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Q&A: Help Finding a 1.00 Ct. Round Diamond For a White Gold Pave Trio Ring

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Greetings Diamonds Pro Team,

I came across your site while looking into an engagement ring purchase for my girlfriend and was hoping you could assist! I’ve decided that I’d like to use James Allen after so poor experiences at local jewelers…

She likes the side stone style setting, and I’m hoping you can help me find a pretty 1.0 ct round cut diamond to put in that setting. My budget for the stone is roughly $3,500. I’ve pasted a link below for the setting I noted in my request.

14K White Gold Pave Trio Engagement Ring

For the setting you selected, I’d recommend an I-color center stone. As for the clarity grade, I always search in the SI-IF range and pick the best/first eye-clean option I find. The actual grade is not that important, you can find an SI diamond that’s eye-clean and a VS1 that’s not. Cut grade should always be Excellent/Ideal as that’s what makes the diamond beautiful and brilliant.

I didn’t find a full 1 carat for ~3.5k, but I found this beautiful 0.83ct option
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/0.83-carat-i-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-8404531?a_aid=dmnd1357
It’s fantastically cut and will be very brilliant in a side stone setting.

The price for a 1ct diamond would be around $4.5k:
www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/1.00-carat-i-color-si1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-8276493?a_aid=dmnd1357

Thanks so much for this info, it’s extremely helpful! Would you recommend the 1 carat diamond you linked below for that setting if I was going to go with a 1 carat diamond?

Yes, absolutely. I color looks great in a side stone setting regardless of the carat weight.

Thanks again for your help! I’m going with the 1ct diamond you recommended.

That’s great news! I’m glad you liked my recommendation so much.

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