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 Round Diamond for a Yellow Gold Ring With $6,5k Budget

Michael FriedJanuary 29, 2019 Hello, I’m researching engagement rings and I just wanted to thank you so much for your site! The information has been very helpful, as prior to stumbling across your site I was trying to balance all 4 Cs equally, but now have a better understanding about how to prioritize them. My …


Q&A: Help Finding a 1.30 Ct. Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave Setting

Michael FriedJanuary 28, 2019 I have a setting in mind on Blue Nile. I’m trying to find the right diamond. Obviously I want the biggest one I can afford but want something quality too. She doesn’t want round like everyone else so I have that going for me. I’m thinking cushion but the quality seems …


Q&A: Choosing an Emerald Cut Diamond with Around $20k Budget

Michael FriedJanuary 27, 2019 Hi Pros, I’m trying to find a ~2ct ~20k$ emerald cut diamond. I’ve been trying to find stones whose inclusions are not smack-dab in the middle of the stone, but I’m having a hard time differentiating the picks, e.g. does it matter how much “black” you see in the full frontal …



Q&A: Looking for a Pink Cushion Cut Diamond Within a $40k Budget

Michael FriedJanuary 25, 2019 I have an opportunity for Fancy Intense Pink, cushion cut diamond with VVS2 clarity, weighing 0.30 of a carat. The seller has quoted a price of $42000. The diamond is fully certified. How can I verify the price of this investment? Hi, What kind of a certificate does it have? GIA. …


Q&A: Help Finding an Oval Diamond for Around $6k Budget

Hello, I am looking to buy an engagement ring for my girlfriend. With help from her friends, I know that I’m looking for an oval or pear-shaped diamond on a simple Tiffany style ring. I have an appointment with a jeweler tomorrow but I was advised to come to your site first. My budget for …


Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Pave Rope Setting With Up to $4,500 Budget

I am looking for a round diamond somewhere between .7-.85 and trying to spend a max of $4,500. If I read correctly it seems as if cut would be the most important quality I’m looking for and things like color and clarity can be less noticeable to help get the best bang for my buck. …



Q&A: Looking for a Pear-Shaped Diamond Within a $15k Budget

Hi! I was wondering if you could give me your opinion about whether this diamond, 2 carat, E color, and SI1 is “eye clean”? Thanks for any help you can give! www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/2.00-carat-e-color-si1-clarity-sku-5169301?a_aid=dmnd1357 The issue with the diamond is its medium fluorescence. It can cause a hazy look on E color grades. That’s why I don’t …


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