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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: Looking for Best Round Cut for $1500 Budget

Hi, I’ve been looking to purchase an engagement ring in the $1500 range. To be honest, bigger is better, but at the same, I don’t want to lose too much quality. I’ve been browsing a couple of sites, but this is one I found that I thought was a good match. https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1531414.asp Do you have …


Q&A: “Please help a first timer out!”

I really need your help on picking out an ideal cut round diamond. I would like to purchase from James Allen on a budget of $3500 or less on ring alone. Getting the most ring size and sparkle is what im after and I know thats your specialty! 🙂 How about .85c or less. Please …


Q&A: Looking for 1Ct. Princess Cut for $4500 Budget

I am looking to buy a 1ct (or about) princess cut stone in 4000 range +/- couple hundred. Looking to set it in a simple solitaire setting. Is this an OK choice? https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1534614.asp Top Recommended Vendors Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well known internet jewelry seller. They have a very large …


Q&A: Looking for Emerald Cut Ring — Modern or Classy Setting?

What do you think of these diamonds? I only know my girlfriend wants an emerald shaped diamond. https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS1-Very-Good-Cut-Emerald-Diamond-1525159.asp https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VVS1-Very-Good-Cut-Emerald-Diamond-1521881.asp Which one would you recommend? For the setting, I asked for a price quote on this: We love this Danhov ring! How about you? http://bit.ly/QKCjbA Posted by James Allen Rings on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 I asked …


Q&A: Looking for “Sparkly” 2Ct.+ Round Cut for $22K Budget

I would like some suggestions on whats out there Looking for a GIA loose round ideal cut diamond. Budget is $22000 and she wants size most importantly (2+ carat) that looks “sparkly”. For color H-J I guess would be the best as I read this in one of your articles. What clarity should I look …


Q&A: Looking for Round Cut 1Ct.+ for Solitaire WG Setting

Thanks for all the information on your website, it has been very helpful! I am contacting you in hopes to get your assistance in picking out a loose diamond. I would like to stick to a GIA diamond as you believe they are most consistent with their evaluation of the diamond. Here are the specs …



Q&A: Looking for Round 1 Ct. Diamond on Blue Nile

I’m currently looking for a ~1 carat round diamond in the price range of $6-7k (AUD). Have done a bit of research and am currently happy with this one: Classic Six-Claw Solitaire Engagement Ring Blue Nile LD02827887 Do you think this is suitable? If not, where can I do better? Thanks for all of your …


Q&A: “I Feel Lost in a World of Sparkles”

Love your Blog,I’m ready to take the plunge with my GF and i am looking for a diamond ring.I live in Australia but plan on proposing when we visit America early 2013. I have read everything on your site and other places and i have reached the stage of reading so much i am back …


Q&A: Looking for Cushion or Princess Cut for $3500 Budget

Thank you for your wonderfully informative website. I have learned so much. I need your assistance in buying an engagement ring. I like this setting https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/wedding-ring-sets/platinum-0-54ct-common-prong-brilliant-diamond-ring-set-11119p-14057p.html, and am looking for a princess cut or cushion cut diamond with a maximum price of $3,500 (closer to $3,000 would be better). Based on the guidance on your …


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