Worn through a small hole pierced into the earlobe, stud earrings are compact pieces of jewellery that sit closely to the ear and do not hang down the neck like other earring designs. Though the size of the initial stud can vary, the principle of a stud earring is always the same. One of the defining characteristics of the stud earring is that they are usually fitted into the ear with a post. They are secured in place with either a small sucker or butterfly style back. This is different to many other styles of earring which tend to favour a hook style insertion, without the need for an additional fixture on the back of the ear.
As with many pieces of jewellery, stud earrings come in a variety of different materials, shapes, sizes and textures. All of these factors influence the price of the stud earring too. The cheapest stud earrings on the market are generally made from non-precious metals that are inexpensive to construct. These earrings might be made entirely of this metal or perhaps they will be coated with enamel, adorned with glass or resin or maybe even have additional plastic components.
On the other end of the scale, some stud earrings can be very expensive. Usually made from metals such as platinum or gold, adornments on these earrings can be incredibly valuable. Diamonds, emeralds, pearls, sapphires and rubies are all popular choices for studs of this nature. The price of the earring itself will depend on the size of the stone used in the design of the earring. The more precious the metal and the larger the stone, the more expensive the earrings will be.
Though these two examples are at completely different ends of the stud earring spectrum, there are a number of different designs and styles which fall between them. Bridging the gap between the two extremes, affordable metals, such as 925 silver, are very popular materials to use in stud earrings. While silver earrings can of course hold natural stones, it is more common for them to hold gemstones of a semi-precious nature instead. These stones could be amethyst, moonstone, peridot, tanzanite, garnet, aquamarine to name only a few. Stud earrings made with these stones can often be considerably larger than their precious stone counterparts, for the same cost. For example, the carat weight you will get in a diamond will be much smaller than what the same money can get you in an amethyst.
Some stud earrings are designed to accommodate a necklace. Many sets of this nature often feature large necklaces or extravagant pendants to counter the neat setting of the studs. There are also instances where the necklace itself is refined and rather small, to balance attention between the elegance of the stud earrings and the charm of the more demure necklace. This can make for an understated, chic look.