Diamond Query: What is the best way to buy loose diamonds? What are acceptable standards for diamond stud earrings that won’t break the bank? What about certification?


| Anonymous Reader


Hello there! I enjoyed reading your article. Thank you! I'm wondering what your opinion is about sites like: www.jamesallen.com, www.brilliance.com, and www.bluenile.com.

Any preference? So much info out there. What is the best way to buy loose diamonds? What are acceptable standards for diamond stud earrings that won't break the bank? What about certification? Thanks in advance!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

Thank you for your inquiry. I am happy to help! All three sites you mentioned are reputable companies. I prefer James Allen, because of the high definition videos of their diamond inventory. You can clearly see every diamond in these amazing videos.

As for diamond earrings, what total carat weight are you considering? And would you set the diamonds in yellow or white metal? I would only/consider GIA or AGS graded diamonds.

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Hi Sebastian,

Thanks for your response. I would set the diamonds in white gold between .5 and 1 Ct. total. Looking forward to a bit more guidance.

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

I would suggest looking at SI1 and SI2 clarity and H/I or I/J color. And always look at Excellent/ Ideal cut. Once you have selected diamonds pairs email the links to me for my review.

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


What do you think about this pair? https://www.brilliance.com/diamond-search

Thanks!

 

0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

  
0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

The below diamond is a keeper. Great selection! 🙂

 

0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

 

My only slight concern with the below diamond is the large black crystal on the table of the diamond, may be noticeable in certain light and angles.

 

0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

0.80 Carat Round Loose Diamond, I, SI2, Super Ideal, GIA Certified

 

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Thanks so much again, Sebastian! I’ll search for another diamond to pair with the one you called a “keeper” and send it through also, so you can take a quick look.

In terms of pricing, is there some kind of market rate for diamonds or it just varies depending on source, etc.? 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

There are many variables that impact diamond pricing. For one, diamonds are a commodity, so depending on when the retailer procured the diamond directly effects the diamonds retail price.

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Hi Sebastian,

I'm now considering going a little bigger on the diamond studs that I want to buy/ have made. 1.5-2.00 total carats. What color and clarity would you recommend? Thanks!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

I would look at VS2/ SI1 clarity grades and H/I color. 🙂

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


What do you think of these?

 

Brilliance Diamonds

 

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

When selecting matching pairs, make sure the table size is +/- 1%. Also, two of the diamonds you selected have fluorescence.  I just wanted to make you aware.

A diamond with fluorescence can glow blue under strong UV light. Also, medium to strong fluorescence can make a diamond appear hazy. 🙂

 

 

 

Diamond Query: What is the best way to buy loose diamonds? What are acceptable standards for diamond stud earrings that won't break the bank? What about certification?
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Sebastian Naturski loves to write about diamonds and share his knowledge with his readers.
When he is not working on his website he is studying law at Humboldt University of Berlin.
He has taken part in several international law competitions and likes to broaden his horizons.
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