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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: Buying Princess Cut Diamond; James Allen vs. Blue Nile

Cut-good or above Color-J-H Clarity-SI2-VS1 Carat- >1 Princess I am looking to spend around 4-4.5K on the complete ring so about 3-3.5K on the diamond. I am looking for a diamond that is good quality and also at least 1 carat. 1.2 would be best but i could be asking for to much. What do …


Q&A: Best Round Diamond for $35-60K Budget

Q. Thank you for your very informative site! tried to take your advice into consideration when surfing james allen… i’d like you to take a look at 5 round stones in the 35K range #1432782 = 2.60/I/VS1 $33930 #1423181 = 2.40/H/VS2 $34460 #1397864 = 2.24/H/VS1 $35720 #1422760 = 2.38/H/VS1 $37920 i also took a look …


Q&A: Need Assistance Buying 1 Carat Princess Cut Diamond

I’ve looked at your posts that you’ve had in helping people out choosing diamonds and I could use some assistance. Currently I am picking out an engagement ring from James Allen and I have been looking at their diamonds. I’m looking for a Princess Cut Diamond roughly around 1 carat or larger color being from …


Q&A: Looking for a Diamond Down Under

Hope you are doing well. I have been reading up on diamonds for a while and stumbled upon your website and have to say that the honest information provided here is refreshing and very appreciated. I’m living in Melb, Australia and am looking for a good engagement ring yet at the same time giving my …


Q&A: Assistance Buying a Square Cushion Cut Diamond

Hello! I would like your assistance on a square cushion cut diamond. I have been examining diamond on JamesAllen and have come up with a few that I really like. I’m unsure what setting I will decide on either pave or a simple solitaire. It will come down to the diamond price. My budget for …


Q&A: Seeking Best Round 3/4 Carat Diamond for My Money

I’m looking to buy an engagement ring for my future wife and needless to say diamonds are expensive. My goals are the following: I’m looking for the best diamond for the price, but at the same time she looked at an I color, SI1 clarity 3/4 carat diamond and loved it. Shape: Round Desired Color …


Q&A: How to Buy the Cleanest Radiant-Cut Diamond

Is this a decent diamond? https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/K-VS1-Premium-Cut-Radiant-Diamond-1085232.asp Can you make any other recommendations in that price range? I like the radiant because it is a little different than the traditional round. Top Recommended Vendors Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well known internet jewelry seller. They have a very large exclusive online inventory. …


Q&A: Seeking Ideal Cut Round Diamond for $2K Budget

Message: ■Is your goal cheapest price for given parameters, yes chapest price for given parameters. .71 c ■Round ■Desired Color Range I to J ■VS1 to si 1 ■$2000 ■I want it to sparkle It would like it on a 4 prong classic type ring Thanks! Top Recommended Vendors Blue Nile Blue Nile is the …


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, …



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