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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: Help Finding a Pair of Round Cut Earrings Within a $10k-$15k Budget

Hi, Thanks for the very helpful information on your site. I am interested in buying my wife a larger pair of diamond studs. Here previous pair were a total weight of ~0.75 and were purchased from Tiffany’s. I am certain I can get a better deal for larger diamonds elsewhere and have enjoyed looking at …


Q&A: Help Choosing a Good-Looking I1 Diamond With a $3,500 Budget

I was hoping you guys could give me your opinions on a few of the diamonds I have been looking at. The diamond will be going in a yellow gold pave setting. If all of these diamonds would be unsatisfactory in your opinion, then I would appreciate your suggestions. Budget for the diamond is around …


Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Platinum Halo Setting Within a $13k Budget

Good evening! Shopping for an engagement ring from Canada. Looking on Blue Nile and James Allen. Have done a bit of research on many sites but enjoyed all the details that you have! However, still a little lost lol. I thought I figured out the cut, color, and clarity. Then I just learnt about fluorescent …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for a Thin Pave Setting With Around $12k Budget

I’m currently in the process of buying an engagement ring. I listened to you on the podcast the Art of Charm! I wanted to reach out for you help in picking the right diamond while avoiding the shady jelewers. Budget for the stone: $10-12k 1.8-2cts Round diamond I’d be happy to make some specific recommendations …




Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs Within a $8k-$10k Budget

Please assist with identifying an eye-clear pair of diamonds for stud earrings at either Blue Nile or James Allen. Specs: 1 ct/ea = 2 total carat Platinum 4-prong settings Ideal cut D-F color, G? SI2 clarity Budget = $8,000-$10,000 total. Please also advise regarding approx. $1500 price difference between Blue Nile’s GIA vs. James Allen …


Q&A: Looking for a GIA Oval-Shaped Diamond Within a $600 Budget

Did I get ripped off? I’m so worried I thought it was GIA certified and realized after I bought it that GSI is different. 0.32k H color SI2 Ideal cut For 1,300. Did I get ripped off? I’m freaking out, it’s custom and I don’t know if I’m too late to cancel it. Can you …


Q&A: Choosing a Pear-Shaped Diamond With Up to $1,100 Budget

Hello! These are all on James Allen, which one of the 4 do you think is best? Thank you! https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.52-carat-f-color-vs2-clarity-sku-1857928?a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.52-carat-e-color-vs1-clarity-sku-4683464?&a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.58-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-sku-6168856?&a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.51-carat-f-color-vs2-clarity-sku-6971407?&a_aid=dmnd1357 The only diamond I like is this one: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.52-carat-f-color-vs2-clarity-sku-1857928?a_aid=dmnd1357 It’s a great option and you should go with it. The other ones had medium or strong fluorescence which is too strong for …


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