Your Ultimate Guide to Getting Sapphire Stud Earrings
Earrings are one of the most popular types of jewelry, perhaps because earrings can be relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of a ring, necklace or another larger piece of jewelry. This might be the reason why sapphire stud earrings are a popular choice for many people who buy earrings as a gift, or for themselves. There are many types of earrings in many shapes, colors and sizes and so, of course, the price will depend on the piece. Just as there are many different types of earrings there are many different shapes, sizes, styles and carat in sapphire studs.
Many people do not know that sapphires are second in hardness to diamonds and, as such, they are durable and strong. Hardy jewelry is always a prize worth buying and keeping since it will continue to provide lasting value for the wearer. Blue sapphires are typically the most popular color of this gemstone, especially as sapphire stud earrings. Sapphire studs provide versatility, as they can be worn by people of any age from children to adults and for a variety of occasions. They can dress up a simple outfit, or add sparkle to a formal occasion, depending on the size of the stone. Sapphires are usually deep blue, but can also come in different colors, depending on their mineral content.
Sapphire stud shapes
Sapphire stud earrings come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some of the more popular cuts, include the round, oval and star cuts.
Round or Oval: These shapes are usually a popular cut in sapphire stud earrings. The carat, size and shape of the earring will determine the cost. Round earrings are usually more expensive than an oval earring of the same size. Oval earrings are, however, a popular choice based on their shape as they appear larger on the ear, due to the oblong shape. Oval and square-shaped sapphire stud earrings offer a modern look for a traditional stone.
Emerald or Princess: These more square or rectangular shapes are less faceted than the brilliant round or oval. However, the colors really come through beautifully in these shapes due to the larger more open facet structure. Princess and emerald shaped sapphires are a beautiful choice for those looking for sophisticated and subtle earrings.
How to buy sapphire stud earrings
Natural sapphire earrings typically come in hues of blue ranging from light to dark. The most prized are those that are a royal blue color and have deep saturation. All sapphires do have some inclusions, as they naturally occur in the sapphire when it is forming. Avoid sapphires that are heavily included and opaque looking. A good rule of thumb is to purchase sapphire earrings that are AAA or AA in quality. But if you want to understand the different sapphire qualities more, check out our guide to sapphire grading.
How to care for your sapphire studs
Have your earrings professionally cleaned at least once every few years. This ensures that any grease or buildup from regular wear is removed. Additionally, when your jeweler is cleaning the sapphire stud earrings, also be sure to ask them to check the tightness of the prongs and the condition on the earring setting. Tightening prongs and checking for excessive wear and tear regularly can ensure that the earrings will always be in excellent condition. But that’s not the only time your gorgeous sapphire studs should be cleaned. Be sure to clean the earrings on your own at home using a jewelry cleaner or just warm soapy water. Regular cleaning will ensure that your earrings retain their sparkle and shine for years to come. Be sure never to clean your earrings with anything abrasive or any harsh chemicals. This can damage not only the gemstone but also the polish of the metal. When you’re not wearing them, store your sapphire stud earrings safely in a jewelry box and away from other jewelry. Remember, sapphires are hard like diamonds, so keeping them apart from other jewelry can prevent scratches.
Sapphire stud earring types
The sapphire is held firmly in place with metal claws or prongs. There can be three to four prongs on each earring. This popular style offers versatility and can be used on a variety of shapes. It highlights the beauty of the stone as the light hits it from all angles. The style is suitable for daytime or evening wear. The three prong setting is referred to as the martini style and is usually used for round settings.
In this style, accent diamonds are set closely together with small beads of metal holding them together. This draws attention to the diamonds and their sparkle, minimizing the look of the metal. Jewelers must work with high precision to set stones with this technique; lasers are often used to produce a flawless result.
Sapphire stud earring metals
The beauty of sapphires can be complemented by any metal setting, but such a hardy, durable, precious gemstone, should be complemented by a precious metal such as gold or platinum. Gold can be white, yellow or rose gold. These three shades all have the same durability, shine and versatility. They can be dressed up or down according to the occasion and are suitable for all day wear or dressing up at night.
Platinum is a more expensive setting option than gold, platinum is a heavier metal which makes it more durable and scratch resistant. This also means that the platinum earrings are heavier than gold settings. Pieces that are meant to be around for generations are often set in platinum, as it is a heavier, more dense metal that will retain it’s look over time. Platinum is hypoallergenic, meaning that it should not cause any allergic reactions. (Need to know more about this? We also have a guide to everything you need to know about hypoallergenic rings.) However, platinum is heavier than white gold. Some may find this to be difficult to wear on a regular basis. Either metal is beautiful and is certainly wearable daily.
Sapphire stud earring backings
Screw backings are a safe and secure backing option for your sapphire stud earrings. The stud is held into place by a post that screws the stud in place. This holds your valuable sapphire stud in place all day without discomfort or irritation. Scew backing are great if you want to ensure that the earrings stay securely in place.
A friction backing slides unto a thinner post attached to the back of the stud. It holds the stud firmly in place in your ear. This is a good choice for small lightweight earrings. Friction back earrings are a good choice for daily wear earrings like studs.