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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: Choosing a Cushion Cut Diamond With Up to $3,500 Budget

Looking for an eye clean 1ct cushion diamond under 3500$. Saw these: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.00-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-sku-8029893?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.01-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-sku-8078944?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.01-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-sku-5435551?a_aid=dmnd1357 Unless you have other recommendations. www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.01-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-sku-5435551?a_aid=dmnd1357 I would rule out this one. Strong fluorescence is a kiss of death on anything higher than a J color. I’d go with this one: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.01-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-sku-8078944?a_aid=dmnd1357 It’s slightly better cut than the other G …


Q&A: After-Purchase Concerns

Hi, I’ve bought a ring from Blue Nile – 0.72 GIA XXX, E, IF with minor polish and faint flouresence. Today I received the ring and I think the diamond is cloudy. I was hoping I could ask for a second opinion based on the pictures I have taken in various lights? Can you send …


Q&A: D IF Oval Diamond

Hi! I just ordered this stone: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.06-carat-d-color-if-clarity-sku-6888082?a_aid=dmnd1357 I’d love your perspective on this stone as the center piece for a micro-pave band solitaire engagement ring. The diamond has fantastic specs and will look amazing in a micro-pave ring. Go for it, it’s an excellent option. Thank you so much!!! Top Recommended Vendors Blue Nile Blue …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Platinum Halo Ring With $3,000 Budget

Hi there, Thanks to your invaluable guides and articles I have been able to put together a very nice engagement ring on James Allen. The setting I decided on is this one: PLATINUM PAVE ACCENTED DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING Even though I found a center stone that I believe was a bargain (round, 0.8ct, eye clean …


Q&A: Choosing a Center Diamond for a White Gold Bypass Setting Within a $2,000 Budget

Hello. Thank you for your advice. Could you help me with the ring? My budget is <2k, I want round diamond with a plain ring. What would you say about this combination: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.50-carat-d-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7269832?a_aid=dmnd1357 14K WHITE GOLD BYPASS ENGAGEMENT RING No, this is not an engagement ring. She got one 40 years ago 🙂 Thank you. …


Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs on an $8k Budget

Hi, thanks for all the good information. I am looking for a pair of diamond studs. My budget is $8000 (give or take) and I’m struggling to find the best pair. In part because I’m reluctant to give up the cert because something tells me it will help the diamond retain its value (maybe a …



Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for Around $9,000 Budget

Hey Diamond Pro, My girlfriend likes this setting from James Allen. PLATINUM 1.5MM COMFORT FIT ENGAGEMENT RING, 4 prongs She really liked the 1.3 carat, H color diamond she tried on at a local jeweler. Which H color diamond would you choose from James Allen if you had $9,000 to spend on a diamond? Thank …


Q&A: Looking for an Oval-Shaped Diamond Within a $30k Budget

Hi – I’m looking to purchase an oval diamond in the range of 2.5-3.0 carats. Looking for good value, so aiming for G-H color and VS2-SI1. Also targeting large table in order to find something that looks bigger than carats might suggest. I found this diamond and would love to get your read on if …


Q&A: Experience Shopping for a Diamond Ring in South East Asia

I’m planning buy an engagement ring from Blue Nile but is very hesitant on the security of doing it online. Would there be any physical store that I can visit? The one nearest to Philippines would be much appreciated. As to the budget, I can only afford up to 5k USD. I prefer a 6 …


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