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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 Finding a Round Diamond for Around £4,500 Budget

Hi, I am looking for a round diamond on Blue Nile for an engagement ring. The budget is £4,500 maximum for the diamond alone. From research, I would like: 0,7 – 0.85ct Colour F, but G minimum. VVS2, but VS1 minimum if eye clean. 59 – 62.3% depth 54-57% table culet: none cut ideal polish …



Q&A: Choosing a Cushion Cut Diamond for a Rose Gold Ring With $2,800 Budget

Hello. My budget for the stone is $2,800. I will use a petite micropavé ring in rose gold. I feel that this stone is good value: Blue Nile LD10665428 I also found this: Blue Nile LD13170410 As for the two diamonds you found, here are my comments: Blue Nile LD10665428 – Nice diamond. But the …



Q&A: Looking for an Oval-Shaped Diamond for a Platinum Setting Within a $3k Budget

Hello Diamond Pros! I’ve really loved your website and have scoured it end-to-end to learn as much as I can. Despite my best efforts, though, I still have a hard time gauging brilliance and clarity from photos. I thought I would pitch this to you to get your help before I make the big purchase! …



Q&A: Looking for Diamond Earrings With a £1,250 Total Budget

I want to buy a pair of diamond earrings for my wife. I want a white gold setting, I’m not sure what would be the best grade and colour for diamond earrings. Also she does not like big earrings so I thought about studs but I’m not sure what size diamonds would be best. Any …


Q&A: Help Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond With a $25,000 Budget

Hi there. First just want to say your site rocks (all puns intended:)). The quality of the information and clear detailed explanation is fantastic! I am planning to purchase an engagement for my girlfriend and your site has convinced me that on-line is the way I will go. I was wondering if I could ask …


Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs on a $7k Budget

Hi. Looking to buy earrings studs for my wife. Budget $7,000. I was thinking 0.8 carat each. F colour, VS1 ideal cut. For studs, the diamonds must be within 1% of each other on the table size and the diameter of the diamonds should be the same. Under 1ct, the difference in average diameter should …


Q&A: GIA vs. IGI

How is this diamond: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.01-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7172413?a_aid=dmnd1357 It is IGI graded though, is it not as good as GIA graded? I had this reserved already but would like your opinion on this before place the order, thanks. We don’t recommend IGI certified stones. They are looser in grading than GIA or AGS (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/igi/). GIA and AGS are …


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