Stud Earrings – Understanding the Options

Professionally Prepared Stud Earrings

A. The nut is the proper size for the post and fits securely into the locking position.
B. The post is a diameter that will support the earring and is smooth and highly polished.
C. When viewed from the top, there’s no visible metal with the exception of the prongs.
D. Stones are set close to the base of the prong assembly.
E. The prong tips are smooth and flush against the crown of the stones.
F. Stones should be set according to professional prong-setting standards, as outlined in Professional Jeweler, February 1998, pp. 183-184 or in the JA Professional’s Guide to Fine Jewelry Craftsmanship counter book, p. 9.

Potential Problems to Watch for

This post was bent during normal wear. This condition could cause the post to break and the erring to drop off.

This post is too long and will poke the scalp during normal wear.

Lifted or rough prongs will snag in longer hair and be a continuing source of annoyance to your customer.

The prong assembly is too large for the stone, and metal is visible from the top view.

This information is required for second level of the JA® Bench Jeweler Certification™ program.©2002 Jewelers of America
Illustrations by Lainie Mann – Visual Communications
Published in Professional Jeweler. January, 2002 | 800-759-9997 | (fax) 800-616-9997