An elegant pair of diamond studs are a timeless option that will accentuate your bridal look without feeling overly distracting. These days, you can find lab-grown diamond studs that provide all the sparkle of natural diamonds—they are chemically identical, after all—for a fraction of the price. Choosing the best lab-grown diamond stud earrings is a matter of quality and personal style.
"The main difference between lab-grown and mined diamonds is the stone's origin," says Lisa Rosen, CEO of the International Gem Society. "Mined diamonds are created deep within the Earth over billions of years, while lab-grown diamonds are created in mere days in laboratories simulating the Earth's high-pressure and high-temperature environments." There's also the matter of sustainability. Whether natural or lab-grown, sustainable diamonds are ethically sourced, avoiding harmful practices that negatively impact people and the environment.
Meet the Expert
The Brides team spent hours researching the most popular lab-grown diamond studs, evaluating the quality of materials, customization options, and value. (Stay tuned: In the coming months, our panel of gemologists and jewelry experts will see how lab-created diamond stud earrings from the most popular retailers stack up in The Lab, our Manhattan-based testing space.)
Read on to find the best lab-grown diamond stud earrings available online, and learn more about what to consider when investing in your own pair.
VRAI Duo Stud
This option is both modern and sleek for fashionable and on-trend tastes. We love how the two petite baguette-shaped diamonds come together in a minimal setting to create a unique yet effortless style. Choose from 14k solid yellow or white gold for a look that perfectly suits you.
Price at time of publish: $295
Metal Type: 14K yellow or white gold | Diamond Shape: Baguette | Color: G-J | Clarity: VS2+ | Carat Weight: 0.20 per pair
VRAI Lab-Grown Diamond Stud Earrings
VRAI's round brilliant studs are simple and classic. Customize the carat size and choose a four-prong setting in yellow, white, or rose gold to match your wedding day look.
Price at time of publish: $600
Metal Type: 14K yellow, white, or rose gold | Diamond Shape: Round Brilliant, Oval, Emerald, Marquise, Pear, Trillion, Princess | Color: G-J | Clarity: VS2+ | Carat Weight: 0.25ct, 0.5ct, 0.75ct, 1ct +more
Italic Dalton Diamond Solitaire Studs
If timeless, goes-with-anything studs are what you seek, look no further than this pair, set in recycled 18k white gold. They come with a certification card and a 90-day warranty covering materials and craftsmanship defects.
Price at time of publish: $1,550 for 1 ctw
Metal Type: 18K recycled white gold | Diamond Shape: Round | Color: E-F | Clarity: VS | Carat Weight: 0.5ct, 1ct, 1.5ct, 2ct
Edge of Ember Trillion Diamond Stud Earrings
Made for the dreamy bride, a constellation-inspired cluster of diamonds gives this pair of earrings a starry effect. The gold triangle setting is available in 14k yellow or white gold.
Metal Type: 14K yellow or white gold | Diamond Shape: Round | Color: G | Clarity: VVS2 | Carat Weight: 0.10ct total
Clean Origin Princess Diamond Stud Earrings
This diamond cut, with a square top and beveled sides, is perfect for a modern-day princess. The settings come in two metal types, 18k white or yellow gold, and have screw-back posts to keep them securely fastened through an entire wedding day—from the I do's to the dancing.
Price at time of publish: $1,650
Metal Type: 18k white or yellow gold | Diamond Shape: Princess | Color: E-F | Clarity: VS+ | Carat Weight: 1ct
Lightbox Lab-Grown Diamond Halo Earrings
Want a pair of studs with maximum sparkle? With this pair of halo earrings, featuring a center stone surrounded by pavé lab-grown diamonds and a hidden 14k white gold setting, your lobes will surely catch the light.
Price at time of publish: $1,200
Metal Type: 14K white gold | Diamond Shape: Round | Stone Color: White, pink, blue | Clarity: VS | Carat Weight: 1-2ct total
With Clarity Flower Natural Halo Diamond Earrings
This pair of studs is romantic and bold, with a halo silhouette surrounding a precision-cut center stone to create a beautiful floral effect. Choose your carat size and have them set in either 14k white or yellow gold.
Price at time of publish: $970
Metal Type: 14K yellow or white gold | Diamond Shape: Round | Color: I | Clarity: SI | Carat Weight: 0.78ct, 1.53ct
Brilliant Earth Certified Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings
The contrast between the round lab-grown diamonds and the gentle rose gold basket settings—also available in white or yellow gold and platinum—gives these studs a warm and charming effect.
Price at time of publish: $1,490
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K yellow, white, or rose gold | Diamond Shape: Round | Color: H/I | Clarity: SI | Carat Weight: 0.5ct, 1ct
Consider the Wildflowers Classic Lab Grown Diamond Stud Earrings
Something old, something new. These studs combine a classic round brilliant diamond shape with a modern, 3-prong martini setting for a subtle twist on traditional studs.
Price at time of publish: $727
Metal Type: 14K white or yellow gold | Diamond Shape: Round | Carat Weight: Approx. 0.5ct, 0.92ct, 1.68ct
Helzberg Light Heart Lab Grown Diamond Bar Stud Earring
Each earring features five round brilliant cut lab-grown diamonds stacked in a vertical 14k white gold setting, creating a slightly unexpected pattern and a lot of sparkle and shine.
Price at time of publish: $300
Metal Type: 14K white gold | Diamond Shape: Brilliant | Color: I+ | Clarity: SI2+ | Carat Weight: 0.25ct
Mia Donna Lab-Grown Diamond Bezel Stud Earrings
Metal and mineral share the limelight in these bezel-set lab-grown diamond studs. Choose from two carat sizes and three 14k gold setting finishes.
Price at time of publish: $730
Metal Type: 14K recycled white, yellow, or rose gold | Diamond Shape: Round | Color: G/H | Clarity: SI | Carat Weight: 0.5ct, 1ct
Kimaï Duo Stud
Double the lab-created diamonds, and you double the shine. Set in recycled 18k yellow, white, or rose gold, this duo stud combines one pear shape and one round diamond for a dynamic look.
Metal Type: 18K recycled yellow, white, or rose gold | Diamond Shape: Brilliant | Color: DEF | Clarity: VS+ | Carat Weight: 0.35ct total
James Allen Three Prong Martini Lab Created Diamond Stud Earrings
With a cone-like profile that resembles a martini glass, this three-prong setting keeps the diamonds sitting flush with the earlobes, making them a comfortable option.
Price at time of publish: $520
Metal Type: 14K yellow or white gold | Diamond Shape: Round brilliant | Color:
F-G | Clarity: VS2-SI1 | Carat Weight: 0.25ct, 0.5ct, 0.6ct, 0.75ct, 0.9ct, 1ct, 1.25ct, 1.5ct, 2ct
Grown Brilliance Emerald Cut Lab Grown Diamond Solitaire Stud Earrings
These emerald-cut stunners have an art deco appeal. The friction posts cling to the backing, keeping them secure even as you dance the night away.
Price at time of publish: $495
Metal Type: 14K yellow, white, or rose gold | Diamond Shape: Princess cut | Color: E-F | Clarity: VS2+ | Carat Weight: 0.5ct, 1ct, 1.5ct, 2ct, 3ct, 4ct, 5ct, 6ct
Ritani Round Cut Four-Prong Lab Diamond Stud Earrings
These classic round-cut stunners feature a solid four-prong setting construction. Choose from either a push-back or a screw-back post.
Price at time of publish: $310
Metal Type: 14K/18k white gold, 18k yellow gold, platinum, | Diamond Shape: Round | Color: G-H | Clarity: VS2 | Carat Weight: 0.25ct, 0.5ct, .75ct, 1ct, 1.5ct, 2ct, 2.5ct
Stay Tuned for Testing
While shopping for fine jewelry online is more affordable and convenient than ever, all jewelry brands are not created equal. In the coming months, our panel of gemologists and jewelry experts will see how lab-created diamond jewelry from the most popular retailers stacks up in The Lab, our Manhattan-based testing space. We'll evaluate the diamonds' quality—including cut, color, and clarity—and the materials used for settings and embellishments.
What to Look For in Lab-Grown Diamond Stud Earrings
Color, Cut, Clarity, Carat
Since Lab-grown diamonds share the same optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds, they are graded on the same scale of cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. Most of the rings on our list, including the VRAI pear-shaped studs, have a clarity rating of VS-VS2, which classifies the diamonds as "very slightly included."
Any diamond you buy should come with the proper paperwork, including certification, information on the cut, clarity, weight, and other pertinent details. Some of the picks on our list—like the Italic Dalton studs—come with a warranty covering materials and craftsmanship defects.
Solitaire and circular-cut diamonds allow the most light to shine from all angles. A prong setting also provides maximum sparkle and a solid base to hold the diamond in place. Like the ones we picked from Lightbox Lab, halo-style studs include an outer ring of pavé stones for a dazzling effect.
Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Real?
Yes! Though lab-grown diamonds are created in a laboratory, they are chemically identical to natural diamonds. "Lab-grown diamond technology has gotten so good that most jewelers can't tell the difference between a lab-grown and mined diamond using the naked eye," says Rosen. The one thing that sets them apart is the rarity of a mined stone. The value of a natural diamond can increase over time because there is only a finite amount of them.
Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Cheaper?
Yes. In most cases, you can expect lab-created diamonds to cost far less than natural diamonds—but lab-created doesn't mean cheap. Generally speaking, lab-grown diamond jewelry is 30 percent less expensive to source than a natural stone. The price depends on factors like the size and quality of the lab-grown diamond and the type of setting. You can expect to pay between $300-$800 for studs with smaller stones and upwards of $1,000-10,000 (or more!) for larger ones.
Are Lab-Grown Diamonds More Durable?
Since they are identical to natural diamonds, lab-grown diamonds are also among the most durable substances on the planet. Still, all diamond jewelry requires regular cleaning and maintenance. To keep your lab-grown diamond studs sparkling, you can follow the same basic steps you use to clean your engagement ring.
How Do You Choose Earrings to Wear on Your Wedding Day?
Unless you want your wedding day look to go in a distinctly bold direction, you'll want to choose a pair of earrings that enhance your appearance without taking over your look. Naturally, a set of sparkly studs falls into this category perfectly. Other options include small, dainty hoops or something vintage-inspired like pearl earrings.
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