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Q&A: Looking for Biggest Emerald Cut Possible for $2500 Budget

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Hi i am hoping you can help me to find the right diamond for my engagement ring. I would like an emerald cut, and for me size is important im hoping for around 1ct or bigger. the budget is 5000. i live in australia, and after meeting with jewelers here i have been told i would be looking at minimum 10,000 for this sort of stone. i am nervous about making such a big purchase online from overseas, so any guidence you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I have read the info on your site and these are 3 stones i have been considering from james allen could you tell me what you think, or if you find something better? Item #: 1511066 and Item #: 1511432 and Item #: 1511066 thanks

Australian retailers charge insane prices. It’s a limited market.

I’d be happy to make some recommendations and guide you through the process. What type of setting are you considering? Yellow gold or white gold/platinum? Will it be a solitaire or does it have sidestones/pave? This may affect the colors that I recommend for the center diamond (as we explain in our post on color).

Let me know and I’d be happy to send you some suggestions.

Since i sent you the first email, i now have a new budget of only $3000 for my diamond. Unfortunately we were counting on using some money that didn’t end up coming through so were a bit tight now. I understand i wont be able to get 1ct in this price range.

I am thinking of just purchasing the diamond online, and then having it set here. The setting i have chose is white gold, with tiny little diamonds down the side (pave i think?) and a halo of diamonds around the centre stone. It has a very fine band 1.7-1.8mm.

The other thing i should mention is that we probaly wont be ready to purchase the stone for a couple of weeks, so if you think it would be better for me to get in contact with you again when we are actually ready to buy i am happy to do so.

Based on the information i’ve provided what sort of size diamond do you think i will be able to get? And what colour grades should i stick to when browsing?

Hit me with an email a week before you are ready to purchase. The diamonds I recommend will surely be gone by then.

We will be ready to purchase our diamond by the end of next week, (friday 21st) so thought maybe we could start the search. As i said before the budget has changed we would feel most comfortable staying under $2500. I have been looking a bit myself and was hoping to get your opinion on a couple of stones. I have been paying particular attention to the depth of the stones and measurements. #: 1513234 and #: 1522287 were the 2 top choices. I also found #: 1521749 that is a bit higher priced than i was hoping for but if you think its worth it we may consider.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon,


I also found these ones over the weekend #: 1482020 and #: 1441401 would love to hear what you think,

If your budget has it in there, this is the best one by far:

It’s got a great L:W ratio, the cut is fine, high color and obviously eye-clean. Its a real winner.

I’m glad to hear your opinion on the diamond but as i mentioned before it is pushing our budget a bit. I would love to get your opinion on a nice emerald cut around the 2000 – 2500 range. What do you think of 1522287 and 1441401 and 1482020 ? I know your obviously very busy and i really appreciate your time and advice, but if you could manage to give me a bit of feedback, even just a yes or no, on all 3, not just the clear winner (which is likely to be the most expensive one) so then if i do decide on one of the cheaper 2 options i can still feel confident that i will be purchasing a great diamond.

I don’t like the E-IF (poor l:w ratio; will look small). The other two are great diamonds. I like the G-IF (it will look larger than the E VVS1) but the E VVS1 is a far better value (the noticeable size difference won’t be worth spending $500 more).

Just thought i would let you know i have placed both the G IF and E VVS1 on hold while awaiting a gemologist report from James Allen. So once i receive that i will make a final decision and purchase. I did have someone from James Allen look at the diamonds and he said this about the G IF – 1482020 – The main thing that concerns me about this one is the black spots in the table. That could be an indicator of “windowing” (which just means that you will be able to see right through the diamond) and is also indication that there is some light leakage in the diamond.

What do you think about this?

I would wait for the gemologist report. I ignore those ‘windowing’ issues from the photos because its just as likely a result of the focus/contrast.

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