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Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs on a $12.2k Budget

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My husband would like to “surprise” me with new diamond studs at Christmas. I would love some help.

We are looking for round 1ct each platinum setting. I looked at Blue Nile $12,200 – was wondering if you think this is the best way to go.

Thank you.

For earring studs, we recommend sticking with I+ colored stones (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/stud-earrings/). The diamonds must be within 1% of each other on the table size and the diameter of the diamonds should be the same. Under 1ct, the difference in average diameter should be <0.13mm. Over 1ct, the difference in average diameter should be <0.18mm.

Color and fluorescence of both diamonds need to match.
Clarity-wise, once the stone is eye-clean, it’s eye-clean, no matter if it’s an SI2 or VS1. The actual clarity grade isn’t important (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/clarity/).

Here are my recommendations:
Blue Nile LD11422670
Blue Nile LD11455536

These diamonds are perfectly cut, eye-clean and brilliant.

Three-Prong Martini Earrings
Four-Prong Earrings 

Thank you for your quick and thorough response.

My thought and more??? How much are the videos of the diamonds magnified? Sometimes I saw black flecks, would those be seen with the naked eye?
What is your opinion on the different settings? I am going to go with platinum because I have a strong nickel allergy. I obviously want the diamonds to be secure.

Keep in mind that these videos are extremely magnified, that’s why you can spot some of the inclusions. I don’t think you’ll see any imperfections in person.
As for the setting, it’s a matter of personal taste and preference. Both those setting types are safe. Choose whichever you like more.

Thanks for your help. So next step… I’ll call Blue Nile and place an order.

My pleasure.

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