My girlfriend wants a flawless diamond. What do I do?

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Reader Diamond QuestionWhat if my girlfriend is dead set on a flawless (or internally flawless) diamond.  What should I do?


This is always a tough one and something many readers and friends bring up – balancing the flawless diamond ‘want’ of your fiancé-to-be with the realities of your budget. As is often the case, a woman’s request for a flawless diamond is driven by the need to have something that is poorly understood. Continue Reading

Best 1.25+ Carat Cushion Cut under $9,000

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Reader Tom wrote to us asking:

Hi, I’m just starting out my search and would appreciate some recommendations based off the following parameters. Looking for cushion cut, square shape, with “chunky” look. Aiming for 1.25 carat or above. Everything I’ve read so far is recommending G color (or better) with VS2 clarity (or better). The setting will be platinum. Budget is $8-$9k. Recommendations from both James Allen and Brian Gavin would be very helpful.

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Advice on Brian Gavin Blue Diamond with Stunning Setting

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Q/A on a Brian Gavin Blue with Crescent Moon Engagement Ring

Reader Raul wrote to us and asked:

Hi Diamond Adviser,

My mind is set on getting a Brian Gavin Blue Diamond and I really like the setting at this link: http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/engagement-rings/pave-and-side-stones/elsie-14k-white-gold-5927w14

I’m happy to get 14k white gold for the metal type since I think the focus is on the diamond anyway – or is it worth ponying up to get 18k white gold or platinum?

My total budget is about $6,000 . If getting 14k white gold for the metal for the setting at $1,790, that leaves about $4,200 for the blue diamond itself. I’m hoping you can recommend an appropriate blue diamond for the engagement ring. Clarity of the diamond is important, but so is the size, so a balance would be great.

Look forward to any insight you can provide. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Advice on Tiffany’s Diamond By The Yard necklace

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Q/A on a Tiffany Diamond by the Yard Necklace

Reader Christine wrote to us and asked:

I’m shopping for a Tiffany’s Diamond By The Yard necklace and am in desperate need of help! (I know I can get bigger diamonds for cheaper but from reviews I’ve heard the quality of Tiffany’s for this bezel style is great with lots of sparkle for such a small diamond – perhaps due to high table cut %??).

I’m choosing between the .30 and .37 ctw for a yg DBTY because I want something not too big and just a little bit of sparkle at the neck. The specs for the two seem so different that I’m not sure what would be a better pick. Continue Reading

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