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Q&A: Looking for a 0.30 Ct. Round Diamond for a White Gold Solitaire Setting With a $1,000 – $1,500 Total Budget

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I am trying to buy a diamond engagement ring.

What I am looking for is around 0.3 carat and round shape one. I have been checking James Allen and Blue Nile, but it is still very confusing. I am wondering if I can get any recommendation.

My budget is around 1000$-1500$ including the ring. I will be waiting for your response. Thanks!

What style setting (solitaire, pave/side stones/halo) and metal (yellow/white gold, platinum) do you want to use?

I want a solitaire setting with white gold. The diamond could be 0.3~0.4 carat depending on the price.

Thanks for your help!
0.3 carat from James Allen looks fine to me!

Great!

Keep me posted.

I ordered 0.3 carat diamond ring that you recommended from James Allen!

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.30-carat-j-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-6137091?a_aid=dmnd1357

Now I am waiting for shipment.
Thanks for your help!

That’s great news! You got yourself a beautiful diamond.

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James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is at the point where it's almost the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. Their customer experience is best in class, and they have recently upgraded their non-engagement jewelry inventory as well.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Best-in-class packaging

Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well known internet jewelry seller. They have the industry-leading largest available exclusive online inventory. Their high quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. 
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment

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