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: Should I Buy a Beautiful Loose Diamond in Bahrain, Ira?

Thanks so much for taking the time to help me out. I’m currently in Bahrain with the Navy and am planning on proposing to my girlfriend a few months after I get home (need to have the ring made). She likes a modern-looking ring and is particularly enamored with a platinum half-bezel solitaire setting (I …


Q&A: Seeking Sparkling Round Brilliant Diamond for $4500-5200 Budget

Hello, I have been lurking on your website for nearly a year. I am finally ready to go ahead with my purchase and your guidance would be much appreciated. My budget for the diamond is 4500- 5200. The setting is a 18k white gold tension set split prong. Must be round brilliant ideal cut stone. …


Q&A: Confused about Buying Best Princess Cut for ~$2500 Budget

I am looking for the best possible Princess cut for roughly around $2700 before the setting. I’ve scoured the James Allen site and came across your site. Wow, I would have wasted money. I was down to my top 3 choices after the gemologist review haha. I want to get the best diamond for my …


Q&A: Seeking Best Princess Cut Diamond for $3K Budget

I greatly appreciate the info that you have provided on your website. Had I not found your site, I probably would have purchase an engagement ring site unseen. James Allen’s virtual loupe adds a ton of value, but I still need you help ensuring that I am getting the most bang for my buck. My …


Q&A: Looking for 1.5 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond

I was referred to your website by a friend who used your brokerage service this past year. Your advice is great! I have warmed up to the idea of buying a diamond from James Allen or Blue Nile. I am looking for roughly a 1.5 carat (or larger if in the budget) emerald cut diamond. …


Q&A: Looking for Loose Round 0.6 Carat Diamond

I am looking for a loose round diamond approximately .60 carats around the $1500.00 Maximum cost that will be set in a white gold setting. From what I have read on your website, cut is the most important and I understand why. I found 2 on James Allen website: item#: 1353295 and item#: 1353294 that …


Q&A: Round Diamond for Custom Two-Toned Engagement Ring

Would you be able to help me source a stone 0.90 -1.00ct, colour H-K, ideal cut. I’m helping my sister’s fiance find a stone within a reasonable budget. Maybe 2.5-3.5k. The ring will be custom made with two tones of gold, white and yellow. I was having a browse in jamesallen and these are the …


Q&A: Looking for Advice on Buying a Replacement Engagement Ring

Hi, what a great site! OK, I am looking to buy a replacement engagement ring. The original ring is no more because the diamond fell out about a year ago, not to be found. Although I could afford much more, my bride would kill me even if she knew I spent my proposed budget. Notionally, …


Q&A: GIA Certified Asscher Cut Diamond: Is it worth it?

Thank you for your very informative site. I learned an incredible amount. Here is where I am at: First, I have a 30 day ”no questions asked” return policy on the engagement ring I just purchased about four days ago. My future fiancee really wants an Asscher Cut diamond. I have the IGL report and …


Q&A: Looking for Second Opinion about Round 0.90-1.05 Carat Diamond $4-5.5K

Q&A: Looking for Second Opinion about Round 0.90-1.05 Carat Diamond $4-5.5K

First of all, I love your site. I think I’d be way behind the 8-ball if I didn’t find it, but I still feel overwhelmed with options and I want to pick the best possible diamond for my soon-to-be-fiance! Any help you could offer would be MUCH appreciated as I take this step. Anyway, I …


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