In an age of ubiquitous mega-hoops and selfie-friendly statement earrings, simple studs don't always get the love they deserve. Even diamond studs—by nature some of the glitziest of the bunch—have recently been dismissed as "aging" and dull (not what we tend to be looking for in a jewelry purchase).
But we're here to defend the maligned accessory because if you know where to look, you can find styles that are both totally classic and cool enough to induce envy in others. Personally, I've had a rose-gold stud with a tiny white diamond and a delicate chain in my right lobe for a few years now (I have four piercings in that ear, but I basically only switch up the main one). One of the benefits to its nondescript size is it basically goes with everything, but the little details are special enough that it still gets a ton of compliments.
Whether you're shopping for a second, third, or seventh ear piercing or you just want to return to a more pared-down jewelry look, diamond studs could be just the answer you're looking for.
Keep scrolling to shop 16 pairs and solo studs from some of our favorite independent designers. We promise they're anything but basic.
Go ahead: Buy yourself some diamonds. You deserve it.
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This enamel stud comes in 12 different colors and is just about the cutest thing we've seen all day.
A pair of opals in the prettiest pale pink softens the glitz factor for everyday wear.
Minimal, architectural, and just plain cool.
One of the best things about diamonds? They play well with others. (Just look at this opal earring for proof.)
A dainty take on the mismatched-earring trend.
These are serious stunners.
Melissa Joy Manning celebrates gemstones' natural form—and her pieces use recycled and ethically sourced materials, so you can feel good about shopping.
With five diamonds in each earring and a cool pointed shape, you'll definitely want to show these off.
We've only got eyes for these diamonds.
A luxe option for a second piercing (or to mix and match with other styles).
This isn't your average stud.
These may be little, but they deliver on the sparkle front.
We love this celestial stud from editor-fave Delfina Delettrez.
The definition of "pretty little things."