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July 5, 2019 3:22 PM   Subscribe

What are the best fake diamond stud earrings I can buy?

I'd like to buy some diamond-ish stud earrings. I'm thinking biggish (1.5–2 carats total weight), sort of straddling neat/preppy casual and dressed up. They must be set in gold (my ears demand it). I'd like the setting to be substantial (no broken-off posts!)

Ideally, something that might pass as actual diamonds, but not, you know, that.

I'd love links to products — I feel like I understand what to look for in principle, but don't know where to find the studs of my dreams. Thanks, pals.
posted by purpleclover to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Nordstrom cubic zirconia studs get rave reviews for quality and believability (all sizes), and they have a 14k gold option. Here is the 2 carat.
posted by nanook at 3:31 PM on July 5, 2019 [5 favorites]

The Nordstrom studs are great, and gold-plated -- if you need 14k/18k gold, check out Charles and Colvard lab-grown moissanite studs.
posted by Iris Gambol at 5:03 PM on July 5, 2019 [2 favorites]

Came to recommend the Nordstrom ones. They look great in person.
posted by Amanda B at 9:36 PM on July 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

Check out Ross-Simon jewelers online. They have CZ jewelry, some set in 14K gold.
posted by Cranberry at 12:46 AM on July 6, 2019 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I have ordered the Nordstrom studs! Will go from there to nicer options. Thank you!
posted by purpleclover at 4:26 PM on July 6, 2019 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: The Nordstrom studs are good! The 2 carat total weight size is VERY plausible and does not look at all cheesy or fake!

(I also looked at the Ross-Simons ones but got real distracted and ...uhhh .... bought these ridiculous green chandelier earrings.)
posted by purpleclover at 2:07 PM on July 15, 2019

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