Diamond Stud Earrings with the best cut quality and visual performance for $25-40k

Hi – I would like to buy a pair of certified diamond earrings, Color – G/H Clarity – VS1/2 Carat – 0.8-1 ctw Cut – as perfect as it can be Will you able to help me on this? My budget is 25k to 40k USD. Thanks — Patty T.

Thank you for your inquiry. Point of clarification: are you looking for (2) diamonds with a combined total weight between 0.80 – 1.00 carats total weight; or (2) diamonds weighing between 0.80 – 1.00 carats each? Because your budget is more than sufficient to accomplish either desire… or is the budget perhaps a typographical error? Because 25-40k can buy some pretty whopping big diamond studs!

For instance, this matched pair of Brian Gavin Signature hearts and arrows diamonds has a combined total weight of 1.105 carats, G-color, VS-1 clarity, with an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 as determined by the American Gem Society Laboratory (AGSL) on their proprietary light performance grading platform which uses Angular Spectrum Evaluation Technology to measure the brightness of the diamonds. Fewer than 1% of all round brilliant cut diamonds produced in the average year qualify for the AGS Ideal-0 cut rating and exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows. The pair is currently selling for $5,088.00 USD with an additional discount available if you pay by cash / wire transfer. Thus if your intention is to find a pair of diamond earrings with a combined total weight of around one carat, your budget is more than adequate.

Save BIG Money buying diamonds just under one carat:

1.821 carats t.w. diamond stud earrings from Brian Gavin, G-color, VS-1 clarityLikewise you could easily afford this matched pair of ninety pointers from Brian Gavin which are G-color, VS-2 clarity, and have a combined total weight of 1.821 carats, and are selling for $13,935.00 with an additional discount available for payment via wire transfer. As with the last pair of diamonds I referenced, both of these diamonds have an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 and exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows. These would look great set in the 14k white gold split four prong stud earrings pictured at the beginning of this article, or the 14k white gold three prong martini style settings pictured to the left, and of course they’re available in 14k yellow gold and platinum.

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There is a price increase which occurs in the price per carat (PPC) of diamonds between the 0.99 – 1.00 carat marks, so this matched pair of Brian Gavin Signature diamonds which are the same G-color, and VS-2 clarity, which have a combined total weight of 2.032 carats costs $19,285.00 and the reality is that it’s going to look pretty much the same as the matched pair of ninety pointers referenced above. With the characteristics of the diamonds and the overall cut quality, and thus the overall volume of light, level of brightness and sparkle factor being the same, the question is whether it’s worth almost $6k to say that the diamonds are two carats total weight.

Getting the biggest diamonds for your budget:

Now if I read the parameters of your budget correctly, there is still some money to spend on this pair of diamond earrings if you want to… with a ceiling of $40k, you could even go with something like this matched pair of Brian Gavin Signature diamonds which have a combined total weight of 3.025 carats! The overall cut quality is identical to the other pairs of diamonds which we’ve discussed thus far, so they are going to look absolutely stunning up in your ears!

Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond earrings:

Thus far we’ve only discussed the options available within round brilliant ideal cut diamonds from the Brian Gavin Signature collection which feature an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 and exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows when viewed while unmounted through a special reflector scope which is designed to enable us to judge the optical symmetry of a diamond. However you might also be interested in something even more unique, like a matched pair of Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamonds, which also have an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 and exhibit a similar pattern of hearts and arrows.

Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond stud earringsFor instance, you might like this matched pair of Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamonds which has a combined total weight of 3.393 carats, which are also VS in clarity and G in color and selling for $40,795.00 with an available discount for payment via cash / wire transfer. Either of these diamonds would be impressive set in an engagement ring individually, but they are sure to make a statement as diamond stud earrings!

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BGD Signature Cushion cut diamonds are different from other cushion cut diamonds with an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 and GIA Excellent because they are cut with a facet structure which is unique to Brian Gavin and patented. The facet design is optimized to deliver the highest level of light return and brightness, while delivering a level of brilliance, dispersion and scintillation which is comparable to a round brilliant ideal cut diamond… I have had the opportunity to personally evaluate several Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamonds and compare them to his round brilliant ideal cut diamonds and I find both shapes to be equally impressive.

I hope that this selection of diamonds meets your expectations and provides you with the options you are looking for, but feel free to contact me if you have further questions and/or would like to fine tune the details of your diamond quest based upon the information provided.

Diamond Quest Update – Price Correction:

Hi Todd

Thanks for your prompt reply and sorry for my mistake on the budget. I would to have 2 diamonds with a combined total weight between 0.80 to 1.00 carats total weight and anything bigger than that are to big for me. My budget is actually between 2.5k to 4k USD, so the ones you’ve suggested are over budget for me.

I’ve been searching on the following websites:

But there are so many options there, and I just don’t know what to do. Thank you so much for your professional advice in advance! — Patty T.

Since you indicated that you are looking for the best cut quality possible, I think that this matched pair of G-color, VS-2 clarity, rounds from Brian Gavin is your best bet at the moment, they are well matched for outside diameter, the proportions are great, and they exhibit a crisp and complete pattern of hearts and arrows which is a clear indication of their superior cut quality!

I also conducted a search for matched pairs on James Allen using my preferred range of criteria for total depth, table diameter, polish, symmetry, etc., which narrows down the field of possibilities by eliminating diamonds which are cut too deep or with table diameters which are too broad… Note to other people reading this post who are searching for diamond earrings, you can search using the link provided above and simply adjust the range for color and clarity to suit your preferences.

Diamond Stud Earrings from James Allen:

This search for matched pairs of diamond stud earrings on James Allen produced two results:

(2) round ideal cut diamonds weighing 1.09 carats t.w., G-color, VS-2 clarity, with an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent but one diamond has a crown angle of 34.0 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees, which is a good combination in terms of producing great light return and sparkle; but the other diamond has a crown angle of 34.0 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 41.2 degrees and that is simply too steep of a pavilion angle to produce the type of light return that I’m looking for in an ideal cut diamond.

(2) round ideal cut diamonds weighing 1.04 carats t.w., G-color, VS-2 clarity, with an overall cut grade of GIA Excellent, but one of the diamonds has a crown angle of 35.5 degrees offset by a pavilion angle of 41.2 degrees, both of which are too steep to actually be a good offset for each other; and the other diamond is fantastic with a crown angle of 34.5 degrees which is offset by a pavilion angle of 40.8 degrees. I’m not exactly sure how the search engine at James Allen works in terms of how it matches diamonds up, but this seems completely whacked to me… I’d never match these two diamonds up for earrings, but the 0.51 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, GIA 3X Diamond from James Allen would be great on it’s own and meets my selection criteria, so maybe it would make a great pendant or center stone for an engagement ring!

Diamond Stud Earrings from Blue Nile:

The Build Your Own Earrings feature on Blue Nile is the easiest way to search for matched pairs of diamonds on Blue Nile, start by selecting the diamonds, then the settings, then complete your order. I use the “advanced criteria” option to limit the range for total depth between 59 – 61.8% and the table diameter to between 53 – 58% with polish / symmetry of Excellent / Ideal; and then flip through each lab report individually to eliminate the options which do not have crown / pavilion angle offsets which meet my selection criteria. But since you’re looking for the absolute best cut quality, I’m not going to bother because I feel that the vendors which offer the best diamond cut quality on a consistent basis are Brian Gavin, High Performance Diamonds, and James Allen. Blue Nile and Ritani offer some pretty nice ideal cut diamonds, but there is a lot more variance in the overall cut quality of their GIA Excellent and AGS Ideal-0 cut diamonds and the format that search results are presented is clunky and difficult to navigate, so I tend to use them as last resorts because it takes me far too long to weed through the options presented to find the few diamonds that begin to meet my selection criteria.

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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Professional diamond buyer with 30+ years trade experience in the niche of super ideal cut diamonds. In my free time, I enjoy freediving & photography.
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