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Q&A: Largest Eye-Clean Round Brilliant Diamond for $1800

Hi Ira, I’m planning to propose in a week and I need your help to find the largest eye clear round cut diamond for $1800 or less. I’ve looked at a few on jamesallen.com but haven’t been able to determine if they are eye clear from the virtual loop images. Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated. …



Help finding the best Round Brilliant for $6000

Hi Ira — Great website and postings on best values. I’m in the market for an engagement ring, and my budget is about $6000 (or less if I can) for a center diamond. Looking at at least a carat (6.5mm+ in diameter), eye clean, near colorless (G, H, I), and as sparkly as possible. I …


Looking for $5000 Round Diamond to Match with Specific Engagement Ring with Side Stones

I am looking at engagement rings and have budgeted $5000 for the diamond (round shape). I am planning on placing the diamond on a setting with sidestones similar to this link: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/ring/item_58-1908.asp The sidestones are color G-H. Is it necessary for the main stone to be better or equal color to the sidestones? For example, …


Frustrated With the Mall Stores, Wants Fiery Diamond

 Hello Ira, I’ve been reading your site to get educated in this complicated market. Like any purchase, it is best to be informed as much as possible. Recently I have been looking to move to the next step in my relationship and propose. Trying to pick an engagement ring in the “mall stores” proved frustrating …


Color & Clarity Matching Diamonds in Jewelry

Ive just bought some earrings (multi stone GIA F/SI1 with very good cut/pol/symm) . I got f colour to match an uncertificated 5 stone ring thats been assessed (independently) as F/G SI1.  I intend buying a pendant ( trilogy 0.33ct each or maybe graduated 1.5 ct total) and solitaire ring (1ct+) down the road. Do …


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