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Q&A: Choosing a Round Cut Diamond for a Yellow Gold Pave Setting With Up to $1500 Budget

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Hi there!

I have to thank you – the website is very helpful in such a confusing and important purchase.

I am planning to buy a yellow gold ring in a diamond budget of $1550 (not including the ring).

I saw this one online and would like to know your opinion on it:

Blue Nile LD00048897

Thanks in advance.

I’m not a huge fan of the diamond you selected. The cloud listed in the clarity notes is a concern. I’m happy to recommend a better option. Can you just tell me what style setting you’re using?

Thanks for the fast reply.

The setting I’m using is:
Graduated Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring

I saw online that the diamond did look a bit cloudy as you mentioned.

Will much appreciated to get your professional recommendation within my budget.

For that setting, G color is a lot more than what’s necessary. You can go with an I and it is still going to look colorless.

Blue Nile LD08840300

This one is basically the same size as yours and it’s cheaper, better cut and will be much more brilliant.

What do you think?

That one looks good but a bit smaller? Any other options?

Check out the real measurements of both stones, the difference in size is negligible.

Here’s a slightly larger option:

Blue Nile LD09529101

This one is out of my budget and the other one is not available anymore.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks! I have ordered it.

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