Hello! Hoping you could help me. I love a light, light champagne hue (these all have faint brown from the GIA cert). I dislike yellow a lot. I plan to set as a plain solitaire in yellow gold with no other diamonds on band. I have been told the 2.08 is best but it looks so dark- would love your thoughts!

1) https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.08-carat-l-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-8502127
2) https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.07-carat-l-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-9809056
3) https://www.jamesallen.com/loose-diamonds/round-cut/2.00-carat-l-color-vvs1-clarity-excellent-cut-sku-7540712

Thank you in advance

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Thank you so much and for such a fast reply! I had no idea about the internal graining but it made total sense once you called it out.

I thought I wanted a faint brown because I have a very light champagne moissanite that I love and when went to a jewelry store in town they only had a U-V cushion when I asked to see stones past H. The cushion was a fancy yellow as it appeared to me and I was worried I would not like the yellow at all.

That said I was able to find one store that had a K round stone (1 ct) and I thought it looked good with the yellow gold so I am guessing I could probably get away with a L-M stone with no faint brown. I also tried a C1 and C2 champagne diamond and did not like them as they were too dark and not reflective enough.  

If my budget is 11k for just the stone and I want something very bright and sparkly and the bigger over 2+ the better (ideal goal at 2.25- i have big hands), do you please have any recommendations?

Would you prefer any of the ones below to the 2.00 L from the first post? Any advice you have would be appreciated.



I would go with the 2.23 L VS1. I don’t show the L/M colors in my price curves, but I do have them processed in my backend. Running a custom search, the 2.23 L VS1 is the one I found and would have recommended given your criteria.

The 2.23 L VS1 has GIA EX/AGS 0 Ideal proportions and shows the arrows well. The 2.28 M VVS2 does not have as nice optical symmetry (the higher pavilion angle causes the angles to fade out, similar to the brown 2.07 and 2.00 L VVS1’s). Both of the M’s show a lot more color and have medium fluorescence with some strain. The L is by far the better choice, especially since they’re the same price.

If you’re OK with yellow, then I would prefer the 2.23 L VS1 over the brown 2.00 L VVS1. Again, it has better proportions and larger size, so I think it’s a nicer diamond that fits your criteria.

The other potential option I saw the the 2.03 K VS1 below. It’s just outside of your budget and smaller. However, it has a larger table and is shallower, which 1) increases the brilliance (white light reflection to help reduce the color perception) and 2) results in a slightly larger than average spread for a 2ct at 8.15×8.18mm. It also has GIA EX/AGS 0 Ideal proportions, so might be worth considering.

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Thank you!!!! Srly your help has been awesome!!! I ordered and I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

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