Black onyx stud earrings are a favorite among jewelers. The beauty of the stone alone is breath taking, but combined with its hardness and ability to blend and contrast with other metals, they are very widely used. Black onyx stud earrings are making a comeback nowadays, and have been making huge waves in the fashion world.
According to a census by the United States Census Bureau, by December of 2009, 6.802 bilion human beings inhabit this planet. China and India hold most of the population, and the rest are spread all over the glove. All in all, that's about 1500 different culture groups around the world. Every culture is different, but they all have something in common: they all use stud earrings. Stud earrings are the most widely used design of earrings all over the world. From indigenous people, corporate types, teenagers, babies to rock stars – everyone has stud earrings. There was a time when stud earrings were used solely by women. The late sixties and seventies played a part in making stud earrings useable and wearable by both men and women.
Polished black onyx can be fitted into any stud earring. Perfectly round or oval ones are the most popular, but they come in a lot of other cuts like teardrop, square, triangle, and pear. Usually, a black onyx stud for a girl would be 3 mm in diameter. However, this is not the only size available. Some measure 6-9 mm, and are medium sized. These black onyx stud earrings are usually eye catchers. However, for those who really want to make a statement, 100 mm black onyx studs are recommended. Just be careful as they tend to be heavier and can stress the holes in the ears. It's not recommended for young children to wear big studs, as their earlobes are too small.
Traditionally, the fittings for black onyx stud earrings are in either 14 or 18 k yellow gold. However, other popular settings like white gold and sterling silver are also commonly used as an alternative. Because black onyx is very versatile, and is quite hard, with its deep black colors, a lot of metals complement this stone.
Stainless steel is a cheap alternative to the precious metal varieties. It is non-corrosive, so the black onyx won't be damaged. This is a common metal for men who want a simple look with clean lines. Another alternative, titanium, is the ‘space-metal' that enables those who have sensitive skin, as the metal is hypo-allergenic. Meanwhile, a pair of onyx stud earrings set in platinum will really look elegant and interesting.
While dangling and hoop earrings are usually only used by women, men use flesh tunnel earrings. Stud earrings in general are androgynous, and can work for both men and women. While some men are a little hesitant to try studs set with other gemstones, with black onyx is simple enough to pair with anything. For women, black onyx stud earrings are a great alternative to bulky hoops and dangle earrings.