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: Help Finding an Oval Diamond for Around $6k Budget

Hello, I am looking to buy an engagement ring for my girlfriend. With help from her friends, I know that I’m looking for an oval or pear-shaped diamond on a simple Tiffany style ring. I have an appointment with a jeweler tomorrow but I was advised to come to your site first. My budget for …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Pave Rope Setting With Up to $4,500 Budget

I am looking for a round diamond somewhere between .7-.85 and trying to spend a max of $4,500. If I read correctly it seems as if cut would be the most important quality I’m looking for and things like color and clarity can be less noticeable to help get the best bang for my buck. …



Q&A: Looking for a Pear-Shaped Diamond Within a $15k Budget

Hi! I was wondering if you could give me your opinion about whether this diamond, 2 carat, E color, and SI1 is “eye clean”? Thanks for any help you can give! www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/2.00-carat-e-color-si1-clarity-sku-5169301?a_aid=dmnd1357 The issue with the diamond is its medium fluorescence. It can cause a hazy look on E color grades. That’s why I don’t …


Q&A: Choosing a Cushion Cut Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to $10,000 Budget

Help me please! I’m in the market for an engagement ring. Setting – Platinum or White Gold w/ halo Budget – under $10k Shape – Cushion (more square/rectangle vs. round) or Radiant Cut – Ideal, True Hearts or higher Carat – 1.5 or higher Color – H or higher (let me know if you’d recommend …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave Ring Within a $5k-$7,5k Budget

I’ve read the majority of your articles and appreciate the honesty and thorough explanations given in them. In taking your advice I stuck in the G-H area, with excellent/ideal cuts and SI1-2 in order to try and maximize my bang for buck. If I were to send you a list (11 diamonds) that I saw …


Q&A: Help Finding a 2.00 Ct. Round Diamond for a Rose Gold Solitaire Setting

2 friends referred me to this site. Looking for the best value diamond possible, would love some help! Can you also tell me what style of setting (solitaire, halo, pave or other), metal (white or yellow gold) and shape of diamond you’re looking for? One last question, what’s your approximate budget? Then I’ll be happy …


Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave Setting Within a $5,5k Budget

Hi, I am interested in getting some help for a round diamond, I have a budget of 5500 USD. Can you also tell me what style of setting (solitaire, halo, pave or other) and metal (white or yellow gold) you’re going to use? Different settings suit certain colors of diamonds better. Then I’ll be happy …


Q&A: Choosing a Beautifully Cut Round Diamond for Under $2000

Thank you so much for this site. It’s really helped me become much better informed about the purchasing of diamonds. James Allen currently has a sale on settings so I’m looking to get a .50-.60 round diamond with True Heart mark in a halo setting for anywhere between $1500-$2000 for the diamond. I’ve included two …


Q&A: Choosing an Emerald Cut Diamond for a Baguette Setting with Around $11,000 Budget

Hello Diamond Pro, I am currently looking for an engagement ring. So far, the emerald-cut with tapered baguette side stones from Harry Winston stands out among the rest. But it is expensive and completely out of my budget. So I am considering buying the stone and making the diamond setting separately. Is this a good …


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