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Q&A: Looking for an Oval-Shaped Diamond for a White Gold Pave Setting With a $10k-$12k Budget

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Hi,

I have been reading your site and searching online for a diamond/engagement ring, your site has been incredibly informative but holy options batman!

My tentative budget is $10,000, if another $1,000 would make a big difference based on diamonds available I could flex the budget up a little bit.

In talking with my girlfriend she would like an oval shaped diamond set in a white gold thin band pave setting, either cathedral or floating style she didn’t have a preference.

We would like a bigger diamond for the best value and wow factor than spend the same money on a flawless diamond. Through my online browsing I have been looking at mostly SI2’s but it is hard for me to determine which flaws in an SI2 would actually be noticeable in person and which ones would not.

I was hoping you could help me out and give some guidance on that as well as color. Diamond suggestion links welcome 🙂

Thank you!

Thank you for the response!

I think I was hoping to get something a little larger for the money. Since it is an oval with a white gold setting, would you not recommend going any lower than an H on color?

Thanks again.

I’m sorry. Ovals tend to show their color more, so we don’t recommend going lower than an H (unless you are using a yellow gold solitaire setting with yellow prongs).

If I were to bump my budget up just a bit what do you think about this one?
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.70-carat-h-color-vs2-clarity-sku-3268282?a_aid=dmnd1357

I was hoping to be in the middle between the 1.5-2 carat range but I would be happy with the 1.5. Just seeing what a little increase in budget can do!

Thanks!

That one is perfectly fine, there are no red flags in the cert.

Okay great! Do you guys get any special offers or promo codes with James Allen?

Unfortunately, we don’t have any promo codes at the moment.

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