Diamond Query: Better Color and Clarity vs. Free Ring Setting in 1.7ct. Diamonds under $7,000


| Anonymous Reader


Hi Sebastian,

I have been looking at diamonds for weeks! I have made two trips to NYC and seen many diamonds in person. There are so many factors that go into buying a diamond.

After reading some of your stories I was hoping that you could help me. I have around a $7,000.00 budget. I see that you recommend James Allen.

I saw a few on their site but after lots of googling I saw Enchanted Diamonds. I have been working with someone over there and have narrowed my search down. Currently they are running a special on the setting of $1500.00 off. So can you please tell me if you know anything about this company?

I have attached the diamonds that I have currently narrowed it down to with help from an associate that works there. I am willing to get a smaller diamond if you think that it's my best bet. I would like to stay above 1.5ct. I would love your feedback on the comparison below.

 

Enchanted Diamonds Comparison

 

Thank you for your time and I really appreciate your help!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

 

Thank you for your inquiry. I am happy to help!

The three diamonds you selected from Enchanted Diamonds are all comparable. The only difference is SKU: 63081402Z is more of a rectangular shape than a square shape compared to the other two.

 

1.73 CARAT J-VVS1 CUSHION DIAMOND SKU- C173-63081402Z

SKU 63081402Z – 1.73 CARAT J-VVS1 CUSHION DIAMOND

 

My only hesitation with Enchanted Diamonds is that you can't see the diamond from its profile, which is how you can really evaluate the color. Within each color, there are about 12 shades. This means, for example, that one J color diamond could be more yellow than another J color diamond.

Are you setting this diamond in a yellow or white gold setting? If you are setting the J color diamond into white gold or platinum setting, the J color will look more yellow, since there is more of a contrast to the white metal. In addition, are there any side diamonds in the ring you selected? If yes, what is the color of the side diamonds?

On a final note, may I ask why you are looking at such high clarity grades? You can easily consider VS2 and many SI1 clarity graded diamonds, which would save you money.

I look forward to your reply!

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Hi Sebastian,

Thank you so much for taking the time out to help me. I am going to set it in white gold solitaire setting. No side diamonds. Originally I was planning on just buying a loose diamond and having it set where I live so that I didn't have to go to NYC all the time for the maintenance.

It wasn't until the sales associate told me that they are running a deal right now for $1500.00 off a setting that I even thought about getting it set. She also told me that none of the 3 diamonds I showed you are available to be seen in the NYC showroom that they are online purchase only, but that if I got it set then I would have 30 days to return it.

As far as such a high clarity, I am looking at what the sales associate sent to me. She picked those three diamonds. I was originally looking at “I” color diamonds with a VS1-2 rating and she sent me these “J” color diamonds.

To be honest I am completely clueless when it comes to what is more important. I told her that I want it cushion cut and more square than rectangular. I told her that I want as big as I can get without compromising clarity and color and that I want at least 1.5ct. I told her that I have a budget of $7000.00 or less. These are the diamonds that she showed me.

I have been thinking lately that maybe trying to buy a diamond online isn't the best idea. There are so many variations that go into a diamond it’s so overwhelming. Or at least, maybe I should look again at the james allen site and see what Ican find. I really appreciate you getting back to me!

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

I know the process can be daunting and overwhelming. I have checked out the diamonds on the James Allen site. I like this site because of the HD videos of the actual diamond.

I can clearly see the color, facets, inclusions etc…the below diamond is more of the square shape that you prefer. It is a “high” J color, meaning that it is closer to an I instead of a K color.

It is actually an excellent J color…very white for a J. It is absolutely eye clean. And the inclusion will not impede the diamonds light performance.

The proportions of this diamond fall within the preferred ranges to maximize light performance. And it has excellent polish and excellent symmetry. This is an aesthetically pleasing and classic cushion shaped diamond.

 

1.75 CARAT J-SI1 CUSHION MODIFIED CUT DIAMOND SKU-4861814

SKU-4861814 – 1.75 CARAT J-SI1 CUSHION MODIFIED CUT DIAMOND

 

Furthermore, JamesAllen is offering 25% off ring settings. Let me know your questions and thoughts!

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Hi Sebastian,

The diamond that you sent me is beautiful. How come a diamond with the same color “J” and a lower clarity of SI1 can cost more than the ones that I sent you with a way higher clarity?

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

I am glad you like the below diamond.

 

1.75 CARAT J-SI1 CUSHION MODIFIED CUT DIAMOND SKU-4861814

SKU-4861814 – 1.75 CARAT J-SI1 CUSHION MODIFIED CUT DIAMOND

 

There are many variables that impact pricing. The diamond from James Allen is a higher carat weight than the three diamonds from Enchanted.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. 🙂

 

 

| Anonymous Reader


Hi Sebastian,

My total budget is $7000.00 including the setting. That is one reason that I was going with enchanted diamonds because I could get a bigger diamond because the setting was going to be free. If I go with James Allen I am going to have to allow money in the budget for the setting so then I think I am going to end up with a smaller diamond.

Do you think that you could send me something from James Allen that would be less expensive allowing me money for a basic solitaire setting?

I felt like I was getting more for my money with enchanted. Thank you again for all of your help!

 

 

Your Diamond Teacher |

 

The basic solitaire setting from James Allen is $180. And there is a chance they may throw the ring in with the purchase of the diamond. I would ask them. If you push a little bit, they may agree, especially if you tell them you are looking at Enchanted Diamond.

 

14K WHITE GOLD 2MM KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING SKU-17001W14

14K WHITE GOLD 2MM KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING SKU-17001W14

 

1.75 CARAT J-SI1 CUSHION MODIFIED CUT DIAMOND SKU-4861814

SKU-4861814 – 1.75 CARAT J-SI1 CUSHION MODIFIED CUT DIAMOND

 

Best,
Sebastian

 

 

 

Diamond Query: Better Color and Clarity vs. Free Ring Setting in 1.7ct. Diamonds under $7,000
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Sebastian Naturski loves to write about diamonds and share his knowledge with his readers.
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