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Anyone else suffering from the shrinking Diamond stud problem?

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Jun 10, 2014, 3:50pm   #1
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Ok I am on my second pair of Diamond studs now- This pair is approx. 1.8 total carat weight and I feel like they are shrinking!!!! I want an upgrade but this would be my third pair in under 3 years. Is anyone having this problem????
Jun 10, 2014, 4:27pm   #2
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Sounds like you crave more diamond presence and bling, so maybe consider diamond hoops? I find studs too traditional for my taste but I wear my 1" diamond hoops all the time.
Jun 10, 2014, 9:50pm   #3
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Yep, I've been there. My current pair is a 1.46 tcw and I've recently priced out going to a 2 carat total weight pair but can't really bring myself to do it since I'm wearing my studs only about 2 - 3 times per week. Going over the 1 carat per diamond threshold really causes the price to jump up too.

So ..... maybe try earring jackets?? They can really up the coverage on your ear lobe for not a lot of money.
http://www.whiteflash.com/diamond-ea...jackets-24.htm
Jun 10, 2014, 10:34pm   #4
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It's crazy how much they jump in price! I cant really decide if they look that different LOL. Good idea on the jackets! I have some aquamarine jackets currently that I use, but would probably see some more bling with diamond


Originally Posted by youngster
Yep, I've been there. My current pair is a 1.46 tcw and I've recently priced out going to a 2 carat total weight pair but can't really bring myself to do it since I'm wearing my studs only about 2 - 3 times per week. Going over the 1 carat per diamond threshold really causes the price to jump up too.

So ..... maybe try earring jackets?? They can really up the coverage on your ear lobe for not a lot of money.
http://www.whiteflash.com/diamond-ea...jackets-24.htm
Jun 10, 2014, 11:30pm   #5
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I did, so I used the smaller studs not in use to make a 3 stone ring.
Jun 11, 2014, 12:11am   #6
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Yes.
It's a proven fact that diamonds shrink over time.
Scientific fact.
Jun 11, 2014, 1:20am   #7
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Originally Posted by texasgirliegirl
Yes.
It's a proven fact that diamonds shrink over time.
Scientific fact.
Yes, absolutely. It's called DSS, Diamond Shrinkage Syndrome.
Jun 11, 2014, 1:28am   #8
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Originally Posted by WindyCityCoco
It's crazy how much they jump in price! I cant really decide if they look that different LOL. Good idea on the jackets! I have some aquamarine jackets currently that I use, but would probably see some more bling with diamond
That's the other factor in the equation. A .80 carat ideal cut diamond has about a 6.0 mm diameter, a 1 carat ideal cut diamond about a 6.5 mm diameter, 1.25 carat about 7.0 mm, etc. You have to go up somewhat significantly to make a noticeable difference in mm. Of course then, prices start going up pretty dramatically.
Jun 11, 2014, 8:24am   #9
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have you thought about diamnd jackets?...
Jun 11, 2014, 10:12am   #10
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Originally Posted by youngster
Yep, I've been there. My current pair is a 1.46 tcw and I've recently priced out going to a 2 carat total weight pair but can't really bring myself to do it since I'm wearing my studs only about 2 - 3 times per week. Going over the 1 carat per diamond threshold really causes the price to jump up too.

So ..... maybe try earring jackets?? They can really up the coverage on your ear lobe for not a lot of money.
http://www.whiteflash.com/diamond-ea...jackets-24.htm
Originally Posted by texasgirliegirl
Yes.
It's a proven fact that diamonds shrink over time.
Scientific fact.
Originally Posted by youngster
Yes, absolutely. It's called DSS, Diamond Shrinkage Syndrome.
LOL! A subject near and dear to my heart!
DSS is alive and well...not only for studs. Throw in e-rings and tennis bracelets, too!
This is why I post about DSS when choosing jewelry. Sometimes it happens fast, sometimes a few years out. Some jewelers/on-line venders offer a trade up policy which is something to consider when buying diamonds.
I have gone through the DSS many times. Bought my first studs 2 tcw, then DSS took over. Traded up to 3 tcw, then 5 tcw...finally I'm done and happy!
Same with a tennis bracelet. 7 tcw, 10 tcw and finally 14 tcw.
You'll know what size is good for you, OP. The jackets are a great idea in the meantime.........................
Jun 11, 2014, 12:22pm   #11
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Originally Posted by skyqueen
LOL! A subject near and dear to my heart!
DSS is alive and well...not only for studs. Throw in e-rings and tennis bracelets, too!
This is why I post about DSS when choosing jewelry. Sometimes it happens fast, sometimes a few years out. Some jewelers/on-line venders offer a trade up policy which is something to consider when buying diamonds.
I have gone through the DSS many times. Bought my first studs 2 tcw, then DSS took over. Traded up to 3 tcw, then 5 tcw...finally I'm done and happy!
Same with a tennis bracelet. 7 tcw, 10 tcw and finally 14 tcw.

You'll know what size is good for you, OP. The jackets are a great idea in the meantime.........................
Wow, those must be stunning! I don't know if my ear lobes could handle 5 tcw . . . but I'd be willing to try.

May I ask what color yours are? I've thought about going larger, like maybe to 2.5 tcw and dropping the color down to maybe I or J. My current ones are H's from Whiteflash that I've been happy with.
Jun 11, 2014, 5:02pm   #12
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I don't suit large earrings, so I am very happy with my 0.40ct g, vs1 platinum and diamond studs. I have owned this pair of earrings for over ten years and I have never wanted to upgrade them. However, I have huge DSS on my wedding set..............
Jun 11, 2014, 6:39pm   #13
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Have not even got mine yet and they've started shrinking!
Jun 11, 2014, 8:22pm   #14
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I bought a pair of 2 carat tw when I originally got them, because I knew I would they would shrink..lol
Jun 11, 2014, 11:10pm   #15
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Originally Posted by youngster
Wow, those must be stunning! I don't know if my ear lobes could handle 5 tcw . . . but I'd be willing to try.



May I ask what color yours are? I've thought about going larger, like maybe to 2.5 tcw and dropping the color down to maybe I or J. My current ones are H's from Whiteflash that I've been happy with.

G VS2/SI1
As long as the cut is ideal/excellent you can fudge on the color/clarity a bit.
2.5 tcw is a great size!
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