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Q&A: Help Finding a Pair of Round Cut Earrings With a $7,500 Budget

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Hi there,

Thank you so much for all of your incredible information! I am buying diamond stud earrings, looking on Blue Nile. Your content has been so helpful. These pairs:

Blue Nile LD11309199-LD12094236

Blue Nile LD11337149-LD11702671

Blue Nile LD11902422-LD12076072

Any guidance or if there is a different pair you would suggest, I would be so appreciative.

Also, do you have guidance for insurance? I am concerned about protecting our investment and see that many sites offer insurance. I am concerned that these are reputable.

The first two pairs aren’t eye-clean. It’s true that they don’t have to be as clean as diamonds for rings should be, but you can’t overlook it completely.

The last two look better on the screen but looking at the certificates, they won’t be much brilliant because of the huge cloud on one of them and the big knot on the other. Those are inclusions that you should avoid. Plus, the depth and table should be within 1% of each other.

I’d go with these two:

Blue Nile LD10996989

Blue Nile LD11889764

They are a much better pair that will look more brilliant.

Let me know what you think.

As for the insurance, BN offers someone who they trust but I’m not sure how reliable those people are. I only know BN. Or you can go with your own insurance company that you have for a car or home or something.

Thank you so much. I really appreciate your input.

Would you be able to recommend any pairs from James Allen?

One other question. I love the diamonds you selected. How do I order these as a pair of earrings?

I already checked out JA but didn’t find anything comparable. They would be significantly more expensive.

I’m glad you like them. I recommend talking to BN about putting them together as a pair. They have a chat box and will be able to help you get through the ordering process much easier.

I have been working with Blue Nile on the earrings that you selected. They are gorgeous! I believe that my husband will call today and place the order.

Thank you so much for your help.

I’m glad that you decided on those earrings. I’d be happy if you could let me know how you like them when you receive them.

Will do!

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James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is at the point where it's almost the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. Their customer experience is best in class, and they have recently upgraded their non-engagement jewelry inventory as well.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Best-in-class packaging

Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well known internet jewelry seller. They have the industry-leading largest available exclusive online inventory. Their high quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. 
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
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment

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