Diamond Earrings: How to Choose | Rare Carat

Whether you want to make custom diamond studs or purchase a pair from our vetted retailers, you’re likely wondering how one can even choose the perfect pair of earrings when it feels like there are simply too many styles and designs to select from, but rest assured, we’re here to help you!

First, let’s break it down. Earrings are traditionally divided into just three categories:

  • Stud: Sits directly on the earlobe with little to no movement. May include descriptive words like solitaire, front-back, and barbell. 4 prong basket style round diamond studs in white metal
  • Drop: Has elements that dangle below the earlobe. May include descriptive words like chandelier, jacket, and tassel. Screen Shot 2021-08-14 at 12.23.06 PM.png
  • Hoop: Encircles the earlobe. May include descriptive words like huggies and j-hoop. Screen Shot 2021-08-14 at 12.25.05 PM.png


To choose, one must think of the occasion. Would these earrings be for every day, or for special events? How big is too big? If you are a minimalist, perhaps a diamond stud weighing 3.50 carats (roughly the width of a thumbnail) in each lobe is not for you. If dreaming of a glam wedding, perhaps antique style chandelier earrings are right for you.

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For both those new and in the know, stud earrings historically have been the most versatile and preferred. In a 2020 pulse survey by the De Beers Group, studs ranked third in terms of popular types of diamond jewelry that consumers were willing to invest in just after rings and necklaces. If you don't have a pair yet, it may be time to add them to your jewelry collection. It's like the ideal LBD: stylish, on point, and essential.

To find studs via Rare Carat, select the earring pair search checkbox on our diamond search page.

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And good news, you can do this for either natural or lab grown diamonds. Important tip, watch out for the "carat" search toggle updating to “total carat weight.” If you are looking for diamonds that are 1.00 carats (6.4mm diameter) in each lobe, search for 2.00.

The diamond settings will then typically run just $200-500 in addition to the total cost of diamonds. Interested? Ask one of our expert gemologists for help!

Julie Chang
Julie Chang
Julie wore out the gem section of the encyclopedia as a child so her path to becoming a violinist turned art historian turned jewelry nerd was fait accompli. Prior to gaining her GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma, she received her Master of Letters at Christie's Education/University of Glasgow. Lucky to have the diamond as her birthstone, she especially loves them in antique cuts but also adores color-changing alexandrites.