There are many different styles of diamond earrings and being on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t afford a pair that look as beautiful as if they cost far more than they really did. A popular way to buy a pair is to buy ones that are set onto 9 carat gold.
It doesn’t matter whether you buy diamond studs or diamond drops, 9 carat gold is less expensive than 18 or 24 carat gold, and a lot less expensive than a platinum-made pair. One of the secrets to buying any jewelery on a budget is to buy a piece that looks fantastic without the price tag, and to do that you need to factor in the following two aspects:
- look at classic styles. Jewelry that’s purposely crafted for the lower price bands can sometimes look tacky, so make sure that you choose a piece that’s traditional, as time-honored designs tend to assume an air of elegance by right of their styling
- pick earrings that are small and delicate, rather than large and ostentatious looking. Cheaper gold in larger designs isn’t the best of combinations, even if there is a diamond involved. Think petite and dainty in order to end up with inexpensive elegance
Of course you can buy a par of 9 carat gold diamond earrings and still end up paying out a large sum of money but that will be the diamond that costs, rather than the metal. Having said that, anyone that knows anything about jewelry would never advise you to buy a high quality diamond set into a cheaper gold.
Besides which, anyone with the kind of money to afford a big old rock isn’t going to skimp on the gold, are they? All the same, a lesser quality diamond set into a cheaper gold post isn’t something that’s going to be spotted (in your ears) from a half mile away. Most people won’t know 9 carat from 18 carat, or a 1.75 carat diamond from a 0.25 carat diamond, so as long as you stick with the two main pointers (above) you should end up with a gorgeous little pair of earrings for not a lot of money.
Another good way to buy budget diamond earrings is to buy a discounted pair, something’s that’s pretty easy to do, given that there are so many retailers out there that competition is pretty tough. That means that you, the consumer, get a shot at buying jewelry pieces that were possibly a lot more expensive originally than they are by the time a sale kicks in.
Most outlets run end-of-season sales (even jewelry has ‘seasons’), or they’ll discount jewelry when they’re down to their last few designs of a particular line. Sometimes they manage to buy stock at massive discounts to them, which means that they can then pass on the savings to their customers. Buying jewelry on a budget can be done, so long as you know where to look, what to look for and when you need to be doing the looking.