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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 Round, Cushion, or Oval-Shaped Diamond for $2K Budget

I am looking for a round, cushion, or oval shape diamond under $2000. As far as clarity is concerned, anything ”eye-clean” is fine. Of course, I would like the biggest diamond, I don’t like the faint yellow tint. I read on your website that a medium fluorescent can help a lower color diamond look better, …



Q&A: Vote of Confidence for Princess Cut Engagement Ring Already Purchased

Hi, Great site. You really helped me with my purchase from Jamesallen.com. I was looking for a princess cut diamond in the $4500 range. My citeria were ~0.75-1.2 carat, D-G, IF-VS1, ideal or premium cut. As you see from the diamonds I narrowed it down to, I let the clarity slide to VS2 upon advice …


Q&A: Looking for Suggestions for 1 Carat Diamonds on James Allen

Thanks for the info you provide on your site. I’ve taken your tips and narrowed the parameters to ”ideal cut”, ”I or H color”, and the low range of clarity. I am looking at 1 carats. Total budget is staying around 5k or so. I get 2 results on James Allen: 1. H, SI2 for …


Q&A: “Am I on the right track to get the shiniest diamond?”

First off, your website has been tremondously helpful for me-a first time diamond buyer. I hugely value cut and I have been looking at Blue Nile and their signature cut. Obviously, I am paying more for the signature brand. So, I used the more stringent table (60.1 to 61.9) and depth% (55 to 57) values …


Q&A: Looking for “nudge in the right direction” to find round 1-1.2 carat diamond

First, great site and I’m glad that I stumbled onto it! I’m contacting you for your expert advice, or at lest nudge in the right direction. I am looking at engagement rings with diamonds in the ~10k range. The Bride-to-be is interested in size over quality, she thinks 1.5ct would be about right. Setting is …


Q&A: Narrowing the Search for Round Diamond, $5K Budget

I narrowed my search down to 4 diamonds, links are below. My budget for my engagement ring is $5k-5.5k. My original plan was Color I/H, Clearity VS2, Cut Very Good, Polish VG, Symmetry VG. After looking at diamonds in person I decided my money might be better spent a little differently: Color I, Clearity SI2, …


Q&A: “Officially scared” about buying a diamond — help!

Well you officially scared me from buying a diamond, so many things to know and still you may not be getting what you think or even over paying. Im skeptical about this whole process but seeing that like most people in my situation; i have no knowledge of diamonds, really what do i have to …


Q&A: Blue Nile Setting Becomes Custom James Allen Setting for Brilliant Round Stone

We are starting to look for an engagement ring and ran across your site. What great information you have available! Here is the ring that we’re pretty sure we are leaning towards purchasing. Blue Nile Floating Diamond Engagement Ring Any comments or concerns you have about the ring would be greatly appreciated. We didn’t know …


Q&A: Need Help Picking Round Diamond for $4K Budget

I’ve been looking over your site for the past few days, and wanted to thank you; it’s an excellent resource. I’m looking for a diamond, round cut, that will be set in a platinum solitaire setting. My budget for the stone is up to about $3.5k – $4k, and I’m pretty much looking to get …


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