Question: Where can I find the nicest diamond engagement ring for $10,000?

It is easy to assume that spending $10,000 would mean that you’re guaranteed to get the best. This is not necessarily so. If a shopper focuses only on size they could neglect other very important attributes which actually make the diamond look sparkly. For example here is a 2 carat diamond: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/K-I1-Good-Cut-Round-Diamond-1493524.asp which is pretty good, fits the budget, and isn’t poorly cut. The only problem is that there is an unsightly inclusion right under the middle of the table. This is going to be quite noticeable Also this diamond’s color is K, so it’s getting a bit on the pale yellowish side. Any round brilliant diamond whose color is past J will be one that looks kind of pale yellow. It is possible to choose to get a yellow gold ring for a more yellowish diamond’s setting and the idea is that the optical illusion of the yellowish color of the gold doesn’t make the yellow of the diamond quite as noticeable. This has only limited results. A colorless diamond will still look beautiful in a yellow gold ring, so this shows you that the setting’s color only influences how the eye perceives the color by providing a contrast.

All that to say that this 2 carat diamond would not be my first choice. Therefore the first thing to determine when we want the nicest diamond on a $10k budget is what we mean by “nicest.” As you can already tell “nicest” will mean different things to different people. I am going to go through the steps to get what I consider to be the nicest round brilliant diamond with a ring for ten thousand dollars (US$10,000). I find that most diamond experts recommend similar options to the ones I will delineate below.

With a budget of $10,000 your options open up quite nicely. First of all, you’ll be guaranteed to find a diamond over one carat, and that $10,000 will be enough to cover a platinum ring with sidestones as well.

Here is a fine choice: https://www.jamesallen.com/engagement-rings/settings-with-sidestones/platinum-graduated-pave-swirl-engagement-ring-17871p.html

$10000 diamond engagement ring with sidestones
Setting by James Allen (with sidestones). $8500 center diamond + $1500 setting = $10,000 engagement ring.

Platinum is the king of metals when it comes to diamond rings. It is stronger than gold so there’s less chance of any stones falling out.

In regards to the size of the diamond, the advantages of getting a diamond over one carat is that the diamond certificate (grading report) is more detailed. The grading report which GIA issues will include a diagram detailing exactly where any inclusions are found in the diamond.

Ok, so here’s how to go about finding the best and most beautiful diamond with this budget of $10,000.

The ring setting which I have chosen for this example is priced today at $1,590*, leaving over $8000 for the diamond itself.

*Precious metals prices change frequently.

At James Allen select the advanced options in the Diamond Search box.

For this example we will choose Round. We do this because then we will be shown diamonds which have a cut grade mentioned on the grading report. This makes it possible to just select the Ideal cut option without having to worry about having to enter in the depth and table percentage values.

James Allen offer their own estimation of cut grade and categorise their fancy shapes such as Princess, Emerald, Square, Heart, Marquise, Pear, Oval, and Cushion according to what they deem to be Ideal, Very Good, and Good. GIA, the grading lab, does not offer this information for fancy cuts therefore cut grade won’t be mentioned on the GIA grading reports for fancy cut diamonds.

Either way I recommend getting a diamond with a grading report from GIA or AGS.

 

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This search, today, gives us 8 diamonds to choose from at James Allen. Two or three look to be very likely candidates.

I have selected this diamond (see image below) from the ones that come up as a result of the above search which I think looks the nicest. This H color, VS1 clarity diamond has Ideal proportions, a diamond grading report from AGS and a 30 Day inspection period.

www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.33-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-ideal-cut-sku-2600733

A perfect diamond available now: 1 carat under $10000

I was recently sent a request from one of my readers who said he wanted a nice diamond, a top sparkler for about 10,000.

The one I found for him was very much like this one below, and he was very happy to snatch it up.

I thought I should post one up for everyone to have a look at, including you.

So I just checked Brian Gavin Diamonds and they have another perfect diamond available, which I think represents terrific value.

Not sure how long it will stay available since it is absolutely incredible in its perfection! It’s hard to imagine how you can cut a DIAMOND and get such perfect angles. I am impressed!

This image right here (below) on this page is a highly magnified image of the diamond. Its actual size is 6 and a half millimeters across.

www.briangavindiamonds.com/diamonds/diamond-details/1.050-H-VS2-Round-Diamond-AGS-104063639011

This image is of the actual diamond, not a stock photo.

 

   Brian Gavin Signature
Brian Gavin Signature 1.050 H VS2 Hearts and Arrows Round

 

 

Type Brian Gavin Signature
Product ID: AGS-104063639011
Shape: Round
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.050
Color: H (extremely clear!)
Clarity: VS2 (hardly a speck!)
Measurements: 6.51 mm x 6.54 mm x 4.02 mm
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal (WOW!)
Light Performance: Ideal (WOW!)
Polish: Ideal (WOW!)
Symmetry: Ideal (WOW!)

 

Table %: 57.7
Depth %: 61.6 (fantastic!)
Crown %: 14.9
Crown Angle: 34.9
Star %: 54.0
Pav Angle: 40.9
Pavillion %: 43.4
Lower Girdle %: 77.0
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible (fantastic!)
Girdle Min-Max %: 1.5 – 3.6
Girdle: Thin To Medium Faceted

If you are not familiar with Brian Gavin Diamonds I have a little more information about Brian Gavin here. The diamonds available from him are among my favorites, and seem to be a favorite for many of my readers. You’ll be hard pressed to find any diamonds that are more beautiful and they are very competitively priced, which always goes down a treat with savvy shoppers.

I have no hesitation in giving this my  “No Regrets” stamp of approval.

No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

Where Can I Find The Best Half Carat Diamond I Can Buy?

This morning I discovered this fantastic little beauty.

It’s just within the range of sizes I recommend for an engagement ring, but it will have a lot of sparkle and life.

50 point (half carat) H-VS1 Excellent Cut Round Diamond

 

https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.50-carat-h-color-vs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-174040

Carat weight: 0.50

Certificate is from GIA

Color: H

Shape: Round

Clarity: VS1

Cut: Excellent

Depth %: 61.40

Girdle:Medium-Slightly Thick

Table %: 58.00

Culet: None

Polish:Excellent

Crown ?: 34.50

Symmetry:Excellent

Crown %: 14.50

Fluorescence: None

Pavilion ?: 40.80

L/W/D (mm): 5.12*5.10*3.14

Pavilion %: 43.00

 

According to Rapaport, the global authority on diamond prices, the majority of diamonds bought within the United States range between 0.50 carat to 0.99 carat, H+, SI goods. So this diamond would be just within that range, though better clarity.

1.00 Carat F VVS2 Oval Cut Diamond for under $6500

I have a beautiful diamond for you today. It is 1 carat, and you can see by the image that it is very well cut.

Carat weight:1.00

Certificate:GIA

Color:F

Shape:Oval

Clarity:VVS2

L/W/D (mm): 7.19 mm x 5.77 mm x 3.73 mm

Check it out here:

www.jamesallen.com/#!/loose-diamonds/oval-cut/1.00-carat-f-color-vvs2-clarity-sku-119309

This diamond will give the impression of being quite large for a 1 carat diamond since on side is 7.19 mm. A 1 carat round diamond will have a maximum of 6.5 mm in width. See this example.

James Allen have recently added a very cool feature and it is just the thing an online shopper would dream to find, particularly when looking for diamonds: a 360° view of the diamond you want to buy. Their previous method of viewing a diamond through a virtual loupe was cool, but this one is going to knock your socks off. The view of the diamond rotates  360° allowing you to see it from all angles. This is really going to blow the competition out of the water as no one else (that I know of) is displaying their diamonds this way.

This gives us as shoppers much more confidence when buying a diamond. Some of the fancy cuts are known to present certain problems and you really want to be able to get a good look at them if you are after something else than the standard round of princess cut diamond. I hardly need to point out the perfection of this diamond by going through the diamond’s grading report. In this case it is a Diamond Dossier so it is less detailed than a full grading report, but that also means it is $100 to $150 cheaper than a diamond with a full grading report. What it does tell us is that the stone has no fluorescence, which is good. See my article about diamond fluorescence for more information about this phenomenon.

oval cut diamond
Click image to go to this diamond at JamesAllen.com

 

 

No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

New Feature at James Allen: Fancy Color Diamonds

Great news for all you diamond connoisseurs! James Allen has now added fancy colors to their inventory. They even have pink diamonds. Not many, but enough to give you an idea of how much they are worth.

Fancy color diamonds are becoming increasingly popular, but remain extremely difficult to source but James Allen has recognised the popular demand and done the leg work for you in sourcing a huge variety. It’s huge because the worldwide supply of fancy color diamonds is relatively small, when compared to colorless diamonds.

www.jamesallen.com/#!/loose-diamonds/fancy-color
www.jamesallen.com/#!/loose-diamonds/fancy-color

Most Beautiful Cushion Cut Diamond (1 carat)

Cushion cut diamonds are the diamond of choice for many savvy diamond buyers.

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Due to the form of a diamond, cutting the diamond into a round shape results in some loss of mass. There are plenty of advantages to buying a round diamond, such as being able to buy a diamond that is of a lower color grade without noticing the difference. However not everyone wants to go for a lower color grade.

If you want a higher color grade then princess (which is essentially the square cut), asscher (also called emerald cut), or cushion cut would present a very attractive option. Less diamond has to be chipped away to make these shapes as they are much closer to the original shape of the diamond when it is initially mined. The image seen here is what a natural diamond looks like when unearthed. The most frequent process applied is to cut this rough diamond into two. Any final shape that is somewhat square will save more of the diamond from getting cut away. ‘This can often result in a lower cost per carat. The round brilliant shape has the best light performance, but there are a few diamond cutters who manage to make the other shapes also perform extremely well.

Cushion cut diamonds may be sought by people who think that the corners of the princess diamond may be vulnerable to chipping. It is only a very small risk, but some people want to play it safe and therefore choose a cushion cut diamond, or an emerald cut diamond. If you want an emerald/asscher diamond I wrote an article on what to look for in those types of cuts here.

Click image to be taken directly to this diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website
Click image to be taken directly to this cushion cut diamond at Brian Gavin Diamonds website

The Catch of The day is this very fine Cushion cut diamond which you can see performs beautifully.

This cushion cut diamond has been cut by Brian Gavin, one of the world’s finest diamond cutters, and one that never ceases to impress me due to his attention to detail.

The listing includes an ASET image which is even better than a mere photograph as it shows you not only the diamond’s symmetry, but its light performance.

 

Type Brian Gavin Select
Product ID: 104061059003
Shape: Cushion
Report: AGS
Carat: 1.041
Color: G
Clarity: VS1
Measurements: 6.06 x 0.00 x 4.07
Lab Cut Grade:
Light Performance:
Polish: Excellent
Symmetry: Excellent

 

Table %: 58.6
Depth %: 67.4
Crown %: 15.7
Crown Angle: 36.9
Star %:
Pav Angle: 42.1
Pavillion %: 47.9
Lower Girdle %:
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %:
Girdle: Thin To Slightly Thick Faceted

 

 

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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
PRE-ORDER FROM THE FACTORY*
Factory ID BFG-23172
Cut Grade Ideal
Type Signature

Table %

55.9

ID

BFG-23172

Depth %

61.6

Shape

Round

Crown %

15.3

Report

Advance -Ideal

Crown Angle

34.7

Carat

0.507

Star %:

Color

H

Pav Angle:

40.8

Clarity

Internally Flawless

Pavillion %

Measurements

5.15 x 5.19 x 3.19

Lower Girdle %

Lab Cut Grade

Ideal

Culet

Pointed

Light Performance

Fluorescence

Negligible

Polish

Ideal

Girdle

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Round Hearts and Arrows Diamond: 0.820 Carat G Color VS2 Clarity

Heart and arrows diamond at BrianGavindiamonds.com

Type Brian Gavin Signature
Product ID: AGS-104057253028
Shape: Round
Report: AGS
Carat: 0.820
Color: G
Clarity: VS2
Measurements: 5.99 x 6.04 x 3.71
Lab Cut Grade: Ideal
Light Performance: Ideal
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Table %: 56.4
Depth %: 61.8
Crown %: 15.4
Crown Angle: 35.2
Star %: 53.0
Pav Angle: 40.9
Pavillion %: 43.4
Lower Girdle %: 75.0
Culet: Pointed
Fluorescence: Negligible
Girdle Min-Max %: 1.0 – 3.6
Girdle: Thin To Medium Faceted

Can’t go past this diamond at BrianGavinDiamonds. It is truly a superior cut as not only has its cut been executed perfectly, it comes with an AGS certificate which confirms that its light performance/brilliance is rated right at the top.

Price:
$5,225

It definitely gets my No Regrets stamp of approval.

See it here

No Regrets stamp of approval for this round diamond

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Ideal Cut, Fancy Yellow Color, VS2 Clarity, and certified by EGL

Diamonds-USA has been providing high quality diamonds at bargain prices online since 1997. As stated on Diamonds-USA’s site: “there is not a single diamond that enters or leaves the business without David’s experienced eye checking for quality and value for money. This remains David’s personal commitment to every customer.” If you want expert advice and detailed information about your purchase you’ll do well speaking to the experts at Diamonds-USA. There is no middle man, therefore no drop shipping. They are the source, the diamond cutters and the jewelry manufacturers.

I have been scouring Diamonds-USA’s inventory locating those diamonds with actual photos, as it’s just so much easier to make a determination about the diamond with an actual photo.

 

0.5 carat, Round Diamond, Ideal Cut, Fancy Yellow Color, VS2 Clarity, Certified by EGL. Ideal for "petite" engagement ring
This half carat diamond would be perfect for a “petite” engagement ring.

Today I am highlighting this Fancy Yellow diamond. (With actual photo!) The color of the diamond itself has been enhanced, (not the image). Diamonds-USA tell me that the image does not do it justice, as it is a very beautiful diamond.

Diamonds-USA’s fancy color enhanced diamonds are the closest you can get to natural colored diamonds, but they’re only a fraction of the price.  Natural fancy color diamonds are extremely rare and therefore finding a cheap fancy yellow is going to prove impossible. If you went through a pile of 1 million diamonds there would only be 10 naturally occurring fancy yellow diamonds. Diamonds that show some color but are not attractive enough to be used as Fancies can be enhanced. Electron accelerators are used to adjust the color and have no harmful effect, leaving no radiation. These diamonds can be used in jewelry immediately.

The diamond’s size is on the lower end of the range of what you’d want for an engagement ring, so it is ideal for anyone with smaller hands, or prefers a unique, yet understated diamond. Half a carat round is approximately 1 mm smaller than a 1 carat round would be. This diamond measures 5 mm across its diameter.

It is an Ideal cut diamond. The cut grade (how well a diamond is cut to proportions that make it sparkle) is the most important factor in determining if a diamond will be a genuine sparkler.

Diamonds-USA offer a huge variety of ring styles, even vintage styles, which have been quite popular of late. They also offer palladium which is a much stronger metal than gold, yet is similar in price to 14K gold.

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Round Brilliant Hearts and Arrows Diamond: Best Buy Under $3000

 

Catch of The Day: https://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/I-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1500338.asp

0.73 Carat I Color-SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Diamond
0.73 Carat I Color-SI1 Clarity Hearts & Arrows Ideal Cut Round Diamond
Shape: Round
Carat Weight: 0.73
Cut: Hearts & Arrows Ideal
Color: I
Clarity: SI1
Certificate: AGS
Depth: 61.8%
Table: 57.6%
Polish: Ideal
Symmetry: Ideal
Girdle:
Culet: None
Fluorescence: Negligible
Measurements: 5.75*5.78*3.56
Crown Angle: 35.5
Crown %:
Pavilion Angle: 40.8
Pavilion %:

This diamond is one that I deem to be the best buy under $3,000 and still have an incredibly beautiful diamond. There is a little trick I used to locate this diamond and this trick is only possible if you can view an actual photo of the diamond and not a stock photo. The trick is to compromise in one selected area which doesn’t detract too much from the beauty of the diamond. James Allen is very handy for this as this is really the only place that strives to put up photos of every single diamond in their inventory. I think they are up to 25,000 diamonds currently.

If you start looking at diamonds within the $2,000 to $3,500 range you’ll find that either they are very small or have an inferior cut grade, a lower color grade, or lower clarity grade. It’s up to you to choose which area a compromise is acceptable. You will find that jewelers and diamond experts agree that the greatest disappointments occur when a compromise is allowed in regards to the cut grade. Ideal or Excellent cut diamonds are the most likely to please you. James Allen’s TrueHearts TM are their signature Hearts and Arrows design and are all meant to be Ideal/Excellent cut. I hate to say this, because I am a huge fan of almost everything James Allen does, but I have noticed that there are some TrueHearts that look a little less than perfect. I am glad that it is possible to examine both the image of the diamond as well as the diamond’s grading report and this prevents disappointment. The diamond I selected to highlight today is a TrueHearts TM diamond. And it has perfect symmetry and shows superior light performance on its grading report, thanks to the AGS labs Platinum Light Performance Quality Document, which you can see below.

To locate a diamond which would at least be of average size for an engagement ring  (between 0.5 carat and 1 carat) I decided to make the compromise in the clarity grade. This means that I allowed SI1 diamonds to show in the search results. I had a closer look at any diamond that stood out to me from the thumbnail images that showed up. Examining the diamond using James Allen’s Virtual Loupe TM helped me decide whether there were any inclusions which would be visible without magnification. The term is “eye-clean”, and that’s often the aim when looking for a diamond that is going to be pleasing to the eye. The AGS lab document confirmed that the light shines through the diamond without obstructions and this is why I can recommend this diamond as extremely good value, with hardly any compromise, and certainly no compromise that hampers the stone’s beauty.

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