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What Metal Is Best for Diamond Stud Earrings?

June 07, 2022

What Metal Is Best for Diamond Stud Earrings?

Purchasing diamond jewellery is a big investment. High quality diamond jewellery can last several lifetimes, and with proper care, it may retain the same value, sparkle, and style throughout generations. This is why choosing something even as simple as diamond stud earrings requires a good eye, some research, and a trusted source like Holloway Diamonds. However, you need the right information to be able to find the best pair for you, especially if you’re planning to wear diamond earrings every day. You must be meticulous regarding every aspect that comes with purchasing diamond jewellery; however, things get complicated as there can be endless choices to choose from. For example, you can choose between several types of metal to pair with your diamond, with the top three options being sterling silver, gold, and platinum, which can all come in varying shades. 

To help you get the best diamond stud earrings to take home, here’s a comprehensive guide to the elements that you must consider when choosing a pair of earrings.

The Setting

The setting not only creates the overall style of your studs but also affects how securely your diamonds are held in place. You’ll want something that brings out the best sparkle of your diamond, enhances the size of the stone, and provides the best protection. Here are some setting choices to consider:

Prong Setting

Prong settings are the most popular setting style for diamond stud earrings due to their classic, elegant design. Prongs are tiny pieces of metal that hold the diamonds in place, allowing for great light entry that makes them shimmer beautifully.

Prong settings can feature any number of prongs but usually come in four-prong or three-prong settings. The four-prong setting means less metal encasing the diamond, which allows the stone to really stand-out. Meanwhile, the three-prong setting creates a flush effect as it is designed to fit the diamond perfectly.

Bezel Setting

A bezel setting holds the diamond in place by encapsulating it with a metal ring. This provides excellent protection, making it a great choice for anyone who lives a more active lifestyle. The style also gives a more sleek and contemporary look, which makes them perfect for people looking for more modern flair.

Halo Setting

In a halo setting, your diamond is surrounded by a ring of smaller diamonds, which amps up the shimmer of your jewellery. This is a good choice if you’re all about glamour and charisma. 

The Metal

The precious metal you use affects the style of your earrings depending on how it suits you and the diamond you’ve chosen. Here are the top metals to choose from for diamond stud earrings:


Sterling silver is a popular choice due to its durability, lightness, and versatility. It’s stronger than gold and is less prone to scratches, dents, or rust. You can use silver jewellery daily, and it can last a long time with proper maintenance.


Gold itself is too soft for jewellery, so it’s combined with other metals that make it suitable to hold diamonds. There are plenty of gold variants to choose from, all of them being great choices for diamond studs. Opt for white gold if you want a more silvery appearance—it looks similar to platinum, but comes at a cheaper price. Choose yellow gold if you want something more classic or traditional, or choose rose gold for a pinkish hue with a more romantic style.


Platinum is the highest quality metal that you can use for diamond stud earrings. It’s rare and durable (it won’t rust, fade, discolour, or lose shape over time), making it more valuable, and therefore, more expensive. Still, it’s an ideal option if you’re looking to keep your jewellery for a long time.

The Earring Backing

The back of an earring may seem like a trivial matter, but it is crucial in securing the diamond stud to your ear, as well as making the earrings comfortable and easy to put on. There are typically three types to choose from:

  • Push-back–this backing uses friction to keep the earring in place and is used in most earring designs.
  • Screw-back–this backing requires screwing the earring onto a threaded screw or bolt, which is great for people with smaller earlobes, although it can get quite tedious to put them on. 
  • Secure lock-back–this backing uses a double-groove locking mechanism and is the most secure option.

Diamond Stud Earrings From Holloway Diamonds

The best way to find the right diamond stud earrings for you is to get them from a trusted jeweller like Holloway Diamonds. At Holloway, you’ll have a wide variety of choices, and you’ll be supported by experts who can guide you through finding a high-quality pair of earrings that suit your style and budget. Request an appointment to get your new diamond stud earrings today!

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