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Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs on a $35k Budget

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Hello,

I respectfully seek your assistance.

After many hours, I have arrived at the following two stones on Blue Nile (diamond stud set):

Blue Nile LD09185469-LD09961138

The price is a bit more than I wanted to pay. Further, the amount of needles in Stone 2 is worrisome to me since I’m not sure if that amount of needles compromises the structural integrity of the stone (aka I don’t want it to implode). However, the customer service rep was adamant that the crown angle, table, depth, etc. on these stones are great.

What are your thoughts? Am I overpaying? Do you like what you see in regard to these stones? Do the number of needles in Stone 2 warrant concern?

It’s a lot of money so, an honest opinion would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Those diamonds are beautiful. The inclusions on the second one won’t be visible whatsoever.

Is there a reason for the high color? I would recommend going down to at least G+. https://www.diamonds.pro/education/color/

These diamonds will look equally impressive and you’ll save A LOT.
Blue Nile LD00075089
Blue Nile LD02713883

Thank you for your response.

I’d like F to be my cutoff and found the following pair:
Blue Nile LD09557984-LD09806628

What are your thoughts on them?

That’s a gorgeous pair! I don’t see anything wrong with it. Both diamonds are beautifully cut and will look very bright and brilliant.

I just placed the order. Thanks!

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