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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: Looking for the Best Round Brilliant Diamond Possible for $4000

Ira, Been reading your blog and site for the last month or so and its getting close to the time to pull the trigger. I am trying to find my best choice for at least a 1ct round cut diamond for my girlfriends engagement ring. I have been looking at the jamesallen site and have …


Q&A: Looking for a Great Deal on a 1.50 or 1.70+ Princess Cut for Under $9500

I am shopping around for a 1.5 carat Princess cut diamond, solitaire ring. My girlfriend was roped in by salesmen at Zales and loves the Celebration diamond they sell. I do not have the budget for a $13,000 ring, but would like to find something with an excellent cut to maximize brilliance. My budget max …



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Q&A: $20,000 for 3 Carat Stone. Interested in Brokering Service.

Hello, your service looks very interesting, How does you commission work? You find my perfect diamond and show me the details. You give me the contact and I pay you and the seller? I am buying my finance an engagement ring. I have give or take 20k budget for the diamond. I want it to …


Q&A: Princess Cut Length-to-Width Ratio and Help with 6000 CAD Budget

Hello! I just wondered abou the L/W ratio. I am looking fo a diamond and setting for about 6000 CAD all in taxes and delivery. I found one on blue nile: Blue Nile LD01117408 but i am not sure about the L/W ratio of 1.07. Will this look just off square or will it be …


Q&A: Color vs. Clarity Tradeoffs for under $5000

Hi Ira, Thank you very much for create such a site, it really helps me get a better idea for the quality of diamond I should be aiming for. I’m looking for an engagement ring and looking to pay around $5000 or less if possible. I had a list of “must haves” for the diamond …



Q&A: Wants Fiery Square Diamond: Princess or Radiant?

Hello- I am interested in purchasing a stone for an engagement ring. The ring setting itself will be the heavier trellis ring in platinum or white gold. I see that on Blue Nile, these rings can only be set with round, princess or asscher. James Allen offers a larger variety of stone shapes for this …



Help finding the best Round Brilliant for $6000

Hi Ira — Great website and postings on best values. I’m in the market for an engagement ring, and my budget is about $6000 (or less if I can) for a center diamond. Looking at at least a carat (6.5mm+ in diameter), eye clean, near colorless (G, H, I), and as sparkly as possible. I …


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