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Q&A: Help Finding a Round Diamond for Around $17,000 Budget

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Hi Diamond Pro,

Would you please help me choose my engagement ring? My budget is around $17,000. I want brilliant round cut. And I would like to have a setting that is similar to Tiffany Six-Prong. I would like to have a diamond that is around 1.5 ct, G color above, and VS2 above clarity. I was looking on James Allen website since I read your posts and self-educated first 😉 I really want a brilliant, shiny and sparkly diamond! I have several diamonds that are on my favorites list:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.51-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-5278445?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.58-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-5234224?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.54-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-3639895?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.53-carat-g-color-vs1-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-2100130?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.26-carat-f-color-vvs2-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-5457222?a_aid=dmnd1357

Would you please me compare those diamonds? And if you have any better suggestions please let me know as well.

Thank you so much for your time and effort. Can not wait to hearing from you soon!

All the diamonds you found look gorgeous. They’re fantastically cut, eye-clean and brilliant. Out of those options, I personally like this stone as it’s reasonably priced: www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.51-carat-g-color-vs2-clarity-true-hearts-cut-sku-5278445?a_aid=dmnd1357.

If you’re looking for a truly spectacular diamond, Brian Gavin Diamonds is the way to go. Brian Gavin is known as one of the world’s experts when it comes to perfectly cut diamonds (https://www.diamonds.pro/reviews/brian-gavin/). They focus on each aspect of the stone, therefore, all their diamonds are extremely brilliant. The selection of BG diamonds is not just about the hearts and arrows diamonds, they are focusing on each aspect of the stone – the right proportions of the depth and the table, perfect angles, facets, eye-cleanliness.
Have a look at this stone: www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.523-g-vs2-round-diamond-ags-bl-104101026086?a_aid=y. It’s superbly cut and extremely bright and brilliant. It comes from their Blue Collection (https://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamond/brian-gavins-blue-diamonds-with-fluorescence/), that means that it will look extraordinarily.

Thank you so much! The one you chose is the one I like the most and preselected. Thank you for helping me make the decision.

My pleasure, Yajie. You chose yourself a beautiful diamond!

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