Q&A: Help Finding a 1.00 Ct. Round Diamond for a White Gold Pave Setting

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Hi Diamond Pro,

I am planning to propose to my girlfriend and need help picking out a beautiful 1ct diamond.

My budget is: $4500-$5500 Canadian for the diamond.
Setting: Petite Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring

I found two diamonds on the Blue Nile website, can you please let me know what you think?

Blue Nile LD11846758

Blue Nile LD12016908

Thank you.

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend either one. The first one is cut too deep (ideally, the depth should be around 60/61% but should go over 62.6% if you want to get the most of the brilliance). The second one is cut nicely but it has a strong fluorescence which usually causes a hazy/milky look in daylight.
https://www.diamonds.pro/education/fluorescence/

I couldn’t find any eye-clean and well cut 1.ct diamond, but this 0.92ct would look amazing:

Blue Nile LD12040629

It has some inclusions but they won’t be visible to the naked eye and the size difference won’t be noticeable.

I will keep the 0.92ct diamond in mind, but can we keep looking for 1ct diamonds because that is the minimum CT that I am looking for.

Are you willing to go higher in the budget?

Maximum is $6000 Canadian.

What do you think about this diamond?

Blue Nile LD11817213

That would be a great option if you put it into a solitaire setting. The J color would look a bit yellowish in the pave you chose.

Here are the best 1ct diamonds for the pave setting:

Blue Nile LD11550257

Blue Nile LD12094304

Blue Nile LD11721992

I have decided and purchased the following diamond.

Blue Nile LD11550257

Thank you for all your help!

Great news! Thanks for the message.

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