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Q&A: Choosing an Emerald Cut Diamond for a Petite Pavé Setting With Around $15k Budget

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Hello! I’m in the market for an engagement ring and have been checking out diamonds on Brian Gavin and James Allen. Honestly, I’m lost :)… I’d love to find a stunning diamond to place in a platinum solitaire paved engagement ring. I was hoping you could help me find the balance between size, color, and clarity with an amazing cut… My budget for ring and diamond is $15kish…

Thanks!

I looked around and I have several suggestions for you:
www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/pave/14k-white-gold-petite-pave-engagement-ring-flush-fit-item-56252?a_aid=dmnd1357

We don’t think you should waste money on platinum: www.diamonds.pro/jewelry-precious-metals/

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.82-carat-i-color-vvs2-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-3014735a_aid=dmnd1357
It’s beautifully cut, eye-clean and will be very brilliant.

www.briangavindiamonds.com/engagement-rings/pave-and-side-stones/jeff-cooper-chaya-14k-white-gold-6348w14?a_aid=y

www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.563-i-vs1-round-diamond-ags-104093611007?a_aid=y

Brian Gavin is an excellent choice. He is known as one of the worlds experts when it comes to perfectly cut diamonds. BGD’s Signature diamonds are truly fantastic. They are all incredibly brilliant.

What do you think?

Hello,

Thank you so much for your reply. Based on the info I gave you, it looks like you nailed it, but, further conversations with my GF has me shifting gears… It appears that I was waayyy off 🙂 Now, the hunt is on for a simple solitaire, emerald cut diamond engagement ring. I’m hoping you can help, now that I truly know what I’m shopping for…

Awesome! Thank you! We are on the right path!

What do you think of a double claw with the emerald cut?
www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/solitaire/14k-white-gold-double-prong-solitaire-item-41059?a_aid=dmnd1357

As for the diamond, my fiancee is small, would a 1.8/1.9 carat stone be too big on her hands? My concern is crossing the line into costume jewelry looking… Does that make sense? Or does it matter?

Also, for color and clarity, I was under the impression I needed to stay in the D-G and VVS2 and above for Emerald Cuts, is that true? The diamonds you picked look fabulous, so I’m just curious…

Thank you again for all of your help, and I will be sure you get credit for your help upon purchasing!

That setting looks good, but unfortunately, it can only be set with a round or princess cut diamond.

Regarding the size, I understand your concerns. How about trying on some different sized rings in a local jewelry? This way you can figure out what would suit you the best.

Color-wise, we don’t think it makes sense to pay a premium for G+ diamond. Once the diamond is set, the difference in color won’t be recognizable from anything above an H grade.

Clarity grade is not that important as long as the diamond is eye-clean.

Price-wise, I love the sku-2675343 and size-wise I’d prefer the sku-2668987.

Hi, you nailed it. We went to a well liked local jeweler to try on some things to get an idea of stone size. I think you had it right from the beginning… The 1.8 and 1.9 really look good. I was surprised when the jeweler tried very hard to get us to like a 1.9 carat VS2 with L color for $7500, though…

Anyway – for the ring – James Allen seems limited in options – is there another online source that you would recommend for diamonds and setting? Whiteflash seems have quite a selection? What are your thoughts?

Thank you again for all of your help!

……

Oh – never mind… I outwitted the James Allen website and found a ton of options for settings 🙂 Sorry to be such a pest, but I do appreciate your help. I’ll be making the purchase in the next week and will send up a flare to ensure you receive credit…

Thank you again!

I’m glad you worked things out! Let me know how it goes when you decide to pull the trigger!

Have a great week.

No worries, I hope you are feeling better!

I ordered the following on Friday using this email address:
Diamond:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/emerald-cut/1.80-carat-f-color-vs1-clarity-sku-2668987?a_aid=dmnd1357

Setting:
www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/pave/14k-white-gold-petite-pave-engagement-ring-item-56255?a_aid=dmnd1357

Please let me know your thoughts!

Beautiful combination! I hope you love it when you receive it. If you could let me know how it looks when it arrives, I’d appreciate it.

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