Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Micro-Pave Setting Within a $6k Budget

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Looking to buy a round cut diamond engagement ring for my girlfriend. Right now I know I’m looking to spend $6k max for everything, but can stretch slightly for a good ring.

I think cut and size are important, ideally, want to try and get 1ct center diamond, solitaire micropave/pave setting.

I’m confused about the clarity, some say SI1 is good, some say only do VS1 and above. James Allen shows a lot of inclusions in SI1 so idk how to choose? Help?

As for the clarity, most of the SI stones are not eye-clean. But if you find one that is, it saves you money. Here’s my suggestion of a 1.04 carat stone with the quality I’d recommend:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.04-carat-i-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-3709544?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s very well cut, eye-clean and going to look colorless.
https://www.diamonds.pro/education/color/

What do you think?

Firstly, thank you for your help! That diamond looks good, but I was searching a little ago and found this one which I think is great, but I don’t know if it’s a good value, my limited research says yes, but I’d love your input.

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-g-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-4702067?a_aid=dmnd1357

Yes, this stone you found is also beautiful with fantastic overall specs. How much is it?

It’s $5,710, sorry didn’t realize they put it as “Not Available” once I put it on hold.

Thank you for the information.

Both stones are very nice options. The I color I sent has a slightly better cut and it’s less expensive, that’s why I like it a little more. But the G color you found is a great option as well. So whichever you like more, go for it.

Is there something else I should be looking at for the cut, both cut grades show as excellent.

The cut of both stones is fantastic. I checked and both of them are going to return light with a lot of brilliance. I wouldn’t worry about that.

OK, thanks.

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