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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: Thoughts on a 1.25-1.5 Princess Cut Diamond

I’m in the process of buying my first ever diamond to propose to my wonderful girlfriend. She wants a princess cut 1.25 -1.5 on a white gold/platinum pave setting. I reviewed your site and loved the advice. Based on your recommendations on color and clarity I saw the attached on James Allen. The inclusions look …


Q&A: Buying Emerald or Princess Cut Diamond on JA from Spain

I want to buy the perfect engagement ring to my soon to be wife, She wants something she can wear it everyday but elegant and with style. My first question is that She likes Emerald diamonds but everyone has told me that they are not very sparking and I’d better buy her a princess or …


Q&A: Looking for 1 Carat Princess Cut Diamond for ~$7K Budget

Well, I thought I knew what I was looking for in a princess cut diamond, and then I found your site and discovered that I was probably going to spend more than I had to on a diamond that would be of a quality not noticed by an untrained eye. I am looking for a …


Q&A: Looking for Round 1 Carat Diamond; What is a Realistic Budget?

I’m so glad I found your site. I was hoping you could give me some advice on buying a loose stone. I’m looking for a Round 1.0 to 1.2 carat stone, H-I color, preferrably no worse than SI2 clarity (and ”eye clean”). I was looking to spend between $3500 and $4000. Is that realistic? Any help …


Q&A: Ideal Princess Cut Diamond for $17-20K Budget

Hi, I found a nice diamond on James Allen, but wanted to show it to you first. https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1383491.asp I’ve found your website to be very helpful. My budget is 17-20k. Top Recommended Vendors James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is at the point where it’s almost the …


Q&A: Best Round Diamond for ~$20K Budget

Thank you for creating such an incredibly informative website! I am looking for an engagement diamond with the following details: Overall: for now would be looking for the cheapest price for given parameters Shape: Round Color Range: F or better Clarity: SI1 or better (nothing visible to naked eye) Budget: up to $15k (preference would …


Q&A: Building a 3 Stone Ring on James Allen for $10K Budget

Thanks for your wonderful website. Learnt a lot from it. I’m looking for a three stone diamond ring with platinum setting with a budget of $10K. JamesAllen seems to have the option of only 0.5 carat as sidestones and it is costing ~$5K. That allows me to spend $5K on the center diamond. Any recommendations? …


Q&A: “Best Budget Diamond” for $6K Budget

Hello, Ira. Thanks for your site, it’s very good. I’m a huge web surfer and I think you’ve got great info. I have settled on the setting: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channelset-rings/ring/item_57-171_design.asp?module=setting I am looking for the best budget diamond. In the past I’ve always (I was married before) been told to buy a D or an E, VVS2, …


Q&A: Help Finding Round Brilliant Diamond for $10K Budget

It probably goes without saying but I am looking to purchase the best diamond I can. I’m looking for a round cut that is at least 1.5 carats, color H maybe I (or better), and the best clarity I can get (maybe VS2 or SI1). I am very grateful for the site and would be …


Q&A: Looking for Ideal Princess for My Ideal Princess

Q&A: Looking for Ideal Princess for My Ideal Princess

I have the setting I want but can use some help picking out the main stone. Below is the setting. https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/-18k-White-Gold-Channel-Set-Diamond-Engagement-Ring.html Item #: 17152W I want don’t want a main stone that looks too small for the ring and I also want something that looks very clean. I looked at Kay’s and compared a regular …


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