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Q&A: Help Finding a Colorless Oval Diamond for Around $15,000 Budget

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I have a great oval halo setting. just need an oval diamond.

I want the diamond to be as colorless as possible. My budget is around $15K. I found the diamond below from Blue Nile but can’t tell where the inclusion is. Can you assist?

Blue Nile LD10580414

Any assistance is much appreciated!

There’s one microscopic inclusion on the edge, but it’s not visible, not even on the zoomed video. That diamond is perfectly eye-clean and has fantastic specs. Nice find!

I am comparing this with another I see on James Allen with less cost (fairly similar except a few items)… Can you tell me which is a better value?
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.51-carat-d-color-vvs1-clarity-sku-3734483?a_aid=dmnd1357

I like the one from Blue Nile better. It has a more subtle bow-tie and nicer shape.

Here’s another diamond I saw on James Allen.
https://www.jamesallen.com/mobile/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.51-carat-d-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-4724748?a_aid=dmnd1357

By the way, James Allen doesn’t measure cut on anything but a round diamond. What other feature is its equivalent for brilliance and shine?

GIA gives cut grades only to rounds. If you see a cut grade to any other shape, it’s just a mark of that jeweler (diamond company) and it’s completely subjective. We use our own parameters to maximize brilliance: depth under 74% and table% under 75. The ideal L:W ratio is between 1.35 and 1.45.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.51-carat-d-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-4724748?a_aid=dmnd1357
Another beautiful diamond.

Thanks!

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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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