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Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs on a $7k Budget

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Hi. Looking to buy earrings studs for my wife. Budget $7,000. I was thinking 0.8 carat each. F colour, VS1 ideal cut.

For studs, 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/). We recommend getting diamonds with GIA/AGS certs only (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/diamond-certification/). These two are the most consistent and reliable labs.

Have a look at these perfectly matching pairs:
Blue Nile LD12834471
Blue Nile LD12760429

Blue Nile LD13061738
Blue Nile LD12856350

If you’re looking for a truly spectacular diamond, Brian Gavin Diamonds is the way to go. Brian Gavin is known as one of the world’s experts when it comes to perfectly cut diamonds (https://www.diamonds.pro/reviews/brian-gavin/). They focus on each aspect of the stone, therefore, all their diamonds are extremely brilliant.

Here is a perfect pair:
www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.721-i-vs2-round-diamond-ags-104104723054?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/0.722-i-vs1-round-diamond-ags-104104723053?a_aid=dmnd1357

The first pair could be good to me. Would be possible to see photo with idealscope? Why are the Brian Gavin diamonds “truly spectacular”?

I don’t think BN provides ideal scope images. But you can ask them.

Brian Gavin is a fantastic company, we’ve secret shopped them many times and had great experiences both with their products and customer service. They focus on extraordinary brilliant diamonds and you can be sure that you get the best of diamonds purchasing from them. Not only do these conform to the strictest of cut parameters, but Brian himself selects them for optimal brilliance. BGD is a niche market for people who want extremely brilliant diamonds. It’s worth paying the premium if that is what you’re looking for. You can read reviews about them as well.

Will make the purchase tomorrow, thank you for the options.

You’re very welcome.

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