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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: Looking for an Oval-Shaped Diamond for a White Gold Setting Within a $4k-$5k Budget

Hello! I have read a lot of your reviews on oval diamonds and I think what I am looking at to buy is an ideal diamond. However, I would like a second opinion, here is the link to the diamond: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/0.90-carat-d-color-si1-clarity-sku-8624237?a_aid=dmnd1357 This is the setting I want if that helps: 14K White Gold Common Prong …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for Around £2,000 Budget

Hi there! I am looking to purchase an engagement ring, and my girlfriend and I have set a cap of £2,000. I have looked at Blue Nile primarily, as I mostly prefer their settings and they seem to be better value (based on your reviews). I am looking for a white gold setting (probably 14k, …


Q&A: A Diamond Search Story With a Happy Ending: 1 Carat of Brilliance

Hello, Hope you are well. Firstly, thank you in advance, your website is extremely helpful as I am searching for my first ever diamond for my fiancé’s engagement ring. However, being a bloke that likes to research the hell out of purchases I’m increasingly finding myself in a rat hole of clarity, cut, colour, table, …



Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a White Gold Comfort Fit Setting Within a $2,200 Budget

Hi there, Could you review these diamonds if they are eye clean? Thank you. www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.90-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-8569491?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.81-carat-j-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-8642278?a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.90-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-8569491?a_aid=dmnd1357 This diamond is beautiful and has great overall specs. The only issue might be the color grade – while J looks colorless in a solitaire setting, it might have a yellow hue in a pave or halo where …


Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs And a Diamond Pendant on a 3k Budget

I’m interested in purchasing a pair of 1tcw diamond earrings from Blue Nile. Originally I was looking at higher clarity (VS1/VS2) but after reading your diamond earring guide I am now considering a SI1 clarity pair of diamond stones. Are there any stones that you would recommend? I found this pair that I thought would …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Cut Diamond for a White Gold Pave Setting With Up to $8,000 Budget

Hello! Thanks for posting all of your articles, they have been very helpful. Seems that “eye clean” holds a lot of value when comparing diamonds but I’m not sure how to determine if something is eye clean online? While reviewing the options on James Allen I found this diamond: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.30-carat-f-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-8381892?a_aid=dmnd1357 which, based on my “eye …




Q&A: Choosing a Radiant Cut Diamond for a Pave White Gold Setting Within a $9,000 Budget

Hi there! Hoping to seek some advice in picking out a radiant cut diamond. Here are some loose parameters: Diamond: – Cut: Radiant (preference for more elongated/rectangular vs. square) – Carat: Somewhere around 1… No larger than 1.2 – Colour: I think colour is typically a bit easier to notice in radiants vs. others? Probably …


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