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Q&A: Looking for a Pear or Heart Shape Diamond With a $3,500 Budget

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Hello!

I’m looking for help finding the right diamond for a custom engagement ring. I’m looking for a pear cut, $3,500 budget (I already have the setting budgeted separately). Priority is cut quality, but I would like to keep color at I or better and clarity at SI1 or better (eye-clean). Most of what I have been able to find in that price range is around 0.8-1 ct, which is fine.

In case of pears, we recommend sticking with H+ color with none, faint or medium fluorescence (medium and strong fluorescence on D-G colored diamonds can cause a hazy/milky look in daylight – https://www.diamonds.pro/education/fluorescence/). Check out our article about pear-shaped diamonds: https://www.diamonds.pro/education/pear-shaped/.

Regarding the stone you found, the strong fluorescence is an issue.

Here are my recommendations:
Blue Nile LD11024350

Blue Nile LD10756082

Blue Nile LD09164372

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.76-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-sku-3598634?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.75-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-5251492?a_aid=dmnd1357

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/pear-shaped/0.92-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-6120486?a_aid=dmnd1357
All these diamonds are beautifully cut, eye-clean and brilliant.

These are some great options within my budget. Do you have a couple of particular favorites among these?

All the diamonds I sent you are great choices. But I also like the 0.90ct H SI1 stone from Blue Nile a lot.

Good to know. I’ll request an ASET image to double check the light quality on those two Blue Nile stones. Thank you for the assistance!

OK, perfect. Let me know when you get them.

Unfortunately they don’t offer ASET data. That first 0.9 was also bought or pending purchase a little while ago, but I did have another request.

Could you pull up some heart shapes in the same price ranges (just found out she likes them as well)? What qualities should I be prioritizing for hearts that are different from how the pears were evaluated?

Personally I prefer the pears, but I wanted to make sure to compare good stones in both shapes.

OK, no problem. Let me know if I can help with anything else.

I just put this one on hold! I’ll be getting her ring size in the next few days and then it’ll be on the way! Thank you so much for all your help.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/heart-shaped/0.92-carat-h-color-si1-clarity-sku-5899389?a_aid=dmnd1357

Sounds great! I’m so happy you like it.

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