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Q&A: Help Finding a Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond With a $3,500 Budget

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I’m interested in getting a yellow diamond engagement ring.

My budget is around $3500, halo style with a cushion diamond, but any of the square shapes would be ok.

I’m looking at some of the yellow diamonds on James Allen website, some of them look almost like they are scratched or that the inclusion are on the face of the diamond. Is that normal and what should I be looking for? I’ve also seen a ring on Leibish website that I like.

Looking forward to your comments and recommendations.

Feel free to send me any diamonds/rings you find for me to check them for you.

Some diamonds can have obvious inclusions. Even though the color is the most valuable part of a yellow diamond, we can’t really overlook the clarity completely.

I found this one on JA:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/fancy-color/yellow/cushion-cut/1.33-carat-vvs2-clarity-sku-4164998?a_aid=dmnd1357
It’s Y-Z color which gives you the option to get a larger diamond for a much better price.

What do you think?

Thanks for helping me out. The diamond you picked out is very nice, I’m hoping to see if we can find one that has a little more intense yellow. Here is one on James Allen that I like for the color. Even if we have to go a little smaller.

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/fancy-color/yellow/cushion-cut/0.51-carat-si2-clarity-sku-2513650?a_aid=dmnd1357

I also like this ring below from Leibish website
https://www.leibish.com/rings-jewelry/fancy-yellow-cushion-diamond-halo-ring-26089

understand. I wasn’t sure what color intensity you would prefer.

That’s a gorgeous diamond from JA. I was trying to find something larger with the same color intensity, but the one you found looks the best.

The Leibish ring is also amazing.

The JA one seems to be like a better option as you can get the ring for less than $3,500.

Thanks for your help. I went with the diamond from James Allen.

Excellent choice!

Let me know how it looks when you receive it.

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