Diamond Stud Earrings For Every Day

Trends come and go but diamond stud earrings are timeless.

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Hamilton Jewelers Diamond Heart Stud Earrings

Diamonds stud earrings are the white t-shirt of the jewelry wardrobe. If you’ve ever shopped for the perfect white tee, then you know what we mean—finding “the one” seemingly solves all of your wardrobe problems. The same can be said for the perfect diamond stud earrings—the elusive set that walks the line between modern and traditional, comfortable and noteworthy, great quality and affordable.

But, among the most versatile earrings a person can own, diamond studs are, by virtue of their simplicity, quiet workhorses that do double time; they look smart by day and stylish by night, add a little pizazz to jeans and a sweater and lend understatement to a glittery dress. Their versatility and ease of wear make them a foundation essential in any jewelry box. Sure, design matters, but when it comes to owning a pair of diamond studs, it’s really all about the, well, diamond.

Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Chopard . . . all the older houses offer this beautiful basic. But you can also find a terrific selection of contemporary diamond stud earrings by Lorraine Schwartz, Temple St. Clair, Stephanie Windsor, Nikos Koulis, Sydney Evan and Sylvie et Cie among others. It just goes to show that classic beauty transcends time.

Dua Lipa’s ears were stacked with Tiffany diamond stud earrings at the Jacquemus “La Casa” Cruise on June 10, 2024 in Capri, Italy. (Getty Images)

You wouldn’t believe it, but long before the diamond stud became an earring, it began life as a button. When the First Duke of Buckingham, a personal friend of King James I, turned up at a ball in 1620, his attire was covered with diamond buttons. Some 200 years later, the diamond button was liberated from its practical role and instead became diamond cluster earrings, more ornamental than functional. But it took Queen Victoria, the jewelry trendsetter of her day, to kickstart a real fad for diamond studs when, around 1870, she had a couple of her own loose diamonds turned into noticeably large diamond studs. (Victoria’s timing was no accident, for only a few years earlier, in 1867, diamonds had been found in South Africa.) From then, history was made. Society ladies took note and sought out the glowing orbs for themselves. Embraced by the upper classes of the 1940s and 1950s, the diamond stud came to symbolize good taste and wealth.

Zendaya poses for a photocall as part of the promotion of the film “Challengers” wearing natural diamond stud earrings at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2024. (Getty Images)

Nowadays there are a slew of diamond stud styles, and in a range of prices. The first thing that matters is the cut. The round brilliant cut is used the most often because for a small-carat stone it gives off a lot of sparkle. With its square outline, the princess cut is less conventional and has plenty of fire. More luxe versions are rose cuts, emerald cuts, sometimes pear and even Marquise. Most people think that diamond studs are only made with diamonds; true, but nowadays they also include sapphires, fancy sapphires, emeralds and rubies. Pearls, paired with diamonds, might seem ultra-conventional but in fact the pearl softens the diamond, making it more noticeable and also prettier.

Settings vary too, from platinum to the three shades of gold (white, yellow, and rose). And what about the back of the earring? There are plenty of options, from the usual post to the screw back (guaranteed to hold fast, but tedious to secure) to the omega to la pousette (also known as the butterfly or pinch back).

Anita Ko Pear Diamond Studs

Shay Diamond Bezel Heart Studs

Casey Perez Diamond Arc Studs

Jacquie Aiche Diamond Teardrop Stud

Jenna Blake Cute Mariner and Diamond Studs

Katkim Cerré Oval Diamond Earrings

Lizzie Mandler Éclat Diamond Stud

Maria Tash Invisible Set Diamond Stud

Nicole Rose Classic Diamond Stud Earrings

Pomellato Pom Pom Dot Earrings

Retrouvai Round Diamond Heirloom Bezel Stud

Greenwich St. Jewelers Trinity Diamond Stud Earrings

Of course, these details are all part of the basic diamond stud, and represent the ways in which each jewelry house or designer puts their own stamp on the piece. Luckily you don’t need family ties or enormous piles of money to enjoy the pleasure of owning diamond studs. Nowadays, everyone from royals to red carpet celebrities to working women rock diamond studs. And that (hopefully) includes you and me.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie attends the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 07, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Barbie herself, Margot Robbie clearly took inspiration from her titular role in a custom hot pink ensemble from Armani Privé at the 2024 Golden Globe Awards with eye-catching 30-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond stud earrings.

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

Carey Mulligan opted for a regal, classic look on the red carpet at the 2024 Oscars, wearing a custom Balenciaga gown and old-mine cut diamond stud earrings by Fred Leighton, weighing in at 10 carats each.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle on her wedding day on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Getty Images)

They were the “something old” in her wedding trousseau: Meghan Markle wore Galanterie de Cartier diamond studs for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. Not only had she worn the earrings during their courtship, but she purchased them for herself after working on her TV series Suits. Now that’s a modern bride.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian attends the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 10, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)

Wearing her buzzy pear-shaped diamond earrings, Kim Kardashian wore the impressive studs from Lorraine Schwartz with her white structural Balenciaga gown at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o at Marie Claire Fresh Faces Party, 2014. (Getty Images)

Lupita Nyong’o always combines style with grace. But rewind to 2014, and see that Nyong’o tended to favor diamond studs. She wore yellow gold and diamond studs by Graziela Gems at a Marie Claire party in L.A. as well as at a Golden Globes after-party, and a darling pair of stylized diamond flower studs to the Veuve Clicquot Classic.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande performs onstage during The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2024 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Ariana Grande performed at the 2024 Met Gala, wearing a Maison Margiela ensemble by John Galliano with massive oval-shaped Lorraine Schwartz stud earrings.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga at the amfAR Inspiration Gala, 2015 (Getty Images)

When doesn’t Lady Gaga surprise us? That was certainly the case when she wore a pair of signature Winston Cluster diamond stud earrings of 15.49 carats to an amfAR event in 2015. She adorned a pale Valentino pink gown and the Harry Winston Queen Diamond necklace of 113.87 carats.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Kylie Jenner wowed in her black Vera Wang dress at the 2018 Met Gala, but it was those bejeweled cat eye sunglasses by Gentle Monster x Alexander Wang that commanded attention. The one nod to tradition were her gorgeous Chopard diamond stud earrings. A case when simple is seductive.

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld attends the 96th Annual Academy Awards on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
Chopard Red Carpet Collection earrings 

Hailee Steinfeld attended the 2024 Oscars looking radiant in her Elie Saab Couture gown and Chopard earrings from the Red Carpet Collection featuring a pair of yellow diamonds totaling 10.37-carats and 3.41-carats of diamonds.

Hailey Bieber

Hailey Bieber attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Hailey Bieber has perfected the art of allure, knowing just how to make sure all eyes in the room are on her. Not content to wear just one pair of diamond studs, the young beauty wore three, in graduated sizes, at the 2019 Met Gala.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards (Getty Images)

Pop music sensation Taylor Swift proved she was an all-star at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. She paired an ear cuff of pink gold and diamond stars from Stefere Jewelry opposite a Diamond Shooting Starburst Earring set in white gold by Graziela Gems. The girly ruffled lavender dress is by sister designers Raisa & Vanessa.