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Q&A: Help Choosing a Cushion Cut Diamond for a White Gold Pave Ring With a £2,500 Budget

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Hi, I am buying an engagement ring with a cushion shape diamond in a pave style ring. I’ve read all the information on your site and have made a selection on Blue Nile.

I’m looking for some advice on my diamond selection to be sure I have a good choice. I selected two similar diamonds. One is a better clarity but lower carat weight, the other higher carat weight but less clarity.

The links are below:
Blue Nile LD13282794

Blue Nile LD13297748

Petite Cathedral Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold (0.14 ct. tw.)

Blue Nile LD13282794
This one is nicely cut, but medium fluorescence is a problem here. It might make the diamond look hazy/milky in daylight. For DEFG diamonds, I wouldn’t go higher than none or faint fluorescence to avoid any possible haziness.

Blue Nile LD13297748
This one is unfortunately not eye-clean, the black crystal would be very visible in person.

I’d go with something like this instead:
Blue Nile LD13147537

Blue Nile LD13385626

Color-wise, they are going to look identical. They also have a great cut and no visible inclusions. Either of them will be very bright and brilliant.

I went with your recommendation for the Blue Nile LD13385626 diamond in the end.

Thank you!

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