diamond stud earrings feature a central diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds. A fantastic choice for adding depth and clarity to diamond earrings, which accentuates the central diamond.
Cluster diamond stud earrings enable high-carat looks at far more affordable price points. They feature many smaller diamonds grouped together to create the appearance of a larger diamond.
Drop Diamond Earrings
Dangle diamond earrings feature a single diamond or diamond cluster hung from a post – a popular style that creates movement and plays with the light for maximum lustre.
Chandelier diamond earrings consist of multiple diamond tiers draped down from a central point. This elaborate, eye-catching style is perfect for making a real statement at your next formal event.
Hoop Diamond Earrings
Classic Hoop diamond earrings feature diamonds set in a hoop-shaped earring. This style makes for incredible versatility, matching with many outfit types and suiting many venues.
Inside-Out Hoop diamond earrings are recognised as featuring diamonds on both sides of the earring hoop body. Total coverage ensures that inside-out diamond earrings catch the light from every angle.
Huggie Hoop diamond earrings are named as such for their smaller, more delicate hoop that hugs the earlobe. Huggie hoops are perfect for many purposes, with all-day comfort and maximum wardrobe compatibility.
Gemstone diamond earrings add to the majesty of their focal diamond with additional precious gemstones such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies – the result is a brilliantly colourful, vibrant diamond earring that accentuates the skin tone and wardrobe of the wearer.
Black Diamond earrings are instantly noticeable for their inclusion of black, opaque diamonds. Whether paired with colourless diamonds or standing alone, black diamond earrings fuel provocative styles and bring drama to your outfit.
Blue Sapphire diamond earrings feature deep blue sapphires – a classic, timeless earring design that delivers a dreamy alternative to traditional diamond earrings.
With so many diamond earring styles to choose from, it’s important to look at the wearer’s tastes and intentions.
If classic and timeless is the intended vibe, solitaire or halo diamond stud earrings may be a great choice. If you seek a more eye-catching style, perhaps chandelier or inside-out hoop diamond earrings are ideal. Or, if you love playing with colour, gemstone or blue sapphire earrings may be the path to take.
Fancy Shape Earrings
If a diamond isn't round, it's described as a 'fancy-shaped diamond'. These diamonds might be emerald cut, heart shaped or pear-shaped. There are many other fancy diamond shapes, including princess cut, cushion cut, oval cut and Asscher cut, each as special as the last. If you want to stand out from the crowd, or would like something that looks a little different, then fancy shape earrings can look absolutely dazzling as an alternative to simple round studs. 2020 trends put emerald and pear shapes amongst the most popular cuts, with the pear shape being an elegant option and emerald looking decidedly retro.
Caring for Your Diamond Earrings
As we all know, diamonds are one of Earth’s hardest elements. Yet, to keep your diamond earrings gleaming as vividly as the day you bought them, you’ll want to practise proper diamond earring care.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Regular cleaning will protect your diamond earrings from the dirt of daily wear and maintain their brilliance. Simply soak them in warm, mildly soapy water for 15 minutes, gently scrub them with a soft-bristled brush then dry them gently with a cloth or kitchen paper.
Avoid chemicals in cleaning products such as chlorine or bleach, which may damage the metal setting of your diamond earrings as well : Avoid exposing your diamond earrings to harsh chemicals such as chlorine, bleach, and other cleaning products. These chemicals can damage the metal and discolour or damage the diamonds.
Avoid heat that may damage and weaken your diamond earring setting and cause the diamonds to come loose. Ensure you don’t lose any diamonds from your earrings by protecting them from direct sunlight and extreme heat or cold.
Store separately to prevent your diamond earrings being scratched or damaged when knocked against other jewellery pieces. Keep them in dedicated pouches or jewellery box sections for best preservation.
Avoid humidity, which may damage the metal setting and even dull or discolour your diamonds. Diamond earring storage is best done in cool and dry places.
Regular inspection will ensure your diamond earrings remain vibrant, secure and undamaged. If you notice any new or potential damage, take them to a professional jeweller (or stop by our store) for repair.
Regular servicing by professionals will ensure your diamond earrings remain in the best condition. If you need a repair, do not attempt to do it yourself as you may cause further damage.
Repolishing may be needed occasionally to restore your diamond earrings to their full brilliance. If you have white gold setting, you may also need to have this replated every now and then.
Looking after your diamond earrings is simple if done consistently and attentively. By following the above tips, you can ensure a long life of brilliance for your new diamond earrings.