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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: Searching for 1.5 Ct. Emerald Cut Diamond for $10K Budget

I’d like to start by saying a massive THANK YOU for your amazing website. It really is the definitive reference tool on the net. Could you please assist me with my diamond search? I’m after an emerald cut, about 1.50 carat for around $10,000 (or less!). Can you give me your thoughts on this diamond …

Q&A: “Really excellent small diamond is better than a subpar big diamond”

I am looking to buy an engagement ring and stumbled across your website. I figured it couldn’t hurt to email you! Here are my criteria that I have come up with so far. Basically, my philosophy has been, a really excellent small diamond is better than a subpar big diamond. I will be complementing the …

Q&A: Loose Diamond Purchase in the UK; Buy Locally or Online?

Hope you’re well. A fantastic site which has been really useful! Following your guidelines, I’m looking for: – Round diamond – GIA/IGI certified – G/H colour (G if IGI and H if GIA – is that fair?) – VS2/SI1 clarity (VS2 if IGI and SI1 if GIA – is that fair?) – Excellent cut – …

Q&A: Is it a Good Idea to Buy Diamond & Setting Separately?

If I were to go through James Allen (who I can see you highly recommend) for a stone, but got a setting from somewhere else (like Shane Co.), do you recommend that? I ask because I’m unsure if it is a good idea to buy them separate like that. What kind of person would I …

Q&A: Looking for Second Opinion on 0.91Ct. Princess Cut Diamond

I’m looking for a princess cut diamond with a budget of about $4000. So far I’ve come up with this combination from James Allen: Setting Item#: 17152P Platinum 0.42ct Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring #8 stones, 0.42 G-H VS Size: Price: $2,025.00 Diamond Item#: 1518167 Princess 0.91 carat G color VS2 clarity diamond I had …

Q&A: Need Help Buying a Round Diamond in the UK

What a fantastic website you’ve put together. Thanks for all you’re doing for us! I’m looking for a diamond solitaire pendant and found this website which seems to have some nice ones on offer. They are based in the UK (like myself). Have you heard of them? Do you know if they are trustworthy? …

Q&A: Round vs. Princess Cut for Platinum Solitaire Setting

Q&A: Round vs. Princess Cut for Platinum Solitaire Setting

First of all thank you for a very informative and helpful website. I have learned a lot just reading the Diamond Education section and various posts. I was hoping you could help me decide between a Round or a Princess cut for an engagement ring, and then possibly make some suggestions on possible diamonds. My …

Q&A: Looking for 1.5 Ct. Round Diamond for Blue Sapphire Sidestone Setting

I’ve been browsing your website for a few days now and I already feel much more confident shopping for diamonds– Thank you! My budget is 10-12k and I’d like to place a round diamond in a white gold setting that has blue sapphires on each side similar to this setting: Do I need to …

Q&A: Looking for Best Round Diamond for Channel Setting

Really like your website & the great information. Great job with that. I need to buy an engagement ring. I am looking for a 1.5ct or larger round brilliant cut diamond and I hoped to stay under $9,000 but I realize that may not be possible. Based on your advice, I have been looking for …

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