# Diamond earrings 1 carat

In this post, we will be discussing the diamond earrings 1 carat, diamond earrings 1/2 carat, diamond stud earrings 1/2 carat, princess cut diamond earrings 1/2 carat, and the 1/2 carat diamond earrings princess cut.  Turn on the television during the holiday season, and the odds are that you will be inundated with commercials which promote common sizes of diamond earrings, such as quarter carat diamond earrings, third carat diamond earrings, half carat diamond earrings, and one carat diamond earrings, at specific price points without any reference to color or clarity… and if you don’t listen carefully or manage to read the fine print as it flashes across your television screen, you might not catch that the carat weight of the diamonds being advertised is actually being stated in the form of total carat weight, which is the combined carat weight of the diamonds which comprise the pair of diamond stud earrings… so while the tendency might be to think that the commercial is promoting “one carat diamond earrings” for a certain price, it is actually advertising earrings which are “one carat total weight” which consist of two or more diamonds with a carat weight that add up to about one carat in combined total weight.

## What Does a One Carat Diamond Weigh?

The term “carat” as it applies to diamonds represents a measurement of weight, which is measured in parts equaling one hundred. The easiest way to imagine the concept is to think of the value of one dollar, it is can be divided into one hundred parts, each equal to one penny in value. In the same manner, a one carat diamond consists of 100 parts, each expressed in a measurement of weight referred to as one point. The original method for measuring diamonds was to offset the weight of the diamond with individual carob seeds, with each seed representing one point in carat weight.

Within the diamond industry, diamonds are often described as a fractional representation of carat weight, such as a quarter carat, third of a carat, half a carat, and so on… but the weight might also be expressed in points, such as one point o-three carats, which would be expressed as 1.03 carats, meaning that the diamond weighs one hundred and three points, equaling one hundred and three carob seeds if you will… remember that the carat weight of diamond stud earrings represents the combined total weight of both diamonds used to create the pair.

## Common Sizes of Diamond Stud Earrings:

As stated previously, the carat weight of diamond stud earrings is generally expressed as a fractional representation, such as half carat total weight, three quarters total weight, one carat total weight, and so on… however clearly understanding the differences between the carat weight of diamond stud earrings, as represented in commercial advertisements at this time of year, can be difficult because of allowances for the differences between carat weights as allowed for by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Based upon the description of actual carat weight provided earlier, where a one carat diamond equals one hundred points, you might assume that a pair of diamond earrings advertised as being one carat total weight, would have a combined carat weight of 1.00 carats or more, however this is not true.

According to the FTC, a one carat diamond can have a weight which ranges from 0.98 to 1.02 carats, with 1.00 carats being the average of the range. However there are price increases which occur at different levels of carat weight, like between 0.49 and 0.50 carats for example, and thus there is actually a difference in price between a pair of one carat total weight diamond earrings that consists of two diamonds weighing 0.49 carats each, which would have a combined total weight of 0.98 carats; and a pair of one carat total weight diamond earrings which consists of two diamonds weighing 0.51 carats each, which would have a combined total weight of 1.02 carats… I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which side of the equation the majority of commercially advertised “one carat diamond stud earrings” falls within.

## How Brian Gavin Sells Diamond Stud Earrings:

We don’t play the total carat weight game at Brian Gavin Diamonds, when you search for matched pairs of diamonds, you begin by selecting the range of total carat weight that you want to consider, and then you will be provided with a list of all the options available within that range of carat weight. The price for the pair of diamonds is based upon the combined price of each individual diamond, which is based upon the actual carat weight of the diamond, and not the average weight of the diamond as allowed by the guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission… thus when you buy a pair of diamonds with a combined carat weight of 0.98 carats, you’re only paying for 0.98 carats of diamond weight, and not being told that it’s a carat, nor being charged for a carat.

## What Carat Weight of Diamond Earrings Should You Buy?

The most obvious answer is whatever carat weight best suits your budget, in accordance to your preference for diamond clarity and diamond color… assuming that you are selecting diamonds from the Brian Gavin Signature and Brian Gavin Blue collections, the diamond cut quality is automatically going to be the best possible, and thus the diamonds are going to be extremely bright and full of sparkle. The pair of diamond earrings pictured above are set in our 18k yellow gold three prong martini style settings.

A very popular size seems to be diamonds in the range of 0.40 – 0.49 carats each, which when combined will have a total carat weight which is just under 1.00 carats, because diamonds in this weight category cost less than diamonds in the 0.50 – 0.69 carat range. But if she already has diamond earrings which are a third carat each, you’re probably going to want to jump up to something which is at least a half carat each, to create enough of a visual difference between the pair.

We have several customers who are wearing diamond stud earrings weighing three quarters of a carat to one carat each, a one carat diamond has about the same outside diameter as the eraser on a standard #2 pencil, which is 6.50 millimeters. And we’ve even sold a few matched pairs of two carat each diamonds for earrings, so as you can see, the carat weight of the diamonds you purchase for earrings is pretty much a matter of personal preference and price. Be sure to contact us if you’d like help putting a pair of diamond stud earrings together!

## Places to Buy Diamond Earrings Online

If you need the list quick, here are my top 7 picks for finding quality, reputable diamond earrings online. Keep reading for more information about each of these shops.

1. James Allen (our top overall pick)
2. Clean Origin (best for lab diamonds earrings)
3. Blue Nile (best selection of earrings)
4. Whiteflash (best earring cuts)
5. Brian Gavin (best value of warranty + diamonds)
6. Leibish and Co (best fancy colored diamonds)
7. Abe Mor (best place to sell diamonds)

## Buying Diamond Earrings At James Allen

James Allen is probably the leading online diamond retailer when it comes to purchasing all diamond jewelry. They offer the biggest selection in both loose diamonds and gemstones.

When it comes to diamond stud earrings, James Allen has you covered.

You can customize the sliders to adjust the carat weight, color, and clarity grades. Additionally, you can select what type of cut as well.

I will say they have plenty of excellent and ideal cut diamonds as well, which is pertinent to diamond quality.

James Allen offers you another type of cut in their selection, called True Hearts. True Hearts is their version of hearts and arrows diamonds, allowing you to see the symmetry and proportions from above the diamond.

To see high quality symmetry, you can view the pattern by looking through a jewelry loupe or microscope.

This online diamond store offers GIA certified diamonds, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

James Allen also offers you a lifetime warranty where all routine metal work is done for free. Some of those include prong tightening, polishing, rhodium plating, and deep cleaning.

You can either send it to James Allen, or one their participating Jared retailers.

Now, if you’re wanting to purchase fashion earrings instead of high quality diamond studs, I have to say that James Allen does not have the latest and greatest in diamond fashion earrings.

Upon checking out the different styles, I can say that the selection will only appeal to particular tastes, rather than a trendy look.

Pros

• 360 view of loose stones
• GIA certified
• 30 day returns

Cons

• Lacks in diamond fashion earrings
• No trending styles

## Buying Diamond Earrings At Clean Origin

Clean Origin is the leading online diamond retailer when it comes to selling lab diamonds. If you’re not familiar, lab diamonds are diamonds just man-made in a lab.

Lab diamonds can be 20-30% cheaper than their natural counterparts and are 100% ethical given they are made in a lab and not mined out of the ground.

When it comes to diamond stud earrings, Clean Origin has an entire line of lab diamond earrings, which can save you a TON of money and still give you all the fire and scintillation you’d get from a real diamond.

With Clean Origin, they offer 3/4 CT to 2 CT weights at 14kt white and yellow gold settings.

The specs you can expect with Clean Origin are SI/VS1 for clarity and I/J for color ranges (near colorless).

Just to show you the price differential between James Allen’s diamond studs and Clean Origin’s diamond studs, below you can see James Allen’s studs are nearly 2x the price for similar specs!

If you want natural diamonds I love James Allen’s selection and pricing, but if you’re okay with buying lab grown diamond studs online, then I really like Clean Origin.

They certify their diamonds with IGI, which isn’t our favorite certifying body as they’ve had integrity issues. Personally, I recommend GIA or AGA certified diamonds only, but with lab diamonds the certification process is a bit different.

In fact, both James Allen and Clean Origin use IGI to certify their lab diamonds, so I wouldn’t be too worried here.

Really, the only downside with Clean Origin, is they don’t have a TON of selection when it comes to buying diamond stud earrings.

Just white or yellow 14kt gold settings, 3 or 4 prong set and 8 different carat weights. That’s it.

So if you just want a decent pair of stud earrings at the lowest price with minimal customization, then I recommend Clean Origin.

Pros

• 20-50% Cheaper Than James Allen or Blue Nile
• 100 Day Return Policy
• High quality product

Cons

• Not a lot of selection

## Buying Diamond Earrings At Blue Nile

When you buy diamond earrings with Blue Nile, I know you’re picking from the best.

While other retailers in our top 5 have top quality loose diamonds, Blue Nile is my favorite place to buy diamond earrings from because no other retailer compares to their selections. Not only do they offer high quality studs built from loose stones, they have a killer section of diamond fashion earrings as well.

Like all the other retailers, Blue Nile offers a section where you can build your own diamond earrings and pick out the specific qualities of the diamonds using filters.

Their Astor Collection is their own branded collection that has been certified by the GIA and has better brilliance than your average diamond and you can get Astor diamonds in earrings as well.

Astor diamonds come with an additional Gemex Light certification specializing in the brilliance of diamonds.

I really like how their options differ from most of the other guys on the list. Most of the build-your-own earrings are limited to the round diamond and sometimes the princess cut, but Blue Nile has added the Asscher cut as an option.

Nobody else on our list offers that. Additionally, you can also opt for build your own gemstone studs too, which no one else has either.

What I don’t like is that you can’t look at both diamonds from the pair you pick out. I try to switch between the two, but the 360 view does not change.

You don’t get to see the exact diamond characteristics like you can with others on our list. But that may not bother everyone.

Blue Nile gives their customers a lifetime warranty, but it only actually covers manufacturing defects. Normal wear and tear issues like prongs or polishing do not fall under this “warranty.”

Read Also: Does Blue Nile offer discounts?

They do offer 30 day returns and the return shipping is free. They also have 24/7 customer service and a special line for military customers.

Pros

• Wide selection of diamond earrings
• Asscher cut option
• Free returns
• Gemex certification with Astor
• GIA certified

Cons

• Warranty could be better
• Can’t see characteristics of both stones

## Buying Diamonds At White Flash

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White Flash is another great online jeweler in the realm of loose stones and diamond jewelry. Their collection of diamond fashion earrings is one of my favorites.

They have some really beautiful and unique pieces, as well as name brands like Ritani and Simon & Co.

Looking through the collection, there are a lot of styles I haven’t seen at any of the other competitors. Check out these earrings below from White Flash to see what I mean.

What’s even more exciting about White Flash and their diamond earrings is their prices.

The prices are more affordable than most of the guys on this list. White Flash allows you to select diamond pairs based on filters as well.

They also have a patented collection called A Cut Above. This collection has four sub-collections, including a hearts and arrows with perfect optical symmetry.

They offer a 360 view of your diamond pairs and even include additional ASET and ideal scope imaging of the hearts and arrows under a gemscope. I don’t like the way they let you view the stones though.

The diamonds are put under a special light to make them sparkle against a black background, making it very difficult to see the diamond characteristics in any grade. But if that doesn’t bother you, then don’t worry it.

White Flash offers you a one year free service guarantee, where you can get normal wear repairs done through them for free.

They also will do 100% trade-ins, 30 day warranties, and custom diamond jewelry. However, there are certain items from the virtual collection that have a 10 day return policy, so keep an eye out for that.

Pros

• Affordable prices
• Unique designs
• Brand collections
• Custom jewelry

Cons

• Bad diamond lighting for viewing characteristics
• No gemstone jewelry (or loose stones)

## Buying Diamonds At Brian Gavin

Diamond earrings at Brian Gavin are both beautiful and beautifully priced. This is another affordable online diamond retailer.

There is a fair selection of diamond fashion earrings, though it looks like most of them are diamond hoops.

I do like that they carry diamond earring jackets as well, which allows you to fit over a pair of studs. And of course I have to show you these gorgeous gemstone/diamond hybrid earrings. Simply dazzling.

Out of all of the ways to view loose diamond characteristics, Brian Gavin has the best viewing filters.

Initially, you can slide the camera around the diamond to view it, which is something I don’t like. But, when you click on the additional imaging videos, it allows you to segment angles of the diamond by repeating the same motion, allowing you to really get a look for any inclusions.

When you look at the earring builder, I really like that they offer a bunch of different settings besides the classic prongs, scalloped basket, or martini look. Instead, you can select the diamond for unique settings, which I think is really cool.

Read Also: Best settings for diamond studs?

The earring diamond pairs come in four different shapes: round, princess, cushion, and emerald.

Brian Gavin offers their customers one free resizing if needed, but all other repairs are chargeable.

They offer a “lifetime warranty”, but it only actually covers manufacturing defects. They also offer both a lifetime trade up and a buy-back program within the first year, but it is only on their signature collections.

Pros

• Best 360 viewer
• Fair prices
• Unique settings
• Free resizing

Cons

• No trade in for diamond jewelry

## Buying Diamond Earrings At Leibish & Co

When you buy diamond earrings from Leibish & Co, you are purchasing top quality unique diamond jewelry. This online retailer specializes in fancy color diamond earrings, unlike any of the other ones on the list.

Similarly, they also have the Asscher cut earrings, but only in the colored section.

Leibish & Co doesn’t have many sets of colorless diamond earrings. But, if you are looking to brighten your ears with a pop of color or draw attention, this is the store for you.

The fancy colored diamonds are gorgeous, and they cost a pretty penny as well. You will pay over \$500 for a setting of any kind in addition to the stone when you design your own earrings.

In addition to the unique colors, the colored diamond earrings come in all sorts of diamond shapes. I mentioned before that most only carry round customizable diamond pairs, but Leibish and Co. colored diamonds offer many diamond shapes.

Some of the different options include radiant, trapezoid, triangle, and marquise

They do offer a no-questions-asked money back guarantee with the shipping label already paid for, so that’s good. Lastly, they have a nice lifetime warranty where normal wear repairs are done for free.

Pros

• Best colored diamond earrings
• Top of line quality
• More shapes
• Lifetime warranty covers normal wear

Cons

• Dismal collection of colorless diamonds
• High in price

## Buying Diamonds At Abe Mor

Abe Mor is an diamond wholesale company geared toward retailers and family owned jewelers rather than commercial customers.

It is a supplier, not an actual jewelry store. However, individuals can purchase Abe Mor diamonds and sell with them too.

Abe More has a beautiful selection of diamond earrings, but you’ll have to inquire within for prices. Because these pieces are geared for retailers, the loose diamonds and diamond jewelry are very expensive and unaffordable for most.

However, if you can afford it, they are well worth it.

Abe Mor specializes in the finest jewelry and can obtain rare or unique pieces from diamond sources that most retailers don’t. Additionally, they do not offer repairs or warranties.

Abe Mor is great at being able to sell your diamond jewelry from home. They offer the most money out of diamond buying and will even sell it for you and send you your commission.

Or, you can sell your diamond and they work behind the scenes for you. This is their partnership program.

Pros

• Great place to sell diamonds
• Unique sourcing (still conflict-free)
• High end jewelry

Cons

• No warranties
• Expensive
• No prices displayed
• No pictures of loose stones