I’m looking for a reasonably high quality diamond for a plain solitaire setting for $10,000. The best Blue Nile diamond I found was this: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD07315035.
I know you have given them only 3 stars in your Blue Nile review, but they seem to have a great selection. I visited a brick & mortar jeweler but what he had was too limited and I found the in person experience stressful. What’s your opinion of this diamond given my budget?
Blue Nile is a fantastic diamond and jewelry website and my biggest complaint has always been their lack of diamond and gemstone images/videos. However, my opinion will soon change as they are launching some exciting new technology in the weeks to come. Stay tuned…
With regard to that particular dimaond, unfortunately I do not recommend it. The proportions are not ideal and the diamond will not reflect light as well as it should.
Instead, you’ll need to compromise a little and go a little smaller in carat weight in order to ensure that the diamond you choose will sparkle and reflect optimum amounts of white light. Therefore, I recommend this 1.30ct H VS1 for $9,779.00: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD07023109
This diamond has ideal cut proportions, is a Blue Nile ‘Signature’ and has a GCAL report that shows the actual diamond image and light reflection. I much prefer this diamond for you.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you so much. I find this process very intimidating and a bit stressful.
I am a bit worried about the carat weight particularly because of the solitaire setting. If I was able to stretch my budget $2k-$3k , could I maintain the attributes you identified and get to the 1.40+ range?
I find your website very helpful.
Absolutely no problem. Buying a diamond is very much a stressful experience, but luckily you found ODBA so you’re in good hands!
Ok, I did another search and opened it up to non-Signature diamonds. As long as we go for VS1/VS2 or better we’ll be in the clear of the stone being eye-clean.
I found the following:
1.40ct H VS1 for $9,709.00: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD07299634
or if you wanted to go bigger, here’s a 1.52ct H VS2 for $12,943.00: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD02119775
Let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks for these suggestions Liz –
One last question – you got me focused on the Signature Ideal cut and the GCAL report. How about this stone: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD07275642? It seems highly rated/quality at the 1.40 cw.
Yes, the 1.41ct H VVS2: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-details/LD07275642 looks like a great diamond!
I wasn’t sure if you wanted to spend that much on a 1.40ct, which is why I didn’t offer that as an option.
But, if you prefer this option that is perfectly fine. Let me know if I can help out any further!
Liz – I wanted to let you know that I received the ring today and it’s terrific. I ordered it through your link so wanted to make sure you get credit for the advice and guidance. Thanks for your help!
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