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by Liza Hartung

If I had my choice, I would get platinum diamond stud earrings. Platinum is the new gold. Out of all of my friends that have been engaged in the past few years, or have received diamond earrings as gifts, the settings have always been platinum. Perhaps it is the clean beauty of this metal that makes it so attractive. Maybe it is because it is the strongest precious metal in jewelry making.

Platinum boasts a weight of almost two times that of gold. People can tend to equate weight with value. This makes yet another case for the popularity of platinum. However, platinum can bring out the yellow tint in diamonds that are further down the color scale. Some people like the warm glow of a yellow diamond. Traditionally, though, colorless is thought of as the best. Out of D through Z, stay with a color rating of I or better with platinum. Your diamond will appear colorless.

People with fairer skin might want to choose Platinum Diamond Stud Earrings over gold, as platinum tends to compliment lighter skin tones. It is important to know, however, that platinum is the more expensive of the precious metals. Every year, there is about 160 tons of platinum mined from specific regions of the world. That may seem like a lot, but it pales to the 1,500 tons of gold each year.

Setting Your Platinum Diamond Stud Earrings
With platinum diamond stud earrings, you only have a few choices of settings. The first one is the prong or claw. It consists of four or six prongs that hold the diamond in place. This is generally the most desirable because it allows the most amount of light to pass through the diamond, thus making it sparkle. Alternatively, you might want to show off the platinum and use a bezel setting. This is when the metal is wrapped around the diamond.

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