“Would Like Your Advice On Diamond Stud Earrings But How Does Your Service Work?”
Hi, Liz, I would like to ask your advice to buy diamond stud earrings online. I studied you web site, but I did not quite understand how you are compensated for your services. Could you please explain how your service works?
Thank you in advance,
I am compensated through affiliate partnerships I have developed through select diamond retailers and vendors. There are many jewelry affiliate programs available online, however I prefer to work with only the best diamond vendors that are known for their ethical selling practices not to mention the quality of their diamonds and jewelry craftsmanship. I am also compensated through a flat rate fee paid directly to me should a client require a thorough and detailed analysis of many diamonds or have very discriminating taste. There is no additional cost to you as a buyer in seeking advice or assistance from me from any of my recommended vendors.
I hope this answers your question. I am happy to help you find a pair of matched diamond stud earrings online. What may I ask is your overall budget and what requirements did you prefer to stick with as a preliminary search?
Hi, Liz, thanks a lot for your answer. I am in the service industry myself, so I appreciate it that we all need to be fairly compensated.
I don’t need anything extensive or complicated at all in a way of comparing many stones, nothing of that kind. I am looking for a long lasting present for my daughter who turns 16 on January 6 (the family plan is to follow up with a diamond ring two years later on her 18th). Our budget is such that I would like not to exceed $2.5k. I will appreciate professional help in selecting the best quality matching diamond stud earrings for that budget. Round cut, I suppose, hopefully, more surface.
Thank you for responding to me in Sunday, much appreciated!
Not a problem. I understand as I would be asking myself the same thing if I were you. 🙂
That is a lovely gift idea. With that budget you can get just under 1.00ctw for a matched pair. The perfect size that is not too small or too large.
Here is what I recommend:
Normally I don’t recommend such a high color grade for stud earrings, however because of the size of these diamonds in relation to other near-colorless diamonds available, the cost difference is negligible. Therefore, I recommend this stunning pair for $2,212.00.
Both diamonds are D in color, the highest colorless grade you can get. The clarity is SI1 and they are both eye-clean. The most important characteristic however is their cut grade. Both diamonds are graded triple 0 ideal by AGS, (ideal light performance, polish and symmetry). This guarantees a diamond that maximizes light reflection and brilliance. You also get the added bonus of excellent contrast with the optical symmetry of the hearts and arrows patterning.
This would be my top pick for you. Both diamonds are individually graded by AGS and you can therefore open an insurance policy out for their exact specifications should one become lost, damaged, etc. Brian Gavin also has various different setting styles to choose from; the most popular being the martini setting for an additional $175.00: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond-earrings/studs/classic-martini-earrings-14k-white-gold-5386w14
If you were curious as to what option would bring you the absolute ‘best bang for your buck’ matched pair combination, it would be this pair: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond_pair_comparisions/compared_diamond_details/CAGS-104068594055/CAGS-104068594062
But again, at $400 difference, in my opinion it is worth it to upgrade to the colorless diamond. In larger carat weight stones, the cost difference would be far greater for such a large difference in color grade. Since we are dealing with less than half a carat, we see that the cost difference is negligible. However, I’ll leave that up to you as you may like to use that $400 for something else!
Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions.
Thank you very much for the suggestion. That is very helpful in narrowing down the selection. I hope to make a selection today or tomorrow. Here are a couple of follow up questions.
If I bump up the clarity grade to at least VS (as opposed to SI), with all other parameters being the same as in your first link, what would be the price difference and is that price difference worth the “upgrade”? I can go +/- a bit around the budget maybe up to $2.5k to get the best quality deal. Is it better to increase the carat count for a slightly larger price, or to stay with your already suggested carat size and increase the clarity grade?
One more question is the following – if I buy the stones and the martini setting from Brain’s site, I presume the earrings will arrive as earrings, not a lose stones and a setting separately? This is probably a silly question, but I did not find a definite answer at Brian’s site…
Thanks again, I always appreciate people’s expertise.
In all honesty, clarity is only important as long as the stone is eye-clean. Especially with stud earrings or a solitaire pendant (jewelry items that don’t get the up close scrutiny of an engagement ring for example), no one would be able to distinguish a VVS1 vs. an eye-clean SI1; in terms of beauty, there is no visual difference. So to answer your first question, I wouldn’t say it is necessarily worth the upgrade.
Most people want to maximize carat weight (get the biggest diamond they can get without compromising on cut). Another example is this near-colorless pair: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond_pair_comparisions/compared_diamond_details/CAGS-104067855020/CAGS-104068593029
This will give you a total carat weight of 1.047 combined. The diamonds in this pair are in the near-colorless range and even though one is “I” and the other “J” both will appear the same in color. Matched diamond pairs are perfectly fine if they are one color grade difference. Again, the cut in both of these are super-ideal and also exhibit maximum brilliance along with hearts and arrows symmetry. The only compromise here is a lower color grade. As for clarity, both are again eye-clean.
Let me know what you think. I’m happy to keep searching for you, if you wanted to get a specific combination of color and clarity grade.
How Will They Ship My Diamond Stud Earrings And Will They Be Insured?
Thanks! I will think and make a selection out your recommendations today or tomorrow. Should I mention to Brian that you referred me to his store?
The last quick issues:
1. How to they ship? This is an expensive item to ship, not something to be left at the porch I suppose?
2. A very silly question – the earrings will arrive as finished earrings, not as two lose stones and a separate setting?
3. You mentioned insurance – this is not something that is done via Brian’s store, or is it?
Thanks a lot and kind regards,
So sorry I missed your question! Yes, the diamonds will be set into the setting and will be ready to wear, so no worries about that at all. 🙂
They ship via Fed Ex, insured, and will require a signature. All packages are sent to a Fed Ex hold location and you will have to pick up with appropriate identification. This is for your safety.
If you wanted to take out an insurance policy on the earrings, then you could either take out a private insurance policy (for example through Jewelers Mutual or Touchstone Insurance) or as an add-on to your home-owners insurance. You don’t have to, of course, but since it is a high value item it is worth considering.
You may mention my name, but if you purchase online just click one of the links in our email exchange as they have a tracking code that will ensure that I get credit for the referral.
I wish you all the best! Please do keep in touch. It is a big purchase, but rest assured you are purchasing from a family owned business whom I work with regularly. You and your daughter will be very pleased. 🙂
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