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Q&A: Help Finding a 1.25 Ct. Round Diamond for a Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring

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Hi,

I am looking for 1.25 +/- round shape best quality diamond. Can you suggest best selection with ideal configuration from James Allen/Blue Nile please.

I am ready to make immediate purchase.

Thanks in advance.

Just a quick question. What style setting (solitaire, pave/side stones/halo) and metal (yellow/white gold, platinum) do you want to use? 

We want a solitaire ring with 18k gold please. Give me options for both 1.25 and 1.5 carat diamonds and from both stores. (Blue Nile and James Allen)

Are the prongs in yellow gold too? Will you have a yellow gold wedding band with or without smaller diamonds?

Prongs in white gold and without smaller diamonds.

Thank you for the info.

Here’s my recommendation:

Blue Nile LD12464177
Blue Nile LD02358610
They are beautifully cut.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.26-carat-j-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-6753985?a_aid=dmnd1357
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.50-carat-j-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7140098?a_aid=dmnd1357
These two look great on the videos, but you need to request the GIA reports so that we can check the cut parameters and clarity notes.

Let me know what you think.

Here are the GIA certificates from James Allen. Please check and suggest.

Between the three of the diamonds, which one do you suggest. Please list them in the order of priority.

If you are buying from the UK, I’d go with Blue Nile. Their diamonds are beautiful and you have the added benefit of easier returns/repairs on the off chance there is an issue (highly unlikely, but another perk). Plus, no import fees & taxes

Thanks !

As a quick update, we bought Blue Nile LD12464177.

Waiting for delivery, will update you soon its delivered.

That’s great news! You got yourself a beautiful diamond.

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James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is at the point where it's almost the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. Their customer experience is best in class, and they have recently upgraded their non-engagement jewelry inventory as well.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Best-in-class packaging

Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well known internet jewelry seller. They have the industry-leading largest available exclusive online inventory. Their high quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. 
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment

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