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 Round Cut for YG Solitaire Setting

Hello, I am looking to buy a solitaire yellow gold engagement ring with a budget in the range of The wealth of information on your site has been extremely informative and has given me a rough idea what to look for. Most important would be the sparkling or brilliance of the diamond, would you be …


Q&A: Looking for 1/2 Ct. Round Cut for YG or WG Setting

I’m reaching out to you again because we’re almost ready to buy my ring. I’ve been looking at this setting on James Allen in either white gold or yellow gold (haven’t decided on that part yet). The 14K white gold setting is $700 and the yellow gold setting only comes in 18K gold at $875. …


Q&A: Question about Table % on 1 Ct. Round Cut

Hello, your website is so great. I learned a lot from you. What do you think of this diamond? http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-i-color-si2-clarity-sku-183639 Why do you think the price is low? Is it because of the 60% table? What counts as an ideal cut on these websites? I thought it was 52.4% to 57.5% table. Do you think …


Q&A: Looking for 1 Ct. Cushion Cut for Pt Solitaire Setting

I’m looking for a 1 CT (no more than 1.1 CT since she has tall hands), cushion cut diamond. I’d also like a platinum solitaire setting. She says she wants the smallest, lowest profile setting that will adequately support the stone. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!


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.


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