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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: Diamond Earrings as a Birthday/Wedding Day Gift

Hi I am looking for earrings for my girlfriend’s birthday. I am looking towards that these earrings can also be used during our wedding day. Here are a few options which I think fall well within my budget. She doesn’t usually wear earrings, but if I buy them for her, she will use them most …


Q&A: Choosing a Fancy Yellow Diamond for a Halo Setting with Around $20,000 Budget

Hi there, I am looking for a 2 carat yellow diamond with a halo and pave ring. Budget is $20k max. What shape of diamond are you looking for? Cushion but it really doesn’t matter that much to me. Definitely not heart shaped though. Look at these two cushions from Leibish: 2.00 carat, Fancy Yellow …


Q&A: Help Choosing a Radiant Cut Diamond With a $2,500 Budget

Hi! I just wanted to inquire about this diamond I am thinking of getting. I’m curious about the brilliance. They sent me a video but it is at 80x magnification so I’m not sure what I’m looking at. Blue Nile LD13040240 That diamond doesn’t look eye-clean to me. The crystals are right in the middle …


Q&A: Help Finding an Eye-Clean SI2 Round Diamond for Around $3,000 Budget

I am looking for a nice diamond, .75-1 carat that is of good color, sparkles, has a SI1/2 clarity grade and is under $3k. You could definitely get a beautiful diamond within your budget. Look at this 0.80ct from Blue Nile: Blue Nile LD12925569 It’s beautifully cut, no visible inclusions and it will have a …


Q&A: Choosing a Unique Ring with an Oval Diamond Within a $5k-$7.5k Budget

I’m in the beginning stages of selecting an engagement ring for the love of my life. I’m slightly hesitant to dive into the online retailers for diamonds, but have read many quality reviews of James Allen. Some guidance on how to accurately evaluate diamond quality and aesthetic online would be greatly appreciated. I am aware …





Q&A: Choosing a Platinum Cushion Pave Ring with a Cushion Cut Diamond With a $12,000 Budget

I’m looking at this diamond: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.90-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-9814741?a_aid=dmnd1357 with this setting: Platinum Cushion Outline Pave Engagement Ring Thoughts? www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.90-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-9814741?a_aid=dmnd1357 – This diamond is a bit deeply cut. We usually recommend staying below 68% depth. Also, this diamond has a knot – we try to avoid knots, etch channels, cavities as much as possible. Such inclusions might disrupt …


Q&A: Choosing a Cushion Cut Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to $35,000 Budget

Hi there. Ready to buy a diamond engagement ring from James Allen, but I’ve learned so much from your website that I want your expertise/assistance with verifying my selection. Platinum band Halo setting Cushion Cut $33k-$35k I am including a couple of specific cushion cut diamonds that I’ve found, and that seem to be great …


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