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Q&A: Best Round Diamond for ~$1K Budget

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First of all, thanks a lot for your lectures on your website. I’ve learned quite much about diamonds. Even if I knew a little bit from before, your page has made you trustworthy (thanks to ”about”, lovely photos of a lovely family).

So to my points.
Ring
I wish to buy a Platinum ring. Already here I don’t what to choose. I want to give my gf a simple, but special ring. Is that even possible?

For solitares I have thought about:
https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire-rings/ring/item_57-4039.asp

Thanks for the very kind words about the site and especially about my family! That’s very kind!

I think the ring you chose accomplishes exactly what you want. It’s simple, yet unique and special.

Now lets move on to the diamond! What’s your budget?

Thanks for your fast reply. Haha I actually wrote a longer message with more links and details about stones and budget and more questions. Guess the form didn’t take it all.

I’ll be working throughout the day, so I’ll send you the details again this evening (gmt +1).

That sure is annoying! Sorry you have to go through everything again. Please send me the details when you can. I won’t be able to respond due to the Jewish Sabbath which begins at sundown, but I’ll hit you back with an answer tomorrow night.

Let’s try this again, thanks in advance 🙂

Budget: 1800-2300 USD. If really necessary I might afford more if I give it some time to think about the economic consequences.

The ring:
Except for the first link I showed you I’ve also thought about two others. I think the first one will be my first choice, but I’ll let you know how I think about the others…
Platinum Thin Cross Prong Diamond Engagement Ring
– As you said, simple and special. I was also wondering if this style let’s in more light than usual since it’s open below the stone? I’m also if the thick sides would be thought as old lady-ish…?
Platinum Common Prong Four Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring – I have also thought about this one, but don’t think it’ll fit in my budget. It’s a lot more simple than the other side stone types, but will this be simple enough? Maybe only I can answer to that.
Platinum 2.5mm Comfort Fit Diamond Solitaire Ring – This just doesn’t seem to fulfil the special, but I like the style.
The stone
So my wish for the ring is it to sparkle as much as possible, then I guess it’s a go for the round stone, right?

If I choose #1 ring type, the page won’t let me pick anything below 0.5 carat. Is there a reason for that?

Anyways, I have added 1355662 my wish list, which too bad isn’t available anymore. I don’t remember if you have recommended it to someone else before or if I found it myself. I think that it looks like perfect symmetry on the miniature picture and is really amazing. Are you even supposed to look at the black shapes? At the moment, I don’t seem to find anything like it…

I have looked around for a handful, maybe I should look more. Don’t really know where to proceed.

Thanks for reading my request 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the Sabbath (I’m guessing, besides the religious reason of the ceremony, you spend time with family) if you have come this far.

A couple points:
1) The choice of setting really and truly is 100% a personal matter of choice and style. There’s really no objective advice I could offer you here.
2) Is that budget for the diamond, or for the whole package?

I understand. Budget is for the whole package.

That leaves max 1300 for the diamond. Here’s what I like:
https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1354943.asp

It has an “excellent” cut grade and the inclusion is all on the side. THe stone will be completely clean to the naked eye.

Let me know what you think!

Thanks for the advice. I trust that the inclusions won’t be noticed very easily. I have some thought about the clarity on the table.

Do I need to be concerned that the stone looks a little bit foggy the table compared to the sides? Is it an issue or is it just noticeable when maginfied?

I don’t think that the inclusion would be visible to the naked eye. I think the fogginess you describe is simply an issue of photography – not something in the stone.

Ok, thank you! The fogginess was actually my biggest concern.
I’m putting an order right away!

Thank you Ira! I’ll come back to you with the results 🙂

Sounds great! I very much look forward to your report!

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