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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 for a Platinum Pave Ring With $5,000 Budget

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.20-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-sku-6826232?a_aid=dmnd1357 PLATINUM PAVE TWIST DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING Being placed in a platinum accented twist setting. Looking to know if you think this diamond will work well. Really curious for your opinion on cut, and how much brilliance sparkle and fire you think this might produce. Looking for as optimal as a cut as I can …


Q&A: Tough Decisions: Cut vs. Price

Interested in this diamond any thoughts? www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.00-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-6713122?a_aid=dmnd1357 I looked at the diamond and even though it had an inclusion in the middle, I believe it’s eye-clean. Do you want to see more options? As long as it’s eye clean I will be happy… I am leaning towards purchasing this diamond. Thank you again. I checked …


Q&A: Upgrading Diamond Studs on an 8k Budget

Hello, you helped me purchase some diamond earrings from James Allen a couple years ago and I will be exchanging them there for a larger / better pair. I am told in order to swap up, I need to spend double the value of first purchase which was $3750 for two stones about .70 carats, …



Q&A: Looking for a 2.50 Ct. Emerald Cut Diamond for a Yellow Gold Cathedral Pave Ring

Hi, Planning to get engaged in the next 12-16 months. I’m looking for a 2-2.5 carat emerald shape diamond. I’ve been focusing on 2 carat, IF, D-F color diamonds on James Allen. I’m concerned about cut since there’s less of a standard here with emerald shape rings. I also know florecense and L/W ratio will …


Q&A: Choosing a J-color Round Cut Diamond With Up to $35,000 Budget

I’m trying to decide between two diamonds. One is 3.5 ct (I like them big!) but it’s proportions are on the deep side so it’s LxWxD is not too large. There’s a 3 ct I like with also excellent proportions that is $5,000 cheaper but will face up almost as big as the 3.5. What …


Q&A: Looking for a Blue Sapphire Ring: Where To Buy?

I am just beggining to shop for an engagement ring. After talking with some of my friends I have been put on to James Allen and also you to help me compare and buy the right stone for the right price. I am looking at a pear shaped blue sapphire in white gold setting. I’m …


Q&A: Help Finding a 1.00 Ct. Oval Diamond for a Yellow Gold Solitaire Setting

Hello, I know exactly the kind of engagement ring she wants: – Solitaire setting, oval cut diamond – Thin, yellow 14k gold band – No halo or diamonds along the band – Budget $2,000-$3,000 I have done a good bit of research through reading your site and I would like to buy through either James …



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