What am I missing?
This is as close as I was able to make it so I understand it's not perfect but should be pretty darn close. I'm not familiar and this falls under the help me save some cash on this expense but Brilliance has a 1.47 total carat weight H, VVS1, with an Ideal cut that is GIA certified for $4,300 (plus the setting cost)
Blue Nile has a 1.46 total H, VVS2, with a very good cut for $4,644. I can't get any coupon code to work with a custom built earring so excluding that why is Blue Nile more for a pair of stones that aren't as good? Is this the norm for them these days or is there something up with the Brilliance stones? Their reviews on-line seem pretty positive.
As a comparison here's a 1.5 I VS2 from Costco for $5,000.
Is Brilliance really that much better than the other guys? It's been awhile since I've looked and damn prices have jumped up a lot and was just wondering if I was missing something as the two best players back when I bought a ring now seem to be decently more expensive than Brilliance.com. There were other loose stones at Brilliance that were much more cheaper for the same criteria but they were EGL certified so I only looked at the GIA certified ones which is what Blue Nile and Costco show, or atleast what I've seen them show.