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Q&A: Looking for a GIA Oval-Shaped Diamond Within a $600 Budget

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Did I get ripped off?

I’m so worried I thought it was GIA certified and realized after I bought it that GSI is different.

0.32k
H color
SI2
Ideal cut

For 1,300.

Did I get ripped off? I’m freaking out, it’s custom and I don’t know if I’m too late to cancel it.

Can you still return it and get a full refund? GSI is not the best lab and we recommend avoiding them as much as possible.

I actually ended up canceling my order because it wasn’t GIA certified I was worried about the grading of it.

I have two other options I am considering for diamonds. Which one will be the best option? I know ovals are best inspected in person but I dont have that luxury :/

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/0.40-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-6622157?a_aid=dmnd1357

or

https://www.brilliance.com/loose-diamonds/oval/0-32-carat-d-color-very-good-make-si1-clarity-gia-certified-SKU-D18780651

Is the top one worth the extra $300 or should I save my money and go with the slightly smaller bottom one?

You did the right thing. GIA diamonds give you the best value.

https://www.brilliance.com/loose-diamonds/oval/0-32-carat-d-color-very-good-make-si1-clarity-gia-certified-SKU-D18780651
This diamond is not a great option. It’s not eye-clean and medium fluorescence might make it look hazy.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/0.40-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-6622157?a_aid=dmnd1357
This one is much better. Did you put it on hold?

Great!

I did place it on hold but hold is up tonight.

Is there better one on that website for that price? Or maybe a lesser expensive one that is comparable to the bottom one but less expensive?

Wonderful I got that one 🙂

Thank you so much!

I’m glad I could help you find the perfect diamond. Let me know how you like it when you receive it.

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