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Q&A: Choosing a Round Diamond for a Pave Setting With a $4,000 Total Budget

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Greetings,

Thank you for your comprehensive website.

I’m looking at this .80ct G-I1 and can’t seem to spot the flaws. I’m trying to find a diamond .7ct and above for an engagement ring. My budget is $4000 total. My setting is also linked below (at about $1500).

Any help or suggestion is appreciated.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.80-carat-g-color-i1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3219525?a_aid=dmnd1357

That diamond has only clouds which are impossible to spot on the screen. We never recommend an SI or lower clarity diamond that has a cloud as an inclusion as there is a great change for it to look cloudy (lack of brilliance due to the clouds).

Can you please send me the link to the setting? It’s not included in the email.

Thank you for the speedy response. Below is the link to the setting.

https://www.tqdiamonds.com/parade-lyria-bridal-r3735-14-karat-diamond-engagement-ring

Thanks.

I’d recommend this diamond:
Blue Nile LD09132315
It’s eye-clean, well cut and will look very bright and brilliant.

Unfortunately I was not ready to purchase and missed the suggested diamond. I spotted this one Blue Nile LD08589601

No problem.

The one you sent over doesn’t look like a good choice. Since there are no visible inclusions in that video and there is only a cloud mentioned in the setting, it’s a possibility that it will look cloudy.

I like this one better:
Blue Nile LD08712418

And yet again, I went to buy the stone this morning and someone beat me to it. One more time, if you don’t mind. Did I mention how much I appreciate this help? I have the band at home and this is the last step, it’s probably the only nerve-racking purchase I’ve ever encountered in my life.

Yay. I hope it will have a happy end.

What do you think of this one?
Blue Nile LD09196286

Ordered the last suggested diamond. Thank you again for all the help!

Great. Thanks for the info. It was my pleasure helping you.

Let me know how the diamond looks when you receive it.

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