Baguette Diamond Stud Earrings
Unlike engagement, anniversary, or wedding bands, diamond stud earrings can be purchased for any occasion; even when there’s no occasion at all! You have probably come across these shiny gems on a person's ear, mostly in a round shape. We’re here to tell you that that’s not the only stunning shape on the market, oh no. There are princess cuts, emerald cuts, oval cuts, cushion cuts, etc. The list goes on and on.
However, there is one cut that's nowhere near as popular as those mentioned. It is a unique and dazzling cut style. What is it? It’s the baguette diamond stud earrings! You may not know what this is or what it looks like but not to worry, that’s what this article is for. But before we dive into the baguettes, you should have some foundation on diamond stud earrings as a whole, don’t you think?
What Are Diamond Stud Earrings?
A stud earring has its backing hidden behind the earlobe. This makes the ring appear to be floating when viewed on a person's ear. The diamond stud earrings are no different. It simply has an addition of diamonds to make the studs even more gorgeous. Let's take a little trip down history, shall we?
History Of Diamond Stud Earrings
Humans have long been thrilled by the beauty and fashion that jewelry rendered to its wearers and earrings are certainly no exception.
Ear ornaments are one of the oldest forms of body modifications. They were typically worn on the cartilage or earlobes. Earrings are much more
ancient than you think. Men and women have been adorning themselves with these ornaments for the last five millennia.
The only difference between earrings now and earrings in ancient times is accessibility. In many regions, earrings were worn only by royalty and the wealthiest of families. Earrings signified wealth, position, power, marital status, religion, and family lineage. Not everyone had access to these ear ornaments.
The earliest forms of earrings are hoops and dangles. The stud earrings can be traced to ancient Egypt. The 1500s saw the thrive of simple pearl earrings. By the 1600s, the use of earrings rose and fell according to the fashion trends at the time.
The sparkly, gorgeous gemstones did not make an appearance until the 1700s. You certainly won’t have found baguette diamond stud earrings at this time. Rose cuts or old mine cuts, possibly. Diamonds were the popular choice but other gemstones certainly made their marks in this time.
Stud earrings are worn singly and in pairs trended in the 1800s and 1900s respectively. The modern diamond stud earrings finally came to the stage in the late 1800s and surged in popularity through the 1970s.
Over the decades these earrings have gained quite the fame. The fact that diamond stud earrings can easily be worn for several occasions and outfits makes them an everyday choice.
Now, onto the special earrings, we talked about, the baguette diamond stud earrings. It’s time to learn what exactly the baguette diamond is.
What Is A Baguette Diamond?
A baguette diamond is characterized by a thin rectangular shape. Its name is traced to the French word “bague” which connotes “ring” but meant “jewel” in the 20th century. The baguette diamond is usually associated with a French pastry that shares its name, the baguette. The pastry is long, thin, and rectangular just like the diamond.
Characteristics Of A Baguette Diamond
- It features a step-cut pavilion.
- It has 14 facets.
- It can be cut tapered or straight.
- It exhibits little brilliance as the step cut is designed to showcase the gemstone's clarity.
- Any slight color in the diamond is easily visible to the naked eye. • Inclusion or blemishes can be seen by the naked eye. • It usually serves as side stones, making it the perfect choice for diamond stud earrings.
- It is commonly found in small carat weights. This, again, makes it a good choice for diamond stud earrings.
You may think that with this basic knowledge of the diamond and stud earrings you’re ready to go get yourself one. Not at all. The above information is important but there are so many other things to consider especially when you’re not buying a pre-set diamond stud earring. This may seem overwhelming for some and that’s why we’re here. This article will guide you on everything you need to know before getting a pair of diamond stud earrings.
Building Your Baguette Diamond Stud Earrings
The first step would be to choose a diamond. You may have heard of the 4C’s that govern the quality of a diamond for rings. These same 4C’s determine the diamond's quality in a stud earring. The only difference is you can get away with lower quality in some of the C's for diamond stud earrings, save up that cash! Focus on other C's.
- Cut: Cut centers on the number of facets and how well they were cut. The level of brilliance of a gem is highly dependent on the quality of the cut. For baguette diamonds, the stone has to be precisely facetted, focusing on every detail.
You have to invest a lot in the cut of your baguette diamond to ensure maximum brilliance and fire. Indeed the step-cut baguette diamond will emit little brilliance. However, in recent times, a more brilliant variant of the baguette cut is available. Make sure your baguette diamond stud earrings have the stones certified as “very good” or “excellent” by the GIA before you purchase them.
- Clarity: This is the level of visible inclusions and blemishes on a diamond. Generally, a diamond follows a strict grade scale ranging from “flawless” to “included”.
The good news is that you don’t have to follow the same strict scale as you would for a ring. The reason is simple, people typically will not have a close-up view of your earrings when you’re wearing them. You can go for grading as low as SI and get away with it!
- Color: The facets on a diamond are like mirrors, they will reflect the color of the objects around them. From the setting
color to your skin to even your hair. Also, diamonds on stud earrings typically will not show any slight hints of color to the naked eye. Because as with clarity, people don’t have a close-up view of the diamonds. You can go for a lower grade on the D-Z scale. The money you save can be used for the other C's.
- Carat Weight: If your budget allows it, go for 0.50ct or larger stud diamonds. Although a higher carat weight does not mean better quality. Investing more of your money on this C and neglecting the others, particularly the cut, will leave you with a dull and lifeless diamond.
When selecting the diamonds for your stud earrings, you must select two diamonds that are closely related in carat weight. For instance, a difference of 0.05ct between the pair is okay as it is not noticeable to the naked eye.
The next thing on the list for your baguette diamond stud earrings would be the settings. Now, this isn’t a complicated process. It’s all governed by your individual preferences.
Choosing Your Baguette Diamond Stud Earrings Setting
Before we dive into the actual settings, there are some factors to consider. These are:
- Metal Color: Yes, the metal color. Get the color that suits your taste. If you want a color that gives off a warm tone, we suggest a yellow gold or rose gold setting. And if you want a more cool feel for your baguette diamond stud earrings, you should go for
platinum or white gold. Now, all these metals are alloyed, a few more than others. That brings us to their relative heaviness.
- Metal Weight: This factor may not bother a majority of people but it does mean a lot to some others. This is especially true for people with sensitive earlobes. You certainly don’t want an earring that will cause your ear lobe to droop.
Gold in its three forms typically contains 75%(18K) or 58.3%(14K) pure gold. Pure platinum on the other hand makes up 90 – 95% of the alloy. This makes platinum weigh more as it is denser than gold and more of the pure metal is present in the alloy.
If you weigh platinum and gold earrings of the same mass, you will find that the platinum stud is slightly heavier. So, if you’re big on weight, we suggest the less heavy gold alloys.
- Metal Allergies: Platinum is the favored choice here as it is hypoallergenic. You won’t get a rash from wearing baguette diamond stud earrings in a platinum setting. Gold alloys, however, contain metals that are known to cause allergies, nickel, and copper. If you are or suspect you are allergic to these metals, your best bet would be to steer clear completely. The earrings are no good if they cause your skin to go red or itchy.
After you have considered the above, the next step is to choose your setting. This step is just as exciting as the others and quite simple too. Here are the settings available for diamond stud earrings.
- Three Prong Martini Setting: This setting has a narrow beginning just like the Martini glass. It extends into three claws that hold the diamond in place. This setting exposes the majority of the diamond allowing light to shine through from multiple angles. This results in outstanding brilliance and fire. If you’re in for the sparkle then this setting is for you!
- Four prong setting: It features one more prong than the martini setting. This extra prong offers a firmer hold on the diamond. It's perfect and more commonly used for a princess-cut diamond stud earring. The square appearance of the princess cut lets the four prongs get a good grip on the diamond. This setting also has great exposure to the diamond, thus, remarkable brilliance.
- Bezel Setting: The metal forms an elegant enclosure around the diamond in this setting. The bezel setting offers the best possible protection for the diamond. It covers up more of the diamond than any other setting. This allows the metal itself to be showcased. Perfect for a silvery metal on a colorless diamond.
- Halo Setting: The halo setting is an elegant setting with a vintage feel. It features a diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds or other gemstones. These surrounding diamonds form a halo, hence the name. The halo also offers protection to the center diamond. In baguette diamond stud earrings, you can decide to feature a princess-cut diamond surrounded in a halo by smaller baguette diamonds. Now that is a beauty!
At this point, you have your diamond and getting ready. That’s all there is to diamond stud earrings, right? Wrong! You need a little something more, something to hold your earrings in place.
Choosing Your Backs
An earring back is what holds the earrings in place. The back keeps your earrings from falling out. You can call it a lifesaver because losing your diamond stud earrings is not an experience you would love.
There are a few backs available. Some offer more protection than others. Though they’re all quite gorgeous. Let’s take a look at them.
- Friction Back: This is the most common back for baguette diamond stud earrings. For this back, there is usually an indent on the backing of the earring; the friction back is pushed onto the backing across the indent which causes it to lock in place.
- Screw Back: Just like the name implies, it features a back that is screwed on the earring. It offers maximum security to the diamond. You are less likely to lose your baguette diamond earrings with this back. However, it may be a hassle to take the earrings on and off for someone who’s not used to them. Especially if you don’t wear them often. This is not good for sensitive ears. So, consider this before purchasing a screwback.
- Push Back: This one is similar to the friction back. Some people even use the terms interchangeably. The only notable difference would be the absence of the indent in the pushback. As a result, it offers the least security. It does work fine for diamond studs under 1ct anyway.
- Guardian Back: This is the most secure backing money can buy. The guardian back features special notches that allow a nut to be locked in place when force is applied to it. This back is typically used for diamonds that are above 1ct.
The above factors are to be carefully considered when choosing baguette diamond stud earrings. The consideration is not reserved for building your diamond stud earrings only; you should take them into account even when buying pre-set diamonds.
It is also important to buy diamond stud earrings that match with other pieces of diamond jewelry you have. And if the diamond studs are the first of your diamond jewels, then you select something that suits your style, right then.
Styling Your Baguette Diamond Stud Earrings
The most common way to rock your diamond earrings would be as pairs. This is certainly a gorgeous option. You may even wear the studs singly – that is on one ear. Or wear them in multiple piercings on the same ear.
It depends on which style you prefer. They are all quite elegant and stunning.
How To Care For Your Baguette Diamond Stud Earrings
After you’ve spent your time and money on your diamond stud earrings. You would certainly need to properly care for them. The great thing about maintaining jewelry is that it's a simple process. One that you can do at home by yourself.
Simply soak your diamond stud earrings in warm water and mild dish soap for a few minutes. Then scrub with a soft bristle brush to remove any dirt or cloudiness on the surface of the diamond. Once clean, rinse under running water and pat dry with a fiber-free towel. We advise you
to carry out this process in a bowl as your diamond stud earrings can slip out of your hands and down the drain. Once that happens, it’s bye-bye diamonds.
Proper Storage Techniques
It’s quite simple. Store baguette diamond stud earrings away from other pieces of jewelry. Keep it in a fabric-lined jewelry box with compartments or wrap it with a soft cloth. Never randomly place pieces of jewelry together! It will lead to scratches and this will damage the overall beauty of almost all your jewelry.
As an extra safety measure, you should take your diamond stud earrings for proper inspection every 2-3 years. Visit your local jewelry store or consult an online retailer.
You may not find baguette diamond stud earrings on every person's ear. But that is just what makes it all the more unique. If you’re a fan of standing out or you just want to try something unconventional, these unique diamond studs are for you!