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Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs on a 4k Budget

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Hello,

Checking out getting a pair of diamond studs, good quality around 3/4ct each and under $2k and ran into your contact info – I need some advise.

Have you found a pair yet or are you looking for info now?

I’m checking Blue Nile for earrings with platinum baskets and diamonds that are VS2-VS1 and faint in color and very good to good cut around 1ct each – any advise?

I’m afraid that it’s not possible to find 2ctw earrings for less than 2k. The cost of one 1ct round is at least 3k. If you get ~~0.70ct each, you’ll pay over 2k total as well. Any chance you would want something smaller?

So what would I expect to pay for a pair of VS2 – SI, faint color, good cut, .8ct?

That would cost around $4,000. See an example here:

Blue Nile LD12304697
Blue Nile LD12792358

Four-Prong Earrings

Does this come with authentication, certificate #’s, appraisal etc – whatever authenticates their value etc?

You’ll receive GIA certificate for each diamond, plus an appraisal with the value for the whole set I believe. If you contact Blue Nile, they will definitely be able to tell you more.

I have my last questions:

1/ Do I purchase this through you or Blue Nile?
2/ Can I use credit card?
3/ How long to get merchandise after I pay?
4/ How do I know that you are legit? (sorry I have to ask – so many scams these days).

1. You purchase directly from Blue Nile. You don’t do anything through us.

2. I don’t know why you couldn’t use a credit card. But if you contact Blue Nile directly, they will give you all the info about paying and shipping.

3. The shipping period depends on the diamonds you pick and how busy Blue Nile is at that moment. You can also check out the diamonds you’re interested in and on the right side of the page, there is a delivery note.

As for me being legit, not sure how I can prove that. However, you’re not paying anything to us, we’re just giving you advice and trying to find the best options for you. You can scour our website and check our review on www.ivouch.com and see what other people said about us.

Thank you so much for your complete and prompt response – I really appreciate your help.

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