3ct and 3.5ct Round Solitaire Diamond

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Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

It might be possible, but unlikely. Diamonds in that range begin around $33+, and that would be for a 3 ct. To go bigger would be more. But unless you can find the deal of a lifetime, you’re unlikely to find a 3 ct in that color and clarity and cut for less than $30K.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I bought my ~2 carat lab diamond, I VVS2 IGI, for less than $2000 from India, explained the whole story on one of my threads. You could get a 3-3.5 carat with higher specs than mine for a lot less than that budget. Here’s a pic ๐Ÿ’


I can share the vendor if you’re interested!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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ann123 :  I would suggest going down in clarity to at least a VS2 and perhaps an I in color, just be sure you can see it in person or HD video before committing. As PP suggested, you might consider a lab diamond, though many of us would suggest you go with a US-based company for ease of mind. Rare carat is great for finding diamonds and retailers, you can find a beautiful natural diamond (3ct, VS2, H/I, excellent) for around $27-$30K, you just have to be willing to look and be patient for the right one to come. 

Post # 8
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Newbee

Hi Bee, I think it’s possible to find a diamond with your specs and price range. I have a GIA 3 carat J – VVS2 diamond from Adiamor and it was around 22k. The color is 2 below what you’re looking for but the clarity is 1 step higher. I just did a quick search of their diamond inventory and found several in the 3.3 carat range around 30k.

Post # 10
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Newbee

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ann123 :  Hi bee, my J is set in rose gold. I’ll attach a photo that I just took in natural light yesterday for a different post. I do see warmth sometimes but nothing that personally bothers me. It would definitely show more warmth against white gold or platinum but I think yellow or rose brightens it up a bit. It has medium fluorescence which I think helps. Also, I think skin tone plays a decent role too… when I’m tan I can tell a huge difference in the diamond color against my skin. So if you have a deeper skin tone or tan, that could help too. Just a thought ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Busy bee

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ivegotsunshine822 :  You can’t compare pricing on oval cuts to rounds.  Rounds are priced higher.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Diamonds are getting really cheap right now. A lot of websites are offering 25% off! We are currently looking as well!

Post # 13
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Busy bee

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frenchie0586 :  I’ve seen deep discounts on jewelry in general lately (including diamond jewelry), but I haven’t seen those kinds of disounts on GIA graded diamonds.  Please share where you the websites.  I would love to know so I can shop!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

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vestedbee :  I agree. I’ve seen big discounts for premade jewelry, but not on GIA or AGS certified, unmounted stones. If you know of a place selling stones like that at a discount, let me know!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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ann123 :  if you don’t want to see warmth, I would really caution against going any lower than a G/H in color (especially in a white metal) alternatively, clarity is not something you’d want to spend a lot of extra on as an eye clean SI looks the same as a VVS. 

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echomomm :  yeah, unfortunately there are never “sales” on loose, graded diamonds. 

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