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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: What’s More Important — Clarity or Cut?

I’m looking for a diamond for my wife to be and would welcome your advice. I’m thinking: Size: 1 carat and upwards Shape: Round Colour: F-H Clarity: IF-VVS2 Cut: Ideal, with favourable table and depth percentages and favourable crown and pavillion angles. I want it to really sparkle!! Girdle: Thin to sliglty thick Cutlet: None …


Q&A: “Looking for Most Bang for my Buck” for Round Diamond with $3500 Budget

I am so glad I stumbled across your website! I began my search for a diamond for my girlfriend at Blue Nile. Right off the bat I was skeptical about paying a bunch of money for something I couldn’t see. Luckily I found your site before I made any purchasing decisions. My knowledge of diamonds …


Q&A: “A Clear, Bright Stone” for under $4K

 I appreciate the info on your site and your willingness to help guys like me. I have chosen a setting on jamesallen.com and am now trying to choose the center stone. My budget is $4,000 and the setting is $1,675. I have narrowed it down to 3 stones, the links are pasted below, along with …


Q&A: Looking for 1 Carat Princess Cut Diamond for $4500 Budget

Hi – I’m looking for a diamond for an engagement ring and would like your advice. Here are my requirements: princess cut minimum 1ct eye clean maximum price $4500 I would like to purchase from James Allen. It will be in platinum setting and I would like to get the most brilliance/sparkle for the money. …


Q&A: Selecting Eye-Clean Princess Cut Diamond for $2K Budget

Interested in a particular ring setting from Jamesallen.com. Here is a link to the ring itself. https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/18kt-White-Gold-3-Stone-Pave-Set-Engagement-Ring.html For a center stone we have a loose budget of up to $2000. I have read all of your articles and have spent some time looking at many of Jamesallen’s selections. Here are a few I have found …


Q&A: Round Diamond for 3 Stone Engagement Ring on $16-17K Budget

your website is very informative. I originally had started out with bluenile and reading up some diamond info (4c’s), but once i found your website I was much more well informed. Can you help me pick out 3 diamonds? I plan to place it on a platinum solitaire setting to keep it simple and classy …


Q&A: Upgrading from .36 Carat to .75 Carat Round Diamond

Hello! I am currently looking to upgrade from a .36 carat round to at least a .75 carat but prefer it be the biggest size for my budget. My budget is 3 K to 3.5 K but less is always better. This is what I have found so far: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/pave/18k-Yellow-Gold-French-Cut-Pave-Ring.html https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/J-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1363618.asp Now my questions for …


Q&A: Seeking Cushion Cut Diamond for $4K Budget

I’ve read through a few of your articles and one in particular scared me a fair bit. I’m talking about the one where you compared a VS1 (I think?) diamond against a I3 (again, I think?) diamond and examined the inclusions. Your analysis identified a stark black mark in the VS1 diamond, whilst the I3 …


Q&A: “I want a round diamond, and I want it to sparkle :)”

Thanks for a wonderful site! I have really enjoyed reading through all your information, but still feel a bit unsure as to what diamond to choose. I’m guessing that in contrast to most of the people that ask you for advice I’m a woman and will therefor be buying the diamond for myself (being a …


Q&A: Princess on a “Tight Budget”

Thank you for taking the time to read my email. I am looking to buy a ring to my soon to be fiancé. I have a tight budget, around $2,000. Is there anything decent I can get in this range. I know I am looking for a solitaire princess cut diamond with a white gold …


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