I am looking for a round diamond on a pretty small budget. I have $6,000 to spend on the diamond and another $800 for the setting. We already picked out a setting which will be a classic “Tiffany” setting in yellow gold. We have looked through so many stores and we (especially me) are totally confused as to what we should be look for. I would like the diamond to be as clean as possible but my Fiancé is also concerned that it shouldn’t look too small. After reading a number of pages on your site I think I was being misled by a number of them and have decided to try and buy online. I looked at both BlueNile and James Allen and have a couple of options I wanted to know if you can look at and give me your opinion on.
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Thanks for the note and I am happy the site was able to help. As for the 4 you sent me.
In terms of size these are all pretty much identical. You won’t be able to see a difference between a 1.06 and a 1.01 or 1.02 anyway so you should think of all of these as a 1.00 carat diamond. You can play with the setting so that it appears larger, for example have the diamond mounted high in the prongs.
As for my preference:
My first pick is the I- SI1: http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-3257554
This diamond is eye clean and also has the largest table which will give it a larger appearance. My 2nd choice is the J-SI1. Since you are going with a yellow gold setting you can afford to go down to the J color without worry.
Let me know if you have any other questions.