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Q&A: Choosing a Princess Cut Diamond for a Halo White Gold Setting Within a $5,500 Budget

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Hi –

I started looking for an engagement ring recently and since I didn’t have any background in the area, I found your website extremely helpful.

I think I have settled on the following setting:

14K WHITE GOLD SPLIT SHANK PRINCESS SHAPE DIAMOND HALO ENGAGEMENT RING

I would like some advice on which stone to go with it. If I understand the criteria from your website, I should be looking at the following:

Color: G-I
Clarity: SI1-SI2

Possible Center Stone

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.08-carat-i-color-si1-clarity-sku-7851761?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/1.05-carat-i-color-vs1-clarity-sku-7805900?a_aid=dmnd1357

Budget: $5-5.5k

Thank you for your time.

For the type of setting you settled on (a halo), I color is too low. The center stone would look yellow compared to the melee diamonds next to it. I’d go with at least an H to ensure the colorless impression.

Here, something like this would look amazing:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/0.96-carat-e-color-vs2-clarity-sku-6669279?a_aid=dmnd1357
It’s very nicely cut, eye-clean and will be very brilliant.

Thank you so much for your insights. I decided to go with your advice.

That’s great news! I’m glad you liked my recommendation so much. It was an excellent choice.

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