When you want to look your best, studded earrings are a classic and elegant choice. They're easy to pair with a range of outfits, from casual to formal and you'll never be disappointed with the outcome.
A good pair of studded earrings are essential for any woman's wardrobe but choosing the right studs for you can be a problem. With so much choice, it's difficult to narrow it down. So, here's a quick guide on getting your stud earrings right every time.
Maybe you're one of those women who have the gift of looking good in anything but when it comes to choosing earrings, it's not just fashion you need to take into consideration.
The first and most important thing to remember is the sensitivity of your skin. Many people's ear skin is sensitive to metals like copper or nickel so they're best avoided at all costs.
However, platinum is hypoallergenic which makes it the safest option for anyone prone to sensitive skin or allergies. Once you know the type of metal that's right for your skin, you can think about metal color.
If you're someone who can wear all types of metal, you have a range of options in front of you. Do you want a bright metal like white gold or silver or would you prefer a different tone, like rose or yellow gold?
You may have an idea of the type of earring that you want but figuring out your budget will help you decide where to look. For example, diamond studs are often more expensive than Swarovski crystal studs but both can look equally as elegant.
Your budget may depend on the occasion. For instance, you may want a pair of plain white gold studs to wear around the office to go with your workwear or you may want a pair of diamond studs for a black-tie event. It all depends on how much you're willing to spend.
With so much choice in earrings, it can make it easier for you to first choose the type of cut you'd like to wear. For example, two of the most popular diamond cuts are round and princess.
Both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have been spotted wearing both designs. The princess cut has been a classic choice for many years and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. So, if you want something that stands the test of time, it's a great choice.
However, the round cut is proving to be more popular right now because many women are opting for round cut engagement rings. So, if you're looking for something to compliment a round set ring, the round set studs are an obvious choice.
You may think that the backs of your earrings are unimportant but that couldn't be further from the truth. You need to keep two things in mind when looking at the backs of your earrings- comfort, and security.
When you view earrings you'd like to buy, always ask to see the backs before making a commitment. You may realize that the backs will make you feel uncomfortable but once you've worn earrings, you can never return them.
You also need to check the security of the backs. The last thing you want to find is that the earring has slipped out of your ear when you've spent so much time finding the perfect studs. Screw backs and locking backs are often the best choices.
Colored earrings can add life and punch to your outfit wherever you intend on wearing them. A large yellow stone or distinctive black can turn into the talk of the party and give you a confidence boost at the same time.
They're perfect for pairing with unique outfits and you can even match your other accessories to the same tone to complete the look. However, you should bear in mind that colored earrings can often be short-lived.
Although mustard yellow is in this season, you may find that your earrings spend the next season sitting in your jewelry box. So, if you want to invest in studs that you can use time and time again, opt for classic colors, like clear crystals in white gold settings.
Different metals have different weights and it's important to feel the weight of a stud earring before purchasing it. For example, platinum is often a lot heavier than white gold. Similarly, the size of the stud will make a difference.
Although it may not cross your mind when you purchase the earrings, the weight of an earring could be a deciding factor in how often you wear them. Over time, heavier earrings may become uncomfortable or do damage to your ear lobes.
Having said this, most stud earrings have a small metal to crystal/diamond ratio which makes them easy to wear and the weight often goes unnoticeable.
Choosing a pair of studded earrings that work for you time and time again doesn't have to be difficult if you know what you're looking for. Follow the guidelines above to narrow down your search and when in doubt, ask for advice from a jeweler.
Your jeweler will be able to tell you the benefits of each pair of earrings you take a liking to. Why not take a look at some examples of classic stud earrings to pair with any outfit when you need a quick go-to accessory?