Shopping for the right diamond for your child’s earring? Youth earrings are popular both as a right of passage for young children and as a beautiful gift that will last for years to come.
The only problem is that many parents do not know how to choose the right diamond carat weight for their little one’s ears.
Things to Consider
Before buying earrings for your child, there are some things you should note:
- The Size of His/Her Earlobe – Obviously, there is a big difference in size between a one-year old baby’s earlobes and a 5 year-old child’s earlobes. You don’t want to put a diamond on your baby’s ear that looks too large or is too heavy to be comfortable. For the most part, if your child is a toddler, do not go above a 0.36 ct. diamond stud.
- The Four C’s – Even though the diamond studs for your baby will be small, it is still good to analyze the diamond for cut, color, clarity, and carat weight in order to ensure you’re receiving the best quality and value with the diamonds for the amount that you pay.
- Screw Back Earrings Are Highly Recommended – Screw back earrings are made with threaded posts that allow you to screw the backing onto the earring. The benefit of these is that they are essentially impossible for a child to remove. No need to worry about a choking hazard! Make sure to get covered screw backs, which means the post does not come through and poke the back of your child’s head while sleeping.
- Metal Allergies – Contact dermatitis spurred by a nickel allergy can cause dry rashes or irritated skin and can be quite painful. To avoid inflicting your child with a metal allergy, make sure to buy only surgical grade stainless steel or platinum posts. If you use gold, make sure it is the highest quality 18K gold, although surgical grade stainless steel is superior.
Most Popular Diamond Carat Weights For Children
These are the most common diamond carat weight options for youth earrings:
- 0.10 ct. – 0.14 ct. – (Babies and Toddlers)
- 0.16 ct. – 0.36 ct. – (Toddlers and Children)
- 0.37 – 0.68 ct. – (Children and Teens)
Going any larger than ½ a carat diamond studs for a young child will most likely look too large and overbearing for the earlobes. Also, larger diamond carat weights are heavier and harder to wear daily, so it is much easier for young ones to leave in their smaller carat diamonds.
- Prong Stud – The basic prong stud is the most common and popular style. Prongs hold diamonds in place, especially smaller diamonds. However, sometimes prongs can snag on certain fabrics.
- Bezel Stud – Bezel set studs encircle the diamonds entirely in metal, creating a clean and highly wearable earring. These are highly recommended because they rarely snag on fabric, although they may be more expensive.
- Charm Diamond – Many baby earrings feature cute metal shapes with diamond accents. For instance, a silver heart or shamrock with a diamond in the middle.
- Heart Shaped – Heart shaped diamonds are very popular for toddlers. Have a professional jeweler help you choose the best size and stud to complement a heart shaped diamond.
- Birthstones – You don’t have to limit your gems to diamonds. Birthstones like emeralds and sapphires also make great accessories for your kid’s ears.
Now that you know a little bit about diamond carat weight for children’s earrings, start shopping online today!