Alternatives to Traditional Diamond Stud Earrings

Diamond stud earrings are as classic as they are ubiquitous, and they are frequently listed as an indispensable jewelry staple. Their admiration and popularity are well deserved. Diamond studs are always elegant and appropriate. Their only drawback is their price. A small pair costs at least $500. A 1 CTW (one carat total weight) pair costs between $1500-$2000. Diamond studs would be an exquisite addition to any jewelry wardrobe, and if this price-point falls within your budget, then don’t hesitate to add them to you collection.

If you are working with a more limited budget, however, there are many stylish alternatives. The appeal of diamond studs is their understated elegance. They easily transition from day to night and dress up any outfit, from vacation tunics to wool suits. These four alternatives do the same:

  1. Pave diamond studs

  2. Swarovski crystal studs

  3. Gemstone studs

  4. Pave diamond hoops or huggies

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(1) These heart-shaped pave diamond studs are only 0.24CTW, but their generous sterling silver settings make them look much bigger. The contrast of the black rhodium finish behind the white diamonds gives these studs an edgy look.

(2) These sterling silver and Swarovski studs by Disney have a charming, open design. The pave crystals and polished sterling silver shine brightly, and the hidden mickeys are especially endearing to Disney fans.

(3) These black onyx cabochons are set in 14k gold floral mountings. This elegant combination makes these studs appropriate for work, weekends, and evenings out.

(4) These pave diamond 14k gold hoops are small and comfortable. They pair well with any outfit, and are a great alternative to studs for anyone who prefers not to wear post earrings.

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0.10 ctw Round White Diamond Micro Pave Setting Kite Shape Stud Earrings 1/10 CT


0.50 ctw 14k Gold Round Diamond Ladies Pave Set Huggies Hoop Earrings 1/2 CT


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