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: Biggest Ideal Cut Round Diamond for $3500 Including Setting. Blue Nile vs. James Allen. Looking for Biggest Stone within Tight Budget That’s Still Eye Clean and a Good Performer.

Dear Ira, I hope this email finds you and your family doing well. I have really enjoyed reading about diamonds on your site and getting an unbiased perspective on diamond purchasing. I will be proposing to my girlfriend on an upcoming trip to South America. As a young guy with a non-profit career, my salary …








Q&A: Comparing “Virtual Loupe” pictures. Learning What’s Eye Clean. Explanation of Diamond Photography.

Hello, I Was wondering if this is fairly typical, and if not, how “visible” would the markings be on the SI1 diamond referenced? https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1261007.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1274235.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 Those are two stones I’m looking at for an engagement ring, and it is quite obvious that one has visible (feathering?) on the table. I can’t imagine how this wouldn’t …


Q&A: Best $2000 Princess Cut and How to Avoid Sales Tax

Hi Ira, I’ve been looking at your site for many months now so first of all I’d like to thank you for explaining what to look for in a diamond in such a clear yet thorough way. I appreciate that you must be a very busy man but 2 minutes of your time would be …


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