15 Places To Buy The Diamond Earrings of Your Dreams

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Best Places To Buy Diamond Earrings of 2023

Byrdie / Brian Kopinski

If you’re looking to make a jewelry investment, there is perhaps no better place to start than a pair of diamond earrings. To guide your search, we rounded up the best places to buy diamond earrings, be they for minimalist studs or more sculptural forms from a mix of new and well-established names. Byrdie’s recommendations are based on our research and a few insights from jewelry expert Victoria Lampley Berens, founder of The Stax, and a handful of designers and executives from the industry’s most well-respected labels.

Read on for an introduction to some of the best diamond earring makers around.

Arielle Ratner

Arielle Ratner

Arielle Ratner

At Arielle Ratner, there seems to be something for everyone. The eponymous label specializes in semi-custom and fully bespoke pieces and has romanced a diverse crowd, including style expert Leandra Medine Cohen, author Jenny Mollen, and fellow fine jewelry designer Akaila Reid. Lampley Berens says she can’t help but love Arielle’s Diamond Uni Earrings. “They are so sculptural, unique, [and] happy,” she tells Byrdie.

Ana Khouri is a New York-based jewelry designer known for her artistic jewelry created with ethically sourced gemstones. Having studied sculpture at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo, Brazil, her pieces explore untraditional ways that jewelry can be worn. What’s on Lampley Berens’ wishlist from Khouri? The designer’s Phillipa Diamond Ear Cuff is made with almost three carats of pave-set, round-cut diamonds.

Brilliant Earth

Find classic and affordable diamond earring options at Brilliant Earth. The brand boasts everything from huggies and hoops to emerald cut studs, but perhaps what’s unique about its offerings is the “create your own” process that allows the customer to pick the specific set of diamonds (lab or natural) and the style of earring setting, to best reflects their style.

Lampley Berens met Canot in London through a mutual friend and jewelry expert, Andrea Topper Lukens. Her pieces are “for anyone wanting the perfect diamond mini hoop for an enviable ear stack or [a solo moment],” Lampley Berens says. Her favorite pieces come from Canot’s Set Free Collection, which she created shortly after leaving the corporate world of jewelry, where she worked as the head designer at Cartier and De Beers. The collection was intended to defy classic rules of jewelry making to create something fresh and modern, perhaps even unprecedented.

This Berlin-based designer loves to use personal memories and daydreams to inspire her baubles, with a family history of European silk manufacturing having ingrained in her an appreciation of high-quality work. “I love the alien diamond studs from my Cosmic Escape collection,” says Abegg. “They are playful, made from the finest craftsmanship, and look great alone or styled with multiple earrings.”

This designer’s Double Star earrings are brilliant, both literally and figuratively. “For a more classic vibe, I would opt for her Brown Diamond Gem Hoops,” Lampley Berens adds. “They go with everything, are delicate yet substantial, and can be worn AM to PM. Plus, they highlight your face.”

Or & Elle

Or & Elle

Or & Elle

Look no further for sustainable lab-grown diamond earrings than Or & Elle. The company uses lab-grown diamonds and recycled gold for its designs. “They are deeply committed to the integrity and uniqueness of their craft—they design, source, and handcraft all their jewels in the diamond capital of the world, Antwerp, Belgium,” Lampley Berens says.

Sydney Evan’s founder Rosanne Krames infuses her love of travel, the arts, and culture into her delicate designs that take the shape of hearts, leaves, and daisies, to name a few things. She says huggie enthusiasts are sure to love her Mini Pyramid diamond hoops for their classic and no-fuss design that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Akaila Reid

pave-hoops

Akaila Reid

Akaila Reid creates fine jewelry that celebrates vibrancy and classicism by combining unconventional color palettes with heritage styles. “I love how [the Pave Mini Hoops] light up your face and can go from day to night or be stacked with other piercings,” says Lampley Berens. “They are sublime in person and have a great thickness and sparkle to them despite their smaller scale.”

Octavia Elizabeth Zamagias’ work strategically considers scale and movement in her dainty drop earrings, signet rings, and necklaces. They have the body for everyday wear and are “so dazzling but also perfect to wear daily without feeling costumey or too extravagant,” says Lampley Berens.

In 2021, Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Zeijdel-Paz transitioned her namesake label into fine jewelry to be able to focus on longevity and durability. From an aesthetic perspective, her pieces evoke “laid-back elegance,” according to her website, and reflect her Caribbean upbringing and love of the sea. “Her somewhat-new Grotto Diamond Studs are a must-have for anyone looking for a classic diamond stud with a nod to something more sculptural and contemporary,” Lampley Berens says. On the inspiration behind the style, Zeijdel-Paz tells Lampley Berens that it comes from the laid-back way in which women in Curaçao, where the designer is from, wear fine jewelry.

The Clear Cut

While diamond expert Olivia Landau’s The Clear Cut may specialize in engagement and wedding rings, her diamond earring offerings are an extension of that specialty, so you can be sure that your purchase is not only clean and classic in style but top-quality, too. Some of Landau’s favorite earrings are her Inside Out Diamond Hoops, Classic Diamond Studs, and Soho Studs (a trendier option, she says). Since they’re made from 14K gold, these pieces are also more affordable than some of the other options on this list; they sit within a wide price range of $95 to $2,500.

Jenna Katz

Jenna Katz

Jenna Katz

Designer Jenna Katz works out of her Los Angeles studio to create modern heirloom jewelry from recycled 18K and 22K gold and precious stones. “I'm always smitten with her one-of-a-kind designs,” Lampley Berens says. “She is also the perfect jeweler to go to for a reset of any family keepsakes.” From Katz’s ready-made offerings, the jewelry advisor says she loves the Spur Earrings.

Solange

Solange

Solange

Solange Azagury-Partridge founded her eponymous brand in 1990 by creating one-off pieces from her kitchen table. Her distinctive creations were such a success that by the end of the decade, the designer had opened her first store in London and has since become “the definition of London cool,” Lampley Berens says. She also created the Hotlips ring, an iconic design that ultimately went on display at London’s V&A Museum and became a mainstay in stylish women’s jewelry collections worldwide. For her diamond earrings, she marries the stone with her signature aesthetic, which fuses iconoclasm, art deco, and other irreverent styles.

Nina Runsdorf

Nina Runsdorf

Nina Runsdorf

Nina Runsdorf’s long love of jewelry has inspired her line made from a mix of precious and semi-precious stones that, of course, includes diamonds. Her diamond and black rhodium earrings are “a fool-proof showstopper and instant classic,” says Lampley Berens. “I'm personally jonesing for the All That Is Hoops with Brilliant Cut Diamond Charms or the All That Is Round Brilliant Diamond Studs.

Meet the Expert

  • Victoria Lampley Berens is a public relations consultant and founder of The Stax Advisory, a jewelry and style consulting firm. Its mission is to help clients develop personal collections of everyday jewelry and future heirlooms.
  • Alina Abegg is the jewelry designer behind her eponymous label.
  • Rosanne Karmes is the founder of Sydney Evan.
  • Olivia Landau is the founder of The Clear Cut.

What to Look For in a Diamond Earring Retailer

Desired aesthetic

In terms of things she tends to look out for in a diamond earring designer or retailer, Lampley Berens leans away from those who zoom in on trends, like heavy settings that pull on the ear. Designers who focus on clean and contemporary styles that “compliment one's face whilst also letting the diamonds shine” are her go-to’s.

Sustainable production practices

Fashion and accessories that are good for the planet are desirable, and luckily, many brands are prioritizing sustainable production practices, too. Pieces that contain recycled gold and antique stones, like Old Mines or Old Euros, are the most straightforward means of purchasing environmentally responsible jewelry, but you can look for in-depth information on a designer’s manufacturing process by reading their FAQ page, which generally highlights things like how and where their materials are sourced, as well as certification.

FAQ
  • How are diamonds formed?

    Diamonds are formed from carbon deposits deep within the earth's surface. Under high pressure and high temperature, the carbon deposits form into diamonds over billions of years.

  • What is a lab-grown diamond, and how is it made?

    Lab-grown diamonds are created in a lab under HPHT (High-Pressure High Temperature) or through CVD (chemical vapor deposition). These processes attempt to mimic the natural diamond formation process on Earth. 

    Since they share the same chemical makeup and look the same as natural diamonds, “the most significant difference is how they are made and how rare they are,” Karmes points out. “I don’t use lab-grown diamonds in any of my jewelry; they don’t have or hold the same value as natural diamonds [because they’re not as rare].” It is worth noting, however, that lab-grown diamonds can run you tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the quality of the stones and their setting.

    From a sustainability perspective, some people like them because they don’t involve standard (and, in the worst circumstance, inhumane) mining practices. They do, however, require a diamond seed and energy, sometimes including fossil fuels, to execute the process of mimicking earth's natural process in a matter of weeks, Landau points out. She also refrains from incorporating lab-grown stones in her lineup.

  • How do you clean a diamond?

    The best way to clean your diamond earrings at home is actually pretty simple; it involves a bowl of warm water, dish soap, and a soft toothbrush. “Let your earrings soak for 15-20 min and then scrub your earrings with a soft toothbrush to get all the buildup. Rinse under water and gently pat dry with a paper towel,” Landau says.

     Lampley Berens swears by this method, too. “The ultrasonic machines will make them sparkle for sure, but can dislodge the diamond from its setting and is often frowned upon by jewelers,” she explains.

Why Trust Byrdie

Hayley Prokos is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor focused on fashion and lifestyle. She contributes regularly to Byrdie’s commerce section and has a passion for sourcing chic and practical pieces with long-term wearability. After hours of researching and chatting with our experts, she’s gathered enough insight to determine the best places to buy diamond earrings.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough Black-owned and/or Black-founded jewelers to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com, and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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