I'm so excited I could 'splode. I broke down and bought myself my first (possibly only) diamond studs. Worst possible time to spoil myself-- we need a new roof, I've just suffered through MAJOR MAJOR car expenses, and I haven't paid off the holiday gift giving frenzy. Ultimately, this little goody gives a whole new meaning to going for broke . But I did it anyway . After this I'm going on what ever it is the purse people call it when they take an extreme break from self indulgence(rehab?). Meanwhile, Fedex will deliver my .49 (.98 ctw) carat each, E color, vs1-2, ideal cut and polish, platinum Raffael four prong, screw post, on Tuesday. I bought these from SignedPieces.Com/Facets based on recommendations I'd read on PriceScope and the owner, who I spoke with on the phone about five times today, was incredibly nice and patient . Oh, one more thing! I was really lucky to find these at so close to just under .50 points. There's a fairly signifigant price increase at the half carat mark, and being under just under saved me more than the cost of the setting. I think it's all going to work out really well. Anyway, I'd like everyone to tell me that a half carat in each ear is a great size for work, dressing-up, and blue jean week-ends. I keep reminding myself that any bigger, would be representing myself as someone whose credit cards are being over-worked. Besides it's cold and raining outside and that roof is going to be spensive enough. Anyway, I'm bizerk with glee and couldn't wait to tell y'all. Champaign taste on a water budget!!!!