Q&A: Choosing a Beautifully Cut Round Diamond for Under $2000

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Thank you so much for this site. It’s really helped me become much better informed about the purchasing of diamonds.

James Allen currently has a sale on settings so I’m looking to get a .50-.60 round diamond with True Heart mark in a halo setting for anywhere between $1500-$2000 for the diamond.

I’ve included two diamonds I’ve identified but would really like some help in finding an eye clean SI one. The setting I’m interested in is also below. I am also open to your recommendations as well

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.54-carat-f-color-si1-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-3823990?a_aid=dmnd1357

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.50-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-3823983?a_aid=dmnd1357

18K WHITE GOLD CUSHION OUTLINE PAVE ENGAGEMENT RING

The issue with the 0.50 carat is that it’s not eye-clean. Also, medium fluorescence on G+ grades can cause a hazy look. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this one.
https://www.diamonds.pro/education/fluorescence/

If you want to stick with True Hearts stones, the F color 0.54 carat is perfect. It has fantastic overall specs. I checked and didn’t find any better option at the moment. So if you like this one, go for it!

Let me know what you decide.

I’m afraid that the I SI2 is not eye-clean and the inclusion on the 0.62 carat stone might also be noticeable.

The I color grade is slightly stretching the colorless effect. But since your girlfriend is browned skinned I’d go for it. My favorite is the I color VS2 0.45 carat. I checked and didn’t find a better option at the moment.

That’s fantastic news!

Let me know how you like the ring once it arrives.

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