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Fulvia

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Hello all,

I have been wanting to upgrade my diamond studs for a while (DSS: the struggle is real!), and now's the time. I've found a buyer for my Tiffany studs which I purchased pre-PS (and got royally ripped-off on :wall: ). The are .82 ctw, 4-prong, in platinum (obv). I've decided to go with WF ACA's at around .7 each (1.4 ctw). I suspect this will be enough of a change to cure my small-diamond blues for now, although I'm going with WF ACA's because I want to be able to upgrade in the future. :dance:

So, here are my questions. Any insight would be massively appreciated!

1. White gold or platinum? I will be wearing these studs pretty much every day. I've read the recent thread RE metal choice in tennis bracelets but I imagine studs are a different story given that one's earlobes don't come into regular contact with much at all (besides the screen of my iphone, which I suppose I should be more careful with...)
2. 4 or 6-prong? I'm currently ok with the 4-prong on my current studs, and although I prefer the rounded look given by a 6-prong I wonder if it matters all that much in such small stones.

Many, many thanks!
 

PintoBean

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What metal are the posts of your earrings usually?
If you wear white gold with no allergic reactions, I would suggest WG.

I prefer 6 prong over 4 because 6 prong settings look more round, and the extra prongs afford extra security.

If you want the stud to look a little bigger, I'm a big fan of bezel settings as well.
 

diamondseeker2006

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I would say 4 prong on studs that are that size. I have had 4 prongs on all my WF studs ranging from .65 each to 1.15 each. I think I might go to 6 prongs around 1.5 cts, but I don't plan to upgrade to that size!

I suggest white gold until you get your final pair. I now have platinum special order 4 prong settings that are rather pricey..they are very much like Tiffany and low set. But I would never pay this much if I were going to upgrade. Buy the $195 pair for now because you'll only get maybe $25 for scrap when you send them back to upgrade.
 

rennipenni

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I recently bought a pair of WF ACA diamond studs (0.8 ct each, 1.6 tcw) and choose the 6 prong in WG. I wanted a more traditional, round look for the setting. I'm really happy with my choice. I was worried the setting would overpower the diamonds, but instead they look very dainty.

Also, I feel like my studs look HUGE, no DSS at all. I think your choice of 0.7 each is perfect!

RP

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MollyMalone

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I much prefer 6 prongs for round stones instead of 4 (or 3) & I don't think you need to worry that you'll end up with the diamond equivalent of a teen with "metal mouth" because of braces. Scroll down this page to see the more life-size ear shots (I.e., not magnified pics of the studs) that Andelain posted of her .82 tcw ACAs in 8-pronged mountings -- the diamonds aren't overpowered :))
[URL='https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/need-help-less-than-1-ctw-studs-what-would-you-get.196270/']https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/need-help-less-than-1-ctw-studs-what-would-you-get.196270/[/URL]
 

Queenie60

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My 1.84 ctw studs are set in 6 prong setting and they look great - the prongs haven't overpowered the stones at all.
 

Fulvia

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You guys are awesome! Thanks so much for all your input. I completely agree that 6-prong looks best, although DiamondSeeker makes an excellent point about wasting money given that I'm headed for an upgrade (in fact I was unsure if the setting was reused or scrapped, so thanks for answering that!)... :think: I'm going to ruminate and count my pennies before pulling the trigger at the beginning of next week. In any case I'll be sure to post pics on SMTB once I receive them. Thanks again!!!!!
 

MollyMalone

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Just a fyi: you are not limited to the earring mountings shown on WF's web site; they can (and will) order any mounting that Stuller offers. So that might be a way to get a 6-prong white gold mounting for less than $495. if you explore that option with WF, tell them you want dainty, not blobby, prongs,so they can steer you to the most appropriate Stuller mountings -- and let you know how much, if anything, they would charge to shave down less appealing prongs before mounting the stones.
 

diamondseeker2006

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Here, just didn't want you to worry about WF prongs on standard settings. They are so small you can hardly see them, which is the intent. My ring has 6 prongs, but it just doesn't matter on little studs as far as I am concerned. I went with the 4 prongs in platinum for my last pair because I wanted them to be like the Tiffany ones. These are .80 and .65.

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Laila619

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I'd go with 6 prong (more secure) and WG.
 

m-2-b

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I've been in your situation before. If you plan on upgrading again in the future, go with the stock WG 4 prong settings. When you get to your final upgraded pair of studs, order the platinum 6 prong settings. Good luck with your decision! :wavey:
 

Fulvia

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MollyMalone|1459858587|4015617 said:
Just a fyi: you are not limited to the earring mountings shown on WF's web site; they can (and will) order any mounting that Stuller offers. So that might be a way to get a 6-prong white gold mounting for less than $495. if you explore that option with WF, tell them you want dainty, not blobby, prongs,so they can steer you to the most appropriate Stuller mountings -- and let you know how much, if anything, they would charge to shave down less appealing prongs before mounting the stones.
MollyMalone: this is fantastic advice! I had no idea, so many thanks.

A special thanks, too, for all these pictures (which are definitely making me want the 6-prong...).
 
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