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How the Right Stud Setting Makes the Diamond More Prominent

Posted on March 17 2018

You are interested in buying a stud earring but you want to make sure that the diamond set in your purchased piece of jewelry will stand out. Choosing the appropriate stud setting will help you achieve this objective.


What factors should you consider?


Type of Stud Setting


The first factor that you should consider is the type of stud setting. There are two basic kinds: a bezel setting and a prong setting.


In the case of a bezel stud setting, the diamond is fixed in such a way that it is surrounded, either fully or partially, by a metal band. In this configuration, the diamond is made less prominent since it is covered by more material, but it is also made more secure.


In the case of a prong stud setting, the diamond is fixed in its position by three or four prongs. There is less metal surrounding the stone, so the stone is more prominent. However, the stone is also less secure relative to the bezel setting.


Setting Type           Effect on Appearance of Stone               Security of Stone

Bezel                      More concealed                                     Better secured

Prong                     Made more prominent                           Less secured


One variant that you may wish to consider is the halo stud setting. In this configuration, the diamond is secured by a metal band, which itself is adorned by smaller precious stones fixed along the band’s circumference or perimeter. These additional stones have the effect of making the primary diamond appear larger.


Type of Metal


The second factor that you should consider is the type of metal that the stud will be made of. The preferable type of metal depends on how pure or colorless your diamond is.


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) classifies white diamonds as one of the following: colorless, near colorless, faint color, very light color, or light color. If your chosen earring features a colorless or near colorless white diamond, it would be best to use a stud setting made of platinum or white gold, since the white color of these metals would accentuate the diamond as well as preserve its pure appearance. If, however, the diamond is classified as faint color, very light color, or light color, it will contain a yellow or even brown tint. In this case, it would be preferable to choose a stud setting made of yellow or rose gold. The color of the metal would conceal the tint of the stone.


Here at Diana Rafael, you have the option to choose between yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, or platinum.


To summarize, selecting the appropriate stud setting will help make your earring’s diamond more prominent. There are two factors you need to consider: the setting style and the metal type. The setting style determines the amount of metal surrounding the stone, either covering it or revealing it. The type of metal determines whether the brilliance of the stone will be accentuated or not.


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