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Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Classic Yellow Gold Ring With a $5,000 Total Budget

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am kindly seeking your help on the below diamonds/criteria for an engagement ring. One caveat: I will be ordering from Germany, hence I’d like to order with Blue Nile because they (to my knowledge only US retailer) take care of the VAT/customs ‘issues’.

After reading your excellent guides I am looking for the following:
– yellow gold ring
– classic round brilliant
– budget in total in Euro is 5.000 (leaving c. 4.5k for the diamond)
– Excellent cut, polish, symmetry (depth & table according to your guide)
– weight min. 0.8 carat

I came up with the following ones but I am probably a bit too risk-averse when it comes to clarity and color. 😉

Blue Nile LD12561985

Blue Nile LD12431991

Blue Nile LD11414340

What do you think?

You are right. Blue Nile has an office in Dublin and thus you don’t need to pay the import fees and taxes, just the regular VATs.

All of the diamonds you selected are wonderful choices. Well done! Although you’re right, you can do better in terms of value. For a simple yellow gold setting, you can easily go with a J color and it’ll look absolutely colorless. Clarity grade is even less important – as long as the diamond is eye-clean, it doesn’t matter what the actual grade is.

So here’s what I’d go with:
Blue Nile LD12594797

Blue Nile LD12318987

It’s just a coincidence the diamonds have such high clarity grades. They were the first eye-clean stones I found. They have a great cut.

Thank you for your fast response and the suggestions. I like them! Assuming I’d like to spend my budget (max €4.5k for the diamond), I can upgrade to more or less 1ct, right?
E.g. Blue Nile LD12636423

Or this one
Blue Nile LD12465530

To be honest (as an amateur) I struggle a bit to find eye-clean diamonds with SI1 or SI2 when using the other parameters. Hence the two links above.

I looked at the diamonds you selected and to be honest, I’m not a huge fan. The 60% tables are not ideal, it would cause worse light refraction. Try to keep the table % between 55-58 for optimal brilliance.

The problem with SI diamonds is that most of them are not eye-clean (= have inclusions that would be visible to the naked eye). I always search in the SI-IF range and pick the best priced eye-clean options I find. Sometimes you end up with VS/VVS diamond only because there was nothing lower that would look good.

Here is a 1ct diamond with a gorgeous cut:
Blue Nile LD12698387

It has fantastic specs.

Thank you again. I just wanted to purchase the engagement ring with your recommended diamond but someone was faster than me. It is not available any more.
Is there another one you can recommend?

No worries.

Blue Nile LD12521315

This one’s a great alternative.

This one looks fantastic!
Last question (thinking a bit about about my budget) – you opinion on this one:

Blue Nile LD12394219

That one has a large cloud in the clarity plot, it would negatively affect the brilliance.

Just purchased the Blue Nile LD12521315.

Thank you very much for your help! Amazing and fast service.

You’re welcome, it was my pleasure helping you.

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