Fashion trends fade in and out, but some staples-styles never do. Classic jewelry pieces are cross-functional, for they are fashionable and constantly in style. In these challenging economic times, it is important to know that your jewelry will cover a vast array of purposes. And no, you do not need to possess a multitude of jewelry pieces for all and every outfit you own or any unexpected occasion you might face. What you need, are staple fine jewelry pieces that can transition from the workday to nightlife, to a formal dinner. Having high-quality "jewelry classics" is an investment you will never regret.
My personal list of “go-to jewelry” item that you can easily dress up or down and wear on any occasion is a pair of Martini-Stud Earrings.
Diamond Earring Studs - No matter the size, shape of the stone or metal choice, diamond studs go with every outfit possible. Diamond stud earrings, regardless of the design intricacies, are probably the most conservative earrings you can wear. They are the most versatile jewelry piece you can own. From wedding to graduation, and far beyond, you can count on a measured, tastefully elegant appearance when you choose diamond studs.
The rule of thumb is that formal and semi-formal occasions should be “dressed” in earrings not larger than a nickel and as close as possible to the earlobe. Diamond studs are well-appreciated staples that can appear beautifully at a work interview, as well as a beach party. Sometimes, all you need is a change in hairstyle to turn diamond studs from a “day in the office look" into your "dancing queen" mood.
Diamond studs, however, can be an expensive purchase, especially if you buy a high-quality diamond. A well-matched pair of diamonds are highly sought after and hence a very significant investment, however, they are well worth the cost when all the advantages of owning a pair are considered. Diamond studs are a timeless look and feel.
Diamond Alternatives: Moissanite or Lab-grown Diamonds - No matter which one way you go, that can be a very smart choice. Both Moissanite and Lab-grown Diamonds offer an exquisite spark. Both choices are environmentally responsible and budget friendly. The most sought-after diamond quality for stud earrings varies between H-I in color and VS1+ to SI1+ in clarity. With Moissanite and Lab-grown Diamonds you can go much higher on both color and clarity, without breaking the bank. For the naked eye, there won't be a way to tell a moissanite, from a lab-grown diamond, from a mined diamond.
No-Diamond Martini Earring-Studs – size, shape, color, design and metal choice – all matter. Color Stones Studs are like candies. The more you have the more you want. Those can turn out to be an addictive, little pop of color. When you go for a color you have so many possibilities to explore – Birthday Stones; Anniversary Stones; Favorite Colors; Complementing her eye color; Her hair color etc. Let your imagination go wild! You can invest in beautiful color stones, that will be the fraction of the cost of diamonds, and still have the same sophisticated look. The variety in the world of color stones is infinite, both color-wise, and price-wise. It is important to know that color stone studs are much easier to tailor for your budget, than diamond studs. Quick example: If you love to have a vibrant green stone and can’t afford to invest in Emeralds, you can go with the equally beautiful green hues of a Garnet or Peridot, for a fraction of the price of an Emerald. Being more affordable, makes color-stone studs, in a way, almost a collectible item. Color studs are one of the easiest ways to bring personality and mood to your wardrobe. They can be both, conservative and adventurous in appearance, and compliment any occasion, and any age. Even in the most serious of occasions, a little pop of color won’t hurt. From work-related events to a night on the town, color is what dictates the mood. The biggest advantage of color-stone studs is – they are truly "age-free"! I consider color-stone studs appropriate age 10 or 110.