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More confused after going to jewelry store

I want to upgrade my diamond earrings. I appreciate any expert advice / direction.

1) Is a higher grade stone necessary for a martini setting as the light is blocked?
2) What is the lowest quality stone you will use for platinum martini setting? I’ve been told that I’m pretty much wasting $. I chose 4.0ct, G, Ideal, VS1, F none, GIA. The jewelry store chose 4.0 ct, F, S1, Ideal, F none, GIA.
3) Is Costco a good place to buy? The goldsmith told me they were wholesalers …. could have fooled me. $$$$. They have a good reputation, but they are quite a bit more than Blue Nile or James Allen. Although they said they would equal the price.

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