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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 1.20 Ct. Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave Setting With a $7.5-8k Budget

What does it mean that the cut falls outside your recommendation? www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.20-carat-h-color-vvs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7569042?a_aid=dmnd1357 I am looking around the 1.2-1.25 range for diamond size without breaking the budget ($7,500-$8,000). For this setting: 14K WHITE GOLD PAVE ROPE ENGAGEMENT RING As for the stone, it’s deeply cut. That would negatively affect brilliance. For that setting, you can stick …


Q&A: Getting a Brian Gavin’s Extremely Brilliant Diamond on a $15k Budget

Good evening, I’ve been doing some research about engagement rings, but I was hoping I could contact you for more in-depth advice. I would also be interested in any suggestions you have on specific diamonds. I’ve looked at all of the websites you mention here, but there are so many to choose from and it’s …



Q&A: Help Finding a 1.20 Ct. Cushion Cut Diamond for a Yellow Gold Pave Setting

Hey! I’m getting close to buying a ring for my soon to be fiancé and am looking for some diamond help. So far, I’ve got the following: Ring: 14k gold 14K YELLOW GOLD PAVE ROPE ENGAGEMENT RING Shape: Cushion Carat: around 1.2 Budget for diamond: up to $8k I’ve enjoyed my experience with James Allen …


Q&A: Upgrading a Round Diamond With an C$8,600 Budget

Hi I’m considering buying this diamond Blue Nile LD09832647. Please tell me if this is the best option. I need to use Blue Nile as I’m upgrading from my old diamond. I need to spend at least $8,600 Canadian. My old diamond is ideal cut .85 but does not sparkle very much appears dull. The …


Q&A: Experience Shopping for Diamond Studs on a $1,500 Budget

Hi, I wanted to reach out after reading your guides about purchasing diamond studs. My wife and I are having our first child soon and I wanted to buy my wife the studs I’ve been promising her for years! I’m looking for right around 1ct TW. They don’t have to be exactly 1ct, I’m ok …


Q&A: Help Finding a 1.00 Ct. Princess Cut Diamond for a Side Stone Setting With $5,500 Total Budget

Hi! I’m looking to buy an engagement ring in the next couple weeks and was looking for some recommendations if possible for the best possible choice. Looking for a princess cut diamond. Any help would be appreciated. Can you please tell me what setting style (solitaire/pave/side stones/halo) and metal (white gold/rose gold/yellow gold/platinum) you’re planning …


Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Solitaire Setting Within a $3.5k-$4k Budget

Hello! Great information available on your website! I would like to make a ring purchase online and have spent quite some time looking through James Allen. Would like to get your recommendation for a diamond based on my budget of around $3500-$4000. Looking at having it to be round, G-I color grade with VS1/VS2 with …


Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond For a White Gold Setting With a $3,500 Budget

Hey there, I’m looking to purchase a diamond for an engagement ring. Her hands and fingers are pretty small (size 4.75) so I’m looking at something fairly delicate, simple, and pretty low-set like these: 14K WHITE GOLD 2MM COMFORT FIT SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING Low Dome Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring I know my fiancee (we’re …


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