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Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for a Solitaire Setting With a $6,000 Budget

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Hi there.

I have been doing a bunch of research and am now in the market for a engagement ring. I have been using Blue Nile and have found a few stones.

I have found what I think it a great diamond. It’s Blue Nile LD10058040

It is bigger than I would like being a 1.3 but I hear this is the sweet spot to start to notice a difference from the 1 carats. If you are able to advise on this or even offer advise on what I should be going for it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

The diamond you found matches our criteria perfectly, it has great depth and table %, the pavilion and crown angles are superb. I’m just a little bit concerned about the black crystal right on the table. But I still think it’s eye-clean. Just to be sure, are you planning to go with a solitaire setting?

You may consider this alternative as well:
Blue Nile LD10437194

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.31-carat-j-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-4370078?a_aid=dmnd1357

Both these diamonds are perfectly cut, eye-clean and also very bright and brilliant. The medium fluorescence will help the diamond look a tad whiter (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/fluorescence/). Both these diamonds are a little bigger while being significantly cheaper.

Thank you for recommendations.

Those diamonds both look great!I have noticed that Michael does buy/use SI1 diamonds in his videos so they must be good.

My only concern what that they wouldn’t be as eye clean as a minimum of a VS2 or do you think that as long as you find the right one it should be alright?

The clarity grading isn’t that important. Once the stone is eye-clean, it’s eye-clean, no matter if it’s SI2 or VS1. So the eye-cleanliness of the VS2 you found could be same as the SI1 I recommended. There are even some VS1 diamonds which are not eye-clean (https://www.diamonds.pro/education/clarity/).

Well if you think that I will be happy with this diamond (Blue Nile LD10437194) and it is eye clean and a great buy then I would be happy to bite the bullet now. I’ll shuffle some money around tonight so she doesn’t notice and I can purchase it in the next few days.

Thank you again. It really does mean a lot to me the help and advice you hav given me.

My pleasure.

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