Diamond Q&A

In this section of the site, I publish some interesting private exchanges I have had with readers of the site who have contacted me via the “Ask a Question” form. I believe you will find that the questions and answers are both interesting and educational. Of course, names have been removed to preserve privacy.

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Q&A: Looking for 1.2+ Ct. Round Cut

First off, thanks for the info about the Blue Nile business model. I had a friend who is a very satisfied Blue Nile customer give me a recommendation to check them out. It seems like there’s a chance to get a good deal, but, in a purchase like this, chance should never be part of …


Q&A: Looking for Asscher Cut for $5-7K Budget

I am looking for an Asscher Cut Diamond, and my budget (for the diamond) is approximately 5-7k. I’d like something in the 1.2-1.3 ct range (if possible) and I was wondering if you could maybe link me to any good deals. I’ve been looking at James Allen, and I found this diamond: http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/asscher-cut/1.23-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-sku-184585 It has a …


Q&A: Looking for Marquise Cut for Pendant

Sometime ago I bought a solitaire marquise ring from james allen with great help from you. Now I would like to have a pendant in the same shape. If you have the tíme to help me tell if this diamond is eye clean, it would be greatly appreciated. thanks ever so much! I only have …


Q&A: Looking for 1.2 Ct. Round Cut for WG Channel Setting

Thank you for the website, as someone who is very analytical I tend to open every door possible when searching for big purchases. Your website was very helpful in educating me know what to look for when it comes to diamonds. I feel like I am ready to finalize this search and have a few …


Q&A: Looking for Fancy Yellow Diamond

So I have been going back and forth between man-made and mined. I thought that man-made was the best for me, but I am skeptical of the certifications. I found some natural options and would love your opinion. I am looking for a radiant 1.0-1.5, minimum of fancy yellow color and under $6K. Eye clean …


Q&A: Looking for Round Cut for $500-700 Budget

I’m looking for a round diamond that looks good. I don’t know anything much about them. My price range is between 500-700 I know that I’ll probably be around 1/3 carat. The bigger the better…thanks for your input. I appreciate it.


Q&A: Looking for Round Cut for $10-12K Budget

First of all I’d like to thank you for your wonderfully informative website. I am looking to buy a round diamond for a solitaire setting. My requirements are simple, I’d like it to be as big and sparkly as possible, while maintaining “eye-clean” status. My budget is about $10,000 to $12,000 USD for the diamond. …


Q&A: Looking for 1.5 Ct. Oval Cut for Solitaire Setting

Great website, thank you for putting together this resource! I am finally looking to purchase an engagement ring for my girlfriend of 3 years and propose at the beginning of February on a trip to Miami.! The diamond will be on a solitaire setting, on white gold, size 6 ring finger. Onto the diamond itself. …


Q&A: Looking for Princess Cut for 3 Stone Setting

I am looking for a princess cut diamond for a three-stone ring. I am looking to spend around ~5,000 for the ring and setting. Right now I was looking at http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS1-Good-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1450622.asp with this setting http://www.jamesallen.com/design-your-three-stone-ring/three-stone-engagement-ring-setting.html. The most important thing to me is that it looks good and shines. Any advice? Thank you so much!


Q&A: Looking for Help to Find Heart-Cut Diamond

I am looking for a heart cut between 1.5 to 2 Ct. I found a few on JA following your tips. Here’s the one I’m considering: http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/heart-shaped/1.50-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-187595 Any help would be appreciated.


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