Diamond Earrings

Written by Diane Sievert
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Diamond earrings come in all kinds of shapes, colors, and designs. If you've been thinking about investing in a pair of diamond earrings but are a little overwhelmed by the number of options, don't despair. Remember that in the end, the more choices you have, the better off you are.

How to Choose Diamond Earrings

When it comes time to buy a pair of diamond earrings, the first thing you'll want to consider is style. The most common types of diamond earrings are studs, hoops and drop earrings. These choices, of course, are only the tip of the iceberg--there are all kinds of intricate patterns done with cluster diamonds--but the aforementioned styles are the most popular.

Studs consist of a single stone in a stud setting; the options come into play once you start discussing the shape of the diamond (i.e. round, princess, pear, marquise, etc.) and the metal of the setting (i.e. platinum, white gold, yellow gold, etc.). Drop earrings follow a similar pattern, but they can be a little more complex. Drop earrings may employ more than one diamond (like a 3 stone drop earring) and they may involve a more complex setting.

Hoop earrings are a tad simpler than drop earrings. The options when it comes to deciding on hoop earrings have to do with the style of hoop (is it a J-hoop or complete hoop?) and the use of the diamonds (how big are the diamonds that line the hoop?). The use of metal is also important when choosing diamond hoop earrings since the diamonds are usually lined between two prominent bands of either platinum, white gold, yellow gold or silver.

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