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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 Round Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to $10,000 Budget

Hello, I was wondering if you could take a look at a diamond for me and let me know your thoughts? I’ve been utilizing the Ringo tool to weed out diamonds that aren’t eye clean. I already have a white gold halo setting, so I’m looking for a round center stone. Please let me know …


Q&A: Looking for Diamond Studs With a $9,500 Total Budget

Hi there, I’m looking for diamond studs. My goal is to keep the entire transaction below/around $9,500, including setting, appraisal, fees, etc, while hitting the 2-carat point on the pair. Is that possible? Here’s the best priced 2tcw I-color pair I found. The diamonds are very nicely cut and would be very bright and brilliant …



Q&A: Help Finding a Pair of Round Cut Earrings With a C$1,200 Budget

Hello, I am looking for a pair of diamonds from Bluenile.ca (I’m in Canada so need duty free) for earrings (solitaire, white gold claw setting). Approximate cost of $1,200 CAD. Appreciate your assistance! Let me know if something like this would suit you or if you’d want me to keep looking around: Blue Nile LD13095844 …


Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs with Around $1.5k Budget

Hello. I worked with you before for an engagement ring and was great. Today, I’m interested in buying a pair of diamonds for stud earrings. .45 – .55 carat round diamonds that are good value for earrings. Prefer James Allen. Aside from being eye clean, I hope for good cut. Can you work your magic …


Q&A: After-Purchase Consultation

Hi, My boyfriend just purchased this diamond: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/emerald-cut/2.14-carat-d-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-7888240?a_aid=dmnd1357 I am a little concerned about purchasing something so expensive online without seeing it first – any thoughts as to whether this is a good cut, eye clean diamond? The diamond is absolutely eye-clean and it is a beautiful example of a nice emerald cut with no …


Q&A: Choosing a Radiant Cut Diamond Within a C$2.5k-$3k Budget

Hey, I’m picking out a radiant diamond (0.8 carat range, 2,500-3,000 CAD$). I’ve found several ones I like, but have very thick girdles like this one: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/radiant-cut/0.80-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-sku-8061993?a_aid=dmnd1357 Or they have what I observe to be a bowtie effect and darkening in the middle: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/radiant-cut/0.80-carat-h-color-vvs1-clarity-sku-7936830?a_aid=dmnd1357. How would the larger girdle effect the look of the diamond… …


Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a White Gold Three-Stone Ring With a £6k Budget

Hello, I am looking at this ring from James Allen. I found your Ringo tool helpful. 14K WHITE GOLD THREE STONE ROUND AND PAVE SET DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.01-carat-i-color-vs1-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-8110774?a_aid=dmnd1357 It’s $7935 total. Total carat says 1.68 with the sides which sounds decent to me. Anything I have missed? Would you be able to find something …



Q&A: Help Choosing a Round Diamond With a $6,000 Budget

Hello Diamond Pros, I would like to purchase a diamond ring (for engagement) from James Allen or Blue Nile, at around $6,000. Below are some specifications I would like: – around 1 carat – round – eye clean What style setting (solitaire, pave/side stones/halo) and metal (yellow/white gold, platinum) do you want to use? This …


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