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Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Solitaire Setting Within a $3.5k-$4k Budget

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Hello!

Great information available on your website!

I would like to make a ring purchase online and have spent quite some time looking through James Allen. Would like to get your recommendation for a diamond based on my budget of around $3500-$4000. Looking at having it to be round, G-I color grade with VS1/VS2 with an excellent cut.

Definitely would love to maximize carat weight and also get a fantastic stone that will look great on a solitaire white gold setting.

They all look superb. I was actually wondering if its possible to maximize the carat size even more (maybe pushing beyond 1 carat even) but have a lower clarity and color. What would be the lowest color that is recommended for a diamond to still look colorless in a white gold solitaire setting?

Unfortunately they are unavailable now.

Could I trouble you to find other similar ones? Thank you.

These diamonds are great! I’m particularly drawn towards www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-j-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7713154?a_aid=dmnd1357.

For the sake of price comparison, is it possible for you to recommend something similar but maybe a smaller carat size that wouldn’t seem different to the naked eye? I read that the price difference can be quite substantial between say 1.0 and 0.99.

It’s quite hard to find a 0.96-0.99ct diamond that would be cheaper than 1ct. The diamond cutters usually try to cut the diamond to reach the 1ct mark. I found this stone (www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.90-carat-j-color-si2-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7443043?a_aid=dmnd1357) that is very nice. If you compare the measurements, it’s not significantly smaller.

I really loved the stone you found unfortunately it’s not available anymore when i wanted to make the purchase! They’re selling like hotcakes.

Could I trouble you to find something similar?

This diamond is great. I have just made the purchase.

That’s wonderful news! It was my pleasure helping you!

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