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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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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 …



Looking for $3500 Budget Princess Cut. Also EGL vs. GIA Questions.

Thanks for the great resource you have hear. The information you provide is truly a great value. Its funny how society expects men to purchase diamond engagement rings, yet there is no real resource for true information, and everyone you talk to (family, friends, etc.) seem to have their own opinions. Anyways, I have a …



Looking for $5000 Round Diamond to Match with Specific Engagement Ring with Side Stones

I am looking at engagement rings and have budgeted $5000 for the diamond (round shape). I am planning on placing the diamond on a setting with sidestones similar to this link: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/ring/item_58-1908.asp The sidestones are color G-H. Is it necessary for the main stone to be better or equal color to the sidestones? For example, …


Indecisive About Fancy Shapes

As an extension of your post from June 24 titled, “What Makes a Fancy Shape have a nice Cut?”…. Does a cushion cut fall under the same rule (70/70) as the radiant does? Also, you say the rule is 60/60 for rounds, but I saw one website that recommended 63 table/69 depth, which falls into …


Help Deciding Between Two Diamonds

Dear Ira: I am searching for a new center stone for an heirloom setting with three small round stones on either side of the center.  A friend of a friend of the family has shown me two round stones. The first weighs 1.02 carats and is GIA-certified triple excellent, H color, and SI2.  I can …


Frustrated With the Mall Stores, Wants Fiery Diamond

 Hello Ira, I’ve been reading your site to get educated in this complicated market. Like any purchase, it is best to be informed as much as possible. Recently I have been looking to move to the next step in my relationship and propose. Trying to pick an engagement ring in the “mall stores” proved frustrating …


Help Building a 3 Stone Emerald Cut Engagement Ring in the UK

Help Building a 3 Stone Emerald Cut Engagement Ring in the UK

Apologies in advance for this extended question. My girlfriend wants a three stone engagement ring made of emerald cut diamonds, a centre stone of approx 0.9 carat with the long edge of the stone running parallel with the finger, the two side stone set with the long edge set perpendicular to the main stone all …


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