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: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Yellow Gold Channel Setting with Around $5k Budget

Hi, I’m planning to propose to my girlfriend and was after some diamond recommendations. I have been looking on James Allen and am thinking about this setting – http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channel-set/18k-yellow-gold-thin-channel-set-princess-shaped-diamond-engagement-ring-item-1729?a_aid=dmnd1357 I was after a round diamond (although, I’m open to recommendations if you think another shape would work better). My budget is between $3,000 and $3,500. Thank-you …


Q&A: Looking for a 1.5-2 Ct. Round Brilliant for a Solitaire or Halo Setting

Hello, I’m looking for a round brilliant cut diamond, 1.5-2 ct., for a solitaire or thin halo setting, my budget is $15k max. I’d like to focus on quality over size; definitely looking for something as close to colorless as possible, that will really shine. Worried that a halo setting can hide the diamond, though. Thoughts? …


Q&A: Help Choosing a Round Diamond for a White Gold Solitaire Ring with a $4k-$6k Budget

My girlfriend and I just spent the weekend doing our first round of ring shopping. She’s really likes this setting from Danhov: http://www.danhov.com/engagement/solitaire-engagement-rings/danhov-classico-single-shank-engagement-ring-cl140 So we spent most of the time looking at similar settings to get a sense of the look, but may end up finding a local jeweler to custom make it. Then we …



Q&A: Looking for a .6-.7 Ct. Round Diamond for a Yellow Gold Ring with Side Stones with a Budget of ~$1350

Hi, I need a replacement diamond for my wife’s wedding ring. It was originally a ~.4 carat marquise diamond in yellow gold with very small side stones. I would like to replace it with a .6-.7 carat round stone. Looking for good value less than ~$1350. Found this one. Any recommendations? http://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.64-carat-k-color-vs1-clarity-very-good-cut-sku-286564?a_aid=dmnd1357   I would …





Q&A: Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond for a White Gold Three-Stone Ring with a $5,500 – $6,000 Budget

 Hi, I am looking for a princess cut diamond for this setting. 1. Budget $5,500 – $6,000 2. 18k White Gold 3. See link for style http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/three-stone/18k-white-gold-princess-and-pave-accents-engagement-ring-item-16630?a_aid=dmnd1357  I’d be happy to help. Is your budget for the diamond only or does it include the setting?  The budget is only for the diamond. Also, if you believe …



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