There are a few items every woman should have in her fashion arsenal. A little black dress is absolutely essential, as are some comfortable and classy black pumps (good for either a night at the club or a daytime funeral, depending on the length of the hemline). You should also have one nice scarf (to cover your hair in the event of an unexpected jaunt via convertible), a slimming pair of professional trousers (for interviews or informal dates), a ridiculously large purse (there’s at least one time each month that this will come in handy), and of course, a pair of diamond stud earrings.
The classic diamond stud may come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from round to square cut and half-carat to 2-carat weights (and more), and they are the perfect complement to almost any outfit. They can be worn day and night, at the office, at home, to events, or even just on the go. But there are a few guidelines you should follow when you choose the diamond studs for certain occasions. The first has to do with size. While there is certainly something to be said for turning every head in the room with a pair of blindingly brilliant diamonds that are practically too large for your head, it’s never a good idea to be too ostentatious. Simple and understated is the name of the game when it comes to stones that you wear close to your face, so if you’d rather have people notice you (rather than your bankbook), try to stick to diamonds that are less than two carats. For daytime (or everyday wear) you may want to go with a smaller, less distracting stone, while evening events call for something with a bit more sparkle.
The two other things to consider are cut and color. The cut, in particular, can be important. Round and square cuts are standard for studs, but you can certainly opt for something a little fancier like a heart shape or a pear cut to spice up this traditional accessory. Of course, you may want to keep in mind that you’re always going to get the most brilliance from a round cut, so if your diamonds are small, the right cut could make them appear a bit larger. As for color, you’ll definitely want to get as close to colorless as possible. While this aspect may not be as important for stones that rest on other parts of your body, people will be looking at your face all the time, so an off-color stone will be a lot more noticeable.