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Q&A: Looking for a Round Diamond for a Solitaire Setting Within a $3,500 Budget

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I have a budget of $3,200 for the diamond itself. I want a round shape diamond in solitare setting. Initially I wanted a 1 carat diamond but my budget is not allowing me to get 1 carat diamond. So during my search I came with 2 options which are in my budget with different C’s.

Can you please check below options and let me know which one is better? And any suggestions to improve my search to get the best diamond?

Blue Nile LD12631749
Blue Nile LD12881795

Blue Nile LD12631749 – This stone is deeply cut. I wouldn’t recommend it as it might negatively affect the brilliance

Blue Nile LD12881795 – The cut is deep too.

I would suggest these alternatives:
Blue Nile LD12944200
Blue Nile LD12871561

They’re well-cut, eye-clean and brilliant.

I am thinking to increase my budget to $3,500 and I am looking for diamonds with 0.90 and above carat weight.

Based on the search on Blue Nile site, I found some diamonds. Can you please let me know your thoughts on this? And if you have some more alternatives also, please let me know.

Of all the links I like this one better
Blue Nile LD12912217

This one is above my budget, but not sure if it is eye clean or not
Blue Nile LD12167805

This is another option
Blue Nile LD12065758

Also, what are your thoughts on this setting:
Petite Solitaire Engagement Ring

That setting is classy and elegant, I like it. Choosing a setting is a matter of personal taste and preference.

Blue Nile LD12912217 – This is a nice stone. I don’t see any red flags.
Blue Nile LD12167805 – Nice diamond. I think it’s eye-clean.
Blue Nile LD12065758 – Perfect stone.

Thanks for checking. I am thinking to buy one of the below 2 diamonds tomorrow and the difference in money is very little. Which one do you recommend?

Blue Nile LD12912217
Blue Nile LD12065758

Blue Nile LD12912217 This one has a bit better cut than the second stone. Also, it has bigger measurements.

Thank you so much!

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Awesome, thank you so much!

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