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Looking To Buy 2 Pairs Of Diamond Stud Earrings - 400 To 600$ Each Pair

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Hello.

 

I'm a first time diamond buyer.

 

I'm in the process of buying 2 pairs of Diamond stud earring. One is for my mom and another is for my sister. My budget is 400 to 600 $ each. I'm based in the US.

 

I read through the tutorial, which was very helpful for a novice btw, and have come up with some broad guidelines for myself. These are below.

 

These are my broad assumptions.

Cut for round brilliant cut/princess cut - Very Good or Good

Color - always > K - i.e D,E,F,G,H,I,J - Nothing Else, Most Probably end up with F,G,H,I,J

Clarity - always > I1 - i.e FL, IF, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, Most Probably end up with VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2

Carat - 0 - 0.75

 

 

I'm focusing on yellow gold since these are small diamonds and as i understand yellow backing 'pops' them better.

 

 

Based on these guidelines i have narrowed down some of the selection available online to the ones that i'm interested in. These are the links to the shortlisted.

 

http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-earrings-gold_2302?track=po

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamond-studs/earrings/item_426-7714.asp

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamond-studs/preset/earrings/item_76-7885.asp

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamond-studs/preset/earrings/item_76-7741.asp

 

Could you please advise on the option with the best value?

 

I'm also open to looking at other options. I'm a little short of time i need to wrap this up in 2 weeks time. Never knew buying diamonds was such a sophisticated affair :blink::).

 

Thanks in advance

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Given your budget, I would advise you to get studs, not dangles. A 15 points round is going to be about 3 mm across, and I think that is too small for a dangle; a princess cut of the same weight is going to be even smaller. In addition, the look of a dangle depends on the proportion of the ear and the dangle much more than that of a stud, so a stud is a safer bet aesthetically.

 

Round vs. princess - assuming you are getting the same weight, go with rounds. They will look larger, and - personal preference - I like them a lot more.

 

So, for me, it's either the Blue Nile ones (http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-earrings-gold_2302) or these from JA http://www.jamesallen.com/diamond-studs/earrings/item_421-8227.asp

 

I would give the business to Blue NIle, if anything because they are honest in their depiction of what a pair of 1/3 ctw studs will look like. I am sure that JA's product is of equal (or possibly even better) quality, but showing images of what seem to be 1 carat stones (each!) is in my opinion slightly deceptive.

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@AnnaSmith You may have more luck in getting responses if you start your own thread, rather than resurrecting something that is 7 years old...

That aside, yes, jewellery made with precious materials is expensive, but there is no scarcity of things made with cheaper materials; silver and bronze can look very nice, and even gold in small quantity is not all that expensive. CZ is cheap if you want the "diamond look" without the cost (and syntehtic corundum is also cheap if you want ruby or sapphire), but there are plenty of lovely natural stones that don't cost an arm and a leg: all quartzes, tourmaline, garnet and even spinel and sapphire can be affordable. I'm not sure that this helps with your question though: at the end of the day, you are the one wearing it, choose what you like.


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Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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