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Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to $3,000 Budget

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Hello,
I am a college student looking at engagement rings on James Allen. I found a halo ring I really like, and it says the small diamonds are color H. So I assume I need an H center diamond.

I was looking at size 0.7 carat diamonds, for I don’t want it to look too small but I also don’t have the biggest budget. I was planning on spending around 2500-3000 dollars and the setting is 950. So that leaves me with around 1500-2100 dollars for a center stone.

Can you help me find a perfect stone on James Allen?

Can you also tell me what shape of diamond you’re looking for? Then I’ll be happy to send you my suggestion.

I am looking for a round diamond that goes with the James Allen 14K WHITE GOLD CATHEDRAL STAR ENGAGEMENT RING

Thank you for sending the link.

Here’s my suggestion of a diamond with the quality I’d recommend:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.65-carat-h-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3016822?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?

So you don’t think the .65 carat will look too small right?

I believe that size is the matter of your personal preference. What one thinks is small, the other thinks is too big.

But I think that this stone is beautiful with fantastic overall specs. And a slightly smaller diamond with great specs will make a better impression than a larger stone with a visible inclusion, lack of brilliance or warm tint.

Thank you for your help!! I really like the diamond you chose. I’ll place the order.

OK, thank you for your feedback. It’s been my pleasure helping you.

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