Where Can I Buy The Best Round Diamond For $3000?

Today I am answering the following question: Where can I buy the best, (nicest, most fiery, most sparkle) round brilliant diamond for about $3000?

Your best value for a budget of three thousand dollars will very likely be amongst the .50 carat diamonds if you want a round brilliant that has close to ideal attributes.

Diamonds that are not the very top of the color range are much more affordable. It is very difficult (actually I will venture to say, impossible) for anyone to be able to tell the difference between a D and an E color diamond. Actually any color is hard to differentiate from the one adjacent to it because the change is so gradual and slight. By the time you reach J it starts looking a little bit more colored, though it’s still negligible. If you compare diamonds that are three grades apart you definitely notice the difference in color. Round brilliant diamonds do look their best within the D to J range, so the middle of that range represents the best sparkle per dollar value. I know that many people settle for J diamonds, but when you actually get to see higher color grades they are really quite stunning. I consider H to be the area where you have some of the best value for higher sparkle, provided you don’t ignore the most important factor, and that is the quality of the cut.

Therefore if we are going to stick to a budget of about $3000 for a loose cut diamond (whether for an engagement ring or any other ring) I would suggest this diamond here found at BrianGavinDiamonds.com

I sifted through much of Brian Gavin’s inventory of round brilliant diamonds and realized that to be able to get something within the price range I was looking for it would have to come from their Virtual Stock. This means that the diamond would be preordered for you from the factory and be guaranteed to have the attributes shown in the listing with.

Now this is something worth checking out:

0.507 Carat Round Diamond

Wire Price : $3,023
Price : $3,116
Factory ID BFG-23172
Cut Grade Ideal
Type Signature

Table %




Depth %




Crown %



Advance -Ideal

Crown Angle




Star %:



Pav Angle:



Internally Flawless

Pavillion %


5.15 x 5.19 x 3.19

Lower Girdle %

Lab Cut Grade




Light Performance






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Could It Get Any Better? Here’ s A Magnificent Engagement Ring Diamond!

Today’s find is for those who want something that is really going to sparkle in an engagement ring.

For this we have to remember that the cut grade is a very important factor.

Also the closer to “D” the better. With “J” being about the limit where it’s just starting to look ever so slightly yellow or beige.

We found an H diamond which really stood out. The main thing was the perfection of the cut.

The cut grade on a GIA report will be either:

Very Good

On a report issued by AGS Labs it will be:

Very Good

Using the GIA Cut grade estimating tool we can compare a stone which has an AGS Labs report.

Today’s Catch of The Day was a diamond I selected because it is an outstandingly perfect cut. It comes with an AGS Labs report which describes the cut grade as Ideal.

Screen Shot of This Ideal Cut Diamond's Proportions
Proportions of today’s featured diamond

To see if this would also be graded as Excellent by GIA I looked up GIA’s online grading tool. The GIA terms and conditions do not allow me to place a screen shot of the GIA Cut Grade Estimating Tool nor of the results I got but you can see their tool here and try it for yourself: http://www.gia.edu/diamondcut/charts/57_table.html

Entering in all of the proportions as reported on the AGS Labs Grading report shows me that it is indeed an incredibly perfect stone and would undoubtedly be given the highest cut grade of Excellent by GIA. Why is this important? Well, GIA spent 15 years studying how a diamond’s brilliance is perceived. Yes, perceived. Because in the end the most important thing is how it looks. Over 70,000 observations were made on more than 2,300 diamonds using observers from all sectors of the jewelry industry. This included diamond cutters, dealers, retailers, as well as potential customers. GIA researchers knew that diamonds can be cut in such a way so that their weight would end up as being over one carat, yet it could include compromises which make the light reflect down rather than at the beholder’s eye. This would obviously not serve the customer well.
GIA researchers determined that if a diamond didn’t look brilliant, the customer would be getting an inferior product. This is why the GIA cut grading system is something which is a good idea to pay attention to. It is about how nice the diamond looks.

This doesn’t mean that reports from other labs can’t do the same job. AGS Labs actually has a very ingenious way of describing information about the stone’s brilliance: An AGS Labs Computer Generated Light Performance Map.

0.91 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Round Diamond

There are a couple things which I am very excited about in regards to this stone in particular. Stones under 1 carat have a significantly lower price per unit of weight than stones over one carat. However this benefit is counter balanced by having a Grading Report is less detailed. GIA does not issue a Grading Report for stones under 1 ct, but rather a simpler report called a Diamond Dossier. This simplified document does not include a diagram of where the inclusions are on the diamond.  Usually this compromise is accepted since the price difference can be anywhere from $1800 to $3000.

However, and here’s the good part, this stone has an AGS Labs report which has got all the information needed, and more. It has a diagram plotting the (very small) inclusion. But what I particularly like is that AGS Labs reports now have a bonus section too: The AGS Labs Computer Generated Light Performance Map. That’s the red, green and blue disk on the report. I know that it probably looks like what you’d see when looking through a kaleidoscope, but let me tell you that this diamond has got the goods! It certainly does.

Now, about the size. This one measures 6.15 mm across. The size difference between this 0.91 ct diamond and a 1 ct diamond which is also cut to Ideal standard is 0.35mm. Yes, one third of a millimeter. I am pretty sure no one can tell the difference. Even someone who has been handling diamonds for years! It really is virtually impossible to tell the difference. So why does everyone want a 1 ct diamond? It’s just a nice round number. Obviously plenty of people think it’s absolutely worth it to spend an extra $2000 for one third of a millimeter on a diamond. But once you know these little tips and tricks it might seem more worth it to get one just below 1 ct.


Shape:  Round
Carat weight:  0.91
Cut:  Ideal
Color:  H
Clarity:  VS1
Certificate:  AGS
 Price: $6090
Depth:  62.4%
Table:  56.5%
Polish:  Ideal
Symmetry:  Ideal
Girdle:  Thin to slightly thick
Culet:  Pointed
Fluorescence:  Negligible
Measurements:  6.15*6.19*3.85
Crown Angle: 35.4
Crown %:
Pavilion Angle: 40.7
Pavilion %:


Attention! Price drop at DiamondWave!

bargain loose diamond at DiamondWaveThe diamond business is getting more and more competitive. Which is great for us consumers! We get to pick and choose, and are offered all sorts of bargains.

Today I got an email from DiamondWave.  They have dropped the prices of loose diamonds, so I suggest heading over to check out what they have on offer.

As I generally recommend using the savings we get by buying diamonds online to get a better quality stone, I looked through the diamonds listed at DiamondWave to see what I could come up with.

I was very surprised to see one lonely little diamond just waiting to be snatched up. It stood out because it is internally flawless. Once you’ve looked around a little you’ll know that the chance to buy an internally flawless diamond does not come up every day. At least not at this excellent price.

The size is just a little over the minimum threshold I recommend, weighing in at 0.61 ct.

I particularly liked this stone as it not only has an Excellent Cut (always the first thing on the list), but both its polish and symmetry are graded as being Excellent. That is a very very nice combination.

Definitely gets our “No Regrets” stamp of approval.

DiamondWave have also just gone up a notch in our books as they have both improved the searchability of diamonds on their site and added Grading Reports for viewing. Remember they have one of the most generous return policies, a whopping 45 days!

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What!? A 1.01 ct Marquise for less than $4000? (Much Less!)

We recommend the Brian Gavin Select 1.010 D SI1 Select Marquise

Here’s a stone that stood out to me as presenting terrific value.

A great choice for those who are looking for something different, something elegant: a marquise cut diamond.

This falls under the category of “fancy cut”. Any shape (correctly called “cut”) that is different from a round brilliant is called a fancy cut. The design of round brilliants makes them disperse light in the best possible way. This superior “light performance” makes it possible to buy a round brilliant which is a little lower on the color scale. As “D” diamonds, which are completely colorless, are so rare, it’s is often more affordable to choose a stone which is lower on the scale. “J” is about the lowest most diamond experts recommend if you want the diamond to look at its best. And of course it is still of the highest priority to make sure the cut of the diamond is “excellent”, “ideal”, or at least “very good”. But the cut is the most important factor.

When choosing a diamond that is a fancy cut it is recommended to choose a stone that is a little higher than “J” as the “light performance” simply can not be as effective as a round brilliant.

The reason we give this marquise cut our stamp of approval is because its color is “D”, the highest grade on the color chart; the cut is excellent; it is a Brian Gavin Select, one of Brian Gavin’s signature cuts.

The specifications tell us that the Fluorescence is medium blue. If you are worried that this might cause it to look “milky” in certain light, don’t. As it is only one in 50,000 fluorescent diamonds that will have this problem and Brian Gavin checks every diamond specifically for this and will not even buy it from the wholesaler if it does. The specifications also tell us that this diamond is Slightly Included 1. This is not a concern as Brian Gavin is extremely choosy when he buys his diamonds wholesale. He only works with diamonds whose inclusions are located in such away so they do not impact on his final product.

The attitude toward inclusions is changing now that inclusions are seen as a sign of authenticity. This proves that the diamond is not manufactured artificially in a lab. As long as they are small, they serve more like fingerprints than as imperfections. Still any diamond from Brian Gavin’s signature line is going to knock your socks off.

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You are going to be very pleased with this one. http://www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.010-d-si1-marquise-diamond-gia-35344172

Type Brian Gavin Select
Product ID: 35344172
Shape: Marquise
Report: GIA
Carat: 1.010
Color: D
Clarity: SI1
Measurements: 10.34 x 5.68 x 2.68
Lab Cut Grade: Excellent
Light Performance:
Polish: Good
Symmetry: Good
Table %: 61.0
Depth %: 47.2
Crown %:
Crown Angle:
Star %:
Pav Angle:
Pavillion %:
Lower Girdle %:
Culet: Slightly Large
Fluorescence: Medium Blue
Girdle Min-Max %:
Girdle: Slightly Thick-Thick
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Wow! Wow! Wow! This Heart is Yours!

I’m a little bit too excited with this find, so I need to just calm down and breathe.

Just breathe.

This incredible heart shaped diamond is so beeeautiful that I know it will not stay available for long but will get snatched up by a diamond connoisseur very very soon.

People in the diamond retail industry are talking about the recent surge in demand for heart shaped diamonds.

Well I said it just a few days ago that Heart shaped diamonds are such a powerful meme, that it is inevitable that more and more people will be looking for heart diamonds. We are in an era where visual communication is so highly developed and our eyes are attuned to visual formulaic advertising, and the methods we use to communicate are increasingly meme driven. Heart diamonds say so much more than round diamonds.

It’s actually very challenging to cut a heart shape diamond and get the same light play that can be gotten from round cuts, or even pear cuts.

So this is why I nearly jumped out of my chair and ran around the room when I saw this treasure!

What a fantastic

Catch Of The Day!

1.00 Carat H-VS1 Ideal Cut Heart Diamond


Shape: Heart

Carat weight: 1.00

Cut: Excellent
Color: H
Clarity: VS1
Certificate: GIA
Depth: 64.9%
Table: 58.0%
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Good
Girdle: Thick to very thick
Fluorescence: None
Measurements: 5.90*6.67*4.33
Ratio: 1.13

Price: $4,780

Now that is a good deal. Definitely gets our “No Regrets” stamp of approval,

0.70 Carat I-VVS1 Excellent Cut Round Diamond

Today we bring you a perfect little diamond.

We found it on James Allen’s site and as soon as I saw this little beauty I knew I had to include it as our Catch of the Day

Shape: Round
Carat weight: 0.70
Cut: Excellent
Color: I
Clarity: VVS1
Certificate: GIA
Depth: 61.7%
Table: 54.0%
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Excellent
Girdle: Thin to medium
Culet: None
Fluorescence: None
Measurements: 5.75*5.72*3.54mm


The GIA dossier reports a feather and a pinpoint. Feather means it has a microscopic hairline, and pinpoint means it has a tiny, well, pin point, also an extremely small point. Looking at the diamond through the loop you can see that neither the feather nor the pinpoint affect the stone’s clarity characteristics when viewed from above, which is an excellent sign.

With such an excellent cut and symmetry this stone is a very good deal.

Just looking at this diamond in comparison to other stones of similar size you can see that the symmetry really stands out and gives it a striking beauty.

I don’t think it will be long before it’s snatched up.

Remember that these kinds of photos are taken in such a way to maximise viewing of the stone’s symmetry. The brilliance and fire are not evident in the photo, but will definitely show strongly in a stone with an excellent cut, excellent symmetry and with a thin girdle and a VVS1 clarity. Combinations such as this one has make for a very beautiful stone.