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Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs And a Diamond Pendant on a 3k Budget

By Mike Fried,

I’m interested in purchasing a pair of 1tcw diamond earrings from Blue Nile. Originally I was looking at higher clarity (VS1/VS2) but after reading your diamond earring guide I am now considering a SI1 clarity pair of diamond stones. Are there any stones that you would recommend?

I found this pair that I thought would be a fantastic choice for you:
Blue Nile LD11361475
Blue Nile LD13188400

The color grade I looks absolutely colorless and the diamonds will be eye-clean despite their lower clarity grades. They are a perfect fit and would look amazing as earrings.

You can choose the setting here:
Build Your Own Earrings

Thank you! I have purchased the pair you recommended for my new earrings. Can’t wait to see how sparkly they are!

That’s great news! I’m glad you liked that pair so much, the diamonds were excellent options.

I am also interested in a diamond solitaire pendant. For this I am thinking I would want to go higher in quality than the earrings, probably a VS1 or VS2? I am thinking around .75 to .80 ctw. These are what I saw but not sure if they are cloudy or would have the nice sparkle I am looking for. Can you let me know what you think of these or if there are better stones you would recommend?

Blue Nile LD13373650
Blue Nile LD13583134

The first J-color diamond (0.76ct) is cut a bit too deep. It’s better to keep the depth % closer to 61.5 and it should never exceed 62.5. The other one is not bad, but for a pendant, I’d rather go one color grade up to ensure the colorless impression.

Something like this would look fantastic:
Blue Nile LD13631928

Thank you so much!

My pleasure.

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What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
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  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
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