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April 22: Today’s recommendation will be for the best Cushion cut under $20,000.

The Best Cushion Cut Diamond Under $20,000

Cushion cut diamonds don’t really have a set of measurements that tell you what is ideal, or less than ideal. It is really a matter of appearance and personal taste. No standard has developed over the years. One point that is commonly accepted is that more “round/square” cushions are more attractive generally than cushion diamonds with a more oval shape.

The diamond I selected is a 2.34 Carat Ideal cut Cushion diamond, H color with VS1 clarity. The diamond sells for $19,580. The proportions on it are very even, making it a beautiful round Cushion cut diamond, that is very clean to the eye.

So today’s recommended cuhion cut diamond for under $20,000 is the 2.34 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond selling for $19,580.

2.34 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
2.34 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamond’s GIA certificate:

2.34 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $20,000.

April 21: Today’s recommendation will be for the best Cushion cut under $18,000.

The Best Cushion Cut Diamond Under $18,000

The debate today was really a no-brainer. I looked at the range of stones, and one very quickly stood out. There were a number fo nice stones that would have been good purchases, but only one really stood out. It was much larger than the rest, and while the color was a bit lower, it was still within range, and the level of clarity was very good, and the little markings it does have were all along the side where they will be less noticeable, though they are not noticeable to the naked eye anyway.

The diamond I settled on right away is a 2.55 Carat Ideal cut Cushion diamond, I color with VS1 clarity. The diamond sells for $17,930.

So today’s recommended cuhion cut diamond for under $18,000 is the 2.55 Carat I-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond selling for $17,930.

2.55 Carat I-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
2.55 Carat I-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamond’s GIA certificate:

2.55 Carat I-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $18,000.

Order 2.55 Carat Cushion cut Diamond

 

 

 

April 19: Today’s recommendation will be for the best Cushion cut under $15,000.

The Best Cushion Cut Diamond Under $15,000

The debate today was between a few different diamonds, but the decision was pretty easy. All the diamonds I was considering were beautiful diamonds – large, decent clarity, reasonable color, etc. However, one of them was nicer than the rest, as far as visible blemishes on the diamond. This diamond even had a matching diamond, selling at exactly the same price, the same exact size, the same exact color and claity, yet this one was much nicer simply because of where the feathers were inside the diamond – on the second diamond they were far more visible.

Of the three diamonds I considered, the diamond I settled on is a 2.31 Carat Ideal cut Cushion diamond, I color with VS2 clarity. The diamond sells for $14,650.

So today’s recommended cuhion cut diamond for under $15,000 is the 2.31 Carat I-VS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond selling for $14,650.

2.31 Carat I-VS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
2.31 Carat I-VS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamond’s GIA certificate:

2.31 Carat I-VS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $15,000.

Order 2.31 Carat Cushion cut Diamond

 

 

 

April 18: Today’s recommendation will be for the best Cushion cut under $13,5000.

The Best Cushion Cut Diamond Under $13,500

The debate today was between three different diamonds, each fairly similar. I narrowed it down to three stones that were each different in size, but not drastically different, the clarity levels were different, but again not drastically so, and the color as well. When combining all the factors together, the three stones are pretty different but not drastically different.

Of the three diamonds I considered, the diamond I settled on is a 2.11 Carat Ideal cut Cushion diamond, J color with VVS1 clarity. The diamond sells for $13,290. The J color is a bit high, but it looks nice and the lower clarity level with higher Carat make up for it, as the eye can’t tell that level greatly – though it is borderline.

So today’s recommended cuhion cut diamond for under $13,500 is the 2.11 Carat J color, VVS1 clarity diamond selling for $13,290.

2.11 Carat J-VVS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
2.11 Carat J-VVS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamond’s GIA certificate:

2.11 Carat J-VVS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $13,500.

Order 2.11 Carat Cushion cut Diamond

 

April 15: Today’s recommendation will be for the best Cushion cut under $12,000.

 

The Best Cushion Cut Diamond Under $12,000

The debate today was between a number of different diamonds, each being very different.

The choice was very difficult. A larger stone that doesn’t look as nice? A smaller stone that looks better? Something in the middle with higher color level? The range was very great.

I right away knocked off a few choices that could have been candidates, simply because no image of the diamond was available. Without an image to look at, the Virtual Loupe loses its benefit. So they were out of the running very quickly, even though their specs made them possible candidates.

I then cut out any of the diamonds where the price was skewed up to that range either because of having very low color, very low clarity (even to the point of being Internal Flawless), or very high Carat weight, when the other parameters were at the opposite extreme. When looking for great value, if any of these factors are extreme, it throws off the value – you are paying solely for size, or for color, etc. We want a combination of a nice sized stone who’s value is better because of the clarity and color level, though htey too must be within a certain level of reason.

What remained after that was the winning diamond of today’s recommendation.

The diamond is a 1.81 Carat Ideal cut Cushion diamond, H color with VVS2 clarity. The diamond sells for $11,990. The H color is a bit high, but still within our range of reasonable, as the eye can’t tell that level greatly – though it is borderline. The H is what is keeping the price down, as the size is nice and the stone is very clean. Some of the other stones considered were as high as 2.01 Carat with poor clarity, and as low as 1.5 Carat with either being nearly colorless or nearly flawless. This is much better value, with the proportions of size, color and clarity being more evenly balanced.

So today’s recommended cuhion cut diamond for under $12,000 is the 1.81 Carat H color, VVS2 clarity diamond selling for $11,990.

1.81 Carat H-VVS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
1.81 Carat H-VVS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamond’s GIA certificate:

1.81 Carat H-VVS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $12,000.

 

April 14: Today’s recommendation will be for the best Cushion cut under $10,500.

The Best Cushion Cut Diamond Under $10,500

The debate today was between three different diamonds, not similar at all except in price.

The most expensive of the three, though not by much, was nearly colorless, and I suspect that is why the price was higher than the others. None of its other details were particularly better than the other diamonds, and it was even a bit smaller than the others. This was a 1.50 Carat Ideal cut, E color, VS2 clarity selling for $10530. Even to consider it I had to give it some leeway because it just bumped up over our price target, but anyway it is not as nice as the others that are within our target price range.

The competition got tougher with the 1.5C out of the running. The next two stones each had good points in their favor. There is a 1.70 Carat Ideal cut diamond with H color and VS1 clarity that is very clean and selling for $10400. And there is a 1.51 Carat Ideal cut diamond with F color and SI1 clarity selling for $10370.

The benefit of the 1.71C diamond is that it is much larger – 20 points is a significant difference. And it is very clean. The 1.51C diamond has a lower color, making it more valuable, but it is worse on the clarity, and is smaller. The diamond is still nice. Even though it has a higher clarity rating, just about all the marks – all feathers and natural indents (no inclusions) – are along the edges and will be mostly covered by the ring setting anyway.

This is a tough choice. Either a bigger and cleaner stone, or a smaller but better color stone with more markings, but perhaps not so noticeable…

And the winner is… <drumroll please>…. I am going to recommend the 1.70 Carat, H color, VS1 clarity Cushion Diamond. The size and level of clarity is far more important, I think, than the lower color on the 1.51C diamond. The clarity issue on the 1.51 also makes that a great buy, but I think the benefits of the 1.70 are more valuable than the benefits of the 1.51.

So today’s recommended cuhion cut diamond for under $9500 is the 1.63 Carat H color, VS1 clarity diamond selling for $9350.

1.70 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
1.70 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamond’s GIA certificate:

1.70 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $10,500.

 

April 13: Today’s recommendation will be for the best Cushion cut under $9500.

The Best Cushion Cut Diamond Under $9500

I debated which of two very similar diamonds to recommend today. I went a bit higher on the color, because they are both very nice stones and fairly clean, especially for this price range, with the added benefit of the Carat size being slightly higher.

The two stones I debated between are a 1.63 Carat Cushion cut Diamond, with H color and VS1 clarity, selling for $9350, and the second diamond is a 1.54 Carat diamond with H color and VS1 clarity selling for $9300.

The difference between these two stones is very minimal. They are both fairly clean, the measurements are fairly similar, the table on the 1.54 is slightly larger, but the 1.63 itself is a bit larger than the other. It was a tough decision, but the difference is only $50. So, for only a $50 difference, I am goign to recommend the larger stone, as the benefit if the bigger size is greater than that of the slightly larger table.

Actually, if you would be looking for two matching stones, this pair of stones would be pretty good – despite the slight difference in size, these two stones are extremely similar.

So today’s recommended cuhion cut diamond for under $9500 is the 1.63 Carat H color, VS1 clarity diamond selling for $9350.

1.63 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
1.63 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamond’s GIA certificate:

1.63 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $9500.

 

April 12: I am going to start a series of recommendations on specific types of diamonds. For example, Best Cushion diamond under $xxx (best under $8k, best under 10k, etc.), then best Asscher under.., then best Princess under.. then best Oval under… etc. Of course, you have to be aware that todays’ best might not be tomorrow’s best. Onventory changes, prices change, and the like, making each day’s “best”, really only valid for that day…

I am going to start with a series of Cushion diamonds. I am going to start today with recommending

“The Best Cushion Diamond under $8000″

So, the best cushion diamond that you can get today for under $8000 is this 1.30 Carat, G color, VVS2 clarity, Ideal cut diamond selling for $7870.

1.30 Carat G-VVS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond
1.30 Carat G-VVS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond magnified

And here is the diamonds GIA certificate:

1.30 Carat G-VVS2 Ideal Cut Cushion Diamond Certificate

There you have it – the best Cushion cut diamond that you can get under $8000.

 

 

April 11: Here is a beautiful 1.54 Carat Round, Ideal cut, diamond with G color and VVS1 clarity. It is just over the 1.5 threshhold, so the price goes up because of that, but the level of clarity is great and the stone is a real beauty. The diamond is selling for $15,680 on James Allen website.

 

April 8:

Best Asscher Cut Diamond for under $15,000

Q: I am looking for an Asscher cut diamond, but don’t want to pay any more than $15,000. Can I get something in the 2 Carat range that is clean, on that budget?

A: Yes, you can.

Here is a diamond, an Asscher cut Diamond, 1.92 Carat, G color, VS1 Clarity selling for only $14,530.

It has a slight cloud on one side (in the picture under the virtual loupe you might spot it about midway to the right edge), but as far as being clean, it is spotless. No black marks or scratches or anything else. Look at it under the Virtual Loupe and you will see the diamond has life, at least as much as you can see in a picture, and doesn’t look “flat”. Getting this Asscher cut diamond for less than $15k is a steal!

1.92 Carat G-VS1 Ideal Cut Asscher Diamond
1.92 Carat G-VS1 Ideal Cut Asscher Diamond magnified

 

April 7: Today I am going to post the conve rsation from a recent consultation. Someone emailed me askign for advice on a diamond purchase, and following is the whole back and forth of the discussion. I will note, that the questioner ended up buying the diamond and is very happy with her purchase.

Q: Hi- I am looking for a quality 1.20 (approx) stone that is colorless, excellent cut, with a minimum clarity of VS2. I found this on James Allen web site:
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-VS2-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1290232.asp

I am willing to spend up to 8600. Do you think I can find just as nice of a stone but a bit larger? This stone has a great cut and rates a 1.4 on the Holloway cut advisor. Thanks for any help that you are able to provide.

A:  I looked through a bunch of diamonds on the James Allen website.

If you wait until the new data comes out, some new stones might be added to the inventory that meet your criteria. James Allen gets diamonds from suppliers, and update their inventory daily, so what appeared in their stock yesterday, might be different tomorrow.

Click here to read the whole conversation… and feel free to email me with your questions before you purchase, and any questions about any of my recommendations.

April 6: Today’s diamond of value is a Brilliant Ideal cut 1.94 Carat stone, with H color and VS1 clarity. The diamond is selling on James Allen website for $18,860.

This stone is great value, as it weighs in just before the 2 Carat range, which would make a significant jump in price. A similar stone just .06 Carat more is sellign for nearly $2000 more! True, not every stone is equal, and the other stones might have other aspects makign them more expensive, but the main factor is that this diamond is just below the higher ppc (price per carat) range. So for keeping the stone just below 2C, you have saved at least hundreds of dollars, if not more.

1.94 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond
1.94 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond magnified

And here is the diamonds GIA certificate:

1.94 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond Certificate

For the ring setting, I am going to recommend this very modern looking setting called  18k White Gold Spiral Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring that sells for $630 in 18K White Gold. This setting is very stylish and makes the diamond look like it is floating, causing it to stand out. This diamond, which is a large size, will really look nice and even larger.

18k White Gold Spiral Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
18k White Gold Spiral Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

 

April 1: For April 1, a.k.a. April Fools Day, I am going to recommend a large diamond, one out of the price range of many people, though it is definitely no joke.

The diamond is a 2.21 Carat stone with G color and VS1 clarity, Ideal cut Round diamond. The diamond sells for $29,960.

The diamond is really beautiful with great proportions. This diamond will really shine.

2.21 Carat G-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond
2.21 Carat G-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond magnified

The certificate will show you just how clean the diamond is, and how great the proportions are… The facets are cut very evenly and there will be little light leakage, which will create an extremely brilliant diamond..

2.21 Carat G-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond Certificate

 

March 31: Today’s recommended diamond is a diamond with good proportions that will sparkle nicely, and it is a large stone, though this diamond would be worth a few thousand dollars more if it was cut even just slightly better. It is a great buy because it is a beautiful diamond and a great price because it is not completely perfectly proportional and symmetrical.

The diamond is a 1.54 Carat, I color with VS1 Clarity, Ideal cut Round diamond. The diamond sells for $10,630.

1.54 Carat I-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond
1.54 Carat I-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond magnified

The certificate will show you just how clean the diamond really is…

1.54 Carat I-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond Certificate

 

March 28: Sorry for the lack of recommendations. I have been working on 3 new articles (they are almost ready for posting), along with compiling some correspondence from a recent sale that I thought would be interesting to share.

Anyways, here is today’s recommendation, I am still going to stick with the Princess cut diamond for now. The simple elegance of the Princess cut really draws me in..So here goes:

A 1.34 Carat diamond, G color, VS1 clarity Princess cut diamond that is selling for $8140. The stone is not the best cut, but it is a nice size and very clean, and that makes the price on it a great value diamond. The detriments of this stone are not things that will be noticeable, so the great price you are getting is in place of flaws that are worth trading for value.

March 23: Here is another Princess cut diamond. This is 1.46 Carat, G color, VVS2 clarity Princess cut diamond selling for $8,780.

The Princess cut stone offers a simple elegance that cannot be matched.

March 22: Today’s recommended diamond is going to be a Princess cut diamond. This diamond is a 1.80 Carat diamond, with G color and VVS2 clarity. Being a VVS2 you can expect it to be extremely clean to the eye, and it is, and it is also extremely clean under a loupe. This diamond is selling for $13, 820.

March 18: After yesterday’s Emerald cut diamond with a really beautiful ring, today I am going to go with recommending a Cushion cut diamond.

Here is a 1.77 Carat, I color, VVS2 clarity, Ideal cut Cushion Diamond, selling at James Allen for $9900. It is nicely cut, and being such a large and clean Cushion, the price is great, mostly because of the I color – but the I is going to be hardly noticeable, and as you can see in the VirtualLoupe, the diamond is a beautiful stone.

1.77 Carat, I Color, VVS2Clarity, Cushion cut diamond
1.77 Carat, I Color, VVS2 Clarity, Cushion cut diamond magnified

I can’t top yesterday’s ring, so I am just going to point you to the James Allen selection of rings

March 17: Before I give you today’s recommended great value diamond, I want to point out the new article I wrote called Dealer Integrity. This is a great article with a true story that impresses the point how important it is to deal only with an honest and reputable dealer and/or website.

And now, on to the recommendation.

Today I want to recommend an Emerald cut diamond. I love the simple elegance of the emerald cut. Here is an Emerald cut stone that is 1.27 Carat, with G color and VVS1 clarity. This beauty is selling on the James Allen website for $7590.

1.27 Carat, G Color, VVS1 Clarity, Emerald cut diamond
1.27 Carat, G Color, VVS1 Clarity, Emerald cut diamond magnified

The really show this beauty off, I would set it in a ring with sidestones. I picked the following ring: 18k White Gold Royal Engraved Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring that sells for $1525 ($2075 in platinum). This exquisitely-crafted, antique-style diamond engagement ring features a band that is entirely hand-engraved, set with two round brilliant side diamonds and a row of pave diamonds on each side. This ring creates a stunning display.

18k White Gold Royal Engraved Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring
18k White Gold Royal Engraved Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

 

March 23: Here is another Princess cut diamond. This is 1.46 Carat, G color, VVS2 clarity Princess cut diamond selling for $8,780.

The Princess cut stone offers a simple elegance that cannot be matched.

March 22: Today’s recommended diamond is going to be a Princess cut diamond. This diamond is a 1.80 Carat diamond, with G color and VVS2 clarity. Being a VVS2 you can expect it to be extremely clean to the eye, and it is, and it is also extremely clean under a loupe. This diamond is selling for $13, 820.

March 18: After yesterday’s Emerald cut diamond with a really beautiful ring, today I am going to go with recommending a Cushion cut diamond.

Here is a 1.77 Carat, I color, VVS2 clarity, Ideal cut Cushion Diamond, selling at James Allen for $9900. It is nicely cut, and being such a large and clean Cushion, the price is great, mostly because of the I color – but the I is going to be hardly noticeable, and as you can see in the VirtualLoupe, the diamond is a beautiful stone.

1.77 Carat, I Color, VVS2Clarity, Cushion cut diamond
1.77 Carat, I Color, VVS2 Clarity, Cushion cut diamond magnified

I can’t top yesterday’s ring, so I am just going to point you to the James Allen selection of rings

March 17: Before I give you today’s recommended great value diamond, I want to point out the new article I wrote called Dealer Integrity. This is a great article with a true story that impresses the point how important it is to deal only with an honest and reputable dealer and/or website.

And now, on to the recommendation.

Today I want to recommend an Emerald cut diamond. I love the simple elegance of the emerald cut. Here is an Emerald cut stone that is 1.27 Carat, with G color and VVS1 clarity. This beauty is selling on the James Allen website for $7590.

1.27 Carat, G Color, VVS1 Clarity, Emerald cut diamond
1.27 Carat, G Color, VVS1 Clarity, Emerald cut diamond magnified

The really show this beauty off, I would set it in a ring with sidestones. I picked the following ring: 18k White Gold Royal Engraved Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring that sells for $1525 ($2075 in platinum). This exquisitely-crafted, antique-style diamond engagement ring features a band that is entirely hand-engraved, set with two round brilliant side diamonds and a row of pave diamonds on each side. This ring creates a stunning display.

18k White Gold Royal Engraved Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring
18k White Gold Royal Engraved Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

 

March 16: Now on to the second request – for a diamond, preferably a carat or slightly bigger, that is a Round cut stone, within the range of about $3800 – $4700.

For stones smaller than a Carat, this would not be a difficult request. We could go with a 90 pointer, or even 85 points, and get a beautiful stone. The problem is limiting the parameters to 1 Carat and above. Once it hits that 1.00 Carat number, the price takes a big jump in the “price per carat” listing, making it very difficult to find anything really nice in the requested price range.

Making it more difficult is the fact that such stones in the requested price range are going to almost always have a clarity level of SI2 or above. I find such stones “dirty” and prefer to have better clarity than that. Even though SI2 is still considered decent, I always had a “good” eye and the dirtiness of SI2 always bothers me.

So now, working within these limitations was a considerable task. To find a nice stone I could recommend with all these requirements. And here is what I found:

The diamond is a 1.09 Carat stone, with J color (slightly more than I would like, but I had to “give” somewhere), and VS2 clarity. The stone is selling for $4190.

1.09 Carat, J Color, VS2 Clarity, Round diamond
1.09 Carat, J Color, VS2 Clarity, Round diamond, Round diamond magnified

The diamond has a small black inclusion, that I can see, just off the center. Besides that it is very clean. The inclusion is small and will be hard to see once it is set in a ring, and in this price range, this is the cleanest stone above 1 Carat that I would recommend.

March 15: Two readers asked me for a slightly more affordable diamond than yesterday’s recommendation… “Affordable” is a relative term – each person has a different budget in mind when he considers what is “affordable” and what is not. Needless to say, these two readers were each referring to different budgets when they requested a more affordable recommendation. One was referring to a stone in the $8500 to $10000 range, and the second was referring to a diamond in the $3800 to $4700 range.

Working my way down from yesterday’s high end $14350 diamond, I will make my recommendation today for the 8-10 request. I found this diamond – a 1.53 Carat, G Color, SI2 Clarity, Ideal cut Round diamond that sells for $8960.

1.53 Carat, G Color, SI2 Clarity, Round diamond
1.53 Carat, G Color, SI2 Clarity, Round diamond magnified

 

SI2 is really the border of what I like to recommend, but this SI2 has only slight surface markings, and no serious inclusions, at least none that are visible under the virtual loupe. These slight surface markings are hardly visible and will not be visible when the diamond is worn in a setting on a finger.

The proportions of this diamond are very nice, well within range, and I think that this diamond is a steal being marked at this level – it is very large, over into the 1.5 Carat range, and very clean for a stone that is rated as SI2.

Again, here is the link to the James Allen site for the 1.53, G-SI2 diamond for $8960.

March 14: If you are on a tight budget, and looking to get the most bang for your buck, this diamond is not for you. This diamond is a 1.27 Carat, D color, IF (internally flawless) clarity, Ideal cut Oval Diamond. This is one of those stones that is nearly perfect. Normally I recommend going higher on the clarity scale to bring the price down, as much of the difference in clarity, to a certain point, is not noticeable to the naked eye anyway. I normally recommend going higher on the color scale because the difference between them, to a certain point, is hardly noticeable anyway. Yet this stone is just about perfect. It is expensive because of it, and not for the average person, but one cannot ignore such great quality.

This D, IF, 1.27C stone is selling for $14,350.

1.27 Carat D color IF Oval Diamond
1.27 Carat D color IF Oval Diamond magnified

I like oval diamonds in settings that strongly accentuate the oval in a pave setting. I like the elegance of this 18k White Gold Tapered Knife Edge Pave Set Engagement Ring selling for $1130 (in Platinum it sells for $1750). I find that the tapered knife edge lends the ring an additional appearance of an oval leading into the top diamond. Stunning.

18k White Gold Tapered Knife Edge Pave Set Engagement Ring
18k White Gold Tapered Knife Edge Pave Set Engagement Ring

 

March 11: Today we will go back for an Asscher Cut diamond. Here is a diamond that is 1.68 Carat, G color with VS2 clarity. The diamond is an Asscher cut stone with Ideal cut quality. The diamond sells for $9930. For under 10k you get the look of royalty.

 

March 10:

Looking for a clean round diamond in the $12,000 range

Somebody asked me about a diamond he was looking for. He wanted a diamon between 1.25 and 1.50 Carat, that would be clean and in the range of $12,000.

I found the following stone that is really beautiful that fits this fellow’s criteria. The diamond is 1.33 Carat, G color and VVS2 clarity. It is an Ideal cut Round diamond and is selling on the James Allen website for $11,340. If you go to see it on the James Allen website, you can see it under the virtual loupe and you will see how sharp and clean this stone is. Getting it for less than $12000 is basically a steal.

1.33 Carat G color VVS2 Round Brilliant Diamond
1.33 Carat G color VVS2 Round Brilliant Diamond magnified

 

And because he is saving $660 from his target price, he can even get a nice setting and still be within budget of the diamond itself.

 

March 9: Personally, I think I color stones are a bit on the high end of the color spectrum. At that point I am already starting to see, even with my naked eye, some slight differences in color. If I am trying to save money on a diamond and push the envelope by only getting a stone with parameters that are noticeable to the naked eye, technically i color is within that range. I, however, am not a big fan of the I color diamond. I would prefer to go with a G or H color diamond and stretch the clarity a little further, or sacrifice a tiny bit of weight.

This cushion stone is an exception to that rule. It is a 1.93 Carat stone, I color, VVS2 clarity Ideal cut diamond with nice proportions, selling for $11,020.

I make an exception for this stone even though it is I color, because it is within the range and the diamond is so sharp and nice that the I color will not detract from it.

1.93 Carat I color VVS2 Cushion Diamond
1.93 Carat I color VVS2 Cushion Diamond magnified

For the setting, I would recommend the 18k Yellow Gold 4mm Rounded Cathedral Diamond Solitaire Setting, selling for $540 (using the coupon code RING10 will get you a 10% discount on the setting). This beautiful and contemporary rounded band widens to 4mm as it arches up to accent your center diamond. This diamond solitaire setting is guaranteed to be an excellent choice.

Some people would prefer a white gold or platinum setting, especially because the diamond is an I color so it is already slightly colored, but I like the Yellow Gold for this stone. The color in the setting might give the diamond some more colorful of an appearance, but I think the yellow gold will actually cover up the yellowness of the I color of the diamond.

18k Yellow Gold 4mm Rounded Cathedral Diamond Solitaire Setting
18k Yellow Gold 4mm Rounded Cathedral Diamond Solitaire Setting

 

March 8: Today’s recommendation is going to be a Chushion cut diamond. This diamond is a 1.21 Carat stone with G color and VS1 clarity. The diamond sells for $7030.

The diamond is certified by the GIA, and you can see the certificate.

March 7: Here is a great value Brilliant Round diamond. It is a 1.25 Carat stone, with H color and VVS2 clarity, and is Ideal cut. The diamond sells for $8700. The stone is extremely clean to the eye, and even under the loupe you will be hard pressed to see the tiny inclusions. You can see the AGS certificate of the diamond to check all the details of the stone.

1.25 Carat H color VVS2 Diamond
1.25 Carat H color VVS2 Diamond Diamond magnified

James Allen has an amazing array of engagement ring settings for you to choose from, for this diamond or any other diamond you might choose to buy. They have solitaire settings, pave sets, sets with side stones – the sky is the limit, though using the coupon code RING10 you will get a 10% discount off of the setting..

For this specific diamond, I would recommend this 18k White Gold Bow Tie ring that comes with 8 side stones. The total carat weight of the sidestones will be about .30 Carat, with the color ranging from G-H and the clarity ranging from VS2-SI1. This ring sells for $810 (before the 10% discount).

18k White Gold Bow Tie Ring with Sidestones
18k White Gold Bow Tie Ring with Sidestones Setting

 

 

March 5: What can be a better expression of your love for your fiance or wife than a beautiful Hearts and Arrow diamond? Here is a nice, classic size diamond that is a Hearts and Arrow. The stone is a 1 Carat, G color, SI1, Hearts and Arrow Ideal cut diamond, selling for $5790.

1 Carat G color Hearts and Arrow Diamond
1 Carat G color Hearts and Arrow Diamond magnified
1 Carat G color Hearts and Arrow Diamond IDEALSCOPE
1 Carat G color Hearts and Arrow Diamond IDEALSCOPE magnified

 

 

March 4: We generally look to recommend great value diamonds, with giving priority to diamonds that do not have “the best features” that would make them expensive, when some of those features are not really necessary or appreciated. For example, one can forgo the top levels of color and clarity because the average person cannot differentiate and appreciate that level anyway.

But sometimes, somebody wants to buy the best. A real beauty. And not compromise on various parameters for the purose of keeping it within budget, or saving money. Maybe you have no specific budget and prefer buying great quality products, no matter their cost.

I saw this diamond today, a top quality beautiful diamond, and I had to point it out. This is one of those moments – you just see a beautiful stone and want to buy it. The diamond is a 1.34 Carat diamond, with F color and VVS1 clarity. It is an Ideal cut Round diamond, and is selling for $16,600.

1.34 Carat F color Diamond
1.34 Carat F color Diamond magnified

This diamond is so beautiful, it would be a beautiful fit with any setting. For this stone I would suggest a platinum setting – for a top level stone, you go with a top level setting. I like this six pronged Knife Edged Diamond Ring, selling for $990. The knife edge on the ring will make the diamond on top stand out even more and display the beauty that deserves to be on display. (Don’t forget that you can enter the coupon code RING10 and get a 10% discount on the setting).

Platinum Six Prong Knife Edge Ring
Platinum Six Prong Knife Edge Ring Setting

 

March 3: Today’s recommendation will be for a Premium Cut diamond that is very nice. The stone is very clean, and I looked at it for a very long time and had a hard time finding inclusions. The diamond is a 1.26 Carat Diamond with H color and VS1 clarity. The diamond sells for $7670. This stone is very clean and the high color is high enough to make the price reaosnable and low enough that the appearance will hardly be affected, especially once it is set in a ring, though I would recommend a yellow gold setting for this diamond.

1.26 Carat H color Brilliant Diamond
1.26 Carat Brilliant with H color magnified

To go with the diamond, I would recommend the 18k Yellow Gold Flat Tab Solitaire Setting. This dimaond is large enough and clean enough that it does not need to be enhanced with any side stones. This setting sells for $445, plus you can get a 10% discount ont he setting by using the coupon code of RING10.

18k Yellow Gold Flat Tab Solitaire
18k Yellow Gold Flat Tab Solitaire Setting

 

 

 

March 2: Here is a beautiful Asscher cut diamond at a very nice price. this stone is a 1.56 Carat G color, VS2 clarity diamond selling for only $6960. You can see in the Virtual Loupe that this diamond is very clear and reflective and will look beautiful and full of life in a ring.

March 1: This diamond is a beautiful brilliant stone. It weighs in at 1.25 Carat, is a G color, with VVS2 clarity and is an Ideal Round cut diamond. The stone sells for $10,940.

Feb. 28: Today is a Jewish holiday called Purim. To celebrate, I am going to pick and recommend a beautiful and expensive stone, but still one with great value based on its qualities. This Oval diamond weighs in at 1.78 Carat, is a G color and VS1 Ideal cut. This diamond looks very nice under the Virtual Loupe of James Allen and should display brilliant sparkles and color. The diamond sells for $12,800. Enjoy the holiday, if you celebrate it. Even if you don’t, it will be a holiday for you if you get this diamond for your wife!

 

Feb. 25: I was in the mood to recommend a piece of diamond jewelry today, rather than a loose diamond. This set of earrings, 14k White Gold Diamond Filigree Earrings, selling for $875, have a very elegant look, while at the same time display a touch of modernity. They contain five diamonds, totalling 0.40 Carat. 14k White Gold Diamond Filigree Earrings

 

 

 

 

Feb. 24: Today’s diamond is a stunning Princess Cut diamond. The diamond is a 1.20 Carat, G color, VVS1 with a Premium cut and is selling on James Allen’s site for $6300. This stone is a piece of beauty that is pure non-stop sparkle. I couldn’t Princess G 1.2 VVS1stop looking at it, it was so nice.

To go along with this diamond, I would select a solitaire setting – you have absolutely no need to accent this Princess cut stone with anything else. Let it’s beauty stand on its own!

I like this ring – the 18k White Gold 4mm Rounded Cathedral Solitaire Diamond Ring that sells for $540 (Remember, if you put the coupon code “RING10″ on the James Allen site, you will get a 10% discount on the setting).

Your diamond, if you select this ring setting, will look pretty close to thisPrincess G 1.2 VVS1 :

 

 

 

 

 

Feb. 23: I stumbled across a beauty of a stone while looking for a good recommendation for today. I don’t know if this is the greatest value stone I could find, but it is such a beauty I decided to stop looking once I saw it.

The stone is 1.29 Carat, D color with VS1 clarity. It is an Ideal cut Emerald shape diamond. The diamond sells for $7500. It is a real beauty.

Feb. 22: Today I am going with a stone that is not the prettiest, but is a good buy. You are going to get a nice size stone that is pretty clean for a reasonable and affordable price. The reason it is reasonable is because the color is low.

The diamond is I color, but is 1.18 Carat with VVS2 clarity. It is selling for $5800. The stone is not sharp, because of the color, but it is clean and large and cut nicely.

Feb. 21: Today I was looking for a diamond on a smaller budget. I was comparing stones that sell in the $3500 range. I actually considered a few: The I color, 1.09 Carat, SI2 stone selling for $3730 is a dirty stone with visible inclusions, but is cut nicely and has a nice general appearance to the naked eye (generally nobody is inspecting the inside of the diamond once it is on your wifes finger in a ring).

The second stone I considered sounds great. It is a .95 Carat stone with F color and SI2 clarity selling also for $3730. According to its details it should look great, but unfortunately there is no image of it online for visual inspection.

The one I decided to go with is this one:It is a 0.90 Carat diamond with F color and SI2 clarity, selling for $3500. It is, I think, the nicest looking stone of all the ones I considered above plus others in a similar range.

With this ring I would recommend a setting that enhances the diamond with some design and side stones. I would go with this  18k White Gold Antique Bezel & Pave Set Engagement Ring selling for $775.

Feb. 18: The unique beauty of the emerald cut diamond lends the bearer an air of class and elegance. The emerald cut has less brilliance than other diamonds, because of the way the facets are cut, but has broader and sharper flashes of light from the longer facets that more than make up for it.

Today’s recommendation will be a beauty of an emeral cut diamond. We’ve got a 1.03 Carat, H color, VVS1 stone selling for $4770. The stone is an Ideal cut, has excellent polish and symmetry, and is certified by the GIA.

Because the emerald is so classy, it doesn’t need a fancy setting to play it up. It can do beautifully with even a simple setting. I selected this setting that is classy, yet not too intricate and won’t detract from the beauty of the diamond. It is a 18K white gold Rounded Cathedral solitaire ring setting that sells for $540 (James Allen offers a 10% discount on their ring settings, using the coupon code RING10)

 

Feb. 17: Sorry for the late recommendation, but to make it up to you, here is a beautiful round stone at a great value. It’s a 1.20 Carat diamond with F color and VS1 clarity. The cut on it is Premium and this makes a real good buy at $9660.

Feb. 16: This Princess Cut 1.52 Carat H color VS2 diamond selling for $7830 is a real sharp beauty. The factor making the difference is that this stone is a Premium cut. I compared the stone to some better grade stones, that cost much more, and this one looks immensely more brilliant, despite the color being H. Once again, if not for the James Allen virtual loupe technology, this is a stone I would not have even considered. Because of the ability to see the details of the stone as if I was holding it, this is a real find when compared to other similar stones.

Feb. 15: Today I am going to go with a slightly larger stone, and an unusual cut. I am going to recommend a “cushion cut” diamond. These are slightly more expensive because of the uniqueness of the cut. The stone I picked is a real beauty, and nicely priced. I picked a 1.41 Carat stone, with F color and VS2 clarity. The symmetry and polish ont eh stone are pretty good and the stone really looks nice, as you can see using JamesAllen’s virtual loupe technology. The stone sells for $8720. I first looked at a slightly smaller stone with better clarity but more color – the stone did not look great though. It had a “flat” look to it. The price difference was minimal, and it is worth the difference to get this stone that looks so much better to the naked eye.

To make it easier, I will also recommend a setting for this beauty of a cushion. I like this Heavy Contour Platinum setting. It looks really sleek and beautiful, and the cushion stone set in it’s prongs will really be enhanced and stand out nicely. The setting sells for $1740, though you can buy the stone loose and get your own setting elsewhere.

Feb. 14: Today is Valentine’s Day. If you have not already ordered your gift, it is too late to expect to order it now and have it processed and delivered in time. That might mean you can expect to be in the doghouse for a bit. Here is a great gift to get out of the doghouse. Of course, getting out requires something a bit more expensive, so we will go with this beautiful 14k white gold necklace that has .22 carat total diamonds in a spiral pendant. It is selling for $720 and should do the job… I hope it helps!

Feb. 11: With Valentine’s Day coming up, many people are looking for gifts for their loved one. Assuming you are buying something for your wife, fiancee or girlfriend (rather than a wife buying for her husband), this elegant necklace would make a beautiful way to show your love, and not break the bank. This 14k White Gold with a Pearl and Diamond Drop Pendant is selling for only $550.

Feb. 10: In honor of the article I wrote today explaining what an Asscher cut diamond is, I have decided that today i would recommend an Asscher stone. Asscher stones can be more expensive, and I figured once buying an Asscher, let’s go with one that is really nice, but I did not want to go too far out.

So, today’s recommendation is a 1.22 Carat Asscher cut stone. The color is F and the clarity is VS2, kind of balancing it out for price with an ideal quality cut. If you look at it in the James Allen loupe, you will only find some minor flaws. This stone is a real piece of beauty and sure to look great on your fiancees finger. The 1.22 F VS2 Asscher cut stone is selling for $6340.

Feb. 9: Today I am going to compare two large stones. James Allen has two stones that are very similar. One is a 1.45 C stone that is a G color with VS2 clarity. This is selling for $10010. The second is a 1.50 Carat stone, also G color, with SI1 clarity. This stone is selling for $9600.

The obvious differences in these stones are the size and the level of clarity, with the slightly smaller stone being more expensive because of the better clarity. If you take advantage of James Allen’s technology and look at both of these stones with the loupe, you will see that the 1.45 C stone is far better – cleaner and prettier, than the larger stone. As a matter of fact, if you compare the details of the stone, you will also see that the symmetry of the larger stone is only “Good”, while the smaller stone is “Excellent”. That means the smaller stone will look far nicer than the larger stone.

I would go with the 1.45 stone today.

Feb.8: In honor of the Superbowl last night, I am going to recommend for today’s Best Deal the following ite,. I should note that it would have been more appropriate had the Colts won the Superbowl, as it’s shape is similar to the Colts emblem, but I could not find one similar to the Saints, so this will have to do.

This beautiful ” Paif of Ladies 14k White Gold Pave Set Diamond Hoop Earrings” is a stunning piece of jewelry and is selling for $500. The quality of the stones are really not important, though the stone details are pretty good. They are small stones and set in an earring, meaning you will not be able to see the details and admire the beauty of the specific stones. This is something that is a package deal, and as a package it is a piece of beauty. As I said, the only way it would have been better is had the Colts won.

Feb. 7: Today I am going to go with a smaller stone, for those who might be looking to buy a diamond on a smaller budget. I did some searching and this stone looks good to me. It is a 0.59 Carat stone, with SI1 clarity, and it is a G color stone. This stone will look great set in a ring, and is great value, selling at $1130. The same stone, with the only detail different being the clarity at VS2 is selling for $1620.

That is a difference of nearly $500 for something you will never notice with your eyes (and let’s be realistic – you will never again look at it under a loupe anyway, but will always look at it with your eyes) and will look the same in the ring anyway. If you are on a tighter budget, go with the SI1 stone instead.

Feb. 4: This would make a beautiful gift for your girlfriend – a set of earrings with diamond studs. This is a particularly beautiful set of studs at great value, at $285. The diamonds are 0.25 each, so this is a very stylish but not gaudy set of earrings. The color and clarity are a little bit high, but they are set as earrings, so those details are not going to be noticeable to anybody and the appearance will be just as great as a lower color/clarity stone. If you want to go with a bigger set of diamonds, you can change it on the site to .50 or even higher.

Feb. 3, 2010: If you are looking for a loose diamond, that you plan to set in a piece of jewelry on your own, I would check out this diamond. It is 0.92 Carat, and has great value at $5920.

As I mentioned elsewhere, because it is just under a carat, the ppc, or price per carat, is much lower than the same exact stone just 8 “points” higher at 1.00 Carat. That stone will cost you $9810.

The details of each stone, aside from the “small” difference in weight, are exactly the same, but the price difference is amazing. I would say to go with the .92 stone. They are both F color with VVS2 (very slight inclusions 2), meaning they are both great looking diamonds at great value, the only difference being the price per carat because the second already jumped to the higher level price bracket.

 

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