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 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.


Q&A: Is a Princess Cut Prone to Chipping?

Just exactly how prone to chipping is a princess cut diamond? Is the chipping problem pretty much also an issue with marquis and pears? My girlfriend likes the princess cut, pear or marquis vs. a round brilliant, but I’m wary of buying her something that could lead to her eventual heartache if it were to …


Q&A: Need 2nd Opinion on 1.7 Ct. Round-cut

I just purchased this diamond from James Allen: http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.70-carat-i-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-183558 I was wondering if you could give me your honest review on this. I am putting it into a solitaire setting most likely in white gold of platinum. I am wondering if the brilliance will be what I want it to be. I found your website very …


Q&A: Is this Diamond Eye-Clean?

I am searching on James Allen and I am a bit confused about what will look clean to the naked eye. Some of the diamonds appear to have pretty noticeable inclusions or blemishes, but I can’t tell if that’s just due to the magnification on the website. This is the range I’m looking in…http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.33-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-188533 That …


Q&A: Looking for Replacement Diamond for $3500 Budget

I am looking to replace about a 33 point diamond in my wife’s ring with something bigger. It’s a solitaire gold setting so from what I read here K color should be adequate? I don’t want to spend more than 3500 but less would make it easier to get something additional. What do you think …


Q&A: K Color for White Gold Setting?

Thanks for all of the info and you site. Please let me know if you think the diamond below is a good buy? Yes or no? http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.90-carat-k-color-si2-clarity-sku-180211


Q&A: Looking for 0.75 Ct. Princess Cut

Please assist in finding a good value 0.75ct Princess Cut diamond. My original diamond budget was $3000, but I’m starting to think I can save more. The James Allen rep has pushed a $2800 rock, but I think I can go lower. Here are some diamonds I’ve been looking at: 1. JA rep recommended $2830 …


Q&A: Looking for Round Cut for Tiffany-Style Setting

Firstly, thank you so much for your insight and reviews – I have to agree with others that this site has been by far the most useful out there! I am looking for an engagement ring and know that my fiancee loves the Tiffany Setting – 6 prong, round-cut style solitaire rings, however I simply …


Q&A: Looking for Emerald Cut for $10K Budget

I have started researching diamonds and to be honest just struggling to figure out the game if you will. My amazing girl friend would like a emerald cut diamond. I am on a budget of 10k. For this cut what is the best clarity, color, and carat? She has slender fingers so I am not …


Q&A: Looking for Cushion Cut for $8-9K Budget

I am shopping for a cushion cut on a $8-9,000 budget for the stone. I have read your reviews and advice and have come across this stone from James Allen. Item # 1518487 (http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Cushion-Diamond-1518487.asp) 1.63 Carat I Color VS1 Ideal Cut My biggest concern is the proportions. Any advice would be appreciated.


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