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Q&A: Looking for an Oval-Shaped Diamond for a Rose Gold Solitaire Setting Within a $2,500-$3,900 Budget

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Hello,

Hope you are doing well. I enjoy and appreciate your website and wealth of knowledge on diamonds.

I am looking to purchase an oval diamond with a budget of about $2,500 to a maximum of $3,900 dollars. This will be set on a rose gold petite (1.5mm) solitaire ring.

What would be your recommendation as the best value? Oval diamonds suggested in your article on selecting the best oval diamonds are out of stock. Thank you very much for your time. 

I like these diamonds for you:

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/0.81-carat-e-color-vs2-clarity-sku-5945626?a_aid=dmnd1357
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/0.90-carat-f-color-vs1-clarity-sku-5987588?a_aid=dmnd1357
They are well cut, eye-clean and either of them will look great in a rose gold setting.

What do you think?

I really like the options you suggested, would going up to 1 carat be possible with the budget? And also without the appearance of a pronounced bowtie effect. Thank you much.

I like the second option of 1.01 carat. Would there be any advantages of getting diamonds from James Allen compared to Blue Nile? Thank you again.

In this particular case, I found the cheaper options on JA:
Blue Nile LD11222266

Thank you again for your help in picking out a diamond. I purchased one from James Allen.

That’s great news!

I’m glad I could help you.

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James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is at the point where it's almost the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. Their customer experience is best in class, and they have recently upgraded their non-engagement jewelry inventory as well.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free International Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisals
  • One free resizing within 60 days of purchase
  • Free ring inscriptions
  • Best-in-class high quality imagery of all diamonds in stock
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Blue Nile Blue Nile is the largest and most well known internet jewelry seller. They have the industry-leading largest available exclusive online inventory. Their high quality images are catching up to James Allens' and their prices are amazing. 
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. Blue Nile will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Free prong tightening, repolishing, rhodium plating and cleaning every 6 months
  • Provide insurance appraisal
  • One free resizing within the first year of purchase
  • High quality images of about half of their diamonds
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • 100% credit towards future upgrades (must be at least double in value)
  • Best in class fulfillment

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