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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: Help Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond With a $3,500 Budget

I was looking at the following, which is a more ideal cut diamond with color as the main compromise. Which would you recommend? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.04-carat-e-color-vs2-clarity-sku-7040223?a_aid=dmnd1357 www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.09-carat-i-color-vs2-clarity-sku-8071335?a_aid=dmnd1357 For additional background, the setting is an 18K yellow gold band width tapered baguettes on either side. For that setting, I would recommend sticking …




Q&A: Looking for an Oval-Shaped Diamond for a Halo Setting Within a $4k Budget

Hello! I ran across your website today while researching places to purchase an engagement ring for my girlfriend. I am looking for an oval shaped diamond because she has mentioned in the past it is what she has always wanted. Outside of that, I am a little lost. As far as budget goes, I would …



Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Yellow Gold Setting With White Gold Prongs With a $4,500 Budget

Please review diamond for me: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.10-carat-k-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-366790?a_aid=dmnd1357 It’s going in a yellow gold solitaire setting. I wouldn’t recommend it because of the knot – it might disrupt the integrity of the diamond. We always try to avoid knots, etch channels and cavities as much as possible. But the cut is perfect. Before I recommend any alternatives, …


Q&A: Help Finding a 1.00 Ct. Round Diamond for a White Gold Classic Comfort Fit Setting

Blue Nile LD12839821 I’m looking at this diamond and I’m wondering if it is “eye clean” and if the feather would affect the light performace? As for the diamond you found, I wouldn’t recommend it (Blue Nile LD12839821). The strong fluorescence might cause a hazy/milky look in daylight. Moreover, I think the feather would be …


Q&A: Help Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond With a $1,200 Budget

Hello, I am about to get a 0.60 carat I color VS1 princess cut diamond. I would like advice on which will be the ideal depth and table to get my piece sparkle the most. Is the stone you found GIA/AGS certified? If yes, could you please send me the cert number so that I …


Q&A: Looking for a Radiant Cut Diamond for a Platinum Cathedral Setting Within a $12k Budget

Looking for something minimum 1.5 carat, budget around $12k (flexible), and taking your advice on the other factors. Radiant cut. Thinking cathedral setting, platinum ring. For radiants, the depth shouldn’t ideally exceed 72%. We search for H+ radiants for white gold/platinum settings. You can read more info on this topic here: https://www.diamonds.pro/education/radiant-cut/. Here are my …


Q&A: Help Choosing a 1.20 Ct. Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave Setting

Setting: 14K WHITE GOLD PAVE ROPE ENGAGEMENT RING Option 1: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.20-carat-i-color-vvs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7650205?a_aid=dmnd1357 Option 2: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.20-carat-i-color-vvs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7344082?a_aid=dmnd1357 I’d choose the first stone as it’s a bit better cut www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.20-carat-i-color-vvs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7650205?a_aid=dmnd1357. It has also slightly bigger measurements. I have now purchased the ring with the diamond you recommended. Thank you so much for your help! Top Recommended Vendors Blue Nile …


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