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Q&A: Help Choosing a Round Diamond for a Solitaire With an $11-12k Budget

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As you mention I’m basically looking for the best diamond for my money. I’m looking to spend around 11-12k for the diamond. I would like to get the largest round diamond I can that is eye clean and color H. As you mention it should also be an Excellent cut. I’ve looked around and have some ideas, but of course your input is welcome. I’m not sure what angles and table and depth %s I should be looking for. I want the diamond to sparkle as much as possible while also maximizing the size, as I’m sure most people do.

Thanks.

I found this diamond that looks amazing and will have a lot of brilliance: Blue Nile LD08556572

It’s eye-clean, there are a few inclusions on the edge that could be covered with a prong. What do you think?

I like the one you sent through. What do you think about this one:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.71-carat-i-color-vvs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3076179?a_aid=dmnd1357

This is a lower color than I mentioned, but thought it still looked nice.

Thanks.

What style setting (solitaire, pave/side stones, halo) and metal (yellow gold, white gold, platinum) are you putting it in?

I’m planning on a solitaire white gold setting.

Thanks.

In that case, the I color is absolutely perfect.

The diamond you picked out is beautiful. I also found this one that is slightly better cut and also costs a bit less:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.76-carat-i-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2562464?a_aid=dmnd1357

I really like the one you provided as well. What do you think about these two? I have heard and read that once set J and I are practically indistinguishable to the naked eye.
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.90-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2794344?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.80-carat-i-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-2768942?a_aid=dmnd1357

It is true. You were originally asking for H/I, so I wanted to stay within those parameters. But you are absolutely right.

The one you picked is beautiful. However, it’s not much bigger from the I color one I sent you and it’s $710 more.

I like this one more:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.01-carat-j-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3016510?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s eye-clean, the inclusion won’t be visible and it’s much larger.

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