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Q&A: Choosing a Center Diamond for a Pave White Gold Setting Within a £8,500 Total Budget

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Hello Diamond Pro Team,

I am looking for an engagement ring and would appreciate it tremendously if you would help me out with this difficult choice.

The plan is to use a white gold, petite pavé ring, from the models I have seen online it will probably be in the £1,000 range. I was thinking about something like the Blue Nile Petite Cathedral Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring.

The total price of the ring should not exceed £8,000 to £8,500, hence the stone should be in the area of £7,000-£7,500.

I thought the matching diamond should be round cut, 1.25 carat+, ideally around 1.3-1.35 or more if feasible with the budget, but I’d rather compromise somewhat on size if that allows for a better quality stone. I’d stick with the guidelines you have suggested in terms of best quality/size ratio, hence priority of cut over colour, clarity does not need to be perfect if the blemishes are barely perceptible to the untrained eye.

I hope the above criteria is sufficient but please let me know if you’d prefer me to be more specific.

My girlfriend does not wear rings day to day, so I only have a vague idea of size, hence it would be good of the provider would allow free resizing.

It would be fantastic if you could help me out finding the right stone.

Thank you very much for your help!

The setting you chose is beautiful. I personally like that style a lot.

As for the diamonds, the largest ones I found were around 1.30ct:

Blue Nile LD11060692

Blue Nile LD10302411

You have a bit more room in your budget, but there weren’t significantly larger stones that would be worth the additional cost.

Let me know what you think.

I had a look at both stones you suggested. I like the one for £7,066. However, when looking at it, it seems like there is a small blemish in the middle of the stone. Is this just dust or an actual scratch/blemish?

Did you focus on Blue Nile since I suggested a setting from Blue Nile and hence, in combination with the Diamond, Blue Nile has the best package, or are you confident that the stones you suggested are generally the best you would be able to find when looking at the criteria I proposed across the platforms you normally sift through (even if disregarding the setting)?

What you see in that stone is an actual imperfection. But it won’t be visible to the naked eye. I always recommend only eye-clean diamonds.

As for Blue Nile, I chose them not only because you liked the setting from them but also because they have one of their offices in Dublin and are the perfect option for people in Europe. You save on import tax and the service will be much easier as well. Plus, they have great prices in general.

I was wondering if you could kindly have another look according to the same criteria as below, to see if anything else has come onto the market that may be worth considering? One of the stones you suggested has already been sold but the other one, which is still currently available would have been my preferred option out of the two anyway. I really appreciate your help.

I found two more diamonds that I like:

Blue Nile LD10996172

Blue Nile LD11195563

really like the second one (1.31ct – LD11195563). When comparing it to the first one you sent me a while ago (LD10302411) it seems like the 1.31 ct one you sent it is slightly bigger and has higher clarity. It seems strange that it actually is cheaper. Is there anything else “wrong” with it? Else it would probably the one I’ll go for.

There is nothing wrong with it. The price depends on many things, one of them is the vendor. There isn’t any red flag there. It’s a gorgeous stone and if you like it, go for it. Since it’s a great purchase, it might be gone fairly quickly.

Let me know how you decided.

I ordered stone and setting two days ago. Thank you very much for your help on this.

That’s great news! I’m glad we found a diamond you like.

If you could let me know how you like it when it arrives, I’d appreciate it.

The stone and the whole ring looked great and my now fiancée loves it too. : )

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