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Q&A: Help Finding a Round Center Diamond for a White Gold Solitaire Setting with Around $5,500 Budget

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Hi there,

I’m looking for 1.1-1.5c round diamond for solitaire WG 14k engagement ring. Looking for something that fits in 5.5k budget thats classic in style. Look forward to hear your thoughts.

She is looking for something that is classic with quality that we can pass down in the future. Looking currently at JA and BN.

Other questions: how important is color against clarity and cut when shopping for round diamond?

For a simple solitaire setting (no additional diamonds in the band), I recommend J+ color and SI+ clarity (as long as the diamond is eye-clean).

Cut is the most important aspect of a diamond so the highest cut grade is a must.

Something like this is going to look great in any solitaire setting you choose:

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.10-carat-j-color-vvs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-4688990?a_aid=dmnd1357
Blue Nile LD10203633
They are well cut, eye-clean and either of them will be very brilliant.

What do you think?

I really like the first one from JA. Is there anything bigger in carat weight around 1.2-1.3 for my budget? Or do I need to increase my budget given the same treats and quality as that 1.1 from JA?

Thank you for the email and your feedback. I really like the first 1.1 one you showed me, is there any discounts you know if I order from JA?

Unfortunately, we have no coupons for JA, only for Blue Nile.

What coupon do you have for Blue Nile?

Thank you so much for all your help. Really appreciate it. Will let you know if you have any questions.

Anytime. Keep me posted.

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