The Diamond Pro

Q&A: Choosing a Radiant Cut Diamond for a Pave Setting Within a $3,800 Budget

The following is a real email conversation between The Diamond Pro and a reader just like you who contacted us. Personal information is always removed. Learn from these posts, or contact us yourself to get free personalized help.

I was looking at these 2 diamonds. I was leaning towards the 2nd one because the color is a little better but am really concerned I may be able to see the black dots in the center. Do you think this would be visible to the naked eye?
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/radiant-cut/1.22-carat-i-color-vs2-clarity-sku-4349753?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/radiant-cut/1.20-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-sku-3765550?a_aid=dmnd1357

Can you also tell me what style of setting (solitaire, halo, pave or other) and metal (platinum/white or yellow gold) you’re going to use? Different settings suit certain colors better. Then I’ll be happy to comment on the stones.
https://www.diamonds.pro/education/color/

I have been leaning towards wanting the petite pave setting in white gold. I’d really like to get it off the James Allen while they have the 25% off settings going on.

I like the radiant and cushion cuts most and I’d prefer it to be more square-shaped than rectangular. And hoping for 1.11-1.25 in the $3500-3800 range. Of course, the cheaper the better but I also prefer bigger.

I also came across this one with the better clarity so I’m not sure if it’d be better to just go with something like that to make sure I can’t see the black dots in it.
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.20-carat-i-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-4046221?a_aid=dmnd1357

Thank you for the additional information.

The first 1.20 carat radiant stone is not eye-lean.

The 1.22 carat radiant is a beautiful stone with great overall specifications. And it will look colorless in a pave style setting. I just noticed that this diamond is not available at the moment. Did you put it on hold?

As for the cushion cut, we recommend searching for H+ color grades of this shape to make sure it won’t have a warm tint.

Here’s one with the quality I’d recommend. But it’s significantly more expensive:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/1.24-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-sku-3588935?a_aid=dmnd1357

Let me know what you think.

I believe my boyfriend went ahead and got the 1.22 radiant one. He is trying to be somewhat secretive but I know he purchased one yesterday and I saw that one was sold when I went back to look yesterday afternoon. Now I am really hoping that is the one he got me since it sounds like it would be perfect for what I am looking for!

I really appreciate your time and help, and I feel very reassured that I made the best decision for our budget. Thank you!

That sounds fantastic!

It was my pleasure helping you.

Top Recommended Vendors
James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. They have the largest exclusive loose diamond inventory online and fantastic prices. They also have the nicest collection of lab created diamonds online. James Allen is currently running a great limited time 25% off sale on all settings! Click here to save big.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Best-in-class packaging

Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well known internet jewelry seller. They have a very large exclusive online inventory. Their high quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. Blue Nile has generously offered our readers an exclusive one-time use coupon. (Click Here to get $100 off any purchase over $1000.)
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment

Still afraid of getting ripped off?

Before you buy a diamond, get personal buying advice from industry veterans. We'll help you get the best diamond for the money.

Ask your diamond purchase question here

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

DISCLAIMER: We don't use your email for marketing. Period.

Why we are doing this for free?

Click for Diamond Purchase Advice 100% Free

Ask your diamond purchase question here

We are a team of diamond experts who will teach you to identify scams and avoid spending money on features you can't see. Tell us as much information as possible to help us help you (ie, budget, preferences, etc)

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Cancel

DISCLAIMER: We don't use your email for marketing. Period.

Please enter your email address to receive your personal code:

Here is your coupon code: GFDSF3GF