Costco Diamonds Review – How do they compare with Blue Nile?

I am new to researching diamonds. I was looking at costco, and blue nile. I like 1-1.5. I think we have a budget of 8g. But might be able to go up a little more than that. I want a good diamond. I like the pave petite round. I think that is the name. Is this price range possible? Here are a few I like at costco right now. — Tina G.

The diamonds from COSTCO referenced below were selected by the client who initiated the request for this review. As with every diamond that I write about, they will be considered on the basis of my selection criteria as outlined in the article 15 Seconds to Diamond Buying Success. It is important to realize that there is only so much that you can tell about a diamond “by the numbers” and that is why I strongly recommend only considering diamonds which are unmounted.

The advantage to buying a loose diamond is that it can be evaluated using the various reflector scopes that are designed to provide insight into the cut quality of the diamond, beyond the basics of proportions, polish and symmetry. The ASET Scope is designed to determine how the diamond is making use of the light that is available to it from within the room, as well as demonstrate how evenly light is being distributed throughout the diamond. The Ideal Scope enables us to determine whether the diamond is leaking light, and to what extent. The Hearts and Arrows Scope enables us to judge the optical precision of the diamond, which will have a direct impact upon the size and intensity of the sparkle.

Unfortunately vendors like Costco, and the majority of online diamond dealers do not provide reflector scope images for the diamonds that they sell, however there are a few diamond dealers like Brian Gavin Diamonds, who provide clarity photographs, high resolution video, and reflector scope images for the diamonds in their inventory.

Costco Diamond Review: GIA #5123030941

IGI Value: $24,800
Metal: 950 Platinum
Center Diamond Shape: Round Brilliant
Diamond Weight: 1.13 ct
Total Diamond Weight: 1.55 ctw
Center Diamond Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included ( VVS2 )
Center Diamond Color: Near Colorless ( G )
Center Diamond Cut: Excellent

I looked up the details for the diamond grading report numbers provided using the GIA Report Check feature which is available on their web site. According to the GIA, the details of report #5123030941 are as follows: it has a total depth of 59.3% with a table diameter of 59% and a crown angle of 32.5 degrees (!) which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet. The overall cut grade is GIA Excellent and this has a tendency to lead people to believe that the diamond is going to exhibit a high volume of light return, however this is not always true.

In this particular instance the light return of the diamond is likely to be very good because of the 40.8 degree pavilion angle, but it will not be comparable to a diamond cut to ideal proportions, such as one which has a 40.8 degree pavilion angle which is offset by a crown angle between 34.3 – 34.9 degrees.

How does the diamond to compare with what I was able to find at Blue Nile? While the crown angle of this 1.13 carat, G-color, VVS-2 clarity, round ideal cut diamond from Blue Nile [LD03782608] is a hint shallower than I prefer, it’s likely to outperform the 1.13 carat referenced from Costco because the offset for crown and pavilion angle are more conducive to light return. According to the GIA this diamond has a total depth of 59.3% with a table diameter of 58% and a crown angle of 34.0 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet. The proportions of this diamond are within the range specified by the AGS Laboratory for their zero ideal cut proportions grade, the proportions of the diamond referenced from Costco are not.

And I don’t know how the IGI calculated it’s value for the diamond from Costco (I assume it’s full blown inflated retail and includes the ring) but this diamond from Blue Nile is currently selling for $11,301 and if you ask me real nice, I might have a coupon for Blue Nile laying around on the desktop of my computer.

All right, so if you’re keeping score, it’s currently Blue Nile: 1 / Costco: 0

Costco Diamond Review: GIA #5126183164

IGI Value: $27,030
Metal: 950 Platinum
Diamond Shape: Round Brilliant Cut
Total Diamond Weight: 1.58 ctw
Center Diamond Weight: 1.26 ct
Center Diamond Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included ( VVS2 )
Center Diamond Color: Near Colorless ( G )
Diamond Cut: Excellent

According to the GIA, the details of report #5126183164 are as follows: it has a total depth of 60.0% with a table diameter of 59% and a crown angle of 33.0 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 41.0 degrees with a medium to slightly thick, faceted girdle and no culet. The overall cut grade is GIA Excellent.

All right, at least the proportions of this diamond fall within the range designated for the zero ideal cut proportions rating from the AGS Laboratory, the crown angle is still shallower than I prefer but that is kind of a good thing because the pavilion angle is slightly steeper than I prefer and they will help to offset each other. This diamond could be a contender if it is faceted to a degree of optical symmetry that enables it to exhibit a high level of contrast.

Unfortunately Tina didn’t provide me with the Costco pricing for the diamonds which she asked me to evaluate, so I have no way of knowing how Blue Nile compares in terms of price, but this 1.27 carat, G-color, VVS-2 clarity, round ideal cut diamond from Blue Nile [LD01150501] is cut just a little tighter in terms of proportions and is currently selling for $14,099.00 it has a total depth of 61% with a table diameter of 57% with a crown angle of 34.5 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 41.0 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet. The odds are that this diamond will exhibit a little more light return and be a little bit brighter because the proportions are just a little better than the option referenced from Costco.

The score is now Blue Nile: 2 / Costco: 0

Costco Diamond Review: GIA #2131719297

IGI Value: $19,610
Metal: 950 Platinum
Diamond Shape: Round Brilliant Cut
Total Diamond Weight: 1.45 ctw
Center Diamond Weight: 1.13 ct
Center Diamond Clarity: Very Very Slightly Included ( VVS2 )
Center Diamond Color: Near Colorless ( H )
Diamond Cut: Excellent

According to the GIA, the details of report #2131719297 are as follows: it has a total depth of 62.1% with a table diameter of 56% and a crown angle of 34.5 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 41.0 degrees with a medium to slightly thick, faceted girdle and no culet. The overall cut grade is GIA Excellent and this isn’t a bad option, the crown angle is a decent offset for the 41.0 degree pavilion angle. The stone has just a little bit more total depth than I prefer, but going to impact the visible diameter of the diamond, not the volume of light return and that is my primary focus.

The best comparison I could find via Blue Nile for this diamond is this 1.12 carat, H-color, VVS-2 clarity, round ideal diamond from Blue Nile [LD03999152] which has a total depth of 61.3% and a table diameter of 57% with a crown angle of 35.0 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 40.6 degrees and a medium to slightly thick, faceted girdle and no culet. The overall cut grade is GIA Excellent and it is currently selling for $8,654.00

The crown angle of this diamond is steeper than I prefer by one tenth of a degree, but it works well with the 40.6 degree pavilion angle which is on the shallower side of my range of preferences which is between 40.6 – 40.9 degrees.

This is where the total depth of the diamonds comes into play… According to the GIA the 1.13 carat from Costco with the total depth of 62.1% has an outside diameter of 6.66 – 6.68, so it has an average outside diameter of 6.67 millimeters. The 1.12 carat from Blue Nile which has a total depth of 61.3% has an outside diameter of 6.68 – 6.72, so it has an average outside diameter of 6.70 millimeters and as such faces up just a little larger.

The current score is Blue Nile: 3 / Costco: 0

But of course, you realize that this “game” is rigged, right? After all, Tina provided me with the details for the diamonds which she was considering from Costco first and then all I had to do was search Blue Nile for the best options currently available within their inventory. Laughs.

And believe me, there were plenty of options presented by Blue Nile which also had crown angles of 32.5 degrees and which had other characteristics which caused me not to reference those diamonds in this article… so I guess I cheated! DOH! But hey, when somebody asks me to write a Costco Diamonds Review and provides me with the options that they want evaluated, isn’t it in their best interest for me to try to provide them with better options if those diamonds don’t meet my selection criteria?

You some good advice? Consider dropping down in clarity just a little bit from VVS to say VS-1 or VS-2 where the diamonds will still be “eye clean” and perhaps one color grade, then use the money that you’ll save on clarity to find a diamond with better proportions with a degree of optical symmetry that can be verified as being top notch like this 1.203 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond which exhibits a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows and has an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 as determined on their proprietary light performance grading platform which uses Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology to measure the brightness of the diamond.

UPDATE on Costco Diamonds Review for Tina:

How to Search for Round Ideal Cut Diamonds on Blue NileUpon reading this post, Tina asked me for some recommendations from Blue Nile or Costco for diamonds that meet my selection criteria which are priced up to $12K, so I conducted a search for diamonds on Blue Nile and set the parameters for Cut to Ideal / Signature Ideal; Polish and Symmetry to Excellent / Ideal; the range for Total Depth to between 59 – 61.8% and the Table Diameter to between 53 – 58% as pictured to the left in order to limit the results to options which have the potential to meet the criteria for the zero ideal cut proportions rating. This reduced the number of options to 21, which plummeted down to 3 after crown and pavilion angle measurements were taken into account. The next step is to open up the diamond details page for each option presented in a separate tab in my internet browser, and then open up the diamond grading report to determine whether the crown and pavilion angle measurements are within my preferred range, which is between 34.3 – 34.9 degrees for crown angle, and 40.6 – 40.9 degrees for the pavilion angle, with a girdle between thin to slightly thick, and a culet size of none.

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Blue Nile Diamond Review: 1.28 carat, G, VS-2

Blue Nile Diamond Reviews, Round Ideal GIA 2151795921This 1.28 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, round ideal cut diamond from Blue Nile [LD03885218] has an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent (GIA 3X Cut) with a total depth of 60.3% and a table diameter of 58% with a crown angle of 34.5 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet. The 75% lower girdle facet length, combined with this particular range of crown and pavilion angle, is likely to produce broad spectrum sparkle that is larger in size, and bolder, brighter, and more vivid than it would if they were in the range of 80 – 82% and thus I’m fairly confident that this diamond is going to have a dazzling personality that is bright and sparkly! The proportions are spot-on and the shallower total depth is going to give the diamond great spread (visible outside diameter) that is right up there with any Tolkowsky Ideal Cut Diamond! And if you’re a die hard fan of the Holloway Cut Adviser you’ll find that it scores 1.3 Excellent, even for Light Return, Fire, Scintillation and Spread because of the shallower total depth combined with the crown / pavilion offset.

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However I’d feel better about recommending this diamond if the listing were accompanied by an ASET Scope, Ideal Scope, and Hearts and Arrows Scope image, so that I could judge the degree of optical symmetry, because I’ve seen a lot of GIA Excellent and AGS Ideal-0 cut diamonds with really poor optical symmetry, and that can cost a diamond in the light return department.

By the way, the primary inclusions consist of diamond crystals, needle shaped diamond crystals and small clusters of pinpoint size diamond crystals called clouds, these are essentially just tiny diamonds that were trapped within the larger diamond as it formed and just happen to be my favorite kind of inclusions since they’re just diamond within diamond.

Review of Blue Nile Ideal Cut Diamond: 1.28 carat, G, VS-2

Review for Blue Nile Ideal Cut Diamonds GIA2151770873This other 1.28 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, round ideal cut diamond from Blue Nile [LD03863906] also happens to be cut to what I consider to be the “sweet spot” in terms of proportions, with a crown angle of 34.5 degrees that is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees with a total depth of 61.5% and a table diameter of 55% with a thin to medium, faceted girdle and no culet. This diamond was cut with lower girdle facets measuring 75% which is well within my preferred range of 75 – 78% and thus this is definitely a diamond that I would have brought in for physical evaluation when I was the diamond buyer for Nice Ice, so that I could take the optical precision of the diamond into consideration, using an ASET Scope, Ideal Scope, and Hearts and Arrows viewer.

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Here again, it is not enough that the diamond is cut to the sweet spot of Tolkowsky proportions and scores a 1.3 Excellent on the HCA, evaluating diamonds by the numbers will only get you so far, and this time the diamond only gets Very Good for Spread, which is typical of ideal cut diamonds unless the total depth is around 60.3% which is extremely rare.

The primary inclusions are crystal, cloud, knot, feather, needle with the comment surface graining is not shown (and you won’t see it using a 10x loupe). Note that I generally eliminate diamonds which contain knots as an inclusion type, because a “knot” is an included diamond crystal that breaks the surface of the diamond, and as such, there is always the possibility that it could be knocked out of the diamond with time, leaving an open cavity on the surface of the diamond in its place.

1.29 carat, G, VS-1, GIA 3X Blue Nile Diamond Review:

GIA 3X Round Ideal Cut Diamond Review Blue Nile, GIA 2166650101The proportions of this 1.29 carat, G-color, VS-1 clarity, round ideal cut diamond from Blue Nile [LD03993740] are just a little beyond my preferred range because the crown angle is only 34.0 degrees, but it is worthy of consideration because the 40.8 degree pavilion angle is going to produce a lot of light and the slightly shallow crown angle will result in a lot of brilliance (white sparkle) but perhaps a little less dispersion (colored sparkle, fire) which might appeal to you depending on your personal preferences for how a diamond looks.

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This one scores 1.0 Excellent on the HCA and a lot of people will therefore assume that this diamond must automatically be better than the other two options from Blue Nile which scored 1.3 Excellent but it doesn’t necessarily work like that because the HCA is intended to be used as a diamond elimination tool and not a diamond selection tool. This is because there is no way to judge the optical symmetry of the diamond, or the resulting contrast (which provides depth for our eyes to see definition within the diamond) that is produced by the precision of facet alignment and the consistency of facet shape and size throughout the diamond… but that’s the subject of another article all together.

I’m not going to attempt to weed through the options which might be available on Costco.com because it appears that all of their diamonds are mounted and I have no idea what style of mounting you are interested in, but if you want to provide me with links for specific diamonds or diamond engagement rings featured on their web site which are of interest to you, I will be happy to look over the details provided on the diamond grading report and let you know what I think.

Todd Gray
Todd Gray is a professional diamond buyer with 30+ years of trade experience. He loves to teach people how to buy diamonds that exhibit incredible light performance! In addition to writing for Nice Ice, Todd "ghost writes" blogs and educational content for other diamond sites. When Todd isn't chained to a desk, or consulting for the trade, he enjoys Freediving! (that's like scuba diving, but without air tanks)
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15 comments
Christina says January 27, 2015

Hi. I’m helping a family member look for rings and they were looking at this wedding set from Costco (price is right on point for the budget). I did notice that it made no note of the diamond certification (I sent Costco an email and am waiting to hear back). But I’d love to know your thoughts and perhaps recommendations for something similar.Thanks!

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    Todd Gray says January 27, 2015

    Thank you for your inquiry. The problem that I have with the way Costco describes their jewelry online, is that they don’t provide a copy of the diamond grading report for the diamond that will actually be used in the ring; so in this case they indicate that the center stone will be a 0.70 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, round diamond, they don’t even really indicate whether it will be lab graded or not, simply that their team of gemologists inspect every piece of jewelry, blah, blah, blah; so there is no way to provide an accurate comparison, since the proportions of the diamond are unknown; we don’t know whether they are grading by GIA standards, AGSL standards, IGI standards, EGL standards, their own standards, etc.; and we don’t know the overall cut grade of the diamond; or the fluorescence rating; and all of this affects the price of the diamond. In fact, the proportions rating and overall cut grade of a diamond can affect the market price by as much as 60% so this is a rather important thing to know.

    Please send me a copy of the diamond grading report when you get a chance, you can email it to me directly at diamonds[at]niceice.com or post the diamond grading report number here if is graded by the AGSL, GIA, HRD, or IGI and I can look it up for using the report check feature offered on their web site; however I would only accept options graded by AGSL, GIA, or HRD, personally.

    A quick way to compare prices for diamonds graded by the GIA, is to look the diamond up on Enchanted Diamonds by report number; just click on “Diamonds” to open up the search feature; then at the bottom click on “Advanced Options” and then at the bottom of that screen, click on “Search by SKU or Certificate” and then enter only the GIA diamond grading report number; if the diamond is listed in the international MLS, the search will yield a diamond details page, which will score the diamond for cut grade based on proportions, and possibly provide photographs of the diamond.

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Shawn says January 22, 2015

Hello sir, I am in the hunt for a nice diamond and came across your posts. You are a Godsend! Do those search parameters apply to any size round stone? Aside from the range values…what would be the most optimum dimensions that would be the “perfect stone” in your professional opinion? I want the rock to sparkle like nobody’s business…:)

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    Todd Gray says January 22, 2015

    Thank you for the compliment! For a more complete guide to the range of proportions that I recommend for a round brilliant cut diamond, please refer to the article 15 Seconds to Diamond Buying Success, and feel free to take advantage of my Diamond Concierge Service if you would like help selecting a diamond.

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      Shawn says January 22, 2015

      I am not able to find the filter for crown angle and pavilion angle on bluenile’s advanced filter for diamonds….am I missing something?

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        Todd Gray says January 23, 2015

        Blue Nile (and everybody else that I know of) does not offer the ability to filter diamonds by crown and pavilion angle, they only offer the option to limit the search results by total depth and table diameter, which I recommend keeping between 59 – 61.8% total depth for rounds, with a table diameter between 53 – 58%; then you’ll need to open up every one of the diamond details pages, by right clicking on the “more details” tab and clicking “open in new tab” and then visit each page to open and review the diamond grading report; I recommend eliminating all options that do not have a pavilion angle between 40.6 – 40.9 degrees, offset by a crown angle between 34.3 – 34.9 degrees; you can stretch things to 41.0 / 35.0 degrees if no other options are available, but this takes a bit more experience. I’m happy to look at the options for you if you’d like to submit a request via my Diamond Concierge Service, the service costs you nothing (I’m compensated via affiliate agreements with the companies I work with) and the 25+ years experience I have buying diamonds will definitely benefit you…

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          Shawn says January 24, 2015

          Your knowledge is greatly appreciated…I will use that service once I narrow my searches. Thank you!

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Kapil says January 21, 2015

Todd,

I want to buy 3 carat stud earrings for my wife. The one at Costco (link below) is $23K.

http://www.costco.com/.product.923431.html

Is this a good price or should I look for a something similar in Blue Nile.
regards,

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    Todd Gray says January 21, 2015

    The challenge as I see it, is that Costco does not provide any insight as to the cut quality for the three carat total weight diamond earrings sold by Costco, they merely state on the web site that the diamonds are VS-2 clarity and I-color, and that they might be graded by either the GIA or IGI gemological laboratories; and one of those things is not like the other in my personal opinion. This paramount to buying a car online for $23k, and only knowing whether it has two or four doors and the paint color; the running condition of the motor (visual performance) and the condition of the body (proportions, polish, symmetry) is entirely unknown; the description might as well read “two round shiny rocks, polished to sparkle, weighing three carat total weight, graded by this or that gemological laboratory, $23K”.

    Suffice to say that there is room for a great deal of improvement in how Costco markets diamond jewelry online; why doesn’t Costco post diamond grading reports for the pairs of three carat diamond earrings that they offer online? Apparently the diamonds are graded by the GIA or the IGI, so it should not be that much of a challenge; but of course, they’re not selling you a specific pair of earrings, once again, they expect you to buy blind, fork out $23k, and they get to send you any pair of 3 carat t.w. diamond earrings that fits the bill; that might be all right with toilet paper and pens, but it doesn’t work all that well for diamonds as far as I’m concerned.

    Since you mentioned Blue Nile, I ran a search for round ideal cut diamonds on Blue Nile, weighing between 1.50 – 1.60 carats, I-color, VS-2 clarity, with advanced parameters set to only include diamonds with a total depth between 59 – 61.8% and a table diameter between 53 – 58% with an overall cut grade of either GIA Excellent or AGS Ideal; this provided me with twelve options, which I narrowed down to the following two pairs of diamonds for earrings:

    This 1.51 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, round diamond from Blue Nile which measures 7.36 – 7.40 x 4.53 mm, paired up with this 1.53 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, round diamond from Blue Nile, which measures 7.37 – 7.40 x 4.56 mm; both diamonds have a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees, which will provide a high volume of light return, which is offset by a crown angle of 35.0 degrees, which will provide a virtual balance of brilliance (white sparkle) and dispersion (colored sparkle) and have an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent. The combined price of the diamonds before the cash / wire transfer discount is $22,133.00 and you can have them set in four prong platinum stud style earrings from Blue Nile for $250.00 and I’m sure that screw-back posts are an available option; thus I’m confident that not only can you beat the price offered by Costco, but you can also buy with the confidence of knowing exactly what you are paying for.

    If you want something a little larger, you can match this 1.56 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, round diamond from Blue Nile, which measures 7.45 – 7.48 x 4.61 mm, up with this 1.58 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, round diamond from Blue Nile, which measures 7.45 – 7.47 x 4.60 mm; both of which have an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent, with a 41.0 degree pavilion angle, which should provide a high volume of light return, and which is offset by a crown angle of 34.5 degrees, which should provide a virtual balance of brilliance and dispersion; the total price of this pair is $23,475.00 before the cash / wire transfer discount, the settings are referenced above.

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Kevin says June 5, 2014

Todd,

can you suggest something similar to this on bluenile?

http://www.costco.com/Three-Stone-Princess-Cut-Diamond-Ring-(2.00-ctw)-Platinum.product.11049018.html

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    Todd Gray says June 5, 2014

    Thank you for your inquiry, the ring which you reference from COSTCO is what is known as a princess three stone trellis style engagement ring, the total weight of the ring is 2.00 carats, with the center stone weighing around 1.00 carats and the two accent diamonds weighing 1.00 carats total weight, or around 0.50 carats each, the listing on COSTCO indicates that the diamonds are I-color, and VS-2 clarity. I used the ring builder feature on Blue Nile to put together this trellis style 3 stone ring with princess cut diamonds, the diamond quality and total carat weight is the same, however I think that the diamond cut quality might be a bit better.

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Dave says April 1, 2014

Hi Todd,

I am planning to buy a 14k white gold hoop earrings from Blue Nile but I am trying to compare it with what Costco has?

http://www.bluenile.com/hoop-earrings-14k-white-gold_21382 – Small hoop earrings 14k from Blue Nile

http://www.costco.com/Round-Polished-Tube-Earrings-14kt-White-Gold.product.11766025.html – hoop earings 14k from Costco

I understand the specifications are different but which do you think is a better buy? I am leaning towards Blue Nile just for the fact that the earring looks better. But on the other hand the diameter of the earring on Costco is obviously better which means more gold. I know this post is not about diamonds but any feedback will be helpful.

Thanks!

Dave

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    Todd Gray says April 8, 2014

    Hi Dave,

    One thing to keep in mind is that the gold weight of a piece of jewelry is not necessarily relative to the size, especially with items like earrings such as these, which are usually made of hollow construction so that they don’t weigh down the ears… therefore it isn’t possible to determine which set of earrings represents a better buy, without knowing the gram weight of each piece, speaking strictly from a perspective of gold weight = market value; however in truth the value is relative, best based upon which pair of earrings appeals to your personal sense of style.

    P.S. I realize that I responded to this via email, but thought that other people would benefit from the response. All the best!

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Tina g says January 17, 2014

The 1.58 diamond was priced at 16,000 from costco.

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    Todd Gray says January 17, 2014

    Thanks for the update Tina! All right, so the ring from Costco which contains the 1.26 carat, G-color, VVS-2 clarity, GIA 3X cut diamond [GIA #5126183164] and an additional 0.32 carats total weight of accent diamonds, for a combined total diamond weight of 1.58 carats is priced at $16,000.00 and if we look at the option which I found from Blue Nile which is priced at about $14,100.00 it’s reasonable to assume that the difference in price is partially due to the cost of the setting, which can vary in price depending on the ring style, alloy type, metal weight, shape of accent diamonds, number of accent diamonds, quality of the accent diamonds, etc. For instance, I found this Princess Cut Channel Setting in 14k white gold from Blue Nile with a half carat total weight of accent diamonds for $1,480.00 the color of the accent diamonds is I-color, but the clarity is only SI-2; and then there is this Halo Setting from Blue Nile which is an extremely popular ring style right now, which features a half carat total weight of round diamonds of the same quality which is selling for $1,750.00 or you can choose something higher in overall production quality, that is custom made to order like this which has a significantly higher carat weight of 0.75 carats in a higher clarity of VS and a higher color range of F/G and sells for $3,260.00 which makes since because it’s essentially twice the diamond weight and higher in quality ~ the point that I’m trying to make is that the price of a setting is based on a series of minute details that factor into the final price of the setting… so the setting from Brian Gavin is not “more expensive” it is simply a different setting, comprised of different components. If a less expensive setting is desired, simply select one with a different carat weight, such as this Fishtail Pave setting from Brian Gavin which has a total weight of 0.42 carats of F/G color, VS clarity, accent diamonds and is priced at only $2,100.00

    Keep in mind that a lot of retail jewelry stores and companies like Costco like to “bundle” diamonds and engagement rings into individual units of sale which are priced as a unit, I prefer to shop for diamond engagement rings by individual component, beginning with the diamond and then the ring which provides me with better control over the quality of the diamonds contained in the ring, but also gives me a better idea of exactly what I’m paying for what…

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