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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: Choosing an Oval Diamond for a Pave Ring With $4,000 Total Budget

Hi, I’m looking for an oval diamond. My budget is around $3,000. My maximum budget for the ring is $4,000 including the oval diamond and a pave setting. I’ve been searching in Blue Nile, and I’ve found some around .9 carats. But I don’t know how to choose the best for the money. I didn’t …



Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs With a $2k – $4k Budget

Hello, I am looking to buy diamond stud earrings for a push present. I am looking at either 1 ct tw or 1.5ct tw studs. I’ve read your article on purchasing studs and I regularly read the Q&A. At this size your article says I should buy their preset studs however I’ve seen several Q&As …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for Around C$4k – $5k Budget

Hi, I’m very new to this. I’ve read all I can but to be honest I’m lost. I only have $3,000-$4,000 CAD budgeted for a ring, and the below link is the best I can come up with. Am I wasting money on things that I ultimately won’t be able to discern? Preference: round diamond, …



Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to $7,000 Budget

Hello. Help, help, help :). I’m proposing to my GF of 19 years in 2 months. Looking for a round diamond on Blue Nile (preferred vendor) for no more than $7,000. Would like to have a diamond that has fire and is brilliant, but would like the imperfections not to be so visible. But in …



Q&A: Choosing a Round or Pear-Shape Diamond With a $7k – $15k Budget

Good afternoon. Firstly, thank you for your interesting articles. I would truly love some advice on purchasing an engagement ring. My budget is between $7-12k for a round diamond, G-D in colour with a VS1 and up clarity. I looked around and I like these diamonds for you: https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.11-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2420261?a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.20-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2765837?a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.30-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2617744?a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.50-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3435627?a_aid=dmnd1357 They are well …


Q&A: Help Finding a 0.80 Ct. Round Diamond for a Platinum Solitaire Setting

I’m looking to buy a solitaire diamond engagement ring. I’m based in the UK and want to avoid customs/duty considerations, so for example Blue Nile is preferred to James Allen. Diamond shape: round brilliant Budget: up to £2,900 for the diamond In general, quality (particularly cut) is more important than size, but 0.70 carat or …



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