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Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for a White Gold Petite Pave Within a $6k-$7.5k Budget

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Hello,

I’ve been using your website to educate myself about diamonds while searching on jamesallen and bluenile. I’m struggling with knowing if the diamond I want to purchase is really the best one I can buy. If you have some time, would you be able to help me out? Admittedly I get a bit of anxiety with such a large purchase and decision.

I’m looking for a 1.25-1.5 ct round cut between $6k and 7.5k.

One more thing… Can the setting also affect the clarity of the diamond? I’m looking at:
www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/pave/14k-white-gold-petite-pave-crown-diamond-engagement-ring-item-53057?a_aid=dmnd1357

But am wondering if both the Pave style and the ring of diamonds around the base would make inclusions more visible to the naked eye. Am I completely overthinking this?

Sorry for the long winded email, any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

The setting won’t affect the center stone in any negative way. Don’t worry about that.

As for the main diamond, this would be my recommendation:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.22-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3215064?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.26-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3342287?a_aid=dmnd1357

They are beautifully cut, eye-clean and either of them will be very brilliant.

What do you think?

Thanks for the recommendations! I do love the diamonds you picked out!

Would the H color grade stand out too much in a white gold setting? Would you be able to also recommend some diamonds closer to 1 ct which have a higher color rating?

I’m glad you like them.

Why would it stand out? H color looks perfectly colorless in a setting like this. I’ll gladly recommend more options, but they will look identical.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3436645?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-f-color-vs2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3373685?a_aid=dmnd1357

These two have fantastic overall specs.

Thoughts?

I just wanted to let you know that I purchased the 1.22 ct diamond.
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.22-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3215064?a_aid=dmnd1357

The email address I used to purchase was the same I’ve been using with you. If there’s anything else you need from me please let me know! Thank you for your help!

That’s great news! Thank you for letting me know about the email address, it’s well appreciated.

If you can also write me back once you receive the ring, that would be great. I’d love to know how you like it in person.

I received the diamond and am very pleased! Thank you so much for your advice!

I haven’t decided on a setting just yet.

I’m very happy to hear that! It’s been a pleasure helping you.

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