The amazing thing about the Internet is that you never know where your readers will be coming from.
I have learned of literally hundreds of cities across the US from all questions readers send in.
This time I was honored to have been of assistance to J, who while hailing from Arkansas City was serving
his country abroad and wanted to surprise his wife with a ring upon his return states side. With a little
help from the guys over at James Allen I am proud to have helped make this happen.
Hello, My 5 year anniversary is on September 2nd and I will not be there for the
special day. I will be home in November for mid tour leave. I am
writing because I never bought my wife a proper diamond engagement
ring. I bought a cheaper solitaire sapphire. I want to surprise her
with a beautiful diamond solitaire but I’m on a budget constraint. I
really don’t want to spend $1500 but that would be my absolute limit. I
don’t want to get scammed and I want the most bang for my buck. Any
Thanks for writing in. I will do my best to make sure your wife is really surprised and gets a beautiful diamond.
Just a couple questions for you-
1) Do you already have a setting for the diamond or does your budget include both the diamond and setting.
2) Where do you live- I almost always recommend buying online but I do have some contacts at local retailers and may be able to get you a good deal locally.
Thanks again and stay safe,
Thanks for the very prompt reply.
In answer to your first question, no I do not have a setting as of
yet, I was browsing on James Allen while I was reading your articles
on the 4 C’s and found that there are so many types of settings and
diamonds that I was just a little over whelmed.
As for your second question, I am from Arkansas City, Kansas.
The closest major cities are Wichita, Kansas and Ponca City, Oklahoma.
I realize after reading your articles that finding a diamond in my
budget will be difficult. I appreciate your help and I eagerly await
I looked around and made a few calls. I think your best bet would be this diamond:
This is a nice Princess Cut at just over 0.5 carat. I went a little low on color but kept the cut at a good cut. (read my pages on color and cut to see why). There are 1 or 2 other options but they were about $100 more – if you want me to send those over to compare just let me know.
its listed at $990. Add to this a solitaire setting for $470 and you get to $1460. When you check out use the coupon code RING10 and this will save you 10% ($47) off your setting so your grand total should come in at $1413 – under your $1500 budget!
I am still waiting for one or 2 vendors to get back to me so don’t pull the trigger just yet.
An Excellent looking diamond, I have already read your articles and I
am glad you picked cut over color. I was doing the same when I was
looking. I am eager to see if the other to vendor’s have anything to
offer. Thank you so much for your input and help.
I have decided to purchase a diamond from James Allen, I wrote
them an E-mail asking for there shipping policy to APO AE since I am
in Afghanistan but have not as of yet recieved a reply. I was wonder
if you have a connection with them where yo ucould find out for me. I
want to give her the ring in the airport when I get home for mid tour
leave. So I want it shipped here. Any help or information would be
I can try and help you out with this. Can you please send to me a link to the diamond and setting you want
and also by what date it would need to be by you.
Thanks and congratulations!
I am looking at getting 11001P for a setting and 1402458 for the diamond.
I sent it off to a contact I have there and they are looking into it. I hope to have an answer for your shortly.
My contact over at James Allen said someone will be getting in touch with you. They said they can in fact ship to your base but it takes 2-4 weeks. I am not sure if that is in time for you or not. In any case they said you should email email@example.com and ask him any questions.
Thanks again for all your help!
You said you would like to know what my final decision was for my
selection. I decided on this and have placed the order:
18K White Gold 2.5mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring
Princess 0.51 carat H color VS2 clarity diamond
I appreciate all of your help in making this selection. I found your
website to be a invaluable tool for making this purchase, I didn’t
know how little I really knew about diamonds until I read your page.
Congratulations! Please send me a photo of the 2 of you (and the ring!) when you get back stateside and have given it to her. Would love to post it on the web site.