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Q: Thank you for having a website such as this to help people through such an important process. I consider myself a very savvy shopper, so you can imagine the anguish i’m having on pulling the trigger when it comes to such a purchase. I’ve been told too many stories by too many dealers.

I am interested in spending $25-30k on a nice diamond. The best one i have found thus far is a GIA certified 2.3ct, round, I color, VS2 clarity and Excellent cut grade for $26k. It has Very Good polish, Excellent symmetry and no fluorescence. the “table” is 62% and the total height looks like 60% with medium-slightly thick (faceted) 3.5% girdle. The thing stopping me from this diamond is the color – i want the best for my hopefully future fiance and i’m willing to spend the money, but the gentleman helping me said the i color diamond looks “stark white” and that it’s “virtually impossible”. I told him i was happy to spend some more money to upgrade the color to a H or G, but he still seems insistent on this one as that upgrade could cost me $10k, which i would be willing to spend if worthwhile.

This diamond, in particular, does look slightly bigger than a 2.3 because the measurements are 8.56 – 8.60 x 5.13 mm. I am hoping an unbiased person like yourself will be able to give me sound advice.

thank you so much. i look forward to reading your reaction. Read More…

Q: I am looking for an ideal/excellent princess cut diamond. My budget is between $10-12K. The bigger the better, but want to balance the size with quality. After doing research and reading your wonderful site, it appears I’m in the market for a 1.5carat, g/h color, vs1/vs2 diamond. Here is a couple I have found on JamesAllen and was hoping for you opinion or thoughts.

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1544562.asp

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1544563.asp

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-VS1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1547593.asp

I would like the biggest diamond for that price range keeping in mind how important having an “eye” clean diamond is. The setting for the ring will be in platinum.

Thanks again for any help you can provide. Best informative site I have found on the internet. Read More…

Q: Please help me find a one carat princess cut diamond. I have looked on James Allen’s website and come across the following two stones http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1529118.asp and http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-VVS2-Ideal-Cut-Princess-Diamond-1545420.asp .

I want the best value for a Princess cut of at least one carat in size for less than $5k. Preferably in the range of $4500 – $4750. I am planning on setting it in a white gold halo and shoulders setting and I plan on proposing next month on February sixth. If you are able to find a better value than the two stones then I would greatly appreciate it. Please help. Read More…

Q: Hello! Your site has been extremely helpful in my search for an engagement ring. Using your advice, I chose the following two diamonds. Is the price jump from #1 to #2 worth the increase in size and clarity while sacrificing color? Value is important. Thanks so much!

1) http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-I1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1392149.asp

2) http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/J-SI2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1443365.asp Read More…

Q: First, I would like to say thanks for the very informative site that you put together. It has truly been my one go-to resource.

This loose diamond is listed at $8,972. Is this a good price for the quality? I am pretty much looking to see if the price is reasonable for what it’s graded. I am looking to set this in a plain 2mm platinum setting. The Diamond is GIA certified (2136191026).

Thanks again for your help and I look forward to your advice. Read More…