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If you think these are small, please read!
on December 24, 2009
I love black diamonds, and have three pairs of earrings of different sizes, all bought online. I've noticed that several reviewers here were surprised that these 1cttw black diamonds are smaller than expected. Please note before you buy, so you don't end up disappointed:
-#1: These earrings are advertised as 1 CTTW, meaning 1 Carat TOTAL Weight. In other words, each stone is approximately 1/2 carat, for a total combined weight of 1 carat. As anyone who has bought jewelry online before can tell you, stud earrings are usually advertised this way.
-#2: Black diamonds are naturally denser than white diamonds, and therefore weigh more (about 1/3 more). Thus, a 1 ct black diamond will be approximately the same size as a 2/3 ct white diamond. Many online sellers provide the stone's diameter in millimeters as well as the carat weight. It would be very helpful if Amazon would list measurements on their stones as well, but until they catch on, just keep the weight difference in mind when buying black diamonds.
One more thing for those complaining about the price, I priced a pair of earrings similar to these at Boscov's this weekend, just to see how good a deal I got. Boscov's regular price on 1 cttw black diamonds in 14k gold was $799.00, but they were on sale for $391.00. Compared to that, Amazon's price is a steal, as long as you know what you're buying.
Those who do their homework beforehand are rarely disappointed with their purchases.