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 a Pear-Shaped Diamond for a Gold Setting Within a $8k Budget

Michael FriedFebruary 8, 2019 Hello! I’ve been shopping lately for a pear shaped diamond for an engagement. I am basically looking for the perfect diamond, and I could use some help! My fiancé-to-be works in a lab and the odds of the diamond being under a microscope are extremely high! I’m really flexible on price, …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Simple Solitaire Ring With $15k Budget

Michael FriedFebruary 7, 2019 Hello, I would like some assistance in searching for a solitaire. I’m looking for something between 2.2 – 2.4 carats with a budget of about USD 15k. As per your articles, cut proportion is a priority to me but I’m not quite certain about a trade off between clarity and colour. …



Q&A: Choosing a Center Diamond for a Platinum Solitaire Setting Within a £3000 Budget

Michael FriedFebruary 5, 2019 Looking for a platinum (or maybe white gold) set engagement ring up to £3000. Solitaire style, not sure what the best options are for budget. Haven’t tried anything on so open to suggestions. Can you also tell me what shape of diamond you’re looking for? Then I’ll be happy to send …


Q&A: Choosing an Oval Diamond With Up to $1,500 Budget

Michael FriedFebruary 4, 2019 Hello, I am in the process of helping my future son in law buy an engagement ring for my daughter. We plan to use Blue Nile because it offers the setting she prefers. We are looking at oval diamonds and would appreciate help selecting one in the $1500.00 CAD price range. …


Q&A: Help Finding a 1.00 Ct. Round Diamond for a Rose Gold Cathedral Solitaire Setting

Michael FriedFebruary 3, 2019 My fiance and I are currently on the hunt for an engagement ring. We live in Australia but are interested in purchasing online if it will ultimately mean better value for money – I’m thinking either Blue Nile or JA. Budget is around AUD$6500 for the entire ring. Although, given we …



Q&A: Help Choosing a Round Diamond for a Floral Halo Ring With a $1,200 Budget

Michael FriedFebruary 1, 2019 Hi, I am looking for a round diamond of around 0.6 carats for a white gold floral halo ring with a budget of around US$2,200, is this possible? Here are my suggestions of floral settings: Floral Halo Diamond Engagement Ring Truly Zac Posen Floral Halo Diamond Engagement Ring Here’s a stone …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for a Classic Halo Setting with Around $9,000 Budget

Michael FriedJanuary 31, 2019 Hi! I’m looking at diamonds on Blue Nile. I would like to find one that is at least 1.5 ct, at least I color, definitely eye clean SI1/VS2 clarity. I also would need it to be excellent/ideal cut, excellent symmetry, and excellent polish. I would like to keep it between $8000-$9000. …


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