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Shape: Radiant Cut

Q&A: Square, Asscher, or Cushion Cut Diamond?

I’m looking for a square cut diamond in an antique or antique reproduction setting. I generally prefer the radiant cut, but the attached ring is assher and I really like the setting. http://antiqueengagementrings.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=2527 I really like this ring. It’s over 2 carats. My first concern is color – J – while you recommend H or …


Q&A: Looking for Square Radiant with Sparkle

I am looking at having a custom engagement ring and wedding band made but am still chewing on the best center diamond for the engagement ring. The diamond style of choice is radiant but as you have so aptly pointed out on your website, there is no ”official” grading system that is consistent for all …


Q&A: Looking for Eye-Clean Cushion Diamond

I have read every single page of your site and have scoured James Allen and Blue Nile for the perfect radiant or cushion cut stone. I have a budget of 6-7 for the entire ring and wedding band, so I am thinking of a diamond in the 4-5 range. I am looking to cut corners …


Q&A: Best Round, Princess, or Radiant for $4000 Budget

I’m looking for a solitaire diamond ring for my wife. My budget would ideally be under $4000-4500 and I would like the best stone for the money. I’m looking at stones between 0.80 – 0.95 carat that are round or princess cut. My wife likes sparkly stones, so it would need to have an ideal …


Q&A: Online vs. Local in Miami.  $8000 Budget. Radiant vs. Princess.

Q&A: Online vs. Local in Miami. $8000 Budget. Radiant vs. Princess.

I’m looking for a princess cut diamond around 1.25 ct (+- .25 ct) set into a channeled band with diamonds only going halfway down on either side. Have made my mind up on clarity, color, etc. My budget is 8000. I want a combination of quality and size. I live near Miami’s diamond district and …


Q&A: Wants Fiery Square Diamond: Princess or Radiant?

Hello- I am interested in purchasing a stone for an engagement ring. The ring setting itself will be the heavier trellis ring in platinum or white gold. I see that on Blue Nile, these rings can only be set with round, princess or asscher. James Allen offers a larger variety of stone shapes for this …


Indecisive About Fancy Shapes

As an extension of your post from June 24 titled, “What Makes a Fancy Shape have a nice Cut?”…. Does a cushion cut fall under the same rule (70/70) as the radiant does? Also, you say the rule is 60/60 for rounds, but I saw one website that recommended 63 table/69 depth, which falls into …


Price Help with a 2 carat Radiant F Color VS2 Clarity

What price range would you expect for: radiant cut 2.06cts, color F clarity vs2, polish and symmetry vg, table 68%, depth 70%, dimensions 8.63 x6.42 x 4.5 fluorescence: nil (or faint depending on which certificate you follow(!) thanks for your help I have checked for similar stones on an online industry wholesale trading site.  I …


What Makes a Fancy Shape have a nice Cut?

This question came from a reader of my article about Diamond Cut. that’s great, but what about fancy cuts? I am interested in a rectangular radiant cut diamond, and the amount of conflicting information on what angles and proportions are preferable is very confusing.  Some sites say that to be a very good cut, the …


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