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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: Round Cut Diamond to Fit $7-8,000 Budget

First off and I know you get it a lot but your website is one of the most informative sites on this or any topic that I have seen! As an engineer I love the scientific aspect of diamond shopping. Your site was great in educating me and allowing me to search for the best …


Q&A: Two Carat Diamond Stud Earrings

Great web site. Thank you for providing all this great insight. I’m interested in buying a 2 carat total weight round diamond studs in a white gold 4 prong wire basket setting for my wife. I wanted to ask if you would consider helping me pick one (either through an online vendor or your buying …


Q&A: Buying Emerald Cut Diamond in the UK

Your website has provided me with some valuable advice, I really knew nothing before visiting it. I’m looking to purchase a ring, I’m UK based and have a £1,500 ring budget. I’ve seen this diamond: Blue Nile LD01195010 which seems to be a good balance of price/carat/cut/colour/clarity. What do you think? Many thanks Top Recommended …


Q&A: Round Brilliant Solitaire Diamond

I have spent a few days learning the basics on your site and have found it extremely informative. I hope you can help with a suggestion based on my parameters: Round Brilliant Diamond around 1.5ct and under $11,500 for the stone. I plan on mounting as a solitaire on a very simple platinum band so …


Q&A: Setting with Side Stones

I wonder if you could spare me 5 minutes and help me find a diamond to suit the ring i’m thinking of getting: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/ring/item_58-3930.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 I read on your ”Diamond Color” page that for ring with side stones you should match or go better with the colour of the centre stone – these pave are F/G …


Q&A: Best Princess Cut for $3000 Budget

Your website has been so influential on my diamond buying journey.. I would love some help to sift through perhaps what I should buy! I’m looking for: 1. Best diamond for fixed budget of 2.5-3k (total) 2. Princess cut 3. The best value for the least noticeable (I-H?) 4. Eye-clean for the best value!! (SI1-2?) …


Q&A: Canadian Princess

I have begun my search of an engagement ring and I have to be honest all the information is quite overwhelming. In addition, it can be hard to decipher between what is a sales pitch information and what is true advice. From mainly researching on your site it has helped me narrow down what I …


Q&A: Advice for Engagement Ring Diamond

I was hoping to get a recommendation on a diamond. I’m planning to purchase the diamond and engagement ring tomorrow and would like to get a sanity check from you. The ring will be item: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/contemporary-rings/ring/item_500-7619.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 I’ve narrowed the diamond search down to these three choices: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Premium-Cut-Round-Diamond-1314155.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1329613.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 and https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1314051.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 Since the ring is fairly …


Q&A: Looking for Best Princess Cut for $2000

I’ve been reading your site for over a year, finally decided to get engaged. I am looking for a princess cut and my budget is $3500, would like at least a 1 carat. Here is what I found so far based on what I read from your site: (biggest one, but worried about color, flor, …


Q&A: Sleepless in Diamond Land

I know you are very busy, but this has been one of the most stressful things I have ever done in my life. I am glad that I have found your site as it is very informative. I have been looking at these diamonds. looking to spend around 3.5 to 4k. Item: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1288429.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 Item: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1320535.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 Item: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1315296.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 Item: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1314167.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357 …


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