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Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Halo Setting With Up to AUD$2,000 Budget

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Hi, I was wondering if you would be able to give me advice on buying a round diamond that would go well with a halo setting with diamonds down the side (pavé?).

I am looking at having an engagement ring with wedding band made up through James Allen. I’m only at the very beginning of this process and feeling nervous as I have never done this before. Would hope to get an engagement ring and wedding band for less than AUD$5,000.

Any help, greatly appreciated.

14K WHITE GOLD PAVE HALO AND SHANK DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING (ROUND CENTER)

14K WHITE GOLD 0.15CTW. THIN PAVE SET DIAMOND WEDDING RING

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

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.65-carat-f-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3548713?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s very well cut, eye-clean and it also leaves some space in your budget for the band and VAT.

What do you think?

Is it possible to get a 0.7 carat diamond for around AUD$2,000 that is still sparkly, eye clean, well cut, good colour etc, or am I asking the unrealistic? Happy to be pulled into line 🙂

Still torn between halo setting and solitaire setting. Does a halo setting help to make a diamond look bigger? If you see a better deal for engagement ring, wedding band and diamond etc other than at James Allen let me know.

Yes, a halo setting gives an impression that the center stone is slightly bigger. At the same time, I wouldn’t go lower than an H+ grade. And the 0.70+ eye-clean stones with the quality I’d recommend are quite significantly over 2k AUD.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.70-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-4349316?a_aid=dmnd1357

But I checked and the setting you found can be set with smaller stones. Have a look at this one:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.60-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-4333834?a_aid=dmnd1357

If you decide on a solitaire style, you could go down with the color grade to J. So let me know what you think and if you want to see my suggestions of a J color diamond, too.

After all my researching today, I’ve finally been able to get better details on how to break down my budget. For the diamond, I will be able to spend around $2,600ish, which is in line with the first diamond you introduced me to.

However, I’m now moving away from the halo setting and going with a pave setting. I’m just wondering how this change may affect my diamond choice now?

I’d personally go for the I color SI stone. It’s going to look colorless and it has great overall specs. Plus, it’s slightly bigger in size.

Let me know what you decide, please.

I went with the first 0.65 carat diamond you chose for me. I put it with a halo setting in the end as I love sparkle.

I really appreciate all that you did for me. I feel at peace knowing that an expert helped me and it wasn’t just me guessing.

That’s fantastic news! I’m pleased to hear that you found our services helpful.

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