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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: Need Help Selecting Princess Cut Diamond with Matching Side Stones

Let me start by saying the website is phenomenal. The whole diamond buying experience can be so overwhelming and the information you provide helps reduce much of the anxiety. I’m looking to propose soon to my live in girl friend of 10 years and have decided on pricess cut stones in this setting: https://www.jamesallen.com/design-your-three-stone-ring/three-stone-princess-cut-engagement-rings.html. I …


Q&A: Need “Expert Opinion” on Round 1 Carat Diamond for $5.5K Budget

As many have mentioned, your site is incredibly helpful and informative. I would like to request your assistance in purchasing an engagement ring. I have picked out a setting on jamesallen.com. The link for the setting is: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channelset-rings/ring/item_58-3776.asp For the diamond, my maximum budget is $5,400. I would like at least 1 carat, with an …


Q&A: Ideal Cut Round Diamond Just Under 1 Carat for $4K Budget

Thank you so much for all the information on your website. It is exactly the information I was looking for. I find it way too easy to get caught up with features in diamonds beyond what the naked eye can see. I was wondering if you could help me select a diamond for an engagement …


Q&A: Looking for Best Emerald Cut Diamond Ring for $8K Budget

I’ve been reading your site and it’s been great. I’m looking for an emerald cut diamond engagement ring. I’d like to get the best looking diamond for the price. I can spend $8000k for the entire ring. I’ve been looking on the JA site and found the following setting: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/channelset-rings/ring/item_58-3784.asp I’m having issues finding the …


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 …


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