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: Thanks for providing all this informative info on your site. I’m wondering if you could look for some possible options for me. I’m looking for an emerald cut diamond and I would like one that appears as large as possible (while still being eye clean). I plan to set it in platinum. I prefer emerald […]
Q: Looking for some diamond recommendations. Cushion cut that will be set in a yellow gold setting. My budget is around $5000 for the diamond. Budget: $5000 Budget Carat: 1.20 ct Carat: 1.30 ct Carat: 1.40 ct Shape: Cushion Cut Color: H Color Color: I Color Clarity: SI1 Clarity […]
Q: My budget is around $7,000. I have read a lot of information and looked at a lot of diamonds. My fear with buying over the Internet is not being able to see the actual stone, not to mention I really have no clue when it comes to diamonds. I happened upon your site and decided […]
Q: Looking for a Cushion Cut Color: G (Maybe H) Size: 1.4-2 ct Cut: VG/EX Symm: VG/EX Polish: VG/EX Eye Clean for under $12k but prefer closer to 10k Also, what would be a good range for depth and table % on a cushion cut? Budget: $10000 Budget Budget: $11000 Budget Budget: $12000 Budget […]
Q: I am looking for a pear diamond on James Allen, with a flexible budget of around $5000 for the center stone of a 3 stone ring set in platinum. I would rather not choose a color lower than H, and want to make sure the diamond is eye clean, with a ratio of between 1.5 […]
Q: I am in the market for a pear cut loose diamond (for an engagement ring). I went to my local jeweler and he showed me a beautiful 1.01 ct, G, SI2 for $5500. I went to the James Allen site and saw diamonds with similar specs for almost $2000 less! I would prefer to buy […]
Q: I am searching for a diamond engagement ring. My fiance to be would like a princess cut close to but under 1 carat in size. She also wants brilliant cut diamonds on both shoulders. The exact amount I am not sure, one ring she looked at had 5 diamonds on each shoulder. To me and […]
Q: You have an AMAZING website and I check it out daily trying to educate myself. I know at this point she wants yellow gold and round cut and have been looking exclusively at James Allen based on your feedback. I don’t plan on proposing until the end of June however I was curious when I […]
Q: I have a budget of $7,000 to $9,000 for a diamond (range is due to the fact I’m still undecided about setting type/metal). I am very impressed by how helpful you are, and was wondering whether you could suggest a few good candidates. Following you advice, would not want to compromise on a great cut […]
Q: I am considering these diamonds from JA. I’d like your thoughts, Thanks A: $660 Specifications for Item #: 1525008 Shape: Round Carat Weight: 0.44 Cut: Excellent Color: K Clarity: SI1 Certificate: GIA Depth: 62.4% Table: 56.0% Polish: Excellent Symmetry: Excellent Girdle: Culet: None Fluorescence: None Measurements: 4.87*4.86*3.03 Crown Angle: 35.0 Crown %: Pavilion Angle: 41.0 […]