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 a Round Center Diamond for a Solitaire With a $4k Budget Including Taxes to the UK

Hi, I am looking for an engagement ring. I have a budget of approx $4000 dollars including the UK 22% tax and the ring itself. I like the look of this one: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.85-carat-h-color-vvs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2111594?a_aid=dmnd1357 But it’s a bit out of budget as it doesn’t take in to account UK tax. Any recommendations you can provide would be …


Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a White Gold Halo With a $5.5k – $6.5k Budget

Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a White Gold Halo With a $5.5k – $6.5k Budget

Hello, I am looking for at least a 1 ct. Round diamond to fit the setting below: www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/halo/14k-white-gold-falling-edge-pave-diamond-engagement-ring-item-49492?a_aid=dmnd1357 My budget is 5,500-6,500. I would really like the diamond to be at least 1 ct. If possible. I’m really aiming for the diamond to be really clear and very sparkly. I have read that one of …


Q&A: Help Finding a Pair of Round or Asscher Cut Earrings With a $20k Budget

I am interested in purchasing a pair of diamond earrings for my wife’s 40th birthday. Something that looks like this (in terms of style): http://www.cartier.com/en-us/collections/jewelry/categories/earrings/diamond-collection/n8515069-1895-earrings.html or perhaps Diamond stud earnings with an asscher cut as opposed to round cut like this: Asscher Diamond Stud Earrings Although I think I prefer a round as opposed to …


Q&A: Looking for a Radiant or Asscher Cut Diamond for a Solitaire Setting

Good evening. I am looking for a solitaire diamond in a platinum setting. Very simple and elegant. I would like either a radiant cut or asscher cut, but open to others. Not a huge fan of the princess or round cuts. I was checking this out: http://www.brilliantearth.com/rings/cyorings/view_diamond/3358559/?sid=1705490 Any thought?   I’d be happy to make …


Q&A: Choosing a Cushion or a Princess Diamond for a Pavé Setting with Around $6k Budget

Hi, first thank you for your help. As I was reading through the info admittedly it became somewhat overwhelming. You mentioned somewhere on the page that you could recommend some diamonds based on a few things. My budget I’m looking at $5-6000, possibly more. My girlfriend has mentioned liking cushion cut and princess diamond cut …


Q&A: Help Finding a Cushion Cut Diamond for a Halo Setting for Around $10k

Great articles. Thank you. I’m looking for a cushion cut that will be placed in a halo setting on white metal. The band will also have diamonds part way down each side, for reference in that the center stone needs to pop. I was anticipating around $10K for the whole set up from a jewelry …


Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Pave Setting Within a $7k-$8k Budget

I am looking to purchase a 1 carat round diamond and I came across your website. I have a good basic understanding of the 4 c’s but I don’t pretend to be an expert. What services do you provide and is there a fee to help me find a diamond. I am interested in something …


Q&A: Looking for a Shy 1 Ct. Round Diamond With Up to $5,000 Budget

Awesome site! GIA/AGS certified Budget: 3,500-5,000 Band type: Platinum Diamond shape: round Carat weight: between .95-.99 Diameter: This one im not as sure about, but I think probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.9, 6.0. Or whatever would look best. Diamond Color: H-J Clarity: Between VS2 & SI2 Cut: excellent/Ideal Let me know if more …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond With a $9k – $10k Budget

Hi. I am looking for a round diamond for a James Allen setting. I want sparkle, clear without florescence over size of carat. My budget is 9,000-10.000 for the diamond. Wondering if you can give me some ideas. I was looking at the lotus basket setting on the pave style ring. Thank you. Have a …


Q&A: Choosing a Center Diamond for a Halo White Gold Setting Within a $5000 Budget

Q&A: Choosing a Center Diamond for a Halo White Gold Setting Within a $5000 Budget

Hi, I listened to your interview on the Art of Charm podcast over a year ago. I’m finally ready to buy an engagement ring and I wanted to check in with you before I committed to anything. Can you please walk me through the steps? As you mentioned in the interview, and several times throughout …


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