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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: Seeking True Hearts or Signature Ideal Round Diamond for $12.5K

Thank you for providing such a great educational website! I am looking for a true hearts or signature ideal round VS2 or better with a H or better color. I would like something between 1.23 to 1.6 carats as my fiance to be is a 4.5 ring size with long fingers. My max budget for …


Q&A: Looking for 0.7 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond

Greetings and belated happy holidays. I’ve found your website very informative… thank you. I’m looking for a .70 cushion cut diamond in the $2000 range for a white gold square halo engagement setting. I found this one (Item # 1280104) at James Allen and wanted to get your opinion. Seems to me like it has …


Q&A: Looking for Round 2 Carat Diamond for Wife of 15 Years

I am looking for an 2 carat round diamond for my wife since 15 years in the i-j color, vs2-si1 range with ideal cut and hopefully less than 18.000 US$. Really need it to be eye clean but when i use the virtual loop at James Allen they all seems to have very large blemishes. …


Q&A: Need Help Making that Final Decision on 0.9-1 Carat Round Diamond

Let me just say, awesome website mate, after reading through it a few times and actually taking your information practically into mind when looking at diamond jewellery, I must admit Im impressed and it has opened my eyes dramatically. I am currently a young Australian, looking at an engagement ring purchase. Im looking to spend …


Q&A: Should I Buy a 1.17 Carat Diamond at Sam’s Club?

Your website is excellent, but there is so much information to take in. I know I want a round diamond; and my budget is approximately $10,000 to 12,500. There is a diamond at Sam’s Club that is 1.17; G; VS2; and the cut is very good. With tax I’m looking at roughly $10,000. But I …


Q&A: Looking for Advice on Round Diamond for $8-9K AUD Budget

I have made the big call to buy an engagement ring! My budget is around $8-9,000 AUD. I really like 6 prong rings and round diamonds. What do you think of: This ring (18k White Gold Six Prong Knife-Edged Diamond Ring): https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/diamond-solitaire-rings.html This diamond: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1345902.asp I can see some imperfections using the virtual loupe – …


Q&A: Looking to Spend $2500 for Princess Cut Diamond

Hello. I am looking for a princess cut diamond. I am looking for the best diamond i can get on a fixed budget. I am looking to spend around $3500 for the entire engagement ring. I really like some of the settings on bluenile, but i am not sure if you can buy a setting …


Q&A: “Hoping to get a diamond that really pops” for $2K Budget

I am hoping to propose in the next couple of weeks and I can really use your advice. My girlfriend has very simple tastes and wants a very simple ring. I’m trying to decide between these two settings: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/2mm-18K-Knife-Edge-Yellow-Gold-Ring.html https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/gold-solitaire-engagement-rings.html As far as the diamond goes, I’m hoping to get the best bang for my …


The Ring after the She Said Yes!

Q&A: “Running in circles with all other ‘expert’ diamond websites out there!”

First things first…THANK YOU for this website! I felt like I was running in circles with all other ”expert” diamond websites out there! I am in search of the most perfect diamond engagement ring within $7000. My girlfriend has expressed simple tastes in rings, so the band I believe will work best is this: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/platinum-diamond-solitaire-ring.html …


Q&A: “Stuck on two but looking for other options”

I’ve probably read your website at least 20-30 times, spent countless hours researching the 4 Cs, and have finally narrowed down my choices to two diamonds: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1353902.asp and Blue Nile LD02042045 I think a lot comes down to the actual ring I choose, but here are my specific: Price Range: $6500 or less for the …


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