Diamond stud earrings are a staple of any jewellery collection, in the same way you might still wear mascara on a ‘non make-up’ day many people view diamond studs in a similar light.
It is possible to source fully traceable diamonds from Canada and use gold from either Fairtrade or Fairmined to make diamond studs. Traceability is crucial to ensuring that diamonds and precious metals travel and ethical route to market.
As the Kimberley process becomes less and less credible as a way of ensuring that so called ‘conflict’ diamond don’t enter the legitimate trade, greater emphasis must be put on the exact source of diamonds.
1ct Diamond earrings
1ct diamond studs are made to order and within a certain range can be tailored to your budget depending on the colour and clarity of the diamonds chosen. With jewellery of such value it is also worth considering alpa fittings which are generally more secure than the normal scroll (butterfly) fittings.
Finding a pair of perfectly matched 1ct diamonds can be time consuming. Its essential that the stones chosen match perfectly for colour, clarity and most importantly for sparkle – cut.
Round Brilliant cut diamonds are best for sparkle, as they are cut to return as much light as possible. Round brilliant cut diamonds which attain the best grade for cutting accuracy achieve total internal refraction but the round shape isn’t for everyone and in recent years the old style rose, and even flat back diamonds have made a comeback. These shallow stones don’t offer the same sparkle as modern cut stones but do offer a good ‘spread’.
Modern round brilliant cut diamond
Round Brilliant cut
Whilst a modern round brilliant cut diamond is best for maximising sparkle there are a variety of cuts to choose from, with more intricate and imaginative shapes being created all the time. Cushion shaped diamonds present a softened aesthetic and pear shaped diamonds infer movement and dynamism. Emerald cut diamonds cant help but remind one of the Art Deco period, a fascinating time for jewellery, and is a direct result of improved cutting techniques from the era.
The round brilliant cut remains the most popular for studs and that trend is likely to continue with the shape offering the best sparkle and with cutting technology advancing continuously, a greater number of these stones will achieve the best grades for cut, polish and symmetry.