The Value of Great Diamond Studs

By: Ron Poul

When people talk about Diamond Studs, what they are probably referring to are Diamond Stud Earrings. These are earrings which happen to use a diamond or diamonds in the design setting. The base material of the Diamond Studs could be a precious metal like gold, silver or platinum.

If you are not satisfied with the designs or stones used for the existing Diamond Studs you find out there, it is always possible to get your own customized Diamond Studs designed for you by the jeweler of your choice. The nice thing about customized Diamond Studs is that you can choose the base of the Diamond Studs yourself, then pick out which diamonds you want to use.

"What? Choose a diamond? But diamonds are all alike right?" That may be what is in your mind when you hear that having your Diamond Studs custom-made means you can pick out your own diamonds. Actually, diamonds are not generic, meaning one diamond may be very different from another diamond even if the eyes of a layman think they are exactly alike. That is why Diamond Studs that may look alike can actually be very different from one another.

There are four factors that determine the value of the diamonds in your Diamond Studs. These four factors are Clarity, Color, Cut and Carat. Clarity shows how pure your diamonds in your Diamond Studs are. Color is dictated by Mother Nature and is not influenced by human skills - this shows the natural body color of your diamonds. The Cut is what is determined by the skill of the artisan. A diamond in the hands of a novice will not have as good a Cut as a diamond which was designed by an experienced artisan. You should also remember that a diamond can only be cut by another diamond - that is how hard the diamonds in your Diamond Studs are. Lastly, Carat will determine the carat weight of your individual diamonds.

Among these four factors, the Cut is considered the most important because this will help the diamond show its best brilliance, sparkle and fire. That is why the most skilled jewelers can command pretty high prices for their customized Diamond Studs. Not everyone can churn out customized Diamond Studs that are unique, special and very attractive on a consistent basis. It helps that skilled jewelers really have an eye for making your Diamond Studs look great, regardless of the original shape of the diamonds. One wrong move by the artisan and your Diamond Studs may get wrecked beyond repair and beyond redemption as far as jeweler's standards are concerned.

That is why your jeweler has to be able to gauge the value of the diamonds to be set in your Diamond Studs accurately. To do this right, independent gemological laboratories will calculate the value of your diamonds and issue a certification stating this. The diamond has to be of a good enough shape, and possess the fire and sparkle that the user will want to see. The fire and sparkle is what you might call the "brilliance" that sets apart high end Diamond Studs from the lower end Diamond Studs.

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