Buying Guide: Gemstone Stud Earrings for Women

Diamond stud earrings are a classic accessory, but gemstone stud earrings for women can make a high-fashion outfit. While each gemstone has its own look and appeal, they can all be dressed up or down for a stylish—yet subtle--pop of color.

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Gemstone earrings may convey a birthstone, represent a favorite color, or just complement a favorite sweater or dress. Unlike diamond stud earrings, gemstone stud earrings are not measured in carat weights. Gemstones are measured and sized by their diameter (measured in millimeters).

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Gemstone stud earrings for women also are typically offered in a traditional round cut. While round gemstones are the standard for stud earrings, other shapes may be custom ordered. Like diamonds, gemstones may be cut into heart, pear, emerald, marquise, and round shape designs. However, not all shapes may be suited to each gemstone.

Some gems are more durable than others, and softer stones are at a greater risk for chips and scratches. A ruby is only slightly softer than a diamond (the strongest gemstone), while a Tsavorite is not as durable. A stone’s durability affects how they should be set and worn, although earrings are typically a fairly safe place for vulnerable stones. For most stones, a four or six prong setting is suitable for protecting the stud earrings. However, when choosing a setting, buyers should select a metal that creates the most flattering contrast and best accentuates the hue of the gem.

Explore the rainbow of options and find the color and stone that best matches your style and personality.

Ruby Earrings

The bright, red gemstone is the birthstone for July babies. Rubies are typically the most expensive of all gemstones and their warm hue is especially flattering when set against yellow gold. However, silver hued metals like platinum or white gold also create a stunning contrast.

Ruby Earrings

Amethyst Earrings

Royal purple amethyst holds special sentiment for those born in the month of February. This gem also is said to hold calming energy. Amethyst is one of the most budget friendly gemstones and stands boldly when set within cool-toned metals like white gold or platinum.

Amethyst Earrings

Aquamarine Earrings

Bearing the color of the sea, soothing blue aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. Pisces (the water-bearing sign of the Zodiac) also is associated with most of March. While the stone looks lovely in both warm and cool-hued metals, platinum is especially flattering against the crystal-clear, oceanic depths of Aquamarine.

Aquamarine Earrings

Tsavorite Earrings

Bursting with the color of new life and spring, bright green Tsavorite represents the month of May. Tsavorite is an investment stone and can be quite expensive in large diameters. And the bright pop of green enables these gemstone stud earrings to stand out when paired with yellow flowing tops or sundresses. Wear your hair pulled away from your ears to show off the beauty of this stone!

Tsavorite Earrings

Sapphire Earrings

While the sapphire is often associated with a traditional deep blue color, the gemstone may also be found in pink. Pink sapphires create feminine flair when paired with crisp white tops or even a little black dress. Sapphire is September’s birthstone, and these gemstone stud earrings for women also make a great ‘something blue’ for a wedding day!

Sapphire Earrings

Citrine Earrings

Named for its citrus yellow color, Citrine bursts with energy and sunshine happiness! As November’s birthstone, Citrine brings a warm glow to the otherwise chilly month. Match Citrine’s warmth by setting the stone in yellow gold for an almost seamless stud.

Citrine Earrings

All gemstone stud earrings for women add elegance and a glint of color to any outfit. Use the color wheel to find colors that contrast a stone’s color for a match that pops! When accessorizing with gemstone studs, wear hair off the ear to showcase their effortless and colorful Brilliance.

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