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Q&A: Narrowing the Search for Round Diamond, $5K Budget

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I narrowed my search down to 4 diamonds, links are below. My budget for my engagement ring is $5k-5.5k. My original plan was Color I/H, Clearity VS2, Cut Very Good, Polish VG, Symmetry VG. After looking at diamonds in person I decided my money might be better spent a little differently: Color I, Clearity SI2, Cut Excellent, Polish Ex, Symmetry Ex. First question is do you think my line of thinking make sense. 2nd question is of the following 4 diamonds which do you think is best and why. Thank you so much for your time.
http://www.abazias.com/database/CertWin.asp?stock=80691280
http://www.abazias.com/database/CertWin.asp?stock=92051800
Blue Nile LD02016906
Blue Nile LD02004266

I think you made a smart move staying with SI2 and excellent cut. My only concern for you is that you can’t buy SI2s blindly. It’s very possible, even almost likely, that any of these could be visible to the naked eye. With James Allen, however, you can make sure since you can view a magnified pic of the actual stone:
https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1355356.asp

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1353951.asp

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1338554.asp

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1353906.asp

Let me know what you think!

Thanks for getting back to me. Of the 4 you recommended, the first 2 have too many inclusions don’t you think? I’m leaning towards the last 2, with the last one being the front runner. Would that be your selection as well?

Yes, 100%. The last one is definitely the nicest.

Thanks again for your time. I went ahead and ordered the last one you recommended.

Great! Please stay in touch and let me know what you think when it arrives!

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