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Q&A: $3200 Budget. Thinks she wants Round Brilliant Diamond, Finds out she Really Wants Princess Cut Diamond.

Hi Ira, I have been following your site for a few months now. Your advice has been so helpful. I had some more specific questions as I get closer to actually making a purchase. I think I have found the band I like the most on James Allen’s site.https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/ring/item_58-285_design.asp?module=setting So that leaves me with $3200 …







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, …


Help Deciding Between Two Diamonds

Dear Ira: I am searching for a new center stone for an heirloom setting with three small round stones on either side of the center.  A friend of a friend of the family has shown me two round stones. The first weighs 1.02 carats and is GIA-certified triple excellent, H color, and SI2.  I can …


Price Help with 2.5 carat Oval Cut

I’m looking for an Oval cut in the 2.5ct range I’m flexible on color and clarity but want a very good cut. Generally speaking what % off the rap would you expect for wholesale? Thanks for your input… It looks like the “call stone” price for a stone like this is around 25% off rap.  …


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