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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 “nudge in the right direction” to find round 1-1.2 carat diamond

First, great site and I’m glad that I stumbled onto it! I’m contacting you for your expert advice, or at lest nudge in the right direction. I am looking at engagement rings with diamonds in the ~10k range. The Bride-to-be is interested in size over quality, she thinks 1.5ct would be about right. Setting is …


Q&A: Narrowing the Search for Round Diamond, $5K Budget

I narrowed my search down to 4 diamonds, links are below. My budget for my engagement ring is $5k-5.5k. My original plan was Color I/H, Clearity VS2, Cut Very Good, Polish VG, Symmetry VG. After looking at diamonds in person I decided my money might be better spent a little differently: Color I, Clearity SI2, …


Q&A: “Officially scared” about buying a diamond — help!

Well you officially scared me from buying a diamond, so many things to know and still you may not be getting what you think or even over paying. Im skeptical about this whole process but seeing that like most people in my situation; i have no knowledge of diamonds, really what do i have to …


Q&A: Blue Nile Setting Becomes Custom James Allen Setting for Brilliant Round Stone

We are starting to look for an engagement ring and ran across your site. What great information you have available! Here is the ring that we’re pretty sure we are leaning towards purchasing. Blue Nile Floating Diamond Engagement Ring Any comments or concerns you have about the ring would be greatly appreciated. We didn’t know …


Q&A: Need Help Picking Round Diamond for $4K Budget

I’ve been looking over your site for the past few days, and wanted to thank you; it’s an excellent resource. I’m looking for a diamond, round cut, that will be set in a platinum solitaire setting. My budget for the stone is up to about $3.5k – $4k, and I’m pretty much looking to get …


Q&A: Ideal Princess for Canadian Princess

I have been looking online for diamonds at blue nile until I read your reviews and now I am more convinced with James Allen. I just would like a little bit of help. Looking for a Princess cut, Ideal, G-H VVS2-VS1 About a carat in weight. I have looked at these two diamonds https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1356790.asp https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1346534.asp …


Q&A: Best Round Diamond for ~$1K Budget

First of all, thanks a lot for your lectures on your website. I’ve learned quite much about diamonds. Even if I knew a little bit from before, your page has made you trustworthy (thanks to ”about”, lovely photos of a lovely family). So to my points. Ring I wish to buy a Platinum ring. Already …


Q&A: “Driving myself insane looking for .9 – .95 [carat diamond], for under $4300”

I’ve had an epiphany that I do not want to spend the premium for a 1.0 carat weight diamond so my search has brought me to diamonds just under 1c and hopefully under $4300 as well. Originally I put this one on hold with JA a couple of days ago. It’s $4190. https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1356786.asp But THEN …



Q&A: Round “Sparkly” Diamond for $10K Budget

Hope you are doing well and had a great holiday! First off I wanted to thank you for providing such an amazing service. I think it is a great thing you are doing and a very solid business plan. I really appreciate how you lay everything out in your explanation on how you make money. …


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