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girlyglam

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I'm not sure where the best place to post this is...please let me know if it should be moved.

I'm considering purchasing a pair of diamond studs, and I'm wondering what the best size might be. I'm going to go with something preset because to be completely honestly, I'm not invested enough in my earrings to search out diamonds and get something made. (My hair is down most of the time and you don't really see my earrings. I just want something nicer than I have now.) I have three holes in each ear, and I'm looking for something for my third hole. Generally, I wear my smallest earrings in my third hole, with something slightly larger in the second and something even larger or dangly in the first hole. I also almost never switch out the earrings in my second and third holes. Currently I wear a pair of cheap Target CZ's in my third hole and a pair of pearl studs in my second.

Given that my third holes house my smallest earrings, and that I basically never take them out or switch them out, what would you consider an ideal size for these studs? I'm currently looking at a few pre-set options from various places... .10ct, .15ct, .18ct., .20ct, and .25ct options. However, I really have no gauge of how these ct weights translate to actual size on the ears. I'm guessing that the .10ct and .15ct options would be super tiny, but thoughts on the others? I want them to be small, but I still want them to be seen.

Eventually, I'd like to also get some diamond studs for my second holes to create a kind of graduated diamond stud look.
 

marymm

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Well, I recently received a pre-loved pair of Tiffany Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard 0.16tcw bezel stud earrings - I leave them in 24/7, only taking them out once in a while to clean them - they are comfortable to sleep in - my piercings are assymetrical, so I have one in my third piercing on one ear, and the other is in the cartilage of my other ear. For me, the 0.08ct size of the diamond, with the gold bezel surround, is a perfect size. Here's a couple of pics which may be helpful in terms of gauging size/proportions...

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yssie

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Pic of my 0.1ctw (0.05 each) baby bezels in plat (also from Tiffany) - the photo does not do them justice!

They are definitely visible ILR... Drops of twinkle on the lobes. I switch between these and my larger pronged studs frequently ::)

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girlyglam

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Thank you Marymm and Yssie for posting those shots! Your studs are lovely! I'm surprised how .10ctw looks bigger than I expected. Of course, that being said, I'm on this "biggest/most bling for my buck" kick, so I'm leaning towards the .20, .25, or possibly .33 ct. range. Does anyone have any thoughts about these sizes? Is there really that much of a difference between .20 and .25 ct.? What about between .25 and .33ctw? I'm assuming the difference between .20 and .33 ctw is fairly noticeable...
 

yssie

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girlyglam|1452464252|3973831 said:
Thank you Marymm and Yssie for posting those shots! Your studs are lovely! I'm surprised how .10ctw looks bigger than I expected. Of course, that being said, I'm on this "biggest/most bling for my buck" kick, so I'm leaning towards the .20, .25, or possibly .33 ct. range. Does anyone have any thoughts about these sizes? Is there really that much of a difference between .20 and .25 ct.? What about between .25 and .33ctw? I'm assuming the difference between .20 and .33 ctw is fairly noticeable...
I love the look of multiple earrings down the ear :love: for your third piercings I'd recommend going as small as possible, vs. as big as possible, though! My favourite look is a graduation from teeny tiny to large - more size differential vs. less.

That said, IMO in these sizes even 0.05ct makes a visual difference, so I definitely expect 0.33ctw to look noticeably larger in-person than 0.25ctw :sun:
 

girlyglam

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Yssie|1452464904|3973838 said:
girlyglam|1452464252|3973831 said:
Thank you Marymm and Yssie for posting those shots! Your studs are lovely! I'm surprised how .10ctw looks bigger than I expected. Of course, that being said, I'm on this "biggest/most bling for my buck" kick, so I'm leaning towards the .20, .25, or possibly .33 ct. range. Does anyone have any thoughts about these sizes? Is there really that much of a difference between .20 and .25 ct.? What about between .25 and .33ctw? I'm assuming the difference between .20 and .33 ctw is fairly noticeable...
I love the look of multiple earrings down the ear :love: for your third piercings I'd recommend going as small as possible, vs. as big as possible, though! My favourite look is a graduation from teeny tiny to large - more size differential vs. less.

That said, IMO in these sizes even 0.05ct makes a visual difference, so I definitely expect 0.33ctw to look noticeably larger in-person than 0.25ctw :sun:
Thank you Yssie! I think I'm leaning towards .25ctw. I'm can't help but be tempted by .33ctw because I'm definitely struck by the "bigger is better" bug at the moment, but I agree with you abut the more size differential! I think what I'd love to eventually be able to do is .25, .50, and then 1 ct....nice even numbers. ;-)
 

ssgg

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well, you can always get various size cheap cz earring to try for size first before getting the diamond ones. the attached pic is a easy conversion chart for you to convert the cz diameter in mm back to diamond carat weight. For example 1ct RB diamond is usually 6.4 to 6.5mm

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diamondseeker2006

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I'd go with .20 ctw max and even 15 ctw would be good if you could find it. My younger daughter also wears czs in her second piercings and I think they are more like .05 each.

Here's .20ctw (1/5 ct) from BN for only $189. Probably not the greatest quality, but at that size I wouldn't spend too much more.

http://www.bluenile.com/

BN links don't work, so go to BN, Jewelry, Earrings, Diamond, Diamond Stud Earrings.

Okay, ID Jewelry has .20 ctw for $295 and they say they are F-G color and average SI clarity, so they might be a little better than BN.

http://idjewelry.com/create-your-studs/
 

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ssgg|1452482622|3973980 said:
well, you can always get various size cheap cz earring to try for size first before getting the diamond ones. the attached pic is a easy conversion chart for you to convert the cz diameter in mm back to diamond carat weight. For example 1ct RB diamond is usually 6.4 to 6.5mm
Something is very wrong with the photos on this chart! :lol:
 

ssgg

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OOps

they used bloody wrong size diamonds pics. lol. the figures should still be ok though. she just need the mm sizing to convert back to diamond carat weight.

Anyway. the following should be better.


Please note, chart is for single diamond. earrings are usually sold on total carat weight 1ctw = 2 x 0.5carat
diamond

diamond-size-chart.jpg
 
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