questionsanyone know a place to get decent diamond stud…

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haven't ordered from it personally, but blue nile seems to be highly recommended. (http://www.bluenile.com)

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2nd the bluenile.com. Ordered a .75 TW diamond stud in round cut a few months back. Completely impressed, beat local jewelers by $300 easy.

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Keep in mind that if you're buying them sight unseen over the internet, make sure the store has a good return policy. Also pay attention to the clarity, in my opinion, you want to stay away from anything that is SI2 or below (SI3, I1, I2, I3). These diamonds typically have very noticeable inclusions and often lack any "fire" whatsoever.

Last Christmas, I bought a pair of diamond stud earrings for my wife from Macy's - one of their "doorbuster" specials. When I went to pick them up at the store, they were the crappiest, most dull looking stones I've ever seen. I got a refund right then and there.

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@olperfesser: Kohls? Really?
No.
Just no.
Kohl's is fine for costume jewelry, but....

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@j5: There is the old adage about trash and treasure, right? Or do the youngsters not do sayings anymore?

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@jsimsace: The OP said "decent" not "serviceable"
Here's an adage that also applies: quality over quantity.
:)

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Yeah i have to second that. Kohls?..."Oh my God, he proposed!" "Oh that's so amazing let me see the ring where did he get it from?" "Kohls! There was a coupon code it came with matching shower curtain!" Kohls is no Jared.

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They had some nice ones at Costco but they were not cheap. I think I would look at a pawn shop but that works best if you know what you are looking at. I probably would not go to Jared's or Kohl's or even really the Jewelry Factory unless I just wanted "fashion" jewelry quality. You might want to consider asking friends/co-workers if they know of a reliable place.

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I realized i was more whiny than useful earlier, but I have found that you get a more accurate price if you choose the stone and setting separately. Most importantly know what you want. Get the stone(s) first in the grade, size, and cut you want, and reputation does matter, as does knowledge. Then get it set locally, unless you want something exceptional, and again reputation does matter. Local jewelers tend to be more attentive to their area customers and cater well to the little changes you will want, without the hassle of mailing back and forth. None the less, if you are going to spend money on luxury get exactly what you want and be cautious of the mass produced.