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Q&A: Choosing a 1.00 Ct. Round Diamond for a Solitaire Setting With a $4k Budget

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Hi! I’m helping my brother buy his engagement ring. He is looking at a 1 carat round diamond. His budget for the diamond alone is $4,000. It will just be solitaire ring.

We were looking at diamonds on James Allen but we were overwhelmed with the selection. Here are two of what we think are good.
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.05-carat-j-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7193141?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-j-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7768223?a_aid=dmnd1357

We would really appreciate any suggestions.

As for the diamonds you found, the first one (www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.05-carat-j-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7193141?a_aid=dmnd1357) is perfectly cut. I don’t see any red flags. The second stone (www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-j-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7768223?a_aid=dmnd1357) has even a bit better cut. Also, the medium fluorescence will help the diamond look a tad whiter. Great finds!

It’s not necessary to stick with such a high clarity. Here are some beautiful alternatives that you might consider as well:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7513837?a_aid=dmnd1357
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7699561?a_aid=dmnd1357
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.06-carat-j-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7559149?a_aid=dmnd1357
They’re well-cut, eye-clean and brilliant.

Thank you for the wonderful suggestions! I told my brother about it and your insights about clarity. However, my brother really liked this diamond.
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-j-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7768223?a_aid=dmnd1357

And with minimal price difference with the 1 carat that you recommended (www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7699561?a_aid=dmnd1357), he decided to just stick with the one above.

Again, thank you for all the help!

Both are perfect choices, but it’s true that the clarity is higher and the price difference isn’t significant. I’m glad you found something you loved!

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