In this section of the site, I publish some interesting private exchanges I have had with readers of the site who have contacted me via the “Ask a Question” form. I believe you will find that the questions and answers are both interesting and educational. Of course, names have been removed to preserve privacy.
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Q: I’m new to shopping for diamonds and I REALLY appreciate the fact that you’ve taken the time to help make sense of all this. What I’m looking for is the best round diamond I can find to go with a 14k white gold setting. My budget is no more than $7k for the diamond, […]
Q: Hi, here’s what I’m looking for: Minimum criteria Carat: >= .90 Cut: >= Excellent Color >= J Clarity: Eye Clean Lab: GIA or AGS Setting: Platinum Tiffany style setting ….. Oh and it will be a solitaire. Budget: $2500 Budget Budget: $3000 Budget Budget: $3500 Budget Budget: $4000 Budget Carat: […]
Q: I decided to take ask my girlfriend of 4 years to marry me on our next vacation during christmas. We’ll be traveling to Argentina, and I thought it would be a romantic place to pop the question. I’m not into jewelry and have never really worn any, so i’d like to thank you for your […]
Q: Just wondered what your opinion of Diamond Geezer is? Narrowed my purchase down to 5 diamonds, but on their site they have the GIA breakdown but no images. I have emailed them to ask for images as I am keen to see the idea of eye clean. If I get them to send me images, […]
Q: My girlfriend has put up with me for four years now and it’s way past time to make things official. I know she wants a 2c round cut diamond. Other than that, as long as it looks good, she will be thrilled I finally popped the question. Anyway, I’ve been looking at rings for […]
Q: Hi T.A.D. — I am looking to buy a round diamond and have a jeweler set the stone in a Danhov petite solitaire bezel setting (LE100). The general specs I’m looking at are 1.3-1.4 carats, G or maybe even F color, VS1 or maybe even VVS2 clarity, triple Ex cut, no culet, perhaps no or […]
Q: Hello, I’ve been reading your blog and trust your judgement on diamonds. I’m interested in purchasing a diamond from James Allen I just needed a little help on which diamond to get. I’ve already decided on the setting which will be this one: http://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/pave/18k-white-gold-pave-set-4-prong-diamond-engagement-ring.html I’m in search of a nice yet afforadable round diamond for […]
Q: Is buying higher than a G color and VS1 clarity a complete waste of money for a princess cut on platinum? are there differences between a d and g color that can be detected by the naked eye? are there differences between an IF and vs1 clarity that can be detected by the naked […]
Q: Hi, I’m looking for a princess cut diamond for an engagement ring. My budget is up to a max of ~$6000 for the stone and setting. Any recommendations/suggestions? Budget: $6000 Budget Carat: 1.00 ct Carat: 1.10 ct Color: G Color Color: H Color Shape: Princess Cut Clarity: VS1 Clarity […]
Q: I would like your opinion on this diamond and if you think I can find a better option for the money? I can put up to 1.5 ct in the setting I like. It is $8120 Shape: Princess Carat Weight: 1.25 Cut: Excellent Color: G Clarity: VS2 Certificate: GIA Depth: 73.3% Table: 69.0% Polish: Excellent […]