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Q&A: Help Finding a Princess Cut Diamond for a White Gold Halo Setting for Under $3,500 In Total

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Hello!

I am in need of an engagement ring! have a total budget of up too $3,500 but would prefer to stay around $3,000. My end ring is a 14k white gold, halo set, with a princess cut.

I have picked the setting already and the wedding band that will go with it. I just need the diamond to be eye clean. If it takes a scope to see it, I’m not concerned!

Setting:
14K WHITE GOLD PETITE DIAMOND HALO ENGAGEMENT RING

Band:
14K WHITE GOLD 2.0MM TRADITIONAL SLIGHTLY CURVED WEDDING RING

Thank you so much. I did have two diamonds in mind as well and would like to know if you can look at them. I forgot to put the links in the original message.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/0.74-carat-i-color-vs1-clarity-sku-4300383?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/0.77-carat-i-color-vs2-clarity-sku-4433591?a_aid=dmnd1357

Are these eye-clean? Will you be able to see these diamonds in this much detail in person? Or is this view as looking through a magnifying device?

Both these diamonds are eye-clean. I like the 0.77ct one more because it has a better cut. Regarding the table %, we usually recommend staying in the range of 69-75% to get the best brilliance possible.
However, for halo settings, I would suggest sticking with H+ colored diamonds to avoid any yellowish hue (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/color/).

Ah nice catch I missed the H+ reading. I have probably spent around 10+ hours so far looking at diamonds and reading all your websites material lol. It is all really helpful! Thank you so much for the help and I like the original diamonds you recommended. Yet with my personality I have still been looking at some other diamonds just to get the best deal I can.

Here are two I have also found after making sure they are H+, just need to know if they are eye clean. I like that their symmetry is excellent over VG. Maybe that is not as important?

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/0.71-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-sku-4849921?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/princess-cut/0.70-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-sku-4866815?a_aid=dmnd1357

Regarding the new two diamonds you sent, I like the 0.71ct H stone more. I’m not a big fan of the inclusions in case of the 0.70ct G diamond (when you turn the stone, you’ll see the feather and some crystals and they might be visible to the naked eye).

I like that stone. It has an inclusion in the middle (you’ll notice it when you turn the diamond) but I don’t think it would be visible.

Thank you so much for your help! I purchased the diamond! Thanks again!

That’s fantastic news! It was my pleasure helping you.

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