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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 Square Radiant with Sparkle

I am looking at having a custom engagement ring and wedding band made but am still chewing on the best center diamond for the engagement ring. The diamond style of choice is radiant but as you have so aptly pointed out on your website, there is no ”official” grading system that is consistent for all …


Q&A: Pursuing the Perfect Princess Cut Diamond

Hello, I’ve spent a fair amount of time reading your site and I want to say thank you for the abundance of honest information you’ve made available. I always do as much online research as I can before making a significant purchase of any kind and it is particularly frustrating how diverse the information is …


Q&A: Looking for Round Diamond Engagement Ring in Australia

Wow Ira, there is so much to take in when researching this stuff!! Thanks for such a great site (it has certainly helped a LOT), hoping you could give some more of your time to answer a few more questions? I’ve got a budget of about $8K for the entire ring. I’m aiming for a …


Q&A: Seeking Diamond for Solitaire Setting on $3-4K Budget

Ira, I love your site and am so glad that I found it. I have read a lot of the information and checked out the James Allen site. I am comfortable buying a diamond online. I am interested in purchasing an engagement ring and have a budget of $3500 for the diamond. I am interested …


Q&A: Round Brilliant between $6,500 and $7,500

I am searching for a ring imminently and have been reading your site for a few months. Thanks for all the work you’ve done and invaluable information. Based on what I’ve learned from your site, I have been looking at round brilliants in the I – SI1 & SI2 range. I really don’t want to …


Q&A: Matching Colors of Center & Side Stones

First I’d like to say great site! I read the entire thing and recommended it to a friend. I’m purchasing an engagement ring and the setting I chose is from James Allen: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/Platinum-3-Stone-Pave-Set-Diamond.html?a_aid=dmnd1357 I’ve done a lot of searching for the center stone using the guidelines from your site. What I’ve noticed is that color …


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Q&A: Cushion Cut Diamond For $10-$15,000

The following question came to us from Matt from Houston: Thanks for providing this website… It has been a wealth of useful information for me 🙂 I’m planning to get engaged early next year and have started to take a look at rings. Based on your article about Diamond Stud Earrings, I have pretty much …


Q&A: Looking for Eye-Clean Cushion Diamond

I have read every single page of your site and have scoured James Allen and Blue Nile for the perfect radiant or cushion cut stone. I have a budget of 6-7 for the entire ring and wedding band, so I am thinking of a diamond in the 4-5 range. I am looking to cut corners …


Q&A: Best Diamond for $4K Budget

Hi. I would like your opinion on the following diamond https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1330627.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 I plan on pairing it with setting 11012W and wedding band 14024W all from James Allen in white gold. Is this a good choice? Do you have another recommendation for a better diamond from the listings on James Allen? I would like to stay …


Q&A: Round 1.25 Carat for $6-7K Budget

I am looking for a round diamond in the $5500 to $7000 range for this setting: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire-rings/ring/item_57-1933_design.asp?module=setting?a_aid=dmnd1357 Based on the recommendations on your site I am looking in the 1.25 carat range with H-I color, excellent cut, and ’eye-clean’ clarity (SI1-VS2). I would also be happy to get faint to medium florescence, but it is …


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