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3 Popular Styles That Make Diamond Earrings a Classic Staple

Last updated on March 09, 2023

What is there not to love about diamond earrings––the classic, versatile design can enhance any outfit. 

With the right setting, you can enrich the brilliance of a diamond. Three main styles remain popular today: The halo, prong and bezel settings. Each style is distinguished by how the diamond is held. 


How are Diamond Earrings Set?

Halo Setting

With a halo setting, the centre diamond can appear much more prominent, making it a great option to enhance the appearance of a smaller-sized diamond, as is often the case with diamond earrings. 

Placing diamonds in a concentric circle around the centre stone, a halo per se gives the central diamond a significant impression.

Prong Setting

The prong setting, otherwise described as a small metal claw poised to hold a diamond in place tightly, is one of the most common and classic settings available for diamond earrings. 

Prongs can be rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped, depending on the shape of the diamond. Each design is unique, featuring four, six, or even eight prongs in a single setting. 

Although popular, the design does come with its trade-offs: the greater number of prongs, the more secure the diamond. At the same time, fewer prongs allow more light to pass through the stone, adding to its sparkle.

A word to the wise: Before putting on your earrings, take the time to check that each prong feels secure. A loose prong can lead to a lost diamond. Don't wear it if it feels loose. Instead, take it to your jeweller for repair. And also, ask about the option to insure your diamond earrings.

Bezel Setting

Unlike prongs, the bezel setting encompasses the central diamond with a thin metal rim to hold it in place, making it more secure than a traditional prong setting. It can be designed in a complete set where the diamond is entirely surrounded. Or in a partial set, where the sides of the bezel are left open.


Choosing the Best Metal for Your Diamond Earring Setting?


Repeated contact with nickel can cause contact dermatitis, so hypoallergenic metals are perfect for people with a known nickel allergy.

Other low-allergy metals include:

14 Carat Gold

Solid gold rarely causes an allergic reaction, so it's a great choice if you're looking for diamond earrings that you can wear daily. Gold purity comes in karats, fourteen being the most preferable due to its durability. 

Don't be fooled by 'gold plated', especially if you are prone to sensitivity. Over time the plating can wear away with frequent use, exposing an inferior metal that may also cause an allergy.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is an alloy traditionally comprised of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper––hence, the 925 purity mark imprint. Although a cheaper alternative to metals such as gold and platinum, it tarnishes quickly, requiring regular polishing to avoid surface oxidisation. 


Platinum is a hard-wearing, shiny, silvery-white metal that is strong enough to support a diamond setting as delicate as earrings. A bonus is that few people have an allergic reaction to them.

Safe and Secure

When you invest in a beautiful pair of diamond earrings, you want to ensure that those sparklers stay firmly on your ears.

Screw Backs

Screw backs are earring backings that screw into place when paired with a threaded post. Although it takes slightly longer to put on a screw-back when compared to a pushback, it is undeniably more secure, especially for diamond studs of high value.

Push Backs (Friction Backs)

Although the most common type of backing for a stud earring, they are also the least secure. Over time push backs can tend to loosen, minimising the tension needed to hold your earring firmly in place, making them an unwise choice for valuable diamond studs.

Secure Lock Backs 

Secure lock backs are perfect for diamond earrings. They lock securely through a double-grooved patented secure locking mechanism, making them the safest option for expensive earrings.


Jewellery Insurance

Being an item of wear that tends to be removed regularly, you want to ensure its protection. JewelCover is there to provide you with a comprehensive standalone jewellery insurance policy, leaving you to wear and enjoy your diamond earrings as you should.


Sparkle Away

Now for the fun part––get out there and choose the perfect diamond earrings. Who says you need to wait for your birthday or Christmas? Diamonds are said to be a girl's best friend––and time with friends is always well-spent.

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