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Hi Ira,

I first wanted to say that I love your site and have been using it a lot to help educate myself while looking for a diamond to propose with. I am sold on buying from James Allen and I think I have narrowed it down to two diamonds but would like your opinion on them as well as any other diamond suggests you may have. The two diamonds on James Allen I have picked out are….

Item: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1326118.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

Item: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/J-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1275961.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

I would like to have the bigger diamond but the picture almost looks discolored. Maybe you could let me know if that is the actual diamond that is discolored or if its just the lighting in the picture.

My criteria on any other diamonds you may suggest are as follows.

Budget: Nothing higher than $1,200 for just the diamond.

Must be at a minimum of 54ct.

Must be Ideal cut or True Hearts (if that is as good as an Ideal… not sure on that)

Nothing lower than a J on color

Would prefer a VS2 or higher but I am open to your expertise

I can’t thank you enough for your help.

I took another look for you, and indeed the J VS2 is the nicest option out there for you now.

Don’t forget to use the TAD0611 copuon, btw, to get 10% off the setting you choose.


Thank you for looking into this for me. I ended up finding another one that I really liked last night and went ahead and bought it. I’ve been looking for about a month now and I just had to be done. If you want to take a look its:

https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/J-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1326591.asp?a_aid=dmnd1357

Either way, thanks again for all your help!


Looks fantastic!  You’re going to love it!

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