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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: Online vs. Local in Miami.  $8000 Budget. Radiant vs. Princess.

Q&A: Online vs. Local in Miami. $8000 Budget. Radiant vs. Princess.

I’m looking for a princess cut diamond around 1.25 ct (+- .25 ct) set into a channeled band with diamonds only going halfway down on either side. Have made my mind up on clarity, color, etc. My budget is 8000. I want a combination of quality and size. I live near Miami’s diamond district and …


Q&A: Best Asscher Cut under $8000. James Allen vs. Blue Nile vs. Bricks & Mortar

Dear Ira, I was wondering if you could give me your thoughts on the following Asscher Cut Diamonds from Bluenile: Blue Nile LD01788438 Blue Nile LD00439308 I am looking for the best Asscher Cut for less than $8,000 US. I would like a color grade of D-G I would like the best clarity possible and …


Q&A: Looking for Big and Beautiful Pear Shape for about $10,000

hey Ira, I’m looking to find a pear shaped diamond to fit in a pretty wide (6-8mm) setting. What is most important to look for in Pear shapes? Where can i make concessions since I obviously want to get the largest stone because of the wide setting. thanks have a great day Top Recommended Vendors …


Q&A: Sometimes You Don’t Need My Help!  Guy Looking for 1.50 Emerald Cut Diamond Nails it on First Try.

Q&A: Sometimes You Don’t Need My Help! Guy Looking for 1.50 Emerald Cut Diamond Nails it on First Try.

Hi Ira, My goal is an emerald cut diamond in the 1.5 carat range. My parameters would be your suggested minimums including H and VS2. Eye clean is required. Should I assume an Emerald cut GIA VS2 or better should always be eye clean? My likely setting is this one: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/ring/item_58-169.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 I have located this …



Q&A: Checking out a Stone After Purchase for Eye-Cleanliness

I like your website- I just wanted to get your opinion on this diamond. https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1249023.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 My only worry were the crystals on the table. I contacted James Allen, and they contacted the jeweler, who they say verified that the diamond is in fact “eye clean.” Given your experiences with James Allen, what do you think? …


Q&A: Searching for the Best Cushion Cut Diamond for $3000

Greetings Ira, First, I must write that your site is a must-read for any diamond shopper! Having this wealth of information and your expertise all in one place is such a help – wish I had come across your site before I was already a month into my diamond search! I am looking for a …


Q&A: Looking for 1.20 to 1.50 Carat Princess Cut for Around $8000

I have been monitoring your site for a while now and have found it very informative. I do not know the first thing when it comes to diamonds except what I have read on your site. I am looking for a center stone, princess cut diamond for around $8000. I would like it to be …


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