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Q&A: Looking for Princess Cut Engagement Ring Between $2500 to $3000. Unclear about Clarity Requirements. James Allen vs. Blue Nile.

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I am having a hard time trying to find a princess cut engagement ring for my girlfriend. Have looked at james Allen and Blue nile. i am looking for a .80-.90 princess cut H-I color, VS1, and I am looking to spend between$2500-$3000. I am looking for a eye clean rock with lots os sparkle but am stumped w/ symmetry, polish and cut grades, any suggestions?

I’ll be happy to help!  My first question is – why are you locked into VS1?

Not necessarily, I really just wants something that is in that size that’s really clean and has a nice sparkle. I have a few on James Allen I a looking at, particularly:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1302762.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/J-VS2-Premium-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1270574.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1272580.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

And my particular favorite that I am leaning towards:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1306967.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

Any opinions on these? If I could find something bigger but close in looks and price to the last one that would be nice too. Thanks again.

I actually like this one the best:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1315869.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s got a cut just as nice as that last one you linked to, but it’s bigger. It will also be totally clean to your eye.

Somebody purchased both diamonds I really liked. Still looking for something similar asap, how do you feel about premium-vs-ideal cuts on James Allen? Still trying for princess .95-.85ct, vvs1-vs2, 70% or smaller table, g-i color. Any help is appreciated.

I know you mentioned VS2+, but I think this is a very nice option for you:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1326246.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

It’s eye clean, so it’ll look exactly like a VS2 to your naked eye.

Here’s another nice option:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Premium-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1302044.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

Let me know what you think!

I actually had that S1 on my short list also, do you think that inclusion on the corner will threaten the integrity of the ring?

Not at all.  That’s a great stone!

Thanks for all your help, I feel like I learned a lot from your website and my mom was impressed with my diamond knowledge. The very first ring that I liked came back up and I snatched it up, it was. The .84 H VS1. You are really providing service to people like me who would have purchased a ring that was to costly or not worth the money keep up the great work.

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