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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 a Round Diamond for Around C$10,000 Budget

Hello. I’ve picked a ring and setting at Blue Nile. Can you review the stone and/or recommend a better one for value/clean eye? $ can stay similar ok going larger size lol. I am in Canada so duty free is important for cost. Thanks! Blue Nile LD12764767 Petite Roped Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring Unfortunately, the …



Q&A: Help Finding a Round Center Stone For a Yellow Gold Pave Setting With a $3,000 Budget

Hello, I read your article about clarity and how sometimes diamonds of poor clarity have flaws that technically make them I1/S2 etc. but aesthetically have a negligible impact while also affording a significant reduction. With this in mind, I have found 2 diamonds that I believe are good candidates but would like some expert advice …


Q&A: Experience Shopping for 1.00 Tcw. Diamond Studs on a C$2,300 Budget

Hi there, which one of these is best: Blue Nile LD12168318-LD12611127 Blue Nile LD12168292-LD12611127 Blue Nile LD11111875-LD12168318 I wouldn’t go with any one of those pairs. They all are SI2 clarity with a cloud mentioned in the first place which usually indicates a cloudy look. How about going with the following pair? Blue Nile LD12437661 …


Q&A: Help Choosing an Extremely Brilliant Cushion Cut Diamond With a $8,000 Budget

Good afternoon, I would like to know if one of your diamond experts would mind reviewing the following Brian Gavin H&A Cushion diamond I have selected and sharing your thoughts and/or any advice. www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.011-f-vs2-cushion-diamond-ags-104103470001?a_aid=y My diamond search specifications are as follows: Shape: Cushion Cut: AGS Ideal Color: F or better Clarity: VS2 or better Carat: …


Q&A: Choosing a Cushion Cut Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to $60,000 Budget

Can you help me evaluate a couple of diamonds? www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/4.40-carat-i-color-vs1-clarity-sku-3272194?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/4.01-carat-e-color-vs2-clarity-sku-997800?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/4.02-carat-i-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-2371657?a_aid=dmnd1357 What style setting (solitaire, pave/side stone, halo) and metal (yellow/white gold, platinum) do you have in mind? I can see that two of those diamonds are I colors, which indicates yellow gold. Am I right? The two GIA I color cushions look good. …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Side Stone Setting With a C$3,500 Budget

Hello, I’m looking to purchase a diamond online. My local store showed me some diamonds and quite frankly, I wasn’t too impressed. Maybe I’m foolish but they’re offering 0.70 SI2, I, VG cut for $4,275 Canadian. There was a dark inclusion right over the table. Anyway, I am looking for 0.70 to mount on a …


Q&A: Help Finding a 2.00 Ct. Princess Cut Diamond for Under $15,000

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/2.01-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-6406211?a_aid=dmnd1357 The diamond is nicely cut, but it has a pretty large cavity there which would be a huge issue. What style setting (solitaire, pave/side stone, halo) and metal (yellow/white gold, platinum) are you planning to put it in? I am looking at upgrading my wife’s diamond from 10 years ago. Her current stone is …


Q&A: Help Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond for a Petite Pave Setting With a $4,000 Budget

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.01-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-sku-1028470?a_aid=dmnd1357 Unfortunately, that’s not a good diamond. There is a huge knot in the middle of the table that would cause a massive problem with brilliance. These two looks better: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.00-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-sku-7423032?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.01-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-sku-7482298?a_aid=dmnd1357 What style setting (solitaire, pave/side stone, halo) and metal (yellow/white gold, platinum) are you going to put it in? I plan on a …


Q&A: Help Finding a Pair of Round Cut Earrings With a $1,500 Budget

Please review this for me. I\’m looking to see if this is a good buy. They are a gift for my wife\’s 60th birthday. www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.45-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-6089042?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.42-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-6637551?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.37-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7004092?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.37-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7035674?a_aid=dmnd1357 I would also appreciate your thoughts on 4 prong basket setting versus a 3 prong martini setting. I think I prefer the three prong but have read …


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