What Are Stud Earrings - and How to Style Unique Gemstone Studs

Stud earrings are the jewelry equivalent of that perfect pair of jeans—the ones that aren’t for quick errands but rather fit flawlessly and adapt to both casual and elegant looks based on your choice of top and footwear. They’re suitable for both a romantic evening and a relaxed work Friday, becoming your go-to accessory more than any other piece. Every jewelry box should have a pair of studs. Continue reading this blog post to discover the unique charm of stud earrings and tips for styling them.


What Are Stud Earrings?

Stud earrings are small, subtle earrings that sit like a "dot" on the front of the earlobe, fastened in place behind the lobe with a butterfly, screw back, or another kind of closure. Unlike hoops and dangling earrings, studs remain snug against the ear, making them an ideal choice for those with active lifestyles or a preference for minimalist fashion. Their versatility and size also make studs a favorite for creating an "ear stack," allowing you to place them in various pierced spots on the ear for a layered look.

Though studs can be found in a variety of styles, Hilary prefers wrapping her stud earrings in her signature Captured setting with a crossbar across a cabochon or faceted gemstone, usually in a color that pops for maximum impact.

Origin of Stud Earrings

Were you aware that the history of stud earrings spans back 7,000 years? Originating in ancient Asia, they initially served as a symbol of higher social status, predominantly adorned by men. Throughout their existence, these small yet significant fashion items have transformed, making a lasting impression on every culture they've touched. Toward the end of the Victorian era, solitaire diamond stud earrings first became more popular, and these days, diamond studs are considered an essential jewelry staple. Pearl studs became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, thanks to First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis and old Hollywood starlets.


How to Wear Stud Earrings

Diving into the world of gemstone stud earrings opens a doorway to endless styling possibilities, offering a dash of elegance to any outfit. These tiny treasures are more than just accessories; they're a statement of personal style and a subtle nod to the wearer's love for timeless beauty. Whether you lean towards the unconventional elegance of black diamonds or the vibrant allure of rubellite, gemstone stud earrings bring a touch of sophistication that effortlessly elevates your look. They're particularly striking when matched with neutral-toned clothing, allowing the gemstones to pop and capture the light, drawing attention to your face with their scintillating sparkle.

Styling gemstone stud earrings requires a keen eye for balance and harmony. For a daytime ensemble, pair them with a simple, elegant blouse and your favorite jeans to add a hint of glamour to a casual look. Transitioning to evening wear, these studs can complement a little black dress, lending an air of chic refinement without overpowering your overall attire. 

For those who adore a layered jewelry look, gemstone studs serve as a perfect foundation. You can add larger, more dramatic pieces around them, such as hoops or dangle earrings if you have multiple piercings, or a statement necklace. This approach lets you play with different levels of adornment, ensuring that your gemstone studs remain the sparkling focal point amidst your curated ensemble.


Gemstone Stud Earrings for Gifting

Gemstone stud earrings stand out as an ideal present for almost any jewelry aficionado, provided they have pierced ears, thanks to their remarkable versatility and effortless styling. Unlike the challenge of gifting rings, which demands precise knowledge of the recipient's ring size, or the complexities involved in choosing necklaces—where preferences for chain lengths vary widely, and many may already have a beloved signature piece they wear daily—stud earrings are universally appealing. They are particularly delightful gifts when adorned with unique and vibrant gemstones, promising to be a joyful addition to anyone's jewelry collection.

Furthermore, stud earrings, especially those embellished with gemstones, strike a perfect balance between being thoughtful and not overly extravagant. They are generally more affordable compared to larger, more statement-making jewelry pieces, making them an excellent option not only for gifting to others but also as a guilt-free indulgence for yourself. Whether aiming to brighten someone's special day or simply looking to treat yourself, gemstone stud earrings are a charming choice that suits a wide range of tastes and occasions.

Interested in shopping for gemstone stud earrings either for yourself or as a gift? Visit this page to see all of Hilary's current in-stock stud earrings. If you're thinking about something more custom, you can always visit this page to contact Hilary and let her know what you have in mind.