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: Where to turn to when looking for a setting?

Q&A: Where to turn to when looking for a setting?

Hi, I’m looking to purchase an engagement ring and was hoping to see if you had any discounts for Blue Nile. Please let me know at your earliest convenience. Here is the code for $100 off of a purchase over 1k. [contact us for your own unique coupon code] According to BN, this is the …



Q&A: Choosing a 1 Ct. Cushion or Oval-Shaped Diamond With Shipping to Canada

Hi there. I’m a Canadian looking for my forever oval diamond. You have specific buying tips for other shapes but not ovals. What do you recommend for the 4Cs for this shape? It would be set in 14k white gold. I’m looking for best bang for buck for 1 carat. Is it worth buying online …


Q&A: Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond for a Rose Gold Setting

Hi, I read your review of James Allen, it was very helpful. I’m looking for a princess cut diamond that has an ideal cut, G colour, clarity SI2 and a max budget of AUS$ 5500 not including the setting. I had a look at the diamonds they had but my issue is how do I …


Q&A: Looking for Information: What Price to Expect on a 2 Ct. Round Diamond?

Can you give me an estimate in AU$ price that one should expect to pay for a: 2.01 carat E/F colour SI1 XXX faint flourescence and 2.01 carat E/F colour VS1 XXX faint Fluorescence Thank you. Do the diamonds have a legitimate certificate (GIA or AGS)? If so, can you send me their number? I …



Q&A: Looking for a 2+ Ct. Round Diamond With a $20k Budget

HI, I’m looking for a diamond ring for my wife. First of all, thank you for all the information on your website, very educational. She likes something around 2 carat or higher, good quality, colorless, like G, and clarity around vvs1-vs1, perfect cut. platinum ring size 5.5. Would you please make suggestions? My budget is …


Q&A: Choosing a Center Diamond for a Platinum Solitaire With a $4k Budget

Hello, looking for a round diamond. Looking at this setting: www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/platinum-tapered-six-prong-diamond-engagement-ring-item-50011?a_aid=dmnd1357 And these diamonds: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.81-carat-i-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2382054?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.80-carat-i-color-i1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2193817?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.75-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2383417?a_aid=dmnd1357 The information on your site is very informative but there’s just too much to absorb. Your help will be much appreciated. Thanks. I’m afraid that the black inclusion right on the table of the VS2 stone is going to …


Q&A: Choosing a Square Cushion Cut Diamond With Around $7,000 Budget

Great website. I found it very useful in researching the diamond buying process. I am looking to purchase a cushion cut diamond, around 1 carat and would like to keep the cost around $7,000 (USD). I have read your website and am thinking that the Signature series from Brian Gavin could be a good option. …



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