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Diamonds: She'll pretty much have to.

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Curious that this says 14K gold but the picture looks like it's silver. Is it white gold or is the description wrong?

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Nevermind, I just answered my own question. When you go to their site, it clearly states it's white gold.

I don't know why people like white gold -- it doesn't make sense. It's not as pure because they add either nickel, manganese or palladium to the gold to make it white. And, one out of eight people have an allergic reaction to the nickel in white gold.

So, why not just use stainless steal? It would be much cheaper and about the same color, right?

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@cengland0: I don't have a problem with the white gold but I do have a problem with butterfly backs. Really? No screw on posts? These are diamonds, not fashion jewelry. CZ earrings have butterfly backs. Diamonds should not. It's a detail that people pay attention to.

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@dreamyvelvet: My girlfriend will only wear earrings without a back like a hoop earring. My hope is to eventually find an affordable diamond earring without a back.

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Not saying this is a bad deal, but you should know the diamond clarity is graded at I1-12. The inclusions can be visible to the eye .

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@cengland0: If it's 14k gold, white or yellow, it has the same purity. The difference is in the mix of alloys added to the gold. Yellow gold uses copper in the alloy mix, while white gold does not.

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Remember the 4 C's of diamonds. Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat. Color and carat is clearly listed and is in an acceptable range. However, cut is not listed. A poorly cut diamond refracts light poorly and causes the diamond to loose it's brilliance and shimmer. Clarity is listed as I1-I2. Which stands for obvious "inclusions". These are visible flaws such as foreign debris or a structural imperfection of some kind.

Overall, not a huge deal on a tiny pair of cheap earrings. But becomes much more obvious when you buy larger pairs. Those looking at the 0.70 carat and above studs, take note.

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Has anyone ever bought .50 carat or bigger diamonds from here and had them independently appraised?

Comparing these diamonds to comparable color, cut, clarity, and carat on the web this seems like a great deal, but I would hate to buy from them and have them appraised on my own and find they are much more inferior than listed.

They accept returns in the event that happened, but they charge a 7% restocking fee, which can be pricey depending on the cost.

Any insight would be great, thanks!

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These most likely have butterfly backs because...although they are diamonds these are cheaper than some non-diamond earrings.

Please dont take offense to this but do not worry about appraising them when they are $130. Gold prices are high and mark ups are big in the jewelry business. I dont think you would save much in this price range.

Buy them if your girl will love them otherwise hold off. Depends on your wife/gf's expectations (hopefully are none, I hate when girls have predetermined diamond sizes they want) You have to remember its not about size but quality.

This summer I got my girlfriend diamond studs, bought loose diamond stones and had them mounted at jeweler. The cost of the gold for the earring mount and mounting cost more than these. You have to remember buying online you dont know what the quality it and not all diamonds (even with similar gradings) are created the same.

For $130 - worth the gamble for those interested

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@magic cave: Yes, it's the same color right? I'm not understanding the fascination with white gold. You can't tell it's gold by looking at it. It appears like it's silver so why pay a premium for gold when you could have cheap steal or silver instead?

I can look at yellow gold and tell if it's 24K or not -- It's a very distinctive look. But I couldn't tell the purity if it was white gold.

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@jdgriffin811: Not from this website in particular, but I did buy similar "low grade" 1ct. diamond earrings from another website last year. They were about $600 and they were extremely poor quality. I couldn't even bear to show them to my wife they were that bad. Obvious black inclusions, cloudiness and zero sparkle at all. They went back to the merchant ASAP. I also went to Macy's to check out a "Door Buster" special on a pair of 1ct. diamond solitaires and found them to be of equally poor quality. Even under the bright lights in the store, they were dead stones. In the end, for me it's not worth spending this kind of money on low grade diamonds that have no life or sparkle. Other people may feel differently.

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@cengland0: Few people have ever seen true 24k gold; it's seldom used in jewelery because it's too soft and malleable. The idea that you can't tell the purity of white gold is pretty much inconsesquential, if it's certified as being 14k.

I've never been a fan any expensive stone being set in silver; the incongruence of pricey gem and cheap metal is distasteful. I can barely even comprehend the idea of setting a diamond in steel. Much of the attraction and pleasure of a diamond ring (for many poeple) lies not just in the beauty of the stone but in the value and display of that value to others. Think of Liz Taylor's phenomenal collection of very large pieces of diamond jewelry.

If you think folks should abjure white gold in favor of steel or silver because "the color is the same, why not just buy a CZ instead of a diamond?

By the way, I never wear white gold (I find it unattractive) and the only diamonds I have are small stones used as accents in my jewelry.

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@90mcg112: Exactly as I posted above. These are openly listed as having obvious inclusions. And for those that don't know, the "I" grade is used for heavy inclusions. Very very small (VVS) and very small (VS) are two other clarity categories. So these being rated "I" means the inclusion is reasonably heavy.

Additionally, the diamond cut is often overlooked. When, in fact, it's just as important as any of the other categories. As you stated, the poor diamonds you received had zero sparkle. I've been in your shoes before. It's downright embarrassing.

And I've also checked out a Black Friday "door buster" deal on diamond studs. People were crowding around the case. When I got a chance to see in the case, I didn't even have to ask the sales clerk to see them closer. I said aloud, "Heh. You've got to be kidding me." To which the lady standing next to me said, "They look like quartz." She wasn't exaggerating at all.

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They just posted a Mystery Deal for a penny for any order of $6.99 or more - that's a sweet deal! I am in for one!

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@magic cave: So you find white gold unattractive just like I do.

Regarding 24K gold, my girlfriend does wear a necklace of 24K gold and was wearing matching 24K earrings. Unfortunately, she made me fix her earrings so often that I finally got her a lower grade gold because they are stronger.

I can tell the earrings are shinny compared to the necklace and it drives me nuts. She still likes it and that's all that matters to me.

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@jdgriffin811: All pairs starting at 0.7 ct and above have a certificate from Gemological Laboratory Services included. The 0.25 and 0.3 TDW pairs have an option of buying with a certificate or without.

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Cut is the most important thing to consider when buying diamonds - it's what makes them sparkle...or not.
For my money, I'd never buy a diamond without seeing it first and doing some math on it's geometry to determine how it sparkles. You can actually get significantly outside "ideal" cut and get some diamonds that sparkle extremely well in low light - perfect for earrings that will primarily be worn with evening attire.

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@cengland0: "She still likes it and that's all that matters to me.

You're a wise man [grin].

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Mant times white gold is yellow gold but with a rhodium coating, That is why if you have a white gold ring after time it looses its luster and looks yellow. You just take it to a good jewler and it will look good as new.Rhodium is part of the platinum family(more costly than yellow gold). If you have white gold jewelry you should have it recoated every 18 months to keep looking beautiful. At the size of these earrings unless you are nibbling you will not see inclusion. Or have super sight as your super human power. Great Deal

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I actually just bought some jewelry from them and am in the process of returning it. It came bent and the supposed diamonds weren't in all the places they were supposed to be. The picture on their website looked very different than what came to me. I don't recommend this site.

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Just remember that 1.0 ct means two 0.5 ct stones. Note how they carefully talk of "total" weight. Not a rip off, as this is the traditional way to state the size for earrings, but it is best to know...

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@cengland0: I've never seen 24K gold for jewelry outside of India. I heard it was too soft for typical wear. I have an 18K gold cross that easily bent when I climbed over a wall.