Complete Guide to Upgrading Your Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond Studs

Complete Guide to Upgrading Your Diamond Stud Earrings

Learn more about upgrading your Diamond Studs at Sotheby's
Learn more about upgrading your Diamond Studs at Sotheby's

Nothing marks a celebratory moment more than diamonds. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, a new job, or an addition to the family, diamonds are always the way to go. At Sotheby's, we source the most incredible and beautiful diamond jewelry featuring high quality stones in modern and vintage settings. Diamond stud earrings are a classic for most since they never goes out of style and can be paired with anything. When you are ready to upgrade your diamond studs there are many factors to consider. From the carat size, diamond shape, or even colored diamonds, read on for our complete diamond stud upgrade guide.

Platinum and 8.10cts Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

Upgrade Diamond Size

When you are in the market for an upgrade of your existing diamond studs, bigger is often the first consideration. The next question is how much bigger will be noticeable and feel like an upgrade. We generally suggest upgrading the total weight by at least two carats to make a visual impact. Given these stones will be larger, the quality of the stones are also important. From a quality perspective, we recommend a minimum of G color and VS clarity. If you are looking for the most noticeable size difference for your upgrade budget, we suggest round brilliant cut diamonds studs. At Sotheby's the minimum total carat weight we source is around 3 carats with prices starting at ~ $20,000. On Sotheby’s marketplace, we have a range of diamond stud earrings priced from $22,000 to $100,000+.

Platinum and 6.02ct Heart Shape Diamond Studs

Upgrade Diamond Shape 

Another way to upgrade your diamond studs is to change the shape of your diamonds. Many clients like to both increase the diamond carat weight and also try a new diamond shape. Changing both the size and shape will definitely make a big statement. The standard diamond stud earrings are most often made from round brilliant cut diamonds. Round diamonds studs are the easiest to source and are the go-to classics as a starter pair. However, when deciding on an upgrade, it's exciting to look into other diamond cuts like Emerald, Oval, Princess or Cushion cut diamonds. The oval shape is an easy choice for anyone who likes the look of the round shape but is interested in something a little more unique. These diamonds have a longer and slimmer look but display just as much fire and brilliance as a round cut.

Emerald-cut diamond stud earrings are another great choice for anyone looking for a more modern and sleek look. These diamond earrings are rectangular and have large, linear facets that make them appear larger than they are. Emerald cut earrings are less common than round and make a different statement. Princess cut diamonds that are square are also another popular shape for diamond stud earrings. Heart shaped diamond studs are another statement making upgrade.

Upgrade to Colored Diamonds 

Another fabulous option when upgrading your diamond stud earrings is colored diamonds. Yellow diamond studs are the easiest to source while pink or blue diamond studs are the rarest. A 3-carat total weight pair of fancy yellow diamond studs will usually start around $20,000. A pair of 1.6-carat total weight Cartier Fancy Deep Pink Diamond Ear Studs with SI2 clarity sold for 3,528,000 HKD, approximately $451,400 at Sotheby’s. If you are looking for a similar pair of diamond studs, a Sotheby's Jewelry Specialist or Salon Associate in New York, Zurich, London, LA, Aspen and coming soon in Hong Kong would be happy to assist.

Upgrade Your Diamond Studs At Sotheby's

Sotheby's offers multiple ways to purchase diamond studs. There are global auctions through out the year and Sotheby's Buy Now Marketplace. Most of our diamond studs are priced from $20,000 to $100,000 depending on the diamond size, shape and color. We do have some spectacular diamond studs over $100,000 and can source additional options if you are looking for a something specific we don't have listed or available at auction. Sotheby's also accepts diamond studs for consignment, so we can also help you sell your previous diamond studs depending on the stones.

You can also contact a salon associate in New York or Bucherer in Zurich to learn more about Sotheby's diamond earrings.

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