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 0.5 Ct Round Diamond for a Halo Setting

I’m not sure how this works but I just thought I’d send an email. I’m living in the UK looking to buy an engagement ring. I came across James Allen and it sounds like that’s the place to get a diamond on the internet. I’m looking at something quite small, between 0.4-0.6 carat. The main …


Q&A: Choosing a Pavé Ring with a Round Cut Diamond for Under $4,000 In Total

Hello, I was a hair’s breadth away from purchasing an engagement ring from Ritani until I read your “Ritani Review” article. I had no idea about the existence of Blue Nile and James Allen, and after spending days creating what I thought was the perfect ring on Ritani, I came upon your article and am …


Q&A: Looking for a Diamond Ring from James Allen With a $2,500 Total Budget

I’m considering buying this engagement ring from James Allen: www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/three-stone/18k-white-gold-marquise-shape-three-stone-ring-item-59173?a_aid=dmnd1357 I would really appreciate your help in finding the best value, eye clean round cut diamond to go with it. I’m trying to find the biggest carat diamond I can get without compromising on appearance. My max budget is about $2500, which leaves me about …


Q&A: Looking for a 2+ Ct. Round Brilliant for a Platinum Pavé Ring

First, thank you so much for creating this website and sharing your insightful reviews. They have been tremendously helpful. I am currently in the market for an engagement ring, and I have been gathering whatever educational information I can gather from online. After reading your review for Blue Nile and James Allen, I am definitely …


Q&A: Looking for a 1 Ct. Round Brilliant for a Solitaire for Under $5k In Total

Q&A: Looking for a 1 Ct. Round Brilliant for a Solitaire for Under $5k In Total

I’ve been looking through your site for the last two months. I found it incredibly resourceful and informative. James Allen seems to be the vendor of choice… I have had my eye on this 0.90 VS2 Excellent cut for a while… My budget is 5k with the setting (solitaire, sleek, 18k WG, $730) but would …




Q&A: Choosing a Round Brilliant for a Halo Setting with Around $16k Budget

We are looking for an eye clean diamond with the best combination of size (bigger is better) and absolute brilliance (super ideal cuts), could you please help? Thank you. Budget: $16,000 (center stone only) Type: round; Color: I or better (is color I going to look yellow in a platinum setting?); Clarity: SI1 or better; …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave with $2,500 – $3,000 Budget

Hi, thanks so much for an amazing website with such an incredible amount of useful information. I’m in the market for a .7-.8 ct. round diamond for a white gold pave or classic setting. I, like everyone else, am looking for the best sparkle for the money. I’m not terribly picky on the color, clarity …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave with $2,500 – $3,000 Budget

Hi, thanks so much for an amazing website with such an incredible amount of useful information. I’m in the market for a .7-.8 ct. round diamond for a white gold pave or classic setting. I, like everyone else, am looking for the best sparkle for the money. I’m not terribly picky on the color, clarity …


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