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Q&A: Choosing a Round Cut Diamond for a Solitaire Setting With Up to $13,000 Budget

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Hello. I’m looking for a 2 carat diamond, with the best cut, and best color, for around $12,000. Thanks in advance!

Can you also tell me what style of setting (solitaire, halo, pave or other), metal (white or yellow gold) and shape of diamond you’re looking for?

Thank you very much for the response. I’m looking to purchase a solitaire round diamond, that will be set on a white gold band, with platinum prongs (I think).

The white gold band is definite, but I recently learned that the platinum prongs were an option, and preferred due the strength of the metal. Sorry, I’m just realizing that my original message didn’t include that I was looking for help with selecting a round diamond.

Thank you for the additional information.

I’m afraid that I won’t find a quality 2.00+ carat stone within the budget you mentioned. Here’s my suggestion of a stone with the quality I’d recommend:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.90-carat-j-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-370298?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s very well cut, eye-clean and going to look colorless.
https://www.diamonds.pro/education/color/

What do you think?

I really appreciate you taking the time to find the diamond that you recommended. Since we last talked, I think that I’ve decided that perhaps I needed to increase my budget to around 13 k.

Here’s a 2.01 carat stone with the quality I’d recommend:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.01-carat-j-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2289696?a_aid=dmnd1357

What do you think of this one?

I just wanted you to know that I’ve ordered this diamond, and I wanted to say thank you for your time!

That’s fantastic news!

It was my pleasure helping you.

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