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Q&A: Choosing an Elongated Cushion Cut Diamond With a $20k to $30k Budget

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Looking for a more rectangular cushion cut in the $20k to $30k range. Want it to look “right” — not too yellow or included and at least 2 carats. I want it to be a good value, but I don’t want the data points to be weak (color, clarity) so that it seems as if I compromised just to get the size up. On James Allen, these seemed like a good set based on the above parameters — not sure why they vary so greatly in price, though.

1) www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/2.40-carat-g-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-2639716?a_aid=dmnd1357

2) www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/2.52-carat-e-color-vs2-clarity-sku-2692257?a_aid=dmnd1357

3) www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/2.71-carat-f-color-vs2-clarity-sku-2878158?a_aid=dmnd1357

Would appreciate your feedback and any suggestions for alternatives. Really just looking for a sanity check.

I like #1 and #3. The second one has some crystals right in the middle of the table that are too visible.

I searched for some alternatives, but couldn’t find anything larger or for a better price. I think you found the best options possible!

Thanks. For a diamond in my price range, where should I compromise to get a bigger/better valued stone? Should I be focused on color or clarity?

#3 is bigger, but it also has a lower clarity (though the color is better)…

Best.

……

What do you think about this one?
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/2.35-carat-d-color-vs1-clarity-sku-241157?a_aid=dmnd1357

You can compromise on both the color and the clarity. I search for H+ and SI2+. After my search, this is my recommendation:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/cushion-cut/2.50-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-sku-2770435?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s slightly larger than #3.

The D VS1 you found looks great. It’s narrower but longer than any other options we had here. Of course, it costs $9,450 more than my last recommendation (above). Now it’s up to you if you find the length worth it.

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