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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 a Cushion Cut Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to $35,000 Budget

Hi there. Ready to buy a diamond engagement ring from James Allen, but I’ve learned so much from your website that I want your expertise/assistance with verifying my selection. Platinum band Halo setting Cushion Cut $33k-$35k I am including a couple of specific cushion cut diamonds that I’ve found, and that seem to be great …


Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Platinum French Pave Setting With a $15k – $19k Budget

Hi, I’m looking for diamond picks from Blue Nile. Budget is $15k-$19k. It’ll be set in a platinum ring. Looking at the following ring: French Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring Blue Nile LD15230098 Overall diamond specs: Color D-H Carat 1.5-2 Cut Ideal- Excellent Clarity VS2-FL Fluorescence Med-None Blue Nile LD15230098 – The medium fluorescence might cause …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Platinum Ring Within a $2.5k-$3k Budget

Hi Team, I am hoping you can help me please. I have spent a bit of time trying to learn what I can online and think I have narrowed down the type of engagement ring that I want to buy to the following: Budget: $2,500 – $3,000 Relatively simple platinum setting (from what I have …




Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Rose Gold Halo Setting Within a $3k Budget

Please review the attached diamond. This would be going with a rose gold halo pave setting. My main concern is if the colour would look slightly yellow given then setting. www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.80-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-10027653?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.80-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-10027653?a_aid=dmnd1357 – This diamond is nicely cut, I don’t see any red flags. H colored diamonds look colorless in any setting. But if you …


Q&A: Help Finding an Eye-Clean Round Diamond for a Pave Setting With $6k Total Budget

Do you think this is eye clean? www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.11-carat-g-color-si2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-9433553?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.11-carat-g-color-si2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-9433553?a_aid=dmnd1357 – This stone is nicely cut but it has a large cloud on the table. It might look cloudy in person. My goal is to get the largest eye clean diamond with the most brilliance. I’d say the brilliance is more important than size which is …


Q&A: Looking for a Round or Pear or Oval Diamond for a Pave Setting With a $4,000 Budget

Hi, I am looking to buy an engagement ring for my significant other. I have found the below diamonds on James Allen. How can I tell in the photo that these diamonds will shine well? Thinking about using a pave setting. Do you think the color will work? www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/1.02-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-sku-8628714?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/1.01-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-sku-10429883?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/1.00-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-sku-10189675?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.01-carat-i-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-10398659?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.01-carat-g-color-si2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-10265858?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.13-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-9272540?a_aid=dmnd1357 Thanks …


Q&A: Choosing a 2.50 Ct. Round Diamond for a Tension Solitaire Setting With a $20k Budget

I’d like to put this stone in a tension ring setting: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.43-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-10401058?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.43-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-10401058?a_aid=dmnd1357 – This diamond is nicely cut, I don’t see any red flags. Nice find! I found these two alternatives: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.50-carat-j-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-9869823?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.64-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-8530010?a_aid=dmnd1357 I have another stone from James Allen; can you give me your opinion on this one and possible suggest other that …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Platinum Setting with Around $3,000 Budget

I would like to know what your thoughts are on this diamond. Blue Nile LD14518224 I choose a platinum setting. Blue Nile LD14518224 – This diamond is perfect, I don’t see any red flags. I see it’s no longer available. Have you already bought it? I have the diamond on hold for now, so that …


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