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Q&A: Choosing a Fancy Yellow or Super-Ideal White Princess Cut Diamond for Around $50k Budget

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I’m looking for a yellow diamond, clear clarity at least 2 carats princess cut. 

I’m happy to help. Whats your ballpark budget and what type of setting are you putting it in? 

Thanks for your reply. Probably up to $50K with setting. I did a little more research after I sent the note to you and read your comparison of Hearts on Fire and the Hearts & Arrows. So a really nice H&A round is a possibility.

I also looked into Fancy Vivid Yellow more and would love to find something really nice in that style.

It would be a platinum set with side stones in the band. Thanks!

I’m a little confused. Do you want a yellow diamond or a super-ideal white diamond? 

Sorry. I’m considering both and would like to find nice examples of each before I make a decision. 

So lets start with the H&A. Obviously you see that we like James Allen (they are our most recommended site), but when it comes to their best cuts (they call them the ‘True Hearts’) we find it a bit lacking. If you are purchasing from them, you may as well just buy a GIA EX cut and not waste your money on the ‘special’ ones.

I would recommend Brian Gavin’s Signature Signature Hearts and Arrows. Brian Gavin is known as one of the worlds experts when it comes to perfectly cut diamonds. I can tell you from experience. I worked for one of the largest suppliers of James Allen. I went to Brian Gavin with our 30 best cut diamonds in our inventory (of thousands) and he rejected them all. When he showed me his selections, I was blown away.

I’d recommend this diamond from them: www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/3.244-i-si1-round-diamond-ags-104067237001#a_aid

On to the yellow. I haven’t been able to find a vivid yellow princess cut. A comparable diamond to the H&A was this one: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/fancy-color/yellow/cushion-cut/3.50-carat-if-clarity-sku-326884?a_aid=dmnd1357

So you’d be sacrificing a lot of size for the yellow. 

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